New Halloween Movie Unites All 19 Michael Myers Actors

It’s been a big year for the Halloween franchise, which released a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. The film earned positive reviews and wiped all the sequels that fans didn’t like off the face of the earth. But where do all those Michael Myers go when the timeline is erased? They gather together to take a group picture, of course! Check out 19 actors and stuntmen who have played Michael Myers together in one photo.

Michael Myers/The Shape is almost always wearing his trademark mask, which means that it’s pretty easy to slip actors in and out without the audience ever knowing. Including the flashbacks to Michael’s youth, tons of actors and stuntmen have played the character across 11 movies and at least 19 of them assembled for our amusement.

Sean Clark is a producer and talent agent who has been involved with the Halloween franchise. Clark, the 20th person in the photo, gathered 19 different actors who have played Michael Myers over the franchise’s entire history. Posting the photo on Facebook, Clark wrote that this was likely to be the only time that fans would see this many or more in one place. So, drink it all in now and save it as your wallpaper.

Fans of Halloween will likely instantly recognize the man in the center. That’s Nick Castle, the man who originated the role all the way in 1978. Castle reprised his role in a limited capacity the latest Halloween. He shared the part with stuntman James Jude Courtney (also present in the photo), who does all the action-intensive scenes in the film.

The rest of the actors have appeared in Halloween films from across the franchise, like Halloween (1978), Halloween (2007), and Halloween (2018). They do a great job with titles in this franchise. You can also find actors from sequels such as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

The latest Halloween was seen as a return to form for the franchise and served as a direct sequel to the original film. Directed by David Gordon Green, the 2018 film saw Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her role as Laurie, who has been preparing for the eventual return of Michael Myers for decades. Her dark premonition comes true when Michael finally does escape from an asylum and returns to finish the job he started.

There’s been no official confirmation of another Halloween sequel, though rumors have been floating that parties are interested. Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available. For movies that we definitely know are happening, hit up our 2019 movie release guide to see what’s coming to theaters.

The Walking Dead Launches Official Tour Of Filming Locations (Including Glenn Memorial)

Are you ready for a two-hour bus tour of The Walking Dead locations? Walk where stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus regularly walk, and pay your respects to fallen heroes like Glenn and Abraham, in The Walking Dead Studio Tour.

The official tours were just announced, taking fans to the sets located in Senoia, Georgia. The Walking Dead Season 9 is currently set in the Alexandria, Virginia area, but the show has always filmed in Georgia.

The studio tour ($65 for adults, $45 for kids) includes a 95-minute bus-led tour of Riverwood Studios’ stages and backlots, a 25-minute bus-led tour of Alexandria and the Town of Woodbury, and a commemorative “The Walking Dead Studio Tour” security badge.

The tour takes visitors through The Governor’s Woodbury, plus Alexandria, Hilltop, the Sanctuary, Oceanside, Jadis’ junkyard (aka The Heaps), the walker-infested pond where Aaron and Rick had such trouble, and a Glenn and Abraham Memorial Site. Here’s the description for the memorial tour stop:

No baseball bats allowed! But sorry, Carl, your death didn’t make a tour stop.

The official website notes that tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting December 14. They are set to run through March 31, 2019, which makes sense since Season 10 should start using those locations for pre-production in April, per AMC’s usual schedule.

The Walking Dead tends to film from early May to late November in Georgia. So fans would be visiting where their favorite stars were just working, with the actors set to return in the spring. It gets very hot in Georgia in the summer, when they are in the heart of filming, so at least tour visitors will be spared that intense humidity.

It’s about time The Walking Dead did something official with these tours, since fans have been flocking to the area for years to try and catch a glimpse of the actors or just check out the sets. They build an entire world down in Senoia, and the stars often visit shops in town during filming.

Of course, while fans are down in Georgia, they may also want to sneak over to the studios and sets of other shows like Stranger Things or The Vampire Diaries/The Originals/Legacies, and movies like The Avengers.

The Russo Brothers Would Totally Direct A Star Wars Movie

Arguably the two biggest film franchises in the entertainment world are the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars movies, both of which are owned and run by Disney. The MCU as we know it is coming to an end with Avengers 4, with Joe and Anthony Russo brothers wrapping up a decade’s worth of movies, and likely ending their tenure with Marvel in the process.

With The Russo Brothers possibly freeing up their schedule, all eyes on what the acclaimed filmmakers might work on next. The brothers recently hosted a Q&A following a screening of Avengers: Infinity War, fielding all sorts of questions from the audience. One fan asked if they’d be interested in directing a Star Wars movie one day, and Joe Russo said the following:

Well, this is exciting. While there are no concrete plans for the Russo Brothers’ journey into the galaxy far, far away, they certainly seem open to working on such a project sometime in the future. And given their work on four massive Marvel installments, there’s clearly got a good relationship with the House of Mouse.

Joe Russo’s comments from Collider’s Infinity War Q&A (courtesy of Comic Book) will no doubt excite the many moviegoers who are fans of both Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo Brothers have seemingly done the impossible with blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, balancing a massive cast of iconic heroes, while also providing a character-driven story with emotional stakes.

Both the MCU and Star Wars franchises are in transitional periods, with the future unclear to the general public. Marvel Studios has been keeping its cards close to the chest, as news of Marvel’s Phase Four as the potential to spoil the events of Avengers 4. As such, it’s unclear how far ahead things are currently planned with the behemoth shared universe.

Star Wars has become similarly mysterious. J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX will complete the current trilogy and Skywalker Saga forever, but the plans after that are unclear. Standalone films may or may not be cancelled after the box office disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, while Rian Johnson’s plans for his own trilogy are unclear. It seems like a great time to bring the Russo Brothers on for a project, if the timing works out for both properties.

Avengers 4 will arrive in theaters on May 3rd, 2019, while Episode IX will hit theaters December 20th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Pepper Potts’ Iron Man Armor Seemingly Confirmed For Avengers 4

Lord knows there are no fewer than 14,000,605 theories and rumors about the secretive Avengers 4, but one that actually has a leg to stand on involves Pepper Potts. Rumors are swirling that Pepper will get her own Iron Man armor in the film, based off a set photo of Gwyneth Paltrow in costume. It’s a solid piece of evidence, but one news source may have slyly confirmed that Pepper will be taking flight in the blockbuster.

Deadline released an article all about the upcoming superhero films starring women, and amid mentions of Wonder Woman 1984, a female-centric Spider-Man movie, and a Scarlet Witch show, the publication almost nonchalantly stated that Pepper Potts gets armor in Avengers 4. There’s no source listed, so perhaps take it with a little grain of salt, but Deadline is usually pretty good when it comes to these things.

On top of that, there’s pretty solid evidence surrounding this rumor. The strongest is that there’s a picture floating around the web of Gwyneth Paltrow wearing an Iron Man-like costume on the set of Avengers 4. The picture is cut off around the chest, but the suit looks pretty Iron Man-y.

Some fans have waited a long time to see Pepper get her own suit of armor. The character eventually gets one in the comics and goes by the name Rescue. The suit is non-lethal and built explicitly to aid disaster relief and save lives during emergencies. If half of the entire universe getting evaporated by a finger snap isn’t a disaster, then I don’t know what is.

It would certainly be fitting for Pepper to get in on the action in Avengers 4, potentially her last chance to do so. Pepper has been in the MCU since the very beginning 10 years ago, and she’s mostly been relegated to the sidelines while Tony Stark flies missiles into portals or takes off to outer space to save a wizard. The Avengers lost a huge chunk of the team, so they need all the help they can get to beat Thanos once and for all.

It’s anyone’s guess if this will all be confirmed before Avengers 4 arrives in theaters. It’s been a roller coaster week for MCU fans, who basically expected every day that a trailer was (finally) going to be released. That, of course, did not happen and the wait continues for some kind of information about this movie.

All will hopefully be revealed when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3, 2019. For more information about the epic blockbuster, here’s everything we know so far.

Rogue One Prequel Series Lands An Impressive Showrunner

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released in 2016 and made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, from a fairly even split between the domestic and foreign box offices (as opposed to, say, Venom). Not accounting for inflation, it is the third highest-grossing film in the Star Wars franchise, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rogue One was the first standalone anthology film, set just before the events of the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope.

Scarlet Witch’s Series Reportedly Has A Title, And A Major Co-Star

It sounds like Scarlet Witch will not be heading to Disney+ alone. She was one of the first Marvel characters to be named as getting her own series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. But Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff will reportedly share billing with her Avengers love, Paul Bettany’s Vision.

Deadline added a little mention of the series and its reported title, almost as an aside in a much larger piece on women in superhero films. As they wrote, Scarlet Witch will be a title character for the first time with the launch of Vision and the Scarlet Witch next year on the Disney+ streaming series.

So, the series will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch? Marvel Comics has two limited print series called The Vision and the Scarlet Witch. It’s not clear how closely this TV series might follow that comic storyline.

This is not the first time it has been suggested that the android Avenger would be joining the powerful witch in what was initially billed as her new series. At the end of October, /FILM reported that they were hearing that Paul Bettany’s Vision will have a large part in the show. They even noted that the series may be more about the super-powered couple than just Wanda — since the two have a fascinating relationship in the Marvel comics.

It’s not clear why the Disney+ series was initially reported as being a Scarlet Witch show if it’s co-billed between the two of them and focusing on their relationship. Either way, it should offer fans a chance to get to know Scarlet Witch more as a character, both separate from Vision as well as alongside him. They don’t need to be joined at the hip at all times. But a series does give Marvel a chance to stretch its character legs and showcase lesser-known supporting heroes like these two.

Earlier this year, Elizabeth Olsen answered a question about a Scarlet Witch solo movie, saying it wasn’t something she was pushing. She also added this telling reference:

Would this upcoming streaming series qualify as a domestic television show — even if she spoke the dark magic word “Netflix” instead of Disney+?

We know Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is also getting his own series on Disney+, and he may very well interact with others in the MCU. There’s a ton more ahead for the streaming service, which is meant to officially launch in late 2019. That will come after Avengers 4, which still has to resolve the fates of so many heroes — snapped and unsnapped — from the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers 4 opens in theaters May 3, 2019. Disney+ is meant to launch in late 2019, so we’ll have to stay tuned for release dates for all of the planned shows. Here’s what we do know is coming in midseason 2019 on other networks.

Star Wars Casts Nick Nolte For The Mandalorian TV Series

Star Wars action is coming to the small screen in live-action thanks to the upcoming Disney streaming service. The first to be announced was The Mandalorian, and although a pretty tight lid has been kept on spoilers, we do know some of the folks who will fill out the cast. Now, yet another cast member has been announced: Nick Nolte.

Yes, Nick Nolte has joined the cast of The Mandalorian. He is the third actor to be announced as an official part of the show, following Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. No details are currently available about who Nolte will play in that galaxy far, far away, but who can’t see Nolte as some kind of grizzled space pirate? The Mandalorian isn’t exactly going to be taking place in the glitzy heart of the Republic.

Or the heart of the New Republic, I should say. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the First Order emerged, placing it between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The action will follow “the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic,” according to a plot description released by executive producer Jon Favreau.

We can’t say for 100% certain at this point that Nick Nolte won’t be the lone gunfighter, but the odds are pretty good that Pedro Pascal will tackle that particular role. It should certainly be interesting to see what kind of character Star Wars serves up the actor known for projects like The Prince of Tides, Warrior, and the now-cancelled Graves.

Unfortunately, we can’t even take Nick Nolte’s looks as an indication of the kind of character he’ll play. THR reports that the show will make significant use of visual effects, costumes, and makeup to transform actors, enabling some to be cast late in the production process as well as drop in and out of production as needed. That could certainly be useful if the ongoing goal is to attract big names.

There are big reasons for Star Wars fans to get excited about the series. It has already begun to gather A-list talent for behind the camera, including the executive producer of previous Star Wars TV shows, Taika Waititi of Thor Ragnarok, and more.

There was a bit of a snafu on set when a theft resulted in expensive equipment being stolen from The Mandalorian, and a memory card filled with sensitive information was rumored to be one of the things lost in the theft. Not a whole lot of details were released about the case, but given that tons of spoilers did not hit the web in the aftermath, it may be safe to say that The Mandalorian managed to avoid early disaster.

John Wick 3: What We Know So Far About Parabellum

John Wick is still thinkin’ he’s back. Keanu Reeves landed himself another iconic role in another major action franchise, and he’ll soon return for his third round in John Wick: Chapter 3, aka John Wick 3: Parabellum. However you slice it, it sounds rough for John Wick. The not-so-retired hitman has proven himself up to almost any challenge, but this is a big one.

John Wick: Chapter 3 is bringing back several stars from the first two films, and adding a few more. So, now seems like a good time to review what we know so far about the 2019 film.

What Does The Title John Wick 3: Parabellum Mean?

When Keanu Reeves was asked by if the title was Chapter 3 or Parabellum, the star replied that it was both: John Wick 3: Parabellum. Reeves continued, explaining that “Parabellum” means “Prepare for war. It’s part of that famous sentence, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum,’ which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.'” Parabellum also refers to a type of firearm, so both uses of the word seem perfect for this movie. There is some conflicting information on the “real” title, though. The official social media accounts label it as John Wick: Chapter 3, so — despite Reeves’ excellent Parabellum answer — that may be the official title.

What Is The John Wick: Chapter 3 Release Date?

John Wick: Chapter 3 is currently scheduled for release in theaters on May 17, 2019. The first John Wick film opened in the U.S. on October 24, 2014, making $88 million worldwide. John Wick: Chapter 2 opened on February 10, 2017, making $171.5 million worldwide.

John Wick: Chapter 3 definitely has the potential to be the biggest film of the franchise, but it is opening in a hugely competitive month. May 2019 is meant to start with the release of Avengers 4 on May 3, and continue with Pokémon: Detective Pikachu on May 10. Aladdin is meant to open the week after John Wick 3 on May 24. And, the month currently ends with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, among other titles. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this shakes out. It’s a safe bet that Avengers 4 will own the month, but who else will survive?

What Is John Wick: Chapter 3’s Rating?

John Wick 3 is going to be Rated R, just like the first two films. It doesn’t currently have an official rating from the MPAA, but there’s no need to wait. This is not Disney, it’s not even Marvel or DC. It’s John Wick, and the amount of violence alone would get an R. The franchise has also included enough language to make Captain America blush, and even some brief drug use and nudity.

What Is The Plot Of John Wick: Chapter 3?

John Wick: Chapter 2 ended with John being declared “excommunicado” from The Continental hotel — neutral territory for New York City’s underworld — for breaking the central rule of taking a life on Continental grounds. Continental manager Winston (Ian McShane) gave John a one-hour head start, but he’s now on the run — hunted by just about everyone, and cut off from other members, with a $14 million global contract out on his life. In Chapter 3, John Wick uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights his way out of New York City.

Chad Stahelski returns as director after co-directing the first film and taking solo credit for the second film. In September 2017, Stahelski told Collider his vision for the third movie was based on going deeper into the world instead of just making it bigger.

We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world. I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [Chapter 3] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones. […] Hopefully — we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.

John Wick – Keanu Reeves

We first met retired hitman John Wick when his wife Helen died from a terminal illness, and he was given an adorable beagle puppy named Daisy to help with his grief. When he refused to sell his vintage 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to Russian gangsters, they stole the car and killed sweet Daisy. Hence, John Wick’s revenge.

John got a new pit bull puppy at the end of that film, and returned in Chapter 2 to make good on his unbreakable “Marker” promise to Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio. Santino asked John to kill his sister Gianna, so Santino could take her place on the High Table council of crime lords. Because of the Marker, John was not allowed to refuse. But then Santino double-crossed John and opened a $7 million contract for John’s death, pretending it was out of revenge for his sister’s murder. John killed Santino in the Continental lounge, breaking the key Continental rule of no blood shed on hotel grounds, thereby launching the $14 million contract of Chapter 3.

By the time Chapter 3 rolls around, Keanu Reeves will have played John Wick across five years. The now 54-year-old actor does not seem to be slowing down, and one of the first official photos showed him riding a horse through the dark New York City streets while escaping assassins.

Sofia – Halle Berry

Oscar winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) has been cast as new character Sofia. She’s simply described as an assassin, and the first official photo of her (above) shows her mid-badass walk, surrounded by two dogs of her own. It’s not clear yet whether Sofia will be on John’s side or not. About Sofia, Keanu Reeves told

John Wick is fighting for his life and thinks that Halle Berry’s character has some information for him. They have a past, and they get involved with The High Table, this kind of overlording entity.

Halle Berry filmed several scenes in Morocco and documented them on social media. She clearly had a great time making the film, and showed off some of her stunt moves. She has plenty of action film experience from playing Storm in the X-Men movies, plus as Jinx in the Bond movie Die Another Day. She also recently joined the Kingsman franchise in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Winston – Ian McShane

Deadwood star Ian McShane plays Winston, owner and manager of the Continental Hotel in New York, which caters to the criminal underworld. He has been in all three movies so far. The second movie ended with Winston sending for John to tell him he was excommunicado for killing on Continental grounds — and also let him know the High Table doubled the contract out on him from $7 million to $14 million. But Winston is as close to an ally as John has; he gave John a one-hour head start and also gave him a Marker for future use. One of the first John Wick 3 photos showed Winston with The Bowery King (see below), pairing those heavyweights together.

The Bowery King – Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne reunited with his The Matrix trilogy co-star Keanu Reeves in the second John Wick movie. Fishburne plays NYC underground crime lord The Bowery King, who helped the injured John Wick when he was desperate. We know The Bowery King will return in the third movie — and also connect with Winston. This will be the first time we see the characters together, although they must’ve already met in this shared universe. Both The Bowery King and (especially) Winston have the potential to be allies of John’s, although they are first and foremost pragmatists. There’s only so far The Bowery King would be willing to stick his neck out, since he only helped John in Chapter 2 out of their shared interest against Santino.

Charon – Lance Reddick

The Wire and Lost alum Lance Reddick plays Charon, another character to appear in all three John Wick films so far. Charon is the enigmatic concierge at Winston’s Continental Hotel, serving the New York criminal underworld. There’s no word right now if he’ll end up somehow helping John out in this film, but Reddick should be fun to watch either way.

Ares – Ruby Rose

Orange Is the New Black star — and new Batwoman — Ruby Rose joined the John Wick team in Chapter 2 as mute assassin Ares. She worked as Santino’s personal security, and fought John Wick in a knife fight. He beat her, but apparently didn’t kill her, since she signed that she’d be seeing him. Santino is now dead, and Ares should be one of the many assassins out to kill John Wick and collect that money.

The Director – Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston is no stranger to movies about hitmen — she won an Oscar for Prizzi’s Honor — but she’s a newcomer to the John Wick family. In Chapter 3, she plays a member of the High Table called The Director. At this point, that is all we know. John Wick is on the run for killing High Table member Santino D’Antonio in the Continental in Chapter 2. The High Table raised the bounty on John Wick’s head. It sounds like Huston plays a high-ranking member on that council of 12 crime lords, so we should hear her opinions on Wick’s contract.

The Adjudicator – Asia Kate Dillon

Billions and Orange Is the New Black star Asia Kate Dillon also plays a new member of the High Table. By definition, an adjudicator judges or arbitrates a formal dispute. It sounds like The Adjudicator must have had a role in doubling and globalizing the contract put out on John Wick at the end of the second film. Other than that, it’s not clear what The Adjudicator will do in Chapter 3. Maybe appeal John’s judgment? Santino had used a Marker to get John to kill his sister, then put a contract out for John in seeming revenge for killing his sister. Would the High Table amend its verdict on John Wick if they knew more of the context, or would that not matter?

Zero – Mark Dacascos

Actor, martial artist, and former Dancing With the Stars celeb Mark Dacascos plays an assassin named Zero. At this point, that’s all we know about the Cradle 2 the Grave and Maximum Impact star’s character. But Zero is reportedly one of the main assassins.

Tick Tock Man – Jason Mantzoukas

Jason Mantzoukas is best known for comedies — including roles on Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This time, he’s playing an assassin named Tick Tock Man. As usual, that’s all we know. But based on Mantzoukas’ strengths, it would be surprising if he wasn’t given some kind of a comedic angle.

What Other New Actors Are Joining John Wick: Chapter 3?

Three Kings and Wonder Woman star Said Taghmaoui confirmed his involvement on social media, sharing photos with Keanu Reeves and the desert in Morocco, where Halle Berry was also filming. We don’t know anything about his character, though. Lost and The Wolverine actor Hiroyuki Sanada was reported early on as playing the main villain, but then conflicting reports disputed that main role.

Since this movie is going to be jam-packed with global assassins trying to take down John Wick for that $14M payday, it’s no surprise to hear many assassin actors have been cast — including Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Tiger Hu Chen, Boban Marjanovic, and (reportedly) Vladimir and Vlado Mihailov, Danish Bhatt, and Candace M. Smith. Sadly, one assassin character who won’t return is Common’s Cassian; he was expected to return after Chapter 2, but the actor revealed he won’t be involved.

Will John Wick: Chapter 3 Be The Last Film?

Will there be a John Wick 4? Probably not, but it’s too soon to say with 100 percent certainty. It would have to depend, in part, on how John Wick: Chapter 3 ends. If John Wick lives, Keanu Reeves would have to want to return to the role and keep this up. Also, box office receipts may come into play. But, even if Reeves’ John Wick rides off into the sunset with his dog — or that horse — there’s still the TV series in the works.

In January 2018, Starz ordered a series called The Continental, set in the criminal hotel safe haven. In this case, though, EW reports the series is meant to be set in Los Angeles, instead of New York. Keanu Reeves is said to have agreed to reprise his role for a cameo. Writer-producer Chris Collins was set to write the series and serve as showrunner, with Chad Stahelski directing the pilot. As of November 2018, we have no premiere date, but stay tuned.

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Could The Lion King Make More Money Than Avengers 4 And Star Wars: Episode IX?

We’re almost done with 2018, which means that many of you are probably already looking ahead to what movies are coming out in 2019. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year, but Disney has an especially impressive slate, including the “live action” (but not really) remake of The Lion King. The first trailer for the new Lion King dropped on Thanksgiving Day and proceeded to be the most viewed Disney trailer debut in a 24-hour period with 224.6 million views. Clearly a lot of people are looking forward to this movie, but the big question is will it haul in more cash than Avengers 4 and Star Wars: Episode IX, arguably Disney’s two heaviest hitters next year.

Starting off, let’s go over the two big factors The Lion King has going for it. The first is nostalgia, which, to be fair, plays into all of the live action remakes/re-imaginings that Disney is churning out. In The Lion King‘s case though, it’s especially applicable. The first Lion King came out in 1994, right in the middle of the Disney Renaissance period, when the studio was delivering many of its most acclaimed animated films. The Lion King was the most commercially successful of the bunch, making over $968 million worldwide, and it could be argued it was also the most critically well received.

The generation that first grew up with The Lion King are now adults, and while you can bet there are plenty of kids and teenagers afterwards who are fans of the movie, it’s those adults who will set down their own cash to see it the remake in theaters, whether it’s by themselves, with their other adult friends or with their own children.

Just look at how Beauty and the Beast, another fellow Disney Renaissance-era remake, performed last year. It was the second highest grossing movie of 2017 with $1.2 billion, trailing only behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s $1.3 billion. If Beauty and the Beast can do that well, just imagine the kind of money The Lion King can pull in. I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit The Last Jedi‘s amount or went even further.

Then there’s the second factor for The Lion King: the CGI of it all. This digital movie-magic is nothing new, but the prospect of seeing characters like Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki and everyone else as realistic animals is bound to draw people’s curiosity. The trailer obviously did, so just imagine the turnout when The Lion King actually arrives in theaters. Yeah, there will probably be a decent amount of kids who will experience this remake as their first Lion King, but most of us will want to see how these elaborate musical numbers and action sequences look with these animals that look like they’ve been plucked from a nature documentary.

Not that talking CGI animals is something new from the Mouse House. Just two years ago, Disney’s remake of The Jungle Book came out and made $966 million worldwide. Although Disney’s original Jungle Book has its fair share of fans, I suspect the studio used the remake as a testing ground to see how a Lion King remake would do, and sure enough, that project got the green light five months after The Jungle Book‘s release. And while The Jungle Book has one main human character, The Lion King has none, so it will be interesting to see how audiences react to a movie populated only by realistic-looking animals.

Now let’s look at Avengers 4 and Star Wars: Episode IX, arguably 2019’s two biggest blockbusters. The first movie is wrapping up the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3 and ushering in a new era for the superhero franchise, and the second movie is both the end of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga. So needless to say there’s a lot riding on both of these movies next year, but regardless of how either are critically received, they’re practically guaranteed to be box office juggernauts.

Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Last Jedi made over $2 billion and $1.3 billion respectively, so for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Avengers 4 and Star Wars: Episode IX will match or even exceed the figures of their predecessors. How does The Lion King stack up against them? Personally, I think that while it at least stands a decent shot against Episode IX, it won’t come anywhere close to what Avengers 4 brings in.

In just 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the biggest movie franchise of all time, not just making superhero movies more popular, but also leading to other franchises wanting in on the ‘shared universe’ game. Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest entry of the lineup yet, and Avengers 4 is expected to be just as, if not more explosive. As beloved as the original Lion King really is, I don’t think the remake is going to be nearly as strong of a pop culture force as Avengers 4. The chances of the new Lion King hitting $2 billion are extremely slim.

As far as Star Wars: Episode IX goes, the Star Wars franchise overall is still incredibly popular, no doubt about that. But The Last Jedi proved to be incredibly divisive, and while it definitely made a profit for Disney, it didn’t come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ $2 billion. Admittedly, part of that may have just been that there hadn’t been a live action Star Wars movie for a decade before The Force Awakens. Those were special circumstances.

Regardless, if Episode IX‘s box office haul ends up being closer to The Last Jedi‘s, then taking into account The Lion King‘s huge fanbase and the heaps of nostalgia, there’s a decent chance it could surpass the next Star Wars movie. However, if word of mouth among the hardcore Star Wars fans on Episode IX ends up being better, thus drawing more people to see it or watch it again, then it stands to make The Force Awakens-like money. The Lion King will likely end up losing. These Disney remakes get a lot of viewers, but The Lion King will be lucky if it hits $1.5 billion.

As far as Disney is concerned, it wins no matter what happens. These three movies are all going to make bank, so which one leads the pack isn’t a big issue for the studio. Still, from the perspective of the average moviegoer, I’m fascinated to see if all The Lion King has going for it is enough to make it a true contender against Avengers 4 and Star Wars: Episode IX. But for now, assuming Avengers 4 is just as successful as Avengers: Infinity War and Episode IX can gather more supporters than The Last Jedi did, then The Lion King will take home the bronze. Well, unless Frozen 2 manages to shake everything up.

The Lion King will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019, while Avengers 4 and Star Wars: Episode IX will arrive on May 3 and December 20, respectively, of the same year. As for what else is coming out next year, browse through our 2019 release schedule for that information.

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Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next Video Combines Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, And More

Shortly after Ariana Grande’s massive track release “thank u, next” earlier this month, the young pop icon teased a music video for the empowering single with tons of references from early 2000s rom-coms. In anticipation for the release, fans were taught love, patience and pain but now the wait is over, and it’s so amazing. Take a look:

Thank you, Ariana — now our nostalgia is on high for this era of female-led comedies at the start of the 21st century. The five-minute video has no shortage of movie references to unpack here so let’s get started.

The music video opens with an iconic scene from Mean Girls, with some of the actors of the film making cameos: Jonathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels and Stefanie Drummond as Regina George fangirl Bethany Byrd. The original cast members, along with internet sensations Colleen Ballinger and Troye Sivan, talk about the chatter spreading around Ariana Grande, including the news of her recent split from SNL‘s Pete Davidson last month. Grande takes the place of Rachel McAdam’s Regina here, donning long blonde hair and writing in a burn book of her own about her famous exes, including the late rapper Mac Miller.

The scene then shifts over to the Plastics’ holiday talent show performance with Kris Jenner as Regina’s “cool mom” no less before moving on to recreating scenes from 2000’s Bring it On. Ariana Grande trades her blonde hair for her recognizable high pony as brushes her teeth like Kirsten Dunst did in the cute scene film with Jesse Bradford. The pop star delivers the beautiful lyrics about how she’s “having better discussions” with herself as it transitions into a dance with a squad of cheerleaders.

The “thank u, next” music video then takes an emotional turn as Ariana Grande embodies Jennifer Garner’s Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30. She recreates the pivotal scene in the film when Jenna watches her love get married as she holds the dollhouse he gave her years ago. The singer does quite the good impression of Garner in the sequence as she sings about her future wedding.

Like a movie marathon of sorts, it skips suddenly to Ariana as Elle Woods and her beloved furry companion Bruiser as they take on law school together. A cameo by Jennifer Coolidge, who played Elle’s friend Paulette in Legally Blonde, also appears, giving her a little advice about dating men with big… teeth. Ariana then starts to recreate the ‘bend and snap’ scene in the hair salon as the video starts to switch between all the rom-com references and the video comes to a close.

Ariana Grande’s latest music video is certainly her most ambitious undertaking as an artist, as she plays homage to these glittery-pink classics. The song is about seeing the positives in break-ups and practicing self-love. Through the experiences of these films, many women have felt heartbreak and passion in the stories of these heroines.