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This Is Us Just Got Renewed for Three More Seasons

This Is Us fans, we have some good news for you: The Pearson family drama is officially returning to NBC for at least the next three years, the network announced on Sunday (May 12). This means the show will, at minimum, run for a total of six heart-wrenching seasons, so you better start buying your tissues in bulk.

“In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of This Is Us, and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, shared in a statement on Sunday. “A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast, and crew who reach new heights every week with the show’s inventive and compelling storytelling.”

Of course, it’s no huge surprise the series would get such resounding support from the network. After all, it’s continuously been one of NBC’s highest-rated shows, and it’s won more than a few awards. This Is Us‘ trophy collection to date includes two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, three Emmys; and three AFI Awards for Program of the Year.

Of course, NBC execs weren’t the only ones celebrating the wonderful news of the show’s renewal. Following the announcement, series creator Dan Fogelman tweeted, “Three years ago, we were live tweeting the premiere of our TV show, hoping someone, anyone might watch…Today our friends at @nbc picked up #ThisIsUs for THREE more seasons, bringing us to six.”

In a second tweet, Fogelman added, “It is an amazing show of support, and it due to the hard work of the 300+ talented, kind people who have devoted the last three years of their professional lives to our show.”

He even poked fun at Jon Huertas’ character Miguel saying, “It’s also due to our impassioned, dedicated fans. Some days you guys hate Miguel, some days you guys love Miguel, but we ALWAYS love you. Except for Miguel, who takes it day by day. Congratulations to all involved. We can’t wait to get back to work.”

As for what’s next for the Pearson family, we’ll just have to wait and see: Season four of the show isn’t expected to drop until the fall. However, the show did leave us with a few hints at the end of season three—and a new trailer has just dropped to give us a preview of what’s come since then.

As series star Mandy Moore wrote on her Instagram post with the trailer, “We are all BEYOND excited to share the good news that we have been renewed for 3 MORE SEASONS! Obviously that means we have a lot more laughing, crying, healing, growing and more to do together. None of this would be possible without your unwavering support from episode 1 and our entire TIU family is unbelievably grateful. So buckle up, we’re just getting started!! #thisisus”

There’s a lot of ground to cover over the next couple of seasons, and for fans wishing the show would just keep going forever, there is some consolation. As NBC Entertainment co-chairman Paul Telegdy told reporters on Sunday, “We are keeping it open for right now.” So if the ratings are still great, and the cast wants to do another season, well…it doesn’t seem out of the question.

In the meantime, here’s to the Pearsons—we can’t wait to have them back.

John Wick Has A Deleted Scene Out There Showing His Totally Unexpected Hobby

John Wick was already a fascinating dude, but now I want to see the scenes they cut showing his “hobby” and “vocation.” Keanu Reeves is out promoting John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and he revealed they actually did film a scene for the first 2014 movie showing his hobby.

The story came up when Keanu Reeves was asked about John Wick’s hobbies. What did he do in his free time, or what would he be doing if they hadn’t killed his beloved Beagle puppy, launching the drama of the three films so far?

Book restoration. I … never would’ve guessed John Wick would retire from the hitman life just to go into book restoration. I need to see this.

John Wick starts with the title character grieving the death of his wife Helen to illness. She’s the one who gave him little Daisy as a gift, knowing he’d need some help to cope after she was gone. So if the Russian gangsters hadn’t shown up to steal his car and kill the puppy, John would quietly be doing book restoration right now instead of running for his life. As Keanu Reeves continued to Uproxx:

The “impossible task” was referenced in the first film. When John Wick wanted to retire, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) gave John an “impossible task” — apparently a bunch of assassinations in a short time — and John actually succeeded. John earned the legendary status of Baba Yaga (boogeyman).

Maybe when all of this is over — even if it’s 10 years from now — John Wick will go back into book restoration. It would be easier on his body than all the stunt work he’s had to do to stay alive through the past two movies.

David Leitch helped co-direct the first John Wick movie with Chad Stahelski, and in the directors’ commentary ,Leitch said the original cut was over two hours long. They cut over 39 minutes of footage, including a fight between John and Viggo. Leitch also said (via CBR) there were “a ton of great shots… that’s just Keanu Reeves walking in cool environments” that had to be left on the cutting room floor.

Back when they were making the first movie, they had no idea the John Wick franchise would become so popular. Now that fans are eager for the third movie to open next week, it would be a great time to dig up all of the old deleted scenes and share them with the class.

Heck, maybe it could even top Avengers: Endgame at the May 17-19 weekend box office. If anyone can kill off Marvel’s streak, it’s John Wick.

Karen Gillan Hopes ‘Drunk Thor’ Joins The Guardians Of The Galaxy

Some plot spoilers for Avengers: Endgame can be found in this article. But please note we are three weeks in, if you are a fan, go see the movie already!

Of the myriad characters present in Avengers: Endgame, actress Karen Gillan had some of the most major moments, as well as some of the most screen time (41 minutes, according to one count). She also wrapped Avengers: Endgame with one version of her character Nebula alive and kicking and she’s already looking forward to the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In fact, when she was recently asked about her feelings regarding the future of the Guardians and whether or not that future includes Thor, she answered in the resounding affirmative, noting,

Personally, I’m more into referring to the new and definitely underwhelming Thor as “Fat Thor” rather than “Drunk Thor,” but to each his or her own.

As to whether or not Thor is actually a Guardian now, when last we left off he had hitched a ride on Peter Quill’s ship, ending Avengers: Endgame with some funny quips that definitely poked holes into Star-Lord’s ego. Whether or not Thor will be a Guardian moving forward was certainly one of the biggest questions left at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

As for Karen Gillan, in general, she seems excited about the way Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is panning out. While Thor’s future is still unclear, the upcoming three-quel has signed on James Gunn again, appeasing the likes of Dave Bautista and many fans. It’s a move that made Gillan happy, too, as she also told the LA Times:

As for the status of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Marvel recently announced a slew of upcoming release dates, but didn’t actually tie any specific titles to them. We’re expecting to learn more later this year, specifically this summer, according to Bob Iger. For now, rumor has it the third movie following the Guardians is expected to go into production in 2020.

Should Drunk/Fat Thor Become A Guardian Of The Galaxy?

Taron Egerton Hopes Rocketman Makes Even Half Of Bohemian Rhapsody’s Money

Rocketman is not Bohemian Rhapsody. Taron Egerton is aware of it. There are easy comparisons, of course, in that Egerton is playing Elton John in a music biopic the same way Rami Malek played Freddie Mercury. They even have director Dexter Fletcher in common, since Fletcher stepped in to finish Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired.

Since Bohemian Rhapsody made a mind-boggling $903,175,016 at the box office, off a projected production budget just over $50 million, it’s a ridiculously high bar for the next music biopic to face.

Taron Egerton was candid about the comparisons, just hoping for the best:

True. As Taron Egerton suggested in his quote to THR, half of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s record-breaking money is still about half a billion dollars worldwide, a success by any metric for a film of this size. The 29-year-old actor is clearly keen to advance his career. He’s known to many as Eggsy from the Kingsman movies, and also the titular Eddie the Eagle. He also has some singing experience from the movie Sing. And he was the lead of the notorious 2018 bomb Robin Hood.

All it takes is one movie to launch your career — just ask Rami Malek, who was best known from Mr. Robot before being shot to fame, picking up a Best Actor Oscar for Freddie Mercury, and now playing a Bond villain.

Rocketman will inevitably be judged next to Best Picture-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, but they aren’t exactly apples to apples. For one thing, Rocketman is Rated R, vs. Bohemian Rhapsody at PG-13. They are also telling their stories in very different ways. Rocketman has a lot of sex and drugs — and that sex is between men, with Taron Egerton’s Elton having sex scenes with Richard Madden’s John Reid.

Apparently that’s one reason why Rocketman stalled at Universal. Producer Matthew Vaughn recalled a conversation with studio chairman Donna Langley:

Despite reports that Paramount asked director Dexter Fletcher to tone down the film — to make it more marketable in a huge box office like China, which usually bans any gay scenes — the filmmakers say Rocketman still depicts Elton John coming to terms with his sexuality and also shows his issues with substance abuse.

Another difference between Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman is Elton John is still with us (unlike Freddie Mercury) and was able to be there for the film and give his blessing. He praised Taron Egerton’s performance to THR, saying the film made him forget it was Taron up there, he thought he was watching himself. “That’s the highest compliment I can tell you.”

Rocketman is opening in theaters on May 31, which puts it squarely up against Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It’s going to have to grab onto the rest of the audience and hope to leg out from there. Early tracking put Rocketman‘s opening weekend around $20 million.

If Rocketman gets good reviews — from fans even more than critics — it could theoretically enjoy success on a level next to Bohemian Rhapsody, which just kept quietly making money week after week until we all turned around and it was knocking on the door of $1 billion worldwide. Most of that money came from overseas, though — especially Japan, which just went crazy for Queen — and it’s much less likely that Rocketman will be embraced by the foreign box office in the same way. But we’ll see. Keep up with all of the 2019 movies ahead with our handy release schedule.

Michelle Obama Shares Her Lessons on Motherhood in a Moving Personal Essay

Former first lady Michelle Obama has always had sage advice to share in speeches; in her best-selling book, Becoming; and now, in a new personal essay in People. In honor of Mother’s Day, Obama penned a deeply personal essay in which she describes the important lessons her own mother, Marian Robinson, passed onto her.

“My mother is a woman who chooses her words carefully. She’ll sometimes speak in clipped sentences, her wisdom packed into short bursts and punctuated with an infectious smile or a wry laugh. It’s a style that makes her a favorite of everyone she meets—a sweet, witty companion who doesn’t need the limelight,” Obama wrote.

Obama added that as she grew older, she realized just how important that manner of conversation really was and how it truly reflected her mother’s parenting style. “Because when it came to raising her kids, my mom knew that her voice was less important than allowing me to use my own,” she wrote.

According to Obama, that meant her mother “listened a lot more than she lectured” when answering all the questions she threw her mother’s way.

“Why did we have to eat eggs for breakfast? Why do people need jobs? Why are the houses bigger in other neighborhoods? She didn’t chide me if I scrapped with some of the neighbor kids or challenged my ornery grandfather when I thought he was being a little too ornery,” Obama wrote. “She listened intently to the lunchtime conversations I had with my schoolmates over bologna sandwiches and nodded patiently along to tales of my contentious piano lessons with my great aunt Robbie.”

Obama continued that in today’s world, it may be easy to see her mother’s actions as “negligent” because she allowed her children to “rule the roost.” But, she noted, the reality was far from that.

“She and my father, Fraser, were wholly invested in their children, pouring a deep and durable foundation of goodness and honesty, of right and wrong, into my brother and me. After that, they simply let us be ourselves,” she wrote.

Obama added that now, as a mother of two nearly grown women, she sees just how important that freedom is.

“… I see now how important that kind of freedom is for all children, particularly for girls with flames of their own—flames the world might try to dim,” she wrote. “It’s up to us, as mothers and mother-figures, to give the girls in our lives the kind of support that keeps their flame lit and lifts up their voices—not necessarily with our own words, but by letting them find the words themselves.”

Dip Powder Nails: All About the Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels

A manicure that lasts a full two weeks can sometimes seem like a miracle. That’s why when dip powder nails hit the scene, they sounded like a godsend. A mani that’s supposedly easy to DIY and lasts longer than gel nail polish? Sign us up. But what is it about dip powder nails that makes them so long-lasting? And are dip powder nails safe? We talked to a few specialists to find out.

What are dip powder nails?

Dip powder nails are somewhere between a regular mani and a fake acrylic nail. We can consider them a “diet acrylic,” says celebrity manicurist Erica Marton. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder. Between base coats and a sealant, you dip your nails into a little jar of your chosen color (SNS and Revel are the two most popular and vetted manufacturers) for a mani that could last three to four weeks. The trend isn’t exactly new per se—it’s actually been around for years—but social media is quickly popularizing the process and helping it stage a comeback. Over the past two years, more and more nail salons have started offering the service

Watch the dipping in action is very ASMR-y, but warning: if you have this done at a salon, you won’t get to dip. At least you shouldn’t. A nail technician should paint the powder onto your nails to keep things hygienic between customers. Otherwise you risk getting an infection.

Are dip powder nails safe?

Now, for the other shoe to drop: Dipping powder isn’t exactly the healthiest choice you can make for your nails. Popular nail salons like Vanity Projects and Van Court won’t include the technique on their menus. While more brands, like OPI, now offer options for dip powder manicures, if your salon doesn’t use a credited manufacturer, it could contain dangerous ingredients. “Some cheaper dip powders can contain MMD, which is extremely harmful to natural nails and banned in NYC,” says Vanity Projects’ Ariel Zuniga. Ruth Kallens, founder and parter at Van Court, says, “Dip powders are acrylic. I don’t use acrylic because the removal process is so detrimental to your nail plate.”

How do dip powder nails work?

As mentioned above, they’re pretty similar to gels in that you’re fusing the powdered solution to the base of your nail. If you check out Instagram, there are more than 160,000 images tagged #dippowdernails, which look just about the same as any other more permanent mani (although some people say the dip doesn’t lay quite as flat as a gel and feels slightly thicker on your nail).

You can check out beauty blogger Cristine of Simply Nailogical give the process a go below.

How do you remove dip powder nails?

Just like gels or acrylics, removing a dip powder manicure requires more time and patience than swiping remover on a cotton ball. “There’s no easy way to remove this quickly,” says Zuniga. “We recommend using an electric file and soaking off the remaining product with acetone,” i.e., similar to self gel removal. Of course, the best way to remove them is to go back to your nail tech, otherwise you risk damaging and weakening your nails.

And no matter if you remove them at home or at the salon, you should try to give your nails some downtime in between to prevent them from breaking or becoming brittle. Zuniga’s advice? Invest in some good nail after-care products to re-hydrate your nails and keep your cuticles moisturized. A few of our favorites include Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil and Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Strengthener.

Should you try dip powder nails?

If you’re already fond of more permanent mani solutions, Marton contends that there’s no reason you shouldn’t give dip powder a shot. “They’re equally healthy to gels and basic acrylics that are already out,” she says. Just make sure you’re checking packaging and asking your manicurist what brand she’s using. And if you do want to give your hand at trying it at home, the options below are your best bet.

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Red Carpet Manicure Color Dip Starter Kit

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Jumanji 3 Is Finally Finished Filming, And The Rock Shared A Fitting Tribute

From the jungle to the mountains to the desert, Jumanji 3 is finally finished filming! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been keeping fans updated every step of the way through the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. Filming started in late January, and wrapped its Atlanta section last month before continuing to other more extreme locations than we saw in Welcome to the Jungle.

The Rock honored the final end of filming for the cast with a perfect shot of the four main stars walking off into the sunset.

I wonder if that walk into the sunset means this is OVER over, as in no Jumanji 4. Too soon to say. Kevin Hart commented on the photo with this tease:

Nice! As you can see, that’s Kevin Hart on the far left as game avatar Franklin Finbar, next to The Rock as avatar Dr. Smolder Bravestone, with Jack Black as Professor Sheldon Oberon, and Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse. We see them in their familiar costumes from Welcome to the Jungle, although we know there will be some new costumes in this movie, which makes sense since they have to go into icy climates this time too.

We don’t know much yet about the plot of the Jumanji sequel. Kevin Hart recently said Jumanji 3 has “a much more risky adventure” than the previous film, and “The stakes have been elevated and raised.” Jack Black also hinted that Karen Gillan’s Ruby has a kickass role in Jumanji 3 that is more evolved than what she had in Welcome to the Jungle.

It was something of a surprise, though, to hear that the four high school kids from Welcome to the Jungle would be back after what happened in the previous movie (which included nods to the original Robin Williams film). But those four characters will return, as well as Nick Jonas’ Jefferson/Seaplane, and we have several interesting newcomers to look out for. Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, Danny Glover, and Dania Ramirez were cast for this movie. Are they the four new players? No details have been shared at this point about their characters.

What we do know is that, in addition to new costumes and locations, we get to see Kevin Hart riding a camel. That’s already funny just from the set videos. The Rock and Kevin Hart have been playing up their banter on social media, and they should be fun to watch together again:

Interestingly enough, Ryan Reynolds got in on the action with a comment on The Rock’s most recent Jumanji 3 desert photo, before filming wrapped:

Deadpool! He should cameo in this movie.

Jumanji 3 needs an official title, which may be announced when we get more plot details on the movie, official photos, and eventually a trailer. This thing is getting a pretty quick turnaround. It’s scheduled to open this December 13, 2019, right before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Opening around Star Wars worked for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and they are hoping for that lightning to strike twice.

So now director Jake Kasdan and company have to get busy-busy-busy in post-production to make Jumanji 3 ready for screens this December 13.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Mother’s Day Photo of Archie Pays Tribute to Princess Diana

Meghan Markle celebrated her first Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 12), and although the United Kingdom actually celebrated the holiday back in March, Markle decided to honor her American heritage with a day filled with joy and Instagram posts.

According to People, Markle spent the day at her home in Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle with her new son, Archie, her husband Prince Harry, and her own mom, Doria Ragland.

“She’s super excited,” a source told People about Ragland’s trip to England for both the birth of her grandchild and spending Mother’s Day with her daughter. “She and Meghan are so close.”

To mark the holiday, Meghan and Harry also shared a message with moms all over the world on their new Instagram account, @SussexRoyal.

“Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” Harry and Meghan wrote in the caption of a post showing the teeny tiny toes of their new baby, Archie.

“Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex.”

The post continued with an excerpt from Nayyirah Waheed’s poem “Lands”, which read:
my
mother
was
my first country;
the first place i ever lived.

The photo also paid tribute to one more mother in the Sussexes’ lives: Princess Diana. The royal couple is holding their tot over a bed of forget-me-not flowers—and those baby blue flowers are not only gorgeous but also happened to be Princess Diana’s favorite flower. Back in 2018, Prince Harry even picked a handful of the flowers just for Meghan to use in her bouquet for their royal wedding.

As for how the new family of three is fairing, Meghan herself told the press, “He has the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm.” She added, “He’s just been a dream. It’s been a special couple of days.”

Avengers Writers Confirm Deeper Meaning Of Doctor Strange’s Line To Tony Stark

SPOILER alert for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

By now, Avengers fans know that Doctor Strange predicted the “endgame” of Avengers: Endgame back in Avengers: Infinity War. The writers confirmed that, in that moment, Strange knew Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) had to die. There was no other outcome.

Interestingly enough, before Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gave us the “Endgame” title, Tony Stark had mentioned the word “endgame” in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Strange and Stark shared a loaded endgame moment in Infinity War when Doctor Strange revealed he went forward in time to view alternate futures, to see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict. He told Star-Lord he saw 14,000,605 futures.

Tony Stark asked, “How many do we win?” Doctor Strange gave Tony a long look, then replied, “One.” At the time, fans didn’t know that the “one” necessitated Tony Stark’s death. But Strange knew.

Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been addressing fan theories about the movie, including the speculation that there was more than one way to defeat Thanos. As THR told the writers, fans have posited there were multiple ways the team could’ve “won” the conflict, but Doctor Strange picked the scenario where the Infinity Stones would also be destroyed, thus ensuring they couldn’t return for use again.

The writers shot down that theory as not true. There was only one way end to this conflict, period, and it meant the endgame for Iron Man:

Watch that Infinity War scene again here in this clip, if you can, to relive that moment with all of its added meaning after Endgame:

Doctor Strange could’ve spoiled the ending of Avengers: Endgame right then and there, and instead he only gave hints. We’re in the endgame now.

Tony Stark checked in with Doctor Strange during Endgame, asking if this was it, if they were in the reality where everyone survives. Doctor Strange’s cryptic reply — “If I tell you, it won’t happen” — was a big hint to Tony’s role. Tony would have to sacrifice his life, to miss out on his daughter’s future. But after meeting up with his father in the past, it seemed like he knew he wanted to be the kind of man who put others before himself.