Christian Siriano Owns ‘Maybe 20 Pairs’ of Glasses, But Always Wears the Same Ones Every Day

When you think of designer Christian Siriano, it’s hard to imagine him without accessorizing with his signature black-rimmed glasses. So when the opportunity to partner with Transitions Optical to design colorful, fashion-forward lenses presented itself, Siriano knew it was a perfect match.

“It’s nice to work on something that feels very like something I wanted or needed,” Siriano told PEOPLE. “Getting dressed everyday should be a fun experience so why should your eyewear be any different? These lenses give wearers freedom of expression and comfortable vision day and night. I’m loving the product.”

The experience working with the brand, known for its smart lenses that adjust to the perfect tint when you step outdoors to protect your eyes, has even inspired Siriano to switch up his eyewear look more than he has ever before.

“I’m actually really bad that I never change my glasses. I wear my glasses and never put sunglasses on, which is a really bad habit,” he told us. “I probably have maybe 20 pairs of glasses and I literally wear the same pair every day. But with these new lenses with different colors I am going to start switching them out more because now I actually have a reason to.”

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He added, “I just got a pair of really cool gold lenses that I like and there’s also a classic silver tone. I’m going to try and switch it up.”

And perfectly timed with his partnership, Siriano unveiled his own Resort 2019 collection, which included ’60s cat eye sunglasses with Transitions lenses popped in.

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“I put these different lenses kind of in my typical sunglasses shape. The frames itself are modern, square and really bright colors. It was inspired by a Barbie Dream House kind of vibe so they’re fun and quirky. So all around think girls will look really cool,” he told us. 

When it comes to Siriano’s personal eyewear aesthetic, the designer described his go-to look as “pretty classic and simple” with a “cool dark frame,” but admitted he wasn’t always fond of his glasses.

“I’ve had them since I was 12 or 13 and of course, when you’re young, you’re like, ‘Oh my god,’” Siriano said. “You just feel like a nerd. But now I can’t imagine not wearing them. It is so funny. It is my look now. I love how they have become such an accessory for people to wear if even if they don’t need them.”


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LES HOMMES URBAN

A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

A shoe from the Cmmn brand. 
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For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
Founded in 2012 in Malmo, Sweden, Cmmn Swdn is based between Sweden and London where it showed for six seasons before moving to present in

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Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

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For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
Founded in 2012 in Malmo, Sweden, Cmmn Swdn is based between Sweden and London where it showed for six seasons before moving to present in

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LES HOMMES URBAN

A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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Why beige carbs are the ones to avoid – Dr Xand van Tulleken

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Should You Get Married Quickly To Have Your Sick Or Elderly Loved Ones In Attendance?

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Ones to Watch: Batsheva’s Downtown Modesty

Amid a moment of evolving gender norms, Batsheva Hay — a former litigator — is looking to spin an empowered narrative from over-the-top modesty. In a single season, her namesake dress brand, Batsheva, has found a following, nearly selling out at Opening Ceremony.
Batsheva’s pastoral designs meld elements of Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ashley, and Eighties neo-Victoriana. Ruffled sleeves, collars and hems extend from mid-neck to knee. Hay’s dresses have found popularity among young downtown types, who pair the designs with old trainers and mussed-up hair.
For fall 2018, Hay has expanded the line to include an assortment of matching fabric handbags — each fashioned to look like small babushka pouches.

Hay, the wife of photographer Alexei Hay, embarked on the project as a post-partum hobby. “After quitting my legal job and having two kids I felt like I was wasting my intelligence and energy. I just had the desire to make some clothes I wanted to wear,” the native New Yorker explained.
“In motherhood I had a weird identity shift and body shift and I didn’t enjoy shopping anymore, I didn’t like anything except my old vintage clothes. They were in complete disrepair and I went to remake one of them with the

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Ones to Watch: Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — From the debut collection of design-led sustainable men’s brand, Phipps, to Nïuku’s modern-day tribute to men’s tailoring of yore, here are some of the new talents to look out for at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks into high gear today.
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A look by Phipps. 
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“It’s about acknowledging that we’re all people, we’re in this together,” said Spencer Phipps, founder of Phipps, a new men’s wear line mixing sustainability and style that is due to launch on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Week. (The venue is still to be confirmed.)
The Paris-based designer, who is from San Francisco, cut his teeth in the men’s studio of Marc Jacobs in New York before working for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp for three years. After leaving Van Noten, he spent eight months researching manufacturers and materials. “I did my graduate collection in sustainability in 2008 at Parsons and it was like a joke. I ended up finding one manufacturer in New England that was basically some hippy commune that made hemp and linen and one cotton flannel,” he said.
So Phipps opted to work with manufacturers in Portugal, “a country that is basically certified [for sustainability].”
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Fashion Scout Unveils Winners for The Ones to Watch Award

NEW FACES: Fashion Scout, an international showcase that aids emerging talent, has unveiled winners of The Ones to Watch award for London Fashion Week fall 2018. They are Maddie Williams, Zhi Chen’s I Am Chen, Susan Fang and Kristel Kuslapuu.
“We are excited to have expanded the award across the catwalk and presentation studio to fit with our winner’s creative views,” said Fashion Scout founder and director Martyn Roberts. “We have a bold and colorful eclectic mix of designers from diverse cultures.”
Launched in 2006, Fashion Scout has worked with, and supported designers including Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Eudon Choi and David Koma with dedicated showcases meant to attract press and buyers.
Fashion Scout will mount its Ones to Watch Catwalk show during London Fashion Week on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in The Vestibule Catwalk.
The Ones to Watch Presentation will take place on Feb. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Presentation Studio, Freemasons’ Hall.
Williams, Chen and Fang will take part in a collective showcase in the Vestibule Catwalk Hall, while Kuslapuu will present her range within the Fashion Scout Presentation studio.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, the British eco-designer Maddie Williams won the Catwalk Textiles Award and the

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2018: Ones to Watch

John Alexander Skelton
Born and raised in York, John Alexander Skelton received his master’s in fashion men’s wear at Central Saint Martins and took on internships at E. Tautz and Patrik Ervell before launching his label last year. Selected by Giles Deacon, Skelton is a recipient of the Sarabande scholarship, an initiative from The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation that aids young designers. He is working out of a studio at Sarabande in east London.
Sustainability is a key theme for Skelton, who incorporates repurposed materials into his ranges and takes a DIY approach to his work. He has a loom in his studio and many of his fabrics are handwoven, as is much of his knitwear. “Everything I dye is also done by hand using natural dye. The handcrafted element is my signature, in a way,” said the designer.
For fall 2018, Skelton has been working with mills in Ireland, mixing British wool and Irish linen.
“I have been doing a lot of hand weaving, as well, on the loom. I have also done a few natural dyes this time, one using an ancient European dye, the European version of indigo, called woad,” he said.
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Ones to watch: Movies, TV and music in 2018

The new year arrives with the prospect of greatness. The return of Wes Anderson, Roseanne and Jack White could make 2018 one to remember.
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Women One’s Dayle Haddon Aims to Empower Girls With Help From Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

YOUNG AT HEART: Model-turned-activist Dayle Haddon took her empowerment message to Washington, D.C., with the help of Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.
In honor of the “International Day of the Girl,” Haddon joined the leader, his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and others who have “generous spirits, had a fierce intellect and deep passion for women’s issues” in a roundtable discussion. Other heavy hitting attendees included Jean Case of the Case Foundation, Maria Eitel of the Girl Effect and the Nike Foundation, Jennifer Frazier of Twitter, Carol Hamilton of L’Oréal Luxe USA, Amy Hepburn of Women One, Arianna Huffington, Gayle Smith of the Bono-supported One campaign, Kristin Lemkau of J.P. Morgan Chase, Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen, Carole Wamuyu Wainaina of Africa 50, Pam Scott of the Curious Co., Regina Scully of Artemis Rising and Scott Rutherford of McKinsey & Co. A personal favorite of Haddon’s was Malika Saada Saar, senior counsel on civil and human rights for Google, who spoke of “all the new ways that Google is developing empathetic communication from a woman’s view.”
As Women One’s founder, Haddon connected with Trudeau through his chief of staff about linking her work with the Canadian efforts

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Automation Kills Jobs in Retail—and Replaces Them With Better Ones

Automation commonly creates more, and better-paying, jobs than it destroys. In U.S. retailing, rising e-commerce employment at such companies as Amazon more than compensates for the swoon in brick-and-mortar stores.
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Mel B and Simon Cowell Are Not the Only Ones to Fight: A History of TV Judges’ Feuds

Mel B, Melanie Brown, X Factor, Simon CowellIf you haven’t heard, there was a bit of a tussle on TV last night.
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Keep Your iPhone Alive Until the New Ones Arrive

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‘The Defiant Ones’: How Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Made a Lot of Music and, Yeah, Money

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The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigade

The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigade


The new animal-fantasy/adventure series for fans of Warriors, Spirit Animals, and Redwall! Kit may have saved the Wild Ones from the Flealess, but he and his neighbors are not out of danger yet. Coyote has taken charge of the Thunder River Rompers, a notorious gang of nearsighted otters, and he has his sights set on Ankle Snap Alley. When, on the eve of the First Frost, Coyote and his henchmen steal all of the seeds and nuts that the Alley’s residents have stored up for winter, Kit knows that he can’t sit by and do nothing. As he tries to fulfill his school assignments and win himself a coveted invitation into the Moonlight Brigade, Kit knows he must outsmart the Coyote so that his fellow Wild Ones can survive the winter. With so much depending on him, it’s time for Kit to pull off his greatest trick yet and save the community he now calls home. Howl to snap! Praise for The Wild Ones:”Raccoon hero Kit and his ragtag community of creatures will sneak their way into your imagination and steal your heart. They may pick your pocket, too, but they’ll take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget. This is a fantasy that kids will adore (and quick-of-paw parents will steal). A wild ride from a wildly imaginative author.”-Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan and the bestselling Animorphs series”Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto.”-Kirkus Reviews”The sharp, lively descriptions (‘like dynamite in a silk purse’) shine while the exhilarating finale illustrates that home is wherever your ‘howl to snap’ friends live.”-Publishers Weekly “Readers will root for Kit as he tangles with scoundrels, liars, and even a hungry crocodile.A promising new series for fans of animal adventure.”-School Library JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.

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Ones to Watch: New Faces of Streetwear From London

London is known for its streetwear scene, composed of a mash-up of subcultures including hip-hop, skateboarding and surfing. The popularity of the urban market has grown recently with obscure labels becoming more mainstream and newer brands launching. Here are a few designers on the rise who are getting set to present their collections during London Fashion Week Men’s.
A-Cold-Wall
Samuel Ross named his label A-Cold-Wall as a nod to Britain’s melting pot culture. “The inspiration behind the name came from the familiarity of environments,” the designer said. “Multiple class systems interact, with the people overlapping and integrating.”
Calling London a “mishmash of high/low property piled on top of each other” with its “distant relationships of working class and upper middle class areas,” these influences appear in A-Cold-Wall’s deconstructed workwear that includes oversize scarves used as a utility holster — a bestseller.
The 25-year-old Ross — who launched his label in 2015 — was born and raised in South West London and studied graphic design and contemporary Illustration at DeMontfort University in Leicester.
Before delving into fashion, he worked on graphic and product design at Imperial Design GB and Story Worldwide and dabbled in homewares, commercial buildouts and advertising campaigns. He also worked as a street artist and

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Rogue One’s Highest-Paid Actor Has a Sequel Option

Details regarding the contract for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s highest-paid actor have reportedly been revealed, suggesting the actor may one day reprise their role in a future Star Wars film.

Warning: Possible Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spoilers follow.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jyn Erso star Felicity Jones was the highest-paid member of the film’s cast, earning the biggest paycheck by a large margin.

Sources told the outlet that she was able to negotiate a seven-figure salary after earning a best actress nomination for her role in The Theory of Everything, with one “knowledgeable source” in particular saying, “she knows her worth.” Meanwhile, other members of the film’s cast, like Ben Mendelsohn and Diego Luna, were given substantially smaller paychecks that were no more than mid-six figures in size.

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NBC Told Marta Kauffman That ‘No One’s Going To Watch A Show About People In Their 20s’

Showrunner Marta Kauffman had to deal with quite a few obstacles in creating “Friends” (including, but not limited to, misogyny). One of the comments she received from NBC early on nearly nixed the now iconic setup for the cast.

“We were told by the network, ‘No one’s going to watch a show about people in their 20s,'” she said. “[They said], ‘You have to have an older person.'”

Of course, the show had nearly 25 million viewers in its first season. Though you, dear Internet, need no reminder of how beloved “Friends” was and always will be.

That concern from higher-ups was one of the reasons Kauffman almost had to bring in “Pat the Cop,” aka, as moderator Ben Blacker put it, “America’s favorite lost character.”

As the lore would have it, Pat was suggested by one executive as an older figure who would provide the characters with relationship advice.

Kauffman was vehemently against bringing on Pat or a similar figure — one of the other ideas was a “Coffee Joe” — and insisted that she could make audiences care about such a young set of characters without a more mature presence.

“We kept saying, ‘If the stories are universal enough, you don’t need it.'” She eventually met executives’ requests by bringing in Rachel Green’s parents. (Later, Monica’s and Ross’ parents were also a big presence.)

“It felt more natural,” Kauffman said. “That’s how we decided to deal with the note. And this is what I always tell writers: you’ve gotta deal with the note somehow.

R.I.P. Pat the Cop. May you live on forever in “Friends” trivia posts.

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Sticking One’s Head in the Sand

In a recent article about the impending closing of yet another American orchestra, one executive from a second orchestra was bemoaning the discussion about the reduction in interest in classical music and opera. In particular, he was upset with Peter Gelb’s comments about a reduction in demand for opera and classical music. “If you don’t believe in the art form and you’re not willing to work your ass off for it, then get out,” he stated.

I can imagine not wanting a colleague who felt classical music was bad, irrelevant or immoral. I can even imagine suggesting that someone who felt it was impossible to build an audience or attract a donor group look elsewhere for employment. But for the life of me, I cannot imagine that someone who is stating a concern about his field (a concern that is supported by large quantities of data) should be ostracized.

This equates to sticking one’s head in the sand.

It is indeed true that there is less demand for classical music than there was in recent decades, that it is harder to balance our budgets and that numerous orchestras (and other arts institutions) are likely to disappear in the coming decades. This results from overly high ticket prices, the lack of arts education in the schools, the aging of our patron group, the reduction in the propensity to subscribe, the abundance of new forms of entertainment, the growing availability of high-quality performances online and several other factors.

This does not mean that every institution is doomed nor that classical music will not be available in the future.

But it does suggest that arts institutions must find ways to distinguish themselves, to make engagement truly fun and rewarding, and to attract new audience members and donors.

We must strengthen our boards, build larger donor families and provide smart, coherent arts education programming to young people.

While, as was stated in the article, there will always be demand for Bach and Beethoven and Haydn, it is not, therefore, necessarily true that there will be as much demand in the past. Nor is it clear that the demand will be met in the same way and by as many regional ensembles as we enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century.

It is entirely likely that some of this demand will be met via electronic distribution, through performances distributed online.

If so, the financial support for regional ensembles may not be substantial enough to fully meet all their costs, and some orchestras (and ballet companies and opera companies and theater companies) will disappear. The challenge many organizations are now facing in labor negotiations is simply one manifestation of this problem.

The reduction in the number of ensembles will not be a happy occurrence; the explosion of arts accessibility in the last 50 years was wonderful. But it is a fair and honest (and possibly incorrect) evaluation of the future of our field.

Stating it does not make one evil. Having this discussion at this time is critical; we must prepare for the changes that technology and changing patterns in education, entertainment and demographics will effect. This is the only way to ensure that more, rather than fewer, organizations survive.
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Roommate Dancing While He Thinks No One’s Watching Is AMAZING

They say you should dance like no one’s watching. But if you actually don’t want anyone watching, you should make sure that no one is.

That lesson was learned the hard way by this poor soul in the video above, who was cleaning up after a Halloween party whilst dancing to the Sheena Easton classic “9 to 5,” according to the video description.

The dancing is great and this guy has nothing to be ashamed of. See for yourself above.

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ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

When I was a kid, it always frustrated me to read a movie critic’s best-of-the-year list to find it full of movies I’d never heard of, usually foreign films or small independent ones that weren’t advertised on TV and didn’t make it to the multiplexes in the suburbs where I lived. “Surely if these movies were that great, I would’ve at least heard of them,” I thought, assuming that critics were including these lesser-known films so people would think they were too cool for more mainstream fare, regardless of its quality.

As I got older, I realized that sometimes the best movies (and I’m not even including documentaries) simply don’t have the star power, mass appeal, or marketing muscle to break into the public’s consciousness. And with time, I grew to relish stumbling upon one of these hidden gems that could have been so easily missed. It makes you feel both lucky to have found it and grateful that filmmakers devote so much to making something so idiosyncratic and special that it actually reduces the film’s chances of a wider audience. Being surprised by an unknown movie you absolutely love is one of life’s great, simple, rare treats, with all the thrill of knowing a big secret but with the fun of having a guilt-free license to blab about it.

I guess I’m saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I’d like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven’t heard of but definitely shouldn’t miss. Set in a not-too-distant future where hearts, minds, and politics have been hardened by years of brutal drought, Young Ones goes way beyond the sci-fi Western categorization it’s been given to address timeless themes like family, economic struggle, regret, revenge, and adulthood. Watch my review of Young Ones below.

I had the chance to meet Jake Paltrow, and we talked about the film and how frustrating it is to feel like critics are missing the point.

On why the film is entitled Young Ones and Paltrow’s thoughts on the resiliency of youth:

Jake Paltrow: It feels like, and now as a father, I see that kids are sort of built to survive. I remember Roman Polanski talking a bit about, as a boy in the ghetto, how the kids didn’t know anything else, so they just created a life from what was available. There’s a naturally heroic thing in that even when you don’t intend it, and especially if it’s not something you’re choosing. So I was sort of reflecting on his point of view about his own youth, and I think that idea really drove the S.E. Hinton books, which were the first things that got me really excited about writing a movie like this when I reread “Rumble Fish” and “The Outsiders”. And the way she treated kids, told their stories, and the way the kids could sort of survive in those stories felt like something we hadn’t seen in a while.

On how the production came up with the design of the “dooley” rifle/shotgun:

JP: That’s one of those things that feels like a practical evolution of home defense down the road a bit, a long-range and short-range gun built into one thing. But I just liked it as a way to develop these small things within the film that let you know that it’s not contemporary, it’s not the way things are in life now, they’re a little bit different. I just thought it would have an emotional quality where you’d never have to point at it or say anything about it but the audience would just look at it, know what it is, and maybe think it’s cool.

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The dooley rifle/shotgun.

On why Paltrow cast Nicholas Hoult (who plays Flem Lever, one of the film’s three main characters):

JP: I loved him in Tom Ford’s movie A Single Man, and you meet him in that and you’re not sure who the kid is, and even as the film unfolds you’re wondering, “Is he a hustler? Or is he an angel?” And Nick has such a natural warmth that I had a hunch he could be this enigmatic force in the movie, but at the same time make the character of Flem much more complex, and that’s exactly what happened. He elevated that character quite a bit in terms of complexity from the way it was written in the screenplay.

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Nicholas Hoult plays Flem Lever.

On why critics who call Young Ones “dystopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi” are missing the point:

JP: To me the world isn’t apocalyptic at all, especially in what that means to people now where there are so many of these movies where the post-apocalyptic thing always seems to take on a supernatural quality, like a nuclear holocaust or an unnamed event, where something has happened and we’re not going to talk about it but here’s the world because of it. I think for this movie what we’re really dealing with is an extrapolation of an environmental and political landscape we’re living through right now in California, and this sort of ratchets it up to an extreme, but not an extreme that’s sitting on something fictional.

Jonathan Kim: It’s not even extreme!

JP: Of course! The water agreements between all these western states are really complicated and really weird and they’ve been changed through the years starting in the 1920s, and there’s a potential conflict in place. I think in the 1930s the governor of Arizona sent the National Guard troops he had in his state to this dam that was being built out of fear that too much water was being siphoned off and sent in the wrong direction. There’s a history of this almost armed conflict over water issues, especially between Arizona and California. And in the late 60s Arizona made a concession to Phoenix and Tucson that, in case of a catastrophe, they would put themselves last on the list for water, and we’re almost there. We’re at this point now where, in this agreement, those cities would lose 50% of their water before California would lose a drop. And the fictional aspect of the film is that if you end up with some ambitious, despotic governor who says he wants to shore up the water reserves and no more water is coming to California, our movie shows the reaction by the federal government which is to treat that offending state like Zimbabwe and sort of freeze it out completely, and these are the people left behind. So this isn’t happening everywhere, this is happening in sort of a fictional version of Colorado meets Arizona, mixing the political landscape and topography, but these are all things that aren’t so off base.

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The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who’ve had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance.

To begin with, it’s glaringly obvious that their space at the table is vacated, a recipe is lost, or traditions have changed. The goal is for the void to become a less painful footnote to your history over time. However many years pass, though, people are not replaceable, and the empty space can be tangible.

Seemingly innocent comments such as “She’s in a better place now,” or “I know how you feel,” can be counter-productive. Whatever the circumstances were, the company of someone once cherished is still desired. If there were conflicted emotions and fragmented relationships in life, the holidays can be further complicated by death.

Consider options to reduce or eliminate stressful shopping outings or have someone else host instead of entertaining. Set good limits by practicing saying no to whatever is unhelpful or uncomfortable. Keep true-blue support systems close.

The deceased can be a beloved presence in their absence in your heart and memories. It’s okay to mention and acknowledge vulnerability around not having them physically present. A donation can be provided to honor their life, or plant a tree or small garden in their name, or volunteer at their favorite charity.

Putting together and going through a memory box with cards and pictures commemorates the departed and keeps them ever-present. Lisa will wear the Icelandic booties her late mother-in-law knit to keep her close. Tara is wearing her grandmother’s gloves this winter.

To illustrate the ideas we’ve been talking about, let’s turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.

Terms of Endearment, 1983

Debra Winger plays a young dying mother and Shirley MacLaine, her mother. This gut-wrenching and heart-warming movie portrays a free-falling fractured family crumble. They ultimately rise above old hurts and wounds by pulling together for each other, and the children left behind.

Steel Magnolias, 1989

A stoic Sally Fields plays a mother grieving the death of her adult daughter, played by Julia Roberts. Being rescued from grief means to work through pain rather than suppressing it by shutting down or going numb. Fields’ character finally allows herself, through the scaffolding of her friendships, to feel every crazy-making emotion that grief can bring as a way to heal.

The Lion King, 1994

Simba, a lion cub voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, experiences the death of his father. Instead of facing his father’s death, he runs away as if it were a geographical problem. Maturing into adolescence, he realizes the importance of facing his pain, to move forward and recreate normalcy.

The Descendents, 2011

George Clooney is a grieving husband, father and go-to patriarch who navigates choppy emotional waters to hold his nuclear and extended family unit together. A remarkable depiction of the variable emotions during grieving, it’s a skillful representation of how families mourn and support one another collectively.

Glee, 2013

Initially, the show does a nice job exhibiting individual self-expression along with groups suffering loss together and shoring up one another. Jane Lynch’s character slips by suggesting the best tribute would be to not make “a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness.”

Unfortunately orders like this can cause grieving individuals to believe their sadness is wrong. To pretend that everything is okay, or to suppress feelings and “move on” prematurely, isn’t realistic or recommended. When appropriate grieving is short-circuited the risk increases that what manifests later on is worse — angry outbursts, often with depressive features, such as panic attacks, and/or physical symptoms such as pain that can’t be explained by other medical reasons.

In conclusion, managing the finality of death is a personal journey. Surrendering to the process to make meaning of the experience is not a cookie-cutter affair. One size does not fit all.

Author Joan Didion writes about this territory in two fine memoirs: the first, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005), about her husband’s passing and Blue Nights (2011), her daughter’s. She spoke eloquently with interviewer Michael Silverblatt about these twin occurrences, which struck Didion in less than two years’ time.

The same month Didion turned 69, her only child, an adult daughter, was in a coma, and her husband of 40 years, writer, John Gregory Dunne (whom she collaborated with at times) died of a sudden heart attack at their dinner table. Her daughter died two years later, while Didion was on a book tour about surviving Dunne’s death. Didion described her grief as coming in “waves,” meaningless — a sense of incomprehension or incoherence — took over, and how hard healing can come.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1903 classic, Letters to a Young Poet, offers comfort that applies well to mourning:

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

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