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The Life Is Strange Developers Already Have A Bunch Of Ideas For Future Seasons

The characters of Max and Chloe in the first season of Life is Strange instantly struck a chord with fans. Players fell in love with them over the course of the season, and many were hoping that story would continue in a future sequel. While the sequel is on its way, it doesn’t deal with the characters or events of the first season at all. Instead, it goes off in an entirely new direction. Earlier this month at PAX West I spoke with Peter Fury, the Square Enix Communications Manager for Life is Strange who told me that the team at Dontnod considered a lot of different ideas, including a direct sequel, before settling on the one that became the basis for Season 2. According to Fury…

The prequel to the first season, Life is Strange: Before the Storm did happen, though development on that was handled by a different studio. It seems Dontnod very early on was much more interested in taking the ideas that formed the basis of Life is Strange and doing something new with them. What has come out of that is the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz, two brothers who begin a hike south to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest. The characters and the story structure couldn’t be more different from the story of Max and Chloe.

However, while Peter Fury told me that the story of the Diaz brothers wasn’t the only new idea the team at Dontnod came up with, and while the other ideas may have been passed over for now, those ideas are still very much alive.

If Life is Strange continues to be as successful in Season 2 as it was in Season 1, it’s a safe bet we’ll see some of those other ideas begin to take shape as the stories of the future. It’s clear Dontnod is looking to create an entire Life is Strange universe and there will be many corners of that universe for us to explore.

Blake Lively’s ‘A Simple Favor’ Premiere Manicure Had a Hidden Message

The trailer for A Simple Favor is the best that martinis have looked since Mad Men. Starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, the movie revolves around the very mysterious Emily (Lively), her unlikely friendship with Stephanie (Kendrick), and, going by the trailer, Emily’s deep devotion to drinking martinis and looking stylish. It seems like there’s a Gone Girl–type plot in there too, but from the movie’s promo materials, the martinis play a pretty significant role. And ever the supportive costar (and lover of a clever, hidden message ), Lively just showed up to New York’s A Simple Favor premiere with a tiny Swarovski crystal martini on her nails.

To create the miniature martini, Lively’s manicurist, celebrity nail artist Elle, says that she started by painting on two coats of LeChat Dare to Wear nail polish in Black Velvet ($6). She then topped the flat black color with a selection of Swarovski crystals (it wasn’t quite a J.Lo $100 mani situation, though—the jewels cost only $10). Elle says she was literally going to use magnifying glasses to help her create the martini, but they were lost at the last second, so she placed the crystals in three minutes with her naked eyes.

As for her inspiration, Elle says that after she saw martinis constantly popping up in the film’s press shots, she went for it. What’s more, “It doesn’t hurt that Ryan [Reynolds] just bought a gin company, which also plays a big part in the movie,” Elle says.

A tiny martini glass rendered in jewels may not be your definition of a subtle clue, but Elle says that there was actually more to the mani’s hidden message. She stuck to one martini accent nail on purpose: “This was all about her one special glass, which made it more symbolic of the movie. I won’t say too much more, or I’ll spoil the plot.” Interesting.

For the rest of her nails, Lively chose the gunmetal color of LeChat Dare to Wear polish in Rock the Mic ($7), since it uncannily matched the sheer, glittery black shirt she wore to the New York premiere. Elle says, “She’s been wearing suits as a nod to her character in the movie and for female empowerment as well. She’s standing up for there not being a difference for men and women—her suit was actually worn on the runway by a man.”

Who else just bought their ticket for Friday?

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - September 10, 2018

PHOTO: James Devaney

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Blake Lively’s ‘A Simple Proposal’ Premiere Manicure Had a Hidden Message

The trailer for A Simple Favor is the best that martinis have looked since Mad Men. Starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, the movie revolves around the very mysterious Emily (Lively), her unlikely friendship with Stephanie (Kendrick), and, going by the trailer, Emily’s deep devotion to drinking martinis and looking stylish. It seems like there’s a Gone Girl-type plot in there too, but from the movie’s promo materials, the martinis play a pretty significant role. And ever the supportive co-star (and lover of a clever, hidden message ), Lively just showed up to New York’s A Simple Favor premiere with a tiny, Swarovski crystal martini on her nails.

To create the miniature martini, Lively’s manicurist, celebrity nail artist Elle, says that she started by painting on two coats of LeChat Dare To Wear nail polish in Black Velvet ($6). She then topped the flat, black color with a selection of Swarovski crystals (it wasn’t quite a J.Lo $100 mani situation, though—the jewels cost only $10). Elle says she was literally going to use magnifying glasses to help her create the martini, but they were lost at the last second, so she placed the crystals in three minutes with her naked eyes.

As for her inspiration, Elle says that after she saw martinis constantly popping up in the film’s press shots, she went for it. What’s more, “it doesn’t hurt that Ryan [Reynolds] just bought a gin company, which also plays a big part in the movie,” Elle says.

A tiny martini glass rendered in jewels may not be your definition of a subtle clue, but Elle says that there was actually more to the mani’s hidden message. She stuck to one martini accent nail on purpose: “This was all about her one special glass, which made it more symbolic of the movie. I won’t say too much more, or I’ll spoil the plot.” Interesting.

For the rest of her nails, Lively chose the gunmetal color of LeChat Dare To Wear polish in Rock the Mic ($7), since it uncannily matched the sheer, glittery black shirt she wore to the New York premiere. Elle says, “She’s been wearing suits as a nod to her character in the movie and for female empowerment as well. She’s standing up for there not being a difference for men and women—her suit was actually worn on the runway by a man.”

Who else just bought their ticket for Friday?

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - September 10, 2018

PHOTO: James Devaney

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Some Madman Watched One Adam Sandler Movie A Day For A Whole Year

We all have favorite actors who we love to watch on screen again and again, but you could you watch your favorite actor over and over again for an entire year? It would be hard for some of us to do that with Tom Cruise or Meryl Streep. Somebody just completed the task with Adam Sandler movies. Eloy Lugo is a massive Sandler fan who, on September 9 of last year (the actor’s birthday) began the Year of Sandler, watching one of the comedian’s films every single day for 12 months. While he made a point to watch every single movie at least once, he otherwise just watched whatever he wanted to watch. According to Lugo…

Adam Sandler is hardly the most beloved comedian in Hollywood, so for most the idea of watching multiple Sandler movies in a row, nevermind for a year, is probably not their idea of fun. However, Eloy Lugo clearly loves Sandler. His comments to Vice show that he sees the man as a great actor, not simply a funny guy. He even commends Sandler’s performance as Jill in Jack and Jill, and I don’t think I’m being too harsh when I say few people would make an argument like that. The movie that sees Sandler play both genders has a 3% Rotten Tomatoes score from critics and only a 36% positive score from the audience.

In fact, Eloy Lugo likes Jack and Jill so much that he says it was one of the films he watched most often, along with 8 Crazy Nights, though he admits sometimes he watched the latter film because it has the shortest runtime in the Sandler filmography, making it an easier watch when he just wanted to get his responsibilities complete.

Needless to say, this is a herculean task that most of us would never dare complete. Of course, many of us would never dare for the simple reason that, a lot of Adam Sandler’s movies aren’t the sorts that we’d want to watch over and over again. Most of his recent Netflix output has been less than impressive, to say the least. Some of his early movies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are pretty well regarded by fans, but just how many times can you watch those movies before they start to get really old?

New Ant-Man And The Wasp Video Has A Subtle Nod To Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp are ahead!

While each entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is important in its own way, some are more self-contained than others. Two months after Avengers: Infinity War resulted in half of the universe being wiped out, Ant-Man and the Wasp wound the clock back a little bit to show what Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne and the rest of the people in their circle were up to after Captain America: Civil War, but before Thanos snapped his Infinity Stones-powered fingers. The main story definitely stood on its own, but then the mid and post-credits scenes decided to address the Mad Titan in the room, and a new Ant-Man and the Wasp video throws in a nod to that.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is wrapping up its time in theaters, which means that it won’t be much longer until you can watch the movie in the comfort of your own home. The above Marvel video announces that the movie will drop on home media next month, and it functions as a standard trailer, albeit showing some scenes that were kept secret during the theatrical promotion. But at the very end, everything on the screen quickly fades away, and that effect looks an awful lot like the dust effect that we saw when folks faded away at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. For folks who haven’t seen Ant-Man and the Wasp, this effect probably doesn’t mean anything, but those who have seen the movie, they know this is a quick reference to what goes down in the final minutes.

In case you need a refresher, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s mid-credits scene picked back up with Scott, Hope, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne at the exact time that the battle in Wakanda was unfolding in Avengers: Infinity War. Scott entered the Quantum Realm to harvest some quantum energy that would help Ava Starr‘s condition, and he was only supposed to stay there for a few minutes. Unfortunately for him, soon after he traveled to that other reality, Thanos carried out his genocide, and Hope, Hank and Janet were among the unlucky ones who disintegrated. Scott is still intact, but now he’s stranded in the Quantum Realm, and it remains to be seen how he’ll escape, although many have speculated it will require him to go through one of those time vortexes that Janet told him to stay away from. And for those wondering, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s post-credits scene showed that the giant ant that wore Scott’s house arrest ankle bracelet survived the Thanos snap, as it continued drumming away without a care in the world.

You can buy Ant-Man and the Wasp on Digital HD starting October 2, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies hit shelves on October 16. While it remains to be seen if Ant-Man 3 will move forward, Scott Lang will jump back into action when Avengers 4 is released on May 3, 2019.

Predator’s Honest Trailer Is Packed With Machoness And The Best Handshake In Human History

We are only days away from the release of The Predator. This is just the latest attempt to capitalize on one of cinema’s all-time coolest monsters. As such, it seems only right to revisit the classic action horror film that first introduced us to the interstellar sport hunters, 1987’s Predator. Fortunately, Honest Trailers has us covered, looking back on the overwhelming machoness, the iconic one-liners and the legendary handshake that make Predator still such a classic today. Take a look below to see the Honest Trailer for Predator.

You can’t really discuss Predator without referencing the incredible handshake that turns into an arm wrestling contest between Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Dutch and Carl Weathers’ Dillon. And Screen Junkies doesn’t neglect this moment. Indeed, this flex shake between these two titans is a strong antidote to peach fuzz, while giving you lifelong handshake and bicep goals. Thanks to memes, this image is probably as reproduced as that of the Predator itself at this point. You also can’t talk about Predator without mentioning the one-liners in this film, which you’ve undoubtedly heard even if you’ve never seen it. They’re ridiculous and cheesy and iconic and awesome.

The Predator Honest Trailer also touches on one of the huge flaws in the film: it gives away the alien in the beginning. As is the audience knows more than the characters, eliminating any mystery element to this jungle contest. Had the beginning of the film not opened with the Predator being dropped off on safari, we, along with Dutch and Co., would have felt an extra level of fear and confusion at what exactly was going on. Then we would have been looking just as curiously at the trees.

The comparison between Dutch and Kevin McCallister from Home Alone is also really funny. Although technically, since Predator came out first, Kevin McCallister is really an ingenious, screaming, ice cream eating Dutch. Maybe Kevin saw Predator prior to his epic parental neglect, and took some tips from it. Screen Junkies also doesn’t forget to mention the end-credits of this film, which are certainly jarring– giving us sitcom-esque shots of characters who were just disemboweled in the film. Except they’re smiling like they were having a jolly saunter through the jungle, and not being horribly butchered.

As the Honest Trailer notes, the original Predator has never been improved upon, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from trying. The next attempt comes from Shane Black, one of the stars of the original film. And it has received mixed reviews so far, seemingly eclipsing the rest of the mediocre sequels, but falling well short of the original.

You can see the return of the galaxy’s most fearsome hunter when The Predator stalks into theaters on September 14th. Take a look at the release calendar to see the rest of the big movies still to come in 2018 and for all the latest in the choppa and why you should get to it, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

What’s Going On With Maggie And Rick’s Walking Dead Feud When Season 9 Picks Up

When The Walking Dead left off, Maggie and Rick’s relationship had hit a bit of a bump. After all, he had allowed her husband’s murderer, Negan, to continue drawing breath. Suffice it to say, there is room for ample tension between them. Having been denied her preferred brand of justice by Rick, will Maggie really be revving up for revenge against him in Season 9? The Walking Dead‘s chief content officer and former showrunner Scott Gimple has weighed in, saying:

There you have it! With so much going on in between Season 8 and Season 9 thanks to that time jump, it is understandable that Maggie may have other things occupying her mind besides her and Rick’s feud. With 18 months having passed in between the two installments, Maggie has had hers and Glenn’s baby, and that’s bound to take up a lot of her time and energy. While making it right may not be driving her in Season 9 as Scott Gimple told TVLine, a desire to do so is still present within her.

With Maggie finally having had her baby in Season 9, the show will also be able to explore her life as a mother, and as you probably suspected, it has had an impact. It is thanks in part to her having become a mother that Maggie’s quest for revenge may be far from over. Giving fans a preview of how being a mother to hers and Glenn’s baby has impacted Maggie’s feelings, Scott Gimple says:

All of which makes perfect sense. Having become a mother, she is focused on her child. She also knows that her baby’s father is missing and why. So, it would make sense that their child would play a large role in how she feels regarding Glenn’s killer. After all, Negan is still alive, and Glenn is dead, having never met his and Maggie’s baby. And Rick allowed Negan to live. Can he and Maggie come to an understanding before he exits The Walking Dead?

And how much light will the Season 9 premiere shed on that possibility? The episode will definitely be long enough to fit in some scenes between Rick and Maggie. As many fans know, Season 9 will be the season fans bid farewell to Maggie and Rick. Maggie, in an open-ended way, and Rick, for what is potentially forever. Regardless of how their respective time on the series ends up, time is running out for them to reconcile Rick allowing Glenn’s killer to live. Fans will have to tune in to see if it can happen.

It may feel like the wait for the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 9 is creeping along rather slowly, but you can rest assured it is getting closer. The premiere is now less than a month away. And there is something to be said for savoring the time that is left. Find out how things go down between Rick and Maggie when The Walking Dead returns this fall, along with a ton of other shows. Season 9 premieres Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Why Kellie Brown Started the #FatatFashionWeek Hashtag During New York Fashion Week

Although New York Fashion Week has become noticeably more inclusive than it was five years ago, progress has been slow, particularly when it comes to body diversity. According to The Fashion Spot, which releases a report every season that surveys diversity in Fashion Week castings in the four major cities across a range of categories, only about 0.4 percent of the models to appear on the runway or at presentations were plus-sized. That translates to a total of 30 non-straight-sized models appearing in New York and Paris; London and Milan, meanwhile, didn’t have any. Those numbers don’t get more encouraging when it comes to the people going to the shows, either—in recent seasons, critics have been vocal about the ways in which mainstream street-style photography seemingly captures only one type of person (and body type) in their imagery, despite the fact that the crowds at Fashion Week can be pretty diverse.

This season, though, one blogger is shepherding in change using the hashtag #FatatFashionWeek.

Kellie Brown of And I Get Dressed came up with the hashtag while at a New York Fashion Week event hosted by 11 Honoré, the plus-sized luxury retailer—”an event filled with boss bigger women: influencers, super models, fashion directors of major publications,” she tells Glamour. “And while writing my caption, I thought to myself, How can they (the industry) pretend no stylish fat women exist?

“I created the tag as a way to kind of show receipts that there are many bigger women working in the industry, influencing the industry and consumers alike, and looking great while doing it,” Brown adds, noting that this whole realization and conceptualization took about 30 seconds.

She’s tagged her New York Fashion Week-related posts on Instagram with #FatatFashionWeek, and has incorporated it into her Youtube coverage of the week.

Other bloggers, influencers, and plus-sized Fashion Week attendees have joined in, too, including Alex Michael May, Alex Larosa, Kelly Augustine, and more. (At press time, the hashtag has over 130 posts published to it.) “I’ve seen editors using it, which is one of the biggest compliments,” Brown says.”A few people came up to me [at New York Fashion Week] to tell me they loved the hashtag and were excited to use it.”

“I started attending [New York Fashion Week] over 12 years ago as a publicist, and then I always felt like the ONLY one,” Brown explains. “I know I wasn’t, but without the luxury of social media then, we weren’t connected. I love seeing so many larger models on runways [and] diversity at shows, but there’s still much to be done.”

Brown believes that hashtags like #FatatFashionWeek are helpful because they remind everyone (in the industry or otherwise) that these people are present, as well as inspire those who are following the events from afar but don’t feel like they’re presented in the images coming out of it. “There are up-and-coming bigger people who want to work in the industry and can follow the hashtag and see that they belong here, too,” she says.

It may have started a spur-of-the-moment post, but Brown is already thinking bigger picture: “The goal is now to grow it—I’d love to see models, makeup artists, people who work backstage [and] in PR, inclusive designers using it… Hopefully more to come next Fashion Week!”

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Wait, Is Frank Randall Going To Be In Outlander Season 4?

Well, “sometimes life takes unexpected turns” can basically sum up Outlander from the very beginning! Frank’s life was definitely turned upside down when his beloved wife disappeared on their second honeymoon, only to return in clothes from centuries past, pregnant, and in love with another man. He wasn’t a perfect man and certainly not a perfect husband, but he was a loving father to Brianna, and his death via sudden car crash devastated his daughter. Now, if Frank does appear in Season 4 as the trailer may have hinted, we have to assume that it won’t be via resurrection. Although Outlander has crossed some pretty bizarre lines, bringing somebody back from the dead isn’t one of them.