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Saoirse Ronan Did the Most Jo March Thing Ever on the Little Women Set

Saoirse Ronan being cast as Jo March in Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women is a stroke of brilliance, to be sure. But now Ronan is revealing just how much she shares in common with the Louisa May Alcott protagonist.

In a new joint cover story with Timothée Chalamet for Entertainment Weekly to promote the film, Ronan discussed her deep connection with Jo and revealed the interesting ways she channeled the headstrong heroine during rehearsals and filming. “Jo’s ethos is ‘Everything everyone else is doing, I’m going to do the opposite,’” she tells Entertainment Weekly. “[I had] to try things that I’d never tried before. Be a bit messier with a performance.” This included ignoring the specific instructions—“Don’t shake hands! Don’t gesticulate with your arms!”—from an etiquette instructor that Gerwig had set up for the cast.

“I felt like I had tapped into something I’d never gotten the opportunity to tap into before, or I just didn’t have the guts to tap into myself,” Ronan says. “Finding that was just amazing.”

Naturally, people are already counting down until the film’s release date on Christmas Day. Gerwig, who also worked with Ronan and Chalamet in Ladybird, wrote and directed the project. “The two of us, it’s a relationship I have with no other director,” Ronan says of Gerwig. “She makes me feel like I can try anything.”

Rounding out the cast are Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as Jo’s sisters (Meg, Amy, and Beth, respectively).

But even with such a variety of interesting female roles available in the story, Ronan says she knew from the beginning that she was meant to be Jo. “When Louisa [May Alcott, the author] describes Jo, it felt like someone describing me physically,” she says, “Sort of gangly and stubborn and very straightforward, and went for what she wanted.”

Why Your Favorite Denim Brands Are Advertising Like It’s the ’90s

When Maggie Winter was growing up, she collected stacks of J.Crew catalogs and sketched the women in their pages—those smiling, glossy-haired models in crewneck sweaters and button-down shirts. “The imagery just felt so aspirational,” she says. “Growing up in a small town, it’s like, ‘Oh, yes. Someday that’s what I want.'”

It was the ’90s and early ’00s, so her only connection with brands like J.Crew and Delia’s was through the pages that came in the mail. “I would keep them and look over them over and over again and could see myself in them,” she says. “I would imagine being that cool girl at the mall in a Delia’s book or imagine being that gorgeous girl biking down a shady beach lane in J.Crew.”

Now, two decades later, as cofounder and CEO of the beloved NYC fashion label AYR, Winter is putting out a catalog of her own—one that pays tribute to the pages of her youth while still feeling distinctly current (and, of course, peddling denim).

The cover of AYR’s first-ever catalog, launching almost six years after the beloved fashion brand was founded

Courtesy of AYR

The old-school channel might seem like an unusual bet for a digital-native brand, but printed mailers are in the midst of a renaissance of sorts, as venture-funded start-ups look to break through the noise of social media and heritage brands try to tap into the current thirst for all things nostalgic. Which means brands like AYR, which have built a customer base largely through word-of-mouth, Instagram, and email marketing, are going analog.

In 2019 these books look a little different. AYR’s catalog—the nearly six-year-old brand’s first foray into snail mail—doesn’t feature professional models, for one: Instead, Winter and cofounders Max Bonbrest and Jac Cameron (the company’s chief operating officer and creative director, respectively) rounded up a group of friends, family, and employees, and shot them near the brand’s SoHo store, using film for a lo-fi touch. They also tapped Amelia Diamond, the former head of creative at Man Repeller, to guest-edit the book, and illustrator Julie Houts to create grown-up paper dolls complete with cartoon pizza slices and an inner monologue about the “rejuvenating mindfulness exercise” of staring at one’s closet.

AYR’s not alone in its appreciation—and embrace—of printed mailings. Last month, Guess, an iconic brand of the ’80s and ’90s, launched a campaign for climate change awareness with a zine called “Planet Saving Information.” It was inspired by one it made with the Environmental Media Association back in 1993.

Wait, Seth Rogen Was Also Up For A Villain In The Batman?

After years of sitting in development hell, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is finally coming together. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director will make his DC debut with that upcoming blockbuster, introducing a new Bruce Wayne to audiences with Robert Pattinson playing the title character. Reeves has been slowly assembling its cast and crew, with Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright announced to be playing Catwoman and Commissioner Gordon respectively. Jonah Hill was circling a villain role, although those talks have come to an end. And now it seems his collaborator Seth Rogen was also up for a villainous role in the upcoming blockbuster.

Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill became household names with their work on Superbad and other comedies. But they’ve both been able to translate their talents into dramatic roles, while also serving as writers and producers on a variety of projects. And it turns out both names were thrown around for a possible role in The Batman, although it doesn’t look like Matt Reeves landed either of them to sign on to the upcoming DC movie.

This news comes to us from Deadline, and is sure to send some DC fans’ heads spinning. The report was largely focused on the talks between Jonah Hill and Warner Bros. falling through, which might be partly related to the actor’s proposed payment. But later in that same story, it was revealed that there was interest in bringing Seth Rogen to play The Penguin. But reportedly no offers or real talks with the Knocked Up actor occurred.

If this (unconfirmed) report is to believed, it’s clear that Matt Reeves is trying to get some big names on board for The Batman. Robert Pattinson is obviously famous for his tenure in Twilight, and every other name that’s been revealed has been a household one. Westworld has made Jeffrey Wright a big star, while Zoe Kravitz has starred in projects like Big Little Lies, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Additionally, both Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are big names as well.

While it looks like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill likely won’t actually make it into the highly anticipated DC movie, I have to wonder what other talent Matt Reeves will eventually bring into the fold for The Batman. Early reports about the mysterious movie indicated that Robert Pattinson’s Batman (Battinson?) will be interacting with quite a few members from his rogues gallery. Which villains remain a mystery, but smart money says The Penguin will make an appearance, especially since that’s the role Seth Rogen was reportedly considered for.

Regardless, it’s clear that development is finally moving forward for The Batman, and that the Dark Knight will return to the DCEU with a vengeance. It should be interesting to see how Matt Reeves introduced the new Bruce Wayne to audience and if/when he acknowledges Ben Affleck’s brief tenure as the world’s greatest detective. But clearly Gotham City is becoming a more important setting within the shared universe, especially with Birds of Prey arriving in a few months.

The Batman is currently expected to arrive in theaters on June 25th. 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes Ever

You can always count on celebrities to pull out all the stops when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. Need proof? Just take a look back at the very extra celebrity Halloween costumes over the years, from Kim Kardashian West and Jonathan Cheban (who did a next-level take on Sonny and Cher) to Cardi B. And let’s not forget the Halloween Queen herself, Heidi Klum, who each year somehow tops her costume from the one before.

There are other standout celebs, too, like Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who never disappoint. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, meanwhile, are starting to become perennial favorites. (Their Gomez and Morticia Addams look? Incredible!)

Whatever the celebrity Halloween costume idea, stars are always taking their spooky themes to new heights. Here are the most epic (and in some cases, most over-the-top) celebrity Halloween costumes of all time.

We can’t wait to see what celebrity Halloween costumes hit our Instagram feeds this year.

The Game-Changing Moments When Royals Wore Denim

In fairy tales, a princess wears a tiara, a ball gown, and crystal glass slippers. But what happens when princesses step out of that royal mold and into a pair of jeans?

I’ve spent nearly a decade studying royal wardrobes, from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation robe to Kate Middleton’s first engagements as a duchess to Archie’s H&M overalls. I’m the editor of What Would Kate Do? and Meghan’s Mirror, which means I’ve analyzed thousands of outfits throughout my career. There are a few things I’ve learned: Royals think about every element of what they wear, there are rarely any mistakes or coincidences, and every outfit is meant to send a message. When a member of a royal family steps out in something as accessible as jeans, they’re consciously saying something to the public. We may see a casual outfit, but there may be a larger message, or historic moment, being represented in their denim.

These game-changing moments have represented everything from women’s empowerment to shaping their public image, to supporting environmentally conscious fashion, to ultimately changing the monarchy. And they predate Meghan Markle.

Ahead, we round up the most memorable denim looks that have shifted the way we think about royal fashion.

Christine Ross is the creative director at Effervescence Media and the editor of What Would Kate Do? and Meghan’s Mirror.

Venom Director Ruben Fleischer Explains Why He Didn’t Return For The Sequel

Venom was the surprise hit of the fall of 2018. While the movie was certainly expected to draw a crowd, it ended up setting box office records and grossing over $850 million worldwide. It was no surprise that a sequel was almost immediately given the green light. However, while all the key cast members will be back, behind the camera, Venom 2 will see a new director. as Andy Serkis is being brought in to replace Reuben Fleischer.

It’s pretty unusual for a move that did so well the first time around to change directors for the sequel. Usually you see studios wanting to recreate the success of a first film as closely as possible, by bringing back basically everybody involved in the first movie. However, Reuben Fleischer revealed to our own ReelBlend podcast that returning for Venom 2 simply wasn’t an option for him because his existing schedule, and Zombieland: Double Tap, didn’t allow it. According to Fleischer…

Before Reuben Fleischer found success launching a Venom franchise. He made a hit movie called Zombieland. While that movie took a full decade to get a sequel, it also wanted to bring back as many of the key players from the first movie as possible. Since Fleischer was already on board Zombieland: Double Tap, he wasn’t available to helm the Venom sequel, that was put on the fast track and is set for release next year.

It’s not clear if Venom 2 has actually started shooting, our best information is that it will go before cameras next month, but even so, Reuben Fleischer has been working on the post-production of Zombieland: Double Tap over the last few months, during the same time that he would otherwise have been working on pre-production for Venom 2.

Of course, with the one movie ending and the other getting underway in such close proximity, it’s certainly possible schedules could have been shifted slightly to accommodate Fleicher in order for him to return. However, the director goes on to tell Reelblend that having gone basically straight from Venom to Zombieland: Double Tap, he was looking for a break anyway.

A change in director is certainly going to have an impact on the new Venom movie, whether that’s a good or bad thing, we’ll have to wait and see. Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters Friday. Venom 2 will be out in 2020.

Dwayne Johnson Reveals His Weight, Why He Works Out Before Filming

Dwayne Johnson is a great social media follow. If you aren’t doing it already, just jump on the bandwagon if you want to hear more about what a life dedicated to living well and working hard looks like. Or, you know, if you are just interested in The Rock’s weight these days.

This week, the actor spoke out about getting his work week started as an entrepreneur, actor and even producer, noting that he often starts his day in the gym. By “starts his day in the gym” I mean he gets in there, works out, and makes sure he is hydrated before the crack of dawn. Before he does all that, he weighs himself to make sure he’s staying in tip-top shape.

The scale lists him at 270 pounds, well 270.40 pounds to be exact. That’s about 10 pounds heavier than his previous billed career weight put him at, so if Dwayne Johnson’s weight has been a topic of interest for you, you can see for yourself how much The Rock weighs with the video below.

Those shoes look pretty lightweight, but the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if he kept them on just so he could push over that 270 mark. When you are 6’ 5” and ripped the goal is likely to seem as bulky as possible.

Meanwhile, my ass is 100% asking to take off my shoes at the doctor’s office before I step on a scale in the hopes that I can knock off an errant pound or two, but I digress.

The actor also shared a bit of information about how he stays motivated to get so much done in a given day — and I’m not just talking about him working on his pecs. He also juggles time at the gym with family time and myriad duties in Hollywood. His advice this week: “I do anything like I do everything — with all I got.”

His tenacity and dedication pretty much shows in everything in his life, including fitness. Dwayne Johnson is a fit dude for his height. In comparison, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista has been billed as weighing 290 pounds during his WWE career. Other wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has been billed as weighing 250 pounds. Bautista is around 6’3″ and Cena is 6’0″ even.

The Rock is currently heading into Jumanji: The Next Level marketing mode ahead of the release of the sequel. We know he joined Kevin Hart for his first big outing back to work a few days ago, an event that also included Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. Plus, the press stuff for that movie will likely start happening in earnest in the coming weeks.

In 2020, Dwayne Johnson also has Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie (based on the famous ride) and Red Notice coming up (plus a slew of other announced and rumored movies that aren’t off the ground yet), so he’s going to continue to be pretty busy. Let’s just hope that he manages to keep working in those early morning gym routines. Gotta keep that weight up.

Elton John Thinks The New Lion King Was A ‘Huge Disappointment’

Over the past few years, Disney has seen great success in making live-action remakes of its animated blockbusters. This all began with Maleficent, and continued with projects like The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and The Lion King. The latter was Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 Oscar winning original, which made a ton of money when it hit theaters last summer. Elton John’s beloved music was adapted into the new version, but it turns out that the iconic songwriter wasn’t happy with the latest version of Simba’s tale.

Elton John’s music was a big reason why the original Lion King was such a powerful moviegoing experience, and what ultimately earned the animated blockbuster its Academy Awards. Those stunning songs were re-recorded with the remake’s cast, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen. But those new version are what John has taken umbrage with, as he put it:

Well, that was certainly honest. It looks like Elton John wasn’t a collaborator with Jon Favreau’s version of The Lion King. And as such, he believe the joy and power of his songs were lost in the remake. And it’s also why the soundtrack failed to make an impact on the music charts following the movie’s release in July.

Elton John’s comments to GQ may surprise moviegoers, given how many people ran to theaters to catch a screening of the new Lion King. The digital technology Jon Favreau used to bring The Jungle Book to life was applied to the remake, allowing the various animals of Pride Rock to be rendered in photorealism. It was a stunning visual treat, although Elton John wasn’t happy with the handling of the music.

While the new Lion King was at point a shot-for-shot remake of the original, there were some liberal changes to the music. Keys were altered to accommodate the new cast, including tracks like “Hakuna Matata”. Scar’s signature song “Be Prepared” was almost unrecognizable from the original, with the lyrics changed for the new story and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It results in some of the songs be disappointing for the hardcore fans, including Elton John.

Beyonce’s single “Spirit” was also added to the The Lion King‘s third act, which stuck out like a sore thumb among Elton John’s original songs and the iconic orchestration. Luckily for John, he believes the true spirit of The Lion King‘s music lives on the with the long-running Broadway musical.

The Lion King is available on Digital HD on October 11, 2019 and on DVD and Blu-ray on October 22, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Ariana Grande Wants To Sample Kylie Jenner’s Viral Wakeup Call

In a now-viral clip from her official office tour, Kylie Jenner whispers to a cameraperson while holding a doorknob. “We’re going to wake Stormi up, and we’re going to get out of here, and I’m going to show you guys her room,” she says. She turns the knob and walks in where another person with a camera is already standing across from her while Stormi is, in fact, awake. Kylie sings to her daughter to “rise and shine”  in a drawn-out, nasally timbre that could be the chorus of a new pop anthem. If Ariana Grande has her wish, she’ll definitely make that happen. Drawn to the clip too, the “Thank U, Next” singer issued a formal Instagram request to Kylie to sample those now-famous words.

Grande posted the clip to her Instagram story of her singing Kylie’s vocals, just a tad bit smoother. Along with the clip, she wrote the caption “@kyliejenner can i sample.” Kylie later responded, giving her the heads up with one stipulation: “Yes, yes you can @arianagrande. As long as I’m in music video.” This could all be jokes of course. But this could also be Kylie’s big entry into the music industry. She’s already taken over cosmetics. It’s not too hard to imagine a similar tour de force for pop music. Just think about a Kylie-led music festival.

Grande’s been super busy lately, with her most recent project being that she co-executive produced the soundtrack to the forthcoming Charlie’s Angels film. She’s also teased the release of a live album in the future. In August, Grande dropped “Boyfriend.”

Check out Ariana Grande’s cover of Kylie’s epic moment up above.

James Gunn Finally Responds To Gamora’s Avengers: Infinity War Death

While Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame changed a lot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, quite possibly the biggest shocker was the death, and return, of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 being a movie that we knew was on the way before the Avengers films happened, the event changed the entire context of that movie. However, due to James Gunn’s silence on the issue, we had no idea just how he felt about the whole thing.

Recently, as part of an Instagram story where he answered a lot of fan questions, Gunn confirmed what most of us likely suspected. The death of Gamora was no problem for him, because he was well aware of the situation beforehand. One fan asked him if Gamora’s death upset him and he responded…

Of course, James Gunn’s answer is still a little vague. While he may have been ready for Gamora’s Infinity War fate, and thus it didn’t upset him, he doesn’t say what these discussions really entailed. Did James Gunn suggest Gamora’s death? Maybe the idea worked well for the story he wanted to tell in Guadians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Alternatively, the decision may have been made largely against Gunn’s wishes, forcing him to have to figure out how to make the new status quo work in his movie.

Because of the speed and frequency with which Marvel movies are now being produced, everything is happening pretty quickly. The script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was written before anybody ever saw Avengers: Infinity War, which meant that fans made assumptions about what sort of story we were going to get. Then we see how Gamora’s character changes big time and then we really wonder what is in that script.

Still, we know from hearing several directors of Marvel movies talk, that the MCU is a pretty well oiled machine. Everybody has a pretty good idea what everybody else is doing, and how that might impact whatever they are working on. James Gunn would have known what was planned for Gamora in the Avengers movies so that he would incorporate it into whatever he’s working on.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy movies specifically, the death of Gamora was an interesting move because the previous Guardians films have focused so much on these characters growing and changing together. The fact that, while Gamora is still “alive” in the MCU, she’s a very different character, completely changes the dynamic On the one hand, fans of the Guardians were likely a little upset to see Gamora’s fate in Infinity War. On the other hand, the Endgame changes certainly make things going into Guardians 3 very interesting.

Part of the reason that we haven’t heard James Gunn speak on Gamora’s fate is that shortly after Avengers: Infinity War was released, James Gunn was fired from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While he was eventually reinstated, Gunn’s been much quieter overall on social media than he had been previously.

At this point we still don’t actually know when the next chapter for Gamora and the other Guardians of the Galaxy will come. Vol. 3 is happening but it has no release date at this point.