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Due to Judy Garland’s passing in 1969 at the early age of 47-years-old, she never knew her critically-acclaimed role would be revisited two times after her. Her 1954 take was a remake of the 1937 classic, long before reboots and reimaginings were frequently in Hollywood’s vocabulary.
It’s certainly would have been flattering for Judy Garland to see one of her roles — now over 60-years-old — is still relevant and being explored today. Not only that, the new Star Is Born was met with high praise from critics and $434 million at the box office worldwide. One of the biggest pop stars in the world took on the role, with Bradley Cooper, her James Mason, also helming the feature.
However, when Judy Garland took on A Star Is Born during her era, she played an actress and singer who starts making it on the stage with the help of James Mason’s Norman Maine. The story has since been switched up, now centering around a young singer who gets caught up in a love affair while on the road with a famous musician.
This aspect of the plot was changed with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson’s version in the ‘70s to match a generation obsessed with Bob Dylan, the Stones, and Bowie. The most recent remake has Gaga playing a pop star in the making, to better reflect the most popular acts of our age.
It’s interesting to see how pop culture has shifted with each of the four iterations of A Star Is Born. For example, they all deal with alcoholism as a central theme, but the 2018 movie was the first to really frame it as a mental health issue.
Although Liza Minnelli said her mother would be into the new Star Is Born, she isn’t sure how she feels about the upcoming biopic about her, titled Judy. Renée Zellweger is playing Judy Garland in a drama about her final show run, amidst dealing with drug addiction, her management, and marriage to Mickey Dean, six months before she died from an accidental overdose.
Liza Minnelli had previously made it clear that she does not approve of the film, but in her recent words she said: “I just hope they don’t do what they always do.” Judy comes out on September 27.
Yesterday, writer/director Mike Flanagan provided the world with the first look at his latest film, the Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep. With a now adult Danny Torrance navigating the power of “The Shine,” and the very specter of alcoholism that haunted his own father, it’s up to the young man who survived The Overlook Hotel to save a band of children from some unsavory types.
Among those providing some interesting reactions to what’s been shown from Doctor Sleep’s impressive looking final product is none other than Danny Lloyd, the actor who played the younger version of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Knowing full well the history of Stephen King’s reaction to the Kubrick interpretation of his landmark story, Lloyd had the following reaction to the trailer:
Funny enough, as Danny Lloyd spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, the current professor of biology actually doesn’t go throwing about his credentials as the young man who acted alongside Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in a Stanley Kubrick classic. Though that hasn’t stopped his children from discovering his work in the film.
As it turns out, The Shining hasn’t been known as a frightening family ritual in the Lloyd household, but rather as the following source of humor:
With his own personal connection to The Shining, it’s obviously a question as to whether or not Danny Lloyd approves of Ewan McGregor’s casting as the adult version of Danny Torrance. It’s not every day that someone sees themselves grow up to look like a former Jedi Knight on the big screen, and for all anyone knew, Lloyd may not have approved of the prospect.
That isn’t the case with Danny Lloyd, though. Not only does he approve of Ewan McGregor’s Danny so far, he looks forward to him shining in this particular role. As for whether he’ll see Doctor Sleep or not, Lloyd put it all out there with a simple statement:
Even with his eager attitude about seeing Doctor Sleep in an actual movie theater, Danny Lloyd won’t be seeing himself on the big screen. With the exception of the scene involving the elevators of the Overlook Hotel gushing blood, all of the flashback material pertaining to The Shining has been reshot with new actors.
As such, Danny Lloyd’s Danny Torrance has been swapped for young actor Roger Dale Floyd, as you’ll see in the side-by-side comparison Mike Flanagan provided for fans below:
That probably won’t stop Danny Lloyd’s children from mocking his memorable hairstyle, as that’s very much intact with the young actor who’s taken on the mantle of Danny’s younger form in Doctor Sleep. So at least that particular family tradition will stand tried and true, in the face of this rather unique sequel.
Doctor Sleep will shine in the darkness of your local theater on November 8th.
The summer of Taylor Swift continues. The singer dropped her anti-hate, pro-LGBTQ+ single, “You Need to Calm Down,” Friday at midnight—and then dropped in on a Pride celebration at New York City’s famed Stonewall Inn, where she surprised patrons with a live performance of “Shake It Off.” The Stonewall Inn, of course, was the site of a police raid and subsequent rioting in 1969 that marked a catalytic point in the modern gay rights movement.
Swift brought a special guest on stage for the performance—Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who was serving as the event’s host. “I heard that this is Jesse’s favorite song to do at karaoke,” Taylor said. “So if there’s anything you feel like you want to jump in on, if there’s like, your part that you’re really good at, then, just sing, dance, just be yourself. This is a really safe space.”
Ferguson retweeted a video clip writing, “I’m so happy I don’t have to keep this secret any longer. Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn. @taylorswift13, you are a gem. Thank you for everything you do for the LGBTQ community. We ❤️ you! 🌈”
Swift has definitely been more vocal in recent months about her support of LGBTQ+ rights—to the point where even the iTunes album description for her upcoming Lover mentions it: “After years of keeping her political views private, Taylor Swift is standing up and speaking out,” it reads. She recently donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, and earlier this month, she made public a letter she wrote to her senator, Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander, in support of the Equality Act. “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” she wrote, while also launching a petition that fans could sign to show their own support of the bill.
She also references the LGBTQ+ community in her just-released “You Need to Calm Down” with lyrics like, “Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” and “Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / ’Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” Swift’s aesthetic for Lover also features a lot of rainbows, the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community.
When you think of women giving birth via Caesarean section, a big old party might not be the first thing that comes to mind—it is major abdominal surgery, after all. But a new story from the Washington Post reports that the latest maternity-related trend in Brazil features wealthy women throwing elaborate (and expensive) celebrations for their elective C-sections and inviting friends and family to watch the entire thing.
Elective C-sections, where the procedure is scheduled ahead of time, have long been popular in Brazil. The Post reports that Caeasarean births make up 55.5 percent of all deliveries in Brazil (and 84 percent in private hospitals). By comparison, the paper states that in the US that number is just 32.9 percent. Now some women are turning these births into major events and hiring “maternity planners” to plan the parties—and hospitals are starting to cater to them.
For example, there is a private hospital in São Paulo where a woman can pay 2000 reais per day (or $500) to rent out a suite that has a balcony and a mini bar, plus a living room and bathroom for guests. In the works? A new maternity ward that will have a wine cellar and a ballroom. “It’s cultural,” Marcia da Costa, the hospital’s director, told the paper. “Brazilians want to plan for everything. They don’t want to hit traffic on the way to the hospital. They want to get their nails done, get a wax, to plan it like an event.”
Mariana Casmalla had a C-section party in full makeup, complete with crystal vases filled with roses and silver trays with chocolates and cakes for her guests. “It’s a special occasion,” she told the Post. “Don’t we get dressed up for parties and special dates? It’s the same thing.” One event planner says that her clients spend around $10,000 for services like flowers, guest books, monogrammed sheets, personalized water bottles, and favors for guests.
However, the Post reports that the World Health Organization has been working for years to reduce the number of elective C-sections because they are “nearly twice as deadly for mothers than natural births and require longer recovery times for mothers and babies.”
Obviously, however women and their families should decide how they want to welcome children into the world—including privately and with little fanfare—as long as the health of all involved is the top priority. For these Brazilian women, being surrounded by people they love makes the experience that much more special. “I love it,” Bruna Viera, who spent weeks planning her scheduled birth party, told the Post. “You feel the tenderness people have for you. Many moms suffer from postpartum depression and feel isolated. Your hormones are raging. But to be surrounded by the people you love, people who saw you grow up, is extraordinary.”
It’s no secret people love to complain. But it takes a special kind of ire to take action and contact The Powers That Be to register an official complaint. So color me surprised that Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow and the Peter Rabbit movie received the most complaints in 2018 — at least, the most complaints to the British Board of Film Classification.
The BBFC released its list, with Red Sparrow receiving 64 complaints, followed by Peter Rabbit with 50. The complaints were for very different concerns, but I can’t help but picture people writing Strongly Worded Letters or perhaps calling an official with a list of grievances.
Red Sparrow got complaints because it was given a “15 classification,” which could be considered a U.K. equivalent of PG-13. Viewers felt the movie should’ve earned an 18 certificate — basically an R rating — due to “elements of violence and sexual violence in the film,” per Digital Spy.
Apparently the British Board of Film Classification defended the decision by saying the “correct changes” to Red Sparrow scenes were made in post-production to allow a 15 certificate. The BBFC added that, “given the lack of aggravating factors such as strong nudity and eroticisation in these scenes,” the 15 rating was allowed.
I do understand some complaints about the Red Sparrow rating in the U.K., considering it got a hard R in the U.S. Still, the Red Sparrow team should just be happy that anyone saw the movie at all, even if they complained about it afterward. The movie only made $46.8 million at the domestic box office, and $104.6 million worldwide. Maybe the wider rating helped it get more international viewers?
The Peter Rabbit complaints you probably heard something about last year. As you might’ve guessed, the complaints were tied to the food allergy scene. Rabbits throw blackberries at Mr. McGregor, knowing he’s allergic. There were complaints by groups like Kids With Food Allergies, and Sony Pictures issued an apology. In addition to allergy-related complaints, some viewers found the behavior to encourage bullying.
The BBFC defended the Peter Rabbit scene, saying it doesn’t feature bullying but was instead part of “an ongoing battle between the rabbits and the owner of a vegetable garden.”
The BBFC also noted that it didn’t receive any complaints about the film right after it was released, saying issues only started coming in “in response to press coverage that started in the U.S.” So they’re blaming us.
Peter Rabbit found itself involved in a different mini controversy when a theater accidentally played a trailer for a horror movie before a screening. There were complaints about that too.
Considering all the ire against award winners Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, I half expected to see them on the most complained about list for 2018. Or even maybe Avengers: Infinity War for killing off major characters. You know someone must’ve written a Strongly Worded Letter about that. But maybe those complaints were mostly Stateside.
I’m curious what movies from 2019 will send people complaining to the BBFC — or the MPAA or FCC in the U.S. Check out the list of what’s coming to screens in 2019 and place your bets.
While the X-Men series has mostly been two straightforward arcs combining Professor Xavier and various popular mutants from the Marvel Comics franchise, there has always been a flavor of experimentation when it comes to individual spin-offs. It’s what gave us Hugh Jackman’s standalone Wolverine movies, which represented both the good and the bad of the X-Men franchise.
But there’s also a history of separate X-Men adventures that were proposed, but never got off the ground. And the latest one to join the museum of unused ideas is an adventure that would have focused on Nicholas Hoult’s Hank McCoy, better known as the mutant Beast.
What John Ottman hadn’t counted on, though, was Byron Burton’s script actually intriguing him enough to want to pursue its production. Set in the same ‘80s period as X-Men: Apocalypse, this film would have pitted Hank McCoy against the science of his mutation, and another mutant with a similar affliction, who just happened to be terrorizing an Inuit village. Alas, even a polish pass by Ottman, and a connection to previously theorized big bad Mr. Sinister, couldn’t save the film from its ultimate demise.
As The Hollywood Reporter’s discussion with John Ottman laid out, Dark Phoenix writer/director Simon Kinberg would have had to approve this film for the final go-ahead, as he was the current mastermind in charge of the X-Men property. And ultimately, he respectfully declined to even read the script because of one character’s inclusion: Wolverine. Kinberg was thinking of his own version of reviving Wolverine in the X-Men universe, and a conflicting vision set to the tune of $90 million wouldn’t have helped things along at all.
It’s not the first time a promising X-Men spin-off has seen its fortunes scuppered by the misadventures of Wolverine, as Magneto was originally set to get the full “Origins” treatment around the same time X-Men Origins: Wolverine was in production. But, of course, as that film’s failure was a pretty big sting to the X-Men saga, that film was cancelled and later repurposed for part of the storyline to X-Men: First Class.
Both cases of cancelled spin-off stories could have shown some promise, as they would have taken two of the most morally and personally complex characters in the X-Men series, and turned them into dramatic leads. More importantly, the film franchise would have had further avenues of development that could have kept the series alive, even if this month’s Dark Phoenix still ended the series proper as it did in the current state of affairs.
History doesn’t work like that, though, and just as we missed out on a full movie of Magneto hunting Nazis in the name of revenge, we’ve also missed out on a film where Hank McCoy’s Beast solved a murder mystery that just happened to have him fighting alongside Wolverine in the finale. But hey, at least we’ve got Logan to fall back on whenever the need for serious X-Men action comes calling.
Perhaps there will be more room for X-Men spinoffs once the Marvel Cinematic Universe reboots Professor X and his school of gifted youngsters. At the moment though, Dark Phoenix is currently in theaters, marking the end of the mutant adventures as we know them.
Since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland has grown even more in popularity and visitor volume. Surprisingly, that was something that could actually happen at the West Coast park, and now it looks like Disney is about to have even more of a reason to let folks through its gates, as the planned Marvel Land is going forward at a bit of a faster pace.
However, there are some snags in the plan to bring the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Disneyland, and they’re pretty big hang-ups. For starters, it can’t actually be called “Marvel Land.” And that’s just the least of their worries, as there’s an even greater restriction to how Disney Parks can actually sell this new attraction.
In addition to such a big restriction, Marvel actually can’t have its name mentioned in the marketing campaign for this brand new section of the Disney’s California Adventure theme park. Planned to open next year, this untitled section has already seen teases scattered throughout the section of the park that houses the current big Marvel attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
The details pertaining to Disney’s California Adventure’s new Marvel attraction are pretty spectacular, as while we don’t have many ride details from The L.A. Times’ report on this new Disney park section, save for a Spider-Man themed adventure, other interesting features for this land have been revealed. For starters, the entire section of the park that will house this new project is about to get a pretty big overhaul — including improved bathrooms, and a special meet-and-greet area where folks can meet their favorite licensing-approved Marvel Studios characters.
Perhaps the two most interesting features being built into this untitled Marvel section of Disney’s California Adventure are a retail outlet that’s apparently larger than the average home in the West, and a microbrewery. Since Disneyland has lifted its previous restrictions on alcohol in the park, this could now make it possible for someone to throw down an Asgardian ale, with the temptation to slam their flagon down and exclaim, “Another!” (But seriously, please don’t do that.)
And yet with all of these special and exciting features in what most would want to call Marvel Land, there’s just no way it can be called exactly that. Though there are pretty specific reasons for that wrinkle in the plan. Overall, it all boils down to preexisting agreements made between Marvel and theme park companies before their acquisition by Disney.
Theme park rights are a bit of a mixed bag, especially when it comes to Marvel. With the rights to certain characters in their lineup tied to Universal’s parks east of the Mississippi River, we’ve seen this sort of complication prevent characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, or The Hulk appear at the Walt Disney World resort parks. Though since the Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t part of that deal, the East Coast contingent of Disney Parks’ empire has been working on its own attraction based on that comic crew’s misadventures, set to open at Epcot Center in 2021.
As we wait to learn the name of this new section of Disney real estate, thinking of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe attractions that could be included is something most fans are going to be occupied with between now and the section’s 2020 opening. Though we won’t have to wait that long for confirmation, apparently, as this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim should represent the next big step in unveiling the future of Marvel’s theme park endeavors.
So if you want to dream without the limits, you’d better do it before the D23 Expo’s August 23-25 timeframe. And you can be sure that as soon as we have those details, we’ll be breaking them on CinemaBlend the moment they’re out there.
Many outlets that cover weekend box office, including CinemaBlend, stick to the top 10 chart, rather than posting how, say, 100 different movies did in their various theater counts. Avengers: Endgame has been in the top 10 chart since its late April debut, and it was #8 last weekend with about $4.8 million. But Endgame may end up slipping from the top 10 this weekend.
Or it may not, it depends on the prediction.
Over at Box Office Mojo, they posted this box office forecast before the weekend:
Men in Black International (4,224 theaters) – $28.0 M
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (4,564 theaters) – $25.0 M
Aladdin (3,556 theaters) – $15.6 M
Shaft (2,952 theaters) – $14.0 M
Dark Phoenix (3,721 theaters) – $13.1 M
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (3,207 theaters) – $7.4 M
Rocketman (3,052 theaters) – $7.3 M
Late Night (2,218 theaters) – $5.5 M
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2,033 theaters) – $4.5 M
Ma (1,782 theaters) – $3.2 M
Again, that was a forecast for before the weekend, not actuals of how things have turned out yet.
You can see that Avengers: Endgame did not make the top 10 cut of that list.
Head over to Box Office Pro, and here is their three-day weekend forecast:
Men In Black International – $28,000,000
The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $25,800,000
Shaft (2019) – $20,000,000
Aladdin (2019) – $16,200,000
Dark Phoenix – $13,000,000
Rocketman – $9,300,000
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – $8,000,000
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $4,400,000
Avengers: Endgame – $3,600,000
Late Night – $3,500,000
As you can see, this list has Endgame making $3.6 million and staying on the top 10 chart. Box Office Mojo figures Ma will make the top 10 list but not Endgame, and Box Office Pro has the opposite.
All of this will be cleared up by the end of Father’s Day weekend. The top 10 chart is just one more arbitrary benchmark, but it’s also a sign that Avengers: Endgame is indeed leaving its lofty perch above the box office.
Forbes even pointed out that Avengers: Endgame may have just passed its final box office milestone before leaving theaters; its 47-day domestic total earlier this week came to $825.825 million. That put Endgame just over the adjusted-for-inflation domestic total of Jurassic Park, making it #17 on the list of inflation-adjusted grossers.
Yeah, it’s kind of a participation trophy milestone. But sure. Add it to the list of everything else Avengers: Endgame has already achieved.
I am still mostly confident that Avengers: Endgame will beat Avatar eventually, but that eventually may have to wait for a Marvel re-release. Maybe next year, in honor of Tony Stark’s sacrifice? Make it Tony Stark Day. Do it every year until Avatar is defeated. And then keep going anyway. It’s a pipe dream, I know. But it’s my pipe dream.
This isn’t meant to be a very strong weekend overall, with so many franchise movies underperforming. Are you seeing anything this weekend? Is it Avengers: Endgame for the 90th time? If not, what are you seeing?
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People have been semi-certain for a while that Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are dating, but the two officially confirmed the rumors on Friday night (June 14) via—what else?—an Instagram. They reportedly met on the set of the film Her Smell, which was released in April, and have since been snapped kissing in London. Benson’s also been spotted wearing a necklace with “A” and “C” on it and spent Delevingne’s birthday with her. But despite a comment in September by Benson on a ‘gram of Delevingne’s, which seemed to confirm the two were dating (Benson later said she was hacked), there’s been no official word on their status until now.
The Instagram was posted to Delevingne’s account, and it’s basically them making out. Delevingne captioned the ‘gram: “#PRIDE 🌈❤️😍🌈❤️😍” and tagged Benson in it.
Benson left a comment of her own: three hearts, which makes it about as official as possible.
The couple’s proud Instagram comes in the wake of a homophobic comment left on a ‘gram of Benson’s by a troll in late April. “Ashley I know you are here,” they wrote, according to BuzzFeed. “I’m serious, you need to stay away from that devil and never go back. I’m sure many strong, handsome, religious man [sic] would take you back in a heartbeat. You are not like this. You aren’t gay. You love men, and you need one.”
Benson and Delevingne promptly clapped back, of course: “You need to mind your own business,” Benson wrote, according to Buzzfeed. “Stop making things up.”