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Christina Aguilera Thinks Social Media Would Have Helped Her Old Feud With Britney Spears

Social media has had an indelible impact on pretty much all our lives, including celebrities. It’s sometimes hard to remember that social media has warped our perception of the world, and how we view our relationships with friends, family or, in some cases, mere followers. We are all media fixtures now, in one way or another, thanks to the advent of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and more. But when it comes to Hollywood celebrities, it’s possible that social media might’ve drastically changed past feuds. That includes Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, who once shared a contentious relationship earlier in their careers. But if social media were around then, things could have been different.

As Christina Aguilera admits during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the beef between her and Britney Spears would probably be short-lived through modern social media, where they could put out their fires and make a song together, squashing all the bitter feelings felt between them.

Christina Aguilera admits that it took her a while before she warmed up to the idea of social media. At first, she found the whole idea pretty “vain,” particularly the trend of sharing selfies and chatting the long hours away talking about oneself. But when she realized that it gave the artist an incredible platform where she could engage with fans around the world at any given time, Aguilera started to see the plus side to being present on social media. She also admits that social media is a great platform for squashing beef. If social media were around when the media was comparing Aguilera to other artists, notably Britney Spears, the “Can’t Hold Us Down” singer believes things would be a whole lot different, particular between her and Britney.

With that said, Jimmy Kimmel admits that it’s not too late to do a song, and Christina Aguilera concurs. We’ll obviously keep you posted if that happens, but for now, that’s merely wishful thinking for the late night talk show host and the pop singer seated across from him. Here’s what she said.

You can check out the clip from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Christina Aguilera below.

The past might be in the past, but the future is left unwritten. Hopefully, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears put aside any squabbles they once had and come together to make some music. Nothing is in the works, as far as we know, but Aguilera seems hopeful. Through social media or otherwise.

Deleted Solo: A Star Wars Story Scene Shows How Han Ended Up In The Infantry

When Han Solo joined the Imperial Navy in Solo: A Star Wars Story he planned to be a pilot. However, the next time we see him in the movie he’s an infantry grunt getting blown through the air on some godforsaken planet. He mentions briefly later in the film why he got dumped from the Imperial Academy, but a newly released deleted scene reveals exactly what happened. Check it out.

The scene shows that Han Solo did, in fact, get a chance to fly with the Imperial Navy, but things don’t go well. The first thing we see is a damaged TIE Fighter that Han is trying to bring in for a landing. The next thing we see is Han with a bandaged eye standing before an Imperial Tribunal. He’s on trial for disobeying orders. Apparently, he broke formation to try and rescue another ship, which he was apparently successful in doing, though it resulted in things not going well for him. His heroics are not rewarded, however, and he’s sent into the infantry. Han at first thinks he’ll still be able to fly there, but not so much.

It’s a fun little scene, provided by Zcure1 on YouTube, that fills in a piece of the story that is nice to see. It’s not strictly necessary as dialogue later in the next scene gives us all the information we need about Han’s time in the navy, that he was dumped for, in his words, having a mind of his own, but it’s still nice to see the actual events. It also has a fun moment where Han cuts a conversation short that he doesn’t want to have any more, similar to the way he does the same thing in Star Wars: A New Hope by blasting the communications terminal.

The scene itself isn’t too surprising, as we had already heard previously that such a scene existed. What’s interesting, however, is that it appears this scene was actually longer than what we see here. It had previously been reported that two Star Wars extended universe characters, Tag and Bink, were going to appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story and while we never saw them in the final cut, it turns out they were originally part of this scene. However, Jonathan Kasdan, who co-wrote Solo and actually played one of the roles, said the characters were seen as they escorted Solo out of this tribunal, which is a moment we never see here, as the scene cuts directly from the sentence to Han flying through the air.

At this point, a few of the deleted scenes from Solo: A Star Wars Story have been released ahead of the official Digital and Blu-ray release, but there are several more that have promised. You can pick up Solo on Digital tomorrow and Blu-ray September 25.

We May Know What Superman’s Planned Shazam! Cameo Was

We are all still processing yesterday’s shocking news that Henry Cavill may be leaving the role of Superman and the DCEU behind. In the initial report, part of what precipitated this parting of the ways was a potential cameo for Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel in the upcoming Shazam! Talks apparently broke down over scheduling conflicts, and issues over a small cameo in Shazam! presaged Henry Cavill no longer being in DC films entirely. Now we may have some idea of what that planned Shazam! cameo entailed. The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez shared details about the planned cameo, saying:

If true, the cameo described by Umberto Gonzalez on Instagram sounds like the kind of cameo you would expect Superman to make. At the end of Shazam!, after Billy Batson has presumably won the day and done so in a way that did not go unnoticed, he is approached by Superman. He apparently caught the eye of Earth’s biggest hero, leading Supes to drop in and introduce himself. The meeting reportedly wasn’t only see this new player on the board, but also to establish a relationship should the Justice League need a little extra help down the line. It’s not dissimilar to Tony Stark keeping an eye on Peter Parker.

What’s fascinating about this report is that Clark Kent would have met up with Billy Batson in his non-superhero form. So somehow Superman will have seen or found out that the hulking and ultra-powerful superhero Shazam, is in fact just a kid. Perhaps he witnesses a transformation, because finding out who Shazam really is isn’t as simple as X-ray visioning Batman’s cowl to see a recognizable billionaire underneath. This would mean that the secret identity of Shazam might not be all that secret– at least not to Superman, and possibly the rest of the Justice League.

If this report is to be believed, it sounds like a charming and fun cameo that is just a little treat for Billy Batson and the audience, reminding everyone that this story was just part of a much wider world. It would have been especially meaningful since Billy Batson is a kid, and Superman is the archetype of a hero to aspire to in this world. We even see him referenced in a newspaper in the teaser, and Freddy Freeman looks to be a big fan.

Too bad this cameo will likely not be happening. Henry Cavill’s unconfirmed exit would put the DCEU in a precarious position, aside from just a brief cameo in Shazam! However, the situation appears to be fluid, with Henry Cavill posting cryptic social media post. But Cavill potentially staying on as Kal-El is still a possibility until official word says otherwise.

Shazam! bolts into theaters, Supes cameo or not, on April 5, 2019. Keep an eye on our guide for all the latest from the ever-changing DCEU and head over to the release calendar to plan out your moviegoing for the rest of this year.

Venom Could Have An Especially Big Opening Weekend

We’re entering the final months of 2018, and there are still a few superhero movies left to entertain audiences. Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are closing things out in December, but we’re only a few weeks away from finally seeing Venom. Not only is this the eponymous character’s second live action appearance, following 11 years after Spider-Man 3, the movie is also delving into Eddie Brock’s origin story without the Web-Slinger present, so many are interested to see how this adaptation turns out. That being said, if current box office predictions are correct, Venom could become the biggest October opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

Early box office tracking initially put Venom at making between $30-$50 million opening weekend domestically, while last month that range increased to $55-$85 million. Now THR has passed along that Venom looks to be settling down for a potential $65 million debut, although Sony is being more conservative with its estimates, instead suggesting a $55-$65 million launch. If Venom manages to hit the $56 million mark or beyond in its first couple days, it will surpass the previous domestic October record holder Gravity, which drew in $55.8 million opening weekend, while other October heavy hitters from recent years include The Martian and Paranormal Activity 3. Venom‘s biggest competition that opening weekend is Warner Bros’ A Star is Born, which earned critical acclaim out of the Toronto International Film Festival, but is predicted to come in second place with between $28-$30 million domestically (Warner Bros says it will be closer to $25 million).

Superhero movies are usually released in the summer movie season or the November/December period, but as we’ve seen with the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Deadpool and Black Panther, these kind of blockbusters can be successful in more unusual times of the year. If these early predictions prove correct, Venom will count itself among that successful group, although how it ends up being received critically is a different matter. Nevertheless, Venom is one of the more well-known characters from the Marvel mythology, which ideally will help put butts in seats, and if Venom meets or exceeds these estimates, that increases the chances of a sequel moving forward.

Inspired by the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic book storylines, Venom will show reporter Eddie Brock becoming bonded with his symbiote and putting his new abilities to the test against the Life Foundation, which is led by Carlton Drake and has other symbiotes lurking behind its walls. Along with Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, the movie’s cast includes Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom hits theaters on October 5, and if you’re interested in what other movies are coming out before the year is over, head to our 2018 release schedule.

Selena Gomez Just Topped Her Own Instagram Record, and All It Took Was a Happy Hour

If you’re an avid Instagram user, there’s a very good chance you’re one of the 142 million people who follow Selena Gomez. And if you’re among that group—comprising approximately 2 percent of the entire world’s population—there’s also a pretty good chance you double-tapped one of Gomez’s recent posts, which, in less than a week, has become her most-liked photo ever.

The post in question appeared late Saturday night (September 8). It’s a slideshow of two photos showing Gomez first posing with and then actually drinking a bright red cocktail. She wears a simple black strapless tube top and silver hoop earrings, and her long brown hair is slicked back into a high ponytail. As of press time, the captionless post had garnered nearly 10.7 million likes, thus securing the 13th spot on the list of most-liked IG posts, Harper’s Bazaar reports.

In doing so, the photos knock one of Gomez’s other posts down a peg. The previous record-holder for Gomez’s most-liked pic was a shot she posted almost exactly a year ago that showed her and close friend Francia Raísa holding hands across hospital beds. In the caption, Gomez explained she had undergone a kidney transplant and Raísa served as her donor. With just over 10.6 million likes, that sentimental shot now falls about 27,000 short of Gomez’s latest record-setting upload.

“I don’t have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game,” Gomez told ELLE for its October 2018 issue. “The reason why is, it’s not real to me. I know my voice is very prominent, but I’m not careless with it. I’m selective. As far as my personal life, someone sees me having a glass of wine? I could give two shits. I’m not trying to hide. That’s my life. I’m living it the way I want to live it. But it’s about making a conscious effort—if I can have a moment to be with my friends, I’ll take that time. So I don’t have any of it. I had to make that decision.”

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Looks Like Kate Beckinsale Is Done With The Underworld Franchise

Kate Beckinsale has maintained her badass action star status since 2003’s Underworld, but recently the franchise has received a few blows to the head. The latest entry was 2017’s Underworld: Blood Wars, which made a mere $30 million at the box office and was received poorly by audiences, with CinemaBlend’s own Mike Reyes pleading Sony to end the franchise while it still can in his review. We definitely wouldn’t blame Beckinsale for moving on from vampire death-dealer Selene with the current state of the franchise and contribute her acting talents elsewhere. And that’s just what she has planned as she switches to starring in indie endeavors. While promoting her latest drama Farming, Beckinsale was of course asked about her most iconic role and if she was planning on come back. She responded:

Looks like Kate Beckinsale as Selene is no more. While it would have been nice for the franchise end on a high note, not every franchise is given this chance. During her interview with Variety, Beckinsale shared that her career had roots in indie films, and when she found herself on huge posters on the side of every bus, it was quite off-putting. The actress also opened up about how she has worked on big movies that have been the “worst misery” of her life. Of course, we don’t know if she was referring to the Underworld franchise or the many other successful projects on her resume, she is clearly happier working in the more low-profile sector of Hollywood. Beckinsale also turned down the opportunity to play Wonder Woman in a mid-2000s cinematic adventure starring the DC heroine. She said she wasn’t eager to suit up in a leotard, though she also explained that the script was nowhere near the quality of what Gal Gadot received.

Farming recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to high acclaim. It stars Kate Beckinsale as foster mother to a Nigerian-born child who joins a skinhead gang. The film is a passion project for Suicide Squad’s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who wrote, directed and stars in the movie based on his own childhood. Beckinsale has also found a place on Amazon Prime Video, as she has collaborated on two films exclusively on their platform, Love & Friendship and The Only Living Boy in New York. The actress is also set to star in her first big television show on the upcoming Amazon Prime series, The Widow.

While confirmation of Selene’s death (until some sort of reboot likely becomes in the works) is bittersweet, Kate beckinsale is keeping herself busy with some exciting roles that she is passionate about. The star might have put away her arsenal of now, but if the right project comes around, we would love to see Beckinsale kick ass in a film again.

Daredevil’s Season 3 Premiere Date May Have Been Revealed By A Netflix Account

Matt Murdock is alive, and could be heading to Netflix for his Season 3 adventure sooner rather than later. This potential news came after a tweet from Netflix Thailand was released, which featured the Daredevil scene shown in the post-credits of the Season 2 finale of Iron Fist. The account gave a brief summary of Matt’s monologue, followed by a statement that the series would premiere on Friday, October 19. Check it out:

The news, if accurate, means that Season 3 of Daredevil is a little over a month away. That’s much closer than we originally thought, as Netflix and Marvel’s continued ambiguity about when it was arriving had some believing the premiere was still further away. We may never know why the premiere date was shrouded in secrets, but that’s not important now, provided this date Netflix Thailand tweeted out is real and also the date the series arrives stateside.

Netflix hasn’t confirmed or denied the information found in the Daredevil tweet, which means there’s always a chance the Friday, October 19 release date is bogus. International arms of streaming services and networks have provided misleading information in the past and could be out of the loop due to them being further away from the corporate home base. On the flip side, this wouldn’t be the first time a foreign network has accidentally leaked something by mistake, so the prior argument has just as much against it as it has going for it.

There’s also the timestamp on the tweet, which, at the time of writing, shows it’s been up on Twitter for around 24 hours. One would imagine if this Daredevil Season 3 release date was legit, Netflix would’ve deleted the tweet as soon as word began to circulate of its existence. On the same token, deleting anything on the internet is more or less a fruitless effort and would lead many to believe the date is legitimate. Unfortunately, over-analyzing really only complicates the situation further, as the only thing it makes clear is that nothing is certain until an official statement is released.

One thing that’s probably true is that Netflix U.S. did not intend for Netflix Thailand to tweet that out either way. If the date is legit, one of Netflix’s official accounts could’ve just blown weeks of cryptic teases and marketing, and Netflix and Marvel now must decide whether to come clean or pretend it never happened. If the information is incorrect, Netflix then has to either dismiss the tweet and listen to fans’ continued skepticism regarding its dismissal or potentially disappoint fans if they reveal the actual release date of Daredevil Season 3 is even further out. Either scenario sounds like the type of headache no one at Netflix wants to go through, although that might be unavoidable at this point.

Netflix is officially set to release Daredevil Season 3 sometime in 2018, and any tweets suggesting specific dates are simply rumors at this time. For some solid information on upcoming new and returning shows, and where to find them, check out our fall premiere guide.

Eat Like a Model (And Still Be Satisfied)

FOR MODEL, TV personality, social-media juggernaut and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, recipe inspiration arises in the unlikeliest places. Take the One-Pot Seafood Stew With Skillet Flatbread featured in her second cookbook, “Cravings: Hungry for More” (Sept. 18, Clarkson Potter). She got the idea for the dish on an UGG fashion shoot among the glaciers of Iceland. It was one of those all-too-luxurious photo sessions, ending with a “bearded hunk of a man-chef” cooking hand-foraged shellfish over volcanic rocks. But even that self-described “unrelatable” anecdote doesn’t detract from Ms. Teigen’s approachability. By the end of the recipe’s introduction, with its description of the broth as “a delicious tomato Jacuzzi,” you’re not alienated by Ms. Teigen’s aspirational life—you’re drawn into it.

Twenty years ago, eating like a model meant submitting to non-stop calorie restriction or signing up for a specialized diet (à la the raw-food cookbooks that ’80s supermodel Carol Alt wrote, and I, full disclosure, helped edit). But as fashion has become more casual—hello, athleisure—cookbooks from the genetically gifted have come down to Earth. Like the recent recipe collections from British former model Sophie Dahl (granddaughter of author Roald), Ms. Teigen’s books are filled with food you actually want to cook.

For Ms. Teigen, approachable doesn’t just mean shamelessly indulgent calorie bombs like Jalapeño Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese or Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders. Many of the recipes in her latest book are, by her own description, a bit less food-coma-inducing than those in her first, the best-selling “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat” (though she still devotes an entire chapter to potatoes).

In both Ms. Teigen’s books, all the recipes share one quality: meme-ability. Dishes that generate likes on Instagram tend to be relatable riffs on or clever mashups of dishes people already love. Her Linguine with Scallops and Casino Breadcrumbs, for example, brings the bacon-powered appeal and name recognition of clams casino to a creamy bowlful of seared scallops and pasta. And Shake & Bake Chicken With Hot Honey combines an extra-crunchy DIY version of a supermarket standby with a homemade take on a hipster condiment that has conquered fancy-food-store shelves.

Writing the second “Cravings” while pregnant with her second child, Ms. Teigen came up with recipes a little less fussy than those in the first. You won’t be asked to make DIY Dorito dust for her intensely munchable Cool Ranch Taco Salad, and she offers store-bought Catalina dressing and packets of taco seasoning as shortcuts, to boot.

Along with her co-author, Adeena Sussman, Ms. Teigen never misses an opportunity to goose a dish with added flavor. Maple syrup heated up with butter and red-pepper flakes “becomes a spicy-sweet Thai condiment weapon” to serve over waffles. A truly brilliant microwave method for crisp-fried shallots and a savory shallot oil finds its way into everything from grilled eggplant to rice pilaf.

As irresistible as these recipes are, the beating heart of this book, like the first one, is the “Thai Mom” chapter of recipes from her mother, Vilailuck Teigen (who goes by the handle @pepperthai2 on her own Instagram feed). And as convincing as the junior Ms. Teigen is in cajoling Middle America to make spicy Thai fish cakes and “mindnumbingly awesome” Tom Yum Noodles, her most effusive praise is reserved for Pepper’s Garlicky Bacon Scramble, a decidedly non-photogenic but super-flavorful dish of her mother’s design that she ate so often during her pregnancy, she claims her daughter is “basically made of these greasy, garlicky eggs.” A glamorous model hawking the most humble (and satisfying) breakfast you can imagine? That high-low combo will always be in fashion.

Shake & Bake Chicken With Hot Honey

Total Time: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6

Marinate the chicken: In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dried basil, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add 3½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces and toss to coat. Marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. // Make the hot honey: In a small saucepan, bring 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and 1 cup honey to a low simmer over low heat and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. // Make the breadcrumbs: In a large resealable bag, combine 1½ cups plain dried breadcrumbs or fine cornflake crumbs, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper. // Working with one piece at a time, remove chicken from marinade, shake off any excess, place in bag of crumbs and shake, pressing on bag lightly to ensure that coating sticks to chicken. Lightly oil a large (10-by-15-inch) glass or metal baking dish. Arrange chicken, skin-side down, in dish. Bake 25 minutes, then flip chicken and bake until top is golden and crispy, 20-25 minutes more. Serve with hot honey.

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The Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Filming, and the Cast Can’t Stop Celebrating

Fans who were devastated about Downton Abbey ending received a shining beacon of hope over the summer when news broke a movie adaption of the hit series is happening. Not much is known about the plot at this time, but so many of your favorites from the original series are returning, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Joanne Froggatt (according to Entertainment Weekly). If that’s not enough to get you pumped, though, then these new Instagram posts from the cast celebrating the first day back shooting will definitely do the trick.

It all kicked off with Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), who took to the social media site on Monday and wrote, “And…we’re off 🎬@downtonabbey_official.” She accompanied her caption with a black-and-white snap of a shot being set up behind-the-scenes. Check it out for yourself, below:

Allen Leech (Tom Branson) then posted a photo of himself and cast-mates Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) and Michael C. Fox (Andrew Parker) playing golf in between rehearsals for the film. Listen, sometimes drinking beer and playing sports helps you get into character for period dramas!

Bonneville actually skipped the first day of filming to see Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley) in a play she’s starring in right now. Who says you can’t work and play at the same time?

“Was so lovely to be sat next to some of these beauties again today while we were having make up tests. So excited to start filming,” Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) posted to Instagram alongside a photo of several women from Downton Abbey a few days before filming kicked off.

To say this cast is obsessed with each other is an understatement. We’ll post more photos from the cast filming as they come in.

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Lady Gaga Deserves an Oscar Just for Her A Star Is Born Interviews

Lady Gaga is currently earning rave reviews for her turn as Ally in Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born. Ally is, for all intents and purposes, the star referenced in the title: a struggling singer who achieves international fame after a country star on the decline (Cooper) lends a helping hand.

But Gaga’s star power extends far beyond what you see in the movie. The pop icon is also delivering laughs, feels, and tears on the press tour for A Star Is Born. From Venice to Toronto, Gaga’s been giving interview after interview about this movie, and spawned so many viral moments in the process. We’re compiling all the best ones for you in this handy post, and which will update as the tour continues.

For now, though, enjoy these 10 Gaga interview clips that are Oscar-worthy all their own.

When she cried after her co-star said she killed every single scene she’s in, and everyone stood up and clapped. (Start around the 36-minute mark.)

When she had this totally relatable brain freeze on the red carpet. (Start around the 3:33 mark.)

The way she walked in this dress on a red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Every time she’s talked about being Italian. It’s a long-running joke in the Gaga fan universe that she always talks about being Italian. Here’s proof.

When Gaga explains how she tried to scam Bradley Cooper into thinking she wasn’t wearing makeup. (Start around the 15-second mark.)

The time she cried and hugged Cooper after a screening of the movie caused a standing ovation. (Yes, another standing ovation!)

Her touching sentiments about the gay community from this interview. (Start at 20:08.)

When she gave the best answer to this filler question about if she prefers “glam” or “outrageous” looks. “I like to do whatever I want whenever I feel like it.” (Start around the 1:45 mark).

When she felt the need to clarify that the name of her first single was “Just Dance.” As if we somehow forgot. It reached number one in nine counties, people! (Start around the 20-second mark.)

The time she almost recreated her “talented, brilliant, incredible” meme. She starts saying the words around 30 seconds, but then stops herself and subtly laughs.

Here’s that meme (from a Hollywood Reporter interview), for reference:

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