Baobab’s New VR Film ‘Bonfire’ Puts the Viewer at the Center of the Story

Baobab Studios, the VR studio known for Pixar-quality animated virtual reality short films like “Invasion!” and “Crow: The Legend,” is back at Tribeca Film Festival this week with a new VR short that puts you at the center of the story — and lets you experience bonding around a campfire a million miles from home. […]

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Rewriting their destiny: UVA’s redemption story

Pat Forde wrote off Virginia when it lost to UMBC last year. Now he's back to give credit where it's due after the Cavs capped off an incredible championship run.

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Story time with e-books ‘not as helpful’ as print books

A study finds parents focus more on technology with electronic books and interact less with children.
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Why Aidy Bryant Felt Shrill Was Her Story to Tell, and How It Empowered Her on SNL

Aidy Bryant, ShrillBy now, you should have had time to watch all of Hulu’s Shrill. And maybe even watch it a second time. And maybe a third.
It’s such a quick watch–six episodes, each under half an…

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The Story of Best Actress Oscar Winner Olivia Colman’s Gown

“This is hilarious,” Ms. Colman said as she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in “The Favourite.” She and Prada worked together for months to create Ms. Colman’s red carpet Oscar moment.
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The story behind Lady Gaga’s yellow diamond necklace

Lady Gaga was wearing one of the biggest diamonds in the world when she won her Oscar for best original song.
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How a London newspaper story led to 10 Oscar nominations

They say fact is stranger than fiction and that is certainly true of the film The Favourite.
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Why the Unbelievable True Story of Abducted in Plain Sight Really Is That Disturbing

Abducted in Plain SightWhat is there left to say about Abducted in Plain Sight?
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Joel Edgerton: ’I worried I wasn’t qualified to tell a gay man’s story’

As a straight man, director Joel Edgerton says he was initially reluctant to lead a film telling a gay man’s story.
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You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of It.

In the 1990s, she was the topic of tabloid headlines and comedy skits. Now, as a documentary series takes on the story, she opens up about how that one night changed her life.
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Vanessa Hudgens on Why Rent Live Is the Perfect Story for 2019

RENT: Live, Rent, Vanessa HudgensRent may have originally been written in the 90s, but it’s still about as relevant as it could be for a 2019 audience.
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Vanessa Hudgens on Why Rent Live Is the Perfect Story for 2019

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The Epic Story of How Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Came Together to Make Movie Magic in A Star Is Born

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Kele Okereke’s modern love story with a Brexit backdrop

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says he has taken aspects of his own personal experiences for inspiration for his new musical, Leave To Remain.
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‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is.

Here are the actual events behind History’s popular new series on the Air Force’s program to investigate and debunk U.F.O.s.
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Books of The Times: A Newly Published Story for the New Way We Read Sylvia Plath

“Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” is a brief allegorical tale of a train journey into hell.
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Teen girl with ‘unreal’ voice to star in Spielberg’s West Side Story

A school student has reportedly seen off competition from more than 30,000 hopefuls to land a starring role in Steven Spielberg’s film remake of West Side Story.
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Books of The Times: The Real-Life Story of ‘The Last Whalers’ Reads Like a First-Rate Novel

Doug Bock Clark’s first book is an immersive, densely reported look at a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live on a remote Indonesian island.
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Reader’s Notebook: This Is the Story of My Life. And This Is the Story of My Life.

Kathryn Harrison’s and Dani Shapiro’s new autobiographical books are reminders of a seemingly modern job title: serial memoirist. Time and time again, self-chroniclers like them prove that you can’t spell “memoir” without “me.”
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Vice,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Nominated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild

The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) has announced nominees in film and television categories for 2018. A slew of films picked up multiple nominations, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Stan & Ollie,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.” On the television side, “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” led the way with four […]

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In ‘Cold War,’ a Filmmaker Takes His Parents’ Love Story and Runs With It

It wasn’t until years after his parents died that Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski saw how to transform their tumultuous postwar romance into “Cold War.”
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Wildcat strikes: Inside story of how ’08 Dolphins perplexed Patriots

It’s been 10 years since one of the most unorthodox game plans in NFL history, when the Dolphins created a gimmick offense to beat the mighty Patriots.
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NBA Power Rankings: Why L.A.’s top story isn’t LeBron’s Lakers

King James has the Lakers dominating everyone not named Orlando, but it’s the other team in L.A. that is making the real moves out west.
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Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams' Real-Life Twitter Love Story

The "Modern Family" actress and "Bachelor in Paradise" star have already been dating for more than a year. Relive their entire love story!
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Keanu Reeves has a role in Toy Story 4

Tim Allen who voices Buzz Lightyear revealed the news on Jimmy Fallon.
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Keanu Reeves has ‘great part’ in Toy Story 4

Keanu Reeves will voice a character in Toy Story 4, the voice of Buzz Lightyear has revealed.
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The Shocking True Story of Up and Vanished: How an Arm-Chair Detective Solved a 12-Year Old Cold Case

Tara GrinsteadIt all started with a Google search.
“Like a lot of people, I was pretty obsessed with the podcast Serial and the Netflix series Making a Murderer,” Payne Lindsey admitted in the…

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Inside the love story between Khalil Mack and Chicago

QBs are king in the NFL, but not in Chicago, where defensive stars reach legendary status. And in Mack, the fans finally have another worthy talent.
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Toy Story 4 details revealed in new teaser trailer

Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story pals are set to be joined by a newcomer – and it looks like they’re going on a road trip.
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Origin story: Apple's journey from Steve Jobs' garage to $1,000,000,000

Origin story: Apple's journey from Steve Jobs' garage to $  1,000,000,000Apple is a $ 1 trillion company, but it saw its share of ups and downs since it was founded in 1976.



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Essay: The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?

A slew of ghosts in recent books are a vessel for the country’s collective terror and guilt.
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The real story behind Paul George’s return to OKC

The Thunder began recruiting Paul George to stay in OKC from the moment he arrived last year. But the crucial element in whether he stayed was always going to be Russell Westbrook.
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Books of The Times: Michael Lewis Makes a Story About Government Infrastructure Exciting

In “The Fifth Risk,” Lewis enumerates grave dangers resulting from the incompetent transition to a new White House administration.
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The untold story of Mike Leach’s ‘lost’ OU play script that fooled Texas

In 1999, the Sooners’ offensive coordinator left a play sheet on the field to be discovered by the Longhorns, causing “pandemonium” and nearly engineering an upset.
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American Horror Story: Apocalypse Episode 2: Rubber Men and Robots?!

American Horror Story: ApocalypseSnake soup, anyone?
The full crossover aspect of this alleged crossover season of American Horror Story hasn’t yet happened, but there are definitely some meta things going on in…

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Profile: Jill Lepore on Writing the Story of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)

After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.
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Books of The Times: In ‘Transcription,’ Kate Atkinson Delivers a Story of Wartime Espionage

Set in 1940 and 1950, Atkinson’s latest novel is about a young typist plucked from virtually nowhere and taken into the world of spies.
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Mal Faces Uma in Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story Trailer

Descendants 3It’s (still) goin’ down.
E! News has a sneak peek at the latest trailer for Under the Sea: A Descendants Short Story, airing tonight on Disney Channel at 9 p.m. When the 10-minute…

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'Marvel's Spider-Man' review: An amazing story and spectacular combat

'Marvel's Spider-Man' review: An amazing story and spectacular combat‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ is exactly what fans of the character have always wanted in a game. Spider-Man is hands-down my favorite superhero. Sure, Superman is virtually a god, Batman is a goth with cool gadgets and Iron Man has more swagger than a billion Beyonces.



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Missing Fla. 2-Year-Old Is Dead — as Mom Allegedly Confesses to Fabricating Violent Abduction Story

The Florida mother who reported her 2-year-old son missing Sunday morning has been charged with murder after police discovered his battered body in the woods behind a sports complex in Largo.

Police announced the arrest of 21-year-old Charisse Stinson during a press conference late Tuesday night.

In an affidavit obtained Wednesday morning by PEOPLE, Largo detectives allege Stinson confessed to beating her son, Jordan Belliveau.

An AMBER Alert was issued Sunday for Jordan.

Stinson, who is now charged with first-degree murder, told police her child had been kidnapped on Saturday night by a stranger who had offered them a ride home.

She described the suspect to detectives and a police sketch artist. Stinson allegedly told police the man identified himself as “Antwan” and said that he knocked her out with a single punch once they were in his car.

Speaking to police, Stinson allegedly claimed she awoke the next morning alone in a wooded area in Largo Central Park.

But during Tuesday’s press conference, investigators said the man she described to officers and a police sketch artist does not exist.

According to the affidavit, Stinson admitted being frustrated with Jordan on Saturday night when she struck him in the face with the back of her hand. The force of the blow knocked Jordan backwards, and he struck his head against a wall inside Stinson’s home.

The affidavit alleges Jordan experiences seizures throughout Saturday evening.

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“As the victim’s health declined during the following day, the defendant carried him to a wooded area during the night where the victim’s body was left,” reads the affidavit. “The victim’s recovered body had visible injuries consistent with the defendant’s admission.”

Jordan’s remains were found behind the Largo Sports Complex, according to the affidavit.

It’s unclear if Jordan was still alive when Stinson left him in the woods.

FOX 13 spoke with Stephon Davis, Jordan’s paternal uncle, who said he and his family believed Stinson was behind whatever happened to the boy.

We honestly knew it was her because of her past with us,” Davis told FOX 13.


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Where’s That Jumpsuit From? It’s a Long Story

Amah Ayivi, a designer and clothing dealer in Paris, has spun secondhand garments into a stylish business.
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‘Horror story’: Richard Hammond ‘gassed by burglars’

Richard Hammond and his family believe they were gassed before being burgled while on holiday in the southeast of France.
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Hanging With the Hedge-Fund Bros to Get the Story

To research his new novel, ‘Lake Success,’ about a hedge-fund manager who loses everything, Gary Shteyngart spent four years among players in high finance.
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Books of The Times: He Was a Prominent Holocaust Survivor. But His Story Was a Hoax.

In “The Impostor,” Javier Cercas writes about Enric Marco to understand why he lied, why he was believed and to investigate his own queasy feelings of kinship.
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The Teddy Bridgewater story you haven’t heard? Ask his surgeon

Remember Bridgewater’s knee injury in 2016? Said the doctor: “He had a toothpick of a leg he had to rebuild.” The trade buzz almost seems like a minor footnote to his story.
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This American Horror Story: Apocalypse Cast Photo of the Coven Witches Is Amazing, But Now We Have Questions

American Horror Story, AHS: CovenSurprise, witch. Bet you thought you’ve seen the last of them…but the witches of American Horror Story: Coven are back. Well, almost all of them. American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy…

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This American Horror Story: Apocalypse Cast Photo of the Coven Witches Is Amazing, But Now We Have Questions

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Jessica Lange Returning For American Horror Story: Apocalypse and More Season 8 Details

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After much speculation, Jessica Lange will be back for American Horror Story’s big Murder House/Coven crossover that…

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BBC West Side Story Prom recasts Maria after ‘whitewashing’ backlash

Mikaela Bennett will replace Sierra Boggess in the lead role of Maria.
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How Does Venom’s New Origin Story Connect to the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Venom may have recently served as a Guardian of the Galaxy, but it turns out there’s an even more fundamental connection between these two Marvel franchises.

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Who Is Michael Langdon? Cody Fern Is American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s Villain (?)

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Who Is Michael Langdon? Cody Fern Is American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s Villain (?)

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"Outlander" Star Sam Heughan Tells Worst Breakup Story

The actor details a fast food date gone wrong at the premiere of "The Spy Who Dumped Me." Plus, hear about "Outlander" season 4!
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Different city, same story from Dwight Howard?

On his fourth team in four years, the perennial All-Star-turned-journeyman center knows what to say at a press conference. But will anything change with the Wizards?

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Books of The Times: Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint

Anna Clark’s “The Poisoned City” and Mona Hanna-Attisha’s “What the Eyes Don’t See” view the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from different angles.
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American Horror Story Season Eight Gets A Premiere Date, But Which of the First Seven Seasons is Currently Your Favorite?

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, Murder House, CovenMark your calendars American Horror Story fans, because the terror continues this September!
On Thursday, FX announced that season eight of American Horror Story, which will be a…

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Books of The Times: Stepping Out of Character and Starting a New Story

Deborah Levy’s new memoir, “The Cost of Living,” is about how she changed her life near 50 and learned that “the writing life is mostly about stamina.”
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Shonda Rhimes’ First Series For Netflix Will Take on the Wild Anna Delvey Story

Shonda Rhimes, Anna DelveyWell, we already know what our new favorite binge-watch is going to be.
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‘Killing Eve’: The Showrunner and Stars on the Love Story Behind the Sleeper Hit

The showrunner, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and the stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer discuss the BBC America spy thriller, which ends its first season on Sunday.
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Fiction: One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story

The great Irish writer William Trevor captured turning points in individual lives with powerful slyness. “Last Stories” is his final gift to us.
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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' hops on battle royale bandwagon, loses story mode

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' hops on battle royale bandwagon, loses story modeCall of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming Oct. 13, and it's bringing a battle royale mode with it.



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Oliver Hudson as Jack Pearson on This Is Us? The Story of a Fishing Trip and One Huge Missed Opportunity

Oliver HudsonThis Is Us could have been very different. Oliver Hudson, who is currently starring on ABC’s Splitting Up Together, revealed he read for the part of Jack Pearson, the patriarch of the NBC…

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Fiction: The Heroines in Curtis Sittenfeld’s First Story Collection Are All Grown Up

“You Think It, I’ll Say It” revives the adolescent female archetypes of her novels, now grappling with adulthood.
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What Is the True Story of Kyle West?

Why is Kyle West willing to blow up his perfect Hollywood life? See him get vulnerable in an interview with Iris Holloway on "The Arrangement" season finale!
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Bonobos and the Modern Male: A New Brand Story

For some time, the story around Bonobos has been its fits, diversity of styling and the $ 310 million deal to Walmart. 
But how to build a brand that lasts? The message might need to be more than product and the company’s doubling down on its marketing with a new campaign called Project172, which kicked off Monday with the launch of two TV spots. 
The campaign — with the TV commercials paired with a national e-mail, social media and radio campaign — enlisted 172 men (the total number of sizes and fit combinations in Bonobos pants), all wearing the same pair of stretch washed chinos in the same color, to share their thoughts on gender stereotypes and the changing definition of masculinity. The company is set to release on May 21 a mini-documentary with footage from conversations with those 172 individuals talking about their definition of masculinity. 
“We have been working in the last couple of years in terms of trying to position Bonobos from a brand perspective as a brand that stands for not just great fitting clothing but really helping men find their fit in the world, recognizing that the world is changing dramatically and particularly for men changing,” said Bonobos copresident

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The Story Behind The Baby ‘WerePups’ Of Your Subway Nightmares

Days after a well-dressed demon doll shocked New York City train commuters, the creator of WerePups sets the record straight.
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The star and driving force behind the “Deadpool” films has long been racked by anxiety. He planned to do most interviews for the movie in character, but not this one.
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Law and Order: SVU Sneak Peek Finds Rollins in Danger With a Ripped-From-the-Headlines Story

Law and Order: SVULaw & Order: SVU is ripping from the headlines once again.
In the Wednesday, May 2 episode of SVU, “The Book of Esther,” the squad comes into contact with a family a lot like…

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White star pulls out of West Side Story concert

A Broadway and West End star has pulled out of a BBC Proms West Side Story concert saying it would be a “huge mistake” for her to play Maria instead of a Latina performer.
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The First Queen Of Hip-Hop Is Ready To Tell Her ‘Me Too’ Story

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How A Graphic Novel About A Dog Tells A Groundbreaking Story Of Trans Sex Work

“The Pervert” uses nostalgia-inducing characters to “fictionalize the trauma” of emotionally grueling stories.
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Matt LeBlanc Has The Grossest Story About Rachel’s Meat Trifle In ‘Friends’

Not so “goooooood.”
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Queen Helena Shades Willow’s Engagement Story and Fashion Sense on The Royals: “It’s Cheap”

Queen Helena, Willow Leave it to Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) to shake things up.
In this clip from Sunday’s The Royals, the queen helps prepare a new engagement story for Willow (Genevieve Gaunt) to…

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The real story behind MoviePass's location-tracking controversyMoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe clears up any misunderstanding that came from his comments about tracking customer data.



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New Garments Going on Display at ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Exhibition

FASHION HISTORY: Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Kensington Palace, has been working toward adding new, never-before-seen garments for the reopening of the popular “Diana:Her Fashion Story” exhibition, later this month.
The exhibition charts the sartorial history of Princess Diana and highlights important moments in her life through her clothing.
Some of the outfits going on display include the Armani chinos and white shirt she wore to visit the landmine fields in Angola with the International Red Cross in 1997 and a violet body-hugging gown created by Gianni Versace, a dear friend of Diana’s, for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The pink David Sassoon dress Princess Diana wore en route to her honeymoon with Prince Charles will also be exhibited, alongside pieces by Catherine Walker, Caroline Charles and Victor Edelstein, a leading London couturier in the Eighties.
Princess Diana was also known for championing local designer names during State visits, as illustrated by a cobalt blue pleated gown by the London-based Japanese-born designer, Yuki, worn to a State Dinner with Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo.
The exhibition will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace and it’s predicted to attract large crowds as interest on the British Royals is peaking, with

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Vetements’ Guram Gvasalia, Buyers Say Highsnobiety Story is Fake News

According to buyers and Guram Gvasalia, Vetements’ chief executive officer, the idea that the brand’s popularity is waning is, well, fake news.
On Thursday, Highsnobiety published a piece with multiple unnamed sources claiming that the brand, which is designed by Demna Gvasalia, who is also the creative director at Balenciaga, is losing favor with consumers and retailers. The variety of unnamed sources, who were identified with nebulous descriptions such as “one buyer” or a “former shop manager,” contributed the lack of sales to Vetements moving its headquarters to Zurich, lack of newness and inflated pricing.
In a statement sent to WWD, Guram Gvasalia said the independent company is actually outperforming market expectations and showing over 50 percent growth in comparison to the previous year.
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Former NBA Player Jason Collins on How His Jersey Was Part of His Powerful Coming Out Story

For Jason Collins—the retired NBA player who played for the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards—wearing the number 98 on his jersey for most of his 13-season career had special significance. Collins, who came out as gay in 2013 in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, says the number paid respects to Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was tortured and killed because of his sexuality in 1998.

“I remember being a sophomore in college when Matthew Shepherd was killed,” Collins, 39, says. “Every time I put on that jersey, it was just a silent acknowledgment to myself and to my friends and family — who knew why I was wearing that number — of being a proud gay black man playing in the NBA. Sort of hiding in plain sight.”

Collins adds that 1998 also coincides with the founding of The Trevor Project—an organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention to the LGBTQ community—which Collins has become involved in.

In Coming Out Stories, a new video series from PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, 16 LGBTQ people from all walks of life share how they opened up to friends, family and the world — and how their lives changed.

One inspiration for the series: the new movie Love, Simon (in theaters March 16), a moving comedy-drama about a gay teen (Nick Robinson) struggling with how to come out to his friends and parents (played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel). Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti (the producer behind TV’s Riverdale and Supergirl) tells his own coming out story in the series, as does costar Keiynan Lonsdale.

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PEOPLE and EW partnered with GLSEN, a nonprofit that fights to make schools safe for all kids, to create Coming Out Stories. See all the hilarious and heartbreaking tales at people.com/comingoutstories or on PeopleTV (download the app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device).


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The Surprising Story Behind Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Recreated Honeymoon Photo

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their 70th milestone wedding anniversary with the release of stunning new portraits, but it was on their 60th anniversary that they shared an even more touching photo.

The longtime royal couple recreated a photo they took on their honeymoon in November 1947 down to the very last detail. But what made the 2007 photo all the more sweet was the fact that it was entirely their idea!

When photographer Tim Graham met the royal couple underneath a large tree within the grounds of Broadlands in Hampshire, he found them studying the original photograph and positioning themselves in the same stances, according to British author Robert Lacey, who is the historical consultant on The Crown.

Sixty years after the original photo was taken, the Queen hooks her right hand through her husband’s arm as he gazes lovingly at his bride. And the monarch has the same sweet smile on her face all those decades later.

And the Queen definitely did her homework! In addition to the couple wearing almost identical outfits, the monarch is also sporting a strikingly similar brooch and necklace in both photos.

The newlyweds spent the first part of their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire, which was owned by Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. They then traveled to Birkhall Lodge, which is on Balmoral estate in Scotland.

As they gather to mark the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth, 91, and Prince Philip, 96, at Windsor Castle on Nov. 20 with a private dinner, the royal family will toast the latest amazing milestone in a lifetime of records.


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Jason Momoa Details His Incredible Love Story with ‘Queen’ Lisa Bonet

 

Everyone remembers pining over their first celebrity crush — but when you’re Jason Momoa, you actually marry yours.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, the Justice League star opened up about his relationship with his longtime love, Lisa Bonet.

Last month, Momoa, 38, and Bonet, 49, wed in an intimate celebration. Although it was assumed that the couple, who share daughter Lola, 10, and son Nakoa-Wolf, 8, married in 2007, they officially tied the knot just weeks ago, a source confirmed to PEOPLE.

“Finally, man,” Momoa said with a laugh, showing off his ring and wedding present — a necklace that took four years to carve — to host James Corden.

“Ever since I was like, 8 years old and I saw her on the TV, I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one,’ ” he said. “I’m like, ‘I’m going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I’m going to get you.’ ”

“I’m a full-fledged stalker,” he joked. “I didn’t tell her that until we had two babies, otherwise, I’d be creepy and weird. But yeah, just always wanted to meet her. She was a queen, always.”

Momoa and Bonet met in 2005 at a jazz club in New York City through mutual friends.

“We just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I actually had dreaded my hair for her. I had dreadlocks, she had dreadlocks. I literally turned around and I see her and she goes, ‘I’m Lisa.’ I turned around to my friend and I . I had f—ing fireworks going off inside, man. I convinced her to take me home, because I was living in a hotel.”

The two shared a meal at Cafe 101 that night.

“We sat down, she ordered a Guinness, and that was it,” he said. “I beyond love Guinness. We had Guinness and grits, and the rest is history.”

Momoa is also stepdad to Bonet’s daughter, Zoë Kravitz, whom the insider told PEOPLE attended the recent nuptials.

On Thursday, Kravitz, 28, shared an adorable photo of her and Momoa.

“Love you papabear,” she captioned the shot.


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When Billie Beat Bobby: The True Story Behind Battle of the Sexes

Forty-four years ago this month, Billie Jean King, one of the top female tennis players of all time, beat Bobby Riggs, a retired former #1 player in the men’s circuit, in front of an estimated worldwide audience of 90 million people.

Besides sending the cocksure and (admittedly) chauvinistic Riggs into a depression, the match, which some dismissed as a publicity stunt, would go on to be remembered as a symbolic achievement for women in a decade of tremendous social progress.

Now, the story behind the game, and the changes it helped inspire, is on the big screen in Battle of the Sexes, with Steve Carell as Riggs and Emma Stone as King.

Here’s the true story behind the historic showdown:

Meet Bobby Riggs

When we first meet Riggs in Battle of the Sexes, he’s a 55-year-old has-been with a gambling problem and a desperate need for attention. But back in the 1940s, he was one of the best tennis players in the world, with six major titles under his belt. He had won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships as an amateur and was ranked the #1 player internationally for three years.

After he retired in 1951, Riggs used his considerable prowess as a promoter and entertainer to keep the spotlight on tennis — and himself. Ultimately unsatisfied with his life outside the court, he found he could gain attention in the press by disparaging the quality of women’s tennis and claiming that he could beat any of its top players.

While Riggs’ pronouncements failed to gain much traction among female tennis pros — including King, who turned him down repeatedly — he finally found a taker in Australian champ Margaret Court, who, at the age of 30, was the top women’s player in the world.

They played each other in front of 5,000 fans in Ramona, California on May 13, Mother’s Day. Using a series of drop shots and lobs to fluster Court, Riggs won the match easily. Dubbed the Mother’s Day Massacre, the event earned Riggs the cover of both Sports Illustrated and Time.

“Now I want King bad,” he proclaimed after the game. “I’ll play her on clay, grass, wood, cement, marble or roller skates … We got to keep this sex thing going. I’m a woman specialist now.”

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At 29, King was at the top of her game when she finally accepted Riggs’ challenge in July 1973, agreeing to participate in a $ 100,000, winner-take-all televised showdown dubbed by promoters as the “Battle of the Sexes.”

At this point in her career, King, who would go on to win a total of 29 Grand Slam titles before she retired, was already an outspoken advocate for women’s tennis and women’s rights in general.

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For instance, when the Pacific Southwest Tennis Tournament offered women just 15% of the prize money that it awarded the men — despite the fact that both finals earned equal ticket sales —  King led a walk-out. She and several other women went on to create the Virginia Slims tour and later the Women’s Tennis Association.

Although she was in her prime, like Riggs, King was also immersed in her own personal problems at the time of the match. During the lead up to the game, she was in the midst of an affair with her hairdresser-turned-secretary Marilyn Barnett. King was still married to her husband, Larry King, at the time. The couple divorced in 1987, and King has since become a prominent LGBTQ advocate.

The Battle of the Sexes

Despite her seriousness about promoting women’s tennis, King did playfully engage in the outrageous trash talking — led by Riggs — that drove press for the match throughout the summer.

The duo held a series of press conferences together, where banter included barbs from Riggs like, “I’ll tell you why I’ll win. She’s a woman and they don’t have the emotional stability.”

Finally, on September 20, 1973, 30,000 fans filled the new Houston Astrodome to enjoy the spectacle. King made her grand entrance on a Roman-style litter carried by four buff, shirtless members of the Rice University track team. Riggs, meanwhile, opted for a rickshaw driven by a group of buxom models dubbed “Bobby’s bosom buddies.”

They even exchanged gifts: King received a novelty-sized Sugar Daddy lollipop (Riggs’ personal sponsor for the match), while Riggs was given a baby pig, a symbol of his self-proclaimed chauvinism.

While the final score card suggests an easy victory for King, she later admitted to getting rattled early on, telling CNN that after Riggs broke her serve in the first set, she realized she “had to win” given the implications of the match.

Having learned from Court’s mistakes, King refused to be fooled by Riggs’ tricky drop shots and lobs. She ended up winning the contest in straight sets: 6–4, 6–3, 6–3.

The Aftermath 

The match represented an enormously satisfying win for women in tennis, but critics were quick to downplay its significance.

Many argued that the age difference (26 years) between King and Riggs played too large a factor in the outcome, while others theorized that Riggs lost the match on purpose to settle gambling debts.

Years later ESPN would even report that the entire game was rigged by the mob, but those close to Bobby have said the rumors are “ridiculous” — citing Riggs’ fragile ego as proof enough alone that he’d never bet against himself.

Another clue lies in their personal post-match conversation, in which King later revealed Riggs told her, “I really underestimated you.” He also reportedly later said after the match, “This is the worst thing in the world I’ve ever done.”

On a positive note, after the “Battle of the Sexes,” King and Riggs remained close friends until his death in 1995. King said she spoke to Riggs the day before he died, and they said “I love you” to each other.

Battle of the Sexes is in select theaters now — it opens wide Sept. 29.


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