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Nordstrom Cyber Monday 2018: Best Deals to Shop

On Black Friday we said you may want to consider throwing your budget out the window because of Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale. Well we have some bad news for your budget but overall good news for you: the Nordstrom Cyber Monday sale is here and it lasts until Wednesday November 28. But with 60% off select items plus a $50 gift certificate when you spend over $250, you really won’t be doing much damage to your budget anyway. If you’re looking to build out your winter wardrobe look no further with designer steals from brands like Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman. If Something Navy or Topshop is more your speed, Nordstrom’s Cyber Monday sale has pieces from them highly discounted as well. There’s something for everybody and if you’re feeling extra generous, you can pick up a great holiday gift in the process. Shop our favorite Nordstrom Cyber Week deals below.

After Hellboy, Ron Perlman Has No Interest In Playing Another Superhero

There is a new Hellboy movie coming next year, but unlike the previous two, actor Ron Perlman isn’t in it. David Harbour will instead play the titular character as the franchise reboots. So with his horns permanently severed, does that mean that Ron Perlman could one day play another superhero on the big screen? Not so fast, because Ron Perlman doesn’t have any real interest in playing another superhero after Hellboy, as he explained:

Comic book movie fans are constantly fan casting and imagining what different characters would look like onscreen and who would play them, but Ron Perlman isn’t that guy. Since he’s not a natural fan of comics, he doesn’t have a huge list of characters in his head that he’s dying to play. So the interest simply isn’t there for him to pursue another superhero role.

Ron Perlman came to Hellboy in the first place because of director Guillermo del Toro, whom he had previously worked with on Cronos and Blade II. Guillermo sold him on the Hellboy character and his story to get him in the film, but that didn’t suddenly turn Ron Perlman into a die-hard comic book fan.

The other pont that Ron Perlman brought up to is his age. Although he doesn’t seem it, Ron Perlman is 68 and thinks that at his age maybe he shouldn’t be trying to play superheroes anymore. That could be because of the physicality of the roles or just a sober and honest assessment of the business reality that there aren’t many superheroes that Hollywood is going to cast with a 68-year-old guy. It’s kind of sad to think about, but at least he isn’t pining for one last go as a superhero.

We also know that Ron Perlman really wanted Hellboy 3 to get made and was bummed that it didn’t happen. So you could understand why he might not want to enter that realm again after the lack of closure the first time around.

So although he is Hellboy to fans and many would love to see him back in the superhero realm, Ron Perlman just isn’t particularly interested. Now just because he isn’t currently interested doesn’t mean that a persuasive filmmaker with the right character couldn’t convince him to play a superhero again.

There is a natural inclination among fans to think that once you’re in the superhero realm you never really leave. Chris Evans, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Affleck are all testament to this, having played multiple comic book characters over the years and I think many would like to see Ron Perlman join their ranks.

The comic book movie genre is continuing to expand into lesser-known territory, and there are undoubtedly plenty of characters Ron Perlman could still play, even at his age if he wanted and the opportunity was there. He once offered up his services as Cable and was even rumored as Swamp Thing. Personally, I could totally see him as Lobo or a mutant in an MCU X-Men movie.

Although he may be done in the world of superheroes, Ron Perlman will still be a big screen presence for genre fans. The actor is currently filming the video game Monster Hunter. That movie is still probably a ways off, but for all the huge titles hitting theaters next year, check out our 2019 release schedule.

How The 9 To 5 Sequel Will Bring Dolly Parton Back

9 to 5 is a comedic classic, but that doesn’t mean that plans to reboot or revive the movie haven’t been around for decades. With another stab being taken at bringing the story into the modern era via an actual sequel, we’ve heard how Dolly Parton, along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, might come back for the new film. Apparently, the current plan is to have a new trio of wronged ladies seek out the originals for a bit of advice. According to Parton:

This gives us a chance to have three new young [women], whoever they may be, working at Consolidated, the company that we were with, and then they find these three older women — Lily, Jane, and myself — working out in the workplace, and so they wanna find out what we did. They’re gonna pick our brains for information, so that’s gonna actually lend itself to some really funny stuff, some cute stuff. And then, there’s having six great women, instead of just the three.

In case you don’t know the joys of 9 to 5 (and shame on you, if that’s the case), the film focuses on three women, Judy, Violet and Doralee (Fonda, Tomlin and Parton respectively), who work for a company with highly sexist and generally unfriendly business practices, and also happen to have a boss, Frank (Dabney Coleman), who firmly embraces those practices and directly sexually harasses Doralee. After becoming unlikely buds when work woes get them down and bonding over how they’d like to take care of Frank and make the company better, things take an even more hilarious turn when they find themselves kidnapping their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss and secretly running the company.

If this sounds like the kind of idea that would drive disgruntled workers to the theater in droves, you’re right. 9 to 5 came out in 1980 and made almost $104 million dollars, which led to it being listed as one of the highest grossing comedies of all time. Along with giving the world Dolly Parton’s catchy hit song “9 to 5” and fully launching her into broad pop culture stardom, the movie also spawned a TV show of the same name that ran for five seasons on ABC, and later in first run syndication, from 1982 through 1988. A Broadway musical, with new songs by Parton, opened in 2009 and received 15 prestigious Drama Desk Award nominations, the most for any production in a single year, and also scored four Tony nominations.

Dolly Parton also mentioned, in her interview with Entertainment Weekly, that Pat Resnick (who wrote the original film and the stage show) is working on this new film with Rashida Jones. While Jones is best known for her work as an actress on television and in movies like Parks and Recreation, Angie Tribeca and I Love You, Man, she’s also worked behind the camera and wrote the film Celeste and Jesse Forever, as well as an episode of Black Mirror and the recent documentary about her father Quincy Jones, Quincy. And, it’s pretty clear that these two know that getting the original 9 to 5 trio of badass ladies to join in on the fun is a good idea.

With so many reboots, remakes, revivals and the like already coming down the pike or currently on TV and in theaters, it’s become pretty clear that for every audience member that enjoys reliving these stories (or enjoying them for the first time), there are dozens who would rather just watch the original and are either actively against favorites from days gone by being updated or simply don’t understand why so many remakes / reimaginings / long-awaited sequels are happening now.

Of course, everyone who makes a movie or TV show is looking to get as many eyeballs on it as possible, so the idea of finding a way to bring a classic that was beloved by many back to the screen seems like the perfect way to ensure an automatic audience. And, it’s clear that Pat Resnick and Rashida Jones know what they’re about by starting with the idea of getting Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to reprise their roles from the first movie.

Part of what makes 9 to 5 so funny and memorable is not just the basic performances of the leads, but the friendship that quickly grows between the women, who are all in a bad place when it comes to their careers. The camaraderie between the three is what really makes 9 to 5 sing, and as much as I’m sure that every effort will be made, when casting the young leads for the new film, to find a new group of ladies who have the same rapport that Parton, Fonda and Tomlin did, you simply can’t go wrong by adding them to the cast to bring in some of that familiar zing.

Another way that the writers and stars are hoping to have the 9 to 5 sequel connect with modern audiences is that the topics the original film covered are still relevant. Dolly Parton mentioned in her interview that the #MeToo movement now has many women standing up for themselves and their rights, especially in the workplace, so the comedy can be used, once again, to highlight important issues while still giving people a little bit of a break from bad news, something we have always needed comedies to help us with.

While I am always skeptical when folks start talking about rebooting or remaking classics, it does seem like the team working on 9 to 5 has the right idea, so I’m willing to give this a shot if it continues to develop. It’s also a good sign that Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are willing to jump back in as long as they like the story that Pat Resnick and Rashida Jones come up with, so here’s hoping that they create something as funny, weird and meaningful and the original.

The 9 to 5 sequel is still in the early stages of development, so there’s no word right now on when we could see it on the big screen. But, be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend, and we’ll let you know about any updates on the project as they become available to us.

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Cyber Monday 2018: Best Coat Deals to Shop

If you didn’t pull the trigger on a new winter coat on Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals are here to save the day with even bigger discounts on even better coats. If you’re practical and need a great puffer, there are plenty of those. If you’re extra as hell and looking for a statement, there are also tons of coats that will help you make one. And if you’re just looking to resemble a fuzzy yeti, there are plenty of faux fur options heavily discounted. Shop our favorite Cyber Monday coat deals below from brands like Reformation, & Other Stories and Asos for up to 60% off (!!!).

The Good Place Creator Revealed What He Refused To Show In The Bad Place

The Bad Place of The Good Place is certainly a location no one wants to visit when they die, although so far, it doesn’t seem nearly as bad as most depictions of Hell in popular media. Series creator Michael Schur recently explained why that is, and added in two things that he’s refused to be shown in The Bad Place.

Seeing a child in The Bad Place or physical pain inflicted on others could be funny on The Good Place, but Michael Schur wants to keep with lighter forms of torture. As funny as it may be to hear about the penis flatteners, two-headed man-eating bears, and demons grabbing someone’s butt from the inside and turning them inside out, actually seeing that go down wouldn’t be so funny. Okay, two of those three wouldn’t be hilarious to see on screen.

Despite that, Michael Schur isn’t down for changing his mind on adding violence and torture to The Good Place anytime soon. Instead, he’d rather the show’s demons be almost to be represented the same as humans, with the difference being their penchant for finding ways to torture their victims in unique ways. As Schur mentioned at L.A.’s Vulture Festival (via Vulture), this is obviously the much more humorous way to approach Hell’s servants. Here’s how he put it:

The Good Place has instead turned Hell into a corporation of sorts, where demons approach their responsibilities of torture and mayhem as if they were a job. There are board meetings, discussions on how to innovate torture, and competition amongst demons in what seems to be a cut-throat work environment. Of course, there are actual spots where damned humans are tortured, but those locales have yet to be shown on the NBC comedy.

If Michael Schur is adamant on his rules for The Bad Place, there’s a good chance we’ll never get to see any torture beyond demons getting locked up inside cocoons. Schur is a fan, however, of introducing demons to paint a vivid picture of what won’t be shown, such as the guys from the toxic masculinity department. More characters like that should lay things out well enough that viewers don’t need to actually see the torture to know it’s happening.

The Good Place airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is happening on television at the moment, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide. For a look ahead at what’s coming in 2019, head on over to our handy midseason premiere guide.

Kim Kardashian Admits She Was High On Ecstasy While Filming Sex Tape

Turns out, Kim Kardashian West has a weird history with ecstasy. While she is probably not the first person to have an unusual past with the sensory-enhancing drug, it sounds like Kardashian’s life has been changed forever thanks to molly. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star personally admitted in a recent episode of the E! reality TV series that several big moments in her life have been accompanied by the recreational drug, including getting married and making her sex tape. Here’s what Kardashian had to say about ecstasy and its side effects.

The drug-related confessional came during the newest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim Kardashian West casually admitted that her history of drug use was at the center of several big moments in her life — including the making of her very infamous sex tape with Ray J, which helped propel her and the rest of the Kardashian clan into stardom. Kim spilled this information to Kendall Jenner and Scott Disick as they were each trading stories about their history of partying. When Kendall expressed surprise at her sister doing any drugs whatsoever, let alone ecstasy, Kim told the truth.

It should be noted that Kim Kardashian wasn’t referring to her 2014 marriage to her current husband, Kanye West. She was instead referencing her first marriage to Damon Thomas. They were married in 2000 and separated in 2004. The sex tape with her boyfriend at the time, Ray J, was made and released in 2007, and Kardashian claims she was completely high during the taping.

When Scott Disick expressed shock at the notion that Kim Kardashian West was completely high during the sex tape, she claimed that everyone already knew, because she didn’t exactly look sober during the whole thing. It sounded like Kim was surprised that the news was surprising to anyone — let alone her family.

While Kim Kardashian West isn’t exactly known for keeping secrets, this revelation came as a big surprise to not only Scott Disick and Kendall Jenner but also to many viewers at home watching the episode. There are apparently a few well-kept secrets in Kim Kardashian’s life after all. Or, at least, unintended surprises. In any case, we’ll continue to keep you posted on all the latest scoop and surprises on the Kardashian clan, as well as the newest and freshest updates in film, television, video games, pop culture and a whole lot more, right here at CinemaBlend.

Some Romaine Lettuce Is Now Safe to Eat After E. coli Outbreak

UPDATE 11/27/18: After warning Americans last week to abstain from eating any romaine lettuce after a widespread E.coli outbreak, federal health officials said late Monday that some romaine is safe again.

According to ABC News, The Food and Drug Administration determined that the romaine tied to the outbreak comes from “end of season” lettuce harvested California’s Central Coast regions of central and northern California.

“Based on further discussions with the leafy greens industry and with agricultural authorities, we have begun to narrow the location in which we believe the contaminated romaine in the current outbreak was grown. At the time of the outbreak, the vast majority of the romaine on the market was being grown in the Central Coast region of California. Since, then harvesting of romaine lettuce from this region has ended for the year,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

In short, if you don’t know where your lettuce was grown, still best to stay away.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new romaine lettuce recall Tuesday—just in time to throw off your Thanksgiving dinner meal prep. Here’s what you need to know to avoid turning your holiday into an outbreak.

The recall comes after reports of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli, which has so far sickened 32 people in 11 states, plus another 18 people in Canada. “CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak,” the organization stated.

The warnings indicate the romaine lettuce recall is widespread—unlike others that apply only to certain brands, states, or stores, the CDC is currently considering all romaine lettuce unsafe to eat. This means if you have whole, bagged, or boxed romaine in your fridge, throw it out. If you have a salad mix that contains romaine lettuce, throw it out. Even if you have romaine that you’ve eaten and haven’t gotten sick from, throw it out. The CDC is even suggesting washing your fridge shelf or drawer where the romaine was kept. Avoid ordering it at restaurants or buying it at retailers.

Why the all the precautions? E. coli is nothing to mess around with—standard outbreak symptoms include cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting—but this particular strain, called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, can be especially severe. So far, 13 people have been hospitalized from the outbreak in the U.S., including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, though no deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

If you did eat contaminated lettuce, you’ll know pretty quickly. Symptoms can show up anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure, the CDC says. Most cases are mild, so don’t panic. But if you’re still feeling sick after three days, have a high fever or can’t keep any liquids down, don’t wait until after the holiday weekend to see a doctor.

And if romaine was anywhere on your Thanksgiving menu, make an emergency switch to spinach.

Christopher McQuarrie Has Some Blunt Opinions On What The Oscars Should And Shouldn’t Do

For director Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed one of this summer’s blockbuster hits Mission: Impossible – Fallout, one might think that the Academy’s controversial Popular Film award might seem somewhat appealing, since the award show gives little recognition to action flicks these days. McQuarrie has offered his unfiltered opinion on the potential new Oscar category and has some ideas about what the focus of film recognition should be for the Academy in general. In his words:

These are some blunt thoughts about the Popular Film category, Christopher McQuarrie said in a recent interview with Collider. He also brings up an important point about how if the new award was added it would divide the blockbuster hits from quality films when they can in fact be one and the same. He brought up how there once was a time when movies had to be epic to become Best Picture and they were the highest-grossing of the year — think Titanic and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Christopher Quarrie thinks somewhere along the line the definition of Best Picture shifted from being externally out there and innovative. The most recent recognition looks to commend the innovation of telling a unique story or bringing to attention a particular subject — it’s more about how it makes you feel, not how much it dazzled you cinematically. For example, the last decade of Best Picture winners primarily recognized small-budget dramas with powerful messages including Moonlight, Spotlight and 12 Years a Slave.

Over the summer when the Academy announced a new Popular Film category for the upcoming Oscars show, it sparked quite a debate among the film community and cinephiles, most of whom disagreed with the category addition. With the Academy backed into a corner, the group ultimately decided to shelve the new award for perhaps another year, or at least give themselves some time to better think it over.

Instead of the controversial Popular Film category, Christopher Quarrie suggested an alternative new category: the addition of one to award stunt workers and teams. In his words:

It’s a category that has been advocated for quite some time by filmmakers such as Edgar Wright and actress Helen Mirren. It’s a great idea that seems to be an obvious addition to be included, since the Academy recognizes almost every other job it takes to put together a film. It would also allow for popular films to be recognized in a new category and a movie such as Mission: Impossible – Fallout would certainly have a good chance at an Oscar win in this category.

Before the Academy decided to hold off on the new category, Black Pantherwas at the center of conversation concerning what would win the first Popular Film award. Due to its high acclaim from critics, box office records and impact on diversity in film many believe the film should be recognized for more than a Visual Effects award. Black Panther will now be fighting for a chance at Best Picture as Disney pushes forward with its Oscar campaign.

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Luke Skywalker Was Supposed To Appear In Rey’s Force Awakens Vision

Even though Luke Skywalker was repeatedly mentioned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and thus the driving force behind most of the events that occurred, the Original Trilogy’s protagonist didn’t directly appear until literally the final minute. But during The Force Awakens‘ development, there were plans for an Empire Strikes Back-era Luke to pop up during Rey‘s Force vision, only rather than being portrayed by a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill, actor Robert Boulter would have brought the character to life, as you can see in the below image.

Over half a year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters, rumors popped up that Robert Boulter would play a young Luke Skywalker, but then the movie arrived and the young Luke was nowhere to be seen in Rey’s crazy vision. Nearly three full years later, this picture (which originally surfaced on Reddit) confirms that Boulter was indeed cast as young Luke, as he’s dressed in the same duds that Luke wore when he faced off against Darth Vader deep within Cloud City.

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s lightsaber duel ranks among the best of the Star Wars saga, and it would have been cool to see this iconic fight revisited in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even if just for a second or two. Alas, this portion of Rey’s vision was cut out of the movie, and whether or not this portion of the sequence will ever be released to the public is uncertain. I could imagine this being saved for a Blu-ray boxset of all the sequel trilogy Star Wars films.

In case you need a refresher on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after Rey arrived on Takodana with Finn, Han Solo and Chewbacca to coordinate with Maz Kanata about getting BB-8 to the Resistance, the heroine ventured down to the basement of Kanata’s cantina and went inside one of the vaults. Among the contents in the room was the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, which he lost when Darth Vader cut off his hand. That lightsaber previously belonged to his father, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi kept it after defeating his corrupted apprentice on Mustafar.

Upon touching this lightsaber, Rey was bombarded by a series of strange moments, the first of which was one of the hallways where Luke and Darth Vader locked blades in The Empire Strikes Back, though neither of the two men were seen. The vision also showed the older Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 watching the new Jedi temple burning, Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren in the aftermath of a massacre, Rey as a little girl being dropped off on Jakku by her parents and a glimpse of her coming battle with Kylo in Starkiller Base’s forest. We were also treated to dialogue from Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Although Luke Skywalker technically showed up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens during that kooky vision, the Jedi Master didn’t show up in the flesh until the movie was wrapping up, as Rey finally found him in seclusion on Ahch-To and delivered his old lightsaber to him. The Last Jedi was instead reserved for delving into Luke and Rey’s master/apprentice dynamic and revealing what happened to Luke in the immediate years before The Force Awakens that led to him exile himself. However, at the end of The Last Jedi, Luke delivered one last act of heroism by projecting himself to Crait and distracting Kylo Ren long enough for the remaining Resistance survivors to escape.

As things stand now, Luke Skywalker is dead, though since Mark Hamill is confirmed to be reprising the character in Star Wars: Episode IX, we can reasonably assume he’ll return as a Force Ghost, just like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker did before him. However, it’s also been rumored that we’ll see a younger Luke from after Return of the Jedi showing off his incredible power. The Last Jedi opened the door for Star Wars movies to use actual flashbacks (i.e. ones not induced by the Force), so even if this particular moment doesn’t occur, don’t be surprised if Episode IX does take a peek at Luke in his younger years.

It’s also worth a reminder that three decades passed in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. That period has already been explored in various novels and comics, and the Disney+ series The Mandalorian will be set then as well, there’s still plenty more material that can be drawn from those decades. Ideally Episode IX will elaborate a little more on Luke’s pre-The Force Awakens past, but even if it doesn’t happen, there will be opportunities for other Star Wars media to delve into the untold chapters of Luke’s life. In other words, even though Luke is dead and his time on the big screen is coming to a close, we aren’t done with the character yet by a long shot.

As for Rey, we have no idea what to expect from her or the rest of the main Star Wars saga characters in Episode IX. Disney and Lucasfilm remain particularly cagey when it comes to disclosing Star Wars plot information. Along with a lot of returning faces, including the long-awaited return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, the movie will introduce a fair amount of new characters. None of them have been identified yet, but the actors include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith. J.J. Abrams is back to direct (he also co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio) after Colin Trevorrow left the project, and this will be the final Star Wars film that John Williams scores.

The Skywalker saga will conclude when Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, you can look through our handy guide to learn what other Star Wars movies are on the way, or you can browse through our 2019 release schedule to learn what’s coming out next year.

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