A Moment of Silence — and a Serene Mountain Set — for Karl Lagerfeld’s Last Chanel Show

No one coughed. It felt like no one even breathed.
Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel opened with a moment of silence, and the vast Grand Palais was as hushed as the mountain village depicted in the set, rows of wooden chalets, their chimneys smoking, set among pine trees and mounds of fake snow.
Lagerfeld loved snow — he would rush out to take photos whenever it dusted Paris — and his finale looks were white “snowball” sweater dresses with fluffy skirts, the first modeled by Penélope Cruz, who strolled out smiling and twirling a flower.
“I felt like laughing and crying at the same time, to see all these people that loved him so much celebrating him together. But seeing all this, also it’s the beginning of something else, all that he’s created over all these years,” Cruz said.
“The collection I saw today gave me goosebumps because everything is there: the past, present and future. I loved that they took the time at the beginning of the show, that they asked for that minute of silence. It made everybody stop and breathe, then there was the right kind of energy for the show,” she added.

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Fortnite Parody Featured on Last Weekend’s SNL With Adam Driver

Adam Driver returned to host Saturday Night Live over the weekend, which saw Fortnite bleed over into the mainstream in a live-action parody.

Driver’s character, WillamMcTavish1972, joins Pete Davidson’s Splodeboy and Kyle Mooney’s Doomsnake in Battle Royale, with the sole aim of honing his Fortnite skills to be better than his son’s stepdad.

The gameplay portion of the skit is live-action, with the characters being played by Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, and Mikey Day. Day spends most of his time running into a wall as Mr. McTavish struggles to get to grips with the game’s basic controls.

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Pregnant Carrie Underwood Reveals She Suffered 3 Miscarriages in Last 2 Years: ‘I Got Mad’

Carrie Underwood has revealed that she suffered from three miscarriages in the last two years.

Underwood — who shares Isaiah, 3, with hockey player husband Mike Fisher, 38, and has a baby on the way — opened up about her challenging fertility struggles in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, saying she experienced the first miscarriage in 2017.

“I’d kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby,” Underwood said. “We got pregnant early 2017, and didn’t work out.”

Underwood says she leaned into her faith at the time. “And that was the thing, in the beginning, it was like, ‘Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn’t Your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.’”

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After suffering a second miscarriage in 2017 and a third in 2018, “at that point, it was just kind of like, ‘Okay, like, what’s the deal? What is all of this?’” said Underwood.

“I had always been afraid to be angry,” Underwood explained of her reaction to the heartbreak on CBS. “Because we are so blessed. And my son, Isaiah, is the sweetest thing. And he’s the best thing in the world. And I’m like, ‘If we can never have any other kids, that’s okay, because he’s amazing.’ And I have this amazing life. Like, really, what can I complain about? I can’t. I have an incredible husband, incredible friends, an incredible job, an incredible kid. Can I be mad? No.”


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But when she was having a fourth miscarriage, “I got mad,” Underwood told CBS News’ Tracy Smith.

One of her most emotional moments came as she cuddled with her son and thought, “Why on Earth do I keep getting pregnant if I can’t have a kid? Like, what is this? Shut the door. Like, do something. Either shut the door or let me have a kid.”

“And for the first time, I feel like I actually I told God how I felt,” she added. “That was like a Saturday — and the Monday I went to the doctor to, like, confirm, another miscarriage. And they told me everything was great!”

She said, “He heard me.”


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The blockbuster success of “Roseanne” was not the decisive factor in Fox’s decision to revive Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” but it certainly didn’t hurt. Fox had wanted to rescue “Last Man” last year when it was unexpectedly axed by ABC. But the network didn’t have an ideal time slot available or a good companion […]

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How Pokemon Go Fest 2018 Will Avoid the Problems of Last Year

This morning, Pokemon Go developer Niantic announced that despite last year’s troubles, it will once again hold Pokemon Go Fest this year.

Now known as Pokemon Go Fest: A Walk in the Park, the event will take place on July 14th and 15th in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and spans a 1.8-mile walking course this year. Along with new Safari Zone events in Dortmund, Germany on June 30 and in Yokosuka, Japan later this summer, Go Fest is part of a new tour of real-world gatherings for Pokemon Go in 2018.

With several events under its belt since the first Go Fest, Niantic has learned from last year’s problems and is hoping to use that experience to make sure this summer’s festivities all go smoothly. We spoke to Niantic CEO John Hanke to find out why the company is still excited to double down on real-world events, and the precautions being taken to give fans a better experience in Chicago this year.

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Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Pompeo Pen Emotional Tributes to Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew on Their Last Day

Sarah Drew, Jessica Capshaw, Grey's AnatomyIt was an emotional Thursday in Shondaland. The day Scandal’s series finale aired, Thursday, April 19, was also the last day on Grey’s Anatomy for Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw….

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Sears to Close Last Chicago Store

Sears Holdings Corp. is set to close its last Chicago store in the city where the retailer opened its first store back in February 1925.
The last surviving Sears store in Chicago is located at the area known as “Six Corners,” the intersection of Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park Roads.
Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears, said the store would close in mid-July, with the Sears Auto Center at the site closing in mid-May. The store site is part of the 265 stores sold to Seritage Growth Properties. Sears has been leasing the store site. The sale agreement allows Seritage to recapture both the store and the auto center.
Riefs said, “The store will remain open for customers in the meantime and will begin its liquidation sale by April 27. The Sears at Six Corners was the shopping district’s anchor business since it first opened to large crowds on Oct. 20, 1938. We have proudly served our members and customers on Chicago’s northwest side for the last eight decades.”
The spokesman emphasized that Sears, for more than 120 years, has called Illinois home and “that is not changing.” He added that while the last Chicago store is closing, that does not change either the

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Terminally Ill Teen Dies Weeks After Fulfilling Last Wish to Marry His High School Sweetheart

Dustin Snyder, the terminally ill teen who fulfilled his dying wish of marrying his high school sweetheart in January, has died after a battle with a rare form of cancer.

The 19-year-old Valrico, Florida native “got his wings” on Friday according to his big sister Brittany Hails.

I love you Dustin Wade Snyder,” Hails wrote on Facebook, attached to a photo of her and Snyder. “No more suffering, god got you now.”

Snyder was given the devastating news of his terminal cancer at the beginning of January. Given just weeks to live, he told his mother Cassandra Fondahn that he wanted to tie the knot with his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sierra Siverio.

Five days later, his final wish came true after their entire community came forward to help make it happen.

“It started off with a Facebook post where Dustin’s sister asked if anyone had a tux and wedding dress,” family friend Nicole Jordan Roberts told PEOPLE at the time. “They were going to do it in their backyard and we were all going to bring food.”

Once the news spread, people started to come forward offering to donate everything from the wedding dress, venue, food, music and flower arrangements. “It was amazing and just so beautiful,” said Roberts, “but obviously very emotional.”

Brittany Hails, a guest in attendance at the impromptu ceremony, posted a photo on Facebook of the couple exchanging their vows.

The couple’s love story dated back to middle school, when they first met. But like most young romances, it fizzled out.

“They got back together two years ago before his diagnosis,” said Roberts. “Dustin knew that she was the one for him.”

The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to Ed Sheehan’s hit “Perfect” at The Big Red Barn Venue in Oak Hill, Florida, as their closest friends and family looked on.

“This day was about being happy,” Roberts said. “I saw Sierra crying when he danced with his mom and she was crying with a smile across her face. It was hard thinking that this is the last dance she’ll have with her son.”

On June 28, 2016, just one day before his 18th birthday, Snyder was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer. Doctors found a mass in his left lung and removed it, according to Roberts. After chemotherapy, Snyder was told the cancer was gone and the entire family celebrated. But just two months later, it came back. After more treatment, he was deemed in remission.

Then in December, Synder began to experience severe abdominal pain and went back to the hospital. The cancer had returned and there were now tumors in his stomach and around his pelvis.

“They told him he had just a few weeks and that there was nothing they could do,” said Roberts. “His mom told me she wanted to do as much as she could with him in the little time he had. She wants him to experience as much as he can.”

His sister started a GoFundMe page for their wedding, raising almost $ 40,000.

“He really wants to marry the woman that has stuck by his side through all the sleepless night and is now dealing with knowing he will pass any time soon,” she wrote on the page.

When Snyder left the hospital, he was put in hospice care. Despite his debilitating pain, he found the strength to stand up for his wedding ceremony.

“He was so strong,” said Roberts. “We wanted to make this the best day for the two of them — and it really was.”


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Dragon Ball FighterZ Network Issues Fixed For One Last Beta

Mere days before launch, Bandai Namco has announced one last 24-hour Dragon Ball FighterZ beta for Xbox One players to dive into.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ beta on the Xbox One has had more than its fair share of problems. But hey, that’s what they’re are for. The initial beta, which ran from January 13 to 16, experienced a multitude of “network issues” which Bandai Namco acknowledged, and they followed it up with a 24-hour open beta on January 17 which promised “improvements to the experience”.

Exclusive Clip From Insidious: The Last Key – IGN First

All month long, IGN First is spotlighting the Films to Watch in 2018. Today, we take a look at Insidious: The Last Key, which is written by the franchise’s co-creator Leigh Whannell. This Universal Pictures release and Blumhouse production hits theaters January 5th.

Fear comes home in Insidious: The Last Key. As the film’s trailer revealed, this case finds parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) investigating the horrors within the house she grew up in. As she puts it to her colleagues Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), Elise doesn’t have memories from this place …she has scars.

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Adam Driver Had No Problem with That Shirtless Scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: ‘He Knew He Looked Good’

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for those who have NOT yet seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Proceed with caution!

After 40 years of Star Wars films, the franchise’s loyal fanbase have come to expect and rely on seeing certain elements in each new film. Things like: lightsaber battles, The Force, cute creatures, Droids, etc.

One of the scenes that fans did not expect to see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is what writer/director Rian Johnson calls its “beefcake” moment. i.e. when, during one of their surprisingly intimate, Force-enhanced, mind-over-matter-time-and-space conversations, Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren surprises Daisy Ridley‘s Rey by appearing shirtless.

Rey’s startled reaction — a request that he cover himself with a towel or something — is as appropriate as it is hilarious, for the characters and the audience. But how did we get here, exactly? PEOPLE recently caught up with Johnson to ask him how that scene came to be and whether or not Driver was shy about that “beefcake” moment.

 

“It’s all about those Force connection scenes,” Johnson says. “The keyword being intimacy. And the idea that this was a way to just, why not step that up? The idea that, what’s even more uncomfortable having a conversation face to face with a person you don’t want to, is if they’re half-naked during it, while you’re having to do it. And so it was just another way of kind of disrobing Kylo literally and figuratively a little bit more, and pushing that sense of these conversations becoming increasingly more intimate.”

Not to mention the fact that by this point during filming, Driver’s physique was particularly photogenic.

“Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes. I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.’ ”

And how did Driver feel about his beefcake moment? Was he shy about it?

“No, no, he’s good. He’s great,” assures Johnson. “He knew he looked good.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters everywhere.


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Star Wars: Gwendoline Christie on Going ‘Deeper’ with Captain Phasma in The Last Jedi

Captain Phasma may finally get to show why she’s the shiniest of Stormtroopers in The Last Jedi.

The character is back with a vengeance in Episode VIII and literally ready to fight. Phasma’s signature armor “was redesigned and made for movement,” says Gwendoline Christie, the 6-foot-3 Game of Thrones knight who has a gift for playing towering fighters. “It has been completely made-to-measure for me, and every part of my body, to make it as flexible as possible.”

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That change is already clear in The Last Jedi scenes of Phasma’s rematch with her nemesis Finn (John Boyega), who forced her to shut down the shields to Starkiller Base near the end of The Force Awakens. Phasma moves fast and fierce.

But this time, Christie hints that the audience will see more of what’s under all that chrome in a “deeper” side of Phasma (could the character simply be a misunderstood phantom menace?).

“The dark side has very little humanity and empathy, so I’m looking forward to seeing the human ,” she says.

Will we see the actual human in Phasma, with Christie unmasked on screen? That’s difficult to see since always in motion the future is.

But for more clues to Episode VIII, pick up PEOPLE’s new special issue Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to The Last Jedi (on newsstands now) and watch the exclusive PeopleTV special.

The Last Jedi is now in theaters.


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Out of This World: Cast Sparkles on the Red Carpet at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

There’s no dark side to this red carpet.

The ladies of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out in full force for the movie’s world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, dazzling in looks inspired by the beloved series.

Daisy Ridley, who again plays Rey in the latest installment, took the celestial theme literally, donning a dark strapless Monse dress adored with sequins and white star embellishments. Starting at the thigh, the 25-year-old’s floor-length dress became fringe — which showed off glimpses of her legs and strappy metallic heels as she made her way into the screening.

And because Lupita Nyong’o voices the animated Maz Kanata, the actress took full advantage of showing her face — and her legs! — at the movie’s premiere. The Oscar-winner turned heads in a seafoam green dress by Halpern. The strapless number featured a high slit that flaunted her frame — and a touch of purple lipstick sealed the deal.

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Billie Lourd was a can’t-miss in metallic, donning a sleeveless silver gown on the red carpet. Her hair was styled in an elaborate up-do, reminiscent of a look her late mother Carrie Fisher wore in The Force Awakens.

Her turn in The Last Jedi marks the final appearance in the iconic franchise for Fisher, who wrapped filming for the movie last year prior to her December 2016 death. Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Connix, walked the red carpet alongside her father, Hollywood talent agent Bryan Lourd.

Laura Dern traded her character’s purple hair for her signature blonde locks at the premiere. The new addition to the Star Wars family stepped out in a strapless black lace dress.

Gwendoline Christie didn’t let her 6’3″ frame stop her from rocking some beige heels along with her Gucci gown. The silver dress with long-sleeves featured a high slit for Captain Phasma to give a peek of what’s under her armor.

The eighth Star Wars installment also sees the return of Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15.


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Nikki Bella Reflects on Her Road to WrestleMania 33 and Wonders If It Could Be Her Last on Total Bellas

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Sarah Stage Gets Ready for Her Last Month of Pregnancy: ‘Looking Forward to Meeting Baby Boy’

On month left to go!

Sarah Stage is ready to meet her new baby boy in October. The model, 33, thanked her followers for supporting her through her pregnancy on Thursday.

“Looking forward to meeting baby boy NEXT MONTH!!!” she writes. “Baby flipped and is now head down and weighs a little over 4.5 lbs.”

“It’s been quite an experience sharing my pregnancy journey so far but I really appreciate all of the positive support from many of you!! I try to always message you back and it’s been great hearing your stories as well!”

Stage also shared a video of her workout that day, which included weighted lunges and squats, and side planks alongside her first son, James, 2.

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In a workout video from Aug. 31, Stage said that despite constantly sharing the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, there are still people who accuse her of harming her baby.

“#8monthspregnant and I’m just doing the best that I can and what I believe is the healthiest for baby and myself,” she wrote. “There STILL seems to be some confusion and harsh ignorant opinions about exercising while pregnant and some of you believe it’s putting baby in danger. Do your research and you will see that working out while pregnant (with your doctors consent) has many benefits for mom and baby!”

Stage added words of encouragement for other women.

“Soooooo for all of the women out there who are doing the best they can, I’m proud of you!!! Creating life inside of us is a huge responsibility and we need to support each other instead of judging!!”


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‘Twin Peaks’ Star Kyle MacLachlan Doesn’t Know What Happened in That Last Scene Either

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Vanessa Bayer Reveals the Origins of Her Last (and Best) Saturday Night Live Recurring Character

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Last Words: Alexis Michelle Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee FontaineAjaFarrah MoanValentina and Nina Bo’nina Brown.

With only one more episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before the reunion and season finale, we’ve really come down to the best of the best this season ― and we witnessed a top five who each deserved to be there for their own unique reasons.

However, someone has to go, and this week it was NYC queen Alexis Michelle. In a season lacking major drama or arch villains, Alexis often seemed to find herself at odds with the other girls these last few episodes. However, even during her shadiest moments broadcast on the show, Alexis always managed to come off as a professional and on top of her game and she scored a number of wins throughout the season.

It was Alexis’ NYC sister Peppermint who sent her packing this week, leaving us with a top four of Pep, Trinity Taylor, Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour. In this interview with HuffPost, Alexis reflects on her accomplishments while on the show, the season as a whole and what she wants to do with her platform as this season of “Drag Race” begins to draw to a close.

HuffPost: Looking back on “Drag Race” since you filmed last summer, how do you feel about the experience? Do you feel like you achieved everything you set out to achieve when you first hit the soundstage?

Alexis Michelle: If I really look back at it, I can’t say that I achieved everything that I was trying to achieve. I think I achieved a lot, but I’m known at home for being a very visual, polished queen and I feel like I brought an element of polish to the show ― but perhaps there were a couple of times where visually, whether it was the pressure or whether it was a bit of misjudgment, I maybe didn’t put my strongest foot forward. And, of course, I would’ve liked to go all the way to the top. So I can’t say I accomplished everything I set out to but I did accomplish at lot.

Is there look or a specific episode or element the show that you were the most proud of?

I definitely felt very proud of my performance in the Kardashian musical ― getting to work with Todrick Hall was such a dream come true. And I have such a fascination with Kris Jenner, so getting to portray her in the musical was so fun and I feel like that was a real shining moment. And, of course, the episode after that was Snatch Game and that was just a great time all around, both to be able to pay tribute to Liza [Minnelli] and to get to make RuPaul laugh. And then to get to do Breathless Mahoney [from “Dick Tracy”] for the Madonna runway was such a dream come true. A big full circle moment for sure.

How do you feel about your portrayal on the show, particularly towards the end of the season? These last few episodes seemed to portray you in somewhat villainous light. Do you think this portrayal is accurate?

Well, let me just clarify by saying I’m not calling any kind of shade on editing. I think that as the competition goes on, the pressure gets higher and stress levels get higher. And then, that being said, I felt a great friendship with all of my sisters and I think that perhaps in a season that really felt a lot like “RuPaul’s Best Friend Race” at times, if there was ever a moment of tension, that’s really going to stand out for people. So perhaps that’s where this perception is coming from but I assure you I was far from the shadiest person in the room [laughs].

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, so much of the show’s fan base now is made up of young teen and preteen girls. Why do you think “Drag Race” resonates so profoundly with this demographic of viewers?

I think that “Drag Race” speaks to a lot of young people in particular because young people in their adolescence are at a time when they’re really defining who they are and drag is all about self expression of who you are. As I’ve been out in the world and I’ve met a lot of these young fans, it’s become clear to me that the inspiration they derive is in us being able to live as ourselves so fully. And I think that to a young person who is figuring themselves out and really defining who they are in the world, that is where the inspiration comes from about living fully, living truthfully and very glamorously, at that. A lot of these young boys and girls love make-up among other things and getting to see us express ourselves so visually, I imagine, is very stimulating.

With “Drag Race” being aired on VH1 this season, do you see any political implications with the show being on such a mainstream network at this moment in history? What are your thoughts about that whole shift?

The move to VH1 is definitely indicative of the fact that the show is more popular than ever and will probably continue to gain popularity. With the move to VH1 we basically doubled the number of people that view the show and that’s really huge and major. And it’s very exciting. I’m glad that perhaps in reaching more people that it’s also reaching people that may not have watched it before. Maybe it’s now more of a mixed crowd watching the show, and I think that’s helpful in the world because connection is what the world lacks a lot of the time and it’s what the world needs the most, I think, is connection.

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?

There’s so much that I want to accomplish personally when it comes to acting and singing on stage and on screen. I know that expressing myself in that way does do a lot for a lot of people, as I’ve learned in my travels. But I also just want to make sure that if I have this visibility I can use it to speak my truth politically. We’re in such a time of unrest – and for good reason because there’s a lot of crap going down in the world socially and politically. So if there’s anything I can do to bring light to the right side of history than that’s what I want to do.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?

It’s such a hard question because even with the girls that left previously in the competition there were such good contenders. Any of these girls that are left could win – I kind of want them all to win for different reasons. I love that Trinity represents pageantry and polish but she showed herself to be such a diverse competitor by coming out in very different kinds of looks as well as doing really awesome in acting challenges. I think Shea is so well-versed and well-rounded as a queen. I love that Sasha brought something so intellectual and artistic to the show but so polished at the same. It really never felt rough around the edges with Sasha. And Peppermint is just such a tour de force. You’ve got to see her live – she just sparkles on stage and lights up the room when she’s on the microphone. It’s so hard to say – there’s really something great about all of them.

What do you want people to know and understand about who Alexis Michelle is as an artist going forward?

The first thing everybody should know about me is that I am here to entertain and make you feel great – well, to make you feel. It’s not just about feeling great, it’s about making you feel. Entertainment can sometimes be about distracting from the harsh realities of the world but I say, for me, I want you to feel good, I want you to slip away from all that, but I also want to hold the mirror up to society and perhaps make you think a little bit. And beyond that ― beyond entertaining I want people to know that I’m here to spread love. I think that’s what the world is missing when it gets messed up and that’s my message – just like RuPaul says, “Everybody say love!”

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Last Words: Valentina Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee FontaineAja and Farrah Moan.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” delivered a shocking blow this week when fan-favorite Valentina was sent packing ― largely because she didn’t know the words during her lip-sync.

Many people watching season nine thought that Valentina was a guaranteed top three finalist ― if not this season’s winner. The controversy surrounding her elimination spilled into the online Reddit community earlier in the week with the “Drag Race” subreddit melting down and former “Drag Race” contestant Phi Phi O’Hara somehow ending up at the center of the drama (head here to read more).

But, as with any season of “Drag Race,” fan favorites go home. In this interview with HuffPost, Valentina reflects on her sudden departure, Latinx representation on the show and what she wants people to take away from her contribution to the “Drag Race” world.

HuffPost: This came as quite a surprise for many fans of the show. Was it a surprise for you when it happened?

Valentina: Yes, it was a total surprise. I was in a state of shock and it’s a moment I don’t want to re-live ever again.

How did it feel to become the fan favorite of the season so quickly? Why do you think you resonated so strongly with fans?

I think I resonated with fans with my authenticity and my level of passion and love for my craft. I also have a really strong Latino fanbase and I think that I’ve been able to captivate them because they feel that they are finally represented and see a little of themselves in me.

As someone who entered the competition as such a young queen, do you feel like you changed and grew at all during your time on “Drag Race”? 

I did, definitely. There was so much that I learned about the craft of drag. I walked into the experience knowing that I wanted to elevate the art form of drag.

So much of the show’s fanbase now is young, teen and preteen girls. Why do you think “Drag Race” resonates so profoundly with them?

I think probably because they get to identify with our stories, and those young kids are at a point in their life where they still truly have their freedom in whatever they do. And those are the things that drag queens can do, by just living their truth unapologetically. There’s a lot of power behind that.

Why is it important to you to have your Latinx identity so visible and part of your identity as a queen? How can “Drag Race” help further understandings of Latinx culture?

It’s important because there isn’t a lot of Latino, or positive Latino, representation in the media ― let alone openly gay. I think it’s important for me to shed light onto my culture. It’s a huge responsibility, but walking onto “Drag Race,” I wanted to do this and show that [Latinx people are] more than a gardener, or a cleaner, or the butt of a joke. Being Latino is grand as well.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?

It does have a political impact because I’m there to shed light to my culture when my community has been considered criminals and rapists. I’m there to show that we’re kind, and intellectual, and elegant and regal. It’s a rough political time, but I’m there to show that we’re fabulous and amazing. Just like any other American. 

What do you want to do with the platform “Drag Race” has given you?

This opportunity and platform that “Drag Race” has given me allows for me to continue achieving my goals and my dreams. And I hope to become the face of drag within all of Latin America.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?

I don’t know who’ll win yet, but if I were to watch as a fan I would probably be rooting for Nina Bo’Nina Brown. I really love her work.

What do you want people to understand about who Valentina is going forward?

That I’m very grateful to anybody who loves me, and that I love them back.

”RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Farrah Moan? Head here.

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Plot Details Revealed

A Japanese promo leaflet for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has seemingly revealed a little more about the upcoming sequel’s plot.

What follows could be considered light spoilers for those looking to know know nothing about The Last Jedi. Be warned!

Spotted by StarWarsNewsNet, the leaflet headline (as translated by SWNN user Niamor and independently verified by an IGN translator) reads: “The Most Shocking Truth in Star Wars History Will Soon be Revealed!”

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Last Words: Farrah Moan Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’HaraCynthia Lee Fontaine and Aja.

The competition is thinning out as we near the end of this season of “Drag Race,” and it’s go big or go home time for the remaining girls.

Last night’s episode of the drag-based reality competition saw the departure of Farrah Moan, who seemed to be in a bit over her head during this week’s comedy challenge.

The resulting “lip-sync for your life” round pitted Farrah against NYC queen Alexis Michelle, and viewers finally got to see some of Alexis’ killer performance skills and Farrah was sent sashaying away at the end of the Dolly Parton-themed challenge.

With only a few episodes left, these girls need to be blowing the judges out of the water every time they step on that hallowed stage or they’ll clearly be facing the chopping block. In this interview with HuffPost, Farrah Moan reflects on her time on “Drag Race” and the things she learned as she grew during the competition.

HuffPost: Let’s talk about the show in a broad sense first. Do you feel like you grew or changed at all during your time on “Drag Race”? What’s the biggest thing you feel like you learned about yourself?
Farrah Moan: I have definitely grown since my time on “Drag Race.” This was my first time auditioning for the show and I was incredibly shocked when I got the call. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to trust my gut. I was nervous and second-guessed everything I did. Now, I don’t do that.

Did you achieved everything you set out to achieve on the show?
Not really. There was definitely more that I wanted to show the judges, including some killer looks I didn’t have a chance to share. I’m proud of what I accomplished and overall I’m happy with the experience.

Michelle said it seemed like you didn’t know who you are as a queen and performer. We know this show was shot a year ago, but you agree with this?
The comment was fair in the moment, but since then, my drag and my performance have evolved.

If you could do anything differently what would you do?
I think I would have studied up on all of the past challenges to better mentally prepare for the show and listened to my gut more. Ultimately, I think I did the best I could at the time.

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?
I’d love to continue inspiring kids and helping them overcome the struggles and hardships of growing up. I’d love to venture out into the makeup world, and maybe develop a YouTube channel. The sky is the limit at this point!

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?
I think that it is awesome to have Drag Race on a mainstream network. I think drag in itself is a political statement. It’s turning convention on its head and it shows people that you don’t have to exist in the box they tell you to.

Are there any queens you’ve worked with in the past that you think should be on the next season of “Drag Race”?
Evah Destruction from Atlanta is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. Melissa BeFierce in LA definitely should be on “Drag Race.” Lola LeCroix from Pittsburg is great too. I think it’s only a matter of time before RuPaul scoops them up.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?
I can’t pick one over the other. All of the ladies still left in the competition have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to win this competition.

What do you want people to understand and know about who Farrah Moan is going forward?
I just want people to understand that I’m sensitive, caring and that my goal is to entertain people. I will take this opportunity that I’ve been given and will take it as far as I can.

RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Aja? Head here.

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Last Words: Aja Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie HidesEureka O’Hara and Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Last night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was a bit of a shocker, with fan favorite Aja sent packing after a subpar performance during the group’s dragged-up recreation of ‘90s hit TV show ”90210” and a lip-sync against Nina Bobina Brown.

Aja seemed to let the competition get the best of her during the episode and had trouble getting out of her own head. However, her time on “Drag Race” definitely allowed the Brooklyn queen to showcase a number of her talents and continue to progress as a performer.

Plus: we also got to see her legendary lip-syncing, which seems to be relatively unmatched this season so far (aside, obviously, from her loss to Brown).

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Aja opens up about the things she learned during her time on “Drag Race” and what she wants to do with the platform that the show has now afforded her.

The Huffington Post: Let’s talk about the show in a broad sense first. Do you feel like you grew or changed at all during your time on “Drag Race”? What’s the biggest thing you feel like you learned about yourself?

Aja: I feel like I changed a lot during and post “Drag Race.” I learned a lot about the beauty standards in America and I also grew to learn to love myself more and kind of just appreciate my own appearances in and out of drag, regardless of what the beauty standards are. There was a lot of focus on the show on my makeup and skin and stuff like that, and it didn’t affect me negatively ― it kind of made me more confident about it.

Do you feel like you achieved everything you set out to achieve on the show?
I don’t want to say yes because everyone goes on the show and says “I want to win, I want to get top three” but in a sense I still feel like I accomplished my goal of even getting on the show. Although I may not have performed to the best of my ability, I did learn a lot. If anything, the most important part of the journey is the learning experience. I feel like I definitely did take a lot from that.

If you could do anything differently what would you do?
I think I would listen to my gut a little more and not be so impulsively rebellious. Because I think that were were a lot of moments on the show where I know I should’ve done something, such as the Snatch Game, where I really wanted to do Crystal LaBeija but then I was like, “I’m gonna do Alyssa Edwards instead.” There were a few little parts where I could’ve done something that was a little edgier or fun but out of fear I decided to play it safe and it just didn’t work out for me.

Thinking about Friday night’s episode, both you and Nina were clocked for having attitudes and then you went home after you lost to her during the lip-sync. How did you feel about that and Nina’s attitude in general throughout the course of the show?
You know, it’s easy for people on the outside to not really understand how we feel. And I get where Nina was coming from because I was in my head the whole time as well. So I don’t really hold anything against her, I just hope that we all walk off the show with a better head on our shoulders. So I was very happy for her that she got to stay. I mean, I was upset because who wouldn’t be upset getting kicked off the show! But that’s also just life.

You’ve also been recreating looks in different ways each week on Instagram and then reflecting on each episode in the caption. What are you trying to accomplish?
I kind of just wanted to give my followers a mini window without giving away too much about how I felt during the experience and what was running through my mind. Because a lot of times there are fans that watch the show and they only know what they see, and I was safe a lot of the show so there were a lot of times where the focus was only on who is in the top and who is in the bottom. So I really wanted to show the fans and the followers what was running through my head even if I wasn’t really featured on that episode. 

What do you want to do with the platform that “Drag Race” has given you?
I think with the platform I obviously want to do things for myself such as work on my music and do short fashion films – stuff like that. But I also really want to go everywhere and just kind of be a voice for people and educate people on certain things.

Coming from Brooklyn we have this big thing about queer community and culture and I think it’s something that’s been fun to travel and educate people about. Like, not be extremely aggressive about it but just like softly teach people that there’s a lot more to drag and this culture that we’re in then meets the eye.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being on such a mainstream network at this specific moment in time?
Yes, I think this was the perfect season for a more mainstream audience because our season features, in my opinion, the most non-binary season we’ve ever had. We have people who are [gender] non-conforming and Peppermint, who is transgender ― just a lot of people who don’t identify as cisgender on this season. It was the perfect season to educate America on not just drag and not just the art but the different types of identities that are involved in our art form.

Out of everyone left in the competition who are you rooting for?
I’m kind of rooting for a bunch of them. I love Trinity and her sassiness. Sasha, of course, is my Brooklyn sis ― she’s amazing. I’m rooting for Valentina ― we might’ve had our little feud but she’s gorgeous and kind of crazy and I love that about her. There’s also Shea, gorgeous, amazing, a black fashion icon. She’s like the Grace Jones of drag – I could root for all of them, honestly. They’re all amazing.

What do you want people to understand and know about who Aja is going forward?
I just want people to realize that I’m not scared to be who I am. A lot of people think I’m a character but this is just who I am. I’ve always been this kind of kooky, crazy person and I’m not ashamed of it so I think anybody out there who is feeling like they need to hinder their personality, they should just let it shine because that is what has attracted people to me post-”Drag Race” the most is people getting to know who I really am.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Cynthia Lee Fontaine? Head here.

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‘The Last Ship’ Halts Production Amid Eric Dane’s Battle With Depression

“The Last Ship” has halted production so lead actor Eric Dane can treat his depression, People reports.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” Dane’s rep said in a statement to outlets. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request.”

Variety, citing an “insider,” noted that shooting for this summer’s fourth season has already wrapped ― but the hiatus is delaying production of the fifth season. The two seasons were being filmed back-to-back.

“He looks forward to returning,” the rep added, per Variety.

In the popular TNT series, Dane stars as the captain of a naval destroyer on a mission to save the world after a a global pandemic.

The 44-year-old actor, who previously starred on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has publicly dealt with personal issues before. He entered rehab for a painkiller addiction in 2011. Earlier, he weathered a scandal over a nude tape, in which he and wife Rebecca Gayheart appeared with another woman.

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Busy Philipps Says She Made More Money Doing Instagram Ads Than Acting Last Year

Busy Philipps is getting honest about her money.

The 37-year-old actress opened up about her income in a Thursday Instagram Story, revealing that she made more money last year doing sponsored ads on the social media site than through acting.

After someone said that they liked Philipps’ Instagram because she wasn’t always posting #spon like some other celebrities, the actress revealed that she “wasn’t above it” and had done sponsored content in the past — but only for brands she actually liked.

“I gotta be honest with you, I didn’t make a ton of money as an actor last year,” Philipps said. “I made more money doing that kind of stuff, like the partnerships with brands.”

It is common for celebrities to promote brands on the photo-sharing site. Stars like Khloé Kardashian, Lea Michele, Bella Hadid and more have gotten in on the action.

“I’m not above it, guys,” Philipps said in the clip. “I just only choose things that I genuinely like and, like, would want to partner with, like, for instance, my Michaels partnership, which, you know, is my favorite thing of all time. And I’m doing one next week, I think, that feels like me.”

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The mother-of-two‘s Instagram account has several posts promoting the arts and crafts retail chain along with Campbell’s Soup and more.

However, she noted in the video that she likely wouldn’t promote a product that she deemed “random and weird” — “Unless it was, like, a billion dollars.”

“I’m gonna sell things,” she continued. “That’s my only point.”

Philipps currently plays Gale Liptrapp in HBO’s Vice Principals and last year made appearances on New Girl and Angie Tribeca.


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Last Words: Cynthia Lee Fontaine Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes MansfieldKimora BlacCharlie Hides and Eureka O’Hara.

Last night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” brought us the most anticipated competition round featured on every season on the show: Snatch Game!

Snatch Game marks the halfway point of the competition and usually goes one of two ways for the girls: incredibly well or disastrously bad. Most of the queens this season pulled out some exceptional and hilarious impersonations but a couple, of course, fell flat,

Ultimately, we had to say goodbye to Cynthia Lee Fontaine for the second time (she had previously competed during season 8) after Peppermint introduced the world to her MAJOR lip-syncing skills while performing Madonna’s “Music” (not an easy song to lip-sync to).

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Fontaine reflects on her return to “Drag Race,” what she learned this time around and who she wants the world to know she is as a performer going forward.

The Huffington Post: What did it mean to you to get a chance to return to the “Drag Race” competition? What did you decide you want to do with this opportunity?

Cynthia Lee Fontaine: To be honest with you I feel very happy because I got the opportunity to have a second chance and of course I love TV, I love RuPaul, I love World of Wonder. It was a great and amazing feeling just to feel that they appreciate what I did on season eight, which was a short season for me. And for them to call me and let me know that they wanted me to return ― it’s just a fantastic experience.

Did you achieve everything that you set out to achieve with your second run on the show?

I think that people get to see more of my personality behind the mask of Cynthia Lee Fontaine. I think I get to deliver a little bit more of my performing arts skills. However, I wish I’d gotten the opportunity to sing! [You saw] my acting skills, my dance skills, my TV skills, but I didn’t get to show my singing [laughs]. But I think mostly in general terms with my character as a performing artist and entertainer, I got to show a lot of Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

“Drag Race” typically only features only one or two queens of Puerto Rican or Latnix descent per season. Why is it important to you that we have diverse representation on the show?

Well I think that the Latino community and the drag community in America and the UK has become an influential one on the history of the LGBTQIA community… and RuPaul appreciates that presence of the Latino community in the show. I’m so happy to say that we have our second Mexican descendent on the show, Valentina. And with me this season we had two Latinas together and that made me so proud because I know Mama RuPaul knows the history of drag and the history of the gay community in America – she appreciates the involvement of Hispanic girls and performers and wants to involve them in the show. That’s an amazing thing.

With “Drag Race” being on VH1 this season, do you see any important political implications of the show being so mainstream at this specific moment in time?

I believe that the social impact – we’re breaking the labeling of the show for the gay community and going outside of different social systems to incorporate other groups in society everywhere. So I think that’s the main reason we got the opportunity to have the show on a different network and I think it’s a great and amazing advantage so we can show every single human all over the world that drag is fun and it’s another way to explore and be happy.

Is there any particular queen that you’ve worked work or come up with that you’d like to see on a future season of “Drag Race”?

Well to be very honest with you, of course my first option is Eureka. She has her free pass and worked so hard on season nine. Unfortunately, I related to her story because I wasn’t feeling well on season eight and then I discovered that I had stage one liver cancer. She discovered on the show on season nine that she had an injury and needs surgery. So I know that she’s going to take this great and amazing opportunity. But if I had to reference another performer that I’ve met in all of my entire years doing drag shows, I believe Brooklyn Heights, former Miss Continental, is an amazing performer, very committed.

Post-season nine and going forward, what do you want the world to know about who Cynthia Lee Fontaine is?

I want the world to know that my personality – the complete crazy package I presented on the show so far ― is motivation, positivity and encouraging yourself to do the best that you can every day. I’m not a complainer – I did not complain about anything at all. When you wake up in the morning and you breathe and you have the opportunity to have a healthier life and you have the opportunity to have all of your expectations organized in your mind, everything else is going to be successful. And that’s my main goal, for everyone to know that I’m very positive, very motivated, I work for my community with no obligation and that’s the best attitude that you can have because your future is going to be brighter.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity and length.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs on Friday nights at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Check out “Untucked” below. Missed last week’s interview with Eureka O’Hara? Head here.

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ESC: Met Gala, Now and ThenThere have been many first Mondays in May.
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