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The Joker Movie Has Cast Its Bruce Wayne And Alfred

Compared to other DC Comics movies, Joker is a strange beast. Rather than sticking relatively closely to the source material, this version of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story is taking a lot of creative liberties, particularly with Batman not being involved in his transformation. That being said, news has now come in that not only will Bruce Wayne appear in Joker, but so will his trusty butler/confidant, Alfred Pennyworth, played by Dante Pereira-Olson and Douglas Hodge, respectively.

Both of these casting updates come from, confirming that these legendary DC Comics characters will play some kind of role in Joker. Outside of the eponymous protagonist, who’s known as Arthur Fleck before becoming a clown criminal, the only other character from the comics who’d been confirmed for Joker was Thomas Wayne, who’s being played Brett Cullen and will be depicted less sympathetically than usual. With Bruce and Alfred now on the cast, it seems we’ll be peeking in on Thomas’ personal life rather than just see him as a public figure.

Dante Pereira-Olson’s acting career is just getting started, but he’s already started getting recognition for his recurring role as Gerry Scaramucci in the Syfy series Happy!. As for Douglas Hodge, his credits include The Night Manager, Penny Dreadful, Black Mirror, the 2010 Robin Hood and Red Sparrow. It’s safe to say, though, that Joker will be both of these actors’ most high profile project yet.

This leaves Martha Wayne as the final member of the Wayne household unaccounted for in Joker, though I imagine we’ll learn she’s appearing soon enough. With this movie firmly focusing on Arthur Fleck, a failed standup comedian, being driven insane and becoming a criminal mastermind, it’s hard to say just how much the Waynes and Alfred will appear. We don’t even know for sure if there will be a direct connection between Arthur and this family.

That said, I can’t help but wonder if Joker is taking a page from the 1989 Batman movie and will have this version of The Joker either kill Thomas and Martha Wayne or they’ll be killed by someone else during his reign of terror in Gotham City. This would not just be a sharp departure from the comics, where the deed is usually done by Joe Chill, but also from Batman, as Jack Napier was still a normal criminal when he pulled the trigger.

However the Waynes fit into Joker, we know that pretty soon, Bruce will lose both his parents, leaving Alfred to raise him and pushing the boy onto the path to vigilantism. Since Joker is set in the 1980s, that means he’ll be an experienced Batman in the present day. Of course, by that point, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker would be either dead or in the geriatric ward of Arkham Asylum, so either he wouldn’t be the Caped Crusader’s arch-nemesis or someone else will have inherited the Clown Prince of Crime mantle.

Joker hits theaters on October 4, 2019, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. You can also look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what other big movies arrive next year.

Mariah Carey Is Heading To NBC’s The Voice

Well, it turns out that Mariah Carey couldn’t stay away from televised singing competitions for long. A little over five years after ending her stint as a judge on Fox’s American Idol, the megastar is headed to NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning The Voice. But, instead of judging this time around, Carey will be lending her talents to the show as a key advisor to the contestants, beginning on October 29.

Mariah Carey is joining The Voice for the Season 15 Knockout Rounds, and, as such, she will be charged with mentoring the 32 artists who are still in the running on the show, along with coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton. During this round, each artist is paired against a teammate and tasked with choosing their own song to sing individually as their direct competition stands by and watches their performance. The winner of each separate Knockout Round will make it to the next phase of the competition, the Live Playoffs, and will come one step closer to making their dream of becoming a recording artist come true.

Because Mariah Carey has signed on as The Voice‘s Knockout Advisor (a title she probably really enjoys), this means she will be on hand to help each coach and every singer on their team prepare for the challenge of the Knockout Rounds. During the competition, however, only the coaches will be able to decide who moves on to the next round.

Obviously, Mariah Carey is a wonderful choice to help guide these artists in their journey on The Voice. Her five-octave vocal range and extreme songwriting and producing talent made her an almost instant hit, and a legend, all these years after she first hit the scene. Since making her debut on the music charts in 1990, Carey has gone on to become the top selling female artist of all time, with over a whopping 200 million albums sold across 14 releases and 18 Billboard Hot 100 number one singles (17 of which she wrote herself); more than any other solo artist in history.

And, of course, anyone with a storied musical career like Mariah Carey’s is going to also be one of the most nominated and awarded artists the world has ever seen. Carey has won an astounding 344 awards from 497 nominations from a wide variety of musical organizations throughout the world, and among those wins are five Grammys, 21 American Music Awards, 12 BET Awards, 32 Billboard Music Awards and 21 World Music Awards. Carey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2015, has had two Las Vegas residencies (#1 to Infinity from 2015-2017 and The Butterfly Returns from 2018-2019), and just announced her 15th studio album, Caution, which will be released on November 16, 2018.

While Carey hasn’t spoken out just yet on what made her decide to take on the role of Knockout Advisor on this season of The Voice, something tells me she was interested in imparting her many years of singing, songwriting, music business and performance wisdom on those still looking for their big break in an industry that’s often unbelievably difficult to break into. And, she was probably looking for a way to do that in an environment that would be gentler than the one she encountered during her time on American Idol, so, why not head to that show’s main competitor?

When Mariah Carey signed on to judge on American Idol in Season 12, many fans likely hoped it would be the start of several seasons of her helping the singers there hone their craft, but the 2013 season of the hit turned out to be the only one for Carey, and a lot of that was likely due to her feud with co-judge Nicki Minaj. While still in the auditioning phase of that season, in the fall of 2012, a video leaked of Minaj unleashing a vicious tirade against Carey during the Charlotte, North Carolina auditions.

Some who watched the video even claimed that Minaj, while off camera, threatened to shoot Carey. While Minaj denied ever making such a threat, Carey went on record saying that she felt that American Idol quickly became an unsafe workplace for her and she even beefed up her personal security while working on the show.

In addition, a controversy erupted over whether or not the producers of American Idol leaked the video on purpose to help generate buzz, seeing as how the show was not as strong in the ratings as it had been in previous seasons, with the judging panel getting switched up on a more regular basis. Nick Cannon, who was married to Carey at the time, publicly stated that he felt this was how the video leaked, while those behind the show and Fox denied the allegations.

The battle between Carey and Minaj continued into 2013 when Carey noted, during an episode, that her fellow judge had never had a number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. This led Minaj to take to Twitter and post a harsh rant, which labeled Carey as “bitter” and “insecure” among other unsavory things, and referred to a rumor that the producers were actually looking to bring Jennifer Lopez back in Season 13 in place of Carey.

Of course, Jennifer Lopez did, indeed, return for the final three seasons of American Idol on Fox, which seemed to work out just fine for Mariah Carey, who has been able to joke about her experience on the program in recent years. And, while the singer has made headlines for her relationship issues, personal problems and one…surprising New Year’s Eve performance, Carey seems to be back to 100% throwing her talent into doing what she loves.

Hopefully, Mariah Carey’s time on The Voice was more enjoyable (and fruitful for the contestants) than her time on American Idol. We can all see how she works out as a Knockout Advisor when her first episode airs on Monday, October 29 at 8 p.m. EST. For more on what you can watch this season, check out our 2018 fall premiere guide.

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Kate Middleton Has Only Worn a Tiara Seven Times—See Them All Here

It seems surprising, but Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has only worn a tiara seven times. The first was the Cartier halo style she showed off on her wedding day, the second was a diamond-and-pearl creation originally worn frequently in the 1920s, and was loaned to Kate by the queen for the annual state reception in 2013, then she wore the same tiara again in honor of the U.K. visit from China’s president, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. She’s borrowed the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift from the Queen, for diplomatic functions—most recently, for a state banquet welcoming ing Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to the U.K. We were thrilled to see another sparkly princess moment, but it does make you wonder—why doesn’t Kate wear tiaras more often?

First, let’s discuss the tiaras Kate has worn…

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Her wedding tiara has nearly 1,000 diamonds in total and was initially purchased from Cartier in 1936 as an anniversary gift from King George VI to his wife. Eight years later it was regifted to the current queen as an 18th-birthday gift (possibly becoming the best regift of all time).

Here’s a fascinating tiaras-worn-down-the-aisle fact for you: While it’s not typically observed anymore, a bride would historically have worn a tiara from her family’s collection on her wedding day before moving on to using her new husband’s family pieces afterward. Kate didn’t observe this, of course, but Princess Diana did, wearing a Spencer tiara when she married Prince Charles. Post-nuptials, it was all royal family jewels for Di.

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The second style, which you can see more clearly on the below shot of Princess Margaret, is commonly known as the Lotus Flower or Papyrus tiara. It originally belonged to the Queen Mother and lived life as a necklace before being turned into a tiara.

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She then paired the same Lotus Flower Tiara with a red Jenny Packham gown and a stunning updo for for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

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Middleton repeated the same red gown with the iconic tiara also known as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, originally worn by Princess Diana.

In July 2017, the Duchess attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on day one of the Spanish state visit again wearing Princess Di’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.

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She once again wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara in December 2017 while attending the annual winter party at Buckingham Palace. This time Middleton paired the piece with matching diamond and pearl drop earrings and a diamond necklace.

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Kate Middleton attending a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.

In October 2018, Middleton donned the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara once more, for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honor of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands’ visit to the U.K. She paired it with an Alexander McQueen gown.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attending a state banquet in honor of the King and Queen of the Netherlands.

So, why doesn’t Kate wear tiaras more often?

There’s no firm answer as to why Kate doesn’t wear the glamorous accessory more often. Official rules about when they’re to be worn don’t exist (though they’re common for white-tie events and state occasions held in the evening). Many have suggested that the duchess’s aversion to the bling might be another facet of her love for high street style and dedication to making the monarchy feel modern and approachable. Others have speculated it’s a thoughtful choice in order to distinguish herself from Princess Diana, who was a controversial royal for the family and loved a tiara moment.

Need more Kate style? Check out how the Duchess copied Paris Hilton’s style for a red carpet event, plus, Kate Middleton’s tricks for making an old outfit look new.

The Time Jack Nicholson Stopped Michael Caine From Retiring

Now well into his 80s, Michael Caine remains a constant presence on the big screen, lending gravitas to any project he’s in. But the Englishman’s acting career almost ended back in the 90s, when he realized that because of his age he would no longer be getting leading roles. So in an effort to reinvent himself, he temporarily retired from acting and opened a restaurant in Miami. Michael Caine was content with his post-acting life, until Jack Nicholson pulled him out of retirement, as he explained:

Michael Caine became a British film icon through starring roles in movies in the 60s and 70s and that was what he knew. So when age forced him out of those kinds of roles he saw it as a sign that his career as an actor was over. But, as he recalled in an excerpt from his memoir reported by Entertainment Weekly, Jack Nicholson proposed a different path.

It wasn’t an either/or situation, and Michael Caine didn’t need to retire from acting just because he was no longer a leading man. Jack Nicholson opened his eyes to the fact that there were still other roles for Michael Caine available, and that he could reinvent himself as a character actor. This would require some flexibility on his part to transform his performance to suit the script, but it was a way to continue as an actor.

Jack Nicholson wasn’t just a fan of Michael Caine’s work who wanted to see the actor continue his career either, he actually wanted him to join him in a film, as Michael Caine continued:

Back on set with Jack Nicholson, it seems as though Michael Caine realized that acting was his true passion and nothing else could replace it. It didn’t make a difference if it was a leading role or not, just being an actor made him happy. This was especially true alongside Jack Nicholson, who was fun and easygoing and told Michael Caine not to run back to set, with the two ultimately strolling back instead.

Blood and Wine is the only film where these two legendary actors starred together and now it takes on special significance as the film that brought Michael Caine out of his self-imposed retirement. Check out the trailer for the film below.

While he did have some flops after coming back out of retirement, it is impossible to argue that Michael Caine’s latter career hasn’t been a wild success. The actor won his second Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for 1999’s The Cider House Rules and has been a mainstay in the acclaimed films of Christopher Nolan. Michael Caine has also still found leading man roles in films like Harry Brown.

So every time Michael Caine shows up on screen giving a captivating performance, we can all say a little thanks to Jack Nicholson for dragging him out of retirement.

For all the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend and check out our 2019 release schedule for all the biggest movies coming to theaters next year.

The 10 Jackets Everyone Should Have in Their Closets

They call it sweater weather but really this season is all about coats and jackets. We’ve already covered some of the must haves: teddy coats, camel coats, light coats and all coats by our favorite outerwear enthusiast, Meghan Markle.But there are ten very specific jackets that every wardrobe would feel incomplete without. Think the cool leather jacket, a classic British style trench coat and a loud statement coat even Rihanna would be proud of, just to name a few. Here are the ten most essential jackets basically ever and all the best styles to shop now.

Melissa McCarthy Says Female Comedy Got Off Track For A While

With the amount of comedy hits Melissa McCarthy has lead through the past few years, one can confidently say the actress is one of the most successful women in the genre right now. She’s headlined one gut-busting movie after the other, including The Heat, Identity Thief, Spy and Tammy, and will have had three releases as this year comes to a close. McCarthy struck comedy gold with 2011’s Bridesmaids, but the actress recently opened up about how her initial entry into the industry wasn’t what she expected it to be. In her words:

Throughout Melissa McCarthy’s childhood, there were female comedians who defined their time and inspired McCarthy to become one herself. Carol Burnett gained prominence in the late ’60s with her hilarious sketch comedy show The Carol Burnett Show, Gilda Radner became an iconic part of Saturday Night Live‘s early days and Madeline Kahn starred in Mel Brooks classics such as Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, among other endeavors. But when McCarthy entered the game, the genre was saturated by male comedians such as Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.

In the interview on the AOL Build Series, Melissa McCarthy opened up about her slow start into comedy because of the lack of female roles out there. She recalled how Bridesmaids, written by her two friends Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, lead her to the super stardom she has today. McCarthy talked about the distinct difference she had with the two women asking her to just be weird and make the character her own instead of telling her exactly how to be. She felt it made all the difference to have women writing for women, making it the huge breakout success it was.

Before Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy was best known as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. The actress has since unleashed herself as a bonafide comedy actress, going for weirder, funnier and filthier with each release. In addition to her more classically McCarthy faire in Life of the Party, the comedian also starred in The Happytime Murders in late summer. However, the film starring vulgar Muppet-like characters was a bit of a box office bomb.

Next, Melissa McCarthy stars in a dark comedy based on the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? The biopic, currently in limited release, has the actress showing off much more intensive acting chops. As McCarthy branches out to other genres and moves forward with her career, she will perhaps be known as one of the women who defined our time in female-led comedy.

What We Know So Far About Titanic II’s Maiden Voyage

In the spirit of reminiscing one of the most devastating events in human history, Blue Star Line will either test fate, yet again, or try to correct past mistakes by making The Titanic II, a ship which hits the high seas for two weeks in 2022. Here’s what we know about the valiant new effort set to sail in the next few years.

As it was reported by USA Today, the replica vessel known as Titanic II has recently resumed its production after a financial hiccup. The $500 million project was delayed for years due to various concerns, but the issues that halted the ship’s creation have been subsided, it seems, with the renewed plans set into motion for 2022. And in a detail that’s either fitting, eerie or both, Titanic II will reportedly be carrying nearly as many passengers and crew members as the wealth of individuals who boarded the original Titanic in the early 1900s: 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, to be exact.

But there’s one key difference in Titanic I and Titanic II, reportedly. That difference lay in the navigation system, which will understandably be a lot stronger and more reliable than the one that was found in the original Titanic over 100 years prior. There will also be a whole lot more lifeboats this time.

Additionally, the new Titanic is being constructed in China instead of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the original Titanic was assembled. This time, the trip will begin in Dubai and then it will travel onward towards Southampton, England. Then it will be retracing the North Atlantic route of its namesake.

Now, before you call up James Cameron and yell “Sequel!,” it should be noted that there is already, technically, a movie out there called Titanic II. It was created by schlock-lovers at The Asylum, the production company best known for making the infamous Sharknado movies. Released in 2010 on Syfy before making its way straight-to-DVD, the sequel (which wasn’t nearly as successful as Titanic, the film, to say the least) followed a fictional replica of the Titanic that went onto the waters 100 years after the original ship made its travels. As you would imagine, this trip didn’t go for the crew.

Hopefully, the brave passengers aboard the actual Titanic II make their way to their planned destination with none of the dangers and terrors that tragically plagued their predecessor ship. Whatever becomes of Titanic II, though, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the details here at CinemaBlend.

The Office’s Steve Carell Has A New TV Show With Jennifer Aniston

It has been a while since we had an update regarding Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s upcoming TV show. Well, the project just took a major step forward. It has found its male lead! Steve Carell has signed on to star in the untitled Apple series.

For those in need of a refresher, the drama (yes, drama) revolves around those who help get America’s mornings started. The series was picked up with a two-season order that will span 20 episodes. The Apple series has yet to receive a title. It is based in the world of morning television. So, who is Carell playing?

The actor has signed on to play Mitch Kessler, per THR. Mitch is an anchor at a morning show. There is more to his story than just that. He is struggling to maintain his relevance amidst an ever-evolving media landscape.

For whatever reason, this character is sort of bringing up Office vibes. It sounds kind of reminiscent of those episodes where Michael worked at the call center. Plus, Michael was always trying to preserve his relevance. The Apple show should be much darker in contrast, given its billing as a drama.

This casting is a massive accomplishment for Apple. Already having Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon on board to co-star in a series was incredible; landing Steve Carell is another huge win. Neither of Apple’s rivals, including Netflix or Amazon, managed to pull off such a feat.

Why is it such a big deal? Because it marks a career milestone for Steve Carell. It is his first TV role as a series regular since he left The Office. Carell left the series as a regular in 2011. Since exiting the show, he has found enormous success in his film career, including having earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Foxcatcher.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston’s on-screen union brings together two big NBC stars of days gone by. Both actors found success on their own NBC comedies and then went on to have success in their movie careers after their television achievements.

Steve Carell is in good hands. Bates Motel‘s masterful co-showrunner Kerry Ehrin is set to executive produce and serve as showrunner on the Apple series. Carell’s role in the Apple series also sounds promising with the potential for him to veer in many different directions.

Seeing him get to go opposite Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon offers particularly significant appeal. What makes each of them so special as actors is that they are as skilled at playing comedy as they are drama. That is no small feat. Seeing Steve Carell go toe-to-toe with them should be amazing!

A release date has not been announced for the Apple series yet, so stay tuned. Steve Carell’s return to television should be here before we know it. There is a lot of fall television to enjoy in the meantime though.

Looks Like Gwyneth Paltrow Is Getting Her Own Iron Man Armor In Avengers 4

Just like in the comics, Pepper Potts is an important figure in Tony Stark’s life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And sometimes she’s even participated in the main action, particularly in Iron Man 3, where she briefly wore Tony’s Mark 42 armor and got to kick Aldrich Killian’s ass while juiced up on Extremis. But after more than a decade, it appears that Pepper is finally getting her own special armor to wear into battle for Avengers 4.

Although her fate at the end of Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t addressed, we know that Pepper Potts was among the lucky half that survived the Thanos snap. Gwyneth Paltrow is already confirmed to be reprising Pepper in Avengers 4, but officially, as with the rest of the characters, nothing has been revealed about her role in the story. Unofficially, Avengers 4 details and looks continue to pop up, and a new leaked picture, with Paltrow seems to have taken as a selfie, shows the actress in purple and silver-colored armor. Rather than resembling one of the traditional Iron Man suits, this suit looks like it was designed specifically for Pepper.

You can look at this picture over at the uncannycomicbookquest Instagram page, but it appears to be legit. However, in case you’re not entirely convinced, there’s two pieces of information that support that this image is the real deal rather than a Photoshop creation. The first is that last week, some Avengers 4 toy designs appeared online, and one of them showed an action figure with the same purple and silver armor design.

The second is that there’s precedence for Pepper Potts getting her own armor in the comics. During Matt Fraction’s run on The Invincible Iron Man, Pepper discovered that Tony Stark had built a special suit of armor specifically for her. Going by Rescue, she followed in Tony’s footsteps and used her armor’s capabilities to protect the innocent during the Dark Reign era and beyond.

Although officially unconfirmed, there’s been chatter about how rather than pick up immediately after Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4 will take place years after half of all life in the universe disappeared. Gwyneth Paltrow already implied that by this point, Pepper and Tony are married and have a child, but evidently during this time Tony has also given Pepper her own armor.

Whether this means that Pepper Potts is now part of the Avengers or if Tony Stark built it just in case she and their child are ever in danger, the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow is in costume rather than us seeing the armor in a display case means that Pepper will be getting her Rescue on in Avengers 4. The circumstances obviously won’t be welcome, but after all these years watching Tony fight bad guys as Iron Man, you’d think Pepper is at least a little excited to be a bonafide superhero.

We’ll finally see the full picture when Avengers 4 opens in theaters on May 3, 2019. In the meantime, feel free to look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else the MCU has in the works.

20 Soft Knit Trousers That Are Basically Just Fancy Sweatpants

There’s a great trend happening in fashion right now, for those who look forward to enveloping themselves in all-things-soft come fall: knit pants. It’s not a particularly groundbreaking innovation—they’ve been here, and have gained more popularity with the rise of leisurewear—but we’re starting to see trend-focused brands (think the Free Peoples and Pixie Markets of the world) introduce knit top-and-trouser sets in their autumn collections, presenting them as a polished everyday alternative to your denim and pretty much giving us license to live our coziest lives. Who are we to say no to that? Check out 20 soft trousers that are just as comfortable as your favorite sweats, only a bit more put-together.

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