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Michael B. Jordan On Being The New Face Of Coach, His Fragrance Trick, And His Fashion Philosophy.

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Michael B. Jordan is known for his impressive range. He stole the small screen (and hearts) as Wallace in The Wire. And who can forget his turns in Friday Night Lights, Creed, Fruitvale Station and Black Panther, to name a few? But his latest role is uncharted territory for him once again. This time he is the new face of Coach. Jordan tells us all about it.

Why did you sign on as the face of Coach? It wasn’t an overnight thing. From some red carpets and press events and going to fashion shows, and getting to know Stuart (Vevers) and the brand over a few years and then ultimately getting to the place where it’s like, alright, I know the people that actually are in the front office, I know the designer, I know what the brand represents and it was very similar to things I care about. I’m not a guy who chases money or one deal just for a deal. It really has to be a partnership and compliment each other. I found that Coach was the perfect brand for me to do that with and then also having a fragrance line, something I always wanted to be a part of, it was like a one stop shop for a lot of the things on my checklist—I checked off a lot of my boxes.

Which is your favorite Coach fragrance? Coach for Men is my favorite. I like that it’s just a little bit more earthy. It reminds me of a cologne that I don’t remember the name of, but I remember when I was a kid, the first time I ever really wore cologne, one of my best friend’s older brother would always have tons of cologne bottles. And he’d say, “don’t go in my room and don’t touch my stuff.” Of course, when he’s not there, you’re in there looking at all the sneakers that you can’t fit in or can’t have, and the cologne bottles, and we’re putting his stuff on, and then I remember dousing myself in it and going somewhere and I gave this girl a hug and she was like, you smell so good, and I was like, what, you can smell that on me? And then when I smelled this, I was like, wow, this takes me back. That’s the power of smell, so I just always kind of dug it. And I like the bottle too. It’s a little fruitier; it has pineapple notes, black pepper oil and juniper berries, so this one is a little lighter for me, but it also tells a story.

On a regular day, when you’re not on set, what’s your grooming routine like? It depends on what mood I’m in. If I’m in more of a creative space, doing a lot of work and developing things and starting up companies, really in the thick of it, I’ll probably let my hair and facial hair go. I’ll still get a haircut, but I’ll probably let my face go. I just got my first manicure/pedicure the other day, which is pretty cool for men. That was a good experience. A typical grooming experience for me is haircuts, showers, you know what I’m saying. A little manscaping. Keeping it cool.

How do you like to wear fragrance? You can’t put lotion on right after you shower because you start sweating—that’s what I learned over time, for sure. Air dry, dry off, you know, lotion up, and then I usually spray a body layer. Not a lot, but just a little bit and then I get dressed and I might add another shot right before I go out. It’s all about layering, because you don’t want to overpower everything up top. So, you have a base scent that’s always going to be there, that sits on your clothes a little bit, and then you have a top layer that’s more of the introduction to somebody.

Outside of the cologne realm, what smells do you like? I love the smell of fresh cut grass. It reminds me so much of being back home because I used to mow the lawn all the time. In LA we don’t have lawns like that, so that’s something I definitely miss. Morning dew. Something I love, early morning when I’m going for a run or something, I just love the smell of the moisture in the air—it’s pretty sweet. My grandmother’s rum cakes. She used to live next door to me growing up, so whenever she was baking rum cakes the smell would just creep through my house, so that’s something that smell, that sugary rum glaze. It’s pretty good.

Was there someone who took you under their wing to show you how style can make a statement? My best friend Sterling, he’s a fashionable guy. I’m paying attention a little bit more. There really are no rules; you’ve got to do what makes you feel comfortable. It’s all about feeling comfortable in what you have on. Everybody is not going to like what you have on, so you can’t really pay attention to what other people might say or think, but you just gotta do what makes you feel comfortable, and if you feel comfortable and confident, that’s pretty much it.

What’s next for you? Just Mercy is probably the next film I have coming up. It’s a story about Bryan Stevenson. He’s a defense attorney from Alabama. He started this coalition called The Equal Justice Initiative. He represents wrongly convicted inmates that are on death row and tries to get them exonerated from the death penalty. I adapted the book, Just Mercy, into a biopic and so the book is the story of his most memorable cases and the movie takes place around a few of those. He’s a really important man. He’s alive and well and still fighting the good fight, and he’s one of those special humans that the world is definitely a much better place having him here. Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson—we have a really nice, well-rounded cast. It’s my first project that I produced under my inclusion rider over at Warner Brothers, which I’m really excited about. I’m really happy that the studio got behind me on that one and really made that happen because I think it’s going to set a precedent across the board of what studios follow their lead. I think people are going to enjoy it and it’s going to make a real impact.

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Joker Becomes First R-rated Film To Make $1bn At Global Box Office.

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It’s all part of the plan: Joker has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office becoming the first R-rated film ever to do so. 

Since its release in October, the Clown Prince of Crime has been a fixture in headlines across the globe. From mass shooting concerns, polarising opinions and record after record, one thing’s for sure: people are talking about Joker.

From best October opening of all time, to highest grossing R-rated film in cinema history (not adjusted for inflation), it was only a matter of time before the Batman foe’s origin story joined the lucrative $1bn club.

Joker Becomes First R-Rated Movie In History To Make $1 Billion

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The film’s global box office take was sitting at $999.1 million yesterday, November 15. Exhibitor Relations Co. then confirmed on Twitter that it had reached the massive milestone (the exact figure has still to be released).

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It was only weeks ago that Joker sailed past The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Ryan Reynolds – who stars as the sweary, spandex-wearing hero – even took a moment to congratulate the Clown Prince of Crime on Instagram, in true R-rated fashion.

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Joker joins Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.34bn), Aquaman ($1.148bn), The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ($1.12bn), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08bn), The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey ($1.01bn), and The Dark Knight ($1bn).

What’s particularly impressive is that Joker has yet to be released in China, still managing to bag a seismic box office without one of the key markets.

Also, with only a humble budget of $62.5 million, Joker has become the most profitable comicbook movie of all time too.

The film has been critically-acclaimed, swooping the Golden Lion (a highly prestigious award, generally a precursor to a Best Picture Oscar nomination), at the Venice Film Festival.ADVERTISING

Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular villain, is a hot favourite as predictions for next year’s Oscars start to roll in – as it stands, Phoenix and Adam Driver (for Marriage Story) are the front-runners for Best Leading Actor.

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It’s currently sitting at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critics’ consensus calling it ‘a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star’.

UNILAD called Joker our film of the year, describing it as a ‘terrifying, harrowing, volatile triumph’.

Joker is in cinemas now.

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Titanic Superstar, Leonardo DiCaprio Fights To Protect Ghana’s Atewa Forest.

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Oscar award-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has added his voice to calls for the protection of the Atewa Forest as Ghana prepares to commence the first phase of the Sinohydro deal.

The deal will see Ghana’s bauxite reserves in the Atewa Forest mined and traded in a ‘barter’ deal for $2 billion from China, meant to be invested in various developmental projects across the country, particularly roads.

DiCaprio, who is a staunch environmentalist believes that mining in the Forest would put the millions of people and hundreds of “wildlife species” who depend on it “at risk of extinction”

“Ghana’s #Atewa Forest Reserve provides drinking water to 5 million+ people & harbors 100+ wildlife species at risk of extinction. We must prioritize the protection of these irreplaceable places for a healthy planet,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

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Having founded an environmental organization – Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – which has been in existence since 1998, it is not surprising that the multiple award-winning actor would take a keen interest in the developments with the Atewa Forest, which has been a raging issue since the deal with China was first announced.

This week, Ghana received the first instalment of the $2 billion deal, initially agreed in 2018 for the country’s bauxite deposits to be leveraged in exchange for the funds.

With the commercial mining of the bauxite set to commence next year, there has been rising agitation from within the country and externally as well, especially from environmental and wildlife conservation groups over the fate of the Atewa Forest, where about 165 million tonnes of bauxite is located.

Back in June, a group of mainly environmental activists marched through the streets of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, eventually presenting a petition to Parliament asking that the deal to mine in the forest be called off.

While the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources at the time, Kweku Asomah Cheremeh promised to “look at the issues they have raised in their petition”, the government still made moves towards implementing the deal as a private firm had been contracted to undertake the confirmatory drilling in the forest.

Several other bodies including A ROCHA Ghana, who have been fierce critics of the Sinohydro deal, the Christian Council of Ghana and the US Forest Service who provided some technical advice have urged the government to consider the potential ramifications of mining in the forest, one of most detrimental being the destruction of the sources of water for about five million people.

The US report stated that: “given the scale, duration, and potential significant and permanent impact of Ghana’s Integrated Bauxite Plan on the Atewa Forest Reserve and water supply of over 5 million people, it is critical to evaluate a range of development and management options (including … alternatives to mining) to protect drinking water and other ecosystem services.”

A group, the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape, has also threatened to take the matter up to The Hague, adding that turning the location into an “ecotourism attraction” could earn the country much more than the 2 billion being provided by China.

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Gerard Butler’s “Has Fallen” Series Could Get Three More Sequels.

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The Has Fallen Cinematic Universe is expanding. Yep, the producers of the Gerard Butler-starring franchise have revealed some grand plans for the future, including up to three (!) more feature films and a host of international TV spin-offs…

Against all odds, the film series – which kicked off with Antoine Fuqua's White House-set thriller Olympus Has Fallen back in 2013 – has amassed something of a cult following, with action lovers responding to the unashamedly overblown adventures of Butler's beleaguered secret service agent Mike Banning.

As Deadline reports, series producer Alan Siegel told the American Film Market’s finance conference that the filmmakers are looking at developing a fourth, fifth, and sixth instalment in the series. He also said that they are considering loaning out the franchise rights to international production companies, resulting in a bunch of global TV spin-offs that could feed into the main movie timeline.

“If we do it in India, the star of that could come intoHas Fallen 4," Siegel said. "It could be a symbiotic relationship."

Jeffrey Greenstein, president of Has Fallen production company Millennium Media, also discussed the franchise's move towards a more character-driven story with the franchise's third entry. “We looked at each other on the third one and we thought we couldn’t just blow up another city,” he said, with Siegel reportedly adding: “This time. Maybe next one we will."

The most recent film in the series, the Ric Roman Waugh-directed Angel Has Fallen, was deemed a modest success, taking in $133 million worldwide off a reported $40 million budget and opening at the top of the US box office on its release this summer. The franchise as a whole – including 2016's landmark-destroying London Has Fallen – has amassed over $500 million worldwide. Granted, we're not exactly talking modern blockbuster numbers, but it's still a decent achievement for a franchise of this size.

We'll keep you updated on the Has Fallen-verse as we hear more.

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World’s First Porn University Opens In Colombia.

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PORN actress Amaranta Hank has just opened the world's first University of Porn. The sex-school offers workshops and conferences which specialise in production, acting and sales of pornographic materials.

The X-rated star originally worked as a journalist, and rose to fame in her home country of Colombia after losing a bet in which she promised to strip naked for a shoot with SOHO magazine if her home football team, Deportivo Cucuta got promoted to the top division.

Following the success from her racy snaps, Hank opted to change careers and hasn't looked back since.

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Now she wants to help budding porn producers and actors to develop their careers with her Porn University.

Located in Medellin, Colombia, the first school of the pornographic industry offers 'live practices' with Amaranta professing the best way to learn how to do something is to do it yourself.

A seasoned professional, Amaranta reportedly films racy scenes with up to 12 people in a day and hopes to pass on practical tips in resilience and motivation in her x-rated lectures, as well as show them how to enjoy their work.

Amaranta was inspired after speaking to several people who weren't in the industry about their desire to get a taste of the sexier side of life.

She said, "the idea came after receiving several messages daily from people who confessed to me being tired of their work routine, and their desire to become porn stars or enter the business."

Having come from an established journalism career, Amaranta reportedly struggled with moving into porn originally due to societal pressures and prejudices against sex workers.

Now a champion of self confidence, the Latin actress hopes to instil the same confidence into her students.

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