The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Is Bringing Back One Of Its Most Intriguing Characters

The Handmaid’s Tale set the stage for a wild Season 3, and we can only guess what will happen to Offred after the crazy decision she made at the end of Season 2. One thing that seems certain is that she’ll need all the help she can get, given all the chaos that will ensue once news of her escape gets out. Luckily, we can assume she’ll have one resourceful ally on the inside, as Season 3 will bring back Bradley Whitford to portray one of its more intriguing characters Commander Lawrence.

Commander Lawrence only had a limited role in Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale, but its fair to say his character was one of the more interesting newcomers of the latest season. Lawrence’s disgust with what Gilead has become (combined with Ofglen‘s actions) prompted him to give his Handmaid a chance to escape. The move, which was coordinated with a network of people to allow Offred a chance, revealed it wasn’t the first time doing this. Deadline reporting Whitford will be back as a series regular in Season 3, which could allow for the show to explore this plot line further.

One would imagine that if Commander Lawrence has been wrapped up in the resistance prior to this, he’ll have to lay low given Emily’s attack on Aunt Lydia in his house. Executive producer Warren Littlefield revealed enough to assume there will be questions or repercussions for what happened, and with higher-ups sniffing around at the commander’s household, they may catch wise that he hasn’t operated like the typical Gilead commander for a while now. With Emily gone, its possible he could craft a scenario that leaves him free from blame in regards to Lydia’s injuries, but that would seem to depend on how much Lydia remembers from the attack.

Its possible Bradley Whitford‘s character will also have more interaction with June, who opted out of leaving Gilead in order to rescue her daughter before making a grand escape. June now knows Commander Lawrence is well-connected enough to be a big ally to her cause, so it wouldn’t be surprising if she ends up at his doorstep at some point with a request or two. As mentioned, Lawrence might have some eyes on him when The Handmaid’s Tale returns, so he might not be as willing to help June if she asks for his help.

The Handmaid’s Tale is coming back to Hulu for Season 3, but we have no idea when it will arrive. That’s fine for the moment, as the coming months are jam-packed with new television, all of which can be found at our fall premiere guide.

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe Explains A Major Change To Claire In Season 4

Season 4 of Outlander sets the stage for big things, as Claire and Jamie are finally back together again. The two’s reunification creates a lot of changes, some that actress Caitriona Balfe had to adjust to ahead of the new episodes. Balfe explained a major change to Claire in Season 4, and how viewers will see her character change in the upcoming episodes:

Caitriona Balfe said that Claire is living that domestic life in Outlander Season 4, which prompted her to examine whether this is the same character she’s played in the past. Being a housewife on a plantation may not be the most exciting occupation Claire has held in the series, although one would think the character won’t be transformed all that much by playing housewife. Balfe didn’t specify what conclusion she came to and whether Claire was the same or changed ahead of Season 4, although book readers can probably already figure out how she’ll play her character in the upcoming episodes.

One thing Caitriona Balfe said that hasn’t changed is Claire’s stubbornness, as she told EW she and Jamie will butt heads at points over various things. One source of this tension might be tied to the fact that Claire’s time with Jamie is at the cost of being separated from Brianna, who is in the future. That aside, Balfe said that this is perhaps the most in sync the two of them had been, which makes it sound as though any conflict between them won’t happen often.

Caitriona Balfe hinted a lot of the two’s synchronicity is linked to the stability and calmness of staying at Aunt Jocasta’s plantation, although that calm could be short-lived. Sam Heughan noted that Jamie is not a fan of Jocasta’s politics or the slave trade in general, which obviously is not an opinion someone owning a plantation would like to hear. Balfe admitted there are “trials and tribulations,” for the two to face in the upcoming episodes, but said that overall Season 4 of Outlander is much more hopeful than season’s passed.

Outlander returns to Starz for Season 4 Sunday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is coming to television in November or this fall season in general, be sure to visit and bookmark our handy fall premiere guide.

Aquaman Director James Wan Responds To Trailer Backlash

DC’s live-action universe has had a very trick road to the theaters, filled with both peaks and valleys. While there have been high moments with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the franchise as a whole feels in flux, as actors Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck reportedly plan their exit. The pressure is on for DC to deliver another critical darling, with the next installment being James Wan’s upcoming blockbuster Aquaman. The acclaimed horror director will take us deep below the surface, and bring back Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry after his debut in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. A new Aquaman trailer just arrived, with some fans taking umbrage with it, and claiming it gave away too much of the film’s contents. Now James Wan has responded to those concerns, saying:

Talk about a mic drop. James Wan doesn’t seem concerned about the contents of Aquaman being given away in the trailer. After all, that’s what they all do. Plus, there’s an entire movie full of plot twists to enjoy.

James Wan’s comments come from his personal Twitter, no doubt after hearing plenty of hate throw Aquaman‘s way. Superhero movies have a particular pressure attached, and comic book fans are looking for accurate adaptations, epic action, and an emotional story. DC fans have had their fair share of disappointments, so those moviegoers also seem easily triggered by any possible missteps.

Aquaman‘s extended trailer certainly featured way more footage, and outlined much of the film’s plot. James Wan’s blockbuster will focus both on Arthur Curry’s right to The Throne, as well as a particularly powerful trident that has the potential to change the power dynamic between land and sea dwellers. Furthermore, it showed more of Nicole Kidman, including her big action sequence as Arthur’s mother Queen Atlanna. You can check out the trailer below.

Pretty wild, right? While there was a ton of new footage debuted, almost half of it came from one exciting action sequence shared between Arthur Curry and Amber Heard’s Mera. As such, there’s likely plenty of more surprises to comes once Aquaman finally arrives in theaters, and continued the DC live action universe.

Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Another Halloween Movie Is Rumored To Already Be In The Works

Blumhouse Productions has been behind some of the most successful horror movies from recent memory, including Get Out, Split, and The Conjuring. The company also knows how to keep franchises running, including Paranormal Activity and The Purge. Blumhouse is now turning its focus on the classics, bringing a new Halloween movie to theaters this year, with OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode. While the marketing indicates the movie is her final conflict with Michael Myers, could the franchise actually keep going? Jason Blum recently teased just that, and now a new rumor indicates the property may be moving forward quicker than anyone could have guessed.

According to a new report, Blumhouse has already moved forward with a new Halloween movie, and with a brand new team behind it. This latest rumor indicates that current writer/director team David Gordon Green and Danny McBride won’t be back for the next installment, and that the studio is trying to move forward as quick as possible. What’s more, another Halloween may hit theaters as soon as October 2019.

This wild new report comes to us from Bloody Disgusting, as the outlet apparently has some inside information from the folks over at Blumhouse. While still unconfirmed, news of another Halloween movie shouldn’t be too surprising. The horror genre has always relied on sequels, with Blumhouse’s upcoming Halloween marking the whopping 11th film in the franchise. Furthermore, Jason Blum recently weighed in on the possibility of continuing Michael Myer’s reign of terror, saying:

Well, that does seem to make Jason Blum’s intentions clear. As long as Halloween is a hit when it arrives in theaters in a few weeks, we should probably expect Blumhouse to make the most of their rights to the property. So while Jamie Lee Curtis likely won’t come back again, Michael Myers might still have a chance to massacre a few babysitters and scare the crap out of moviegoers.

Narratively, the new Halloween also seems to set up a sequel fairly easily. Set 40 years after the events of John Carpenter’s iconic original movie, the new sequel will ignore all of the sequels, and function as a direct sequel to the first film. Laurie will have to protect herself, as well as both her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson. So if Curtis decides not to come back (or gets killed off), then there’s two other Strode women to possibly carry the torch.

Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

What Will This PG-13 Deadpool Movie Actually Be?

Going into 2018, it looked like this would be the biggest year yet for the X-Men franchise, as three mutant-centric movies were scheduled for release. But within months, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants were pushed back to 2019, leaving only Deadpool 2 to entertain audiences. And the Merc with the Mouth certainly delivered on that front, earning positive critical reception like its predecessor and making over $734 million worldwide. After Deadpool 2 had its theatrical run and was released on home media (both the theatrical version and the Super Duper Cut), naturally it was assumed that Wade Wilson’s time on the silver screen this year was done, but word came in last week that a PG-13 Deadpool movie is arriving in December, leading fans everywhere to utter a collective, “Wait… what?”

Let’s backtrack a little bit. Last week, Ryan Reynolds posted the below picture on social media, showing Deadpool in all his costumed glory reading to an adult Fred Savage in his oddly juvenile bedroom.

The scene is clearly a parody of Fred Savage being read to as a kid by Peter Falk in The Princess Bride, and if you look closely, you’ll see that one of the pages shows Juggernaut ripping Deadpool in half. Reynolds didn’t provide any context for his post, but minutes later, word came in that 20th Century Fox had scheduled an untitled Deadpool movie for December 21. Officially, that’s all Fox is willing to say, but it was subsequently reported that this will be a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, which is an unusual idea since Ryan Reynolds’ version of the character is right at home in the R-rated realm. Days later, word came in that this Deadpool movie is supposedly called The Deadpool Before Christmas, suggesting there will be a holiday feel to this presentation.

Until Fox provides more details, we can’t say with 100% certainty what this December Deadpool movie is. But working off the available information, it appears that the studio decided to give Deadpool 2 a little extra time in theaters and make it a little more family-friendly. Now that by itself isn’t enough to warrant being called The Deadpool Before Christmas, so either some extra scenes have been thrown in that have a holiday-bent, or we’re actually getting cutaway gags of Deadpool reading to Fred Savage Princess Bride-style. Remember when Peter Falk told the young Fred that he’d skip over the scarier parts of the story? This is Deadpool’s excuse to follow suit and skip over the gorier and raunchier parts of his sequel adventure.

On the one hand, the opportunity to see Ryan Reynolds riff with Fred Savage is almost enough to get me to see Deadpool 2 in theaters again, and I already own a copy of the movie. And sure, this would allow the young’uns to catch a movie that they’d normally only get to watch on the big screen if there was an adult accompanying them or if they snuck in (c’mon, we all know this still happens). Nevertheless, I still can’t help wondering why Fox decided to do this. First off, it’s not like Deadpool 2 was commercially unsuccessful. Yes, it made a little under $50 million than Deadpool did, but sequels don’t always outperform their predecessors, and Deadpool 2 was unquestionably still profitable.

Plus, the weekend of December 21 is already incredibly crowded. Even with Alita: Battle Angel moving to February 14, 2019, we still have Aquaman, Bumblebee, Welcome to Marwen, Holmes & Watson and Cold War all coming out as well, not to mention Mary Poppins Returns arriving two days earlier and movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mortal Engines still catching eyes. Admittedly, releasing a Christmas-themed Deadpool 2 wouldn’t work if it came out after Christmas, but there are only so many people who will want to check this out when there are so many movies that haven’t already had their time in theaters available.

Most importantly, why give us a PG-13 cut of an existing Deadpool movie when these Ryan Reynolds-led stories works so well within that R rating? It is possible to give kids their own version of Deadpool to enjoy, as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series proved, but needless to say, the current Deadpool movies are in no way meant for children. They thrive in getting to be super violent, utter profanity left and right and toss around innuendos. And, of course, break the fourth wall, although that trope knows no age limit. Which leads me to wonder if this is Fox testing the waters for what’s to come with a certain Mouse House.

As most of you reading already know, Disney bought 20th Century Fox, which means that eventually the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney CEO Bob Iger said last year that there might be an opportunity to create an R-rated Marvel brand so that Deadpool’s current adult-oriented schtick wouldn’t be affected, but what if this PG-13 Deadpool 2 is a way to gauge audience interest in Deadpool movies that better fit within the MCU. Opinions will vary on if this a good idea, but if this is indeed the reason for the re-release, it’s an interesting approach. Regardless, this December Deadpool movie is coming, so if you’re a fan of the character and looking to see his take on holiday cheer, then you’ll have the opportunity to do so just days before Santa Claus comes crawling down the chimney. And rest assured, as more information comes in about the Merc with the Mouth’s winter theatrical appearance, we’ll let you know.

As things now, aside from this December Deadpool movie, the Merc with the Mouth is expected to return with Cable and Domino in the Drew Goddard-helmed X-Force. There is also a Deadpool 3 in development, although who knows if that can move forward before the Disney/Fox deal goes into effect. You can check out our X-Men movies guide to learn what other projects are being worked on for the franchise.

Do you think a PG-13, Christmas-themed Deadpool 2 is a good idea?

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The Boys Trailer: Amazon’s New Comic Adaptation Gives The Middle Finger To Superheroes

Superheroes are all the rage nowadays on the big screen and small screen alike, and a whole bunch of new TV shows are in the works thanks to Marvel on the Disney streaming service and DC on DC Universe. With The Boys, Amazon is adapting a group of unconventional heroes that fewer people will recognize than Captain America or Superman but could be a fantastically entertaining change of pace in the superhero genre. In the first trailer, the titular Boys are giving the middle finger to the shining and beautiful superheroes we’ve come to expect from our comic adaptations. Take a look!

In case you were thinking that the lead characters of The Boys were going to be the heroes standing tall and proud in their capes and supersuits, looking as clean-cut and respectable as we might expect out of a superhero project, the final moments of the trailer proved you very wrong. No, The Boys (one of which is actually a woman) are a group of vigilantes who aren’t afraid to fight dirty and use their blue-collar “grit” to take down the corrupt. In this case, it just so happens that the corrupt are the glamorous superheroes, who many viewers will likely recognize as looking awfully similar to Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and more.

Yes, in The Boys, superheroes have lost their sense of righteousness due to the fame and perks of life as a celebrity so worshipped that they’re practically gods to their followers. Why use their superpowers to fight evil when there are more self-promoting ways to use them? As is clear in the commercial that makes up most of the trailer, the heroes are supported by a multi-billion dollar company by the name of Vought that manages them. As is even more clear by the end of the trailer, The Boys do not have billions of dollars at their disposal. Their powerless quest to expose the venerated heroes will be an uphill battle, and probably as entertaining as it is gritty.

The Boys stars Karl Urban as Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso Mother’s Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, and Karen Fukuhara as The Female, all as the titular Boys. Vought’s Vice President of Hero Management (and therefore probably a villain) is Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue, and she manages corrupt superheroes The Deep (Chase Crawford), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), Homelander (Antony Starr), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). It was announced on October 5 at New York Comic Con (via TVLine) that Simon Pegg is on board to play Hughie’s dad. Jennifer Esposito’s role remains a mystery.

Created by Seth Rogan and a long time in the making, The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. If Rogan’s success with Preacher is any sign, The Boys could be a hit for Amazon. We’ll have to wait and see. The Boys won’t debut until 2019, so we’ll have to content ourselves with all the superhero offerings currently slated for release this fall.

Bryan Singer Is Asking For A Huge Paycheck To Direct Red Sonja

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman obliterated the long-held misbelief that female-led hero films couldn’t work, that they wouldn’t make money and boys didn’t want to see them. With that myopic notion now gone, there is a race among studios to capitalize on the market that drove Wonder Woman to such success. Millennium Films is aiming to enjoy that kind of success with its Red Sonja reboot. We heard a few weeks back that X-Men director Bryan Singer was being eyed to direct the pic, and it was said that Millennium would pay him top dollar for the project. Now we have an idea of just how much that is: a whopping $10 million.

As reported by THR, Bryan Singer is negotiating a fee of up to $10 million for the Millennium Films remake. This is a stunning figure and shows how serious Millennium is about the Red Sonja reboot and its desire for this film to launch its own superhero franchise. Clearly Millennium Films thinks that Bryan Singer is the right man to direct the story about the powerful female warrior and set this franchise off on the right foot so that it will pay dividends for the production company in the future. Of course, Bryan Singer is not unproven in this regard. The director of The Usual Suspects directed 2000’s X-Men, which ushered in the comic book movie age and launched a series that is still going and has grossed billions at the box office.

Bryan Singer’s eight-digit payday for Red Sonja is remarkable in its own right, but it is especially notable in light of the director’s recent troubles. Allegations of sexual misconduct have dogged Bryan Singer for years, but the recent #MeToo movement has seen him once again come under accusation. In December, Bryan Singer was sued for an alleged rape that allegedly took place in 2003, when the accuser was 17. The director has categorically denied the allegations. Given this controversy, it is somewhat surprising that Bryan Singer is still commanding such a fee. He probably wasn’t very in demand, as many studios are extremely risk-averse to talent with baggage attached to them right now, and directors have lost jobs for mere tweets.

Those allegations aren’t the only issues Bryan Singer has had of late either. The director was fired from the upcoming Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody after being absent from the set for what he said was a family health emergency. The film was almost finished, so he will still be credited as director, but you might think this could raise some red flags. Apparently not though, and Millennium Pictures is willing to take the chance on the director and hoping that the experience and talent Bryan Singer brings to the table will make the $10 million spent on his services look like a smart investment when Red Sonja hits theaters.

Regardless of who is behind the camera, a Red Sonja reboot seems like a smart idea. The character was originally part of the Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian series before she got her own movie starring Brigitte Nielsen in 1985. The character has some name recognition and this is an opportunity to put a badass female warrior in a different setting than the traditional superhero films, spy movies or YA adaptations that we are used to seeing.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated on Red Sonja as it develops. To see all of the biggest movies you can look forward to this fall, check out our release schedule.

Peter Jackson Had A Hard Time With Mortal Engines’ Cities On Wheels

When you think of cities, the word ‘stationary’ probably comes to mind, right? Not so in the world of Mortal Engines. The big hook for these series of books is that in this futuristic, steampunk reality, most city states have gone mobile and fight amongst competing metropolises for resources. These are easy enough to describe on paper and imagine in your head, but creating such motorized monstrosities for a movie is entirely another matter. Sure enough, Peter Jackson, who produced and co-wrote the upcoming Mortal Engines, said it was incredible difficult to effectively “build” these cities on wheels, explaining to CinemaBlend:

CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola had the opportunity to chat with Peter Jackson today following the Mortal Engines panel at New York Comic-Con, during which time Jackson made it clear that coming up with these rolling cities for the movie was not an easy endeavor. Even if you ignore the challenges behind designing these large communities, then there’s the issue of taking them, putting them on wheels and having them roll across landscapes. Mix in the technical aspects of shooting these cities, and the Mortal Engines crew had their work cut out for them and then some. Judging by what we’ve seen in the trailers so far, they did a good job.

It’s important to mention that just like in real life, not all the cities in the Mortal Engines universe are the same size. The bigger cities like London prey on the smaller ones, and the ones that are the same size hold uneasy truces and trade with one another either directly or via airships. Since Mortal Engines is adapting the first book of four, assuming the movie performs well, we’ll get to see even more of these cities duke it out and vie from control over what little is still useful on Earth.

As for Mortal Engines‘ plot, the movie sees Tom Natsworthy, played by Robert Sheehan, being tossed from mobile London and onto actual land for the first time in his life after he gets in the way of Hester Shaw, played by Hera Hilmar, attempting to kill Hugo Weaving’s Thaddeus Valentine, one of London’s most powerful figures and the man who killed Hester’s mother. With Tom and Hera now on solid land, they’ll have to fight for survival, which is even harder in this post-apocalyptic landscape. Mortal Engines‘ cast also includes Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Lang and Colin Salmon.

Mortal Engines opens in theaters on December 14, and as for what the rest of the year has to offer theatrically, check out our 2018 release schedule for those details.

Is A New Nintendo Switch Model Coming Next Year?

Of course, there would be little reason to do a console redesign if those were the only things Nintendo was planning on changing, so we wouldn’t be surprised if things like an integrated camera and microphone also make the cut. Another idea being kicked around are better specs, allowing the newer version of the Switch to play games that the older version can’t, such as Kingdom Hearts III. I would be a bit surprised to see that happen, though, as fans weren’t too pleased with Nintendo the last time they pulled something like that, introducing games for the 3DS that would only run on the newer models of the console. Then again, this is Nintendo we’re talking about, so it’s not a great idea to bet on what they would or would not do.

Hurry Up And Grab Shadow Warrior 2 For Free

Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital’s Shadow Warrior 2 came out back in 2016. The game received a lot of positive review scores both from critics and actual gamers, turning it into a fairly successful outing for Flying Wild Hog and the publisher. As part of GOG.com’s 10th anniversary celebration the company is giving away some gifts to loyal customers and newcomers alike, and one of the games that the company is giving away is none other than the 2016 outing of Shadow Warrior 2. However, you’ll need to work fast before the offer goes away.

Shadow Warrior 2’s giveaway is part of the GOG.com 10 year anniversary celebration. There’s a page on GOG.com outlining how over the last decade of being in operation, the company wanted to give back to the community by offering up a free game.

There was a poll consisting of three titles, including Campo Santo’s Firewatch, the time-motion shooter Superhot, and finally Shadow Warrior 2. According to the poll on the page, 54% of the vote went to Shadow Warrior 2, while 29% of the users voted for Firewatch, and Superhot came in dead last with just 17% of the vote.

The game that came in first would then be selected to be part of a giveaway for just two days, giving gamers 48 hours to download the title for free. So you have just hours to get your hands on a free copy of the game right now.

The process is pretty simple, you just have to go to the GOG.com website and register a free account on the DRM-free digital distribution service.

GOG.com has been attempting to disrupt the industry with its DRM-free games for the last decade. This gives gamers an alternative to the standard offerings made available from services like Origin, Uplay or Steam, all of which are known to offer gamers with some sort of DRM protection in place, sometimes including Denuvo. The problem with some DRM services is that they can have very adverse effects on playing a game, which is exactly what happened to Tequila Works’ RiME, which suffered major slowdown and frame-rate issues on PC until Denuvo was removed.

If you decide to pick up a DRM-free copy of Shadow Warrior 2, you’ll gain access to both the single and multiplayer portions of the game, which includes the four-player cooperative campaign that allows you to team up with three other friends and play through the game together. The level progression is linear but the environmental layouts are procedurally generated, so you get a different experience every time you play through the game.

The game also comes with a large mixture of different weapons to collect and utilize, ranging from melee weapons to shotguns and pistols, to laser rifles and rocket launchers. There’s literally a weapon in there for everyone. There’s also a pretty cool upgrade system implemented as well, which adds further replayability to Shadow Warrior 2.

The base game is freely available on GOG.com right now but you will have to put down $9.99 for the DLC upgrade pack.