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See The First Look At David Bowie In Upcoming Musical Biopic Stardust

Within the past year, audiences have watched Rami Malek channel Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in his Oscar-winning performance Bohemian Rhapsody, Taron Egerton’s Elton John in glittery musical Rocketman and Himesh Patel havea Beatles fantasy down Penny Lane in Yesterday. Bruce Springsteen’s music is being highlighted in the recently released Blinded By the Light. Another one of the all-time greats is coming to the big screen. Check out Johnny Flynn’s David Bowie below:

Anyone else just do a double take? The Lovesick actor will be playing a 24-year-old David Bowie in the upcoming indie Stardust. Johnny Flynn’s Bowie follows the music icon during his first road trip to America in 1971 as he discovers his upcoming persona Ziggy Stardust he’d famously debut on stage a year later. He is donning a lesser-known early look for Bowie that he had when he made his fourth album “Hunky Dory”.

At the time, he had not been signed by a record label and his first three albums had not been successful. He journeyed to America for a three-week promotional tour where he traveled by bus from D.C. to California while sporting a more folk-rock look and writing songs such as “Song for Bob Dylan” and “Queen Bitch”. When Bowie became Ziggy Stardust, it began his rise to fame that would have his music dominate the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Stardust reportedly began production in June with documentary director Gabriel Range directing the project written by newcomer Christopher Bell. The film’s star Johnny Flynn is best known for playing young Albert Einstein in the National Geographic series Genius and he is the frontman in his own folk rock group, Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit, since 2008.

Flynn will be joined by GLOW’s Marc Maron who will be playing Bowie’s publicist Ron Oberman and the Hunger Games’ Jena Malone as David Bowie’s wife Angie. Stardust is an independently produced by Salon Pictures, being sold by Film Constellation and co-financed by Christopher Figg of Piccadilly Pictures. The biopic may make its way into a film festival in hopes of being picked up by a major studio.

Considering Johnny Flynn has music chops, one would expect that he’d try his hand at covering some of David Bowie’s early songs such as “Changes”, “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity”, now considered classics among the late musicians massive discography? However, Bowie’s son Duncan Jones has criticized the project and previously announced the film would not receive music rights or his family’s blessing. In his words on Twitter back in January:

David Bowie passed away in 2016 at 69 years old of liver cancer. There’s certainly an interest in seeing more biopics about musicians with giant fanbases. However, this project differs from recent ones of its kind because it’s a smaller production and receiving pushback from Bowie’s family.

What do you think of this early look at Stardust? Sound off in the comments below!

Marvel And Sony’s Spider-Man Deal Has Reportedly Come To An Abrupt End

After years of Sony delivering standalone Spider-Man movies to the masses, the studio finally teamed up with Marvel Studios to bring the Wall-Crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker subsequently appeared in five MCU movies, and given the critical and commercial success of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it seemed like Marvel and Sony would continue working closely together in the coming years.

However, word’s come in that this arrangement has come to an abrupt end. According to Deadline, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not produce any future Spider-Man movies. This move comes after Disney and Sony were unable to come to a new agreement that would have seen the Mouse House getting a co-financing stake with future Spidey movies.

This shakeup reportedly boils down to, as so many things in Hollywood do, money. Disney apparently wanted a 50/50 co-financing arrangement on the MCU-set Spider-Man movies, a significantly boost from the current arrangement where Marvel received 5% of first dollar gross. There were discussions of having this new deal extend to the other non-MCU Spider-Man movies in development, but Sony immediately turn down that offer and wanted to keep things the same. Disney refused that counteroffer.

The Matrix 4 Is Happening With Keanu Reeves

For being such a massive series of films, the reign of The Matrix was rather short lived, with all three movies coming out between the years 1999 and 2003. Of course, in Hollywood no franchise is ever really dead, and now it appears that this one once again has a pulse. Word has now gotten out that The Matrix 4 is officially in development, and the project already has three key names attached.

With Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow prepared to team up, Variety is reporting that Lana Wachowski is now set to both write and direct a fourth installment of the Matrix series, and both Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will be returning to play Neo and Trinity, respectively. At this time there are no details available regarding the plot of the film (no real surprise there), but what is kind of incredible is the fact that production is looking to start in the early months of 2020.

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Most Popular Nail Trends for 2019

When it comes to nail ideas, we’re never in short supply of inspiration, mostly thanks to a never-ending deluge of Instagram posts. But some designs are—shall we say—less wearable than others. And when we go to our favorite salons for a refresh, we really just want something we can wear for a week without reaching for the acetone. If you’re looking to upgrade from a single-shade appointment to nail art this season, why not take a look at what everyone else is loving? We checked out nail salons across the country, from Seattle to Boston, and unearthed nine designs their clients repeatedly request. The common denominators? Something unique (think custom and hand painted) or something with high impact and low time commitment (sign us up for that one, always). From confetti toppings to swirling floral tips, these are the most popular nail trends right now.

Looks Like Quentin Tarantino Cut A Bunch Of Charles Manson Footage From Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

When it was still coming together, the film that would become Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was referred to as Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson movie. That early descriptor turned out to be well off the mark as Charles Manson is barely in the film. However, that may not have always been the case, because it looks like Quentin Tarantino cut a bunch of Charles Manson footage from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The actor who played Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Damon Herriman, also plays the infamous cult leader in the recently premiered second season of David Fincher’s Mindhunter on Netflix. Speaking about the differences between the two projects and portrayals, and how much was cut from Tarantino’s ninth film, Damon Herriman said:

Charles Manson’s presence is felt throughout Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but we only get to see him briefly. Quentin Tarantino wrote more for the character, though because as Damon Herriman told Entertainment Weekly, he shot more scenes as the cult leader than what made it into the final film. That extra footage, however, didn’t make it out of the editing process.

We know that Quentin Tarantino considered making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood longer after its Cannes premiere, and while that doesn’t seem to have really happened, the first assembly cut of the film from editor Fred Raskin was 4 hours and 20 minutes and included everything. So as Damon Herriman said, Quentin Tarantino cut a lot out of the film, including at least one other scene of him as Charles Manson.

Audiences got more of a taste of what Damon Herriman can do as Charles Manson in Mindhunter, but the performances between that show and what was cut from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are quite different. As he said, the tone is the big distinction between the two portrayals. Mindhunter finds Charles Manson in prison in 1980, when he’s older and angrier, and it has that dark and dramatic tone David Fincher does so well.

The stuff cut from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would have been Manson in 1969 at the height of his influence, and it would have adhered to the more fun tone inherent to Quentin Tarantino’s style. Damon Herriman also said that the other stuff he shot as Charles Manson was far more humorous than anything in Mindhunter or his brief appearance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The actor suspects that Quentin Tarantino made the decision to not include it to keep Manson largely in the background as an ominous figure who looms over everything.

In his interview with EW, Damon Herriman didn’t reveal the content of what was cut from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as far as his Charles Manson is concerned, just that there’s more out there. He thought it best to not say anything, lest his other scenes show up at some point, he wouldn’t want audiences spoiled. So for now we are left to speculate and hope for an extended cut or deleted scenes on the eventual home video release.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the movies headed to theaters this year.

YFN Lucci And Trey Songz Work On Wooing Women In A Luxurious Villa In ‘All Night Long’

YFN Lucci and Trey Songz have released the video for their hit collaboration, “All Night Long.” In it, they live a life of luxury in a villa next to the beach, surrounded by women. Lucci has his eye on one woman in particular and is determined to win her over, no matter who’s looking at him. While he’s doing this, Trey Songz is his effortless, all-smiling wingman, of course. Together, the two look like they’re having the time of their lives.

The best parts about the life of luxury come in the details. The sparkling lemonade. The sun dotting the horizon where it reflects off of aquamarine water.The silky fabrics of expensive shirts and the plates of fresh grapes, strawberries, and cantaloupe. Living like this is what everyone dreams of. For YFN Lucci though, he’s looking for love. So over the course of the video, in which Trey Songz provides the beautiful chorus while wooing one woman, in particular, YFN Lucci is wining, dining, and showing the apple of his eye the balcony view of his getaway home. It doesn’t matter that he can do whatever he wants when he wants. He’s head over heels in love. Towards the end of the video, it looks like he successfully impresses her and everyone involved gets to perform an impromptu dance number that’s both hilarious and adorable.

“All Night Long” appears on Lucci’s recently released project, 650Luc: Gangsta Grillz that also features T.I., Jeezy, and others.

Watch YFN Lucci and Trey Songz lounge with lovely ladies in “All Night Long” up above.

Emma Watson and Tom Felton Hung Out, and Now Fans Are Begging Them to Date

Here’s a bit of Harry Potter excitement we didn’t see coming: Emma Watson and Tom Felton, better known to fans as Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy, had a mini-reunion over some music wizardry. Felton gave fans a look at his friendship with Watson this week by posting a shot to Instagram of him teaching her guitar.

“Quick learner,” Felton wrote in the caption. The picture seems to have been taken when the two actors were in South Africa.

It’s not the first time Watson and Felton have spent quality time together since the Harry Potter franchise ended. Back in November, Watson shared a black and white video of the two of them riding a skateboard together and laughing hysterically. In the clip, Felton jokes that she’s “dancing around on the board like a clown” and tells her to “hang on tight.” The cute video immediately sparked rumors that these two might be dating.

And now the same thing is happening with this guitar video. Just look at some of these fan tweets:

Part of the reason that Draco and Hermoine fans are so obsessed with a potential relationship has to do with something Emma Watson said herself. In 2012, she admitted she had a crush on Felton when she was a kid. “Between the ages of 10 and 12, I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton,” she said on the Jonathan Ross Show. “We love a bad guy and he was a few years older and he had a skateboard. And that just did it, really. He used to do tricks on it. He was so cool.”

Well, he still has a skateboard (and a guitar), so maybe there’s hope for this Griffyindor-Slytherin union, after all. And if not, at least we have those eight glorious Harry Potter films.

The Halloween Sequels May Be Bringing Back Another Actor From The Original

The horror genre has been in a serious renaissance for thee past few years. Rather than stale sequels or torture porn, filmmakers have been crafting unique and critically acclaimed films. In addition to scaring the hell out of moviegoers, these projects have also made a ton of money at the box office. Blumhouse’s Halloween movie is a prime example of this trend, and a pair of new sequels will arrive over the next two years to create a bonafide trilogy. Original stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle returned for the 2018 movie, and a new rumor indicates that another OG denizen of Haddonfield may be returning for the next installment.

Actor Tom Atkins starred in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the oddball threequel that didn’t contain Michael Myers at all. He recently did an interview, where he indicated that original Halloween and Halloween II star Charles Cyphers was reprising his role as Sheriff Leigh Brackett for the upcoming blockbuster Halloween Kills. As he put it:

Well, this is exciting. It looks like Halloween Kills might have another cast member from John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 horror flick. Charles Cypher also appeared in the first sequel, which is no longer considered canon in Blumhouse’s timeline of events.

Tom Atkins’ comments to Comic Book haven’t been confirmed by anyone associated with Halloween Kills, but it’s new that will excite the hardcore fans of the franchise. Halloween helped change the horror world when it debuted, and Charles Cypher’s character is one that makes logical sense to bring back for another sequel. After all, he had a deep connection to the events of the original movie.

Leigh Brackett was Sheriff of Haddonfield during Michael Myers’ original rampage through the sleepy Illinois town. He was shown trying to galvanize the police force and seek out Michael, as he began ripping through babysitters. But perhaps his more emotional connection was that one of those victims was his daughter Annie.

Annie Brackett is one of Laurie’s best friends in the original Halloween movie. She’s feisty and quick-witted, and is babysitting Lindsey Wallace before handing her over to Jamie Lee Curtis’ signature character. She’s killed by Michael in her car, before her body is used to scare Laurie during her epic final sequence with Michael.

Bringing Sheriff Brackett back to the narrative seems like a great way to connect Halloween Kills to John Carpenter’s original film. Laurie’s teenage encounter with Michael Myers was shown to traumatize the franchise favorite, and Annie’s death likely also deeply affected her father. Especially because Brackett was unable to protect his own daughter from her grisly fate.

Alas, we’ll just have to wait and see if this report comes to fruition, as details about the upcoming sequel slowly drip out.

Halloween Kills is set to arrive in theaters on October 16, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Should Marvel Introduce Namor In Black Panther 2?

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As the world waits for the exciting follow-up to Black Panther, rumors are already floating around about who T’Challa will be going up against in his next adventure. After kicking things off with Killmonger, it will be quite the challenge for the next villain to leave as great of an impact as he did. With that said, there have been rumors that the villain has been selected, and if it’s legit, Killmonger may become the second best villain of the Black Panther franchise.

I’m talking, of course, about Namor the Sub-Mariner. He’s been on the short list of Marvel characters fans would love to see in the MCU, and would certainly be a villain unlike any we’ve seen before in this universe. For those unfamiliar, dive down for specifics and why he’d be a great choice for the big bad of Black Panther 2.

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Two Kings Squaring Off

Marvel’s king of Wakanda squaring off against the king of Atlantis? Even if there wasn’t any history or precedent for Black Panther and Namor going head-to-head, the prospect of two Marvel monarchs going to war is exciting to say the least. Then you learn that there is history between these two going head-to-head in Marvel comics, and boy, those who don’t understand will get why people want to see Namor in Black Panther 2.

In Marvel Comics, Namor has done everything from broker deals with Doctor Doom that hurt Wakanda to literally destroying Wakanda when he was imbued with the power of The Phoenix Force. Long story short, T’Challa and Namor have never gotten along all that well, so even if Black Panther 2 ended with Namor in a semi-heroic role, chances are the two would come to blows at some point in the future. That sounds like the kind of tension we need in the MCU going forward, so let’s make it happen.

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He’s A Killmonger-like Character

One of the things that made Black Panther so great was Erik Killmonger’s complexity. He certainly did some evil things, but it was understandable to see where he was coming from and empathize with him on some level, even if fans didn’t support his methods. Hell, even T’Challa felt for him at the end!

Namor is similar to Killmonger in the regard that his primary motivation is relateable to a general audience. He’s looking out for the people of Atlantis, and unfortunately, the land-dwellers don’t always have the oceans’ best interest at heart in decision-making. Namor and his people suffer the effects of that, and eventually, the ruler has to step up and make a point. Unfortunately, he’s the type to level an entire city rather than condemn humanity’s actions in front of the U.N., so pissing off Namor can go south real quick.

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He’s Canonically Older Than Many MCU Characters

One of the negatives of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers presumably not having a big role in the MCU is that the franchise is losing one of its biggest ties to the past. If Namor were to join, however, the MCU would have a half-human, half-Atlantean who actually fought alongside the Allies in World War II. Of course, we’re not sure that’s true in the MCU seeing as he wasn’t mentioned during Captain America: The First Avenger.

Of course, we’re still not aware of what all was changed by Captain America’s trip back in time. Or, maybe they were just fighting the battle in different areas and never crossed paths? Cap got encased in that ice pretty damn quick and he was consumed with thoughts of Peggy and saving humanity. If nothing else, Namor is old enough to have had a relationship with T’Challa’s father or even grandfather, which could make for a great opportunity to expand Wakanda’s mythos.

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He’s The Powerful Conflicted Character The MCU Needs Now

One thing that Marvel has in its comics, television and even other Marvel movies that the MCU doesn’t have right now are characters that aren’t wholly good. That’s not to say Namor isn’t entirely evil, but the dude has certainly has some questionable methods that have pissed off The Avengers many a time. He’s like Frank Castle: they get what he’s doing and why, but they don’t have to be ok with it.

The difference is Frank Castle is human, and a recent iteration of Namor was powerful enough to take on a team of the Avengers on his own. His strength allows him to stand against Thor and he’s durable enough to withstand a charged cosmic blast from Captain Marvel. The last time we saw a character do both of those things was Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, and we can all agree he was a real pain in the ass. Namor’s that, but he’s also kind of good. It really makes dealing with him problematic.

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He’s The Link Between Other Franchises Yet To Be Introduced In The MCU

From a real-life history standpoint, Namor is the company’s oldest mutant (though there are mutants older than him in the lore). If he were to be introduced in Black Panther 2, he’d technically be the first mutant in the MCU as Wanda and Pietro Maximoff had their mutant origins scrubbed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In short, he could be the official introduction to mutants in the MCU.

That’s not all he could usher in though, as Namor has had more than his fair share of run-ins with the Fantastic Four. Plus, rulers recognize rulers, and if ever there were a time to inject Doctor Doom into a movie, it would be when two rulers are going head-to-head. The easiest way to flip Namor from villain to anti-hero would be to compare him to Doom, and perhaps give the Wakandans and Atlanteans something to unite against.

Would you like to see Namor in Black Panther 2? Sound off in the poll and talk about why or why not in the comments below that. In the meantime, CinemaBlend will keep an ear to the ground for updates on whether or not he will appear, and will continue to report on all the latest news happening in the world of movies and television.

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How Good Boys’ Jacob Tremblay Channeled Keanu Reeves For His Favorite Scene

If 2019 has taught us anything, it’s this: Keanu Reeves is iconic. Some of us already knew it the instant he said “Whoa” in Bill & Ted, but now it seems a new generation is discovering the actor’s talents. Reeves is even an inspiration to R-rated comedy Good Boys’ 12-year-old Jacob Tremblay, who said this of his standout scene in this weekend’s top earner:

It sounds like an awesome scene to shoot that was tons of fun! The Good Boys action sequence allowed Jacob Tremblay and his other co-stars to play around with paintball guns, even channelling the classic moves from The Matrix when the cast dodges the bullets in slow motion while doing backflips, martial arts and such.

Wait up… isn’t The Matrix rated R? The hilarious bit about the marketing for Good Boys is that the movie’s stars wouldn’t be able to walk into a theater and buy a ticket to their own. You can say the same about The Matrix circa 1999 before Tremblay was even a concept. The Matrix is one of the greats and doesn’t have nearly as many F-bombs, sex toys and all-around adult content than the Keanu Reeves-led movie ever did anyway. By the way, Tremblay watching The Matrix as a kid, even if he didn’t get through the whole thing, was a good call: it’s mind-blowing and sticks with you.

Jacob Tremblay’s Good Boys costar Brady Noon agreed that the paintball sequence when explaining his choice favorite scene to Vulture. In his words:

Yep, breaking a board over someone’s back is awesome, and Brady Noon can now say he did it in the No. 1 movie at the box office. Good Boys topped the weekend with a surprising $21 million haul, taking down Hobbs & Shaw in its third weekend after a solid opening night. The R-rated comedy earned mainly positive reviews from critics, with a certified fresh score of 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (CinemaBlend gave it 4 out of 5).

Good Boys follows three middle-schooler best friends played by Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams, who get into plenty of hilarious antics on the day leading up to a spin-the-bottle party. None of the “Bean Bag Boys” have kissed a girl before and their nervousness for the event has them getting into unlikely situations.

Check out Good Boys in theaters now!