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Murphy Beds: The Old-School Space Saver Is Back in Style

ALISON MAZUREK was residing in a 600-square-foot apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and their infant when she realized their cradle-in-the-living-room subsistence was untenable. “We need our life back! We need to be able to have friends over!” she recalled thinking. So she gave her son the lone bedroom and invested in something that until recently conjured a Marx Brothers routine: a Murphy bed for the main room that would virtually disappear against her dove-colored walls when shut. “We never looked back,” said Ms. Mazurek, who runs the blog “600 Square Feet and a Baby.”

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The Top 10 Movies Of 2018, According To Eric

SPOILER WARNING: Some of the sections on this list contain light spoilers for the respective movies they are about. Be careful as you read!

While I typically get to see between 120 and 130 new releases in a single year, 2018 was a bit different. Going a bit above and beyond, going into writing this list I’ve seen over 150 movies that arrived for our viewing pleasure in the last 12 months. It was great, as I got to see a huge variety of films – the great, the terrible, and the odd – but there is one drawback: it made putting this Top 10 list an extra challenge to assemble.

The reality is that I saw a lot more good films than bad in the last year, and while not every one of them are Top 10 worthy, a shocking number of them actually are. As such, I struggled a bit to put this list together, and I’m sure I’ll look at it in the future and think that I should have flipped some of the rankings (as I do every single year). That being said, I do feel strongly that the titles mentioned below definitely do represent the best of the best from 2018, so scroll down, check out my picks, and if there are some you haven’t seen, I highly recommend giving them a shot!

10. The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos is a director who has fascinated me since the first minute I was introduced to his particular style. His 2009 feature Dogtooth is an excellent, unique, sci-fi/drama, creating its own language and small-scale world, and since then the work I’ve seen has illustrated his awesome command over a tone able to deliver viciousness with a certain oddball sensibility. The Favourite is a new venture for the filmmaker in the sense that it’s his first movie not based on his own screenplay, but what makes it excel is the mix of his effecting style and three brilliant, commanding performances.

Your own personal tastes are definitely going to apply, as the comedy goes to some impressively dark places, but those who can appreciate the mean-spiritedness at the core will love to sink their teeth into the intense, quiet feud between Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail (Emma Stone) for the favor of the miserable and often hostile Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). All three actresses are wonderful and intense, the spitting of passive-aggressiveness utterly captivating, and what only accentuates down dirty terribleness of it all is the stunning and immaculate period regal dressings.

Read my full review here.

9. Deadpool 2

While there was some industry concern in the early months of 2018 about Deadpool being a flash in the pan, I never had any apprehension at all about Deadpool 2. More than just being a super fan of the character, I watched the first movie back in 2016 and immediately recognized that the core creative team of Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick perfectly understand the Merc With The Mouth, and as long as they were running the show things would be fine. Needless to say, I was elated back in May when I got to see the sequel and had my expectations fully met.

Not only is Ryan Reynolds back at the top of his game here, but the film introduces the first live-action versions of two more beloved comic book heroes (Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino), and incorporates them perfectly to accent everything that’s great about them. Director David Leitch ups the game in the action department, building sequences that are a perfect blend of weird, grotesque, and glorious, and even with so much focus on the laughs there is still a legitimately emotional arc built in for the eponymous anti-hero.

8. A Quiet Place

It’s always delightful to be surprised by a well-established and talented artist. Just when you think you know where their head is at, suddenly they go right when you think they’re going to go left, and all you can do is smile, clap, and cheer. Two years ago we saw a perfect example of this with Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, and now John Krasinski has pulled a similarly brilliant move with A Quiet Place. And while it’s not his first venture behind the camera, the horror genre is new territory for the filmmaker, and he struck gold with one swing of the pick axe.

The premise is not an easy one to execute, as by its nature it has to keep all exposition to an extreme minimum, but that just makes the film all the more impressive, as Krasinski makes all the right moves every step of the way. Because of the prominence of sound in the story, A Quiet Place is an amazing sensory experience, and it’s impressive how that is perfectly orchestrated within its genre storytelling. Audiences are always being scared by sudden, loud sounds, and this is a movie built to essentially exploit that. It could be cheap, but it definitely isn’t, and with tremendous creativity and style it culminates as something special.

7. BlackKklansman

There aren’t many films that can be sold on just five words, but Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman is one of them — with those five words being “Black detective infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.” It’s the perfect example of stranger than fiction storytelling, and it absolutely lives up to everything that the idea suggests, while also having some extreme resonance being released in the current political atmosphere.

The film is perhaps the weirdest buddy cop movie based on a true story ever made, adapted from the book written by the man who lived it: Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington). While Ron communicated with the KKK over the phone, his Jewish partner, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), represented him in person, and it was a ruse that went so far as to get them in a room with the leader of the terrorist organization, David Duke (Topher Grace). It’s a wild if not ridiculous story that Spike Lee navigates with expert tonal command – leaving you howling with laughter one moment, and in wide-eyed shock the next. It also has what is arguably the most effecting ending of any film in 2018, acknowledging that the issues being dealt with in the 1970s are very much still part of our world today.

6. Avengers: Infinity War

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow, surely so must the creative difficulties behind the scenes. After all, this is a franchise that not only has to deal with increasingly complex continuity and constant expansion with new characters, but also has to perform to the level of expectations that have been established over the last 10 years. On paper that seems like a mission waiting to be declared impossible, but the magic of Marvel Studios is that they keep making it look so damn easy — and is perfectly exemplified by Avengers: Infinity War.

Under any other circumstance we would never ever see a film with nearly two dozen heroes battling an ultra-powerful cosmic threat, but the MCU allowed exactly that to take form, and it’s absolutely mind-boggling how well it all works. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have proven to be an awesome foursome, and pack the blockbuster with absolutely everything: thrills, romance, drama, comedy, and devastating tragedy. Josh Brolin, entering the world of performance capture for the first time as Thanos, immediately establishes himself as one of the great comic book movie villains of all time, and the intense anticipation for the next chapter of his story is immeasurable.

Read my full review here.

5. The Other Side Of The Wind

The lengths that Orson Welles’ The Other Side Of The Wind had to go though in order to be completed are extraordinary. Chronicled in the Morgan Neville documentary They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (which is recommended prior viewing), the story of the production is ridiculous, with filming and reshoots taking place over the course of many years; financing falling through multiple times; and even a situation where footage was locked away in a vault and left inaccessible. For decades it existed not so much as a movie as much as an idea of a movie, so the fact that Filip Jan Rymsza, Frank Marshall, and Jens Koethner Kaul were able to assemble the film as phenomenally as they did equates to a minor miracle.

While Orson Welles never would have admitted it, the movie is essentially about himself and his return to filmmaking in America after the studio dismissal of Touch Of Evil, and it’s a bizarre and incredible meta ride that serves as a fascinating look into the one of the greatest cinematic minds of all time. It’s an inside baseball experience — chronicling the downward spiral of an eccentric director (John Huston), his comeback film is on the verge of collapse, as he celebrates his birthday with a huge party — and it’s also intentionally chaotic in its presentation and narrative. But how it coalesces is a truly a gift to cinephiles everywhere.

4. Vice

Because Adam McKay used to primarily focus on making silly comedies, most people did not recognize the full breadth of his talent as a filmmaker — even as he was deftly stringing improvised sequences together, or orchestrating funny or complex action. That era, however, is over. The writer/director made huge waves when he helmed an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ The Big Short, and while he never lost his comedic sensibility-led touch, taking on more serious material “legitimized” him, and opened people’s eyes to his skills. Now McKay has delivered Vice to those wide-opened eyes, and very much solidified that he is the real deal.

The story of Former Vice President Dick Cheney is brought to life with some stunning, transformative performances from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, but it’s Adam McKay’s approach that is the true star of the show. It’s an expose; it’s a highlight reel; and it’s an education about the long life of one of the most significant figures in recent history, and the writer/director orchestrates it all with cleverness, sharp wit, and bite that makes it entertaining all the way through.

Read my full review here.

3. Annihilation

Alex Garland is unquestionably one of the great sci-fi storytellers of modern cinema. He first came to the medium as a novelist adapting his own work (Danny Boyle’s The Beach), but in the years since has left an indelible mark with his scripts for 28 Days Later and Sunshine, as well as his 2014 directorial debut Ex Machina. Heady, freaky material is what we’ve come to expect from his work, and he delivered heaps of it earlier this year with the outstanding Annihilation.

Based on the book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, it’s the story of a team of female scientists brought together to investigate a mysterious phenomenon called The Shimmer, and what’s discovered is an extreme mix of beauty and horror. The performances by the amazing ensemble, including Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac, are all gripping and powerful. It’s not only a film that needs to be viewed multiple times in order to grasp all the particular and subtle details, but one that you will want to watch multiple times.

Read my full review here.

2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

As reflected in this list, 2018 was astonishing for comic book movies. We not only got the magic of the aforementioned Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, but also awesome adventures like Black Panther (which came very close to making this list), Ant-Man And The Wasp, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, and Aquaman. The strength of those titles alone would have established this as a banner year for the genre, but Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is the breathtaking cherry on top.

Though we’ve seen a lot of the web-slinging hero on the big screen in the last 16 years, this is an experience unlike anything fans have ever seen — and not only because it’s telling the story of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) instead of Peter Parker. It’s a wild, often weird, and brilliantly adventurous tale with immense heart at the core of it, vividly packaged with stunning style. The name “Spider-Man” has been associated with many adjectives over the last half-century-plus, including “Amazing,” “Spectacular,” “Superior,” and “Sensational,” and all of those can be applied to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse as well.

Read my full review here.

1. Suspiria

Going into Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, I didn’t really know what to expect. I definitely had appreciation for the Dario Argento-directed original, but the buzz I had heard about it was decidedly mixed. Ultimately, my mind was wide open to everything that the horror film had to offer, and when the lights went up in the theater I was left speechless with one definitive thought running through my head: That’s the best movie I’ve seen this year.

That was back in September, and my opinion has not changed. Suspiria is a film built thematically on reconciliation with the past in order to move into the future, but with outrageous and gorgeous style that both captivates and horrifies. It’s dreamlike in its aesthetic, accented with beautifully choreographed dance sequences and a floating Thom Yorke score, but with gripping moments of reality that plunge deeply and sharply like the witches’ hooks. Dakota Johnson carves out a powerful turn as the seemingly nascent-yet-curious Susie Bannion, while Tilda Swinton is on another level disappearing into three different (and extreme) roles. It’s epic in its scope, and throttling in its execution, and as a horror film cuts deeper than “scary.” It’s actually disturbing — and I loved every second of it.

Read my full review here.

 

12 Moments That Totally Shut Down Body Shaming in 2018

In 2018, we may have reached peak body positivity—it’s taken over social media, become the standard for brands, and changed the conversation on size.

That doesn’t mean body shaming isn’t still everywhere, though. Trolls on social media (and IRL), BS body standards and even negative messages we tell ourselves are still alive and well. Let’s face it: it’s hard to feel great about the way you look, 100 percent of the time.

Luckily, celebrities were full of clap backs to body shaming this year. Here are 12 of our favorite moments when celebs got real about body positivity and shut down shaming.

Looks Like Star Wars: Episode IX Is Lining Up Another Stormtrooper Cameo

If you’ve ever wondered what’s under the helmet of a Stormtrooper, the new Star Wars trilogy is sure to provide some answers– considering all the celebrities who have worn the First Order armor for the films. Looks like Star Wars: Episode IX will be no exception, since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is reportedly suiting up as a Stormtrooper for the next installment.

According to The Sun, the popular English cook has been on the set of Episode IX at Pinewood Studios, training with the other Stormtroopers for the role. Jamie Oliver was offered the honor of having the hidden-in-plain-sight part after producers learned of his experience as a Stormtrooper.

Back in 2015, the chef dressed in a trooper costume to walk his teen daughters Poppy and Daisy to school and wore the costume again at his son’s 5th birthday the same year and posted them to Instagram. That’s already quite the resume of Stormtrooper antics, so we shouldn’t be surprised he was invited to the galaxy far, far away.

Jamie Oliver isn’t the first celebrity Stormtrooper announced to be on Episode IX. A couple weeks ago, pop star Ed Sheeran was also reportedly seen at Pinewood Studios preparing for a cameo as a Stormtrooper too. The British talents would also follow a role held by Daniel Craig, who played the Stormtrooper who Rey plays Jedi tricks on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Composer Michael Giacchino and record producer Nigel Godrich also played Stormtroopers in Force Awakens and for The Last Jedi, Tom Hardy, Prince William and Harry also suited up in the white armor for a cameo. Unfortunately, their footage was cut from the final film.

This Star Wars tradition is an ironic one, since celebrity cameos usually mean actually seeing the household names’ faces. It’s clever too, because seeing Ed Sheeran and Jamie Oliver amidst the events of Episode IX would certainly be distracting.

Jamie Oliver was offered a cameo in The Hobbit films years ago by Peter Jackson, in exchange for the chef to craft a special dinner for his 50th birthday. However, Oliver had to turn Jackson down due to scheduling conflicts, much to the personality’s devastation. He luckily gets a second chance to be a part of the iconic fantasy franchise, though most likely won’t know it when audiences watch it next year.

Celebrities left and right have expressed their interest in appearing in the Star Wars films, and since the upcoming installment is said to be the series closer to the Skywalker saga, it’s special to be a part of it. For example, Tom Hanks asked to cameo as a Stormtrooper in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but wasn’t able to make it to set.

Moviegoers, you still have some time to kill before Episode IX comes to theaters on December 20, 2019 — why not check out what the rest of the upcoming year has in store and check out our 2019 movie release date schedule.

When Marvel Might Start Working On X-Men Movies, According To Kevin Feige

If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, then the biggest result of Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox’s entertainment holdings is that the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will finally be able to be absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But just because this deal has been in the works for over a year now doesn’t mean that Marvel Studios had the go-ahead to start developing new X-Men movies right off the bat. So when can such work finally begin? According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, it could start by next summer. In Feige’s words:

The Disney/Fox deal wasn’t quite a certainty in the first half of 2018, but now it’s expected to be finalized by the end of January. Once that happens, a new era of X-Men film can begin, and as Kevin Feige mentioned during his appearance on Variety’s Playback Podcast, if all goes according to plan, he and the other MCU creative minds will finally get to play with these characters by next summer at the latest. From there, it’s only a matter of time before this ever-expanding universe is populated by mutants.

In the meantime, there are still a few X-Men movies left to close out the Fox era. Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants are scheduled for release on June 7 and August 2, 2019, respectively, and X-Force and Gambit are also still in development. It remains to be seen if those latter two projects will ever actually be made, but since Fox is joining the Disney family soon, we can reasonably assume that the Mouse House doesn’t want to interfere with Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants‘ performances, hence why development on any reboots won’t happen right at the beginning of next year.

To be fair, even if you take the X-Men and Fantastic Four off the table, Marvel Studios also has plenty to keep busy with in 2020 and beyond. Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Shang-Chi are all in development, and those are just the ones that have been announced to the public. You can bet they have a few other high-profile projects cooking in secret.

Keeping all that in mind, even if Marvel starts working on X-Men and Fantastic Four reboots as soon as possible, it will be several years until the final products are screened, i.e. 2022 or 2023 at the earliest. This is a slow process, but if it means that faithful adaptations of these heroes and villains can finally interact with the existing MCU lineup similarly to how they do in the comics, then by all means, take as much time as needed.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will pick back up on March 8, 2019 with the release of Captain Marvel.

Why The Nightmare On Elm Street Reboot Hasn’t Happened Yet, According To The Writer

The horror renaissance of recent years has seen Michael Myers and Pennywise return to theater screens, with Chucky, Jason and Candyman all on the way back in one form or another. One horror icon conspicuous in his absence is Freddy Krueger, and although Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is attached to a reboot, it hasn’t happened yet. The screenwriter addressed the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, saying:

While not especially encouraging, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick’s comments to GameSpot keep hope alive that the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street is not dead. It simply is not a priority at the moment. The way he puts it, it doesn’t sound like there is any movement or work being done on it yet, but there is still the intention to do it eventually, The Conjuring 3 is just more pressing and important for the production studio at the moment, so that’s where the focus is.

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is scripting the third installment in the successful Conjuring series, which will be directed by Michael Chaves. So perhaps once he is done with that, things can start moving forward on A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is also attached to Dungeons & Dragons and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, so he has a fair bit on his plate.

That said, he realizes that the desire is there and that means that sooner or later, this franchise will return, as he says:

On that point, it is hard to disagree. The last attempt to reboot the franchise was 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, and that film was viewed as a disappointment. But in recent years, horror icons have been making big comebacks in financially and critically successful films. Freddy is one of the (if not the most) recognizable horror icons, so his return to our dreams and theater screens seems inevitable.

Given the success of the genre and films like this year’s Halloween, it is frankly somewhat surprising that A Nightmare on Elm Street isn’t a priority at New Line. With a major horror franchise at its disposal, you would think that New Line would want to strike while the horror genre is hot and fast track a high quality reboot.

But I guess something has to come first and The Conjuring franchise is more of a known and reliable commodity at this point, and with good reason. The franchise has just had its biggest success to date with The Nun and has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide overall.

A Halloween-style refresh for Freddy could be huge and given the recent success of both new, original horror and reboots and remakes of classic properties, the time has never been more right for Freddy to make a comeback. Despite that, for now it seems like we’ll have to wait at least a while longer for a reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest on this reboot should it eventually materialize, but in the meantime there are plenty of horror movies hitting theaters next year. Check out them and all of 2019’s other big movies in our 2019 release schedule.

50 Cool Winter Hairstyles You Have to Try

To state the obvious, it’s been a year. So now that winter is here, we’re ready to lean into the season—give us the dark nails, the sparkly decorations, and most of all, the winter hairstyles. With collaborations like Justine Marjan x Kitsch and the strong resurgence of hair bows and scrunchies, accessories are riding strong season. That said, there’s always something about a classic updo or ponytail you really can’t go wrong with.

Whatever your taste or hair type, scroll on for the freshest, most interesting ways to wear your hair this winter, pulled fresh and direct from the best of the Internet. Consider it our gift to you; sorry we didn’t wrap it.

Upcoming Samuel L. Jackson Movies We Can’t Wait To See

There are few actors as recognizable as Samuel L. Jackson. From his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino to his voicework in animated movies to his roles in massive franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L. Jackson is as iconic as he is prolific. There’s a good chance that if Samuel L. Jackson is on the screen, you’re gonna have a good time, and fortunately for us, Samuel L. Jackson is on the screen a lot.

Last week, actor Samuel L. Jackson celebrated his 70th birthday, and despite his age, which frankly seems like a misprint, the actor shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, in a 2019 that is packed with huge titles, Samuel L. Jackson will walk the path of the righteous man with a whopping six movies coming to theaters. So here are all six of his 2019 movies that remind us that for Samuel L. Jackson, this party’s far from over.

Glass

Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to franchises or comic book films, but in January the actor returns to a world that many thought we’d never see again. Nearly two decades removed from Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price is back in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. The conclusion of the Eastrail 177 trilogy finds Bruce Willis’ David Dunn tracking James McAvoy’s Wendell Crumb, who debuted in Split.

While those two engage in a series of encounters, the nefarious Mr. Glass, who postulated on the existence of real superhumans in the first film, acts as an evil mastermind behind the scenes. This eagerly anticipated comic book thriller offers something different from what we usually get in the superhero genre and allows Samuel L. Jackson to at long last return to one of his most memorable characters.

Release Date: January 18th

The Last Full Measure

While Samuel L. Jackson’s 2019 might be full of blockbusters and fantastical fare, he will also have a role in a film about a fascinating true story. The Last Full Measure is a war drama from writer-director Todd Robinson. The film tells the story of Air Force medic William H. Pitsenbarger who, during one of the most brutal battles of the Vietnam War, passed on a chance to leave and saved over 60 of his fellow soldiers’ lives before losing his own.

The film will follow the decades-long efforts of William H. Pitsenbarger’s father, his brothers in arms and an investigator to procure him the Congressional Medal of Honor for his extraordinary act of heroism. Samuel L. Jackson stars opposite an all-star cast, including a fellow MCU-er in Sebastian Stan, who plays investigator Scott Huffman. The Last Full Measure also stars Christopher Plummer, Alison Sudol, Bradley Whitford, Ed Harris, William Hurt and Jeremy Irvine as William H. Pitsenbarger.

Release Date: TBD

Captain Marvel

Minus the end-credits scene in Avengers: Infinity War, we haven’t seen Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron. But although he sat out much of Phase 3, the spy is back in a big way for Captain Marvel. This time around, we will see Nick Fury as we’ve never seen him: long before his superhero recruiting days and back when he had binocular vision.

In Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson’s character will come in contact with Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, who will introduce him to a whole universe full of threats and possibilities, thus setting the course of his life’s work. Nick Fury looks to be a big part of this movie, and in addition to him being a cat fan, we may even learn how he lost his eye. Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Release Date: March 8th

Shaft

Anecdotally, it seems like Hollywood used to favor remakes to capitalize on nostalgia, but nowadays long-awaited sequels and reboot-quels seem to be more in vogue. Next year brings the continuation of a franchise that began in the ’70s and came back in 2000. Shaft will see Samuel L. Jackson reprise his role as John Shaft II, a cool and badass NYPD detective that is the nephew of Richard Roundtree’s Shaft from the 1971 blaxploitation film.

The 2019 Shaft will see the introduction of John Shaft Jr., the son of Samuel L. Jackson’s character played by Jessie T. Usher. This film will supposedly feature more comedic elements and see the son of Shaft, a cybersecurity expert, seeking his estranged father’s help when his friend dies under mysterious circumstances. The film will unite all three generations of Shaft actors, with Richard Roundtree returning. Tim Story directs and the film also stars Alexandra Shipp, Method Man and Regina Hall.

Release Date: June 14th

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Captain Marvel won’t be Samuel L. Jackson’s only MCU outing in 2019. The actor will again be playing Nick Fury in the present day, sans left eye, in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Nick Fury won’t be the only spy showing up either, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill will also be booking a ticket for Peter Parker’s Eurotrip adventure.

This will mark Samuel L. Jackson’s first appearance in a Sony MCU film, as well as Nick Fury’s first onscreen interactions with Peter Parker. The two characters have a strong history and relationship in the comics, so it will be cool to see them finally together onscreen. Although we still don’t know much about Spider-Man: Far From Home, we know that Spidey will be on vacation in Europe when he comes across Mysterio. Presumably Nick Fury and Maria Hill are also there on a mission and that’s how they cross paths.

Release Date: July 5th

The Banker

Samuel L. Jackson teams up with another MCU alum, (they’re everywhere) Anthony Mackie, for the true story The Banker. The two star as entrepreneurs who, in the 1950s, attempted to get around the racial biases and limitations of the day. To do so, they hired a working-class white man, played by Nicholas Hoult, to pose as the head of their business empire, while they pretended to be a janitor and a chauffeur.

The two became some of the most successful and wealthiest real estate owners in the country, but their success opened them and their subterfuge, up to greater scrutiny. It sounds like a meaty and fun role for Samuel L. Jackson and one that is different from the blockbuster roles we are used to seeing him in these days. This drama/thriller is directed by The Adjustment Bureau and Birth of the Dragon‘s George Nolfi and also stars Nia Long, Colm Meaney and Jessie T. Usher.

Release Date: TBD

For these films and all of next year’s biggest release dates, check out our 2019 release schedule.

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A Star Is Born Songwriter Was Terrified About Hearing Bradley Cooper’s Voice

Awards Season is officially in full swing, as the Grammys and Golden Globes have both announced their nominees for their respective ceremonies. The Golden Globes is sometimes a litmus test for larger awards like the Emmys and Oscars, with the latter being the biggest honor in the industry. One movie that has a ton of buzz around it is Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, which has the potential to earn statues for directing, performances, and the soundtrack.

A Star Is Born is especially notable because of its music, which was performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper themselves. While making his directorial debut, Cooper was also revealed to be quite the musician, holding his own as a solo performer as well as in duets with Lady Gaga herself. Jason Isbell wrote Jackson’s anthem “Maybe It’s Time”, and recently revealed he was nervous to hear Cooper’s vocals for the first time, saying:

I wrote the song for the character, and Bradley really liked it. We were texting back and forth. He recorded a demo of him singing the song and sent it to me on my cell phone. I was terrified, because I thought, I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to say, ‘Bradley Cooper, this is bad! You’re gonna have to do better!’ He sent it to me for my approval, and I just didn’t open it. I had to get on a plane and was like, ‘I’m not gonna listen to this yet.’ It was a long flight, and I was on there for five hours or so. [At some point] on the plane I listened to it. When I got off the plane, I texted back and was like, ‘Man, it’s really good — you did a great job and your voice is good! Thank you very much!’ I didn’t realize that he was actually staring at his phone waiting for my response!

Well, that’s hilarious. While eager to hear someone else sing one of his songs, Jason Isbell was especially nervous to give feedback to Bradley Cooper. In addition to being a giant movie star, Cooper was helming the project, making him Isbell’s boss. Who wants to tell their famous boss they have a crappy voice?

Luckily for Jason Isbell, that wasn’t the case with Bradley Cooper. The acclaimed actor was deeply involved in the music’s production, and quickly learned how to vocally perform like rockstar Jackson Maine. His speaking and singing voices sound nothing like Cooper’s real life instrument, no doubt helping him disappear into the headspace of Jackson.

Bradley Cooper sounded great performing the various songs in the Star Is Born soundtrack, which was likely a relief to the other musicians involved besides Jason Isbell. Co-star Lady Gaga helped to craft the music of the movie as well, with the songs moving A Star Is Born‘s narrative forward. Cooper had to become especially close to “Maybe It’s Time”, considering how often the anthem is played throughout the musical blockbuster.

For those of you who need a reminder, you can hear Bradley Cooper singing “Maybe It’s Time” from A Star Is Born below. Just prepare to bring your tissues.

“Maybe It’s Time” is sung for the first time in A Star Is Born‘s raucous first act. After seeing Ally perform “La Vie En Rose” at a drag bar, Jackson waits inside the closing establishment until she emerges to get a drink. After the insistence of local drag queen Emerald (RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Willam Belli), he plays the song on the tiny stage as Ally appears and watches him.

It’s a magical moment that helps the meet-cute of their relationship get to an intimate level. Ultimately she opens up to him musically that night, and their relationship and partnership begins. “Maybe It’s Time” serves a beautiful purpose, although it gets darker as A Star Is Born goes on. During their time at the cop bar, a song of Jackson’s comes on the radio, and he reveals he’s sick of playing the old hits.

As the movie continues on, Jackson Maine’s career begins going downhill, alongside his substance abuse issues and health. And as his gigs become less exciting, he’s forced to continue playing “Maybe It’s Time”, with it appearing more difficult with each reprise. It’s a song that haunts Jackson, and the lyrics relate to his ultimate fate.

The lyrics of “Maybe It’s Time” become far more somber after you’ve seen A Star Is Born in its full. The lyrics lament about wanting to let old things die, which is ultimately what happens to the struggling musician. Seeing he was bringing down his wife’s career, Jackson kills himself in the garage– his second and last attempt at the terrifying action.

“Maybe It’s Time” serves a very specific and complicated role in A Star Is Born, which shows how methodically Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper approached the film’s soundtrack. While the songs themselves are charting well, each track is used for a specific reason to move the story forward. While some tracks are only heard briefly, hits like “Shallow”, “I’ll Never Love Again”, and “Maybe It’s Time” are performed in their full, and are important moments in the overall movie.

It should be interesting to see how A Star Is Born‘s soundtrack ultimately fares when it comes to Awards Season. Interestingly, it looks like the studio is putting its focus on “Shallow”, leaving the myriad other tracks in the dust regarding award consideration. “Shallow” is competing for the Best Song Golden Globe, while the final nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards are not announced.

Whichever song is nominated for an Oscar, smart money says that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will be performing at the 2019 Oscars. The duo already have some tricks up their sleeve, and all eyes will be on how Cooper sounds live, especially if he’s duetting with Gaga. There may be some naysayers, but that’s exactly what Jason Isbell told Billboard he was at first. Ultimately Bradley Cooper won him over, so we’ll see how it shakes down during the Academy Awards.

A Star Is Born is still in some theaters, and CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the film’s awards performance. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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Jude Law’s Captain Marvel Role Confirmed By Marvel

With just three months to go until Captain Marvel arrives, we know a fair amount about the 1995-set story. However, one of the biggest mysteries still lingering around the penultimate Phase 3 movie is who Jude Law is playing. Originally he was expected to be playing Mar-Vell, but then word came out that he was actually playing Yon-Rogg. Well, the matter has finally been settled once and for all: Law was tapped to play the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s version of Mar-Vell.

This confirmation comes straight from the Disney Movies website in a slideshow presentation of some Captain Marvel stills. It doesn’t get more official than that. This means that unless there’s some weird identity shenanigans going on where Law’s character goes by both Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg, don’t count on hearing the latter name. But hey, that wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to happen in the MCU, and keep in mind that even if Law is solely going by Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel, that doesn’t mean he’ll be closely resemble his comic book counterpart.

When Jude Law was first reported to being eyed for Captain Marvel, it was said he would play Mar-Vell, which made sense. Mar-Vell, a Kree warrior and the first character in the Marvel Comics mythology to go by Captain Marvel, was directly involved in Carol Danvers‘ origin story, so it’d be understandable for her movie to throw him into the mix. Still, even when Marvel started releasing more in-depth plot details about Captain Marvel a few months back, the studio remained quiet about the identity of Law’s character.

Then last month, images of the Captain Marvel Funko Pop! Vinyl line were leaked online, and the figure for Jude Law’s character was labeled as Yon-Rogg. A Kree military commander, Yon-Rogg was Mar-Vell’s chief adversary from his earliest comic book appearances and he was also involved in Carol Danvers gaining superpowers. It had also been previously rumored that Yon-Rogg would appear in Captain Marvel, though it was originally assumed that Ben Mendelsohn would play that role, and we now know he’s playing Skrull leader Talos. Still, when those same Funko images were officially released, the Law figure was labeled as ‘Star Commander,’ so the mystery of Law’s character persisted… until now.

Here’s what we know so far about Jude Law’s version of Mar-Vell: he’s the leader of the elite Kree military team known as Starforce and has become Carol Danvers’ mentor. Law has also said that Mar-Vell is driven by “a belief in the divine leadership of the Kree people.” Beyond that, we don’t know specifically how he fits into the story. Maybe he remains a benevolent figure like he is in the comics, or maybe in this continuity he takes a villainous turn. If the latter is a legitimate possibility, maybe this version of Mar-Vell also has some Yon-Rogg elements mixed into his characterization. After all, Iron Man 2‘s version of Whiplash was an amalgam of that character of the same name and Crimson Dynamo.

Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about the movie. For those curious about what other movies are coming out next year, look through our 2019 release schedule.