It’s nice to see that the cast and crew were inspired by such a key component of the original films, while trying to put their own, modern spin on it. I, for one, am hyped. I mean, Sub-Zero stabbed his arch enemy, Scorpion, with his own frozen blood in the trailer. What’s more Mortal Kombat than that?
King Akeem and Semmi are back! The sequel to Coming to America, titled Coming 2 America, is being released on Amazon Prime this week, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and directed by Craig Brewer. In the movie, newly-crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Hall) embark on an all-new adventure that has them traversing the globe from the great African nation of Zamunda back to the borough of Queens, New York upon the revelation that the monarch has a son he didn’t know about.
Will Murphy and Hall play even more characters in Coming 2 America than in the first film? We’ll have to wait and see when it debuts on Amazon Prime on Friday, March 5. But we don’t have to wait to see what critics are saying, as they’ve begun sharing their thoughts on the sequel.
Not wearing makeup during COVID. I legit don’t wear makeup unless I’m working. I do put on moisturizer. I really like Laurel, which is a small, plant-based brand I’ve been using. I also like the brand 100% Pure. I try to use as many natural things as possible because I have intense allergies.
What’s one beauty rule you think is BS?
I think this is changing in our current world, which I’m really grateful for, but there was a time where there was a very narrow perception of what beauty was. Beauty was equated to very thin, very white bodies, and that’s something that I think is BS. Every type of body is beautiful, and we’re in a world today where we’re sort of changing what beauty means, but we definitely have a lot of work to do.
What’s the best beauty advice your mom ever gave you?
My mom is huge on sunscreen and never putting your face in the sun, which is something to this day I am pretty religious about. I’ve been using Beautycounter’s sunscreen and it’s really good.
Fill in the blank: I love my hair…
When it air dries. I’ve been doing this thing during COVID where I don’t style my hair at all, and it’s so healthy. So I like my hair the most when it’s healthy and doing its own thing.
What city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration?
I really loved being in Korea. The street fashion is just wild. There’s so many cool shapes and fabrics. And you have to stock up on those face masks when you’re there! My mom does that whenever she goes to Vietnam.
You can only use three beauty products for the rest of your life. What are they?
Absolutely sunscreen. Anything 25 or 30 SPF minimum. Then I really love coconut oil as a moisturizer. Costco has it in bulk. It just rejuvenates my skin. And Colgate toothpaste. If I can only have three items, I want to make sure I can brush my teeth!
What color are you’re loving on your nails right now?
I’m really into neutrals. I’m using one that’s kind of a mauve color at the moment.
What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?
I like journaling. It really helps my mental state. Taking 15 to 20 minutes out of my day to journal helps me exude confidence and feel better about everything happening in the world.
Would you rather get a facial or a massage?
I love both, but I’d probably choose massage. I’ve been hiking a lot and working out more, just for my mental health during COVID, so I would love to get a massage right now.
Screw, marry and kill: mascara, lipstick, and highlighter.
I’m going to kill highlighter because I don’t even know what it is. Screw mascara. And marry lipstick. My favorite is L’Oreal Infallible in Cowboy. I love that shade.
And finally, who are the women inspiring you the most right now?
Janet Mock, Amanda Nguyen, Toni Collette, Frances McDormand, and Viola Davis. These are women who are really confident in themselves and who might have grown up in a world that told them they may not fit into a very specific, very narrow type of beauty. But they [are beautiful]. They’re all incredible, courageous, brave women, and I want to be more like that.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram at @jessicaradloff14.
Jamie Lee Curtis is arguably the most iconic scream queen of time, and horror fans were thrilled to see her once again play Laurie Strode in 2018’s Halloween movie. Two more sequels were quickly ordered, and Halloween Kills is in the can. While fans wait, Andi Matichak has offered a reason to stay excited for the sequel, as it’ll mean more of Curtis being her outstanding self. Matichak recently described her work ethic on the previous film, saying:
Lady Gaga was just spotted filming her new Gucci biopic in Rome, Italy, and her new deep mocha hair is definitely going to inspire a lot of 2021 looks.
Wearing a full white pantsuit, sky-high platform pumps, and a pear-embellished face mask, Gaga traipsed around the city looking almost impossibly chic, but her hair transformation feels effortless and attainable.
Last seen at the inauguration of President Joe Biden with a platinum blond updo and on Instagram with purple locks, Gaga’s new look is certainly a change. Though the pop star likely changed her hair to play socialite Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of Maurizio Gucci who was accused of ordering his murder in the late ’90s, she’s just the latest celebrity to go brunette in 2021.
Most recently, Demi Lovato cropped her pretty pink pixie into deep brunette baby bangs, while model Cara Delevingne debuted a cool brown shag cut at the end of February. Even Hailey Bieber has spurned her signature platinum locks for a new “bronde” color.
So why are all of these stars opting for more natural looks? While, again, Lady Gaga has clearly transformed for her new role, I do have a theory that we’ve reached a new phase of quarantine hair. As the vaccine rollout continues and we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, people may be exiting the experimental, home-dye lockdown aesthetic for more manageable styles.
Another popular trend taking over 2021 is the “shadow root,” which Glamour’s Bella Cacciatore describes as “a little more elegant than months-old grow-out, but it is way less upkeep than your usual hair color.” The look is achieved when a stylist goes back over your highlights or fresh color with a shade that almost matches your natural root.
“I think it’s all going to be about the grow-out,” Stephanie Brown, master colorist at New York City’s IGK Salon Soho, recently told Glamour. “Whether someone goes very natural or a little extreme, people are going to want their hair color to be able to grow out easily without having to touch up their roots as often. People want their hair color to last longer and not feel that it needs as much maintenance.”
The wild nature of comic book movie rumors is sometimes outweighed by the way those rumors are sometimes confirmed. Take, for instance, the persistent rumors that Spider-Man: No Way Home will be a multiversal story that sees Tom Holland meeting up with both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s variants of the famed Marvel Web-Slinger. Previously, it sounded like those rumors were simply wishful thinking; though there’s been a slow drip of happenings, past and present, that seemed to support that the matter wasn’t entirely closed. But now, thanks to the official social media feed of Twitter, that possibility might have just been confirmed.
The answer: “‘If she had just sat down and listened instead of trying to be so bloody opinionated all the time, we wouldn’t be in this situation.’”
“I think that really sums up the problem here,” Scobie says. “She is not submissive; she is not the subservient royal wife that perhaps we’re used to or more comfortable with seeing. She challenged the norms of what a female royal role is—and I’m very aware of the fact that the Queen is very much a feminist herself and a woman of power in a very strong role. But I’m talking about the newcomers that marry into the royal family who, for their differences, are often turned into the enemy.”
In addition to being American, Meghan came in with a work ethic very far from what Buckingham Palace is used to seeing, Scobie says. “I think it scared some people. Change is scary, especially within the institution.”
But even in her brief tenure as a working royal, Meghan made an undeniably huge impact. For one, she drew a “much more diverse crowd of well-wishers,” Scobie says. “For the first time for many, Meghan was someone within the House of Windsor people could connect with and relate to. She changed the connotation of what it means to be regal or royal—which, up until then, had always been white. It’s such a shame that is no longer a part of the royal family, because I don’t know how we move forward from here. I don’t know how it modernizes, having missed out on a golden opportunity to do so.”
In the year between Harry and Meghan’s step back and the final decision about their future as working royals, Scobie had hoped it’d be a moment of reflection for everyone. But, he says, “It seems a year on we are pretty much in the same place.”
And then, reports surfaced this week claiming that Meghan bullied royal staffers, in what feels like a preemptive strike before the CBS tell-all airs. The panic feels much like that of the dread preceding the release of Finding Freedom in August, Scobie says. “It ultimately was a waste of everyone’s time and energy, because when the book came out people saw a fair portrayal of the situation. I don’t think anyone came out of that book from the royal family looking bad.”
He expects the same of Sunday’s interview. While the special will be a chance for Harry and Meghan to share their story, he predicts it won’t be the smear campaign so many seem to be feverishly anticipating. “I wish everyone would just take a deep breath and have a little faith,” Scobie says.
Maybe the problem really isn’t a couple speaking their truth in a sit-down interview with Oprah. Maybe the problem is the truth itself, about both the institution the pair once worked for and the treatment from the press that covers it so vociferously.
“It could have been so different,” Scobie says.
Rachel Burchfield is a freelance writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British royal family.
In a world ruled by “miracle creams” and high-tech skin gadgets, humble beauty buys like the best mascara tend to get overshadowed in favor of the Next Big Thing. But while a new mascara might not grab your attention as quickly as a serum that promises a facelift in a bottle, a great formula can most certainly be revolutionary. One swipe can instantly make your eyes appear bigger and brighter—and convince you that you’re more awake than you actually are.
Whether you want a subtle lift or falsies in a tube, we’ve seen tons of new and innovative launches this year—and found options for every lash length, budget, wand, and formula preference. From Uoma’s volumizing wonder to Benefit Cosmetics’ game-changing magnetic formula, Glamour editors weigh in on the best mascaras of 2021.
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Depending on the character Ana de Armas is playing, as well as whether or not the most expensive Netflix film production to date does well with audiences, there’s a shot that after No Time To Die, she’ll have an even longer stay in the world of combative spies. So all of the action training from that film, as well as this other project in the works, is going to be of particularly good use for a gig that could become a long-term enterprise. Then again, nothing is certain in the world of entertainment, and it could all be a fun footnote in Ana de Armas’ career overall.
Guys—they were just on a break. The Friends reunion, which has been rumored practically ever since the purple door with the yellow frame on it shut for the last time, is officially, really happening. All six Friends stars will reunite for an unscripted special for HBO Max.
Both HBO Max and the cast are being pretty hush-hush about the reunion special. Here’s every detail we know so far.
Who’s coming back: According to a press release from HBO Max, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have all committed to reprising their roles in a new special, which will be executive produced by Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as original Friends producer Kevin Bright. They’ll shoot on the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California. Ben Winston, best known for his work on The Late Late Show With James Corden, will direct as well as executive produce. What is this? All nine Friends Thanksgiving episodes rolled into one? Because we’re feeling pretty grateful.
The release date: In November 2020, Perry said the Friends reunion will be taping in March 2021. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March,” he tweeted. “Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”
In January 2021, Lisa Kudrow confirmed they’ve already started shooting some things for the reunion. “There’s different facets to it, and we already shot packages of things,” she told Rob Lowe on his podcast, Literally! With Rob Lowe, according to People. “I preshot something already so we’re definitely doing it, because I already shot a little something.”
How they made it happen: It sounds as though the actors got plenty of “perks,” if you will. Variety reports that a source claims all six performers will be paid at least $2.5 million each for their work. (LET JENNIFER HAVE ANYTHING SHE WANTS.)
Break out the foosball table, the holiday armadillo, the traditional English trifle, and the smelly cats. This is really happening.