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Happy 31st Birthday, Joe Jonas: See The New Dad’s Sweetest Pics With Wife Sophie Turner

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Joe Jonas turns 31 on Aug. 15, and in honor of his special day, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with some of the cutest photos of the singer and his wife, Sophie Turner.

There is a LOT for Joe Jonas to celebrate as he turns the big 3-1 on August 15! Earlier this summer, the birthday boy and his gorgeous wife, Sophie Turner, welcomed their first child, a baby girl. They’ve made a point to keep the little one out of the public eye since her birth, and have been keeping a low profile themselves in recent weeks. However, that definitely hasn’t always been the case for these two, as there have been SO any sweet public moments for them over the years.

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner take a stroll together before the coronavirus quarantine. (BACKGRID)

Joe was by Sophie’s side throughout pretty much all of her pregnancy — especially considering that the last four months of it took place amidst the coronavirus lockdown! Although quarantine rules forced Joe and Sophie to stay inside for the last several months, they did manage to get out on walks every once in a while. Sophie and Joe never actually confirmed that they were expecting a baby, but the actress couldn’t hide her bump on these outings. In early March, she wore a light blue dress, while Joe stuck close to her side for a stroll.

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner hold hands while out and about amidst hte coronavirus (BACKGRID).

In mid-May, Sophie and Joe wore protective face masks for another walk, in order to stay as safe as possible while her due date neared. Sophie kept comfortable on the stroll by wearing leggings and a sweatshirt, and Joe held tight to her hand as they got some fresh air. Although the lovebirds didn’t seem thrilled to have been caught by paparazzi, they put on a united front as the cameras snapped photos of them.

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Joe Jonas gives Sophie Turner’s hand a kiss as they go for a walk (SPLASHNEWS).

Meanwhile, for Joe’s 30th birthday in 2019, he and Sophie were in New York City, and Sophie treated her man to lunch at Sarabeth’s. They held hands as they walked down the busy streets of the Big Apple, and Joe showed his appreciation by kissing his wife’s hand. Sophie was all smiles as she took in the attention from her hubby. 2019 was a blissful summer for Joe and Sophie, who tied the knot that May.

Sophie was just 20 years old when she and Joe first got together in 2016, but their relationship got serious very fast. Just a year and a half into the romance, the two got engaged in Oct. 2017, and confirmed the news on Instagram. However, they did not rush their wedding plans, and took their time planning their official big day. Although they actually got married in Las Vegas in May 2019, they held their OFFICIAL wedding in Europe that June.

Prior to their nuptials, though, Sophie and Joe made the time to fit in a thrilling hockey game! In March 2019, the pair were spotted getting cozy with one another during the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers hockey game in New York City. The duo were captured canoodling and even shared a kiss on the jumbotron! But in one of their sweeter moments, Sophie curled up into Joe’s shoulder and wrapped her hands around his arm. In the loving moment, Joe gave his wife-to-be a smooch on her forehead as they continued to watch the game!

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get cozy at the Detroit Red Wings v. New York Rangers hockey game in New York, NY on March 19, 2019 [REX/Shutterstock].

Of course, these two also love to joke around with one another. While attending the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, Sophie and Joe began heckling friends on the red carpet! The duo was dressed so fashionably and looked like they had a blast throughout the evening. Their red carpet shenanigans, however, showed fans just how much fun these two have when they are together!

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have a blast on the red carpet of the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 [REX/Shutterstock].

Whether it be holding hands, kissing on the Jumbotron at hockey games, or just looking too cute in red carpet pics, Joe and Sophie always look so adorable together. Click through the gallery above to check out their cutest photos of all-time! Source : Hollywood Life Read More

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

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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

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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

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“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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