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Alabama Governor Has Signed the Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Ban Into Law

Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law an abortion bill that would outlaw the procedure as soon as the moment of conception. The only exception to the ban would be for women whose health is at risk. Additionally, doctors who perform the procedure could be punished with life in prison. The bill was passed by 25, Republican male state senators. There are only four women in the chamber—all of whom are Democrats—and they all opposed the bill.

Prior to signing the bill Governor Ivey had not commented on the law, though her pro-life stance was known. After the signing, she released the following statement regarding her decision.

“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” Governor Ivey wrote. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

Governor Ivey also went on to discuss that while the new bill is likely to be unenforceable due to to Roe v Wade, their overall aim is to challenge that very decision.

“No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Governor Ivey added. “As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.”

This bill could now potentially go into effect within the next six months.

Read more about how you can help women in states with extreme abortion bans, here.

Watch A Supercut Of Every John Wick Kill

John Wick, a.k.a. Baba Yaga, is the most feared assassin in the criminal underworld. If you interfere with his mission, you’re going down and almost certainly won’t get back up. With John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum finally hitting theaters this weekend, we’ve put together this supercut video of all the people John Wick has killed onscreen so far. Alas, you’ll still have leave the carnage he unleashed during his Impossible Task to the imagination.

From shooting adversaries in the head to stabbing them with a pencil, there’s no shortage of ways for John Wick to slay someone. By the video’s end, Keanu Reeves’ deadly character has racked up 202 kills. Needless to say that number will rise once John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum comes out.

All of this bloodshed could have been avoided had Iosef Tarasov and his buddies had just refrained from breaking into John Wick’s house to steal his car and kill his dog, the one thing his recently deceased wife left him. John had already killed enough people to fill up several lifetimes, and he’d spent the last four years living in bliss and far way from darkness.

But no, these idiots unwisely came into the picture, and with the grief of losing Helen still fresh on his heart, John Wick dished out hell on Iosef, his father Viggo and anyone remotely connected to them… well, except Kevin Nash’s Francis. He correctly decided to “take the night off” when John offered the opportunity.

Of course, that’s just covering the first movie, which ended with John Wick bringing a new dog back home. At the beginning of John Wick: Chapter 2, after he retrieved his stolen car, John was content to return to his quiet life, but Santino D’Antonio, the man who helped John with his Impossible Task, got in the way.

Santino demanded John make good on the marker he gave him, blowing up John’s house when the protagonist initially refused to comply with his demands. Making matters worse, even after John traveled to Italy to kill Gianna D’Antonio, Santino opened a $7 million contract on John to wrap up loose ends. The only way John saw fit to end this was to gun Santino down on Continental grounds, which is a big no-no in this crowd.

Which brings us to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where John is now on the run because assassins are after the now-$14 million contract Santino’s associates on the High Table have put out. Making matters worse is that John has also been declared excommunicado, meaning he’s lost all his underworld privileges and access.

So how will John Wick fare against this latest round of people trying to kill him? In the eyes of his friend Winston, the odds are about even. It’s already clear that John will manage to get out of New York, but it remains to be seen just how many bodies he’ll drop both in the Big Apple and elsewhere in the world.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opens in theaters on May 17, but if you’re wondering what movies are hitting the silver screen after that, be sure to browse through our 2019 release schedule.

Watch Halle Berry’s Intense Weapon Training For John Wick 3

In this weekend’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman is finally getting some much-needed backup in the form of Halle Berry’s Sofia. The Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to action franchises, given her history in the X-Men movies and as a Bond girl, but there’s action and then there’s John Wick action. Thus, Halle Berry had to prepare for the role and that meant going through some seriously intense weapons training, which you can see in the video below.

Halle Berry has said that she learned some serious skills training for John Wick 3 and you can’t doubt her after seeing how dedicated she is to the role and how seriously she is taking her training in this video. Getting good with these weapons takes time and effort, and Halle Berry clearly put in the work; she didn’t just show up for a half day one time.

You can see Halle Berry’s progress throughout the video, and her changing outfits indicate her training took place over a period of time; this wasn’t all from one session. This video from Taran Tactical isn’t gussied up with movie magic to make Halle Berry look better or more accurate either, it appears to be all her.

The actress looks like a pro as she quickly reloads and moves from target to target with purpose and confidence, using both a handgun and a rifle. The sequence where she comes off the line, quickly drawing her sidearm and firing before easily switching to her rifle and continuing is particularly badass.

I also like how she looks super intense and serious while doing the training, but can’t help but crack a smile when she’s done and receives a compliment, like on her double taps. Maybe Halle Berry should call up Ruben Fleischer and see if she can snag a role in Zombieland: Double Tap because she’s certainly qualified.

No wonder Halle Berry called up John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum director Chad Stahelski to pitch herself for a role. She obviously loves doing this kind of stuff and is pretty good at it. It must also be mentioned that Keanu Reeves was keeping time for Halle Berry as she went through the course. How cool is that?

The Oscar-winning actress joins the franchise as an old friend of John Wick’s, a former assassin and fellow dog lover who now runs a hotel and no longer goes around shooting people in the head. That won’t last long though, and Halle Berry made sure that she’d look legit and lethal as Sofia, opposite the seasoned pro Keanu Reeves who does the majority of the action in his movies.

Best Hand Chains 2019: The Coolest Unexpected Jewelry Trend

My favorite piece of jewelry is something I don’t know how to describe. My boyfriend got it for me two years ago and I haven’t taken it off since. It’s made of a gold chain that ties around my wrist three times, forms a cage with pearls attached across my knuckles and then loops around my fingers. If that’s sound complicated, that’s because it is. This thing is basically a ring and a bracelet and a harness for your hand all in one. The other day some woman approached me and asked if the pearls across my knuckles were sewn into my skin. When I explained to her this was actually a piece of jewelry she asked, “Well, what is it called?” And I didn’t know what to say.

A Google search led me to discover my favorite piece of jewelry is technically called a hand chain, although it sometimes goes by finger bracelet or hand harness. Brooklyn-based boutique and jewelry studio Catbird has a very charming name for their iteration which is called Kitten Mitten. Apparently a lot of them can also be worn as necklaces or foot chains (allegedly, they are also a thing).

All hand chains are part bracelet, part ring and in my opinion they’re better than either/or. For one, they basically turn my whole hand into a piece of jewelry and as someone who likes to wear multiple rings on every finger, this is key. So if you love wearing tons of jewelry, hand chains add a lot of bling with only one piece. But even if you don’t like the look of tons of jewelry, you can just wear a hand chain and that’s it. Some designers like Catbird have a more minimalistic approach whereas others like Goldish, where my hand chain is actually from, add charms or pearls. Regardless of which hand chain you choose it’s bound to make a statement. I cannot stress enough how many compliments I get on mine daily.

I also never take my hand chain off. I do everything in it. I sleep in it, I shower in it, I go boxing in it. It’s gotten to the point were it might as well be sewn into my hand because it’s second nature, one of the only things about my everyday look that stays consistent.

Although there aren’t too many jewelry designers making them yet, here are the 10 best hand chains I could find online now. If you can’t decide between a bracelet or a ring, these all would make the perfect alternative, and they’ll definitely have people constantly asking “What is that?” A question you can now answer.

Clint Eastwood’s Best Movies, Both As An Actor And As A Director

Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact

Clint Eastwood’s incredible career as an actor and director goes back almost seven decades, spanning from his early days in the spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone to the modern-day masterpieces that he has directed. While many Hollywood stars have been both actors and directors, Clint Eastwood shines alone in his incredible success at both.

As a director, his movies have won multiple Academy Awards and he was won four individually, two for directing and two for Best Picture. He’s been nominated for another seven, including twice for his acting. Plus, he was once considered for the role of James Bond, despite being American.

A list of Clint Eastwood’s best movies could stretch for miles, but  I’ve picked out what I think are five of his best performances as an actor in movies he did not direct and five of his directing jobs, some of which he also acted in. Take a look.

Clint Eastwood As A Director

Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)

You can’t talk about Clint Eastwood without starting with the Sergio Leone-directed “Man With No Name” trilogy, starting with A Fistful Of Dollars, followed by For A Few Dollars More, and wrapping up with the most famous, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. All three were released between 1964 and 1966 in Italy, but were all released in sequential order in the United States in 1967. The trilogy launched Eastwood into superstardom after his gritty, tough-guy performances as “The Man With No Name.”

Clint Eastwood in Kelly's Heroes

Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Kelly’s Heroes is a great heist/World War II flick that is often overlooked in Clint Eastwood’s stellar career, but looking back on it, it exemplifies just how big he had become by the time it was released in 1970. Eastwood stars as Private Kelly who leads an all-star cast on a hunt for Nazi gold, a cast that includes Telly Savalas, Carroll O’Connor, Donald Sutherland, and Don Rickles. The movie is full of military satire and it brilliantly walks a fine line between serious and ridiculous brilliantly. The tank scene as they approach the Nazi gold sets that tone perfectly.

Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry (1971)

Just like the spaghetti westerns of the sixties, the five Dirty Harry pictures in which Clint Eastwood played the title character would be enough for any normal actor to enter the pantheon of greats. For Eastwood, they are definitely a huge part of his legacy. His delivery of some of the most classic lines in cinema history, like “Go ahead make my day” and “Do you feel lucky?” are as much a part of the lexicon as anything Shakespeare ever wrote!

Clint Eastwood in Escape From Alcatraz

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

For a certain generation, Escape From Alcatraz is one of those movies that seemed to always be on cable TV, like the Shawshank Redemption of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Based on a true story (though not very accurately), Clint Eastwood stars as Frank Morris, a prisoner at Alcatraz that organized the most infamous escape from the country’s most notorious prison. Was it successful? The film’s ending is somewhat ambiguous in answering that question because the truth is a mystery, Morris and the others were never seen again, nor were their bodies ever found.

Clint Eastwood in In The Line Of Fire

In The Line Of Fire (1993)

In The Line Of Fire is a little bit of a rarity in that it is a later-era Clint Eastwood movie that he starred in, but didn’t direct. In it, Eastwood is washed-up Secret Service agent who was on the Presidential detail when Kennedy was assassinated and thirty years later finds himself working on another Presidential detail in light of information that a serious threat is being made on the President’s life. The antagonist, a would-be assassin played brilliantly by John Malkovich, taunts Eastwood with the past until it all leads to a climatic showdown between the two.

Clint Eastwood As A Director

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Clint Eastwood’s career as a director goes much further back than most people realize. While the Outlaw Josey Wales wasn’t the first film he directed, it was the one that really got his career as a director off the ground. It was a huge hit, wildly popular with the public and critics alike. Of course, Eastwood also stars in the movie as Josey Wales, a farmer hellbent on revenge for his wife’s killing by a Unionist during the Civil War.

Unforgiven 1992 production still

Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven was a BIG deal. For starters, it marked Clint Eastwood’s return to the genre that first made him famous, both as an actor and as a director, the western. It was also a fantastic movie with top notch performances by Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris. It is another revenge story with Eastwood, as Will Munny, going after a bounty set up by a group of prostitutes to avenge the beating of one of their own. For the film, Clint Eastwood won his first two Oscars, one for Best Picture and one for Best Director with this winner.

Million Dollar Baby 2004 still

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

The second Oscar winner of Clint Eastwood’s directing career came for Million Dollar Baby. A deeply melancholy film, it tells the story of Eastwood as a washed up boxing trainer that gets one more shot with a gritty, down on her luck woman that wants to be a champion, played by Hilary Swank. It’s a tragic story and one that took years to make, as no studio initially wanted to make it. Eastwood proved them all wrong though, as the film pulled in four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for Swank.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

Letters From Iwo Jima is unique for a number of reasons. First, it’s an American movie that is almost entirely in Japanese. It is also the companion piece to Flags Of Our Fathers, which is the story of the Battle Of Iwo Jima from the America perspective while Letters From Io Jima is from the Japanese side. The two films were shot back to back in an incredibly ambitious project that you would expect from a younger, less accomplished director, not a 76-year-old will a huge bucketful of past laurels, like Eastwood. Sadly, neither movie did well at the box office, but no matter, just the ambitiousness and uniqueness of the two movies is worth seeking them out. Letters From Iwo Jima is definitely the better of the two, though both are excellent.

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American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper is a movie that causes some division among viewers. In general, it has received rave reviews over the years and it was nominated for multiple awards, but it’s also pretty controversial, both for its subject matter and for Clint Eastwood’s filmmaking. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, a veteran of the Iraq War who was killed by a fellow soldier in 2013, just a year before the movie was released. The movie found a groundswell of support from veterans both for Cooper’s portrayal and Kyle’s story. Love it or hate it, it’s incredible to think that even at age 84, Eastwood was still putting out masterful films like this, just as he is today.

The word “icon” is thrown around a lot in Hollywood, often about people that while great, may not deserve the moniker. Clint Eastwood deserves it. Maybe moreso than anyone else. His incredible career has spanned multiple generations and multiple genres and even at age 88, he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. As long as he isn’t yelling at empty chairs.

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Halima Aden Appears in the 2019 *Sports Illustrated* Swimsuit Issue Wearing a Burkini—and You Can Actually Buy It

Update, May 15, 2019:

The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is a noteworthy one, for many reasons—it brought Tyra Banks out of modeling retirement, and it features Halima Aden as the first model to appear in modest swimwear on its pages. Two brands designed custom suits for Aden to wear on the shoot. And one of them, Cynthia Rowley, is actually putting the burkini it made for the model into production.

Rowley created a two-piece burkini swimsuit featuring long sleeves, hood, and skirted bottom, in one of her signature colorblock prints. And now it’s up on her e-commerce for anyone to preorder.

That wasn’t originally the plan, though.

“The burkini initially started as a one-of-a-kind, custom piece for Halima, but after seeing such a positive response to the editorial, we didn’t have to think twice about putting it into production,” Rowley tells Glamour. “Thinking of fashion with a global mind-set is important to us as a brand, and we saw this as yet another opportunity to cater to our customers while standing behind the powerful and inspirational message the SI Swimsuit Issue brought to the surface. We design our wetsuits to inspire women to try new things and hope the introduction of our burkini will extend this mind-set to women around the world.”

Set to ship on August 1, the Prism Colorblock Burkini runs in sizes XS through L and retails for $295.

The response to the Cynthia Rowley burkini has been strong, says Rowley: “We’ve already received tons of positive responses. We have lots of followers DM’ing us asking what’s next…. Stay tuned!”

Original story:

She’s only 21, but model Halima Aden has already been “the first” in many different ways: She was the first woman to wear a burkini in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, the first hijab-wearing model to sign a contract with IMG, and now, the first model to appear in a burkini in Sports Illustrated‘s famous swimsuit issue.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated announced that Aden appears in its annual swim spread, twice. This marks the first time modest swimwear is represented in the issue.

In this shoot, Aden is photographed wearing a modest swimsuit by No Ka’Oi and a multicolor burkini by Cynthia Rowley. Aden’s pages were shot in Kenya, where she lived at a refugee camp before immigrating to the United States when she was 7.

Aden’s inclusion in the 2019 Swimsuit Issue is a major step for representation of modest fashion. “This feature is proving that a fully covered hijab wearing model can confidently stand alongside a beautiful woman in a revealing bikini and together they can celebrate one another, cheer each other on, and champion each other’s successes,” the model said in a statement. “Young Muslim women need to know that there is a modest swimsuit option available to them so they can join the swim team, participate in swim class at school, and go with their friends to the beach. Muslim girls should feel confident taking that step and doing so comfortably while wearing a burkini.”

SI Swimsuit has been at the forefront of changing the narrative and conversation on social issues and preconceived notions. I’m hoping this specific feature will open doors up for my Somali community, Muslim community, refugee community, and any other community that can relate to being different,”Aden continued.

In recent editions, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has worked to make its pages more inclusive. It began diversifying the sizes of the models it featured in 2015, when Ashley Graham became the first curve model to appear in it. Since then, Hunter McGrady and Veronica Pome’e have modeled for the magazine.

Shazam! Star Zachary Levi Is Proud Of The Movie’s Diversity

There are a lot of things that anyone involved in the production of Warner Bros’ Shazam! can signal as being proud of. With its deft mix of horror and comedic tones, as well as its continued revitalization of the DC Comics canon’s film branch, the movie has been well received by critics and fans alike, and one of the film’s stars, Zachary Levi, knows it as well as anyone!

But when it comes to what he’s particularly proud of in director David F. Sandberg’s comic caper, it’s the wide breadth of diversity that’s on display in the film. Zachary Levi explained his position in the following remarks during a recent interview:

At the heart of Shazam! is the story of the foster family, with its children of various ages coming from various ethnic backgrounds, and in the case of Jack Dylan Grazer’s Freddy Freeman, possessing a physical disability. Rather than showcasing a uniform example of diversity, the casting of the various family members was a truer portrait of diversity than most films get to show, and it’s clearly exciting for Zachary Levi to see that this is something that’s helped moviegoers identify with the film.

What’s even better is the fact that when you look at the marketing for Shazam!, it doesn’t oversell the idea of the family’s diversity as a marketing point. Which only makes the big spoilery reveal in the film’s third act all the more exciting, as the efforts that went into that particular scene’s production also required the same sort of diverse casting of characters, but on another level.

As Shazam! is looking to be fast tracked for a sequel in the near future, that message of acceptance, value and representation is likely to continue in the DCEU. Should that be the case, the comic franchise will only rise in personal value, as its efforts to reach out to a more diverse crowd of moviegoers will have been more than worth their inclusion the first time around.

Shazam! is currently in theaters, but if you’ve already seen it and would like to try out a new adventure at the movies, feel free to use our 2019 release schedule to help guide the way.

The Unexpected Challenge That Came With Creating The Portals For Avengers: Endgame

Okoye, Black Panther and Shuri in Avengers: Endgame

Warning: SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame are ahead!

We’d already seen magical portals created in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Avengers: Endgame, but not on this massive a scale. After Hulk brought those who were dusted at the end of Avengers: Infinity War back to life, Doctor Strange and his fellow sorcerers created gigantic portals to transport those MCU heroes and their numerous allies to the battlefield where Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the others were already engaged with Thanos and his forces.

This portals sequence definitely ranked as one of the most epic moments in Avengers: Endgame, but just as you probably imagined, it was a huge effort to pull off. As Weta Digital visual effects supervisor Matt Aiken told me when I recently interviewed him, the massive size of the portals required he and his team to tackle creating them differently than how that task had been carried out in past movies. Aiken explained:

… Just in terms the technicalities in terms of achieving them, we’ve got portals on a much larger scale than they’ve ever been seen before. So our simulation team had to find a recipe that would recognizably be… we need to know that this is Doctor Strange’s portals that we’re seeing here. They need to feel like the same because they’ve been seen on a more human scale in the past, but they all had to be optimized because we’ve got shots of many, many portals. So they would have been prohibitive to generate and render that if we just used the original technique out of the box.

Creating portals is one of those most useful spells a sorcerer can conjure in the MCU, but until Avengers: Endgame, we only saw Doctor Strange and others creating portals big enough to transport one or a couple people. For Endgame, the portals needed to be large enough for armies to walk through with ease. That makes for quite the visual spectacle, but for the VFX crew, it required them to rethink the process of bringing these portals ‘to life’ while still making them feel like what’s been shown before.

But it wasn’t just the size of the portals that posed a challenge in Avengers: Endgame. It was also showing the locations that these individuals were coming from, whether it be somewhere else on Earth or a planet on the other side of the galaxy. Matt Aiken continued:

And then we’ve got the challenge of creating all the worlds that we see inside the portals as well, because these are all these CG environments, there’s no filmed elements inside the portals, and that’s necessary because we need to film those environments with the same camera move that we’re filming the ruined Avengers compound on the other side of the portal because everything has to lock together and parallax. And so recreating the fields outside the city in Wakanda, we’re creating New Asgard, we’ve got Kamar-Taj for the sorcerers and Contraxia for the Ravagers. We even got a few shots that where we’re just in deep space, and we’ve got Ravagers coming out on their ships. And then of course there’s Titan itself, we’ve got that in a few shots as well. That was an opportunity for us to go back to a place that we spent quite a lot of time at last year.

The Marvel characters who were dusted wasted no time banding together once they were brought back to life five years later, and while I’m still curious how they were able to coordinate efforts so quickly, they arrived just in the knick of time from all corners of the universe. It sounds like this sequence wouldn’t have been possible had the Avengers: Endgame team relied on recreating the actual sets of these other MCU locations, but through CG manipulation, it was a much easier, but still ambitious endeavor.

Needless to say that had all those reinforcements not arrived through the magical portals, the heroes we’d been following along with since the beginning of Avengers: Endgame would have been pulverized by Thanos and his minions, who came from 2014 to invade Earth thanks to 2014 Nebula disguising herself as her 2023 self and opening up the Quantum Realm for them. However, even with these extra bodies, the battle didn’t automatically shift in the heroes’ favor.

It wasn’t until Tony Stark swiped the Infinity Stones from 2014 Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, put them in his own nanotech Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers that the bad guys were defeated. Sadly, such a move is too much for a normal human to handle, and the man we watched fight evil as Iron Man for over a decade died soon after. Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, met her demise earlier in Avengers: Endgame, and while he survived to the end of the movie (albeit much older), Steve Rogers’ story also wrapped up, as he passed on the Captain America mantle to Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon.

The MCU isn’t wrapping up anytime soon, but it’ll probably be a long time before we see a battle of this scale again. The portals sequence was a cool way to set up the final leg of Avengers: Endgame’s climax; it’s hard to imagine all those heroes arriving on the scene in a more powerful way. The music, as if often the case with movies, also helped the moment emotionally resonate more.

For those of of you who are looking to experience more proper sorcery in the MCU, you’ll get that in spades whenever Doctor Strange 2 arrives, and perhaps some other movies coming down the pipeline will find a way to incorporate magic. Regardless, at least we know that if there’s ever a need to transport crowds of back-up into a messy conflict, Doctor Strange and his cohorts are on the job.

There’s still plenty of time to re-watch Avengers: Endgame in theaters, and while a Blu-ray/DVD release date hasn’t been announced yet, the movie will premiere on Disney+ December 11. If you’re wondering what’s coming up next in the MCU, head over to our Marvel movies guide for that information. If you’d rather learn what non-Marvel content is on the way later this year, look through our 2019 release schedule.

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Ariana Grande Adds One Of Her Most Personal Songs To The Sweetener Tour Setlist: Watch

With over 20 shows done and dusted, you might’ve thought the Sweetener World Tour setlist was set in stone — but Ariana Grande had a surprise up her sleeve.

When the tour rolled through Phoenix on Tuesday night (May 14), fans were awed to see that the “7 rings” chart-topper removed “goodnight n go” from her setlist. In its place, she sang another Sweetener standout, “get well soon,” the brave vocal and emotional showstopper that closes out the album. Like she did with “goodnight n go,” Ari belted the ballad underneath her most breathtaking piece of set design: an enormous, twinkling full moon.

Earlier that afternoon, Grande teased her setlist switch-up by posting an iTunes screenshot of “get well soon” on her Instagram Story. She wrote in tiny letters, “she’s in,” along with a black heart.

As for why Grande made the swap, it could be because “goodnight n go” proved a difficult song for her to sing — fans at multiple tour stops noted that she often teared up while performing it. Even so, “get well soon” is another deeply sentimental track for Grande. The Sweetener finale runs five minutes and 22 seconds, as a way of honoring the victims of the Manchester attack on May 22, 2017. In a Beats 1 interview with Ebro last year, Grande opened up about the song, describing it as a “musical hug” to everyone going through a tough time.

“It’s just about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety,” she explained, wiping away tears. “There’s just some dark shit out there, man. We just have to be there for each other as much as we can. … It’s also about personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well. Mental health is so important.”

Grande had previously said that “get well soon” didn’t make the tour’s initial setlist because it “just didn’t work in the show” and because she felt it was better suited to the Sweetener Sessions she did following the release of the album. (She did, indeed, perform “get well soon” during those shows.) But it sounds like Ari’s now changed her tune, and most fans are thrilled about it. See some of their reactions below.

M. Night Shyamalan Movie Twists, Ranked

M Night Shyamalan in Mel Gibson movie

Depending on who you talk to, M. Night Shyamalan is a master of suspense, leading his audience into believing that a film will go in one direction, only to pull the rug out from under us with a surprise twist. At least, that is what one group will tell you. To others, he is a director who cheaply abuses his fake out gimmick as an ironic way to remain relevant despite his consistent failures as a filmmaker.

Love him or hate him, M. Night Shyalaman does, indeed, take pleasure in titillating his audience with a fun twist ending, which he especially made clear with the resolution(s) of his comic book genre analysis, Glass, but more on that later. While twist endings have certainly been a defining aspect of his over the past couple of decades, there are endings that have left us in the deepest state of shock, as well as those that left us sheepishly underwhelmed.

Without taking overall movie quality into account, let’s take a look at M. Night Shyamalan’s most memorable twists, ranked from “Really? What the heck?” to “REAAAAALLLLLY?! WHAT THE HECK!” *Of course, I will be discussing the ending of these films, so SPOILER ALERT! *

The Lady in the Water official poster 2006

9. Lady In The Water (2006)

You’re probably wondering, Why even include this one on the list? There’s no twist. Well, that is precisely why it is ranked at the bottom. The twist is laughable, wholly inconsequential, and comes so early in the film that it is easy to disregard it as a twist.

M. Night Shyamalan’s seventh effort as writer and director is about a bedtime story character named… Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) who becomes stranded at an apartment complex maintained by superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti).  Heep must protect Story from vile creatures trying to keep her from returning to her fantasy world. Meanwhile, Story also tells Heep that her purpose for visiting the human world is to become the muse for an aspiring author destined to write a book that will inspire future leaders to make the world a better place, but only after the challenging concepts he proposes lead to his assassination. The author is played by M. Night Shyalaman.

That is the twist, people. The movie you thought was a modern variation of the fairy tale is really Shyamalan’s personal indictment on the people who criticized his own writing. This could have been more easily forgivable or even accepted as an intriguing plot point if not for the self-indulgent decision to cast himself as the writer who will one day save the world and die doing it. Lady in the Water’s “hidden” message is so on the nose that it only did less to legitimize M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a dramatist and more as an unintentional comedic genius.

I suppose his next film (and the next on our list) was his way of swerving into that skid.

The Happening happened in 2008 with Zooey Deschanel

8. The Happening (2008)

People who hate The Happening are those who do not know how to have fun with a movie regardless of quality. Do not get me wrong: as a serious disaster movie, I think it’s not great, but as a satire of disaster movies, I think it’s brilliant.

M. Night Shyamalan cast Mark Wahlberg in the, then, unlikely role of a high school biology teacher struggling to protect his wife (Zooey Deschanel) and his best friend’s daughter (Ashlyn Sanchez) after a mysterious disaster occurs that, somehow, is resulting in a sweep of fatalities across the country. The marketing material kept the actual “happening” of the film a secret, as well as the hilariously bizarre moments the film is now infamous for (“Whaaaaat? Nooo!”), but we discover in the film’s opening that something is causing people to take their own lives. Intriguing (pre-Bird Box) setup, but wait until you hear the twist!

Instead of widespread mania or biological warfare as characters speculate at first, the earth’s vegetation is emitting a poisonous gas out of revenge against human beings. While this could have been M. Night Shyamalan’s attempt at environmental commentary, it is impossible not to laugh at the idea, especially with the robotic acting, off-putting dialogue, and other head scratcher moments from beginning to end. Really, I think he knew what he was doing with this one and we just weren’t ready for him to show his darkly humorous side, but it does not save the twist from feeling empty.

At least it was not as ambiguous as this one…

Signs 2002 movie

7. Signs (2002)

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs that alien invaders are among us in M. Night Shyamalan’s third mainstream thriller. Mel Gibson plays Graham Hess, a former minister, having lost his faith following the death of his wife, whose family is plagued by suspicions that Earth may be under attack. The biggest red flag is the huge crop circle that formed on Gibson’s farm just overnight.

The film’s climax sees the family in seemingly better times having survived the night of the predicted invasion, until they discover an intruder in their midst: one of their extraterrestrial visitors, holding Graham’s son Morgan (Rory Culkin) with sinister intent. Suddenly, Graham has a flashback of the last thing his late wife said to him: “Tell Merrill to swing away,” prompting him to tell his high school baseball star brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), to grab his old slugger and take a good swing at the alien. In all the commotion, the alien knocks over a glass of water on the table (which there are many laying around, thanks to Graham’s germaphobic daughter, played by a young Abigail Breslin), which drips down his skin and appears to have a deadly effect on him. So, with a mix of melee fighting skills and a generous dose of acidic water, Merrill manages to successfully defeat the alien.

There are two twists that I count in this scenario and I do not care much for either of them. For one, the idea of our otherworldly enemy being allergic to water is a blatant rip-off of H.G. Wells’ common cold-sensitive martians in The War of the Worlds, and, on the other hand, I cannot decide what to make of Graham’s wife’s psychic vision. Is there supposed to be a deeper symbolic meaning to this reveal, did the wife have some secret connection to the aliens, or was it just thrown in there for convenience? Unfortunately, I have to go with that last option, personally, which is heartbreaking since Signs is on fire with some very effective moments of suspense until the final letdown.

Some would actually say the same about this next film.

Unbreakable 2006

6. Unbreakable (2000)

Most comic book movies glorify the idea of being a superhero as the best thing that could ever happen to you. For David Dunn (Bruce Willis), it marks a point of depression for him. You can’t really blame him though, since he makes his revelation by being the only survivor of a fatal trainwreck.

In M. Night Shyamalan’s intriguing analysis of superhero mythology, Unbreakable, Dunn discovers, denies, and comes to accept his superhuman abilities (strength, indestructibility, and sensing evil through physical touch) with the help of a comic book enthusiast, who is the complete opposite of indestructible, named Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). The ending of the film sees Dunn shaking hands with his new friend and, suddenly, his “sixth sense” kicks into gear, allowing his see a vision of Price sabotaging the same train he survived. In that moment, Dunn realizes that his ally is really his arch enemy, an aspiring supervillain searching for his superhero.

There is a variety of reasons to love this twist, even if you are one of those who claims to have seen it coming. Not only does it serve as a potent, thought-provoking indictment on comic book tropes, but also a commentary on the dangerous effects of obsession. Price is so determined to prove that his comic book fantasies are reality that he willfully assumes the role of the antagonist (and alias Mr. Glass) and goes to grave lengths to carry out his mission, leading to his downfall.

Of course, it would not be a superhero movie without an arch villain, so the reveal does lose momentum in that regard. Perhaps if the audience did not know it was a comic book movie…

Split James McAvoy multiple personalities

5. Split (2017)

After a series of embarrassing critical and commercial failures that I will not mention for the sake of our readers’ mental health, M. Night Shyamalan finally made what appeared to be comeback with 2015’s The Visit (more on that later). This made audiences skeptical if he could make another killing two years later with this thriller starring James McAvoy as man with dissociative identity disorder holding three teenage girls captive.

The movie’s final girl, Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) manages to narrowly escape James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb after he takes on the persona of his strongest and most animalistic identity, The Beast, but only by proving that she, like Kevin, is also a victim of an abusive childhood. M. Night Shyalaman tricks the audience into believing this is the inevitable twist we have been waiting for, until a bonus scene reveals the film’s true purpose. We see two women chatting about Crumb’s arrest at a diner, comparing him to another man who was arrested about 17 years prior whose name they cannot recall, until Bruce Willis as David Dunn interjects with their answer: “Mr. Glass.”

Split is an Unbreakable sequel?!” is what audiences gasped as they walked out of the theater. It was a perplexing, yet warmly welcomed reveal that showed how Split was the beginning of David Dunn’s next villain. It helped M. Night Shyalaman, once again, gain relevance as an innovator of the surprise ending and had fans excited to see where his comic book-inspired universe would go next.

Depending on who you ask, the next and final chapter in the Unbreakable universe served as Shyamalan’s most ambitious venture into twisty storytelling yet.

Glass full cast 2019

4. Glass (2019)

Which leads me to this follow-up. If you go to an M. Night Shyamalan movie for his signature twist ending, Glass, his conclusion to story set up in Unbreakable and Split is the ultimate experience for fans because it is chock full of them.

After learning that his next big adversary is on the loose, David Dunn (Bruce Willis reprising his superhuman Unbreakable role) tracks down James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb (nicknamed The Horde in the media) only for both of them to be arrested and placed in an insane asylum, where Dunn is reunited by his former friend-turned-enemy Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price (Samuel L. Jackson). The trio of living comic book caricatures are monitored by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), a psychologist who specializes in convincing people who believe they are superheroes that their abilities are an illusion. Inevitably, we learn Staple’s true intentions, as well as a couple of other revelations – all within the span of about 20 minutes.

First, Crumb’s father was killed on the same train Dunn survived, leading to the abuse he endured by his mentally ill single mother. Second, Staple is actually a member of a covert organization with intent to keep the existence of superheroes and villains a secret to the public, explaining her unusual job title. Finally, Elijah Price copied video evidence of David Dunn and Kevin Wendell Crumb’s abilities, which Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy returning from Split), Dunn’s son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark), and Price’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) reveal to the world over social media, making Staple’s mission a failure.

Despite how the conclusion(s) of Glass faced criticism for having a few too many endings and an underwhelming hero-villain battle at the climax, watching the compendium of this three-chapter comic book analysis come to a close was satisfying for me, especially given how M. Night Shyamalan’s twist ties these characters together. It was a unique distraction from the usual slam-bang-boom we get from superhero movies, so as a twist it worked.

M. Night Shyalaman managed the reverse effect with this next film.

The Village twist ending

3. The Village (2004)

The Happening is hilarious schlock. Lady In The Water is irritatingly quirky. The Village is just a bland period piece spliced with a monster movie with characters who should have invested in coffee crops, until you find out what is really going on.

A community of 19th-century townsfolk lives in constant fear of the creatures that hide in the woods outside their quaint village, desperate to stay loyal to the agreement that as long as no one steps foot in the woods, the creatures will leave them alone. When young villager Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix) is injured, his fiancee, Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard) feels she has no choice but to enter the woods in search of the proper medicine to nurse Lucius back to health, despite her blindness. Yet, her lack of sight is the exact reason the village Elders are willing to let her take this journey. Why?

Not only are the creatures non-existent rumors, as the chief Elder (Willaim Hurt) reveals halfway through, but all that exists outside of the woods is… modern society. Yes, the villagers are pawns in a social experiment kept secret by the park rangers who own the land the village was built on and the monsters are the Elders’ ploy to shield its people from the truth. I don’t care if you claim to have guessed that halfway, if you felt confused, or if you think this is the pinnacle of M. Night Shyamalan’s laziness as a writer, I stand firmly by my belief that is one of the more clever ideas the filmmaker has come up with and makes The Village a far more interesting film than I would have initially expected.

I also did not expect to like this next film’s twist as much as I did.

The Visit twist

2. The Visit (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan was rotting in movie jail, as far as former fans were concerned, when he teamed up with horror movie wizard producer Jason Blum for this hopeful comeback. I would call The Visit, the filmmaker’s first try into the found footage genre, a surprise success in that regard, particularly for being a better attempt at his darkly comic sensibilities after The Happening and for its big surprise near the end.

What at first appears to be teenager Becca’s (Olivia DeJonge) fun attempt to document her and her brother, Tyler’s (Ed Oxenbould) first ever visit to their grandparents’ house soon turns into video evidence of their fight for survival as “Nana” (Deanna Dunagan) and “Pop Pop” (Peter McRobbie) show early signs of not being right in the head. Nana runs through the house naked, Pop Pop keeps dressing up for a non-existent costume party, and hints at the old couples’ extraterrestrial lineage are mentioned at one point. It is challenging for the children to accept that their grandparents are insane, until a revealing video chat with their mother (Kathryn Hahn) saves them from worrying if they are destined to inherit their mental illness because those crazy people are not who they say they are.

“Nana” and “Pop Pop” are actually mental patients that the real Nana and Pop Pop used to visit, until the imposters escaped, murdered them, and assimilated themselves into their home before the children arrived. In a film filled with laughably bizarre insanity, the twist is a very creepy and devilishly funny discovery that serves as the film’s second biggest “Oh crap!” As for the biggest “Oh crap!” moment, if you have seen the film, you surely know what I am referring to. If not, I will let you find that out on your own.

But no twist that M. Night Shyamalan has delivered in his prolific career has ever, and may not ever, be as iconic his breakout hit.

The Sixth Sense Haley Joel Osmont is grown now

1.The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. Night Shyamalan had directed two films to not much avail before this Academy Award-nominated chiller.

The title of The Sixth Sense refers to young Cole Sear’s (Haley Joel Osment) ability to see the spirits of the unwitting dead. Cole seeks the help of Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a child psychologist whose marriage has fallen apart since his violent encounter with a former patient (Donnie Wahlberg), to help him cope with his terrifying gift, believing that he is the only one who can help him. Yet, it is Cole who ends up helping Crowe the most, as he realizes in the film’s epic finale.

The violent encounter with Crowe’s former patient (a gunshot to his stomach) years earlier actually ended his life and Crowe had been a ghost through the whole movie. Finally understanding his wife’s inability to communicate with him and after successfully aiding Cole in taking ownership of his skills, Crowe chooses this moment to crossover into the proper afterlife – a bittersweet conclusion wrapped in unbelievable shock. Shyamalan earned comparisons to Steven Spielberg with this hit and justifiably so, considering the clever ways he hints at what would eventually become his trademark without spilling the beans, even if Are You Afraid of the Dark? did the same concept years earlier.

We’ll just ignore that.

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