From stem to stern, it was a night of keeping up appearances, a simulation of normalcy in a year where normal doesn’t seem possible. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW Ten winters ago, a trove of snaking, lascivious R&B tracks appeared seemingly out of thin air, credited to someone or thing called the Weeknd. They were studies in stark contrasts: “Loft Music” floated gossamer samples of Brooklyn indie rockers Beach House over trap drums, and “What You Need” sunk a sample of Aaliyah’s voice under gauzy synths, her whisper bubbling up through the watery mix like a lover emerging from a warm bath, all of this in service to an angelic voice uttering the most devilish advances. The singer, an East Toronto native and recent college dropout named Abel Tesfaye, gave voice to our darkest late-night moods, to the allure of pushing a body past its limit in pursuit of pleasures both psychedelic and carnal. In March 2011, the Weeknd released House of Balloons, a mixtape sequenced like a journey through the highs, lows, and lonesome aftereffects of a wild night out, setting the scene by advising the listener in the first song that “You’ll wanna be high for this,” then wandering through strip clubs, parties, and after parties to the inevitable anxieties and pangs of withdrawal that surface as you sweat everything out the next day. The Weeknd turned R&B on its head without showing his face. Without glossy videos or a lively social-media presence — this in the days before Instagram caught on — Abel lingered in your head like stifled urges. In the intervening years, Tesfaye has evolved from an invisible man into a ubiquitous one, careful pivot by careful pivot, logging increasingly successful hits increasingly removed from the chunky, post-genre soup of his early mixtapes. The sound got cleaner. Tesfaye sought out pop and dance music veterans like Daft Punk and Max Martin and duetted with Ed Sheeran and … [Read more...] about So Now the Weeknd Is Our Collective Escape From Hell?
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Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic The following essay is an excerpt from comedian and Good Girls star Retta’s new memoir, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, out May 29. One day in the fall of 2005, I was sitting on my couch, eating Cabaret crackers and watching TV, when I got a call from my manager. “This is big,” he said. Mmm-hmm. I wasn’t falling for that old line. Last time I heard that, I was sent to audition for a part on a kid’s show … with no lines. How do you audition for a part with no lines? Exactly. “Are you sitting down?” I was sitting down. I’m always sitting down. I’d just bought a used DVD set of The Shield and was deep into the corruption of the LAPD Rampart Division. I was on about my 435th episode watching Michael Chiklis, aka The Commish, perpetrate some helluh shady shit. Yo, that show was deep. Rill deep. So, yeah, I was sitting. “This is really big.” Alright. Spit it out already. “We got you an audition for Dreamgirls,” he said, then paused for maximum dramatic effect. “The lead.” Record scratch. What? The Tony-award-winning Broadway musical was being turned into a mainstream movie, and I was being called in to audition for the iconic role of Effie White, the talented but temperamental singer fired from the Dreamettes, an all-girl group that was a thinly veiled version of Motown’s The Supremes. The star-studded cast would be: Yes, Retta. Why not Retta? This was the call I’d been waiting for my whole life; it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I was so incredibly grateful and proud, and yet the biggest feeling I had wasn’t excitement. It was dread. And I am telling you, I did not want to go. Which was insane because I’d always considered myself a pretty fearless person when it came to performing, ever since I’d belted out “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from Mary Poppins in a second-grade … [Read more...] about The Story of How Retta Screwed Up Her Audition for Effie in
Last modified on Sep 28, 2020 17:43 BST Leanne Bayley Toughen up your new season style with a pair of chunky boots. Whether you're after a pair of Balenciaga-style chunky-soled biker boots or a pair of Grenson-style hiker boots, this year it's all about stepping into the new season in style. Toughen up your new season style with a pair of chunky boots this year. Whether you're after a pair of Balenciaga -style thick-soled biker boots or a pair of Grenson-esque hiker boots, this year it's all about stomping into the new season so loudly that everyone can hear you coming a mile off. The chunky boot trend has been around for some time now - and on the AW20 catwalks we even saw a chunky welly boot . Yes, really. Prada, Versace and Valentino all sent models down the runway wearing tractor soled wellington boots, so if you're looking to go the extra mile for a little more thud, you know what to do. SHOPPING: The best trench coats for women to take you into autumn Celebs love chunky boots, too! Just look at Bella Hadid emerging from her hotel wearing a stylish ensemble of jeans, shirt, blazer, baseball cap and a chunky pair of heavy-soled boots... Bella Hadid Olivia Palermo is also a big fan of the look. Here she is teaming her trusty heavy-duty boots with a floaty dress - perfect for when the weather takes a turn but it's not cold enough for your winter warmers. Olivia Palermo And who can forget when Holly Willoughby wore her favourite Grenson Nanette hiker boots most nights when she presented I'm a Celebrity . It might have been a while ago, but these boots have since become a cult-classic amongst the fash pack. Holly Willoughby Shop our favourite chunky boots on the high-street below... Chunky hiker boots, £50, Marks & Spencer SHOP NOW Kasper black zip front boots, £42.99, Topshop SHOP NOW Carvela 'Sonny' boots, £179, Kurt Geiger SHOP NOW … [Read more...] about 16 best chunky boots for Autumn 2020: Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Topshop & MORE
February 05, 2021 - 15:55 GMT Emmy Griffiths Netflix has pulled the plug on several beloved shows over the last couple of years! Take a look at the most shocking cancellations It's never fun for fans when the decision is made to pull the plug on a beloved TV show, and although Netflix regularly delivers with its amazing content , we wouldn't be surprised if almost everyone who uses it has had their favourite show cancelled at some point or another. From period dramas to underappreciated animations, here are the shows Netflix should absolutely bring back… MORE: 47 must-watch movies to check out on Netflix this week The Society The future of the dystopian teen drama about a group of high school students trapped in their town with no adults and no means of escape wasn't meant to be. The Hollywood Reporter 's sources claim that unexpected budget increases due to the pandemic - among other reasons - meant that Netflix cancelled the series. Speaking about his disappointment at the news, showrunner Chris Keyser told Variety : "We spent the last bunch of months getting ready to go back again, dealing with all the COVID protocols. And then I got a call from Netflix saying, 'We have made this decision.' It was obviously pretty upsetting and abrupt." Atypical Despite having a firm fan following, Atypical has been given a fourth and last season from the streaming platform. At the time, Netflix tweeted: "Join Sam on one last expedition. Atypical will return for a fourth and final season. They've brought you laughs, tears, hugs and homies. Now see how the story concludes. Atypical. The final season." While some keen viewers were disappointed, plenty were also relieved that the show had the opportunity to conclude its story. I Am Not Okay with This Although the show received a warm reception, co-creator Jonathan Entwistle opened up about the variety of reasons that it wasn't picked up for season two. … [Read more...] about Cancelled 2021 Netflix shows that need to be brought back: I Am Not Okay With This, Anne with an E and MORE
April 08, 2019 - 11:52 BST hellomagazine.com In this week's issue of HELLO! magazine, we reveal the truth behind the Duchess of Cambridge's new glow and why 2019 is set to be her most stylish year yet There is definitely a brand-new glow surrounding the Duchess of Cambridge . Over the past few months, the mother-of-three has won praise from fashionistas after trading in her trusty nude court shoes and pretty outfits for more daring designers, edgy pieces and skyscraper heels. Despite widespread reports that this bold new look has been honed by Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, HELLO! can reveal that, while the former Vogue staffer has given occasional advice, Kate's much-admired wardrobe continues to be the work of her long-time PA and stylist , Natasha Archer. Natasha is on maternity leave following the birth of son Theo in December, but she planned outfits for the Duchess ahead of her time away and works behind the scenes as needed. "Natasha has been meticulously organised in her work, styling the Duchess despite her pregnancy and maternity leave," a royal source told HELLO! "She is incredibly loyal and does a great job." PA and stylist , Natasha Archer, continues to style Kate At the Baftas in February, Kate effortlessly stole the show in a white Grecian-style Alexander McQueen gown, her hair swept up into a Hollywood-style chignon. That same month she donned a jaw-dropping blush Gucci gown, which she paired with glittering Oscar de la Renta heels, at the 100 Women in Finance Gala dinner in London, while she later modelled a sparkling Missoni wrap dress for a visit to Northern Ireland with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge. MORE: See Prince Harry and Meghan's deleted Instagram post And it's not just clothes which have been updated. The 37-year-old's famously thick and lustrous brown locks have been teased into more youthful styles while her subtle makeup appears to have been … [Read more...] about The true story behind Kate Middleton’s new glow and edgy fashion sense
February 09, 2021 - 09:29 GMT Hanna Fillingham Kim Kardashian's daughter Chicago reacted to her famous mum's Valentine's Day gift, pointing out her mum and dad Kanye West Kim Kardashian has received an early Valentine's Day gift ahead of 14 February – and it looks almost too good to eat! The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star took to Instagram on Monday to share a sweet video of her daughter Chicago, three, reacting to a giant gingerbread house that had been made for her family. MORE: Kim Kardashian shows support for husband Kanye West in new photo The edible treat – from Solvang Bakery – featured the names of all four of Kim and Kanye West's children – North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm – as well as miniature gingerbread figurines. Loading the player... VIDEO: Kim Kardashian's daughter Chicago reacts to the star's Valentine's Day gift Kim's toddler, dressed in a princess outfit, excitedly came over to look at the edible creation while her mum was filming, and said: "Mommy I like it! That's me, Psalm, Mommy, Daddy. Where's Northy and Sainty?" READ: Kim Kardashian makes unexpected change to family home MORE: Kris Jenner looks unrecognisable with volume-heavy hair in unseen family photo The Skims founder has been staying at her home in Hidden Hills during the pandemic, while Kanye is reported to be staying in Wyoming amid swirling divorce rumours, although neither have spoken out about this to date. Kim Kardashian received a tasty looking gingerbread house ahead of Valentine's Day In January, the famous couple's former neighbour – Kathy Griffiths – seemingly confirmed the news in January, tweeting: "I think she really tried. Truly loves him. I like her. He certainly isn't the devil or anything, but I believe she tried everything to make it work. "He made her laugh a lot and she embraced his eccentricities. She loves being a mom more than anything. There's my two … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian receives incredible Valentine’s Day gift: ‘It’s mommy and daddy’