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Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl Trailer Might Have Shot Down A Popular Rumor

Released back in early December 2018, the first Avengers: Endgame trailer arrived jam packed with a shocking revelation regarding the whereabouts of Tony Stark. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War he was left stranded on Titan along with Nebula, and while it was assumed he would be able to get back to Earth fairly easily, the first piece of marketing for the upcoming Marvel title proved differently – with Tony ready to die in a ship floating through space with dwindling resources.

The assumption at large is that Tony will somehow be rescued, the real question being how, but the situation has also inspired some extra fan speculation. Specifically, given the evidence presented it was pondered that perhaps Nebula straight-up abandoned Tony following The Decimation on Titan, leaving him to fend for himself and find his own way home. That was a reasonable thought at the time, but the new Super Bowl spot for Avengers: Endgame does a pretty good job dismissing that theory.

It’s incredibly brief – perhaps maybe a grand total of one second – but the evidence I’m referring to is the screenshot you see above. Obviously we don’t have any larger context for what we’re seeing, and it’s possible that this moment comes from action in the third act of the movie (hence the “Might” in the headline), but what it certainly looks like is Tony and Nebula working together inside of a spaceship – possibly with the intention of using it to travel back to Earth.

It was easy to believe that Nebula would abandon Tony in Avengers: Endgame given that she does have some pretty significant history as a villain, but this new footage suggests a different avenue – and one that might even paint the blue, bald cyborg as a much better person. Knowing that Tony wants to get his own revenge against Thanos, they could both get on The Benatar (the Guardians ship), but run into technical complications along the way. This could leave them to be stranded in space together, but Nebula goes off in an attempt to find help, being much more familiar with the cosmos than Tony. Unfortunately, it could be that she is gone long enough that Tony starts thinking about what he wants to be his final words to Pepper Potts.

This idea obviously branches into a whole lot of other questions – like “Where did Nebula go,” “How exactly did she get there?” and “Did she ever really plan to return?” – but, again, we don’t have very much to go on here. At the very least what we do know is that Nebula doesn’t just immediately turn her back on her fellow Decimation survivor, and that there will be at least one moment in Avengers: Endgame where the two heroes are seen working side-by-side.

We still have a few months to wait until the blockbuster arrives in theaters and fans finally get answers to all the existing burning questions – but it’s possible that our next clue could arrive online in about a month. Logic would dictate that our next look at Avengers: Endgame will come in the form of a second full trailer attached to Captain Marvel – and while one could imagine that preview will let us see Brie Larson meet some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it might also give us a little more to go on when it comes to the situation with Tony Stark.

If you haven’t already watched the Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl spot 10,000 times, do yourself a favor and just keep hitting play on the video above. Beyond that, the film will be arriving in theaters everywhere on April 26th, and we’ll have plenty more coverage coming your way here on CinemaBlend.

Captain Marvel Super Bowl Trailer Is Intense And Joyous

If you needed a pick me up after the ultra-bleak big game spot for Avengers: Endgame, fear not because Marvel has you covered. A new TV spot for Captain Marvel has just aired during the Super Bowl and it teases a movie that will give us plenty of joyous 90s fun and intense action before we head back to the present to try to reverse Thanos’ genocide. Check out the Big Game spot for Captain Marvel in the video below.

Ariana Grande Had the Best Response to Reports of a $1.5 Million Tattoo-Removal Offer

You might have heard that Ariana Grande had a slight ink mishap last week. She wanted to get a tattoo on her palm that said “7 Rings”—the name of her new single—in Japanese kanji. But some of the significance was, uh, lost in translation. The tattoo translated to “shichirin,” which means “small Japanese barbecue grill.” Delicious, but not really what Grande was going for.

The error made news, but Grande was characteristically chill about the whole incident—she even owned up to the mistake in a tweet. “Indeed, I left out ‘つの指’ which should have gone in between,” Grande tweeted. “It hurt like fuck n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time.” (She also confirmed that she really enjoys tiny BBQ grills.)

She then tried to fix it, posting the modified tattoo in her Instagram Stories. But even her second attempt wasn’t quite right: The tattoo now reportedly reads, “Japanese BBQ finger.”

That’s when companies eager for PR are said to have piped up: TMZ reported that a company called LaserAway, which specializes in tattoo removal, offered on Friday to remove the ink in exchange for her appearance in a shoot for the company and some social media shoutouts. “Sources”—take that as you will—told TMZ the deal was worth around $1.5 million.

Her manager, Scooter Braun, told TMZ that he “can’t speak” for Grande because they hadn’t received the letter, but joked he’d be willing to get a tattoo and then have it removed for that chunk of change (same, TBH).

Grande, however, had a much more direct response: She quote-tweeted TMZ’s headline from the story and added her own answer right above it. “i’ll give y’all a million to get off my nuts,” she said.

And that, we think, is the matter settled.

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Meghan Markle’s Mom Has the Cutest Nickname for Her Duchess Daughter

Most everyone’s parents bequeath their kids with nicknames that make absolutely no sense, yet convey some sort of affection. Last week, for example, we learned that Kylie Jenner calls her daughter Stormi “Noodle.”

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, can relate. Her mother also has a few nicknames for her that range from the rather logical to the questionably associative, and thanks to some lite Internet archaeology from British newspaper The Express, who put someone with a lot of patience in charge of excavating the web archives of Markle’s former blog, The Tig, we now know what they are.

On August 4, 2016, Markle marked her birthday on the blog with an interview…with herself. She answered some questions in the section of the blog called “Tig Talk,” a Q&A usually reserved for celebrities.

“My nickname is Meg, MM, M&M, and Flower (which my mum has called me since I was little),” Markle wrote, reports The Express.

As far as mother-bestowed nicknames go, “Flower” is definitely a cute one—but we have to say, it’s nothing compared to what Prince Charles reportedly calls his daughter-in-law. He definitely wins the most creative Meghan-Markle-nickname award, with his casual address of “Tungsten” to the duchess. Yep, he calls Meghan “Tungsten,” which—if you remember the horrors of your high school chemistry class—appears on the periodic table under the symbol “W.” Apparently it’s a testament to the fact that she’s “strong and unbending.”

“Flower,” “Tungsten,” “M&M”—she’ll always be Meghan to us.

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Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl Trailer Brings The Survivors Together

Marvel Studios has been insanely stingy when it comes to releasing new footage from Avengers: Endgame, having only released one trailer since Avengers: Infinity War dropped in theaters last April… but now we finally have a new taste of this summer’s upcoming blockbuster. A brand new spot was just shown during the Super Bowl, and you can check it out in all its awesomeness below!

The Alita: Battle Angel Super Bowl Trailer Looks Thrilling

The Super Bowl is underway, and while The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battle it out to win the big game, America wins with a great game and commercials. Alita: Battle Angel was one of the first trailers to drop of the evening, and it brought out all the stops for television viewers. This latest look is a thrill ride from start to finish, as Alita delivers some hits that would get her a flag in the NFL.

Alita: Battle Angel follows the tale of a robot rebuilt with a mysterious past. As seen in the trailer, Alita uses her abilities to take on other machines with skills similar to hers. The cyberpunk drama is directed by Robert Rodriguez and is produced by James Cameron. Both men’s work is inspired by the original manga, which was written by Japanese writer Yukito Kishiro.

Alita: Battle Angel is in theaters Friday, February 14. For more on the movie, be sure to read up on what those who have watched it thought of it. Also, be sure to check out CinemaBlend’s trip to Weta Workshop, and the hilarious hijinx that went down with the crew and CinemaBlend’s Jeff McCobb.

The LEGO Movie 2’s Director Tried To Talk Phil Lord And Chris Miller Out Of Making The Film

Sequels can be a risky business. As strong as an original film may be, there always exists a real possibility that the existence of a follow-up can be a taint (‘Yeah, but the sequel sucks’ is a nightmare refrain). As such, consternation is a part of any announcement regarding a project of the ilk – but generally you don’t hear it from the filmmakers who wind up helming the thing. That, however, was very much the situation for director Mike Mitchell in the making of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

Late last month I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Mike Mitchell and animation director Trisha Gum at the Los Angeles press day for the new LEGO Movie, and it was in discussion of the film’s evolution that Mitchell revealed his own hesitation about the making of the sequel. Referencing his early talks with The LEGO Movie writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Mitchell said,

Apparently all it took was an explanation from Phil Lord and Chris Miller about what their vision of the sequel would be, and Mike Mitchell was not only sold on the idea of buying a ticket, but also helping bring the film to life.

As alluded to by Mike Mitchell, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part picks up literally where the first film left off: with young Finn (Jadon Sand) getting word from his father (Will Ferrell) that he is going to have to share the LEGO space in the basement with his younger sister, Bianca (Brooklynn Prince). The sibling rivalry is quietly the basis for the entire plot of the film – with the LEGO world once again mirroring reality with its own story – and its depth and cleverness is legitimately what really makes the film work.

You can watch Mike Mitchell talking about signing on for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and being convinced that the movie should even be made by clicking play on the video below.

Based on a script by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part brings back most of the original cast – including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, and Charlie Day – and introduces audiences to new characters played by Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Richard Ayoade. The film arrives in theaters this Friday, February 8th, and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend through the rest of the week for a lot more from my interviews with the cast and filmmakers.

8 Things You Should Never Do When Your Face Is Breaking Out

It’s like clockwork: You spy—or, almost as bad, can feelthe beginnings of a zit. The next thing you know, you’re applying layer after layer of your go-to acne treatment and scrubbing it to death. But is that really doing the trick, or could you actually be making your acne worse? You probably know where this is going. Read on for the biggest mistakes we’re all making when it comes to getting rid of a breakout—and tips on how to fix them.

Mistake #1: Applying a spot treatment every time.

Reaching for the spot treatment is, at this point, a natural reaction to a breakout. But it might not doing as much for your skin as you may think. “Your face has thousands of pipes connecting your oil glands to the surface of your skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. So it’s tough to tell which will get clogged enough to result in a pimple. Sure, it’ll help diminish the zit of the week, but it won’t prevent a new one from popping up right beside it. Instead, check Mistake #2.

Mistake #2: Using acne products only when you have a breakout.

If you know you’re breakout-prone—or you have telltale zits at the same time every month—calling on anti-acne products as needed is like chasing your tail. “Instead of treating pimples as they appear, it’s more effective to use a gentle product that contains salicylic acid every day,” explains NYC dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D. “This helps prevent breakouts on a regular basis.” Bonus: Salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, so it’ll also minimize irritation. Try a daytime lotion infused with it, like OleHenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator.

Mistake #3: Scrubbing away your breakouts.

It can be tempting to try and strip off your top layer of skin in the hopes that your zits will go with it (spoken from personal experience). “Acne is to a great degree inflammatory, so if you’re not gentle, you’ll only create more inflammation,” says celebrity facialist Tracie Martyn. Ditch anything abrasive, including physical scrubs, and try an exfoliator that does the trick with gentle fruit acids, like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash.

Mistake #4: Using the highest concentration of benzoyl peroxide you can find.

You might have heard that benzoyl peroxide (an antibacterical ingredient that targets acne- and inflammation-causing bacteria) is great for treating whiteheads. That’s true. But more doesn’t always equal better. “Even at low levels, benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and opens pores,” says Zeichner. In fact, studies show that high amounts of benzoyl peroxide (the most available is 10 percent) are more irritating but no more effective than their lower-concentrated counterparts. Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment balances a low 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide with soothing bisabolol and allantoin. Translation: It’ll zap blemishes without drying out the skin around them.

Mistake #5: Picking

Popping zits used to be a capital-D Don’t, because picking at your skin can lead to bacterial infection and scarring, notes Bowe. But now, most derms agree that as long as you use a clean extraction tool, it’s OK. Look for one with a lance to delicately pierce whiteheads (like Sephora Collection 3-in-1 Extractor) and then center the metal loop over blackheads—and gently press down—to remove them. Just note that deep acne, however, still needs to be treated by a derm.

Mistake #6: Believing every skin care hack you see on Instagram.

True Man Of Steel: Henry Cavill’s New Photo Proves He’s More Jacked Than Superman

Damn, Henry Cavill. If he really is done as Superman in the DCEU, don’t show the next Man of Steel this new photo. It’s too high a bar.

It’s actually been a while since Henry Cavill shared a Superman photo on social media. There’s been a lot of chatter about his future in the role, with renewed speculation connected to Ben Affleck officially leaving as Batman and James Gunn reportedly being offered a chance at DC’s Superman before deciding to go with The Suicide Squad. Cavill decided this was the time to remind everyone he’s still the true Man of Steel — and actually more muscular than a statue of the Man of Steel.

His biceps are even bigger than the fake ones they gave that Superman statue. Unreal.

Henry Cavill mentioned Budapest in his Instagram caption, since he’s been working there to film The Witcher series for Netflix. There’s also been talk that his August Walker might actually return for another Mission: Impossible movie after Fallout.

But other than that … we’re really curious for some definitive answers on the status of the DC Extended Universe’s Superman. Last year, reports came out that Henry Cavill was done as Superman. He was supposed to have a cameo in the upcoming DCEU movie Shazam! but that didn’t happen, and word was they would be looking for a new Superman.

Warner Bros. responded to those reports with some typical vagueness, just saying they had “made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.” Henry Cavill responded to the reports with some typical goofiness, posting a bizarre video that called the day of rumors “fun.”

It was just revealed that Ben Affleck would be leaving as Batman, with Matt Reeves looking for someone new. However, other Justice League stars like Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are still going strong. Superman appears to be on the backburner, for now, and not even James Gunn was down to take on the superhero when Warner Bros. reportedly gave him the pick of the DC litter. But the iconic character will surely come back in some fashion — either with Henry Cavill still in the role or with another reboot.

While we wait for Warner Bros./DC to make any official announcements on the future of their Superman, keep up with what is actually making it to the big screen in with our handy dandy 2019 movie release schedule.

Glass Box Office: The Superhero Movie Wins Again During Dismal Weekend

With the exception of a few significant surprises in recent years, January-February has never been known as a big blockbuster season. In fact, it’s reputation instead has always been as a dumping ground – a period of time when studios put out titles that are either poor in quality, or would fail to garner any significant attention at any other point in the year. That being said, looking at this week’s numbers… oof. Hollywood seriously took one on the chin the past three days, as not a single film in theaters right now managed to make more than seven figures. Check out the full Top 10 below, and join me after for analysis!

1. Glass

$9,535,000 Total: $88,655,100

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,665

2. The Upside

$8,850,000 Total: $75,590,128

LW: 2

THTRS: 3,568

3. Miss Bala

$6,700,000 Total: $6,700,000


THTRS: 2,203

4. Aquaman

$4,785,000 Total: $323,572,240

LW: 3

THTRS: 2,926

5. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

$4,410,000 Total: $175,286,069

LW: 5

THTRS: 2,234

6. Green Book

$4,317,000 Total: $55,821,331

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,648

7. The Kid Who Would Be King

$4,200,000 Total: $13,173,676

LW: 4

THTRS: 3,528

8. A Dog’s Way Home

$3,510,000 Total: $35,902,871

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,962

9. Escape Room

$2,900,000 Total: $52,089,300

LW: 9

THTRS: 1,942

10. They Shall Not Grow Old

$2,405,000 Total: $10,745,072


THTRS: 735

This is now the third week in a row that M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has worn the box office crown, but there is very little to be proud of here. Of all the films in the Top 10 it had by far the steepest drop – down about 50 percent from last week – and it only managed to beat Neil Burger’s The Upside by less than a million dollars (it being in its fourth week of release, and only dropping about 26 percent from last time around).

There is no question that the conclusion of the Eastrail 177 Trilogy is making money, but that doesn’t mean there are a bunch of positive adjectives to be thrown around here. On a weekend like this, it basically won because there really wasn’t much else to see.

As you can see, Glass should break $90 million in the next couple of days, but it’s also getting ready to head past another significant benchmark internationally. More than 55 percent of the movie’s grosses have been coming in from foreign markets, and that’s resulted in a worldwide gross to date of $199 million.That’s pretty damn good for a movie that was only made for a reported $20 million before marketing, but strangely enough the film still has a long way to go before it’s rising in the franchise ranking from a global perspective.

Not only was 2017’s Split able to make $278.5 million before it was done with its theatrical run, but Unbreakable made $248.1 million back in 2000. The new film should be able to top the first film in the series from a domestic point of view, as it’s now only $7 million away, but overall it will likely be seen as the the least successful in the pack.

Glass will be able to hang its hat on being the first movie of 2019 to three-peat as box office king, but its reign will be ending this weekend. How fast it will fall as we get deeper into February, however, is an open-ended question.

There was only one new wide release in theaters this past weekend – Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss Bala – and obviously things didn’t exactly go well for the film. The Sony release was reportedly made for an even smaller budget than Glass, about $15 million,, but that further emphasizes how weak this opening was (studios usually want their movies to make back more than a third of their costs in their opening weekend). CinemaScore apparently didn’t do surveys for the thriller, so we don’t have an entirely clear picture of how audiences reacted to the title, but what we do know is that professional critics were not fans. Only a little more than one in four writers gave it a positive grade, resulting in a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

With a proper push this could have been the film to take M. Night Shyamalan off of the box office top spot, but instead it had to settle for a depressing third place finish.

The one sorta silver lining this week is not a wide release, or even a new release, but instead the return of the Peter Jackson documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. The film – which features colorized and transformed World War I footage – got a very small but acclaimed release back in December, and the buzz and chatter that it generated resulted in a second wider release this past weekend. It didn’t exactly crush, obviously, arriving in 10th place, but that’s still pretty amazing for what the movie is. It’s now made more than $10 million, which is enough to make it rank 30th on the all time documentary box office list.

This was clearly a piss poor week for Hollywood, but things should bounce back in a huge way over the next couple of weeks. This upcoming weekend, for example, has a quadruple punch hitting theaters, with the animated antics of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part; a nice bit of horror with The Prodigy; Taraji P. Henson reading minds in What Men Want; and Liam Neeson killing people again in Cold Pursuit. All four of these titles should do a nice job shaking up the Top 10, so be sure to come back next week to see how it all turns out.

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