May 26, 2022 - 13:48 BST Sophie Countess of Wessex stepped out in an embroidered denim dress to attend Vision for the Commonwealth on Wednesday The Countess of Wessex decided to shake things up with her latest look. The royal, 57, stepped out to attend Vision for the Commonwealth on Wednesday, sporting a contemporary denim frock that highlighted her ability to experiment with new dress silhouettes and styles. READ: Lady Louise Windsor copies Sophie Wessex's style with poignant accessory Countess Sophie looked lovely in a denim midi dress featuring a button-down front, sweet white floral embroidery, short sleeves and a sailor-neck collar. The denim texture of the dress infused the royal's look with some Wild West spirit, while the feminine white blooms added a tinge of classic elegance to her timeless aesthetic. Loading the player... WATCH: Sophie Wessex handles Marilyn Monore moment in New York with style and grace Sophie wore her blonde tresses down loose, culminating in a gently tousled blowdry with a slightly off-centre parting. She accessorised with a pair of simple silver hoop earrings and clasped a navy studded clutch bag. SEE: The Countess of Wessex twins with the Queen wearing £923 blazer at the Chelsea Flower Show Prince Edward's wife opted for her go-top natural beauty blend, consisting of a radiant skin glow, a pale cherry pink lip, some mascara and a soft eyeliner flick. HRH The Countess of Wessex presents @Lowri_Moore with the inaugural Love Your Eyes Campaigner of the Year Award. @RoyalFamily #2030InSight #LoveYourEyes pic.twitter.com/6W0toZy63u — IAPB (@IAPB1) May 25, 2022 She was pictured beaming as she presented the Love Your Eyes Campaigner of the Year Award to Lowri Moore, who was being recognised for her efforts advocating for young glasses wearers to have positive representation in the media. Peter Holland, IAPB CEO welcomes Her Royal Highness … [Read more...] about Sophie Wessex surprises in fitted denim midi dress
May 26, 2022 - 16:09 BST Madonna shared a gut-wrenching clip as she mourned the victims of the Texas shooting and revealed how she'd feel if her own children were involved Madonna was one of the many left devastated by the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and was even more emotional when thinking of her own children. MORE: Madonna left 'speechless' as she discovers Instagram ban ALSO: HELLO! launches Jubilee T-shirt collection to celebrate Queen Elizabeth in style The singer took to social media with a heartbreaking clip that featured a choir of children singing at a funeral, then cutting to her at her desk staring down the camera as tears streamed down her face. Loading the player... VIDEO: Madonna enlists four of her children to share special message She also shared a statement and call for action, writing: "I cannot imagine the heartache and heartbreak the parents of these 19 Children must feel. "I have children in elementary school and if they did not come home from school one day I don't think I could survive," she painstakingly shared. MORE: Madonna wows in nothing but fishnets and stilettos in revealing photos "How is this possible that an 18 year old boy, who is a child himself, can purchase 2 automatic Rifles on his birthday with no background check, no safety training, no questions asked?????" View this post on Instagram A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) Madonna expressed her heartbreak and anger over the Texas shooting "The shooter posted countless warnings on IG and facebook announcing his plans to shoot. His grandmother and students in a school. No one noticed!! No one stopped him. How is this possible?" she stated with anger. Madonna continued: "The NRA refuses to change its position and legislation cannot get one bill passed that requires tougher firearm safety laws. In … [Read more...] about Madonna seen in tears as she makes heart-wrenching confession about her children
Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by Mubi, Focus Features and IFC Films and Titillation’s a queasy way to sell a story about abortion, but in the early decades of the film industry, when the procedure came up onscreen at all, it was generally within the realm of exploitation. Like STIs and arrest, it was depicted as a scandalous consequence of lurid misbehavior, one that could double as a karmic punishment. In 1928’s The Road to Ruin , for instance — a silent successful enough to be remade as a talkie a few years later — a teenager succumbs from the complications of a sketchy operation after her forays into drinking, sexual exploration, and strip-poker result in an unwanted pregnancy. To ensure the moral of the story isn’t overlooked, the movie then offers up the biblical quote attesting that “the wages of sin is death.” A similar end awaits the title character of 1962’s The Shame of Patty Smith , a timid 21-year-old played by Dani Lynn who obtains an off-books procedure in a massage parlor. “Illegal abortion!” the posters trumpeted, advertising that no one under the age of 18 would be admitted. “You will be aroused and shocked! And it’s all true …” And yet, despite those taglines, and despite the title, the film isn’t a prurient cautionary tale about a girl gone wild. It’s instead a forerunner of what’s more recently blossomed into its own sad genre: the abortion thriller, whose tension hinges on whether someone will be able to get the procedure they need before time runs out, and if they do, whether that procedure will turn out to be safe. The Shame of Patty Smith has nothing but sympathy for Patty, whose martyrdom is underscored by the fact that she’s the survivor of a sexual assault. Some of the men she careens among offer sympathy, too, even as they tell her they can’t or won’t help. One physician refuses to break the law; another is willing but wants more money than she can afford to take the risk, while a priest is willing to loan her the … [Read more...] about Where Does the Abortion Thriller Go From Here?
Photo: Pool/Getty Images Kevin Spacey was sitting in court in New York City in an evidence hearing related to his New York sex-abuse case, when a set of separate charges came down from the U.K. The former House of Cards star was charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men, along with a count of causing someone to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. According to CNN , the charges stem from two alleged 2005 incidents in London, two 2008 incidents in London, and one 2013 incident in Gloucestershire. It was pure coincidence for the charges to be announced while Spacey was in court in the U.S. for a hearing related to the sexual-assault lawsuit brought by Anthony Rapp , the actor who made the first of many assault claims against Spacey in 2017. From the U.S. courtroom, Spacey declined several times to comment on the U.K. charges. The U.K. charges are the product of years of investigations, the first of which police announced in November 2017. Others were announced in the weeks and months after ward. Many of the charges in the U.K. are associated with Spacey’s tenure as artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre from 2004–15. Also in November 2017, the Old Vic said it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior against Spacey, with the theater’s artistic director calling the claims a “shock and a disturbing surprise.” Spacey, an Oscar and Tony winner, has begun an attempted return to acting, most recently cast in the Hungarian historical drama 1242 , for sale at Cannes. Victoria Bekiempis contributed reporting. … [Read more...] about Kevin Spacey Charged With 4 Sexual Assault Counts in U.K.
May 25, 2022 - 21:34 BST Drew Barrymore opened up to Seth Meyers and candidly revealed how attached she is to The Drew Barrymore Show Drew Barrymore fans have come to love her work on The Drew Barrymore Show and all the hilarious, heartfelt, and candid moments that have gone on since it first launched in September 2020. ALSO: HELLO! launches Jubilee T-shirt collection to celebrate Queen Elizabeth in style The host opened up to fellow talk show host Seth Meyers about just how attached she is to her show, and how everyday she does her best to keep it on-air. Detailing her love for the show, she made the shocking revelation of just how much she fears her show getting canceled. Loading the player... WATCH: Drew revisits center where she was institutionalized as a teen MORE: Drew Barrymore confuses fans with video from unexpected location amid show revelation As Seth congratulated her on the show's six Daytime Emmy nominations, Drew quickly did a "phew!" gesture, then going on to admit: "I feel like relief is a huge definition of joy right now too." She explained: "Just to be relieved! I'm so relieved that it's working, that we get to stay." Detailing how much the role and the work the show does means to her, and how much her life has changed because of it, she candidly revealed: "I'm way too attached to it. All of my worth and happiness is in this show." The candid revelation The late night host shot back a cheeky comment about her work-life balance, joking: "They say that's very healthy, they say, 'Tie yourself to your work. Let that be the only thing that brings you happiness and esteem,' yeah." MORE: Drew Barrymore brings fans to tears as she makes heartbreaking family confession MORE: Drew Barrymore pens emotional tribute as she announces huge news dear to her heart Drew acknowledged that it might not be for the best, saying: "I'm, like, way too … [Read more...] about Drew Barrymore reveals fear over show being canceled: ‘Depressed at the idea of it not coming back’
Finn Wolfhard in Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World and Daniel Zolghadri in Owen Kline’s Funny Pages . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by A24 Sports has a concept called the coaching tree. A successful coach’s assistants become coaches themselves, and if they work out, their assistants become coaches, and so on. You can do the same thing with directors. The Steven Spielberg coaching tree produced filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Chris Columbus, while Sam Raimi gave us the Coen brothers, who in turn gave us Barry Sonnenfeld. But did you know that there is also a Noah Baumbach coaching tree? The prickly Baumbach isn’t a guy you’d immediately think of as having acolytes, but just look at this year’s Cannes lineup: Seventeen years after Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale , both of the children from that film have brought their directorial debuts to the Croisette, and each bears the unmistakable imprint of their cinematic forefather. If Bill Walsh’s disciples carried the legacy of the short-passing offense into the 21st century, then Baumbach’s will ensure millennials and Zoomers shall never be deprived of their own dyspeptic dramedies about artists and intellectuals. (Do not speak of the boomers’ master of this form, whose films used to premiere at Cannes all the time too.) Jesse Eisenberg played the Baumbach stand-in in Squid and the Whale , and it’s in his film that the older director’s DNA comes through strongest. When You Finish Saving the World debuted at this year’s virtual Sundance, and at Cannes it was the opening-night selection for the Critics Week sidebar. Based on Eisenberg’s audiobook of the same name, the film tracks the generation gap between a middle-aged mom, Evelyn (Julianne Moore), and her teenage son, Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard). She’s the brittle head of a domestic-violence shelter, he’s a naïf who sings little songs into a webcam and obsesses over his follower count. Both of them are painfully aware he lacks depth, … [Read more...] about Baumbach’s Children Are Making a Lot of Noise at Cannes