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Maisie Williams’ ‘The New Mutants’ Will Be An X-Men Horror Movie

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“There are no costumes. There are no supervillains.”

Some of us hit our superhero saturation points long ago, but a new spin on the caped crusader genre might have us back in theaters soon enough. An upcoming X-Men film, set to star Game of Thrones lead Maisie Williams, is putting a new twist on the franchise.

The New Mutants will debut a whole new cast of post-human heroes, but director John Boone (best known for his work on The Fault In Our Stars) is doing something entirely different from the origin stories we've gotten used to seeing. “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” he says. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

Williams will be playing Wolfsbane (GoT fans will appreciate the subtle nod to Arya Stark there), a Scottish lycanthrope who falls under the care of Professor X at his esteemed mutant academy. She'll be joining Anya Taylor-Joy, who is set to play Magik, a powerful sword-wielding warrior who is the younger sister of original X-Man Colossus. Entertainment Weekly says that Henry Zaga of 13 Reasons Why is expected to be cast as Sunspot, an impulsive solar-powered Brazilian formerly played by Adan Canto in Days of Future Past. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that Rosario Dawson will also be joining the team soon, but who she'll be playing remains a mystery.

How the horror storyline will play out is a bit unclear, considering the original New Mutants from the '80s had little to do with spooks and scares, although it was notably more gothic in mood and tone than the original X-Men franchise on which it was based. Written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz, Boone described the series as “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”

Here's how one insider described the plot of the upcoming film: “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world—they’re just trying to save themselves.”

Boone explained how the story relates to his own personal life: “I was raised by very religious parents. They were Evangelical Southern Baptists and they believed in the rapture; they believed the devil was real; they believed in demons... I’m not the 12 year old who decided to write Stephen King a letter and loved Marvel Comics anymore, but I try to hold myself accountable to that kid. Because that kid is what keeps me from becoming a Hollywood whore. I look back and think: Would he think this would be cool? Would he proud of me? Did I fulfill the dream we had when we were kids? So yeah, you can definitely say I’m excited.”

The New Mutants is schedule for a spring 2018 (and a PG-13) release.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

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.

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