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We Need to Talk About Zendaya

How can we, mere mortals, achieve that GLOW

That FACE

We need to talk about Zendaya.

I mean, we can't help but keep talking about her. But here's the thing — how did an ex-Disney star, whose current claim to fame is a soapy HBO teen drama, become Hollywood's latest darling?

The answer: she's literally perfect.

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HBO’s Succession and the Capitalist Performance of Persona

Succession Season 3, Episode 3 Power Rankings: Capitalism won this round

Succession Season 3

*Contains Spoilers, sorry — go watch!*

In this house, we don't say: "hello, how are you?" Instead, after watching Succession Season 3, Episode 3, we ask "how's your headspace, are you happy in it?"

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Film Features

Before Its Time: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet"

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2021.

Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.

It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made 25 years ago.

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.

Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."

Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2021. Here's why:

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