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Meghan Markle’s Mom Flew to London for a Quick Trip, and No One Knew About It

The world has watched Meghan Markle very closely since she and Prince Harry got together; she can hardly sneeze (or even trip) without making headlines. But by some sort of sorcery, her mom, Doria Ragland, recently made a secret trip to London to visit her daughter, and literally no one noticed.

In a new interview with Good Morning America, royal expert Omid Scobie revealed that Ragland spent some time in the U.K. over the summer. “ICYMI: Sources confirm to @ABC @GMA that Duchess Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland visited Prince Harry and her daughter for an extended stay at their Oxfordshire home this summer,” he wrote in a tweet. “Doria is said to enjoy a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan.”

This under-the-radar trip may have been a chance for Ragland to prepare for a move. Earlier this summer, rumors began to fly that she was considering moving to London to be closer to her daughter and new son-in-law. “She fell in love with England and told me when she got back that it’s somewhere she believes she too could happily live,” a source told the Sunday Express in early August*.* “I think this has been coming for a while. Even before the wedding she told me how she misses her Megs so much she would do anything to be closer to her, especially now Meghan will be starting a family of her own.”

The source said the move could happen as early as “next month” (meaning September), though considering how skilled Ragland seems to be at dodging the paparazzi, it may have already happened and the world is none-the-wiser.

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Robert Pattinson Reveals He Moisturizes Enough To Act In Another Twilight Movie

Robert Pattinson has made a lot of unique and intriguing acting choices since wrapping on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2. His resume is peppered with indie roles in Cosmoplis, The Lost City of Z, Good Time and Damsel, as well as a new sci-fi film High Life. Regardless, the actor still shows a willingness to talk about his Twilight roots, and at the Toronto International Film Festival, he gamely discussed how he feels his toilette routine would enable him to play the 100-year-old vampire Edward Cullen in the future again. He joked:

Although Edward Cullen is supposed to be quite a bit older than some of the other characters in the franchise movies, he also was turned into a vampire at the age of 17, so he certainly needs to look young when stepping into that sort of role, although movie magic has shown the wonders of special effects de-aging actors lately. Plus, if you’ve seen Robert Pattinson in a movie lately, he’s been a far cry from the clean-shaven and delightfully sparkly vampire he played in the Twilight movies. Because I can’t pass up the chance to throw some newer Pattinson photos in your face, here’s the actor in the recent Damsel.

Yes, that’s a bold tooth. Now, here’s the look he threw on for Good Time, a look which takes scruffy to a whole new level.

While Robert Pattinson did not tell Variety at TIFF that another Twilight franchise movie is in the works, he did reveal that he enjoys taking projects that are the opposite of whatever he did before. Since he has a sci-fi project coming up next, perhaps a rom-com or something of the fantasy order could be next? Hey, a girl can dream.

If you’re the type of girl who still enjoys the years when life was Robsten was a thing and we could get away with calling Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart K-Stew and R-patz, Robert Pattinson isn’t judging. He also revealed that he spends a lot of time picking out projects, including High Life, and that no one should feel guilty about loving what they love. Per Pattinson:

So, go ahead and dust off those DVD copies and take a look at the saga which ends with Mackenzie Foy’s Renesmee, who by the way is very nearly an adult now. If you need any indication of how quickly time passes, even for those of us who have played vampires, you can catch the teenaged Mackenzie Foy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, out later this year.

User Reviews For Netflix’s Original Content Were Reportedly Getting Worse Before The Feature Was Discontinued

Netflix dropped user reviews from its platform about a month ago, citing declining use amongst users. The news wasn’t met with much uproar considering the feature was limited to those visiting Netflix.com, although some new analysis has surfaced that might have some previously apathetic subscribers talking. The data alleges that there’s a correlation between Netflix’s decision to drop the feature and an increasing decline in user rating scores for the platform’s original programming. Put simply, the data suggests Netflix may have dropped the feature due to declining use, but also because its originals were reportedly getting worse scores.

The average user rating for Netflix originals supposedly peaked in 2012, with user review scores averaging a 4.2 out of 5. That average has allegedly been on the decline ever since with a decrease in the aggregate user rating each year following. CordCutting‘s analysis, which was compiled from data collected prior to the user-review feature takedown, says the average was down to 3.2 at the end, which is an overall decrease of 24% since 2012. Even if the feature wasn’t as widely-used as Netflix implies, the numbers aren’t a good look for the originals. Netflix may have realized this and ultimately decided that a rating system for its original offerings wasn’t the best idea.

An aggregate rating decline despite a few successes is expected and not entirely rare, but could suggest Netflix had secret intentions in removing the user review feature. After all, no network or streaming service wants to potentially openly advertise its vast sea of programming is “meh,” or just flat out bad by viewer standards, especially when that original programming will become the bread and butter of its content as Disney and other competitors move their offerings to their own streaming services. Netflix has not openly stated this was the case in any statements since removing the feature, and one would imagine they probably won’t if this data is correct.

The data, if accurate, is interesting but may also be a bit misleading. Netflix’s peak year for user reviews for original programming came at a time when, quite frankly, there wasn’t a lot for users to review. Lilyhammer was the most notable program to American subscribers that year, and bigger critically acclaimed shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, or the Netflix revival of Arrested Development would not premiere until 2013 when ratings began to decline. Netflix has only amassed more content in the time since, to the point that the streaming service has so many original offerings a user can no longer list them off the top of their head. The ratings may have declined, but it’s possible the reasoning for that is because there is much more content to rate than in previous years.

Netflix subscribers who think the platform’s current offerings are less than impressive at the moment can find other television offerings via our fall premiere guide.

Let This One Perfect Outfit Convince You to Buy a Tulle Skirt for Fall 2018

Street style can oftentimes feel formulaic: fancy dress with sneakers, pajama-like sets with heels, sleek suiting with slick boots… It’s great for easy outfit inspiration, but it’s rare to come across a look that’s stops-you-mid-scroll good. In recent years, though, Fashion Weeks outside of the four major cities—New York, London, Milan, and Paris—have been getting more attention, breaking up the monotony of faces and designers you often see represented in street photography and serving up even more unexpected styling ideas. Here’s one that we can’t stop thinking about, first spotted at Oslo Runway (the city’s equivalent to Fashion Week), on Youtuber Rawdah Mahamad, and then again at New York Fashion Week: a classic jeans-and-a-tee situation, made to feel instantly fancy (and a little whimsical) by the simple addition of a tulle skirt. It’s a move that’s part Carrie Bradshaw, part modern-day fashion blogger, but is incredibly accessible—you likely already own 2/3 of the outfit, and can find that last third for under $100 at your favorite retailers (we’re talking Target, people.)

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Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

This past weekend, Leslie Moonves, the man some have considered the most powerful person in the television industry, found himself out of his job as Chairman and CEO of CBS after more allegations of misconduct emerged. Given the number of accusing parties, the departure wasn’t a big surprise for those following the story, but Moonves himself is adamant that the allegations are untrue. You can read his full departure statement below…

The allegations came out in a long Ronan Farrow piece published at The New Yorker. In it, six women accuse Les Moonves of sexual misconduct including his former assistant Jessica Pallingston and Cape Fear actress Ileana Douglas. The stories occurred between the 1980s and the early to mid 2000s and are very detailed and very disturbing to read. Now, many observers are wondering how they might affect the golden parachute many ex-CEOs get when leaving a high profile job.

Last year, Moonves reportedly earned in the neighborhood of seventy million dollars. Even prior to these allegations, a possible exit from CBS has long been rumored thanks to a contentious behind-the-scenes battle with Shari Redstone. She owns a majority stake in both CBS and its former parent company Viacom and has long wanted to reunite the companies. Moonves has been way less excited about the move, and it has led to a lot of bitter feelings and lawsuits. Now, all of that has taken a backseat to these upsetting allegations.

It’s unclear what exactly will happen next. For the time being, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will take over as President and Acting CEO, and CBS has already promised to donate $20M of Moonves’ exit package (whenever that gets figured out) to an organization or organizations that support the #MeToo movement. There also may be civil lawsuits, as well.

We’ll keep you updated on this story as new details emerge and/ or if new alleged victims come forward.

Michael K. Williams Still Wants To Be In Star Wars Despite Previous Scheduling Conflicts

Michael K. Williams came closer than anybody to being in a Star Wars movie. He was actually in Solo: A Star Wars Story at one point, in the role of Dryden Vos. However, the additional shooting required by Ron Howard conflicted with Williams schedule, resulting in the need to bring in a new actor, Paul Bettany, to take over the role. Despite the fact that all his work was cut out of the film, he holds no ill will toward the franchise and would love another shot at being part of the galaxy, far, far, away. According to Williams…

Michael K. Williams still feels like a part of the movie, because from his perspective he was. He did the work and played the part and worked with the rest of the cast. Since he tells Variety he’s not actually seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet, the only version of the Dryden Vos role that he knows is the one he played. Still, it doesn’t appear that he’s focusing on the part that the world never saw, but instead is looking toward the future and the potential for a future role in the Star Wars universe. Since the work he did isn’t technically canon, the actor is free to show up in some future movie in an entirely different role.

Since he was good enough to play a Star Wars character before, there’s every reason to believe that he will be again. And we know that there will certainly be opportunities for Michael K. Williams in the future. While the details of what Lucasfilm is planning post-Episode IX are far from clear, what is clear is that new Star Wars movies are coming. Rian Johnson is working on a new trilogy and the creative team behind Game of Thrones is also working on ideas. Beyond that numerous other projects have been rumored. There have even been rumors that a project surrounding Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually currently in pre-production and set to go before the camera early next year, though nothing has been officially confirmed.

Hopefully, Michael K. Williams will get his wish as I’d certainly love to see what the actor can bring to the Star Wars franchise. Perhaps one of the deleted scenes included in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray will show us the role that could have been.

Chris Pine Discusses His Full-Frontal Nudity In New Movie Outlaw King

We’ve been hearing a lot about Chris Pine’s next movie venture over the last few weeks. First we got a good look at the actor playing bearded historical character Robert The Bruce and then we were able to take a look at the first trailer for the movie. However, while the trailer was full of period costumes and fighting, there was one thing missing that we can expect to be a part of the final product when it hits Netflix: full-frontal nudity. Now the cat’s out of the bag, or the dick’s out of the box, Chris Pine is explaining what it was really like to film a scene naked for Outlaw King. He said:

Despite Chris Pine’s apparent lack of fondness for talking about his penis, the actor did reveal that filming the scenes wasn’t as comfortable as you might guess. Not only did he have to drop trou in front of people on the set, he also admits that while filming his nude scene it was “very cold” and also they were filming in a weird location next to a highway.

Speaking to THR at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Pine did say that he felt the nude scene was important, which is why he chose to go full-frontal in Outlaw King.

While some projects like Starz’s Spartacus have previously embraced full-frontal nudity, the idea of a dude laying it all out there is still fairly novel, especially on TV. (Game of Thrones has also shown a fair number of dick shots, although Emilia Clarke has previously noted fans see way more boobs.) Netflix has embraced full-frontal a bit more than the average theatrical studio, as evidenced when Adam Devine also showed his penis in Game Over, Man!, also a Netflix original movie. So, although Chris Pine doesn’t think it’s a big deal he decided to get nude for Outlaw King, the fact that it’s still a new-ish thing for Netflix or other at-home entertainment to be doing makes it a bit of a talking point.

While we’ll have to wait for the nude scene in the movie, the scruffy beard Chris Pine sports in the upcoming movie is still worth taking a look at. Check out the trailer, below.

Netflix has been busy signing on for a slew of original movies over the last couple of years, and this year at TIFF the subscription streaming service premiered a slew of content, including Outlaw King, which is set to hit the streaming service on November 9. To see more of what Netflix has coming, take a look at our full movie schedule.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Will Be Really Long

The premiere of The Walking Dead Season 9 is just around the corner, and slowly but surely, more information about how this exciting season will go down is rolling out to the masses. The show will have a lot of ground to cover as it prepares for some pretty major character exits, which might be why news is circulating that the premiere will supposedly be a lot longer than the series’ usual runtime. Allegedly, the Season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead will run for around 86 minutes.

The run-time, if accurate, is just short of the standard length of a feature film. Of course, there will probably be commercials figured into that, but nevertheless, it would seem The Walking Dead is taking a page out of Game of Thrones book and throwing traditional television episode lengths to the wayside. Comicbook reports the alleged elongated episode will be followed by a new episode of Talking Dead, although it did not mention if its standard run-time would be affected by it in any way.

The news that The Walking Dead could be kicking off Season 9 with an extended episode isn’t totally surprising, as the series will have to work a lot of things out to prepare for Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan’s upcoming exits. In addition to that, there’s also a significant time jump between the end of Season 8 and the beginning of Season 9; so, we’re not sure that time will be put to use bringing fans up to speed on what’s happening with everyone or if it’ll focus on a smaller number of characters. Not much has been revealed about the premiere, although Lincoln has said in prior interviews that portions of the opening feel very similar to the pilot episode.

What that means is completely up to interpretation. The Walking Dead pilot primarily focused on Rick and moments that flashed between his life before and after the Walkers over-ran the world. Andrew Lincoln’s statement could mean viewers will see a story similar to that in the Season 9 premiere, where another character is isolated and brought into the currently existing faction of survivors. It could also just be scenes that feature callbacks or references to the pilot as if to signal a new beginning to a franchise that will attempt to find new life following its lead’s exit. Much of the upcoming season has been shrouded in mystery, so it’s really anyone’s guess, although the pro is that AMC should confirm the news about the extended premiere before too long.

The Walking Dead will kick off Season 9 on AMC Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out what’s happening throughout the rest of October and other fall months via CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide.

There Are Lots Of Different Reasons Captain Marvel Is Set In The Past

One of the more interesting things about Captain Marvel is its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the MCU has told a mostly chronological story since the debut of Iron Man, the next film in the franchise will drop back in time a couple of decades to the 1990s. It turns out, there actually a lot of different reasons why this decision makes sense. First and foremost, it takes the MCU back to a point when it’s not full of heroes, which will give Brie Larson‘s Captain Marvel the space to shine on her own. According to producer Jonathan Schwartz…

The Marvel Universe has expanded quite a bit on film in 10 years, and there’re now more heroes and villains than we know what to do with. There’s more than one reason to not make Captain Marvel just another face in the crowd as Jonathan Schwartz tells Entertainment Weekly Marvel wanted to do. Being the first female hero to headline her own Marvel movie, it’s nice to be able to give her some space to see what she can do. In addition, the story of the MCU is putting a lot of weight on her to come in and save the day in Avengers 4, which makes her important, another reason to give her separation from the rest.

Of course, that’s not the only reason that we’ve been given as to why setting the movie in the 1990s is important. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige had previously stated an interest in looking at the MCU at a point when nobody, not even Nick Fury, knew that superpowered individuals existed.

Kevin Feige also gave yet another reason for setting the film in the 1990s. It seems that, in addition to taking place there, Captain Marvel will also be something of a throwback when it comes to the film’s action. Marvel seemingly wanted to do something a little different when it came to the storytelling, and by making a movie in the 90s, the studio had an excuse to make a 90s action movie. According to Feige…

While setting Captain Marvel so early in the MCU timeline seemed like an odd choice at the beginning, it’s clear that Marvel has really thought this through and had many reasons for doing so. We’ll see them all plan out when Captain Marvel hits theaters next year.

Warner Bros. Is Absolutely Dominating At The Box Office Right Now

You know, we’ve talked a lot in the last year about Disney/Buena Vista movies dominating at the box office. The studio has had some big grossers in 2018, mostly of the Marvel variety, but also thanks to flicks like Incredibles 2. However, while Disney may have dominated early in the year, right now another studio is taking the cake. Warner Bros. is having a wonderful late summer and is totally dominating at the box office right now thanks to three late-in-the-year wins.

If you’ve been to the movies lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a Warner Bros. release. Right now, Warner Bros. has three huge movies in theaters: The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians and this weekend’s big release The Nun. If you’ve been paying attention to the box office numbers of late, you may already know that The Nun overperformed this weekend, bringing a record $53.5 million in during opening weekend (on only a $22 million budget, to boot.) Thanks to those hefty numbers, the movie landed the number 1 slot at the box office. It’s competitors just so happened to be other Warner Bros. films.

In previous weeks, both The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians have been big box office winners as well, with one Warner Bros. movie taking over for another in that first place slot as the weeks wear on and the season begins to change. The Meg won its opening weekend back in August, also blowing estimations out of the water. The following weekend, Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters, just edging out The Meg in the numbers. For three weeks, Crazy Rich Asians led the pack and then this weekend The Nun came out to higher numbers than expected, soundly whupping the book adaptations that came before it. It should be noted that while Peppermint jumped into the #3 slot in terms of box office numbers this weekend, the rest of the top 4 movies were still the aforementioned Warner Bros. titles.

If you’ve been paying to attention to the number of weeks I just listed, this weekend actually is the fifth weekend in a row that a Warner Bros. film has been in first place, at least where domestic numbers are concerned. (The Meg has done considerably better than Crazy Rich Asians worldwide, for example.) Fox News mentions it’s also the first time a studio has held the top domestic movie slots in nearly three decades. Way back in 1989, Universal Pictures had Parenthood, Uncle Buck and Sea of Love out all at once.

There are times during the year that are primed for moviegoers, which is why we often get tentpole movies midsummer and family and awards releases around the holidays. However, in recent years, studios have looked for other spaces in the schedule to try to make movie work. Disney and Marvel have experimented with late winter releases, with Black Panther hitting theaters and totally dominating in February of this year. For Warner Bros. late summer has worked out this year, despite Warner Bros.’ Jeffrey Goldstein revealing the studio landed “a fair amount of criticism” for holding all of its big movies until late summer.

Currently, Disney still leads the cumulative box office, with Universal in second place, but Warner Bros. is definitely on a hot streak and the studio still has quite a few hotly anticipated movies hitting the schedule in 2018. This includes the likes of A Star is Born, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Aquaman. You can look into those with our full movie premiere schedule.