It’s also interesting that David Harbour said that his version of Hellboy is younger. In the original Hellboy comics and the 2004 Hellboy movie, Hellboy was summoned to Earth by Rasputin (yes, that Rasputin) towards the end of World War II, and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm took in the infant demon and raised him as a son. Judging by a quick shot in the trailer, it looks like the Rasputin summoning will remain intact in the Hellboy reboot, but if this Harbour’s Hellboy is younger, that suggests this event won’t occur during World War II. After all, Ian McShane, who’s playing Bruttenholm in the reboot, was born in 1942, so assuming Bruttenholm is around the same age, that means he wouldn’t have been active during World War II. I wonder if Hellboy will now be brought to Earth several decades later, thus accounting for why he hasn’t been on Earth as long.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has one of the most iconic, recognizable and cherished voices in music history. So when the filmmakers of Bohemian Rhapsody were tasked with replicating his unique vocal presence on screen, they actually had a little help from one talented YouTube sensation. Take a look:
Wow, he sounds incredible! As Good Morning America revealed, Marc Martel lent his voice to Bohemian Rhapsody’s Freddie Mercury in collaboration with masters of Freddie and Rami Malek’s vocals as well. The beautiful singer started playing Christian music before his bass player observed his resemblance to the Queen singer’s voice.
Marc Martel also auditioned for a contest hosted by Queen in 2011. The band was in search for a singer to front their Queen Extravaganza Tribute Tour. Martel sang his rendition of “Somebody to Love” which went viral and scored him the win. The singer still does a mix of playing his own music and embodying the Queen frontman in his own tribute band.
Breathtaking! He certainly can pass off for the rock legend, and calling upon him to provide some additional vocals was a great call. Freddie Mercury was born with four extra teeth, which he attributed to his 4-octave range. Whether or not this is true, it’s impressive Martel can recreate some of the magic found in Freddie’s unique voice.
It would be difficult to pinpoint where Marc Martel, Freddie Mercury and Rami Malek’s vocals begin and end since it seems as though a mixture of all their talents was implemented into Bohemian Rhapsody. While I imagined the filmmakers had their hands on a bunch of raw Freddie recordings, it makes sense they would need a stand-in for “additional vocals,” which is what Martel is credited for on the film.
The collaboration between the vocals and Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie created the film experience that had audiences witnessing Queen’s beginnings, rise to fame, iconic live performances and Freddie’s personal struggles. The film has been acclaimed almost indisputably for Malek’s embodiment of the icon, and he’s now a front-runner for Best Actor in Sunday’s Oscars, in addition to the film’s four other nominations.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a worldwide phenomenon that has scored over $854 million, becoming the highest grossing music biopic ever. The movie had the Queen band members involved in the casting process and were frequently present on set. Bohemian Rhapsody was a challenging film to make, considering the actors pulled off reenacting the band’s famous 20-minute Live Aid set on their first days and director Bryan Singer left the project during filming.
With the Oscars coming this Sunday, you can expect to see Queen performing with frequent frontman Adam Lambert as the lead vocalist, along with the film potentially taking home some golden trophies.
The horror genre has been in a serious renaissance over the past few years, with new and exciting properties hitting theaters to critical and box office acclaim. One of these most recent hits came from the mind of John Krasinski, as A Quiet Place delivered an emotionally driven, sensory thriller that made a ton of money and earned universal acclaim. Calls for a potential sequel quickly followed, especially given the film’s ending. And while Krasinski has been open about his interest, he surprised everyone today by revealing a release date and potential title.
John Krasinski took to social media to share the news, posting on Twitter about A Quiet Place‘s sequel, which looks like it will be called A Quiet Place Part II. Check it out below.
The first How to Train Your Dragon movie came out almost a full decade ago to rave reviews. It was followed by a sequel that was equally lauded by both critics and fans. This weekend, the third film in the trilogy hits theaters. Has the franchise been able to stick the landing? In a word, yes. Team CinemaBlend checked out How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World this week, and we all pretty much loved it. Mike Reyes wrote the official review for the site, giving the movie four and half stars and warning everybody to bring tissues…
CinemaBlend’s glowing review is far from the only one. The vast majority of the critics who have seen The Hidden World have had nothing but good things to say about the film. It’s a real ending to the story that began with the first film, with characters seeing satisfying and real conclusions.
In the same way that Mike praises the new film for its emotion, CinemaBlend News Director Jessica Rawden focused on the beautiful visuals. This is one movie that not only do you need to see, but it’s one you need to see on the biggest screen possible. According to Jessica…
Is there any downside at all to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World? While Mike and Jessica thought the film was close to flawless, CinemaBlend video producer Katie Hughes wouldn’t go quite that far. She actually felt the movie started out a little slow, though it did eventually find its footing, and by the end she was completely on board too…
My own opinion on The Hidden World is probably closer to that of Katie than the others. While I was absolutely on board for the entire movie, the early buzz for The Hidden World had me hyped up for something amazing, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think the movie really was all that stunning, until it was…
The general CinemaBlend opinion is in pretty universal agreement that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a good movie, it’s just a question of exactly how good we’re talking here. Maybe it’s perfect, maybe not, but either way, it’s worth seeing and closing out this trilogy the right way.
The general CinemaBlend opinion is in pretty universal agreement that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a good movie, it’s just a q
Recently, Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin revealed what Will Smith would look like as the iconic Genie. It…did not go well. Most people thought Smith’s blue genie looked terrifying, ridiculous, or some combination of the two. He became the stuff that memes are made of. However, Disney apparently isn’t too worried about the initial reaction. In a statement, the studio has thrown its support behind Will Smith and the rest of the film as well, claiming that once people see the movie, they’ll be on board too. According to the statement…
The PR statement made to USA Today is pretty much what you’d expect. There certainly wouldn’t be a statement saying anything other than providing full-throated support. The only other option for Disney would be to say nothing at all, and that’s not really the right move when your movie’s marketing campaign is in full swing.
At the same time, that doesn’t mean Disney doesn’t fully believe the statement. Aladdin is a well loved Disney classic with a lot of fans who have been looking forward to the live-action remake. The people involved in making the film certainly know that and you can be sure every attempt was made so that the remake lives up to the reputation of the original.
It’s also true that we’ve only seen a few seconds of Will Smith‘s Genie, and that the digital effects may not have even been quite finished since the movie is still a few months away. By the time we get to the final product it’s certainly possible that Will Smith’s performance could overcome any shortcomings in the visuals.
The first pictures we saw of Smith in the role had the Genie in a human disguise, which is to say he looked like Will Smith and was not blue. That might be preferable considering the response that his blueness got from social media.
While many are surely excited for the new Aladdin, the deck was always going to be stacked against the remake when it came to the Genie. Robin Williams‘ performance in the animated classic was the sort that only he could have delivered. Trying to follow in those footsteps was always going to be impossible.
One thing that is clear from what we’ve seen of the Will Smith version is that Smith is going to make the character his own. Smith will focus on his own character strengths making the Genie a bit more of a smooth talker than a straight up comedian.
This is without a doubt the best decision. The best way to avoid negative comparisons to Robin Williams is to make those comparisons as difficult to make as possible.
We may get at least one more trailer before Aladdin arrives in May that could give us a better look at Will Smith’s Genie. At least, we probably will if Disney thinks it will get a better reaction from fans.
There has been a lot of discussion recently about who will play Wolverine once the X-Men make the jump the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A whole host of names have been thrown out there and will continue to be until someone gets officially selected for an adamantium skeletal upgrade. One name that has been in the conversation for a while now is Scott Eastwood who, judging by some fan art, could definitely look the part. Check it out:
It’s awesome how fan art out has brought potential Logan actors to life, and each artists’ styles portray Wolverine a little differently. This piece from Barrett Digital shows Scott Eastwood as Wolverine. He’s not in his berserker mode, but appears to be the hard living, world-weary roughneck he is. With whiskey in front of him and the character’s trademark cigar in hand, Scott Eastwood definitely passes as the fan favorite mutant.
If Marvel decides to bring the character back closer to his comic book stature, he is a little tall for Wolverine at 5’11. But this fan art shows that Scott Eastwood can definitely pull of the grizzled look required to play him. Which makes sense considering that he’s the son of Dirty Harry himself, Clint Eastwood. Scott is also young enough that he could theoretically be in the role for a while.
This isn’t just random fan speculation, or the product of a rumor mill started by a joke (as was the case with Daniel Radcliffe), Scott Eastwood actually wants to play Wolverine. The actor has expressed interest in the past, which has prompted more than one bit of fan art showing him in the role. The above piece just being the latest one.
Scott Eastwood’s desire to play Wolverine doesn’t mean that he will get to, but it is exciting that someone who is a genuine fan of the character is expressing interest in the role. Alongside Scott Eastwood, some other names that have been thrown out there, including Daniel Radcliffe and Zac Efron. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld rebukes those candidates, and probably wouldn’t approve of Eastwood either, preferring the next Wolverine be played by an unknown actor.
These conversations are all likely premature, given the fact that the Disney-Fox deal isn’t even finalized yet. Not only is the ink not dry, it hasn’t even left the pen. It seems like a foregone conclusion it will happen sometime this year, but like the future of much of the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame, we don’t know how soon Marvel will bring back the X-Men and whether or not Wolverine will be a part of that first wave.
The casting of the next Wolverine is set to be one of the more fascinating and discussed topics in this comic book movie age. I would argue it might even eclipse the question of who will play the next Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ Batman movie. After all, there have been many cinematic Batmen, but only one Wolverine. Hugh Jackman so embodied the role that seeing another actor don the claws is both an exciting and nervous prospect.
We here at Cinemablend will keep you updated about what the future holds for Wolverine and all your movie news. To see the biggest movies heading to theaters this year (including some mutant movies) check out our 2019 Release Schedule.
Nadia’s guilt about leaving her mother drives her to try and save everyone, even before herself. She warns Ruth about a gas leak, but dies falling down the stairs. She brings her friends Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson) with her to a bodega, convinced that if she leaves them behind at a birthday party they organized for her, they’ll meet the same end as other guests and vanish. She doesn’t want Alan (Charlie Barnett), a relative stranger trapped in a parallel death cycle, to leave his apartment, even if that’s the only way he can break his own trauma cycle. What is living if not taking care of others? I relate to this more than I’d like to admit.
Nadia’s mother’s death is hinted as a suicide; I was there when my mother attempted to take her own life. I was four or five. At my grandmother’s house, where we both were staying, I opened the living room door and it bumped her head. I apologized and squatted beside her. She was wearing a white tank top and dark blue underwear. Her skin was cool and damp. I shook her and she groaned, conscious but barely. I didn’t know what to do, so I laid beside her and waited for my grandmother to come home. Later, I would overhear my grandmother describe it as an overdose. My mother survived—but the anxiety her suicide attempt gave me survived in me too.
Like Nadia, I cycled. Instead of repeating my own death, I checked up on my mother; I Google for jail records, police reports, obituaries.
Adulthood pulled me from my mother, but it was my grandmother—my Ruth—who gave me permission to go. Just after college, I received a job offer in New York. It would be the furthest I’d lived from my mother. Until my last night, I looked up jobs and sublets in my area, wondering, even at the eleventh hour, if I’d end up staying near my mother after all.
The night before I boarded a bus to take me to Manhattan, my mother threw my suitcases out of my grandmother’s house, screaming. I think she broke a window. She definitely shattered her cell phone.
I’m worried she’ll die, I told my grandmother. We were huddled in her living room, whispering. I’m worried she’ll disappear, I said. What if this was the last I ever saw my mother? (It wouldn’t be, but it would be close.) You have to go, my grandmother said. No one is going to let you keep living like this. I went to bed, I woke up, I got on the bus. I don’t know for sure if my mom heard me say goodbye. I ruptured the cycle, and I feel glad and guilty every day.
It’s been seven years since I’ve seen my mom, and I no longer know where to begin looking. I still call all of her old phone numbers and hang up when strangers answer. There are no rules for healing.
What is Russian Doll really about? The show resists an easy answer. Russian Doll can be about whatever you need to understand: It’s about helping others, helping yourself, forgiveness, remembering, getting sober, finding your cat. For me it’s about waking up and recognizing it’s time to go.
Marissa H. is a queer writer and editor. She is working on a book.
Rihanna continued her birthday week festivities Thursday night (February 21) by going on a rare, public date with her rumored boyfriend, Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. The two were photographed laughing and having a great time at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game, both opting for casual ensembles. RiRi wore a Lakers jersey, while Jameel kept it comfortable with a black baseball cap and zip-up sweater. Neither of them stopped smiling throughout the entire evening.
Check out a few photos from their date, below.
They found love at a Lakers game (which I could never do—I hate sports).
But I’d probably enjoy a basketball game if Rihanna was with me. Hell, I’d enjoy a root canal if Rihanna was with me.
News of Rihanna and Jameel’s relationship first broke in June 2017, when they were spotted kissing while on vacation in Spain. They’ve made a few rare appearances since then. There was the time Rihanna literally hid Jameel under her umbrella (ella). They reportedly broke up in June 2018, but things seemed back on by December, when they were spotted having a cozy dinner in Malibu.
Rihanna will no-doubt continue her birthday festivities this weekend. She kicked things off Wednesday night (her actual birthday) by attending a party thrown for her at Wally’s restaurant in Beverly Hills.
And she certainly has a lot to celebrate. For one, her Fenty Beauty line is killing it. In January, she revealed the brand was dropping an inclusive line of concealers in 50 shades.
“I never could have anticipated the emotional connection that women are having with the products and the brand as a whole,” Rihanna told Time magazine about Fenty Beauty back in November 2017. “Some are finding their shade of foundation for the first time, getting emotional at the counter. That’s something I will never get over.” She added, “I’m going to continue to have fun and push the boundaries in this industry.”
The last few years have been a great time for Star Wars fans, as new and exciting content hit theaters to expand the galaxy far, far away. One of the ways Disney expanded Lucasfilm’s scope was through standalone films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Ron Howard stepped in to complete Solo after the original directors’ departure, but the blockbuster ended up being the franchise’s first box office disappointment. But one top Disney exec thinks the project gets a bad wrap.
Alan Horn is Disney’s Film Chief, and works on bringing the massive Star Wars franchise to theaters for the generations of fans. And while Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to be a critical or box office breakaway hit, he doesn’t think it deserves all of the bad press it’s gotten since arriving in theaters in May of 2018. He recently spoke to that, saying:
That’s certainly one way of thinking. Because Solo was apart of the behemoth Star Wars franchise, the expectations for the standalone movie were sky high. Additionally, Solo had the added pressure of expanding a fan favorite’s backstory, while passing the baton to Alden Ehrenreich from OG hero Harrison Ford. Audiences didn’t ultimately respond to those efforts, and it’s unclear if a sequel will come to fruition.
Alan Horn’s comments to THR reflect the complicated world of filmmaking, especially when it comes to beloved franchises like Star Wars. Disney has the process largely down to a science, juggling both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and George Lucas’ beloved space opera. Lucasfilm has also been shown to take risks with Star Wars, as Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi purposefully subverted fan expectations. J.J. Abrams is next back behind the director’s chair for The Last Jedi, completing both the current trilogy and overall Skywalker Saga in one foul swoop.
Star Wars Episode IX will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Coming off of Creed II, Sylvester Stallone said he was done playing Rocky Balboa. Now the actor is returning to yet another of his popular characters for, based on the movie’s title, what will be the last time. Rambo: Last Blood recently wrapped filming and the star has shared some new images of the film which help set the stage for the drama to come. Check out some of the images below.
Sylvester Stallone released a series of black and white images on Instagram that show him along with a couple of his co-stars in what are apparently shots from early in the movie. Along with the pictures, Stallone sets up the way that Rambo: Last Blood will begin, and how that will draw John Rambo back into conflict.
Yvette Monreal will play the role of Gabriella. She’s apparently a close friend or adopted family for John Rambo. She wants to go from Arizona to Mexico in order to learn why her estranged father left. While Rambo thinks this is a bad idea, it seems Gabriella will go anyway. Whether Rambo decides to go with her in an attempt to keep her safe, or ends up going after her after things go south, is not clear.
What little we had known about the plot of Rambo: Last Blood prior to now reportedly had Rambo going up against a Mexican drug cartel. Assuming that all remains true, then it would seem Gabriella’s trip into Mexico is what brings the cartel into the picture.
If you looking for images of John Rambo being, well, Rambo, that’s not what these pictures are about. We see a much older man who has clearly left his violent life behind and just wants to be left alone.
Sylvester Stallone introduced John Rambo back in 1982 in the movie First Blood. We met Rambo as a Vietnam War veteran who was going through troubles of his own when he came up against corrupt law enforcement in a small town. From there, the rest of the Rambo franchise became a much more straight forward action series with Rambo taking on armies in foreign lands.
Rambo: Last Blood feels like it’s trying to capture the more personal feel of the original film, from the shift to fighting a drug cartel, to the intentional reference in that title in this movie, it looks like Last Blood may be trying to wrap up the franchise by focusing more on the man than the action.
Which is not to say that we don’t expect Rambo: Last Blood to be short on action. There will certainly be plenty of that.
When we’ll get to see more of Rambo: Last Blood is anybody’s guess. The movie is tentatively scheduled to release this year, but no specific date has yet been set.