Camila Mendes, Laura Marano, Noah Centineo & Matt Walsh Star In ‘The Stand-In’ From Awesomeness Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Awesomeness Films has brought together Riverdale star Camila Mendes, Austin & Ally alum Laura Marano,  Noah Centineo (The Fosters), and Odiseas Georgiadis to topline The Stand-In, a film directed by Chris Nelson. Veep‘s Matt Walsh has also signed on to star in the pic, which is currently in production in New Orleans.
The logline: In a clever scheme to raise money for college, Brooks Rattigan (Centineo) creates a dating app wherein he plays the roll of…

‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Calls Photoshopped Cosmo Cover ‘Personally Insulting’

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“Riverdale” star Camila Mendes agrees with co-star Lili Reinhart’s criticism of their Cosmopolitan Philippines cover photos, which were photoshopped to make the women look thinner than they are.

“I think Lili and I were the most shocked — we were the most shocked about the fact that they would [do that] knowing how much we speak about body positivity to our fans, and how much we love to talk about that,” Mendes told People over the weekend.

“That they would then manipulate our bodies when we are literally preaching body positivity is so personally insulting, and it’s also insulting to the readers,” she continued. “You’re spreading a false message about what people look like, you know? If my waist was that slim then great, do whatever you want, but it’s not.”

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“And I’m so happy with the way that I am and I don’t think that was necessary. It’s never necessary to change your body. People know what I look like, I take photos on my own and I don’t edit them so people know. Stop trying to lie to people, you know?” she said.

In October, Mendes opened up on Instagram about her struggles with an eating disorder, and said that she was done with dieting.

“When did being thin become more important than being healthy?” the 23-year-old said in her caption. “At some point in my life, I allowed my obsession with being thin to consume me, and I refused to make room in my mind for any other concerns… I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting– join me in this movement and share your story!”

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Earlier this month on International Women’s Day, Reinhart slammed the outlet for altering the way she and Mendes look.

“Today is International Women’s Day,” Reinhart said on Instagram. “Over the last year, we’ve seen an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for women. But we still have a long way to go. Our fight is not over.”

“For example: This is me from Cosmo’s February shoot. This is how my waist was photoshopped for Cosmo Philippines,” she continued. “This is Cami for Cosmo’s February shoot. This is how her waist was photoshopped. Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have,” she continued. “It’s an every day battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have to overcome. So we cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun. We are f–ing powerful, beautiful, and strong… we aren’t going to hide behind photoshop to confirm to beauty standards.”

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“That’s why I’m calling out @cosmopolitan_philippines,” Reinhart added. “It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f–ing beautiful. As is. And you can’t ‘fix’ us. So, like every other day, women… go kick some a-. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational. And I would like to thank the OG @cosmopolitan for keeping our waists as they are in their magazines. Also would like to encourage celebrities and public figures to stop photoshopping their waists/noses/arms/legs in their photos. It’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image. It’s adding to the problem.”

See the images below.

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‘Riverdale’ EP Greg Berlanti On Musical Episode Paley Preview: “It Fit So Well With The Characters & The Storylines”

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The CW’s Riverdale has long teased an upcoming musical Glee-esque episode, and today they previewed it to fans at PaleyFest. Set to air on April 18th, the episode has almost the entire cast singing and dancing as they put on a high school performance of Carrie.
“It was something we talked about even in Season 1 to do a musical episode,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacada said during a panel discussion after the screening. “We ran out of time, and we were doing the second…

‘Riverdale’ Star Cole Sprouse to Star in CBS Films’ ‘Five Feet Apart’

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“Riverdale” star Cole Sprouse will star in CBS Films’ “Five Feet Apart,” an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

“Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni is directing the romantic drama. Academy Award-winner Cathy Shulman will produce under her banner Welle Entertainment alongside Baldoni via his company Wayfarer Entertainment.

The screenplay was written by Mikki Daughtry (“The Children”) and Tobias Iaconis (“Sleep Tight”). The movie will follow Stella and Will, two young people falling in love with each other but living on borrowed time.

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Sprouse currently stars as Jughead Jones on CW’s “Riverdale” — the show is currently in its second season and also stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch.

Before “Riverdale,” Sprouse starred on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” alongside his twin brother Dylan Sprouse. He also starred in the spinoff, “The Suite Life on Deck.” He previously also starred as Ross’ son on “Friends” and the as the kid in “Big Daddy.”

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Sprouse is represented by WME, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Wolf Kasteler PR.

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‘Riverdale’ Goes Full-On ‘Men Are Evil’ for the Best Episode of the Series So Far (Commentary)

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(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 8 episode of “Riverdale,” “When a Stranger Calls.”)

When I try to convince my friends to watch “Riverdale” I have a tendency to refer to it as “trash TV” — it’s my way of trying to ease folks into a show that nobody takes seriously until they watch it. And while, yeah, “Riverdale” is definitely trashy, that label does a disservice to a show full of great, layered characters and really effective storytelling that really just cuts right through the heart sometimes.

This week felt like a peak in that regard — the show’s 18th episode, “When a Stranger Calls,” is the best of the series so far. It’s full of pain and misery, all earned rather than just being cheap, thanks to a pair of plotlines that feel all too familiar as Hollywood continues to come to grips with its problem of men using their power to hand out sexual abuse at seemingly every opportunity.

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The first of these, which most cleanly fits in with the main thread of this season in which a man wearing a black hood terrorizes the town, involves a man alleging to be the Black Hood himself attempting to blackmail Betty (Lili Reinhardt) into a more puritanical lifestyle (I say “alleging” because the policed deemed that the letter Betty received was not written by the same person who sent the initial Black Hood letter to Betty’s mom Alice (Madchen Amick). He tells her that he’ll kill her sister Polly if she doesn’t do what he says — and what he wants is to cut her off from those who are closest to her.

It starts by having her publish an old report about her self-righteous mother being arrested in high school. It continues with having her end her friendship with Veronica, who he claims is complicit in her father’s crimes. And it concludes, at least for this week, by having her break up with Jughead (Cole Sprause), who the Black Hood says doesn’t deserve Betty’s love.

He’s also stalking her, of course — he calls her on telling Archie (KJ Apa) about their conversations, something it would be really tough for him to know about even if he was following her constantly (which he seemed to be). This guy wants total control over Betty’s existence, and he’s seizing it through the most horrible means. And Betty has become a total wreck because of it, having no idea how to get out of this mess that he has put her into.

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Near the end of the episode he tells her that in order to get some insight into who he is, she has to go to an abandoned house. There she finds a black hood that he left her, and he tells her to look in the mirror. We’re the same, Betty’s terrifying stalker says as she trembles through the whole thing.

But while Betty’s new nemesis is an obvious and active evil, “Riverdale” this week pulls a masterful contrast by introducing a villain whose face is uncovered: Nick St. Clair (Graham Phillips), an old friend of Veronica (Camila Mendes) from the Big City who visits Riverdale because Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) wants his rich family to invest in the SoDale project. Hiram charges Veronica with showing Nick a good time so he’ll encourage his parents to throw their money around.

So they have a party at Nick’s hotel room, with Betty, Archie, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Kevin (Casey Cott) and the Pussycats, and they all do jingle jangle and have a great time — until Betty kills the vibe by staging a public falling out with Veronica per her stalker’s orders. Eventually only Veronica and Nick are left, and Nick — who had been flirting hard in her direction all episode — made his move. Veronica wasn’t having it, of course. She’s loyal to Archie. Then Nick brought up what he believed was the power he had over her: his ability to kill Hiram’s attempt to make a deal with Nick’s parents. Nick tries to blackmail Veronica for sex, and even attempts to force himself on her, but Veronica calls him a pig and leaves. This whole thing was an intense betrayal of trust for Veronica — they’d been friends for a long time and they had never crossed the line into romance. Nick decided that was a bad thing and tried to unilaterally change that dynamic whether Veronica agreed or not.

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The next day, Nick apologizes, and Veronica accepts – but Nick isn’t done. He moves on to Cheryl, who has clearly indicated she has a thing for Nick, and drops a roofie in her drink, then takes her back to his room to rape her. Fortunately, Veronica and the Pussycats break in and kick his ass before he actually does it, but good lord.

What a pair of arcs that was, mirroring so many stories told by women the world over from time immemorial about men taking advantage of whatever power they think they have. Men who use leverage and coercion instead of letting their victims make their own choices.  That Nick didn’t even give Cheryl a chance to consent even though she seemed to be giving him all the right vibes drives the point home — to these men, the woman’s consent or lack thereof is immaterial and irrelevant. Just like real life, as we see new versions of these stories in headlines every day. This episode very effectively illustrates that fact about very prevalent sort of man.

“When a Stranger Calls” would have been an excellent, hard-hitting episode in a vacuum, sure, but the coincidentally topical nature of those arcs makes it all the more powerful and its emotional turmoil all the more devastating. It’s this sort of thing that highlights why “Riverdale” is a truly good show — while it certainly tends to please the crowd with its trashier elements, the real hook is in how often its conflicts hit so close to home. And this episode is the very definition of close to home.

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20 Actors Who Are Way Older Than Their Characters (Photos)

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Have you ever watched a show about teenagers and thought, wait, I didn’t look like that at 16? Us too. Here are some of your favorite stars who portray characters much younger than they are.

Katherine Langford

The breakout star of “13 Reasons Why” is 21 years old. Hannah Baker, the high schooler she plays who ends up committing suicide, is only 17.

Dylan Minnette

Minnette’s Clay Jensen plays the love interest to Langford’s Hannah. Clay is also 17 in the show, but Minnette is 20. Though only a 3 year difference, in that time teens turn to twenty-somethings that can vote and are in college.

Christian Navarro

Navarro’s Tony Padilla in “13 Reasons” is everyone’s favorite nostalgia-loving, good-haired guardian angel. But while his character is supposed to be 18, Navarro is 25. Talk about a super senior.

Alisha Boe

Boe plays 17-year-old cheerleader Jessica Davis on “13 Reasons,” but the actress is 20, just like Minnette. It’s clear from the way she delivers those dry one-liners that she has some more experience than her character.

Brandon Flynn

Rounding out the “13 Reasons” crew is Flynn, who plays 17-year-old bad boy Justin Foley. Flynn is 23, making him a whole kindergartner older than his character.

K.J. Apa

The main character in the CW’s “Riverdale,” Archie is only 15. Apa is 19. So while he’s the youngest on our list, he’s had time to grow up way more than most high school sophomores.

Lili Reinhart

The quintessential girl-next-door in “Riverdale,” based off of the “Archie” comics, is 20. That’s 5 years older than her character Betty. We’ve never seen a more put-together teenager.

Camila Mendes

New girl Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale” is of an age with Betty and Archie, but Mendes is 22.

Cole Sprouse 

The narrator of the murder-mystery, Sprouse plays Jughead on “Riverdale.” Jughead is also the same age as the rest of the sophomore crew, but the actor is 24.

Kit Harington 

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow might know nothing, but we have a feeling Harington does. The actor, 30, plays the born-again hero who is supposed to be 14 at the start of the series.

Emilia Clarke

This mother of dragons is 30 IRL, but at the beginning of the series, Dany is only 14.

Jack Gleeson

We all love to hate the young King Joffrey, who is only 17 when he becomes protector of the realm. In the books, he was 13. Gleeson, though, is 25.

Lucy Hale

What a pretty little liar… when it comes to age. Hale is 27. Her character begins the show at 16.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell plays another fourth in the girl squad on PLL. She’s 30, where her character Emily is 16 at the beginning of the series.

Ashley Benson

The actress is 27, whereas her character Hanna is 16 just like the rest of the group.

Troian Bellisario

The last of the PLL crew is also the oldest. She’s almost twice her character’s age at 31.

Jason Earles

Remember “Hannah Montana?” Remember Hannah’s annoying older brother? Yeah, he was 15. Earles is 40 now; he was 29 when he played Jackson.

Ian Somerhalder

The smoldering Damon in “The Vampire Diaries” was turned into a vampire when he was 17, but Somerhalder is 38.

Sophie McShera

McShera plays the young kitchen maid Daisy in “Downton Abbey.” McShera is now 32.

 

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‘Riverdale’ Fans: Here Are the 5 Essential Graphic Novels You Need to Read (Photos)

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If you love The CW’s “Riverdale,” then you’re probably well aware by now that the teen murder mystery show is based off the beloved Archie Comics. If you’re not an avid graphic novel reader already, here are the top five books to pick up (you can order them here).

Riverdale Volume 1

This graphic novel takes place in the same universe as The CW series. Written by writers of the show, the stories take place between episodes and expands on the show’s universe.

Archie Volume 1

Archie’s world was revamped a few years ago, leading to fresh interest in the beloved character. Fiona Staples–the artist of the sci-fi epic “Saga“–and writer Mark Waid teamed up to add comedy and drama to the origin story of Archie and the gang.

Afterlife with Archie Volume 1

If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead” comics and want to dip your toes into the world of Riverdale, then this one might be for you. “Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla add zombies into the Archie universe, making for one of the most beloved horror comics of the day.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1

Since you’re a “Riverdale” fan, you’ve probably heard that there’s a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch show in the works from The CW, too. This graphic novel will be the basis for the upcoming spin-off, and is the second Archie horror book from Aguirre-Sacasa. Robert Hack illustrates.

The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition

If you want to get an overview of the entire history of Archie, go this “Best of” collection. It covers 75 years of stories set in the Archie universe, including classics that help to set up “Riverdale” like the origin of Pop’s Choklit Shoppe and the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle.

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