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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: The 10 Best Leggings to Buy

We’re always on the lookout for a great pair of leggings, whether it’s the perfect pair for traveling or those Zella leggings everyone at yoga keeps talking about (seriously, they have almost 6,000 reviews). What’s even better than a great pair of leggings, however, is a great pair of leggings on sale—and one of the best sales of the year to score a great pair at a discount is finally here. Yes, fellow athleisure enthusiasts, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is happening right now, and there are some serious sales happening with favorite pairs from brands like Zella, Sweaty Betty, and Spanx—and there are plenty of styles available, whether you plan on wearing them to the gym or to brunch with your friends.

Speaking of Zella, we’ve heard a lot about the brand’s aptly named Live-In Leggings—if you’ve heard anyone raving about their favorite new leggings recently, chances are these are what they’re talking about. During Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, you can grab them on sale in XS–3X as well as a special maternity cut designed to support a growing bump. And petite girls, you’re not left out of this leggings lovefest either—Vince Camuto has a great work-to-play pair at a discounted price.

The sale finally opens to the public today (lucky cardmembers already had early access to the sale) and ends August 4, so grab these deals while you can. Read on for 10 of our favorite pairs of leggings from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale—just be sure to grab them before your size runs out.

Robyn Sits In A Hand And Creates A Kaleidoscope In Fallon Performance

Robyn‘s dreamy, serpentine voice sounds like what honey tastes like, so it only makes sense that her most recent album was named Honey. On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (July 18), she brought the sweets with an otherworldly and saccharine medley of Honey‘s “Between The Lines” and her 2015 single, “Love Is Free.” This is as close to Heaven that we’ll get to on Earth. From inside of a giant stone hand, Robyn created a feels machine that slipped the audience between dimensions.

Robyn seems to just not exist on this plane. You can look at her, but you don’t see the outlines of her skin; it’s like she’s a force projection like Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. She floated onto host Fallon’s stage with one prop for “Between The Lines,” a finger that anchored her in this earthly realm. She waltzed to a nearby station where her band and ghostly dancers stood untethered to time and space, with newly flashing lights transforming Robyn and the stage into a kaleidoscope. Experimental pop artist Maluca materialized on stage for “Love Is Free” which she’s featured on, and traded energy continuously with Robyn, who waltzed in witchcraft, casting a collective spell that brought everyone back to 2019 when the music cut off and roaring applause filled the air.

Robyn released an angelic video for “Ever Again” in June. It followed the insane color-filled visual for “Between The Lines” that dropped in April.

Watch Robyn’s divine medley performance of “Between The Lines” and “Love Is Free” up above.

Deadpool Creator Says The Threequel Will Happen ‘Soon’

With the Disney/Fox merger most fans have been wondering what it all means for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reboots of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are expected to come along at some point, but what about the one character we don’t expect to be rebooted? What exactly is happening with Deadpool?

Following two successful films and an assurance from Disney that the new owners aren’t going to mess with the Merc with a Mouth, what exactly does the future hold for for the character? We don’t know for sure but Deadpool’s co-creator Rob Liefeld says that a third Deadpool movie will be on the way, and it’s coming soon.

Rob Liefeld doesn’t say anything else on Twitter beyond, “soon” so we have really no idea what that means. It seems pretty obvious that a third Deadpool film was in the cards following the success of the first two, but there was no real movement on the idea by Fox even before things became hazy following the Disney merger.

Part of the reason for that is that the plan, as far as it was understood, was that before we got a Deadpool 3, we were supposed to get an X-Force movie. Although, the last we heard about that, also from Rob Liefeld, was that Disney had killed that idea.

It now sounds like maybe the X-Force project was cancelled in favor of a Deadpool 3 movie, if that is now the movie that we’re going to get soon. A few months back Ryan Reynolds revealed that early work on the idea was underway. If a script is currently being actively worked on, then it’s certainly possible that something ready to shoot could be ready this year. We could then turn around and see a movie maybe as soon as the summer of 2021.

Here’s an interesting thought. What if one of the “Untitled Marvel” projects currently sitting on Disney’s release calendar is on hold for Deadpool 3? If that’s the case, we could get some indication of the plan as early as this weekend, as Marvel is set to take the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night.

Of course, it’s also possible that, even if a script is being worked on, Disney is in no hurry to move forward with Deadpool right now. It seems clear that the rest of the Fox properties are not going to be rushed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Deadpool might be an exception, it’s unclear how much a part of the MCU Deadpool might actually be. He was only ever tangentially related to Fox’s X-Men universe to begin with, but if there are any plans to connect him, it could mean Marvel Studios needs to find the right way to work him in.

At the same time Disney probably doesn’t want to wait too long. Deadpool is incredibly popular. There’s a reason that he’s the only character looking to make the Disney transition unchanged, and if you wait too long on Deadpool 3 fans might end up forgetting about him.

If Deadpool 3 is truly happening soon then we will likely get official word of it, one way or another, before too long. One of the highlights of both Deadpool films has been Ryan Reynolds promoting the movies in character, and you can be sure he’ll be doing the same with any future third installment, so Disney isn’t going to keep this secret any longer than necessary.

Yet Again, I’m Disturbed By Another Bachelor Scandal

Sometimes I wonder what will it finally take to be done with The Bachelor franchise? I’ve tried to watch the show through the years because I know it continuously provokes important conversations and has plenty of positive role models for both men and women. But I swear, every time I give it a chance another scandal or toxic character emerges. And now, with the recent allegations against Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, I’m disturbed again.

As Variety reports, Laura Fleiss has accused her husband of attacking her and demanding that she get an abortion. She filed—and was granted—a restraining order. Warner Horizon, which produces The Bachelor, told Variety, “We are aware of these serious allegations, and are looking into them.” Fleiss responded with his own allegations: According to documents obtained by Variety, Fleiss claims his wife attacked him and that her “judgment was seriously clouded and [she] was so desperate for a baby after having the miscarriage that [she] lost it and wasn’t thinking clearly.”

While this is certainly the most serious allegation against Fleiss, it’s not the first. He reportedly feuded with a neighbor in Malibu by launching an aggressive noise war. He’s faced controversy for casting an accused domestic abuser on his stunt series Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? I’d even argue that his reasons for starting The Bachelor in the first place are seeped in misogyny. (Never forget the time he said, “Girls crying is still the backbone of the show.”)

Mike Fleiss in 2014

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The franchise itself has been in hot water several times over the years, of course, from contestants accused of sexual harassment to an encounter on Bachelor in Paradise that led to a debate about sex and consent on reality TV. Many of the contestants, especially women, are relentlessly bullied by online trolls after appearing on the show. Some may argue they “signed up for this” and build careers off the publicity they receive—and the production team obviously can’t control the actions of online trolls—but the way the contestants are portrayed is partially in the hands of those making the storylines. Vetting these cast members is also the responsibility of those behind-the-scenes. When slut-shaming characters like Luke P get on the show, I have to remind myself that someone chose this dude over a wide range of other, hopefully less problematic, dudes.

Fleiss has tweeted before that he’s “horrified” when “abusive assholes” are cast on the franchise—but I don’t think that’s taking full responsibility. And that’s my biggest issue with The Bachelor franchise: the behind-the-scenes action. I worked in film and TV for several years, including a reality TV show, and I’m friends with a former reality TV star as well as a reality casting producer. I know firsthand what the industry will do for ratings. I saw an asshole become the hero in the final edits, while a good person became the villain. I saw people behind the scenes have far more power to control the narrative than the actual people in the story. And that is why I think we should be concerned about the personal lives of men who have the power to shape what we watch, especially with ones with a platform as big as The Bachelor.

James McAvoy’s IT Chapter Two Injuries Were Pretty Serious

Horror movies have kept the attention of moviegoers for decades, with the ability to make the audience feel anxiety and fear as they watch characters fight for their life. And while these types of flicks are filmed within the precautions of a movie set, it can still be dangerous to film movies. We’ve seen a variety of actors injured while filming over the past few years, and IT Chapter Two added James McAvoy to those ranks.

About a year ago, it was revealed that James McAvoy was hurt while filming his lead role in Andy Muschietti’s It Chapter Two. While the actor originally claimed he had minor strains in his thighs, it turns out that his injuries were far more serious, and felt months after the highly anticipated sequel wrapped. Namely, he ended up suffering from tendonitis for six months after shooting, in addition to his aforementioned quad injury.

This update comes to us from San Diego Comic-Con. James McAvoy joined his IT Chapter Two cast members at the historical Hall H, revealing three key scenes from upcoming sequel, in addition to the epic final trailer. McAvoy eventually was able to address the crowd, and revealed the lengthy injuries he suffered from his time in Derry. I guess Pennywise could have made it worse for him.

Exactly how James McAvoy hurt himself is unclear, but smart money says that it might have to do with the epic hall of mirrors scene shown in the recent trailer. Adult Bill follows a young resident of Derry into a funhouse, attempting to get him out before Bill Skarsgard’s Pennyswise could feast on him. The trailer shows McAvoy repeatedly kicking a glass wall in an attempt to save the boy, and they’re high kicks that could easily injure someone who was emoting too hard.

As a reminder, you can check out the original Instagram post by James McAvoy, when he thought the injuries wouldn’t be as severe as they turned out to be.

Little did he know that the physical affect of working on It Chapter Two would stick around long after the principal photography wrapped. So in addition to having nightmares about Pennywise, the dancing clown took its physical toll on James McAvoy.

It Chapter Two looks truly horrifying, as Pennywise is back to get vengeance on the adult Losers’ Club and the town of Derry. James McAvoy leads a strong cast of adult actors, and the young cast from the first IT will also have roles.

All will be revealed when IT Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Ariana Grande’s First Campaign for Givenchy Is Here—See All the Photos

Ariana Grande can officially check off another box in her already-storied career: starring in a high-fashion campaign.

Like Emma Stone and Sophie Turner with Louis Vuitton or Jennifer Lawrence with Dior, Grande has landed a deal with a major luxury house—Meghan Markle‘s go-to designer, Givenchy. She was announced as the face of the brand in May (she even got a hashtag, #Arivenchy). And her first ads, shot by Craig McDean, just dropped.

Craig McDean for Givenchy

Creative director Clare Waight Keller said in a statement that Grande, Givenchy found “a modern embodiment of its signature spirit: an elegant attitude informed by beauty, individuality and a sense of empowerment.”

Craig McDean for Givenchy

The portraits were taken by McDean in the manner of Hubert de Givenchy’s famous “sittings,” with Grande wearing some of the key looks from the fall 2019 “Winter of Eden” collection.

Craig McDean for Givenchy

Alita: Battle Angel’s Lead Animator Reveals Alita Could Kick Even More Ass In A Sequel

While the prospect of Alita: Battle Angel getting a sequel is not a certainty, or even a likely concern at this point, that hasn’t stopped a vocal group of fans from hoping another adventure could be on the way. There’s certainly room for a franchise too, as this was supposed to be the first of a trilogy based on Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga series, Gunnm.

It looks like it’d take a lot of wheeling and dealing to get a sequel back on the table, but should Alita: Battle Angel return for another adventure, lead animator Mike Cozens has an idea of what he’d love to tackle first in resurrecting the world of the battle angel herself:

Mike Cozens revealed this information in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, in honor of the home video release of Alita: Battle Angel, set to take place next week. In talking about the first movie’s story, which saw actor Rosa Salazar portray Alita’s shift from a young innocent into a hardened warrior; it’s that shift that Mike Cozens really enjoyed seeing take place as director Robert Rodriguez’s film progressed.

Part of the reason Mike Cozens identified with this part of the story is that he partially identified with Alita’s journey, because he saw pieces of his teenage daughter in the character. While it’s doubtful that his teenage daughter is being trained in the ways of Panzer Kunst, the early journey of Alita: Battle Angel’s protagonist and her developing understanding of the world around her is something that any parent, or any person for that matter, could identify with.

That empathy is something that you see in every frame of Alita’s creation and existence, and by time Alita: Battle Angel’s plot shapes her into the avenging angel she is in those final frames, you can feel the pain that she’s carrying being displayed clear as day on the screen.

It’s the balance between the film’s emotional moments that take in the wonder of the world, and those action beats that get the audiences’ blood racing, that make Alita: Battle Angel such a rewarding experience for Mike Cozens. This, coming from a man who’s worked with Weta Digital on such films as Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Hobbit trilogy, is a pretty high level of praise. Though he and his team have gotten some big praise themselves, as even Robert Rodriguez can’t stop talking about their work when asked about a potential follow up.

In a possible sequel to Alita: Battle Angel, those early days of Alita falling in love with chocolate and romancing Hugo in-between Motorball matches will be long gone. With her quest to become a champion of that very futuristic sport, as well as settling her grudge with Edward Norton’s Nova, there’s not going to be a lot of time for tender moments in a second movie.

But much as the more personal scenes require a lot of attention to detail, those moments where villains succumb to Alita’s warrior abilities are just as important to nail. And it’s the transition between those two halves that really excites Mike Cozens, even if the ass-kicking is what he’s looking forward to the most in a potential sequel.

Talking with Mike Cozens about the level of detail that went into everything from the movements of Alita’s character, to even the facial models required to properly animate Rosa Salazar’s motion captured performance, was an absolute treat after seeing the final product itself. Alita: Battle Angel avoids the problems most CGI films have with an “uncanny valley” by steering straight into the anime/manga influences of the film’s source material, and that’s just on the first time out.

With an upgraded robot body, tons of combat experience, and a confidence in herself that she didn’t have when she started, Alita is a character that’s ready for another go at the big time. A sequel to Alita: Battle Angel could be even more of an explosive success, especially with the evolution of technologies like motion capture still taking place to this day.

So not only would a sequel allow audiences the ability to see Mike Cozens and his team animating Alita’s continued adventures in humanity, but another film could show us some of the most visually stunning ass kicking in some time.

The Lion King Cast Received Hilariously Strict Instructions for Meeting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Everyone’s hearts skipped a beat earlier this week when Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z met at the London premiere of The Lion King. The foursome all looked so happy to be chatting: Beyoncé gave Markle a warm hug and reportedly called her “my princess,” and Prince Harry couldn’t stop smiling. To be a fly on the wall, am I right?

But underneath all these good vibes were some nerves from Beyoncé. In a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Eichner (who plays Timon in The Lion King) says the whole cast was nervous meeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, including Queen B, who’s basically American royalty.

“It was great, and we were all kind of nervous, even Beyoncé,” Eichner revealed. And that’s not all the tea he spilled: Apparently, The Lion King cast was given some very strict instructions for greeting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Per Eichner, “In the days leading up to it, they email you a protocol of how you’re supposed to greet Prince Harry and Meghan. They are very intense about it. I’m not kidding! You’re supposed to say, ‘Your royal highness.’ You can’t speak until your hands are, like, in a handshake with his. My plus-one—my guest I brought with me, my very good friend Jared—they said he had to stand behind me and not speak unless he was spoken to. I’m not kidding! I was like, ‘Does that same rule apply to Jay-Z?’ I have a feeling it doesn’t.”

It all worked out, though. Even though Eichner says he “completely freaked out,” Markle and Prince Harry were apparently “very, very nice and totally chill and down to earth and lovely.” That sounds about right, given Prince Harry’s reported annoyance with the stuffiness of royal culture. “Harry is a man who, as a young boy, resented being a prince, resented the weighted burden that came with his title,” royals expert Katie Nicholl told Glamour a few months back.

Watch Eichner’s interview for yourself in the video, above. The Lion King is currently playing in theaters nationwide.

Disney Just Scored Another Major Legal Victory Over Redbox

Disney and Redbox have been involved in a heated legal battle for years. Disney has taken issue with Redbox reselling digital movie codes for its films and Redbox doesn’t like the way Disney has allegedly tried to prevent them from doing so. The battle has been going on for two and a half years at this point and while it’s not over yet, it looks like things may be headed in that direction, as a judge just dismissed almost all of Redbox’s countersuit against the Walt Disney Company.

Disney originally brought the lawsuit against Redbox when the company, known mainly for its rental kiosks, started selling digital codes for Disney movies. Redbox was purchasing Disney Combo Packs, putting the discs up for rental, and then selling off the digital code that came in the box, usually at a significant discount compared to what it would cost to buy a movie through a digital storefront like iTunes or Amazon.

Disney sued claiming a violation of the company contracts and copyrights. Initially a judge sided with Redbox, but after Disney made a modification to the language in the licensing agreement for the digital codes, the House of Mouse won out.

However, Redbox countersued Disney over what it claimed was unfair competition by Disney. Redbox claimed that Disney attempted to stifle them in the marketplace, urging distributors to not sell to them. In addition, Redbox claimed that some of the language that Disney used with consumers in regards to the Combo Packs was false.

The countersuit dealt with these issues in a variety of ways including antitrust and copyright misuse. It was here that Disney was recently handed a big win, as THR reports a judge has now thrown out nearly every part of Redbox’s countersuit.

Of eight causes of action, six were dismissed by the judge. One claim of false advertising as a violation of the Lanham Act has been upheld. Redbox says that Disney falsely claims that it owns all download codes which can only be redeemed by recipients of Combo Packs. In addition, there is a broader claim of unfair competition, which even Disney agrees only has standing as long as other claims by Redbox have standing, but since the one other cause has been upheld, this one gets to hang around as well.

All other claims in the suit have been dismissed, though the judge left the door open for Redbox to amend their arguments in all of those cases, so it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of those.

If Redbox decides to amend the arguments on the dismissed claims we could see another round of this. Otherwise the case will move forward on the remaining items at issue. Either way this is a big win for Disney. Still, the battle isn’t over yet.

IT Chapter 2 Director Andy Muschietti Will Take A Break Before Working On The Flash Movie

The horror genre has been in an epic renaissance over the past few years. Filmmakers have brought exciting and terrifying projects to theaters, resulting in box office and critical success. Director Andy Muschietti can attest to this, as he got his start helming 2013’s Mama, before eventually landing the directing gig for IT and IT Chapter Two.

Plenty of horror directors have transitioned to bigger scale projects, with their vision translating to genres like comic book movies. James Wan had great success with Aquaman, and it seems that the DCEU is trying to strike gold twice by hiring Andy Muschietti to handle the long gestating Flash solo movie. DC fans are eager to see Ezra Miller’s hero return to the silver screen, but it looks like the IT director will take a break before jumping into the DC shared universe. As he recently put it:

While Andy Muschietti seems to committed to finally bring the Flash’s solo flick to theaters, he’s not rushing the movie into development. Instead, he’ll allow himself some time off following IT Chapter 2‘s release, before diving into the DCEU.

Andy Muschietti’s comments to Fandango might be disappointing for moviegoers, who are eager for more information regarding the DCEU’s future. Zack Snyder’s Justice League seemingly threw a wrench into the plans for the shared universe, as the film was a bomb with audiences and critics alike. Since then, we’ve seen Ben Affleck depart his role as Batman, with Henry Cavill’s future as Superman unclear.

Warner Bros.’ shared universe ultimately stepped away from crossover heavy movies and serialized storytelling, making way for director-driven projects like Shazam! and Aquaman. Wonder Woman 1984 will bring Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince back to theaters, but nothing hopeful has come from the studio regarding the Flash solo movie.

The long developing movie for Ezra Miller’s speedster hero has gone through a ton of directors over the years, with each exit further discouraging the fandom. Andy Muschietti is the whopping third filmmaker to sign on for the Flash movie, following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa. The movie also recently lost writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein after having creative differences about the movie’s direction.

Luckily, it does seem like Andy Muschietti is passionate about his future blockbuster. If the Flash solo flick comes to fruition, it’ll be the biggest project in the director’s career thus far. And while it might be frustrating to wait a few more months before finding out any concrete information, perhaps his sabbatical will allow Muschietti to dive into the superhero genre with passion and focus.