Coleman Spilde

Coleman Spilde

You’ve Been Watching ‘The Kardashians’ Wrong This Whole Time

HuluThere’s something strange happening to the Kardashians. When I check in on America’s First Family every few months—often timed to the release of the latest season of their eponymous Hulu reality show The Kardashians, whose fifth season premieres May 23—I am left generally ambivalent. Aside from one or two scenes per 45-minute episode, there isn’t much spontaneous personality to draw from their structure-oriented, workaholic lives, and certainly not enough for an entire multi-season reality show.While I enjoyed a Season 3 scene where Kylie Jenner almost plowed over someone while trying to drive stick, and the Season 4 scene where Khloé Kardashian reveals her secret fear of whales, those microdoses of mirth quickly wane. What’s left is a season that spends most of its time rehashing old interfamily drama or trailing Kris, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie as they jet around the world, wanting for nothing. Simply put: It’s not very interesting at all.Or, at least, not to the untrained eye.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Bella Hadid’s Perfume Line Will Awaken Your Inner Romantic

Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesThere is something preternaturally alluring about Bella Hadid. Maybe it’s the supermodel-activist-lemon heiress’ cheekbones, which look like Rodin’s careful hands finished sculpting them just before Pat McGrath’s devoted brushes dotted highlighter powder across their curvature. Or perhaps it’s the Palestinian-American’s fearless dedication to speaking out for what she believes in. Hadid has been strong-willed enough to suffer any detractors, consistently using her platform to speak out about Israel’s virulent military campaign in Gaza, and joining the call to demand a ceasefire.Whatever her draw is, one thing’s for sure: Bella Hadid serves as often as an Applebee’s waiter doing a double shift after a local junior baseball tournament. Watching her walk a runway is like catching a glimpse of Helen of Troy—suddenly, you understand how one face could launch a thousand ships. Hadid has an “it” factor that so many of her contemporaries have failed to procure, an undeniable pull that has made her the muse of designers and photographers around the world at just 27 years old. Who wouldn’t want an aura that makes people fall head over heels with just one look, if only for the big, fat paychecks it may yield?For anyone looking to replicate Hadid’s aura themselves—trust me, I’ve closely studied the texts to try to do this for years—there is Orebella, Hadid’s new line of fragrances, touted as “the first intentional skin parfum.” As a longtime Bella Hadid superstan, whose name was on the Orebella mailing list before the product was even announced, I couldn’t get my hands on Orebella’s first three scents fast enough. I may be a professional critic, sure, but I lay the money down first and form my subjective opinions later. Suze Orman will have my head for that, yet little does she know that all things are possible through Bella Hadid, which I have found out after a week’s worth of testing Orebella. The scents, and their unusual, proprietary formula, are as enchanting as the person who created them, a unique blend of essential oils whose bouquet transforms the longer they’re worn on the skin. While I’m reluctant to gush over every scent in the launch collection, one of them has become my go-to summer staple, a must-have for anyone looking to “reveal their alchemy,” to borrow a phrase from the brand itself.Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘Mary & George’ Finale Ends Fittingly: Spectacular Murder and One Last Sex Scene

StarzIt has been a long road to ultimate authority for Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) and her son George (Nicholas Galitzine). The plotting duo began Starz’s limited series Mary & George utterly powerless but rife with conviction. They were determined to claw, scrape, and grab at every loose strand of thread they could find to climb up in the world during King James I’s (Tony Curran) rule in the 17th century. When the show began, seven episodes ago, Mary was the mother of four children, suffering at the hands of her abusive husband. George, her second-born son, was haughty and hormonal, assumed to be useless, as his parents’ estate would go to Mary’s first-born son, John (Tom Victor). At the series’ end, Mary and George had riches, land, and titles—now the Countess and Duke of Buckingham, respectively.But their splendors were not won without significant costs. Death and destruction followed the pair wherever they went, and naturally, all of their scheming eventually came between them. Once this wedge was in place, it was only a matter of time before their wealth slipped through their hands. Episode 7 of Mary & George, the series finale, tracks the collapse of the Villiers’ manufactured empire, and gives any history-oblivious viewers (myself included, believe me) a lesson in just how trivial monarchy can be. King James may have ruled England by name, but it was Mary and George Villiers who called the shots.Our final episode begins in 1623, 11 years after the series began. In just over a decade, Mary has shepherded herself and her son to the greatness she knew they were destined for. But George’s assumption that he could maneuver matters of the state without his mother’s assistance was gravely misguided. In Madrid, hundreds of miles away from his mother’s level head, George finds himself accompanying Prince Charles (Samuel Blenkin) in a bid for the hand in marriage of the Spanish Infanta—the royal title for the daughter of the King of Spain—Maria Anna (Aine Mcnamara). Charles sings to her, earning her adoration, and potentially securing the first step in achieving long-awaited peace between England and Spain. But George, hot-headed and overzealous, mucks it all up.Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘Mary & George’ Gets Even More Morbid, If You Can Believe It

StarzEngland may have narrowly avoided a war with Spain in last week’s episode of Mary & George. But in Episode 6—the penultimate installment of the deliciously deviant limited series—the country, and all of the self-serving characters who inhabit it, are critically injured and bleeding out regardless. The constant power struggles fought by the malevolent matriarch Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) and her equally capricious son George (Nicholas Galitzine) have waned now that they have gotten used to their posts inside King James I’s (Tony Curran) court. But the problem with sitting on a hard-won throne is that there’s always someone you stomped on while climbing to it, waiting in the shadows to take your seat.This week’s episode opens in 1620, two years after the events of Episode 5. We know that time has passed because George’s short hair is now flowing at shoulder-length, and Galitzine should really consider working this lace front as a full-time thing, because George has never looked more dashing. But despite all of the Olaplex George is running through his mane to keep it silky and sexy for his royal lover, the king’s interest in George is declining. James has other things on his mind, namely the protests outside of his door, which haven’t died down since James decided to behead Sir Walter Raleigh for plotting treason and trying to incite that pesky war with Spain.As chants of “King James: Spain-fucker!” grow louder outside, the inside of the royal palace is eerily quiet, more morose than ever before. Queen Anne (Trine Dyrholm) has succumbed to several illnesses, dying at the age of 44. In the weeks leading up to her death, James could barely bring himself to speak to his wife, and after her passing, hasn’t even been able to see her, lying embalmed in her coffin. But that neglect presents an additional problem: Anne needs a proper funeral, and James and George’s reckless spending has left no more money for state-sponsored service. In turn, James has left Anne to lay lifeless while he putters about, angering their son, Prince Charles (Samuel Blenkin), with his carelessness.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Charli XCX Gathers Online It Girls for Charitable Cause: Hotness

Charli XCX via YouTubeA wise man previously coined the next three months as the summer of the MILF resurgence. What I—or, sorry, he—foolishly didn’t predict is that summer 2024 is also the summer of the HGILTBFW, or, the Hot Girl I’d Like to Be Friends With. No one is more prepared for this summer’s hottie heat wave than Charli XCX, who is no stranger to being hot. In fact, the pop supernova has somewhere between eight to 38 songs on the subject of hotness alone, depending on when you may be reading this. A new hot girl hymn (or an alluring aria, a sexy song, a desirable ditty—take your pick ) could easily drop tomorrow. Hell, one just has!Charli’s new song “360,” the latest single from her forthcoming album Brat, is the singer’s umpteenth lyrical masterclass in hotness, an intensive on vanity so hyper-focused that it could be taught at the Learning Annex. But why go to a tawdry public education facility when you could simply sit at home and rewatch the video for “360,” which takes Charli’s signature ego-forward lyrics and applies them to the internet’s favorite It Girls? The visual assembles the trendiest women from pop culture’s past, present, and future to throw them in editorial-ready scenarios where they can pose for the camera and show off.The video might be a regular Hot-toberfest, but what “360” suggests is much broader and more euphoric than it may initially appear. Here, Charli spits in the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to create the HGCU (Hot Girl Cinematic Universe—duh!), the most ambitious crossover event in Instagram addict history. Models, actors, influencers, and multihyphenates come together to be beautiful together, and in turn, thrust that beauty outward and through the screen. It’s an infectious, cameo-filled romp that asks its viewers to shirk any self-doubt or internal loathing and enjoy the person they see in the mirror. In Charli’s world, “360” envisions a utopia where everyone is not just hot, but an It Girl in their own right. How fucking refreshing!Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘OMG Fashun’: Julia Fox’s New TV Show Is a Glorious F-U to Fashion Normies

Quantrell Colbert/E! EntertainmentIf there is one person who can shake up the stale reality competition show format, it’s Julia Fox. The actor, model, author, sometimes singer, and one-time muse to both Josh Safdie and Kanye West has maintained the zeitgeist’s eye since the moment she burst onto the scene in Safdie’s 2019 film Uncut Gems. Already known among art world insiders for some time prior, Fox quickly cemented herself as a cultural renegade, the kind of person who could upend the old “famous for being famous” adage and, instead, make every last thing she did part of her larger artistic oeuvre. She’s the kind of celebrity who you might find on The View one morning, and then spot at the grocery store—wearing underwear and denim boots—later that same afternoon.It’s that keen sartorial eye that remains Fox’s most compelling talent. Her Instagram grid is basically just a Pinterest board for outrageously fun avant-garde style. So, with that in mind, why not give Fox—who loves to be in front of the camera as much as the camera loves her—her own fashion-based reality show? It’s the kind of thing that seems so obvious, that you have to wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.Maybe it’s because it had to come at the exact right time. Fox’s new show, OMG Fashun, which premieres on the E! network May 6, doesn’t just arrive at the height of Fox’s fame, but when sustainability in the fashion industry is more critical than ever. Fox—who executive produces the show—understands that when viewers hear the word “sustainability,” they might tune out; some could assume the conversation has turned boring, or has become too focused on something most of us don’t have much control over, like fast-fashion companies dominating the marketplace.Read more at The Daily Beast.

J.Lo’s Career Identity Crisis Needs a New ‘Monster-in-Law’

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Everett CollectionWelcome to modern rom-com week at The Daily Beast’s Obsessed! In honor of two big romance releases this week—The Fall Guy and The Idea of You—we’re celebrating everything we love about the last 15 years of romantic comedies.Jennifer Lopez has the work ethic of 100 people, 15 horses, three donkeys, and me after two cans of sugar-free Red Bull. That’s why she needs to dance with a cane: She’s a lot of woman to support! Hopping between an action movie about an assassin stricken with maternal guilt, to an album all about your marriage (complete with accompanying short film and documentary, lest we forget), to an upcoming sci-fi thriller about a dystopian universe where AI has taken over would be a daunting task for anyone. And yet, Lopez has persisted, making it look as easy as rocking up to the bodega counter and ordering her preferred meal of ham and cheese on a roll and a bag of chips.Lopez seems consumed by the need to prove to the world that she can do anything and be anybody. It’s a commendable effort, especially when something like her childhood bodega order can be lambasted online in Reddit threads questioning the veracity of her love of orange drink. For years, J.Lo has been the butt of the internet’s joke, a favorite to pile on whenever carpal tunnel-ridden thumbs need something new to post about. Various threads on X detail all of the “stolen” songs in her discography—a common misconception about the standard music industry practice of using vocals recorded in a demo as backing vocals in a finished song. Other times, a venture at audience connection will be an outright failure, like when her attempt to start the #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge was met with crickets, along with plenty of observations over how loudly those crickets were chirping.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Stylist Icon Law Roach Listens to Critics. Just Don’t Come for Zendaya.

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesLaw Roach is no stranger to controversial looks. Whether the renowned celebrity stylist and image architect is showing up bulge-first to the 2023 CFDA awards or dressing his longtime client Zendaya in ostentatious tennis couture for her Challengers press tour, Roach is unafraid to take risks on the red carpet. That confident conviction extends to his larger body of work. Last year, Roach shocked the fashion and entertainment industries when he announced he would retire from styling to pursue his own ventures. And though he still works closely with Zendaya (and will occasionally pop up to style a friend and client like Celine Dion for her surprise appearance at this year’s Grammys), navigating uncharted waters has been tricky.“I’m figuring it out!” Roach tells The Daily Beast’s Obsessed over Zoom, laughing to himself. “As far as my style and the way I want the world to see me, it’s changing a little bit. I think that’s okay.” Roach is promoting his latest gig outside the world of styling, a new E! Network reality show called OMG Fashun, which he’s hosting alongside megawatt multihyphenate Julia Fox. While this is far from Roach’s first foray into reality television, it’s certainly his most exciting. The series is a design competition that pushes for sustainability in the fashion industry through outlandish, upcycled looks that viewers could easily replicate and remix at home. (Think Project Runway for the Brooklyn club kid scene.) It’s the perfect addition to Roach’s portfolio, which already boasts a slew of outrageous and exciting styling decisions and branding tactics that have made him as famous as his A-List clients.Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘Mary & George’ Stop the Relentless Sex to Wage War—and It’s Just as Satisfying

StarzAs if there weren’t enough power struggles being waged from week to week on Mary & George, real war is brewing for the English in 1618, and Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) and her son George (Nicholas Galitzine) are on the proverbial frontlines. Episode 5 of the deliciously provocative seven-episode limited series dials back its sexual overtones for the first time since its premiere. If Mary & George were a lesser show, those who come to this period piece for all of its licking and lusting—of which there is so much—might be disappointed by this week's lack of copulation. But by dialing up the life-and-death stakes, and putting a sizable wedge between mother and son for the first time, Mary & George Episode 5 shows us that this series can be just as persuasive when it turns its focus from brothels to battles.At the top of the episode, Sir Walter Raleigh (Joseph Mawle)—a soldier and explorer who was responsible for proliferating the legend of the golden city of El Dorado among the English people—has just recovered from a failed, rogue attack on Spanish troops. In a period of peace following the Anglo-Spanish War, Raleigh’s assault was treasonous to England, and Raleigh kills his captain to cover it up, but must be shipped back to England regardless to explain the organized strike on Spanish troops to King James I (Tony Curran).Read more at The Daily Beast.

The ‘Mary & George’ Sex Romp Ends With a (Literally) Buried Heart

StarzAs much fun as Mary & George can be, what with all of Julianne Moore’s plotting and perversion as the devious Mary Villiers, it surprises when it reminds us that a soul is lurking somewhere beneath all of the show’s delectable lechery. After a bout of orgies and murder in last week’s episode, the limited series returns tonight with an installment that’s slightly more tempered, though no less packed with sex and manslaughter—you’ve got to give the people what they want! Episode 4 sees the show continuing to operate at a level higher than most contemporary series ever reach. It’s a deftly written, droll chapter in the life of Mary and her second-born son George (Nicholas Galitzine), one that pushes the show past its halfway point, but still promises plenty more action to come.Episode 4 opens in 1617, just before the show’s normal timeline, with two lowly gravediggers in Scotland tasked to dig up something from an unmarked grave. The men unearth a human heart below the soil, and, shocked, wonder what kind of demented man this organ has been passed down from. The episode makes no secret of that, cutting immediately to a sight of King James I (Tony Curran) and George in the king’s bed, naked. Why James is preoccupied with getting his hands on someone else’s ventricles and vessels we don’t yet know, but a bare heart resting six feet underground doesn’t bode well for George. James stirs and lifts George’s arm around him, stroking his soft skin, before bringing George’s forearm to his mouth and biting it like a hungry dog.When Mary meets George at the royal palace’s grounds, she balks at George’s bite mark, while George likens the force of the king’s nibble to a hunting terrier. The king approaches, overhearing their conversation, and asks who the terrier among them is. Mary, always quick on her feet, responds, “Me!” and begins to bark and growl like a dog. She’s happy to embarrass herself in this fashion if the king can remain unaware of their discussion, but when James invites Mary to toss a mouse at his prized hawk and the hawk has no response, she recoils. Whether or not the bird takes any interest in the rodent is no concern of the king’s, but Mary reacts to any social blunder like a life-threatening injury.Read more at The Daily Beast.