This Summer, some of the most well-known women in Hollywood will be lighting up the big screen as superheroes, cops, magicians, '90s teens, and more. While some actresses are returning to popular roles for sequels, others will be treading in new territory — like Emma Watson, who's playing a shallow socialite in Sofia Coppola's latest film. We've already shown you the boys of Summer, so now take a look at the leading ladies of Summer!
While our adult selves may cringe at princess culture and the outdated stereotypes that come along with it, there's just something special about the Disney princesses we grew up with like Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, and Ariel. And they aren't all damsels in distress; the newer crop of the crowned ladies have attempted to be better role models for little girls. These include Princess Sofia the First and Brave's Princess Merida.
Merida is about as modern as they come, being one of the only Disney princesses who's not only a bow-and-arrow-wielding tomboy, she has zero interest in finding her Prince Charming. Because of this, Disney has been in hot water recently for creating a "sexy" version for their princess site, and it looks like a petition to change Merida back has worked: the company swapped the art back.
But whether these Disney princesses — or, for the purists, animated heroines — are classics or newbies, they've inspired many creative artists who've transformed them into thought-provoking modern art. So while we wait for The Real Housewives of Disney to become an actual show, satiate your obsession with some of our favorite artistic renditions of Disney princesses!
There's a new secret way to cut the lines at Disney, but it involves a serious moral sacrifice. The NY Post reports that a wealthy set of visitors has been hiring disabled "tour guides" to accompany their families to the Orlando theme park, affording them access to handicapped entrances, thereby bypassing the lines for rides. The tour company, called Dream Tours Florida, was uncovered by Dr. Wednesday Martin, a social anthropologist who discovered the disturbing trend while researching her book, Primates of Park Avenue. "It's insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully," Martin said. Apparently, you need a referral to even get through to the business, as Dream Tours' number is unlisted. Disney allows each wheelchair or scooter-bound visitor to bring up to six guests to an accessible entrance for each attraction. A woman who employed Dream Tours' services told the Postthat she hired a guide to accompany her family of four through the park in a motorized scooter with a "handicap" sign on it, and the group received special access throughout the park. We're pretty sure that we can all agree that this practice is reprehensible, but whom do you think is most at fault? Sound off!
For the second weekend in a row, Iron Man 3 dominated the box office, adding $72.5 million to its total, which now stands at a whopping $284.9 million. New release The Great Gatsby earned second place, with an impressive $51.1 million intake. Michael Bay's Pain & Gain dropped to third, taking in just $5 million, followed by Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, which made a paltry $4.9 million in its first weekend. 42 hung in the top five with a $4.7 million haul.
Real or made-up, animated or in costume, there's just something about princes that makes us swoon. The quintessential royal dreamboat is Prince Charming, who will be played by Richard Madden in Disney's upcoming Cinderella film. In the real world, the most eligible royal bachelor is Prince Harry, who just brought his fine ginger self to America. Handsome Disney princes, clever memes, movie heartthrobs, real-life royalty — take a look at these sexy princes to see why we can't help but love them!
May is here, and while we know the weather is warming up outside, we have more than a few reasons to be inside this month. The cool, air-conditioned movie theater is offering up the first blockbusters of the Summer movie season, like Iron Man 3. On TV, the season may be winding down for most series, but there are plenty of exciting things starting up, like the return of Arrested Development and a new installment of The Bachelorette. We've got those, plus the music and other entertainment happenings you need to know about in May!
Superheroes, cops, futuristic fighters — prepare to see some seriously sexy stars light up the big screen in this Summer's movies. Hollywood's finest will be showing off their swoon-worthy physiques as they save the world, take down the bad guys, and, you know, just try to get out of Las Vegas alive. No matter what they're doing, though, these handsome actors will have you returning to the theater again and again. Take a look at the hottest boys of Summer!
— Additional reporting by Laura Meyers
Tony Stark took down more than The Mandarin this weekend: Iron Man 3 earned $175.3 million, earning the blockbuster the second-highest opening weekend of all time behind last year's The Avengers. Last week's No. 1, Pain & Gain, followed far, far behind, taking in $7.6 million. Historical baseball movie 42 stayed steady in third place, earning $6.2 million, followed by Oblivion, with $5.8 million. The Croods rounded out the top five with $4.2 million.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) again attempts to save the world — and keep dear Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) out of danger — in Iron Man 3, opening this week. If you're not already convinced you need to see the new installment, check out all the action-packed pictures of Downey, Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle, and the rest of the cast.
After great Iron Man movies and an Avengers film, it's fair to assume that it's only a matter of time before we get tired of seeing these guys. But Iron Man 3 is not only equally fantastic as its predecessors; it's also the most emotional and most focused installment in the franchise to date. The secret to the success of the film? Giving the audience something they haven't seen before: a different side of Tony, a brand-new suit, and a villain that hits very close to home. Of course, the magic of Robert Downey Jr. is the key ingredient in making these films endlessly fun.
Iron Man 3 opens to the tune of Eiffel 65's song "Blue," which is fitting not just as a cue to the introductory '90s flashback, but because it describes Tony Stark's present-day state of mind. After coming face to face with some aliens (in The Avengers), he's tired, he's anxious, and he's feeling overprotective of his girlfriend, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), all of which makes Tony even more relatable as a character. Superheroes: they're just like us! It doesn't help matters that there's a terrorist on the loose who calls himself The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and Tony's penchant for getting himself into trouble quickly makes him a huge target. To find out why Iron Man 3 is a must see, just read more