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Don Cheadle Picked A Funny Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

MCU actor Don Cheadle has been an integral part of the ridiculously successful franchise since May 2010, when he replaced Terrence Howard as Tony Stark’s best friend/sidekick James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2. Howard left the role on bad terms, creating an opportunity for another actor to step in. Rhodey was one of the only Avengers to survive Thanos’s snap (or The Blip, in Spider-Man: Far From Home lingo), making him one of the only MCU staples to participate in the entirety of Avengers: Endgame.

Not only did Don Cheadle seem to have a blast filming Avengers: Endgame, he also recently divulged his favorite moment in the movie during a brief promotional video. Admittedly, he wasn’t one of the highlights of the film for me, but he has plenty of moments in earlier MCU films that rank among my favorites (such as all of his scenes in Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War).

While Endgame is largely a serious affair, there are a number of chuckle-worthy moments that fans of Marvel’s lighter fare will definitely appreciate. Sure, it’s not Avengers: Infinity War levels of funny. That movie was unexpectedly hysterical. But this one has its moments and benefits greatly from the levity those moments bring to an otherwise bleak film. Don Cheadle’s favorite scene, while not my personal favorite comedic moment, involves Scott Lang’s poorly-timed Taco Bell lunch at the Avengers compound.

Don Cheadle’s favorite moment was revealed on the official The Avengers Twitter page, which is currently advertising the snot out of the Endgame Blu-Ray release. You can check out the scene (and Cheadle’s brief intro) below!

Paul Rudd’s performances as Scott Lang/Ant-Man have been consistent sources of levity and heart that have added so much to these movies. Heck, he’s a big reason why these films are so enduring and endearing. So yeah, I get where Don Cheadle is coming from with this preference. He’s probably just as big a fan of Paul Rudd as I am, honestly. Can’t fault him for that. The guy is a delight.

What the clip doesn’t show us is the hilarious conclusion to the scene, which sees a wind-swept Lang looking dazed (and confused) before a helpful Hulk swoops in with another fully assembled taco. Cue the cheesy music. If Cheadle had included THAT, I might have agreed with him.

Avengers: Endgame is now available digitally and on Blu-Ray, DVD, and 4K. Have you picked up the release yet? Checked out its many special features? If you’re excited for any films slated for release in 2019 but want to know what else to see (or not see), check out our comprehensive guide to what’s hitting theaters this year.

Which Age Group Goes To The Movies Most Often? You Might Be Surprised

The top six movies of the year are all Disney produced, and sequels or adaptations as well. Some big hits so far this year were live-action remakes Lion King and Aladdin, Marvel’s three offerings, and Toy Story 4. Down at No. 7 is Jordan Peele’s Us, which impressed with $254 million globally. The poll also showed that while movie fans are primarily rating adventure films the highest, horror is second and gaining traction with viewers.

Dark Phoenix Officially Ends Run As Lowest-Grossing X-Men Movie: Disney Marketing (Partly) To Blame?

Now that the theatrical run for Dark Phoenix is officially over, let’s assess the damage and assign blame. It sounds like there was some behind-the-scenes grumbling about Disney dropping the ball when it comes to promoting the movie, after the studio acquired 21st Century Fox. But how much of a factor would that have been in Dark Phoenix becoming the lowest-grossing X-Men movie of the franchise?

First, here’s the box office breakdown for Dark Phoenix:

Whether we’re talking domestic, worldwide, or adjusted for inflation, that’s the worst for any X-Men movie. Let’s get specific with the worldwide totals for every X-Men movie. Here’s that list, unadjusted for inflation:

No franchise wants to end with the lowest grossing movie. It’s especially sad that Dark Phoenix couldn’t even beat X-Men, which came out back in 2000 when ticket prices were quite a bit lower. That movie was made on a reported $75 million production budget — vs the $200 million reported for Dark Phoenix — and managed to make $40 million more than the 2019 movie.

Dark Phoenix was already in trouble when it had by far the worst opening for any X-Men movie. It became clear the film was on track to be a bigger box office bomb than even Fox’s Fantastic Four, because Dark Phoenix cost more to make and is set to lose more money. Dark Phoenix‘s rumored $200 million budget doesn’t even include the cost of marketing. Speaking of marketing…

That Variety report also shared insight from unnamed insiders regarding Dark Phoenix. Those sources claimed Disney mostly ignored Dark Phoenix after the Fox acquisition in March. The marketing team familiar with Dark Phoenix was reportedly laid off, and Disney didn’t spend as aggressively as in the past to promote the June 2019 movie. Another source said Dark Phoenix‘s only premiere, in Los Angeles, was done to keep costs down. That reportedly annoyed the movie’s creative team.

Whenever a movie doesn’t do well, the blame game begins. Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg took the classy approach of falling on his sword, taking responsibility for the X-Men movie not doing well. However, marketing often gets dragged into these conversations, and it sounds like there was frustration with Disney’s team allegedly sidelining Dark Phoenix promotion.

I did find it interesting that Dark Phoenix got rebranded for its home release in September. That seemed like a let’s-make-lemonade move aimed at emphasizing the X-Men branding, which may have been lost in the initial release.

Dark Phoenix had bad buzz for a long time, and re-shot the ending to be less like other recent movies. It has a 23% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes (also the worst for any X-Men movie), but a more promising 64% audience score from more than 15,400 users. (That’s higher than the 58% audience score for X-Men: Origins – Wolverine and 61% for X-Men: The Last Stand, although those movies have many more user reviews at this point.) Dark Phoenix got a “B-” CinemaScore from moviegoers polled on opening night.

Despite what has been said, some superhero movies do fail. But Dark Phoenix does have its defenders, with some saying they liked it more than X-Men: Apocalypse. I also think it’s going to find a new audience at home, whether on disc, or through future streaming, on TV, whatever. Expectations are now low, so I can imagine people expecting the worst and being pleasantly surprised.

MCU Recruit? Ryan Gosling’s Meeting With Taika Waititi Launches Thor 4 Rumors

On Friday, Taika Waititi met with Ryan Gosling for lunch in Los Angeles, ahead of the production of Thor: Love and Thunder set to begin in early 2020. Fans naturally jumped to their hopes to see the two-time Oscar nominee join the MCU, but what are the chances the meeting was regarding Thor 4? Below is the pair walking out of the lunch, per Just Jared:

I could see Ryan Gosling signing up for Taika Waititi’s specific brand of storytelling, maybe as a one-off supporting character to add some comedy and color to the world established in Ragnarok. Gosling could take on a role like Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster: a small but memorable performance that didn’t require a huge commitment for Goldblum.

Ryan Gosling currently doesn’t have any project in the works since having a busy last few years as the star of First Man, Blade Runner 2049, La La Land, and The Nice Guys. He also has two children (ages three and four) with Eva Mendes, so he could be taking some time away to focus on family.

Taika Waititi also has another project in the works besides Thor: Love and Thunder as well. He’ll be adapting soccer British documentary Next Goal Wins for Fox Searchlight. Maybe the meeting could be about this project? Next Goal Wins primarily centers on Samoan soccer players and their older coach… so my bet’s on Thor 4 over this drama, even though it’s more Gosling’s M.O.

Waititi recently finished up the script for Thor: Love and Thunder and it already has a packed cast, also including Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. My other reservation about this rumor is it’s quite rare for Marvel news as big as Ryan Gosling joining the MCU to leak so easily.

Ryan Gosling would be a huge and incredible addition to the cast! What do you think? Is the actor being recruited for Thor: Love and Thunder? Sound off in the comments!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Dethrones A Bond Movie To Be Sony’s Top Movie Ever

It’s no surprise that Spider-Man: Far From Home has made a killing at the box office. The movie is fun and focused on furthering the MCU’s goals in exciting new ways, making it a worthwhile entry in the franchise and a home-run for Sony and Marvel. Critics (especially our own Eric Eisenberg) have responded well to it, too. Now, with over $1 billion in box office bucks (so real money) and the world anxiously waiting for more, the Jon Watts-directed mega-hit has just passed another super important, super impressive milestone.

According to the analysts and reporters over at Deadline, Spider-Man: Far From Home is passing the phenomenal James Bond film Skyfall at the worldwide box office this weekend to become Sony’s highest-grossing movie of all time. Far From Home is projected to make $1.109 billion this weekend, pushing it past Skyfall‘s $1.108 billion. The 2012 Bond movie cleaned up at the box office and quickly became one of Sony’s most lucrative endeavors (as did its heavily-hyped but surprisingly inferior sequel, Spectre). Some crazy ROI for the company, lemme tell ya.

Far From Home is currently the second highest-grossing film of the year in China, with its preceding MCU installment, Avengers: Endgame, leading by a fair amount. Domestically, the film made $185 million during its first six days in theaters, breaking records for both Sony and the Independence Day holiday. Its opening day haul came in at $39.3 million, an insanely impressive box office pull for a Tuesday. On the domestic front, it’s the second-highest grossing live-action Spider-Man film, with the Tobey Maguire-led, Sam Raimi-directed original still holding that coveted top spot. Worldwide, though, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the Spidey movie leader, and the only Spider-Man movie to pass $1 billion.

But while the film continues to rake in obscene amounts of cash, it won’t touch Endgame‘s numbers. That film had far more anticipation and star power backing it, and that’s not counting the 11-year build-up to its April release. For a Spidey solo outing, though, these numbers are insane and will only continue to climb. It outpaced its predecessor, Spider-Man: Homecoming, early in its theatrical run, so it will be interesting to see how its inevitable sequel will perform against its staggering success. The still-distant sequel may not benefit from having Jake Gyllenhaal around to charm us all into becoming Mysterio fans, but Watts and company will probably get someone just as talented to square off against the web-head. All of that aside, it’s a good time to be a Sony executive.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now playing in theaters, where it continues to thrill moviegoers of all ages. Haven’t been able to see it yet? Get on it! We will likely get word regarding its digital and Blu-Ray releases within the next month or so. We still recommend you see it in the theater, especially because Mysterio’s illusions are best experienced on a very large screen with very loud speakers playing.

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Taylor Swift Fans Already Have So Many Theories About the Official ‘Lover’ Tracklist

Being a Taylor Swift fan can often feel like working a second job as a private investigator. Swift’s got a, well, reputation for dropping easter eggs in music videos, Instagram posts, and even outfits to clue fans in about her next steps. Her cryptic hints have gone into overdrive during the Lover era, with fans counting palm trees and jacket pins to decode her seventh album—and the list of potential hidden meanings got even longer when Swift released the Lover tracklist.

Swift posted three back-to-back Instagram posts revealing the official tracklist for Lover on Friday, August 16. In a series of posts with her new era’s cotton-candy aesthetic, Swift listed all 18 track titles for the upcoming album, her longest record to date. Naturally, the information embedded in the song titles sent fans spinning—once they could read what the faint title fonts actually said.

Some of the song titles confirmed theories fans have discussed since the first single of the Lover era, “ME!”, dropped in April. “ME!” includes the lyric, “There’s a lot of cool chicks out there.” In the music video, the camera pans to a wall hung with paintings of baby chicks surrounding a painting of iconic country band the Dixie Chicks. Fans took it as a sign that the Dixie Chicks would appear on the album; the Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift further fueled the fire by sending cryptic tweets to one another after the video premiered.

Body-Shamers Are Leaving Toxic Comments on a Photo of Kylie Jenner—Again

Kylie Jenner might be both a billionaire and a high-profile reality TV star, but she’s also a person—a person who’s currently facing a wave of derogatory and inappropriate comments from body-shamers on Instagram. While she’s been celebrating her 22nd birthday in Italy, Jenner’s also been sharing photos from the trip on both her personal account and the official accounts for her many cosmetics and skincare brands. In them, she’s sunning herself in a bikini, joined by a package of her skincare products. Trolls took the photo as permission to make comments about Jenner’s body—specifically, her butt.

Commenters rudely compared Jenner’s curves to a full diaper. “Time to change your diaper, baby girl,” one person said in the comments. “I think your diaper is full,” another commented.

The commentary only went downhill from there. Other users chimed in to question whether Jenner’s body is “natural.” “I remember when you looked like a surfboard,” one said.

One hero emerged from the toxic comment wasteland to set the others in place: “Comments like yours is [sic] what makes people want to do things differently with their bodies,” they wrote.

Of course, one kind comment doesn’t cancel out the damaging effects of several negative ones—and we’ve seen the movie before: Celebrity wears a swimsuit, celebrity decides to take a picture, body-shamers come out of the woodwork to throw in their unnecessary two cents. But frequency doesn’t make this cycle any more excusable.

Nothing about a picture of the media mogul in a swimsuit warrants the comments that body-shamers made (or comments about her body at all), and Jenner doesn’t owe anyone an explanation about procedures she may or may not have had, nor does she deserve gross barbs about her body’s shape on Instagram. If she wants to talk about her body—which she has—she will. Otherwise, let her be.

Mortal Kombat Updated Cast List: Here’s How They Could Look In The Movie

Next up is the casting of Jackson “Jax” Briggs, who will be played by Supergirl’s James Olsen, Mehcad Brooks. Jax became a playable character in Mortal Kombat II and he’s U.S. Special Forces and the brawny superior to Sonya in the game. Along with starring in the CW series for four seasons and counting, Brooks has also found roles in Nobody’s Fool, About Last Night and the series Desperate Housewives, True Blood, and Necessary Roughness. Here’s how he could look: