Leo DiCaprio dating

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Opposite signs really do have a chemistry ✨

2020.08.14 09:28 Flowerchild-532 Opposite signs really do have a chemistry ✨

Here is a list I came up with of some actor and actress sun sign opposites who are known for working well together. Any others you all can think of?
-(Virgo) Taraji P. Henson and (Pisces)Terrance Howard (Empire, Hustle and Flow)
-(Leo)Amy Adams and (Aquarius)Christian Bale (Vice, American Hustle)
-(Sagittarius) Scarlett Johansson and (Gemini) Chris Evans- (The Nanny Diaries, Avengers)
-(Virgo) Adam Sandler and (Pisces) Drew Barrymore- ( The wedding singer, 50 first dates)
-(Sagittarius) Brad Pitt and (Gemini) Angelina Jolie- (Mr. and Mrs Smith, were married)
-(Libra) Alicia Vikander and (Aires) Michael Fassbender -(The Light Between Oceans and real life couple)
-(Cancer) Bob Fosse and (Capricorn) Gwen Verdon- (Were married in real life and had a child together, worked on broadway shows/dance together-Sweet Charity, Chicago and Damn Yankees)
Honorable Mentions -(Taurus) Cate Blanchett and (Scorpio) Leonardo DiCaprio (Aviator)
-(Aries) Robert Downey Jr. and (Libra) Gwyneth Paltrow- Iron Man
-(Capricorn) Jared Leto and (Cancer) Margo Robbie (Sucide Squad)
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2020.08.06 07:43 Maamthisiswendys Guess the Connection to Taylor; A test for Superfans

How are each of these group of things connected to Taylor?
example: Taylor Lautner, Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal
answer: they are all actors they all dated Taylor (nothing that stupid though just an easy example)
  1. One Chance, Fifty Shades Darker, Hunger Games
  2. Judi Dench, Jeff Bridges, Danny Devito
  3. Drake, Leo DiCaprio, Bobby Kennedy
  4. Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Vance Joy
  5. Sean O’Pry, Scott Eastwood, Lucas Till
  6. Wiz Khalida, John Legend, Mary J. Blige
  7. Shellback, Nathan Chapman, Dan Huff
  8. Shake N Bake, Hyannis Port, For you
  9. Blue, Two AM, Dresses
  10. Mean, Style, I Knew You Were Trouble (the answer is specific)
  11. The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlett Letter
  12. Oheka Castle, Pont Des Arts, Millenium Biltmore
  13. Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Jennifer Nettles
Feel free to drop your answers and come up with some of your own in the comments.
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2020.07.15 18:02 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-frolicks-on-yacht-with-mystery-147496).
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?event=5b3ef4fb9f92906676446c21). In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1200044576947556352.html). Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-nick-jarecki-attend-gucci-hosts-a-news-photo/591605562).
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: https://threader.app/thread/1162148078981394432). Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source: https://www.the-sun.com/news/85818/epstein-madam-ghislaine-maxwell-milked-billionaire-dad-and-threw-lavish-parties-with-beautiful-women/)
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?person=5b3ef50c9f929066764df255).
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9818190/prince-andrew-pictures-cast-doubt-epstein-sex-slave/) and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/bright-night-for-china-white-6299739.html). Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster).
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maid-harassment-suit-claims-ad-exec-leo-arthur-kelmenson-madman-pervy-mad-men-wannabe-article-1.156915). Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjbqg4/andrew-cuomo-received-dollar25000-donation-from-harvey-weinsteins-law-firm). Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/cnn_cuomo_lets_not_get_caught_up_in_the_intrigue_of_who_was_friends_with_jeffrey_epstein.html). Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source: https://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/the-nth-word-and-m-theory).
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/). His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231043/How-serial-cheater-Bobby-Kennedy-Jr-strutted-family-home-exposing-private-parts-demanded-m-nage-trois-wife-Mary-went-public-Cheryl-Hines-telling-Mary-things-easier-killed-herself.html).
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7283825/Jeffrey-Epstein-injured-jail-cell-following-possible-suicide-assault.html). It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: https://www.ft.com/content/46393280-d9f9-11da-b7de-0000779e2340). Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sarah-ferguson-the-duchess-of-york-sol-kerzner-chairman-and-news-photo/83768272), Naomi Campbell (https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/naomi-campbell-and-sol-kerzner-pose-backstage-during-the-news-photo/82869744), and Bill Clinton (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8144647/As-Sol-Kerzner-dies-aged-84-RICHARD-KAY-looks-riotously-louche-life.html). Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/in-hiding-for-years-epstein-accomplice-ghislaine-maxwell-spotted-in-l-a-burger-shop). If you click around the PDFs on this website (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05340072/filing-history), you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-beckham-nspcc-party-jemma-kidd-106882170.html). Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source: https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/jodie-kidd).
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (https://isgp-studies.com/pilgrims-society-membership-list), a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270735/Jeffrey-Epstein-Trumps-closest-advisers-Wilbur-Ross-Rudy-Giuliani-Steve-Mnunchin.html). Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.reddit.com/KochWatch/comments/dcjth3/david_koch_ghislaine_maxwell_getty_images/). Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life (https://nypost.com/2000/10/03/coping-with-class-this-model-patient-suffers-in-style/). John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/07/12/simon-le-bons-accuser-sex-assault-claim-speaks-out-awful/777106002/).
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article238351108.html).
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-endeavor-schools). They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-fusion-education-group). Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/12/teachers-named-in-presentation-high-sex-investigation-kept-working-as-bay-area-educators-for-years/). This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” (https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Fusion-Academy-RVW21260629.htm). In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/) and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (https://nypost.com/2016/09/14/colin-powell-wont-vote-for-her-because-of-bill-clinton/).
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/ex-miami-beach-mayor-philip-levine-listed-13-times-in-jeffrey-epsteins-black-book-11242116)!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school (https://www.spenceschool.org/2017---news-detail?pk=999120). Her husband, Roger, is the founder of beauty.com and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-anton-katz-and-robin-katz-attend-sloan-news-photo/619921016 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/donald-trump-melania-trump-sloan-barnett-and-roger-barnett-news-photo/619921180).Other guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/property/spheres-of-influence-72014.html).
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-robert-locascio-attend-osklen-spring-news-photo/1169681572).
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, Vivre.com and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (https://hauteliving.com/2010/11/doris-world-eva-lorenzottis-dinner-party/105102/).
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/news/leonardo-dicaprios-convicted-ex-money-manager-denies-bryan-050000120.html). He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dana-giacchetto-dead-stockbroker-stars-902383).
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 (https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/guinness-heiress-spoke-out-about-predator-harvey-weinstein-7-years-ago). She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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2020.05.17 05:12 bayfarm Does the Leo Dicaprio way of dating work if you're a regular joe?

Obviously it helps that he's famous but it doesn't seem that common in regular society. I actually think it's somewhat frowned upon and not many younger women are actually into older guys. Probably helps if you're successful and good looking but thats why i ask if you're a regular joe. Most people instantly think creep.
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2020.05.14 18:43 silashoulder “You Are What You Is, You Is What You Am - A Long Time Coming.” (Even Longer Post, re: sex and gender identity)

This may not be brief or clear, but I need to get everything out of my head. And if you’re offended by mildly graphic language, skip to the TL;DR at the bottom because TMI may as well be my initials.
I wish I had been given a road map at birth. I’ve struggled my whole life with my sense of identity. It’s not made any easier by the fact that I have MI which causes issues with memory, so it’s like piecing together a puzzle, upside down, without the picture on the box.
I’ve always felt socially alienated - not really fitting in with “the guys” or “the gals,” not relating to them on the friendship level as it pertains to sexuality and gender identity, and certainly not connecting on an intimate level.
My first IRL crush was a girl in elementary school, S, and my first celebrity crush was Leonardo DiCaprio. I remember the whole bus laughing when I got a Leo photo book. (Remember book orders?) I also remember my father (whole n’other story) yelling at me for missing the toilet one day and saying, with a sexist disdain in his tone, he’d make me sit “like a girl. Those messages stuck with me - hide my true self or be ridiculed and shamed.
A couple of my friends in high school were openly bisexual and I guess I adopted that label out of solidarity, though I was never openly attracted to anyone except S who was once again a peer, but I was aloof. (We moved a lot!) When my mother discovered this, she said, “Sodomy is disgusting,” and drove me to church on a weekday. Another girl, R, and I started “dating,” which only consisted of hand-holding and one kiss, which only happened because my friends staged an intervention and said I needed to kiss her. I broke up with her gracelessly. Sorry, R, but that’s where our story ends. Also, sorry for staring, S.
I first had consensual sex at 19 with my second girlfriend, M, an on/off LDR; we’d met in high school. It was during the time I was, thanks to family problems I had nothing do with, living out of my car and cheap motels while trying to afford school. I “failed” to perform because of nerves and she dumped me the next day via text. That felt awesome. /s
In college, I took a human sexuality class because I felt like I was lacking in what most people develop socially. We had guest speakers one day and the first trans woman I’d ever met spoke about having been molested as a child. I suddenly started crying because she had uncovered my own memories of being abused by an older friend, W. When I eventually told my mother, she quoted statistics to me when what I needed was a hug.
Next, and this is my first time admitting it, I procured an escort but didn’t even finish. The goodbye was one of the most awkward moments of my life.
Later that year, my friend decided I was gay and set me up with a guy friend of hers, T.. We had a bit of fun for a couple weeks, even though my roommate hated the fact that I had a guy over. One night, while my friends slept on the floor next to us after a night of drinking, T forced his dick into my mouth. I didn’t confront him then but I broke up with him shortly thereafter, under the guise of being overwhelmed when a mutual friend of ours fell into a coma after a car accident. (She’s okay now.) Later, when I told my mother, her first question was, “How drunk were you?” I’m getting that engraved on her Mother-of-the-Year award. /s
Just before my first semester in a 4-year college, when “It Gets Better” gained momentum, I decided I was asexual and plugged myself into the Ace community. I received a message on AVEN from a girl, Alexandra (my favorite name), who lived not too far from me. Turned out her name wasn’t Alexandra but M2 and we talked nonstop for weeks. I finally got up the courage to ask her out. It was an awkward Denny’s date that ended in a short walk and a brief kiss. Slowly but also suddenly, sex began to consume our relationship, but she was real weird about it. If you’ve ever dated a pastor’s kid, you probably know what I mean, but there was something else. Her ex, J, who was already 30 when we were 21, started infiltrating our relationship. It turned out he didn’t know about me or that M2 and I had been together a year. A rocky year, but, still. One night while staying in her dorm, I dreamt that J had sent M2 a letter proclaiming his love for her and renouncing his own asexuality (keep in mind, M2 and I were ‘“asexuals” who fucked like bunnies). I told her about it, trying to laugh it off, but she looked back at me sternly and said words I’ll never forget: “Have you been reading my mail?”
Other strange things happened, like I was randomly paired with him on a game of Words With Friends, and the divide between us grew. I spent her last semester helping her find a great job that, AFAIK, she still has. I was finishing my last semester and she spoke very critically of one of my projects. Apparently, I’m stupid enough to stay with someone who was clearly cheating on me, up until the point that they doubt my career choice. (Insert facepalm.gif) I graduated with a higher GPA than she did, with honors. That did feel awesome.
I spent the next few years in total isolation. My health declined and I couldn’t work but the state wouldn’t approve me for disability. At one point, my mother whom I live with, was watching Law and Order or something and a character went into graphic detail about being anally raped. I don’t know what put in her head that it was a good idea to ask me, “Was that what it was like when you were raped?” I got up without a word, went into my room and shut the door. For a full year, I couldn’t bring myself to leave the house, much less drive. Until... one my favorite defunct bands announced a reunion tour. I scrounged up the money and the courage to drive 45 minutes to the show. I ended up leaving 4 songs into their set due to an anxiety spike. Fortunately, they added a show the next year and I made up for it by staying the whole time, right at the front of the stage.
That’s when everything changed. I joined the fan page for the band on Facebook and found myself in a swirling cesspool of degenerates who thrive on mutual support and altruism. It was the strangest thing ever, but it made me reevaluate (for the thousandth time) who I wanted to be.
Still fancying myself an asexual, I started a group on FB and, through that, met this beautiful girl, M3. Similar story - talk a bunch, plan to meet, blah blah blah. But I was still in the throes of a long depression (during which I did some of my strangest work) and cancelled our plan to meet. After another year or so, I reached out to her and it was like falling in love on fast-forward. We talked marriage, house, kids, everything. At her request, I put all of that in writing for when we could be together and made a plan to visit for a few days. Well, M3 is from the great white north, and the border patrol apparently doesn’t take kindly to foreigners promising to marry a citizen. Also, they read your shit and razz you about it for 20 minutes before putting a cap on your stay. So, that felt awesome. /s
Anyway, we met up and it was the most uncomfortable I had been in a while. After a day, she basically said she wasn’t feeling it, so I drove home and cried the whole way. The TimBits did help a bit.
When I got home, I drank. I really drank. And ended up the most suicidal I had been up until that point. I spent 2 days in a PHP, which is the same as inpatient programs except you go home at 2pm.
During that stay, in a session of free-writing, I put down on a piece of paper that I still have: “I’m starting to think that my asexuality is just a cover for the emotional issues I’ve suffered.”
Through continued therapy, I faced the demons I’d been ignoring. Namely, sitting down while peeing and wanting to make out with both of the main characters in Titanic. (Kate Winslet was the first nude woman I ever saw.) I came to the conclusion, after MANY long nights of reading, documentaries, soul searching, and reaching out to those in the community, that I am pansexual and genderfluid. Two labels which come with their own social difficulties, but I’m not in elementary school anymore - even if too many “adults” still seem to be.
So, since my social life is generally contained to the internet, I joined a pansexual FB group, and through that, met the person who would become my ex-wife, B. Long story short (Too late?), they misrepresented themself and posed a legitimate threat to the safety of me and my family. We’d only been married two weeks before she stayed 6 weeks in in-patient psychiatric care. The divorce took 9 months. Fortunately, I was able to handle it all on my own, without fees. It was finalized in March of this year, just before lockdown started and I was furloughed by the first job I’d worked in 10 years. (Btw, they just cut off our health insurance.)
Since I’ve had nothing but time on my hands (and the wonderful flashbacks to the worst period of my life in isolation) I’ve had time to re-evaluate myself (for the millionth time). And I think I may be more trans than previously thought. I’ve dug up the memories (Remember, I have Swiss-cheese brain...) of me, sitting on the floor, naked, digging my fingers into my pelvis to see if I can feel a vagina underneath what barely qualifies as a penis and being hopeful that I would. I remember dressing in my mother’s and sister’s clothes as a child. I remember showing up to work on Halloween as transgender comedian Eddie Izzard.
As of today, S is married, W is a complete loser (Awesome!), M is married, M2 is married to J, M3 is my platonic best friend (still gorgeous), B changed their name back, and I’m stuck stewing in what few memories I can muster and still trying to figure my shit out. Leo isn’t attractive to me now, but I’ve still got my eye on Kate, as well as Michael Pitt. (Hedwig was an important movie to me in high and I realized why while typing this sentence!) The band fan page split into factions and more-or-less disintegrated, but I’ve seen them live 6 times now, in cities all over the eastern half of the states, and got to ** fucking perform with them in Cleveland.**
I’ve invested some money in sex toys and makeup, for experimentation, and much of my time in learning more about myself and the world around me. Navigating the realms between emotional truths and surgical costs/complications is one of the most intense challenges I’ve yet faced. Sometimes it’s nice to just get high (it’s legal) and watch Doctor Who.
Funny story, I’m still the admin for the Ace FB group despite being comfortably pansexual and B, my “pansexual” ex-wife, tried to join, not knowing I founded it. I won’t say that that was of another of B’s misrepresentations because I’ve been in their shoes (and pants), but part of me does suspect.
Anyway, I think that about wraps it all up. If you read all this and think I’m a spiteful, jealous, hapless, petty runt - you’re probably right. I regret many of the choices I’ve made and failed to make. I never aimed to hurt anyone despite a constant bombardment of abuse, neglect, and chastisement from others that, in all reasonability, should have become my new normal. Ultimately, I just want to understand what the hell this life I’ve been assigned to actually is, and how to find pockets of joy amid the misery.
Thanks for letting me waste your time.
TL;DR - I was given a late, unstable start, damaged by a lot of people, and have been contemplating the shifting levels of my own trans-ness and sexuality for too long to see it clearly.
“Modern love can be a strain.” - Peter Gabriel, “Modern Love.”
“If the trees will bloom, the wind can blow without the fruit falling out” - silverchair, “Without You.”
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2020.05.07 00:49 Sigma1979 FDS sure is bitter about Leonardo Dicaprio's dating history of only going for under 25 year old women. High value/Attractive women wouldn't give a fuck because they can nab high value men like Leo.

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2020.04.04 02:18 Transformationalpsyc The most important part of game is not being emotionally invested

I hate it when people try to oversimplify pick-up, but if I had to boil down pick up into one principle every man should understand, it is this: The woman must be more emotionally invested in you than you are in her at every stage of the relationship. I call this the IRON LAW OF SEDUCTION.
Understanding and correctly applying this law will solve 99% of the problems men have with women. She’s not responsive to your advances? Not emotionally invested enough. Not returning your calls? Not emotionally invested enough. Flaking? Not emotionally invested enough. On the flipside, as a man, if you emotionally divest yourself from girls, you solve most your own problems. Outcome dependent? You are too emotionally invested in getting laid. Approach anxiety? You are too emotionally invested in the success of the interaction. Neediness and desperation? You are emotionally invested in getting girls. Suck at conversations? You are too emotionally invested in getting laid and can’t just have a regular conversation.
Emotional investment is subconsciously communicated and women evolved to sense it. One guy can talk to a girl all night without her feeling like he is emotionally invested, but another can talk to her for 2 seconds and get auto-rejected for being too invested. Of course, a woman may talk to you, hang out with you, fuck you, or even date you for a long time if she’s not emotionally invested because she’s horny, crazy, lonely, desperate, drunk, bored, want something from you, etc.... But if she’s not emotionally invested, you are on thin ice and vulnerable at any time to flaking or going cold.

What is emotional investment?

Emotional investment is occupying one’s thoughts and emotions. It is not the same as being interested or “liking” somebody. I “like” a lot of people but I don’t “feel” anything for them and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they rejected me or even died. This distinction is why women flake. Women “like,” get “interested,” and give their numbers to lots of guys, but if she is not at least a little emotionally invested she will not be motivated to get out of bed, put on her make-up, and come somewhere to meet you. Unlike men, women get invited to shit all the time by guys they “like” so they are not going to care about meeting you unless there is some emotional investment.
Think about emotional investment like this: like most men, you probably like Lamborghinis. But like most men, you probably don’t have one, and you probably don’t spend all day thinking about Lamborghinis and being sad because you don’t have one. But if I lent you a Lamborghini for two months and you drove it around, took care of it, showed it off to your friends, and got laid because of it, you would be sad when I take it back. It’s irrational, but you would get emotionally invested in the Lambo even if you weren’t sad when you never had one. Because you became attached to it and it gave you a sense of identity and power, the Lambo took up space in your thoughts and emotions, making you emotionally invested.
Emotional investment in people is similar. Being around somebody awesome and feeling like they “belong” to you becomes addictive like crack. An awesome man makes a woman feel special, loved, important, powerful, and cool. An awesome man is also fun, positive, confident, carefree, and dominant, easing the woman’s anxieties and insecurities. Being around an awesome guy is literally like a drug to women, and if they are around you long enough, they become hooked.

The Ben Franklin Theory

Ben Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers and greatest poonhounds, famously and counterintuitively discovered that if person A does something for person B, person A will like person B more. Most people would assume the opposite – if you want people to like you, you should do things for them, so person B should like person B more! Right? Wrong!
Person A “likes” person B more because person A has become emotionally invested. Maybe person A subconsciously expects person B to do something nice back. Maybe person A subconsciously see themselves as “beneath” person B in the ape hierarchy. Maybe person A is protecting their own ego – person B must be somebody special if even I did something for them! Or maybe the simple act of doing something for person B caused person B to enter person A’s thoughts and emotions.
Whatever the psychological mechanism, when a woman really likes you, she will WANT to do stuff for you, sometimes even aggressively, and she will WANT to emotionally invest while you fantasize about other things. When a woman really likes you is when you realize that needy, supplicating, validating behavior is not necessary. I have friends that are strippers, and their job is basically to hustle men out of money and to trick guys into buying shit for them. I don’t buy girls things, ever, (and I never, ever visit my friends at work) and I notice that when these strippers start to like me they buy me shit, clean my house, do me favors, etc... One night I even got into an argument with a stripper because she bought me 5 drinks in a row and she wouldn’t let me buy her a drink in return. That’s emotional investment.

The Woujo Theory

According to my corollary of the Franklin theory, supplicating to a woman, validating yourself to a woman, buying a woman things, following a woman around, allowing a woman to treat you like shit, and spending too much time trying to “help” a woman who doesn’t deserve it subconsciously will cause you to become emotionally invested in her and feel “beneath” her.
Sometimes guys will do loserish things, like let a girl treat them badly or repeatedly pursue a girl who doesn’t care about them, and justify it by saying “I don’t really care about her, I just want to fuck.” This is a bad idea, because even though you consciously think you “don’t give a fuck,” by pursuing her, you become emotionally invested, and by allowing her treat you like shit, you subconsciously re-wire your brain to feel like a beta male. Even if you didn't give a fuck before, now you do.
You can’t control how you feel, but you can control what you do. Where your actions go, your feelings will follow, and where feelings go, your thoughts will follow. If you do loser things, you will eventually feel like a loser, even if you consciously tell yourself you “don’t give a fuck.” If a hot girl tries to strike a Faustian bargain with you and let you fuck her in return for treating you like shit, you must reject that deal out of respect for your own mental health.
Your brain works by making connections, and when you focus your thoughts and emotions on something, your brain starts connecting that thing to other things in your brain, and that thing becomes “enmeshed” in your wiring, creating a deeper web that is hard to untangle. For example, if you date a really hot girl, your brain will start to associate her with sexual pleasure, or ego, or fun times, and other things you like, so when she dumps you, you will think of her constantly.
The definition of “not giving a fuck” is only keeping positive thoughts and emotions in your head, and cutting out people, places, activities, thoughts, media, etc... that are negative. “Not giving a fuck” is not about being cold, aloof, an asshole, or stupid, but by filing your thoughts and emotions only with positive things that deserve to be there.

Why is emotional investment unattractive?

Emotional investment is an immediate turn-off. It doesn’t matter why, but I can guess some reasons.
First, emotional investment is unattractive because people are attracted to lives that are more interesting, exciting, higher, and better than our own. We just assume that somebody living a better life than us is going to be thinking and feeling about their awesome life, not us. If a woman knows she occupies your thoughts and emotions, she will assume your life sucks. She wants to fixate her thoughts and emotions on something higher, but if your thoughts and emotions are fixated on her, she’s back where she started.
For example, a girl that plays soccer will be attracted to guys that are better at soccer than her because they will appeal to the part of her thoughts and emotions that are invested in soccer. I'm not saying she will never become emotionally invested in a guy who is worse at soccer than she is - she may invest in a guy for other reasons - but the guy is playing with a disadvantage.
Second, emotional investment is unattractive because, simply put, emotions are bad and scary. Our society acts like “love” is an emotion and “our true selves” are our emotions, but that’s bullshit. Our value lies in what we can do when we are rational, what we’ve learned in our life, what we know how to do, and what we strive to achieve and be when we are clear-headed. Emotions are temporary and fleeting; but true love is a rational, credible commitment to your beloved’s well-being. In his dialogue the Phaedrus, the Greek philosopher Plato said that emotional love is a kind of madness – when things are going well, you are irrationally nice to the person out of proportion to what they deserve. When things are going badly, you are irrationally nasty to the person out of proportion to what they deserve. Women know that when you are irrationally nice to them you will eventually be irrationally shitty.
Most of our emotions are selfish, irrational, unrealistic, uncontrollable, and oftentimes downright evil. Emotions are fundamentally needy: they always want something, even if the “want” is to help somebody. If you see a beautiful woman and think “I like her, and I want to make her happy and do nice things for her,” you’re lying to yourself. You want things FROM her. You want to fuck her, use her for an ego boost, have your friends see you with her, and make yourself feel better for being a “good person.” You don’t want to see her run off and be happy with another guy, you want her to be unhappy with you. When you show emotion women subconsciously know you want something and that puts pressure on them, and they run away. Women sometimes will hang out with guys they don’t like or aren’t attracted to in any way, just because those guys are not emotionally invested and are not putting any pressure on them.
When you become extremely emotional, you fantasize about getting your beloved back or hurting them for the wrongs they did to you, you stalk them, you act weird, you feel depressed, you can’t function, etc… Love songs glorify these feelings, but these are not healthy feelings. They are signs of weakness. Women have these feelings things too (oftentimes much more deeply than men), and they know it’s a scary pit to be in, so if they sense for even a second that a man is feeling these things (or is even just slightly beginning to feel these things), they run away immediately. Women want an emotional rock. They want the lifeguard on the edge of the pool pulling them out, not somebody drowning with them.
Women also take longer to get emotionally invested in men than men take to get emotionally invested in women. Men evolved to seek “fertile” women (big ass, big tits, healthy face) to impregnate as soon as possible. Women, on the other hand, evolved to find the strongest man in the tribe that could protect her and her baby, so they seek a larger group of traits, many of which are long-term traits (confidence, dominance, emotional stability, intelligence, etc…). It takes a woman time to figure out if a guy has these traits but a man can immediately be attracted to a hot girl. In every man-woman relationship there is a period of time where the man is emotionally invested, but the woman is still “rational” and feeling the guy out. Many men fuck it up here – they start acting creepy, or weird, overly nice, overly fixated, and the woman, who feels nothing, thinks the guy isweird or worse.
Of course, emotions are a part of life and can be beautiful if channeled correctly. But you shouldn’t show your emotions to a woman until she has also developed those emotions.
Third, emotional investment makes you stupid and saps you of your vitality and awesomeness. Tons interesting, smart, funny, cool, successful guys become vacant shells of their normal selves around women, partly because their thoughts and emotions are empty of everything that makes them awesome. If you are deep in a game of chess and I try to have a conversation with you about quantum physics you will sound stupid because your thoughts and emotions are full of chess. Seduction requires intelligence and creativity, but if your thoughts and emotions are just “durr, she’s a pretty woman” you’re going to fail. Because women are “rational” longer than men, they want to have rational, intelligent conversations about interesting shit.
Another reason is power. It’s a sad fact of life, but humans are wired to look at relationships in power terms. We subconsciously rank everybody in a particular social situation from least to most powerful. Women are much more aware of the power dynamic because they are generally less powerful than men. And unfortunately, we subconsciously see emotional people as lower in the power hierarchy. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, correctly in my opinion, that individuals higher in the social hierarchy do not feel emotions for people lower than them. The lower ranked apes evolved to obey and be obsessed with the alpha male because they need his protection and resources, but the alpha male feels nothing for the lower ranked apes because he does not need them for anything.
Most importantly, women are not attracted to emotionally invested men because women are attracted to RESILIENCE. Resilience here means “the ability to confidently pursue your goals and not let anything or anybody perturb you.”
Women are attracted to resilience because they naturally want a protector, and a protector’s commitment is only credible if he cannot be thrown off of his mission, whatever that mission is. If a protector becomes emotional, dishonest, distracted, or submissive, he can no longer be trusted to protect. We subconsciously see emotional people as weak because they can be easily controlled. If a guy is emotional about a girl, he is likely to agree with whatever she says, let her get away with bad behavior, etc…
If a protector wavers for even a second, the woman becomes anxious and fearful, but a confident man with boundaries is not scared and cannot be thrown off of his mission. You must be a brick wall that cannot be moved or affected: if you approach her or escalate with her, it is purely based on your own desire, not her cajoling. At every moment you should think to yourself “am I doing this because I want to or because I am trying to impress her”? Sometimes you need to monitor her emotional investment on a moment-by-moment basis.

Subconscious communication

Women can quickly sense by your body language, words, demeanor, tone of voice and actions whether you are emotionally invested. Neither you nor her may consciously know you’re invested, but you will just “feel” unattractive to her. Sometimes very subtle changes in behavior (staring too long, asking a question that is too intrusive too early) can tip off that you are too invested.
I use the “gravity theory” to gauge emotional investment. In social settings, high-value people are “bigger” and therefore “draw” lower-value people to them. If you look at any party, you will see hot girls usually in the center, relaxing and having fun, and guys literally surrounding them like planets around the sun. There is a reason these guys are called “orbiters.” If the girl gets up to leave, the guys may play it cool for a while, but they then get up to follow her. Your ultimate goal is to become the center of gravity so women are drawn to you, not vice versa, which is hard, because as a man you must approach. But even if you approach your demeanor and body language can exude the message of “I am the center of gravity, and I create a rip in space-time that compels you to come to me.”
The subconscious subtext of an interaction is 99%. For example, the sentence “can I buy you a drink” can have a wide range of subconscious meanings depending on the tone, body language, context and emotion I deliver them in. “Can I buy you a drink” can mean “I want to fuck you,” “I feel like I owe you something and I want to pay you back,” “I’m a generous guy and I like to just people free things,” “you’re a good friend, and I want to show my appreciation,” “I’m a loser and I want to make you like me by buying you things,” etc… What matters is not your superficial words, but your subconscious context.
Because seduction is mostly subconscious, I can’t teach you every detail of the walk, speaking style, body language, demeanor, etc… of a guy who is not emotionally invested. Even if I did, it’s too much for you to remember and process. I even doubted the efficacy of writing this article because it’s incredibly hard to “fake” an emotional state for a long period of time and most people will go back to behaving like what they feel they are.

The paradox of escalation

So far it sounds like the right solution to get girls would be to just ignore them completely. You won’t look emotionally invested, right? Unfortunately, that doesn’t work. It is the man’s responsibility to approach and escalate because women do not get emotionally invested quickly and are afraid of rejection.
To get a girl attracted to you, you must show at least some initial interest and escalate, luring her into becoming emotionally invested in you. Magicians use a technique called “forcing,” where they trick the person into thinking they are picking a random card out of the deck when the person is really picking the card the magician wanted them to pick. Seduction is similar: she should feel like she is picking you, not vice-versa. You are just opening the door to her.

The challenge of seduction

Seducing a woman while you appear not emotionally invested is incredibly challenging. First, women’s aversion to emotional investment is mostly subconscious – consciously, women want the guy to show at least some interest. And it’s naturally hard to hang around a woman you like for a long period of time and not become invested to at least some degree. Beautiful women create a reality distortion field where men lose all concept of rationality, truth, normal standards of right and wrong, etc… You can say “you’re overthinking this, just be yourself,”, but women touch men’s strongest emotion, so many men literally forget how be themselves. When a beautiful woman walks into a nightclub a swarm of otherwise successful, rational, manly men immediately lose their fucking minds. They start begging for her approval, trying to buy her things, acting stupid, etc…
And like I said earlier, men emotionally invest quicker than women, so we must be patient because our emotions push us to jump the gun and get right into lovey-dovey mode. And in non-romantic contexts, people become emotionally invested at the same rate, so you are used to the other person feeling the same as you if the interaction is going well. And when we feel emotionally invested in somebody, we naturally are going to want to elicit a positive emotional response. But trying to make a woman happy that is not emotionally invested comes off as validation-seeking, supplicating, bitch behavior. You must instead do what is RIGHT. A woman may seem cold, and we may think we can “warm her up” by being “nice” to her, but we should really just pursue our mission and have faith that she will emotionally invest even though she appears on the surface to not be attracted or care about you. Remember: women are constantly sizing you up, so even if they don’t look like they are attracted or paying attention, they are.
Seduction is a gamble because you must have faith that eventually the woman will start to emotionally invest, knowing she might not. Sometimes she just won’t like you. Sometimes she just wants attention. Sometimes she is in love with you but won’t let it on. Some women are damaged and never emotionally invest in anybody – they see all men as objects to be used. This is why you must assume attraction – because you DON’T KNOW.

How to not be emotionally invested

If you take away one thing from this article, it is this: a woman who is not yet invested in you must not occupy a big part of your thoughts and emotions. You must have your mind and heart on other things when interacting with women. Period. If she hasn’t made room for you in her head and heart yet, you shouldn’t make space for her in your head and heart. If you make this change right now, I promise your results will instantly improve. Women are the dessert to a good life, not the main course, and that’s how women should feel when you are talking to them. WOMEN WANT TO BE DESSERT.
Here are my main steps to not becoming emotionally invested:
1) Realize you don’t need to emotionally invest
2) Have an interesting and awesome life that occupies your thoughts and emotions.
3) Have “abundance mentality” with respect to women.
4) Have boundaries and be unperturbable.
5) Focus on your own fun first.
Realize you don’t need to emotionally invest
This may be the most important step. I think a lot of guys emotionally invest in girls because society and pop culture subconsciously make us think that for a man to get a girl, he must supplicate to her and emotionally invest in her. In the movies, the confident, successful guy living his own life never gets the girl; instead the winner is the beta loser who falls in love with her from afar, and then spends the rest of the movie trying to “get” her, enduring multiple rejections and humiliations. These movies also teach that women are delicate flowers that need constant coddling and lovey dovey bullshit. That’s not how it works in the real world.
Men also misunderstand women’s aversion to rejection. Women have a strong need to be “accepted” (as all betas do) and therefore are much more sensitive to rejection than men. The phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” is true. Dread game and “ignoring” women only works if she is ignoring you first. But if you outright reject her, or if she makes a move on you, or asks for acceptance, and you say “no” or she feels like you are ignoring her there is a strong chance she will emotionally “un-invest.” Because women have this strong need for constant acceptance and validation, men mistakenly think they must emotionally invest. But all you really need to do is not reject her or make her feel excluded. It’s a thin line between keeping a woman “accepted” and emotionally investing in her.
To win this game, you should only do something for a woman if the woman would do it for you. If you want to buy her a drink, think about whether she would buy you a drink. If she wouldn’t, don’t. If she wants you to wait for her, think about whether she would wait for you. If she wouldn’t, don’t. If there is a girl you always say hi to, but she never says hi to you, stop saying hi to her. She knows who you are, she can say hi to you. It’s ok to “win” in relationships.
Again, this is easier said than done. Society and your emotions team up to make you feel like you need to follow girls around, wait for them, put up with their bullshit, buy them drinks, etc… You must fight your feelingss and social training and have faith that if you stay the course women will become attracted. This requires the ability to say “no” to a woman (saying “no” is different than rejecting her) and the ability to walk away from her, even permanently.

Have an interesting and awesome life that occupies your thoughts and emotions

Humans are wired to seek good feelings. If the main part of our life is not making us happy (job, school, our hobbies), we get those good feelings from other sources: drugs, trashy TV, women, food, etc… All those things are not bad by themselves, but if your regular life doesn’t make you happy, you will overly emotionally invest in bad things and become addicted and depressed. If your life is miserable, you will subconsciously and unknowingly immediately start overly investing in women.
I use the “cheese pizza method.” Whenever I feel like I’m getting too emotional, I fill my thoughts and emotions with something I love – cheese pizza, Oreo cheesecake, the day I did mushrooms at the beach, reading about dinosaurs stoned, etc... This clears my head and allows me to act “normal” around women. When I am thinking about doing something for a girl I ask myself “what has she done to dislodge cheese pizza out of my heart and mind?” You can replace cheese pizza with anything, ideally an incredible, thrilling life that she would want to join.

Have abundance mentality with respect to girls

No matter how awesome your life is, it is hard to not emotionally invest in girls. Abundance mentality is when your thoughts and emotions are full of other women, so you don’t need this one girl. If you don’t have other girls, you need to delude yourself. I recall times when I did have abundance and put myself back in that mental space. If you’ve never had abundance, imagine you are Brad Pitt or some other celebrity and think about how he would feel and act.

Have boundaries and be unperturbable

Women want you to be an immovable wall that confidently and joyfully pursues his mission. She will try to perturb you from that mission, not because she wants to see you fail, but because she wants to test whether you are actually a brick wall or a façade for something softer. The same way you knock on a desk at the furniture store to see if it is real wood, a woman shit tests you to see if you are actually confident enough to pursue your mission or if you will be perturbed. And the more confident and immovable you are, the stronger the shit tests become. This is true even if the mission is getting her! As long as she is into it, you need to escalate as if you already know she will say yes.
Your mission, when out, should be maximum fun. She should sense that your emotional investment is “where’s the party? Where’s the next fun thing?” You should have a plan for the entire night: I’m going to X, then I’m going to Y , etc… You should not let the woman hijack your plans and take the lead. Your primary mission (career, hobbies, etc…) should also be in your head. Remember the song “girls just wanna have fun?” In truth, everybody just wants to have fun but boys are wracked with anxiety because they are trying to impress girls. Whenever you are feeling nervous, scared, anxious or like you are emotionally investing too much in a girl, just say to yourself “I’m here to have fun. If you contribute, great. If not, you are dismissed.” Fun and positivity always win.
Example: If a beautiful woman is talking about something incredibly boring most men pretend to be interested. Wrong! Women know when they are being boring and it is sometimes a subtle shit test to see if you will let her get away with it. Women are not desperate for sex and they do not need to hang around if a guy is being boring, stupid or mean, and they cannot respect or empathize with a guy who would put up with bullshit from her. Men let women be boring when they lose their vision of the good life. A good life involves beautiful women, but it also involves interesting conversations. If you aren’t getting interesting conversations from her, you would leave because you have options. Whenever a woman is being boring, I change the subject just to let her know I don’t tolerate bullshit.
By having a vision of the good life, boundaries, and confidence that your life, thoughts and emotions are interesting and valuable, you can challenge and stimulate a woman. Women want a man that will help them grow and introduce them to a better life and more interesting world than the one they currently inhabit. They don’t want some a that agrees with everything they say, a pushover, or a simple-minded conformist. Women want a guy who is willing to walk away at any time, not because he is some cold-hearted psychopath, but because once a man shows that is he NOT willing to walk away at any time, there is no challenge or growth.
Of course, for most of you, this is very difficult. Many of you have uninteresting lives so a beautiful woman would instantly become the most interesting and important thing your life or you are so sex starved and desperate that you don’t care if a woman is being boring, or mean, or uninterested, or whatever.

Focus on your own fun first

Imagine you paid $500,000 to spend a week with Leonardo DiCaprio (or whatever celebrity you think lives an awesome life) and when you get there Leonardo says “tell us what we should do?” You would say “I don’t know, what are the options?” and Leo goes “I don’t have anything planned – let’s just do what you were gonna do.” You would be pissed! You want to become part of Leo’s awesome life, not make your own plan. That’s how girls feel when men don’t have a plan. They want to join your life, not lead you around in their life. That’s why you need to focus on your own fun first. You may like you are being rude or selfish, but you’re not, because women are more attracted to the act of leading than the destination necessarily.

How to make her emotionally invest in you

For a woman to emotionally invest in you, certain shit must happen:
1) She must “like” you – i.e., she must find you pleasant, friendly, good-looking, compatible with her values and interests.
2) She must feel an emotional connection with you.
3) She must feel accepted by you. If she you are rejecting her, ignoring her, or being hostile, she will not emotionally invest.
4) She must watch you be confident and resilient.
5) She needs to spend time around you.

She must like you

This one is self-explanatory. Women are usually not going to invest in you if you don’t share their interests, values, goals, etc… Some girls want a rapper covered in tattoos, others want a nerdy guy who watches Star Wars. If you’re a versatile guy with lots of interests, a lot more women will like you, but some people just aren’t compatible.

She must feel an emotional connection with you

The key to developing an emotional connection with a girl is experiencing emotionally exciting things together. The ultimate is of course, passionate sex, but a good concert, a deep conversation, even a beer pong game you guys play together can help build an emotional connection.
Another way to build an emotional connection is for her to vicariously experience your confidence. She wants you to be her emotional rock, so she would like to project her insecurities and fears onto you, and watch you brush them off as if they were nothing. She also wants to watch you take the lead and make the night fun.
A woman has emotional energy, and that energy must be directed towards something or somebody. You want that energy to be directed to you. The easiest way to do this is just by spending time around her. Just “being around” will help build attraction as long as you are not fucking it up by being needy or making her feel bad. The best way to get women to like you is to be “forced” to be around them, such as work or a group hangout, where you do not supplicate to them or validate yourself to them. My friend used to take girls out on his boat, and these girls would usually end up liking me by the end of the day because we would have spent all day together. Celebrities get so much tang because women watch them in movies or listen to their music and become emotionally invested, whereas the celebrity shows the women no emotional investment in all.

She must feel accepted by you.

Again, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, so it must feel like the door to you is open. As she invests in you more, you must escalate more. You can fuck this up by being an asshole, not being sensitive to her emotions, and not reading her advances correctly.

She must watch you confidently pursue your goals

The word confidence comes from the Latin con (with) + fidens (faith). A man with confidence has faith that he will succeed in whatever he does and cannot be stopped by anybody. Women get turned by watching a man confidently pursue his mission. Why are women w so attracted to DJs, promoters, and drug dealers in the club? Those guys aren’t exactly the “cream” of society. It’s because those guys are the only people at the club actually doing something. All the other guys are just sitting there drooling over the girls, instantly reducing their attractiveness.

Putting it all together

To apply all this knowledge, my strategy is to adopt a rational, almost businesslike demeanor, at least in the early stages of the interaction. As I said earlier, women are “rational” at the beginning before they are emotionally invested, so you should also be rational. A man must act almost like he is a woman: he is interested in a relationship (or maybe even just sex) but he has high standards and must evaluate the woman thoroughly first and make sure she is suitable before he gets emotionally invested. You should act like your actions are guided by a seduction computer that makes all the decisions based on the available information, not your emotions.
One technique is called “disinterested interest.” Your rational words should show interest and enthusiasm but you must communicate the “emotion” of “I’m just talking to you to be nice, I am not totally emotionally invested in you yet and I could walk away at any moment.” The best way to do this is by keeping your thoughts and emotions focused on something else, other than her.
You should not, however, stay completely rational. You must allow yourself to show your emotions about things that are not her: your passions, your interests, your friends, etc… And you can show emotion towards her if she deserves it: laugh if she says something funny, thank her if she does something nice, sympathize with her if she says something sad: just don’t let on that you feel emotional about “her” unconnected to anything she is or has done.
And of course, escalate sexually. Paradoxically, it is possible to escalate sexually and not appear emotionally invested. In fact, a lot of women (especially damaged ones) are looking for emotionless sex. You must touch her, you must turn the conversation sexual, you must do “seductive” things like look into her eyes and whisper in her ear, etc… And you must confidently take the lead in the conversation and the situation in general, leading her from place to place, getting intimate with her, etc… And when she starts to emotionally invest, make her feel like you MIGHT emotionally invest too (but not as much as her). Sometimes if you play it “too” cool she will think you just like her platonically or that you lost interest.

A broader view

This article is obviously about getting girls, but the principles are applicable in all areas of your life. Simply put, you should not invest your thoughts and emotions into people, places, institutions, and activities that do not give a fuck about you and/or do not produce a return that equals the investment you put into them. One of the biggest mistakes people make is investing too much in their job, friendship, hobbies, etc..., and getting 0 out of it.
Additionally, whatever you do becomes your emotional investment. If you spend every weekend hanging out with piece of shit people that just do drugs, complain and make bad decisions, guess what, you are now becoming a piece of shit person. You are what you do.
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2020.02.18 01:12 jonisantucho Oscars 2021: An inside look (like, really inside) to 50 possible contenders in the next awards race

Another Oscar ceremony happened, and we got our fair share of joy and disappointment. After Parasite surprised the world and took Best Picture, it seems like the game has changed for the awards race, now that non-English speaking films can actually fight and be recognized as well as classics as… Green Book. The Oscar race is still full of pain and glory, and even though the year has barely started, we have a bunch of movies that are fighting for air. And here’s 50 of them. Yes, I had some free time in my hands and this is a cool hobby, so I took the liberty to introduce most of the movies that will have Film Twitter entertained for the following 12 months. I say most, because there are always contenders who come out of nowhere later in the year, so this is the starter set. Here we go.
-Annette: Since Parasite’s road to the Oscars started at Cannes, it seems fair to talk about a movie that is circling a premiere in the world stage that is set in France. After delivering weird, indie classics like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors (yes, the kind of movies that make you seem like a snob when you recommend them to people), Leos Carax is making his first movie spoken in the English language… and it has a musical screenplay written by the cult rock duo of Sparks. Recently robbed Adam Driver and previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard sing in this tale of a stand-up comedian and a famous soprano singer who rise and fall in Los Angeles while their daughter is born with a special gift. It seems like a wild bet, but we already know that Carax is a master with musical moments, so this is one of the most intriguing question marks of the year.
-Ammonite: It’s time to talk narratives. On the one hand, we have Kate Winslet, a known name who hasn’t been very successful in the Oscar race since her Oscar win for The Reader over a decade ago (with the exception being her supporting performance in Steve Jobs, where she had a weird accent). On the other, we have Saoirse Ronan, a star on the rise who keeps collecting Oscar nominations, with 4 nods at the age of 25, including her fresh Best Actress loss for Little Women. What happens if we put them together in a drama set in the coasts of England during the 19th century where both of them fall for each other? That’s gonna be a winning formula if writedirector Francis Lee (who tackled queer romance in his acclaimed debut God’s Own Country) nails the Mary Anning story, and Neon (the distribution company founded three years ago that took Parasite to victory) is betting on it.
-Benedetta: We know the Paul Verhoeven story. After isolating himself from Hollywood for over a decade, he took Isabelle Huppert to an Oscar nominated performance with the controversial, sexy, dark and funny thriller Elle. Now, he’s back with another story that perks up the ears, because now he’s covering the life of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century lesbian nun who had religious and erotic visions. If you know Paul, you already can tell that this fits into his brand of horniness, and a possible Cannes premiere could tell us if this has something to carry itself to Oscar night.
-Blonde: With a short but impactful directorial credits list that takes us from Chopper, to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik is back with a film about Marilyn Monroe, a woman who has transcended the ideas of fame and stardom, in ways that are glamorous and nightmarish at the same time. After failing to launch with Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain,the rising Ana de Armas takes the lead in the retelling of Monroe’s troubled life based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is said to be covered in the screenplay as somewhat of a horror movie. We don’t know what that means yet, but Netflix is gonna push hard for this one, especially considering how the Academy loves throwing awards to stars playing previous stars, and that also can possibly include co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody.
-Breaking News in Yuba County: While he hasn’t gone back to the heights of his success achieved by the box office and award success of The Help (a movie that did not age well), Tate Taylor is still enjoying himself economically due to recent thrillers like The Girl on the Train and Ma. For his next movie, he’s made a dramedy that once again reunites him with Oscar winner Allison Janney, where she plays a woman who has to keep appearances and a hidden body when she catches her husband cheating on her, and then he dies of a heart attack. With a cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson and Ellen Barkin, this could be a buzzy title later this year.
-C’mon C’mon: You may love or hate whatever Joaquin Phoenix did in Joker, but you can’t deny the benefit of playing the Crown Prince of Crime in an Oscar-winning performance. The blank check that you share with indie directors afterwards. Now that Joaquin’s cultural cachet is on the rise, Mike Mills gets to benefit with this drama that stars Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann, with him playing an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. We only have to wonder if A24 will do better with this movie’s Oscar chances compared to 20th Century Women.
-Cherry: After killing half the universe and bringing them back with the highest grossing movie of all time, where do you go? For Joe and Anthony Russo, the answer is “away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Russo brothers are trying to distance themselves and prove that they have a voice without Kevin Feige behind them, with a crime drama that’s also different than their days when they directed You, Me and Dupree or episodes of Arrested Development and Community. To help them in the journey, they took Tom Holland (who also needs to distance himself from Spider-Man, lest he ends up stuck to the character in the audience’s eyes) to star in a crime drama based on former Army medic Nico Walker’s memoir about his days after Iraq, where the PTSD and an opioid addiction led him to start robbing banks.
-Da 5 Bloods: After bouncing back from a slump with the critical and commercial success of BlackKklansman, Spike Lee is cashing a Netflix check to tell the tale of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure. With a cast that includes Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Paul Walter Hauser and Chadwick Boseman, this sounds like an interesting combo, although we still should remember the last time that Spike tried his hand at a war movie, with the dull Miracle at St. Anna.
-Dune: If you are on Reddit, you probably know about the new film by movies’ new Messiah, Denis Villeneuve. While the epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is getting a new chance in the multiplexes after that David Lynch movie that was forgotten by many, some are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new franchise (as seen by the release date of December 18, taking the spot of the usual Star Wars opening), and a return to the whole “remember when stuff like Return of the King or Fury Road were nominated for Best Picture?” question. Timothee Chalamet will be riding a lot of hope, and sandworm.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: As you start to see, there are several musicals that are gonna be fighting for attention over the next year, and Annette was the first one. Now, we also have this adaptation of the hit West End production, that centers around a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar Brits (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), the creative team of the stage musical will jump to the big screen with the help of Fox Searchlight (sorry, just Searchlight), who has clear Oscar hopes with a release date right in the middle of awards heat, on October 23.
-Hillbilly Elegy: Even though the Parasite victory gave many people hope for a new Academy that stops recognizing stuff like previous winner Green Book… let’s be honest, the Academy will still look for movies like Green Book. This year, many people are turning their eyes towards Ron Howard’ adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio, filled with drugs, violence and verbal abuse. If this sounds like white trash porn, it doesn’t help to know that Glenn Close, who has become the biggest living Oscar bridesmaid with seven nominations, will play a character called Mamaw. And if that sounds trashy, then you have to know that Amy Adams, who follows Glenn with six nominations, is playing her drug-addicted, careless daughter. I don’t want to call this “Oscar bait”, but it sure is tempting.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things: After his stopmotion existential dramedy Anomalisa got him a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars but at the same time bombed at the box office, Charlie Kaufman is getting the Netflix check. This time, he’s adapting the dark novel by Iain Reid, about a woman (Jessie Buckley, who is on the rise and took over the role after Brie Larson had to pass) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), in a trip that takes a turn for the worse. If Kaufman can deliver with this one, it will be a big contender.
-In the Heights: Yes, more musicals! This time, it’s time to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, that was overshadowed because of his other small play about some treasury secretary. Now, his Broadway ensemble tale about life in a neighborhood in Washington Heights is jumping to the movie screen with Jon Chu at the helm, following the success of Crazy Rich Asians. This Latino tale mixes up-and-comers like Anthony Ramos (who comes straight from Hamilton and playing Lady Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born), names like Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits (who is pro bits), and Olga Merediz, who starred in the Broadway show as Abuela Claudia and who could be the early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, if Chu allows her to shine like she did onstage.
-Jesus Was My Homeboy: When looking at up-and-coming Black actors right now in Hollywood, two of the top names are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, who already appeared in the same movie in Get Out, which earned Kaluuya a Best Actor nomination. This time, they share the screen in Shaka King’s retelling of the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader… as well as the story of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the party and arrest him. With the backing of Warner Bros, this will attempt to make an impact with a clash of actors that will have to fight with an August release date, not the ideal time to release an awards movie.
-King Richard: Starting with Suicide Squad, Will Smith has been trying to prove that he’s back and better than ever. Some attempts to get back to the top of the A-list (Aladdin, Bad Boys For Life) have worked, while others (Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise)... have not. But Will is still going, and now he’s going for his next prestige play as he plays Richard Williams, the coach and father of the tennis legends Venus and Serena, who pushed them to their full potential. While it’s weird that the father of the Williams sisters is getting a movie before them, it does sound like a meaty role for Smith, who has experience with Oscar notices with sports biopics because of what he did with Michael Mann in Ali. Let’s hope director Reinaldo Marcus Green can take him there too.
-Last Night in Soho: Every year, one or two directors who have a cool reputation end up in the Dolby Theatre, and 2020 could be the year of Edgar Wright. After delivering his first big box office hit with Baby Driver, the Brit is going back to London to tell a story in the realm of psychological horror, which has been supposedly inspired by classics like Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. With a premise that supposedly involves time travel and a cast that includes Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg, Wright (who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay for her work in 1917) is making a big swing.
-Let Them All Talk: Every year there’s more new streaming services, and that also means that there’s new players in the Oscar game. To secure subscribers to the new service, HBO Max has secured the rights to the next Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges, again) in a journey to find fun and come to terms with the past. The last time that Soderbergh and Streep worked together, the end result was the very disappointing The Laundromat. Let’s hope that this time everything works out.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Now that Netflix got the deal to adapt August Wilson’s acclaimed plays with Denzel Washington’s production company, the next jump from the stage to the screen is a meaty one. Viola Davis is playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, with a cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. The Tony nominated play talked about race, art and the intersection of the two, and it’s gonna be explosive to see that unfold on screen, even if director George C. Wolfe’s previous filmography isn’t very encouraging.
-Macbeth: In a shocking development, the Coen brothers are no more. Well, just this time. For the first time in his career, Joel Coen is making a movie without Ethan, and it’s a Shakespeare adaptation. Denzel Washington is playing the man who wants to be king of Scotland, and Frances McDormand is playing his Lady Macbeth. While this just started filming and it will be a race to finish it in time for competition in the awards race, the potential is there, and this project has everybody’s attention.
-Mank: After scoring 24 Oscar nominations and only winning 2 awards last Sunday, Netflix has to wonder what else must they do to get in the club that awards them. They tried with Cuarón, they tried with Scorsese, they tried with Baumbach, they tried with two Popes, and they still feel a barrier. Now, the big gamble for awards by the streamer in 2020 comes to us in the hands of David Fincher, who is basically their friend after the rest of Hollywood denied him (Disney dropped his 20,000 Leagues adaptation, HBO denied the US remake of Utopia, and Paramount drove World War Z 2 away from him). In his first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl, David will go black and white to tackle a script by his late father about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Will the Academy fall for the ultimate “power of da moviesshhh” story?
-Minari: Sundance can be hit or miss with the breakout films that try to make it to the Oscars. However, you can’t deny the waves made by A24 when they premiered Lee Isaac Chung’s new drama there, ending up winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition. If Parasite endeared Academy voters to Korean families, Steven Yeun hopes that the same thing happens with this story, where he plays a father in the ‘80s who suddenly decides to move his family to Arkansas to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, we must also remember that last year, A24 had in their hands The Farewell, another Sundance hit about an Asian family that ended up with no Oscar nominations. Let’s hope that this time, the Plan B influence (remember, that’s Brad Pitt’s production company, of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave fame) makes a difference.
-Next Goal Wins: It’s a good time to be Taika Waititi. Why? Taika Waititi can do what he wants. He can direct a Thor movie, he can win an Oscar for writing a comedy set in WW2 about a Third Reich boy who has an Imaginary Hitler friend, or he can pop up in The Mandalorian as a droid. Taika keeps winning, and he wants more. Between his press tour for Jojo Rabbit and his return to the MCU, he quickly shot an adaptation of a great documentary about the disgraced national team of American Samoa, one of the worst football teams known to man, as they try to make the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Everybody loves a good sports comedy, and Searchlight bets that we’ll enjoy this story led by Michael Fassbender as the new (and Dutch-American) coach in town who tries to shape the team for victory.
-News of the World: Seven years after their solid collaboration in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunite for more awards love in what seems to be Universal’s main attraction for the Oscars. This time, Hanks stars in a Western drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel where he plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. With a Christmas release date, Universal is betting big in getting the same nomination boost that 1917 is enjoying right now, and the formula is promising.
-Nightmare Alley: Following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for The Shape of Water, everybody in Hollywood wondered what would Guillermo del Toro do next. Well, as Del Toro often does, a little bit of everything and nothing. Some projects moved (as his produced Pinocchio movie on Netflix, or his Death Stranding likeness cameo), others stalled and die (like his proposed Fantastic Voyage remake). But now he’s rolling on his next project, a new adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel that already was a Tyrone Power film in 1947. This noir tale tells the story of a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to trick people and win money, and how things get out of control. With a cast that also includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more, this could play well if it hits the right tone.
-Nomadland: There’s breakout years, and then there’s the amazing potential of Chloe Zhao’s 2020. On the one hand, after making Hollywood notice her skill with the gripping story of The Rider, she got the keys to the MCU kingdom to direct the next potential franchise of Kevin Feige, The Eternals. And just in case, she also has in her sleeve this indie drama that she wrote and directed beforehand, with two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand playing a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. If Chloe nails these two films, it could be the one-two punch of the decade.
-One Night in Miami: Regina King is living her best life. Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk and the success that came with her lead role in the Watchmen show on HBO, the actress is jumping to a new challenge: directing movies. For her big screen debut, she’s adapting Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.
-Over the Moon: After earning praise and Oscar nominations with I Lost My Body and Klaus, Netflix will keep its bet on animated movies with a film directed by the legendary Glen Keane. Who? A classic Disney animator responsible for the design of characters like Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRkx2PNVr8), and who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which he co-directed with the late Kobe Bryant. Now, he brings us a musical adventure centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
-Passing: It’s always interesting when an actor jumps behind the camera, and Rebecca Hall’s case is no exception. For her directorial debut, Hall chose to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel set in Harlem in the 1920s, about two mixed race childhood friends (Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson) who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another's lives. With a premise that explores tough questions about race and sexuality, it looks like a tricky challenge for a first timer, but it would be more impressive if Hall manages to rise over the challenge.
-Prisoner 760: An interesting part of following the awards circuit is looking at when it's appropriate to talk about touchy subjects in recent history. I’m saying that because this next movie tells the real life tale of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who, despite not being charged or having a set trial, is held in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and turns towards a pair of lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to aid him. Based on the famous journal that the man wrote while he was being detained, the movie (that also counts with Benedict Cumberbatch) is directed by Kevin Macdonald who, a long time ago, helped Forest Whitaker win Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland. Could he get back in the race after almost 15 years of movies like State of Play?
-Raya and the Last Dragon: This year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bet for the Oscars is a fantasy tale set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. And that dragon has the voice of Awkwafina. Even though they missed out last Oscars when Frozen II got the cold shoulder by the Academy in Best Animated Feature, this premise looks interesting enough to merit a chance. One more thing: between last year’s Abominable, Over the Moon and this movie, there’s a clear connection of animated movies trying to appeal to Chinese sensibilities (and that sweet box office).
-Rebecca: It’s wild to think that the only time that Alfred Hitchcock made a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture was with 1940’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel, more muted and conventional than his more known classics. Now, Ben Wheatley and Netflix are giving the Gothic story a new spin, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. The story is a classic, and we have to see how much weird Wheatley stuff is in the mix.
-Red, White and Water: Between 2011 and 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere and people loved it. She was America’s sweetheart, the Oscar winner, Katniss Everdeen. But then, everything kinda fell. Those X-Men movies got worse and she looked tired of being in them, her anecdotes got less charming and more pandering to some, she took respectable risks that didn’t pay off with Red Sparrow and Mother!, and some people didn’t like that she said that it wasn’t nice to share private photos of her online. Now, she looks to get back to the Oscar race with a small project funded by A24 and directed by Lila Neugebauer in her film debut, about a soldier who comes back to the US after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in this, and it would be amazing if he got nominated for something.
-Respect: You know what’s a surefire way to get Academy voters’ attention? Play a real singer! Rami Malek took a win last year for playing Freddie Mercury, Renee Zellweger just won the gold after portraying Judy Garland, and now Jennifer Hudson wants more Oscar love. Almost 15 years after taking Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Hudson will try to get more by playing soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy that practically screams “give me the gold”. How am I so sure? Well, see the teaser that they released in December (for a movie that opens in October), and tell me. It will work out better for Hudson than Cats, that’s for sure.
-Soul: Unless they really disappoint (I’m looking at you, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2 and Cars 3), you can’t have the Oscars without inviting Pixar to the party. This year, they have two projects in the hopes of success. While in a few weeks we’ll see what happens with the fantasy family road trip of Onward, the studio’s biggest bet of the year clearly is the next existential animation written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (voice of Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a promising first trailer, and it also promises a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as new songs by Jon Batiste. The only downside so far for the marketing was the fact that the trailer reveal led people to notice a suspicious trend involving black characters when they lead an animated movie.
-Tenet: When Leonardo DiCaprio finally touched his Academy Award, an alarm went off in the mind of a portion of Internet users, who have made their next crusade to give themselves to the cause of getting Christopher Nolan some Oscar love. And his next blank check, an action thriller involving espionage and time travel, could pull off the same intersection of popcorn and prestige that made Inception both a box office hit and a critically acclaimed Oscar nominee. It helps to have a cast of impressive names like John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, as well as a crew that includes Ludwig Goransson and Hoyte van Hoytema. In other words, if this becomes a hit, this could go for a huge number of nominations.
-The Devil All the Time: As you may have noticed by now, Netflix is leading the charge in possible Oscar projects. Another buzzy movie that comes from them is the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos, a filmmaker known for delivering small and intimate but yet intense and terrifying dramas like Simon Killer and Christine. Using the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, Campos will follow non-linearly a cast of characters in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, with the help of an interesting cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough.
-The Eyes of Tammy Faye: After being known as a sketch comedy goofball because of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, Michael Showalter reinvented himself as a director of small and human dramedies like Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. For his next project, he’s gonna mix a little bit of both worlds, because he has before him the story of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain, who has been really trying to recapture her early ‘10 awards run to no avail) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, who was previously nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, instead of Silence, because why). With a real life tale that involves Christian theme parks, fraud and conspiracies, this is the kind of loud small movie that Searchlight loves to parade around, especially as an actors showcase (Jojo Rabbit being the most recent example). The first image looks terrifying, by the way.
-The Father: It’s weird to be in the middle of February and say that there’s already a frontrunner for the Best Actor race at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance a couple of weeks ago, every prognosticator pointed in the direction of Anthony Hopkins (recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Two Popes), who delivers a harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). With reviews calling it a British answer to Amour (in other words: it’s a hard watch), Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play not only benefits from having Hopkins and Colman together as a selling point, because it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, a distributor with experience in getting Academy voters to watch adult movies with heavy themes. If you don’t believe me, watch how they got Julianne Moore a win for Still Alice, as well as recent nominations for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Glenn Close for The Wife, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. They know the game, and they are going to hit hard for Hopkins and Colman.
-The French Dispatch: If you saw the trailer, we don’t need to dwell too much on the reasons. On the one hand, we have the style of Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who has become a name in both the critics circle and the casual viewer, with his last two movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs) earning several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for the one with Gustave H. Then, we have a long cast that goes from the director’s regulars like Bill Murray to new stars like Timothee Chalamet, and also includes people like Benicio del Toro. The only thing that could endanger the Oscar chances for this is that the story, an anthology set around a period comedy with an European riff on The New Yorker, will alienate the average Academy member.
-The Humans: There’s the prestige of a play, and then there’s the prestige of a Tony-winning play. Playwright Stephen Karam now gets to jump to the director’s chair to take his acclaimed 2016 one-act story to the big screen, and A24 is cutting the check. Telling the story of a family that gets together on Thanksgiving to commiserate about life, this adaptation will be led by original performer Jayne Houdyshell (who also won a Tony for her stage performance), who’ll be surrounded by Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. If it avoids getting too claustrophobic or stagey for the cinema, it will be a good contender.
-The Last Duel: Always speedy, Ridley Scott is working on his next possible trip to the Oscars. This time, it’s the telling of a true story in 14th-century France, where a knight (Matt Damon) accuses his former friend (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer), with the verdict being determined by the titular duel. It’s a juicy story, but there was some concern when it seemed that the script was only being written by Damon and Ben Affleck (who’ll also appear in the film). A rape story written by them after the Weinstein revelations… not the best look. But then, it was revealed that they were writing the screenplay with indie figure Nicole Holofcener, who last year was nominated for an Oscar for her script for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Let’s hope that the story is told in a gripping but not exploitative way, and that it doesn’t reduce the role of Comer (who deserves more than some of the movie roles that she’s getting after Killing Eve) to a Hollywood stereotype.
-The Power of the Dog: We have to talk about the queen of the indie world, we have to talk about Jane Campion. More than a decade after her last movie, Bright Star, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner for The Piano returns with a non-TV project (see Top of the Lake, people) thanks to Netflix, with a period drama centered around a family dispute between a pair of wealthy brothers in Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons), after the latter one marries a local widow (Kirsten Dunst). According to the synopsis, “a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn”. Can’t wait to see what that means.
-The Prom: Remember the Ryan Murphy blank check deal with Netflix that I mentioned earlier? Well, another of the projects in the first batch of announcements for the deal is a musical that he’ll direct, adapting the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (now played by the one and only Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and, uh, James Corden, for some reason) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. The show has been considered a fun and heartwarming tale of acceptance, so the movie could be an easy pick for an average Academy voter who doesn’t look too hard (and you know that the Golden Globes will nominate the shirt out of this). It’s funny how this comes out the same year than Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and then it’s not funny realizing that Film Twitter will pit the two movies against each other.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7: After getting a taste of the director’s taste with Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin wants more. For his second movie, he’s tackling one of his specialties: a courtroom drama. And this one is a period movie centered around the trial on countercultural activists in the late ‘60s, which immediately attracts a campaign of how “important” this movie is today’s culture. To add the final blow, we have a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance. If Sorkin can contain himself from going over the top (and with that cast, it would be so easy to surrender to bouts of screaming and winding speeches), this could be one of the top contenders.
-Those Who Wish Me Dead: Having made a good splash in the directorial waters with Wind River, Taylor Sheridan (also known for writing the Sicario movies, the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water or that Yellowstone show that your uncle raves about on Facebook) returns with yet another modern Western. For this thriller based on the Michael Koryta novel, Angelina Jolie stars as a survival expert in the Montana wilderness who is tasked with protecting a teenager who witnessed a murder, while assassins are pursuing him and a wildfire grows closer.
-Untitled David O. Russell Project: Following the mop epic Joy, that came and went in theaters but still netted a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence, the angriest director in Hollywood took a bit of a break (it didn’t help that he tried to do a really expensive show with Amazon starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore that fell apart when the Weinstein exposes sank everything). Now, he’s quickly putting together his return to the days of Oscar love that came with stuff like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, with a new movie that is set to star Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan. Even though we don’t know many details (some people are saying the movie is called Amsterdam) except for the fact the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, David is a quick guy, so he’ll get it ready for the fall festival circuit. If there’s one thing that David O. Russell knows (apart from avoid getting cancelled for abusing people like Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams and his niece), it’s to make loud actor showcases.
-Untitled Nora Fingscheidt Project: When Bird Box became one of the biggest hits on Netflix history, the streamer decided to keep itself in the Sandra Bullock business. Sandy’s next project for Ted Sarandos is a drama where she plays a woman who is released from prison after serving time for a violent crime, and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. To get redemption, she searches her younger sister she was forced to leave behind. With the direction of Fingscheidt, who comes from an acclaimed directorial debut with Systemsprenger (Germany’s submission to the last Academy Awards), and a cast that also includes Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, this will also hopefully try its luck later this year.
-Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project: We don’t know if this movie will be ready for the end of the year (although last time, he managed to sneak Phantom Thread under the buzzer and earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), but PTA is apparently gonna start to shoot it soon, with the backing of Focus Features. After several movies with prestige locations and intricate production design, Film Twitter’s Holy Spirit will go back to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to tell the story of a high school student who is also a successful child actor.
-Stillwater: Tom McCarthy’s recent career is certainly puzzling. After delivering the weird lows of The Cobbler, he bounced back with the Best Picture winner that was Spotlight. And following that, he… helped produce the 13 Reasons Why series. And following that… he made Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a Disney+ original movie. Now, he’s back to the award race with a drama starring Matt Damon, who plays a father who rushes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison after being suspected for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.
-West Side Story: To close things, we have to see one of the possible big contenders of the season, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic musical that translates Romeo and Juliet to the context of a street gang war in 1950s New York. While the decision to adapt again something that has been a classic both in Broadway and in movie theaters almost 60 years ago is a challenge, the idea of Spielberg doing a musical closer to the stage version with Tony Kushner as the writer is too tempting for the average Academy voter, who is already saving a spot in major categories in case Steven nails it in December. However, there’s two question marks. First, how well will Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler stand out in the roles of Tony and Maria? And second, will In the Heights steal some of the thunder of this movie by being, you know, more modern?
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2020.01.22 15:20 Throwaaygf7yhk Women who grew up as kids in 1990s with a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio became too old for him nearly 10 years ago

Leonardo DiCaprio never dates a woman over the age of 25,.
Its interesting that a girl who probably grew up with a crush on Leo and was 10 when Titanic was released, would be considered too old for Leo as far back as 8 years ago in 2012 because they had reached the age of 25.
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2020.01.18 03:45 brinkworthspoon In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Jordan Belfort says "Give them to me young [...]". This is a coy reference to the fact that Leo DiCaprio only dates women under 25.

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2020.01.16 09:51 thetanner123 Catch Me If You Can (2002): 2 scenes, same date, 2 different Leo's? (Explanation in Comments)

So I just watched Catch Me If You Can for the first time on Netflix, and noticed something peculiar that I couldn't find an answer to. There are 2 different scenes that take place in France, one at the very beginning of the movie, and one towards the very end. At the beginning of the movie (Timestamp of about 5:08), there is some text that states the date is "Christmas Eve, 1969". Tom Hanks then proceeds into the prison to uncover a very unkempt, long-haired Leo DiCaprio. Later in the movie (1:52:27) they are again in France, but in a totally different city, when Tom Hanks walks in on Leo in the check-printing place or whatever, but Leo has short hair, and is not sick. Can anyone explain how it makes sense that these scenes take place on the same date, but show Leo in two very different physical states? Am I being totally oblivious to something, or is something actually wrong with the film?

Apologies if this isn't allowed or is incorrect, this is my first time here
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2020.01.15 23:33 CDaNadmin Leo DiCaprio is a bummer to date. Who's actually surprised???

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2020.01.12 18:17 jonisantucho Oscar Watch: Pre-Nomination Edition + Spicy Predictions

Finally, after months of anticipation, rises, falls and more drama, we’re about to reach the moment many expected: the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards. Nah, just kidding. As everybody with stakes in Hollywood knows, Monday morning will bring the Oscar nominations, and we can see a part of the picture after seeing the nods of last week by influential groups like the producers of the PGA, the writers of the WGA, the directors of the DGA and the very white British voters of the BAFTAs.
It’s time to see what films look like locks, which ones will be forgotten by awards junkies after tomorrow, and which ones are in the middle of both sides.
-1917: Sam Mendes came here to play, y’all. Even though the WW1 one-take action drama got shut out of the SAGs, everything turned back around starting with surprising wins at the Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Drama. And the following days followed with a surprising nod for Best Original Screenplay at the WGA, as well as more expected nods like Best Picture at the PGAs and 9 BAFTAs, including Best Picture. Academy voters love war movies and tricky movies, so we can expect a healthy amount of Oscar nominations for this film, starting off with Best Picture and moving to other areas like Best Director, Best Original Score for Thomas “the Glenn Close of music” Newman, Best Cinematography by Film Twitter’s rock stasex god Roger Deakins, Best Sound Editing/Mixing (which will definitely win because of the scientific fact that it’s a loud flick), etc. On top of that, all this praise came at the right time to boost the movie’s opening weekend in the US, with a predicted 37 million dollars 3-day performance that will definitely have enough legs to make this look like a popular pick during voting time. It’s looking like the perfect storm for Universal, which sadly couldn’t score with Cats and has troubles ahead next week with Dolittle (what do you want, nobody told them there was a dragon).
-A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Tom Hanks got the Golden Globes nomination, the SAG nomination and the BAFTA nomination (as well as Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, making 4 of the 5 slots for Best Supporting Actor look like they’re claimed). It looks like this time is the time to end his Oscar nomination drought, but we’ve been fooled before. Still, we’ll bet on Mr. Rogers, even though the Academy forgot about almost everything else in Marielle Heller’s film (and that may also include the script, that luckily got a boost from a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay). In a fair world, Chris Cooper’s scumbag dad with regrets would have a shot too, but whatever.
-Bombshell: The Vice of 2019 is making it to the finish line, despite the fact that it’s pretty bad and it didn’t score at the box office. It didn’t score with the WGA, the PGA or the DGA, but Jay Roach’s “incisive” film about the harassment scandal at Fox News still has three guaranteed nominations: Charlize Theron’s uncanny Best Actress bait as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie’s weird and underdeveloped supporting role, and the guaranteed winner, the really convincing make-up and hairstyling. I have to stop writing about this movie, because I have bad flashbacks (DEEPFAKE CGI BILL O’REILLY, PEOPLE, MY NIGHTMARES).
-Booksmart: Before the tidbits, a little bit of trivia. Did you guys know that Olivia Wilde directed this movie? Shocking, I know. Going to the real news, many people were surprised this week when the script for the high school comedy got recognition by both the WGA and the BAFTAs, which nominated it for Best Original Screenplay. Even though the WGA excluded several movies (more on that later), this plants a seed for a potential shocker on Monday morning, so stay tuned.
-Dolemite Is My Name: It’s a shame, but it’s time to call it quits on the Best Actor campaign for Eddie Murphy. Without the boost of a Golden Globe win or nominations for the SAGs or the BAFTAs, it’s really hard to imagine his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in the Top 5 of the toughest category of this year’s Oscars. At least, we’ll get to see him be honored at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and he’ll surely get an Emmy for his hilarious SNL episode. Also, look out for Ruth Carter in Best Costume Design, it might get a nod.
-Ford v Ferrari: Josh Lucas’ stuffy suit is trying to stop it, but James Mangold’s car dad movie is gonna perform well at the technical Oscars, that’s for sure. But going beyond awards like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing, there’s potential for more. The PGA included FvF amongst the nominees for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, which is a great boost. And we know that people love to vote for Christian Bale, especially when he’s going back and forth between Big Chungus and a vampire victim. So we could potentially see a Best Picture nomination, but it is not a lock.
-Harriet: Cynthia Erivo’s waiting for the answer to one question, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the premiere of The Outsider, only on HBO. The question is this: Is she gonna get one Oscar nomination on Monday, or two? Even though her status in the Best Actress conversation depends on how well Saoirse Ronan, Awkwafina and Lupita Nyong’o perform, it’s virtually guaranteed that the track that she co-wrote for the movie, “Stand Up”, will get a Best Original Song nod. So it’s not wrong for her to start choosing what clothes to wear for Oscar night.
-Hustlers: Jenny From The Block is the only shot for the Lorene Scafaria movie to get an Oscar nod, and sadly the fight for the Best Supporting Actress prize is already lost. While the star-obsessed HFPA chose to not give Jennifer Lopez the award and started the Laura Dern televised speech train, she also missed a BAFTA nomination, although the British voters had their hands tied. What, isn’t it logical to literally give Margot Robbie (I mean, how complex and developed were those roles) AND Scarlett Johansson double nominations before inviting a single woman of color to the ceremony? Oh, wait a minute.
-Jojo Rabbit: Haters gonna hate, and Taika Waititi’s gonna anti-hate with a satire all the way to the Oscars. Even though the critics don’t like it that much and the box office has been underwhelming so far (31 million dollars worldwide for a 14 million dollar prestige production after two months is… meh), the WW2 film about a boy, his imaginary Hitler and the Jew girl in his attic has scored almost every single important nomination to lock a Best Picture nomination: the SAGs, the WGAs, the PGAs and, surprisingly, the DGAs, where Waititi took the spot that some people expected to be filled by Todd Phillips (ugh). Furthermore, the BAFTAs took the SAGs lead and also nominated Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress, which means the film has some traction in a fundamental area to reach a Best Picture win (you can’t have the BP without some actors, it is known). Between Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, possible Director and Supporting Actress nominations, and below-the-line stuff, you can make a really convincing case for a movie that, as I said last time, it's both edgy enough to get noticed, and safe enough to court old Academy members and apolitical people. That’s a dangerous combo.
-Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime struck again in the awards conversation, and took 11 nominations at the BAFTAs, as well as nominations in the PGAs and the WGAs for Best Adapted Screenplay. Between this, the Joaquin Phoenix bulldozer of Best Actor wins that started at the Golden Globes and a billion dollars, we have another Best Picture nomination locked. We have to see if Todd Phillips can get to Best Director (he got the BAFTA bounce), but noms for Best Original Score (the other Golden Globe win of the night, congrats Hildur) and Best Cinematography are secure. Add some below-the-line stuff, and you have a tempting case to award something about SOCIETY. The only thing that could stop things is Phoenix himself, who is this time actually committed to campaigning, but at the same time clearly gives less of a shit than the rest of the contenders, as seen with his winning speech at the Globes that ended up with him rambling about the contamination of private jets. With more speeches to come, it’ll be interesting to see if he keeps rambling or if Warner’s campaign crew will reign him a little.
-Judy: Speaking of winning campaigns, Renee Zellweger also started her own on the Golden Globes, with a rambling speech that was somehow weirder than the one mentioned before. Even though she’s a lock for Best Actress and she also got a BAFTA nomination, something’s off about the way in which she’s starting to sweep. This isn’t a comeback, she already won before… it really looks like Renee is gonna win an Oscar because everybody feels bad about the time in which the Internet made fun of how she looked. Is this gonna last all the way to February? We don’t know, but if she gets the SAG award, it’s all over.
-Just Mercy: While the Dustin Daniel Cretton legal drama based on true events was practically shut out of awards conversation (although it looks like it’s gonna score some decent digits at the box office), Jamie Foxx is one of several people who is looking for that last spot in the Best Supporting Actor category. Will he make it? The tension is too much to bear.
-Knives Out: While he continues to bathe in his haters’ tears, Rian Johnson is celebrating in several ways with the performance of his whodunnit. After crossing the 250 million dollars barrier the worldwide box office, and confirming that Johnson is starting to work on a sequel, the mystery comedy was nominated by both the PGA and the WGA. This could lead to not only a Best Original Screenplay nod for Rian, but also a Best Picture nomination for the popular flick. Now if you excuse me, I’m gonna eat some donut holes.
-Little Women: While Greta Gerwig can now be sure that her take on the literary classic is making money at the box office, its Oscar prospects look a little more shaky. Yes, the movie got PGA and WGA nominations, and both Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh got nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs (although they ignored Gerwig for Director and the movie for Best Picture). But voters are ignoring this movie, and everything that’s not Gerwig’s adapted screenplay or below-the-line stuff doesn’t seem safe for some prognosticators. Still, the backlash for the snubs for female directors at the Golden Globes and other awards could help Gerwig, and a Best Picture nomination is possible, but it’s not a frontrunner or a lock.
-Marriage Story: The other half of the Gerwig-Baumbach duo is also not as strong as we thought a few weeks ago. Outside of the guaranteed Laura Dern win for Best Supporting Actress (that category is LOCKED, people, it’s gonna be a Dern coronation for the next month), the divorce dramedy is just happy to be nominated, stepping back from the frontrunner zone after it suffered the “too early on the front of the pack” problem, which lead to a backlash. Still, even though Baumbach is out of the Best Director conversation, the film scored nominations with the PGA and the WGA, so it’s still gonna get several nominations for Netflix. We’re talking locks for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score. Not too shabby.
-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: People haven’t forgotten about Quentin Tarantino, and this week proved it. Between the three wins at the Golden Globes (Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt and Best Comedy/Musical), and nominations for the PGA, the DGA and the top prizes at the BAFTAs, everything catapulted the love letter to Los Angeles and the ‘60s to the front of the pack in the Best Picture conversation. Between the locks for Best Picture, Best Actor for Leo, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt (who is gonna win if nobody shows up in the next week or two, because his speech and his interview with Leo in the WTF podcast were chaaaaaarmiiiiiing), Best Original Screenplay for Quentin (who got shut out of the WGA because he’s not a member), and more, we have a case for a winner. That’s a flick that appeals to the old members of the Academy because of nostalgia and a love for the movies, while also entices younger voters to finally recognize Tarantino with the top prize.
-Pain and Glory: Pedro Almodóvar has been in the past one of the international filmmakers that the Academy remembers, and tomorrow he’ll test if they still know him. While the WGAs (that excluded Pedro because he’s not a member), the DGAs and the PGAs ignored the movie (and the BAFTAs only gave it a nod for Best Foreign Film), Antonio Banderas is a strong possibility for a nomination for Best Actor, and Almodóvar could sneak to a Best Original Screenplay nod. We’ll wait and see.
-Parasite: The Bong Hive is growing in numbers, and it’s safe to say that Bong Joon-ho’s dark satire about capitalism is one of the locked frontrunners for the rest of the Best Picture race. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film (which led to yet another viral moment for Bong, after he and his translator Sharon Choi delivered a killer line about the one-inch barrier of subtitles), the movie got nominations for the DGAs, the WGAs, the PGAs and the top prizes at the BAFTAs. Coupled with the SAG nominations, the critics awards and a healthy US box office gross that will end up close to 30 million dollars, this is one of the big dogs in the race. Now, the nominations will give us an idea of how beloved this film really is, because people have been talking about a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Song Kang Ho, and Cho Yeo Jeong still has a shot to surprise in the Best Supporting Actress category, a la Marina de Tavira. You can do it, Bong.
-Rocketman: TEN. MONTHS. That’s how long so far Taron Egerton and Elton John have been campaigning for Oscars towards the latter’s musical biopic, starting with a performance that literally took place on the night of the last Academy Awards. Since then, the duo have been sucking up to every single voting member of every single organization, attending every event and making some questionable ones, including when Egerton invited every single member of the HFPA to his birthday, which turned out to be a covert Elton concert.. and Taron’s birthday wasn’t even that day. Well, even though it was desperate, the gambit by them and Paramount is working, because Taron suddenly jumped to grab the edge of the Best Actor category following a win at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy, and a BAFTA nod for Best Actor that adds up to the nod from the SAGs. Taron fought back against an early May release date, the worries of following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and a stacked competition, while Elton will surely get another Oscar nod with his original song “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, which also won a Globe. I guess that’s why they call it the blues, indeed (?)
-The Farewell: Every year, there’s a Sundance movie that everybody loves and hypes up and waits for it to get nominated for several Oscars, and then nothing happens. This could happen with Lulu Wang’s culture clash dramedy, which didn’t get nominated for the PGAs, or the WGAs (although that had more to do with the fact that Lulu isn’t a member of the guild, so her movie’s original screenplay was excluded), or the DGAs, or the BAFTAs (apart from Best Foreign Language Film). Awkwafina helped to build some hope with a win at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, but there’s this awful feeling about the last spot of the Best Actress category, which basically became a fight between women of color while people like Renee Zellweger and Charlize Theron (which, come on, those two performances do not deserve it) are comfortably safe. Zhao Shuzhen could also get snubbed for Best Supporting Actress, because she’s not hitting the important nominations. So, this movie could get 3 nominations, or nothing. To quote the following movie, it is what it is.
-The Irishman: After all the hype, the discourse and the nominations, Martin Scorsese’s farewell to gangsters is another lock for Best Picture, with this week bringing nominations for the DGAs, the WGAs, the PGAs and the top prizes at the BAFTAs. But even though this sounds encouraging, it’s fair to say that Marty’s movie has slowed down in the race, and it didn’t help that it didn’t win anything at the Golden Globes. Also, it seems like Robert De Niro is not gonna make it to the Best Actor category, so that’s a big sign of how things are not as high as it seemed a month ago. Still, this is gonna be one of the most nominated movies of this year’s ceremony, so Scorsese could still paint houses all the way to a victory, if older Academy voters don’t split the votes between this, OUATIH and 1917.
-The Lighthouse: Willem Dafoe is getting farther away from the last spot in Best Supporting Actor, but the film could still make the Best Cinematography category. A BAFTA nomination helps the case.
-The Two Popes: You have to look out for those popes, because they are a wild card. They didn’t win at the Globes, or get nominated for the PGAs, the WGAs or the DGAs, but they still scored BAFTA nominations for Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins and the script from Anthony McCarten. This is a movie that 5 or 6 years ago would have definitely scored a Best Picture nomination, but this year is less certain. Still, it hangs on at the edges of several categories, while McCarten’s adapted screenplay is more likely to get nominated.
-Uncut Gems: I can’t make a joke about this movie because I have to wait like a chump until it releases on Netflix on the 31st, but I can say that Adam Sandler’s touch at the box office is helping a lot to make the Safdie bros’ thriller stay in the conversation. While the movie is set to become the highest grossing A24 movie in the US, Sandler’s still making the rounds, collecting critics prizes, being charming. A Best Actor nomination could still be the big shock to end all shocks on Monday morning.
-Us: Lupita Nyong’o is hanging on to the Best Actress category, assisting to every event, showing up to every interview. She’s more known and better regarded than Awkwafina, and people know and like her movie more than Cynthia Erivo’s. After the SAG nomination, will it end up in an Oscar nod? It’s not certain, but I personally bet that she gets the last spot. We still have to see what kind of shocks come tomorrow.
Technical(ly) contenders: Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Downton Abbey, The Lighthouse.
Check the pulse: Just Mercy.
This had Oscar buzz: Seberg, The Laundromat, The Goldfinch, Lucy in the Sky, Motherless Brooklyn, The Aeronauts, The Report, Cats, Queen and Slim, Dark Waters, Waves, The King, Honey Boy.
And now, before the end, some predictions of my own for the nominations in several categories. Feel free to add your own.
BEST PICTURE: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, 1917, The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Knives Out
BEST DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite - Sam Mendes, 1917 - Martin Scorsese, The Irishman - Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Greta Gerwig, Little Women
BEST ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker - Adam Driver, Marriage Story - Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory - Taron Egerton, Rocketman
BEST ACTRESS: Renee Zellweger, Judy - Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story - Charlize Theron, Bombshell - Saoirse Ronan, Little Women - Lupita Nyong’o, Us
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Joe Pesci, The Irishman - Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Al Pacino, The Irishman - Song Kang Ho, Parasite
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Laura Dern, Marriage Story - Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers - Margot Robbie, Bombshell - Florence Pugh, Little Women - Cho Yeo Jeong, Parasite
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, Marriage Story, Knives Out, 1917
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, The Two Popes, Joker
BEST EDITING: The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: 1917, Marriage Story, Joker, Little Women, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”, Rocketman - “Into the Unknown”, Frozen 2 - “Spirit”, The Lion King - “Stand Up”, Harriet - “Speechless”, Aladdin
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, 1917, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Alita: Battle Angel
Closing question: What will be the big surprise on Monday morning? Past examples: Phantom Thread getting into Best Picture, Ruth Negga nominated for Best Actress, Cold War sneaking to the Best Director category.
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2020.01.06 17:54 UltTerminator Hello and welcome to the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel here in Los Angeles. I’m Ricky Gervais, thank you.

Hello and welcome to the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel here in Los Angeles. I’m Ricky Gervais, thank you.
You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards, so I don’t care anymore. I’m joking. I never did. I’m joking, I never did. NBC clearly don’t care either — fifth time. I mean, Kevin Heart was fired from the Oscars for some offensive tweets — hello?
Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English and they’ve no idea what Twitter is, so I got offered this gig by fax. Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense. Remember, they’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel, so remember that.
But you all look lovely all dolled up. You came here in your limos. I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. No, shush. It’s her daughter I feel sorry for. OK? That must be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her. And her dad was in Wild Hogs.
Lots of big celebrities here tonight. Legends. Icons. This table alone — Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro … Baby Yoda. Oh, that’s Joe Pesci, sorry. I love you man. Don’t have me whacked. But tonight isn’t just about the people in front of the camera. In this room are some of the most important TV and film executives in the world. People from every background. They all have one thing in common: They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for ya. Talking of all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, Two Popes. Shut up. Shut up. I don’t care. I don’t care.
Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about that. Hollywood Foreign press are all very racist. Fifth time. So. We were going to do an In-Memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people who died, it wasn’t diverse enough. No, it was mostly white people and I thought, nah, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Let’s see what happens.
No one cares about movies anymore. No one goes to cinema, no one really watches network TV. Everyone is watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out, going, "Well done Netflix. You win everything. Good night." But no, we got to drag it out for three hours. You could binge-watch the entire first season of Afterlife instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself cause his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Spoiler alert, season two is on the way so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up. I know he’s your friend but I don’t care. You had to make your own way there in your own plane, didn't ya?
Seriously, most films are awful. Lazy. Remakes, sequels. I’ve heard a rumor there might be a sequel to Sophie’s Choice. I mean, that would just be Meryl just going, "Well, it’s gotta be this one then." All the best actors have jumped to Netflix, HBO. And the actors who just do Hollywood movies now do fantasy-adventure nonsense. They wear masks and capes and really tight costumes. Their job isn’t acting anymore. It’s going to the gym twice a day and taking steroids, really. Have we got an award for most ripped junky? No point, we’d know who’d win that.
Martin Scorsese made the news for his controversial comments about the Marvel franchise. He said they’re not real cinema and they remind him about theme parks. I agree. Although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks. He’s not big enough to go on the rides. He’s tiny. The Irishman was amazing. It was amazing. It was great. Long, but amazing. It wasn’t the only epic movie. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like, “Come on, Leo, mate.You’re nearly 50-something.”
The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy. He was also in the movie Cats. No one saw that movie. And the reviews, shocking. I saw one that said, "This is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs." But Dame Judi Dench defended the film saying it was the film she was born to play because she - I can't do this next joke - because she loves nothing better than plunking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg and licking her own minge. (Coughs) Hairball. She’s old-school.
It’s the last time, who cares? Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and fuck off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.
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2020.01.06 06:56 TwoSpoonSally Ricky Gervais slays at the Golden Globe

This was too good, so I thought i would share the full monologue video (youtube link below) and even toss in the transcript for dissection.
Hello and welcome to the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel here in Los Angeles. I’m Ricky Gervais, thank you.
You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards, so I don’t care anymore. I’m joking. I never did. I’m joking, I never did. NBC clearly don’t care either — fifth time. I mean, Kevin Heart was fired from the Oscars for some offensive tweets — hello?
Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press can barely speak English and they’ve no idea what Twitter is, so I got offered this gig by fax. Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense. Remember, they’re just jokes. We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel, so remember that.
But you all look lovely all dolled up. You came here in your limos. I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. No, shush. It’s her daughter I feel sorry for. OK? That must be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her. And her dad was in Wild Hogs.
Lots of big celebrities here tonight. Legends. Icons. This table alone — Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro … Baby Yoda. Oh, that’s Joe Pesci, sorry. I love you man. Don’t have me whacked. But tonight isn’t just about the people in front of the camera. In this room are some of the most important TV and film executives in the world. People from every background. They all have one thing in common: They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for ya. Talking of all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, Two Popes. Shut up. Shut up. I don’t care. I don’t care.
Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about that. Hollywood Foreign press are all very racist. Fifth time. So. We were going to do an In-Memoriam this year, but when I saw the list of people who died, it wasn’t diverse enough. No, it was mostly white people and I thought, nah, not on my watch. Maybe next year. Let’s see what happens.
No one cares about movies anymore. No one goes to cinema, no one really watches network TV. Everyone is watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out, going, "Well done Netflix. You win everything. Good night." But no, we got to drag it out for three hours. You could binge-watch the entire first season of Afterlife instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself cause his wife dies of cancer and it’s still more fun than this. Spoiler alert, season two is on the way so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up. I know he’s your friend but I don’t care.
Seriously, most films are awful. Lazy. Remakes, sequels. I’ve heard a rumor there might be a sequel to Sophie’s Choice. I mean, that would just be Meryl just going, "Well, it’s gotta be this one then." All the best actors have jumped to Netflix, HBO. And the actors who just do Hollywood movies now do fantasy-adventure nonsense. They wear masks and capes and really tight costumes. Their job isn’t acting anymore. It’s going to the gym twice a day and taking steroids, really. Have we got an award for most ripped junky? No point, we’d know who’d win that.
Martin Scorsese made the news for his controversial comments about the Marvel franchise. He said they’re not real cinema and they remind him about theme parks. I agree. Although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks. He’s not big enough to go on the rides. He’s tiny. The Irishman was amazing. It was amazing. It was great. Long, but amazing. It wasn’t the only epic movie. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like, “Come on, Leo, mate.You’re nearly 50-something.”
The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy. He was also in the movie Cats. No one saw that movie. And the reviews, shocking. I saw one that said, "This is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs." But Dame Judi Dench defended the film saying it was the film she was born to play because she loves nothing better than plunking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg and licking her ass. (Coughs) Hairball. She’s old-school.
It’s the last time, who cares? Apple roared into the TV game with The Morning Show, a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?
So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and fuck off, OK? It’s already three hours long. Right, let’s do the first award.
Personal random thought: " Just remember: they’re only jokes, and we’re all going to die soon,” - Ricky Gervais
There are SO many jabs and haymakers in this monologue that hit right on the nose, but this quote got me thinking. He calls out all of Hollywood and a even some HUGE Tech Giants with some very uncomfortable truths. He is pretty adamant that he doesn't care about any repercussions from his roast. Maybe that room full of people know something the rest of us don't. Is it possible they all know of some imminent catastrophic event? Meteor in bound? Alien takeover? Yellowstone blowing? Agenda 21 ramp up? WW3? Most likely he is just giving a nod to collapse in general, I have no idea. Just something about the way he said it and the tone of it. It just resonated like it might have been a hint at something they are all "in the know" about. It just had the vibe that they all might know something the plebian masses don't.
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2019.12.31 12:37 lyla2398 r/Popheads 2019 Album of The Year #31: Rihanna - R9

Artist: Rihanna
Album: R9
Label: Westbury Road, Roc Nation
Release date: December 32nd, 2019
Listen: Spotify Apple Music YouTube Music Amazon Music Deezer Tidal
The Backstory
Having made her debut as a teen with 2005's "Music of the Sun", Robyn Rihanna Fenty needs barely any introduction. After the success of her first post-Def Jam album, "Anti" (it's still on the Hot 200 albums after 200+ weeks, which is no mean feat), she promised to release not one, but two followups to the album which produced "Work" and "Love on the Brain" and did not produce (the uttermostly spectacular) "Bitch Better Have My Money", contrary to popular belief.
In summer of 2018, it was revealed by multiple sources - including a straight-from-the-horses-mouth admission in Vogue - that Rih'd be making both a pop album and a reggae album inspired by Bob Marley. Whichever one of those R9 turned out to be, I don't know, because I can't grasp my finger on what genre it is. Maybe it's a fusion.
Recently, she's started to focus more on her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, which I've never tried, but that's because I'm broke enough to mix highlighter and body lotion together to make bootleg Body Lava. She also did Valerian, something the Navy (if you live under a Tame Impala-sized rock, that's the name for her adoring fanbase) would rather forget. (Remember that moment in 2012 when we all thought Dane DeHaan would be the new Leo DiCaprio?)
My Review
As promised, R9 is definitely Rih's most experimental album yet - and, even before first listen, it shows.
There seems to be a lot of disagreement whether or not this album has 12, 13, 29 or infinity cubed songs. She also made the choice not to title any of the songs. Maybe it's just in a giant Essential Mix-style cluster. I couldn't find any information about the album's time lengths, which I guess is because time is a social construct and tomorrow is just another day.
The album art is blank - whether or not that's an homage to her "FourFiveSeconds" collaborator Kanye West's Yeezus album art (and the possibly scrapped Yandhi art) or an homage to The Beatles (one of which is her "FourFiveSeconds" collaborator Paul McCartney)'s self titled affair (nicknamed "The White Album" by everyone ever) hasn't been explained. Maybe it was a stylistic choice, or commentary on how capitalism makes visually stunning things have a higher monetary value so that this shallow definition of beauty becomes a status symbol of the proletariat.
From the first track, the album takes a while to build in intensity. I think the first track was an intro, because I heard computer keys (somewhat in sync to my own writing, as I was talking to someone on Reddit Chat at the same time) and birdsong (it was first thing in the morning when I listened to this, which helped).
I really liked her sample of the "unexpected item in the bagging area" announcement on every self-service machine in my country/her current residency of the United Kingdom on track 4 (or was it 5?). I remember first listening to that track quite vividly, as I was buying groceries at the time. The sample happened to line up almost exactly after I had accidentally set down my tub of Ben & Jerry's Spice & All Things Nice ice cream into the bagging area, thinking it was on the other side of the machine.
By track 9, she happens to dive into pitch-perfect impressions of Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Will Forte and Jessica Williams reciting their lines from Booksmart. I could vividly see those actors embodying what Rih was saying - not just in my subconscious but in my peripheral vision as well. I guess this part of the album was a Kate Bush-esque conceptual affair, as these impressions went on until track 27.
Tracks 38-39 sample the first half and the last half of "We R Who We R" by Kesha. Yes, the whole halves (is that an oxymoron?).
By the end of the album (track 🔮 sounded like my next door neigbours having a party and listening to traditional Greek music - I appreciate Rih exploring, and most importantly APPRECIATING other cultures), I felt exhilarated, yet dirty. It was clear that Rihanna tapped into my subconscious and picked things that were relatable to the both of us, almost like she had personally taken inspiration from my life. (NB: She is unaware of my existence.)
I talked to one of my friends about the album (he made sure to listen to it the day it came out) and he disagreed with me. He was pretty sure that tracks 17-19 were Rihanna doing uncanny impressions of wrestlers Liv Morgan and Lana, the former proudly proclaiming a lesbian relationship (I know Rih's been kinda ambiguous about her sexuality, but to apparently hear her be so upfront about her sexual fluidity is astounding, if a little inevitable).
He also said that there was a Chris Brown reference at one point, because apparently in Track 4 you hear the chorus of "No Guidance" blasting out from what sounds like a nearby car. I heard "No Guidance" blasting out from a nearby car as well, but it was on track 30, and it was Drake's vocals.
I'm pretty certain that conversation was a track in itself. I think it was track œ.
After listening to that album (I'm pretty sure it's done, because afterwards I started listening to "So Good" by Bratz Rock Angelz and I remember consciously choosing to do so), I had a deep thought - one which I'd never forget. The real R9 is the friends we made along the way.
I rate it Δ/10. Happy new year, Popheads!
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2019.12.31 02:23 jonisantucho Oscar Watch: End of 2019 Edition

While we say goodbye to another year, the race for the Oscars is going full throttle as the following week starts to reveal the industry's real ideas about the best films of 2019. Let's take a good look at the important dates at the calendar coming up:
Friday, January 3 – American Society of Cinematographers Nominations
Sunday, January 5 – Golden Globes
Monday, January 6 – WGA (Writers Guild) Nominations
Tuesday, January 7 – BAFTA Nominations
Also on Tuesday, January 7 – DGA (Directors Guild) Nominations
Another thing on Tuesday, January 7 – PGA (Producers Guild) Nominations
Oh, I almost forgot, ALSO on Tuesday, January 7 - The Oscar nomination voting closes
Now, some context for the non-awards nerds. When we want to see ahead of time which films are the favourites in the awards race, we tend to look at the precedents of the powerful trifecta of members of the Academy that is made up of the PGA (producers), the DGA (directors), and the WGA (writers), as well as the SAGs, because some of its actor members are part of the largest branch of voters. If a film has the support of all or most of these guilds (and the support of all five boroughs), a Best Picture nomination is guaranteed. Also, we have to pay attention to what the British members of the Academy have to say with the BAFTA nominations, which always bring forward some clear views on what's getting in.
And finally, the Golden Globes. Sure, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a joke made up of dozens of foreign journalists that vote according to which famous people they can get to show up to their parties, but there is still some influence in this ceremony. If you or your movie can win at the Golden Globes, you have a shot at the best kind of publicity in these times: a memorable (and viral) speech. Let's take a look at a good example from a couple of months ago. When we were discussing the previous Best Actress race, it was a one-on-one race between the unrecognized Wife herself, Glenn Close, and the breakout popstar-turned-actress, Lady Gaga. While Close beat Gaga for the Drama Actress award during the Globes, the Comedy Actress award went to the underdog favourite Olivia Colman, who didn't have time to campaign because she was busy filming The Crown. Her speech was the only big campaign moment in an awards season that otherwise was dominated by the other two, but it was memorable enough to keep her in the race. And when she won, it wasn't a total shock. Also, let's not forget that last year, the Globes sadly also predicted the two unlikely big winners of the Oscars, Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody (barf).
But enough about the Ricky Gervais show. Let's see how the contenders are doing.
-1917: Sam Mendes' WW1 one-take action drama has just started its limited release, and while the early numbers are promising before its wide release on January 10, the important thing is that people are aware of this movie as an impressive technical contender. It doesn't matter that it didn't gather SAG nominations, because both the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes showered the movie with nods, and people are very aware of Mendes' directing, Roger Deakins' complicated cinematography, and Thomas Newman's emotional score. If we add up this awareness with the technical nods that it will bag (let's be honest, we already know that this movie will win both Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, because it's loud), we have a Best Picture nomination coming right up.
-A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: While the chances for almost anything else have faded away for Marielle Heller's take on the power of Mr. Rogers, it looks like this movie could finally end Tom Hanks' curse that has affected him after Cast Away. He has secured nods for the Critics Choice, the Golden Globes and the SAGs, so everything looks like he is set in stone for an Oscar nod after almost two decades. But the past has taught us that anything could happen that derails his shot.
-Bombshell: The critics are mixed on this movie, and the box office has been a little bit disappointing, but the Fox News expose by Jay Roach still has one ace up its sleeve, and it's that its a performance movie. Both the Golden Globes and the SAGs rewarded Charlize Theron's turn as Megyn Kelly and Margot Robbie's composite victim of sexual harassment, with the second of those two awardfests also nominating Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Gretchen Carlson, as well as the whole ensemble cast. While it's hard to see the movie being a financial hit (it's hard to make back a 32 million dollar budget with a movie that republicans won't see because it criticizes their news source, while democrats won't see it because it's better to see the End of Days than a movie with Megyn Kelly as the hero), multiple Oscar nominations (Theron, Robbie, the make-up) are guaranteed. And who knows, because in the next few days Charlize could even steal Renee Zellweger's thunder.
-Cats: Oh, poor Cats. It has become the punchline of the Internet, it's gonna lose at the very least 71 million dollars, and it even lost its best shot at an Oscar. While the unfinished, unpatched VFX of Tom Hooper's unforgettable take on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical somehow got shortlisted for the Oscars (YOU COULD SEE JUDI DENCH'S FREAKING WEDDING RING, AND THEY STILL PUT IT BEFORE AD ASTRA, WTF), a different fate happened to "Beautiful Ghosts", ALW and Taylor Swift's original song written almost exclusively for awards. It's very likely that this movie doesn't get nominated at all, to which I say that we drown our sorrows with a glass of MIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLKKKKKKK.
-Dark Waters: What happens when a muted, dark movie by Todd Haynes crashes at the last minute in a rushed award season after skipping every single festival? A failed wide expansion at the box office and zero award precedents. Better luck next time, Mark Ruffalo.
-Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy still holds on to the Best Actor race, and he still has a shot, as you could check with his nominations for both the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes. While he didn't get to the SAGs, he still got a great campaigning spot when he showed up to host the Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, which, if you haven't seen it, also was the best SNL episode in years. Even if he doesn't get nominated for an Oscar, you can be sure that he will win an Emmy next year, because he was so unbelievably funny again.
-Ford v Ferrari: James Mangold's ultimate dad movie is making a place for itself in the awards season because of two factors. One is obviously the technical side, which comes in handy into the narrative of the throwback to the adult dramas about manly men who beat the odds and built a future. On the other hand, Christian Bale has been surprisingly planting a flag all over the Best Actor precursors, showing up in both the Golden Globes and the SAGs. People like to nominate Bale when he shifts from chubby to skinny, it's a fact. Let's see if this leads him and the movie towards Oscar night.
-Harriet: Cynthia Erivo has been hitting every necessary step, with nominations for Best Actress in the Critics Choice, the Golden Globes and the SAGs. But her status could be in danger, because of another black actress on the rise (yes, I know, it's fucked up that we already know that two black actresses won't get in the same category). Even then, if she doesn't get Best Actress, she still has a shot for Best Original Song, because "Stand Up", the track that she co-wrote for the Kasi Lemmons biopic, has been shortlisted for that category.
-Honey Boy: The Shia LaBeouf comeback has to keep building itself, because this movie has been ignored by the big awards, and also the audience. Kudos to Alma Har'el for calling out the industry's bullshit towards female-directed movies during award season, though.
-Hustlers: Speaking of, Lorene Scafaria's stripper caper hasn't been recognized so far outside of Jennifer Lopez's supporting performance, which by this point is guaranteed to get nominated for an Oscar. At least this movie has the luxury of a long life thanks to its big box office success and the rewards of time.
-Jojo Rabbit: While Taika Waititi's WW2 dramedy didn't make a big splash with critics or audiences, the industry has been kind to Jojo, with Best Picture nominations in the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes, as well as a Best Ensemble nod at the SAGs (which is their equivalent to BP). Another funny thing that happened with the SAG nominations is that Scarlett Johansson got an unexpected second nomination thanks to her supporting turn in this movie, which could also repeat itself during the Oscars. If we add up Adapted Screenplay, Johansson's possible second nod, and the below-the-line nods, we have a recipe for a Best Picture nomination. All thanks to a movie that's both edgy enough to get noticed, and safe enough to court old Academy members and apolitical people.
-Joker: Todd Phillips' take on the Clown Prince of Crime is still making waves, courting Best Picture nods in the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes. Of course, Joaquin Phoenix is a lock in every Best Actor category of every award show, so now we have to wait and see if his winning streak with the industry starts to grow, because the critics had another man in mind during their awards.
-Judy: We've been talking about it for months, she has been nominated for every single Best Actress prize in the horizon, and next Sunday we see if the sweep begins for Renee Zellweger. But there's also a chance that the overlong frontrunner effect takes over, and people start looking for other performances. "Yes, Renee is Judy, we know, but have you seen how Charlize becomes Megyn?" seems to be the talk of the town during the last few weeks, and it doesn't help that the critics pointed towards other contender. The "person becomes another person" can be a double-edged sword.
-Just Mercy: Just when we thought that this movie was out, Jamie Foxx surprises with a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the SAGs. Now it's a good time to mention the category and how, while Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Tom Hanks seem like locks, the fifth spot is an unsolved mystery. Foxx is the only shot left for Dustin Cretton's legal drama based on real events, and he's still campaigning to get in that hole.
-Knives Out: It must feel good to be Rian Johnson this week. On one hand, the Star Wars sequel that backtracked and criticized most of the movie that you made is disappointing in both reviews and box office. On the other hand, your critically acclaimed original whodunnit just crossed 200 million dollars worldwide. And while Benoit Blanc keeps making bank, the movie has also been getting love from the Golden Globes, which gave it nods for Best Musical or Comedy, as well as nods for Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas. Rian Johnson's chances for a Best Original Screenplay nomination are growing, and the WGA coupled with a possible PGA nomination could even lead to a Best Picture spot at the Oscars.
-Little Women: Boy, did this movie’s trajectory prove that nothing’s guaranteed in the race. Both the Globes and the SAGs ignored Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic novel that most people misquote thanks to Moe, and there’s been some controversy that both helps and hinders the writedirector. First, people rallied around Gerwig after being snubbed everywhere outside of the Critics Choice, with the Golden Globes being rightfully questioned because of its gender bias against female-directed stories. But then, some other people questioned why, in a year with great films by Mati Diop, Lulu Wang, Celine Sciamma, Lorene Scafaria, Jennifer Kent and more, all the support went to the white NY director. While Gerwig’s stock will drop if she keeps making movies starring white people (yeah, I know, that debate is for another time), she can rest behind the support of the audiences, which flocked during Christmas for a 29 million dollar opening weekend. If the movie has legs, it could have a chance for certain categories, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. Other nods (like Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Florence Pugh, and Best Picture) are up in the air.
-Marriage Story: Moving to the other half of Film Twitter’s favorite couple, Noah Baumbach’s divorce dramedy went through all the highs and lows of being in the spotlight after being nominated for every top award and releasing on Netflix. After all the initial praise and chatter, something happened: the backlash. Faster than you could make a meme about Adam Driver punching a wall, it began. Suddenly, from one day to the other, you had Joe Schmoe commenting on a tweet of a clip of the argument scene, saying that he “could have done better acting than that unrealistic scene”, or Barry Shitpeas complaining about how the kid was annoying. We have to consider the fact that the Netflix release is a brand new world for Oscar contenders (Roma didn’t suffer this, I think, because most people saw that it was a Mexican period drama in black and white and just said “pass”), as we saw a few weeks before with The Irishman. Still, Adam Driver, ScarJo and Laura Dern are locks, as well as Noah’s original screenplay. But the “Is that it?” factor could prove fatal in the next weeks.
-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: It’s kinda bittersweet to think that Quentin Tarantino’s closest shot to the Oscar is really moving forward because it appeals to the old “power of da moviesh” crowd. Anyways, next week we’ll see how the industry starts to reward the love letter to the ‘60s in Tinsel Town, because the coast is clear for the movie to win Best Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes, and Leo must be already rehearsing his Best Actor speech. The SAGs also showered Leo, Brad and the ensemble with nods, so that could be a decisive step going forward if people haven’t forgotten about the July release.
-Pain and Glory: While everybody talks about Adam Driver vs. Joaquin Phoenix, Antonio Banderas has been carefully building support for his masterful turn in Pedro Almodóvar’s self-reflective drama. Antonio won Best Actor with both the New York and Los Angeles critics (by the way, the only two cities with critics organizations that really have influence, because this year every freakin’ town in America now had a critics group trying to get attention with their announcements), and also bagged nods for the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes for Drama. While Banderas is in a quiet third place in the Best Actor race and the film is guaranteed to get into the Best International Film categories, it remains to be seen if Pedro’s original screenplay gets nommed. We can’t look forward to the WGAs to clear this up, because this film is excluded from being nominated due to the fact that Almodóvar is also not a member (other films excluded include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Farewell).
-Parasite: The Bong Hive keeps rising, and it’s undeniable that Bong Joon-ho’s class warfare satire will be a big player in the Best Picture conversation. It has dominated every Best Foreign Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director nomination, and the critics in both NY and LA awarded it, with LAFCA giving it Best Picture. The movie has passed the 20 million dollar benchmark in the US, which made it enter in the Top 10 of the highest grossing foreign films in the country’s history (worldwide, it’s about to pass 130 millions). And while some people compared it to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma to say that it would run out of fuel without Netflix money, the shock of all shocks happened when Parasite got nominated for Best Ensemble at the SAGs. To put that in context, it’s the second time that a foreign movie got that nomination. The previous one? Life is Beautiful, that ended up with a bunch of Oscar nods (including Best Picture), and gave Roberto Benigni a Best Actor win that we still don’t know if it’s delightful or just plain annoying. It’s clear that the average Academy member likes Parasite better than Roma, and it’s obvious why: it’s more entertaining and accessible, and while the story is rooted in Korean culture, the takedown of capitalism makes it have a global perspective about issues that affect everybody. Now, we have to see if Bong can jump over Tarantino and Scorsese in the next weeks.
-Richard Jewell: Well, Clint happened. After a last minute release that had the advantage of old Academy members saving a spot for The Man With No Name, the biopic about the sad tale of the security guard falsely accused of being a bomber opened to just positive reviews, and then suffered a shockingly low opening weekend of 4.7 million dollars, becoming the worst wide opening of Eastwood’s career (and making things more painful, the movie cost 45 millions). Why did this happen? We can point fingers to the big controversy regarding Olivia Wilde’s portrayal of journalist Kathy Scruggs, who sadly passed away before this movie accused her of being a succubus who traded sex for false tips that ruined Jewell’s life. It didn’t help that Olivia Wilde’s excuses and screenwriter Billy Ray’s conspiracy claims came out to clear nothing. In reality, I believe that what happened has a few more factors. First things first, this movie didn’t star movie draw Clint Eastwood, it starred Paul Walter Hauser, a guy who’s barely known for playing supporting dumb stooges in recent dramedies and Cobra Kai. Second of all, while Clint had success with recent real life stories like Sully (which, again, starred movie star Tom Hanks), Richard Jewell asks people to remember one of the big American news stories from… 1996. And then, finally, we can say that this movie made left-leaning people stay at home between Clint’s attitude and the Kathy Scruggs controversy, while right-leaning people didn’t get the kick out of “owning the libs” that would have been buying tickets for this. Now, the only shot that Jewell has is a far chance for Kathy Bates to get a Best Supporting Actress nomination, but only the Golden Globes back that up.
-Rocketman: We all expected the Golden Globe nominations for the Elton John biopic, Taron Egerton's performance and its original song "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" (that has been shortlisted for the Oscars). But it was a pleasant surprise to see Egerton between the five people nominated for Best Actor at the SAGs, and it seems that his campaigning could pay off if he upsets Leo DiCaprio at the Globes.
-The Farewell: If there’s a movie that could end up with either several celebrations or absolutely nothing on Oscar nominations morning, it’s the Lulu Wang dramedy based on her family. While Awkwafina has been nominated for Best Actress in both the Golden Globes (which also gave a nod for Best Foreign Language Film, because of dumb rules) and the Critics Choice, the SAGs ignored her, which is concerning in a category where the only people that feel safe are white actresses. Also, Zhao Shuzhen has been ignored by most of the industry awards, so her status is also shaky. Going forward, it looks like Awkwafina has a clear win ahead of her in the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy category in the Globes, but the HFPA could very easily go “HPFA mode” (which means, some random bullshit like giving the award to Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette?).
-The Irishman: After all the memes and the debate about the length of Martin Scorsese’s last gangster epic, the film has established somewhat of a frontrunner status by being nominated for every single awards show and obviously winning Best Film with NYFCC. Furthermore, both Joe Pesci (a critics darling) and Al Pacino seem like locks for Best Supporting Actor, and Marty and Thelma Schoonmaker are circling the top of Best Director and Best Editing, respectively. But then, there’s a question mark: Robert De Niro. Up until a few weeks ago, he seemed like a lock for Best Actor, but then he missed the Globes. And after that, he missed the SAGs. Sure, the SAGs are also awarding him with a Lifetime Achievement prize during the ceremony, so he’ll still campaign there, but something’s off and could cause chaos in the Best Actor category. It is what it is.
-The Lighthouse: It seems more and more likely that the only Oscar nomination for Robert Eggers’ cabin fever nightmare will go towards Jarin Blaschske’s cinematography, because Willem Dafoe’s “supporting” turn wasn’t recognized by the Golden Globes or the SAGs. Dammit, I wanted the Dafoe streak to keep going.
-The Report: Hey, Annette Bening got a Golden Globe nomination! That's likely going to be the only thing that most people remember about this movie that is waiting for you right now in Amazon, sadly.
-The Two Popes: Those silly popes, they’re eatin’ da pizza and watching fútbol. Yes, the papal dramedy by Fernando Meirelles is out to the world on Netflix, and we see why old people like this movie. However, the industry is mixed on the awards for this flick, because only the Golden Globes showered the whole movie, with nods to the film, Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins and modern Mephisto himself, screenwriter Anthony McCarten. It remains to be seen if this tickles the old Academy’s taste, but it’s just outside of the big categories, waiting to strike.
-Uncut Gems: The Sandman is back on the big screen, and he’s still a draw. During the wide release of his first theatrical live action movie since Pixels (ugh), Adam Sandler helped the Safdie bros’ new thriller to reach an 18 million dollars 5-day opening weekend, which is a record high opening for distributor A24. Even though Sandler didn’t get love from the Globes or the SAGs, he still is an underdog choice that got the support of the critics (and Critics Choice nods). Now that he has box office to back that up, he still has a small shot. Meanwhile, all of us suckers that live away from the US have to wait to January 31st, when Netflix releases this movie worldwide.
-Us: The efforts by Lupita Nyong'o to position herself in the Best Actress race have been working, because her double performance in Jordan Peele's thriller have been recognized by both the critics awards (she got the Best Actress award of the NYFCC, and the runner-up spot for LAFCA) and the SAGs. She is the dark horse candidate in the category, and I'm personally rooting for her.
-Waves: Trey Edward Shults' family drama got shut out of every major award this season, and it disappointed at the box office, so unless the new class in the Academy surprises us with Sterling K. Brown or Taylor Russell in the supporting categories, this is it for the A24 release.
Technical(ly) contenders: Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Downton Abbey, The Lighthouse.
Check the pulse: Just Mercy.
This had Oscar buzz: Seberg, The Laundromat, The Goldfinch, Lucy in the Sky, Motherless Brooklyn, The Aeronauts, The Report, Cats, Queen and Slim, Dark Waters, Waves, The King, Honey Boy.
Closing question: Will Portrait of a Lady on Fire surprise us in the morning of Oscar nominations?
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2019.12.20 16:33 NorseGodLoki0411 Women have a problem with Leo Dicaprio(45) dating a 25 y/o, but ignore Madonna(61) dating a 25 y/o.

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2019.12.17 16:57 TC1827 From r/Unpopular Opinion - Women have a problem with Leo Dicaprio(45) dating a 25 y/o, but ignore Madonna(61) dating a 25 y/o.

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2019.12.04 15:27 harry_powell There's nothing "creepy" or inherently wrong about DiCaprio dating younger women

Before getting your pitchforks out, hear me out: This is not a woman-hating tirade a-la "of course dating younger is the way to go: women in their 30s are old hags and not in their prime anymore. Anyone who criticizes Leo is jealous". Also, I have no particular admiration of him, he's a fine actor, but that's it. But I find all the jokes on his dating life really tired, and kind of unfair.
Let's look at his particular case. He's not a normal guy with a 9 to 5 job. He's an ultrarich famous actor who does a movie every 2 or 3 years. Usually that's around 3 to 5 months of shooting (and let's add 1 extra month to promotional duties once it premieres). That's nothing, the rest of his year is sunbathing on a yatch and maybe go to a climate change event from time to time. If he doesn't feel the need to start a family just now and wants to keep living and easy life, then why string along a woman who wants that? If his current girlfriend where 33, it's likely that after two or three years of lounging around a private beach, she'll want more. That's means getting married, kids... If DiCaprio doesn't want that at the moment, then what happens? They break up, and the woman has to start again, but this time being 36. That would make DiCaprio a total asshole.
So, why not date younger women who don't have the urge to settle down just yet? If the girl is 24 and by 27 is already tired of Leo's lifestyle and want something permanent, then what? They break up, but she is still 27, there's plenty of time to get what she wants elsewhere. No one gets hurt.
I think that what DiCaprio does is much more honest than toying with a 30y woman's feelings.
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NAVA Root Beer Rabbit 1 ml decant 1 use $3.00 Root Beer accord, Vanilla-sugar, Spearmint extract, Myrrh Resin and aged Crystalline
NAVA Spookier 1 ml decant 1 use $3.00 White Ghost Chocolate, Raw Sugar Cane, Chocolate shavings, Bastet's Ice Cream Accord, a drop of Black Cedar, a drop of ICONS: Egyptian Oudh, a stir of Cemetery Snow and a touch of Crystalline Absolute and one drop of black peppercorn.
NAVA Summer Fig Creme 1 ml decant 1 use $3.00 Black Fig, French Fig, Genova Fig infused Vanilla Crystalline Cream accord, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute and Egyptian Sugar
NAVA Victorian Candy Cane Crystalline 1 ml decant 2-3 uses $3.00 Red and white striped candy cane created with the essence of pure Peppermint bark, Vanilla Cream, Vanilla Dust, a touch of Strawberry seed and a heavy hand of SL Crystalline Vanilla Absolute.
Poesie French Kiss 2 ml dram 1 use $6.00 marshmallowy vanilla meringue swirled with blueberry jam
Poesie Hungry Ghost 2 ml dram 1 use $6.00 toasty marshmallow, gooey chocolate, buttery graham cracker
Poesie Infamous 1 ml sample 1 use $3.00 luscious white cake layered with sticky marshmallow creme and topped with mounds of vanilla frosting
Poesie Madar 1.15 ml sample 1 use $3.00 creamy Basmati rice pudding flavored with orange flower water, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, dried rose petals, sugared pistachios
Poesie Rococonut 2 ml dram 1 use $6.00 toasted fresh coconut dipped in vanilla sugar
Poesie Rococo Paradise 1 ml sample 1 use $3.00 ripe strawberries, plush apricot, fresh grass, milk + honey, lavender sprigs
Poesie Shy Ghost 1.15 ml sample 1 use $3.00 comforting milky chai tea laced with vanilla and topped with whipped cream
Poesie Sigh Away Sundays 1.15 ml sample 2-3 uses $3.00 immortelle blossom infused creme brûlée topped with a sprig of glazed black currants
Poesie Snug 1 ml decant 1 use $3.00 rich maple syrup + a sprinkle of brown sugar
Poesie Something Fierce 1.15 ml sample 1 use $3.00 ropes of black licorice, bitter orange, shards of caramelized sugar, warm patchouli, cedar wood
Poesie Versailles 1 ml sample 1 use $3.00 golden cake, intoxicating orange blossom, fluffy vanilla citrus icing, blood orange
Poesie Whisper Your Bitter Things 2 ml dram 1 use $6.00 pressed coffee beans, dried clove bud + cassia bark, jasmine and neroli blossoms, roasted vanilla pods
Possets Forbidden Delight 5 ml full size Full to neck $13.00 Take a lacy brown sugar cookie, the kind which cools off almost like a brittle, dunk it in whiskey.
Possets Passion 5 ml full size 2 uses $15.00 A supersaturated chocolate solution of chocolated chocolate with a smooth chocolate interior and a chocolate shell covered in chocolate sauce and floating in a puddle of chocolate.
Sixteen92 Pyromancy 2 ml sample Full $3.00 Green cardamom, fireplace embers, agarwood, smoked tea, white tobacco, hearth smoke.
Smell Bent Gypsy 4 ml spray bottle NEW $4.00 apricot, almond, patchouli essence, orris, vanilla absolute and sandalwood.
Sucreabeille Acai Tree (oil) 1 dram 1 use $3.00 Fresh acai berries covered in rich, dark chocolate. Fresh, cold rice milk and crisp white musk.
Sucreabeille Afterglow (oil) (2 available) 1 dram 1 use $3.00 Dark chocolate, Amber, Honey
Sucreabeille Apricot Tree (oil) 1 dram 1 use $3.00 Fresh, tangy apricots, fizzing bubbles, a dash of herbal sage.
Sucreabeille Byzantine (oil) (3 available) 1 dram NEW $3.00 many strong cups of black tea, burnt sugar, a library of old books
Sucreabeille Coconut Palm (oil) 1 dram 1 use $3.00 Creamy coconut, swirls of black musk and vanilla, fresh green petitgrain, island beach grasses, and a hint of ocean breeze.
Sucreabeille Dead or Alive (oil) (2 available) 10 ml roller bottle 95% full $10.00 juicy, plump strawberries, sweet hazelnut toffee, a fresh grass stain on the knee of your favorite pair of jeans, animalistic musk.
Sucreabeille Fig Tree (oil) 1 dram 1 use $3.00 Warm late summer figs offered on a platter with warm honeycomb, almonds, coumarin, and sips of red wine. Healthy. This is healthy.
Sucreabeille Sansa (double blind fixative test) 4 drams 1 use each $6.00 This was a test of Sansa set in 4 different fixatives. I tested each once and even though I love the scent of Sansa, none of them worked on me and Sansa still disappears on my skin the second it's dry :(
Tater Rounds So Spooky 5 ml roller 1 use $5.00 Yummy notes of buttery sugar, orange zest, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s a very warm and inviting scent!
Ten Three Labs Bread & Circuses 5 ml sample RIS, full $18.00 Fresh baked bread, smoke, firewood, cotton candy, grass, buttered popcorn.


Arcana Apples Crave Peaches 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.
Arcana Burlesque 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 The sweet, smoky decadence of a bawdy dance hall, with bold amber, spicy chocolate, and the warm wood of a well-traveled stage.
Arcana Celestite 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Delicate iris, lavender, violet, orris root, confectioner's sugar, vanilla bean creme, and white musk.⁣
Arcana Glittering Blue 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A cooling blend of tart blue lemonade, iced lemon bundt cake, creamy blue musk, a drizzle of blue chamomile, and our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk).
Arcana Glittering Pink 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A sugary sweet melange of pink pistachio candy, pink peppermint ice cream, pink musk, and our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk).
Arcana Pumpkins Crave Bacon 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.
Arcana Rhodochrosite 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Fragrant Monoi de Tahiti with pink lemonade, citron, fresh gingerroot, and pink labdanum
Astrid Boo 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Marshmallow and pumpkin.
Astrid Fireflies in jars 0.5 ml sample NEW $1.00 Black currant, white gardenia blossoms, summer peaches, mullein, Egyptian geranium, fossilized amber, and a few drops of my ten-year-old house aged patchouli.
Astrid Nostalgic 0.5 ml sample NEW $1.00 Summer lilies, lemon shandy accord, tobacco, and orange blossom.
Astrid Nuture 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Vanilla cake, shortbread cookies, lemon bars, pumpkin bread, sweet Portuguese orange, mango pulp, and red rose petals.
Astrid Oh Woe Is Me 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Blueberry, blueberry muffin, violet, cold milk, lavender maillette, cream, and a touch of peppermint and spearmint.
Astrid Pumpkin Taffy 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Salt water taffy with pumpkin puree and spices.
Black Baccara Alice's Tea Party 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 This complex blend begins with a sweet, earthy green tea blend which reveals hints of apples, oranges, cherries, and marshmallows on the dry down. Phantoms of cinnamon, berries, and vanilla move through to soften the fruits ever so slightly before settling into a soft, fruity, tea-tinged enchantment.
Black Baccara New Doll 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Take a trip back to your childhood and experience the nostalgic fragrance of a brand new doll. This comforting and nostalgic blend mimics that peculiarly beautiful powdery softness of strawberries, leather, and the odd ghosting of plastic and cotton. New doll is inspired by memories of childhood and the first fruity, leathery, baby-powdery whiffs of a brand new doll. This unusual, complex blend is an aromatic recreation of that "new doll" smell. It unfolds through hints of cupcakes, strawberries, lemons, baby powder, leather and cotton and lingers as a fruity, powdery scent while retaining a hint of leather.
BPAL Don't Tell Heaven is Under the Earth 1 ml decant 2-3 uses $1.00 A handful of honey sticks, yesterday’s patchouli, and a dusting of cinnamon sugar.
BPAL Pumpkin Dust 1 ml decant 3-5 uses $1.00 Shavings of white pumpkin rind and honey powder.
Haus of Gloi Blueberry Pie 1.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Simple! Pie crust and blueberries.
Haus of Gloi Caramelized Gardenia 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Bright gardenia, caramel accord, and a twist of fresh ginger.
Haus of Gloi Caramelized Incense 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Soft nag champa incense, caramel accord, and a touch of dragon's blood.
Haus of Gloi Caramelized Infusion 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Lavender bud infused fresh milk swirled into caramel accord.
Haus of Gloi Kumbaya 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, sandalwood, and woodsmoke
Haus of Gloi Lavender Lemonade 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Bright and delightful! Lavender and fresh tart lemonade.
Haus of Gloi Pink Marshmallow Milk 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Magical pink berries and frothy cold milk.
Haus of Gloi Osa (2 available) 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Chocolate chunks covered in marshmallow grounded in an earthy brown bear musk.
Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Ice Cream 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Homemade custard style pumpkin ice cream.
Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Marshmallow 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Two great smells the smell great together, fluffy marshmallow and pumpkin accord
Haus of Gloi Twice is Nice 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Buttery sugar cookie, with shavings of creamy coconut and topped with toasted almond slivers.
Haus of Gloi Vice 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate.
Hexennacht Ambrosia 0.5 ml decant NEW $1.00 Miniature marshmallows, whipped cream, mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut, maraschino cherries.
Hexennacht Bah, Humbug 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 sticky pine sap, slushy wet melted snow puddles, squished chocolates, broken candy canes, and countless strands of tangled holiday lights.
Hexennacht Blackberry Lavender Lemonade 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Blackberry Lavender Lemonade
Hexennacht Coal 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 black licorice whips, marshmallow fluff
Hexennacht Espiritismo 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 lavender wands, cowrie shells, coconut husks, tonka beans, black amber, hyssop, spikenard, tea leaves.
Hexennacht Guten Morgen 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Satsuma, lemon curd, grapefruit zest.
Hexennacht Halloween 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Candy apples, sweet pumpkin, candy corn.
Hexennacht Just Took A DNA Test Turns Out I'm 100% That Witch 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 benzoin, clove, dark patchouli, bonfire smoke, candy corn, pumpkin pie, frankincense, cedarwood, cassia.
Hexennacht Lahaina 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 suntan lotion, pineapple, papaya, satsuma oranges, champagne.
Hexennacht Mallowmint 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 marshmallow, buttercream, candy cane.
Hexennacht Peach Lemonade 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Peach Lemonade
Hexennacht Plumpkin 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 pâte à choux filled with vanilla cream pudding and pumpkin pie filling.
Hexennacht Strawberry Lemonade 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Strawberry Lemonade
Hexennacht Where My Uggs At 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 pumpkin spice latte, shearling.
Hexennacht Whizzpopper 0.5 ml decant NEW $1.00 Grape bubblegum and lemonade.
Love Potion Bosom Bows w/ Phero 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A heady scent with an androgynous air but also a tantalizing hint of feminine sensuality which invites the sharing of confidences and the warmth of friendship, get acquainted with our blend of smooth sandalwood and amber, spicy accents of neroli and cinnamon, plus hand-tinctured bee pollen within a base of warm vanilla oak.
Love Potion Cedar & Sandalwood 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Cedar & Sandalwood
Love Potion Gooey Crunch 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 a yummy, gooey, crunchy autumnal delight featuring English toffee and marshmallow fluff, maple sugar, and my beautiful chewy aged patchouli in the base
Love Potion Jennifer's Blue Moon 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 deep black vanilla and a splash of vanilla bean, sweet roasted chestnuts and smidges of deep violet and blueberry.
Love Potion Lois' Lucky Ladybug 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 cucumber, bamboo, aloe, leafy greens and a wee drop of mint.
Love Potion Madame President 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 sandalwood and musk in the base - these have great power magically but smell velvety soft...like silk. Strong, yet yielding...sensual, but not passive. I featured orchid on top because it represents dignity and refinement, and olive blossom because it represents enormous power - think Alexander the Great. I added a splash of ginseng because it represents power and virility, protects and wards off evil. A few shakes of black pepper EO to remind people that the kitten has claws, and a single drop of carnation to inspire admiration and also for it's quarrel mending reputation in lore.
Love Potion Martha's Moon Goddess 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 An African incense style scent with a base of bright blue musk and a pinch of vetiver, blended with a trio of black coconut oils, and fruitily brightened with tiny drops of honeydew and cucumber.
Love Potion Oshun & Ogun 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Scent of river water, female arousal and lubrication, ambrosia, coconut, raw wild forest honey fresh from the comb in the tree hive, blacksmith smoke, the crisp smell of "just turning autumn", kola nut and red clay, red sandalwood and warm, moist, fertile earth
Love Potion Polar Bear Lovers 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Wintery woods and dry sage over velvety white musk with tiny dashes of spicy bayberry and peppermint.
Love Potion The Tao of Torre 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 a light and fresh collection of essential oils and sheer accents. Blossoms of orange, lemon, white lily and freesia, drops of apricot, nutmeg, bamboo and green tea, with a dusting of sandalwood in the base.
Love Potion Tyvey's Banana Positions 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Super creamy vanillas and chewy aged patchouli, gently spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, with a delicious helping of caramelized banana.
Love Potion Tyvey's CocoaCinnaCarnation 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Cocoa, cinnamon, and carnation
Moonalisa Witchery 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Sultry ambers, woods, and magic!
NAVA Candied Pumpkin Pie 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Pumpkin Pie accord (Clove, Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg), Crystallized Bastet’s Ice Cream blend, Crystalline, Madagascar Vanilla Bean whole and Candied blend
NAVA Hekate Cat 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Black Hemlock, French Lavender, Pistachio, Sandalwood, Vanilla Pudding accord, Brown Sugar and a touch of White Cinnamon
NAVA Hemlock Cat 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Blue Hemlock, English Lavender, Musk, Vanilla Cake accord, Vanilla, Brown Sugar and touch of Cinnamon
NAVA Pineapple Punch 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Sweet Pineapple, Orange zest, Vanilla, Brown Sugar accord, Sweet Coconut, Crystalline & Bourbon Vanille Absolute blend
Nui Cobalt Baby Pumpkin 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Homemade maple pumpkin bread with Autumn harvest honey, spiced with nutmeg and clove, drizzled with salted caramel, and dotted with Turkish apricot.
Nui Cobalt Drunk Pumpkin 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A boozy scent to honor the spirits and celebrate the change of seasons. An oversized pumpkin punchbowl filled with hot apple cider, Caribbean dark rum, Tennessee whiskey, cinnamon sticks, ginger root and a twist of lemon.
Nui Cobalt Flaming Pumpkin 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A powerful prosperity blend to quickly draw abundant wealth and success. Woodsmoke, burnt brown sugar, two types of patchouli, fresh ginger root, and Jarrahdale pumpkin pureed with nutmeg and a spritz of blood orange.
Nui Cobalt Pumpkin Cupcake 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A comforting scent to ease your mind and soothe your nerves. Whipped white pumpkin between layers of angel food cake, marshmallow frosting, and a light dusting of allspice.
Nui Cobalt Wicked Pumpkin 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 A sexy potion that's sure to make you the belle of any masquerade ball. Sandalwood musk and dark patchouli with maple sugar, peach skin, cardamom, and freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Possets Candy Corn Polka 1 ml decant 85% full $1.00 Jouncing notes of candy corn jumbled together and so very very very sweet. Brown sugar, a hint of tutti fruit complimented by a very high class almost smokey version of the confection.
Possets Howl 1 ml sample Full $1.00 Black, red and amber musks wrestle furiously with sandalwood and opium tar resin. There is nothing light, sweet, or gentle about this scent. A burning incense backs it up, black patchouli stands in the forefront..
Possets Madame X 1 ml sample 1 use $1.00 Skin musk, wax, cream, lemon zest, champagne, and a kiss of bitter vanilla.
Possets Morgan Le Fey 1 ml sample NEW $1.00 Flowers meet patchouli and collide with spices. Instead of becoming a confused mish-mash it contains a singular character and is captivating.
Possets Passion 1 ml sample 60% full $1.00 A supersaturated chocolate solution of chocolated chocolate with a smooth chocolate interior and a chocolate shell covered in chocolate sauce and floating in a puddle of chocolate.
Possets Pepys Yellow Pepys 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Sort of like the original yellow ones, with nuanced fruit notes, a whiff of banana and a slight zest of lemon.
Possets Pumpkin Pepys 1 ml decant 4-5 uses $1.00 All of the pungent wit of pumpkin combined with the keen gourmandy goodness of huge fuffy marshmallows, vanilla, and just plain old forbidden stickiness.
Possets Tricky 0.5 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Yes, there is the true scent of bacon shot throughout this offering, BUT it is married with BUTTER!!! Great mother of pearl, but the degeneracy doesn't stop there, it is wrapped in the most gossamer of phyllo pastry, and coated in Anatolian honey!
Sucreabeille Black Rose (oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 wild rose, rich dark chocolate, fresh vanilla bean, burnt sugar, whiskey, bourbon, an old library in a dusty castle, patchouli, a cold creamsicle on a hot day, really good bacon.
Sucreabeille Dwight, You Ignorant Slut! 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 a glass of homemade lemonade on a hot afternoon (because your parents gave you money to start a stand, and now, surplus!); peppermint (straight out of the best ice cream flavor); a freshly picked yuzu (it’s a Japanese fruit, did you know that?); pomegranate (who discovered this fruit, right? What is the deal with pomegranate?)
Sucreabeille Here's the thing: fuck everyone (oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 Bourbon, Rich chocolate, Dark amber, touch of dirt
Sucreabeille Honey I Washed (lush dupe - oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 honey toffee
Sucreabeille Lady Swears (oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 Bourbon, Tahitian Vanilla, Lemon
Sucreabeille Pele (oil) 1 ml decant 1 use $1.00 Named for the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes, this scent packs a fruity, floral, distinctly feminine punch. This scent is similarly bold and forthright, with notes of pear, fig, and blueberry, which fade to the scent of heavenly, real ylang ylang.
Sucreabeille That's What She Said 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 A glass of whisky paired with a glass of bay rum aftershave with just a hint of lime squeezed in (because alcohol is an aphrodisiac, and nothing is better than mixing liquor and accidental aftershave to really get the party started); the best Pretzel Day toppings: chocolate chips and toffee nuts. And cocoa absolut.
Sucreabeille Wanted (oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 a spiky, juicy pineapple, a sprig of cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, passionfruit, mango.
Sucreabeille Yog Nug (lush dupe - oil) 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 caramel, clove oil and soft ylang ylang, chocolate
The Strange South Nightjar 1 ml sample 2-3 uses $1.00 Peach blossom, honeysuckle, sage, fern, tuberose, dragon's blood, clove, and smoked vanilla.
Traveling Vardo Hesperides 0.75 ml sample NEW $1.00 Honeysuckle, sweet pea, and apple enveloped in a rich base of amber, vanilla, and cedar. I've rounded it out with subtle nuances of sandalwood and champa, and then anchored it with a deep animalic musk - but just a whisper!
Traveling Vardo Rarotonga 0.75 ml sample NEW $1.00 Rarotonga.... ahhhhhhhhhh.... sweet tropical coconut with elegant ylang ylang, vanilla, white musk, and a whisper of Tahitian gardenia. Welcome to the islands!
Vintners Reserve Apple Pie Moonshine 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 Our Apple Pie Moonshine smells just like the southern favorite. Apple cider is combined with cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and other spices for a lush scent perfect for Fall and Winter.
Vintners Reserve Banana Pudding 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 Banana pudding is a classic dessert around our table. Our take smells just like fresh banana pudding, with notes of banana, vanilla wafers, and (our secret ingredient) whipped cream!
Vintners Reserve Pina Colada 1 ml sample bottle 1 use $1.00 A blend of fresh pineapple, coconut cream, ice, and rum with a hint of banana, our Pina Colada is a cool and smooth summer cocktail that will surely keep you coming back for more.


AFK Cosmetics Eyeshadow …Tim? Full size – 2 uses $4.00 http://etherealizeme.blogspot.com/2015/10/afk-cosmetics-round-table-collection.html
Bath & Body Works Pillow Mist Warm Milk & Honey 4 oz glass bottle - 70% full $4.00 https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Body-Works-Aromatherapy-Pillow/dp/B001OGKYL4
Bath & Body Works Shimmer Mist Dark Kiss 3 oz plastic spray bottle - 90% full $4.00 https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Body-Works-Signature-Collection/dp/B00BOJLAC8
BPTP Hair Gloss Cabbage White Caterpillar 1 oz decant in plastic spray bottle $8.00 Marshmallow mint and a drop of lemon sugar.
BPTP Hair Gloss Candy Canes, Powdered Sugar, Snickerdoodles, and Vanilla Cream 0.5 oz decant in glass spray bottle $4.00 And yet, not /too/ sweet!
BPTP Hair Gloss Caramel Pecan Rum 4 oz - 1 use $24.00 Sweetened with brown sugar.
BPTP Hair Gloss Cinnamon, Sugar Cookies, & Egg Nog 4 oz - 1 use $24.00 No official description available.
Cocoa Pink Linen Spray Butterscotch Bars 2.5 oz - 1 use $5.00 Goo describes these delicious so rich and buttery, so melt-in-your-mouth magnificent butterscotch bars.
Cocoa Pink Linen Spray Night Before Christmas 2.5 oz - 1 use $5.00 Delicate Douglas Fir boughs adorned with sparkling festive ornaments warmed by flames of a roaring fireplace while bright candy canes rest next to a plate of vanilla laced sugar cookies set out for Santa's arrival.
Detrivore Eyeshadow Tomb Full size – 2 uses $4.00 http://pittpanthermua.blogspot.com/2014/06/swatch-and-haul-shiro-cosmetics.html
Epically Epic Lip Balm Bluebarb Pie 1 use - swatched on back of hand to sniff $3.00 Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie! Lots of tart rhubarb, sugared blueberries, pie crust, whipped cream, and a pinch of cinnamon.
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Arcane Magic: Conjuror Mini – 1 use $2.00 http://fyrinnae.com/eye-shadow/specialty-eye-shadow/arcane-magic-eye-shadows/arcane-magic-conjuro
Moonalisa Potion Lotion Coconut Cotton Candy 4 oz - 1 use $6.00 Delicious, mouthwatering, toasted sweet coconut, mixed with melt in your mouth vanilla cotton candy!
Moonalisa Velvet Cream Coconut Cotton Candy 4 oz - NEW (sealed) $9.00 Delicious, mouthwatering, toasted sweet coconut, mixed with melt in your mouth vanilla cotton candy!
Notoriously Morbid 2019 Advent Calendar 13 items All new or swatched/used once $60.00 Specific items and descriptions of usage here - https://imgur.com/4OJDq0c
Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadow Autumn Flower Mini size – 1 use $3.00 http://etherealizeme.blogspot.com/2014/07/notoriously-morbid-vanishing-cabinet.html
Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadow Riddle Mini size - 1 use $3.00 Swatch (on right side) - https://imgur.com/6JUUSFf
Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadow (multichrome) Must Not Be Named Mini size - 1 use $10.00 Swatch (on left side) - https://imgur.com/6JUUSFf
Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadow (multichrome) Yesferatu Mini size - 1 use $10.00 http://www.sparklecrackcentral.com/such/obsessive/addictions/notoriously_morbids_yesferatu
Shiro Cosmetics Blush You Can Mclean On Me Full size - 2 uses $6.00 http://etherealizeme.blogspot.com/2015/04/shiro-cosmetics-swatches-and-review.html
Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lip Gloss A Bit of Light Reading - Sheer - Cream Cheese Frosting 1 use - swatched $8.00 Swatch - https://imgur.com/a/1tf5jF0
Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lip Gloss A Touch of Drama - Sheer - Cream Cheese Frosting 1 use - swatched $8.00 Swatch - https://imgur.com/a/1tf5jF0
Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lip Gloss Milk Chocolate Frog - Sheer - Cream Cheese Frosting 1 use - swatched $8.00 Swatch - https://imgur.com/LzTCzqx
Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lip Gloss Sasquatch Me Whip, Sasquatch Me Nae Nae - Sheer - Cream Cheese Frosting 1 use - swatched $8.00 Swatch - https://imgur.com/a/1tf5jF0
Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lip Gloss Women's Weapons - Sheer - Cream Cheese Frosting 1 use - swatched $8.00 Swatch - https://imgur.com/LzTCzqx
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bicycle Voucher Full size - 2-3 uses $4.00 http://principessadellafortilizi.blogspot.com/2012/06/make-up-monday-shiro-cosmetics-white.html
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow Butts Full size - 2-3 uses $4.00 http://etherealizeme.blogspot.com/2013/12/shiro-cosmetics-color-of-months.html
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow Ghost of Colors Past Full size - 2-3 uses $4.00 http://etherealizeme.blogspot.com/2014/10/shiro-this-is-halloween-collection.html
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow I tried. Full size - 2-3 uses $4.00 http://www.sparklecrackcentral.com/such/obsessive/addictions/shiro_cosmetics_i_tried
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio Full size – 1 use $4.00 https://thoughtfulpigeon.com/2016/07/08/review-shiro-cosmetics-three-years-of-the-oscar-status-of-leo-dicaprio/
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadow Snake Full size - NEW $4.00 http://indieknowblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/purchased-hey-everyone-today-id-like-to.html
Shiro Cosmetics Highlight Lovely Little Deaths Full size – 2 uses $6.00 https://sucreabeille.com/products/universal-highlighter-by-shiro
Shiro Cosmetics Lip Gloss Nutmeggin' This Easy 1 use - swatched $8.00 https://imgur.com/LzTCzqx
Solstice Scents Burnishing Glace Caramel Apple 2 oz small bottle- full $10.00 A blend of sticky, messy, sweet and golden caramel drenches a fresh, juicy red apple. Predominant note of caramel tempered with red apple and a hint of green apple.
Solstice Scents Burnishing Glace Victorian Tea Room 0.5 oz decant in glass spray bottle, used 2x $4.00 Palmarosa, Kumquat-Orange Marmalade, Chamomile, Rose, Lemon, Black Tea, Oriental Base
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2019.11.29 06:09 Pinkpastries91 Is he an asshole, is he gay, or am I crazy?

Me (28F) and my boyfriend (30M) have been together for almost a year now. I was his first girlfriend, first everything. We met on an online dating app. I decided to date him initially because he was very different from my previous relationships, physically and mentally. Previously, I have dated the typical “bad boy” type. Looks and personality included. My current partner is the complete opposite, which I recognize as a good thing! He’s very clean cut and has a very respectable job.
Now, it was very hard for me to wrap my head around how a 29 year old man was still a virgin and had never even kissed a girl, but he checked off all my boxes and was cute, so I went for it! He says this is because he was focused on school (he is a doctor). Now I understand that medical school is very difficult, very important, and very serious. I’m not taking that away from him at all, however, I have friends who have went through medical school and also had romantic relationships. He tells me he has no friends in this area, but he has friends from college. I just met these friends for the first time last week. Very nice people. By contrast, I’m a Pastry Chef, I’ve had several relationships, and I’d consider my look to be “edgy”. We would definitely fit into the “opposites attract” category. He comes from a very strict/religious upbringing. I did not.
When we first started dating, things were great. Now that things are progressing, I have some concerns, and I want to know if they are legitimate or if I’m overreacting. I’ve kinda been a doormat in previous relationships. I’ve been mentally and physically abused. My current boyfriend 100% is not like this. However, I say this because it gives background that I let a lot of things go before I say anything to someone that bothers me. So we don’t have any disagreements or arguments for the first 9 months of our relationship. There are a few key things that I have brought up on several different occasions, which are as follows:
  1. I do not feel like a priority or that I am appreciated in this relationship . I understand he has an important/stressful job. I work a lot of hours at my job and it is very physically demanding. I’m not a “clingy” girlfriend by any means. I don’t like or need a guy to be constantly texting me or up my ass, but I like to be shown I’m appreciated. For example: all but one time I have been the person to initiate “I love you”. I plan almost all of our dates, and I initiate the conversation that happens to make these plans. Our birthdays are a week apart. A few weeks ahead of time I told him a time and date to come to my apartment for his birthday. I cooked him a very nice meal, made him a custom cake that pertained to his job, and made sure there were plenty of leftovers for him for the week. I got him some thoughtful gifts as well. It took me a few weeks to get the supplies for this cake because of the complexity and although I make a fraction of what he makes, I bought birthday decorations, plates, napkins, candles, and overall went out of my way to make him feel special. For my birthday, he told me he planned something special a few weeks prior. I told him I couldn’t wait! & to let me know ahead of time what I should wear. The night before my birthday and I’ve heard nothing related to it, so I ask him what time I should be ready and what I should wear. He told me he didn’t know what time he would be there because he hadn’t made reservations yet, but to wear business casual. At 10:30pm that night, he texted me that he made dinner reservations for 8:30pm the next day because “that’s all they had available”. I was very hurt and upset, because it was obvious this was just an afterthought to him. I brought this up to him. He said he was busy at work, and that I wasn’t an afterthought to him. I was hurt. The next night we went out to dinner at an Italian Restaurant. (I’m Italian). In this same vein, he does not like anything that I post of us on Facebook, but will like and interact with posts of his friends. (I am listed as his girlfriend on Facebook). Also, I was very sick last month. I went to the hospital, got released, and was home. I had to cancel plans I had made for the two of us with my friends because I was in no condition to go out. He was very kind and offered to come over. He brought over egg rolls from his mom. I asked him if he would watch my favorite movie with me. He said yes. I thought this would be a good opportunity to show him how I thought of romance. The movie is The Great Gatsby, the Leo DiCaprio version. I thought maybe seeing this movie would help him understand that I would love a little fairytale movie romance in our relationship. I told him I loved this movie and wished someone would treat me the way Gatsby treated Daisy. He was on his phone the whole time, and wanted to leave before the movie was over. Did not acknowledge how important this parallel was to me.
  2. I brought up moving in together last month and he said he wasn’t ready... this was the first negative serious conversation in our relationship. I was flabbergasted that he wasn’t ready. I had no inkling of this. He listed his reasons being that I was “irresponsible” with money. He listed this reason being that I threw a birthday party for my mom and he thought I spent too much money on “just one day of the year”. This was the only birthday party my mother has ever had in her life. It was not an extravagant function. He said my spending was frivolous. He then brought up my credit score that he had secretly looked up, without my knowledge. Proceeded to tell me how terrible it was and that I can’t be trusted with money. I explained to him that I made a huge mistake and took out credit cards and got into debt to support my ex boyfriend and his child. The credit cards are no longer active and I am paying them back.
  3. When we met I thought he was gay. Our first date I noticed his voice and mannerisms were effeminate. I casually asked him if he identified as straight or bisexual and he said straight. I also asked (before I knew he was a virgin), if he ever hooked up with any guys, and he said no. He does not dress feminine, and does not have close friends that are males. The only friends I have met are female.
  4. My breaking point happened tonight, Thanksgiving. I asked him if he had to work on Christmas or New Years Eve(Our official 1 year anniversary). He told me he had off on Christmas and New Years. He then tells me, very casually, that he is taking his mom to California (we live on the other side of the country), to the see Rose Parade the week of New Years. I am instantly very hurt and upset. His mom is a very sweet lady, and I’m glad he is doing something nice for her. However, he was very romantic last year on how he asked me to be his girlfriend on New Years. It was one of the best days of my life. What every woman would want. I was hurt that not only did he totally disregard our one year anniversary, but also New Years Eve( a romantic holiday) without any thought. When I told him that I was upset, he replied that we could just celebrate it on a different day. I could tell by the tone of his voice that he really didn’t get it at all. My family all started leaving so we said our goodbyes and then he left so we said goodnight. He texted me goodnight when he got home, however I’m still so upset, hurt, and angry. I don’t know what to do.
So, I know this is a lot. I’m coming to this post in desperate need of advice on what to do. Please help me! I’m very confused on where to go from here.
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