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Peter Weber’s Face Is Fine, in Case You Were Wondering

Every night for the past three weeks, I’ve had something on my mind: Peter Weber’s face. Ever since news broke that the current Bachelor suffered a “freak accident” while filming this season—one that reportedly required 22 face stitches—I’ve been thinking about his dimples. And nose. And chin. Would my favorite pilot pull through to hand out roses to a group of women named Lauren in time? Would his brows be able to furrow when one of the Laurens reveals she has a boyfriend back home? Would his smile be in tact for a blindfolded three-legged race hosted by Mila Kunis in episode two? These thoughts have been running through my mind faster than Colton hurdling over that fence.

But I’m very pleased to announce that Peter Weber and his face are doing just fine. A lucky fan, Sabryna Salazar, posted a photo of herself and Weber in Peru, and he looks better than ever. The only indicator of trouble is a tiny Band-Aid on his forehead. And just like that my blood pressure has returned to a regular level.

If you’re unfamiliar with the accident I’m talking about, here’s a quick refresher: In early October, multiple outlets reported that Weber fell and split his face. This was later confirmed by Chris Harrison. “Peter suffered a freak accident. He got a cut on his head. He did get stitches, but he’s 100% OK and production is already back underway,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s still the dashing, handsome pilot we’ve all dreamed of.”

Damn right he is. My faith has now been restored in reality TV, airplanes, and emergency surgery. Weber’s season of The Bachelor will most likely premiere this January on ABC.

See Weber for yourself in the photo, below:

Marvel’s Jon Favreau Responds To Scorsese And Coppola Criticism Of The Superhero Genre

It seems like the moment legendary directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola started to speak up about their alleged disapproval of the superhero genre of films, there was almost instantaneously a bunch of responses that were ready to counter those feelings. And yet, when it came time for director Jon Favreau to throw his hat in the ring, he did something pretty amazing: he accepted them as par for the course.

During an interview to promote The Mandalorian for Disney+, Favreau expressed these thoughts on the opinions of Scorsese and Coppola:

In a refreshing turn of events, Jon Favreau has taken the supposed displeasure of a genre he’s helped craft into its current fighting form, and honored those comments as merely the opinions of the people that inspired him in the first place. It’s an amazingly classy move, because instead of treating these thoughts as controversial, Favreau values the place that such opinions have in a proper discourse over cinema.

This isn’t to say the disappointment that fellow comic director James Gunn has felt about Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s remarks is invalid. Rather, Favreau’s view on those same opinions applies to Gunn’s thoughts as well. Everyone in this conversation has valid thoughts, and while they vary, they all have a position that various stripes of moviegoers can decide to agree with on their own terms.

In his interview with CNBC, Jon Favreau took the comments that have been seen as attacks on comic book movies like Avengers: Endgame, or even Favreau’s own work on Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and turned them into simple commentary rather than the invective they could be interpreted as. Even in the face of Francis Ford Coppola ostensibly calling Marvel and DC films “despicable”, as well as his own battles with the MCU brass, the man honors how he drew inspiration from their great works, and just goes on with his work.

Favreau’s work on the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe’s Phase 1 could be seen as something on par with Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola’s efforts as young filmmakers that redefined the cinematic landscape of the day. And surely, there were those who thought that the men behind Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now were totally out of their heads with the stories they were telling at that time.

But that certainly didn’t stop either of them from moving forward, and it’s sure as hell not going to stop Jon Favreau for bringing his blockbuster style talents to new and exciting stories in gigantic universes built on pre-existing IP.

You can catch Jon Favreau in both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, once again playing the role of Happy Hogan, on Digital HD, 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Also, if you’re looking forward to The Mandalorian, you’ll be able to see what the fuss is all about when it debuts on Disney+ when the platform opens its doors on November 12.

The Lighthouse’s Robert Pattinson Gets Candid On ‘Ferocious’ Masturbation Scene

The Lighthouse

Before Robert Pattinson dons the cape and cowl for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, he’s starring in a small, art-house film called The Lighthouse from the writer and director of The Witch Robert Eggers. The film stars Pattinson alongside Willem Dafoe as two men tending a lighthouse off the coast of Maine in the late 19th century. For his first day of filming, Robert Pattinson shot what he describes as a ‘ferocious’ masturbation scene. That’s right Twilight fans, listen up. Robert Pattinson got candid about the scene in an interview saying:

Well, my first shot was this ferocious masturbation scene. It’s always nice to do something massive for your opening shot, and I went really massive on the first take. It was a 180 from everything we’d done in rehearsal, and I could see Robert [Eggers] a little in shock afterward. But I was like, ‘OK, cool, I didn’t get told to stop, so I’ll keep going in that direction.’ As soon as I’d done that, it was like the road started getting paved.

And you thought you had no interest in a black and white film shot in a square silent film aspect ratio. Depending on the schedule, some movies might ease the cast and crew into things and others throw everyone into the deep end right away. On Bohemian Rhapsody, they filmed the Live Aid concert first and on The Lighthouse they also went big for the first shot, but in a slightly different way.

For his very first shot on the set of The Lighthouse as junior lighthouse keeper Ephraim Winslow, Robert Pattinson filmed a masturbation scene. Not just any masturbation scene either, this was a ferocious one; the kind you won’t see in modern, color lighthouse horror movies. The actor likes to do something massive for the very first shot on the set of a film, meaning that he likes to go really big with his performance right out of the gate.

Well, he did just that for the first take of the scene. Robert Pattinson, in full double entendre speak, tells the New York Times, that he “went really massive” on the first shot of the ferocious masturbation scene. Whether that double entendre was intentional or he was oblivious to it we don’t know, but what we do know is that the actor went all out for the first shot of his masturbation scene.

It sounds like it came as a surprise to Robert Eggers though. According to Robert Pattinson, he did things completely differently in this scene than he did in rehearsal and it caught the director off guard. Presumably the masturbation scene was not of the ferocious kind in rehearsal. Of course I imagine you can only be so prepared to watch someone else fake masturbate. Robert Eggers recalled the filming of the scene, saying:

On day one we shot Rob masturbating in the shed—it’s the very first thing we shot—and Rob really, really went for it. And you know, it was inspiring.

Robert Pattinson wasn’t shy and he really went for it right away with the masturbation scene. That’s commitment folks. Robert Eggers even found the actor’s performance inspiring as he tells The Daily Beast. Not one to stop a man who’s got his groove going, the director let Robert Pattinson run with it and keep going in the direction that felt best to him. I can only assume this scene made it onto Robert Pattinson’s demo reel for The Batman.

Robert Pattinson was no rookie coming in to The Lighthouse either, perhaps giving him the confidence to really go for it in The Lighthouse. You see, Robert Pattinson has masturbated before…onscreen that is, multiple times it turns out. It’s actually a recurring theme the actor noticed, as he tells Variety:

I keep masturbating. In the last three or four movies, I’ve got a masturbation scene. I did it in High Life. I did it in Damsel. And The Devil All the Time. I only realized when I did it the fourth time. But when I saw the clay figure of the mermaid, if you’re getting turned on by that, you’re in a very strange place in your life.

Ladies and gentlemen, your new Batman. Robert Pattinson has become such an old hat at masturbating onscreen in movies that he actually didn’t realize how often he was doing it until The Lighthouse. It’s hilariously become a theme in his films and if those films weren’t all smaller art-house movies, where the actor has proven his legit acting chops in the years since the Twilight franchise, he might be known for that more than for being a sparkly vampire.

It wasn’t until he was doing it in The Lighthouse that he realized the pattern. It was apparently the clay mermaid his character masturbates to that did it. Robert Pattinson says that if that turns you on, you’re at a strange place in your life.

Hey now, let’s not kink shame RPatz. Your character Ephraim is a lonely lighthouse keeper in the 1890s and his options are extremely limited. There’s no porn or magazines or the like, he’s got to make do and use his imagination. I mean come on, you’ve never seen Splash!?

You can see future Batman Robert Pattinson showing why one is the loneliest number in The Lighthouse, now in theaters. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see other movies are coming out this year and for more of whatever this was, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Is Teasing Kylo Ren’s Redemption, And I Hate It

Kylo Ren and Rey destroying something together in Star Wars; The Rise of Skywalker

Last night, we got what it is supposed to be the last trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker before the movie arrives in December. As expected, the trailer didn’t reveal much. It gave us some pretty visuals, awesome spaceships, out of context moments that were nonetheless tearjerking, and that epic John Williams score that will always make your heart swell. That was pretty much it.

If it pushed any sort of narrative element, it was the continued tease of possible redemption for Kylo Ren. From the beginning, the idea that Ben Solo might find his way back to the light has been an element of the story. It’s something that a lot of fans have been hoping to see, and I’m just not one of them.

I totally get the desire to see Ben Solo redeemed. He’s the son of two of our favorite characters from the Skywalker Saga. As fans of them, we don’t want to see their son permanently lost. On a more meta level, Adam Driver is an excellent actor who has made this character by far the most complex and interesting villain in the history of the franchise. We like that, and so we want to cheer for him.

And yet, I just can’t get excited by the concept. Admittedly, a large part of the reason for that is the simple fact that we’ve seen it all before. The third movie of the original trilogy saw the redemption of Darth Vader. The third movie of the prequel trilogy saw the fall of Anakin Skywalker. I just can’t look forward to the redemption of Ben Solo, if that is in fact where we’re going.

And not only would this be a case of repeating a storyline we’ve seen before. It could repeat so many identical elements. Ben Solo could finally choose the light in a battle against the Emperor… on board the second Death Star. I would put money down that if redemption does happen, he will probably die in the process. It’s easier than reconciling the idea that we’re supposed to now love the guy who killed Han Solo. Even Daisy Ridley has said that she doesn’t feel the things Kylo Ren has done can be entirely overlooked.

It’s true that George Lucas himself said the Star Wars movies were “like poetry.” The idea was that the story always came back around, so it makes sense that redemption would be at play again. I don’t discount that it would make for a potentially good story. The problem is that because this seems to be so obviously where the movie is going, I’ll find myself sitting down to a movie in two months where I’ll know how it’s going to end. Where’s the fun in that?

And yet, it’s not like the new trailer is the first time the idea of Kylo Ren ultimately being good has been suggested. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ben Solo, the man behind the Kylo Ren mask, tells his father Han that he is being torn apart. He clearly has doubts regarding his decision to give himself to the Dark Side. Of course, this is followed by Ren making a movie to help quell his doubts. He kills his own father.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we were given a brief tease that Kylo Ren may have chosen a new side when he kills Supreme Leader Snoke, but then we realize that he didn’t do it in an attempt to stop the First Order. He did so he could take over the First Order. He fought alongside Rey only as long as it was in his interest to do so. He wanted her to join him, not the other way around.

I loved the way this all played out in The Last Jedi. While Ben Solo may have shown weakness in The Force Awakens, he shows none in The Last Jedi. The only person convinced that there is any good left in Ben Solo is Rey, and she realizes how wrong she is.

There are three points in the new trailer where the idea of Kylo Ren potentially joining forces with Rey gets potentially referenced. First, there’s the voiceover from Rey where she claims that nobody really understands her. This is followed by Kylo Ren claiming that he, in fact, does.

This is followed by hearing The Emperor claim that “your coming together is your undoing.” This line could, of course, mean anything. It’s done only as voiceover, and so we have no context of the scene where the line is spoken. Still, one “coming together” against the Emperor that it could be referencing is that of Kylo Ren and Rey.

Finally, we have the image at the top of the article, which shows Ren and Rey both using their lightsabers to smash something together. While we never get a really good look, it appears to be a plinth that is housing the smashed Darth Vader mask that we know is in Kylo Ren’s possession.

Of course, as has been the case before, everything that we see that could be hinting at the redemption of Kylo Ren could be intentional misdirection. The previous trailer did tease us with a Sith Rey after all. It seems highly unlikely that Rey is going to go bad and Ren is going to go good, so at least one of these theories is clearly not going to work out. Maybe it’ll be both of them.

The voiceovers that we hear are all without context, so that could mean anything. The smashing of the Darth Vader mask? That could actually be Rey and Kylo Ren fighting each other, and a deflected lightsaber is what is really smashing through the pedestal.

In fact, the best possible evidence that Kylo Ren will not be redeemed could be the fact that the movie seems to be so strongly hinting at it. The trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi wanted us to think Rey might go to the Dark Side, and while that option was technically presented to her, she never seriously considered it. And this is a J.J. Abrams movie, after all. The man cares about hiding the truth in his movies more than he cares about what that truth actually turns out to be.

I’m okay with Kylo Ren remaining a villain to be defeated rather than seeing him as a soul to be saved. Star Wars is full of bad guys who are just bad guys. Ben Solo may be lost and misguided, but that’s a reason he’s the person he is, not an excuse. The best way for Ben Solo to realize he’s followed the wrong path isn’t by changing his decision at the last minute. It’s to be beaten.

I’m not saying Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be a bad movie if Ben Solo comes home. The movie’s job is to get me and all the other viewers invested in its story. If it does that, then I’ll be along for the ride, wherever it happens to take me, just like everybody else.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20.

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Terminator: Dark Fate’s James Cameron Says Sarah Connor’s F-Bombs Were A Big Part Of The R-Rating

Sarah Connor cannot be censored. The ‘80s heroine is memorably a badass, tough-as-nails Terminator lead who has no issue throwing out some F-bombs. And why not? When her character’s story began the franchise, it was inherently R-rated material flustered with violence, and she was being hunted by robots from the future. It’s a reasonable reaction! So when Linda Hamilton came back to the role almost 30 years later, of course there are more “fucks” for her to deliver this time around too!

Sounds like this is just embedded in the Sarah Connor character! The PG-13 rating’s allotted singular f-bomb just wouldn’t feel true to her character, and Tim Miller found this obvious from the beginning when trying to continue the tone of the original Terminator films directed by James Cameron. Especially considering Linda Hamilton’s iconic character has become even more hardened since the first two movies, now deeming herself a “Terminator hunter.”

Dark Fate will ignore the events of the PG-13 Terminator movies Salvation and Genisys, as well as Rise of the Machines. It will follow the events of Judgement Day almost 30 years later as Sarah Connor meets Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) and her own Terminator protector, Grace (MacKenzie Davis), as Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 attempts to hunt them down. Connor has a reunion with a different model of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, who has assumed the name Carl, developed more human traits and fronts his own drapery business.

In the past, Terminator filmmakers may have steered away from making it R-rated to assure more success at the box office. But Tim Miller’s release of Deadpool is proof that R-ratings sell. Just look at Joker; it’s a money-making machine! James Cameron continued:

Alternatively, maybe Terminator: Dark Fate will benefit from being rated R. When hardcore fans were first introduced the property, its gritty quality was part of the charm that made it a legendary franchise. When the Terminator movies tried to please everyone, that’s where they failed.

Terminator: Dark Fate recently had its first audience screenings and the reaction has been largely positive. Eric Eisenberg called it the “best sequel in the franchise since T2” and compared it to the feel The Force Awakens had on bringing back the Star Wars franchise. Check it out for yourself on November 1.

Jenny Slate Found Love in a Hopeful Place

To do this, Slate approaches her comedy like a date—you arrive with your best stories in mind, then change the message or delivery depending on the audience. After months of touring, she was ready. “I became more comfortable with approaching themes that, for me, were maybe not so comfortable before because they were sad,” she says. Telling sad stories certainly doesn’t make the pain behind them go away, but at least she could make them funny.

Of course there’s love in Slate’s stories, too. Her meet cute with Shattuck begins as all the best do: offline. “I met him through friends, which is nice in a world where people are meeting each other on their phones through pictures they’ve made sure are perfect,” she says. They lost touch for a while—but six months after their first meeting, they saw each other again in New York and exchanged emails. “I noticed that when I was writing to him, I really, really bloomed.” And as she started to write her book, she realized some of her best work was in emails to Shattuck. “When I wrote to him, I was my most real self.” So she wrote one more, suggesting they become friends. You know how the story ends: “A year and two days after that email he asked me to marry him.”

“He has truly never let me down,” she says. “He’s romantic and caring, and he treats me like the person that I know that I am. Because I hold him in such high regard, and he treats me like such a dear friend, I work on growing and changing in a way that doesn’t involve shame. It’s just like, ‘Wow, I’m so excited that I can be myself with this person. And I seek to continue to expand.’”

It helps that he is, in Slate’s words, “a well-adjusted feminist man.” It’s a quality that wasn’t easy to find. “There are a lot of dudes out there that think they’re allies because they’re just not as gross as they used to be,” she says. “That’s not good enough. And moreover, they’re sensitive about how gross they’ve been able to be in their privilege and patriarchy. I don’t feel like anybody deserves an award for not being completely repulsive. I’m fortunate that my partner isn’t that way.”

Slate tells a particularly horrifying story in Stage Fright about a date who showed up in a full suit of armor. (Yes, really.) “It’s a true story,” she says. “And it’s a huge bummer, in every way. I heard he feels really bad about it.” That doesn’t excuse putting Slate into an uncomfortable position of having to decide how to react. “It’s a typically tone-deaf patriarchy-oriented move. I don’t really know a lot of feminist people, whatever your gender is, who would make a decision for the whole group that’s just based on how they want to behave.”

That date didn’t turn into a relationship, obviously, but Slate is open about being a lifelong “boy crazy” romantic. Only now, in her 30s, is she better understanding what drives that desire for companionship. “I think I get lonely really easily,” she says. “I get waves of loneliness the way pregnant women get morning sickness. It just comes. It’s part of my human condition. I have it now, even though I am going to get married to the love of my life.”

It’s something she knows she’ll need to work on her whole life: how to tolerate it. “Sometimes the word tolerate sounds like you’re going to be in pain and just have to be quiet—but that’s not what I mean,” she explains. “It’s to be able to examine it and realize that it’s not permanent. I just might need a lot. I might be hungrier than other people. All I know is that I’m tired of defining it as something that’s wrong with me. It’s a part of who I am.”

Waterparks Take Stock Of Fan Culture On Pungent New Album Fandom

By Jessica Norton

Texas-based hyperactive pop-rock trio Waterparks decided it was time to go off. The band, made up of Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington, and Otto Wood, take hellacious swings at music and fan culture on their third studio album, appropriately titled FANDOM. The tea? Piping. Harsh but honest? Full send. And we have no choice but to stan.

Tackling what it’s like to be on the receiving end of tweets begging for follows (“Please, it’s my birthday!”) and the confusingly nice, but wildly aggressive threat comments (“Release the music video, you cowards”) is a sensitive area. Though Vans Warped Tour alums have reached a certain level of popularity — boasting shirts at Hot Topic, an exclusive hair-dye collaboration with Manic Panic, and an explicit but hilariously re-recorded clean song on Radio Disney — they’re still rising, which means they don’t want to scare off any existing or potential fans. But their point must be made: Lyrics from FANDOM may cause some heartburn, proving to be just as acidic and pungent as the orange juice shown on the album’s cover art.

“It’s all word vomit, and then I’m like, ah, should I say that?” lead singer Knight expressed his worry to MTV News over the phone.

On the chorus of the album’s lead single “Watch What Happens Next,” he defeatedly cries, “You don’t love me the same / It’s such a fucking shame” and “You wanna hear my art, but only on your terms.” The following verse leaves a sting, nodding to the extremes of fan culture online: “I don’t think people realize how they’re fucking us up.”

Despite Waterpark’s frenetic internet presence — constant Caps Lock and zealous messages of unrequited love to Victoria Justice — Knight is the only member heavily immersed in social media and meme culture, claiming Wigington and Wood are not “irony poisoned” and don’t always understand internet humor. The plus side of not being on social media is obviously avoiding the not-so-supportive corners of their following, where high expectations and cruel interactions have resulted in Knight’s own negativity-fueled downward spirals. These have been intense enough to prompt the band to be outspoken and expressive on the topic of unhealthy treatment in fan culture.

“Here’s the thing… I don’t think anyone’s gonna treat me differently after hearing what I have to say, but I think they’ll think twice about it first, and I think that’s a start,” Knight admits.

While FANDOM could be considered a tangy spit in the face, the album does have a refreshingly sweet aftertaste. It’s clear that Waterparks don’t hate their fans. They are continually shocked by, and appreciative of, the support they receive, which includes but is not limited to the ability to get topics to trend on Twitter immediately and having Target shelves wiped clean. The band is happy to provide the familiarity of their zany and upbeat sound in hopes that decisions to experiment will be welcomed and received with open minds. Fandom is a topic they feel comfortable taking on personally, as each member admits to belonging to more than one fandom and has deep familiarity with the positive communities and friendships that are created within them, the act of stanning, and the overall joy it can bring. They just get it.

“I stan Taylor Swift. Ke$ha. Shawn Mendes. 5 Seconds of Summer. Definitely One Direction,” Knight reveals while scrolling through his phone. “I stan so many people.”

On the track “War Crimes,” he crushingly admits, “Bands I loved don’t want the best for me / Scared they’re falling off and take it out on me.” He was quick to confirm the line is “definitely not” throwing shade at longtime hype men and current managers Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, who the ‘Parks boys consistently cite as their all-time faves. The Maddens plucked Waterparks out of their Texan obscurity in 2015 and have since assisted the “Turbulent” band in fighting for creative rights, encouraging them to sign their current deal with Hopeless Records after a previous contract and label relationship went sour. “I trust the Maddens with my life,” Knight said.

Support and encouragement has also come from Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz, who once, after a super casual coffee date with Knight, dropped by the studio to listen to demos during the early creative stages of FANDOM. Wentz approved a track on the spot where he is savagely name-dropped in the opening line — arguably the ultimate pop-punk/emo-kid blessing.

“Pete was like, ‘With how excited you are about all this, you straight-up remind me of a young Brendon Urie.’ Like, what the fuck?” Knight said, still in disbelief over what he calls his “biggest fan girl moment.” “I played it cool.”

While still overzealous — an endearing and continually on-brand attitude for the band — there has been a rare sense of peace among them after FANDOM‘s October 11 release. Now that the potentially unsavory but still fun and unique third studio album is out for the world to hear — along with a fall tour alongside Yung Pinch and Kitten —  they have no regrets. “This is our first real label release that feels like an album of ours has actually stood a chance and it feels nice to have support,” Knight said.

“I’ve been in bands since I was 13 and it definitely was not always this way. Waterparks is probably my first band that anyone has given a shit about,” he continued, “which is fine because all of the other bands were really bad.”

That Time Mariska Hargitay Was Fired From The Power Rangers Movie

Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

When you think of Mariska Hargitay, the first thing that likely comes to mind is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as she’s been one of the leads on the long-running NBC series since the beginning. But several years before her tenure as Detective (now Captain) Olivia Benson began, Hargitay was performing in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. If you don’t remember seeing her in the teenagers with attitude’s cinematic debut, that’s because she was fired in the middle of production.

Recently recalling her brief time on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, where she was playing Dulcea, the alien warrior that gives them their new powers, Mariska Hargitay said:

I was so excited because I was going to Australia to play this queen. I get there, hair, makeup, prosthetics pieces, walking around like that, feeling pretty good.

Who can blame her? At the time, Mariska Hargitay was arguably best known for her time as Carly Fixx on the soap opera Falcon Crest, and she’d had minor roles on TV shows like Seinfeld and movies like The Perfect Weapon. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie afforded her the opportunity to not just play an integral character, but one that made her feel good while she was in the costume and makeup.

Alas, continuing in her interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Mariska Hargitay explained how she was let go from the production two months later after she decided to see her family during the holidays. As the actress put it:

I was there from November and then December, and then we were getting close to Christmas and they had me on hold a lot. And finally, around December 21, I said, ‘Hey, guys, this is great, but you kept me on hold too long. I gotta go.’ It’s Christmas. I think that’s only fair. I fly home, and January 3, I call them. I’m like, ‘OK, I’m ready.’ And they’re like, ‘Sweetie, you’re good. Don’t worry about it.’ Yes, and they fired me… because I wanted to go home for Christmas and be with my family.

Dulcea was ultimately played in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie by Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, whose credits include NYPD Blue, 24 and Lost. While it’s unfortunate that Mariska Hargitay was let go immediately after celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with her family, it is worth noting that Fitzpatrick was cast to play Dulcea before Hargitay.

According to an interview that Blue Ranger actor David Yost gave nearly a decade ago, he and his fellow Ranger performers filmed a bunch of scenes with Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, but after she got sick and needed to go to the hospital to undergo surgery, Mariska Hargitay was brought in as her replacement. But several weeks into shooting her scenes, evidently the studio wasn’t happy with how things were going with Mariska in the Dulcea role, so once Fitzpatrick had recovered, she was brought back in to resume her Dulcea duties.

So while things didn’t work out for Mairska Hargitay on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, that wouldn’t be indicative of her future career prospects. Just four years later, she’d join Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is now in its 21st season and is the longest-running drama series, an honor that was originally held in a tie by the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke.

As for the Power Rangers, while the franchise still has a foothold in the television realm and delivers a new cast of superpowered heroes every couple years, the last cinematic endeavor, 2017’s simply-named Power Rangers, earned mixed reviews and struggled at the box office. While a new movie is in the works, it looks like it’ll be another reboot rather than be a sequel to the last big screen adventure.

Keep up to date with what’s heading to theaters in the near future with our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule.

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These Are The Only Tips You Need to Start Investing

She Makes Money Moves is a new podcast from Glamour and iHeartRadio. Hosted by Glamour editor in chief Samantha Barry, the podcast shares intimate, unscripted stories from women across the country along with advice from financial experts to help guide those women—and women everywhere—forward. Download a new episode every Tuesday, then visit for an article like this, with more insights from that week’s expert.

As we’ve previously reported, women invest 40 percent less money than men. There are a myriad of reasons why this might be the case. But for this week’s guest on She Makes Money Moves—who’s gun shy about starting to invest—one of her primary (and very relatable!) concerns is that there could be another financial crisis. As she puts it, “What happens if the market crashes again, and all of my money is gone? I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket, and then lose everything.”

It’s a normal fear, but the fact is if you’re not investing, you’re leaving money on the table. Plain and simple. To help first-time investors everywhere begin their journey, Barry welcomed Becoming Super Woman author Nicole Lapin onto the podcast. Here, she outlines how to get started.

Make sure you have your financial ducks in a row

Start off by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have an emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of living expenses in the bank?
  2. Are all of your credit cards are paid off, in full?
  3. Are you working off any other debt (like student debt, car loans, or a mortgage) on time and don’t anticipate struggling to keep up those payments?
  4. Do you have a retirement system in place and are on track to max out your contributions?
  5. Do you have money saved to start investing? (Typically the minimum is $500 to $2,500.)

If you can answer “yes” to all five of the above, then awesome! You’re ready to join the investors club.

Consider different options for getting into the game

The first is going to a discount brokerage, like E*Trade, TD Ameritrade, or Fidelity. These are typically do-it-yourself operations (although some have offices in large cities where you can sit down, talk to a representative, and get help opening the account). They cost around $4 to 5 per trade. I also like PortfolioBuilder for getting started. It’s an asset allocation tool that lets you create diversified portfolios of 6 to 8 ETFs (that’s financial lingo for “exchange traded funds”) for just $18.95 (with a $200 account minimum). It’s a good way for investors seeking a low-cost, self-directed approach to investing to get in the door.

You can also head to a full-service brokerage, like Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, or Wells Fargo Advisors, where an actual professional manages your account. This option is more expensive, so you hope your advisor will add enough value to make up for the extra cost, and, thus not eat into your profits—but this is not guaranteed. You’re looking at more like $150 per trade here.

Begin with automatic deposits

If you don’t see it coming out of your paycheck, it’s easier to stick to it. And if you have a lower risk appetite, then start with Treasury bonds or a certificate of deposit (also known as a CD), which is a special savings account that prohibits you from accessing your funds until a specific maturity date—but also offers you a higher interest rate. They are safe and steady way to invest, without having to play the market.

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All the Fashion Brands That Have Banned Fur

In October 2019, Macy’s, Inc.—which includes Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Macy’s Backstage, and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet—announced that it would end the sale of animal fur at its properties by the end of fiscal 2020.

“Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our colleagues, including direct feedback from our Go Green Employee Resource Group, and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs,” Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., said in a statement, noting that Macy’s private-label brands were already fur-free, so this mandate would now extend across the entire company. “We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in our commitment to ending the sale of fur. We remain committed to providing great fashion and value to our customers, and we will continue to offer high-quality and fashionable faux fur alternatives.”

As part of this move, Macy’s, Inc. will close its Fur Vault and Maximilian locations, also by early 2021.