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Dune Director Explains How Pandemic Has ‘Crushed’ His Schedule

While most of the filming of Dune may have been completed, producing something of the scope and size of a movie at this level basically can’t be done without reshoots, and Denis Villeneuve recently confirmed to Indiewire that he was planning to go back out and do some additional filming, that then needed to be put on hold due to the pandemic. The reshoots are actually on the schedule now, so they will be able to happen, but then needing to integrate them into the movie, and complete any post-production work is going to likely mean working right up to the last minute to finish Dune. According to Villeneuve…

Looks Like Mark Hamill Approves Of Star Wars’ Titles Being Swapped

Mark Hamill’s post comes from his personal Twitter page, which the iconic actor regularly uses to directly communicate with the fans. So it should come as no surprise that once the viral video about Star Wars titles started making its way around the internet, it would eventually catch the attention of Luke Skywalker himself. After all, he’s the galaxy’s biggest cheerleader, on top of playing the franchise hero.

The entire Skywalker Saga is currently streaming on Disney+. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.

Looks Like Mark Hamill Approves Of Star Wars’ Titles Being Swapped

Mark Hamill’s post comes from his personal Twitter page, which the iconic actor regularly uses to directly communicate with the fans. So it should come as no surprise that once the viral video about Star Wars titles started making its way around the internet, it would eventually catch the attention of Luke Skywalker himself. After all, he’s the galaxy’s biggest cheerleader, on top of playing the franchise hero.

The entire Skywalker Saga is currently streaming on Disney+. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.

Jurassic World: Dominion’s Sam Neill Reunites With An ‘Old Friend’ In Sweet Post

Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be a pretty big movie if you’re any sort of fan of this franchise. It will be the finale of the Jurassic World trilogy, but beyond that, it will also be bringing back the three stars of the original Jurassic Park for the first time since that influential film debuted in 1993. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will all be back, and so will one thing that Sam Neill has apparently been missing, his hat.

It’s Dynamite: BTS, Doja Cat, And J Balvin Will Perform At The 2020 VMAs

Are you ready, ARMY?

The 2020 VMAs just got a whole lot more explosive, thanks to the dynamos in BTS. The K-pop group — 2020 nominees for Best Pop, Best K-pop, and Best Choreography — will light up the awards show for the first time ever with an exciting performance of their upcoming new single, “Dynamite.”

And the fun doesn’t stop there: The 2020 VMAs will also feature memorable performances from both Doja Cat, who’s up for PUSH Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Direction, and J Balvin — nominated for Best Collaboration and three times for Best Latin.

This will be the first time on the VMA stage for BTS, marking the TV debut of “Dynamite” (set to drop on August 21), and the first VMA performance for Doja Cat as well. Last year, J Balvin and Bad Bunny made the VMA stage their playground for a cartoonish, whimsical rendition of “Qué Pretendes.” That means, simply, that this year, anything can happen.

The 2020 VMAs are led by Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga in the nominations field with nine nods each, followed closely behind by both Billie Eilish and The Weeknd. See the full list of nominees, and vote for your faves across 15 gender-neutral categories right now, at vma.mtv.com.

The 2020 VMAs will air live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, August 30 across MTV’s linear and digital platforms from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, as well as from various iconic locations throughout the five boroughs in New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

Fixer Upper: Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Their Popular Show’s Return

Fixer Upper fans: Today is your lucky day. 

The popular home renovation show from Chip and Joanna Gaines is officially returning to TV. The couple made the announcement with a super cute promo video on Instagram. In it, Chip “tricks” his wife into taking a little car trip and says he has a surprise for her…and not to be mad. She notices he’s brought along his tools, and when they arrive at a house, he reveals the big news.

 “I signed us up for another season of Fixer Upper,” he says. “I answered the office phone like you told me never to do.

“Well, can I tell you a little secret? I kind of missed it,” Joanna replies. “Let’s do it.” 

The original show aired for five seasons on HGTV until April 2018, and People reports it often brought in 17 million viewers each week. The new incarnation will be a tentpole of the couple’s new Magnolia Network, which was supposed to launch in October but has been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Everybody knows.. #fixerUpper is where we’ve been and @magnolianetwork is where we’re going! But what if we tied both together as a tribute to this new journey—for old times’ sake,” Chip also tweeted. “Fixer Upper: meet Magnolia Network. Magnolia Network: meet Fixer Upper! Feels pretty good to me..”

“The day we wrapped our final episode of ​Fixer Upper,​ we really believed it was a chapter closed,” Chip and Joanna told People about the relaunch. “We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath. But we also knew we weren’t done dreaming about ways to make old things new again.” 

“These past few years, we’ve continued tackling renovations and projects, doing the work we’re passionate about, but​ I don’t think either of us anticipated how the show would become such a permanent fixture in our hearts,” they continued. “We’ve missed sharing the stories of these families and their homes with you, and we’re excited to do that again very soon!” 

The many fans of the show—and Chip and Joanna—took to social media to express their excitement. 

An exact premiere date for the new season of Fixer Upper has not yet been revealed. 

Michelle Obama Just Shared the Best Throwback Pic for Barack’s Birthday

Michelle Obama—Grammy winner, social media icon, infinite fountain of wisdom, podcaster—has just blessed us with an incredible throwback pic. In honor of former President Barack Obama’s 59th birthday, she posted a casual family snap from a few years back, along with the sweetest caption.

It’s not clear exactly when or where the photo was taken, but given how young Sasha and Malia look in this picture (they’re 19 and 22 now) it must have been a while ago. Everyone looks relaxed and happy in their finest vacation wear, posing in front of a coastal scene—and yes, the photograph captures a khaki-on-khaki ensemble that’s peak 2000s dad. 

Alongside the photo, the former FLOTUS shared a short and sweet celebratory message: “Happy birthday to my favorite guy. Here’s to all the good days, blue skies, and new adventures to come. 😘.” 

Barack and Michelle Obama have been married since 1992, and Michelle regularly treats us to throwbacks from years past as well as updates on her current projects. She’s involved in voter registration efforts with When We All Vote, helping girls around the world access education and training with the Girls Opportunity Alliance, and she just launched a podcast on Spotify!

The first guest on the first ever episode of the Michelle Obama Podcast was, of course, Barack Obama himself. During the 30-minute conversation they talked about their upbringings and family ties, and she also revealed a little bit about their love story.

“One of the reasons I feel in love with you is because you are guided by the principle that we are each other’s brother’s and sister’s keepers,” she said. “And that’s how I was raised.”

These tiny glimpses into their long-lasting marriage are much-appreciated bright spots in an extremely bleak news cycle. Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

James Gunn Shoots Down The Suicide Squad Rumor About Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a massively popular DC villain, and fans are definitely eager to see the character join the DC Extended Universe. But it’s currently unclear exactly when this might happen. While James Gunn has seemingly ruled out her possible appearance in The Suicide Squad, there are a few alternate choices to bring the femme fatale back to the big screen. We’ll just have to see if The Batman gets a sequel, and if the Gotham City Sirens movie ever comes to fruition.

Ellen DeGeneres: All the Celebrities Standing by Her During Her Talk Show Controversy

There is a lot of controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres right now—but several celebrities are coming to her defense. 

If you want a full breakdown of what’s going on, click here. But the abridged version: Several reports have trickled out over the past few weeks alleging The Ellen DeGeneres Show has a “toxic” workplace environment, including incidents of microaggressions and racist comments.  This BuzzFeed article  kickstarted the wave, and then several weeks later, another BuzzFeed report came out outlining sexual misconduct allegations against  Kevin Leman, a head writer and executive producer at the show. 

Leman released a statement after the story was published denying “any kind of sexual impropriety.” As for DeGeneres, a leaked memo that People obtained shows her apologizing to staff for how the show’s been run. “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done,” she wrote. “Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

DeGeneres is most likely referring to show executive producers Andy Lassner, Ed Glavin, and Mary Connelly, who in their own joint statement wrote, “For the record, the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”

This, coupled with multiple (unsubstantiated) stories about how DeGeneres may not be as nice as her public persona seems, has put a lot of negative attention on the longtime host. But she does have some people in her corner. DeGeneres’s wife, Portia de Rossi, broke her silence on this controversy August 3 via Instagram, writing, “To all our fans….we see you. Thank you for your support.” She included several hashtags, including #IStandByEllen. 

And she’s not the only one standing by Ellen. Here are all the celebs who have voiced their support for her:

Katy Perry

Kris Jenner

According to Us Weekly, she “liked” de Rossi’s aforementioned Instagram post. 

Ignacio Figueras

Scooter Braun

Samantha Ronson

Jerry O’Connell

We will update this post as more celebrities speak out.