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The Top 10 Films Of 2019 So Far, According To CinemaBlend

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

We are now fully through seven months of 2019, and thus far we have been on quite a cinematic adventure this year. Hollywood has served up an interesting, diverse slate of movies from all kinds of genres for us to consume since early January, and while quite a significant number of the titles really haven’t been all that great, the same can’t be said for all of them. There have been more than a few films that we’ve actually really loved, and it’s those films we are here to celebrate today.

Every year CinemaBlend maintains a screening log that tracks the various movies that members of our staff are seeing, along with their “out of five” rating – and this ranking is based on those statistics. In order to qualify, any movie not only had to have a high enough score, but also had to have been seen by at least four people on the team. So without further ado, let’s jump into the Top 10 films of 2019 so far…

The Art Of Self-Defense Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola

#T-9. The Art Of Self-Defense

Average Score: 3.875/5

Interestingly, Riley Stearns’ The Art Of Self-Defense isn’t a movie that is really for everybody, as it’s a dark comedy that goes pitch black at times… but I suppose that just says something about the CinemaBlend staff and our tastes. The movie is deeply funny, perfectly stylized, and even has a good amount to say about toxic masculinity and how it affects both the individual and society. You can describe it as Wes Anderson’s Fight Club or the end result of what would happen if Jody Hill and Yorgos Lanthimos had a baby, but no matter what references you use, what’s most important to recognize is that it’s one of the year’s best comedies.

Crawl Kaya Scodelario crouching in a nest

#T-9. Crawl

Average Score: 3.875/5

Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is a movie that really came out of nowhere, primarily due to very limited press screenings, but it turns out to be one seriously late summer surprise. Its premise is as high-concept as they come – with a father and daughter trapped in a house during a hurricane and find themselves surrounded by alligators – and it’s a film that does a really fantastic job executing that simple premise. It has some legitimately shocking and scary moments, with just the right amount of carnage, but most importantly you really do find yourself caring about the characters. It’s a great little creature feature to be released in the midst of the on-going horror boom, and will surely wind up finding a cult audience as buzz about it is further shared among friends.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Hiccup and dragon

#8. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Average Score: 3.884615385/5

It took nearly a full decade for Dean DeBlois’ How To Train Your Dragon saga to play out on the big screen, but now that it has, it can definitely be called one of the best animated trilogies ever. These movies have been gorgeously animated, deeply emotional, and shockingly dramatic from the very beginning, and the series-closer How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is an excellent way to close it out. We live in a pop culture age when bringing things to an end can be a devastating challenge because of all the pressure that is mounted, but this one is wonderfully satisfying. It’s sad that we won’t be getting more adventures of Hiccup and Toothless, but audiences of all ages will continue watching this series over and over for years.

Taron Egerton as Elton John on stage in Rocketman

#7. Rocketman

Average Score: 3.95/5

Big, bold musicals are very trendy nowadays, and it certainly helps to have films like Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman keep the love going. The new movie basically had the CinemaBlend staff members dancing in the aisle of their local to the sweet music of Elton John while enjoying seeing his life brought to life on the big screen. There is a lot to like about this trip, from its unconventional biopic approach, to it’s awesome performance visuals, to the excellent turn by star Taron Egerton. Our staff really enjoyed this one a lot – to the point where it may reappear on CB’s full Top 10 list at the end of the year.

The Farewell Awkwafina with family

T-#5. The Farewell

Average Score: 4/5

Lulu Wang’s The Farewell started 2019 strong with an acclaimed premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, but appreciation for the movie has only soared further since its release earlier this year. The based-on-a-true-story movie is not only a fascinating examination of contrasting cultures as Awkwafina’s Billi travels back to China with her parents to say goodbye to her dying grandmother (who doesn’t actually know she’s dying), but also just presents a lovely narrative about family and what keeps us connected. It’s both philosophically fascinating, and a melancholy kind of beautiful. It’s cinematography is fantastic and script well written, and we can’t wait to see Awkwafina take on even more challenging and dramatic material.

Forence Pugh crying in Midsommar

T-#5. Midsommar

Average Score: 4/5

As demonstrated by the fact that Hereditary was ranked as our team’s sixth favorite movie of 2018, Ari Aster is a filmmaker that continues to fascinate us here at CinemaBlend, and we were absolutely delighted by his sophomore effort released this summer. A break-up movie disguised as a horror movie, Midsommar features an epic combination of stunning cinematography and throat-ripping terror for audiences to feast on, all brightly lit by a sun that basically never sets. It’s a strange experience, really, as there are some images that will haunt your nightmares for days, but it also has a tremendous sense of humor an multiple laugh out loud moments. It’s another excellent win for Aster, and we once again find ourselves deeply curious about what he will deliver for us next.

Woody and Forky in Toy Story 4

#4. Toy Story 4

Average Score: 4.15625/5

Given the incredibly emotional ending of Toy Story 3, even some of the most hardcore Pixar stans found themselves a bit anxious about the development of a third sequel in the series, but Josh Cooley’s Toy Story 4 adeptly calmed all concerns when it hit theaters this summer. The movie has a legitimate story to tell, specifically with Woody (Tom Hanks) going on a journey learning about independence, and there are some fantastic laughs along the way – many courtesy of new characters voiced by Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele. You also have to give it love for finding a great way to bring back Annie Potts’ Bo Peep following her absence from the last chapter.

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) in Booksmart

#3. Booksmart

Average Score: 4.181818182/5

When a coming of age comedy really works, it’s hard not to really fall in love with it. After all, their bread and butter is recreating events and experiences to which all audiences can relate, and that creates a special emotional bond between individual and movie. Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart is a perfect example. The story may be super modern, but the plight of Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) as they experiment with one night of moderately breaking bad before high school graduation is not only incredibly relatable, but also hilarious. It’s an absolutely wonderful and silly film outfitted with a phenomenal cast of young stars, and it’s the best straight comedy that we’ve seen so far in 2019. Hell, it’s easily one of the best overall.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood RIck Dalton Leonardo DiCaprio Cliff Booth Brad Pitt

#2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Average Score: 4.294117647/5

Quentin Tarantino is truly one of the great auteurs of modern cinema, and in 2019 he has delivered yet again with the brilliant Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Despite the subplot about the Manson Family, the movie is oddly unique from the rest of the writer/director’s body of work in that violence is not central to the main narrative – but he still very much has something to say about friendships, growing old, and finding your place in the world. As Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt bring to life two of Tarantino’s best characters (which is really saying quite a lot), and the third act is one of his most jaw-dropping (which, again, is saying quite a lot). It may be a bit divisive, but among the 17 CinemaBlend staff members who saw it, none of us gave it a score lower than 3.5 out of five.

Avengers Endgame Avengers assemble

#1. Avengers: Endgame

Average Score: 4.456521739/5

We here at CinemaBlend are big Marvel fans, with the majority of us spending the last decade repeatedly excited for the release of the latest blockbuster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, we caught a serious fever of anticipation prior to the release of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame, but the happy ending is that the film totally delivered on all promises. It’s both a crazy fun adventure and also a perfect culmination of the 21 prior in-canon releases, and we really just went ape for it, as indicated by our team ranking. As of right now, it is our favorite film of 2019 – and it’s very possible that it will maintain that position as we get to the end of December.

How many of the movies listed here have you seen? What’s your favorite of 2019 so far? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and be sure to keep coming back here to CinemaBlend in the next five months as we cover all of the fantastic releases coming to a theater near you.

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Kevin Smith’s Emotional Reason For Bringing Jay And Silent Bob Out Of Retirement

Following the failed attempts to get Clerks III (though that could still live on in a different form) and the Mallrats TV series off the ground, filmmaker Kevin Smith is finally returning to the View Aksewniverse this fall with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the seventh movie in this shared universe; eighth if you count 2013’s Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.

It’s been 13 years since we last saw the pot-smoking hetero-life mates in live action, and the reason they’re back in our lives is because Kevin Smith figured out a way to use them both comedically and emotionally, something he thinks he wasn’t able to do in their previous appearances. In Smith’s words:

Kevin Smith stopped by the ReelBlend podcast to chat about Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, including the inception for the sequel arriving 18 years after the eponymous duo led Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Those two have always been a source of laughs in their cinematic appearances, but now that he’s older, Smith realized it was also important to strike an emotional chord with them. Judging from the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer, Jay discovering he has a daughter will undoubtedly be a huge part of that.

Ultimately, although Kevin Smith still finds humor important, he thinks that with social media’s importance and the average joe having the ability to post jokes for all the world to see, relying more on emotion is how he can make Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and his other projects truly shine. As Smith put it:

While Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back saw the main characters traveling to Hollywood to stop the Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot sees them traveling to Hollywood… to stop the Bluntman and Chronic reboot from being made. It’s funny how history repeats itself, isn’t it?

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will first be released in theaters on October 15 and 17 as Fathom Events showings, and then Kevin Smith will do a U.S. roadshow to present the movie that will also expand to other countries early next year. If you’re curious about what else is hitting the silver screen later this year, look through our 2019 release schedule.

Why Does The Akira Movie Keep Running Into Production Problems?

Akira

There are plenty of films in development hell that may never get made, but none of them seem to have quite the poor luck of the live-action Akira. Just when things seemed to be trending in a positive direction for the project, director Taika Waititi had to put his production on hold so that he can return to the Thor franchise. Hey, plans for the Akira franchise have been delayed for worse reasons.

In fact, there have been many times Akira‘s production has been put on hold, forgotten about or re-worked over the many years since a studio first got the idea to adapt the critically acclaimed 1988 animated film, which was actually an adaptation itself. It was able to get made, so why does the Akira live-action movie keep running into production problems?

Well, while there have been many false starts on this project, there have also been some key common denominators in why this movie hasn’t been made yet. Let’s take a journey through those reasons, and hope Taika Waititi’s current pause doesn’t become another one of the reasons this project doesn’t happen again.

Akira

The Insistence Of Making The Live-Action Akira An American Story

One of the biggest hurdles the live-action Akira has faced in its development is the insistence on making it a primarily American story. That idea has been around since almost the very beginning, as Blade director Stephen Norrington was quoted in saying the idea was to make an adaptation that appealed to Western audiences.

Since then, it’s become clear that studios don’t feel Akira will work as a direct adaptation of the anime movie, but rather one with more Western influence. The result was seen in a leaked 2011 script, which included references to 9/11 and various other story changes that fundamentally changed the source material greatly. Those who have seen the original and find the leaked script may note it felt like something that was Akira in name alone, i.e. very removed from the original.

This is a problem, but understandable given the task. Multiple Hollywood screenwriters have been tasked with essentially making an Americanized version of a movie that is written with Japanese culture and history in mind. Primarily, the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II and the aftermath of how Japan bounced back afterward are big influences. Americans can’t really relate to those events, which may be why screenwriters have incorporated elements that reference national tragedies like 9/11.

While intentions may be in the right place to keep the spirit of the adaptation alive, there will always be fans with something to say when directors talk about Westernizing this story. These naysayers can spark backlash which, as we know, can make studios nervous. Unfortunately for producers, as long as the live-action Akira remains a primarily American-based tale, those doubters and naysayers will always be there.

Akira

Whitewashing

It’s an issue that somewhat goes hand in hand with the desire to Westernize the live-action Akira, and a controversy that tends to rear its head with anime film adaptations these days. We all know the story by now: one side wants accurate and equal representation, another wants whichever actor/actress is best for the job, and the studio wants a name who will get people excited enough to show up in theaters.

Akira has had the same talking points and arguments spring up over the years as actors like Garrett Hedlund and Chris Pine have been eyed to play Kaneda, and it’s the same story with other key characters. Of course, part of this is due to the Westernization of the plot, and has caused controversy over the years when casting calls or casting rumors have hit headlines.

While there has been no explicit proof halts in production were tied to backlash from allegations of whitewashing, it’s worth noting that director Albert Hughes left the film due to creative differences around the same time fans were upset about casting calls for white actors. It’s also worth noting that when Taika Waititi joined the project, he was pretty vocal about his desire to cast lesser-known Asian teens for the roles. Perhaps those in charge decided a different approach was needed?

Thor Ragnarok

Other Movies Get In The Way

There are two specific times that another movie has gotten in the way of the Akira live-action film, though for two wildly different reasons. Both instances kind of book-end the production woes however, and they just so happen to be on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

The most recent one, of course, is Taika Waititi delaying the production of Akira so that he can return to the MCU for Thor: Love and Thunder. As passionate as he may be about correctly adapting Akira, Waititi gave audiences one of the best Marvel films of the decade with Thor: Ragnarok, so it’s completely understandable why he’s excited to hop back to the franchise after all that acclaim.

The other instance was one of the first times Akira‘s production was halted, back when it was under Stephen Norrington with screenwriter James Robinson penning the script. The two were reunited after their work on another film which hadn’t been released yet, but showed promise, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Production stopped not long after the film hit theaters, possibly because the movie was panned by critics and still gets a lot of flak to this day.

Akira

Will Akira Ever Get Made?

It’s the million dollar question, especially since it was so painfully close to happening this latest time. Taika Waititi seemed in the clear of casting controversy, and his desire to adapt the Akira manga over the anime made it feel as though his film would be more faithful, if still some loosely Westernized adaptation. If he comes back, Akira might not only get made, it looks like it has the best chance of being a movie audiences can agree with.

Too much can happen in Hollywood to guarantee Taika Waititi will jump right back on Akira when Thor: Love and Thunder is finished, however, so it’s a toss up. Maybe another director will sign on with a wildly different vision, or Warner Bros. may backpedal to a former vision that could derail production as it has in the past. We’ll just have to wait and see, and hope that if this film ever arrives in theaters, it’s something audiences want to see.

The Akira film is still on hold, but CinemaBlend will continue to keep an eye on its progress and what’s happening with it in the future. Be sure to stick with us in the meantime for more news on what’s happening in the world of movies and television.

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Adam West’s Daughter Loved The References In One Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s latest Once Upon a Time in Hollywood plays with a mix of grounded reality and fantasy in 1969 Los Angeles. Leonardo DiCaprio’s hot-shot actor character Rick Dalton may be one of the more fictional elements of the film, but Batman actor Adam West’s daughter found quite a few things she could compare with her late father’s early career. In her words:

In 1969, Adam West had just finished off his three season run on the classic Batman series with Burt Ward as the Dark Knight. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is dealing with a similar situation in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as a faded television star trying to navigate the changes in the industry with his stuntman Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth.

Adam West’s daughter, Nina Tooley, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the many comparisons she found in the Quentin Tarantino film. For example, she said Al Pacino’s agent character Marvin Schwartz felt like it was “straight out of some of my dad’s stories” right down to the wardrobe, smoking and drinking.

In the beginning of the film, Pacino tells Rick Dalton he could do a Batman-type project in the future, referencing the television series’ famous use of “POW!” and “BANG!” When Timothy Olyphant’s James Stacy rides off the television set on a motorcycle, Tooley said she has a picture of her dad “in almost the same exact outfit on that exact motorcycle”. What a great testament to Tarantino’s recreation of 1969’s Hollywood.

Also, Adam West and Burt Reynolds played an actor/stuntman duo in 1978’s Hooper and the Batman legend starred in spaghetti western The Relentless Four in 1965, just as Rick Dalton dabbles in the movie.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood even features a radio commercial Adam West and Burt Ward did together back then for Batman which Quentin Tarantino reached out to the family for before adding to the end credits. Tooley continued with:

Sharon Tate’s sister also had a positive reaction to Margot Robbie’s performance in the drama. Debra Tate said she cried when Tarantino invited her to view the film because Robbie’s performance sounded so much like her. She felt like she “actually got to see her sister again”. On the flip side, Bruce Lee’s daughter was unhappy with the portrayal of the action legend because he came off as an “arrogant asshole” in the film.

Terry Crews Hilariously Responds To Hobbs And Shaw’s Reported Fighting Contract Stipulations

Performing in an action movie is a physically demanding job, and some actors are only willing to go so far when it comes to choreographing. Case in point, it was recently reported that Hobbs and Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had it stipulated in their contracts that they could not only take a certain amount of damage through the course of the spinoff, but also weren’t allowed to lose a fight on camera.

Well, Terry Crews, who’s collected plenty of action roles over more than a decade, has responded to this report by making it clear he’s endured plenty of punishment on screen and takes great pride in doing so.

Be sure to look through Terry Crews’ full Twitter thread to see other examples of how he was physically put through the ringer or just straight-up ridiculed in past movies and even on his TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Considering he’s comfortable drawing attention to all these moments, we can reasonably assume that Crews doesn’t plan on inserting stipulations like the ones Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had into future contracts.

For what it’s worth, these kind of contract stipulations aren’t new to the Fast & Furious franchise. Vin Diesel also didn’t want to be seen getting beaten up too much in past installments of the franchise and even had someone keeping track of how many blows he’d taken to make sure they fell within his preferred damage ratio.

Ultimately, as one would imagine, it sounds like the reason these Fast & Furious stars are so insistent on these rules being imposed boils down to image. They’re known to the public as badass action stars, so they don’t want to look weak or soft in these movies. The problem is that it’s a slippery slope, and it could eventually get to the point where their characters come off as invincible. Where’s the fun in watching a fight where it’s not at least a little challenging?

Terry Crews, on the other hand, is perfectly fine with his status as the “losingest badass in Hollywood,” and while action-wise he’s not at the same level of stardom as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, no one’s going to doubt Crews’ toughness. That said, now I’m interested in seeing Crews appearing in a Fast & Furious movie so he can clash with one of these fellow powerhouse Hollywood performers.

To Terry Crews’ credit, the action realm is just one of several areas where he’s shined. He also has an impressive comedy resume, and he’s also shown off his hosting chops with TV shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and America’s Got Talent. So he’s hardly lacking for work, but it will be great when we can see him back in another action movie, whether his character is humiliated in some way or makes it out unscathed.

Hobbs and Shaw is now playing in theaters, and be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie. Be sure to also look through our 2019 release schedule to see what else is heading to the silver screen later this year.

How Much Hobbs And Shaw Made On Opening Night

Just how successful can the Fast & Furious franchise be outside of the main series of films? We’ll soon know the answer to that question because the nearly two-decade old franchise (which has grossed over $5 billion worldwide to date) launches its first spinoff film this weekend in the form of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The action film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham opened in theaters last night, so how did it do?

Hobbs & Shaw got off the starting line with $5.8 million on opening night, according to Deadline. The Thursday night preview showings began at 7 p.m. in 3,400 locations with the film expanding out today into 4,253 domestic locations. That $5.8 million preview night is well below other mainline Fast films like Furious 7’s $15.8 million or Fate of the Furious’ $10.4 million, but it is a career best for both Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson outside of the other Fast & Furious films.

Hobbs & Shaw’s opening night surpasses last year’s Jason Statham shark film The Meg, which made $4 million opening night and Dwayne Johnson’s San Andreas, which made $3.1 million in preview screenings. Those films went on to open to $45.4 million and $54.5 million respectively. The $5.8 million preview showing actually matches what Once Upon a Time in Hollywood did last week, but Hobbs & Shaw is looking to do much better than that for the weekend as a whole.

For comparison, last year’s Mission: Impossible Fallout, which opened on July 27, made only $200K more than Hobbs & Shaw on opening night, at $6 million and went on to gross $61.2 million over the weekend. That film ended its run at $220.1 million domestic and $791.1 million worldwide. Hobbs & Shaw is tracking to open in the same ballpark as Fallout with a $60+ million weekend and Universal will surely be hoping for a similarly robust performance worldwide.

Hobbs & Shaw should enjoy fairly positive word of mouth domestically. Opening night exit surveys were solid and the film currently sports a good, but not great 71% on Rotten Tomatoes based on critical reviews.

Despite being a spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw didn’t come cheap, at $200 million before distribution and marketing costs. So the David Leitch film will need to perform well overseas on top of its domestic performance and to that end it is off to a strong start. Opening in 54 international markets between Wednesday and Thursday, Hobbs & Shaw made $24.9 million including previews.

The film performed well in a number of markets, earning 1st place debuts in the majority of them and achieving records for Universal films in countries like Indonesia and Ukraine, according to Deadline. Hobbs & Shaw even enjoyed the best opening day ever in the developing Saudi Arabia market, beating out Avengers: Endgame.

All this points to an international opening weekend box office in the vicinity of the $125 million tracking predicted. Including openings in Mexico and Japan, the action romp will be in 63 markets through today. It is important to note though that those markets do not include France, Italy, South Korea or, all-importantly, China.

The previous two Fast & Furious films have done exceptionally well in China, each coming close to $400 million over the course of their runs, so when Hobbs & Shaw opens there on August 23, it will be a big indicator of this spinoff’s ultimate success and future viability.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is now playing. Come back after you’ve seen it and read how the ending sets up the future of this spinoff series and check out our premiere guide to see what else is headed to theaters.

Are There Other Shaw Family Members Who Could Get A Fast And Furious Spinoff?

Much as the world of the Fast & Furious family grew with every new film, the world of Hobbs & Shaw seems to be into the idea of expansion itself. With the families of both protagonists getting a little bigger in this weekend’s big would-be blockbuster, there’s no telling who could show up in the potential future of these films.

Armed with that very believe, and on behalf of CinemaBlend during the London press junket for Hobbs & Shaw, I asked all three members of the Shaw family present that day if they thought their cinematic family would get any bigger in further installments. Their answers are spectacular, and can be seen below in all of their glory:

Now let’s start with Jason Statham’s response, because if there was anyone that we’d have expected to pop up alongside Deckard Shaw, besides Vanessa Kirby’s Hattie, it would have been Owen Shaw. Luke Evans’ former baddie-turned-good guy was the reason the Shaw family got mixed up with the Torretto crew of Fast & Furious fame in the first place, and after his reappearance in The Fate of the Furious, he’d have been a slam dunk to bring back.

Alas, that was not to be in Hobbs & Shaw, which means that either Owen is getting into trouble of his own or maybe he’s keeping the Shaw family rooted in the world of the Fast & Furious, waiting for both series to potentially cross paths in their shared universe. However, as far as new members to the Shaw family, Statham’s suggestion of bringing in the Shaw family patriarch would be an interesting addition.

In that same vein, Ms. Kirby also had a really good suggestion of how the Shaw women could form a girl gang of their own. And in hinting at that possibility, the Mission: Impossible – Fallout star mentioned that she’s best friends with Elizabeth Debecki of Widows and The Man From U.N.C.L.E fame, who could very easily come on board as her sister. Something that would not only please audiences and make for an interesting concept for a Hobbs & Shaw follow-up, but would also undoubtedly please the cinematic matriarch of this family, Helen Mirren.

Though Dame Mirren did have her own suggestions as to who could pop up in the Shaw family tree, and it’s the most intriguing possibility as it would introduce a new force of evil into the family. Her suggestion was to bring in a character that would be reminiscent of an uncle she had in her family by marriage, who just happened to be an East End gangster himself.

Even better is Helen Mirren’s suggestions for casting this fictitious hooligan, as she said that either John Goodman or Simon Russell Beale would be great fits to flesh out her Uncle George. Measuring up all three of these possibilities together, it’s a good thing that Hobbs & Shaw lays down such a firm groundwork for the future of this corner of the Fast & Furious universe.

If there’s any fun to be had down the road with the Shaw family, you can be sure that there’s no shortage of relations that could be added into the canon. For now though, you can see Hobbs & Shaw opening the door to a new world of adventure in theaters this weekend.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Will Serve More Booze In Disneyworld Than Disneyland, Including Blue Milk

But Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida has always served alcohol and it’s bringing it in a big way when Galaxy’s Edge opens there on August 29. Not only will guests be able to get boozy at Orlando’s own Oga’s Cantina, but at three other locations, including an outdoor Milk Stand, offering spiked versions of Blue and Green Milk.

The Milk Stand will offer the tropical-flavored Blue Milk with Bacardi rum and more citrus-y Green Milk with Corazon Blanco tequila for $14. At Ronto Roasters, guests can order a $15 Coruscant Cooler, a cocktail including Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Liquer, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, cranberry and lime juice. Ronto’s also offers an exclusive Trandoshan Ale for $13 from Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery.

Batuu guests can also fuel up on drinks at Docking Bay 7 with a $15 Takodana Quencher, which is a blend of Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Blue Caracao Liquer with pineapple and kiwi juices. Docking Bay 7 and Oga’s Cantina (only in Florida) also offers the gold Squadron Lager from New York’s Blue Point Brewing for $13.25.

Oga’s will also exclusively offer the Rodian Ration in Florida. The interstellar cocktail has vodka, sour apple liquer, Sprite and green apple popping pearls! These offerings certainly expand on Galaxy Edge in California, especially since Anaheim guests cannot leave Oga’s Cantina with their alcoholic beverages.

It’s not yet been detailed if Florida visitors can take their drinks to go at Oga’s or the Docking Bay, but the Milk Stand will allow them to wander around with spiked drinks in hand. This is of course just one of the many exciting offerings Galaxy’s Edge offers.

Like Disneyland’s Star Wars land, Florida will also feature two main attractions Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance. Smuggler’s Run will be ready to ride on opening day, while the latter will open first in Orlando on December 5 and in Orange County’s Disneyland location on January 17.

Universal Studios Hollywood recently opened their new Jurassic Park attraction as Jurassic World: The Ride, along with the new Isla Nu-bar, which offers a variety of tropical cocktails in tiki mugs. Universal visitors can also encounter real-like dinos around the parks.

It’s an exciting time for theme parks! Disneyland even has a Marvel Land in the works. For drink connoisseurs, Galaxy’s Edge in Florida seems like it offers tons of options.

IT: Chapter Two Is Digitally De-Aging The Kids From The First Movie

Stephen King’s original IT novel is so huge that when it finally came time for its cinematic adaptation, it was wisely decided to split the story into two parts. 2017’s IT followed the members of the Losers Club as kids during their first encounter with Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and next month’s IT: Chapter Two will see the protagonists returning to Derry, Maine nearly three decades later to face off against the entity again.

While the now-adult Losers Club members will obviously be front and center in IT: Chapter Two, the kid actors from the first movie will also be reprising their roles through flashbacks. However, director Andy Muschietti has revealed that these kids are also being put through the digital de-aging process. As Muschietti put it:

On the one hand, de-aging these actors makes some sense. Although they’re still adolescents, they’ve also grown up quite a bit since shooting IT in 2016; just listen to how Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard’s voices sound back then compared how they are in Shazam! and Stranger Things Season 3, respectively, which were both shot last year.

If these flashbacks are supposed to take place during the events of IT as opposed to afterwards, then if you have the resources to make the actors look and sound as closely as possible as they did back when making the first movie, it’s well within your rights to go down that path. De-aging is certainly a logical approach for maintaining continuity.

On the other hand, you’d think that audiences are smart enough to realize that these kids are meant to be the same age they were during IT and can suspend disbelief. Sure their voices may be a bit deeper and they might be a bit taller, but as long as their performances echo the ones they delivered in the first movie, that should be enough, right?

It’s one thing to de-age an actor by decades a la what Marvel has done with the likes of Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson and more, but now de-aging kids seems like a slippery slope. Of all the ways to allocate IT: Chapter Two visual effects budget, surely that portion of money could have been used on something else, like perfecting the look of one of Pennywise’s alternate disguises.

In any case, as Andy Muschietti told Total Film Magazine, he and his team planned on de-aging the IT kids from the start, so it’ll be interesting to see what the end result looks like. At the very least, these flashbacks will pull back the proverbial curtain more on the traumatic events they went through that fateful summer.

As for the adult cast of IT: Chapter Two, it includes James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean as Stan Uris, along with Bill Skarsgård reprising Pennywise.

IT: Chapter Two scares its way into theaters on September 6, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies come out later this year.

Jim Carrey Has ‘No Idea’ What’s Going To Happen With Sonic’s Redesign

When the first trailer for the live-action video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog was released earlier this year, it was met with shock, disappointment and abject horror, primarily related to the look of the titular speedster. Then something perhaps even more shocking happened: the backlash resulted in the film being delayed so Sonic’s look could be changed.

We don’t know what the result of Sonic’s redesign will be and neither does star Jim Carrey, who plays Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog. Speaking at TCA, attended by CinemaBlend’s own Nick Venable, Jim Carrey addressed the redesign, saying:

Jim Carrey seems as in the dark as the rest of us about Sonic’s redesign and what the result of it is ultimately going to be, both from a reception standpoint and what it means for the film itself. He obviously isn’t a CGI artist, so he won’t have a hand in the redesign, but he does bring up a very interesting point here about the implications of the redesign happening in the first place.

It may have felt like a low-key thing, but I think it was actually a fascinatingly big deal that Sonic The Hedgehog, a feature film costing millions of dollars, was delayed so that more work could be done, and, correspondingly, more money was spent as a result of fan backlash. This is the point that Jim Carrey isn’t sure how to feel about.

The vociferous and prevalent backlash and rejection of Sonic’s design in the trailer has led to creative changes in the film. So in a way, the fans became part of the creative process, which Jim Carrey’s isn’t sure how to feel about. Filmmaking by committee is one thing when it’s Pixar’s Braintrust, but it’s another when that committee becomes everyone on the internet, a venue ill-suited to nuanced opinions or sincerity.

Jim Carrey seems to think that even if Sonic’s redesign is completely accurate to the game, people may still reject it, which is entirely possible. And this is an interesting precedent to set, whether it is a slippery slope or not remains to be seen. Yet, while Jim Carrey has no idea what will happen with the redesign and his concerns are worthy of discussion, he ultimately doesn’t seem to worried about it, saying:

What will be will be, and Jim Carrey isn’t going to let something that he has no control over worry him. As he says, Sonic’s redesign will ultimately be a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe it completely changes the narrative on the film and results in Sonic the Hedgehog being better received and more successful. Or maybe it doesn’t make a difference at all, people still complain about it and a dangerous precedent gets set for fan influence.

Jim Carrey raises some valid concerns, but I think Sonic’s redesign will be for the best. I mean it can’t look worse, right? And while fans shouldn’t have too much influence over a movie, in a film like this, it seems like it took the fans speaking out to say something that should have been obvious from the start.

You can’t please everyone, but when you are adapting a property versus creating an entirely original work, you are hoping to make money using an established brand and characters that have name recognition. In those instances, an established and vocal fanbase isn’t a bug, it’s a feature and one you hope to make money off of. When that fanbase unilaterally rejects something, there is a not insignificant chance that you erred somewhere along the way.