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Jumanji: The Next Level Producer Explains Why They Weren’t Worried About Star Wars Competition

The holiday season is one synonymous with big movie releases. With moviegoers off from work and among family, it’s the perfect time to bring a group to theaters. This year is no exception, with the upcoming releases of blockbusters Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Jumanji: The Next Level. The latter movie has some competition with Episode IX, considering how rabid Star Wars fans out there. But it turns out that those involved in the Jumanji sequel aren’t worried about that issue.

Producer Hiram Garcia worked on both Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Next Level. The first movie was a huge hit when it arrived in 2017, despite going up against The Last Jedi. It looks like that victory might have inspired more confidence on the sophomore run in the beloved franchise. As Garcia explained it,

It looks like quality mattered most when approaching Jumanji: The Next Level. And considering how vastly different the blockbuster is to J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker, they should be able to bring something that massive movie cannot. Namely, family-friendly comedy and a very different iconic property.

Hiram Garcia’s comments to Comic Book make a great deal of sense, given how strongly Welcome to the Jungle performed. Clearly there’s room for movies other than Star Wars during the holidays, and with Bombshell also hitting theaters during this time.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the last sleeper hit of 2017, making a whopping $962.1 million at the box office. A sequel seemed like an obvious choice, but it looks like those involved wanted to make sure The Next Level‘s quality was comparable to its predecessor. The new movies succeed because they look almost nothing like the original 1995 Jumanji. This allows them to be free of comparisons, and bring something new to the table.

It should be interesting to see how the Jumanji franchise continues to grow. The new video game format could lend itself to countless stories, as new characters inhabit the avatars of the game. The stars of the first movie have returned for The Next Level, alongside newcomers Danny DeVito Danny Glover, and Awkwafina.

Jumanji: The Next Level will hit theaters on December 13th. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

‘I’m A Wellness Editor—Here’s Everything on My Gift List This Year’

I have an obsession with finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list each year. We all give and get so many things none of us will really use that I get a particular sense of gratification in finding gifts that my loved ones need, love, and are more perfect than they even thought to ask for. (And if I’m being really honest, I also love the sense of utter satisfaction that comes from knowing you completely crushed that Secret Santa—competitive scorpios, in the house!)

Being a wellness editor, my definition of the perfect gift often includes some aspect that makes us feel happier and healthier as humans. Whether that’s an on-the-go pack of essential oils that can help with everything from a headache to anxiety or a pair of sneakers that look just as sick at the office as they do in the gym. These 13 items are the favorites on my gift list this year—I’ll definitely be getting a few of them for myself.

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The 2020 Oscars: Everything We Know About The 92nd Academy Awards

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This year, we’ll be getting our Oscar festivities earlier than usual. With the world-famous awards show slated to air live in early February, we’re already in the thick of it with awards season. It’ll only be a matter of time before we learn which 2019 movies will take home this season’s slate of gold statues. Therefore, there’s hardly any time to waste! As the 2020 Oscar nominations are set to be announced in a few short weeks, we have a lot to look forward to this Oscar season. The 92nd Academy Awards is already looking contentious, which should make for another fun, exciting evening.

There is a lot we don’t know about this year’s Oscars ceremony. We don’t know who will be nominated (though there is always speculation). We don’t know who will win. Hell, we don’t even know who’ll be there. Or who the host will be (assuming there is a host this year). But there are a lot of things we do know about the forthcoming Academy Awards ceremony, and we are taking this opportunity to give you a proper rundown of what’s to come.

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When Do The 2020 Oscars Take Place?

This year, as mentioned earlier, the 92nd Academy Awards will take place earlier than usual. While the live awards show has traditionally aired in either late February or early March in previous years, this year’s ceremony will be televised on February 9th, 2020, starting with the red carpet events at 6:30 PM. As per usual, this year’s Oscar telecast airs on ABC, which will — once again — be held in the historic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

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Who’s Hosting The 2020 Oscars?

Ultimately, it’s hard to know if there will even be a host at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. After a great deal of controversy surrounding Kevin Hart, the planned host for last year’s Oscars stepped down from the position, and the awards ceremony decided to have a host-less telecast for the first time since 1989. The ceremony received mixed notices, but generally speaking, there were a lot of folks who thought the show went off without a hitch, allowing itself to go by a little more breezy than normal without the added comedy segments provided by the host. As it was reported by Thrillist, ABC’s entertainment president Karey Burke suggested that a host-less Oscars might now be the norm, especially with many people getting cold feet about the possibility of stepping in to host the show in our social media age, but there’s been nothing officially announced about this possibility. For now, it’s one giant question mark.

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When Will The 2020 Academy Awards Nominations Be Announced?

The nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 13th, 2020. If they follow the tradition of the past few years, they will be streamed live on Oscars.com and Oscars.org, as well as the Academy’s social media pages, which includes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Who Will Perform At The 2020 Academy Awards?

Traditionally, the Best Original Song category has gotten a mixed amount of notice during the Oscar ceremony. Some years, every song is performed. Other years, only a few songs are performed live. Other times, there are only one or two songs performed, or no songs performed. Last year, as many likely remember Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s outstanding rendition of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, there were noteworthy musical performances during the evening’s ceremony. This year, we may see all of the nominees  get a chance to perform. Nothing has been said or suggested otherwise, so it’s just a matter of waiting for that to be confirmed. As for the potential nominees, it’s hard to predict what will make the cut. Some potential nominees include Beyonce for The Lion King, Elton John for either The Lion King and/or Rocketman, Randy Newman for Toy Story 4, and Taylor Swift for Cats, to name a mere few.

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What Movies Are In the Running For Best Picture?

This year’s race for Best Picture is looking pretty wide at the moment, with any number of movies fighting for the chance to be nominated for the very prestigious category. Just a few of the frontrunners at the moment, however, include (but are certainly not limited to), The Irishman, Little Women, 1917, Joker, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, Marriage Story, Bombshell, Parasite, A Hidden Life, Uncut Gems, The Two Popes, Richard Jewell, Cats, Ford v. Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Jojo Rabbit, The Farewell, and Knives Out. Of course, not all of these films will make their way into the selection process, notably with only 10 possible nominations (and usually the Academy picks between seven or eight films). Still, it will be fascinating to see what makes the cut. The films vary across the board in terms of tone and subject matter. It makes for an interesting crop of films.

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Which Actors/Actresses Are In The Running For Academy Awards?

It is going to be a tremendously tight race for Best Actor this year. The field is stacked with potential nominees, though there are a few frontrunners at the moment. At the front of the pack is Joaquin Phoenix in the title role for Joker, though Adam Driver is definitely picking up notice and attention for his fantastic work in Marriage Story. These two actors might be neck-and-neck as the days keep winding down towards next year’s award ceremony. Furthermore, Antonio Banderas in Pain & Glory, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, Robert De Niro in The Irishman (another potential frontrunner), Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes, and possibly Eddie Murphy for Dolemite is My Name, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, Matt Damon for Ford v. Ferrari, and Timothee Chamalet for Little Women are all in the running for this year’s award.

And those are only a few of the potential contenders for Best Actor this year. No matter what, there are going to be a lot of snubs in that category. While this year’s Best Actress isn’t as tough as the Best Actor field, there are certainly no shortage of frontrunners at the moment vying for the award. Specifically, Renee Zellweger in Judy and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story look like strong possibilities, while Saoirse Ronan in Little Women, Charlize Theron in Bombshell, Awkwafina in The Farewell, and Cynthia Erivo in Harriet are strong contenders at the moment. But it’s still an open race.

This is what we know so far about the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, and there’s certainly going to be more information to come in the days, weeks and months ahead. Therefore, stay tuned to CinemaBlend as we’ll continue to feed you updates related to this exciting Oscar season.

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Patty Jenkins’ Latest Update About Wonder Woman 1984 Will Make Fans Very Happy

Over the weekend we got our first look at Wonder Woman 1984, and if you were a fan of the first Wonder Woman film, there’s a lot to like about the one that’s on the way. The first Wonder Woman was the first movie in DC’s recent slate that won over both fans and critics and set Warner Bros. on the path of success the studio is currently seeing. A lot of people are certainly looking forward to this one.

With so much potentially riding on the new Wonder Woman one might expect Patty Jenkins to be stressing out over the film, but it turns out that’s not really the case. The reason she’s not worried is that the movie is actually already finished. According to Jenkins…

Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled to release this month, this week in fact, before it was eventually pushed back to June 2020. However, the wheels of production were already in motion by the time the delay was announced, so the movie largely went forward with a schedule that would have had it ready to release in 2019.

Patty Jenkins tells Collider, that while the movie is “technically done” she’s not just ignoring it. Because she has so much time, she’s apparently trying to fine tune some aspects of the production. She doesn’t go into exactly how, but it sounds like she’s playing with the edit, trying different versions of some shots to see if something could be done better.

Certainly, production schedules are usually done in such a way that there isn’t a lot of “extra” time to do anything. You put together a finished product more or less just in time for it to be released. That’s not the case here and Patty Jenkins is clearly enjoying this fact. She has the time to try new things without the stress of worrying about the movie as a whole.

While Wonder Woman 1984 might go through some more changes, it sounds like the version that exists today is something Patty Jenkins is happy with. It could be released tomorrow if it needed to be. Which, of course, makes the fact that it won’t be released tomorrow all the more frustrating. We still have to wait until June.

Knives Out Contains A Clever Visual Twist Many Viewers Are Missing

Knives Out is a, more or less, whodunit in the classic style. It’s got a house full of suspects in the form of an all-star cast. It’s got a detective who seems to see everything. It’s got a seemingly impossible murder. It’s the sort of movie that is designed to keep its audience guessing and get them to question everything that they see. And as it turns out, with Knives Out we should be questioning literally everything we see as even some of the film’s simplest elements aren’t what they appear to be.

Knives Out cinematographer Steve Yedlin recently took to Twitter to reveal some of the film’s secrets that we didn’t even know were secrets. Because of Knives Out‘s particular style, the movie has a lot of close ups of actors speaking, and some of them, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig, are wearing eyeglasses. This is a problem because the glasses can potentially reflect the lighting and cameras being used to film them. However, the movie’s Key Grip, Matt Mania solved the problem, and in the below tweet you can see how.

For this scene with Jamie Lee Curtis, we see that it’s being filmed on a stage, not a room in an actual house, which means the actress isn’t looking at anything other than the crew filming her for the movie. If her glasses reflected what she actually saw, we’d seen the camera operator and the lighting rig, but thanks to the Key Grip, we see what we would expect to see, windows on the opposite side of the room. There’s are no windows of course, it’s a painting, but in the reflection, that fact is lost.

It’s a neat trick that certainly works. The alternative would have been simply removing the lenses from the glasses in order to prevent reflection. This is what Paul Feig did for Chris Hemsworth in the Ghostbusters reboot, that actually led to a great joke about the lack of lenses. However, by taking the extra step here, Knives Out feels that much more real because we can see the reflections.

Here’s a second example of a forced perspective matte painting, that doesn’t only hide the filming equipment, but makes the room where the filming is happening appear larger than it actually is, based on where the painting is located.

This works so well, and it’s something that few people would actually go looking for, so it seems unlikely we ever would have known this was being done if the Knives Out crew hadn’t shown it off. At the same time, it’s great work and Key Grip Matt Mania deserves all the credit in the world for his work, so it’s nice to see his work being recognized. If you haven’t seen Knives Out, you can now do so with an added piece of information and now you can closely inspect all the eyeglasses to see if you can tell the difference.

Even John Boyega Was ‘Iffy’ With Some Choices Made In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The Star Wars franchise is in a fascinating place right now, and fan excitement is palpable. In addition to the release of The Mandalorian on Disney+ (and the adoration of Baby Yoda), we’re mere days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming blockbuster will end the nine-film story that began with A New Hope, so the pressure is on. It’s also the follow-up to The Last Jedi, the most divisive entry in the franchise. And now John Boyega has opened up about feeling “iffy” about Rian Johnson’s previous installment.

John Boyega’s Finn is one of the new heroes in the current trilogy, leading the cast alongside Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Finn spent The Last Jedi on a side mission with Rose Tico, and it seems he wasn’t really happy with that narrative choice. He recently spoke to his concerns, saying:

Rian Johnson’s bold narrative choices weren’t only divisive among the fans, but among the cast of The Last Jedi itself. Mark Hamill has been open about his concerns regarding Luke’s story, and now it seems that John Boyega spoke to the legendary actor about his own concerns.

John Boyega’s comments to Hype Beast aren’t especially specific about what John Boyega disliked about The Last Jedi, but it was at least partly due to the starring cast being separated. Rian Johnson put the trio of heroes on their own adventures, resulting in three very different stories. Rey attempted to bring Luke back to The Resistance, Poe staged a mutiny, and Finn traveled to Canto Bight in search of a hacker. The separation was so severe that Poe and Rey met for the very first time in the final scene.

Of course, this might not be the only issue John Boyega had with The Last Jedi. He mentions not agreeing with “a lot of the choices”, that were made for Episode VII, so he could be referencing any number of twists. Snoke was unceremoniously killed, while Rey’s parentage was given an anticlimactic answer. Then there was the handling of Luke, as the franchise’s hero was transformed into a jaded recluse. Plus, there’s his ultimate fate and death.

The pressure is on for J.J. Abrams to deliver, although the cast seems happy with how the franchise ended. Luckily, all of our questions about the blockbuster will soon be over.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Knives Out Contains A Clever Visual Twist Many Viewers Are Missin

Knives Out is a, more or less, whodunit in the classic style. It’s got a house full of suspects in the form of an all-star cast. It’s got a detective who seems to see everything. It’s got a seemingly impossible murder. It’s the sort of movie that is designed to keep its audience guessing and get them to question everything that they see. And as it turns out, with Knives Out we should be questioning literally everything we see as even some of the film’s simplest elements aren’t what they appear to be.

Knives Out cinematographer Steve Yedlin recently took to Twitter to reveal some of the film’s secrets that we didn’t even know were secrets. Because of Knives Out‘s particular style, the movie has a lot of close ups of actors speaking, and some of them, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig, are wearing eyeglasses. This is a problem because the glasses can potentially reflect the lighting and cameras being used to film them. However, the movie’s Key Grip, Matt Mania solved the problem, and in the below tweet you can see how.

For this scene with Jamie Lee Curtis, we see that it’s being filmed on a stage, not a room in an actual house, which means the actress isn’t looking at anything other than the crew filming her for the movie. If her glasses reflected what she actually saw, we’d seen the camera operator and the lighting rig, but thanks to the Key Grip, we see what we would expect to see, windows on the opposite side of the room. There’s are no windows of course, it’s a painting, but in the reflection, that fact is lost.

It’s a neat trick that certainly works. The alternative would have been simply removing the lenses from the glasses in order to prevent reflection. This is what Paul Feig did for Chris Hemsworth in the Ghostbusters reboot, that actually led to a great joke about the lack of lenses. However, by taking the extra step here, Knives Out feels that much more real because we can see the reflections.

Here’s a second example of a forced perspective matte painting, that doesn’t only hide the filming equipment, but makes the room where the filming is happening appear larger than it actually is, based on where the painting is located.

This works so well, and it’s something that few people would actually go looking for, so it seems unlikely we ever would have known this was being done if the Knives Out crew hadn’t shown it off. At the same time, it’s great work and Key Grip Matt Mania deserves all the credit in the world for his work, so it’s nice to see his work being recognized. If you haven’t seen Knives Out, you can now do so with an added piece of information and now you can closely inspect all the eyeglasses to see if you can tell the difference.

Amber Heard Is Fighting for Social Justice in Red Lipstick

I just read She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, [the reporters who broke the explosive report about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations], and it was insanely good. Spectacular. It’s detail-oriented, specific, biting, and smart. And it really champions the truth and highlights the crucial role journalism can play in our world, especially when it’s done correctly and not encumbered by the systems in place to protect those who are abusing positions of power. When [those systems] are challenged or circumnavigated and truth can come out, what a difference it makes.

Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill is also equally good—a page-turner like no other. Frankly, I’m a little sad that I finished them. But I just started Sally Rooney’s book Conversation with Friends, and it’s such a good read. I think we need more women to speak from our generation and through our perspectives. Not by politicians, but by activists and thought leaders. I want to see more of our presence in the fiction world and in creative spaces too.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What are the three products you want with you?

Sunblock, sunblock, and sunblock. I mean, look at my skin. I’m going to bring sunblock and reading material. That’s it. Abandon the constraints of a bathing suit, I just need something for my brain and for my skin.

What’s your go-to getting ready music?

It changes a lot, but these days I’m into “dad music,” as they call it. So the old classics. I listen to them loud volume, no shame.

You’ve got $20 and free roam of a drugstore. What do you buy?

I’d definitely buy some lipstick. I love a red L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche. There’s a reason they say lipstick is recession proof. It’s one product that can dramatically change how you look and how you express yourself. And then for the rest: sunblock, an eye mask, and I don’t know how much more my $20 will get me, but maybe bath salts?

Billie Eilish And Alicia Keys’s Emotional Duet Will Melt Your Bones

Billie Eilish appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden for a special episode that saw Alicia Keys filling in for its host of the same name. And when you have two amazing singers on the same stage, it’s not too far fetched to believe that melodies will leak out, and that’s exactly what happened when the pair gave an impromptu, piano-led performance of Eilish’s breakout 2016 song, “Ocean Eyes.”

The chilling duet of swirling voices bathed in blue stage lights kicked off after Keys opened up the desk that she was sitting behind, saying “I didn’t bring this thing here for nothing.” Out of its head popped fresh piano keys, causing the crowd to roar in excitement. With Eilish’s smile of approval, Keys played the instantly memorable melody of “Ocean Eyes,” introducing her intense and soothing voice. For the duration of the duet, Keys offered an amazing counterbalance to Eilish’s soft caroling, creating a one-of-a-kind rendition of the song that is just as awesome as the original. The pair ended by pressing their voices together for a stirring climax that you can feel in your bones. Finished, they sealed it with an epic on-stage hug, congratulating each other for one hell of a ride.

Eilish released a haunting video for “Xanny” earlier this month that’s about turning her back towards drugs. Her debut studio LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, was the most streamed album on Spotify in 2019.

Take a look at Eilish and Keys’s awesome duet up above.

The Nike Victory Swimsuit Is An Inclusive Option for Athletes

“Nike believes if you have a body, you’re an athlete,” says Martha Moore, vice president and creative director behind the design. That means everyone should be able to participate in sport—something Moore and her team noticed was a particular issue for women and girls in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, many of whom are kept out of water sports simply because they have nothing appropriate to wear. The full line, including the Nike Swim Hijab, Nike Full-Coverage Swim Tunic, and Nike Swim Leggings, launches February 1 on nike.com and in retail stores.

In the western world, burkinis tend to be controversial and a little bit misunderstood. But the stereotype is changing—2019 was, after all, the year Halima Aden made history as the first woman to appear in Sports Illustrated’s iconically sexy swimsuit issue in a burkini. So when they started the design process, Nike wanted to make sure they got the cultural nuances right. “When we started with the idea, we thought it was going to be a jumpsuit,” says Moore. “We were schooled. We were basically told no, it’s not about body conscious, it is about body skimming. And that really was a new paradigm for us to think about. What would that mean in terms of fabric? What would that mean in terms of fit? What would that mean in terms of support? And what would that mean in terms of hair management? That’s really where we started, those four big ideas,” she says.

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Victory Swimsuits are big on technical innovations. The suits are made from nylon (most swimsuits are made of polyester) which doesn’t absorb water, to help avoid drag. Strategically placed mesh creates a gill-like effect that allows water to drain out of the suit once you’re on dry land. For support, the suit has a built in bra designed in part based on the insights Nike gathered while designing the World Cup uniforms for the USWNT. And as far as keeping hair covered? Nike went through 55 prototypes before landing on a hydrodynamically designed hijab that won’t budge during laps.

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The final result is something Nike hopes does more than just solve practical performance needs. “The big fifth idea was to make it beautiful. Make it elegant, make it lovely, make it say ‘I feel strong and fierce,’” says Moore. “That’s a victory for women.”

Macaela MacKenzie is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @MacaelaMack and on Instagram @MacaelaMac.