Music

“Dreams” Do Come True: BOOTS Debuts New Track Featuring Beyoncé

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There are only a handful of people in the world who can get Beyoncé to appear make a guest appearance on one of their songs: Her husband Jay Z, her sister Solange and the mysterious producer known as BOOTS.

BOOTS, who helped Queen Bey shock the world when she dropped her surprise visual album Beyoncé, has just released “Dreams,” the closing track on his forthcoming mixtape, WinterSpringSummerFall — and it features guest vocals from none other than Beyoncé.

Bey comes in at the end of the track with a soulful verse before sweetly singing the chorus: “All my life, I’ve been dreaming of you.”

Besides Beyoncé, BOOTS’ 16-song mixtape also features appearances by Shlohmo, Jeremih, Kelela, Margot and “hidden” guests.

If the chance to revel in another Bey n’ BOOTS collaboration isn’t enough to get you download the track, maybe this will: Sales of the song will benefit the charity Day One, according to BOOTS’ Facebook page. “Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence,” he said. “Every cent made from this song will go directly to Day One.”

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Television

Netflix Is Making Its First Spanish-Language Original Series

The show will focus on a family who owns a soccer club

Netflix announced its first Spanish-language original series on Wednesday. The show will be a soccer comedy from director Gaz Alazraki that follows a feud among family members who inherit a soccer club, Variety reports.

The show is shooting entirely in Mexico but includes a cast that hails from all over Latin Ameria. The 13-episode series is set to premiere in 2015, and will reunite the team that made We Are Nobles, a Mexican box office hit.

“Gaz has the disruptive vision and creative storytelling we were looking for in producing our first original series in Mexico,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We’re confident our members in a market as important to us as Mexico and Latin America will love this family comedy.”

[Variety]

Culture

How Sexist Are This Summer’s Blockbusters? An Informal Ranking

Film Summer Preview
Angelina Jolie in Maleficent AP/DIsney

From Maleficent to The Other Woman and X-Men, we looked at trailers for 15 of the season's most anticipated movies to see how women are faring on the big screen

It’s summer movie time again, and with the Cameron Diaz vehicle The Other Woman premiering Friday, it’s time to see what Hollywood’s take on 51 percent of the population will be this season. It’s no secret that women aren’t getting a fair share of worthwhile screen time in Hollywood: only 30 percent of all speaking roles belonged to women in 2013, even with huge hits starring women like Gravity and The Hunger Games. And summer tends to be the worst for women who are often relegated to playing a superhero’s damsel in distress.

But after The Heat’s success last year, it looks like we’re getting more women on screen—though that doesn’t necessarily mean more nuanced women. I’ve gone through the trailers for the big summer films starring the fairer sex. (I skipped movies like 22 Jump Street and Godzilla due to the total lack of women in the trailer.) And, wherewith my “woman rating” for each movie as “good,” “bad” or “ugly” based on the following factors:

  • How prominently the woman is featured in the trailer
  • How likely the movie looks based on the trailer to pass the Bechdel test—a handy metric that asks if two women talk to each other in a film about something other than a man
  • How original the female role looks

I have not seen any of these films, so I cannot judge them based on their quality. I also cannot predict if a movie like Walk of Shame is secretly a feminist manifesto that is being advertised as a movie full of prostitute jokes. I am basing my sexism analysis on the trailers alone. And full disclosure: I will see and likely enjoy many of the movies to which I gave “bad” or “ugly” ratings.

The Other Woman (April 25)

A romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton about three women who find out they are all dating (or married to) the same guy

Ruling: UGLY

It’s like they tried to write a script that violated the Bechdel test by stuffing as many blondes as possible in one movie and having them only talk about one (extremely sexy, plucked right from Game of Thrones) man the whole time. Sure, they’re getting their vengeance, but can’t they all just dump him? Does Cameron Diaz’s high powered lawyer character have time for this?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

The next installment in Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man series starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone

Ruling: BAD

I watched three different Spider-Man 2 trailers to find one where Emma Stone had more than one line to say. I was unsuccessful. At least in this trailer her and Peter have a “meaningful” interaction where he traps her with his web so she can’t follow him into a dangerous situation and then she accidentally yells out his secret identity. Damsels in distress are so useless. Please, someone give Emma Stone an Easy A-like script again. Free her!

Walk of Shame (May 2)

A comedy about a news anchor doing a—you guessed it—walk of shame starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden

Ruling: UGLY

Apparently every woman wearing a bandage dress has sex for money. I count six prostitution jokes in this single trailer. Pair that with the working-woman-learns-to-let-go-with-a-nice-guy cliché plot line, and you have yourself an “ugly” ranking.

Belle (May 2)

A biopic on Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay who helped influence her uncle Lord Mansfield to pave the way for slavery’s abolition in England.

Ruling: GOOD

The movie shines a light on a strong young woman who changed history. Bonus: she has things on her mind other than love (though, this being 18th Century England, that Jane Austen-esque aspect is part of it too).

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

The time-bending prequel/sequel to previous X-Men movies starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and about a million other people.

Ruling: BAD

The X-Men franchise really lucked out signing Jennifer Lawrence on before she got too big. I imagine now she’ll have an enhanced role in the ensemble film (she gets more air time than Halle Berry in the trailer, and Ellen Page is nowhere to be seen). Still, nothing in this trailer indicates that this movie will pass the Bechdel test. Plus, we can’t forget that Lawrence’s superhero “costume” is just a bunch of blue body paint.

Maleficent (May 30)

The untold story of the villain from Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Ruling: GOOD

Yes! More movies about women villains, please—especially if they’re played by Angelina Jolie. Though Jolie action movies have been hit and miss in the past (Tomb Raider, Salt, Wanted), she’s still the go-to woman for such flicks. Let’s hope this movie opens the doors for other female-driven blockbusters (Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy could be a start) and a whole new genre of evil women movies.

Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)

Sort of like Groundhog Day meets War of the Worlds: in a battle against aliens, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt discover that they’re caught in a time loop: every time they die in battle, they wake up in the past and must fight again.

Ruling: GOOD

It’s still a Tom Cruise action movie at heart. But Emily Blunt gets to wield a gun and train him in the art of killing off aliens. She’s even the one on that badass poster. She’ll probably end up falling for him, but, hey, it’s a step in the right direction.

The Fault in Our Stars (June 6)

A love story about two teens who meet in a cancer support group, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

Ruling: GOOD

Pass the tissues, please. Every summer has to have a heart-wrenching, doomed romance, and who better to anchor this summer’s than Hollywood’s newest it-girl Shailene Woodley? Woodley is, by the way, growing into an awesome role model for young women.

Tammy (July 2)

After losing her job and finding out her husband had been cheating on her, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) hits the road with her profane grandmother (Susan Sarandon).

Ruling: GOOD

This could be the worst movie ever, but the fact that Hollywood decided to trust Melissa McCarthy to carry a movie without a male co-star like Jason Bateman or even a “hot” female co-star like Sandra Bullock is a good sign for things to come. (Not that Susan Sarandon isn’t super sexy.) Of course, let’s hope it’s even funnier than The Heat or Bridesmaids—the funny female flicks that preceded it.

Begin Again (July 4)

A fired music business exec (Mark Ruffalo) “forms a bond” (read: helps professionally then probably falls in love with) a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley).

Ruling: BAD

I’m ambivalent about this clichéd romance where a man who is a mess is rehabilitated by caring for a talented woman. But I downgraded this trailer to “bad” because Mark Ruffalo could be Keira Knightly’s dad, reinforcing a greater trend of movies featuring older-guy, younger-girl couples—and never the other way around.

Jupiter Ascending (July 18)

A futuristic sci-fi flick starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

Ruling: BAD

I really want to give Jupiter Ascending the benefit of the doubt and assume they’ll eventually cut the Mila Kunis damsel-in-distress bit. This did come, after all, from the makers of the Matrix who gave us the badass Trinity character. Plus, Mila Kunis is literally the Queen of the Universe in the movie. And yet throughout the trailer, she’s being rescued or kidnapped or falling from things. Let’s hope for a twist ending.

Sex Tape (July 25)

A married couple’s sex tape disappears into “the cloud,” and they frantically search for it, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel.

Ruling: GOOD

Say what you want about the premise—this isn’t how “the cloud” works—or whether it was actually a good idea to do a Bad Teacher reunion with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. At least Segel gets as naked as Diaz in the trailer (though Segel hasn’t exactly been nudity shy before). Plus, they’re equally dim-witted throughout the trailer, and that’s all we ask for. So hooray for equality in stupidity!

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

Marvel’s first tongue-in-cheek superhero blockbuster featuring a talking raccoon and starring Christ Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.

Ruling: BAD

I’ve decided we’re past the point where we applaud superhero films just for having a woman in uniform instead of one in danger. That era ended with Black Widow in the Avengers films. Now, we have to hold superhero movies to a higher standard, and this trailer does not meet it. You have Zoe Saldana in your movie, and yet she doesn’t get a line in the trailer? You even showed her topless without giving her lines? That’s crazy! She’s arguably the most famous (visible) person in this film. (The actual most famous but non-visible people are Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing a raccoon and a tree, respectively.)

Lucy (August 8)

A sci-fi action movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

Ruling: GOOD

We’ve gotten a lot of fighting teen heroines lately: Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games and Shailene Woodley in Divergent. But we need a grown up version. With Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson proved she can be an action star. Now here’s her shot to carry her own movie. And nobody gives a movie gravitas quite like Morgan Freeman.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22)

The sequel to the crime noir action thriller Sin City, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba and a dozen other celebrities.

Ruling: UGLY

Almost every woman in this trailer is wearing only a bra or boustier or leather outfit—basically all things you can find in a sex shop.

Music

Watch: Startup Bets on Millenials and House Parties to Save Classical Music

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If you walk into a chamber concert organized by Groupmuse, you soon realize this is not your traditional classical performance. There’s clapping in-between movements of Mozart’s duo in G major, as well as whistling, drinking and sitting on the floor so close to the musicians that one risks getting jabbed with every note. But most importantly, there is a rare breed in the audience: engaged, iPhone-less millennials.

Groupmuse is a Boston-based startup that strives to attract new audiences for live classical music by re-imagining the traditional concert experience. Sam Bodkin, 24, started the venture in January of last year. Bodkin blames the stifling, severe traditional orchestral experience for turning millennials away from classical music concerts. He plans to make his business profitable by pairing musicians and hosts to create what he calls “chamber music house parties.”

“In what other form of music is the sincere instinct to express enthusiasm ever to be subdued?” Bodkin asked. “At Groupmuse we clap anytime we want to clap, even if it means in the middle of a movement.”

Groupmuse hopes to bridge the gap between audiences that are willing to pay for intimate, high-quality concerts with talented musicians who are looking for alternative performance opportunities at a time when orchestras face troubling demographic trends and graver financial worries. Donations are collected at each event and go directly to the musicians, who earn $150 to $500 on an average night. Groupmuse itself made about $25,000 over the course of the past year, Bodkin said, though it’s not currently making a profit.

Groupmuse fits within a long-standing tradition of entrepreneurial ventures hoping to find new formats to make classical music profitable, said Angela Myles Beeching, Director
 of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at the Manhattan School of Music.

“Everyone is talking about how to make this traditional art form more relevant and ways to change traditional concert settings,” Beeching said. “The really smart thing about house concerts is that it takes away the business of renting venues and the middle management that comes with presenting any type of traditional concert. As a business model, it has a low overhead.”

Groupmuse represents an unprecedented opportunity to engage with a wider audience, said Julia Glenn, a 25-year-old doctoral student at the world-renowned Juilliard School and a regular performer at Groupmuse concerts.

“If something about the culture of classical music isn’t changed, the audience is at risk of drying out.” Glenn said. “The hope of Groupmuse and ventures like that is to give people the chance to get excited about the music, and give the music a chance of having a future.”

First-time Groupmuse attendee Garrett Kotecki said the event was described to him as “classical music for people who don’t want to wear a suit and tie.”

“I didn’t think it was boring at all, because they were right here in the room. It wasn’t a huge orchestra, far removed onstage,” Kotecki said. “I had never been this close to a viola and violin player. You can hear their fingers move, you can hear them breathe inhale and exhale in tempo with the music.”

Bodkin doesn’t want Groupmuse to replace conventional concert experiences at established symphony orchestras. Instead, he sees it as an entry point into the more traditional concert experience for a generation that he believes to be increasingly alienated from the genre.

“People should just go and get into the music and experience it on their own terms,” Bodkin said. “Then hopefully a lot of them will get really turned on by Beethoven, because, ‘Wow, this guy I heard about so much is actually pretty rocking,’ and then they go see the big show at Carnegie Hall.”

Theater

Is Today Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday? Maybe

Shakespeare
Martin Droeshout the Elder—The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty Images

The playwright's birth is marked every April 23 but experts disagree on whether that's true, as some believe baptism records from April 26, 1564, suggest he was born three days earlier, as was typical, but others say it might not have occurred so quick or long afterward

Every year on April 23, Stratford-upon-Avon and the world celebrate the birth of the most famous English playwright in history — and this year’s festivities will be bigger than usual, as 2014 marks what would have been the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Except that we don’t actually know for sure whether April 23 was even his birthday.

Here’s what is certain: the records of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford mark the baptism on April 26, 1564, of “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere” and that baptisms — it’s generally thought — usually took place three days after birth. So “Gulielmus” — William, son of John — was probably born three days before, on April 23.

If that’s true, it’s a neat coincidence, as that would mean he was born on the day dedicated to England’s patron saint, St. George. But not everyone is convinced. Some experts believe the April 23 date is a myth, and that a baptism wouldn’t necessarily have been performed three days after birth. It could have been performed sooner — given that babies often died within the first few days of life — or at any time until the Sunday or Holy Day after the birth (the 26th was a Sunday); the coincidence about St. George might also have pushed hopeful British fans of the bard’s to choose the 23rd to observe the birthday.

Either way, Shakespeare fans definitely have something to celebrate — or, rather, mourn — on April 23. Though his birthday is something of a mystery, the day of his 1616 death is less so: April 23.

 

movies

Flash Gordon Movie In The Works

American athlete and actor Buster Crabbe in the title role of 'Flash Gordon', 1936.
American athlete and actor Buster Crabbe in the title role of 'Flash Gordon', 1936. Silver Screen Collection—Getty Images

Gordon's alive! A big-screen adaptation of the 1930s comic strip is on the way from "Star Trek 3" writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay

Twentieth Century Fox have attained the rights to the screen version of the comic book. John Davis will produce while Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are also on board.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/flash-gordon-remake-set-for-production/337316#yLgqyKod1EV0RKdc.99
Twentieth Century Fox have attained the rights to the screen version of the comic book. John Davis will produce while Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are also on board. There are currently no actors attached to the project.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/flash-gordon-remake-set-for-production/337316#yLgqyKod1EV0RKdc.99

It looks like we can add Flash Gordon to the glut of action heroes getting the big screen treatment. Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the film rights for the comic strip hero, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay signed on to write the script.

In the original story, Flash was a polo player who was kidnapped by a mad scientist and taken to the planet Mongo, which was ruled by Ming the Merciless. Though he was first created as a comic strip in 1934 by Alex Raymond, Flash has had many lives over the past century, appearing in many spin-off comics and television series. Most notably was the campy 1980 movie adaptation starring Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Chaim Topol and Sam Jones and a soundtrack by Queen.

According to THR, Fox isn’t the only studio who has been eyeing Flash Gordon for an adaptation — not to mention a potential franchise — which isn’t at all surprising. At this point, it’s safe to assume that all vintage action heros will soon be getting the Hollywood treatment.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

Television

It’s Not TV: Why an Amazon Deal Could Keep HBO Relevant for the Post-Cable Era

A deal with Amazon Prime makes archival series like The Sopranos a bigger part of the all-you-can-eat streaming buffet. HBO

HBO got rich selling its shows at top dollar to a fraction of the audience. But to avoid being forgotten by cord-cutters, it has to adapt to the age of all-you-can-eat TV.

This morning, Amazon and HBO announced what amounts to an alliance in the Great Streaming Wars of 2014: For the first time, an Amazon Prime subscription will give you access to HBO’s archive of series, up to approximately three years ago. That means The Sopranos, Deadwood, and many other TV monuments that were only available through HBO are now included with your free shipping and future access to Jeff Bezos’ drone armada. (Current series like Girls will become available over time.)

I’ll leave it to others to analyze the business implications of this move, which, from where I’m sitting, boil down at least partly to Prime’s quickly ramping-up ambitions, partly to “The enemy of Netflix is my friend.” (Both Amazon and HBO are in direct competition with the streaming giant.) But at least one of the big motivations for HBO could be cultural: making sure that its legacy, and its brand, are not lost in the emerging canon of binge-watched TV.

(Disclaimer: HBO is currently a sister company of TIME in Time Warner, though that will change when publisher Time Inc. spins off later in the year.)

One of HBO’s defining features–and a source of zillions of dollars–is that it’s a closed system. You want to watch its shows, you had to subscribe to it, and thus, had to subscribe to cable. (With a few exceptions: you could watch bowdlerized edits of Sex and the City on basic cable, or watch series on DVD–like a caveman.) This was true not just for new episodes but the on-demand back catalog available through HBO GO.

This paywall approach meant a more limited audience, but one that was paying, and paying top dollar. (Or at least its parents/friends were, in the case of folks borrowing HBO Go logins to watch True Detective.) If only a fraction of the total TV audience had access to HBO, fine–the network was making millions off that fraction.

But as streaming became mainstream, through the likes of Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, this meant a sizable chunk of the TV audience for whom HBO just didn’t exist. There was now a vast library of TV available on demand–and really good TV, from decades ago, from the recent past, from the present. If you didn’t want to get a $200+ cable subscription, you missed HBO, which was too bad, but there was always, say, FX and AMC shows–the final season of Breaking Bad exploded in the ratings, and that was attributed largely to a vast audience who had caught up on Netflix.

For a certain generation of TV connoisseurs, HBO was the standard of quality. But for another–especially younger ones, with Internet but no cable–it didn’t exist at all. Last year, TV critic and media-studies academic Anne Helen Petersen wrote about how her students, though highly savvy TV-lovers, were almost totally unaware of The Sopranos. Why? It wasn’t on Netflix. And if you’re a college student with little money but easy access to broadband, Netflix is a lot more attractive.

That might not matter for HBO right now; it’s still printing money by all accounts. But long term, that could make a big difference to its brand perception–that halo effect in which pop-culture addicts have the sense that they can’t be truly current unless they’re up to speed on its shows. And to the extent that HBO cares about its larger, non-economic cultural place (and it does), it could make a huge difference to the canon of Great TV in future decades. If you don’t give streamers more means of access, there will be a great big HBO memory hole that will just be filled in by Mad Men, The Shield, and Orange Is the New Black.

The new Amazon deal doesn’t mean there’s no point in subscribing to HBO, since it’s your only (legal) option for new episodes of Game of Thrones et al. But it shows that the network is recognizing a change in how people consume and discover TV–archivally, online, and all at once, as selected from a vast menu of TV’s past. If HBO wants to keep its cachet, it also needs to be part of the buffet.

streaming video

HBO Is Coming to Amazon Prime

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A new licensing deal will bring HBO movies, comedy specials and series to Amazon's $99-per-year Prime subscription service, with the first shows due in May

Amazon and HBO are joining hands for an exclusive licensing deal that will bring HBO’s content to Amazon’s $99-per-year Prime subscription service, with the first shows hitting Prime on May 21.

Assuming you’re a fan of the sort of content HBO offers, including some of the highest-acclaimed series in television history, that’s as big a deal as any in recent memory — the first time in history HBO’s paired off with an online-only subscription-based streamer.

It means access to HBO will no longer be limited to cable or satellite provider packages, opening the door wide for the first time to cord-cutters who’ve doubtless been waiting for a deal like this to go down. It means you’ll be able to tap HBO with anything that currently supports Amazon’s Prime channel — set-tops, tablets, phones, game consoles, etc. — and gain access to whole swathes of HBO content (as well as free two-day shipping and Kindle library lending) for Amazon’s standard $99-per-year fee.

Bear in mind, if you’re not a member, that Prime content is free to Prime members; this isn’t HBO signing up to let Amazon charge you to watch these shows. Amazon says Prime members will have “unlimited streaming access” to shows that include:

  • All seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, as well as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords
  • Miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
  • Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
  • Original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack
  • Documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
  • Original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

Amazon says earlier seasons of HBO shows like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will roll out over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO.”

Not to worry, cable subscribers and HBO Go users: Amazon assures HBO content will remain “on all HBO platforms.” HBO hasn’t signed any of its series over to Amazon exclusively, in other words; only the right to stream existing shows through Prime. What’s more, Amazon says the HBO Go app is coming to Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box by the end of the year, the upside being access to the full HBO caboodle if you pay monthly for HBO: “1,700 titles online including every episode of new and classic HBO series, as well as HBO original films, miniseries, sports, documentaries, specials and a wide selection of blockbuster movies.”

celebrities

Lupita Nyong’o Named People‘s ‘Most Beautiful’

Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt—Getty Images for MTV

The "12 Years A Slave" actress will grace the cover of People's 25th celebration of the world's most beautiful celebrities

Lupita Nyong’o has been named People‘s “Most Beautiful”, landing a cover shoot for this week’s issue.

The actress, 31, was People‘s 25th “Most Beautiful” star. The magazine has been naming the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world since 1990, when Michelle Pfeiffer was named most beautiful.

Nyong’o shot to fame as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and won an Academy Award for the role. Nyong’o recently landed a contract with the luxury beauty product brand Lancome Paris.

The actress told People that while growing up, she equated beauty with “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” and as a teen died her hair every color except blond and even shaved her head.

Growing up in Kenya, Nyong’o’s mother, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, “always said I was beautiful,” the actor said. “And I believed her at some point.”

PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now

From Child Stars to Grown-up Beauties

Most Beautiful at Every Age

[People]

 

movies

Here’s Your First Look At Pitch Perfect 2

Rebel Wilson, aka Fat Amy, has tweeted a shot from the first day of rehearsals for the much-anticipated sequel

Pitch Perfect 2 may be the most anticipated sequel to a movie about a cappella singing of all time, but we’re still a year out before it hits theaters.

Luckily, Rebel Wilson — who plays Fat Amy in both of the films — tweeted a picture from the first day of rehearsals to remind us all how aca-awesome the cast is. The first look features Wilson, Ester Dean, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Kelley Jakle and Hanna Mae Lee together, along with Elizabeth Banks who will also be directing. (Notably missing: Anna Kendrick.)

The sequel reportedly follows Wilson’s Fat Amy and Kendrick’s Beca as they prepare to graduate from Barden University. Further details have been kept under wraps, but here’s hoping this first look will satisfy fans for the time being. After all, something needs to distract them from practicing the “Cups” song for the umpteenth time.

[Vulture]

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