One Of China’s Most Famous Actresses Has Disappeared

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Fan Bingbing hasn’t been seen since July

Fan Bingbing, China's highest-paid actress, has gone missing.

Best known to American audiences as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fan is also supposed to star alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Chastain, and Penelope Cruz in the forthcoming thriller, 355

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fan hasn't been seen in public since July 1 and hasn't posted any updates to social media since July 23. The outlet says her disappearance has caused fans to speculate on a number of theories, including the rumor that she's fled to Los Angeles to seek asylum with the help of Jackie Chan. Another viral theory purported that Fan is being held by Chinese authorities, though, as Vulture reports, this story has been retracted. 

This all comes on the heels of a leak from earlier this year that suggested Fan "had misled the government about her income to avoid the country’s heavy taxes on highly paid actors," which has also led to a wider "crackdown on celebrity pay in China." Per The Hollywood Reporter's story, Fan's title as the country's highest-earning actress isn't exactly held in high regard by the Chinese government, which has previously limited celebrity earnings in an effort to avoid "sending the wrong signal to China's youth," as lavish lifestyles encourage "'money worship' instead of 'core socialist values.'"

The Hollywood Reporter says Fan's representatives have yet to respond to its inquiries. 

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.