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‘Only Murders in the Building’ doesn’t miss a beat in getting back on the case

Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez are back on the case in 'Only Murders in the Building.'

Johnny Depp’s rep shuts down talk of ‘Pirates’ return

Johnny Depp in 2021.

Don’t look for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow anytime soon.

A representative for Depp has denied a recent report the actor would be returning to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
“This is made up,” Depp’s spokesperson told NBC News.
Additionally, Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, recently talked to The Times about whether Depp would return.
“Not at this point,” Bruckheimer said. “The future is yet to be decided.”
Dueling defamation suits between Depp and his former wife, Amber Heard, recently concluded earlier this month with Depp being awarded more in damages than Heard.

Lizzo called Beyoncé her ‘North Star’ during her ‘Carpool Karaoke’ appearance

Lizzo told James Corden about how listening to "B'Day" helped her out of depression after dropping out of college.

Justin Bieber says he has facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Justin Bieber announced Friday that he is taking a break from performing because he is suffering from paralysis on one side of his face.

In a video posted on his verified Instagram account, the singer explained that he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which has left him unable to move half of his face and unable to take the stage.
“It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my oncloud shoes facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis,” he said in the video. “As you can see this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face; this nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Ramsay Hunt syndrome “occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.”
Singer Justin Bieber attends the Met Gala in New York in May 2015.
Bieber kisses singer Selena Gomez at the American Music Awards in November 2011. The two started dating in 2010, and their relationship was frequently on and off.
Bieber addressed those who have been frustrated by the recent cancellations of his concerts and said he’s “physically, obviously, not capable of doing them.”
“This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but, obviously, my body’s telling me I’ve got to slow down,” he said. “I hope you guys understand. I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do.”
He thanked his fans for being patient, said he’s been kizik shoes doing facial exercises to help. He said he doesn’t know how long it will take for him to recover, but earlier this week, it was announced that three of his upcoming performances were postponed.
“It’s going to be ok,,” he said. “I have hope, and I trust God.”
In March, his wife Hailey Bieber was hospitalized due to a small blood clot in her brain.
The model later explained that she had suffered a mini-stroke due to a small hole in her heart from which the clot traveled to her brain.
She underwent surgery to close the hole which she said was between 12 and 13 millimeters.

Queen Latifah wants to change the obesity conversation

Queen Latifah attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

Britney Spears wears elegant Versace gown to wed Sam Asghari

Britney Spears wore an elegant custom Versace gown to marry personal trainer and model Sam Asghari at an intimate wedding ceremony outside Los Angeles on Thursday.
The pop princess completed her outfit with a dramatic satin-edged veil and white choker as she tied the knot at her home in Thousand Oaks, California.
Following months of speculation about who would design Spears’ gown, the singer reportedly let slip in a since-deleted Instagram post last year that “Versace is making my dress as we speak.” The brand’s chief creative officer, Donatella Versace, confirmed her involvement Friday, revealing on social media that her label had also designed Asghari’s tuxedo.
Spears' dress was custom designed by Versace.

Spears’ dress was custom designed by Versace. Credit: Kevin Ostajewski/Shutterstock
Posting a picture of the newlyweds to Instagram, the Italian designer wrote that Spears held “a very special place in my heart.”
“Designing Britney and Sam’s wedding outfits came naturally to me,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “A tremendous amount of love was poured into every detail. Together with our Atelier, we created a gown and tuxedo that exudes elegance and glamour. They look just perfect together!”
Versace joined a high-profile guest list that included Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez.
With its classic silhouette and three-meter-long (10-foot) train, the design featured a plunging neckline and capped, off-the-shoulder sleeves. The gown’s fitted bodice was pleated in the front, while the skirt split into a deep V-shaped leg slit.
The pair wed in an intimate ceremony in Thousand Oaks, California.

The pair wed in an intimate ceremony in Thousand Oaks, California. Credit: Kevin Ostajewski/Shutterstock
A representative for Versace told CNN that Spears also wore tulle gloves embellished with pearls and a pair of white satin pumps. The gown took the fashion house’s tailors over 700 hours to produce.
Spears accessorized with 62 carats’ worth of diamonds in the form of a tennis necklace, tennis bracelet and tear-drop earrings, according to Vogue. Her bridal makeup was the work of British makeup artists Charlotte and Sofia Tilbury, with the former telling the fashion magazine that she was “thrilled and honored” to work with Spears on her wedding look.
According to Vogue, there were three outfit changes throughout the evening. Spears later appeared in a red mini dress, a black mini dress and a two-toned outfit — all of which were designed by Versace.
Asghari, who met Spears on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video in 2016, meanwhile wore a black wool tuxedo to the ceremony. His suave Versace jacket featured silk satin details, and was paired with a white shirt, black loafers and black silk bow tie.
Versace has released sketches of its custom designs.

Versace has released sketches of its custom designs. Credit: Versace
Spears’ wedding dress bore some similarities to the one she wore to marry Kevin Federline in 2004. On that day, she opted for a classic, strapless satin wedding gown by Filipina American bridalwear designer Monique Lhuillier, and later changed into a white lace mini-dress with a high-neck and open back.
Speaking to CNN last year, Lhuillier said she was given just three weeks to design and produce the wedding and reception dresses, as well as gowns for the entire wedding party. “(I told them) ‘OK, we’ll get it done. Don’t worry,'” she recalled, “but inside, I was dying.”
Spears’ first husband, Jason Alexander (to whom she was married for just 55 hours before the union was annulled in 2004), attempted to crash the star’s wedding Thursday. He was arrested and charged with trespassing and battery, police said.
The nuptials come nearly seven months after Spears won a court battle against her long-standing conservatorship, a binding legal agreement that she said prohibited her from getting married or having children. In April, she and Asghari announced that they were expecting a baby, though they later posted a joint statement revealing that they had lost their pregnancy
This article was updated to reflect the year of Spears marriage annulment, and to include details of her and Asghari’s pregnancy announcement.

2 witnesses who interacted directly with the Proud Boys during the Capitol riot will testify tonight

Nick Quested will testify during the Jan. 6 House select committee hearing about his experience filming members of the Proud Boys during the riot at the Capitol.
Nick Quested will testify during the Jan. 6 House select committee hearing about his experience filming members of the Proud Boys during the riot at the Capitol. (Mike Pont/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

The Jan. 6 House select committee says its hearing tonight will include testimony from two witnesses who interacted directly with the Proud Boys during the riot at the Capitol.

The panel announced earlier this week that it will call documentarian Nick Quested to testify about his experience filming members of the Proud Boys in the week leading up to and on Jan. 6, 2021, and Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who was injured after she was part of an altercation involving members of the Proud Boys while defending the US Capitol.

Quested has already been deposed by the committee and Justice Department officials about his experience and has provided the committee and the department with video footage from the filming of his documentary.

He was embedded with the Proud Boys for a significant period of time leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, and is considered a firsthand fact witness because of the amount of time he spent with the group.

Some background: Leaders of the Proud Boys were involved in some of the early clashes that overpowered police lines and breached the Capitol. The group has been a focus of the Justice Department for months, and on Monday the agency charged the head of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, and four other leaders with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 attack.

These are the most aggressive charges brought by the Justice Department against the Proud Boys, and the first allegations by prosecutors that the group tried to forcibly oppose the presidential transfer of power.

Tarrio and his co-defendants previously pleaded not guilty to an earlier slate of charges.

5 best TV shows to binge on Paramount Plus

In case you thought you had enough TV, it’s time for CBS’ new streamer to make a case for putting it on your roster. Paramount Plus, a revamp of CBS All Access, adds more movies and shows that you can watch on a couple of tiers: either ad-free ($10 per month) or ad-inclusive ($5 per month). Star Trek fans will find not one, not two, not three, but four Star Trek shows (not including an after-show) to devour, but there’s more than sci-fi filling out Paramount’s original TV shelves. Let’s round up the best shows at launch, with a host of new original shows to come.

The Good Fight

Elizabeth Fisher/CBSFour seasons of The Good Fight are on Paramount Plus — that’s 40 episodes to get to know lawyers Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). The Good Fight is a spinoff of The Good Wife, but differs from its predecessor in all the right ways, focusing less on relationships and more on politics. It’s also about good old human struggle — following Lockhart after her daughter Maia’s reputation is destroyed in a financial scam. Broke, they join Lucca Quinn’s big Chicago law firm. Get ready to be hooked. (Good news: a fifth season is to come.)

Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All AccessThe first of Paramount Plus’ (it first arrived on CBS All Access) big Star Trek shows is set roughly 10 years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series. It wasn’t a hit straight away, with a few problematic storylines to clean up, but thanks to Sonequa Martin-Green’s strong lead performance as Michael Burnham, Star Trek: Discovery eventually sweeps you up. Season 1 finds the crew of the USS Discovery embroiled in a war between the Klingon houses and the United Federation of Planets. Season 4 is set to hit Paramount Plus this year.

The Twilight Zone (2019)

Robert FalconerGet Out and Us director Jordan Peele helped develop this new take on the original 1959 The Twilight Zone series, and the first season (it was canceled after the second) provides plenty of modern thought-provoking strangeness worth checking out. Peele also narrates the anthology, which features stars like Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan, Steven Yeun and more. It could probably be scarier (and the episodes shorter) but a few gems — like episode Replay — do the original series proud.

Star Trek: Picard

CBSStar Trek: Picard brings back Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, the former captain of the USS Enterprise — in a multi-layered redemption story. Picard, nearing the end of his days, reflects on his choice to abandon Starfleet, after the Federation chose not to aid the Romulans when their planet was destroyed. Suffering from his past decisions and the death of fellow Enterprise officer Data, Picard steps out of his quiet life at a vineyard to help a mysterious young woman in need. A slower-paced, psychological character study, Star Trek: Picard is a full-bodied show to savor.

Why Women Kill

Paramount PlusWhy Women Kill juggles a few serious themes like infidelity and, well, murder, but the key to enjoying this show is focusing on the performances of Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. Why Women Kill ambitiously explores the marriages of three women who all live in the same campily-designed Pasadena mansion (the outfits are wonderfully campy as well) across different decades. They’re connected by their partners’ infidelity, which sets of a chain of events that leads to the women killing someone. A stylish mix of black comedy and soapy drama that gets better with every episode.

Beauty Inside and Out: Michelle Phan

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In the ultimate quest for inner beauty and outer glow, Marie Claire asks our favorite trailblazers to share intel on finding balance in their busy lives. Read it all here, in Beauty Inside & Out.

At 33, Vietnamese-American makeup artist and Em Cosmetics founder Michelle Phan is already a beauty industry vet, having launched her pioneering YouTube channel back in 2006, when she was just 19. What keeps her in the game, with an eternally-positive outlook is her commitment to self-care: “The most ‘relatable’ self-care that I do every single day is skincare. That’s something I’ve always believed in since a young age,” says Phan, who just launched her first skin product, Face Cuddle Moisture Balm. “Even the thought of just touching your face and loving your face, there’s something really intentional about that process.” Ahead, Phan talks skin rituals, her love of soothing binaural beats, and a comforting take on chicken noodle soup.

Inner Beauty

Phi Sciences Mega Hydrate
“Sometimes I drink water throughout the day but still feel thirsty or dehydrated. This supplement helps my body produce more water molecules; it takes hydrogen and mixes with the oxygen in your body to create water. It’s kind of similar to hyaluronic acid for your skin but in your body. It’s one of the few supplements that [I’ve used where] I actually saw a huge difference.”

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Global Healing Center Oxy-Powder
“This detox supplement is so gentle—it’s something I cannot live without. It uses oxygen to push your bowel movements, but is more natural and gentle than a chemical laxative. I feel detoxed and can just mix it into my morning juice routine.”

Cire Trudon Candles
“Candles have an incredible way of transporting you. Cire Trudon is the oldest candlemaker in France; they made candles for Marie Antoinette. Another candle I love is Burning Rose by Byredo. I think it’s also Taylor Swift’s favorite!”

Deluxe Moon App
“This is one of my favorite apps. I like to see what phase the moon is in if I’m feeling weird or off. Or, if I want to do an intentional manifestation prayer or meditation, it helps me plan for a full moon. I also love The Pattern and get all my friends on the app. Their numerology and astrology feels pretty accurate.”

Sensory Deprivation
“It’s a little weird but I listen to binaural beats. I lay in bed with my headphones and zone out for 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards I feel really lightheaded and good. It’s a similar feeling to sensory deprivation tanks. Pre-COVID, I went to Just Float in LA once a month. You feel everything shutting off and less tense—it’s the best nap you’ll ever have in your life.”

Outer Glow

EM Cosmetics Lip Cushion Nourishing Balm
“This not only makes me feel beautiful but it makes me feel ​good​. I feel like my lips are truly nourished and cared for.”

SkinCeuticals Eye Cream
“This is my favorite. I never end my morning or night routine without it.”

Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer
“It’s so good good on my face.”

Fanola Nutricare Restructuring Mask
“It’s just incredible, one of my favorite hair care products.”

Recipe for Success: Michelle Phan’s Chicken Congee

chicken congee
Michelle Phan/Morgan McMullen

This rice porridge is my equivalent of a comforting chicken noodle soup.

Make the Chicken Congee

1. Place bone-in chicken thighs with skin (or any cuts of your choice) in a pot of water and bring to boil. Or, to make this dish vegetarian, use 2-3 cups of mushrooms or other vegetables. After 20 minutes, pull out the chicken, remove the skin, and chop it up into small pieces and set aside.

2. Add about 2 cups of chicken stock to the water you boiled the chicken in then throw in 2 cups of long grain rice. Let that slowly simmer into a porridge—until it’s the consistency of a wet risotto (about one hour). Add the chicken back in.

3. Serve in individuals bowls and season with a little bit of fish sauce (optional—I like it because I’m Vietnamese and it adds that umami flavor). You can also add garlic chili sauce and a dash of maggi soy sauce on top. It’s the best thing, it’s so simple and delicious.

13 Black Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

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Because of the tyrannical nature of the Netflix algorithm and their vague recommendations for Black movies, I have taken it upon myself to make a list of my favorite Black films that are available on the streaming service. While compiling the list was easy, I found it difficult to write an introduction to this selection. Because, what category is more fraught than that of “Black movies?” What makes a movie Black? And why must we continue to sit around making lists about Black movies? Does this exercise accomplish anything?

Well, there are two answers to that last question. One, the relative lack of Black movies–and by that I mean movies with Black people in front of or behind the camera–compels me to make lists that highlight movies which may have slipped under the radar or evaded awards season recognition. Two, the more attention we can draw to ambitious Black movies, the more likely it is that the industry finances and produces them.

In fact, a report by Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism revealed that Hollywood has only made minuscule strides in their attempt to diversify their industry. Titled Inequality in 1,300 Popular Films, the report examined 57,629 characters in 1,300 top films from 2007 to 2019, and showed that there is a consistent lack of representation for diverse groups.

The lack of representation goes beyond the distribution of speaking roles in a movie. According to the report, only 6.1 percent of directors were Black, and that’s not even mentioning the underrepresentation of other groups in the study.

Some people only think about Blackness in the immediate aftermath of a protest movement or during Black History Month, which tends to perpetuate the same racist institutions that we must abolish. Or worse, people see these lists as a way to “educate” themselves about Black lives, as if the humanity of Black people wasn’t already a given. As if Black people don’t fall in love, struggle to pursue their dreams, or fight inner demons.

The movies I’ve included are more than just a list of my faves. Two of the films–The Burial of Kojo and Atlantics–take place in Ghana and Senegal, respectively, and use magical realism to tell haunting, yet hopeful, stories about capitalism and trauma. There’s a selection of documentaries, some of which take a searing look at racist violence, while one of them is a celebration of Black musical traditions. But all of these films reflect the multiplicity of Black experiences that manages to make the personal political. Here’s my list of Black movies on Netflix you should watch right now.

‘Moonlight’ (2016)

The first time I saw Moonlight, I left the cinema gasping for breath. Gorgeously shot and acted with heartbreaking intensity, Barry Jenkins’s aching film gives us three chapters on the life of Chiron, a young black boy growing up in Miami. Chiron’s journey to adulthood is marked by love and struggle, but it is his community that will always support him.

‘Atlantics’ (2019)

Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop wrote and directed this haunting drama about unjust labor and the strength of love. Set in Dakar, the film tells the story of a group of unpaid construction workers who attempt a fatal Atlantic crossing for better opportunities. The women left behind become afflicted with a mysterious virus that allows the spirit of the dead to possess them, using their bodies for vengeance. Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré), one of the workers, has different ideas–he’s going to reunite with his love, Ada (Mame Bineta Sane).

‘A Love Song for Latasha’ (2019)

This documentary short, directed by Sophia Nahli Allison, tells the story of Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in a liquor store after being falsely accused of stealing a $1.79 bottle of orange juice. Told through the childhood memories of her best friend and cousin, this movie reimagines their trips to the local pool and experiences at school to tell a full picture of Latasha’s life and dreams.

‘The Burial of Kojo’ (2018)

Set in Ghana and told through the eyes of seven-year-old Esi (Cynthia Dankwa), The Burial of Kojo may be one of the most beautifully shot films on Netflix. Written and directed by Blitz Bazawule, the movie follows Esi’s journey into the spirit world to save her father (Joseph Otsiman) trapped in an abandoned gold mine. It’s poetic and filled to the brim with magical realism, while still critiquing economic imperialism and embracing the power of childhood imagination.

‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ (2020)

Radha Black’s first film tells the story of a forty-year-old struggling playwright who seeks to reinvent herself by becoming a rapper. This hilarious movie doesn’t take middle age as an endpoint, but as a moment where you can still change your destiny. And here I was freaking out about turning 30!

‘Residue’ (2020)

Merawi Gerima’s incisive first film is the story of a filmmaker returning home to Washington D.C. only to find everything has changed. The D.C. he once knew is a gentrified nightmare and the friends he once had consider him an outsider. The movie manages to capture childhood memories with straightforward precision while still unpacking the trauma of gentrification.

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ (2017)

If there was ever a moment to revisit the work of James Baldwin, now is the time. Raoul Peck directed this experimental documentary that reflects on the lives and assassinations of activists Medgar Evars, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The movie, told in Baldwin’s own words, is a feast of images that makes visible the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

‘Da Five Bloods’ (2020)

Spike Lee’s epic journey into the Vietnamese bush contextualizes the sacrifices that Black people have made in the service of America. This story of a group of friends who return to Vietnam to retrieve buried treasure and the remains of their fallen squad leader is one for the ages with Delroy Lindo in a career best performance.

‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’ (2019)

I truly cannot evangelize more about this concert documentary. There’s Beyonce. There’s nods to Black marching band traditions. There’s musing about dreams, art, and performance. Not to mention the killer setlist. If you haven’t watched this already, I’m sorry!

‘Dolemite is My Name’ (2019)

Film freaks like me love nothing more than a movie about making movies. Eddie Murphy stars in this retelling of Rudy Ray Moore’s journey from comedian to anti-establishment filmmaker. The result of Moore’s efforts is the famed blaxploitation film, Dolemite. For me, it was one of the best movies of 2019 and perhaps the most fun to watch.

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (2020)

The late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis shine in this adaptation of the August Wilson play. Set in 1920s Chicago, this biographical movie takes place over the course of an afternoon recording session. Ma Rainey (Davis), the famed blues singer, is late to the session, where tensions boil over who has the creative control over her music. While in the other room, the band members share stories that prove to be fatal. It’s pretty intense!

’13th’ (2016)

In this illuminating documentary, Ava DuVernay considers the history of racism in the United States, with a focus on the prison system. While we know that racism permeates every aspect of American society and its institutions, this film does an excellent job of exploring why exactly African-Americans are disproportionately incarcerated.

‘LA 92’ (2017)

Released on the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King protests, this documentary creates a seemingly first-person perspective of the unrest through rare archival footage.