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Emma Stone reinvents Cruella de Vil in 2021 Disney movie

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Emma Stone reinvents Cruella de Vil in 2021 Disney movie

This ain’t your grandma’s Cruella de Vil.

Social media is in a tizzy over new details about the hotly anticipated “Cruella,” Disney’s latest live action adaptation of the animated classic “101 Dalmatians,” mostly thanks to Emma Stone’s fierce transformation as the nefarious fashionista with a penchant for spotted dogs.

“Hello, Cruel World,” said Disney, in a tweet announcing that a trailer for “Cruella” will drop tomorrow. A new poster for the film features a close-up of sultry Stone, 32, in black-and-white, in a style reminiscent of Madonna’s glam-punk days or rock opera icon Dr. Frank-N-Furter of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

In a promotional image from 2019 for the film, which will tell Cruella’s backstory and be set in the 1970s, Stone is dressed to kill in leather, leashes and with the character’s iconic black-and-white mane — and fans have been begging for more ever since.

The moment also provided some fans with an opportunity to praise Glenn Close, who thousands of fans on Twitter agree was “actually perfect” as Cruella in the 1996 live-action remake of the original 1961 cartoon film. 

Others had pointers for Disney ahead of the trailer release. 

“If the Cruella trailer doesn’t feature a children’s choir singing a haunting, slowed-down cover version of a certain Baha Men song, what are we even doing here?,” suggested Stephen Douglass, a sports writer whose hilarious suggestion has seen support nearly 6,000 others on Twitter in just an hour since Disney made its announcement.

The crime comedy, due out in May, was helmed by “I, Tonya” director Craig Gillespie and also stars Emma Thompson and Paul Walter Hauser (“I, Tonya”) in as-yet-named roles. It follows the story of young fashion designer Estella de Vil and as her obsession for dog furs takes hold — earning her the nickname Cruella nickname. 

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters turns down big bucks for Facebook ad

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters turns down big bucks for Facebook ad

Roger Waters has revealed that Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg offered him big bucks to use Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 anthem “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in an Instagram ad.

However, the co-founding member of the iconic rock band turned the “little p–k” down flat — with a cantankerously foulmouthed touch.

“It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money,” the 77-year-old bassist and composer said at a recent pro-Julian Assange event, Rolling Stone reported. “And the answer is, ‘F–k you. No f–in’ way.’”

He continued: “I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. I will not be a party to this bull—t, Zuckerberg.”

This isn’t the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer faced the prospect of his jams being used for promotional purposes.

‘Here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.’

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg

However, way back in the mid-’70s, Waters didn’t balk at providing the theme song for Dole bananas as well as an ad for the French soft drink Gini, according to Far Out Magazine. Why? It helped make rising concert ticket prices cheaper for their fans. Still, the experience reportedly resulted in the band refusing to allow their music to be used going forward in any advertisements that weren’t for a “good cause.”

At the Assange event last week, Waters read a heated letter stating his position on social media monopolies and manipulation. (Warning: The clip below features strong language.)

“We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is,” Rogers said, Insider reported.

He also claimed Zuck’s company wanted to “make Facebook and Instagram more powerful than it already is … so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out into the general public so the general public can go, ‘What? No. No More.’”

The rock icon also took aim at Zuckerberg’s original creation: His now rarely mentioned predecessor website, FaceMash, which let users vote on the attractiveness of female Harvard classmates.

“How did this little p—k who started out as ‘she’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a four out of five,’ how did we give him any power?” Waters spewed. “And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”

Facebook has not responded to requests for comment.

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Apple releases highly-anticipated, secret Beats earbuds

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Apple releases highly-anticipated, secret Beats earbuds

After years of anticipation and weeks of rumors, Apple has finally released the Beats Studio Buds. 

The existence of the secret headphones — which Apple sleuths have been excitedly expecting since 2014 — was at last confirmed on Monday when they also became available to order. The sleek new ear gear costs $149.99 on Apple.com and comes in the classic Beats colors of black, white and red. They will begin to ship on June 24. 

“Studio Buds is our tiniest, most subtle form factor to date, yet keeps Beats’ promise of delivering an immersive sound experience in a beautiful design,” said Beats and Apple Music vice president Oliver Schusser in a press release. “In building a product this small, every minute detail was considered, analyzed and selected to optimize for sound quality, comfort and durability.” 

The Buds feature one-touch pairing, have up to eight hours of battery life and two listening modes, active noise canceling mode and Transparency mode, the latter for “when you need to hear the world around you,” according to the press release. 

To experience the full capacity of the technology, Beats head of acoustics Todd Parker recommends listening to Saweetie’s “Best Friend,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” and Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right.” 

Ahead of Monday’s announcement, various celebrities were spotted sporting the previously unreleased gear, including LeBron James and soccer star Alex Morgan. Apple obsessives have also found evidence of the headphones’ development in Federal Communications Commission’s reports and internal reference numbers over the years. 

“The Beats Studio Buds might be the most leaked earbuds in the history of earbuds that have leaked,” postulated one industry website on Friday. “They’re a thing, but they aren’t. They will be, but they aren’t yet. Except they are because people keep having their photos taken while they’re wearing them. But they aren’t a thing yet.”

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Kevin Hart slams cancel culture cops: ‘Shut the f–k up!

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Kevin Hart slams cancel culture cops: 'Shut the f--k up!

‘Nobody’s perfect’ seems to be the rallying cry of those opposed to cancel culture — including Kevin Hart.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the comedian and actor attacked the internet trend, saying, “Shut the f–k up!”

Cancel culture — the viral phenomenon of “cancelling” people, brands, companies, and shows because of problematic ideologies either from the past or present — has changed comedy, according to Hart, 41. Things that used to be funny or accepted are now cancellable, and the possibility of old stand-up bits and tweets resurfacing could “bite you in the ass.”

The only way to grow, he said, is to mess up and learn from it.

“If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate,” Hart told the UK outlet. “I understand people are human. Everyone can change.”

Hart, having been cancelled a number of times in recent years, also reflected on stepping down from hosting the Oscars in 2019 after receiving backlash on the internet over homophobic tweets and old jokes.

He posted a lengthy apology on his Instagram after the debacle, reemphasizing the need for personal growth that comes from learning from mistakes.

Hart isn’t the first celebrity to mock cancel culture, though. Last month, Chris Rock blamed the trend for creating “boring” entertainment because people are playing it too “safe.” Both comedians echoed similar sentiments about cancel culture transforming the comedy sector.

While the cancel culture trend gained traction the last few years — most notably with Ellen DeGeneres and J.K. Rowling in 2020 — this year, even Dr. Seuss was subject to cancel culture. In March, the books’ publisher announced they were pulling the licensing to six titles due to offensive depictions of black and Asian characters.

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