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The Aquaman Blu-ray Will Reportedly Have A Sneak Peek At Shazam!

With Aquaman’s record-breaking box office numbers, including its rise past $1 billion worldwide and surpassing DC’s former No. 1 hit, The Dark Knight Rises, the DC Extended Universe is riding a high wave of cash. As the underwater epic soon makes its way out of theaters and to home release, it looks like the film will be helping along the DCEU’s next installment, Shazam! with an exclusive sneak peek of the film within Aquaman’s bonus features.

Details of the German DVD release of Aquaman recently surfaced, and a three-and-a-half minute “Shazam Sneak Peek” was listed, per a recent tweet from Anton Volkov of Trailer Track.

This is exciting news! The idea of buying Aquaman on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital just got a lot easier if the final release will in fact give fans an inside look into the next DCEU film. This also means Aquaman will likely get a home release sometime in March, since Shazam! comes to theaters on April 5, and having a sneak peek doesn’t exactly make sense when it comes out after the movie is already in theaters.

While Shazam! shares the same universe with Aquaman, there isn’t expected to be much of a connection between the two films, as both are focused on telling the origin story of superheroes on the big screen for the first time ever.

The upcoming movie will follow a 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is chosen by a Wizard to become “Shazam!”, an adult superhero who he transform into by shouting his name. Zachary Levi stars as the brawny, big-boy hero version of Billy, who looks like he has a blast being a hero with his friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) before they come across supervillain Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong).

From what we’ve seen so far, Shazam! is reminiscent of the 1998 comedy Big starring Tom Hanks, but with superheroes, which sounds awesome! The more positive outlook on the DCEU, following the success of Aquaman, could certainly propel Shazam! forward into similar territory. However, April will be jam-packed with comic book adaptations. Directly a week after Shazam! opens, Hellboy will hit theaters, and then two weeks later, the highest-anticipated film of the year Avengers: Endgame will debut. Yikes!

In addition to an up-and-coming Shazam! sneak peek, the above breakdown includes loads of bonus feature content for fans of Aquaman. It looks like the content will cover everything from the film’s groundbreaking underwater special effects, Black Manta and quite a few “scene study breakdowns” for some of the big action sequences.

Considering Aquaman was a technical accomplishment, it’s one of those films many of us could just sit and have a blast watching these behind-the-scenes looks, in addition to enjoying the movie all over again as well. There’s been no official release date set for the home release, but it’s a-coming soon! Shazam! will hit theaters on April 5.

MoviePass CEO Admits Company Made ‘A Ton Of Mistakes’

Perhaps the most fascinating saga of 2018 wasn’t some story that played out on the silver screen, but was within the industry itself with the rise and fall of MoviePass. The theatergoing subscription service shot off like a rocket before suffering some very costly and very public setbacks. Now with the benefit of hindsight, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe is able to admit that the company made some mistakes along the way. In his words:

It is interesting to hear Mitch Lowe be so humble here, admitting to the company’s mistakes when just last year, while everyone was calling the service ‘too good to be true’ and heralding its demise, MoviePass adopted an extremely defiant and somewhat cocky posture. The MoviePass of 2018 might as well have said ‘haters gonna hate’ and boasted of its invincibility, but the lessons were hard-learned and now Mitch Lowe is willing to admit that MoviePass’s errors were many.

In his sober analysis of the company’s mistakes, Mitch Lowe honed in on one in particular which might not be what you would think. Many might say charging $10 for unlimited movies was the biggest miscalculation, but speaking to The Ringer’s Andrew Gruttardo, Mitch Lowe actually sighted MoviePass’s rapid growth as part of what got them off track.

He believes that MoviePass grew too fast; 50,000 subscriptions were sold on the first day of the cheap unlimited model, and that number was tripled in three to four days. MoviePass didn’t build up steam at a measured pace like a locomotive; it was a rocket ship launching into the stratosphere. But it turns out the ship wasn’t built for those kinds of speeds.

Speaking about the logistical challenges of that rapid growth, Mitch Lowe highlighted the issue of people getting their MoviePass cards in a timely fashion, saying:

The delay in MoviePass subscribers getting their cards was one of the earliest issues to plague MoviePass under the new model. Supply simply couldn’t keep up with demand. Mitch Lowe, perhaps naively, just assumed that they could make a call and fix that issue, but that was not the case.

This isn’t the only mistake MoviePass made, and Mitch Lowe would admit that there were many, but you can see why he sights this one. It provided logistical challenges that undermined the business and shook consumers’ faith in this as something that felt scam-ish from the very beginning. The company were flying by the seat of their pants the service’s wild popularity allowed little time to step back and develop things at a measured pace.

At different points MoviePass was hoping to make revenue-sharing deals with theaters to get a portion of the ticket sales or concessions because of the increase in attendance that the service spurred (admission was up 4% and presumably at least some of that was due to MoviePass and services like it). No matter how unlikely that hope was, the rapid growth had the company burning through capital like the Joker torching mob money. So the exhibitors could basically stand their ground and wait MoviePass out.

MoviePass is now adopting a new model, new strategies to be successful and a more humble attitude that shows it wants to learn from its mistakes. Whether all of its changes will help it to overcome those early blunders remains to be seen.

Whether you use MoviePass, one of its competitors, cash or just sneak in, there are plenty of reasons to go to the movies in 2019. Check them out in our release schedule.

How Star Wars: Episode IX Might Be Using The Knights Of Ren

When he turned to the dark side and became Snoke’s apprentice, Ben Solo took on a new moniker: Kylo Ren. But he’s not the only individual in the Star Wars universe to go by Ren, though with the exception of briefly appearing in Rey’s Force vision during The Force Awakens, the other Knights of Ren have not been shown onscreen. With Episode IX wrapping up the current Star Wars trilogy and the Skywalker Saga later this year, there’ve been questions about if the Knights of Ren will factor into the story. According to a new rumor, they will indeed, and the reason that they’ve been absent from the present day Star Wars events is because they were on a mission elsewhere in a galaxy far, far away.

Take this information with a grain of salt for now, but a new report claims that Star Wars: Episode IX sees the Knights of Ren returning from a location called The Beyond. No details were provided about what exactly The Beyond is, although with a name like that, perhaps it’s located in the Unknown Regions, a largely unexplored area of the Star Wars galaxy where the remnants of the Empire fled after being defeated and slowly rebuilt itself as The First Order.

Whatever The Beyond is, apparently a threat will emerge from there during Star Wars: Episode IX that will make Kylo Ren “vulnerable.” This threat will result in him and Rey reuniting and possibly working together again. Assuming this information is correct, then either the threat that’s emerged is something that Kylo Ren or Snoke learned about and sent the Knights to investigate, or its the Knights themselves who are the threat. After all, there have been plenty of instances in Star Wars mythology of dark side users betraying one another.

Another interesting detail mentioned in Making Star Wars’ report is that Star Wars: Episode IX features red stormtroopers that are called “Sith stormtroopers,” although it sounds like this is just a behind-the-scenes classification rather than what The First Order calls them. Since Kylo Ren isn’t technically a Sith, perhaps “Sith” is just being used as a synonymous term for “evil.” Regardless, it would seem that these stormtroopers answer specifically to Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren. Maybe they’ll serve in a similar capacity as Snoke’s Praetorian Guard.

You’ll recall that during Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren killed Snoke and seized control of The First Order, so now the stage is set for Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son to take control of the galaxy as Supreme Leader. However, if Making Star Wars’ speculation is correct, that could lead to one or more members of the Knights of Ren attempting to eliminate Kylo so they can control The First Order. That’s definitely one of the few scenarios where it’s plausible that Rey and Kylo would have to work with each other again. Whether any part of this rumor is verified or shot down, fingers crossed that the Knights of Ren are still involved in Star Wars: Episode IX, as they’re a story element that still hasn’t been fully resolved.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. For now, check out our 2019 release schedule to learn what other major motion pictures are arriving this year.

The Essential Insider’s Guide to Scottsdale, Ariz.

FOR DECADES Scottsdale has been a winter escape hatch for freezing Midwesterners longing to nab a sunrise tee time. Phoenix’s more relaxed neighbor caters to anyone who’s ever picked up a golf club, with more than 50 courses within its borders and some 200 among the Phoenix metro area. “The best part about Arizona courses is the variety. They all have different personalities,” said rocker Alice Cooper, who plays 300 rounds a year in his home state. While snowbirds have long enjoyed Scottsdale’s links, resorts, spas, dining and untamed desert landscapes, increasingly the city caters to a younger crowd. Thanks to a smartphone-enabled…

No One Wanted Phil Lord Or Chris Miller To Make A LEGO Movie Sequel

Following The LEGO Movie’s huge success in 2014, you’d think moving on to a sequel was a no-brainer. Apparently not. Everything was so awesome about the first animated film that writer/director pair Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being told left and right not to make another LEGO Movie. In Lord’s words:

A couple weeks after The LEGO Movie was released, Phil Lord and Chris Miller that they started constructing some ideas for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. At first, as the duo recently told io9, their colleagues in the film world didn’t share their enthusiasm to bring back Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang back to the big screen.

The eventual director of LEGO Movie 2, Mike Mitchell, even tried to talk them out of making it all together. It did come from a place of love. Mitchell said he really loved the first movie, especially the ending, and he couldn’t imagine how they could build on it and make it better.

When Phil Lord and Chris Miller explained their early plans for The LEGO Movie 2 to Mike Mitchell, his mind was completely changed. He had to be part of it. So much so that he took over Lord and Miller’s role this time around as director, while the pair also took on producing the sequel.

While the writers of LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part didn’t write the first movie with a sequel in mind, they ended up using the clever ending to the 2014 animated film as the basis for the sequel. At the end of LEGO Movie, it’s revealed there is a human boy running the events happening for all the LEGO characters.

He’s then interrupted by his dad (played by Will Ferrell) and told that he will soon have to share his play space with his younger sister. The LEGO Movie 2 is then all about sibling rivalry between the brother and sister, as told through the events happening with the various LEGO and Duplo characters clashing.

Sequels can be difficult to pull off, but considering that the early critical reactions for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part have been positive overall, it looks like the writers’ risk may have been worth it. In CinemaBlend’s review of the movie, our own Eric Eisenberg gave the movie 3.5 stars, calling it “funny, cute, clever and emotional” but not “quite as awesome” as the original.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is the first big animation release of 2019 and is expected to win the weekend at an expected $55 million gross opening when it comes to theaters on February 8.

See Kim Kardashian West’s KKW Red Lipstick on 5 Different Women

Kim Kardashian West has made an empire off her image. Want her contoured cheeks? There’s a KKW contour kit for that. Her smoky eye? Try this palette. Those curves? She literally immortalized them as fragrance bottle. One thing she isn’t known for, however, is a red lip. (In the fam, that would actually be five-year-old North.) But that hasn’t stopped Kim from launching a new line of KKW Beauty red lipsticks and matching liner in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Red Créme Lipstick (which comes in four shades: Classic Red, Hot Sauce, Candy Apple, Cherry Pop) has the same creamy formula and modern packaging as the brand’s famous nudes. With a holiday marketed in reds and pinks right around the corner, we snagged a few tubes of Classic Red and its corresponding lip liner, and put them to the test on several different skin tones. Read on to see what our editors thought.

See Kim Kardashians’ KKW Red Lipstick on 5 Different Women

Kim Kardashian has made an empire off her image. Want her contoured cheeks? There’s a KKW contour kit for that. Her smoky eye? Try this palette. Those curves? She literally immortalized them as fragrance bottle. One thing she isn’t known for, however, is a red lip. (In the fam, that would actually be five-year-old North.) But that hasn’t stopped Kim from launching a new line of KKW Beauty red lipsticks and matching liner in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Red Créme Lipstick (which comes in four shades: Classic Red, Hot Sauce, Candy Apple, Cherry Pop) has the same creamy formula and modern packaging as the brand’s famous nudes. But it’s the Classic Red that really shines in the collection—which we mean quite literally with its satin finish. With a holiday marketed around red and pink right around the corner, we put the hero from KKW’s reds to the test. Read on to see what our editors thought.

Justice League Vs. The Fatal Five Trailer Returns To The Beloved Animated Series

Long before the Justice League came together in the realm of live-action, they were teaming up and fighting battles in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Those beloved animated series still stand as a high point of storytelling for DC characters, and now fans have a chance to return to that world with Justice League vs The Fatal Five. The new DC Universe animated film brings back some familiar voices for an all-new adventure. Check out the trailer below:

If you’re a DC fan of a certain age, you probably got waves of nostalgic feels watching that trailer and hearing those voices. The trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are all voiced in Justice League vs The Fatal Five by the voice actors who brought the characters to life in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. George Newbern as Superman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman and especially Kevin Conroy as Batman just sounds right.

These three have collaborated on various DC video games together, but as far as I can tell, this is the first time this trinity has reunited for a DC Universe animated movie. A return to Bruce Timm‘s animated DC universe is an exciting prospect, and this trailer teases a fun new adventure for new fans and those that grew up on the Justice League animated series.

This trailer is exciting because we see some new characters joining the iconic trinity. Star Boy, voiced by Elyes Gabel, arrives from the 31st century with the Fatal Five team of supervillains, created by Jim Shooter, hot on his heels. The Fatal Five seem to be holding Metropolis hostage until the Justice League turns over Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, who is the key to their plan.

This is fun because it gives audiences a chance to see new younger heroes like Star Boy and Jessica Cruz fighting alongside the familiar veterans of the Justice League trinity against different foes than the standard Lex Luthor’s and Joker’s of the universe. The trailer also teases that this story has a healthy bit of mystery to it as the World’s Greatest Detective is trying to suss out the Fatal Five’s plan.

The story looks positively action-packed, and as you would expect from a DC Universe animated film, the animation all looks clean and brilliant, adhering to the classic Justice League style. I also appreciated that little bit of humor from Miss Martian at the end of the trailer. Other characters appearing in the story include Mr. Terrific, Brainiac 5 and Saturn Girl.

Justice League vs The Fatal Five is executive produced by Batman: The Animated Series’ Bruce Timm and is directed by Reign of the Supermen director Sam Liu. There is no official release date yet for the film, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is expected to release it on Digital and Blu-ray later this year according to IGN.

Check out our release guide for all the biggest movies coming to theaters this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your DC movie news.

Sorry, But It Looks Like Ariana Grande Will Be Skipping The 2019 Grammys

Go ahead and find a few extra tears to cry, because Ariana Grande — undeniably one of the most vital and dominant artists right now — is reportedly pulling out of this weekend’s Grammy Awards.

The Sweetener singer was apparently slated to perform at the February 10 show, but following a disagreement over her stage time, it looks like she won’t even be attending at all. According to Variety, Grande wanted to perform her latest single (and the current No. 1 song in the country) “7 Rings.” However, Grammy producers axed that idea, which left Grande feeling “insulted.” A compromise was eventually reached that she could perform the song as part of a medley, but when producers insisted that they be able to choose the second song, Grande pulled the plug on the whole thing. Variety‘s source claims that “such stipulations were not imposed on other performers at the show.”

Making things extra awkward for the Recording Academy, Grande is all over the billboards promoting the show and in their social media marketing:

Grande — whose new album thank u, next arrives just two days before the awards show — isn’t the first artist to come into conflict with Grammy producers. Last year, producers wouldn’t allow Album of the Year nominee Lorde to perform solo (unlike all the other, male AOTY nominees), and instead offered the Melodrama singer a spot in a Tom Petty tribute. She declined.

Also worth noting is that Grande is nominated for two awards at Sunday’s show: Best Pop Vocal Performance (for “God Is a Woman”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (for 2018’s Sweetener). She was, however, shut out of the major categories, including Album of the Year, which might be the biggest insult of all.

Glossing over all this drama, the Grammys announced a new batch of performers on Wednesday (February 6) that includes Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Chloe x Halle, and Dua Lipa with St. Vincent. They join previously announced performers Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, and Post Malone with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Captain Marvel Problem Facing Avengers: Endgame And How The Russos Addressed It

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the heroes of the MCU threw everything they had at Thanos (Josh Brolin)… and they lost. “All that, for a drop of blood.” They will mount a comeback in Avengers: Endgame, and they’ll have a secret weapon on their side: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). In fact, some are saying that the introduction of, hands down, the most powerful being in the Marvel universe is going to easily tip the scales in favor of The Avengers – which doesn’t make for compelling drama. When CinemaBlend had some time with Joe and Anthony Russo this week, we asked about the difficulty of bringing in an overpowering superhero like Carol Danvers and how they overcame it in Endgame. Joe Russo started off by telling us:

That’s a great tease. Casual fans don’t yet know how powerful Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) can be, but they’ll be keen to all of her superhuman abilities by the end of her origin film, Captain Marvel, which drops on March 8. The character is one of the few who theoretically could go toe-to-toe with Thanos and live to tell the tale. But the Russos know that a straight-up slugfest would likely bore audiences, as Anthony Russo elaborated:

The classic “break them down, to build them back up.” That tone is coloring virtually all of the early Avengers: Endgame marketing. The survivors of the Snap are figuring out what to do next. But they are reeling. They’ve all lost people – especially Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). They need vengeance. Maybe Carol can help them get it.

Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26. We’ll see what role that Captain Marvel plays in the outcome of the battle against Thanos soon enough, but in The Russos, we certainly trust.