During a normal year, the first weekend of May is a massive deal in the movie world. It’s been established as the beginning of the summer blockbuster season, and it usually sees the release of a massive new release (typically from Marvel Studios). As we all know, however, and have heard/read thousands of times, 2021 is not a normal year. While we are certainly edging back towards normal while continuing to deal with the pandemic, studios are still being hesitant about putting out their biggest tentpole features while theaters continue to operate at reduced capacity. Because of this, the biggest new film to arrive on the big screen this past Friday was Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man, starring Jason Statham, and while it did enough business to become the number one ticket seller in North America, the numbers aren’t exactly staggering.
How Many Narnia Movies Have We Seen?
Disney’s Narnia series started off with a bang when the studio released The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe back in 2005. The fantasy movie that set up C.S. Lewis’ world with Tilda Swinton’s White Witch, James McAvoy’s Mr. Tumnus, and Aslan, voiced by Liam Neeson, was an instant hit, garnering $745 million in box office dollars worldwide, becoming the third-highest grossing movie of that year, behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It also proved to be a worthy adaptation of the source material.
Secondly, it’s worth noting October 1 is just a huge day in Disney World history. October 1, 1971 was the day the park opened its doors for the first time, which means October 1 of this year marks the parks’ 50th anniversary. Even if a new ride hadn’t been set to open that day, it was going to be a popular day to go to all four major Disney theme parks in Orlando. (Though it is worth noting in 1971, Walt Disney World was just Magic Kingdom. Epcot was added in 1981, Hollywood Studios in 1989 and Animal Kingdom in 1998.) Now, Inside the Magic says Epcot is the second park to fully book up.
“The past year has been defined by communities coming together tirelessly and heroically to tackle COVID-19. We’ve gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter. But it’s going to take every one of us to find our way forward. As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety, and success of everyone, and particularly women, who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic.
With the surge in gender-based violence, the increased responsibility of unpaid care work, and new obstacles that have reversed so much progress for women in the workplace, we’re at an inflection point for gender equity. Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly five-and-a-half million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty.
But if we work together to bring vaccines to every country and continent, insist that vaccines are equitably distributed and fairly priced, and ensure that governments around the world are donating their additional vaccines to countries in need, then we can begin to fully rebuild, not only to restore us to where we were before, but to go further and rapidly advance the conditions, opportunity, and mobility for women everywhere.
My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the other families around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward. Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up and to set all of us up for a successful, equitable, and compassionate tomorrow.
Now tonight we’ve had a reminder of the things we miss the most, be it music and sporting events, or just physical contact with family and friends, where we can sit together, laugh together and hug one another. Whatever it is, all circles back to the same thing: Connecting as a community. For most of us, this means our local community—our loved ones, our neighborhood, but let’s also think about our global community. Across the world, we’ve struggled together. Now, we deserve to heal together. We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger, that as we rebuild, we rebuild together. Thank you.”
The future is bright for John David Washington, and fans will get to see him on streaming train when Beckett hits Netflix this August. As for after that, Washington has a lot of options on deck, and there’s even the very unlikely chance we see Tenet 2 in the future. Whatever is in store, the actor is making his mark, and I for one am looking forward to what’s next.
The heartwarming photo shows Elsa Pataky holding both twins in her arms with her older child on her back in a carrier. If it was a difficult task, you would never know it because, even though she’s got the weight of three little ones on her, her face is all joy. The happiness she’s exuding is leaking over to her little ones too, because they’re all smiles as well. As hard as it is to make one baby happy, it’s incredibly impressive to see the super mom has all three little ones feeling good.
J’ai de bonnes nouvelles pour toi! In other words: I have some good news for you, Emily in Paris fans. After getting a renewal order back in November, the much talked-about rom-com series starring Lily Collins, Lucas Bravo, and Ashley Park is now filming its second season!
In an exclusive statement to Glamour, creator Darren Star said, “I am thrilled to be returning to Paris for a second season to continue Emily’s adventures in the magical ‘City of Light.’”
The series premiered on October 2, 2020, and immediately became a viral hit. Whether you loved it, hated it, or hated it so much you loved it, the series about a 20-something American who moves to Paris to
become an influencer handle social media at a luxury marketing firm certainly struck a nerve. But for all the think pieces about whether the series was too over-the-top or whether Emily deserved her job, one thing was certain: An escapist series set in Paris couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
In a press statement released in May 2021, Netflix revealed that Emily in Paris had been viewed by an astonishing 58 million households during its first 28 days, making it the platform’s most popular comedy series of 2020. Guess there really is no such thing as bad press. Emily herself could not have designed a better marketing campaign than a glitzy show everyone just had to have a take on.
The 10-episode series supplied us with stunning views of Paris, introduced a new TV boyfriend, Lucas Bravo, to the internet, and made everyone obsessed with Ashley Park—not to mention French icons Phillippine Leroy Beauleiu (“Sylvie”), Samuel Arnold (“Julien”), Bruno Gouery (“Luc”), Camille Razat (“Camille”), and more.
Netflix announced the renewal via a tongue-in-cheek letter from Emily’s French boss, Sylvie Grateau, to her American boss, Madeline Wheeler (played by Kate Walsh). Read it for yourself, below:
Dave Bautista has become a genuine star while playing Drax the Destroyer, showcasing his sense of humor, emotional range, and superhuman-like physique, creating one of the most endearing characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nothing lasts forever though, and Bautista, who is in his 50s, seems very at peace with his tenure in the MCU coming to an end, even suggesting the character could live on by being played by another actor. In response, James Gunn shared his support of Bautista on Twitter:
Courteney Cox has the sweetest relationship with her 16-year-old daughter, Coco.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, the Friends star posted a touching video of the pair performing a rendition of Taylor Swift’s Folklore hit, “Cardigan.” In the video, Cox accompanies Coco on the piano and stares lovingly as the teenager sings. Towards the end, the proud mom gives her daughter a sweet little nudge of approval.
“Happy Early Mother’s Day to all those out there who are mothers, have been mothers, will be mothers, or love like mothers,” the actor captioned the post on May 8, earning massive online applause from fans and fellow celebrities. “Ahhhh- amazing!! Go @cocoarquette_,” Reese Witherspoon commented.
Speaking of Mother’s Day, the Scream star also shared in the caption that her Facebook Watch series 9 Months with Courteney, which follows 13 families as they share their pregnancy journies, returns for season three on May 9.
Courteney Cox, who shares her teenage daughter with her ex-husband David Arquette, has opened up about her own journey through pregnancy and motherhood on the series. Exactly one year ago, the actor even sat down with Coco for a special Mother’s Day interview.
“I’m so uncomfortable it hurts,” Coco joked in the video before asking her mom to describe her pregnancy experience in three words.
“Exciting, emotional, great,” Cox replied. When Coco later asked what she was like as a child, Cox could do it in one sentence: “Absolutely adorable, curious, incredible sense of humor and quirky.”
“You’re annoying,” Coco responded with a smile. Kids! Don’t worry, they hugged it out.
Clearly, these two have a special bond. Now excuse me while I go call my mom.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League has arrived, giving fans the definitive version of Zack Snyder’s DC team-up movie. However, the fallout from the 2017 film’s tumultuous reshoots still continues. Most probably know by now that after Zack Snyder departed in 2017 due to a family tragedy, he was replaced by writer-director Joss Whedon, who oversaw said reshoots. For nearly a year now, cast members have made allegations against Whedon, accusing him of “gross” and “abusive” behavior among other things. One of those claims is that Whedon allegedly threatened the career of Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and, now, the actress has shed some light on the matter.