John Wick Chapter 3 Director Chad Stahelski Admits The Movies Are ‘Wacky’

The John Wick movies may take place in a modern world that looks more or less like our own, but they’re not exactly realistic. The stories exist in a world where it seems like half the population of New York City are actually secret professional assassins. As the sequels have just continued to up the ante of the action and the world building, even director Chad Stahelski admits the movies are nuts, and he loves it.

He loves it so much, that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum actually includes a character who specifically draws attention to the fact that the franchise’s premise is almost laughable. Asia Kate Dillon plays The Adjudicator, a representative of the High Table who must deal with the fact that John Wick has broken the rules, and she repeatedly draws attention to the insanity behind the films. Stahelski thinks its good that the newest entry in the series actually lets them admit that the inciting incident of the whole story is the death of a dog. According to the director…

In the first John Wick, a gangster attacks John Wick in his home, not knowing who the man is, steals his car, and kills his puppy. However, the puppy was a final gift given to John by his now deceased wife, which makes the dog a vital connection for him. It leads him to seek revenge, but that act of seeking revenge then leads him down a path that results in the two sequels. Hundreds of people dead in every imaginable way, all because of the dog.

It seems that when you’re willing to admit that your story is a bit wild, you get license to be wild. With that understood, it probably is a good move for the John Wick movies to remind the audience that they’re a little fantastic. With the way the last three movies have continually expanded the world that John Wick lives in, it’s anybody’s guess what Chapter 4 will do. The filmmakers will likely need the audience to go with them on a pretty wild ride, so everybody needs to be ok with the fact that this series is nuts.

IT Chapter Two’s Bill Skarsgard Says He’s Filled His Infant Daughter’s Room With Pennywise Dolls

Bill Skarsgård says he’s filled his infant daughter’s room with Pennywise dolls. The actor, who plays killer clown who’s not really a clown created by author Stephen King in 2017’s IT and the currently-playing IT Chapter Two, is the father to an 11-month old baby girl, and let’s just say he’s brought his work home with him. Speaking with Stephen Colbert, Bill Skarsgård revealed his… shall we say, interesting decoration choices for his daughter’s nursery, saying:

Well, that certainly is one approach to child rearing. In most nurseries, you’ll probably find cute and pleasant plush animals and teddy bears meant to soothe and comfort. I think it’s probably safe to say that in most homes, the nursery is the least frightening room in the house… unless, of course, that home happens to belong to Bill Skarsgård.

In Bill Skarsgård’s daughter’s nursery, you’ll find Pennywise teddy bears, which I didn’t even know was a thing that existed. Apparently, as he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Bill Skarsgård has received a bunch of IT and Pennywise merchandise over the years, including the aforementioned Pennywise teddy bears.

For reasons that are still unclear, he thought a good place to put this merch was in his daughter’s room. In the hierarchy of frightening places you don’t want to go, this puts that baby room right below the house on Neibolt Street and right above the Overlook Hotel.

So rather than his daughter, who is new to life and still discovering the world, looking around and seeing sweet, smiling stuffed animals, she’s seeing Pennywise. Pennywise! This is a nightmarish clown with sharp teeth whose literal m.o. is to murder children in gruesome fashion and feed off their fear! And he’s in an infant’s room!

I suppose you probably can’t portray an iconic evil as terrifying and disturbing as Pennywise effectively if you don’t at least have something a bit twisted about you, and this shows that Bill Skarsgård has that box thoroughly checked.

The way I see it, there are two, maybe three possible outcomes here. The first is that his daughter grows up to suffer from a debilitating case of coulrophobia. The second possibility is that Bill Skarsgård’s daughter grows up to be the most fearless person who has ever lived. I mean, when you spend your nascent years surrounded by the face of evil, a clown face no less, what’s left to be afraid of?

The third possibility is that Bill Skarsgård’s daughter follows in his footsteps, and instead of dreaming about becoming an astronaut or an actor, her life goal is to become a clown. Or maybe she’s too young and the Pennywise dolls have no effect at all. Still, it’s a gamble.

Now that he’s gone down this path, Bill Skarsgård should really see it through. Do kids still have clowns at their birthday parties when they’re little? When his daughter is a little bit older, he should really dress up in full Pennywise attire and makeup.

You can see Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in IT Chapter Two, in theaters now. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all this fall’s biggest movies, and for the latest in funny ways to mess up your kids, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Daniel Radcliffe Is Game To Join The Fast And Furious Franchise, On One Condition

Yes, while the Fast & Furious movies have gotten increasingly crazier with each entry, these still largely revolve the main characters getting into shenanigans in cars, trucks and all sorts of ground-based vehicles (and even a few airborne ones), but Daniel Radcliffe wants no part of that. While plugging his new movie, Guns Akimbo (which also stars Ready or Not’s Samara Weaving) at the Toronto International Film Festival, Radcliffe acknowledged that he’d done a lot of his own stunts on the Harry Potter movies, but most of the films he’s done since don’t lend themselves to stunts.

When Guns Akimbo director Jason Lei Howden joked about shaving Daniel Radcliffe’s head so he’d look like Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, and thus fit into the Fast & Furious world, the actor asked:

Daniel Radcliffe elaborated to MTV News that he does have a driver’s license, but he only uses it to drive around on sets. Otherwise, he doesn’t like to be behind the wheel and admitted he’s “bad at it.” Instead, Radcliffe joked about the Fast & Furious crew surely need someone in the operation to do their taxes or handle the administrative work, and he’s the perfect guy to play that behind-the-scenes character.

The unlikelihood that we’ll get an inside look at how Dominic Toretto and the gang handle their bookkeeping notwithstanding, it would be interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe take part in the Fast & Furious franchise. Even if he’s not eager to do anything car-related, there could be another way for him to be included in the proceedings. It’s too late for him to join Fast & Furious 9, as that movie is more than halfway through filming, but there’s one more main installment of the series on the way, not to mention a female-led spinoff in the works and a solid chance that Hobbs & Shaw could get a sequel.

For now, though, this is just a hypothetical casting, but if the pieces align in just the right order, maybe Daniel Radcliffe will indeed be approached to join the Fast & Furious franchise, be it for a major role or a cameo appearance. For now, in addition to keeping his cinematic career going with Guns Akimbo, Playmobil: The Movie and Escape from Pretoria, Radcliffe’s also keeping busy starring in the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers.

As far Fast & Furious 9 goes, no specific plot details have been revealed yet, but in addition to the main protagonists returning, we’ll also reunite with Jordan Brewster’s Mia Toretto, Charlize Theron’s Cipher (who’s rocking a new hairdo) and Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw. The new cast members include John Cena, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett.

Fast & Furious 9 races into theaters on May 22, 2020, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for updates on that movie and the rest of the Fast & Furious franchise. You can also look through our 2019 release schedule to learn when the rest of this year’s cinematic offerings are coming out.

Pulp Fiction In Space: Why A Quentin Tarantino Directed Star Trek Is What The Franchise Needs

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There are always weird projects that sprout out of Hollywood. In a creative industry, for every news bulletin that makes a good deal of sense, there is always one news story that’s so bizarre and unexpected that — in a roundabout way — it might just work. One recent example was Quentin Tarantino potentially signing on to write and direct a new, R-rated Star Trek blockbuster. Admittedly, there are few folks who thought such an idea could happen, let alone become a potential reality. But if done well, there’s a chance that Quentin Tarantino’s promised Star Trek film could be what both the director and the franchise need. After all, Star Trek was founded and typically thrived on bold, forward-thinking ideas. This movie would likely be no exception.

There’s very little known about Quentin Tarantino’s proposed Star Trek movie, and all the details that are currently in place are somewhat hush-hush. But the promise that is found in such an unlikely blockbuster cinematic event is certainly exciting, to say the least, and it could provide something in an age of endless franchises that we haven’t seen before. Who knows what will become of it. But if it does come together, it could be an extraordinary cinematic experience, the likes of which will provide moviegoers everywhere with a cinematic experience that — for better or worse — will be different.

In an interview with Deadline to promote his latest film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino claimed that his proposed Star Trek film would be “Pulp Fiction in space,” at least to some extent, which certainly leaves a lot of windows open in terms of possibilities. There’s no telling what will become of this theoretical Star Trek movie, but it’s hard not to get excited about the absurd possibility of this film come together in the near future.

While there is no guarantee that Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie will come together, because Tarantino has always promised more movies than he has ultimately produced, including spinoffs and sequels to his previous movies, there is a great chance that — if the movie did, in fact, come together — it would give Tarantino a nice change of pace to his typical repertoire and it would provide Star Trek with a nice departure from its established style, as we’ve laid out in the following entries.

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Quentin Tarantino Will Undoubtedly Take Star Trek In Bold, Uncharted New Directions

No matter what will become of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek, it will undeniably be different than what we are accustomed to seeing from the space-based franchise. Though there’s no guarantee that it will be quite as profane and gory as some of Tarantino’s other notorious films, there is a strong chance that, if he’s on board for this project, he’ll make it something with his signature stamp for violence, profanity and many other explicit activities.

It will certainly be a bold and strange departure from the Star Trek of yore, but the franchise has always thrived on being bold. It’s typically when the series has aimed for something more traditional and familiar that it has found its biggest false steps. That’s not to say that the biggest changes have always been for the best, or that the series hasn’t thrived whenever it did something we’ve seen before. But generally, whenever the series has taken a risk, it has found some exceptional results. After all, it’s about the brave adventures of a futuristic space-based crew. It’s better to live boldly and make a decision that’ll take the franchise in an exciting new direction than to retrace its former steps and make something more accustomed to the past.

Who knows what Quentin Tarantino will cook up? But the filmmaker is ripe with ideas, and he is always putting a lot of though, creative energy and enthusiasm into his movies. Surely, if he were to attach himself to the project, he will make a Star Trek movie that carries his signature bouts of style. And that at least will allow Star Trek to change in interesting and (hopefully) fruitful new ways, allowing the franchise to continue growing in the future.

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It Allows Quentin Tarantino To Make A Futuristic Sci-Fi Movie

Quentin Tarantino is often good at keeping his signature style in all his movies, even when the tone varies and the genre fluctuates. There are few filmmakers who can do that, let alone have the opportunity to stay true to themselves throughout each of their films. You always know when you are watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. Even if Tarantino were to jump abroad the USS Enterprise and steer the space ship in its latest thrilling adventure, it’s clear that Tarantino will stay true to the filmmaker we have known throughout nine distinctly unique films and make something only he could make.

While Quentin Tarantino has made some explosive genre films, including Death Proof and the Kill Bill duology, he has rarely ever left his own world. We have not seen what the guy can do inside the sci-fi vein, and it’s a creative itch Tarantino seems eager to explore, based on his interest in making this film. The visual flair and stylistic pulp that has driven all of his films thus far will be amplified in the sci-fi mold, and his love for cinematic set pieces and visually distinct locations will equally be heightened —one would be reasonable to assume — if given the opportunity to play in Star Trek‘s playhouse.

Whenever Quentin Tarantino gets to be more stylish and genre-driven, it doesn’t always guarantee the highest levels of success, but it can — at its best — produce some of the most entertaining spectacles in Quentin Tarantino’s filmography. If he got in charge of this new Star Trek movie, I doubt that would be an exception. He clearly likes to have fun with his movies, and if he had a chance to play with established characters, it might allow him to open up doors inside his creative brain that haven’t been explored since he made Jackie Brown back in 1997. It’s been a long while since then.

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It’s Not Another Recycled Star Trek Movie

After a few lackluster Star Trek: The Next Generation movies, the Star Trek franchise was given the kick in the pants it needed with 2009’s Star Trek. Though it was certainly more action-packed and emotionally intense than your average Star Trek voyage, it had heart, energy and a great wealth of entertainment value. It was a solid, highly enjoyable film that wasn’t entirely new in its design, of course, but it was invigorated and felt fresh in a way that the franchise simply hasn’t in awhile. But a lot of goodwill from J.J. Abrams’ sophomore directorial film was lost in his fourth, Star Trek Into Darkness.

While I’ve made a point to note that I’m a bigger fan of Star Trek Into Darkness than most, it’s clear as day that the sequel wasn’t exactly where the franchise needed to go in order to thrive. The introduction of Khan made it clear that there would be a cyclical style to the forthcoming Star Trek films, one that seemed to suggest that the new movies would play like covers of the greatest hits rather than deliver bold and fresh new ideas to continue the well-established (if sometimes faltering) legacy of Star Trek. Indeed, as mentioned earlier, it’s often better that Star Trek tries something new and different, rather than recycling the ideas they’ve previously played with. After all, this series has always proposed the ideas for a better and brighter new future.

While the last Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, was a nice swift in the direction the franchise should take, returning to the more thoughtful, ideological side of the equation opposed to more smashing and crashing action sequences, it didn’t catch fire with audiences. The movie underperformed next to its predecessors, and it left the franchise in a state of flux yet again. But if Quentin Tarantino came on-board, there is potential for exciting new ideas.

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It Brings In An Audience Who Might Not Otherwise See A Star Trek Film

As mentioned earlier, Star Trek Beyond wasn’t quite the culture-wide hit that Paramount was hoping it would be. It didn’t do bad necessarily, but it certainly underperformed. And it suggested that there was potentially a standstill with the Star Trek franchise. Specifically, it wasn’t growing in the way that the producers were hoping it would. As its contemporary, Star Wars, continues to find new audiences, Star Trek finds itself in a bit of a jam now.

One of the keys to Star Trek‘s continued relevance in pop culture is its ability to adapt and evolve. While not every creative change has been met well by the fans, it’s apparent that the series has often felt an inherent need to change, in order to stay fresh or to bring in audiences who either left after earlier installments or never felt the desire to watch the series. Whether it’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek (2009), the series has found new and exciting ways to keep itself afloat in its previously five-year mission. Quentin Tarantino would be a bold choice that would bring in his guaranteed audience, thus assuring that not merely Star Trek fans will flock out to theaters to see this newest space adventure.

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It Gives Star Trek A Pulpy New Vision

One of the big reasons why Star Trek (2009) was so commercially and critically successful was because it had a big, beautiful vision for the franchise, something that had been lost in the years prior. As the original cast members grew older, and there was little desire to change up the formula or to do anything new or exciting, the Star Trek franchise was drying up, and it needed a new facelift to keep itself not only relevant, but fun and exciting too.

While Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond were both filmmaker-driven in their own respective ways, it would be in the best interest of the Star Trek franchise if they found a director who could turn in a blockbuster that’s pulpy, weird, energetic and fun-loving. Even when people do not like Quentin Tarantino movies, there’s obviously a lot to be said about their flashy visual presentations, and the style and quirks that Tarantino includes so readily in each of his movies makes it clear that he has a reputation to uphold, and he’s not simply going to make something lackluster in the studio mold with this new movie. He’ll want to make something true to himself and (hopefully) true to Star Trek as well. If he got the keys, it would make an exciting ride.

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It’ll Hopefully Return Star Trek To Its More Conversation-Heavy Roots

The recent Star Trek movies have been fun, but their focus on action and spectacle can often make for unbalanced Star Trek movies. Star Trek isn’t always about thrilling space adventures and intense zero-gravity suspense. There are a lot of conversations to be had in Star Trek, with characters often sitting down, thinking and talking about the problems they are set to face. That focus on thoughtful conclusions and dialogue-driven discussions would be entirely up Quentin Tarantino’s alley. He’s loves to make movies with long stretches of dialogue. It would hopefully not be an exception here.

For as action-friendly as Quentin Tarantino movies can be, there are often several moments in which characters are given long stretches to breathe and talk, often at length, about pop culture, their current situation or several other points of discussion. His dialogue is trademark to his filmmaking style, and if he’s writing in addition to directing this picture, there’s no denying that Tarantino would return Star Trek to its more dialogue-friendly roots.

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It Will Let Quentin Tarantino Return To Making An Adaptation Of Someone Else’s Source Material

As mentioned earlier, it has been a long twenty-plus years since Quentin Tarantino directed Jackie Brown. The 1997 film, an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by the late, great author Elmore Leonard, remains Quentin Tarantino’s only adaptation. Depending on who you ask, it’s the filmmaker’s best work. There are many people who have been hoping that Tarantino will return to adapting other people’s work, rather than making movies based on characters of his own making. That seemed like a fleeting possibility before it was announced that Tarantino might write and direct a Star Trek film.

While making Star Trek wouldn’t exactly be the same as making another Jackie Brown, it would return Quentin Tarantino to making a movie based on an existing property, which is something that Tarantino hasn’t allowed himself to do in over two decades. Whether that’s the best or worst thing for the filmmaker to do remains unclear, but it’s apparent that if Tarantino were to take another opportunity to make a movie in someone else’s world again, instead of making another movie inside his own design, it would expand the director’s range and it would let fans see what he can do in other genres.

These are only a handful of reasons why the thought of Quentin Tarantino making a Star Trek movie promises to be an exciting proposition. As noted earlier, it’s not clear if this movie will come to pass. There’s a greater likelihood of it falling apart before it comes together. But if the stars align and we find ourselves in theaters waiting to see Quentin Tarantino’s unexpected take on Star Trek, it could turn in something that’s pretty damn special — not only for himself, but for the future of Star Trek. It’s a big galaxy out there. Quentin Tarantino’s vision is a bold, yet promising, take on the sci-fi property.

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Downton Abbey Video Recaps Everything You Need To Remember Before The Movie

In case you’ve lived under a rock or just aren’t attuned to the fandom that surrounds Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, there’s a film connected to that property being released next week. The six-season hit that ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the US was a cultural force to be reckoned with, but sadly has been off the air since 2015. So whether you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or haven’t watched a day in your life, a handy recap video would help prepare one and all for the new film. And as luck would have it, that video exists, and you can watch it below:

Presented and narrated by Phyllis Logan and Jim Carter, better known as Mr. and Mrs. Carson, the heads of the downstairs staff in Downton Abbey’s fictitious estate, everything you need to know about the show’s basic plotline is presented in the compact 10-minute video show above. Those expecting a dry retelling of one of Britain’s greatest contributions to television will be surprised, as Logan and Carter’s warmth and wit carry the audience through everything in an entertaining manner.

The key events in series history, the names and titles of those within the Crawley family and a lot of other connections and factoids are readily displayed. It’s enough to turn even the most casual bystander into an apt pupil ready to see what Downton Abbey has to offer in its first cinematic outing.

As an unexpected bonus, there’s even a clip of a highlight from the early first season of Downton Abbey, in which you can see a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox swearing that his character will never marry Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary Crawley. And it should be said that if you’re hooked into not only seeing director Michael Engler’s film, but also the full series’ run, there are going to be a lot more surprising guest stars in your future, especially if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or Star Wars.

If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, the floodgates to your memories have probably opened, and you’re more than likely still drying your tears over remembering the fates of poor Lady Sybil and Cousin Matthew. But if you’re new to the estate, you have enough knowledge to make your way into the future of Julian Fellowes’ sparkling series, courtesy of this long awaited film.

Downton Abbey opens its doors once again on September 20. Which means if you want to watch the original 52 episode run before seeing this new film, you should head to Amazon Prime, the streaming home of all six seasons in the show’s canon. If you attempt this last minute binge, tea and biscuits are recommended to get you through the course.

Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot Movie Just Got Some Bad News

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I don’t need to tell any of you that cinematic universes are all the rage in Hollywood, especially the ones revolving around superheroes. Sony established one of these last year with Venom, but it was also looking to establish a world for the Valiant Comics characters, starting with the Vin Diesel-led Bloodshot that arrives next year.

Unfortunately for Sony and Bloodshot, while the Valiant Cinematic Universe is still moving forward, it’s happening at a separate studio. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Harbinger, another Valiant property that was announced to get the big screen treatment years back, has moved to Paramount Pictures. Insiders also told the outlet that Valiant Entertainment plans on keeping the rest of its core characters, like X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, and Archer & Armstrong, together, making it sound like those movies will also be set up at Paramount.

So what does this mean for Bloodshot? Basically, it’s now a situation akin to Spider-Man’s situation with Marvel. While Marvel Studios now has the rights to most of the Marvel Comics characters, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four thanks to the Disney/Fox merger, Sony still holds the rights to Spider-Man and is not letting go of him and his gigantic cast of supporting characters and villains. Hence why we won’t be seeing any more of Spidey in the MCU, as Disney and Sony have gone their separate ways due to disagreements concerning the future of Tom Holland’s version of the Web-Slinger.

With Valiant, Bloodshot is filling the Spider-Man role, because the comic book company already worked out a deal with Sony to make the Bloodshot movie, and it’s hardly shocking to hear that Sony hopes it’s the first movie in a franchise. While he was initially being set up as a major player in the Valiant Cinematic Universe, now he’ll be a standalone entity while Harbinger and all these other characters will likely get to operate in their own world.

Going back to Harbinger, which follows a group superpowered teenage outcasts who fight back against the corporation trying to use their powers for their own sinister plans, it’s retaining its filmmaker, Justin Tipping; the script Tipping wrote with Joshua Beirne-Golden, which was worked off a previous draft by Arrival’s Eric Heisserer; and producer Neil Moritz, who will produce alongside Toby Jaffe and Valiant Comics’ Dan Mintz.

Originally the plan was for Harbinger to shoot this summer or fall, and actors like Dylan O’Brien and Noah Centineo looking to join, but now the project is no longer being fast-tracked and will instead go through a “shorter development process” at Paramount before moving forward again. Although Bloodshot and Harbinger crossed over on the printed page in the comic book event Harbinger Wars, now that Bloodshot has been isolated at Sony, it’s unlikely we’ll see that story be adapted.

As for the Bloodshot movie, it stars Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, who, like his comic book counterpart, is resurrected by a team of scientists that enhances him with nanotechnology. When Ray regains the memories of his old life, he hunts down the man who killed him and his wife and uncovers a larger conspiracy.

Dave Wilson directed Bloodshot, Jeff Wadlow wrote the script with Eric Heisserer, and the cast also includes Guy Pearce, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Alex Hernandez and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson. It’s still scheduled to be released in theaters on February 21, 2020.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any other updates concerning Bloodshot or the now-separate Valiant Cinematic Universe, and check out our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are coming out for the rest of this year.

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IT Chapter Two’s Bill Skargard Says He’s Filled His Infant Daughter’s Room With Pennywise Dolls

Bill Skarsgård says he’s filled his infant daughter’s room with Pennywise dolls. The actor, who plays killer clown who’s not really a clown created by author Stephen King in 2017’s IT and the currently-playing IT Chapter Two, is the father to an 11-month old baby girl, and let’s just say he’s brought his work home with him. Speaking with Stephen Colbert, Bill Skarsgård revealed his… shall we say, interesting decoration choices for his daughter’s nursery, saying:

Well, that certainly is one approach to child rearing. In most nurseries, you’ll probably find cute and pleasant plush animals and teddy bears meant to soothe and comfort. I think it’s probably safe to say that in most homes, the nursery is the least frightening room in the house… unless, of course, that home happens to belong to Bill Skarsgård.

In Bill Skarsgård’s daughter’s nursery, you’ll find Pennywise teddy bears, which I didn’t even know was a thing that existed. Apparently, as he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Bill Skarsgård has received a bunch of IT and Pennywise merchandise over the years, including the aforementioned Pennywise teddy bears.

For reasons that are still unclear, he thought a good place to put this merch was in his daughter’s room. In the hierarchy of frightening places you don’t want to go, this puts that baby room right below the house on Neibolt Street and right above the Overlook Hotel.

So rather than his daughter, who is new to life and still discovering the world, looking around and seeing sweet, smiling stuffed animals, she’s seeing Pennywise. Pennywise! This is a nightmarish clown with sharp teeth whose literal m.o. is to murder children in gruesome fashion and feed off their fear! And he’s in an infant’s room!

I suppose you probably can’t portray an iconic evil as terrifying and disturbing as Pennywise effectively if you don’t at least have something a bit twisted about you, and this shows that Bill Skarsgård has that box thoroughly checked.

The way I see it, there are two, maybe three possible outcomes here. The first is that his daughter grows up to suffer from a debilitating case of coulrophobia. The second possibility is that Bill Skarsgård’s daughter grows up to be the most fearless person who has ever lived. I mean, when you spend your nascent years surrounded by the face of evil, a clown face no less, what’s left to be afraid of?

The third possibility is that Bill Skarsgård’s daughter follows in his footsteps, and instead of dreaming about becoming an astronaut or an actor, her life goal is to become a clown. Or maybe she’s too young and the Pennywise dolls have no effect at all. Still, it’s a gamble.

Now that he’s gone down this path, Bill Skarsgård should really see it through. Do kids still have clowns at their birthday parties when they’re little? When his daughter is a little bit older, he should really dress up in full Pennywise attire and makeup.

You can see Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in IT Chapter Two, in theaters now. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all this fall’s biggest movies, and for the latest in funny ways to mess up your kids, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Green Arrow Vs. Hawkeye: Does DC Or Marvel Have The Superior Superhero Archer?

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Moviegoers and TV lovers have gotten well-acquainted with both Marvel’s Hawkeye and DC’s Green Arrow. The former plays a supporting part in the MCU, often there to help his fellow Avengers while rarely taking the spotlight. The latter arrived on TV when Arrow premiered in 2013, paving the way for The CW’s superhero line-up, which includes The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning and Legends of Tomorrow. But while these two archery-loving characters can seem a bit similar on the surface, they each carry their own histories and backstories.

But who is better, so to speak? It’s an argument that has only grown in recent years with the public becoming more and more away of each arrow-loving character. There’s a lot of support for both characters from both sides of the party. Until the day comes when Disney buys out DC (a prospect that seems slightly more possible with each day), we won’t know for certain outside of fan-fiction who would win this hypothetical fight. Nevertheless, through what we know about the characters and their respective histories, we can take an educated guess to see who would win if they were forced to face off against each other.

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DC’s Green Arrow

Oliver Queen, the sometimes-secret identity of the Green Arrow, is a masked vigilante of the streets, loosely in the vein of Daredevil and Batman, who takes to fighting crime on a gritty, low-level playing field. Similar to Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, he got his start in a privileged world as the son of a billionaire corporate dynasty who would rather spend his days partying than being productive. Oliver’s father is ashamed of his son’s behavior, and he’s made to do clerical work in an oil rig. This results in Oliver finding an exotic place to party, where he soon faces a terrorist leader with only a bow and arrow.

Under his father’s tutelage, Oliver Queen became adept with a bow and arrow at a young age, which led to few advantages up until that point in his life. Those early days were met with tragedy, though, as the terrorist he fought was armed with deadly explosives. One such explosive was attached to his girlfriend, Leena, and in Oliver’s attempt to save his love, he accidentally activated the explosion, blowing up half the rig and killing his girlfriend in the process.

Oliver’s life was saved, but it came at a grave cost. He was forced to live with only his bow and arrow as a means of survival after washing up on the shore of a deserted island, became a skilled expert in archery in the process. After coming back to the mainland, he found himself in Gotham, needing to save his mother. Oliver was able to get some assistance from Batman, but it was one of the first times Green Arrow was able to save the day. From there, Green Arrow started to build up his confidence, as well as his desire to save the people of Star City.

Additionally, Green Arrow continued building his skillset and arrow arsenal, fighting on a street level and defeating as many villains and henchmen as possible. While he is skilled in other fields, like martial arts, stealth, and acrobatics, Green Arrow wields no actual superpowers, though he sometimes surrounds himself by people who have them.

A varied take on Green Arrow’s journey was chronicled in the hit CW series, Arrow, which premiered in 2013. It’s set to conclude after its eighth season, which premieres this fall. (This season is part of a “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover events centered around the other DC superhero characters on The CW.)

Jeremy Renner - Hawkeye

Marvel’s Hawkeye

Considered Earth’s Mightiest Marksman, Clint Barton’s Hawkeye is known not only for his mastery of archery, but also his devil-may-care personality mixed with an undying heroic spirit. He is also known for his ability to hit any target, which is certainly an admirable trait. Similar to Green Arrow, Clint’s early days were painted by tragedy. Orphaned from a young age, Clint and his brother Barney escaped their oppressive orphanage by running away to the circus called The Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders. It was while part of the circus that Clint learned his trade at bow and arrow, but upon discovering criminal activities happening there, Clint was beaten when he alerted the authorities.

From there, Clint Barton was separated from both his brother and his apprenticeship, but he continued to hone his skills in archery. Adopting the name of Hawkeye, he continued on the circus circuit in search of his purpose in life. Upon seeing Iron Man fighting in action, however, Hawkeye decided he would also become a superhero of a kind, using his archery skills to help people in need. But those heroic origins came with a rough start, as Hawkeye was accused of being a criminal. From there, Hawkeye found himself connecting with Black Widow, then clashing with Iron Man.

Similar to Green Arrow, Hawkeye is a very skilled marksman who knows how to handle himself in hand-to-hand combat without super powers, and can be considered a living weapon. Hawkeye doesn’t have everything it takes to defeat the bigger foes. Through his eventful team up with The Avengers, however, Clint Barton finally found the family and stability that alluded him throughout his rough-and-tumble life in the comics.

The character has made several appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with his cameo in 2011’s Thor. He made his first major role in the proceedings with The Avengers, then continued to be seen in future Avengers films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Endgame. It was recently revealed that Hawkeye will finally get his time in the spotlight with his own Disney+ streaming series, Hawkeye, starring Jeremy Renner.

Jeremy Renner - Avengers: Endgame

Green Arrow Vs. Hawkeye

When it comes to shooting arrows, it’s hard to determine exactly who is the better of the two. They’re both virtuosos with the weapons, and it’s through their bows and arrows that Hawkeye and Green Arrow have been able to find their purposes in life while surviving under extreme conditions. But where archery is concerned, Hawkeye is perhaps the stronger of the two. It’s not by any large stretch, of course, but Hawkeye likely boasts the more consistent accuracy. He’s known as the man who doesn’t miss, a distinction that wasn’t given lightly to him. If a bow and arrow’s in hand, Hawkeye’s ready to go.

But when it comes to actual fisticuffs, Green Arrow might have the advantage. Through his martial arts skill and stealth fighting, Green Arrow knows how to handle himself, and he doesn’t ever go down without a brutal fight. What he might lack in projectile consistency when compared to Hawkeye, he certainly makes up in agility and the ability to punch someone’s face in. Hawkeye is a bit more singular in his fighting style, and that’ll hurt more than it’ll help in this hypothetical battle.

Additionally, Green Arrow might be more equipped to handle himself without any back-up, since he is known for his solo fighting skills. Hawkeye, meanwhile, is more often than not fighting alongside the Avengers and working as a team player. That is not to say that Hawkeye can’t handle himself in a one-on-one. Plus, Green Arrow does sometimes work with a smaller team, as well with the Justice League. So, it’s not as though Green Arrow is always by himself. But in the general scheme of things, we’ve gotten a better taste at what Green Arrow can do on his own compared to Hawkeye, giving him the advantage there.

Additionally, while Green Arrow arrow skills number more than just basic consistency. In Robin Hood fashion, Green Arrow can shoot upwards of 29 arrows at the same time, and that’s a skill that can certainly produce excellent results, and often with flair. It should also be noted, however, that Hawkeye also uses a variety of arrows. So, while he might not be able to shoot as many as Green Arrow, it only takes one of his to really count. And if he has the right arrow with the right powers, he can do some serious damage with a lone projectile.

In the end, it is again hard to say which hero is better, because their shared sense of humanity and grounded perspectives are crucial in worlds filled with superhero musclemen like Superman and Captain America. In the end, however, the point might have to tip toward Green Arrow. While Hawkeye could possibly shoot the right arrow and defeat his opponent more times than not, the optics suggest that Green Arrow is more capable to handle any situation in a general sense. He’s able to adapt to different fighting styles if he sees fit, and never allows failure to be an option. That determination and skill might just be enough to push him over the edge.

Do you agree or disagree with us? We’re sure you have an opinion, one way or the other. You can let us know what you think in the poll and comments below.

Who Would Win: Hawkeye or Green Arrow?

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5 Horror Films From 2019 That Deserve A Halloween Re-Release

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark The Jangly Man reaching through the cell door

Halloween is almost upon us, and as such it’s the perfect time to get caught up in some sort of spooky business at your local theater. But strangely enough, there aren’t too many options between now and the big day itself that lend to getting some truly horrific scares into your box office schedule.

At times like this, it’s a good idea to bring out some previously released genre fare in the name of making things a little scarier at your local theater. And if anyone out there is listening, we have this list of five great movies that, theoretically, could make for a great run up to the Halloween season.

Here are five films that deserve a seasonal re-release, just in time for the most haunted time of the year.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Ramon and Stella out in the field with Harold

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

With Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark‘s story starting off in the midst of the Halloween season, that alone should have seen this Guillermo del Toro-produced title getting a prime October slot. But the August timeframe that the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s chilling literary horror series for children arrived in worked to the film’s benefit, making it one of this summer’s most surprising hits.

So bringing Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark back to light in honor of the Halloween season feels like a good reason to get everyone back around the campfire that is their local theater. This is especially good for adults that may not have gotten to see the film, as well as teens who want to see something legitimately scary, but can’t quite get into IT Chapter Two just yet.

Ready Or Not Samara Weaving aiming a shotgun close to the camera

Ready or Not

Despite the killer buzz that Ready or Not built up in its late August release, the film doesn’t seem to have caught fire with the public at large. Which is a shame, as not only does this thrill ride have audiences screaming for more, but it’s also a film primed to put Samara Weaving on the map, thanks to a sterling performance.

One could only imagine how much buzz this movie could have gotten if it was scheduled for a release closer to the spookiest time of the year. Much like Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Ready Or Not could be a hell of a sleeper hit, should theaters start to take on more showtimes in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Not to mention, if you or someone you know is having a fall wedding, this film doubles as a perfect night out before the festivities.

Crawl Kaya Scodelario kneels on the stove, looking for somewhere to jump

Crawl

Crawl was a movie that definitely felt like a summer release, between the extreme weather theming and the even more extreme alligators that terrorized Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper in their flooded basement. Also, the film has done quite well for itself, having legs that have brought it pretty far in its initial wave of release.

Of course, there’s always room for more gator panic in the theaters, and the killer buzz that Crawl built up in its first round could lead to even more success if it were to return to theaters in the month of October. While the heat may have died down, that doesn’t demean the horror of creatures with jaws so strong they’ll end you in a couple of chops. And who doesn’t want to watch that over a mug of some apple cider?

Midsommar Florence Pugh in painful anguish, among the local women

Midsommar Director’s Cut

There are a couple of factors that some may feel disqualify the Midsommar: Director’s Cut for a theatrical re-release. As the standard cut will be on home video in October, and the Director’s Cut will be an Apple TV exclusive, that feels like a done deal for folks that want to see director Ari Aster’s vision in both of its versions.

While the movie was released as recently as Labor Day weekend, that was only one week for fans to have caught this extended, more fleshed-out cut of Florence Pugh’s journey through grief and survival, courtesy of one weird summer festival. With some open theatrical real estate during the next couple of months, this re-issue could be another limited run success story, with the right timing.

IT Chapter Two Pennywise scowling behind funhouse glass

IT/IT Chapter Two Double Feature

Just mentioning IT Chapter Two as part of a re-release, with only a week separating the world from its big debut, seems a bit like jumping the gun. However, what we’re about to propose isn’t just a mere bump in theater count for an existing film. No, this is something much more exciting: a double bill of both IT and IT Chapter Two for the cost of just one ticket.

While box office managers wouldn’t be able to schedule that many showings of an almost six hour epic, the double feature of both chapters to director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary book is something that feels right at home during the Halloween season. Also, for those who are wondering whether or not seeing both chapters in one sitting would improve the total story, that morbid curiosity would be rewarded sooner rather than later. It may not be the supercut everyone’s looking forward to, but it’s a good appetizer to keep the public interested in seeing that ultimate option exercised.

Halloween 2019 could use a boost at the movies, as the closest movies folks will have to enjoy in theaters are the already-running IT Chapter Two, the animated Addams Family remake and, of course, the long-awaited Zombieland: Double Tap. But with more competition, not only could the new films do a little better with more crowds in the cineplex, there would also be more options.

Having as many scary movies as you can showing during October is a way of drawing people back in for another couple of scares in-between pumpkin picking or costume shopping. As such, if there’s a horror movie in theaters that you’re interested in, be sure to give it a boost when the air starts to chill, and the season of the witch draws near. Be sure to also look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what non-frightening cinematic offerings there are for the rest of the year.

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In Lieu Of Dark Universe, Here’s How Universal May Use Classic Monsters

Ah, the Dark Universe. It seems like just yesterday Universal Pictures was telling the public about its this franchise that would open the door for classic monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man to live in a shared world akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe… and then that door was quickly shut when 2017’s The Mummy critically and commercially underwhelmed.

However, that doesn’t mean that Universal is letting its classic monsters just collect dust on the proverbial shelf. Deadline reports that a new project is in development called Dark Army, which will be written and directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig and is based off an original idea he came up with. Feig will produce Dark Army with Laura Fischer through his Universal-based production company Feigco Productions.

No specific plot details for Dark Army were revealed other than it will feature a mixture of classic Universal Monsters and original characters that Paul Feig created. It was also mentioned that Dark Army is another example of a Universal Monster movie that’s tossing aside inter-connectivity among properties in favor of being driven by “filmmaker passion,” just like next year’s The Invisible Man, which is being directed by Upgrade’s Leigh Whannell, and stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Universal was keen on joining the cinematic universe game, but when your first entry is met with negative reviews and only makes $410 million on a budget somewhere between $125-$195 million, it’s no wonder the studio scrapped the franchise, which would have included a Johnny Depp-led Invisible Man movie, Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, to name a few.

Still, the Universal Monsters, many of whom already existed in classic literature, have been film fixtures for decades, so it’s also wise that Universal doesn’t abandon them completely. Dark Army sounds like it’s a good opportunity to bring these all these characters together and have them interact with some fresh faces without needing to worry about juggling so many movies. It brings to mind the 1987 cult classic The Monster Squad, which saw a group of kids confronting the Universal Monsters, who are led by Dracula.

Since Paul Feig is known for his comedy work, don’t be surprised if, like The Monster Squad, Dark Army also has some humorous elements. This also won’t be Feig’s first time working with spooky material, as he wrote and directed the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. It’ll be interesting to see if Feig’s Dark Army can help reinvigorate the Universal Monsters brand following the failed attempts earlier this decade.