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The Great Advice Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler Gave The Captain Marvel Directors

Taking on an MCU film is a massive undertaking for any director. They have a lot of eyes on them, high expectations from Marvel fans, and blockbuster budgets well over $100 million. That puts a lot on the line for the studio if the film doesn’t do well. So no pressure at all for Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, right?

Captain Marvel is the highest-profile movie the writing/directing partners have ever developed together, by far. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have worked together for years on 2006’s Half Nelson, 2010’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and 2015’s Mississippi Grind, but orchestrating a superhero origin flick is an entirely different animal. They knew this too well, and looked to past Marvel directors for some advice. In Fleck’s words:

This is great advice from Ryan Coogler! With the sheer amount of elements and details that have to come together in a Marvel film such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel, the director told Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck that they better be ready to offer up their blood, sweat, and tears for Carol Danvers if they wanted to come out on the other side of it proud of their work.

In the writer/directors’ recent interview with Spot Philippines, they also talked about the role the Russo Brothers played in preparing them for Captain Marvel. In their words:

The Russo Brothers have arguably made the most pivotal contributions to the MCU by directing Captain America: Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the highly-anticipated installment that comes just over a month after Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame.

Before starting on Captain Marvel, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck got to see what it’s like to make a Marvel film in action on the set of Infinity War. I’m sure this got their gears turning about all the particulars that go into filming an MCU movie, which certainly looks different than directing a drama.

When Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck were hired for Captain Marvel, Kevin Feige said they were picked because they “had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey.” The Marvel Studios chief said the pair’s lack of experience on the big-budget action front wasn’t a concern because Marvel has a huge team with experts who know what they’re doing. What was more important was how Boden and Fleck understood the character and how they wanted to tell her story.

Captain Marvel‘s story will be told on the big screen starting March 8, not quite two months before the Russo Brothers give fans Avengers: Endgame on April 26. Keep up with all things MCU in our guide, and bookmark CinemaBlend’s 2019 movie release date calendar.

Sylvester Stallone Rocky Photo Shows He’s Still As Fit In 2019 As He Was In 1976

Turn on the Rocky theme in your head and take a moment to respect the hell out of Sylvester Stallone‘s fitness work ethic. Sly is 72-years-old, but still clearly in top shape. He shot to fame back in 1976 with Rocky, which was the highest-grossing movie of the year and won three Oscars, including Best Picture. Stallone brought Rocky back for two Creed movies, with Creed II coming out in 2018 and marking what may be his retirement.

It’s now early 2019, so almost 43 years have passed since Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in Rocky. But his new side-by-side workout photos show, thanks to hard work, not that much has changed:

Well, daaaaamn, Rocky. He’s an inspiration. Maybe a don’t try this yourself without having done it for the past 40 years kind of inspiration, but good for him. Sylvester Stallone shows that hard work and discipline can keep you healthy and fit. (Meanwhile, I like to think I show that a sedentary lifestyle and Reese’s can keep you a Zootopia sloth.)

Sylvester Stallone wrapped filming on Rambo V: Last Blood a couple of months ago, but he’s been posting photos from the set to keep fans up to date until the movie arrives in theaters at some point later in 2019.

After Creed II came out in November 2018, Sylvester Stallone posted what looked like a goodbye for the character of Rocky Balboa, saying, in part:

Sylvester Stallone has kept himself fit through eight Rocky movies, now five Rambo movies, three The Expendables movies, and three Escape Plan movies. So that may be the secret to staying jacked into your 70s — become an action star and stay an action star for decades! (The Rock is probably following this recipe too, and we should expect to still see him lifting weights 40 years from now.)

Here’s How Liam Hemsworth Knew It Was Time to Propose to Miley Cyrus

Lately everyone is obsessed with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth—and honestly, we can’t blame ’em. From the couple’s impromptu living room wedding in December to Miley’s adorable happy birthday love letter to Liam, it’s obvious that they’re full-on head over heels in love with each other. And during an interview with the Today show, published on Friday (but airing on Sunday), Hemsworth opened up about the moment he knew it was time to propose—again—to Cyrus.

“We’ve been through so much together over the last 10 years, so [I] felt like it was time,” he said in the interview. “I feel really happy and really fortunate to be with such a great person.”

But the couple we know and love to love almost didn’t happen—because they almost didn’t meet in the first place, Hemsworth said. He shared the crazy story of getting cast at the very last second for the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song, where he ultimately met and starred alongside Miley, who played rebel teenager Ronnie Miller.

The Australian native, whose three-month visa was expiring at the time, wasn’t originally cast for the part of Will Blakelee. But as fate would have it, it didn’t work out for the other actor. “My agent calls me like, whispering, like ‘You’ve got to go to Disney right now. It’s not working out with the other guy,” he said. “You’ve got to go in and read with Miley again’…I come in and everyone starts clapping like, ‘We should have gone with you first!'”

The now-newlyweds eventually fell hard for each other, just like their on-screen characters. I mean, just look at this clip Hemsworth posted on Friday.

“It’s sort of weird how it all comes together, and then 10 years later I’m here, married,” Hemsworth said.

Just further proof that fate is a very strange and wonderful thing.

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley Got John Boyega An Amazing Spider-Man Wrap Gift

Yesterday afternoon, J.J. Abrams announced that Star Wars: Episode IX had officially wrapped photography after more than six months on set. For fans, the news brings us that much closer to seeing the final film of the new trilogy this December. To the cast, it’s the end of an era.

For Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, especially, joining Star Wars has defined their early acting careers and turned their worlds completely upside-down. It’s then no surprise that they’re exchanging wrap gifts to celebrate the over five years they’ve spent as co-stars. Check out Daisy’s gift to John, via his Instagram story:

Do you recognize it? The thoughtful gift is a OSCORP Industries vial from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The 2014 superhero flick isn’t exactly a mainstream favorite, but Boyega’s emoji choices indicate the gift struck an emotional chord with the actor.

While John Boyega has not officially joined the MCU, he has been rumored to be in discussion to join the universe for years. Back in 2015, he showed his interest in playing Spider-Man especially, Miles Morales perhaps? He also showed his interest in playing Black Panther before Chadwick Boseman was cast.

The actor even had talks with Marvel Studios last year, and now that Star Wars will soon be off his plate, maybe he will have a new home in the MCU? Additionally, John Boyega has kindled a friendship with Robert Downey Jr., previously looking to him for advice on navigating the crazy life of being in the Hollywood spotlight. So through a little networking, it’s definitely possible he could star in a Marvel film. (If not the MCU, maybe he could find his way into Sony’s Marvel Universe.)

Besides the Amazing Spider-Man gift from Daisy Ridley, the actor also shared another geeky gift, presumably from the President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy. Take a look:

In a beautiful wooden box with the Resistance logo marked, John Boyega seems to have scored an EL-16 blaster, which his character Finn uses throughout the new Star Wars trilogy. Anyone else getting emotional about this yet? It’s hard to believe John Boyega’s time as Finn has come to a close, especially when we as moviegoers have not yet said goodbye to his character.

The actor also took to Twitter to pen some touching words about closing the book on his time on Star Wars. Here’s how he put it:

I’m not crying, you’re crying! The sweet picture shows the main trio of Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe) sharing an embrace; director J.J. Abrams also shared the same perfect photo to commemorate the end of an era. The movies have certainly changed these three actors’ lives and given fans new and interesting characters to follow through the galaxy of Star Wars. Episode 9 hits theaters on December 20, 2019.

Bradley Cooper Reveals The Part Of A Star Is Born That Most Terrified Him

As the director of A Star Is Born, there are a ton of things that would have been scary for Bradley Cooper. It was a version of a story that had already been told three times, it was his directorial debut, and he had to sing alongside Lady Gaga. While these things were likely daunting, what scared Cooper most about doing the movie was making sure that he got his voice right as Jackson Maine.

Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine is a country rocker in A Star Is Born, so Cooper needed to do some voice work to be believable in the role. Plus, Sam Elliott plays his brother, so he had to have a similar accent. Cooper ended up lowering his voice by a whole octave, and while it sounds great in the movie, there was a time when Cooper was getting really worried about it.

Bradley Cooper told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the voice is what terrified him the most about doing the movie. The process of getting his voice just right was difficult, and Cooper could initially only do it by contorting his body. On top of that, he had to copy Sam Elliott’s accent, which on top of being an iconic voice, is influenced by two different parts of the country. Thankfully, Cooper was able to get it to the point where even Elliott got freaked out by how good it sounded.

However, don’t expect to hear it again soon. Bradley Cooper also told Stephen Colbert that he was retiring the voice and he wasn’t even sure that he could do it anymore. When he eventually takes the stage to sing at the Oscars, it’ll be as Bradley Cooper.

If you’d like to check out the full interview on The Late Show, be sure to watch the video below!

A Star Is Born is out on Digital so you can enjoy the film anytime you like. The Oscar-nominated movie arrived on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 19. Watch Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform “Shallow” — and compete for several awards — during the 2019 Oscars on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Wore Matching Camo Outfits to His Birthday Party

Couples that dress alike definitely give off a certain “truly committed” vibe—both to each other and to their looks. Case in point, this roundup of celebrity twosomes who are known for doing just that. Now, our files have just grown by one more entry: Bella Hadid and Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd, wore virtually the same outfit for his recent birthday party, and it’s a whole thing.

A little background: Hadid and The Weeknd have been in an on-and-off relationship since 2015. After sharing a post-breakup moment on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway in November 2016, the couple were seen kissing at Coachella in April a few months later. They seem to have been together since and now reportedly share a $60,000-per-month Tribeca apartment.

If we’ve learned anything about them during this dating rollercoaster, it’s that they’re way into celebrating each other’s birthdays. Last October Hadid and the Weeknd were seen out and about on her 22nd birthday in New York City drinking Champagne, eating macarons at Ladurée in Soho, and dancing the night away at a surprise party.

Following precedent, Hadid pulled out all the stops for the Starboy singer’s 29th birthday last night. After the model gifted him a framed Michael Jackson-themed Mad Magazine cover, they took to the club in matching camouflage outfits.

“[One] minute til my favorite day of the year,” Hadid wrote underneath a photo of her and The Weeknd posing in their similar sets.

The Weeknd chose a camo zip-up jacket and pants with R13’s men stack boot, while Hadid opted for a camo bralette and oversized R13 shearling jacket paired with an olive green skirt, sheer Prada socks, and Timberland-style heels.

The singer, who’s been teasing a fourth album, also showed off the outfits on his ‘gram.

Of course, there were more pre-party pics to be found on Hadid’s Instagram Stories.

And then it was time to roll out:

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If you can believe it, there is even more camo in this clip. We sense a theme.

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May their coming year be blessed with even more matching looks—we’ll be waiting.

It May Not Be Marvel, But Sebastian Stan Will Replace Chris Evans In New Movie

Almost since the moment he was cast as Bucky, fans have expected Sebastian Stan to take over the role of Captain America from Chris Evans. Well, I can tell you that Stan is replacing Evans…in an entirely different non-Marvel film. Yep, of all the actors in the world, Stan was selected to replace Evans in a movie called The Devil All The Time.

Chris Evans was previously cast in The Devil All The Time to star alongside fellow MCU actor Tom Holland. Directed by Antonio Campos, the film is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 mid-western gothic novel. Set in the forgotten town of Knockemstiff, Ohio, Willard Russell turns to prayer to save his dying wife, which eventually leads to sacrifice. This leads his son and our protagonist, Arvin, on a path from bullied kid to a man who knows when to take action as he interacts with a nefarious cast of characters in a story that spans two decades.

However, Chris Evans’ dance card has gotten mighty full these days. The actor is involved in quite a few different projects. Just this week, he committed to star in Antoine Fuqua’s sci-fi film Infinite. He’s also about to start production on Defending Jacob, an Apple TV series that he’s starring in and producing. Evans will also appear in Rian Johnson’s star-packed Knives Out.

With all these carrots in one stew, Chris Evans had a scheduling conflict with The Devil All The Time, and had to pull out of the movie, according to Deadline. However, production has found a replacement in the form of Sebastian Stan, another MCU veteran.

Of course, the funny part about this news is that Sebastian Stan is replacing Chris Evans in a non-Marvel project when almost everyone expects him to take over as Captain America one day.

Chris Evans has been playing Captain America for the better part of a decade, and all signs point to the actor moving on from his most-famous role to pursue other opportunities. It’s long been speculated that Chris Evans will retire from the MCU following Avengers: Endgame, and Evans has obviously lined up quite a few projects to keep him busy.

Does that mean that Bucky will pick up the shield as his replacement? Maybe. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon also stands a chance, or Marvel could just opt not to have a new Captain America altogether. It’s tough to say at this point, but answer aren’t that far off.

The Devil All The Time is also set to co-star Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Mia Wasikowska, and Eliza Scanlen. That’s quite a cast. According to Collider, the drama/horror/thriller is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2020.

In the meantime, you can see Chris Evans (and maybe Sebastian Stan) in Avengers: Endgame, which is out in theaters on April 26. It’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year, so be sure to bone up your knowledge with our What We Know So Far guide.

When Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot Will Be Released

Denis Villeneuve first Dune movie has its first (and hopefully final) release date: November 20, 2020.

The Oscar-nominated Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director is putting together the ultimate star-studded cast for his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. Denis Villeneuve has plans for more than one movie, but the first one has to do well — at least better than the 1984 movie, which only made about $31 million off a $40 million budget.

Dune will also open in IMAX and 3D on November 20, The Hollywood Reporter shared. It has every chance of being a visual masterpiece, considering the director and the material.

Dune is expected to start filming this spring, including locations in Jordan and Budapest. So far, the growing cast is reported to include Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides; Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica Atreides; Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto; Zendaya as Chani; Javier Bardem as Stilgar; Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck; Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban; Stellan Skarsgård as Vladimir Harkonnen; Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam; and Jason Momoa recently in talks to play Duncan Idaho.

Last year, Denis Villeneuve had said Dune would probably take two years to make, and his goal was to make two films, “maybe more.”

Early last year, at the Cannes Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve gave an update on his plans for multiple movies:

(Is Star Wars not already for adults? Never mind.)

Dune is just the latest movie to get a release date this week, closely following the rescheduled dates for Bond 25 and Fast and Furious 9.

At the moment, Dune may have November 20, 2020 to itself. Fantastic Beasts 3 was going to open that date, and so far Warner Bros. has yet to officially say anything, but with production moving back several months due to the movie being twice the size of the first two films, I’m thinking there’s no way Fantastic Beasts 3 opens in 2020. Pencil it in for 2021.

Fantastic Beasts Reveals Key Grindelwald And Dumbledore History In Deleted Scene

Moviegoers may have to wait longer than expected for Fantastic Beasts 3, but those who are hungry for Harry Potter content are in luck. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is available digitally and it’s packed with 14 minutes of deleted scenes. One of these scenes includes an extended conversation between Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in which the latter dishes on some important history between himself and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

As Harry Potter fans are well aware, Dumbledore and Grindelwald have quite a bit of history. The two of them were close friends as young men who both shared the desire to become unbeatable wizards. Things eventually went sour between the two because Grindelwald is a lunatic and Dumbledore mostly isn’t. Their falling out led to a three-way duel between the two men and Dumbledore’s brother, which sadly ended in the death of Dumbledore’s sister.

The full details of their relationship and what went wrong have never been fully disclosed, but it won’t likely stay that way for long as Fantastic Beasts gets closer to its conclusion. Case in point, a deleted scene from The Crimes of Grindelwald finds Dumbledore opening up a bit about about his history with Grindelwald and providing some exposition.

Unfortunately, we can’t show off a clip, but Hypable has a description of the scene in question. The deleted scene is from early in the film during Newt and Dumbledore’s first conversation in London. Dumbledore is explaining why he sent Newt to New York City during the first movie and it was all about Credence (Ezra Miller). As it turns out, Dumbledore knew that Grindelwald would still be looking for Credence because the dark wizard had a vision that an Obscurial would kill the man he fears most.

Dumbledore had hoped that Newt would be able to save Credence, thus preventing Grindelwald’s vision. In classic Dumbledore fashion, he didn’t explain any of this to Newt beforehand, but better late than never, I guess.

The conflict between Dumbledore and Grindelwald will likely take center stage sooner rather than later. The two of them them have a war-ending duel coming up and the films are likely building to that moment. Hopefully by that point, the history between the two men will finally be revealed in full.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 20, 2020 (but that will probably be moved since production was pushed back on the “gigantic” film). Until then, stay up to date on all the movies heading to theaters this year with our 2019 movie guide.

Bond 25 Just Lost Its Romantic Release Date, Probably To Avoid Disney And DCEU

Bond 25 has been moved once again. This time it was pushed from February 14, 2020 to April 8, 2020.

So, if you were planning to take your Special Someone to see the next James Bond movie next Valentine’s Day, it’s back to flowers and candy for you. Or it’s back to the Disney film that’s supposed to be opening that day. Or it’s back for another viewing of the DCEU’s Birds of Prey.

This is just the latest date change for what is expected to be Daniel Craig’s final movie as James Bond. Production was supposed to start in December 2018 with a release date of November 8, 2019 in the U.S. But some twists entered the story through director Danny Boyle quitting from creative differences. Cary Joji Fukunaga was hired as the new director, with production rescheduled to start on March 4, 2019 for a release date of Valentine’s Day 2020. But that was just recently changed to April 8, 2020.

April 8, 2020 is actually a Wednesday, the Wednesday before Easter weekend. So that gives Bond 25 — or whatever it will eventually be a titled — a headstart for a long opening weekend at the box office. In semi-related news, Fast and Furious 9 recently vacated its April 10, 2020 opening, moving to Memorial Day 2020.

Right now, there doesn’t seem to be much competition for Bond 25 on April 8. That should change, but it was probably smart to leave February 2020.

Right now, Warner Bros. has Harley Quinn’s Birds of Prey opening February 7, 2020, a week before Bond’s previous release date. There’s also an Untitled Disney Live Action movie opening February 14, 2020. You might think Disney and Bond don’t have much overlap, and you might be right, but better to find some fresh air away from the current releases.

All of this could change in the next year, maybe even next week. Keeping up with movie release date changes is a full-time job, and it wouldn’t be shocking if studios lost track of their own releases themselves. In this day and age, just getting a theatrical release date vs. going straight to Netflix or VOD is a win.

Bond 25 will definitely be coming to theaters, and it sounds like it’ll still be in 2020. This film will follow Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). From what little we know of Bond 25, it sounds like director Cary Fukunaga plans to continue the Bond character arc that started with Casino Royale.

It’s not clear yet which past characters will return, but apparently Cary Fukunaga plans to bring back Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeline Swann, Ralph Fiennes’s M, Ben Whishaw’s Q, and Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny, among others. With filming set to start in March, we should get some confirmed answers very soon.

So Bond 25 is currently opening April 8, 2020, but let’s see what happens from here. For now, bookmark our 2019 movie release date schedule to keep up with everything coming out this year.