50 Cent concerned people will ‘get fat’ during coronavirus crisis

50 Cent is worried people will “get fat” while they stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.In a chat for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s My Monday Morning column, the rapper urged his fans to abide by health officials’ guidance to practice socia…

50 Cent is worried people will “get fat” while they stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.

In a chat for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s My Monday Morning column, the rapper urged his fans to abide by health officials’ guidance to practice social distancing and stay at home as the pandemic worsens around the world.

However, 50 Cent encouraged people to try and do some daily exercise too.

”Keep your social distance. Being conscious of that,” he commented. “But a lot of people are not making adjustments, so they’re just going to sit home and they’re going to get fat. They’ll get fat.”

As reported cases of coronavirus approach 382,000 around the world, governments are taking extreme measures to stop the disease from spreading further.

Currently self-isolating at his home in New York, 50 Cent also described his efforts to stick to a regular exercise routine without the help of a trainer.

”On Mondays, I trained with a trainer for a very long time. I’ve been doing it by myself recently, but I’m going to start training out with these really fit girls,” the 44-year-old stated, before going on to clarify that he meant he was working out with the help of online training videos posted by women on social media. “Yeah, on Instagram, stuff like that. For me, it’s something like, I don’t want to not be able to do it when it’s a girl telling me to do it. When you’re training legs, you should definitely train with women, because that’s all they train. After a while you’re like, ‘Yo, what is this?’ You know what I’m saying? Like, ‘What the f**k you all been doing in here?'”

During self-isolation, working out is not the only task keeping 50 Cent busy. He is currently producing a TV drama called For Life and is set to publish a self-help book, titled Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, in late April.

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Bob Iger fires back at criticism of Marvel movies

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at Th…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.

Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference in California on Tuesday night, and during an interview, was asked what he thought of Scorsese’s view that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks are “not cinema”, and Coppola’s opinion that such blockbusters are “despicable”.

“Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese are people I hold in the highest regard in terms of the films they’ve made, the films I’ve liked, the films we’ve all watched,” he stated, according to reporters at Fast Company. “But when Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ I’d reserve the word ‘despicable’ for someone who had committed mass murder.

“I don’t get what they’re criticising us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and they’re doing so by the millions.”

Iger then insisted that Marvel films actually support the wider movie industry because they draw in viewers and allow cinema executives to show more independent films. He also compared Ryan Coogler’s box office smash, Black Panther, to Scorsese and Coppola’s movies.

“Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on,” the 68-year-old asked.

Following Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan have all defended the MCU. However, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch expressed support for both sides of the argument during a chat on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Tuesday.

“I know there’s been a lot of debate recently with some very fine filmmakers coming to the fore saying these film franchises are taking over everything,” he explained. “But, lucky us actors who get to do both kinds of variety, at either polarity (in terms) of budgeting.

“I agree, we don’t want one king to rule it all and have a monopoly and all that, and it’s hopefully not the case and we should really look into continuing to support auteur filmmakers at every level.”

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Tyra Banks puts modelling success down to careful fashion research

Tyra Banks has pinpointed careful fashion research as the key to her success as a model.The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her re…

Tyra Banks has pinpointed careful fashion research as the key to her success as a model.

The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her reality TV series America’s Next Top Model. Reflecting on the early days in a video for The Wall Street Journal, Tyra advised anyone interested in the fashion industry to analyse history, trends, and runway shows.

“I think my success was strategy. I studied how Chanel models walked in that fashion show. I studied how Yves Saint Laurent models walked,” she remembered. “Chanel was very happy and sweet and they kind of twirled their pearls and they kinda winked on the runway. Yves Saint Laurent – hair slicked back in a bun, red lipstick, and they walked really elegantly like haute couture. So, every single fashion show had a different style and different look. So, when I got to Paris, I had a backpack full of stuff, a kit (so that I) could transform myself to every single designer’s look and style.”

And while breaking into the circuit wasn’t always easy, Tyra noted that as an African-American women, she sometimes felt more “accepted” in the French capital than she did “in my own country”.

“I do not think I would have become a supermodel had Paris not enveloped me in her arms and said, ‘You matter. Your beauty matters here.’ I really felt like I was the (entertainer) Josephine Baker of modelling in Paris, with that acceptance there,” the 45-year-old commented.

Elsewhere in the chat, Tyra also spoke about her upcoming business ventures and teased the opening of Modelland. The theme park is due to launch in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California.

“Modelland is my baby that hasn’t been born yet, but she is due at the end of this year,” she smiled. “Modelland is a location-based attraction where you can be a model for a day. And I don’t mean a professional model, I’m talking about families, mamas, daddies, cousins, uncles, sisters, you know, bridal showers, stag parties, can come to model land and have fun and can be the fantasy versions of themselves.”

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Melissa McCarthy working on a new clothing label

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line. The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on ho…

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line.

The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on hold because she had disagreed with brand bosses on how she should run the business.

However, in a new profile piece for The Wall Street Journal, Melissa shared that she’s now working on launching a smaller, more affordable label.

“I just wanted to make it a little smaller and more accessible,” she said, explaining her decision. “I wanted to work on keeping prices down and for it to be for everyone.”

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star, who majored in clothing and textiles at Southern Illinois University, wanted Melissa McCarthy Seven7 to be inclusive as she struggled to find stylish outfits for her figure. She designed garments that ranged in size from a U.S. four to 28 (U.K. six to 30).

“I’ve been every shape and size that’s out there, and I just found it harder and harder to find stuff,” the 48-year-old continued. “I thought, I’m modern and young and want to wear what everybody else is wearing. Why is this such a strange request?”

Recalling the disagreement with label bosses, who are all men, Melissa told People last year, “I just found that so fascinating. I’m not saying it’s my way or the highway, but design is such an intimate and hopefully long relationship and you really have to make sure you’re doing it right.”

She added that the incident was even more “heartbreaking” because she had designed a whole season of outfits that ultimately never got released.

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Tyra Banks focused on legacy rather than making money

Tyra Banks is much more focused on leaving a legacy than making loads of money.The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her reality TV …

Tyra Banks is much more focused on leaving a legacy than making loads of money.

The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her reality TV series America’s Next Top Model.

While Tyra is now working on a variety of different business ventures, including the upcoming Modelland theme park, she is adamant that she isn’t worried about the cash.

“I’m not into money, I’m into legacy. I’m into owning something,” she said in a video interview for The Wall Street Journal.

“I want to pass something down to my family, particularly being an African-American woman, and being able to pass that down to generations – that’s power. And not just money, but a platform and a symbol to my community to say, ‘It’s not just about the pay cheque, it’s about signing other people’s pay cheque.'”

However, Tyra did note that part of the reason she is so determined to carve out a name for herself in the business world is so that she is financially independent.

Insisting that she had a “pretty positive” childhood, she did comment that her mother Carolyn stayed married to her father Donald for longer than she wanted because she didn’t have her own money.

“Later, as an adult, I learned that she stayed way longer than she wanted to because she did not have financial freedom. And knowing that as an adult made me make sure that I have financial freedom,” the 45-year-old reflected.

Modelland is due to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California.

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