Associated Press AP

‘Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s’ Review: Our Irrationality Laid Bare

Hartford, Conn.

‘Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s,” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, presents a vivid array of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints by artists who harnessed one of the most profound intellectual movements of the century to capture the physical and psychological violence of the war-torn decade that stretched from the Spanish Civil War through World War II. The exhibition of 64 objects includes major works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Max Ernst and Isamu Noguchi, as well as less well-known artists including Hans Bellmer, Maria Martins, Wolfgang Paalen and Kay Sage.

Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Through Jan. 13, 2019

More Art Reviews

Founded in 1924 by the poet André Breton, Surrealism was a repudiation of the cultural norms and political agendas that had caused World War I. Many of the artists associated with the movement, including André Masson, Ernst and Breton, had seen the devastation of the war firsthand, and they turned to Freudian theories of the unconscious to explore the irrationality they witnessed and the nature of the human psyche.

One of the masterpieces on view, Ernst’s “Europe After the Rain II” (1940-42), encompasses the full span of these experiences—from the artist’s memories of serving in the trenches to the Nazi conquests and his narrow escape to the U.S. in 1941. Coaxing his monumental composition from the chance effects of decalcomania (a commercial process Ernst adapted by pressing a sheet of glass against freshly painted canvas and then separating the two layers to produce unpredictable shapes), Ernst created a panoramic landscape of overwhelming decay and dissolution. Among the few survivors in this melting world is Europa, a woman whose rape by the Greek god Zeus (in the body of a bull) is recorded in myth and here stands for the violation of an entire continent.

Max Ernst’s ‘Europe After the Rain II’ (1940-42)
Max Ernst’s ‘Europe After the Rain II’ (1940-42) Photo: © Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art/ARS, NY/ADAGP, Paris

Only an exceptionally committed museum director could have purchased such a disturbing painting within weeks of its completion during one of the bleakest years of the war. Yet the director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, A. Everett “Chick” Austin Jr., bought it in the spring of 1942. Austin had already presented the first major exhibition of Surrealism in the U.S., in 1931. “Myths & Monsters” explores the fascinating story of the Atheneum’s longstanding dedication to the movement through a display of evocative photographs and other documents.

The exhibition is a partnership between Oliver Tostmann for the Atheneum and Oliver Shell for the Baltimore Museum of Art, which was also a rare early supporter of Surrealism and presented an important retrospective of Masson’s work in 1941. By teaming these two institutions, “Monsters & Myths” reminds us of the remarkable collections of sometimes overlooked museums across this country. After closing in Hartford the exhibition travels to Baltimore, Feb. 24-May 26, and to the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, June 21-Sept. 29.

Pablo Picasso’s ‘Minotauromachy’ (1935)
Pablo Picasso’s ‘Minotauromachy’ (1935) Photo: © Estate of Pablo Picasso/ARS,

Unlike Thomas Hart Benton and other artists of the Regionalist movement who dominated American art in the ’30s and ’40s, the Surrealists generally avoided straightforward realism. Instead they sought to challenge the viewer’s imagination and deepen the significance of their commentaries on contemporary events by wrapping them in foundational myths of European culture, to probe, for example, the nature of war rather than a particular battle.

”Monsters & Myths” primarily displays a panorama of the Surrealists’ evocations of contemporary traumas as timeless myths. As Spaniards deeply concerned about their homeland, Miró, Picasso and Dalí responded quickly to the unrest that lead to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936. Depicting a monumental figure literally tearing itself apart, Dalí’s “Soft Construction With Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)” (1936) announces the torment that would extend through the following decade.

 Salvador Dalí’s ‘Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)’ (1936)
Salvador Dalí’s ‘Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)’ (1936) Photo: © Funacío Gala Salvador Dalí

As civil war grew into world war, the Surrealist outcry intensified. Fleeing the Nazis, the Austro-German artist Wolfgang Paalen evoked the horror of that time in “Battle of Saturnian Princes III” (1939), an aerial combat of two pterodactyl-like creatures that echoes from prehistoric times through the dogfights of contemporary aircraft. Amid the violence Miró achieved hard-won moments of peace. His “Acrobatic Dancers” (1940) attains an astonishing balance between intricate linear patterns and brilliant colors that transcends the chaos of that time.

After several of the leading Surrealists escaped Europe for the U.S., they spread the movement to young American artists who would become the Abstract Expressionists. The year after Masson arrived in this country, he completed “There Is No Finished World” (1942), a monumental depiction of constant metamorphosis whose triad of three mythological creatures culminates in the Minotaur, the half-bull and half-man who embodied the Surrealist’s conception of humanity’s dual nature. The Baltimore Museum’s great patron Saidie May snapped it up at its first exhibition. In the final gallery, Mark Rothko’s “The Syrian Bull” (1943) and paintings by Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky demonstrate the transformative impact of the Surrealists on American art. Don’t miss Noguchi’s “Monument to Heroes” (1943)—a funereal black cylinder shot through with bones and sticks.

Painted dark gray and structured in a series of short walls pointing in unexpected directions, the galleries of “Monsters & Myths” thrust us into the Minotaur’s labyrinth of those tragic years.

What It’s Like to Call Off an Engagement

Last week, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s whiplash romance came to a crashing halt when they called off their engagement. The breakup was confusing for many fans because, on the outside at least, it seemed like Grande and Davidson were living a fairytale. There was the $16 million apartment filled with bean bags, the pet pig, the tattoos…what went wrong?

Of course, the only people who know the real truth about their relationship—and subsequent breakup—are Grande and Davidson themselves. But those who have been through a similar experience can attest that there are thousands of reasons why an engagement might end. So, talked to several women about what it’s really like to call it off before a wedding—the thought process behind the decision, the aftermath, and how it’s changed their lives. Below are their stories.

Christa, 26, engaged for 2 years

I dated my high school sweetheart since I was 16. We did the long-distance thing while I was away at college, and I didn’t consider dating anyone else. By my sophomore year, we had been together for nearly five years. I was anxious to get engaged, but he was not feeling so urgent. We argued a lot, and in the end he proposed because I gave him an ultimatum. We were engaged for nearly two years while I finished undergrad, and we planned our wedding for the summer after I graduated.

During my final semester, I made a couple of guy friends. I knew both of them had feelings for me, but I ignored them because I was about to get married. However, one morning, one of the boys brought me a smoothie for no reason and said, “You know it doesn’t have to end at smoothies, right? Most men I know would do anything for a girl like you.” That’s when I realized that I was about to settle for a boy I had to beg to propose to me.

When I moved back to where my fiancé lived, everything was different. I couldn’t be around him without wondering if marrying him was the right choice. I felt like I had just woken up from a long sleep, and I wanted to get out and explore more before getting married. Breaking up with him wasn’t the difficult part, but terminating the wedding was. I wasn’t in love with wedding planning in the first place—the whole event stressed me out—but I couldn’t stop thinking that everyone would be disappointed in me, that I was throwing away all the money and work that had gone into it so far. About eight weeks before the wedding, I told him I didn’t want to get married anymore. He took the breakup very hard and cut me out of his life. Now, almost five years later, I’m in a fulfilling open marriage with a lovely man who adores me. I often think about the very different life I could be leading today, and I shudder.

I just wasn’t happy, and that’s enough of a reason.

Iris, 25, engaged for 11 months

There were a lot of small problems that snowballed over the course of several months before [I ended it]. He would lie about little things, which eroded trust. I would tell him that something he did hurt me, and he would blow it off. He wouldn’t take responsibility for his actions, and I saw a really angry and petty side of him that he had kept hidden before. We honestly shouldn’t have gotten engaged in the first place, but we’re both in the army. There was this pressure to get married so we could be stationed at the same place.

I tried to ignore our incompatibility issues for much longer than I should have. I would justify stuff he did by saying, “Well, this isn’t too bad” or “All relationships have these bumps.” But as we got closer to the wedding, I felt physically sick over it. I couldn’t imagine a future with him, and I comforted myself by saying, “We could always get divorced.” That’s not the mindset you should have going into a marriage. I feel embarrassed sometimes because he didn’t treat me poorly. We didn’t break up because he was cheating on me or because he was abusive. I just wasn’t happy, and that’s enough of a reason.

Jessica, 36, engaged for 10 months

I ended it because something was not right. Anytime I questioned something [he did], he would either get sheepish or start shouting that I didn’t trust him. I started feeling like I was dumb. Then an issue came up after my family’s accounts were audited, and I realized that he had “borrowed” money he had no way of paying back. He was always in need of money urgently, and I [later] found out from his mother that he lied about the money he had received from my family. I plan to never speak with him again.

Nicole, 27, engaged for 7 months

It was by far the scariest decision I’ve ever had to make. I felt comfortable with [my fiancé], we were building a life together, but something didn’t click like it used to. My venue, photographer, and DJ were booked, the save the dates were sent out, I even bought the perfect dress…but something didn’t feel right. I realized that I had fallen out of love with the guy I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with.

I read horror stories online of girls going through with their weddings, crying on the actual day, and I knew I couldn’t be one of them. There was just something so wrong about forcing yourself to love the person you were going to spend forever with. So I broke up with him. People were shocked, but I had enough people on my side to be OK. My ex and I still talk to this day, and we both came to the conclusion that romantically it was just never going to work for us. I’m happy I had the courage to end something that could have been so permanent. I’m confident I’ll still get my happy ending someday.

Once we had broken up, I felt such relief. I obviously felt heartbroken and guilty, but the relief overpowered everything else.

Monica, 42, engaged for 7 months

I got engaged because it was what [I thought] I was supposed to do to make my parents happy. Several months in, I realized I didn’t really love him; I loved someone else. [My ex-fiancé] was also emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. I was worried my parents would be disappointed in me and not understand my choice. I ended it because I wanted more in my life than to be treated poorly. We haven’t spoken since a few months after the breakup; he tried to contact me for a few years, but I completely cut him out. It was the best decision of my life.

Crystal, 26, engaged for 2 years

I had been having doubts for a few months, and then one day I woke up and knew in my soul that I had to break it off. Nothing was necessarily wrong, which is the crazy part. Our relationship was mediocre; we had our ups and downs, but he just didn’t make me feel over-the-moon happy anymore. Because of that, little problems turned into big problems, like his family, lack of effort, lack of communication.

I didn’t feel like I had my fairytale, which I wanted to hold out for. It sounds ridiculous, but I knew in my heart that if I wanted to be truly happy, I had to do it. I wanted to choose happiness. I tried to tell myself that we could work it out, that all relationships have small issues, that I would learn how to be happy again, that we could go to therapy. But at the end of the day, no matter how many times I told myself all of that, it wasn’t enough. Once we had broken up, I felt such relief. I obviously felt heartbroken and guilty, but the relief overpowered everything else.

Holly, 22, engaged for 9 months

I ended the engagement for various reasons. I got into a relationship with him knowing he was an alcoholic and drug addict; he had been clean for about a year when we met. He was very controlling and made me unfollow every male on my social media. I dropped out of college because he was too jealous that I would have classes with men, and he’d be pissed if I wore any makeup because [to him] that meant I was trying to “impress a man.”

The last time I saw him, he accused me of cheating on him because I didn’t want to have sex when he came home at midnight because I had work the next morning. I locked myself in the house while he cursed at me and called me names; he eventually got in his car and drove away. I didn’t contact authorities, and I wish I did, but I did contact his mother. She acted as if it was normal for him to be that way. That was when I realized this wasn’t what I wanted my life to be like. I rationalized in my brain that somehow I deserved this kind of treatment. Once I pulled my head out of the sand, I realized how amazing my life was without him in it, despite the good times we had together. The good doesn’t always outweigh the bad.

Some participants requested their names be changed. These interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Photos: Getty Images

Why Halloween’s Karen Strode Hasn’t Moved Out Of Haddonfield, According To Judy Greer

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for the new Halloween movie! Proceed with caution.

If you’ve seen the new Halloween movie, you know that Judy Greer’s Karen Strode has a strained and complicated relationship with her mother, Jamie Lee Curtis‘ Laurie Strode. That, coupled with Haddonfield’s apparent proximity to the psychiatric institute where Michael Myers, the reason for her mother’s paranoia, was kept, begs the question of why Karen hasn’t moved away. Judy Greer, who plays Karen Strode, imagines the reason is part practical and part optimistic, as she explained:

I think probably [because of] Ray [Karen’s husband, played by Toby Huss] and work. And, you know, because her relationship with her mother is so broken, I think that we sometimes, without knowing it, unconsciously stick around to try to repair something like that. I mean, from a psychological point of view, you maybe have the person that is like, ‘Fuck you, I’m getting out, and don’t call me ever again, I don’t have a mom.’ Or you have the person that fights and kicks and screams, but is never going to give up on getting that relationship right with a parent. Obviously, I think Karen is the second one.

So often in life, where people live is dictated by their jobs and vice-versa, so Karen and her family stay in Haddonfield in part because of her husband Ray, played by Toby Huss (also known as Artie, the Strongest Man in the World) and their jobs. This is a practical reason and makes total sense, as most people don’t just move in a way that goes against practical concerns such as these.

The other reason Judy Greer postulates to Entertainment Weekly is less practical and more idealistic and hopeful. Karen Strode hasn’t moved out of Haddonfield because, despite the strain in their relationship and the difficulties of her childhood, Laurie is still her mother. Instead of giving up on her, Karen stays, hoping to someday repair that relationship.

This paints Karen as an inherently good and hopeful person. She is someone who doesn’t hate her mother, but just doesn’t fully understand her. It’s not that she outright doesn’t want her mother to be a part of her family’s life, it’s just that she doesn’t want the PTSD-suffering, morbid survivalist who believes in the Boogeyman to be around.

Even though in the film we see Karen purposefully avoiding contacting her mother and not inviting her to family events, this reasoning rings true. Although a person might drive you crazy or be the cause of much pain, bonds, especially ones as deep as mother and daughter, are not so easily severed and abandoned.

So even though Judy Greer’s character doesn’t appear to be actively trying to repair that relationship, perhaps she is hoping that one day her mother will just get over her pain and fear and when she does, Karen will be there waiting for her.

There are some other factors that Judy Greer doesn’t really get into that I also think played a role in Karen staying in Haddonfield. For one, just because her relationship with her mother is difficult doesn’t mean she has problems with anyone else or the town itself. She has a life there and presumably friends and other things, so moving because of one relationship at the expense of others doesn’t make much sense.

Also, it is important to note that Karen wasn’t alive when Michael Myers went on his rampage. He is an abstract to her, someone that is the cause of her mother’s trauma and indirectly some of her own, but not something that she has experienced first hand. In Halloween, we see Karen’s skepticism at her mother’s fears, not viewing the incarcerated Michael as a real threat, so it doesn’t seem likely that any proximity to the killer would bother her enough to force relocation.

­Halloween is now playing and slashing up the box office. Take a look at what CinemaBlend thought and let us know what you thought once you’ve seen it. For all the biggest movies still to come in 2018, check out our release schedule.

Blended From Around The Web


Chris Hemsworth Helped A Hitchhiker To His Destination Via Helicopter

Chris Hemsworth is one of the biggest actors on the planet and the celebrity likes to use his fame and fortune for good purposes. That includes helping out a complete strange in a time of need. The Marvel actor is not afraid to post about it on his social media, either. During a recent trip to Australia, Chris Hemsworth found himself providing the good fortune of giving a ride to a wandering hitchhiker out on the street.

Regardless, he didn’t offer just any ride. He offered the traveler a helicopter ride. You can check out the footage of the wonderstruck young gentleman below, all courtesy of Hemsworth’s social media.

It’s not every day that you get to meet a celebrity, let alone bum a ride at their expense. It would be one thing if the said celebrity were giving you a lift to your destination in their car. Instead, Chris Hemsworth pulled all the stops in this Instagram video, providing this unsuspecting hitchhiker with a chance to ride in a helicopter in what appears to be the man’s first time inside a chopper. That makes the experience even more exciting.

Suffice to say, the traveler was more than appreciative of Chris Hemsworth’s efforts to get him where he needed to be. In his typical jokey fashion, Hemsworth noted in the caption section that he was “stoked” his travel companion “wasn’t a serial killer.”

This is not the first time Chris Hemsworth has acted sweet and comical on social media. It should be noted the actor also made himself the butt of the joke on his birthday — of all days — when one of his children slammed his face into an inflamed birthday cake. Thankfully, he wasn’t hurt by this action. He also showcased his romantic side when he posted a humorous video of himself salsa dancing with his wife (not quite proving his dancing skills).

More recently, Chris Hemsworth has been using his social media to showcase some behind-the-scenes footage for his upcoming, untitled Men in Black spin-off, which he is starring in alongside Tessa Thompson, his memorable co-star in Thor: Ragnarok. The actor has recently wrapped filming on that production, which has allowed him to participate in activities like picking up hitchhikers via helicopter rides, and that film comes out June 14, 2019.

Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth can currently be seen on the big screen in Bad Times at the El Royale, which is currently playing in theaters everywhere. His performance in Drew Goddard’s latest film is certainly memorable, to say the least. And it also features more of Hemsworth’s signature dancing. The superhero actor will also be reprising his famous role as Thor, for maybe the final time, in next year’s Avengers film, which comes out on May 3rd. After that, he might be taking a little vacation from acting in order to spend more leisure time with his family. Maybe pick up another hitchhiker too.

For additional celebrity updates and more, you can be sure to check back in with CinemaBlend for all the latest news.

This One Second Trick Makes My Eyebrow Makeup Look Entirely Natural

I’ll never forget it. I was browsing at my suburban mall’s Bobbi Brown counter one day after high school, when an older woman across from me expertly drew on her eyebrows in three seconds flat. This was the halcyon days of 2009, in a world pre-eyebrow makeup boom. Brows were rarely talked about, much less marketed to, and the amount of help that the internet had to offer was basically none. Stunned, I remember saying, wow, she was so good at that. She brusquely replied that she’d done it enough, she should be. My compliment not received as intended, I was hurt. Nine years later, I get it—because it’s no longer my first rodeo, and I’ve likewise honed my brow makeup tricks.

I’ve gone in-depth about how I lost my brows, then got them back before, but the TL;DR version is that I had an eyebrow transplant while in college after a years-long battle with seborrheic dermatitis and the resulting side effects (OCD, hi). Even with the transplant, I still fill in my brows every day with some sort of eyebrow makeup. I’ve dabbled in pencils, powders, and pomades, and the latter is my longest-running favorite. These days, Lancôme’s Sourcils Gel and Sephora Collection’s Pro Brow Brush are a cemented-in part of my morning routine.

There’s no easy way to say this, but in my experience, it’s hard as hell to find your best brow shape. I followed those precise diagrams of where your arch should hit for years, only to realize in retrospect that it looked unnatural and obvious. In general, I think the best advice is to follow the lead of your natural brow shape. I’ve heard makeup artists say that you should stick to filling in the top of your brows versus the bottom, which can make your brows look heavy, but I don’t even think that’s hard-and-fast true, since sometimes I need to fill out a sparse bit in the bottom of my arch.

But along those lines, I have found one foolproof eyebrow trick. After I fill my brows in every morning, I step away from the mirror and come back with a Q-tip doused in micellar water. Bioderma, Garnier, Simple—the brand doesn’t matter so much as the Q-tip motion. Starting from my brow’s inner bottom edge, I run the Q-tip along my brow, and then slightly up into my arch and out through the tail. It’s similar to how pro makeup artists define celebrities’ brows with concealer, but where that highlights every spare hair I have, the micellar trick works like a brow lift.

Filling in the bottom of my arch is essential for keeping the innermost part flowing into the tail, but it’s hard to sketch in that area without throwing off my arch’s balance. Cleaning it up with a Q-tip from below creates this elegant, open brow shape that looks both natural and full. I only wish I could go back in time and tell my college self. In sum, save yourself.

Related Stories:
This Easy Trick Makes My Foundation Last for Hours
This Highlighter Is Better Than an 11-Step Skin Care Routine
This $10 Pen Makes It Look Like You Microbladed Your Brows

Vikings TV Show Got Slammed By Viking Metal Band Icon

Vikings creator Michael Hirst has gone on the record and stated his drama is based on actual history, but how much of it is really based on fact? Not much, according to Viking metal band icon and frontman of Enslaved, Grutle Kjellson. Kjellson trashed the program in a recent interview and said the History series was so inaccurate it was affecting his love of Norse mythology:

Grutle Kjellson doesn’t think much, if any, of Vikings is accurate. Kjellson kept his complaints to the series’ story and dismissed a question that implied he took issue with some of the show’s actors not being from Scandinavia. The metal singer didn’t give many specific notes on how Vikings could improve, although he did tell Diamond Oz later in the interview he appreciated the film Valhalla Rising because there was “less makeup” involved.

Kjellson’s opinion may hold more weight than other metal musicians as Enslaved has built a long-lasting career on songs that center on Norse mythology. Enslaved started making Viking-inspired music in 1991 and has since released 14 studio albums to date with another album currently in development. Their dedication to the culture has won them fans and prompted the Norwegian government to commission a song from them to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the country’s constitution in 2014.

For all the heat he’s getting from Grutle Kjellson, Vikings creator Michael Hirst has received acclaim elsewhere. Notably, the creator mentioned he was thanked by a museum curator in Oslo who said the show has increased people’s interest in Viking culture immensely. Hirst also got props from the head of Scandinavian studies at Harvard, so one would imagine his adaptation of Viking life is not as awful as Kjellson would have folks believe.

Ultimately, neither Kjellson or Hirst may ever know how accurate Vikings may be. The Norse texts the series is based on were often written hundreds of years after the events depicted took place, and it’s probable the true story behind these legends got twisted or exaggerated as they were passed on over time. Perhaps Vikings really did wear that much makeup, but there were no incidents of bear fights?

Vikings returns to History to finish out Season 5 on Wednesday, November 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out all television that’s coming before and after that by visiting and bookmarking our fall premiere guide.

Netflix’s Big Mouth Is Extremely Popular In Porn Searches

Big Mouth was not completely absent from Pornhub’s search traffic ahead of Season 2’s premiere on October 5th, to be sure, but it might as well have been. Attention skyrocketed that weekend, and the website reported a 14,937% increase in Big Mouth searches over the previous average to date. That peak day came on Monday, October 8, when searches for “big mouth cartoon” equalled those for “cartoon,” which is regularly one of Pornhub’s Top 20 search terms.

Ezra Miller Has Some Blunt Thoughts About Criticism Of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Ezra Miller has been in a run of popular movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Justice League. As such, he’s seen a lot of complaints from people on the Internet before a movie has even been released. Ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald he has some comments for the people who haven’t been holding their tongues until opening night. Per Miller:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is about to hit theaters. This time around, the magical franchise will be telling more of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s story, touching on the fact that J.K. Rowling wrote Dumbledore as a gay character.

Elsewhere, there’s been some commentary about keeping Johnny Depp in the franchise thanks to his personal life problems, leading to plenty of people talking about the movie online. The comments haven’t always been great, and Ezra Miller, who will be back playing Credence in the new movie, clearly thinks people should just go see the darn movie before they start judging the final product.

In terms of Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality, previously it seemed as if Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald would not focus on Dumbeldore’s sexual relationships. Then, just a few weeks ago, director David Yates said that the narrative “doesn’t focus on his sexuality” but that part of the storyline will be present and is important to the character’s life.

In the final trailer for the movie, we also saw Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore unsheathe the Mirror of Erised and see Grindelwald staring back at him. That moment both calls back to the desires Harry Potter saw in the mirror in the previous franchise movies and the conversation he had with Dumbledore following the use of the mirror. You can catch the moment, below.

Ezra Miller also spoke with Total Film about how moments like those are presenting “Dumbledore’s queerness” to a big screen audience.

Five movies are eventually expected to be produced in the world of Fantastic Beasts. Even if Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t overall a love story, there may still be room to tell more of Dumbledore’s story from a romantic standpoint later on. If and when that happens, it’s likely Ezra Miller will have the same advice: Just watch the movie before you decide whether or not it’s worth complaining about.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16.

No Big Deal, Just Britney Spears Doing Backflips To A Song By Ex Justin Timberlake

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake haven’t been an item since 2002, but they were reunited in an unexpected way this past weekend. On social media, the singer-dancer posted a video of herself doing backflips in what appears to be her backyard. What is most drawing people’s attention is the music that accompanied her workout. As she flipped again and again, Britney Spears was moving to a song from none other than her former partner Justin Timberlake, which has us feeling all the nostalgia. Go ahead and check out the video below.

Now, there’s a chance that Britney Spears isn’t trying to say anything at all with the Instagram video. It’s entirely possible that Spears simply likes the Justin Timberlake tune and felt that was the one that best expressed her musical movements in this particular social media video. Regardless, some hopeful ’90s/early ’00s music lovers may be holding out hope that Spears could be teasing a possible team-up between the two mega-famous musicians. Nothing is impossible, and the musicians have noted in the past that they are both open to collaborating with one another again if the opportunity were to present itself. For now, it doesn’t seem as if that’s what’s happening here.

Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let’s just stick to the facts: Britney Spears is using this video to promote her love of “flips and Mother Nature,” as she admits in the caption. With her repetitious string of backflips, it’s clear that Spears is in excellent physical condition and ready to flaunt it. For the record, the Justin Timberlake song that is playing in the background of this social media video is “LoveStoned,” which was released back in 2006.

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were once among the hottest couple in Hollywood when they dated between 1999 and 2002. She was one of the biggest pop sensations in the world, while he was at the forefront of one of the most famous boy bands at the time. This meant their relationship was never far from the media’s eye. But it wasn’t meant to be, as Spears and Timberlake called it quits after several years together. Even though they’re not a couple anymore, however, the high-profile musicians don’t appear to have a bitter relationship. And this video suggests there are at least some fond feelings.

Meanwhile, Britney Spears was recently met with unwelcome news from another famous ex, Kevin Federline. The former backup dancer, who was married to the musician for several years, wanted more child support money, which he was ultimately given by Spears a month ago. It is something K-Fed has been fighting for since the very early months of 2018. The “Oops, I Did It Again” singer was reportedly not at all happy about this decision.

We will continue to keep you posted on all the latest celebrity news, updates and a whole lot more right here at CinemaBlend.

Wonder Woman 1984 Has Been Pushed Back

For those of you who were looking forward to being treated to Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 next year, you’ll have to make due with Blly Batson holding down the DC Extended Universe fort on his own. Originally scheduled to come out on November 1, 2019, Word has just come in that Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back seven months, now putting it square in summer 2020. This update comes from Gal Gadot herself, who tweeted:

So rather than being the first blockbuster of the winter 2019 movie season, Wonder Woman 1984 will now be released on June 5, 2020. Not only is that a more traditional slot for an action-packed blockbuster, but this also means the sequel will arrive basically three full years after the first Wonder Woman movie, which came out on June 2, 2017. Wonder Woman 1984 new date was previously occupied by Six Billion Dollar Man, which Warner Bros has taken off the calendar.