Daily Archive: July 1, 2018

Liam Payne and Cheryl Break Up After More Than 2 Years Together

Liam Payne and Cheryl have broken up after more than two years together. The couple, who are parents to 1-year-old son Bear, announced their split on Twitter on Sunday. “Cheryl and I are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways,” the 24-year-old singer wrote. “It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

Cheryl, 35, shared a similar statement on her account writing, “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together.”

The two first met on The X Factor in 2008, where Cheryl was a judge and Liam was a contestant, but they didn’t start dating until February 2016. The two made their red carpet debut as a couple in May 2016, and welcomed their son Bear almost a year later in March 2017.

The Sorting Hat Will Determine Which New Harry Potter Book You Should Buy

A wise headmaster once said that “one can never have enough socks.” Well, the same goes for Harry Potter books – there’s no such thing as too many copies! This is good news, because Bloomsbury Publishing just debuted eight new covers for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and they’re perfect for showing off your Hogwarts House pride.

There’s a new hardcover and a paperback edition for each of the four Hogwarts Houses: Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff. Each of the new books displays its respective house coloring, and the hardback editions also showcase the house crest and a list of admirable house traits.

  • Hufflepuff: dedication, patience, loyalty
  • Ravenclaw: wit, learning, wisdom
  • Gryffindor: courage, bravery, determination
  • Slytherin: pride, ambition, cunning

So, which ones should you buy? Let the Sorting Hat decide, then shop your House book ahead!

Ready to Meet the Young Avengers? Marvel Might Be Headed That Way

With Ant-Man and the Wasp now upon us, fans may be turning toward Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and whatever Marvel has up its sleeve next. Based on a few recent quotes from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, we could potentially see an appearance from the Young Avengers down the line. If you’re not familiar with them, the Young Avengers are just as they sound: mostly teenagers working to save the world.

Who Are the Young Avengers?

After the Avengers disband, a character known as Iron Lad accesses Vision’s stored fail-safe protocols, which collected data about living relatives of the Avengers and company. Among the list are the kids who become known as the Young Avengers, including:

  • Nathaniel Richards, aka Iron Lad: Iron Lad technically comes from the future. He travels back in time upon learning that his future self, Kang the Conquerer, turns into a villain. To defeat himself, he activates the Avengers fail-safe protocol and locates the other heroes. Nathaniel’s only powers come from his 40th century suit, modeled after Iron Man’s. Eventually, he returns to the future.
  • Elijah “Eli” Bradley, aka Patriot: As the grandson of the original black Captain America, Isaiah Bradley, Eli takes supplements for superhero-like abilities until a blood transfusion gives him his own.
  • Theodore “Teddy” Altman, aka Hulkling: Teddy is technically alien royalty. As the son of Kree hero Captain Mar-Vell and a Skrull princess, he shapeshifts at will and wields mighty strength.
  • William “Billy” Kaplan, aka Wiccan: Billy possesses a great amount of power, just like Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and is revealed to be the reincarnated version of her son William. His skills include reality warping, teleportation, electrokinesis, flying, and a whole lot more. He and Teddy have been dating for years.
  • Cassie Lang, aka Stature: Cassie is the daughter of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, and after his death, she seeks out the Young Avengers. Her powers manifest at just the right moment to prove she belongs to the team when she gets so angry at the impending rejection that she grows into a giant.
  • Kate Bishop, aka Hawkeye: Kate hails from a rich family and finds herself rescued by the fledgling group of Young Avengers at a wedding. She and Cassie insist on joining, though Kate lacks superpowers in the same way Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) does. However, Kate also received combat training and is one of the best archers in the world.
  • Thomas “Tommy” Shepherd, aka Speed: Tommy is the reincarnated version of Scarlet Witch’s son Thomas. He takes after his “uncle” of sorts, Pietro Maximoff, with supersonic speed – hence the inventive name.

Over time, the lineup for the Young Avengers shifts. Cassie dies and later returns as Stinger; Patriot eventually leaves the team to move to the Midwest; and Iron Lad obviously travels back to the future where he came from. In the latest iteration of the team, though, a few new heroes join up:

  • America Chavez, aka Miss America: America actually travels the multiverse by punching through different realities. Her abilities also include flight, super strength, and cosmic awareness, which guides her through the multiverse. She also makes it clear her previous relationship with a guy was an experimental phase for her.
  • David Alleyne, aka Prodigy: David is a depowered mutant who used to be able to absorb information from others’ brains. That knowledge was restored and he’s super intelligent, but he no longer absorbs new information that way. He identifies as bisexual and has a massive crush on Teddy.
  • Noh-Varr, aka Marvel Boy: When you cross a Kree with cockroach DNA, you get a pretty damn strong alien. His gauntlets also shift into whatever weapons he desires. Noh-Varr starts as an antagonist but swings around to save the universe instead, eventually joining the Young Avengers. He and Kate Bishop have a thing.
  • Young Loki: After Loki dies, he is reborn without his memories. Thor finds him and brings him home, but Loki remembers nothing of his former villainous nature. Eventually, a disembodied version of the old Loki takes over him, and Kid Loki of the Young Avengers is haunted by his guilt.

Will the Young Avengers Be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

So where are the Young Avengers in the MCU? As of now, only Cassie Lang has made an appearance, but Eli Bradley nearly showed up in Black Panther. Scarlet Witch and Vision are together to parent the twins, and Kate could easily tag along with Clint Barton in Avengers 4. Plus, with Captain Marvel taking us on an adventure with the Kree and Skrull empires next year, that film may introduce us to Teddy.

However, Marvel characters have jumped from the big screen to the small screen before. Peggy Carter, Phil Coulson, and Lady Sif, for example, have all crossed into TV shows and movies alike. Even if the Young Avengers team doesn’t make it into Phase 4 of the Marvel films, Cassie and company could always join Cloak & Dagger or The Runaways instead.

The New Addition to GLOW Has Been in Grey’s Anatomy, Because of Course

As long as GLOW goes on, so will the flame – er, highlighter pink neon lighting – of ’80s nostalgia. Inspired by an actual women’s wrestling show in the ’80s, Netflix’s dramedy series GLOW has received high praise for its powerhouse female cast (plus Marc Maron). In season two, we meet the newest Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling: Yolanda (or Yo Yo), a fearlessly out lesbian Mexican-American stripper and dancer. Portraying her is Shakira Barrera, who joins the likes of Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Britney Young with fierce makeup and yes, a perm.

In one of the latest GLOW promotions, Yolanda throws a zinger at Alison Brie’s character, Ruth, by saying, “Your job is doing G-rated girl-on-girl in a one piece. OK? You’re not far from that life.” Ruth replies that she’s not a stripper, to which Yolanda shoots back, “Oh, neither am I.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Barrera received a bachelors of fine arts in dance at Rutgers University. In 2013, she moved out to Los Angeles and became a bilingual actress. Her role as Yolanda may be her official breakout role, but she’s no stranger to television. She’s had recurring roles in comedy TV shows like High & Mighty, Faking It, and Freak Out. You may have also seen her in minor roles on mainstream television shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Rosewood, Bizaardvark, East Los High, and Lethal Weapon. As for future projects, Barrera will appear in upcoming film projects like Blood Heist and A Boxers Fight.

In addition to her acting, Barrera is passionate about humanitarian work. Growing up with a single Nicaraguan mother, the actress often visits Nicaragua to help out hospitals and orphanages.

For the latest scoop on GLOW and Barrera’s other projects, head on over to her Twitter and Instagram pages. And just in case you forgot what happens in season one, check out our handy recap here.

25 Movies That You Absolutely Have to Watch in Your 20s

Your 20s are a maddening, exciting, and confusing time in your life when you’ve upgraded from slurping ramen between classes to figuring out how to make rent with your entry-level internship. Juggling the pressures of building a career and finding “the one,” you might end up dazed and confused. Luckily, film is excellent soul medicine for the countless quarter-life crisis sufferers out there. Plenty of movies capture the struggles of becoming a functional adult, often with wit and honesty. From indie rom-coms like Garden State to energetic blockbusters like The Devil Wears Prada, there’s a film out there that will make you feel less alone.

Read on to discover a list of quintessential movies for surviving and thriving as a 20-something.

Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge

Barak Ballet is about to go on tour, making milestone debuts in Manhattan and at the historic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, so concerts in Santa Monica this weekend were a hometown sendoff for artistic director Melissa Barak and dancers.

The Broad Stage, where the company performed…

Yara Shahidi: “I Literally Wake Up, Like, ‘How Did I Get So Lucky?'”

We all know and love the brilliant Yara Shahidi from her hit TV show Grown-ish, and this incredibly talented 18-year-old has also become widely known for her activism, using her voice to help pave the way for young people to turn their passions into action. But her path toward global domination doesn’t stop there: she’s also about to attend Harvard University this Fall, adding yet another item to the long list of reasons she’s inspiring. We got the chance to sit down with Yara at POPSUGAR Play/Ground, where she dished all about her ways for staying happy – and unsurprisingly, she was really damn inspiring.

Read the Adorable Love Note Gwen Stefani Received From “Best Friend” Blake Shelton

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s romance is still going strong. Stefani kicked off her Las Vegas residency on June 27, and she received lots of love ahead of her debut. The singer’s “Just a Girl” concert series at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater will run from June through March 2019, and from the looks of it, she couldn’t be more excited. Stefani chronicled the exciting experience of her first show on her Instagram Stories, sharing photos, flowers, and well wishes from loved ones – including Shelton.

“I love my Blake!!!” Stefani captioned a photo of a pretty bouquet from her boyfriend of more than two years. Along with the sweet flowers, Shelton penned a loving note for Stefani. “You’ve worked so hard for this show. Congrats on opening night!!! I love you!”

After the show, the couple shared a kiss at a private afterparty. These two have certainly never been shy about showing PDA or being romantic. Take a look at the sweet snaps ahead.