One of the most frustrating things about Fashion Week is that because it happens a season in advance, half the trends you see—and fall in love with—don’t apply until fall rolls around. (You better believe we already have our shopping lists set for September.) One thing this doesn’t apply to, however, is nail polish. With the exception of a few first looks at shades to come later this year, there’s nothing stopping you from getting in on fall’s coolest nail ideas early. This season we saw plenty of inventive takes on the French manicure, fresh twists on neutrals (greige, for the win), and so many metallics. Scroll on to see the best nail trends for fall that’ll take you through 2019 and beyond.
For the past couple of seasons, shoppers have started to question the timeline of Fashion Week. At a time when instant gratification is the norm, why show clothing on the runway that won’t be available for six months? Some designers, like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, responded by adopting a “see now, buy now” strategy, where everything becomes immediately available for purchase literally right as the model steps off the catwalk. There’s another way to cop the look you see all over social media and Fashion Week recaps: Pull out the overarching trends you can add to your wardrobe right now. It could be a color, a print, or even an accessory—the Fall 2019 collections gave us plenty of ideas of pieces we can buy and wear all through the spring, like colorful tights and zebra-print-everything (worn together or separately.) Read on for all the Fashion Week trends you can start shopping right now.
After years of development, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse absolutely blew minds when it debuted back in December 2018. Hailed by many as one of the best films of the year, it received a near-universal warm reception, and became a must-see big screen event. This is actually still the case, as the movie is still playing in many theaters nationwide, but soon fans will be able to take the experience home with them, as the digital, and physical media dates have been announced, along with the surprise that the release will soon be getting a new Spider-Ham short film.
This news was revealed by Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse producer Chris Miller on Twitter, noting that digital downloads will be available on February 26th, while 4K, Blu-ray and DVD copies will hit stores on March 19th. A promised “Kingpin-sized ton of extras” will come along with all purchase options, and apparently that includes a new little bit that will star John Mulaney’s fan-favorite character from the blockbuster.
Sadly not much is known about the plot of the Spider-Ham short film, how it will utilize its central character, or even if it will be in-canon with the events of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. However, it’s also rare that we can be truly surprised by pop culture in this modern era, so maybe this is a case where it will be fun to go into watching it without knowing anything at all.
Hailing from a much more cartoon-y universe (Earth-8311) than the one inhabited by Miles Morales or any big screen version of Peter Parker, Spider-Ham made his big screen debut in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, but has been making readers laugh since he was introduced into that pages of Marvel Comics in 1983. He was originally a one-off character, but immediate popularity resulted in an on-going series, and he has been making regular appearances ever since.
Contrary to expectations, Spider-Ham began life as an anthropomorphic spider named Peter Porker who was dramatically transformed forever when he was bitten by a radioactive pig. Like most webslingers in the multiverse, he is a strong believer in “with great power comes great responsibility,” and as a result has done battle with villains like Eelectro, Mysteriape, and the Green Gobbler. Perhaps the short will give us more of him living in his own universe?
For what it’s worth, John Mulaney has already been out there pitching his vision for a Spider-Ham movie. Last year the comedian suggested putting the character in a plot akin to All The President’s Men or Spotlight – following Peter Porker as he investigates a heavy story for the Daily Beagle. We don’t expect that this idea has anything to do with the short that we will soon get to see, but it’s still a fun idea to think about.
It won’t be long until we have all the details, as you may have noticed that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s digital release date is just a little over a week from today. It’s a release we’re tremendously excited for here at CinemaBlend, and will be covering in depth, so stay tuned for more updates and cool behind-the-scenes stories about this wonderful blockbuster in the coming weeks – and you’ll be able to watch it compete in the Best Animated Feature category at the Academy Awards next Sunday, February 24th.
Mommy-shaming members of the Kardashian/Jenner family is basically an online sport at this point: From comments about Kourtney‘s son Reign’s hair length to whether or not it’s OK for Kim to let North wear lipstick, it seems like everyone on the Internet has an (unsolicited) opinion.
This week, it’s Khloé Kardashian‘s turn. After she posted a photo of her manicured nails on Instagram, her comments section was flooded with questions about how she cares for her daughter with them. Granted, they are extremely long—but this is a pretty standard aesthetic for Koko and really nothing new to any fan. That didn’t stop the comments, however.
“How do you change diapers?!” one user asked. “The nails of a woman who pays other people to do everything for her,” another said. “You are a hands on mother?” a user commented. “How many times have you poked and scratched your baby?”
Plenty of fans came to Kardashian’s defense, too. “It is perfectly easy to change diapers/nappies with long nails, thousands of women do it every day. I have never hurt my children with long nails,” wrote one user. “Khloe has had long nails for quite some years now and it will be just as easy for her to do things with them than it is for someone with short nails.” Another said, “I’m a 9-5 accountant in training and my nails same length so don’t judge someone on something as hilarious as the length of their nails.”
Never one to back down from online criticism, Khloé clapped back on Twitter. “It’s annoying when people talk about my nails,” she wrote. “Trust me, I manage just fine. The same way I take care of myself, I take care of my baby. There are more serious things to discuss. At least I would hope. 🙄 happy Monday to you.”
And there you have it, folks. Happy Monday to us all.
Nobody is quite sure what to expect from the Oscars on Sunday, but at least some of the show’s entertainment has now been confirmed. While it had previously reported that the the idea of having Queen perform at the Academy Awards this weekend had been scrapped, current Queen front-man Adam Lambert revealed on Twitter today that the band will, in fact, perform this Sunday.
The original report that claimed the Academy was interested in having Queen perform at the Oscars stated that the band would potentially open the show and perform music from Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie nominated for Best Picture which tells the story of the band and its original lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
At the time, it seemed that idea had already been dropped. It’s not clear if Queen wasn’t interested or if the Academy just changed its mind about having the band play. Now that we know Queen will perform, it seems that either the idea never really died, or whoever killed the idea initially had a change of heart.
How exactly the Oscars was going to handle the portion of the show that wasn’t strictly the handing out of awards has been a major question since Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the show and the decision was made to go forward without a host at all.
The host’s job is largely to bind the show together and give it all a cohesive feel. Without that role being filled it’s been anybody’s guess what kind of show we were going to get.
If Queen does in fact open the show, it will certainly set a unique tone for the Oscars, though it has not yet been confirmed if Queen will actually open the Academy Awards or perform at some other point.
It’s certainly does go to show exactly how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is looking to change things up. The music that we were expecting to hear on the show, the nominees for Best Original Song, was originally going to be limited to only two of the nominees, and now, while all five songs will be performed, the word is each will only be given 90-seconds, rather than being able to perform the complete song. It seems the time that is being saved is being given over to Queen.
Having Queen perform at the Oscars certainly makes a lot of sense. Bohemian Rhapsody is that rare movie that is both an Oscar contender and a popular movie that did well at the box office. It is exactly the sort of film that the Academy wants to focus on as it continues to try and dig out of the slump that the Oscars are currently in. Ratings for the show have been hitting record lows in recent years as there appears to be a growing disconnect between the movies that get nominated and the movies that the average moviegoer actually goes to see.
Will people actually tune in to see Queen perform at the Oscars? We shall see.
Amber Tolliver has modeled for lingerie brands for 17 years, working with companies like Jockey and Aerie on various underwear campaigns. (She appeared in the latter’s first-ever un-retouched #AerieReal ad back in 2014.) In the almost two decades she’s spent in the industry, she’s vacillated between being considered straight-size and curve. And that made a real difference, both as a consumer and as a model, in what lingerie she was able to wear.
“When I was a straight size model, I had tons of options in terms of lingerie brands that carried my size,” Tolliver says. “But as my body changed and my bust grew, the options grew to be almost nonexistent.”
She recalls one instance where she had booked a modeling gig with a store that carries multiple lingerie brands. She was curve at that time, and says she immediately noticed a difference between what she would be photographed in versus what the straight-sized models were going to wear. “I just remember walking up to one of the racks and [saying] wow, all of this lingerie is really beautiful—it’s colorful, it’s lacy, it’s feminine. And they said, ‘Yeah it really is, but that’s not your rack.'” Her rack, she tells Glamour, was pretty much exclusively “black, white, and nude panties and bras that came up to my clavicles. At that point, I was like, ‘This is it. I’m not going to be a bystander.'”
That experience drove her to launch her own intimates brand, where size doesn’t limit what product you have access to. And so, Liberté was born.
At Liberté, there aren’t any plain-old nude undies. Instead, the bras have playful mesh and lace accents, the undies have sophisticated panels, and all pieces come in several different colors. The collection feels mature, but not matronly; supportive, but not overly constructed. The price point is sweet, too, ranging from $45 to $130.
From launch, the direct-to-consumer brand has offered an expansive size range, with a special emphasis on products for larger busts. Bras start at 32C and go up to 38H, while panties are available in sizes small to 2X. Tolliver’s intention was this was to offer sizes that shoppers couldn’t typically find in stores: Too many brands, she says, promise to expand their sizing without following through, so “it was a part of the brand ethos to let women know that this is who we are out of the gate. You don’t have to wait; you can get your size.”
“Aerie allowed me to recognize a very large opportunity in shifting the paradigm that exists within the lingerie market when they launched their Aerie Real campaign; that took off like wildfire,” she says. “Knowing that doing something different could also be successful […] opened the door for me to design and curate a collection that spoke more to myself versus a younger demographic.”
Liberté is French for “freedom,” and it’s a word that has special significance to the brand’s founder. “I go to Paris twice a year for this trade show, and I have an unbelievable love of the language, [as well as of] my Haitian roots,” Tolliver explains. “Just coming up with the French word, liberté, made sense to me,” she continues, given the brand’s goal to offer shoppers a specific type of personal freedom: “The freedom to love who you are as you are.”
Down the line, Liberté hopes to expand into other intimates-adjacent categories, like sleepwear and swim—all of which would be size-inclusive, like its core lingerie. That way, “if your body changes you don’t need to change your brand,” says Tolliver. That’s pretty freeing, too.
Payless ShoeSource, the seemingly endless repository of affordable shoes and sneakers, has announced that it will officially close its remaining 2,100 stores in the U.S and Puerto Rico. The chain is planning liquidation sales and expects some of its locations to close as early as March—and it’s safe to say Twitter is having a hard time coping.
According to Reuters, the discount retailer had been trying to find a buyer since first filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017. After a major restructuring of its stores, the company managed to eliminate millions of dollars in debt, but it still wasn’t enough to save the business in the end. Now, it’s time to say goodbye.
For those who have nostalgic memories of browsing the stores’ sky-high aisles, the end of the shoe company is a sad day: “Wow is it weird to mourn the death of Payless Shoes? My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, and I’m pretty sure my first pair of “grown up girl shoes,” a scalloped white pump (3 in, max) with a cork heel (it was like, 2005, ok?) came from there,” one Twitter user wrote.
The Payless eulogies also included memories of the store’s Christian Siriano line, which launched in 2008.
Payless is just one of many chains that has had to shutter its brick-and-mortar operations as digital commerce companies like Amazon and Zappos have grown (Toys “R” Us and Sears have also said goodbye recently). As of this weekend, Payless has also closed down its website.
Apparently, however, Payless’ stores in Latin America will stay open—so if you really, really miss those sweet Airwalks, you’ll just have to travel a bit for them. Otherwise, thanks for the memories, Payless.
We’ll never see what Zack Snyder’s fully realized DC Universe would have looked like, but the man himself promises it would have been amazing. In a recent social media post the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director was asked if we would ever have seen a Flashpoint storyline in the DC film universe if things had gone as Snyder originally envisioned. In response, Snyder left a single word, “better.”
Exactly where the current DC film universe is going as a cohesive world is far from clear but the one thing that does seem to be accurate is that Zack Snyder will not be at the helm. While Snyder is still technically a producer of the franchise, he left Justice League before reshoots were completed and his focus as a director now seems to be on an adaptation of The Fountainhead rather than anything involving comic book superheroes. Snyder says that he learned of Affleck’s decision to leave the role of Batman when everybody else did, which would seem to confirm he’s not directly involved in the franchise anymore.
Originally, Justice League was announced as being a two-part movie but that idea got squashed into a single film. How much of what Justice League turned out to be was the work of Snyder as opposed to Joss Whedon, who came in to handle reshoots, has been a topic of contention ever since.
Justice League largely floundered at the box office, but many vocal fans believe that if Snyder had been able to complete the movie himself a far superior film would have resulted.
Snyder doesn’t elaborate at all on what he means, but you can bet that fans all sort of had their minds blown at the idea. What exactly was Zack Snyder’s grand plan for the DC heroes? He calls Ben Affleck the Best Batman Ever in his post, so one can certainly guess that Affleck leaving the role right now was certainly not part of Snyder’s road map. Certainly, a great deal of material was lost when Justice League became a single film, but we still have little idea what would have been in that longer story or where it would have pointed afterward.
James Cameron doesn’t seem to do anything quickly. He’s just now working on sequels to Avatar after talking about them for the last decade. However, it seems that the writer/director/producer’s latest project, the Robert Rodriguez directed Alita: Battle Angel, has been an idea kicking around since even before Avatar became a thing. In a recent interview, Rodriguez reveals that James Cameron first presented the idea of Alita to him back when he was working on Sin City, and Cameron already had a lot more than a simple concept. According to the director…
Of course, Alita would not become the next movie James Cameron would direct, because the aforementioned Avatar would then become the film that took up all of Cameron’s time. Cameron himself hasn’t directed a feature film since Avatar, largely because while those sequels have taken a decade to get off the ground, they’ve always been a work in progress.
Yet, Alita: Battle Angel would also never be an idea that completely disappeared either. It would always be something James Cameron would want to make happen. Eventually, he would decide that in order for it to happen at all, somebody else would have to direct it, and so Cameron’s friend Robert Rodriguez, who had been shown the idea all those years ago, would end up taking the chair.
Sin City was released in April of 2005 so we’re looking at sometime in 2004 or early 2005 or so when this first meeting actually happened.Clearly, based on the material Robert Rodriguez tells Rolling Stone Cameron had already created, this wasn’t entirely a “new” idea even then.
Rodriguez himself admits that bringing the comic book to life was going to be a tall order. It’s likely at least partially for that reason that we didn’t actually see the movie for 15 years. Technology needed to progress to a point where the design would work.
It seems we’re there now, and so far Alita: Battle Angel is being embraced by the audience. It did better than expected at the box office over this past weekend, bringing in $36 million since Thursday, and while it likely still has a long way to go financially speaking, creatively, it looks like James Cameron was able to get exactly what he wanted on the big screen.
One can only guess what he has in store for those Avatar sequels.
Some of the best casting in recent memory had to be the decision to cast Tom Hanks, who is generally regarded as being actually as nice as he seems to be in the movies, as Fred Rogers, the children’s TV show host who also appears to be pretty much exactly the guy he played on the small screen. Beautiful Day on the Neighborhood will tell the story of Fred Rogers and an unlikely friendship, and now our first look at the film itself appears to show the movie’s two main characters meeting for the first time. Check it out.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will co-star Matthew Rhys as a journalist named Lloyd Vogel, who is based on real-life journalist Tom Junod. In the film, Vogel will begrudgingly accept an assignment to write about Rogers, but after meeting the man, Vogel will begin to give up his natural skepticism and begin to embrace Rogers’ perspectives on empathy and kindness.
The image released on Twitter by Sony appears to show the moment that these two characters will meet in the film. They’re on the set of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, with various backdrops and models in the background that make up Rogers’ house and the land of make believe.
While we had previously seen one official image released which showed Tom Hanks in costume as Fred Rogers, that appeared to be a simple publicity shot, this is the first look at the film itself.
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood aired its final regular episode in 2001 and Fred Rogers died in 2003, but there may be no better time to make a movie about the man that so many children grew up with. Last year the documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor took a look at the man behind the television show. It was a highly regarded and well reviewed film, that somehow was not nominated for an Academy Award because clearly the Oscars didn’t learn anything from Mr. Rogers.
Still, if you did love Won’t You Be My Neighbor, then you’re probably all set for a movie like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. While the world often seems dark and cynical, knowing that somebody like Fred Rogers was actually a real human can make you feel a lot better about everything. The fact that Fred Rogers is being played by Tom Hanks only makes the entire thing feel that much more like the cinematic equivalent of a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate.
Though, if you haven’t seen Won’t You Be My Neighbor yet, allow me to recommend that you not watch it on an airplane. You get some really questioning looks from people wondering why you’re crying your eyes out by yourself on a plane.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is set for release this October.