Jersey Shore Family Vacation‘s most recent episode showed Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley at it again with their signature drama. Right on cue, the couple ended their peaceful spell and reignited the chaos that frequently marks their relationship. Following the episode, it became clear all was not well again when Ronnie took to social media and posted a picture of a healing black eye. He also added a statement that vaguely hinted Harley may have been responsible for the shiner.
As seen above, Ronnie apologized to friends and family for lying to them. It’s unclear what the Jersey Shore Family Vacation star had lied to them about, or how his repentance related to the black eye present on his face. Fans had their suspicions that Jen was responsible, of course, since it’s no secret the couple have had their fair share of altercations, with some of them getting quite physical.
Jen Harley appeared to confirm suspicions that she caused Ronnie’s black eye. She took to her own social media and posted a text message conversation she with Ronnie about the incident. In the exchange, Popculture.com reported Ronnie offered to clarify that the black eye was part of a dispute where both of them were at fault. He also admitted he shouldn’t have posted the photo. Harley rejected the offer, though, as she thought it may be interpreted differently.
The timing technically couldn’t have been any better for MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation itself. The current incident came just after an episode of the two fighting in Atlantic City. An episode in which Ronnie claimed early on that things were much better between the couple in the aftermath of that car-dragging incident. That dangerous situation allegedly resulted in Jen dragging Ronnie outside of the vehicle for a distance, which is believed to have injured his arm.
That black eye exchange does not appear to be the end of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley, though. The two apparently made up just in time to celebrate Jen’s birthday over Halloween weekend. Jen posted photos of them in costume at the club, where they were dressed as Harley Quinn and The Joker.
Jen Harley has appeared in many headlines related to Jersey Shore Family Vacation lately. She slammed the show’s editing staff for allegedly taking her scenes out of context, and recently blamed her relationship woes on the revival series. Harley even made it clear she doesn’t think she and Ronnie would have issues if Ortiz-Magro left the show. So the star might not be around for a potential Season 3, but if he is, it would almost definitely feature way more drama between him and Jen.
Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs on MTV on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. Those curious about what else is on television these days can find out by heading over to our fall premiere guide.
Over the course of a decade, Marvel Studios managed to accomplish a feat that no other movie franchise had even attempted before it: assembling a cohesive cinematic universe featuring multiple branch series, major crossover events, and a maintained continuity. What’s been created has become one of the biggest phenomenons in the history of pop culture… and it’s far from wrapping things up. There are still many years ahead for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it begins with what’s being built over the next few years as Phase Four.
Unlike what Marvel did for the beginning of Phase Three, when they held a big press event announcing their future plans, the company has yet to officially announce the majority of their upcoming slate. That being said, through various official releases, news items, and quotes we have been able to piece together at least some of what’s going on behind-the-scenes. What do we know right now? Read on and find out.
Spider-Man: Far From Home — July 5, 2019
The first Marvel Cinematic Universe feature to be released after the events of Avengers 4 is actually the only Phase Four project that currently has an official release date. After earning rave reviews for his work on Spider-Man: Homecoming, director Jon Watts is back at the helm, and it’s been confirmed that the story will pick up literally minutes after the end of the big Joe and Anthony Russo-directed blockbuster bonanza that is coming out in May 2019.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will somehow be alive again at the start of the movie – a reversal of the events that took place at the end of Avengers: Infinity War – and as the title suggests he won’t be hanging around Queens, New York all that much. Instead, the story featured in Spider-Man: Far From Home will have the wall-crawling hero swinging his webs around various locations throughout Europe. He, apparently, won’t have the assistance of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in this one, but he will have some notable Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans as allies: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), who were also dusted by the end of Infinity War.
On the villain front, Spider-Man: Far From Home will take a page out of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s playbook and introduce a villain that audiences have not yet seen depicted in live-action. Specifically, Jake Gyllenhaal is on-board to play the special effects-loving antagonist Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio. It’s not yet been revealed exactly how he will fit into the plot regarding Peter Parker’s European vacation, but we’re excited to find out.
For a more in-depth look at what to expect from Spider-Man: Far From Home, be sure to check out our What We Know So Far guide.
Black Panther 2
While Marvel Studios has had no trouble breaking box office records, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther went far beyond anything experts were expecting. Released in early 2018 and expected to serve as an appetizer for Avengers: Infinity War, the film instead managed to out-gross the massive team-up movie domestically, and is not only the biggest Marvel movie ever released in the United States, but is also the third highest grosser the country has ever seen.
We pretty much always expected that Black Panther 2 was going to be in the cards for Phase Four, long before any of the box office numbers, but Marvel Studios made it official in mid-October 2018. It was at that time that it was officially announced that Marvel Studios had made a deal with Ryan Coogler to return to the helm – presumably making him an offer that would have been just impossible to refuse.
Right now we don’t actually know where Black Panther 2 is going to fall among the various upcoming Marvel Studios movies, and as a result we really don’t know anything about what to expect plot-wise. It certainly doesn’t help that we have no idea where Avengers 4 is going to leave things, and that the titular hero turned to dust the last time we saw him on the big screen.
That being said, the expectation is not only that Black Panther 2 will bring back Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, but also the bulk of the original’s ensemble – if not just because of how immensely popular they were. This is a list that includes Danai Gurira (Okoye), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), and Angela Bassett (Ramonda).
For a more in-depth look at what to expect from Black Panther 2, be sure to check out our What We Know So Far guide.
It’s kind of surprising to think about, but Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was one of the earliest heroes introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the third member of the Avengers to make an appearance in live-action (behind Iron Man and Hulk). That being said, her action has been entirely limited to supporting roles. She got her start in Iron Man 2; followed that up with The Avengers; paired with Steve Rogers for Captain America: The Winter Solider; did the team-up thing again in Avengers: Age of Ultron; was one of many key parts of Captain America: Civil War; and then fought against Thanos’ forces in Avengers: Infinity War.
That’s a lot of history, and now it’s being rewarded with a special solo film.
Fans have been clamoring for years, demanding a Black Widow movie, and it looks like they will all get their wish as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four plans. Of course, when exactly it will be hitting theaters is currently one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the feature. One thing we do know for sure is who is taking the helm of the blockbuster, as the studio has hired filmmaker Cate Shortland as director. The Australian filmmaker doesn’t exactly have a long history of blockbusters on her resume, but the reality is that that’s basically the description of everyone that makes an MCU movie nowadays.
There have been rumors about Black Widow being a period piece, but they have yet to be substantiated. The truth is that we don’t know much about the project right now, but you can be sure that you’ll be able to find all of the latest updates here on CinemaBlend.
Because it doesn’t look like Marvel Studios is going to start releasing four movies a year any time soon, part of the challenge of Phase Four is going to be balancing sequels and original creations. Fans love to see continuing adventures of their favorite characters, but the only way to prevent things from ever feeling stale is to constantly inject key doses of new. We expect that there will ultimately be a nice split between the two kinds of projects on the upcoming slate, and while most of the non-follow-ups are being kept a secret for now, one we definitely know is happening is The Eternals.
In the same way that nobody expected Marvel to release Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014, this is a project that is kind of coming together out of left field – though it should do a nice job further solidifying the cosmic side of the cinematic universe. The Eternals were creations of writer/artist Jack Kirby, who established them as a fictional race of alien super beings that were evolved from protohumanity.
The reason why we know this project is coming together is because Marvel Studios has already hired a filmmaker to make it. According to a September 2018 report, Chloe Zhao – another blockbuster novice – has been hired to make the Eternals movie. The feature will be the third that Zhao’s has made, following the 2015 drama Songs My Brothers Taught Me, and the 2018 western The Rider.
Continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition of matching comic book movie action with different genres, it’s been said that there will be a bit of romance involved in the narrative, particularly the relationship between the heroes Ikaris and Sersi. That being said, it’s worth mentioning that the franchise has already introduced an Eternals character, as Thanos is actually a member of that powerful alien race.
Will The Eternals be one of the first features developed as Phase Four, or will be be held for the back half? Time will tell.
Doctor Strange 2
Like Black Panther 2, the idea of doing a Doctor Strange 2 in Phase Four is kind of a no-brainer – and a future development that most fans could have predicted far before the first movie came out in late 2016. Still, it didn’t hurt that the Scott Derrickson-directed blockbuster made $677.7 million globally when it was released, and surely solidified any plans that Marvel was thinking about. Now we can say for certain that there are plans for a follow-up that are definitely in the mix.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself confirmed that Doctor Strange 2 is in the works during the press tour for Ant-Man And The Wasp. While speaking with CinemaBlend during the Los Angeles press junket, the executive/producer noted that there definitely will be a sequel for Benedict Cumberbatch’s would-be Master Of The Mystic Arts, but explained that it would be a few years before it got made. Of course, that was before the whole situation with James Gunn and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – which we’ll get into in a minute.
Unlike Black Panther 2, which doesn’t currently have a super obvious story to tell, there are certain things that we can probably assume will be included in Doctor Strange 2 (including the titular character, again, in spite of events from Avengers: Infinity War). Namely there is the potential return of Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who we last saw swearing that he was going to basically put an end to the art of sorcery by killing all sorcerers. That was a pretty big cliffhanger in the post-credits of the original Doctor Strange, and it would be really disappointing if it didn’t wind up having any kind of satisfying conclusion (which Marvel surely knows).
At this time we aren’t entirely sure who is going to take the helm of Doctor Strange 2, as we have not yet heard an official announcement from Marvel Studios, but the smart money is on Scott Derrickson. The first Doctor Strange not only earned a ton of money, but also rave reviews from critics, and those kinds of results are typically rewarded with the job of helming the sequel.
There has been some suggestion that Doctor Strange 2 could wind up getting fast-tracked, so be on the lookout for a lot more updates about the project, particularly in the coming months.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
Prior to summer 2018, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seemed like a perfect slam dunk. Both the first and second Guardians of the Galaxy features were absolutely massive successes in their respective years of release, and few Marvel filmmakers earned as much respect as James Gunn for his vision constructing the series. Gunn had completed a screenplay for the film, and there were plans in place to start filming in early 2019 for release in 2020. Then, however, The Tweets were dug up.
Taking issue with James Gunn’s political opinions, conservative outlets dug up old posts that the writer/director had written on Twitter that featured inappropriate humor, and as a result Marvel Studios fired him. This action resulted in a great deal of consternation, including an open letter from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast requesting Gunn’s reinstatement, but the firing was finalized in early fall 2018.
As a result of the situation with James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a project that now remains in limbo and without a director. Individuals who had been hired to do early work for the production were let go and told to pursue other work in late August 2018, and it no longer appears that the film will be hitting the 2020 release date that the writer/director had initially promised. That being said, it doesn’t appear that Marvel Studios is just canning the project, and there has been talk that whoever winds up taking the helm will be using the script that Gunn already finished.
When will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 be able to get back on its feet? What director is going to be willing to take the job? How will the cast ultimately handle the big shakeups? These are all questions that currently have no answers, but we’re constantly on the lookout for them.
TASTY ON TOP A handful of leeks are kept out of the purée and sautéed to garnish the soup, for multiple layers of flavor and texture. Photo: Kate Sears for The Wall Street Journal, Food Styling by Jamie Kimm, Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart
The Chef: Alex Raij
Illustration: Michael Hoeweler
Her Restaurants El Quinto Pino, Txikito, La Vara, and Saint Julivert Fisherie, all in New York City.
What She’s Known For Regional-Spanish cooking that honors tradition while embracing creativity. Flavor over frippery.
TO HEAR Alex Raij tell it, growing up in Minnesota, not Madrid, gave her an edge in the Spanish kitchen. “I enjoy a freedom Spanish chefs don’t,” she said. “I’ll make a dish taste fresher or cleaner if I know it improves it.”
She found the inspiration for this velvety leek soup—garnished with a crisp toast round, smoked trout and snipped chives—in a Basque stew of leeks, cod and potatoes. “But this recipe is about celebrating a singular ingredient, the leek,” said Ms. Raij.
She likes to use a subtle Japanese dashi to simmer the leeks. “It’s respectful of the other ingredients,” she said. Dashi is easy to make if you have kombu and bonito flakes in the pantry, and pre-made versions are available at many supermarkets. Otherwise, vegetable or chicken stock will work too. Once the vegetables soften and flavor the broth, just purée and garnish. “The trout is nice and easy. But you can also serve this without garnishes, or with caviar,” Ms. Raij said.
This soup was adapted from one in “The Basque Book,” authored by Ms. Raij with her husband, Eder Montero, and the writer Rebecca Flint Marx, . The simplest of recipes, it delivers deep, pure flavors. “Elevating a stone soup with so few ingredients is very Basque,” she said. “This is the lens I’m seeing things through.”
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes SERVES: 4
5 medium leeks
7 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 Spanish onions, diced
1 bay leaf
1½ cups sake or dry white wine
1 cup peeled, diced daikon
7 cups dashi or light chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 thin baguette slices
1 cup flaked smoked trout
3 tablespoons minced chives or parsley
1. Remove dark-green tops of leeks and discard or save for another use. Slice white and pale-green parts into ¼-inch rounds and rinse thoroughly. Set ¼ cup sliced leeks aside.
2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add remaining leeks, onions, bay leaf and a generous pinch of salt. Sauté until vegetables soften but do not take on color, 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer until alcohol cooks off, 5 minutes. Add daikon radishes and simmer until edges soften, 3 minutes.
3. Add dashi to pot and simmer until daikon is fork-tender and broth is flavorful, 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and season with salt. Purée until smooth. Keep warm.
4. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add reserved leeks and sauté until softened and lightly caramelized, 5 minutes. Add butter and cook until melted, 1 minute. Season with salt. Toast baguette slices and brush with 1 tablespoon oil.
5. To serve, ladle hot soup into bowls and top with toasts, smoked trout, sautéed leeks and chives. Drizzle with oil and serve immediately.
This past weekend saw Halloween continue its reign atop the box office in advance of its namesake holiday while A Star is Born and Venom both continued their impressive runs. While admittedly none of them were big name titles, new releases didn’t fare nearly as well, especially London Fields. The new film starring Amber Heard just had the worst per screen opening of all time.
London Fields opened in theaters on October 26, and over the weekend it managed only $160,000 from 613 theaters. If you carry the 1, that shakes out to a historically bad $261 per screen average. That is the lowest per screen average ever for a movie opening in that many locations and one of the lowest ever for a wide release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
To put London Fields‘ performance in perspective, another new release, Luca Guadagnino’s remake Suspiria, managed $179,806. That’s might not seem like a lot more, but Suspiria was playing in two locations, not 613.
The abysmal per screen average gives London Fields an ignominious place in the record books, and its overall gross doesn’t fare much better. Citing Box Office Mojo‘s database, which dates back to 1980, London Fields’ $160,000 opening weekend is the second worst opening for a wide release (600+ theaters) behind the far less star-studded 2008 film Proud American, which managed only $96,076.
Once all the beans are counted, London Fields‘ opening weekend total could shift, but it will still be below $200,000, making it only the second wide release film, along with Proud American, to fail to clear that hurdle.
Now some of you may be asking at this point, ‘What the heck is London Fields?,’ and you’d be forgiven for doing so. The film from director Matthew Cullen has been in the can for a while now and has languished under legal drama. First there was a dispute between the director and the producer, and then the producers sued star Amber Heard, who then countersued that her nudity agreement was violated.
Those legal issues were sorted out, which is why this film that was set to release back in 2015 is finally in theaters. Although it’s not clear how much money was sunk into promotion for the film, so this box office performance may not have been much of a surprise.
London Fields is based on a novel by author Martin Amis and tells the story of Nicola Six, a femme fatale and clairvoyant who begins a relationship with three men, knowing that one of them will be her killer. The film stars Amber Heard, Cara Delevigne, Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James, Jim Sturgess and features a cameo from Amber Heard’s ex, Johnny Depp.
Reviews for the film have been abysmal, as it currently sports a humiliating 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t think the trailers did it any favors either. The only thing the trailers seem to convey is that Amber Heard is attractive and thus other characters in the film want her. Beyond that, there isn’t much clarity about the story or much reason to want to see it.
While London Fields will occupy a humiliating spot in the record books, Amber Heard should bounce back in a big way soon. The actress next stars as Mera in the DCEU flick Aquaman, which should do much better at the box office than London Fields.
Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21. Check out our release guide for all the biggest movies you can look forward to the rest of the year.
People still aren’t over the altercation between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B that went down at New York Fashion Week on September 7. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick backstory: According to several outlets, Cardi B reportedly became upset with Minaj after she heard the “Barbie Tingz” rapper was criticizing her skills as a mother. TMZ captured video of Cardi B shouting and lunging toward someone believed to be Minaj. Shoes were thrown. It was a heaping pile of drama that tabloids and social media users alike ate up the next day—and the days that followed. What started out as a media-fabricated feud between the two rappers quickly morphed into something real.
But there wasn’t always bad blood between Minaj and Cardi B. In fact, it was around this time last year that Minaj publicly congratulated Cardi B about “Bodak Yellow” reaching number one. The journey from then to now is intense, so let’s revisit it and hope these talented women reach a resolution soon. And by that, we mean a duet.
Below, here’s a complete timeline of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s relationship:
March 2017 Minaj reportedly “likes” a post on Instagram poking fun at Cardi B’s rapping style. However, many think this was the result of Photoshop trickery. Shortly after, a screen shot popped up online of Minaj liking a tweet claiming the supposed Instagram dis was fake.
May 2017 Minaj seemingly takes a swipe at Cardi B in Katy Perry’s song “Swish Swish.” “Silly rap beefs just get me more checks / My life is a movie, I’m never off set / Me and my amigos (no, not Offset),” she says, which many took as a reference to Cardi B’s husband (Migos rapper Offset).
May 2017 After “Swish Swish” dropped, Cardi B rants on Instagram Live about “idols becoming rivals.” “I hate this shit, I really, really do,” Cardi said, according to People. “A bitch like me, I was happier when I was macking in the hood. This shit right here is so fake. When I used to be a regular bitch from the Bronx—a hood bitch—when somebody used to be fake to me, it was cool because I could approach a bitch and punch her right in her closure…. Now that I’m in the industry, you don’t work like that, just have to watch shit go, watch shit go.”
June 2017 Cardi B tweets a friendly reminder not to compare her with other artists.
July 2017 Minaj low-key shows her support for Cardi B by dancing to “Bodak Yellow” in a nightclub.
August 2017 Minaj lays down a verse on London on da Track’s song “No Flag” (featuring Offset and 21 Savage) that some viewed as shade toward Cardi B. “I heard these labels are trying to make another me / Everything you’re getting little hoe is because of me,” Minaj raps in the song. The timing was interesting, seeing as how Cardi B had just inked a deal with Atlantic Records. Minaj cleared the air, though, when she tweeted that she wrote the verse several months prior.
Soon after, Cardi B tweeted, “I don’t bother with these hoes, Don’t let these hoes BOTHER Me,” which fans viewed as a response to this drama. (These are, admittedly, just lyrics to “Bodak Yellow,” so maybe people read too much into the tweet.)
August 2017 Cardi B clears up any rumors she’s feuding with other women in the industry. “I mean, I don’t really want problems with anybody,” she told Billboard. “I don’t want to be, like, queen. I don’t wanna be no this. I don’t wanna be no that. I just wanna make music and make money. I really don’t have time to look at other women, what they doing. I’m myself, you know what I’m saying? Nobody got a problem with me. I don’t got a problem with them. If somebody got a problem I don’t really got to do that whole industry beef. Like, you know, I get it popping with these hands.”
September 2017 Cardi B says a few pointed things in her verse for G. Eazy’s song “No Limit.” “My career takin’ off / These hoes jogging in place / Swear these hoes run they mouth / How these hoes out of shape? / Can you stop with all the subs? / Bitch I ain’t Jared,” she says. In an interview on The Breakfast Club, Cardi B said the song wasn’t about anyone in particular and denied any beef with Minaj. “She ain’t never fucked my man,” she said.
September 2017 Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” hits number one, making her the first female rapper to do so since Lauryn Hill in 1998. “Congratulations to a fellow NEW YAWKA on a RECORD BREAKING achievement. Bardi, this is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it💕💞🎀 @iamcardib,” Minaj tweeted at Cardi B, to which she responded, “Thank you!! This means sooo much coming from you!! ❤️.”
October 2017 Cardi B and Nicki Minaj are featured on the same song, “MotorSport,” alongside the band Migos. In a stream of since-deleted tweets, Minaj shut down any rumblings that she had an issue with Cardi’s appearance on the song.
Cardi later claimed in an interview that Minaj’s verse wasn’t finished when she jumped on “MotorSport.” Keep that in mind for what happens next.
April 2018 Cardi B and Minaj give separate interviews to Beats 1, addressing their relationship and supposed “feud.” “I just feel like it’s really Internet-made-up,” Cardi B said. “I really feel like fans and people, they really want to see that happened, because it’s really entertaining to see people beef. It’s entertaining. Like, I ain’t gonna front, when Nicki and Remy [Ma] was beefing, everyone was tuning and asking, ‘What’s next? What’s next?’…. But I don’t really have the time for that. If you not fucking my man, or if you’re not taking my money from me, if you’re not stopping my money, then I don’t really give a fuck about you.”
Minaj was a little more direct with her interview. “The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out,” she said. “The first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she said was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse.’ I was like, What?… That really, really hurt me. I really, fully supported [Cardi] and up until this recent interview I did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview, and I can imagine how many girls wish they could’ve been on a song with Nicki Minaj.”
May 2018 Minaj and Cardi B exchange pleasantries at the Met Gala.
August 2018 Minaj brings up her supposed feud with Cardi B again on her own show Queen Radio. “I didn’t know Cardi and I had an issue,” she said. “To me, she may have taken an issue with things that I’ve said, but I’m not going to bite my tongue…. You gotta have thick skin.”
At the end of the month, Cardi B tweets cryptically, “Imagine subbing me but you blocked me from all social media.” And it seems, at least for a short period of time, that Minaj had blocked Cardi B on Twitter.
September 2018 The fight between Minaj and Cardi B goes down at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons Party during New York Fashion Week. Details are fuzzy, despite the fact there’s video footage of the altercation. In an Instagram post, Cardi B explains the straw that broke the camel’s back was hearing Minaj talking smack about her baby with Offset, Kulture. (For what it’s worth, Minaj denies saying anything at all.)
“I’ve let a lot of shit slide! I let you sneak dis me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags, fuck up the way I eat! You’ve threaten other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you’ll stop fucking with them!! I let you talk big shit about me,” Cardi B wrote.
“I just want people to know that Onika Tanya Maraj has never, will never…speak ill on anyone’s child. I am not a clown. That’s clown shit,” Minaj said about the altercation several days later on her radio show.
September 2018 In a final move of pettiness, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj choose to publicly endorse different Democratic governor candidates for New York.
October 2018 In a new installment of Queen Radio, Minaj claims that it was Love & Hip Hop star Rah Ali who took swings at Cardi B at the New York Fashion Week party in September. “Rah beat you so bad that I was mad at Rah,” Minaj said specifically. She also refuted accusations from Cardi B’s sister Hennessy that she leaked Cardi’s number to fan accounts. “Leaking numbers? What type of bird sh*t you talking about?” Minaj said on the show. Minaj also alleges that Cardi asked her to be on her second single, but she declined because “MotorSport” was about to drop.
Actor Michael Rooker and director James Gunn have developed a close relationship, both professionally and personally, over more than a decade, with their most well-known work together being Guardians of the Galaxy. So naturally some fans have been curious about Rooker’s take on Marvel Studios firing Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 this past summer, and this weekend, he finally gave it, saying:
It’s terrible, isn’t it? Yeah, but oh well, guess what? He’s on a gig already. Suicide Squad, that’s right. He’s writing it and directing it as well.
It’s worth noting that it hasn’t been confirmed yet that James Gunn will direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros and DC. Right now, all he’s set for is penning the new script. Regardless, leaping from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies to Task Force X’s is a huge rebound, and while Michael Rooker made it clear that it was a shame that Gunn was forced off Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the Yondu performer also noted during his appearance at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend (via Comicbook.com) that he’s glad that Gunn has found such a new, high-profile job so quickly.
This is yet another example of a Guardians of the Galaxy actor having James Gunn’s back since he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Dave Bautista, a.k.a. the Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Drax the Destroyer, has been especially vocal in his support for Gunn, and both Bautista and the rest of the main Guardians of the Galaxy cast signed a statement that said they wanted Gunn to be rehired days after his firing was announced. Rooker wasn’t part of that statement since he made his MCU exit last year, but he’s undoubtedly still considered part of that “family.”
Michael Rooker (who made his onscreen debut in 1986 with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) first worked with James Gunn (whose credits beforehand included writing the Scooby-Doo movies and the Dawn of the Dead remake) on Slither, Gunn’s first feature film directorial endeavor. Nearly a decade later, these two finally collaborated again in Guardians of the Galaxy. Rooker was hired to portray Yondu, leader of the Ravagers clan that kidnapped Peter Quill from Earth when he was a boy.
Although Yondu was supposed to deliver Peter Quill to his father, Ego, the space pirate reneged on that deal when he learned that the Living Planet had killed all the other children he’d sent Yondu to fetch. Yondu kept Peter around and became his adoptive “daddy,” though he definitely wasn’t great at showing affection.
Over two decades later, in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Peter and Yondu found themselves on opposing sides in the quest to retrieve the Power Stone, although the Ravagers and the newly-former Guardians eventually teamed up to prevent Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xandar. By the end of the movie, while Yondu had been screwed out of the Power Stone by Peter, he was nonetheless amused this his “boy” had pulled one over on him.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Yondu was overthrown as the Ravagers’ leader after Taserface and the other mutineers grew tired from Yondu always protecting Peter Quill and the Guardians. Yondu ultimately escaped custody with Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Kraglin, and killed all the Ravagers who betrayed him and executed his supporters. The four of them then traveled to Ego to help out the Guardians, and in the end, Yondu sacrificed himself so that Peter could live.
While there are countless instances of comic book characters being brought back from the dead, in Yondu’s case, James Gunn made it clear that his death was intended to be permanent so that it would be truly significant. That’s not to say that Yondu still couldn’t appear in flashbacks in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but if Gunn’s wishes are honored, then don’t expect to see the blue-skinned, knick-knack lover resurrected.
And speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, that movie is currently on indefinite hold following James Gunn’s firing. Disney confirmed in late August that it would not bring Gunn back onto the threequel, and now supposedly the search is on for his replacement. Originally Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was expected to come out in 2020, but now we might have to wait until 2022 for it to arrive (it’s worth noting that Marvel recently gave up its July 31, 2020 release slot, which would have been a good date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3).
As for Suicide Squad 2, all we officially know so far about that project is that James Gunn plans to deliver a “brand new take” on the team that was introduced to the DC Extended Universe back in 2016. While the first Suicide Squad movie didn’t earn the greatest critical reception, it was a commercial hit with an over $746 million haul, and it even earned an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Before October, it looked like The Accountant‘s Gavin O’Connor was going to direct Suicide Squad 2, and Todd Stashwick was helping O’Connor with the script. But supposedly due to their story ending up being too similar to Birds of Prey, which has already been given the green light, O’Connor and Stashwick departed, allowing Gunn to step into the creative process.
It may be a while before we learn any details about James Gunn’s vision for Suicide Squad 2, but as mentioned earlier, it’s impressive that he was not only able to bounce back after the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 mess, but on a movie hailing from Marvel’s Distinguished Competition. And who knows, maybe Gunn and Michael Rooker will be able to collaborate again if the former has a role in mind for the latter.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning the Marvel and DC franchises. In the meantime, feel free to plan your trips to the movie theater next year by looking through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.
“I’ve always looked to various people—leaders that I admire—and tried to incorporate their best qualities into my life, whether it’s their wisdom, their goodness or their skill. But I understood early on that I also needed to act as my own leader because sometimes the people I elevated disappointed me. There are all types of leadership. The things Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished really resonated with me in my youth. Now I’m playing the musician Don Shirley in Green Book, and I view him as a leader, too. He went on a tour of the South, playing piano, in 1962. Here’s a black man, a piano prodigy who was empowered to say no—he didn’t need the money—but willingly exposed himself to discrimination because he wanted to challenge the stereotyped, limited understanding America had of black people. He sacrificed something for the good of his community.”
—Ali is an actor. He stars in the film ‘Green Book,’ which is out this month.
“Being a leader is so much about how you approach the work. It’s someone who knows inherently the work that they’re drawn to do, work that is in service of others. I think about Barack Obama or Lorne Michaels or Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick is so quiet publicly but he uses every second of every record to say exactly what he needs to say—he’s empowering communities. Bruce Springsteen has conducted his career quietly too, and again there is that sense of morality, a morality that works to empower others. As a musician, you’re creating something new onstage every day, and you want people to reach for something bigger than themselves. It’s about the vision, but it’s also about the work at the center being real. The leaders I look up to are figures who have kept their head down and have continued to quietly create their mission statement regardless of reception.”
—Rogers is a musician. Her debut album, ‘Heard It in a Past Life,’ is out in January.
“My mother would have called herself an activist—she led some protests, she started some neighborhood groups—but she would not have identified with the word leader. I don’t think the kinds of committed political people I grew up among thought in terms of a notion of leadership. It was often substituted with other words, like organizer or activist. The reason those words interest me in their tension with the idea of leadership is this notion of power. Leader implies a power position, and the kind of leadership that attracts me, or seems to me that we’re most in need of, often involves some kind of restructuring or analysis of the function of power. You have to look at the flow of power in a situation before you’re doing anything worth doing, before you can use the word leadership. It has to embed some critical capacity to unmake its own power dynamic—that’s leadership.”
—Lethem is a professor of English at Pomona College. His novel ‘The Feral Detective’ is out this month.
“Leaders inspire and motivate. To do that, you need to be able to paint a vision of the future and what you want to achieve. Ultimately, leadership is listening—the best way to inspire people is to incorporate their viewpoints and needs into that vision. I do think there is some natural talent around it. You have to be able to see the needs in the world and synthesize what you see into a vision. That’s harder to teach. There were a lot of personalities in [Silicon Valley] in 1999 and 2000. There were so many leaders whose names were in the headlines every day that you would run into at a backyard barbecue. I really admired the two Yahoo founders, Jerry Yang and David Filo. It was such an amazing company, but Jerry and David were also just really nice people. They had this immense success, but they remained really grounded and always tried to help the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
—Mayer is a co-founder of Lumi Labs.
“For me a good leader leads by example, rather than by dogma. They stand as a kind of physical embodiment of possibility. I’m old enough to have grown up listening to acts that emerged in the late ’60s—the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye. They seemed to have a wide-ranging curiosity and a willingness to experiment, so I grew up assuming that was possible. It wasn’t just being eccentric or an oddball. You could be widely appreciated and do all that at the same time. Although I didn’t want to sound like any of those groups, I took the freedom they exhibited as a given. I was also aware that visual identity was a big element of performance. But I was slow to arrive there. We had to discover ways to move, ways to present ourselves. It took five or six years of little by little trying something and going, Oh, that works, that feels right, that feels like us.”
—Byrne is an artist, musician and filmmaker. His film ‘True Stories’ will be rereleased this month.
“I bought the Beatrice Inn two years ago. I went from player to coach, and it’s been a big learning curve for me. What I’ve learned the past two years is to surround myself with people that are more knowledgeable than me, because I don’t have all the answers—nobody does. I’ve worked in several kitchens, and in doing that you learn what you want to be and also what you don’t want to be as a leader and mentor. I can’t speak for what’s derailed others, but it’s crucial not to buy into your own hype, because at the end of the day you can lose it all. Humility is tremendously important to leadership. I never read anything about the restaurant. I try to instill that in my staff. It’s about the ideas, because there’s always going to be someone behind you who is willing to work longer hours or play the game harder. But the beauty of ideas is that there will never be a shortage of them.”
—Mar is chef-owner of the Beatrice Inn in New York City.
Warning! The following contains light spoilers for the Doctor Who Season 11 episode “Arachnids in the U.K.” Read at your own risk.
Doctor Who Season 11 has brought a whirlwind of changes to the franchise thus far. The intro is different, the villains are new, and the Doctor has flipped genders. Though the latter element is a relatively new thing for viewers to experience, Jodie Whittaker’s character has hinted at this not being her first rodeo as a female. Such assertions have led us to believe the UK series is gearing up to introduce at least one more female incarnation of the Doctor in Season 11. Here’s our rationale.
The Doctor Has Referenced A Feminine Past
Doctor Who caught fan’s attention in its Season 11 premiere when Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor casually hinted it had been a while since she’d purchased women’s clothes. There were suspicions at the time this meant she may have been female before, but there were also those who thought it was just a reference to purchased clothes for the Doctor’s daughter or past companions.
“Arachnids In The U.K.,” however, made the past Female Doctor theory more viable when she mentioned she’d been a “sister,” or nun, at one point. That’s historically an impossible profession to get into without being a woman, and while the Doctor is crafty, we’re not sure if one of the past male incarnations could pull that off. These breadcrumbs make it feel as though Doctor Who is plotting a future meet-up between a past Doctor and the present-day Thirteen. Otherwise, why keep dropping such hints?
Different Doctors Have Collaborated Before
Doctor Who is no stranger to Doctor collaborations, and we’ve seen two or more different incarnations of the character join forces more times than we can count. We’ve also learned from past Doctor Who stars that they’d all be up to team up with Jodie Whittaker for an adventure, which could be a good sign that showrunner Chris Chibnall will maintain the tradition. That said, those stars aren’t women, so how exactly would another female Doctor get a cameo?
While there’s no exact precedent of female Doctor on Doctor Who, there is precedent of former showrunners retroactively creating different incarnations of the Doctor outside of the numerical set. John Hurt’s War Doctor was created by then-boss Stephen Moffat for the 50th anniversary special, despite the fact that past lore had never made reference to him. Chris Chibnall could do the same with this supposed past female Doctor, introducing a fabulous guest-starring actress who would possibly be the female Doctor that preceded Jodie Whittaker.
Chris Chibnall Loves Changing Up Doctor Who
If there’s one thing the fanbase has learned about Chris Chibnall in his run so far as Doctor Who‘s showrunner, it’s that he is all for changing the sci-fi staple’s status quo. Chibnall has already upended many things in the franchise so far, from companion/friend situations to the dearth of familiar villains. Is it really a stretch to think he wouldn’t create another female Doctor to throw into Season 11?
It sounds right up Chibnall’s alley, especially given his insistence on bringing the first female reincarnation to Doctor Who. Chibnall will continue establishing how a female Doctor operates, and he also has an opportunity to retroactively change the canon to show fans that female Doctors can be quite standard. While that might lessen the impact of Whittaker’s radical transformation story-wise, it would further explain why her transformation isn’t as radical as it’s been for sections of the fanbase.
What do you guys think? Will we get another female Doctor, or is Chris Chibnall just having fun with fans? We’ll see if more are on the way as Season 11 of Doctor Who rolls on at BBC America on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at other shows coming to television these coming months, visit our fall premiere guide.
Do You Think Doctor Who Will Bring Another Female Doctor To Season 11?
Before Ridley Scott went ahead with Alien: Covenant there was another potential sequel we very nearly got. It was going to be directed by District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp and would have been a more direct sequel to the existing franchise than the prequels being made by Scott. While it’s currently looking like the movie will probably never happen, if it did, it appears that both Sigourney Weaver and Aliens director James Cameron were on board. According to Weaver…
Following the release of the “sort of Alien prequel” Prometheus, there was some question about where the franchise was going to go next. Ridley Scott was, at one time, interested in doing several follow-ups to Prometheus, but then an interesting dark horse entered the fray when it turned out Neill Blomkamp had an idea for his own Alien sequel. The project would have reportedly discounted the last two Alien films and would have been a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens. The movie would have reportedly seen both the return of Newt as well as Michael Biehn’s Hicks
It seems that the two movies went up against each other at the studio level and eventually Ridley Scott won out. We got Alien: Covenant and the last thing we heard from Neill Blomkamp was that his idea was basically dead.
For what it’s worth, Sigourney Weaver’s comments to The Hollywood Reporter make it sound like she hasn’t entirely given up hope of making the movie. It seems that everybody is pretty busy right now. She and James Cameron are making 57 Avatar sequels and Neill Blomkamp has his own projects that he’s working on, so it’s certainly not going to happen soon, but could it still happen?
While it’s certainly a long shot, a lot is changing in the future, so maybe there’s a chance. Fox will be owned by Disney so they’ll be the ones making decisions about the future of the franchise going forward.
In addition, the recent Halloween sequel pulled the same “soft reboot” idea in the way it ignored the previously made sequels, and it has scored big at the box office in doing so. I’m sure every studio in Hollywood is wondering what franchises they have that could do something similar, and Alien is certainly one of them.
The fact that both Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron are on board the idea will certainly help. Cameron is currently making several sequels to his record-breaking Avatar franchise and if he makes Disney as much money as they are likely hoping, he may have the ability to make some other things happen with another big franchise.
The PlayStation Classic is set to launch in early December, boasting 20 classic games pre-loaded on the miniature console. And thanks to a recent update, we now know exactly which games will be included. There are a few noticeable omissions but, for the most part, the console looks to be a solid library of platform-defining games.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has revealed the 20 games that will come pre-loaded on the PlayStation Classic when it launches on Dec. 3. The console will include two controllers, with the whole package available for $99.99. If you’re trying to decide whether or not grabbing one of the consoles will be worth your hard-earned dollars, here’s a rundown of what is included.
With 20 games on the console, there was no way to make sure everyone was going to be totally happy with the lineup, but this certainly seems like a solid collection of beloved games from a variety of genres. The big standout for many will be Final Fantasy VII, giving everyone a chance to replay the classic RPG in its original format. There’s a remake in development, but there’s no telling how long it’ll be before Square Enix is actually ready to roll something out. Considering how long it has taken the developer to launch Kingdom Hearts III, my guess is that Cloud and his pals won’t be making a return anytime soon.
The original Grand Theft Auto will be a fun history lesson for modern series fans, giving folks a chance to see where the studio behind Red Dead Redemption 2 cut its teeth. And the original Metal Gear Solid is obviously a big get, and kind of surprising considering Konami’s recent issues with the series and its creator, Hideo Kojima.
From RPGs and adventure games to a couple of puzzlers, fighting games, some driving games and more, this is actually a pretty great compilation with some solid variety. Heck, they even included Intelligent Qube, a game I used to love playing about 20 years ago but can’t seem to track down.
But, again, Sony only included 20 games total on the miniature console, so there are some surprising gaps in the collection. For starters, there’s no representation from the console’s mascot, Crash Bandicoot, and Tomb Raider is nowhere to be found. Ape Escape is also a no-show, and Bushido Blade would have likely made a lot of fans do a backflip had it made the cut.
Symphony of the Night is also missing but, similar to Crash Bandicoot, that probably has a lot to do with the fact that an updated version of the game was recently made available.
For me, the biggest sad trombone comes from a lack of The Legend of Dragoon. Not cool, Sony. Not cool.