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How Star Wars and Frozen Will Compete Outside The Box Office This Year.

Normally, Disney is careful to make sure that the films from its various divisions don’t compete with each other too much. Release dates are chosen so one film will run its course at the box office before the next one comes along. However, later this year Star Wars and Frozen II are going head-to-head in one very important way outside of the theater. This morning, Disney announced that new merchandise for three upcoming Star Wars projects, as well as Frozen II, will all see a global product launch on October 4, 2019. It will be a huge merchandise day for Disney, but it may mean that fans of both franchises will have some decisions to make.

Force Friday has been a regular event for Star Wars fans ever since 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. All new toys and other merchandise being created to tie-in with the film was released on the same day, leading to massive lines in stores as fans tried to be sure they got their hands on their favorite action figures or other gear before it was gone.

Friday October 4, 2019, however, will be Triple Force Friday, as that day won’t only see Star Wars: Episode IX merchandise hitting shelves, but also merch related to the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, and Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

That’s a lot of Star Wars stuff and it’s sure to make fans excited, but they won’t be the only ones waiting in line as Frozen II will see its global product launch on the exact same day as part of what’s being called Frozen Fan Fest, so get ready to get knocked down as you reach for the newest Rey figure by somebody who’s looking for the new Elsa.

Certainly, in large part, these two fandoms hitting the stores on the same day will just mean more people, as many people might not be superfans of both brands, but certainly there are a lot of people who like both Frozen and Star Wars, and then there’s always the collectors, who will want stuff from both titles simply for the sake of having it.

Money is, for most of us, a finite resource, and as such, at least some people will have to make decisions about which stuff they want more.

With the three different lines of Star Wars stuff and the addition of Frozen II, Triple Force Friday, or Triple Force Frozen Friday, is set to potentially be the biggest day that Disney’s consumer products division has possibly ever had. Just launching that many new products at once will be feat, as very likely, will be the number of them that sell on that day, nevermind all the days that come after.

Toys often give way to theories about the actual film when we see it before the movie hits screens. In the case of both Episode IX and Frozen II, that will be the case, so get ready for lots of people trying to use these products to figure out what we don’t know about the films before their respective releases.

In the case of the other two properties, we don’t actually know how Triple Force Friday lines up with release. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has only been confirmed as far as a Fall 2019 release, an October or November release is likely based on video game release trends. Disney+, the streaming service that will be home to The Mandalorian doesn’t even have an official launch date itself yet. Disney has only said it will go live in late 2019. It’s not even confirmed that The Mandalorian will be available on day one of the service, though this merch release info would imply that’s quite possible.

Will you be in line on Triple Force Friday?

Meghan Trainor Used Her Real Wedding Footage For New ‘Marry Me’ Video

Wedding-themed pop music videos are nothing new — everyone from Beyoncé and Mariah Carey to Demi Lovato and P!nk have played blushing brides before. But none have felt quite so intimate and personal as Meghan Trainor‘s new video for the aptly titled Love Train ditty “Marry Me,” which features footage from the 25-year-old’s recent nuptials.

The singer and former Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara tied the knot back in December, and — as captured in the new video — it was quite the lavish affair, featuring more string lights than you’ve ever seen in your life. We see all the familiar staples of a solid wedding video: the bride and groom getting primped and ready, Meghan’s dad walking her down the aisle, she and Daryl sharing their first kiss as husband and wife. Then it’s on to the reception, where roses and disco balls fill the room, Daryl and his groomsmen put on a silly performance, and the newly married couple eventually ditch their formalwear in favor of customized sweats.

All the while, Meghan’s ukulele-backed wedding song — which she actually walked down the aisle to — sets the mood: “‘Cause I love you, wanna give you my whole life / And you love me, you say you want me as your wife.” Awwww!

Tie Dye Trend Spring 2019: Best Pieces To Buy

As soon as you bring up spring trends, you’re inevitably met with: “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” The quote is iconic for a reason, and not just because of Meryl Streep’s iconic delivery. Florals are pretty much always featured in spring/summer collections. And yes, they’re great. But sometimes your wardrobe needs a little something else. It seems designers have, too, been feeling the floral fatigue, and have started introducing a print that’s a little more unexpected—and a lot more nostalgic.

Tie-dye occupies a very specific space in the “throwback trend” conversation: Like pearl hairpins and prairie dresses, it brings shoppers back to simpler times—summer camp, arts and crafts, pure unadulterated fun. And sometimes, dressing like you did in your happiest memories can feel comforting. This runway resurgence looks a lot different than how you might remember the dye jobs from grade school, though.

For both Spring and Fall 2019, designers at Fashion Week have translated this print onto puffer jackets (at Maryam Nassir Zadeh), mini skirts (Area), leggings (Collina Strada), turtlenecks (Proenza Schouler), and denim (Eckhaus Latta)—a bold graphic to stand out against basics like black skirts and T-shirts. Influencers have taken that cue and started incorporating tie-dye into their street-style outfits, layering colorful tops under suits or doubling up on the pattern with a tie-dye sweatshirt and skirt. More affordable brands, like Topshop and Free People, have also started releasing their own takes on this childhood staple. And with celebrities like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez embracing its comeback, tie-dye might be the spring trend that dethrones pastels—this year, at least.

Shop the best 20 tie-dye pieces to add to your spring wardrobe now, below.

Captain Marvel’s Amazing Cat Goose Is Stealing The Show In Massive Banners

Visiting the 1990s of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meeting a young Nick Fury and seeing the ultra-powerful Carol Danvers onscreen for the first time are all solid reasons to want to see Captain Marvel, but the real selling point of the film is Goose. Carol Danvers’ cat is the first pet in the MCU set to make an impact on a film, and he is already stealing the show. Check out Goose in some massive banners for Captain Marvel below.

Look at him(her?), he’s positively magnificent. This fantastic banner tells you absolutely nothing about the movie, and yet let’s you know with utter certainty that you have to see it. Goose clearly has the need… the need for speed, and is ready to go higher, further, faster in Captain Marvel. Goose’s cuteness is exceeded only by his coolness, and he is the height of cool in those aviator glasses, evoking the movie Top Gun where he gets his namesake.

This banner, spotted by someone on Reddit, is actually a clever bit of marketing as yet another way to sell Captain Marvel to audiences. Captain Marvel doesn’t have the name recognition or pop culture penetration that many of Marvel’s other characters do, so seeing her might not be enough to sell everyone. But a giant banner of a cat in sunglasses, that’s a movie you want to see.

Marvel knows what it’s doing here, because cuteness sells. Cat videos are popular for a reason and people love their pets. Goose is poised to take the MCU cuteness mantle from Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot, and I fully expect ‘Goose’ to shoot up the rankings of most popular cat names after this movie comes out.

Goose being a prevalent part of the marketing in this way could be especially fun if Captain Marvel borrows from the comics in the way we think it might. In the comics, Carol Danvers has a pet named Chewie. While Chewie appears to be a cat, she is in fact a Flerken, a species of alien creatures that look like cats, but can travel between dimensions and have pink tentacles that come out of their mouths when attacked.

If Goose is indeed a Flerken like Chewie from the comics, Marvel has hidden his true nature in the trailers and marketing materials like this banner. That should make for a fun surprise when audiences find out that what appears to be just a cute cat actually has a lot more to him/her.

This Goose banner isn’t just a fun highlight of Captain Marvel’s marketing either. The word out of an early screening of Captain Marvel is that Goose steals the show in the movie itself, which is very exciting.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8 and is tracking at a $100 million opening weekend. Check out our release schedule to see all the other movies you can look forward to in 2019, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

There Was A Mini Twilight Reunion, See The Photo

While it’s been seven years since the Twilight saga concluded and each of the film’s young stars have since moved on to their own projects, some of them are still undoubtedly close. One mini Twilight reunion actually happened earlier this week. Can you spot which two actors are still posing for pictures together after all this time? Take a look:

No, your eyes don’t deceive you! Kristen Stewart (left) and Taylor Lautner (middle) snapped a picture together with their hairstylist Cj Romero, who recently posted the photo on his Instagram. Stewart was Team Jacob all the way in the photo taken during a surprise birthday to ring in Taylor Lautner 27th year, which he reached on February 11.

Taylor Lautner also posted about the celebration, thanking his girlfriend for surprising him. Check out his Instagram post below for another look at Kristen Stewart and Lautner together, this time posing for a group picture of the whole party.

The actors have known each other for over 10 years and have a unique shared experience of becoming teen celebrities when 2008’s Twilight became a cultural phenomenon, similar to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint’s journey on the Harry Potter movies.

In the Twilight saga, while Kristen Stewart’s Bella first became first enamored with teen vampire Edward Cullen, as the movies progressed, she also developed a close relationship with Taylor Lautner’s Jacob and his werewolf clan. While Jacob had a small supporting part in the first Twilight movie, Lautner’s role expanded as the book’s adaptations continues through 2012.

Since the end of the Twilight movies, Taylor Lautner hasn’t continued to star in blockbusters. The actor starred in the 2015 star-studded Netflix film The Ridiculous 6 alongside Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson and Will Forte. He’s primarily moved to the small screen, starring in Scream Queens in 2016 and Cuckoo from 2014 to 2018.

On the other hand, Kristen Stewart has continued to keep busy on film sets of indie flicks such as Clouds of Sils Maria, Equals and Personal Shopper. Next up, Stewart will star in action thriller Underwater alongside T.J. Miller, the Charlie’s Angels reboot with Elizabeth Banks, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, and a recently announced rom-com called Happiest Season with Mackenzie Davis playing her girlfriend.

The third point to the Twilight star triangle, Robert Pattinson, has also been hard at work on a slew of film projects, including Amazon’s The Lost City of Z, the critically-acclaimed Good Time and will soon star in High Life and an upcoming movie with Marvel stars Tom Holland and Sebastian Stan called The Devil All the Time.

For Twilight fans, it’s nice to see a couple of the stars still hanging out and having fun together. Maybe one day they’ll work together on another project again!

John Legend Deals With The Horrors Of Daily News In ‘Preach’ Video

John Legend‘s new video is a tough watch that is heavy on both thematic content and grandiose vocals. “Preach” should come with a trigger warning; what you’ll see here isn’t nice stuff, but it’s necessary. If you think that it’s too much after watching it, remember that these kinds of situations are happening every day and all across the United States.

Legend’s bravery enables us to see reenactments of these serious news stories to help us have discussions about what we’re facing and what we can do to collectively facilitate change. Take a look at the video below.

“Preach” is a video that tackles contemporary social issues that come across our Twitter feeds and push notifications. We see Legend in bed with his wife Chrissy Teigen and it becomes clear that the singer feels like something’s just off. Indistinct chatter feels the air before he finally gets up to go and see what the noise is. From there, things get serious.

The video follows four separate stories through its runtime: a mother and daughter separated at the border, a child bringing in a large weapon to school to presumably start a mass shooting (later, we see children running out of a gym), a tense police situation involving white cops and black men that ends with one being shot while another records it on camera, and the funeral of a young black child followed by protests for justice. As these situations play out, Legend sings about the cyclical nature of the news and how these same things keep happening. He talks about the pain being all he sees, so, accordingly, this video is a reflection of that reality.

In January, Legend was one of the only musicians to appear in Lifetime’s documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly that aired in January, applying the same level of social responsibility that exists in “Preach.”

Film Academy Responds To Backlash Over Moving Categories To Commercials

In the latest controversy surrounding the upcoming Academy Awards, it was announced that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would be presented during the commercial breaks and not on the live broadcast this year. This was met with major backlash from the industry. Now the Academy has responded to the backlash and attempted to address concerns in a letter to its membership. It reads in part:

In response to the outrage over the reported changes to this year’s ceremony, this letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors attempts to set the record straight. To assuage the concerns of Academy members, the letter assures everyone that contrary to the narrative that is out there, no category will be disrespected or represented in any way as ‘less than’ any other category.

The board of governors talks about inaccurate reporting and social media posts regarding the changes to this year’s ceremony presumably because the headline-grabbing change is that categories like Best Cinematography and Best Editing will be presented during commercial breaks. That has perhaps led some to the upsetting assumption that these categories will not be seen at all during the broadcast and are thus being disrespected for other, more flashy categories.

The Academy attempts to clarify this and any other misconceptions about this year’s ceremony elsewhere in the letter, as reported by Variety. It states that all 24 categories will be presented at the Dolby Theatre and shown on the broadcast. The difference is that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short will not be presented live on the broadcast.

Instead these awards, including the speeches from the winners, will be recorded during the commercial breaks and air later in the broadcast, with time consuming elements like the walk to and from the stage edited out. The branches for these categories volunteered for this position. The letter also notes that in the future, four to six categories will be selected for this position and these four will be exempt next year.

So everyone will see the awards and speeches for these four categories, it just won’t be live for those watching at home on ABC. That should come as some comfort to those who thought that categories vital to cinema like cinematography and editing wouldn’t be seen at all. However, whether or not this will reduce the backlash will depend on if people believe that by not presenting these awards live, the Academy is casting them in a light that makes them seem less important than the others.

This is just one of the various controversies that have dogged this year’s Oscar ceremony. From the Best Popular Film category introduction, backlash and delay to the issues that ultimately led to this year’s ceremony being hostless, to the reversal on not having performances for all of the Best Original Song nominees, the Academy must be longing for the days when the La La Land/Moonlight Best Picture snafu was the biggest headache to deal with.

The 91st Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. E.T. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the movies that will be hoping to have a place at next year’s ceremony.

Little Mix’s ‘Think About Us’ Video Stars Butterflies, Shirtless Dudes, And Ty Dolla $ign

Little Mix are singing a song of ice and fire in their new video for “Think About Us.”

Each girl gets her solo shine in the video, beginning with Perrie waking up in a colorful field of butterflies, followed by Jade channeling Queen Elsa in the snow and ice. Jesy and Leigh-Anne, meanwhile, score the steamiest set-ups, cozying up to shirtless dudes as they sing, “You put your hand on my waist / And then you pull me close / Boy, I promise I won’t let go.” The scene was apparently extra-special for Leigh-Anne, as her hunky co-star is IRL boyfriend Andre Gray (she joked, “I mean we’re not used to an audience but my boy did good!”).

On Instagram, the group hinted that the set-ups in the video were inspired by lust (Leigh-Anne), new love (Perrie), ice (Jade), and passion (Jesy). After braving those elements, the four girls come together at an all-white rave with Ty Dolla $ign, who adds a loved-up verse to the group’s LM5 banger.

Little Mix’s “Think About Us” was directed by Bradley & Pablo, the duo behind Dua Lipa’s equally steamy “Electricity.” Speaking about the new vid with MTV UK, they explained that they wanted to focus less on choreography and more on “super polished” shots and “candid moments.”

They added, “The initial concept was based around the idea of recreating emotions and sensations that you experience in a relationship that may be lost in a future where certain kinds of intimacy are no longer possible. This idea is reflected in the set which sees contained environments within an industrial space where these things are simulated.”

Bebe Rexha Has One More Night To Enjoy Her Vices In ‘Last Hurrah’

Earlier this week, Bebe Rexha was nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st Grammy Awards. Today, she’s planning on putting all of her wildest vices to sleep. She has released a new single, “Last Hurrah,” and its weird, oddly mesmerizing, accompanying video. Listen to her new tune below and check out some computer characters holding each other.

“Last Hurrah” is all about tomorrow. The singer rapidly lists the things that she’s done with – drinking, smoking, playing, joking, dating – before revealing that she has one more night to indulge in these vices. On the enormous chorus that she belts, Rexha reveals that tonight’s the night that she goes past the limit, taking in everything until she literally can’t take anymore. “Once I start / I ain’t gonna stop ’til I go too far,” she sings as if she’s convincing herself that she has the power to quit after this.

The accompanying lyric video could have very well served as the official visual due to how imaginative it is. We follow CGI characters in a stunning red atmosphere in various modes of embrace as the lyrics float in front of the characters. It feels oddly futuristic.

“Last Hurrah” is Rexha’s first single of 2019. She released her debut studio album Expectations in June. Check out the wild lyric video above.

Star Wars: Episode IX Has Wrapped Filming, Here’s How JJ Abrams Celebrated

The end of a cinematic era is almost upon us. This December will bring forth Star Wars: Episode IX, which is not only the final chapter of the current Star Wars sequel trilogy, but also conclude the Skywalker Saga. Episode IX kicked off principal photography back in August, and today production has officially wrapped. To celebrate the occasion, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams dropped this photo of three of the main Episode IX actors together in warm embrace.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage.