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The Spectacle Of Met Gala 2019 And How It Turns Out To Be Exaggerated

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Lady Gaga made history with her 16-minute red carpet entrance at the Met Gala 2019

If there is an event that makes the fashion and entertainment world ecstatic every year, that’s the Met Gala. A fashion and art event that aims to generate funds for the charities supported by the New York Metropolitan Museum. The annual met gala is beyond a spectacle, with hundreds of big names in Hollywood and the elites coming together in a night to celebrate culture, history, fashion, and art.

The Met Gala first started in 1948 as Eleanor Lambert founded it as a way to encourage donations from New York’s high society. The fundraiser grew in popularity and became the most anticipated event in the fashion fundraising calendar.

Technically, the Met Gala is an art exhibit by the Met’s Costume Institute and is also known as the Costume Institute Gala. Every year, the exhibition is showcasing period and contemporary costumes in different themes from Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, to Manus x Machina, Punk: Chaos to Couture and China: Through the Looking Glass. This year’s exhibition theme is Camp: Notes On Fashion.

Cardi B in Met Gala 2019 | Image from @iamcardib / Instagram

The red carpet is one of the highlights of the event where guests, celebrities, and artists strut the red carpet with their interpretation of the theme. Since 1995, US Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour chaired the gala with the help of other celebrities she enlisted as her co-hosts. As expected this year’s Gala, held on May 6th at the New York Metropolitan Museum, did not disappoint. The red carpet theme was such a spectacle that Harper Bazaar called it “outrageous and over-the-top.” As mentioned earlier, this year’s theme is all about camp fashion.

Camp loosely means exaggeration in fashion and guests walked the red carpet bringing in nothing but hyperbole. Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, has framed the exhibition around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on “Camp” and argued the “love of the unnatural inspires that: of artifice and exaggeration… style at the expense of content… the triumph of the epicene style.”

As exaggeration becomes the central artistic focus of this year’s gala, it has undoubtedly made history when Lady Gaga, known for her campiness in her style and fashion, has a walk through the red carpet for 16 minutes – the most extended red carpet entrance ever. Gaga entered the halls of the Met wearing a humongous fuchsia gown ushered by six men because of its size. She walks through the red carpet stripping off her ball gown to reveal a black straight cut gown that she’s wearing inside the gigantic pink gown. As people expect that her final look would be the black gown, Gaga shockingly stripped it off as well to further reveal a summer look inside that resembles a swimming attire.

Lady Gaga in her second look at the Met Gala 2019 | Image from @ladygaga / Instagram

Similarly, Cardi B, the famous new generation hip hop artist, entered the hall with another gigantic gown – red and highly detailed, inspired by menstruation as a nod to the struggles faced by women because of their period. Just like Lady Gaga, she entered the red carpet with men carrying her ballooning ball gown because of how huge and long it was.

Ezra Miller in Met Gala 2019 | Image from @ezramiller / Instagram

Other standouts were Ezra Miller who went in with a masquerade mask only to reveal six more pairs of eyes craftily and realistically painted on his face. Met Gala 2019 co-host Harry Styles awed everyone with his masculine take of very feminine elements of clothing such us sheer fabric, pearl earrings, and some unexpected nipple-slips.

Katy Perry, who was also one of the best dressed in last year’s affair, once again proved her place in the Met Gala history with a chandelier dress – complete with lights! Zendaya, as she fulfills her Disney fantasy came as Cinderella complete with a ‘transformation’ effect as her black gown lights up revealing a blue tone gown. She also ran up the stairs and left her glass slippers behind.

Aquaria in Met Gala 2019 | Image from @ageofaquaria /
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Aquaria, the reigning queen of the hit reality TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race was also spotted wearing Maison Margiela Artisanal designed by John Galliano. As campy fashion is a favorite go-to for drag queens, RuPaul Charles went in the red carpet with a pink suit and a gigantic bow tie.

Interestingly, Frank Ocean came in wearing black trousers and an underwhelming black Prada windbreaker. And of course, Jared Leto is nit Jared Leto if his camp outfit isn’t camp. Leto went in carrying his head in his hand as an accessory.

Jared Leto in Met Gala 2019 | Image from @jaredleto / Instagram

This year’s gala is something that fans would remember as the guests, with their much-waited outfits did not disappoint. /apr

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‘Now & Then’ Coming To Netflix; Here’s Netflix August Movie And TV Show Lineup

The nostalgic movie about female bond and friendships is coming to Netflix this August.

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The 1995 coming-of-age film Now & Then will be giving the nostalgic feel to Netflix as the streaming service announced that it will be available for streaming this August.

“Grab your bikes and find your best friends because ‘Now and Then’ will be available to stream on Netflix US starting August 1,” Netflix tweeted, along with a photo of the full cast from the ’90s hit.

In the film, four childhood friends reunite and reflect on their adventures, including the memories of the unforgettable summer of 1970.

The younger versions of the group are played by Gaby Hoffmann (Samantha), Christina Ricci (Roberta), Ashleigh Ashton Moore (Chrissy), and Thora Birch (Teeny) — with the women they grew up to be — played by Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, and Melanie Griffith, respectively.

Lesli Linka Glatter directed and I. Marlene King wrote the screenplay for the film. Later on, King went on to develop the fan-crazed suspense series Pretty Little Liars.

Although the film received mostly negative reviews upon its release, it proved to be a moderate financial success and gained a cult following over time because of its representation on women friendships. The film grossed over $37.5 million with just a $12 million budget.

Now and Then also came with a memorable soundtrack, which included hits like “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations, and “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5.

In 2012, a television series was in development that was supposed to be adapted from Now and Then but was later on scrapped. King was supposedly the writer for the series, too.

Back in 2015, King spoke at the 20th anniversary of the film saying: “It was on ABC Family but they wanted to change it so the ‘now’ was present day and the ‘then’ would be the ‘90s,” King said. “I didn’t want to do that — I felt that kind of ruins how special the movie is.… To me, there will never be a 1970s again, so to try to set it in the ‘90s when we had cell phones and things like that, I don’t think it would work.”

She also said she loves when fans approach her about the film, to this day.

“Mothers are now sending me notes saying they’re showing it to their daughters,” she said. “I feel like it’s become this timeless movie, and unfortunately more movies like this aren’t out there, so people I think have latched on to Now and Then as an example of what we were just talking about: positive girl friendships. And I think it’s become this iconic movie, and that’s awesome!”

The film drops August 1st on Netflix. But here are other TV shows and movies that will be available on the streaming platform next month:

AUGUST 1

A Cinderella Story
Bad Santa
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
Innerspace
Jackie Brown
Lord of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant 
Nola Circus
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar, Alias JJ: Season 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Bomb
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West 

AUGUST 2

Jab We Met
The Founder

AUGUST 3

Sing
The Invisible Guardian

AUGUST 4

Icarus 
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later: Season 1

AUGUST 5

Holes

AUGUST 8

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 

AUGUST 10

Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

AUGUST 11

Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3
Naked 
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1
White Gold

AUGUST 13

Arthur and the Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo 

AUGUST 14

The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

AUGUST 15

Barbeque
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo 
21
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
The Sweet Life

AUGUST 16

Gold

AUGUST 18

Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
What Happened to Monday

AUGUST 19

Hide and Seek

AUGUST 20

Camera Store

AUGUST 21

AWOL
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2
Unacknowledged

AUGUST 22

Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast 
Sadie’s Last Days on Earth

AUGUST 23

Feel Rich

AUGUST 25

Disjointed: Part 1
Death Note 
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6

AUGUST 29

Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face 
The Good Place: Season 1

AUGUST 31

Be Afraid

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MCU Commits To Diversity; Valkyrie Gets A Bisexual Storyline

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Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige confirms that the Asgardian warrior will have an LGBTQ+ storyline in the new movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. The Marvel films producer also hinted that this LGBTQ+ representation would not be limited to the new Thor film alone.

Feige said, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”

Valkyrie, who is played by Tessa Thompson, is confirmed to be bisexual based on reports. What’s great is that Thompson is a real-life LGBTQ+ icon herself. Thompson’s non-hetero-normative portrayal of Valkyrie earned praises when she first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok.

During the San Diego Comic Convention, Thompson teased about Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. When asked what Valkryie will do as the king of the new Asgard, Thompson responded that she would search for her queen.

“As the new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson happily announces to a cheering crowd. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

Valkyrie has always been Bisexual

The decision to make Valkyrie an LGBTQ+ character may seem like a sudden change of pace for Marvel. However, anyone familiar with the Fearless Defenders comic book series affirms that she has always been a bisexual character.

In the series, Valkyrie has an exciting relationship with Dr. Annabelle Riggs, an archaeologist who acquired an Asgardian statuette. Valkyrie met Dr. Riggs after she accidentally triggered a melody using the statuette on a Viking mass grave. In the very first issue of the comic, Valkyrie and Dr. Riggs share a passionate kiss.

Though only confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder, Valkyrie’s bisexuality were addressed earlier in Thor: Ragnarok. A scene was supposed to show her bisexuality through a glimpse of a woman leaving the Valkyrie’s room. However, the filmed clip was ultimately cut because it distracts the audience to an essential point of the story.

Despite the scene being deleted, Thompson did her best to portray Valkyrie’s sexuality. In the scenes of flashback, Valkyrie is shown training and fighting alongside her Valkyrie sisters. When the Hela, the Goddess of Death and Thor’s exiled sister, murdered the rest of the warrior clan, Valkyrie’s agony goes beyond her despair for her fallen sisters.

Thompson shares that she channeled the loss of a loved one in the scene to subtlety hint Valkyrie’s bisexuality. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” Thompson shares in an interview. “In my mind, that was my lover.”

In Twitter, Thompson also talked about Valkyrie’s bisexuality right after the release of Thor: Ragnarok. Thompson answered fans’ questions about the film and her character.

Marvel and LGBTQ+ representation issue

Although Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in Marvel Studios’ MCU, Marvel Comics have long included LGBTQ+ characters in their storyline.

Appearing in 1979’s X-Men Comics, Northstar a member of a fictional Canadian superhero team called Alpha Flight. Northstar is a mutant with the ability to fly and create photonic energy blasts. He is the first openly gay character in the Marvel Universe. He’s also the first married gay man, marrying his longtime boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu in 2012.

Drax’s daughter, Moondragon, is also an openly-bisexual character in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series. Also known as Heather Douglas, Moondragon is a telepath, telekinetic, and martial arts practitioner.

Speculation of Marvel introducing these characters soon has gained praise from fans and the LGBTQ+ community.

In the past, Marvel has not addressed the issue of representation well. Similar to the decision on Thor: Ragnarok‘s deleted scene, some of the known LGBTQ+ characters in Black Panther were not explicitly stated.

Two of Dora Milaje are lovers, but they did not get any speaking lines. Fans criticized Marvel for not taking the opportunity for LGBTQ+ representation.

In Avengers: Endgame, a Grieving Man in a support group, talked about losing his gay partner. Critics did not like this scene because it was a haphazardly thrown in to please those who’ve been clamoring for representation.

Marvel’s Phase 4 has given hopes to a more diverse representation starting with Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. Marvel plans to introduce more superheroes with a slate of films and TV series until 2021. Fans hope that Northstar and Moondragon will be added to the MCU soon.

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LOOK: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Trailer

Based on Tom Junod’s work in 1998, the movie will tell how the kindest man in television told children to always be kind

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Sony Pictures Entertainment dropped the first official trailer of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Tom Hanks is playing Steve Rogers, the friendly TV personality that reminded everyone to be good.

Mirrored with the original “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the trailer starts with Mr. Rogers singing the classic theme song. This time, it’s Hanks who is doing the singing and asking the audience, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Just like the host himself, Hanks — with gray hair and a nicely-pressed suit — changes into a red cardigan and some sneakers. He even does the iconic shoe toss.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a biopic about Rogers’ life but is instead, inspired by the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a cynical journalist assigned to write a profile of the long-running television host in 1998.

Based on the trailer, we see that Junod is given a new name, Lloyd Vogel who arrives on the iconic set of PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, where he plans to interview Fred Rogers for Esquire’s “heroes” issue.

“This piece will be for an issue about heroes,” Rhys’ character tells Rogers in the new clip. “Do you consider yourself a hero?”

He responds, “We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.”

“There are many things you can do,” Rogers offers up. “You can play all the lowest keys on the piano at the same time.”

Vogel is a fictional character based on Tom Junod’s original work. Like in real life, he documents about the effect Rogers’ optimistic kindness had on millions of people. He initially accepts the job with a cynical approach as his wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) asks him not to “ruin her childhood,” in the trailer.

The skeptical journalist overtime shifts his perspective on life and eventually turns a new leaf as he begins to see the world with more positivity as he got to know Mister Rogers more.

Towards the end of the short 2-minute trailer, a group of subway riders sings “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” to Rogers, who beams and says they did a wonderful job. A tasteful and heart-warming scene that represents how much Mister Rogers has touched people’s lives not only for children but in all ages.

The feel-good film will attempt to give the same effect that Mister Rogers once did. Known as the kindest man in television history, the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons since 1968 and came to an end in 2001.

Unfortunately, Rogers died in 2003.

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film.  The screenplay, based on Junod’s Esquire article and written by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue.

Also starring in the movie are Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

Last year, Won’t You Be My Neighbor—a documentary about Fred Rogers was the surprise hit of the summer, which received positive reviews from critics and viewers. Furthermore, it did good with box office, grossing more than $22 million in ticket sales.

Filmmaker Morgan Neville, who directed the 2018 documentary said: “I think what he was trying to do is teach us how to be human. This new medium was coming television. He recognized something from the moment he saw it, that many generations of children were going to be raised by this thing, and that somebody had to use that as a tool to help children.”

As part of the marketing for the film, a Facebook group for “Mister Rogers’ Helpers” is advertised at the end of the trailer, exhorting the audience to spread his “legacy of kindness.” The name of the group is a reference to a story Rogers cited a number of times: that his mother always told him, during times of trouble, to “look for the helpers.”

In other news, the film was supposedly slated for a much earlier release in October 2018, but the movie’s set was a site of a tragedy when the Emmy-winning sound mixer James Emswiller fell from a two-story building during filming and died.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is now slated to release around Thanksgiving on November 2019.

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