One of the biggest and weirdest problems with The Phantom Menace is the age difference between Anakin, played by Jake Lloyd, who was eight years old, and Padme, played by Natalie Portman, who was double Lloyds age. Marcia Lucas took issue with this choice because the film positions Anakin getting with Padme romantically, which makes no sense and is odd since one actor is a child and the other looks like a grown woman.
Consent is a necessity, and the definition of the word has been spotty at best in the past. While when Sean Connery’s Bond first appeared on screen fans’ reception of him was of a lady’s man that no woman could resist. The reality, though, is if those same films were watched today with fresh eyes, James Bond would be seen as more than just a little problematic.
The choice of Chris Pratt to voice a character who usually has a heavy Italian accent, when he speaks at all, is an obviously unusual choice. It’s just not the sort of voice one expects from Pratt. On the flip side, one could imagine say, Danny DeVito voicing the Italian plumber from Brooklyn, with DeVito himself being an actor of Italian decent from New Jersey. And while the movie will be animated, and so the actor’s look is hardly important, DeVito could clearly play Mario in a live-action movie, which makes him feel even more right for the role.
Jason Momoa plays Duncan Idaho, a great warrior and swordmaster that serves house Atreides, which is the family-run by Oscar Isaac’s Leto Atreides. Jason Momoa playing a formidable warrior that’s good with swords is pretty on brand, and hopefully, there is plenty of sequences in the film where he can show off his chops.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York City, and they’ve been looking sharp (and very important!) with laptops and papers in hand. While they were spotted leaving 50 United Nations Plaza, a peek at Prince Harry’s laptop revealed exactly where his heart lies: with his son. An inscription on his laptop case reads, “Archie’s Papa.” Adorable!
Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and pre-pandemic, he was a busy baby, meeting the public, visiting pubs with his parents, and donating thousands of dollars to charity.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in New York City on Wednesday, September 23, and according to Global Citizen, they’re here to make an appearance at the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, September 25. The couple is participating in the event on the Great Lawn of Central Park “to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” according to Global Citizen.
Highlights of their trip so far have included a visit to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their son, Dante de Blasio, as well as New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
The couple’s visit to the Big Apple comes fresh off of their September 15 joint magazine cover debut as Time 100 honorees. World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, who’s worked with the Sussexes in the past on relief efforts, wrote a feature on the couple, commending their status as two of Time‘s most influential people.
“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know,” Andrés wrote for Time. “They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”
On August 5, actor Kate Bosworth announced her split from her husband of seven years, filmmaker Michael Polish, on Instagram. “The beginning is often the best part of love. Fireworks, magnets, rebellion—the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility,” she began the lengthy post, adding, “Inherently we fear an ending. To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown. What if we chose not to fear but instead, to love. If that most delicate and vulnerable last flicker to the flame became another type of furnace entirely.
“Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamored and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate,” she clarified, noting that her epitaph of their relationship may “sound strange to some, romantic to others.”
Despite the split, Bosworth suggests in her posts that the pair are working on a new film together. “Together, over the last 10 years, Michael and I have chosen love, every time. We hold hands as tightly today as we entangled fingers on our wedding day. Our eyes look more deeply into one another, with more courage now. In the process of letting go, we have come to acknowledge that our love will never end. The connection does not simply disappear. The love deepens, the heart expands,” she wrote. “We laugh as we plan for our next movie together and are excited to share our latest collaboration. We believe the most epic love stories are those which transcend expectation.” Read the post in its entirety, here.
Of course, in this case the feud is ultimately being used to help promote Betty Buzz. The video has more than a million views and Ryan Reynolds’ comment has over 20,000 likes, so a lot of people have seen it, which means they’ve also heard Jackman’s support for the drinks. This might not have been a paid advertisement, but the video is certainly working as that. Even if Jackman wasn’t asked to record this video, he certainly did it to help support his friend. You have to figure a few of these million people will give the drinks a try.
Iann Dior ft. Lil Uzi Vert: “V12”
In the 14 months since “Mood” dropped, Iann Dior has collaborated with an increasingly diverse roster of artists: Jxdn, Mike Shinoda, LilHuddy and Tyson Ritter (!), and now, Lil Uzi Vert. Impressively, he’s sounded at home with all of them. On “V12,” he takes center stage with a golden hook and so much charisma that it feels effortless. Uzi, as ever, is Uzi, and together, they make quite a potent pair. Who’s next? —Patrick Hosken
I’m no stranger to fillers. So when I noticed my under eyes looking sunken and hollow as my 30th birthday loomed, my first thought wasn’t, I should get more sleep and drink more water. My mind went straight to fillers and my fingers went straight to Google.
That’s how I found out about platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, under-eye injections. What I read online turned into what I experienced in real life days later: A technician draws two to four 13-milliliter tubes of your blood, runs it through a centrifuge at a slow speed, and injects the newly-separated PRF back into the treatment area.
The idea behind this type of procedure is simple. Practitioners say your body’s own platelets and growth factors can be isolated and used to enhance the appearance of a given area by rejuvenating skin, even making it plumper. For anyone with the compulsion to try the newest, coolest procedures—like me—or wary of injecting synthetic fillers into their body, this more natural approach can be really appealing.
However cool and revolutionary the results are supposed to be, though, I found the procedure more than a little gruesome. I love enhancements but hate needles, so the process of having blood sucked from my arm turned my stomach—and that was before the watery solution was injected under my eyes rapidly, which my provider told me was so it wouldn’t clot. As with traditional under eye filler, I could hear a disquieting popping noise and feel periorbital pressure with each squirt. I wasn’t numbed, so the speed compounded an already-unpleasant experience. It was, put simply, gross.
It was also ineffective for me, but I know from online reviews that results can vary. Only after I’d signed a waiver and been strapped with a tourniquet was I told I would need five appointments to see results. Standard filler only requires one, so I wasn’t thrilled. I had intense—very intense—bruising for over a week and when the swelling subsided, so did the fullness I’d attributed to filler. After two weeks, I was back to my sunken baseline. My face looked the same, but my bank account did not.
Forgive my lack of before-and-after photos—when I set out to do this, I expected a subtle success and to carry on with my life looking ever-so-slightly better. As a result, I wasn’t planning on being too public about it. I took one picture the day of the procedure: my hand clutching a stress ball that the medspa gave me. There’s an unsettling array of pointy implements in the background. The photo radiates discomfort, but that feeling would have been worth it if I’d noticed an improvement.
My experience differed so dramatically from reviews I’d read online, and doctors’ opinions of PRF filler differ too. Dr. Anil Rajani, a Portland, Oregon-based injector with 20 years of experience—10 of which have been with platelet-rich plasma and six of which have been with PRF—told me, “Fillers many times can attract water and create an unnatural look whereas PRF is an all-natural way to help rejuvenate the skin in this area and brighten the under eye, and we even see an increased volume to combat the dark circles.”
He uses microneedling to inject the PRF for regenerative and rejuvenating effects and says it can even be used to improve hair quality and lip color. When injected as a filler, which is a newer use, the growth factors and platelets slowly release over weeks and months, Rajani told me. But he added that some results should still be immediate. Unlike my practitioner, he said a second—let alone fifth—injection is only necessary if a client requests one after six weeks.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been entertaining audiences for over a decade, and the studio is showing no signs of slowing down. While some OG stars like Robert Downey Jr. have left the franchise behind him, actors Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have become even more essential to the property. And Stan recently shared an A+ Captain America: Civil War video to celebrate Mackie’s birthday.