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Bad Boys 3 Finally Seems To Be On Track

Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah are definitely on board to direct the upcoming project, after people including Joe Carnahan formerly were helming the film. Chris Bremner has already written a draft of the movie that Variety says the studio and the producers are all behind, which means the movie is expected to move into production, and soon. That is, if Martin Lawrence can get on board. Reports say that Will Smith is definitely in for the third installment in the franchise (he has time thanks to Suicide Squad 2 getting pushed back), but Lawrence has yet to work out a deal for Bad Boys for Life. So, if there is going to be another setback for this project, it will likely be in those negotiations.

Jenna Dewan Is Leaving World Of Dance As Host For Season 3

After first hitting the limelight with 2006’s Step Up, Jenna Dewan embraced dancing again in a big way for her gig as host of Jennifer Lopez’s competition series World of Dance. The show has been a huge success for NBC, especially in the time slot following America’s Got Talent, but Dewan won’t be around for all the near-future celebrations, as she announced she’s leaving her World of Dance hosting duties ahead of Season 3. But the silver lining is that she does plan to return to the future, and possibly in a different role. Here’s how she put it:

That will certainly be a blow to fans of World of Dance, which ended Season 3 just a few weeks ago with The Lab coming out on top. Jenna Dewan is a big draw within the celeb foursome at the heart of the show, alongside Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derrick Hough. To be expected, many of those fans expressed their sadness and kindness in the comments of her Instagram post. But she did at least give everyone a promising note for the future.

Assuming NBC won’t be cancelling World of Dance before Season 3 arrives — which almost definitely won’t happen — Jenna Dewan could very well be returning to the show next summer. Just in a mentoring capacity, rather than as the host. It won’t be clear for a while whether that indicates a one-off gig or something more recurring, but one generally hopes for as much Dewan as possible. And that she’ll return to the hosting position when possible.

While Jenna Dewan didn’t specify any reasons for taking a hiatus from World of Dance, it’s very likely scheduling issues that caused concern, as the actress’ career is currently booming. (Jennifer Lopez’s work on World of Dance reportedly played a part in NBC’s crime drama Shades of Blue bowing out.) Most prominently, Dewan is set to star in the upcoming Netflix drama Mixtape, in which romance and music will co-mingle. She’s also got a recurring role in Fox’s The Resident for its second season, she’ll co-star with Sarah Hyland in Robert Luketic’s rom-com The Wedding Year, and she will feature in one segment for the anthologized film Berlin, I Love You.

You can check out Jenna Dewan’s post below.

World of Dance has already been renewed for Season 3, but it won’t be back on NBC until the midpoint of 2019, so stay tuned for more details. For now, our fall TV premiere schedule will clue you in on everything else the small screen has to offer.

Prince Harry Reportedly Had an Awkward Encounter With an Ex—and Meghan Markle Was There

Before he met Meghan Markle and became a one-woman man, Prince Harry was something of a prolific dater. So, it only makes sense that he would eventually run into one of his exes with Markle in tow. In fact, one such encounter occurred over the weekend, during Prince Harry and Markle’s whirlwind trip to Amsterdam. Luckily for us, Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has a report that details the awkwardness that unfolded.

According to the report, Markle and Prince Harry were attending the opening of the new Amsterdam Soho House, where Harry’s ex, actress Jenna Coleman, also happened to be. One eye witness said that “Harry had to walk straight past Jenna to get to his and Meghan’s table,” and added that other guests were commenting on the “pretty awkward,” situation.

“Jenna looked down while Harry looked straight ahead, while Meghan didn’t seem to notice,” the guest added. “She sat through breakfast with a smile on her face, but Harry looked a bit uncomfortable. He’d been super friendly saying hi to everyone, but he didn’t even acknowledge Jenna.”

Considering the nature of his rumored relationship with Coleman, we’re not exactly sure why Prince Harry seemed so flustered. According to Us Weekly, they only ever dated casually in 2015 because of their busy schedules. At the time, Coleman was also reportedly being wooed by her Victoria costar, actor Tom Hughes, whom she is currently dating. In fact, Coleman attended the Soho House event with Hughes, which is perhaps what got Harry all flustered in the first place. Of course, Markle handled the situation with the same dignity that has come to define her first year as one of the most popular members of the royal family.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Was Reportedly Targeted By Russians

Rian Johnson couldn’t have predicted the reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Every movie comes with built-in pressure, especially a chapter in a Skywalker Saga trilogy. But Johnson’s first foray into the galaxy far, far away proved to be quite divisive, with fans taking up sides to defend or tear down decisions made by the filmmaker as he explored the need for the Jedi, and the direction of the Resistance. The levels of hate online reached epic proportions, and a new research study finds that the driving force behind some of that social-media backlash might have been Russian trolls.

Now, we know that complaining about Russian bots on social media is the go-to excuse whenever someone takes up an opinion that goes against your own. However, a research paper conducted by Morten Bay from the University of Southern California examined the users who attacked Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi on social media were, in fact, Russian bots, and concludes:

Rian Johnson, himself, shares Morten Bay’s study, and clarifies that this is not about fans liking, or disliking, the middle chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy, but more to address what he sees as a “virulent strain of online harassment,” stating:

Ironically, another movie, Venom, is running up against an online smear campaign at the moment, where bots appear to be Tweeting the same statement over and over, from different accounts, claiming the Sony movie is bad, and A Star Is Born is much better. How can one explain this?

Is the Internet increasingly becoming a more-divisive playground on which people can share their opinions? Absolutely, and it’s probably fair to come to the conclusion that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi beared the brunt of too much rebellious backlash against his movie — a movie that proudly subverted expectations and genuinely annoyed some fans, but certainly isn’t the trainwreck that Twitter might lead you to believe.

Read the rest of Morten Bay’s study. Do you agree with its conclusions? Do you see this social-media problem being resolved anytime soon, or will Twitter keep evolving to cause headaches for filmmakers and film studios? Weigh in below in the comments with your best guesses.

Stephen Amell Has Us Thinking He’ll Play A Different Hero In The Arrow-verse Crossover

This year’s big crossover between the various Arrow-verse shows (save for Legends of Tomorrow) is shaping up to be the most promising one yet for the future of The CW’s DC franchises. It will finally open the metaphorical doors to Gotham City and Ruby Rose’s Batwoman and Lois Lane, and it might just be giving Arrow star Stephen Amell something new to do… possibly as a different costumed hero. Here’s how Amell kicked off the latest round of super-speculation.

Now, let’s not put on the entire tinfoil suit after donning the cap. Stephen Amell obviously isn’t saying that he’s going to, for example, be wearing one of Barry’s Flash suits, or Ray’s Atom suit. And the term “outfit” is a very particular word to use here, possibly as a way to deflect fans from guessing. (This is also a much different tease from his “not wearing any outfits at all” image he recently shared.) He did share another recent shot where he was being prepped for some kind of prosthetic for the face and chest area, so maybe that has something to do with it.

It didn’t stop fans from guessing, and it was Stephen Amell’s next response that is the more convincing point for anyone who wants to believe that Oliver will take on a different identity in some way. Here’s what he posted a few hours later:

Which means that he was going through and reading the responses to see what people were saying, which means he knew right away that people would be guessing. And the comments are full of fans hoping for him to be Batman or for him to hit upon another comic-specific look from the Green Arrow books, among other hopes. So if Stephen Amell was expecting these kinds of reactions to his post, that has to mean he’s be temporarily portraying a very noteworthy character, right?

Of course, this IS the social media-savvy Stephen Amell, who knows exactly which buttons to press in order to get his fanbase active. As such, this post could realistically be a trolling exercise to incite reactions, with Amell not actually playing any other well-known DC comics or villains. His new “outfit” might just be wearing a mail carrier’s uniform, or one for a college basketball team, or some other clothing that has nothing to do with Oliver or Green Arrow’s personas. Such is the power of Amell’s random Twitter posts.

What do you guys think? Will we see Oliver pimping out someone else’s duds, or is Stephen Amell over-exaggerating for emphasis? We might not find out for a while, since the crossover eps aren’t happening until December. But you can catch Arrow Season 7 debuting on The CW on Monday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET. And way more shows are coming down the line, too, which can all be found in our fall TV premiere schedule.

The Favourite

The Favourite Synopsis

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?

Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?
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Blair and James are trying to start a family. Like many parents, they hope their future offspring will be healthy. They’d also like the baby to have blue eyes.

The couple, both 35, describe themselves as type-A personalities who research everything. When they decided to try for a baby, they looked into DNA testing to rule out disease-causing genetic mutations they might pass along to their child. Then they learned about a test that might help predict a future baby’s eye color.

Blue eyes, says James, who has brown eyes, “is icing on the cake.” (The couple asked not to reveal their last names to maintain their privacy.)

Many prospective parents already use DNA testing to check for potential genetic anomalies that could lead to serious medical conditions. But as technology advances, they may also learn about characteristics that have less bearing on a future child’s health, like eye color.

In the area of reproductive medicine, parents wield great discretion in making decisions about their future children. But the notion that parents might someday select embryos based on what some deem as aesthetic preferences—a future child who is a certain height or good at sports or looks a certain way—raises challenging ethical questions. Perhaps, some ethicists argue, DNA testing will create a society that further values certain types of children more than others.

Many in vitro fertilization clinics that once offered genetic testing of embryos to prevent sex-linked medical disorders now also allow prospective parents to select the gender of the embryo because of a personal preference.

A fertility doctor gets calls from people who want to know if it’s possible to select embryos with an aptitude for music or athletic ability.

Eye color pushes the debate further. Like many human traits, it isn’t determined by a single gene, but a complex interaction of many genes. The test that Blair and James took emerged from work done by forensic scientists trying to predict eye, hair and skin color for unknown suspects in criminal cases for which minimal amounts of DNA is available. In published papers, these researchers determined that testing for six key DNA markers allowed them to predict if someone had brown or blue eyes with greater than 90% accuracy.

The scientific advances enabling predicting traits that involve multiple genes go beyond eye color. A company called Genomic Prediction received regulatory approval in New Jersey in September to market its Expanded Pre-Implantation Genomic Testing in many states. It will cost $400 per embryo. Genomic Prediction says it can accurately predict which embryos are at high risk for complex health conditions, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Researchers at the company demonstrated how the approach could be used to predict height in a paper published this year in the journal Genetics. Someday, new techniques might allow predicting the likelihood of an embryo’s future academic potential.

In a blog post, Stephen Hsu, a founder of Genomic Prediction, posed an ethical question: An IVF doctor has two healthy, viable embryos and must choose which to implant. One has a hypothetical risk score that indicates the embryo is at high risk for struggling academically in school. The second embryo has a score indicating the future child likely won’t struggle. Do you tell the parents?

“It seems ethically not defensible to withhold the information from the parents,” he says, “and ethically defensible to reveal it to them.”

Some IVF doctors say it’s too soon to routinely offer people risk scores about their embryos. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, a reproductive geneticist and scientific director at CCRM, a Denver fertility clinic, says that outcomes are often a mixture of genetics and environment. Moreover, the data sets upon which the algorithms are based involve geographically and demographically narrow groups.

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Nathan Treff, chief scientific officer of Genomic Prediction, says the company is only offering risk predictions involving disease and has no plans to predict an embryo’s eye color or level of educational attainment. “It is not always black and white what people consider a disease,” he says, “but we pay attention to what the community thinks is ethical.”

Jeffrey Steinberg, founder of the Encino, Calif.-based Fertility Institutes, believes his group is the only one offering the test Blair and James took. His team is working to develop the technology to test embryos for genetic markers related to eye color at the same time as genetic-disease screening. For now, the clinic only offers the eye-color test to some prospective parents. The institute charges $370.

Paula Amato, a fertility doctor at Oregon Health & Science University, and an ethicist, says the general view in the field is that genetic testing to prevent disease is ethically permissible. So is sex selection, although it is more controversial.

No one has inquired about eye color at Dr. Amato’s clinic. But thinking about sex selection has changed over time, and the same may happen with other traits, she says. Still, when it comes to eye color or other nonmedical traits, she says, “Not a lot of clinics are interested in getting into that business.”

Josephine Johnston is director of research at the Hastings Center, a Garrison, N.Y.-based bioethics research institute. She studies genetic testing in embryos. To her, selecting embryos based on traits like eye color “can seem awfully close to a eugenic mind-set, where we thought we can sort the worthy and fit from the unworthy and unfit.”

Parenting often comes with “the understandable desire to give your child advantages,” like height, or musical talent, she says. Yet people are part of a society that fights prejudice. “These kinds of decisions can feed into the discrimination, not fight against it,” she says.

While genetic testing of embryos is considered safe, there may be unexpected long-term effects. Many people feel uncomfortable about selecting embryos for aesthetic traits, worried about the difficulties of drawing a line about what should be left to chance. Dr. Steinberg, for one, says he already gets calls from people who want to know if it is possible to also select embryos with an aptitude for music or athletic ability. (He says he tells them not yet.)

One late September afternoon, Blair and James meet with Dr. Steinberg and his colleagues at the Ferny Clinic in New York City, where Dr. Steinberg also sees patients, for the results. “We’ve got some pretty good news for you,” Dr. Steinberg tells the couple. Based on the results of the testing, he says, “You absolutely can make a blue-eyed baby.” The doctors say that they estimate that in a group of five of their embryos, one is likely to have blue eyes.

For now, the couple plans to try to get pregnant the traditional way. “We will be thrilled to start our family,” Blair says, no matter the eye color.

When they told their parents and friends they were doing a DNA test to determine if they can have a blue-eyed baby, they got mixed responses. James’s father was fascinated. But Blair says that some family and friends thought using technology to learn about a baby’s eye color was a step too far.

She views things differently. “It’s screening to see what’s possible,” she says. Her husband agrees. Once you start looking at an embryo to rule out diseases, he says, what’s one more thing like eye color?

“You are there already,” he says.

Write to Amy Dockser Marcus at amy.marcus@wsj.com

5 Fashion Editor-Approved Trends to Shop for Fall 2018

The Fashion Week hoopla has wrapped, which means two things: We have six months to brainstorm how to incorporate a lot more yellow into our Spring 2019 wardrobes, and we now know which Fall 2018 runway trends actually translate IRL thanks to street style. Every season, this stylish set swarms around a handful of “it” items from the collections just hitting retail, which sets off a sort of chain reaction: They’re photographed in those pieces, those images make their way around the Internet, people start inquiring about said pieces, and the market is suddenly overwhelmed with them and their lookalikes. You don’t have to wait long to cop the biggest trends for this season—many of the street-style crowd’s picks are already available for purchase (and budget-friendly.)

Ahead, we highlight five major trends for Fall 2018 that are fashion person-approved and that you can buy right now for under $100.

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First Lady Melania Trump Goes Solo in Africa. But What’s She Actually up To?

Melania Trump just launched her solo career.

The first lady has maintained a lower profile than many of her recent predecessors at the White House. But this week, Mrs. Trump headed to Africa on her first major international trip without her husband since the start of his presidency.

She arrived Tuesday morning in Ghana, where she visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital to learn about the vitamin supplements received by newborns and visit the NICU, per a pool report. A photo distributed to the press showed Trump handing out baby blankets and teddy bears. Later, she was scheduled to have tea with the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace.

Last week, FLOTUS previewed what she said she knows “will be a meaningful” upcoming journey while hosting a New York reception in honor of United Nations General Assembly attendees, including spouses of foreign heads of state and reps of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa — Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt — all of which have worked alongside USAID and our partners to make great progress in overcoming some of their biggest challenges,” said Trump, who departed late Monday afternoon.

“I am so proud of the work this Administration is doing through USAID and others, and look forward to the opportunity to take the message of my Be Best campaign to many of the countries, and children, throughout Africa,” she said at the UN event. “Whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe. Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”

Trump tied the trip to her child-focused “Be Best” initiative, saying there are “many programs across the country that are doing great things for children, and I believe we can replicate many of these programs overseas” in concert with USAID.

U.S. first ladies traditionally dedicate themselves to a signature cause, and Trump rolled out “Be Best” in May. The wide-ranging campaign focuses on the well-being of children, with particular attention to social and emotional health, positive use of social media, and opioid addiction. FLOTUS has visited children’s hospitals, addressed a cyberbullying summit, and spoken to youth groups as part of the program, among other events.

She tweeted about the campaign on September 4: “Students – as you head #BacktoSchool, think about what you wish to accomplish this year. You have so much power in your individual voices. Will you strive to #BeBest?”

That tweet, as was the case with the “Be Best” kickoff itself, got an immediate response—many suggesting her war on nasty social media manners ought to start with her own spouse.

Natalie Gonnella-Platts, deputy director of the Women’s Initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, tells Glamour that the Africa visit could be a big learning opportunity for the first lady given the central role kids play in “Be Best.”

“If addressing the challenges that face children [is] where Mrs. Trump is really committed, this trip to Africa will really open to her eyes to how a lot of African first ladies have moved beyond traditional partners and really thought about how they can directly engage with young people,” says Gonnella-Platts, who works on the Institute’s First Ladies Initiative for women and children worldwide.

Both Gonnella-Platts and Trump have noted that FLOTUS has already hosted the first lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, at the White House. The two discussed Kenyatta’s “Beyond Zero” program to improve maternal and child health.

Among other examples Gonnella-Platts cites: Namibia’s first lady, Monica Geingos, who has turned her experience as a lawyer and private equity fund director to tackling poverty, and the work Ester Lungu of Zambia has done to combat child marriage.

“While I appreciate the interest in replicating successful domestic programs overseas, the recommendation I have for Mrs. Trump is to also consider the success that is happening right now at the local, regional, and national levels across Africa,” Gonnella-Platts says. “As [Geingos] has said, ‘Change happens when we break down silos and work together.’”

Still, it’s really up to Trump how she wants to handle a role that exists in a somewhat foggy zone between public and private life, acknowledges Gonnella-Platts.

“Our expectation in this present day is for our first ladies to be active, to be vocal, to be out there, to be engaged. And while I hope Mrs. Trump will really engage in the use of her platform and really define what she wants to see with ‘Be Best’ and really think about how she can engage local stakeholders — [and] if she doesn’t, it’s also her choice not to do so,” she says.

Mrs. Trump has already shown a will to do things her own way, and with her own optics: She doesn’t always pre-announce her public appearances (for a variety of reasons which, according to a spokeswoman, range from security considerations to avoiding attracting demonstrators). From the start of the presidency, she held firm on waiting until Barron finished his 2017 school year before moving into the White House. She’s appeared on more than a few occasions to contradict her husband in a public forum.

At the same time, she hasn’t avoided controversy—she generated buzz (and some fundraising cash for the Democrats) with a now-infamous olive jacket she wore to visit migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

“The most fascinating thing to me about Melania Trump is that she does her own thing,” says Lauren Wright, a lecturer in politics and public affairs at Princeton University.

But that doesn’t mean her husband’s critics and fans won’t weigh what this trip means for the administration overall.

First ladies are traditionally more popular with the public than their husbands, and with the president teetering at a 50 percent disapproval rating, according to the freshest Rasmussen Reports tracking figures, the commander-in-chief might not mind a little boost.

That could be particularly true just over a month out from a high-stakes midterm election and in the midst of a battle over the fate of his second Supreme Court nominee.

Wright says the first lady could use her current journey, along with appearances stateside, to soften the president’s image and frame him as “someone that cares about women, children, and people at home and all over the world facing hard times.”

She predicts the FLOTUS voyage to Africa will “probably enhance opinion of Mrs. Trump herself, but if she doesn’t engage with the media outside highly scripted interactions, and doesn’t mention her husband,” Wright said, “it is not going to change how Americans perceive him.”

Whether it does or doesn’t—and whether that is or isn’t part of Mrs. Trump’s mission abroad—will be evident in the coming days.


Celeste Katz is senior politics reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to celeste_katz@condenast.com.

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