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Shadowhunters and Mulan stars join Asian American Christmas movie

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If you loved Tzi Ma’s portrayal of Mulan’s father Hua Zhou in Disney’s live-action remake (like Digital Spy did), then we reckon Christmas might have just come early.

Because Ma, along with Shadowhunters and V Wars star Jacky Lai and Motherland: Fort Salem‘s Tony Giroux, has joined the cast of Lifetime’s first movie focused on an Asian-American family – and it just so happens to be set at Christmas.

A Sugar & Spice Holiday, with a plot as sickly-sweet as the name suggests, is also breaking new and important ground on TV, with the movie set to feature an Asian director, writer, casting director and, of course, cast – which unfortunately can’t be said for Mulan.

According to TVLine, A Sugar & Spice Holiday will be released later this year (in December, unsurprisingly).

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The movie will follow Suzie (Jacky Lai), a rising young architect who returns to her Maine hometown for Christmas to visit her Chinese-American parents Pete and Mimi (Ma and Lillian Lim), who run the local Lobster Bar.

Following the loss of her beloved grandmother, a legendary baker in the community, Suzie finds herself unexpectedly taking up her grandmother’s mantle when she enters a gingerbread house competition.

Alongside her old school friend Billy (Tony Giroux), Suzie “must find the right mix of sugar and spice to win the competition, and perhaps find some love in the process”, the movie’s description teases.

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The film is being directed by Jennifer Liao and was written by Eirene Donohue.

Earlier today, Lifetime also confirmed that Arrow star Ben Lewis will star alongside his real-life husband Blake Lee in a new LGBTQ+ Christmas movie called The Christmas Setup, in the network’s first-ever holiday-themed, gay romance story.

Mulan is available exclusively to Disney+ subscribers in selected countries. Premier Access to the movie is priced at £19.99 in the UK and $29.99 in the US.


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Nikki Bella Details Postpartum Sex With Fiance Artem: ‘I Felt Like Organs Were About to Drop Out’

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As always, Nikki Bella isn’t afraid to keep it real! The longtime Total Bellas star, 36, opened up about what postpartum sex with her fiancé, Artem Chigvintsev, has been like since welcoming their son, Matteo Artemovich, in July. 

“I didn’t even make it to the six-week point, I just started at five. I was like, ‘I’m healed, I’m fine,’” Nikki told her sister, Brie Bella, during a Wednesday, September 23, episode of their podcast. Doctors recommend waiting six weeks to have sex after giving birth, according to multiple outlets. 

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“Even though … last night, it didn’t seem fine, but that’s OK. It was a little different,” Nikki continued before getting a little, er, graphic. “I felt like organs were about to drop out. I was like, ‘Shoot, did I mess up?’” Unsurprisingly, Brie, 36, chimed in to say that was “enough” talk about “gross stuff going on with our vaginas.”

Even so, it seems like fans really appreciate just how candid Nikki is. Beyond sharing insights on her sex life, the California native opened up about her postpartum weight loss journey. “This was really hard to do, but I felt like it was the right thing to do. Because I feel like sometimes on social media and with people sometimes in the spotlight, we just truly don’t showcase how hard postpartum can be and the journey of getting your body back,” Nikki expressed in a raw Instagram Story on September 7.

In the video, the former WWE wrestler wore no makeup, her bra and underwear. “So, I want to bring you all along in the realest, rawest way possible,” Nikki continued. “Here I am! I am 18 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.”

Prior to giving birth to Matteo, the Incomparable coauthor discussed the many physical challenges she was facing. “Being a first-time mom and just as your body changes … it’s not just the outer part but it’s the inner part — your hormones are going crazy,” Nikki told Life & Style in March. “You have no idea how your body is going to adapt, and that’s been really tough on me.”

Thankfully, Brie was there every step of the way to soothe her nerves. “She’s just constantly reminding me, ‘You’re pregnant. Vanity doesn’t even exist anymore,’ and is trying to just have me be present and appreciate these changes,” Nikki added. From the looks of it, her advice worked wonders! 

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‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ costume secrets revealed

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“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” has it all: extended dream sequences, interpretive dance, a pair of pitch-perfect comedic performances from leads Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow — and really, really good clothes.

Created by Mona May — the costume designer behind another little fashion-famous film called “Clueless” — the 1997 cult classic’s wardrobe is marked by glossy fabrics, itty-bitty skirts and a “fun, frisky use of color,” to quote one key character.

Those same styles are all present and accounted for in May’s new collaboration with online vintage boutique Thrilling, which is full of one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the looks from her movies and sourced from shops across the country.

Looks from Thrilling's collaboration with Mona May.
Looks from Thrilling’s collaboration with Mona May.Jarod Wang

Priced from $30 to $200, the collection includes shiny jumpsuits, animal prints and metallic matching sets the Tucson-bred, LA-based BFFs would totally wear while busting moves at the club (or, let’s face it, even to the gym).

Below, the costume designer looks back at some of the most memorable fashion moments from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

ON ROMY AND MICHELE’S MATCHING METALLIC MINIDRESSES: “The costumes really show the journey of the character, so every detail is so important. In this case, Mira’s always the masculine ‘boy’ [of the relationship], so she got the blue, and Lisa’s always the feminine [one] with the boas and sparkles, so she got the pink. They wanted to make sure it was very simple, so their silhouettes were the same.

“Using the spandex, shiny material was kind of unusual; people didn’t really make dresses out of that material at the time, [except] maybe ravers. We hand-painted the little ‘Star Trek’ [emblem] on Mira. And we bedazzled the shoes, gluing them the night before. When they come out in that scene, it’s just like, ‘Here we are, we’re creative, we made these.'”

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ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, 1997, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/cou

ON THE ’80S PROM LOOKS: “These were vintage pieces, Betsey Johnson dresses. I’m a kid of the ’80s, so Madonna, she was the trailblazer of the time. All her antics allowed us to be ourselves as well. So that was kind an homage, in that scene: They may make fun of you, but you can be who you are and express yourself. Using those Madonna looks was really [to send] a strong message. Dance to your own drum! Swing your hair! Be sexy!”

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ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, 1997.

ON THE “BUSINESSWOMAN SPECIAL” SUITS: “It was great designing these costumes as well. I made Lisa’s suit kind of low-cut and her little skirt was quite mini, then Mira had the pinstriped men’s suit jacket with just little bit of a camisole under with more of a knee-length skirt — because she was the smarter one, she always said.”

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Legacies Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Much More Here !!!

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There may still technically be four episodes scheduled to the second season of Legacies, however, as the show is still on a filming hiatus, for the time being, episode 16 functioned as the season finale. Thankfully, the episode delivered all the drama and twists of a conventional climax. Even series founder Julie Pec approved of this surprise final episode, telling a buff on Twitter, “It’s really a fun accidental season finale that has a good cliffhanger, so it’s going to be temporarily satisfying until we’re able to go back and complete the rest.”

Therefore, while this was not supposed to be the point where we return on the end of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals spinoff, now seems as good a time as any given that there is a long break before we get the last couple of episodes. If you already captured episode 16 and wish to be sure you got all of the details right, then read on as we dive into what went down to Legacies’ fleeting season 2 ending.

Hope gave Josie a Legacies lesson on believing in fairy tales

Pupils at Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted happen to be terrorized by an owned Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant) for some time, now. After she demanded the mixing ceremony together with her Josie (Jenny Boyd), be transferred up to their 17th birthday, it appeared like the corrupted adolescent might turn out to be far too strong for her good. Thankfully, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) had a plan to put an end to that. After the merging ceremony was finished, we learned that Hope travelled into Josie’s subconscious, which presented itself as a fairy tale land.

After there, Hope met a rude pig (literally), who later demonstrated himself to be… none other than Josie in disguise. It appears that, after Dark Josie took over control of this young woman, Josie’s consciousness found a way to hide from her evil forces. Josie explained each of the lessons she had internalized from hearing fairy tales when she was a youngster, including her fear that having strength would result in her being taken over by evil. Hope, then, told Josie there was no demand for her to continue to live by these obsolete rules, and that she could have her advantage without becoming corrupted by it.

Subsequently, Black Josie personified as an archetypal fairytale villainess, crashed the pep talk. With her newfound personal strength, Josie managed to conquer her shadowy ego and regain control of her body. After her ordeal, she imbued a coin with her siphon powers, until she feels ready to wield it properly.

Alaric made a deal with the Necromancer

Meanwhile, outside of Josie’s mind, things were in total disarray following Lizzie and Josie’s merging service. Lizzie played dead to remain under the radar. However, Hope attempted to deal with Dark Josie, while Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) was continuing to live with the guilt of not only becoming the puppet of the Necromancer (Ben Geurens) but also killing his brother, Landon (Aria Shahghasemi).

Itching to use Dark Josie’s powers without having to deal with Dark Josie, herself, the Necromancer was putting together a scheme of his own. He made a bargain with Alaric (Matthew Davis) and Lizzie: Lizzie would throw a spell shifting Dark Josie’s powers to the Necromancer and, in exchange, the Necromancer would bring back everybody who’d died under his view. This meant that Rafael would no longer be under the Necromancer’s control and that Landon would be resurrected.

With no much better plan, both agreed to combine forces with their ghoulish foe temporarily. Lizzie performed the charm, and the energy has been transferred, leading to a happy ending for everybody involved. I was kidding! In a move that surprised nobody, there was one critical twist on the Necromancer’s plan.

The shocking cliffhanger to Legacies’ finale

First, the fantastic news: Rafael, along with the other students that had died and been forced puppets of the Necromancer were brought back to life, in keeping with all the Necromancer’s deal. Now, the bad news: Even after the transport of Dark Josie’s energy was complete, Landon remained dead. And, that was not all. Even after helping Josie defeat her dark ego, Hope still had not regained consciousness.

So, how did all that happen? Regrettably for our personalities, Landon’s continued death might be a result of not reading the fine print on their bargain with the demon. Even though the unbreakable covenant spell the group made with the Necromancer meant that whatever conditions were agreed upon had to be followed, Rafael made a critical mistake during the negotiation stage. When he tried to include Landon in the resurrection deal, he asked the demon, “Would you bring Landon back, too?” The Necromancer said he could, which wasn’t a lie. He might have attracted Landon back to life; however, he decided not to do so and, due to Rafael’s wrong notion, Landon remained dead.

In terms of Hope, we’ll have to wait until the next episode to see why she’s yet to recover consciousness. It is likely that she is still trapped within Josie, or that, when Josie moved her powers to the coin, Hope became trapped there, too. While we’re dying to know what’s going to happen to the show’s protagonists, we do have to admit that Julie Pec was right: This did turn out to be a cliffhanger worthy of a finale.

 

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