While most of us may remember the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto as the first time Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially appeared in public together as a couple, it was also the first time Trump and the British royal met. The First Lady was on hand to lead the U.S. delegation at the annual event for wounded veterans and also took a meeting with Harry.
Government records obtained by Quartz show that the First Lady’s hotel bill totaled approximately $174,000 of taxpayer money. According to Quartz, the total does not include costs for her advance team ($18,000) or any transportation costs ($21,000).
The First Lady’s itinerary for the Canadian trip shows her arriving in Toronto close to noon and back in Washington, D.C. around midnight, meaning she did not spend the night at the hotel in question.
“What I can tell you is that when the President or First Lady travels, there are people who travel ahead on the advance team to ensure safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs and logistics are all in place,” said Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham when asked about specific expenses by Quartz. “Mrs. Trump travels with a much smaller contingent of staff than that of her predecessors, but the entities I mentioned above are legally required for all official travel.”
Maybe there’s a more complicated explanation for the hefty bill, but we’re quite sure that every trip FLOTUS takes going forward will be analyzed closely. And it’s certainly not going to help quell criticisms that have run rampant since the “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket incident.
Following the success of Venom, it appears that Morbius will be the next film out of the gates in Sony’s burgeoning Spider-Verse. Set to star in the film as Dr. Michael Morbius is Oscar winner Jared Leto. To get ready for the role as Marvel’s living vampire, Jared Leto had to shave his beard and he made quite the hilarious ceremony of doing so. Take a look:
If Jared Leto had to lose his beard, at least he had a good time doing so. This goofy Twitter video begins somewhat ominously, with the music seeming to tease the profound event that is about to happen before Jared Leto says “Fuck It” and begins to shave. Then, as one does when shaving off a lot of facial hair, he plays around with the various stages of facial hair, while seeing how ridiculous he can possibly look and act.
I’ve got to say, I would have thought Jared Leto as the kind of guy who would use a straight razor. But he’s not Morbius yet so he chose to forego that potential bloodletting. This is a very cinematic eulogy to one’s beard, and with that clean-looking shave, Jared Leto should probably just sell this to Gillette as a commercial. That is, if the shaving giant didn’t sponsor his new look already.
In the comics, Morbius traditionally is clean-shaven with the exception of a thin, and ill-advised goatee. We didn’t see Jared Leto’s final look, but he did have shaving cream all over his face so that means his Morbius might be completely clean-shaven.
It originally appeared that Silver and Black was the furthest along of the reported Spider-Verse movies, but that is being reworked. Now it seems Jared Leto’s Morbius will be next up, and should arrive in theaters to continue the infant franchise. There is no official release date yet, but Jared Leto is clearly already prepping for the role– and you’ve got to think that Sony wants to keep going and soon to build off of the success of Venom.
Not long ago the idea of a Morbius movie seemed rather ridiculous. After all, this was a Spider-Man character with very little public awareness in a film that wouldn’t feature the web crawler himself. But in the wake of Venomcrushing at the box office, Morbius seems far more viable. In the same vein as Venom, Michael Morbius is an anti-hero who is not all good or bad but is more than willing to spill the blood of his enemies.
Safe House and Life director Daniel Espinosa is set to direct Morbius, based on a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film is expected to tell the story of Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disease who accidentally transforms himself into a living vampire. He then uses his newfound powers and need for sustenance to prey on the wicked.
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The one constant at Walt Disney World is change, and it looks like another part of the theme park is about to undergo such a change. A new report claims that the Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set for a major retheming, so it may not feature Aerosmith much longer.
The detail is little more than a footnote in a story about all the money that Disney is set to spend on its global theme park business over the next few years. Walt Disney World just saw the recent opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland next year, and a new Marvel-themed area is set for Disney California Adventure the year after that. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong are also set for new lands and attractions featuring everything from Frozen to Ant-Man and the Wasp.
These are all changes that were known, but among all of them is listed one item in the New York Times story that hadn’t been previously reported. A map of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is included which, along with items like the upcoming Mickey Mouse ride and Galaxy’s Edge reads “Re-themed roller coaster (overhauled).” The spot on the map where this note is made is over the current location of the Rock N’ Roller Coaster.
There are two Rock N’ Roller Coasters in the world, though the one at Disneyland Paris we already knew was on the way to being replaced by an Iron Man/Avengers roller coaster. It’s possible there’s been some confusion and the NYT is claiming the Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ version is being replaced when it is not, confusing it with Paris.
However, if one version of the ride is being taken out, it could mean that Disney Parks has eyes on replacing both. The roller coaster is nearly 20-years-old at this point, and the last time it made any sort of news it wasn’t for a good reason. Disney had to deal with what was viewed by some as an obscene gesture from Steven Tyler in one of the video clips played as part of the attraction. Even though the moment had been part of the ride for over a decade, it became “a thing” a couple years back.
The current attraction sees guest move through a queue designed to look like a recording studio. Guests are supposed to be special guests of Aerosmith at a concert, but you’re running late, so your limo needs to floor it. Your limo, in this case, is the roller coaster vehicle, themed to look like a really stretched limo. The coaster uses a magnetic launch, which means there’s no need to go up a hill to get moving quickly, the ride hits full speed immediately. It also immediately goes into a loop. It’s the only coaster at all of Walt Disney World that has an inversion. It has three in total. Of course, Aerosmith music plays loudly over in-car speakers throughout the ride.
The fact that the note states the ride is set to be “overhauled” means the change, if it is, in fact, happening, means more than a simple retheming. If whatever deal Disney has with Aerosmith was coming to an end, the park could record new material with a new band, and simply replace who was “starring” in the attraction. But overhaul makes it sound like the whole concept is being reset.
It’s not all that shocking an idea. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been undergoing some serious changes in recent years. It’s the one park at Walt Disney World that has been underperforming in the eyes of the company. The inclusions of Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the new Mickey Mouse ride are part of those changes. It’s unlikely any part of the current park is really safe. And with the two new lands being open a year from now, if any other part of the park was going to close down, that would be the best time to do it.
It will be interesting to see what the plan is if indeed the attraction is being replaced. It’s unlikely that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will see the same new coaster that Disneyland Paris is getting. previous deals that Marvel made with Universal Studios prior to being purchased by Disney limit what Marvel characters can appear at Walt Disney World, so unless Disney is in negotiations to end that deal, its language basically allows Universal to keep using Marvel in its parks for as long as it wants.
It’s possible we could see some other sort of Marvel coaster though. The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster currently under construction at Epcot is open to Disney because Universal never used those characters in its park. If there are other Marvel characters that are available for Disney to use, they might try to theme a new attraction around them.
With the coaster being on the opposite end of the park from where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the fact that the new area will include it’s own thrill rides, we can guess it won’t be a Star Wars themed ride.
Recent rumors have implied Indiana Jones could be in line for his own area of the park, but those rumors are focused on the part of the park currently home to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, which is in more or less the middle of the park.
This would seem to limit the options to more traditional Disney animated properties or a non-Toy Story Pixar brand. Maybe Hollywood Studios will see its own, indoor, version of the Incredicoaster.
Disney is having a major event in Florida right now for its D23 fan club members, Destination D. We’re expecting to get some news about the theme parks over the course of the weekend. It’s been rumored that the same Mickey Mouse attraction going into Hollywood Studios will also be coming to Disneyland and that the official announcement will come this weekend. Perhaps we’ll get some confirmation of this change, one way or the other, very soon. If the change is happening, we’ll likely find out what will be replacing it as well.
There was a lot to take in with Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding look in the Sex and the City movie: Her bespoke Vivienne Westwood gown, her vampy makeup, and whatever that blue “bird” thing was that she wore in her hair… But of all of the pieces of her statement-making bridal look, the one piece that has stood the test of time is actually one she wore at the end of the film, paired with her simple white suit at her and Mr. Big’s courthouse wedding: Her blue Manolo Blahnik stilettos.
In honor of the movie’s 10th anniversary—which also marks the 10th anniversary of the shoe’s debut—Manolo Blahnik is re-releasing their “Hangsi” high heel as part of a special edition collection.
The “Decade of Love” limited launch includes seven styles, all inspired by Carrie’s iconic wedding shoe. There’s a blue high heel and flat embroidered with the phrase, “A Decade of Love” in script; A cream high heel and flat emblazoned with a map of New York City; Blue, pink and white checkered high heels; And black and white heels and flats with the word “love” calligraphed multiple times across the silk. Prices range from $985 to $1065.
“The Hangisi has since transformed from fashion fantasy to the quintessential, instantly recognisable silhouette it is today,” the brand writes on its website. “The capsule collection, A Decade of Love is inspired by New York City in dedication to the ‘Manolo’ woman and her long-standing love for this special shoe.”
Since Carrie Bradshaw selected the Hangsi as her “something blue” a decade a go, a number of brides have followed suit for their own big days. Olivia Palermo famously paired the shoe with a white sweater and princess skirt for her 2015 wedding, proving that the shoe works just as well for a bridal look now as it did back when Carrie was stood up at the altar (a move we still haven’t forgiven Mr. Big for, by the way).
The movie gained the shoe a notorious place in fashion and pop culture history, which designer Manolo Blahnik says happened by happy accident. “It’s torture—it’s a horror story. It just goes on and on,” he joked to Footwear News of the shoe’s mass popularity. “It’s one of those things that I cannot explain, but I do thank God for it. I never do things thinking they are going to be iconic. It was just a coincidence.”
The collection is available for sale now in stores and at Manolo Blahnik‘s website.
We all make mistakes; it’s human nature. Sometimes, we’re bound to slip up, speak out of turn, or say or do something that we ultimately regretted. Armie Hammer had one of those situations this week, and it got plenty of media attention.
Upon the death of Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, thousands of fans and work colleagues of the late comic book creator posted pictures of themselves beside Lee, and Armie Hammer felt people were directing attention onto themselves instead of the person they meant to mourn. Hammer posted on Twitter about his anger and he got a lot of angry responses in return. Now, Hammer admits he did the wrong thing, and he apologized for what he said on social media. He even thanked Jeffrey Dean Morgan for calling him “an asshat.”
The Twitter apology finds Armie Hammer owning up to his mistakes, confessing that he was being a real “asshat,” and hoping folks forgive his misstep. It was a mindful and considerate apology, and it should hopefully make amends with the people who were offended by Hammer’s original dismissive tweet.
It takes a lot for one person to admit that they are wrong, and it also takes a big man to apologize in such a public forum. It seems like Armie Hammer has learned the error of his ways, and he should hopefully learn to think before you tweet. It’s a lesson that many celebs have learned the hard way.
Here is the since-deleted tweet that Armie Hammer sent out to the world, which the actor is now apologizing for.
Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, leaving many fans of the comic book mastermind to mourn his death but also celebrate his life and his deep love and appreciation for his fans. Lee has taken thousands upon millions of photos with fans over the years at conventions and other public events. Therefore, tons of people have pictures of themselves alongside the famous face of Marvel.
Armie Hammer felt these selfies were people trying to make the death of an icon about themselves, but he learned the hard way that it’s the way people choose to remember the legacy Lee left behind. This included being name called in another deleted tweet by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The Haunting of Hill House has captured viewers’ imagination and their supernatural powers speculation. With so many surprising reveals throughout the horror drama’s run, it stands to reason that the ending itself could hinge on a slightly obscured twist. The finale seemed to indicate that after a rough ten episodes, the Crain siblings had gotten a somewhat happy conclusion. Well, that maybe wasn’t the case after all.
Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played Luke on The Haunting of Hill House, has shared a potential clue regarding the Crain siblings’ fate. If ineed a legitimate twist, it could mean things didn’t end so pleasantly for the Crains.
There’s this thing that happens when we’re all in the Red Room. Again, I feel like I have to be careful if I’m saying this right. [laughs] But whenever each child, each sibling, is in the Red Room, something in the fantasy is red. And it’ll be a very, very small thing. . . . And so there’s something at the end — it was Kate [Siegel], who plays Theo, who kind of pointed it out to me — with Luke’s sobriety cake. She went, ‘The cake is red.’ And on set, I went, ‘Oh, my God!’ And she went, ‘I don’t know!’ And I asked Mike [Flanagan], and he went ‘I don’t know.’ And so I can’t tell whether or not I’m just crazy with this — or whether or not it’s something that could have legs.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen pointed out to The Wrap that whenever one of the Crain siblings was unwittingly in the Red Room, something in their ensuing fantasy is red. He mentioned that for Luke’s visit to the hotel room, his Converse sneakers were red, instead of white as they’d been during the rest of the show. As well, he brought up that Steven had on a red jumper for his own Red Room moments.
The Haunting of Hill House goes on to show the Crains, two years into the future, celebrating Luke’s two full years of sobriety with a cake. When co-star Kate Siegel shared her keen observation regarding the cake being red, it sent off a host of signals within the cast members’ heads. Unfortunately, neither Siegel nor her husband, show creator and director Mike Flanagan, could or would divulge if there was a deeper meaning behind the cake’s appearance.
In a show, where every detail seemed to matter — it makes sense to imagine this one does too. In other words, the choice of a red cake was probably no accident, and the Crains are probably boned for eternity.
If true, the cake would indeed likely be a nod to the fact the siblings never truly escaped Hill House, and probably never would. But even if they aren’t literally trapped within its walls, the cake may be a sign to audiences that Hill House’s dark shadow will surround them for the rest of their lives. Or perhaps the red cake was a sign specifically for the characters to note that the color red can never been looked at the same way again.
Given that the Red Room was referred to by Nellie as the house’s stomach, it is especially interesting that a cake was chosen to be red for the final moments. Something that the characters would ingest also seems like a big clue that strongly connects the Red Room to the actual cake. The coincidence of it being red is one thing, but two coincidences like that seems like a stretch.
In an interview with EW, Mike Flanagan indicated that the first season of The Haunting of Hill House completes the Crain family’s story. As such, do not expect the red cake to necessarily have Season 2 implications. Of course, anything is possible. If there were a new family whose story picks up after the Crain’s, the latter could be bringing new haunts to Hill House.
It is little nuances such as these that will keep fans guessing and likely re-watching to see if they can decipher more clues. The first season of The Haunting of Hill House is currently available to stream on Netflix. As fans await its premiere, an abundance of shows are making their debut this fall on Netflix and beyond, as well as through the 2019 midseason.
Creed II is absolutely exhilarating, touching gloves with the audience & knocking out expectations.
Rocky sequels, and by extension Creed sequels, are nail-biting experiences from the moment they’re first announced. The shadow of Rocky V still looms infamously, so any new addition to the franchise past that point has felt like a riskier endeavor each time out. Thankfully, Creed II is a nail-biter for all the right reasons, as the film is a rousing return to the world of Adonis Creed.
Creed II sees Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan) facing down his greatest opponent: Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu,) the son of disgraced Russian boxer, and the man who killed Apollo Creed in the ring, Ivan (Dolph Lundgren.) The stakes are higher in and out of the ring, as Donnie and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) have started to build more of a life together. A life that is easily threatened if the results of this quest for glory turn deadly.
As a movie, Creed II is just as effective as its predecessor when it comes to pumping an audience up. At its worst, the Rocky sequels have felt hokey and driven by egoism; yet, Creed II takes a page out of Creed’s book and not only challenges its protagonist’s body, but also challenges his heart. The ante has been upped in Adonis’ personal life in the new movie and it in turn makes the angle focused on his life in the ring all the more tense and terrifying.
Rather than leaning into the typical ego the next round would present, Creed II spends a good amount of its narrative asking one important question: What are you fighting for? In their own way, each character answers that question, and the cumulative responses form a story that finds a good way to dissect that question in an interesting and diverse manner. In turn, this approach also allows the entire returning cast for Creed II to use that motivation to its fullest potential.
Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson’s on-screen relationship takes a natural path of progression and both actors find their rhythm together from the beginning. They never miss a step in their telling of Donnie and Bianca’s courtship, and that romance proves to be a solid bedrock for Creed II to be built upon. On top of that very personal story is the relationship between Donnie and Rocky Balboa, once again played by Sylvester Stallone. While that pairing isn’t as pronounced as it was in Creed, the mentor and mentee relationship is still vital to this film’s chain of events; it’s just not as front and center as it was in the previous film.
For everything that it gets right, Creed II’s only real flaw is a bit of a dip in the pacing of the film. The way things are structured storywise, there’s still a big gap of totally personal drama in between moments of action-packed sportsmanship. As such, the film slows down for an extended period of time, but it doesn’t become boring by any stretch of the imagination.
Also, the story of Ivan Drago’s fate since Rocky IV, and the conditions that he and Viktor are facing, feel like they could have been better explored in its own companion film. Dolph Lundgren is still imposing as ever as Ivan, and newcomer Florian Munteanu brings a ferocity to the screen as Viktor that makes for an effective opponent. It’s because of their performances, and the few places that story is allowed to navigate that may leave some fans wanting more from that particular aspect of the story. While it still works as a tangent to Creed II, there’s still a lot to be mined in that particular story vein, and one film’s B-plot just isn’t enough room to do so properly.
When you add it all up, Creed II does fall behind Creed in terms of quality, but only barely. The spirit of Ryan Coogler’s direction lives in director Steven Caple Jr.’s masterful sequel, keeping the Creed family torch lit for those who might want to see another round of Adonis versus the world. In the realm of the Rocky franchise, which has been known for its uneven history with sequels, that’s the equivalent of a satisfying win.
That victory comes from the one thing the Creed films, and even 2006’s Rocky Balboa remembered to bring to the table: All of those films remembered to include the heart of the warrior spirit. It is because of that heart that Creed II is absolutely exhilarating, touching gloves with the audience & knocking out expectations. If you got pumped watching the first film, be prepared to have your heart beating out of your chest again; because when Creed II is at its best, it’s totally inspiring.
OVER THE YEARS, Alex Raij and her husband, fellow chef Eder Montero, have opened a string of New York restaurants, primarily focused on Spanish cuisine. “We took home cooking and preserved its spirit and its layers of flavor by cleaning it up just a little at the end,” said Ms. Raij.
This Basque-style potato, chorizo and pepper stew, Ms. Raij’s final Slow Food Fast contribution, is at once deliciously homey and thoughtfully composed. “There should be a thin film of fat floating on the surface,” said Ms. Raij. “And the potato…
When you think of “stand-out accessories,” your mind might go to some extra-sparkly shoes or a super-colorful handbag… But don’t sleep on jewelry—specifically, earrings. On the Spring 2019 runways, we saw styles featuring sculptural statements, baroque pearl drops, dripping diamante courtesy of designers like Balenciaga, Jacquemus, and Esteban Cortazar. Sure, those minimal everyday earrings are timeless—but why not switch ’em out for some eye-catching pretty every once in a while? There’s something everyone, every occasion… and every budget. So, give your studs a rest and give the 30+ statement earrings under $50 a try. Wear them with your party dress, your denim, your favorite suit… Really, try finding anything in your closet they wouldn’t go with.
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Despite some mediocre reviews, Hugh Jackman’s latest movie musical has quickly become a cult favorite. The Greatest Showman made a ton of money when it arrive in theaters last December, and has remained at the forefront of pop culture in the year since. The movie is perhaps best known for its fantastic music by Pasek and Paul, with the soundtrack proving endlessly popular.
Now The Greatest Showman has taken a page from Hamilton, and released an album of covers by popular recording artists. American Idol legend Kelly Clarkson sang a song in that album, and she’s also got a track in the Greatest Showman tribute, singing Jenny Lind’s ballad “Never Enough”. Clarkson recently spoke to her involvement in the project, revealing:
It looks like the Golden Globes may have served as a vehicle to get Kelly Clarkson on The Greatest Showman Reimagined. That, and the mutual respect she and the songwriters had for each other. It’s a good thing, because Clarkson’s track is already one of the standouts of the new album.
Kelly Clarkson’s comments to EW show how excited the singer and TV personality is to be singing one of Greatest Showman‘s biggest songs. While Jenny Lind is arguably the film’s biggest villain, the OG American Idol belts out the track enough to get Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum to fall in love with her, too. Poor Michelle Williams.
“Never Enough” is an interesting song in The Greatest Showman, not only for how it functions within the greater story. But also because actress Mission: Impossible actress Rebecca Ferguson didn’t actually lend her voice to the character.
While she played Jenny Lind onscreen, her singing voice was provided by The Voice contestant Loren Allred. Kelly’s putting her own spin on the song, and will appear in the album alongside artists like P!nk, Panic! At The Disco, and Pentatonix.
The Greatest Showman Reimagined is available now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.