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Apparently Stephen King Is Okay With Pet Sematary’s Big Change

Earlier this month, Warner Bros released a new trailer for Pet Sematary that revealed a key change from the source material. Unlike in the original Stephen King novel, where toddler Gage Creed is the one who’s killed and later resurrected in the eponymous graveyard, the remake is having Gage’s sister, Ellie, take his place in the truck accident. Needless to say this change has generated a lot of chatter amongst Pet Sematary fans, but according to Jason Clarke, who’s playing patriarch Louis Creed in the latest adaptation, King is okay with this particular creative liberty being taken. As Clarke put it:

It goes without saying that when adapting a book into a movie, there are going to be changes to the narrative not only so it can fit within a certain runtime, but also stand out from the source material. This latest Pet Sematary movie also needs to differentiate itself from the previous one that came out in 1989, and killing Ellie Creed instead of Gage Creed is one of the ways it will do so. Stephen King hasn’t always approved of changes made to his tales, as evidenced by how he feels about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, but according to Jason Clarke, he doesn’t have an issue with Pet Sematary killing off the other Creed child.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously noted that Pet Sematary directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer were “nervous” about making this change to Stephen King’s story, but decided to move forward with it because they felt it was too difficult to get the three-year-old actors playing Gage Creed (Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie) to do what that kid is doing in the original book. Clearly Jason Clarke agrees with this decision, saying later in his interview with Flickering Myth:

We’ll have to wait and see just how many other changes are in store for the new Pet Sematary movie, but considering that there’s been a Stephen King-aissance unfolding over the last several years with movies like IT and TV shows like Castle Rock, there’ll probably be a fair amount of folks who check out Pet Sematary either to watch the tale unfold for the first time or to compare this adaptation to the original version. Along with the previously mentioned actors, Pet Sematary stars Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed, Jeté Laurence as Ellie Creed, John Lithgow as Jud Crandall, Obssa Ahmed as Victor Pascow and Alyssa Brooke Levine as Zelda Goldman.

Pet Sematary scares its way into theaters on April 5. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what other movies are opening later this year.

P!nk’s ‘Walk Me Home’ Is A Plea For Peace In Our Fucked-Up World

No stranger to anthemic pop ballads — “Try” and “What About Us” say hi! — P!nk is back with yet another foot-stomper that’s tailor-made for some of those aerial gymnastics routines she so adores. On Wednesday (February 20), the singer launched a new era with “Walk Me Home,” which she initially previewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a couple weeks ago.

“Walk me home in the dead of night / I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind / So say you’ll stay with me tonight / ‘Cause there is so much wrong going on outside,” she belts over heavy drums and a twangy guitar. The soaring release feels like a fitting follow-up to 2017’s “What About Us,” and in case it also sounds reminiscent of some fun. anthems, there’s good reason — it was co-written by the band’s frontman, Nate Reuss.

Just hours after dropping “Walk Me Home,” P!nk performed the tune for the first time at the 2019 BRIT Awards, where she made history as the first international artist to be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. Her show-stopping, career-spanning medley included costume changes, dancers, waterfalls, and more, with the pop icon also performing “Just Like Fire,” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” and “What About Us.”

During her Ellen appearance, P!nk revealed that “Walk Me Home” is the first taste of her upcoming eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human. She also mentioned that she shot a video for the single with Michael Gracie, the director of The Greatest Showman, so look out for that sure-to-be-spectacular visual feast arriving soon.

James Wan Gave Shazam!’s Director Advice On How To Deal With Trailer Backlash

Warner Bros dropped the first trailer for Shazam! last year at San Diego Comic-Con. In the last month, we’ve also been treated a nearly-minute long preview and a behind-the-scenes featurette incorporating existing footage, but many fans are clamoring for another full-length trailer to be released before Shazam! arrives in the spring. Not being a stranger to the reactions of comic book movie fans, Aquaman director James Wan gave Shazam! director David F. Sandberg some advice on how to handle the backlash online. He wrote:

James Wan provided this advice after David F. Sandberg said on Twitter that there weren’t any specific updates on the next Shazam! trailer he could provide, though because the movie is coming out in less than two months, obviously there won’t be any shortage of marketing for the World’s Mightiest Mortal’s first theatrical movie in these coming weeks. In any case, Wan offered his two cents on how to deal with fan concerns and complaints, from some fans being upset about the Aquaman trailer taking so long to arrive to other fans being displeased with how much footage the later previews were showing. Whatever flews his way, Wan stayed focused on Aquaman and ignored folks complaining on social media.

That’s good advice for David F. Sandberg to consider, especially with Shazam! so close to hitting the big screen. Having made over $1.1 billion worldwide, clearly tuning out the noise and distraction worked for James Wan on Aquaman. Whether or not Shazam! comes anywhere close to hitting Aquaman’s level of commercial success, judging by what he initially posted, Sandberg already knows to make sure the final product turns out well and to just have fun with all the demands for the next Shazam! trailer, like turning Mark Strong’s Thaddeus Sivana blue to poke fun at the Aladdin Genie controversy.

Partially adapted from the character’s New 52 origin story, but also bringing in other elements from his decades-long comic book history, Shazam! will see the adolescent Billy Batson meeting the mysterious Wizard and being given the ability to turn into a mighty, adult superheroes. With the help of his foster brother Freddie, Billy will have to get the hang of his new powers quickly, as he’ll eventually clash with Dr. Sivana, a scientist whose unlocked the secrets of magic after not being chosen as the Wizard’s champion when he was a child.

Shazam! will work its magic in theaters on April 5, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. Aquaman is wrapping up its time on the big screen, but you’ll be able to watch the movie in the comfort of your own home when it comes on Digital HD March 5, with the Blu-ray and DVD copies following on March 26.

Best NYFW Fall Winter 2019 Styling Tricks

Fashion Week always gives us a lot to talk about, both from what makes its way down the runway to what people are wearing outside of the shows. You leave every season with a list of new trends to try—like tie-dye and square-toed shoes, both of which are big for Fall 2019 but can be worn and shopped right now. You can scour retailers for pieces that are similar enough to what you’re seeing in the new collections, but there’s another way to get the look pretty much instantly: Pay attention not just to what the models are wearing, but how they’re wearing them. These styling tricks can cost $0, but do a lot for your winter wardrobe.

From doubling up on handbags to creating a monochromatic three-piece suit, read on for some of the best and most creative styling ideas from the Fashion Week runways, to inspire your winter dressing.

Tara Gonzalez is the associate commerce editor at Glamour; follow her at @tarigonzalez on Instagram.

Chris Hemsworth Is The Perfect Choice To Play Hulk Hogan But We Do Have Major Concerns

As I even just begin to type these words it has just been revealed that Chris Hemsworth has been cast to play the Immortal Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) in a brand new biopic for Netflix. It’s just about the best possible timing as we sit on the eve of the wide release of what is probably the biggest movie about professional wrestling ever made, Fighting with My Family, ( a small movie by blockbuster standards, but still a wide release film with major names, like former wrestler Dwayne Johnson attached) that we learn that one of the biggest names the industry has ever seen will get his own movie. And the choice of Chris Hemsworth to play the part seems like the best possible choice one could make. He’s played Thor in the marvel Cinematic Universe, and what is Hulk Hogan if not a comic book character brought to life? At the same time, I’m not sure any living person will be able to quite do justice to the over-the-top personality that is Hulk Hogan.

While the question of who is the best professional wrestler ever is a hotly debated topic, Hulk Hogan is part of any conversation. While Hogan was never the best technical performer in the ring, he is almost certainly the biggest name the industry has ever seen. His personality transcended wrestling. He was able to become the biggest name the industry had ever seen despite any in-ring shortcomings because he could sell a match on the mic alone. You didn’t have to know anything about the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) to know the name Hulk Hogan.

Chris Hemsworth may not be quite the star in Hollywood that Hulk Hogan was in his wrestling heyday, but he’s a major name and getting him to play the role is a major get. Hemsworth is 6’3″, slightly shorter than Hogan, but we know he can put on serious muscle. The same workout plan that turns Hemsworth into Thor will be perfect to turn him into Hulk Hogan. Hemsworth is also 35-years-old, the same age Hogan was in the late 1980s, when he was at the height of his wrestling career.

At the same time, trying to picture Chris Hemsworth as Hulk Hogan isn’t easy. Picturing Thor, but with a blonde handlebar mustache and a (balding) mullet feels almost cartoonish. Hulk Hogan’s look was something I’m not sure anybody else could actually pull off and keep a straight face.

Beyond the look though, is the performance. We’ve never seen Chris Hemswrth play a character with quite the energy of Hulk Hogan. Even when he’s playing a more comedic version of Thor, he tends to be more grounded than many of those he plays against. Hemsworth’s characters tend to be serious and reserved. That’s not Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan was at the top of professional wrestling during an era when keyfabe, the attempt to portray wrestling as real, even outside of the ring, was in full effect. While the biopic will certainly endeavor to still show the “real” Hulk Hogan, every time we see Chris Hemsworth in a public setting, he’ll be performing as the Hulkster. And the Hulkster was unlike anybody else. Can you imagine Chris Hemsworth trying to pull off the wrestling promo below.

Sure, Chris Hemsworth is an actor and if one man can do it, any actor can certainly try to imitate, and no portrayal of a real person is ever exactly right, that’s essentially impossible. Still, what made Hulk Hogan so memorable wasn’t simply the way he carried himself, it was that you bought every second of it. The wrestling promo above, while ridiculous, still works because you can believe that the guy saying it believes every word of it. I feel like that combination will be difficult for any actor to put together in just the right way the way Hogan did.

There are some ways that the Hulk Hogan movie could deal with these complications. The most obvious is to give the entire film a bit of a comedic edge to it. Lean into the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

While that could work, it’s not the best option the movie could choose. Professional wrestling is home to countless stories that are worthy of their own movies, and it feels like now is the time for those films to maybe be made. Fighting with my Family is one of the first films about professional wrestling that is really going to treat the subject, if you’ll pardon the expression, realistically. Hulk Hogan deserves the same treatment.

The movie could also avoid the issue by simply skipping over that part of the story. However, since the movie reportedly is going to focus on the “rise of Hulkamania” I don’t see how you do that without really showing Hulk Hogan as he really was in front of the camera in the 80s.

Certainly, Chris Hemsworth would not have signed on to play Hulk Hogan if he didn’t think he could do it, and the producers (one of which is Hogan himself, and another is Hogan’s long time friend and business partner Eric Bischoff) would not have have brought him on board if they didn’t believe he was the right man for the job.

I hope this movie turns out great. I would love to see a movie about the life of Hulk Hogan and I would love to see Chris Hemsworth really nail the role. Until I see Hemsworth pull off a full wrestling promo in character (which would make for a fantastic trailer by the way) I won’t be 100% sold on this.

There is, it needs to be said, one other potential problem with this Hulk Hogan biopic. If Hogan himself is acting as a producer and a consultant on the project, what sort of biopic are we really going to get? Will we really see the true story? Even if unintentionally, Hogan will naturally want to be sure he is painted in the best possible light and if you know anything about the career of Hulk Hogan, you’ll know that making sure he came out on top of every story was one thing the former wrestler was incredibly good at.

Biopics don’t need to make their subjects out to be monsters, but they shouldn’t always be the hero either. Every person has both sides to them throughout life and any Hulk Hogan movie needs to show the reality of that as best it can. It’s no accident that the only guy in Bohemian Rhapsody who ever looks like an asshole is the one who’s no longer around to defend himself.

As a fan of professional wrestling since the age of nine, I have high hopes for this brand new project. It could be something really great. Chris Hemsworth has a lot of work ahead of him, and Hulk Hogan needs to make sure he doesn’t get too involved in his own story. If everybody plays their role properly, however, then this could be the movie all the Hulkamaniacs have been waiting for.

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How Hiccup and Astrid’s Relationship Feels Different Then Typical Cartoon Couples

Audiences love a cute couple to root for and through the years animated movies have delivered a lot of memorable couples in all shapes and sizes: Mickey and Minnie, Aladdin and Jasmine, Shrek and Fiona, Wall-E and Eve. Rooting for that final kiss and happily ever after makes for exciting character story arcs but it’s not the only way to do it. As the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy soon closes out with the release of The Hidden World this weekend, audiences will also say goodbye to Hiccup and Astrid, who have shared a romance throughout the series, though the typical clichés have never been a part of the couple’s story.

The How To Train Your Dragon movies incorporated love interests for the main characters, but in a more realistic take on love than what’s typically been shown on screen. The couple don’t deal with unnecessary drama, glitzy gestures or long confessions of love, they just are, plain and simple. Hiccup and Astrid are supportive of one another and look to have a genuine connection.

America Ferrera jumped in, explaining why their unique dynamic over the past three films appeals to her with these words:

Yes!! Here’s to more cartoon couples being cute and making us smile without being contributing to unrealistic movie tropes! Take a look at the How To Train Your Dragon pair talking about their characters from my recent interview below:

How many time have we rewatched our favorite animated couples to find something a bit off about them? Beauty and the Beast only found each other because the Beast kidnapped the Beauty… how romantic? Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship shows a movie can be exciting with the presence of love interests who have a satisfying ending without following the typical formula.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World promises an emotional ending for fans of the franchise, including for Hiccup and Astrid. Many fans have been following the franchise since the first film which came out in 2010 and the voice actors have been living and evolving with their characters since as well.

Following an impressive $175 million debut overseas and positive reviews from critics and early audiences, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will hit theaters this Friday, February 22.

Beyoncé And Jay-Z Recreated Their ‘Apeshit’ Video — With A Regal Twist — For The BRITs

Beyoncé and Jay-Z weren’t even at the 2019 BRIT Awards, and they still managed to win the night.

The couple picked up the trophy for Best International Group for their work as The Carters at Wednesday’s awards show, which is basically the British equivalent of the Grammys. Since they couldn’t be in London to accept the prize, the pair sent in a video message that managed to become iconic in just 30 short seconds.

In it, Bey and Jay recreated their classic “APESHIT” video, where they casually hang out in the Louvre, admiring the Mona Lisa. In the new vid, though, they pay homage to Meghan Markle by standing in front of a gorgeous portrait of the duchess wearing a tiara. Beyoncé took the lead in thanking U.K. fans for the award, saying, “Thank you so much to the BRIT Awards for this incredible honor. You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you.”

It’s at that point when Jay deadpans, “thank you,” Beyoncé giggles, and they turn around in unison to face the portrait. You can also hear Blue Ivy’s voice in the background, which is just about the cutest thing ever.

As for the meaning behind that incredible portrait — which I can only assume was custom-made for The Carters and is hanging somewhere in their house — British journalist Laura Snapes pointed out on Twitter that it could represent a public statement of support for Markle. The biracial duchess has been the target of intense media scrutiny lately, and this could be Bey and Jay’s way of celebrating her regality in the face of such turmoil.

Whatever the meaning, this is definitely an acceptance video for the ages. Check it out above.

Glenn Close Reveals Plan For Not Flipping Out Ahead Of The 2019 Oscars

At this weekend’s Academy Awards, actress Glenn Close is nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Wife. This is her seventh Oscar nomination and it would be her first win, but she isn’t letting the pressure of the moment get to her. As you might expect for an actor of her caliber, she has a careful plan for not flipping out ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. In her own words:

It’s a pretty simple plan, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective, and it’s not like Glenn Close hasn’t been in this situation before. She’s old hat at this and knows exactly how to maintain her composure in advance of such a huge night. Based on what Glenn Close told ET, it sounds like her plan is to just try to take her mind off the Oscars by thinking about… basically anything else.

The sky and trees are great; they’re also everywhere, which makes them easy to keep at the forefront of your mind. I would think that the attempt to think about anything else other than the awards would make you think about them more, but maybe the calming presence of nature is helping Glenn Close not go into anxiety overdrive at the prospect of winning her first Oscar.

It’s understandable that Glenn Close is making an attempt not to freak out because Oscar night carries with it the potential for a whole range of emotions, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, all hinging on the contents of an envelope. Glenn Close also told ET that the honor of a win would mean a great deal to her, but that fans should not be disappointed if she doesn’t.

Glenn Close faces some stiff competition in the Best Actress category on Sunday night. Opposite her are Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Although Lady Gaga seemed like the frontrunner at one point, she has largely been shut out from major wins this awards season. She could come roaring back, but right now it seems like it’s between Glenn Close and Olivia Colman.

I think many would like to see Glenn Close finally take home a statue. She has been nominated six times before in both the leading and supporting categories, but has always come home empty-handed. So a win here would not only honor her role in The Wife, but would also act as something of a lifetime achievement award.

Glenn Close has solid momentum this year too. She won Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes and her peers honored her with the win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG awards. The BAFTA went to Olivia Colman for The Favourite. So Glenn Close very well could win, but there are no guarantees and she’s taking the smart approach right now by not flipping out about it.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your Oscar night coverage and check out our 2019 release schedule for the biggest movies heading to theaters this year.

No, The Avatar Sequels Haven’t Wrapped Filming

It’s been close to a decade since James Cameron’s Avatar hit theaters, shattered box office records and got people talking about the continuation of the franchise. With the second and third Avatar sequels set to be released in 2020 and 2021, the filmmaker has been hard at work on getting them ready for audiences. While a few months ago Cameron himself announced the principal cast finally wrapped filming, apparently, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Here’s what he said:

Whoops! While his own words seemed to indicate Avatar 2 & 3 had finished up principal photography, it looks like James Cameron was only talking about the motion capture portion of the films. Per his recent interview with The Empire Film Podcast, there is still about five months’ worth of action sequences to get cracking on.

Considering Avatar 2 still has almost two years to go before it comes to theaters, it’s not surprising there’s still some work to be done on the big-budget visual spectacle. Since the two sequels are being filmed back-to-back to ensure Avatar 3 can be released one year after Avatar 2, the production work needed is double.

The action sequences will reportedly start filming in April, putting the expected official wrap in August or September and leaving almost another year for post-production to get going.

The upcoming sequels are said to be standalone films, with their own encompassing adventure that doesn’t demand audiences to see the movie prior and will each wrap up by the end. While James Cameron originally envisioned the Avatar movies to be a trilogy, he has four sequels planned total.

Avatar 4 and 5 have not yet be greenlit (probably to see how moviegoers like the other Avatar movies first), though James Cameron has the scripts ready and are planned to be released in 2024 and 2025.

There hasn’t been much disclosed about what’s in store for Avatar, but we do know the film’s will center on Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri as they build a family. Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi are returning along with Kate Winslet and Edie Falco joining the franchise.

The titles Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa are reportedly under consideration, though official names have not been given to the action flicks. The first Avatar sequel comes to theaters on December 18, 2020.

Chris Hemsworth Will Play Hulk Hogan In A Biopic By Todd Phillips

A decade ago, Chris Hemsworth was a relatively unknown actor in the United States, but a lot can change in 10 years. Best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s also made a name for himself with movies like Ghostbusters, 12 Strong and Bad Times at the El Royale. Now Hemsworth is jumping into the biopic realm, as he’s been tapped to play wresting icon Hulk Hogan under the direction of Joker’s Todd Phillips.

Director Todd Phillips is reuniting with writer Scott Silver for a Hulk Hogan biopic. Rather than try to cover Hogan’s whole life, the movie will focus on his rise in the wrestling world and is described by THR as “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.” It is not expected to delve into the more recent events in his life, such as the sex tape scandal that resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the now-defunct Gawker. Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, will act as a consultant on the movie and be an executive producer.