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Ariana Grande’s Valentine’s Day Manicure Is a Total Mood

Fresh off Friday’s release of thank u, next—a standout album featuring 41 minutes of extremely excellent bops that reportedly took just two weeks to produceAriana Grande is also sporting a fresh manicure. Given that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, it’s only fitting that it’s in line with the romance-themed holiday, as she showed off on Instagram Stories on Friday with some tongue-in-cheek humor. It just might not be in the way you’d totally expect.

Grande’s 2018 was more than a little rough, romantically speaking: a breakup with Mac Miller, followed by a 0-to-100 relationship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson complete with a ring, then Miller’s death—and then a breakup with Davidson. Her time since then has been one of taking a minute for herself, and apparently, the incredible burst of creative productivity that led to her new album. As far as dating, that’s the furthest thing from her mind: As she tweeted on New Year’s in response to a fan asking who she was dating, “spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it’s no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions. 🖤”

This spirit runs true in her Valentine’s mani, too—but with Ariana’s dry sense of humor. She posted an Instagram Story on Friday that first showed off her friend Alexa’s neon, heart-shaped, almost French manicure-like tips (we told you they’re coming back). Each one had a little Valentine’s message written on it, like what you usually get on those chalky candy hearts: “Hug me,” “Yum,”—you get it.

“Nice Valentine’s Day nails, Alexa,” Ari says as she pans the camera. “They’re so cute.” Next up is a glimpse of Ariana’s own nails, each of which is a plain baby pink except for her left ring finger, which has a “NAH” painted on it.

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Her message is pretty loud and clear (and downright funny): It’s a thank u, next for Valentine’s Day this year.

The Lego Movie 2 Is Making Less Money Than Expected

According to Variety, The LEGO Movie 2 is still expected to top the box office at the end of this opening weekend, but with an estimated domestic gross of $31 million from 4,303 theaters. (That’s a lot of screens.) The film had been tracking for something closer to $50 million, so this revised estimate is a bit of a disappointment.

As Box Office Mojo noted, if The LEGO Movie 2 does have a $30 million opening, that would be a drop of more than 50% off the debut of the 2014 film.

There have been four LEGO movies in the current film franchise so far. For comparison, here are the domestic box office openings:

The LEGO Movie – 2014 – $69 million
The LEGO Batman Movie – 2017 – $53 million
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – 2019 – $31 million (estimate)
The LEGO Ninjago Movie – 2017 – $20 million

CinemaBlend will have a full box office rundown tomorrow, but The LEGO Movie 2 is still expected to be the #1 movie. It just sounds like the weekend will be quieter than hoped (but at least not as quiet as last week’s Super Bowl slumbertown). We know the 2019 box office is going to kick into high gear soon, but … not this weekend soon.

Taraji P. Henson’s What Men Want is expected to take second place on the February 8-10 box office chart with an opening in the $18 million range, with Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit earning over $10 million, and The Prodigy grossing somewhere around $6 million.

The LEGO Movie 2 brings back Chris Pratt to voice construction worker Emmet Brickowski — and he also takes on the new role of Rex Dangervest — with Elizabeth Banks back as Lucy/Wyldstyle, and Will Arnett returning as Batman.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directed The LEGO Movie and said everyone told them not to make a sequel. But they came back to write the screenplay for and produce The LEGO Movie 2, with Mike Mitchell now as director.

So far, fans seem to be enjoying the LEGO sequel — it currently has an 84% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, the exact same score critics gave it, plus a 7.4/10 user rating at IMDb. That’s fine, it’s just not doing as well as the first one. It happens.

Check out our 2019 movie calendar to stay up-to-date on what else is playing in movie theaters right now, and to see what’s coming soon as the 2019 schedule starts to get very busy.

James Cameron Reveals Terminator 6 Title, And More Details

James Cameron may be hard at work on the upcoming Avatar sequels at the moment, but that’s not stopping him from getting fans excited for the return of the Terminator this fall. After calling the upcoming action flick Terminator 6 for some time, Cameron is making it somewhat official with an update on the title. Here’s what he said:

Exciting! The title gives us something to work with in terms of what to expect from the next Terminator movie. Dark Fate gives the film… well an implied “dark” tone. The use of the term “fate” certainly plays well into the time travel element of the Terminator franchise and stirs up a few chills about what exactly this “dark fate” will be. But remember, as the Terminator franchise has taught us, “There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

Per James Cameron’s words to Yahoo! Entertainment, the title isn’t quite official yet, but it’s certainly an intriguing development for the film, straight from the man who started the franchise back in 1984. Although he only serves as executive producer on this project, Dark Fate will mark the first time he will be involved in a Terminator movie since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Deadpool director Tim Miller is helming Terminator: Dark Fate and the movie is set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, along with two new leads played by Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes, with Gabriel Luna as the new Terminator. The movie will also will ignore every Terminator sequel after Judgment Day. James Cameron also told Yahoo! this:

James Cameron knows what the fans want! Seeing Linda Hamilton back in action as Sarah Conner for the first time in almost 30 years is likely worth the price of admission on its own. It’s hard to imagine how she could be even more hardened than in T2, though, and don’t even start with “likable.” She’s an icon. His comments also make it sound like the installment might set things up for the franchise to continue through the new cast… which has failed in the past (cough cough 2015’s Terminator Genisys). But with more original collaborators on hand, the next time could be the charm.

Terminator: Dark Fate — the title for now, and maybe for good — is coming to theaters on November 1, 2019.

‘Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore.’ Retailers, Florists Cash In on ‘Galentine’s Day,’ a Ladies-Only Spin

What should you get your friend for Galentine’s Day? Everyone from Hallmark to Walmart suddenly has an idea.

Women across the country are embracing a ladies-only spin on Valentine’s called Galentine’s Day, a celebration of female friendship marked by brunches, pink drinks—and each other. “No boys allowed,” says 35-year-old project manager Amanda Nietzel, who is hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch Feb. 9 in Brooklyn, N.Y.


The Avatar Sequels Will Be Standalone Movies, According To The Producer

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Avatar, but after years of development, there are four sequels officially on the way. That’s a significant amount of time in-between sequels, but new fans to the franchise apparently won’t have a problem catching up. Avatar producer Jon Landau recently revealed that all of the Avatar sequels are being approached as standalone films, each with their own contained adventure.

Avatar sequels have been in development for several years. Originally, James Cameron envisioned Avatar as a trilogy of films. However, as he kept writing and developing after the first Avatar, he kept adding more movies to his saga until he landed on five movies total. Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 already have scripts and are currently going through production, but they won’t arrive in theaters until 2020 and 2021. With so much time having passed, will people still be as into Avatar 2 than if it had come out in, say, 2012?

One way that James Cameron and the makers of Avatar are seemingly addressing this concern is by making each sequel accessible to new fans. No one has to remember too many details from the first Avatar in order to enjoy Avatar 2.

Producer Jon Landau told Collider that each Avatar sequel was approached as a standalone adventure. Each one tells an emotional journey with a conclusion. So, if you skip Avatar 2 and watch Avatar 3, you’ll be able to follow along without having missed too much.

Despite the fact that Avatar is still the highest-grossing movie ever made, it hasn’t had much of a lasting impression. It has a major presence at Disney Animal Kingdom, but Avatar hasn’t remained in the cultural zeitgeist like other films. That’s a significant challenge when four sequels are in development, but this seems like a really smart plan for dealing with that. If Avatar 2 was a direct continuation of the 2009 film, you run the risk of people not being invested. A standalone adventure requires a less commitment.

The first of the planned sequels, Avatar 2, won’t arrive in theaters until December 18, 2020. Until then, here are all the movies in 2019 that you can catch in theaters.

Wow, Sean Penn Is Really Pissed Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born Hasn’t Dominated Awards Season

When A Star Is Born was first screened, audiences couldn’t stop raving about Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. “Oscar frontrunner” was being thrown around left and right. As award season has played out, it has certainly been in conversation among the best films of the year, but it’s no longer expected to sweep the night, as other contenders have dominated.

When Oscar nominations were announced, A Star Is Born was recognized in eight categories, but Bradley Cooper’s name was notably missing from the Best Director short list. Actor Sean Penn has now penned an essay with Deadline to explain why he thinks A Star Is Born is being snubbed and how that’s a problem. Here’s how he put it, in part:

Per Sean Penn’s words, it looks like Bradley Cooper may be getting overlooked because he’s regarded as a young talent and a “star” perhaps with more work on the horizon. As Penn notes, not recognizing Cooper for the accomplishment of A Star Is Born due to this doesn’t do justice to what he achieved with the musical drama starring himself and Lady Gaga.

In his essay, Sean Penn continued by pointing out the strengths of A Star Is Born, expressing how the love story is about the “flawed contemporary characters we are” and doesn’t pander to the politics of today — perhaps referencing fellow Best Picture nominees Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman. He also continued with these words:

Sean Penn likely penned this in hopes of elevating A Star Is Born’s chances at some golden trophies following Bradley Cooper’s snub for Best Director — among other overlooked films of 2018 such as Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and First Reformed.

A Star Is Born was no question a massive undertaking for Bradley Cooper. He co-wrote the script, starred in the film, and sang original songs live – some of which he helped write — and he directed the film. For the actor to receive nods for his work as actor, screenplay, etc. but not for helming it all doesn’t make much sense, does it?

Bradley Cooper did break records on the BAFTA nominee list for being the first to be simultaneously be nominated for actor, director, screenwriter, composer and producer. We’ll see how he does when the BAFTA awards will be taking place this Sunday, February 10.

After that, Bradley Cooper’s movie will take on the Oscars — alongside other contenders including Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma and Vice. He will reportedly be performing “Shallow” live with Lady Gaga at the show on February 24 on ABC.

Avengers 4 Fan Theory: Did The Infinity War Trailer Have Scenes For Endgame?

Time travel is heavily rumored to play a big part in Avengers: Endgame and a new fan theory is taking that idea one step further. Getting the marketing involved in all this, the fan theorizes that the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War actually contains scenes that will be in Endgame, rationalizing that the little variations are actually a result of time travel. Here’s the theory:

Even after one trailer, one Super Bowl TV spot, and only 82 days left until the movie premieres, there is still shockingly little information about Avengers: Endgame. Promotional materials are slowly making their way online, but before the marketing push really takes effect, Marvel fans are coming up with their own theories to keep themselves busy.

The latest one offers an interesting perspective. With the Avengers speculated to turn to time travel as a means to reverse the damage done to the universe by Thanos, one fan proposes that we’ve already seen the results of this time tampering.

As the theorist speculates on Reddit, the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has references to scenes that don’t show up in the actual movie. For example, Thanos only has the Power and Space Stones on Titan in the trailer when at that point in the film he had four Infinity Stones. There’s also the infamous shot of the Avengers and the army of Wakanda running through a forest towards the camera, and that never made its way into the movie.

The fan believes that all of these scenes may be in Endgame as examples of how the Avengers are changing history by time traveling. Maybe Thanos will only end of with two stones during the fight on Titan because the Avengers stop him from gaining the other two.

I’m all for a fan theory, and this one has an interesting perspective, but I think it’s over-thinking things a bit much. For starters, lots of blockbuster trailers have scenes that don’t make it into the movie. Rogue One is an infamous example of this. Sometimes, studios will film shots for the sole purpose of putting them in the trailer — something Marvel has done on occasion. Marvel, in particular, will alter shots with CGI so as not to give away spoilers.

Also, this theory somewhat implies that we’ll be seeing some scenes from Infinity War all over again, which seems unlikely. If you have access to time travel, it’s more entertaining to visit other past Marvel films than the one everyone saw only a year ago. Additionally, the idea that the Avengers are trying to change history by making really tiny changes like waiting slightly longer to join a fight is boring.

We’re all chomping our fingernails in anticipation of Avengers: Endgame and we don’t have that much longer to wait. Endgame is all set to arrive in theaters on April 26. To learn more about the film, here’s what we know so far.

The Jurassic World 3 Storyline Blew Chris Pratt Away: ‘You Will Not Be Disappointed’

Last year, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hit theaters and left fans with a doozy of a cliffhanger. Isla Nublar is gone and now the remaining dinosaurs are all roaming free on the mainland. Jurassic World 3 will presumably deal with the fallout of this, and show how humanity reacts to the real possibility of raptor attacks. Details on the film are slim, but Chris Pratt knows everything that’s going to happen, and he’s telling everyone to hold on to your butts.

While it didn’t leave as much of an impression as the first film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom left its stamp on the franchise by blowing the door wide open for story possibilities in Jurassic World 3. We know very little about that movie, and we’ve still got two years before it’s expected to arrive in theaters. Updates on the film are going to be slim for a while, but at least now we know more than that disappointing detail about downtown dinos.

In an interview with MTV News, Chris Pratt dropped what details he could about Jurassic World 3. Pratt obviously couldn’t say much, but he was blown away by the script and the direction it took. The film will be just as epic as ever and fans won’t be left disappointed by how it ends. Of course, it’s kind of Pratt’s job to hype up the film, but taken at face value, it sounds like fans have something to look forward to with this trilogy-capper.

One interesting tidbit that Chris Pratt drops is how the technology of Jurassic World has moved forward and how that has affected the planet. Said technology is likely the cloning process that brought the dinosaurs back from extinction. Fallen Kingdom showcased that cloning could be used on far more things than dinosaurs, successfully creating a human clone. I would imagine that will play a big part in Jurassic World 3.

Chris Pratt also said they “jump forward,” which may be a hint to a fairly significant time jump, or that may be inferring too much from a comment about jumping into the third film.

We’ll all just have to speculate on how Jurassic World 3 will end. The movie isn’t scheduled to arrive in theaters until June 11, 2021. The good news is that there are lots of movies coming out before then and you can learn about them in our 2019 movie release guide.

James Wan Responds To Aquaman Spinoff Reports On The Trench

It came as no surprise that Warner Bros. was considering a spinoff to its billion dollar hit Aquaman. What is surprising, however, is that the film will reportedly revolve around the Trench, the amphibious monsters that try to devour Aquaman and Mera midway through the movie. That’s an interesting choice for a movie. And now Aquaman director James Wan has weighed in on the new rumors by expressing excitement — but not confirming or denying anything.

In case you missed out on Aquaman last year, the Trench are a group of Atlanteans who were cut off from the kingdom after it sunk into the ocean. Over the course of time, these citizens evolved into the Trench, carnivorous creatures who live in the deepest part of the ocean and prey on those who enter their waters.

Once the Trench enter the picture and Aquaman and Mera are swimming for their lives, the movie gets really good and stays that way. Combined with James Wan’s affinity for horror, a Trench movie starts to sound very interesting. Rumor has it that the Trench spinoff would have a lower budget than other DC productions and wouldn’t feature any characters from the main cast of Aquaman.

While James Wan isn’t in the habit of confirming or denying rumors, he did take the time to share his thoughts about the Trench on Twitter. The director wrote that he “fell in love” with the Trench during pre-production and that he had hoped to be able to explore their world more in the future. So, if there is any truth to the rumor, Wan sounds totally down for it.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time one of James Wan’s movies gave birth to a spinoff about a spooky creature. That’s kind of his M.O. The Conjuring movies introduced Annabelle the doll and the Nun, and both went on to receive their own movies. Just how much this is planned is unclear, but Wan wanted to make it clear on Twitter that nothing he does is an accident.

A movie about the Trench feels right up James Wan’s alley, but he’s allegedly just attached to produce at the moment. (It should be pointed out he hasn’t directed any of the Conjuring spinoffs either). Writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald will reportedly pen a “horror-tinged script” about the Trench.

Warner Bros. has a lot of DC films on its plate at the moment, so we’ll have to see where the Trench fall in line on the production schedule. We also still have Aquaman 2 to look forward to, which DC is likely keen to make. Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the latest news about the project as soon as it becomes available.

Bird Box Star Was Shocked To Suddenly Become A Meme

The world may finally be calming down from the Bird Box craziness, but the memes live on. Netflix released the Sandra Bullock film at the end of December 2018, and it became an unexpected phenomenon. People blindfolded themselves for the #BirdBoxChallenge, until Netflix — and then authorities — had to ask people to be careful and, for heaven’s sake, don’t drive with your eyes covered!

Fans turned Bird Box into a meme factory, particularly finding great use for shots of Tom Hollander’s mentally unhinged Gary as he desperately tried to get the other characters to SEE. Fans used the Gary meme in any number of jokes and real-life references, which was all a huge surprise to Tom Hollander himself.

Yeah, that has to be something. Tom Hollander is a 51-year-old award-winning British actor — known for films like Gosford Park, Pride & Prejudice, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and TV series like The Night Manager. And now also as The Crazy Guy In Bird Box.

As Tom Hollander noted to Metro U.K., they filmed Bird Box back in 2017 so a year went by and suddenly — boom — he’s the focal point of memes like this:

Bird Box memes were everywhere about a month ago. The #BirdBoxChallenge seemed to pop up out of nowhere, with fans trying to mimic the film (and book’s) conceit of needing to shield your eyes through everyday life. If you saw one of the mysterious monsters, it would reveal your biggest fear, and you’d either kill yourself or — if you were already mentally unstable like Gary — you’d becoming an evangelist for the creatures and try to force everyone to see.

It’s possible Bird Box will get a sequel of some kind, since it was reportedly a huge hit for Netflix, but there’s no word on that front yet. For Tom Hollander? After Gary, he had a role in Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and he’ll apparently have three roles in the upcoming Kingsman prequel Kingsman: The Great Game. Here’s what’s headed to the big screen in 2019, and also what you can keep an eye on from Netflix.