Listen: Cher’s Full ‘Fernando’ Duet From ‘Mamma Mia 2’

 

At last, Cher’s full “Fernando” duet with Andy Garcia has arrived, taken from the Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack. 

The song is the third to be released ahead of the hotly anticipated release into theaters (July 20) following “Waterloo” (Hugh Skinner and Lily James) and “When I Kissed the Teacher (James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies and Celia Imrie).

For the record, MM2 counts Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper and Julie Walters among the glittering cast.

 

10 Unforgettable Met Gala Moments Throughout the Years

Cher at the 1974 Met Gala in custom Bob Mackie; photo courtesy Ron Galella/WireImage

 

Today is the Met Gala — but you already knew that. With this year’s theme as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” we’re anticipating a lot of vintage McQueen, probably some Gaultier, and of course, a hell of a lot of Dolce & Gabbana.

So, to prepare, we’ve put together a list of of the 10 most memorable past Met Gala moments.

 

Rihanna in Guo Pei

 

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You can’t have a Met Gala roundup without mentioning Rihanna’s infamous dress from 2015. That year, the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and Rih chose Chinese designer Guo Pei for her look. The handmade gown took over 2 years for the designer to make and instantly made her go viral. In fact, there’s currently a new documentary that highlights Pei’s impressive career.

 

Rihanna, again, in Comme des Garçons

 

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Queen Rih also made the list because of her Comme des Garçons F/W ’16 look for the Met Gala last year. The theme actually was Comme des Garçons and Rih was one of the only people who actually wore something by Kawakubo — partly, I think, because she’s one of the only people who could really pull it off.

 

Cher in Bob Mackie

 

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Cher always looks iconic. But it was this custom Bob Mackie gown at the third annnual Met Ball, that set the tone for it to be one of the most fashionable nights of the year. The theme was “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design,” so the singer essentially could’ve shown up naked and — oh wait, she basically did.

 

Katy Perry in Maison Martin Margiela

 

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Who could forget Katy Perry’s look from last year’s Met Gala? I know she can’t, because she still talks about how hard it was for her to pee. But beauty is pain, ladies and gentlemen — especially in custom Maison Martin Margiela (that looked suspiciously like Givenchy F/W ’17).

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

 

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“Anglomania” was the theme in 2006, and Sarah Jessica Parker went full on with the plaid, natch. On the arm of Alexander McQueen, the duo wore custom “Anarchy in the U.K.”-inspired looks by the designer, himself.

 

Lil Kim in god knows what

 

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No one ever really knows what Lil Kim is wearing, and the 1999 Met Gala was no exception. The Hard Core rapper opted for a pink fur trench, pink snakeskin boots and a pink bikini — and no, the theme was not “pink.”

 

Kate Moss in custom Marc Jacobs and a Stephen Jones turban

 

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In 2009, Kate Moss looked the total part for the Met Gala’s “Model As Muse” in a custom Marc Jacobs gold lamé mini, YSL pumps and Stephen Jones turban.

 

Liv Tyler & Stella McCartney in matching halter tops

 

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Sure, the Met Gala wasn’t as big of a deal fashion-wise in 1999 as it now. But halter tops? Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, you both know better. Still, the duo really leaned in to the “Rock Style” theme with matching “Rock Royalty” tank tops.

 

Donatella Versace in Versace

 

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Donatella’s leather Versace look for the 1996 Met Gala was iconic for a couple of reasons: Sadly, this would be Gianni’s last Gala before his death, but also the debut of his bondage-inspired style that would become a trademark for the legendary brand.

 

Jaden Smith and his ponytail in Louis Vuitton

 

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Last but not least, Jaden Smith at last year’s Gala. Yes, the theme was Comme des Garçons, and sure, Rei Kawakubo is known for getting a little avant-garde sometimes. But Jaden Smith took things to a whole different level when he showed up on the red carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, carrying his recently cut dread locks.

 

Fingers crossed he — and everyone else — leaves the gross accessories at home tonight. Though, the theme is Catholicism, so I’m guessing this year’s top trapping will be guilt.

 

The Cronut Creed: Dominique Ansel’s Top Five Rules About The Cronut

Since launching the croissant-donut hybrid known as The Cronut on May 10th, Dominique Ansel has never been the same. Instantly, the famed French pastry chef’s namesake bakery in Soho has become the hottest New York venue between the hours of 5:30am and 8am – and it’s not even a nightclub. 

Folks from as far as Dubai and Australia are flying in to get a taste of the flaky, creamy, sweet phenomenon. This week, I sat down with the chef who – like Madonna and Cher – has now been most commonly referred to as simply "Chef," to discuss The Cronut Creed: his top five rules about baking, devouring, and loving The Cronut.

1. The Cronut Shalt Not Discriminate.

While only 300 cronuts are made a day, and only the early-birds can snag ’em, The Cronut feeds a worldly crowd that’s, according to Dominique, "half tourists, half locals, including people who have flown in from Taiwan, Japan, South America. You name it."

2. The Cronut Shalt Not Be Scalped.

Now that scalpers are flooding Craigslist with under-the-table, expensive cronut offers, food has for the first time become a Craigslist scalping commodity. "And I don’t like it," says Dominique. "It’s why we limit the number of cronuts people can get in the store to two."

3. There Is No Wrong Way To Eat A Cronut.

"You can cut it in half," the chef says. "Just bite into it, take it apart layer by layer. But everyone has their own way. Whichever way you have the most fun eating it, is the best way. My favorite is to cut it in half."

4. The Cronut Must Be Eaten Within Six Hours.

"It takes three days to make, is fresh for six hours, and eaten in 30 seconds," he says. "Eat it while you can."

5. One Shall Be Selfish With Their Cronut.

"A lot of people come in early and alone, and come just for a single cronut for themselves with their coffee. And that’s very okay."

Get the inside-scoop on Dominique Ansel Bakery, & follow Bonnie on Twitter here

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A Lot of People Think That Cher Is Dead

RIP, Margaret Thatcher, I guess. With the recent deaths of film critic Roger Ebert, designer Lily Pulitzer, and now Thather, this is about the damnedest Rule of Threes I’ve ever seen. Of course, it could be much worse, as a lot of people on Twitter are confusing the hashtag "#nowthatchersdead" to mean "now that Cher is dead." Easy mistake, I suppose, as there are a whopping thirteen people on Twitter who didn’t even know who Margaret Thatcher was in the first place. Can you believe it? I suppose I should compile my "Best Tweets About the Falklands War" post soon. In other news, this is going to be a profoundly obnoxious week on the internet.
 

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Mark Kozelek Covered Sonny & Cher and It Is Beautiful

In case you missed it in between the Grammys and the new stuff The Strokes and Justin Timberlake bringing you all the Suits and Ties with David Fincher, Mark Kozelek, he of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, released a new covers album called Like Rats. This isn’t Kozelek’s first foray into covers territory by any means, but it’s first off, very good, and second off, a rather interesting roster of artists. There’s D.C. punk (Bad Brains’ “I”), two very prominent but very different names in progressive rock (Genesis, Yes), the title track from Godflesh, a track each from Danzig and the Misfits, and, of all people, Bruno Mars.

But one of the standouts here is the stomach-dropping closer, a simultaneously gentle and devastating take on Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” And how quickly the warm, fuzzy Sonny and Cher classic turns into a spare, heart-wrenching tale of desperation, of a broken man, down on his luck, clinging to the one thing he has left in this life: his babe. This is how you do covers, people. Kozelek is a reminder that covering a song can actually still be an artistic statement and really create the song anew as opposed to just making overly precious folk versions of rap songs for YouTube, perky college a cappella arrangements or soulless, grinning Glee soundtrack reproductions. And thank God for that.

Stream Like Rats over at Pitchfork Advance while you still can, or watch Kozelek do his thing on Bad Brains’ “I” below.

Cher & Kathy Griffin’s Get-Out-The-Vote Vid

"This is Cher, bitches! Do what she says!" Kathy Griffin, you might be right.

Cher and Kathy teamed up with the Jewish Council for Education and Research — i.e. the folks behind Sarah Silverman’s famous "Great Schlep" video of 2008 — to urge voters in swing states to not let Mitt "turn back time on women." Heh, heh, Cher pun!

It’s not just full of quips: Cher and Kathy go through dummy comments made by Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney about women’s reproductive health … and Lord, there are so many.

Anyone else kind of thrilled these two are friends?

 

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Cher Tweets An Anti-Mormon “Magic Underwear” Crack

Regardless of our individual opinions on organized religion, I think we can all agree no amount of nuanced commentary can be captured in 140 characters. Alas, Cher did not get that memo. (Er, tweet.) The singer and actress is now fielding accusations of bigotry against Mormons after she tweeted a comment on Thursday critical of Mitt Romney and his "magic underwear." 

Cher was griping about President Obama on Twitter and implied that he could lose the election to Mitt Romney:

"I feel like if he doesn’t get all his ducks in a row we’ll b forced 2 listen 2 uncaring Richy Rich. The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH." 

That "magic underwear" comment is a reference, of course, to temple garments, a type of underwear worn by Mormons inside their temples to serve as a symbolic reminder of their faith. "Temple garments," "garments," "celestial underwear," or "Mormon underwear" are all phrases used to describe the underclothes, but the phrase "magic underwear" is considered a derogatory. 

In response, other Twitter users started slamming the performer — but the nuance of the fact she was making anti-Republican statements and the fact she made a crappy comment about someone else’s religion got lost in the muddle (as is wont to happen on Twitter). So when the singer retweeted some of the responses she got — "Sonny would roll over in his grave if he could see what you are tweeting" — with impassioned replies about how she’s just standing up for her beliefs, it seems as if she doesn’t actually understand what she did wrong. As of yet, Cher hasn’t apologized on Twitter or anywhere elsewhere for the "magic underwear" crack. 

I love you, Cher. But this is exactly the reason some celebs do their tweeting through a publicist. 

Cher Is Bringing Her Life Story to Broadway

Well, it’s the afternoon after Pride. How are your hangovers doing? Well, hold onto your hats, because your brains are about to effin’ explode, Scanners-style. Broadway.com reports the somewhat ageless entertainer is bringing her life story onto the Great White Way—and she’ll be portraying herself in the starring role. 

Says the source

According to her Twitter feed, Cher is writing a Broadway-bound musical about her life, which will feature herself and two other actresses in the title role: A young performer will portray the singer from before she met Sonny Bono through the Sonny & Cher years; a second will follow her solo career from 1977 through the 1999 Believe tour; and Cher herself will play a "wise" character looking back and communicating with the younger versions of herself. The new musical will include the legendary recording artist’s biggest hits. No further casting, creative team members or timeline has been announced.

This is some deeply layered shit, you guys. 

(Note: I took a quick peak at Cher’s Twitter to see if I could find the actual tweet that makes these claims, but only found things like "Gotta work out!Pay no atten 2 Tpublicans!They mean less than nothing 2 me!They think millions on foodstampShould b left by the road Hungry." Nope! No idea what that means.)

Not being a big Cher fan (what? deal with it), but being weapons-grade gay when it comes to stupid Broadway spectacles, I have to say, I will see the hell out of this show if it actually comes to fruition. Maybe twice! But I have two questions: if Cher can’t go on as Elder Cher, will she have an understudy? Secondly, will there be a big second-act musical number about SIlkwood? Oh man, I am dying for a Silkwood number.