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Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle Review

An evergreen tale with several adaptations under its belt, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is one of those stories that most everyone knows in one form or another. Most notably, Disney has not only an animated version, but also a recent live-action remake that tackled the tale of Mowgli and his adventures rather well. Which has led audiences following the progress of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle to ask just why this film should exist. After seeing said movie, the answer is pretty simple: it’s a new spin on an old story that ditches the more fantastical elements to deliver a darker, more grounded adventure of personal stakes.

After his parents are killed by the infamous Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), an infant boy is taken in by a pack of wolves. He will be raised among them, as well as Bagheera the panther (Christian Bale) and Baloo the bear (Andy Serkis), ultimately becoming one with the jungle. But as he grows into the young man that Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle centers itself around, Mowgli will be put to the test, ultimately having to decide between the world of the jungle, and that of humanity.

The biggest difference between this latest adaptation of Kipling’s literary classic and its forebearers is the fact that Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle plays as more of a mature character study, with action and suspense sprinkled in for good nature. While the Disney version of The Jungle Book had songs and a pretty storybook-friendly plot structure, Mowgli gets into the more personal workings of the story, with some lush set-pieces included to spice things up throughout.

A more personal approach to a story like Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle means that there’s more shots of our young lead, played effortlessly by Ronan Chand, and the various animal counterparts he occupies the jungles of India alongside. Here is where Mowgli really shines, as Serkis’s experience as a motion capture genius has led to a cast of amazing performances where the actors really shine through the CGI that animates their movements.

You can literally see the faces of the performers animated into the animals that inhabit Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, and Chand’s strong performance as Mowgli excels at selling those moments convincingly. With both Christian Bale’s most reserved performance as Bagheera, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s extreme but magnetic villainy as Shere Khan, there’s a good field of material for the film’s young lead to play around with, and Ronan Chand is most definitely up to the task.

The only real drawback in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is that there’s a bit of a pacing problem with the story that’s being told. Towards the middle of the film, the tempo changes when Mowgli transitions from the world of the jungle to that of the human village. It almost feels like the shift comes a bit too fast, after a film so deliberately paced that it really allows those characters to breathe. But even in a truncated form, the story told in the human camp, through both Matthew Rhys’s hunter Lockwood and Freida Pinto’s maternal figure Messua, works well in the framework it inhabits. It just feels like it could have worked so much better if given a little more time to unfold.

But the fact that Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is playing with a well-known story in such a confident manner as this is a promising beginning. With plenty more material left to be adapted from both of Kipling’s Jungle Book tomes, there’s room for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle to blossom into a franchise. The film certainly isn’t shy about that fact, but at the same time, it tells a narrative singular enough in its vision that it’s not terribly cocky about its chances of returning.

It should also be noted that this is a more stoic version of the Mowgli mythos, and it’s certainly a more horrific one. With Shere Khan literally thirsty for the young man-cub’s blood, and a couple of sequences that drive home the horrors committed by both man and beast, it is most definitely not a movie you can just park the kids in front of for a fun afternoon. With the right adult supervision, an older child audience can handle slightly more grown-up story telling, making Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is an absolute treat.

After seeing what Andy Serkis’s directorial vision has accomplished with the cast and content of this film, it’d be an absolute shame not to revisit this world once again. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a blockbuster in every sense of the word, and it’s an absolute marvel in both technical and storytelling prowess.

Rating:
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4.0/5

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Jodie Whittaker Confirms She’ll Return For Doctor Who Season 12

The first season of Jodie Whittaker’s run on Doctor Who is about to come to an end. Doctor Who‘s Season 11 finale airs this coming Sunday. So, what of her future as the Thirteenth Doctor? Whittaker has affirmed she will return!

The actress confirmed to THR that she will be playing the Time Lord for at least another season. Hence, Doctor Who will not be on the lookout for a new Time Lord, any time soon. Jodie Whittaker confirmed that she will continue in the role for Season 12. Beyond that, it is not entirely clear.

In confirming her status with Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker said she is not quite ready to hand over the role yet. All of which makes total sense. She only just began her adventure on the beloved sci-fi series.

Plus, Jodie Whittaker has previously revealed the moment she truly felt like the Doctor. After all of the excitement over her taking on the role, Whittaker only starring on the show for a single season would have been surprising.

Whether or not her current feelings will change following Season 12, only time will tell. As far as the present and upcoming season of the sci-fi series is concerned, Jodie Whittaker is not checking out. Per the report, production on Whittaker’s second season will begin sometime early next year. Seemingly, not too long after Doctor Who‘s New Year’s special airs in January.

However, Starburst reports that production has already gotten underway with plans to air next fall. Earlier, there had been rumblings regarding whether or not Doctor Who‘s twelfth season would actually air next year. So, the news is now hopeful for fans not wanting an overly long break from the series.

As for the future of Doctor Who, it is still looking bright, albeit less Christmassy this year. There is one more episode left of the regular season before the show returns for its annual special. This year, though, Doctor Who is making a significant change to the sort of special that will air.

As mentioned earlier, instead of airing a Christmas episode; Doctor Who will be breaking tradition with a New Year’s special. The wait for seeing how the special plays out is much shorter than it used to be, with this season wrapping up just a few weeks before the New Year’s special airs. Luckily for fans, Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who journey will continue for at least another season beyond that holiday-themed episode.

In the U.S., the Season 11 finale of Doctor Who will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America, and new episodes of the sci-fi hit have been accompanied by a myriad of new TV this fall. Meanwhile, the series’ New Year’s special will air on January 1, along with lots of other television in the new year.

A Christmas Story 2 Is The Godawful Sequel People Have To Watch

A Christmas Story is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time, so obviously that made it prime territory for Hollywood to try and transform it into a successful franchise. Some may remember My Summer Story, the 1994 sequel that followed the adventures of the Parker family, but with an entirely different backdrop and cast. What some may not know is there was a direct sequel to the original film made in 2012, and it’s totally worth watching.

That’s not because A Christmas Story 2 is a sequel that surpasses or maintains the quality of the original. In fact, this straight-to-DVD flick is a pretty godawful and takes iconic moments from the original adventure and twists them in the most bizarre way. At the same time, the film contains incorporates some weird modern humor that is so off base from the tone of the original, it’s truly hilarious.

It takes all of a few minutes of the film to make this point, as Ralphie’s little brother Randy says “bitch” in front of his mother as she’s trying to bundle him up. It’s a pretty jarring scene for those familiar with the original, but soon loses its edge after it’s said four more times not long after. Weirdly enough, A Christmas Story 2 is completely devoid of swearing from then on, which only makes its start all the more baffling.

Once the cursing slows down, we’re introduced to the “rackin frackin” pseudo-swearing audiences will remember from the original A Christmas Story. The words travel up through the basement vent, where “The Old Man” is engaged in a battle of wills against the faulty furnace. He emerges from the basement disheveled, and I was shocked to see Daniel Stern is now playing the character Darren McGavin helped make iconic.

For the record, Daniel Stern is a terrific actor, and he already has two great contributions to the holiday genre with his role as Marv in the two Home Alone films. That said, this is about one of the most hilarious miscastings I’ve seen. Not only does he look younger than Darren McGavin was in the original, they look nothing alike. It’s incredibly jarring, especially considering a bulk of the casting for this feature is spot on.

What’s even more jarring, and hilarious, is that Daniel Stern also plays the old man more like Marv than “The Old Man.” This is mostly accomplished through Stern’s great talent for physical comedy, which only amplifies the obvious comparisons between him and the bandit. It’s awful, but in a good way because it almost feels like a fan fiction where Marv found a time machine and is now in deep cover in an effort to steal an antique leg lamp.

Once all the introductions are through and the audience has gotten a chance to see how everyone is grown, A Christmas Story 2 finally works its way into what the meat and potatoes is of the story. Ralphie is fifteen and he’s hoping to get much more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Specifically, he’s got his eyes on a used 1939 Mercury Eight, which he’s hoping will win the heart of a girl at school, Drucilla Gootrad.

Unfortunately, Ralphie’s plan for a vehicle gets derailed when he inexplicably climbs into the vehicle when it’s up on a ramp and accidentally pulls it out of park. This results in an overly long and painful sequence that in what feels like two minutes later ends on Ralphie with his pants around his ankles screaming “fudge” in slow motion as a deer goes through the canopy top of the vehicle. The owner of the car dealership is not impressed.

The owner then tells Ralphie he has to find money to fix the canopy before Christmas, or he’s going to jail. Ralphie attempts to ask his dad for the money and, get this, even explains the severity of the situation, and is shot down. Left with no other option, Ralphie and his friends (grown versions of his friends from the first movie) get jobs at a local department store and hope they can get the money.

What happens from there is a slow rollout of every iconic moment from A Christmas Story, but in some of the weirdest ways possible. A character will suddenly bring a random object from the first movie into the conversation without provocation, and rarely in a way that feels natural. It’s rough, but at the same time funny because something will just get said out of the blue and no one reacts like a normal human would in that scenario.

Speaking of which, Ralphie and his friends exploits at the department store are the classic case of characters in an adventure creating problems simply to advance the plot. I won’t spoil the whole deal, but Flick (the one who stuck his tongue on a pole) decides to stick his tongue in a suctioned mail chute. This then results in his face being stretched in a scene that feels borderline pornographic for ways that can only be explained in picture.

Granted, teenagers do stupid things, but there comes a point where one has to wonder how hard up this department store is for help. Also, some of the issues the boys get into are ridiculously petty, especially when they know Ralphie will go to jail if they fail. This whole movie is as filled with that overall lack of urgency or panic almost as much as it isn’t Drucilla who all but disappears throughout a majority of the adventure.

I won’t spoil how things play out from there, but believe me when I say things get far more incomprehensible and unbelievable on Ralphie’s end as this story reaches its climax. I will say there’s a particularly long butcher shop scene where The Old Man gets in an overtly long exchange that does little more than drive home that food was really cheap in 1946. It’s weird and out of place, but entertaining all the same.

At its core, A Christmas Story 2 is a bad sequel. What makes it an awesomely bad film, however, is how it takes a Christmas classic like A Christmas Story and turns it into some bizarre cash grab that viewers will appreciate simply due to their knowledge of the first feature. Personally, I would suggest watching this shortly after watching the original for maximum appreciation, which won’t ever be that hard to do this time of year.

A Christmas Story airs on TBS today, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET. A Christmas Story 2 can be found physically in stores and on digital in various locations. For more on the original movie, read about the time the iconic house from the original was available for folks to rent!

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Fans Made A Low Budget Captain Marvel Trailer, And Brie Larson Loves It

Fans often go to incredible lengths to celebrate and connect with their favorite stories and characters, from laborious theorizing to meticulously designed cosplay. But sometimes, fans go well past above and beyond to create something truly special. That’s what one group has done with a shot for shot recreation of the first Captain Marvel trailer. It’s so good that even Brie Larson took notice. Check it out:

This is incredibly impressive, and you can tell that a painstaking amount of work went in to it. It may be low budget relative to an MCU film, but it still likely took a fair bit of time and effort to make it as close as possible to the actual Captain Marvel trailer. It has this fun homemade feel to it that is very reminiscent of the reshot movies in Michel Gondry’s 2008 film Be Kind Rewind, which makes sense considering that is where the term ‘Sweded’ originated.

There is a lot of ingenuity on display here and it’s brilliant how the creators at Dumb Drum were able to recreate the shots in the trailer, especially the stunts and the special effects, on a low budget. They used actors for medium shots and close ups on stuff they could recreate. For stuff that they couldn’t, they used toys like LEGOs, as well as craft supplies.

I especially liked the part in the trailer where the alien ship appeared in Earth’s orbit. The ship was basically just a piece of paper that was burned and then the video was played in reverse to make it look like it was appearing. The blue gels for the energy blasts was also a cool touch. You can really see how impressive, and faithful, it is by checking out Dumb Drum’s side-by-side comparison with the original trailer.

Somehow this ‘Sweded’ trailer made its way to Brie Larson and the Captain Marvel actress was especially enthusiastic about it. Take a look:

Brie Larson’s first film in the MCU isn’t even out yet and already she’s beginning to see the level of fandom you get to experience as a part of this massive franchise. Just wait till next Halloween when she sees tons of kids wearing Captain Marvel costumes. The actress clearly really loved this trailer and who can blame her? Her tweet will also likely lead to a lot of people checking out the hard work these fans put in.

This Sweded trailer isn’t the only new trailer we’ve gotten this week either. The second official trailer for Captain Marvel, with 100% fewer LEGOs and 1 more cat than this fan trailer arrived and with it we got looks at some new characters, Captain Marvel’s awesome powers and plenty of things to speculate about.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, 2019. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all of the biggest movies hitting theaters next year, and for the latest in superhero movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Jackie Aina Is Changing the Beauty Industry, One Product at a Time

At a time when laws are cracking down on influencers to be more transparent, Jackie Aina rises above the #sponcon. Since launching her YouTube channel over a decade ago, the 31-year-old’s refreshing candor has earned her a reputation for telling it like is. She calls out brands when they’re not inclusive, holds other influencers accountable for offensive remarks, and doesn’t shy away from tough discussions about colorism in the industry. She’ll also make you laugh your ass off.

Not only has it landed her lucrative makeup collaborations, it’s led to actual change in the industry—including Too Faced’s expanded range of Born This Way foundations, which she helped create. Ahead of the launch, the beauty mogul reflects on the pressure to be the voice of a revolution and why she won’t be quiet.

When I started my YouTube channel in 2009, my goal was never to be an “influencer.” I was in the military, far away from friends and family, and really lonely. The one thing that always made me feel better was makeup.

Originally, I think part of me wanted to get on camera to show that not every person who serves their country is rough and rugged. You can be feminine and fight for freedom. So I filmed a few tutorials in my uniform, and the response was crazy. People loved that I wasn’t this out-of-reach makeup artist—just a regular girl.

Then, around 2015, I was feeling less excited by my channel and realized that I was trying to be too “professional” instead of showing my true crazy self. And that’s when I had my first viral video: a parody on all the weird beauty trends (like crazy eyebrows) from that year. Being myself paid off—I think that’s why I now have more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube.

As my fan base grew, beauty brands started sending me lots of products. But it was disappointing to receive things that wouldn’t work for my skin tone. So I really began to take on more of a voice for the black beauty community, critiquing brands that aren’t inclusive.

Some days I have to say, “Kitchen’s closed,” and log off social media.

It’s always been a tough balance. It’d be easier to water down my content—I feel like a lot of people thought that once I hit a certain milestone, 1 million subscribers, then 2 million, I’d stop talking about race or “political stuff,” as so many people call it. I don’t think it’s political; I’m just talking about experiences that are true to me. My goal is to always make people of color feel good when they come to my channel. It’s not just about putting on lipstick. It’s about people feeling beautiful, not intimidated. I’ve learned that as long as I feel passionate about a critique, it’s important to stand by it.

One downside of using my voice? People expect me to have an opinion on everything. Just because I don’t always comment on political issues doesn’t mean I don’t care about them—it just means I can’t take on the weight of everything. Some days I have to say, “Kitchen’s closed,” and log off social media.

But I’ll gladly take on all those frustrations because my platform has given me the power to make a difference. For example, I recently teamed up with Too Faced Cosmetics to help expand its Born This Way foundation range (which launched over the summer) and make sure the undertones would actually work for women of color. Jerrod Blandino, the co-founder and chief creative officer of Too Faced, could have hired anyone he wanted to help him on this project. Instead he gave a black woman a seat at the table and let me do my thing. He gave me a voice on this issue that is so important to me, and the ability to make a real change. That’s huge!

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Aina with the swatches from the new collaboration

I’m really proud of the darkest shade, Ganache. After multiple tries (it kept pulling a little too red), we finally got it right, and it’s beautiful. I was so glad they were willing to keep at it. We created nine new shades, and now the line’s full spectrum has 35 colors.

Inclusion doesn’t stop at foundation, though, and that’s what I hope all beauty brands can take away from this movement. Can I use your lipsticks? Are your eyeshadows pigmented enough to show up on my skin tone? Do you have blushes that work for me? For so many brands, I still can’t use anything; it’s literally only for light skin. We still have work to do, and I won’t stop talking about it until it’s done.

For more on Jackie’s collaboration with Too Faced—and to shop the line—click here.

How The Big Bang Theory’s Young Sheldon Crossover Did In The Ratings

Both The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon aired new episodes last night, and both shows were slightly down in the 18-49 ratings. To be fair, they were not down by much, and Young Sheldon had a slight increase in overall viewers. But ratings are still paramount for advertiser dollars, and CBS has to be at least slightly disappointed that there wasn’t an uptick for the highly promoted crossover.

The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 10 had 12.33 million viewers and a 2.1 rating, according to TVBytheNumbers. That’s down from the most recent episode on November 15, which had 12.56 million viewers and a 2.3 rating.

Meanwhile, Young Sheldon followed with 10.87 million and a 1.6 rating, vs. 10.77 and 1.8 on Nov. 15.

It’s possible The Big Bang Theory was ever-so-slightly down in viewers because it had been off for the past two weeks. Maybe some fans thought the November 15 episode was the midseason finale? Also, A Charlie Brown Christmas aired last night on ABC and picked up 1.2 million viewers, so some of those viewers may have been TBBT fans who’ll watch the show later this week on DVR or whatnot.

It’s not exactly bad news for The Big Bang Theory to still have more than 12 million viewers and top ratings in its 12th season. However, this is the final season of the CBS comedy. Numbers have been pretty steady in the 12-13 million range, which is great, but nothing like the 15-20 million heights of recent seasons.

A couple of months ago, Kunal Nayyar (Raj) said the countdown to the end would really begin once they came back from Christmas break:

The Big Bang Theory is reportedly ending in Season 12 because Jim Parsons is ready to call it quits. Hopefully the show ends on a high note — creatively and in the ratings.

Season 12 premiered in September to 12.92 million fans, with a 2.5 rating. There will be 24 episodes to this final season, so there’s a long way to go before the end. The ratings will almost certainly rise as we get closer to the final episodes of the popular comedy.

See How Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, And More Are Basking In Their Golden Grammy Nods

Ahh… the sweet sound of a Grammy nomination.

The nominees for the 2019 awards show were announced on Friday (December 7), and the Grammys did indeed “step up” by recognizing more women and more hip-hop artists in the major categories. Needless to say, it’s an exciting day for many of your fave artists, who promptly took to social media to bask in the golden glow of a Grammy nod (or two or three or more).

Demi Lovato, who’s been keeping a low profile since her overdose this summer, took to Twitter for the first time since July to react to her nomination for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for her Christina Aguilera collaboration, “Fall in Line.” “Woke up filled with hope. Dreams come true y’all… thank you @xtina. I love you so much,” she wrote, later adding, “This is so surreal.” Aguilera graciously responded, saying, “You deserve it all and getting to work with you was its own award for me @ddlovato. There’s no one I’d rather share this with!!”

First-time nominee Shawn Mendes was equally flustered upon hearing that his self-titled third LP is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, while “In My Blood” is a contender for Song of the Year. “Unbelievable, speechless right now. I LOVE YOU,” he tweeted after sharing an Instagram video of his real-time reaction. His buddy Niall Horan even chimed in for a congratulatory message, writing, “My guy @ShawnMendes got 2 Grammy nominations!!! Fuck yeahhhhh!”

And in one of the morning’s most emotional reactions, Janelle Monáe — who helped present the nominations on CBS — was on the verge of tears upon hearing that Dirty Computer earned a nod for Album of the Year. “This album is so much bigger than me. It’s about a community of marginalized voices. … I’m happy to be representing them,” she said on the air. It was a genuinely powerful moment, and a testament to how meaningful a Grammy nomination can be to an artist.

See more reactions — from Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Ella Mai, Backstreet Boys, and more — below.

How Karen Allen Feels About Scrooged Becoming A Christmas Classic

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular Christmas stories ever written. As such, in the 163 years since it was published, it has been adapted into film numerous times. Surprisingly, looking back on all of them, one of the most popular has to be the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged. 2018 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film and on that occasion, I recently had the opportunity to speak with Karen Allen, who played the role of Claire in the film. I asked her what she thought of the fact that the film had achieved such recognition. Needless to say, she has always been somewhat surprised by it all, mostly because the film’s popularity wasn’t instantaneous. Allen told me…

I just remember suddenly, 15 or 20 years ago people started talking about it as being a Christmas classic and I thought ‘Oh, you know, [laughs] that’s interesting.’ I hadn’t realized that it had gained that kind of stature but now it seems to be solidly, if you’re going to look at the top five or 10 Christmas films of all time, it’s solidly started to crawl into that list of must-see films at Christmas and must share with another generation of kids. That’s kinda great, that’s fun to be a part of something that becomes tradition for a yearly celebration.

It’s certainly true that Scrooged wasn’t an instant hit when it was released on Thanksgiving weekend of 1988. It won that weekend at the box office with a take of $18.6 million, but it wasn’t up against anything significant. It went on to gross a total of $60 million, which made it the 13th highest grossing movie of 1988.

The critics, however, took a bit harsher view of the film, while one would have to call the reviews “mixed,” many of those who didn’t like the movie really didn’t like it. Some thought it was more mean and depressing than uplifting and funny.

However, over the years, Scrooged has clearly become a regular Christmas season movie for a lot of people. Karen Allen told me that she assumes that more people who missed the theatrical run picked up the movie on home video or on cable TV and that grew the audience to a point where the movie became more popular than it ever was when it was new.

As somebody who didn’t see Scrooged in the theaters myself, I can attest to this. I certainly must have seen Scrooged on basic cable at some point, unless my family rented it at the video store first, (because that was a thing once). It’s exactly the sort of movie that would appeal to your average basic cable channel. It would have only required minimal editing, as only language would have been an issue, and not a great deal of it. It had a built-in season to rerun it every year, and an audience looking for a Christmas movie to watch every December would almost certainly give the movie a chance, and watch it again the next year if they liked it.

Many movies have become classics, either broadly, or of the “cult” variety, only after enough time has passed and enough people have come across the material. The Princess Bride mostly bombed in its theatrical run and today it’s such a popular film that Once Upon a Deadpool can build an entire film around poking fun at its framing device, and there’s no worry that the audience won’t get the joke.

Christmas movies finding new life thanks to television is certainly not unusual. The Jimmy Stewart movie It’s a Wonderful Life became a Christmas classic itself largely due to the fact that the film lost it’s copyright in the 1970s and became much cheaper for television stations to air. It began to be incredibly widely broadcast, leading to massive audience exposure.

For many, however, Scrooged might actually be the version of A Christmas Carol for modern generations. If you’re a classic movie fan you might like the Alaister Sim version from the 1950s. There’s also the great classic Scrooge portrayal of George C. Scott from just a few years before Scrooged came out. It’s certainly the case that other, more recent, versions of the story, like the animated Robert Zemeckis film or the TV-movie with Patrick Stewart do not appear to have built an audience the way Scrooged has. Does anybody even remember they made a movie about the writing of A Christmas Carol all of a year ago? I didn’t think so.

Of course, the movie still has to be good to become that popular, but there’s little argument that Scrooged isn’t hilarious. The movie takes the standard premise of A Christmas Carol and modernizes it, (for 1988). Ebeneezer Scrooge is now television network executive Frank Cross, played by Bill Murray. He’s an angry curmudgeon who hates Christmas, except for its financial benefit to him, thus the fact his station is set to air a live version of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve.

This makes the fact that he’s visited by three spirits in an attempt to get him to change his ways a joke itself, as Frank Cross is very familiar with the story he seems to have found himself in. Karen Allen plays Claire, Cross’ girlfriend when he was younger, who he split from after he chose his ambition in business over his relationship with her.

Bill Murray is his regularly funny self. Karen Allen confirmed to me that Murray ad-libbed much of his performance with her on the set, often changing up his lines even between takes of the same scene. She clearly had as much fun making the movie as the rest of us had watching it. Add to this a great performance by the always funny Carol Kane and Bobcat Goldthwait in another supporting role and you’ve got the makings of a great cast. And really, how does one go wrong with a movie that opens with the Six Million Dollar Man blowing away terrorists defending Santa Claus in the North Pole in The Night the Reindeer Died?

If you’re one of those people who loves to watch Scrooged every Christmas, but you don’t actually own it yet, the 30th Anniversary edition of Scrooged is available now on Blu-ray and in Digital HD.

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Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu Has A Reason For Not Wanting To Join The Star Wars Franchise

The Star Wars universe isn’t going anywhere, with Episode IX, two original television shows from the upcoming streaming service Disney+, Rian Johnson’s planned new trilogy and the film series from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss all on the way. However, you can rule out Crazy Rich Asians lead Constance Wu among the long line of actors eager to sign themselves up for a role for a chance to wield a lightsaber and rock space buns. Here’s what Wu said:

It looks like the Force isn’t with Constance Wu! It’s not that the actress doesn’t love the Star Wars franchise, she just doesn’t want to tied to a long contract movie deal. She was asked by Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso herself during an episode of Variety’s Actors on Actors starring Wu and Felicity Jones.

Before Star Wars fans write off Constance Wu, she did give some understandable reasons why she wouldn’t be instantly attracted to working on a Star Wars film. She has been doing a lot of the same as Jessica Huang on ABC’s comedy series Fresh Off the Boat for five seasons and is ready to regularly challenge herself with a mixture of roles.

Felicity Jones’ Star Wars experience was an exception to the norm of the franchise, as Rogue One was a standalone film that pretty much hits the self-destruct button for potential sequels as the film closes. In the Variety interview, Jones expressed to Constance Wu about how she would love to play the part again and have the stability Wu has found on Fresh Off the Boat.

Constance Wu then back-tracked a bit, thinking back to her massive press junket for this summer’s massive hit Crazy Rich Asians. Wu loved coming back to a familiar set of Fresh Off the Boat and appreciates the comfort of it.

She likely already has a franchise on her hands, since Crazy Rich Asians was the highest-grossing rom-com since 2009’s The Proposal, just received two Golden Globe nominations (including a nod for Constance Wu for Best Actress in a Comedy) and has two sequels in the works for the characters based on novels by Kevin Kwan.

Crazy Rich Asians has been confirmed for a sequel, but it looks like Wu just hasn’t gotten the official call yet, and director Jon M. Chu has In the Heights lined up to work on in 2019 first.

As far as Star Wars is concerned, pretty much anything is possible considering the franchises plans to go backwards and forwards in the timeline in their film and television show endeavors. Constance Wu could certainly find a short-lived role if she wanted to, and I think she would be a great fit for the franchise.

While Felicity Jones’ chances of returning to Rogue One seem initially dim, her costar Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor is getting a Disney+ series of his own, which precedes the Star Wars prequel even further. Maybe there’s hope for Jyn Erso too?

Ed Sheeran Responds To Critics After Underdressing In Beyonce Duet

Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Knowles shared the stage together. Suffice to say, one of these musicians was clearly more fashionable than the other. Queen B was decked out in a gorgeous, extravagant pink gown, which flowed and extended in a variety of different ways. It was an eye-catching fashion item, which isn’t something you can say about Sheeran’s attire for the evening.

The singer-songwriter wore a simple T-shirt and jeans combo, and it drew a lot of criticism towards Ed Sheeran for looking like “a slob” to some in comparison to the typically fabulous Beyonce. With that, Sheeran commented on the critiques. In fact, you could say Ed Sheeran responded to the criticism directed his way in a comical fashion.

On social media, as it was reported by NME, Ed Sheeran posted a posted of the black T-shirt he wore for the performance, which says “Hoax UK Since 94.” He also wrote the following in white text overtop of the shirt picture. Clearly, the musician has a sense of humor about the biting fashion critiques.

At least Ed Sheeran isn’t paying too much mind to the critical comments being directed at him for his fashion choices. Though it has led the Internet to have an interesting discussion on the nature of fashion between men and women, and how women are often expected to be fashionable. Conversely men can often get the liberty to be a little more, shall we say, slack in their choices.

But that’s a rich discussion for more knowledgeable people to partake… At least, more knowledgeable people than myself. As it stands, Ed Sheeran commented on the commentary accordingly; he used humor to deflect it.

If you wish to see the performance from Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Knowles at the Perfect Global Citizens Festival earlier this week, you can watch the footage below and you can make your own points and observations about the differences between what Knowles wore and what Sheeran wore there.

This is not the first time that Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Knowles have performed together, and there’s a good chance they’ll perform together again in the future — what they wear for those duets, however, will be left unknown. Will Sheeran make sure to step up his fashion game, lest he ends up criticized once upon for “slacking” it? Or will he continue to wear what he likes, believing it’s true to his character and image? We’ll just have to see.

In any case, no matter what Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Knowles decide to wear, together or separate, we’ll give you the news whenever it arrives. And we’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest news in film, television, video games, pop culture and a whole lot more right here at CinemaBlend.