Charlie’s Angels Star Kristen Stewart Loves That The Angels Start The Movie As Strangers

Given how the trend of nostalgia continues to dominate the entertainment world, there’s no shortage of reboots, remakes, and long-awaited sequels. The trick to making these projects work is providing something new to say, rather than simply repeating past incarnations. Movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle succeeded this way, and Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels also has some new takes for the franchise. Most obviously, by creating an origin story and having the three Angels start off as strangers. And actress Kristen Stewart is particularly happy about this dynamic.

Charlie’s Angels is a property that originated with the 1976 TV series. The Townsend Agency was eventually adapted for the big screen in the 2000 blockbuster of the same name, and it’s sequel. While those movies focused heavily on the already established friendship of the three Angels, the 2019 version starts their dynamic from scratch. And it’s a choice that both Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks are passionate about. I had the chance to speak with the cast of Charlie’s Angels ahead of its release, and you can see my conversation about the Angels’ origin story below.

Well, that makes a great deal of sense. While Charlie’s Angels is tasked with adapting to the modern world in the wake of the #MeToo movement, this process began by making the three Angels strangers, and allowing their friendship and partnership to develop organically on the screen.

Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels is different from the preceding film franchise in a variety of ways. But the difference in the Angels’ relationship is perhaps one of the most obvious. While the movie continued the franchise of bringing together three very different women, they also showed the inception of their trio being formed. And by the film’s end, they become a truly effective force against evil.

While Charlie’s Angels may deal with high stakes and over the top action, Kristen Stewart’s above comments simplify things, and focus on the human side of the movie. She’s interesting in how people meet in real life, as origins of friendships and romantic relationships often lead to the best stories. That’s exactly the case with the upcoming blockbuster, which follows the trio as they team up for the very first time.

At the film’s opening, both Kristen Stewart’s Sabina and Ella Balinska’s Jane are official Angels, working in the massive Townsend Agency. But Naomi Scott (Aladdin, Power Rangers) plays Elena, who is a scientist and whistleblower. She’s unexpected brought into a larger conflict, and must put her faith in the agency, and especially Sabina and Jane. Elena’s perspective mirrors the audience’s, as we observe just how far reaching Charlie’s operation has become since we last saw the Angels on the big screen.

Elizabeth Banks also opened up about her process as writer and director, and the decision to show the trio of women coming together on the big screen for Charlie’s Angels. She thought it was important to show how women working together always makes things better. And indeed, the three Angels had very different skills to bring to the mission.

Joker Star Joaquin Phoenix Loves All The Fan Theories About Its Ending

Warning: Joker SPOILERS ahead!

Since Todd Phillips’ Joker arrived in theaters, it has generated unprecedented box office business and intense conversation in equal measure. A big topic of discussion has been the film’s ending, with audiences speculating about what did and what didn’t actually happen and what it all means. To see that debate unfold has been a real highlight for star Joaquin Phoenix, who loves all the fan theories about the movie’s ending, as he explained:

As a result of Joker’s success and visibility, Joaquin Phoenix is getting to see and follow the way that people are reacting to the film and interpreting what actually happened in it. So he is very much aware of the conversations taking place and the theorizing about the ending and he finds that whole process quite interesting. The actor loves the various fan theories and is supportive of all possible conclusions.

Rather than come down on one side of things, Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t think that there is one right answer. Maybe it was all in Arthur’s head and maybe it wasn’t. Part of the beauty of the film is the ambiguity. As he told the Los Angeles Times, Joaquin Phoenix thinks that the answer is ultimately up to the audience, it’s for them to decide and whatever answer feels right and has meaning to you is just as valid as any other.

So even if Joaquin Phoenix has his own answer in his mind of what’s true and what isn’t (director Todd Phillips certainly does), he wouldn’t say because he doesn’t want to take away from that conversation. By giving a definitive answer those fan theories go away and the enjoyment of speculation along with them. Theorizing gives a film longevity and something of a second life, I mean, we’re still debating the ending of Inception almost a decade later.

The ambiguous nature of Joker’s ending challenges audiences and forces them to engage with it and to Joaquin Phoenix, that’s a quality that is usually lacking in big studio movies. This is sort of the problem Martin Scorsese has lamented about franchise films, a lack of mystery and risk-taking in favor of safety and familiarity. He’s not wrong and that’s part of what makes Joker so cool.

It’s also quite fitting that a film about the Joker has people questioning what’s real and what the truth is. Part of what has made the Joker such an enduring and popular character is his enigmatic nature. He’s a villain that is the source of endless speculation, particularly with regards to his identity and origins. So it’s pretty neat that although this film gives away his identity and shows us how Arthur Fleck became this version of the Joker, it still manages to have so much mystery to it.

Joker is now playing. Check out what else is headed to theaters in our 2019 Release Schedule and let us know what you think really happened in the poll below.

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The Rock Has Announced When Black Adam Is Coming Out

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam for a long time, and following the success of Shazam! earlier this year, the Black Adam movie finally started accelerating down the developmental pipeline. So when can we expect to see Johnson finally bring this DC Comics character to life? We finally know the answer: December 21, 2021.

This information comes straight from Dwayne Johnson himself, who also debuted the first poster for the Black Adam movie, which you can check out below.

Frozen II Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Are Saying

Are you ready? When the original Frozen hit theaters it absolutely exploded. The movie became Disney’s highest grossing animated feature in the history of ever. It’s songs were all over the radio. It’s merchandise was flying off the shelves. It’s characters were being swarmed at Disney theme parks. Now six years later, the sequel is finally here, and according to most, it’s a worthy, if not a superior, effort. Although, that may not be the compliment that it sounds like.

CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg could only muster 2.5 stars for his review, stating that while the soundtrack of Frozen II was stellar, and the cast is top notch, it’s not enough to save an otherwise messy story.

Most of the rest of the reviews are positive, if not necessarily glowing. Slashfilm is one of those that says the new Frozen is better than the original, though, in doing so it makes it clear that it’s not holding the original Frozen in quite the high regard that many others might. In the end, it’s just slightly better than the original, and still has problems. Some aspects of the story don’t work as well, though visually the film is a treat.

A similar sort of response comes from i09. The review there also says that Frozen II is better than the first Frozen in total, but that, specifically, the structure of the plot has some serious and glaring issues.

In watching the trailers for Frozen II one gets the impression that the sequel will be a somewhat darker and more mature story, for a generation that is six years older than it was when it saw the first Frozen. THR laments that, while the sequel teases us with these ideas, it ultimately doesn’t follow through on them.

While that review is critical of Frozen II for taking the safe road, Variety holds a very different opinion. That review worries that fans looking for more Frozen, as they remember it from the first film, might actually be disappointed. Because Frozen II, for good or ill, is a very different move than its predecessor.

Certainly one never expect reviews to all agree as critics, like all people, have different tastes. Having said that, these Frozen II reviews are all over the map. Some think the music is excellent, others find most of it forgettable. Some think the animation is gorgeous, some find the character designs off-putting. Opinions are quite mixed.

The general consensus seems to be that Frozen II is good, but maybe not great. It’s better than the original, but only if you didn’t absolutely love the original. For those that did, it will be interesting to see how they respond when the film opens November 22.

That Time A Director Asked Jennifer Lopez To Show Him Her Breasts

For a long time it was an open secret in Hollywood, as it was in many other places, that men in positions of power were using that power to take advantage of women. Recently, however, there has been an increase in the attention drawn to these experiences, which has hopefully helped keep them from happening.

Jennifer Lopez is certainly a star in Hollywood and has the power and influence that comes with that, but that wasn’t always the case. The actress has revealed that on one of her movies, the director asked her to remove her top for him prior to shooting a scene.

In a round table interview with several other prominent actresses, like Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Awkwafina, Lopez explained that while she was being fitted for a costume, the director came in and asked her to remove her top. While certainly shocked by the request, Lopez was able to say no…

The movie in question was one in which Jennifer Lopez was set to have a nude scene, which was apparently the pretext for the request from the director. While the actress knew she was going to do nudity in the movie, that didn’t mean she was comfortable just doing it next to the costume designer.

Jennifer Lopez has only done nudity in a few of her films, so it would seem that the list of movies where this may have happened is fairly short. Although, Lopez says in the THR interview that she was “supposed to do nudity in the movie” which makes it sound like perhaps the nudity didn’t end up happening.

The actress doesn’t name the director in question. Although, Scarlett Johansson does try to get her to name names. It’s possible she may have done so off the record. Lopez does say that the director later apologized.

This is far from the first time we’ve heard stories like this, and in many cases they don’t end in the way that this one did. The actresses involved in this interview hope that, because some light has been shone on this sort of behavior, it’s happening far less often, and the women that are dealing with it hopefully feel more empowered to respond to it it in the way Jennifer Lopez did when it does take place.

Wait, James Bond May Be Married In No Time To Die?

The James Bond franchise has enthralled moviegoers for decades, and is showing no signs of slowing down. While Eon productions will continue 007’s adventures on the big screen, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the MI6 agent. The pressure is on for the Beasts of No Nation director to deliver an appropriate swan song, and the latest report indicates that Bon may be married in the highly anticipated (and expensive) blockbuster.

While No Time to Die has wrapped filming, much of the film’s contents and plot remain a mystery, as the generations of fans patiently wait for the first trailer. But there have been some reports out of the movie’s set, and the latest indicates that Daniel Craig’s James Bond may be off the market in his final appearance. Namely, that he’ll be marrying Spectre character Dr. Madeline Swann.

This latest update comes to us from Daily Mail, and is sure to be exciting for all the Bond fanatics who are hoping for a glimmer of new information. The story was about how No Time to Die will apparently be more “woke” than its predecessors, in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought on as a writer to help bring a female perspective to the blockbuster, and it looks like one of the changes to Daniel Craig’s Bond in the new movie is get him off the market.

James will apparently marry Léa Seydoux’s Dr. Madeline Swann during the course of No Time to Die. Madeline was the main Bond girl in Spectre, aiding James on his mission against Blofled. The two ultimately left for places unknown together, and it looks like their romantic connection continued to grow off camera. Rather than writing Madeline off like the franchise has done in the past, her story with James will continue in No Time to Die. And apparently even take her down the isle.

In addition to being more realistic and less gadget-focused, Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond saw the franchise embrace serialized storytelling. The movies aren’t anthologies, but one linear story. Characters pop back up, and 007’s experiences are influenced by his past adventures. That’ll also be the case with No Time to Die, and I’m eager to see what type of ending this incarnation of Bond gets.

James Bond isn’t typically a character who married his Bond Girls, but it has happened onscreen before– decades ago. James married Diana Riggs’ Tracy Draco in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Unfortunately, the Game of Thrones actress’ character was killed on their wedding day in the final scene of the movie. Since then, we haven’t seen James marry anyone on the big screen.

Our questions will be answered when No Time to Die hits theaters on April 8, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.

Sterling K. Brown Reveals Cut Frozen II Scene, And The Song He Lost Out On

It’s a pretty well known story at this point that in the original plan for Disney’s Frozen, Elsa was going to be a more traditional villain, before the creation of the song “Let it Go” changed a lot about the story. It turns out that Frozen II also went through some significant, if not quite as drastic, changes in the story department.

Nearly everybody who appears in Frozen II gets their moment to shine on the soundtrack. Even Jonathan Groff, who got shutout of singing in the first movie gets an, apparently important, song in the sequel. However, one of the new cast members, Sterling K. Brown doesn’t get a chance to show off his voice in the film. He still had to prove that he could sing, however, when getting the part, as Brown reveals initially his character did have a song in the movie that was cut.

It’s certainly not uncommon, especially in animated movies, for stories to go through significant changes from their original conception. In one draft of Toy Story, Woody was a ventriloquist dummy and more of an antagonist than a friend to Buzz Lightyear. The Good Dinosaur was started over almost completely when it was felt the original idea wasn’t working. Because animated movies can be changed in the middle of production, and they take so much longer to make anyway, changes happen if it’s felt the movie can be improved.

Sterling K. Brown tells Yahoo that originally, when Anna, Elsa, and company arrive in the enchanted forest, his character, Lieutenant Destin Mattias, was the only one they found, and that apparently Mattias had gone perhaps a little bonkers due to the isolation of all those years…

Sterling K. Brown’s character is an Arendelle soldier who was apparently trapped in the enchanted forest when some unknown magical force locked it away. While the plan, originally, was to leave Mattias as the only one on the other side, we know from the trailers that this idea changed in a big way. There are a lot more people living in the forest now than was originally planned.

It seems that in the original concept of Frozen II, none of these villager characters were in the forest at all. That seems to be a pretty significant change to the story, although, certainly, we don’t know exactly how they will play into the plot.

It’s unfortunate that this change in the film’s direction resulted in the loss of a song for Sterling K. Brown. With the soundtrack coming out tomorrow, we might get a hint at what the song was, and get more details about what this version of the story could have been.

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley Explains Why The Rise Of Skywalker Was Her Favorite To Film

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Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, it’s been a great time to be a Star Wars fan. The galaxy far, far away has never been closer, as the House of Mouse has churned out tons of exciting movies. Chief among them is the sequel trilogy, which will come to an end with J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker. There’s a ton of pressure for that blockbuster to deliver, but it turns out that Rey actress Daisy Ridley had her favorite time on set while working on Episode IX.

In addition to ending the current trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has the additional stakes of wrapping up the entire nine-film Skywalker Saga. Fans are eager to see what J.J. Abrams has in store, and the various plot twists that will no doubt be featured throughout the movie’s runtime. Episode IX will be Daisy Ridley’s final appearance as Rey, and it turns out it was her favorite. As she explained:

Well, that’s certainly a good sign. Daisy Ridley has been the clear hero of the current sequel, so she’s worked on plenty of meaty scenes. But it looks like she was given more confidence in The Rise of Skywalker, and enjoyed being able to have more scene partners as well.

Daisy Ridley’s comments to Marie Claire are sure to excite the generations of Star Wars fans out there. Because if the creation of The Rise of Skywalker was so enjoyable for the actress, that may speak to the quality of the upcoming blockbuster. Or perhaps Ridley’s performance will be particularly powerful, as she was less nervous and able to enjoy the peaks and valleys of her signature character.

Given how big of character Rey has been in the sequel trilogy, we should expect big things from Daisy Ridley in The Rise of Skywalker. While John Boyega recently revealed that he fought for more Finn screen time, Rey should be at the center of the movie’s main conflict. With Luke gone, she’s the Jedi that The Resistance will look to for hope. She’s also got a deep connection with Kylo Ren, whose morality and fate will finally be decided in the upcoming blockbuster.

Luckily, all of our questions should be answered shortly, as The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters in a little over a month. In the meantime, you can catch up on the Skywalker Saga on Disney+. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th, answering all of our questions in the process. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look forward to the New Year.

Keanu Reeves Is Literally A Tumbleweed In New Spongebob Movie Trailer

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants. Who knows to land cameos in his movies? Again, Spongebob Squarepants. Netting big Hollywood talent to appear in a movie like The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run certainly isn’t a surprise; but even I was pleasantly shocked to see Keanu Reeves literally playing a tumbleweed in the film’s first trailer.

But don’t worry, if nautical nonsense be something you wish, then… take a look at what the Spongebob saga has to offer, below:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run isn’t just about Reeves’ character Sage, who happens to also be made of sage and offers sage advice. Rather, the movie’s story is a road trip with the square panted sponge and his friends, as they embark on an important journey: finding Spongebob’s missing pet snail, Gary.

It’s an epic quest that’ll take our friends outside of the comfort and safety of Bikini Bottom, and into locations like the Lost City of Atlantic City, and what looks like a desert ghost town. That last location is where we find Keanu Reeves, shining in all of his splendid glory, ready to prove Patrick wrong about the etymology of his name. Oh, and he’ll probably be dishing out sage advice too, because he’s a sage and he’s Keanu Reeves. That’s kind of his thing in pop culture.

Returning for their third theatrical outing in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run are Spongebob and Patrick’s legendary voices, Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke respectively. For as long as the show and films have been running, their talents have been at the heart of the story. In that respect, this latest film isn’t only something that could potentially entertain child audiences, it’s also something that could trigger nostalgia for the parents.

And if that doesn’t reel the folks in, then Sage Keanu will definitely do the trick. Seriously, look at that man, and tell us he doesn’t make you think everything’s going to be ok?

I certainly feel better. Don’t you?

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run busts into theaters on May 22, 2020. And if you want to see what its competition looks like, head on over to our 2020 release schedule, so you can fill out your movie calendar accordingly.

Is Aquaman 2 Bringing Ocean Master Back? Here’s What Patrick Wilson Say

Aquaman is the highest grossing movie that DC has ever seen, so it was far from a shock when a sequel was given the green light. Aquaman 2 may be on the way, but it’s still a pretty long way off, so there’s little we know about it beyond the fact that Aquaman will be in it. However, it looks like the first movie’s main antagonist could be returning as well.

Aquaman saw Arthur Curry defeat his half-brother, Orm, also known as Ocean Master. However, while most comic book movie bad guys end up dead by the time the credits role, Orm was only taken prisoner by the new king. That means that actor Patrick Wilson has much greater odds than your average big bad of returning in the sequel, and it seems that could very well happen, as Wilson recently revealed he’s been talking to Aquaman director James Wan about the sequel and Orm’s place in it. According to Wilson…

Patrick Wilson may only be “slightly briefed” on what’s going on with Aquaman 2, as he tells THR, but the fact that he’s briefed at all is telling. If information related to the character of Orm is even being considered it means there’s a pretty good chance Patrick Wilson will be back in Aquaman 2. He could return as the sequel’s main villain or simply appear in a cameo, but one way or another, it sounds like he’ll appear.

It shouldn’t be too shocking that Patrick Wilson might find himself back in the Aquaman franchise. Wilson and director James Wan are frequent collaborators, having been involved in the Conjuring franchise before Aquaman. One wonders if Ocean Master would have survived the first Aquaman if he’d been played by anybody else. By keeping him alive, Wilson and Wan can work together on yet another movie.

For some reason I’m having flashbacks to something like Thor: The Dark World when I think about how Ocean Master could fit in a sequel. Perhaps Aquaman and Orm will find themselves in an uneasy partnership in the next movie. Some new threat comes along that Arthur Curry, having not lived below water, isn’t equipped to deal with, but Orm has information or abilities that Aquaman needs to fight the threat.

Of course, it will be some time before we have any idea what we’re going to get from Aquaman 2. The sequel is set for a December 2022 release date, so it’s going to be three years before we actually see what James Wan comes up with, and there’s plenty of time for that plan to go through a lot of changes.