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Snake Eyes Review: Not the GI Joe Reboot Paramount Hoped For

Snake Eyes Review: Not the GI Joe Reboot Paramount Hoped For
Snake Eyes Review: Not the GI Joe Reboot Paramount Hoped For


Snake Eyes Review GI Joe Paramount

Henry Golding plays Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Skydance.

Paramount Pictures is a storied studio with a legacy of medium-defining hits that stretch from My Fair Lady and The Godfather to Forrest Gump and Titanic. But over the last decade, the studio’s attempts at bigger budgeted franchise tentpoles have often sidestepped artful construction and individuality for generic reverse engineered merchandise vehicles. Sadly, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, an attempt to reinvigorate the G.I. Joe IP, follows suit.

Snake Eyes stars Henry Golding as, you guessed it, Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home (lol). But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested — even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

The film opens with a tragic origin story delivered in the briefest and blandest way imaginable. Establishing an emotional connection between the audience and the protagonist in a limited amount of time will always be a difficult task, especially for propulsive franchise studio titles. But similar initiatives such as the epic opening of Star Trek (2009) or the light-hearted introduction of Marvel’s Ant-Man prove how off the mark Snake Eyes‘ familiar orphan story really is.

(1/4 stars)
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Written by: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse
Starring: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Iko Uwais
Running time: 121 mins.

Now the film is shot well enough by cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, with director Robert Schwentke (The Divergent Series: Insurgent) showing off a few signs of life. The overuse of shaky cam is a bit much in the action scenes, but mobile shots, unique angles and tight closeups provide the story with enough fluid movement to occasionally earn your attention. The fight choreography is often impressive. But the script is pockmarked with cliches, tropes and never-ending predictability.

No need for a prophecy or an Oracle here; we already know what’s coming. One imagines how improved the final product might have been with a screenplay from a Christina Hodson (Birds of PreyBumblebee) or Kemp Powers (Soul, One Night in Miami).

Dialogue that wants to snap, crackle and pop merely sinks, fizzles and drops. “I looked into your eyes and saw honor,” Snake Eyes actually tells Tommy, aka Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji) with a straight face. Characters form connections out of thin air, with brotherly dynamics forged in less than a day and romantic googly eyes inexplicably exchanged between suspicious strangers. Nothing can prepare you for the jarring whiplash of the relatively grounded action film suddenly taking a turn into mystical sci-fi. But Black Panther this is not. What could otherwise be a relatively entertaining punch-’em-up is bogged down by these inexplicable developments and mountains of exposition. (Yes, there’s also a magical glowing MacGuffin because of course there is.)

Outside of a handsome mug, Golding lacks presence as the feature’s leading man. Harrison Ford was always a smug curmudgeon who could turn a phrase. Bruce Willis was a snarky everyman who exuded incredulous “Are you kidding me?” energy. Golding’s recalcitrant hero, stripped of the charm the actor flexed in Crazy Rich Asians, is most memorable for his inconsistent American accent.

Snake Eyes should be an Eastern Jason Bourne or a Western take on The Raid. But it winds up lacking any signature or singularity. It’s more like a bottle episode of Netflix’s disappointing Marvel series Iron Fist. All blood feuds and ancient traditions that grasp at the appearance of noble legacy, but are merely mechanisms for moving the characters perfunctorily through the story.

Franchise fans may hope that Snake Eyes is the current that will carry them to a greater G.I. Joe universe, as the movie insists on introducing world-building elements that distractingly hint at future adventures. Instead, the film is an ocean of PG-13 naiveté and simplicity.

Observer Reviews are regular assessments of new and noteworthy cinema.

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‘How I became best friends with my ex’s new wife’

‘How I became best friends with my ex’s new wife’
‘How I became best friends with my ex’s new wife’


A woman who is now best friends with her ex’s new wife has told how the pair forged a friendship even though they loathed each other when they first met.

Taylor Cole, 27, who shares son Beckham, three, with her ex Gentry Hatch, 27, admitted she was threatened by his new girlfriend and later wife Madison Hatch, 22.

The US women even fought when Taylor was upset by Madison posting pictures of her toddler on Instagram.

“I didn’t like Madison. No mum wants to be replaced and the idea that Beckham would like her more than me was hard,” Taylor said.

Madison added: “I made assumptions about who Taylor was as a person and I didn’t see things from her perspective.

“We didn’t really like each other but it wasn’t because of each other, it was because of the situation.”

Taylor, who is now also mum to Ledger, one, with her new husband Cameron, said it was difficult at first because of her strained relationship with Gentry.

“I met Gentry in college and we went out for two and a half years and I got pregnant by accident,” the Utah woman explained.

“It was a really big deal and a really stressful time. We ended up in courts fighting over custody – it was a very acrimonious split.

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When he met Madison, things became even more tense as Taylor didn’t like how often her ex’s new partner was posting photos of her son Beckham.

“I just felt like I didn’t want someone showing off Beckham on the internet,” she said.

“I had a fight with Gentry about it which only caused more problems.

“I couldn’t have foreseen a time when we would be friendly.”

But now the pair have turned their relationship around and even consider themselves best friends, speaking to each other every single day and enjoying spa days.

They also celebrate holidays and co-parent Beckham together.

Relations between the women began to change when Madison reached out to Taylor to explain she had no intention of taking over her role as Beckham’s mother.

“I was posting pictures of Beckham like he was my child and from Taylor’s point of view, I was just the girlfriend,” Madison said.

“But for me those posts showed that I was serious about my relationship with Gentry.

When they spoke, she explained this, reassuring Taylor she was there for “extra support and extra love”.

“[After] She texted me saying: ‘If Beckham has to have another mum, I’m glad it’s you’.”

After, Madison invited Taylor and Cameron, 27, to her December 2019 wedding to Gentry, firming their bond in “an act of solidarity”.

Over the past 18 months, the women have grown so close that they speak daily and consider each other best friends.

“I think she’s my best friend, I tell her everything, we share a child,” sports reporter Taylor said.

“It’s a woman-to-woman relationship, not just mum-to-mum.

“We speak at least once every day.”

The pair also try to have a girls’ night at least once a month where they get massages and go for dinner.

They also go on holidays together and celebrate Beckham’s birthday and Christmas to ensure that one parent doesn’t have to miss out.

The pair have even set up a joint Instagram page, @steppedup.coparenting, to encourage other divorced parents to take the steps that will help them bond with their ex’s new partner.

The friends share their top tips to becoming friendly with your ex’s new significant other.

“Start doing little things together that will make you feel more comfortable in each other’s company,” Madison said.

“And finally have compassion for each other.

“Co-parenting is very emotional and you have to take a step back and look at it from the other person’s perspective.”


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Best Mineral Face Sunscreens: SPF for Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin 2021

Best Mineral Face Sunscreens: SPF for Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin 2021
Best Mineral Face Sunscreens: SPF for Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin 2021


Best mineral face sunscreens for sensitive skin

We found all the best 100 percent mineral sunscreens that won’t irritate sensitive, acne-prone skin. Julia Cherruault for Observer

At this point, you know how important it is to wear sunscreen every single day. SPF should always be the last step in your daytime skincare routine, and it’s especially important to apply sunscreen during the summer, when the sun is beating down more than ever. Aside from helping keep wrinkles and dark spots at bay, sunscreen most importantly also helps lower the risk of skin cancer, by protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

You’ve also surely heard plenty of talk (and heated debate) about the differences between and benefits of mineral (also known as physical) sunscreens versus chemical sunscreens. The main distinction between the two is that mineral sunscreens contain just two active ingredients (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), which essentially sit on top of your skin and deflect harmful UV rays to prevent sun damage. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, typically contain a number of other active ingredients, and actually absorb UV rays like a sponge, and dissipate the rays as heat.

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Mineral sunscreens tend to be much gentler on the skin, and for those of us struggling with acne-prone skin that is also extremely sensitive, I’ve found that mineral SPFs are the way to go. I try to use clean and nontoxic skincare and beauty products whenever possible, and made the switch to primarily using mineral sunscreen about a year ago. I’ve occasionally used a chemical SPF in the time since (usually for a body sunscreen), but over the past few months, my skin has been more sensitive, reactive and generally fussier than ever, which hasn’t been helped by allergy issues. Using any kind of chemical sunscreen on my face or chest is a nonstarter for me right now, and I’ve realized (especially after hours upon hours spent at my dermatologist) that when it comes to protecting my face, mineral sunscreen is my only option.

Aside from a personal preference for clean skincare in general, I’ve found that mineral sunscreens don’t aggravate my highly temperamental skin in the same way that chemical sunscreens often do; oftentimes, chemical SPFs result in bumps and redness all over my face (and especially my cheeks), though I’m the first to admit that my skin is exceptionally volatile, particularly when it’s this hot out. Or cold out…or any weather that’s not 70 and breezy. Anyway, since mineral sunscreens don’t absorb into skin the same way as chemical sunscreens, they also don’t clog pores in the same way, and as an added bonus, mineral SPFs are also pretty much immediately effective in providing sun protection.

In the past, mineral sunscreens were known for leaving behind a heavy white cast and being far less blendable than their chemical counterparts, but it’s all about finding the right formula. Yes, some mineral SPFs do still leave a white cast, but there are plenty of options that easily blend into your skin, without that ghostly residue.

Not all mineral sunscreens are the same, of course, as some brands use fragrances or other additives that can cause major irritation for certain skin types, like my own incredibly sensitive and blemish-prone skin. Luckily, there are quite a few mineral SPFs that have absolutely saved my skin this time of year, especially since I’m *always* slathering on sunscreen to protect myself from harmful UV rays, and especially so during this endless heatwave also known as summer.

And just a quick disclaimer: The most important thing is that you actually wear some form of sunscreen every single day, and find a mineral or chemical sunscreen that’s right for you. Definitely do you research, as after the recent sunscreen recall situation, it’s more crucial than ever to make sure that you’re using a clean, trustworthy SPF in your routine.

Below, see the best mineral face sunscreens that won’t irritate sensitive, acne-prone skin, and don’t forget to slather on the SPF this summer.


EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

EltaMD is a longtime dermatologist favorite, and they have a huge selection of sunscreens, including versions that leave you with a true glow or matte finish. Lately, we’re partial to this 100 percent mineral UV Elements formula, which is safe for sensitive and even post-procedure skin, and also contains hyaluronic acid, for a little hydration. It’s lightly tinted, so you get a touch of coverage without having to apply additional products. $36.50, EltaMD.


SkinBetter SunBetter Sheer SHEER SPF 70 Sunscreen Lotion 50 ml

I only recently tried out this SPF 70, and already love it. SkinBetter’s oil-free, fragrance-free face sunscreen goes on super lightweight and sheer, and it’s a dependably high SPF, plus it’s water-resistant. $75, SkinBetter.

Sun Bum.

Sun Bum Daily Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30

I’m a longtime fan of Sun Bum’s sunscreen, and they recently branched into skincare. Their new mineral SPF moisturizer is super lightweight, and is a great choice when you want a moisturizer-sunscreen combo. It’s also filled with antioxidants like banana and skincare hero niacinamide, which is one of our favorite ingredients for fighting acne, rosacea and eczema. $21.99, Ulta.


Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Daily Mineral SPF 50+ Sunscreen

If you want your sunscreen to simultaneously protect your skin and reverse that sun damage from those years you may have been too lax with the SPF (we’ve all been there), then you must try this silky smooth Isdin sunscreen. Aside from 100 percent mineral sun protection, it also contains photolyase, an enzyme that helps repair sun damage. $55, Isdin.

Eminence Organics.

Eminence Organics Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40

This has become my go-to daily moisturizer-sunscreen over the past month, as not only does it provide SPF 40 protection, but it also keeps my skin hydrated with natural, organic ingredients like cocoa seed extract, satsuma mandarin peel extract, larch tree and lilikoi. Plus, it smells amazing. $68, Eminence Organics.


Farmacy Green Defense Daily Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Farmacy recently relaunched its Green Defense 100 percent mineral sunscreen, with a new formula that includes zero reef-damaging ingredients. Winter cherry and beta carotene help protect your skin from blue light rays, while moringa water and seed extract, which have natural vitamin c, help purify and refresh. $36, Farmacy.


Medik8 Physical Sunscreen Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

This no-nonsense physical sunscreen provides SPF 50 protection as well as a healthy dose of double hydration, thanks to the combination of hyaluronic acid and squalane to help maintain a healthy skin barrier. Grape seed extract, green tea extract, bisabolol and allantoin work together to soothe irritated skin. $46, Medik8.


Cocokind Daily SPF 32

Cocokind products are simple and straightforward, and their mineral, non-greasy sunscreen is no different. Aside from sun protection, this formula also keeps skin hydrated, courtesy of humectants like glycerin. $24, Cocokind.


Avène Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50

This is one of my favorite French drugstore brands; the formulas are great for sensitive complexions, and this mineral sunscreen also helps calm and soothe irritated skin. It’s also super lightweight, with pretty much zero white cast. $32, Avène.


Supergoop Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30

I’ve always loved Supergoop sunscreens, and as much as I adore the dewy look from my beloved Glowscreen, I’ve had to make the switch to exclusively mineral formulas. The brand’s mineral SPF 30 is one of my favorites, as it’s non-irritating and easily blends with no white reside, for a natural finish that isn’t too matte. $38, Supergoop.

Paula’s Choice.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30

If you want a mineral sunscreen that also hydrates *and* reduces redness, look no further than this Paula’s Choice SPF. It does leave a subtle matte finish, so it’s great if want to tone down those natural oils. $29, Paula’s Choice.


Native Unscented Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Native’s unscented face sunscreen is ideal if you’re looking for an SPF with zero fragrance additives. Don’t get nervous about the Benzyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol listed in the ingredients, as those actually help with keeping the sunscreen non-greasy, and are an asset if your skin tends to be on the oily side. $16, Native.


MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

This is a super sheer physical sunscreen with a matte finish, for those that aren’t into the whole dewy donut look. This is one that contains lots of vitamin c, so make sure your skin is okay with these antioxidants before applying this one on your face. $30, MDSolarSciences.

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Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Kentaro Kobayashi Fired

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Kentaro Kobayashi Fired
Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Kentaro Kobayashi Fired


Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Fired

Kentaro Kobayashi has been fired from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Mere hours before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are set to begin, opening ceremony creative director Kentaro Kobayashi has been fired. The move came Thursday after video surfaced of him making a Holocaust joke in a 1998 comedy act, TMZ reports.

In the clip, Kobayashi reportedly mentions the Holocaust and says, “Let’s play the genocide of Jews.”

Once the footage was made known to the Olympic organizing committee in Tokyo, president Seiko Hashimoto and his fellow officials terminated Kobayashi’s role within the event.

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Kyly Clarke shows off 6-pack in workout vid

Kyly Clarke shows off 6-pack in workout vid
Kyly Clarke shows off 6-pack in workout vid


Kyly Clarke has put her super ripped physique on display, and fans are loving it.

The 39-year-old took to her Instagram on Thursday to share an at-home workout for some inspiration during lockdown.

In it she performed six leg exercises with a kettle bell and while many thanked her for the “much-needed push”, others couldn’t help but notice her six-pack and bulging biceps.

She even did a cheeky flex at the start.

In her post, the mother-of-one and House Rules judge said she was originally just going to post a picture before adding, “who does that help”.

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“When in lockdown, we all need a little push, a little Inspo, and if this gets just one of you moving a little more or following along tomorrow then I’ll be even happier than I already was today,” she said.

Kyly, who like millions of other Sydneysiders and Melburnians are currently in lockdown, reminded her followers to not “fret” having no gym.

“There are so many exercises you can do at home, you just need to explore,” she said.

“I hope you can use this time to better your best and explore new movements and exercise techniques to add to your current training regimen.”

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Apart from a kettle bell, Kyly, who was wearing a green sports bra and blue tights, also used a step platform to help break a sweat.

She then demonstrated various leg-dominated workouts including squats, lunges and knee ups.

Many have since taken to her post thanking her for the workout inspo, while others joked they would rather sit back with a drink and watch her train.

“I do that everyday, but I don’t look like you,” one person wrote.

“Gorgeous,” said another, while a third person added: “I’ll have my G&T and just watch you.”

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It’s not the first time Kyly has left fans in awe over her “killer” body.

Just a few weeks ago, the 39-year-old shared a snap wearing a hot pink bikini and high-cut bottoms as she took advantage of the warm weather.

She posed oceanside for the Instagram photo with her toned tummy on display.

Kyly said she is trying hard to stay motivated during lockdown, having spent some of the day sitting on her couch eating chocolate and watching Netflix.

“Life is a divine balance between relaxation and movement,” she said in a separate post last week.

Kyly and Australian cricketer Michael Clarke were married for seven years before calling it quits in February 2020. They have a daughter, Kelsey-Lee, 5.

The pair were recently spotted together on Sydney’s northern beaches. However, in an interview on The Morning Show Kyly denied rumours they were back together.

“A family holiday. It’s a great opportunity to get everyone together,” she said.

“Kelsey-Lee’s aunty, uncle and cousins were there, and I think like anything, you’re trying your best to put your daughter first and prioritise her and she really had a ball.

“It’s fantastic; it’s what anyone would want to achieve or try to achieve if you’re in this position, and I think her smile on her face says everything.”

Since their split, Michael went on to date founder of P.E. Nation, Pip Edwards, but the duo broke-up in February this year. And Kyly enjoyed a short romance with V8 Supercars champion James Courtney which ended in December.


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Cruel Summer: Olivia Holt on Portraying Kate’s Trauma

Cruel Summer: Olivia Holt on Portraying Kate’s Trauma
Cruel Summer: Olivia Holt on Portraying Kate’s Trauma


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, traumatic events have been a dime a dozen. According to Johns Hopkins University as of today more than 609,000 people lost their lives. Week after week many more lost their jobs, and domestic abuse and adolescent suicides also spiked.

The general public reels with trauma on our collective psyche. It’s widespread and often hard to personally reckon with. This is one of those moments where a good TV show can help us understand the nuances of trauma without directly confronting our own, at least at first.

One of the most popular shows of the summer reckoned in part with that trauma, even if it narratively wasn’t about our current pandemic itself. Freeform’s Cruel Summer, which just wrapped up its first season. Cruel Summer takes place in a suburban Texas town in the early 1990s. Kate Wallis, portrayed by Olivia Holt, disappears at the hands of her high school vice principal Martin Harris, portrayed by Blake Lee. Nearly a year later, Holt manages to escape. She accuses a classmate, Jeanette Turner, portrayed by Chiara Aurelia of knowing about it and failing to report it. Turner then quickly becomes infamous due to the ensuing scandal.

The show follows the two young women simultaneously over the course of three years and grapples with the layers of trauma they both faced in the process. Observer spoke with Holt about how she approached the role, why she thought it could portray the nuance and complexity of trauma and what she wants viewers — especially adolescents in crisis — to take from her character’s journey.

Observer: Tell me about how you approached the nuances of trauma that your character experienced within the show.

Olivia Holt: Well, the trauma is definitely really heavy and incredibly brutal and terrifying. I’ve never been through a traumatic experience, let alone something like this. It was something that I really had to educate myself on. I had to give myself the proper research and proper emotion. I had to get in the right headspace and mental space in order to execute this in a transparent and honest way. It was tricky to find all those layers. I really give a lot of kudos to my scene partners and the creatives on this show because if it wasn’t for the communication we had, I don’t think it would have been showcased quite the way we showcased it on the show.

What do you mean? 

I mean that it’s important to have communication with your creatives because if you don’t have that and you don’t have the proper insight, you can’t have an informative show. You can’t have all of the elements that our show had.

Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia star in Freeform’s Cruel Summer. Freeform

Your character seemed to have some kind of evolving understanding of trauma. At one point it looked like PTSD, and at other points it looked like it was a result of more generalized societal pressures. What do you think people should take away from the show about the nuances of dealing with trauma?

What I learned was because of what she went through and the year after, I had to make sure that we were executing it in a way that was showing how she decided to not let that take over her life and not letting it control her life but rather decided to move forward from it. Everybody handles trauma differently. She gained perspective and decided to feel comfortable in her own skin again, make the choice to go to therapy and walk through all of those terrifying moments again, make the choice to form our own opinions and be separate from anything that she’s ever been in her life.

The trauma your character experienced seems to be very comparable to the isolationism that the pandemic evoked. People were homebound and saw friends, relatives and colleagues die over the last year. Obviously the situation is different in the show, but the character sought out therapy. That’s not something that is as prevalent in TV as some think it should be. Do you think that through your character you conveyed the importance of seeking help when you need help and recognizing the warning signs? 

Of course, I do. I think that there’s a lot of stigma behind going to therapy and even the subject matters in our show from the grooming to the gaslighting to the manipulation, there’s so much stigma behind it because it’s not talked about enough. It’s not shown enough in our industry. Having the opportunity to be able to express the subject matters in a transparent and honest way was really important to the show.

Yes, it is entertaining, but also it needs to be informative and it needs to be talked about. There are layers obviously. We can’t necessarily show too much or say too much, but it was important not to glamorize it, not to romanticize it. That is exactly what we did. We stuck to our guns and decided to make a show that was going to move the culture forward and not push it back.

Olivia Holt Handout

Do you channel anything of your own personal experience to create this character?

There are more differences than similarities between Kate and I. I found myself really diving into her shoes versus pulling from my own life. There was a lot more that she experienced than I ever had. I think for me it was really about diving into the emotional, mental and even physical state that she was in.

I’m playing three different versions of one character. To make choices for each year was incredibly important to me. I wanted to make sure people knew the difference between each year but not making it feel like a completely different role, just that she’s gone through changes and that she is flawed. She is not just one note. She’s complicated. I think that she’s a beautiful mess. All of those pieces were really important to me. I have a really hard time compartmentalizing my life. I had to just live in that space and then come home and decompress and then work that way. It is not easy for me to just turn it on and turn it off like a lot of actors have the ability to do that. I need to live in that moment in order to give a good performance.

You also made some music for the show. Can you tell me about what you were going with, what was your approach?

The producer came to me and asked me if I would like to do a Smashing Pumpkins cover. I was like… “What do you mean? Of course, I would love to.” I am a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins and to incorporate music into the show was really important to me. I’m so grateful that they asked because it led into another song in the show and then one more, so now I have three covers in the show that I am extremely proud of. When I get to do both and they align together, that just makes my whole career surreal even more than it already is.

What do you mean?

Well, what I do for a living has been my dream. I act and I make music. To do both in the same space is a Pinch me, am I dreaming? moment.

You have a new single. Tell me about that.

I’m incredibly proud of this song. I made this song during the beginning of the pandemic last year. I’m so happy I waited to put it out because the song really is a liberating song. It’s something to move and dance to. We’ve gone through a really hard year and we want to all dance again. This song is that.

It’s also just the beginning of a new era of music for me. I really feel that to my core. I’ve been making music since I was a teenager, and now I’m entering my mid-20s, and I feel like I’ve really solidified my artistry in a real way. This song is the beginning of that.

Are you changing your approach?  Are you changing in the genre you’re trying to fall into? What do you mean by that? 

I’m still making pop records, but I’ve never had so much creative control in music before. I’ve started writing and going into sessions everyday. I am collaborating with producers and songwriters. I am really finding my sound, lyrically what I want to say and how I sing. That seems like such a silly thing to say because yes I know how to sing  but finding my voice, and the thing that makes me different, especially being a female in pop music. I am finding a way to create a sound that is mine and only mine.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Cruel Summer is available to stream on Hulu.

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Smiths reveals when Tasty Toobs will return to supermarkets

Smiths reveals when Tasty Toobs will return to supermarkets
Smiths reveals when Tasty Toobs will return to supermarkets


It’s the question eager chip fans have wanted answered for months: When will Tasty Toobs hit supermarket shelves?

Since announcing the tangy tomato flavour snack was making a long-awaited return six years after being pulled from shelves due to dwindling sales, Toobs fans have been waiting patiently for the release date.

But Smiths left us hanging.

Days quickly turned into weeks and before you knew it, it had been more than two months and still there was no news.

The anticipation soon turned to jealousy when it emerged several mega fans had won the first bags in Australia, with one winner sharing her snaps on Facebook, earning herself the title of “most envied woman” in the country.

Just as us Aussies were starting to feel really dirty about the lack of Toobs in our shopping trolleys, Smiths contacted to finally put our misery to an end.

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Tasty Toobs are returning to shelves across Australia from Tuesday July 27, hitting 7-Eleven stores first before and becoming available in supermarkets and servos on August 2.

Vandita Pandey, CMO PepsiCo ANZ, said support for the beloved Aussie snack was overwhelming and the team had been “working around the clock” to get the iconic blue packets back on shelves.

“It’s been a labour of love and we’re just as excited as our fans that they are finally back,” she said.

“We’re thrilled to finally share the exact on-shelf launch date with Australia so our loyal consumers can once again enjoy them.”

Some lucky ducks have already found Tasty Toobs in smaller, independent stores run by people who appear to have thrown caution to the wind regarding the official release date.

Naturally this has prompted a flurry of posts on social media, many asking if the chip still “rips the roof of your mouth”.

Others wanted to know if it tasted the same as the original.

Those lucky enough to locate the chips have been sharing their hauls on social media, turning everyone green with envy.

There are two sizes of Toobs available, regular 35g bags and 150g party bags.

Smiths confirmed in June it was bringing back the iconic snack following a six-month campaign by

Tasty Toobs hit their peak in the 1970s. The tubular, tomato-flavoured snack proved popular until the late ’90s but were eventually axed in 2001.

Smiths revived the chips six years later in 2007, only to can them again in 2015 due to declining consumer demand.

Bradley Lowdell and Stephanie Payne launched the Facebook group Bring Back TOOBS in 2015 pleading for the snack’s return, with joining the campaign in 2020.

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