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Why E.L. James Is Still Surprised Fifty Shades Has Been So Popular

Admitting she likes it when “things get steamy,” E.L. James was candid in an interview with ET about her place in the literary world and how she’s only one of many voices writing in her genre. She talked a little bit about Fifty Shades’ trajectory on both page and screen, noting that while the average person might find Christian Grey and Ana Steele’s behavior to be quite risqué, those genre readers should be very used to their sexual dynamic. She noted:

Bond Villain Actor Michael Lonsdale Is Dead At 89

Per the announcement, made by Lonsdale’s agent Olivier Loiseau and reported by THR, the actor passed away at his home in Paris. While Michael Lonsdale is arguably best known for his work in Moonraker, his resume included some other titles that might ring some bells with a modern audience. Films such as The Name of The Rose, Ronin, and Munich were among those most memorable, which is only a capper to a career in stage and screen that saw Lonsdale entertaining the world since he first appeared on stage in 1955, making his way into a film career with 1956’s It Happened in Aden.

How The Devil All The Time Book Writer Got Involved With The Netflix Movie

I waited so long on that, to ask Don if he would do the voiceover. I was so scared that he would say no, because I only had Don’s voice in my head. There was no backup plan for Don. And when they finally brought it up, I think two years into knowing him, and he was like, ‘Well, if you think that I can do it then I’m happy to.’ And he gave me an out. He said ‘If you don’t like it, if it’s not good, don’t don’t be scared to tell me, I won’t be insulted.’ And I was like, ‘Don, don’t worry. I’m gonna love it.’

Black Widow: New Details About Florence Pugh’s Character Revealed While We Wait On The Movie

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a unique place right now, as the interim period between phases was extended thanks to Black Widow‘s delay. Scarlett Johansson’s long awaited solo flick is currently set to hit theaters in November, which will expand the title character’s mysterious backstory. A handful of new characters will make their debut in Cate Shortland’s upcoming blockbuster, including Florence Pugh as Yelena. And a new character description may have revealed a few details about her history with Natasha.

‘Empire Records’ Style Is Still So Relevant 25 Years Later

We’re all one news cycle away from our own “Sinead O’Rebellion,” and Debra’s softcore goth vibe is a natural move as the world sorta-kinda crumbles around us. From her chaotic stacked chains to her slim-fit tanks and borrowed-from-the-boys slacks (all pockets welcome)—it’s a ‘fit made for the mess that is 2020.

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With temperatures dropping and social distancing stretching well into the future, we’re searching for ways to stay cozy without ditching style completely—and Empire Records style serves as a no-brainer formula for fall. Ahead, shop five current trends that back up the enduring impact of the ’90s cult classic. (All of which will mesh seamlessly with your newfound quarantine aesthetic.)

Fuzzy sweaters

For anyone who’s wanted to wear cozy knitwear nonstop, the state of the world has made at least one of your dreams come true. Cardigans were on the come-up before the pandemic began, and now with little-to-nowhere to go, it’s the ideal time to quell the Lockdown Lonelies with sweaters that mimic a warm embrace. If you need a colorful pick-me-up, copy Liv with a pastel palette—or lean toward the dark side with Renée’s all-black-everything.

Phoebe Sweater

$50

Princess Polly

Daisy Street Contrast 90’s Fitted Cardigan

$29$22

ASOS

Vivien Knit Top

$175

Lisa Says Gah!

Cropped Boxy Cardigan

Mini skirts

In addition to making you appear put-together, the A-line skirt is pitch-perfect for fall. The silhouette is the perfect match for that oversize sweatshirt quickly becoming your work-from-home uniform, and a pair of tights instantly makes it weather-appropriate. If plaid is too on-the-nose, opt for classic black—and finish it off with chunky boots when you do plan to venture out.

Curve Pleated Mini Skirt

$23$19

ASOS

Plaid Tennis Skirt

$58

Los Angeles Apparel

Plaid Mini Skirt

$49

Abercrombie

The Ragged Priest Dub Wrap Mini Skirt

$65

Urban Outfitters

Grandpa vibes

Argyle, checkerboard, and patchwork are all fair game for Fall 2020—and what better time to spice up your life with ugly-cute prints and slouchy silhouettes that may not fly in the office? Even though most of us can’t go raid our grandfather’s closet for old school gems, plenty of brands are offering up roomy knitwear with whimsical patterns Harry Styles would approve of—so now’s your chance to veer into anti-fashion territory that was too impractical before (looking at you, A.J.).

Unisex Checkerboard Wool Knit

$143$137

W Concept

Oversized V-Neck Check Sweater

$40$24

ASOS

UO Penny Patchwork Cropped Sweater

$79

Urban Outfitters

Nanushka Harri Blouse

$180

Shopbop

Oversize pants

Putting on pants feels like an achievement in itself, but cargo pants, carpenter jeans, and relaxed trousers make it easier. Baggy bottoms offset crop tops and tanks, and they’re a perfect match for sneakers and flats that quickly replaced heels this year. Leave it to straight-leg denim and oversize work pants to make your outfit look current and intentional, and top it off with a blazer if you’re looking to channel workdays of yore.

The Joni High Rise Loose 29L

$110

Aritzia

Jamie Classic Grey Trousers

$139

Pixie Market

Rag & Bone Super High-Rise Cargo Pants

$375$263

Rag & Bone

High Rise Carpenter Jeans

Combat boots

Empire Records style wouldn’t be complete without combat boots—the clunky footwear that reigns as the unexpected hero of so many closets. The magic of the combat boot lies in its versatility and ability to add some punk to overtly feminine pieces. On top of that, they’re reliable for inclement weather, making them a sound investment for fall and winter. And you can choose between buckles, patent, and decorative adornments to match your personal style. The options are endless!

Dr. Martens Jadon Boots

$180

Nordstrom

& Other Stories Duo Buckle Leather Boots

$229

& Other Stories

Michael Kors Haskell Bootie

$199

Zappos

AllSaints Fae Boots

$415

Zappos

Ellen DeGeneres Just Broke Her Silence on Her ‘Toxic Workplace’ Controversy

She continued, “Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress, and I’m especially working on the impatience thing, and it’s not going well  because it’s not happening fast enough.” The virtual audience laughed at this joke. 

DeGeneres then reminded viewers that prior to her time as a host, she was an accomplished actor, but not good enough to “fool” her audience for 17 years. “This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,” she said.

She continued, “If that’s ever the case, I have let myself down and I’ve hurt myself, as well, because I always try to grow as a person. I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good, that’s my favorite thing to do. That, and Jenga. I love that game.”

She ended her speech with, “Now, I am a boss of 270 people. Two hundred and seventy people who help make this show what it is.  Two hundred and seventy people who I am so grateful for. All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and to be proud to work here. This has been a horrible summer for people all around the world. People are losing their jobs, people are losing loved ones to a pandemic, people are losing their homes and lives in raging fires that are going on. There’s blatant racial injustice all around us. I watch the news and I feel like, where do we even begin? ”

DeGeneres added, “So my hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy. I still want to be the one hour a day that people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help all the people that we help every day. And I’m committed to making this the best season that we have ever had.”

Watch her full statement, above. 

How Marvel Is Paying Tribute To Chadwick Boseman In The Comics

Marvel Comics were the inspiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe but now it seems quite clear that the two sides of Marvel are more closely linked than ever. There’s clearly a belief that if you read Marvel Comics, that the loss of Chadwick Boseman is something tha’t’s important to you. Not everybody who goes to see MCU reads comics, but if you read comics, you’re almost certainly a fan of the MCU as well.

Crazy Marvel Multiverse Rumor Sounds Impossible To Pull Off… Right?

It seems to be a real stretch, Possible, but MUCH harder to pull off than you’d even think possible. It’s a juicy rumor, and one that packs a lot of potential. But given the fact that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is so far away from pre-production, it’s unlikely there’s any truth to this. Currently, Madness is down for a March 25, 2022 release date. But first, that means that the team has to get through Eternals, Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a third Spider-Man movie, and Thor: Love & Thunder before they even get to Doctor Strange. And that’s IF Black Widow stays in 2020.

Johnny Depp Reveals Why He Doesn’t Think Of Himself As A ‘Hollywood Celebrity’

Since Johnny Depp debuted on the big screen, he’s gone on to appear in countless film projects over the years. As a result, he’s been nominated for three Oscars and took home the Golden Globe. Pair that with his many Tim Burton collaborations and tenure leading the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise ,and you can’t deny that he’s a bonafide movie star. Still, Depp explained why he hasn’t ever attached himself to this label, recently saying:

Bill And Ted’s Alex Winter Talks About Childhood Abuse And Why He Stepped Away From Acting

Alex Winter recently spoke with The Guardian about a new documentary film he is producing about child actors, a topic he knows a great deal about having been one. Alex Winter performed in The King and I with Yul Brynner on Broadway as a kid, but at the same time he was doing that, a role he legitimately loved, he was apparently dealing with abuse. As Winter explained…