Emily Gray

The 10 Most Iconic Denim Moments in Film

Denim has a special place in every person’s wardrobe, so it comes as no surprise that the sturdy cotton fabric is well represented in the movies, too. After all, it’s comfortable, flattering, and transcends time, age, and gender. From the burgeoning young baseball stars of The Sandlot to Ryan Gosling‘s Canadian Tuxedo in Drive, here’s a comprehensive list of the best jeans onscreen.

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Tracey Emin helps National Portrait Gallery buy her ‘death mask’

Tracey Emin helps National Portrait Gallery buy her ‘death mask’

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Tracey Emin’s Death Mask “blurs the distinctions between life and death”

Tracey Emin has helped the National Portrait Gallery buy one of her more unusual works – her own “death mask”.

The artist created the mask in 2002 as a “specimen” or “museum display” to “transform herself into an object of scrutiny for generations to come”.

Emin and her gallery White Cube priced the mask at £60,000 – but offered the National Portrait Gallery a £30,000 museum discount.

The remaining £30,000 came from a grant from The Art Fund.

Death masks have been created throughout history to preserve the final images of famous people just after they have died.

Emin is very much alive – and her bronze cast is now in its “rightful home”, according to the National Portrait Gallery.

Associate curator Rab MacGibbon said: “Artists have frequently explored their mortality in self-portraits. Tracey Emin’s Death Mask… blurs the distinctions between life and death, art and identity.”

Death Mask will feature in the exhibition Life, Death And Memory, which also includes the death mask of painter John Constable and the last portrait for which film director and artist Derek Jarman sat.

Emin, 53, is best know for her autobiographical works such as My Bed and the tent Everyone I Have Ever Slept With.


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Will Jude Law’s Dumbledore be openly gay?

Will Jude Law’s Dumbledore be openly gay?

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Will there be a romance on screen in Fantastic Beasts 2 between Jude Law and Johnny Depp?

The news that Jude Law is to play a young Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has led to speculation over the direction of the movie – and whether his character will be openly gay.

It’s 10 years since JK Rowling revealed that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay in a Q&A with fans.

It confirmed speculation that had been around on fan sites for years – all that was known before that was that he had a mysterious, troubled past.

Rowling also revealed that when he was young, Dumbledore had been smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a duel. Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” she said, and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”.

We already know Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald in the movie, so many fans are hoping to see Depp and Law in an on-screen romance.

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Some LGBT fans were upset that JK Rowling didn’t mention in any of the books that Dumbledore was gay and saw it as an “afterthought”.

In a blog post on the Harry Potter fan site Mugglenet.com, Elayna Mae Darcy says the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film is a chance to put that right.

“One has to have hope that she will use this opportunity to show us the side of Dumbledore we could never have seen when he was a much older man who had long before been tragically let down by the man he loved,” she writes.

“We have the chance to witness, in real time, a Dumbledore who is young and vivacious and who, hopefully, both acknowledges his sexuality and gives us a chance to see a well-rounded gay character in a mainstream blockbuster.”

She says the Harry Potter author has a responsibility to show the relationship.

“Representation can change people’s lives and make them feel seen… Kids growing up right now have a chance to experience one of the most important characters in the entire saga as someone who’s confident with who he is.”

And she is backed by other fans, who do not want to see Dumbledore’s sexuality glossed over.

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Speaking last year about the second Fantastic Beasts movie, Rowling said we will see Dumbledore as a younger and “quite troubled man”.

“We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space,” she said.

But Debbie Moon, Bafta-winning writer of the fantasy series Wolfblood, isn’t convinced we’ll see any romance on screen.

“Chances on Young Dumbledore appearing even remotely gay in a major studio tentpole? I’ll take 0%…”she tweeted.

And some fans have pointed out that any gay storyline may cause problems for the film’s distribution worldwide.

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The live action Beauty and the Beast, which featured the first openly gay character in a Disney film, was recently pulled from Kuwait cinemas and faced issues in Malaysia, where homosexual activity is illegal.

Russia’s Culture Ministry allowed the release of Beauty and the Beast – but children under the age of 16 are not allowed to see it.

It was given a 16+ age rating after a Russian MP petitioned Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky to ban it because of the inclusion of a gay character.

When pressed on Dumbledore being gay in the second film, Rowling pointed out that is only the second film in a series.

“I would like to say because this is obviously a five-part story, there’s lots to unpack in that relationship.”

So fans may have to wait to watch the love story and ultimate betrayal unfold.


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The Best Places to Get a Grilled Cheese in N.Y.C.

Cheese lovers, rejoice! Today is a National Grilled Cheese Day and we’re totally ready to celebrate the buttery, gooey, goodness of the classic comfort food that we all know and love.

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent many a cold winter night eating grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in tomato soup, a food so comforting it feels like it’s reaching in and giving you a hug. While back in the day we may have enjoyed our Mother’s grilled cheese (still amazing, don’t worry, Mom!) there are a ton of new sandwich inventions that have us wanting to swear off no-carb diets forever.

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From grilled cheeses with lobster melted into them to sandwiches featuring luxe ingredients like truffle oil, these N.Y.C. restaurants and shops host some of the best sammies in the business. Read our list of top grilled cheese shops, and then try to make time to visit all of them next time you’re in the city.

Charlie Murphy: Seven things about the comedy star’s life

Charlie Murphy: Seven things about the comedy star’s life

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Murphy’s comedy career took off in his 40s

US comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has sadly died of leukaemia at the age of 57.

Here’s a chance to look back at his life and career.

He’s known for his Prince and Rick James sketches

Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story sketches on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show in the early 2000s made him a star in the US.

In the Rick James skit, Murphy recounted how he got to know the Super Freak singer before James punched him in the face in Studio 54, leaving a ring imprint on his forehead.

In the Prince sketch, the pop legend challenged Charlie and his friends to a basketball match after a party – then made them all pancakes.

Murphy said both incidents really happened.

The brothers had a tricky start in life

Born and raised in New York, Eddie and Charlie’s parents – Lillian and Charles – split up when the boys were little. Charles was murdered by a girlfriend just a few years later.

Lillian became ill and the brothers spent a short period in foster care. She then remarried and her husband Vernon Lynch brought Eddie and Charlie up.

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Charlie said he never felt he was in Eddie’s shadow

Charlie was a troubled teen

He has talked about experimenting with drugs and having “tons of fights”. He once found himself with a gun held to his head in high school after threatening a classmate.

According to his 2009 book The Making of a Stand-Up Guy, Murphy received three years probation for robbing a driver at gunpoint, and in the final year of his probation was arrested for larceny, loitering and other misdemeanours.

He was then sentenced to serve the rest of his probation – 10 months – in county jail.

He was once part of controversial group The Five Percenters

The group, also known as the Nation of Gods and Earths, was founded in 1963 by Clarence 13X when he broke from the Nation Of Islam.

The group says black people are the original people of the planet earth and that black people are the fathers and mothers of civilisation.

Murphy explained in a Talk of the Nation interview in 2009 how he removed himself from their influence.

“I would question things. I had an analytical mind back then. And if you tell me something and profess it to be the truth, I don’t just accept it… because you said it.

“And that’s what I felt like when I was part of the organisation, like, you know, I was being told things, but the explanation beyond the explanation I was getting was not good.”

He had a varied career

His mother took him to all the armed services recruitment offices on the day he was released from jail in 1978 and they all turned him down due to his criminal record.

The Navy eventually agreed to take him after his mother pleaded: “You gotta take my son or he’s going to be killed out here.” He served for six years as a boiler technician.

Before he hit the big time, Charlie was also a screenwriter, a hip-hop manager and the head of security for his little brother – but was overprotective of Eddie became hot-headed when dealing with hecklers.

He later went on to appear in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket.

He didn’t start stand-up until he was 42

He said: “When I first started doing comedy, I was 42 years old and I was the brother of one of the most celebrated comics in history who made his name in the game 20 years earlier.

“So, that took a lot of bravery. It’s never been done before. It’s not a part of human reality. It’s like, if Michael Jordan all of a sudden had a big brother who plays basketball and he’s good, too. That does not compute for most people.”

Having a famous brother ain’t that bad

In a 2009 interview with Essence, Charlie spoke about his relationship with Eddie.

“I’ve never felt like I was living in anyone’s shadow,” Charlie said. “My life was what it was. I was always proud of my brother. He helped me tremendously, but we’re family so we were never in his shadow.”


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Survivor: Transgender contestant Zeke Smith outed

Survivor: Transgender contestant Zeke Smith outed

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Zeke Smith had not planned to reveal he was trans on air

A contestant on a US TV show has been outed as being transgender by one of his fellow competitors.

Jeff Varner, who is appearing on Survivor: Game Changers, made the revelation about his team-mate Zeke Smith on Wednesday’s episode.

Varner told the show’s presenter and his team-mates: “There is deception here,” before turning to Smith and asking: “Why haven’t you told anyone that you’re transgender?”

He has since apologised on Twitter.

Several other contestants quickly defended Smith after Varner’s comments, telling the former news anchor his actions were “so wrong” and that he “didn’t have to do that”.

‘Hate will always lose’

Smith had previously shared his history with Varner privately but had not intended to reveal he was trans on the show.

In an article for The Hollywood Reporter published after the episode aired, Smith criticised Varner and said he was “not wild about [viewers] knowing that I’m trans”.

He wrote: “In calling me deceptive, Varner invoked one of the most odious stereotypes of transgender people, a stereotype that is often used as an excuse for violence and even murder.

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Varner said he was “profoundly sorry” for outing Smith

“Varner is saying that I’m not really a man and that simply living as my authentic self is a nefarious trick.

“In reality, by being Zeke the dude, I am being my most honest self – as is every other transgender person going about their daily lives.”

‘The worst decision of my life’

Smith added that he doesn’t believe Varner, who is gay, did it because he hates trans people, and praised his Survivor team-mates for the way they reacted.

“I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are fraudulent. What’s great is that nobody bought it.

“It’s important people see he lost that fight. The message should be clear that hate will always lose.”

In a Twitter message posted after the show aired, Varner offered his “deepest most heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith”.

He wrote: “I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life.”


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This Is the Most Popular Wedding Hair Trend on Pinterest

Over-coiffed, stuffy updos are no longer the wedding aesthetic, and your current wedding hair inspo board you may or may not have listed as secret on Pinterest only drives the point home. If you aren’t opting for a down or half-up style, chances are, effortless, slightly-undone looks like Chrissy Teigen, Freida Pinto, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s are populating your list. The rest of Pinterest is following suit–in the platform’s recently-released Wedding Report, searches for simple, polished updos have gone up by 83% this year. For your consideration, we put together a list of some of our favorite celebrity updos that fall under both the simple and polished categories. Keep scrolling to see them all now, and add to your board accordingly.

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US comedian Charlie Murphy dies of leukaemia aged 57

US comedian Charlie Murphy dies of leukaemia aged 57

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Mr Murphy starred in films and on comedy sketch shows

US comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has died of leukaemia aged 57, reports say.

The TMZ website quoted his manager as saying he died on Wednesday morning in hospital in New York.

Murphy starred on comedian Dave Chappelle’s show and also appeared in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket.

He also co-wrote and appeared in some of his brother’s films.

In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, the Murphy family said their “hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie”.

“Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers,” the statement said.

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Charlie Murphy (R) arrived in Hollywood as his brother Eddie’s (L) bodyguard

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He also had a successful comedy career

Charlie Murphy arrived in Hollywood after working as a bodyguard for Eddie at the beginning of his career, the EFE news agency reported.

He has said that he was so fond of Eddie and found him so funny that he would not hesitate to confront people who did not laugh during his appearances.

Other comedians and actors have been paying tribute on social media.

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Jude Law to play young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel

Jude Law to play young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel

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Law is one of the few English actors not to have appeared in a Harry Potter film

JK Rowling’s Dumbledore is to have a new face – and it belongs to Jude Law.

The Oscar-nominated actor will play the young Albus in the sequel to Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Law’s casting sees him follow in the footsteps of Richard Harris and Sir Michael Gambon, who shared the role of Harry’s headmaster in the Potter films.

The new film, due out in November 2018, will depict the character before he became head of Hogwarts.

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Richard Harris and Sir Michael Gambon previously played Dumbledore on screen

Directed by David Yates, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 will see Eddie Redmayne reprise his role as “magizoologist” Newt Scamander.

“Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him,” said Yates in a statement.

“I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as JK Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

The new film will also see Johnny Depp return as Gellert Grindelwald, the villainous wizard briefly seen at the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film.

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Harris played the Hogwarts headmaster in two films before his death in 2002

Warner Bros president Toby Emmerich said: “As fans ourselves, we are thrilled to have Jude Law joining the Fantastic Beasts cast, playing a character so universally adored.

“Jude has been a member of the Warner Bros family for years and we’re excited to embark on this new adventure with him.”

Born in south London in 1972, Law has received Oscar nominations for his roles in 1999’s The Talented Mr Ripley and 2003’s Cold Mountain.

He also plays Doctor Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films and can currently be seen in HBO’s The Young Pope.


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Charging Bull artist wants removal of Fearless Girl statue

Charging Bull artist wants removal of Fearless Girl statue

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The bull statue was already a well-frequented tourist spot in New York City

The sculptor that erected Wall Street’s Charging Bull statue is complaining about New York City’s decision to allow a nearby statue to remain in place.

Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica says the Fearless Girl statue, which was placed nearby during International Women’s Day, is a copyright violation.

His lawyers argue that the new sculpture’s presence changes the artistic meaning of his famous statue.

Mr Di Modica’s statute was installed in 1987, without any city permits.

The 7,000 pound (3,175 kg) structure was placed on a New York City street after a financial collapse in the middle of the night, but was eventually moved to the Financial District, steps away from Wall Street, after the public called for the statue to be allowed to stay.

Mr Di Modica objects to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to allow the Fearless Girl statue to remain in place opposite of the Bull for one year, after a public clamouring for the statue to become permanent.

His lawyers argue that proper procedure was not followed by city officials when choosing to grant the permit.

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Mr Di Modica has argued that the girl is not a work of art, but rather an “advertising trick” since it was sponsored by investment firm State Street Global Advisers, and erected by advertising firm McCann.

The work was created to draw attention to women in leadership and the lack of women in Wall Street boardrooms.

“Everybody loves the bull,” Mr Di Modica told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the renewed attention to his original work is “negative”.

“The girl is like – ‘I am here, what are you gonna do?'”, he told reporters, his voice breaking at times.

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His lawyers are requesting unspecified damages, due to a “copyright violation”.

Mayor de Blasio responded on Twitter on Wednesday, writing: “Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl.”