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SNL’s Brilliant Joker Parody Turns David Harbour Into Sesame Street’s Grouch

DC should throw all the money at whoever directed SNL’s new Joker parody trailer and get them to work on a full movie. Don’t act like fans wouldn’t also give Grouch a huge opening weekend.

Saturday Night Live had a fake ad for Joker a couple of weeks ago, via a trailer mocking Downton Abbey, but last night SNL had a full brilliant Joker parody making perfect use of host David Harbour and — unexpectedly — Sesame Street. The Stranger Things star went all-in to embrace his role as a super-dark Oscar the Grouch. Check out NBC’s clip:

Yes, from director Todd Phillips and the writer of “P is for Potty” comes the next gritty antihero origin story showing the beloved residents of Sesame Street like we’ve never seen them before.

Guy Smiley of ABCDEF News says the one friendly neighborhood of Sesame Street has become a haven of crime and corruption. We see a female Big Bird stripper, a homeless begging Cookie Monster, Mexican Elmo getting arrested for selling crack, Snuffy as a pimp, The Count popping pills in an alley, and Ernie being stabbed in the street for his duckie.

David Harbour’s Oscar the Grouch goes full Joaquin Phoenix to match many of Arthur the Joker’s scenes — as a maudlin version of the Sesame Street theme plays in the background.

No argument here. What a brilliant choice from SNL to “put on a grumpy face” to poke fun at the bleakness of Joker — while also celebrating it by making a trailer that looks pretty damn good. Maybe Oscar is the one who should get the Oscar this year.

Stranger Things‘ David Harbour had a rough time at the box office earlier in 2019 with Hellboy, but he has Dhaka coming up, along with Marvel’s Black Widow in 2020. And we need answers on Chief Hopper’s fate in Stranger Things Season 4.

Saturday Night Live is taking a break next weekend, then returning Saturday, October 26 with Chance the Rapper as host and musical guest. Kristen Stewart and Eddie Murphy are still to come as hosts for SNL 45.

Meanwhile, Joker still has everyone talking — whether they loved it, hated it, or something in between. The movie is still dominating in its second weekend, and it’s expected to make twice as much in Week 2 as Will Smith’s Gemini Man did in its own Week 1. If anyone might be feeling like a Grouch right now, it’s either Will Smith or Ang Lee.

How Steven Spielberg Almost Made E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Into A Killer Alien Horror Movie

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Elliot and ET look up at the skies

No one could have imagined just how big of a hit Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial would go on to become in the year 1982. The top-grossing film of its year, with an insanely long run at the box office, dominated in a time when Blade Runner and John Carpenter’s The Thing could only imagine being the cult classics that they are today. And yet, if it weren’t for some interesting twists in history, E.T. wouldn’t have been the cute and emotional hit it’s known as today. In fact, it was almost a much, much darker movie.

What eventually became E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial started out as a script under a different title, with a very horror-friendly tone and concept. It was born out of a contractual obligation that soon turned into one of the biggest films of all time. The story of how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial went from a horror thriller to a family classic is a wild one, and it all starts in the far-flung year of 1978.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Roy marvels at Devil's Tower on TV

How Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Spawned Night Skies

After delivering a wildly successful hit with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Columbia Pictures wanted a sequel out of its writer/director, Steven Spielberg. Initially, Spielberg really didn’t want to make a follow-up to the film, but one movie inspired him to take the plunge and write Night Skies. That film was his first blockbuster hit Jaws, a movie that he held dear to his heart, but was about to be subjected to a fate that its creator never intended: sequelization.

Seeing as he was displeased that Universal had gone ahead with making a follow-up to his 1977 classic without his involvement, Steven Spielberg wanted to prevent that sort of thing from happening again. Any sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind was going to come from the man himself. Thus, Night Skies was born.

Night Skies an alien prototype

Night Skies: The Original Concept For E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Co-written with genre legend John Sayles, the man behind films such as Piranha and eventually The Howling, Night Skies focused on a rural family in Kentucky that happened to be visited by aliens from another world. Though instead of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’s adorable creature, these creations were hostile toward their human hosts, engaging in cattle killings and other unfriendly activities.

Of course, this wasn’t a totally pitch black film, as Steven Spielberg did include one alien who befriended a child in the family that made up Night Skies’ human protagonists. That aspect, as well as the fact these aliens had long boney fingers that glowed at their tips, would eventually survive in the transition between Night Skies and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And that change was about to be triggered by yet another iconic Spielberg movie property: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones contemplates taking the statue in the cave

Why Steven Spielberg Changed The Concept Of Night Skies

During the production of the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg was growing weary of the action-adventure genre, at least for a little while. He wanted his next movie to be something gentler and more heartwarming; in short, Night Skies was not going to be that project. As luck would have it, Spielberg read the film’s script to another screenwriter who loved the friendly connection between the boy and alien.

That screenwriter was Melissa Matheson, the woman who would eventually transform Night Skies into E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After several years, the building of various alien prototypes by legendary effects artist Rick Baker, and roughly $1 million of development funds at Columbia, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was eventually off and running. The only problem was, it wasn’t the film the studio wanted.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind scientists react to the UFO

Columbia’s Reaction To E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s higher ups at Columbia, Frank P. Veitch and Frank Price, were not digging the kinder, gentler film that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became at all. The studio had already spent quite a bit of money on Night Skies, and the prototype of one of the film’s creatures took up quite a bit of the budget that had already been expended.

When you make a deal for a follow-up to a film as successful as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you want what you’ve paid for. All the work done on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial might have gone to waste, leaving both it and Night Skies standing out as key entries in the litany of unproduced Steven Spielberg films. Per Hollywood’s standard operating procedure, a deal was actually made that smoothed over all the cracks.

E.T the Extra-Terrestrial Elliot Gertie and Michael bathed in a glowing light

The Deal That Let Steven Spielberg Make E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

The reason Night Skies even came to be was because Steven Spielberg owed a Close Encounters of the Third Kind sequel to Columbia. And while all of this development around this horror project was conducted, the studio sort of fulfilled its own need, as they allowed Spielberg to retool the film into a finished product closer to his original vision. This project got a theatrical re-release in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Special Edition, which in turn fulfilled his obligation to Columbia.

This eventually allowed Frank P. Veitch and Frank Price at Columbia to put E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial into turnaround, freeing it up for whomever wanted to acquire it. Steven Spielberg’s mentor (and then chairman of Universal) Sid Sheinberg snapped up the rights to E.T., and he made a deal that not only compensated Columbia for the money they spent on Spielberg’s developing the idea, but also allowed them to share a piece of the eventual, record-setting pie.

Poltergeist a ghost torments Danna in the hallway

What Ever Happened To Night Skies?

As history eventually showed us, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became a monster hit in 1982, and went on to earn a ton of award nominations and hoopla surrounding its success. Though that doesn’t mean Night Skies totally went away, as there were two projects that shared DNA with this horror fueled story. One idea was, unsurprisingly, a sequel to E.T. entitled E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears; which would have seen Henry Thomas’s Elliot and his friends abducted by evil aliens.

That film was never made, as Steven Spielberg didn’t want to undermine the film he’d just delivered to the world; an ideal he still holds onto almost 40 years after its debut. However, there was another project that benefited from Night Skies’ demise, and it was something Spielberg himself couldn’t oversee himself, despite popular urban legend. The part of Night Skies’ story that saw a family under siege by supernatural forces eventually became the script for director Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, a film that would also make quite a splash in the year of 1982.

You never know where a project like Night Skies is going to go until the cameras roll and the ink is dry on the contracts. Seeing this horror story become the warm and bittersweet adventure that is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is living proof that sometimes the best ideas come from the failure to make the movie you really wanted to make in the first place.

Steven Spielberg’s career as a filmmaker would have been a totally different enterprise should E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial had never existed, and a ton of other films may have been lost as a result of that failure. Though one could imagine that there’s two parallel universes exist where that film doesn’t happen, and Blade Runner or John Carpenter’s The Thing became box-office hits. So do with that fact what you may the next time you cry over Elliot and E.T.’s tearful farewell, and take comfort in the fact that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be right here for your heart to enjoy forever.

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Not Even Tom Holland Knew About Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Big Post-Credits Twist

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended in a big way with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jon Watts’ sequel revealed how Earth had moved on since Thanos’ assault in the past two Avengers movies, while also moving Peter Parker’s story forward in new and exciting ways. Aside from the return of J. Jonah Jameson, the blockbuster surprised audiences with bringing back Captain Marvel‘s Skrulls, with the real Nick Fury actually on an undisclosed cosmic location. It was a twist that fans didn’t see coming, and it turns out that not even Tom Holland was cued into this post-credits scene.

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s two credits scenes were doozies. And after J.K. Simmons’ surprise appearance revealing Peter Parker’s identity as the wall crawler, it was shown that Nick Fury and Maria Hill weren’t actually in the movie, but were Talos and Soren in disguise. Franchise star Tom Holland was recently asked if he knew this was coming, to which the 23 year-old star said:

Marvel Studios is famous for its security, and that extends to the biggest stars in the shared universe. Although considering Tom Holland’s relationship with spoilers, maybe this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise to the general public.

Tom Holland’s comments at ACE Comic Con (via Comic Book) shows how few people knew about The Skrulls’ role in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Maria Hill actress Cobie Smulders previously revealed that she didn’t know the truth about her character. In fact, unused footage from Avengers: Infinity War was used to bring she and Samuel L. Jackson’s characters to life in that surprising way. But Tom Holland is also the protagonist of the Spider-Man franchise, so it would make sense if he got more secret information than everyone else.

Alas, that wasn’t the case, at least according to the young actor himself. And he didn’t really need to know about the Skrulls in order to do his job the blockbuster’s set. Peter wasn’t in the already iconic scene, one of the few sequences in Far From Home that didn’t involve Spider-Man. Besides, Tom Holland is known as one of the MCU’s worst actors when it comes to spoilers.

Although not as bad as Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland has occasionally struggled with keeping the MCU’s events under wraps. He was reportedly not given much of the script for Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, as The Russo Brothers didn’t trust him the myriad secrets for those movie. What’s more, Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch went viral for trying to stop Holland from revealing spoilers during the Infinity War press tour. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop him from accidentally revealing that Peter turned to dust when he surprised fans ahead of the blockbuster’s screening. Whoops.

It should be interesting to see what come next for Spider-Man, now that Sony and Marvel have reached a new agreement to keep the character in the MCU. Tom Holland will presumably jump between two different universes, also being used for Sony’s burgeoning Spider-Verse. But we’ll just have to wait and see what comes next as the plans for the future are revealed.

The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Your Horoscope for the Week of October 14, 2019

Activate your inner pioneer and blaze with full moonbeams through the weekend. Use last week’s tension to propel you through a challenge that you wouldn’t normally accomplish. Make the most of this week’s lack of obstacles to dissolve barriers, real or imagined, no excuses. Read on to discover what’s in store for your rising sign during the week of October 14 through to October 20, 2019, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

Intense is an understatement for the recent full moon in your sign. Last week was a call to push through something that’s had you in its grip on a deep level. You tend to challenge anything, or anyone, that tries to block, dominate or control you. This week starts by plunging an ongoing difference between your partnerships and career. The trick is to clear old fears and get the balance right. Find that sweet spot between overdoing and underdoing it. Allow transformation and deep impact on the career front while continuing to shine and have your personal needs met in a relationship is your cosmic mission. All sorts of intel are yours this week if you stay open to non-ordinary ways of tuning in. Note your dreams by keeping a dream journal or voice record them on rising before they evaporate. what signs symbols and synchronicities resonate?

Taurus | Taurus rising

The effects of the full moon in your zen zone signals something you have needed to put to rest. This is the end of a cycle emotionally so you are clear for new growth and a new emotional cycle, if not a new boo. Additionally, allow the extra emotional and psychic energy to power your important projects. Your work and your daily routine are the containers that keep your show on the road. You have an important contribution to make and you need to push through your beliefs about what you’re capable of. Transform black and white thinking to discover the grey wiggle room supporting new choices. By now you’ll be aware of what that external situation is. Don’t let a great opportunity pass you by because you haven’t installed the latest cosmic update into your internal hard drive.

Gemini | Gemini rising

As the social butterfly of the zodiac, big reveals in your social stratosphere are significant. The pressure to merge resources or foot responsibilities that aren’t yours should have clarification and so be easier to resolve this week. Deal with those ties that bind so you can enjoy your independent connections. Resolve to make the most of your friendships, as there is a new crew waiting for you to join them, ready to nurture and cheer you on with a pioneering vision. Your work and public image zones are aligned so be open to new information coming your way as well as an opportune or magical moment of understanding or connection. Regardless of how it happens, you’ll download some helpful information or ideas so remember to record them as they may be so ephemeral, they’ll dissipate on the wind.

Tatcha Sale 2019: Best Beauty Products to Buy

ICYMI, Meghan Markle has great skin. But let’s be real: You didn’t miss it, because standing at that altar, the now Duchess of Sussex was a walking advertisement for the power of skin care (plus face massages and probably good genes). The latter two might not be easily attainable, but Markle’s skin care routine just became way more feasible to own.

Tatcha, the expensive-but-worth-it brand behind the Duchess’s exfoliator of choice, just announced its biggest sale of the year is finally here. That means the brand is offering 20 percent off everything on its website from October 13 through October 20 with the promo code FRIENDS19. A Tatcha sale doesn’t happen often, so when it does, it’s worth stocking up.

As for that skin care staple of Markle’s, the exfoliator in question is Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powder, which is the rare scrub you can use every day without messing up your skin. Because while other scrubs typically rely on ground-up shell powder or mild acids to clear off your dead skin, Tatcha’s formula uses a combination in the gentlest way possible. Per Markle, “It just sort of foams on your face and gives you a really subtle exfoliation.” That foam forms when water activates the rice and papaya enzymes, and then comes for dullness, leaving no prisoners. The powder is $65 for a jar, but with the weeklong discount it’s down to $52.

Elsewhere in what to shop, Tatcha’s Violet-C Radiance Mask is a favorite among Glamour staffers, who swear there is nothing that quite gives your skin an instant glow like it. The brand is also responsible for two frequent Sephora best-sellers. Year after year Tatcha’s Water Cream is one of the retailers’ best-selling moisturizers, unsurprising given its oil-free gel texture. Heaviness isn’t in the Tatcha lexicon; the moisturizer sinks into your skin in two seconds flat, and yet it keeps your skin hydrated for hours. Similarly lightweight is the brand’s new undereye cream and concealer hybrid, The Pearl, which has a pearlized formula that reflects light as it lays down hyaluronic acid and brightening niacinamide.

And while we’re always hesitant to judge a product’s worth by how often it’s out of stock (you never know what’s going on behind the scenes), our senior beauty editor, Lindsay Schallon, attests to the greatness of the brand’s thrice-sold-out primer. Yup, primer: the thing that everyone looks at and thinks, Really?, until now. While most primers prove to be pretty worthless, Lindsay says that “this one somehow can make a $10 foundation look like a $70 one. The tiniest bit goes a long, long way, so it more than makes up for its cost.”

Shop our top picks from Tatcha’s Annual Friends and Family Sale below:

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

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$65

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Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment

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$48

$38.40

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Tatcha The Water Cream

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$68

$54.40

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Tatcha The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer

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$52

$41.60

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Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

Tatcha

$68

$54.40

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The Starter Ritual Set Nourishing for Normal to Dry Skin

Tatcha

$59

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Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist

Tatcha

$48

$38.40

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Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

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$48

$38.40

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The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

Tatcha

$95

$76

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Tatcha Plum Blossom Lipstick

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$55

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Tatcha The Silk Cream

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$120

$96

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Zach Galifianakis Hilariously Tears Into Keanu Reeves In New Between Two Ferns Clip

2019. It may be forever known as the year of Keanu Reeves. The Keanussance reached a special peak since he has kicked ass on the big-screen with John Wick 3, charmed Netflix subscribers in Always Be My Maybe, and voiced Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4. He took the gaming world by storm with his viral “breathtaking” appearance at E3, and now he’ll soon reprise his role as Neo in Matrix 4 and as Ted in Bill & Ted Face The Music. He’s a national treasure… right?

Not everyone’s universally loved… but Keanu Reeves comes pretty damn close these days. However, in an extended clip from Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie, host Zach Galifianakis asked some hard-hitting questions. Here’s how some of it went:

Yikes! Guess not everyone’s a huge fan of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability. The actor is best known for his action flicks, some of which have a more cheesy lean. He’s been criticized by some for his on-screen demeanor. Some would say that’s exactly the reason he holds charm. Plus, he’s shown his acting chops with a variety of other roles throughout his career. They continued with:

Now, the quotes of course come from a comedy bit Zach Galifianakis has been doing for years on YouTube with huge celebrities such as Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, and so forth for Funny or Die. It pokes fun at how vastly loved the actor is. Though, there are certainly people out there who don’t get the hype like Galifianakis’ persona does. The comedian sat down with Keanu Reeves for the Between Two Ferns: The Movie, which recently was released on Netflix. Check it out:

Incredible. In the interview, Zach Galifianakis first struggles to identify Keanu Reeves’ quite simple last name. The title card settles on “Reefs” with a caption reading “Bill or Ted” underneath it. He then goes on to ask him how many words he knows from 1 to 100, asks him how he feels to be called a “bozo.” He also brings up a motorcycle scar and a spleen he had to have removed.

One might argue it’s healthy for someone as widely loved and adored as Keanu Reeves to get a good laugh and light poke at his career every so often, as this Between Two Ferns interview hilariously does!

Here’s Brutal Proof That Not Everyone Loves Keanu Reeves

2019. It may be forever known as the year of Keanu Reeves. The Keanussance reached a special peak since he has kicked ass on the big-screen with John Wick 3, charmed Netflix subscribers in Always Be My Maybe, and voiced Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4. He took the gaming world by storm with his viral “breathtaking” appearance at E3, and now he’ll soon reprise his role as Neo in Matrix 4 and as Ted in Bill & Ted Face The Music. He’s a national treasure… right?

Not everyone’s universally loved… but Keanu Reeves comes pretty damn close these days. However, in an extended clip from Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie, host Zach Galifianakis asked some hard-hitting questions. Here’s how some of it went:

Yikes! Guess not everyone’s a huge fan of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability. The actor is best known for his action flicks, some of which have a more cheesy lean. He’s been criticized by some for his on-screen demeanor. Some would say that’s exactly the reason he holds charm. Plus, he’s shown his acting chops with a variety of other roles throughout his career. They continued with:

Now, the quotes of course come from a comedy bit Zach Galifianakis has been doing for years on YouTube with huge celebrities such as Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, and so forth for Funny or Die. It pokes fun at how vastly loved the actor is. Though, there are certainly people out there who don’t get the hype like Galifianakis’ persona does. The comedian sat down with Keanu Reeves for the Between Two Ferns: The Movie, which recently was released on Netflix. Check it out:

Incredible. In the interview, Zach Galifianakis first struggles to identify Keanu Reeves’ quite simple last name. The title card settles on “Reefs” with a caption reading “Bill or Ted” underneath it. He then goes on to ask him how many words he knows from 1 to 100, asks him how he feels to be called a “bozo.” He also brings up a motorcycle scar and a spleen he had to have removed.

One might argue it’s healthy for someone as widely loved and adored as Keanu Reeves to get a good laugh and light poke at his career every so often, as this Between Two Ferns interview hilariously does!

Oscars 2020 Voters Share Blunt Thoughts About Joker

Joaquin Phoenix puts on makeup in Joker

We’re now officially in awards season, and Oscars 2020 buzz is everywhere — including, at the moment, for Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker. Fans can debate all we want about which films or stars deserve Oscars, but what about the actual people who get to vote?

You’re probably familiar with The Hollywood Reporter’s “honest” Oscar ballots — usually with some unnamed producer or star bashing a popular movie because they get to do it anonymously. THR probably returned to the same pool for positive and negative comments on Joker, just to gauge what’s out there. Short answer: A lot of scalding hot takes, a few lukewarm ones, and some ice cold refusals to see the movie.

THR printed brief Joker takes from more than 20 members of various branches of the Academy — with more comments from members who hadn’t seen the movie yet.

Let’s start with the thoughts of a voter described as male Academy member in the producers branch. He saw Joker when it premiered in Venice to rave reviews, ultimately earning the Golden Lion award. This voter started with compliments, and then dropped a “despise” bomb:

I saw it in Venice. The trailer had just dropped and there was nothing written about the film yet. I found the craft to be stunning on every level — beautiful photography, design, costumes. All of Todd Phillips’ films are impeccably made. But I deeply despise the movie. It made me feel really uncomfortable. I love [Darren] Aronofsky, [Lars] von Trier, [Michael] Haneke and most movies that really push the boundaries of darkness. But there was a nihilism and narcissism to this movie that left a bunch of us feeling really disturbed, and we had to drink away our discomfort. Warner Bros. has done an exceptional job of marketing the movie, and I respect that they took the Trojan Horse of a superhero movie to make this kind of movie within the studio system — but I don’t know that there is substance at the core of what it is trying to say. It was the first movie in history that was too dark for me.

The first movie in history that’s too dark for someone is saying a lot. It certainly suggests Joker left a mark. Here are some raves from a woman in the members-at-large branch. She thinks Joaquin Phoenix is a lock for an Oscar nomination, and she also said she could see herself nominating Joker for Best Picture:

I saw the film last night at the Landmark with another Academy member, and my stomach was still churning this morning. It made me uncomfortable from the very first frame to the last, but I thought the movie was extraordinary. I didn’t read anything about it beforehand, so I thought I was going to be getting, sort of, Batman. It’s the most outstanding performance I’ve seen in many years — the way he moved, everything, I mean, he’s really a consummate actor, and there’s not a frame he’s not on camera, too. What I don’t understand is what everyone’s all upset about? Just pick up the morning paper and see the asshole that’s running our country if you want to worry about violence. It’s still early, but I can certainly see myself nominating it for best picture. And he has to get nominated, or the actors branch doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Here’s a take from a conflicted man in the producers branch:

It’s a really impressive film across the board. Joaquin’s performance is undeniably extraordinary. There is nothing new, in terms of the craftsmanship, like how Dunkirk was shot or the sound design of First Man — but still, if you see it in an Imax theater like I did, you can’t deny how well made it is. That all being said, I don’t see any reason why this movie should be out in the universe. There is nothing in it that starts a conversation — it just pours lighter fluid on a conversation that’s staring us in the face every week. But I’m torn, as an Oscar voter, about what to do. The business it’s doing is mind-blowing — ‘Taxi Driver 2’ just opened to almost $300 million worldwide! But I don’t know what’s responsible to do as a voter. If art is not used to start a conversation, and it’s just used to exacerbate something, I’m not sure how beneficial it is. It’s too fresh to know yet what I’ll do with it. I don’t know if it should be banned or it should be given every award!

This male member of public relations/marketing branch had a much more negative take:

I thought it was lacking a clear vision and overwrought. This doom-and-gloom style has become tedious. Only [Michelle] Pfeiffer and [Danny] DeVito in [1992’s] Batman Returns have truly balanced dark with light. This one didn’t have a point of view on politics or class, and its depiction of mental illness was irresponsible. Joaquin was so over the top it became irritating. Todd’s song choices were so on-the-nose they seemed offensive and not ironic. Does he not know ‘Send in the Clowns’ is a romantic ballad of regret and not actually about clowns?

I was also fascinated by the number of Academy members who were reluctant to see Joker. Here’s a female member of actors branch talking about when she’ll eventually watch Joaquin Phoenix’s performance:

I haven’t seen Joker. I’ve had two opportunities and passed. I know that at some point I have to see Phoenix’s performance, but what little I’ve read about the film makes me think this is a movie I’m not going to like — and I’ve seen a couple of reviews that said that people are focusing on the violence when in fact, the film is not that great. I’m going to wait for the DVD as I feel the small screen will have less of an impact on me. You know what they say — ‘the unconscious can’t tell the difference between a movie and real life’ — so I limit what I subject myself to.

Here’s a succinct comment from a male member of the actors branch:

I haven’t seen Joker, nor do I plan to. I know it’s out of fashion to say, but comic book movies hold zero interest for me.

Joker isn’t a traditional comic book movie, but since “Joker” is the title — and it does have connections to the Batman origin story — it’s certainly using its DC Comics status as a selling point. But if that person doesn’t like comic book movies, it’s possible Joker is exactly their kind of movie.

Right now, Joker is in the throes of hype. That will die down eventually and then the movie can be judged away from its current “controversial” or “masterpiece” context.

These Oscars 2020 voters aren’t the only ones with takes on Joker. CinemaBlend had 13 staff members weigh in, and fans seem to be embracing the movie more than critics — not that critics didn’t embrace Joker, since they were the first to dub it a masterpiece. It was only after that highest of highs that a backlash began. The box office is definitely benefiting from the passionate discussions (although poor Jared Leto is not).

What do you think about Joker in terms of Oscars 2020 consideration? Best Actor? Best Picture? Best Cinematography? Best Production Design? Any or none of the above?

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You’ll Never Believe How Kim Kardashian Planned to Go to the Bathroom at the Met Gala

Kim Kardashian‘s skin-tight Thierry Mugler gown was one of the most-talked-about looks at the 2019 Met Gala. But it turns out there was a rather large downfall to the dress: she couldn’t go to the bathroom.

The corset Kardashian wore under her dress to narrow her waist was so tiny she couldn’t even sit down—let alone use the toilet—so she had a contingency plan in place in case she needed to, um, relieve herself during fashion’s most glamorous night.

In a clip from an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we find out just how concerned she was about the situation.

“If I have to pee, it’s a problem,” Kardashian tells her crew.

Her friend, Natalie Halrco, suggests she could wear a diaper, but the SKIMS creator wasn’t into that idea.

“Honestly, if it’s an emergency, I think I pee my pants and then have my sister wipe my leg up,” Kardashian says. “I’m not even joking. She can wipe my leg up.”

She’s, of course, referring to her younger sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who also both attended this year’s Met Gala, where the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

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It’s unclear if Kardashian actually peed her pants or whether either of her sisters had to wipe it up, but using the toilet wasn’t the only challenge she faced.

Aside from needing to take corset breathing lessons to successfully pull off the look, the dress’ intricate water droplet beading was also very painful for her to wear throughout the night.

“I have never felt pain like that in my life,” Kardashian revealed.

“Not only is this silicone [and] 500 hours of beading and making, but every little piece is itchy on the inside. It’s pokey. So it pokes me,” she said. If it wasn’t evident before, it’s clear now that the reality star’s love for fashion truly has no limits.

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Allison Janney And Elsie Fisher Want To Do A Live-Action Addams Family Movie Now

As Halloween season goes into full swing, so do movies of its kind in theaters. And this year, The Addams Family is making a comeback with an animated film full of ooky and spooky family fun to go along with the October month. It’s been a hot minute since the ghoulish gang ventured on to the big screen. 26 years to be exact. Last time around, it was Raul Julia’s Gomez, Anjelica Huston’s Morticia, and Christina Ricci’s iconic Wednesday gracing screens.

For the new Addams Family, there’s an all-star celebrity cast behind the characters, including Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Mr. and Mrs. Addams; Chloe Grace Moretz and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as their children; Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester; Snoop Dogg as It; and Bette Midler as Grandma. Not to mention Allison Janney and Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher who are in for a live-action version! Here’s what they told us:

Allison Janney’s may be ‘just putting it out there’… but it’s seriously such a great idea! There’s so much star power already in Addams Family. Oscar Isaac could rock Gomez’s mustashe and Charlize Theron would be seriously electric in Moriticia’s morbid makeup and sleek black hair and dress. It’s such a fun franchise to see actors such as these dress up for and really get into fun characters. Anyone else asking themselves why didn’t this happen to begin with?

During an interview with CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb, the pair of actors talked about how they’d just met for the press day even though they play mother and daughter in the movie. On animation projects, actors often come in separately and work with the director on scenes without getting to play off their performances. Elsie Fisher talks about how she feels the chemistry is still present between the other stars. Either way, they seem to be ready to jump at the opportunity!

The Addams Family is notoriously live-action, between the ‘60s sitcom and ‘90s films. However, the story does originally stem from New Yorker cartoons from the ‘30s. For the new release, the filmmakers looked to the first material from the page to create the new adaptation. The new movie may have also been hoping to set itself apart from the comparable versions on the big screen and television.

The animated family flick opened to decent moviegoer reception with a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on CinemaScore. Critics have not been impressed with the film overall, considering it has a 43% Rotten Score. CinemaBlend’s own Will Ashton gave the movie a 2.5 out of 5 rating in his review.

The movie follows the spooky family as they deal with a new neighborhood popping up near them and getting ready for a family reunion to celebrate a tradition involving their son.