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85 Celebrities in Gloriously ’80s Fashion
Take a trip down memory lane.
While the ’80s are known for many things—the movies! The models!—in our opinion, the ’80s were genuinely all about the fashion. From Cher’s daring dresses to Madonna’s Like A Virgin-era getups, the decade was undisputedly a time to be alive when it came to the clothes. The outfits were big. They were bold. They were covered in sequins. And it didn’t stop there: the penchant for larger-than-life hair during that decade proved that pretty much all of the beauty trends that are currently going viral on TikTok and Instagram originated well before the internet ever existed. So, excuse me as I take a brief trip down memory and reminisce about all of the best (and most over-the-top) looks from the decade.
There’s A Long Overdue Reckoning Happening In Women’s Soccer
Players are alleging sexual coercion and emotional abuse at the hands of coaches and team officials.
Over the last few weeks, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has found itself confronting a slew of disturbing allegations from players, including sexual harassment, coercion, and emotional abuse by coaches.
The revelations of alleged misconduct detailed in a report from The Athletic had an almost instantaneous effect: NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird resigned, and the league announced it was conducting several internal investigations. Since then, high-profile players like Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan have gone public to condemn NWSL. On Twitter, Morgan wrote that “the league must accept responsibility for a process that failed to protect its own players from this abuse.”
‘WandaVision’ Spinoff Starring Kathryn Hahn in the Works at Disney Plus
A “WandaVision” spinoff starring Kathryn Hahn is in development at Disney Plus from Marvel Studios, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.
Hahn would reprise the role of Agatha Harkness in the series, which is described by sources as a dark comedy, though exact plot details remain under wraps. “WandaVision” head writer Jac Schaeffer would serve as the writer and executive producer on the project. Should the spinoff go forward, it would be the first project Schaeffer has set up with Marvel since she signed an overall deal with them and 20th Television in May.
Pepsi Created a Cracker Jack Soda Just in Time for the Baseball Playoffs
Yes, there’s a prize included.
Cracker Jack is a perfectly serviceable snack, but you have to wonder if the 125-year-old brand would have been lost to history had it not been namechecked in the 1908 song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” By being immortalized in those lyrics, millions of baseball fans are reminded of the mix of caramel-covered popcorn and peanuts every summer. And now, one of the world’s biggest soda brands is cosigning Cracker Jack’s enduring MLB legacy: Pepsi is releasing a Cracker Jack-flavored cola.
How Lily Rabe Is Embracing Maternity Style With Fabulous Flair
This past week, Lily Rabe embarked on her press tour for her latest movie The Tender Bar—her first run of press since the pandemic began. While the idea of dressing up again for the red carpet after more than a year away is certainly a challenge on its own, the actor is also navigating the red carpet while pregnant with her third child with partner Hamish Linklater. She tells Vogue that she’s still very much in the process of finding her maternity style stride. “I’ve worked through all my pregnancies, but I’ve never done a full press run,” Rabe says. “Dressing for two is totally new. I always love collaborating with my stylist, Jessica [Paster], but this is a new level of collaboration.”
Claire Foy to Play Sheryl Sandberg in TV Series About Facebook
Anonymous Content and Wiip are producing ‘Doomsday Machine,’ based on a book about the social media giant titled ‘An Ugly Truth.’
The Crown Emmy winner Claire Foy will take on another real-life character for her next TV project: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Foy is set to play Sandberg in a drama from Anonymous Content and Wiip titled Doomsday Machine. The project, which doesn’t have an outlet attached yet, is based on New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination (published by Harper in July), as well as their reporting for the Times and that of The New Yorker‘s Andrew Marantz.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced, Homeland Elegies) is writing and will executive produce with Frenkel and Kang. Marantz is a consultant on the project.
When to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey This Year
Plan ahead, because a table without a bird is like a holiday tree with no presents.
You might roll your eyes at everyone who runs to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte in August and actively avoid Hobby Lobby aisles of Christmas décor in September. We know, we know: Jumping too far ahead on holidays perpetuates their commercialization. But this year, you might want to get a head start on Thanksgiving in October. If this November holiday won’t feel like a holiday to you without a turkey, consider hitting the grocery store well in advance this season to guarantee you’ll bring home the bird.
How Squid Game’s Hoyeon Jung Went From Chanel Model To Star Of Netflix’s Biggest Hit
Fleshing out a character as complex as Sae-byeok would be a challenge for a seasoned performer, but Squid Game was Jung’s acting debut. Already a familiar face in the world of fashion, the 27-year-old has modelled for brands like Chanel, Bottega Veneta, and Louis Vuitton, which named her its latest global ambassador earlier today. Most models are discovered by someone else, but Jung made her way into the industry by sheer force of will. Originally from Myeonmok-dong, a suburb of Seoul, she worked freelance at Seoul Fashion Week as a teenager, getting cast in shows without help from an agency. Within six years, she’d found representation on her own, placed second in the fourth season of Korea’s Next Top Model, and landed on the cover of Vogue’s Korean edition.
Greta Lee On The Morning Show, Taking Cues From Elizabeth Holmes, And Her Character’s Anti-Heels Stance
There are a lot of reasons to love Greta Lee, from her early cameos on shows like Girls, High Maintenance, and Broad City; to her status as originator of the phrase “Sweet birthday baby!” on Russian Doll; to her absolutely immaculate Grub Street Diet. (It was as a direct result of reading about Lee’s food life that I discovered my absolute favourite family-style Thai place in Brooklyn, but I digress.) Onscreen, Lee is the best friend you wish you had, full of verve and never without a witty comeback; plus, her characters tend to be united by a keen eye for fashion.
These days, Lee can be found playing the ambitious, Gen-Z-literate former media-company president Stella Bak on The Morning Show, which returned for its second season last month. Vogue recently spoke to Lee about the series, avoiding social media in her own life, and Stella’s inimitable style.
How Kristen Stewart, Will Smith, and More Beloved Stars Might Finally Get Their Due at the Oscars
There are plenty of iconic actors who never got the Academy recognition they deserved—but there are several Oscar droughts likely to end this year.
One of the great joys of following Oscar season is those moments when an actor or actress who really deserves it—who’s been putting in great work for years, with performances that have endeared them to audiences and impressed both critics and fans—finally hits big with Oscar: Julianne Moore finally getting her moment in the spotlight in 2015 and winning best actress for Still Alice after four previous nominations; Jennifer Jason Leigh’s first nomination, in best supporting actress, for The Hateful Eight, paying off years of snubs and near misses; Christopher Plummer getting his very first Oscar nomination at age 80. For those of us who follow the machinations of the Oscars closely, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that for every performer, their time will come.
Tour This Famed English Castle With the Duchess Who Lives There
You may recognize the castle from Downton Abbey or Harry Potter.
Whether it’s binge-watching episodes of The Crown or eagerly awaiting the new Princess Diana biopic, there’s something tantalizing about getting an inside look at British royal life. But if the screen just isn’t cutting it, one British royal is opening up her home to a few lucky visitors.
Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, has partnered with luxury travel provider Luxury Gold to bring people behind the scenes of Alnwick Castle, her home in northern England.
The castle (pronounced “Ann-Nick”) gained 21st-century fame as a filming location for both Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. But royal fans will love that it’s the second-largest inhabited castle in England, after Windsor.
Supply chain havoc is getting worse — just in time for holiday shopping
The most popular holiday gifts might not arrive in time for the holidays, even if you order now.
Gadgets are particularly vulnerable to shortages because they include many different components. Consider all the parts that go into a PlayStation 5 or a new laptop, including their chips, outer shells, and screens. Many of these components require their own specialized manufacturing facilities, which are typically in different factories and often in different countries. For a device to be delivered on time, all of these parts need to be made in sync. Right now, that’s not happening.
The trillion-dollar coin scheme, explained by the guy who invented it
Let us now praise Beowulf, perhaps the most influential blog commenter of all time.
On Tuesday, the Treasury secretary of the United States, Janet Yellen, finally said it: She does not intend to mint a platinum coin worth $1 trillion to pay for the US government’s expenses.
If you are not familiar with the platinum coin idea, or the hashtag #MintTheCoin, or the small army of Coinistas who have become a vocal part of economics and finance circles since the early 2010s, you may be asking: What the hell are you talking about?
The (sorta) short answer is that later this month, the US will exceed the legal limit on how much outstanding debt the federal government can hold — the debt ceiling. Senate Republicans have agreed to allow an extension through December, but that just sets up another confrontation in a few months. To avert the global economic catastrophe that might ensue if the US exceeds the debt limit, some observers have broached some truly absurd ideas.
Our amazing sense of touch, explained by a Nobel laureate
How do you feel — literally? Nobel laureate Ardem Patapoutian explains the tactile science of sensation.
Before 2010, scientists knew very little about how the sensation of touch begins its journey into a person’s consciousness. They knew that nerve endings help carry the message from different parts of our bodies to our brains. But they didn’t know what kind of receptor on the nerve ending causes the message to fire — for example, when a person touches an ice cube or places a hand on a hot stove. You could say that researchers understood the wires, but not the light switch.
Then came Ardem Patapoutian.
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