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Can Suicide Be Prevented?

Can Suicide Be Prevented?
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The suicide death rate in most states has risen sharply since in the late 1990s, according to data released in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30% during that time. In 2017, the national suicide rate rose 3.7%, the sharpest annual increase in nearly a decade.

Melanie Harned, a psychologist who specializes in suicide prevention, discussed what to do when you think someone is suicidal and explained Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an approach that research shows can be effective at reducing suicidal thoughts and attempts. Dr. Harned is the coordinator of the DBT program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a senior research scientist in the department of psychology at the University of Washington. She has been researching DBT and how to prevent suicide in high-risk populations—including adolescents and people with PTSD, borderline personality and opioid dependence—for 14 years. Here are edited excerpts from the interview.

Can suicide be prevented?

Absolutely. There are indirect warning signs to look for, things like increased hopelessness, viewing oneself as a burden, more substance use, a change in sleep patterns, withdrawing from activities, aggression. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a list on their website. There are also more direct indicators: Is the person thinking of killing themself? Are they communicating intent to anyone?

The biggest risk factor is that the person has attempted suicide before. Access to lethal means, such as a firearm or medication, is another consideration. Suicide is very often an impulsive decision. Most people who attempted suicide and survived said they thought about killing themselves for less than an hour before they acted. So you want to restrict their access to the means to hurt themselves, to prevent the impulsive attempt.

One of the biggest interventions is to simply ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and if they have a plan. They may not give an honest answer because of shame or the fear that someone will throw them into a hospital. But if you ask in a caring, compassionate way, a person will be more likely to disclose their intent than if they were just left on their own.

A core part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, says Dr. Melanie Harned, is teaching patients to live in the present moment with awareness and without judgment.
A core part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, says Dr. Melanie Harned, is teaching patients to live in the present moment with awareness and without judgment. Photo: Chris Pacheco/VA Puget Sound

How do you ask?

You don’t want to sound judgmental. Don’t say: “What is wrong with you?” or “How could you imagine doing that to yourself?”

Ask: “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” And express compassion and care. Communicate to the depressed person that their thoughts and behaviors make sense, that many people think of killing themselves.

A common fear is that if you ask someone if they are thinking of suicide this will give them the idea and they will go do it. Research shows this is not true. It gives them an opportunity to talk about it. Most people who are thinking of killing themselves don’t want to be dead. What they want is relief from some sort of pain that is intolerable.

What should you do if you suspect someone is suicidal?

Try to connect the person to professional care. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide resources and give advice on what to do. Its hotline is 800-273-8255. You should try to restrict the person’s access to lethal means, such as medications and guns. And if a person is showing an intention to act you should not leave them alone until they get connected with care. If it’s a really high-risk situation, take them to the emergency room.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

It’s a treatment that balances cognitive behavioral therapy with acceptance strategies taken from Zen philosophy and Eastern practice. CBT is very change-focused. You have a problem and we are going to help you solve it. It teaches patients a lot of skills—how to better manage and regulate their emotions, how to have stronger relationships and communicate effectively. DBT layers in acceptance strategies, helping people accept reality as it is in this moment and their pain. It doesn’t mean they can’t change it. But in order to change pain you need to accept you are in it. The overall goal of this treatment is to help patients build a life that they experience as worth living.

How does DBT work?

There are four components: individual therapy; a group-therapy component that is less like traditional group therapy and more of a skills-training class; phone coaching between sessions—the therapist is available 24/7 to take calls; and a therapist-consultation team.

What does DBT teach patients?

Four sets of skills. The core set is mindfulness skills. Mindfulness is about learning to live in the present moment with awareness and without judgment. It’s in this treatment because if you can’t pay attention to the present moment and just the facts and reality of it, then it is really hard to make wise and effective decisions on how to act.

The next set of skills is distress tolerance. Some of these are crisis-survival skills. They teach you how to get through a high-stress situation without doing anything to make it worse. If you are having urges to kill yourself, these skills will get you through the crisis period without acting on those urges. There are also reality-acceptance skills. Acceptance does not mean giving up or not trying to change. It means accepting that in this particular moment this is reality. Denying or suppressing pain actually makes it worse.

The third set of skills is emotion regulation. One way to change your emotions is to reduce your vulnerability to having intense emotions in the first place. You can do this by making sure you are regularly doing pleasurable things, getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising. And once an emotion has gotten started, there are strategies you can use to reduce the intensity of it. The fourth skill set focuses on interpersonal effectiveness. We teach people how to build and maintain relationships, how to get what they want and say no to things they don’t, how to maintain their own self-respect.

How does DBT treat suicidal

First, we target it. The standard approach is to treat suicide as a symptom of another problem, such as depression. You treat the depression and see if this makes the suicidal behavior stop. DBT is different because it makes targeting the life-threatening behavior the number-one priority.

One really important piece of DBT is we do everything we can to keep people out of psychiatric hospitals. Ultimately people don’t live in hospitals, so we need them to be able to manage suicidal urges in their everyday life.

It also uses a very structured assessment and problem-solving technique called chain analysis. We try to look moment-to-moment at the chain of events that led up to and followed whatever the behavior is—either a suicide attempt or self-harm urges becoming high—so we can see what to change.

Validation also plays a big part. We communicate to patients that they are understandable and acceptable exactly as they are.

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Adult Acne: The Unfair Reason You Have It in Your 20s and 30s

There are a lot of things I don’t miss about being a teenager: My chemistry teacher’s sarcasm, basketball practice, the challenge of sitting in a school hallway in extra-low-cut Frankie B. jeans (it was 2004, but what was I thinking!?), curfews. There’s another thing, however, that I’d like to add to that list—that’s somehow lingered with me well into adulthood (I’m 28). And that’s acne.

Here’s the thing: I honestly feel like I don’t have an excuse for adult acne. I’ve been working as a beauty editor since I graduated college, and with this job I have access to the best skin care pros in the world. I get regular peels. I do light laser treatments. I’ve been prescribed multiple rounds of antibiotics. I take Spironolactone, a mild blood pressure medication that’s prescribed off-label for acne, as it suppresses androgens. But—aside from the seven blissful years when I took a combined oral contraceptive pill that gave me The Clearest Skin Ever—I’ve always broken out. (The pill also gave me a blood clot, so relying on it for my skin is no longer an option. Cool!)

As a result, I’m always in some way working to prevent a fiasco with my at-home skin care routine. I exfoliate every night with Lancer The Method: Polish Blemish Control, $75, which has purifying tea tree oil, before cleansing; I use Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, $66, to control breakout-related inflammation; and I alternate between Tammy Fender Purifying Lucent Masque, $215, and Eminence Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment, $46, once a week to keep my pores clear. I even do this thing where I wash my face after shampooing and conditioning my hair because I’m paranoid the fragrance and ingredients like silicones in hair products is yet another trigger. All of it combined keeps my breakouts mostly under control, but I still deal with more pimples than I’m cool with—on my cheeks, chin, back (as I write this story I have a cute one on my cheek). It’s getting old.

And it turns out, I’m not alone. Adult acne (the kind that occurs in women 25 and above) haunts many of my closest friends—and, to varying degrees, effs up their lives. “I’m the perfect candidate for your story,” my friend Laura joked when I mentioned I was working on a piece about adult acne. She’s taken Accutane twice, and still relies on Spironolactone, like me, to minimize breakouts. “I was getting cystic acne—it wasn’t all over my face but I’d have two or three large cysts at a time. I will never forget when I met my husband’s family and I had two huge zits on my chin and cheek; I was so embarrassed,” she told me on the phone. “I had already been on Accutane once at that point. I was 35 or 36 at the time and I was like, ‘Why am I 35 and still getting acne?’ I assumed that I should have normal clear skin; I wanted that. But even after the second round of Accutane, I still got occasional cysts—they’re just embarrassing and huge—so I started taking Spironolactone. It helps a lot.”

Then there’s my friend Sarah, who is dealing with acne for the first time in her life. “I’m beside myself,” she told me in an email. “I NEVER broke out as a teenager, but now that I’m an adult and experience real stress, I do. I feel like I’m too old to have zits and I get really embarrassed. I’ve definitely canceled plans because of a breakout.” Same, girl.

My college roommate Eve, on the other hand, has more or less accepted zits as a part of life. “As a teenager they made me a bit depressed, but I’m less self-conscious about my skin now,” she explained. “I like to focus on the overall condition of my skin. But it does take longer to get ready if I have to cover pimples up!” Whether you’re cool with your acne or not, spending extra time covering up your zits is yet another thing we don’t need in our lives.

So why are we still breaking out? Truth is, the answer isn’t completely clear. “Unfortunately, we don’t totally understand the difference in the cause of acne in teens versus adult acne,” New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner says. “The main causes of acne are skin oil, acne-causing bacteria on the skin, sticky skin cells blocking your pores, and inflammation. Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and diet all likely play a roll as well.” One potential difference: “Where you’re a teenager your hormones are naturally fluctuating and you can’t control it,” Jordana Mattioli, a medical esthetician in NYC says. “But when you’re an adult your hormones are fluctuating because of things like inflammation and stress.” (More on that later).

The good news: We’re constantly discovering new ways to treat acne. There’s a lot of research underway about how the microbiome—the massive colony of bacteria and organisms that live on our skin (gross, I know, but also kind of cool)—might affect skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Differin launched the first ever over-the-counter topical retinoid this January—and it’s less than $13. And we’ve come a long way from the old school method of dehydrating your face and using only “oil free” in an effort to keep skin smooth. Below, Zeichner and Mattioli share their top tips on the best, most up-to-date approaches to dealing with acne as a grown-up. Read them, try them, and know this: You’re not alone!

First, cut the heavy creams.
Indulging in over-the-top skin care is something I’m personally guilty of. I mean, is there anything better than slathering your skin in a rich, yummy cream right before bed and binging on Netflix? Good skin care makes up for lack of sleep, right? “Once women hit 21, they automatically start buying anti-aging products,” Mattioli explains. “But most are too rich for their skin type. They’re designed for mature skin that doesn’t produce as much oil as it used to.” Whoops! Instead, try this ultra-lightweight moisturizer from Belif, $38, that seriously packs a punch.

Spot treat with your products.
Heard of multimasking? You can do the same thing with your skin care products, Mattioli says. In other words, if your skin isn’t dry on your forehead, go ahead and skimp a little on moisturizer there. “I’ve been dealing with acne my entire life and if I don’t keep it under control, I will be a breakout mess,” she says. “I only moisturize where I need it.”

Err on the side of gentle.
Layering a 10-percent benzoyl peroxide acne treatment all over your face may seem like a great idea—and you might actually wake up with clear(er) skin. But you’ll likely also be incredibly inflamed. “More is not always better, especially with acne,” Zeichner says. “Higher concentrations of ingredients like benzoyl peroxide have been shown in studies to be no better, but certainly more irritating, than lower concentrations.” Kate Somerville’s Anti Bac Clearing Lotion, $42, for example, is far more gentle at 5 percent.

Pick the right spot treatment.
Consider what type of acne you have: Do you have scary red bumps? If so, it’s likely bacteria causing the inflammation and you’ll need something that combats it, Mattioli says. “Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces inflammation,” Zeichner explains. Our pick? Try Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion, $19.62. If you have blackheads and whiteheads, on the other hand, you’ll want something with salicylic acid (which comes in 1- to 2-percent formulations), like this super-affordable one from The Ordinary that’s just $5.30. “It helps remove excess oil and exfoliates dead cells from the skin’s surface,” Zeichner says.

Do light therapy.
It used to be that you needed an appointment for an LED light treatment—or you could try the smaller at-home lights that take 45 minutes to treat your face. Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Mask, $34.99, uses a mixture of red and blue LED lights and takes just 10 minutes. Dr. Dennis Gross just launched a futuristic at-home version called DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro at a far more luxe $435. “Red light has been shown to be anti-inflammatory while blue light kills acne-causing bacteria,” Zeichner explains. Bonus: It makes for a hilarious selfie.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Mae West might have quipped that “too much of a good thing can be wonderful,” but that philosophy shouldn’t apply to your acne treatment game plan. “Applying too many products and washing your face too often causes more harm than good,” Zeichner says.

Check your diet.
“Dietary factors like high glycemic index foods have been shows to aggravate acne in predisposed people,” Zeichner says. “The increased sugar load promotes inflammation that in turn leads to breakouts.” Mattioli recommends cutting back on processed sugary foods in favor of anti-inflammatory options like wild fish, nuts, and fresh fruits and sticking with organic, hormone-free meat and dairy.

Try yoga.
Seriously. Most of my friends listed stress high on the list as the cause of their breakouts, and it’s true: Crazy amounts of stress do indeed affect your hormones. “Stress causes hormonal fluctuation that increases oil production and leads to acne breakouts,” Zeichner says. “Anything you can do to minimize stress—yoga, meditation—can help.”

Don’t pick.
As tempting as it is to try to be your own esthetician in your bathroom, you must fight every single urge to squeeze. “Acne in adult women tends to be angry, underground pimples.” Zeichner says. “They are inflamed and cannot be easily opened by picking. It leads to more harm than good, a disrupted skin barrier, inflammation, and potential scarring.”

If all else fails, see a derm.
If you’ve tried everything and you’re still breaking out, get thee to a dermatologist. Zeichner’s go-to solutions for adult acne in women: Aczone, an anti-inflammatory gel that “clears pimples while causing almost zero irritation” and Spironolactone (my personal favorite).

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Tom Holland Thanks Fans For The Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer’s Success

Thwip, thwip! Spidey has been swinging into win after win this past year. He delivered one of the most emotional lines in Avengers: Infinity War, a spinoff film starring his enemy Venom ruled the box office, and we couldn’t quit raving about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last month.

Next up is a sequel for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home. In anticipation for its July release, the first trailer finally hit the internet and broke huge record for Sony. In the first 24 hours of the trailer drop on Tuesday morning, it racked up 130 million views, and Tom Holland has now taken to Instagram to thank fans for tuning in. In his words:

No, thank you, Tom Holland! The trailer set an impressive new record for Sony … although it was still nowhere near the one set by the first Avengers: Endgame trailer. But who’s counting? Prior to the release of the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, fans were getting pretty restless about catching the first footage of the summer superhero release.

A couple of fans posted a wacky video on Twitter demanding the trailer for Far From Home. Tom Holland responded to them with “I’ll see what I can do” and updated fans he’d “spoke to Sony” before the first look at the sequel hit the web on Tuesday.

It’s no surprise the trailer to Spider-Man: Far From Home was a hit because fans are on edge about the fate of the character post-Infinity War. It’s unclear whether the events of Far From Home are before or after Spider-Man’s death at the end, and fans were certainly looking for some hints and answered questions in the sequel’s footage.

However, the Far From Home trailer completely ignores anything related to Infinity War or Endgame… awkward. Either Spidey makes it out alive, which I’m definitely betting on, or the upcoming movie takes place in an earlier timeline.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer still offered tons for fans to get excited about. Are Aunt May and Happy going to be an item? What happens when Peter Parker and the high school gang take a summer vacation to Europe? Will a romance blossom between Peter and MJ? Why does Mysterio look like he’s a good guy? Who are the Elementals? We. Can’t. Wait.

Fear not, Marvel fans. Starting on March 8 with Captain Marvel, the MCU is going to go into full gear and more and more questions about the fate of our favorite heroes will be answered. Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26 and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Sent Sweet Holiday Thank-You Notes to Fans

While the rest of us are still rummaging around for that box of notecards in the back of our closets to write our holiday thank-you notes (hey, we’re still—barely—under four weeks from Christmas!), there are two people on this planet who have it together: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Not only are they actual royalty, but they’re also royally polite. The two have already sent out thank-you cards not just to their family members (we assume), but to all the fans who sent holiday greetings and presents their way.

The two love going a little candid with the portraits they use to front their cards—remember when they used that gorgeous casual shot from their wedding for last year’s Christmas cards?—and the follow-up note was no different. The picture they chose was a real ~~ moment ~~ from their royal tour, featuring Markle holding an umbrella over a charmingly rain-spattered Harry as he speaks into a microphone.

One recipient posted the pics to Instagram, so yeah, there are receipts: “Lovely reply from TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanking me for sending my Christmas and New year wishes. #royalletter #royalreply #Royal #Christmas #dukeofsussex #duchessofsussex”

And here it is from the back:

The two have a habit of sending out sweet thank-you notes to fans and royal-watchers: They posted them (that’s some Brit-speak for you) after the royal wedding, and Meghan reportedly sent thank-yous to everyone who wished her a happy birthday, which is truly overachieving.

And while, fine, it was probably definitely their staff who sent them out, given the royals’ busy schedules, we’re still impressed at the turnaround time. Here’s hoping I find my own buried box of thank-you notes once I Kondo my closet…any day now.

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Vin Diesel Shares First Glimpse At His Bloodshot Character

Marvel and DC will be getting some competition in 2020 in the form of Bloodshot, a character from the Valiant comics line. The movie is intended to kickstart a shared cinematic universe and stars Vin Diesel in the title role. We’ve still got a ways to go before the film arrives in theaters, but Diesel has got us covered! The actor shared the first look of himself in character as Bloodshot. Check it out.

Yup, that’s Vin Diesel alright.

Honestly, it’s hard to get excited for a photo of Vin Diesel in sunglasses and probably wasn’t the image of Bloodshot that people were hoping to see. It’s all about baby steps, and it’s still probably a bit too early to see what the actual superhero will look like on film.

Vin Diesel shared the photo of his superhero character to his Instagram account. The actor shared a few details on the character and why he was one of the most complex people Diesel has ever played before:

The photo is of Bloodshot in his human form of Ray Garrison. The character is an everyman who was injected with nanites that gave him incredible abilities like healing, super strength, and durability. It also made his skin turn chalk white and a red circle formed on his chest. Bloodshot is also a trained soldier, possessing expert hand-to-hand combat and marksman skills.

Reportedly, Bloodshot will be a more character-driven film that centers on Vin Diesel’s Ray Garrison. Diesel, who is no stranger to comic book roles (I am Groot!), was attracted to the part because of the character’s everyman quality. Even after he is transformed by nanites, he is unwilling to give up his humanity.

Not too many plot details are known about the movie at this point. We know that Bloodshot is the first of a planned shared universe of Valiant comics characters. Other films that will follow Bloodshot (assuming that it’s successful) include Harbinger, Shadowman, Faith, and Archer & Armstrong.

Bloodshot is directed by Dave Wilson and written by Eric Heisserer. In addition to Diesel, the cast includes Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez, and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.

Bloodshot is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 21, 2020. There are plenty of movies to keep all of us occupied until then. Learn about everything coming to theaters this year in our handy 2019 release schedule. For more movie news, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

How Glass Helped Anya Taylor-Joy Come Down From Her New Mutants High

Few actors can say they worked on two comic book films back-to-back, but you can count Anya Taylor-Joy among the handful. Right after starring as Illyana Rasputin/Magik in the upcoming X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, she jumped right back to reprise her Split role of Casey Cooke in Glass.

In a recent interview with CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola, Anya Taylor-Joy told him how her role in Glass was the perfect way to follow the thrill of working on New Mutants. In her words:

Taking on a leading role in New Mutants as Illyana Rasputin — the younger sister of Colossus who has incredible teleportation abilities through time, space, the future and past — must have been a whirlwind. Anya Taylor-Joy seems to be thankful she could revisit her role of Casey from 2016’s Split for its recently released sequel, Glass.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split was the unexpected sequel to his 2000 film Unbreakable. Split follows a man with dissociate identity disorder (played by James McAvoy) who kidnaps three teenage girls (including Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey) to feed them to his “beast” identity.

Casey ends up surviving the kidnapping and forms an unlikely bond with a few of her kidnapper’s more friendly identities, such as a 9-year-old boy named Hedwig and Kevin Wendell Crumb.

Glass leans into the comic book-themed roots of Unbreakable, as Split‘s villain meets the two superpowered characters from the 2000 film, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).

In Glass, Anya Taylor-Joy isn’t one of the superheroes in the middle of the situation, but she’s a supporting player. Her Casey was recently kidnapped by “The Horde,” so she’s still suffering from that trauma, but she also knows some of his weaknesses more than anyone else. Casey and the main characters meet Dr. Ellie Staple, played by Sarah Paulson, who is approached by Casey after locking The Horde and the other “comic book characters” in a high-security hospital to treat them.

Anya Taylor-Joy first caught the attention of audiences in indie horror flick The Witch in 2015 but is best known as Split‘s Casey. Her new role in The New Mutants will debut alongside Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton. That film hits theaters on August 2, 2019. Glass is now in theaters.

DC Isn’t As Focused On Its Shared Movie Universe Anymore

Last month, Warner Bros.’ DCEU had its biggest success ever with the $1 billion Aquaman. The film, which received generally positive reviews, largely stood apart from the shared universe the studio had been establishing since Man of Steel, and it sounds like Warner is taking a lesson from that. According to Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich, the studio is shying away from the shared universe and focusing on director-driven stories.

Ever since Marvel changed the game with the massive success of The Avengers and its Marvel Cinematic Universe, studios have been trying to replicate the format. That includes Warner Bros. and DC, but its DC Extended Universe hit some notable bumps. It all culminated in the release of 2017’s Justice League, which only managed to score $657.9 million worldwide.

That’s by and large a disappointment, but then Aquaman kicked the door down and became a massive victory for Warner. Thanks to the vision of director James Wan — who wanted to make a cheesy, earnest, and weird superhero movie — Aquaman became one of the biggest hits of the year. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Warner Bros.

Toby Emmerich told The Hollywood Reporter that they aren’t playing by the “Marvel handbook” and that they would be focusing less on the shared universe. They’ll just take it one movie at a time and make sure each one is unique and creative.

Now, it’s worth noting that Warner has sung this “director-driven” approach song before, and we can ask Zack Snyder, David Ayer, Joss Whedon, and two directors of The Flash how that turned out for them. But there’s no question that the best and most successful movies in the DCEU are Wonder Woman and Aquaman, two standalone films that feel separated from the DCEU.

All in all, it sounds like the best lesson to take from Aquaman. Audiences clearly responded to it and part of that success goes to Warner Bros. letting James Wan do his own thing. Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 look to forge their own paths as well, and I’m very curious to see how those films perform in the near future.

That being said, I don’t think Warner should stop trying to make the “shared” part of its universe work, but slow and steady is probably best. No one has been able to figure the cinematic universe out like Marvel, so why not move at your own pace?

We’ll see how this plan works out for Warner Bros. in the coming years. You can find all the DC movies coming down the pipeline in our handy guide.

Looks Like Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye Is Also In Avengers: Endgame Reshoots

It’s been a long road, but Avengers: Endgame is now only about three months away! Are you ready? … Well the movie isn’t quite yet, as reshoots are now underway. This week, Karen Gillian and Zoe Saldana confirmed on social media that they are back on set for Endgame, and now you can count Jeremy Renner in too. Take a look:

The Hawkeye actor updated fans on his Instagram with another cryptic post on the set of Avengers: Endgame, wishing everyone a good weekend and announcing that his reshoots are almost finished. He also adds in some sneaky hashtags including “need a massage” and “Infinity War” — it’s called Endgame now, Renner, get it together!

It’s easy for word of reshoots to incite a bit of nervousness for the end product of a blockbuster such as Avengers: Endgame, especially so close to the film’s release. Fear not, it’s quite routine these days for MCU films to undergo reshoots and practically every recent Marvel film has had them.

With this post, we can’t help but wonder what Jeremy Renner is shooting for Hawkeye. While the character was absent in Infinity War, it looks like he’ll be teaming up with what’s left of the Avengers for Endgame.

In the Endgame trailer, it was confirmed that Clint Barton will be Ronin this time around, a theory that many Marvel fans have theorized for quite some time. His new form trades his bow and arrow for an impressive sword, and is the darkest and broodiest iteration of the character from the comics.

As teased with Captain America saying the words “we lost family” over voiceover as Ronin appears, we think the transformation is triggered by Clint watching his family die because of Thanos’ snap.

The debut of Ronin in Endgame looks to be a reunion with his good ole pal Black Widow, who likely found him to ask for help with her and Captain America’s desperate plan, which was also teased in the stunning first trailer.

Per the trailer, it looks like Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Bruce Banner, and an unexpected Scott Lang will be leading the charge to work their plan. Meanwhile, Iron Man sits hopelessly on a spaceship, almost out of oxygen, and Thanos celebrates his victory.

While a majority of the Avengers shockingly turned to dust at the end of Infinity War, we don’t expect it to stay like that forever, especially considering Peter Parker is soon suiting up for his sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home in July. Additionally, after she gets her solo debut in March, Captain Marvel is set to join the Avengers as well for Endgame.

There’s a lot weighing on the outcome of Endgame, especially since it seems to mark the end of a more than 10-year chapter for the MCU. Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters on April 26, 2019.

Glass Got A Higher CinemaScore Than Unbreakable (For Some Reason)

Glass is currently out there in the universe, polarizing moviegoers. If you listen closely, you can hear fans and non-fans furiously typing reactions and posting recap videos across the web. M. Night Shyamalan certainly has people talking about the third film in his trilogy, which started with Unbreakable, then Split, and now Glass.

Considering the strong negative reactions out there — not just from critics — it surprised me to see Glass had a higher CinemaScore than Unbreakable. The real shock isn’t that Glass got a score of B. I’m just shocked that Unbreakable got a C. Split has the highest score of the series with B+.

I’m not shocked by the B for Glass because it’s probably the average of high and low scores. CinemaScore reveals its methodology on its website. On opening night, meaning last night for Glass, CinemaScore polls moviegoers by having them fill out ballot cards in the theater. Fans are asked to grade a movie A to F. CinemaScore then uses that to establish the movie’s overall grade.

It’s hard to imagine people shrugged at Glass, but I can see extreme reactions on both ends leveling out with a B.

But Unbreakable got a C back in 2000? Who are you, and who hurt you?

When it comes to reviews, Glass is far and away the least liked by critics. Glass currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 35%, which is much lower than the fans’ audience score of 78%. Despite its title, no one was that split on Split. Critics gave James McAvoy‘s showcase a 76% rating vs. audiences at 79%. Unbreakable has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 69%, with an audience score of 77%.

So Glass now has a better CinemaScore than Unbreakable, and it currently has a higher RT audience score.

The CinemaScore is fixed, but the audience scores will probably fluctuate over time. Right now, many fans are defending Glass from an onslaught of criticism. But after time passes, and even more fans watch the film away from this current context, they may bring the number down a bit. Or maybe they won’t. Clearly I don’t know.

At this moment, Glass has an IMDb user rating of 7.3. Interestingly enough, that is the exact same score that Unbreakable and Split currently have. But more than 300,000 users have weighed in on Unbreakable and Split, and Glass is just getting started with about 12,000.

The Glass box office results will be in on Sunday, so check back tomorrow for the official opening weekend tally. Glass‘ opening night tally marked M. Night Shyamalan’s biggest ever preview night. That’s certainly a promising start. Will bad reviews hurt it at the box office, compared to Split, or will the fan reviews and anticipation make it a big hit? We’ll see. The film is now in theaters as one of the many many many movie offerings of 2019.

How Will Ezra Miller’s The Flash Movie Be Affected By Fantastic Beasts 3 Delay?

Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Flash movie off the ground for a long time now. The project has suffered several director changes and delays, the latest of which had the film arriving in theaters by 2021. However, that has all been brought into question as Fantastic Beast 3 has just delayed filming, creating a conflict for star Ezra Miller. The Flash will either have to be fast-tracked or delayed once again.

Originally, the still-untitled Fantastic Beasts 3 was to start production in July of this year with a release in 2020. However, Warner Bros. is reportedly taking a new approach with its event films and giving them enough time to develop, rather than rushing pre-production to make a release date. That means that Fantastic Beast 3 was having production pushed back to autumn to give the movie more time to prep.

Considering the mixed-to-negative reactions to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, this is a good idea! There was no report on if this would ultimately affect Fantastic Beasts 3’s release date, but it’s possible that it could get pushed back to 2021. What’s equally unclear is how all of this affects The Flash.

Ezra Miller is juggling two commitments to Warner Bros. The actor stars as Barry Allen and Credence Barebone in The Flash and Fantastic Beasts franchise, respectively. The last plan for The Flash was that it would get in front of cameras this spring, but the film was delayed because work was still being done on the script.

The delay was also to give Ezra Miller time to film Fantastic Beasts 3, which at this point was still going to film in the summer. So, The Flash was expected to begin rolling in late 2019.

However, as pointed out by Collider, this is when Fantastic Beasts 3 is now filming, so what does this mean for The Flash? The most obvious answer is that the superhero blockbuster will be pushed back once again. Even assuming that it starts filming in early 2020, it could still potentially arrive in late 2021.

The unlikely option is that the film will be fast-tracked to take Fantastic Beasts 3’s summer production spot. Seeing as how Warner is looking to prevent doing that for these movies, that might be a counterproductive idea.

The Flash is just one of those movies that can’t seem to catch a break. Overall, I think it’s a good thing to give the movie as much time to get itself straight as possible, especially after the success of Aquaman. But, at some point, they have to pull the trigger on this thing and get it to the theater.

Warner Bros. has yet to give an update on how this impacts The Flash, but stick with CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.