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What Happens When Disney Runs Out Of Animated Classics To Remake?

Over the past few years, Disney has enjoyed a lot of success with live-action remakes/re-imaginings of its animated classics. From Cinderella to The Jungle Book to Beauty and the Beast, Disney is bringing its beloved and classic tales to the big screen with all the pomp and circumstance of modern blockbusters.

There are criticisms to be levied at these films, from the nostalgia play to the unwillingness to stray too far from the originals, but by and large, the remakes are critical and commercial successes. Because of that success, these remakes are becoming a big component of Disney’s box office strategy too, alongside Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel. That will be especially true in 2019 when Disney has a whopping three live-action remakes of its animated classics heading to theater screens: Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King as well as Lady and the Tramp, which is bound for the new Disney+ streaming service.

It’s an exciting prospect for Disney fans, but the amount of Disney live-action remakes in 2019 and the many that have been rumored or reported to be in some stage of development has raised an interesting inevitability; that at some point, Disney will run out of animated classics to remake. And at the current rate of adaptation, that time may come sooner rather than later. Basically, Disney only has so many movies that would be obvious candidates for live-action adaptation.

So when Disney has exhausted its supply of animated classics to remake, it will have to do something to fill that void and keep that gravy train rolling. I think there are a few possibilities at what that something could be…

Remake The Less Acclaimed/Popular Films

Walt Disney Animation Studios proper has made 57 films, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937 to Ralph Breaks the Internet this year. But not all of those titles are classics or have the nostalgia factor like the films of the Disney Renaissance in the 90s. So if Disney is to continue adapting its animated films to live-action, it could opt for the more challenging path of remaking those that are less popular, well known and acclaimed. Home on the Range live-action, anyone… anyone?

Most of the remakes Disney has done or has in the works up to this point have been films that are bona fide classics, but Disney has plenty of other titles that aren’t viewed on that level but still have their fans and strong name recognition. Films like Hercules, Robin Hood and The Rescuers come to mind. And CinemaBlend’s Adam Holmes has argued that the underrated Treasure Planet and Atlantis: The Lost Empire are both deserving to be made for live-action.

If Disney chooses to tap films that are considered to be near the bottom of the oeuvre (The Fox and the Hound is a classic, I won’t hear otherwise), there is an opportunity to do what most of the live-action remakes haven’t: something different. By taking movies that don’t have the same devotion or acclaim, Disney can capitalize on its catalog while creating something new and better that future generations can look back upon fondly.

The Black Cauldron is considered to be one of Disney’s worst films, but a few years ago Disney locked up the rights to The Chronicles of Prydain, the series of novels upon which that film was based. We haven’t heard much since then but maybe that’s a sign Disney is willing to look to past failures for the possibility of future success.

Franchise The Classics

Of all the moves Disney could make once it has tapped its well of animated classics dry, this one seems the most likely. Instead of, or perhaps in addition to, adapting less beloved films, Disney can take the successful live-action remakes it has already done and sequel-ize them, thus creating individual franchises of Disney classics.

This strategy has already been put into action to a degree. Disney’s 2014 reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is getting a sequel film in 2020. Likewise Disney’s 2016 film The Jungle Book, which grossed a near $1 billion worldwide, is getting a sequel as well. Disney clearly sees an opportunity with its most popular and successful live-action remakes to continue to profit from those brands.

It’s an understandable strategy, too. Not only are the first film’s hits but the sequels will have the benefit of compounded name recognition and brand awareness thanks to the original animated movies upon which they are based as well as the first live-action remakes. The interesting thing about going the sequel route is that going beyond the narrative of the original film basically forces Disney to do something different with the story; the Mouse can’t just do a shot-for-shot remake of a film that doesn’t exist. New stories would be born from familiar ones.

It’s hard to say where something like Cinderella would go in a sequel, but movies like Aladdin, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone all have worlds of mythology that Disney could expand upon to tell new stories after the remakes, all of which are in the works.

Adapt Other Properties

Another strategy that Disney could employ once it has remade all the animated classics that it deems worthy is to turn to the Mouse’s many other properties to see what might make for a good live-action film. Disney is a many-tentacled leviathan and it has plenty of properties under its belt that don’t fall under the Walt Disney Animation Studios film banner.

For example, one thing we have seen and are seeing is Disney turn to its beloved theme parks for inspiration. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has delivered billions for the company and that’s why it is getting a reboot. Disney’s next ride adaptation, Jungle Cruise, is done filming and will arrive in 2020, and Disney still has plenty more rides it could adapt into films and then make sequels out of should it so choose.

Disney fans didn’t just grow up watching Disney stories on the big screen, the Mouse’s small screen offerings also played a role in many a childhood and Disney has an untapped reservoir of nostalgia goodness there just waiting for the live-action treatment. Cartoons like Recess, Darkwing Duck, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers could all be brought back in a big way. And it always amazes me that Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears has never been revisited.

Jordan Peele apparently was interested in making a Gargoyles movie based on the 1994-1996 animated series. So… why isn’t that happening? Admittedly some of these properties would be better served with a computer-generated or (gasp!) hand-drawn animated film than live-action, but the point stands that Disney has a wealth of properties beyond its most famous animated movies that it can adapt for the big screen.

Take a look at our 2019 release schedule for all of Disney’s live-action remakes hitting theaters next year and check out our guide for those headed to theaters in the years to come.

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This New Brand Wants to Make Professional Dresses for Plus Sizes

After a decade working for one of the largest investment institutions in the world, Eugena Delman faced a personal challenge: continue growing within Goldman Sachs or leave her career behind to pursue an entirely different field. She dwelled on it for six months, but eventually decided to go the latter route—no gig lined up, no real plan… Just a ticket to go back home to Hong Kong. She would come home a month later, bringing with her an idea for a brand-new fashion company.

“I owed it to myself to at least try something different, especially given that I was in my early 30s and still had the energy,” Delman tells Glamour. “If I wanted to do something different, this was my chance to make that pivot.”

While she was in Hong Kong, Delman started to notice something about her sister’s wardrobe: Whenever they went shopping, there were hardly any options for her size-14 frame—an “experience I can only sum up as horrific,” she says. “I just couldn’t believe that there were times that we would walk into a store and [salespeople] would take one look at my sister and be like, ‘Oh, no size.’ We’re paying customers; I have my credit card and I’m ready to spend money in your store and you can’t even make the effort to check the back. My sister was like ‘This is my daily experience. I don’t know why you’re so upset.’”

This was something that Delman, who usually falls between a size six or eight, had never noticed. Growing up in Hong Kong, though, she says she remembers her size always being perceived as large. Yes, she would find it difficult to find clothing that fit correctly, but it wasn’t something she dwelled on—she was more concerned with her math and science classes, which eventually led her to major in aerospace engineering and management science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Delman always had her sights set on coming to the United States for college. After graduating, though, she realized that she wanted to do something more practical than aerospace engineering—that, and she needed a company to sponsor her visa to stay in the country. So, she turned to investment banking. That’s how she got to Goldman Sachs, first as an analyst and eventually becoming a vice president. Fashion was never really on her radar… until that fateful trip to Hong Kong.

“I totally took it for granted, the ability to just find nice clothes for myself whereas somebody who’d be considered [a straight size] in the U.S. is still really struggling in Hong Kong,” Delman says now.

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

Seeing her frustration, Delman’s sister recommended she start a wholesale or import business, bringing U.S. or European fashion brands—and more inclusive sizes—to Hong Kong. But when she started her research, Delman found that even in the U.S. there weren’t many brands that catered to her target audience of women in corporate environments. Before she could look internationally, she thought, it would be worth getting a sense of the market stateside.

That was precisely the motivation she needed to start Ava James NYC, a line of versatile, professional dresses made for the modern woman. “I wanted to create pieces that were not trend focused… that a grown woman could wear to multiple functions,” Delman explains. “Because, especially spending a lot of money, you don’t want it to be so special that you can only wear it to one type of event.”

Delman officially started Ava James NYC with longtime friend Saena Chung back in April—by August, only four months later, they had debuted its first collection. The range is simple and sophisticated, meant to go from the office to after hours. Every dress is available in sizes 8 through 18 (with more coming down the pipeline.) Prices start at $315 and cap out at $385.

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

According to Delman, the two were able to get Ava James NYC off the ground so quickly because of the project management skills she acquired from years in investment banking. That same experience also gives her a more intimate understanding of what professional women want from their clothes: “Because I spent nine years in corporate America, I know how [they] dress. I spent nine years with my potential customer demographic and I know what kind of outfits will work in an office setting and won’t work. These women, they want to look good and they want to feel good and they want clothes that are stylish, but they’re not super bogged down by what’s happening in the fashion world.”

Delman, with her background in finance, can also see how large Ava James NYC’s potential for growth is: She’s analyzed the brand’s early sale data, as well as the customer feedback, to reaffirm how important it is for shoppers to have access to elevated womenswear and professional dresses that aren’t fast-fashion or extremely high end—clothing that falls somewhere in the middle.

The team has also spent extra time and money on the fitting process, to ensure that the garments compliment larger frames—a consideration that, though “very expensive on our part,” Delman says she was adamant about: “One of the complaints that I’d heard from my sister was that a lot of the options that were available to her were really oversized clothing…I know that the worst thing you can do when you have a curvy body is drape yourself in fabric.”

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

PHOTO: Ava James NYC

There’s another, less talked-about challenge Delman has identified about starting a fashion business—specifically, an inclusive brand: finding an industry standard of size, which essentially means there’s a lot of variation between brands and how they do their sizing. (Someone who might wear a size 14 in one brand may wear a different size in Ava James NYC. Because of the variation in sizing, Delman has made shipping and returns free of charge, allowing shoppers to not pay extra to find the garments in their correct size.) “We ended up putting together an Excel spreadsheet of different brands, specifically for size 14 which is our sample size, and took a look at the variation,” says Delman.

Her sister back in Hong Kong is the brand’s unofficial sample tester: “The first time she wore [our Madrid Dress], she actually told me that she never, ever thought that she could feel sexy in her life. That, to me, was straight up validation.”

“There’s that saying, don’t dress for the job that you have, dress for the job that you want,” Delman says. “As corny as it sounds, it’s not just about looking good—it’s about feeling pretty darn fabulous, too.”

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Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist

Olivier Widmaier Picasso.
Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Photo: Steven Lyon

WHEN OLIVIER Widmaier Picasso began researching his family history to bring his book Picasso: An Intimate Portrait to life, he estimates he knew 30 percent of the story. “Now maybe I’m at 85%,” he says. “I still have things to learn.” Widmaier Picasso’s biography of his famous late grandfather, whom he never met, traces Pablo Picasso’s complex family tree, his relationships with women, and his involvement in political activities to understand how each influenced his work and the man he was. “It was like trying to open a door locked for years and bringing the past to life for the first time,” Widmaier Picasso says.

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist

Widmaier Picasso, who studied law but now works as a television producer and consultant, tried to bring a lawerly, unemotional approach to his research. “Different members of my family didn’t share the same vision [of past events],” he says, “so I needed to understand why one person was telling me this and another person was telling that.” Though Widmaier Picasso’s grandmother, Marie-Thérèse Walker, never married the artist, they were together for 16 years. Widmaier Picasso writes of their initial meeting in 1927 outside the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, “She had not the slightest idea who this Picasso might be, but she noticed his superb red and black tie—which she would afterwards keep all her life.” After they separated, Picasso remained a critical part of Marie-Thérèse’s life. The two stayed in touch, speaking regularly on the phone, until his death in 1973, and he even sent her an allowance. Four years later, she committed suicide.

While they were together, Marie-Thérèse was the artist’s muse, and one of Widmaier Picasso’s favorite of his grandfather’s works is a portrait of his grandmother in a bright red beret, set against a crimson background. He spoke to WSJ. about it and four other of the Picasso paintings he loves most.

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist
Photo: Private collection, © The Picasso Estate, 2018
1. Yo Picasso, Self-portrait, 1901

“This painting is a masterpiece that reveals Pablo was arriving in Paris with a firm intention to succeed in painting. There is pride and talent in the execution. He is 19 years old, and he has already had some success in Barcelona. So for me, it’s the beginning, when Pablo becomes Picasso. It’s a symbol of the power of youth. It’s in 1901, the beginning of a new century, and he wants to be part of it.”

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist
Photo: Musée Picasso-Paris, © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda, © The Picasso Estate, 2018
2. Still Life with Chair-Caning, 1912

“When you see this work, you understand that it’s a coffee table, in a bar anywhere in Paris. It reflects the ambiance of Paris at the same time it reflects Pablo’s innovation. It’s the second part of his cubism period, known as ‘synthetic’ cubism [when he started to incorporate letters and figures into his work]. He’s not beholden anymore to what he sees, he’s painting what he knows. The painting is a symbol of his creativity and unique style.”

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist
Photo: Musée Picasso-Paris, © RMN-Grand Palais / J.G Berizzi, © The Picasso Estate, 2018
3. Paul Drawing, 1923

“Paul, my uncle, died in 1975, just two years after Picasso. As Pablo’s first son, he has been accused of being a nobody, of being someone with no talent or education. In fact, he was more important than just being a son of Pablo. What is important to me is that Pablo kept this painting during his whole life. It shows the love of a father for his children, and it also shows the life with [his first wife] Olga and with their son, and the happiness they had.”

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist
Photo: Private collection, © The Picasso Estate, 2018
4. Portrait of Marie-Thérèse in a Red Beret, 1937

“My grandmother was not a traditional grandmother. I remember she was very loud: speaking loudly, laughing very loudly. Pablo made her free. She was the only one whom he gave a huge number of artworks, so she never had to worry about life. After Pablo, there was no other man. I finally understood that she killed herself four years after his death because she knew after the death of Pablo, she would be unable to lead a normal life. When I picked up this painting, I thought the look of Marie-Thérèse was very modern. This painting makes me feel happy.”

Picasso’s Grandson on His Five Favorite Paintings by the Master Artist
Photo: Private collection, © The Picasso Estate, 2018
5. The Musketeer, 1969

“In 1969, Pablo was 88 years old and he was still painting in large format. This size is very typical of contemporary art. I think that he was pioneering in this kind of expression. I see a link between him and Jean-Michel Basquiat a few years later. But at the same time, it’s a musketeer, a classical figure. It’s referring to the influence of Old Masters on Pablo. In the 1950s, he was painting after Delacroix and Monet, reinterpreting the great paintings of the past.”

Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore Wants To Play A Live-Action Spider-Man, And Fight Tom Hardy’s Venom

Since Miles Morales’ Spider-Man first appeared on Marvel comic book pages in 2011, readers have been rallying for a big screen origin story for the young hero. Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse allows the fan favorite to shine front in center, beside some other amazing spider-heroes.

When 23-year-old Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales in the film was asked by MTV International if he would suit up for a live-action Marvel movie, he didn’t hesitate to show his deep interest to play the role, with these words:

Hope Sony is listening because we would love to see Shameik Moore lend more than just his voice to Miles Morales’ Spider-Man. The breakout star is no stranger to a stunning on screen performance, such as in the 2015 film Dope and Netflix’s The Get Down. It would be a really interesting move by Sony to bring the characters established in their animated film to life in live-action and why not use an actor who already knows the character well?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Miles Morales’ story from the beginning, as the character is bit by a radioactive spider at 13 years old. This would pose a bit of an issue for Shameik Moore as he is ten years older than Miles. The actor does realize this and pitches that for a live-action Miles Morales starring himself, they could move through time a little to make it possible.

Not only is Shameik Moore ready to swing into action, he has just the villain he’d want to fight; it even fits contractually with Sony’s sprouting Spider-Verse universe. Here’s his choice:

Yes, yes, yes! While Peter Parker is over at the MCU with the Avengers, Miles Morales could take post at Sony’s Spider-Verse that started this year with the blockbuster hit Venom. Shameik Moore wasn’t shy about his adoration for Tom Hardy, or how he would love to work with him in a Spider-Verse team up. He also believes that collaboration would challenge him as an actor to show what he’s really capable of.

Okay, this amazing pitch is kind of a long shot — especially since those who have seen it are especially praising Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for its incredible use of animation. And the medium certainly allowed the film to show off what the live-action Spidey flicks couldn’t quite pull off.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has already been ordered a sequel and spinoff, so Shameik Moore isn’t saying goodbye to his Spider-Man role anytime soon. On the flip side, what if Tom Hardy voiced an animated Venom in one of the upcoming Spider-Verse films? Maybe we’re getting a too ahead of ourselves… check out Into the Spider-Verse in theaters this Friday.

ReelBlend #48: Avengers Trailer, Aquaman Reviews And Interviewing Clint Eastwood

ReelBlend started out as AwardsBlend (shout out to the loyal listeners who have been following us since day one), and these days, our conversations feel like they are in line with the early days of the show. We have a LOT of news to get to in the 48th episode of ReelBlend, and a lot of it has to do with the Oscar race.

To begin with, the guys — Sean O’Connell, Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy — are reacting to the new SAG Awards nominations, which gave their Best Ensemble slots to Black Panther, BlackKklansman, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians. The first three movies have heard their name called numerous times, by critics groups and the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

But the latter two got a real boost from the SAGs, with many now believing Bohemian Rhapsody has a chance to make some serious noise in the Oscar nominations. The guys dig in-depth into what the recent nominations mean for the big-picture race.

Before they got into the Awards race, the ReelBlend boys also broke down two major trailers: the one for Avengers: Endgame; and the one for the Superman homage, Brightburn. One of us had real problems with the Brightburn trailer, so listen to what the complaint was.

As they discussed the movies opening this week, Jake, Kevin and Sean opened up about interviewing Clint Eastwood, whose new movie, The Mule, is in theaters. The guys take you behind the scenes at a junket, and the preparation that goes into interviewing a living legend.

The guys this week also give you a spoiler-free Aquaman review, before playing this week’s #Blend game, which was all about Movie Sequels. So yeah, this is a jam-packed episode.

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How Much Once Upon A Deadpool Made On Opening Day

When you think of the holiday season, you don’t think of Deadpool. And when you think of the Merc with a Mouth, you don’t think PG-13, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves with this week’s release of Once Upon a Deadpool. The slightly more kid-friendly, holiday-themed reimagining of this year’s Deadpool 2 arrived in theaters yesterday, December 12, and it made over $900,000 on opening day.

Including Tuesday night preview showings, the 20th Century Fox film opened at 1,566 theaters on Wednesday and is estimated to have made $953,000 according to Deadline. That number was good enough for Wade Wilson to surpass every other film at the Wednesday box office, with the exception of another holiday movie, Illumination’s The Grinch, which added another $968,000 to its domestic haul of over $226 million.

Once Upon a Deadpool will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas and remain in theaters until Christmas Eve. Deadpool 2 already made $318.5 million domestically and $734.2 million worldwide, and Once Upon a Deadpool‘s box office will just add to Fox’s bottom line, making for a nice little stocking stuffer for the studio.

Of course, in keeping with the spirit of the season, not every cent Once Upon a Deadpool makes will be going to the soon-to-be-Disney-owned studio. One dollar of every ticket sold for Once Upon a Deadpool during the December 12-24 time period will go to the charity Fuck Cancer, or as it is being temporarily called to keep with Once Upon a Deadpool‘s curse-averse rating, Fudge Cancer.

Once Upon a Deadpool‘s Wednesday performance shows that there was clearly was some interest in the film, even though the original version of it came out only seven months ago. Some of that interest is probably coming from younger audiences that eager to see what they couldn’t under the restrictions of the R rating.

There is also curiosity from those who saw Deadpool 2 at just what exactly this movie is and whether or not Wade Wilson can work under a PG-13 restriction (make sure to read CinemaBlend’s own Sarah El-Mahmoud’s thoughts on the matter). It will be interesting to see if this little experiment portends more PG-13 cuts of R-rated movies.

While Once Upon a Deadpool is adding to the coffers of an already successful film, there are other titles opening this weekend also looking to make their mark at the box office. Universal has Mortal Engines, which starts preview screenings at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, and Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort The Mule also opens this weekend.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens Thursday night as well starting at 5 p.m., and is looking at a mid-$30 million opening. The animated feature riding a wave of enthusiasm and acclaim and should swing into first place this weekend.

The year is coming to a close but there are plenty of huge movies headed to theaters next year. Check them out in our 2019 release schedule.

Albums of the Year: Cardi B Cemented Her Place Among Rap’s Elite With Invasion of Privacy

By Trey Alston

Despite dethroning Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” from the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2017, Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow” felt like some cosmic joke. The track, which was the first No. 1 from a female rapper since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing), seemed to set Cardi up to be the next internet rap star, in the vein of Trinidad James, to make an astronomical amount of noise before her 15 minutes would swiftly expire. Instead of her momentum fizzling, the clamor around her grew through the end of the year, bleeding into 2018 thanks to follow-up singles “Bartier Cardi,” in December, and “Be Careful,” in March. Other elements were mixed in, chiefly some well-timed features on G Eazy’s “No Limit” and Migos’ “Motorsport.” A perfect storm was brewing for her industry takeover, but her debut studio album would have to succeed where most debuts, especially those by internet sensations, failed. Invasion of Privacy needed to be authentic, tenacious, and adventurous.

It released on April 6 and brought about an earned explosion of interest and critical praise for Cardi. It’s an album that’s defined by the notions of truthfulness, transparency, sexual liberation, and craftsmanship. Over the course of thirteen tracks, Cardi’s debut packs a trifecta of snarky punchlines, charisma, and lively energy that normally escapes newcomers in at least one of the three categories. She sounds like a rap veteran operating without fear or uncertainty. It sounds timeless, unrestrained by contemporary conventions, and is a testament to the two years spent honing her sound on her two Gangsta Bitch mixtapes.

“Get Up 10” transfers the crown from Meek Mill to Cardi B for the best album introduction of the past decade (previously “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” held the title). From the get-go, the tone of the album is established. Visceral images about poverty barrel into the mind as she raps about the night-and-day differences of her new life. But there’s a pressing urgency to her rhymes, a commitment to plead her truths to inspire and reflect instead of brag. Her emotions can be felt through the brutal emphasis she puts on curse words, but it’s important to know that this ferocity isn’t synonymous, in her case, with anger. It’s excitement.

From the ashes of the somber opening blooms an album that finds footing in various worlds across its multiverse. Invasion of Privacy is a vast album with drastically different beats, with each track being able to be separated into its own individual world. Overarching notions like sexual freedom and emotional clarity materialize and connect these disparate realms together. A stunning detail is that these ideas are given room to breathe and never overstep each other. She layers fresh waves of sexual braggadocio on “Money Bag” — where she talks about her sexual ability — and her newly-sculpted body just before on “Ring,” where she circles an emotional breakdown at the prospect of a tumultuous, infidelity-ridden relationship.

“I Like It” expertly mixed the realms of reggaeton, trap, and salsa thanks to its fusion of Cardi B’s charisma, Bad Bunny’s energy, and J Balvin‘s serene delivery. In an oral history for Billboard, label executives revealed that the four-minute collaboration took over six months to congeal after being first suggested by the CEO of Atlantic Records. Cardi always felt that the song needed a little bit of this, a little less of that. That’s perfectionism in the works. But these kinds of decisions are largely responsible for Invasion of Privacy sounding as polished as it does, helping it to transcend time.

An enduring, nagging thread through Cardi’s year has been the reportedly unfaithful behavior of ex-husband Offset. Nevertheless, she chose to work on their relationship, she didn’t choose to accept infidelity. Invasion of Privacy spoke directly to Offset, and, by extension, the rest of the world, with its centerpiece “Be Careful.” The commanding song strips away the album’s fascination with 808s and striking adlibs for a decidedly more intimate, up-close conversation with her then-partner set to the backdrop of an interpolation of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.” It’s a striking claim of agency, of a scorned woman’s power, demanding that her partner get his shit together, or get to stepping. Her lyrics were poignant, striking icicles in the veins of partners everywhere who were the victim of similar situations, or for the victimizers who put their partners in that state of mind. When she abruptly ended things with Offset in December, fans were quick to note that she appeared content, even happy in her announcement while Offset, on the other hand, appeared dejected in subsequent public appearances. Maybe “Be Careful” was a declaration and foreshadowing of this ending.

In all, Invasion of Privacy was exactly as authentic, tenacious, and adventurous as Cardi needed it to be to elevate her prestige. Because of it, she’s entered the sanctuary of worshipped rap elites such as Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake. The album’s overbearing confidence immediately wins you over, even if you hadn’t listened to Cardi’s music beforehand. It’s won over, not just the industry, but the world as well.

Peter Jackson Provided Some Super Special Items To The Museum Set In Mortal Engines

While Peter Jackson didn’t actually direct the new movie Mortal Engines — that duty belonging to Christian Rivers — he did have a huge hand in its creation. After all, he’s not only credited for producing the film, but also co-wrote the script with long-time collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. That’s not all, however, as it turns out that he also made significant contributions to the production design, as I recently learned from star Robert Sheehan,

Sitting down with Mortal Engines stars Robert Sheehan and Leila George last week, one question I asked was about all of the special details in the production design that audiences may not immediately pick up on without looking for them. While discussing the expansive London Museum set featured in the movie, Sheehan revealed that a number of the items were actually on loan from Peter Jackson, who evidently has a personal collection stocked with all kinds of historical items.

In Mortal Engines, the London Museum is essentially an archive that displays all kinds of artifacts from the world that existed before the Sixty Minute War — a human-driven cataclysmic/apocalyptic event that totally changed life on Earth and led to societies boarding giant mechanized cities. Not all of the items are properly labeled, leading to some major inaccuracies, but there is a wide range of items featured, from video game systems to Segways. And while we can’t say for sure exactly which items belong to Peter Jackson, it can be a fun guessing game for fans watching the movie.

The Easter eggs apparently don’t stop there, however, as the actors also pointed out a recurring aesthetic theme in Mortal Engines: the design presence of lions. According to Leila George and Robert Sheehan, they can be found all over the place in the film, just waiting to be noticed by audiences:

Sadly that does actually sound a lot like the world we currently live in, as I pointed out during the interview, but let’s not dwell on it.

You can watch my interview with Robert Sheehan and Leila George below — just click play on the video embed!

Co-starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Jihae, and Colin Salmon, Mortal Engines arrives in theaters this Friday, December 14th.

Melania Trump Unveiled Her New Blond Hair on Fox News

Melania Trump took her new blond hair and not-so-new complaints about the media to Fox News this week, submitting to a sit-down interview with host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

In their conversation, Trump told Hannity that the greatest hardship she’s faced since she’s been in the White House is the “opportunists” who’ve used her name and the Trump brand to “advance themselves.” Perhaps in an effort to channel her own #BeBest initiative, which aims to curb bullies online and seems to have had no effect on her own husband, she did not name names but she did call out journalists, comedians, celebrities, and authors for their supposed behavior.

Now it’s news to no one that FLOTUS takes issue with how she and her husband are treated in the press. But what did make waves on the internet? Trump’s new look. The erstwhile brunette trotted out a fresh set of highlights, and Twitter took notice.

Of course a woman is free to switch up her hair (or wear a Zara jacket that seems to suggest a certain disregard for a national crisis on the border) whenever she pleases, but if that woman is Melania Trump and her new shade now falls between Donald Trump Russet Potato and Ivanka Trump Daffodil on the color wheel, people will have opinions.

Some had questions:

Others had theories:

Most just had feels:

And some shut out all the noise and did just as Trump requested in another portion of the interview. The media, she said, “likes to focus on gossip and I would like them to focus on the substance and what we do, not just about the nonsense.”

For at least one journalist the point was well-taken! Never mind the hair! Or the comparisons to other women in the administration or on Fox News. Let’s concentrate on what matters:

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Steve Carell Would Totally Do Anchorman 3

While Will Ferrell has had plenty of comedy hits in his career, there’s arguably none quite as iconic as Anchorman. The over the top romp was a massive hit when it arrive in 2004, helping to elevate the status of its cast and making a ton of money at the box office in the process. Basically every line in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy is quotable, with some of the film’s most iconic moments actually coming from actor Steve Carell.

The Office helped Steve Carell become a household name, and Anchorman cemented the actor as a film star. Carell played bizarrely dimwitted Brick Tambland, the weatherman of the news station. Carell nailed his performance, and ultimately reprise his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. And it seems he’d be happy to return for a threequel, recently saying:

By the beard of Zeus, it looks like Steve Carell would be down to play Brick in Anchorman 3. Considering how beloved his performance is, this will no doubt excite plenty of cinephiles out there who are waiting for the news team to return to the silver screen.

Steve Carell’s comments to Variety show how much fun the Office alum had on the set of both Anchorman movies. It’s a truly ridiculous franchise, allowing the actors to be as cartoonish as they’d like. Carell’s Brick Tambland is arguably the silliest character in the cast, which is saying a lot. The actor enjoys filming those movies, so perhaps Anchorman 3 could become a reality after all.

While most moviegoers associate Steve Carell with his comedic roles like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he’s been doing a ton of dramas recently. Carell’s movies are often tear jerkers lately, with projects like Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen, and Last Flag Flying all tackling super heavy material— especially for Carell. As such, he might be eager to do a light and frothy project like a possible Anchorman threequel.

As a reminder, you can see some of Brick’s finest moments below, with Steve Carell’s fun on set shining through.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Steve Carell and the rest of the Anchorman cast and crew return for a threequel. Anchorman 2 was a critical and box office success, so there’s certainly reason to continue the story sometime in the future.

You can catch Steve Carell in Welcome to Marwen on December 21, 2018, just make sure you bring your tissues. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New year.