Anna Faris Deletes Photo After Backlash About Her Weight

Anna Faris isn’t dealing with body shamers. When the actress posted a pantless picture of herself, the Instagram photo became the source of speculation from nosy social media users, who criticized the comedic actress of being “too thin.” In response to their negative comments, Faris deleted the picture altogether, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to deal with anyone made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance. If you wish to see the photo was that deleted from Anna Faris’s social media after it drew up a stream of unpleasant comments, you can check it out below.

The Instagram picture was sent on Tuesday, as it was reported by E! News. It was a “pre-show” photo, according to the caption since deleted. It’s believed to be back stage for The Talk, which she recently appeared in. The scrutinized online photo was taken by Michael Sherman, the podcast assistant for Unqualified, Anna Faris‘s popular advice podcast. It found the actress in a nervous state, hunched over a trash can with no pants on. As she admits, she did eventually put some pants on once the photo was sent online, but it didn’t stay up on Instagram for long. This is the caption that Anna Faris wrote to accompany the photo, trying to explain what is happening in the frantic photo before the photo was taken down.

The comical photo was reportedly only online for 15 minutes before the actress took it down after comments were directed her way claiming that she looked “so unhealthy” and that she needed to “eat.” Whatever reason inspired these Instagram users to write these criticisms on the photo, its only made the situation more viral. Many take umbrage with the hurtful comments, and the negativity directed towards Anna Faris before she was set to appear on the daytime talk show. Suffice to say, it wasn’t long before Faris took the photo down, knowing that these rude retorts would only get worse before they would get any better. She hasn’t posted again on the social media website, though it’s unclear if that’s because of this photo controversy or not.

Hopefully, if Anna Faris decides to post on Instagram again anytime soon, her experience on the site is a lot better than it was when she posted this particular photo. Such comments are hard to deal with, and it’s clear that Anna Faris didn’t want to deal with them any longer. As for what inspired these commenters to butt in and offer their own two cents about Faris’ figure is a mystery that’s left unclear. But this is the Internet, after all. A lot of people don’t need a reason to do anything. Meanwhile, as an actress, Anna Faris can currently be seen on the newest season of Mom, airing on CBS.

New Marvel Theory May Connect Black Panther And Captain America

In a film full of badass moments that make you pump your fists and grin like an idiot, one of my favorite moments from Avengers: Infinity War comes during the Battle of Wakanda, when Captain America and Black Panther race out in front of everybody to get first crack at the Black Order and the Outriders. The scene showed just how similar in power and bravery these two heroes are. Now a new theory connects Black Panther and Captain America beyond just their similar heroic traits. According to the fan theory, the Super Soldier Serum that made Steve Rogers Captain America actually comes from the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives Black Panther his powers.

The theory comes from Reddit user 4DimensionalToilet (great name) and begins with the premise that Captain America and Black Panther have very similar powers of enhanced strength and speed, as we’ve seen in their contests together and against one another in the aforementioned Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. We know that Captain America’s powers come from the Super Soldier Serum created by Dr. Abraham Erskine. Dr. Erskine was the only person ever to have perfected it the serum, but that was after a failed attempt that turned Johann Schmidt into the Red Skull. It was only when he joined forces with Howard Stark did the formula prove successful with Steve Rogers. We also know that Howard Stark presented Cap’s shield to him. The shield is made of vibranium, which is only found in Wakanda, which makes where he got it not difficult to figure out.

Perhaps when acquiring the vibranium for Cap’s shield, either himself or via a third party, Howard Stark heard about the Black Panther and his abilities. Stark being Stark, he obviously sought this as a part of his work with the military. At some point, Howard Stark could have brought this information to Dr. Erskine and set out to use the Heart-Shaped Herb to create an American super soldier. Perhaps Stark obtained it through some sort of trade or he stole it outright, but the Heart-Shaped Herb winds up being the key ingredient in the serum, stabilizing it to prevent the kind of mutations that happened to the Red Skull. So the similarity in powers between Black Panther and Captain America is a result of both of their powers being derived from the Heart-Shaped Herb.

This is definitely a fun theory that establishes a bond of origin for the two heroes’ powers, but there are some things that seem to go against it being canon. Presumably the reason the serum finally worked was due to the Vita-radiation chamber and not some special ingredient in the serum. It also worked because of who was taking it. The process brought out who Steve Rogers was on the inside, the same as it made Red Skull as ugly on the outside as his internal beliefs.

There is also the matter of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Given how great Wakanda is at secrecy and hiding its true nature, it seems unlikely that they were having dealings with Howard Stark. And there’s no way they would ever give him, or any non-Wakandan, the Heart-Shaped Herb. It just doesn’t jibe with their isolationist philosophy or the sacred importance placed on the herb. What’s more likely is that Howard Stark didn’t get the vibranium from Wakanda. The vibranium comes from a meteorite that crashed in Wakanda, but other, smaller pieces could have landed elsewhere and Stark’s team simply found a deposit.

Even if it’s not canon, these fan theories are always fun as they drive greater investment and a more careful analysis of the MCU films. There will be no shortage of fan theories as we count down the days until Captain Marvel and especially Avengers 4, both of which have a fair bit of mystery surrounding them.

You can see Captain America and Black Panther (he’s dead, but come on) in Avengers 4, which hits theaters on May 3, 2019. For all of next year’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 release schedule.

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch Is Getting A Live-Action Remake

Get ready to strap in for another Hawaiian rollercoaster ride! Lilo & Stitch is the latest Disney animated film set to be reimagined as a live-action feature film. The beloved tale of an oddball young girl’s close encounter with an intergalactic fugitive is the most contemporary Disney title to join the studio’s highly-successful strategy to revisit their nostalgic big hits. The new Lilo & Stitch project has hired newcomer Mike Van Waes to write the script, with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, the producers behind the upcoming Aladdin live-action remake and LEGO Movie co-producer Ryan Halprin also attached.

The exciting announcement comes just 16 years after the release of the animated film, during an otherwise bleak era for the studio. After a string of smash musical hits in the ’90s, forgettable releases such as Dinosaur, Brother Bear and Home on the Range got Disney off to a rough start at the turn of the century. While Lilo & Stitch wasn’t a box office success by any means, taking home $145 million domestically at the box office, over the years it has gained traction and become one of the studios most underrated and adored properties. Following the release of Lilo & Stitch in 2002, the characters returned for two direct-to-video sequels and had a Disney Channel television series for two seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s unclear whether the live-action Lilo & Stitch will be hitting theaters or as an addition to Disney’s streaming service launching in 2019. The studio has previously announced that some of the long list of its live-action remakes are exclusively being produced for the upcoming streaming platform, including Lady & the Tramp and Sword in the Stone. Scriptwriter Mike Van Waes is relatively new to the industry, currently attached to pen two horror projects, The Conjuring 2 spin-off The Crooked Man and the Wizard of Oz-themed film Not in Kansas. The live-action remake could go in a variety of directions tonally and the question as to how close it will draw from the original animated film is unknown.

The uniqueness and admiration for Lilo & Stitch was found within the quick-witted comedy story of two misfit characters, a lonely girl and a destructive alien, who find “Ohana” with each other and through their bond. The film was an outlier for studio at the time, as it featured an original story of two Hawaiian women in a modern day setting, and dealt with a young woman raising her little sister and attempting to gain the approval of social workers in order to keep her within her care.

Since the live-action Lilo & Stitch is in the early stage of development, a release date has not yet been announced. The film will follow a string of other nostalgic Disney live-action reimagining’s of their animated films, with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King all set to drop in 2019.

Bizarre Fake Interview Of Drew Barrymore Goes Viral, And She’s Not Happy

There’s a fake interview with Drew Barrymore floating around right now, and the beloved actress is not the least bit amused about it. While it’s sometimes hard to know what is true and what is otherwise on the Internet in this day-and-age, it appears that this outlandish interview “with” Drew Barrymore is totally fabricated. Now, Barrymore and her team are trying to get down to the bottom of it. A spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Diet star/producer cleared the air about the fabricated in-flight magazine article, which was pretty ludicrous. Here’s what we know about this odd story.

On Tuesday, as it was reported by USA Today, there was an interview with Drew Barrymore found inside the Egypt Air in-flight magazine that was odd, to say the least. It featured an introduction that passengers deemed a bit offensive. It called out Drew Barrymore for her “several unsuccessful marriages,” and it implied that motherhood was an “unlimited vacation” for the film and television actress. They also claimed that Drew Barrymore was “subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure,” notably since the time that her own parents got divorced. The article was intended to be focused on Barrymore’s role as a mother, particularly when she is balancing her time with various projects — including her darkly comedic Netflix series. But the general tone of the article was reported to be dismissive and inconsiderate, and that is one big reason why Barrymore’s team is mad.

Furthermore, when it comes to direct quotes from Drew Barrymore inside the magazine interview, the content from the alleged quotes are dubious. Here are a few of the quotes found inside the article that Barrymore and her team find dubious and irresponsible. You can judge if they’re real or not.

Suffice to say, Drew Barrymore is fighting back against this published interview. In addition to the content of the article, which the famous actress finds intolerable on its own, the reportedly fake article centered around Drew Barrymore is also littered with punctuation errors and grammar mistakes. That only adds fuel to the fire that it is fake or, at the very least, quickly and poorly put together. Egypt Air has yet to speak out about the criticized article.

According to Drew Barrymore’s spokesperson, the actress didn’t participate in this interview and the comments that are reportedly made by Drew Barrymore are reportedly falsified. The spokesperson is also reportedly working with the airliner’s PR team to figure out what happened and deal with this situation. But they are definitely not happy. We’ll keep you posted on further details about this story when they arrive right here at CinemaBlend.

New Study Claims Connection Between Violent Video Games And Aggression In Youths

A recent study sought to discover whether or not playing violent video games can be linked to physical aggression in youngsters and, according to lead author Jay Hull, the answer is “yes.” Hull admits that this study does not answer the question of whether or not playing violent video games actually causes violent behavior but, according to his findings, there’s definitely a small link between people who play violent video games and then go on to engage in risky behavior.

The study, originally published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and reported on by USA Today, actually draws from 24 individual studies conducted around the world. Participants include the United States, Japan, Germany and Canada, with 17,000 individuals from the ages of nine to 19 involved. These studies were conducted at various times throughout a seven-year period, from 2010 to 2017.

At its most basic level, Hull’s study states that there is a perceivable connection between adolescents who play violent video games and those who act more aggressively. Examples of this more risky behavior include everything from reckless driving and heavy drinking to unsafe sex and striking an individual who is not a family member. According to Hull, this connection is “relatively small, but statistically reliable.” Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto were specifically cited, as well as the original Doom series. Hull said he actually first became interested in studying this possible phenomenon when he learned that the individuals responsible for the Columbine school shooting played Doom.

Hull clarifies that his study does not conclude that playing violent video games “causes” a person to become more violent. As he notes in the report, it’s possible these people were simply predisposed to be violent individuals and, therefore, were also drawn to more violent forms of entertainment, including violent games. However, either way, he states that parents should be concerned if their youngsters are playing a lot of violent games, as the end result is the same. As Hull puts it, whether it is because of the games or the individual’s existing mental state, they may have a “warped sense of right or wrong,” which probably means it’s time for some in-depth parenting.

The question concerning a link between violent games and violent behavior has been ongoing for decades now, but, so far, results have been inconclusive. Even Hull admits that the link his own study found is small and, again, a plethora of other factors should be considered in these types of situations.

Whether or not a link exists, the most practical step concerned parents can consider is paying attention to what their kids are playing and becoming familiar with the ESRB rating system. If a game is rated “M for Mature,” it’s probably not the kind of thing a 13-year-old should be playing.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is Losing One Star For Season 6

Ahead of Season 6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is losing a member of its ensemble. Taking to social media, one of the show’s stars announced the news, which entails a silver lining for fans not wanting to say goodbye. Chelsea Peretti, who portrays Gina Linetti and has appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine since the beginning of the show, announced she is departing with a hopeful twist. Read her tweet for yourself below:

The key wording in Chelsea Peretti’s tweet is that she says that she will not be back for a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which does not rule out a partial season for the star. The actress also hints that her departure will not mean she will be gone from the series forever. So, you have to take the bitter with the sweet because there is a pretty shiny lining here.

Chelsea Peretti did not stop there. Saying goodbye to a show you have been a part of for five years takes a little more than a single tweet. The actress continued her three-tweet missive announcing her departure with a middle tweet that paid hilarious tribute to her character, Gina. Explaining that she did not know what to say next, Peretti found inspiration in another actress’ exit announcement. Peretti said:

Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum announced her departure from the long-running dramedy on social media. As promised, in a third tweet, Chelsea Peretti bolded the parts from Rossum’s announcement that she felt were applicable to hers. There are a lot of similarities between the two actresses’ departures. Among the things Chelsea Peretti bolded from Rossum’s exit statement were some things that rang relevant to the former’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine journey, while some were clearly bolded in jest.

In response to her announcement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have been expressing their sadness on Twitter, including using hilarious GIFs from the show to express their feelings. Clearly, a crucial part of the show will be missing when the series returns. It is not the first time the 99th Precinct has been without its sardonic star.

Chelsea Peretti previously missed the first half of Season 5, while on maternity leave. As you might expect, the how and why of Gina’s Season 6 exit will likely be addressed when Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns. As for why Peretti is leaving the show and where fans can expect to see her next, she did not say, so stay tuned.

A premiere date for the sixth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has not been set yet. The comedy is expected to bow sometime in the midseason of NBC’s schedule. While you wait for the show’s return, there are a bevy of TV series set to make their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

Venom’s Pre-Ticket Sales Are Beating Out Some Of The MCU’s Recent Movies

The critical reaction towards Venom may not be great overall so far, but on the commercial side of things, the movie looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse performer. Last month, it was estimated that Venom could kick off domestically in the $55-$85 million range, and as of yesterday, Eddie Brock‘s standalone adventure is predicted to have a global opening weekend haul of between $160-$175 million. Now word’s come in that Venom is also doing quite well with regards to advance ticket sales, so much so that it’s outselling recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

While the above three movies weren’t the heaviest of hitters in the MCU lineup, like most of their ilk, they nonetheless commercially successful, so Venom is outpacing them in pre-sales is quite the accomplishment. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Atom Tickets also noted in its report that among all Marvel movies, i.e. both the Marvel Studios entries and stories made by other studios that carry the Marvel banner, Venom ranks in third place, with Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther making up the top 2. Looking outside of the comic book realm, the majority of people buying Venom tickets ahead of time on Atom Tickets fall into the 18-29 age range, so clearly a lot of young’uns are itching for some big screen, symbiote-enhanced action. As for why Venom is killing it with pre-sales, Atom Tickets editorial lead Alisha Grauso noted that even though the movie has been getting mixed reviews, there’s still a lot of excitement to see this newest live action take on the character and how Tom Hardy handles the role.

Although every movie aims to be both critically and commercially successful, sometimes one doesn’t always lead to the other. In Venom‘s case, if the early reviews are any indication, it’s won’t go down in history as one of the best comic book movies, but on the money front, there won’t be any issues. I imagine another reason a lot of folks are eager to watch Venom is to see how Eddie Brock’s origin story is handled without Spider-Man being around. That, along with the other characters and plenty of action, provides numerous reasons for people to check out Venom this weekend, though it should also be noted that Venom‘s opening weekend competition, A Star is Born, is also doing well in pre-sales, outperforming Oscar contenders like The Big Sick, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name.

You can judge Venom for yourself starting on Friday (or even tomorrow evening, depending on where you live), but be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie now. As for what else 2018 has in store, look through our release schedule to learn what else is hitting theaters before the year is over.

When Overwatch’s Halloween Event Is Coming Back

Blizzard has made it an annual tradition to bring Overwatch fans seasonal events. Every Christmas you can expect something festive and cheerful, just the same as when we enter the sweltering swirl of heat produced during the middle of the year with the Summer Games. Well, for those who prefer something a little spookier, and a little edgier to round out their entertainment needs, Blizzard has the frightfully fun Halloween events held each year for the first-person team-based shooter. This year, the Halloween event is making a return and some of the details of said event have spilled out for public consumption.

The news dropped on the first of October during the drawing close of dawn, with the official Overwatch Twitter account posting the news. Attached to the tweet is a quick seven second video of a haunted mansion on the hill. It starts off during the day but after lightening strikes, it switches over to night and the dark abode becomes lit only by the lights on in the upper rooms and a glowing green portal at the base of the stairwell near the entryway. We then get the splash screen revealing that starting next week on October 9th and running through October 31st, the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 event will be making a return.

For those of you who don’t remember, Blizzard also launched the Halloween Terror event last year, which centered around brand new player-vs-environment brawls. It lasted around the same time, from October 10th to November 1st. The event came with a number of new skins for several characters based on popular horror-themed icons, such as a Corsair skin for Ana, a Van Helsing skin for McCree, a Dragon skin for Symmetra, and a Cultist skin for Zenyatta.

Last year’s event also featured two PvE brawls, one of which was a returning event from the previous year when Overwatch originally launched, including the Junkenstein’s Revenge map, which saw four players defending the castle from various waves of bots. The second PvE brawl was Junkenstein Endless Brawl, featuring several other playable characters who had to fend off the map from other robots.

Usually the events come with a smattering of new skins for certain characters. According to Dexerto, Doomfist will receive a Swamp Monster skin that’s akin to something out of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The skin will be available starting October 9th, and like many other Overwatch event skins it will be classified in the Legendary category, which means that getting your hands on one won’t be easy.

If you live in Belgium you won’t be able to get your hands on the gear through premium loot boxes anyway, given that loot boxes are banned in the region. But, you should still be able to unlock the skin by just playing the game normally.

You can look for more skins to pop up and more details on the event to emerge as October 9th draws closer.

Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Address Dumbledore’s Sexuality After All, According To The Director

If you had Fantastic Beasts 2 in your ‘What 2018 movie will be a surprising source of controversy?’ pool, you’re doing quite well for yourself. The second film in the Harry Potter spinoff series has received a fair bit of backlash even though it doesn’t even come out for another month. Some of that backlash springs from the film’s approach to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Earlier this year, director David Yates said that the film would not explicitly address the fact that Dumbledore is gay, leading to a belief among some that this aspect of the character’s identity and an opportunity for that kind of positive representation was being brushed over. David Yates has now clarified that point, affirming that the film will address Dumbledore’s sexuality, as he explained:

David Yates makes it clear here that he never said that Dumbledore wasn’t gay, and his story in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t an instance of making him straight or ignoring/hiding that aspect of the character. It just sounds like there won’t be some flashing magical banner that says he is gay, but it will be very obvious to anyone who sees the film that Dumbledore is gay. There will be some scenes that he shares with Grindelwald, and when you see them, the reality of the character’s sexuality will be undeniable.

The other thing that stands out to me about what David Yates told Empire Magazine is that “This part” of J.K. Rowling’s story does not focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality. As he says, this is a huge narrative, and The Crimes of Grindelwald is only the second film in a five-film series. Just because this film may not really focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality does not mean that none of the other three upcoming films will. Heck, Dumbledore wasn’t even in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship plays out over multiple films. Dumbledore could just be crushing from afar right now; we don’t know till we see it.

The obvious problems of backlash against a film before anyone’s seen it aside, we don’t yet know what happens in Fantastic Beasts 2. Maybe Dumbledore isn’t out yet or maybe he is still coming to terms with his sexuality. The Wizarding World isn’t the most enlightened place during the Harry Potter story, with students shouting racial slurs like ‘Mudblood’ in school halls and Death Eaters palling around with Ministry of Magic officials. So who knows what this world was like in 1927 when the film takes place.

In truth, if you are familiar with the Harry Potter universe and its magical objects, Dumbledore’s sexuality is even apparent from the trailers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We see Dumbledore staring in the Mirror of Erised, which, by his own words in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone novel, “shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” For Dumbledore in this film, that is Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives at Platform 9 3/4 and in theaters on November 16. For all of this fall’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.