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NCIS May Be Losing Another Character This Season

NCIS has had its share of losses over the years. In particular, Season 15 saw Pauley Perrette’s Abby making a planned exit, while Duane Henry’s Reeves had a more untimely one. Season 16 could feature yet another character leaving the show as well. Luckily, it doesn’t seem as though the latest clues point to any characters leaving in a body bag, but rather due to an angry boss looking to possibly clean house.

Season 16 will feature a storyline that puts the current lineup of NCIS in jeopardy, bringing in a Secretary of Defense that has an ax to grind. TVLine reports that the high-ranking government official will supposedly catch wind of Gibbs’ and the team having defied his wishes, which results in some or all of the agents breaking the law.

The SecDef’s investigation will apparently be similar to things that have happened on NCIS: Los Angeles as well as NCIS: New Orleans. Fans will remember a couple of internal investigations being put forth on the L.A.-based spinoff, and Dwayne Pride’s team faced its own investigation in Season 3.

Of course, television crime teams being put under a microscope for taking things a step too far isn’t necessarily a new trope. Additionally, real-life internal investigations don’t always end in someone getting fired. So while it’s entirely possible that the Defense Secretary’s arrival could put some pressure on the NCIS team while jeopardizing some future promotions, the D.C. squad could very well escape this situation with the full lineup intact.

NCIS fans can hope for the best, anyway, since losing anyone else at this point would get in the way of the current dynamic. NCIS wouldn’t feel like NCIS without Gibbs, so Mark Harmon’s character is indubitably safe. Then again, long-running cast members like Pauley Perrette have exited the series on their own accords, albeit under different circumstances unrelated to the show’s storylines. So nothing is impossible.

One would imagine that if anyone is leaving NCIS, temporarily or permanently, it’s probably going to be the character most responsible for breaking the law during the operation. Of course, there’s always the possibility that another character will assume responsibility for the other’s error to take the heat and protect the more guilty party in question. There’s plenty of members of the team willing to stick out their necks for a case, or for one another, but who would risk termination?

Vance’s situation is also still unfolding in Season 16. With suspicions still seemingly out about his loyalties post-kidnapping, The director could find himself fighting to convince the Secretary of Defense that he has only the best interests of the team on his mind. Whether or not that’s the case remains to be seen, since Season 16 of NCIS still has quite a few episodes to get through before the season is up.

Character exits on NCIS are a way of life at this point, and are not at all uncommon taking the entire run into consideration. Many of the show’s characters have exited over the years, with new actors stepping in to fill the voids. NCIS has also been known to bring characters back after a bit, so if the series does take someone off the crime procedural in Season 16, there are no guarantees that agents will be gone for good.

NCIS airs on CBS on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is happening on television in the coming months, be sure to head over to our handy fall premiere guide and find a new show to binge.

November’s Games With Gold Include Battlefield 1, Assassin’s Creed

November is shaping up to be a big month for Xbox Games with Gold subscribers, especially if you like action games like Assassin’s Creed and Battlefield 1. You’ll be able to download a couple new games through the service starting tomorrow, Nov. 1, so be sure to free up some hard drive space before then.

With Battlefield V set to launch on Nov. 20, now is the perfect time to play last year’s series entry and maybe get in some multiplayer practice in the coming weeks. Battlefield 1 is the heavy hitter for November’s Games with Gold lineup, joined on the Xbox One by Race the Sun and Xbox 360 titles Assassin’s Creed and Dante’s Inferno.

For the uninitiated, Games with Gold is one of the perks for an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Along with online play, exclusive discounts and the like. It includes a rotating roster of video games subscribers can download each month at no extra cost. The subscription runs about 10 bucks a month, or $60 annually.

The first two games included through the service this November are Battlefield 1 and the original Assassin’s Creed. The former will be available through the entirety of November, while the latter can only be downloaded from Nov. 1-15. The Xbox One version of Race the Sun can be yours from Nov. 16 through Dec. 15, with the Xbox 360’s Dante’s Inferno up for grabs from Nov. 16-30. As a reminder, any Xbox 360 games offered through Games with Gold are backwards compatible, meaning you can download and play all four of November’s offerings if you have an Xbox One.

Battlefield 1 hit the scene back in 2016 and won critics over with its impressive campaign and explosive multiplayer modes. With Battlefield V taking the fight to World War II later in the month, this is a perfectly timed offering for Microsoft’s subscription service. Race the Sun, on the other hand, is an endless flyer that tasks the player with darting between obstacles and managing their speed in an effort to earn the most points on a quest to catch the setting sun.

Since Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launched just a couple of weeks back, having the series’ original outing included in the November lineup is another example of perfect timing. If you need a refresher course on just how far Assassin’s Creed has come in the past decade, feel free to dive in and get to stabbing corruption in the face. As for Dante’s Inferno, it’s a somewhat overlooked action game that draws a lot of inspiration from games like God of War. If you’re in the mood to bash a hell of a lot of baddies while traversing the various levels of hell, then be sure to grab it once Nov. 16 rolls around.

Good Witch Added A Hocus Pocus Star To Season 5

On the bright side, at least Kathy Najimy seems to be sticking with “witches” of a sort. Good Witch Season 5 is also expected to star Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison, James Denton, Rhys Matthew Bond, and Catherine Disher as Mayor Martha Tinsdale. The Hallmark TV series is a continuation of a series of popular Good Witch movies that first began airing on the cable network back in 2008.

Ellen DeGeneres and Milo Ventimiglia Did a Hilarious *Bachelor* Parody For Halloween

Ellen DeGeneres has a pretty strong Halloween game, but she took things up a notch today by dressing up as a Bachelor contestant and staging a full reenactment of the hit dating show. I’m not exaggerating, either: On Wednesday’s episode of Ellen, the comedy powerhouse threw on a silver gown, long blond wig, and dubbed herself “Kelllly D.,” a dental assistant whose only agenda on The Bachelor is to find a man and drink tequila. So, in other words, she has the first impression rose in the bag.

Her suitor, if you’re curious, was none other than Milo Ventimiglia, a.k.a Jack Pearson on This Is Us, a.k.a the Internet’s collective husband. The two shared a super sweet two minutes together than included “Kelllly” making this A+ dental pun: “Would you like me to examine your mouth with my tongue?” FitTea, go ahead and line up a spon-con deal for “Kelllly” because she’s already a Bachelor Nation fan favorite.

She’s also a smart contestant, too. In the off chance that Milo didn’t pick her, she had a backup ready to go: Nick Viall, a Bachelor veteran. However, he decided to kick it with one of “Kelllly’s” competitors in a hot tub instead. Rude! “Kelllly” shouldn’t sweat it, though. I mean, did she see Nick’s moves on Dancing With the Stars? (Kidding.)

Unfortunately, Milo ended up picking another contestant (Rebel Wilson!), so “Kelllly” went home. In a perfectly rational exit interview, she said, “I don’t even like him. I like artichokes, OK? That’s why I’m scared of parakeets.” Yup, I 100 percent feel you, K. We’ve all been there.

Watch DeGeneres’ hilarious parody for yourself, below:

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Ralph’s Issue With Vanellope In Ralph Breaks The Internet

Disney Animation isn’t typically one for releasing sequels for the studio’s top-notch family films but in service of two lovable arcade game characters from 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, why let it be game over? In the upcoming sequel, Ralph and Vanellope are venturing out of the comfort of their retro roots to the World Wide Web. According to the voice of Ralph, John C. Reilly, the pixelated pals’ journey through the internet tests their friendship. Here’s what he said:

While Wreck-It Ralph had the pair forming a friendship with one another, per John C. Reilly’s comments to USA Today, Ralph Breaks the Internet will explore a budding conflict between them. The sequel has Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush in danger as the arcade’s owner is forced to unplug it after an over-excited gamer breaks one of the steering wheels on the vintage racing game. A newly homeless Vanellope decides to enter a passage into the internet via a WiFi router to buy a steering wheel replacement herself, with Ralph by her side to help.

It looks like Ralph will become a bit overprotective of Vanellope as they discover the ins and outs of the internet, stunting his friend’s development as a character. Ralph and Vanellope will run ins with a bunch of colorful and interesting new citizens of the World Wide Web, such as all the Disney Princesses, primarily voiced by their original actors. Ralph Breaks the Internet will also include a modern driving game called Slaughter House, with its lead character Shank voiced by Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot. Taraji P. Henson will also voice Yesss, an algorithm who can turn Ralph into an internet sensation.

The best Disney films tell a fun and family-friendly over a broader positive message to be discussed. Moana, for example, delivered a story of self-empowerment, and Zootopia tackled racism through the lens of a city of different animals. While Ralph Breaks the Internet will tackle cultivating healthy friendships, it will also touch upon issues surrounding the internet use such as online bullying and trolling.

As the sequel moves away from the nostalgia of arcade games to the current landscape of online gaming, it will play a massive part of the story, thus bringing together a movie more relatable to popular gaming of today. Ralph Breaks the Internet surfs over to theaters on November 21.

Tiffany Haddish’s Hilarious Response To Unwanted Nude Pictures

The revealing comments came during Tiffany Haddish’s recent conversation with E! News. The celebrity news outlet caught up with Haddish on the red carpet for Nobody’s Fool, and asked the comedian if she has gotten her fair share of questionable comments on social media. The film deals with catfishing, after all, and Tiffany Haddish wasn’t afraid to admit that she gets a lot of raunchy, NSFW materials on social media on a regular basis.

It sounds like Tiffany Haddish is thinking of a way to make good use of these unsolicited photos. More specifically, the comedian is thinking about putting together a coffee table book of all the X-rated photos she gets from strangers on the internet.

That’ll probably make a few men think twice before they share their private parts with the world-famous celebrity. Of course, if they weren’t shy about showing their stuff to her previously, they might not change their minds now.

It should be noted that Tiffany Haddish claims she doesn’t spend a lot of time on social media, and that’s certainly understandable considering how busy she has been in the past two years. In addition to this week’s release, Tiffany Haddish can be seen in two other comedies that are currently in theaters: Night School, which reunited Haddish with her Girls Trip helmer, Malcolm D. Lee, and The Oath, the directorial debut of actor Ike Barniholtz.

And she has more than a few projects lined up, which are expected to be released within the next year or so. We should expect to hear more about Tiffany Haddish in the months to come. We’re sure she’ll always have something funny to say. Be sure to check back in for more here at CinemaBlend.

Looks Like David Arquette Is Down For Scream 5

It’s no secret that the horror genre is in a bit of a renaissance, as new and exciting properties hit theaters to critical acclaim and box office success. Blumhouse’s Halloween went back to basics, and brought one of the most iconic horror franchises back for a record breaking new sequel. Now the question is about which horror classic will be revived next.

In the current time of reboots, it seems like any franchise could be brought back. Scream was a game changer when it arrived in 1996, so could a fifth movie be coming down the line? David Arquette starred as Dewey in the first four films, and seems to be open to fifth film, recently saying:

While not jumping out of his seat with enthusiasm, David Arquette seems to think the idea of returning to Woodsboro would be enjoyable. Of course, it might be a difficult road to the theater.

David Arquette’s comments to Slasher Radio are sure to excite the hardcore Scream fans out there. Wes Craven’s self-aware, meta horror franchises helped bring a resurgence of the slasher subgenre, and brought a mixture of comedy and terror that audiences hadn’t seen before. But not every film has been a box office success, so there’s been less sequels than other iconic franchises.

The most recent installment came with 2011’s Scream 4, once again directed by the late Wes Craven. It brought back original stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox, while also adding the likes of young talent like Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Rory Culkin.

Scream 4 brought the franchise to a modern audience, but was generally considered a box office disappointment. The project was made on a $40 million, and managed to rake in $97.1 million in theaters. While fans were hoping it was the start of a new trilogy, there was never another sequel.

To make matters more complicated, Wes Craven died in 2015 at the age of 76. Craven directed every film in the franchise, and it was his vision that brought the project to life in the 90s. It’s unclear who could take the legend’s place if another movie is greenlit.

Narratively, there certainly seems like plenty of opportunities for Scream 5 to continue the story. The trio of heroes managed to survive Jill’s evil plot, with the fallout of the latest mass murder unclear. Additionally, there are some interesting new characters to catch up with. Marley Shelton’s Deputy Judy was a serious scene stealer, and Hayden Panettiere’s character Kirby was never seen actually dying– with even Wes Craven acknowledging her possible survival on Twitter.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all thing Scream. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Shopbop Sale Fall Outfits 2018: Best Fashion Buys

There aren’t too many days where you stumble across a sale that’s happening right when you need it. But today isn’t one of those days. Today there is a surprise sale at Shopbop where all the amazing sweaters, jackets, jeans, and boots you absolutely need for all your fall outfits are actually on sale. That’s right, this is not a drill.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably pretty tired of everything in your closet and in the process of stocking up on all the key fall outfit essentials. Luckily Shopbop has everything from chunky boots to oversized sweaters to every single pair of jeans you could ever imagine—all up to 40 percent off. So you could theoretically score the perfect fall look for under $200, which is basically the only good news we’ve heard all day.

Why Robin Wright’s Wonder Woman 1984 Role Means A Lot To Her

In Wonder Woman, Robin Wright played the role of Antiope, the badass Themyscrian general who trained her niece Diana in combat. Despite the character’s death in that film, the actress will again play Antiope in Wonder Woman 1984. Her role in the sequel film featuring the feminist icon means a lot to Robin Wright, as she explained:

Robin Wright was speaking to Variety in the context of a larger conversation about the Time’s Up movement, pay parity and equality, and it’s clear that she sees Wonder Woman 1984 as taking on extra significance in light of that. That Wonder Woman 1984 is arriving amidst these societal discussions and feminist movements is appropriate and it seems to mean a lot to Robin Wright to get to be a part of it as Antiope.

As Robin Wright mentioned, Wonder Woman was created decades ago, but what she symbolizes (justice, equality and truth) are all salient ideals that never go out of style. That’s how a character that was created in 1941, in a film set in 1984, can feel relevant now in 2018 with today’s social movements.

Robin Wright has been vocal on these issues and has advocated for more opportunities for female directors and pay parity. The actress seems to see Wonder Woman and what she symbolizes as helping to push that progress forward.

Robin Wright has a point too. The first Wonder Woman showed Hollywood that a big-budget superhero movie led by a female character with a female director can do just as well as the tried and true male-dominated blockbusters.

Now in the wake of Patty Jenkins‘ film, we are seeing the effect it has had, on the industry. Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Red Sonja are all on the way to further shatter the glass ceiling on the big screen.

So while Robin Wright sees Wonder Woman 1984 and her role in it as taking on greater meaning given the mood of the moment, I think for many of us, we are just excited to see Antiope back in action.

The character died in the first act of Wonder Woman, so that certainly raises some questions about how exactly she will be back for the sequel. Flashbacks seem the most likely way, but we also know that Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor, who also died, will be showing up in 1984. So maybe Antiope will show up in the flesh as well, although I wouldn’t expect to see her with a perm wearing neon leggings.

Wonder Woman 1984 was just recently delayed and will now come out on June 5, 2020. Despite Wonder Woman moving out of next year’s calendar, 2019 is still positively stacked. Check out all of next year’s biggest movies in our 2019 release schedule.

How to Choose the Perfect Overwater Bungalow

DOUBLE DIP An overwater villa with plunge pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui.
DOUBLE DIP An overwater villa with plunge pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

IS THERE ANY VACATION fantasy as durable—and rarely realized—as the one where you’re sprawled out on the deck of a cushy bungalow perched above the sea? If you’re determined to stop merely dreaming, the website overwaterbungalows.net lists some 165 resorts around the world, from Panama to Malaysia, that offer variations on the room-on-stilts.

Purists, however, may want to stick to French Polynesia where the first such bungalow hotel was reportedly erected some 50 years ago, off the island of Raiatea. Inspired by Tahitian fishermen’s huts, resort owners hit upon the overwater bungalow as a nifty way to reel in guests if you don’t have a beach. Or even if you do: Over the years, even the dozens of white-sand properties that encircle the islands of Bora Bora and Moorea built guest rooms perched over lagoons and placid bays. The cost of perching tends to be steeper than that of lodging on terra firma, but you’re also likely to spend more time in an overwater bungalow, which delivers all the benefits of a yacht without the pitch and roll. Here, four modern approaches to the life aquatic.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

This former Hilton re-emerged as a 114-room Conrad resort last year after a $45-million renovation. It sits on 16 terraced acres on Motu To’opua, a coral islet inside the Bora Bora atoll and its uninterrupted stretch of white-sand beach is impressively long.

OVERWATER ROOMS: 88, including a pair of two-story “Presidential Overwater Villas” that sleep up to six people in two bedrooms. If six feels like a crowd and you can live without your own butler, the standard overwater bungalow should suffice. Even the smallest ones offer 1,249 square feet and when you tire of sunbathing on your deck—or in the catamaran nets doubling as hammocks above the water—just dive right in. The plentiful, healthy corals and relatively deep water here guarantee some of the best snorkeling in Bora Bora. (Twenty rooms also come with plunge pools.) The teak sleeping quarters are also big on tech, with a Bluetooth speaker by the bed and a TV that rises from the foot and spins 360 degrees, which means you can also watch it from outside. Resist the urge.

PRIVACY FACTOR: Moderate. The resort’s one shortcoming: With all of that tech (that swiveling TV, another Bluetooth speaker outside), your neighbor might take full advantage of it.

WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH ALONE TIME: Borrow one of the resort’s bicycles and explore the grounds. On Tuesdays, take one to the Tamure Beach Grill for its weekly Polynesian show with fire and hula dancers.

BACK ON LAND: The resort is large enough to merit six dining options, including Upa Upa Lounge Bar, where the glass floor panels let you watch reef sharks swim beneath your table. From about $845 a night for overwater rooms, boraboranui.conradhotels.com

A one-bedroom mountain-view overwater suite at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
A one-bedroom mountain-view overwater suite at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

What makes Bora Bora famous is its lagoon, and no resort has a better location. Set on the slender barrier islet of Motu Piti A’au, it faces the 2,385-foot volcanic peak of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora’s highest mountain.

OVERWATER ROOMS: 100, 15 with private plunge pools. Built in 2008 from tropical woods, the bungalows aren’t the most modern, but there’s a sizable pampering factor: You can use the Four Seasons’s app to summon a golf cart if you don’t want to walk farther than your deck.

PRIVACY FACTOR: High. Unlike those at other overwater resorts, the bungalows here are farther apart, situated along two walkways.

WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH ALONE TIME: Book one of the resort’s Manta Ray and shark snorkeling safaris on a motorized outrigger canoe.

BACK ON LAND: In the evening, order the grilled spiny lobster at Faré Hoa Beach Bar & Grill, where the DJ plays music at a surprisingly civilized volume. Standard breakfast fare: fresh coconuts served with a straw. From about $1,234 a night for overwater rooms, fourseasons.com/borabora.

LAGOON COCOON InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.
LAGOON COCOON InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The focus of this resort, built in 2006 on the detached southern arm of Motu Piti A’au, is on the seawater coursing through and around it: “Thalasso” refers to “thalassotherapy,” therapeutic spa treatments that use seawater. Exhibit A: The cool air in your overwater villa, care of cold water pumped through an A/C system. Above the villa floors, glass panels slide open so you can feed the fish. Getting married? The sea will attend the ceremony, via a similar all-glass central aisle in the resort’s Blue Lagoon Chapel. Want breakfast in your room? Have it delivered by outrigger canoe.

OVERWATER ROOMS: 84, 14 with private plunge pools. Choose one of the 1- or 2-bedroom “Brando” suites where the bed overlooks a plunge pool that overlooks the lagoon, with a distant view of the mountain.

PRIVACY FACTOR: Moderate. Don’t be surprised to see inflatable floats cruise by your private deck—the resort doesn’t supply them but guests often bring their own.

WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH ALONE TIME: Hit the sprawling Deep Ocean Spa, run by French company Algotherm, the only thalasso spa in French Polynesia, where three of its 14 treatment rooms also have floors of glass.

BACK ON LAND: Le Corail restaurant, nominally situated on land but overlooking the lagoon, has the largest wine collection in French Polynesia—Bordeaux and champagne are important liquids too. Dishes, like hibiscus flowers filled with lobster mousse and sea urchin, attract chefs from around the atoll after work. From about $667 for overwater rooms, thalasso.intercontinental.com

Manava Beach Resort & Spa, Moorea

Inexpensive overwater bungalows don’t exist in French Polynesia (or anywhere else), but you can save a few francs by skipping Bora Bora and the added fare of another plane ride, and opting for the 30-minute ferry from Papeete, Tahiti, to neighboring Moorea. Just outside the north shore village of Maharepa (conveniently near some of the island’s best surfing spots), Manava can get you ensconced overwater in little more than the 15 minutes it takes to drive there from the ferry terminal.

OVERWATER ROOMS: 28 (plus another 62 on land), all with “Tahitian TVs” (glass panels beneath the glass-topped coffee tables). The 18 premium bungalows are in deeper water, where the snorkeling is better.

PRIVACY FACTOR: Low. Avoid overwater bungalows 401 and 402, which you may find too close to the resort’s dive center, or any of the non-premium ones, which may be too close to the stand-up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks

WHEN YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH ALONE TIME: Book a diving excursion at Manava’s scuba center; some sites are only 10 minutes away by boat.

BACK ON LAND: Rent a car to explore the heart-shaped island. It’ll take a half a day to circumnavigate its 37-mile coast, leaving you time for a lunch of poisson cru (fresh fish marinated in coconut milk and lime) at any of the beach-front restaurants on the island’s north shore. Also recommended: an upcountry stop at Belvedere Point, for views of Opunohu and Cook’s Bays, with the jagged spire of 3,960-foot Mount Rotui between them. From about $600 for overwater rooms, manavamoorearesort.com

The LOWDOWN / How Best to Reach French Polynesia

Getting There: Air Tahiti Nui flies to Papeete, Tahiti, from Los Angeles; Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu. On Oct. 30, United Airlines added its own nonstop from San Francisco. Air Tahiti flies from Papeete and Moorea to Bora Bora, as well as to other French Polynesian islands. All Bora Bora resorts run water shuttles from the local airport to their properties, with helipads on site as well. The Aremiti ferry runs between Papeete and Moorea, aremiti.net

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