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Star Wars Rumor: Are Characters Being De-Aged?

Until Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Star Wars movies were firmly rooted in present day narratives (so to speak), but then the 2017 installment changed the game by winding back the clock to show audiences the reason why Kylo Ren turned to the dark side. Now a new rumor has surfaced for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, claiming that movie could open with a flashback, specifically showing Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa in Original Trilogy times.

According to Making Star Wars, the opening scene of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker takes place on planet covered with trees, where two Jedi are dueling with lightsaber, one blade blue, the other blade green. White helmets with visors are obscuring their faces so we can’t initially make out who they are, but eventually the individuals stop their duel and take off their helmets. They’re revealed to be Luke and Leia looking just like they did in Return of the Jedi.

Again, this is just a rumor, and even if this scene does exists, it’s possible it could be moved to a different part of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Regardless, it would be cool to see younger versions of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa again, with this scene giving us some insight into Leia’s early Force training under the tutelage of her brother.

It’s worth noting this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a young Leia modern Star Wars film era. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended with a cameo appearance from her looking like her A New Hope self, with Carrie Fisher’s 1970s likeness being digitally superimposed over actress Ingvild Delia. It’s previously been reported that Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is serving as her mother’s stand-in on The Rise of Skywalker, in addition to reprising Lieutenant Connix.

It’s unclear if these young versions of Luke and Leia will speak in the scene. If they do, then obviously archived audio or a new actress would need to be used for Leia’s vocals, but it’d be interesting to hear if Mark Hamill recorded new material.

Although Carrie Fisher passed away in late 2016, thanks to unused footage of her from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Leia Organa will get to have a prominent role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And with this movie marking the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, it’d also be fitting if we did indeed get a peek back at the time period where we first visited a galaxy far, far away.

Even with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a little over three months away from release, no specific plot details have been revealed yet other than it will take place one year after The Last Jedi and bring an end to both The Resistance and The First Order’s war, as well as the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. Along with including plenty of familiar faces, including Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine, the movie will introduce characters like Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde and Keri Russell’s Zorro Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. If you’re curious about what other movies coming out before the year is over, head to our 2019 release schedule.

Katy Perry Brought A Giant Pink Poodle Onstage For Her Ellen Performance

Katy Perry‘s debut television performance of “Small Talk” was anything but small. Or simple.

True to form, KP pulled out all the stops while visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (September 18), singing her breakup bop in front of a giant, pearl-wearing poodle made of pink balloons. But it was Katy who truly stole the spotlight, thanks to one heck of a blinding ensemble — she wore a glittery mini dress with a giant bow that matched her similarly bedazzled pink microphone. As for the performance itself, Perry and her band gave “Small Talk” a little more “oomph” than on the recorded version, treating the crowd to a sparkly and impeccably sung show.

Prior to her gleaming performance, Perry sat down with DeGeneres to chat about the new single, which she co-wrote with Charlie Puth. She didn’t spill any details about her rumored new tune “Harley’s in Hawaii,” but the singer did explain that she’s taking a fresh, casual approach to her music this year, releasing new songs every couple months or so. “I’m just having fun,” she said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Perry discussed her engagement to Orlando Bloom, her dog’s cameo in the “Small Talk” video, and ending her feud with Taylor Swift. Of the latter subject, Perry said, “I’m all about redemption and forgiveness and for setting an example for those younger people that it could be cool to ask for forgiveness and to confront someone you may have an issue with or problem with and to talk it out.” Check out that bit of the interview below.

Bella Hadid Just Chopped Her Hair Into the Perfect Bob for Fall

Bella Hadid has been playing chameleon with her hair all summer. First, she surprised fans by going just a bit brighter, and then she went full blond with a hair change that looked wildly similar to that of her sister Gigi’s. Now, she’s had yet another transformation: She’s chopped off several inches of her hair and is currently sporting a very chic blond bob that actually resembles a cut she’s had as a brunette.

Hadid definitely likes changing things up, but we’d gotten used to seeing her with dark hair. It was an easy way to tell her apart from Gigi (who is basically her twin now), and it was a color she said she’s had since she was really young. “I started dyeing my hair when I was 14. I dyed it black and blue, I wore eyeliner—I was a punk kid,” she told Glamour in 2016. “I might want to go blond eventually!”

Looks like she was onto something.

She first revealed her sharply angled bob at London Fashion Week while walking in Burberry’s spring 2020 show. The cut is blunt and hits just at the chin, which according to Hadid’s Instagram, was “dreamt up by Riccy” (meaning, Burberry chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci) and chopped by the show’s lead hairstylist Sandy Hullett. For the show, Hullett kept the style simple with a straight-down-the-middle part and pin-straight blowout.

Hadid at London Fashion Week.

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Hustlers: There’s One Pole Dancing Move Jennifer Lopez Had To Master

At this point, it looks like Jennifer Lopez can do just about anything she puts her mind to. The newly 50-year-old pop sensation, actress, producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur was tasked with adding pole dancing to her skill set for Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers. In the film, J.Lo stars as Ramona, a seasoned stripper who is supposed to really know her moves.

When Hustlers pole dance choreographer, Johanna Sapakie trained Jennifer Lopez for her big opening dance number to Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, she had the actress master one particularly advanced move that would have her bottoms up on the pole with only her arms to hold her up. Here’s what Sapakie said:

And it was no easy feat. Johanna Sapakie worked with J. Lo for almost three months on the sequence ahead of the day-long shoot during the last week of Hustler’s filming. Jennifer Lopez had poles installed in her homes in Los Angeles, New York and Miami during the period so she could practice the choreography in her downtime up to the shoot and racked up bruises and a torn shoulder from learning about the athletic art form.

The signature scene was filmed in an actual strip club in Long Island City. However, a rotating pole was placed instead to help the filmmakers for editing purposes. Johanna Sapakie, who has over 20 years of pole dancing experience under her belt, acted as her stand-in for the benefit of the director and cinematographer, before the cameras started rolling and J. Lo performed her big “Criminal” number.

Jennifer Lopez filmed the sequence in one day after performing the 4-minute sequence six to seven times. Sapakie remembers the moment on set with these words to THR:

Check out Hustlers in theaters now!

Instagram Just Implemented a Great Policy About Diet Products

Instagram has been criticized for ages for its tolerance of pervasive (and, let’s face it, annoying) diet spon-con. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check one of the Kardashians’ profiles right now. Scroll down a bit, and chances are you’ll see an “#ad” for Flat Tummy Tea or another product that promises miracle weight loss. Actor Jameela Jamil is just one of the many people who have called out these ads for encouraging toxic diet culture. Earlier this year, Jamil directly took Khloé Kardashian to task for promoting Flat Tummy Tea.

“It’s incredibly awful that this industry bullied you until you became this fixated on your appearance,” she wrote to the reality star in March. “That’s the media’s fault. But now please don’t put that back into the world, and hurt other girls, the way you have been hurt.”

It appears Instagram has taken notice of the issue. The social media platform has announced several new policies about spon-con and ads, calling out ones that revolve around weight loss, in particular. Under the new rules, users under 18 won’t be able to see posts promoting weight loss or cosmetic procedures with incentive to purchase product. Also, IG has nixed posts that make “miraculous claims” about a product. Translation: If an influencer insists she lost 10 pounds in 72 hours just drinking a shake, that post is going down. And good riddance.

“We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it, and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media,” Emma Collins, a public policy manager at Instagram, said in a press release.

Jamil is, no surprise, thrilled about these changes. “It sets the tone that this is not ok in our society,” she told *ELLE UK*. “We have hyper-normalized flogging nonsense to young impressionable people. These people are selling hair growth gummies, but wearing extensions or photoshopping themselves to look slimmer and selling a weight loss shake. There are so many lies being told and we’ve accepted that as a cultural norm.”

While social media still has considerable for improvement, moves like this one are a step in the right direction.

In her cover interview with Glamour, Jamil clarified that her criticism of the Kardashians doesn’t mean she hates them. “I just want them to stop selling laxatives, and then I will get off that dick,” she said, laughing. “That’s all I’m trying to do. I’m not trying to attack anyone. But if you have a lot of power and influence and money, and you’re using yours irresponsibly, and other people aren’t aware that they’re being sold a lie, I’m gonna step on that dick.”

Church Official Embezzled Millions To Buy A Membership At Disneyland’s Club 33

There’s been a lot of talk, especially recently, about just how expensive Disneyland is. Hotels are expensive, theme park tickets are expensive, food is expensive. Serious Disneyland fans save their money to make sure they have the cash for that all important annual passport every year, but for some with bigger bank accounts, there’s a goal out there with a significantly higher price tag that the rest of us can only dream of, Club 33.

The exclusive establishment is only open to a select few, and membership is not cheap. Nearly every serious Disneyland fan likely dreams of visiting Club 33 — unless you’re part of the comparatively small list of people who actually have — and imagines that if they ever had enough money, a Club 33 membership is what they would spend it on. One Southern California church official apparently did just that. Unfortunately, it appears he may have embezzled several million dollars in order to do so.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California has announced the arrest of Charles Thomas Sebesta, the former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles. He’s been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of over $11 million in church funds, some of which he apparently spent on a Club 33 membership at the happiest place on earth.

Sebesta had been in charge of the church’s funds since 2005, and he purchased the Club 33 membership in 2010. He apparently used the location to host major entertainment companies, sports teams, and their employees. It’s unclear if this was done under the auspices of church business or as something purely personal.

For those not up to speed, Club 33 is a members only location which can be found at New Orleans Square,the home of the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, inside Disneyland. The official address is 33 Royal Street, though the physical entrance has moved as the park has been renovated.  Membership to Club 33 is reported to cost upwards of $25,000 a year, with annual dues of approximately half that amount once you have the membership.

Other Club 33 locations have been built at other Disney parks over the years, but Disneyland’s was the first.

Even if you have that kind of money to spend, getting into Club 33 isn’t easy, as there is a significant waiting list and a fixed number of available memberships.

Prior to the opening of Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Club 33 was also he only place one could purchase alcohol within the Disneyland theme park.

As one of those people who has never been to Club 33, I can totally understand the desire to purchase a membership. If I had $25,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I’d put my name on the waiting list straight away.

Hopefully, Charles Thomas Sebesta enjoyed his time at Club 33, as he may not have any more chances to visit. If convicted of all charges, he’s facing a maximum prison sentence of over $250 years.

On the plus side, if you’ve been on the Club 33 waiting list, you may have just moved one slot closer to the top.

Image courtesy of DisneylandNews.com/Disney

The Best Black Bodysuit Has a Devoted Following—So We Put It to the Test

In fashion, when we talk about hype, it usually has to do with a sneaker drop, anything Rihanna touches, a highly anticipated designer collab—rarely does a relatively plain, season-less item of clothing get that type of attention. But one wardrobe essential recently defied the odds, gaining a devoted fan base (and 1,500 four- and five-star reviews).

The British brand Heist is best known for making Meghan Markle’s (alleged) favorite stockings. But outside of tights, it also sells socks, shapewear, and one very well-received bodysuit. Called The Outer Body the super-simple design comes in six different colors, and is available in sizes XS through XL (roughly from a 2 to a 20). Given the fanfare it was receiving online, four Glamour editors decided to put the $138 bodysuit to the test and ask: Is it really as good as everyone says it is?

Read on for our reviews—and to see how you can style the bodysuit four different ways for fall.

Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Says Watchmen Movie Is Better Than The Comics

It’s been over 30 years since Watchmen was first published, and not only is it still considered to be one of the greatest comic book stories of all time, it’s also been labeled a triumph of American literature in general. But if you ask longtime comic book writer and artist Ron Liefeld, the 2009 Watchmen movie is the superior version of the story originally delivered by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.

Recently, comic book retailer Dennis Barger posted two screenshots highlighting the smiley face button Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s The Comedian is wearing at the beginning of Watchmen, where audiences saw the fight that culminated in Comedian being thrown out of his apartment window. Barger’s Facebook post included the caption “The best thing Snyder ever did!!!”, leading Rob Liefeld to say the following in the comments:

It’s unclear what exactly Rob Liefeld is referring to by the ending. As is usually the case with film adaptations, Watchmen took some creative liberties with the source material, so Liefeld could be addressing anything from how Doctor Manhattan was blamed for New York City’s destruction rather than a giant, faux-alien squid, or how Nite-Owl witnessed Manhattan killing Rorschach.

Ultimately both Watchmen stories conclude the same way: with Rorschach’s journal coming close to being discovered at The New Frontiersman, and the audience being left to guess whether or not the truth will come out. Nevertheless, if given a choice between the original Watchmen or the film adaptation, Rob Liefeld (whose work in the comic book industry includes co-creating characters like Cable and Deadpool, and being one of Image Comics’ founders) will take the latter over the former.

Rob Liefeld certainly isn’t alone in his admiration for the Watchmen movie; at the time of its release, it was met with polarizing reception, with some folks being over the moon for it and others harshly criticizing it. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, there’s no denying that a decade later, Watchmen continues to be a talking point among the comic book fan community.

Watchmen was Zack Snyder’s second time tackling a comic book adaptation, the first being 2007’s 300, and he would later leave his mark on DC Comics universe with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Snyder is currently hard at work on his upcoming Netflix movie Army of the Dead.

While the Watchmen movie didn’t get a film sequel, the mythos as a whole will be framed in a new light in HBO’s Watchmen TV series, which is set several decades after the events of the original tale. So far three of the original Watchmen characters are confirmed to appear in the series: Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, played by Jeremy Irons; Laurie Blake/Silk Spectre II, played by Jean Smart; and Doctor Manhattan, whose actor hasn’t been identified yet.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest in movie news. Keep track of what’s hitting theaters for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Poster Is A Great Spoof On Avengers: Endgame

Kevin Smith is perhaps just as famous for being a huge comic book and comic book movie fanboy, as he is for being a filmmaker. So in a year where the comic book movie Avengers: Endgame became the biggest movie of all time, it’s only fitting that Kevin Smith have a little fun with that in his long-awaited return to his View Askewniverse. He does just for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot with a poster that’s a great spoof on Avengers: Endgame. Check it out:

If there are any superheroes deserving of a serious character poster, conveying import and gravitas, it’s Bluntman and Chronic and their alter-egos/the two stoners upon whom the characters are based, Jay and Silent Bob. This poster for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot does just that, spoofing the kinds of character posters given to the heroes in Avengers films like Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.

All the hallmarks are here. Stern expressions and serious looks: check. Streaks of cool colors in the background: check. Dramatic lighting: check. Characters looking off into the distance in opposite directions: check. Kevin Smith’s character Silent Bob has a bit of flow to his hair as he is turned away, hands in his pockets like a badass reluctant warrior. He actually kind of reminds me of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne here too.

Even the logo for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot kind of looks like it is turning to dust, as if snapped away by Thanos. There is no Thanos in this poster but Jason Mewes’ Jay is striking a fighting stance and instead of wielding an Infinity Gauntlet, he is wearing an extremely large flesh-colored Hulk hand. That hand of course belonged to Mark Hamill’s Cock Knocker in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He lost that hand Luke Skywalker style in a duel with Jason Mewes’ Chronic.

To show how similar this spoof poster for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is to those from the Avengers films, check out a Spider-Man poster from Avengers: Infinity War and a Captain America poster from Avengers: Endgame below.

It’s a great spoof poster, not only because we know what a huge MCU fan Kevin Smith is, but because Jay and Silent Bob are nothing like the Avengers and the seriousness of Avengers: Endgame is the exact opposite of what we’ll find in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot makes it clear that this movie will be crude, rude, goofy and ridiculous. Basically exactly what we want it to be.

This poster is also fitting because Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is kind of spoofing superhero films and Hollywood’s reboot culture. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back previously found the titular duo going to Hollywood to stop a movie getting made about the Bluntman and Chronic characters they inspired. Now they’re trying the reboot of that property from getting made.

If you think this poster would look good on your wall next to an Avengers: Endgame poster, and who wouldn’t, you’re in luck. As Kevin Smith announced on his Twitter account, there will be special Fathom Events screenings of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on October 15. Those who attend this screening will get a copy of this poster free, while supplies last of course. There will also be a double feature with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on October 17.

Do ‘whatever it takes’ to see Jay and Silent Bob Reboot when it hits theaters on October 15. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of everything headed your way in the coming months.

Gemini Man Has Screened, See What People Are Saying

Ahead of the film’s October release, Gemini Man has screened for its first audiences. CinemaBlend’s own Michael Reyes offered a sneak peek at his thoughts about the Will Smith-led sci-fi flick. Here’s what he had to say:

Rejoice, Bourne fans! It sounds like Gemini Man pulls a bit from its narrative, with a new science fiction twist. While Mike found the upcoming release interesting, overall he doesn’t sound particularly impressed by it. There wasn’t enough story for him to chew on throughout.

As far as sci-fi films go this year, Gemini Man is one of the few new names to hit the big screen. Morales points out it’s not anything audiences haven’t visited before, but still gives the film points for its fun chase between Will Smith and his younger and completely CGI counterpart. But from here on out is full-on praise for Ang Lee’s newest directorial project.

Just check out Devindra Hardawar of Engadget and Slash Film bring positive buzz to Gemini Man:

What’s unique about Gemini Man is it’s a bold action movie experience that audiences will get to enjoy on the big screen. The movie was shot in 120 frames per second (FPS), which is significantly higher than an average film’s 24FPS and the Hobbit trilogy’s 48FPS. The above motorcycle sequence with Will Smith’s two characters sounds incredibly impressive!

Fandango’s Erik Davis enjoyed the movie as well, calling it amongst the best of Ang Lee’s filmography, which includes the highly-acclaimed Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. Here’s what he said:

It also sounds like 3D is the ticket to buy for Gemini Man. Along with Erik Davis’ recommendation, Refinery29’s Anne Cohen also showed her love for the 3D version along with these comments:

There’s also some love for Mary Elizabeth Winstead! The actress known for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim, and soon-to-be Birds of Prey badass, has a supporting role in Gemini Man, along with Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. It’s also nice to hear the CGI Will Smith isn’t jarring like Smith’s Genie was ahead of Aladdin.

On top of love for the visuals and other cast members, Will Smith’s performance sounds like it’s been given the thumbs up! So while Gemini Man’s plot may not be groundbreaking, it looks like the movie is garnering positive initial reactions! Check it out yourself opening weekend starting October 11!