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Captain Marvel Composer Made An Incredibly Bold Move To Land The Job

Pinar Toprak wasn’t exactly an unknown name in Hollywood when she landed the gig on Captain Marvel, but it was still a big deal when she became Marvel’s first female composer. The route she took to land the job was a little extreme, however.

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Pinar Toprak was on hand to talk about how she worked to earn the job on Captain Marvel and she told the crowd at the “Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” panel that she personally hired a 70-person orchestra to bring her vision to life well before she really even knew whether or not she had a chance at the job. Toprak revealed:

Ultimately, even though this may seem like a wild (and expensive) step to take, Pinar Toprak saw it as a way forward for her career, even if the Captain Marvel gig hadn’t panned out.

Her audition didn’t end with the composition recorded by 70 musicians, however. According to Pinar Toprak, she also made a tape to argue her case.

The movie hadn’t started filming yet, but she used the Captain Marvel audition tapes to supplement the point. Ultimately, she won the job, but even after the hard work paid off, it took a while for Marvel’s decision to sink in. Per Pinar Toprak, when she got the call she “pretty much collapsed.”

Toprak also told the audience she’s been a big fan of superheroes for a long time, particularly on screen. She really has an affinity for Superman (1978) and her early exposure to superheroes has seemingly made her a good fit for superhero composition.

Avengers: Endgame Considered Decapitating Captain America

Captain America closeup in Avengers Endgame

Being a PG-13 franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly known for scenes of brutality. Sure, there are definitely moments of violence, and audiences will never forget the crushing sensation felt during the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War, but the comic book movies have never been about going too extreme.

That being said, Avengers: Endgame actually came somewhat close to that line, as at one point during the development of the film there were discussions about Thanos straight-up cutting off Captain America’s head (or de-cap-itating him, if you will).

This very special bit of information was revealed earlier today during our San Diego Comic-Con interview with Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It was meant to be a part of the film’s third act, specifically when 2014 Thanos makes his way to the year 2023 to do battle with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and you can watch them discuss the scene in the video below:

For those that don’t remember, Avengers: Endgame’s big third act action starts when 2014 Nebula – having captured and switched places with her double from the future – uses the team’s time travel device to bring her adoptive father to the year 2023. As it happens in the finished film it’s notably a chaos-inducing move, as it doesn’t take long for Thanos and his thousands of minions to unleash epic destruction on the upstate New York Avengers facility, but there was a point when the Mad Titan’s entrance was even more insane.

According to Stephen McFeely, there was a thought at one time that Thanos might have been a tad busy prior to Nebula transporting him through time, and while waiting for his daughter’s big move had decided to pay a special visit to Earth. During that trip, the insanely powerful alien would have unleashed epic destruction, which would have included murdering every member of the then-existing Avengers. Said the writer,

I think the idea was maybe he had even gone to the Earth of his own time, destroyed it, killed the Avengers, and waited until [Nebula] opened the rift, and he would walk out… It was The Hellscape. Giant Man’s body would be behind him, the Avengers have all just been totally destroyed, and he throws something out in front of the Avengers and they go, ‘Oh my God, it’s Steve [Rogers’] head.’

Pretty disturbing, right?

Of course, this move wouldn’t have affected 2023 Captain America, as the decapitated Steve Rogers would have been from an alternate timeline (a point stressed by Christopher Markus), but that still probably wouldn’t have made it any less of a horrifying moment. Just because Cap wasn’t dead doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have been somewhat traumatized by seeing his own body-less head – or as Markus put it:

Even in that scenario he was still going to dance with Peggy; he would just be a little more creeped out.

Obviously this bit would have been extremely notable had it been included in Avengers: Endgame’s runtime, but there were specific reasons why Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ultimately decided that it didn’t belong in the movie. As you might guess, the biggest problem was that it might have been perceived as confusing by fans. Some folks already have a hard enough time wrapping their brains around the fact that 2023 Nebula kills 2014 Nebula in the blockbuster, and introducing the idea that Thanos cut off Captain America’s head in the past before traveling to the future definitely would have exacerbated that puzzlement.

Impactful as it could have been, it just wasn’t worth potentially losing a big part of the audience at a crucial moment in the film. Stephen McFeely explained,

You have a lot of opportunities to lose people along the way. So that’s why you have things like Hulk explaining time travel and Rhodey and Scott Lang go, ‘But what about Hot Tub Time Machine?’ That kind of stuff. So we want to make sure that everyone’s in the car as we keep going down the road.

The good news is that Avengers: Endgame still totally works without the bit, and stands as one of the best films released in 2019 so far.

The movie is still playing in theaters nationwide, but it won’t be long until it makes its home video debut – set for digital release on July 30th, and 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on August 13th. We’ll have plenty more coverage coming your way leading up to the release, and be sure to keep coming back here to CinemaBlend for plenty more of our exciting San Diego Comic-Con coverage.

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2019 Comic-Con Cosplay Photos Include Funko Pops And A Really Cute Dog

Here’s the interesting thing about costumes during Comic-Con. You might expect, if there’s a Game Of Thrones panel for example, that many, many more people than usual would choose to cosplay as a Game Of Thrones character on that day. For the most part, however, that doesn’t really happen, at least in my experience. There may be a few more than usual, but on the whole, people just roll with whatever they want, whether it has any connection to Comic-Con or not. For example: why did I see a woman driving around a dog in a remote controlled car? I don’t know, but it all works here.

George Takei Thinks Quentin Tarantino’s Possible Star Trek Is ‘Awfully Exciting’

Instead, it’s looking like the Star Trek movie Quentin Tarantino pitched will be the one to keep the film series going, and George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek: The Original Series, the first six Star Trek movies and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager (among other projects) is excited to see what kind of Star Trek story Tarantino has cooked up. He said:

George Takei expressed his support for Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie while speaking with EW at San Diego Comic-Con about his AMC series, The Terror: Infamy. At this point, it’s been over 20 years since Takei last played Sulu in live action, but depending on if this movie’s set in the original Star Trek timeline and when specifically, perhaps there might be a way for the actor to briefly reprise the role.

What’s still unclear is whether or not Quentin Tarantino will actually direct this R-rated Star Trek movie. The director plans to retire from filmmaking after helming 10 movies, and his ninth movie is about to come out. Tarantino has come up with a loophole where he makes Star Trek and then adapts another one of his own ideas as the official 10th movie.

However, Quentin Tarantino also said that he wouldn’t mind directing Star Trek as his 10th movie, as it could serve as an example of what his career might have looked like if he focused on adapting other people’s scripts. We’ll have to wait and see which option he chooses, or if he decides to simply serve as executive producer and leave the directing to someone else.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the biggest news concerning the Star Trek franchise. In the meantime, feel free to browse our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the movie theater this year accordingly. That includes Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which opens on July 26.

Shazam! Star Asher Angel Auditioned For Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric

While news Harry Styles being in the early stages for the role of Prince Eric was reported earlier this week, maybe Asher Angel is still in the running? The actor is also a talented singer and former Disney Channel star on the television show Andi Mack. He also mentioned his truly adorable past stage role of Flounder to ET… which we of course looked up! Check it:

He showcases a beautiful singing voice, some dance skills and likability among mermaids! All are good qualities in a Prince Eric. However, it looks like his competition is rough. Harry Styles is one of the most popular names in the world, as his former band One Direction became a viral sensation from 2010 to 2016. After departing from the band, Styles has since released a solo album and starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017.

Asher Angel does resemble Eric’s cartoon look a bit more than Harry Styles does. However, Angel is also over two years younger than Halle Bailey, who is currently 19. Styles is 25 years old. Casting Angel would allow the movie to have an Eric with more anonymity, as most who look at Styles will find it tough to shake his pop star status.

Asher Angel continued to gush about the potential role with these words:

Disney’s upcoming Little Mermaid will be helmed by Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall and written by Kingsman’s Jane Goldman and Life of Pi’s David Magee. The film will include the iconic tunes from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new music by Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. No release date has been set, but official announcements are expected to come soon.

Who would you like to see play Prince Eric in the live action Little Mermaid?

Dwayne Johnson, John Cena And The Other WWE Wrestlers That Transitioned Into Movie Stars

The Rock Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Wrestling for the WWE is one of the top honors any professional wrestler can hope to accomplish, and it can be the beginning of a lifetime of fame and recognition. That’s especially true for WWE wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson and John Cena, who both used their legendary runs within the brand to springboard into Hollywood and become big names in the movies as well.

These two are the prime examples working in Hollywood today, but of course, there are plenty of WWE wrestlers who went on to have a successful acting career post and sometimes during their careers. The following is a list of the more successful lot, all of which have had significant roles in a handful of major movies over the years. For that reason, major superstars like Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper and Macho Man aren’t on the list, though we’ll always cherish their respective contributions to cinema.

To quote Macho Man (who Bruce Campbell has a crazy story about), this list is for the “cream of the crop,” filled with wrestlers who have not only proven they belong in the movies, but have managed to stick around for more than a film or two. Ring the bell and get ready for a no holds barred look at some of the major WWE stars who made the successful transition to Hollywood acting.

The Rock Hobbs And Shaw

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, or “The Rock,” was billed as the “most electrifying man in sports entertainment,” and certainly lived up to that during his phenomenal wrestling career. He held multiple championships, and was one of the only WWE wrestlers of the Attitude Era with a popularity comparable to Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock “retired” to pursue acting full-time in 2004, but has popped in and out since then for appearances or short feuds with other wrestlers.

Though Dwayne Johnson didn’t pursue acting full time until 2004, he began to establish a presence in films with 2001’s The Mummy Returns. He then went on to star in the spinoff The Scorpion King, Starring roles in other films followed, but The Rock’s career really seemed to take off when he was introduced as the awesome Luke Hobbs in Fast Five. It seemed to tip the scales into his becoming a major action blockbuster actor, which is more often than not what he’s doing now.

Currently, his films either range from him being a no-nonsense badass (Hobbs and Shaw) or badass with a comedic twist (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). Audiences tend to love him either way, and while The Rock hasn’t done anything Oscar-worthy, his films tend to make a lot of money. Could an award-winning performance be his next step?

John Cena Bumblebee

John Cena

Unlike other major wrestling legends, John Cena spent some years towards the bottom of WWE’s ladder until he suddenly became about the biggest deal the company has ever seen. Once known as the “Doctor of Thuganomics,” Cena is now a household name via his mega fame as one of the WWE’s most prolific champions, his philanthropic work with the Make A Wish foundation or the memes about people not being able to see him.

John Cena is still a WWE wrestler on a part-time basis, but he’s recently made a bigger push to become a movie star. He actually got some help with that goal via WWE Studios, who gave Cena his start in The Marine. Following that, he found his way into comedic roles via films like Sisters and Blockers, and major action roles like Bumblebee and James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad.

With his recent casting in Fast and Furious 9 and continued jump between action and comedy roles, it feels like John Cena is following the Dwayne Johnson playbook. It’s not the worst idea in the world, although one would think doing so will effectively put Cena in contention with his wrestling buddy for a lot of future roles. Unfortunately, Hollywood still has yet to put these two together, but his inclusion in the recent Fast and Furious movie means it could one day happen.

Drax Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista wrestled in the WWE as “Batista,” and is known as one of the more recent living legends of the brand. His popularity within the WWE wasn’t quite at the levels of which Dwayne Johnson and John Cena rose, but he was still a pretty popular star as a World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Champion. After a few stints in the WWE, Bautista officially announced his retirement in 2019 which officially made his jaunt into acting a full-time affair.

Dave Bautista’s first credited film role came with Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? in which he played a police officer. Bautista had a couple more roles between that, but it wasn’t until he played Drax The Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy that his acting career really took off. Since then he’s appeared as Drax in other MCU films, and has had roles in films like Blade Runner: 2049, Spectre and Hotel Artemis.

Dave Bautista’s comfort zone tends to be in smaller character roles, although Hollywood recently took a chance on him with a leading role in the comedy Stuber. It’s a relatively new direction for Bautista in Hollywood, and it seems like a test to see if his comedy skills translate beyond his fantastic portrayal as Drax. If not, he’s still a great small role guy in major motion pictures, and could maintain a decent career off that alone.

Kevin Nash Magic Mike XXL

Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash started under the World Championship Wrestling organization, became one of the WWE’s wrestlers, went back to WCW and eventually found his way back again to the WWE. In that time, Nash became a legend wrestling alongside major names like Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall, just to name a few. He’s one of the brand’s most legendary “big men” and has several championships to show for it.

Kevin Nash’s film career is about as long as his wrestling career as he first got his start as Super Shredder In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Given he’s nearly seven feet tall, Nash has found success playing roles that emphasize his physique like “The Russian” in The Punisher and a guard in The Longest Yard and Rock of Ages. Oh yeah, and he was Tarzan in the Magic Mike franchise and Francis In John Wick as well.

As long as Hollywood needs strong and silent older guys, Kevin Nash is going to find work in Hollywood. He may never be a leading man in major films, but he’ll surely pop up in a few more surprising films over the next few years and remind the world he still has that acting magic.

Mr. Nanny Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan

It’s impossible to know about pro wrestling and not be vaguely aware of who Hulk Hogan is. Hulkamania thrust the WWE (then named WWF) into the mainstream and helped turn it into the mega corporation that it is today. His accolades as a WWE wrestler are numerous, and while he was temporarily ousted from the organization amidst controversy, Hogan has recently been welcomed back into the brand and has made some television appearances.

The Hulkster hasn’t had a lot of major film roles in recent years, but had a fair few of high profile roles in movies throughout the ’80s and 90s. It started as Thunderlips in Rocky III, and transitioned into roles like he had in Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando and 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain. His latest role came doing voice work in Gnomeo & Juliet back in 2011, but there hasn’t been much since then.

Hulk Hogan’s roles have typically been the comedy strong man type, or roles that play off his real-life persona. Odds are Hogan’s personal controversies and age will prevent him from appearing in any movies in the near future, although Chris Hemsworth is set to play him in a biopic about his life. Perhaps there’s a cameo for Hogan somewhere within that?

Jesse Ventura Predator

Jesse Ventura

Jesse “The Body Ventura has had a hell of a career in general, to the point that wrestling has become a bit of a footnote for him. He’s one of the memorable names of the early era, though primarily as a wrestler who often lost against the bigger names like Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund. He then transitioned into commentary, where he remained until litigation and strained relationships with Vince McMahon caused him to leave. Ventura since reforged those bonds and is presently on solid terms with the WWE.

After exiting the WWE, Jesse Ventura had a rather explosive debut in film with action roles in Predator and The Running Man. Future appearances included roles in Demolition Man, Batman & Robin and Major League II. There was a gap period between roles in which Ventura served as a mayor and Governor of Minnesota. After that, he resurfaced in the twin comedy Stuck On You, and was also in Johnny Knoxville’s The Ringer.

Much like Hulk Hogan, I don’t really envision Jesse Ventura to suddenly start competing with Dwayne Johnson and John Cena for roles. He has his own share of different controversies that may make him an iffy addition to a cast, but is also at an age where he can’t really play the action type character he once did. Still, we’ll still have the good old days to revisit and look back on!

Who will be the next person from the current squad of WWE wrestlers to be a major Hollywood star? Throw all suggestions for those with star potential down in the comments below, and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for the latest in movie and television news.

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DC’s New Gods Movie Is Finally Being Written

Right now Tom King is in the midst of plugging his work and meeting fans at San Diego Comic-Con, but he’s revealed that once the event is over, he’ll start tackling the New Gods script. In King’s words:

Tom King updated The Wrap on what’s happening with New Gods during “The Gathering,” a black carpet fundraiser for the Comic-Con museum. King wrote the comic book limited series Mister Miracle, which explored the Fourth World mythology created by Jack Kirby and received critical acclaim, so of all the people Ava DuVernay could recruited to help her on the New Gods movie, he’s an excellent choice.

While we’re a long ways away from learning any specific plot information for New Gods, just like in the comics, it’s expected to follow the twin planets New Genesis and Apokolips, the former ruled by Highfather and the latter ruled by Darkseid. Those worlds share a fragile peace with one another, and Darkseid’s efforts to conquer the universe and eliminate all free will using the Anti-Life Equation often results in the heroes of New Genesis stepping forward to foil him and his minions.

The Fourth World mythology was first referenced in the DC Extended Universe in Batman v Superman: Daw of Justice, as during Batman’s Knightmare, an Omega symbol was seen burned into the ground and a horde of Parademons helped overwhelm the Dark Knight’s forces. Then in Justice League, Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle, came to Earth with his Parademon army to obtain the three Mother Boxes and terraform Earth into a new Apokolips.

The original plan was for Darkseid to appear in Justice League, setting him up to be the main villain in the next two sequels, but in the movie’s final cut, he only earned one mention, and there are no plans to make anymore Justice League movies anytime soon. However, it’s a good bet that Darkseid will be a major player in the New Gods movie.

As for who else will show up in New Gods, it was rumored earlier this year that the protagonists would include Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and Granny Goodness and her Female Furies would trouble them. It’s reasonable to assume that these characters will appear given their importance to the Fourth World mythology, but since Tom King hasn’t started on the New Gods script yet, we can’t say for certain yet if they will indeed pop their heads in.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any major updates concerning the New Gods movie. For now, you can look through our comprehensive guide on what other DC movies are in the works.

King Princess Celebrates Her Debut Album Announcement With New Song ‘Prophet’

After a year and a half of build-up, King Princess is ready to unleash her debut album upon the world. And all we have to say is: It’s about time!

The “1950” singer (born Mikaela Straus) announced on Friday (July 19) that Cheap Queen will arrive this fall. To celebrate the exciting news, she treated fans to a dark and slinky new song called “Prophet,” which she’s been playing on the road for a few months. The recorded version, however, ups the drama, with the 20-year-old shifting between “prophet” and “profit” to describe a ravenous hunger for someone.

“‘Cause I can only think about you / What it’s like to walk around you / And why they like to talk about you,” she sings, submitting to obsession over a plucky bass line. It all builds to an impassioned, intense vocal close that’ll make you see why it’s one of KP’s favorite songs she’s written thus far.

“Prophet” is the second single from Cheap Queen, following the title track, which she released as a single and video last month. The album will mark the first release on Mark Ronson’s Zelig Recordings, and is expected to arrive ahead of her also just-announced headlining tour, which begins in October. The wait is on.

Avengers: Endgame’s DVD Trailer Includes New Footage

Now, as Endgame has fallen back down from the box office ranks to make way for other huge summer releases such as Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Lion King, the film is gearing up for its upcoming home release. Check out the exciting trailer below:

Gotta love this 3000! The DVD trailer is packed with additional footage from the making of the film, interviews with the star-studded cast, funny on-set antics and such that has us emotional about Avengers: Endgame all over again! The Blu-Ray will include an extra disc of bonus features that looks to appease Marvel fans still buzzing about every scene and line of the event film months later.

As the trailer teases, the DVD release will give us a closer look to how scenes such as the final epic battle was made, with fun moments such as Brie Larson hilariously quipping “This doesn’t feel cool, but if it looks cool, that’s what matters” while suspended in the air with a sea of green behind her.

We’ll also be treated to a number of deleted scenes – one looks to be an exchange between Iron Man and Rocket in the room where they figure out they will pull off the Time Heist. There will also be making-of featurettes, for all those scenes we sat there jaw-dropped during first viewings. How did they recreate the Avengers moments years later? How did Chris Evans’ Captain America fight himself?

The bonus features will also include a gag reel, which are always a treat in the MCU. The actors always look like they are having a good time working together and this time just about everyone is together. Hopefully we’ll get to see the Marvel women come together for that iconic shot when they come to Spider-Man’s aid!

The DVD trailer for Avengers: Endgame also looks to play tribute to Stan Lee as well, even showing the late great comic book legend filming his last cameo for the MCU. If those tears aren’t enough already, there seems to be plenty of emotional scenes between the actors during their scenes together, such as Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans hugging it out among others and the Captain America actor getting choked up during the film’s wrap.

The blockbuster will be available on digital on July 30 and on Blu-Ray/DVD on August 13.

Surprise, The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes Movie Is Heading To Theaters

AMC’s The Walking Dead has grown from its humble Season 1 beginnings to become an absolutely behemoth franchise. Two shows are currently running on the network, with a third Walking Dead series on the way. Clearly the zombie apocalypse isn’t slowing down anytime soon, but there has been a big question looming over the property: what’s happening with Rick Grimes?

Rick Grimes was written off The Walking Dead last season, and the show moved on with a substantial time jump. But it turned out that Rick didn’t perish on the bridge that day, with Jadis/Anne taking him away on her mysterious helicopter. Andrew Lincoln is off TWD, although it was revealed that he’d continue Rick’s journey through a movie. And it was revealed today at San Diego Comic-Con that instead of airing on AMC, Rick Grimes’ movie is getting a full theatrical release.