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Ariana Grande Just Cancelled 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 cancelling 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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The Rock’s Black Adam Movie Hired Some Key Talent From DC’s Joker

The details surrounding DC’s Black Adam feature film have slowly been coming together. We’ve got The Rock in the starring role, and Jaume Collet-Serra as the director. And we just learned that the Black Adam crew has snagged a Joker alum for a key production role.

On November 16, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson retweeted an interview between Steven Weintraub and Lawrence Sher, Joker’s director of photography. And in the process, he shared some exciting news:

Though DC hasn’t officially confirmed The Rock’s Twitter announcement, it’s safe to say that it’s probably a done deal. As Joker has quickly become one of the most talked about films of the year (and one of the most successful movies ever), Lawrence Sher has offered some insights into the collaborative environment on the set. And that, in turn, has given fans some idea of how he works. Black Adam won’t just mark his second time working with The Rock — he will also be re-teaming with Jungle Cruise’s director, Jaume Collet-Serra, who thus far is best known for horror fare like Orphan and The Shallows.

The news marks an ongoing shift in Lawrence Sher’s career. Prior to taking on Joker, the director of photography built a career working on well-known comedies — like The Hangover series, with his frequent collaborator, Todd Phillips. He also worked with Zach Braff, on films like Garden State and Wish I Was Here. But he’s begun to branch out over the past couple of years with bigger budget fare like Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Lawrence Sher has plenty of time to get ready for production on Black Adam. The film’s producer, Hiram Garcia, recently confirmed that it won’t begin shooting until the end of 2020. However, he won’t have waited nearly as long as The Rock, who’s been on board to play the titular hero for over a decade. In the meantime, he has another project besides Jungle Cruise in post-production — another comedy-drama, The Starling.

Though the tone of Black Adam will likely be quite a bit different than Joker, Lawrence Sher has already proven that he’s capable of successfully bringing a comic book icon to the screen. We’re excited to see how he adapts his visual style to yet another unique universe.

There’s no official release date yet, but Black Adam will probably be hitting theaters in late 2021. Until then, we’ll be watching for more updates from the production team. You can stay up to date with us, and be sure to browse our DC movies guide, too.

Chris Evans Has Blunt Thoughts About His Directorial Debut With Before We Go

Why hasn’t Chris Evans directed a second time after his 2014 debut with Before We Go? Well, he knows why: It’s the script, stupid should be Hollywood’s It’s the economy, stupid since everything boils down to that basic ingredient.

So if you have a killer movie script sitting around, maybe send it to Chris Evans. That was apparently a problem with Before We Go, the indie romance Evans made before Avengers: Age of Ultron. The rom-com was originally called 1:30 Train, based on a script by Ron Bass (Rain Man).

Ultimately, Before We Go was filmed with four credited writers — including Bass, but not Chris Evans — and starred Evans and Alice Eve as the romantic leads. The movie got lousy reviews (27% RT, with a 56% audience score) but a decent 6.8/10 rating from more than 47,000 IMDb users.

It’s clear, though, that Chris Evans wants better material for the second film he directs. The topic came up during a conversation between Avengers co-stars Evans and Scarlett Johansson for Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. She asked him where his head was at for future directing projects. Here’s his answer:

“A ceiling based on the material” is a kind way of shading a story, but still shade. He’s not wrong, though. The material for Before We Go was a sweet romantic comedy, that was its job and it found an audience. Was it one of the great rom-coms of our time? No. The story was slight, and he knows it, but the leads were charming and you could watch it on a plane to pass the time. It was a decent directorial debut — it just sounds like Chris Evans thought he could do more with it, but he’s aware that his own strengths aren’t in screenwriting, so he’s flashing the Batsignal (wrong hero?) for help with the next movie.

Scarlett Johansson asked her fellow Avenger what kind of stories he wanted to tell as a director. Chris Evans talked about his interest in Buddhism:

Interesting. It’s certainly a deeper and more spiritual topic than a rom-com or a comic book movie. Exploring the meaning of life isn’t exactly easy, though, unless you’re Monty Python. Bernardo Bertolucci delved into this world a bit with Keanu Reeves in Little Buddha, although Chris Evans may be more interested in “loose concepts” rather than something so directly about Buddhism.

Chris Evans should be more free to pursue directing projects, now that he’s finished (maybe) his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was recently in the Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort, written and directed by Gideon Raff. Now Evans is currently promoting Knives Out, written and directed by Rian Johnson.

So he’s been soaking up the experiences of writer-directors out there, and ones who’ve had mixed results. Maybe that will inspire him to just take the risk of adapting something meaningful to him and, well, what’s the worst that can happen? Trolls on the internet say you ruined their childhoods? Sometimes that leads to script gold too.

Harry Styles Cosplayed As Fresh Fruit In Funktastic ‘Watermelon Sugar’ Debut On SNL

Last night on Saturday Night Live (November 16), Harry Styles pulled out all the hilarious, soulful, and sugary stops as host, actor, and performer. For the second triple-duty appearance of the season following Chance The Rapper‘s hilarious turn in October, Styles commandeered an unforgettable night. It was his first time hosting the show. Hopefully, it won’t be his last.

Styles was in rare form from the get-go. His monologue started with him acknowledging his love and familiarity with the show in a creative way. “It feels like when someone likes you more than as a friend,” he joked. “Me and Saturday Night Live have taken things to the next level.” He then hopped behind a piano to show how “serious” of a musician he was, giving the rest of the monologue from his seat.

Being that One Direction was (and still is, retrospectively) such a big part of Styles’s career, he included some hilarious jokes that poked fun at his bandmates, first teasing that they were there when they actually weren’t. “I love those guys, they’re my brothers,” he said. “Niall, Liam, Louie, and, uh, Ringo,” he joked.”

From there, Styles hopped into the skits headfirst, showing an unprecedented amount of charm. In the musical number, “Joan,”  He played a dog that, thanks to his owner’s imagination, gets transformed into a human. He sings about loving the way that she feeds him garbage and hating when she turns on that scary vacuum cleaner.

In another, “Airline Pilots,” Styles plays one who forgets that the intercom is on. He and a coworker get into an X-rated conversation about Scooby-Doo characters that unsettles the passengers. In what becomes a constant struggle to make the attendees feel better, the two pilots find increasingly wild ways to make everyone uncomfortable.

Another highlight is “Sara Lee” which finds Styles getting reprimanded for accidentally posting some pretty wild, un-businesslike content from the Instagram account of the bread company of the same name. It’s hilarious to see Sara Lee thirsting over Nick Jonas (though we see why). Because of Styles, the company also shoots its shot at random guys and freaks out when it doesn’t get a response, and it also captions its bread selfies with explicit questions at four in the morning. The skit ends with him getting another chance to clean up his act.

Around these skits, Styles gave tv debut performances of “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar” from his forthcoming album The Fine Line “Lights Up” was mellow, smooth, and dark. Wearing a shimmering black suit, Styles serenaded the microphone with an awesome vibrato. It was an epic, relaxing, and chilling performance.

“Watermelon Sugar” came next which was a completely new reveal. He cosplayed the fruit’s innards by wearing a bright red suit. The surrounding stage was bathed in a warm pink glow. Styles embraced the feel-good energy of the vibrant, upbeat new record, feeling the groove in his bones as he danced to the roaring guitars and crashing cymbals around him. It was the perfect way to put a cap on the legendary night.

Check out Harry’s performances and skits from his Saturday Night Live appearance up above.

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Thor: Ragnarok Deleted Scene Reveals The Brutal Way Odin Was Originally Going To Die

Odin’s death in Thor: Ragnarok struck a perfect balance between tragedy and hope. But according to a recently revealed deleted scene, it could have gone down much differently. The original plan for Odin’s death was entirely different from how the pivotal moment ultimately played out. And Odin’s original death was way more brutal — in more ways than one.

In the theatrical version of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki and Thor track down their father after learning his nursing home was destroyed. They’re relieved to find that he’s living peacefully in Norway — though he is rapidly nearing death. Odin is able to find closure with his sons before he passes away naturally. And his death is most certainly not in vain — it lays the foundation for New Asgard. A deleted scene available in the Infinity Saga box set shows that his death could have been the result of a much more unnerving moment.

The scene still features Thor and Loki, but they find Odin in much different circumstances. He is homeless, and wandering the streets of New York City, and though he recognizes his sons, it is not a peaceful reunion. Odin rambles as he speaks to them, asserting that Asgard is not real, and that Ragnarok and Hela are coming. He then transfers his powers to Thor, making him king, but not before giving Thor a glimpse of the impending destruction. And then, as if the whole scene isn’t heartbreaking enough, Hela appears.

She confronts her father, asking him why he kept her work a secret, and he remarks at how cold and brutal she has become. Hela then proves him right, stabbing Odin in the chest and killing him. Then, for good measure, she sets about destroying Mjolnir while Loki and Thor escape.

So, yeah, pretty brutal. This wasn’t the only deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok. But it’s easily the one that would have changed the feel of the movie the most. It also explains some unanswered questions fans had about Thor: Ragnarok regarding some early glimpses we got of Odin during filming.

Original Thor: Ragnarok trailer clips showed Hela with Thor’s hammer in an alley — that New York alley — and then that was changed to a field in Norway. Taika Waititi told Digital Spy why they made that change:

And let’s be honest — it’s much easier to make peace with Odin’s death when he’s not being brutally murdered by his daughter in a New York alley.

The Infinity Saga box set is a treasure trove for MCU fans looking to see how things could have been in the Avengers franchise. It also offers a glimpse at how Captain Marvel would have appeared if she’d made it into Avengers: Age of Ultron. It also features bonus and deleted scenes from the Iron Man films, some exciting additional footage from Avengers: Infinity War, and test footage from Black Panther, among other content.

Kacey Musgraves Is Hosting A Christmas Special—And the Trailer is So Good

The competition for epically good holiday content is fierce (a Kate Middleton x Mary Berry holiday cooking show, anyone?), but the first official trailer for Kacey Musgraves upcoming Amazon special, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, will have you feeling all kinds of festive.

The trailer is basically a preview for one of the most star-studded Christmas parties ever. The event, which is narrated by Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, will feature celebrity guests including Camila Cabello, James Corden, Leon Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Lana Del Rey, Kendall Jenner, Fred Armisen, Troye Sivan, the Radio City Rockettes, and the biggest star on the entire show: “Kacey’s Actual Nana.”

“I had this idea about bringing this Christmas album to life in a TV special,” the country star says in the clip, referring to her 2016 album, A Very Kacey Christmas. “The idea behind this was to have people that I’m big fans of come and be special guests.”

In the trailer, fans are are given a sneak peek at performances like “Let It Snow” featuring Corden, “Present Without A Bow” featuring Bridges, as well as “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” with Cabello and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” with Del Rey.

Grab a cup of cocoa and check out the trailer for The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show and a few of the tracks you have to look forward to:

  1. “Let It Snow,” Featuring James Corden
  2. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
  3. “Present Without A Bow,” Featuring Leon Bridges
  4. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” Featuring Camila Cabello
  5. “(Not So) Silent Night,” Featuring Fred Armisen
  6. “Christmas Makes Me Cry”
  7. “Mele Kalikimaka,” Featuring Zooey Deschanel
  8. “Glittery,” Featuring Troye Sivan
  9. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” Featuring Lana Del Rey
  10. “Ribbons And Bows,” Featuring The Radio City Rockettes

The “Golden Hour” singer first announced her variety show-style Christmas special on November 4 via Instagram, sharing a video that teased appearance by “many of the incredible talents you know and love.”

The holiday show “invites fans in as Musgraves prepares for a most joyful Christmas gathering with a whimsical set and dazzling wardrobe influenced by the artist’s fresh aesthetic,” according to a press release. “Equal parts heart-warming and cleverly absurd, Musgraves pays tribute to holiday specials of the past whilst also reinventing just what a Christmas special can be, with a magically modern twist.”

The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show arrives November 29 on Amazon Prime Video. Make sure to stay on the Nice List until then.

10 Best Romantic Movies On Netflix Right Now

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When it comes to seeking out the best romantic movies on Netflix, there are thankfully lots to choose from. From quirky comedies to intense dramas, the streaming giant has subscribers covered with an array of romances that would leave Cupid delighted.

Among them are familiar favorites like PS: I Love You and The Ugly Truth, and Netflix also currently has Rumor Has It…, starring a pre-Yellowstone Kevin Costner and post-Friends Jennifer Aniston. Not to mention Netflix’s own Adam Sandler & Aniston vehicle, Murder Mystery, which is getting a sequel! When it comes to the best romantic movies on Netflix right now, they are good. However, these made our top ten as the best.

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Always Be My Maybe

Comedian Ali Wong and Aquaman’s Randall Park star in the beyond charming romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. In the Netflix original movie, Wong and Park respectively play Sasha and Marcus, a pair of long-time friends who abruptly grow apart. Reunited sixteen years later, all the sparks resurface, but can they make a romantic relationship work? I will not give that answer away!

Always Be My Maybe is one of the best romantic movies on Netflix due to its hearty blend of laughs and emotional highs and lows. That is not usually the easiest balance to strike, but it’s Always the case here. Ali Wong and Randall Park’s dazzling natural chemistry readily makes viewers believe in Sasha and Marcus’ friendship and time-honored bond. Accordingly, their romantic chemistry registers in equal measure! There is no maybe about it, you need to watch Always Be My Maybe.

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Something’s Gotta Give

Hollywood icons Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson spark things up in Something’s Gotta Give, playing characters who aren’t immediately so fond of each other. It is a hilarious journey to get to true romance in this 2003 rom-com written and directed by romance extraordinaire, Nancy Meyers.

Things start with Diane Keaton’s daughter having been in a relationship with Jack Nicholson’s Harry, a womanizer who never settles down for long. After a heart attack, everything in Harry’s world changes, and meets his match in a grand and humorous fashion in Keaton’s feisty Erica. (Also, starring is a post-Neo, pre-John Wick Keanu Reeves as Harry’s doctor!) It is tough to believe this film is sixteen years old! Something’s Gotta Give doesn’t give an inch when it comes to its humor (though it has admittedly been a while since I saw it). If you are into couples starting off cold before turning things warm, then this 2003 rom-com should do the trick.

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The Spectacular Now

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley deliver career-making turns in this heartfelt coming-of-age teen romance, with Teller as the hard-partying Sutter Keely and Woodley as good girl Aimee Finecky. The Spectacular Now is a drama with an intense romance at its core, and everyone who wondered what had critics raving can stream the movie right now on Netflix.

The connection between Sutter and Aimee is definitely palatable, but it is at times prone to tragic consequences. What makes The Spectacular Now one of the best romantic movies on Netflix is that it makes you step back and consider if the core relationship is a good one to be embarked on. In that regard and many more, The Spectacular Now is a thought-provoking must-watch, and Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller’s chemistry will have you wondering when on earth they are planning to re-team again.

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Sadece Sen

Another strong early entry, Sadece Sen centers on Ali, a former boxer with a dark past, who is befriended by Hazal, a lovely and effervescent blind woman. As their romance builds, so does the suspense and the surprises. And yes, the chemistry between leads Ibrahim Celikkol and Belçim Bilgin is downright mind-blowing. I do not know about you, but that is an absolute must when it comes to a great movie romance.

You will be hard-pressed to find a more purely romantic movie on Netflix than Sadece Sen. It is one of the best because it hits all of the buttons, and I do mean all of them. There is intrigue, excitement, and even an edge-of-your-seat tension surrounding the fate of its main characters.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Fans seeking out Netflix’s more current romance titles will want to get in on the pop culture sensation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The film centers on the chaos that ensues when Lana Condor’s Laura Jean has her love letters leaked to the public by her little sister.

There is a reason that Netflix subscribers who love rom-coms have gone gaga for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It is a cute, sublime, and easily re-watchable romantic gem of a movie that possesses loads of breezy ’90s-esque charm to anchor this lovely entry. Lara Jean and Noah Centineo’s Peter spark up a lovable romance that the two leads’ chemistry sets the stage for. It is no wonder that the smash hit for Netflix is getting a sequel (that will possibly have David Spade feeling feisty).

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Falling Inn Love

Christina Milian’s Gabriela Diaz is on top of the world when two bad things happen at the same time in the romantic Netflix original Falling Inn Love. The design firm that Gabriela works at folds, and she then breaks up with her long-time boyfriend. She is not giving up on happiness, though! After entering a contest in the dead of night, Gabriela wakes up to learn she won an inn! She heads to New Zealand, where friendly locals greet her, yet has a prickly first encounter with Adam Demos’ Jake.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, those feelings prove temporary, and the duo soon begins to fall “inn” love. Falling Inn Love has all of the hallmarks of a feel-good romance replete with loads of charm, laughs, and genuine chemistry between Christina Milian and Adam Demos. It might make you want to start making your own romantic puns after watching. Or not.

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About Time

Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star in this captivating romance that would be one of the best lovey-dovey Netflix offerings in any time period. Told with the complicated framework of a time-travel premise, About Time finds its way to cut into searing emotional territory. Directed by Notting Hill helmer, Richard Curtis, About Time is a tear-jerker for reasons you may not entirely expect, since it is as much about life as it is love and romance. Its central character’s questions about the human existence’s various intricacies remain straightforward and relatable.

Worth noting is that this is the better of Rachel McAdams’ romantic time-travel ventures. The actress’ other drama in this realm, (The Time Traveler’s Wife), is also available to stream on Netflix. If you have to make a choice, though, you will not want to miss About Time!

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The global smash-hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon offers up lots of stellar sword fights on top of its powerful romance. The Ang Lee-directed masterpiece is now on Netflix, and it is among the best and most unique romantic movies on the service right now, with a star-studded cast that includes Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang.

At its core, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a love story on top of being a breathtaking epic. It centers on the theft of a sword amidst a backdrop of romantic intrigue between multiple characters in ancient China. This is one of those movies that never fades after watching, thanks to stellar performances and sweeping choreography. It is one of the most exciting romantic movies on Netflix, with high stakes that lead up to a truly unforgettable ending.

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The Lighthouse of the Orcas

Are you looking for romance and a story of self-discovery and maturation? Then our last entry, The Lighthouse of the Orcas, is the romantic Netflix movie for you! The film centers on a mother, Maribel Verdú’s Lola, who travels to Patagonia so that her autistic son can connect with wild orcas. Once there, they meet Beto (Joaquín Furriel), an unfriendly ranger who begrudgingly agrees to help.

The romance that ensues between Lola and Beto is sweet, tender, unexpected, and intense. It also plays very authentically, despite its potentially quirky logline. Nothing comes easy to them or for them. The Lighthouse of the Orcas possesses a lot of moving parts, emotional layers, and heavily relies on the unspoken dynamic between its leads to tell its story. Mission obviously accomplished, since it made the cut here.

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Just Friends

Let’s head back to the get light-hearted side of romance again! Just Friends is a non-Deadpool-esque Ryan Reynolds vehicle that brings the romance and the laughs. Reynolds plays Chris Brander, a guy who was stuck in the friend zone back in high school by his crush, Jamie (Amy Smart). Many successful years later, a high-flying Chris gets stranded in his hometown, and he soon decides to try to win Jamie’s love, once and for all!

Just Friends is sweet and, at times, hilarious to the point of laughing-crying. When it comes to romantic movies with a sense of humor, Just Friends is one of the best feel-good offerings on Netflix.

If you are in the mood for even more romantic movies, I would also suggest Our Lovers, We Need to Talk, Carrie Pilby, and Like Water for Chocolate; a great romantic Netflix quadruple feature if I ever heard one, and something to keep in mind when searching for Netflix’s best romantic movie offerings.

Romance can be hard enough to find in life, so let finding the best romantic movies on Netflix be one less thing filling up your plate. There is a lot of upcoming content heading to Netflix before the end of the year. Hopefully, even more romantic movies will be among them, since everything mentioned above could certainly always use the company!

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The Suicide Squad Has More Practical Effects Than All Of James Gunn’s Movies Combined

Some directors like to keep an air of mystery surrounding their sets. James Gunn is not one of those directors. He routinely shares morsels of information about his filmmaking process with fans. And thanks to that habit, we now know that his upcoming The Suicide Squad will have more practical effects than all of the rest of his films combined.

The director recently shared a fun behind-the-scenes clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 on Instagram. The short video shows several people inside a studio, watching footage from the film in which Gamora is yelled at by an angry mob in Kyln. The people in the studio are yelling, pointing fingers, and moving between microphones that are set up between them and the screen. They’re helping to loop the audio, which means they’re re-recording dialogue and background noises so the audio sounds clear in the film.

James Gunn added some context in his caption, explaining, “Moving the actors around from mic to mic adds dynamism to the surround sound. Loop group is always a fun part of the filmmaking process and helps bring a movie fully to life.”

Fans responded favorably to the Instagram post, and one even commented, “Very nice. Good to see filmmakers are still using practical effects.” And James Gunn apparently shares his enthusiasm for old-school movie-making. He responded to the comment, telling the fan:

It’s an intriguing piece of intel about the film, which fans have been eagerly anticipating since James Gunn was announced as director. It means that The Suicide Squad will rely less on visual effects, like CGI, to bring the story to life. James Gunn’s previous films, like Slither, Super, and the first two Guardians films, have all had elements of elevated reality or fantasy. So, it will be interesting to see how he pulls off a more old-school way of bringing the more fantastical elements of his latest film to life.

We’ll have to wait to August 6, 2021 to see how James Gunn utilizes the practical effects he’s so excited about. And he has yet to comment on whether or not he’ll use a similar method when he tackles Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

What is a C-Section? Everything You Need to Know About the Procedure

In the United States, one-third of women give birth by Cesarean (a.k.a. C-section), a surgical procedure where your baby is delivered via an incision in your abdomen and uterus.

For being such a common (and medically necessary) procedure, people have a lot of feelings about it—you might have heard that it’s “worse,” a shameful alternative to delivering vaginally. There’s a lot of mommy shaming that occurs around C-sections but the truth is, C-sections can be a safer alternative for both mom and baby—it all depends on your pregnancy and your history.

Since knowledge is power, we asked doctors to help explain when C-sections are typically used, what happens during the procedure, what recovery after a C-section looks like and how they compare to vaginal births.

Reasons For a C-section

It’s true that you can schedule a C-section to avoid having to worry about going into labor. “Sometimes the hardest part of labor and vaginal delivery is the uncertainty,” says Ashely Brant, D.O. an ob-gyn at the Cleveland Clinic. “It’s important for all parties to be flexible and open to changing the plan as labor unfolds.”

That’s not “lazy.” There are a lot of medically valid reasons why your doctor might recommend going this route, says Costa Sousou, M.D., chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mayo Clinic Health System. Some of the reasons your doctor might suggest planning a C-section:

You have a condition called placenta previa.

Placenta previa is a condition that occurs when the placenta, an organ that develops during pregnancy to provide your baby with nutrients, covers the cervix (the tissue that connects your vagina to your uterus and opens during labor). That can lead to severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery, says Dr. Sousou, meaning a C-section can be the safer alternative.

You’re pregnant with twins or triplets.

Depending on the babies’ positioning, a C-section may be the safer option.

You’ve had a C-section before.

If you had a C-section with a previous delivery, there can be a small increased risk of uterine rupture (if you have prior uterine scars), explains Tajh R. Ferguson, M.D., an ob-gyn at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston ].

Of course, just because you had a C-section once doesn’t mean it’s 100% certain you’ll need to have one again. “Deciding whether you want to schedule a repeat C-section or if you want to try vaginally calls for very individualized counseling with your physician—much of which is driven by patient preference if all is all else is healthy,” Dr. Ferguson says.

Your baby is breech.

If your baby is not head down (maybe he’s butt down, a.k.a. breech), vaginal delivery is dangerous if not impossible. Your doctor can try a procedure to turn baby head down, but if that doesn’t work, a C-section may be the only option.

You have a history of trauma.

“In rare cases, women may want to avoid vaginal delivery due to other circumstances, for example, a history of sexual assault that makes vaginal exams very difficult,” says Dr. Brant. “In cases like these, the patient should have a thorough discussion with her doctor about the risks and benefits of elective c-section.

Of course, there are plenty of scenarios where your doc might order an unexpected C-section, too. Some of those situations include:

  • Baby’s heartbeat dropping (which may indicate fetal distress).

  • You’re not progressing in labor (read: pushing for a long time without any progress).

  • Your doctor is worried about your health or your baby’s health. “Oftentimes, multiple factors contribute to the decision to have a c-section,” says Dr. Brant. “A doctor will recommend a C-section if the risks of vaginal delivery are thought to outweigh the risks of C-section.”

What to Expect During a C-Section Procedure

If you’re lined up for a C-section, first, a nurse will prep you for the operation in an operating room, putting an IV in your arm or hand so that you can get fluids and medications such as antibiotics during the surgery.

Willem Dafoe Finds Superhero Movies Too Long, Noisy, And Overshot: ‘The Industry Outgrew Itself’

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Spider-Man and Aquaman star Willem Dafoe doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds him. He knew when he was asked about Martin Scorsese’s comments on Marvel movies — and the like — that he was treading on troubled ground. But he’s a candid guy with opinions of his own, and he sounds conflicted about the current state of the industry.

Some of what Willem Dafoe said will bug comic book movie fans, but he also said some things that I think most fans will agree with. There’s plenty of common ground in this discussion. And as much as I love most superhero films, I think it’s good for people in the industry like Dafoe to give it this kind of public tough love.

Willem Dafoe opened up on comic book movies during a talk at 92Y in NYC after a screening of his new film The Lighthouse. A fan helpfully taped part of his panel talk, where he commented on the kinds of superhero movies Martin Scorsese has been talking about. Here, Dafoe references director Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man movie, with Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin:

I mean, I’ve done some of those movies, and they’re fun. But also, even then, I got lucky because they’ve been personal. For example, Spider-Man was great fun because Sam Raimi made that like it was a little independent film. And also that was before a lot of the technology was in place, and comic book movies were fairly new, so it was exciting. There was nothing by the numbers, they didn’t roll in the experts. Now it’s become, the industry outgrew itself.

Spider-Man came out in 2002, which isn’t exactly the Dark Ages, but it was certainly before the current explosion of MCU and DCEU movies. Willem Dafoe returned for cameos in Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and Spider-Man 3 in 2007. He’s spoken warmly about his Spider-Man role before, and even seemed kinda sorta open to playing the role again in the MCU.

Willem Dafoe was asked how he approaches superhero/villain characters, like Green Goblin in Spider-Man or his very different experience of making Aquaman:

You have fun with some of the things that you get to do, because there’s lots of hardware and there’s lots of crazy crane shots and those kind of things. That’s fun. But stuff is overshot. They spend a lot of money on big set pieces, because that’s what delivers the action, and I find them too long and too noisy. But let’s not get into this [laughs]. I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me. But, no, seriously, folks. Look, those aren’t the movies I run to.

It’s clear he’s one of those superhero movie actors who would rather be watching a movie like The Lighthouse. You may wonder why he would sign on for a 2018 movie like Warner Bros.’ Aquaman if he felt the industry outgrew itself. He talked more about Aquaman, seeming to sign on for James Wan but also not quite playing the role he expected in the beginning:

I like James Wan. I think he’s a good filmmaker and he was kind of amazing that he could do this big stuff, and he could also talk to the actors. … I [play] the old master, sort of, I guess. But that’s how it’s pitched to me, and with these movies the script that you sign on for is never the script that’s made.

Yes, that does seem to be the case with a lot of these big-budget movies. For example, the Avengers: Endgame writers have been talking about how many things were changed from the script phase to filming, reshoots, and then in editing. I can definitely see how someone might sign on for a certain role based on the script, or the pitch, and then they end up playing something completely different.

So Willem Dafoe has conflicted thoughts about superhero movies, but he does seem to think that with our current glut of choices — including so much on TV and the new streaming wars — that we’ll all end up coming back to the cinema:

Films have changed so much even in the time that I’ve been working, where they sit in the culture, obviously, and how we watch films. And I’m a pretty forward-looking person, but I’m old-fashioned in the fact that nothing beats being in a dark room with a bunch of strangers, watching a light on a screen and having the experience. I think as everybody gets punched out from too much stuff on TV, too many choices, they’re gonna want that. So it may be a more marginalized thing, but I think it’ll always be there.

Finally, here’s Willem Dafoe’s take on superhero movies needing people to push the boundaries to move forward:

What I worry about is, those big movies, they need something to feed them. They need a surge, and they need people pushing the boundaries so they can go forward. Because they’re not in the business of going forward, really. They’re in the business of business, and you can make beautiful things because they have a lot of resources. They can make fantastic things and they can make things that work all over the world because very few other countries have that kind of muscle to make these spectacular things. And they’ve touched on comic book movies which have kind of a Joseph Campbell thing going, they’re our modern gods. But I don’t have anything, really, intelligent to say about this [laughs].

I think he did have some intelligent things to say about it, and this is a good debate for people to be having There is no one way to make a movie. Just look at Willem Dafoe’s own eclectic filmography, from a black-and-white art house film like The Lighthouse and Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn to Spider-Man, Aquaman, John Wick, and even XXX: State of the Union although let’s not talk about that.

Speaking of The Lighthouse, that movie co-stars the next Batman — but Robert Pattinson’s noir-driven movie sounds like it might be less of a big-budget spectacle like Willem Dafoe is talking/complaining about. Plus, Dafoe thinks Pattinson has the right asset for the job. Meanwhile, Aquaman 2 is set for release in 2022.

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