Lorde Has Beef With Kanye West Over Set Design

There’s a new celebrity feud in Tinseltown. This time, it’s between Lorde and Kanye West (go figure). The “Royals” singer-songwriter is annoyed with Kanye and Kid Cudi, claiming the Kids See Ghosts musicians stole her idea to perform in a floating glass box. But Lorde is getting pushback from Es Devlin, the set designer who made the stage box for Kanye West and Kid Cudi. On social media, Devlin claims she’s had that idea for a very long time.

TMZ has the scoop on the celebrity drama. The trouble began over the weekend when Kanye West and Kid Cudi came onto the stage in a giant floating glass box during their Camp Flog Gnaw performance in Los Angeles on Sunday night. On Monday, Lorde saw this set design and she saw that it was extremely similar to the one that can be seen during her on-stage performances, notably during her recent Melodrama tour in 2017. The young musician believes it’s not merely a coincidence. She thinks Kid Cudi and Kanye West ripped off her set design whole cloth. And Lorde is not happy.

On Instagram, responding to what she believed was outright stealing from Kid Cudi and Kanye West, Lorde posted the following response in blue font.

Lorde has made her objections loud-and-clear. But Es Devlin, the stage designer for Kanye West, has worked with the contentious artist since 2005, and it sounds like the stage decision was based on a floating box she created for the English National Opera in 2007– which was a good ten years ago and a whole decade before Lorde decided to have a floating box stage during her tour. This suggests that Kanye West nor Kid Cudi stole the idea from the top-selling young artist, and it was just a matter of great minds thinking alike. Hopefully, Lorde and Kanye West can put their differences aside.

Meanwhile, Kanye West is continuing to delay the release of his newest solo album, Yandhi. Once set to be released all the way back in September, it is continuously delayed by the controversial musician, who believes the album isn’t ready for the public yet. He later announced that it was going to come out on November 23rd, but Kanye West claims his recent concert with Kid Cudi has proved to him that his newest album isn’t ready to be released yet.

No matter what happens next for Kanye West, we’ll continue to keep you posted on all the latest developments and updates here at CinemaBlend.

Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Already Have An Unorthodox Oscars Plan

Over the years there’s been some twists and turns at the Oscars, but it seems likely that we’re going to see a lot of A Star is Born at the Oscars. The remake of the classic Hollywood tale starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper has taken moviegoers aback for its incredible music performances and gut-wrenching sequences. Among the Oscars’ traditions of gold trophy handouts and musically-nudged speeches, it also features a celebration of the music in the year’s most-decorated movies. The co-stars are already preparing for a live performance of the category’s front-runner “Shallow”, Cooper saying:

Looks like the two talents at the center of A Star is Born‘s success are already plotting to give audiences and home viewers of the upcoming Oscars a show we won’t soon forget. As Bradley Cooper hints in his interview with Variety, they are drumming up some ideas on how to make it a unique performance. Lucky for Bradley Cooper, he has a pop icon on his side who has delivered her fair share of jaw-dropping performances at various award shows.

Lady Gaga’s role of Ally in A Star is Born differs quite a bit from the imaginative and out of this world persona we’ve watched her grow in and out of over the years. The performances in her proper film debut has the artist tackling some beautifully raw performances, especially with “Shallow.” In the goosebump-inducing scene, Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine invites Ally to a huge stadium performance, where he starts to sing her song and gives her the courage to come up and finish it. While it’s unclear just what exactly Cooper means by an “unorthodox” way to perform it, but the news brings some extra excitement to the Oscars show.

Although A Star is Born has a breadth of worthy original songs, “Shallow” was the only song submitted to the Oscars. The Academy only allows a maximum of two songs per film but if Warner Bros. could have easily submitted another one such as “Always Remember Us This Way” or “I’ll Never Love Again” for recognition.

The film is also expected to be a front-runner for some other major categories including Best Picture, Best Actress for Lady Gaga, Best Actor for Bradley and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott. Predictions don’t stop there especially for Cooper who could nab a nomination for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay alongside his co-writers.

“Shallow” was written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. It joins a handful of other original songs in this year’s films such as from the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, Kendrick Lamar’s work on Black Panther, music-filled indie Heart Beats Loud and Troye Sivan’s song “Revelation” in Boy Erased.

The Oscars are still about three months away, but A Star is Born is still in theaters, dazzling movie screens with its musical numbers.

Juliette Lewis Posts Wild Video About Britney Spears And Satan

On Instagram, Juliette Lewis went off in a major way. And she wanted the whole world to see it too. In an unusual video, the actress/musician finds herself furious and a bit frantic, yelling about Britney Spears and Satan and the woes of the world from inside her car. She’s wondering why everyone has gone mad. We’re left to wonder the same thing. Be sure to check out the wild video below. Also, be sure to be mindful of your volume levels, as its NSFW.

The strange Instagram video comes with no explanation from Juliette Lewis other than a caption that says, “#SimplerTimes.” It seems that the Natural Born Killers actress was getting her groove on in her car and she was provoked to speak to the masses via Instagram. In her video, she bemoans the world, asking if we are all under the control of Satan. Then she asks Britney Spears to save us all. Then Juliette Lewis proceeds to dance her heart out.

It seems like the social media video is meant to be humorous in nature, so we should (hopefully) not be worrying about Juliette Lewis’ mental state at this point in time. But it’s definitely a perplexing piece of footage, one that is seemingly angered about the world at large. Although it’s not exactly clear what Juliette Lewis is ranting about in her car — other than Satan’s apparent control over our world. If you have any guess, you should sound them off in the comment section below– because your guess is as good as ours. Of course, we wouldn’t blame you if you were at a loss for what’s going on in this already viral video.

It should also be noted that Juliette Lewis is jamming out to Britney Spears‘ 2013 single, “Work Bitch.” While Juliette Lewis clearly has a lot on her mind right now, it seems like the power of Britney Spears is helping her find her happy place — which is a bit encouraging. Sometimes, all you need is a catchy tune to put you back to center. Or, in Lewis’ case, to keep you furious and raging at the Satan-run world-at-large. Whatever floats your boat.

As an actress, Juliette Lewis can currently be seen on HBO’s dramedy series Camping, the newest series from Lena Dunham. Additionally, Lewis has a few upcoming movies set to be released. Those films include Back Roads, the directorial debut of actor Alex Pettyfer, which is set to be released later this month, as well as Anthem of a Teenage Prophet and the film adaptation of James Frey’s controversial book, A Million Little Pieces.

Additionally, for more celebrity updates and the latest developments in film, television and a whole lot more, be sure to check back with CinemaBlend.

What Nick Fury Was Up To Between Avengers: Age Of Ultron And Infinity War

Going into Avengers: Infinity War, there was no indication that ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury or his second-in-command, Maria Hill, would appear, but in the movie’s post-credits scene, they finally returned, only for both to be turned to dust by Thanos’ genocidal snap. This marked both characters’ first onscreen appearances since Avengers: Age of Ultron, but don’t think that they were just sitting around and twiddling their thumbs in the last couple years. Thanks to a new comic adventure, we finally know what these two were up to in the period between Ultron’s defeat and Thanos’ victory.

Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe installments have received their own tie-in prelude comic books, provided for the fans who want a little extra background before going into these respective movies. With Captain Marvel arriving in four months, today Marvel Comics released Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude #1, and since Avengers: Infinity War revealed that Nick Fury has ties with Carol Danvers, this is just the incentive to peek in on his actives post-Avengers: Age of Ultron and learn more about that pager he was carrying around that displayed the Captain Marvel insignia.

When we last left off with Nick Fury and Maria Hill at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, they were helping Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up their new facility in upstate New York (which, as revealed in Ant-Man, was originally a Stark Industries warehouse). Alas, this new version of the Avengers didn’t last long, as Captain America: Civil War saw the old and new guards, as well as outside players like Black Panther and Spider-Man, clash over the Sokovia Accords. While Nick and Maria didn’t participate in this conflict, Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude #1 (via ComicBookMovie) reveals that they were watching from afar, and although neither were a fan of this new legislation, they were worried that this divide between the heroes would have even bigger ramifications in the future.

Subsequently, the two spies decide to go underground and dedicate their time between taking down threats (standard business) and working to bring the Avengers back together, which explains why we didn’t see them for the first half of Phase 3. Nick Fury also tells Maria Hill that while he still admires the Avengers, he still needs them to be something “more.” Maria then asks if Fury has a reliable backup plan in case things don’t work out, to which he responds, “Nah, if we do our job right, we’ll never be in a position of having to call her.”

Obviously Nick Fury is referring Captain Marvel, who, as we’ll see in Carol Danvers’ upcoming movie, was the first superhero he met. Speaking of Carol, some of you have probably been wondering why Fury never activated his spruced-up pager before Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said that it was because Carol is “more powerful” than any character that’s been introduced to the MCU thus far. So while it would have been great to have Carol around when the Chitauri invaded New York or when Ultron attacked Sokovia, it sounds like Nick was holding back on contacting her until there was no other option.

Moving on, you’ll remember that at the end of Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers, having ditched his classic costume and the vibranium shield, broke into The Raft and freed Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Ant-Man. Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude #1 alludes that Nick Fury and Maria Hill had a hand in getting Steve Rogers into the prison, though it isn’t revealed specifically how they helped.

Sometime after Captain America: Civil War, Nick Fury tracked down the Secret Avengers, i.e. the anti-Sokovia Accords heroes still active in the field (and are dealing with terrorists armed with Chitauri tech and an Ultron drone), to try to get them to patch things up with the other Avengers faction, while Maria Hill tries to do the same with Tony Stark. Neither side is willing to bury the hatchet yet, hence why Tony was hesitant to call Steve up when Bruce Banner told him Thanos was coming at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.

Which brings us to Marvel’s Captain Marvel Prelude #1’s ending, which mirrors the final minute of Avengers: Infinity War, with one exception: this time, Nick Fury says “It’s time” before activating the pager and turning to dust. Half of all life in the universe is gone now, and while Avengers 4 is expected to bring back most, if not all, of the disappeared protagonists, how that will be accomplished is (understandably) still being kept secret, although many fans are speculating that time travel via the Quantum Realm will play a role.

Thanks to Nick Fury, though, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will be drawn into the coming fight alongside the other heroes who survived Avengers: Infinity War. With the power to move planets, she’ll be an excellent ally to have around, especially if another fight with Thanos unfolds. Before that happens, though, Captain Marvel will wind the clock back to the mid-1990s and show how Carol obtained her amazing abilities, how she became an operative for the Kree empire and how she met Nick Fury, who at this stage of his life felt that the best years were behind him due to the Cold War wrapping up.

Little does the younger Nick Fury know that his interactions with Carol, the Kree and the shapeshifting Skrulls will be his first step onto a new path, one which will eventually lead to him forming the Avengers. Oh, and that transition will also be marked by him losing his eye. Captain Marvel will also feature younger versions of Phil Coulson, Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Pursuer, as well as introduce folks like Talos, Maria Rambeau, Minn-Erva and Mar-Vell.

Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019, and Avengers 4 will wrap up Phase 3 on May 3, 2019. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage on both movies, and be sure to look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else the MCU has coming down the pipeline.

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House Of Cards Erects Real-Life Claire Underwood Statue That Gives Away Major Spoiler

Warning: This story contains major spoilers for the sixth and final season of House of Cards.

Netflix only gave visitors to Dallas’ Love Field airport about four days to watch the final season of House of Cards before spoiling a major plot point with a giant statue. On November 6 — Election Night — the airport debuted a statue of Robin Wright’s fictional character, President Claire Hale Underwood. That’s not the spoiler, we already knew she was POTUS. But you can see the spoiler bumping out in photos, including this one shared by newly famous politician Dan Crenshaw:

Yep, President Claire Underwood is preggers. That twist came late in the eight-episode Season 6. Claire got pregnant with the late President Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) baby thanks to IVF, using Frank’s frozen sperm from a trip to the doctor back in Season 2.

Not everyone had a chance to watch the final season before stumbling on the statue. Funny that Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw was one of the people to see it and spread the news. The former Navy SEAL recently achieved national fame thanks (but no thanks) to mockery from Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live.

Apparently Dan Crenshaw is also a House of Cards fan. He’d know that First Lady-turned-President Claire Underwood is a Dallas native. The engraving under her new statue reads, “Claire Hale Underwood of Highland Park, Texas, the 47th President of the United States of America.”

The statue is not the only piece of House of Cards fiction to crossover into real life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix worked with ad agency Wieden and Kennedy on a campaign to bring Claire Underwood’s legacy to life for the final season. They set up an infomercial selling a President Claire Underwood Commemorative Plate, with ads running on late night TV and during daytime game shows.

On House of Cards, Claire Underwood succeeded her husband Frank Underwood, who was the 46th president. Netflix created a real gravesite in Frank’s hometown of Gaffney, S.C., to mark where the character was buried. That tombstone is said to be staying permanently. The town’s mayor told local news station WSPA that the show has brought a lot of people to Gaffney. The local paper even ran an obituary for Frank, whose death was mentioned (but not shown) in the final season.

Unlike Frank’s grave, Claire’s statue is not permanent. The Dallas Morning News had said the statue would be on display until today (November 14) but THR states it will stand for another week.

House of Cards buried Frank Underwood to write star Kevin Spacey out of the series after allegations of sexual misconduct. The cast and crew wanted to finish out the series — with Robin Wright pushing to retain the jobs of the many people who work on the show. So they killed Frank and didn’t include Spacey in the final season.

The First Mary Poppins Was Super Important To The Cast And Crew Of Mary Poppins Returns

Over the past few years, nostalgia has proved a powerful trend in the entertainment industry. All that is old is new again, and it seems like just about any movie or TV show could return for a reboot or long awaited sequel. Disney has been mostly focusing on live-action adaptations of classic animated blockbusters, but the House of Mouse will go into sequel territory with Rob Marshall’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.

Mary Poppins will soon return to Cherry Tree Lane this holiday season for the first time, bringing a new story set decades after the classic 1964 original. Emily Blunt is taking on the role of the practically perfect titular nanny from the great Julie Andrews, and has been open about not re-watching the movie during her time on set. But according to Rob Marshall, there needed to be a deep love for the OG Mary Poppins for both the cast and crew. He explained, saying:

Here was my barometer for anybody who was working on Mary Poppins: It has to be in your blood. You have to love the first film so much. Because I wanted to honor the first film and pay homage to it, but I wanted to carve our own space for our own story. So it was this fine balance. But you have to love it. As much as I did.

That’s certainly cut and dry. While Rob Marshall and everyone involved in Mary Poppins Returns are no doubt trying to create a new story that will stand on its own two feet, a reverence for the 1964 original was mandatory. That film has such a specific tone and has affected generations of moviegoers, so Marshall believed everyone needed to be on the same page regarding Mary Poppins Returns, and the significance of this brand new story.

This adoration toward the OG Mary Poppins can be seen in the brief trailers for the upcoming sequel. Rob Marshall and the House of Mouse recreated all of Cherry Tree Lane, including the architecture and characters that were present in the iconic first movie. And while it’s clear that Mary Poppins Returns is something totally original, there’s little details that will elevate the experience for fans of the classic.

The supporting cast of Mary Poppins Returns shows how connected it will be to the first film. Obviously Jane and Michael Banks are present in their adulthood, accompanied by Michael’s three children. Original star Dick Van Dyke has a role as Mr. Dawes Jr., a character present in the iconic bank sequences of the 1964 version. Admiral Boom is also still alive and kicking, presumably setting of cannons a few times a day.

The visuals of Mary Poppins Returns also look like a more sophisticated version of the original’s, including its own out of this world animated sequence. The costumes are also similarly fantastical, with Emily Blunt’s title character wearing almost an identical outfit to the one Julie Andrews made iconic as the musical British governess.

While the connection between Mary Poppins and its upcoming sequel are obvious, it’s also been made clear that those collaborating on Mary Poppins Returns sought to craft something new and original. Emily Blunt has been open about this process, and you can hear that she’s using an accent quite different from Julie Andrews’. And since Blunt also worked intimately on the new musical numbers, the songs should be more suited to her particular voice, which was seen in Into The Woods not too long ago.

In another interview with EW, screenwriter David Magee explained the conscious effort to create something different, rather than rehash old material. This includes the musical numbers, which don’t include reprises of any the classics, but instead feature new creations by Marc Shaiman. As Magee tell it,

The truth is, from the very beginning, we knew how loved the first film was, and we wanted to pay homage to it and make reference to it, but we wanted to make sure that when you started our film, you were watching a new story, a new installment. The hope is that once we’ve gotten you fully into our world, we could use little tiny references or turns of phrase in music to remind you of a connection, but not constantly rely on the original to say, ‘See? See?!’ We thought it was more respectful to earn your interest in this movie, and then make it a much fuller experience by connecting it to the old film.

This is probably the right way to go, and will hopefully allow Mary Poppins Returns to stand on its own two feet. Or float slightly above the ground on an umbrella. But the new film certainly appears to have plenty of connections to its predecessor, while also paying homage with the myriad newcomer characters.

For instance, the legendary Angela Lansbury will be playing a character known as Balloon Lady. How she functions within the narrative in a mystery, but she’s likely a nod to Mary Poppins‘ Bird Lady, and the haunting ballad sung by Julie Andrews. While Dick Van Dyke’s Bert won’t be present in the sequel, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Jack is reportedly playing Bert’s apprentice.

The subject matter of Mary Poppins Returns does look to be somber, perhaps moreso than Mr. Banks’ quest for self fulfillment in the original film. Mary returns to Cherry Tree Lane when tragedy strikes the Banks family. Smart money says it’s Michael losing his wife, and therefore his three kids losing their mother. The House of Mouse loves to kill off parental characters, so it’s par for the course in that way. But the darker subject matter may open up new possibilities for Mary and the Banks children.

It also appears that we’ll learn more about Mary Poppins herself in Returns, as we’ll be meeting another member of her family. Meryl Streep is playing Topsy, Mary’s eccentric cousin. Perhaps he’s related to her Uncle Albert, who sang the iconic song “I Love To Laugh” in the original movie.

Mary Poppins Returns will fly into theaters umbrella in hand on December 19th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet Reviews Are Up, Here’s What Critics Are Saying

2012’s Wreck-It Ralph tackled the nostalgic landscape of arcade games through a pair of misfit characters, a soft-hearted brute named Ralph (John C. Reilly) and fast-talking and witty Vanellope (Sarah Silverman). Disney Animation isn’t typically one to revisit its feature films, (the company’s last theatrical sequel was Fantasia 2000) but today’s continuously expansive world of gaming and the internet just begged for a sequel for the pixelated pals.

Ralph Breaks the Internet has Ralph and Vanellope venturing through a Wi-Fi router and into the World Wide Web, providing boundless opportunities for the studio to poke fun and create an animated world for the internet in Disney’s legendary fun and imaginative fashion. While the Disney sequel doesn’t hit theaters until November 21, reviews are making their way on the web as well. For the most part, critics are happily greeting Ralph to the internet, though not without a few bugs to point out.

First off, CinemaBlend‘s own Eric Eisenberg awarded Ralph Breaks the Internet 4 out of 5 stars. While he thought that its narrative didn’t quite measure up to its first film, its strong character development made it a worthwhile and entertaining watch. In his words:

It’s a story that serves as a fantastic extension of the original, constructing a narrative that is a natural evolution from where the last one left off, and is packed to the brim with surprises, meta references and immense creativity that will keep you smiling and laughing throughout.”

Leading up the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet, the film has marketed itself around its clever references to the internet we all love and hate at the same time. The movie will also include a highly-anticipated scene with all of the Disney Princesses in one room with Vanellope. Bryan Bishop of The Verge found a particular strength of the film in the studio’s ability to poke fun at itself, something we don’t often see in a Disney movie. Here’s what he said:

What really makes Ralph Breaks the Internet stand apart isn’t the jokes about online culture; it’s the way the film is able to cleverly send up classic Disney movies. Where the original film poked fun at games, this time, the subject of critique is the company’s own legacy. And it’s a smarter, more entertaining film for it.

Not everyone enjoyed Ralph Breaks the Internet‘s dependence on commenting on the World Wide Web though. Alonso Duralde from The Wrap felt the movie not only recycled much of its previous film’s themes and ideas, but to the point that it felt unoriginal. In his words:

As Ralph and Vanellope make their way through various recognizable areas of the web, it feels more than a little like the characters in The Emoji Movie traveling from app to app, and that’s no good for anyone. “Wreck-It Ralph” was no masterpiece, but it never felt nearly as phoned-in as this chapter.

A sequel is always at risk of repeating itself or not standing on its own as well as before. Another roadblock potentially facing Ralph Breaks the Internet is its use of branding within the movie due to the subject matter revolving around quite a few products Disney has a stake in. Polygon‘s Karen Han notices this, but found the emotional center of the story out-weighs its frequent product placement. In her words:

The film is unquestionably a corporate product; there’s a lot of very blatant Disney peacocking going on. But it seems that Wreck-It Ralph‘s singular core is strong enough to keep its sequel from taking on the patina of a cynical, algorithm-generated product — in fact, it’s the polar opposite. Confession: I began involuntarily tearing up about halfway through the film, and kept crying on and off until the movie came to an end.

I’d say bring tissues, but haven’t we grown expect shedding a few tears at Disney’s animated films? Each of the studio’s films usually have an unexpected and important deeper message to tell. For Collider‘s Matt Goldberg, Ralph Breaks the Internet is about toxic relationships, which is tackled via a new dynamic between Ralph and Vanellope, whereas one is satisfied and the other wants to grow. In Goldberg’s words:

Where the film shines is the friendship story and it shows how Disney Animation is pushing itself harder to tell new stories. They could have simply done “Friendship is good” and Ralph is a good friend to Vanellope by sacrificing himself in some way (similar to the last movie). But instead, Ralph Breaks the Internet goes deeper, showing the dangers of being a bad friend by having Ralph engage in duplicitous behavior to try and save his friendship with Vanellope.

While the Disney sequel isn’t without its flaws, critics are praising the studio for its ambition and ability to switch up how and why they tell stories. According to Variety‘s Peter Debruge, the film uses this opportunity to tell a nuanced story for all ages and shows a potential movement in what stories Disney is trying to tell, saying:

Ralph is a disruptor by design, and in many ways, he’s the ideal character to bring about the next seismic shift, creating a space where the studio can poke fun at itself, while creating a more enlightened narrative for fans. The movie isn’t all laughs, however, managing to surprise at times by how nuanced the animation can be.”

You can of course decide for yourself where Ralph Breaks the Internet comes to theaters on November 21. As for what else the rest of the year has in store theatrically, check out our holiday movie guide for that information.

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Venom Just Launched Sony To A Box Office Milestone

After handing off Spider-Man creatively to the MCU, Sony took a huge gamble when it decided it was going to forge ahead and build-out a cinematic universe of Spider-Man characters without the web-slinger himself. That gamble has not only paid off, but is looking smarter and smarter by the day. Sony is the symbiote’s host and Venom‘s continued success has just launched the studio to a box office milestone of $2+ billion internationally on the year.

Thanks in large part to a massive $111 million opening weekend in China, Venom will cross $500 million at the international box office this week. That overseas success has pushed Sony’s foreign box office total for 2018 through Monday to $2.001 billion according to Deadline. That is the first time Sony has crossed that threshold this early in the year since 2012, when it released a whole host of foreign successes including The Amazing Spider-Man, MIB 3 and Hotel Transylvania.

Venom already pushed Sony’s domestic box office past $1 billion on the year but the overseas markets are where the symbiote is really shining. In addition to the Chinese box office, which was $134.8 million through Tuesday, Venom has also performed well in Russia, Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico and France.

Thanks to that stellar foreign performance, Venom‘s worldwide total now sits at over $700.1 million. That puts Venom on track to likely hit $800 million worldwide. In so doing it would vault over Fox’s Deadpool 2 and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible Fallout to snag the fifth highest worldwide gross on the year.

This would be pretty impressive, considering those two films are in established and popular franchises with name recognition and where audiences knew what to expect. Venom is an established character, but Tom Hardy in the role and Sony’s universe are new. Clearly that didn’t stop the parasite from leeching every dollar it could out of a willing global audience.

Venom is a hit but it wasn’t the only film that helped Sony’s overseas box office hit the $2 billion mark so quickly this year. The team effort included stellar overseas performances from kids titles Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which earned $358.4 million and Peter Rabbit, which took in $263 million. But pulling the largest portion of Sony’s weight besides Venom was Sony’s 2017 holdover, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which earned $398.6 million in 2018.

Sony isn’t looking to take the holidays off to enjoy its billions either as the studio has two major titles left this year. First, Sony is hoping the Spider love extends to the animated realm with the marvelous looking Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and then Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for Holmes & Watson.

Check out those titles and the other big blockbusters and awards contenders hitting theaters this holiday season in our Holiday Movie Guide.

Henry Golding Says Becoming Famous Has Been Hard After Crazy Rich Asians

Occasionally movies do come out that propel new talents to unprecedented amounts of fame. For Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, the switch from unknown actor to Hollywood heartthrob happened very quickly. In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, the actor recounted how it felt to go out in public after Crazy Rich Asians was released in August. Golding said of the experience,

It’s one thing to be John Boyega and willingly jump into something like the Star Wars universe that already has legions of vocal fans. It’s very much another to sign on to a romantic comedy like Crazy Rich Asians and suddenly become a well-known star.

Henry Golding wasn’t a totally unknown when he landed the role in the Singapore-set comedy. Previously, he’d hosted BBC World News’ The Travel Show and had filmed other travel projects like Surviving Borneo. However, hosting a minorly popular TV program is not the same thing as starring in a big budget movie. Two big budget movies, now, if you count his fairly hefty role in A Simple Favor.

In fact, he was so into not acting, he actually told director Jon M. Chu no several times when they tried to get him to audition for the gig.

His life now is in stark contrast to how Hollywood viewed Henry Golding before Crazy Rich Asians debuted. He also talked a little bit with GQ about filming the project and taking meetings for upcoming work that did not go nearly as well when he was still an unknown. He said:

While Crazy Rich Asians was popular with a loyal faction of readers before it made its big screen debut, it’s not super surprising that Hollywood producers weren’t in the know before the Warner. Bros. title came out. It is a little more surprising that Henry Golding felt in his bones that it would be a winner for the studio.

Before its release, Crazy Rich Asians definitely wasn’t a solid bet. Those involved with the film had turned down a pretty lucrative Netflix deal in order to give the flick a big screen release. The bet ended up paying off, as the movie made close to $236 million worldwide. This is on a $30 million budget, so the numbers are not too shabby.

Henry Golding should be returning to the big screen with the Crazy Rich Asians sequel China Rich Girlfriend. In the meantime, his newfound status as a famous dude has landed him gigs in upcoming projects Monsoon, Last Christmas and Toff Guys.

Black-ish Honored Prince In All The Best Ways During Its 100th Episode

ABC’s hit comedy black-ish arrived at a major milestone on Tuesday: its 100th episode. To mark the occasion, the sitcom commemorated the legacy of late music icon, Prince, which led to multiple tributes via the characters recreating the hit-makers’ songs and notable music videos. Check out Anthony Anderson’s Dre performing “Kiss” below:

Thanks to the Johnsons reminiscing about the wonder that is Prince, fans also gained an intriguing insight into Dre and Bow’s first date. As it turns out, Prince played a pivotal role in the couple’s love story, and Dre shared how the iconic singer’s music gave him a pivotal confidence boost to overcome a bad first date with his future wife.

Theoretically speaking, if Dre had not experienced the power of Prince — if not Prince’s wardrobe — there might not have been a second date. Personal touches like that were woven throughout the special episode of black-ish.

Dre was not the only one to perform a Prince recreation, either. There were multiple tributes throughout the 100th episode. Tracee Ellis Ross’ Bow got in on the action too. She takes Prince’s “Erotic City” to an empowering level in the video below:

During the episode, Dre and Bow shared the wonder of the singer’s talent with their kids, hoping the younger generation would equal their enthusiasm and affection for the singer. Jack was especially hesitant to come aboard, though he did eventually come around to praise the music legend before the episode of black-ish came to a close. (His flashback was quite different from the rest, too.)

Dre and Bow’s kids did join in on the fun, though. Zoe, Junior, and Diane all honored the singer in different ways. Junior shared that Prince’s music had also had an impact on him, leading to his totally SFW recreation of “Sexy M.F.” Find out how exactly Prince inspired him, via the video clip from black-ish below:

Would it be a tribute to Prince without “Purple Rain?” If your answer was “no” than do not worry, because black-ish had it covered thanks to Diane. Check out Dre and Bow’s daughter rocking that signature look for her take on “Purple Rain.”

In the end, black-ish completed its special installment with another Prince hit — “Nothing Compares 2 U.” This time, the entire family joined in, and all with their live vocals too! Along with the songs mentioned above, black-ish also paid video tribute to “When Doves Cry” and “Sign O’ The Times.” In all, the episode encompassed quite a bit of Prince’s stunning catalog.

Having now arrived at its 100th episode, black-ish has hit the number of episodes traditionally needed for syndication, so we might get to see it popping up elsewhere on TV soon. Thankfully, black-ish opted to avoid doing some kind of clip show, and instead commemorated Prince. The singer passed away two years ago, and his legacy lives on, with this episode of the ABC hit honoring him in ways he hopefully would have chuckled at.

New episodes of black-ish air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The show is among many shows hitting primetime this fall.