Currently, AMC Stubs A-List is a $19.95 service that allows its members to see up to 3 movies per week at any AMC location and any format offered by the chain, including IMAX and 3D. It also includes advanced ticketing, free concession upgrades and a reward point system. A few changes for AMC Stubs A-List are set to go into effect on January 9, 2019. For residents from Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and District of Colombia, the price will go up to $21.95 for new members. Subscribers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York would be charged $23.95 a month for the service.
Recently Amy Schumer shared some very big news with the public: she’s pregnant! And now she’s proven it too, via sonogram. The comedian/actress behind Inside Amy Schumer provided a video of herself watching the ultrasound for her first child, marveling at the growing baby and getting very emotional. For some fans and followers of the comedian, this might be the first time they learned that Schumer is currently with child. Check out the sonogram below.
Though the Instagram video is brief, it provides an intimate look at Amy Schumer being dazzled and delighted by the ultrasound footage of her child. In particular, Schumer is surprised by how much “energy” the unborn child has, and how the baby is “moving around” so much inside her belly right now.
Moreover, in the caption section for the video, Amy Schumer doesn’t provide any additional details about her first baby. Instead, the social media clip, which was posted last night, tells people how they can find their local polling places and how they can prepare for their ballots during today’s election. We don’t have any information about the moment as to when the child is set to be due, and we don’t know how long Amy Schumer has been preggers.
The baby news comes just months after Amy Schumer married her husband, chef Chris Fischer, during a surprise private ceremony away from the public eye. Their relationship was only announced to the public a few short days before they read their vows to each other, which suggests that Amy Schumer prefers to keep her private life, well, private. Despite the open, deeply confessional nature of her stand-up comedy and public persona, she values her secrets.
When the sudden wedding news was first announced, Amy Schumer stressed that she wasn’t pregnant. She wanted her fans to know that she didn’t embark on a quick trip down the alter because she was carrying a child at that time. She claimed she got married because she finally found the right person, and while she has expressed doubts in the past about having children, it seems she has changed her tune on the matter. She’s ready to enter motherhood and become a parent for the first time. Surely, this new addition to her life is going to bring some very interesting new stand-up material.
Amy Schumer’s last film was I Feel Pretty, which was released in the spring. She was previously attached to a film version of Barbie, but she dropped out of the project. She is currently on a nationwide stand-up tour, which is expected to continue through the holiday season. After that, however, there are no additional projects for Schumer currently in the works, and she’s still taking time away from her hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer. So it sounds like her pregnancy is her main focus for the present moment, which is completely understandable. Congratulations are also in order here!
We look forward to hearing more about Amy Schumer’s first child in the months to come. Meanwhile, for more celebrity updates about Amy Schumer and other high-profile people, be sure to visit CinemaBlend to know all the latest scoops.
For the longest time, the jury was out on Bohemian Rhapsody. If you happened to pay close attention to the behind-the-scenes drama, you knew that director Bryan Singer was dismissed from the project and replaced by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) for reasons that only Singer and producer Graham King will actually know. There were additional rumors that the movie’s star, Rami Malek, disagreed with Singer on several choices. Would it affect the overall movie, and would audience members care?
Well, both things ended up being true. The behind-the-scenes chaos and the movie’s approach to facts definitely impacted critics’ opinions of the movie. But audience members didn’t care. Occasionally, movies will post wildly different stats on the review-aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. This happened with Bohemian Rhapsody, which boasts a decent 60% Fresh grade from critics, but a whopping 94% positive for an Audience Score.
And on this election day, we point out that moviegoers also “voted” for Bohemian Rhapsody at the “polls” … er, ticket booth. Now that weekend actuals are out, Bohemian Rhapsody far exceeded expectations to post a healthy $51 million opening, blowing out its closest competitor in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($20 million). This even prompted The Guardian to write a column calling movies critic-proof, citing Bohemian‘s success.
That’s not accurate, but this movie did buck a trend by succeeding in a spot that many believed would lead to failure. And there are a number of reasons why. Two of them are connected, in my opinion. The music of Queen powered Bohemian Rhapsody to the top of the box office charts, and the use of Queen’s music in the marketing helped sell the movie.
When CinemaBlend travelled to London to participate in press activities for Bohemian Rhapsody, we discussed Queen’s popularity with the cast — notably, whether the band received the respect that they deserved as a classic rock outfit. Co-star Gwilym Lee, who plays guitarist Brian May in the movie, summed it up best when he said:
Their music is just so universal. You hear it so often that I think the danger is that you take it for granted. And I think what’s beautiful about this film is it actually forces you to address the idea of these songs being written for the first time, and what genius that took. They were the only band whose every member wrote a Number One single. They crossed all kinds of genres, all kinds of styles. And it’s what gives their music such longevity.
To that end, the marketing for Bohemian Rhapsody only needed one Queen song to really hook audiences — specifically, it only needed two foot stomps and a clap featured in “We Will Rock You” to help sell tickets to the movie.
You might not know every Queen song. But pretty much every person on the planet knows at least one Queen song, whether it be the song of the movie’s title, or the combo of “We Will Rock You” into “We Are The Champions.” And many audience members likely went to the theater to see the story of Queen so that they could HEAR those songs pumped through a Dolby speaker. Queen can’t perform live anymore. The Live Aid scenes from the movie might be the closest that any of us will come to seeing Freddie Mercury and Queen on stage.
Ah yes, Freddie. The other selling point on Bohemian Rhapsody for the opening weekend crowd appeared to be the transformation of Rami Malek into spicy frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s a performance that’s bringing Oscar weight along with it. Malek has a following from his work on Mr. Robot, and even the lukewarm reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody praised the young actor’s portrayal of the rock icon.
Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Look at Joaquin Phoenix channeling Johnny Cash for the 2005 hit Walk the Line. Or Jamie Foxx, doing a spot on Ray Charles in Ray. Or the ensemble behind Straight Outta Compton, powering that movie to a staggering $60 million opening in 2015. Those guys embodied the controversial rap group. (It helped that Ice Cube’s son played his dad in the movie, and is the spitting image.)
But the biggest difference between critics and crowds when it came down to Bohemian Rhapsody and how it was received seems to be one’s opinion on facts, and how they are presented in the movie. Several reviews took Bohemian Rhapsody to task for sloppy mistakes. Here’s one example: The band is shown playing their hit song “Fat Bottomed Girls” during a 1974 tour of the United States. In fact, they didn’t write that song until 1978, for the album Jazz.
Semantics, right? Well, it when you are creating the biopic of Queen. Since there’s unlikely to be another Queen movie any time soon — precious few bands get multiple silver-screen biopics dedicated to their history and accomplishments — this SHOULD be the one that gets the story right.
But the box office returns for Bohemian Rhapsody and the overwhelmingly positive Audience Score tell us that crowds who danced out of the movie theaters weren’t interested in nitpicking the details of Bryan Singer’s movie. They just wanted to be entertained, and the movie did that.
This won’t always be the case. If a movie happens to come out on a band or an artist who we are extremely familiar with, and the film plays fast and loose with the facts, the audience might be less forgiving. Imagine a U2 biopic that mixes up the order of the band’s album releases, or glances over Bono’s activism in favor of a surface glance at his songwriting abilities?
But in the case of Bohemian Rhapsody, and fresh off the heels of the equally successful movie-music drama A Star Is Born, audiences just wanted to hear Queen songs, and they wanted to hear them loud. The movie wasn’t treated as the definitive take on Queen’s legacy. It was viewed more as a tribute to their contributions to our classic-rock landscape, and the initial push at the theaters was a rousing success… reviews and factual inaccuracies be damned.
Will it continue? It’s hard to say. The competition steps up in two weeks, when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Instant Family roll into theaters. And it feels like The Grinch could dominate the box office in the upcoming frame, though it’s going for a different audience than Bohemian Rhapsody, so they both could have winning weekends.
But Fox has to be very happy with the overall performance of Bryan Singer’s Queen tribute, and now with some box-office clout at its back, BoRhap can focus on pushing Rami Malek in a Best Actor race that appears to have an open slot in its nomination category waiting for him.
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It’s fun to consider living in a world where Empire Entertainment is a real company, offering a full display of the dark personal lives of its revolving door of CEOs. Alas, the drama is all fictional, but at least it’s about to get even more hyped with the introduction of a dangerous criminal portrayed by The Wire vet Wood Harris. Don’t expect him to innocently slink up to Cookie and Lucious’ lives, either.
After having played the crime boss role of a lifetime as The Wire‘s Avon Barksdale, Wood Harris will creep into Empire as the good-looking and smooth-talking Damon Cross, who will first show up in this week’s episode “What is Done.” Damon is an international money launderer whose charm is undercut by a dangerous edge, and fans can expect to see the character show off just how intimidating he can be. Of course, we all know what happens to overly confident people on this show.
Damon isn’t making things easy for himself, either. He first meets up with Lucious ahead of a high-stakes poker game at the center of the episode, but it’s Cookie that Damon will be trying to sway with temptation. According to EW, Lucious is already wanting to take Damon down at one point, though it’s still up in the air whether that’s directly tied to Cookie or not. (If Damon ties himself to Cookie, though, that could do it.)
At this time, Wood Harris is joining Empire in a recurring capacity, which is great news for anyone hoping he wouldn’t be a one-and-done character in Season 5. This show isn’t one that ever really lacks enemies for Lucious and Cookie to lose their shit over, but those enemies have a way of taking permanent vacations after a while. I want to see Damon pulling the strings for as long as possible, though, assuming Harris nails the role as hard as expected.
If Wood Harris is only taking a recurring role in Season 5, could that mean he has something to do with the major death that’s been teased through flash-forwards? If Lucious gets in trouble with the feds, and suffers some blood-oozing injury, then it’s certainly possible that Damon could be the character who set those events in motion.
It’s far less possible that Damon will be the person whose coffin and funeral are being teased. This is mostly based on Luscious (assumedly) being apologetic to whoever died — he said “I’m sorry” standing above the casket — and the fact that Lucious gives a shit in the first place. If things go the way they normally do, Damon’s death isn’t one that will provide a body to put in said casket.
Even though he caught his biggest breaks on TV earlier in his career, Wood Harris has seemingly become much more comfortable on the big screen. Recent years have seen him in Ant-Man, Blade Runner 2049, Once Upon a time in Venice, and Creed. (He’ll be reprising the role of Little Duke in Creed II as well.) On the small screen, 2017 saw him in the BET drama The Breaks and BET’s miniseries The New Edition Story.
With many awkward answers and awkward questions to come, Empire airs Wednesday nights on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET. Elsewhere on the fall TV schedule, there are shows that don’t have quite as much violence, rap and Taraji P. Henson, but they’re still worth checking out.
It’s official: the Sexiest Man Alive in 2018 is … Idris Elba! The Luther actor has enjoyed enormous success on the stage, television and the silver screen, and this accomplishment courtesy of People is only the latest in his long-standing career. While most people aren’t surprised to see Idris Elba picked for this prestigious honor, there is one person who is seemingly taken aback by the choice selection: Elba himself. He admitted as much once the selection was made, but he certainly isn’t mad to be given such a rare honor. Here’s what Idris Elba said when he was picked as this year’s hot choice.
I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.
Only a handful of people know what it’s like to be named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. Idris Elba joins those ranks today, but he seems a bit bashful about the whole idea. The actor admits that he had to look at himself for a while (not a hard thing for him to do, admittedly), and try to assess how he got this noteworthy notification. But he is at least partly proud of himself to be considered the most handsome gentleman in the world, and admits that it is probably going to do a number on his ego. It’s hard to be named Sexiest Man Alive and not get at least a little cocky about it.
In any case, Idris Elba isn’t afraid to joke about the whole situation, at least. Shortly after his pondering thoughts, Elba also made the following crack.
What really went through my mind was ‘Again?’ No, I’m jokin’.
We’re glad Idris Elba isn’t taking the whole matter too seriously. While it’s certainly an honor to be named the most attractive person on the planet, at least for one year’s time, Elba recognizes that he shouldn’t let the whole thing go entirely to his head and that he should simply enjoy the compliment.
In addition to these comments for People, Idris Elba also celebrated the news on social media, where he also took the time to remind people to vote.
Meanwhile, Idris Elba remains as busy as ever, both as an actor and otherwise. Earlier this year, Elba jumped into the director’s chair with his feature debut Yardie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It doesn’t have a U.S. release date at the moment, but we expect this recent accomplishment might help him find some distributors in the midst. It was, however, released in Germany and the U.K. in August, and it’s soon set to be released in Portugal at the end of the month. We expect to hear something about its nationwide release momentarily, but for now, we’re left unsure.
As an actor in films, Idris Elba was recently seen in Avengers: Infinity War, and he is currently filming a role in Hobbs and Shaw, the forthcoming Fast & Furious spin-off with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. He is also reportedly lining up a role in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Cats, which is expected to hit theaters next year. It was also recently announced that he will be joining George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, the film that will serve as the director’s long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Elba will appear in the new movie alongside Tilda Swinton.
Then on television, Idris Elba is soon set to reappear as DCI John Luther in the new season of Luther, which is expected to make its premiere soon. He is also involved in the comedy series, In the Long Run, which the actor not only stars in but created. It’s the first time Idris Elba will serve as a show creator. And if that weren’t enough, Idris Elba also recently signed up for the new Netflix series, Turn It Up Charlie, where he will play the title character of Charlie. As we said, Idris Elba is keeping very, very busy these days. But he’s not afraid to take some time to celebrate this newest accomplishment.
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Rebel Wilson has been out and about lately promoting her new flick Isn’t It Romantic. The new movie is a rom-com that pokes fun at traditional rom-com tropes and Wilson plays the lead character in the movie. However, she came under fire recently for stating she’s “the first plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” Now, she’s apologizing for her former words, taking to Twitter to note:
Recently, Rebel Wilson dressed up for Halloween and popped over to The Ellen Show, where she and Ellen DeGeneres shared a few laughs and talked about Isn’t It Romantic. Most of the conversation was innocuous, but then she mentioned that she was the first woman who identifies as plus-size starring in a romantic comedy. People who saw the episode called Wilson out soon after on social media, mentioning some of the ladies above. You can take a look at the full clip, below.
Rebel Wilson actually eventually had a conversation about the topic with Mo’Nique on Twitter, where the two discussed the nature of being plus-size in Hollywood. Soon after the conversation, Rebel Wilson took to the social media site to talk more about the debate, her response and her feelings on the matter, noting,
When Isn’t It Romantic hits theaters next year, it will join a set of romantic comedies that do star women of all shapes and sizes. (It will also reunite Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine on the big screen, but that’s a story for a different day.) Rebel Wilson will be following in the footsteps of women like Just Wright‘s Queen Latifah with her latest project, and while she might not be the first plus-size woman to step into the genre, hopefully she will make her own mark.
If you are a sucker for rom-coms, you’ll be able to catch Isn’t It Romantic when it hits theaters on February 14, 2019. The movie will be one of the flicks competing for attention during the Valentine’s Day holiday next year, with Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel also coming out that week. We’ll keep you updated in regards to how each of those fares on that traditional date weekend and to see what all is hitting the schedule next year, be sure to take a look at our full guide.
It’s no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. Chief among them is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which brought serialized storytelling to the genre, and a ton of colorful characters to the silver screen. But with every studio creating shared universes of their own, the comic book genre can become a bit saturated and muddled.
Scott Derrickson directed 2016’s Doctor Strange for Marvel, introducing the Sorcerer Supreme to a wide audience for the first time, welcoming Benedict Cumberbatch into the shared universe in the process. He recently explained the point of his blockbuster, saying:
Well, this makes a great deal of sense. Doctor Strange’s title character had a massive arc throughout the course of the movie, and was a thoroughly changed man by the time he started crossing over with Marvel’s finest in Avengers: Infinity War. He was still a cocky guy, but his MCU debut was rooted in Stephen Strange’s personal growth.
Scott Derrickson’s recent Doctor Strange comments come to us from Twitter, where the director is known to regularly interacting with Marvel fans. This tidbit seemed unsolicited though, as it wasn’t a response to a fan tweet. Instead, Derrickson dropped some pearls of wisdom about the blockbuster without prompting, to fans’ joy.
When Stephen Strange is introduced at the start of Doctor Strange he’s pretty much insufferable. His ego is massive, and he treats everyone around him like they’re less than– including Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer. But the renowned surgeon is served a giant slice of humble pie after a horrifying car accident, where his hands were rendered useless and his career was seemingly ruined forever.
This sets off the film’s true events, as Stephen Strange attempts to find a mystical way to heal his wounds, and presumably set his life back on track. But he gets much more than he bargained for, and is trained by The Ancient One and Wong, before facing off against massively powerful foes like Kaecilius and Dormammu.
Both trauma and mysticism aren’t themes that typically run through the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. While Scarlet Witch was introduced back in Avengers: Civil War, her powers don’t actually seem to come from a magical place. Doctor Strange broke new ground in that way, opening up magic, mysticism, and mind-blowing visual affects for the shared universe.
Stephen Strange’s relationship to his car wreck is the root of his trauma, giving audiences a deeper look into the protagonist’s psyche. Suddenly he’s not just a textbook success with a god complex, but one with deep psychotic trouble.
Dakota Johnson recently stated that her role in Suspiria pushed her into therapy, but it seems there’s a bit more to the story. While she did apparently speak to a therapist after her role in the new horror film, it seems that this is a somewhat regular occurrence for the actress and not an indication that the new movie caused her to become mentally disturbed in any way. In fact, making the movie was actually a lot of fun. According to Johnson…
Dakota Johnson had made comments in the run-up to Suspiria‘s release that the movie “fucked me up so much that I had to go to therapy.” The statement certainly makes it sound like the movie had a negative impact on her emotional state, but it seems there were actually multiple emotions at play during the production.
Dakota Johnson specifically tells EW that her experience filming Suspiria was not traumatic. Quite the opposite. She uses words like “exhilarating,” and “joyful,” and “fun” to describe filming the movie. It seems that, unsurprisingly, the movie was capable of both being fun to make, and requiring Johnson to talk to somebody about the dark subject matter after the fact. It’s the difference between playing the character and being herself. Art is nothing if not versatile.
While the new remake of Suspiria that recently came out is being touted by many as being a truly disturbing and bizarre horror movie, any indication that it caused Dakota Johnson to be disturbed is going too far. While the actress does say here that the dark subject matter of the film did have an impact on her, it was only in a way that has happened to her before because of the way that she inhabits her characters. She just needed to talk herself out of the dark place that character brought her.
It’s actually great to get this clarification from Dakota Johnson. The actress is open and honest about the fact that she has, as needed, spoken with a therapist, and there’s no stigma attached. It’s a perfectly normal thing that really helps her. It’s something that could potentially help a lot of people and seeing it spoken in simple terms could help that happen.
While it is good the movie didn’t cause a breakdown, most probably wouldn’t have guessed that making Suspiria went quite so far in the other direction. It’s not difficult to see why some might have assumed that it was a harrowing experience. Being in the movie may not be traumatic, but watching surely was for some. Suspiria is meant to be visually and emotionally disturbing and by most accounts, the film succeeds.
Spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched The Walking Dead’s latest episode, in which Rick Grimes said bye-bye.
When “What Comes After” hit its end credits, The Walking Dead had left viewers in a massively confused state. Not only was Rick Grimes still alive, but the six-year time jump revealed his legacy has been extended thanks to the badass evolution of Judith Grimes. Also confusing was the glaring absence of Chandler Riggs’ Carl and Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori, but showrunner Angela Kang said leaving them out was intentionally part of the plan. Here’s how she explained it:
Hearing Angela Kang say that does help to dilute some of the curiosity tied to the show not bringing in the characters that Rick knew and loved the most through those earliest years. Rick needed the kind of inspiring hallucinations that would light a fire under his ass, even if they also happened to be pretty dark and depressing.
If Rick would have stumbled back into the West Georgia Correctional Facility at some point in the episode, and found Carl and Lori sitting together in the same spot where Lori died, that might have destroyed viewers. Especially if he would have feasibly found mental peace in their presence, leaving him to stop fighting to stay alive.
All things considered, it would have been pretty messed up had Rick chosen to welcome death after dreaming about Lori and Carl. Not to insult them or anything, but Rick had been living for a long while without Carl, and even longer without Lori. So I can’t imagine fans heaping praise on the character had he mentally brushed aside Michonne and Judith and the rest to find peace with his deceased family members.
For all that fans didn’t get to see Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori, her voice did indeed get used during the emotional episode. Of the various voices heard saying, “What’s your wound?” Lori’s was the one the came in just before Rick caught up with Shane. So at least that was threre to drive him forward, and it wasn’t even on the end of a broken telephone.
The Walking Dead is taking viewers into its future timeline during the next three episodes ahead of the hiatus, so be sure to tune in every Sunday night on AMC at 9:00 p.m. The entirety of fall TV will certainly have something to offer viewers needing more to watch when The Walking Dead goes on hiatus.
With so many moving parts and a lot of special effects, it’s no surprise making Star Wars movies is hard work. However, the difficulty for Adam Driver comes from something else. His issue is that, as the current trilogy’s big bad guy, he’s got to be an intense villain, which is actually quite difficult on the set of Star Wars movies because things are actually quite light and fun in between takes. According to Driver…
Adam Driver is known for being an intense actor on the set, and while he doesn’t really know where that comes from, he does admit that he likes to stay focused on his role while filming. He doesn’t go all in for method acting but apparently does try to keep Kylo Ren at the forefront of his mind when making the Star Wars movies. This is all fine and good while the cameras are rolling, but it apparently, he tells Vulture, gets complicated once the director yells “cut” as things get a little less than serious.
One imagines Adam Driver standing off to one side looking stoic while a Stormtrooper walks into a wall right in front of him. Driver tries not to laugh out loud. He probably fails. It’s a Saturday Night Live sketch in the making.
It’s not all that shocking that the general mood on a Star Wars set is one of humor. Most everybody involved in the current crop of films grew up watching the original trilogy, making most people incredibly excited to be part of the franchise now. While there’s certainly a responsibility involved, it also means that actors get to live out childhood dreams of swinging lightsabers and firing blasters. That has to be fun.
Whether or not Adam Driver is the only one trying to remain focused on his character in between takes, he’s certainly one of the few that needs to be quite so serious all the time. Most of the rest of the actors could be allowed to have some fun without completely acting out of character. Not so much for the ball of raw anger that is Ben Solo. He’s basically a walking temper tantrum. He pretty much hates everything and the idea of him even having fun for any reason is about the most implausible thing in the entire current Star Wars trilogy.
We’ll get to see what angry Ben Solo is like in Star Wars Episode IX when the movie finally arrives to cap off the new trilogy in December of 2019.