In what might be the greatest “we all have to start somewhere” tale ever, apparently Jamie Dornan used to glue his pubic hair on. Yes, really! The Fifty Shades Freed actor was a guest on The Graham Norton Show this week, and he shared the embarrassing anecdote from his teen years. After revealing he was a late developer growing up, Jamie confessed that he once repurposed a wig from his school play to create a pubic illusion for a party where he believed he “might meet a girl.” Watch the full video above . . . and feel the weight of all your own teenage mishaps lighten a little.
If rumors are to be believed, The Crown might have found its new Prince Philip. Netflix’s royal drama has been busy replacing the current cast with actors who are a little bit older to reflect the passage of time on the show, and while Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret’s replacements have been found, the lucky man tasked with taking over Matt Smith’s role was still a mystery.
Well, we hope you’re a fan of Paul Bettany, because the Avengers: Infinity War actor is reportedly in line to replace Smith as Prince Philip for seasons three and four. If this turns out to be true, he will join Olivia Coleman, who is confirmed to take Claire Foy’s place as Queen Elizabeth II in the award-winning historical epic. Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly also in talks with producers about joining the show to play Princess Margaret, and a recent Instagram picture from current star Vanessa Kirby seemed to confirm the news.
We’ll no doubt miss Foy and Smith on The Crown, but can’t wait to see how the new cast follow through on the royal family drama. The Crown‘s third season will be released sometime in Fall 2019.
We’re officially in some new fresh hell in 2018, and when it comes to The Handmaid’s Tale, we’re already looking ahead. If you read the book, you’ll know that the first season finale ends in the same frustrating way the book ends: June is taken into a mysterious van and carted off to a mysterious future somewhere else. In this case, though, we don’t have to wonder endlessly. The story will continue. Since we’re venturing into uncharted territory beyond the books, the sky is pretty much the limit. How much can we uncover about the show’s next chapter? Well, blessed be the fruit – we’ve got a lot to go over. Let’s see what we could uncover (under his eye).
1. It’s Going to Be Longer
While the first season was 10 episodes, the second has been extended to 13.
2. Alexis Bledel Will Reprise Her Role
Thought you’d seen the last of Ofglen/Emily? Not so fast. Bledel has been confirmed as part of season two’s cast! We’ll get a glimpse of Ofglen in the Colonies, the toxic wasteland where women who commit crimes are sent as punishment. “We get to see the colonies. It’s a terrible place where they send Unwomen to work them to death,” executive producer Bruce Miller said during a pre-Emmy panel in August. Bledel also commented on her character’s new situation, saying, “I’m very interested to see what that looks like because it’s a completely different world we haven’t seen on the show yet – and I’m scared.”
3. The Colonies Are Even Bleaker and Darker Than They Sound
A new feature by Marie Claire describes the Colonies in all their grim glory. As a refresher, the Colonies are where deviants (known as Unwomen) get sent for misbehaving. The new story describes the Colonies as “a dark and grime-filled wasteland.” Costume designer Ane Crabtree offered a bit more insight. “The Unwomen are kind of the new Handmaids in season two. They’re turning over soil, trying to move radiation, so they get filthy,” she revealed. “They have probably six months – at best two years – to live. We’re trying to show that humanity in their costumes. I made beautiful sheer pieces to be worn under their outfits since they strip down, as their clothing is full of radiation.” Yikes.
4. The Trailer Is DARK
5. Surprise, Surprise: The President Has Inspired Parts of the Season
While season one of the show was planned before the 2016 election, the same is not true for season two. When it comes to some of Trump’s “draconian policies,” as Marie Claire phrases it, creator Bruce Miller can’t help but incorporate today’s reality into the fabric of the show. “Oh, I think we can’t help but let it influence us,” he said. “We have let it influence us. And there are a lot of issues we brought up last year that we want to address this year in ways we never had time to.”
6. Things Are Only Going to Get Worse All Around
Earlier this month, The Pool interviewed Elisabeth Moss and grilled her on what’s to come. “Wait till you see what’s coming! It’s going to get worse, girl. Season two is going to be bad too, really dark.” Here we were, thinking June might have been rescued from the Waterfords. Maybe it’s not that simple.
7. June Is Covered in Blood in a First Photo
8. June’s Romance With Nick May Intensify
Elle ran a profile of Moss in early June, and she dropped a small tidbit about her Gilead lover, Nick. “It’s part of the reason that I’m really excited about a season two, she’s in this position where she might be in love with two people,” Moss said, “Honestly, I think she does love Nick – if I can speak for her – but I don’t know if she knows that she does yet. But she has a husband who she also loves, who’s the father of Hannah, who she also now knows is alive.”
9. Pay Attention to the Marthas
Showrunner Bruce Miller noted, “The Marthas in general in Gilead are kind of invisible . . . it’s been great for us that it’s been such a slow and careful building of a relationship between Rita and Offred. That slow and careful build-up in season one leads to a payoff so that we can use her more in season two.”
10. We Might See Aunt Lydia’s Backstory
Meanwhile, Miller also spoke to The New York Times about season two. Aunt Lydia could still play a key role in the show’s next chapter. “Aunt Lydia is one of my most fascinating characters,” Miller said. “We would like to explore her back story, and what the lives of the aunts are like.”
11. The Mayday Resistance Is Another Key Component, but Let’s Not Get Too Excited
It’s easy to assume Mayday means salvation for the Handmaids, but not so fast. “The Mayday resistance is going to be a big part of Season two,” Miller admitted. “The part that I’ve been thinking about is that Mayday is not the handmaid rescue organization – it’s the anti-Gilead organization. And the anti-Gilead organization is not necessarily a friend to June or a friend to Handmaids. If I was going to try to hurt Gilead, the first thing I might do is kill all the handmaids. You’re trying to weaken the state.”
12. The Waterfords Aren’t Necessarily Going Away
After the finale, Miller talked about what’s to come. In regards to the Waterfords, he said, “They’re still a part of our plans for season two but in interesting ways.”
13. We Might Meet June’s Mother
Miller also explained how June’s parentage could factor into the story. Miller spoke about June’s mother: “We’ve been thinking about her a lot. June’s mother is a big character in the book and representative of an interesting kind of feminism that was seemingly more of that time.”
14. The Theme
“At the end of season one, we find out June was pregnant. The theme of season two is motherhood and what it means to be a mother,” Miller explained at The Handmaid’s Tale panel in August. “It’s the way we mother our good friends and the people in our lives.”
15. Luke and Moira Might Attempt a Daring Rescue
During the panel in August, Samira Wiley discussed the new possibilities season two holds since it’s going beyond the story of the book. “The [first] season ends exactly where the book ends, and to be able to go in season two not knowing what’s going to happen and to be in this completely new country with Luke who’s the only family I have, it’s exciting to see what’s going to happen,” she said.
16. The Premiere Date Has Been Set
The second season is going to drop in April, but there hasn’t been any word on what day.
The world is as captivated with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance as they were with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s love story. We’ve followed every milestone of the twosome’s relationship since their first official outing as a couple at the Invictus Games last year, and the pair has only gotten more serious since then. So far we’ve enjoyed key events like their sweet engagement announcement, their first Christmas with the Queen, and their first outing on official royal business.
Ever since the couple set the date for their upcoming royal nuptials on May 19, though, it seems like the whole world has been wondering the same question: where the newlyweds will be honeymooning once the festivities are done?
Given Prince Harry’s love of warm climates, it’s only natural that speculation is leading us all to believe they’ll choose somewhere hot. The fact they fell in love while on holiday in Botswana means the country has a special place in their hearts, and they’ve also had an open invitation from the Prime Minister of Antigua to spend their honeymoon on the Caribbean island. If the insider reports are true, there’s also a chance we may just see Harry and Megan follow William and Kate’s example, with a honeymoon in the Seychelles. According to a source, Us Weekly reports that we won’t have to wait too much longer to hear where they plan to jet off after the wedding.
“At the moment nothing has been booked, but expect a decision to be made within a month,” the source revealed, adding that certain security measures will be put in place once Harry and Meghan pick a destination. “Once the decision has been made, they will have a security team fly out to do reconnaissance and the info will be confidential. Should anything get out they would feel the trip’s compromised and pick a new destination.”
The source noted that the royal couple definitely has somewhere “hot and sunny” in mind for their two week getaway. Regardless of where they end up, we have a feeling they won’t be flying economy for this trip!
While bumping into an ex is a fate most of us would avoid at all costs if given the choice, the same can’t be said for Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The pair reunited on The Graham Norton Show on Thursday night, and it was anything but awkward. Despite the age difference, the pair (who met on the set of 1981 film Excalibur) were “smitten” at first sight and were in a relationship for four years.
When asked about their history, Helen explained “we didn’t ‘date’, we lived together for four years,” adding, “We were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!” Liam continued the compliments, recalling, “I remember being on the set and standing with Ciarán Hinds as Helen walked towards us dressed in her full Morgana Le Fey costume and we both went, ‘Oh f*ck,’ and I was smitten . . . I think Ciarán was too, but I was very smitten!”
Helen replied “I never knew that. You’ve never told me that before. It’s amazing.” So cute!
Apparently Liam knew his smitten feelings were requited when Helen started to mock him. “I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back, and I turned around one day and she was doing that to me,” he said.
Though their flame eventually fizzled out, there’s clearly still a bond between the two. After they went their separate ways, both moved on to new loves: Helen recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary with husband Taylor Hackford, while Liam Neeson shares two sons with wife Natasha Richardson, who tragically passed away following a skiing accident in 2009.
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Listen, there are spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below, but in all fairness you should have seen it by now.
Imagine being so sad, so bored, so unfulfilled by your own existence that you spend a day (perhaps multiple days) doing this: wading out into the internet, finding an exceptionally bad quality version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then taking precious time out of your life to edit out every part of the movie featuring women. Seriously – just imagine how tragic the day-to-day routine of someone who’d decide to do that must be. No such person could possibly exist, could they?
Oh, they do. They definitely do.
As pointed out by Pedestrian, a self-described “chauvinist cut” of the latest entry into the Star Wars universe has made its way to torrent site The Pirate Bay. Given the many, many incredible female roles that director Rian Johnson included in The Last Jedi, the creator (who no doubt signed that petition) was left with only 46 measly minutes of sketchy, shaky footage that includes hard-coded subtitles. Dubbed “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit,” the person who made it incentivized potential viewers by writing that it’s “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff.”
Because, of course, everyone wants to watch a version of The Last Jedi without Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa using the Force (only boys are allowed do that!) or Laura Dern’s prissy Admiral Holdo saving the Resistance like some kind of silly girl. Right?
If you’re thoroughly depressed that this is the state of the world, never fear – Johnson and the rest of the cast got a kick out of the news after Birth. Movies. Death. writer Priscilla Page tweeted her reaction to it.
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– Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 16, 2018
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– @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) January 16, 2018
Great points. Hope it’s okay to make a final point…
– John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) January 16, 2018
Now if I might chime in for a final word on this matter:
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Black Lightning is electrifying fans for all the right reasons. The show, which centers on a retired black superhero named Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), is a welcome addition for people of color craving to see more heroic characters who look like them. Jefferson isn’t the only one who’s filling a gap in pop culture, though. Anissa Pierce is the daughter of Black Lightning and a superhero in her own right (she goes by Thunder), and the role is an important one for many of the show’s young audience. She has superpowers just like her father, and will make LGBTQ+ history when she becomes the first black lesbian superhero ever portrayed on TV.
“I’m really proud to play a role for young lesbian women to see themselves.”
“I’m really honored,” Nafessa Williams, who plays Thunder in the CW series, told The Advocate. “I’m really proud to play a role for young lesbian women to see themselves [and] to see how loving and supportive the family is. I believe that family of lesbian and gay teenagers need to see that, if they’re struggling with accepting their child’s sexuality.”
Anissa’s sexuality will definitely be explored on the show, which was created by Salim and Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane). According to IMDb, actress Chantal Thuy will appear as Grace Choi, a bartender who strikes up a romantic relationship with Anissa just like she does in DC’s comic books. This wouldn’t be the first time The CW has opened the door for LGBTQ+ characters in its DC superhero lineup, however. In 2016, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) came out as a lesbian on Supergirl not long after then-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that one of the show’s characters would come out as gay that season.
Suffice it to say, many fans are looking forward to witnessing Anissa’s storyline unfold as the first live-action black lesbian superhero. Keep reading to see some of the heartfelt reactions to the news that will make you even more excited about upcoming episodes of Black Lightning.
Netflix is producing original TV series at a breakneck pace. It currently has over 100 original series being produced, between its full originals and its partnership series. In 2018, we can look forward to new seasons of several Marvel shows, like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, plus continuations of Grace and Frankie, 13 Reasons Why, Arrested Development, and more.
Here are all the premiere dates we know so far!
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a little movie called Black Panther coming out. Not only has Marvel’s latest superhero film already smashed ticket presale records to smithereens, but it also features one of the most beautiful casts Hollywood has ever amassed in one film. It’s the latter reason – combined with stunning sets and some truly jaw-dropping costumes – that make looking at photos from Black Panther such a wondrous experience. And, to be honest, who doesn’t need more shirtless pictures of Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan in their lives? No one, that’s who. Crank up the soundtrack, and read ahead for all 56 gorgeous shots from the Ryan Coogler-directed outing.
If you’re like me, then thinking about Zac Efron generally fills you with the warm and fuzzies – those abs and that jawline, right? That’s why it pains me to say that those halcyon days of thirsting for Efron are over now that the actor has shared the first photo of his transformation into serial killer Ted Bundy for the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Or should I say, the days of guiltlessly thirsting for him are over, since getting all hot and bothered by him in character as a murderer is . . . well . . . you know what? Let’s just move on.
The news that Efron is starring in a movie about Bundy’s life was announced in 2017, and surprisingly, it’s not the first time a Disney star has taken on a role this dark. Just last year Teen Beach Movie‘s Ross Lynch starred in My Friend Dahmer, the chilling origin story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Like Lynch, it looks like Efron is fully committing to the role, which will see him portraying Bundy, who was connected to at least 36 horrific murders. The story will be told through the eyes of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), and judging from the picture Efron shared on Twitter, it’s clear he’s already channeling Bundy’s trademark charisma:
– Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) January 17, 2018
The black and white image doesn’t reveal too much detail, other than that it’s a re-creation of Bundy’s 1975 mugshot. Regardless, it’s safe to say playing one of America’s most prolific serial killers will be a big departure for the actor, who most recently appeared in circus musical The Greatest Showman and Baywatch.
“Ted Bundy is going to be a challenge,” he recently told BuzzFeed. “I think it’s going to be different and it’s going to be fun. I’m super stoked.”
In addition to Efron and Collins, the Joe Berlinger-directed film also stars John Malkovich as Judge Edward Cowart, who handled Bundy’s televised trial and sentenced him to the death penalty. Hopefully the cast will share a few more sneak peeks as production gets into gear.