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Kendrick Lamar Is At His Breeziest On Anderson .Paak’s ‘Tints’

It’s been two years since Anderson .Paak dropped his musical burst of sunshine Malibu, and it appears his full-length followup, Oxnard (named after another California city), is on the horizon. .Paak’s been hinting at a team-up with fellow L.A. great Kendrick Lamar, and on Thursday (October 4), that collab emerged with “Tints,” an easy, breezy jam about cruising around SoCal with tinted windows. Truly, nothing is more on brand for .Paak.

Over a funk-infused beat, .Paak breezily muses, “I been feelin’ kinda cooped up, cooped up / I’m tryna get some fresh air.” K. Dot, meanwhile, swoops in with an especially effortless verse that’s anything but humble: “Bitch, I’m Kendrick Lamar, respect me from afar / I was made in his image, you call me a god.”

Following the song’s premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, .Paak said of Lamar, “He’s the most selfless, amazing, focused young gentleman I’ve ever met. Some people you can trust to just send it and they gonna send it back and it’s gonna be flames. I just knew that would be the case with him.”

“Tints” marks the pair’s first official team-up on a track, though they were both featured on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and .Paak was one of the artists Kendrick tapped for his star-studded Black Panther: The Album. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we’ll hear the two SoCal kings together.

How Star Wars Resistance Was Impacted By Clone Wars And Rebels

Star Wars is returning to the small screen this month thanks to the long-awaited premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Disney Channel. Resistance promises to explore a place in the epic Star Wars timeline that hasn’t been covered on previous shows or movies, and given that Rebels aired its finale early this year and there’s still a while to wait before The Clone Wars is back, the new show should whet our appetites for new Star Wars action. Star Wars Resistance executive producer Justin Ridge spoke with CinemaBlend about the new series and how it was impacted by the two series that came before, saying this:

Justin Ridge had already worked on two popular animated Star Wars series before Resistance, so he had experience with what it takes to bring Star Wars to television. Although the animation style for Resistance is quite different from both Rebels and The Clone Wars, Ridge’s work on the two earlier shows taught him and inspired him in ways to guarantee that the new series fits into the saga so many have come to know and love. Dave Filoni was quite successful at the helm of Star Wars Rebels, and of course George Lucas himself was an asset in developing the magic touch for bringing Star Wars to TV.

All of this said, Star Wars Resistance is not going to just be Clone Wars 2.0 or Rebels: Part Deux, and not just because of the different animation style. By taking place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (although much closer to The Force Awakens than the previous movie), Resistance will get to show off some of what Star Wars fans haven’t gotten to see too much of.

After all, we only have two movies in the sequel trilogy at this point, and Resistance will get to show a lot more of this era in the timeline than we could get in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The movies can’t spend precious minutes of limited screen time focusing on technology and world-building, but Resistance can. Clone Wars and Rebels both provided far more hours of their respective eras than were found in just the three movies of each trilogy. Justin Ridge went on to say this about using the TV format to do what the movies can’t necessarily in this new era:

Star Wars Resistance follows talented young pilot Kazuda Xiono after he is recruited by Poe Dameron himself for a top-secret mission on behalf of the Resistance as the First Order continues to expand. Kaz takes an undercover assignment at the aircraft refueling platform known as The Colossus, which is located on an Outer Rim water planet. Working with a mechanic and joined by some unexpected new friends (as well as some very familiar to Star Wars fans), Kaz continues his mission to become the best pilot in the galaxy while also continuing his mission for the Resistance.

You can catch the first two episodes of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Be sure to tune in to experience the next chapter in Star Wars television.

Watch Meghan Markle and a Fan Bond Over Her Awesome Mom

Typically, when the royals are making their way through crowds of well-wishers, they have no time to stop for anything more than a quick greeting. On Wednesday (October 3), however, Meghan Markle was more than happy to pause for a brief back-and-forth about one very specific topic: her mother, Doria Ragland.

In a video of the interaction, below, watch as Markle stops to interact with a fan who says, “Please tell your mum I love her!”

“Oh, I will! We have that in common, don’t we?” Markle said in response.

Doria Ragland’s second biggest fan shared the clip on Twitter afterward, writing, “I regret nothing” alongside the hashtag #QueenDoria.

Sadly, Ragland will never actually be the Queen of England, but she may soon be at least a part-time resident of her daughter’s new homeland. Last month, a royal insider told Vanity Fair that Ragland, a social worker and yoga teacher in California, was considering moving across the pond. “She has been to Meghan and Harry’s home in the Cotswolds several times and she has stayed with them at Nottingham Cottage. Meghan is very close to her mum. They speak on the phone pretty much every day and they are talking about Doria getting a place in the U.K. so that she can spend part of the year over here,” the source said. “It is something they are talking about. I think the idea is that Doria will have a pied-à-terre here so that she has her own space. She wants the ability to be here more often, especially if grandchildren come along.”

The royal family, it seems, is equally happy to have Prince Harry’s mother-in-law around. “The Queen knows it’s a big transition for Meghan and she wants it to be a success,” the insider said. “That means making sure Meghan feels supported and happy, and including her mother.” They added, “When you meet Doria, it all falls in place. You understand why Meghan is who she is.”

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11 Best Red and Pink Eyeshadow Palettes for Fall

Eyeshadow and I used to have a very simple relationship. I would see a palette of brown neutrals, fall in love, and hold onto it for the rare nights that felt like they deserved a full-on look. Then Fenty’s shadow primer came into my life, and my horizons expanded—right up to cherry eyeshadow, the “everywhere” color of fall 2018.

I was skeptical originally. When Urban Decay first dropped the news that it was releasing a cherry-themed Naked palette, my first thought was admittedly, “Why?” But with brands like Tom Ford and KKW Beauty also on board, and the burgeoning trend of burgundy, dark cherry, and plum eyeshadow on the runway, there’s a case to start considering cherry a neutral—or at least a strong contender to bronze.

Images of the UD palette looked pretty, but mystifying for my neutrals-loving self. The set of twelve colors ranges from matte peach, to copper, to ruddy violet and shimmery grape. Not one felt like the approachable brown I was used to. Yet deep in my heart, I felt the call of a challenge: to road test all the best cherry eyeshadow palettes and report back on what actually felt wearable. Not only did I come back obsessed with the color range—I came back with options. Here are all the best plays off cherry this season.

Why A Star Is Born Works Better Than Most Remakes, According To Sam Elliott

Depending on your perspective, remakes are a tricky business. Either you understand how they can blow the dust off of a dated property and repurpose it for a new audience, or you are diametrically opposed to the concept, because the original material was fine enough. We were surprised when we sat down across from Sam Elliott at the press junket for A Star Is Born, because he made it clear up front that he’s NOT okay with remakes. In general, he’s opposed to the idea of them. (Someone must have tipped him off to the news of a Roadhouse remake… terrible idea, Hollywood!) But Elliott opened up as to why this remake of A Star Is Born works, explaining to CinemaBlend:

I know that some of you might read Sam Elliott’s comments and think, “Well, what else is he going to say? He’s promoting a remake!” But when we started the conversation about the industry’s penchant for remaking anything from the past that is a household name, Elliott certainly didn’t hold back, critiquing those decisions as strictly monetary, and standing in the way of creativity. Elliott confessed:

Sam Elliott can speak with conviction because the remake that he’s part of improves in virtually every aspect of the previous versions of A Star is Born, benefitting from the brilliant casting of Lady Gaga in the lead role, and the commanding control shown by Bradley Cooper as a first-time director. Sam Elliott plays Cooper’s manager, a steady hand for an artist who’s tumbling along in an alcoholic haze. He plays an important part in the narrative. Here’s Elliott on remakes:

You can start to see for yourself what Sam Elliott is talking about, because A Star Is Born is in theaters as we speak. Why are you still here? Go!

You Will Not Believe How *Friends* Almost Ended

There are only a few true certainties in these confusing times: Ice cream is good, Lady Gaga will win the Oscar for A Star Is Born, and Ross and Rachel lived happily ever after. But the latter came very close to not happening, according to Friends executive producer Kevin S. Bright.

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Bright revealed that the show—which ran for 10 seasons on NBC—was originally supposed to end after season nine. “We started out on season nine thinking that that would be the last season,” Bright said. “We were prepared to end the series in season nine. But at the last minute, things fortunately happened, and there was a season 10.”

Bright explains that the uncertainty over a 10th and final season left the writers “frozen,” meaning had the show ended after season nine, the writers wouldn’t have been able to craft that pitch-perfect ending. Instead, the show would have ended in Barbados, with Joey and Rachel embarking on a relationship that, let’s be honest, never rang true.

Thankfully, we got the finale we all deserved, with one of TV’s greatest will-they-or-won’t-they couples finally admitting their love for one another. And while audiences rejoiced after the final episode, things proved much harder for the cast. “Everybody was just trying to get that last bit of Friends delight, but almost all of the actors broke down and cried in one scene or another,” Bright, who directed the finale, revealed. “So there was a lot of stopping to mop up, and get the redness out of the eyes!”

Bright goes on to explain that the mood on set that day was one of “great accomplishment,” but also one of “real sadness,” after the cast and crew had spent the last 10 years of their lives together. “There were over 120 people working on the show, and we saw them for those 10 years far more than we saw our own families,” he said.

Bright added that the sadness came from “knowing that probably there’s never going to be something like this again in our lives. We’ll do other television shows, but it’s not going to be like this.”

You can say that again.

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Hobbs And Shaw Has Added A Deadpool 2 Actor

The casting, first reported by Collider, reunites Eddie Marsan with his Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch, who is helming the Fast and Furious spinoff. Plot details for Hobbs and Shaw are currently under wraps, but brutal fights, fast cars and an explosion or two seem probable, and likewise this casting news does not give us any idea about whom Eddie Marsan is playing in the film. However, the casting news does note that Eddie Marsan’s role is not a large one, but it is said to be significant. Eddie Marsan joins a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Mission: Impossible Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba, who will be playing the villain in the film.

How The Hellboy Reboot Is Different From The Guillermo Del Toro Movies, According To Hellboy’s Creator

For a long time, Hellboy fans kept hoping that Guillermo del Toro would get the opportunity to make Hellboy III and give the story he told in the previous two movies a proper conclusion. But you can’t always get what you want, and last year it was announced that a new Hellboy movie is on the way, but it will be a reboot. David Harbour, who’s bringing Hellboy to life this time around, has previously said that unlike Ron Perlman’s Hellboy, his version of the character will go “through a lot more struggle, a lot more angst,” and Mike Mignola, the man who created Hellboy, notes that while both del Toro’s Hellboy movies and director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy pull from his source material, the latter is honing in on those horror elements more closely. In Mignola’s words:

Mike Mignola‘s take on the Hellboy reboot certainly falls in line with that we’ve learned about it over the last year. While Guillermo del Toro’s take on the Hellboy mythology certainly had their scary and unsettling moments, the movies operated within the safer PG-13 confines. This reboot, on the other hand, will be R-rated and not for the more squeamish moviegoers. And again, just because the new Hellboy is veering more into horror than fantasy doesn’t mean it’s not going to honor the original stories. In fact, continuing in his interview with Deadline, Mignola stated that from what he saw when visiting the Hellboy set in Bulgaria, this reboot looks his creations were ripped straight from the comics, something he didn’t feel with the earlier movies. Mignola said:

Based off the Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm and the Fury comic book story arcs, the Hellboy reboot will see the eponymous protagonist and his allies battling a medieval sorceress who wants to destroy humanity. Along with David Harbour as Hellboy, the main cast includes Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio. Hellboy has a panel at New York Comic-Con this Saturday, so if the predictions prove true, that’s when we’ll get the first trailer.

Previously scheduled for January 11, 2019, Hellboy has now moved to April 12 of the same year, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates. In the meantime, feel free to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out next year.

Jamie Dornan Will Play A Journalist In Both Of His Fifty Shades Follow-Ups

Say what you will about the Fifty Shades franchise, but its stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are continuing to rise to stardom and take on new fascinating roles much because of its past success. Johnson is creating buzz surrounding her two upcoming October releases, Bad Times at the El Royale and horror-remake Suspiria. Dornan is also sharing a busy release schedule with three films with his name coming out before the year’s end. Two of which has the actor portraying the stories of two very different real-life journalists in A Private War and in the HBO TV movie, My Dinner With Hervé. Why did Dornan make this shift from playing a shady, kinky billionaire you may ask? Here’s what he said:

In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, the former Christian Grey explained the difference between these two roles. Up first, My Dinner with Hervé has Jamie Dornan playing a struggling journalist, Danny Tate, who forms a friendship with Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) shortly before the television star committed suicide in 1993. His other role in A Private War has Dornan portraying British photojournalist Paul Conroy, who photographed some of the most taunting war images in the middle east alongside badass journalist Marie Colvin, played by Rosamund Pike.

For A Private War, Jamie Dornan recounted meeting with Paul Conroy, who showed him some of images he photographed. They were so gruesome that newspapers felt they could not publish them and are permanently imprinted in Dornan’s brain. While Dornan maintains that both the roles are polar opposites, he said he thinks someone has to be “a wee bit mad” to be a journalist of any kind. A madness that he also believes actors such as himself and other creatives must possess. Delving into the world of war journalism proved to be more taxing as the movie discusses the damage the line of work has on people. His co-star Rosamund Pike will be portraying journalist Marie Colvin, who wears an eyepatch in the film due to her close encounters with war and died in 2012 while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.

Jamie Dornan is also involved in the Robin Hood reboot starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Dornan will be playing Will Scarlet in the fun action flick, one of the iconic members of the Hood’s Merry Men. The actor certainly has a lot of exciting upcoming roles to follow-up the Fifty Shades franchise. My Dinner with Hervé airs on HBO on October 20 and A Private War and Robin Hood hit theaters on November 21.