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17 Best Luxury Skin Care Products of 2019

Be honest: Does your heart skip a beat when you see a medicine cabinet full of the very best skin care? Skin has always been in, but the days of slapping on any old moisturizer are long gone—now, having a curated routine is completely normal, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Sephora shopper who doesn’t know the difference between essences and toners. Critics might call such a devotion vapid or useless, among other things, but we firmly believe putting time and energy into a skin care regimen isn’t an empty pastime.

So whether it’s a vital part of your self-care, you’re looking for something specific to add to your top shelf, or you’re just curious about what the latest and greatest exfoliator is, take a look at the luxury skin care products that live up to their name—and price tag. Our editors and beauty pros share why.

18 Best Luxury Skin Care Products of 2019

Be honest: Does your heart skip a beat when you see a medicine cabinet full of the very best skin care? Skin has always been in, but the days of slapping on any old moisturizer are long gone—now having a curated routine is completely normal, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Sephora shopper who doesn’t know the difference between essences and toners. Critics might call such a devotion vapid or useless, among other things, but we firmly believe putting time and energy into a skin care regimen isn’t an empty pastime.

So whether it’s a vital part of your self-care, you’re looking for something specific to add to your top shelf, or you’re just curious about what the latest and greatest exfoliator is, take a look at the luxury skin care products that live up to their name—and price tag. Our editors and beauty pros share why.

The Suicide Squad’s Jai Courtney Is Psyched To Play Captain Boomerang Again

Although it is being described as more of a reboot than a sequel, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will be bringing back some familiar faces from David Ayer’s 2016 film. Among those faces is Jai Courtney, who played the funny and mad George “Digger” Harkness, better known as Captain Boomerang. Although his character was the most cowardly of the original group, Jai Courtney himself is psyched to hop back into the role for another go round, as he explained:

Captain Boomerang seems like the kind of character that would be a blast to play, and clearly Jai Courtney enjoyed his time as the Aussie bank robber. Based on what he told The Hollywood Reporter, he seems stoked that Captain Boomerang will be a part of the sequel and that he will get to have fun reprising that role, gold tooth and all.

We don’t know what writer/director James Gunn has planned, but Jai Courtney’s Boomerang does seem like the kind of odd and goofy character that Gunn does so well. And that makes him so ideally suited to this property in the first place. So it is cool that Captain Boomerang will be back and will be portrayed by an actor who relishes in the role.

Given the fact that most signs point towards James Gunn’s film doing its own thing and acting as more of a soft reboot than a true sequel, it’s difficult to know what The Suicide Squad has in store for Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang. At the end of Suicide Squad, having survived their mission, the team gets ten years off their sentences. Everyone except Boomerang. And while the others get special privileges, Courtney’s gets put in solitary confinement.

Apparently Amanda Waller or whoever will put together the Suicide Squad in the sequel determines that Captain Boomerang isn’t more trouble than he’s worth and there is still some merit in keeping him around, if only for the comic relief.

Returning alongside Jai Courtney in Suicide Squad 2 is Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller. The rest of the potential returnees are not confirmed as of yet. Despite some rumors to the contrary, it is believed that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will return, but Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag is not expected to.

Captain Boomerang will be mixing it up with some new faces as well. Idris Elba has been cast in The Suicide Squad and for a brief time, it seemed like he would be taking over Deadshot from Will Smith. Instead he will actually be playing a new character but we don’t know who yet, although we have some guesses. Also in talks to join Suicide Squad 2 and his first superhero film, is John Cena in an undisclosed role.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to open on August 6, 2021. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies coming to theaters this summer and for all the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

New The Hustle Trailer Spoofs Avengers: Endgame

It’s a tale old as time: a huge cultural event is set to debut in a theater near you, and just as the hype is getting intense beyond belief, a comedy movie uses that hype to make a joke at said event’s expense. The tactic definitely works, and as we’re prepared to see Avengers: Endgame unfurl in theaters this weekend, The Hustle would like to remind everyone that it’s not too far off from that very film in some of its aims. Check out their latest trailer, inspired by Marvel’s would-be blockbuster, below:

This trailer for The Hustle does a pretty good job starting out with a pseudo Avengers: Endgame vibe, as the approach of limited coloring in the face of great evil is present. And while they may not have checked with Thor about the usage of his super group’s name “The Revengers,” it’s still a pretty fun callback to Thor: Ragnarok.

Of course, it’s not long before The Hustle returns to its actual plot involving Anne Hathaway’s posh thief teaching Rebel Wilson’s newbie in training how to con the men of the French Rivera out of their money. It’s a task that requires disguises, aliases and the occasional act involving simulated murder by means of a shotgun.

The second remake of the film Bedtime Stories, with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels being the most recent reference for director Chris Addison’s latest version, The Hustle feels somewhat familiar, but new enough to lure people into theaters with its charms. But then again, a little bit of fun subterfuge doesn’t hurt, especially when the result is a quick and breezy gag that’ll make including this trailer with this weekend’s Avengers: Endgame all the easier.

Although we have to admit, after sitting on this trailer long enough in our minds, The Hustle’s marketing gimmick has us thinking about another time a comedy took good natured shots at an approaching cultural monolith. See if you can remember this throwback from almost 20 years ago:

Summer 2019 is going to be a pretty crowded affair, and grabbing all the marketing real estate you can is key. Much like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Hustle has brought its A-game while spoofing Endgame, and it’ll be up to the audiences watching this trailer to decide whether or not this joke’s good enough to stick around for the punchline.

In the spirit of history, we’d like to remind you that if you’re only seeing one movie this summer, see Avengers: Endgame, which opens this Thursday night. But, if you do see two or more movies, see The Hustle, which will put its money on the box office table on May 10.

Summer Outfits With Jeans: How to Wear, According to Celebrities

Denim has been a tried-and-true favorite of concert-goers for ages, from Woodstock all the way to Coachella. Though, in the thick of summer, the last thing you’ll probably think to wear is a pair of jeans (hence why cutoffs reign supreme this time of year). Even if, at first glance, 501s and the desert heat don’t exactly seem like an ideal pairing, Levi’s presence on the festival circuit proves that the brand’s bread and butter lends itself to a range of scenarios—and climates.

Year after year, Coachella after Coachella, some of the best festival style from Indio, California comes out of the annual Levi’s poolside brunch, where celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Candice Huffine, Joan Smalls, and more come together to show off their best, most inventive denim styling.

“I remember how amazing the fit was on my first pair—they’ve been my favorite ever since,” said Bieber, the recently-appointed first-ever face of the Levi’s 501 jean, at the event. She herself was wearing the high-waisted style, cooly cuffed at the hem with a lingerie-inspired top. For fellow model Smalls, the key to making denim work for the summertime lies in juxtaposition: “of something oversized with something super-girly,” she told Glamour.

As temperatures start heating up, we’re taking cues from these denim-clad, always-well-dressed celebrities we caught up with in Palm Springs for tips on how to style your jeans in the summer. Check out five formulas to copy from now until Labor Day, ahead.

With lingerie up top…

Balance out the coverage of a full-length jean with something a little bit more revealing up top. Take notes from Bieber and her lingerie-inspired styling from the first weekend of Coachella: a lacy bustier top is breathable, while also making your casual denim feel more sophisticated.

With a super cropped top…

When thinking of ways to style your jeans in the summer, your first instinct might be to go for a shirt that’s way lighter—which will probably have you grabbing the nearest crop top. Instead of a frayed-hem vintage tee, consider going for a more polished, long-sleeved style. Emily Ratajowski, for instance, styled her white jeans with a leopard-print, front-tie blouse, an outfit that can definitely be replicated for a happy hour in July.

With your favorite throwback trend…

Let’s face it, The Parent Trap served some truly iconic fashion looks in 1998 that still hold up today. And, with the themes of camp and nostalgia back in a *very* big way, tie-dye is truly hotter than ever. Model Candice Huffine took this to the max at the festival, with her cropped T-shirt and denim cutoffs—she even added a scrunchie for good measure.

With opposite fits…

This is pretty much the same idea as mixing denim with lingerie, but only with shapes: Pair a baggy, wide-leg bottom with something more fitted as a top—or, if you prefer skinny-fit jeans, go for a loose blouse. Amandla Stenberg’s double-denim look, of a corset with oversized flare, is a great example of how to make it work. “Looking effortless is actually the hardest thing — it requires the most effort,” the actor tells us.

With major pops of color…

Another way to distinguish your fall denim #OOTD from your summer denim #OOTD? With the color story. For autumn, you might prefer to style your jeans with berry and navy hues. In the summer, though, you should go for a neon palette, like Smalls did at Coachella.

Metro Boomin And Gunna Are Flex-tra Terrestrials In ‘Space Cadet’ Video

Metro Boomin and Gunna are unlike anyone in this world. It’s all in their dress and demeanor. They’re from the Andromeda galaxy, originating on a planet where giant fur coats are normal in warm months and being submerged under water for an album cover is normal business. Their new video for “Space Cadet” lets you know just how they ended up on Earth, although it doesn’t reveal what their missions are. Could they be planning a takeover?

The video starts with where the journey began. A group of alien investigators stare at an old school car that appears earthly, save for two peculiar life forms sprawled across its back. It’s a tense scene involving agents in black with creased eyebrows and shaking lips, holding weapons that they don’t if they will be effective or not, staring at these peacefully sleeping creatures. They wake up and it’s clear that these aliens are Metro Boomin and Gunna who, almost immediately, get interrogated about their purposes. Who are they? Where do they come from? What do they want?

“Space Cadet”‘s visual isn’t worried about answering those questions. We do, however, get a taste of what the two unidentified strangers like to do for fun. They like dancing with lasers and bright white lights zooming around them. Young Thug, a possible alien too, makes a cameo and suddenly becomes more mystifying than normal. Could he have been on an infiltration mission all this time? Eventually, their main interrogator, after studying them, realizes that she can remove her oxygen mask and talk to them freely without fear of contamination, showcasing that maybe these aliens aren’t as different from these earthlings that the humans think they are. Maybe there’s a message in there somewhere.

“Space Cadet” appears on Metro Boomin’s 2018 album Not All Heroes Wear Capes. In a performance of the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in February, the producer wore a jacket emblazoned with “FREE 21 SAVAGE” to protest the rapper‘s detainment by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Take a look at the sci-fi video up above. Put on your aluminum thinking cap.

Gentleman Jack Is a Period Drama I’ve Been Waiting My Whole Life to See

When I first watched Gentlemen Jack, now available on HBO, I was gobsmacked by its leading lady Anne Lister. Played by Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones, the character is based on the real-life Lister, a lesbian landowner in 19th-century England endowed with the gift of gab who kept meticulous diaries about her life. On screen, Lister translates as both intense and persuasive. At first I found that maddening; but eventually, my attraction to her crept up like a schoolgirl crush. She’s intoxicating and sexy in ways that are totally unconventional for a TV lead. And that was Gentleman Jack creator Sally Wainwright’s master plan.

Wainwright has been working on adapting Anne Lister’s diaries for the screen for over 20 years, and the result of her efforts is a period drama that features complex women on-screen, captured by many brilliant women behind the camera. “People haven’t been aware that women like Anne Lister existed until now because people like her have been rendered invisible by history,” Wainwright tells me. “That’s why Anne Lister’s diary has been referred to as the Rosetta Stone of lesbian life [in the 19th-century]. We realized we have a clear record of the level of intimacy that existed amongst women.”

Wainwright and Jones both wanted to ensure that Anne’s queerness was depicted realistically and fairly, so Wainwright hired a lesbian advisor and an intimacy advisor to coordinate the sex scenes. Jones appreciated having the experts available to her. “I think, in the current climate, every show should have [an intimacy advisor,” Jones says. “It just makes everyone safe and comfortable. We had someone that we could talk to if there were any questions.”

“I wanted to make a point of not being gratuitous,” Wainwright says of the sex scenes. “But I wanted to combine that with making a big character. Anne Lister was a great lover, and her sex was very evolved. I think we shot the scenes in a way that’s very beautiful, very apt.”

Jones and Wainwright worked with the advisors to treat every detail delicately, considering everything from the feelings of the women Lister slept with to the temperature of the room. “We looked into how they all had sex differently and how comfortable they were,” Jones explains. “Those houses are really cold, so you’d need to have your nightie on. Also, it’s really important that if anyone knocks on the door and walks into the bedroom they could jump apart and pretend they were just two friends sleeping in the same bed, which women [at the time] did without any questions being asked.”

“I think if anyone’s looking for titillation or flesh, this is not the show for them,” Jones continues. “It’s a much more intellectual, psychological vision of a character.”

This attention to detail even carried out in the way Jones physically played the character. “We took from the diaries the fact that she walked quickly and upright, that she sounded deep and masculine,” Jones says. “She was mistaken for a man and called ‘Gentleman Jack.’ So we worked with her intelligence coming out in a physical manner like big gestures.”

As a lesbian myself, there is much to lust after in Gentleman Jack. Lister is unlike any lead character I’ve seen on TV—she’s towering, intimidating, unnerving. She also vibrates with life and excitement in a way that feels completely timeless. As Wainwright told me, Lister was a “fantastically bold woman who just didn’t conform to societal norms, who didn’t hide her sexuality.”

That boldness is fiercely female—even if, historically, it was once labeled as “gentlemanly.”

Jill Gutowitz is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles.

First Look At James McAvoy’s Bill Denbrough In IT Chapter 2

2017 brought us the first installment of director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary novel IT. It also brought the suspense of having to wait for the second half of the story, as the doorstopping length of that source book inspired Muschietti to split the story into two parts.

The first chapter delivered the childhood portion of the story, and now with a brand new photo from the director himself, we have our first look at the adult form of Bill Denbrough in IT: Chapter 2, played by James McAvoy:

While it’s not a full-body shot of McAvoy’s adult incarnation of the character originated by Jaeden Lieberher in IT, it looks like we’re seeing Bill indulging in one of his old habits. As the posture of James McAvoy’s body in the photo suggests, it looks like Bill’s riding a bike, more than likely his childhood steed Silver.

Bill is certainly going to need that bike, and any other support from his childhood memories he can get, as he and the entire Loser’s Club gang are reuniting in Derry to take on the evil known as Pennywise The Clown once again. After thirty years of relative peace, with his group of friends being scattered all over, it’s going to take more than just a slingshot to defeat the greatest fears of Bill and the rest of the gang.

With Andy Muschietti previously confirming that a lot of detail went into finding actors that could look and feel like their childhood incarnations, we’re starting to see that work really pay off. See for yourself, by comparing the photo of James McAvoy above with this photo of Jaeden Martell’s version of Bill from IT:

While we’ll have to wait until later this year to see how McAvoy’s performance captures the essence of Lieberher in IT: Chapter 2, there’s certainly a strong resemblance between the two actors in this photo from Andy Muschietti’s Instagram. This isn’t the first we’ve seen when it comes to the adult versions of The Losers Club, as we were treated to some footage of another scene at this year’s CinemaCon.

Through the clips shown to us from IT: Chapter 2, it sounds like James McAvoy isn’t the only example of adult actors sticking the landing on their aged portrayals of their younger counterparts. With a lot of that particular look at the film showing us Jessica Chastain’s Bev, and a few snippets of other Losers being shown, it feels like the fires of hype surrounding this momentous finale are starting to be stoked higher than ever.

IT: Chapter 2 invades our dreams, nightmares, and local theaters, on September 6; but if you want to see what else is heading our way in the months prior to the return to Derry, head over to the 2019 release schedule for further information.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms Shang-Chi Is Coming In Phase Four

With Spider-Man: Far From Home now representing the end of the MCU’s Phase 3 and not the beginning of Phase 4 as we once thought, the future remains shrouded in mystery. But even though Marvel hasn’t made formal announcements or said much about what happens after Avengers: Endgame, there have been reports about projects that are casting or in development. One of those projects is Shang-Chi.

At a fan event part of the press tour for Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked if there would ever be a Chinese superhero in the MCU and his response is exciting for fans eager to see Shang-Chi on the big screen. Feige told the Shanghai audience:

Not exactly leading by example on the secrecy front are we Mr. Feige? The Marvel Studios President thought it was okay to divulge a little about future plans here, and his response to an elated Shanghai crowd basically confirms that Marvel’s most proficient martial artist is on his way. So it’s probably safe to get your hopes up that we will be seeing Shang-Chi in the next few years as a part of the MCU’s still largely mysterious Phase 4 slate.

Given the reports on a Shang-Chi movie, Kevin Feige’s response is expected, but also welcome. He was asked a question and was able to give an audience who it meant a lot to the answer that they wanted to hear. That crowd’s excitement and the huge importance of the Chinese box office should make it clear that a Shang-Chi movie is both the obvious move and the right one.

The movie for Marvel’s master of Kung-Fu is slowly coming together, with Short Term 12 writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton signed on to helm the project. The screenplay is being written by the very in demand Dave Callaham, who wrote The Expendables, Amazon’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson as well as being attached or contributing to the scripts for the upcoming films Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland: Double Tap and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.

That’s an exciting start and shows that Marvel is taking their first Asian superhero seriously, bringing in Asian-American talent and hoping for the kind of cultural impact that Black Panther achieved with a similar method. With Kevin Feige now speaking more openly and publicly about Shang-Chi and with Avengers: Endgame arriving this week, hopefully this is a sign that we’ll begin to hear more about this film, like casting, before too long.

Of course, before we get to Shang-Chi, the Avengers have a score to settle, whatever it takes, in Avengers: Endgame, arriving in theaters this weekend. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest news about Shang-Chi and the MCU’s Phase 4 as it develops. In the meantime check out our 2019 Release Schedule to plan out your moviegoing as we enter the packed summer season.

Disney Family Member Calls CEO’s Salary ‘Insane’

It’s not exactly news that CEO’s of large companies get paid quite well. Bob Iger, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company gets paid more than most. In fact his total compensation in 2018 was around $65 million. One member of the Disney family finds that amount “insane.”

Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, the brother of Walt and the co-founder of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company that would eventually become The Walt Disney Company. She speaks out on corporate responsibility frequently and has never let the company she shares a name with off that particular hook. Her issues with Iger’s salary don’t appear to be tied to the gross income, but rather how much more Iger makes than the average employee of the company he oversees. According to Disney…

In a study recently conducted by the company Equilar (via Fast Company), they found that Bob Iger’s income as CEO is 1,424 times that of the average Disney employee. While Iger isn’t the highest paid CEO on the list, his pay ratio compared to the average employee is.

With theme park employees making up a large portion of the company’s “average employees” it’s certainly easier for Iger’s salary to look that much bigger compared to other major corporations who don’t have a lot of employees making low wages. Having said that, Disney’s theme park employees currently start at double the federal minimum wage.

Money is always a sensitive issue, it’s one of those things that we all need and most of us don’t have enough of. Iger has overseen the Walt Disney Company during an unprecedented era of success. Nearly every corner of the company has been performing successfully. The film division makes blockbuster after blockbuster while the theme parks continue to post growth as well. Disney has now successfully acquired 21st Century Fox, which will be a major benefit as the company stands on the verge of releasing its own dedicated streaming service, opening up another avenue for revenue.

For what it’s worth, Iger will actually be making a bit less this year than he did last year. The company has adjusted the CEO’s compensation for this year in a way that will result in him making about $13.5 million less than he did in 2018.

The question of what is “acceptable” CEO pay is not a question that is going to have an easy answer and it’s not one everybody is going to agree with. What is clear is that the Walt Disney Company has been incredibly successful and shows no signs of slowing down.