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Flip-Flops Are Coming Back. It’s Going to Be Okay

I, like anyone who lived and wore clothes through the first 10 years of the 2000s, have made countless vows never to speak of that time again. After all, over the course of a single decade many of us committed fashion atrocities for which we can never be fully absolved: multiple polo shirts worn simultaneously, mini shoulder bags, kitten heels, wristlets, scarves as thin as they were long (very). And flip-flops. So many flip-flops. Worn with everything, all the time.

My stance on flip-flops has been sound since 2006. Liz Lemon declared how gross they were on 30 Rock, and soon I too came to condemn them, to detest them, and to write about how unhygienic they were whenever given the opportunity. I hated their sound, their lack of arch support, and the fact that we wore them with far-too-long flares for most of the noughties. They were, I maintained, a reminder of the aesthetic mistakes we made in the past and inevitably go on to make again. Flip-flops were my enemy, and only I could bring them down.

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… and Kourtney Kardashian, wearing heeled thong sandals. In the year 2019.

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Not that I had totally written off nostalgia in fashion. For years I’d scoured thrift stores and second-hand chains for pieces I cherished as a wee baby teen, since for most of the ’90s, I was too young to pull off (or afford) the majority of anything. (And over the ’00s, I was desperately trying to seem grown-up despite being quite obviously the opposite.) And now brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Fila, Levi’s, and Gap have started releasing styles inspired by their decades-old predecessors.

The abundance of nineties and noughties imagery on Instagram, in malls (my safe place), and even on famouses made my over-romanticization of Y2K-and-beyond feel increasingly justified. At 33, I’ve just started to wear what I want. And sometimes that meant reliving the past.

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That was my ethos one evening this past May when I walked into the mall, beelined to a sports store, and in a shocking turn of events, bought the same pair of Adidas slides I’d owned 20 years ago. This time (I vowed silently) I was going to wear them in the cool, casual way I’d seen my aunts or friends’ older siblings pull off. This time I was going to let my love of the nostalgia outweigh my hated of flip-flops. This time I was going to wear what I want.

Rick Ross’s Champagne-Bathing New Album Is Out With Features From Drake, Nipsey Hussle, And More

It has been a long journey since Rick Ross dropped his debut studio album Port Of Miami on August 8, 2006 – a little more than 13 years to be exact. That’s practically forever, and in the time since, Rick Ross has become one of rap’s biggest lyricists, releasing a steady stream of well-received albums that positioned him as a legend. It’s only right that he revisits the album that made this career possible and gives it a proper sequel with Port of Miami 2. The massive LP with guest features from Drake, Swizz Beatz, and more, is out today.

Port Of Miami 2 is only 15 tracks, but it has a whopping 16 features from artists such as Drake, Teyana Taylor, Wale, the late Nipsey Hussle, and more. Ross’s long-running “Maybach Music” song series returns with “Maybach Music VI” which features John Legend and Lil Wayne. The LP also contains the three previously released singles, “Act a Fool”, “Big Tyme” with Swizz Beatz, and “Gold Roses” with Drake. If you’re looking for that special brand of luxury talk that only Ross can deliver, this is the album for you.

Port Of Miami 2 is Ross’s first album in two years. His last release was 2017’s Rather You Than Me. It featured “I Think She Like Me” with Ty Dolla $ign.

Stream Ross’s new album up above.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Cutest Couple Moments Since Welcoming Baby Archie

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their son, Archie, on Monday, May 6. And true to their reputation, the royal couple has kept a relatively low profile since this big event, only appearing together at a handful of engagements.

But from what we’ve seen, parenting looks good on them: At every event the Duke and Duchesses of Sussex have attended since becoming a mom and dad, they’re absolutely beaming. Sure, that could be the product of being well media-trained, but the inner sap in me wants to believe Archie has something to do with it.

Just look at their (rare) quotes about parenting as proof. Every interview Markle and Prince Harry have given about Baby Archie is basically dripping in sunshine. “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Markle said during a chat back in May. Meanwhile, Prince Harry said in that same interview, “It’s been great. Parenting is amazing.”

So is this why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are glowing in all the pics, below? Maybe. Regardless, I can’t wait for their next appearance. Until then, here are all the cute moments the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared in public since becoming parents.

This is when we finally met Baby Archie for the first time. “It has only been, what, two and a half, three days…. We are just so thrilled to have our own bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious time as he slowly starts to grow up,” Prince Harry told reporters at the time.

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The @SussexRoyal Instagram account published a post about the photo-call, writing, “Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. “They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Turns Her ‘Hot Girl Summer’ Lifestyle Into A Banger With Nicki Minaj And Ty Dolla $ign

Hot girls, rejoice: the soundtrack to the rest of your summer is here.

Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Hot Girl Summer” arrived on Friday (August 9) after a week-long delay that she promised would be “worth the wait.” To absolutely no one’s surprise, she was completely right — Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign join her on the soon-to-be smash, the name of which has become an inescapable catchphrase, captioning thirst-inducing selfies the world over and providing a mantra for people’s no-fucks-given summer fun.

The song itself takes those self-empowerment vibes to hype levels, with the Houston rapper firing off instant quotables like, “Should I take your love? Should I take that dick?” Nicki comes through with an equally sizzling verse, and the ever-reliable Ty handles the hook, singing, “Hot girl summer so you know she got it lit.”

Speaking to The Root about the “hot girl summer” lifestyle, Megan explained, “It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody gotta say about it.”

“Hot Girl Summer” is Megan’s first solo release since her debut full-length, Fever. She also lent a buzzy feature Chance The Rapper’s album The Big Day, and joined Drake onstage at OVO Festival last weekend. Get into the new track in the video above, and enjoy the animated cover art, which features Megan and Nicki straddling a Hennessy bottle while surrounded by flames. As one does.

Katy Perry’s ‘Small Talk’ Is Here To Soundtrack Those Weird Run-Ins With Your Ex

Katy Perry‘s new single “Small Talk” is here, and from the sound of it, KP5 might be shaping up to be a breakup album for the ages.

The pop star kicked off her fifth album era in May with the heartbreak anthem “Never Really Over,” and “Small Talk” follows in the same vein, as Perry describes that universal awkwardness of interacting with an ex. “Isn’t it weird / That you’ve seen me naked / We had conversations about forever / Now it’s about the weather, okay,” she sings on the slow-building track, which was co-written by pop connoisseur Charlie Puth and features a hilariously brilliant “blah blah blah” bridge. “Had every inch of your skin / There’s nowhere your hands haven’t been / Ain’t it funny, ’cause now there’s nothing left but small talk.”

No sign yet of the track’s official music video, but the single did come with a cute (and Katy-less) lyric vid that chronicles an office romance gone sour. Check it out below.

“Small Talk” arrived on Friday (August 8) on the heels of a shocking verdict in the copyright case against Perry’s “Dark Horse.” It seems like it’s been a rough few weeks for the singer, but at least she’s fixing her focus on new music. And though the album has now been preceded by not one, but two breakup bops, she’s happily engaged to Orlando Bloom IRL, so it’s nice to see that art doesn’t necessarily imitate life.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Wanted Tony Stark’s Death In Endgame To Be Just As Impactful As Logan

It was expected going into Avengers: Endgame that while those who were dusted at the end of Avengers: Infinity War would somehow be brought back, there would nonetheless be permanent casualties when all was said and done. Sure enough, Black Widow and Iron Man both perished during the course of Endgame, with Tony Stark meeting his demise when he channeled the power of the Infinity Stones to turn Thanos and his army to dust.

While speaking about Tony Stark’s death, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recalled how when planning out how the hero who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe would fall, he and the Avengers: Endgame filmmakers looked to the death of Wolverine in 2017’s Logan for inspiration on hitting the right emotional chord. In Feige’s words:

Like Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was a superhero audiences watched in action for a long time, with Jackman’s tenure as the clawed mutant lasting nine movies across 17 years. Wolverine died at the end of Logan from wounds sustained during a battle with his berserker clone, X-24, and his final words were to his daughter Laura, telling her she doesn’t need to become a weapon like she was made to be. That moment definitely pulled at the heartstrings.

In his interview with Empire, Kevin Feige talked about when work on Avengers: Endgame started, he and the other creative minds wanted to deliver the “stakes and real emotion” that fans wanted after years of there being the sense that deaths didn’t matter in the MCU. They were committed “100%” to taking Tony Stark off the board, and by making Tony’s death just as impactful as Wolverine’s would help with sticking the landing.

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously said that Tony Stark’s fate in the movie was “destiny,” as Tony was a futurist who could not rest until he defeated the threat coming for humanity, Thanos. He finally accomplished that goal, bringing into existence the one successful future that Doctor Strange glimpsed in Avengers: Infinity War, and whether you find Tony death more emotional than Wolverine’s or not, you could feel the heartbreak as Tony’s allies and loved ones watched him die.

While there’s always technically the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. could return to the MCU years down the line somehow, Avengers: Endgame gave a fitting and emotionally resonant conclusion to Tony Stark’s journey. We’ll be revisiting Black Widow’s life next year, but Iron Man will not be gracing the big screen again anytime soon, if at all.

Which makes sense, as Phase 4 marks a new direction for the MCU. Sure we’ll be reuniting with other familiar faces in the coming years, like Thor, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, but we’re also meeting plenty of new characters, like the Eternals, Shang-Chi and Blade. Tony’s death closed one MCU door and opened up a new one, similarly to what Wolverine’s death did for the X-Men franchise.

Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD, and you can purchase a Blu-ray/DVD copy starting next Tuesday, August 13. If you’re interested about what’s next on the horizon for the MCU, look through our handy guide.

Ed Sheeran Is Basically A Stranger Things Kid In His ‘Nothing On You’ Video

Ed Sheeran has been particularly generous with music videos in his No. 6 Collaborations Project era, and he returned with another one on Thursday (August 8).

This time, it’s “Nothing On You” — featuring London rapper Dave and Argentinian reggaeton star Paulo Londra — that’s gotten the visual treatment, and it appears Sheeran has been binging Stranger Things lately. How else can you explain these three basically becoming Lucas, Mike, and Will before our very eyes?!

The vid stars the three unlikely collaborators performing inside an abandoned building and taking a late-night bike ride through the streets of London. That nocturnal scenery perfectly fits the song’s futuristic beat and visceral lyrics about a one-night stand: “I got everything I need in this room / Smoke clouds and a scent of perfume,” Sheeran sings from the seat of his two-wheeler.

“Nothing On You” is the sixth video from Sheeran’s star-studded No. 6 album, which topped the charts for two weeks upon its arrival in July. Among the well-connected pop star’s other recent visuals are the Travis-Scott featuring “Antisocial” and the Justin Bieber-assisted “I Don’t Care,” which earned him a VMA nomination for Best Collaboration. Stay tuned to find out if Sheeran’s got more video tricks up his sleeve… he’s certainly been on a roll.

Quentin Tarantino Says His Last Movie Will Be ‘Epilogue-y’

Quentin Tarantino has promised for years that he only plans on making 10 movies, and with the recent release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Tarnatino confirming that the Kill Bill duology counts as one movie in his eyes, that leaves just one last theatrical tale left on the list. When we’ll learn what this final movie will be about is unclear, but Tarantino envisions it as feeling like an epilogue to everything he’s delivered before now. Tarantino said:

Quentin Tarantino commented on his still-to-be-revealed 10th movie during a Moscow press conference centered around Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (via The Hollywood Reporter). He didn’t provide any other details on what he’s cooking up, though one would imagine that privately, he at least a general idea of where he wants to go for this final cinematic outing.

So if Quentin Tarantino sees Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the show-stopper of his filmography, then this unknown 10th movie might feel like a smaller-scale narrative in comparison. Perhaps that means it could be something akin to Reservoir Dogs, the movie that kicked off Tarantino’s feature filmmaking career. One fun, albeit unlikely way he could deliver on an epilogue is if the story outright confirms that all his movies are connected.

There’s certainly no shortage of options for what Quentin Tarantino could churn out as his last movie, from projects he’s talked about before like Kill Bill Vol. 3 or Killer Crow, or something new for him like a horror movie or 1930s gangster movie. Whatever it ends up being, there’s one thing we can count on: it’ll feature over-the-top violence.

And then there’s Star Trek, which Quentin Tarantino has been a fan of for a long time and he became connected to in late 2017 when he pitched an idea to Paramount that The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith turned into a screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino said last month that if he were to direct this Star Trek movie, he’s debating about whether to officially label it his 10th and final movie, or to make an exception and direct it, then his 10th movie. Either way, given the scope of Star Trek stories, particularly the ones told in a cinematic setting, it’s hard to see that having an epilogue feel.

In any case, stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest updates regarding Quentin Tarantino’s career. For now, you can keep up to date in what’s hitting the silver screen for the rest of the year with our 2019 release schedule, and be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

A Blumhouse Movie Has Stopped Marketing After The Recent Shootings

A rash of mass shootings in America that left 34 people dead and dozens more injured in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio have dominated the headlines recently. Now, in the wake of these recent shootings and the tragic losses of life, an upcoming Blumhouse movie has stopped marketing.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is hitting pause on the marketing campaign for the studio’s Blumhouse release The Hunt in light of the recent tragedies. In a statement, a rep for Universal said that the marketing has been temporarily paused out of sensitivity and that marketing materials will be reviewed moving forward. It seems that there will not be any TV or digital spots aired for the film, nor will any outdoor advertisements be put up.

ESPN already pulled an approved ad for The Hunt last weekend, but a TV spot did air on AMC during the season premiere of Preacher. It seems that will be the end of the TV spots for The Hunt, at least for the time being, while Universal evaluates the marketing materials and decides how to proceed.

The statement from Universal said that marketing has been “temporarily paused,” indicating it could restart at some point, but for now everything is on hold. The Hunt will not be delayed though, as it’s still set to release on September 27. Films have been delayed in the past following mass shootings, like 2017’s Death Wish remake, which was pushed back following the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

The marketing halt for The Hunt makes sense given the content of the film. In a plot that will sound familiar to anyone who read Richard Connell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game in high school, The Hunt follows a dozen strangers who are kidnapped only to wake up in a clearing where they are being hunted by elites.

The trailer for The Hunt is really fun and it certainly looks like another Blumhouse hit, but it pits characters on opposite sides of the political spectrum against one another and features lots of weapons, especially guns, and shows people hunting other people for sport. So it would be understandable for someone to be upset by seeing that given recent events and it is therefore probably a wise move on Universal’s part to suspend marketing for now.

The Hunt comes from Craig Zobel, who previously directed Z for Zachariah. The film is written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse, who is the son of Lindelof’s fellow showrunner on Lost, Carlton Cuse. The Hunt features a fun cast including GLOW’s Betty Gilpin, Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Justin Hartley and Ike Barinholtz.

The Hunt opens in theaters on September 27. Check out our premiere guide to keep track of all the movies headed your way this fall.