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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Reveals Creatures In Terrifying First Looks

Prepare to be traumatized all over again when Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark haunts theaters this summer. Produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories was inspired by the terrifying children’s book series. The film follows a group of teens who try to solve the mystery surrounding the sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Several teasers were shared in short bursts during Super Bowl 2019, so check them all out below, in addition to the poster that was already shared.

In this TV spot, called “Jangly Man 15,” a terrified boy tells a girl, “We’re next,” and the clip ends with a monster literally breaking down the door.

In the “Pale Lady” spot, the same teen is still terrified but now in a hallway as a very familiar lady from the stories approaches:

In the “Big Toe 15” Super Bowl spot, the creature whispers “Who took my big toe?” as the toe-less creature approaches the boy hiding under the bed.

And in the “Red Spot” teaser, a girl deals with a particularly gross spider bite blemish.

I will not be able to watch that scene play out. Sorry. Nope.

The basics and visuals of the stories are probably familiar to the fans who grew up reading the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. It looks like a certain number of stories will be woven into this one film, as opposed to going the anthology route to tell stories separately in different films or episodes. Was that a good choice? Since the film was largely shaped by Guillermo del Toro, and he’s a guy worth trusting, I’ll go in cautiously optimistic.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark came out as a series of three children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The first book alone had 29 stories (released in 1981); with 28 more in the second book, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984); and 25 in the third book, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones (1991).

The first poster for this horror film came out a couple of days before the Super Bowl, showing the familiar scarecrow from the story “Harold.”

The screenplay was co-written by Dan and Kevin Hageman (The LEGO Movie), and directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter). The Scary Stories cast includes Zoe Colletti as Stella Nicholls; Michael Garza as Ramón Morales; Austin Abrams as Tommy Milner; Dean Norris as Roy Nicholls; Gil Bellows as Police Chief Turner; Gabriel Rush as Auggie Hilderbrandt; Austin Zajur as Chuck Steinberg; Natalie Ganzhorn as Ruth Steinburg; Lorraine Toussaint as Lou Lou; and Doug Jones as the Jangly Man.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is scheduled for release in theaters on August 9, as one of the many films to look forward to on our 2019 movie schedule.

James Blake Is Making Coffee And Extremely Bored Of Travis Scott’s Conversation In ‘Mile High’

There’s something unintentionally hilarious about James Blake’s new visual for “Mile High” that features Travis Scott. Depending on how you look at it, the video is either the world’s greatest advertisement for fresh coffee or a primer on how to look dumbstruck when someone’s talking to you and you’re not listening. You have to see it for yourself below.

The scene opens up with the sexiest coffee preparation that you’ll ever see. Blake makes himself comfy with a cup of joe at a local shop (that isn’t Starbucks) when Scott comes in excited, eager to tell the singer about his life. The enthusiasm in his eyes and frantic movements aren’t matched by Blake whose only focus is perfecting this amazingly brown fixture. It looks like it’s pretty early in the morning, so can we honestly blame him?

As Blake stirs the cup, the camera becomes immersed in the swirling vortex inside of it where the two artists then perform the sullen track produced by Metro Boomin. Whisps of coffee smoke sway around them until the ending when the camera zooms back out revealing a surprise; we’ve been watching the video from Blake’s perspective, not the cup’s. It’s revealed that he hasn’t heard a word that Scott has said. He’s gazing off into the distance like we all do when we don’t really feel like talking.

Blake may not have been listening to Scott, but yesterday the world did when the rapper performedSicko Mode” at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show alongside Maroon 5 and Big Boi. Flying meteors and SpongeBob Squarepants, of all people, made an appearance. You can’t make something like this up.

“Mile High” appears on Blake’s fourth studio album Assume Form that dropped last month. You’ll be to catch a live performance of the record when Blake embarks on a North American tour in support of the album in a few weeks, with the trek kicking off on February 18 in Atlanta. If you go, just make sure you aren’t staring at Blake on stage with glassed-over eyes.

Inside Rimowa’s L.A.-Inspired Collaboration With Artist Alex Israel

The artist Alex Israel’s cotton candy–colored luggage collection will be easy to find among the sea of anonymous black bags on the airport carousel. The limited-edition suitcases, which come in two styles and sell for around $2,800 each, are a collaboration with the German company Rimowa, and they are based on the artist’s Sky Backdrop paintings, a series of skyscapes airbrushed by a Hollywood studio crew that does backdrops for film. In fact, the bags’ gradient motif is a common theme across Israel’s oeuvre, representative of his deep affinity for Los Angeles.


FIRST LOOK: Rozzi Looks Right Into Your Eyes In Her ‘Bad Together’ Video

Rozzi’s “Bad Together” — the deeply personal track from her debut album of the same name — deserved an equally-personal video. And the singer-songwriter happily obliged.

Two months after dropping Bad Together in November of last year, Rozzi is releasing the one-shot music video for her title track today and gave TRL the exclusive first look. Rozzi might as well offer tissue boxes to viewers of the video, too, as her fans will feel the San Francisco native’s break-up pain for all three minutes and 45 seconds.

“I wrote the lyrics to ‘Bad Together’ at a random hotel in Laguna Beach four days after a break up,” Rozzi says in a statement shared with TRL. “This song was me trying to find a place for all my emotions – I didn’t care if it was good, I was writing it for myself.”

Though she may have written “Bad Together” for herself, Rozzi’s soaring yet raw vocals on the track, accompanied by her no-holds-barred lyricism, makes the song relatable to anyone who’s gone through the end of a relationship.

“Needless to say, it’s a very personal song so we wanted the video to be just as personal,” Rozzi continues in the statement. “A single shot of my face with no make up, the emphasis is on the story and the heartbreak behind it.”

Directed by Nick Leopold, Rozzi’s mission for the video came to life. Looking straight into the camera, Rozzi doesn’t just sing “Bad Together” as the background moves behind her – she performs it.

Open up your heart and check out Rozzi’s music video for “Bad Together,” below.

People Are Mad Adam Levine Was Allowed to Go Shirtless at the Super Bowl

Adam Levine is at the center of a heated debate following Maroon 5’s performance at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. At the end of the band’s set, Levine took his shirt off, which many people are taking issue with given what happened to Janet Jackson on that same stage in 2004.

If you recall, the pop icon’s breast accidentally was exposed after her co-headliner Justin Timberlake tugged too hard on her outfit. The media dubbed the incident “Nipplegate,” and Jackson’s 20+-year career quickly derailed as a result. Clear Channel Communications, which owned Infinity Broadcasting and Viacom (MTV and CBS) at the time, blacklisted all of Jackson’s singles and music videos, drastically hindering her album sales. And the Grammys reportedly banned her from presenting at that year’s ceremony. Meanwhile, Timberlake attended with no drama and even accepted two awards.

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Our culture, by and large, now views what happened to Jackson as sexist and unacceptable—#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay trended for a reason—which is why Super Bowl viewers are scratching their heads at Levine’s stunt. Why was he allowed to go shirtless for several minutes, but Jackson almost lost everything for a wardrobe malfunction?

“How does Adam Levine get to intentionally reveal both nipples, his belly, his whole back, underarms, left and right obliques, and every tattoo he has above his waist, but Janet Jackson can’t accidentally show 1 nipple,” one person tweeted. “Adam Levine is celebrated for taking his shirt off during halftime yet Janet Jackson is STILL in the dog house,” wrote another.

“This country should have a serious chat about why Adam Levine’s nipples are, uh, apparently ‘acceptable’ on TV but Janet Jackson was shamed and blacklisted for something she didn’t even do,” tweeted a third person.

There are more reactions where these came from, too. Read just a few of them, below:

Levine hasn’t commented on this controversy yet, but we’ll update this post when and if he does.

The Most Popular Haircuts for 2019

Whether you’re scoping out fresh haircut ideas or curious to see the new styles on the rise, you’ve come to the right place. Because while we love the classic lob as much as the next person, we need a little variety—and what better way to get inspired than with the coolest hairstyles from around the U.S.? Starring cool shags in Los Angeles, layered lobs in Seattle, and curly bobs in Atlanta, we bring you the most popular haircuts of 2019 from every corner of the country. Scroll on for all the inspiration you need.

Captain America’s Getting His Shield Back In Avengers: Endgame And We Are Trembling

During the Super Bowl, we got another glimpse at one of 2019’s most anticipated movie, Avengers: Endgame, and like the first trailer, this one also played things close to the vest, teasing the tone of the film more than the actual plot. The majority of this trailer raised lots of questions, like where is Rocket, where is Thor and what are the Avengers looking up at? But it provided few answers. However, there was one plot detail revealed that gave us all chills: Captain America is getting his shield back.

Like Captain America himself, his shield is a symbol, as integral to his identity as a hammer is to Thor’s. Sure, like Thor he can operate without it, but it’s not the same. So seeing that he gets it back in Avengers: Endgame is a huge deal and adds even more emotional weight to a movie that already has ‘bittersweet’ written all over it.

As a refresher, Cap hasn’t had his trademark red, white and blue shield since the events of Captain America: Civil War. At the end of that film, after their falling out and battle, Tony Stark told Steve Rogers that he didn’t deserve to carry the shield his father made. Steve Rogers dropped the shield and, in the years since, has been operating in the shadows alongside Black Widow without it.

In Avengers: Infinity War, T’Challa, in another chill-inducing moment, called out for someone to “Get this man a shield!” as Wakanda was coming under attack. But the shield Cap used in that film was more like a set of gauntlets, befitting a hero who was no longer an arm of the government, but a rogue vigilante, fighting under no flag.

Last we heard of the shield was in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Happy Hogan mentioned that there was a new prototype shield for Captain America going on the cargo plane when the Avengers HQ moved to upstate New York. Presumably Cap either got his shield back from wherever Tony put it or he got ahold of this new prototype or maybe he had another fresh one made in Wakanda.

Regardless of how he got his shield back, he’s got it. But unlike seeing Thor arrive in Wakanda, Stormbreaker in hand, our first look at Cap with his shield again doesn’t make you pump your fist; it makes you tremble. That’s because as Cap goes to tighten the straps on his shield, his battle-worn hand is literally shaking.

Cap has seen his fair share of horrors, and he has fought Thanos, so what in this moment could have the incomparably brave Steve Rogers shaking in fear is unknown, yet it is enough to send a shiver down your spine. Though, the only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid and Cap, bloodied and broken but unbowed, clenches his fist to stop his trembling and tightens the strap.

Like the image of Cap fighting against Thanos’ gauntlet in the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, this image is loaded with emotional weight and the expectation of tragedy and seeing it sets up Cap for a potentially heroic and heartbreaking fall.

Cap looks to be in a bad place in this trailer too. He’s angry and bitter at what happened and we see him in a meeting of a support group with his jaw firmly clenched. This is not a hopeful Captain America, not someone who is optimistic or believes that good will win out. He is broken and lost.

So to see him with shield in hand lets you know that he overcomes his pain and endeavors to pick up his shield and fight on, no matter what, with the Avengers alongside him. And when Cap has his shield in hand, you know that it’s on and win or lose, it will be a fight.

With his shield back, Steve Rogers will look much more like the Captain America of old. We have already suspected that this film will be something of a swan song for the original Avengers team and their looks somewhat enforce that. Steve Rogers has shaved off his fugitive beard and with his shield back in hand, he can once again become the symbol of hope he once was back in Captain America: The First Avenger.

It is a poetic end to this Phase of the MCU for Captain America who has been its beating heart. If he’s going to go out, it will literally be on his iconic shield. The Avengers won’t move on without setting things right. They can’t. The question is, when Captain America is gone, will we be able to?

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26. For all of the year’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

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Sundance Film Festival 2019 Was Big for Female Directors

Women directed 46 percent of the competition films at Sundance Film Festival this year, according to Indiewire. It’s not full gender parity, no—but it is a significant step forward.

That momentum was felt throughout the festival, as some of the biggest headlines were about female-led films. Nisha Ganatra directed Late Night, a comedy about a female talk show host that was picked up by Amazon for a record-breaking amount. The four Grand Jury Prizes all went to films directed or co-directed by female filmmakers: Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu), One Child Nation (Nanfu Wang), The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg), and Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov). One of the most-anticipated movies at the festival was Shia LaBeouf’s deeply personal, autobiographical Honey Boy, which was directed by Alma Har’el. (She won the Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft for it.)

Actress Alfre Woodard joins director Chinonye Chukwu for a panel about Clemency at Sundance Film Festival.

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Beyond the screenings, even the brand-sponsored parties and panels were focused on supporting female directors and emerging talent. Take Stella Artois—the brand partnered with Women in Film for multiple events, including one honoring the recipients of a grant intended to help female filmmakers “inspire social change.” Another panel was dedicated to the success stories of ReFrame, the coalition of industry professionals founded by Women In Film and the Sundance Institute whose mission is to increase the number of women working in film, TV, and media.

TL;DR: This year’s Sundance Film Festival was big for women. So, below, I talked to three of those directors about their films, their success, and more.

Late Night

Late Night—written by The Office writer and star Mindy Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra—was one of the buzziest films of the festival, and for good reason: It’s brilliant. The movie stars Emma Thompson as the witty, fierce host of a long-running late night talk show. She recruits Kaling’s character essentially as a diversity hire, but what follows is an extremely funny, but still heartwarming, story about hard work and mentorship.

The movie is so good, in fact, Amazon bought it for a whopping $13 million—a record for Sundance Film festival at the time. “I think this movie setting a record at Sundance is so important because the leads are a woman over the age of 50 and a woman of color,” director Nisha Ganatra told Glamour following a Sundance Film Festival panel for Late Night hosted by Stella Artois and Deadline. “That, sadly, is radical alone, but there was so much talk of ‘Oh my God, will this make money? Is this marketable? Who will go see this?’ The fact that this movie broke the record at Sundance is so significant and so exciting and so amazing because it validates that you can tell your story. You can tell the story that people don’t think is worth telling, and it will find its audience and people will reward you for it.”

Dirty God

Written and directed by Sacha Polak, Dirty God tells the story of Jade (Vicky Knight), a young woman whose life is forever changed by an acid attack that leaves her severely burned and scarred. In the aftermath of the attack, Jade struggles to navigate still feeling young, beautiful, and sexy with the constant looks and comments she gets because of her scars. Polak was inspired to write this story after she saw a woman at a music festival with burns on her face—everyone around the young woman would look, then quickly look away. “And then I was in London a lot, and I heard about these acid attacks [that were happening at the time],” Polak says. “Mainly, they were men doing it to women: If you’re not beautiful for me, then you can’t pretty for anyone.”

This Rotten Week: Predicting The LEGO Movie 2, Cold Pursuit, The Prodigy, And What Men Want Reviews

Sure, the Super Bowl was the main entertainment attraction this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead to an awesome week of movies. Four flicks are hitting the big screen in wide release, with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Cold Pursuit, The Prodigy, and What Men Want.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller writing team is back to, no doubt, bring us another winner. Fresh off of crushing it with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (97%), the pair is following up the surprisingly amazing The LEGO Movie (95%) – albeit only as writers, not directors. The guys just spin a good story each time, and from Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs to 21 Jump Street they basically kill it every time out. Now we have Mike Mitchell’s The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and it looks like it will be continuing their win stream.

There are some serious expectations for the return to Bricksburg with Emmet (Chris Pratt) and friends taking on a new foe in the form General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) and Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) of the Systar System. It looks predictably hilarious, and early reviews are overwhelmingly positive – the embargo having lifted earlier this week. Through 40 reviews it’s sitting at 92% on the Tomatometer, and I don’t expect that the number will slip that much as the week continues and we get closer to The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part‘s release.

I’m counting Cold Pursuit as roughly the sixth film in which Liam Neeson is tasked with using a particular set of lethal skills to survive/take down a criminal plot. These flicks include, but aren’t limited to:

Run All Night (59%)
Taken 3 (12%)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (67%)
Non-Stop (60%)
Taken 2 (22%)
Taken (58%)
The Grey (79%)

In Cold Pursuit, Neeson is just your run of the mill Mr. Plow in Alaska or something whose son is killed by the local drug cartel. He sets out with plans of murdering the lowest members of the group first and slowly working his way up. Critics are loving it so far, with the movie sitting at 90% with more than 20 reviews posted. Folks seem to appreciate the tongue-in-cheek nature of the plot. I think it drops a little over the course of the next few days, but still finishes certified fresh.

When it’s nighttime and that creepy whispering starts from places unknown and your child is standing silently in a hallway, it might be time to cut bait with your (probably) demon kid. But movie families always learn this the hard way and hang on to the possessed little bastard for just a little too long… and it seems that we have a fresh case of that in the form of The Prodigy. In short, this is a movie that we’ve seen many times before, and I don’t see this one blowing anybody away.

The Prodigy looks creepy, but also looks like your standard kid-is-possessed horror film that we’ve seen many times. The movie is the first mainstream feature from writer/director Nicholas McCarthy, so it’s a bit hard to know exactly what we are getting with this one, but based on the trailer it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the next great release from the genre.

Are you ever sitting around just thinking “Hey, remember 17 years ago there was the mediocre Mel Gibson rom-com where he could hear everything women were thinking? We definitely need a follow up to that!” Me neither. However, it seems that Hollywood very much thinks that way, and as a result we are getting a semi-remake of What Women Want called What Men Want – this time with Taraji P. Henson playing the lead role.

The inevitable twist on this silly idea lands us in the sports world with a high-powered female agent now able to hear all of the thoughts of the men around her. How does she use this legit superpower? To climb the corporate ladder, of course. What Women Want looks like the worst kind of pandering, and I basically cut out of the trailer 75% of the way through. If it’s anything but total critical garbage I’d be shocked, hence the super low prediction.

Last week was a pretty bad miss with Miss Bala (Predicted: 52% Actual: 30%). Though 22 points isn’t necessarily an embarrassing whiff, I really shouldn’t have gone positive with a movie like this. I think I got a little too sucked into the strong female lead narrative and thought that alone would win the day. It didn’t, and critics basically panned this movie, resulting in another early 2019 dud.