Robert Downey Jr.’s comments come from his conversation with ET while promoting his new movie Dolittle. Eventually the subject turned to all things Marvel, as interviews with Downey Jr. are wont to do. While he was sure not to explicitly confirm or deny his role in Black Widow, his joke certainly makes it seem like he won’t appear. After all, he did JUST die.
Jordan Peele’s Us was a movie that was absolutely chilling in the way it presented a horror movie villain that was a dark reflection of ourselves. The “Tethered,” as they came to be called, were like us, but twisted in ways that made them seem inhuman. The movie leaves a lot of questions unanswered about where the tethered came from and where exactly they are going, but if you want to know what’s going to happen next, don’t ask writer/director Jordan Peele, he’s not talking.
Twenty-twenty is going to be a big year. It’s the start of a new decade, after all. We can only imagine how many internet debates are to come in our future in every aspect of life from politics to what to make of Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana documentary on Netflix. But on the fashion end of the spectrum, we already know what one of the highly contested 2020 trends is going to be—and that’s low-rise pants.
Bella Hadid is one of the first celebrities to venture out in the low-rise style while attending the Louis Vuitton men’s fashion show this week in Paris. The model chose a matching midnight blue bra top and super slouchy trousers for the occasion, showing off just how low that rise can go.
To be fair, had she opted for a blouse or tucked-in tee with the pants, you probably wouldn’t even notice the rise on the pants. But since she decided to show us the fullest expression of the style, the internet had a few thoughts.
This isn’t even the first time people have had notes on a Hadid low-rise look. “I love Bella Hadid but we’re gonna have problems if she keeps contributing to the comeback of low rise jeans,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
As someone who lived through the first major incarnation of low-rise jeans and pants, I have mixed feelings about the trend. But I’m not completely mad at it. As one our style writers debated when the look made its early resurgence on the runway last year, the new version of the low-rise jean “suggests that there’s a way to participate in the trend without wearing yours with 42 henleys or polo shirts—nor do your pants need to be too tight and too flared. These updated styles reflect a more relaxed approach: wider legs, looser fits, an invitation to dress denim up or down.”
Bring it on, 2020.
On January 16, 2019, the recording sessions for Revenge Of The Dreamers III wrapped in Atlanta. The J. Cole-led Dreamville Records invited hundreds of artists and producers to help craft the compilation LP that would go on to be dropped on July 5 of that year. Last night (January 16), Dreamville Records released the deluxe edition, Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut. It adds twelve more tracks to bring the total to a whopping 30.
Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut is all of Dreamville’s show – plus a few guests. It features new contributions from nearly everyone involved, save for Cole himself. Ari Lennox takes the listener through a sexy night in “Bussit” and 6LACK joins Dreamville rappers J.I.D and Lute to spit his own tongue-twisting verse. Elsewhere, Vince Staples, Smino, Buddy, and more pop up and bring their eclectic styles to an already wide-ranging project next to other Dreamville rappers like Bas and Cozz.
Revenge of the Dreamers III debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in its first week and has since gone gold. “Middle Child,” its lead single by J. Cole, became J. Cole’s highest charting tune by climbing to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The LP is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards that will take place on January 26.
Stream Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director’s Cut up above.
The idea, as far as we’ve all assumed to this point, was to make a sequel that followed the beats of the original pretty closely. It would be a combination of live action and animation, star Lebron and a few other high profile basketball names, and involve a basketball game. A number of other players in the NBA and WNBA have been named to the cast, so up until now, everything was falling into place.
What started purely as an independent webcomic before landing a limited run with Dark Horse Comics, Axe Cop follows a divorced police officer who, in lieu of a pistol, prefers an axe as his weapon of choice in his daily battle against bad guys. He has some help from his allies, which include a T-Rex, a cybernetic lion, and a half-man, half-avocado hybrid. Does a cop uniform-clad, mustachioed Christian Bale wielding an axe against unicorns and nonsense like that under the direction of, say, Edgar Wright, not sound like the most incredible idea you have ever seen?
On the flip side, you can draw attention to your colorful beanie by wearing nothing but neutrals—like Kristen Bell does here. For the ultimate effect, pick a vibrant color like purple or neon green and match it with clothing in shades of black, white, and grey. You paid for that beanie, after all. Let the world see it.
Match with a graphic shirt or sweater
If you’re looking for that effortlessly cool vibe, this is it. Go with a black beanie and black graphic tee to emulate those scene kids you desperately wanted to befriend in 2006. Lucy Hale gets it.
Color, but keep it muted
If neon green is too much, the pop of color still works in less-intense tones, like maroon and deep blue. And, honestly, shades like that are more in line with winter, anyway. If you prefer, save the “look at me” palette for summer and warm up with some, well, warmer colors for now. Please see: Reese Witherspoon on a recent outing with her dog.
And wild card: a beanie in the summer
If Ashley Tisdale can do it then so can you, right? But really: a beanie can work in the summer. The trick to not burning up is going super light and airy with your clothes—a simple white T-shirt and shorts will do just fine.
When I stopped breastfeeding my son at 16 months, I suddenly became very aware of just how large my body seemed to be. It was spring, almost summer, and with the thought of swimsuit season looming, I decided that it was time to prioritize getting back in shape. I started slowly, tracking my food and steps each day and cutting out the late evening post-nursing snack I’d held on to even after I’d stopped breastfeeding.
As I began to lose weight, and my old clothes began to fit again, I felt happy and satisfied. As the number on the scale went down, my sense of worth as a woman went up. I wondered how much more weight I could lose.
As the summer rolled by and slowly turned to fall, I began to take my dieting more seriously. I cut out certain food groups, abandoning carbs and meat, and started logging two hours a day in the gym. By winter I had reached the weight I was in high school, well before my two babies had come along, and had purchased a whole new set of clothes to accommodate my shrinking body.
Every time I looked in the mirror, stepped on a scale, or went down a dress size, I got a hit of satisfaction. I felt accomplished despite the fact that my whole relationship with food and exercise was becoming increasingly strained and stressful—I made separate meals for my family and myself and skipped out on bedtime kisses for an evening workout each night. My happiness was perpetually tied to whether I’d stuck to my ‘limit’ of calories for the day.
The compliments were flooding in. Friends told me how great I looked, congratulating me on all the hard work I must be doing. Everyone noticed. Even my five-year-old son.
One morning, as I slid a fresh batch of pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit and bacon onto the plates of my husband and two sons, my eldest asked me, “mommy, why don’t girls eat pancakes?” As I tried to puzzle together his question I realized that I was the only girl he saw eating breakfast each day and I was indeed guilty of skipping pancakes in favor of a small bowl of grapes. Just like everyone else, my son had noticed my dieting but it wasn’t my thinner thighs or smaller tummy that caught his attention, it was the fact that wasn’t eating full meals. “Lot’s of girls eat pancakes baby,” I responded, “I just don’t like them” I lied.
As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I felt guilty, not just for lying but for eating in a way that seemed so unnatural to my five-year-old—a kid I’d always encouraged to fill his plate with delicious and nutritious foods. I felt guilty for setting up a world in which it was normal for my son to see the woman he knows best saying no to healthy, good food, in pursuit of a smaller body. A world in which he might see women’s bodies as up as projects that needed to be constantly under construction. Later that week, after he’d asked me another tough question about why ladies only eat salads for dinner. It was devastating to hear my son make such disturbing generalizations about women and even more upsetting to know that my behaviors were the cause.
Research suggests that kids as young as three years old can begin to develop a dislike of their body. Given what was happening in my own kitchen, it’s not surprising. How was my diet impacting my son’s body image?
The tricky thing is figuring out how to do better. It’s impossible to unlearn all of the harmful messages about our bodies we’ve been internalizing for decades in one exchange. It’s impossible to fall in love with your body just the way it is over the course of one meal.
Sometimes, it even feels impossible to learn to practice what we preach to our kids. Danielle* a mom in Tennessee says that her six-year-old son has noticed that she constantly measures food to make sure that each serving size fits in with her diet plan. After asking her about it repeatedly, she still measures her food though she no longer does it in front of her kids. Mary F., a “lifelong dieter,” in North Carolina, also feels challenged by the idea of dieting while parenting. “Since I’ve had kids I’ve struggled to diet more because I’ve gotten heavier. But having a five-year-old daughter has made me think about how I talk about dieting,” she says, “I try to talk a lot more in terms of health and feeling good than achieving a certain number or a certain image.”
When Sex Education—Netflix’s highly binge-worthy comedy about, you guessed it, sex and relationships—premiered last year, it was such a hit that the streaming service says more than 40 million households watched it within the first four weeks. Naturally, a season two had to happen, and it finally premieres today, January 17. Yes, Sex Education is back for an eight-episode run that’s even funnier and more awkward than the last.
“There were a lot of elements for season one that we loved, but when we came into season two, we really tried to empower all the different departments across the show—from wardrobe to the script department—to be as bold as possible,” executive producer Jaime Campbell tells Glamour. “I think that’s reflected.”
Campbell points to more air time for the adults as one way the show will be expanded this season. You’ll see more of Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson) and her relationship with Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt), and Mr. and Mrs. Groff’s relationship (Alistair Petrie, Samantha Spiro) will “come under more scrutiny,” according to Campbell. That’s a good thing, the producer adds, because “in a show like this, you can often forget the adults and how incompetent they are. We’re really doubling down on their incompetence this season.”
It’s a development the younger cast is happy about, too. Patricia Allison, who plays Ola, Otis’s girlfriend, thinks it’s important to feature the sex lives of the parents. “I don’t think we get to see enough of that,” she says. “Older women who get to actually be like, ‘This is what I want.'” One example of how that plays out: Mrs. Groff, the headmaster’s wife and Adam’s mother, will start her own journey of self-discovery. “She’s in this kind of loveless marriage and feels like she doesn’t have a voice in it,” Allison says, “but then she forms a really lovely friendship with Jean and goes to a vagina workshop which allows her to explore her own sexuality.”
While we loved season one of Sex Education for shedding a light on topics that are usually glossed over on other shows (masturbation and the female orgasm, just to start), season two will go even further. “Our creator and writer, Laurie Nunn, came up with an explosive storyline that has two particular female characters intersect, and I think fans are going to absolutely love it,” Campbell says. As to which two characters Campbell is talking about, Netflix has that plot development on its do-not-spoil list, so mum’s the word for now.
After decades of filmmaking and three trilogies, the Skywalker Saga has come to an end. The Star Wars franchise as we know it wrapped up with J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, with the filmmaker giving conclusions to various characters who occupy the galaxy far, far away. While we said goodbye to a handful of characters who died on screen, another fan favorite Rebel was revealed to have died in Episode IX‘s final battle. Namely, Nein Nunb, who made his debut back in Return of the Jedi. And the fans seem to have picked out the exact moment when Nein died.