The pair, who just celebrated their second anniversary on February 3, haven’t completely ruled out marriage, but they aren’t forcing an engagement on themselves either. They seem totally happy going at their own pace, despite pressure from their fans.
But it didn’t stop talk show host Ellen DeGeneres from giving J.Lo her two cents on the matter recently when the singer popped by her show. DeGeneres let her thoughts on their relationship known with a very Ellen, very over-the-top gesture: a massive clock with A-Rod’s face on it. “It’s basically to remind him that time is ticking and he should hurry up and propose—or you should propose,” she said.
On to Valentine’s Day, where in related news, another timepiece was gifted—this time from Lopez to A-Rod. And we’re just guesstimating here, but we have a feeling it was a little more expensive than DeGeneres’ gift. She gave her boyfriend a blue and silver Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph watch. According to Page Six, the new arm candy is worth a whopping $24,000.
Let no one say Jason Momoa takes this life for granted. My man is screaming-down-the-hallways pumped for what’s next for DC’s Aquaman. Just watch and listen to him shout “I love you, Warner Bros.!” as he races down the studio hallway. Studio hallways are usually boring as hell, but on this day they were filled with joy and laughter. Just enjoy:
Yes, “gleefully screaming” is a perfect description for how Jason Momoa exited that DC office. Jason Momoa has us pumped for what’s next for Aquaman in the Warner Bros./DC Extended Universe. His happiness is infectious.
What the hell was he talking/screaming about? It’s probably connected to Aquaman 2 in some way. It was just a few days ago that the news spread that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was hired to write the screenplay for the sequel. Maybe Jason Momoa was coming out of a pitch meeting, bursting with spoilers on the plot of Aquaman 2? All we can do is guess. Because, as he noted, we have no idea what’s coming.
It’s early days for Aquaman 2, and it’s not clear yet if director James Wan will return. Hopefully he’s holding out for all the money after the success of the Aquaman.
Aquaman isn’t even done making money. It’s still playing in some theaters after its December 2018 release. So far, the DC Extended Universe movie has made $1,121,986,102 worldwide. That’s the most not just for the DCEU but for any DC Comics movie to date.
Aquaman will have its digital release on March 5, with Blu-ray/DVD on March 26. James Wan won’t be doing a commentary but there will be plenty of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Plus, there’s rumor of an Aquaman spinoff coming out following The Trench. That’s in addition to the planned Aquaman 2 sequel.
One of the best parts of knowing Aquaman will be back on the big screen is knowing Jason Momoa will be promoting it the whole way. He’s a blast to watch, in Instagram posts, and in other videos, tweets, and interviews. Momoa is a huge defender of the DC world, standing up for his boy Henry Cavill (Superman) and just having a great time in the franchise. He’s a perfect ambassador for the DCEU.
Jason Momoa is busy beyond Aquaman, too. He directed the opening of Frontier Season 3, which came out a few months ago on Netflix. He was also just announced to join the insanely stacked cast of Dune. And he brought Aquaman to The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in a little voice role.
Jason Momoa is excited for what’s ahead, but he can’t give us more details quite yet. In the meantime, check out our DCEU guide for all things in that universe, and bookmark our 2019 movie release date schedule to keep up with everything hitting theaters this year.
How’s this for a meet-cute: Some 25 years ago, seven-year-old Delta Goodrem was visiting New York from her native Australia when her idol, fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John, walked in to the same restaurant. “I was like, ‘It’s Sandy, it’s Sandy!'” Goodrem says of the iconic actress from Grease. “Olivia heard my Australian accent and walked over to ask why we were in New York. She was so sweet and said, ‘I hope I see you around tomorrow,’ so the next day I looked around the entire city trying to find her again. I did not.”
All Goodrem had to do was wait another 11 years, when Newton-John became a fan of Goodrem’s singing and acting, and sent her a letter. But it wasn’t just any letter of appreciation: Newton-John, a two-time cancer survivor who is now battling the disease for a third time, found out that Goodrem was battling cancer as well. “She said that one day I’ll understand this is a gift to give strength to people,” Goodrem says of her Hodgkin’s disease diagnosis when she was 18. “As time went on, she became my mentor, friend, and greatest influence.” In fact, in 2008 the two collaborated by writing and recording a song called “Right Here With You.”
And now, Goodrem will play the legend in Lifetime’s new television movie, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, airing Saturday night, February 16. “It’s full circle,” Goodrem tells Glamour. “It’s beyond special.”
Goodrem, who has developed quite the fan following in Australia, says she only recently told Newton-John about their first meeting in New York City all those years ago. “We were doing a gala together for her charity, and I told the story to the entire ballroom,” she says. “I talked about the impact that moment had, and now when I see young kids, I always think of [Olivia coming up to me]. and I approach [others] rather than sit back.”
She takes the same approach in the new Lifetime movie, which required her to portray Newton-John over more than five decades. “My first day on set was filming [the music video for] ‘Let’s Get Physical,’ and the crew was all dressed up in headbands,” Goodrem says. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what a way to start this project!’ And then my last day on set was the scenes during Grease, so that was really fun.”
Goodrem says she can’t help but examine every little detail of her performance, but overall she’s thrilled with the final product: “I’m really proud of it, and I can’t wait for people to watch it.” However, for the moment, at least, Newton-John won’t be one of those people. “I sent her footage throughout, and she’d be like, ‘Stop it! Stop it!'” Goodrem says, laughing. “She said she wants to watch [the finished version] in her own time so she can step back and have her own moment with it.”
But for all the Newton-John fans who do watch, Goodrem hopes the movie reminds them of their idol’s strength through good times and bad. “There’s only one Olivia Newton-John, and she’s a beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind person,” Goodrem says. “She’s a reminder that it’s cool to be kind, and strength comes in many forms. No one can rock those Grease pants like her.”
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You airs Saturday, February 16 on Lifetime.
We have a box office race! Fast and Furious 9 just moved across the movie calendar — again. This is what happens when you announce a movie and give it a release date years in advance.
Universal Pictures just drove Fast and Furious 9 from April 10, 2002 to its new date of May 22, 2020.
That new date opens Fast 9 over next year’s Memorial Day weekend. So it sounds like a vote of confidence, as well as a way to give the production six more weeks to make the movie. (Question: Would that be enough time to add in people like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, or no?)
Previously, as Variety noted, Fast and Furious 9 was set to open April 19, 2019. That would’ve had it open just before Avengers: Endgame this year. Not a great time to show up, so good on them for changing it to April of next year. Both of those were Easter weekends. Now Fast 9 has moved again to Memorial Day weekend, which is known for being the unofficial start of summer and a huge weekend for blockbuster movies.
Since Memorial Day weekend is known for being a movie weekend, there are already some residents on the May 22, 2020 calendar — including Godzilla vs. Kong and The SpongeBob Movie. We recently noted how SpongeBob’s move to that date would put it up against Godzilla vs. Kong. The SpongeBob movie would probably skew younger, but you have to imagine the Godzilla and Fast franchise audiences have a lot of overlap.
It’s possible one or more of those films will move again, and it’s also possible more films will join them on the Memorial Day 2020 calendar. There’s still a year to go before any of that happens, and studios always carefully watch the competition, read the tracking tea leaves, and do whatever they think is best for their films. Sometimes they get it right, and other times (no Star Wars movie this past December = Aquaman billion dollar domination) they misfire.
As The Rock recently pointed out when a reality TV star complained about all of the Fast and Furious movies, the franchise has made more than $5 billion at the box office at this point. The Rock’s Hobbs and Shaw movie is coming out this August as the first but not the last spinoff.
Fast and Furious 9 will be followed by Fast and Furious 10, which was given a release date of April 2, 2021, but don’t go thinking that will last. If the ninth movie has already moved twice, there’s a good chance the 10th movie will shift around too.
So far, not everyone has signed on for Fast and Furious 9. We know Jordana Brewster is coming back as Mia Toretto, but Michelle Rodriguez was waiting to read the script to see if she’d return.
If Fast and Furious 10 is indeed the final movie in the franchise, you have to hope everyone who can return does return. Obviously Paul Walker will always be the missing piece, and there are some fans who think the franchise should’ve ended after he died. But it’s too late for that now, so hopefully the Fast team has a plan for a strong ending. No more feuds.
Since we’re taking it all one year at a time, keep up with all of the 2019 dates with our handy movie release schedule. And stay tuned for any updates on these movies blinking and moving to a less competitive release date — if there even is one.
‘Durga Confronting the Demon Mahisha in the Form of an Elephant,’ by the Master at the Court of Mankot (active c. 1680–1730)Photo: Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections
On the third floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a gallery overlooking a hall filled with South Asian statuary, bear and monkey soldiers look on in dismay as their divine leaders are assailed by enemy arrows; light reflects off the beetle-wing jewels of a fanged goddess; and a boar-headed avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu wades neck-high in a gray, swirling ocean, a gold mace resting on his shoulder while, by his feet, an orange demon sinks to the depths. Elsewhere, scenes feature the Hindu god Krishna—as a blue-skinned child sneaking a handful of butter from the churn; as a lad, perched in a tree on a riverbank, watching as bathing beauties whose clothes he’s stolen shyly rise from the water; as a lover eagerly embracing a maiden.
Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India
The Met Fifth Avenue Through July 21
These are but some of the 20 17th- and 18th-century paintings and drawings featured in “Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India.” They are by artists in kingdoms nestled in the Himalayan foothills, all but four folio-sized, and together they show off the richness of this chapter in South Asia’s art history. Their palettes range from saturated reds and yellows to mauves and pastels, with some painters using bold, dynamic strokes reminiscent of folk art and others displaying styles associated with Mughal courts. But the selection of works, which includes a 26-foot-long festival banner made around 1800, also brings out some of the dynamics at the core of the bhakti tradition in Hinduism. Bhakti, or devotion, is a spiritual path that uses music, dance, poetry, literature and such rituals as bathing, dressing and garlanding statues believed to house deities.
What we see here are painters bringing to life ancient poetry and epics with an eye to engaging viewers emotionally. Some depict favorites—witness the three wonderful Ramayana scenes attributed to Manaku, one of the great 18th-century Pahari masters. Or the tale of Krishna’s elopement with Rukmini, an act that so provoked a thwarted rival suitor that he marshaled his forces. The story fills the embroidered banner, starting right to left on the lower register, then doubling back on the upper, left to right. This split composition allows noncontiguous scenes to play against one another so that as we look at the happy couple, born aloft on a palanquin amid much celebratory pageantry, we also take in the murderous mayhem of war hovering above like an evil omen.
‘Krishna as a Child Stealing Butter,’ folio from the devotional text of the Bhagavata (c. 1780)Photo: Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections
Other works surprise with rarely illustrated scenes. Kurt Behrendt, Met associate curator of South Asian art, displays a number of the latter, including an eye-popping painting by a master artist who worked at the Court of Mankot between about 1680 and 1730. It portrays the goddess Durga confronting the demon Mahisha as he, having been decapitated by a swing of her sword, shape-shifts from human to elephant.
What is striking is the degree to which Pahari paintings also map and elicit reactions to the divine. Mahisha’s disembodied head, for example, looks up at Durga with an expression of submission even as he makes a last-ditch effort to outmaneuver her. For its part, the depiction of Vishnu’s boar avatar (described above and painted about 1775-80 in Kangra or Guler) exudes such calm and control as to be placid—a reassuring quality in a deity charged with maintaining the cosmic order. And two small groupings directly address the relationship between human devotee and god, a dynamic often described through the metaphor of lovers.
‘Krishna Dances in the Raslila with the Gopis (Female Cowherds)’ (c. 1750)Photo: Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections
The first group (all from about 1775-80) illustrates moments in the Gita Govinda, a 12th-century poem by Jayadeva. It begins with Krishna and his beloved Radha in the forest at night, followed by Radha sitting alone, her henna-tipped fingers limp, eyes downcast. She longs to be with her lover, like the pair of birds in the background. In the next painting, Krishna is encircled by maidens who embrace, touch and reach for him while others drink him in with their eyes as they await their turn. The god is like the nearby tree entwined with vines, engaged with them all even though—such are the limitations of the human form—he can lock eyes with only one….unless, as a painting from about 1750 illustrates, Krishna multiplies himself as he does at a Raslila celebration in order to dance with an endless number of women, every couple gazing into each other’s eyes, every relationship simultaneously unique and universal.
So central to Hinduism is this visual contact—known as darshan—that it is fitting that the show ends with three portrayals of rulers standing, hands clasped in respectful salutation. They are looking at and being seen by gods their bhakti practice has brought before them in a vision. Painted in different court workshops, the differences in palettes, compositions and overall styles elicit yet another emotion, this time from us: admiration.
—Ms. Lawrence writes about Asian and Islamic art for the Journal.
It’s safe to say that it’s been a rocky road to the 91st Academy Awards. Several controversies have popped up in the months leading to the ceremony, with the most recent one being that the Oscars for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would not be presented live and instead occur during the commercial breaks, with the shortened presentations being aired later. However, word has come in that this decision has been reversed, and that the winners of the categories will be presented live during the telecast. Here’s the official statement from the Officers of the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
That’s a quick turnaround, as the announcement that Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short wouldn’t be presented live came out this past Monday, February 11. The Academy had already released a statement saying that none of the awards categories at the 91st Academy Awards would be “presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others,” but now it’s been made official: all 24 Oscars categories will be presented on camera live, as has been the norm for decades.
According to Deadline, when it came time to “slight” these four categories, the Academy felt that the “pushback and internal rancor” in reaction to the announcement that they wouldn’t be presented live wasn’t worth trimming approximately 45 minutes out of the Oscars broadcast, which would have cut the broadcast down to the three-hour mark, give or take. The Academy could still be pursuing other options regarding how to shorten the upcoming telecast, but with less than two weeks until the big event, it remains to be seen how this will be accomplished, if at all.
As mentioned earlier, this is hardly the first issue that’s popped up during the planning of the 91st Academy Awards. Last year, it was announced that a Best Popular Film category would be created, but following public outcry, that initiative has been delayed. Then, Kevin Hart was selected to host the Oscars ceremony, but only two days later, he dropped out of the job after past controversial jokes and comments he made resurfaced. Now the 91st Academy Awards will be held without a host, which hasn’t been done since 1989.
The 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 24 on ABC, so check back with CinemaBlend then to learn who walks home with those golden trophies. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are opening later this year.
There are few people in the world who don’t enjoy a good theme park. Whether you like the rides, parades, fireworks or just eating loads of food that is terrible for you, but tastes amazing, there’s something there for everybody. I say this as somebody who first visited Disneyland when he was 10, but didn’t truly fall in love with the place until I went back when I was an adult.
My wife and I have visited Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure more times than I can count over the last decade or so. Sometimes it’s with other friends, sometimes it’s just the two of us, but we always had fun enjoying everything the parks had to offer. As a couple of adults without kids, we had nearly complete freedom.
Then, a little under two years ago, my wife and I had our first child. Needless to say, the spur of the moment weekend trips to Disneyland stopped at that point. However, a long scheduled trip to Walt Disney World recently did take place, and while bringing along a toddler for the first time certainly changed the experience in a bunch of obvious and predictable ways, it also brought about several realizations that I did not see coming.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Is Kind Of Terrible For Kids
To be clear, Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t a terrible theme park. It certainly has its issues, as there aren’t a lot of major attractions there to experience at the moment, but the recently opened Toy Story Land and the forthcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge look to fix that in a big way. However, it’s a pretty bad park if you’re a small child. Pretty much all the major attractions are for the big kids and grown-ups only. The only ride of any kind that my daughter was able to experience was the Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, and even that one was near miss as she only barely made the height requirement.
What Disney’s Hollywood Studios has in lieu of rides is a lot of shows, and your kid can certainly go to those. But if you have a kid who is small enough, and therefore young enough, to not be able to do the rides, getting them to sit and watch a show isn’t a simple task. By the time they’re old enough to enjoy the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular the kid will be able to do the other attractions as well. As it stands, there’s basically one ride that small children can even do.
Traveling With Friends Or Family Is A Must
This particular Walt Disney World vacation was a celebration of sorts, and as such we invited literally all of our friends to join us. Obviously, not everybody did, but we ended up with a dozen other people joining our family on the trip. While this was a lot of fun simply by virtue of being able to share the experience with a lot of great people, it also turned out to be a lifesaver as the more people you have, the more eyes you have on little ones.
One of my personal favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is eat. There are so many fantastic restaurants, especially at Epcot’s World Showcase, that you’d need to spend a week in that park alone to enjoy them all. Kids, however, are less interested in savoring a fine meal. Mom and dad trying to enjoy an entree with a kid around is tough, but when a couple extra people join you for dinner, there are enough people capable of distracting the kid that everybody can take turns and everybody will also have enough time to actually enjoy their food. Having friends willing to watch the kid so you can go out and eat at least one meal without the child is also very welcome.
Ride Swap Is Great, Even If You’re Not The One With Kids
Ride Swap is the option to have one person wait in a line for an attraction, usually one a child can’t ride at all, while another stays with the kid. Then, after the first person rides, the second person gets to use the FastPass queue while the first waits with the kid. It’s great for parents who both want to go on Space Mountain when the child is too small to join them.
However, the Ride Swap can actually be used up on to three people for the second ride. This means that friends can actually FastPass into a ride without needing a FastPass at all, even if they’re not “technically” watching the kid. Even people who get in line with the first party can use the FastPass line with the second party, getting two rides out of the deal. It also means that friends can watch the kid while mom and dad get to actually do a ride together every once in a while.
Reservations Are The Best And Also The Worst
As a frequent traveler to Disneyland, the hardest thing to get used to at Walt Disney World is the way you need to schedule your entire trip so far in advance. Restaurant reservations can be made six months out, and if you want to get a table at a popular spot during the prime dinner hour, you’ll need to book it that far out. You can reserve three FastPasses per day of your trip 60 days out if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, 30 days out if you’re not. Don’t expect to even be able to get a FastPass for the most popular attractions if you’re not staying on property.
This level of scheduling isn’t how I normally vacation; I prefer to have a bit more freedom. On the other hand, with kids, having some kind of schedule is quite useful. Knowing when and where you’re eating lunch and dinner every day is one less thing to worry about, and you won’t find yourself scrambling to figure it out while you (or your child) starts to get hangry. At the same time, schedules don’t always work with kids. My daughter got sick one day early in our trip and we had to stay home from a planned day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Because of the previous scheduling, that day was then lost. We couldn’t just reschedule our meals or our FastPasses for later in the week, as those slots were already taken by others. The day was a complete waste.
Walk-Around Characters Can Be Terrifying
The major reason I don’t have photo albums full of pictures of myself with costumed walk-around characters is because the lines are usually too damn long. I can justify standing in line for a roller coaster, but for a picture, it’s just too much. Still, I would have done it if my daughter had shown any interest in getting near the characters. I gave her a stuffed Mickey Mouse for Christmas entirely so she would get used to the character and potentially recognize him when they met.
But like many small kids, my daughter had no interest in getting that close. Interestingly, she found the costumed characters very interesting from a distance. They always caught her eye and she’d look and point at them, but the closer we got, the less curious she became. Seeing through her eyes, you begin to understand where she’s coming from. While some costumed characters can actually have voices, most of the ones you meet walking up and down Main Street U.S.A. are large and mute. How is that not scary to everybody?
There’s Nothing Quite Like Watching Somebody Enjoy Walt Disney World For The First Time
In a lot of ways, going to Walt Disney World with a kid is as much chore as it is vacation. There’s a lot you have to do and even more you have to think about that was never a concern for me only a couple years ago. Considering my daughter could only experience a fraction of the parks, and it was far from clear how much she even comprehended the parts that she could do, it’s a lot of work for remarkably little activity.
But man, when everything fires just right, the magic really does happen. The look on her face as we went spinning around in the teacups was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I’d been on these rides a thousand times, but with her it was like doing them all again for the very first time. When the biggest tantrum comes after the toddler realizes she can’t just go on the ride again immediately, it’s a less frustrating tantrum for dad. Honestly, I was bummed we couldn’t just do it again too.
There will be many more theme park vacations for my daughter in the future. Of that, I can be certain. With each one we’ll be able to do and share more. We’ll both learn a lot with each one. I can’t deny that I’m kinda looking forward to getting to the point where she’s old enough that she won’t even want to hang out with mom and dad, if only so mom and dad can go back to enjoying the parks the way we used to. But until then, I’ll look forward to the next time this kid finds herself on Main Street U.S.A.
It may not have been met with the best critical reception, but 2016’s Suicide Squad was definitely a commercial winner for Warner Bros, and the studio is keen on keeping the property alive. The sequel, officially titled The Suicide Squad, is being written and directed by former Marvel Cinematic Universe contributor James Gunn. Earlier this week, word came out that Harley Quinn, one of the main characters from the first Suicide Squad movie, would not return for The Suicide Squad, but it appears that is no longer the case.
Forbes has updated its original reporting on Margot Robbie’s future as Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe, as sources close to the production have said that Harley will indeed be present for The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year. While this doesn’t constitute official confirmation, given that Harley was one of the most popular elements of Suicide Squad and that Margot Robbie is reprising the character for next year’s Birds of Prey, it does make sense that she would be brought back for The Suicide Squad, if only to establish at least one connective thread between this sequel and its predecessor.
Rather than being a direct sequel to Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad is reportedly going to be a “relaunch” rather than a direct sequel. This will give Gunn the opportunity to carve out his own vision for the property, and will supposedly result in a lot of new lead characters being brought in. However, assuming this latest update is true, then Harley Quinn will be back for another round of Task Force X action on the big screen, which makes sense given that she’s been one of the Squad’s frequent members since the New 52 reboot in 2011. If I were a betting man, I’d also place odds on Will Smith and Viola Davis reprising Deadshot and Amanda Waller, respectively, in The Suicide Squad as well, but that remains to be seen.
When we last saw Harley Quinn at the end of Suicide Squad, she was being broken out of Belle Reve by The Joker. Judging by the early looks at Birds of Prey, it appears the jestress and the Clown Prince of Crime have since broken up, and the eight DC Extended Universe movie will see Harley teaming up with Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya to protect the young Cassandra Cain, who’s being hunted down by Black Mask because she finds a diamond belonging to the crime world.
It will be a while until we learn how that movie ends, but evidently afterwards, Harley will end up being incarcerated again if she’s going to appear in The Suicide Squad. If Harley will indeed be accompanied by new teammates, it will be interesting to see how her dynamic with them compares to how she was with the previous Squad. It should also be noted that as things stand now, Harley is not expected to appear in Gotham City Sirens, and the Joker/Harley Quinn movie is dead.
You can see Harley Quinn back on the big screen when Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released in theaters on February 7, 2020, and The Suicide Squad will follow on August 6, 2021.
February has long been rom-com season since Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of it. This year has brought two of this kind, What Men Want and Isn’t It Romantic. The latter is a self-aware parody of the genre itself, calling out the many unrealistic clichés and tropes in films such as 13 Going on 30 and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Cool story, Rebel! If only we knew what is was! If you haven’t seen Pretty Women in a while, take a look at the scene Rebel Wilson is talking about below!
Okay, I can see how this would have been a good scene to spoof. Just imagine Rebel Wilson (who usually has a beautiful voice) horribly singing Prince’s Kiss as Liam Hemsworth, who plays her “love interest,” lovingly sighs at her interrupting his phone call. It would have been a hilarious way to spoof how filtered men can be in rom-coms, often not even finding flaws or annoyances in their girlfriend’s behaviors.
During the CinemaBlend interview, Adam Devine jumped in saying they did enough improv in Isn’t It Romantic for a five-hour movie. Rebel Wilson also said the huge first date between her and Liam Hemsworth was supposed to go on way longer then is does in the film. It sounds like the actors had a lot of funny material to work with. I already can’t wait for the home release!
Speaking of Julia Roberts, Rebel Wilson also revealed that they thought it would be fun for her to have a cameo toward the end of the movie, but she ended up being busy. It would have been a great homage to all of the rom-coms Roberts was in the ‘90s, and would have been great to see her poke fun at the genre that jumpstarted her career.
Isn’t It Romantic follows Rebel Wilson’s character Natalie, who is attacked at a subway station, knocked out and wakes up in the middle of a typical PG-13 romantic comedy alternative reality. She meets Liam Hemsworth while her co-worker (Adam Devine) finds love with Priyanka Chopra’s character Isabella. Take a look at the film’s stars talking about the cut scene:
Isn’t It Romantic is currently in theaters in a weekend box office horse race with Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel, which also opened this President’s Day weekend.