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Jumanji Press Reveals What Happens When The Rock And Kevin Hart Do Too Many Interviews In A Row

With Jumanji: The Next Level hitting theaters next week, the film’s stars are currently doing press for the sequel to the surprisingly and wildly successful 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Stars like The Rock and Kevin Hart are professionals and are used to long press tours at this point, but everyone has their breaking point. Take a look below to see the Jumanji press reveals what happens when The Rock and Kevin Hart do too many interviews in a row.

First off, putting Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together for interviews is either a really terrible idea or a really amazing one– and I lean towards the latter. The two friends and co-stars have frequently shown, in interviews, through social media banter, pranks on film sets and onscreen roles, that pairing them together is a recipe for both disaster and hilarity.

You combine that potent dynamic between the two and multiply it by the number of interviews they’ve done together in a row as a part of Jumanji: The Next Level’s world tour and you’re just asking for trouble. All it takes is The Rock and Kevin Hart in a room, a helping of fatigue, a dash of deliriousness and the right catalyst, and you get what you see above from The Rock’s Instagram.

The interviewer basically tees up the duo to riff and say the most absurd thing possible by asking if they have any party tricks. The Rock starts to say something and as soon as Kevin Hart pipes up, it’s as if The Rock already knows exactly what he’s about to say, such is the friendship between the two.

Kevin Hart obviously couldn’t help himself and tells the interviewer that Dwayne Johnson’s party trick is that he can tie his balls together. I’m guessing that’s not going to be in Jumanji: The Next Level.

As a comedian, actor and apparent anatomy expert, Kevin Hart notes that older guys have long balls, making them capable of such maneuvers. Mind you, Dwayne Johnson is only seven years older than Kevin Hart.

Because he’s The Rock, he can do things mere mortals cannot do. The common man may be able to tie them in a knot and tie them in a bow, but The Rock can manage it without using his hands. A true feat. As party tricks go though you’ve got to be careful where you try that; know your audience is what I’m saying.

As entertained as the two are by one another, the best part might be the cameraman sitting behind them recording the interview. He puts his hand over his mouth to try to contain his laughter at these two.

On his Instagram, Dwayne Johnson says press junkets will never be the same again and he’s definitely making a case that he and Kevin Hart need a break and have done one too many interviews. Of course if the desire is to produce this kind of hilarity, get them exhausted enough and ask a random question and you don’t know what they’ll say.

Fortunately, the press tour won’t be the only funny part about this movie. The early reactions to Jumanji: The Next Level indicate that it too is laugh out loud funny.

Jumanji: The Next Level opens on December 13. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what movies are headed to theaters next year.

Netflix And Movie Trailers Of The Week: Black Widow, Mulan, And More

Natasha in Black Widow

Another work week has passed, and the weekend is finally upon us. This time of the year is busy for just about everyone, so it’s more than possible some of the entertainment news of the past five days has gotten passed you. But fear not, as CinemaBlend provides updates you care about, including a weekly round up of the biggest trailers. Marketing a movie is a big part of the business, and trailers are the perfect way to drum up excitement– either months in advance of on the home stretch. And with streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ producing original content, there’s even more trailers than ever before.

This week brought a mixture of trailers, including both streaming and theatrical releases. Disney in particular made some big moves, debuting a few trailers for its many properties. Below are the biggest trailers of this past week.

Black Widow

This one was a long time coming. After a decade of playing Natasha Romanoff, Scarlett Johansson will finally get her own solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Cate Shortland’s upcoming blockbuster should help cue us further into the mysterious character’s psyche and history. This trailer was relatively short, but introduced the other “family” Natasha had besides The Avengers. This includes two more widows played by Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, as well as David Harbour’s Red Guardian. The movie is the first installment in Phase Four, and will reportedly provide closure for Black Widow fans after her shocking death in Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow will arrive in theaters on May 1st, 2020.

Mulan

Over the past few years, Disney has made a habit of producing live-action adaptations of their animated classics. And this trend has seen great success with projects like The Lion King, Maleficent, and Beauty and the Beast. The next of these movies coming down the pipeline is Niki Caro’s Mulan, although it looks like this version will be quite different from the beloved 1998 movie of the same name. The upcoming movie’s first teaser broke the internet because of the lack of cartoon characters like Mushu. And it’s unclear if any musical numbers will happen, although an orchestral version of “Reflection” can be heard in this new full trailer. Mulan stars Liu Yifei as the title character, alongside Donnie Yen and Jet Li. It will arrive in theaters on March 27, 2020.

Togo

Disney+ has been around for about a month. And in addition to having plenty of classics from the House of Mouse, there’s also been some original programming. For movies this includes Anna Kendrick’s Noelle, but another Disney+ original is coming with Togo. Directed by Ericson Core, the movie follows Great Race of Mercy, which saw dog sled teams bring medicine to a remote Alaskan town. The movie stars Willem Dafoe as real-life figure Leonhard Seppala. But it also stars his team of sled dogs, especially the runt who turned out to become a leader. Togo looks like it’s going to be a heartbreaker of the film, as the House of Mouse has made some truly devastating dog-related movies in the past. And those didn’t even have Dafoe. Togo will be available to stream December 20th on Disney+. You can read our official review here.

The Assistant

On a decidedly darker tone is the upcoming drama The Assistant. Directed by Kitty Green, the upcoming movie focuses on a young college graduate who takes a job an assistant to a high powered man in entertainment. Set over the course of her first day on the job, protagonist Jane quickly notices the toxic work culture, and decides to do something about it. The movie feels directly inspired by the Me Too movement, and has its leading lady in Ozark standout Julia Garner. The trailer steadily builds in tension, as we watch Jane suss out the situation she’s gotten herself into. Early praise for The Assistant also appears alongside the footage, which should help drum up excitement. The Assistant will arrive in select showings January 31st, before a wider release in February.

Greed

To end the list on a light note is the upcoming satirical comedy Greed. Directed by Michael Winterbottom is a movie that pokes fun at the ultra rich, and those who may suffer as a result of this inequity of wealth. The movie stars comedian English comedian Steve Coogan and Isla Fisher as a pair of over the top socialites. The trailer follows as they act all matters of ridiculous, and royally piss off everyone around them. But they’ve got a public image problem, attempting to turn the tides with one great party. The cast is rounded out by Kingsman‘s Sophie Cookson, comedian David Mitchell, and Harry Potter alum Shirley Henderson. Greed will arrive in theaters on February 21st, 2020.

Clearly there are tons of exciting movies coming, including both theatrical releases and those coming via streaming services like Disney+. This week was a significant one for Disney in particular, as trailers came from Black Widow, Mulan, and Togo. Each project occupies a different corner in the House of Mouse, and it should fascinating to see how each one ultimately performs.

CinemaBlend will continue to provide you with trailer roundups every week, so be sure to check back anytime you need an update on all things trailers. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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Why Anna Kendrick Decided To Do A Christmas Movie For Disney+

‘Tis the season for another Christmas movie binge! Between Hallmark, Netflix and the classics, this December is already packed with tons of new holiday movies to cozy up to. And, for those who’ve gifted themselves Disney+, the streaming service released a new comedy of this kind, Noelle. Anna Kendrick, who stars as Santa Claus’ cheery daughter in the movie, jumped at the opportunity. In her words:

Sounds like it was a no-brainer! Anna Kendrick is known for playing jolly characters such as Cinderella in Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods and voicing Princess Poppy in Trolls, but Noelle allowed the actress to really dig into a world of her own. It’s sugary-sweet that it was one wrapped in Christmas lore, too! Kendrick’s Noelle lives in the North Pole, where she skates around town and goes to a hot cocoa cafe.

Noelle follows Noelle as her brother Nick (played by Bill Hader) struggles to take over the Santa title from their late father. He’s not really getting the hang of the new role, so Kendrick’s character gives him the advice to take a couple of days off. But, Nick decides to run with her offer and plans to getaway for good. So, Noelle and Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine) take Santa’s sleigh to Arizona to find him.

Anna Kendrick gets to play around with the mythology that goes along with the Christmas holiday in her Noelle role as her character becomes a fish-out-of-water on her adventure to find her brother. The actress re-learned how to ice skate for the movie (with some hazard) and looks like she had some creative control about her character, per her words to Oh My Disney.

Noelle was one of the few movies to be released on Disney+ on the first day of the streaming service’s debut last month. The holiday release and a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, along with a ton of movies and television shows from Disney’s collection were ready to watch on day one. The streaming service already has another new movie on the way later this month, too! Togo: an adventure between a man and his dog in the Alaskan wilderness, starring Willem Dafoe.

Disney+ is also adding some more favorites to its streaming collection in December such as Thor: Ragnarok, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Glory Road. After you watch Noelle again, you can check out the full list of new December titles to enjoy this holiday season.

41 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Best Friend

Of all the to-dos on your holiday list, finding gifts for your best friend may be the most difficult of them all. Shopping for your best friend is like buying yourself a present—you know exactly what she likes, what she doesn’t like, and what she doesn’t need (but still really wants). So while the stakes are high, odds are if you love it, she will too.

Envious of her ear party? Add a charm to her stack. Love her perfume? Try one of this season’s most covetable fragrances. And then there are gifts that go the extra mile, like personalized forever-jewelry or luxe travel sets that take the stress out of packing. All that, and more gifts for your best friend, ahead.

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Rogue One’s Felicity Jones Would Love To Play Jyn Erso Again

In director Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts, which is in limited release now before dropping on Amazon Prime later in the month, Felicity Jones plays a hot air balloon pilot who embarks on a death-defying mission. Of course it’s not the first time she has played a headstrong character with a dangerous assignment. The Oscar-nominated actress notably starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While that film was only a standalone, Rogue One’s Felicity Jones would love to play Jyn Erso again. When asked about the possibility, she said:

Although her character’s fate (see: vaporized) in Rogue One makes such a possibility unlikely (though not impossible), Felicity Jones would love the opportunity to play Jyn Erso again– as she told Business Insider. Despite all of the reshoots and whatnot, the actress seems to have really had a great time making the first, and to date only successful, Star Wars anthology film and would be totally onboard for another go round.

Felicity Jones really liked the character of Jyn Erso and it seems that playing her was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. So if the opportunity to revisit that came around, Felicity Jones wouldn’t say no. Of course the problem with that is that such an opportunity seems improbable given the fact that she perishes on Scarif at the end of Rogue One, with the suicide mission to obtain the Death Star plans proving to be just that.

Despite Jyn Erso having died completing her mission, Felicity Jones thinks suggests a possibility she could return. The actress proposes a possible reincarnation for the daughter of the J. Robert Oppenheimer of the galaxy far, far away. To date we’ve not really seen reincarnation as a part of the Star Wars universe, although the return of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may alter our perception of what’s possible.

So far in Star Wars, characters never come back to life, but they can return from death to the land of the living as Force Ghosts. Unfortunately for Jyn Erso, she was not a Force user, making this possibility unlikely.

However, Jyn Erso’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story counterpart Cassian Andor is coming back. Diego Luna will be reprising his role as the Rebel spy in an as-yet-untitled series on Disney+ set before the events of Rogue One. Now on the surface this might be an obvious place for Felicity Jones to get to play Jyn Erso again, but it wouldn’t really make sense.

When Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor meet in Rogue One, it’s for the first time. So seeing them go on missions together pre-Rogue One wouldn’t fit with existing continuity. However, the time period after her father Galen Erso’s capture might be fun to explore. We know that after Saw Gerrera rescued her, Jyn Erso was trained as a rebel fighter and child soldier in his army. Later when they abandoned her, she became a criminal.

This would be an interesting time period to explore but even wouldn’t really work in the Cassian Andor series if you jumped back and forth between his perspective and hers, because the two would never meet. Plus she’s supposed to be much younger during that period.

Still, there is more to discover about Jyn Erso in the comics, books and other ancillary Star Wars materials. As for Felicity Jones, she’s got a pretty full plate film-wise, but maybe she could return to Star Wars as an alien at some point.

You can see Felicity Jones in The Aeronauts, in limited release now and dropping on Amazon Prime on December 20. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see what is headed to theaters next year.

The Irishman’s First Netflix Viewership Numbers Are Out And They’re A Lot To Unpack

Netflix occasionally releases viewership numbers for its original movies, though largely doesn’t. The streaming service hasn’t yet done so for The Irishman, and it doesn’t appear that it will. However, Nielsen has released its data on the films viewership and reportedly the film drew an average minute audience of 13.2 million people over the first five days of its release, starting November 27, and through the following weekend. That number includes a nearly 2.6 million average minute audience who watched the movie on its first day of Netflix availability.

As has happened with several high profile, and critically acclaimed Netflix movies, The Irishman was given a theatrical release in the weeks leading up to the Netflix debut. However, that release is designed specifically to qualify the movie for awards, not to bring in box office dollars. As such, the release was quite limited so many who might have been willing to see the movie on the big screen might not have really had the option.

While domestic box office numbers for The Irishman haven’t been confirmed, it’s estimated the movie has made something in the neighborhood of $6 million to date. That number would certainly have been vastly increased if the 17 million unique viewers who have apparently seen it on Netflix had paid $10 a piece to do the same thing.

On the one hand, Netflix is all about those subscriber numbers, not box office success, but then again, The Irishman wasn’t exactly cheap to make, so every dollar could have been useful. It feels like a wider theatrical release, might have been warranted here, though many theater chains refuse to show Netflix films, so maybe such a thing wasn’t possible.

How many of the Netflix viewers would have been willing to buy a ticket is impossible to say. However, in the case of The Irishman, the number might be smaller than you might think. According to Deadline only about 18% of the accounts that started the movie on day one actually streamed it in a single sitting. That’s not outside of normal for a Netflix film, but considering The Irishman‘s three-and-a-half hour runtime, it’s not too shocking people took advantage of the ability to pause, something they could not do in the theater.

However you look at it, The Irishman has been getting a lot of eyeballs since it debuted. It’s also been getting a lot of critical praise and is already ending up on a lot of year end top 10 lists.

The 10 Best Jennifer Lopez Movies, Ranked

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Out of Sight

In 1991, Jennifer Lopez began her career as a Fly Girl on the hit comedy sketch show In Living Color. Since dancing on In Living Color, Jennifer Lopez has become a global superstar, with numerous hit songs, world tours, producing several television shows, and appearing in over 25 studio films. Jennifer Lopez movies have become huge box office successes while winning her even more fan devotion.

Jennifer Lopez has tackled all genres in her movies: these films have included everything from romance to sci-fi. She has been showing her versatility as a performer and as an actress for nearly 30 years. However, it seems like only recently that Jennifer Lopez has begun receiving Oscar buzz, along with praise for her performances. As critics finally take Jennifer Lopez movies seriously, let’s look back at some of her best films.

Jennifer Lopez in Enough

10. Enough (2002)

Enough follows Slim (Jennifer Lopez) as she tries to escape her powerful, manipulative, and abusive husband, Mitch (Billy Campbell). Mitch’s obsession and violence makes Slim take their daughter (Tessa Allen) and go into hiding. He continues to search for them, and Slim soon realizes that the only way to achieve true freedom is to train so that she can fight Mitch.

Though critics crucified Enough, and Jennifer Lopez even earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress, the film resonates with many women. Enough’s portrayal of domestic violence hits home for the millions of adults and children who face violence from partners and parents. Enough allows Jennifer Lopez to become a full-on warrior as she takes down Mitch. This type of role (and film) offers a sense of female empowerment that many women, especially for those in a similar situation as Slim, appreciate because it gives them bravery and confident in times of trouble.

Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in Shall We Dance

9. Shall We Dance (2004)

Jennifer Lopez returns to her first love, dance, in Shall We Dance. Lopez plays Paulina, a member of a dance class that John (Richard Gere) joins to find her. John begins an affair with dancing- finding a new love and passion that he didn’t find as a lawyer or with his family.

Shall We Dance is a sweet movie about a man searching for some fulfillment in his life, finding it through dance, and gaining a new passion for all elements of his life. Gere gives a charming Hollywood performance as John. The film includes a great ensemble cast that includes Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Bobby Cannavale. In Shall We Dance, Jennifer Lopez highlights many of her talents, while working with season pros like Stanley Tucci and Richard Gere.

Jennifer Lopez in The Cell

8. The Cell (2000)

New Line Cinema released the mind-bending The Cell in 2000. The Cell follows Catherine Deanne (Jennifer Lopez) as she enters the mind of serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D’Onofrio). She uses her technology on Carl to try to rescue his final victim. FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn) asks Deanna to join the case because of the experimental technology that her company uses with comatose patients. Tarsem Singh directs.

The Cell was a very experimental film, almost like Silence of the Lamb on acid. The strongest element of The Cell is the visuals, which director Tarsem Singh developed through his inspiration from various artists, which include Odd Nerdrum, Damien Hirst, and Brothers Quay. One scene of the film includes scenery similar to R.E.M’s video for “Losing My Religion,” which Tarsem Singh also directed. Along with the striking visuals, the trio of Jennifer Lopez, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Vince Vaughn give solid performances in their perspective roles.

Jennifer Lopez in What to Expect When You're Expecting

7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

Based on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel’s popular guidebook series of the same name, What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows five different pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) couples as they navigate the triumphs and pitfalls of having a baby. All the stories connect in some way, but also act as their own individual tales of pregnancy struggles.

In What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Jennifer Lopez plays Holly Castillo, a photographer who cannot conceive, so she decides to adopt a child from Ethiopia. While going through the adoption process, Holly and her husband, Alex Castillo (Rodrigo Santoro), face major obstacles like Holly losing her job and him not feeling prepared to become a parent. Eventually, they adopt their son Kaleb.

Jennifer Lopez gives one of her strongest performances in What to Expect When You’re Expecting; she effortlessly displays Holly’s agony about not being a mother. In one scene in particular, where Alex and Holly visit Ethiopia to adopt Kaleb and they make vows to him, Lopez subtly showcases so much relief, joy, and affection for finally having a child. She allows her emotions to come through without over complicating the scene with too much dialogue.

Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini in Second Act

6. Second Act (2018)

In Second Act, Jennifer Lopez plays Maya Vargas, a woman who spent 15 years working and helping develop a Value Shop. Maya expects a promotion only to find out that she’s been passed over because of her limited education. Hearing about Maya’s frustration with her career limits, her best friend’s son, Dilly (Dakton Harrod), decides to create a fake professional profile for Maya. This lands her a job at a major retailer.

Much of the strength of Second Act comes from the on-screen chemistry that Jennifer Lopez has with all of her co-stars, especially Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, and real life best friend Leah Remini. Overall, Second Act is a sweet film about women taking control of their careers and second chances, not just career ones. The film is endearing and really showcases how far Jennifer Lopez has come from her early acting days.

Tyler Posey and Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan

5. Maid In Manhattan (2002)

Maid in Manhattan is a Cinderella story involving a maid and a politician. The love story of Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) and Chris (Ralph Fiennes) starts with a case of mistaken identity: Chris believes that Marisa is a hotel guest, and not an employee. Chris and Marisa fall madly in love but have to decide if they can overcome their class differences. The film also features a performance by Tyler Posey as Jennifer Lopez’s son.

Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes are great together as opposites with an undeniable connection. Fiennes, often known for his more serious roles, gives a delightful performance as a romantic lead. Maid in Manhattan further highlights that Jennifer Lopez shines brightest in romantic films. Maid in Manhattan hits all the right notes for a romantic comedy.

Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner

4. The Wedding Planner (2001)

The Wedding Planner is the first in a series of romantic comedies featuring Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s. In this one, Lopez stars opposite Matthew McConaughey as his wedding planner.

The Wedding Planner tackles all the typical romantic movie tropes: destiny, true love, love-triangles, and passion. It delivers each of these tropes in an aww-inducing manner. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez make you really want to see them find a happy ending, despite so many major barriers. One thing that makes The Wedding Planner a little different from other romantic comedies is that it doesn’t create feuding women. Instead, things are resolved without minimizing or tearing each other down, a sad rarity of many romantic comedies with love triangles.

Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers

3. Hustlers (2019)

In Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez plays the ringleader of a group of women who scam rich men by drugging them. The film is told from Destiny (Constance Wu)’s perspective. Hustlers viewers watch as Destiny goes from young, naïve stripper to part of a criminal ring run by Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). The film emphasizes the instant bond between Destiny and Ramona, and how through different stages of their lives, it affects them.

Jennifer Lopez gives one of her strongest acting performances in Hustlers. Just like with Destiny, Hustlers shows Ramona’s character complexity with her changing situations and mindsets. Lopez has obviously become an acting veteran now and feels a lot more comfortable taking on different personas. She effortlessly switches between Ramona’s vulnerable and conniving sides. It’s easy to see why Destiny finds herself emotionally seduced by Ramona.

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Out of Sight

2. Out of Sight (1998)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight is a cat-and-mouse story of escaped prisoner Jack Foley (George Clooney) and U.S Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Karen is in hot pursuit of Jack as he plans another big heist with his incompetent team that includes actors Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, and Isaiah Washington.

Out of Sight is equal parts crime caper and romantic comedy. Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney give sexy performances as Karen and Jack, two people on opposite sides of the law but irresistibly drawn to each other. Steven Soderberg expertly shot Out of Sight to capture Lopez’s stunning beauty, while creating a noir feel. The film is very comedic, and Clooney and Lopez have an undeniable on-screen chemistry, made even more attractive by the taboo nature of their relationship.

Jennifer Lopez in Selena

1. Selena (1997)

Selena features Jennifer Lopez as the international superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (known by most as just Selena). The movie goes through the life and career of Selena, leading up to her tragic murder by former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar (Lupe Ontiveros).

Selena was Jennifer Lopez’s breakout role, and it helped create her global super stardom. Selena’s tragic story resides in the minds of millions, and Jennifer Lopez’s version of the pop singer is why even more people know her story. In 2020, Netflix plans to release an original series about Selena. We’re sure Selena: The Series will be great, because Netflix has a history of producing great programming, but it’ll be hard to match 1997’s memorable version.

Jennifer Lopez becomes a stronger actress with every new role and performance. Currently, Jennifer Lopez has an upcoming film called Marry Me, based on a graphic novel. We’re excited to see Marry Me and any other projects by this triple threat. What is your favorite Jennifer Lopez movie?

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Birds Of Prey’s Black Canary Actually Knew The Character From Video Games

After what feels like an excruciatingly long wait, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), will finally be coming our way in February 2020. While any actor who gets a gig playing a character with a long history in comic books usually does their research by reading any of that character’s comic arcs which are necessary to understand who they’ll be portraying, it’s not impossible for said actor to end up embodying someone that they do have prior knowledge of from other media.

Such was the case when Jurnee Smollett-Bell found out she’d be suiting up as Black Canary for Birds of Prey. But, instead of knowing about the crime fighter with the canary cry from DC comics or the many shows on The CW that have featured her for the past several years, Smollett-Bell was familiar with Dinah Lance from a very specific video game.

Well, it’s always a good sign when someone nabs a comic book-based role that they are pumped to play for reasons that include being a fan of the character before even having the opportunity to bring them to life for fans everywhere. While it doesn’t sound like Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who spoke with Omeleteve during the CCXP convention in Brazil (via ComicBook), had seen a previous version of Black Canary in live action or read any comics with her before getting the part in Birds of Prey, knowing Ms. Lance from Injustice 2 was still a pretty good primer.

Injustice 2, which released in 2017, is a fighting game that sees Black Canary and her husband, Green Arrow, sent on some dangerous missions by Batman to continue the fight against the corrupted, tyrannical Superman who’s taken over the Earth, that players were introduced to in Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013). Black Canary is a playable character, and you can use her metahuman powers and many well-honed martial arts skills to help take down villains like Gorilla Grodd, Catwoman, Bane and more. Sounds like the kind of woman you want on your side to take down a baddie like Black Mask.

It seems like Jurnee Smollett-Bell really enjoyed her time with Black Canary as she played Injustice 2, so it makes sense that she would be honored to be the first to bring the “legendary” badass to the big screen. But, you can also tell that the experience of making Birds of Prey would have been special for Smollett-Bell regardless of the role she had in the film, seeing as how she had the chance to work with some amazing “rockstar women.”

Oliver Tree Battles The Human Sun Over The Ownership Of Golden Bars In ‘Cash Machine’

Oliver Tree has come through, just before the end of 2019, with, perhaps, the most what-the-hell-is-going-on video of the year. The 26-year-old singer’s new video for “Cash Machine” is a manual that shows you why it’s important to not smirk creepily out of the passenger side window while you’re driving, how stressful it is to tow a heavy stack of gold bars across a river, and what the consequences are for using a Molotov cocktail to try and knock someone off of a jet-ski.

Get this. That’s all in the first half of the video.

If you haven’t figured it out yet from this opening, Tree is one wild fella’. The 26-year-old singer/songwriter went viral in 2017 with “When I’m Down,” a peachy, piano-pounding song that just makes you feel all dandy inside. Since then, he’s released two EPs, Alien Boy and Do You Feel Me?, and established himself as of music’s most eccentric and alluring new personalities.

Any doubts? Just watch the visual for “Cash Machine.” It’s immediately clear that Tree’s a big fan of the color pink. Throughout, he arrives in a pink limousine, drives a pink car across a river, and then flies in a jet pack with a pink helmet. When he’s not doing any of that stuff, he’s making you slightly uncomfortable with his hilariously creepy smile. For some reason, his goal is to transport some gold while being chased by someone dressed like the sun.

Eventually, an antagonist in the form of someone dressed as the sun pulls up next to Tree on his jetski and the singer gives him the middle finger before throwing a Molotov cocktail. Tree hijacks his vehicle after the guy jumps into the water and leaves the gold behind. A short time later, Tree gets to fly around in a jetpack before falling in the river and getting blown to chunks in an underwater minefield. The video ends with this sinister sun and two random security guards inexplicably driving away with Tree’s boat and the gold bars.

We told you. This is one wild video.

Along with the release of the visual, Tree has revealed that he’s planning to release his debut studio album Ugly Is Beautiful. Be prepared to kick off next spring with it on March 27.

Mentally prepare yourself and then tune into “Cash Machine” up above.

Will Smith Has Advice For Aladdin Co-Star Who Is Struggling To Nab Auditions

Disney’s live-action take on the classic Aladdin will go down in history as one of 2019’s biggest hits. The fantasy-musical remake crossed $1 billion worldwide during the packed summer season, no less and after some initial controversy surrounding Will Smith’s CGI Genie. Yet, Aladdin star Mena Massoud recently admitted earlier this week he hasn’t nabbed a single audition since playing the titular street rat.

Luckily, the 28-year-old actor has Genie / life coach Will Smith on his side to offer him up some incredible advice about the unexpected rough patch after starring in the blockbuster hit. Here’s Smith’s advice:

Such wise words. Will Smith’s encouragement was given to People the red carpet at the world premiere for Spies in Disguise. Hopefully, Mena Massoud sees it and looks at his current situation from a whole new perspective! Although Smith has been a popular talent in Hollywood since his ‘90s Fresh Prince days but he’s certainly has seen his own hills and valleys in the industry.

In a recent interview, Mena Massoud opened up about the crickets surrounding any upcoming movie opportunities since starring in Aladdin back in May. He explained that the “big truth” is that he hasn’t even been given an audition since starring in the Disney role. In his words:

The actor does have a new television show called Reprisal from Hulu that just premiered, but he found the role before Aladdin became a big hit. Mena Massoud may also return as the Disney character for a planned Aladdin sequel currently in development. Just the opportunity to play an iconic prince is such as honor that may continue to guide the actor into stardom in the next few years. Not to mention it was his first starring role ever!

Naomi Scott, Jasmine to Mena Massoud’s Aladdin recently starring in a reboot to Charlie’s Angels but it didn’t make a splash among moviegoers. No matter how things are currently going for the actors, they can certainly celebrate a wish granted with Aladdin!