Associated Press AP

Dan Aykroyd Teases The New Ghostbusters Will Be Deeply Connected To The Original

Coming off a disappointing return of the Men in Black franchise this past weekend, one has to wonder… what makes for a successful resurrection of a film series? Maybe there’s a certain dose of nostalgia and common thread to the original films fans need in order to connect with a new installment (Where was Will Smith at?)

Looks like the upcoming Ghostbusters will lean into the roots of ‘80s classic, as original director Ivan Reitman’s son Jason helms the 2020 feature set to see the return of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver– among a few other common threads. Check out what Aykroyd recently told Gamespot of the new movie in the works:

Well, this is exciting! While recent reports of the key characters from 1984’s Ghostbusters returning to the franchise already hinted at this, Dan Aykroyd, who is also an executive producer on the project, has now confirmed the story will tie specifically to the original film.

Earlier this month, Jason Reitman called the project a “love letter to the original movie” at a fan event celebrating Ghostbusters’ 35th anniversary in Los Angeles. However, he also talked about how he envisioned the film centering on a 12-year-old girl and her family. The girl will be played by Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel, Gifted) and her family, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and Fargo’s Carrie Coon.

The connection between these new characters and the Ghostbusters’ cast we remember is yet to be known, but it certainly looks like an exciting ensemble cast has joined the upcoming installment. Per some other recent words by Dan Aykroyd on the film, it won’t be a cheap imitation of the originals. Here’s what he said:

While 1984’s Ghostbusters was fueled by its comedic tone, it looks like this version may have some ‘scary’ elements to it and relevant discussions for our time. With the additional leading cast, this certainly seems to be the case, as Grace, Wolfhard and Coon are known more for their dramatic work than comedic chops.

The movie will follow the commercial failure of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, a female-led reboot that proved unprofitable for Sony, as it the film made $229 million worldwide on a $144 million budget. The film is set to hit theaters on July 10, 2020.

Queer Eye Season 4: Everything We Know So Far

If seeing the Fab 5 in Taylor Swift’s latest music video made you realize just how much you miss them, Netflix has the best news: There is more Queer Eye on the horizon.

The show’s Twitter page shared a short video clip on Tuesday, June 18, letting the world know that the makeover mavericks will be back for season four on July 19. “Have you missed us? (We missed you too.) We’re back in Kansas City for Season 4, July 19,” the tweet reads.

And, as if that weren’t enough, Variety reported that the Emmy-nominated series didn’t get renewed for just one more season. All the guys are actually going to begin production on season five next week, and it’ll have a release date some time in 2020. This means Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Jonathan Van Ness will be with us for a good long while.

Here’s everything we know so far about Queer Eye season four.

The show will take place in Missouri again. Last season was shot in Kansas City and other surrounding areas of Missouri. It looks like season four is going to explore that area a little longer, as the new episodes are all slated to take place there.

Before season three, the Kansas City mayor encouraged people to nominate nearby residents in need of a makeover. The city also put up billboards calling for nominations.

All five guys are coming back. We would riot in the streets if there were any changes to the cast. Luckily, according to the short clip the show posted on Twitter, all five members are featured in the latest season.

Taylor Swift Now Supports Queer People, But Her Messaging Needs Some Work

Taylor Swift has seemingly caused the gay apocalypse this week, with queer people running through the streets, banging pots and pans, and clashing over their feelings about her new music video, “You Need to Calm Down,” which dropped Monday. The video is the latest rainbow-painted moment in Swift’s new Lover era and features strong pro-gay messaging, including numerous cameos from LGBTQ+ stars like the Queer Eye Fab 5, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Ellen DeGeneres, and Hayley Kiyoko. At the end of the clip, Swift has a message urging fans to sign a petition demanding Senate support on the Equality Act.

Discourse over the video among queer people is, unsurprisingly, a mixed bag. Some fans are thrilled to have such a major pop act use her platform to effect potential change. Others feel as if Swift isn’t reading the room; that a heterosexual-identifying person saying, “This is how you do gay rights, bitch” feels silly in 2019. Especially since Swift was criticized heavily for being apolitical her entire career—even when the country could have used her voice in 2016. I understand how words like “exploitative” and “opportunistic” are making their way into discussions about the new video, and about Taylor’s sudden, aggressive LGBTQ+ support (see also: surprising gay fans with a performance at Stonewall).

Then, there’s the suggestion that Swift has been baiting fans with intimations that she, herself, is coming out—which is all Internet hearsay at this point. Theories about Swift’s alleged queerness have always existed—speculation goes back as far as 2008, with rumors about Swift and her fiddle player, Emily Poe, being romantically involved. There’s also an entire corner of the Internet that believes Taylor Swift and her former best friend, Karlie Kloss, were actually dating. Shit really hit in the fan, though, in April when rumors about Swift planning a coming-out announcement tore through Twitter like a lesbian natural disaster. Seemingly everyone on gay Twitter was talking about it:

Everything gay Twitter has dissected and dubbed a queer clue—the Kaylor theories, the “bisexual hair” in the “Calm Down” video, posting the words “ME! Out now!”—is just subtext, allusions, teases. But “clues” are currency for Taylor Swift. For years, she’s hidden secret messages in her music videos, social media, album covers, and encouraged fans to decode it. So, even though she’s never explicitly said “I’m coming out,” she has absolutely given Swifties the OK to sleuth. That’s the only reason why speculating about her sexuality doesn’t feel wholeheartedly gross or wrong. She knows fans will read into her imagery. Even still, it’s important to note that none of us are entitled to information about Swift’s personal life. However she chooses to identify—and chooses to talk about it—is valid and 100 percent her business.

However, Swift obviously hasn’t come out. Instead, she says she’s an ally, which she declared on Tumblr this weekend in response rumors that she and Katy Perry would kiss in the video. In the post, she defended herself as knowing the difference between allyship and baiting: “To be an ally is to understand the difference between advocating and baiting. Anyone trying to twist this positivity into something it isn’t needs to calm down.”

Here’s the thing, though: It would be a win for representation if Taylor Swift, arguably the biggest mainstream pop star in the world, came out. It’d prove, once and for all, that queerness isn’t shameful or weird. Yes, things are marginally better for queer people these days, but not everywhere. Gay marriage has been legalized, but the quality of life for a queer person is still mostly subpar, even in the most progressive areas. I was lucky to be born into a liberal family, and I currently live in Los Angeles where I’m surrounded by queer people—but I still get nervous in every public space in which I hold hands with my girlfriend. And after growing up in a conservative, Catholic, Republican hometown, I’m still chipping away at all the trauma and shame surrounding queerness that feels irreversibly lodged in my core.

Mac Miller’s Filmography Is A Bittersweet Portrait Of Struggle and Success

Earlier this month, Canadian filmmaker C.J. Wallis announced plans to make a documentary about late rapper Mac Miller, complete with animated segments and told through, as he later revealed to Variety, “vignette-ed stories.” However, soon after his public announcement, Miller’s estate requested that Wallis not move forward with it at this time, a plea Wallis quickly agreed to honor. “We immediately [complied] as the last thing we’d want is to negatively impact anyone involved,” he tweeted of the plans. “Quite the opposite.”

While it would have been cool to see a cartoon Mac gliding through his life stories — and as we continue to hear his voice on record even after his death — the rapper already left a portrait of himself and his tribulations through two important pieces of film: his 2013 reality MTV2 show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, and his 2016 documentary about drug use, Stopped Making Excuses. Through these, he provides nearly unfiltered access to his own life and also conveys an understanding of his past actions — such as past drug use and his continued struggles with substance abuse — in his own words. Both stories help illustrate the man he was and paint a picture of the man he was becoming.

Most Dope Family kicked off on in 2013 when he moved from Pittsburgh, his hometown, to Los Angeles to record his album Watching Movies With the Sound Off. It begins memorably; in its first episode, Miller wakes up on a keyboard, vomiting. His first words after recovering: “I guess we’re starting this TV show.” Most Dope Family wasn’t focused on storylines or dramatic situations. Miller and his friends worked to further his career while dealing with the craziness of L.A. as kids from Pittsburgh. It went big, of course, showing him buying expensive cars as rappers often do, but it also zoomed in for more intimate moments. In a bonus clip from Season 1, Miller surprises his mom at her house for a cup of tea, sitting at her kitchen table, laughing at absolutely nothing at all.

Most Dope Family was as close to authentic, unfiltered celebrity access as one could hope to get and it ran for two complete seasons before Miller decided to end it, saying the demands of reality television were “too much” to balance with a busy tour schedule. It covered a number of important moments in Miller’s story: from the development of his jazz alter-ego Larry Lovestein, who released an EP in 2012, to Pittsburgh’s first Mac Miller Day, on September 20, 2013, when he was given a key to the city. But it also contained hints of his darker story. In the fourth episode of Season 1, he flippantly tells his mother in the middle of an everyday conversation that he might end up going to get some cocaine. It’s a joke, but by this point, Miller’s relationship with drugs was well known, thanks to the introspective Macadelic, where he confessed to using them to cope with his lightning-fast lifestyle. In the second season, Miller buys two dogs, an otherwise heartwarming moment punctured by his team banding together to designate godparents for them in the event of Miller’s untimely death.

Mac could be serious, too. In 2016, The Fader released Stopped Making Excuses, a documentary about his rise that probed even deeper into his insecurities and misgivings about his own career. He muses as to whether he should or shouldn’t rap because he’s white and how him doing it gives hope for white kids like him to pursue the career. It also finds Mac at his most candid when discussing his relationship to drugs, which intensified when he moved to Los Angeles: “It started with me sitting inside all day, and then you get bored, then you’re like, ‘I can just be high and have a whole adventure in this room.’”

Miller is raw in these moments, explaining that he tried drugs just because they were passed to him; that weed made him paranoid so he searched for other drugs — he says in the documentary that he “went through about everything” — to make him more relaxed; that he hated being sober. But he also chronicles the journey out of his dependency, pushed by his fear of overdosing. “There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdose – you just die,” he says at one point. Though the video’s conclusion seems to find Mac in a state of better control over his habits, he also acknowledges that he does “still get fucked up all the time.” He insists, now tragically, that he knows what he’s doing.

Most Dope Family and Stopped Making Excuses are documentaries in their own right. In the absence of a “definitive,” all-encompassing Mac Miller story, we have these moments that enable us to celebrate his achievements and monitor his growth, all while recognizing the struggles he reckoned with for his entire life. They’re a welcome counterpart to his music, which sought meaning in his demons and worked to facilitate healing. Most Dope Family is a series of home movies chronicling a kid just having fun at the high of life; Stopped Making Excuses explores the darkness that came with his success. We don’t need to wait for another filmmaker to piece together the narrative of Mac Miller. His own filmography tells it for him.

Apparently Someone Edited Captain Marvel And Other Women Out Of Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters and we don’t yet know when it will arrive on home video. But when it does, many fans may be hoping for deleted scenes and perhaps an even longer cut of the film, despite its already 3-hour runtime. We’ll have to wait to see if we get some sort of Director’s Cut with the Blu-ray, but there is already another, unofficial cut of the film in existence. You might not be interested in watching this one though, as it edits out Captain Marvel and other women.

According to NPR, an anonymous fan has edited a pirated version of 2019’s biggest movie to create what is called a “defeminized” version. This modified cut of Avengers: Endgame, now circulating on an illegal streaming site, completely eliminates Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel from the movie– as well as any other elements that the editor interpreted as being feminist or queer.

In addition to losing Captain Marvel entirely, the “defeminized” version of Avengers: Endgame also eliminates the part in the final battle where women rescue Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. I’m guessing that means the A-Force shot with all the female heroes is definitely cut. None of the male characters hug each other in this modified version of the movie, and Black Panther’s role is also minimized.

Also missing is the opening scene of the film where Hawkeye teaches his daughter to shoot with a bow and arrow. The reasoning for that cut, according to an accompanying document is that “Young women should learn skills to become good wives and mothers and leave the fighting to men.” It’s a line of thinking that is certainly controversial, and one that goes against the messaging in Avengers: Endgame.

This is just the latest salvo internet trolls have taken against Brie Larson, after review-bombing Captain Marvel earlier this year in response to comments she made about inclusivity in the film press (comments that she later clarified).

This isn’t the first time this has happened with a blockbuster film either. Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi received a similar “defeminized” cut, dubbed more appropriately “The Chauvinist Cut” took that hotly debated film and removed scenes of women in battle, making decisions or really doing anything to further the plot in any way.

These kind of fan edits, if you can really call them that given that the editor isn’t a fan of so much of the movie, excise much of what is needed to make the story work in the name of not having to look at fully fleshed out female characters. And so insecurities turn a great film into a crappy one that doesn’t really fit together.

It should be noted that it is entirely possible that the creator of the Avengers: Endgame defeminized cut is just trolling, looking for attention and to get a rise out of people that take stuff too seriously. But who wants to watch a pirated version of a 3-hour movie for a mediocre joke?

That’s a totally plausible theory, and Poe’s Law speaks to the ambiguity of the internet where, without clear knowledge of the author’s intent (and they could always be lying) it is impossible to parody extreme views in such a way that it can’t be mistaken for a sincere expression of those views. Personally, I think I’ll stick with the theatrical cut.

Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters and we’ll keep you updated on when you can snag the proper version of the film on home video. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the other movies people will get overly upset about this year.

Superman Is Being Reinvented As A Navy Seal In The Comics

But with DC’s new Black Label imprint, another chance to reinvent the origins of Smallville’s own personal superhero has been granted, and to legendary comic writer Frank Miller nonetheless. No stranger to exciting reinvention himself, Miller’s Superman: Year One is going to take the character to a place he’s never gone: Navy SEAL boot camp.

Released onto comic shelves today, the first of the three-volume limited series sees Clark Kent’s origins as a kid with unlimited power come alive on the DC page yet again. But this time, Clark’s childhood of holding back his abilities spurs him to eventually rebel, as well as join up with the elite fighting force known as the Navy SEALs.

By time we catch up with him in August’s second volume, we’ll see the young Kent going into boot camp, which means that in the final volume, Superman will finally debut. Only this time, he’ll be doubling down a little harder on that American way bit of his creedo; something that made the Military Times smile when they recalled the very different path Superman took in his previous departure from form, Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son.

With DC’s Black Label imprint, traditional characters have seen radically different and more R-rated translations into the pages of comic series like Superman: Year One and Batman: Damned. Operating as a sort of Elseworlds for mature audiences, this new series has given Frank Miller to work his special brand of hardcore magic on a character that he’s been known to be at odds with. Or at least, that’s what the public story has always said, as in this same interview Miller stated that it’s not him who dislikes Superman, but rather his interpretation of Batman.

It’ll be interesting to see if this new Superman: Year One story finds its way into the hot hands of readers in large enough quantities that Warner Bros will be moved to either option the story as a big screen adventure, or even as a DC Universe original series. In either case, a reinvention could lead to some inspired casting, especially if Michael B. Jordan’s vote of confidence among the fandom sees him donning the blue and red suit in the name of defending American freedom.

We’ll have to wait and see if Superman: Year One is a hit or a dud with comic audiences, but as the book is launching onto comic shelves as of today, we probably won’t have to wait too long to see what the result turns out to be. In any case, if you’re looking for that book on your comic store’s roster today, or in the near future, look out for the awesome looking cover below:

What Are Disneyland’s Costume Rules For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Kylo Ren at Star wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is unlike anything we’ve ever seen at Disneyland before. While Disney Parks’ ability to create immersive worlds is unparalleled, Galaxy’s Edge takes things to an entirely different level.

Galaxy’s Edge isn’t simply a Star Wars-themed theme park space, it’s designed to make you feel like you’re inside your very own Star Wars story. Every feature of the land and every inhabitant who works there is designed to help create this illusion that you are on the planet Batuu.

If you’re a huge fan of Star Wars, then this whole concept is probably the sort of thing you’ve been dreaming of. It’s a chance to pretend like you’re part of the galaxy, far, far away and embrace everything that goes with it. For many, this will mean wanting to dress the part of somebody in the Star Wars universe.

However, Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge is part of Disneyland, and Disneyland has some pretty significant rules regarding what’s allowed and what is not when it comes to dressing up in the park. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s allowed and what isn’t when it comes to costumes and other forms of dressing up.

The Rules For Kids

The first thing to be aware of is that the rules are different depending on your age. As you might expect, the rules are far more relaxed for children. Specifically for those 13-years-old or younger, any sort of “costume” — the sort of thing one might wear for Halloween — is allowed. The only official restrictions would be related to costumes containing material that will drag on the ground, as the powers that be don’t want anybody getting tripped up. In addition, proper footwear is always required when walking around Disneyland, so any costume that resulted in bare feet would not be allowed.

Beyond that, kids can wear basically whatever they want.

The Most Important Rule

If you’re 14-years-old or older, however, the rules get a bit more restrictive and specific, but in the end, there’s really only one really important rule. You can’t wear anything in the park that runs the risk of making other guests think you work at Disneyland. Ultimately, the reason that Disneyland even has a rule against adults wearing full costumes is because of this issue. If you look too much like Cinderella, you might make other people think you’re the actual person playing Cinderella in the park, and that’s a level of confusion Disneyland needs to avoid.

So what does this mean for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Star Wars cosplay from Star Wars Celebration 2018

What’s Not Allowed Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Anything that could be considered a costume is not allowed. That includes anything that has a full mask as well as elaborate headwear. This means your replica X-Wing pilot helmet will have to be left at home. In addition, any sort of full character suit or costume is also off limits. That’s probably not too shocking, as a full Chewbacca costume, regardless of how tall you are, is going to be confusing to guests if you walk past the actual Chewbacca character that can be found on the planet Batuu.

Your full body X-Wing flightsuit, or anything along those lines, is also off limits, which is probably not too shocking.

However, there is one item list that might be somewhat surprising. In terms of what you can’t wear inside Galaxy’s Edge, robes are off-limits. It’s probably the simplest thing that anybody could do to change their look to something a bit more Star Wars. Simply throw a brown robe over your existing outfit, and now you look like a Jedi. However, robes of any kind are officially on the not allowed in Galaxy’s Edge.

This is especially important to understand because you can actually purchase robes at some of the merchandise stalls on Batuu. That’s right, some of the clothing that you can buy inside Galaxy’s Edge can’t actually be worn inside Galaxy’s Edge.

What’s Allowed Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Because there are a lot adult Disneyland and Walt Disney World fans who want to be part of the magic, there have been many who have tried to still dress up like their favorite Disney characters inside the parks while still staying within the costuming rules. What has emerged is a concept known as Disneybounding.

Disneybounding is wearing outfits that imply a connection to a favorite character, without actually being a screen worthy costume. Wearing clothing that matches famous color combinations of Disney characters is a popular way to do it. The key is that this clothing is usually made up of everyday items you could buy in any clothing store.

If you want to dress like the classic Disney Snow White, rather than sewing or buying a perfect replica, instead, any blue top and any yellow skirt can get the idea across without causing your look to be confused for Disneyland cast members.

The same thing is perfectly acceptable inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Putting together a collection of your own clothing, including pieces with muted tones, vests, and layering pieces on top of each other will give you a look like the other inhabitants of Batuu. What’s cool about this is that there’s nothing particularly unique or special about the civilian clothing of the galaxy, far, far, away, so putting together an outfit that looks like it belongs on Batuu won’t necessarily be that difficult.

The fact that clothing like this is acceptable is interesting because many cast member costumes follow these same design ideas. Cast members also have some flexibility when creating their own outfits, so there isn’t a single look that is obviously that of a cast member. Although they certainly will be wearing name tags so there is one obvious way to tell them apart from the guests.

The fact that Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge is a world that exists within the Star Wars universe (along with the fact everybody plays along) is one of the most fun parts of the new land. As fans, we want to play along too, but it’s important that we all understand the rules so that everybody has fun.

Blended From Around The Web


Mark Ruffalo Proves Avengers: Endgame’s No Phones Rule Didn’t Really Work

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is coming up on its two-month anniversary in theaters, continuing to make more money and inching up to the #1 box office spot currently held by Avatar. By now moviegoers has had plenty of opportunities to see Endgame, and the film’s contents and ramifications have fueled the internet for months. But The Russo Brothers originally introduced a spoiler ban, and kept security ultra tight on the set.

That’s what we thought at least. There were early reports that Avengers: Endgame had a strict no phones policy on set. But since the spoiler ban lifted, plenty of photos and videos have made their way onto the internet, via Earth’s Mightiest Heroes themselves. Mark Ruffalo’s name is fairly synonymous with Marvel spoilers, and the 51 year-old actor recently posted a photo from the set, with the Avengers all using their phones.

Well, so much for that ban. While Don Cheadle seems to remain innocent, this photo shows Scarlett Johansson, Sean Gunn, and Jeremy Renner all on their respective devices. And with Mark Ruffalo obviously using his to take the quick screenshot, it looks like security on the set of Endgame might not have been as intense as we originally thought.

Mark Ruffalo shared this image via his personal Twitter, paired with the solid caption “More proof we took the ‘no phones’ rule to heart while on the set of #AvengersEndgame.” The photo shows the reality of making Marvel movies, which is plenty of time in holding and long hours on set. And while phones were discouraged from the set, the cast couldn’t help but grab their nearest smart phone and do the thing. Mark Ruffalo just happened to catch them all red handed.

This new photo shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, as plenty of images and videos from the set have broken the internet in the past few months. As soon as The Russo Brothers’ spoiler ban was officially lifted, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt shared a video from filming the epic final battle. Countless characters popped up in the brief clip, and other actors followed suit with their own secret content

Since then, Dave Bautista has shown off Drax’s funeral outfit, with Tom Holland revealing a BTS video from that emotional scene. Chris Hemsworth also recorded a video of full-figured Thor jamming to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, so it seems just about anything could arrive from Avengers: Endgame‘s set.

Mark Ruffalo might have been a particular target for the reported phone ban, as he hasn’t had the best luck with spoilers historically– especially related to his phone usage. He infamously streamed the first 20 minutes of Thor: Ragnarok from within his phone. While it was only the audio, it was a security breach that Ruffalo thought might cost him his job. He also directly referenced Thanos’ snap in an interview ahead of Infinity War, although nobody seemed to put it together at the time.

Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Ed Sheeran’s Upcoming Album Features An Impressive Roster Of Artists — Here’s Who Made The Cut

Fans of Ed Sheeran have already been gifted with two tracks from his upcoming fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project, set to drop on July 12. Among them is his single with Justin Bieber, titled “I Don’t Care,” as well as “Cross Me,” a collaboration with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.

But while it’s true that devoted fans of Sheeran can’t seem to get enough of these two tracks, they also know that there are several more epic collaborations on the way, and the singer just revealed what else — or rather, who else — he has up his sleeve via Instagram earlier today (June 18).

In a clip from his Instagram Story, Ed held up the tracklist, which was previously teased with most of the collaborators’ names crossed out. Now, the named have all officially been revealed, and they’re big: Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, Khalid, and many more. The LP will include 15 tracks from artists across several different genres, which means that if there’s ever going to be an album that has something on it for everyone, it’s likely going to be this one.

Like us, Sheeran can’t wait for the album to see the light of day. On May 23, he took to social media to share the title of the album, its release date, and the fact that he’s tapped some of the industry’s top talent to be a part of it. “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project,” he wrote. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make. No.6 Collaborations Project will be out everywhere on 12 July.”

No.6 Collaborations Project tracklist:

1. Beautiful People feat. Khalid

2. South of the Border feat. Camila Cabello and Cardi B

3. Cross Me feat. Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock

4. Take Me Back to London feat. Stormzy

5. Best Part of Me feat. Yebba

6. I Don’t Care feat. Justin Bieber

7. Antisocial feat. Travis Scott

8. Remember the Name feat. Eminem and 50 Cent

9. Feels feat. Young Thug and J Hus

10. Put It All on Me feat. Ella Mai

11. Nothing on You feat. Paulo Londra and Dave

12. I Don’t Want Your Money feat. H.E.R.

13. 1000 Nights feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

14. Way to Break My Heart feat. Skrillex

15. Blow feat. Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton

How to Wax Your Legs at Home – 5 Things to Know

A few years ago, I decided I’d had enough with shaving my legs. It’s one of the more tedious body-grooming tasks if you choose to do so, and there’s so much to be annoyed about it, from the occasional skin irritation to the fact that—surprise—you’ve got to repeat the process the very next day if you want to be silky smooth (having thick hair is a blessing in most cases, but not so much when you’re talking legs). I blocked off new time with the woman I see for my bikini waxes, and off I went, never looking back…until I realized how much money I was spending.

In my suburban salon, a half-leg wax runs me about $40. Go every three weeks and you’re looking at an annual line item around $680—not cheap. While I was pleased with the way regular waxing made my hair grow in thinner and less spiky-feeling, I decided I couldn’t keep handing over my credit card. Armed with a few Googled testimonials and a DIY waxing kit purchased on Amazon, I took matters into my own hands and starting waxing at home. Two months after I bit the bullet, things have been both messy and good. It definitely requires a time commitment, and I’ve never had a result as perfect as what I got from the pros, but I am happy to be saving the cash.

All that said, there are few lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way. If I could start all over again, here’s what I wish I had known about how to wax your legs at home.

Look for a solution that will be easy to wash off.

One perk of doing waxing at home is I have more control over the formula. I’d frequently return home from the waxer with sticky spots left over that needed to be removed with baby oil. The Nair wax I’ve been using is way easier to clean—warm water and soap does the trick. I hop in the shower after I’m done for easy clean up, and any spots that land on my bathroom sink or on the applicator are gone with a soapy swipe.

This is not the time for a rush job.

I was the most careful during my inaugural run and slowly got lazier. When I’m hurrying or not paying attention, things get messy: I’ve stepped on a used strip (so gross), pieces have landed on the carpet sticky-side down, and I’ve destroyed my sink top. Lesson learned: Take your time.

Keep the strip close to your skin when pulling.

Some of my attempts have been more successful than others, and I’ve learned hair removal is about the direction in which I’m pulling the strips. It’s your first instinct to pull the strip straight up and off, but that can actually leave more hair behind. While you still want to move quickly, try pulling the strip in toward your body and keep it close to your leg. That’ll help give you more control.

Buy extra strips.

When using a roll-on wax, you’re going to need more strips than you think. The kit I use comes with 10 strips which doesn’t cover the entire job. I’ve rinsed the strips with sudsy water and reused them in a pinch (thanks, helpful Amazon commenters!), but I recommend stocking up ahead of time.

Don’t jump straight to DIY’ing.

In terms of the ouch-factor, I can’t speak to everyone individually. I typically grimaced a bit at the salon, but have actually found my DIY method to be less painful. Although, to be fair, I’ve been waxing for longer, so the hair isn’t as thick as my first trip in. I’m happy with my decision to take waxing into my own bathroom, but I’d suggest anyone start with a professional. You’ll get to see how things are done, and you’ll be dealing with slightly less stubborn hair when you step into the driver’s seat. But if you want to jump right into it, try taking a pain reliever an hour before waxing so it doesn’t hurt as badly.