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Watch Sigrid Beautifully Cover A Billie Eilish Deep Cut: ‘What A Tune’

Two of the most critically adored debut pop albums this year have come from Sigrid and Billie Eilish, who, on paper, don’t have much in common besides that fact. The former artist is a Norwegian pop star with a penchant for big, bombastic hooks, while the latter is an L.A. native whose quirky, genre-defying album became a sleeper hit and rose to the top of the charts. But their two worlds have unexpectedly collided this week after Sigrid chose to cover a Billie deep cut during a live session at Swedish station Sveriges Radio.

Flanked by an acoustic guitarist and a backing vocalist, Sigrid served up an extremely faithful rendition of “bellyache,” from Eilish’s 2017 EP, Don’t Smile At Me. The Sucker Punch singer nailed the acoustic-led macabre tale, in which Eilish took on the persona of a psychopath who’d killed her friends and dumped their bodies in the trunk of her car. The original song sounded so sweet that it made you forget it’s about murder, and Sigrid managed to do the same with her stripped-back, honeyed rendition.

“What a tune,” Sigrid said of the original track on Tuesday (May 21) while sharing her own — check it out below.

Both Sigrid and Eilish are due to perform at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival in June. Fingers crossed the two artists meet up and make our pop-loving heads explode.

Is Detective Pikachu Already Getting A Sequel?

Detective Pikachu has only been in theaters for about a week and half at this point, but in that short time it has proven to be a real all-around success. Beyond pretty good reviews (arguably great for a video game movie), Detective Pikachu has had a solid box office showing– particularly internationally. So it would come as little surprise if it got a sequel and according to a new report, that’s exactly what’s happening.

According to Comicbook.com, Legendary is moving forward with a sequel to Detective Pikachu. The idea being that the sequel, which is in the early stages of development at this point, would be the next step for the Pokémon universe on film before expanding out the franchise into other Pokémon movies beyond the Detective Pikachu series.

Apparently as Detective Pikachu developed, The Pokémon Company became more comfortable with characters and elements of the franchise being translated onscreen. That gave it ideas and confidence that a more expansive Pokémon world could be rendered cinematically in an effective fashion. If Detective Pikachu was a proof of concept, it did its job.

This news should be viewed as a rumor for now, until there is more concrete information like an official announcement. But it certainly Detective Pikachu getting a sequel would certainly make sense on multiple levels.

As far as dollars and cents are concerned, even though it released in the massive wake of Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu has found an audience. The film debuted to $54.4 million domestic and has made $94.3 million to date according to Box Office Mojo. Overseas the Ryan Reynolds film has enjoyed two straight weekends atop the charts, earning over $196 million for a worldwide box office that is closing in on $300 million.

As previously mentioned, Detective Pikachu has received good reviews that although aren’t quite gushing. But it still cements it as about the best-reviewed video game movie ever. The movie also fared favorably with audiences, earning an “A-“ CinemaScore.

Beyond those more quantitative metrics, there is the fact that star Ryan Reynolds has expressed interest in returning to the world for another entry. He also touched on the potential that the world of Pokémon offers and on that point he is absolutely right. Detective Pikachu did the one job it had to by showing that Pokémon and live-action humans could be believable together on film and it nailed it.

That means that all the wide world of the property could make its way to the big screen with tons of possibilities and a clear path to a cinematic universe. But the first step towards that, if this rumor is to be believed, is Detective Pikachu 2.

Detective Pikachu SPOILERS to follow so don’t read on until you’ve seen it!

My one major question about a potential Detective Pikachu 2 is how does such a film maintain the same conceit as the first film, specifically, the relationship between a talking Pikachu and Justice Smith’s Tim. At the end of the film it is revealed that Tim’s father Harry had his memory wiped and was fused with his Pikachu, thereby allowing him to talk to Tim.

So with that condition reversed by Mewtwo at the end of the movie, a sequel would presumably not have a talking Pikachu. I think it can still work, but it will be a change. Maybe a sequel would have Tim becoming a detective alongside his dad, played by Ryan Reynolds, and his Pikachu and the three can crack an even bigger case together.

Detective Pikachu is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all this summer’s biggest movies.

Zazie Beetz Says Deadpool 2 And Joker Sets Felt Very Different

Over the past few years, superhero movies have started totally dominating the filmmaking world. Comic book adaptations have proven to be the most popular genre in the biz, leading to plenty of studios attempting to start their own cinematic universe. And with so many of these properties hitting theaters, quite a few actors have played multiple comic book characters.

Take Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz for example. Beetz recently made her superheroic debut in Deadpool 2, playing the ultra lucky mutant Domino. While she’s expected to reprise that role in the Deadpool 3 or the X-Force movie, Beetz has another comic book project hitting theaters shortly: Todd Phillips’ Joker. The 27 year-old actress recently explained how different these two sets feel, saying:

Despite being comic book movies focused on two over the top protagonists, Deadpool 2 and Joker don’t have a ton in common. And according to Zazie Beetz, Joker was a far more serious set to be apart of. But considering how both movies have been marketed, this juxtaposition makes a great deal of sense.

Zazie Beetz’ comments to CineXpress might not be that much of a surprise, considering that the actress’ inclusion may be the only similarity between the Deadpool franchise and Todd Phillips’ upcoming origin story, Joker. After all, the protagonists come from different ends of the comic book spectrum, with the latter being DC-based, and Deadpool focusing on Marvel comics characters.

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool franchise focuses primarily on comedy, with Wade Wilson often breaking the fourth wall and making references to other comic book movies. It’s a formula that has really resonated with audiences, and Zazie Beetz was able to keep up with Reynolds‘ comedic chops in their scenes together during the massively successful sequel.

Meanwhile, Joker will be a far more toned down movie, and made on a minimal budget. Joaquin Phoenix is playing the title character, and Todd Phillips has teased that the upcoming release will be an intimate look at a mentally ill man. We shouldn’t expect any comic book villainy or clashes with Batman. And there definitely won’t be nearly as many jokes as the Deadpool franchise… if at all.

While the set of Joker wasn’t nearly as light as Deadpool 2, Zazie Beetz still seems thrilled with the opportunity to work on the upcoming villain-centric movie. Specifically, she had a great time working with the movie’s star Joaquin Phoenix. Joining them to round up the impressive cast are Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron.

While it’s unclear when Zazie Beetz will return as Domino, Joker will arrive in theaters on October 4, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Fanmade Godzilla Art Shows How Much He’s Grown Ahead Of King Of The Monsters

Godzilla has been storming through big screens for 65 years now, and wow do they grow up fast! The legendary movie monster has always been portrayed as a menacing presence, but he towers much higher today then he did in his first appearance. Artist Noger Chen has shared a size chart of Godzilla over more than 20 film appearances. Take a look:

Starting from the left of the chart on this image shared on Twitter, the kaiju made his movie debut in 1954 at 50 meters (164 feet) and stayed at that relative height until 1975. He grew to 80 meters (262 feet) for 1984’s The Return of Godzilla after the franchise had been dormant for almost a decade. The monster also saw a growth spurt to 100 meters (328 feet) for much of the ‘90s.

When the first American iteration of Godzilla was made in 1998, the beast stood at 70 meters (229 feet) before 2014’s reboot brought him to a record-breaking height of 108 meters (354 feet). 2016’s Shin Godzilla took back the title to Japan when the monster’s final form was 118.5 meters (389 feet). But it looks like the upcoming version in Godzilla: King of Monsters will be the tallest of them all with a height of 119.8 meters (393 feet). In all, he has more than doubled his size since his first appearance, growing over 200 feet since the ‘50s.

It’s interesting to see how the iconic creature has changed over the years per this chart by the Taiwan-based illustrator. Filmmakers have continually tried to raise the stakes by making Godzilla taller and more frightening. As cities have grown since then, it only makes sense for the kaiju to also adapt, so they can terrify among the buildings, not hide behind them.

In the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, he will be going head-to-head with three famous threats from the franchise: Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah to become the “king of monsters.” The movie is a sequel to the 2014 film with Ken Wantanabe and Sally Hawkins reprising their roles and an exciting lineup of brand new characters, including Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown joining, along with Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Charles Dance.

The size of Godzilla has recently concerned audiences when it comes to the installment coming after King of Monsters, Godzilla Vs. Kong, which wrapped filming last month. Since the MonsterVerse’s King Kong stands at a little over 100 feet tall, how will it be a fair fight against Godzilla’s almost 400 feet? The filmmakers have recently assured that the film will address this in the film. Maybe because Skull Island took place in the ‘70s, Kong since grown just as Godzilla has over the years?

You can see the kaiju next in Godzilla: King of Monsters on May 30, and then he’ll be returning on March 13, 2020 to face off against Kong.

Watch Tom Holland Go Full Love Actually Ahead Of Far From Home’s Release

2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was inspired by John Hughes films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and with Peter Parker taking a much-needed vacation to Europe in this year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, you can’t help but be reminded of the 2004 R-rated comedy EuroTrip. But it is another film from the early 2000s providing inspiration here. Take a look below to see Tom Holland, with hope and agenda, going full Love Actually ahead of Far From Home’s release.

I’m not sure what Love Actually has in common with Spider-Man: Far From Home beyond having scenes set in London, but unlike Andrew Lincoln’s unrequited love for Keira Knightley in the former film, Tom Holland’s grand gesture is one you’ll want to take him up on. That’s because this video from the actor’s Instagram brings awareness to a Spider-Man: Far From Home contest with a far better prize than a weird pity kiss from your best friend’s wife.

The contest offers one lucky winner and a guest a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The prize includes round-trip airfare from anywhere in the world, a swanky hotel stay, $1,000 in spending money and the chance to walk the red carpet at the premiere and take a photo with Tom Holland. The winner and their guest also get attend the premiere afterparty as Tom Holland’s guests.

What’s perhaps most exciting of all, besides getting to see Spider-Man: Far From Home of course, is the opportunity to meet acclaimed actor Jake Jillenhal or is it Gylnhal? That spelling bit was easily the funniest part of this video, and as someone who has to write Jake Gyllenhaal’s name on occasion (and double check it every time), I sympathize completely. It’s the double ‘L’ and the double ‘A’ that makes it tricky.

Anyone who wants to enter this contest and have Tom Holland say ‘To me, you are perfect…ly the winner of this contest’ has to click on the link in his Instagram bio or head over to Crowdrise. That might have been too much work for the guy in the video, but once you do that, tickets to enter are only $10.

The contest will raise funds for The Brothers Trust charity that Tom Holland runs with his family. The Brothers Trust uses Tom Holland’s celebrity and influence to help raise funds for various charities, with an eye towards those charities that get drowned out in the non-profit sector and those that most effectively use donations and funding. In other words, charities where the bulk of the money goes to those who need it and not towards administration of the charity itself.

Using the contest to raise money for charity is certainly in keeping with the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’s efforts to do good, and at only $10 a ticket, it’s a great opportunity for MCU fans to get a chance to attend the premiere of the last Phase 3 movie and the concluding chapter of The Infinity Saga.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies headed your way this summer season.

19 Best Waterproof Eyeliners for 2019

When it’s hot outside and you’re rushing around to get out the door, it’s easy to just leave eyeliner out of the equation. Old-school formulas can transfer from your lash line to your crease or melt halfway down your face come 3:00 P.M. And most applicators make it hard to get your cat-eye flicks to match. Because we’re sick of liners that don’t meet our very high standards, we decided to gather up our favorite picks that won’t smudge, flake, or melt off your face when the temperature gets above 70. Plus, they make achieving your cat-eye goals more than possible. From budge-proof pencils to dependable liquid liners, we pulled a little something for everyone. Ahead, find the best waterproof eyeliners to stock up on for summer 2019.

Sex After Baby: Everything You Need to Know About Sex After Giving Birth

Not all women feel self-conscious after giving birth—for some women it’s actually a major body-confidence boost. “Your body has done a truly miraculous thing and there’s so much to be proud of,” Marin says.” For many women, pregnancy helps put body hangups into perspective. “Maybe you were self-conscious of your breasts before pregnancy, but now you can appreciate that they keep your baby healthy,” Marin says.

Will you get pregnant?

You can. Amazingly, your body has the ability to make another baby pretty much immediately after you’ve given birth to one, so if you don’t want to get pregnant right away, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends using birth control. Even if you do want to have kids close together, doctors advise waiting six months. Beginning another pregnancy before then can be risky. Research suggests it can increase the likelihood of premature birth, placental abruption, low birth weight and congenital disorders, according to the Mayo Clinic.

While breastfeeding can help reduce the chances of getting pregnant, the popular belief that it acts as a surefire form of birth control is a misconception—you need backup. For many women, the easiest solution is a postplacental IUD—within minutes of delivering your baby and placenta, doctors can insert the device, and you’re good to go—but there are many options, according to the ACOG.

Does breastfeeding affect sex?

A little-known fact about breastfeeding is that it puts your body into a kind of temporary menopause (though not completely—remember you can get pregnant), particularly for the first six months, explains Conti. The biggest side effect of this possible condition is extreme vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful.

If you want to have penetrative sex while you’re breastfeeding or pumping, doctors recommend using lubricant or vaginal estrogen to increase wetness. In some cases, you may just need to wait it out. “Sex only really started feeling comfortable when I stopped pumping after six months,” says E.J. “That’s when it started feeling good again.”

Will it be the same?

You may find that what feels good during sex changes after giving birth. Some women who previously orgasmed through G-spot stimulation now prefer clitoral stimulation. If you’re breastfeeding, your nipples may feel especially sensitive—and not especially sexual. Many of the women we spoke with said that, while they were breastfeeding, their breasts played a much smaller role during sex than before.

“It is definitely possible to have a great sex life after kids, and maybe to even have it be better than it was before, because having kids forces you to get creative,” explains Marin. That goes for everything from carving out time to get it on to finding the position that feels best post-baby. As with all things sexual, the best thing you can do is experiment until you discover what works.

“It’s really important to acknowledge that sex is going to feel different, and to cut yourself some slack,” says Steph Montgomery, a writer, women’s health activist, and mother of five. Also, communicating your new preferences to your partner is essential. “I’ve found that missionary sex with him on top, and sex with him on top in general, is just not comfortable anymore,” she says. She now prefers all fours. “It sort of takes the pressure off—literally.”

Is there anything I can do to improve my post-baby sex life?

Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and releasing the vagina, can help strengthen the muscles in and around your pelvis in the postpartum period. That increased muscle tone in the vagina can make sex more pleasurable for women, says Dr. Minkin.

Why BTS and Western Pop’s ‘Asian Explosion’ Are Here To Stay

By Josh Calixto

By now, BTS‘s perpetual success in the U.S. has become a familiar routine: They break a longstanding chart record or two; they win a major award; they make TV appearances on shows that seemed untouchable just a few months ago; they sell out their world stadium tour; they draw comparisons to the Beatles; and they answer red carpet questions about celebrity crushes and their favorite American foods.

It feels strange to think that such accomplishments could so quickly become the norm when you consider how truly unprecedented these moves are. Last year, when a crop of films like Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Searching, and Bao turned Asian representation into a major topic of conversation in Western media, BTS was rarely (if ever) featured as the centerpiece of the discussion. And yet, it’s difficult to think of many instances in which an Asian recording artist — much less a group of seven Asian men — has ever been presented on American television as an unironic, bona fide force in pop music.

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BTS members from left to right: Suga, V, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-hope

But BTS is a force, and even now, just a year after becoming the first Asian artists to ever top the Billboard 200 albums chart, their influence can already be felt. In 2019, more than 20 Korean pop acts are set to tour the United States, and many of them are performing on massive stages: The four-piece girl group BLACKPINK, like BTS, have drawn tons of buzz with late night TV appearances, YouTube streaming records, and most recently, a performance at Coachella. NCT 127, of the Korean record label SM Entertainment, can be spotted on shows like Good Morning America and The Late Late Show with James Corden. It’s an exciting time to be a K-pop artist (or fan), and it’s clear that what’s happening is a major breakthrough.

“You see the kind of demand that BTS creates, and it influences people to being open to booking more artists like BTS,” Jason Lipshutz, senior director of music at Billboard, tells MTV News. “I think these are all signs that there is more acceptance to incorporating K-pop into major music platforms.”

While this is very much a year of firsts for K-pop, it’s not the first time that artists and sounds from other countries have made their way into the American mainstream. In the 1990s, artists like Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez set off a “Latin explosion” whose trajectory can be helpful for sussing out the origins and impacts of the “Asian explosion” we’re seeing today. Selena wasn’t the first Latinx artist to break into the mainstream; before her, Ritchie Valens, Carlos Santana, and even Gloria Estefan were bringing new faces to the scene in the same way that PSY, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, and other Korean acts helped blaze the dirt trail that BTS has paved into a functioning road.

Even with the presence those Latinx artists had carved out, Latin sounds were still too new to be accepted by mainstream audiences as anything other than crossover hits like Gloria Estefan’s “Conga,” whose English lyrics and drum-machine rhythms offered a more American-friendly take on Cuban conga songs. The radio waves were averse to the polka-esque, accordion-based sounds that Selena’s Tejano music brought to the scene, and for the majority of Selena’s career, her success was limited to the Latinx listeners who were already familiar with the genre. Even after Selena’s tragic murder in 1995, when her album Dreaming of You made her the first Latinx artist to top the Billboard 200 albums chart, the only two tracks to register with wider audiences were “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall in Love,” two English-language singles that fit more snugly into the pop and R&B textures that defined contemporary radio.

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Singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez photographed inside a nightclub in 1993

Still, Selena’s music and that of artists like Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Enrique Iglesias ensured that Latin sounds found a home in the American pop music landscape. The reverberations continue to this day, as pop stars like Camila Cabello, Pitbull, Cardi B, and Bad Bunny seamlessly implement Latin elements in their music, while artists like Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía and reggaeton hitmaker J Balvin — who make music primarily if not entirely in Spanish — are finding success in the States thanks to their predecessors who helped normalize their music for American audiences.

What separates today’s Asian explosion from the Latin explosion of the ’90s is that today, K-pop doesn’t have to drastically reshape its sound to fit the norms that radio and television standards once made a necessity. As pop culture critic Jon Caramanica observed in his New York Times feature on the new generation of pop stars, “pop” is no longer a genre or sound unto itself; it’s a flexible format whose main distinguishing feature is its nebulous, overarching hip-hop influence. “Since they’re all drawing from the same well,” Caramanica writes, “the fact that they might come from different scenes feels like a small quibble at most.”

The theory plays out: If there’s one thing that ties together BTS, Cardi B, BLACKPINK, Bad Bunny, and NCT, it’s the fact that they’re all influenced by hip-hop elements that make their music more digestible to a wider audience, language notwithstanding. Some of BTS’s direct influences include Korean hip-hop acts like Epik High, Dynamic Duo, and Seo Taiji and Boys, but they’ve also worn Western influences on their sleeve — listing off Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, and Dr. Dre as influences in the lyrics of their own music. Bang Shi Hyuk, the CEO of BTS’s label Big Hit Entertainment, has also noted the importance of hip-hop and soul in the group’s sound, stating in a 2017 press conference that “even when doing many genres like house, urban, and PBR&B; there’s no change to the fact that it is Black music. The boundaries of music genres are being broken globally. We are also embracing this and making it BTS style.”

Besides its globally appealing influences, K-pop also has another thing going for it: the mountain-moving power of social media. For the most part, and especially when it comes to BTS, this is something that has been well-documented and easy to discern. When the group first appeared on an awards show, it was for their victory as the fan-voted “Top Social Artist” at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards — an accolade they’ve now taken for the third year in a row.

“To me, in terms of looking at ARMY and the intensity that they bring to their fandom, I think that we all could kind of see this coming — that it was going to spill over,” Lipshutz says.

It’s a clear observation in retrospect, but that spilling-over effect has never been a guarantee. To the average onlooker two years ago, it may have seemed impossible for BTS’s rise to occur this quickly, to this extent.

But in the two years since that first “Top Social Artist” victory, progress has remained steady: At this year’s BBMAs, BTS received recognition for their art — and not just their audience — by claiming the award for Top Duo/Group. Meanwhile, other Korean groups continue to view social media as a way of climbing into the Western pop market, and the strategy seems to be working when you note that, currently, seven of the top 10 artists on Billboard’s Social 50 chart are Korean.

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BTS accept the award for Top Duo/Group at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

According to Lipshutz, streaming and social media platforms have democratized the proliferation of music and made it possible to circumvent even the most established of systemic obstacles, chief among them being the U.S. radio’s general aversion to music with foreign lyrics and sounds. Even in the case of Latin music, Lipshutz says today’s YouTube and social media-driven environment has made it easier for Latinx and Asian artists to succeed without having to drastically change their sound as they had to in the ‘90s.

“The difference between that period and our current period [is] a new level of authenticity, where they’re singing in Spanish, the music is not as English pop-ified, and it’s really striking. You wonder if a song primarily in Spanish, like ‘Mi Gente,’ like ‘Despacito,’ would have really taken off in the late ’90s.”

BTS’s leader Kim Namjoon, known as RM, latched onto this idea in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly by invoking the Latin Grammys, which were founded in 2000 and born of an era where even crossover Latin pop was still considered a separate entity from the majority of mainstream pop: “Latin pop has its own Grammys in America, and it’s quite different. I don’t want to compare, but I think it’s even harder as an Asian group. A Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination, these are our goals. But they’re just goals — we don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one.”

For the most part, BTS have downplayed the idea of themselves as be-all-end-all saviors of pop music, but it’s clear that the members realize their status as an influential group with a legacy to build, and they’ve already made moves to support and uplift other Asian artists on their way to the top. Last year, they met with the Indonesian rapper Rich Brian, and promoted the Japanese-British indie pop artist Rina Sawayama. RM provides ongoing music recommendations on their official Twitter account that mostly feature Asian artists and Western artists of color.

What’s happening now is something that Latinx audiences could only have dreamed of in the ’90s. BTS has become successful not because they’ve reshaped their sound to appeal to the average American listener; instead, the average American listener is being encouraged to reshape their preconceived notions about music in order to keep up with the new realities of pop.

“We saw all these little signs that this was going to be a special moment in pop music, and now it’s here,” Lipshutz says. “Now we’ve experienced it.”

As the Latin explosion has already shown us, BTS’s influence will continue to extend to other artists now that the seal has been broken. This is how music changes, this is how art becomes more diverse. Watching Asian pop artists on Saturday Night Live or the Coachella stage has simply become A Thing That Happens. If its normalcy still feels strange, it’s only because we’re still reeling.

Allow Aurora Perrineau to Reintroduce Herself

If Perrineau “came forward” at all, it wasn’t in November 2017 or even in September 2017. It was 18 months before that, when she relented and told her parents what she says happened to her. “It was a very dark time. I wasn’t very good,” she says. “There was a lot of self-harm.” She’d gotten so afraid of the outside world that she could barely leave her house. Her parents hazarded an intervention. The upshot was more or less, “We can’t help you unless you tell us what is going on because this is getting progressively worse and worse.”

To recount the assault, to their faces, was scary, she says. But when she did, it felt like salvation. “If I didn’t get it out, I don’t know what would have happened to me,” she says. With the help of a therapist, she started to think about what closure would mean for her. “It was never a thing like, ‘I’m going to tell my story,’” she says. “I just wanted justice.” Nine months after Perrineau filed her report, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that it had declined to bring charges. The statute of limitations on one possible charge had expired and the D.A. said the other charge wouldn’t be pursued due to “inconsistencies and the delay in reporting.”

Still, she’s proud she went to the police. She reaches around for words to describe it. How is it possible to feel vindicated when the scales of justice tip in someone else’s favor? “For a long time, I tried to figure out how to get my power back,” she says. “Going to the police station, filing a report—it kind of got the monkey off my back.”

Then came the report in The Wrap. It all could have fizzled out there, but for the statement from Dunham and Konner. Perrineau had no advance notice that the women intended to speak. She woke up to the text no one wants to get: “Did you see the news?” Perrineau read the statement in total shock. She’d never worked with Dunham and Konner. “Woman to woman, I just thought that support would be there,” Perrineau says.

She’s reluctant to assess what motivated them, which speaks as much to her grace as it does to how serious it is to accuse someone of a false rape accusation. But her most generous guess is that it was fear. “Fear for their friend or someone that they thought was their friend,” she says.

Perrineau didn’t comment on the statement. She listened to her father, who told her: “We just need to take a second, be silent, let the facts speak for themselves.” He also assured her: “They’re going to be on the wrong side of history.” Perrineau remained quiet.

In the absence of a counter narrative from her, black men and women filled the void. Perrineau names them: Zinzi Clemmons, Terry Crews, Tarana Burke, and DuVernay, of course. As sad as she was, she felt their embrace. And moreover, the experience alerted her to the particular indignities black women face. “It’s hard enough to ever come [forward], but then to be a woman of color and know that there’s a very good chance that no one is going to believe you? I think it opened my eyes to that,” she explains. “I’m grateful for that part of it.”

Within 24 hours of the joint statement, Dunham recanted on Twitter. “We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong,” Dunham wrote, without a direct mention of Perrineau. “We regret this decision with every fiber of our being.” Later, Perrineau’s mother brokered a sit-down between Perrineau and Dunham, and Dunham apologized in person. But fuller restitution came in December 2018, when Dunham guest-edited the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment issue and included in it a 1,400-word mea culpa. Dunham said she’d never had “insider information” to exonerate Miller and called her initial statement “a terrible mistake.”

Explaining John Wick, The Continental, And The Rules The Assassins Follow

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Last weekend, action fans flooded movie theaters to check out John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the latest adventure of Keanu Reeve’s increasingly iconic, deadpan, dog-loving assassin. The John Wick films are known for incredibly slick choreography and memorable action sequences, but one thing that never gets much attention is the surprisingly complex mythology. John Wick may go around tallying up head shots left and right, but even he has a strict set of rules that he needs to follow.

Obviously the main draw for a John Wick movie is action over the story, but the films place such emphasis on the hitman’s world that it’s tough to ignore. There’s a unique mythology at play here, as John Wick’s word is populated by secret clubs, assassin hotels and a whole network of goods and services purely for people of the underworld.

Each film expands the lore, but it doesn’t give any real explanation. It lets the audience try to figure it out before moving right into the next action scene.

It can be kind of confusing, but that’s where we come in! John Wick likes to throw a lot of seemingly random rules at you, but when you piece them all together, it starts to make some sense. Here are some of the most important aspects of John Wick’s underworld and how it works.

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The Baba Yaga

It makes sense to start right at the beginning with the man himself. John Wick’s backstory is never really brought up in detail, though Parabellum tries to shed some light on the subject.

While the movie doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining, it’s implied that John Wick was raised by Angelica Houston’s The Director, the leader of the Ruska Roma. In addition to teaching ballet, she apparently trains orphans to become assassins, and John Wick (whose real name is Jardani Jovonovich) eventually became her most successful student.

Basically, John was one of the greatest assassins who ever lived. He was so deadly that he earned the nickname Baba Yaga, which means The Boogeyman. John Wick spends an unknown amount of years racking up the kill count, building his reputation, and meeting a ton people.

The movies make it seem like basically every assassin knows who John Wick is. However, one day he falls in love with a woman named Helen and decides to get out of the life, something that is implied to be very hard to do and no one has ever done.

Apparently, you can’t just leave the underworld, so John had to undergo an “impossible task” to earn his freedom. We don’t know what he did, but it involved killing a lot of people. He succeeded and left his old life behind to start a new one with Helen. It didn’t last long however, and that’s where the first John Wick begins.

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Assassins Have Unbreakable Vows

In John Wick: Chapter 2, we learn that John didn’t complete his impossible task on his own. He needed help from an Italian crime lord named Santino D’Antonio. In order to secure this help, John offered his marker, which is the underworld’s version of an unbreakable vow from Harry Potter.

The marker is essentially an amulet with a bloody fingerprint inside. If someone gives their amulet away for a favor, it means that they are making a blood oath to do any task the person asks of them in the future. If someone like John Wick gives away his marker, then that means you basically have the world’s greatest assassin in your pocket for one favor.

If you give away your marker, then the debt must be honored. You have to do whatever it is that the person asks. The assassin world takes this very seriously, and it’s one of the only two unbreakable rules. John Wick tried to break it and his house was burned to the ground as a result.

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The Continental

One of the major locations of the John Wick films is the Continental, and it’s more than just a fancy New York City hotel. The building caters exclusively to assassins and all its amenities are geared toward their specific purposes. For example, instead of recommending a nice restaurant, the concierge will point you to the secret backdoor of your target’s safe house.

The Continental is a branch of worldwide hotels, and each one is run by a manager. Ian McShane’s Winston runs the New York location, Halle Berry’s Sophia is in charge of the Casablanca Continental and Julius looks after the Rome Continental. It’s implied that each Continental offers the same services and follows the same guidelines, but the day-to-day stuff depends on the manager.

The most important thing about the Continental is that absolutely no business can be conducted on hotel grounds. In other words, no assassin is allowed to kill another assassin inside the hotel. It’s the No. 1 rule of the underworld, and if broken, it’s punishable by death or being labeled as “excommunicado.”

That means that the assassin loses all access and privileges to the Continental’s underworld resources. That’s a major setback for any professional hitman, but it becomes a real headache if they have an open contract on their head. John Wick dealt with that exact scenario after he killed Santino in the Continental, as the High Table doubled the contract that was already out on him.

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The Goods And Services

The life of a professional killer is dangerous and there are a number of resources scattered around the world to help assassins. For instance, a seemingly ordinary doctor’s office can be a late night emergency room for a quick patch up if a mission goes wrong. Or you can visit a historian and get old blueprints or maps to find secret pathways to a seemingly impenetrable fortress. Even taxi drivers are in on it.

Assassins can also find the best guns and ammunition to fit their specific needs. There are also tailors who will custom make bullet proof suits to help protect the killers who still want to look damn good. All of these services are pretty much hidden right in the open, but a well-connected assassin knows the best spots.

All of these services don’t come free. The underworld has its own special form of currency in the form of gold coins. If an assassin kills their mark, they get rewarded with coins, which can then be spent at the Continental or any other underworld establishment. A skilled assassin like John Wick will tally up enough coins to save for emergencies and keep secret stashes in convenient places.

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The High Table

All these rules had to come from somewhere, and in the underworld, the High Table is the highest authority. Not much is known about the group, but they are a council of crime lords who oversee all the wheeling and dealings. They set the rules and if anyone breaks them, then they decide the punishment through an agent called The Adjudicator.

Basically everyone in the underworld works for the High Table in some form or they are at least expected to serve when called. For example, the Continentals all answer to the Table.

The only person that we know of who is ahead of the High Table is the Elder, who lives out in the middle of dessert and does… something. His job is pretty unclear, but he’s the only one who can reverse a decision made by the Table. Only a few people know who he is or how to find him.

We don’t know the identity of anyone currently on the High Table, how many members there are or what their origins are. However, they seem to be fairly disliked by the people who have to answer to them, and John Wick is especially not a fan by this point. The High Table essentially marked him for death, and he’s been a frequent source of trouble.

It’s not every day that an action franchise comes along that tries to build its own unique world. The star of John Wick is unquestionably the action, but part of the reason that these movies are so popular is that it’s a cool world. Nothing is every really explained and literally everyone seems to know who John Wick is, but that does help to make the world feel lived in.

At the end of the day, you don’t want your action movie to spend five minutes explaining the bureaucracy of the hitman’s job when you could be watching a sword fight on motorcycles. However, it’s still fun to piece it all together once the gunfire dies down.

The John Wick franchise will continue with the release of Chapter 4 on May 21, 2021.

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