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Quentin Tarantino Will Not Re-Cut Once Upon A Time In Hollywood For China

Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy. And his latest big screen endeavor has already weathered its fair share of detractors. But despite an apparent boycott from Chinese cinemas, the director is standing firm, and will not re-cut Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brings several cinematic idols to life, including the legendary Chinese star. However, the film portrays Bruce Lee as an arrogant egomaniac who talks shit about Muhammad Ali and can’t win in a series of fights against Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. This narrative decision did not sit well with many, including Shannon Lee, who feels the film’s interpretation of her father is both unflattering and unfair. Tarantino doubled down on his decision to show Lee in that light.

Thus far, China has not clarified its rationale for blocking the film from distribution. But THR’s sources reported that Bruce Lee’s daughter went to the National Film Administration in China and personally requested that they demand Quentin Tarantino change his portrayal in the film. However, another source for the magazine claims that China’s censors object to the violence in the film, which portrays the infamous Manson family murders. Either way, Bona Film Group, which co-produced the film, was asked to intervene and help edit the film so that it could be approved for release.

Regardless of the reason, or lack thereof, Quentin Tarantino has no plans to make any edits to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The director has famously been protective of his films’ final cuts. But he was willing to edit Django Unchained when Chinese censors blocked it from release at the last minute in 2012. To date, Once is his second-most successful film, after Django, at least by box office standards. Releasing the film in China would almost certainly push it to the number one spot. As of yet, it’s unclear if the country will reconsider its decision — but without Tarantino’s cooperation this time around, it seems unlikely.

Even if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood never makes it to Chinese cinemas, the film remains an Oscar frontrunner, and one of the most talked about films of the year. And Quentin Tarantino will have another shot at global box office domination if his Star Trek adaptation gets off the ground.

Did Jared Leto Really Try To Stop Warner Bros. From Making Joker?

There’s been no shortage of drama surrounding Joker. Todd Phillips’ dark origin story for one of Batman’s biggest archenemies has inspired more than one controversy and broken box office records. And if rumors are to be believed, even the film’s origins were contentious, because Jared Leto had a bone to pick with Warner Bros. before Joker was even made.

Anyone who’s followed the DCEU knows that Jared Leto’s commitment to bringing the Joker to life was extreme. And while he did his best to embody the role in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. was ready to go in another direction. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Suicide Squad actor allegedly felt blindsided when he learned that the studio had green lit a standalone Joker story.

After realizing that he was losing the role to Joaquin Phoenix, he was allegedly so upset that he appealed to the powers that be to have Warner Bros. put the kibosh on Joker. THR’s sources claim that the actor asked his music manager, Irving Azoff, to complain about the studio’s decision to one of Warner Bros.’ parent companies. If Leto did, in fact, make that request, these sources make it clear that Azoff never followed through. The two have since ended their professional relationship.

THR said that Jared Leto’s alleged frustration stemmed from his belief that Warner Bros. had misled him. Leto believed he would continue to play the Joker after Suicide Squad as late as 2017. Shortly after Phillips’ project was announced, the actor did publicly speak to his confusion about where he stood with regard to the role. To make matters more complicated, at one point it seems that he was going to get a chance to reprise his role — Variety reported a Leto-led standalone Joker film was in the works in June of 2018. However, that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere — and James Gunn recently suggested the actor won’t be playing the Joker in his upcoming The Suicide Squad.

This is just the latest in a string of rumors surrounding his portrayal of the notorious villain. Jared Leto was reportedly not happy with how much of his performance was cut from Suicide Squad — though some of those comments, too, were only hearsay.

A source close to Jared Leto has denied THR’s claims that the actor attempted to prevent Joker from being made.

Joker is still continuing its unprecedented success, having raked in more than $600 million in ticket sales worldwide. And despite any controversy, Joaquin Phoenix has earned unending praise for his performance. So regardless of how everything went down between Jared Leto and Warner Bros., it may be safe to say his days playing the Joker are in the past.

Paul Rudd Is Still Bummed About Avengers: Endgame’s Thanus Theory

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man got to coin the phrase “America’s Ass” in Avengers: Endgame, but he never got to go up Thanos’ ass to save the world per that ridiculous “Thanus” theory. The theory that Ant-Man could shrink down, crawl up Thanos’ butt, and then grow to large size to blow up the villain — yeah, it was always bonkers. But that’s why it went viral as a nutso talking point just before the release of Avengers 4.

Now that several months have passed since Avengers: Endgame took the world by storm as the highest-grossing movie of all time, Rudd shared his disappointment that the Thanus theory didn’t pan out.

Paul Rudd was recently on First We Feast’s Hot Ones promoting his new Netflix series Living With Yourself. At one point he was asked what he made of the Ant-Man kills Thanos by crawling up his butt meme. Rudd paused to deep sigh with mock solemnity, then gave this response:

He then smiled and gave a little chuckle, to show he was proooobably kidding, although the way Thanos was really taken out in Avengers: Endgame was also kind of a bonkers surprise. Who expected Thanos to be killed off twice — decapitated by Thor, and then snapped away by Iron Man?

I don’t think anyone really expected the Thanus theory to happen, it was just something fun for Josh Brolin to joke about while in the bathroom. But Paul Rudd did at least pretend to give the theory serious consideration before Avengers: Endgame came out, wondering why Ant-Man would have to go up Thanos’ butt for it to work. Couldn’t he fly into Thanos’ ear or go up his nose? Obviously that wouldn’t be as funny, but sure.

So Thanus will have to join the pile of Avengers: Endgame theories that did not pan out, although there are plenty of theories that did turn out to be true. And it’s not like the movie didn’t have some crazy twists, so something equally strange could’ve happened. I mean, a rat was responsible for Ant-Man even being in the movie. Plus, the Endgame team is still trying to explain Captain America’s timeline after Steve went back to live with Peggy, so even things that did happen aren’t exactly making sense to everyone.

Watch Paul Rudd answer the Thanos butt question around the 8:10 mark of the video, which is a great watch from start to finish:

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Just Recreated an Iconic Friends Scene

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are getting ready for the premiere of their new series The Morning Show, but fans who’ve followed the actors throughout their careers know they first were seen together on Friends. Jennifer Aniston, of course, played Central Perk regular Rachel Green; Reese Witherspoon guest starred as her little sister, Jill Green, for a few episodes. In a recent interview, the pair turned the nostalgia dial up to one hundred by recreating one of their iconic scenes together—and it’s a joy to watch.

When Aniston and Witherspoon sat down with Access Hollywood last week to discuss The Morning Show, the interviewer brought out a photo of Aniston and Witherspoon across from each other on the Central Perk couch. Aniston immediately recognized the snap from a scene Witherspoon loved. “Is this where you say the line that you love so much?” she asks Witherspoon in the video.

The question ends up being an invitation to recreate their scene. “This is, well, we can say the line,” Witherspoon says. “Do you remember your line?”

Aniston doesn’t remember, so Witherspoon whispers it in her ear. (Teamwork: We love to see it.)

“I say, ‘You can’t have Ross,’” Aniston recites. Then Witherspoon swoops in with the punch line: “Can’t have? Can’t have? The only thing I can’t have is dairy.”

Reese Witherspoon appeared as Jennifer Aniston’s sister on the Friends episode “The One With Rachel’s Sister”

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It’s just like the original—just twenty years later. Take a look at the full interview below.

Both actresses have done some reflecting on the show that brought them together in recent weeks. For the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Witherspoon spoke to Natalie Portman about acting alongside Aniston on Friends in one of her early acting jobs.

The Batman Now Has A Composer: Watch Matt Reeves’ ‘Awkward’ Music Proposal

The past week has seen a flurry of casting announcements for The Batman. News about a growing cadre of villains (and a villainess) has helped bring buzz for the film to an all-time high. And director Matt Reeves has just revealed, via a very public proposal, that he’s added another exciting member to his crew: an Oscar-winning composer.

Matt Reeves found a unique way of letting the world know that he’d enlisted the help of an old friend. Both the director and composer Michael Giacchino were at an event at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 18. As part of the show, Giacchino was on stage trading good-natured barbs with fellow composer David Arnold when Reeves joined them. He then dropped to one knee and formally asked Giacchino to score The Batman — and the composer enthusiastically accepted. The moment was captured by a handful of audience members who, naturally, excitedly shared footage of the successful (if a little “awkward,” per the director) proposal on Twitter.

This won’t be the first time Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino have worked together. The composer, a longtime collaborator of J.J. Abrams, wrote the music for Reeve’s 2008 film Cloverfield. He’s also known for numerous beloved contributions to Disney and Pixar, including the scores for films like Ratatouille, Zootopia, and Up, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Score.

At first, fans weren’t sure about Matt Reeves’ vision for The Batman, due to his controversial casting of Robert Pattinson. But whether you love The Lighthouse star or can’t stand him, you can’t argue that Reeves isn’t taking every aspect of the film seriously. In addition to assembling an ensemble of highly respected actors, he’s enlisted some of the best of the best in Hollywood to help him bring his vision to life. Most recently, we learned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Grieg Frasier will act as the film’s cinematographer. In other words, Giacchino will be in good company behind the scenes.

The Incredibles’ composer also has plenty of practice setting the musical mood for superheroes: he’s lent his talents to Doctor Strange and, most recently, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even though he cut his comic book teeth in the MCU, the composer seems pretty stoked to be spending some time in Gotham City. Giacchino started dropping hints weeks ago that he’d eventually join The Batman team. On October 19, he tweeted out a very clear signal that he’s excited to be on board.

With the cast and crew rapidly being finalized, all of the pieces of The Batman are falling into place. But we’ll have to wait a while to see how they all fit together. The film is set to premiere on June 25, 2021.

Everlane Choose What You Pay Sale: 11 Things You Should Buy

Anyone due for a basics overhaul knows that Everlane is the best place to start. The direct-to-consumer brand carries just about every wardrobe essential—the white T-shirt, the relaxed jean, the casual flat—all made with a commitment to ethical production and sustainable materials. With trend-proof pieces always in stock, Everlane sales are rare. But when they happen, they’re good.

Everlane’s best-known sale is its “Choose What You Pay” event. The brand will curate items it overstocked and offer them for a reduced price; shoppers have three options to choose from, ranging from 15 to 50 percent off, and pick how much they want to spend. Everlane has said that this model is all part of its mission to promote radically transparent shopping: “Part of it was this opportunity to explain to the customer what the markup meant, and then the opportunity to give the customer a choice,” CEO Michael Presyman explained to BuzzFeed. When you shop “Choose What You Pay,” you know you’re getting your money’s worth. More important, you’re getting pieces that will always have a home in your closet, for a great price.

We narrowed down the 11 Everlane items you should buy first at its “Choose What You Pay.” Shop them all, ahead.

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Lady Gaga Says She Had Almost Her ‘Entire Body’ X-Rayed After She Fell Off Stage

You don’t have to have seen Enigma, Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas show, to know it’s a wild time. When Lady Gaga’s residency at the Park MGM’s Park Theater goes according to schedule, it’s two hours of glitter, pyrotechnics, and all of her greatest hits (plus some deep cuts). But when Lady Gaga had a dramatic fall off of the stage during her performance last Thursday, fans learned that Enigma is, somehow, even more of an event when things go awry.

Things took a turn for the dangerous at Lady Gaga’s Thursday evening Enigma performance when she a brought a fan onstage to dance with her. At one moment, the fan hoisted Gaga into his arms, and then the two fell offstage into the crowd below. And yes, it was all captured on camera.

Within minutes of tumbling off the stage, Lady Gaga was helped back up by security and returned to her performance, choreography and all. “We fell into each other’s arms,” she joked minutes later while playing the piano. “We’re like Rose and Jack in the Titanic.” Watch the video here.

But Lady Gaga‘s best quip about the accident came after she headed to the hospital. On Instagram, the singer revealed that she had to get x-rays of almost all of her body following her fall.

This being Lady Gaga, she made her prognosis sound upbeat—and hilarious. She shared a shot of her hand’s x-ray, giving her followers the “okay” symbol. Her caption was nothing short of genius: “Just Dance. Gonna be ok👌,” she wrote.

Fans filled the comments section with supportive messages for the singer. “Love you funny, morbid Queen,” one wrote. “Queen of falling and getting back up 👑,” another said. No lie detected.

Of course, falling off of the stage wasn’t all jokes in reality. On Friday, the Oscar-winner shared an Instagram story from her friend’s Bachelorette dinner. In it, she said that she’s “in a lot of pain” following the accident.

Lady Gaga shared that she’s “in pain” on Instagram stories following her viral fall

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Lady Gaga Just Trolled Her Viral Fall With Her Own Lyrics

You don’t have to have seen Enigma, Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas show, to know it’s a wild time. When Lady Gaga’s residency at the Park MGM’s Park Theater goes according to schedule, it’s two hours of glitter, pyrotechnics, and all of her greatest hits (plus some deep cuts). But when Lady Gaga had a dramatic fall off of the stage during her performance last Thursday, fans learned that Enigma is, somehow, even more of an event when things go awry.

Things took a turn for the dangerous at Lady Gaga’s Thursday evening Enigma performance when she a brought a fan onstage to dance with her. At one moment, the fan hoisted Gaga into his arms, and then the two fell offstage into the crowd below. And yes, it was all captured on camera.

Within minutes of tumbling off the stage, Lady Gaga was helped back up by security and returned to her performance, choreography and all. “We fell into each other’s arms,” she joked minutes later while playing the piano. “We’re like Rose and Jack in the Titanic.” Watch the video here.

But Lady Gaga‘s best quip about the accident came after she headed to the hospital. On Instagram, the singer revealed that she had to get x-rays of almost all of her body following her fall.

This being Lady Gaga, she made her prognosis sound upbeat—and hilarious. She shared a shot of her hand’s x-ray, giving her followers the “okay” symbol. Her caption was nothing short of genius: “Just Dance. Gonna be ok👌,” she wrote.

Fans filled the comments section with supportive messages for the singer. “Love you funny, morbid Queen,” one wrote. “Queen of falling and getting back up 👑,” another said. No lie detected.

Of course, falling off of the stage wasn’t all jokes in reality. On Friday, the Oscar-winner shared an Instagram story from her friend’s Bachelorette dinner. In it, she said that she’s “in a lot of pain” following the accident.

Lady Gaga shared that she’s “in pain” on Instagram stories following her viral fall

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Ghostbusters 2020 Wrapped Filming, Here’s How Director Jason Reitman Celebrated

The Ghostbusters 2020 cast is all smiles after busting ghosts for 68 days. Filming just wrapped on the family oriented sequel to the first two Ghostbusters movies. Jason Reitman is directing from a script he co-wrote, with his father Ivan Reitman — who directed Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II — as producer.

Ghostbusters 2020 filming began in July under the working title “Rust City” and you can see that it just finished this week in October 2019:

As Jason Reitman says, 68 days and still smiling. Bustin’ makes ’em feel GOOD. You can see Ivan Reitman to the far left in the photo, and clockwise from there we have newcomer Logan Kim at the bottom, back up to Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, then my eternal The Leftovers queen Carrie Coon, an almost unrecognizable Mckenna Grace, and director Jason Reitman himself at the far right.

As far as we know, Ghostbusters 2020 will focus on two sets of teens — one set older, and one younger. Carrie Coon is meant to play a single mother, with Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard as her kids. It’s possible Logan Kim and another announced cast member, Celeste O’Connor, are playing the other young and older teens.

Captain Marvel‘s Mckenna Grace reportedly has a lead role, and when we saw the first photos of her new look for Ghostbusters 2020, it immediately got fans thinking her character might be related to Egon Spengler. As you probably know, we lost Ghostbusters‘ Egon actor Harold Ramis in 2014.

Dan Aykroyd confirmed Ghostbusters 2020 follows “the actual descendants of the original Ghostbusters.” So even though no characters have been confirmed, I have a hard time believing Mckenna Grace isn’t going to star in this as an adorable mini Spengler. If Finn Wolfhard is her brother, then maybe they are Egon’s kids or grandkids?

Don’t forget that Paul Rudd will also be in Ghostbusters 2020, and Variety said he’ll be playing a teacher. Fargo Season 2 — aka the best season — standout Bokeem Woodbine is also on board as Sheriff Domingo.

Ghostbusters 2020 has plenty of time to add supernatural goodness in VFX since the movie isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until this coming summer, July 10, 2020. We’re still on standby for more confirmed information about the movie, and of course the first trailer.

Rise Of Skywalker Will Give Star Wars Saga A ‘Cohesive’ Ending, J.J. Abrams Says

With the plot still largely under wraps, at least until we see the final trailer, we don’t really know quite what to expect from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Here’s what we do know though: Episode IX will be the end, not just of the Sequel Trilogy, but of the entire nine-film Skywalker Saga that began with George Lucas’ Star Wars over four decades ago in 1977. And The Rise of Skywalker will give the this Saga a “cohesive” ending, that’s according to director J.J. Abrams who said:

For Star Wars fans, this is about the best thing that you could hope to hear from J.J. Abrams coming off the most controversial installment in the entire franchise and heading in to the Skywalker Saga’s climactic final chapter. He wants The Rise of Skywalker to close out the Saga in a way that results in the most cohesive story possible over the nine films.

J.J. Abrams wants The Rise of Skywalker to end the Saga in a way that is emotional and meaningful, but he is not losing sight of the fact that this movie needs to meet more than just those emotional and thematic requirements. Episode IX must also answer the Saga’s lingering questions in order to be truly satisfying as a movie and to work as the end of the Saga as a whole.

Many will likely note that J.J. Abrams is far better known for raising interesting questions than he is for answering them, but the director understands the responsibility he has to try and answer questions in The Rise of Skywalker. He knows that’s a key component of ending the Skywalker Saga in a satisfying way and what’s especially noteworthy is that he says that he wants to answer as many questions as possible.

The idea in J.J. Abrams’ mind is that, as he told Entertainment Weekly, the nine-film Skywalker Saga will operate as a story that is as cohesive as possible. He wants audiences years from now to be able to watch the Skywalker Saga as a nine-film story, with an arc that feels cohesive from start to finish. The ending is a crucial and probably the most crucial part of making that happen.

That is no easy task and the amount of pressure J.J. Abrams has to pull it off is unimaginable. It would have been different if this was just pitched as Episode IX and the door was left open for Disney to do Episode X, XI and XII or to retroactively make IX the end, but when the cast list was officially announced for Star Wars: Episode IX, it included the reveal that this would be the final film in the Skywalker Saga.

That means no take-backs and no do-overs, this is it and it has to count. That’s a tremendous burden. J.J. Abrams also told Entertainment Weekly “We’re not screwing around,” referring to his understanding that The Rise of Skywalker is the end of a trilogy and it has to be a satisfying ending. So he gets it.

As to what J.J. Abrams’ desire to make a cohesive Skywalker Saga with The Rise of Skywalker means for the film itself, we can only guess. We know that the big question about who Rey is will be answered in the film. The return of Emperor Palpatine also makes sense from J.J.’s perspective as he’s viewing the nine films as one story and one overarching villain makes sense.

Those rumors about Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker showing up also would make sense given that the Prequels are part of this Saga and to make things cohesive, they should be referenced in some way. When I wrote about what Episode 9 had to do to bring closure to the Skywalker Saga, two of the things I said were tie back to the Prequels and answer lingering questions, so if his words are anything to go by, J.J. Abrams may very well pull it off.