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Criminal Minds Showrunner Talks How Long She Wants The Show To Last

Criminal Minds is currently in its fourteenth season and just celebrated its 300th episode with the season premiere. It is an impressive run by any standard. With another long-running CBS series calling it quits, it stands to reason that fans may be concerned CBS’ hit crime procedural could join them. Responding to whether she has an endgame in mind for it, Criminal Minds‘ showrunner Erica Messer revealed how long she thinks the drama can keep going. Messer said:

Based on what Erica Messer told TV Insider, the showrunner seems confident that even if Criminal Minds were to come to an end, the series would live on in some capacity. One way of doing that would be through another spinoff. As Messer hints, people will never tire of stories that involve the good guys taking down the bad ones. Her optimism about the show’s future coincides with something she previously shared in response to running out of bad guys.

While there has been a lot of talk surrounding Criminal Minds making it to its 300th episode, the series’ outlook has been met with a slight cloud overhead. The issue? Fans had to sweat out whether the series would be renewed for a fourteenth season and when it was, it was with a reduced episode count. The current season will run for 15 episodes, seven down from the show’s usual run of 22 episodes.

There were rumblings that the show’s episode count would be increased, although it currently remains the same. Despite the outside tension surrounding the show’s future, Criminal Minds has made it for another season. For her part, the series’ showrunner seems confident about the drama’s prospects, and her statement makes it clear that even if it ends, it can eventually be revisited. Whether fans are watching Criminal Minds‘ final episodes, only time will tell.

Albeit, crew members have reportedly said Season 14 would be the series’ last. The fact the series’ showrunner is so optimistic about the franchise’s outlook should be comforting to fans. The pieces are arguably in place for the series to wrap up if that is what ends up happening.

Rossi will be embarking on a romance with his ex-wife. We know that Garcia will eventually come through the dark period she is in, following the unsettling events of the Season 14 premiere. Plus, there will be a deeper dive into the characters’ personal lives throughout the season, so there will be no shortage of things to continue looking forward to.

Every show eventually comes to an end, so there is no reason not to relish the here and now. The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds will continue airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime drama is among a myriad of new programming arriving on CBS, alongside other network series coming this fall.

Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ Is Her Most Personal Song To Date: ‘I Cried The Whole Time’

Halsey is back with her first new song not as Halsey. Technically, “Without Me,” is still released under that moniker, but — as she explained in an interview with Zane Lowe on Thursday (October 4) — it’s the first time she’s written a song using her real name, Ashley Frangipane.

“It’s just me. No wig, no colorful hair, no character, and it’s about my life and about my relationship that the world has watched so closely and so vehemently in the past year and a half,” Halsey explained, emphasizing that “Without Me” is a standalone track that’s not part of some grand Shakespearean concept album á la last year’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

The relationship in question is Halsey’s romance with G-Eazy, which has been plagued by his rumored cheating and their brief split over the summer. The couple has since gotten back together, but “Without Me” seems to reflect on their torturous time apart. “Tell me how’s it feel sittin’ up there / Feeling so high but too far away to hold me,” she sings. “You know I’m the one who put you up there / Name in the sky / Does it ever get lonely? / Thinking you could live without me.”

For dramatic effect, the song even nods to Justin Timberlake’s spiteful 2002 breakup hit “Cry Me a River” with the lyrics, “You don’t have to say just what you did / I already know / I had to go and find out from them.”

Recording the track, Halsey admitted, was an emotional process. “I cried the whole time I recorded it,” she tweeted. “But now I feel proud. And empowered.”

See Halsey further discuss “Without Me” in the Beats 1 interview below.

Why Andrew Lincoln Didn’t Leave The Walking Dead In Season 8 As He’d Planned

The end is nigh for Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, and fans are facing the final stretch of episodes before he’s gone for good (barring any flashbacks or hallucinations). While the news that he was leaving in Season 9 came as a shock to many, it turns out that Lincoln originally intended to leave the zombie apocalypse behind in Season 8. Here’s what he had to say:

Yes, Andrew Lincoln was planning on leaving The Walking Dead in the eighth season as far back as Season 4, when he had a conversation to that effect with then-showrunner Scott Gimple. Despite the fact that he had plenty of time between Season 4 and Season 8 to prepare for the final goodbye, Lincoln’s comments to EW reveal that he simply wasn’t ready by the time Season 8 rolled around. Interestingly, Lincoln realized that he wanted to stick around into another season relatively late in the game. Apparently, his change of heart happened halfway through filming Season 8 at San Diego Comic-Con.

I have to wonder if Andrew Lincoln’s change of heart contributed to the decision to kill off Carl, whose imminent death was revealed in the form of a zombie bite in Season 8’s midseason finale and ultimate demise took place in the midseason premiere. Statements from Chandler Riggs (and his dad) after Carl’s death hit the airwaves (without having been spoiled due to Riggs’ intervention) indicate that he learned that he would be out of a job very suddenly. Perhaps the need to keep Rick around but a desire to kill off a major character resulted in Carl’s death. We can only speculate at this point.

Now, we shouldn’t take Andrew Lincoln’s references to”the funeral” so literally as to mean that Rick is definitely going to bite the dust in Season 9. He’s definitely on the top of our list of characters most likely to die and we’ve come up with some morbidly fun theories about how it could happen, but there’s no 100% guarantee that Rick is going to die. Besides, there’s no way Andrew Lincoln would spoil Rick’s death months ahead of it taking place on the small screen. The metaphorical funeral is the one that takes Lincoln away from the show that turned him into a household name and the friends he made during his time in the zombie apocalypse.

The good news is that we don’t have too much longer to wait before Andrew Lincoln begins his swan song as Rick Grimes in Season 9. The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. There are plenty of other options on the small screen as well.

Jason Blum Is Down For More Halloween Sequels

The last few years have been very successful for the horror genre, as plenty of new and exciting projects have been met with critical and box office acclaim. Movies like Get Out and Split have come from Blumhouse Productions, and now the horror house will put its spin on a real classic: Halloween. The new canon-defying sequel will arrive shortly, bringing back OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The upcoming Halloween is being teased as Laurie’s final conflict with Michael Myers, but does Blumhouse have plans for more sequels? Jason Blum was recently asked just this. and responded enthusiastically with:

In true horror fashion, Jason Blum isn’t counting the Halloween franchise out just yet. Because if Blumhouse’s catalogue of horror films is any indication, they know how to keep a property alive.

While partly in jest, Jason Blum’s comments to EW show that Blumhouse Productions might just keep the Halloween property going after the upcoming sequel. John Carpenter’s original movie debuted back in 1978, and the franchise has kept strong in the decades since Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode first faced off against Michael Myers. Horror properties rely on sequels, with this year’s Halloween marks the whopping 11th film in the series.

Another potential Halloween sequel is going to depend on both the box office performance of this month’s installment, as well as the film’s contents. Halloween is currently being hyped up as Laurie Strode’s final conflict with Michael Myers. This strongly hints that Jamie Lee Curtis’ won’t be back again, and that the scream queen might even perish during some point in the film. If that’s the case, Blumhouse has done some set up to continue to the franchise, as the new Halloween will also focus on Laurie’s daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).

Blumhouse Productions has had its own share of horror franchise, so it seems primed to start a new age of Halloween movies. The first Paranormal Activity broke new ground and brought the company a ton of profit, helping establish Blumhouse as a haven for horror projects. Blumouse is also responsible for acclaimed franchises Insidious, The Purge, and The Conjuring. Clearly they know how to make a concept work for multiple installments, and Halloween has such a massive following that the generations of fans would be happy for more and more sequels.

Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Kanye West Celebrated His Father’s Cancer Remission In The Most Kanye Way

Kanye West is in a celebratory mood. His father, Ray West, is currently in remission from his cancer diagnosis, and Kanye is here to celebrate. How did the rap artist do that? By conquering one of his fear, evidently. On Twitter (of course), West posted a picture of a plate of bugs, and Ye decided to eat a meal that would be more suitable for Timon and Pumba from The Lion King. That’s right; Kanye West decided to honor his father’s return to health by grubbing on a plate full of bugs, believing that if his father succeeded in beating his recent health scare, he can overcome one of his own fears as well. You can check out the odd photo from Kanye West — or, perhaps we should say, the top-selling musical artist formerly known as Kanye West — below.

The unusual Twitter photo is, in Kanye West’s own way, a sweet tribute to his father’s health. He wants to pay his respect to the man who helped raise him. And if the artist/designer believes that beating his own fears by munching on bugs is the way to do that, then Ye should do so — so long as it doesn’t hurt him in the process. We don’t have a follow-up report for how the dinner went with his father, who also dined on a plate full of bugs for the occasion. But we can only hope that the meal was what Kanye West hoped it would be. And that he was able to conquer this fear of his in the process.

Meanwhile, Kanye West continues to find himself in the news for a variety of different reasons these days. The musician made quite an impression on the latest season premiere of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, including a musical rendition of “I Love It” with Lil Pump and Adele Givens where the rap artist was dressed in a giant Perrier bottle outfit. The musician is often known for his erratic and typically unpredictable behavior, and this musical display is just the latest example of that unpredictability. One could say the same thing about Ye eating a whole bunch of bugs with his father in order to celebrate his parent’s return to health.

Additionally, beyond his controversial use of social media, Kanye West continues to pop up in headlines for, say, talking about porn on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, getting into feuds with various celebrities, producing a whole lot of music, saying outlandish comments, and for constantly wearing a “Make America Great Again” red hat, among other points of conversation. He also recently claimed that his name is no longer “Kanye West.” Rather, the artist wants to be called “Ye” instead, although he hasn’t been strict on that new rule yet. He is also expected to release his new album literally any day now.

Why Daredevil Season 3 Doesn’t Feature Any Defenders Crossovers

The third season of Daredevil will feature many things, including the return of past villains, and a Sopranos-inspired storyline. What it will not include is any crossovers from The Defenders. A move that may be surprising given that Iron Fist‘s post-credits scene teased Daredevil Season 3. Fans of the Marvel universe, curious as to why that decision was reached, are about to get their answer. Daredevil‘s new showrunner Erik Oleson explained the move to CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola, and here’s what Oleson said:

Given that Daredevil was presumed dead at the end of the crossover miniseries event, you would think the characters that interacted with him there would be shown reacting to him being alive in Season 3. Maybe even desiring to confirm it in the flesh. But, it sounds like a passing mention may be all the superhero show ordered.

During its first two installments, Daredevil was the springboard to many characters within the Marvel Universe, including The Punisher and Elektra. The former ended up getting his own spinoff, and the latter played a crucial role in The Defenders‘ storyline. So, what Daredevil‘s showrunner is teasing is relatively groundbreaking for a new season of Netflix’s original Marvel series, and exciting. The superhero drama shifting inwards, once again, to the characters it has developed will be a fun thing to explore.

That said, Daredevil has had a history of doing such a wonderful job with its crossovers, it was never really an issue. For instance, The Punisher’s story was so cohesively woven into the fabric of Season 2 that it did not seem out of place when he was brought in. Plus, it fueled a stellar story for Karen, which helped her continue honing her identity. Not to mention the philosophical dialogues that took place between Frank Castle and Matt Murdock.

Based on the incredible trailer, conversations like those seem as though they will be echoed in Season 3’s direction. So, in many ways, the crossovers have helped propel Daredevil as much as it has helped drive them. There are many intriguing things about Erik Oleson’s quote, and one of them is him saying the show will be getting back to its core characters by having them interact in “surprising ways.” Fans may have already gotten a hint as to what that might entail.

Daredevil‘s showrunner had previously teased to EW that Foggy and Matt’s relationship would be hitting a rough patch in Season 3. Given how betrayed Foggy has felt by Matt that is not entirely surprising. One can only hope the one-time best friends can work things out. Tune in to find out if, and how, they can when Daredevil Season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix. And, the superhero series will not be the only fresh content the streaming giant and networks will be welcoming this fall, so be sure to keep up with everything else coming to the small screen.

New Aquaman Poster Sets Up His Classic Costume

When Jason Momoa was announced as the DCEU’s Aquaman, it gave fans an impression that the ruler of the Seven Seas was going to be a lot less comic book-y and a lot more badass. Best known for his portrayal of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, the decision to cast Momoa swims much further from the chipper blonde-haired superhero who rocks a bright orange and green scaly suit. But when director James Wan signed on to Aquaman, he knew exactly what he was getting into and wanted to feature the iconic seafaring superhero suit and all. With the release of Aquaman just under three months away, Wan has shared a brand new poster of the upcoming film, and it teases some of that green and orange. Check it out:

What a beautiful poster! The sneak peak of Aquaman’s iconic suit has the hero in emerald green gloves and an orangey-gold suit as he holds up a sparkling trident. James Wan tweeted it out with a little rhyme that goes “A Son of the Land, A King of the Seas, He’s the Protector of the Deep,” along with announcing that something is arriving tomorrow (possibly a new trailer that will reveal his suit completely?) For longtime fans of the comic book character, this is an exciting teaser that promises them that a genuine Aquaman is swimming into theaters come December. Jason Mamoa’s previous get-ups have included a muted green, brown and gold costume in his full Justice League appearance and a simple pair of denim jeans (worn underwater for some reason?) in the first poster released for Aquaman.

The DC superhero has long been a member of the Justice League, though he’s also plagued with the most jokes and not given the same stature as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman. James Wan and Jason Mamoa are hoping to change perceptions of the king of the seas with Aquaman while also telling a story of the hero that sticks to the source material. Based on the first footage within the first trailer, Aquaman looks to be taking a fun approach to the character, as Momoa delivers amusing quips while also bringing strength to the Aquaman name. The upcoming movie will be a unique underwater spectacle, including the beautiful sea creatures of the deep along with showcasing a city in the depths of the ocean.

While the DCEU had it start with muted portrayals of its iconic superheroes, the franchise seems to be taking note from the massive success of the MCU and breaking away from brooding installments. Following the blockbuster Wonder Woman, Aquaman will likely be taking a similar tone. The tide is coming to theaters on December 21.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer Is Super Tense

These days, multiple Oscar winner Clint Eastwood is doing a lot more directing and not much acting. The last time Clint Eastwood starred in a film was all the way back in 2012 in Trouble with the Curve. That changes later this year, though, when Clint Eastwood steps in front of the camera for his next directorial effort, The Mule, where he stars as a man in his eighties who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. The first trailer for the film has been released and it teases an emotional performance from Clint Eastwood in what looks to be a super tense film. Check out the trailer for The Mule below.

Interestingly, there is another film out right now called The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford, that is also about an old man committing crimes, and it looks absolutely nothing like what we see here from Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. That film looks like a charming romp while The Mule looks like a dark nail-biter. The trailer here is incredibly tense with a slow boil feel that ratchets up the tension with each successive scene, from the sweaty-palmed nervousness of the interaction with the cop to the dangerous dealings with the cartel to the alarm at seeing Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent literally right behind Clint Eastwood’s drug mule.

The danger is palpable for Clint Eastwood’s Earl Stone as he finds himself in way over his head, eluding the authorities and dealing with very dangerous people. This doesn’t look to be a situation where Clint Eastwood’s character is a cold 80-year-old badass either. Based on the trailer and the narration, this looks to be an emotional performance for the actor as a character with real regret and sadness in his life as he stares down the barrel towards the end of it. It’s those moments that deal with his family that makes this film especially interesting and should add emotional weight to the criminal elements.

As you can tell from the trailer, Clint Eastwood’s World War II vet and horticulturist doesn’t know what exactly he’s driving, at least not at first. He becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel and he winds up being pretty good at it, which puts him on the radar of Bradley Cooper‘s FBI agent Colin Bates. Like Walter White before him, Earl Stone looks to be doing the wrong things for the right reasons and before he knows it, he may find himself on the wrong side of the law and the cartel, putting him in terrible danger with no good way out.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort reunites the actor-director with his Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk, who also wrote The Mule. Clint Eastwood seems to have a preference for using true stories for his films in recent years, and that is the case again here. The Mule is inspired by the true story of 90-year-old Leo Sharp, who became a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel. His story was told in a New York Times story which you can read ahead of seeing the movie adaptation.

This movie looks like a compelling crime drama and something a little bit different than what we’ve seen from Clint Eastwood’s films of late. It is also exciting to see him back in front of the camera in a role that seems ideal for him. The Mule stars Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne, and it hits theaters on December 14. For all of the movies you can look forward to the rest of this year, check out our release schedule.

Re-Releasing Jaws With A CGI Shark Is A Good Idea, According To Richard Dreyfuss

For a movie about a shark attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town, there’s actually not that much shark footage within Jaws. This came out of necessity rather than by design since the mechanical sharks constructed for the movie kept malfunctioning, but it actually ended up working in Jaws‘ favor, as it gave the story a much more ominous, Hitchcockian-like tone. 43 years later, movie-making technology has leaped to previously unimaginable heights, and Richard Dreyfuss, who played oceanographer Matt Hooper, believes it would be a good idea for Jaws to be re-released and have the terrorizing shark be a CGI creation. As Dreyfuss put it:

As we’ve seen with the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s easy enough to go back into an older movie and add current effects, though that doesn’t come without criticism. But Richard Dreyfuss doesn’t see updating Jaws with a CGI shark as a problem, a realization he came to after Deadline brought up the idea when interviewing him at the Catalina Film Festival. Dreyfuss also acknowledged that director Steven Spielberg managed to work wonders with Jaws, but given what can be created for the big screen now, it’d be wise for Jaws to get an update so that the shark feels more realistic. In the actor’s words:

Given how Jaws remains one of the most popular movies of all time, it being re-released certainly would be “huge,” and maybe Richard Dreyfuss is right that making the shark all CGI would be more appealing to younger moviegoers who might not have otherwise have checked it out. However, as mentioned earlier, it was the fact that we don’t see that much of the shark in Jaws that makes the movie more terrifying. Audiences have to imagine how big this monstrosity is, and sure there a few moments where the shark pops up and it’s obvious the thing is man-made, but those don’t take from how scary the movie overall. It’s one thing to go in and touch up parts of the shark with CGI, but to completely erase the original, practical version is a questionable decision, and one that would almost certainly anger a lot of movie buffs.

If the Jaws franchise is ever rebooted, maybe the new take could feature a CGI shark to fit in among the other blockbusters, but when it comes to the original Jaws, such a decision would be incredibly divisive. In any case, keep up to date with what’s heading to theaters over the next year with our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.

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Watch Lady Gaga Tear Up While Surprising Fans at A Star Is Born Screening

With the release of A Star Is Born inching closer, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are deep in the throes of one of the most extensive press tours in recent memory. In other words, these two really want you to see their movie. So much so, in fact, that they might even drop in on a screening, which is exactly what Gaga did in New York on Wednesday, October 3.

Decked out in a shimmering red turtleneck dress, the singer turned actress greeted the audience after a brief introduction from Tyler Oakley. “I love you so much,” she said, per a clip from Good Morning America. “Thank you so, so much from the bottom of my heart for being here tonight.”

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Then, as she’s done throughout the whirlwind press circuit, Gaga heaped praise on her costar and director, Bradley Cooper. “All you need is just for one person to believe,” Gaga told the audience. “So, I have to say thank you to my incredible director, Bradley Cooper. This is the moment that Bradley gives the film over to you and to the world. I am so grateful and so humbled that it is moving people and that’s all that matters. So, this our gift to you. We love you.”

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Unless you’ve recently signed a year-long lease for a sensory-deprivation tank, it’s been impossible to ignore the enormous hype surrounding this movie. It currently sits at a sparkling 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and is considered by many to be the front-runner at this year’s Oscars. Beyond the merits of the film itself, Gaga’s ultra-devoted fan base has been crucial in elevating A Star Is Born to the top of the pop-culture pyramid. So naturally, she also thanked her Little Monsters for helping to get her to this point.

“It would be a lie to not think each and every one of you who has supported me over the years, I would not be here without you,” she said. She added, per E! News, that she will “never forget when I looked into the eyes of my fans for the first time and I saw myself,” and added that “you are fighters. You are beautiful, and I love you.”

That’s going to be one helluva an Oscars acceptance speech.

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