Anne Hathaway’s A Star Is Born Review Is Super Heartfelt

We’ve finally entered that season where many of the movies that will be awards contenders next year are being released. In the last couple weeks, A Star is Born has shown that it will likely be part of that bunch, having earned critical acclaim across the board. One of the movie’s numerous supporters is actress Anne Hathaway, who took to social media to heap more praise onto A Star is Born. In her heartfelt review, Hathaway said:

Anne Hathaway has starred in a variety of films over her two-decade acting career, including awards-worthy fare like Rachel Getting Married and Les Miserables, but like most of the population, she also likes to watch movies when not on the job. Clearly A Star is Born left a big impact on her since she was willing to share her thoughts on the movie to her followers.

As Anne Hathaway noted, like many people, she has a tendency to love something, but then quickly get distracted by the next thing and not “fully digest” the previous experience. So for A Star is Born, although Hathaway saw it at the end of summer, she decided to highlight how much she enjoyed the movie now that the public gets to see it rather than leave it as yet another standard “consumption” of “great art.” The actress also stated in her Instagram review:

Usually when well-received movies are being advertised after release, the marketing team features words of praise from print and digital outlets. But with A Star is Born, maybe its team should consider spotlighting Anne Hathaway’s kind words. Clearly the actress loved it, and she has a big enough fanbase that seeing her appreciation towards A Star is Born might convince some of those fans to check it out.

The fourth remake of the original, 1937 A Star is Born, this latest version, which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed), follows in its predecessors’ footsteps by following a veteran musician who takes a young, aspiring singer under his wing, and the two soon become romantically involved. The cast also includes Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle and Andrew Dice Clay.

Don’t forget to read CinemaBlend’s review of A Star is Born and, if you’ve seen it, leave us your thoughts on it in the comments below. As for what else is hitting theaters before the year is over, head to our 2018 release schedule for that information.

Crazy Rich Asians Will Open In China After All, So Back Up The Money Trucks

Jon M. Chu’s summer hit Crazy Rich Asians already has made boatloads of cash. It’s about to make a lot more. After dominating multiple global markets, the Warner Bros. release has secured a China release date. How do you think it will play there?

Before it even opens in China — which will happen on November 30, according to The Hollywood ReporterCrazy Rich Asians already banked a staggering $228 million in estimated worldwide ticket sales. This off of a reported budget of $30 million, according to stats on BoxOfficeMojo. Every studio in town would trade a limb for profit margins of that size.

That being said, a release in China was never a guarantee for Crazy Rich Asians. As THR notes, the film’s “celebration of decadence” amongst the wealthy Asians characters might be seen as off-putting by China’s strict content regulators.

In fact, Warner Bros. appeared to be bracing for the fact that they wouldn’t get to open Crazy Rich Asians in China, as their initial appeals to the Chinese regulators over the summer — when Jon M, Chu’s movie opened — were met with silence and inactivity. This led several analysts to conclude that the movie had been rejected. And now, to the studio’s delight, the movie received the Nov. 30 release date, and the marketing of the film to Chinese audience likely can begin.

This is a huge win for a movie that already has enjoyed several wins. The adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel was both critically acclaimed and financially supported. The film performed admirably against a slew of summer blockbusters, dominating the end-of-season August slate (with no real competition outside of The Meganother Warner Bros. film). Even without the Chinese release, Crazy Rich Asians is a massive hit.

We can only imagine what the movie’s final number will be now that it’s going to play in Asia’s richest box-office territory.

This is only the beginning for this franchise. Because Crazy Rich Asians performed so well, establishing itself as a crowd-pleaser, Warner Bros. went ahead and greenlit the follow up movie, China Rich Girlfriend. Jon M. Chu is returning to helm the sequel, which also is based on a Kevin Kwan novel, furthering the story of key characters like Nick and Rachel, Eddie Cheng and Astrid Teo, to name just a few.

Planning on China Rich Girlfriend is still underway. There’s no release date, as Crazy Rich Asians is still in some theaters. But once WB sees the ticket sales flowing in from China come November and early December, we can guarantee that the script process will happen sooner rather than later.

The Rebooted Charmed Has Premiered, Here’s What Audiences Think

There is often a dichotomy between critics and audience reviews and with the 2018 Charmed reboot, it seems to be no different. The show premiered on The CW on Sunday night and ahead of its premiere it earned decent reviews, snagging a 70% positive rating on the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Fans seemingly liked it less, as the same site ranks fan reviews at 33%.

However, after the show actually aired, a slew of people took to social media with strong thoughts about the Charmed reboot premiere. Good to meh to great reviews all had strong showings, and we’ve culled through some of the best comments.

Related to the new show, there are a lot of positives fans of the original show saw in the new series. For instance, one Twitter user really liked that Andy is now a female character.

Other people really didn’t like what the new Charmed ones brought to the series. One user went so far as to call the reboot “garbage,” noting,

Some users weren’t totally open about their ultimate love or hate for the new CW drama remake, but they did at least point out things they thought worked about the series:

Finally, one user was not impressed by the pilot, but at least is ready to give Charmed a second view during Episode 2 to see whether or not the show might become something more watchable.

All in all, a lot of people have been keeping an eye on the Charmed remake as it came together. Much of the spotlight on the show came because the cast of the original Charmed did not seem keen about the CW remaking the popular drama, about a series of sisters who are good witches. Holly Marie Combs, in particular talked about how a reboot just made it clear that the actresses in the original series are aging and that reboots “fair better” when they at least look to the roots of the original as source material.

Still, The CW pressed forward with the new concept and the girls on the new show have been really congenial about the situation. They’ve noted they feel “really lucky” to be able to reboot the series, even if they haven’t been fully backed by the original cast. We’ll still have to wait and see whether or not the new production ends up building a big audience on network TV, although we know the premiere hit with a middling 1.54 episodes.

New episodes of Charmed will air on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, only on The CW.

Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson Call Off Engagement After Mac Miller’s Death

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson weren’t romantically intertwined for a super long time, but the pop singer and the comedian have certainly shared an eventful engagement together. Since they first became an item back in May, it didn’t take long for the couple to get tattoos for one another, dedicate songs in each others’ honor and ultimately get engaged after being in a relationship for a mere two weeks. Now, those days have come to an abrupt end.

As it was recently announced, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have separated, and their heavily-reported engagement is officially finished. Many fans of the musician and comedian are likely discouraged to hear the heartbreaking news, and while there are no official reasons announced as to why the couple decided to call it quits, it might reportedly have something to do with the tragic death of Mac Miller, whom Grande dated before Davidson.

TMZ speculates that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson found a stumbling block in their romantic relationship when Mac Miller was taken from this world last month. Grande is allegedly not in a great emotional headspace since the unexpected death of her former longtime boyfriend, and though she did what she could to help Miller find sobriety, it ultimately wasn’t enough. This emotional unrest might be the reason why she decided to not be Saturday Night Live‘s musical guest during its season premiere a few weeks ago; she was replaced by Kanye West instead.

Upon Mac Miller’s death, sources reportedly close to Ariana Grande claim she needed to reevaluate her life and where she stood. She ultimately felt, according to reports, that she couldn’t be in a committed relationship — particularly one that escalated in such a quick, rapid fashion. That said, this news comes as a surprise to many people; Grande was reportedly close to Davidson during Saturday Night Live‘s latest episode. The implosion of their relationship might’ve happened over the weekend, and now, it seems the young, famous celebrities are no longer linked in each other’s arms.

It has been a rollercoaster of a relationship, and it has also been a pretty, well, revealing one too. But the lightning-fast escalation of their coupling, mixed with the high publicity of their bond and Pete Davidson’s own history of troubles, was perhaps a reason for concern for the young celebs. Combined with the reported heartache and deep-seated sadness that Ariana Grande allegedly feels in the wake of Mac Miller’s death, these factors could paint a picture as to why the couple decided to end their engagement and separate as a couple. It’s unclear if they’ll come back to one another given time.

Of course, one cannot know for certain from a distance what caused these celebrities to terminate their romance. We can only hope that Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande find some individual peace during this difficult time away from each other.

Creature Actor Javier Botet Reveals New Star Trek: Discovery Role

When Hollywood needs a tall and lanky actor willing to spend hours in a restrictive suit or makeup, there are only a handful of people casting agents can call. Star Trek: Discovery already has one of the world’s most notable creature actors Doug Jones as Saru, but apparently the show needed another for Season 2. Now, Javier Botet has been cast for a creature role in an upcoming episode.

Javier Botet explained he’s filming in Toronto for Star Trek: Discovery and that he’s currently signed on for one episode. Botet will, as usual, be in full makeup and portray an unknown creature that Star Trek viewers may be familiar with. Botet kept the identity of his character secret in a recent interview, but did give a bit of information to get folks guessing:

Javier Botet’s comment to Bloody Disgusting can be interpreted a couple of different ways, both of which revolve around his use of the word “old.” Botet could be saying that his creature is a classic villain from the original Star Trek days and that fans will recognize his character when they see him onscreen. Botet could also be saying that his creature is old in the sense that it’s part of an ancient civilization or some centuries-old being.

The latter theory could mean Javier Botet is linked to the mystery of the Red Angel. Star Trek: Discovery viewers have theorized this mysterious creature showcased in recently released footage is actually an Iconian, a Star Trek species thought to be wiped out long ago. Later Star Trek shows would appear to reveal that’s not the case, and while the creatures never appeared in a series, they were shown in a Star Trek video game.

Iconian representations in Star Trek Online show completely alien-looking creatures with tall and slender frames. Additionally, their civilization is described as “ancient,” which would explain the use of “old” by the also tall and slender Javier Botet. Iconian theories aside, the Red Angel appears to have a frame similar to that of Botet and could certainly be the creature he’s been asked to portray for Star Trek: Discovery.

It’s also entirely possible Botet is portraying a “monster of the week” type creature and his time on Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery will be short-lived. Javier Botet did say he’s only a part of one episode, although the “for now” he added on could also be a tease that there’s a chance this character could return. It could also mean Star Trek: Discovery has more creature roles for Botet in the future, as recasting an actor in a different role isn’t a huge deal when their body is almost entirely concealed by makeup.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is expected to arrive on CBS All Access in 2019. Many shows will be premiering before that, of course, so head on over to our fall premiere guide and see what’s on the way.

Angelina Jolie Looks Totally Unrecognizable In New Movie Come Away

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Angelina Jolie on the big screen, but one of her next films has her looking unlike we’re used to seeing her. The film is called Come Away and it co-stars the actress and David Oyelowo as the parents of a pair of children who escape into their own imaginations, where they become Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. The new movie has wrapped filming and Oyelowo recently celebrated with a photo that shows how much Angelina Jolie has transformed for the role. Check it out.

Angelina Jolie usually has dark hair but we see her here as a blonde. She’s dressed all in black, which makes her skin look that much more pale by comparison. If you didn’t know Angelina Jolie was in this photo, it wouldn’t be that difficult to miss her entirely.

The fact that Angelina Jolie looks so different is likely due to the requirements of the role. Come Away deals with parents who have lost a child through some sort of traumatic accident. Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo get lost in their own despair over the loss, resulting in the child’s siblings retreating into their own fantasies.

The story is being billed as a sort of prequel to both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, as the children will apparently become these characters in their fantasy worlds. Whether the idea is that they become the inspirations for the books, or actually become the characters isn’t clear. David Oyelowo calls the movie a “magical” reimagining so it seems like the latter is very much a possibility. Either way, it seems the film’s darker overtones may be lightened by letting the audience escape into the fantasy the same way the children do.

We can see those children in the front of the image David Oyelowo posted to Instagram. Not everybody of note in the film is in the picture. Michael Caine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw both have roles in the film as well, though I can’t find them here.

We haven’t actually seen Angelina Jolie in a feature film since 2015’s By the Sea so Come Away, while it doesn’t have a release date at the moment, will probably be her first film on the screen in years. While Maleficent 2 was filmed first, it won’t hit theaters until 2020.

However she looks, it’s great to see Angelina Jolie getting in front of the camera again. Jolie has still been working over the last few years, but she’s been working as a producer or director more than as an actress recently. She’s also been working as a voice actress, so she’s been heard on screen and simply not seen. She was part of Kung-Fu Panda 3 in 2016 and will also be lending her voice to the upcoming The One and Only Ivan.

With Come Away now going into post-production, it will be at least several more months before we see the finished film. This certainly sounds like the sort of movie that could be a strong holiday movie, and potentially even an awards contender, so a release around this time next year is highly likely.

How Much Titans Will Explore Robin’s Past, According To Geoff Johns

The first episode of Titans has made its debut on DC Universe! Among the characters taking center stage is Dick Grayson aka Batman’s first Robin — relationship that in and of itself offers a lot of backstory to sift through. With one episode down, it stands to reason you may be curious how much Titans will explore Robin’s past. Well, executive producer Geoff Johns has revealed the answer. Speaking to CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes at the red carpet of New York Comic Con, Johns said:

Geoff Johns’ answer is especially exciting when you consider one especially tantalizing tidbit. There will be flashbacks to Robin’s past in Titans. Why does that matter? It means that instead of solely relying on monologues to reveal the history, viewers will get to watch it unfold. There is something to be said for using that technique. Johns also hints there will be more flashbacks than people expect. So, it sounds like it will not be a sparsely-utilized thing.

Titans executive producer John Fawcett also weighed in with insight on how the series will handle Robin’s past. What Fawcett teases builds on what those have seen the trailer may be anticipating. That would be the strained relationship between Dick/Robin and Batman. Suffice it to say; the two of them are not in a great place when Titans picks. As part of Dick’s story, Titans will explore that. Fawcett said:

As previously teased, assembling the group known as Titans will be at the fore of Season 1. So, John Fawcett’s reveal follows suit, with previous hints of what the freshman installment will entail. As for Batman and Robin, Titans has a lot of ground to cover. In a promo clip from Season 1, Robin is shown meeting his replacement. This means Batman has at least moved on in the sense of finding another Robin.

As seen in the clip, that is something that clearly stings Robin 1.0. Well, that and Robin 2.0 seems to have been vested with more to do than Batman gave Dick, all of which hints at a sibling rivalry of sorts. Whatever the history that made Robin want to part ways with Batman, it is more than a “child-parent” rebellion. Actor Brenton Thwaites previously teased that fans would learn that Batman has gone a bit far when Titans picks up.

Add to that their crime-fighting past and the duo share a complicated relationship, to say the least. With Dick Grayson stepping away from Batman, there will be a lot for Titans to investigate emotionally. Fans are used to exploring Batman without Robin. How Robin is without a Batman has been a lesser explored theme.

Find out how Titans will handle it when new episodes of Season 1 premiere, Fridays on DC Universe. As of October 12, there are eleven more episodes set to debut on the new streaming platform. The superhero drama is among a vast amount of new television offerings available to stream this fall.

The Possession Of Hannah Grace Trailer Is Disturbing But Awesome

Exorcisms. Do they ever go right? It seems that each time well-intentioned people try to coax the devil out of some man or woman, more problems are created. The Possession of Hannah Grace looks to continue Satan’s unbroken win streak. Take a look at this disturbing trailer:

There’s a good set-up behind Diederik Van Rooijen’s The Possession of Hannah Grace. The movie seems to know that we have seen demonic-possession stories before, and so it needs a new avenue into the narrative, or else it’s all going to feel recycled and stale.

Enter Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell), a cop — fresh out of rehab — who takes the graveyard shift at the morgue. She’s told that the new body that just arrived died during an exorcism. She’s also told that if an exorcism ends before it’s completed, the evil spirit needs to find a new vessel. (Never heard that one before, but OK.) And from there, according to this trailer, Megan’s night looks to get very, very creepy.

Now, why the hell is this movie opening in November? And over the Thanksgiving holiday frame? This HAS to be an October release, aimed at Halloween crowds, does it not? Maybe The Possession of Hannah Grace is afraid of the actual Halloween movie that’s opening in theaters and is poised to suck up all of the scary oxygen in theaters? Because outside of that, I can’t quite figure out why Screen Gems is holding this, and entering into a marketplace that also has Creed II, Wreck-it Ralph 2 and the remnants of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridelwald.

By the looks of the trailer, The Possession of Hannah Grace has a few good scares going for it. Yes, it seems to resemble the body horror that comes with a lot of demonic-possession stories, and poor Kirby Johnson, the actress playing Hannah, seems to have has a horrific time on set. This may rival Suspiria for the most disturbing body twists of 2018.

But if the screenplay for this movie comes close to generating some surprises, this could satisfy some horror fans who are missing out on the thrills of October come Thanksgiving, allowing them to head back out to the theaters for one more disturbing feature film, before December gives way to the bigger blockbusters like Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns.

We don’t know much about the filmography of The Possession of Hannah Grace director Diederik Van Rooijen, so for this one, we have to rely on the trailer to get is excited. This one does just that. Do you think you will give this a shot when it comes out on November 30th?

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The Weird Instructions Claudia Kim Was Given To Play Nagini The Snake In Fantastic Beasts

Claudia Kim’s character in the new Fantastic Beasts movie is one of the most talked about aspects of the new film. She will play Nagini, a character seen only as a snake in the original run of Harry Potter movies that will have a human form in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The actress says that the fact that she’s playing a character that is part human and part snake led to some interesting direction on the set of the new film. Kim needed to bring some aspects of the snake into her own performance, but exactly how much snake she needed to bring was quite specific. According to Kim.

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Claudia Kim plays a woman suffering from a blood curse. She has the ability to transform into a snake and is using the ability to make a living as a circus performer. However, the two aspects of the character are not entirely separate and Kim needed to bring aspects of the snake into her own performance as well. She actually worked with a contortionist in order to bring the physicality necessary to be a snake.

While one could certainly understand director David Yates asking Claudia Kim to bring more or less snake into the performance, he apparently took things a step further than that. I’m not sure what the difference is between 2% or 5% more snake would be, and it sounds like Kim didn’t either, though it sounds like she eventually figured it out.

It may be that David Yates‘ specific requests of Kim were born from the fact that he knew she was the right actress to play Nagini from very early on. He tells Entertainment Weekly that her performance was more moving than any of the others. Perhaps if he knew she was capable of this, he felt she could also perfect her snake performance. According to Yates…

The initial revelation that Claudia Kim was playing Nagini was met with some skepticism from fans who felt that making the subservient Nagini a Korean woman, seemingly after the fact, was the wrong way to increase diversity in the Wizarding World. Though, as she frequently does, J.K. Rowling has disagreed with that assessment quite publicly.

It sounds like, whatever your thoughts on Nagini’s backstory, Claudia Kim has given it her all to bring the character to life for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We’ll see just how much snake she brought to the role next month.

Meghan Markle Is Pregnant, Will Not Adjust Tour Due To Zika Risks

The royal family will soon get bigger. As it was formally announced earlier today, Meghan Markle, the newly appointed Duchess of Sussex, and her husband Prince Harry seem very excited to share the news they are going to have their first child together as a royal couple. The little bundle of British baby joy is estimated to arrive in the spring of 2019. The news came from the official Kensington Palace social media account. Here’s what Kensington Palace wrote:

As it was announced on the Kensington Palace Twitter account, the expecting child is the first to be shared between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and it represents the next step in their marriage after the Royal wedding in May. This baby news is the next step in the lives shared by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they were appointed earlier this year. And while it is a big step for them, we’ve heard they are not planning on changing their upcoming world tour plans.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to continue on their tour schedule, which includes a visit to Fiji and Tonga. The Zika virus has been detected in this location. However, despite the recent baby news, Harry and Markle are not planning to change their future travel plans in the least. The famous married couple is being considerate and mindful of the virus, though. They have sought medical advice about the Zika virus, which can cause concerning birth deficiencies, including microcephaly, ahead of their future traveling plans, as People is reporting.

Similar to the West Nile disease, the Zika virus can be contracted by mosquitos, notably the Aedes aegypti mosquito. When one is bitten by an infected mosquito, they become carriers, and if they are pregnant with a growing child inside, they might be carrying the virus into the fermenting baby in them. If the virus is transmitted through the amniotic fluid of the pregnant woman, the child might contract microcephaly, which causes the newborn child’s head to be smaller than normal children’s heads. It can result in developmental challenges and potentially even death, depending on the severity of it.

At this time, there are no vaccines or cures for the disease, which makes the prospect of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s travels seem rather. Regardless, medical experts believe that Markle can be kept out of harm’s way if she takes the proper precautions and plans during this forthcoming traveling.

Furthermore, the official Kensington Palace account also claimed the newly married couple have “appreciated” the enthusiasm and gratification they have received since their marriage in May, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want people to know they’re “delighted” to share the baby news.

Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for baby news! It’s sure to be an exciting time for the Royal family, and we’ll continue to keep you posted on all the latest developments within the Kenginston Palace right here at CinemaBlend.