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Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Youth Glow Filter Gives You the Most Natural Glow

Following Eva Chen on Instagram is a little like enrolling in an adulting college. The only difference between a four-year university and a tap on her account’s “Follow” button is that it’s free. I’ve learned so much from tuning in to her daily diaries, and it’s all applicable to my daily life: how to pose for a mirror selfie, how to actually use a jade roller, how to distinguish a sumo orange from a heap of common citruses. No one can say that about Intro to Basketweaving.

In my favorite glimpses at her life and travels, Chen posts product-by-product makeup and skin care application stories on her account. Last season at fashion week, makeup artist Nikki Makeup joined her for a series of videos where she shared the ins and outs of perfectly-applied blush and highlighter. I foolishly forgot to write down the products they used for Chen’s glowy skin in the video, but I did remember one specific tidbit of wisdom. According to Nikki, the best blushes give you the appearance of having just come inside from a brisk walk. Translation: When applied and blended just so, blushes can give you a light, lit-from-within glow.

My prior experience with blush has come nowhere close to that precisely described look. What I wanted was the delicate flush of a Jane Austen heroine after she’s arrived at a great manor on horseback. What I often got was a garish pink or red that threw my naturally paper-white skin into sharper contrast. Granted, that’s mostly my fault. The bulk of my exposure to blush came from caking on deep pinks and orange-reds for dance performances until my mid-twenties. The look made sense under heavy stadium lighting, but it was startling and unflattering up close. Maybe my expectations were a tad dramatic, but there was nothing natural about the blushes I’d tried to wear before.

After seeing the potential for a rosy, light cheek on Chen’s Instagram, I felt compelled to give blush a second chance. I knew it would be more than re-incorporating the product back into my makeup routine, though. It’d also be a matter of tracking down a pigment that could liven my pale cheeks while avoiding clown territory. I found just that in less time than I expected, at the corner of my favorite lipstick brand, Charlotte Tilbury, and Glamour‘s latest Beauty Awards winners.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pretty Youth Glow Filter is more low-key than its name suggests. It’s a blush-highlighter duo in two complementary, semi-sheer pink shades. There’s a natural element to the ingredients too. Instead of a powder, it’s a paraben-free cream blend. (This doesn’t mean that much for the average user, other than that it’s extra smooth to the touch and lightweight to wear.)

I followed the award-winning suggestion to try the “Pretty Fresh” shades, described online as a “coral pink” set. “Coral” sounds harsher than the blush appears. The shade looks like more light pink than pink-orange after applying. When I want the lightest of flushes, I’ll dab some of the coral color on a blush brush and swipe along my cheekbones. For days that I’d like a hint more color, I apply the blush on the apples of my cheeks with a finger before blending it with a brush.

On either occasion, my favorite part of the set is the highlighter portion. This isn’t the thousand-watt glitter bomb that you’ll find at a Fenty or an Urban Decay, but that’s why it’s great. Instead, it’s a soft gold that shines brightest under direct light. My cheeks have the slightest sparkle, but it’s not at Twilight-vampire levels.

Khalid’s Director Emil Nava Reveals What Being A Free Spirit Really Means

Khalid‘s sophomore album, Free Spirit, out today (April 5), comes with a treat – a short film of the same name helmed by esteemed music video director Emil Nava. The movie premiered in select theaters on April 3 for one day only, starring veteran actors Jahking Guillory (On My Block and Kicks) and Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), models Estefania Preciado and Judah Lang, as well as artists Dizzy Fae and Khalid himself. The singer was busy filming the movie and penning it, too. He’s credited as a co-writer along with Nava. It’s a tale of traveling youths that grows complicated over the course of its runtime.

Nava met with Khalid on Christmas Eve after having talked about wanting to shoot a video together, the director told MTV News over the phone. Nava, who’s worked with artists such as Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, and Bebe Rexha, paired with Khalid to shoot “Talk,” the album’s first single. But that wasn’t all that the singer wanted. “What amazed me about Khalid was that he really wanted to make a film, not a visual album or just music videos,” Nava said. “I shot my first full-length film last year, so this was an especially exciting project because it has everything that I love in it – both music and cinema.”

After deciding to get the ball rolling on the film, the pair worked to decide how to round out the cast. “It was built out of his friends and unique actors because we were looking for people with names along with fresh, exciting new talent,” Nava said. Once that was settled, then came creating the film itself, which actually didn’t take that long: “We shot for 10 days out in the desert outskirts of Los Angeles. The main thing that we wanted to create was the feeling of a road trip where they are really on this journey. We also wanted the cast to have a good time and feel like themselves.”

It’s evident in opening shots of the trailer that recreation is one of the film’s biggest themes. “The movie is about escapism and the youth of today,” Nava said. “It’s about a group of youths that are living in the depths of America and they want to get out. So one day, they steal a van and all want to go on a road trip together, and essentially, what unfolds is a modern-day, complicated love story.” Later in the trailer, the group of youths are led by a young woman named Ladybug who appears to command the attention of all the guys in her vicinity. “She’s really who the film is focused about,” he said. “She’s a young product of today’s world – amazingly powerful and strong-minded. At the end of the trailer, she appears in the arms of each of the guys while one solemnly remarks to the camera, “Everybody loves Ladybug, though. Literally everybody.” There’s a quick cut of Khalid looking at the camera, mystified. Then, black.

Nava believes that while Ladybug is a central part of the film’s narrative, the importance of freedom is just as pertinent. He sees himself in nearly all the characters. “Growing up, I definitely had a feeling of wanting to escape my hometown too,” he said. “Today, 15 years later, I’m still exploring the idea of escapism. Because of this, I see myself in a lot of them. I want to funnel that into creating cinema that is for the youth.”

When I ask Nava what being a free spirit means to him, he gets specific: “Being able to be free in your own mind. It’s about not caring what people’s opinions are.” He pauses for a second before continuing. “The way that the world is today, we’re seeing so much through social media and were able to be watched, judge, and commented on by people that don’t even known us. I think that it can be very hard to grow up and a hard world to live in. I think being a free spirit is being yourself and being happy and being able to be yourself.”

Halle Berry Knows How To ‘F— Up’ People After Training For John Wick 3

Some minor spoilers for John Wick 3 can be found throughout this article.

By now, John Wick is a full-fledged franchise with an avid fanbase. On May 17, Lionsgate will release John Wick: Parabellum, the latest movie featuring our badass hero. This time around, the franchise is adding Halle Berry, and although she says she talked her way into the role, the training to play Sofia was intense.  At CinemaCon 2019 Berry admitted she feels comfortable enough having trained for John Wick 3 that she could handle herself in any situation. She noted:

During the Lionsgate panel at CinemaCon 2019, Halle Berry admitted that even before the script was written for John Wick: Parabellum she knew she was correct for the role. She met with director Chad Stahelski and convinced him she was a good fit for the role.

But then the training started. The actress talked about how grueling working on John Wick: Parabellum was.

It all showed in the final project.

This week at CinemaCon, footage was debuted from the upcoming threequel. In it, Sofia and John Wick are taking on a large lot of bad guys, as people are wont to do in action movies. In one scene in particular, Halle Berry’s character is kicking a bad guy’s ass when another bad guy starts shooting from above. Sofia literally calls her dog, the dog jumps off the back, scales a giant wall and takes down the bad guy from above. Talk about stunts.

Chad Stahelski is known for action sequences and the new look at the movie didn’t disappoint. Look, if you’ve seen the early footage from the trailer for John Wick: Parabellum, or really either of the other movies, you kind of know what you are getting into, but the reaction when Halle Berry let a dog jump off her back was audible, and I hope everyone reading this has the same experience in the theater.

Later in the clip we saw, John Wick is caught in the middle of taking down myriad bad guys. He runs out of bullets just as his opponent does but manages to reload quickly to take out his opponent and another on the ground.

Although this footage isn’t out and about yet, the movie is coming and it’s coming soon. Catch the movie starting on May 17, and before you do that be sure to take a look at what we know about Chapter 3 of the saga.

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Dumbo Ticket

Dumbo Eva Green sits on the net with Dumbo, staring at a feather

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, and Disney aficionados far and wide! It’s time to step right up and see the latest wonder of the world, the one, the only, the absolutely adorable Dumbo! The latest in Disney’s remake crusade to update the classics, this Tim Burton film is ready to take off into the wild blue yonder, stealing your heart in the process. But, of course, there’s another question pertaining to this circus of delights; one that we find ourselves asking quite often, asides from that one where we wonder what we know about a movie like Dumbo. To 3D, or not to 3D?

If you want to find out how much we enjoyed Dumbo as a movie, take a look at our official review. But if you’re wondering if this particular circus is worth the extra 3D ticket money, or if you should save that money to buy some peanuts, you’ve come to the right place. Step under the big top, and get ready to see if the prince of the skies flies off the big screen!

3D Fit Score

4/5

While there’s certainly a lot of thrills and excitement to see in Dumbo’s finished product, it’s not a perfect 3D fit. For a good piece of the film, what we see on screen is focused on a family drama that plays out in the confines of a circus, and ponders the morals of using live animals in entertainment. But that being said, there’s still a lot of fantastic detail that the 3D conversion to Dumbo adds to the visuals that are presented; and once the higher flying action kicks in, the additional visual flare definitely shines.

Planning & Effort Score

4/5

There’s certainly a lot of work that went into the planning and effort of Dumbo’s 3D coat of paint. Quite a lot of detail is drawn in the images shown, and while it’s not a total showstopper, there’s a lot of panache that’s on display. Though as far as 3D movies go, this is a cohesive whole that doesn’t stumble on any particular aspect, but rather does a serviceable job of being a good finished product. There’s nothing wrong with that, for sure, but it’s something to think about in the long run.

Before the Window Score

3/5

There are a couple of flourishes in Dumbo really take advantage of the opportunity to point objects out at the crowd. All are very subtle but important things, like Michael Keaton’s cane, Colin Farrell’s hand, or Eva Green gesturing to the audience as she’s about to engage in her act. There’s even some water splashing that looks like it’s going to come out of the frame and soak you to the bone. But if you’re looking for huge scale eye popping thrills involving items flying out of the screen, then you might be a bit disappointed.

Beyond the Window Score

4/5

Winning the Before/Beyond The Window tug of war in Dumbo’s 3D conversion, the Beyond factor pulls more of the visual weight this time around. Characters and their environments are properly spaced, and the spacing between characters and each other is exemplary as well. Crowd shots at the circus really sparkle, with the feel of an actual audience being conveyed to a tee. Unfortunately, the background shots for Dumbo aren’t as limitless as one would want, and if they are the eye is drawn more to the close up action throughout the film.

Brightness Score

4/5

Brightness is a factor that tends to be a common weak point for 3D films, as the greyish tint of the glasses required tends to wash out the colors a bit. Also, there’s some variance depending on how well your local theater tends to their projectors and screens, so Dumbo’s brightness in 3D won’t be consistent across all screens. With those stipulations, I’m happy to report that Dumbo still shines in beautiful color with its 3D conversion. Besides the slight washing of colors, again expected with putting on 3D glasses that correspond with the image on the screen, you’re not going to lose any action in the dark.

Glasses Off Score

4/5

Watching a 3D movie, any audience member is going to be tempted to either remove or slide their glasses up at any point during the film. Whether it’s to give your eyes a break, or to see the historic blur that’s always been a part of 3D presentations, you’ll notice that in fact the image in front of you is blurred to varied degrees. Dumbo uses this blur to full effect, with even the closest of closeups taking on nuanced degrees of distortion, with only seconds long moments of 2D appearance in order to help anchor the elements of a particular scene. Backgrounds also get a pretty big dose of blurred wonder, showing just how much manipulation is used to make the film as 3D as it possibly could be.

Audience Health Score

5/5

Possibly the most important factor of a 3D film is how comfortable the audience is with watching it. In terms of Dumbo’s comfort levels, everything is a-ok, as the film doesn’t cause nausea or eye strain of any sort. With a crisp, clear visual intelligence poured into every frame, your eyes won’t burn and your stomach will be clear of nausea. This is particularly comforting if you’re bringing your little ones to see Dumbo, as there won’t be any messy clean-up involved after the show.

3D Fit Score 4
Planning & Effort Score 4
Before the Window Score 3
Beyond the Window Score 4
Brightness Score 4
Glasses Off Score 4
Audience Health Score 5

Dumbo does a pretty fine job of being a 3D spectacle. It isn’t a full stop must see in the visually enhanced format, but it’s certainly not a waste of time either. Rather, it’s a pretty good example of a middle of the road 3D conversion, which adds some flash but doesn’t go the extra mile to be essential viewing in this premium format. If you’re looking for a special flare to your showing of Dumbo, it might be a good idea to check out the IMAX format presentation instead.

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ScHoolboy Q’s Hypnotic Collab With Travis Scott, ‘CHopstix,’ Gets An Early Release

After blasting back into the public sphere last month with “Numb Numb Juice,” ScHoolboy Q has released another new track: the Travis Scott-assisted “CHopstix.”

The release comes as a possible mix-up, though — on Wednesday (April 3), Q said he planned to delay the song’s debut due to Nipsey Hussle’s death earlier this week. He explained in an Instagram video, “Nobody should be putting nothing out this week. I’m not putting out music tomorrow — it’s not cool.” Despite his intentions, “CHopstix” has emerged on Spotify, and it’s a hypnotically produced earworm featuring Scott’s autotuned, ominous influence. The Astroworld rapper handles the bouncy chorus — it’s pretty much just him repeating the word “chopstix,” along with a sprinkling of his “it’s lit!” ad-libs — while Q handles the colorful verses.

ScHoolboy Q previously teased “CHopstix” during an appearance on The Tonight Show last month, where he also performed the monstrous comeback single “Numb Numb Juice.” Both tracks will presumably appear on the TDE rapper’s long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Blank Face, which is expected later this year.

Meanwhile, Q isn’t the only artist who vowed to postpone new music releases in the wake of Hussle’s death. YG also announced that he had a surprise drop planned for April 12, but has now pushed the album back to May out of respect for his late “FDT” collaborator.

There’s One More DC Character The Suicide Squad Needs To Bring Back

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad

Although Warner Bros isn’t as focused on interconnectivity between all its DC movies as it once was, the DC Extended Universe continuity isn’t going anywhere. As such, the claims that The Suicide Squad will be a total reboot have been greatly exaggerated, and it will indeed serve as a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. That said, it’s been made abundantly clear over the last couple of months that under writer/director James Gunn’s supervision, The Suicide Squad is more of a relaunch than a direct follow-up, and will feature a lot of new characters. It makes sense to have a mostly new cast if you’re wanting to distance an adventure from its predecessor, though The Suicide Squad would still be wise to bring back Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller to round out its collection of familiar faces.

Thus far, only three characters from the last Suicide Squad movie are confirmed to be returning from the sequel, and one of them isn’t even being reprised by the same actor. Idris Elba is taking over Deadshot duties from Will Smith due to the Aladdin star having scheduling issues, and Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney will reprise Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, respectively. It makes sense why these three are being brought back for The Suicide Squad, as Deadshot and Captain Boomerang have on the team since it was revitalized in the late 1980s by writer John Ostrander, and Harley Quinn has been one of the most prominent members ever since The New 52 reboot in 2011.

From there, it’s easy enough to look at the various Suicide Squad iterations over the decades and find other members to fill out the ranks, from villains like Count Vertigo and Blockbuster to heroes like Vixen and Oracle. You can even find a solider to fill in for Rick Flag and make sure the Squad doesn’t get out of hand during field missions. But when it comes to actually putting the officially-named Task Force X together and supervising them from off-site as they carry out their objective, there’s no one better for the job than Amanda Waller.

Just like Deadshot and Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller has been a part of the modern Suicide Squad mythos (not to be confused with the Silver Age Suicide Squad, which was a team of adventurers that only appeared in six issues of The Brave and the Bold) since the beginning. She may not have superpowers or a colorful costume, but make no mistake, Amanda is one of the most formidable and dangerous individuals in the DC universe. She’ll use intimidation, manipulation, blackmail and whatever other tools are at her disposal to ensure that her goals are carried out, which are usually on behalf of national security. The ends always justify the means in her book, even if it results in casualties. It’s no wonder then why she’s the person who’s putting a group of criminals together to carry out covert black ops missions for the U.S. government. She doesn’t care how many of them die in order to complete the mission and she won’t hesitate to detonate the nano-bombs in their necks.

Although Angela Basset first brought Amanda Waller to life on the big screen in Green Lantern, it wasn’t until Viola Davis played the character five years later that we saw her connected to the Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad movie certainly wasn’t a critical hit, but Davis was one of its few highlights, nailing her blunt and sinister personality excellently, arguably demonstrated best when she shot those FBI agents without batting an eye (as seen below). The DC Comics universe vast, and looking at just the Suicide Squad corner of it, it’d be easy enough to find someone to replace fill Amanda’s role as the government figure feeding the team orders. But if The Suicide Squad is willing to bring back three lead characters from the last movie who are figureheads for the property as a whole, then Amanda needs to be included in that small group.

I understand James Gunn wanting to fill out these this new Suicide Squad team with mostly new faces. It helps with wiping the slate clean and mostly separating this Suicide Squad movie from its predecessor, not to mention that possibility all of these new characters could be killed off during the course of the story. After all, while there are various characters who have repeatedly served on [Task Force X](https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/TaskForceX(NewEarth) in the comics, there’s been no shortage of recruits who have died after just one or a couple missions. Behind the scenes, though, Amanda Waller has almost always been the woman in charge, and narratively speaking, there’s no reason to change that. Even if this were a total reboot filled with all new actors, I’d still advocate for Amanda to appear. A Suicide Squad without her would be like a Batman movie without Alfred or a Superman movie without Lois Lane.

Since Suicide Squad’s release, Viola Davis’ filmography has grown with Fences and Widows, both of which received positive critical reception. She’s also still leading the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. It’s possible that her shooting schedule for the TV show might prevent her from appearing in The Suicide Squad, as production is reportedly beginning this fall. If that’s the case, while it’d be disappointing not to have Davis around, the backup plan would be to recast the character, as has been done with Deadshot. That’s how important Amanda is to the Suicide Squad. It’s not absolutely crucial for Rick Flag, Katana, Killer Croc or even a resurrected Diablo to return for The Suicide Squad, but without Amanda alongside Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, it feels like there’s a piece of the puzzle missing. Davis getting to play the character once more would be the icing on the cake, so hopefully an arrangement can be worked out.

The Suicide Squad charges into theaters on August 6, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on how it’s coming along. Don’t forget to look through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in development for the DCEU.

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We Saw Early Terminator Footage, And Yes, Linda Hamilton Is Badass

There’s been a lot of talk about the new Terminator sequel and what it will be about. We know Tim Miller is helming the project, there are new cast members and both original cast members Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved. We’ve also seen some images from the new movie, but there’s a hell of a lot we don’t know about Terminator: Dark Fate and at CinemaCon 2019 the lips of cast members like Linda Hamilton, Schwarzenegger and Mackenzie Davis were clamped tightly. Luckily, Paramount was not.

We got to see some original footage from Terminator: Dark Fate and while it focused a lot on the new characters, it also tied into nostalgia in a big way.

But first, here’s what happened.

The footage starts on a bridge with an electric bubble that rips up the road and causes car crashes. Out of it drops Mackenzie Davis’ Grace, who falls from the bridge, utterly naked, and ends up landing several floors off the bridge and down onto the ground hard. A couple making out sees the fall and rushes over, only for the police to show up and assume the naked Mackenzie Davis is in trouble.

Quickly, we see the scene portrayed from her own visual viewpoint, seeing some of what her terminator-like abilities are. She sizes up the police and takes them out, prompting the young couple to thank her for saving them. She says, “Don’t thank me yet,” before stealing the young man’s clothes and the couples’ car–a nod to Terminator.

Later, there’s a scene we’ve touched on previously, in which and actress Natalia Reyes’s character Dani Ramos are running from Gabriel Luna’s new Terminator character, who is hellbent on attacking them. Just when things look dire and Mackenzie Davis tells the other young woman to run when they “start to kill her,” Linda Hamilton shows up on the scene in a vehicle, whips out a gun and shoots before she asks any questions.

Even if you’ve never seen a Terminator movie before this scene would likely be enough to hook you. If you have

Obviously, we’ve already seen early shots of Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Conner, not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return; however, seeing her in action was something different altogether. It moved director Tim Miller enough that he had some tears in his eyes on the stage and he shared with the audience that being brought in for Terminator: Dark Fate was a ‘labor of love.’

So where does this nostalgia come in? Notably, at the very end of the lengthy preview, in which a cool as a cucumber Sarah Conner nonchalantly notes “I’ll be back.”

Paramount’s presentation today is big on tying back to James Cameron’s original Terminator movies. Tim Miller noted that when he spoke, but so did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. The former attributed his success and his catchphrases to Terminator while the latter said it would only have taken a special project to pull her back into the Terminator fold 30 years later.

The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 18 Recap: Sheldon and Amy’s Uncertain Nobel Hopes

Plenty of big-name guest stars made an appearance on The Big Bang Theory tonight (Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Astin, Kal Penn, to name a few), but they’re far less exciting than the real-life notables who also made cameos in “The Laureate Accumulation.” But more on that in a minute.

The episode starts with Sheldon, Amy, and the gang gathered at Penny and Leonard’s to watch Drs. Pemberton and Campbell appear on Ellen as part of their Super-Asymmetry press tour. Of course, it’s not their discovery—it’s Amy and Sheldon’s. Sheldon wants Ellen to expose them for the “coattail-riding frauds” they are. Instead, Pemberton and Campbell charm Ellen and the audience, further infuriating Sheldon. (Remember, as we learned earlier this year, Pemberton and Campbell need to attach themselves to Shamy’s SA theory if there’s any hope to win a Nobel. Sheldon was also told only three people can share a Nobel, which would mean Amy’s name would be left off. He demanded that if he’s going to share the honor with Pemberton and Campbell, Amy must be a part of that and the Cal Tech president agreed.)

Sheldon later visits Pemberton and Campbell and wants them to hold a press conference and admit to blindly stumbling upon SA. The physicists are all, “No thanks!” As Leonard points out, no one ever won a Nobel for “being nice.” If only.

President Siebert tells Sheldon not to worry about Pemberton and Campbell’s publicity blitz. Instead, the university will host a reception for him and Amy where they can invite as many academic luminaries as possible in hopes of getting them to campaign. But because Sheldon isn’t the most likable—and has a “history” with several of those notables—it’ll be hard to get them to show up. Sheldon tells Amy he would have been nicer if he knew they could help him one day.

Two of those luminaries are real-life Nobel winners George Smoot (Nobel winner, Physics, 2006) and Kip Thorne (Nobel winner, Physics, 2017). The other is Frances Arnold, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 2018. According to production staff at The Big Bang Theory, Arnold’s appearance marks the first by a female scientist playing herself in twelve seasons on the show. It’s about time, and we’re here for it.

Anyway, Sheldon feels bad for Amy because she’s paying for his mistakes in his past interactions with the Nobel winners. Sheldon confides to Leonard that he wishes he could invent a time-machine where he wouldn’t have acted so irrationally. “My problem is I don’t always know when I’ve gone too far.” While they can’t change the past, they decide to have a code word Leonard will use whenever Sheldon is stepping over the line. “Shut up” seems to do the trick.

Over at the Wolowitz’s, Halley is suddenly afraid of the dark. Howard admits he was afraid of the dark when he was in space. Bernadette gets an idea to make a children’s book featuring a frightened astronaut to help kids with their fears. Thanks to Stuart’s help in the illustration department, they come up with “The Frightened Little Astronaut,” which immediately garners interest from a publisher friend of Stuart’s. But Howard doesn’t want the entire world to know he was a frightened little astronaut. Stuart tries to convince him otherwise because then he’ll finally get his artwork published. More so, Bernadette says it would take a brave man (ahem, Howard) to help frightened children not feel so alone. Howard reluctantly obliges.

Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny visit Nobel winner Kip Thorne to try and convince him to give Sheldon a chance. It works, and all the aforementioned Nobel winners appear at the gathering. But so does Pemberton and Campbell, which irritates Amy. Sheldon—in an attempt to be nicer to everyone—wants them to stay, but also because maybe they can expose them for who they really are. When that tactic doesn’t work, it’s Amy, not Sheldon, who loses her cool in front of everyone and calls out Pemberton and Campbell for being imposters. And that my friends, is where we end the episode. To be continued…

Why It’s OK If You Can’t See Avengers: Endgame Opening Night

Thor Avengers: Endgame

Tickets to Avengers: Endgame‘s opening weekend are selling in record numbers, and those who are trying to get a ticket to the big night at this stage in the game will have to pay quite a hefty price. Some may not even be that lucky and will be forced to sit at home Thursday night in sadness while their friends and family scuttle off to the cinema to watch the three hour and two minute-long conclusion to the MCU’s Phase 3.

It’s a sad feeling, although those who weren’t able to snag a ticket to their local theater shouldn’t be discouraged in the slightest. Believe it or not, missing out on a debut showing of a highly anticipated film isn’t the end of the world. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that skipping out on opening night and midnight showings may be a better option, especially when compared to other available options.

Bottom line, it’s ok if you can’t see Avengers: Endgame on Thursday, and I’ve got a bunch of reasons why I’m not upset about missing out in the slightest.

First, let’s start with the fact that no movie, even one as highly anticipated as Avengers: Endgame, is worth the finders fee folks are charging online. Online resale value has some asking hundreds of dollars for their tickets, and others swinging for the fences with their asking price in the thousands. Others are less extreme and want a more reasonable $50, which may be a price some with the cash may be willing to spend.

Let’s make one thing clear: paying a premium to see Avengers: Endgame on opening weekend may not be the best decision. For starters, theaters are in the business of making money, and if tickets continue to sell at the rate they are going, odds are more screenings will be made available for more people to attend. It seems theaters aren’t just going to throw up their hands and say no to more money.

Plus, the thought of paying anything more than general admission for an opening night showing of a blockbuster movie is atrocious given past experiences. It’s taken nearly 30 years and dozens of screenings to come to this realization, but midnight and first-day screenings are among the worst screenings one can attend.

Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun. Everyone is excited they’re among the first to see a movie, there might be people there dressed as characters in the film and everyone is riding high on the emotion that their long wait is finally over. It’s an intoxicating feeling, but it comes with its downsides. As others may attest to, when it comes to midnight screenings, the common courtesy of average filmgoing tends to go out the window.

The biggest common occurrence is applause. Audiences will break out in applause for the opening credits, any major character’s first appearance and whatever else may come along the way. While that’s fine for a live performance, characters in films don’t hold for applause before delivering the next line. While the person next to you is clapping hands together like a keyed-up circus seal, you might be missing a meaningful line that can’t be heard until the next time you see it.

Laughter is another big one, and another thing that occurs often and in excessive amounts at big-ticket Marvel releases. It’s understandable since Marvel films can be humorous, and by no means am I trying to shame folks for laughing during the movie. People are free to enjoy the movie they paid for however they like, but for those who want to hear dialogue, extended audience laugh breaks are another thing that gets in the way of that.

There’s also heckling, which may not occur in every first-day screening I’ve attended, but it definitely seems to happen quite a lot. Again, it makes sense, especially when the folks most excited and passionate about the Marvel universe will be amongst the few willing to do “whatever it takes” to secure those first showings.

Some of these people are the same folks who want a pleasant theater going experience, and some of those are the type who screamed at the screen in panic “WHAT’S HAPPENING?” when Leia got sucked out into space during Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Again, these types of theater outbursts aren’t exclusive to opening night screenings, but there definitely feels like there’s more of it.

Let’s remember on top of all of the above that the run time for Avengers: Endgame is a little over three hours long. Even in the most ideal of circumstances, there’s going to be more than a few tired eyes during the late showings as the film reaches its most pivotal moments. Falling asleep or missing some key moments due to nodding off is not ideal.

With all of that said, I do understand and respect the urgency of seeing Avengers: Endgame as quickly as possible. It only takes one errant headline, actor or one over-enthusiastic friend to ruin a major plot point, and learning it before viewing can drastically lessen the moviegoing experience. So, how does someone who doesn’t wish to be spoiled still get a chance to see one of the first showings free from distractions or fatigue?

Two words, “matinee showing.” If you’re someone not bound to the restrictions of a 9-5 job, or someone with some vacation time to burn, buy a ticket for an early showing on Friday. You’ll get a relatively empty theater, plenty of rest and perhaps even a discounted ticket price for going at an odd hour. It’s literally the perfect solution, especially for those who may be considering calling in Friday anyway to recover from the night before.

And if Friday is absolutely out of the question, Saturday and Sunday morning screenings are likely just as available. So there’s no need to panic about ticket sales, or the fact that you may not see Avengers: Endgame on opening day. There’s still plenty of time to make another game plan for a showing, so get a strategy together and create an experience that, in my opinion, is far more optimal than the typical “midnight screening” experience.

Avengers: Endgame is in many theaters Thursday, April 25, but again, audiences will be able to see it any day following for quite a while. Keep with CinemaBlend before and after the premiere for more updates on Marvel, analysis on the film and where the studio is headed in Phase 4. For more on Avengers: Endgame, and how to prepare for it, check out the two films the Russo brothers said fans should watch before the premiere.

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New Detective Pikachu Trailer Shows Off Gyarados And Mewtwo

For the very first live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, the obvious choice was made to kick things off with the ultra-cute and ultra-popular Generation I, electric-type Pokémon Pikachu, who is basically the mascot of the franchise. He’s the most recognizable, but far from the only Pokémon out there though, and fortunately for those fans that want to see some badass Pokémon alongside Pikachu, the latest trailer for Detective Pikachu shows off Gyarados and Mewtwo. Take a look:

Wow, how awesome does Gyarados look? The water/flying Pokémon that evolves from the useless Magikarp looks absurdly huge and awesome here. And Mewtwo looks every bit as powerful and enigmatic as he did in 1998’s Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. In addition to the Pokémon we’ve glimpsed in the previous trailers, I think I also spotted a Pidgeot giving Pikachu a ride.

Pikachu may get top billing, but Detective Pikachu clearly isn’t holding back on giving fans all the coolest Pokémon that they’ve always wanted to see in live action. I imagine spotting all the Pokémon in this movie is going to be quite the task and may be like trying to spot all the pop culture references in Ready Player One. Gotta catch ‘em all! This movie is going to make so much money.

Detective Pikachu is making a brilliant and bold choice to not give in to the temptation to try and make the Pokémon look ultra-realistic. Unlike something like Sonic the Hedgehog, which appears to be (we haven’t seen the final look yet to be fair) attempting a realistic lightning-fast humanoid hedgehog, Detective Pikachu is adapting the Pokémon to the big screen and maintaining the looks fans have grown up with and loved since the mid-’90s.

The nice thing about this latest trailer and what we’ve seen so far is that while seeing all these awesome Pokémon is the selling point, the story and the character interactions also look to be a ton of fun. The interplay between the gung-ho Lucy, played by Kathryn Newton, Justice Smith’s completely out of his element Tim and Ryan Reynolds witty Pikachu is delightful and hilarious.

Poor Tim trying to be smooth and failing spectacularly is great as Ryan Reynold’s Pikachu then rips him for it. Detective Pikachu will get people in the door with the Pokémon, but this relationship is critical to keeping them entertained after that. Thankfully, it appears to be a unique and funny buddy cop dynamic, with Pikachu as a snarky Sherlock Holmes and Tim as an awkward and insecure Watson.