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10 Times Alex Rodriguez Was Jennifer Lopez’s Biggest Fan

I understand Alex Rodriguez is an important baseball player, but he’s also Jennifer Lopez‘s Instagram boyfriend, which is way more prestigious. Seriously, swinging a bat on some diamond-shaped field is nowhere near as cool as being J.Lo’s personal photographer. Just being in her presence is an honor, and Rodriguez 100 percent understands this. That’s why he takes every opportunity to gush about Lopez, either on Instagram or in interviews or just by admiring her lovingly on the red carpet.

Below, check out just a handful of times Rodriguez shouted his love for Lopez to the rooftops. Wouldn’t you do the same?

Looks Like DC’s Batman Movie Is Finally Coming Together

Aquaman is about to come out, Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed, Birds of Prey has a release date, a new title and a cast; the DCEU is moving along. And yet we are all still waiting to see what is going on with Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. The questions about the film are many and news about the project is scarce, but it appears that DC’s Batman movie is finally coming together, at least according to one reporter.

We should note upfront that this is not confirmed by the studio, but if it is true it’s a sign that things are progressing with DC’s long-awaited Batman movie. The director of the film, Matt Reeves, is also writing the script. Based on the tweet from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, the rewrites on that script are due by year’s end, which is mere weeks away.

Assuming Matt Reeves meets that deadline, we’ll be one step closer to this film becoming a reality. At that point things will hopefully start coming together and moving toward pre-production so that we can finally see Batman back on the big screen.

Back in September, the same reporter said that Warner Bros. loved Matt Reeves’ first draft of his Batman script and that the film was being eyed to start production next summer. With the revisions on that script due by the end of the year, things would seemingly be on track for The Batman or whatever it winds up being called to go before cameras sometime next year.

If Warner Bros. is satisfied with Matt Reeves’ revisions and good to go on the script, hopefully that would mean the first half of next year would also bring casting news and some details about the film itself.

Matt Reeves has spoken in very broad strokes about what he is looking to do with his interpretation of the Dark Knight, from emphasizing the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the character to focusing on his often overlooked skills (on the big screen at least) as the world’s greatest detective.

Of course more than what this Batman movie will be, the question on everyone’s mind is who will don the cowl in Matt Reeves’ film and beyond in the DCEU? All signs point to Ben Affleck being out of the DCEU (along with Henry Cavill), so Matt Reeves’ movie will presumably give the character an entirely fresh start with a new actor as Bruce Wayne.

It’s perhaps cynical to say, but the best thing about this news is that it isn’t bad news. The DCEU seems to be in a state of constant flux, unable to find its footing on solid ground. While actors are leaving the franchise and movies are getting delayed, Matt Reeves has been quietly plugging away at his Batman script. Things seem to be beginning to turn around with Aquaman and Shazam! and if anything has the power to make everything right, it’s a great Batman movie.

Keep an eye on our guide for all the latest from the DCEU and check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see the biggest movies coming to theaters next year.

Katy Perry’s ‘Immortal Flame’ Is One Of Her Biggest Power Ballads To Date

Katy Perry has been awfully active for someone who hinted at a musical break after last year’s rough Witness release. A few weeks back, she debuted the original holiday bop “Cozy Little Christmas,” and before that, she covered “Waving Through A Window” from the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. On Thursday (December 13), she continued her pattern of unexpected releases with “Immortal Flame,” a soaring number that fits right in with past power ballads like “Rise” and “Unconditionally.”

“Dreams hardly ever do come true / I guess I’m lucky ’cause I found myself waking up right next to you,” Perry sings, promising to love with all her “raging heart.” Her passion builds on the climactic chorus as she dramatically belts, “I want to live a thousand lives / And be your immortal flame.”

The new song also comes with a digital twist: It’s part of Perry’s partnership with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a popular mobile game that’ll even feature the singer herself as a playable character (along with her furry pal Nugget). If you’ve ever wanted to save the world with Perry in your party, now you can!

The 34-year-old isn’t the first star to pop into the Final Fantasy universe — last year, Ariana Grande went digital in the same game as “Dangerous Woman,” sporting the latex black bunny getup she favorited during her Dangerous Woman album era. Her character didn’t come with any original songs like Perry’s does, but that’s OK — Ari’s been plenty generous to her fans lately. And now Perry’s doing the same for her KatyCats, musical break be damned. We love a productive pop queen!

More Details On The New Songs In Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

Disney fans, if the spoonful of nostalgia in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is your cup of tea, you can expect a super sweet serving of it come 2019. Between Disney remakes for Dumbo and The Lion King is a new live-action Aladdin. The new Prince Ali Ababwa himself, Mena Massoud, looks to be excited about the film’s music. Here’s what he said:

Mena Massoud is right, you really can’t go wrong with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote our favorite musicals in the past couple of years: La La Land and The Greatest Showman, along with the Broadway favorite Dear Evan Hansen. Those guys are on fire, and on Aladdin they also collaborated with the original animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, for the remake.

The actor confidently commented on the new songs in Aladdin to Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the GQ Men of the Year party. The upcoming film seems to take note from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, which primarily used the original songs, but did feature some additional songs exclusive to the movie. While Alan Menken and his frequent collaborator Tim Rice returned to write the lyrics for songs such as “Evermore” in the live-action remake, Aladdin is calling upon the songwriters of the hour to pack some more songs in the film.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul previously have said that they worked on two songs for Aladdin: one a song for Naomi Scott’s Jasmine and the other a new duet between Jasmine and Aladdin. The song that Mena Massoud called “empowering for women” is likely Jasmine’s solo moment, which is something notably absent from the original. On the original, Jasmine did have a song called “To Be Free,” but it was cut from the film.

It’s about time for the Arabic Disney Princess to get her own song, and another duet between Aladdin and Jasmine is a clever idea to add depth to the pair’s relationship in the remake. The songwriting pair also contributed to adding a new verse to the film’s opener “Arabian Nights.”

Other than these couple of new songs, it looks like Aladdin will revive all your favorite songs from the 1992 film, such as “A Whole New World” and “One Jump Ahead.” The film also stars Will Smith as Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as Sultan, along with new characters played by Nasim Pedrad and Numan Acar. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie, best known for Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Snatch.

Will the new songs and the originals work well together to bring the Arabian Night to life again? These wishes may be granted when Aladdin rides into theaters on May 24, 2019.

James Wan Actually Pitched A Blade Reboot Years Ago

James Wan is best known as a horror director, thanks to his years spent in the genre on films like Saw and Insidious. But he’s beginning to break out of that box, first with Furious 7 and now with Aquaman. The DCEU film will be James Wan’s first foray into the realm of superheroes, but not for lack of trying. The director actually pitched a reboot of Marvel’s vampire hunter Blade years ago, as he explained:

It sounds like James Wan went to Marvel Studios coming off his success with 2013’s The Conjuring, looking to capitalize by rebooting the long-dormant vampire hunter. That was his first brush with a comic book property, and given his background as a horror director, you can see why his first thought was to reboot Blade. The director was a fan of the character, and could have brought his horror instincts to the reboot and thus kicked off that side of the supernatural in the MCU.

Obviously nothing ever came of James Wan’s Blade pitch, and he eventually moved on and wound up in the waters of DC, but it is always interesting to think about what might have been. This is just another chapter to the alternate reality stories of the Marvel and DC film universes.

The Aquaman director also told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he didn’t have a full pitch presentation for a Blade reboot; he just had an idea that he liked. Unfortunately, he no longer remembers what his specific idea was so we are left to speculate. Maybe it’s for the best, because being introduced to a great idea and robbed of it becoming a reality at the same time is a tough pill to swallow.

While James Wan didn’t get to reboot Blade years ago, nobody has done so since. The last Blade film, Blade: Trinity was in 2004. Since then, the MCU has become the dominant force at the box office, adapting weirder and less well-known characters. As such, the calls for a reboot of the vampire hunter have grown ever louder.

Wesley Snipes has been pushing for it and the topic continues to crop up over the years. The time seems as good as any too. The success of Black Panther has shown the appetite for a black superhero, and Blade is one that people are already familiar with just waiting to daywalk again. James Wan may not be the one who does it but presumably someone will get the chance at some point and the idea of having a horror director do it seems right.

As for James Wan, he had the arguably more challenging task of taking a superhero that used to be the butt of jokes and building a massive movie tentpole movie around him, complete with extensive world-building and way fancier special effects than fake teeth and blood splatter.

10 Great Movies Coming To Netflix In January 2019

The great wheel of time is set to spin once again, with January marking another fresh cycle in the course of human events. It also means that on the smaller scale of things, a new lineup of content is heading over to Netflix for all subscribers to behold. While we’ve already gone over the full list of what’s headed our way, the following 10 titles are of particular interest.

Some beloved classics, and more modern favorites, are headed to the Netflix streaming library, and throughout January you can catch these near and dear films through the courtesy of your own subscription.

The Dark Knight

One has to wonder what was going through Christopher Nolan’s mind when he was moving through all phases of production on The Dark Knight. What was once seen as a promising idea for a follow up to Batman Begins quickly became a fan-adopted classic, and it’s only been a decade since the film was first released. This title seems to be in and out of the Netflix library, like any of Gotham City’s rogues gallery of villains and their many trips to Arkham Asylum. But unlike any of those nutty funsters, this is a return that’s most celebrated.

Hell Or High Water

If you ever want to hear a story of rags to riches in the movie industry, ask someone to tell you the story of Hell or High Water. Originally released as an extremely limited indie film, this western noir masterpiece went on to become more of a success than it was expected, and eventually went on to become an awards season player. Gumption and grit define this movie on the inside and out, as Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers knocking over banks for a very specific reason, with Jeff Bridges being one of the men hot on their trail. Sharply written, and expertly acted, this one’s a fun night home with a couple of beers and smart-assed conversation.

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

The internet loves to argue over sequels, and the Indiana Jones series is one of those hotbeds of discussion that never totally fades away. Many folks favor Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as their favorite sequel, while others would make the more logical choice and go for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While the more overriding point here is that the entire Indiana Jones series will be on Netflix at the same time, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is the obvious favorite of the world, let’s not forget that this is the movie that gave us Sean Connery and Harrison Ford as father and son. It may not be Thanksgiving, but there’s always something to be thankful for.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro and Netflix are like hot chocolate and marshmallows. So obviously, this cocoa-esque collaboration would bring us Pan’s Labyrinth in the month of holiday festivities. Much like his entire filmography, you can definitely get a spooky vibe from what’s arguably del Toro’s best film. But looking closer, you’ll see that it’s actually a richly told fairy tale for adults, dissecting the horrors of war and the ugliness of reality with an intriguing underworld lying beneath it. To think that we almost had a more studio-friendly version of this film is the true horror, and it’s a good thing Guillermo del Toro stuck to his guns, and gave us the exact version of Pan’s Labyrinth we will be able to see on Netflix in January.

The Addams Family

Next year marks the year The Addams Family will return to the big screen, albeit it will be through the courtesy of a CGI cartoon reboot that looks closer to the art style of the original Charles Addams comics. And yet, no matter how good that film will potentially be, Barry Sonnenfeld’s live-action adaptation will always have a strong hold on fans of all things mysterious and spooky. It’s the kind of thing that happens when you nail the tone of the world as well as they did in the casting of Gomez and Morticia with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston, respectively. If it’s always Halloween in your house, you’ll have no problem enjoying this one in the dead of winter.

The Departed

File the impending addition of The Departed to Netflix’s streaming library as another one of those fun bits of foreshadowing for 2019. With Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman set to be released at some point in the next year, it seems only fair to release the film that won the director his first (and so far only) Best Director Oscar. Of course, since Netflix is always on the hunt for another golden trophy to put on their mantle, releasing this darkly comic drama involving a cop and a gangster both pulling double agent duty could also be part of their own internal vision board. After all, The Departed won Best Picture, so who’s to say The Irishman won’t? Keep thinking big, guys!

The Mummy Returns

How quickly we forget a good time. Just last year, Universal tried rebooting The Mummy franchise as the first part of the Dark Universe debacle. While it could have been an interesting exercise in concept, it fell so flat it could be considered two dimensional. Meanwhile, The Mummy Returns, and its predecessor The Mummy, are being brought onto Netflix’s platform, as if to remind us of simpler, more adventurous times. Everyone could use a little more banter between Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, and Rachel Weisz in their lives, and that’s exactly what you’re getting here — with a side of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s big screen debut. Let the decades fall away, and pretend it’s the early Aughts again, in the privacy of your own home.

Watchmen

Zack Snyder’s best film in his entire career is Watchmen. Full stop. Look, I know this is my opinion, but you can rant about how the ending was changed, and you can poke fun at the speed ramping or that odd usage of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” all you want. But the fact still remains that Snyder really got what Watchmen was all about, and what it needed to come to the big screen. Now, it’s not indicated whether this will be the superior Director’s Cut, the slightly over-stuffed Ultimate Cut, or the shortened for commercial viability Theatrical Cut. That being said, all versions of the film still have the heart and soul of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ alternative history epic, and it’s something truly special to behold.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail

After announcing that the entire catalog was heading to Netflix, the day Monty Python fans in the U.S. have been waiting for has finally arrived. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedy classic so storied that it not only remains as funny today as it did back in its original release, but it has a musical adaptation. When you get to that point without being taken down by post-modern think pieces, or just a general opinion of “it wasn’t as funny as we thought it was back then,” it’s worth noting. If you’ve seen it, see it again. If you haven’t, or know someone who hasn’t, isn’t it about time they did?

Disney / Pixar’s Incredibles 2

January is an embarassment of riches for Disney studio content on Netflix, as both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ant-Man and The Wasp will both be coming online through the month, even as the Netflix and Disney deals wind down. In classic Disney form, however, the company has gone and saved its best offering for last. Incredibles 2 isn’t just one of the best animated films of 2018, it’s one of the best films of the year. Not to mention, it’s one of the best sequels to have ever come out after a lengthy wait — in this case one that spanned over a decade. It’s the perfect cherry to an incredible January, so make sure to save room for the most super dessert you could ever have hoped for!

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The Dark Knight’s Infamous Pencil Trick Explained

Heath Ledger‘s Joker murdered a lot of people in The Dark Knight, but one of his more shocking kills was “the pencil trick,” i.e. grabbing a guy’s face and shoving it into an upward facing pencil so powerfully that it pierced through the man’s eye. For those who’ve wondered over the last decade how this “trick” was actually pulled off, it wasn’t through the use of a CG pencil, but simple film editing. Production designer Nathan Crowley stated:

As visual effects supervisor Nick Davis further, using a CG pencil for this sequence for The Dark Knight would have been problematic. Although it was easy enough even back then to create a CG pencil and “track it in and kinda make it disappear out,” because the movie was shot in IMAX, they avoided including unnecessary digital shots because “you can never really re-create an IMAX image.”

So instead, The Dark Knight took the practical route with the pencil trick, resulting in approximately 22 takes across two days and using two kinds of tables: a regular one and one made of galvanized rubber. Charles Jarman, the actor who played the unnamed henchman The Joker killed, mentioned that director Christopher Nolan told him they were going to do a couple shots where Jarman had to quickly sneak the pencil away as he was going down, which proved difficult to do since the pencil was stuck to the table.

This practical approach also resulted in Charles Jarman losing consciousness on several occasions. As he recalled to Vulture:

In the end, the pencil trick became one of The Dark Knight‘s most memorable scenes, and Charles Jarman believes the it ended up looking as real as it possibly could have, although if he had a similar job now, he’d want to pull it off in a different way. Of course, Joker quickly disposing of Gambol‘s goon happened early into The Dark Knight, and the Clown Prince of Crime would have another two hours to cement himself as Gotham City’s greatest terrorist… well, at least until Bane showed up eight years later.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest movie news, both DC Comics related and otherwise. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater next year accordingly.

Jennifer Lopez Is Launching a Skin Care Line

Honestly, there is no beauty or wellness secret that Jennifer Lopez could share that I wouldn’t immediately digest and try to find a way to incorporate into my daily life. The woman is 49 years-old and has, to my mind, never looked better.

But her skin, we must talk about her skin. The woman has become so synonymous with the word “glow” that it was even the name of her first fragrance. And then there was her makeup artist Scott Barnes’ lotion, Body Bling, that was meant to give us regular humans that J.Lo sparkle and shimmer. And the actress/singer/dancer/mogul also launched a capsule collection of cosmetics with Inglot. Body shimmer was naturally included.

That said, we’ve never truly known Jenny from the Block’s full-on skin care regimen, a.k.a. the true source of said glow. However, it seems like that’s about to change. Lopez just revealed in an interview that she’s developing a skin care line. (Cue the freakout!) “I will be coming out with a skin care line. I’ve been working on it for a long time because I don’t want to put [just] anything out,” she said during an event at The Wing promoting her new film Second Act when asked about her skin care routine. “I get that question a lot, especially as I get older,” she said. “I want it to be something that encompasses all the things I’ve learned and all the secrets I have. And it doesn’t have anything to do with needles.”

And because she is a perfectionist, Lopez promises it will be the real deal and should arrive sometime late in 2019. “It’s going to be something that works,” she said. “That’s what you can count on when my name is on something.”

We don’t yet know what the product range will include, its name, or how much it will cost—but I’m already prepared to buy every single item.

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Why It Would Be Challenging To Bring Hamilton To The Big Screen, According Lin-Manuel Miranda

While Broadway actors sometimes transition to the film and TV world, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s success is seriously impressive. Following the award winning run of his musical In The Heights, the writer/actor took his musicality to American History with Hamilton. Hamilton is the biggest Broadway hit in years, making Miranda a household name in the process.

After gaining the notoriety and spotlight following Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has gotten involved in the film world. The actor is starring in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, while also working with the House of Mouse on projects like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Moana. But it turns out that turning Hamilton into a movie would be a bit challenging for the Tony winner, as he said:

Hamilton’s tricky right, because one of the things Rob is so brilliant at is that transition from scene into song. I think he does it in Mary Poppins returns as well as it can be done. You never are like, ‘Oh man, we’re breaking it… It just happens you’re in the musical number and you’ve surrendered to it before you even know it’s going on. Hamilton is sung through, beginning to end. There’s maybe a page and a half of dialogue in the the whole thing. How do you start at that tempo and keep the ball in the air with that sort of heightened speech in a way that doesn’t feel like a concert?

Touche, Alexander. Because while the interest is certainly there for Hamilton to be adapted for the silver screen, the material itself presents certain challenges. Mainly that its completely sung through, and therefore there’s no moments for dialogue. So a specific vision is going to be needed to keep a Hamilton flick moving, if it ever happens.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s comments to AV Club show how much thought the actor/writer has put into a potential Hamilton movie. Given the musical’s blockbuster-like success, the countless Hamilton fans out there would lose their collective minds if a movie version was green-lit. Miranda brought hip hop and rap to the story of the titular founding father, helping to educate and entertain at the same time. And it’s something that could become even more significant as a blockbuster.

The musical Hamilton spans years before, during, and after the revolutionary war. The Tony Award winning show begins with Alexander Hamilton as an unknown orphan, and sees as he ascends to President George Washington’s cabinet. The story is told largely through narration, as characters like Alexander, his wife Eliza, and Washington himself recount each date and event from that time. It’s dense material, and some big cuts would be needed in order to fit the two act musical into a movie with a suitable run time.

While Lin-Manuel Miranda is unsure how Hamilton would be adapted into a movie, the non-stop narration and singing seems to have struck a chord with theater audiences. Additionally, the soundtrack is extremely popular, so audiences might not have such a hard time as you’d think. Just look at how successful the cover album was.

Of course, there have been plenty of movie musicals that are almost entirely sung through, so perhaps Lin-Manuel Miranda’s assessment of a possible Hamilton movie is off-base. Just look at 2012’s Les Miserables movie. Based off the musical of the same name, both the show and movie are completely sung through, with the actors singing live on set. That movie ended up being a critical and financial success, so there as been precedent for a sung through movie musical.

Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall has helmed quite a few movie musicals, including Disney’s recent Into The Woods movie. While there was room for dialogue in that movie, it’s mostly filled with Stephen Sondheim’s iconic music. That movie also performed well, earning three Oscar nominations in the process. Musical fans are able to sit through a movie that is almost all songs, so perhaps Hamilton will end up a movie after all.

Despite Lin-Manuel Miranda’s concerns, it feels like only a matter of time before a Hamilton movie gets green-lit. The musical has been presented all over the world, and it’s still difficult to get tickets for the Broadway production. Considering how insanely popular both Hamilton and Miranda have become, there’s clearly enough interest for a movie to not only get made, but potentially make a ton of money at the box office as well.

Alas, it doesn’t look like Lin-Manuel Miranda is focusing his creative energies on adapting Hamilton for the silver screen. Instead, Miranda has been slowly chipping away at the development of an In The Heights movie. His first Broadway musical told the story of a neighborhood in Washington Heights, and helped to make Miranda a Broadway legend.

The In The Heights movie was originally going to be presented by the Weinstein Company, before Harvey Weinstein’s scandal changed the landscape of the film world forever. Lin-Manuel Miranda had to get the rights back to the In The Heights movie following Weinstein’s public fallout, a task he was successful in. And now that Mary Poppins Returns will finally arrive in theaters, it might be a good time for Miranda to continue the development of that project.

While Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t seem to have an interest in making Hamilton a movie right now, he’ll soon return to his Tony award nominated role of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda is reprising his part for a production of Hamilton that will benefit the relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastation from Hurricane Maria. As such, there’s still a chance to see the actor in the role that earned him such massive acclaim.

If Hamilton ever becomes a movie, it’ll be interesting to see if Lin-Manuel Miranda ends up playing the title character. The musical spans many years, with Alexander starting as a young man, and eventually aging quite a bit before his untimely death. Miranda is arguably too old to play the role during the first few songs, although his age would factor in positively as Hamilton’s life plays out.

You can catch Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns when it arrives in theaters on December 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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John Krasinski Reveals Which A Quiet Place Scene Convinced Him The Movie Was Going To Work

Although we can look back and check out reviews and box office and fan reactions and realize A Quiet Place does work even with its lack of dialogue, especially for people who showed up in theaters, it wasn’t always super clear the film was going to come together well. In fact, John Krasinski said in an interview that he and those involved with the movie were hopeful it would work out, but there was one particular moment on set in which it became clear to Krasinski that they were right.

It was actually a particular sign language-based scene featuring Emily Blunt that was filming when Krasinksi felt in his gut A Quiet Place was the real deal. He said:

A Quiet Place is getting plenty of awards consideration around this time and was recently listed as one of the National Board of Reviews 10 Best Movies of 2018. Which means director John Krasinski is back on the circuit to talk about the movie that quietly made a lot of money.

He told Business Insider that it was a scene involving schooling and Emily Blunt and Noah June that really clarified A Quiet Place was working. John Krasinksi is married to Emily Blunt and he’s had a lot of nice things to say about his wife during the long months he’s spent talking about A Quiet Place and its sequel since its initial release last spring.

This comment, however, takes things to another level, really. He’s talking about something Emily Blunt figured out how to do while signing words and mouthing them at the same time that really worked on camera. Just the fact he thought those things about his wife’s work on set comes off as really romantic.

This year has been monumental for movies that have come out of nowhere to have staying power at the box office. First there was Black Panther in February. Then, there was A Quiet Place in April. While A Quiet Place didn’t gross as much as the aforementioned superhero movie, only pulling in $340.7 million worldwide, it also only had a $17 million budget. So, it’s certainly a success for Paramount.

It’s not difficult to see why the studio would be pushing A Quiet Place during awards season. People really like it. It has a really solid premise. It’s pushing horror movies to the forefront during awards season once more. Even John Krasinksi has a likability factor when he’s talking about his movie that’s undeniable.

The movie has earned some nominations for smaller ceremonies so far, but we’ll have to wait and see if it can build enough momentum for the big leagues. Take a look at the full Golden Globe nominations or more on this year’s Oscars.