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Regé-Jean Page Is Not Returning to Bridgerton
Lady Whistledown published a note to the public that took the Ton by surprise. She revealed that the beloved Duke of Hastings, played by actor Regé-Jean Page, would not be returning for season two of the popular Netflix show, Bridgerton. Page also released a similar message on his own social channels to say goodbye to his Bridgerton family. While it may have come as a shock to Bridgerton fans, and quite frankly Page is the main reason we watched the entire season in one evening, the actor himself always knew he was only contracted for one season. Each season of the series has a limited storyline with a beginning, middle, and end as it follows the love life of one of the Bridgerton siblings. As the storyline of Daphne and the Duke have wrapped up, Page’s character will live on, albeit off-screen.
The actor himself, however, won’t be off-screen completely, as he just wrapped filming for The Grey Man starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, and is slated to star in the upcoming film version of Dungeons and Dragons. Shonda Rhimes said it best when she reminded us all that “the Duke is never gone. He’s just waiting to be binge-watched all over again.” Indeed.
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Tamara Williams Hospitalized With Meningitis
Beauty photographer Tamara Williams was rushed to the hospital a few days ago with what doctors thought was the beginning stages of COVID-19. However, after her test results turned up negative, it was soon discovered that what was causing Williams to be unable to talk, walk, or even open her eyes was actually severe meningitis. The outpouring of love and support on Williams’ Instagram was heart-warming, and since the post three days ago, Williams has been given high doses of antibiotics and painkillers, resulting in her being able to open her eyes and read the lovely messages. She responded last night by saying, ” Wow. I am out of words. Reading all of this… thank God. Thank you guys. This whole text that the medic team wrote has me in tears; I’m still on a strong treatment, but I can talk, I can walk, and I can open my eyes… I have one word and one word only: GRATEFULNESS.”
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All Four Acting Movie Honors Were Given to Actors of Color in SAG Awards for First Time
It was a historic night last night, when the pre-recorded SAG Awards were aired. For the first time in SAG Award history, all four of the prominent movie honors for acting were given to actors of color, setting the stage for this year’s Oscars. Among the winners were Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, winning Lead Actress and Lead Actor for their electrifying performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress for her powerful performance in Oscar favorite, Minari, and Daniel Kaluuya took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his standout performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. Perhaps the Oscars won’t be so white this year after all.
Saudi Arabia Bans the Word 'Maid' in Job Notices
In a new regulation intended to uphold the rights of foreign workers, Saudi Arabia has banned the use of the word “maid” as well “servant” for job postings. The term “workers” is to be used instead in all advertisements. The regulations are the next step in boosting protection for employees as well as preventing abuse. It is also intended to promote equality and ensure that all forms of work are treated with respect and dignity. The announcement has been met with praise by both Saudis and expats.
New Immersive World of Banksy Opens at Mall of the Emirates
The latest World of Banksy is opening this week at The Theatre in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. The exhibit features the largest collection of officially replicated Banksy works in an immersive and impressive showcase. Banksy, the self-proclaimed “overrated graffiti artist,” is known for his iconic stenciling and clever images. His artwork is simple, but it’s the ideas and execution behind the work that continually offer the savvy observer a clear message in unforgettable way, and that catapulted him to world fame.
The immersive experience at The Theatre includes the photography of Philippe Bernaerts, featuring images he captured while driving in his car around his hometown of Brussels and nearby cities. His photographs evoke movement, music, and urgency, which when juxtaposed with Banksy’s work, makes an interesting combination.
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Bottega Veneta Launches Issue 01 of Brand New Quarterly Digital Journal
“It’s good to be safe, but you know, it’s really important to be bold,” a voice says when you first log on to Issue 01 of Bottega Veneta’s newly launched Digital Journal. With the clinking of metal, a gold bracelet tinkles around, followed by a quick click and suddenly an androgynous model walks the catwalk in the latest collection, and then Missy Elliott’s bold, beautiful, and iconic face zooms into frame wearing the latest sunglasses. Click after click reveals videos, images, art, and music all merged into one. The new journal is modern, edgy, fun, interactive, and oh-so-chic. It’s a bold move by a cutting-edge brand — we can’t wait to see Issue 02.
Van Cleef & Arpels Launches Perlée Novelties Exclusively in Middle East
Van Cleef & Arpels, the renowned French high jewelry maison, is launching six new styles for its ‘Perlée Novelties’ exclusively in the Middle East two months ahead of its official global release. The new launch is just in time for the Holy Month of Ramadan and are available at VCA boutiques in the Middle East from April 1st. The timeless collection continues to create effortless joy and radiance in its celebration of femininity, elegance, and grace and can be paired perfectly with other novelties from the Perlée collection.