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When You Can See The Biggest Movies From The 2018 Toronto Film Festival

Reading about film festivals creates a real fear of missing out. Believe me, we feel it during the annual Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, even as we are readying our own schedules for the Toronto International Film Festival — where we scramble to catch up with the best of the best in a very short window of time. But you, reading about all of the activity from back home, want to know when these highly anticipated films will finally make it somewhere that YOU can see them… whether that’s in a theater or on a progressive streaming service like Netflix.

We have you covered. Here’s a quick rundown of the top movies getting all of the buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival — followed by the latest known release date for said feature. Fill your calendar, read about the movies here on CinemaBlend, and prepare to enter the conversation as we guide you all the way through the Fall film festival season and prepare, together, for the annual Oscar push.

A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper attempts to tell a familiar story (there are three previous versions of Star available to watch right now), though the ace up the first-time-director’s sleeve appears to be Lady Gaga in the role of a gifted songwriter who discovers the confidence to become a blistering stage star. The chemistry between Gaga and Cooper is said to be undeniable, and we expect A Star is Born to be an Oscar player in multiple categories.

Opens: October 4

First Man

Ryan Gosling re-teams with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for a gritty, humanizing recount of the space race from the 1960s, specifically the Gemini and Apollo missions that led to the eventual moon landing that put Neil Armstrong (Gosling) on the surface of the moon. This one will be a must-see in IMAX when it opens in theaters.

Opens: October 11

Roma

Alfonso Cuaron follows up his Oscar-winning effort on Gravity with a grounded family drama that’s said to pull mostly from the vivid memories of his childhood. Roma is shot on beautiful black-and-white film, and is already being hailed as an emotional, honest and devastating tearjerker.

On Netflix: December 14

Superman Writer Dan Jurgens Responds To Henry Cavill’s DC Departure

Superman has been written by a lot of different people in his 80 years of existence, both in comic books and other media projects. Dan Jurgens is among the more notable creative minds that’s tackled the Man of Steel for the comic book medium, as he’s been writing the character on and off for nearly three decades, most recently with his Action Comics run during the DC Rebirth relaunch. So when it was reported yesterday that Henry Cavill was leaving the Superman role behind and departing the DC Extended Universe, Jurgens took to social media to offer his two cents on the matter, saying:

I have to disagree with Dan Jurgens that his opinion doesn’t matter, as he’s one of the most influential Superman writers of the modern era, particularly for the famous “Death of Superman” storyline, which was partially adapted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If anyone is qualified to speak on Superman, it’s him, and as Jurgens stated on Twitter, he’s definitely a fan of Henry Cavill’s depiction of the Kryptonian hero. Keep in mind that it still hasn’t been officially confirmed yet if Cavill is indeed hanging up the red cape, but if it’s true, then it sounds like we can count Jurgens among the people who are sad to see him go.

Seven years after Superman Returns failed to relaunch the Kryptonian’s film series, Man of Steel rebooted the character through a darker lens, drawing polarizing reactions from critics and fans. Rather than given Henry Cavill’s Superman another standalone sequel, Warner Bros instead decided to pair him with a certain Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which generated even more polarization than its predecessor. Just like in Dan Jurgens’ “Death of Superman,” Batman v Superman ended with Kal-El/Clark Kent sacrificing himself to stop Doomsday, but a year and a half later, he was resurrected in Justice League and is back to protecting humanity. There’s been talk for years about Man of Steel 2 moving forward, but with this latest Cavill update, it doesn’t look like that’ll happen anytime soon.

As for why Henry Cavill may be retiring as Superman, supposedly it stemmed from him not being able to cameo in Shazam! due to scheduling issues, and from there the door shut for good on the actor reprising the hero again. Hours after the news broke, Cavill posted a bizarre video in response to the Superman rumors, neither confirming nor denying them, and earlier today it was reported that things are still up in the air regarding Cavill’s future as the Man of Steel. This is definitely one of the weirder behind-the-scenes stories to emerge from the DCEU, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on how the situation develops.

With or without Henry Cavill as Superman, the DCEU is continuing on December 21 with the release of Aquaman, and don’t forget to look through our DC movies guide to find out what other movies are on the way/in development for the superhero franchise.

Eminem’s ‘Lucky You’ Video Sends A Message To Young Rappers: He’s Watching

Since dropping his ninth album, Kamikaze, out of the blue last week, Eminem‘s been in the news a lot. Most of the headlines stem from the rapper’s ongoing beefs with everyone from Joe Budden to Machine Gun Kelly, but it appears Em is now turning the focus back on promoting his new project. After outrunning his critics in the eerie video for “Fall,” Em now finds himself stalked by copycats in the vid for the Joyner Lucas-featuring “Lucky You,” released on Thursday (September 13). (And no, they’re not the bleached Slim Shady clones from the 2000 VMAs… though that would’ve been pretty great.)

The inspiration behind the vid is pretty straightforward: Eminem inspired an entire generation of MCs, and he believes they shamelessly and deliberately copy his every move. The video takes that concept literally, as hordes of hooded, red-eyed men imitate him and Lucas as they rap on top of wrecked cars in a run-down town. Em and Lucas proceed to have some fun with it, making their imitators dab, hump the air, and hop on one foot while patting their heads. Lightheartedness aside, however, it’s clear Em is sending a message to the hip-hop world: they may be watching his every move, but he’s watching them, too.

Though Kamikaze has sparked countless debates about the return of Slim Shady, the album still sold enough to deliver the ninth No. 1 album of Eminem’s career. Maybe this was the revival fans were waiting for.

Marvel’s Karen Gillan Is Teasing Fans About Avengers 4 Reshoots

With Avengers 4 reshoots in full swing ahead of its summer release, cryptic teasers from the talented cast and filmmakers are also emerging on social media. The upcoming installment will follow up Avengers: Infinity War, which left us with questions upon questions about what is next for the beloved MCU characters. Among them is Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Karen Gillan, who has played troubled assassin Nebula since 2014. The actress is the latest to take to social media to confirm her return to the Avengers 4 set, which looks to demand pretty early hours of her. Take a look:

Karen Gillan posted the above screenshot on her Instagram story, sharing her painful wake-up time of 4:30 a.m. and commenting that Nebula has some unfinished business with “Daddio” Thanos. While all the Avengers certainly have a beef to pick with Thanos after he snapped half of the universe out of existence, Nebula’s business is definitely a personal one. Her adopted father has caused her physical and emotional damage throughout her life, as we especially learned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As the character revealed, Thanos would have Nebula and Gamora face one another in combat while they were growing up and would replace one of Nebula’s organic parts with a mechanical one every time Gamora won the fight ­ which was a lot.

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos used Nebula to force Gamora to hand over the location of the Soul Stone by torturing her. Thanos’ cruel tactics got to Gamora, as she led the villain to the stone and was then murdered by him. Since Nebula was one of the few characters to survive Thanos’ snap, she will certainly be determined to take him down, along with the other Avengers. Nebula, however, is often fueled by rage and isn’t known to follow a well thought out plan, so here’s hoping she will think before acting this time instead of being a saboteur.

Along with reshoots, the Avengers 4 cast will also finish up their ending to the film that has yet to be given an official title or drop a trailer. For the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, however, the fate of the franchise is a little blurry. Since the firing of director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 based on some controversial tweets he penned almost a decade ago, the film has been put on an indefinite hold. Karen Gillan and the rest of the franchise’s principal cast released an open letter to the studio, asking them to reverse their decision, but it didn’t result in any further action on Disney’s part.

We certainly don’t want to imagine the possibility of Avengers 4 being Nebula’s last appearance in the MCU due to the controversy. With the highly-anticipated film coming to theaters on May 3, 2019, hopefully she gets some much-needed justice on Thanos for her life of pain.

Blackout: 5 Things That Set Call Of Duty’s Battle Royale Apart From The Pack

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode doesn’t exactly break the battle royale mold, but Treyarch has certainly elevated the genre with a handful of creative twists. Thanks to those clever additions and a healthy amount of polish, Blackout proves there are plenty of ways to keep 100-player battles interesting, and I’ve got a feeling this new mode is going to steal the show when the full game launches on Oct. 12.

Okay, no, Blackout doesn’t actually sport 100 players like most battle royale games, but I’m not going to split hairs when they’re currently rocking a roster of 88. The entire mode actually follows a similar path, offering an experience that’s similar to what players have grown to expect in games like PUBG and Fortnite, while peppering in just enough new tweaks to set it apart from the pack.

If you look at Blackout from 30,000 feet, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s “just another battle royale mode.” Players are dropped onto the map from high altitude and, once they hit the ground, the objective is to find gear and outshoot the competition. Useful items are scattered all over the map, which is itself broken into several biomes and littered with landmarks and structures of varying sizes. Planes occasionally fly overhead and drop crates full of helpful loot and, yep, a deadly circle closes in on the map, forcing remaining players into a smaller battlefield.

But while Blackout nails all of those basics, There are five things that really help distinguish it from the competition.

The Walking Dead

I’m just going to go ahead and start with zombies because it’s such an unexpected addition to Blackout. Other battle royale games have featured AI baddies in the past, but I’m pretty sure they’ve been completely dropped at this point. Treyarch wisely uses the shambling dead sparingly in Blackout, introducing a unique hook that doesn’t require their tech to keep track of a hundred extra AI enemies.

In Blackout, the map is marked with a handful of glowing blue lights directing players to specific locations. If you head to one of those locations, you’ll notice an item pulled directly from the series’ popular Zombies mode, a Mystery Box. Your first problem will be that those boxes are typically guarded by a handful of zombies. You can try to sneak past the undead and grab the gear unnoticed, but they’ll overtake you with a quickness if you aren’t super careful. Your other option is to take out the zombies first, but your gunfire is likely to serve as an additional beacon to other players.

The zombies themselves drop loot when they get shot down and the Mystery Box typically holds some top-tier gear, including unique weapons like the freaking ray gun. If you can manage to get in and out without being eaten or shot down by other players, you’ll be rewarded with a leg up on the remaining competition.

Blackout also features a Monkey grenade that, when thrown, goes off and draws a small horde of zombies toward your enemies. Like most of the items on this list, zombies don’t drastically change the battle royale mode, but they certainly introduce some great risk/reward scenarios.

Why Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Will Be Rated PG-13

After a five-year hibernation, Godzilla is making his return, and he’s bringing some other titans along with him in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The first trailer for the film debuted at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, and it teased a positively gorgeous epic full of large-scale action. Now we know that despite what I assume will be mass destruction and death, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will still boast a PG-13 rating. The reasoning for the PG-13 rating is as follows:

Fans of the franchise probably expected a blockbuster like Godzilla: King of the Monsters would score a PG-13 rating, and the reasoning stands as well. This film will feature no shortage of violence and destruction, as is the case when leviathans clash for supremacy. What we’ve seen from the trailer indicates that the destruction will be even more, well, destructive, than the last Godzilla film– which makes sense with much greater threats like King Ghidorah on the board. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will also feature some language, maybe people understandably shouting curse words when confronted with the chaos of skyscraper-sized monster battles.

Comparing Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ rating from Filmratings.com with its predecessor, we do see some differences. Godzilla from 2014 netted its PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of destruction” as well as “mayhem and creature violence.” So that sounds a lot like the same sort of reasoning using different wording, although there might be more foul language this time around and perhaps less mayhem.

Judging by the absolutely killer first trailer, Godzilla: King of the Monsters looks like a very dark and serious film, with intense emotion and very high stakes. This would be more in keeping with its predecessor than Kong: Skull Island, which felt just a bit more like an adventure romp, especially with John C. Reilly’s character, than the Godzilla films. By comparison, the Godzilla franchise is generally more apocalyptic in tone. And unlike the 2014 Godzilla, King of the Monsters isn’t holding back it’s creatures, with the first trailer giving us plenty of Godzilla as well as the other contenders for the throne, including a small glimpses of King Ghidorah. So my guess is there is less of a slow burn this time around and the monster mayhem will start early and not let up.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is one of the most exciting blockbusters of next year, so this PG-13 rating, the sweet spot for blockbusters, will allow the most people to see it with the hopes of delivering a titanic box office. The next chapter in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and Kyle Chandler.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into theaters on May 31, 2019. For all the biggest movies still to come this year, check out our release calendar.

Eminem Slams Machine Gun Kelly As Feud Continues

Eminem is pissed. As anyone who listened to the rap artist’s contentious new studio album _Kamikaze _can attest, he isn’t looking to make new friends and he’s not afraid to make new enemies in the process. That includes Machine Gun Kelly, the up-and-coming rapper who was one of several modern musicians whom Eminem dissed in the surprise album a few weeks earlier. Kelly wasn’t afraid to bite back, releasing his own diss track directed towards the middle-aged musician shortly thereafter. And in a recent interview found on Eminem’s YouTube account, Em explains why he is holding a grudge towards Machine Gun Kelly in particular. Suffice to say, the embittered feud between Kelly and Eminem will only get stronger from here on out.

The wide-ranging videotaped conversation finds Eminem talking about a variety of different talking points, mainly about his last two studio albums: last year’s Revival and the aforementioned Kamikaze, as well the reception of his past few projects. But it was later in the two-part YouTube interview with Sway that Machine Gun Kelly came into the fold, and that’s when Eminem didn’t feel the need to hold back his feelings. Sway talked about how MGK went off on Eminem in his own single, “Rap Devil,” and it furthered the bitter animosity between the two musicians. Here’s how Eminem described it.

You can watch the full interview clip with Eminem with Sway at the link below. While Machine Gun Kelly isn’t the only subject discussed, it may the most talked about aspect.

It’s evident that Eminem isn’t looking to let bygones be bygones anytime soon. He’s out for revenge, and the heat between is only starting to boil. If there’s one person who can really hold a grudge, it’s Eminem. And Machine Gun Kelly isn’t looking to keep things friendly either, it seems, based on recent behavior found between them. Expect more developments. Although, as Eminem admits, if he keeps this charade going, it’s only blowing up MGK’s profile more. And Eminem admits, “Rap Devil” wasn’t bad “for him.” We’ll continue to keep you posted on the ongoing feud between Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem as new updates arise, and we’ll keep you posted on the latest celebrity developments and more here at CinemaBlend.

Despite Rumors, Halo 5 Is Not Coming To PC

A recent box art refresh had led to speculation that Halo 5: Guardians will finally be making its way to PC, but a follow-up comment from Microsoft clarifies that Master Chief is still not ready to settle in on a new platform. In other words, PC fans might have to wait until Halo Infinite arrives before they can fight the Covenant with a mouse and keyboard in hand.

The folks over at Ars Technica (via CNET) stumbled upon a refreshed box art image for Halo 5 that popped up on Amazon. The artwork for the box cover remains the same, save for one small detail. The original image boasted a small banner stating “Only on Xbox One.” The new banner, on the other hand, says “Xbox One Console Exclusive.”

If that seems like a small distinction, you’ve got to consider how Microsoft has carefully phrased game announcements over the years. Go back and watch a recent E3 showcase to see what I’m talking about. Before each trailer, you’ll hear a voice say either “Xbox One exclusive” or “Xbox One console exclusive.” We’ve come to learn that the first tag means the only place you’re going to be able to play this game is on an Xbox One. The second tag typically means a game is coming to Xbox One and PC, with the Xbox One being the only “console” the game is launching on.

So once Ars Technica’s catch got the rumor mill turning, the folks over at CNET reached out to Microsoft directly for clarification. After having a word with a spokesperson, they came back with the official statement that Microsoft does not plan to bring Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10 PC.

As you may recall from the Halo Infinite reveal during E3 2018, the next game in the Halo series is heading to a Microsoft platform as well as Windows PC. I’m being vague with the whole “Microsoft platform” business because Microsoft could very well be using the game as a key launch title for whatever their new platform is. Even more rumors are circulating that a new Microsoft platform could be ready to roll as soon as next year, which would make launching the big new Halo game on Xbox One seem a bit odd, unless they’re going the Nintendo route, who have launched two Zelda games across a pair of platforms as the old was giving way to the new.

For the time being, though, we should probably just take Microsoft at their word and wait for any additional announcements to come directly from the source. For now, just plan on not playing Halo 5 on your PC.

Tim Allen Talks Last Man Standing Moving From ABC To Fox

In case you somehow missed it — a quick recap. In 2017, Last Man Standing was cancelled by ABC. In 2018, Fox announced that it would revive the series, paving the way for the fan-favorite sitcom to return to television. With the show’s premiere now within sight, Tim Allen has been hitting the promotion trail. So, how does the actor feel about returning to the same show in light of the differences? Allen had this to say:

That’s a lot of letters! And it sounds like Last Man Standing will be picking up pretty much where it left off. Based on Tim Allen’s interview with EW, fans know what sustained the actor during the rough time in between the show being cancelled and then revived by Fox. They had more stories to tell. Thankfully for Last Man Standing and its fans, it did not take multiple years off the air for the show to be brought back to life.

With the comedy’s premiere now imminent, it will not be too much longer before Last Man Standing gets a chance to prove how big of a hit it will be in the ratings. So, now the answer to a question many fans may be curious to know. Does Tim Allen have any desire to prove something to ABC by having the sitcom be a huge hit on Fox? Allen weighed in, and his answer may surprise you. Allen said:

So, no bad blood there. As for the differences between Fox and ABC, Tim Allen revealed there are few to speak of. And while Fox executives do not show up on the same dates for script read-throughs, both networks’ note sessions for the comedy have been the same. So, not a lot of changeups behind the scenes of the show. Of course, there have been some on-screen changes, as certain cast members will not be returning for Last Man Standing‘s Fox revival.

Mike Baxter’s daughter Mandy will be played by Molly McCook when the show returns for the seventh season. And Tim Allen shared his praise for how the actress is taking over the role of Mike’s middle daughter. Molly Ephraim originally played the character. Along with a new Mandy, Last Man Standing will also be introducing a new actor to play Mike’s grandson Boyd.

While it seemed like Season 7 would see all the Baxter family members return, it was recently revealed that one member would not be alive when the show returns. Regardless of the changes, Tim Allen seems pumped for Last Man Standing‘s return, and the fans who wrote letters for its comeback, among others, likely share in his excitement.

Fans’ patience will pay off when the sitcom returns, along with many other shows, including those on Fox’s schedule. Last Man Standing will return for its first season on Fox and its seventh season overall, on Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET.

Megababe Rosy Pits Review: The Natural Deodorant With a 13,000 Person Waitlist

Thirteen thousand people are waiting for a deodorant, and you just have to hope they have a backup plan. For this is no ordinary natural deodorant: This is Megababe’s Rosy Pits, a stick that’s been out of stock since early August. As of today, it’s back. So why is everyone so thirsty?

As a sweaty person and longtime proponent of aluminum-free deodorants, I’ve tried more than my share of formulas. Most people’s eyes glaze over when I talk about why I switched to natural. They telegraph the message that that’s nice, but they’ll take the chemicals that they know work for them. And yet, maybe the tides are changing, considering so many people are waiting with bated breath to buy Megababe’s latest. Determined to find out what gives, I took Rosy Pits for a test drive.

The first point in the deodorant’s favor comes before you even unscrew the cap. It’s cute: the plastic packaging looks clean but fun, like something you’d find in a feminist boutique before it’s scooped up and stocked in Urban Outfitters (the brand is sold at Ulta, but the deo is currently exclusive to its website). Millennial pink, check; de-stigmatizing personal care products, check. The brand’s taken on other annoying problems, like chafed thighs and boob sweat, with equally cute solutions. As its fourth release, Rosy Pits doesn’t disappoint.

Upon uncapping, the only way to describe its scent is “surprisingly powerful.” It smells more like a cologne than anything: sharp and clean, a little foresty. Think of how a car commercial set in Big Sur looks, and you’re there. It reminds me of sticking my high school boyfriend’s Old Spice antiperspirant under my nose, and inhaling it for five minutes straight—there’s that quality of addictiveness.

More factually, the brand says the formula includes sage, green tea, sandalwood, and horsetail plant, which explains the fragrance. (Even though the stick is named after the rose extract also in there, it didn’t pop out to me.) That’s in addition to coconut oil, aloe leaf juice, and Vitamin E. The combination means the deo is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal, which neutralizes odor-causing bacteria without alcohol. On the sweat front, the brand ditched aluminum in favor of corn starch, which absorbs wetness without baking soda’s potential for skin irritation.

Simply put, it’s a good deodorant. After swiping it on for a week, I’ve realized that it’s unobtrusive yet efficient. Where I occasionally get a pleasant whiff while wearing Kopari or Schmidt’s natural deodorant, my other faves, I have to really stick my head in my armpit to pick up on Rosy Pits. New York’s a nightmare of sweat and humidity right now, and not once have I smelled like B.O. (there’s nothing like the terrible epiphany of, “What’s that horrible smell? Oh, me.”) Also crucially, I haven’t noticed any white marks on my shirts.

Priced at $18, it’s a new amount to pay for deodorant, but it’s hard to argue with the desire of a town’s-worth of people. And for something so addictively sniffable, I get it.

Megababe Rosy Pits, $18, megababebeauty.com

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