News of this developing project comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that Halle Berry is also planning to take the lead role in the project. Based on a script by screenwriter Michelle Rosenfarb, Bruised will find Berry as Jackie, an “disgraced” MMA fighter who has to face some serious realities when her six-year-old son, Manny, comes back into her life. Recognizing the importance of giving him a good life, she tries to get on the path to redemption by getting back in shape and trying to become the champion she’s always had the potential to be. Basil Iwanyk, a producer behind the John Wick trilogy, is on board to help navigate the feature through his Thunder Road Pictures banner.
Diversity in Hollywood has come a major and important conversation in recent years, and 2018 has notably seen some important moves be made. After all, the biggest domestic hit of the year so far has been Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, and the recent box office has been dominated by Jon Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians. Still, though, there are some areas that definitely still need improvement – and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington recently point out that there needs to be some strides made when it comes to homosexual representation in superhero blockbusters:
Kit Harrington is currently on the press tour promoting his new movie, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, and it was while sitting down with Variety that he brought up the subject of homosexual representation in Hollywood. The actor himself is straight, having married his Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie earlier this summer, but that didn’t stop him from advocating for the idea of a prominent superhero character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being played by a gay actor.
It’s noteworthy here that Kit Harrington isn’t calling for Marvel or any studio to feature gay superhero characters, but instead making more of a statement about employment. As the actor points out, there is a major stereotype and generalization out there that homosexual men can’t be tough, heroic, or masculine, which can be a hindrance when it comes to Hollywood casting these world-saver roles. The DC Extended Universe notably has already made some advances in this department, with Ezra Miller starring as Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash in the growing superhero franchise, but Marvel specifically has not yet cast any LGBTQ stars to play one of their flagship characters.
The good news is that there is an insane amount of opportunity available in the years ahead to start changing things. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has nine release dates carved out for various films between now and the summer of 2022 – and while some of those slots will belong to sequels, many of them will also be introducing some very important new characters to the growing franchise. With those projects will be the chance to start looking at some performers that the industry has thus far overlooked when it comes to superhero franchises, and real change can start to be enacted. The only way change can start is by people actively working towards it, and that’s just what needs to happen.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which stas Kit Harrington in addition to Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Thandie Newton, and more, just had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but doesn’t yet have a domestic distributor. Meanwhile, Marvel fans will next have the opportunity to dive back into the Cinematic Universe with Captain Marvel, which hits theaters on March 8, 2019.
Spoilers ahead for the Season 5 finale of Bachelor in Paradise on ABC.
Another season of action in the Bachelor franchise has come to an end with the fifth season finale of Bachelor in Paradise, and it was as messy a season as we could expect from a group of former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants. Three couples seemed like they would get their own version of a happily-ever-after in Season 5 of Paradise, however, as Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball, Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone, and Annaliese Puccini and Kamil Nicalek were all still attached at the end of the final episode in Mexico. Annaliese and Kamil weren’t engaged, however, and the reunion show provided the most uncomfortable breakup since Arie Luyendyk dumped Becca Kufrin after proposing to her.
Kamil dumped Annaliese on camera in front of a whole bunch of people, including former cast mates. host Chris Harrison, the studio audience, and cameras filming the whole thing for broadcast. Here’s how Kamil handled the situation and quite possibly earned himself the spot as the most despised male Bachelor franchise contestant, saying this:
Well, congratulations to Arie Luyendyk and Juan Pablo Galavis for quite possibly losing their claims to the top spots of Bachelor franchise men who earned the ire of viewers for handling relationships! I’m not sure how or why Kamil thought it would be a good idea to break Annaliese’s heart on camera in front of an audience, but it did not go over well. The audience in attendance began booing him, and although Chris Harrison asked him to leave, it was not before Annaliese revealed that she and Kamil had just booked an Airbnb to spend time together. Poor, poor Annaliese.
Admittedly, Annaliese came on pretty strong during Bachelor in Paradise and was very ready to be engaged, and Kamil shouldn’t have kept the relationship going if he was interested. That said, Annaliese made no secret of her desire to settle down, and there’s no way Kamil was blindsided by it at any point after they got hot and heavy. Dumping her on camera had to be just about the most embarrassing thing he could have done to her. Good thing he’s not the next star of The Bachelor! Not everybody was happy that Colton Underwood was chosen as the next Bachelor bachelor, but at least he didn’t pull a Kamil.
We can only hope that Annaliese won’t be romantically traumatized forever after having her heart broken on camera. Becca Kufrin managed to find love again thanks to her stint on The Bachelorette. Short of appearing on The Proposal, however, Annaliese may want to give up on the prospect of finding love on the small screen. As for Kamil… well, he may want to give up social media if he wants to avoid angry fans, but so far, he’s just been tweeting up a storm. Take a look at just one of his posts in the aftermath of the finale:
My money is on it taking Kamil a lot more than a teary emoji to convince the Bachelor in Paradise fanbase that he’s a really nice guy who totally did the right thing by breaking Annaliese’s heart like he did. It was truly uncomfortable to watch, and I can’t imagine many people taking his side over hers any time soon. Maybe he just needs to call up Arie and Juan Pablo for some advice. As for now… well, good luck to Annaliese.
The Flash has featured time travel from almost the very beginning of the series, and the Season 4 premiere made it quite clear that the show isn’t done with time travel yet. The definitive reveal that the Mystery Girl who had been popping up since the big Arrow-verse crossover was indeed Barry and Iris’ daughter from the future proved that more timeline shenanigans were in the works, with the Season 5 premiere likely to explain how Nora West-Allen had travelled back to introduce herself to her parents in 2018. Well, new images from the Season 5 premiere indicate that more time travel will happen than we expected. Take a look:
That right there is Barry Allen back in his Season 1 Flash suit! The Scarlet Speedster has gone through several versions of his suit over the years of the series so far, and Grant Gustin himself revealed a version of the Season 5 suit that proves it is a far cry from what he wore in the first season. The biggest giveaway is that the symbol on his chest is a lightning bolt against a red background rather than against a white background, as it has been for the past few years.
While we can’t necessarily rule out Barry needing to wear his Season 1 suit again, it’s more likely that we’re looking at Barry Allen circa Season 1. The big question now is why Season 1 Barry will be back on screen in the Season 5 premiere. The possibilities are that past Barry raced into the future, current Barry raced back to the past, or Nora first popped out of the Speed Force in 2014 rather than 2017, when viewers got their first sighting of her. Barry’s expression in the first image doesn’t give anything away, but he looks surprised and intrigued behind his cowl in a second image:
Personally, my money is on Season 1 Barry appearing in the Season 5 premiere via a Nora flashback, confirming that Nora accidentally turned up a few years earlier than intended. The look on Barry’s face could indicate that he sees something that piqued his interest — some purple lightning, perhaps? — but not enough that he would recognize her as another speedster. If this is the case, the next question is whether Nora had to stick around 2014 and wait for the normal passage of time before reaching out to Team Flash in 2017 or if she raced back through time yet again.
As Barry’s daughter, Nora would be believable as somebody who messes with time without thinking too far ahead about consequences. Hopefully she won’t need to create her own Flashpoint to learn a valuable lesson! We’ll have to wait and see. Season 5 of The Flash will premiere on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET as the first Arrow-verse show to debut in the 2018 fall lineup.
Of all the deaths that have rocked Game of Thrones, let’s be honest — there are those that will cast a longer shadow than others. And that is where Littlefinger’s Season 7 demise comes into play. Yes, the Starks got their revenge on the man who had betrayed their family. Now, though, what’s left? Yes, there is reigning Queen Cersei and the issue of the Night King, but do either of these characters bring what Littlefinger did to the table?
When it comes to Game of Thrones‘ arsenal of villains, Littlefinger remained at the top of the heap throughout his run on the series. Always one step in front of everyone, Lord Baelish always had his finger on the pulse of other people’s actions. He was calculating, manipulative, and cunning. So, it makes sense that it took something as supernatural as Bran’s superpowers kicking into gear for the Starks to outmaneuver him… to death.
While Littlefinger got what was coming to him and the Starks added another win in their rightful vengeance column, did it really belong in Season 7? After many seasons on a horrific losing streak, the Starks managed to put in back-to-back seasons dispatching enemies. In Season 6, Jon and Sansa ended the tyranny of the despicable Ramsay Bolton. Fast forward to Season 7, and Bran, Sansa, and Arya kept their House’s streak alive by ending Littlefinger.
Now, we all face the final season without him. Yes, there are only so many episodes of the show’s last chapter to unfurl, making it time to narrow down the show’s once vast field of final players. But of all the characters worth seeing take part in the series’ finale, Littlefinger was chief among them. As a rogue, he was always a wild card.
Would he show up to the Battle of the Bastards with the men Sansa had secretly written to him asking for at all? Or would he screw the Starks over one last time for his own amusement? Few other Game of Thrones characters could keep you on the edge of your seat the way he could. And therein lies a large part of the issue.
We know the Night King wants to destroy the world with his ice zombie apocalypse. We know that Cersei has justified her entire reign of terror for her House, which she claims will be welcoming a new member. You can detest her and everything that she stands for, but you know where she stands and where that could end up getting her when all is said and done.
Littlefinger as an opportunist was harder to predict than his villainous counterparts. He brought the tension. He watched and waited with sly grins galore. While an entire room of people chanted Jon Snow’s coronation as the King in the North, Littlefinger infamously sat back, a knowing expression reaching across his face. He made you wonder, what is he going to do next? Season 8 will kick off without that theory-inspiring question.
And while Cersei and the Night King are certainly villains, the former has her reasons for what she’s doing. In Cersei’s case, she claims to hurt others for what she believes to be a higher purpose that goes beyond what is solely self-preservation — her family. The Night King has a thing for silence, making his motives more inscrutable. He behaves like a virus, not a thoughtfully evil person.
Both Cersei and the Night King’s endgames mean danger to the characters we are rooting for to survive. And while we all want to see Cersei face the music for all of the awful things she has done, we have witnessed a lot go down in the meantime. She faced the “walk of shame” and has lost all of her living children, including the evil-beyond-words Joffrey.
In the past seven seasons, it has not been non-stop sunshine for Tywin Lannister’s eldest child. There has been grief and heartache. So, if Cersei is dealt her final blow next season, it will not be the end of an absolute winning streak. In contrast, Littlefinger’s Season 7 dispatching occurred without his having suffered any such setbacks. He was just here one minute and gone the next, save for a brief attempt to talk his way out of it.
One question going into Season 8 is whether the Starks will face any heat for taking out Littlefinger. They got rid of Ramsay Bolton in a battle. They got rid of Littlefinger in a more assassination-style manner, which meant the siblings foregoing much of a trial for him. With Jon Snow bending a knee to Daenerys in Season 7 and his siblings executing one of their enemies while he was away, the Starks could be in for a bit of controversy when Season 8 rolls around.
Without Littlefinger around in the final season, Game of Thrones has lost a handful of potential. While the Starks knew they did not need him anymore, the show will be missing out on a key ingredient when it comes back for its final bow. Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season sometime in 2019 on HBO. Thank goodness, there is a lot of new programming over fall to keep TV fans busy in the meantime.
In recent years, the fresh and successful romantic comedy has seemed like a relic of the past… but that was only up until Crazy Rich Asians took the box office by storm. The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, but as many cinephiles know, book adaptations are famously difficult to tackle because the material is typically much more detailed than a movie can be. And while some of the extra material does get filmed, it can get the axe in the editing suite. The full extent of these cuts is always interesting, and editor of Crazy Rich Asians, Myron Kerstein, recently spoke with me about the challenge to cut down the story, and some of the difficult decisions they had to make, including,
[One cut was] a big set-piece karaoke scene, where Rachel and Nick, they actually know each other in the film, but they act like they don’t know each other. So it’s like this traditional romantic-comedy trope, and it was pretty well done, but we thought in service of the film we didn’t think we needed it.
Wait, wait… we did not know seeing Constance Wu and Henry Golding belt out a cheesy karaoke song together was ever on the table, but it sounds like it would have been a fun addition to the film. The scene served as an original introduction to the couple, however, Myron Kerstein and director Jon Chu decided to take it out in favor of spending more time in Singapore. By cutting this bit, the filmmakers more of the opportunity to set Crazy Rich Asians apart from other rom-coms with its release, making an entertaining cliché such as this not a must.
But that wasn’t the only deleted sequence Myron Kerstein detailed during our interview. For example, there was originally going to be a version of Crazy Rich Asians that spent a bit more time dedicated to Charlie Wu, portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Said the filmmaker,
There was a big debate about Astrid’s storyline, famously with Harry Shum Jr., but his role was limited. That was actually much bigger. We basically cut a big dance number between Gemma and Harry just in the body of the wedding reception, and that takes a lot of balls to cut Harry Shum. He’s a pretty incredible dancer, but we had to service Astrid’s storyline. There was the scene in the body of the wedding reception that had [Charlie Wu] say to Astrid, ‘You’re better than your husband, you should leave him.’ And we’re like, ‘No, no, no. We want Astrid to do this for herself. She’s a strong woman. You don’t need a man telling you what to do.’ That was a tough call.
Fans of the book know that Astrid’s storyline plays a much larger role in the source material, with past-lover Charlie Wu being someone she reconnects with at the wedding. However, Harry Shum Jr. only ended up being in a end-credit scene in Crazy Rich Asians, as a nod to the novel and to open up a possibility for Charlie to have a bigger role in the confirmed sequel, China Rich Girlfriend. The filmmakers’ conscious decision to have Astrid decide to leave Michael on her own enriches the character as well.
Myron Kerstein further revealed that he and Jon Chu also had to cut a lot of footage from the bachelorette/bachelor party scenes, which even in the theatrical version still see Rachel and Nick overwhelmed with the planned festivities for the bride and groom. As Kerstein detailed,
That section of the movie used to be maybe like 30 minutes in itself, and we had these gigantic set pieces where they’re having the time of their lives on the freighter ship and we thought, ‘Well, do we really need all this material to tell her story?’ And don’t we want to be short and sweet with saying that they arrived in the ship and then get on with their story. It was just a lot of overwhelming amount of stories to keep trimming down. And also in the back of our heads we were thinking most romantic comedies clock in around an hour-and-a-half or so, and we were starting with a three-hour cut… But yes, there’s tons of scenes when everyone wants to buy the DVD.
Since Crazy Rich Asians turned out to be two hours long, it looks like about an hour of footage had to be cut in order for it to follow more in the footsteps of adaptations such as The Devil Wears Prada and less like The Lord of the Rings franchise. The rom-com hit is currently in theaters for you to check out. Of course, after news of a karaoke scene, dance number and more hilarious moments between the cast, it will soon come time to look forward to the home release, likely to be released before the start of 2019.
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Unfortunately for fans dying for Bruce Wayne’s origin story to continue indefinitely on Fox, Gotham will come to an end after the finale of the upcoming fifth season. The good news is that the early cancellation means Gotham can pull out all the stops and get really wild for its final batch of episodes, and in true Gotham style, that means bringing out the big villains. Now, Shane West has joined the cast as a villain, and all signs point toward him playing a key comics villain known King Snake.
Shane West has been cast as a character by the name of Eduardo Dorrance. Eduardo will arrive in Gotham City with a team of elite soldiers, seemingly intending to help pull the city out of its state of no-man’s-land lawlessness. He’ll have a friend to vouch for him in Gotham, as he’s an old army buddy of Jim Gordon. Despite the fact that they lost touch in the years since leaving the army, Jim will accept Dorrance and his soldiers’ help… until he comes to realize that Dorrance isn’t the man he thought. Jim will discover Dorrance’s intentions are darker than he could have ever imagined, even touching on evil. Ouch for Jim, awesome for viewers!
Now, nowhere in the official description of Shane West’s character (courtesy of Deadline) is there an explicit reference to somebody named “King Snake,” but DC Comics fans will connect a character named “Eduardo Dorrance” to a comic counterpart with almost exactly the same name. Sir Edmund Dorrance was a member of the British Army’s Royal Artillery and later became a dangerous mercenary. He eventually took on the “King Snake” title as a villain, although not without fathering a child that would go up to become the back- and Bat-breaking Bane. Surely Gotham wouldn’t cast Shane West as a character named Eduardo Dorrance without turning him into King Snake!
Shane West’s casting comes not too long after rumors of King Snake’s introduction began to circulate, as did rumors of Bane himself popping up. The eighth episode of Season 5 is reportedly titled “I Am Bane,” which obviously seems to point toward Bane turning up, perhaps seizing his destiny as the young Scarecrow did on Gotham.
That said, Shane West is only 40 years old. He might be a bit young to play Bane’s father if Bane is old enough to begin his villainous journey, especially since West is on board in a recurring capacity. Isn’t it possible that Gotham is putting an especially Gotham-y twist on Bane and revealing that Eduardo Dorrance is Bane? It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing Gotham has ever done, and Bruce would be wise to keep on fortifying his Batcave. If Gotham can use Cameron Monaghan to play two Joker-esque roles without confirming that either identity actually is the Joker, what can’t Gotham do?
Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens recently made headlines when a photo of him working at Trader Joe’s went viral. The sudden buzz surrounding Owens’ career has resulted in the actor landing roles on TV shows, including an ongoing gig on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots. Additionally, Owens nabbed a job that will take him back to broadcast network television in a high-profile franchise. Yes, Geoffrey Owens will appear on NCIS: New Orleans in its upcoming fifth season.
Geoffrey Owens will appear as a guest star in the sixth episode of NCIS: New Orleans Season 5. Although he is currently only slated to appear in this one episode, the description of his character indicates that Owens isn’t playing a villain of the week or one of the many Navy officers who float in and out of the series. Although it’s much too soon to say for sure, his character may have the potential to return. Here’s what we know.
On NCIS: New Orleans, Geoffrey Owens will play an old friend of Pride’s by the name of Commander Adams. Still dealing with the emotional fallout of his near-death experience following the shooting in the Season 4 cliffhanger, Pride consults his trusted friend for advice, both medical and spiritual. Pride is experiencing ongoing symptoms of some sort, and Deadline reports that he wants Adams’ thoughts on what could be the cause and what he should do next. Could the new Season 5 leader have something to do with Pride’s uncertainty?
This casting — which will almost certainly be one of the least controversial NCIS: New Orleans moves in recent months — worked out because the show was looking for “someone with compassion, competence, and heart,” according to NCIS: NOLA executive producer Christopher SIlber, who went on to say that those words describe Owens “in a nutshell” and they’re “lucky to have him on the show.” Assuming NCIS: New Orleans doesn’t deal Pride yet another tragic twist by killing off his old friend in that friend’s very first episode, the door may be open for Commander Adams to turn up yet again.
Interestingly, NCIS: NOLA will take Geoffrey Owens back to CBS for the third time in the last couple of years. Although he hasn’t had a regular job on TV for a while, he did appear in episodes of CBS’ Blue Bloods and Elementary, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Elsewhere on network TV in recent years, Owens appeared on episodes of The Blacklist on NBC and Lucifer on Fox.
Given that Geoffrey Owens will appear in 10 episodes of Tyler Perry’s OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots in Season 6, Owens may be busy in the foreseeable future. Still, a gig on any NCIS show is a pretty good thing. Assuming his character doesn’t die on NCIS: NOLA, there’s always the potential to crossover over to the original NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. At least one NCIS actor is on board with more crossovers!
No exact premiere date for Geoffrey Owens’ episode of NCIS: New Orleans has been revealed just yet, but it’s slated to debut at some point in late October. NCIS: NOLA will premiere in the fall lineup and pay off on that crazy cliffhanger on Tuesday, September 25 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
Supergirl will return to the airwaves on a brand new night next month, and the Season 3 finale guarantees that things will be different for the Girl of Steel in her next batch of episodes. Her new villain will be formidable in a way Kara hasn’t had to face before, but the good news is that a new superhero will enter the scene to lend a hand. A new trailer has officially debuted to reveal a look at the villainous Agent Liberty and the transgender superhero Nia Nal. Check it out!
This trailer provides a good look at Nia Nal, a.k.a. the transgender CatCo employee destined to become the superhero known as Dreamer. Played by transgender activist Nicole Maines, Nia Nal won’t be a superhero right off the bat. Rather, she’ll start out as a reporter at CatCo, driven by her desire to protect others. The new footage for Supergirl Season 4 shows Nia Nal in her reporter capacity, and it looks like she’ll be inspired by Kara while they work together. Kara does sure have a knack for inspiring people to fight the good fight, and Nia Nal could be a fantastic addition to the series. The footage of her in the trailer is undoubtedly only a taste of what’s to come.
Less of new villain Agent Liberty can be seen in the new trailer, which is a shame given that he’s one of the most promising of the new Arrow-verse characters this fall. DC TV vet Sam Witwer is on board Supergirl to play the new baddie known as Agent Liberty. In the quick trailer shot, Agent Liberty can be seen with a bloody hole in his shirt, and possibly a bandage across his chest beneath the shirt. Agent Liberty was only heard via voiceover in the first Season 4 trailer, and his words gave the distinct impression that he’d be very effective in his quest to promote a humans-first way of life on Earth. He leads a hate group known as the Children of Liberty, but he hides his dark side under his appearance as a family man. Take a look:
Unsurprisingly, the trailer doesn’t deliver any Winn, although there is a quick shot of his replacement in the background. Kara has a new suit for Season 4 with a mask and no skirt, although it’s possible that somebody else is in the suit, pretending to be Supergirl. What isn’t possible when Supergirl is flying around with her face uncovered and hair flying free can be possible with her face obscured. Could another person be doubling as Supergirl?
Superman is reportedly going to appear in an early episode of Season 4; if so, the show didn’t spoil any of the circumstances by including him in the trailer. We do know that he’ll return for the Arrow-verse crossover that introduces none other than Batwoman, and he’ll be bringing somebody along with him. All things considered, there’s a lot to look forward to with Supergirl‘s return to The CW. It should be interesting to see how it fares as part of the network’s new Sunday night lineup on television this fall.
In an industry that can easily breed divas and big egos, actor Ryan Gosling seemingly stands a part, as he has been praised this week by not one but two of his talented co-stars, Emma Stone and Claire Foy, as they both gushed about the joys of working with the actor. The Oscar-nominated star worked with both actresses on Damien Chazelle‘s two most recent films, with Stone as a love interest on La La Land, and with Foy as his wife in the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man. When Gosling was approached about the abundance of love by his fellow actors before a screening of First Man, however, he responded by nobly passing the praise onto his director. In his humble words,
While in the ET Online interview Ryan Gosling seems unwilling to point any praise toward himself, the recent comments from Emma Stone and Claire Foy seem to be clearly directed at Gosling. Last week, while at the Telluride Film Festival, Stone got emotional when talking about Gosling, who was her partner in a film that led to her Oscar win for Best Actress for 2017’s La La Land. She said that she loved how collaborative he was and how he taught her about being generous. Stone worked with Gosling prior to La La Land on romantic-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. and crime-drama Gangster Squad, so the idea of working with the actor again might have played into her involvement in Chazelle’s musical. Stone said that since her Crazy, Stupid, Love. audition, she felt the pair had an unspoken understanding of each other.
On the other hand, The Crown’s Claire Foy worked with Ryan Gosling for the first time on the film that will follow Neil Armstrong on his Apollo 11 mission and his 1969 landing on the moon. About the experience playing his wife, she gushed about Gosling being “the most generous, kindest, funny actor” to work with. Looks like between the co-stars Gosling being generous is something they can both agree on. Of course, they all have much to thank from Damien Chazelle, who have given them the opportunity to all work together in highly-acclaimed films that have challenged them.
You can see Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in First Man, in theaters October 12.