In the first teaser, above, we meet Geralt: a sorcerer, outcast, and cold-blooded killer who's tasked with ridding the world of monsters. The series is described by Netflix as being an "epic tale of fate and family," where the real monsters that Geralt faces often prove to be people closest to him. Eventually he crosses paths with a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, and the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The TV adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels, which also spawned an insanely popular video game of the same name, has Lauren Schmidt Hissrich - who's produced everything from The Defenders to Parenthood - on board as showrunner and has the cast all lined up. Yennefer will be played by Wanderlust and Sherwood alum Anya Chalotra, while Into the Badlands actress Freya Allan is taking on the role of Ciri. A release date is still TBD at this point, but luckily the streaming giant has plenty of other originals you can check out in the meantime.
There's no question that the Hulu-revived fourth season of Veronica Mars is grittier than the previous three. While Veronica and her rat pack were prone to wandering into some dangerous situations before, they've always stuck to their Neptune bubble. But when we return to the sleepy California town in season four, things have definitely taken a turn for the worst since the 2014 kickstarter-funded film and tensions have boiled over in the community way just in time for a bomber to start taking the lives of residents and Spring breakers alike. So, who dies?
Although Veronica and Keith eventually get their culprit, it's not before the tangled web of crime, lies, and sin claim several lives - including one beloved character. Ahead, find out which unlucky few perish over the course of eight-episode season, and how they each go down.
You don't have to be obsessed with Beyoncé to appreciate her meteoric rise to fame over the years; since making a name for herself as one of four (and then three) members of Destiny's Child in the late '90s, Beyoncé has become one of the biggest entertainers of our generation, paving the way for younger stars across color lines and music genres. Interesting to note, though, is how little Beyoncé has actually changed since hitting the scene in 1998 - even after giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy in 2012 and twins Sir and Rumi five years later. Sure, her hair and makeup looks have evolved (and she's made some better fashion choices) but overall, she's still the fierce, flawless Queen Bey that we know and love today. Scroll through for over 90 photos that prove Beyoncé has changed a lot, but then again, not really at all.
Neptune, California's most sarcastic private investigator is back! That's right, Marshmallows - Veronica Mars has returned to us with a brand new fourth season on Hulu. In an unexpected turn of events, the streaming network released all eight of the new episodes on July 19, a week ahead of its scheduled release date. But before you dive into Veronica's latest problem - which involves a bomber and many, many deaths - you should probably brush up on the original mystery that started it all: who killed Lilly Kane?
In the first season of the quirky UPN crime drama, we meet a high school-aged Veronica (Kristen Bell) as she deals with a number of fall-outs. Not only has her best friend Lilly (Amanda Seyfried) been murdered, but her father's perceived bungling of Lilly's case as Neptune's sheriff has left the Mars family name severely tarnished. A man named Abel Koontz is put away for the murder, but Keith (Veronica's dad, played by Enrico Colantoni) maintains that Lily's father Jake had something to do with it. As a result, he's kicked off of the force, and Veronica is iced out of her wealthy, privileged friend group (which includes her now-ex-boyfriend and Lilly's brother, Duncan Kane).
So, Veronica embraces her status as a prickly, crime-solving loner. Although she's tasked with finding missing fathers, stolen goods, and other issues throughout the first season, the overarching story revolves around Veronica's desperation to find out who really killed Lilly, since she agrees with her father that Abel Koontz could never have done it. Lilly's murder is actually mentioned in the new season of the series, so if you need a refresher, we're breaking down the entire storyline ahead. Just be warned: spoilers for season one of Veronica Mars below!
After going out for an afternoon, Lilly's parents Jake and Celeste arrive home to find their son, Duncan, cradling his sister's bloody body in his arms next to their pool in the backyard. Duncan, who is later revealed to have a history of mental illness, is covered in Lilly's blood and is essentially catatonic, rocking back and forth with Lilly. When her body is examined, it's revealed that she sustained major trauma to her head after being bashed in the skull with a heavy ash tray from the deck, which was later found at the bottom of the pool. Whenever Lilly appears in hallucinations or flashbacks in season one (which is quite frequently), she's always pictured as having blood pouring down the side of her face.
Who Were the Suspects in Lilly Kane's Murders?
Pretty much every man Lilly ever came in contact with in Neptune is suspected at some point or another: her brother, her father, her ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls, a classmate and former fling Eli "Weevil" Navarro . . . the list goes on. Veronica figures out early on that Abel Koontz couldn't have done it, since a crime scene photo of Lilly's shoes presents inconsistencies with the case, so she makes sure to thoroughly investigate everyone who touched Lilly's life. Eventually it turns out that Kane Software's head of security, Clarence Wiedman, bribed Abel to take the fall for the murder since he had terminal cancer, in turn taking the heat off of Jake Kane and giving Abel the chance to leave his daughter with a sizable inheritance.
Despite motive for all of them - Lilly wasn't the easiest person to get along with, apparently, and also had a habit of cheating on her boyfriends - Veronica is able to clear her initial suspects of wrongdoing, bringing her back to square one. If Abel didn't kill Lilly, who did?! She and Duncan finally get an answer at the end of the first season, when they discover a collection of videotapes that Lilly was hiding in the vent of her bedroom that revealed the real murderer.
Drum roll please . . . Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin)! Aka the incredibly famous movie star father of Lilly's then-boyfriend, Logan. After Logan and Veronica briefly get together in the first season, Veronica finds herself alone in his pool house and figures out that a secret camera is rigged up to record the bed and that there's a stash of tapes behind a cabinet. As it turns out, Lilly figured out the same situation a year earlier while having an affair with Aaron, and stole the tapes that featured the pair having sex. Those are the tapes that Veronica and Duncan end up finding in her room, which all but proved that Aaron - who had a LOT to lose - is the one who went after Lilly and killed her. (It's shown in a flashback that after Lilly took them, Aaron tracked her down when she was alone by the pool and bashed her head in with the ash tray in a shocking act of violence.)
What Happened to Aaron Echolls?
Veronica and Duncan figure all this out while a fancy party is going on at the Kane's house downstairs, where Aaron is actually in attendance. Veronica tells Duncan to keep an eye on the actor while she takes the tapes and brings them to the police, but unfortunately she realizes all too late that Aaron overheard their conversation and sneaked into her backseat. She crashes the car, and the two of them have a knock-down fight in the middle of nowhere that nearly ends in Veronica's death when Aaron locks her inside an old freezer and lights it on fire. Luckily her father, Keith, arrives just in time to save her and incapacitate Aaron, who is promptly arrested.
In season two Aaron attempts to get out of prison by blaming Lilly's death on Duncan, coercing a mutual friend to plant evidence in the Kane's old backyard that has Duncan's hair and Lilly's blood on it. At that point, Lilly's parents Jake and Celeste are long gone, having moved away after Aaron was found guilty. Duncan, however, is living under a new identity in Australia with his baby daughter (that's a whole other story). When Aaron is freed in light of the new (false) evidence, Duncan has Clarence Wiedman sneak into Aaron's hotel room and shoot him, ending the saga for good.
With justice finally served, Veronica stops having visions of her late friend and is able to move on with her life . . . well, mostly.
After listening to the song for the first time, I knew that I loved it - the vocals, the flow, the lyrics, everything. The second time around, I still bobbed my head to the beat with the usual thoughts of how talented Bey is, but I sort of felt something within me begin to stir. By the third listen, tears were streaming down my face as the song's message really set in.
I was suddenly taken back to my childhood, when my mom made me wear my natural hair to school, but I was too embarrassed to be proud of it. I was taken back to wishing my curly locks and gravity-defying fro didn't make me stick out like a sore thumb in a classroom full of long, straight hair. I was taken back to thinking that maybe if my skin was lighter, I'd be prettier.
My parents always told my sisters and me to be proud of who we are, but it was much easier said than done when we were constantly bombarded with media that glorified a specific type of beauty over another. Although my mom didn't allow magazines with nonblack women on the cover in our house, I always noticed that those were the ones placed front and center at grocery stores. In popular movies and TV shows, most of the desired women were fair-skinned with Eurocentric features. No matter how hard my parents tried to protect me from the toxicity of normalized white supremacy, there were traces of it everywhere, planting seeds of insufficiency in my mind.
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After repeatedly listening to "Brown Skin Girl" and having my own little crying session, I was excited to head into work and ask some of my fellow melanin-infused colleagues if they had the same visceral response to the song. And, well, they most certainly did.
"I started getting a little emotional on my second listen, not just because of how much it means to me right now, but because I wish something like it existed when I was Blue's age," Content Director Britt Stephens said. "Being brought up in mostly white spaces and ingesting mostly white media can make black girls feel less than at such an early age, and 7-year-old me absolutely would have stanned a song like 'Brown Skin Girl.'"
Assistant editor Mekishana Pierre echoed the same sentiment of appreciation for the song's celebration of black girls. "It's a message reminding us that regardless of what anyone else says or thinks, we are blessings," she said. "We are beautiful; we are made of the sun and the earth and our skin is 'just like pearls.' By making this song, Beyoncé tells everyone that black women are untouchable. In a world where people try to make brown skin something ugly, it reminds us what the truth is: we are the realest magic there ever was!"
The Afrocentric bop's outpouring of acceptance and validation is something social media coordinator Rachael Edwards also enjoyed. "I feel seen," she said. "We often hear these songs with the general 'you're beautiful' message, but 'Brown Skin Girl' is a direct love song to us. Beyoncé's affirming anthem makes me feel detached from all the insecurities that racism and misogynoir tend to bring. It feels like I'm singing love over myself and young Black and Brown women. There is so much power behind that alone. I'll be singing this forever, I'm sure of it!"
This is why "Brown Skin Girl" is unequivocally important for women of color to hear. I, too, wish my younger self could have listened to the song during those moments in which I felt inferior simply because of the way I naturally look. I appreciated the love and support from my parents greatly - and it certainly helped to have their reassurance - but there's something especially significant about being uplifted by someone with a broad, influential platform; someone who can help to reconstruct the perceptions of blackness by showing that it deserves to be valued and respected, because it's a part of who we are as human beings.
More than anything, I hope that other young black girls won't have to go through what I went through to the same degree. I hope they hear "Brown Skin Girl" and unapologetically adore themselves for who they are inside and out. Because while there are complexities in our complexion, our skin glows like diamonds.
If you want to stay relevant this Halloween, then dressing up as one of 2019's hottest pop-culture references is all you have to do. The movies and TV shows that have come out this year gave 2019 just what it needed, and then some. From star-studded movies like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to live-action reboots of some of our favorite Disney movies to devastating series finales of some of our favorite shows (yes, we are talking about Game of Thrones), this year blessed our screens with some of the most iconic characters and memorable moments yet.
So dress your best and throw on one of your favorite characters' outfits this Halloween, because these are scary good. Take a peek at the best costume ideas of 2019, and take our word when we say that these pop-culture-inspired looks will make you the biggest hit of Halloween.
Netflix has upped their teen-movie game in 2019, and the results have been delightful to say the least - come on, you know you've watched The Perfect Date at least a dozen times by now, too. There's no doubt that the streaming service is reawakening our love for teen movies, and, thankfully, Netflix has its share of unforgettable titles about high school, friendships, and first love tucked away in the service's vast streaming library. In fact, there are so many funny, heartbreaking, and downright classic movies about teens available to stream, you could spend the next few months channeling your 16-year-old self and swooning over Chad Michael Murray all over again.
From new favorites to '80s classics, these are the best teen movies streaming on Netflix right now. (And be sure to check out all the high school TV shows as well!)
- Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Corinne-Sullivan
Kacey Musgraves took center stage on the Today Show plaza on Friday for its Citi Summer Concert Series to perform four of her best songs. The Grammy-winning artist performed "Slow Burn," "Lonely Weekend," "Happy and Sad," and "Oh, What a World," with a full band, and she proved once again that her live vocals are flawless. Musgraves wore a cute floral Zimmermann minidress perfect for the NYC heat, and her hair and makeup was gorgeous as always. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter also announced more tour dates for the second leg of her Oh, What a World tour this Summer and Fall. Watch each video from her latest performance ahead!
The Big Bang Theory aired its final episode ever back in May, and even two months later, it's still hard to process that the show is actually over. But luckily for any fans of the long-running CBS show who are looking to fill the Big Bang-size hole in their hearts, you can do so with this Big Bang Theory-themed Cards Against Humanity deck that's now available on Amazon.
The deck, called Box Against Big Bang ($33), is a fan-made game that comes with 298 cards featuring some of the most memorable quotes spoken by your favorite cast members on the show. With 218 white cards and 80 black cards, the point of the game appears to be for players to use white cards to fill in the blanks of the unfinished quotes written on the black cards. Presumably, whichever player can complete each quote in a way that makes the most sense wins.
The game is available to shop on Amazon for $33 a deck.
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The entire cast of The Lion King was on edge when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the London premiere - yes, even Beyoncé. In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Billy Eichner - who voices Timon in the remake - opened up about what it was like to be in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. "I completely freaked out, although they were very, very nice," he said.
Billy went on to explain how the cast received an email days before the premiere detailing protocol and how they were expected to act around Harry and Meghan. "They are very intense about it. I'm not kidding," he said, adding, "My guest I brought with me, my very good friend Jared, they said he had to stand behind me and not speak unless he was spoken to. I was like, 'Does that same rule apply to JAY-Z?' I have a feeling it doesn't."
Thankfully for our viewing pleasure, Billy's nervousness was captured in a video taken by Seth Rogen moments before they met Harry and Meghan. To no surprise, the royal couple was "lovely," and Billy ended up having quite a bit in common with Meghan because they both studied theater at Northwestern University.