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Of Course The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Was Influenced By The Classic Era Of James Bond

If there was ever an era that fit the Bond aesthetic in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, it would definitely be Sir Roger Moore’s. Yes, Thunderball feels like a huge influence, as it hits some of the same thematic materials from that film. Antonio Banderas’ Aristotle Papadopoulos feels like a sillier version of Emilio Largo, right down to his plot to hold Europe for ransom if his demands aren’t met. Plus, the entire final showdown takes place on the villain’s yacht, which again, is totally Thunderball.

La La Anthony Has Reportedly Filed for Divorce From Carmelo Anthony

Love Island USA contestants Johnny Middlebrooks and Cely Vazquez have called it quits. The reality stars first linked up during season two of the reality dating series, which aired in the summer of 2019. 

“Because you’ve all been such a close part of our relationship, I wanted to share with you that Johnny and I are no longer together,” Vazquez tweeted on January 9. “While our relationship has been public from the start, I do ask that you respect this decision and our privacy during this time.”

She continued, “There is no reason to speculate, I am so thankful for our time together, but now it’s simply time for each of us to focus on our personal journey. I hope that you continue to support each of us individually as we move forward, heal and continue to follow our dreams.”

Middlebrooks reposted her tweet on Instagram stories, writing, “all love.” 

“Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate the time we spent together on this unforgettable journey,” he wrote in a second slide, per People. “I will forever cherish the fun we had, the laughs we shared, and the memories we created. Thank you to all of the fans who loved and supported us the whole way through. Much love.”

How Matt Reeves’ The Batman Affected The Long Halloween’s Release

Just like in the original story, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One and Part Two sees the titular hero tracking down Holiday, who is killing people associated with the Falcone crime family. Along with Batman running into colorful members of his rogues gallery during the course of his investigation, Long Halloween also chronicles Harvey Dent’s slow decline into darkness. Part One’s main cast includes Jensen Ackles, the late Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel, Billy Burke, Titus Welliver, David Dastmalchian, Troy Baker, Julie Nathanson and Jack Quaid, among others.

Olivia Noceda Knows Acne Sucks, and She’s OK With It

When you have adult acne, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one getting breakouts past the age of 18. However, anywhere between 12% and 22% of women ages 26 to 44 experience acne, and that number is increasing by the day (on the other hand, only around 3% of adult men experience the condition). In our new series, Acne Diaries, we’re asking influential women who happen to have acne about their relationship to their skin, and the products they rely on to keep it happy. Next up: wellness influencer Olivia Noceda.

For many of us, acne is something we keep secret, slathering our faces with makeup and hiding prescription ointments behind expensive products in pretty packaging. Wellness influencer Olivia Noceda does things a little differently. In between typical aspirational content—think cute workout sets, colorful smoothies, and farmer’s market flowers—are flashes of her makeup-free face, and honest captions about the realities of dealing with acne. 

She hasn’t always been so open about it, though. Noceda’s acne story is as classic as it gets: She started breaking out in middle school and struggled through high school, cycling through the usual derm-prescribed options but stopping short of Accutane because her dad was a doctor and didn’t want her on such a hard-core medication. She was miserable. And as she entered college, it got worse. 

“It was so difficult for me,” she tells Glamour. “This is where my body image issues started, that went-hand-in-hand [with my skin issues]. I saw all of these girls who had grown out of ‘childhood’ hormonal acne, and I still had it. And now you’re at a point where you’re older, where it feels like the end of the world if you don’t have a date to a party, or if you don’t have a boyfriend in college.” 

She notes that she felt extra insecure because she was part of a sorority and always around other women. “Being placed next to girls and feeling like their skin is your skin’s competition, it was the worst thing. I was so sad about it.”

In hopes to clear it up, Noceda went on hormonal birth control and started wearing heavy makeup for the first time. “I was like, ‘Okay, this is it.’ I have no other option,” she recalls. Save for an incident with a massive forehead pimple on the day of her senior semi-formal, the birth control her hot yoga habit started working. For the first time, her skin was totally clear. 

However, a move to Portland when she was 24 sent things into a tailspin. “I remember calling my parents, sobbing,” Noceda says. “It was like, when will this end? Even at this point, I knew myself well enough to know that this doesn’t affect my personality or who I am. But I was in physical pain, and I didn’t want to be in pain anymore. I would go out and try not to think about my acne, but then it starts to hurt, and you’re thinking about it, and you feel ugly.” 

She continues, “It’s this vicious cycle of never being able to let go. There was one day where I had a zit on my lower lip; I remember I spent the entire day just putting my hand up to cover it…I couldn’t focus on anything else.”

In her late ‘20s, Nocenda’s skin cleared again when she started Spironolactone, a blood pressure medication often used for hormonal acne. Again, her skin was in a good place—until last summer, when she decided to get off both the medication and birth control to regulate her hormones and moved across the country to New York City. “It was by far the hardest five months of acne I’ve ever experienced,” she says. “I felt like, as a 28-year-old, I don’t deserve acne.” She says it got so bad that she would apologize profusely to her new (now long-term) boyfriend for always breaking out.

Channing Tatum Has A Funny Take For Fans After Wildly Titled New Movie With Zoe Kravitz Is Announced

The two are seriously building a rapport ahead of the new movie, as they argued over crocs in a Deadline interview about Pussy Island, which Channing Tatum admitting Zoë Kravitz may know best.

Tatum: When someone can just come out and tell me I should not be wearing Crocs, and is so adamant about it, she completely convinced me and I never wear Crocs anymore.
Kravitz: I was just trying to be a good friend, Chan.
Tatum:I get it, but I totally loved Crocs for a hot second, and in one hang she was like, ‘You can’t ever do that again.’ And I said, ‘OK, fine.’
Kravitz: Just to be clear, there are people out there who can pull off the Crocs thing; I just wasn’t sure you were one of them.

For Dascha Polanco, Self-Care Is Thanking Her Feet After a Pedicure

Dascha Polanco talks to her feet after getting a pedicure. “I know it sounds crazy,” she laughs. “But it really isn’t.” It keeps her grounded.

In fact, the actor has spent the past year using self-care and affirmations like this to overcome fear, especially in her work. Part of her self-care arsenal also includes aligning with projects that inspire her. She recently partnered with Olay Body as an ambassador, and the world has seen her stand-out performances in Orange Is the New Black, American Crime Story, When They See Us, Russian Doll and, most recent, In The Heights

Cuca (Dascha Polanco) is a brand-new character in the film adaptation of the stage musical. Glittery acrylics and waist bags in tow, she shares chisme with the salon squad of Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and Carla (Stephanie Beatriz). Whether lounging by the pool in a teal floral cover-up and pink bikini or dancing with a Dominican Republic flag in a burgundy crop top and leggings, Cuca is always the most stylish person in the room. 

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“To be able to draw inspiration from female figures in my family and my community that represented icons and matriarchs—priestesses that uplift and are necessary and essential—I haven’t been able to do that,” she says. “This was the first of that, and it definitely made me feel empowered and validated.”

Polanco says her inspiration for Cuca is her aunt, who is a small-business owner with her own salon. The relationship a customer builds with their nail tech or hairstylist creates a tight-knit community, Polanco says. One that helps raise you and builds your identity. 

“We just say ‘salon ladies,’ but we don’t understand that there’s layers,” Polanco says. “There’s a sense of intimacy when we speak about people doing your hair, when people are in your face, when people are getting body treatments. You’re in a space where you’re very vulnerable. You’re getting waxed, right? That’s very intimate.”

Which brings us back to those post-salon affirmations. In this installment of Your Fave’s Faves, read about all the tools Dascha Polanco uses for self-care. 

The shower product I can’t live without

During those stages in your life when you really get exposed to the idea of caring for yourself, I was taught that skincare is important. That’s something I’m very thankful for. When Olay came out with this new exfoliating and moisturizing body wash I was like, “What?! This is what I like.” I have sensitive skin, and it’s gentle enough that I can use it every day. It massages away the dead skin cells, so it improves my skin along the way and hydrates it. I was really excited about that, and I like products that use natural ingredients as well.

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How I self-care

I write, I speak to myself—affirmations. I should be meditating every day, but I feel like my meditation is in the shower. It’s good to see a therapist to speak about things and to embrace the feelings and to be aware. Even with In the Heights, I was really scared to audition. Not being seen or seeing someone like me [on screen] has hindered me along the way. [So it’s important to] take that time to really face yourself in the mirror and say, “I’m worthy. I can do this. It’s okay, push that aside. Be fearless. Stand in your greatness. Don’t not try.”

Marvel Head Honcho Kevin Feige’s Cryptic Tease For WandaVision Season 2 Has Me Even More Excited For Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness

Of course, the fact that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will only be a stop on this road only makes the film more exiting. It’s not only going to take these characters forward but it will also set up the next steps, and we can only begin to imagine what that will be. Since we’re literally dealing with multiverse concepts, basically anything is possible. And this also does leave open the possibility of a WandaVision Season 2. If the story is going to go someplace after Multiverse of Madness there’s no reason to assume that a second season Disney+ isn’t at least possible.

Everyone Is Getting Back Together

The ancient Greeks entertained themselves with the on-again, off-again love affairs of the gods.

We get Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, exes back together again, having climbed upon the world stage and taken the opportunity to exchange as much spit as possible. It’s a twist out of a soap opera that has run through every possible pairing and is returning to the couples set up in the pilot. Bennifer, or Lofleck if you like, were last romantically involved in January 2004, when they broke off their engagement. Now, with constant paparazzi shots of the two of them, everything old is new again. (I don’t mean to suggest that 48 and 51 are old! Strike me down with a Super Bowl stripper pole, first.)

Not to be outdone—by anyone, ever, for any reason—Angelina Jolie was seen coming out of Jonny Lee Miller’s apartment two times this week. Jolie and Miller were married for four years and divorced in 1999. Like a leg emerging from a slinky Oscar gown, Jolie deftly asserted herself into the celebs-back-together-with-their-exes trend.

Exes and co-parents Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner were also linked this week, when Scott appeared to refer to Jenner as “Wifey,” and Jenner posted a picture of them upright-spooning. That’s not all—Lopez’s more recent ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez hung out with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, this month, too. They lifted weights, both physical, as well as, apparently, the heaviness of the past.

And to bring this entire thing full circle, Ben Affleck’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner recently got back together with one of her exes. His name? John Miller (not to be confused with Johnny Lee Miller, who may be back with Angelina.) It’s almost like the celebrities are trying to entertain us.

Part of what makes these renewed pairings so satisfying is the way that—in the wake of a year of loss—they provide the temporary illusion that time has not passed. Celebrities have access to technologies and treatments that delay the visual effects of aging, so they already give the eerie impression of timelessness. But if they didn’t, seeing our old favorites together is not just nostalgic. It’s a portal to who we were.

Celebrities are acting like they invented getting back with your ex, trying each other on again like beloved jeans found in the back of a closet. As is often the case, stars probably aren’t starting a trend as much as they are very publicly exemplifying an existing one. In the early days of the pandemic, many people experienced the sudden, gnawing desire to get back in touch with an ex. Now—albeit with a much sunnier future ahead of us—the world is shifting under our feet again. When we lose our sense of control, we turn to the comfort of the familiar. If you’re thinking about sending that text, you’re not alone—Google searches for “Should I get back together with my ex” are spiking in June.

The Best Movies To Watch On Paramount+ Right Now

This may seem like a ton of movies, but this list barely scratches the surface of all the great titles featured on Paramount+. In addition to all the previously mentioned films, the streaming service also has great comedies like Let it Ride, Election, and Tropic Thunder, out-there ‘90s movies like eXistenZ, Trainspotting, and Face/Off, a whole lot of romance with the likes of Romeo and Juliet, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Grease Live, and then Samuel L. Jackson greats like Shaft.

If you want even more streaming options after reading about all these great films, take a look at our lists on the best movies on Netflix and best Amazon Prime movies, both of which are updated regularly.

And again, if you are not a Paramount+ subscriber, you can sign up here.