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Bradley Cooper May Star In Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

The offer to star in Nightmare Alley has reportedly gone out to Bradley Cooper within the past couple of days, with news getting out that DiCaprio and those in charge of making this deal couldn’t see eye to eye. At this time, the same sources that say Cooper is in talks to take the lead haven’t an inkling as to whether or not he’ll accept.

Bradley Cooper teaming up with Guillermo del Toro is a prospect that’s pretty impressive. With Cooper coming off of a fantastic 2018, thanks to his remake of A Star Is Born, as well as his role in Avengers: Endgame making his 2019 pretty bright as well, the triple threat who helped remake a well-worn Hollywood staple into something new and invigorating certainly understands a thing or two about revisiting a previously told tale.

But to have a chance to see Bradley Cooper attacking a role as dark as Stanton Carlisle, the carnival barker who’ll do anything to get what he wants, is something that’s hard not to get excited about. We’ve seen hime as a hero, or even an anti-hero, quite often; but rarely have we seen Cooper turn to the dark side of his talents.

While this deal is still being worked out, and the potential participation of Bradley Cooper in this new adaptation of Nightmare Alley isn’t written in stone, the project still has a promising pedigree behind its inception. Guillermo del Toro, in a fashion true to his career, is planning to serve not only as the director of this suspense thriller, but he’s also co-written the film’s script with writer Kim Morgan; as per Variety’s reporting on this film’s latest developments.

Part of his overall deal with Fox Searchlight, Nightmare Alley is a fitting project for the studio, as the original film adaptation of author William Lindsay Gresham’s novel was previously made as a film for Fox in 1947. It’s safe to say that with this new version of that same story, del Toro and Morgan will be adhering to the original timeframe of the source material. Which is even more comforting, as Guillermo del Toro has shown time and time again, with projects such as Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water that he knows how to marry the look of a bygone era with the tone of a more modern thriller.

Bradley Cooper and Guillermo del Toro could be one hell of a filmmaking team, should this Nightmare Alley deal go through. And as soon as there are any updates, we’ll report them here on CinemaBlend as they break.

HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ Is Unlike Any Teen Show You’ve Ever Seen

The trailer for HBO‘s new teen drama Euphoria is purposefully ambiguous. We’re introduced to several high school characters, including Rue (Zendaya), who are seemingly using drugs as a form of escapism. And because of that, what you watch plays out like a neon fever dream. You’re never really sure if what you’re watching is reality or some kind of synthetic high. The only thing you can be certain of is that these teens’ problems will come crashing down the second sobriety hits.

The word crash in that last sentence is important, because nothing about Euphoria is soft. It’s unlike any adolescent soap opera you’ve ever seen: raw, real, and, at times, very hard to watch. Think Gossip Girl with the volume turned way up. In the pilot episode we learn more specifics about the show’s keys players: There’s Rue, a 17-year-old addict returning from rehab with no intentions of staying sober; Jules (Hunter Schafer), the new girl who shakes things up at the year’s first big house party; Nate (Jacob Elordi), a chiseled jock with anger issues; McKay (Algee Smith), another jock who isn’t as misogynistic as his friends; and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), whose nude selfies have become fodder for her gross male peers.

Each one of these characters is dealing with a major issue—be it anger, addiction, or sexuality—and they’re given the space to explore it. Fully. Nothing is diluted or sugar-coated, which is what drew several of Euphoria‘s actors to the project in the first place.

“I was blown away by how real it was, true it was, and how timely it was,” Smith tells Glamour. “My character goes on an emotional roller coaster. He’s trying to figure out himself and his masculinity, his vulnerability, how to be comfortable with that, and how to also deal with a lot of complexities going on in his life.”

Zendaya and Hunter Schafer in Euphoria


Schafer says Euphoria‘s heavy true-to-life material made the cast get familiar with one another quickly. “I feel like you’re bonded in a way that a lot of other casts may not be right off the bat,” she says. “It kind of puts your friendships in hyper-speed working in an environment like this where you have to be real with each other and vulnerable on set together.”

The show’s intimate scenes were so vulnerable, in fact, that HBO hired a sex coordinator to make sure the actors felt secure every step of the way.

Deleted Captain Marvel Scene Shows Yon-Rogg And The Supreme Intelligence

Just like in the Marvel Comics universe, the Kree homeworld, Hala, is ruled by the Supreme Intelligence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike in the comics, the MCU’s Supreme Intelligence appears differently to those who appear before it, taking the form of the person said individual admires most.

We never saw Carol Danvers’ Starforce mentor, Yon-Rogg, interact with the Supreme Intelligence in the finalized cut of Captain Marvel, but directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck revealed to CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg last month that there was a deleted scene where Yon-Rogg appeared before the Intelligence, and it looked just like him. Now you can watch that scene below.

In case it wasn’t obvious watching Captain Marvel that Yon-Rogg is a narcissist, this deleted scene from Disney Movies hammers that home, although the Supreme Intelligence opts to rock gray hair rather as opposed to Yon-Rogg’s brown. It is fun, though, to see Jude Law playing both roles in that scene, one character chewing the other out for his failure with Carol Danvers, known among the Kree as Vers.

Yon-Rogg has dedicated his entire life to serving the Kree empire, but the Supreme Intelligence makes it clear that it doesn’t approve of some of his actions, like executing Dr. Wendy Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell (who Carol when visiting the Supreme Intelligence, though she recognize that form due to her memory loss) and failing to retrieve the “core,” a.k.a. the Tesseract, years earlier. Throw in that Carol has recently been separated from Starforce and is learning about her past on Earth, and Yon-Rogg is definitely not on good standing with the Supreme Intelligence.

We know Yon-Rogg craves control, so for him to beg for his life just goes to show just how powerful the Supreme Intelligence is. Feeling generous, the Intelligence decides to give Yon-Rogg one more chance, instructing him to bring the Tesseract and Carol (alive, not dead) back to Hala. So at the end of this scene, Yon-Rogg has renewed hope and is determined to set things right.

Unfortunately for him, Captain Marvel ends with a fully-powered Carol Danvers laying the smackdown on him and the rest of Starforce before they can eliminate the Skrull refugees. Before sending Yon-Rogg back to Hala, Carol told him to tell the Supreme Intelligence that she’s coming back to the Kree homeworld to end “the war, the lies, all of it.”

Considering how disappointed the Supreme Intelligence was in Yon-Rogg in this deleted scene, you can bet that it’ll be even angrier that he returned to Hala with nothing but a threat from the individual Yon-Rogg was supposed to bring back. With so much failure on the record, you can imagine the Intelligence either executing Yon-Rogg or dispensing a severe punishment he has to live through.

There’s no official word yet on Captain Marvel 2 yet, though given that it was met with a solid amount of positive reception and made over $1.1 billion worldwide, it’s a safe bet that Marvel will eventually move forward with a sequel. It’s unclear if it would take place in the decades between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame or post-Endgame, but ideally it explores Carol going back to Hala to overthrow the Supreme Intelligence. Whether or not Yon-Rogg would factor into that story is to be determined.

Captain Marvel is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and you can also see Carol Danvers in Avengers: Endgame, which is winding down its time in theaters. If you’re curious about what MCU movies are on the way, look through our handy guide.

Bop Shop: Songs From Muna, Carlie Hanson, Siena Liggins, And More

Korean artist Holland received widespread global attention for his debut single “Neverland” in 2018. Or, more accurately, for the song’s music video, which featured a kiss between the openly gay independent singer and another man. In the world of K-pop, same-sex affection (physical or otherwise) is encouraged, but only ever as an extension of fan-service. After all, Korea is still deeply conservative, and that’s a line artists can’t publicly cross without scandal. Until Holland, “K-pop’s first openly gay idol.” But it wasn’t until his second single — the shimmering EDM track “I’m Not Afraid” — that Holland’s potential, both as a queer trailblazer in the industry and as a singular artist with a vision, came into focus.

“I’m not afraid anymore,” he sings over a moody, house-infused beat that’s somewhat reminiscent of Troye Sivan’s celebratory “My My My!” The hook is repetitive, sure, but it’s also a powerful affirmation. “I am saying that I am no longer afraid to reveal that I am gay,” he said of the song’s meaning upon its release last year. “I’m not afraid of standing in front of the public anymore.” Truthfully, the 23-year-old singer’s greatest strength is his willingness to open up about his own experiences as a young, queer man just living his life — completely unafraid of and unbothered by other people’s opinions. —Crystal Bell

Bazzi And 21 Savage Breezily Brush Off Their Haters On New Song ‘Focus’

Before he slides on over to the MTV Movie & TV Awards this weekend, Bazzi is sliding past his haters on the new single “Focus.”

The “Mine” hitmaker tapped 21 Savage for the sultry track, which gets a dose of sinister energy thanks to some backing choir vocals. Bazzi’s buttery fusion of singing and rapping is as effortless as ever as he brushes off negativity: “You know that I’m fuckin’ with you heavily / Your energy is heavenly / Don’t spend a second trippin’ on my enemies / ‘Cause they envy me and my energy,” he sings against a thumping, trap-driven beat.

Special guest” 21, meanwhile, comes through with a razor-sharp verse where he asserts, “They know not to argue with me, I be way too high.”

Shortly after the new song’s premiere, Bazzi hinted that “Focus” is just a small taste of new music to come. “The love on focus has been unreal,” he tweeted. “Can’t wait for u to hear everything else.”

Until we find out whether his Cosmic follow-up is officially on the way, catch Bazzi performing “Paradise” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, airing on Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lizzo is also taking the stage at the star-studded awards show, so you’ll definitely want to “focus” your attention on that, come Monday night.

Stephen King Had The Best Response To The Doctor Sleep Trailer

Yesterday, 39 years to the day after Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining opened in theaters, the trailer for Doctor Sleep hit the internet. The film adapts King’s 2013 sequel novel to The Shining and follows an adult Danny Torrance and a young girl with powers similar to his own. The best response to the creepy new trailer actually came from Stephen King himself. Take a look:

What a great year it is to be a Stephen King fan with adaptations aplenty. The remake of Pet Sematary released in theaters earlier this year, and IT: Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep are still on the way (not to mention In the Tall Grass, which is headed to Netflix). This is the point Stephen King highlights in his perfect response on Twitter to the Doctor Sleep trailer.

The master of horror gives Doctor Sleep his endorsement, letting audiences know that it will blow their minds. That’s the universal metaphor for it’s awesome and you’re going to love it, with King also reminding them that IT: Chapter 2, the sequel to the most successful horror film ever, which hits theaters sooner, will achieve this feat first. So prepare to have your mind blown twice this fall with two terrifying-looking Stephen King adaptations.

This was a clear show of support for Doctor Sleep from Stephen King, indicating that the author, who has seen the film, is high on it. While on the surface that might seem like a given, an author endorsing a movie adaptation of his book, with this story in particular it means a lot more.

That’s because despite the fact that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is an all-time classic film and a pillar of the horror genre, Stephen King has been extremely vocal over the years that he does not like it at all. His criticisms primarily stem from the film’s interpretation of Jack Torrance and how it differs from his novel.

Stephen King’s response to the Doctor Sleep trailer indicates that the author is more pleased with the adaptation this time around. Doctor Sleep is meant to function as an adaptation, as well as a sequel to both The Shining novel and film. It’s a delicate balance but one that seems to have at least met Stephen King’s satisfaction.

We know that director Mike Flanagan, who previously adapted King’s Gerald’s Game, had a conversation with the author prior to making the movie about striking that balance, and it seems that this there won’t be any controversy with Doctor Sleep like there was with The Shining.

That’s encouraging to hear because you always want adaptations to please the creators of the source material. Ewan McGregor, who plays the grown up Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, has spoken previously about staying faithful to Stephen King’s vision and wanting to please him and it seems they have succeeded.

Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance who meets a young girl named Abra with powers similar to his own. He must try and protect her from a cult called the True Knot, which seeks to snatch up children with the shining.

Prepare for your mind to be blown first with IT: Chapter 2, floating into theaters on September 6, followed by Doctor Sleep on November 8. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all of the movies you can look forward to this year.

Dave Bautista Shares Photo In Drax’s First Shirt

Drax might have very sensitive nipples, but he knows how to pay respect properly. The fan favorite Guardian donned proper clothing for the first time in the MCU for Avengers: Endgame‘s most emotional scene: the memorial for Tony Stark.

Iron Man perished in Endgame during the final battle against Thanos and his forces in the ruins of the Avengers Compound. After realizing his fate in a silent exchange with Doctor Strange, Tony swiped the Infinity Stones from Thanos, and snapped the Mad Titan and his forces out of existence forever. But humans weren’t meant to hold such power, and the radiation and power of the stones ultimately killed him.

It was an epic and emotional death scene, with Tony uttering his most iconic line of dialogue in his final moments in the process. But the character was given proper tribute through Pepper and Peter’s reactions, as well as the funeral scene that followed.

Set at Tony’s lake house, many of the MCU’s finest assembled to pay tribute to Iron Man. This included the Guardians of the Galaxy, with Drax in tow. The Guardians stood out like a sore thumb, although it looks like Drax did his best to blend in and pay respect. That included putting on a shirt– even if its just a black tank top. Its the thought that counts– especially when sensitive nipples are concerned. 

Drax made his concerns about his nipples known in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s opening sequence. When the plucky group of heroes was preparing to attack the Abilisk. In fact, he refused to wear a jet pack in the mission for that very reason. You can check out the scene in question below.

Consider Airbnb Adventures For Your Next Vacation

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Right now, you can choose from over 200 exclusive adventures, all of which have been vetted for safety by the Adventure Travel Trade Association and are surprisingly affordable. Each escapade is all-inclusive, so food, lodging, and activities are covered, and prices start at $79 for an overnight to $5,000 for a luxe 10-day trek. (The average Adventure is $588 for a three-day trip.)

If you’re really looking to step it up, check out the once-in-a-lifetime Around the World in 80 Days trip, which will take a select number of guests to 18 countries across six continents in various types of transportation for from September 1 to November 19, 2019. If you’re interested in that one, act fast: Spots go on sale June 20 and the whole thing clocks in at a competitive $5,000.

How to Wear White Eyeliner – Summer 2019’s Biggest Makeup Trend

I want to be the person who’s always trying new makeup trends. It’s so easy to convince myself that I’ll wear the neon pink eyeshadow, metallic lipgloss, or extreme contour that I’ve hoarded in my apartment. But the truth is, no matter how appealing a trend, I rarely break free from my daily look of natural skin, winged eyeliner, and a nude lip.

So imagine my delight when I noticed a trend on Instagram that was totally within my wheelhouse. Every time I opened the app, white liquid eyeliner, usually applied in a bold wing, was popping up on celebrities and influencers. It even made its way onto the Pose season two promos.

Graphic, ’60s inspired eyeliner has been having a moment for a while now, but it’s usually done in a bright neon or creamy pastel. White is a refreshing contrast. In art, white is the absence of color, so it’s almost like an anti-eyeliner. It still makes a big statement, but because it’s a neutral, it feels a little more approachable, and you don’t have to worry about matching other makeup or your outfit. It’s crisp and graphic like a classic white shirt, but doesn’t have the vintage connotations that black does. Plus, it will really pop with a (safe) summer tan.

As someone who has a cat eye down pat and is terrified of wearing color on my eyes (plus has no idea how to blend eyeshadow), this is the perfect trend for me. It’s a fun way to switch up my makeup and make me feel like part of the it-crowd without stepping too far outside of my comfort zone. So I challenged myself to try the trend for a week.

Since I’m so comfortable in a cat eye, I figured white eyeliner would be an easy switch. I was wrong. While a swipe of black eyeliner instantly adds definition to my eyes and wakes up my whole face, I found white did the opposite. It made me look a little sleepy and washed out, almost like a haunted doll which is….not the look I’m going for. The first time I tried it out, it stayed on my face for a total of 15 minutes before I wiped it off. Granted, I was having a terrible skin day and just not feeling myself overall, so I think I wanted to avoid any makeup that would call attention to myself. I gave it a shot the next night and went much harder on my foundation, which definitely helped me feel less like a drowned rat. I wore it out to a party and got several compliments, but still didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable in it.

Men In Black International’s Tessa Thompson Reveal How Much The Franchise Means To Her

When the first Men in Black came out back in 1997, it was a pop culture phenomenon. Behind James Cameron’s Titanic, it was the most watched movie that year. Tessa Thompson, who now stars as Agent M in Men in Black International, was among those who were swept up by the franchise from the beginning.

As Men in Black International debuts in theaters this weekend, the actress took to Instagram to share why the sci-fi film series is so close to her heart. Check it out:

This is sweet! Tessa Thompson shared that she first watched Men in Black when she was 14 years old and her mind was blown. She was especially a fan of Will Smith, who was immensely popular for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at the time. She went on to thank him and Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K for paving the way to her M and Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H in the new release.

It’s nice to know how much of a fan Tessa Thompson is of the franchise already and that she frequently watched the original movies during the making of the new Men in Black film. The sequel/spinoff expands the universe past New York City, as Agent H & M venture into locations such as London, Paris and Marrakesh to hunt down a mole in the organization.

Tessa Thompson’s M was actually key to rebooting the franchise, according to the film’s producers. The movie is framed around her origin about her witnessing her parents getting neuralyzed by Men in Black after an alien sighting. She then spends her life in search of the secret organization to prove to herself she’s not crazy and join it herself. Here’s what producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald recently told CinemaBlend of the importance of M’s story in the franchise reboot:

Men in Black International has, however, not fared well with critics, with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell calling it “unimaginative” in his two star review. The movie doesn’t look like it will impress at the box office this weekend either, as it tracks to make $30 million domestically. Foreign markets will make up for this underwhelming numbers as Men in Black International is expected to nab $80 million overseas.

The movie sees Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reteaming up after their chemistry lit up the big screen in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The film also stars Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. You can check it out in theaters now among other new releases The Dead Don’t Die, Late Night, Shaft and American Woman.