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Every Showstopping Outfit Lady Gaga’s Worn While Promoting ‘A Star Is Born’

Like many others on the Internet, I can’t stop thinking about Lady Gaga and her new movie, A Star Is Born. When I wake up in the morning, my first thought is to check how it’s doing on Rotten Tomatoes. (It’s at 96 percent, BTW.) My second thought is to see what the last entry is in Gaga’s slay-worthy press tour wardrobe. “Oscar season” hasn’t even officially started. I’m not sure I’ll make it until February.

Mother Monster’s currently on a worldwide tour promoting A Star Is Born,, and her outfits—no surprise—have been stunning. The pale pink Valentino Haute Couture gown she wore in Venice, even as it started to rain on the red carpet; the veiled Armani Privé moment that made for a dramatic reveal in front of photographers in Toronto; the Jonathan Simkhai body-con dress she wore to make an entrance riding on the side of a boat: Gaga is giving us old Hollywood glam with a dash of pop flair in every country. And the result? Hyperventilation. Tears. Spontaneous sweating. Gaga’s red-carpet outfits will end my life, I know it. (Which is a shame, because I really wanted to see A Star Is Born.)

Don’t understand why I’m freaking out? Allow these lewks to do the talking.

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The *A Star Is Born* Soundtrack Is Finally Here, and Twitter Users Are Off the Deep End

Fans knew from Lady Gaga’s incredible vocal runs on “Shallow” that the full soundtrack for A Star Is Born would be incredible. Well, it dropped at midnight on Friday (October 5) to coincide with the movie’s nationwide premiere, and, yes, the rumors are true: It’s an Oscar-contending work of art, and Twitter will never be the same.

Actually, the hype began in the wee hours leading up to the album drop. Little Monsters swarmed Twitter, declaring the A Sound Is Born soundtrack the greatest album of the past three years before it even came out. But fans’ prerelease excitement had nothing on their reactions to the album itself. If tweets are to be believed, literally everyone has been streaming this soundtrack on repeat since midnight. How fans are listening to the soundtrack varies, though: A few have only been listening to “I’ll Never Love Again,” while one user said they’ve listened to everything but “I’ll Never Love Again,” so that they can experience it for the first time in theaters.

That’s not the only song that has fans absolutely losing it. It looks like the intentionally overmanufactured pop tune “Hair Body Face” is a surprise hit, which only proves that Lady Gaga achieves perfection even when she’s trying to do the exact opposite.

If you haven’t heard it yet (which begs the question, um, why the hell not?), it’s available on all major streaming services. You can also experience it the way it’s intended to be, in theaters everywhere.

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The *A Star Is Born* Soundtrack Is Finally Here, and Twitter Is Off the Deep End

Fans knew from Lady Gaga’s incredible vocal runs on “Shallow” that the full soundtrack for A Star Is Born would be incredible. Well, it dropped at midnight on Friday (October 5) to coincide with the movie’s nationwide premiere, and, yes, the rumors are true: It’s an Oscar-contending work of art, and Twitter will never be the same.

Actually, the hype began in the wee hours leading up to the album drop. Little Monsters swarmed Twitter, declaring the A Sound Is Born soundtrack the greatest album of the past three years before it even came out. But fans’ pre-release excitement had nothing on their reactions to the album itself. If tweets are to be believed, literally everyone has been streaming this soundtrack on repeat since midnight. How fans are listening to the soundtrack varies, though: A few have only been listening to “I’ll Never Love Again,” while one user said they’ve listened to everything but “I’ll Never Love Again,” so that they can experience it for the first time in theaters.

That’s not the only song that has fans absolutely losing it. It looks like the intentionally over-manufactured pop tune “Hair Body Face” is a surprise hit, which only proves that Lady Gaga achieves perfection even when she’s trying to do the exact opposite.

If you haven’t heard it yet (which begs the question, um, why the hell not?), it’s available on all major streaming services. You can also experience it the way it’s intended to be, in theaters everywhere.

Peep the reactions, below:

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Ben Affleck Breaks Silence About Rehab And Addiction

Since entering rehab a little over a month ago, Ben Affleck has kept a low profile. The actor/director is focused on his health and recovery at this moment, and he appears to be taking the process seriously — particularly as he works on bettering himself not merely for his health but for the sake of his soon-to-be ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, and their three young children. While a couple of people, including his brother Casey Affleck, have spoken on Ben Affleck’s account, Ben Affleck has opted not to open up about the process yet publicly, for understandable reasons. But as Affleck enters his 40th day inside the rehabilitation center, the celebrity provided an update on social media about his recovery process, admitting that it’s a running journey, not a clear destination, and that it’ll continue to be a long ongoing process. Here’s what Affleck wrote to his fans in his update about his rehab stint.

As the confessional Instagram post from Ben Affleck admits, the road to recovery doesn’t come easily. It’s going to remain a process for Ben Affleck, even as he begins to finish up his time with rehab (presumably). It’s now up to Affleck to make sure he stays healthy and sober once he checks out of rehab. That’s never easy for an addict, but it’s something he’ll need to do in order to keep himself controlled, focused and sober in the tough months to come. However, by hearing people’s stories and being open about his own struggles, Ben Affleck continues to find the inner strength to push forward.

This recent rehab visit is Ben Affleck’s third. The actor was previously in rehab in 2001 and then he went to rehab again in December. As Affleck notes in the post above, seeking help is a sign of courage, not weakness, and Ben Affleck hopes he can inspire others to seek help if they need it as well. Addiction is tough, and it is something that one is never truly able to shake away. But thankfully, Affleck is seeking treatment and he is hopefully finding the support and help he needs in this difficult process. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to provide you with updates and news breaks here at CinemaBlend.

Charli XCX And Troye Sivan Go Back To ‘1999’ On Nostalgia-Trip New Song

The first thing you need to know about “1999,” the new collaboration between Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, is that it’s not a Prince cover. The second you need to know is that it’s a positively nostalgic bop.

While the Purple One was concerned with the future, Charli’s caffeinated-as-always vocals are a touch wistful for the past. She sings, “Wishing we could go back in time / Maybe we could do it tonight, tonight, tonight” and pinpoints the final year of the 20th century as the preferred destination.

This all begs the question, what exactly would one do if she found herself dropped back near the end of the first Clinton term? (Charli grew up in Essex, and Troye in Perth, so the Clinton reference point isn’t as fitting, but whatever.) The song’s escapist lyrics mention some specific cultural hallmarks of the time — blasting Slim Shady and Britney Spears — but also simply indulging in what being young has to offer, like “playin’ air guitar on the roof.”

“I know those days are over but a boy can fantasize / About JTT on MTV and when I close my eyes,” Sivan sings on the bridge, shouting out ’90s teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The single’s cover art also finds Troye and Charli decked out in shiny Matrix leather like Trinity and Neo, a look that never quite went away or maybe did but is now back, for good?

“1999” marks the second prominent time-machine pop song this year, after Anne-Marie’s early-aughts patchwork “2002.” Both songs shout out “…Baby One More Time” specifically, too, though “2002” expands its scope and uses songs from many other years as reference points. The madcap “1999” is absolutely classic Charli, a celebration of pop that fuses elements of the era she’s shouting out while also somehow sounding like a roadmap to pop’s effervescent future.

I can only hope we’ll soon get a video that’s as incredibly studied in its approach to the late ’90s as that cover art. I mean, look at that font! Not since Beerbongs & Bentleys has an album cover evoked such particular late-’90s shopping-mall music shop feels.

Until we get a proper visual though, you can listen to the whole thing above. And dance.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Stars Said Ronnie Looked Really Bad After Car-Dragging Incident

Warning! The following article contains spoilers from the Jersey Shore Family Vacation episode “Where It All Started.” Read at your own risk!

Jersey Shore Family Vacation recently featured everyone returning to Seaside Heights, and while Deena was back with the gang for this next chapter, Ronnie was not. Viewers expected this, of course, as news had previously spread that the reality star was absent from shooting in Jersey after an alleged car-dragging incident involving his on-and-off girlfriend Jen Harley. It was claimed that Ronnie looked really bad after the incident, but without photographic proof, fans were left to guess as to how rough the reality star was feeling afterward. Luckily, Deena filled in the blanks and described the pic Ronnie sent to her and the others.

Deena’s reaction implied that Ronnie’s injury pic was pretty graphic, even if she didn’t get to see his actual face. That said, Jersey Shore Family Vacation did show Ronnie later in the episode via a Facetime call, and possibly because a week or so had passed since the incident, his face did not look as “fucked up” as others had implied. Ronnie appeared to be largely unchanged from the neck up, although the cameras were still a distance away from the phone screen, so maybe smaller cuts and bruises didn’t show up. What was seen was that his arm was in a sling, which was confirmed to be a result of the accident.

The arm in the sling seems to be the thing Deena saw too, and Snooki described the picture separately to Angelina. Snooki was a bit more graphic in her description, which helped shed some light on the extent of his injuries:

Ronnie’s arm appeared to get cut up pretty badly during the incident, in which he was allegedly dragged from a car. although Snooki told Angelina she didn’t “see bone” or anything like that. As serious and problematic as the incident and picture were, however, the cast still found time to joke around with their Jersey Shore Family Vacation castmate while talking to him.

Vinny was the first to make a joke, and then kept it going with several puns involving the word “drag.” The gang chastised Vinny and called him out for being insensitive, but Ronnie took the jokes in stride and just appeared to be happy to talk to his friends again.

Everyone on Jersey Shore Family Vacation went on the record in the episode with their own condemnation of Ronnie and Jen’s volatile relationship. During their live-tweeting, the cast was noticeably silent about the drama on screen at that part in the episode, probably because Ronnie and Jen appear to be still (or back) together currently, based on their frequent pictures on social media. The car incident seems to be the last major fight between the two that will air in Season 2 unless the series captured some additional drama the tabloids didn’t pick up on.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs Season 2 on MTV on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s not the only entertaining show on television at the moment, and may not be the last, as our fall premiere guide is loaded with premiere dates for a bunch of new and returning shows this season.

Criminal Minds’ Season 14 Premiere Didn’t Do So Well In The Ratings

Once one of the biggest shows on TV, CBS’ killer drama Criminal Minds entered Season 14 on shaky legs, with CBS waiting until late in the game to renew the series for a shortened run. Now, that season has started up alongside the other big fall debuts, and it’s arguably more obvious than ever that Criminal Minds is on its last legs, bringing in series-low stats in both viewership and the demo rating.

The season premiere, titled “300,” was watched by 4.45 million people, which is easily the smallest group of people who have ever tuned in for a Criminal Minds episode. The previous series low was for the Season 13 episode “Annihilator,” which had a 5.04-million-strong audience. Before now, no other installments had ever amassed fewer than 5 million viewers before, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season, considering the premieres are often the most-watched episodes.

To be fair, Criminal Minds did have some pretty stout competition from NBC, which used Wednesday night to air its giant “One Chicago Crossover” event between its trio Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. The latter, which aired in the same time slot as CBS’ crime drama, brought in 7.78 million viewers, which was the lowest total of the three Dick Wolf series, but was still obviously better than Criminal Minds‘ stats. ABC’s new drama A Million Little Things was in third place at that time, with just 3.79 million total viewers. And to its credit, the BAU team also attracted more eyeballs than Fox’s Star and ABC’s Single Parents.

However, A Million Little Things did manage to win out over Criminal Minds in the key age demographic department, according to TVByTheNumbers. The CBS drama faced another series low here, earning a 0.7 demo rating, which is as terrible a sign for its future as anything else. Though Criminal Minds has always skewed older with viewers, even the previously mentioned “Annihilator” managed to rope in a 0.9 demo rating. Seal Team barely topped it with a 0.8 rating (with 5.02 million viewers), but the only programming that fared worse in that stat was The CW’s Burden of Truth finale and a Supergirl repeat.

The Season 14 premiere wrapped up the events from the cliffhanger finale, which saw Garcia taken hostage while Reid was tasked with an impossible request, so it speaks to the show’s pop culture status that so few people tuned in. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer is hopeful to keep the drama going on CBS for as long as possible, and has many more ideas for all of these characters. But I think we can all agree that the audience needs to match up with its former heights in order for CBS to be confident in Criminal Minds‘ chances of doing better than a new project.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesday nights on CBS at 10:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to keep watching to give the show a better shot at reaching Season 15. And when needing some other form of escapism to dive into, hit up our fall TV premiere schedule.

One Long-Lost Walking Dead Character Could Finally Return

The Walking Dead is typically good at resolving the fates of characters both minor and major, even if it takes a while for the writers to make good on that promise. Robert Kirkman revealed at New York Comic Con that the franchise has not forgotten a currently missing member of the group, Corey Hawkins’ Heath, and has confirmed the still-presumably-living character could finally return to the series somewhere down the line. Kirkman talked about the potential future plans for Heath, and how they’d like to bring actor Corey Hawkins back to the show at some point:

Robert Kirkman’s joke at the end appears to mean The Walking Dead has something bigger in mind for Heath’s story down the road. If they didn’t, they could’ve shown a skeleton or some other obvious sign that Heath didn’t make it out on his own, without the need for Corey Hawkins to appear on set. Hawkins has been busy since his days on the AMC show, and his latest appearance in the film BlacKkKlansman proves he’s not slowing down anytime soon. As such, it could still be a while before Hawkins’ schedule opens up enough for another Walking Dead appearance, and his star power in Hollywood might mean any re-emergence he’d make as Heath would be short-lived.

For those who can’t remember what happened to Heath, the character was last seen with Tara fighting walkers back in Season 7. Both were getting overrun, but before Tara could come to Heath’s aid, she tumbled off a bridge and touched base with the Oceanside posse. When Tara returned to her previous spot later in the episode, she found Heath’s broken glasses and a badge that says “PPP,” with the RV they were traveling in now missing. Robert Kirkman’s statement to New York Comic Con attendees appears to confirm Scott Gimple’s prior assertion that Heath isn’t dead, and that there is more within his story they’d like to revisit.

If Heath’s story is indeed picked back up, it seems probable whatever follows has to be tied to that “PPP” card that was left behind. The mysterious card Tara found was the subject of much speculation when it appeared, with various theories regarding its meaning popping up all over the web. Some believe it’s a clue concerning where Heath is currently, while others have guessed it’s a message tied to symbols used in music. Many others have just made memes and jokes about it, seemingly resigned to the fact that we may never know the outcome unless Corey Hawkins finds time in his schedule to return. Given one can never predict what the writers are planning, that might actually be the better option.

The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 and Rick’s final episodes on Sunday, October 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Keep tabs on everything happening on television over the next couple of months by visiting and bookmarking our fall premiere guide.

Armie Hammer Joins Murder On The Orient Express Sequel

Murder on the Orient Express was a solid hit last year, and that has greenlit a sequel that is building an equally star-studded cast. Previously Gal Gadot was announced to be joining Kenneth Branaugh in Death on the Nile, which will follow the adventures of literary detective Hercule Poirot, and now Armie Hammer has been the next major star to join the cast.

The newest version of Murder on the Orient Express ended with a tease of Death on the Nile, another of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery novels which star Hercule Poirot. Kenneth Branaugh brought the character to life in the previous film and will be returning to star in as well as direct the new feature. Orient Express included a huge cast including everybody from Johnny Depp to Josh Gad to Judi Dench and it seems like Death on the Nile will be looking to do something similar, filling out the list of suspects with big names.

Death on the Nile is currently set to release in December of 2019 but according to Variety production isn’t expected to begin until the middle of the same year. This makes it unlikely the movie will actually meet its release date, probably pushing it to December 2020 if it wants to release at the same time of year. Murder on the Orient Express was a November release and it brought in over $350 million so you can expect the studio will do everything it can to recreate those circumstances with the sequel.

Death on the Nile was previously given a film adaptation in 1978 with Peter Ustinov in the lead, four years after Albert Finney had played the detective role in a film version of Murder on the Orient Express. The original novel was published in 1937.

While most of the time when we think of major film franchises they are limited to major blockbusters, but it’s possible we could be seeing a new film franchise being born here that won’t require massive special effects or costumed heroes. Agatha Christie wrote over two dozen novels that starred Hercule Poirot, and so the possibility that we could see several of them turned into films certainly has to be considered under the circumstances. If Death on the Nile succeeds as well as Murder on the Orient Express did, we could very well see more movies where these came from.

I loved the classic “who done it?” mystery of Orient Express that we simply don’t see much anymore. Hopefully, this means we’re starting to see a resurgence in the genre as a whole. Some new original mysteries would be a welcome addition to all the potential remakes.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It

HUE KNEW? October at Le Jardin Plume, near Rouen, France. Grasses Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and miscanthus sinensis ‘Saturnia’ shimmer amid anemone japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow.’
HUE KNEW? October at Le Jardin Plume, near Rouen, France. Grasses Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and miscanthus sinensis ‘Saturnia’ shimmer amid anemone japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow.’ Photo: Allan Pollock-Morris

THE UNCULTIVATED eye might miss the subtle charms of grasses in fall, seduced instead by the overt allure of dinner-plate dahlias and blazingly bright foliage. But as the days shorten, the botanically aware know that the indefatigable ornamental grasses—in countless colors, sizes and textures—are primed to steal the spotlight and hold it straight through winter.

“Grasses give the garden its opulence and structure in the fall, when there are fewer blooms,” said Patrick Quibel, who with his wife created Normandy’s bewitching Jardin Plume, or feather garden.

The Quibels’ generous, naturalistic use of grasses among delicate perennials throughout the garden creates contemporary combinations that treat grasses as equals, not just a framework for other blooms. Billows of lavender asters float among Miscanthus sinensis‘Saturnia’ (a Le Jardin Plume introduction), whose green blades explode into gold, amber and bronze come fall. White Anemone japonica dapple Achnaterum brachytrichum, an ethereal plume whose downy flower heads, Mr. Quibel noted, glitter in the early morning dew. The changing leaves seem garish in comparison.

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ transforms from a steely blue to a brilliant burgundy in the fall, perfect for front-of-the-border frippery. In summer, Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ arches tall in ribbons of white and green variegation. Later it crowns itself with rosy tassels pretty enough to distract eyes from perennials in their withered late-season condition. The hardworking Nassella tenuissima’s upright green tufts turn to flaxen cascades perfect for softening up stone paths.

Like Le Jardin Plume, the grass garden at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England, avoids forcing ornamental grasses into rigid, symmetrical grids, a tired modern trope. The Kew grass garden forgoes flowers completely. The forms and textures of its more than 390 grass species, from towering to tiny, combine to create a frothy, undulating effect. In fall, “grasses maintain their structure, capture sunlight and provide graceful movement in the garden,” said Crissy Mulrain, the garden’s supervisor.

Morning frost in the Grass Gardens at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England.
Morning frost in the Grass Gardens at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England. Photo: GAP Photos/J.S. Sira

Ms. Mulrain also noted that because of the breadth in varieties, grasses are a solid answer to questionable corners, be they drought-prone, nutritionally depleted or even dry and shaded. “No matter where in your garden, there is a grass that will do well,” she said.

Ornamental grasses that aren’t evergreen require only a yearly haircut with a hedge trimmer, when the garden transitions from winter to spring, advised Neil Lucas, author of “Designing with Grasses” (Timber Press).

Establish new plants in spring, and because you spend no time watering, deadheading, feeding or staking, grasses will yield a generous yearlong return, from their early-summer fullness to the sparkle under the first frost. “The best plants do all of the hard work for us.” said Mr. Lucas.

GRASS ACTS / Five Species to Add Shimmer and Color to Your Fading Plot
Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: GAP Photos
The Fringe Element

A variegated example, the striped and stately Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ boasts arching, cream-and-green foliage that reaches upward of 7 feet. As an added bonus, it bursts pink-tinged tassels in the autumn.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Marianne Majerus
The Leggy Blonde

Tall, effervescent, towheaded—Stipa gigantea turns heads in midsummer when, from a 2- to 3-foot clump, it sprouts a crown of golden flower heads topping 8 feet. After seeding, the flowers retain their structure for late-season interest.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Mary Meyer
The Changeling

Scene-stealing schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ is a low-clumping little bluestem whose 3-foot stature makes it suitable for front-of-the-border drama, especially in fall when it chameleons from steely gray to shades of fuchsia.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Marianne Majerus
The Billowy Bunch

Nassella tenuissima, or Mexican feather grass, grows low, finely tufted green ponytails that flower into fluffy flaxen strands of 2 feet. A potentially prolific self-seeder, it behaves best within its native Southwestern range and in well-managed gardens.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: GAP Photos
The Upright Citizen

Think vertically with Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, whose architectural, reed-like posture reaches 4 to 5 feet, making it a strong statement when its narrow spikes bleach to a golden straw.

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