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Bryan Singer Is Asking For A Huge Paycheck To Direct Red Sonja

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman obliterated the long-held misbelief that female-led hero films couldn’t work, that they wouldn’t make money and boys didn’t want to see them. With that myopic notion now gone, there is a race among studios to capitalize on the market that drove Wonder Woman to such success. Millennium Films is aiming to enjoy that kind of success with its Red Sonja reboot. We heard a few weeks back that X-Men director Bryan Singer was being eyed to direct the pic, and it was said that Millennium would pay him top dollar for the project. Now we have an idea of just how much that is: a whopping $10 million.

As reported by THR, Bryan Singer is negotiating a fee of up to $10 million for the Millennium Films remake. This is a stunning figure and shows how serious Millennium is about the Red Sonja reboot and its desire for this film to launch its own superhero franchise. Clearly Millennium Films thinks that Bryan Singer is the right man to direct the story about the powerful female warrior and set this franchise off on the right foot so that it will pay dividends for the production company in the future. Of course, Bryan Singer is not unproven in this regard. The director of The Usual Suspects directed 2000’s X-Men, which ushered in the comic book movie age and launched a series that is still going and has grossed billions at the box office.

Bryan Singer’s eight-digit payday for Red Sonja is remarkable in its own right, but it is especially notable in light of the director’s recent troubles. Allegations of sexual misconduct have dogged Bryan Singer for years, but the recent #MeToo movement has seen him once again come under accusation. In December, Bryan Singer was sued for an alleged rape that allegedly took place in 2003, when the accuser was 17. The director has categorically denied the allegations. Given this controversy, it is somewhat surprising that Bryan Singer is still commanding such a fee. He probably wasn’t very in demand, as many studios are extremely risk-averse to talent with baggage attached to them right now, and directors have lost jobs for mere tweets.

Those allegations aren’t the only issues Bryan Singer has had of late either. The director was fired from the upcoming Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody after being absent from the set for what he said was a family health emergency. The film was almost finished, so he will still be credited as director, but you might think this could raise some red flags. Apparently not though, and Millennium Pictures is willing to take the chance on the director and hoping that the experience and talent Bryan Singer brings to the table will make the $10 million spent on his services look like a smart investment when Red Sonja hits theaters.

Regardless of who is behind the camera, a Red Sonja reboot seems like a smart idea. The character was originally part of the Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian series before she got her own movie starring Brigitte Nielsen in 1985. The character has some name recognition and this is an opportunity to put a badass female warrior in a different setting than the traditional superhero films, spy movies or YA adaptations that we are used to seeing.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated on Red Sonja as it develops. To see all of the biggest movies you can look forward to this fall, check out our release schedule.

Alessia Cara Sees The Light In Her Defiant ‘Trust My Lonely’ Video

If anyone knows a thing or two about brushing off haters, it’s Alessia Cara. This year alone, the singer expertly dismissed critics who questioned whether she deserved a Grammy, then triumphantly launched her second album era with the relatable jam “Growing Pains.” Now, the 22-year-old is back with another new earworm, “Trust My Lonely,” which comes with an awesomely empowering message.

In the bubbly track’s video, Cara performs in front of various colorful backdrops in sunny locales like a beach, a football field, and a grassy meadow. While goofily and carelessly dancing, she sings, “Go get your praise from someone else / You did a number on my health / My world is brighter by itself, and I can do better, do better.”

Upon releasing the video, Cara explained the song’s meaning on Twitter, writing, “It’s human instinct to hold on to things that aren’t good for us something because we’re afraid of being without them. They become our comfort. In some cases, it’s a toxic relationship, in others, a bad friendship, or in my case — and the reason I wrote this song — internal black clouds and voices of doubt, both my own and those of others. Letting go is not easy, but most times it’s the uncomfortable nudge we need in order to find a happier place within ourselves. This song is for you and for me. Let it be both a reminder and celebration of the frequently forgotten sentiment that we’re here and we’re okay.”

The video also sees the return of the symbolic oversized suit Cara’s been regularly rocking lately. On Instagram, she said that the suit “visually represents the idea of growing up too fast, or trying to fit ourselves into roles that can feel too large to handle.” Considering her forthcoming sophomore album is titled The Pains of Growing, that seems like a perfectly suited (sorry) metaphor.

Peter Jackson Had A Hard Time With Mortal Engines’ Cities On Wheels

When you think of cities, the word ‘stationary’ probably comes to mind, right? Not so in the world of Mortal Engines. The big hook for these series of books is that in this futuristic, steampunk reality, most city states have gone mobile and fight amongst competing metropolises for resources. These are easy enough to describe on paper and imagine in your head, but creating such motorized monstrosities for a movie is entirely another matter. Sure enough, Peter Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the upcoming Mortal Engines, said it was incredible difficult to effectively “build” these cities on wheels, explaining to CinemaBlend:

CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola had the opportunity to chat with Peter Jackson today following the Mortal Engines panel at New York Comic-Con, during which time Jackson made it clear that coming up with these rolling cities for the movie was not an easy endeavor. Even if you ignore the challenges behind designing these large communities, then there’s the issue of taking them, putting them on wheels and having them roll across landscapes. Mix in the technical aspects of shooting these cities, and the Mortal Engines crew had their work cut out for them and then some. Judging by what we’ve seen in the trailers so far, they did a good job.

It’s important to mention that just like in real life, not all the cities in the Mortal Engines universe are the same size. The bigger cities like London prey on the smaller ones, and the ones that are the same size hold uneasy truces and trade with one another either directly or via airships. Since Mortal Engines is adapting the first book of four, assuming the movie performs well, we’ll get to see even more of these cities duke it out and vie from control over what little is still useful on Earth.

As for Mortal Engines‘ plot, the movie sees Tom Natsworthy, played by Robert Sheehan, being tossed from mobile London and onto actual land for the first time in his life after he gets in the way of Hester Shaw, played by Hera Hilmar, attempting to kill Hugo Weaving’s Thaddeus Valentine, one of London’s most powerful figures and the man who killed Hester’s mother. With Tom and Hera now on solid land, they’ll have to fight for survival, which is even harder in this post-apocalyptic landscape. Mortal Engines‘ cast also includes Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Lang and Colin Salmon.

Mortal Engines opens in theaters on December 14, and as for what the rest of the year has to offer theatrically, check out our 2018 release schedule for those details.

Is A New Nintendo Switch Model Coming Next Year?

Of course, there would be little reason to do a console redesign if those were the only things Nintendo was planning on changing, so we wouldn’t be surprised if things like an integrated camera and microphone also make the cut. Another idea being kicked around are better specs, allowing the newer version of the Switch to play games that the older version can’t, such as Kingdom Hearts III. I would be a bit surprised to see that happen, though, as fans weren’t too pleased with Nintendo the last time they pulled something like that, introducing games for the 3DS that would only run on the newer models of the console. Then again, this is Nintendo we’re talking about, so it’s not a great idea to bet on what they would or would not do.

Hurry Up And Grab Shadow Warrior 2 For Free

Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital’s Shadow Warrior 2 came out back in 2016. The game received a lot of positive review scores both from critics and actual gamers, turning it into a fairly successful outing for Flying Wild Hog and the publisher. As part of GOG.com’s 10th anniversary celebration the company is giving away some gifts to loyal customers and newcomers alike, and one of the games that the company is giving away is none other than the 2016 outing of Shadow Warrior 2. However, you’ll need to work fast before the offer goes away.

Shadow Warrior 2’s giveaway is part of the GOG.com 10 year anniversary celebration. There’s a page on GOG.com outlining how over the last decade of being in operation, the company wanted to give back to the community by offering up a free game.

There was a poll consisting of three titles, including Campo Santo’s Firewatch, the time-motion shooter Superhot, and finally Shadow Warrior 2. According to the poll on the page, 54% of the vote went to Shadow Warrior 2, while 29% of the users voted for Firewatch, and Superhot came in dead last with just 17% of the vote.

The game that came in first would then be selected to be part of a giveaway for just two days, giving gamers 48 hours to download the title for free. So you have just hours to get your hands on a free copy of the game right now.

The process is pretty simple, you just have to go to the GOG.com website and register a free account on the DRM-free digital distribution service.

GOG.com has been attempting to disrupt the industry with its DRM-free games for the last decade. This gives gamers an alternative to the standard offerings made available from services like Origin, Uplay or Steam, all of which are known to offer gamers with some sort of DRM protection in place, sometimes including Denuvo. The problem with some DRM services is that they can have very adverse effects on playing a game, which is exactly what happened to Tequila Works’ RiME, which suffered major slowdown and frame-rate issues on PC until Denuvo was removed.

If you decide to pick up a DRM-free copy of Shadow Warrior 2, you’ll gain access to both the single and multiplayer portions of the game, which includes the four-player cooperative campaign that allows you to team up with three other friends and play through the game together. The level progression is linear but the environmental layouts are procedurally generated, so you get a different experience every time you play through the game.

The game also comes with a large mixture of different weapons to collect and utilize, ranging from melee weapons to shotguns and pistols, to laser rifles and rocket launchers. There’s literally a weapon in there for everyone. There’s also a pretty cool upgrade system implemented as well, which adds further replayability to Shadow Warrior 2.

The base game is freely available on GOG.com right now but you will have to put down $9.99 for the DLC upgrade pack.

Who Will Win The Stanley Cup According To NHL 19

There’s an annual tradition within sports games to always attempt to pinpoint the winner of the playoff champions using the latest simulations in the video games. EA has made it a tradition to always highlight the potential winner of the Super Bowl each year using the latest iteration of Madden NFL, and now the company has decided to focus its attention on another sporting event this year: the Stanley Cup. The yearly playoffs in the National Hockey League for the 2019 season was given the video game simulation treatment, with EA Sports putting the finals through a what-if scenario within this year’s outing of NHL 19, and the results may be more surprising than you originally thought.

The video was posted up over on the official EA Sports NHL YouTube channel, featuring just a minute and a half worth of gameplay. After going through a few of the top names likely to standout during the 2019 playoff season, the video narrows down the western conference playoffs semi-finals, which then narrows down into the finals between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. The simulation gives the western conference championship to the Sharks, while on the eastern side we have the finals rounding out with the Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs pick up the win to go on to take on the Sharks, with a series tied 3-3 by game 7. We finally see some clips from the game 7 simulation with the Toronto Maple Leafs picking up the win to become the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions.

The comment section is the real story, though. Majority of the commenters scoffed at the results, saying that the only time we’re going to see the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Stanley Cup winners is in an NHL 19 simulation.

Others got a little bit more in depth about why they felt the simulation of the EA Sports title was a bit misguided, pointing out that the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have the defense to withstand the offensive onslaught by some other teams.

The thing with simulations is that they’re usually based on the numbers attached to the real life players. So there’s really no way to know for sure if things turn out that way or not, but more times than not the recent simulations that EA Sports have put out for events like the Super Bowl using the different Madden NFL iterations have actually be eerily accurate, right down to the plays and the scores.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see specifically what sort of plays were utilized during the simulation for some reason, nor do we see how the scores tallied up between each period, but we can basically sum up that it was a close game with some tough match-ups based on the simulation moving the playoffs into game 7.

NHL 19 is available right now for PS4 and Xbox One. You can run your own simulations for the Stanley Cup if you’re not satisfied with EA’s simulation of the 2019 season.

The Middle Spinoff Adds Returning Star And Reveals Official Title

The end of The Middle after nine season back in May came as a blow to those fans who could have watched the Heck family’s shenanigans indefinitely, but the Middle‘s end doesn’t mean the whole family will be gone from the airwaves. A spinoff is in the works for middle child Sue, and the project finally has a title as well as a series regular fans will recognize from the original series. Sue’s spinoff will be called Sue Sue in the City and she’ll have her BFF Brad by her side.

No, there’s no typo in Sue Sue in the City. The title of Sue’s spinoff does indeed double up on the Sues, according to THR. Something tells me we’re not in for a Sex and the City 2.0 starring Sue Heck. The spinoff is likely to feature a lot of new cast members as new characters, but Sue won’t enter the next stage of her life without best friend Brad Bottig at her side. Brock Ciarlelli had a recurring role as Brad on The Middle; he’ll presumably have a much larger role in the spinoff, where he has been cast as a series regular.

The addition of Brock Ciarlelli to Sue Sue in the City should come as very good news for fans who were concerned that Sue wouldn’t have any of her friends or family around her in her new life. The premise of the project is that Sue leaves her hometown and college behind her in Orson, Indiana. She’ll pursue a new life in Chicago, with a career and all the challenges of leaving home. At least she’ll get to bring a little bit of home with her with Brad at her side. No details are available about how Brad will fit into Sue’s life, although my money is on a roommate situation.

Sue’s future in The Middle‘s finale flash-forward featured Sean rather than Brad, so he really has a blank slate. Then again, there’s no guarantee that the spinoff will hold itself to what happened in the flash-forward. Will & Grace disregarded its previous finale’s ending for the sake of a second run, and Roseanne resurrected Dan to bring John Goodman on board its revival (and upcoming series The Conners). We’ll have to wait and see.

At this point, there’s not even a 100% guarantee that the spinoff will get a series order and wind up on the airwaves. Although the addition of a title and Brock Ciarlelli as a regular bode well for Sue Sue in the City at ABC, it has only received an order for a pilot at this point. The new news could be a sign that ABC has faith in the project, and The Middle was consistent enough a performer than the network has reason to believe Sue Sue in the City could attract viewers. Hopefully an announcement for a series order comes sooner rather than later. For now, at least there are plenty of fall viewing options.

Wait, Is Marvel Developing A Dark Avengers Movie?

In the aftermath of “Secret Invasion,” Norman Osborn, who restored goodwill with the public by killing the Skrull queen, became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., reformed it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and formed a new Avengers team on behalf of the U.S. government. But as the name implies, there were some bad seeds included in the Dark Avengers. Along with Osborn wearing redesigned Iron Man armor and calling himself Iron Patriot, the team’s lineup included Mac Gargan, a.k.a. Scorpion, disguised as Spider-Man and enhanced by the Venom symbiote; Karla Sofen, a.k.a. Moonstone, disguised as Ms. Marvel; Bullseye disguised as Hawkeye; Daken disguised as Wolverine, the Noh-Varr Captain Marvel, Ares (yes, the Greek god of war Ares) and The Sentry. The Dark Avengers went on various missions and, needless to say, were much sketchier than the traditional Avengers teams, but the team eventually collapsed during the “Siege” event, although Osborn later formed a new iteration with all-new recruits.

Friends & Family Dermstore Sale 2018: Best Skincare Products

October is the greatest month for your skin to really thrive. With summer’s humidity and profuse sweat in the rearview mirror, this month kicks off the perfect time to cozy up at home and add 10 new steps to your skin care routine. Dermstore is here to make self-care during sweater weather easier with a Friends & Family sale that lasts until Friday, October 12. A ton of great products from skin care brands like Sunday Riley, Herbivore Botanicals, Peter Thomas Roth and Nurse Jamie are on sale for 20 percent off. All you have to do is use the promo code, “FRIEND”. And since there are literally hundreds of options to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the absolute 18 best below.

Watch Post Malone Smash Guitars And Shotgun Beers In ‘Better Now’ Video

If you loved watching Post Malone and Aerosmith smash a guitar onstage at the VMAs, you’ll definitely want to watch the rapper’s new video for “Better Now.”

Released on Friday (October 5), the Adam Degross-directed vid chronicles Post’s touring adventures via a black and white compilation of his finest live moments. When he’s not performing in front of throngs of hyped fans, we see Post shotgunning a Bud Light, riding a scooter, wearing a tiara, and, of course, gleefully smashing an axe. All of this has nothing to do with the breakup-centric lyrics of “Better Now,” but it doesn’t really matter — this is about seeing Post in his element and proving why he’s a bonafide rockstar.

“Better Now” is yet another top 10 hit from Malone’s chart-topping sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys. It’s been a banner year for the rapper, and he’s not slowing down yet — on October 28, he’s set to throw his inaugural Posty Fest, headlined by himself and Travis Scott. Check out the full lineup below.