Arnold Schwarzenegger Turned Down A Role In The Predator, But Shane Black Doesn’t Mind

With the trend of nostalgia proving endlessly popular, there is no property off limits for a reboot or long awaited sequel. This includes the horror genre, which will see new sequels for Halloween and Predator this fall. The latter is titled The Predator, and is directed by Nice Guys‘ Shane Black. Black is putting his signature comedy into the beloved franchise, while also crafting a new monster that would be able to destroy even the titular monster. It turns out that he also had a role in mind for original protagonist Arnold Schwarzenegger, before the actor turned it down. Although Black totally gets why. As he tells it,

Well, at least there’s no hard feelings. While Shane Black would have liked Arnold Schwarzenegger to be present during The Predator‘s mysterious finale, the actor understandably wasn’t interested in a cameo. Black’s comments to Digital Spy indicate he understands how the cookie crumbles, so negotiations probably ended on a positive note.

Rebooting beloved franchises is a tricky game, especially when it comes to including its original stars. In this case there’s usually two options: bring them back and make them a star of the movie, or give the OG star a mentor role for the new set of heroes. Harrison Ford did both with The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2049 respectively. And while Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the Terminator franchise soon, Predator fans will have to keep their fingers crossed for Schwarzenegger’s character Dutch to return sometime in the future.

While Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t return for The Predator, the upcoming sequel does have some connection to the 1987 classic. Actor Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) is playing Sean Keyes, the son of Jake Busey’s OG character Peter Keyes. It’s especially powerful since they’re father and son in real life, adding a special connection to the overall franchise.

It should be interesting to see how The Predator ends up doing at the box office. A scandal is currently surrounding the blockbuster, after actress Olivia Munn discovered a day player on the project was a registered sex offender. Poor timing, considering The Predator hits theaters this weekend.

The Predator will arrive in theaters on September 14th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Watch Ryan Gosling’s Awkward Reaction When Asked If He’d Play Batman

Nobody is quite sure what the future of Batman really is on the big screen, which means that it’s possible anybody could be the next Batman. However, if you were holding out hope that Ryan Gosling might be looking to take on the cape and cowl, you might what to put your expectations in check. The actor was recently asked if he would be interested in playing Batman and…it didn’t go well. It’s hard to describe just how awkward this gets. Just watch.

For a guy who makes a living delivering lines, Ryan Gosling is oddly speechless here. He just repeats “I don’t know” a couple times before dumping the question off to his First Man director Damian Chazelle in order to avoid having to go on. He seems simply at a loss as to how to actually answer the question. Even after Variety expands the topic to superheroes in general, rather than just Batman specifically, Gosling can’t seem to say whether he’d be interested in getting involved in the popular film genre.

It’s a little odd if only because the “superhero question” has to be the single most popular one asked of any actor that isn’t currently involved in making superhero movies. Ryan Gosling had to have been asked this question before, you’d expect he’d have a stock answer, even if it was a non-committal one. Being asked about playing Batman specifically, it’s understandable if Gosling doesn’t really want to say anything, considering it’s not entirely clear if that role is actually available or not, but when it comes to superheroes in general, one would think he has a feeling. Either he’d like to do it, or he’s happy doing other things.

One certainly wonders if Gosling may have been, or may currently be, in talks for a role in a superhero movie. It would be one explanation for his inability to answer. He can’t talk about something that’s in the middle of negotiations and saying the wrong thing could potentially jeopardize those talks. I feel like that’s a long shot, but it’s one explanation.

In the past, some actors, like Zoe Saldana, have called out the parts of Hollywood that look down on the blockbuster movies like the superhero genre. There is clearly a corner of that world that doesn’t think much of those sorts of movies. Since Ryan Gosling, especially recently, has been making the “other” type of movies a lot, perhaps there’s a bit of conflict there. If he says he wants to make a superhero movie then some might think less of him. If he says he doesn’t, then he’s one of those snobby Hollywood guys. It’s a no-win scenario.

Could we ever see Ryan Gosling in a superhero movie? I don’t know. It’s not clear if he knows.

Marvel’s Cobie Smulders Totally Spoiled Infinity War For Her Husband

One of the most important jobs of any actor involved in a popular franchise is not talking about what they’re working on. It’s got to be difficult to walk around with those big secrets and not spill anything while also doing all the media that these movies entail. It turns out, that some of them do end up revealing those sweet, sweet spoilers when they’re not supposed to. Taran Killam is married to Cobie Smulders who plays Maria Hill in the MCU, and while her role in Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t very big, knowing what happens to her reveals a great deal about the end of the movie, and she told her husband exactly what happened. According to Killam…

So Cobie Smulders told her husband what happened to her character in her one scene, though apparently without the actual context of what came before. Taran Killam is clearly a fan and so he almost certainly had at least a basic familiarity with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, so figuring out what the vanishing meant might not have been that tough a leap, though certainly there’s no guarantee that the disappearing wasn’t caused by some other source, so the exact circumstances were apparently still up in the air based on what he told the Fandom Files Podcast (via SyFy Wire).

On the plus side, while Cobie Smulders gave up some spoilers to her husband, he was able to keep his mouth shut so that nobody even knew that he knew until long after the film’s release. On the flipside, you have somebody like Tom Holland, who has become as well known for his giving up spoilers as he has for playing Spider-Man. He tends to make his comments directly in interviews for the world to hear. It’s certainly never intentional, but it’s hard to talk in circles without letting little details slip out. It’s probably also difficult to live with somebody without being able to talk about your work. It’s honestly surprising that Smulders made it this far without giving her husband details before.

It’s unclear if Taran Killiam has been told what happens Avengers 4. We probably won’t actually know until after that movie comes out on Blu-ray.

The Emotional Way Halloween’s Crew Supported Jamie Lee Curtis On Set

While horror movies are a beloved part of the filmmaking landscape, there was a time when it was all uncharted territory. A passion project made on a minimal budget, Halloween is one of the most beloved horror franchises, and fans of the slasher subgenre have the original movie to thank. Blumhouse’s upcoming Halloween movie will be a direct sequel to the 1978 original, ignoring the bevy of sequels in the process. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as Laurie Strode, a woman who has been haunted by Michael Myers’ attack for decades. Curtis recently revealed one moment of solidarity she had with the crew, and it’s sure to give any Halloween fan chills. When filming a scene where Laurie was reflecting on her life, the crew wore special outfits to lend support.

Does anyone else have chills? Laurie Strode is the OG scream queen, and the new Halloween will be very focused on her somewhat broken psyche. From the trailers, you can see that she’s been preparing for another conflict with her attacker for decades, and the movie will no doubt explore how that affected her. But it all may be worth it when Michael comes knocking, and apparently rakes up an impressive body count in the process.

Laurie Strode’s trauma was briefly explored in H20, which was one of the more well received Halloween sequels. In that movie, Laurie had moved away from Haddonfield, adopted a pseudonym, and had a son. But she also suffered from horrible nightmares, and coped through self-medication via alcoholism.

In her same conversation with Syfy, Jamie Lee Curtis revealed more about Laurie’s life over the past 40 years. Namely, how she wasn’t given the proper help after surviving her harrowing attack.

While there may have been some naysayers and trepidation associated with the upcoming Halloween movie, Jamie Lee Curtis comments about Laurie’s journey show how carefully everyone involved with Blumhouse’s sequel is approaching the franchise. It’s a movie crafted by superfans, and with contributions from original stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, and a score by John Carpenter himself.

Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

People Are Obsessed With Alek Trebek’s New Jeopardy Beard

Alex Trebek hasn’t sported facial fur on television since he brought back his mustache for the show’s 30th anniversary in 2014, but that changed with the debut of Season 35. The Jeopardy host strutted out on stage with a full beard and informed the masses it’s up to them to decide whether or not he keeps the new look. Viewers have been asked to share their thoughts on whether or not Trebek should keep the beard via social media, and early polling results show people are obsessed with the new look:

As of writing the Twitter poll still has just under a week to go, but it appears the public is more in favor of a bearded Alex Trebek than not. Approval for Trebek’s pre-retirement beard is at 68%, with a little over 9,400 votes being officially cast on on the platform. Fans are also making their opinions known elsewhere on social media, as Jeopardy has fans talking all over. Twitter has started the hashtag “Trebeard” to share its thoughts, as well as some referential humor honoring the show:

By and large “#Trebeard” users on Twitter appear to have overwhelming support for Alex Trebek’s beard. There is some dissent, but the fact remains that there aren’t nearly as many beard haters sharing their thoughts as the poll would indicate, and the ones who have spoken out against the beard are far less entertaining to me than the ones who have shown their support:

The numbers on Facebook differ slightly from Twitter, although support is still very strong for the bearded Jeopardy host. Over 37,000 people have voted thus far in the Facebook poll, and 64% of viewers want Alex Trebek to ditch the razor and let his fuzz invade his face:

Fan replies on Facebook are still overwhelmingly positive, although there are some notable naysayers who hopped on the comments to explain why they’re against Alex Trebek’s beard. The top comment in opposition to the Jeopardy host’s facial hair came from Andrew Greenwood, who offered a harsh take quite a few people seemed to agree with:

Whether or not Alex Trebek gets to keep his beard remains to be seen, but if people like Greenwood get their way, Jeopardy has already ensured the look will go down in meme history. The game show celebrated the opening of Season 35 with a new cover video on Facebook, and there’s no denying it’s just a little more magical with the beard:

Jeopardy Season 35 is now airing daily on streaming and at varying times and networks around the nation. Keep track of what else is coming to television over the coming months with our fall premiere guide.

Halloween Has Screened, Here Are The Early Reactions

The summer movie season may be over, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the fall, including the long-awaited Halloween revival. Horror fans have been highly anticipating this movie, which continues the story of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie and ignores the majority of the other sequels. The trailers have teased a super scary and gory return to form for the series, and an audience of movie fans and critics got to witness it first-hand last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell was on hand to deliver his first impression, noting:

Written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and directed by Green, the newest Halloween takes place 40 years after Michael Myers terrifying murder spree that left only one survivor. That teenage girl, Laurie, is now all grown up with a family of her own and she’s been preparing for Myers inevitable return, and it is brutal, according to Sean O’Connell. The new movie ramps up the body count and those looking for some grizzly murders have come to the right place.

The kills are one significant aspect of Halloween, and while Michael Myers is all warmed up and ready to show what he’s got, so is Jamie Lee Curtis. The actress comes full circle here, going from frightened babysitter to a shotgun-wielding grandma who’s more than ready to settle the score with her old rival. According to Variety‘s Peter DeBruge, Laurie is badass and capable of taking a beating.

There aren’t very many good Halloween franchise movies, so does this one manage to escape the curse? For the most part, yes, and it manages to be faithful to the original film. Fans of the franchise will be able to spot plenty of winks and homages to that 1978 classic, but Entertainment Weekly‘s Leah Greenblatt wonders if it might be too faithful at times.

Overall, the impression seems to be that those looking for a bloody horror movie that kicks ass will be satisfied by Halloween. It’s being called the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of the Halloween franchise by more than one person on Twitter. It’s full of the things people love about the first movie, plus introduces some new things while being surprisingly funny.

You’ll be able to make your own judgment about Halloween when it arrives in theaters on October 19, 2018.

How Mayans M.C. Prevented Spoilers Before The Series Premiere

The premiere of Mayans M.C. marked the arrival of a series that already had a fanbase ready and waiting to tune in. The Sons of Anarchy spinoff was going to take viewers back to the world that had developed over the years of the original series while also taking them to a new location and featuring almost entirely new characters. Mayans was in the works for years, and now that we’re in an age of social media and spoilers, secrets seemed bound to get out. Michael Irby, who stars as Bishop on Mayans M.C., recently spoke with CinemaBlend about the series. In addition to sharing how reshoots impacted the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, he had this to say when I asked if the show had taken steps to prevent spoilers:

As it turns out, some members of the Mayans M.C. team were a bit more open on social media than FX and co-creator Kurt Sutter were hoping for. It’s so easy to share on platforms like Twitter and Instagram nowadays that it’s also easy to overshare, and even the tiniest details could give away significant parts of a series like Mayans M.C. For a show set in a universe already established and filled in by a whole other series, Mayans managed to keep a lot of details quiet, which made footage from trailers all the more exciting and built anticipation for the September 4 premiere.

Of course, a social media blackout isn’t the most drastic measure a project has taken to keep a lid on spoilers. The casts of Game of Thrones and just about every Marvel and Star Wars installment would probably love to only have to deal with a social media blackout. That said, Mayans M.C. doesn’t have a member of the cast notorious for dropping spoilers like Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo.

Michael Irby’s comments about the social media blackout indicate that FX was more concerned with protecting the story than keeping every single aspect of production a secret. Would the Mayans premiere have felt as intense and engaging if we’d already known about every character, action sequence, and location?

As surprising as the social media blackout was to Michael Irby, he went on in our chat to explain how effective he believes it was:

The first season of Mayans M.C. has a ways to go, so the cast isn’t in the clear to give away all the set secrets just yet. Still, a lot more of the series could have been spoiled even before the premiere if not for the social media blackout in the lead-up to the advertising push. The buzz for Mayans M.C. couldn’t be higher nowadays, and that might not have been the case if viewers knew a whole lot of details ahead of time.

To see Michael Irby and the rest of the cast in action in new episodes of Mayans M.C., tune in to FX on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET. It’s only one of the thrilling new shoes in the 2018 fall lineup, and there’s a lot to look forward to on the rest of the nights of the week as well.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Has The Most Depressing Easter Egg Ever

Adding in Easter eggs into AAA production-sized games is dangerous. If it’s a famous Easter egg based on some longstanding pop-cultural reference then it’s likely a safe bet to include it. If it’s a reference to another comic book, another video game, or even a popular movie, then it’s also likely a safe bet to include it. Where Easter eggs get dangerous is when they reference some event that has an expiration date on it, such as a birthday gift, a a current event, or maybe even a marriage proposal. For Insomniac Games’ newest PS4 release, Marvel’s Spider-Man, the developers included a very personalized Easter egg for one gamer, but it turned out to be one of the most depressing Easter eggs ever.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 15 Finally Announced Its Winner

Before the big announcement, it was revealed that the difference in total votes for Hannahlei Cabanilla and Jensen Arnold was the closest in So You Think You Can Dance history, so the runner up can at least take solace in the fact that she very nearly won. Nevertheless, Hannahlei came out on top. The 18-year-old Anaheim Hills, CA native can now call herself “America’s favorite dancer,” and she won $250,000, a magazine cover, and a role in Fox’s upcoming Rent. Congrats, Hannahlei!

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith’s Order 66 Sequence Could Have Been ‘More Gruesome’

From the minute The Phantom Menace started, we knew that the Star Wars prequel trilogy would eventually show us how the Galactic Empire rose to power. That time finally came in Revenge of the Sith, as after Mace Windu failed to kill Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker willingly became the chancellor’s Sith apprentice, Palptaine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious, ordered the execution of Order 66. Across a galaxy far, far away, Jedi were eliminated by clone troopers, and Anakin oversaw the killing of younglings at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. It was a depressing moment in the Star Wars saga, but according to Palpatine’s actor, Ian McDiarmid, the sequence could have been darker. As McDiarmid put it:

Ian McDiarmid didn’t provide any specifics regarding how Revenge of the Sith‘s Order 66 sequence was originally conceived during his appearance at the FanX convention in Salt Lake City this past weekend (via Comicbook.com), but the actor did note that it was “probably a good idea” that aspect of the movie was toned down. Revenge of the Sith was already breaking ground by being the first PG-13-rated Star Wars movie (which has continued with the Disney era Star Wars movies), but had Order 66 been fully realized, that might have resulted in the movie coming close to or even scoring an R rating, which is not a good thing when you’re trying to get viewers young viewers into seats. So yeah, not including more shots of young Padawans being gunned or sliced down was probably for the best.

Although a scattering of Jedi managed to survive Order 66, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda among them, the newly-titled Emperor Palpatine was nonetheless successful in not just destroying the Jedi Order, but also painting the knights as traitors to the public. Most of the Order 66 sequence in Revenge of the Sith showed the clone troopers eliminating their former commanders, and all we saw of Anakin… sorry, Darth Vader‘s part in the devastation was him igniting his lightsaber in the High Council Chamber where numerous younglings were hiding and a hologram recording showing him dueling Cin Drallig and his apprentices. While each Star Wars movie has its dark moments, Revenge of the Sith is arguably the darkest chapter in the saga, and Order 66 played a large part with that… although seeing a man lose nearly all his limbs and be horribly burned on a lava planet brought it home.

The Star Wars saga will continue when Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019. As for what else the space opera franchise has in development, check out our handy guide.