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Ralph Break’s The Internet’s Gal Gadot Shares Behind-The-Scenes Look At Movie

After getting her start in Hollywood playing Gisele Yashar in three of the Fast and the Furious movies (four if you count that deleted Furious 7 scene), Gal Gadot‘s stardom propelled to new heights when she was cast as the DC Extended Universe’s Wonder Woman. We’ll next see Gadot reprising Diana of Themyscira late next year in Wonder Woman 1984, but in the meantime, the actress is stepping into the world of animation for the first time by voicing Shank in Ralph Breaks the Internet. We’re a little over two months away from seeing Gadot’s badass-looking character pop up in the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, but Gadot recently shared a picture of herself behind the scenes on the movie.

Although Gal Gadot’s involvement in Ralph Breaks the Internet was only made public last month, it takes a long time to put together an animated movie, and since Shank is being framed as one of the more important characters in the movie, it’s a good bet that the actress recorded her part long before then. Getting to contribute to an animated movie, and a Disney one at that, is a big deal, but for Gadot it’s especially important. Although many kids know about her as Wonder Woman, she has yet to actually star in a kid-friendly movie, so Ralph Breaks the Internet will be a good way for her to widen her fanbase. It definitely helps Shank looks so much like Gadot, and judging by her Twitter post, the actress had a good time on the movie.

As for what to expect from Gal Gadot in Ralph Breaks the Internet, Shank will cross paths with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz while the duo is journeying around the internet to find a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. One of the characters in Slaughter Race, Shank is described as a “tough-as-nails street racer” who takes her role seriously and doesn’t like to lose. But Vanellope is no slouch behind the wheel either, and when she and Shank find themselves in a street race, Shank ends up being impressed by Vanellope’s driving skills. Presumably from there Shank will become an ally for Ralph and Vanellope, but we’ll have to wait and see if that is indeed the case.

Gal Gadot’s Shank is just one of the new characters that Ralph and Vanellope will met during their internet adventure, with others including Taraji P. Henson as the Yesss algorithm, Alan Tudyk (who voiced King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph) as the KnowsMore search engine and the Disney princesses. Ralph Breaks the Internet hits theaters on November 21, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. If you’re interested in learning what other movies are arriving before the year is finished, look through our 2018 release schedule.

Sons Of Anarchy Spinoff Mayans M.C. Is Already Breaking Records

Thanks to a built-in fanbase, it seemed probable that Mayans M.C. would be a hit when it premiered on FX. The show is a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, a Kurt Sutter series that regularly brought in good ratings numbers during its original run. Now, the numbers for the first episode of Mayans M.C. are official, and wouldn’t you know it, the show is already hitting some impressive milestones over at FX and doing pretty solid numbers overall. In fact, so far over 6.8 million viewers have checked out the premiere.

In addition to the large number of total viewers–at least when compared to plenty of other cable to shows, according to the cable network, Mayans M.C. has already beat out the original Sons of Anarchy premiere in the ratings. That’s somewhat to be expected, as the spinoff already has fans showing up who enjoyed the other motorcycle club-based series. Still, I’m sure Kurt Sutter, co-creator Elgin James and the rest of the cast are happy to hear people are still interested in this type of show. Beyond beating Sons by a whopping 64% in total viewers when comparing premieres, FX also says the show did well in Live+3 ratings, becoming the most-watched cable series premiere in the 18-24 and 25-54 demos.

In addition, the show has become the most-watched series premiere on FX since The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story hit the network in 2016. While that version of American Crime Story was a one-season premise, the good news for Mayans M.C. is that the series could theoretically go on and on and on for however many seasons and new storylines it wants to write–especially if it can maintain such high viewership numbers.

Along with the 6.8 million total viewers the new series has nabbed in the days since the show’s initial release, in the demos, the new drama nabbed 1 million viewers in the coveted 18-34 advertising demo and also 2.8 million total viewers when expanding out to the 25-54 demo, which is also a number advertisers look at. So far, the series has kicked off with good numbers.

The real test will be whether the show will hold the attention of viewers moving forward. The premiere episode grabbed headlines thanks to including a Sons of Anarchy tie-in with a quick shot of Gemma, who even got a line in a scene. Although more tie-ins may happen, the show will need to foster its own identity and grow an audience due to its own characters and tone. Hopefully everyone will stick around for that ride. You can catch new episodes of Mayans M.C. on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET, only on FX. So if you have nothing else going tonight, be sure to look over the TV schedule.

Doctor Strange’s Director Has Returned To Twitter

Sometimes you just need to chill out and get away from the rat race of modern society to seek out spiritual renewal in Kamar-taj. Likewise, sometimes you just need a break from social media. Such was the case for Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson who left Twitter over the summer, in the wake of fellow MCU director James Gunn’s firing over resurfaced offensive tweets. The director stayed on Instagram, but he has is apparently now ready to wade back in to social media’s most treacherous waters. Scott Derrickson returned to Twitter. Take a look:

He never gave a specific reason for leaving Twitter– other than it is Twitter. But after a bit of a hiatus, Scott Derrickson is back, much to the delight of fans. The gif in his return tweet is a clip from Cape Fear, showing the back of Robert De Niro’s Max Cady. The tattoo shows the scales of justice with truth and justice perfectly balanced (as all things should be). Maybe this is Scott Derrickson’s way of making a statement about his return and social media’s role in objective truth. Or maybe he is hinting that Doctor Strange 2 will be a courtroom drama with Robert De Niro joining the cast. He is an MCU director, so such speculation is mandatory. Maybe it is just that he is back on Twitter, so why not show a gif of a back, makes total sense. Although the way he put the letters is a bit mysterious.

Scott Derrickson has historically been a great follow on Twitter for MCU fans, as he has frequently referenced Doctor Strange and teased certain things, in addition to giving his takes on film and TV. Also, like James Gunn, Scott Derrickson has been very outspoken politically on Twitter. So hopefully that doesn’t cause any problems because the resurfacing of James Gunn’s Tweets was a response to the political opinions he expressed online.

We’ve been waiting for some time to hear about if and when Doctor Strange 2 is going to happen, and if Scott Derrickson will return as director. Interestingly, a month or so ago, during his Twitter hiatus, Scott Derrickson made a cryptic post on Instagram showing Doctor Strange and teasing “See you in September.” At the time, we speculated that this could mean the beginning of production on Doctor Strange 2. Well, it’s September and Scott Derrickson has returned to Twitter. He also posted this Cape Fear reference on his Instagram with the same caption. I don’t know what that means, but the tinfoil hat is definitely on and the hope is that this return to Twitter is prelude to some sort of exciting announcement, like perhaps Doctor Strange 2 taking Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s place on Marvel’s Phase 4 calendar.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we’ll keep you updated if Scott Derrickson is doing more than just messing with us. You can check out our guide for all the latest goings on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and hop over to the release schedule to see all the biggest movies still to come this year.

Why Men Are Looking to Space for Style Tips

WHILE REAL-life Bond characters Elon Muskand Richard Branson are speeding toward the possibility of actual travel to the cosmos for civilians, menswear designers are embroiled in their own space race.

From New York fashion designer Heron Preston’s fall collection celebrating NASA to Japanese brand Undercover’s recent sampling of iconic images from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” runways are looking more and more like launchpads.

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Was Jeff Goldblum Almost Cut From Jurassic Park?

Upon looking back at the first Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm’s lovable zingers delivered by actor Jeff Goldblum are some of the most memorable lines in the ’90s classic. However, while Jurassic Park was in development, his character was almost cut from the film, with legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg originally cautioning Goldblum of the possible changes to the blockbuster hit. Although imagining a strange alternative reality where Goldblum’s iconic shirtless scene (among other moments) never existed isn’t something anyone should contemplate, the actor revealed his close call. In his words:

Thankfully Steven Spielberg made the right decision and kept Dr. Ian Malcolm in, because Jurassic Park might not have been celebrated without the eccentric flavor Jeff Goldblum brought to the dinosaur film. In one of the special features accompanying the home release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (via Game Spot) called “Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation,” Jeff Goldblum explained this beside stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, writer and executive producer Colin Trevorrow and director J.A. Bayona, and Howard’s jaw literally dropped during his recount. Goldblum said he tried to make the case for the addition of Dr. Malcolm in Jurassic Park, but he doesn’t think it made a difference to their final decision to keep him in the movie.

Dr. Ian Malcolm has always been a fan favorite in the Jurassic Park franchise, as he also appeared in Jurassic Park: The Lost World and. Thanks to his Fallen Kingdom appearance, he became only the second original character to appear in the new Jurassic World franchise, with B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu bring the first. Dr. Malcolm only had a small role in Fallen Kingdom, disappointing some fans who might have been reeled in by his return, but it does open up potential for the character to make his way into Jurassic World 3 if there ends up being room in the script and if he agrees to do so.

The special feature also revealed that in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jeff Goldblum returned as Dr. Ian Malcolm in a small role meant to deliver dialogue that primarily came out of author Michael Crichton in the Jurassic Park book, to tie in the original message into the new franchise. As his character is so loved that a 25-foot statue of Dr. Malcolm was created in his honor in London, we’d love to see him have a larger role in the upcoming Jurassic World films. Fallen Kingdom is available on digital now and will be released on Blu-ray September 18.

Last Man Standing Will Deal With The Death Of A Character In Season 7

Last Man Standing has undergone a lot of changes,in between Season 6 and Season 7. For one, it was cancelled by ABC and then revived by Fox a year later. Then, some changes had to be made to the cast, due to certain actors who previously played roles not being available to reprise their roles. While fans have prepared for said changes, there is one change coming by way of death:

When Last Man Standing resumes, one less man will be standing. When the show picks back up, Robert Forster’s Bud will have passed away, per TVLine. Yes, Mike’s father has died in between seasons. His cause of death was not specified. Nor when it occurred.

With Bud having passed away, it is only natural for fans to wonder who will now head up the late Baxter’s pot dispensary, Bud’s Buds. Well, the store will stay in the family thanks to the husband of Bud’s granddaughter, Kristin. That’s right, Ryan is taking over the reins at Bud’s Buds. With Ryan taking over Bud’s business, Last Man Standing has single-handedly opened the door to do two things.

First, the sitcom will be able to organically put Bud’s Buds back in the spotlight, which will undoubtedly draw considerable reactions from Mike. Secondly, with Ryan working there, it will lead to the potential for comical tension between Mike and his son-in-law. The exact reason Last Man Standing decided to kill off Bud and end Robert Forster’s successful guest run on the series is not yet known.

The loss of Bud is undoubtedly a sad turn of events for Last Man Standing, although it sounds like the show is prepared to address it by keeping his legacy alive. While Bud had not been seen since Season 4, the show still left the door wide open for Robert Forster to reprise the role. By killing off the character, that will no longer be an option.

While Robert Forster’s Bud will not be returning for Season 7, Last Man Standing will be welcoming back many of its original cast members, including Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, and Hector Elizondo. Amanda Fuller and Kaitlyn Dever will return as Mike’s daughters, Kristin and Eve, respectively. New actors will play Mandy and Boyd.

When the Baxters return, they will be down a family member, a sad reality fans now know they will have to face. Imagining how that will be handled versus seeing it done are two different things. Find out how it goes down when the sitcom returns, along with many other shows, including those on Fox’s schedule. Last Man Standing will return for its seventh season overall and its first on Fox starting Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET.

Alec Baldwin’s Relationship Advice To Hailey Baldwin And Justin Bieber

Alec Baldwin has marriage advice for his niece, Hailey Baldwin, who is currently engaged to pop singer Justin Bieber. Much like fans online, the 30 Rock actor is caught up in the ongoing romance gossip, with the notable difference that Hailey Baldwin is his blood relative. And Justin Bieber will also be part of his family momentarily, depending on when the model and the musician decide to tie the knot. Therefore, Baldwin has the authority to heed a little knowledge to the young celebrities getting ready to ring a few wedding bells. And it’s up to the soon-to-be newlyweds to decide whether or not they take the advice from the seasoned actor. Here’s what the television personality told his young niece on the red carpet.

The quote came during Alec Baldwin’s red carpet appearance for The Public, a drama written, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Playing a supporting role in the newly-premiered film, the actor was fielding questions on the carpet, and sure enough, one interviewer asked him how he felt about Hailey Baldwin’s swift engagement from earlier this summer. As the man who serves as a Donald Trump impersonator of late on Saturday Night Live explained to etalk, Baldwin felt Justin Bieber’s high-profile might cause the young couple a bit of trouble, particularly if he and Hailey Baldwin race to say their vows before they fully understand what’s at stake with marriage. And he wants the couple to take time to consider what they’re going to do and to decide if they are taking the right steps forward. Though he doesn’t dismiss their plans.

Marriage is no small commitment, and Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are embarking on a big journey if they decide to get married soon. The advice Alec Baldwin gives is certainly similar to what the public has spouted online, though it might have a little more weight since Alec is a relative of the bride-to-be. Nevertheless, it’s ultimately Bieber and Baldwin’s decision to make. And if they feel inclined to get married, then so be it. It is their choice, after all. And it will be their decision to make in the long run. But that isn’t going to stop Alec Baldwin from answering these questions.

With that said, it does sound like Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are taking the steps to marriage seriously. Recently, Bieber and Baldwin were spotted crying on a park bench by paparazzi photographers. When the musician was asked why the tears were shed, he propped up a book called The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller. He explained that there are good days and there are bad days when it comes to marriage (as well as life) and that day was a bad one. But you need the bad days to enjoy the good ones, he admits, and Bieber doesn’t seem to have any second thoughts about getting down on one knee to ask Hailey Baldwin the big question.

Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin wasn’t the only one asked about Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s engagement. During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Kendall Jenner was also asked how she felt about her friend/fellow model’s recent life decision, and Jenner provided her own thoughts on the matter at hand.

A Michelin-Starred Birthday Dinner That Changed a Celebrity Chef’s Life

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, 61, is a France-born chef who oversees 39 restaurants world-wide. He is co-founder of Food Dreams, a foundation that provides culinary students with scholarships and training. He spoke with Marc Myers.

The moment I woke up in the morning, I knew what was for lunch. My childhood bedroom was right above my mother’s kitchen. Everything on her stove drifted up through the floorboards like a Chinese steamer.

I grew up in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France, a suburb 5 miles from the center of Strasbourg in Alsace. Our two-story house dates to the 1780s and overlooks one of the city’s canals. My mother, Jeanine, is 85 and still lives there.

The house is white with timber beams crisscrossing the exterior. It has an orange-tile roof, and geraniums hanging from window boxes. My parents and grandparents lived on the first floor, with the kitchen at the center. On the second floor, my younger brother, Philippe, and I shared a bedroom. My younger sister, Martine, and my youngest brother, Christian, had their own rooms.

The house was also my father George’s workplace. When I was little, he ran a coal-distribution business. My great-grandfather started the company when coal from northern France was delivered to the house on canal barges. Each day, my mother and grandmother cooked lunch for 40—15 family members and about 25 workers.

My mother enforced strict eating times. Lunch was at 12:30 sharp and our family dinner was at 7:30. If you were late, you had a butter sandwich. There were no leftovers. On Sundays, my job in the kitchen was to peel and chop, and get my mother what she needed. Otherwise I was outside playing, often on the mountains of coal by our house.

My parents named me Jean-Georges by hyphenating their first names. But as a child, my nickname was JoJo the Terror. I was constantly making trouble in the neighborhood with my slingshot and potato gun.

In 1972, when I was 15, my parents sent me to a local engineering school. I was the oldest and expected to take over my father’s business. But after six months, my grades were so bad the school threw me out.

Back home, I was put to work by my father carrying pipes. By then, he had converted his coal business to oil. He knew I hated the work.

For my 16th birthday, my parents took my sister and me to Auberge de L’lll, a three-star restaurant 45 minutes from Strasbourg. My family was so large and busy, we never ate out. I couldn’t believe the food, the presentation and the service. I had foie gras, a salmon soufflé and venison.

After dinner, the chef stopped by to ask how everything was. My father told him how much we enjoyed the meal. Then he said, “My son is good for nothing. If you need someone to wash dishes, he seems to have an interest in this business.”

The chef said he was actually looking for an apprentice. I interviewed, but months passed without a call back. Then on July 13, 1973, the restaurant called to offer me a job. I started the next day, on Bastille Day, in the kitchen. My father dropped me off in the morning and picked me up at night. I loved it right away.

One day a week I went to cooking school at Strasbourg’s Lycée Hôtelier. The remaining days I worked at the restaurant. I slept upstairs with the other apprentices.

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Starting at a three-star Michelin restaurant changed me. I grew up overnight. In that environment, I was somebody special. I felt valued and saw my future. I peeled, chopped, plucked feathers from chickens and soon learned to butcher when hunters brought animals to the kitchen.

Over the next three years, I worked at four three-star restaurants in Europe. Next, I traveled to Asia and trained at the restaurants of five-star hotels in Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 1986, I was asked by chef Louis Outhier to join him at Lafayette in New York’s Drake Hotel. Five years later, I opened my first New York restaurant, JoJo, with my brother, Philippe.

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  • First hospitality venture: ‘As a kid, I loved pop music with a beat. At 14, in 1971, I turned our cellar into a teen disco. I was the DJ. After a year, it was the hottest local night spot on Saturday nights.’
  • Favorite mom’s meal: ‘When I visit my mother in Strasbourg, I stay in my old bedroom. My mother still cooks. I dream of her roast chicken and tarte flambée with fromage blanc and onions.’
  • Must-have export: ‘Before I return to New York, I pick up several bottles of Melfor Honey and Herb Vinegar. It’s made in Alsace. The taste and smell remind me of my childhood house.’
  • On the kitchen counter: ‘At home in New York, it’s all about convenience and flavor. I love my Microplane zester, my Vitamix Vita-Prep for smoothies and my Instant Pot pressure cooker for fast meals.’

Today, my wife, Marja, and I live with our daughter, Chloe, in a 4,000-square-foot apartment in New York’s West Village. We spend weekends at our country house in Waccabuc, N.Y. It’s an old wooden house but modern inside.

The interior of our New York apartment is an open plan, with glass exterior walls. We have a great view of the Hudson River. Unfortunately, with all of my restaurants, I’m never home early enough to see the sunset.

Our kitchen is simple and slick. It’s very clean. Marja does most of the cooking for Chloe. After work, when I arrive home late, I usually have a little piece of Lindt milk chocolate. It’s simple and relaxes me.

In my kitchen at home, I have my mother’s antique crank grater. I love putting a chunk of cheese in the barrel and turning it over a salad. The cheese always tastes better coming out of there.

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Dead Or Alive 6 Gets A Release Date

This news comes to us via press release, where the publisher and developer have laid out launch plans including early purchase bonuses for those willing to pre-order Dead or Alive 6. If you pre-order the game on the PS4, you’ll earn a unique theme based on the game as well as Nyotengu as a playable character. Over on the Xbox One, players will also receive Nyotengu and, in place of the console theme, a bonus costume for Ryu Hayabusa (of Ninja Gaiden fame). Given the fact that this is a fighting game and balance/accessibility is important to the community, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Nyotengu become premium DLC at some point but, if you don’t want to take that chance, a pre-order seems to be the only way to go.

Karlie Kloss Says She and Joshua Kushner Share the Same ‘Liberal Values’ Despite His Ties to Trump

When it comes to her relationship, Karlie Kloss doesn’t care what people think. The supermodel, who recently became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Joshua Kushner, has faced criticism for choosing to be with someone who’s at least peripherally in the Trump orbit. (Joshua is the younger brother of Jared Kushner, which makes him Ivanka Trump’s brother-in-law.)

For a recent interview with Vogue, the usually private Kloss admits that being with Kushner hasn’t come without its complications, but that at the end of the day, they share the same liberal belief system that flies in the face of the president and his administration.

“Josh and I share a lot of the same liberal values that guide our lives and the things we stand for,” she said in the interview. “We’ve really grown together personally and professionally. Josh knows that I’m just a nerdy, curious human being. I think that’s why he loves me. We have each other’s back.”

While this marks the first time Kloss has opened up about her and Kushner’s political beliefs, the couple made a huge statement when they attended the Women’s March on Washington last year. The Cut also reported that despite their familial ties to President Trump, both Kloss and Kushner voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

As for Kloss, don’t expect her to open up anymore about her relationship with Kushner moving forward. When Vogue tried to press on whether or not she plans on converting to Orthodox Judaism, like Ivanka did prior to marrying into the Kushner family, Kloss replied, “At the end of the day, I’ve had to make decisions based on my own moral compass — forget what the public says, forget social media. I’ve chosen to be with the man I love despite the complications.”

She continued, explaining how being hounded about her relationship is sexist. “It’s frustrating, to be honest, that the spotlight is always shifted away from my career toward my relationship,” she said. “I don’t think the same happens in conversations with men.”

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