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Gal Gadot Finally Joins Justice League Co-Stars To Support Snyder Cut Release

Two years. It has been two years today since Justice League came out and disappointed almost everyone. On the 2nd anniversary of that mess, fans got #ReleaseTheSnyderCut trending as part of an organized push to get Warner Bros. to release director Zack Snyder’s original vision for the DC movie. But fans were’t alone. Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, finally joined the chorus.

Gal Gadot picked the perfect time to show her support for the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, posting a photo of Diana Prince on Twitter:

Gal Gadot’s Justice League co-star Ray Fisher (Cyborg) has posted in support of The Snyder Cut release before, and he did it again on the anniversary of the November 17 movie debut:

Christina Wren played Major Carrie Farris in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She shared her support for Snyder’s Justice League cut:

Actress/martial artist Samantha Win was in Man of Steel and played Euboea in Wonder Woman and Justice League. She too showed solidarity for the movement:

Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa has been the most vocal of the group about getting the Snyder Cut released. He said he’s seen it and it’s very different from the theatrical version finished by Joss Whedon. Momoa already posted this image a week before the two-year anniversary event:

What about Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Ezra Miller? Affleck is no longer playing Batman in the DCEU. Ezra Miller still supposedly has his The Flash movie coming, but he’s not on social media. Henry Cavill’s status as Superman is still unclear. Cavill did address The Snyder Cut last year in an interview:

Apparently The Snyder Cut does exist, ’cause Jason Momoa recently confirmed he’d seen it. Zack Snyder’s preferred social medium is Vero, where he has been dropping more Justice League photos and intel than ever in the past couple of months. Snyder just recently posted a new shot of Superman’s resurrection.

Zack Snyder said he was “speechless” from the support of fans at New York Comic-Con, and I can only imagine his heart is growing several sizes from the support of his own cast and fans today. Last month, he did return to Twitter to show support to fans, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did something like this in honor of today:

But now what? How long is this going to continue? I saw fans tagging both Warner Bros. and the upcoming streamer HBO Max on tweets, perhaps with the hope that WB will drop The Snyder Cut on the new service. It would certainly make a splash. But will that ever happen? I don’t see why Snyder would keep teasing fans with images if he didn’t want it to be released. But will it? I’m trying to find the endgame (sorry!) in this campaign that works out for everyone involved.

Why Didn’t More Fans Watch The New Charlie’s Angels Movie?

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Why didn’t more fans turn out for the new Charlie’s Angels movie? There’s always more than one reason why any movie disappoints at the box office. There have been some major highs in 2019 — Avengers: Endgame, Joker, Captain Marvel, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hobbs & Shaw — and a string of underperforming movies like Hellboy, Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix, Rambo: Last Blood, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Doctor Sleep.

See any common denominators there? Fans love sequels. They hate sequels. They love remakes. They hate remakes. You have to get more specific to understand why fans avoid certain movies, so let’s get specific on Charlie’s Angels.

No One Wanted Another Charlie’s Angels Movie 

Sometimes a movie can get past a “Who Asked For This?” complaint by surprising with strong word-of-mouth reviews. I’m thinking of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — ’cause no one asked for another Jumanji movie. Then one showed up and it was awesome and it kept making money. So we’re getting another Jumanji movie, which may or may not continue the success. Jared Leto and his fans would tell you we didn’t need a new Joker movie, but then one showed up looking very different from what we’re used to and fans made it the first R-Rated movie to hit $1 billion.

Charlie’s Angels isn’t technically a reboot, but it looked like one, and it left fans wondering why we were doing this again. It’s a continuation of the Charlie’s Angels film series started in 2000 and continued in 2003. But it’s in the same boat with Men in Black: International in that it’s not giving fans more of what they liked before, it’s giving them something they did not ask for. Who is this movie for? On that note…

Charlie’s Angels Didn’t Have Enough Star Power 

When the first trailer came out with Kristen Stewart’s new look, showing off her comedic chops, there was a lot of interest on the internet. But you can’t just a movie by niche social media reactions. Stewart has a loyal fan base she’s been building since Twilight, and it’s possible they did all turn out for Charlie’s Angels‘ $8.6 million opening, but the movie needed a lot more.

The 2000 Charlie’s Angels had the combined star power of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, plus Bill Murray and Tim Curry. The new Charlie’s Angels has Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou, but it mostly seems to be trying to establish new stars. That’s a worthy goal — new stars have to start somewhere — but it’s risky for a big-budget movie.

Charlie’s Angels Needed To Be A Better Movie – Or At Least Get Good Word-Of-Mouth 

If you’re going to pull a Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, you need people on your side. You don’t always need the critics, but you DO need the public. Charlie’s Angels has a B+ CinemaScore, which is good but not wowza. The Good Liar is there with a B score, which may be part of why that movie tanked even harder in its opening this weekend. Charlie’s Angels has a meh 60% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 80% rating from users, but there are only 592 verified reviews up now. It has a very low 4.3/10 rating from 4,403 users on IMDb.

Charlie’s Angels Had Stiff Competition 

You know who did get the great reviews and fan scores? Ford V Ferrari. First of all, that title! It also has an ecstatic A+ CinemaScore and a 99% rating from RT users. Plus, it has the star power of Christian Bale and Matt Damon. It’s not a sequel, remake, or reboot, but it proves The Golden Rule — a good movie will find an audience. It doesn’t always find them opening weekend at the box office, but when it has two A-listers and a title like that, well, no shock it raced to victory.

Charlie’s Angels — which moved around on the release schedule several times before landing here — was also slightly edged out by Midway, which surprised in a good way for a second weekend. Midway ended up #1 last weekend for Veterans Day, shocking everyone who expected Doctor Sleep to win. Midway is also riding an A CinemaScore and very high fan scores.

Charlie’s Angels Couldn’t Find Its Audience 

According to Deadline, Sony knew Charlie’s Angels was a one quadrant movie aimed at girls/women 13-39. That’s a very social demo. However, many of the stars (like Kristen Stewart) aren’t on social media themselves, so they didn’t get that free marketing boost to reach more potential viewers. The movie was tracking for a $12-$13 million opening, and didn’t get there, which Deadline deemed a marketing fail. The studio was going to spend $100 million on advertising but now that is being halved.

Charlie’s Angels Alienated Another Potential Audience 

I’m seeing a lot of “go woke go broke” gloating out there, but it’s not that simple. Plenty of people would consider Captain Marvel and Black Panther “woke,” and the older female demo made a hit out of the Downton Abbey movie, which blew both Rambo V and Ad Astra out of the box office water. But when the word came out that Charlie’s Angels would be “woke,” that set off alarm bells for some action movie fans. Kristen Stewart tried to assure fans it would still be fun and funny — and Charlie’s Angels has always been about “girl power” — but the idea that the film would be preaching some kind of agenda ended up making some moviegoers root against it.

Ford V Ferrari may have kicked Charlie’s Angels‘ butt at the box office, but people aren’t reading or commenting much on FvF stories, at least not here on CinemaBlend. There are, however, plenty of people jumping on any hate bandwagon for Charlie’s Angels (and Terminator: Dark Fate). So that tells you a little bit about what people are really interested in.

Did you see Charlie’s Angels or Ford V Ferrari or any other movie at the theater this weekend? Or did you watch Earthquake Bird on Netflix, like I did, and then wonder what the hell you just saw?

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15 Times Alex Rodriguez Was Jennifer Lopez’s Biggest Fan

I understand Alex Rodriguez is former pro baseball player, but he’s also Jennifer Lopez’s Instagram fiancé, which is way more prestigious. Seriously, swinging a bat on some diamond-shaped field is nowhere near as cool as being J. Lo’s personal photographer. Just being in her presence is an honor, and Rodriguez 100% understands this—which might be why he popped the question in March.

Below, check out just a handful of times Rodriguez shouted his love for Lopez to the rooftops. Wouldn’t you do the same?

Blake Lively Is Back To Her Old Instagram Tricks To Promote The Rhythm Section

When Blake Lively updates her Instagram, it’s usually to do one of a few things: promote an upcoming film or brand sponsorship, give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her life, or mercilessly troll her husband. So, her nearly 26 million followers weren’t surprised at first when she used the social media platform to post a teaser for her new movie The Rhythm Section. That is, until she did something pretty drastic to make sure we were paying attention.

Back in September, Blake Lively shared the full trailer for her upcoming thriller in an Instagram post. And it’s not that fans didn’t notice it — plenty liked and commented on the post. But weeks later, on November 16, she really made sure it was the only thing her fans could see, by deleting every other post on her account.

This isn’t the first time Blake Lively has pulled this kind of promotional move. In 2018, she did the exact same thing to promote A Simple Favor — except that time, she also unfollowed Ryan Reynolds. She eventually restored her account, and re-followed her husband. So we can probably expect her to do something similar once her promotional run for The Rhythm Section is over.

In the meantime, she’s definitely drawn more attention to her latest project. The Rhythm Section follows the actress’ character, Stephanie Patrick, as she tries to find out what happened after her family dies in a suspicious plane crash. Once she realizes that the plane crash wasn’t accidental, she sets about to avenge their deaths by going full assassin. The trailer makes The Rhythm Section look like it will be a sexy, tense thriller — and it also showcases another bold move for Blake Lively.

For at least part of the film, the actress will be sporting a brunette pixie cut. Blake Lively first revealed the haircut in a (now-deleted) Instagram post back in April. And it’s not the first time she’s become a non-blonde — she also dyed her hair brown for her role in 2011’s Green Lantern. The Rhythm Section trailer also shows Blake Lively’s character going incognito with shaggy blonde hair and a femme fatale-esque red ‘do.

Watching Blake Lively delve into a chameleon-like character should be a trip. In the past few years, she’s proven that she’s capable of tackling different genres, having showed off her comedic chops alongside Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor and giving a harrowing performance in The Shallows. This is an entirely new kind of role for her though — and one she’s clearly excited for fans to see.

The Rhythm Section doesn’t hit theaters until January 31, 2020. So we may have to wait quite a while before she returns to her usual Instagram habits.

Lady Gaga Had Bubblegum Pink Hair As a Bridesmaid at Her Best Friend’s Wedding

Lady Gaga showed off her new bubblegum pink hair while celebrating at her best friend and longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno’s wedding this weekend. The “Shallow” singer, who served as a bridesmaid, shared photos of the ceremony on her Instagram Stories, which show her rocking a pink dress to match her vibrant hair.

“Two of my best friends just got married. Time to party!” Gaga, who wore a silk gown with a high-high leg slit, captioned one of the shots. In it, she’s all smiles as she holds up her bouquet in the air.

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In another photo, the pop star posed with another bridesmaid on the beach as the sun set behind them.

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The night before the wedding in Mexico, Gaga also attended the rehearsal dinner. The bride shared an image of her bridal party on Instagram, writing, “What a perfect rehearsal dinner under the stars with all my besties. My bridal party!”

Though Gaga is known for her signature platinum blonde hair, she unveiled her pink ‘do last month while celebrating another huge milestone—the A Star Is Born soundtrack going pink platinum.

“A year ago, A Star was Born, and here we are 6 times pink platinum,” she wrote.

Meghan Markle’s Makeup Artist Shares the Secret to Her Perfect Brows

Meghan Markle‘s longtime friend and personal makeup artist, Daniel Martin, has revealed his secret to achieving the perfect brows. During a recent appearance on ITV’s Lorraine, he shared his beauty hacks for getting brows just like the royal’s and even showed viewers the most important do’s and don’ts for maintaining the best shape.

“Eyebrows frame our faces and can enhance our entire make up look,” Martin explained during his tutorial, according to The Daily Mail. The key to looking naturally blessed with good brow game? Treat your eyebrows “as sisters not twins,” he said. In other words, they shouldn’t be perfectly symmetrical.

“As we age we tend to loose our eyebrows a bit,” he continued. “So what we want to do, is we want to enhance her brow and really figure out that structure, really figure out those holes and spots that we lost.”

Martin then suggests using brow gel to brush against the hair growth, as well as applying a slightly lighter shade of powder below the brow to make them appear “fuller.”

Finally, Martin recommends using a little bit of hairspray to keep your brows in place. He said the simplest way is to spray some on a mascara spoolie and then brush them into your eyebrows.

Martin also addressed some common brow mistakes. “So one mistake a lot of people make is over tweezing or over plucking your brows,” he said. “When that happens you want to find something that you can easily go in to apply but you don’t want to re-shape or re-structure your brow.”

Markle’s iconic brows are reportedly inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s arches. The shape consists of a “straight, archless brow that tapers out toward your temple,” according to the salon Nails & Brows, where the Duchess has had her own royal brows sculpted. “The sculpt instantly lifts your face and creates a fresh and youthful appearance.”

So there you have it: In order to achieve the Duchess of Sussex’s perfect brow, we need to focus on fullness, use brow gel and some eyeshadow, add a little hairspray, and make sure not to over pluck.

Martin also famously did Markle’s makeup for her royal wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018—and he later shared every detail of her look with Glamour. He revealed that even though her makeup wasn’t inspired by a specific person (sorry, Audrey), his goal was to make her look “timeless, effortless, and chic” because “she wanted to look like her best self.”

Ford V Ferrari Box Office: Matt Damon And Christian Bale’s New Movie Cruises To Victory

Over the past decade or so, studios have consistently prioritized rebooting or extending once popular franchises rather than greenlighting movies based around original characters. The thought process has been that audiences would be more likely to support things with prior name recognition. Well, one weekend never tells the complete story, but as evidence goes, let’s just say there was quite a bit this weekend to contest that conventional wisdom.

Ford V Ferrari cruised to not only an easy victory at the box office but also a really impressive A+ CinemaScore, while Charlie’s Angels couldn’t even break nine million dollars and looks like it will probably finish in third place, a huge disappointment for a movie rumored to have a production budget of almost $50M.

You can check out estimated numbers for the Top 10 below, courtesy of Box Office Mojo

1. Ford V Ferrari

$31,037,000 Total: $31,037,000

LW: N

THTRS: 3,528

2. Midway

$8,750,000 Total: $35,140,773

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,242

3. Charlie’s Angels

$8,600,000 Total: $8,600,000

LW: N

THTRS: 3,452

4. Playing With Fire

$8,550,000 Total: $25,497,824

LW: 3

THTRS: 3,185

5. Last Christmas

$6,700,000 Total: $22,575,765

LW: 4

THTRS: 3,454

6. Doctor Sleep

$6,181,000 Total: $25,039,159

LW: 2

THTRS: 3,855

7. The Good Liar

$5,656,000 Total: $5,656,000

LW: N

THTRS: 2,439

8. Joker

$5,635,000 Total: $322,599,593

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,337

9. Maleficent 2

$5,247,000 Total: $106,040,384

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,549

10. Harriet

$4,780,000 Total: $31,882,990

LW: 8

THTRS: 2,011

I’m not sure that Ford V Ferrari number was the best case scenario for those involved, but it’s hard to be bothered by solidly winning the weekend, having phenomenal word of mouth and producing a lot of awards season-related chatter. If nothing else, the film it setting itself up to have a nice extended run of solid business at the box office. Many people who saw the film this weekend will say positive things to their friends, and if the movie can propel itself into the nomination conversation, some filmgoers who aren’t predisposed to seeing something like this will make the effort. And they should. The movie is very solid. Nine of us here at CinemaBlend have seen it so far, and according to our internal doc, it has an average rating of 3.75/5.

As for the rest of the field, it’s really hard to get excited about anyone else’s numbers. A lot more was expected from Charlie’s Angels. The marketing budget seemed to be pretty hefty, and I’m sure there was hope the movie would be able to launch a franchise. At one point, estimates even had it making around thirty million its opening weekend. Now the hope will shift to getting as close as possible to breaking even (Fingers crossed on foreign returns!). It was also disappointing news for fellow newcomer The Good Liar this week, which finished a frustrating seventh. Adult dramas like that tend to need some awards buzz to do any real damage, but unfortunately, with only pretty decent reviews, that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Expect much heavier competition at the box office next week as Frozen 2 makes its long-awaited debut and assumedly, puts up a far bigger number than we saw from any of the films this weekend.

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Fans Get ‘Release The Snyder Cut’ Trending On Justice League’s 2-Year Anniversary

Twitter has become a gathering place for fandoms of all kinds. And on November 17, it also became a bit of a battle ground for fans of Zack Snyder’s DC films. To mark the two-year anniversary of Warner Bro.’s Justice League, fans trended a hashtag with a singular goal: To get the studio to release the ‘Snyder Cut’ of the film.

It may seem like a peculiar request, if you haven’t been following the DC fandom over the past few years. But the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement has been a long time coming. In short: Zack Snyder’s abrupt departure from Justice League left the film a bit of a mess. And on the whole, it was not well-received by fans, who felt it didn’t do its characters justice, especially after a lot of footage was cut. In the years since, Zack Snyder has made it clear that he has an extended version of the film that fans are eager to see.

The hashtag project is only part of the push for a Snyder cut release. And fans were definitely ready to get it trending. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell added his voice (and a snazzy t-shirt) into the mix.

Fans called the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut push the “Day of Justice,” and announced that they hoped to get 214,000 tweets attributed to the hashtag. It was immediately clear that they were taking the challenge seriously.

The hashtag became a way for fans to vent two years of frustrations with Warner Bros. And the reactions ran the gamut — and showcased the fandom’s fighting spirit and creativity. Unsurprisingly, some fans used memes to air their grievances.

Other fans stuck to the basics, reminding the Twitter sphere why the hashtag was needed in the first place.

Enterprising fans shared enticing set photos and unused footage to show everyone what they were missing with Justice League’s theatrical cut.

Many fans also tagged Twitter handles for Warner Bros. and the company’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

The #ReleaseTheSynderCut hashtag wasn’t just a place for fans to air their grievances, though. They also took the time to celebrate not only Zack Snyder, but also the characters and actors they’ve grown to love.

In the days leading up to November 17, some other important figures weighed in. Several celebrities tweeted in support of the hashtag. And Zack Snyder himself used social media to release some stills from his extended version as a part of his ongoing Snyder Cut series. Thus far, the only major player who hasn’t responded is Warner Bros.

Greedo Actor Is Confused By ‘Maclunkey,’ And Star Wars In General

Every so often, a new word trends on the internet. On Disney+ launch day, it was “Maclunkey.”

Paul Blake played Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, and he told Empire he did indeed see the new “Maclunkey” version of the scene:

It has to be interesting to be part of the Star Wars convention circuit as someone who played a character in one iconic scene — while hidden under a mask — in one movie back in 1977. It must be especially interesting if you never quite understood the movies. The character of Greedo appeared in a deleted scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but not played by Paul Blake. Greedo was also in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Linguist Larry Ward actually performed the voice of Greedo in A New Hope, but Paul Blake told Empire “Maclunkey” certainly wasn’t in any of the dialogue.

However, it does work as a last line if you consider “Maclunkey” is said to roughly mean “This’ll be the end of you.” That’s the translation going around via fans, and it was previously delivered in Huttese by the pod racer Sebulba in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

From that perspective, “Maclunkey” does make sense, since Greedo thinks he’s getting in one last quality zinger before blowing Han Solo away. History just didn’t turn out that way. (Greedo would’ve loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though.)

Ariana Grande Just Canceled Her Next Show Due to a ‘Painful’ Illness

“Hi my loves so I’m still very sick. I’ve been sick since the last London show. I don’t know how it’s possible but my throat and head are still in so much pain. I sound okay I’m just in a lot of pain and it’s difficult to breathe during the show,” Grande wrote. “I just really don’t know what’s happening with my body right now and need to figure it out.”

Although canceling her next concert was “the last thing” she wanted to do, Grande said she wanted to share this post as a “gentle heads up” in case she can’t “make the show happen.”

She continued, “I’m scared that I might have to cancel some things, so this is kind just a heads up of like I don’t know what’s happening with my body, and I’m really disappointed and freaked out of why I can’t get better because it’s been over three weeks at this point.”

“I’m on all the meds, getting IV drips, doing everything I possibly can to pull through,” Grande added. “Just a scary feeling.”

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A few hours later she followed it up with a second update, writing, “Still can’t swallow or lift my head. Love u.”

“Medicated af and hoping to wake up better. Seeing doc again in AM and will let you know about show. I’m so sorry again. It’s catching up to me I guess. Love u the most,” she added.

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