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Dave Bautista Was ‘Shocked’ Watching The Fight Scenes In Stuber

At this point in his career, Dave Bautista has considerable familiarity when it comes to the realm of action movies. After all, he’s been a part of two of the most successful action franchises of all time in the last few years, with both Marvel Cinematic Universe, and James Bond roles on his resume. The guy has most definitely thrown enough on-screen punches to be jaded by the experience, and yet he apparently found himself shocked while watching the fight sequences in the new comedy Stuber.

Bautista’s reaction to the finished film was brought up in conversation with the actor and his co-star, Kumail Nanjiani, during the Los Angeles press day for the feature last month. It came up during discussion about famed The Raid star Iko Uwais, who both has a supporting role in the movie, and also contributed to the production as Fight Choreographer. You can watch the two stars discuss their colleague by clicking play on the video below!

Those who have seen The Raid and/or The Raid 2 know that Iko Uwais has some of the most impressive martial arts skills to grace the big screen in the modern era, and Dave Bautista expressed great gratitude for the opportunity to work with him in the making of Stuber.

Part of this appreciation extends from the fact that the Guardians of the Galaxy star felt like Uwais was not just a talented fighter, but a smart collaborator. He explained that what initially had been planned by Indonesian actor/filmmaker in pre-production on Stuber actually didn’t fully suit his particular skills, but they were able to work together to craft something that worked better. Said Bautista,

It wasn’t only Bautista who was left impressed by the experience, however. Kumail Nanjiani’s work with Iko Uwais was a bit different than his co-stars, as he is limited to primarily being a spectator in the final fight between the two men in the movie, but even still he gained a particular appreciation for the work by watching them figure out the moves that were best for the scene.

Adding in additional praise for what Dave Bautista can do in an action scene, Nanjiani explained,

All of this led to what we see in the finished cut of Stuber, which evidently really put Bautista in the back of his chair when he had the opportunity to see it for the first time. Being a movie without a giant visual effects budget, the production had to make the big fight sequences practical and impressive, and it’s co-lead was sincerely impressed by its ability to do both:

Directed by Michael Dowse, and co-starring Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Karen Gillan, and Jimmy Tatro, Stuber is an action comedy that finds a positive review-addicted Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) taken hostage by a cop recovering from Lasik surgery (Dave Bautista) who is on the hunt for a powerful crime lord (Iko Uwais). The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

That Time Avengers: Endgame’s Cassie Lang Got In Trouble By Marvel Security

Yeah, definitely. So, I had gotten to Atlanta to film, and there was this gorgeous sunset. I took a picture of the sunset and posted it on my Instagram story, and I just tagged the location, Atlanta, Georgia. The next day, [Marvel’s] head of security came to my trailer and talked to me about how I can’t post that. I was like, ‘Well, I wasn’t going to say I was on set of you know, Endgame or anything,’ and they were like, ‘No, we understand, you’re not the first person we had to talk to about this today, but I’ve had people calling me all day trying to find out where you’re going to be filming,” and that was sort of just like a, ‘Okay, wow, this is real.’ It could not have gotten any realer, I really didn’t understand just how large Marvel was, and how much of an impact it had. That really just was a sort of a pinch me moment even though I was in a little bit of trouble.

Adam Rippon Didn’t Hear Taylor Swift’s ‘Calm Down’ Until The Music Video — And He Was In It

If you’re still watching Taylor Swift‘s “You Need To Calm Down” music video on a daily basis, you’re not alone. The wide variety of Easter eggs and A-list celebrity cameos keep fans coming back for more. And as delightful as it seems to prance around a colorful trailer park passionately singing lyrics like “shade never made anybody less gay” with some of your all-time favorite people, Adam Rippon can confirm that it was, in fact, a dream come true.

During an interview with ET at VidCon 2019, the Olympian revealed that Swift is just as incredible, kind, and hospitable as anyone would assume she is. “She was such a dream to work with and so nice,” he said. “As nice as you think she is, she is just as nice and went above and beyond to make everybody feel like… She’s so grateful for everybody to be there and she was just the nicest.”

But Taylor’s kindness isn’t quite as shocking as when Rippon revealed that he actually didn’t get to hear the song until the music video was officially released. “When we were all filming the music video, we had no idea what the song was or anything about it,” Rippon said. “I never heard it until it was released, and then when I saw the music video… that was the first time I saw it. And I love the music video and I love the song.” Don’t we all?

While it remains a mystery just how Swift managed to keep the song a secret from everyone including those who were actually in it, we’re honestly not surprised. The “ME!” singer has a track record of keeping projects tightly under wraps, but even we have to admit: This is so next level.

Kim Cattrall on Why She’ll ‘Never’ Be in Another Sex and the City Movie

If you’re one of those Sex and the City stans still holding out hope for a SATC 3 with the full cast…sorry, friend. Kim Cattrall has made it clear that she will never, ever participate in Sex and the City 3. Of course, Cattrall—who brought PR exec by day, heartbreaker by night Samantha Jones to life—has long been outspoken about not wanting to return to the beloved franchise, but a recent interview with The Daily Mail is the most definitive she’s been yet.

When asked if she would appear in another SATC film, she told the publication, “Never. It’s a no from me.”

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall on the set of Sex In The City: The Movie.James Devaney/WireImage

She then added, “You learn lessons in life, and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun.” The Daily Mail dubbed this “a swipe” at her former costar Sarah Jessica Parker, though Cattrall doesn’t name check Parker—or any Sex and the City costars, for that matter—in the interview.

While there have been rumors of tension between Parker and Cattrall for years, things came to the surface last winter after Cattrall’s brother passed away. Parker shared her condolences on Cattrall’s Instagram, to which Cattrall replied, “Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall in 1999.Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images

Sam Raimi Is Interested In An Evil Dead Sequel

 

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Spanning across decades, various platforms, and at least two different universes of continuity, the Evil Dead franchise is still well beloved by the fandom that made it popular in the ‘80s, and kept it alive into the modern day.

Series’ creator Sam Raimi, knows this fact extremely well. And just like those fans that helped rocket his career into horror genre history, he too would like to see a sequel in some shape or form. Raimi revealed this intention, and the talks he’s currently having, below:

I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce[Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now.

Sam Raimi is certainly busy at the moment, what with his producer duties on Crawl bringing him into the spotlight to discuss this current film. That almost seems like an open invitation to discuss the man’s legacy horror title, which not only gave his career a boost, but also saw Bruce Campbell come into prominence as a genre favorite actor.

It certainly isn’t the first time that the Evil Dead series has been talked about in terms of how it would continue in a more modern context. Recent experiences certainly support Raimi’s ruling out TV as a possible avenue, as the Starz show Ash vs. The Evil Dead has already worn that path down with its cancellation after three seasons.

Another interesting possibility that was brought up during his interview with Bloody-Disgusting is the fact that Sam Raimi mentioned Bruce Campbell as an involved party in these Evil Dead talks, and that he’s pretty much prepared for any contingency that could be offered. Which leads to those various options that were mentioned at this particular Crawl junket.

Those two different paths are pretty obvious, with Raimi also interested in trying to bring back director Fede Alvarez into the realm of the Evil Dead saga. With his 2013 legacyquel giving the franchise a much needed shot to the arm, there’s plenty of room to return to Jane Levy’s Mia, after the events of her run in with the Deadites. The director, who also saw success working with Levy in Don’t Breathe, certainly isn’t against jumping back in, as he’s said in the past.

Indeed, Fede Alvarez’s series would be a fantastic world to follow up on, but even Sam Raimi himself admits that the director’s career has taken off to such heights that it might not be easy. With Don’t Breathe 2 still on Fede Alvarez’s plate, and his first taste of tentpole franchise work coming in last year’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web, there’s certainly a demand for the man’s work. Which allows the second possibility to emerge, in which Bruce Campbell somehow rescinds his retirement notice, and comes back to the role of Ash once again.

That’s a scenario that’s a bit wishy, washy, despite the newer Evil Dead film closing on a post-credits stinger that would saw Bruce Campbell’s Ash returning to say “Groovy” to the delight of fans far and wide. The cancellation of Ash vs. The Evil Dead seemed to break his heart in such a way that unless it was in a much less intensive context, like say a video game DLC character, he wouldn’t want to return to Ash any time soon.

Yet Bruce Campbell’s friendship with Sam Raimi seems strong enough that, should the right idea come along, he’d probably want to jump in and do justice to the character he originated in 1981’s The Evil Dead. Again, Bruce Campbell has made remarks that sound like he’d easily hand the role over to another actor, but when your good friend is trying to get the band back together for another ride into the sunset, it’s kind of hard not to at least hear them out.

Should either the Campbell or the Alvarez options not work out, there seems to be a third, more secretive option to resurrect the Evil Dead franchise. No details were given on what that would entail, however Sam Raimi did drop this final juicy tidbit as a closer:

So I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months.

Six months would mean that by time 2020 is ready to get rolling into a new year, we might just have a new evil to look forward to in the future of the Evil Dead universe; no matter who it sees as its lead. With Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert this excited to get things off the ground, it sounds like nothing in Heaven, Hell, or Earth will be able to stop them. Though Hollywood may have something to say about that, so we’ll keep our ears open for any further developments.

Crawl is in theaters now, with 2013’s Evil Dead currently on all home video platforms.

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The Russo Brothers Are Still Trolling Marvel Fans Hard With New Tease

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has recruited a lot of talented filmmakers over the years, but Joe and Anthony Russo are arguably the heaviest hitters of that select group, having delivered four of the most important entries in the franchise, Avengers: Endgame most recently. It goes without saying then that their panel at San Diego Comic-Con is a highly anticipated event, and the Russos are continuing to troll Marvel fans about what to expect with this latest tweet.

The Russos first began teasing what’s in store for their San Diego Comic-Con panel this Friday with audio from the 2017 Comic-Con when footage from the then-upcoming Avengers: Infinity War was screened for the people in Hall H. Naturally this led some folks to wonder if the directing duo would show some never-before-seen footage from their past Marvel movies.

However, that was then followed by another tweet containing audio from the TV series Community, which the Russos worked on before joining the MCU, and today we receive a third tweet containing audio from Arrested Development, another major TV credit on their resumes. In case you can’t listen to the above tweet, it’s Jeffrey Tambor’s Oscar Bluth saying:

Classic stuff. While it goes without saying that the Russos’ Comic-Con panel will cover their time at Marvel, it’s looking like rather than exclusively focusing on that, it’ll touch on other areas of their careers. With four more days to go until their panel, now I’m waiting for a fourth tweet that’ll include audio from their 2006 movie You, Me and Dupree.

Given that Marvel Studios is holding its own massive Hall H panel this Saturday, it’s incredibly unlikely that some massive piece of MCU-related news will be announced during the Russos panel. That said, it’s possible some juicy tidbits from their time working on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Just don’t expect the entire panel to revolve around the franchise.

Joe and Anthony Russo’s San Diego Comic-Con panel will be at Hall H this Friday at 11 a.m., so those of you attending the convention, best of luck you’ll be able to grab a seat for the event. As for what’s ahead for the MCU, look through our comprehensive guide for that information.

Will Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie Be Star Trek? The Director Talks About A ‘Loophole’

 

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Quentin Tarantino fans are largely aware of the director’s plans to “retire” from filmmaking after his tenth film. At the same time, they seem intrigued by this story that Tarantino has a Star Trek script that he has pitched to J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, with designs to possibly direct, if it were to move forward. Would Tarantino actually want to end his illustrious career on a Star Trek movie?

We asked Quentin Tarantino that very same question when he appeared on the ReelBlend Podcast to discuss Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – his ninth film, due in theaters on July 26. We will run the full interview closer to the release of Once, but wanted you to hear Tarantino’s thoughts on his 10-film plan, Star Trek, and how those concepts could collide:

The minute that Quentin Tarantino mentioned a “loophole,” we sat up and paid closer attention. Because this concept of retiring after directing 10 films was created by Tarantino himself, and so if anyone was going to change the “rules” of this self-imposed game, it could and would be him.

The way he describes it, actually makes sense, with Quentin Tarantino elaborating:

I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.

Eight of the nine films directed by Quentin Tarantino up until this point have been original works that were written as unique materials for the filmmaker to explore. Only his third film, Jackie Brown, was adapted (by Tarantino) from an existing Elmore Leonard novel. Tarantino takes pride in creating his own screenplays, writing them out in long-form handwritten notes on large note pads (if legends are to be believed).

So deciding to play in an existing franchise like Star Trek, especially for his 10th and final film, strikes us as odd. Wouldn’t Tarantino want to ensure that his final movie was as groundbreaking, boundary pushing and wildly original as all of the films that he has delivered up until this point, from Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction to the two Kill Bill movies?

Well, according to Tarantino, the answer is yes… and no. He agrees that the self-proclaimed “loophole” could allow him to do a Star Trek screenplay, and still call his last movie his tenth and final film. But if he were to make Star Trek his last film, that wouldn’t be bad, because he could use it to explore an alternate path for his career… what might have been if he chased adaptations and franchises over original work.

As he explains, on the ReelBlend podcast:

There also is another thought process going on where it’s like, yes, [my last movie] could be original. On the other hand, maybe that could show a different career I could’ve had. Whereas maybe [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] is my last original — I’m not saying this is the case — but maybe this is my last original, and Star Trek or any other thing, a book or something like this, is the career I could have had if I wasn’t just writing everything all the time. Writing always originals. Maybe I could have had a different career if I looked for other people’s scripts, or if I wanted to find a book to be inspired by, and do an adaptation of. That would’ve been a different career. And maybe that could be fun to explore on the 10th [movie]. I don’t know. I mean, I’m making all this up as I go along, but those are two different ways I could look at it.

Now that’s interesting. Clearly, from the moment he burst on the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has predominantly worked on his own original projects. Yes, he wrote the screenplay for True Romance, which the late Tony Scott directed. But Quentin’s fingerprints have been all over his projects, making them uniquely his own.

However, it’s fascinating to learn that there’s an aspect to his career that he’s mildly interested in exploring, where he would use his tenth and potentially final movie to be a franchise film like Star Trek, and use it to explore what it might have been like for him in Hollywood had he chosen to go down the hired-gun path.

There are countless directors who rely on screenwriters to deliver them worthy material. Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorsese uses trusted scripters to deliver them words, and these iconic directors provide the imagery. Then there are the auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson, who work on their own scripts, and don’t work until they have a screenplay ready.

But what if Tarantino directed other people’s screenplays? Perhaps he’d have a lot more than 9 movies to his name. He’d have less control over the content. But he’d have more works for his fans to analyze and enjoy, and that has to be weighing in the back of his mind as he contemplates retirement and inches closer to that final film.

Tarantino isn’t done yet – not by any stretch. His upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, provides the type of commentary and insight into the film and entertainment industry that only Tarantino can. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick, a fading character actor who’s had success in the Westerns who sees the landscape changing, and moving on without him.

At the same time, Rick has a trusted stuntman named Cliff (Brad Pitt), who exists outside of the industry and sees Los Angeles changing beneath his feet in the year 1969. Hippies fill the streets, and Charles Manson’s shadow looms large over L.A. How will both men adapt to these new surroundings?

We will have our full interview with Quentin Tarantino on the ReelBlend podcast closer to the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie opens everywhere on July 26.

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How Much Money The Lion King Made During Its Opening Weekend In China

Back in 1995, the Chinese box office wasn’t even close to what it is now, so when The Lion King opened there (a year after its domestic release) it made only $5 million. Things are much different now with the release of the live-action remake of that animated classic. A week in advance of its domestic opening, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King debuted in China and it got off to a roaring start in its opening weekend.

The Lion King opened in the Middle Kingdom on July 12 and over its first weekend the photo-realistic remake made $54.7 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The tracking on The Lion King had it opening somewhere between $50 million and $60 million in the country so this is right within that range. This is a strong debut for the film, which is playing in China in both a dubbed version and a subtitled version with the English-language cast.

The $54.7 million opening is easily the best for any of Disney’s live-action remakes in China, surpassing this year’s Aladdin, which made $18.8 million, as well as Beauty and the Beast’s $45.2 million and previous king The Jungle Book’s $46.5 million. The Lion King also got many to pony up for the better presentation, with $6 million of the film’s $54.7 coming from 618 IMAX screens, a share much better than The Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast.

This start sets The Lion King up to swipe the crown from Mowgli and Baloo, and pass the $150 million box office haul of The Jungle Book to become the most successful of Disney’s live-action remakes in The Middle Kingdom. Chinese ticketing app Maoyan sees The Lion King completing its run in the country with $165 million depending on how well it holds and the fierceness of the competition.

Part of what has elevated The Lion King to this level of success in China and what could bode well for it moving forward is that the film is receiving favorable buzz and positive scores from audiences on the various ticketing platforms. However, local film, the family drama Looking Up, is also receiving very positive buzz and a rapidly expanding theater count and when it opens wide on July 18, it could eat into The Lion King’s long-term prospects.

The Lion King opens domestically on July 19 and it has been expected, as basically all Disney films have been, to save an otherwise lackluster summer box office. The pre-sales for The Lion King were through the roof and tracking had it possibly crossing $200 million opening weekend. There is no doubt that The Lion King will be big, but now that the reviews are out it’ll be interesting to see just how big.

The Lion King is in danger of ending up rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to many less-than-impressed reviews that marveled at the film’s technological achievements, but lamented its lack of emotion and novelty. I tend to think that for this kind of spectacle movie, with this level of nostalgia and emotional investment, those negative reviews won’t matter much, at least not for opening weekend, people have already made up their minds. It’ll be interesting to see audience reaction though and how well the film holds over the course of its run.

The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19. Check out our premiere guide to see all the other movies you can look forward to this year.

There’s An Easter Egg In Crawl That Reveals The Whole Story, According To Barry Pepper

 

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Warning: uber SPOILERS for Crawl are going to be discussed. So if you want to stay away from any plot points present in this lightning fast thrill ride, come back once you’ve finished seeing the film.

You wouldn’t think that a film with a slim and sleek 87 minute running time would hide many easter eggs. In that sort of a short time frame, you have to get in, get out and close the curtain before too much time passes. That’s a strategy especially valid when talking about director Alexandre Aja’s vicious horror-thriller Crawl.

As the film is a short and effective thrill ride, the story that traps a father-daughter team in a crawlspace full of water, and two hungry alligators, needs to be told through expertly trimmed narrative. Every ounce of fat needs to be trimmed, so as not to slow down the proceedings; though this doesn’t mean that Crawl is completely devoid of such hidden treasures. Recently, we learned about one such reference that was snuck in, right under our noses and in plain sight.

During the press roundtables for Crawl, CinemaBlend was on hand to hear Barry Pepper himself reveal an easter egg that, quite literally, tells the entire story. However, it’s not as if a glowing red sign was pointing towards the house, saying whether or not the dog would survive.

Rather, this spoiler is coded in Bible verse, and as we learned first-hand, it spells out the overall skeleton of the film’s plot and message.

In addition to notes about his character’s experiences in Crawl, the text of Matthew 7:25 was written in the cover of a notebook that Pepper showed us as he discussed his role in the film. Which prompted him to open our discussion by sharing this:

Here’s a little easter egg for you guys. This is my, I don’t know if I should tell you this, this is my license plate on my truck: ‘Matt725.’ ‘And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat upon that house. And it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.’

If you remove the alligators from Crawl’s narrative, the scripture above basically spells out what the film would have been like if it were more dramatic and less chompy. You could practically see that version of Crawl in your head, with all of the other events that befell Barry Pepper’s Dave and Kaya Scodelario’s Haley falling right in line with what the bible says in that specific package.

The rain descends, floods do indeed come and the wind throws a lot of different obstacles towards the Keller family house that Dave refuses to let go to another family. With the house surviving the story, Crawl basically does what it says on its tin, which probably holds communion wafers among the plot point it spells out.

Rather than being content with somewhat biblical events pushing this family into a confrontation that would bring them closer together, writers Michael and Shawn Rassmussen threw in the extra conceit of hungry alligators doing what nature programmed them to do. The rest is Crawl history, which has also seen this small-scale production raking an impressive amount of money in its first weekend of release.

To be honest, this is one of those easter eggs that you really need to keep an eye out for. Seeing as Crawl is intended to act as a fast and vicious disaster thriller that throws humanity up against said hungry alligators, the audience would be forgiven for missing the license plate on the truck Dave uses for his construction business.

It’s kind of like the microwave setting for snakes hidden in Snakes On A Plane: you’re not really looking for it in the moment, but when you find it, you’ll always know where to find it. Now we’re wondering if there’s any other cute easter eggs or in-jokes hiding in the waters that Crawl throws its audience into.

While it doesn’t play too much of a role in the story, it’s cool to know that inspiration struck at the right time to leave such a deep cut reference out in the open for all to see. Now the only question is, will audiences be fast enough to catch this moment in the film, or is it a moment that will have to wait for audiences to freeze frame that portion of the film?

Let us know if you find any, should you be going to see Crawl for your first or third time in theaters now. There’s also plenty of other monsters lurking at the summer box office, which you can read all about in our 2019 summer horror guide.

Should that genre not be your speed, the overall 2019 release schedule will help you find something worth your while. There’s options out there, and much like alligators, they’re pretty easy to find under the right conditions.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: 13 Best Fashion Deals (Including Kate Spade!)

If you’re looking to add some pieces to your summer wardrobe (and maybe a couple for fall too) you’re probably too distracted with Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale to even give Amazon Prime Day a chance. We get it. But in recent years Amazon has added a lot of department store worthy brands to it’s roster. The only difference is Prime membership gives you free shipping and Prime Day gives you extra discounts. What we’re saying is, don’t sleep on this year’s Prime Day deals that’ll last for two full days—throughout June 16—for this first time ever.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on who you ask) Amazon basically carries every single product known to man and trying to find the best fashion pieces that you actually want to wear is no easy feat by any means. So we’ve gone ahead and done the dirty work by narrowing down the hundreds of Amazon Prime fashion deals to the thirteen that we’re actually pretty excited about.

From Kate Spade sunglasses we’ll keep forever to comfortable Sam Edelman heels that won’t give you blisters to a floral dress you can definitely wear to a wedding, here are the best fashion deals Amazon Prime Day 2019 has to offer. We guarantee no one will even know they’re from Amazon.