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Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid & More Best Dressed Celebrities Of The Week: Quarantine Edition

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Some of our favorite stars, including the Jenner sisters & Bella Hadid, looked fabulous in their outfits this week & we rounded up all of the best dressed celebrities!

This week, the stars were out and about in some of their most stylish looks of the summer. Depsite the country still in quarantine, the celeb set managed to wear gorgeous ensembles from mini dresses to high-waisted jeans with crop tops. Stars like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Halsey, rocked fabulous outfits and we rounded up all of the best dressed celebrities of the week.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner was out to lunch at 40 Love in LA on August 13 when she wore a super cropped white tank top with high-waisted tan cropped jeans. (Bris/MEGA)

Kendall, 24, was out for lunch at 40 Love in LA on August 13, when she showed off her fabulous figure in a casual outfit. The supermodel flaunted her insanely toned abs in a super cropped white ribbed tank top that ended just below her chest. She styled the top with a pair of skintight, high-waisted cream cropped straight-leg jeans and accessorized with a By Far Colour-Block Shoulder Bag, a Skims Face Mask in Onyx, her go-to Dmy by Dmy Preston Sunglasses, a Rachel Comey Dalid Chain Bracelet, and a pair of white Adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas Sneakers.

Kylie Jenner

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Kylie Jenner rocked a pair of high-waisted red leather pants with a one-shoulder black crop top while out in LA on Aug. 11. (MEGA)

Kylie, 23, looked fabulous when she was out in LA on Aug. 11. She showed off her tiny waist in a pair of high-waisted bright red Bottega Veneta Leather Pants which she styled with a tight black Bottega Veneta One Shoulder Jersey Top. She accessorized her look with a pair of red Off-White x Nike Dunk Sneakers, a Bottega Veneta Chain Pouch Bag, a Skims Face Mask in Onyx, Bottega Veneta Silver Twisted Triangle Earrings, and a Casetify Customisable Mirror Phone Case.

Bella Hadid

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Bella Hadid put her abs on display when she was in NYC on Aug. 12 rocking a apir of oversized tan khaki pants with a cropped white tank top & a button-down shirt on top. (Richard Harbus/MEGA)

Bella Hadid, 23, is always showing off her toned abs in some sort of sexy but casual outfit and that’s exactly what the model did when she was out in NYC on Aug. 12. She threw on a pair of super oversized tan khaki pants with the waistband rolled over styled with a tiny white cropped tank top. On top of the tank, she threw on a button-down brown stripe Brixton Cruze Shirt, which she chose to keep open. She topped her look off with a pair of Jennifer Fisher Drew Hoop Earrings, Salomon S/Lab Xt-6 Lt Advance Sneakers, a Masqd Rib Face Mask, a Mazza Boutique Birth Year Necklace, a Mercii Dusk Till Dawn Pendant Necklace, and an Alezan by Sk String Dancer Necklace.

Halsey

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Halsey looked adorable when she was out to dinner in LA on Aug. 13 in this floral A-line dress with puffy sleeves & a pair of blue cowboy boots. (Photographer Group/MEGA)

Halsey, 25, was a summer dream when she went out to eat at Nobu Malibu on Aug. 13. The singer rocked a puffy sleeve pink floral A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and styled the frock with a pair of knee-high cowboy boots. She pulled her look together with a face mask and gorgeous cornrow braids.

Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen rocked an all-black ensemble featuring tight biker shorts, a knitted crop top & a blazer when she was out in LA on Aug. 13. (BACKGRID)

Chrissy Teigen, 34, was out in LA on Aug. 13 when she rocked an all-black ensemble. The mother-of-two wore a pair of skintight biker shorts with a loose black knitted crop top and threw on a fitted Balmain Cropped Button Blazer on top. She accessorized with a Balmain Luxury Hair Barrette Gold, a Lapcos Live Well Face Mask, and a Balenciaga Hourglass Bag.

Sofia Richie

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Sofia Richie was out to eat at Nobu Malibu on Aug. 12 when she wore a pair of baggy jeans with a white cropped top and a long-sleeve button-down shirt on top. (Photographer Group/MEGA)

Sofia Richie, 21, was out to eat at Nobu Malibu on Aug. 12 when she looked casually chic. She wore a pair of high-waisted oversized Alexander Wang T Mixed Media Denim Jeans with a tight white tank top and a long-sleeve Louis Vuitton Catogram Pajama Top on top. Sofia styled her outfit with a pair of Christian Dior Dway Slides, a face mask, and a Bottega Veneta Arco Tote.

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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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