Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson WOW fans as they flash their bras in backstage snap

The girls are set to perform on Graham Norton tonight

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Little Mix out and about, London, UK – 19 Nov 2018

The Little Mix girls are living their best lives at the moment what with the release of their new album and general slaying over on social media.

Jesy Nelson

And Jesy Nelson has proved why we love the girls so much after she shared an extra sassy new snap yesterday.


More: Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson sizzles with incredible backstage Strictly Come Dancing snap: ‘Girl on girl action!’

Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old can be seen posing in a netted top and black bra tucked into a pair of red PVC trousers as she hung out backstage at The Graham Norton show.

Giving the camera her best pout, Jesy has her long hair styled in loose waves and a heavy smokey eye make up look.

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Meanwhile, bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards are also posing up a storm in the incredible photo.

Geordie star Jade, 24, is wearing a tiger print blouse, as she places her hand above her head.

Braving the December chill, 27-year-old  Leigh-Anne is turning up the heat in a bra top matched with a snakeskin blazer and trousers.

And Perrie, 25, looks just as glamorous as ever in a strapless orange top and leather trousers.

Obviously, fans of the stars couldn’t wait to comment on the photo as one wrote: ‘My favourite squad😍😍😍😍

‘You guys are too hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥,’ wrote another, while a third added: ‘Absolute goals right there, love Perries style🔥🙌💛

The girls will appear on BBC’s Graham Norton Show – which is due to air this Friday – alongside other celeb guests, Jason Momoa, Dame Darcey Bussell and Bill Bailey.

As well as having a chat about their album LM5, the girls also performed new single Think About Us – and looked AMAZING!

Meanwhile, following a load of criticism over their ‘sexy’ outfits in recent weeks, the girls  revealed what they really think about the haters.

Jesy said at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball: ‘If you’ve got nothing nice to say then bore off because we embrace every single bit of our bodies.

‘That’s what being a woman is about – being confident.’

Keep slayin’ ladies!

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 hit by ‘FIX’ claims after Joe Sugg fans ‘discover voting loophole’ before final


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‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 05 Dec 2018
He’s the YouTube vlogger turned Strictly sensation, but has he got what it takes to win that glitterball trophy? After making it to the semi-finals last weekend, Joe Sugg will be waltzing his way into the studio alongside dance partner Dianne Buswell as he talks life since Strictly, why his grandparents inspired his Strictly adventure and why he wouldn’t say no to a career in the West End.

It might be just hours before the Strictly Come Dancing final, but it looks like Joe Sugg has found himself in the middle of another ‘fix’ scandal.


The YouTube star has become a firm favourite to win this Saturday after impressing the judges with his amazing ballroom skills alongside partner Dianne Buswell.


More: Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Anton du Beke hints why THIS celebrity won’t win the show

However, now 27-year-old Joe’s fans have apparently discovered a loophole which allows viewers outside of the UK to vote for him, which is forbidden in the show’s rules.

A four-step instruction shared on Twitter and Instagram reads: ‘How to vote for #Joanne if you’re not in the UK.’

It claims there is one of three ways in which fans can vote alongside calling on a landline or mobile phone.

If international fans DID manage to vote, this could lead Joe to win by a landslide considering he has a worldwide fan base of 8.2 million YouTube subscribers, 5.49 million Twitter followers and 5.7 million followers on Instagram.

However, fellow finalists Stacey Dooley, Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts can rest assured because BBC’s terms and conditions state that they can disqualify any votes that are found to be ineligible.

The terms and conditions on their website read: ‘The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred or if it considers there has been any deliberate attempt to manipulate the result.

‘The BBC can only guarantee that votes individually entered directly through the telephone numbers promoted on the show and those registered through the site will count.’

And bosses over at the Beeb have since responded to the loophole rumours, insisting their doing their best to prevent anyone from outside the UK voting.

The statement given to reads: ‘We regularly make updates to our technology to help prevent access to voting via the BBC website from outside the UK which breaks our voting terms and conditions.

‘Our voting platforms are robust and we have stringent procedures in place as well as independent verification. Online voting requires a BBC log in and is freely available to users across the UK without a VPN.’

So, it looks like Strictly producers will definitely be putting a stop to any foul play…

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Vicky Pattison sends fans WILD as she shows off incredible body transformation in sexy bikini photos: ‘Absolutely sensational’

Looking fab, Vic!

Vicky Pattison

While there’s loads of things Vicky Pattison is great at, one thing we know she does really well is take a totally amazing bikini photo.

Vicky Pattison

And low and behold the Geordie Shore star has been at it again this week as she’s shared a string of super sexy snaps on Instagram.


More: Vicky Pattison WOWS fans with seriously sexy swimwear photos after escaping John Noble split drama

In one photo, the 31-year-old can be seen posing up a storm in front of the mirror at a fitness retreat in Portugal she’s currently staying in with her mum.

Tugging down on her crochet bikini bottoms, Vic has given fans a glimpse of her incredible figure as she pouts at the camera.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner Vicky then shared an insight into how her detox is going, hilariously writing: ‘As I took this picture my mam started ranting about cheese…

‘It’s day 5 people and I think she’s cracked!! 😂😍🙈 I’m off to the spa to take her mind off it… 😂💁🏻‍♀️

Following it up with another selfie, the star can be seen relaxing in the spa wearing the same two piece.

While showing off her enviable abs, she wrote: ‘Thinking about cheese… (thanks mam) wbu?! 🧀

And in one final instalment of the cheese saga, Vic took another quick snap leaning on the side of the spa’s pool, this time telling fans: ‘Specifically thinking about extra mature cheddar… 🧀✨😂

As well as talking about all things cheese – it is nearly Christmas after all – Vicky’s fans were quick to comment on the smoking’ hot snaps, with one writing: ‘You always looked great vicky. So enjoy that cheese lol 😊😊

‘Oh my god!! You look amazing!! 🔥🔥🔥,’ said another, while a third added: ‘Wow you look sensational!’

During her time away, Vicky has also been sharing snippets of all the healthy food and intense work-out routines she’s been testing out at the health retreat in order to get herself back to her best.

Meanwhile, this comes following her messy split from fiancé John Noble last month – after videos of him emerged getting cosy with multiple women on a trip to Dubai.

Sharing an inspirational quote on Instagram last week, Vic opened up about her heartache, telling fans: ‘I’m completely done both physically and mentally. I’ve put my all into keeping going these last few weeks and now I need to accept that I need to go somewhere that is good for my soul and rest.’

Hope you feel better soon, Vic!

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Cheryl left red-faced as fans notice this VERY awkward blunder on official merchandise

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‘The Greatest Dancer’ TV show photocall, London, UK – 10 Dec 2018

Cheryl has been in full-on promo mode over the past few weeks with the release of her brand new single and upcoming TV comeback.


But her latest business venture hasn’t exactly gone to plan after fans noticed a glaring error on her new line of hoodies.


More: Cheryl fans go wild as THIS very exciting career update is announced: ‘Can’t wait!’

The 35-year-old recently shared an Instagram snap of herself wearing one of her £44.99 Love Made Me Do It jumpers, telling her fans: ‘I got cute hoodies. link in bio if you wanna check them out.’

Unfortunately, when the online store opened two weeks ago, the merchandise featured a pretty awkward blunder as one line read: ‘Love made me do it (it was’nt my fault)’.

Now, we hate to be the grammar police, but the apostrophe is in totally the wrong place, and should have actually spelt ‘wasn’t’.

Cheryl’s eagle-eyed fans were quick to helpfully point out the mistake, with one writing on Twitter: ‘@CherylOfficial OBSESSED with the collection, but can we just address this – “was’nt” gives my year 11 GCSE self heart issues. However. I would like the whole entire collection please thanks #LMMDI #LoveMadeMeDoIt’

While a second joked: ‘don’t worry about the spelling! We know it was’nt your fault ’

Luckily, the guys over at camp Cheryl were quick to fix the error and the hoodies are now 1Cheryl has been in full-on promo mode over the past few weeks with the release of her brand new single and upcoming TV comeback.

And it looks like fans of the former X Factor judge can’t wait to get their hands on them, as one wrote on Instagram: ‘I plan on getting them all🤷🏽‍♀️💜💜

While a second added: ‘Christmas list x’

This comes after it was announced that Cheryl – who shares one-year-old baby Bear with ex Liam Payne – will be returning to our telly screens on the 5th January in her new show The Greatest Dancer.

A snap of the star looking ultra-glam was posted on the Insta for the upcoming BBC talent show, along with the caption: ‘We’ll be dancing on to your screens on Saturday 5th January, on @bbcone! 💃📺 #TGD #GreatestDancer.’

Erm… who’s excited?

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Arnez Yaron Jamison: Quick Facts About Man Responsible for Car Crash That Killed 4 Kids in South Carolina

The man responsible for the car crash in South Carolina that killed four children was identified as 27-year-old Arnez Yaron Jamison.

Arnez Jamison was driving on a country road in Travelers Rest, S.C. (near Greenville,) when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and struck several trees.

Inside the car, along with Jamison, were four young children, who all perished as a result of the crash. Three died instantly, and the fourth later died in the children’s ICU unit of the hospital after being taken off life support.

Jamison was hit with a number of charges from the crash, including child endangerment and felony DUI resulting in death.

Here’s what you need to know:

Arnez Yaron Jamison was driving an uninsured vehicle and was under the fluence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Joe Hovis told WSPA 7 News that 27-year-old Arnez Yaron Jamison was driving a 2004 Pontiac van north on Mountain Creek Road (Highway 253) around 12:28 a.m. early Friday morning (Dec. 7) when he lost control, ran off the road and crashed into several trees.

There were a total of five people in the van, including Jamison and four children. Three of the four children—4-year-old Arnez Yaron Jamison Jr., 6-year-old Robbiana Evans, and 8-year-old Jamire Halley—all died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, Hovis said.

The fourth child in the vehicle was severely injured and taken to the hospital, along with Jamison. The fourth child, 2-year-old Ar’mani Jamison, later died in the pediatric intensive care unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Jamison was charged with four counts of felony DUI resulting in death, driving under suspension, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and child endangerment.

Jamison was the biological father of two of the four children, but raised all four as his own.

Arnez Jamison had his first court hearing on Tuesday (Dec. 11). He’s currently being held without bond at the Greenville County Detention Center. The judge denied his bond and told him that it would have to be determined later by a circuit judge due to the serious nature of the charges.

The children’s mother, Jacqueline “Jackie” Brown told the Greenville News that her children meant the world to her and she doesn’t feel complete without them.

“I’m just incomplete now without them,” she said Monday. “They were my everything — my heart, my blood, my breath, my motivation. They helped me get through everything I needed to get through.”

The younger two of the four children—Arnez Jr. and Ar’mani Jamison—were biologically Jamison’s, a relative told the News, but he raised all four of them as his own.

Arnez Jamison has a history of run-ins with the law, including a domestic incident between him and the children’s mother, Jackie Brown.

Criminal records show that Arnez Jamison has a history of run-ins with the law. His record includes a number of traffic-related and criminal offenses over the past several years.

According to the Greenville News:

In June 2015, police responded to Brown and Jamison’s apartment on Brooks Pointe Circle for a domestic disturbance, according to an incident report obtained from the Travelers Rest Police Department. The report states that a 911 caller could hear Jamison yelling, “Don’t make me knock you out.”

An officer arrived to find blood on Jamison’s clothing and could smell a strong odor of alcohol on him.

The report states that Jamison had come home after drinking with friends to pick up more alcohol when Brown told him he had had enough. That’s when Jamison became angry and punched a hole in their wall, according to the report.

Jamison’s emotions were continually up and down, going from anger to sadness, according to the report. At one point during Jamison’s arrest, he tried to kick out a window to a police vehicle and later threatened some of the officers, the report states.

He pleaded guilty in July 2015 to third-degree domestic violence and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, according to Greenville County court records.

Another Travelers Rest police report details a hit-and-run in March 2016 when two separate vehicles were struck in separate locations. Jamison was identified as a suspect and arrested after officers found him in his apartment. In that case, he pleaded guilty in August 2016 and was sentenced to 18 months probation, court records show.

In an incident in May 2016, officers responded to a Walmart where Jamison’s vehicle was parked in a fire lane. Officers told Jamison to step out of the vehicle and could detect a strong odor of alcohol on him, according to a report.

Jamison resisted arrest and caused officers to fight with him for several minutes before he was placed in handcuffs, the report says. He was charged with public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in that case. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, court records show.

Later in 2016, he was given a trespass notice from the Brooks Pointe apartment complex and on Nov. 11, 2016, officers were contacted by the apartment manager who reported him being there.

Officers found Jamison sleeping in an upstairs bedroom and while escorting him out of the apartment, he tried to run away and caused officers to tackle him to the ground, the report states. Court records show he pleaded guilty to hindering a police officer and violating a trespass notice and ordered to pay a $1087.50 fine.

A close family member said Jamison’s mom died when he was 11 years old and he’s struggled with depression ever since.

Arnez Jamison’s family described him as “man with a good heart,” despite his lengthy criminal history.

“He is the sweetest, most generous boy that really screwed up. He would do anything for anyone,” said Jamison’s cousin Carol McNeil, who said she raised him as if he were her own son. “If anyone knows the first thing about him, it’s that he loved his kids. He loved his kids. All of them.”

McNeils said Jamison’s mother died when he was 11 years and she’s struggled with depression ever since. She told the Greenville News that Jamison told her he “doesn’t want to live anymore” after losing his children. “Without his kids, there’s nothing to live for,” she said he told her.

Jamison, the only person who survived the crash, was injured and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital before being booked in the Greenville County Jail.

He used a wheelchair during his bond hearing Tuesday (Dec. 11). He rarely spoke, other than saying “Yes sir” to the judge when asked a question. He shook his head while filling out paperwork, a reporter said.

McNeil said this incident shouldn’t define Jamison as a person and he’s not a “monster” as some people have called him.

“I want the community to know that he’s a good kid,” she said. “I understand they’re upset and mad, but he’s not a monster. He loved his kids. If he can sacrifice his own life for them, he would. I want the community to stop bashing him. We all make mistakes.”

McNeil said the guilt Jamison feels from the fatal crash is “killing him.”

“That’s my son. That’s my son. I’m going to fight and do whatever I have to do,” she said.

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Things We Saw Today: Oh Great, the Avengers: Endgame Logo Is Thanos-Themed

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel updated their official movie page with a brand new logo for Avengers: Endgame and you’ll never guess who it’s patterned after. No, wait, you’ll totally guess.

As points out, the logo, which arrived Wednesday as a cover photo on Marvel’s Avengers Facebook page, is decked out in Thanos’ primary colors.

Purple and gold take precedence here, because, you know, blah blah blah Thanos is so smart and complicated and “a holy warrior” (says Anthony Russo, who should meet me after school behind the dumpsters for a fight).

“Look, if you look at Thanos throughout the movie, what’s noble about the character is it’s not about ego for him,” Anthony said about Thanos’ goals in a separate interview. “He believes that creatures and beings are suffering because of this. So he believes the road for the right way to peace and balance is through eradicating half of all life.”

In the directors’ view, Thanos is somehow not a ruthless genocidal maniac spewing pseudo-environmentalist theories that sound like they were hashed out in a freshman year weed session between wannabe ecology and philosophy majors. Sometimes I feel like we were watching totally different movies.

The Russo brothers were hell-bent on making Thanos the center of the piece in Infinity War, declaring it time and again to be “his movie” despite the presence of roughly 1,742 superheroes, and if this logo tells us anything, it’s that Thanos is positioned to be just as big in Endgame. Yay.

New Avengers: Endgame logo

What’s especially annoying about this beyond the bare fact of Thanos’ suckage is that previous close artistic analysis of a leaked logo had suggested the potentially key role of Hawkeye in Endgame. That logo was done up in Hawkeye colors of purple and black; while I speculated at the time that this probably also indicated Thanos, I hoped otherwise. But now, add in the gold of Thanos’ armor, gauntlets, Gauntlet, double-bladed sword-thing etc. and this color palette is telling a decidedly villainous story about a terrible villain.

But Kaila, you say, this is just an early logo with some shades of lilac, can you maybe slow your roll? Listen, I know, I know, but let’s be real: if this was done up in vibrant greens, would we not be discussing that those colors hinted at the Hulk or Loki’s prominence? If it were red, would we not suspect it was highlighting Iron Man, or blue for Captain America, or silver and red for Thor, or if red and blue and gold the rise of Captain Marvel? Are we going to play like the choice of color schemes doesn’t matter in designing a multi-billion-dollar franchise’s marketing campaign?

Avengers: Infinity War logo is the same color as the Soul Stone

I mean, I just made the ground-breaking discovery that Infinity War‘s logo is the exact same hue as the Soul Stone, arguably the most important Infinity Stone plot-wise. This is crucial stuff here, people. Crucial stuff which unfortunately points to Thanos as still hanging around a lot in Endgame, probably passing the time between scenes posting to Malthusian message boards.

(via, images: Marvel Studios)

  • The final trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender is here, and Nerdist declares that it is “quintessentially epic.” (via Nerdist)
  • J.J. Abrams will reunite with his Alias star Jennifer Garner to executive produce a limited series at Apple based on Amy Silverstein’s memoir “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.” (via Variety)
  • What a time to be alive!

  • Netflix will release See You Yesterday, a Spike Lee-produced film about “using time travel against police brutality.” (via io9)
  • Ali Wong has been cast in Birds of Prey!!! No word on who she’s playing yet beyond an associate of Renee Montoya’s, but we hope that they’re in love. (via Pajiba)
  • Reports say Disturbia‘s D.J. Caruso has landed the job of directing the Are You Afraid of the Dark movie and playing with our nostalgic childhood terrors. (via CBR)

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

What scary things did you see today beyond indigo CGI overlays of Josh Brolin’s face?

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Hey, Maybe Be Cautious When Making a Movie About Harvey Weinstein

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It was only a matter of time until someone made a Harvey Weinstein movie. Sure, we’re still dealing with the fallout of his alleged actions and Hollywood still is full of men behaving badly, but we caught the Big Bad, so naturally all is now changed for the best and therefore we can make a movie about it and show the world how much the system has changed!

Several projects are being shopped around, including two documentaries as well as a project centered around a young woman who becomes Weinstein’s assistant.

The assistant film, which will be directed by Kitty Green and star Julie Garner should the talks work out, has been described as being similar to The Devil Wears Prada, which is a big swing and a miss on understanding that film. Miranda Priestly was evil, but not as evil as Weinstein. So already we’re off to more than a bit of a bad start. The film is supposedly about an assistant who’s an amalgamation of several Weinstein employees, rather than just telling one specific story.

Overall, we had to know this was coming as a collective culture, because Hollywood loves to tell a story about terrible men to get Oscar attention. Still, there’s a decent argument to be made that we’re making this too soon after the allegations came out and Weinstein was arrested. This feels more like someone trying to tap into the cultural moment and maybe, just maybe, not actually considering what happened to his alleged victims and those affected by him.

There’s also a need to handle this story with sensitivity. The abuse of women in Hollywood is both one of the worst kept secrets of the industry and a real incident with real victims. To throw the story out onto the big screen to cash into the attention given to Weinstein is irresponsible at best and dangerous at worst. It would turn the story into an excuse to watch women being abused and mistreated.

I’m hesitant about the film being described as being like Devil Wears Prada as well. It’s one thing to watch Meryl Streep lecture Anne Hathaway on the color cerulean. A male boss terrorizing a female employee has vastly different connotations. Framing the entire story around a youthful actress being mistreated by a boss played by an actor out to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars sounds terrible to watch. The story takes on so many different layers, and those need to be treated with nuance.

It’s possible that a script was written in this short amount of time that does handle this respectfully, but the timing seems off. Maybe give the story a few years to breathe and the writers a few years to find a strong, not exploitative voice to tell the story. This isn’t something that should be rushed to bring to the silver screen, not when it’s still a problem. Maybe let’s fix Hollywood first before patting ourselves on the back and telling everyone that oh, this sort of thing doesn’t happen any longer.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The New Billy on the Street Is a Burst Of Lin-Manuel Miranda Themed Joy

Billy Eichner and Lin-Manuel Miranda surprise a fan in Billy on the Street

Are you happy? That is the question at the heart of the latest Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner, and he’s brought actual ray of sunshine and hope Lin-Manuel Miranda along with him.

The pair run through the streets of New York, asking passerby if they’re happy. As per usual, they run into a series of fascinating folks on the street, ranging from those highly uninterested in being interviewed to some super Hamilton fans.

Perhaps the best part was when Miranda and Eichner ran into an artist who had contributed fan art to a Garfield book that Miranda also contributed to. The meeting is incredibly touching, and thankfully the pair found each other again on Twitter after Eichner shared the video.

Another iconic moment is a young woman who didn’t recognize Miranda off hand, but who did recognize Hamilton — because she’s been trying to win tickets for months. Her frustration at not being able to see the show is something I’m sure many Hamilfans will relate to.

Naturally, Twitter has loved this video, with fellow celebrities chiming in with their affection for Miranda, Eichner, and the sheer joy of this episode.

Eicher and Miranda make a fantastic comedic duo, with their different yet perfectly synched energies creating comedic gold. Please, if the news cycle is stressing you out (as it clearly stresses Eichner out in this video at certain times), watch this and celebrate the joy of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his power to make people smile, as well as Eichner’s absolutely stellar comedic timing and improv skills.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be getting reaction images from this video to bother my friends and screaming “Speaking of Vietnam, he’s in Mary Poppins Returns” for the next year and a half.

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It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged That Sebastian Stan Is Being Wasted by the MCU

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger

Perhaps you do not follow me on Twitter but most of the time, I’m talking about I, Tonya. In fact, my bio says to “talk I, Tonya to me” because that movie is pretty much all I want to talk about.

So when Screenrant recently posted an article about the MCU wasting Sebastian Stan, my reaction was yes of course, because I have been writing about this vitally important issue since the dawn of time. Bring back his character of Jack Benjamin in Kings or let him have the Miami Vice show that he and Anthony Mackie want to do.

Just let Stan do something other than play Bucky Barnes since, in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s been on screen for less than an hour. Bucky is great—we love Bucky Barnes in this house—but even as Bucky, Stan hasn’t been given nearly enough to do, especially considering his popularity as an actor and Bucky’s fan-favorite status (not to mention the use of Bucky as an important plot device).

I agree with everything in Screenrant’s Stan rant. When Alex Leadbeater wrote that article, I had one thought: I’ve said this for the last year and finally am understood and vindicated. Not that I’m assuming Leadbeater saw my posts as motivation, that’s me saying a lot about myself—the under-use of Sebastian Stan is self-evident and a sentiment shared by many, many people. I’m just over here with my hands waving like “HELLO, I’VE BEEN YELLING ABOUT I, TONYA SINCE DECEMBER 5TH, 2017.” Please see my surfeit of I, Tonya merchandise for reference.

While the general public hasn’t seen Destroyer yet and my own review is embargoed for now, Sebastian Stan as Chris is maybe his best work yet. And that’s saying a lot, I have seen I, Tonya at least 15 times. Chris is in the movie for all of 10 minutes in total but his role is extremely important to the story and his performance is out of this world. This is the sort of message that needs to be broadcast to the general public about Sebastian Stan.

So yes, Alex (can I call you Alex?), we have the same opinion about my wonderfully talented fave but also I feel like we either need to join forces in bringing the brilliance of Sebastian Stan to the world or I may have to dub thee my enemy. Can doppelgängers in equal appreciation of Sebastian Stan co-exist in the same timeline? I hope so. Mainly because I’ve been telling everyone from strangers on the subway to the pigeons of New York City that he should have been nominated for his performance as Jeff Gillooly, and now it seems like folks are sleeping on Destroyer. We could be stronger together, Alex.

Basically, Alex and I get it. Are we going to be blessed with all new Sebastian Stan content in 2019 that is incredible? From what is scheduled on his IMDb page, yes. But that is also with the knowledge that Bucky Barnes could be dust in the wind and gone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe relatively soon (which no please, bring James Buchanan Barnes back for the duration of his multi-picture contract, Marvel, you cowards). While a Bucky & Falcon show would be a wild ride and a great showcase for Stan and Mackie’s talent, I worry that could come at the cost of no more appearances for them in the movie-verse side of the MCU.

Stan is one of the most talented actors in the MCU stable and for him to only have, roughly, 40 minutes of screentime is as confusing as it is a poor decision. Especially when Stephen Strange has an entire movie dedicated to him and a million lines in Avengers: Infinity War. (Bucky has 7. I counted.) What we really need is even more articles and efforts like Screenrant’s and my own here. The world needs to know the truth.

So listen, Alex, this is my decree: I think we should be friends and not mortal enemies who have to fight to the death because to encounter your doppelgänger is traditionally a harbinger of bad luck. We can break with tradition, Alex. There doesn’t have to be only one.

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Jason Momoa Leads Haka at Aquaman Blue Carpet Event

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Jason Momoa attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'

Last night, Jason Momoa—husband of Lisa Bonet, King of the Seven Seas, and one of the only men gorgeous enough to truly rock a bun—walked the blue carpet to celebrate the release of Aquaman.

Momoa’s incarnation of Aquaman/Arthur Curry gives visibility to mixed-raced Polynesians everywhere by allowing an incarnation of one of DC’s most iconic characters to now look like them. It’s exciting and one of the reasons I’ve been rooting for Aquaman since Momoa was cast. For all their sins, at least it didn’t take the DCEU eighteen films to feature a non-white superhero. We can give them credit for that.

And because Jason Momoa infamously has no chill, he performed a haka at the premiere, at one point breaking his trident over his knee. It was lit.

But of course, there was the inevitable white opinion. In a now-deleted tweet shared ’round the internet today, one white person said that this “wasn’t the place” to perform the haka to promote the movie.

Thankfully, the internet was like, “Are you done?”

Now, of course, there is a place for that discourse among the Polynesian community, about Momoa leading a culturally Māori dance, even if there are other Māori dancers included, when he himself is Hawaiian—or if he is doing some blend of the Hawaiian ha’a and the haka. Polynesian culture is not a monolith, and that should be respected.

However, that’s not for some white dude to come and try and play respectability politics as if the dance itself is offensive to be done in a public space, celebrating a movie that is meant to showcase a Polynesian lead, including multiple Māori actors.

For those who don’t know, a haka is a ceremonial dance in Māori culture, used to celebrate or challenge. Haka are performed to welcome distinguished guests, and to acknowledge great achievements, occasions, or funerals. Aquaman would count as a great achievement.

As for myself, also not Polynesian, but a person of color, my own role in this to highlight discourse from those who are and remind you that this is a great opportunity to follow Polynesian writers and respectfully read the conversations without feeling like you need directly comment.

What is important, for those of us not of Polynesian heritage, is being able to appreciate that superhero movies are bringing visibility to different cultures in their casting. Jason Momoa as Aquaman will allow an entire generation of kids and kids-at-heart to see themselves in a superhero like never before, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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