How it works: Adore Me is mostly known for its lingerie sets, but it also offers size-inclusive swimwear. There are multiple ways to shop on the site. You can pick whatever you want, whenever, like a traditional e-commerce store. Or, you can sign up for VIP and have a “showroom” curated for you every month, with lingerie and swimsuit options based on the style quiz you take. (With that, you get $10 off every set you buy, and the sixth set is free, but if you don’t go to the showroom before the 5th of the month to select or skip, you’re charged a $39.95 fee that can be used as a credit towards a future purchase.) But wait, there’s more: VIP Elite is a free styling subscription service in which someone curates three sets (in lingerie and swim) for you; you have one week to try on or mail back, and you get VIP $10 off pricing for every set. The latter two are curated based on your style quiz and items that you favorite in a closet on the website. If you forget to mail things back, you’re charged in full after 30 days, so best to try them on as soon as you receive, since you’re only given a week with the items.
What I asked for: My “favorited” suits were mostly underwire two-pieces with high-waisted bottoms. I let my stylist know that I wanted my chest to look good, first and foremost. I liked that with Adore Me, I could select a bra size and bottom size separately, so it was more likely that I’d find that perfect fit. I ended up “favoriting” a lot more than three swimsuits, so it would still be a surprise what I ended up with. I was a little stressed by the hold on my credit card and confusion between VIP and VIP Elite and whether I’d be locked into this membership, but excited by the mix of styles the site offered.
Did I find my perfect suit? The first box I got from Adore Me was actually lingerie, by accident. They sent me two swimsuit boxes to choose from after, and out of the lot, I loved two one-pieces, even though I was pretty gung-ho about getting a two-piece. Having a long torso, one-pieces often hit me awkwardly, especially with an underwire. One plunging neckline suit with absolutely no support somehow made me look and feel great: I wasn’t pushed up and properly held in, but I felt secure enough that I could jump into a pool and not make a bigger splash than I meant to. Another had a cold shoulder made of a lacy mesh situation and more of a shelf bra than an underwire, which was more comfortable and covered my upper arms.
I found sizing up to 3X rather than 2X worked for one-pieces, but sticking to 2X was okay for bottoms on two-pieces. I loved how high-waisted the latter were, and might keep the bottoms and return the tops, which, again, even at bra sizes didn’t hold me in or support me as much as I wanted. None that I received were longline either, and I was uncomfortable with the amount of skin showing. (Maybe one day I’ll be a bikini girl, but not this summer.) I think if I used Adore Me again, I’d go for VIP and not the curated Elite boxes—I didn’t have an incredible enough experience with a stylist to want someone to work with me every month, and I definitely don’t need new lingerie or swimsuits monthly. But the idea of a showroom being curated for me to choose from at my leisure (and with an alarm set for the 5th of the month to remind me to skip if I don’t!), I could see myself picking out pieces, whether for the pool or just to feel good about myself. Because we could all use a little confidence boost once in a while.
Naomi Hirabayashi who, with Marah Lidey, cofounded Shine, an app designed to make self-care a daily habit, doesn’t hesitate to describe the value of Entrepreneur Camp: “It’s validity,” she says. “Apple is the world’s most iconic brand, and when they elevate someone or something it holds so much weight because they are on the pulse of innovation.” The company’s support helped when she and Lidey were marketing the app and won a best app of the year designation; Apple also helped them sweat the design details, especially about accessibility, adjusting for things like people who read right to left instead of left to right, or changing icons or notifications so they are visible for people who are color blind. The upgrades, and their mission to never be “preachy, presumptuous, or pricey” and that self-care is “more than taking a bubble bath at the end of a long day” have helped them build an audience that is more representative than most, with black some making up 20 percent of their community, Hirabayashi says. Now Shine is the largest self-care membership in the world, she says, reaching 4 million people in 189 countries every day.
Lactapp founder Maria Berreuzo Martinez, from Spain, was also looking for community when she created her app to support breastfeeding moms. Just a month after giving birth, she was in a car accident that left her hospitalized for two months. She couldn’t see her baby but wanted to continue breastfeeding, so she pumped every day until she was home and could resume nursing. It was possible, she says, because “I had information and support—I had mothers around me that really supported me. Every woman should have that.”
So Martinez set out to create a virtual version of that, spending more than a year to develop an app that would answer questions customized to each mom and the age of her infant. Now Lactapp answers 35,000 questions a week, through live chats and with the help of AI. They’ve also identified key signs a mom may be experiencing things like postpartum depression, and in the next iteration of the app hope to incorporate information and referrals to doctors for these often undiagnosed conditions. The app, Martinez says, already feels completely new after working with Apple. “We worked for three years on this, and after one session we were like, Oh! We can do this better,” she says. Martinez is mission driven, but she’s not shy about this being a business (smart since app developers earned $30 billion in the last year alone). “Right now the system makes money when breastfeeding fails,” she says. “What if breastfeeding succeeds? Nobody thinks that way. We have to open a lot of minds.”
Kim Azzarelli, co-founder of Seneca Women (alongside Melanne Verveer, the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues in the Obama Administration), admits she wasn’t a tech native when she first had the idea of launching an app, but that didn’t deter her because she felt such an urgency for change. “Those of us who have been working in women’s issues a long time know we have a lot of the solutions, but unfortunately we’re not able to scale the ideas quickly enough,” she says. “If you want to be part of designing the future, we need women at the table. And to do that we need women in technology.” Azzarelli and Verveer already had a book, Fast Forward, and a newsletter, but that wasn’t enough. An app, Azzarelli explains, offers “the ability to be interactive, to poll people, and to reach the community, but also the ability to be more direct and send daily, more snackable information. In a newsletter we can give people thoughts, but here we can give people something to do, right away.” Apple advised on their Seneca Connect app, which provides tools and resources for female entrepreneurs around the world, and includes the ability to shop from women-owned businesses. The company helped with engineering expertise, and Azzarelli brought her decades of knowledge about women’s issues to the table. Azzarelli has other ideas about AR to help bring these ideas and information to life, but she’s mum for now. “We are coming up to the 100th anniversary of [women getting] the vote… and [progress] is just to slow, too damn slow,” she says.
For her, it would be irresponsible not to use technology to help further the Seneca goals. “Susan B. Anthony traveled all over this country by horse and buggy, not Uber and Lyft, they really made sacrifices for 50 years to get us the vote,” she says. “My fear is that we’re at this moment where [activism is] just in vogue. If we don’t give people actionable things to do and leverage technology, the action we’re seeing now could become another fad, and people will say, ‘Oh, we did that.’ No we didn’t—we’re still stuck. We don’t want the appearance of progress. … Technology is what’s going to bring us that leap forward.” Like the other developers, she found a new community at Entrepreneur Camp, or E Camp as some call it. “I’ve been in a lot of rooms full of women,” she says. “At E camp, I was with another 15 women-led businesses, from all over the world. You just feel like you’re in something together. You feel like you’re building the future.”
This past weekend saw the release of Dark Phoenix, the final entry in the main X-Men film series that kicked off in 2000. The Simon Kinberg-written and directed flick was already being plagued by bad reviews, but with a dismal $33 million debut, it’s safe to say Dark Phoenix is a critical and commercial failure.
Had 20th Century Fox stuck to its original plan, Dark Phoenix would have come out last November, but because the movie needed reshoots, it was moved to February 14, 2019, which would have made it the second X-Men franchise movie to release during Valentine’s Day Weekend following Deadpool. However, Dark Phoenix was moved again its final June date, and apparently the reason for that delay is reportedly due to James Cameron not wanting fellow Fox release Alita: Battle Angel to duke it out in the December 2018 cinematic landscape.
Just like Dark Phoenix, Alita: Battle Angel was originally supposed to hit theaters earlier; July 2018, to be precise, followed by a move to December 21, 2018. You might recall that that week was a particularly crowded on the movies front, because along with Aquaman and Bumblebee opening that same day, Mary Poppins Returns came out two days earlier.
James Cameron, who produced Alita: Battle Angel after years of being attached to the project as director (Robert Rodriguez ended up sitting in the director’s chair instead), apparently went to the Fox brass and expressed concern that Alita would be crushed by that opening week competition. Because Cameron is arguably Fox’s most important filmmaker thanks to the success of Titanic, Avatar and more, then-Fox CEO Stacey Snider agreed to push Alita to February 14, 2019.
This resulted in Dark Phoenix being pushed to June 7, despite the fact that director Simon Kinberg, producer Hutch Parker and Fox vice-chairman Emma Watts “begged” Stacey Snider not to do this, according to sources who spoke with THR. The problem, according to one of these insiders, was that Dark Phoenix wasn’t designed to be a summer movie. It was described as the “anti-Apocalypse,” focusing less on “spectacle and scale.” Plus, given how many superhero movies in recent years have been successful outside of the summer movie season, there was a feeling that Dark Phoenix could join that group.
Alas, when it came to the Fox calendar, Alita: Battle Angel took precedence, and Dark Phoenix came out after movies like Avengers: Endgame, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Aladdin and more took May by storm. Dark Phoenix also opened opposite The Secret Life of Pets 2, which won the weekend with a $47 million debut.
It’s also noted in THR’s article that at the time Dark Phoenix was pushed to June, the marketing campaign was “muddled” due to preparations for the upcoming Disney-Fox merger and uncertainty over if this was indeed the last X-Men movie. Although The New Mutants is still scheduled for theatrical release, it’s safe to say that Dark Phoenix ends the main mutant-filled saga on a whimper.
While Dark Phoenix’s critical reception would have been the same no matter what month it was released, it is interesting to imagine how it would have performed commercially had it been released on February 14. Isn’t It Romantic and Happy Death Day 2U opened a day earlier, so perhaps Dark Phoenix would have fared better since there wouldn’t have been any other blockbuster competition.
It’s also worth mentioning that despite its move to February, Alita: Battle Angel didn’t exactly make a splash at the box office in February. While its critical reception fell in the mixed range, it only made a little over $404 million worldwide, making it either underperformed or just barely breaking even, depending on who you ask. As a result, it’s unclear if a sequel will get the green light.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage on Dark Phoenix, and don’t forget to read through our review. Looking to the future, the X-Men are expected to rebooted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although don’t expect that to happen for a long time.
48 Hrs. was Eddie Murphy’s first movie and Trading Places was his second, and because them, Eddie Murphy’s career as a movie star exploded like a comet. But it was 1983’s Delirious that showed the world how funny Murphy was a stand-up comedian. However, Delirious was an HBO special, so it’s not part of this list.
It’s hard to argue that in the 1980s, there was a funnier person on earth than Eddie Murphy, with a starring role on SNL and a string of huge, hilarious box office smashes in theaters, Murphy was without question one of the biggest stars of the decade. That success continued into the ’90s, but some questionable choices and some really bad movies came towards the end of the decade and ever since, his movies have been, at best, uneven.
These are the 10 best movies– released in theaters – that Eddie Murphy has starred in over his almost four decades in showbiz. Keeping it to ten means that a lot of great movies were left out, such as The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop II. His impressive resume is hard to cull down, but it is easy to leave out such disasters as Daddy Day Care, I Spy and Showtime.
10. Harlem Nights (1989)
Eddie Murphy’s first (and only) time directing himself was in Harlem Nights, which completely was panned by the critics. Seriously, it took a beating. That isn’t a fair beating though. Harlem Nights is filled with hilarious performances by some of the biggest names in comedy history; names like Red Foxx, Della Reese, Arsenio Hall, Richard Pryor, and of course, Eddie Murphy himself.
The movie follows the gangster exploits of Quick Brown, Murphy’s character and his mentor and boss, Sugar Ray, played by Richard Pryor. It’s a period piece that actually looks great, with excellent costumes and sets. Most importantly, it’s really creatively funny. Harlem Nights is not as laugh out loud funny, maybe, than Murphy’s previous hits, but it still is really well done. And seriously, anyone that doesn’t laugh when Quick shoots off Vera’s pinky toe, might not have a sense of humor at all.
9. Boomerang (1992)
Boomerang marks the end of an era for Eddie Murphy. It was the end of his first run of huge hits that established him as star in the ’80s. He had successfully transitioned from TV to movies in the early ’80s, and by 1993, when Boomerang was released, he was at the height of his popularity. It also marks the end of the first era of Eddie Murphy’s career that started on SNL 13 years prior.
Boomerang, like Harlem Nights, is subtler than his early movies. The movie and Eddie Murphy himself are more polished and slicker, but the movie is completely hysterical. Supported by an outstanding cast, including the up and coming Martin Lawrence, David Alan Grier, a very young Chris Rock and another up and coming actress name Halle Berry. Murphy shines (almost literally) as a wealthy man with commitment issues, serial dating woman after woman until Robin Givens’ character comes along and gives him a taste of his own medicine.
8. The Nutty Professor (1996)
After taking an almost three-year break from movie making, Eddie Murphy returned in The Nutty Professor and it immediately reestablished him as box office gold. The Nutty Professor was a huge hit with critics and audiences alike, and it completely altered the course of Eddie Murphy’s career, though maybe not for the better. Eddie Murphy stars as the grossly overweight Professor Sherman Klump, who develops a serum that shrinks him down and turns him into the obnoxious, but popular, Buddy Love. Jada Pinkett stars as his love interest and friend, and the rest of the roles in the movie are played by Murphy himself. Like 30 of them.
Well, okay, that’s being dramatic, but Eddie Murphy does play most of the Klump family, six different roles in total, for which he earned huge praise. It was not the first time he played multiple roles in the a movie, but The Nutty Professor is the one that would convince to do it more often. That choice would not always work as well as it did in The Nutty Professor.
7. Dreamgirls (2006)
Dreamgirls was a monster hit, winning all kinds of critical acclaim for the production and for Eddie Murphy himself. It was, in a way, a comeback for Murphy, because with the exception of the animated Shrek movies, Eddie Murphy had put together a string of pretty bad movies. Dreamgirls turned that streak around in a dramatic way.
Eddie Murphy won a Golden Globe for his role as Jimmy Early, a bawdy R&B singer whose career falls apart almost before it gets off the ground. Murphy was also nominated for an Oscar and received widespread acclaim for his performance, the first time that had happened in years. It was all very well deserved as Dreamgirls and Eddie Murphy’s performance in it are both excellent.
6. 48 Hrs (1982)
This is the movie that launched a career. Eddie Murphy co-stars with Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs., a buddy cop movie about a cop (Nolte) who is forced to work with a career con man (Murphy) as they try to track down a crew of cop killers. For playing the role of Reggie Hammond, Eddie Murphy was nominated for a Golden Globe, though it was for an award that is no longer presented – the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
It’s hard to believe that Eddie Murphy was only 22 when this film was released. At the time, he was already a budding star as the only funny person in a particular shaky Saturday Night Live cast, and 48 Hrs. truly locked in his star power. His on-screen chemistry with Nick Nolte is perfect and the movie is hilarious. It was not only the launch of his career, but 48 Hrs. is also pretty much responsible for creating a whole genre of buddy cop movies that led to movies like Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour.
5. Shrek (2001)
The enduring legacy of Shrek is undeniable. It has become required viewing for all children of any age. It stays with people forever as anyone from 5 to 50 is likely to be able to quote it extensively… and probably does. Shrek is also the funniest Eddie Murphy has been since his streak of hits in the 1980s. The movie spawned three hit sequels, not to mention a couple of TV specials and amusement park rides, at one point.
Starring Eddie Murphy as the voice “Donkey,” Shrek’s faithful sidekick, who loves boulders and supports Shrek even as Shrek barely tolerates Donkey at times. Murphy steals many a scene in the movie and delivers countless classic lines. Really, it’s one of the few times in Murphy’s later career that delivers as more family-friendly Eddie Murphy. Part of what he lost when he stopped starring in rated R movies, he regained in Shrek, but without the dirty language.
4. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
On the opposite side of the Eddie Murphy spectrum from Shrek is Eddie Murphy: Raw. Raw is decidedly NOT family friendly, but it is a one-of-a-kind concert/standup film that is, without a doubt, some of the funniest 90 minutes of standup ever delivered. Raw was Eddie Murphy at the pinnacle of his comedic powers.
Sure, it’s insanely politically incorrect. Hell, it was politically incorrect in the ’80s when it was released in 1987; some of the jokes are downright offense today. But my God are they funny. How many standup acts are released as full-fledged theatrical releases? Not many, and that alone shows just how insanely popular Eddie Murphy was at the time. Not only was it good enough for theaters, it made over $51 million in 1987 dollars! For a comparison, another hit movie in 1987 was Robocop and it made about $53 million. $51 million for a standup concert movie is just crazy!
3. Trading Places (1983)
Eddie Murphy’s character Billy Ray Valentine (Capricorn) in Trading Places was the perfect role for him. He was a down and out homeless man, plucked from the streets by the ultra-wealthy Duke brothers so they can play a game of social engineering by turning Valentine into a successful banker while simultaneously ruining the career and life of a successful banker, played by Dan Aykroyd.
Eddie Murphy’s star was burning red hot at this point in his career, and it shows in this performance. He was again nominated for a Golden Globe for Trading Places, but that hardly matters because what it does best is show how freaking funny he is from the start to the end. In a film filled with comedic geniuses, like Dan Aykroyd and Don Ameche, Eddie Murphy truly outshines them all as the star of Trading Places.
2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
After starring with Dudley Moore in the bomb Best Defense in the summer of 1984, critics questioned if that brightly burning star from Trading Places had burned out. Well, by Christmas of that year, that question was answered with a resounded “no way!” with the release and massive success of Beverly Hills Cop. Part comedy and part action flick, Beverly Hills Cop took in an insane $316 million on a $15 million budget!
Beverly Hills Cop without a doubt established how huge a star Eddie Murphy had become because not only was it a huge hit, but the movie about a Detroit cop that goes to Beverly Hills to investigate his buddy’s murder in a classic fish out of water story is brilliant everywhere and Murphy’s performance is about as perfect as a performance in a comedy can get. It is absolutely brilliant and also spawned a bit of a franchise, with rumors that a 4th movie is possible.
1. Coming To America (1988)
There are a million reason why Coming To America is at the top of this list, but most of all, over the years, it has become an undisputed classic that transcends generations. It’s a timeless love story combined with a brilliant comedy that isn’t a romcom. In it, Eddie Murphy, for the first time, plays multiple roles, and the scenes in the barber shop are worth the price of admission alone.
His co-star Arsenio Hall also plays multiple roles and together they are fantastic. The movie’s reputation has only grown over the years, and things like pop-up McDowell’s restaurants and finally, a long-awaited sequel are just a couple of examples of how enduring Coming To America has been. It really is Eddie Murphy at his very best in every way.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their fourth child, a son named Psalm, via surrogate on Friday, May 10. The beauty mogul has kept mum about the latest addition to her family since then, but she broke her silence on Monday, June 10, posting a photo of baby Psalm to Instagram.
“Psalm Ye,” she captioned the pic, which shows baby Psalm sleeping in an adorable white onesie. So this means, presumably, that Psalm’s middle name is “Ye,” a.k.a the nickname of his famous rapper father.
Check out the cute snap for yourself, below:
Kardashian previously posted a photo of Psalm sleeping in his crib, but she deleted it after critics pointed out that it’s unsafe to put so many soft items in a newborn’s sleeping area. (According to Today, Psalm’s crib in the photo was adorned with padded bumpers and blankets, among other loose items.)
Psalm is the second child Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have welcomed via surrogate. Kardashian turned to this option after she developed a condition called placenta accreta following the birth of her son, Saint. (For those who don’t know, placenta accreta happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall.)
“My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails,” Kardashian wrote in her blog about the condition. “My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal.”
She’s also opened up about her decision to use surrogate, knocking critics who say it’s the easier alternative to naturally conceiving. “Anyone that says or thinks it is just the easy way out is just completely wrong,” she told Entertainment Tonight.”I think it is so much harder to go through it this way, because you are not really in control.”
In his first two films Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele has shown that he not only wants to scare audiences, he also wants to give them something to think about. Through his Monkeypaw Productions label, Jordan Peele is next producing a reboot/spiritual sequel of the 1990s horror franchise Candyman, and it should come as no surprise that this film too will be tackling a timely topic. The new Candyman will address toxic fandom, as Monkeypaw Creative Director Ian Cooper explained:
Ian Cooper’s statements to Deadline on the topic are quite interesting because he mentioned how when doing a movie like Candyman, which is a continuation of an existing property with existing fans, there are questions about when and how to make those fans happy. But there are also times not to worry about potential backlash. That’s a tricky thing for any creator adapting or continuing an existing property.
With existing properties dominating the multiplex these days (be it remakes, reboots, sequels or adaptations) the potential to run afoul of fans is higher than ever. As Ian Cooper said, fandom has a pre-existing notion of what a beloved property is and what it isn’t and can often be resistant to change. So when there is a change, it can result in backlash that can turn toxic. That is the tightrope that Candyman has to walk and potentially, jump off of.
If you’re a fan of the previous Candyman films, it sounds like Jordan Peele’s new film is really going to mess with your expectations and play with different ideas about what a Candyman movie can and should be. It’s unclear as of yet how exactly the film from Little Woods director Nia DaCosta will do that within the narrative itself, but it sounds like the way in which this new Candyman connects to the previous films will address a certain kind of fandom.
Ian Cooper went on to tell Deadline that the idea is for this new movie to be appealing and accessible to new fans, while still satisfying fans of the original. It seems that the connection between the films could prove quite unexpected for fans of the property. So the idea isn’t to make Candyman fans angry, but more to play with expectations and have the freedom to tell a new story, while also addressing how toxic some fandom has become.
It sounds like a bold approach to take and one that I’m sure many fans will be very curious to see how it manifests in the film itself. We don’t know much about the story of the new Candyman, but it has been described as a spiritual sequel to the 1992 film and it will return to the Chicago neighborhood where the legend began to find the projects have now been gentrified.
Candyman arrives in theaters on June 12, 2020. To see what’s still headed your way this year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.
Cats is one of the most infamous Broadway musicals ever made. It had one of the longest runs that Broadway has ever seen, so it clearly is an incredibly popular show. At the same time, it stars people dressed up in cat costumes singing lyrics that come from the poetry of T.S. Elliott, so the musical is a bit..odd.
James Corden, who will play the role of Bustopher Jones in the film adaptation, because names are one of the many crazy things in the musical, recently admitted that he found the production to be quite surreal, to the point of wondering if he was literally high on the set. However, this questioning of reality had less to do with the strangeness of the scenario, and more to do with the insane level of talent that he was sharing his scenes with during said bizarre scenario. According to Corden…
A movie that includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Ian McKellen all at once would be the sort of movie that anybody would make anybody stand up and take notice. Just seeing them on the screen together is almost certainly going to be amazing. One can only imagine what it’s like for James Corden to be one of the people on the screen along side them.
But when you add to that the fact that all of the above mentioned stars are pretending to be cats in their scenes, you go from a moment that sounds remarkable to one that sounds insane. No wonder James Corden told Variety he wondered if he was actually on drugs while watching this all happen around him.
That’s the thing about Cats as a show. While it’s incredibly popular, there’s no denying that, you also can’t deny that the show is just weird as hell. It barely even has a plot to speak of. It’s just people running around dressed as cats and singing. There’s no way that can’t be crazy. It only becomes more nuts when Judi Dench is one of the people dressed as a singing cat.
We have yet to see much of anything from the upcoming film, but as it’s set to open at the end of the year, odds are it won’t be too long before we’re graced with the fist trailer and we can revel in insanity. With the popularity of the stage show I can guess the film won’t have too much trouble finding an audience. The only question is how many people will pack the theater just to have the once in a life time experience of a singing feline Ian McKellan.
I always do a nude Chanel. I forget the name of it, but I always do a nude color. Every once in a while I’ll do a bright color but I like chill nails.
What’s your go-to getting ready music?
These days I’ve been doing a lot of early ‘90s Mariah Carey, just throwing it back. I think because it’s summer. You just want to feel good.
How much time do you spend getting ready?
I try to spend no more than 30 minutes, including showering. I’m always running late. I could spend a full hour if I wanted to, but I’m like, “You gotta get in there, you gotta just wash up real quick, you gotta shave real quick, and then just do a quick face.” I do a toner, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and then I’m out the door.
What’s the last Instagram rabbit hole you went down?
When the Met Gala came out I was like, “Oh, I love this outfit. I’m gonna look at that designer…” So I just spent a couple hours looking at every single designer and that was great.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for over a decade, so moviegoers have been privy to a variety of different plotlines. And while some proved to be instrumental throughout the last 22 movies, others fizzled out. And one of the storylines that fits into the latter category was Black Widow’s romantic connection to Bruce Banner, as well as her ability to help tame The Hulk.
While Natasha’s message to Banner briefly popped up in Thor: Ragnarok, their interpersonal dynamic wasn’t really addressed in Infinity War or Endgame. But it that wasn’t always the case, and writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus recently explained the choice to abandon that plot line. As McFeely put it:
Well, that’s interesting. Because while Natasha and Bruce shared scenes in the last two Avengers movies, their relationship seemed purely friendship. And now it seems we could have gotten a more fleshed out version of their interaction, before it was eventually cut for time.
Stephen McFeely’s comments to Empire make a great deal of sense, as he and co-writer Christopher Markus has a ton of material to cover with Infinity War and Endgame. They were tasked with balancing a behemoth cast, and servicing the MCU’s countless characters. So some ideas ended up cut.
Black Widow’s relationship with Bruce Banner was played out across The Avengers and Age of Ultron. The two had clear chemistry, although the big Green Guy was the dark cloud hanging over their connection. But Bruce’s feelings for Natasha were strong enough that she could calm Hulk’s rage, and allow his genius alter-ego to gain control of their shared consciousness.
But Infinity War simply didn’t have enough time to address this relationship, especially as the two characters hadn’t shared any scenes in quite some time. Instead, they had an almost silent reunion, without any long scenes or tears shed. You can check out the scene in question below:
If there’s one thing that Anthony Mackie’s Falcon is known for, it’s cracking jokes in the wake of the MCU’s highs takes. That’s certainly what Sam Wilson did as Bruce and Natasha shared their meaningful glance– the only time their past was truly recognized in Infinity War and Endgame.
While their romantic relationship was cut for time, Nat and Bruce did get to share some solid scenes, especially in Avengers: Endgame. They were cracking jokes during the early stages of Time Travel experimentation, before Iron Man eventually showed up to stabilize the process. And Professor Hulk no longer needed the big green guy to be wrangled, as Bruce finally merged his consciousness with the physical prowess of his doppelganger.
Since Hulk and Black Widow’s relationship was cut from Infinity War, we’ll never see it played out again. Because while Hulk made it out of Endgame with a serious injury, Natasha sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone. As for the future, Phase Four remains a mystery.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
As soon as you bring up warm-weather trends, you’re inevitably met with: “Florals? Groundbreaking.” The quote is iconic for a reason, and not just because of Meryl Streep’s delivery. Florals are pretty much always featured in spring-summer/collections. And yes, they’re great. But sometimes your wardrobe needs a little something else. It seems designers have, too, been feeling the floral fatigue and have started introducing a print that’s a little more unexpected—and a lot more nostalgic.
Tie-dye occupies a very specific space in the “throwback trend” conversation: Like pearl hairpins and prairie dresses, it brings shoppers back to simpler times—summer camp, arts and crafts, pure unadulterated fun. And sometimes dressing like you did in your happiest memories can feel comforting. This runway resurgence looks a lot different than how you might remember the dye jobs from grade school, though.
For both spring and fall 2019, designers at Fashion Week have translated this print onto puffer jackets (at Maryam Nassir Zadeh), miniskirts (Area), leggings (Collina Strada), turtlenecks (Proenza Schouler), and denim (Eckhaus Latta)—a bold graphic to stand out against basics like black skirts and T-shirts. Influencers have taken that cue and started incorporating tie-dye into their street-style outfits, layering colorful tops under suits or doubling up on the pattern with a tie-dye sweatshirt and skirt.
More affordable brands like Topshop and Free People have also started releasing their own takes on this childhood staple. (One $80 tie-dyed top is already leading the race for “it” item of the summer.) And with celebrities like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift embracing its comeback, tie-dye might be the trend that dethrones florals—this year, at least.
Shop the best tie-dye pieces to add to your summer wardrobe now, below.