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The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 3 Recap: Elyse for Bachelorette?

We open tonight with Sydney recapping last week’s drama. She hopes that now, in week three, they’re all past that. Excuse me, ma’am. What show do you think you’re on? Also, recapping The Bachelor is my job. So let’s get to it—spoilers ahead, obviously.

Chris Harrison shows up with a group date card and this extremely helpful advice: “There will be highs, there will lows, that’s the way it goes!” Are you a Dr. Seuss poem now or what? “I bet I’ll be seeing you around,” he says, ominously, as he departs. (I mean, yes, you will because that’s literally your only job around here.)

Anyway, Katie, Heather, Hannah B., Courtney, Kirpa, Tracy, Demi, and Caelynn are all going on the group date. Hannah B.’s annoyed because that means she’ll have to spend even more time competing with Caelynn. (What. Happened. Between. These. Two? There has to be more to it than “I won and she didn’t.”) The date is at some place called Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, which is basically Medieval Times in Pirates of the Caribbean cosplay and an excuse for Colton to wear a deep V.


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The date concept is pretty straightforward: The women are to dress up in pirate gear and compete to star in the show with Colton. He spends most of the time, though, flirting with Caelynn. This bothers Hannah, naturally. “I didn’t come here to compete in another pageant,” she says. (But you kind of did?) And, shock, Caelynn gets to be in the show while the other women watch from the “poop deck.” Demi heckles them by throwing a full turkey leg onto the stage. I wish Demi wasn’t Demi because that is a move I can get behind.

The show ends with Caelynn saving Colton or whatever, which leads Hannah B. to decide that Colton needs to know the truth—or her version of it.

That night at the after party, Colton bonds with Katie while Tracy and Demi bicker about who is more passive aggressive. Again, Demi makes fun of Tracy for being older than her. Demi, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST WEEK. STOP.

But no, Demi will not stop. Instead, she interrupts Courtney’s time with Colton so she can blindfold him and spank him with a paddle. Then she rubs a mannequin hand over his crotch. It’s as weird as it sounds, but not to Demi. “I think he really appreciates how I have fun with him,” she says. When she returns to the group, Courtney pulls her aside and asks her to be “more aware” of her tone. Demi’s like, nope.

Colton and Caelynn are having a good time talking/making out while Heather gives Hannah B. horrible advice: Warn him about Caelynn. Here’s better advice: If you are a Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant never, ever do this. It does not end well for the tattletale. Just channel like one percent of Demi’s confidence and mind your own business.

Of course, Hannah B. doesn’t do this. She tells Colton that she and Caelynn were friends and roommates at Miss USA, but there was a falling out. They haven’t talked since. She describes the experience as the most “hostile” environment she’s ever been in—and she’s wondering, if he can like Caelynn so much, how can he like her? Colton responds with a bunch of sighs.

Then he asks Caelynn for her side. She says basically the same thing: They were friends, but they responded differently to being in a competitive environment. She admits that in difficult situations, her response is to get quiet and close off. But that’s because she’s still recovering from some “real life shit.” She wants to open up to Colton about that someday, she adds, but it’s too soon in the relationship right now. Fair. Colton agrees, and he gives her the rose.

The next morning, Colton has a one-on-one date with Elyse. They take a helicopter ride to San Diego, where they spend the day at Belmont Park with a bunch of adorable kids. My favorite is the little girl who screams, “Last one on is a rotten egg!” as she runs to the rides. My spirit animal. I think it’s the same girl who later tells Colton she watched The Bachelorette with her mom all the time. It’s like a glimpse into my future.

After seeing how great Colton was with the kids, Elyse isn’t worried about the age difference anymore. And Colton’s impressed with Elyse’s confidence and independence. Over dinner, he asks where those traits come from and she opens up about how her sister was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Elyse’s sister couldn’t do treatments because of the baby, and she passed away. It was tough, she says, but her family loves the baby so much and they created a children’s charity in the sister’s honor.

Fully crying. Wow, Elyse for Bachelorette? Naturally, Colton gives her the rose, and they end their date with one of those signature random “private” concerts.

The next day is a group date with Tayshia, Nina, Catherine, Sydney, Onyeka, Cassie, Nicole, and Caitlin. (Bummer for Hannah G., who doesn’t get any date this week.) The date is yet another excuse to get Colton shirtless—this time, it’s to work out.


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Terry and Rebecca Crews are there to help Colton “find his strong woman.” Apparently they mean this literally—everyone’s working out, even Nicole who is doing her best.

After a few half-hearted pull-ups and some extreme stretching from Sydney, it’s time for a competition. First up, the women are tasked with pushing a 100-pound wedding cake down the aisle. Poor Nicole can’t even move it past the starting line. The second event is a ring toss, which is really just lifting a tractor tire. Last up, they strap a woman to a limo and ask her to pull it. It seems impossible, yet Caitlin, a very small woman, manages to do it. How?!? I’m genuinely impressed with this feat of strength, but somehow she doesn’t make it to the final three. This competition is rigged!

“I’m not the most athletic of the bunch…but I walk my dog!” —Nicole

At the after party, Colton has good moments with Tayshia, Nicole, Onyeka, and Cassie. But when it’s time to talk to Caitlin, she’s all, “I don’t have anything standing out in my life that I want to share right now, but today was great!” Colton asks what she’s looking for in a partner, and she says someone who can go out and be silly with her and her friends. “I’m happy to open up to you about that!” He pushes a little more, and she says she doesn’t know what to open up about because life has been so good. (Raise your hand if you’re feeling a lil bit jealous and maybe resentful of Caitlin right now. Imagine having a life filled with zero problems…). She can’t even answer his question about what a night with her family looks like. After struggling through this awkward conversation, Colton finally tells Caitlin he’s not feeling a spark. She leaves and on her way out complains that she’s the real one and the other girls are all fake. That may be, but at least they have more to talk about than being silly with friends.

The group date goes to my fave, Nicole.

The next day Chris Harrison arrives with a surprise: There’ll be a pool party instead of a cocktail party.

“You’re going to hang out all day, he’s going to have his shirt off!” —Chris Harrison

Sounds fun in theory—too bad Colton spends the whole day dealing with Hannah B. and Caelynn’s drama. Caelynn tells Colton Hannah B. is manipulative and deceitful; Hannah B. claims it’s the opposite. Colton doesn’t know who to believe because he likes them both. “Just freaking trust me,” Hannah says. Oh OK.

The other women are frustrated these two are eating up all of his time. He’s not happy about it either: Colton complains to the producers, and at one point even Chris Harrison steps in to see what’s going on. But when it comes time for the rose ceremony, Hannah B. gets a rose and is staying. (Caelynn, as well as Elyse and Nicole, had roses too.) The rest go to: Hannah G., Tayshia, Katie, Cassie, Kirpa, Sydney, Demi, Tracy, Courtney, Heather, and Onyeka. That means Catherine, Bri, and…Nina?—sorry, she had very little screen time!—are going home. See you next week!

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Women Are Sharing Pics of Their ‘Food Babies’ on Twitter

Food is delicious—and sometimes, it happens to trigger bloating in the stomach. There’s no shame in a “food baby,” as the effect is often nicknamed, but it’s not something we normally see talked about on social media. Considering that’s how we consume most images we see, though, it can make a food baby feel like a solitary experience. But let’s be real: It’s a relatable moment for many women—one of whom kicked off a huge stream of responses on Twitter over the weekend.

It began when London-based influencer Fatimah Waheeb sparked an online discussion after posting a photo of her “food baby” on Twitter with the caption, “i can’t be the only one that gets extremely bloated and starts imagining myself being pregnant??”

She then encouraged others to do the same. “If you do have bloated pics post them in the thread looool,” Waheeb wrote.

“I had just finished eating a bunch of wasabi while watching anime and I realized how bloated I was, and I thought it would be funny to share how bloated women can get,” she told Buzzfeed News. “I wasn’t that surprised because I know if I get extremely bloated loads of other women would too and it’s nice to know other women get as bloated as I do and pretend to be pregnant!”

She also posted a pic sans bloat because, of course, some trolls were asking her if she was actually pregnant.

The responses to her original post were as heartwarming as you’d expect. Because really, who among us hasn’t been there? For these women, seeing Waheeb’s post—and sharing about theirs—helps normalizes a common experience.

Waheeb loved the responses, tweeting, “I love the replies!! i’m so glad bloating is normalised, fuck anyone that said my bloating wasn’t normal lmao it very much is.”

Even Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson Can’t Resist Teasing Mark Ruffalo About Spoiling Movies

Unlike their comic book counterparts, most of the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe don’t really have secret identities. That’s probably for the best, because even the actors playing them can’t manage to keep a secret, most notably Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo. The MCU’s newest hero, Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson, is well aware of the loose-lipped nature of her co-stars and couldn’t resist teasing the Hulk actor about it. Check it out:

She may be new to this whole superhero thing, but Brie Larson figures that if her tweet showing her magazine cover is a spoiler, at least she’ll be in good company. It is a good-natured but hilarious jab at the Bruce Banner actor who has more than earned his reputation as a spoiler during his time in the MCU. She even @s Mark Ruffalo on Twitter, as if to remind him of his missteps.

Everyone teases the young Tom Holland (ironically the only actor whose character has a major secret identity) for the amount of beans he has spilled, so it’s only fair Mark Ruffalo gets called out for his spoilers — and Brie Larson couldn’t resist. Her first onscreen appearance in the MCU is still a month and a half away but Brie Larson is already fitting right in with her superpowered cohorts.

Hopefully this tweet will keep secrecy at the forefront of Mark Ruffalo’s mind as we race towards the release of Avengers: Endgame and he won’t accidentally spoil something or livestream the movie. Maybe Brie Larson can be the person on the press tour who babysits the Hulk actor to make sure he doesn’t let the cat out of the bag; Don Cheadle certainly doesn’t want the job.

It sounds like Mark Ruffalo and Brie Larson may have a chance to discuss the latter’s jokes onscreen too, considering that we’ve heard that they share a scene together in Endgame. Can Captain Marvel outmuscle the Hulk? Time will tell.

Although Brie Larson joked that she’ll be the Mark Ruffalo of 2019, the actress has actually made a concerted effort to do quite the opposite. She is seemingly determined not to have a mortifying slip-up and is endeavoring to keep the secrets she knows hidden until after the films are released and everyone can discuss them.

Like the rest of the MCU actors, Brie Larson knows a lot of secrets too. We’ll see how well she can keep them and how well her strategy of erasing her mind works in the lead up to Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, where she will be asked many prying questions looking for a Ruffalo-esque slip.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule for the biggest movies heading to theaters this year, and for all the latest on why spoiler-free is the way to be, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

12 Weird Disney Live-Action Films That Time Forgot

The Walt Disney company’s classic animated films are timeless, and a vast majority of them may remain that way. When it comes to the company’s live-action endeavors, however, many of those have aged quite a bit worse. Whether it’s the age we live in that makes some older titles bizarre, or these movies were always a little weird, here are a handful of weird live-action Disney films time forgot and the House of Mouse has swept under the rug.

Tom and Huck (1995)

Jonathan Taylor Thomas was one of the “it kids” of the 90s, and if audiences weren’t watching him on Home Improvement, they were seeing him or hearing him on the big screen. In 1995, the world received a unique addition to J.T.T.’s resume in which the young actor played a literary character. Thomas played Tom Sawyer in a period piece that would make teenage girls swoon for an adaptation of the work of Mark Twain.

Teen girls may have swooned, but critics almost universally tore apart Tom and Huck for its overall blandness. The movie was called “boring” which, in terms of longevity, can be worse than being bad. Those who remember it from their youth might still check it out, however, if only to spot a young Rami Malek long before his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With The Circus (1960)

There’s no evidence that Toby Tyler was made as propaganda to prevent kids from running away to join the circus, but it certainly feels like there could be. In the movie, Toby runs away from home after his uncle criticizes him, and quickly learns working for a circus isn’t a ton of fun. He makes the best of it though, and quickly rises through the ranks thanks to his connection to a chimpanzee called Mr. Stubbs.

Spoilers!Toby eventually reunites with his aunt and uncle, who he discovers love him despite his employer’s efforts to persuade him otherwise. Mr. Stubbs gets shot and is presumed dead, only to make a triumphant return in the midst of Toby’s circus act. It’s a wild scene, especially considering it looks like the actor Kevin Corcoron is trying to prevent being choked out by the ape the whole time. That alone makes this one a must-watch, if not a classic.

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Some may think Disney’s recent trend of remaking classic films is rather new, but it’s something the studio has been doing for quite a while. Case in point, the 1998 version of Mighty Joe Young is based on a film from 1949 with the same name. The difference between them is that this one had Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, and a motion suit gorilla much larger than the gorilla that was in the original movie.

While the film may not be talked about much these days, it certainly should be. Joe may not be a gorilla as big as King Kong, but Disney’s decision to use animatronics, a human actor and miniature sets make for a gorilla that ages much better than a digital gorilla may have. Plus, it’s certainly one of the more quality forgotten films on this list, especially for those with children looking for a serviceable family drama.

Darby O’Gill And The Little People (1959)

Darby O’Gill And The Little People tells the tale of Darby O’Gill and his capture by Leprechauns after losing his job. Darby eventually outwits the Leprechauns and escapes and even manages to trick one into giving him three wishes which he uses throughout the course of the film. The film is certainly weird due to its general premise and a particular violin scene, but it’s also pretty good.

Audiences who tune into this one will find a quality adventure from start to finish from an era that was exceptionally impressed by the special effects work. Critics loved the film, although one did complain about the “weak” performance of a supporting actor in his late 20s by the name of Sean Connery. I’m curious as to what that critic thought three years later when he saw Connery as James Bond?

The Country Bears (2002)

Disney has often tried to spin its popular Disney World and Disneyland rides into film franchises, and sometimes, it pays off. Other times, not so much, and The Country Bears is a perfect example of that. As it turns out, not even a cast of celebrities and a leading performance by a bear version of Haley Joel Osment was enough to convince audiences to take a chance on this odd adventure.

The Country Bears was a box office disaster, with a worldwide total that came in slightly above $18 million. That’s only a little over half of what it cost to make the film, which fell flat with critics as much as it did the general public. As CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell put it: “Bears is bad. Not ‘terrible filmmaking’ bad, but more like, ‘I once had a nightmare like this, and it’s now coming true’ bad.”

Almost Angels (1962)

Almost Angels is a story about a young boy that essentially serves as an educational documentary informing on the famous Vienna Boys Choir. I’m not sure how big a deal the organization was back then compared to now, but the fact that Disney paired this feature alongside a remastered screening of The Lady and the Tramp might mean executives thought it wasn’t good enough to put butts in the theater.

This feature is packed with traditional Austrian songs, all of which are performed elaborately. That’s typical of the time, but what makes it weird is all the crowd shots during these performances which presumably are done to drive the plot further. Unfortunately, the performances are very rarely interrupted with sound, so it’s just a lot of weird gestures and eye movements while these kids with beautiful voices belt out songs. It’s interesting, but weird.

102 Dalmations (2000)

How many Dalmations does it take to make a sequel of a live-action adaptation of a Disney classic? I’m not entirely sure about that answer, but it seems as though the producers of 102 Dalmations believed they really only needed Glenn Close to make this sequel a success. To their credit, Cruella de Vil’s relapse into puppy killing for high fashion was a commercial success.

Critically though, this one was a dud. In what’s essentially a movie that repeats the big high notes of the original, 102 Dalmatians has been largely forgotten in the years since its release. To be fair, I’m not sure the original live-action really gets a lot of love these days either, and even the animated original is not as fondly thought of as some other Disney flicks. Perhaps that means it’s time for yet another reboot?

The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones (1964)

Merlin Jones is a clever college student who, through the use of a helmet with a lot of antennae on it, gains the ability to read thoughts. This leads to events that one would typically deem not exciting enough to appear in a film, such as Merlin mistaking a judge for a criminal but he was actually a secret author of crime novels. How come his mind-reading abilities didn’t pick up on that detail?

Of course, who am I to criticize Disney for taking a light approach to mind reading and hypnotism in what’s meant to be a light-hearted movie. The Misadventures of Merlin Jones isn’t necessarily good, but it’s not at all a film anyone should call awful. Perhaps its mediocrity is why many have forgotten it over time?

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

Audiences may be well familiar with Disney’s ghost tale The Haunted Mansion, but it’s safe to say a fair few less remember Blackbeard’s Ghost. That’s a real shame because if ever there was an obscure film for Disney to remake into a live-action adventure, this is it. A mild-mannered man named Steve wins an item at a charity auction, only to be cursed by the spirit of Blackbeard upon receiving the item.

Steve is the only person who can see Blackbeard, who immediately lands Steve in trouble with the law by driving his car as if it were a ship. Blackbeard also steals the Steve’s arresting officer’s motorcycle and crashes it into a tree. Basically, Blackbeard is an asshole, and it’s up to Steve to get Blackbeard to perform a good deed so that his soul can move on to the afterlife.

The Monkey’s Uncle (1965)

Remember Merlin Jones? Well, his first film was a big enough success that Disney decided to make a sequel where Merlin is tasked with creating a man-powered flying machine that will win Midvale college a huge donation. Merlin then tries his best to create a machine, lest the donor’s money go to a rival college and impact Midvale’s bottom line.

So, what does any of this have to do with a monkey? As it turns out, Merlin is the legal uncle to his nephew monkey named Stanley. Stanley has almost nothing to do with the film’s plot and was potentially only brought on to justify the title. Keep in mind, Disney put some money into this, or at least enough money for the Beach Boys to appear in it and perform.

The Devil And Max Devlin (1981)

Remember when Disney made a film about a guy being sent to hell and Bill Cosby played a demon? I’m doubtful many do, or there would’ve been several memes referencing this bizarre Disney film last year. Yes, Disney actually made a movie that featured a rather frightening and grotesque version of hell, and it’s actually rather impressive how scary the studio made it look.

There were those at the time who were less than impressed with The Devil And Max Devlin, and the movie ended up convincing Disney to release its more mature-themed films under the umbrella of different companies. Had it not been for this feature, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures may never have existed. That alone should make it relevant enough to be remembered, and maybe even rented by some film group looking for a truly bizarre entry in Disney history.

Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

Jungle 2 Jungle is one of those movies where a person might question whether or not it truly existed, or if it was all a fantasy like that genie movie starring Sinbad. Yes, Jungle 2 Jungle did happen, and for those who forgot, involves a New York businessman finding out he has a son who was raised in the jungle. He then takes the boy to New York and attempts to teach him about city life.

Folks may remember the kid killing the fly with a blow dart in the car, but the rest of the plot may be fuzzy. Just to fill in the rest, Tim Allen’s character ends up leaving his fiance and his life in New York to reconcile with his ex-wife who he only saw briefly after learning he had a 13-year-old son. If that’s not the weirdest most unrealistic ending Disney has ever delivered, I don’t know what is.

Hopefully, a few of these entries arrive on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ so that the world can remember these weird films and enjoy them time and time again. For an update on Disney’s latest exploits in the world of live-action, find out what animated feature the company made that is planned to be getting the live-action treatment next!

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Why James McAvoy Had To Get Jacked For Glass

If you saw Glass during opening weekend, you may already know that James McAvoy really worked out before and during the movie’s filming to get into beast mode. He’s previously talked about his insane workouts, but recently James McAvoy revealed his motivation for getting into unbelievable shape for Glass. The answer might surprise you. He said:

Of course, if you’ve seen both Glass and Split, The Beast has his shirt off in both movies. However, while The Beast’s big scene in Split was filmed during nighttime hours, Glass‘ scenes were often set during daylight. Which means viewers had the opportunity to see every ripped muscle, or if James McAvoy hadn’t gotten into shirtless shape, every single ounce of fat.

Previously, James McAvoy’s trainer talked about what it took to get the actor into shape for Glass, noting that during Split‘s filming the actor basically hadn’t tried hard enough. The trainer worked with McAvoy for weeks on training different muscles on different days to get him into peak (and vein-y) physique.

Elsewhere in James McAvoy’s interview with USA Today about fitness, he also talked a little bit about what it took to become The Beast for the bigger budget Glass. He also revealed working out while acting helped.

All of that working out, not to mention all of the personality changes James McAvoy needs to inhabit in Glass were really difficult to achieve. McAvoy refers to playing Kevin as “knackering” and even says that it was “tiring” to “just stand[sic] still” while playing The Beast.

Not that he’s really complaining. Glass has only been out one week and it has already been a big hit for Universal. Made on a relatively small $20 million budget, Glass has already raked in $95.5 million at the worldwide box office. So, James McAvoy might be tired after all of the months filming and all of the press that comes with officially releasing a movie, but I’m assuming the exposure will be worth it in the end.

Glass is one of the biggest releases this January. To see what else is coming up, take a look at our full movie schedule.

Selena Gomez Threw Her Best Friend the Most Beautiful Bridal Shower

No matter how famous she gets—and she is, after all, a pop star and the former most-followed person on Instagram for two years running—Selena Gomez still makes the time to keep it real and kick back with some of her pre-fame best friends. Gomez makes trips back to Texas to catch up with the girls, whether it’s to invite them all to her pasta-themed birthday party on a yacht or get that ultimate signifier of a BFF bond: matching squad tattoos. And for her latest trip, over the weekend, she went all out for a very good reason. Gomez apparently helped throw Courtney Barry, one of her besties, a beautiful shower that was—luckily for us—documented on social media. The bride-to-be wrote on her own Instagram that “a few of my perfect girls threw me a perfect shower” along with a collage of Polaroid photos from the event where fans quickly spotted Gomez in a gorgeous red dress.

Also, wow, how gorgeous does the party look?

Fan accounts nabbed more footage from posts by other, less-famous guests at the shower.

To whoever decided on the ring pop flavors, we say, “Well done.”

Gomez and Barry go way back and have often posted about their squad’s escapades on social media.

And back to that one time they got tattoos: Gomez took the moment to expand on why exactly she and Barry will always be tight. “…My actual #1 @courtneyjbarry you are an incredible woman. The way you handle life’s most confusing moments is indescribable and graceful” she wrote. “You are moved by the littlest stories to the most heartbreaking ones, you will give someone your perfume if they say you smell nice, you are freaking hilarious and always stand firm in your faith, a loving sister, an amazing friend and a beautiful daughter. You are the definition of FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made baby! #1

We have a feeling this won’t be the last of the wedding festivities Gomez makes time for—and we can’t wait to see the pics.

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No, Sacha Baron Cohen Was Never Actually Attached To Bohemian Rhapsody

A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was in the works for the better part of a decade before finally coming to fruition with last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody. For a good number of those years, Sacha Baron Cohen was the actor reportedly set to play Freddie Mercury before dropping out due to creative differences. Regardless, according to Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, Sacha Baron Cohen was never actually attached to the film, as he explained:

Speaking at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast (via Variety), Graham King dispelled the popular notion that Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to play Freddie Mercury. According to him, Rami Malek was the first and obviously last person to be signed on to the film. This contradicts the long-standing belief that Sacha Baron Cohen was signed on for the film prior to exiting the project.

The way Graham King described it, it sounds like there were certainly discussions with Sacha Baron Cohen, but he was never firmly attached to play Freddie Mercury in the biopic, at least not in any official capacity. He was just one of multiple actors who wanted the role that ultimately went to Rami Malek.

Considering all the reports over the years that had Sacha Baron Cohen attached to the role, perhaps it was just a case of he was presumed and expected to play Freddie Mercury and was maybe in deep discussions about the role as the project developed, but it just never got to the point where he was signed on.

Although he didn’t get the role, you can see why Sacha Baron Cohen would have been an obvious choice to play Freddie Mercury. Despite his image as a comedian, the actor bears more of a resemblance to Freddie Mercury than Rami Malek — who wound up in the role — does.

Over the years and recently with the release of the film, there have been conflicting reasons given as to why Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t play the legendary frontman in Bohemian Rhapsody. Sacha Baron Cohen seemed to have had a much different vision for the film, one that was R-rated and dug more into Freddie’s rockstar lifestyle, whereas the members of Queen wanted a fun movie that was more for everyone and was respectful of the singer’s legacy. Recently Queen drummer Roger Taylor said Cohen “didn’t take Freddie seriously enough.”

I thought those creative differences led to Sacha Baron Cohen’s departure, but given what Graham King said, it seems that the differences just led to him dropping out of the running or being ruled out by the filmmakers. As Graham King said, Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t the only person who was rumored for the biopic over the years; in fact, Ben Whishaw and Dominic Cooper were also discussed in relation to playing Freddie.

All that said, it’s hard to wonder what might have been with Sacha Baron Cohen or a different actor because Rami Malek turned in an incredible performance as Freddie Mercury, good enough to win him a Golden Globe and perhaps net him an Oscar nomination.

The crowd-pleasing film also won a Golden Globe for Best Picture-Drama and has been a worldwide box office smash hit. So things turned out for the best, even if critics were less thrilled with the film than audiences and may have preferred Cohen’s less safe version.

Bohemian Rhapsody is still playing in theaters. Check out our release schedule for all of the biggest movies heading to theaters this year.

Pete Davidson And John Mulaney Review The Mule: A Superhero Movie For Old People

Pete Davidson’s back on Saturday Night Live after a few weeks of making headlines for mental health issues following his breakup with pop singer Ariana Grande, but this week he had more important things to talk about during “Weekend Update,” namely The Mule. Take a look at what he has to say about the new Clint Eastwood movie in front of SNL costars Colin Jost and Michael Che, below.

After calling Colin Jost and Michael Che “morons” for not checking out The Mule this far into its theatrical run, Pete Davidson brought on fellow“Mule appreciator” John Mulaney to chat about the flick.

After cracking jokes about Pete Davidson’s mental health, the two revealed they went into The Mule with low, nay, really no expectations. The two men go on to proclaim it: “The greatest, weirdest, most bananas movie ever made.” That’s screaming for a DVD box pullquote.

The jokes are pretty tied in to Clint Eastwood’s performance, namely the fact Eastwood is playing a 90-year-old drug mule, who is not only a drug mule, but who is driving a car throughout the movie. There are a lot of driving jokes.

In real life Clint Eastwood is 88 and actually directed the movie, which is a little bit more impressive than just driving a car. Still, the whole bit is in good fun, even if they go on and on about the two threesomes Clint Eastwood’s character, Earl, manages to have in the span of the flick’s 117 minute runtime. Let’s just remember the actor isn’t even trying to play younger in this flick!

In actuality, The Mule is running at 66% positive on Rotten Tomatoes with a similar 68% user score. It also nabbed an A- CinemaScore and has made $101.8 million at the box office so far, so it’s been a sneakily popular title since its release date back in mid-December.

Even though Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse‘s John Mulaney and Pete Davidson’s bit is a pretty amusing one, overall The Mule has been a big success story for Warner Bros. this holiday season, along with the other big holiday release from the studio Aquaman. (OK maybe they aren’t super comparable, as Aquaman made over a billion already; still, it hasn’t been a bad holiday season for the studio.)

You can still catch The Mule in theaters if movies about drugs, violence and threesomes starring Clint Eastwood sound like your thing. If not, you can take a look at what all is coming up this year at the movies with CinemaBlend’s full release schedule. If you’d like to tune in for Saturday Night Live‘s big take on pop culture on Saturday evenings, only on NBC.

Captain Marvel Secures A China Release Date, Prepares To Dominate In March

The first big superhero blockbuster of 2019 arrives in March in the form of Captain Marvel. The origin story for Brie Larson’s heroine is already tracking for a huge domestic opening, but its worldwide opening weekend could truly be something to “marvel” at. We’ve just learned the film has secured a release date in China, and now Captain Marvel will open in the Middle Kingdom day-and-date with its North American debut on March 8.

Captain Marvel isn’t being released later in China than it is in North America and other markets and that should really setup the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed movie to dominate the March box office. North America and China are the world’s first and second-biggest box office markets. By opening the same day in both, it ensures that Captain Marvel should really run away with things, taking over the box office and the conversation worldwide.

Movies frequently have different release dates in different territories, whether that be for financially strategic reasons or as is often the case in China, local regulations. For example, the last three MCU movies, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, opened in China three, two and seven weeks after their domestic debuts, respectively. Therefore, it is a big deal that Captain Marvel will be opening in China the same day as it opens in North America.

During the Chinese New Year holidays, the regulations in China usually only allow local titles to play in theaters, blocking Hollywood releases. The first Hollywood film that will grace the Middle Kingdom after the festivities will be Alita: Battle Angel on February 22 (a week after its domestic bow), followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

North America and China are the two biggest box office markets and they will likely contribute the lion’s share of this movie’s returns. Considering how these kinds of blockbusters make a good chunk of their money opening weekend, we’ll have a pretty good indication of how successful Captain Marvel is right away when it debuts. Right now early tracking has Captain Marvel looking at an $140 million opening weekend domestically.

There are other reasons to think that Captain Marvel will be huge as well, including the fact that the advance ticket sales for the film are among the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Depending on the ticketing site, Captain Marvel sits only behind last year’s Avengers: Infinity War and perhaps Black Panther in pre-sales.

Advance ticket sales are not a surefire metric of a film’s eventual success, but being mentioned in the same breath as last year’s two biggest MCU films is certainly not a bad place to be. Clearly audiences are stoked to see the ultra-powerful heroine, who will presumably turn the tide against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Now, even more people will get to see her on opening day.

Captain Marvel blasts into theaters on March 8. For all of this year’s biggest movies heading to theaters, check out our release schedule.

Mindy Kaling Is Done Feeling Guilty Over New Mom Expectations

When you’re pregnant, it easy to paint a perfect picture of what kind of mom you’re going to be—you’ll buy the best organic baby food, attend Mommy and Me classes religiously, and you’ll definitely be the kind of mom that never misses a milestone. But once your little bundle of joy arrives all those mommy expectations can seem like a distant memory. “I thought I would go into everything with a real source of like, deep Yoda knowledge about being a mom,” says Mindy Kaling, who became a first-time mom when her daughter Katherine was born in 2017. “That has not ended up being the case.”

All the expectations placed on new moms—breastfeed without complaining, look pretty (but don’t wear too much makeup), fill your Instagram feed with cute baby pics—can also be a major source of guilt. Even for Kaling. “I work with another mom on Four Weddings and a Funeral [coming to Hulu later this year] who has a one-year-old, and the thing that we always feel frustrated about is Mommy and Me classes always take place on like a Tuesday at 11 A.M.,” she says. As a working mom (albeit a very famous one), she can’t just ditch the office. “We just are never there. Getting over the guilt that I have to send someone else to take my child to a class that I’d like to go to is on-going,” she says, “but I’m kind of relieving myself of those guilty feelings. That has been my New Year’s resolution—moving forward it’s the kind of change I want to make for myself.”

On Instagram at least, Kaling seems like the type of mom who couldn’t possibly have anything to feel guilty over. The Ocean’s 8 star could give food bloggers a run for their money with her tutorials of homemade baby food (which, TBH, looks practically gourmet for someone who describes herself as “barely a cook”). “Because I work and I don’t get to cook a lot for her…I wanted to have it memorialized on Instagram so that everyone can see the few times I can actually do it,” she says with a laugh. “It’s for me, too! It makes me feel good and it’s really rewarding.”

Mindy Kaling/Instagram

Mindy Kaling/Instagram

Mindy Kaling/Instagram

IRL, she says, things don’t always look so ‘grammable. “I wish I could be one of those Instagram food stylists who spends three hours on Sunday preparing sweet potatoes and sautéing broccoli so they can make healthy bowls and put them in Tupperware,” she says (don’t we all.) “I’m just not that person and I’ll never be that person,” she says. Kaling, who is a Protein One ambassador, loves a good shortcut. “I throw a box of Protein One bars in my car or in my trailer so when it’s 11 P.M. and I’m working, I don’t go off the deep end and want to eat an entire pizza or have my assistant go and buy me a thing of cookie dough,” she says.

For Kaling, and so many other new moms, a parenting strategy that evolves on the fly shouldn’t be a source of guilt. “I read this book—and not to name drop, but it was given to me by Oprah—that talks a lot about how to be a conscious parent. I loved it,” she says. But it’s not always easy to keep up with. “When I go to bed at night, I’m like, ‘Oh, should I not have been having that conversation on the phone in front of her?’” Still, per her New Year’s resolution, Kaling isn’t letting herself lose sleep over it. “I just try to [say to myself], OK, I was sweet and patient with her and we spent a lot of quality time together, and I didn’t do anything that is shameful,” Kaling says. “I think my parenting strategy—and this is not at all what I anticipated—is just getting through each day.”

Reporting by Jessica Radloff