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Gigi Hadid & More Stars In Crop Tops, Denim & Sundresses: 2020’s Hottest Summer Trends



Summer is slowly coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to rock some of 2020’s most stylish trends this season! Check out photos of Gigi Hadid and more wearing crop tops and more for your summer style guide!

Much like the season’s temperature, this summer we saw a slew of hot celebrity styles from Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and more. Whether it’s crop tops, mini skirts, sundresses or maxis, the stars were ready to show off their fabulous style this season. Before summer comes to a close, there’s still plenty of time to break out your best looks! And our fav celebs are here to offer some of the best inspo.

In the past, expectant mom Gigi, 25, rocked a number of super trendy looks and one of our favorite outfits from the model was seriously retro. The supermodel was spotted out and about wearing a funky and fresh-looking summer outfit at an exclusive event. Gigi wore a golden-yellow ruffled, off-the-shoulder top by Tia along with a pair of high-waisted jeans by Re/Done. Of course, Gigi dressed up her ensemble, donning a pair of heels by Jacquemus for a night on the town.

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Gigi Hadid spotted leaving an event in her summertime look [SplashNews].

Another time Gigi was spotted working some great summer trends was when she was seen in NYC on August 15, 2019. Ever the fashionista, Gigi wore high-waisted, light-wash tight Nobody Denim Tyler denim shorts with The Arrivals Co-Ed 90’s tee in charcoal tucked in & accessorized with layered necklaces including a Jacquie Aiche opal inlay eye pendant necklace and a gold Missoma Axiom chain necklace. Gigi looked super comfortable and casual in the look, which you can see below!

Taylor Swift, 30, also rocked a slew of adorable summer outfits last summer, but one look she seriously loves is denim shorts. The “Lover” songstress was out in New York City on July 19, when she wore a sleeveless Madewell Denim Button-Front Crop Top, paired with high-waisted black Ksubi Roll’n Out Distressed Denim Shorts, a pair of white Golden Goose Hi Star Sneakers, a Christian Louboutin Backloubi Small Spike Embellished Backpack and Jimmy Choo Andie Sunglasses.

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Gigi Hadid out and about in New York City [SplashNews].

Like, Taylor and Gigi, actress and model Emily Ratajkowski also got in on the summer fun with her look! While hitting the town to run some errands, Emily looked like a true flower child in her white baby doll dress with one of her sleeves falling off her shoulder. The vocal advocate, 29, put her long legs on display as she walked around town, accessorizing with a brown cross body bag, hoop earrings and a pair of sunglasses!

Selena Gomez, 27, also had a super stylish summer in 2019, especially during her trip to Italy with her girlfriends. We loved all of her outfits during her vacation but one of our favorites was her pale yellow Three Graces Geraldine Ruffle-Neck Maxi Dress which she paired with pretty Lefki Block Heels, a Lack of Color Spencer Boater Hat and a Staud Bissett Bag. The “Lose You To Love Me” singer also rocked another gorgeous outfit on her trip when she threw on a red and black polka dot and rose patterned Rixo Josephine Polka Dot Silk Dress.

Aside from crop tops and sundresses, another one of the hottest summer trends that’s bound to be revitalized is the maxi dress. Kendall Jenner, 24, tried it while she was vacationing in Mykonos on July 9, 2019, and the supermodel looked gorgeous when she threw on a skintight red maxi dress covered in a pretty, bright floral and polka dot pattern, while the bodice featured a low-cut scoop neckline, which Kendall went braless under. Meanwhile, the entire dress was made of a thin mesh material and was completely sheer, while the rest of the dress was form-fitting and highlighted her amazing figure, accessorizing the look with her go-to white Prada Shoulder Bag and a pair of black Simon Miller Beep Thong Sandals.

There are so many hot trends coming this summer and we cannot wait to see our favorite celebs trying them out! To see more photos of the stars in hot summer threads, check out the gallery above!

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show



Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.


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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers



As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion


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The short, strange life of Quibi



“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.


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