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Halsey got real about her 2019.

The Manic singer got refreshingly candid with the crowd, admitting, “2018 was one of the hardest years of my life, which miraculously turned into 2019, which was one of the best. … I had to make a lot of mistakes — and you know, because they were all over the internet.” What kept her going, she said, is her unconditional love from her fans, who shamelessly screamed along to “Bad at Love,” “Eastside,” “Graveyard,” and “Without Me.”

Peter Sarsgaard Has Joined The Batman, But As Who?

After a long and rough start, Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been surprising us on a pretty regular basis with casting info. And, Reeves himself has been using his Twitter feed to update fans on many of the casting decisions made so far. Just today he posted a welcoming gif of actor Peter Sarsgaard to let us in on his casting, but we all have the same question now: Who, exactly, will Sarsgaard be playing in The Batman? Well, I’m betting on a certain coin-loving villain who never starts off as one.

This take on the tale of The Dark Knight is said to feature a more in-depth look at Batman’s skills as a detective, as well as using a rogue’s gallery approach to the baddies it will use. So, instead of one or two major villains menacing the movie, and the typical set up or quick removal of a third evil-doer, The Batman has been said to have at least six Big Bads scheduled to pop up all over the place and cause tons of trouble for Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego.

Over the summer, rumors of just who these villains could be showed up, and while the whole list hasn’t been confirmed by Matt Reeves or anyone else close to the production, three of those villains have been cast so far. Right now, we have Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, as well as John Turturro as crime boss Carmine Falcone (who was not originally rumored). From that first rumor we’re still looking to see who might play Firefly, Mad Hatter and Two-Face. And, I have to say, if you look at Reeves’ announcement tweet, Peter Sarsgaard does look like a certain lawyer turned supervillain:

OK, so Peter Sarsgaard doesn’t look like a well-trained criminal mastermind in this gif, but he does look like an attorney. I mean, am I right, or am I right? (I’m clearly right.) While I have no idea what project of Sarsgaard’s this is from, it should also be noted that, while the caption doesn’t say he’s playing Harvey Dent / Two-Face in The Batman, an astute Twitter follower of Reeves’ did point out that there are two faces in the image. OMG. I just got the good kind of chills you guys.

Of course, this would not be the first time we’ve seen either Harvey Dent or Two-Face in live action if Peter Sarsgaard is, indeed, taking on that coin-flipping role. Billy Dee Williams played Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989, Tommy Lee Jones brought him screaming to life in Batman Forever (1995), Aaron Eckhart had the part in The Dark Knight (2008) and we also saw the character on Fox’s Gotham.

I can easily see Peter Sarsgaard starting off as Gotham’s hot shot District Attorney, only to get horribly scarred by acid or in some other painful way, lose his mind and start making all his decisions based on the toss of a coin. Sarsgaard might not look very intimidating in the above gif, but he’s played his fair share of dangerous individuals, and would certainly be up to the challenge of switching personalities on a dime. (Or, quarter, because that’s what people use for coin flips, right?)

Of course, we will likely have to wait a bit until we get real confirmation (as opposed to a sly hint) of who Peter Sarsgaard is playing in The Batman, which opens on June 25, 2021. Until then, be sure to check out what you can catch on the big screen in 2020!

Camila Cabello’s Romance Has A Song For Every Single Mood

Listen to it when you’re feeling: blissfully, annoyingly in love

Key lyric: “All I do, the whole day through, is dream of you / All I do, since I met you, is dream of you”

Bless you, Camila, for following up the soul-crushing “Feel It Twice” with an easy-breezy love song. She promises to always love a guy who, sure, is a bad dancer, but who helped breathed new life into her. “Please say you dream of me too,” she sings, her voice cracking into an airy plea.

Who Among Us? Selena Gomez And Julia Michaels Bonded Over ‘Shitty Ex-Boyfriends’

Julia Michaels was penning hit songs long before she dropped “Issues” in 2017. But equally as important as her own songs have been the songs she’s helped write for others — including several of Selena Gomez‘s biggest hits, from 2013’s “Slow Down” to her recent single “Lose You To Love Me.” Now that they’ve known each other for years, the 26-year-old songwriter opened up to Variety about the co-writing process and how bonding over their ex-boyfriends helped them create a hit song.

“When [Gomez and I] first started working together [in 2013], it started as me writing the songs,” Michaels said. And when she returned to the studio one day to alter some lyrics, the two realized just how much they had in common — particularly when it came to past relationships. “[Gomez] was like, ‘We must be going through the exact same thing because you’re writing everything that I feel.'” Michaels recalled. “And I was like, ‘Oh, cool, you had a shitty ex-boyfriend too? Let’s go!'”

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For Michaels, spending time getting to know the artist she’s working with is an essential part of the songwriting process. “The thing that inspires me the most is conversations, conversations I have with other people and ones I have with myself. That helps me figure out what I want to say lyrically,” she told the mag. But ultimately, she finds the most success when she writes as if she’s confronting someone directly. “If you could say it to somebody, why couldn’t you say it exactly how you would in a song?” she said.

That tactic is the one that’s worked well for both Michaels and Gomez. And now, the two immediately divulge their innermost thoughts and emotions as soon as they step into the studio together. “She walks into the room and we instantly start pouring out our feelings,” Michaels said of their process. “There’s a blending of perspectives, and then we write.” And while it’s true that the bond they’ve developed is responsible for several of Gomez’s best work, Michaels has had fulfilling experiences writing with other artists as well.

At this point, Michaels has written songs with and for music industry heavyweights including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, John Legend, and countless others. And now that she’s been in the game for a minute, she feels, above all else, extremely fortunate for the opportunities she’s been given. She told Variety, “I’m really grateful to have people believe in me enough to have me in the room and talk about how their lives are going and trust me enough to help me put them on the paper and into the world.” And honestly, we’re grateful for that, too.

The 18 Best Books to Gift, According to Best-Selling Female Authors

Gifting a book is easier said than done. The wrong pick can come across as though you were short on time—and probably ideas. You want your loved one to not only enjoy your recommendation but also feel like the book you chose was carefully selected just for them. That’s why we turned to some of our favorite of-the-moment female authors—like Ottessa Moshfegh, Casey McQuiston, and Lisa Taddeo—for their take on the best books to gift this year.

So whether you grew up acing all your Lit classes, or were too busy reading extra-curricular novels to even care, you’ll find these recommendations highly giftable. Ahead, find 18 of the best books to gift (or get for yourself).

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What Is Retinol and How to Use It: Best Retinol Products

She also says to stick with gentle cleansers (she likes CeraVe), and to always follow your retinol with a moisturizer, especially those with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. If your skin is really irritated, you can try buffering, where you apply moisturizer before retinol to reduce side effects. Most derms also recommend easing into retinol, starting with application once a week, and working up to every other or every night, depending on how tolerant your skin is.

No matter what, “a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ should be worn religiously every day of the year, not only to prevent skin cancers, wrinkles, and sun spots, but because retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun,” says Marchbein.

When should you start using retinol?

Just because retinol is an effective ingredient for some, don’t feel like you absolutely need to use it. “Retinol is not for everyone, and it should not be considered something that is a must—some people cannot tolerate it, and some don’t want to commit to a complex skin regimen,” says Kant. “But for those who are motivated, I would say starting a retinol product in your mid- to late-20s is reasonable, as long as a daily moisturizer with sunscreen has been part of the plan since your teen years. Prevention comes first!” If you’re still new to daily skin care and sun protection, start by getting those basics in place for a few months before diving in to a more complex regimen.

How long does it take to see a difference in your skin?

Like any new skin care product, it takes a little time to see major results from retinol. Marchebin says around four to six weeks is average, and for acne, it can take up to 12 for full improvement. “When used for antiaging, in the short term, retinoids help open pores and give your skin a healthy glow by removing dead skin cells off the surface,” she says. “Over the long-term—six months and beyond—they help grow new collagen and elastin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and lighten brown pigmentation.”

What are the best retinols to use?

Since getting the intel on retinol, I’ve begun using the stuff three times a week, and it’s now as essential to my nighttime routine as a tube of toothpaste (I stick with Shani Darden Retinol Reform, which is a godsend). After layering it on consistently for the past six months, the fine lines around my eyes have diminished, and the pesky acne spots around my cheeks and forehead have almost disappeared. Shop some of the other top-recommended retinols from experts below.

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Billy Dee Williams Really Never Thought He’d Play Lando Again

The last Star Wars trilogy of the Skywalker Saga has been packed full of exciting returns from the original cast, and the last installment will be no exception. Rise of Skywalker will mark Billy Dee Williams’ first time reprising his iconic role of Lando Calrissian since The Return of the Jedi. For the returning actor, he never thought he’d see the day. In Williams’ words:

In the words of his fan-favorite character, Billy Dee Williams likely thought as he grew older the deal would be “getting worse all the time.” Reprising a beloved character is not an opportunity every actor gets decades later. But, here he is donning the cape and turning on Lando’s charm again for the conclusion to the long-running saga.

As Billy Dee Williams told Variety, putting on the blue and yellow costume was an amusing experience for him to go back to. His original appearances as the character only really added up to 15 minutes of screen time, but Lando has since become so much larger than just a supporting character in a Star Wars movie.

Lando was the first black character in the franchise, before Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu, John Boyega’s Finn or upcoming newbie Naomi Ackie’s Jannah joining the universe. Billy Dee Williams gets to share the screen with the crew of new characters fans have been following for the past four years, along with injecting some nostalgia into the runtime.

Additionally, the late Carrie Fisher will reprise her role in the Rise of Skywalker in a “profound” way, as J.J. Abrams recently told CinemaBlend. Even though the Princess Leia actress died before she could see 2017’s The Last Jedi premiere, the filmmakers found a way to add unused footage from The Force Awakens into the scenes of the final film.

But, just how will Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian fit into Rise of Skywalker? He may be pining over not having the Millenium Falcon back in his hands. Per an early image, it looks like Poe Dameron is having a ball test flying Han Solo’s famous ship!

The Lion King’s Alfre Woodard Responds To Elton John’s Criticism

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Creating remakes of beloved properties has always been a tricky business, but the company behind the powerhouse mouse, Disney, has been rolling out live-action remakes for some of their most well-known animated movies for several years now. A new version of Mulan is coming our way in 2020, while films like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King are already behind us. While the (actually, not really) live action Lion King made goo-gobs of green at the box office, not everyone was happy with it. You know, like Elton John.

Elton John, who was an integral part of making the music for the animated Lion King, went on record a few weeks ago to say that he wasn’t happy with the new film, stating that he felt it was a “huge disappointment.” This specifically applied to what was done with the songs he had so lovingly crafted for the original, which were re-recorded by the new stars, who included Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. Well, now we know that Alfre Woodard, who voiced Sarabi in the remake, isn’t the least bit bothered by John’s words.

Well, this is a relief, isn’t it? We love Alfre Woodard. We love Elton John. Whose side would we have taken if this turned into a battle royale?!

Elton John’s big complaint about what was done with his songs in the new Lion King is that they “messed the music up” when they re-recorded the songs, which he felt led to a loss of the “magic and joy” which were held in the original versions. John also revealed that he was “extremely sad” to not have been invited to play more of a part in the new direction taken with his music and said he didn’t feel he was “treated with the same level of respect” as the first time around.

Regardless, it’s not hard to see where Alfre Woodard was coming from when she noted to Us Weekly that she simply doesn’t worry about things like reviews. Once you do a movie (especially an odd direct-to-video movie), and know that you’ve given the performance your all, the only thing you really can do is clear the remnants of the character out of your psyche and move on to the next job.

When the job is done, it’s done. I’m sure it’s always lovely to know that someone enjoyed a project you did, but hearing that it wasn’t liked, for whatever reason, doesn’t add anything to or take anything away from the experience of making it. So, as Alfre Woodard does, it seems like a good practice for actors and filmmakers to just get on with the gettin’ on afterward, positive reviews or not.

Woodard didn’t say if this has always been her practice once she’s done with a project, but for someone who has 120 film and television credits dating back to 1978, it’s probably served her well to stay away from reviews.

You can watch the animated The Lion King right now on Disney+ (here’s a link for a free 7-day trial if you haven’t subscribed yet), while the 2019 version will surely be along on the service before too long.

Lifetime’s Mistletoe & Menorahs Is the Jewish Holiday Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

Julianna: And what I love about Hanukkah is that Guy and I can come together for a quiet moment at the end of every single day of Hanukkah to light one candle on the menorah. It’s just nice to be able to put a pause and spend time together and celebrate this tradition that Guy has had since he was little.

Guy: There’s another bit that we put into the movie is me teaching Julianna how to do the prayers while lighting the candles on the menorah.

Julianna: In the film, Kelley [Jakle, who plays the main character, Christy] has a beautiful voice. When we were developing the script, it wasn’t initially intended to have the actor singing in that moment. It’s when we cast Kelley and we knew she’s so talented as a singer that we revised it to have her sing. It was the same with Jake. He’s a singer, too. So when “Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” comes on… we changed all of that to be included because of the actors who were cast. They’re talented in so many arenas.

Important question: fruitcake plays a big part in this movie. Was it as good as it was made out to be?

Julianna: We tried to make sure that the fruitcake wasn’t that bad because it’s definitely not a great dessert. I think part of Guys writing was to try to bring fruitcake back.

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Guy: I love fruitcake. I really do. And that is something I discovered from Christmas is how much I love fruitcake.

Julianna: Oh, I’m not a fan. But the latkes and jelly donuts were fantastic. We tried to make sure that the actors like them so that they wouldn’t have a look of of anything on their face but joy.

And what’s next? Would you like to do another film for the holidays next year?

Guy: I would like to bring a Passover movie [into the fold]. There’s holiday movies all year around…spring movies and summer movies. But as far as Hanukkah, there’s still a lot of stories out there that can be explored. Whether it’s romance stories that involve someone being Jewish or two people being Jewish or just somebody going to a Hanukkah party, [I’m interested]. When pitching season comes around, I certainly hope to have a bunch of ideas.

Mistletoe & Menorahs airs Saturday, December 7 at 6 P.M. ET on Lifetime. Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. Follow her on Twitter @JRadloff.