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The Secret To Will Smith’s Gemini Man Performance Was The ‘Virgin Walk’

Will Smith worked double duty on his recent movie Gemini Man. Thanks to CGI, Smith was able to play his modern self, as well as a mid-20s version, a clone of his other character. While Smith wasn’t de-aged, he still was the one standing in to perform his younger self.

It’s not entirely uncommon for actors to play two roles in one movie. We’ve seen single actors play identical twins before. Frequently, the difficulty in playing two roles can be in finding ways to make the two characters look and feel different. Apparently, Will Smith found the difference between the characters of Henry and Junior in the walk. Specifically, it came from the fact that Junior walks in a very specific way, like he’s never had sex.

In an interview that Will Smith posted to his Instagram account, he revealed that the secret to playing his younger self was to walk as if his glutes were tighter, apparently, implying the character had never had sex.

The idea that Junior, the clone Will Smith, is still a virgin isn’t something entirely created by Smith. There’s actually a moment in the film where Henry suggests that to be the case. Since Junior has been raised to become a perfect machine for assassination, he hasn’t had much opportunity to socialize. Henry implies that he has had this issue as well, which is part of how he knows Junior’s situation.

While I can’t say I noticed that Will Smith walks particularly differently when playing his two different characters, it’s certainly possible that he does. It’s certainly not the craziest idea. One can very easily tell which version of Will Smith you’re looking at without having to see everything so clearly. And since, large portions of the movie take place at night, and the CGI can get a bit wonky at times, all the little touches like this only help the movie overall.

Of course, it’s questionable how many people actually saw the work that Will Smith put into his various walks. Gemini Man opened at the box office in third place behind the second weekend of Joker as well as the newly released Addams Family. It made just over $20 million, which, considering how much the movie cost to make, isn’t going to make the studio too happy. We’ll have to wait and see how the international box office shakes out to see if it is able to embrace Gemini Man any better.

Check out Will Smith’s full comments in his post below.

Gemini Man is in theaters now.

I Survived Cancer Once—Then I Was Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Staring at my ever-growing to-do list, I contemplated canceling—or at least postponing—the appointment for my annual mammogram. Next month, I reasoned, things would be a little less hectic. Why not save myself some stress?

Like most, I have a fear of cancer. In 1999, I lost my 37-year-old husband in a fast battle with Hodgkin’s disease, leaving me to raise our three young children—6, 4 and 2 years old at the time—alone. A year later, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after my doctor found a small nodule in my neck during a routine visit for a sore throat. I endured several years of tests and treatments before the doctor declared me cancer free.

I’d tried not to think about cancer in the 16 years after that, always trying to push it from the corners of my brain. But when my annual mammogram rolled around cancer seemed to be all around me: Several close friends were being treated for breast cancer and a close neighbor was battling leukemia. Cancer seemed to be closing in—again.

A year earlier, I started having what felt like small electrical charges in my left breast. Zippy little jolts that felt like a nerve misfiring all day long, setting me on edge with each zap. Test results showed that there was nothing to worry about and within a few weeks the “charges” had subsided. I figured things were fine and went back to trying not to think about cancer. But a few months before my scheduled mammogram, they came back.

As I sat in front of my calendar, debating whether or not to put off my mammogram, I couldn’t get the thought of cancer out of my mind. I thought about my kids, now adults, and everything they’d already been through. They’d watched both of their parents battle cancer, and mourned the loss of their dad. I was eager to tell them I had a clean bill of health again so I kept my appointment on the books.

“This is your mass,” the radiologist said, drawing an imaginary circle around a black spot on my X-ray as I sat in his office after my appointment. “My mass?” I kept asking over and over again as if repeating the question would make the answer change. It didn’t. There was a mass in my left breast.

My mass was tiny—it was possible it was only Stage 0 if it was cancerous at all. I needed to have a biopsy to confirm but somehow I already knew what was coming. A biopsy, a partial lumpectomy, a CAT scan, and several blood tests later, I learned that I had triple negative breast cancer. It had already spread to some lymph nodes in my armpit, kicking my cancer diagnosis up to Stage 2.

As far as cancer diagnoses go, triple negative breast cancer is a particularly bad one to get: it’s aggressive, more likely to spread and more likely to recur. TNBC is less common—about 10-20% of breast cancers are triple-negative, according to BreastCancer.org—and gets its name from the fact that it tests negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and excess HER2 protein. Translation: Triple-negative breast cancer doesn’t respond to hormonal therapy medicines or medicines that target HER2 protein receptors.

It does respond well to four rounds of what’s known as “Red Devil” chemotherapy followed by 16 weekly treatments of Taxol chemotherapy and then 33 rounds of radiation.

While it might sound silly, my first question to the breast surgeon was, “Is this lose-your-hair chemo?” I had read about some chemotherapy treatments that didn’t cause hair loss but this unfortunately wasn’t one of them. After finally growing my hair to the longest it has ever been—a feat I’ve been trying to accomplish for years—I was going to lose it all. I started bawling in the doctor’s office, bitter over the symbolic loss and the thought of battling cancer yet again.

Jumanji: The Next Level Images Take The Cast Out Of The Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle traded in the board game from the classic Robin Williams film for a video game system that transported the players into the jungle of Jumanji. The players may have thought they beat the game, but this is a videogame (and a massive studio franchise) and there are levels to this. Jumanji: The Next Level will explore those levels and as some new images show, the film will take the cast out of the jungle. Take a look:

Like any good videogame, Jumanji: The Next Level appears to be changing up the scenery to keep things fresh. The film will take the avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black out of the sweltering and dangerous jungle of Jumanji and into a significantly less tropical environment. As you can see in this image from Total Film, the players will find themselves in a wintry level of the game, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Just as certain videogames allow you to upgrade armor and equipment and change your character’s looks, the players’ avatars are bundled up for the change in temperatures now that they’re out of the jungle. Jack Black’s Shelly Oberon manages to still look professorial in his winter gear and Kevin Hart’s Mouse Finbar appears to be dressed for maximum warmth.

Karen Gillan’s Ruby Roundhouse has ditched the much-discussed short shorts and crop top for something a bit more seasonal, while The Rock’s Smolder Bravestone opts for like a three-quarter-sleeve shirt in an environment that looks to never get above freezing. Presumably this is because he can’t fit his arms in a long-sleeve jacket. Speaking of jackets, Nick Jonas’ Seaplane McDonough has an awesome one here.

Now that they’re out of the jungle, mosquitoes and snakes might not be a problem, but hypothermia and avalanches could very well rob the players of a few of their lives here. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a yeti as the unofficial boss to this level of the film. This winter wonderland won’t be the only new environment in this sequel. The Next Level has multiple levels. Check it out:

This next image from the film shows that the cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be enduring extreme temperatures on both ends of the spectrum in this movie. I imagine we could even see these two levels back to back, where the characters go from the desert to the mountains and begin to freeze or need to shed layers of clothing when arriving in the sandy dunes.

In speaking to Total Film, star Jack Black even speculates on another environment that Jumanji can go to for what I assume we can call The Next Next Level or The Level After Next or Jumanji: The Final Frontier. The actor says he’d like to go to space and if we’re being fair, this franchise has already kind of sort of done that.

Jumanji is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg and that book has a sequel called Zathura. Zathura received the feature film treatment in 2005 but the film ignored the book’s connection to Jumanji. Perhaps a future Jumanji movie could revisit the idea of Zathura and take the characters to space. The beauty of this kind of story is that there are no logical limitations that would disallow for it.

Jumanji: The Next Level arrives in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies still to come this year.

Don’t Worry, James Gunn Has Big Plans For Kraglin In Guardians 3

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a massive place, with tons of characters populating the various franchises. But certain properties stand out among the rest as fan favorites, like James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Gunn masterfully introduced each member of the team, who are given both comedy and heart. One of the supporting character in the franchise is Sean Gunn’s Kraglin, a Ravager who was especially close with Yondu. And it looks like James Gunn has big plans for his brother’s character.

Sean Gunn has an interesting role in the MCU. In addition to playing Kraglin, he also stands in for Rocket during filming, including his appearances in the Avengers movies. Kraglin was noticeably absent from Endgame, despite the actor filming a scene in the final battle. James Gunn was recently asked about the character, to which he said:

How delightfully cryptic. It’ll be a number of years before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 finally arrives in theaters, so fans will be left to wonder about how Kraglin will factor into the story. But clearly the director has a plan in place.

James Gunn’s comments come from his recent (long) Instagram Q&A. The filmmaker fielded all sorts of questions from the fans, using social media to directly answer those burning queries. Eventually the conversation turned to Kraglin, who ended up on the cutting room floor of Avengers: Endgame. Not only does Gunn know what he’s going to do with the character moving forward, but the plans are apparently large in scale.

It seems like Kraglin goes go seemingly anywhere moving forward, especially now that he’s become more of a leader within the Ravagers. The group of space pirates got involved in the final battle against Thanos, bringing extra forces to fight his army alongside the Wakandans and Masters of the Mystic Arts. Yondu is also now in possession of Yondu’s signature arrow, with fans eager to see him dispatch of enemies with the iconic weapon.

Kraglin was last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which showed his loyalty to Yondu in the face of the Ravager mutiny. And after mourning him during the firework-laden funeral, Kraglin shakily attempted to use Yondu’s deadly arrow— to hilarious results. But he didn’t actually join the Guardians of the Galaxy, not present when the group ran into Thor (literally) in Avengers: Infinity War.

It should be interesting to see how James Gunn ends his trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and how it services each member of the team. Kraglin is more of an honorary Guardian, although that has the potential to change with the upcoming threequel. But clearly the director has a specific vision, including one for his brother’s character.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

New Frozen II Trailer Reveals A Hilarious Game Of Charades, And Way More Olaf

We’re barely more than a month away from Frozen II and while we only recently saw a trailer it seems we’re not going to be left out in the cold for new footage quite yet. A new trailer has been released for the UK Disney audience and while it doesn’t give us a great deal of new information regarding the characters or the plot, it does lay out the story with almost entirely new footage.

The new UK trailer also gives us a great deal more of one specific character than we’ve seen in previous footage. Get ready for a lot more Olaf. Check out the new trailer below.

The trailer opens with our characters playing charades, a game which Olaf is apparently a little too good at, what with him being magic and everything. From there, the trailer shows us a lot of what we’ve seen before. A destructive force hits Arendelle, Elsa, Anna, and company travel to an enchanted land to find the source of the danger. We meet new characters. There’s a cute lizard. There are also giants.

In addition to the charades scene, we also get a couple of additional Olaf moments. One has him wandering around and autumn forest getting leaves dumped on him. The other has him trying to converse with some children about the difficulties of maturity.

This last scene likely gives us a strong indication of just how Olaf’s character has changed, and will continue to change, since the first movie. Since Olaf was a brand new creation in the first Frozen, he had the mentality of a child. Now, time has passed and Olaf has begun to grow up. We know from the Frozen II soundtrack that Josh Gad’s big song in Frozen II is called “When I Am Older” so clearly growing up is really on Olaf’s mind. Growing up is a difficult thing for anybody. Doing it when you’re the world’s only magical living snowman is probably a bit more complicated.

Of course, Frozen II isn’t going to be Olaf’s story. While he may end up with an interesting arc, the movie is going to be about Anna and Elsa. Elsa’s powers, and their origin, are apparently at the center of whatever the trouble at home is, and Anna, having only recently rebuilt her relationship with her sister, isn’t about to let Elsa do any of this by herself.

Between the adventure and the comedy on display here Frozen II looks ready to provide whatever fans are looking for. The first movie was a juggernaut that is still one of the most popular things Disney has created in the modern day. The sequel is highly anticipated but it’s also got a lot to accomplish. Can the new movie be as successful as the original? It seems difficult for that to even be possible, but we’ll find out soon enough.

Justin Timberlake Says The Music He Worked On With Lizzo Is ‘Flames’

When Justin Timberlake shared a video of him collaborating in the studio with Lizzo back in August, fans didn’t know what to think. Now, several months have passed and we can’t say we know any more about what exactly the two artists have planned. What we do know, however, is that the music they’ve been working on is “flames.” And those are Timberlake’s words, not ours.

While catching up with ET for Monday’s (October 14) episode, the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” crooner opened up about wanting to work with newer artists who’ve really made a splash in the industry in a relatively short amount of time. “I just called my publishers and I said, ‘You know, I just want to work with young, fresh people, and I want to collaborate more,” he said. “I’ve been songwriting and producing for so long — I want to experience that energy, and I want to work with people that I think are truly amazing.”

First on his list? Lizzo. And when he approached the “Truth Hurts” songstress when they met at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame about potentially working together on a song, the two brainstormed. “I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple of ideas,” he said, remaining generally tight-lipped about the project. “I’m not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio. If she wants to tell you she can, but it’s flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it.”

Timberlake isn’t the only one who’s stoked about their collab. Lizzo is, too. After Timberlake posted the clip of them in the studio together, the “Good As Hell” singer opened up to ET in August about what it was like working with the pop icon. “I had fun doing it,” she said. “Collaborations, for me, is about the energy and the relationship. I mean, it is Justin Timberlake, so I am not trying to be like, ‘Ahh, I didn’t have a good vibe with Justin Timberlake.'”

From the sound of it, though, it doesn’t seem possible to not vibe with Timberlake in such a creative space. “We had a lot of fun, we laughed a lot, he’s got great energy,” she said. “And so do I, and so, hmm, whatever we do will be made from love and made from fun. He gets lit in the studio. He goes crazy. He was like, ‘Turn up!’ It’s his world, we’re all kind of living in it.”

As for what else Timberlake has up his sleeve, well, let’s just say Lizzo isn’t the only musician he’s collaborated with recently. “I worked with SZA the other day and just worked with Meek Mill,” he said. “I’m having these experiences that are fueling me in such a different way and, again, I think it was really birthed out of feeling like, what can I do right now to just be a part of my community and integrate.” Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to!

I Threw a Blood Party to Celebrate Getting My Period for the First Time in Seven Years

My dad cried and said “I’m so happy for you” as if I had actually accomplished something.

My mom was also so happy for me for thirty seconds, before panicking that my period might disappear again.

I texted my ex-boyfriend who lives in a different city and he responded with three popping champagne bottles, which to my knowledge is the first time he’s ever used an emoji.

My 77-year-old boss clutched his chest with joy, and, eager to convey how deeply comfortable the conversation was for him, added some thoughtful follow-up questions about cramps.

The stranger my friend tried to set me up with at his birthday bought me a celebratory drink and insisted: “It’s 2019, only lame men are grossed out by periods.” (I experienced newfound hope in woke masculinity.)

Another guy I went on a blind date with that week listened to the whole triumphant story compassionately, even offering some related experience of a health mystery solved through diet. We’re all just souls trapped in these weird malfunctioning vessels, I thought.

A third date got squirmy and asked if I was telling everyone about this. I decided to take a break from dating but that was okay because my social calendar was already full: I was planning a blood party.

A blood party is the party you have to celebrate getting your period for the first time in seven years. At least, it’s the party I throw to celebrate getting my period for the first time in seven years. I had been fantasizing about this day for a long time, so I already knew the essential elements: Bloody Mary’s, blood orange bellinis, some sort of fertility ritual. I also wanted it to involve dancing naked around a campfire deep in the wilderness under the aurora borealis, but I live in Los Angeles and don’t own a car so I settled for Elysian Park at dusk with some streamers.

I invited many people, all of whom had experience with menstruation. I encouraged friends to fly in from distant cities, threatening that I may never get married or have a child and so this may be their only chance to prove their love by celebrating a significant life milestone with me.

The response was overwhelming. Everyone wanted to toast to my bleeding. They had lots to say about periods in general and their place in society. They were eager to inaugurate a ceremony that honored womanhood. Someone asked my underwear size. Someone offered to bake me a red velvet cake. Some people actually did travel from distant cities to come to my blood party.

The ceremony was beautiful. Partially inspired by a friend’s transcendent Passover Seder, we blessed objects from a centerpiece representing each of the organs in the reproductive system: a pea for the pituitary gland, a candle for the hypothalamus, two Twizzlers for the fallopian tubes, frozen perogies for ovaries, an egg for eggs, a cozy sweat sock for the uterus, and of course, beet juice for blood.

Then we said some affirmations:

“As the hair follicles rise on the surface of the ovary, so I rise to meet the challenges and joys of the days ahead.”

“As the uterine lining thickens and builds, so I thicken and build in experience and understanding.”

“As the egg enters the fallopian tubes, so I willingly enter the dark tunnel of the unknown where I can’t see anything and fear is my only companion, because I know this tunnel is the only path to a new freedom.”

My beet juice altar.

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Everyone Is Obsessed with Shiv Roy’s Outfits from the *Succession* Finale

There are many things that will be missed now that HBO’s Succession has wrapped up its masterful second season: super-rich people telling each other to “f*ck off,” the shenanigans of Tom and Cousin Greg(ory), Roman and Gerri’s interesting dynamic, Kendall’s sad eyes. But I’ll especially miss Shiv’s phenomenal fashion.

The only daughter in the Roy clan had a serious sartorial glow-up in season two, and the Internet loved every second—to the point that there will surely be an uptick in turtleneck and high-waisted pants this fall. (See our ranking of her best outfits here.) Coupled with a perfect bob haircut and a renewed desire to get back into the family business, Shiv was all about power moves this season. And as the family took to their massive yacht in the finale, Shiv’s vacation outfits did not disappoint.

If you thought Shiv would abandon her signature style just because she was headed to warmer climates, you’d be very wrong. My personal favorite was the creamy white high-waist number that was such perfect rich lady on a gazillion dollar ship. Or maybe the blue halter look.

She also worked in some floral prints and a large sun hat. “Shiv Roy in boat clothes! #Succession,” one fan tweeted.

Social media was very much here for all of her outfits, really. “Shiv’s white outfit, I need it. #SuccessionHBO,” one person wrote. “Every outfit Shiv wears, I want it. I want the entire LOOK! Sarah is BAD!!!!!!! #SuccessionHBO,” another said. This tweet sums up the general sentiment: “Fuuuuuuck, the Succession finale was so good. Also I want every one of Shiv’s outfits in this episode, her styling was fantastic.”

Sidebar: Her character reading Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends was perfection, too.

I cannot wait to see what the styling team brings for Shiv in season three with yet another shift in the family dynamics after that finale—but I’m fairly certain I’m going to love it.

Joker’s Big Bathroom Scene Originally Went Down Very Differently

Spoilers ahead for Todd Phillip’s Joker

Todd Phillips’ Joker has been in theaters for a few weeks, making a ton of money for Warner Bros. in the process. The psychological drama is dark and unsettling, showing Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck descent into madness and murder. Phoenix has been universally praise for his transformative performance, with his name already being thrown around for potential award nominations. Arthur’s dancing is one of the unique aspects of this performance, but it turns out that his big dance scene in the bathroom originally went down very differently.

Around the second act of Joker, Arthur Fleck commits his first murders. He shoots two Wayne employees in self-defense, before hunting down their third friend and executing him. He then promptly flees the scene, eventually collecting himself in an abandoned bathroom. Arthur spends the scene dancing, seemingly embracing his darker side in the process. But Todd Phillips recently opened up about the making of that scene, and how it changed the day of filming. As he put it:

Well, that’s surprising. Arthur Fleck doesn’t show a ton of remorse during his time in Joker, even when killing for the very first time. Instead, he gains power and confidence, especially as Gotham City begins rallying around the killings. So it makes sense that Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix would collaborate to change the scene.

Later in his conversation with ScreenPlayed, Todd Phillips goes onto explain how Joaquin Phoenix began dancing in the bathroom as Arthur. As he put it:

Arthur’s bathroom dance is a terrifying and fascinating sequence, as we see the him begin to transform into the Clown Prince of Crime. His dancing is the first major hint at the character’s fate in Joker, eventually becoming the villain we know when he appears on Murray Franklin’s talk show.

Todd Phillips’ comments show how methodically the filmmaker approached Joker, including going off script when the time calls for it. Joker wasn’t based on any tales from the comics (which you can access here), allowing for a unique vision to drive the movie forward. Furthermore, it highlights Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, and how much he was truly able to bring to the part. Arthur Fleck’s dancing in that scene came directly from his mind, in an organic conversation with the film’s director.

Joker is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.