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Ouch, Hellboy Had A Massive Drop In Second Weekend At Box Office

Hellboy is a movie with problems. Those problems started with a slew of negative reviews making the film one of the most critically lambasted of the year. If the movie was hoping to be a success with fans, more than critics, it didn’t have much luck there either, as it opened in third place and wasn’t even the highest grossing new release of the weekend.

If Hellboy was looking to then fix things with some positive word of mouth, it’s come up short there as well, as the film saw a serious box office drop of nearly 68% which almost saw it fall out of the top 10 during only its second weekend.

Hellboy finished its second weekend at the box office with just short of $4 million, a 67.8% drop compared to its opening weekend gross. That put the film behind Jordan Peele’s Us, which finished its fifth weekend at the box office with $4.2 million.

A two-thirds drop in box office isn’t an unreasonable drop, many films see their box office numbers fall by that much or more from their first to second weekend. However, Hellboy‘s problems are that it didn’t start out in the best position. In addition, the movies that opened against Hellboy last weekend have shown much more remarkable staying power, making Hellboy look that much worse by comparison.

The comedy Little, which ended up beating Hellboy last weekend, only saw its fortunes fall by 45%, giving it the number five spot. Even more impressive, Laika’s Missing Link which actually opened in ninth place last weekend, only saw it’s box office fall by 26%, resulting in it actually gaining a slot and finishing its second weekend in eighth place

Part of the reason that these films saw such low box office drops, Captain Marvel jumped up two spots in the top 10 and actually made more money this weekend than it did the previous weekend, is that there was no major tentpole release to suck all the air, and money, out of the room. The box office was won by The Curse of La Llorona with only $26 million.

But then, a weekend like this, where movies that have been out for a while still had strong weekends shows just how badly things are going for Hellboy as it wasn’t able to benefit from the same situation as every other movie at the multiplex. Nobody was even morbidly curious to see how the movie turned out when there was nothing else to see at the theater.

With Avengers: Endgame hitting this weekend we can pretty much write off Hellboy from a box office perspective. It will fall out of the 10 next weekend and will have to hope that it finds new life as a digital rental or perhaps on streaming services.

This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory Suggests Something Major About the Next Episode

Note: This post does contain spoilers for Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Of course, I love watching Game of Thrones every week to see what is actually happening in Westeros, but reading the endless theories from super fans in between episodes is almost as much fun.

Last night, on the second episode of the final season, we watched everyone at Winterfell preparing for the looming battle with the Night King and the Army of the Dead. Jaime knighted Brienne, Arya had sex with Gendry, and Jon broke some fairly devastating news to Dany about his true parentage. But it was the preview for next week that got one Redditor theorizing about events to come.

The Thrones crew never gives away much in the trailers, but there is one line in particular that led to this new theory. Daenerys says to Jon, “The dead are already here.” The most simple reading of the line is that it’s in reference to the Night King’s army of white walkers and wights, who are actually dead. But there’s another way to look at it.

“That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant — but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them. Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people,” IgnorantSportsFan wrote on Reddit. “All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but it’s GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched? PLUS we saw in multiple previews Arya fighting in the crypts with her new weapon…”

Well, that is interesting indeed. There were a lot of references to the crypts in episode two—it’s meant to be the place where those not fighting the battle will be hidden and safe. But what if it’s not such a safe space after all? Could this be the moment that Catelyn Stark reemerges as Lady Stoneheart? Guess we’ll find out next week.

Kanye West Takes Coachella To Church And Drops A New Song

It was a warm Easter morning under the soft blue skies at Coachella on Sunday (April 21) when Kanye West brought his Sunday Service to the yearly festival. The rapper’s soulful and holy-themed event featured a plethora of artists – musicians, vocalists, and dancers, singing in great shouts to festival goers from atop a hill. West chose this time to unveil a new song, “Water.”

The performance, via Variety, was beautifully simple, with West leading the massive performance cavalcade with smooth vocals and waved hands. “Water” sounds like the kind of post-Yeezus melodic smash that West does best when the emotion runs high and the punchlines are practically non-existent.

West’s Coachella set was massive. He’d initially dropped out of performing because of design issues but still ended up doing it, announcing the Sunday Service set three weeks prior. DMX, Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, Chance the Rapper, and more joined West and the massive choir. The service included performances of Kanye’s mega-hits “Father Strech My Hands Pt. 1,” “All Falls Down” “Power,” and “Otis.” It also included covers of R&B classics such as “Outstanding” by the Gap Band, “Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder, and “Summer Madness” by Kool & the Gang. A highlight of the momentous performance was a holy performance of “Ultralight Beam” with Chance the Rapper.

Take a look at clips from the performance up above.

Why I Didn’t Like Arya’s Sex Scene on Game of Thrones

Yes, she was empowered. Yes, it was one of the most consensual sex scenes in Game of Thrones history. Yes, she’s old enough to have sex. (Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, is 22; the character is 18.) These are all things I know to be true—and still, I did not enjoy Arya Stark’s sex scene last night with her friend and former traveling companion Gendry.

I’m not saying my reaction is correct or even that feminist. Objectively, I believe Arya made a strong, empowered choice with the autonomy she was afforded on her last night before the Battle for Winterfell. Arya needs no protection, nor does she need anyone telling her what to do with her body. And just a quick glance at Twitter tells me that many fans loved the scene:

Williams told Entertainment Weekly she’s happy with the scene, too, though she thought the showrunners were joking when she first read the script. “At first, I thought it was a prank,” Williams says. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f—k!”

Two episodes deep in the final season of Game of Thrones, I stand where I always have: very protective of Arya. That doesn’t mean she can’t or shouldn’t ever have sexual experiences—so if that reaction makes me garbage, I get it—but as I watched I thought about how we’ve seen her grow up way too fast in every other way, from seeing her father’s beheading at a young age to fleeing her nest and going scorched earth on her enemies. Truly, the only way that Arya hasn’t been mature beyond her years is in sexual experience.

Her story has always been about revenge and murder, slicing and dicing her foes with the grace and ease of an infomercial chopping device. The writers almost got through the whole series without sexualizing her—something I really thought they would do because of her one-track mind for retribution.

But they just couldn’t help themselves, could they? They couldn’t wrap this show without Arya Stark revealing herself to a man in the nearly textbook way that almost every other woman on this show has done before. (Seriously, the behind-the-naked-female-butt camera angles on this show are like clockwork. Why must the women always get undressed before the men?)

It felt jarring to me that this is the thing Arya wants to do before she dies, when that hasn’t been fully baked into her character until now. And I’m not alone in that opinion:

There’s something else about the scene that didn’t sit right with me. Again, I’m not saying I have the correct opinion—but I want to voice how I feel: The sex scene unintentionally prodded its finger into an old wound of mine. I’ve been pretty vocal on Twitter about my desire, as a queer person, to see more diversity of sexuality on this show. After all, there aren’t many characters on Game of Thrones with a queer experience. Yara Greyjoy is a lesbian character who flirted with Daenerys last season and nearly had a killer sex scene with Ellaria Sand, but she’s never gotten her due romantically. When Yara and Ellaria kissed, men literally burst into the room to kidnap them.

As a character with a less explicit sexual history, Arya was easy for me to relate to. She was a tomboyish kid who parlayed her brawny, raw power into a brute strength—and I loved that about her. Deep down, I knew the show wasn’t going to make her queer—but I was hoping we’d make it through the series without seeing her fall into a heterosexual romance in a way that felt forced to me.

That said, I’m glad Arya got to have sexual experiences before (possibly) dying in the Battle for Winterfell, which takes place next episode. I am, really. I just have a lot of complicated feelings about it. Let me put it this way: I think if Arya had a Twitter, she’d be writing things like, “yeah sex is great but have you ever stabbed a man?”

Taylor Swift Wore the Perfect Spring Dress, and It’s Available at Nordstrom

Taylor Swift has given fans a lot to think about as of late. Over the last several weeks, she’s dropped a series of color-coordinated pictures—including rhinestone hearts, pink tulle, and even paintings of chickens wearing sunglasses—on social media, all in sugary pink and blue hues. It’s all leading up to some sort of reveal on April 26. And, in true Swiftian fashion, this new aesthetic isn’t limited to Instagram: It’s permeating into her wardrobe, too.

On Sunday, Swift posted a video to her Instagram Story in which she’s playing a “Pre Game of Thrones Easter egg battle” with her family. In the short clip, she’s wearing a blush pink, floral-print midi dress with sandals. Her hair appears to be dip-dyed pink, too.

The dress style lines up perfectly with the colorful, upbeat look she’s unveiled online recently (quite a departure from her Reputation era). Oh, and it’s actually shoppable: Swift was wearing Tanya Taylor’s “New Blaire” style, which is available for purchase at Nordstrom.

The $545 floral dress features a wrap belt that can be tied to the front or back (Swift wore hers to the front). It’s available in sizes 0 to 18W at Nordstrom. (If your size is sold out, you can try looking for it on the designer’s website, where you can find it in up to a 22.)

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Swift wasn’t the only celebrity who picked out Tanya Taylor’s New Blaire dress for Easter Sunday festivities: Jennifer Garner was photographed wearing the same style, but in the guava colorway.

Back to Taylor: A blush pink wrap dress isn’t just another sign that Swift is embracing a new look—it’s also a classic choice for a springtime event that anyone can wear. (Toile prints might be coming up, but there’s always room for more florals in your closet.) Shop our look-alike picks, below.

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Maisie Williams Opens Up About That Game of Thrones Sex Scene Between Arya and Gendry

There was a lot going on during last night’s episode of Game of Thrones as everyone at Winterfell was preparing to battle the Night King and his Army of the Dead, but there was one scene in particular that had the Internet talking: that sex scene between Arya Stark and Gendry. The pair took part in some mildly flirtatious banter last week when Arya asked him to create a new weapon for her; this week, they took their relationship to a new level.

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, told Entertainment Weekly that she first thought the show’s writers were joking when she saw the script. “At first, I thought it was a prank,” she said. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f—k!”

It was her best friend and co-star, Sophie Turner who alerted Williams to the scene’s existence. “I called Maisie and was like: ‘Have you read it yet?’” Turner tells EW. “And she’s like, ‘I’m midway through episode one.’ And I’m like: This scene, this page, read it! This is awesome! She was very happy.”

Williams confirmed this, recalling, “Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season … I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things.”

Naturally, people on Twitter had strong—and mixed—reactions to seeing this side of Arya Stark.

Williams, now 22, was just 12 when she started Game of Thrones, so the cast and crew approached the filming of the scene with sensitivity. “David and Dan [the showrunners] were like: ‘You can show as much or as little as you want,’” Williams said. “So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… In the beginning, everyone was really respectful. No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like—“ [Williams averts her eyes]. “You want people to act more normal.”

“It’s obviously slightly strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old,” Joe Dempsie, the actor who plays Gendry said. “At the same time, I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie…so we just had a lot of fun with it.”

But the scene was more than just sex, as far as Williams is concerned. “It was really interesting because it’s a very human relationship for Arya,” she told EW. “This is something she’s stayed away from, an emotion we’ve never really seen her engage with. David and Dan were like, ‘It’s the end of the world, what else would you have her do?’ This may be is a moment where Arya accepts death tomorrow, which she never does — ‘Not Today.’ So it was that moment where she says, ‘We’re probably going to die tomorrow, I want to know what this feels like before that happens.’ It’s interesting to see Arya be a bit more human, speak more normally about things people are scared of.”

Why Isn’t Male Fertility Testing Talked About More?

The fertility conversation feels distinctly female. Case in point: women are now being invited to egg freezing parties—social events built entirely around talking about female fertility—to learn how to preserve, and pay for, their fertility future. Try to picture that same scene among men: A group of dudes gathered together over beers in earnest conversation asking, Have you thought about freezing your sperm, bro?

Men are quite literally half of what it takes to have a baby. A third of all cases of infertility in hetero couples is attributed to male issues, the exact same number of cases attributed to female factor causes (the rest are either a combination of male and female factors or considered indeterminable). Fertility is a team sport, in other words, but the burden of learning about fertility, planning to have a baby (or not have a baby), and dealing with the emotional challenges of infertility often falls disproportionately on women. “One in 10 men in America are infertile,” says Tom Smith, CEO and founder of Dadi, a male fertility startup that analyzes and freezes sperm. “Yet all the onus and pressure is placed on the woman.”

It’s the kind of BS double standard that reeks of the same sexism behind the lack of male birth control—it also doesn’t jive with medical standards. “Any time you evaluate only one member of a couple, you only get half the story,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., associate professor of urology at the Stanford University Medical Center and medical director at Dadi. It’s becoming increasingly critical that we don’t overlook men: A 2017 study found that sperm concentration in men in Europe, North America and Australia has dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years—a decline that shows no signs of leveling off—sparking headlines questioning a “reproductive apocalypse” for men.

So, why aren’t more men talking about fertility?

“Men don’t think about it, because our entire lives we’ve been told that men can fertilize an egg well into their 90s,” says Smith. Technically, this is true—the oldest man believed to have fathered a child was 96—but it’s the exception, not the rule.

“I think it’s easy to see how the conversation and the ‘blame,’ should we say, has been placed on women: We do have a finite number of eggs. We lose them as we age and we don’t make new ones,” says Nataki Douglas, M.D., director of translational research for the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health at Rutgers University and chair of the medical advisory board at women’s fertility startup Modern Fertility (Glamour’s partner in a survey of just how much women know about their fertility). Men, however, don’t deal with the same biological clock; they continue to make new sperm well into adulthood, though the quality steadily declines, upping the risk for genetic mutations, pre-term births, and more complicated pregnancies. In other words, “the sperm of a 90-year old is going to be different than the sperm of a 30-year old,” says Dr. Eisenberg.

When Smith turned 30, he went to the doctor to see what he could be doing proactively to preserve his health. “I asked for every single test under the sun to be done but the thing that was never broached at all was the topic of fertility,” he says. Given his interest in the topic, he brought it up. “The reaction was that it’s not something that’s typically done,” he says. “It’s not that there isn’t a need—it’s just not typically done.”

Freezing Eggs Wasn’t Cheap—I Regret Every Penny

I did not wake up one morning and decide to freeze my eggs. The process was more of a slow burn. Each year, I read yet another haunting article about a woman who had waited too long to have a baby, her childlessness the punishment for hitting the reproductive pause button. Each year, that spectral warning became more vivid, freezing eggs more enticing—I figured eventually my luck would run out, but I wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger.

And then, I woke up one morning and I was 34. Ask a doctor what he thinks about children after 35 and he’ll give you a look that says: Better get to it. Finding myself on the precipice of “advanced maternal age,” and single and with dim romantic prospects, I decided it was time to preserve my fertility.

When you research egg-freezing options in a major metropolitan hub like New York, you encounter a series of numbers—the financial commitment required for a person to “guarantee” her future fertility. The best programs offer egg freezing for $15,000 to $20,000. It is humiliating to concede that you may never meet the right person, that your chance at motherhood has possibly expired. It is doubly humiliating to concede this truth while asking your family for a large sum of money to remedy the problem. If freezing your eggs is an act of female empowerment (and I’m on the fence about that), asking mom and dad for money is decidedly not.

Once you fork over your many thousands—the amount, which my family did eventually agree to reimburse, was so large that my credit card company immediately flagged the charge as fraudulent—you can begin the month-long procedure of grooming your body to produce a fresh crop of eggs. I am not afraid of needles, I told myself twice a day as injected myself—sometimes on my thigh, sometimes in my stomach—with hormones chilled in refrigerated bottles.

Every morning of that icy February, I took the train from Brooklyn to Manhattan just in time for sunrise, where whatever phlebotomist on duty would draw my blood to chart my hormone levels. Every other day for a month, I had a trans-vaginal ultrasound, to monitor my growing egg harvest. I was told to stop exercising while I underwent all of the hormonal treatments, since my ovaries, laden with eggs, were now too heavy for strenuous activity. Imagine a water balloon, filled to capacity, and then twisted until it can no longer hold its own contents. If that happens with your ovaries—and it can, a condition called ovarian torsion—expect a trip to the emergency room, followed by the surgical removal of the offending organ. Oh, the irony: In the quest to preserve fertility, one can lose it forever.

You are told the risks, of course—and you are also told the realities, which is that the success rate for conception with 10 frozen eggs for women under 35 is 60 percent. Climb past that threshold and the odds drop to 30 percent. But then you’re in the clinic, and the nurses remove the shiny needles from their sheaths, and you feel like you have new weapons against the passage of time. You start to believe what all the messaging tells you: that egg freezing is as an easy, obvious choice for women looking to prolong the ticking of their biological clocks.

It isn’t easy. Aside from the financial toll—which even with financing options is still weighty—egg freezing levees a physical tax. Before my retrieval surgery, my stomach became distended. With the pressure of my swollen reproductive organs pressing against the rest of my body, I felt like I had eaten Thanksgiving dinner five nights in a row. In a single week, I gained 13 pounds (the majority of which I still haven’t fully shed).

Fertility Week: Everything Women Need to Know About Their Current and Future Fertility

The major exception to the rule: smoking. A cigarette habit will do a number on just about every major health system—your heart, your lungs, even your skin—including your reproductive system. Smoking kicks egg loss into overdrive—women who smoke enter menopause an average of one to four years earlier than non-smokers. (The verdict on vaping is still out: “The problem with vaping is that everyone thinks it’s not as bad as cigarettes but we don’t really know what it does yet,” says Dr. Knopman.)

Weight can also impact your chances of having a baby (that goes for male partners too). “Obesity in women increases the rate of miscarriage, and is associated with worse outcomes for fertility treatments,” Dr. Brady says.

Success rates with IVF—often hailed as a magic bullet—hover around 5 percent for women in their early 40s. “People are really shocked to hear that,” Dr. Brady says.

Really shocked. Fertility doctors see women every day who’ve been led to believe that egg-freezing and IVF are insurance policies with limited risks and hopeful guarantees.

IVF is revolutionary science that has allowed over 8 million births to women who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get pregnant, since the procedure was first pioneered in the 1980s. But “most of the success of IVF is based on the age of the female,” Dr. Knopman says. “The younger you are when you make the embryos the better chance those embryos are going to be viable and lead to a viable pregnancy.”

It’s far from a fail-safe promise, but the technology (and the ad campaigns surrounding it) has given an inflated sense of confidence about what fertility treatments can and can’t do. “People come in at 40 and say, ‘Oh I’m going to do IVF,’ and I tell them okay but this may take us a lot of rounds and it may not work,” Dr. Knopman says. In other words, you can’t just throw money at the problem: “It’s not always a slam dunk,” she says.

It also matters where you do your IVF. It’s a technically challenging procedure, part art, part science, and not all IVF clinics are up to the challenge. “Not all labs can do egg retrieval and storage the same way,” Dr. Knopman says. “Lab conditions can alter the embryo.” Before handing over your credit card, your body, or your dreams of future pregnancy, ask the clinic the right questions: How many eggs have you frozen? How many eggs have survived the thaw? How many eggs have made embryos?

Look for a clinic associated with the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, which provides oversight and keeps tabs on a clinic’s success rate.

“One of the biggest myths I hear is that the pill hurts your fertility and that long-term pill use is not good,” says Dr. Knopman. That’s not true. Let us repeat: Hormonal birth control—whether you use the pill, the ring, the patch or a hormonal IUD—doesn’t hurt your fertility.

“What birth control won’t protect you from is egg loss,” Dr. Knopman says. “Most of us are born with about one to two million eggs. By the time we get our first period, most of us have about 350,000 eggs—you lose a significant amount before you even menstruate.” Each month, regardless of whether you’re ovulating or not, around a thousand eggs die off, their cells absorbed back into your body. “From the first period to the last period, you’re constantly losing eggs no matter what you do,” says Dr. Knopman.