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Emma Stone became ‘addicted to strength’ filming ‘Battle of the Sexes’

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(CNN)For Emma Stone, living up to the legacy of the indomitable Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes,” about the infamous tennis match of the same name, was a big task to take on.

“It was the first time that I focused so, so much on the physicality of someone,” Stone told CNN. “Playing an athlete, that is how she was able to make change in the world…that was her avenue to this voice that she had. So, that made physicality incredibly important.”
Stone said the role called for her to get and look “stronger” — something she found empowering.

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“It was the first time I’d ever felt like, ‘Oh my god, I can lift a lot of weight.’ And I understand how mentally, that can make you feel so strong,” she said. “It can make you feel like, ‘If I can throw this thing across the room, what else can I do?’ You feel like the Hulk, a little bit.”
In fact, she said, her newfound physical power was a little intoxicating.
“It was actually very cool. I did not know that I’d like it as much as I did,” she said. “At by end it was like, ‘Well, I’m addicted to strength. This is awesome.'”
It all ended up being worth it on screen too, says the real-life King.
“She’s so much like me in this,” she told CNN. “I mean, she gets my voice, my tempo, she gets my mannerisms. It’s pretty scary to see.”
Surreal as it was, King felt that she couldn’t have picked a better actress to portray one of the most important moments of her life.
“I’m lucky, I got the best one to play me,” she said. “I got the top of the heap.”
“Battle of the Sexes” is in theaters now.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/22/entertainment/battle-of-the-sexes-emma-stone/index.html

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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ video is a perfect parody of all your favorite teen movies

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Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” already cemented itself as a 2018 banger, and the official video is a party of its own. Full of classic teen movie tropes and references to Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and more.

The movie references are fun on their own, all teased by Grande on social media leading up to the video’s release, but the cameos make “thank u, next.”

From Mean Girls‘ original Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) to Kris Jenner as a cool mom, everyone in the video is having a blast – perhaps none more so than Jennifer Coolidge recreating an entire scene of Legally Blonde with Grande as Elle Woods.

The song talks about Grande’s exes, but the second part is all about self-discovery (“But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari). The movie references are strategic – though they all contain central love stories, they remain iconic because they are stories of female empowerment and a protagonist finding her voice amid all the noise.

And that shit’s amazing.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/ariana-grande-thank-u-next/

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Michael B. Jordan demonstrates just how fast his hands are

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“Having starred in two Creed movies and probably endured some pretty rigorous physical training, Michael B. Jordan is pretty quick on his feet — and fast with his hands.

On The Late Late Show, Jordan demonstrated to host James Corden just how quick he can actually move them.

In a game of good old try-to-slap-my-hand-before-I-move-it-away, Jordan beat a shrieking James Corden pretty convincingly.

Oh, Michael. Your hands are faster than the speed of our love for you.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/michael-b-jordan-james-corden-fast-hands/

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Idris Elba is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for 2018

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(CNN)He’s still not James Bond, but for now this honor will do.

He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears this week on the magazine’s cover.
Elba told the publication, “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ ” when he first learned he had been selected.
“Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today,’ ” the “Thor” star joked. “But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
“Elba first became famous in the States for his portrayal of drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series “The Wire” (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company) and since then has branched out to the big screen.
His early days were far from sexy, Elba said, growing up “tall and skinny” at an all-boys school in London, where he played football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Now considered one of Hollywood’s sex symbols, Elba said he definitely had an awkward stage as a youth.
“And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” he said. “I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”
Bonkers indeed.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/entertainment/idris-elba-sexiest-man-alive/index.html

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