When I was in kindergarten—and very much in the closet as transgender—I had begun to crave a ponytail like I saw on many of the girls in my class. I’m well aware that for many girls and women, the ponytail is a “bare-minimum” style, often for lazy days, but the girls I saw in my class emulated the women I saw on television who were strong, confident, and successful. I thought they were cool, and I understood immediately I could never have one.
Even at six, I knew better. I was raised in deeply conservative Texas, in a world with firmly cemented gender roles. I was a boy and I had better keep to “boy things.” The bouncy ponytail of my dreams? Not a boy thing.
In 1999, when I was 12, the U.S. Women’s National Team won their second World Cup, and Mia Hamm became a personal icon. For weeks, I dreamed of what it would be like to have the freedom to sport a ponytail like Hamm. By then, I was fully aware of a desire within me to be a girl, but I kept it buried in the back of my brain, suppressed whenever possible. Still, it sometimes crept up, summoned by the most mundane signifiers of female-ness. Mia Hamm was confident and beautiful and successful, and although I had no sense of what “womanhood” meant to me, I couldn’t help but feel like her hair represented all the things I was missing. I wanted an authentic life. I wanted to feel confident. I wanted a ponytail.
I got through high school by pushing these thoughts down deep and leaning into whatever “male” things I could stomach. I played football. I engaged in some sort of half-hearted male performance when I interacted with relatives, including one who told me to “stop listening to faggot music” and was deeply upset after I purchased a scented lotion from Bath & Body Works. I joined the military—and even went into the infantry, which at the time coincidentally excluded women.
I did the things I was told a “male person” should do, believing I’d eventually be cleansed of this painful longing. Instead, the facade exacerbated my depression and anxiety. I went to therapy for years had numerous uncomfortable conversations, and came out as a trans woman in late 2017. It is the best choice I’ve ever made. It saved me.
But it took my hair took a lot longer to catch up with the new me. I’d grown accustomed to army-issue crewcuts, which grow out fast. It didn’t occur to me immediately that the hair I’d dreamed of would take years to come in, and I didn’t feel confident enough to wear a wig. So I had to wait it out, for over a year, fiddling with my hair after a shower to see if it was long enough yet and consistently bummed when it wasn’t quite there.
I hadn’t tried putting my hair up in months when one evening in late July, I absentmindedly grabbed a hair tie off my shelf and made a go of it. After some awkward handling and smoothing of rogue strands, I adjusted the band high on the back of my head and turned toward the mirror. I don’t know how to adequately articulate the combination of happiness and relief that I felt in that moment. It’s just hair, I thought. But then I glimpsed the waves, how the strands bundled together so beautifully. I couldn’t help it. I got emotional.
Here I stood on a summer night; with a life my six-year-old self wouldn’t have dared to imagine. I’m 32 now and old enough to admit my anxiety over seemingly trivial things. I think some part of me was worried this thing I’d wanted for more than 25 years would look terrible once I finally got it. I’m pleased to report: It was perfect.
Blake Lively is going into assassin mode with her new movie, The Rhythm Section. The trailer for the action blockbuster dropped on Thursday, September 19, and it involves lots of intense fight scenes, car crashes, and many wig changes. In the span of just a few seconds, we see Lively rock short black hair, a shaggy blonde cut, and long, red femme-fatale-style locks. So. Many. Costume. Changes.
The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Mark Burnell. It’s directed by Reed Morano (who was behind several episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale), and Lively stars alongside Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. She plays Stephanie, a woman who seeks revenge on the people who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.
Watch the trailer in full for yourself, below. Take note of the hair!
Lively, who appeared last in the delightfully bonkersA Simple Favor, shared in 2017 that she’d be starring in The Rhythm Section. ““Yes. Yes. Yes!!! I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this incredible and complex 🚺 hero to life,” she wrote. This is just one of many diverse roles Lively has played over the years. According to IMDb, Lively’s next project is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel The Husband’s Secret. No other co-stars for that project have been announced yet.
The Rhythm Section was, unfortunately, met with a few challenges. The Hollywood Reporter wrote back in January of last year that production was temporarily shut down after Blake Lively suffered a hand injury. The release date was moved from February 2019 to January 2020. Luckily, it looks like Lively was a champ and recovered quickly: The trailer alone shows her doing some intense, high-flying stunts. Serena van der Woodsen is absolutely shaking.
The Rhythm Section hits theaters January 31, 2020.
The frame is centered and the picture has a vintage tinge – it must be time for another Wes Anderson film! Whispers of the quirky, Oscar-nominated director’s next project have been floating around, and now some official details have now been revealed. Anderson’s next film will be called The French Dispatch and feature an impressive cast of actors – including frequent collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tilda Swinton.
The French Dispatch will be a love letter to journalists and be set in a fictional French city at an American newspaper outpost. The collection of stories published in the titular “French Dispatch” magazine will be brought to life through Wes Anderson’s vision. Fox Searchlight officially announced its acquired rights, along with a 2020 release date.
Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux and Timothée Chalamet have each been cast in roles in The French Dispatch. Additionally, French actors Mathieu Amalric (also in Grand Budapest Hotel) and Lyna Khoudri have joined, along with newcomer Stephen Park.
The movie is currently in production and will follow Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion film, Isle of Dogs, released in 2018. Fans of the filmmaker will be excited to hear Bill Murray will continue his streak and once again grace an Anderson film. It’s also no surprise Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson are amongst the cast. The latter started out as his writing partner and star in his first movie, Bottle Rocket, and has appeared in many of Anderson’s movies since then.
The upcoming release certainly marks tons of talented actors in first-time roles with the established filmmaker as well. Benicio Del Toro has yet to work with Wes Anderson between his work Paul Thomas Anderson, Denis Villenueve and so forth. It should be fun to see how Del Toro translates into Anderson’s aesthetic along with The Goldfinch’s Jeffrey Wright and 23-year-old Timothée Chalamet, who will soon be seen in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Villenueve’s Dune.
Fans of the filmmaker certainly can expect a certain tone and whimsy going into a Wes Anderson flick. The writer/director is an expert at bringing together ensemble casts and giving them sharp dialogue to work with. The French Dispatch looks like no exception.
The movie will be produced by Wes Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, a team who previously worked on Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited.
Other big names such as Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman and Willem Dafoe have been attached to the cast, but are not among those who have been confirmed by Fox Searchlight.
The studio behind The French Dispatch has an Anderson-esque release coming soon in the form of Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which is getting Oscar buzz ahead of its release on October 18.
In the past few years, Sylvester Stallone’s most iconic character, Rocky, has been revitalized on the big screen thanks to the Creed films. Those films have found success at the box office and been critically well received, while also offering a fitting end for the character… which may turn out to not actually be the end. Now Sylvester Stallone is back with a swan song for his second-most iconic character, John Rambo in Rambo: Last Blood.
The fifth film in the Rambo franchise, and the first in over a decade, comes from director Adrian Grunberg, and it tells the story of an older Rambo who is forced to return to his killing ways when a friend’s daughter is kidnapped by a drug cartel. The reviews are now out for this weekend’s Rambo: Last Blood. So does it send the character out in a blaze of glory and is it as awesome as its fantastic title suggests?
Unfortunately, that doesn’t look to be the case if the early reviews are any indication. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn found the film tiresome and gave the film a “D+.” In his review, he said:
The sentiment that Rambo: Last Blood doesn’t feel like a proper Rambo movie is found in several of the reviews for the film so far. Forbes’ Scott Mendolsohn found Last Blood to be a disappointing entry that it didn’t live up to its predecessors or other films in the genre. He said:
One thing that all the reviews seem to agree on is that Rambo: Last Blood is every bit the gory and ultra-violent action flick that it appears to be. That ultra-violence and its execution does not work for everyone though. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge said:
Opinions will vary on the violence in Rambo: Last Blood, and there will certainly be many people who buy their ticket to witness that very thing. Uproxx’s Vince Mancini acknowledged the over-the-top nature of the violence, but still gave the film a positive review and found it to be worth a watch for that very ridiculousness. He called the film a “rollicking good time” and said:
That opinion is definitely in the minority. IGN’s Witney Seibold acknowledged the film’s action merits, but took issue with the way the action was carried out and the implications of the film’s politics. He was not alone in that criticism, as other critics took issue with what they saw as xenophobia in Last Blood. In his 4.5 out of 10 review, Witney Seibold said:
As you can tell, there aren’t many truly positive reviews for Last Blood so far, but not everyone hated it either. Edmund Lee of the South China Morning Post actually enjoyed the film for what it is. He said:
Rambo is an iconic character so it is a bummer that this potentially final film has received largely negative reviews. That’s a feeling expressed by The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck, who said of Rambo:
So it doesn’t look like Rambo: Last Blood will be a revival for the character in the way Creed was for Rocky, at least not in the critical sense. Right now, Rambo: Last Blood sits at a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes, which to be honest is basically in line with the previous Rambo movies, with the exception of First Blood, which enjoys an 86%. Overall, things aren’t looking good on the critical front. Maybe we can hold out hope for Sly’s prequel idea.
Despite the negative reception, I don’t think the reviews have indicated that audiences will be getting anything less than they want or expect from this film and this franchise, so I have a feeling the audience and critical divide might be stark on this one.
To say that Lizzo and her overarching message of self-love have been well-received is an understatement. Her song “Truth Hurts” topped the charts in September, and you don’t have to look far to see her lyrics being used as Instagram captions. Thanks to Lizzo, everyone’s “100% that bitch,” and no one will “ever, ever, ever, ever” be anyone’s side chick. And while the conversation about Lizzo and self-love will continue to be an important one, her new Billboard cover story delves deeper: the longevity of her career and how she’s already making moves to secure future success.
For those who hopped onboard the Lizzo train after hearing “Truth Hurts” in Netflix’s Something Great, you’re certainly not alone. But actually, the singer’s been offered “dozens” of other synch deals. Her music has been featured in Barbershop: The Next Cut, Girls Trip, and A Bad Moms Christmas, among others. And yes, it’s been played in those Cape Line and Absolut ads, too. According to her, there’s no shortage of such offers. “I get so many emails every single day about synch requests,” she told Billboard. “I look through it, make sure it’s not problematic, and I say, ‘Approved.'”
Securing those deals, of course, is a way for Lizzo to ensure financial stability long into the future. But having her songs featured in TV shows and movies isn’t the only way she’s setting herself up for years of success. The “Juice” singer, it seems, hardly ever turns down an opportunity to showcase her talent, whether it’s rolling up to Todayin a convertible or dancing in front of an inflatable ass at the MTV Video Music Awards. “I’ve always had to turn haters into congratulators,” she said. “That’s the thing with my songs and my live shows: I’ve never lost that mentality of ‘I have to win you over,’ and I’m never going to.”
Winning people over is one thing, but keeping them invested is an entirely different beast. Fortunately, Lizzo’s hustle and versatility are so much of her appeal. And where other artists might stick to what they know, Lizzo’s not afraid to take risks. “I can do anything, you know?” she said. “You want a polished, choreographed performance? I can give you that. You want a wild rock [and] roll show? I can give you that. You want to feel like you’re in church? I can give you that.” This exact confidence, after all, is what she’s known for.
Between the constant deals she’s being offered and her efforts to be, well, everywhere her supporters are, it’s not hard to see that Lizzo has a goal. Ultimately, she wants to know that what she’s offering fans can’t be found or replicated anywhere else. “There’s that pop moment, when people can’t really replace you. They’re like, ‘What is this? I can only get this here,'” she said. “That’s that good shit. That’s that pure shit.”
Read the entire new Billboard cover, which she splits with Lil Nas X, right here.
October is a big month for spookiness, as the Halloween season is headed our way. But that doesn’t mean the normal programming season is put on hold, which is probably why Netflix has unveiled not only its full schedule for next month, but also a separate listing for the spookier options that are headed to their platform.
In the middle of the spooky season cranking up, it’s still nice to have some titles that can give the audience a break from being frightened and disturbed. Though some of the movies we’ve chosen for this month’s highlight reel still fit into those categories. I mean, it IS October! With that in mind, take a look at what we’ve selected as the best and brightest of October 2019’s Netflix lineup.
Men In Black
While you’ll be able to see the first two Men In Black movies on Netflix this month, it’s unquestionably sound that we recommend that first movie director Barry Sonnenfeld used to introduce this particular world of extraterrestrial law enforcement. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ chemistry made box office gold back in 1997, and even with the two immediate sequels being enjoyable in their own right, this one has to be the best of the lot. If you’re gearing up for Smith’s Gemini Man, or want to see some more Jones action after partaking in Ad Astra, have at it.
Director Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City is one of those movies that is a gem, both on a technical and storytelling level. Based off of co-director/writer Frank Miller’s comic of the same name, the film was an early experiment in the age of totally digital sets. In lesser hands, the toys would have been the focus, but Rodriguez used this then-revolutionary technology to tell three interconnected crime stories in a heightened, more visually stunning reality. We’re lucky to have a movie like Sin City in existence, and that luck has now offered you the opportunity to see it again, or for the first time, on Netflix in the coming month.
The nostalgia wave has caught the ’90s by the snap bracelet, and we’re finding all sorts of ways to relive those prime Nickelodeon days. Just as the All That revival has brought back the Good Burger sketch for a new generation, the cult classic film adaptation of that sketch is headed to Netflix once more. As talks of a Good Burger sequel have been served hot and delicious to the internet in the past couple of years, this is a good reminder of how those rumors became so precious in the first place. Let’s just hope that sequel is as crazy as the follow-up book that dropped not too long after Good Burger hit theaters, Good Burger 2 Go.
Director Danny Boyle had a hell of a 2019 with his hit film, Yesterday, making waves with critics and fans. Strangely enough, after reading that his classic Trainspotting was coming back to the Netflix streaming lineup, it started us to thinking: what would the world be like without the existence of that very film? It’s a horrifying thought for sure, as the fresh cast of talent, comprised of the likes of Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly McDonald may not have hit it big in their individual careers. Also, a world that doesn’t have experience with a creepy hallucination involving a ceiling crawling baby is one we’re not sure we want to live in.
If you’re really serious about that Gemini Man marathon we mentioned back when we were discussing Men in Black, we’ve got some more good news for you. Both Bad Boys films are available on the Netflix library next month, which means you’ll have time to catch up and/or refresh yourself on Will Smith’s younger/cockier self. It’s also a good time to see Smith and Martin Lawrence’s past exploits return to the front, as Bad Boys For Life is just a couple months away. What better way to celebrate than spending some time with Detectives Burnett and Lowery, and their adventures in their prime?
As streaming libraries start to pop up, all in the name of keeping titles from specific studios in the family, there will come a day when a movie like Ocean’s Thirteen, and its sequels/predecessors, will move to a new home. Thankfully, HBO Max (the presumptive home for the Warner Bros created Ocean’s series) isn’t up and running just yet, and Ocean’s Thirteen is going to bring Danny (George Clooney) and his merry band of thieves’ final ride back to your attention. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to make it a triple feature in October, but you will be able to pair this film with Ocean’s Twelve. Just in case you wanted more heist action.
The world has to wonder how much different director Michael Bay’s career would have been had he actually scored a hit with the 2005 sci-fi/action thriller The Island. While it did feel a bit like a Logan’s Run sort of dystopia, with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson running around to try and stop an insidious plot lurking behind their idyllic surroundings, it was most definitely a Bay movie that worked in every sense. In the grand scheme of things, the movie failed and Michael Bay moved on to take over the Transformers franchise. However, if more people had seen The Island, maybe that could have been prevented. We’ll never know now; but it’s not too late to enjoy the film for yourself.
Free Fireanswers the age old question, “What happens when you give idiots a huge supply of guns, money, and egos, and let them run loose in a warehouse in the middle of the night?” Director Ben Wheatley provides the solution to that particularly comedic equation, and he’s got the likes of Armie Hammer, Shartlo Copley, Jack Reynor, and Brie Larson to help him figure it out. While not as rapid fire as the trailers originally made it out to be, the film is actually a fun caper that makes for some easy entertainment, thanks to all of the evolving personalities that occupy its short and tight narrative.
Looking at Netflix’s incoming lineups of streaming entertainment, you can kind of see patterns emerge. Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen the big red envelope factory also bringing director Martin Scorsese’s films into the fold, in preparation for November’s debut of his latest film (and Netflix Original) The Irishman. Perhaps the greatest title they could use to set up the movie where Robert DeNiro is de-aged by a good 20 years or so is the classic he and Scorsese unleashed upon the world in 1980, Raging Bull. An Oscar titan that told the real life story of boxer Jake LaMotta, with DeNiro playing the title role and Joe Pesci co-starring, it’s exactly the type of film the studio wants The Irishman to be. If this turns out to be the case, we’re in for a hell of a show, and you can see why if you watch Raging Bull.
As usual, all of the titles above are subject to change. So you’ll want to double check throughout the month of October to see when and if these selections come online. We’ll see you this time next month, when November promises to give Netflix subscribers the perfect line-up to prepare them for the tentpole season ahead.
It’s an unenviable task to take over Hugh Jackman’s adamantium claws as Wolverine. The A-list actor became one of the most respected and beloved actors in Hollywood, in no small part to his dedication and talents in playing the role of the popular X-Men character. But alas, Jackman has hung up his claws and called it a day for the X-Men universe. Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans to take over the X-Men franchise, there will inevitably be a day when the famous part is recast. It won’t be an easy decision, but there are a number of actors to consider for taking over as Wolverine.
But this decision isn’t quite as easily as speculating on, say, who should play Moon Knight or She-Hulk. With an acclaimed actor having played the role for nearly two decades, often to high praise, one can’t simply cast someone else and hope they gather the same traction. It needs to be an actor who is equally as charismatic or captivating, while also nailing the character’s action sleuth and biting sense of humor. It is not an easy gig, certainly.
Nevertheless, there are certainly a number of actors who’ve been proposed for the role in recent years. Notably, and somewhat oddly, Daniel Radcliffe was reported to be considered for the part, and he laughed off the rumors of playing Wolverine. There are also a few other actors being considered who are, at least from this early standpoint, intriguing and worth discussing. And there of plenty of other names that have been brought up, like Scott Eastwood.
Like we said, it’s not an easy decision, and there’s a good case to be made about a wide variety of actors out there. Some of them seem unlikely, like the intriguing idea of casting Jason Momoa, despite his casting commitments to Aquaman. But a lot of them aren’t out of the realm of possibility. Here are five performers that would be perfect for the role and should be thrown into the consideration pool.
While the True Blood actor might be a little too old to play the muscle-bound part for more than a few years, there’s definitely potential to be found in Joe Manganiello’s take on the silver-clawed comic book character. He has the gruff look to accompany the character, and it’s clear from his work in the Magic Mike movies that he has the wry sense of humor to play off the balance of tough and brooding, mixed with humorous and sarcastic.
Depending on what the Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to do with the character, especially if they want to respect the legacy of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal and have Wolverine be a minor, short-lived figure in this world, it would definitely be intriguing to see what Joe Manganiello could do. He has the look. Plus, his work on True Blood allowed the actor to frequently get in touch with his animalistic side, which would obviously be very crucial for Wolverine. Also, he deserves another crack at the superhero genre following his short time as Flash Thompson and even shorter tenure as Deathstroke.
Although Garrett Hedlund might be better known for his lesser performances in something like TRON: Legacy, he has quietly become a captivating and versatile actor, filled with emotional range and dramatic heft. Soulful performances in On the Road, Inside Llewyn Davis and Country Strong, to name a few, show the wild spirit he brings to the right role, while the brooding intensity found in Death Sentence showcases an actor who can convey a sense of menace and malice that’ve been underutilized in the actor’s previous work. Both qualities could work well in the role of Wolverine.
Garrett Hedlund strikes one as an actor who has proven his chops, but hasn’t been able to make the transition into the mainstream. His bigger movies have often left him short, and it’s ultimately his smaller, more emotionally intensive roles that have showcased his dramatic talents. Therefore, it’s also possible that the MCU might not be his best route, but it’s also apparent that a bigger, meatier role in a proven franchise might just be what it takes to push him into superstar status. Despite his thin frame, Hedlund has also proven a physical versatility that could see him beefing up and impressing us.
If asked a few years earlier, I don’t think I could see Jai Courtney playing the part of Wolverine. The handsome actor hasn’t proven his potential in big misfires like Terminator: Genisys and A Good Day To Die Hard. But in Suicide Squad, which was also critically derided outside of his performance and Margot Robbie’s killer take on Harley Quinn, Courtney stepped up and proved that, in the right role, he could be charismatic and oddly charming.
In the role of Captain Boomerbang, all the years of Hollywood trying to capitalize on his unseen star power finally made sense. And in a better movie, that could’ve been the star-making role the actor was finally looking for. Alas, it didn’t work out, but his performance was impressive enough to make the actor return to set for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Though there’s no telling with that movie’s expected high body count if he will make it to the end. If he finds himself unable to boomerang back into the franchise, there is potential for him to finally make it big playing Wolverine in the MCU. The fellow Australian actor has the physicality, the hair and the potential to go wild in a major way, and it would be nice to see that potential realized.
Similar to some other actors listed here, Luke Evans is an actor who can shine in the right role, but he hasn’t always found the roles to showcase his dramatic talents. Nevertheless, even in lesser movies like Beauty and the Beast, Murder Mystery and Ma, Luke Evans makes a good impression. And it’s clear that he has been putting in enough hours in big blockbuster movies like Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, along with the The Hobbit movies, to stand out well if given the right leading part. Even if Wolverine were just a supporting player in the MCU, Luke Evans could play that to his favor.
Oftentimes, Luke Evans stands out best in minor roles, which allow him to expand his talents and give standout performances with a lot of flair and charisma. If Wolverine were to play something of a mentor figure this time around, which isn’t confirmed by any means, it would be interesting to see Luke Evans use his talents in supporting roles to make the most of his time with the silver claws. He’s an actor who seems like he’s just one role away from getting big.
Although last year’s Robin Hood wasn’t exactly the action star role that he might’ve hoped it would be, Taron Egerton has had few troubles making a great impression in Hollywood. With both Kingsman movies, Egerton has proved himself charming, captivating and very charismatic. It’s also clear from this summer’s winning biopic, Rocketman, where Egerton played a younger version of Elton John, that he has both the comedic and dramatic chops to stand out in other roles. Therefore, it wouldn’t be entirely out of the question to see the actor bulk up to play a younger Wolverine.
It also helps that Taron Egerton worked with Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, in the underrated sports comedy Eddie the Eagle, where Egerton had few troubles standing toe-to-toe with the acting veteran. Indeed, playing the role of Wolverine is something that Taron Egerton has mulled over. He is a big X-Men fan, by his own admission, and he seems flattered by the opportunity to play a role in the X-Men universe — even if he might possibly be a little sheepish (understandably) about playing Wolverine. Nevertheless, even if it didn’t work out to play Wolverine, he should definitely be considered for some part in the MCU.
These are only a few actors who might be able to pull off the task of playing Wolverine. There are also some exciting players like Tom Hardy and Liev Schreiber who’ve been teased in the past, but their commitments to other superhero movies, plus their age (if the franchise is thinking about an actor playing Wolverine for the extended future) would likely restrict them from getting the role.
But we know that you probably have several different actors in mind who could play the part. Therefore. let us know in the comment section which actors have the chops to play Wolverine inside the MCU.
With Robert Pattinson having been cast as the new big screen Batman, the next obvious question is, who will play the bad guys? While several characters have been rumored, we don’t know for sure who might show up in The Batman or any other Batman-adjacent DC movies that might go into production. The rumor mill recently churned out the idea that Rhianna could play Poison Ivy in an upcoming film, but the singer and actress says nothing like that is happening, at least not yet.
The rumor apparently started from an Instagram post where Rhianna compared a piece of her new clothing line to the Batmobile. That simple line, combined with the fact that Rhianna frequently dyes her hair red, was enough to get people to start talking about her in the role of Poison Ivy. However, Rhianna recently told ET that nothing like that is happening, though she did admit a love for Batman and Poison Ivy.
These days it doesn’t take much to get a rumor started. The fact that casting decisions are likely being considered as we speak as it regards numerous roles in Matt Reeves’ The Batman certainly didn’t hurt.
Poison Ivy could potentially show up in The Batman. There’s also Gotham City Sirens, which, while we’ve heard little about it recently, we do know the plan for that film would have included Poison Ivy as a character, so if that project ever moves forward, somebody will need to be cast in the role.
And when the time comes to cast Poison Ivy, Warner Bros. and DC should probably at least keep Rhianna in mind. While she says nobody has talked to her about the role, she admits that she would absolutely be interested in auditioning if the opportunity was offered, saying…
So who knows, maybe this erroneous rumor will end up having the result of the erroneous rumor coming true.
With Matt Reeves Batman movie set to go before cameras soon, likely early next year, there’s a good chance we’ll get some more casting announcements for the film in the near future. Whether or not they include Poison Ivy now, it seems likely we’ll be seeing her on the big screen sooner rather than later.
The meteoric (and now sustained) success of Lil Nas X in 2019 is and will forever be inextricably tied to Billboard. It’s the key element in his origin story, and it’s been recounted hundreds of times now. But quickly: After “Old Town Road” hit No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart in March, Billboardremoved it, saying it didn’t “embrace enough elements of today’s country music.”
Then something insane happened: “Old Town Road” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and stayed there, becoming the longest-running No. 1 in the chart’s 60-year history. There were endless remixes. Lil Nas X won his first-ever awards at the VMAs. And now, he’s on the cover of Billboard‘s 2020 Grammy preview issue, seemingly not sweating the colossal expectations a year like 2019 would impose.
“I’m not worried about anything,” he says in the interview.
The interview is framed through his futuristic VMAs performance of “Panini,” for which he worked at his choreography for a week and a half, and the days after, where Lil Nas X has some time to reflect on his wild year. The rest of his quote about nervousness and expectation reveals an inner zen that belies the artist’s drive to keep pushing into new musical realms (as heard on the decidedly not country-trap “Panini”).
“As an artist building myself up, I’m going to have to continue to make other moments,” he says in the interview. “But it’s not something that I’m upset about or anything. I mean, maybe when I’m out in public and someone asks for a picture and they’re like, ‘Where is your hat?'”
One of the most important revelations comes from the admission by Lil Nas X, known for his ubercool demenaor, that the initial success of “Old Town Road” had him losing sleep and, in writer Joe Levy’s words, “caught in a tangle of worry and weed smoke.” Now? The future of Lil Nas X may be found in what’s been his game plan all along: “Keep going until you actually find something you can profit from, which I did, luckily,” he says.
Lil Nas X is known now. He’s got an L.A. apartment but he’s eyeing a house, potentially in Atlanta. And he’s trying not to slow down. “Whenever I do step away from the internet or the music too long,” he says near the end, “it’s like I have to slowly get back into myself to get back into the groove… [of] making good content.” Can’t wait to see what kind of content 2020 brings.
Peeking from underneath her Jacquemus blazer was a metallic lace teddy from her Savage x Fenty lingerie collection, which retails for $33. It looked perfect, as did that pop of pink on her lips. You can shop it right now—but it’s on sale, so hurry.
And they may be hard to see under her long hem, but Rihanna also opted for white strappy shoes from her luxury fashion line, Fenty. They’re not quite as affordable as the bodysuit, but they’re equally fabulous.
We’d also like to thank Rihanna for continuing to prove that the old fashion rules need not apply: If you want to wear a white suit after Labor Day, go for it. If anyone questions you, just tell them RiRi fully approves.