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Sylvester Stallone Explains How Rambo Is Different In Last Blood

It’s been a while since we last saw John Rambo in 2008’s Rambo, and although fans might think they know what to expect after four films in this franchise, the Rambo they see in Rambo: Last Blood isn’t the same Rambo he used to be. Sylvester Stallone explained how Rambo is different in Last Blood, saying:

Sylvester Stallone is 73 years old, and he’s not trying to pretend Rambo is a young man who’s capable of all the feats of youth in Last Blood. As he tells Variety, the thing that he is bringing to Rambo in this movie that he couldn’t in the previous films is the onslaught of age. Through his character, the actor is able show the toll that onslaught takes on a person, even a person as capable as John Rambo.

Sly likens John Rambo in Last Blood to a fighter no longer in his prime. Although it varies by individual and weight class also plays a component, most fighters reach their peak, where the combination of physical ability and technical maturity are at their zenith, in their late 20s and early 30s. For some it happens gradually and for others seemingly overnight, but as time wears on they no longer react in quite the same way they used to.

Those reactions that once came automatically no longer do. You know how to react and the muscle memory is still there, it’s just that your body doesn’t operate in the same way. It can’t. An adage in sports and combat sports in particular is ‘Father Time is undefeated,’ and that adage holds true for everyone eventually. So that’s that state we’ll find Rambo in in Last Blood.

As Sly says, Rambo’s body won’t respond the same way in this film, and he won’t be the same warrior he was in First Blood or even in Rambo. Instincts never go and he’ll know what to do and how to do it, but he’ll be at war with his own limitations, as well the drug cartel. Ramo is fueled by love, loneliness and the pain of Vietnam in Last Blood, and his mind won’t allow him to stop even if his body begs him too.

Unfortunately for the cartel, even a geriatric Rambo is still formidable and he still has the skills and the knowledge, even if he’s a hell of a lot slower than he used to be. Maybe one day we’ll get to see John Rambo on the other end of the spectrum, even before his prime, because Sylvester Stallone wants a Rambo prequel to happen.

The Friends Cast Celebrated the Show’s 25th Anniversary in the Sweetest Way

It’s hard to believe, but this month marks the 25th anniversary of Friends. And to celebrate, the cast members who are on Instagram posted touching throwback shots from the show’s early days. Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc each shared the same photo, which depicts the beloved group walking down the street in evening wear. They used the opportunity to thank their fans for loving and supporting the sitcom for more than two decades.

“Celebrating a Thursday night 25 years ago. Thank you to all of our loyal fans across the world. You’ve certainly been there for us! I love these guys!” Cox wrote. She also teased Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry for not having social media: “#seriouslyjen? #youtoomatthew.” Kudrow made a similar joke in hers: “Celebrating a Thursday night 25 years ago. We might be in different places but we are connect.ed. #STILLTHEREFORYOU #FRIENDS #friends25thanniversary #TWITTER@MATTHEWPERRY #COMEONALREADYJEN.”

Meanwhile, LeBlanc wrote, “Seems like yesterday. Thanks to all the fans for watching.” And Schwimmer added, “THANK YOU to all the fans out there!! We couldn’t have done it without you.”

These joint posts coincide with a few other recent tributes to Friends. Just this week, Ralph Lauren dropped a collection inspired by Aniston’s character Rachel Green. Over the summer, there was also some buzz that a Friends reunion could happen; Aniston got our hopes up when she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,”Listen, I told you this: I would do it. The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure.”

We’re crossing our fingers, especially because we learned in June that Friends is leaving Netflix in 2020. So, if these posts gave you serious nostalgia, be sure to stream your favorite episodes while they’re still available on the site.

Joaquin Phoenix Has Found His First Post-Joker Movie

Ever since Todd Phillips’ Joker first screened at the Venice Film Festival to sky-high acclaim last month, the name on everyone’s lips has been Joaquin Phoenix. His performances in Oscar-nominated films such as Her and Walk the Line have stunned before, but when expectations are at “masterpiece” and Best Actor frontrunner, there’s something special about what he’ll do next.

Indie studio A24 is now reportedly in final negotiations with the Joker actor for a role in an untitled drama ahead of an upcoming fall shoot. Joaquin Phoenix would star in a new film written and directed by Mike Mills, who previously helmed 2010’s Beginners and 2016’s 20th Century Women.

Beginners was Mike Mills’ breakout film and famously scored an 82-year-old Christopher Plummer his first (and only) Oscar win. In it, Plummer played an elderly father to Ewan McGregor’s character who learns he has terminal cancer and a young male lover. Christopher Plummer’s role was based on Mills’ own relationship with his father, just as Annette Bening’s 20th Century Women role had roots in his own mother.

Perhaps Mike Mills’ upcoming movie with Joaquin Phoenix will continue the filmmaker’s likeness with themes of family dynamics as well? Plot details have been kept underwraps but producers Chelsea Barnard, Lila Yacoub and Andrea Longacre-White are all on board, via Deadline.

Chelsea Barnard recently produced Booksmart along with Phoenix’s other recent projects including The Sisters Brothers and Her. Yacoub worked on projects including Eighth Grade, Lady Bird and Moonrise Kingdom and Longacre-White produced 20th Century Women with Barnard.

A24 has frequented the award season circuit in recent years with Best Picture winner Moonlight and Brie Larson’s Best Actress win for Room. Mike Mills also scored the studio a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for 20th Century Women. This year, A24 will release contenders such as Waves, Uncut Gems and The Lighthouse following the positive buzz for Lulu Wang’s The Farewell and Ari Aster’s Midsommar earlier this year.

Joker won the Golden Lion award, the highest prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. It boasts a 75% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its release. CinemaBlend’s own gave the film a near-perfect 4.5 out of 5 score in his review, calling Joaquin Phoenix’s performance “disturbingly natural.”

Joaquin Phoenix has framed his career on dramatic roles, so his upcoming Mike Mills’ film is business as usual after this more high-profile role in Todd Phillips’ Joker, which will hit theaters on October 4.

Khloé Kardashian Has Bright White-Blond Hair Now

Khloé Kardashian has had blond hair for so long now, we’ve almost forgotten what she looks like as a brunette. (Here’s a reminder, in case you needed one, too.) She’s been going back and forth between a bob and long extensions recently. However, it seems like there’s another chapter in Khloé’s blond book: She just took her color brighter than ever. Yes, we’re talking platinum, but the shade is so icy, it’s nearly white.

Kardashian shared her latest hair color in an Instagram photo on Wednesday and posted it with a cloud emoji in the caption. It is pretty much cloud-white and very dreamy—in fact, it’s giving off some slight Daenerys Targaryen vibes. It’s also way lighter than one of her early forays into blondness back in 2015, when she showed off gorgeous waves after visiting Meche Salon in L.A. (The salon’s owner, Tracey Cunningham, has been Kardashian’s colorist for years.)

There is definitely a blond movement happening right now. Kardashian’s younger sister Kendall Jenner recently turned up with platinum hair (also done by Cunningham) while walking the runway for Burberry’s Spring 2020 fashion show at London Fashion Week. Although her roots are still a bit closer to her natural color, she was practically unrecognizable with her new hair, which she wore pin-straight and behind her ears.

And they’re not the only ones: This summer, Jenner’s friend Bella Hadid abandoned her life as a brunette and began experimenting with lighter shades that have her looking more and more like her sister, Gigi. This week, Hadid switched things up yet again and debuted a sleek blond bob at the same Burberry show Jenner walked in.

American Horror Story: 1984 Is a Brilliant Tribute to Your Favorite ’80s Scary Movies

I’ll admit, I was hesitant going into this season of American Horror Story (official name AHS: 1984). For one, it’s the first installment without Sarah Paulson in a main role. Paulson has been a mainstay for the franchise for years and always able to carry each season through any weaker moments. Who could possibly fill those shoes? Besides that, this season’s theme—’80s-era summer camp—is one fans have been hoping to see for years, which means expectations were high. So I went into the premiere last night feeling skeptical.

The good news: This season is good. And scary—like, actually scary.

You see, this isn’t something AHS has been known for lately. Last year’s Apocalypse had only a few frights, and 2017’s Cult was more political commentary than anything. AHS: 1984 marks a creepy return to form for the franchise, packed with classic scares and familiar tropes, which is absolutely a positive thing. Nothing about AHS: 1984 is particularly original, and that’s the point. It’s an homage to iconic slasher films like Friday the 13th and Halloween, and spotting these references is part of the season’s appeal.

The story centers on a group of Los Angeles twenty-somethings (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, and Gus Kenworthy) who escape the city for the summer to be counselors at the recently reopened Camp Redwood, the site of a 1970s massacre. The serial killer, Mr. Jingles, was arrested and sent to a mental institution. But, surprise surprise, he escapes right as the counselors arrive and has his sights set on them.

Billie Lourd in American Horror Story: 1984.

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Mr. Jingles is a perfect mixture of Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers with elements of Freddy Kreuger. As for Camp Redwood, it’s ripped straight from the script of the first Friday the 13th movie. The pilot establishes the framework of a horror story you’ve seen many times before but never gets old. The key players are all there: a timid ingénue (Roberts), the oafish jock (Kenworthy), the oblivious wild child (Lourd). The pop-out scares are abundant, and the chase scenes play out like a choreographed dance. At one point, Roberts’ character, Brooke, is running from who she thinks is Mr. Jingles, and her movements feel almost musical—every trip, slip, and scream was molded by the horror greats of decades past. It’s brilliant.

Of course, creator Ryan Murphy’s touch is all over this. The actual story is tired and true, sure, but he subverts it in a way only he can. Tone-wise, the show is a delightful blend of Scream Queens and the fifth AHS season, Hotel. One minute, you’re unnerved; the next, Gus Kenworthy takes his shirt off and cheekily demands everyone to “check out his bod.” Creepy dialogue about Mr. Jingles is immediately followed by the arrival of the Camp Redwood’s activities counselor, Trevor Kirchner (Matthew Morrison), who swigs beer and makes bad sex jokes. The transition between horror and humor on 1984 is frequent and abrupt, which is what we’ve come to love and expect from a Murphy production.

I Asked My Boyfriend to Split the Cost of Egg Freezing

Egg freezing has become so mainstream that an entire sub-industry of “fertility loans” has sprung up to help women make freezing feasible. But that means taking on substantial debt, and taking into consideration the already-relentless gender pay gap, should single women be the only ones on the hook for that cash?

I couldn’t help but feel that asking for financial assistance from my boyfriend felt very connected to my worth. I mean, I was asking him to place a $13,000 bet on our relationship working out.

So I had to ask myself: what’s a chance at motherhood worth to me? My realization was, it was worth putting aside my fear and pride to ask my boyfriend for financial help, even though he may not end up being the eventual father of my children.

Figuring Out Fertility Costs…Together

Sitting down to have this conversation was one of the most vulnerable moments of my life. I was completely transparent about everything; my finances, my desire for children, and my fear that if I didn’t act now, I would miss my chance to be a mom. It felt unfair to work so hard to be financially independent only to be faced with a ticking time bomb inside my body forcing me to make such a monumental decision about my future—our future—before I was ready.

My boyfriend’s reaction was overwhelmingly positive. After voicing initial words of love and support, we opened up about how much the expectations society puts on our genders was affecting our response to the subjects of money and kids. “Honestly, I’ve never thought about the fear single women must feel about not being able to shoulder the financial costs of fertility,” he said. “But I totally get it because, in a way, it reminds me of the fear I feel about not being able to support a family someday.” He then began listing all the things he was concerned about paying for in the future: a house, schooling for kids, medical expenses, life insurance… My jaw dropped. In that moment I realized that the core of our fears was the same; we were both afraid of the burden of financing a family.

In the end, we decided that I’d get some fertility testing done in the next few months to determine the health of my eggs and to get more information about my body’s own personal timeline. We also decided that if it was needed, we would split the cost to freeze my eggs. It’s a gamble for us both.

If he does end up being the father of my children, then perhaps we’ll be glad we invested in freezing my eggs early, avoiding potential infertility issues down the road. But egg freezing success rates are still low with only 30-60% of implanted eggs resulting in a viable pregnancy, and I can’t deny there’s a fear that he’ll resent me later if we end up getting pregnant naturally and not needing those eggs. And what happens if by some small chance we break up? Will this investment hang over our relationship like an impending black cloud, or will it be a safety net that allows us more time to focus on our careers and eventually plan for a family?

Time, and blood tests, will tell. But more than anything, I’m so glad I had the courage to start this conversation. This experience reminded me that relationships, no matter what stage they’re in, require vulnerability to grow.

Kelsey Formost is a writer in Los Angeles, CA. She’s the owner of Magic Words Copywriting, helping female entrepreneurs write for their businesses. Follow her on Instagram @kelsey.writes.

Carly Rae Jepsen Opens Doors To Dates (And The Future) In ‘Want You In My Room’

Carly Rae Jepsen is a color-changing, door-traveling dater in her new video for “Want You In My Room.” Her shiny, heart-melting smile just melts your knees as she frolics around dimensions attached to her room, the beach, and other locales. It’s a taste of spring in fall that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s so excited for an upcoming date that she just can’t contain that wide-eyed grin that’s the universal symptom of young love. She throws on some music and revels in her giddiness, laying on her bed while her clothes magically change colors. She then hops up suddenly and whisks herself outside on a sunny day before then opening doors to another room and then her date itself. It’s a wonder that Hogwarts’ Sorting Hat didn’t pick up on her wizardry. At one point, she even makes her furniture start playing instruments. Move over, Dumbledore.

“Want You In My Room” appears on Jepsen’s fourth studio album Dedicated that dropped in May. The LP features previously released tracks “Too Much,” “Julien,” “No Drug Like Me,” and “Now That I Found You.”

Check out Jepsen’s wizardry in “Want You In My Room” up above.

How Much Money Doctor Sleep Could Make In Its Opening Weekend

It’s a good time for Stephen King adaptations. In the past the author’s work has been the subject of horrendous TV movies and mini-series, but now it is getting the big screen treatment with new adaptations contributing to the horror renaissance. Just this year, Pet Sematary got a new theatrical adaptation along with IT Chapter Two, which is currently dominating the box office. Still to come are the Netflix film In the Tall Grass and Doctor Sleep, the theatrical sequel to The Shining.

Doctor Sleep doesn’t arrive in theaters until November but we now know how much the film could make in its opening weekend. The long-range tracking is in and Doctor Sleep is being forecasted to open between $20-$30 million, with Box Office Pro predicting a more specific $25 million debut. Although the forecast can change in either direction as we get closer to release date, that would be a strong opening weekend for the Shining sequel and one of the better openings for a Stephen King adaptation.

For comparison, Pet Sematary opened to $24.5 million earlier this year, making it the third-best opening for a Stephen King theatrical adaptation behind IT’s $123.4 million and IT Chapter Two’s $91 million. So, if Doctor Sleep debuts to $25 million or better, it will slot into third on that list and even on the low end of that range it would still best stuff like 1408, The Green Mile and The Dark Tower.

Other than IT Chapter Two, the biggest horror debut in 2019 belongs to Us, with $71.1 million. Doctor Sleep isn’t tracking anywhere near that, but it is tracking in the range as some of the other horror this year, like The Curse of La Llorona’s $26.3 million and Annabelle Comes Home’s $20.2 million, with the possibility to become one of the best horror openings this year outside of the top two.

As far as the end game goes, Doctor Sleep could even end its domestic run with $92 million, which wouldn’t be too shabby as far as R-rated horror is concerned. Doctor Sleep has a few things going for it. The Shining is a true horror classic and Doctor Sleep will have the benefit of that pedigree as the sequel to that film.

Additionally, Doctor Sleep stars the ever-popular Ewan McGregor and it hails from writer-director Mike Flanagan who previously knocked it out of the park on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and another Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game. That could bode well for the quality of the film itself and social and trailer trends indicate Doctor Sleep could be a hit if the quality is there.

On the competition front, Doctor Sleep debuts in a busy weekend, but one it should win based on tracking, unless Terminator: Dark Fate breaks out huge the week before. The Emilia Clarke-Henry Golding romantic comedy Last Christmas is forecasted to open between $12-$17 million, although I suspect that one could easily outperform that. Roland Emmerich’s Midway is looking to open with $10-$15 million, with the John Cena flick Playing with Fire rounding things out with $7-$12 million.

There are also not a ton of major adult horror films hitting in October. Instead, there’s the kid-friendly The Addams Family and the comedic Zombieland: Double Tap hitting the bill during the traditional horror month, after which the Stephen King property will drop in November. Thus, there could be a built-up desire for scares by the time Doctor Sleep hits.

The potential pitfall for Doctor Sleep is younger audience awareness of either The Shining film or Stephen King’s novels. Somewhat younger audiences can drive horror hits, but whether they are familiar with a 1980 film and even a classic such as The Shining is the question — although Ready Player One may have helped that somewhat. The trailers have established that link at least for those who are familiar, although I can’t help but wonder if that connection should have been more explicit just from a marketing standpoint, like calling it The Shining: Doctor Sleep.

We’ll get a better idea of how things are looking once we get closer to the film’s release date. Doctor Sleep shines on theater screens starting on November 8. Check out our 2019 release schedule to keep track of all the other big movies coming this fall.

The Most Expensive Part Of The Downton Abbey Film, According To The Director

Downton Abbey King George V mounted on a horse with the Royal Artillery

Living the lap of luxury and/or royalty, in any age, is not going to come cheap. But trying to recreate a bygone era, such as the one shown in Downton Abbey’s big cinematic debut, will definitely run up a bit of a budget when done right.

Out of all the lavish costumes, beautiful sets and every other change made to scale the ITV/PBS hit show up to cinematic heights, there was one expense that was greater than the rest. According to Downton Abbey’s director, Michael Engler, it was the royal parade scenes that really cranked the money wheel on this particular project.

It’s not hard to see why either, as Engler himself ran down the following lot of expenses for me, as I sat down with him on behalf of CinemaBlend. Here’s what he had to say:

Well, the most expensive was definitely creating the whole royal parade, because we did have the actual Queen’s royal troop. So we had to bring them to this part of England for three days, and put up a camp site and mess tent, and stables, and bring veterinarians and their whole crew of people. That, and then have enough hair and makeup and wardrobe people, because every single cast member is in that sequence, and hundreds of extras.

With King George V and Queen Mary heading to the Crawley family estate in Downton Abbey’s return, there’s a lot of hype and pageantry that goes into the big day. Anyone who’s familiar with royal culture could tell you that was going to happen. However, on top of all of those expenses, there’s the fact that for three days, there were hundreds of extras, as well as the main stars of the Downton firmament, all participating in said pageantry.

So you have a large collection of actors, the Royal Artillery and their horses on loan, and all of the support staff involved in making those aspects ready for the camera. And they’re all on retainer for three days of shooting. There couldn’t possibly be any more of an expense to the entire endeavor, right?

Wrong. Michael Engler continued explaining the situation by including the following aspects into the total cost of Downton Abbey’s most expensive set-piece:

Everybody’s two hours outside of London, so to bring that many people in every department for a week to shoot that, and put everyone up, and feed everybody, and all that, it’s a big, complicated thing that not many movies would do. It’s like even finding 400 hotel rooms, in an area like that out there, with enough advance that you can get them all, the logistics of it really is like mobilizing an army.

Filming of the parade sequence took place out in the village of Lacock, which provided the perfect period setting for the royal visit’s procession through the world of Downton Abbey. It’s been preserved by the National Trust, as it owns almost the entire village, so that just makes the usage of this location all the more fitting. Though it’s not the first time this particular village has been used for Downton history.

Back in the final season, the second episode saw the Crawleys going off to a fatstock show, and sure enough, the ensuing drama was filmed right in the heart of Lacock. Though, considering the jump from TV to film has made Downton Abbey a bit more grand in scope, we can’t imagine that it was nearly that busy the first time around.

The results of all of the painstaking work and added expense paid off though, as Downton Abbey has been realized for the silver screen in a fashion that only its particular brand of drama and nostalgia could pull off. And leave it to the world of Downton to take that which is familiar and turn it into something grander and more exuberant when the occasion calls for it.

You can see for yourself this evening, as Downton Abbey opens its doors in early showings tonight, with the full rollout taking place tomorrow.

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