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Queen Had A Say In Who Bohemian Rhapsody Cast As Freddie Mercury

Some talents who are successful enough to reach icon status might find themselves watching on the sidelines as Hollywood tells their story for the silver screen. That wasn’t the case for the remaining band members of Queen, as they were part of the creative process for the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as their stunning lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The film will take audiences through the journey of the band, leading up to their legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985. On Rami Malek’s latest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he was asked how involved the band had a hand in casting him as Mercury and themselves to which he said,

What an honor for the actors of Bohemian Rhapsody to be picked with the help of the British rock band. Apart from Rami Malek taking on the late-great Freddie Mercury, the rest of the members would be meeting the icons they play. 2017’s Jamestown television series actor Gwilym Lee as lead guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy from X-Men: Apocalypse as drummer Roger Taylor and Jurassic Park‘s Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon. While Malek has already gained past acclaim for his Emmy-winning performance on Mr. Robot, the rest of the band members’ actors aren’t nearly as well known.

During Rami Malek’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel, he explained that their first five days on set dove right into it, as the actors shot the Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium as Queen in front of an audience and also in front of Queen. Talk about an intimidating first day at work. Malek called it terrifying and said:

Rami Malek especially appreciated it because it allowed him to play a little prank on Ben Hardy on set, as he convinced some of the crew members to tell the actor that Queen drummer Roger Taylor had one request: for Hardy to complete the extremely complex drum solo in the song “Keep Yourself Alive.” On the call sheet, the plan was to only play the first verse and skip over it. As a result, Hardy didn’t leave his trailer for a while, likely in a panic, but Malek did finally let him in on the joke.

Bohemian Rhapsody has faced some controversy during production, as director Bryan Singer was fired for reportedly being frequently absent on set, and Dexter Fletcher stepped in as his replacement, although it’s also been said that Singer was tending to an ill parent. Singer will get directing credit for the potential Oscar contender despite his firing. We will have a clearer picture of how well the Queen biopic came together when the title is released in theaters on November 2. Although with the approval of the actual band during the process, it looks like a promising depiction of their story.

Time’s Up Writes an Open Letter to CBS About Sexual Harassment and Les Moonves

Following the news that CBS CEO Les Moonves would be stepping down from his role amid a second round of sexual misconduct allegations published by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker, the Time’s Up movement is saying the $20 million CBS plans to donate from his severance to support women’s equality isn’t enough.

In fact, the movement against sexual harassment believes Moonves’ reported $120 million severance should go to organizations fighting sexual misconduct and promoting workplace safety.

In an open letter published Tuesday, Time’s Up urges CBS to commit to a number of measures to ensure women are protected and treated fairly in the workplace, a list that included the demand for Moonves’ severance to be redistributed in a way that serves women who have experienced harassment and misconduct.

“We also urge that the full amount reserved for Mr. Moonves’ severance be contributed to organizations that address sexual harassment and workplace safety. That is $120 million dollars that will either go to Mr. Moonves or back into the coffers of the company that allowed the culture created by Mr. Moonves to continue,” the Time’s Up letter reads. “Or that $120 million can create change by going to organizations – and there are many impactful organizations – that can help women of all kinds. The choice is yours. But the answer is obvious. We ask that you not dishonor the bravery of those who have come forward by spending that money unwisely.”

The organization is also calling for: A transparent investigation of all sexual harassment claims at the company; the establishment of a workplace culture that “represents the values of safety, equity and dignity, with this tone set from the top of the company;” an inclusive hiring, promotion, and retention policy, diversity training at all levels of the organization; and a pay equity study and commitment to closing racial, ethnic, or gender gaps.

“This is your moment. A cascade of women’s voices has changed the rules,” the letter reads. “The old playbook no longer applies. As one of the world’s most powerful companies, you have a choice. You can cling to a status quo as it crumbles around you. Or you can demonstrate what happens when true leadership embraces the future. Now is your opportunity to rise.”

The accusations against Moonves include forcing a woman to perform oral sex to throwing someone against a wall. In a statement to the New Yorker, Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters, but said that they were consensual: “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”

As it stands now, it’s still unclear how much money Moonves will actually receive in exiting CBS. According to ABC News, if the investigation by CBS confirms the allegations, Moonves would lose the $120 million of severance he is contractually owed.

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4 Actors DC Should Consider When Recasting Superman

The DC Extended Universe now finds itself in a position that every franchise dreads. One of its biggest stars — Superman himself, Henry Cavill — is exiting his contract, and it will soon initiate the search for a replacement. It won’t be an easy or informal task, as this is a case of recasting one of the most iconic roles of all time, but the good news is that there are some very interesting potential names on the table that could make things ultimately work out for the best.

Nowadays it’s actually kind of hard to find a popular and talented actor under 35 who doesn’t already have a superhero role/franchise — but they do exist, and it’s an interesting crop. While comic book movie veteran Michael B. Jordan has been floated as an option, we’ve plucked out four other performers who we think would be up to the task of playing Superman on the big screen, possibly replacing Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel in the DC Extended Universe. Check out our picks below and on the next few pages, answer our poll at the end, and hit the comments section at the bottom to give us your own thoughts about who should next take on this prestigious role.

WWE 2K19 Adds An Insane Number Of Legends To The Roster

There are two things that make a wrestling game notable: the roster and the wrestling. If you have a good wrestling engine at its core then you can get a ton of play time out of the game. If you have a notable roster for gamers to play then you’ll likely please fans the world around who like different wrestlers and different styles for different reasons. 2K Games and Yukes are trying to capture as many wrestling fans as possible by adding an insane number of wrestling legends to the roster, so that gamers and wrestling fans alike will be able to dive into the upcoming WWE 2K19 and play as some of their favorite heroes and villains from throughout the ages, in addition to new-school icons like “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

The roster for WWE 2K19 has been revealed in chunks and in the third segment (via IGN), 2K Games has rolled out a list of fan-favorite legends from the yesteryears of pro-wrestling, including top guys like The Ultimate Warrior and iconic mainstream wrestlers like Andre the Giant.

You can check out the full list of wrestlers revealed to the already packed line-up below:

That’s one exhaustive list. Heck, the amount of wrestlers revealed in that line-up alone is enough to have a cool wrestling game all its own.

According to IGN, though, every single one of those wrestlers will be joined by the 130 other wrestlers already revealed.

Now keep in mind that this is following the logic that different iterations of the same wrestler count as a different roster entry. So they’re counting the classic Deadman Undertaker and the American Badass Undertaker as two separate characters. This also means that characters like Surfer Sting and Crow Sting are also counted separately (and sadly while we will likely never have the Sting vs Undertaker matchup we’ve all been dying for, at least you can pit the two legends against each other in WWE 2K19).

Other notable entries on the list include Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and the late great Macho Man Randy Savage. Another notable icon from that era is Diamond Dallas Page, who recently popped up at the very popular indie-promoted show, All-In. And there’s the recently departed Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who was one of the cornerstone figures in The Hart Foundation, a stable that ruled the ring in the 1980s.

Vince McMahan, the chairman of the WWE, returns as a playable character, along with his daughter Stephanie McMahon. Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin is another noteworthy entry on the list. He was also a cover athlete for one of the more recent entries in 2K Games’ annual series. Stone Cold is joined by fellow Attitude Era superstar, Shawn Michaels.

And obviously the pre-order bonus involving Rey Mysterio would mean that he would most certainly be playable in the game, and he is.

Also, if you were keen on rekindling the NWO, you can do so with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the original Outsiders, or you can take a more early 1990s approach and play Hall under his Razor Ramon persona. And it shouldn’t go without mentioning, but the biggest Hollywood action star working in the business right now is also on the list, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. You can’t go wrong there.

WWE 2K19 is due out this October for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Does Warner Bros. Already Have A New Superman Actor In Mind?

Just when it seemed like (to me at least) that the DCEU was finally getting on the right track, news broke this morning that Henry Cavill may be out as Superman. This is obviously a huge deal as the Man of Steel is, at least in theory, the central hero in any sort of shared DC Universe. So what happens now? Supposedly Supergirl will be the focus in the near future, but Superman has to come back at some point and a new actor will have to play him. On that front, Warner Bros. may already have an actor in mind and he’s no stranger to the superhero realm: none other than Michael B. Jordan.

There have been whisperings of Henry Cavill’s potential departure from the role for a while now, so it seems like Warner Bros. has already been planning for that eventuality and looking at replacement actors. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. will be looking to go in a different direction with Superman in the future and, to that end, has considered casting Michael B. Jordan in the role. That doesn’t mean that he will be cast, and it sounds like a new Superman may be a ways off, but this gives you an idea of how much Warner Bros. is intending to shake things up.

Michael B. Jordan seems like an out of left field pick for Superman and just an instance of WB trying to capitalize on a popular actor who made a splash in another superhero movie, but the actor and the studio do have an existing relationship. It was only earlier this week that it was announced that Michael B. Jordan was partnering with Warner Bros. parent company, WarnerMedia, to launch a new diversity and inclusion initiative. So Warner Bros. clearly likes working with Michael B. Jordan, and given his growing star power, it (at least in some ways) makes sense to want an actor like him to take on the role of DC’s most powerful hero.

This is all still developing, and maybe things change and Henry Cavill stays Superman. Or maybe Warner Bros. goes in a different direction than Michael B. Jordan for the recasting. Personally, while Michael B. Jordan is a great actor with the physique for it and charisma to spare, I don’t see him as Superman. The only actor I really want to see get a new Superman movie at this point is Henry Cavill, but that’s looking unlikely.

The real trick with recasting Superman at all is how does it work. If the character stayed dead in Justice League, then he could have been brought back as a different actor and the recasting could have kind of been worked into the story, but now who knows. Although if the DCEU as we know it is over, then maybe WB should just do solo hero films from now on and it won’t matter quite as much when characters are recast.

I’m guessing that this is just the first of many names that will come up in the near future to replace Henry Cavill as Kal-El. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops. For now, head over to our guide for all the latest in the DCEU, and also check out the release calendar to see all the biggest movies still to come this year.

Looks Like American Gods Has Another Showrunner Problem

American Gods got a quick Season 2 renewal from Starz not long into its inaugural season, and so far that’s the best news the series has received in regards to future episodes. Things first began to go south for the series when showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green exited midway through production on Season 2. Now it appears the show is losing another showrunner, as Fuller and Green’s replacement Jesse Alexander is reportedly on his way out as well in what sounds to be a very complicated situation.

Jesse Alexander apparently still has his job, but has been effectively kept from doing all activities a showrunner might typically do. Specifically, it’s being said Alexander has been removed as a writer and is being kept out of the editing room and all other areas involving production of American Gods. THR reported the situation as a “fired but not fired,” scenario, where the only reason Alexander’s still with the production is so the news doesn’t come out American Gods has dropped multiple showrunners in the course of making two seasons.

It’s also being reported that Jesse Alexander has failed to provide a script for the American Gods Season 2 finale that executives are satisfied with. Sources indicated Alexander was up to the seventh draft, and then was presumably cut off by Starz and Fremantle, given he’s apparently no longer writing for the series. Alexander came into the show when it was said over half the scripts for the upcoming season were completed, and it’s unknown if it’s the season finale script that’s holding things up, or there are multiple episodes they may need to be reworked.

There was also reported tensions on-set between Jesse Alexander and actor Ian McShane regarding scripts. The showrunner and actor engaged in “screaming matches,” which might have started after McShane attempted to improve the dialogue of the scripts provided. The incidents apparently resulted in American Gods signing Orlando Jones on as a writer for the series, in an effort to prevent any fines that would arise from actors violating guild rules. Other whispers from the set said writers were showing up to shoots with hand-written notebook pages of script re-writes of episodes Alexander oversaw, which sounds a bit unusual.

Whatever the situation is, things are bad enough that American Gods Season 2 production is six weeks behind and currently in hiatus. Once again, it’s being reported actors are frustrated because they don’t have a full script, or possibly any script for the finale and had been working on reshoots and reworked scenes of prior Season 2 episodes while waiting for a finished copy. Neil Gaiman is said to want greater control over the series, even though it’s been said Jesse Alexander originally got the role as showrunner thanks to Gaiman’s approval, and because his scripts he presented better followed the author’s novel.

Despite the drama American Gods is still on track for a Season 2 release at Starz, although an announcement on a release date might be far off. Keep up with what’s happening on television in the meantime with our fall premiere guide.

Anna Kendrick Went Down a Rabbit Hole of ‘Creepy’ Mommy Blogs for *A Simple Favor*

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick’s new movie A Simple Favor seems to have everything you could want: intrigue, mystery, fabulous pantsuits, and maybe a murder! In the film, Kendrick portrays a “mommy blogger” who gets embroiled in the disappearance of her swanky new BFF (Blake Lively, rocking the aforementioned pantsuits) and vows to discover the truth about her pal. How do you say sign us up in a fancy accent?

Kendrick stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers this week to discuss the movie and admitted she watched hours of video mom blogs to prepare for the movie. “I went down a real rabbit hole,” she recounted to host Seth Meyers. “There were some that were great and honest, like women who have got to walk the dog and they’re putting their kids’ lunches together, and they just throw up their iPhone and they’re talking about the things they feel like guilty about. They’re being open and honest and it’s really nice. And then there are the ones that are super over-produced, and the great thing about them is that they’re really creepy.”

Watch Kendrick explain why they’re creepy for yourself, below:

It all boils down to the production value, Kendrick believes. “They have this perfect lighting and this background that they’ve obviously painted that says ‘dream’ or whatever. You never see the kid and they’ve got the dead eyes,” she said. “And you’re like, ‘OK, do you have a kid or a doll that you love a lot?’”

All of you mom bloggers out there: Feel free to reach out to Kendrick to confirm that you do, indeed, have a child.

A Simple Favor hits theaters this Friday, September 14.

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Sally Field Thinks Burt Reynolds Would Have Been Hurt If He Read Her Candid Memoirs

Fans were saddened to learn of the death of Burt Reynolds last week, but for one of his former co-stars, there is an unfortunate silver lining. Sally Field, who starred alongside Reynolds in the classic Smokey and the Bandit, is about to publish her memoir, In Pieces, and in the book, she discusses the production of the movie as well as her subsequent personal relationship with the actor. It seems that things were far from perfect between the two and Field is now glad that Reynolds will never know what she says about him in the book, as she wouldn’t have wanted to put him in the position of having to defend himself in the press. According to Field…

In the book, as described by the New York Times, Sally Field calls Burt Reynolds controlling during their relationship and only able accept certain aspects of her life while disapproving of others. She also claims that during the filming of Smokey and the Bandit, Reynolds was taking Percodan, Valium, and barbiturates, and also received regular injections of something in his chest. She says she urged him to seek professional help for problems with stress and anxiety, but that he refused.

Personal memoirs almost always bring up the less flattering parts of peoples’ lives, it’s part of being honest about your own, and the lives and careers of Burt Reynolds and Sally Field are so connected that you can’t talk about one without bringing up the other. Sally Field doesn’t only have negative things to say about Reynolds, she does say their relationship was also loving and caring, but nobody’s life is perfect.

Sally Field is glad that Burt Reynolds will no longer need to respond to her statements in the book, and it’s very likely that he would have needed to do so. He was set to co-star in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which would have thrust him back into the public eye and placed him before the media once again. Clearly, somebody would have asked him about what the book said.

While her relationship with Burt Reynolds may not have been perfect, it’s clear Sally Field still cared for him, because she wasn’t looking to use the book to hurt him. She’s glad that it won’t now, which is certainly still sad, but also sweet in its own way.

Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon

Mrs. Hering’s Famous Pot Pie

The Walnut Room,Marshall Field’s, Chicago, 1890s

Total Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut circles from 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed, to fit the tops of four 10- to 12-ounce ovenproof ramekins. Cut 2-3 slashes in each circle and set aside. // In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in ¼ cup all-purpose flour until there are no lumps, and cook 1 minute more. Add 2 cups chicken broth, whisking constantly until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir in 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast, ½ cup small frozen peas, thawed, and ½ cup diced carrots. Divide mixture among baking dishes. Top each with a pastry round, tucking edges into ramekin. Beat 1 large egg with a splash of water. Lightly brush pastry tops with egg wash. Place baking dishes on a baking sheet and transfer to oven. Bake until pastry is golden and filling begins to bubble, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Helen Corbitt’s Chicken Salad

The Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, 1950s

Total time: 15 minutes Makes: 3 cups

Remove skin and pull meat from bones of 1 small rotisserie chicken. Cut meat into ½ -inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine chicken, ¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 cup thinly sliced celery, ½ cup toasted sliced almonds and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk ½ cup heavy whipping cream until thickened and soft peaks begin to hold, about 1½ minutes. Gently fold cream into chicken mixture along with 1 cup halved purple grapes and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley until well combined. Season with more salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve on lettuce.

Bullocks Coconut Cream Pie

Bullocks Wilshire Tea Room, Los Angeles, 1930s

Total Time: 5 hours (includes chilling) Makes: 1 (9-inch) pie

Make the pie crust: In a food processor, combine 1¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon sugar. Add ¼ cup vegetable shortening, chilled, and 55⅓ tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces. Pulse to form pea-size bits, about 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse until just combined. (You should still see little pieces of shortening and butter in the dough.) Remove dough from processor, shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour and up to overnight. // On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Starting from center of dough, roll outward, rotating dough 2-3 inches after each roll, to create a true circle. After every 4-5 rolls, slide a large offset spatula under dough to release it from work surface. Add a little flour to work surface, rolling pin and/or dough if dough sticks or becomes difficult to roll. (If dough becomes too soft, transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until dough becomes manageable, about 10 minutes). // Roll dough onto rolling pin, then unroll into a 9-inch pie pan, centering the round. Gently press dough into bottom of pan and against sides, making sure there are no air pockets. Press dough against upper edge of pan so it extends about ½ inch beyond rim, and trim any excess with kitchen shears. Fold overhang under and use a fork to make symmetrical indentations all around rim of crust. Chill crust until cool and firm, about 15 minutes. // Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove crust from refrigerator. Prick bottom of dough with a fork about 10 times, evenly spaced. Place pie pan on a baking sheet and bake until lightly golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a cooling rack. (Leave oven on.) // Make the filling: Combine 1 cup evaporated milk, 1 cup heavy cream and ½ cup sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together 6 large egg yolks, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, ¼ teaspoon coconut extract or almond extract and 3 tablespoons cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez brand. Whisking constantly, gradually stream hot cream mixture into egg mixture. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and coats back of a wooden spoon, 10-15 minutes. // Pour custard into baked pie shell. Bake until custard is set and lightly golden on top, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a cooling rack. (Leave oven on.) // Make the toppings: Spread ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut on a baking sheet and toast in oven, stirring twice, until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely. // Use an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment to whip 3 cups heavy cream with ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar until very stiff peaks form. // Finish the pie: Scoop whipped cream onto center of pie. Use an offset spatula to smooth whipped cream into a dome shape. Cover with toasted coconut. Pie is best enjoyed the day it is made. Store in a cake box or under a cake dome in the refrigerator.

Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup

Nordstrom Cafe, Seattle, 1980s

Total Time: 2 hours Makes: 12 cups

In a 6- to 8-quart pot, heat ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 pound carrots, peeled and diced, and 1 pound onions, peeled and diced. Season with kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes. Add 3 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, crushed roughly by hand, and cover with 2 cups chicken stock. Add 1 tablespoon dried basil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soup thickens, about 1½ hours more, monitoring heat to maintain a gentle simmer. // Turn off heat. Taking care with the hot liquid, use an immersion blender or transfer soup to a blender, working in batches if necessary, to blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan. Stir in 1 cup heavy whipping cream, then season with a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt and black pepper to taste. Cut 1 cup basil leaves into chiffonade. To serve, ladle warm soup into bowls and top with cut basil. Soup will keep up to 1 week in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.

—Adapted from “Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook” by Michael Northern

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How Tech is Drawing Shoppers Back to Bricks-and-Mortar Stores

MILLENNIALS KILLED the mall, we’re told, and all shopping carts have gone digital. But bricks-and-mortar stores aren’t extinct just yet. Online transactions still make up less than 10% of American retail sales quarterly, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and fashion brands large and small are crafting high-tech retail experiences that give internet marketplaces a run for their money, anticipating the demands of iPhone-wielding shopaholics.

“We’re going through a period that would only be paralleled by the industrial revolution,” said Robin Lewis, author of “The New Rules of Retail,” a study of trendy in-store innovations. “We’re going to see an explosion of new tech ideas and new technologies that bring great experiences.”

The popular sustainable women’s brand Reformation began rolling out its digitally enhanced stores in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas in 2017 after founder Yael Aflalo noticed how the staff at her Soho New York store couldn’t adequately serve the crowds of shoppers. “I thought, why not leverage technology to create a high-end experience that’s also high volume.”

Much like an Apple Store, Reformation’s latest locations are showroom-style—you can see and feel the racked merchandise, but anything you actually buy is brought up from inventory. Customers swipe and poke wall-mounted screens to select which pieces they’d like to try on and then get a time estimate for a changing room on the display (which also dispenses cheeky quips). Longer waits at peak hours can be dismaying, but once you’re inside a room, the experience is luxe. Shoppers choose between “Golden,” “Cool,” and especially flattering “Sexy Time” lighting settings, and can plug in a phone to thrust their hips to their own beats as they try on looks in a mirror. New styles and sizes can be ordered right to the room using a provided iPad.

Nordstrom’s new Manhattan Men’s Store made a similar bet, integrating in-store tech to bolster a full-service operation, which can include a shave, shoe polish or custom fitting. Even before you arrive, you can use the Nordstrom app to select what you’d like to try on, so a dressing room can be made up in advance. The app can even track your location so chosen merchandise is hung and waiting as you step out of an Uber. For those loath to leave the car, curbside service can be arranged via the app and online orders can be picked up in store 24 hours a day.

Assuming you do go inside, the Nordstrom fitting rooms are a five-star experience. Along with multiple lighting sets (with varying degrees of flattery), customers can order coffees, wine or cocktails to sip while they test drive Dior sneakers. Mr. Lewis said that physical stores increasingly need these experiential boosters. Customers “will leave the internet to come to your store if you have a reason for them to come,” he said.

In Los Angeles, the new Nike by Melrose store has outsize vending machines, dubbed “digital lockers,” which customers can access by scanning QR codes sent to their smartphones when they buy items through the app. Flash yours and a shoebox pops out—no pesky humans required. Elsewhere in the store, codes on every product let customers scan and search for variations in styles and colors; you can then have anything available in-store sent to a room.

E-commerce’s disruption of malls is impossible to deny, but sometimes shopping in stores is the only way to guarantee quality before you buy. The question: Will these technologies help you make the most of the trip?

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