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Gigi Hadid Is Still Very Into Pajamas And Heels (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:42:00 -0400)
While you were sleeping, Gigi Hadid was removing buttons from her loungewear and adding high heels, succumbing again to the pajamas-as-outerwear trend.
The model emerged from her apartment in New York City on Friday wearing the low-necked, high-waisted pajama set of our most confusing dreams, along with some teetering white boots.
It’s not the first time she’s rocked sleepwear with heels.
Pajamas have been a fashion trend for several years now, but Hadid and her crew seem to be embracing loungewear extra hard lately, and they’re taking it to a new level by adding heels ― something Selena Gomez was doing way back in 2015.
Not gonna lie, we’d rather see some crisp, white sneakers with these getups.
Even Rihanna recently fell for the PJs-and-heels trend, sporting a silky robe-style wrap and fluffy heeled sandals at this year’s Met Gala after party.
No matter who tries it, we just can’t get into this trend. But to each her own look -- and to all, a good night.
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Epic Moments In Fashion That Wouldn't Have Existed Without The LGBTQ Community (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:46:00 -0400)
Plainly stated, fashion as we know it today would not exist if not for the creativity and influence of people in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stylists, designers and fashion personalities alike make up the heart of the industry.
As a result, many of our very favorite moments in pop culture, film and even political happenings would simply have not been possible without the LGBTQ community’s contributions.
The history of fashion and its intersection with queerness goes far beyond this small sampling. The 25 moments we’re highlighting below, while iconic, just barely skim the surface.
Could you imagine living in a world without Madonna’s cone bra, debuted in 1990 and designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? Or what about any single thing Sarah Jessica Parker wore as Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex and the City?”
Behold, in honor of Pride Month, 25 of the many epic moments in fashion history for which we should thank the LGBTQ community.
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In Vintage Clip, RuPaul Explains How He Became A Drag Queen 'By Accident' (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:04:26 -0400)
RuPaul may be one of the country’s best known drag queens, but the show biz veteran has said that drag wasn’t always in the plans when he envisioned his path to stardom.
It’s a point RuPaul made more than 20 years ago when he appeared as a guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1995. While he’d fully embraced his uniqueness, RuPaul had assumed he would follow a well-trodden path to fame when he was young ― through the mainstream media.
“I always wanted to be a star ever since I was a little drag queen growing up in Georgia,” he told Oprah back then.
So, RuPaul began taking acting classes. Then, when he was 21, the budding entertainer wrote into a public access variety show. Appearing on free-spirited “The American Music Show” was RuPaul’s television debut, and he was hooked. Emerging on the drag scene, however, still wasn’t top of mind at the time.
“The drag thing, so, it really happened by accident,” RuPaul said. “I was doing punk and I’d had a mohawk and I’d play with makeup and stuff. Then, some people on a lark said, ‘Why don’t you do drag and see what it looks like?’”
As RuPaul quickly discovered, switching from his punk rock style to drag-queen glam drew rave reviews. “Honey. The reaction I got from people was amazing,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it!”
As RuPaul experimented with his identity, he found not just success ― he’s the charismatic host of the award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” after all ― but he also found more of himself.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said of dressing in drag. “I think everybody ought to get in some type of drag... It brings out different aspects of your personality. And I think when you’re on this planet, in this lifetime, it’s important to try different things. Life is a banquet and most people are starving to death.”
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Prince Harry Perfectly Explains What Panic Attacks Feel Like (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:15:25 -0400)
Does this sound familiar?
In a recent interview with Forces TV, a U.K. Army channel, Prince Harry opened up about his experience with panic attacks, giving an honest description of what it’s like to deal with this mental health issue.
“In my case, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, my heart beating ― boom, boom, boom, boom ― literally, just like a washing machine,” he said.
Harry also said that his fight or flight stress responses would kick into gear, but he couldn’t act on them.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, get me out of here now. Oh, hang on, I can’t get out of here, I have got to just hide it,’” he explained.
The prince’s account will ring true to the millions of Americans who deal with anxiety and panic disorders. They’re debilitating and they often appear without warning.
Panic episodes cause immediate and increased stress in a person who experiences them. They can lead to shortness of breath, feeling intense fear, an accelerated heart rate, nausea and more. Sometimes they’re triggered by a certain event but others happen for no apparent reason.
Harry’s candor is in keeping with his longtime advocacy for mental health. Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the prince created the anti-stigma initiative Heads Together. He is particularly close to military and veteran mental health, often speaking with armed forces about post-traumatic stress disorder ― an issue that affects 8 million adults in a given year.
Earlier this year he also discussed how not processing his grief over his mother’s death affected his mental wellbeing over time. He admitted to the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon that he saw a mental health professional at the age of 28 after multiple years of “total chaos.”
Experts overwhelmingly support this kind of move: Mental health treatment can help people manage their conditions. Not only that, research suggests talking to a therapist can positively rewire the brain.
In the Forces TV interview, Harry stressed how common mental health conditions are and encouraged other people struggling with them to seek support.
“Rather than running around at 50 percent capacity, imagine if we could run around at 100 percent capacity,” he said. “Imagine what we could achieve.”
H/T The Daily Beast
Khloe Kardashian's Sheer Bodysuit Is A Wardrobe Malfunction Waiting To Happen (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:20:50 -0400)
Khloe Kardashian just released a new line of bodysuits, just a few weeks after a designer claimed the reality star’s Good American brand copied some of her designs.
The 32-year-old modeled some of her newest items on social media.
“I am beyond proud that this range is available for women of ALL shapes and sizes!” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. “Each bodysuit is designed to fit your body and your curves! Can’t wait to see you all in these!!”
“Just waiting on baby like....” the Good American designer captioned another photo.
Despite the exciting fact that the items are size inclusive, they’re mostly see through, which makes them difficult to wear for the majority of situations (save for a few fun nights out).
For the $129-$189 price tag, you’d at least think they’d come with a built-in bra (the items do come with pasties):
Khloe recently said that she likes to wear her bodysuits commando.
“The reason why I love them so much is because they kind of give you that Spanx feel,” Kardashian said in an interview with People. “They’re super contouring and hold you in at the same time and you feel really good in them because of that suction.”
Whatever you say, Khloe.
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A Fan Painted Mark Zuckerberg's Face On Her Nails, And Here's What Happened Next (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:57:51 -0400)
Mark Zuckerberg is a famous dude and, as fans do with anyone who is famous, they like to show their appreciation in ... inventive ways.
One particular fan of the Zuck decided to really nail down her love for the Facebook founder. On Thursday, Zuckerberg shared a manicured hand on his Instagram that features the Facebook logo, the “heart” and “like” reactions, and, naturally, Zuck’s likeness.
Whether he was more enamored or surprised by the gesture isn’t known, but he definitely liked it enough to share:
The image is accompanied by a caption that indicates this is the first time Zuck’s seen something like this and the hashtag #fcs2017.
Most likely, this Zuck-adorned hand belongs to someone who showed up at the Facebook Group Summit in Chicago (which is what the #fcs2017 denotes), but it’s still unclear whose hand it actually is.
We just hope whoever those nails belong to gets a whole lotta likes on their Facebook posts. They’ve earned it.
19 Adorable Harry Potter-Themed Products For Pregnant Women (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:39:14 -0400)
There are lots of awesome Harry Potter-themed products for babies ― from onesies to bibs to nursery decor. But if you’re pregnant, you don’t have to wait until your baby is born to get in on the action.
Moms-to-be can enjoy a variety of maternity shirts and baby shower products inspired by the wizarding world.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, we rounded up some of the best options on Etsy. Keep scrolling for some magical gift ideas for pregnant women.
What Is Fast-Fashion Actually Doing About Sustainability? (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:20:28 -0400)
We hear a lot about “fast-fashion.” This catch-all may be a short, memorable, and useful term to describe the industry’s relationship with clothes, but what does it actually mean?
In a nutshell, fast-fashion describes society’s obsession with relentless consumption. This insatiable hunger creates unsustainable demand, meaning big brands have to cut corners to deliver huge quantities at low prices. The result is environmental pollution, courtesy of cheap, synthetic fibers and chemical dyes, as well as the social cost paid by garment workers. Language is important, and these two simple words describe a wider, more complex conversation.
Words shape the way we think about things; we understand a concept through its opposition. This is why many of us are subconsciously quick to divide the fashion industry into the neat categories of fast-fashion and high-end, which, incidentally, does more harm than good. The cost of a garment is not always synonymous with its quality; although reports show that the responsibility for disasters like Rana Plaza lies largely with fast-fashion retailers, some of these perpetrators have actually been some of the most proactive brands in terms of making a change.
In a nutshell, fast-fashion describes society’s obsession with relentless consumption.
One of the most vocal companies championing sustainability is H&M, whose Conscious collection and other initiatives have been well-received. “[It is] an integral part of everything we do here at H&M,” Catarina Midby, the UK & IE sustainability manager, says, when asked about the brand’s commitment. Since introducing a code of conduct (which is now its Sustainability Commitment) back in the ’90s, the retailer has continued to develop its policies and, whenever applicable, acknowledge its mistakes. “One of our biggest environmental initiatives includes our global garment collection scheme — since 2013, all H&M stores globally offer a service whereby customers can hand in unwanted clothes and textiles from any brand in any condition. We will ensure that they are recycled, with 0 percent going to landfill.”
H&M has been open about its work with factories in developing countries, some of which have been locked in lengthy battles with their governments on the topic of workers’ rights. Earlier this year, the brand — alongside others like Zara, Gap and C&A — pulled out of the annual Dhaka Apparel Summit, sending a clear message that human rights violations and poor working conditions would not be accepted. Bangladesh relies heavily on its garment industry; recent reports show that it accounts for around 70 percent of the country’s visible exports. By applying pressure and threatening to withdraw these contracts, these retailers are using their power and influence to try and change the situation.
Midby describes this ongoing dialogue with factories in developing countries as one of the key ways to make a truly lasting impact. She also highlights that it’s no longer optional: “The greatest change-makers are consumers who, with their growing awareness, are demanding an added value of sustainability in the products and services that they buy,” she says. “As a brand, to drive change in our industry, we must work together with other brands, institutions, and governments. Collaboration is key.”
This same consumer pressure has seen more retail conglomerates lay down sustainability targets and announce their plans to tackle the problem. Arcadia Group (which owns Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, and Dorothy Perkins), Marks & Spencer, and ASOS are just some of the companies publishing statistics and figures online; the latter even has a sourcing map which includes its global factories and the gender ratio of its staff. A recently published report titled Dirty Fashion praised companies like H&M and Zara for their transparency, while also revealing that they were, perhaps unknowingly, sourcing viscose from factories responsible for polluting the ocean. By dumping untreated wastewater, these viscose manufacturers have a devastating impact not only on the environment but on local communities who, the study found, were unwillingly exposed to toxic waters which were increasing their risk of fatal illness. Research reports like these are emerging frequently, although a willingness by brands to be honest does at least demonstrate a commitment to keep making changes to eradicate these problems.
On the higher-end of the spectrum, Selfridges is a unique case study as it's applying pressure to designer brands to promote more transparency. The company is well-known for taking its responsibilities seriously and, perhaps more importantly, creating innovative initiatives to make the conversation more engaging. The Material World scheme is just one example — a multi-pronged campaign which both champions emerging designers and presents comprehensive information on the ways in which fashion takes its toll on the planet. There’s also Project Ocean, a partnership with ZSL conceived in order to tackle pollution from waste plastic.
“Sustainability is not negotiable. If every person on the planet shared the consumption habits of the average European in 2017, we would need three Earths to live on,” explains Danielle Vega, Selfridges’ director of sustainability. “We are committed to playing our part in changing those habits and presenting alternatives, which is why our Buying Better, Inspiring Change initiative is there to draw a line in the sand: by 2020, we will ensure that 50% of our brands are better for people and for our planet under the terms of the United Nations' global goals for sustainable development.” Vega also outlines the company’s intention to put pressure on its partners as well as its plans to label items more clearly — a small step towards enabling consumers to make their own informed choices.
The wealth of information available now means that we can start to undo the narrative which tells us we need to spend more on sustainable fashion when, in reality, we may not have the means to do so. There’s an argument around sustainability in the fashion industry which is deeply rooted in class; for those of us working on a tight budget, balancing the desire to invest in well-made pieces and the reality of perhaps needing new clothes for our jobs or our children can present an ethical dilemma. You don’t have to spend more to spend better, although the extreme lower end of the spectrum almost always involves exploitation. That we can spend maybe $5 more in order to shop more ethically, though, is rarely mentioned, nor is the fact that vintage, charity shops, and clothing swaps are also perfectly legitimate ways to shop sustainably without breaking the bank.
But, we need to widen the discussion and highlight the ways in which these brands are actively making changes; whether due to consumer pressure or a genuine desire, these plans are being pushed through, and they’re enabling a more complex conversation. And that's a step in the right direction.
By: Jake Hall
Lady Gaga's Hiking Gear Is Hilariously Questionable (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:54:20 -0400)
Lady Gaga deserves a round of applause for this one.
The singer was spotted on a hike with boyfriend Christian Carino in Montauk, New York on Wednesday, according to Splash News. As they emerged from a trail, Carino sported pretty standard hiking gear: a T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and a beverage as an accessory.
Gaga wore a long black skirt and a twisted, ruffled black crop top with a pair of nude high-heeled pumps. Natch.
We can’t help wondering if this photo op was staged. The look is far from her most outrageous, but definitely questionable. It’s pretty absurd, even for the fancy pants Hamptons.
Of course, we’re not too surprised. This is the woman who once attended an awards show inside of an egg, after all. And, if nothing else, social media’s reaction alone is the cure for our confusion.
Check out a few perfect reactions to Gaga’s hiking gear below.
The Miss Sofia Coppola Seminary For Eternal Admirers (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:49:16 -0400)
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do next, but I knew I wanted to do something that was really beautiful.”
Sofia Coppola’s movies reveal her contradictions. She is a director whose Hollywood inauguration was a birthright, thanks to an illustrious family tree and a luckless child-acting stint she never wanted. Fleeting youthfulness lies at the center of her stories: the troubled teens in “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Bling Ring,” the aging actors adrift in “Lost in Translation” and “Somewhere,” the callow duchess thrust into notoriety in “Marie Antoinette,” and now the repressed boarding-school denizens in “The Beguiled.” Her characters seek better horizons, but Coppola is nothing if not resolute, sophisticated, singular.
In the words of “Bling Ring” star Israel Broussard, Coppola has a “motherly essence and gracefulness.” According to “Virgin Suicides” matriarch Kathleen Turner, who also co-starred with Coppola in the 1986 comedy “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “She gives you a lot of freedom, but you feel she knows what she wants.” Stephen Dorff, the “Somewhere” headliner in whom Coppola spotted a “vulnerability” that no other director saw, waxes about her observant and “confident” disposition. Bill Murray, who netted his only Oscar nomination to date for “Lost in Translation,” has been known to call her the Velvet Hammer.
Not many filmmakers can claim palettes ― or personas ― as idiosyncratic as Coppola’s. She is known for getting the performances she wants from her actors and the sun-splashed aesthetics she wants from her cinematographers. She can take on the gravity of the French Revolution or the Civil War, imbuing a contemporary milieu that might make you forget you’re watching a period piece. She has tackled the insularity of suburbia and the disconnectedness of a metropolis, ensuring you relate to both. Every time you think you know Sofia Coppola, she challenges your assumptions, while still maintaining a fixation on adolescence’s ephemerality and the inhibitions that accompany maturity.
“The Beguiled,” which opens in limited release June 23, is more contained than her previous features, taking place entirely at the Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. The institution’s resources have grown scarce as the Civil War roars on, invoking a malaise that defines the Coppola catalog.
″‘Somewhere’ was an exercise in how minimal we could make that movie and still have it be a movie,” she said during our recent interview in New York. “The script was not even a script — it was like 30 pages and it was just very, very simple. After ‘Marie Antoinette’ was so decorative and so many people, I wanted just to strip down how simply you could make a movie. That was the thinking. And then after ‘Bling Ring’ was such an ugly world, I wanted to do something beautiful. That was the starting point for ‘The Beguiled.’”
“Sometimes I can’t just relax and enjoy a book without looking at it as something to adapt, which is annoying because I enjoy just reading books.”
Across her six movies ― seven if you count the hourlong Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas” ― Coppola has adapted novels fixated on young women, told poignant original stories of self-rumination and depicted larger-than-life episodes from history.
Coppola, 46, never wanted to do a remake, but she gravitated toward “The Beguiled” after her production designer recommended the vampy 1971 original directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier being nursed to health at the Virginia boarding school. The few girls and women who remain there are transfixed by the mystifying man’s presence.
Siegel’s version, derived from a Thomas P. Cullinan novel that Coppola dismisses as “pulpy,” portrays the headmistress Miss Martha (played by Geraldine Page) and her students as erratic and feral ― “crazy,” as Coppola puts it. While watching them plant seeds of flirtation and seduction, Coppola pondered what a less masculine perspective would entail, though she swears she’s not the type to consider what she would have done had she directed whatever movie she’s experiencing.
“I just wanted to connect with each character on a human level, so I just tried to think about what it was like for her,” Coppola said, referring to Miss Martha, brought to life in this rendition by Nicole Kidman’s commanding subtlety. “I wanted her to have dignity and be attractive. Just because she’s older doesn’t mean she needs to be crazy. And also just because they have desire, that shouldn’t be something crazy either — that should be something human and natural. In the other one, they had to become perverted. She had an incest story, and there’s a lesbian dream montage. Maybe it’s just the style of that time and that point of view, but I wanted to make her more human and relatable.”
These are, after all, women who have been subjected to a sort of finishing academy. They’ve read manuals on how to behave like a proper lady, what men expect from them, where their places in society lie. Played by Coppola veterans Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, along with a handful of lesser-known young actresses, the characters engage in a battle royal, each pining for the affection of the interloping soldier (Colin Farrell, more strapping than ever).
“The Beguiled” harks back to Coppola’s 1999 debut, “The Virgin Suicides,” in which five 1970s teenage sisters shelter their sexuality inside a suburban Michigan home run by parents who implement similar Victorian confinements. The frilly white frocks adorning “The Beguiled” resemble the pale floral gowns the Lisbon sisters don on prom night, not long before collectively ending their lives. Josh Hartnett’s cool Trip Fontaine, who turns heads as he glides down the school’s halls like a true magic man, is to “The Virgin Suicides” what Farrell’s Corporal John McBurney is to “The Beguiled.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer winner who wrote the novel on which “Virgin Suicides” is based, emailed Coppola to say he was “excited” she was adapting “The Beguiled,” a movie he loves. “I feel like there must have been something that he had in the back of his mind — there’s some relation” between the two stories, she said.
Despite our conversation about the threads that travel throughout her work, Coppola has no idea what anyone says about her online and in magazines. Her stories, largely centered on privileged white people, have inspired a derby of think pieces and Twitter debates, but Coppola is “too sensitive” to engage with those who accuse her films of, say, favoring style over substance. In fact, when I mentioned the passionate debates surrounding her work and its relation to her life as the daughter of the Hollywood legend who directed the “Godfather” trilogy (and the cousin of Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage), she responds with her typical “Oh!” Your opinions about Coppola, whatever they may be, are likely to take her by surprise. It’s almost as if ― imagine! ― she is not here to substantiate critics. Her characters are always searching, just as she sought an identity independent of the biography that so many of us scrutinize. (She once started a fashion line and studied painting at the California Institute of the Arts. She has since helmed music videos, commercials and an opera.)
“I’m flattered that anyone’s thinking about that,” she said, indicating no desire to elaborate.
“I think about a young audience. I want them to have something. I never understood why movies for teenagers didn’t look good or weren’t good quality.”
On and off movie sets, Coppola is known for her gentle hand. She can come across as aloof, but during our time together earlier this week, her eye contact was warm and she seemed game to discuss whatever topic arose, even if she doesn’t necessarily enjoy annotating her own work.
“She appears almost passive,” Kathleen Turner told me. “She kind of lets things happen and then says, ‘Hmm, nah, that’s not quite how I saw it’ or ‘That’s not quite what I was thinking.’ There’s no outright criticism, per se, or it’s so seldom that it’s very surprising if there is.”
With that temperament, actors want to give her what she’s looking for. It’s why Dunst has returned to Coppola’s charge time and again, and why the elusive Bill Murray became an unlikely muse for her as a screenwriter, and why the image-conscious Emma Watson went total Valley Girl sleaze in a what felt like a left turn after “Harry Potter” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Working with her costume designers and art directors, Coppola gives her casts photographs and films to study. For “The Bling Ring,” a story about real Los Angeles teens who preyed on opulent celebrity homes, she asked Watson and the other actors to watch heist capers like “Ocean’s Eleven.” For “The Beguiled,” Coppola looked to Roman Polanski’s “Tess” and David Hamilton’s ethereal photos of girls.
To create a Southern Gothic mood on the New Orleans set, smoke machines cast a fog over the plantation’s oak trees. Coppola imagined a rich backstory for the manor that houses the Martha Farnsworth Seminary, once the site of antebellum balls. “It had its grand days,” she said. “The party’s over.”
Therein lies a key theme coursing through Coppola’s work: The party is over. It was over for Murray’s and Dorff’s fame-fatigued slouches in “Lost in Translation” and “Somewhere,” respectively. It came to a fatal end in “Marie Antoinette,” and a legally and spiritually fraught stopgap in “The Bling Ring.” In the case of “The Virgin Suicides,” the party could never begin. In a bold move that’s rare for a mainstream Hollywood debut, teen girls were ascribed a sort of ennui and restraint that regularly haunts adults.
“When I was starting with ‘Virgin Suicides,’ I wanted to make something about young women because I felt they weren’t always depicted in a way that I could relate to,” she said. “Besides [John Hughes movies like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’], there were always 35-year-olds playing teenage girls.”
Despite numerous childhood and young-adult screen credits ― including her infamously derided turn as Michael Corleone’s daughter in “The Godfather Part III” and an appearance in Madonna’s “Deeper and Deeper” video at age 21 ― Coppola blanches at the notion that she herself was something of a child starlet. Regardless, she clearly has a kinship with young actors and actresses that feeds into her recurring themes surrounding the power of youth.
Israel Broussard, for example, said she’d make the “Bling Ring” cast run and jump up and down before a scene to “get the heart racing.” Coppola said she employed the same tactic on “The Beguiled,” ordering the actresses to dash around in their characters’ nightgowns to prepare for a scene in which they’re hysterical.
Such anecdotes speak to the essence of a Coppola set. Kidman may be one of the few older actresses with whom Coppola has collaborated, but the idea of her sprinting though a mansion ― which, by the way, belongs to actress Jennifer Coolidge ― conjures up an image of girlhood, fleetingly recaptured just as Sofia would want it.
“I just want my movies to do well enough so I can keep making movies.”
In Hollywood, Coppola has been given what some might call a blank check. Few directors can make virtually any movie they want without interference from the studio backing the project. Coppola, who maintains final-cut approval, has said that securing the necessary financing for “The Beguiled” ― a reported $10 million ― wasn’t easy. Nonetheless, she has avoided the box-office litmus test that plagues many women, whose misfires are not granted the free pass their male counterparts enjoy.
Coppola’s highest-grossing film is easily “Lost in Translation,” which opened in 2003 and collected $119.7 million worldwide (in addition to Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Director; she was the first American woman nominated for the latter). Despite 2010′s “Somewhere” petering out at $13.9 million and 2013′s “The Bling Ring” stalling at $19.1 million, she’s continued her track record, making a movie every three or four years.
Some of that goodwill was inevitably aided by her father’s legacy, even though Coppola’s work stands on its own. But Coppola only cares about ticket revenue insofar as she wants assurance that she can continue to work with the same freedom. (In 2015, she exited Disney’s live-action “Little Mermaid” reboot, which she would have filmed underwater, because the studio wouldn’t grant her creative license.) This time, however, she’s more invested in the profits.
“It would be fun if [‘The Beguiled’] is successful, just because there’s such a feeling right now with ‘Wonder Woman’ being a hit,” she said. “Ours is not on that scale, but it would just be nice for female-driven stories. The studios don’t always think that’s a valid audience, which it is. [...] So in that way, I hope it does well.”
Understanding that the marketing of films is a commercial art unto itself, and that any project’s success is dependent on it opening at the right time and reaching the right demographics, Coppola was disappointed that the “Beguiled” trailer gave away so much of the plot. It’s advertised as a standard thriller, featuring an “over-the-top” score that doesn’t appear in the film, a nearly music-free production that’s striking for someone associated with eclectic soundtracks. She does, however, love the posters and T-shirts with “vengeful bitches” scrawled in cursive, a reference to one of Farrell’s lines of dialogue. In an odd moment of cross-brand synergy, “Real Housewives of New York” cast members posted Instagram photos wearing the shirts and promoting the film’s release date.
Setting aside her family name and the strain of being a woman in a male-monopolized industry, Coppola’s distinctive visual flair and languid pacing are key to the creative immunity she has attained.
“Sofia also has an uncanny ability to communicate her vision in a few incredibly evocative and well-chosen words,” Sarah Flack, who has edited Coppola’s movies since “Lost in Translation,” wrote in an email. “I often tell directors that I can get them from A to Z (from the dailies to a cut scene, or from one version of a scene to another version, or a new version of the film) if they just tell me what Z is. They don’t have to figure out how to get to Z with the footage we have ― that’s my job ― as long as they know what Z is. Sofia not only knows what Z is at all times, but she can describe Z in the most perfect way.”
Coppola is the rare woman who invites few, if any, comparisons to her male predecessors and equivalents. Having long ignored her father’s advice to “say ‘action’ louder so they know you’re in charge” (and survived just fine, thank you very much), Coppola doesn’t need a penetrating presence in Hollywood’s macho auteur club or dazzling box-office returns to make the movies of her choosing. She simply needs her own biography, displaced and refracted upon each endeavor.
We faithful peasants will continue to eat her cake.
“The Beguiled” opens in limited release June 23 and expands nationwide June 30.
Jennifer Lopez Hits Back At Haters Who Accused Her Of Photoshopping Ab Photo (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:08:38 -0400)
Jennifer Lopez clapped back at the haters who accused her of Photoshopping one of her most recent Instagram photos.
On Thursday, the performer shared the photo below:
If you weren’t distracted by how amazing J.Lo looks, you may have noticed what appears to be a smudge just under her sweatshirt on the right. Plenty of people in the comments claimed the mark was a result of an unsuccessful attempt at altering the pic, but Lopez wasn’t having any of it.
The “Shades of Blue” star replied to the comments and then shared a screenshot of her response in her Instagram story.
“Omg…Just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop. #lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit #wishtherewasphotoshopforhaters,” the 47-year-old star wrote.
Is it really so hard to believe that Jenny from the Block, a celebrity who no doubt has a trainer, a chef and a very specific diet, looks so good? No. It’s not.
Justin Trudeau's Socks Are On Point (Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:15:20 -0400)
Justin Trudeau knows how to stand out from the crowd.
At a NATO summit in May, amid a sea of monochrome socks in black and navy blue, the Canadian prime minister’s brightly colored footwear was unmissable.
A photograph from the day shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others huddling around Trudeau as he pulled up his pant leg to offer a better look at the multicolored pair ― and they were emblazoned with the NATO emblem.
A few weeks earlier, Trudeau’s feet had made headlines when he chose to wear a pair of mismatched “Star Wars” socks to a meeting with Enda Kenny, who was then prime minister of Ireland.
The socks were a meaningful choice: The meeting was held on May 4, the date popularly known as #MayTheFourthBeWithYou, or Star Wars Day.
A post on Trudeau’s Twitter account featuring the socks quickly amassed tens of thousands of likes. “Seriously, I challenge all other leaders to be as cool as @JustinTrudeau,” wrote one impressed fan.
Trudeau’s love for cool socks has become quite the online fascination.
On Thursday, the headline of a viral Twitter moment summed it perfectly: “Trudeau’s sock game is strong.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating... or in this case, the socks.
Ivanka Trump's Brand Secures Trademark For New Lingerie Line (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:06:03 -0400)
Amid concerns that the Trump family is mixing business with politics, Ivanka Trump’s company has secured initial trademark approval for a new lingerie line, Bloomberg reports.
The trademark is one of three OK’d since Election Day; the others were for Ivanka-branded loungewear and workout clothes, according to Bloomberg.
Trump’s fashion label already boasts shoes, jewelry, active wear and handbags bearing her name. Recent credits also include new Ivanka Trump spas at her dad’s hotels in Vancouver and Washington, which offer treatments like a $610 couples massage with “the benefits of rest and relaxation.”
Trump isn’t currently involved with the spas, a spokesperson told Bloomberg. She also made superficial efforts to distance herself from her brand before taking up a role as an unpaid White House employee this spring, like separating her personal social media handle from her brand’s accounts and banning the brand from using her likeness in promotions. Even so, ethics experts warn her brand’s endeavors could violate conflict of interest laws.
Throwing more branded apparel into the mix would only put Trump at greater risk for legal repercussions, Jordan Libowitz, a spokesperson for Washington nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told HuffPost.
“The clear thing she should do is remove all conflict from her portfolio, either by getting out of the clothing business or not working on anything that could affect [her government office],” he said. “Usually people make a choice between government work and private business, and there’s a reason for that.”
Goop Deletes Yet Another Strange Health Claim After Getting Fact-Checked By NASA (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:26:32 -0400)
At this point, we’re not surprised when Goop’s health and wellness claims turn out to be shady. But this latest case is out-of-this-world strange.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site pulled a claim about “energy-balancing” body stickers after Gizmodo spoke with a NASA expert who pointed out the claim was untrue. Goop initially promoted the pricey Body Vibes stickers ($60 for a 10-pack) by claiming they “rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies” and even treat certain ailments thanks in part to being made with the “same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear.”
But Gizmodo’s Rae Paoletta published a piece Thursday in which a NASA expert pointed out the agency’s spacesuits don’t contain conductive carbon material at all, not to mention he found the supposed science behind the product to be “a load of BS.” Goop subsequently pulled the spacesuit claim, though not the piece promoting the stickers.
By Friday, Body Vibes had removed claims of NASA technology from its website too and issued an apology statement.
Goop is no stranger to sticky health claims: This year alone, the brand caught fire for plugging needless products like leaf-scented perfume and pricey “anti-mold” shower heads. Then there’s the potentially dangerous health advice, like its suggestions to use vaginal eggs and consider iodine supplements, which can actually harm some healthy people.
Through it all, Paltrow stands by her brand. She recently announced she’s taking a break from acting to focus on being a female business leader, a role “that people are not comfortable with,” she said this week at the Cannes Lions Festival. She also joked to Jimmy Kimmel about her site’s wacky recommendations earlier this month, saying, “I don’t know what the fuck we talk about!”
After this latest go-round, we definitely don’t either. Meanwhile, Goop is continuing to refine its content, according to a statement sent Thursday to HuffPost:
As we have always explained, advice and recommendations included on Goop are not formal endorsements and the opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of Goop. Our content is meant to highlight unique products and offerings, find open-minded alternatives, and encourage conversation. We constantly strive to improve our site for our readers, and are continuing to improve our processes for evaluating the products and companies featured.
This story has been updated to include a statement from Body Vibes and to report they have removed the claim on their website.
Boys Wear Skirts To Protest School's Anti-Shorts Policy Amid Heat Wave (Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:15:44 -0400)
Dozens of boys in southwest England have defiantly swapped their pants out for pleated skirts after being forbidden from wearing shorts to school, despite a heat wave.
The students at Isca Academy in Exeter said they borrowed the skirts from sisters and female friends to protest the school’s dress code policy, which requires boys to wear the leg-covering garments while girls have the option of pants or skirts.
“We’re not allowed to wear shorts, and I’m not sitting in trousers all day, it’s a bit hot,” one of the boys told the BBC on Thursday.
The boys’ protest ended up going viral, with a photo of them lined up in skirts scoring more than 71,000 likes on Twitter as of Thursday afternoon.
Some of the boys’ mothers have sided with their sons.
“The girls are allowed to wear skirts all year round so I think it’s completely unfair that the boys can’t wear shorts,” Claire Reeves told Devon Live. “Boys just don’t have the option, and I am just really concerned about how the heat is going to affect him.”
As Reeves noted, the protest came as the country battles scorching temperatures that have reached the 90s.
Despite that potential health threat, Reeves complained that the school threatened to place her son in isolation all day if he showed up wearing shorts. If she kept him home, it’d be considered an unauthorized absence, she told Devon Live.
Students credited a teacher with suggesting they wear skirts instead of pants, though it’s believed that it was suggested in jest. After that, several boys showed up wearing the breathable garments, then dozens more followed.
When at least one of them said they were told that they couldn’t wear the skirts with hairy legs, they fetched razors and shaved them, the boys told Devon Live and The Guardian.
Fellow mom Claire Lambeth said she’s proud of her 15-year-old son, Ryan, who she said was one of the first to wear one.
“Ryan came up with the idea of wearing a skirt so that evening we borrowed one. He wore it the next day – as did five other boys. This morning there were about 50-60 of them in skirts,” she told The Guardian. “I didn’t expect it to take off like that. The school is being silly really – this is exceptional weather. I was very proud of Ryan. I think it was a great idea.”
Headteacher, Aimee Mitchell, wrote in a letter posted on the school’s website this week, that she would be “happy to consider a change” in the school’s dress code in the coming weeks, but not without consulting both students and their families.
In the meantime, students are allowed to remove their ties and undo the top buttons of their shirts, her letter said.
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