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Alyssa Milano Interview Lifetime Tempting Fate Movie

As I sat and watched an early screener of Alyssa Milano‘s new Lifetime movie, Tempting Fate, I lost track of how many times I actually said out loud, “Oh shit.” In fact, there’s so many twists and turns I probably said worse than that. But when I meet up with Milano to talk about the movie and tell her this very story, she smiles in delight. “It’s really captivating, right?! This movie could have gone in a very exploitative, sensationalized direction, but there was a lot of depth and nuance. Plus, there’s the scandalous aspect of it.”

She’s not kidding. Tempting Fate is based on author Jane Green’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, and tells the story of what happens when wife and mom-of-two Gabby (Milano) is tempted by another man. It’s the kind of story that has been done a thousand times before, but under the direction of Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy) and Manu Boyer, it draws you in faster than one of Hannah Brown’s rose ceremonies on The Bachelorette.

Milano wanted to put her own spin on the character, and for that reason, didn’t read Green’s book ahead of filming. “I get really nervous reading books that people love and then going in and playing those characters,” she says. “I think I would obsessed over making sure I was giving the fans of the book what they felt they needed rather than giving the character what it needed to be a successful character.”

What the character is though is a flawed, multi-dimensional woman coming to terms with a not-so-honest husband, teenage daughters, and a life not quite as fulfilling as she’d like. “What struck me most is this is someone that was truly accountable for their actions,” she says. “Gabby’s like, ‘Yeah, I made a choice, my entire life blew up, and I gotta put the pieces back together even though I know it’s never going to be what it was.’ We don’t really see that so much in films.”

And you don’t see many actors like Milano, who are willing to pull back the curtain on the process, and what happens when life imitates art and vice-versa. Here, the impassioned activist opens up about all of that and more.

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Why Ronan The Accuser Didn’t Appear Earlier In Captain Marvel, According To The Directors

As far as MCU villains go, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ronan the Accuser was one of the more underwhelming of the franchise. When we learned that his younger self would appear in Captain Marvel, the universe had a chance to add depth to his character. However, now that we’ve seen his role in the movie, Lee Pace’s Kree baddie was just as forgettable as ever.

Ronan only showed up briefly in the third act of Captain Marvel to set off bombs for Carol Danvers to fight off before vowing he’d be back, smirking and calling her “ the woman” (ha good one!) before fleeing the area. There’s actually a pretty good reason why Ronan became an afterthought in the film. In the words of directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck:

While the pair discuss the film on their Blu-ray commentary, they reveal that they decided to hold Ronan’s role until the end of Captain Marvel so it wouldn’t give away that Kree equaled bad too soon. If fans of the MCU saw Ronan interacting with the Kree early on in the film, it would be too obvious of their side in the fight, especially since he is so clearly a villain in his 2014 debut appearance.

Ronan may not be part of the Kree collective in Guardians of the Galaxy, since he broke the Kree/Xandarian treaty in the movie, but his interactions with characters such as Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg are clearly sinister. Yon-Rogg is introduced as Carol’s mentor and friend in the beginning of the film, and as an audience we learn with her the truths she didn’t know. If we were one step ahead of the story the whole movie, it would not have been as compelling of an origin story.

The scenes where Captain Marvel fought off the shapeshifting Skrulls just would not have worked if we knew of their true intentions either. Watching the script flip on us midway through the movie just worked better, but unfortunately Ronan’s role had to be sacrificed in part as a result.

We do wonder what other encounters Captain Marvel and Ronan had between her movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. Did she have anything to do with his turn from the Kree military to work with Thanos on his quest to enact the Infinity War?

Captain Marvel is now available on Blu-ray and Digital HD.

Ariana Grande Lends Her Spectral Vocals To Social House’s ‘Haunt You’

Ariana Grande doesn’t do features often, but when she does, it’s usually for her friends in the music biz: Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan, and 2 Chainz, for instance. Her latest is no exception — on Friday (June 14), production duo Social House released “Haunt You,” the new single they’ve been performing as part of their opening act on Ari’s Sweetener World Tour.

The moody track is centered around delicate guitar chords, and bolstered by mesmerizing production from Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson. It all builds towards their spectral chant, “Never thought something so beautiful could haunt you,” and Grande’s breathy backing vocals. On her Instagram Story, the pop star congratulated her friends on the new release, admitting, “i cry most nights u sing this.” One listen to the song — and a view of its intimate, family-focused video — should prove why that’s the case.

In a press release about the new song, Scootie said, “For me, ‘Haunt You’ is about making the best of the time you have with loved ones regardless of the circumstances because time is something you’ll NEVER get back.” Mikey added, “‘Haunt You’ is about appreciating the beauty in the things you love, even if they’re no longer yours.”

“Haunt You” is the first taste of Social House’s debut EP, due out on August 2. Judging by their stellar track record — the duo also produced Grande’s “thank u, next” and “7 Rings” — it’s definitely a project worth getting excited about.

Dark Phoenix Director Simon Kinberg Takes Responsibility For The X-Men Movie Bombing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you know that the X-Men film series has ended on a down note. Not only was Dark Phoenix met with mostly negative reviews, but it opened to a dismal $33 million and has thus far only made $146.5 million worldwide off a reported $200 million budget.

While he acknowledged that there were a variety of factors that led to Dark Phoenix bombing at the box office, including the extensive reshoots, it being delayed several times and Fox being bought by Disney, director and writer Simon Kinberg ultimately takes responsibility for the movie flopping, saying:

Dark Phoenix’s failure is an even bigger deal when you consider that Simon Kinberg also wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, the first cinematic adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga which was also received negatively by fans. So twice now Kinberg has had a hand in adapting this storyline, and the second try, which also served as his directorial debut, was an even bigger bomb.

However, don’t think that means that means Simon Kinberg didn’t enjoy his Dark Phoenix experience, as he also said during his interview with The Business that he likes the movie and had an “amazing time” making it. Nevertheless, clearly most moviegoers didn’t feel the same way, so he’s willing to take the blame for the final product.

As for whether or not Dark Phoenix might have been more financially successful had it been able to keep on of its earlier release dates or if it had been marketed better once Fox was under the Disney banner, here’s what Simon Kinberg said on the matter:

Simon Kinberg also mentioned that he received an empathetic email from Deadpool director Tim Miller that said that people will come to look at Dark Phoenix differently as time passes. Another thing helping Kinberg get through this period is a conversation he had with director Ridley Scott, who informed him that of all the movies on his filmography, his favorite is G.I. Jane, which isn’t considered one of Ridley’s more well-regarded stories, but he nonetheless appreciated because it was “just a great process.”

Although The New Mutants is still scheduled to come out next year, Dark Phoenix marked the final chapter in the stories centered around Professor X, Magneto, Cyclops, Jean Grey and all the other main X-Men characters. There’s been no official announcement yet on what Marvel Studios intends to do with the property, but the expectation is that it will be rebooted years from now to fit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any updates on what’s in store for the X-Men on film, but for now, you can look through our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater accordingly.

Blumhouse Is Remaking Black Christmas

In the past year, many classic horror projects, such as IT, Suspiria and Pet Sematary, have been remade by Hollywood, and this trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Next week, Child’s Play will get the same treatment and it’s now been announced that Blumhouse Productions have answered the call to reimagine of the 1974 cult-classic Black Christmas.

Four years before Halloween redefined the genre with the ultimate slasher flick, Bob Clark’s Black Christmas did it first, as it told the story of a group of sorority girls who are stalked and then murdered by a mysterious killer one by one during the holidays. The film starred It’s Olivia Hussey and Superman’s Lois Lane, Margot Kidder.

The new Black Christmas will be directed by Sophia Takal, who previously helmed the 2016 thriller Always Shine and a segment of Hulu’s Into the Dark series titled New Year, New You. Takal co-wrote the script with April Wolfe, per Slash Film. The slasher flick will star Green Room’s Imogen Poots and a slew of young television talent: Aleyse Shannon from CW’s Charmed, Brittany O’Grady from CW’s The Messengers, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt.

Takal will mark the first female director to helm a feature by Blumhouse Productions. The remake will center on sorority girls attending Hawthorne College as an unknown killer hunt them down. This Black Christmas will switch up the script to go along with today’s trend of empowered women, as film’s synopsis details this in its description:

Sorority girls working together instead of pitting against one another? That’ll be a new and perhaps refreshing exploration of college life on the big screen. The movie is set to soon begin production in New Zealand and head to theaters later this year on December 13, 2019. Check out the movie poster below:

Oh, Friday the 13th: how fittingly spooky! The holiday release does give the movie heavy competition as it opens against the Jumanji sequel, one week before Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker.

The upcoming film will follow a disappointing 2006 remake starring Arrow’s Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Lacey Chabert. The film has a $9 million budget and grossed just $21 million at the box office. Blumhouse has had tons of recent success with their low-budget horror remakes, such as with Halloween which grossed $253.7 on a $10 million budget.

Are you excited for the Black Christmas remake? Let us know in the comments below.

Babadook Director Defends Sexual Assault Scenes In Controversial New Movie

Sexual assault is a theme that is difficult to confront in a manner that audiences at large will find acceptable. Even if based on historical events and precedent, there’s a line that exists between what counts as enough and what counts as too much, as The Nightingale writer/director Jennifer Kent has just found out first hand.

After the latest film from the writer/director of The Babadook received some negative press for inciting several audience members to walk out of The Nightingale, Kent spoke towards these events in a statement that included the below remarks:

From the early reports that have come out of The Nightingale’s early screenings, there are apparently repeated instances where a character is being sexually assaulted on screen. But the rage towards Jennifer Kent’s depiction of that horrific act isn’t based around the act itself, but instead it seems to be pertaining to the frequency of the act included in the film.

This criticism was most bluntly expressed by an audience member who, during the film’s premiere in Sydney this past Sunday, exclaimed upon her exit, “I’m not watching this. She’s already been raped twice.” And yet, Jennifer Kent is resolute in the film she’s presented the audience, as she told The Independent in her remarks, enforcing that the atrocities she’s put onto film were historically accurate.

The Nightingale’s overall story isn’t centered around this particular event though, as Aisling Franciosi’s protagonist Clare is pursuing a Lieutenant Hawkins, a British officer played by The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin, through Australia in 1825. Her quest to find this man is rooted in the fact Hawkins has murdered her husband and infant child, and basically gotten away with these acts.

With a story that grim and brutal, much as The Babadook before it, it’s almost a surprise that The Nightingale would catch such fire for depicting the subject of sexual assault. But with various films in the past using that very theme as threadbare justification for character motivations, the discomfort a repeated execution of such an act on the screen would incite is a pretty big discussion point.

It can be assumed that distributor IFC films will stand by Jennifer Kent’s statement, and will release The Nightingale without any alteration. But if enough audience members complain, there might be a push for both parties to discuss a re-edited version of the film. And while most audience petitions these days are for frivolous matters, this might be one that catches fire, in hopes of boosting the film’s distribution prospects.

For now, it should be advised that if any potential audience member for The Nightingale has an aversion to sexual assault depicted in film, this just isn’t going to be a film for them.

Could John Connor Actually Be Dead In Terminator: Dark Fate?

Edward Furlong as John Connor in Terminator 2

John Connor is one of the most integral characters of the Terminator franchise. He didn’t show up in the first movie, but it’s thanks to him that Kyle Reese was sent back in time to protect his mother from a ruthless T-800 and guarantee he would be born. John has appeared in every Terminator movie afterwards, and Terminator: Dark Fate won’t be any exception.

We have yet to see John Connor in any of the Terminator: Dark Fate pictures and footage released, but producer and Terminator franchise mastermind James Cameron assured fans last month that the next installment will continue John’s story. That may be, but given the secrecy surrounding John’s role, as well as the fact that Dark Fate is serving as a sequel only to the first two Terminator movies (Rise of the Machines, Salvation and Genisys take place in alternate timelines), I can’t help wondering if in this continuity, John is dead, possibly for a long time.

The official plot synopsis for Terminator: Dark Fate says it takes place 27 years after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. That movie was set in 1995, so that places Dark Fate in 2022. Terminator Salvation took place in 2018, so you’d think when the Dark Fate casting reports started coming out, we would have heard about an actor around Christian Bale’s age when he appeared in Salvation being tapped for the role of adult John. That never happened.

Christian Bale as John Connor in Terminator Salvation

Instead, all that’s been revealed about John Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate is that Jude Collie will serve as a stand-in for a young John Connor, and CGI will be used to apply Edward Furlong’s likeness from Terminator 2: Judgement Day to Collie’s face. So at some point during Dark Fate, we’ll flash back to either the events of Terminator 2 or what happened shortly after Sarah and John defeated Robert Patrick’s T-1000 with the first benevolent T-800.

While there is a possibility that John Connor could be keeping a low profile during Terminator: Dark Fate (never make it easy for one of Skynet’s assassins to find you), all of the presented information, as well as the fact that Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 Terminator is after Natalia Reyes’ Dani in the movie, leads me to believe that John died after Terminator 2, either at the hands of a Terminator or through a different set of circumstances.

Terminator 2 ended on a more positive note than its predecessor, with Sarah Connor noting that she can finally face the future with hope after seeing that a machine could learn the value of life. If the Terminator saga was simply a duology, then we can imagine that Skynet would never come to power. But, just like what happened in Rise of the Machines, the threat of Skynet was wasn’t eliminated, but simply delayed in Dark Fate’s continuity.

Clearly Skynet hasn’t taken over the world in Terminator: Dark Fate yet, but that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been any Terminator incidents in the 27 years between Terminator 2 and Dark Fate. And it’s possible that the timeline has reached a point where John Connor doesn’t need to be alive for the Resistance to successfully wage war against Skynet in the future.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate

If that’s the case, then killing John Connor as a child is definitely a possibility. Needless to say his death would be incredibly painful for Sarah, but because she knows that the threat of the Terminators hasn’t been wiped out (knowledge she presumably confirmed from this new, aged T-800 we’re meeting in Dark Fate), she would keep fighting on to ensure her son’s demise wasn’t in vain, hence why she arrives to rescue Dani and Grace from the Rev-9.

Taking John Connor off the proverbial playing board would also line up with what James Cameron has said about Terminator: Dark Fate being used to “pass the baton to a new generation of characters.” This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Terminator’s release, and assuming Dark Fate is successful, then you can bet Paramount is going to put a sequel or two into development.

While it’s great to see Linda Hamilton alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger again in a Terminator movie, the fact of the matter is if Paramount want this franchise to go on, it’s time for a change. Just like how the Star Trek TV shows tarted following new characters and upcoming Star Wars movies will deliver tales unconnected to the Skywalker Saga, new blood is needed for the Terminator franchise.

Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos in Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate seems to be taking the first steps on this path by having the Rev-9 hunt down Dani Ramos. As far as we know, she doesn’t have any connection to John Connor, and if John is already dead, then that’s a moot point. It shows that in the timeline Dark Fate is operating in, John isn’t the integral piece for the Resistance to stand a chance of defeating Skynet. Dani and perhaps others (like her unborn child) fill that void.

This approach may not appeal to some Terminator fans, but let’s be honest, the John Connor well has almost run dry. Genisys tried to spice things up by making him a villain, but considering how that movie was critically received, it didn’t work out. It might be time to leave him behind, something that Dark Fate seems to be setting up.

We’ll have to wait and see how Terminator: Dark Fate compares to the previous three Terminator sequels, but if the movie does reveal that John Connor died long ago in this continuity, that’s a bold move. It signifies this franchise is ready to embark in a new direction, and that the survival of humanity is not contingent on one man. On the other hand, if John does end up being alive, fingers crossed that he ends up helping out Dani, Grace and the other main protagonists in any sequels that might follow.

Terminator: Dark Fate opens in theaters on November 1, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, you can find out what else is coming out later this year in our 2019 release schedule, and feel free to share your Dark Fate speculation and theories in the comments below.

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Little Mix Are Twerking Dolls In Their Instantly Iconic ‘Bounce Back’ Video

“Steady, are you ready?” Little Mix ask on the opening lines of their new single, “Bounce Back.” And honestly, no one is ready for what the British girl group just unleashed upon the pop world.

“Bounce Back” makes excellent use of Soul II Soul’s classic R&B smash “Back to Life” — the chorus samples that song’s iconic “However do you want me? / However do you need me?” couplet. Little Mix’s take on it is fresh, fierce, and flirty, especially when they bring it to life in the accompanying video, which also arrived on Friday (June 14).

In it, Perry, Jesy, Leigh-Anne, and Jade transform into figurines inside a little girl’s dollhouse — but this the prim and proper Barbie’s Dreamhouse you remember. Modeling leopard-print leotards and matching denim, the girls twerk and party through the vibrant scenery. Fashion, choreography, vocals, attitude… this is full service, Mixers.

Speaking about “Bounce Back” in a BBC interview shortly after the song’s premiere, Leigh-Anne Pinnock gushed, “We love this song. Ever since we heard it, it was just instant, wasn’t it? It was a no-brainer. It’s just an absolute summer anthem, an absolute vibe.”

“Bounce Back” appears to signal the launch of a new era for Little Mix — it’s their first new music since their fifth album, LM5, arrived last November. The group will perform the new single on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday (June 18), and here’s hoping they bring some of the video’s iconic looks and moves to the stage.

Kevin Smith Thanked Chris Hemsworth For Thor’s Endgame Appearance

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame

Out of Endgame’s jam-packed twists and shocks for the franchise one glaring moment sticks with us: Thor’s unexpected story arc. After the Avengers were unsuccessful in saving half the universe from Thanos’ snap, the God of Thunder slipped into a depression, leading to dependence on alcohol, carbs and online gaming. Thus the origin story of “Fat Thor” began.

While some felt Endgame’s use of jokes toward Thor’s packed on pounds was insensitive, others have commended the franchise for finally showing a superhero without a perfectly-sculpted body. Chris Hemsworth recently revealed one celebrity who took the time to praise his performance. In his words:

That’s right! For once, it may be a bit refreshing for audiences to see a famed superhero kick butt with a more realistic physique on the big screen, as the Clerks director pointed out. Thor’s story in Endgame also highlighted a hero who had lost and was having trouble dealing with it in a healthy manner. So he turns to his vices in order to cope. It’s a relatable struggle that goes beyond that is typically shown in Marvel films.

As shown in the clip, Chris Hemsworth really got into the depressed and overweight version of his character, even turning to Johnny Cash’s somber tune “Hurt” for inspiration during the shooting of Endgame. The actor has undergone a few other transformations for his Thor over the years, such as cutting off his hair and taking on a more comedic role in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Hemsworth’s ever-changing hero has helped revitalize the character and keep audiences intrigued in what he’ll do next.

While it’s unclear when and if Thor will return to the MCU in the future, considering the conclusion of Endgame, he could quite possibly join Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. When CinemaBlend pitched the idea for him to return for “Asguardians of the Galaxy” while he was promoting Men in Black: International, here’s what he said:

The question is this: would “Fat Thor” return for his next appearance in a Marvel film or would he go back to his typically perfect self? Seeing him team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy would be an exciting next adventure for Thor, especially since he shows great chemistry with Rocket.

It Does Not Look Like It’s Going To Be An Impressive Weekend At The Movies

This weekend features two new wide releases, each in established and long-running franchises with name actors in starring roles. On the surface, that might seem like a strong recipe for a solid weekend at the summer box office, but that may not be what we are headed for. On the contrary, it does not look like it’s going to be a particularly impressive weekend at the movies.

Opening this weekend are Men in Black International and Shaft, and neither is expected to take the box office by storm. In fact, Men in Black International, the spinoff/sequel to the franchise that began with the 1997 Will Smith movie, might not even take the top spot, despite being the unequivocal biggest new release.

Men in Black International has been tracking to open around $30 million, which is on the low end of the long-range $30-$50 million from a few months back. Even that $30 million, which is what the studio is also expecting, may prove too high. The film is entering the weekend to miserable reviews and a hope to be saved with success internationally.

The F. Gary Gray film will benefit domestically from a high theater count, with 4,224 locations, but Box Office Mojo anticipates it could come in just under the $30 million mark with $28 million. But this has been a summer of underperformers, so don’t be surprised if it falls into the mid-$20 million range.

An opening below $30 million could put Men in Black International into direct contention with The Secret Life of Pets 2 for the Number 1 spot at the box office. Although that will depend on what sort of legs and word of mouth the latter film has after a disappointing $46.6 million debut. For now, Pets 2 is looking at around $25 million in its second weekend so depending on how things shake out it could be a tight race for the Number 1 spot.

So far Men in Black International has made $3.1 million from preview screenings last night. Also opening last night was this weekend’s other new wide release Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The R-rated crime comedy from director Tim Story made roughly $600,000 in previews and is looking at a fourth place opening of around $14 million, with the studio expecting a little higher at $15 million. Like MIB, it too will get no boost from positive reviews.

With Shaft looking at fourth and MIB: International and Pets 2 eyeing Number 1, Aladdin should take third place with $15-16 million in its fourth weekend in release. Rounding out the top five should be the much-written about Dark Phoenix, with $13 million. Amazon Studios’ Late Night is also expanding into 2,218 locations this weekend and although it’s one of the only well-reviewed movies in theaters right now, it should pull in a modest $5-$6 million.

Since the release of Aladdin, the domestic box office has been full of underperformers and disappointments, from Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuting to less than monstrous numbers to Dark Phoenix flaming out and The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuting well below its predecessor. The sequels are slacking this summer, but it’s not all bad.

The box office is up 12.6% compared to 2018, but it has in some ways been a feast or famine affair. The record-breaking performance of Avengers: Endgame has done a lot while some other franchise fare has floundered. There is hope on the horizon though for sequel success. Toy Story 4 should be massive next weekend, and not long after that the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man arrives to save the day.

But for now, we’re looking at another dull weekend at the box office. If you aren’t interested in any of the new releases, maybe check out some of the acclaimed movies still in theaters like Rocketman or Booksmart. And if you are seeing Men in Black International, make sure you buy the right ticket.