Here’s Why Ariana Grande Didn’t Put Mac Miller in Her ‘Thank U, Next’ Burn Book

Ariana Grande’s music video is full of iconic references, including nods to some of the best rom-coms of the early aughts—but it also paid written homage to her exes, Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez and Pete Davidson, who each got a page in Ariana’s Mean Girls-inspired Burn Book. But there was something that, at first, seemed quite small—until you picked up on it: Namely, um, where was Mac Miller’s page?

Miller died of an overdose in September, several weeks before Grande and Davidson broke up. Miller and Grande had split up in May after almost two years of dating, so the news understandably hit her hard. Grande still seems to be working through his death and rather than give him a page in her Burn Book, she paid tribute to their relationship in a different way—and we’ve all just caught it now.

As Elle noted on Friday, a fan tweeted on Thanksgiving, expressing her excitement for the upcoming video: “when she flips through the thank u next burn book and pics of her with sean, ricky, pete & mac arrive……………. we had to fucking stan”

Grande’s response revealed that he wasn’t in the book—he was somewhere else in the video: “M ain’t in the book he next to my bed.”

Grande sings Miller’s verse, looking up—”Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, ’cause he was an angel”—and then closes the book, right around the one-minute mark in the video. Behind her on the nightstand are several framed photos are. It seems likely that he’s in one of the photos, though you can’t quite see it.

Check it out for yourself, below:

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Ariana Grande first met music video director Hannah Lux Davis in 2014 on the set for the “Bang Bang” music video. Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J, who all collaborated on the smash, had decided to hire a female director, and Minaj (who’d worked with Davis before) knew Davis was the exact woman for the job.

Grande has collaborated with Davis ever since—partnering with her on such iconic works of art as the visuals for her Dangerous Woman tour and her most recent internet-breaking, instant-hit video, “Thank U, Next.”

In that time, Davis has watched Grande grow into a fearless performer, but she still remembers her at the start of her career, when she was greener, but full of potential.

“She was kind of shy,” Davis tells Glamour, recalling the “Bang Bang” set. “Her eye contact to camera wasn’t as fierce as it is today, but I remember being like, ‘Gosh. She’s so good when she connects to camera.’ She’s just gotten so much more confident over the years, and it’s been so fun to watch.”

Davis hasn’t just been with Grande for her professional achievements—she’s seen her deal with personal highs and lows. Over time, the women have built up a trust and a bond that’s obvious in their collaborations. Take this latest video, for example. “With ‘Thank U, Next,’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve known you with all of these guys!'” Davis exclaims. “I never met Pete, but I knew her then, and I remember the Ricky phase, the Sean phase, and Mac. I was there with her for all of them! It’s cool to be somebody who’s been with her on the journey of growing up and learning and finding herself, and that’s what the song is about.”

Less than 24 hours after its premiere, “Thank U, Next” already has 47 million views. Glamour spoke with Davis about the viral response to the video, her creative process with Grande, and of course, the Burn Book.

GLAMOUR: You’ve worked on a lot of huge music videos with artists like Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, and of course, Ariana, but what is it about “Thank U, Next” that is resonating with viewers in a way we’ve never seen before?

HANNAH LUX DAVIS: Well I think all eyes are on Ariana right now, and it’s such a personal and relatable song. In terms of the video, it hits a lot of notes of nostalgia, which brings in different audiences. It’s not just her younger fans, but also people who love the movies [we recreated], who might not at first be Ariana fans, but still want to tune in. But [the reaction] definitely feels really different and exciting. Ariana and I have been FaceTiming all day—she loves to FaceTime, she’ll never do a phone call or a voicemail, just a FaceTime—and she was just like, “oh my god.” We’ve been sitting on the phone just staring at each other going, “Oh my god, oh my god,” a million times back and forth, because that’s how it feels.

GLAMOUR: I read an interview you did with Billboard about your creative process with Ariana. Like how when you were working on the “Side to Side” video she came to you and said, “Let’s do something with spin bikes,” and you just took it from there. What vision did she come to you with, this time?

HLD: We were working on “Breathin” in New York, and I came over to her place and we were sitting on the floor in the living room with dogs and animals everywhere, even Piggy Smalls, who’s so cute. He’s like an old man girl, because she smells and feels like an old man, but is a lady. So we’re sitting on the floor and she was like I want to play you my new song, which was “Thank U, Next.” I was in total shock because I was like, “Oh my god she’s listing names.”

We narrowed it down to films that had the same common thread of a strong female lead, who went through a breakup, and came out on the other side a more empowered, strong, version of themselves.

Then we were talking about a video and she was like, “What about Mean Girls and a Burn Book? But instead of a Burn Book it’s a “Thank U, Next” book and I write all these things I’m thankful for in the Burn Book about the guys?” So right away you’re like, “Yeah, that’s it.” Then we went down a rabbit hole of that genre and that time and era and then we were like what if we did Legally Blonde? We just started listing movies and we were like, “We have to do Bring It On and 13 Going on 30.” Then we had to cool it and were like ok, four movies. Let’s do four.

We narrowed it down really organically to films that had the same common thread of a strong female lead, who went through a breakup, and came out on the other side a more empowered, strong, version of themselves—which is very much true to what the song was about. Like with Elle Woods, her ex-boyfriend lead her to Harvard, where she found her passion. She’s obviously grateful for her ex! So we focused on these situations that push characters into positions that are uncomfortable, but they realize they can do it and that’s a great message for young girls.

GLAMOUR: Another fun thing about this video is that it was an epic reunion. You and Ariana got to work together again, Jennifer Coolidge was able to reprise her iconic role as Paulette in Legally Blonde, and the cast of Victorious to came together for the first time in years. It just seemed like the best time. But what was it actually like on set?

HLD: She had a lot of her friends and former cast mates from other shows and any time somebody got to set and were in wardrobe they were just like, “Oh my god can you believe we’re doing it?” Ariana was like, “This is a coolest thing being a pop star has ever allowed me to do. To bring all these people together, all of these ideas together and to actually pull it off and do it justice.” [My favorite] behind the scenes moments were when Ariana would take a moment and just geek out over reenacting these scenes and getting to put a 2018 spin on it.

GLAMOUR: Speaking of cameos, the internet’s favorite one is far and away Kris Jenner. How did you get her to play the most epic amateur momager of all time?

HLD: So good, right? If you don’t use Amy Poehler, or Joan Grande herself, it’s gotta be Kris Jenner. It was Ariana’s idea to include her. They’re friends, so Ariana reached out and Kris was interested. It was a fast process to get her on board. On set she didn’t take herself too seriously and just got right in there and got into character so effortlessly. It was so funny because we’re doing all these ad libs with her and I was like, “No this is actually you! You are this person.” We had a few different Juicy sweatsuit options and we wanted to make sure it was just right. We had more than five so we could find the perfect one for her, and we found the right vibe.

GLAMOUR: So the Burn Book was the initial conceit of the video. How much of it did you have planned out? Did you and Ariana talk about what she’d write about each guy ahead of time?

HLD: She knew that she wanted to keep it positive, fun, and tongue-in-cheek. She was like, “Oh my god I should totally be like, ‘could still get it’ for Sean.” She kind of had some of these premeditated; like for Pete, writing, “huuuuuuge.” The one that came out as we were filming was the “sorry I dipped.” We were rolling and she was writing in the book, and we had to have her write multiple pages because we had to do multiple takes, but on that last take, she wrote “sry I dipped.” It was just like, gold. It was so real! She was so honest and that’s what makes it so fun.

GLAMOUR: Speaking of “huuuuuge” there were a lot of awesome Easter eggs in the video, including the references to “BDE” (Big Dick Energy) like on the logo of the UPS guy’s uniform, in the Legally Blonde homage! How did you decide to reference Pete’s uh, “size,” in this video?

HLD: I love that you saw that! I don’t want to tell people the Easter eggs, I want them to find them. But as for the uniform, [the actor] was actually wearing a UPS logo on the uniform, and we had to change it in post. Which is so fun because we get to go back and change things and that idea was all her, [to write BDE as the logo instead of UPS on the uniform]. We didn’t want [the guys] to be mad about anything so we were like let’s keep it fun, so if they see it they’d be like, yeah, that’s cool.

GLAMOUR: Pete certainly can’t get mad about this one!

HLD: Exactly!

Here’s Why Hallmark’s Upcoming Hanukkah Movies Are Such a Big Deal

Two days before the start of Hanukkah 2018, Hallmark delivered some exciting news to Jewish kids (and adults) everywhere: A Hallmark Hanukkah movie is on its way. Actually, make that two Hanukkah movies, according to Forbes.

The business publication says Hallmark is in the early stages of developing the movies for 2019. One is called Holiday Date, and per a Hallmark spokesperson, will have Hanukkah elements because the holiday falls over Christmas next year (December 22-30, to be exact). Further details on Holiday Date, as well as the second Hanukkah movie, weren’t immediately available.

The announcement comes in line with what Hallmark executives Bill Abbott and Michelle Vicary told recently: that their plans are to be “completely inclusive” in regards to both their holiday content and the viewers that tune in every day. When asked specifically about a Hanukkah movie, Vicary revealed that back in October, one of her development executives brought her a really exciting Hanukkah script. “I said, ‘Great! Let’s meet about it and talk about it for 2019.'”

While it remains to be seen if that same script is one of the two Hanukkah movies planned for 2019, it is in line with the network’s plan to go even bigger for Countdown to Christmas next year (and 2018 was already a record-breaking year with 37 Christmas movies across Hallmark’s two networks). In fact, Vicary said that 90 movies were produced for both networks in 2018, and they’ll “produce 100 movies next year.”

If that sounds like a lot (and it is), Vicary wants to make one thing clear: “We do not just make movies to throw them on and have a volume play. We make movies for an experience. So in terms of doing more [movies], we want to do more because our audience keeps asking for more.”

As a singular member of that audience (and I’m one of many: Vicary says 85 million viewers tuned into the networks between Halloween and New Years last year), I’ve been asking for a Hanukkah movie for years. (In fact, one of my colleagues wrote about this just two years ago.) So from brainstorming the idea of a #HallmarkHanukkah on social media to actually bringing it up to Hallmark execs over the years, it’s an announcement that I couldn’t be more thrilled about.

I am a holiday fanatic, and I love the Christmas spirit (and decorations—lots of decorations). But I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m Jewish, and I celebrate Hanukkah with nearly the same amount of decorations (menorahs, dreidels, lots of blue and white lights) that I see on Hallmark Christmas movies each year. Ever since I was a little kid, though, I remember being very aware that I was in the minority. So to have Hallmark say, “Hey, we’re going to release two Hanukkah movies next year”…well, it truly feels like you’re being seen.

And, at a time when antisemitism is on the rise, it’s more important than ever for viewers who may not live in cities with large Jewish populations—or even know someone that is Jewish—be exposed to people of a different faith. The movies on Hallmark are never particularly religious—nor do they need to be—but they are about kindness, love, and family. And that message—no matter what religion you are—is exactly what the holidays are about.

It’s been a stressful year, but at least you can count on Hallmark, Lifetime, and Netflix to come through with the holiday cheer. After all, what’s more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas tree farmer? So decompress with all of our delightful holiday content right here.

Every Powerful Man Facing Sexual Harassment Allegations

In September 2018, Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative D.C. judge whom President Donald Trump had previously chosen to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. In her accusation, Ford stated that, while in high school in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh had drunkenly groped her at a party, attempted to forcibly remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Ford’s decision to go public with the accusation followed a letter the college professor had previously written and addressed to Senator Dianne Feinstein in confidence earlier this summer; the letter included a detailed account of the alleged attack, information Ford felt was “relevant in evaluating” Kavanaugh, “the current nominee to the Supreme Court.”

After Ford’s accusation made headlines, Senate Democrats began investigating a second claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, this time made by Deborah Ramirez and dating back to when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. According to Ramirez, who was also a student at Yale during the 1983-84 academic school year, Kavanaugh had drunkenly exposed himself to her at a dormitory party, causing her to touch his penis without her consent as she pushed him away. Ramirez is now calling for the F.B.I. to investigate Kavanaugh’s role in the incident, telling The New Yorker: “I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted.”

Following Ramirez’s claims, a third woman, Julie Swetnick, also came forward with an account against Kavanaugh, alleging the Supreme Court nominee was “present” when she was raped at a high school party.

His Response:

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied these accusations throughout. Appearing on Fox’s The Story With Martha MacCallum alongside his wife on September 24, the Supreme Court nominee addressed the claims of sexual misconduct, defending himself and asserting the allegations could not be true because he was, he claims, still a virgin during his time at Georgetown Prep high school.

“I never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever,” he told MacCallum. “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” he continued. “The girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”

When MacCallum pressed him about whether he was truly a virgin throughout all the years in question, Kavanaugh replied, “that’s correct,” reaffirming that he did not have sex until “many years after” graduating college.

In response to The New Yorker‘s profile on Kavanaugh’s second accuser, the Supreme Court nominee again denied the claims, telling the magazine: “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.”

The Fallout:

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Ford had reached an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee to appear before them on Thursday, September 27 to hear her testimony. Explained Ford’s lawyers in a statement: “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her.”

When Thursday arrived, millions of Americans watched as Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified separately in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Dr. Ford sharing an emotional account of the alleged assault, and Kavanaugh vehemently denying its occurrence.

“I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me,” Dr. Ford told the Committee in her harrowing account of the night in question. “I believed he was going to rape me.”

The hearing, which took nearly the entire day, followed a line of questioning by Judiciary Committee members toward both Ford and Kavanaugh, respectively, crafted to determine whether or not Kavanaugh should, given Ford’s allegations, in fact be a viable candidate for Supreme Court Justice. In Kavanaugh’s testimony, he said, of Ford’s assault charge: “I’ve never done this. It’s not who I am. I am innocent.”

Thus far, President Donald Trump has stood by his endorsement of Kavanaugh, taking to Twitter on the day of the Committee hearing to double down on his nomination, writing: “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”

Previously, in a statement to CNN, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, “This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”

On Friday, September 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee reconvened to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A full Senate vote is scheduled for Saturday.

Reese Witherspoon Iconically Gave Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Her Seal of Approval

Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video dropped Friday on YouTube, with almost a million viewers tuning in for its live premiere—and it promptly broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours overnight. Safe to say it’s been a hit, thanks not just to the catchy tune—or, well, the absolutely human and respectful way she addresses her exes—but for its clever throwbacks to some of the planet’s favorite rom-coms. Throughout the five-and-a-half minute video, Grande and her friends perfectly reference the lead characters in Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going On 30. And it hasn’t escaped the notice of the actresses in those hit movies either: Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner both tweeted about Grande’s music video—and let’s just say they love it.

As it turns out, Grande’s reenactment of Legally Blonde’s famous “Bend and Snap” maneuver—complete with a cameo from Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge) from the film—around the four-minute mark is what naturally made its way to none other than the OG Elle Woods: Reese Witherspoon.

“Can we please talk about @ArianaGrande‘s Bend and Snap?! 10/10 nailed it! #thankunext,” Witherspoon tweeted about the viral video.

Grande was properly (understandably) starstruck: “Omg we tried to put our own twist on it so legal wouldn’t come for us but THANK U. this is the biggest honor. love u more than words,” Grande wrote back.

Actress Jennifer Garner, who originally played lead character Jenna Rink in 13 Going On 30, is also more or less obsessed.

“Every now and then something comes along and just brightens your day,” Garner wrote on her Instagram. “@arianagrande you’re adorable. Thank you, pretty girl. #thankunext.”

Grande was absolutely thrilled by Garner’s reaction, too. She commented on the ‘gram: “nooooooooOoOOoOo I’m crying. I watched this movie every night before bed growing up (and I still do sometimes, especially when I’m sad).i adore you! Thank you for all the inspiration and joy you’ve brought to my life i’m screaming bye.”

She then replied to her own comment, “and by sometimes i mean literally everynight but still.”

Grande then understandably fangirled on Twitter.

Mark Ruffalo, who played love interest Matt Flamhaff alongside Garner in the 2004 rom-com, also gave the video his thumbs-up. He tweeted, “Having some Razzles (it’s a candy AND a gum) in your honor, @ArianaGrande! #thankunext”

Grande responded in the only appropriate way: “one more time. i’ll log out now. i can’t handle this shit.”

Bring It On actress Gabrielle Union also tweeted at Grande on Twitter. “Why yes, I am an East Compton Clover! Are we meeting today @ArianaGrande I’ll bring the punch”

Mean Girls’ Lindsay Lohan also commented on Grande’s reprisal on November 28, two days before it was released. Lohan, in true fashion, wrote, “Behind the scenes ? ain’t nobody Lindsay Lohan like the real Lindsay Lohan. But so flattered by @arianagrande loving #MeanGirls so much!”

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Safe to say it’s a hit—and we’re loving all these good vibes heading Grande’s way.

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Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Her Grandfather, Former President George H. W. Bush, in a Touching Tribute

Former President George H.W. Bush, who led the nation as a Republican from 1989 to 1993, died Friday night in his home in Houston, Texas. Although no specific cause of death has been announced at time of publish, the 94-year-old had been receiving treatment for a form of Parkinson’s disease. As the world remembers the 41st President’s legacy, including his diplomacy during the Cold War, granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late grandfather.

Jenna—the daughter of Bush Sr.’s son, former President George W. Bush—dedicated two consecutive posts to her grandfather just hours after his death.

The first post, in slideshow format, begins with a joyful pic of her, Bush Sr., and Jenna’s twin sister, Barbara (who’s named after Bush Sr.’s wife, First Lady Barbara Bush). “Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything,” she wrote. “He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.”

The second post is a touching cartoon drawn by Marshall Ramsey that depicts Bush Sr. reuniting with his wife and their daughter, Robin, who passed away of leukemia at age 3. It shows Bush Sr. flying a TBM Avenger, the same plane he flew in the Navy in World War II, into the heavenly clouds. The cartoon is a follow-up to the viral one Ramsey first drew for Barbara’s death in April.

The sweet cartoon got the attention of Jenna, who wrote, “this brought me such comfort this morning”—and it prompted her to share a recent conversation she once had with her late grandfather. As she wrote in the caption, “I had the opportunity to speak with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.”

“And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, ‘I hope she’s the three-year-old.’”

“Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia,” Jenna said. “The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: ‘I love you more than tongue can tell.'”

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married

Singer Nick Jonas and actress Priyanka Chopra have already said “I Do” in India. According to E! News and People magazine, the couple tied the knot in a Christian ceremony on Saturday at the elaborate Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, with friends and family in attendance. But it’s only the first ceremony of two during the weekend: A Hindu wedding ceremony will be held on Sunday.

Although the bride and groom (understandably) have yet to confirm the happy news on social media, we do know a few details about what went down at Saturday’s Chopra-Jonas nuptials. First off, the couple both wore custom Ralph Lauren designs—and it’s a sweet nod to how their relationship kicked off. The American label invited them to the 2017 Met Gala, where their relationship really sparked, according to Vogue.

“Congratulations to @PriyankaChopra and @NickJonas on the occasion of their wedding in Jodhpur, India, this weekend,” the Ralph Lauren Instagram account tweeted early Saturday morning.

Nick’s father Paul Kevin Jonas Sr., a former pastor, officiated the ceremony—and according to E! News, they exchanged Chopard wedding rings.

This story will be updated as we know more.

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Watch Halsey React to Fans Covering Her Biggest Songs

Halsey’s music has quickly become the voice of a generation. From heartache to triumph, her songs cover every just about every emotion, and it’s no surprise that fans love covering her work. Seriously, step over to YouTube for a second, type in “Halsey cover,” and see just how many results come back at you.

It’s also clear from these heartfelt covers that Halsey’s fans truly want to honor all the songs she’s so carefully crafted. Whether they’re trying to match her notes or making up riffs of their own, each piece is unique and worthy of praise and admiration. And that’s why, when Halsey stopped by the Glamour office recently, we showed her some of our favorite covers.

“Oh my god,” Halsey exclaimed while watching one fan sing a version of her song “Without Me.” She added, “She felt the pain that I was singing about.”

Her fan, Sup I’m Bianca, couldn’t have loved the reaction more, telling Glamour, “That song was very relatable, and the first time I heard it I connected with it straight away.”

Beyond her latest hit, Halsey was also wowed by covers of her songs “Bad at Love,” “Colors,” “Him & I,” “Ghost,” Gasoline,” “Eastside,” and “Now or Never.”

“It’s always awesome to watch someone reinvent your song,” Halsey said, adding that she, too, used to cover her favorite artists before finding her own voice as well. “Being a part of someone else’s journey is a massive, massive honor.”

Check out all the epic covers, as well as Halsey’s reactions to them, above.

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All the Meghan Markle References in ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’

Rose McIver, who plays Amber Moore in Netflix’s A Christmas Prince, told Glamour this week that Meghan Markle was “certainly” an inspiration in the franchise’s sequel, aptly titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Watch five minutes of the new movie—which hits Netflix today—and that’s abundantly clear.

It centers on Amber’s acclamation into the Aldovian royal family, where she finds herself challenging the traditions and protocols Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) and his relatives have followed for years. Meghan Markle reportedly has a history of doing the same when it comes to the British royal family—so, in that respect, she and Amber are very similar. In fact, Markle’s “royal rule-breaker” narrative is all over this movie—as well as some softer references to her wedding, relationship, and life with Prince Harry.

Below, check out all the maybe-probably-definitely references to the Duchess of Sussex in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. PS: Very light spoilers ahead.

1. Amber has a personal blog; Meghan ran a lifestyle website called “The Tig.”

2. The couple goes back and forth between Aldovia and New York, much like Meghan and Harry shuttled between Toronto and London during their dating phase.

3. There’s a “waving to the commoners from a car” scene! Look familiar?

4. Amber is tabloid fodder. News outlets may have covered Meghan and Harry once or twice.

5. Someone tells Amber that royal “protocol” must be observed now that she’s about to marry Prince Richard. That’s a word Meghan knows all too well.

6. Amber’s father doesn’t act fancy-pants when he meets the royals for the first time. Seems to be some Thomas Markle symbolism, in my opinion.

7. Mrs. Averill is now the head of royal press and protocol, and she’s telling Amber to watch the image she’s projecting with all her TV show appearances and blog posts. So, in other words, quit Suits.

8. Protocols, protocols, and more protocols.

9. Amber is clearly finding these intense traditions and procedures difficult to understand. Meghan reportedly has similar feelings in regards to the British royal family.

10. Amber’s hat. Remember this 2016 “Meghan incognito “ look?

PHOTO: Netflix

11. Everyone seems quite turned off by Amber wanting to work and speak on more serious Aldovian issues — much like Meghan raised eyebrows (and made headlines) for voicing her political opinions.

12. Yup, they make Amber censor her blog. Remember when Meghan shut down The Tig?

13. Take a shot every time they say “protocol” in this movie. Then take a shot for every article about Meghan Markle that has that word.

14. Annnd there’s a royal carriage ride!

PHOTO: Netflix

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Procession

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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is now streaming on Netflix.

It’s been a stressful year, but at least you can count on Hallmark, Lifetime, and Netflix to come through with the holiday cheer. After all, what’s more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas tree farmer? So decompress with all of our delightful holiday content right here.

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Every Single Movie Reference in Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Music Video

After days of teasing behind-the-scenes footage and photos on Instagram, the full music video for Ariana Grande‘s breakup single and 2018’s unofficial national anthem “Thank U, Next” finally arrived today (November 30). We knew ahead of time that the video would be iconic—how could it not with lyrics that name-check her exes and hints that the video would reference early-2000s classics? The final video is so compelling, though, it merits a scene-by-scene breakdown.

The “Thank U, Next” music video does the most in the best way. Every scene includes a nod to one of four iconic early-aughts films: Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going on 30, with Grande playing the lead characters (Regina George, Torrance Shipman, Elle Woods, and Jenna Rink—Grande has the range!) There’s moments you don’t need a movie marathon to recognize: Writing in the Burn Book as Regina George, marching into Harvard Yard with a chihuahua in tow as Elle Woods—you get the idea. Even with on-the-nose tributes to these classics, Grande managed to sneak in deep-dive details from each movie. Ahead, catch up on all the hidden movie references you may have missed on your first watch, organized by each epic throwback film.

Mean Girls

1. Ariana Grande did it, so I did it. “Thank U, Next” opens with several odes to Mean Girls—but Grande doesn’t appear on-screen for the first several clips. In Regina George fashion, she’s introduced by legions of admirers from North Shore High—including the original Aaron Samuels, Jonathan Bennett—talking about their devotion to the pop star. (Including: Punching oneself in the face after an Ariana “knock out” tweet, hearing that she said their “hair looks sexy pushed back,” and getting pregnant because they heard Ariana was pregnant. Yikes.)

2. The Burn Book Where Regina George crucified the fellow students she couldn’t stand, Ariana-as-Regina’s Burn Book is a little different. She makes a page for the exes name-checked in the song, including a surprise apology “Srry I dipped,” she writes.

3. The Plastics Several shots show Ariana and her crew of pink-clad Plastics walking the halls of North Shore High in perfect formation. They were outfits extremely similar to the original film, down to Cady Heron’s pink polo shirt. One member, ostensibly Karen Smith, grabs her chest in reference to her “sixth sense.”

4. The Winter Talent Show “Forget Jingle Bell Rock.” Ariana Grande and the Plastics put on a song-and-scandalous-dance routine to “Thank U, Next,” but they keep the red leather Santa costumes from Mean Girls for the performance.

5. “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” While the Plastics perform on stage, the camera cuts to Kris Jenner in the audience, playing the “cool mom” part originated by Amy Poehler. She’s got the exact same costume, too: Pink tracksuit, handheld camera, and awkward dance moves. Give her an Oscar!

Bring It On

6. The Rancho Carne Toros get their cheer on. Grande’s nods to Bring It On largely took place in cheerleading scenes on the sidelines of a football game, where she and her teammates wore “TUN” (“Thank U, Next”) emblazoned uniforms in the red-and-black print of the Rancho Carne Toros. There were also appearances by the rival East Compton Clovers in green and yellow.

7. Torrance and Cliff are adorable, and there’s a mix tape. Side-by-side, there’s no missing the reference to Torrance and Cliff’s tooth-brushing meet-cute scene in Bring It On. Just like the film, they’re hanging out in their pajamas and falling in love over passing the Crest bottle. Then, like in the film, Grande’s on-screen love interest hands her a mix tape; though, we’re betting there’s no hard-rock like in the Kirsten Dunst original.

8. The Clovers and the Rancho Carne Toros face off.

There’s a final dance-off and kickline with members of both cheer squads to finish the video. (It’s a cheer-ocracy!) For the record, the tribute got the movie’s stamp of approval.

Legally Blonde

9. “Woods, Comma Elle.” Halfway through the video, Ariana Grande rolls up to Harvard University as Elle Woods in a navy blue convertible and a head-to-toe pink outfit. (Again, just like the movie.) She struts through campus ready to study law and take names in a way that Reese Witherspoon would definitely approve of.

10. Bruiser Woods Elle Woods is nothing without her fabulous companion, Bruiser Woods. He gets the star treatment in Grande’s video, including a shot on a pool float that’s a call-out to Elle’s video application to Harvard.

11. Books and Bikinis Studying in the library isn’t Elle Woods’ style: Grande-as-Elle brushes up on her studies outside in a bikini and a feathered jacket. In what some are calling a sly political statement, she’s reading up on immigration law.

12. “Endorphins make you happy.” Elle Woods’ Harvard Law School dorm room is equipped with an elliptical machine she uses while she studies. (Multitasking, why not.) Grande’s take on scenes where Elle works out in her room include that piece of equipment—but she’s working out for herself.

13. The Bend and Snap Many of Legally Blonde‘s most iconic moments take place in a Cambridge nail salon, where Elle links up with Jennifer Coolidge’s Paulette. Grande brought Coolidge back for shot-for-shot pep-talks in the nail salon, and the return of the bend-and-snap dance sequence.

14. The Hunky UPS Delivery Guy It wouldn’t be a Legally Blonde tribute without a visit from the UPS man—only, in Ariana’s universe, he’s visiting from another three-letter organization.

13 Going On 30

14. Jenna’s Doll House 13 Going on 30 had the briefest appearance in the music video, but it made an impact. Grande’s breakup haircut is on full display while she plays with Jenna’s dream Barbie house from the movie and has a good ‘ol happy cry. She wears a red blouse like Jennifer Garner’s in the original film.

Have you seen a music video with more on-point references? We didn’t think so. To all the other pop artists that were vying for video of the year: Thank u, try again in 2019.

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