Summertime is when the fun usually starts, when the weather is warm and inviting, and there’s so much to do, so many faces to see. This summer, a new tour is coming to take over these hot evenings and it involves some of rap music’s biggest faces. Be on the lookout for the Legendary Nights Tour by Meek Mill and Future, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, YG, and Mustard.
Meek Mill and Future announced the tour today (June 18) in a surprise that has everyone preparing to clear their schedules. The tour starts in St. Louis on August 28 and wraps up in October in Las Vegas. There are 24 stops in total, with YG, Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion joining for certain dates and missing others. General admission tickets go on sale on June 21 so there’s still time to prepare for the adventure.
There’s so much new music out between all of the aforementioned artists that there’s no shortage of new material to be performed. Meek released his fourth studio album Championshipsin 2018 and Future just released the Save Me EP earlier this month. Both YG and Megan Thee Stallion shared new projects in May.
With Spider-Man: Far From Home just two weeks away from release, the film’s marketing has gone into full swing. Billboards have been popping up just about everywhere and one in particular has our Spidey senses tingling about Jake Gylenhaal’s Mysterio true motives. Check it out:
Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinerding, showed off a set of two posters he designed that looks to show Mysterio shooting blasts in Spider-Man’s direction as the Web-Slinger dodges them. So what’s the deal? Will Far From Home’s Mysterio be the sworn enemy comic book fans know or the friendlier partner to Spider-Man set up in the movie’s trailers?
According to Tom Holland, Peter Parker and Quentin Beck (a.k.a. Mysterio) become best friends in Far From Home. He’s not the same villain found on the pages of the comics, he’s an alternative Beck from a different Earth in the Multiverse, which was opened when Thanos’ snap created a tear in the dimension.
Spidey will team up with Mysterio at the orders of Nick Fury to defeat a threat known as the Elementals while on vacation in Europe. This billboard tells a bit of a different story. It seems to vaguely set up the two super-powered individuals as adversaries. It could hint the twist fans have been speculating all along: that Mysterio will turn out to be Far From Home’s main villain after all.
Contrary to what the trailers tell us, it would be surprising to see Mysterio’s first go at the big screen not include his infamously sinister mind at work. The comic book villain is one of Spider-Man’s oldest and most formidable foes. Mysterio is also known to create illusions, use hallucinogens and wield special gadgets to confuse and mess with Spider-Man’s head.
So just because Far From Home tells us Mysterio is a good guy doesn’t mean it’s the truth. This Mysterio already looks to be more powerful then the master of illusion in the comics. Beck looks to be a legitimate spell-caster with powers similar to the mystic arts introduced in Doctor Strange, although again, this could all just be trickery.
Knowing this, maybe Jake Gyllenhaal’s character can go to greater lengths to fool Spider-Man. Peter already looks to be distracted over his grief for Tony Stark and desires to spark a romance with Zendaya’s MJ during his vacation. Or, maybe this poster is strategically making us question Mysterio, who is exactly who he says he is and firing at a threat out of the frame, but toward Spidey’s direction.
We’ll soon find out Mysterio’s true colors when Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 2. What do you think? Is Mysterio an ally or adversary? Let us know in the comments below!
Captain Marvel broke all kinds of records when it hit theaters in March 2019. It raked in $455 million its opening weekend; it featured powerful team of women,; and it introduced audiences to a new kind of female-superhero. Brie Larson, the star of the film, got tons of recognition for helming such a badass production; however, when she was given the “Best Fight” trophy at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, she made it clear there were some unsung heroes who needed serious credit. So, she went onstage and accepted the award alongside her stunt doubles Renae Moneymaker and Joanna Bennett.
Larson made sure the spotlight was on Moneymaker and Bennett, who both worked intensely by her side on Captain Marvel. Stunt doubles often fly under the radar in action films, and they don’t always get recognized for their dedication. Larson wanted to change that, so the Oscar-winner and new director completely turned the attention to her friends and colleagues.
“I wanted to take this moment to really say thank you to the two women who are standing here beside me,” Larson said. “These are the women that trained me and were also the stunt doubles for Captain Marvel. I could not have made this film without them. They are really the baseline of who she is. They are the living embodiment of Captain Marvel.”
After introducing them, Larson cheered, “Say whatever you want!” and turned the mic over to the two professionals, who have also been stunt doubles on Wonder Woman, Avengers: Endgame, and X-Men, to name a few movies. Bennett talked about how exciting it was to bring a strong female character to life, while Moneymaker recalled the female characters who had influenced her own career.
“As young girls, we wanted to be just like Lara Croft and G.I. Jane, so it’s a real honor to be a part of this character and hopefully pass along some of that inspiration and strength that those iconic women brought to us,” she said. “And lastly, a big thank-you to Brie for acknowledging our role in this film. It’s truly a rare acknowledgement, and it means so much not only to both of us, but to the entire stunt community.”
Disney is a behemoth studio, consistently making tons of money at the box office through critically acclaimed movies. One of the methods the House of Mouse has taken in recent years is live-action adaptations of animated blockbusters. It’s largely began with Maleficent, and the trend will make another big splash with Jon Favreau’s The Lion King remake.
Jon Favreau assembled a fantastic cast for The Lion King, with household names taking on every single iconic character from the animated classic. Keegan-Michael Key is playing Kamari, one of Scar’s the three hyena sidekicks. While the Key and Peele actor is thrilled to be in such a major summer release, Key recently revealed one aspect he’s not looking forward to: the press. Mainly, because everyone is going to be so worried about Beyonce’s role as Nala. As he put it:
I mean, he’s not wrong. Beyonce’s role in The Lion King has been one of the most highly anticipated aspect of the upcoming blockbuster. So once the press tours begin, Michael Keegan-Michael Key is bound to field countless question about the diva’s performance as female protagonist Nala.
Keegan-Michael Key joked about Beyonce’s eclipsing presence on a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Key is in two massive animated blockbusters this summer: Toy Story 4 and The Lion King. It’s an exciting time, although he admitted that press might not be fun for the latter movie– despite his excitement to play Kamari.
With The Lion King arriving in theaters next month, the marketing campaign has been slowly revealing footage from the highly anticipated animated blockbuster. Beyonce recently got her first line in a quick trailer, pleading with Simba to return to Pride Rock and his place as King. Fans are eager to see what Queen B does with the character, especially her big song “Shadowland”, which is being added to the movie after debuting in the long-running Broadway musical adaptation.
During his conversation with Jimmy Fallon, Keegan-Michael Key admitted he wasn’t personally singing in The Lion King. While the hyenas typically sing backup to Scar in “Be Prepared”, he didn’t record any lines in the upcoming movie. But Key is getting to break new ground for the character.
You can check out Keegan-Michael Key’s chat with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show below.
Keegan-Michael Key’s role in the original Lion King was named Ed, and was a blabbering non-verbal clown that was a foil to his more capable buddies Shenzi and Banzai. But the Hyenas are reportedly being changed significantly in the new version, allowing the actors to live in their characters and even have the ability to improvise.
We’ll be able to see Keegan-Michael Key and Beyonce once The Lion King hits theaters July 19, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards aired on Monday night, honoring the best onscreen work from the past year in a variety of categories, both traditional and fun, all voted on by the general public. One of those categories was for Most Frightened Performance and the award went to Sandra Bullock for her role in Netflix’s Bird Box. In her acceptance speech, the Oscar-winning actress revealed that she made Bird Box for her kids. She said:
You often hear stories about actors who took certain roles because it’s something they knew their kids would love and while that isn’t quite the case here, Sandra Bullock did make Bird Box for her children, as she told the audience at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Although she’s had roles in children’s movies like as Scarlet Overkill in Minions and years ago in The Prince of Egypt, by and large Sandra Bullock makes more adult and PG-13 films.
So between films Oceans Eight, Gravity and The Heat, it does somewhat make sense that her kids would feel that she doesn’t make anything for them. But instead of making a children’s movie to entertain them, Sandra Bullock made a film that was for them and that film was Bird Box. The Netflix film follows Sandra Bullock’s Malorie as she tries to keep her children safe in a world of unimaginable horrors.
To the actress, Bird Box was about family and that’s why she knew she needed to make it for her kids. She continued:
Bird Box is an R-rated horror film look at life as a mommy. It’s definitely not appropriate for Sandra Bullock’s young children but the message of the film is what she wanted them to understand. In Bird Box, Malorie puts her life on the line and does everything she can to protect her kids and get them to safety against unimaginable horrors and impossible odds.
By making Bird Box, Sandra Bullock wanted her kids to know the importance of family and doing everything to fight for it and that she too would trek through the wilderness hunted and blindfolded to protect them.
It’s an incredibly sweet sentiment that shows Sandra Bullock’s love and her maternal instinct to protect her kids. And despite Malorie being something of a reluctant mother in Bird Box, she still fought with everything she had for her children and that part of the role must have felt true to Sandra Bullock’s experience as a mother.
Sandra Bullock’s acceptance speech was a highlight of the night, both hilarious and heartwarming and it really came across how much she loves her kids and how much she identifies with Malorie’s protective nature in Bird Box. You can see why she wanted to make it, but it turns out that all that sentimentality and emotion isn’t exactly what Sandra Bullock’s son had in mind when he said she doesn’t make movies for him.
Well, it’s the thought that counts. He’ll appreciate Bird Box and his mother’s love more when he’s older.
Bird Box was one of Netflix’s most high profile and buzzed about titles yet, getting major ratings for the streaming service and inspiring memes and internet idiocy. Bird Box was based on a novel by Josh Malerman and with a sequel novel titled Malorie, on its way at the end of this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sandra Bullock showing more of that mother’s love and parenting frustration onscreen again.
To see all the titles headed to the big screen this year check out our 2019 Release Schedule. For more on the latest movie news and why having children is the truest horror, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.
A lot of movie fans got very excited when Danny Boyle was tapped as the director of the next James Bond movie. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as the director eventually left the project under the nebulous cloud of “creative differences.” While it’s still unclear what exactly the problem was between Boyle and Bond, the director of the upcoming film Yesterday says the experience taught him an important lesson, he’s not cut out for franchises. According to Boyle…
Whatever the reasons behind Boyle’s departure, his comment that he didn’t like “digging in the same hole” makes it clear that he found the idea of working within an existing franchise a bit too constricting. Boyle tells Metro that works better just outside of the mainstream franchise movie scene.
The James Bond franchise is one of the longest running series of films still going today. With 24 previous films there’s a lot of history and with that history comes a lot of expectations. While new writers and directors are often able to bring something of their own spin to a property, there are usually limits and places that are out of bounds. It’s possible that Danny Boyle discovered he didn’t care for those limits.
There have been numerous rumors regarding what exactly was the straw that broke the camel’s back that caused Boyle to leave Bond 25. What does seem clear is that the script written by Boyle and John Hodge wasn’t working for the studio, and Boyle was ultimately unwilling to work with any other writers.
Becoming a director in a major franchise can actually be a dream for many. Considering how long many of these franchises have been around, some might have grown up as fans, and so the idea of becoming part of that franchise could be incredibly exciting.
It is, however, certainly very different than directing a movie that is completely original and doesn’t have the history or requirements of the franchise.
It seems if anybody was hoping Danny Boyle was ever going to direct a popular comic book movie or take on something in the Star Wars universe, we can probably all forget about that. James Bond has taught him that he’s not interested in that. It’s unfortunate, as he probably would bring some unique ideas to some well known titles.
At the same time, Danny Boyle has made some unique and special movies simply by doing his own thing, and if he were too busy making James Bond movies he wouldn’t be able to do that. Boyle’s new film Yesterday is getting solid reviews and looks to be a great deal of fun, especially if you’re a fan of The Beatles.
Danny Boyle’s Yesterday will be in theaters next week. The as yet untitled James Bond movie, now being helmed by Cary Fukunaga, is set for April 2020.
Warning: SPOILERS forMen In Black Internationalare in play. If you haven’t seen the film, turn around and come back once you’ve caught up.
Men In Black International was supposed to be a big step in a new direction for the legendary sci-fi/comedy series. A big step that, depending on who you talk to, had plenty of issues. Which is only fitting because by time the film wraps, we learn that the Men In Black themselves have a bit of a problem within their own ranks, as a traitorous mole almost wipes out the Earth.
Of course, Tessa Thompson’s Agent M and Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H unmask Liam Neeson’s High T as the villain, take him out with the greatest weapon in the galaxy, and go back to their jobs in the ranks of the MIB. Only, Agent H actually gets promotes to the head of the London bureau, because High T wanted it that way.
That decision might be the biggest mistake in the Men In Black franchise, but it’s definitely the biggest misstep in Men In Black International. It screws with the film’s story and messes with the prospect for future films, as it not only takes Agent H out of commission as a field agent, it asks a lot of questions about the Men In Black organization in general.
Agent H Still Feels Too Inexperienced To Be A Supervising Agent
We’ll just get the most obvious problem out of the way first. In his grand feat of heroism, later exposed as a fraudulent happening, Agent H and High T supposedly defeated The Hive at the Eiffel Tower. Commemorated in a stylish portrait that T keeps in his office, it’s flanked by only one other portrait: Agents J and K taking down Edgar at the former site of the New York World’s Fair in Queens. Both are pretty big accomplishments at face value, but certainly not on a level to give someone this big of a promotion.
Giving Agent H head of section at MIB London is like putting Agent J in charge the moment Zed vacated his seat as MIB New York’s section chief. But even if that had happened in Men In Black 3, the film that put Emma Thompson’s incredibly sharp O in charge of the New York branch, there was a 15 year gap between those events, and Agent J proved himself as capable. There was only a three year gap between the Paris incident and Men In Black International’s contemporary-set adventure, and in these three years, Agent H has been slacking.
Even Returning To His Former Self, Agent H Has Some Lost Time To Make Up
Only getting the position as head of the MIB London branch because High T left specific instructions to do so, Agent H still has to answer for the fact that he’s been under an alien influence that turned him into the slacker field agent he’d been known to be since the Paris incident of 2016. While three years isn’t too much time to make up for, there’s still a questionable gape in H’s service record, which should immediately disqualify him for any sort of promotion.
While he’s still just a probationary head of MIB London, and that decision would most likely be revoked before a hypothetical Men In Black International sequel, it’s still a bad move. Even if he’s only temporarily overseeing MIB London, Agent H isn’t exactly an agent who is the pillar of respect, especially after coasting on his accomplishments for three years. Though even if he wasn’t slouching and given this opportunity for promotion validly, the fact still remains that Agent H is more of a field agent, especially with his capable new partner offering a proper foil to his exploits.
Agent H Belongs In The Field With Agent M
Taking away the case of Agent H’s abilities as a Men In Black operative, it’s still pretty clear that he’s best used as a field agent in MIB London’s ranks. Even in his lesser skilled mode of working through Men In Black International’s crisis, you can see that field work is his definitely in his skill set. Quick witted, ready with a plan, and easily gliding through his environments, H is pretty capable in field action; especially now that he has Agent M by his side.
M compliment’s H’s flash and style with hard thought and complimentary energy. While H has the plans and the impetus to move forward with them, M is the brains of the operation who can inform their decision making process with the required knowledge. They’re a hell of a team together, and it already feels like a bad idea to break them apart at the end of Men In Black International. Doing so for a management position is even worse of an idea, especially when there’s one particular agent that should have gotten the position without question.
Agent C Is Way More Qualified For Head Of Section
Set up as a red herring for the potential mole of Men In Black International, Rafe Spall’s Agent C seems like a regulatory nightmare when it comes to the actions of our heroes throughout the film. He’s the type that knows the handbook back and forth, and is a stickler for the rules that are part of being a Men In Black operative. But as it turns out, he’s not some evil presence trying to stick it to Agent H and Agent M for the hell of it, he’s doing it because he believes in those rules. And Agent O, despite being wise and seeing everything going on in MIB London, is still okay with Agent H getting the top slot.
That is precisely the person you want in charge of the Men In Black International lot. Agent C’s actions aren’t meant to harm anyone, they’re by book. And if your field agents are going to skip the rules and operate outside of the lines, someone needs to know when to let them loose and when to keep them in line. Agent C is that type of person, who definitely could learn to loosen up a bit, but very easily could run the organization in a way that doesn’t compromise the planet or its defenses.
Ultimately, rebuking Agent H’s promotion as probationary head of MIB London isn’t meant to slam him as an ineffective agent. The man didn’t get to where he is today by merely being a doofus. But giving him the top slot, merely because his boss said so, is an egregious error that should have been called out by Agent O at the end of Men In Black International.
Men In Black International is in theaters now, but if you’re looking for a new adventure into the multiplex, the 2019 release schedule is going to be your best bet for finding that next round of excitement.
Here we go again, everybody. Remember in 2017 when people accused Taylor Swift of ripping off Beyoncé with her “Look What You Made Me Do” video? (They said the choreography and sets heavily referenced Bey’s “Sorry” clip from the Lemonade era.) Well, it’s time for round two: Now, fans seem to think Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” is a little too similar to Beyoncé’s 2011 video for “Party.”
Watch the two videos, below, before we break down what evidence social media users are using to argue their case.
“You Need to Calm Down”:
First, the videos both take place in trailer parks and have a festive vibe. “If Taylor Swift wants people to stop accusing her of ripping off Beyoncé, maybe she should quit ripping off Beyoncé,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Her whole ‘above-ground pool party in a trailer park’ vibe cribs a lot of shots from Bey’s ‘Party’ video. This is just one example.”
There are also similar shot-from-above scenes of Beyoncé and Swift floating in above-ground pools, along with similar props.
Some people pointed out that just the overall aesthetics are similar:
Some Swift fans are coming to her defense, though. “Y’all are tripping if you’re saying Taylor Swift copied Beyoncé’s ‘Party,'” one wrote on Twitter. “Taylor didn’t just have a pool party, she literally showed off everything supporting the LGBTQ+ community and did it in a fun manner. I love Bey, but I think the BeyHive is TRIPPIN this time.”
It should be noted that Swift does pay tribute to Queen Bey in the video, literally, by including a drag queen in her likeness during the pop queen pageant scene. (She also included drag queens styled after Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and Adele, among others.) Swift has not commented on the latest Internet hubbub, but we’ll update this post if she does.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly three years since Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin suddenly died outside his Hollywood home. In fact, tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of his untimely death. Yelchin is the subject of a new documentary Love, Antosha, with plenty of his co-workers and friends reflecting on the young actor’s life and myriad talents.
Chris Pine recently reflected on Anton Yelchin’s work ethic, especially as he was silently hiding the pains of cystic fibrosis on set. Pine was one of many Hollywood to get on camera for Love, Antosha. Twilight actress Kristen Stewart also spoke to her relationship with Yelchin, and the way he pushed her to improve. She said:
He kind of broke my heart. I was so kind of baffled by how good he was. I wanted to be better, smarter, cooler, but couldn’t even hang with him.
Anton Yelchin seemed to inspire and challenge the people he came into contact with during his 27 year-long life. This includes Kristen Stewart, who admits to a deep connection with her Fierce People costar.
While his life was cut short, Anton Yelchin clearly left an impact on the people he came into contact with. Kristen Stewart as one of the many household names to have been affected by Yelchin’s life an death, something she was generous enough to share with the world in Love, Antosha. Stewart is appearing in the new documentary alongside names like J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto, Jodie Foster, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Willem Dafoe.
Plenty of Anton Yelchin’s Star Trek co-stars appear in the documentary, which looks like a thoroughly emotional experience. This includes John Cho, who starred alongside the actor as Sulu in all three blockbusters. Footage from Love, Antosha has been slowly revealed, including a segment (Via ET) where Cho speaks to Yelchin’s character, and how that was reflected in the late actor’s photography. He said:
I see his eye and I can feel the way that he looked at people, which was with openness and without judgment and was curious about all thought and all kinds of humanity. He affected so many people. It was like, how did he pierce so many hearts? How did he get to so many people so thoroughly? It’s unfathomable how he did that in his young life.
In addition to his onscreen roles, Anton Yelchin was a bit of a renaissance man. He played guitar, specifically blues. He was also a talented photographer, with his work being displayed posthumously at a New York gallery in 2018. John Cho was clearly a fan of Yelchin’s photography, and how his late co-worker was able to get his subjects to open up and be vulnerable.
Looking at the huge cast of names involved in Love, Antosha, and John Cho’s comments do make a great deal of sense. Anton Yelchin pierced the heart of each person seen in the documentary, with plenty of Hollywood’s stars taking time out of their schedule to speak to Yelchin’s character on camera.
As previously mentioned, Chris Pine recently spoke what it was like working with Anton Yelchin throughout the Star Trek trilogy. The late actor silently suffered from cystic fibrosis during his life, but didn’t ask for any accommodations when working on grueling shoots. As Captain Kirk himself put it:
While we were shooting [Star Trek Beyond], especially towards the end, I think we could all tell that something wasn’t right with Anton. I don’t think anyone knew that he was battling the illness that he was. We had about a week of doing a pretty intense stunt, like a really grueling, physically demanding stunt. I haven’t actually thought about it until now, but looking back on it, I remember how hard it was for him to get through it. And he never complained. He didn’t use [the disease] to get out of this fight scene, which he could easily have done, obviously.
On top of his spirit and talent, Anton Yelchin was able to connect with people through his work ethic, and impress the myriad big name he worked with throughout his film career. Yelchin released a number of films posthumously, starting with Star Trek Beyond. Four other movies arrived after his death, with Love, Antosha adding another credit to his filmography. And one that is far more personal than anything else before it.
You can check out the trailer for Love, Antosha below.
The documentary looks like it’s going to be a super emotional viewing experience. Love, Antosha made its debut at Sundance Film Festival back in January of 2019, and fared well with early critics. But average moviegoers will have to wait another few months to see it themselves. But with more emotional testimonies arriving from the people who knew and loved the late actor, anticipation for the doc’s release should only continue to grow.
Love, Antosha is set to arrive in theaters on August 2nd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
MTV held its annual Movie and TV Awards last night. The awards are voted on by fans which means that we tend to see more popular films take home the prizes. The fact that awards are given for “Best Kiss” and “Best Fight” certainly doesn’t hurt either.
This year’s Best Fight award was given to to the battle between Carol Danvers and Minn-Erva from Captain Marvel. Brie Larson was there to accept the award, but in a classy move, she didn’t accept the award alone. The actress brought her trainers and Captain Marvel stunt doubles, Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker with her. Then, she stood aside, and let each of them say a few words. Check out the speech below.
This is an incredibly classy move from Brie Larson. While it’s great to see Brie Larson win an award for the fight scene, the actress knows that she didn’t do it alone and she wants to be sure the appropriate people get recognized. These two women helped train her for the fight in question, and in at least some of the shots of that fight scene, it’s probably one of them, and not Larson, anyway.
As Joanna Bennett says here, it’s rare that stunt people get recognized for the work that they do, all the more reason that it was a wonderful gesture for Larson to make sure that the MTV audience saw all the people behind the award winning fight. Hopefully, they can get a couple more of those popcorn bucket statues so that both of these women can go home with an award as well. It was clearly a team effort between the three to make Captain Marvel work.
The most prominent award given for stunt performance is probably the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble award given out by the Screen Actors Guild. That award has been given out since 2007. None of the other major movie awards have a specific award for stunt work.
There have been numerous calls for the Academy Awards to recognize stunt work in some way. As of yet, that hasn’t happened. Hopefully more moves like the one Brie Larson made here will help that cause. Stuntpeople should absolutely receive an Oscar for their work. They are skilled as anybody else on either side of the camera in what they do, and cinema simply wouldn’t be able to function, especially in the modern blockbuster landscape, without them.
There’s a good chance we’ll be seeing these three working together again. While we don’t know what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has planned for Captain Marvel, considering the movie made $1 billion, a sequel seems all but guaranteed. When it happens we can be fairly sure that these three will work together once again to bring Captain Marvel back to life.