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Avril Lavigne Won’t Let A Man’s Bullshit Ruin Her Christmas In ‘Tell Me It’s Over’ Video

Avril Lavigne‘s return to music has been one of the brightest surprises of 2018. Back in September, the 34-year-old ended a five-year drought with the release of “Head Above Water,” a power ballad inspired by her battle with Lyme disease. But that was just the beginning.

On Wednesday (December 12), Lavigne shared “Tell Me It’s Over,” the second taste of her upcoming sixth album. In the soulful, bluesy track’s accompanying video, she and her beau share a love-filled Christmas before a fight breaks out and he smashes her phone to smithereens. “Tell me it’s over / If it’s really over,” she urges. “‘Cause every time you come over it doesn’t feel like it’s over no more.”

Addressing the song’s vaguely retro production, Lavigne said in a statement that she was inspired by “timeless queens” like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James. Why? “They represent women who stand up for women and aren’t going to put up with a man’s bullshit anymore!”

She continued, “‘Tell Me It’s Over’ is an anthem about being strong, finally putting your foot down and closing the door on a relationship that you know is wrong after time and time again of falling for their games. If someone doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated, don’t put up with it. It’s understandably so hard because in the past every time you saw them, they sucked you in and you fell right back into their web, but not anymore starting now!”

Lavigne’s sound has certainly changed and matured since the last time we heard from her, but that spunk clearly hasn’t diminished a bit.

Along with releasing “Tell Me It’s Over” on Wednesday, Lavigne also shared the title and cover art for her Head Above Water album, arriving on February 15. Of the project, Lavigne said, “I feel like I’ve really opened up on this record more than I ever have before. Each song tells a story that will hopefully inspire others to believe in themselves and stand up for what they know is right and what they truly deserve!”

Senior Market Editor Isaiah Freeman-Schub’s Holiday Gift Guide: Man of the World

1. Officine Générale Leather & Shearling Bomber Jacket

Pierre Mahéo, the designer of Paris-based label Officine Générale, makes things guys want to wear. Along with the excellent oxford shirts and pleated trousers he’s become known for, each collection of Mahéo’s includes a couple of especially swaggy pieces, like this leather bomber jacket with a dark-roast sheen. Minus its removable shearling collar, it will take your recipient right into spring. $1,615, barneys.com

2. Begg & Co. Washed Cashmere Travel Blanket

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Why Clint Eastwood Prefers Directing Over Acting Nowadays

There are few living Hollywood legends as accomplished as Clint Eastwood. He first lit up the big screen as a wandering gunfighter in the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, and since he hasn’t traveled far from the spotlight. At 88-years-old, Eastwood is just as much of an established director as he is an iconic star, with his next project being The Mule, a crime drama he both directed and stars in.

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell recently sat down with Clint Eastwood for an exclusive interview ahead of the release of The Mule. When asked whether he preferred acting or directing, Eastwood had some fair reasons why he still pursues each but leans more toward directing these days. In his words:

Clint Eastwood sounds passionate as ever about the work he does, but realizes that sitting back in a baseball cap and calling the shots doesn’t requires eyes on how he looks in the scene and so on. The actor/director looks to still find passion in both facets of filmmaking, especially considering he’s doubling up as the star and man behind the camera in his upcoming film, The Mule.

Clint Eastwood has been busy at work directing film after film at quite the impressive rate, including both Jersey Boys and American Sniper in 2014, 2016’s Sully and The 15:17 to Paris earlier this year. However, he hasn’t been seen onscreen since 2012’s Trouble with the Curve. It makes sense that Eastwood would want to sit back and focus on his directing craft in his later years, and leaving the onscreen glitz and glam to other actors. Then again, he has never waited too long before coming back to his roots in acting.

In The Mule, Eastwood will be playing a 90-year-old horticulturalist and war veteran who becomes a drug mule for the Mexican cartel. The story is based on a true story of a similar man detailed in a New York Times story published in 2014. The film looks to be an emotional role for Eastwood, as his character Earl Stone is filled with regret and sadness around his actions as he becomes in over his head as an FBI agent, played by Bradley Cooper catches wind of his dealings.

Clint Eastwood’s comeback as both lead and director, past seen in Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby, The Mule comes to theaters on December 14.

Captive State Trailer Is Dystopian And Thrilling

After kicking off one of the truly great modern trilogies with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Rupert Wyatt left the realm of science fiction to make the crime drama The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg. Now he’s back in the sci-fi realm, this time with an alien invasion, for Captive State. The latest trailer for Captive State has debuted and it teases a thrilling and tense dystopian story. Check it out below:

What’s compelling about this trailer is that it is really teasing a film about a dystopian future, set 10 years after an alien invasion, but it looks very different from what we usually see from dystopian movies or those about alien invasions. What we see here is a street-level fight that tells the story of what happens long after the war has been lost.

This isn’t about government forces and leaders of nations fighting to protect the planet, this is about ordinary citizens becoming soldiers in order to resist an occupation. Captive State is dealing with the realities of the common person living in a world where extra-terrestrials have taken over and where collaborators are viewed as traitors and dissidents are viewed as terrorists.

That is a story that has many real world parallels, both historical and modern, and that adds a feeling of realism to what we are seeing here. The fact that the extra-terrestrials are largely absent from the trailer only enhances that, as the totalitarian regime wearing a friendly smile and saving us from ourselves doesn’t feel like science fiction, but something that can actually happen.

There is a grittiness to this trailer too. It isn’t a glossy look at fancy alien technology, nor does it have the feel of a YA dystopian blockbuster. This feels very grounded and everything looks homemade. We hear “You gotta pick a side,” but it’s clear that nothing is black and white, and the murky gray morality associated with either choice is reflected in the drab color palette this film employs.

The trailer for Captive State is also quite thrilling and intense as citizen soldiers attempt to carry out some crucial mission against the occupiers. Ashton Sanders’ and John Goodman‘s characters look like they may be playing both sides in a very dangerous game that could have us on the edge of our seats when this hits theaters.

While Captive State does look somewhat unique on the cinematic landscape, it bears mentioning that the story of an alien occupation and the collaborator/dissident dynamic is very similar to what the TV show Colony did on USA for three seasons. Nevertheless, that show touched on some difficult and interesting topics and I expect Captive State to do the same.

In addition to John Goodman and Ashton Sanders, Captive State stars Madeline Brewer, Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly and James Ransone. The script for the film comes from director Rupert Wyatt and his wife Erica Beeney.

Captive State was originally set to come out this past summer, but it flew so under-the-radar that it is now scheduled to arrive on March 29, 2019. For all of next year’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 release schedule.

What Original Mary Poppins Song Does The New Cast Wish They Could Sing?

If there’s one thing Disney feature films are known for, it’s a rocking soundtrack. Animated classics and live-action movies have included beloved iconic songs, which are passed down across the generations. This includes 1964’s Mary Poppins, which has beloved musical numbers like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Mary is returning to Cherry Tree Lane in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, which will be a direct sequel to the beloved original movie. Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman is writing new music for the sequel, and I recently had the chance to speak with the cast about the upcoming movie, including the music. I asked the Banks family and Mary herself which song from the original they’d like to sing, and their answers didn’t disappoint. Check it out below.

There’s some solid choices here, with the cast’s answers no doubt exciting the hardcore fans of the original Mary Poppins. Like Hamilton and Greatest Showman have release cover albums, perhaps the new Mary Poppins actors will one day get a chance to sing covers from the first movie. Fingers crossed.

During my conversations with the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, I opened by asking each of them which song from the original would be their choice. Without a doubt, the most popular answer was the ballad “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)”. The haunting melody takes place at the start of Mary Poppins‘ third act, and teaches Jane and Michael Banks about charity and the power of money.

Both Emily Blunt and Ben Whishaw chose “Feed the Birds” as their favorite song, and one they would love to have reprised in Mary Poppins Returns. Luckily, both of those actors get their own ballads in Mary Poppins Returns. Michael’s song “A Conversation” is one of the first songs from the movie, and sets up the grief that he and his children are feeling in the wake of his wife’s death.

Meanwhile, Emily Blunt gets to sing a ballad of her own with “The Place Where The Lost Things Go.” Once again focused on the subject of loss, Mary comforts the Banks children, and reminds them that their mother is still all around them, despite her passing. So while they didn’t get to sing “Feed The Birds” both Ben and Emily will have their own opportunities to make the audience cry.

Emily Mortimer and Hamilton writer/singer Lin-Manuel Miranda have their own choices for which song from Mary Poppins they’d like to do. Mortimer chose the “Sister Suffragette”, the track sung by Mrs. Banks actress Glynis Johns in the original film. A Mary Poppins underrated bop, the song found Mrs. Banks belting out lyrics about the fight for the right to vote in England. Jane ends up in a similar vocation in Mary Poppins Returns, making her choice all the more exciting.

Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda seems the most attached to Dick Van Dyke’s songs from the original. He mentioned both “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Jolly Holiday” as being the tracks he’s enjoyed from the comfort of his home. His character Jack actually fills a similar role to the one filled by Van Dyke’s Bert, accompanying Mary in her adventures and even dancing with penguins in the process.

Mary Poppins Returns will arrive in theaters, complete with new songs, on December 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Does Aquaman Feature A Lot Of Improv? Here’s What Jason Momoa Says

Superhero films aren’t generally the types of projects most of us think about in relation to improv. In fact, it’s often comedy flicks that are later released with gag reels and outtakes that are thought of in relation to improvisational moments. Yet, Aquaman apparently had quite a bit of improvisation, at least according to lead actor Jason Momoa.

So yes, Jason Momoa was able to try things out and play around on the set of the movie, which reportedly cost $200 million to make. That’s plenty of takes to find a cut that works, although I’m guess most of that budget went into CGI and making the movie look pretty spectacular.

Still, what’s most intriguing to me about Jason Momoa’s comment to Fox News is that he really seems to feel he was able to put more of himself into Arthur Curry than other characters he has portrayed on the big and small screen.

Of course, when you are known for playing a heathenish Khal, an axe-throwing fur trader and an alien from the Pegasus Galaxy, I suppose it’s easy for a superhero who’s also a normal dude to stand out as the role that’s most like you. Superheroes, they’re just like us.

Aquaman won’t be the first movie superhero movie with improvisation, of course. We’ve heard that one of Avengers: Infinity War‘s biggest moments, the moment where Tom Holland felt himself fading into dust, was largely improvised. Robert Downey Jr. is also fairly notable for his improvisation on superhero movies.

Previously, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok was also noted for its use of improvisation, especially in regards to the movie’s humor and tone. Waititi has previously said 80% of that movie was improvised; I’m guessing Aquaman‘s number would be a little lower.

Venom also had a notably improvised moment in which Tom Hardy jumped into a lobster tank. So improvisation in superhero flicks happens, it’s just not the rule.

A lot of DC movies have had a fairly dark tone, so it’s really just nice to hear that the Aquaman cast had fun with the movie on set. Reviews for the flick have already started coming out, and for the most part people seem to think the movie goes for a lot, even if it doesn’t hit every note perfectly. Hopefully it hits the improv notes well.

We’ll be able to find out soon enough. Aquaman will finally be hitting theaters on December 18, 2018. To check out its holiday competition, take a look at our full premiere schedule.

Should More R-Rated Movies Try and Release PG-13 Cuts?

Once Upon A Deadpool is going to be quite the test run for Hollywood, as the industry watches to see how a PG-13 cut of a film previously released as rated R will be well-received by a mass audience. If consumers turn out for the revamp in a big way, it stands to reason Hollywood may make a habit of releasing PG-13 cuts more often. That said, should this be a trend Hollywood pursues?

It’s a tough question to answer, especially where Once Upon A Deadpool is concerned. While the flick is largely Deadpool 2 edited for a younger audience, there’s added, never-before-seen footage of Fred Savage that folks will obviously want to see. For now, it seems the only way of doing that may be attending the film or buying the PG-13 cut when it arrives in digital and physical form.

While cool, this sets what I feel is a dangerous precedent for Hollywood. Obviously not everyone is going to be game to see a PG-13 cut of an R-rated feature, but in the age of post-credits scenes and additional content, dollars to donuts one studio would eventually get the idea to add additional unseen footage to a second PG-13 cut to bolster box office numbers. It’s not at all a bad idea, although could turn ethically sketchy.

For example, is it hard to believe a studio would decide to cut or shoot a scene specifically to hold it for an additional cut of the film that airs down the stretch? The blowback, if it were discovered, would be rough on whatever studio made the call and besmirch a franchise’s legacy.

That’s a cynical perspective, of course, but even in the scenario where a studio releases added footage to a PG-13 cut to appease fans could lead to some dicey situations. Imagine a world where Suicide Squad released a second theatrical cut with more Joker scenes following fan backlash. It may be well-received, but awaken a new era in which fans are even more encouraged and empowered to push for alternate cuts that fit their desires more than the final product.

Which poses the question: if a theater releases two different cuts of the same film in theaters, which is the definitive version? Is that up for the fans to decide, the director, or the studio? It’s a question slightly easier to answer in the scenario where a PG-13 cut is simply the same story with less sex and swearing, and maybe when viewed through the lens of another Hollywood tactic.

There have been plenty of “unrated” cuts of popular movies released on DVD, although very few of them have been heralded as the definitive version of the film. More often than not, the “unrated” cut feels somewhat superfluous in some situations, and more of a quick way for studios to market a release and turn a quick profit. There have been exceptions, like with the unrated version of Sex Drive, but by and large, most feel forced.

Having said all of that, there is an argument to be made in favor of PG-13 cuts. Studios could be more apt to pushing R-rated theatrical releases of superhero adventures and other genres provided they know there’s money to be made in re-cutting the film for a younger audience. A PG-13 cut could be the cash cow savior of rated R adventures, which don’t typically pull in as much money on average in comparison.

In fact, Newsday‘s report about the most recent list of top-ten box office hits of all time notes that all ten movies on the list are rated PG-13. Given that, it’s easy to understand why studios are more incentivized to make a PG-13 film and are interested in transforming rated R pictures for a PG-13 audience. While converting a previously released rated R romp to a PG-13 rating is fairly new territory, the money shows this is an avenue at least worth trying.

Of course, there’s the argument that asks why Hollywood would bother releasing two cuts, when PG-13 is, on average, a more profitable endeavor. In that light, releasing the PG-13 cut of a rated R film seems more or less of a test of if an audience will accept an original PG-13 tale in the future. It would be crazy to think no one is thinking about a PG-13 Deadpool adventure should Once Upon A Deadpool kill at the box office.

But what about the children? As someone who was absolutely not allowed to view a PG-13 feature before I was of age, my younger self is jumping up and down at the prospect he could be a part of the in-crowd who had the cool parents who let them watch whatever they want. Bottom line, a PG-13 cut may not be for everyone, but logic would dictate it may be just the ticket for someone else.

And in that light, if a PG-13 cut is the only way some young teenager can enjoy Deadpool 2 during the holiday season, then isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Hardly, but the thought that there’s a kid who will deeply appreciate the ability to see a movie they couldn’t see without otherwise getting grounded is somewhat heartwarming. Who am I to naysay over someone’s only cinematic avenue for Deadpool’s debauchery and mayhem?

Time will tell if PG-13 cuts of previously released rated R films are a viable revenue stream for Hollywood, and even if Once Upon A Deadpool crushes in theaters, there’s no guarantee other franchises will see the same success. As Heraclitus said so long ago, “Change is the only constant,” so perhaps the best thing to do is to see how it does and not be surprised if Hollywood has an even wilder idea of profiting off films next year.

Once Upon A Deadpool is presently in theaters and, of course, rated PG-13. For more on that project, be sure to read up on CinemaBlend’s chat with Fred Savage and how he was less than thrilled to be kidnapped by Deadpool for this project.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Could Make More Money Opening Weekend Than We Thought

We’re almost done with 2018, but Hollywood still has a few high-profile movies to deliver to audiences. Among them is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which arrives this weekend and is introducing Miles Morales to the cinematic realm just seven years after he was brought into the comics. Into the Spider-Verse was already poised to get off to a solid start on opening weekend, but now the estimations have improved slightly, with the animated superhero movie currently predicted to make somewhere between $30 million to $35 million.

The original opening weekend range for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was $28 million to $35 million. So while the maximum range is still settled at $35 million, the minimum range has gone up slightly. Also keep in mind that in the end, these are all just guesses, as calculated as they may be. The positive buzz on Into the Spider-Verse (it’s ranked at 99% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes) might result in even more people checking it out in theaters, thus boosting the box office profit. Into the Spider-Verse already has critical reception going for it, so perhaps it’ll follow suit on the commercial front.

As far as competition goes that same opening weekend, the biggest movies Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is going up against are The Mule and Mortal Engines. The former is predicted to open in the “mid to high teens,” while the latter is only expected to pull in between $10 million to $13 million. So Into the Spider-Verse will almost certainly come out on the top, though with next week bringing Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Bumblebee, it will be interested to see how the Web-Slinger’s animated adventure fares in its second week.

In terms of who’s interested in seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Deadline mentioned that “interest is strong among families, African American and Hispanic demos.” The families part makes sense, as typically the superhero movie genre is populated by live action, PG-13 romps, whereas this is an animated adventure that younger Spider-Man fans can enjoy on the big screen. As for the African American and Hispanic demos, that’s also not surprising given that Miles Morales is a half-African America, half-Hispanic hero.

While Miles Morales is the star of the show in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he’s far from the only Spider-hero appearing. This version of Miles’ origin story sees him being mentored by an older, disheveled Peter Parker from another universe, and they’re later joined by Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider-Ham. Together, they’ll band together to fight a horde of villains led by Kingpin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14, but you can read g now. Don’t forget to also look through our holiday premiere guide to learn what the other final movies of 2018 are, as well as our 2019 release schedule to plan your theatrical trips next year accordingly.

The Best Beauty Gifts From QVC for 2018

We’ve been there: It’s 2:00 A.M., you can’t sleep, and the only thing remotely entertaining on TV (aside from I Love Lucy reruns) is a few women trying to sell you a mini steamer on QVC. Or a do-it-all mop, the next best kitchen appliance, and a really good face cream. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours watching, transfixed by the vast knowledge and wisdom of these hosts and experts, who seem to have intel on every single thing you and your loved ones really need in life.

Well, this year, in order to take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping, we enlisted these very pros—including model turned natural beauty expert Josie Maran, dermatologist Harold Lancer, M.D., Tatcha beauty founder Vicky Tsai, and many more—to share the best of the best in QVC’s endless supply of beauty products and gift sets. Right here, right now…

Best Personal Holiday Gift Ideas: Engravings, Monograms and More

Every Holiday season there’s an immense amount of pressure to come up with a great gift idea that’s insanely special. Realistically there are only so many one-of-a-kind presents out there which is why personalization with things like engravings and monograms is key. It’s a fool-proof way to show you care and that you do actually know your friend or partner’s middle name.

Obviously there are plenty of signet rings, necklaces and bracelets ripe for engraving. But there are some unexpected items out there that are also easily personalized like a great leather notebook, pair of high top converse and fluffy sherpa slippers. There’s even a special fruit necklace you can gift to your favorite healthy person with a gold enamel charm of their favorite fruit (forget cats or dogs; strawberries or blueberries?).

There’s two weeks left until Christmas but all of these presents will make it to you on time, so order fast and read on below for the best personal gift ideas that are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.