Sally Field Thinks Burt Reynolds Would Have Been Hurt If He Read Her Candid Memoirs

Fans were saddened to learn of the death of Burt Reynolds last week, but for one of his former co-stars, there is an unfortunate silver lining. Sally Field, who starred alongside Reynolds in the classic Smokey and the Bandit, is about to publish her memoir, In Pieces, and in the book, she discusses the production of the movie as well as her subsequent personal relationship with the actor. It seems that things were far from perfect between the two and Field is now glad that Reynolds will never know what she says about him in the book, as she wouldn’t have wanted to put him in the position of having to defend himself in the press. According to Field…

In the book, as described by the New York Times, Sally Field calls Burt Reynolds controlling during their relationship and only able accept certain aspects of her life while disapproving of others. She also claims that during the filming of Smokey and the Bandit, Reynolds was taking Percodan, Valium, and barbiturates, and also received regular injections of something in his chest. She says she urged him to seek professional help for problems with stress and anxiety, but that he refused.

Personal memoirs almost always bring up the less flattering parts of peoples’ lives, it’s part of being honest about your own, and the lives and careers of Burt Reynolds and Sally Field are so connected that you can’t talk about one without bringing up the other. Sally Field doesn’t only have negative things to say about Reynolds, she does say their relationship was also loving and caring, but nobody’s life is perfect.

Sally Field is glad that Burt Reynolds will no longer need to respond to her statements in the book, and it’s very likely that he would have needed to do so. He was set to co-star in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which would have thrust him back into the public eye and placed him before the media once again. Clearly, somebody would have asked him about what the book said.

While her relationship with Burt Reynolds may not have been perfect, it’s clear Sally Field still cared for him, because she wasn’t looking to use the book to hurt him. She’s glad that it won’t now, which is certainly still sad, but also sweet in its own way.

A Crazy Rich Asians TV Show Is In The Works

It is in the early stages, so time will tell if ABC picks the show up for good. Due to how early it is in the process, the plot is pretty much all that was mentioned in the report regarding the series. Therefore casting news, episode counts, and a potential premiere date are not on the table quite yet. As mentioned earlier, the show hails from Jessica Gao, the now Emmy-winning writer behind Rick and Morty‘s “Pickle Rick” episode, which earned the award for Best Animated Program.

How Mayans MC Made That Sons Of Anarchy Cameo Happen

Kurt Sutter said Sons of Anarchy wasn’t going to invade Mayans M.C.‘s territory too much, although that didn’t mean the series is going to be completely devoid of former characters. That much was proven in Episode 2, when yet another character from the first show’s universe showed up onscreen. Chucky is apparently working for the Mayans motorcycle club’s scrapyard right now, and actor Michael Ornstein recently shared a bit about how his popular character found his way into the spinoff:

The scene was short, and featured Chucky doing some work with his prosthetic hands at the scrapyard the Mayans operate. Michael Ornstein hung out at the club prior to shooting to get back into the swing of things, and even brought along his gloves he nicked from the set of Sons of Anarchy when the show ended. Ornstein added to EW he shot the scene months ago, and indicated the secret that he was involved with Mayans M.C. had been eating away at him ever since.

That secret was a lot harder to keep than one might realize, as Michael Ornstein said he’s frequently recognized out on the street by fans of Sons of Anarchy. Ornstein added he sometimes has difficulty spotting those fans who recognize him beforehand, as the people that approach him aren’t always the stereotypical biker types one may expect is the show’s core fan base. Ornstein said fan love for Chucky runs deep, despite the fact that his character has some less than savory traits that may or may not be seen in Mayans M.C.

Michael Ornstein was cryptic about whether or not fans would see more of Chucky in later episodes, but Gamespot got Mayans M.C. co-creator Elgin James to confirm the character will have a recurring presence in Season 1. James didn’t say exactly how Chucky will be utilized in the rest of the season, but did confirm he and Kurt Sutter were thrilled to bring Michael Ornstein into the spinoff.

Mayans M.C. airs on FX Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET. Find other shows to check out over the next couple of months with CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide.

That Time Paul McCartney And A Bunch Of Friends Masturbated Together At John Lennon’s Place

You might think you’ve heard all the stories about The Beatles before, but we can almost guarantee you that you haven’t heard this one. During a recent long-spanning interview, where the conversation discussed a variety of different talking points, Paul McCartney disclosed an incident that was once deeply private: the time John Lennon, McCartney and a few of their friends masturbated together in Lennon’s house. Insert your getting by “with a little help from my friends” joke here. Believe it or not, this moment became one of the ways in which these endearing music legends bonded during their earlier years. Here’s how McCartney explained it. Let’s just say that “Come Together” is never going to be heard the same way ever again.

The adult admission came during Paul McCartney‘s extended conversation with GQ. The musician regaled the story upon reflecting back on his earlier years before the musicians became their self-appointed “Beatles.” It was an earlier time. Perhaps even a simpler one. As he recounts it in this revealing interview, there wasn’t a specific reason why the group of men decided to engage in this extracurricular activity together. It just sorta happened all at once– as it was recounted by McCartney at least. To provide inspiration in the dark room, the men apparently shouted out different names of people they fancied, and that’s what kept them going through their individual acts. Looking back on the moment now, Sir Paul admits it was “raunchy.”

When asked if Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and the other men involved engaged in this group session (or “ritual”) more than once, McCartney claimed it was a “one-off.” In any case, it wasn’t a regular occurrence, though it did have a lasting impact, as it is a memory that has stuck with the long-standing musician all these decades earlier. Paul McCartney claims that it was “good harmless fun,” and that nobody got hurt in the process. It seems like, looking back upon it now, the singer is more amused by what happened more than anything else.

Meanwhile, this interview isn’t the first time Paul McCartney has looked back on life-changing memories and revealed new secrets to the wide-eyed public. In another recent interview published last week, McCartney talked about the time he believes he saw God while he was hallucinating on drugs.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Trailer Is Funny And Beautiful

The next piece of work from the Coen Brothers is an epic six-part western anthology. It’s called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and while the most interesting thing about the anthology may be that it was made by the Coen Brothers for Netflix, the first trailer for the production is finally here and it is full of beautiful old west vistas, grimy characters, and oddly quirky humor. In other words, this may be the most “Coen Brothers” thing the Coen Brothers have ever made. Check out the trailer below.

Since The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part anthology, it’s not all that shocking that the various pieces of the film that we see in this trailer don’t seem to go together. In fact, while the entire film is called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, it appears that the character of that name, played with an utterly unique humor that only Tim Blake Nelson can provide, will only appear in the one segment that bears his name. From there, we have entirely separate stories that will star the likes of James Franco, who spends an awful lot of time with a noose around his neck, Liam Neeson, and Zoe Kazan, among others.

As somebody with a particular love of O Brother Where Art Thou? among the Coen Brothers’ filmography, I’m finding a lot I like here. While that movie was a bit less western than something like True Grit, it was a period piece itself and the humor that permeated that movie certainly seems to be on display here, and not only because Tim Blake Nelson is featured. There’s also Stephen Root sounding not unlike his music recording character from that film.

The collection of odd and quirky characters in a world that looks, otherwise, mostly normal, is part of what the Coen Brothers are so good at creating here and while, at first, I was more than a little worried when it turned out The Ballad of Buster Scruggs wasn’t a single cohesive film, if each piece of the anthology is at the same level of quality when it comes to the writing and the performance, this could be something special.

The other X-factor here is the fact that that this production is done for Netflix. The streaming service has not been shy in an attempt to spend its time and money creating more high profile original content. Questions of whether The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is Oscar-caliber material would be normal when it comes to the Coen Brothers, and the fact that the film is coming out late in the year would indicate that Netflix certainly thinks so, but one wonders if the fact that this is a Netflix production might count against it.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs hits Netflix November 16.

The DCEU, As We Once Knew It, Appears To Be Done

This morning, the DC Extended Universe lost its Superman, as Henry Cavill exited in a manner that more than likely has DC Comics execs listening to Genesis’s “Land of Confusion” on repeat. After an apparent negotiation for a cameo in Shazam! fell apart (over scheduling, according to reports), the fortunes of what’s been commonly known as the DCEU are rocky and uncertain. Though as I see it, there’s one certainty that should be readily apparent to all who are observing the scenario: the DCEU, as we have grown to know it, is officially toast.

If Henry Cavill’s departure was the only calamity that was in play, then I could see a chance of recovery for the shared universe in play at Warner Bros. But this news is coming on top of an all but officially announced departure for Ben Affleck in the role of Batman in any upcoming DC movies. Losing one high profile lead can be triaged, but losing both actors playing tentpole superheroes in the DCEU should be enough to force DC Comics’ hand in folding that cinematic universe up for good. Though, for those holding out even more foolish hopes that the DCEU isn’t dead, but merely resting, the proof that the contrary is gospel can be seen in the varied box office performances.

Looking at the DCEU’s tentative run, we’ve seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman walk away as strong performers, with Justice League taking a hard tumble. So what does that say about the approach that needs to be taken in the DC Comics cinematic canon? Solo films, and smaller event team-ups, are the way of the future; rather than reshooting and retooling a franchise-uniting film to focus on a different lead late in the game. DC Comics should focus on those individual stories, and keep those franchise separated and running smoothly. Call it the DCEU. But don’t force it to be the shared cinematic universe that it clearly is not.

This shouldn’t be hard, or totally alien to DC, as they’ve been working on a Joker film separate from the Suicide Squad incarnation (this one built around Joaquin Phoenix), as well as a Matt Reeves Batman project that’s become further removed from the wreckage of the DCEU as each day passes. With Aquaman and Shazam! looking to right the ship in terms of DC Comics’ tone and structure, they need to be allowed the room to thrive outside of the shadow that Justice League has cast on the entire DC franchise collective. So it’s in the studio’s best interest to mitigate the connections to the events of that failed team-up film, and push these stories in their own unique directions.

Ultimately, the error of DC Comics’ failed cinematic universe can be summed up in one, damning claim: they tried to be Marvel Studios, and failed. DC shouldn’t try to be another Marvel, simply because not only did the studio rush what could have been a fantastic competitor in the name of the box office dollar, but they’ve always done their best doing the complete opposite. Marvel Studios doesn’t have a strong animated canon like DC Comics does, and in a similar vein, DC has always excelled at providing a variety of incarnations for the heroes underneath their umbrella. So while the stories aren’t always connected, there’s enough difference for fans of all stripes to wet their beaks. The DC Comics animated strategy needs to be implemented within the feature films galaxy, so as to restore the brand as the proper competitor to Marvel’s box office stranglehold.

Henry Cavill’s departure basically nails the coffin shut on the ambitious failure that pushed him and Ben Affleck out the doors, and it’s time to leave it in the past. At this point, DC Comics should be implementing Flashpoint as their ultimate reset button / dazzling finale to the DCEU, closing off this chapter in history for good and allowing all remaining projects to succeed on their own merits, without the albatross of history on their necks. Make no mistake: DC Comics properties need to give Marvel Studios competition. However, instead of running the race together, it’s time to let the Justice League fight their own battles. Maybe in the future, there can be a Crisis on Infinite Earths event that brings it all together temporarily, but for now, separate is better.

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Looks Like House Of Cards Is Going To Keep Fans Waiting With Underwood’s Death

Netflix’s House of Cards will forever be a historic show. It broke ground as a streaming drama, with an all-star cast lead by the likes of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. It’s a method that countless shows and streaming services have followed, although House of Cards also has a dark cloud around its legacy. Spacey was fired from his role as star/producer following a bevy of sexual misconduct allegations, some of which reportedly occurred on the show’s set. The series will conclude with its sixth and final season, and a new teaser revealed the show would be killing Francis Underwood off. But how?

Unfortunately, its seems we’re not going to be getting that answer anytime soon. In addition to waiting until the season premieres in its entirety on November 2nd, House of Cards evidently won’t be give Netflix subscribers the answers right away. Instead, the truth will slowly come out– at least according to a new report by TV Line.

This newest rumor is certainly intriguing, and sounds like a brilliant way for House of Cards to exist in the shadow of Kevin Spacey’s departure– especially as it also ended Francis Underwood’s story prematurely. By making his death a continually developing storyline, it keeps his presence in the show’s final season. Furthermore, it allows House of Cards to get ahead of the narrative, and shape the unexpected departure into a purposeful story choice.

House of Cards will also break new ground by focusing on Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood, allowing her to be the main narrator in the show’s fourth wall breaking moments. This was slowly set up throughout Season 5, with Claire occasionally engaging with the audience. And the season ended with her looking directly into the camera, and proclaiming it was her turn. The seeds have been planted for Wright to emerge as an even larger presence in the show, and now she’ll carry House of Cards and the country itself on President Claire Underwood’s shoulders.

The future of House of Cards was put into jeopardy when allegations against Kevin Spacey began to flood in. After actor Anthony Rapp alleged the actor assaulted him at the age of 14, more men began to share their experiences– including crew members from House of Cards. Still very early into filming Season 6, production was shut down indefinitely. Robin Wright reportedly went to bat for the cast and crew, and helped convince Netflix and the producers to finish the show’s story. And that’s exactly what they did.

All will be revealed when Netflix releases House of Cards‘ final season in its entirety on November 2nd. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don’t miss a single episode of your favorite show.

Weird Rumors Swirl Around Missing Chinese Superstar Fan Bingbing

While not well known here, Fan Bingbing is a huge star in China. However, as prominent as the actress is, nobody has apparently seen her in some time. The actress reportedly hasn’t been seen in public since July 1 and her social media accounts have been dark since July 23, leading to speculation that something has happened to the actress. Rumors run the gamut from a belief she is being detained by Chinese authorities to her having escaped to the U.S. in order to avoid the same.

Earlier this year Fan Bingbing was the highest paid actress in China and was a popular choice for the promotion of luxury brands in the nation. However, recently Fan’s name has been linked to a widespread tax evasion scandal in China that has included numerous names in the country’s entertainment industry. Apparently, performers were being given two contracts for some films. A small one was used for tax purposes but the second revealed that actors were being paid much more.

It seems that some believe that Fan may have been detained by Chinese authorities due to these alleged tax evasion issues. However, a Hong Kong tabloid reported at the end of August that the actress was seen at an immigration office in Los Angeles, though it seems that report has no corroboration.

Whatever the situation, it’s clear that China has become a less than hospitable place for the actress. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that a recent report ranking the social responsibility of China’s 100 top stars from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences ranked Fan Bingbing dead last, with a score of zero out of 100. Even if nothing unfortunate has happened to the actress, it would not be surprising if she’s simply keeping an intentionally low profile.

Western audiences probably know Fan Bingbing best from her small role as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, though she is currently scheduled to be part of the star-studded ensemble cast of spy thriller 355 that will co-star Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o, which could very likely raise her profile stateside in a big way.

This wouldn’t be the first time that are a person in the public eye just took a break from being in public without anything nefarious being at play, but given the circumstances, it seems that there is something to this story, even if exactly what it is, is not clear. The actresses representatives aren’t talking either.

Hopefully, whatever is going on, Fan Bingbing is ok. At some point, given the actress’ popularity, something will have to be said revealing what has happened, as it’s unlikely people will just forget about somebody with a fanbase like hers.

Henry Cavill May Be Leaving Superman And The DC Movies

Henry Cavill’s time in the classic Superman tights appears to have come to a close. Sources now say that, after appearances in DC movies starting with Man of Steel, Cavill is leaving Warner Bros. and clearing the path for a new future for Superman in the DCEU, though neither side was ready to go on record and confirm this at the moment.

The sources are speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, who actually go on to say that Warner Bros. and DC worked to get Henry Cavill to cameo in the upcoming Shazam! movie, which will be in theaters in April 2019. But talks broke down over scheduling conflicts, and now the trade says that the door is closing, probably for good, on Cavill’s turn in the Superman suit.

While THR says that the sources are pushing the “scheduling conflict” as the cause of Henry Cavill’s non-appearance in Shazam! — backed up by the fact that he just committed to a Netflix series The Witcher — this is also being viewed as a means toward WB pushing the reset button on certain component of the DC Cinematic Universe, as the trade goes on to say that it’s expected Ben Affleck will not move forward as The Batman on screen anymore, either. This would mean a complete 180-degree spin away from the controversial Batman v Superman, and leave Justice League as the last time either actor was seen on screen in the DC world.

Not that Warner Bros. will be throwing out the entire baby with all of the bathwater. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins are hard at work on Wonder Woman 1984, a continuation of the Diana origin story that crushed with audiences. And Jason Momoa is toplining an Aquaman movie in December, though neither of them have direct ties to the DC movies that Henry Cavill starred in. Instead, they work as standalone films, as does Shazam! So maybe this can be a cleaner break than people anticipated?

The Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that the departure of Henry Cavill from the role of Superman could be caused by the studio’s supposed focus on a Supergirl movie. Not only would this shift the attention to a younger character, it would sideline Cavill’s own franchise for years as DC explores avenues for characters who haven’t yet had a chance to shine. Warner Bros. has announced progress on movies starring The Flash (Ezra Miller), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix), while Man of Steel 2 couldn’t get off the ground. This likely forced Henry Cavill to look toward the exit.

We could be back to the drawing board on DC’s top two heroes. Matt Reeves reportedly wants to cast a younger Bruce Wayne before he embarks on his Batman movie, and is Cavill indeed departs, then DC is back at square one when they do finally decide to extend the on-screen story of the Last Son of Krypton. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the air around the DC Cinematic Universe, even as it moves forward with three exciting projects in Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984 and Shazam! So stay tuned for more details as we receive them.

The Oscar-Nominated Role Viola Davis Now Says She Regrets Doing

It’s not uncommon for actors to regret roles they’ve had in the past, but you rarely hear of actors regretting parts that got them Oscar nominations. However, it turns out that Viola Davis now looks back on her work on The Help with no small amount of regret. While she says the experience of making the movie was great, she thinks that ultimately, the movie wasn’t focused on the right characters. According to Davis…

If the movie is called The Help and the voices that are most prominent don’t end up being the characters being referenced, then it’s understandable that you might have a problem. Clearly, Viola Davis feels that was the case. It sounds, from what Davis tells the New York Times, like perhaps there was a difference between what Davis expected to see on screen and what she actually got. If she took the role because she expected to be able to give a stronger voice to her character, that then was not presented, it would explain why she feels this way now.

Of course, regardless of whose voice the film really focused on, The Help was a strong contender at the Oscars the year it was released. The film was nominated for Best Picture as well as three acting awards. Viola Davis did not win her Best Actress category, but her co-star Octavia Spencer did win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year.

Viola Davis may be staring down the barrel of another Oscar nominations as her upcoming movie Widows and her role in it, are getting a pretty strong early buzz. The film is directed by 12 Years a Slave‘s Steve McQueen. One certainly hopes that not only will the movie be good, but that Viola Davis will be able to look back on it and not regret being part of it. Widows hits theaters November 16.