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8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By

The red carpet might last an hour before an awards show, but those perfectly done-up, put-together looks are the result of weeks, sometimes months, of preparation. The day of an event, a celebrity and her glam team might spend hours making sure every eyelash, zipper, and button is where it’s supposed to be. You see some of it on the ‘gram: of celebrities idly waiting in their cars for their turn on the red carpet, laying fully horizontal to not crease their clothes (Naomi Harris at the 2017 Golden Globes); of them arriving in large vans to accommodate chiffon trains (J.Lo at the premiere of Second Act); of them carefully layering shapewear underneath it all (Rachel Bloom and her “Sexy Golden Globey Song.”) A lot of these moments are specific to the red carpet, but there are plenty of hacks that Hollywood stylists employ to get celebrities ready for any big event: A special lotion to make heels less uncomfortable, on-the-fly solutions to zippers that will not budge… They’ve got all the answers.

“I like to MacGyver a situation,” says stylist Erica Cloud, whose clients include Sophia Bush, Kacey Musgraves, and Christina Ricci. “You’ve gotta Project Runway it—I have A, B, and C, let’s figure out how it will be good.”

“Most people will have two or three hours [getting ready]—that’s the hair, makeup, manicure, everything,” says Sophie Lopez, Kate Hudson’s longtime stylist who’s now working with Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, the stars of Roma. “That always runs late, and the stylist gets 15 minutes.”

Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Sure, these professionals come prepared. They’ll pre-spray the chiffon and silk with Static Guard, or bring invisible thread in case a zipper malfunction requires them to sew someone into a dress (that’s happened to Lopez). But even so, they have to be ready for a wrench to be thrown into the plan.

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Allison Janey.

Tara Swennen styles Allison Janney, who she describes as “almost six feet one inches—she’s a very, very tall drink of water.” For high-profile events, they lean on custom garments, like the off-the-shoulder Christian Siriano gown Janney wore to the Golden Globes. “Christian posted it on his Instagram—I literally sent the screenshot to him and his team and was like, ‘What is this? I’m done. Hold it for me,’” she remembers.

For the accessories, “I wanted a little something unique,” especially given the turquoise shade of the fabric. “We found that David Webb piece and just thought it was divine—but then, I was on vacation with my family and David Webb called me and was like, ‘We hate to do this but we sold the necklace.’ I asked kindly, because obviously this was a very expensive piece, if, you know, that person would want [their necklace] to be worn by the current Oscar holder. And she replied, so it was really, really nice.”



D’arcy Carden.

Sometimes, these decisions happen mere hours before celebrities are set to walk a carpet. Cloud didn’t finalize D’Arcy Carden’s Golden Globes look until 1 A.M. the day of the event, after a flight delay pushed their final fitting: “I had pre-pulled jewelry because I knew it was going to be a tight turnaround—and of course it was a Sunday and nobody is open on Sunday. I just had to guesstimate.”

It was The Good Place star’s first Globes, and she walked the carpet in a bold, tiered Rosie Assoulin gown, an Edie Parker box clutch in a matching shade of orange, and contrasting green hoop earrings from Irene Neuwirth. “To me, it felt really fresh and different,” says Cloud. “On the whole, I think we all are kind of looking to be inspired.”

These might be #HollywoodProblems, but there are certain issues that come up simply because you’re a person wearing a piece of clothing: The neckline is slipping, the strap sits uncomfortably, that sweat stain under your arm only keeps growing… Over time, a lot of the insider must-haves in case of an emergency—like the fashion tape and sweat protectors that stylists carry in their kits—have become available to the public, thanks to brands like Hollywood Fashion Secrets. But stylists have a few more tricks to solve common fashion woes.

Kristen Stewart and Allison Janney.

Cloud, Lopez, and Swennen shared the secrets that can make getting dressed that much easier—whether you have the golden ticket to the Oscars or not.

Try CBD to ease the pain of uncomfortable shoes. The CBD beauty trend might be the best thing that’s ever happened to red-carpet dressing. Cloud always brings Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula body lotion when she’s getting a client ready for an event, specifically for their feet.

“It’s a great thing to put on the ball of your foot or even your heel or the tops of your toes, [as] kind of numbing agent,” she says. “I usually do it about five minutes before we put the shoes on—not too early, so that it has the most lasting effect.” (Actress Laura Harrier swears by this one. “It works,” she told Glamour at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “And CBD won’t get you high just from your feet—can I say that?”)

A brand called PreHeels also makes a blister-prevention spray that serves that same purpose. Swennen’s a fan: “It’s almost like a band-aid, before even putting on the shoe. If you think it’s going to rub or it’s going to irritate you in any way, shape, or form, you literally have this clear film on your foot or ankle.”

Photograph yourself in the look ahead of time. When you put a lot of time and energy into planning an outfit, you don’t want to be surprised by how something looked after the fact when you check Instagram—or, in the case of celebrities, when a photo is published all over the Internet. That’s why stylists take photos of their clients fully dressed, from every angle, to make sure everything from the slouch of the sleeve to the fall of the skirt is how they pictured it (and that bright lights don’t turn a garment suddenly sheer). Swennen does this process twice: “Before they leave, so that you can really gauge what it’s going to look like,” and again with a Polaroid or another type of strong flash, which “gives you the best idea of what the light is going to be.”

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Check the zipper before you get dressed. Usually, stylists will have at least one fitting with a client ahead of a big event, where she’ll try on the garment and assess whether alterations need to be made. This is the time to troubleshoot any potential problem areas.

Swennen always looks at the zippers, specifically ones at the seams. “They’re the first things to give,” she says. “Our worst nightmare is someone sitting down and the zipper popping.” Once you’ve landed on what you’re wearing, check the zippers before putting it on, to avoid a rip or getting stuck. Speaking of…

Turn to soap to move a stubborn zipper. Normally, the zippers on formal wear are extremely delicate (you don’t want a big, plastic clasp visible on the back of a gown). The downside: That can make them hard to open and close. When they get stuck on a seam, the answer is never to pull harder. According to Lopez, this fix might be sitting by your sink. “When the zipper is really tight and you can’t get it over a seam, you can rub a bar of soap onto the area where the friction is,” she says. “It kind of lubricates it and then you can pull the zipper up.” Swennen notes that the wax of a crayon or a banana peel can help unjam a zipper, too.

Remember, there’s no disaster a black bodysuit can’t fix. So, you spilled something on yourself right before you have A Thing. It’s a situation that happens far too often—so much so that Swennen brings a plain black bodysuit in her kit, to swap for a blouse or wear as a camisole when disaster strikes. “Those actually really come in handy,” she says. “God forbid there’s an accident, like they get some avocado on their shirt during a press day, it’s an easy, quick switch.” They’re so versatile, you don’t have to worry about your Plan B clashing with your original outfit—a tell-tale sign that something happened. Swennen’s partial to Wolford’s styles.

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Kacey Musgraves.

Don’t be afraid to improvise with scissors. Getting a celebrity dressed for a red carpet is normally a race against the clock, but it forces stylists to get creative with problem-solving. Often, that leads to game-changing revelations, many of which are the direct result of having faith in your scissor-wielding skills. That’s how Cloud discovered that nipple covers make for good blister pads in a pinch.

“One time, the moleskin [of the foot pad] was too thick, and I need to figure out what to do—I had nipple covers and was like, ‘I’m cutting these up right now.’ They’re really thin, made of fabric, and have little paddings on it. Stick it either on yourself or on the shoe. It’s a great buffer.”

This kind of on-the-fly thinking also led Cloud to find a solution when looking for something Mickey Sumner could wear underneath the sheer, netted Rachel Comey top for a Golden Globes after party.

“We tried it with a white bandeau, which seemed to break up the look too much, so we went with nude—but I looked at the camisoles, and they’re all so sheer, not tight or transparent enough,” she says. She did like the look of a Commando slip dress they had tried on earlier, “so I just cut the bottom and turned it into a camisole.”

Mickey Sumner.

Swennen recalls once cutting up socks to fashion some sleeves for a client. “Let’s say a girl is wearing like a short-sleeve shirt and a jacket, but we wanted to sort of elongate the sleeve,” she says. “Maybe it was altered too short—we just cut the end of a sock and use it almost as if it were a sweater coming down.” Simple as that.

Use a scarf to avoid makeup stains—and for a satisfying reveal. Cloud keeps a scarf in her kit at all times, not for accessorizing, but to keep the garment makeup stain-free. “I put it over the person’s head when they put their dress on, so they don’t get makeup on it,” she says. It’s a practical, for preserving the glam and the clothes. But it’s also one that adds an element of surprise to that final moment. Once the look’s been zipped and buttoned, Cloud will pull off the scarf. “It’s like a reveal,” she says.

Follow the two-tug rule. Lopez sees her clients off with a list of reminders (“They’re usually forgotten by the time they arrive,” she says)—one of which is applicable to anyone who might be sitting down in between getting dressed and arriving to their final destination: “When they get out of the car, I tell them to do two strong tugs down,” she explains. This will help move any fabric that’s moved upwards in the seat back where it’s supposed to, which smooths out a skirt. Voilà.

Ana Colón is a fashion editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @anavcolon.

Marvel’s Don Cheadle Doesn’t Want To Do Press With Mark Ruffalo After Spoilers

As Avengers: Endgame is getting ready to hit theaters, Don Cheadle is also making the rounds to promote his upcoming series Black Monday. However, he’s also looking toward the upcoming Marvel promotional tour, and Jimmy Fallon recently asked him if he’d willing to be paired with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo again for Endgame. According to Cheadle, he’d prefer to not be on that crazy train…

If you aren’t up on what Don Cheadle is talking about, the actor notoriously was a part of an interview where his costar Mark Ruffalo nearly said “half” of all the characters would be dying in Avengers: Infinity War–before the movie was released. He tried to turn it into a joke, saying “everyone” would die, but the exchange made the rounds, and Cheadle looked visibly distressed in the interview.

The actor later spoke out about how shocked he was when the original Good Morning America appearance happened. He has also joked about how at some point Mark Ruffalo may be banned from doing press for Marvel flicks in the future. Now, he seems to feel he’s fine with Mark Ruffalo spoiling, as long as he’s not the guy that has to sit in with Mark Ruffalo or fellow spoiler Tom Holland during interviews.

Poor Don Cheadle. The man seems to want to mostly be a Marvel rule follower, also telling Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that “there’s penalties to pay” for speaking your mind about Marvel, especially when spoilers are involved.

In general, Don Cheadle seems to be pretty averse to spoilers, but there’s also one specific time when he especially does not want to talk about what is going on is when he is in a public restroom. He also told Jimmy Fallon:

If you’d like to here about Boggle on sets, downtime and more you can take a look at Don Cheadle’s full Tonight Show appearance, below.

Luckily, if Boggle doesn’t do it for you, we should be hearing and hopefully seeing plenty more from Avengers: Endgame in the coming months. The movie is officially out on April 26, 2019. In the meantime, you can take a look at what all we know about the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War with our full guide. In addition, you can see what all Marvel currently has scheduled with our full look at the rest of Phase 3 and 4.

Future Is The True Night King In Snowy ‘Crushed Up’ Performance

Future‘s seventh proper album, The Wizrd, is out right now, and it’s notable for a few reasons. One, it completes his record-contract requirements with Epic, freeing him up for other pursuits, musical or otherwise. (He told Rolling Stone that his next dream is to open a clothing store: “I wake up, go to my store every day. People come in and shop and I help put they outfits together — and it cost me nothing. They don’t pay me to do it. It’s just a passion of mine.”)

The other reason The Wizrd should be on your radar is that it’s a further refinement of the rapper’s patented icy trap sound. To personify this, he stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album cut “Crushed Up” in a literal blizzard. That snow might be added in post, but it looks convincing anyway.

The stage setup here is pretty skeletal: You’ve got Future himself in his trademark sunglasses and a shredding guitar player next to him, as a fake fog creeps around them and digital snow punctuates the mood. He’s like Game of Thrones‘s Night King except in a very expensive jacket. It’s chilly as hell!

The Wizrd boasts guests like Young Thug, Gunna, and Travis Scott, who also pops up on the new release by James Blake, out today. Check out Future’s snowy Colbert performance above, and stream The Wizrd below.

Glass Ending Explained: The Twist And What It Means

If you haven’t seen M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass yet, don’t shatter the ending for yourself. This article is packed with SPOILERS, so come back after you’ve seen the movie!

Leave it up to M. Night Shyamalan to offer up this twist: He’s been crafting a trilogy for Unbreakable all this time! After he pulled one of the most iconic movie surprises of all time in 1999’s The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan produced his comic book themed drama about the sole survivor of a trainwreck, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who finds out he has superpowers. In the process, he discovers the villain to his hero, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), who has been orchestrating violent accidents to prove his theory that comic books are based on reality.

Audiences found out the story of Unbreakable wasn’t over when they reached the end of Shyamalan’s comeback hit Split in 2016. The psychological thriller introduced a villain with multiple personalities — one of which a terrifying “beast” — who kidnaps three teenaged girls to feed them to it. The conclusion revealed Split to be a villain origin story, as David Dunn appeared to connect the movies together.

With Glass, the three main characters established in Unbreakable and Split have crossed to create a trilogy finale, including a signature Shyamalan twist. Let’s recap what happened and discuss the conclusion that was 19 years in the making:

Heroes And Villains

Much of Glass has David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb and Mr. Glass in a high-security hospital and being treated by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) for their belief that they are superheroes and it starts to test their realities. But everything shakes up when Mr. Glass slides past the nurses and cameras to visit Kevin’s Horde of personalities and team up with him/them to break out.

The villainous pair manages to make it out with the help of Kevin’s most destructive personality, the Beast. Then, Mr. Glass calls upon David to use his super strength to break out as well, enticing him with their plan to wreak havoc on the grand opening of a new skyscraper on Philadelphia’s skyline if he doesn’t, showing the world that comic book heroes are real. Of course, our hero cannot resist, so he breaks out too and goes head-to-head with the Beast.

With the Beast unleashed, he looks unstoppable until David’s son Joseph, Mr. Glass’ mom and Casey (from Split) all show up on the scene. Game changer! Joseph confronts the Beast with this reveal per his research: Kevin’s father was on the same train David survived 19 years ago. Since Mr. Glass orchestrated the train accident, he is responsible for the death of Kevin’s father, and — indirectly — his tragic life of abuse at the hands of his evil mother.

Mr. Glass tries to recover from the startling information by explaining that he helped create the Beast, so he should be thanking him. The Beast does this, but says he is first and foremost a protector of Kevin, so he shatters some of Mr. Glass’ frail bones.

The Twist(s)

What at first seemed to be the start of a superhero showdown is disrupted by Dr. Ellie’s mysterious team of gun-toting soldiers who start to intervene. David Dunn’s is forced into his a puddle of water, his only weakness, and Ellie asks Casey to coarse Kevin out of the Beast to stop him from hurting anyone else — all while she reveals the first of two twists in Glass.

Amidst David’s murder, Ellie reveals that she does believe them to have superpowers. Instead, she and some secret organization have committed to taking down all powerful beings, to bring a continued balance to society. Every time a hero appears, so does a villain to oppose them, and if nothing is done about them, the world would be in chaos. David dies. Elijah succumbs to his injuries. And when the Beast switches to Kevin, a member of Ellie’s team takes the shot and kills him, as well.

With each of the main characters now dead, Shyamalan includes shots of Ellie speaking to a group of people, likely a part of her anti-hero and villain society, to report what went down. She was never who she said she was, after all. Her plan to get rid of David and Kevin’s powers by convincing them to not believe in them failed. She was forced to just take them out, using her soldiers.

However, Ellie underestimated the “mastermind” power of Mr. Glass. He used the many cameras in the high-security hospital to record each of the heroes’ powers, and saved a copy to show the world after their deaths. It was a suicide mission all along, and Mr. Glass got exactly what he wanted.

What The Ending Means

Glass ends with Mr. Glass’ mom receiving the tapes with evidence of David Dunn and Kevin’s powers, which soon make their way to the internet and the subject of breaking news stories on television. Mr. Glass has spent his whole life believing comic books are historical artifacts of past events, and now he can rest easy in the grave knowing the whole world knows it because of his master plan.

Just as Unbreakable was a superhero origin story for David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Split was a villain origin story for Kevin (James McAvoy), Glass is Samuel L. Jackson’s own origin story, with some major implications as a result of his actions.

As introduced in Unbreakable, David Dunn obtains his powers when he was almost drowned as a kid and believed he could be “unbreakable.” His belief gave him the strength to be incredible. For Kevin, he was abused as a child, creating his multiple personalities to protect himself from the abuse, ultimately creating the Beast as his power.

Dr. Ellie was attempting to get into their heads and make them believe their abilities were all in their subconscious. If they ultimately don’t believe, they won’t have powers, right? Now since the whole world can start believing the contents of comic books are real, Mr. Glass has theoretically created a tangible world of heroes and villains.

The ending to Glass provides the realization of Jackson’s character from the beginning. First he needed to find a hero to his villain, which he found in David Dunn in Unbreakable. Because Mr. Glass can only be the mind, he needed brute strength to truly oppose David so his powers could be showcased to the world. Elijah found that muscle through Split‘s origin story and his team up with the Beast. His stint in the hospital with David and Kevin is how his plan is executed, and his passionate truth is released upon the world.

What do you think of the ending of Glass? Was it a good conclusion to the trilogy? What questions do you still have regarding what happened? Drop them into the comments down below and let’s keep the conversation flowing!

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The Women’s March Is This Weekend. You Don’t Have to Go, But You Can’t Give Up.

In a little under two years, the Women’s March has gone from a cornerstone of the #resistance to a controversial event filled with problematic figures. We’re just 24 hours from the March and sponsors continues to lose sponsors; in just the past two weeks the Democratic National Committee, the Southern Poverty Law Center and EMILY’s List have all stepped back. I am not here to rehash issues with the Women’s March and its leaders, which have been explored here and examined elsewhere. (I could add, however, that those issues were not helped when this week co-chair Tamika Mallory appeared on The View and once again refused to disavow Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.) But in all seriousness, it doesn’t help to go backward. We need to look forward.

The question is what now? What do we do when out idols are torn down? The easiest answer is back off. March in the literal opposite direction and retreat into our homes, back into our “normal” lives with a million demands and responsibilities. Some women (in all likelihood, white women) might look at our modest gains over the past few months and feel satisfied. We won back the House of Representatives! Watching Nancy Pelosi become Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is a delight!

Some people might wonder, “What do we need to march for? Aren’t we back on the right track?” Spoiler: We aren’t. We still have far to go to restore the balance in American democracy. We have a 2020 election coming up, a president desperate to lift sanctions on Russiaand a Republican Party obsessed with spending 27 billion dollars on a border wall that some of their own members have said they don’t need. There is no time to mourn our pink hats. Now is the time to redouble our efforts. Generations of activists will tell you that consensus is impossible and that the real work of coalition is hard.

As a Jewish woman, to me coalition building doesn’t mean walking arm in arm with women who can’t seem to apologize for or reckon with anti-Semitism, but it does mean figuring out how to remain 100 percent committed to the principles that the Women’s March stood for.

As a Jewish woman, to me coalition building doesn’t mean walking arm in arm with women who can’t seem to apologize for or reckon with anti-Semitism, but it does mean figuring out how to remain 100 percent committed to the principles that the Women’s March stood for, even if the march itself is no longer a form I want my activism to take. The Women’s March gave a group of disenfranchised people a means to have their voices heard. It was a conduit for activism. That work continues.

In January 2016 a lot of us didn’t know the first thing about how to enact change. Many of us had never volunteer at any political organization whatsoever. I had just started to get involved in the Arena, an organization that trains progressive candidates and their staffers. I now serve on Arena’s board, but before 2015 I was just a presidential election-season Democrat who cared about elections every four years, if that. I was not alone. Many of us didn’t know how to get involved. In fact many of the grassroots organizations we look to now for guidance and galvanization didn’t even exist, and a lot of Americans (again, a lot of white liberals) were traumatized by an election that had not gone the way we thought it would.

The world has changed a lot since the election of Donald J. Trump. There has been an activism renaissance and there are now tons of activist organizations working to push for change—from Flippable, which focuses on state legislature to Swing Left, which takes aim at congressional and state-house races to Indivisible, which seeks to help Americans get involved in advocacy work, and Run for Something, which supports young people running for office. And groups like Sister District and EMILY’s List have redoubled their efforts under Trump. All of these organizations give citizens who care opportunities to enact change. If the Women’s March has let you down as a Jewish woman or otherwise, that’s no reason to give up on the hard, crucial work of activism. Nor is it an excuse to avoid hard conversations with people about anti-Semitism, racism, ableism, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and on and on. All it means is that the Women’s March served a unique purpose in 2017, rallying millions of women nationwide to think bigger than themselves and get used to showing up and speaking out. Two years later, we’re still here, and we can find new ways to be loud.

The Women’s March served a unique purpose in 2017, rallying millions of women nationwide to think bigger than themselves and get used to showing up and speaking out. Two years later, we’re still here, and we can find new ways to be loud.

Complacency is how we ended up with a President Trump. The idea that we didn’t need to take action, that the government would take care of itself. That we didn’t need to learn from black women, and join in their fight. That good would always defeat bad no matter how much effort we did or didn’t put in. Democratic institutions, it turns out, do not run like a perpetual motion clock. And they weren’t perfect to begin with, either.

Perhaps the legacy of the Women’s March is that a lot more of us could change the world than we’ve been led to believe. A 28-year-old can start the year as a bartender and end it as an congresswoman, if she puts in the time and work. Two Muslim women and two Native American women can get elected to the House of Representatives, not because people have warmed up to the idea of change, but because these women insisted that we do and then stood up to be the first.

It’s never about one march, even a great march. The power never rests with the organizers, no matter how accomplished they are. We are the march. We are the leaders. We all have so much more to do. More protests to attend. More campaigns to support. More voices to lift up. More races to run. More organizations to support. We don’t need to despair over imperfect leaders, we need to step up. Activism isn’t just hats. Activism is about change, real change. In homes and offices. In state legislatures. In the White House. We’re just getting started.

Molly Jong-Fast is the author of three novels. Follow her on Twitter at @mollyjongfast.

Netflix Reports Bird Box Just Hit A Streaming Milestone

Netflix’s Bird Box has become something of a pop culture phenomenon over the month since its release. The movie spawned countless memes and a Bird Box challenge that people are taking to such extremes that car accidents are happening. However, the most surprising thing about the film may be the sheer number of people who have actually seen it. Netflix has announced that an estimated 80 million households have viewed the movie.

The reveal came during Netflix’s Q4 earnings report (via Variety) where the streaming giant continued a new trend of actually releasing hard data to say that not only have 80 million households apparently seen Bird Box, but several of them have apparently seen it more than once, as Netflix says the film is seeing a high number of repeat viewings.

This data follows on numbers Netflix released via Twitter that claimed over 45 million households had viewed the movie in the first seven days. This has been a significant change for the streaming service, who has previously been tight-lipped regarding how many people are actually watching any given content. However, when the numbers look as good as they do for Bird Box it’s not too shocking that the company wants to tout the success, especially when it comes to trying to impress investors.

The problem, of course, is that since Netflix hasn’t released numbers like this for other films, it’s difficult to compare Bird Box to other Netflix films. In the case of the first seven days number, Netflix claimed that was a record viewership, so it’s a good bet that the 80 million number is as well.

Nielsen did its own tracking of Netflix’s numbers and while the company didn’t come up with numbers quite as high as Netflix, it did find that Bird Box was the most watched Netflix movie ever in its first week, surpassing the Will Smith urban fantasy movie Bright.

Netflix also revealed some details about how it counts views. A subscriber only needs to complete 70% of a TV show or movie for Netflix to count them, so it’s theoretically possible that some of those 80 million haven’t actually seen the end of Bird Box even though they’re being counted as having seen it.

At the end of Q3 of 2018 Netflix had 137 million subscribers worldwide, which would indicate that more than half of the people in the world who own Netflix have seen Bird Box. That’s a remarkable attachment rate. It’s great news for Netflix as it means their exclusive content is incredibly valuable to the users, meaning they’re much more likely to continue subscribing.

It will be interesting to see if Netflix continues to give us a look behind the curtain even when viewing numbers aren’t this impressive.

Deadpool Writer Clarifies Plans For X-Force And Deadpool 3

It’s no secret that superhero movies are everywhere. With tons of studios wanting in on the comic book fun, critics have begun to fear superhero fatigue, where the genre will become overly saturated and therefore not exciting. Certain properties have managed to bring something totally unique to the table– just look at Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool franchise.

2016’s Deadpool shattered all expectations, proving that R-rated movies were viable for massive box office success. Furthermore, the franchise’s fourth wall breaking tone is equal parts unique and hilarious, with Deadpool 2 also garnering as much praise as the original. But Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld recently hinted that the announced X-Force movie might be dead in the water. Now Deadpool writer Rhett Reese has clarified the timeline for both that movie and Deadpool 3, saying:

Well, that’s a relief. It seems that 20th Century Fox hasn’t abandoned the X-Force movie just yet, despite the upcoming merger with Disney. As for when those next movies could arrive, it’s a mystery.

Rhett Reese’s comments to Screen Rant will no doubt be a relief to Deadpool fans out there, who are hoping for the X-Force to become a serious part of the overarching franchise. Because while Wade Wilson assembled a scrappy group of fighters in Deadpool 2, the team didn’t land on their first mission without perishing in grisly ways. If at first you don’t succeed.

This new report is in direct juxtaposition to what Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld said just days ago. Liefeld is an active Twitter user, and recently claimed that the X-Force movie was a victim of the Fox/Disney merger, and would no longer be produced. But Rhett Reese arguably knows more about the plans for the Deadpool franchise, given his involvement as co-writer. So who is wrong here?

It’s also worth nothing that Rhett Reese isn’t actually writing X-Force. As such, there’s always the possibility that he might not be privy to the latest updates on that ensemble project, and Rob Liefeld had the right intel. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out, as the upcoming merger continues to put the future in jeopardy.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Deadpool, X-Force, and X-Men. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.

10 Recent Movies Fans Liked Much More Than Critics

You may think critics and moviegoers rarely agree, but that’s not the case. More often than not, user reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, CinemaScore, social media, and general word of mouth are fairly close to what the critics posted. But increasingly, it seems, the gap is widening. The 2017 movie Bright was emblematic of this trend, and it continued into 2018 and now in early 2019. Here are some recent films from the past year that fans rated much higher than the critics.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 28% Fresh (average rating 4.4/10, from 296 reviews)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84% (average rating 4/2/5, from 36,070 ratings)
CinemaScore: B+
IMDb Rating: 6.8 (from 213,112 ratings)

Yes, Tom Hardy’s Venom is the new poster child for the fan/critic disparity. Critics sniffed at the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, but not only did fans around the world — especially China — embrace the film at the box office to more than $855 million, they also gave it high ratings. Sometimes a movie makes a lot of money and afterward fans wish they hadn’t bothered. But with Venom, the moviegoers polled at CinemaScore gave it a healthy B+, and the Audience Score at Rotten Tomatoes is a very healthy 84% from way more ratings than critical reviews. Over at IMDb, there are even more users weighing in, and they seemed to split the difference a bit, giving Venom a mid-to-high rating of 6.8. The more people who weigh in, the more I tend to value the overall rating.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 62% Fresh (6.1/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89% (4.4/5)
CinemaScore: A
IMDb Rating: 8.3 (from 184,589 ratings)

Many critics groaned, or just rolled their eyes, when Bohemian Rhapsody recently won the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama. Rami Malek has earned universal praise, but the rest of the film? Not so much. But fans love the movie — not only giving it a high Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score, but also a solid A CinemaScore and a very high 8.3 user rating at IMDb. The film has also taken the box office by storm, and it looks like Rami Malek has a decent shot at an Oscar, which will lift the film to even greater heights.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 35% Fresh (so far)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 79% (so far)
CinemaScore: (Don’t know yet)
IMDb Rating: 7.4

Glass is officially hitting theaters as of this writing on January 18, so the numbers above are fluid. But by this point, the movie has already screened for critics and many fans. The critics pretty much trashed the movie out of the gate, but many fans have gone on the defense and embraced the film. It’s possible critics expressing their disappointment lowered expectations for some fans, who found themselves pleasantly surprised. Either way, there’s a big gap in play. It’ll be interesting to see the Glass CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, but that’s going to have to be added over the weekend, since it’s not up yet. Guessing … B+. We’ll see.

The Upside

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 40% Fresh (5.2/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87% (4.3/5) (so far)
CinemaScore: A
IMDb Rating: 5.5

This movie just came out in theaters last week and was a “surprise” hit. It managed to dethrone Aquaman as #1 at the domestic box office. Critics were never on board with the film, and its current 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is even less than the 47% CinemaBlend had predicted. But it got an A CinemaScore and a very high 87% Audience Score (so far). However, it only has a 5.5 rating on IMDb, and that’s from 4,810 users — which is more users than RT. This isn’t a major superhero movie so not that many users are weighing in. Sometimes people rate movies based on other factors, without even proving that they watched the movie, but CinemaScore surveys moviegoers, and they loved Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s film.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 38% Fresh (vs. 74% for the first movie)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 60% (average 3.5/5) (vs 79% and 3.9)
CinemaScore: B+ (vs A for first film)
IMDb Rating: 6.8 (vs 7.3)

The second Fantastic Beasts movie is an interesting case in that it’s technically a success for Warner Bros. — one of their top-grossing movies of 2018 — but it was a disappointment overall compared to the first film in the franchise. Critics and moviegoers were actually pretty closely aligned when it came to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Critics gave it 74% and fans 79%, and it did very well at the box office. The second movie was liked a lot less by both groups, but the critics went way low while the fans were more measured in their ratings. Grindelwald also made a lot less money at the box office, more than $100M less worldwide. Not a good trend for a franchise planning five films.

Hunter Killer

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 37% Fresh (4.7/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 79% (3.9/5)
CinemaScore: A-
IMDb Rating: 6.7

Critics didn’t find anything fresh about Gerard Butler’s submarine thriller, but their 37% was somehow even more than CinemaBlend’s own prediction of 30%. But fans weren’t looking for anything but a good time, and they seemed to find one. They liked Hunter Killer more than just fine with a 79% Audience Score and an A- CinemaScore.

Life Itself

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 13% Fresh (3.6/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 78% (4.1/5)
CinemaScore: B+
IMDb Rating: 6.4

Polarizing! That’s a good word for this drama written and directed by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. Critics hated the life out of Life Itself, giving it a wince-worthy 13% rating. Fans went in the opposite direction with a 78% rating. IMDb found middle ground with 6.4, but the CinemaScore moviegoers were also pretty positive with a B+. Fogelman had reacted to the critical bashing by saying he just had a “wildly different creative palette than the cynical film critic” and he hoped the film would be warmly received by moviegoers. As much as the fans who did watch the movie seemed to, on average, like it a lot, there weren’t that many of them. Worldwide, the movie only made $7.3 million, per Box Office Mojo.

Death Wish (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 17% Fresh (3.9/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 74% (3.9/5)
CinemaScore: B+
IMDb Rating: 6.4

Never bet against Bruce Willis! Seriously, though, he has two recent movies on this list — Glass and this remake of the 1974 film Death Wish. Fans don’t always embrace remakes, especially when they share the name of the original film, but they loved this one. Critics trashed the film at 17% — way less than CinemaBlend predicted with 31% — but fans flipped that to 74% with a B+ CinemaScore. They got what they came for, and that’s all you can hope for as a film fan.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 12% Fresh (3.4/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 74% (3.9/5)
CinemaScore: B+
IMDb Rating: 6.5

Critics were very sour on Peppermint, with just 12% fresh, but fans embraced Jennifer Garner’s vigilante film with 74% and a B+ rating. IMDb users averaged it out again. It’s a critic’s job to critique a movie — it goes with the title — so it does make sense when critics are more harsh with movies that they feel have weak scripts or wasted potential. But it’s clear audiences either disagree on those metrics or set different standards, so it’s always interesting to see how things play out.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score: 51% Fresh (5.3/10)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 75% (4/5)
CinemaScore: A-
IMDb Rating: 6.1

This one was closer than many of the others when it comes to Rotten Tomatoes. I’m interested in the disparity between the A- CinemaScore and IMDb’s 6.1 rating. The Upside had a similar set-up, except for an even higher CinemaScore and lower IMDb rating. In this case, though, the Rampage IMDb rating is from 101,985 users, which is waaaaaay more than The Upside. Critics were middle-of-the-road meh on Dwayne Johnson’s movie, and RT users liked it more but not by a huge amount. In terms of the box office, Rampage “only” made $101 million at the domestic box office, off a reported $120 million production budget. But it made up that money overseas, picking up $327 million internationally for a total of $428M.

It’s only January and already two films from 2019 are represented on this list. Considering how many potential blockbusters are ahead in 2019, there’s an extremely high chance that more films this year will be disliked by critics and loved by fans, and also vice versa.

Of course, not all fans and not all critics are represented by these numbers. This is just the average of how things look at this point. Here’s naively hoping that we all love most (if not all) of the films we see this year. After all, it doesn’t really matter what other fans think, never mind the critics. If you are the one and only person who loved Film X, you still won!

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Zack Snyder Supposedly Helped James Wan Undo Some Of Joss Whedon’s Justice League Changes

While the rousing success of Aquaman at the box office may have helped calm the waters of the DC extended universe for now, many fans still have a lot of questions about where that universe has been. For the year prior to Aquaman‘s release, the topic of conversation was Justice League, more specifically, how the work of two different directors changed the film. Now we appear to have some answers. Neil Daly, an actor who oversaw test screenings of both Justice League and Aquaman says that Zack Snyder worked with James Wan to help shift the character of Arthur Curry away from some of the changes Joss Whedon made in the team up film, specifically, regarding Aquaman’s more adolescent humor. According to Daly…

According to Neil Daly, who says he has first-hand knowledge of this information, though obviously can’t go into too much detail about from whom, says that much of the humor in the film, such as the sequence where Aquaman sits on the lasso of truth and makes several leering jokes at Wonder Woman, were the creation of Whedon, and James Wan, in directing Aquaman had to make a course correction in order to shift away from the character acting that way.

James Wan had spoken previously about the fact that he had shown Zack Snyder an early cut of Aquaman and had received Snyder’s blessing to move forward, the idea that this was done against the wishes of Warner Bros., however, as Neil Daly tells the Fire and Water Podcast, is new information.

Almost since Justice League was released there has been a vocal contingent of fans who have wanted to see the version of Justice League that Zack Snyder would have created if he had retained complete creative control. While it’s highly unlikely that we will ever see that, this does give us some insight into at least some of the elements that would have been different.

It’s certainly true that the Arthur Curry that we see in Aquaman, and the movie as a whole, doesn’t cash in on sexual jokes quite as much as Justice League. The existence of the jokes in the one movie isn’t the entire reason the film reviewed poorly, and the lack of them isn’t the entire reason that Aquaman did well, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Sarah Paulson Has A Hard Time With Spoilers After Glass And American Horror Story

Starting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s serialized storytelling, shared universes and crossover-heavy shows have become commonplace. Both the small and silver screen have plenty of these massively popular projects, which are often shrouded in mystery until release. Just ask Sarah Paulson, who stars in the ultra-secretive American Horror Story.

Sarah Paulson also has another super secretive project coming out with M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. Paulson plays newcomer Ellie Stapler, squaring off against the cast of both Unbreakable and Split in the crossover movie. I recently spoke with Paulson about playing Ellie, and her penchant for picking ultra secretive projects. It turns out, all the spoiler dodging is exhausting, as she put it:

That’s how the cookie crumbles. If you want to work in super popular projects featuring ambitious crossovers and years of anticipation, you’re going to have to keep it tight lipped. And for Sarah Paulson, this can be a bit trying while doing press.

Sarah Paulson’s comments make a great deal of sense, given the high stakes of her most recent film projects. Every season of American Horror Story is heavily guarded, as Ryan Murphy crafts a new setting, set of characters, and moments of horror. Paulson has been in every scene of the fan favorite series, and is often at the center of crossovers, as she plays her myriad characters from the past eight seasons.

Then there’s her role as Ellie Staple in Glass. M. Night Shyamalan’s new release is almost two decades in the making, as it completes the narrative started back with 2000’s Unbreakable. Shyamalan is a director synonymous with twist endings, which must be guarded in order for them to retain power. As such, Sarah Paulson is once again unable speak freely about her character, and the contents of Glass.

Luckily for the Emmy Award winning actress, Glass is in theaters now, with every twist, turn, and comic book showdown available for moviegoers. Following the wild success of Split, the pressure is on for M. Night Shyamalan to complete his trilogy, including his perspective on superheroes. As for American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson will just have to wait until the fall, when Season 9 premiers with a mysterious new theme.

Glass is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.