Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino could work together again

Reports have emerged that Uma Thurman is willing to work with Quentin Tarantino despite the controversy that emerged related to car crash that happened on the sets of Kill Bill.

Thurman says she has shared a “good relationship” with Tarantino and is open to working with him once again if he wrote “a good part” for her. The statement was made in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“If he wrote a great part! I understand him and if he wrote a great part and we were both in the right place about it, that would be something else,” Thurman said. Earlier this year, Thurman had said in an article that she suffered severe injuries after she was pressured into driving a stunt car she did not feel comfortable operating on the sets of Tarantino’s film.

Tarantino had admitted that he still blames himself for convincing Thurman to sit in the car and called the incident “one of the biggest regrets of my life”. Thurman and Tarantino, 55, first collaborated on the cult favourite Pulp Fiction and they followed it up the Kill Bill movies. Thurman told the magazine that she always “had a good relationship” with Tarantino even after the incident.

“We’ve had our fights over the years. When you know someone for as long as I’ve known him, 25 years of creative collaboration… Yes, did we have some tragedies take place? Sure. But you can’t reduce that type of history and legacy,” she added. In the aftermath of the controversy, Thurman had clarified that she blamed the producers of the film, including disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein, the most for the accident and revealed that Tarantino had already apologized to her for his role.

Cinema Icon Award to be awarded to John Travolta at Cannes Film Festival 2018

John Travolta will be awarded the Cinema Icon Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

According to reports Travolta will be the first to receive the Cinema Icon Award at this month’s festival in France. Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that Travolta’s long career, popularity and honors “splendidly qualify” him for the recognition.

Travolta will receive the Cinema Icon Award on May 15, following the premiere at Cannes of his new film, Gotti. Pitbull, who composed the film’s score, will perform at the award event.

This year film festival’s jury is headed by Cate Blanchett, an outspoken member of the Time’s Up movement. Her jury of nine includes Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. Among the films vying for the Palme are Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “The Wild Pear Tree and David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, with Andrew Garfield.

Travolta received an Oscar nomination for his star-making turn in 1977’s Saturday Night Fever and another for 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Grease, released in 1978 and starring Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is among the biggest movie musical hits ever.

Many other films at Cannes, which runs through May 19, will put a spotlight on injustices from around the world. One of the hottest properties on the Cannes market is a female-led spy film “355,” to star Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong’o.

First Jojo Rabbit image released, Taika Waititi makes for a striking Hitler

First ever image of dark comedy-satire set during World War II – Jojo Rabbit – has been release and in the image Taika Waititi is seen as a ‘striking’ Hitler.

The filmmaker’s version of the German dictator seems to be a wry man who is appreciating the beauty of Jojo’s mum Mrs. Betzler, played by Scarlett Johansson. Waititi is known for indie comedies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows. He has been promoting Jojo Rabbit in recent months.

Last year, he directed Thor: Ragnarok and became a worldwide star. The director infused the brand of comedy he is known for into the superhero film. His humour is not hurtful. It is instead self-deprecating, dark and has lots of irony. It is often the laugh-out-loud kind.

Late last month, Waiti said that Jojo Rabbit will make many racists angry. He has faced racism in his home country of New Zealand as a man of Polynesian (specifically Maori) descent. He said in April this year, “I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place. People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Mori names properly. There’s still profiling when it comes to Polynesians.”

Taika Waititi has also been posting photos from the set of Jojo Rabbit. Earlier this month, he tweeted out an image of him standing with a portrait of Hitler. He captioned it, “Week one down of our anti-f****face satire, Jojo Rabbit. Can’t wait to share it with the world. Also, what better way to insult Hitler than having him portrayed by a Polynesian Jew?”

Jojo Rabbit does not have a release date yet as production is still in early stages. Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie and Sam Rockwell also star in the film.

Halle Berry to star in John Wick: Chapter 3

Halle Berry will be playing the lead female character in John Wick: Chapter 3 with Keanu Reeves in the lead role. The film will release on May 17, 2019.

Berry would be playing the character of Sofia in the film. Some of the other Hollywood stars who are part of the movie are Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, and Jason Mantzoukas. Huston will play a figure known as The Director, while Dillon is The Adjudicator of the High Table. Dacascos is an assassin named Zero, and Mantzoukas as the Tick Tock Man.

“We’re thrilled to bring audiences the third installment of our hit ‘John Wick’ franchise with an exciting cast and world-class creative team,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake.

The film is the third installment of the superhit franchise which collected $260 million worldwide. Both the films were directed by Chad Stahelski from scripts written by Derek Kolstad, with Reeves portraying a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the killing of his puppy — a gift from his late wife.

John Wick: Chapter 3 picks up after the events of Chapter 2, which sees Wick, a former assassin who tried and failed to live the quiet life, with a USD 14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, Wick is excommunication, but the world’s most ruthless hitmen and women await his every turn.

The films are known for elaborated stunts and an impressive body count as Reeves fended off numerous gunmen out to do him in. The second film featured a Matrix reunion, with Fishburne starring in it. Reeves and Fishburne toplined all three Matrix films as Neo and Morpheus, respectively.

Deadpool 2 could rake in $133.4 million at opening

Deadpool 2 could be writing new records on the showbiz charts with the move expected to open at an impressive 133.4 million dollars in the US, industry analysts have said.

The original Deadpool opened with a whopping 132.4 million dollars despite it being an R-rated film. The latest in the franchise sees Ryan Reynolds as the lead anti-hero. The movie will likely give Avengers: Infinity War a tough fight for its name in the record books, industry experts believe.

Deadpool 2 sees the foul-mouthed anti-hero and mutant teaming up with several other mutants to take on Cable, Josh Brolin’s second villainous role in less than a month. Cable is a cybernetic soldier who has come from the future to kill a mutant child for some reason. Deadpool takes it upon himself and his mutant team called X-Force to stop Cable.

Deadpool 2, also starring Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, received positive reviews. It holds an 84% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being,

“Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds’ undeniable charm.”

Infinity War may be running for a little less than a month, but it is still some achievement to overtake it. However, Deadpool 2 has a serious challenge ahead in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story next week. Star Wars films always have huge audiences and Solo is unlikely to be an exception.

Zoe Saldana defends James Cameron on his latest superhero comments

Zoe Saldana has come out in support for “Titanic” director James Cameron defending what he has said asking people to read the full article before lambasting Cameron.

Cameron had said though he enjoys watching the superhero films, the world has had enough of them and people will soon get “Avengers fatigue”. Saldana said “educated intellectuals” should avoid soundbytes which are “mean-spirited”.

“My advice for people is to read full articles and not just believe a soundbite. Because usually, soundbites are very mean-spirited and they’re just done for the intention of getting more likes and more views? it’s not really with the intention of educating and informing the public,” Saldana said.

“So for all those educated intellectuals out there that like to stay current with news, just read the full article and you will understand where James Cameron was coming from. I know that all the Marvel producers did because they read it,” she added.

Saldana, 39, will be reprising her role of Neytiri in the upcoming “Avatar” movies.

Cameron is shooting all four “Avatar” films back-to-back with release dates set for 18 December 2020,17 December 2021, 20 December 2024, and 19 December 2025, respectively.

Plus size clothing marathon shopping festival picks up pace

Marathon shopping do not require valid excuses when the prices hit rock bottom. Summer is still going strong and this calls for a revamp of the wardrobe with bright coloured tops that would make you look and feel good.

Plus size clothing was once a scarce commodity, but that has changed over the last decade with major fashion apparel brands jumping the plus-size bandwagon to offer the latest trends to curvy people around the world. While men do not have much options, plus size women have an extensive range of plus size fashion apparels to chose from.

Be it plus size dresses, plus size trousers, plus size tops, plus size office wear, plus size casuals or formals – you name it and with just a few clicks of a button, you have the world of plus size clothing right there in front of you with amazing deals to grab.

You may have been saving for that important shopping day event, but don’t fret as plus size clothing discount festivals are popping up everyday on the web.

One such festival is being run by Eclusive Fashions- a leading online plus size clothing store in the UK. The discount festival flaunts hundreds of pages of discounted goods. It is always a sure bet for finding an eclectic mix of summer and fall fashion at prices too good to pass up.

You will find regular and plus size dresses, tops, trousers, jackets and lots more that you can can still wear for a few more months. End this epic week of discounts with a bang with our favorite plus-size picks from the sale ahead.

There’s a lot of product out there, some would say too much. No doubt this has left you with an overwhelming set of questions about the latest must-haves. Luckily we’ve got answers.  we are here to help you navigate this epic world of stuff.

Plus-size clothing debates, studies point to completely opposite conclusions

Recently a study surfaced about plus-size clothing being blamed for increase in obesity across the world. Researchers said that the increased availability of plus-size clothing could be fueling increase in obesity by normalizing ‘plus-size’ body shapes.

Plus-size clothing retailers across the UK and the world have been providing something that plus-size women and men around the world have been longing for ages – latest fashion trends in plus-sizes thereby giving them confidence about their body shapes and sizes. However, reports and studies have been indicating that increase availability of plus-size clothing, and advertisements of such clothes using models is undermining efforts to tackle England’s ever-growing obesity problem.

According to an academic at the University of East Anglia, while launch of plus-size clothing ranges may help promote body positivity, there could be a possible unintentional negative consequence that may prevent recognition of the health risks of being overweight.

Researchers examined the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics associated with underestimation of weight status to reveal social inequalities in patterns of weight misperception. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

A study back in 2017 on the other hand had a completely different verdict. A study by Florida State University researchers reveals women are more likely to pay attention to and remember average and plus-size models in the media compared to thin models.

Researchers recruited 49 college-age women, all of whom indicated they wanted to be thinner, and showed them various images of thin, average and plus-size fashion models on a TV screen. The project recorded participants’ psychophysiological responses — the interaction between the mind and the body — as the women viewed the images.

When thin models were on screen, research participants made more comparisons, paid less attention and remembered less about the models. Participants also came away from the experiment with less body satisfaction, which can diminish psychological health.

But when average and plus-size models were on screen, research participants made fewer comparisons, paid more attention and remembered more about those models. Participants also reported higher levels of body satisfaction.

Plus-size clothing said to be promoting obesity

Reports have emerged that plus-size clothing could be hidden dangers with the normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes and availability of extensive clothing lineup fueling increase in obesity.

Plus size clothing stores have popped up online in huge numbers and according to reports availability of such clothes could be leading to increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England’s ever-growing obesity problem.

According to an academic at the University of East Anglia, while launch of plus-size clothing ranges may help promote body positivity, there could be a possible unintentional negative consequence that may prevent recognition of the health risks of being overweight.

Researchers examined the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics associated with underestimation of weight status to reveal social inequalities in patterns of weight misperception. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

Members of minority ethnic groups are also more likely to underestimate their weight than the white population, however they are more likely to try to lose weight. Overall, those underestimating their weight are 85% less likely to try to lose weight compared with people who accurately identified their weight status.

The results, published today in the journal Obesity, show that the number of overweight individuals who are misperceiving their weight has increased over time, from 48.4% to 57.9% in men and 24.5% to 30.6% in women between 1997 and 2015. Similarly, among individuals classified as obese, the proportion of men misperceiving their weight in 2015 was almost double that of 1997 (12% vs 6.6%).

The study used data from the annual Health Survey for England, which contains a question on weight perception. Focusing on respondents with a BMI of 25 or over, about two-thirds were classified as being overweight and one-third as obese. In order to assess trends in self-perception of weight status, the analysis was based on pooled data from five years – 1997, 1998, 2002, 2014, 2015 – of the survey.

The proportion underestimating their weight status was higher among overweight individuals compared with those with obesity (40.8% vs 8.4%). Correspondingly, only about half of overweight individuals were trying to lose weight compared with more than two-thirds of people with obesity.

Regular & Plus size women’s jumpsuits at XclusiveFashions.com – A reader’s story

Jumpsuits have become an all-occasions fashion apparel – be it a regular day out or a casual walk on the beach or a shopping day out.

One of our readers sent us how they spent a day out in Tynemouth at King Edward’s Bay. The Longsands is the main beach at Tynemouth, but our reader – anonymous – didn’t spend their day there, but instead opted for the King Edward’s Bay that is much quieter and offers a quaint storybook feel with rock pools on one end and a sandy stretch of beach curving out to the North Sea.

Because of rather long set of steps, fewer people visit King Eddward’s Bay. When our reader reached there, flaunting this Tye Dye Printed Lagenlook Jumpsuit from Exclusive Fashions, there was a small crowd that had gathered near Riley’s Fish shack on one end of the beach. Quite a few from the crowd looked at our reader impressed with the style and some even inquired as to where did she get it from.

It is not quite swimsuit weather in the north of England yet and so our reader wore the new plus size lagenlook jumpsuit instead and accessorised it with some beachy pieces in straw and wicker.

Our reader said that the piece is without a shade of doubt the most comfortable one-piece she has owned till date. She loved the bagginess and minimal styling and it’s super easy to get in and out of. EXclusive Fashions sells quite a few of these in regular and plus sizes.

The reader adds that their trip ended in a sort of misadventure when she fell into a rock pool and got herself a huge lump on her shin – not one of her most graceful moments! Thankfully her camera lens didn’t get damaged.

She recommends visiting the King Edward’s Bay and specifically when there is a low tide as it’s a tiny cove that gets swallowed up by the sea at high tide. And keep a brush in your beach bag to sand off with before getting home.