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Sarah Michelle Gellar Apologized for Posting Thanksgiving ‘Thinspiration’

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving—with endless chitchat about food and overeating—can be a trigger for conversations about body image. But Sarah Michelle Gellar’s recent Instagram post is a perfect illustration of how easy it is for that conversation to turn toxic.

Earlier this week, the actress and cookbook author posted a series of lingerie-clad photos of herself with a caption many viewed as problematic: “I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep,” Gellar wrote alongside four shots from a 2007 Maxim photoshoot, US Weekly reported.

Not surprisingly, the post immediately triggered a controversy, dividing commenters into two very vocal camps.

In the first, many users were quick to point out the problematic message behind the joke. “Usually love your posts but I’m seriously against ‘thinspiration.’ It’s a core of most eating disorders,” one user pointed out. “Projecting the idea that we should restrict ourselves from eating food to be skinny is a dangerous and damaging mindset which clearly plagues the minds of many, including celebrities as it’s pretty apparent here. It’s a hard truth to acknowledge. Nobody should ever feel guilty for eating food, period,” another user wrote.

But other commenters, including a few celebs, backed Gellar up, saying she shouldn’t have to apologize for being proud of her body. “@sarahmgellar is it weird if I pin these pics of you in my house too?” Tiffani Thiessen said.

To clear the air, Gellar issued an apology in the comments, a day after her original post. “It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post,” she wrote. “That could not be further from my intentions. I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”

No matter your reaction to the post, the whole controversy brings up a super important point we should all remember today: Individual relationships with food can be complicated and hard to navigate. The bottom line is, you don’t have to be a certain size to love your body in lingerie (or any way) and no one should ever make you feel like you shouldn’t enjoy food—especially on Thanksgiving. Now excuse us while we go enjoy our Thanksgiving feasts.

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Why The Walking Dead Has Been Using Negan A Lot Less In Season 9

Spoilers below for the most recent episodes of The Walking Dead, so be warned.

With two time jumps, a host of new characters, a grown-up Judith and a set of new mysteries, The Walking Dead looks and feels completely different from past season. One of the biggest changes is the pronounced lack of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s formerly monolithic villain Negan. Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang spoke with CinemaBlend ahead of the midseason finale, and I asked how intentional it was to keep Negan on the back burner in differentiating Season 9 from previous years. In her words:

I think it’s because the last chapter of the story of The Walking Dead was this All Out War story that was so heavily focused on Negan and the Saviors. When I came into working on this season with the writers, I really thought, ‘Okay, we’ve kind of told that chapter of the story, so let’s see what our characters are up to now.’ Negan, and his legacy, is something that really hangs heavy over our characters. But I wanted to tell that story through what the others are doing. And I think that in a lot of ways, by having sort of key moments with him this season, those moments are very memorable. And I think Jeffrey does an amazing job, but we wanted to kind of show off a bit of an evolution with his character. I just felt that for the, for the way that the particular story was going this season, that less was more, you know?

That explanation may not fully sate the biggest Negan fanatics out there, but it’s obviously important to note and appreciate that the TV show kept him alive in the first place. Sure, that’s how the story plays out in the comic book, but then Rick and Maggie also remained part of the core narrative in The Walking Dead comics, so those source material comparisons are certainly not guarantees in any sense.

In many ways, it’s understandable where Angela Kang & Co. were coming from. For two full seasons, The Walking Dead‘s protagonists feuded with the epitome of post-apocalyptic tyranny. With Season 8 wholly dedicated to the All Out War arc, neither the writers nor the characters were allowed much time to calmly sit back and take it all in. With Season 9, however, those opportunities have been refreshingly ample, with only the sporadic trip down to Negan’s cell giving viewers a look at how the former leader is doing.

He’s not doing so well, either. At first, Negan seemed content to try and work some psychological villainy on Rick, Michonne and others, but even he had to realize that he couldn’t just disgustingly charm his way out of this one. He eventually broke down hardcore in front of Maggie, soothing the latter’s thirst for revenge. But even though he seems a bit more mentally put together 7+ years after first being imprisoned, Negan’s inner demons have not been vanquished inside his cell.

Angela Kang explained that limiting Negan’s screen time was purposeful, and that it’s more of a temporary thing than a longterm one. More Negan is on the way, so don’t worry. But before that could happen, Kang explained to me how they wanted to use other characters’ points of view to supplement the big bad’s current story.

Negan definitely has his moments to shine, and he’s got more coming up, but it was a conscious decision, just from a storytelling perspective of wanting to show where everybody was at in the aftermath of that war. And it felt more powerful to kind of focus on the people who were not in the prison cell, while also giving us an insight into Negan. From episode to episode, when we see him, he’s definitely in a different place than we’ve ever seen him in the past.

If somebody would have gone back to the night the Season 7 premiere aired, and told me that Negan would one day be a sobbing mess in direct relation to having bashed Glenn’s brains in, I would have been suspicious to say the least. Sure, Negan was a human being in the days before the walker outbreak changed everything, but his Here’s Negan backstory showed him off to be a major prick even before he turned into a murderous leader.

Truly, it’s Negan’s monstrous actions and powerful influence that still make him such a formidable threat behind bars with no place to go. Few characters could remain so dangerous under similar circumstances, especially after breaking down and sobbing over being separated from a bloodied baseball bat. (Sure, the bat represents his wife Lucille, but it’s still a bat.) Yet, Walking Dead fans and characters are fully aware that it would take but a single mishap for Negan to escape and once again loom large over these communities.

At this point in the comics, just such an interesting incident occurs. Under questionable circumstances, Negan is able to walk free from his cell, but instead of going on a deadly rampage or fleeing the area altogether, he chose to hang back and prove his newly developed trustworthiness to Rick. It’s extremely hard to tell how the TV show will adapt this portion of Negan’s story, considering Rick isn’t around anymore to judge the villain’s behavior anymore.

In fact, it’s difficult to foresee where any of Negan’s later comic arcs are going to get brought to live-action, given all the foundational Walking Dead changes that have gone down on AMC. His biggest personal connections were mainly with Rick and Carl, both of whom are long-gone from the TV series. As well, Maggie and Negan’s story took different turns as the narrative played out. Neither Rick nor Maggie are dead, but they likely won’t cross paths with Negan again for a long while, if at all.

While waiting to see how Negan’s story shakes out, stay tuned for more from CinemaBlend’s interview with Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang, in which we discussed those X scars, the Whisperers and more.

Don’t forget, The Walking Dead‘s midseason finale airs on AMC on Sunday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what new and returning shows will be popping up during that hiatus, head to our fall TV schedule and our midseason premiere guide.

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Yes, Sometimes Kanye West Doesn’t Like Kim Kardashian’s Raunchy Instagram Photos

For Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, modesty is not in the cards. Both celebrities live very public and open lives, and they are both willing to reveal themselves at a moment’s notice — emotionally when it comes to Kanye, and physically when it comes to Kim Kardashian. But some people have wondered if Kanye West is ever bothered by Kim’s laissez-faire attitude towards clothing. According to Kim, the answer is: well… sometimes, yes. She says:

The admission came during Kim Kardashian West’s most recent appearance on Ellen. The topic of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram came up, and the talk show host was wondering if Kanye West ever gets bothered by his wife’s openness towards wearing little clothing and posting those photographs on social media. Kim admits that he’s not always happy about it, but she also claims that she goes through “waves.” There are times when she is more “conservative,” as she puts it, but there are other times where Kim Kardashian is feeling really good about herself and she’s willing to show the world what she’s got. As Kim Kardashian West puts it, it’s a “cycle,” and like most couples, they have their ups-and-downs. But they are sticking together.

When you are constantly in the media spotlight, as Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West often are, it can be hard to be bashful about anything. They have well-established themselves as outspoken and revealing people, and that’s likely one of the reasons why they’ve found love in each other’s arms. Kanye West wants Kim Kardashian West to be true to herself and do whatever she wants to do, but there are times when he finds himself maybe a little bothered by his wife’s habit of posting raunchy photographs on social media. But at the same time, he’s glad Kim Kardashian is so confident in herself.

Check out the confessional clip from Ellen with Kim Kardashian West below.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have had their fair share of struggles and disagreements in the past, and some of those disagreements become public thanks to one party or the other admitting it openly (naturally). But through these troubles, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West remain together for themselves and their children, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change soon. If it does, of course, we’ll keep you posted. We’ll also keep you posted on all the latest news, updates and developments in film, television, video games, pop culture and a whole lot more right here at CinemaBlend.

The Rocky IV Honest Trailer Is A Glorious ‘80s Callback

Creed II wouldn’t exist without Rocky IV. For better, and for worse. So as you are coming home from Steven Caple Jr’s hard-hitting sequel, dive back into Sylvester Stallone’s 1985 classic, which expanded what was possible for the Rocky saga, and embraced every cheesy ’80s cliché known to mankind.

The Honest Trailer for Rocky IV points out most of the things you assumed about the sequel, but maybe didn’t take the time to vocalize. By the time the fourth chapter in the franchise rolled around, Rocky already had punched his way through Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang, and he needed a bigger challenge.

So he took on Communism. The entire political thought process behind Communism. Personified by the giant known as Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren, a perfect physical specimen).

To get there, though, Rocky IV needed some of the staples that had helped make the Rocky movies special. Yep, I’m talking about training montages. Lots of training montages. Including — as they point out — a montage ABOUT previous training montages from the earlier three Rocky movies.

The Honest Trailer takes its usual swipes. But it also educates. For example, did you know that Ivan Drago only had 46 words of dialogue in the entirety of Rocky IV? That’s pretty awesome. His longest sentence might be, “If he dies, he dies.” Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) isn’t exactly loquacious, but Drago makes The Italian Stallion look like he’s a character in a David Mamet play.

One thing that the Honest Trailer misses out on spoofing? The incredible 1980s soundtrack on display in Rocky IV. “Eye of the Tiger” always will be a rock track associated with the Rocky franchise. But Rocky IV has deeply memorable tunes, that often powered the montages.

If this doesn’t get your heart pumping, nothing will:

What does this all have to do with Creed II? Well, if you didn’t know, Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, during a meaningless exhibition fight. Now that Apollo’s son, Donnie (Michael B. Jordan), has stepped in the ring, he has a grudge match against Drago’s son (Florian Munteanu). It’s all going down.

Creed II is expected to do very well over the Thanksgiving holiday, competing with Ralph Breaks the Internet but pulling in tickets from a different fanbase. Will the Rocky saga continue in yet another movie after this? We shall see.

Tim Allen Spills Some Key Details About Keanu Reeves’ Toy Story 4 Role

Did you know that Keanu Reeves was in Toy Story 4? We didn’t, either, but what a pleasant surprise! We’re just now starting to learn more about next year’s Pixar sequel, which will return Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as iconic toy characters Woody and Buzz. And it was the later who revealed Reeves’ role in Toy Story 4, explaining:

Tim Allen makes a very tiny gesture with his fingers as he explains the size of Keanu Reeves’ toy in Toy Story 4 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. But a quick scan of IMDB doesn’t have Keanu Reeves listed at all, so this mysterious part is breaking news.

The focus of the marketing on the first trailer fell on Forky (voiced by Veep‘s Tony Hale), and from what we can tell, Forky is a craft project — probably created by Bonnie — who has an existential crisis when he comes to life. Deep stuff.

After meeting Forky in the first teaser, Toy Story 4 unveiled a second look that showed off Ducky and Bunny, two new characters voiced by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. Check that out here:

As Tim Allen elaborates in this Jimmy Fallon interview, there are several new characters who will be introduced in this sequel, and now we know that Keanu Reeves will voice one of them. The Toy Story sequels have done an excellent job at bringing in memorable new people, from Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Barbie (Jodi Benson) to the menacing Lotso. Way to ruin the smell of strawberries for us, you huggin’ bear.

Watch Tim Allen talk about the emotional ending of Toy Story 4, elaborating on what Tom Hanks has said about the movie, without revealing any spoilers.

So far, thankfully, the people involved with Toy Story 4 have revealed a few fun things without giving away the farm. That means we will patiently wait for the full movie to get here on June 24, 2019. It’s the only Pixar title on the radar for a while, so let’s hope Toy Story 4 delivers in a massive way!

The Haunting Of Hill House Creator Offers Season 2 Update That May Disappoint Fans

The end-of-year holiday season may be upon us, but fans haven’t stopped talking about or thinking about Netflix’s horror masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House. The family-oriented fright fest has amassed universal praise for its dense storytelling and visual flair, and nearly everyone is hoping that creator Mike Flanagan and Netflix will reteam for Season 2. It turns out the filmmaker does have some ideas about a second season, but fans might not like what he had to say when asked about bringing the Crain family back.

That’s the kind of quote that could easily inspire mini-revolts from fans who only want to learn more about the Crain family’s complicated history and strained relationships. Mike Flanagan almost cursed himself by doing such a good job in structuring the events and characters within The Haunting of Hill House. He made the Crain siblings’ dysfunctions as palpable as can be, even if viewers couldn’t wholly sympathize with the ghost-tinged family. To leave them behind wouldn’t be ideal, to say the least.

Of course, it’s understandable why Mike Flanagan would feel that way about possibly returning to The Haunting of Hill House for Season 2. Not many stones were left unturned by the time the finale ended, and the Crain’s ties to the house’s mythology were fully laid out and seemingly severed, although one major theory points to a far darker ending.

Hill House star Paxton Singleton told CinemaBlend his hopes for Season 2 centered on the writing career of Steven Crain. His pitch was for the show to follow Steven for one or more of the supernatural incidents that were covered in his books. Now that he can legitimately believe in ghosts and evil spirits, perhaps he could stumble upon another severely haunted abode in his travels. But that would be a project for another filmmaker, I guess, since Mike Flanagan would presumably pass.

Of course, any and all fretting might be for naught, since Netflix hasn’t actually put in an order for The Haunting of Hill House Season 2 yet. And according to Mike Flanagan, a decision on that front may not come for a while.

Mike Flanagan is currently filming Doctor Sleep, the Stephen King-penned sequel to the seminal classic The Shining. That highly anticipated project went into production relatively recently, and Flanagan told TVLine that conversations with Netflix about The Haunting of Hill House‘s future will likely be postponed until he’s finished with Doctor Sleep. The horror sequel is set for a 2020 release, but fans hopefully won’t have to wait that long to hear something more about where Hill House could go next.

Personally, I would love to see more from the Crain family in Season 2, although that’s largely because of how well the characters were written, and how at home the actors felt within the roles. If Mike Flanagan and his creative team are able to craft an equally engaging and heartbreaking storyline for an equally talented acting ensemble, though, I already have popcorn waiting to pop in the Red Room.

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How Kurt Russell Really Feels About The Rock’s Big Trouble In Little China Movie

The Rock frequently has multiple projects on his radar, though not all of them come to fruition. We know that he’ll team up with Jason Statham for Hobbs & Shaw, and he and Emily Blunt will take a Jungle Cruise in 2020. Others are mere rumors, like the Big Trouble in Little China movie that Rocky plans to make. Original China star Kurt Russell was asked what he thinks about the idea, and he didn’t hold back, stating:

Kurt Russell helped to turn the original Big Trouble in Little China from an unusual concept into a cult hit. In John Carpenter’s 1986 adventure, Russell plays Jack Burton, a sarcastic truck driver who finds himself in a heap of trouble when he helps his friend’s fiancée escape a sorcerer.

As Russell was discussing the movie with USA Today, he said the fact that Jack was a leading man who didn’t know his role helped make Big Trouble In Little China feel fresh and special. He told the outlet:

Kurt Russell actually has no ill will towards The Rock, who he has starred alongside in the Fast & Furious franchise. In fact, to make sure that there is no bad blood, Russell goes on to say:

But you can tell from Russell’s reaction to this news that he’s not 100% thrilled by the idea of someone trying to refresh Big Trouble in Little China.

And we can’t blame him. Even though The Rock has come out and clarified that he wouldn’t try to play Jack Burton in the new movie — and that it’d more be made in the tone and tenor of the original movie — that’s still really hard to replicate without forcing the issue. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell had a special bond when it came to storytelling, which created gems like The Thing and Escape From New York. Trying to replicate that is a tightrope walk, and not one I’d wish on anyone, even a star with the charisma of The Rock.

We will see if that Big Trouble in Little China movie ever happens. Not that The Rock needs it. So if it does move forward, this likely means that he DOES have a great idea. Time will tell. Until then, bookmark our Upcoming The Rock Movies guide, to see which movies of his will be in theaters soon.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ Pre-Wedding Festivities Are Officially Underway

Something to be truly thankful for today: According to Instagram, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ pre-wedding festivities are officially underway.

The whirlwind nuptials are reportedly taking place in Jodhpur, India at the Umaid Bhawan Palace—yeah, a literal palace. The days-long wedding events themselves reportedly won’t start until sometime between November 30 and December 2, but the couple is already on the ground to get the party started.

At least, according to Instagram. “Welcome home baby… 😍,” Chopra shared next to a sweet photo of the couple in Delhi, India.

If you’re thinking, “Holy crap, the wedding is already here?!” we wouldn’t blame you: After all, Chopra and Jonas’ courtship has been the definition of a whirlwind romance. After meeting over the summer and getting engaged in August, the couple has spent the fall showing off their love on Instagram, having an epic bridal shower and bachelorette party, and creating an Amazon wedding registry with a few head-scratcher gifts.

Only a few more days now for the happy couple—and until we finally get a glimpse of Priyanka’s dress.

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We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin

Thanksgiving is the holiday that puts us in contact with our Pilgrim roots, while reminding us that we are all guests on a continent that used to belong to somebody else.

That said, Thanksgiving was a much easier holiday to celebrate back in olden days. The Pilgrims didn’t have to travel enormous distances to see their loved ones; they lived right down the street. Nor did their Native American liaison Squanto and his preposterously accommodating brethren ever need to fly out of LaGuardia.

Your Baking Idol Chrissy Teigen Already Had Her First Thanksgiving Fail

Chrissy Teigen, Glamour Woman of the Year and queen of the kitchen, has already had her first Thanksgiving fail—and she’s handling it like a true holiday hero.

Given Teigen’s prowess in the kitchen, it’s no surprise the Cravings author is whipping up a Thanksgiving feast. Which, according to her Instagram Story, has been an ongoing project for the past day—roasted turkey and fresh cranberries and sweet potato pies. Before you watch it, be warned, your mouth will definitely be watering.

Here’s the pie in progress, courtesy of Teigen’s Stories (there’s no audio, but the visuals speak for themselves):

Yes, we would like some of this.

Pretty perfect, right?

But as anyone who’s ever tried to cook a meal this big knows, it’s a journey. A saga filled with unexpected challenges. A noble quest that could break even the best of chefs. Holding down multiple dishes at once ain’t easy—even for the pros.

The proof is in Teigen’s latest post. After sharing this truly delicious footage of a sweet potato pie in her Stories, the final result almost didn’t make the social media cut. “In case you are wondering why I didn’t put my finished pie on my Instastory,” she wrote, right next to the sad remains of a sweet potato pie burnt to a crisp.

Naturally, people are living for the realness of Chrissy’s usual candor. “You are a regular human woman like the rest of us stressed over the holidays. Thanks for keeping it real,” one commenter wrote. Another, echoing what we’re all thinking, said, “I love how you are so real and open. No faking with you. Now, can I get a slice of the crunch pie?”

A few commenters suggested simply scraping off the top and piling on whipped cream (which, let’s be real, actually sounds pretty good), but Chrissy is a pro who does not get daunted. After sharing the Thanksgiving fail, she was back at it with attempt number two, and it’s looking great.

Just let us know what time to be over, Chrissy.

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