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The Special Part About Playing Coulson In Captain Marvel, According to Clark Gregg

Even though on ABC, we know Agent Phil Coulson is alive and well in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, as far as the film side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned, Coulson’s last words were said amidst the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ first team-up in 2012’s The Avengers. But thanks to the upcoming Captain Marvel being set in the mid-1990s, Clark Gregg will be returning to the big screen as Coulson. With the help of Marvel’s incredible de-aging technology, this time Coulson will play a younger agent who’s just starting out his career with S.H.I.E.L.D. After being introduced in the first MCU film, Iron Man, and digging deep into his character for five seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Gregg loved exploring this different era of Coulson. Here’s what he said:

We’re excited to see a young and chipper Agent Phil Coulson grace the screen with Captain Marvel‘s release. During his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clark Gregg explained that Coulson is quite the fan of MC Hammer and attempts to channel him, much to Nick Fury’s annoyance. Samuel L. Jackson will also be getting the de-aging treatment in the film, as other actors such as Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr. and Kurt Russell have for flashback sequences in other MCU films. However, for Gregg and Jackson, the technique will be used throughout the film, as the two S.H.I.E.L.D agents are part of the principal cast.

With Phil Coulson and Nick Fury being much younger in Captain Marvel, the film will mark a turning point for their characters who will meet each other in the film and haven’t had any exposure to superheroes or aliens yet. While the superhero flick at first follows Carol Danvers in the elite military team Starforce on the Kree planet of Hala, a good amount of the film will take the hero back to her home planet, where we will meet Fury and Coulson, who are a lot more desk ridden then when we first came to know them. In Fury’s case, he will be struggling with the thought that his glory days are over now that the Cold War has concluded.

Seeing Agent Phil Coulson back to the MCU after a seven-year drought from the major leagues while he has been on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D adds to the high anticipation for Captain Marvel. For fans of his television show, Coulson’s resurrection has ties to the Kree, and for Carol Danvers, it’s the source of her powers. So Coulson’s return to the MCU film realm in this specific installment might not be so out-of-the-blue and could have some sort of larger effect on the shared universe. Captain Marvel comes to theaters on March 8, 2019.

How Much The Predator Made On Opening Night

It’s been eight years since the last film in the long-running Predator franchise, but audiences finally return to the hunt this weekend with the release of The Predator. Shane Black’s relaunch is the biggest new release this weekend and it has been tracking to have the best opening weekend in the franchise. The Predator got a head start on its box office run last night, making $2.5 million in Thursday night preview screenings.

The Predator now has $2.5 million in the bank ahead of what is forecasted to be a $25-$30 million weekend, according to Deadline. That should give The Predator a decent shot at snagging first place at the box office. For comparison, the similarly R-rated Alien: Covenant posted $4.2 million from preview screenings ahead of a $36 million weekend. The best opening for a film with the Predator in it was Alien Vs. Predator, which made $38.2 million when it debuted in 2004, although it is up for debate whether that really counts as a Predator film. The best debut for a proper Predator film was Predators, which made $24.7 million opening weekend, a number The Predator is tracking to beat.

In a contest of killing prowess, the Predator has no equal, but at the box office, The Predator will be facing some stiff competition for the #1 spot in the form of The Nun. The Conjuring Universe film overcame bad reviews to set a record for that franchise last weekend, and it is still looking strong this weekend. The Nun is tracking to make around $25 million in the next few days, but The Predator is projected to edge it out at the box office.

This weekend has no shortage of R-rated fare with White Boy Rick and A Simple Favor also debuting. White Boy Rick, the Matthew McConaughey film based on a true story, made $575K in preview screenings last night and is tracking at around $8-$10 million for the weekend. A Simple Favor boasts the best reviews of this weekend’s new releases and made $900K in previews on its way to a weekend that should fall somewhere in the mid-teens.

Thursday night’s $2.5 million isn’t a bad start for The Predator, and if it lives up to the tracking, it will be well on its way to recouping its $88 million budget. That The Predator is looking to perform this well speaks to the nostalgia for the franchise and audience desire for this kind of movie. There are a lot of internal and external forces that you might think would make matters more difficult for The Predator‘s box office prospects but they do not appear to be doing so. The sex offender controversy that popped up last week has become a story around the film, and even ignoring that unfortunate situation, The Predator is not doing particularly well critically, sitting at 34% on Rotten Tomatoes. That said, some people really dug it. There is also the fact the East Coast is dealing with Hurricane Florence, but it looks like The Predator doesn’t mind a little rain.

The Predator is now playing. Check out what we thought of the film and head on over to our release guide to see all the biggest movies still coming this year.

Fall TV Is Finally Giving Me the Female Leads I’ve Always Wanted

Everyone has been influenced by TV characters at some point—those small-screen personalities that make an impact on us and help us realize the version of ourselves we want to be. For me, those characters were saxophone- and book-loving Lisa Simpson and Saved by the Bell’s Jessie Spano. As a preteen I’d sprint home from school to beat my sister to the highly coveted seat in front of the TV before Saved by the Bell’s familiar, chirpy theme song started. From the very first episode, Jessie proved herself as a smart, staunch feminist who called out unfair societal norms and was quick to confront her ridiculous (and often chauvinistic) boyfriend, AC Slater. She leaned into her intelligence in a way that made her stand out from other female protagonists on both the small and big screens. What’s more, she was unapologetically herself—a brilliant badass. And so I wanted to be one too.

For young women, seeing yourself in the shows you watch matters, and while television has seen its fair share of iconic female leads over the years, a lack of diversity—both in the casting and in the characters themselves—has kept progress at bay. But things seem to be changing. Today’s television has unveiled a new golden era of dynamic, diverse, complex female leads. No longer are women typecast as wholesome role models or cute sidekicks. In fact, they’re often not. From Sandra Oh’s rule-­breaking Eve Polastri in Killing Eve to Madeline Brewer’s tragically resilient Janine in The Handmaid’s Tale and Amy Adams’ troubled Camille Preaker in Sharp Objects, women are playing the brilliantly flawed, sometimes unsympathetic characters that, before now, had most often been brought to life by men. As Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart told *Glamour*: “Everyone has a dark side,” and TV’s women are finally getting the chance to explore theirs.

Of course, the reason we’re seeing such dynamic female leads onscreen is due to the mounting number of women behind the lens. Increasingly, female characters are being brought to life by female writers like Gillian Flynn, executives like ABC’s Channing Dungey, and producers like this issue’s cover star, Issa Rae. These pages are full of women who are blazing trails in TV like never before, helping to push boundaries of what’s acceptable for women onscreen and make sure all young girls grow up feeling represented.

So here’s to TV’s leading ladies—both those behind the camera and in front of it.

Samantha Barry is Glamour’s editor-in-chief

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Keiko Agena Says There’s Enough Story for Another Gilmore Girls Revival

It’s been two whole years since Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life blessed us with more installments of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s signature fast-talking dialogue, but we might not have seen the end of Stars Hollow. In a new interview Keiko Agena, who played Lane Kim on the hit show, says there’s enough material for another Gilmore Girls revival—specifically, focusing on Rory’s pregnancy. “I do think that there is story left. I mean, especially with Rory’s storyline,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight. “So, I mean, I would love to work on another installment of Gilmore Girls.”

The main obstacle, according to Entertainment Tonight: the “very busy” schedules of the cast and the showrunners. Alexis Bledel is currently starring in The Handmaid’s Tale, for example, while Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel under their belts. “I would understand if that’s part of the challenge of ever doing another Gilmore Girls revival,” Agena told ET. “But until then, people should definitely check out all of Handmaid’s Tale and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and everything that Melissa McCarthy does, which is absolutely hilarious.”

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Keiko Agena in the Netflix revival of ‘Gilmore Girls’

Agena included a shout-out to her own new show, Hulu’s The First, debuting on Friday, in which she plays an astronaut who’s part of the inaugural batch of Mars colonizers. “It was such a whirlwind when I first heard about it… and definitely once I got the script, and dove into the lightly sci-fi aspect to it, I was completely hooked,” she told ET. “I mean, [creator] Beau Willimon, just meeting him was fantastic, and I fell in love with the project right away.”

As for other people’s interest in a second Gilmore Girls revival, Agena told ET that she hasn’t heard anything from the showrunners, while ET reported that Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, previously said Gilmore Girls‘s future has yet to be discussed—despite a mysterious tweet from 2016 that suggested otherwise.

“[Sherman-Palladino] knows that we are very big fans of Gilmore Girls,” Holland said in July, according to ET.

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Mac Miller Was Reportedly Dead For Hours Before Help Arrived

One week ago, the music world tragically lost Mac Miller. The 26-year-old rapper was discovered unconscious in his bedroom, and it was previously reported that the cause of death was an apparent overdose. Details surrounding the late musician’s passing were skim when the story first broke, but it is now being reported that Miller was dead in his house for hours before paramedics and medical experts arrived at the scene. Here’s what we know.

TMZ reports that before Mac Miller’s body was discovered and 911 was called, the musician’s body was left dead in his bedroom. Despite the best efforts of the medical professionals on the scene, there was nothing they could do to revitalize the recently-belated, forever young rapper. The body was discovered around noon, and there are also reports that there were people inside the house in the hours before the musician was reported dead.

Mac Miller’s body was found at noon last Friday, but it was believed there was a party at the musician’s San Fernando Valley residence the day before he was pronounced deceased. There were friends at the place, though it’s unclear how many, and were reportedly inside the building until the early hours of the day on Friday, mere hours before the tragedy. The police claim that no one has stepped forward to claim that they saw the musician alive past Thursday night, according to the initial report from TMZ. As mentioned earlier, details are still coming forward at this time, and it’s still not entirely clear what lead to the musician’s ultimate demise only a few days ago. There were only tiny traces of white powder found when the law enforcement officers searched the premises. Any other drugs were swept clean to hide evidence.

Fans have expressed their shock, grief, and remorse for the untimely loss of Mac Miller on social media and elsewhere. In Pittsburgh, the city where Mac Miller grew up and rose to prominence before making it big in the business, there were memorials and vigils held to pay remembrance to the late artist. More specifically, there was a public service in Blue State Park, which was considered one of Mac Miller’s favorite locations in the city. There were reportedly thousands of mourning fans, friends and family in attendance, including the musician’s grandmother. It’s a deep loss for fans.

The cause of death for Mac Miller is not officially determined on his death certificate, and there will be a toxicity report to come, though the results of such a test are known to take upwards of four-to-six weeks, so there might not be any additional details about his death for a little while. Nevertheless, it’s a grave tragedy, and fans are left grieving. We’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest celebrity news and updates right here at CinemaBlend.

Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Co-Writer Reveals How Chris Miller And Phil Lord Contributed To The Movie

Following the behind-the-scenes shake-up on Solo: A Star Wars Story the film changed directors and went through a lot of reshoots, so how much of the movie was actually the work of the original directors? it’s a question that a lot of Star Wars fans have been asking and, one that nobody appears to be very interested in answering. However, a recent information dump from Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan reveals quite a few details about the final product that were apparently the work of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The first major influence that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (referred throughout Jon Kasdan Twitter thread as C&P for Chris and Phil) had on Solo: A Star Wars Story was on the character of Lady Proxima (referred to by Kasdan as Mother Proxima, showing another way the character changed). She’s part of a group called the White Worms in the script but in the original draft they’re described as “well dressed, vampiric, albino aliens” it was apparently Lord and Miller that turned the White Worms into actual worms.

Another addition to the script from Lord and Miller was the speeder chase that sees Han and Qi’ra attempt to escape Corellia. Apparently, the chase simply wasn’t in the script originally, but Lord and Miller felt that the audience needed to see Han be a pilot and show off his skill early in the movie. If the speeder chase hadn’t been there then we wouldn’t have seen Han fly anything until he took over the Millennium Falcon near the end of the film. Needless to say, that would have been too long to wait.

If you liked the way Chewbacca was introduced in Solo: A Star Wars Story, you can thank the original directors as they apparently had the idea to make Chewie “the beast” and they even created the aesthetic, making the cage fight a massive mud pit. They also devised how the fight would end, with Han speaking in Chewie’s language at a key moment.

Lord and Miller were also largely responsible for the look of The Lodge at Fort Ypso, the gambling den where Han and Qi’ra find Lando. They were apparently inspired by Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller for the look of the location.

One of the more interesting new characters introduced in Solo: A Star Wars Story was Lando’s co-pilot, the droid L3-37. Jonathan Kasdan reveals that the creation of the character came about through conversations he, and his co-writer, father Lawrence Kasdan, had with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Specifically, the character came from Chris Miller pointing out the oddness of the fact that the Mos Eisley bartender throws out R2-D2 and C-3PO, something Miller thought was odd since droids would generally be considered the most well-behaved patrons a cantina could have.

The scene between Han and Qi’ra in Lando’s cape closet on the Falcon was an idea of Lord and Miller that was specifically designed to remind the audience of a similar scene between Han and Leia in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Kasdan also credits Lord and Miller, along with Solo casting director Nina Gold, for finding Erin Kellyman, the actress who plays Enfys Nest. They were, of course, also responsible for selecting Alden Ehrenreich himself as Han Solo.

Interestingly, Jon Kasdan also calls out Lord and Miller for two items that you won’t see in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The first involved a creature Lord and Miller came up with called a Wopota, which was some sort of elephant-like animal that was being used in the Kessel mines. It apparently had a drill strapped to its face for making new tunnels, and during the prison break, the creature gets loose and chases Han and Chewie through the tunnels. Kasdan wishes the scene had been filmed, it apparently had some great banter, but it was ultimately deemed too expensive.

The second sequence that you don’t see in Solo is a stop off on a random planet during the Kessel Run that would have been full of massive terrifying alien creatures. It was here where the alien in space the Falcon must escape from in the final cut was originally found. Lord and Miller apparently nixed this scene themselves, feeling the stopover would kill the momentum of the escape. In this case, Kasdan agrees this was the right move.

And so, while Phil Lord and Chris Miller may not have completed the responsibilities of directing Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s clear that the final product still owes them a great debt, as they did help create much of what we see on screen. It’s unclear how much of what they created they actually filmed, we may never know that, but Ron Howard certainly used a lot of the work they did.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available in Digital format and will hit Blu-ray September 25.

Lennon Stella Dropped “Bad” And It Deserves Your Undivided Attention

Preparing to drop the first music video of her solo career, Lennon Stella set high expectations. With the instantly-catchy single “Bad,” FINALLY out now, the rising queen is delivering.

Pop music stans had reason to believe Lennon would impress. She appeared on Nashville for years with her sister, Maisy Stella, and dropped “Bad” as a demo in July after being signed to RECORDS & Columbia Records. With the song’s official release last night, Lennon already has fans vouching for her.

Along with the single drop, Lennon released the “Bad” music video, which reflects the song’s storyline of an unfaithful boyfriend. She wishes that he would’ve treated her “bad, bad, bad,” so that the breakup wouldn’t leave her “twice as sad.” But seeing how much Lennon thrives in the video, it’s clear that boyfriend is missing out.

Just an hour after the video went live, fans on YouTube cherished this moment Lennon gets huge.

Don’t be late to the Lennon Stella is Famous party. Watch the video for “Bad” and obsess over how much it bops below.

Carrie Underwood Recently Canceled Two Shows Because She Was So Sick She ‘Couldn’t Stand’

Last week, Carrie Underwood fans in the U.K. found themselves wishing her a speedy recovery after she canceled two performances due to an unspecified “illness.” According to People, Underwood’s record label made the announcement on Facebook, revealing that the singer would no longer be performing at the Long Road Festival or Radio 2 Live at Hyde Park over the weekend.

This week, Underwood shed some light on the health condition that led to her last-minute cancellations. “I don’t cancel shows. Like, I will drag myself on the stage and perform if I have the flu, or whatever,” she told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Thursday night (September 13). “In the U.K., we had to cancel a couple shows. Basically, I got, like, a viral thing, and I woke up, I had vertigo, and I could not stand up, and it was crazy.”

“I ended up in a German hospital for three days,” she added. “They were so sweet and so nice. And we were, like, in our rooms, like, trying to learn German and trying to communicate with the people….I learned one phrase. ‘Kein fleisch, bitte’—’No meat, please.’ I don’t eat meat, so they would come in—that’s all I learned. That’s all I got.”

Watch Underwood explain this for yourself, below:

A few months ago, Underwood revealed she had seriously injured herself in a fall last November, requiring 40 to 50 facial stitches and metal screws in her broken wrist.. “I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse,” she wrote in a blog post at the time. “And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way…. It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”

After spending several months in recovery, Underwood returned to the stage in April with a triumphant performance of her new song “Cry Pretty” at the Academy of Country Music Awards, receiving a long standing ovation and later winning Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban.

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Modern Family Will See A Major Character Die This Season

Modern Family has earned a ton of awards proving it has made America laugh a ton over the past nine years, and while the series may very well continue to do that in Season 10, there’s a solid chance it’ll also make some folks cry. As revealed by co-creator Christopher Lloyd, a major death is coming to the show somewhere in the first batch of Season 10 episodes.

Christopher Lloyd’s reasoning is sound and he’s right that a “modern family” will likely have to deal with death at some point or another. As for who the show is picking for that major death, that is certainly not something Lloyd is going to reveal before it happens. What he did tell EW, however, is that the death will be “significant” and a big enough deal that it will impact the season over the course of several episodes.

That would appear to confirm that someone either within or close to the Pritchett/Dunphy clan is going to die, and with Modern Family likely entering its final season, anyone is on the table. The obvious guess may be Jay, considering Ed O’ Neill is the most senior member of the main cast by a longshot. Additionally, a grown adult losing a parent is one of the most common deaths families tend to experience as a whole and one that would surely resonate with Modern Family audiences.

That said, there’s no telling what Modern Family has up its sleeve, and there’s no guarantee anyone on the central cast is safe. This Is Us‘ Jack Pearson taught us even the healthiest of fathers can fall victim to heart issues, and accidents happen all the time that result in a loss of life no one could’ve predicted. Something like that sounds a bit heavy-handed for Modern Family, but then again, so does the death of a major character. It’s possible whoever dies is the actor who didn’t agree to the hypothetical Season 11 ABC is reportedly trying to work out, and the show saw a perfect opportunity to introduce a shocking storyline while still continuing the show past the 10 season mark.

Modern Family will premiere what might be its final season on ABC Wednesday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out what else is coming to television around that time and beyond with CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide. Sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news.

Nicolas Cage Thinks An R-Rating Would Have Helped The Ghost Rider Movies

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a massive part of the filmmaking landscape, there was a time before serialized storytelling was the norm. Individual superhero movies were released without any connection to each other, a concept that seems almost foreign nowadays. One of those projects was 2007’s Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas Cage as the title character and his alter ego Johnny Blaze. While it was eventually also given a sequel, the franchise never really took off the way that Iron Man or its peers did, and was a critical disappointment. Cage recently spoke about Ghost Rider‘s performance, and revealed he thinks an R-Rating would have significantly opened things up. As he tells it,

The man has a point. During both Ghost Rider movies’ production, the superhero genre hadn’t really considered an R-rating viable. But now that Deadpool and Logan have broken new ground, the possibilities are endless.

Nicolas Cage’s comments to Yahoo make a great deal of sense, given Ghost Rider’s dark backstory and striking imagery. In the comics, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul the demon villain Mephisto in an attempt to save his father’s life. The hero was bonded with hellfire, which would consume his body at night and in moments of superheroics. It’s a painful and terrifying process– one that had to be pulled back quite a bit in the Ghost Rider movies.

While 2007 was the right time for an R-rated Ghost Rider movie, it would be a different story if the project was developing now. Audiences have become very accustomed to superhero movies in general, as well as darker and grittier takes on the genre. Logan was bloody and painful, and Netflix’s Marvel shows are filled violence, sex, and cursing. Ghost Rider is a character that is best when going full tilt, so having to tone things down in order to maintain at PG-13 rating likely held the movie franchise back. Another superhero disappointment for Nicolas Cage to endure after missing out on his Superman movie.

It should be interesting to see if Ghost Rider ever joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony owned the property when the two movies were released, which is why Nicolas Cage’s Marvel hero never crossed paths with The Avengers. While a different version of Ghost Rider eventually made it into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., neither ever made their way to the MCU’s silver screen universe.

Nicolas Cage’s next Marvel role will be voicing Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming animated featured Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on December 14, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.