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Solo: A Star Wars Story Almost Featured Darth Maul’s Original Voice Actor

Arguably the biggest surprise from Solo: A Star Wars Story was the cameo from Darth Maul, who was last seen in live action being sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, but had continued on to be a recurring character in the Star Wars universe’s animated realm. While Ray Park returned to physically portray Maul for Solo, Sam Witwer, who previously voiced the character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, vocally reprised the character instead of Peter Serafinowicz, who voiced him in The Phantom Menace. As it turns out, though, Serafinowicz did record lines for Solo, though this readings ultimately went unused for the final cut.

Peter Serafinowicz, currently best known for playing The Tick on the same-named Amazon series, traveled to Pinewood Studios to visit the Solo: A Star Wars Story set and speak with director Ron Howard about Darth Maul, specifically what he’d “become” following his defeat on Naboo. Serafinowicz then recorded his lines, and the following day is when Ray Park was brought in to act out Maul’s scenes on camera. Fast-forward to the days leading up to Solo’s release, Serafinowicz was excited to bring his kids and their friends to the movie and have them hear him voice the former Sith Lord, but then he learned how things had changed following the Solo world premiere. As he recalled to Collider Live:

On the one hand, I understand Peter Serafinowicz being disappointed not to get to hear himself voicing Darth Maul again. After all, though Maul was a Zabrak of few words in The Phantom Menace, Serafinowicz was the one who made him sound sinister and meaning during his introductory appearance, and almost two decades later, he traveled all the way to Pinewood Studios to reprise for Solo: A Star Wars Story. On the other hand, given that Sam Witwer has voiced Maul for nearly a decade and has been integral to the character becoming more interesting, I get why the Solo filmmakers decided to switch to him instead. Still, it would have been nice if Serafinowicz and his family were at least invited to the Solo premiere given his history with Maul and that he contributed to the movie.

Darth Maul was absent from Solo: A Star Wars Story until nearly the very end, when it was revealed that he was Dryden Vos’ boss and the head of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. Qi’ra contacted Maul to inform him that Dryden Vow and his men had been killed by Tobias Beckett and his accomplices, though she didn’t name Han and Chewbacca as the culprits. Though disappointed by this turn of events, Maul ordered Qi’ra to come to Dathomir so they could start working more closely together. While it doesn’t look like Solo 2 will happen, perhaps there will be an opportunity in the future for Qi’ra and Maul’s relationship to be explored in a Star Wars novel, comic book or, as a best case scenario, a Disney+ series. If not, at least those who haven’t kept up with Maul past the theatrical movies can fill in the blanks of his story by checking out The Clone Wars and Rebels.

While it remains to be seen if/when we’ll see Darth Maul on screen again, the Star Wars saga continues with the release of Episode IX on December 20. Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates concerning a galaxy far, far away, and be sure to browse through our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater this year accordingly.

Stan LOONA: How The K-pop Rookies Are Striving To Become The ‘Ultimate Girl Group’

By Taylor Glasby

You’ve probably seen or heard of the film Jaws. It was the first-ever summer blockbuster, an early example of high concept — or, a film able to be summarized in as few words as possible to appeal to the widest audience. In this case: “shark attack.” Jaws changed how films were made and marketed for decades. Like Hollywood, K-pop is its own multi-billion dollar industry, and although 44 years and six thousand miles away from a mechanical shark named Bruce, their use of high concept has become remarkably robust. Girl groups, in particular, bear its hallmark; one-word concepts — Sexy! Cute! Fierce! — turned corporeal.

For this reason, at surface level, it’s easier to categorize K-pop’s girls than its boys; the former designed to deliver a cut and dry, low-risk experience to the masses, and whose preordained fundamentals — from beauty ideals to personality traits — have become ever more rigid over time. Meanwhile, boy groups have been given far more leeway to experiment, to participate, and to fail. It must be said that not every K-pop group needs an album trilogy, an epic narrative, or an alternative universe, but when it comes to such flexing of conceptual muscle, and the rewards it brings, whether trophies, critical acclaim or sales, you’ll find a male-dominated playing field.

Making atypical strides into that space are LOONA, who officially debuted as a 12-member group last August after a never-before-done, two-year process of introducing each member with a solo song, plus three subunits (1/3, ODD EYE CIRCLE, yyxy), and a defined backstory. The debuting of Heejin, Hyujin, Haseul, Yeojin, ViVi, Kim Lip, Jinsoul, Choerry, Yves, Chuu, Go Won, and Olivia Hye created a noisy split of opinion — innovative or overkill? — a divide that may well have been less fractious had it been a boy group.

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LOONA attend the 2018 Mnet Music Awards in South Korea

Despite the dissenters, the advantages of their debut have always been clear. From Heejin’s swing-infused “ViVid,” to the ataractic R&B of Kim Lip’s “Eclipse,” and the space-age electronica on Olivia’s “Egoist,” LOONA have not only presented a diverse back catalogue, but they’ve also circumvented the struggle of familiarizing oneself with a large group and, most importantly, says Heejin, “allowed every member to show their own personality and identity, which I think is great.”

Their story, referred to as the LOONAverse, couldn’t have resonated with fans so successfully without this extended creative process. Centered around the concept of the Möbius strip — or,  LOONA’s existence across three dimensions — it’s now a substantial otherworld. Much of it has been created through their videos and teasers but a recent album cut, “Colors,” breaks ground by using Choerry, Kim Lip, and Jinsoul’s designated colors in its lyrics to highlight LOONA’s internal relationship. “ODD EYE CIRCLE [of which she is a part] is the only concept that has our official personal colors in it,” Choerry points out. “The story of the song is that each color mixes with other members and affects one another.”

Like all good stories, the LOONAverse is fascinating but also challenging, something Jinsoul and Haseul understand all too well. Honestly, I really like the LOONA world,” says Jinsoul. “To see our world building in not just our album concepts but our music is something really enjoyable for me.”

We stay up late every night studying the LOONAverse,” Hanseul laughs. “Fans who have recently entered the universe will think it’s even more complicated but we believe this huge, systemized world is what sets LOONA apart and we’re very proud of that.” She knows their fans — called Orbits — are always eager for fresh clues. “There’s one hint I can give you,” she teases, “something will happen between 1/3, who is responsible for Earth, and ODD EYE CIRCLE, who is between [Earth and cosmos]. and Eden’s yyxy. This is all I can say.” As hints go, it’s vague, but the epic possibilities that immediately come to mind is testament to the large-scale development of their concept so far.

Orbits have developed their own omnipresent online signature, the phrase “Stan Loona”, which has earned itself an entry on Urban Dictionary — “A popular phrase used by twitter gays under every popular tweet encouraging readers to stan Korean girl group LOONA” — cementing the group in modern pop culture. LOONA themselves regularly check the tag. “We are very much aware of it,” says Olivia. “We look up all the videos, covers, and memes on Twitter and Instagram. They’re so interesting and fun!” smiles ViVi. Adds Olivia, “When we see international fans write ‘Stan Loona,’ it gives us a lot of strength. If our fans keep promoting us like that we’ll return that kindness by working harder and getting stronger.”

As Urban Dictionary so bluntly points out, a large number of Orbits identify as LGBTQ+. But for all the same-sex fan service (usually intimate body contact) and shipping by fandoms, K-pop, and South Korea, have never been positive, safe places for LGBTQ+ people. In a quiet countermove, some artists appear wearing charity or supportive merch, such as ribbons or pins. Still, queerness in K-pop is very much a case of don’t ask, don’t tell.

So it’s hard to adequately describe the shock as Yves immediately says, “I think I should answer this,” when asked why LOONA are so beloved by those identifying as LGBTQ+. “I heard the LGBTQ+ community was really interested in the continued worlds of ‘New’ [her solo single] and Chuu’s solo, ‘Heart Attack,'” she says, referencing the videos’ story lines, which have been interpreted by fans to portray same-sex attraction. “When the song was being written and the video filmed, we didn’t see it like that. For us, it was a story about yearning, but we were also thankful when it was translated that way. You may have realized it during ‘Butterfly’, but we want to go beyond gender, race, and nationality,” Yves adds.

Released in late February, the widely celebrated “Butterfly” (from x x, the repackaged version of their debut EP + +), with its driving punch of a chorus and dream-pop vocals, is multifarious. It’s a show of female strength and determination. “Butterfly means so much,” exclaims Chuu. “Especially the part where the caterpillar becomes a butterfly, I thought it really overlapped with us. It’s not just our members but that the fans that listen to LOONA as well — we can all identify as one. You know how there are obstacles for everyone’s hopes and dreams? I hope we can all picture overcoming it and flying upwards.”

“Butterfly” is also the embracing of their fandom and the merging of the LOONAverse with the real world. Directors Digipedi took items (Converse shoes), set pieces, and locations (Hong Kong, Paris, Iceland) from previous LOONA videos and reshot them using a diverse range of young women. “Although LOONA was born in Korea,” explains Hyunjin, “we’re aware there’s a lot of fans from countries we haven’t been to. When they are encouraged and get strength from our music, that’s an aspect of the ‘butterfly effect.'” Yet for LOONA to be in the position to instill assurance in others hasn’t been so much a linear journey as a circular one. I’ve been preparing for a long time to become an idol singer,” confides Yves. “In that time, there were plenty of hardships, even times where I would lose confidence, but I didn’t give up and trusted in myself. I realized after I became part of LOONA that those hardships made me who I am right now.”

Kim Lip agrees with her bandmate. “Like Yves, during my trainee days I questioned whether I would even be able to perform on stage. But after I became a part of LOONA, whenever fans would say, ‘I got strength by watching LOONA,’ all those memories of hardships would just dissipate. Just like how our fans receive positive influences from us, now we receive positive energy by reading our fans’ messages. It’s a relationship where we rely on one another.”

The K-pop rule of thumb has been female idols attract male fans and vice versa, and while it’s becoming less set in stone, LOONA’s fandom bucked from the outset. “When we were in subunits [pre-debut] we wondered if we had a lot of female fans,” recalls Yeojin, “then there were more females when we’d meet our fans in person. But during promotions, I think the ratio of female and male really evened out.” The opportunity for LOONA to see their impact further abroad, according to Go Won, isn’t far off. “We’re preparing for our Japanese debut as well as our international tour,” she says, eagerly. “Even if we become a little more popular, it’d be great if we could meet more of our fans!”

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The longer you spend with LOONA, the more you realize how much their work refuses to be ingenuous and confined. It’s not just the overarching concept that supports this; in “Butterfly” their wardrobe is both masculine and feminine, their vocals sweet above lyrics and music that impress power, while all three previous singles (“Butterfly,” “favOriTe,” “Hi High”) demonstrate intricate choreography closer to that of a boy group. “Before we debuted,” admits Heejin, “we practiced a lot with male idol choreographies and our company continuously told us that we’d be performing dances like that. Learning them [for their songs] was hard, but we were also really eager to show it to our fans.”

There’s no defiance in LOONA’s purposeful inability to be a one-word pitch. It’s just a fact. They aren’t merely cute. They aren’t only sexy. They aren’t purely fierce. They’re not even girl crush. Instead, they’re all of those and more, unconditionally in their own way. As Jinsoul says, LOONA is “a hybrid. For this reason, rather than be loved for a single concept, we want to be the ultimate girl group.”

*This Is Us* Season 4: Everything We Know So Far

I don’t blame you if you’re still reeling from Tuesday’s This Is Us season finale. It was a lot to process, especially those last five minutes—spoilers ahead—in which we learned so many things about the Future Pearsons. Here’s a non-exhaustive list: Rebecca is sick (and possibly dying), Kevin has a son, Nicky is back in the picture, Kate’s nowhere to be found, and Toby has a goatee that desperately needs shaving. I’ve spent the past 24 hours thinking about nothing else (especially that goatee), and I need answers.

Unfortunately, we won’t get them concretely until This Is Us season four premieres next fall (presumably). That’s a long time from now, so we’re doing our best to gather as much information about what’s to come as we can. Thankfully, we chatted with some of the cast and producers of This Is Us before season three wrapped, and they dropped some hints. Plus, it’s only a matter of time before announcements for the new season start rolling in.

Here’s everything we know so far about This Is Us season four. Of course, we’ll continually update this post as more info comes in.

Premiere date. This hasn’t been announced yet, but expect season four to debut in September 2019.

The “future” scenes takes place roughly 12-15 years from the present day. This comes straight from This Is Us showrunner Elizabeth Berger.

Rebecca not recognizing Randall in the future might not be as bad as you think. “Possibly this is someone near the end of their life experiencing a lack of awareness and confusion that comes with extreme old age,” Berger tells Glamour.

However, she is probably close to dying. “I think it definitely feels like she’s very near the end of her life and that her passing is imminent and that’s why everyone has decided to descend upon Kevin’s house,” showrunner Isaac Aptaker says.

Nicky turns his life around. The Pearsons tried to help him get sober in season three, but he obstinately refused their help. However, he’s a different person in the flash-forward: clean-cut, nice, and sitting right by Rebecca’s side. “We’re seeing a guy in a better place than when we last left him,” Aptaker says. “The fact that he aged really well shows he’s in a much better place mentally and physically than when we left him in that trailer.”

Miguel is missing in the flash-forward, too. But we won’t find out why until “season five or six,” according to Aptaker.

Zoe (Melanie Liburd) isn’t going anywhere, even though she and Kevin broke up. “We love writing for her, so we’re always going to be looking for ways to bring her back into the story and into the fold,” Aptaker says. “But we will not be watching week-to-week storylines between her and Kevin next year.”

It’s not guaranteed that Kate is alive in the future. “I think it’s wide open at this point what has become of Kate,” Berger says.

Figuring out what happened to Kate will be a top priority. “I can’t promise next season,” Aptaker says. “But we know that in terms of the rank of people’s burning questions, that one is probably working its way up there. We’ll be mindful of that.”

Tess’ feelings about moving to Philadelphia will be fully explored. The look on her face when Beth and Randall were packing was not good. “To be Tess’s age and already be in the middle of coming to terms with your sexuality and then to throw in a move is only going to make things feel more complicated and more overwhelming,” Berger says. “We’re definitely going to be exploring that as soon as we come back next season.”

Robyn’s Sun-Kissed ‘Between The Lines’ Video Is Here, And ‘The Fashion Is Insane’

For the “Honey” video off her 2018 album of the same name, Robyn staged a stylish, impeccably produced club dance party. But for her latest visual, “Between The Lines,” she went in the complete opposite direction, opting for a very DIY-looking record of a wild week in Ibiza.

The low-res vid arrived on Wednesday (April 3) — the same day Robyn kicks off her European tour — and it tracks the singer as she romps around the Spanish island, singing and dancing at pools, beaches, and ball pits. It’s all very low-key and off-the-cuff, but if you want to feel like you’re hanging out with Robyn for five minutes, it definitely suffices. Plus, as the singer herself hilariously notes, “the fashion is INSANE.”

In a press release, director SSION said that the “intimate, messy, sweaty, silly, and slightly voyeuristic” video was inspired by Wham!’s “Club Tropicana.”

He added, “Robyn is one of my favorite artists to collaborate with and making this video with her allowed for a lot of playfulness in embracing the extremes of being in a place like Ibiza. The aggressive tackiness of tourist culture slapped up against the serene beach vibes. We also wanted to keep the edit rude and leave in a lot of the in-camera audio of us giggling, talking & screaming. Just a complete disregard for pop music video formalities to create something that feels very fun and alive.”

Mission accomplished! Now consider this sun-kissed visual a worthy addition to your Summer 2019 mood board.

Here’s Why Meghan Markle Does Her Own Makeup for Royal Events

Meghan Markle always looks impossibly chic, but it turns out so much of her look is attainable. For one, she’s frequently photographed in affordable fashion, like this $35 maternity dress or this $99 top. And also: She does her own makeup.

Yes, you read that correctly: Meghan Markle does her own makeup. Not for every occasion, obviously. Her good friend, makeup artist Daniel Martin, put together her royal wedding look, but nine times out of 10 she likes to hold the reins—or eyelash curler, I should say.

And the reason is quite simple: Markle just likes doing it. According to Us Weekly, there are rumors the Duchess of Sussex is no-fuss with her glam to “compete” with Kate Middleton, who also does her own makeup. But this isn’t true: “[Markle] just likes doing her own makeup,” a source tells the magazine. “It has nothing to do with Kate. Meghan has her makeup done for some special occasions but likes to do it herself.”

A few favorites we know she loves (which she shared back during her acting days) include Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, and Nars Orgasm Blush.

Also not true are the rumors Middleton and Markle have some kind of “feud” going on. That idea popped up last year after tabloids reported Middleton left Princess Charlotte’s dress fitting for Markle’s wedding “in tears.” Katie Nicholl, author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, shut this down to Glamour last week.

“I think this idea of there being a catfight between the two duchesses has made tantalizing headlines, but I don’t believe that,” Nicholl, who covers the royals for both Vanity Fair and The Daily Mail, said. “I’ve never heard from my sources that there has ever been a feud or a falling-out. I had heard about an upset over the dress fitting for Princess Charlotte. And I had heard that while Harry was very keen for the two of them to become best friends, there was never that sort of a friendship.”

The Incredible Way Pet Sematary Uses Sound To Amplify Its Scares

The scares in a horror movie seldomly only comes from the terrors on screen. The genre has long used music cues and precise sound design to create a complete sensory experience that has audiences jumping out of their seats and belting out screams. It looks like the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary is no exception.

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell spoke with Pet Sematary directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer at SXSW, where the film premiered. Check out what Kölsch said about the importance of focusing sound design in the horror epic:

In CinemaBlend’s recent interview with the Pet Sematary filmmakers, they explained the inspiration on the movie’s sound design came straight from the pages of Stephen King’s 1983 novel. Kevin Kölsch maintains that while one chapter in the horror bestseller when Louis and Jud go to bury Winston Church the cat may be regarded as the author’s scariest chapter to date, the contents of the chapter is not visually terrifying scene. It’s all about what they don’t see.

Enter sound design. A simple journey through the woods and swamp in which they fear the Wendigo is all captured through the music notes and noises the sound team worked on the film. It really is amazing how sound can inform audiences into the tension of the scene and terrify audiences, even when what’s happening on screen is as simple as a nervous walk through the woods. As director Dennis Widmeyer said:

Looks like fans of the novel Pet Sematary may find some satisfaction in watching the upcoming remake since the directors paid so much attention to replicating details like these into their iteration of the horror film. Check out the directors talk about sound design below:

There has already been a huge change made from the original novel, as the daughter instead of the son in the Creed family will be killed in an accident and then resurrected in an ancient graveyard. Stephen King has however voiced his understanding of the justification, along with calling the movie “fucking great!

This Friday, Pet Sematary will open alongside Shazam!, DC’s next superhero origin story. While the high-flying action flick is expected to win the weekend at around $45 million, Pet Sematary is tracking close behind at $30 million.

So get ready for some serious tension when you see Pet Sematary, thanks to the movie’s sound design. The movie will be the first of two King adaptations to come out in 2019, as IT: Chapter 2 delivers more frights on September 6, 2019.

New Avengers: Endgame Clip Reveals Another Dusted Character

We’re almost a year removed from Avengers: Infinity War and like the Avengers themselves, we are still tallying the losses from The Decimation wrought by Thanos. Thanks to the posters for Avengers: Endgame, we recently learned that Shuri is indeed among the fallen, and the Avengers will not be able to rely on her brilliance for the war to come. Now a new clip for the upcoming film has revealed that another character, one we haven’t seen in a while, was dusted: Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr. Erik Selvig. Take a look:

We’ve seen a bunch of shots like this in the marketing for Avengers: Endgame, where the various surviving heroes look at images of all the missing and dead friends and teammates who fell during Infinity War. As you can see on the left of this screenshot, the new clip from Avengers: Endgame shows that Dr. Erik Selvig, the astrophysicist from the Thor films, has also been reduced to dust.

We last saw Dr. Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he was one of the team members working at the new Avengers facility in Upstate New York. There he, along with his team of scientists, was presumably working to help the Avengers and the world protect itself against new threats. As Captain Marvel is being shown in the screenshot above and we now see, his mind and knowledge will not be on available to aid the Avengers this time around.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen him that you might have forgotten about Dr. Selvig, but the revelation of his dusting just reminds us that he was a part of this world and the scope of what Thanos did. All the characters we’ve met over the years of the MCU that were still alive at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War were subject to the indiscriminate culling of The Decimation.

With all that said, here’s where things get interesting. We thought Dr. Erik Selvig was alive. The human trio of the first Thor film, Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr. Selvig, Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, all seemed to have survived the snap because they all appear in the novel Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath.

That book by Brandon T. Snider is about the aftermath of The Decimation. In it, Dr. Selvig and Darcy set out to find and understand the cause of the devastation and in their quest they are aided by Jane Foster. The three are dubbed the “Science Avengers.” So, how can Dr. Selvig be dead in this clip from Avengers: Endgame if he is one of the main characters in an entire book set after Avengers: Infinity War?

One possibility is that Dr. Selvig is only presumed dead. I’m sure with over 3 billion people snapped out of existence at once, it would take a while to know for sure who is and isn’t still alive. We’ve also seen the Avengers looking at an image of Scott Lang in these kinds of scenes in the trailers so they can be wrong. Of course, he was in the Quantum Realm.

We also know that Marvel is totally willing to add footage and change things and design the trailers to throw us off so that we don’t know too much when we see the film. That could be a possibility here, but that effort for a character we haven’t seen in an entire Phase would seem unnecessary.

I don’t know that we’ll get a firm answer that clears up this disparity, but if I were to guess, I would say that sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one. This is just a book and I don’t think Marvel is super concerned about the canonical complications from it. The movies are what takes precedence and are the official canon. We see this in Star Wars too, where the books are supposed to be canon, but their level of tie-in with the new films has amounted to a few Easter eggs at best.

So I think we can probably count Dr. Selvig among those hoping for an undusting until we hear otherwise. You can check out the new clip with Dr. Selvig’s digital headstone in the video below.

Avengers: Endgame arrives on April 26. Check out our 2019 release schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies coming this year.

The First Lady Has a Huge Job. She Should Be Paid for Her Work.

A few months into the 2020 presidential race, Politico posed a question: “Is America Ready for a Single President?” In the piece, writer Joanna Weiss looks at how the fact that Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is unwed could affect his bid for the Oval Office. Of course, TMZ and CNN have both since reported that Booker and the actress Rosario Dawson are now in a relationship, which perhaps renders his status somewhat more palatable to our #bachelornation nation.

The piece addressed a theme of American politics—our deep obsession with the spouse of the president. But it could have gone further; how is that in 2019 there’s still such a critical role in the White House that awards zero compensation to the person who does it?

The job of President of the United States is herculean, but well understood. His wife, on the other hand? Like most women, her set of responsibilities is amorphous. In decades past, these women (and so far they’ve all been women) have pushed for and shaped the national conversation about education, nutrition, service, health care, and more. They’ve acted as the public face for the administration, particularly in times of crisis. They’ve coordinated state dinners, ceremonies, and celebrations. And they’ve traveled the world both to speak for their husbands and to stand next to them; the perfect photo opp.

The sheer breadth of responsibilities has been baked into the position almost from the start. From Abigail Adams on, first ladies have weighed in on public debates, political appointments, and even whether the nation should go to war. In the modern era, women like Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy evolved the role further. Roosevelt delivered regular addresses on the radio and held almost 350 press conferences (nearly all of which were only open to female reporters). Kennedy took on a full-scale historical restoration of the White House during her tenure, which helped shape our current sense of the domestic duties a first spouse is supposed to fulfill. Later, Hillary Clinton famously lobbied for health care reform. Laura Bush was a staunch advocate for childhood literacy. Michelle Obama attempted to address childhood obesity one push-up at a time. But for all the rigor with which these women approached the position, the job’s responsibilities have also been said to include maintaining a “slavish devotion” to the president and providing nonstop “thankless labor.” It’s a massive, ever-expanding, mostly underappreciated role. And technically, first ladies are expected to do it for free.

Each time a man has won the White House, his wife has been expected to relinquish her life in deference to her husband’s political aspirations. And that means her job too. Worse still, she’s supposed to be grateful for it. As Bill Clinton ran for president in the early 1990s, Hillary Clinton defended her career ambition when she quipped to reporters, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.” The public scorned her for the infamous quote, and soon enough, she was baking cookies for Family Circle magazine’s first ever First Lady Cookie Bake-Off. Michelle Obama, too, was criticized for her ambition before, in the midst of, and even after her husband’s time in the Oval Office.

Of course, there have been single presidents before (although few) and widower presidents. Some have married women who weren’t available for every single task assigned to them. But now, the demands of the office are full-time, unendingly public, and open to endless scrutiny, as Melania Trump knows very well. Meanwhile, spouses of heads of governments in other countries have often maintained their careers, in part because the roles that the American first spouse has to tackle are in some cases left to royal families, as Keli Goff pointed out for the Daily Beast in 2015. Who’s British Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband? Yeah, I don’t know either.

The Black Widow Movie Is Eyeing A Favourite Star

There must be something in the water over at Marvel Studios, as the Black Widow film has been rapidly filling out its cast as of late. With Fighting With My Family’s Florence Pugh and Stranger Things’ David Harbour both jumping on board as of late, Scarlett Johansson’s solo flight in the MCU is looking to have quite a formidable roster of potential heroes and villains. And that team is about to get a little more interesting, as Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz is the latest name to be brought into consideration for a spot on the bench.

No contracts have been signed yet, so Rachel Weisz’s potential hiring is still a bit up in the air. But sources that have information on the possibility say that both camps are pretty sweet on the deal. At this point, it sounds like the only thing that could possibly derail this prospect are those old favorites: scheduling conflicts and terms of the agreement. In the face of such expectations, I’m pretty damned excited to see this happening.

Of course, there’s no insight into who Black Widow has in mind for Rachel Weisz to play, merely that it’s a “key role.” Whether that position involves a villainous protagonist that dogs Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff throughout this long awaited adventure, or if it’s more of an advising presence that supports her journey in various parts of her journey, is left unknown. Still, casting Weisz is a wonderfully bold move to begin with.

Fresh off of her recent Academy Award nomination for The Favourite, Rachel Weisz has the type of resume that screams Marvel greatness. Be it her performances in popcorn films like Stephen Sommers’ first two Mummy films with Brendan Fraser, or in thought provoking independent films like Disobedience, Weisz has played a wide field of material. So bringing her on board for an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Variety has apparently sniffed out, would only be beneficial to Black Widow’s chances at success.

Other key talent for Black Widow includes writer Jac Schaeffer, who provided the intial draft, as well as writer Ned Benson, who was recently hired to give that draft some rewrites. Director Cate Shortland, best known for her work on Showtime’s SMILF and last year’s thriller Berlin Syndrome, is on deck to direct this film that looks to be coming down the pipe at some point in Phase 4. As this project is currently in the earlier stages of development, information is scarce as to plot and character info. But even in the face of such uncertainty, it should be known that this casting is a very Weisz choice.

The Best New Makeup Launches Coming This Year | April 2019

It seems like every time you open Instagram, a beauty brand is launching a new palette, lipstick, or contour kit. While it certainly keeps getting ready fun, the sheer volume of products dropping on the regular makes it impossible to try everything—or even know where to start. That’s where our beauty team comes in. Luckily for you (and us), it’s our job to sort through the piles (and piles) of makeup that cross our desks each month to narrow down the best new makeup launches that are worth adding to your collection. From festival-ready shimmer shadows to a limited-edition Game of Thrones collab, this month’s launches are damn good. Check in all month as we add our favorites from April to the list.