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Fashion Week has one very kinky presentation this season

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It’s Kleenex couture. Page Six is told that high fashion designers have started making straight-up porn.

Last Fashion Week we reported that design house Namilia were having PornHub stars walk in their runway show — but for spring/summer, they’ve taken another step into the sordid side.

In lieu of an in-person presentation this Fashion Week, Namilia will release a minute-long video that shows female and trans porn stars masturbating and sucking sex toys, all topped with a kinky voiceover. They’re also doing some version of “wearing” Namilia’s capsule collection, which will be available after the clip hits the designer’s site and PornHub on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

We’re told the video was directed by Gogy Esparza, and stars PornHub models Asa Akira, Ana Foxxx, Daisy Taylor, Janice Griffith and Rae Lil Black.

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Tom Hanks and His Adidas Tracksuit Are Ready to Make Movies Again

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Remember how Tom Hanks, one of the world’s most-famous men, was also one of the most-famous people to have contracted COVID-19 early into the pandemic? The beloved actor did so while on Baz Luhrmann’s set in Queensland, Australia, where they were filming a new Elvis Presley biopic (Hanks plays Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker). And so, back in March, he and wife Rita Wilson went through it, recovered, and went home. Well now, months later, they’re back in Australia, putting their antibodies to good use on the up-and-running film set. (That is, in addition to the big bag of plasma he already donated.)

On Tuesday, he had a post-quarantine coming-out party at a mall, like a debutante for these strange times. A paparazzo got a clip, which is published on the Daily Mail, of him going in a store. In it, his handler says “…get a thing of him shopping,” and to which Hanks adds, “You’re the first, man! You’re the first.” The iPhone video functions like an establishing shot of a film back in production after the customary 14 days of lying low. For the occasion, Hanks wore an Adidas tracksuit with a backpack and no mask. It’s a very sporty look. It really suits him.

When Hanks touched down a couple weeks ago, he became an unlikely tabloid subject, unusual for a man named “the nicest” 40 years in a row by newlyweds doing engagement photos in Central Park. The Mail said Hanks and Wilson is thought to have quarantined at their own chi-chi resort rather than in one of the hotels approved for those arriving in the country (some have complained about the food and air quality in the hotels, according to local reports). But it’s all part of a plan to get filming back up and running so those jobs can continue, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament when it asked her about special treatment. She confirmed Hanks is in compliance, saying, “Under that plan they have to stay in the place for two weeks just like everybody else, and they will have random checks, as my understanding, by the police.” 

What would really smooth things over is if Baz Luhrmann reprised his narrative role in the sequel to “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen),” called “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Mask)” on behalf of the production, but well, he’s understandably busy bringing Elvis back to life. 

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Screen Australia unveils funding for 12 documentaries

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Screen Australia has announced AUS$1.3 million of production funding for 11 documentaries funded through its Producer program and one through its Commissioned program.

The project receiving Commissioned program funding is season two of Love on the Spectrum, from Northern Pictures and the creative team of director/producer Cian O’Clery, producer Jenni Wilks and executive producer Karina Holden for Australia’s ABC. The series also streamed its first season on Netflix.

The 11 projects receiving funding from the Producer program include: Logan Documentary (w/t) from writer/director Sari Braithwaite, with producer Chloe Brugale and executive producers Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia; feature doc Meet the Wallers from director/producer Jim Stevens, writer/producer Gil Scrine of Petrie Street Pictures, and executive producer Trish Lake; feature doc MuM – Misunderstandings of Miscarriage from Neon Jane for Stan and the creative team of writer/director Tahyna MacManus, producer Kelly Tomasich and executive producers Jennifer Cummins and Michael Lawrence; Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling, a feature doc from writer/director Eleanor Sharpe and producer Nickolas Bird; Revenge: My Dad, the Nazi Killer, a doc from writer, director and producer Danny Ben-Moshe and producer Lizzette Atkins; six-part AR series Rewild from director/producer Rayyan Roslan, director/writer Trent Clews-de Castella, director Joseph Purdam, writer/producer Angie Davis, writer Gemma Hannan and producer Blair Burke; and Stage Changers from director/producer Ella Wright, and producers Aidan O’Bryan and Janelle Landers of WBMC.

Remaining films receiving funding in the Producers program are: three-part online docuseries Strong Women (pictured), written, directed and produced by Corinne Innes and Alexandra Gaulupeau, and produced by Ann Megalla; The Department, directed by Sascha Ettinger Epstein and produced by Mary Macrae and Ian Darling (Shark Island Productions); five-part short doc series There Is No ‘I’ in Island from writer, director and producer Rebecca Thomson and producer Catherine Pettman; and feature doc Under Cover from writer, director and producer Sue Thomson and producer Adam Farrington-Williams, and producer Alexandra Curtis.

The Producer program is intended to provide producers with foundational funding required to leverage projects creatively and commercially. Marketplace attachment is not needed at the application stage.

Meanwhile, the Commissioned program is intended to support a diverse range of quality projects for television broadcast, airing on streaming platforms or similar outlets. A local presale with a minimum license fee is required at the application stage.

Bernadine Lim, head of documentary for Screen Australia, said in a statement: “The projects in this slate not only shine a light on social issues but also offer a number of personal experiences and family stories that I’m confident will inspire important conversations.”

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Cosmos: Possible Worlds’ On Fox, Where Neil deGrasse Tyson Examines Human Evolution And Exploration

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In 2014, Carl Sagan’s widow, Ann Duryan, brought back Cosmos with the help of Seth McFarlane and Brannon Braga. And it seemed natural that the Sagan of our generation, Neil deGrasse Tyson, would take us through an updated journey through the universe. It won a ton of awards for its two seasons, but that seemed like it was all they had to say. But six years later, a new season, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, aired on NatGeo, and now makes its Fox debut. Read on for more…

Opening Shot: A shot of people walking on a cliff edge. We hear the late Carl Sagan’s voice say. “We were hunters and gatherers. The frontier was everywhere.”

The Gist: Cosmos: Possible Worlds is the third season of this current incarnation of Cosmos, which of course first came to our screens with Sagan as host forty (!) years ago. Neil deGrasse Tyson is back a host, and in this third season, he’s examining how the human race became such intrepid explorers, with the desire to explore beyond our planet and solar system. He also discusses the possibilities of other worlds that humans may inhabit in the future.

In the first episode (two episodes will air on its September 22 premiere night), Tyson takes audiences exploring to the point where two black holes collided and changed the space-time continuum of the universe. But he also discusses the history of the cosmos in terms of the “cosmic calendar,” meaning breaking up the history of the universe into 12 “months.” Human innovation and exploration pretty much takes up the last few hours of December 31 on that calendar.

As part of that talk, Tyson goes to Amsterdam to discuss the views of Baruch Spinoza, who lived during an age of free thought in Holland in the late 17th century, but was excommunicated from the Jewish faith in the city because he dared espouse that state-run religious worship was aimed at superstition and not where he thought God really existed: In nature.

Then Tyson discusses the evolutionary relationship between bees and other pollinators and plant life, and how one out of every three bites humans take, even now, would not be possible without bees. Of course, he then discusses how humans are starting to see the results of our exploration and development, especially when it comes to the bee population. He enters the “Hall of Extinction,” and says that, unlike in previous seasons, the hallway that marks the current age of extinction now has a name: The Anthropocene, meaning “Recent humans.”

Finally, Tyson goes back out to space, to discuss how, in the not too distant future, humans may be launching tiny probes that will go at 20% the speed of light, much faster than the Voyager craft that NASA launched in the ’70s, to bring back possible planets that might sustain life in our neighboring solar system, four light years away.

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What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Like previous seasons of this current incarnation, Cosmos feels like a combination of the original version grafted onto an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. More on that below.

Our Take: We struggled to get through the first episode of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and we couldn’t put our finger on why. Was it Tyson’s slow, almost sing-songy narration, which we know is not the way he talks in real life? Was it the concentration on long scenes of CGI that had little to do with the show’s narrative? Or was it because the episode itself didn’t particularly have a narrative center? It might be all three.

We were surprised how unfocused this first episode was. We were grasping for a through line that would link the stories that Tyson was telling, and we couldn’t find one, even after watching the episode twice. Despite the involvement of original Cosmos EP Ann Druyan, it feels like Brannon Braga, the Trek alum who directed the first episode, got too caught up in making the episode run like a sci fi scripted series than a science and nature show.

Yes, this has been the show’s style going all the way back to the Sagan original. And the host’s musings about how everything fits together is also a signature of the show, but for some reason or another, we weren’t quite understanding how the different stories in the first hour of the show fit together, and it just felt that extended effects sequences were favored over a coherent storyline.

That being said, some of the information, like the profile of Spinoza, were effective, which gives us hope that other episodes will be a bit more cohesive.

Parting Shot: Tying back to his discussion of one of Çatalhöyük, one of civilization’s first cities, which was an egalitarian ideal, we’re shown a similar-looking city on a space station, complete with people accessing their houses via their roofs, with a family looking out at the Earth.

Sleeper Star: The CGI on Cosmos is pretty detailed, so we’ll go with what we imagine Cosmos Studios’ extensive special effects crew.

Most Pilot-y Line: There’s an extended sequence where the “ship” Tyson is on tries to ride the wave created from the collision of black holes, and it felt like it went on far too long, despite how nice it looks.

Our Call: STREAM IT. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Cosmos: Possible Worlds transcends its muddled first episode. But we’re wondering if the concept has reached its limit for now, and maybe we should wait another decade or two before seeing another version.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and tech, but he doesn’t kid himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and elsewhere.

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