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Michelle Pfeiffer’s whip stunt in ‘Batman Returns’ goes viral

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Michelle Pfeiffer's whip stunt in 'Batman Returns' goes viral

This sexy kitty looks like she could give Indiana Jones whiplash.

A clip of Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992’s “Batman Returns” is making its rounds on Twitter, with fans marveling over the DC Comic villainess’ prowess — namely her skills with a whip.

The clip, shared by Netflix social media manager Jarett Wieselman, shows Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman expertly knocking the heads off mannequins while filming a scene for the Tim Burton movie — which she famously did in one take.

“Reminder: Michelle Pfeiffer whipped the heads off those four mannequins IN ONE TAKE to thunderous applause from the Batman Returns crew,” he wrote along with the video, which has amassed nearly 1.5 million views in just four hours.

In fact, Pfeiffer famously did all her own stunts, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the whip for the film, in which she starred alongside Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.

“She was better than her stunt people,” Burton told Rolling Stone in 1992. “She made the whip beautiful, kind of an art form.”

In that same interview, Pfeiffer, now 62, revealed she did months of training in yoga, gymnastics and kickboxing to prepare for the role and was even trained how to use the whip by Anthony De Longis, who also trained Harrison Ford to play Indiana Jones in that film franchise, according to The Wrap.

She’s still got it, too. The actress even brought out the original movie prop, posting it on Instagram in 2019 — and again in December 2020 during an interview. She also showed off her skills with the whip, writing: “Just like riding a bike.”

While most fans were jolted by her whipping, some fans didn’t seem to believe Pfeiffer actually did the impressive stunt herself and insisted it was just a bit of movie magic. “She’s an absolute badass buuut there’s clearly people behind the mannequins pulling the heads off,” wrote one hater.

The comment caused some to crack the whip. “You could have just said she’s a badass. Did you really need to do the whole mansplaining ‘buuut…’ thing? Women can be applauded for being badasses just for the sake of being badasses,” another Twitter user refuted.

Catwoman, who has also been portrayed by Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry, will make her way to the big screen once again, this time played by Zoë Kravitz opposite Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”

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Senior citizen ‘Granfluencers’ are making it rain on Instagram

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They’re Instagrannies.

Shilling on social media is no longer just a young person’s game.

Web-savvy seniors called granfluencers are racking up thousands, even millions, of Instagram followers — along with mountains of money — by posting pics of themselves in scintillating outfits and other celeb-worthy snaps.

Glam-mother

“Been stealing your man since 1928,” reads the tag line for the Instagram page of 92-year-old Helen Ruth Elam of Knoxville, Kentucky — known as baddiewinkle on the platform. In lieu of the usual knit sweaters and drab white Skechers, this glamorous grandma rocks an arsenal of flamboyant feather boas, bombastic sunglasses and other couture too colorful for an Andy Warhol painting.

First hitting the internet’s radar at the ripe old age of 85, the mother of one currently boasts 3.6 million Instagram followers and sponsorships that net her up to $9,815 per promo, the Daily Front Row reported.

Elam’s past sponsorships have included Amazon Echo Show 8, Svedka Vodka, LG, Canada Dry, Aussie, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Jack in the Box, Fashion Nova, Lisa Frank, INC.redible Cosmetics and many more, Daily Mail reported.

Model teacher

Not to be outdone, 67-year-old Lyn Slater boasts almost 800,000 gawkers on the ‘Gram. The associate law professor at New York’s Fordham University achieved internet fame accidentally (hence her ‘Gram handle “accidental icon”) when photographers mistook her for a fashionista at a fashion event, AARP Disrupt Aging reported.

Today, Slater’s sponsored posts rake in almost $3K each, proving that while age is just a number, cash most certainly is not.

The sartorially minded sexagenarian has also been featured in countless international fashion magazines and even landed a contract with Elite Models London. Not bad along with reportedly holding a master’s in criminal justice and PhD in social welfare.

Most importantly, however, the inadvertent Insta-influencer wanted to become an example of aging gracefully.

“I think that as women get older, there is a difference in the kind of attention that you may receive,” Slater told AARP Disrupt Aging. “So I started paying more attention to the kinds of clothes I was wearing.

The Granfluencer concluded, “I always had a good personal style, but I began to use my clothes as more of a creative act as a way to express myself creatively in the world. I am in my 60s, and I am the most visible I have ever been in my entire life.”

Bicep-tuagenarian

Not all the golden girls of Instagram flaunt glitz and glamour. Swoll senior Joan MacDonald, 74, amassed 1.1. million Instagram followers — as well as oodles of workout gear and supplement sponsorships — by documenting her active lifestyle.

The inspiring content includes a clip of the the geriatric gym shark dead-lifting 175 pounds. Meanwhile, a mind-boggling before-and-after pic showcases how the fitness freak went from overweight to boasting the same weight and muscular physique as her daughter, who is a fitfluencer herself.

Many might be surprised that MacDonald never picked up a weight until a few years ago — which the Granfluencer credits to the fact that married women were discouraged from pumping iron until fairly recently.

“People think, ‘Oh, Grandma, what does she know?’” MacDonald told Glamour. “But you’d be amazed at what Grandma can do.”

Mr. Steal Your Grandma

Not one to let the ladies hog the social media spotlight, 59-year-old educator Irvin Randle generates upward of $1,000 for his swagtastic ‘Gram promos. Randle — aka Mr. Steal Your Grandma — was even featured on “The Wendy Williams Show.”

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Ronald Pickup, ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ star, dead at 80

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Ronald Pickup, a UK actor best known for his roles in “The Crown” and “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” died Wednesday. He was 80.

Pickup’s agent told the BBC that the thespian “passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.”

The Chester native’s big break occurred in 1964 when he played an unnamed physician in “Doctor Who” episode “The Tyrant Of France.”

From there, Pickup went on to appear in a smorgasbord of films, including “The Day of the Jackal” (1973), the Bond flick “Never Say Never Again” (1982), and “The Mission” (1986). The Sony Award winner most notably played Neville Chamberlain in Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour (2017)” and bachelor Norman Cousins in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012),” alongside dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He reprised the role for the 2015 sequel.

On TV, Pickup memorably portrayed George Orwell in “Orwell On Jura” — his favorite part — and Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher in the acclaimed Netflix drama “The Crown.”

Pickup’s performances weren’t relegated to the big screen. The Shakespearean dramatist trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later became an associate member, and worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre for seven years.

Pickup is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, whom he first met at RADA, as well as his daughter, Rachel, and son, Simon.

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‘Rugrats’ revival to include original voice actors

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Nickelodeon’s hit children’s show “Rugrats” is making a comeback — this time on Paramount’s new streaming service, the studio announced Wednesday.

The show — which previously ran for nine seasons over 13 years on Nickelodeon before being canceled in 2004 — will reprise its original cast in their roles, according to a report in Variety.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” President of Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito said at Investor’s Day.

“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

Paramount Plus tweeted a sneak-peek for the show featuring Chuckie being antagonized by Angelica.

The trailer also revealed a new style of animation for the revival — which is slated to be a centerpiece of Paramount Plus’ (formally CBS All Access) launch later in 2021.

“Rugrats” won four daytime Emmy awards and six Kids Choice Awards during its original run, which began in 1991.

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