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‘Black Monday’ Plays the Wall Street Crash for Laughs

Andrew Rannells, left, and Don Cheadle, center, star in Showtime’s new TV series ‘Black Monday.’
Andrew Rannells, left, and Don Cheadle, center, star in Showtime’s new TV series ‘Black Monday.’ Photo: SHOWTIME

Ever since the movie “Wall Street” fixed the world of cutthroat stockbrokers in the popular imagination more than 30 years ago, screenwriters have returned to that setting for stories about money and power.

That, plus scenes of excess and debauchery, which was the bigger selling point for the creators of Showtime’s new comedy “Black Monday.” Set to premiere on Sunday, the series conjures its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, complete with a long con, piles of cocaine and jokes that would trigger human-resources investigations in today’s workplaces.

Don Cheadle stars as an impulsive trader who captains a misfit firm with his more levelheaded lieutenant, played by Regina Hall.Andrew Rannells plays a square who lands with the firm after he and his computerized trading program fall flat.

‘Black Monday’ creates its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, with a cast that includes, from top left, Yassir Lester, Eugene Cordero and Paul Scheer; from bottom left, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall.
‘Black Monday’ creates its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, with a cast that includes, from top left, Yassir Lester, Eugene Cordero and Paul Scheer; from bottom left, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Photo: SHOWTIME

“Black Monday” revels in period status symbols such as suspenders and double-breasted suits. Mr. Cheadle’s character is ferried around New York in a Lamborghini-limousine hybrid and boasts about hiring Don Henley to perform at his birthday party. Showtime, whose other high-finance series, “Billions,” is set in the 21st century, joined in the ’80s shtick for “Black Monday” by resurrecting a vintage logo and jingle (“It’s Showtime tonight!”) for the new show’s title credits.

The show’s producers say the stock-market setting gave them a way to make a comedy with high stakes. “At most jobs, getting fired would be the worst day ever. On Wall Street, you can lose everything and be penniless by the end of the day,” says executive producer Jordan Cahan, a creator of the series with writing partner David Caspe, whose father was a Chicago-based commodities trader in the ’80s.

Filmmakers and TV producers have often portrayed financiers as aggressive and reckless as a way to illustrate Wall Street’s flaws. As Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” Michael Douglas made “greed is good” one of the memorable lines of the 1980s. More recently, Leonardo DiCaprio’s drugged-out pump-and-dump scammer in 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” represented director Martin Scorsese’s reaction to the financial crisis.

In contrast, “Black Monday” seeks to lampoon the types of characters who typified Wall Street then and linger in the working world today. “We really tried to be careful to make it clear that we’re satirizing that culture, not celebrating it,” says Mr. Cahan.

In the first episode, for example, traders riff on the similar nicknames they have given the cocaine they buy and the prostitutes they hire. However, while “Black Monday” depicts drug use aplenty, producers of the pay-cable series say they chose not to depict any female nudity.

“That was a way to illustrate the problem without having to also be part of the problem as television producers,” Mr. Caspe says.

Mr. Cheadle, an Oscar nominee for “Hotel Rwanda,” was recruited for “Black Monday” by David Nevins, head of Showtime and chief creative officer of parent company CBS, along with “Black Monday” executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The show’s creators, who had written the pilot script seven years ago, rewrote it around Mr. Cheadle and the angle of an African-American investment whiz taking on blue-blooded rivals, including fictional Lehman Brothers twins who are both played by Ken Marino.

“That’s an opportunity to talk about and deal with things we wouldn’t have if the casting goal was, ‘Get me Gordon Gekko 2.0,’ ” Mr. Cheadle says.

In the mid-’80s, he was starting his career with parts in films such as “Hamburger Hill” and “Colors,” when a booming and soon-to-bust stock market produced a new template for heroes and villains. “Black Monday” gets into the human flaws behind that, he says, though he’s not analyzing any of it too deeply.

“It’s not a polemic on greed,” Mr. Cheadle says. “It’s more like, ‘Watch these idiots try to navigate this insane time when people were wilding out.’ ”

Beyond ‘Wall Street’

  • “The Big Short”: Director Adam McKay’s 2015 film tackles complex instruments of finance as it follows a hedge fund manager (Christian Bale) and other players who discover a way to exploit the bursting of the housing bubble.
  • “Margin Call”: Singled out by Wall Street hands as one of Hollywood’s most realistic depictions of their environment, this 2011 thriller by writer and director J.C. Chandor captures 24 hours inside an investment firm facing disaster.
  • “Boiler Room”: Long before “The Wolf of Wall Street,” this 2000 movie starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck explored the investment world’s underbelly of cold calls and pump-and-dump schemes.
  • “Working Girl”: Melanie Griffith led director Mike Nichols’s 1988 urban fairy tale and time capsule of yuppie fashion. She plays a secretary whose boss (Sigourney Weaver) steals her idea for a merger, so she pulls a ruse of her own to get ahead.
  • “Trading Places”: From “Animal House” director John Landis, this 1983 comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd hinges on a social experiment and a surprisingly detailed plot involving orange-juice futures.

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Samuel L. Jackson’s 5 Favorite Characters May Surprise You

Over the years, we’ve put Samuel L. Jackson‘s face with more iconic names then we can count. The 70-year-old actor is arguably one of the most influential and prolific actors of our time. We certainly all have our favorite roles of Jackson’s, but what are his own career highlights?

When the actor recently dropped in to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon asked Samuel L. Jackson to name the top five characters he’s played. Since he has well over 100 acting credits to date, he found narrowing it down to be tough, but his favorites are interesting!

At No. 5 is Nick Fury, a character Samuel L. Jackson has played since the MCU began with the Iron Man post-credit scene in 2008, teasing the formation of the Avengers. Fury doesn’t typically play a large role in the movies, but the upcoming Captain Marvel will delve into his past before the eye-patch and he’ll be teaming up with Spidey in Spider-Man: Far From Home too.

Then, Jackson decided to group together Quentin Tarantino characters Ordell from Jackie Brown, Jules from Pulp Fiction and Stephen from Django Unchained for the fourth spot because “he’d hate to pull them apart.” It looks like picking his favorite roles is like picking a favorite child, especially as far as it goes with his work with the film director who he’s collaborated with since the early ’90s.

Topping his favorite Quentin characters is Mace Windu from the Star Wars prequels because… well, he’s a Jedi! The trilogy of Star Wars films he was involved with may not be beloved by all, but few can argue with how cool it was that Jackson is part of the universe. The actor has also made it clear in the past that he’s interested to reprise his role in a future Star Wars movie, even though his character died. Maybe in the planned Obi Wan spinoff?

Then, Samuel L. Jackson just skipped a No. 2 spot-earner right to his favorite role of all time… Mitch Henessey in the 1996 film The Long Kiss Goodnight. He loved playing the wacky private detective “crazy dude” and had a blast working with Geena Davis on it.

Okay, so Mitch Henessey’s certainly not a role everyone knows Samuel L. Jackson for and it likely won’t go down in history as the other characters he named, but the fact that it’s his undisputed top pick 23 years later shows it was a memorable and fun experience that he treasures. So check it out!

You can see Samuel L. Jackson reprise his role as Mr. Glass, 19 years after Unbreakable, in the sequel Glass, coming to theaters on January 18, 2019, along with five other performances coming to the big screen this year alone from the impressive actor, including a Shaft sequel.

Nicole Kidman Was ‘Mortified’ By Awkward Golden Globes Moment

This year’s awards season has already kicked off, which means we’ve had plenty of fun, brilliant and even awkward moments to relish in or even poke fun at on the Internet. One of those moments happened during the Golden Globes when Rami Malek was seemingly ignored attempting to introduce himself to Nicole Kidman, only to have her seemingly rebuff the candid attempt. Now, she’s explained what really happened, noting in a recent interview:

Both Nicole Kidman and Rami Malek actually attended the Critics’ Choice Awards this weekend, where people on the red carpet were all over talking about what happened at the previous awards event. Kidman revealed to ET while talking about her movie Destroyer that she actually does already know Rami Malek and they even touched base after the news broke, even emailing about what happened.

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor also previously talked about the exchange, also mentioning that he and Nicole Kidman had been pals for a while and joking that he knows the whole thing is “probably haunting” him on the interwebs.

On the bright side, Rami Malek in particular had a heck of a Golden Globes. Not only did the actor win Best Performance (in a drama) for playing Freddie Mercury on the big screen and not only did Bohemian Rhapsody win for Best Picture in the drama category, but Malek himself went viral for several reasons.

First, if you haven’t caught him introducing himself to Lady Gaga, you should check it out. Secondly, he went viral for his moment with Nicole Kidman and if you missed that, it did seem pretty awkward at the time.

So, now you are all caught up on the goofy moment between the Bohemian Rhapsody actor and the Aquaman actress. Rami Malek may actually be a little awkward in person; however, if you think it’s weird for him to normally pal around with big names like Nicole Kidman, you’d be wrong. He’s known Kidman for a while and will likely be spending even more time with other a-listers as his own profile grows.

We’ll likely be seeing more from Rami Malek and Nicole Kidman in the weeks to come as the awards season continues rolling. For more on what’s coming up, including the Oscars, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Funding His Own Movies, Including Glass

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is not only the biggest movie in the generally barren month of January, it’s one of the most anticipated movies of 2019 period. Glass is the follow-up to the very successful 2016 film Split as well as a long-awaited sequel to a beloved 2000 hit Unbreakable. Considering those factors you’d think that Hollywood opened up the checkbook to make it, but M. Night Shyamalan actually funded it himself, as he has his past few films.

The director has been putting his money where his mouth is to stage his comeback over his past three films. Starting with 2015’s The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan took out a $5 million loan on his Pennsylvania estate to finance the film. The Visit went on to make almost $100 million worldwide. He then scratched together $9 million to make Split, which put the director back on the map in a big way with a $278.4 million worldwide haul.

Split also set up a sequel and a movie that would have far more eyes on it than the director’s previous two films and would also cost more. But he didn’t take any help and M. Night Shyamalan once again used his own money to finance the film. According to Forbes he used the proceeds from Split and The Visit as well as collateral from his property to put together the $20 million budget for Glass.

Independent filmmakers put their own money up all the time to fund their dream projects and first films but they usually don’t spend the millions M. Night Shyamalan has, nor do they have his name. But self-funding his own films actually makes sense if you consider the arc of M. Night Shyamalan’s career.

There was a time when M. Night Shyamalan could probably walk in to a studio with an idea and receive a practically blank checkbook in return. He was on a roll after The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, but then he had a very public downfall with the quintet of Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, at which point M. Night Shyamalan’s name became more warning than selling point.

Those critical and commercial failures changed the equation for a director once lauded as the next big thing. M. Night Shyamalan was no longer able to get his projects greenlit the way he once did. And that lack of clout meant that the director’s ideas would be more subject to the whims of a studio that was financing his projects, potentially impacting his vision.

So it seems that M. Night Shyamalan recognized the position he was in, and instead of sacrificing his creative vision, he put his own money on the line in order to rebuild his career— while still making the films he wanted to make. By using his own money he wasn’t reliant upon someone else’s funding, and thus could exert the control he wanted over his films.

It’s a laudable move on the director’s part, because he was risking his own money with no guarantee of reward. His career isn’t only on the line, but so is his financial well-being. And whether you ultimately like his movies or not, you’ve got to respect that as an artist he not only wants to work but is willing to go to such lengths to do so and maintain control over something with his name on it.

M. Night Shyamalan’s gamble appears to be paying off too. Despite negative to mixed reviews for the film so far, Glass is tracking at pulling in $100 million worldwide opening weekend. Time will tell whether he continues paying for his own films after that or if he takes some of Hollywood’s money as his comeback continues.

Glass opens in theaters on January 18. For all of this year’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

Migos’ First Move Of 2019 Is An Unfiltered Collaboration With Mustard

Never ones to sit for too long, Migos are back and reloaded for 2019. For their first move of the new year, the Atlanta superstars joined forces with Mustard (the super-producer formerly known as DJ Mustard) for a new banger called “Pure Water.”

The bouncy, upbeat track features a Quavo hook and verses from all three Migos, which is refreshing to hear after so many months of solo tracks from the trio. Offset in particular fires off some memorable bars, referencing Talladega Nights by boasting, “I’m Ricky Bobby with your bitch.”

“It sounds like a party,” Mustard said of the collab while premiering it on Beats 1 on Wednesday (January 16). “And I’m not saying like a down-south party or a trap party. It’s like Migos coming to L.A. and having a house party here.”

Speaking more about the track on Beats 1, Mustard explained that it was always intended for Migos. “At first it was just a song me and Quavo came up with, and then I was like, ‘Man, I gotta get the whole gang on here,'” he said. “With me and Quavo, it was just tag-teaming, getting everybody involved, but once it came together, it was like a match made in heaven type thing.”

“Pure Water” is the first new track from Migos since their album Culture II was released last January. Since then, they’ve made some serious solo moves — Offset’s album remains outstanding, while Quavo and Takeoff’s solo debuts dropped late last year.

As for Mustard, he said on Beats 1 that “Pure Water” is just the latest in a string of upcoming big-name features — he said he’s been in the studio with Future, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, and more. “We call them nuclear bombs, ’cause we gonna shake the whole world up. I got records, and I got a lot of them,” he said. You’ve been warned.

Disney Is Working On A Live-Action Hunchback Of Notre Dame Movie

As we’ve seen over the last several years, Disney has made a regular habit of delving into its extensive catalog of animated movies and selecting various stories to be remade/re-imagined in live action, whether it’s for a traditional theatrical setting or the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. The latest Disney movie to earn such treatment in 1996’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and just like that animated movie and the stage production that followed, it will be a musical.

According to Deadline, Disney has tapped David Henry Hwang, the Tony-winning playwright of M. Butterfly, to write the live action Hunchback of Notre Dame movie, which is simply being called Hunchback. Longtime Disney composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, both of whom worked on Disney’s original Hunchback of Notre Dame, will compose the music for this adaptation. Josh Gad is also producing Hunchback alongside Mandeville Films, and while there’s also talk of Gad possibly playing the lead role, casting hasn’t been nailed down yet.

Adapted from Victor Hugo’s same-named novel published in 1833, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was among the successful movies that made up the Disney Renaissance era. Released on June 21, 1996, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was met with numerous positive reviews and made over $325 million worldwide. This version of the followed Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame, wanting to find acceptance in 1482 French society and falling in love with the enchanting Esmeralda. As Disney is wont to do, it took plenty of creative liberties, such as having Quasimodo interact with a trio of sentient stone gargoyles. It was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, in 2002.

Disney’s live action Hunchback of Notre Dame movie will pull from its animated predecessor and the Victor Hugo novel, but not the stage production that played in Europe. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait and see how this live action adaptation will be a straightforward remake, like 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, or if it will deviate from the previous story significantly, like 2014’s Maleficent. It should be noted that the animated Hunchback of Notre Dame is a particularly dark movie by Disney standards, so if David Henry Hwang wanted to, he could easily make the live action version a PG-13 affair. Of course, that would in turn result in fewer kids getting to see it in theaters, so Disney will surely want to stay in PG territory.

Whether or not Josh Gad ends up playing Quasimodo, this marks yet another Disney contribution on his resume. In the last decade, he’s voiced Olaf in the Frozen franchise, played LeFou in Beauty and the Beast and will appear as Mulch Diggums later this year in Artemis Fowl. As for when we can expect Hunchback, it’s not being fast-tracked, but with all this talent attached, one would imagine is stands a likelier chance of actually being made than not.

We here at CinemaBlend will keep you apprised of any major Hunchback updates that come in. For now, you can learn what other live action remakes/re-imaginings Disney has in the works by looking through our handy guide.

What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown

This year is off to a turbulent start because the government shutdown has led to fewer TSA screeners on duty, lengthening lines for some travelers. Atlanta, seen here, saw delays on Monday morning.
This year is off to a turbulent start because the government shutdown has led to fewer TSA screeners on duty, lengthening lines for some travelers. Atlanta, seen here, saw delays on Monday morning. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg News

Airport checkpoints staffed by the Transportation Security Administration are the retail face of the government—a place where the public interacts directly with federal employees. The government shutdown has left travelers with many questions. Here are some answers.

What should I do if I’m traveling?

Show up early, although that can backfire if it means arriving in the early-morning hours when staffing may still be sorting out and a crush of passengers arrives for the first departures of the day.

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If your airport has multiple checkpoints, ask airline ticket-counter agents or airport customer service reps if one has a shorter line than another. Sometimes walking to an alternate checkpoint can save time.

Check your airport’s website to see if it posts TSA wait times. Many do now, although the information can be dated. You may see no wait when you leave home but encounter a long wait when you arrive at the airport.

How much have wait times increased?

Think of it as summer crowds at the checkpoints. TSA says that on Monday, 94.3% of passengers waited less than 15 minutes in standard lanes and PreCheck passengers on average waited less than 10 minutes.

After last summer, TSA said during peak days 97% of passengers waited less than 20 minutes in standard lanes and 94% of PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes.

The time periods are different, but the experience seems comparable. What’s different now is that there seem to be pop-up problems when a bunch of screeners at a particular airport call in sick.

On Monday morning, for example, Atlanta had a maximum wait time of 88 minutes at standard screening lanes and 55 minutes at PreCheck, according to TSA. Dallas Love Field had a maximum wait of 41 minutes for standard, but only five minutes maximum for PreCheck.

But for the most part, there were quite normal operations Monday. The maximum wait at Chicago O’Hare, for example, was 16 minutes. Denver, which often has long lines, was only 14 minutes. Seattle was 20 minutes.

In San Francisco, screeners work for a private contractor and are still getting paid. Monday’s wait times had SFO right in the mix with airports that did have increased sick calls. SFO’s maximum standard-screening wait was 18 minutes and its maximum PreCheck wait was four minutes. Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas had exactly the same wait times. New York Kennedy was 18 minutes for standard and three minutes for PreCheck. Philadelphia and Phoenix were both 17 minutes for standard and five minutes for PreCheck.

Following typical traffic patterns, security lines moved faster on Tuesday, the TSA says.

Are PreCheck and private security-line services like Clear affected?

If this doesn’t convince you to sign up for Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program, which includes PreCheck, or to just sign up for PreCheck, I’m not sure what will. PreCheck waits remain shorter than standard. Clear is a service that gets you to the front of PreCheck or standard screening, depending on what you qualify for, and can save some time. As always, if you want to avoid long lines, pay up.

Is there a difference between domestic and international trips?

No, we all go through the same TSA screening. Be aware that some checkpoints near gates with lots of international flights may be very crowded in the afternoon before departures to Europe.

Also, if booking international flights with connections, you might want to leave extra time to clear Customs. There haven’t been reports of any shortage of CBP officers, but if the shutdown drags on, it’d be prudent to plan accordingly.

Is there a difference between big hubs and smaller airports?

No, there doesn’t appear to be. The longest wait on Monday at Los Angeles International was 14 minutes. Hartford, Conn., far smaller, had a maximum wait of 19 minutes. But Austin, Texas, also smaller than LAX, had a maximum of 11 minutes.

How much has airline travel been disrupted in general due to the shutdown?

Not much. Thankfully, this is a very slow travel period in terms of passengers per day. January was the slowest travel month in 2018—things start picking up in February with school vacations and Presidents Day weekend.

This January may be even slower because the shutdown is reducing business travel. Delta Air Lines , for example, says government contractors and employees are canceling trips, and the shutdown cost the airline $25 million in reduced revenue this month.

Air-traffic control operations have been relatively normal. Controllers are deemed essential and are showing up even though they won’t be paid until after the shutdown ends. There are speed bumps that don’t directly affect travelers, such as a freeze on new aircraft certification, new licenses for mechanics and other workers.

The sickout by TSA screeners, who are also deemed essential, has been significant. It has created occasional very long lines at some airports, particularly in the early morning when lots of passengers show up. And the problem for travelers is you don’t really know when or where the long line might be. Most everything else has been normal.

Is it safe to travel during the shutdown?

As safe as any other day. Much of TSA screening no longer requires much human decision-making. Dogs are very effective at detecting explosive materials and are more widely deployed. Software in screening machines flags things for screeners with more precision. The agency is running checkpoints with all key posts filled, so the screening you get should be standard. Lacking employees, it’s shutting down some lanes and creating longer lines, not skimping on screeners on lanes that are open.

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Manolo Blahnik on Andy Warhol, His Men’s Collection and Sneaker Culture

Designer Manolo Blahnik.
Designer Manolo Blahnik. Photo: David Hughes

“Every second, I am looking for one thing: beauty and happiness,” says Manolo Blahnik. “Okay—two things!” Since opening his first shop in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1973, the designer’s business has grown into a global brand with more than 300 points of sale worldwide, four women’s collections per year and a fervent fan base. And while women have been the primary beneficiaries, lining up for shoes and personal appearances from Blahnik, his label is now expanding to include shoes for men.

In February, he will launch a full men’s collection in the U.S. comprised of 10 styles, including classic brogues and ponyhair evening slippers. WSJ. spoke with the designer to discuss where he finds inspiration and his thoughts on the proliferation of the sneaker.

WSJ.: Some of your very first designs in London were for men.

Manolo Blahnik: Oh yes. Before the ladies, I started doing men’s shoes. In the ‘70s, it was a different kind of London, so I did crazy shoes. There was so much freedom and it was very spontaneous. We had no idea how much we were going to make, or who was going to buy them. At the time all my friends, my colleagues, designers never thought about how this shoe or this dress or this bag was going to make money. That’s the feeling we had—whatever you had in your head, you put it in your pen. David Bowie and Mick and Bianca [Jagger]—all those boys were wearing them.

How did the relationships with some of your first clients like Andy Warhol develop?

Manolo Blahnik on His New Men’s Shoe Collection
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardena

Oh my God, Andy was wonderful. When I opened the first time on Madison Avenue—a very tiny shop—Andy used to come in and ask how we were doing. People never impress me, but Andy did have something extraordinary. You say that when people are dead and it sounds so fake, but he did have something special. He was very generous with me.

New York at the time was very different from now. It was much more like a little village in the sense you knew everybody in seconds. It was all about people having parties, people going places. Maybe now too, but I find young people difficult to understand. Now they’re all in this technological world. It’s very cold, very horrid.

Your business has grown immensely since the 1970s and will now include a men’s collection—how did you approach expansion?

I never really approached it thinking I was “building” a business because I was having a wonderful time and I loved what I was doing. At the time it was very innocent, kind of childish. I went to the bank to borrow money and they asked if I had any collateral. I said, “Not really, I have my apartment, but it’s not collateral.” Of course now it’s a proper, serious-minded collaboration with a lot of people. My niece is the person building things and developing the business in other countries. I don’t care so much about that stuff. I like beautiful things and beautiful people. Beautiful drawings. Shoes. These are the things that interest me.

You’ve said you never have an inspiration block. Where do you start?

I’m such a visual person. Sometimes I’m consciously seeking inspiration and sometimes I’ll just be reading a book and it strikes. And paintings. Paintings do the trick for me. 18th and 19th-century paintings—the things nowadays that may not be considered modern. A bit bonbon.

But it’s harder these days. You can’t evoke a moment in history or a feeling because everything is so global, everyone is doing something that is being done somewhere else. I find it very disturbing. When I was young, I went to see Jefferson Airplane in Washington, D.C. Can you imagine I went to see Jimi Hendrix in London a year before he died?

I’ve been through many periods in my life and each has been prescient in my work. That’s why I use so many references from the past—because I’ve been there. American culture at the time was the most extraordinary thing to a European young man or woman, especially the musicians of that late ‘60s and early ‘70s. I very much enjoyed this culture that is now gone.

And you work alone? How do you collaborate with the factories?

Oh yes, I would go mad if I worked with a team. I cut the first heel or I do the first sample, then someone helps develop it. I can’t stand in front of the machine too long.

When I go to the factory in Tuscany, I have a team. I have wonderful people. Many have been doing this all their lives and have an incredible knowledge. They’re fifth generation, I believe.

Many of your women’s shoes are quite opulent and whimsical. Is that in store for men’s?

I don’t see too much difference nowadays. Male culture is different, yes, but I see something changing. I’ve been doing color oxfords and derbies. Really shocking colors. And they’re selling! I have a new young customer who would buy these things. Not everybody wants trainers. Those gaudy, vulgar trainers with gold and jewels and things. I find them really unacceptable. In that respect, I’m very old-fashioned. Prehistoric, even. But I do understand they have a novelty.

They’ve moved way beyond a trend. What are your thoughts on the culture of sneakers?

What I find really obscene are the prices for these ugly things. And some of the designs are grotesque, some are way too much. This is the nature of fashion though. It changes. But how can it be possible to run in them?

This interview has been edited and condensed.

12 Hair Color Trends & Ideas for 2019

Over the past few years, we’ve seen unicorn hair and rainbow pastels give way to dessert-inspired shades that make you want to roll up to your nearest coffee shop. (See: Cold Brew, Dark Roast, and Blond Roast, for starters.) Fortunately, 2019 is giving us a welcome (but not boring) breather with the onset of subtle highlight techniques, extra dimension, and more natural-looking hair colors overall.

Good news considering the upkeep is much, much more manageable, even if “natural” still does require a couple hours in the chair. And they offer something for everyone. We talked to the industry’s top hair colorists around the country to get the scoop on what they predict will be big this year. Ahead, the hair color ideas we’re most excited for in 2019.

One Bird Box Actor Has Plans For A Spinoff

Spoilers ahead for Netflix’s Bird Box.

Over the past few years, Netflix has dipped its toes into the world of original movies, releasing a variety of new and unique projects to its myriad subscribers. While still trying to break into the world of film, these Netflix movies have become pop culture sensations, with the accessibility of the streaming service offering a wider reach than a traditional theatrical release. Just look at Bird Box for example.

Susanne Bier‘s apocalyptic drama debuted on Netflix weeks ago, making Bird Box go instantly viral. The dangerous Bird Box challenge has broke the internet, and tons of subscribers tuned in to watch Sandra Bullock see no evil. Actress Rosa Salazar plays Lucy in the film– one of the survivors, who ended up escaping with her apocalyptic lover. And she’s got plans for her own spinoff, as Salazar explained:

About halfway through Bird Box‘s runtime, the house that Malorie and the rest of the characters are hiding in goes south. After yet another traumatic near death experience, Lucy and her new boo Felix (Machine Gun Kelly) ultimately decide to separate from the rest of the group. They steal the only car in the house and presumably head back to the local grocery store, never to be seen from again.

As such, Rosa Salazar’s comments to LA Times make a great deal of sense. Since Felix and Lucy’s fate were never explained, it would be the perfect opportunity to bring a Bird Box spinoff to Netflix, and continue expanding the new world of the film. And while there’s no plans for another movie to arrive, the actors’ enthusiasm to return may help move the process forward.

Of course, following Bird Box up wouldn’t be easy. With audiences privy to the mysterious creatures of the movie and how they work, the suspense wouldn’t be quite as palpable in a Bird Box sequel or spinoff. Furthermore, the likes of Lucy and Felix aren’t quite as captivating as Sandra Bullock’s character Malorie, who was struggling with her disassociation with the world before the apocalypse began, and she became an unwilling mother of two.

Still, how easily Bird Box broke the internet is remarkable, so it make sense that Netflix and the team might want to cash in with another installment. There’s just certain challenges involved, the biggest being the lack of source material, since the book of the same name was already adapted into a film.

Bird Box is streaming on Netlflix now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.