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Why Dwayne Johnson Probably Won’t Be Back For Fast And Furious 9

Although he hasn’t been part of the Fast and the Furious franchise since the beginning, ever since he jumped aboard during 2011’s Fast Five, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Luke Hobbs has become an integral character in this fictional universe. So much so that later this year, we’ll see him team up with Deckard Shaw again in the appropriately titled Hobbs and Shaw, the franchise’s first spinoff. However, because Johnson’s still working on Hobbs and Shaw, and because Fast & Furious 9 is gearing up to begin production, it’s unlikely he’ll appear in the latter movie. As Johnson put it:

Dwayne Johnson’s comment makes it sound like this rules out Jason Statham from appearing in Fast & Furious 9 as well since he’s Johnson’s costar on Hobbs and Shaw. But even assuming this holds true, as Johnson acknowledged to MTV, just because Luke Hobbs won’t be around for Fast & Furious 9 doesn’t mean he’s done with the main film series entirely. As long as he and Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto have this “unfinished business,” those two crossing paths again is bound to happen.

It should be noted that Fast & Furious 10 is intended to be the final film of the main Fast and the Furious film series, so having Luke Hobbs return then seems logical. However, like Johnson mentioned, this “universe” is growing, and along with Hobbs and Shaw paving a new direction, there’s also a female-centric spinoff in the works. So even after the main series wraps up, there will be other opportunities for many of these characters to return, possibly allowing for Luke Hobbs to reunite with either Dominic Toretto or one of his other allies.

We still don’t have any details yet about what’s in store for Fast & Furious 9, but whatever goes down, Dominic Toretto and his gang/family will have to make due without Luke Hobbs providing extra muscle. Daniel Casey is writing the script, Justin Lin is reportedly lined up to direct and Jordan Brewster will return as Mia Toretto, who was last seen in Furious 7.

As for Hobbs and Shaw, the spinoff will see its eponymous protagonists facing off against Idris Elba’s Brixton, an international terrorist leader. The spinoff also stars Vanessa Kirby as Deckard Shaw’s sister Hattie, Eiza Gonzalez as Madam M, Roman Reigns as Luke Hobbs’ brother and Eddie Marsan, among others. Deadpool 2’s David Leitch directed and longtime Fast and the Furious contributor Chris Morgan wrote the script.

Hobbs and Shaw charges into theaters on August 2, and Fast & Furious 9 will follow on April 10, 2020. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates about the franchise, and look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what else is coming out this year.

Glossier Just Made Its Shade Range Way More Inclusive for Women of Color

Glossier knows how to market a product. From its Cloud Paint gel-cream blush to its Lash Slick Mascara, every launch the millennial-favorite brand churns out is met with extreme fanfare—with one glaring exception. Where the brand excels in its pink packaging and “your-skin-but-better” formulations, the shade range has long left women of color with more to be desired.

But this morning, Glossier took a page out of Beyoncé’s book by announcing an unexpected expansion of its most popular complexion products. As part of the rollout, its adding of 12 new shades of its Perfecting Skin Tint (which gives coverage somewhere in-between a foundation and a BB Cream) and along with its Stretch Concealer. Wowder, its loose blurring powder that previously only came in Light, Medium, and Rich, now comes in five more shades. The brand’s also doing away with its naming conventions and instead is now labeling shades from G1 to G12—starting with the richest shades, which is a first for Glossier.

Unsurprisingly, the brand credits the launch to the feedback it got from women of color—most specifically, the concerns raised on Glossier Brown, an Instagram account created by blogger Devin McGhee with a mission to provide a platform and community for people of color. Last year, the account (which showcases the brand’s products on “brown-skinned beauties”) even got the attention of founder Emily Weiss.

McGhee, for her part, is glad the brand finally took feedback into consideration. After all, as Fenty Beauty has proven, any brand that isn’t catering to a larger range of skin tones is getting left in the dust. Your brand can be buzzy, sure, but not catering to diverse women is a definite way to miss out on profit—or perhaps worse in the social media age, face backlash. “Women of color, black women specifically, spend more money than any other demographic on cosmetics,”she says. “I believe this is mainly because we are constantly having to purchase multiple shades and mix our own to find a match. It can be discouraging and slightly taxing on our pockets. But, until there are more women of color in leadership positions at beauty companies, it will continue to affect what is or is not produced for us. If women of color are not amongst the people included in the conversations at the top, it will always show, as it directly affects who is fighting for diversity and inclusion within the beauty industry.”

As brands continue to look inward at their leadership, she says it’s also on execs to foster “simple conversations” around diversity and inclusion. “Glossier has opened the door for the ongoing conversation with me continuously,” she says, adding that the brand has been “genuinely interested” in learning more about what she and her followers have to say.

Given that Glossier Brown has become such a resource for people of color to share hacks and product reccs, it only made sense that McGhee was the first to break the news and share a first look of the products on. “@devinkielle wearing Perfecting Skin Tint in G3, Stretch Concealer in G3, Cloud Paint in Storm, and Haloscope in Topaz. TOMORROW,” she wrote on Instagram. Many Glossier Brown members rushed to the comments with questions about her cryptic caption. “Is G3 a new color range of skin tint/concealer? I have the skin tint in Rich and I think it’s a little too dark and the concealer in skin tint is my skin shade,” one user wrote.

McGhee, who says she previously had to mix two of the original Skin Tints and Stretch Concealers (Deep and Rich) during the winter months for a match, now says her perfect shade is G3: “I definitely feel the new shades provide a truer match to actual skin tone—no more mixing!”

As Recipe Cards Disappear, Families Scramble to Preserve Cherished Memories

When cooking for family gatherings, Penny Pierce usually pulls out a yellowed card with frayed edges to scrutinize the fading recipe for her favorite pie crust.

Ms. Pierce, a retired administrative assistant in Adams, N.Y., says her mother typed the card for her 36 years ago, passing along the recipe that she had learned from her mother, Ms. Pierce’s grandmother. About 20 years ago, Ms. Pierce’s now-deceased golden retriever bit off the bottom corner of the card, adding a cherished reminder of his playful nature.

No, Patty Jenkins Isn’t Directing The Barbie Movie

Among Margot Robbie’s many exciting upcoming projects, which include her return as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey and portraying Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, she is also set to play the leading doll in the first live-action Barbie film.

When Robbie was announced to star in Barbie back in October, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was reportedly being eyed to direct. However, when Jenkins’ was recently asked, she explained that she never signed on. Here’s what she said:

Bummer! Patty Jenkins would have been a great choice to helm the upcoming Barbie movie and it makes a lot of sense why she was approached for the job. 2017’s Wonder Woman was met with warm positive reception, namely because of how it portrayed the iconic female superhero, along with making over $821 million worldwide at the box office.

Patty Jenkins was the first woman to ever direct a studio superhero film, and with the $9 million she will get for helming the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, she’s the highest paid female director in history. So why not get her to lead the movie about the most iconic doll there is?

As Patty Jenkins told recently Deadline, she just doesn’t have the time to direct Barbie at this time. She recently wrapped filming Wonder Woman 1984 and will likely be working on finishing the product until its release in summer 2020.

Patty Jenkins hasn’t announced any projects after the Wonder Woman sequel is finished, but has recently expressed her interest in concluding Diana Prince’s story with a third film. Wonder Woman 3 has not yet gotten the green light by Warner Bros., but Jenkins revealed she has plans about how she’d want to end the trilogy.

If the director’s heart (and time) wasn’t set on Wonder Woman and/or some potential unannounced projects she has in the works, she seems otherwise interested in directing Barbie. The film is currently being developed by Warner Bros., Mattel Films and Margot Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment.

When Margot Robbie was confirmed to play Barbie, she expressed her interest to help make the film empowering to young audiences, as well as reflect the element of imagination and discovery that comes with playing with the popular toy.

A live-action Barbie movie has been in development since 2014, originally under Sony, with Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway previously attached as to star on separate occasions. When Mattel decided to create their own film division, the project changed directions.

There’s no word yet about filming details or a release date for the live-action Barbie film, but check out what movies are coming out this year with our 2019 release guide.

Strolling Through the Amazon, Nervously

THE GUY whose task it was to guide me into the Amazon was named Ruber León Sánchez. “Like ‘lion,’” he told me after firmly gripping my hand and shaking it as if it needed to be wrung out. The named seemed fitting; the manager at my hotel had the last name of Puma. I wondered if later on I’d meet a woman named Anna Conda. “Let’s go,” said Ruber, whose confident stride, forest-green fatigues and 2-foot machete swinging from his belt made him king of the jungle in my eyes.

I didn’t particularly want to be traipsing through the…

A 1966 Jaguar Drives a Family Through the Generations

David Claghorn, 65, a sales representative in the automotive-aftermarket business living in Wyndmoor, Pa., on his 1966 Jaguar 3.8 S, as told to A.J. Baime.

My grandfather bought the car you see here new. He lived in New Jersey and did a lot of business in England, so he went to the Jaguar factory, bought the car, and had it shipped over. It was a pretty exotic car in America in the mid-1960s.


Zombieland 2 Has An Official Title, And It’s Perfect

Now that Venom, one of 2018’s biggest box office smashes, has had its time to shine, director Ruben Fleischer has turned his attention to a world he first visited a decade ago, one filled with the undead. The Zombieland sequel, which was officially announced back in July, is a week into filming, and today it was finally announced what said sequel will be called: Zombieland: Double Tap. Additionally, Sony also dropped the first poster for Double Ta, which you can compare to the original Zombieland poster below.

For those of you who haven’t seen Zombieland, the Double Tap refers to the #2 rule when battling zombies: even if you think the zombie is “dead” after shooting it once, shoot it again just to make 100% sure the deed is done. So yes, calling the sequel Zombieland: Double Tap is most fitting. It had previously been reported that the project would be called Zombieland Too, but that was debunked earlier this month.

As you can see from the first Zombieland: Double Tap poster, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin will all be back reprising their respective roles. While Breslin has had quite the growth spurt in the decade since Zombieland came out, the other three look the same for the most part, although one can imagine that their characters have become even more hardened since the last movie given that they still have to gun down zombies on a regular basis.

Along with the title and poster reveal, it was also reported by Deadline that Rosario Dawson has been cast in Zombieland: Double Tap. No details about her role were revealed, but she is the latest new face to board the sequel, following behind Zoey Deutch and Avan Jogia In the past several years, Dawson’s credits have included playing Claire Temple on the Marvel Netflix shows, Unforgettable, Sorry to Bother You and Jane the Virgin. She’ll appear this April in the Netflix movie Someone Great and has been tapped to lead the USA Network series Briarpatch.

Along with Ruben Fleischer sitting back in the director’s chair and the core quartet of actors stepping back in front of the camera, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also returned for Zombieland: Double Tap. Their new story sees the starring humans facing off against new kinds of zombies that have sprung up since the events of the first movie, all the while still keeping their unusual family together. It’s also been reported that Bill Murray will be back as well, and he’ll supposedly be accompanied by his Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd.

Zombieland: Double Tap scares its way into theaters on October 11, so keep backing back with CinemaBlend for more updates on its progress. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies open later this year.

Liam Neeson Really Wrestled With The Amount Of Plow Violence To Put In Cold Pursuit

If there’s one guy that’s known for being an onscreen badass, it’s Liam Neeson. The 66 year-old actor is synonymous with movies where he kicks ass and takes names, including high profile projects like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, and the Taken franchise. The beloved actor is at it again with Hans Petter Moland’s Cold Pursuit, playing a snowplow driver with a penchant for revenge.

I recently had the privilege to speak with Liam Neeson about Cold Pursuit, and his character Nels Coxman. I asked if he wanted more time behind the wheel of Nels’ massive snowplow to kill his enemies, but Neeson actually had the opposite feeling. As he told me,

Throughout the course of Cold Pursuit, audiences get to watch Liam Neeson dispatch his enemies in a variety of grisly and sometimes hilarious manners. Rather than simply getting behind his giant rig and making the movie one long car chase, director Hans Petter Moland used that signature vehicle sparingly. And that’s exactly how Liam Neeson liked it.

I also got the chance to speak with Hans Petter Moland himself about Cold Pursuit, which is actually an American adaptation of his Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance. In our conversation, he spoke to balancing the use of the snowplow, and enjoying using a variety of other tools to bring Nels’ revenge to life on the silver screen. He said,

Cold Pursuit is clocking in at 118 minutes, so Hans Petter Moland clearly wanted to make sure it wasn’t a repetitive experience. Furthermore, the movie shows how everyday tools can become weapons, especially in the hands of someone with nothing to lose.

You can check out my conversation with Liam Neeson and Hans Petter Moland below.

Clearly Liam Neeson and Hans Petter Moland have thought this process out, and are eager for moviegoers to finally get the chance to watch the snowy destruction for themselves.

Cold Pursuit arrives in theaters on February 8th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

The Downside of Carrying the Most Weight at Work

Star employees who always go the extra mile at work have it made. They bask in praise from bosses, customers and clients.

Except when they don’t. These extra-milers also risk burning out, becoming a bottleneck on their teams or overshadowing co-workers who stop learning and growing, new research shows.

To keep their teams running smoothly, high achievers must prioritize demands on their time, delegate work and avoid allowing a line to form outside their cubicle or office door.

Justin Goeglein sometimes puts in 60-hour weeks and stays at the office as late as 11 p.m. to serve clients. He’s chief engineer at New Eagle Consulting, an Ann Arbor, Mich., engineering firm that makes control systems for self-driving vehicles and other products. His team juggles many projects at once, sometimes facing four or five deadlines at a time.

Clients sometimes ask specifically for Mr. Goeglein to work on their projects, and he battles a tendency to take on too much. He knows overloading himself won’t help the company grow long-term. “But if you know how to do the work, you’ll just pull it in and work longer and harder to get it done,” he says.

Stars like Mr. Goeglein pose a dilemma for managers, says Mickey Swortzel, New Eagle’s co-founder and chief financial officer. “It’s been very easy during busy times to allow the high achievers to just go, and to be very thankful for the work they’re doing,” she says.

She worries about Mr. Goeglein burning out, however. The grueling pace extra-milers like him set may also cause co-workers to decide they don’t want to rise in the ranks, or to feel their career path is blocked by high achievers who can do it all.

With Ms. Swortzel’s encouragement, Mr. Goeglein is sharing more responsibility. “I have to be willing to hand off things that can stretch the team,” he says. He also has set a goal of getting home by 5:30 p.m. every day to have dinner with his wife and three young children.

Extra-milers like Mr. Goeglein can make a staggering difference on the job. A top retail salesperson at a well-run store might sell eight times as much as an average department-store employee, and an ace software developer at Apple might write nine times as much usable code each day than the average Silicon Valley developer, says Michael Mankins, co-author of “Time, Talent and Energy.” On average, star performers are 51% more productive than others in their field, says Mr. Mankins, a partner in San Francisco with Bain & Co.

Many extra-milers provide help and constructive suggestions to colleagues, raising the overall output of their teams, says Ning Li, lead author of a 2015 study of 87 work teams. Stars who do creative work, however, tend to stifle individual co-workers, discouraging them from developing their own insights, he found in a new study of 94 sales teams and 84 R&D teams set for publication soon. “You somehow create a dependency, so that others rely on you,” says Dr. Li, an associate professor of management and organizations at the University of Iowa.

Colleagues often fight for time with a star-in-residence, creating bottlenecks that slow everyone’s work. The likelihood that extra-milers will quit rises with the share of colleagues who complain about not having enough time with them, says Rob Cross, a professor at Babson College and head of Connected Commons, a 70-employer consortium studying collaboration. When 25% or more of extra-milers’ contacts start asking for more access to them, their quit rate soars to twice levels typical for managers in comparable jobs. That conclusion is based on 360 employee interviews and 10 years of research at more than 100 companies, Mr. Cross says.

Julia Lamm, center, shown here meeting with one of the teams she oversees as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, has built a strong internal network so she can delegate tasks quickly and prevent logjams.
Julia Lamm, center, shown here meeting with one of the teams she oversees as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, has built a strong internal network so she can delegate tasks quickly and prevent logjams. Photo: Keller Grayson

Those who thrive in corporate settings often must learn new skills.

Partners, clients and colleagues vie for time with Julia Lamm, a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Some people get upset if she doesn’t give their projects as much attention as they want, says her boss Bhushan Sethi, global co-leader of the firm’s people and organization practice. “When you’re really good at something, you can disappoint people if you say no,” he says.

Ms. Lamm, a mother of two small children, recalls checking her schedule one morning after returning from maternity leave when a team member who wanted to discuss a personal issue pinged her, asking, do you have time today? “I looked at my calendar and thought, I don’t have time today,” Ms. Lamm says. She made time to see him by arranging for a colleague to cover for her while she stepped out of a meeting later that day. Since then, she has learned to knock nonessential meetings off her calendar each morning and delegate other activities to colleagues.

Mr. Sethi has helped her prioritize projects. “She’s done a good job of saying no in a polite way,” he says.

She grooms subordinates to make client presentations in her place. And she makes the most of time spent in meetings. When one manager she meets with weekly said he wasn’t getting enough of her time, she talked with him about what he actually wanted and switched the focus of their sessions away from routine status reports, toward the creative problem-solving discussions he wanted.

Most extra-milers avoid complaining about overwork, partly because they don’t want to look like whiners, says Dana Brownlee, founder of Professionalism Matters, an Atlanta corporate-training firm, and author of “The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up.” She adds, “Then, if they leave, executives are left scratching their heads, wondering how they lost their superstar.”

Some are happier running their own show. Amber Hinds chafed at a previous employer over colleagues who always headed home by 5 p.m., no matter what. She says she left meetings with long to-do lists because others were slow to volunteer for projects. Former co-workers describe her as a high achiever who sometimes butted heads with people who didn’t share her work ethic.

Ms. Hinds soon quit, and now is CEO of Road Warrior Creative, a digital marketing agency in Georgetown, Texas. As co-owner of the firm with her husband, she controls who’s on her team. “I have high expectations of myself, and my team members are high achievers too,” she says.

Advice for Office Superstars

To work smoothly with colleagues:


—Take over important projects.

—Agree to every demand on your time.

—Extend your work hours so you can do it all.

—Allow work to back up because you’re too rushed to help.

—Deprive colleagues of learning opportunities.

—Allow your ideas to eclipse everyone else’s.


—Prioritize demands on your time.

—Delegate unmanageable work to others.

—Invite co-workers’ ideas and suggestions.

—Guard against overload and burnout.

—Notice teammates’ problems and offer help.

—Help co-workers grow their careers.

Work & Family Mailbox

Q: We enjoyed your Dec. 26 column about raising a child’s intelligence, but we were disappointed that you didn’t mention one variable that has been shown repeatedly to increase lifelong intelligence: breast-feeding.—D.G.

A: Many studies have linked breast-feeding with a higher IQ in children at ages 5 or 6. A 2015 review of four high-quality studies that controlled the results for an important variable, maternal IQ, found breast-feeding improved children’s IQ scores by 1.76 points.

Most studies measuring the possible relationship between breast-feeding and IQ are correlational, however, and the topic has sparked controversy among researchers. It’s difficult to control the results for all factors that may play a role, from a child’s home environment to genetic differences in babies’ ability to digest the fatty acids in human milk that are believed to fuel IQ gains. However, experimental studies aren’t possible because researchers would have to assign mothers randomly to breast-feed or not.

One randomized experimental study of 13,889 children approached the question differently, comparing babies whose mothers participated in a hospital program to encourage breast-feeding with controls who didn’t participate. Mothers who had the training breast-fed longer, and their children had verbal IQ score gains of 7.5 points at age 6 1/2. Critics fault that study for failing to measure the impact of no breast-feeding at all.

More recently, a 2017 study of 7,478 families used methods that approximate random selection, and found no statistically significant differences in IQ among 5-year-old children who had been breast-fed. Critics of that study fault it for failing to control the results for mothers’ IQ, and say too few participants breast-fed their children long or exclusively enough to reap the maximum benefits.

Taken together, the evidence suggests breast-feeding has a small but durable impact on children’s intelligence, according to a 2017 commentary in the journal Pediatrics.

Q: My daughter, 24, has a job that involves setting appointments by phone. She has a mild to moderate stutter, and although she goes to speech therapy, she still gets stuck sometimes. On the phone, people say such things as, “Just spit it out,” or, “What is wrong with you?” This upsets her and sparks anxiety that makes the stutter worse. Can you suggest any resources?—J.A.

A: Social anxiety is very common among people who stutter. While a speech therapist can help your daughter speak more smoothly, she may benefit from seeing a behavioral therapist or psychologist to help with social anxiety, says Gerald Maguire, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside, medical school and chairman of the National Stuttering Association. Also, a psychiatrist might recommend medications for social anxiety, he says.

Business calls can be especially tough because they often require exchanging specific information, locking the speaker into narrow word choices, says Jayne Latz, president of Corporate Speech Solutions in New York. Your daughter might try writing down what she wants to say before she makes a call, or practicing it in her head. If it’s OK with her employer, she might try telling the other person as she begins a call that she sometimes stutters, and add, “It may take me some time to get my words out. I appreciate your patience,” to gain a greater sense of control.

The National Stuttering Association’s website offers resources including a printable flier for employers.

Write to Sue Shellenbarger at

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