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That Time Tom Holland Peed Himself Watching A Star Wars Movie So He Wouldn’t Miss Anything

Our first experiences as moviegoers are some of the most magical. Many of us can think back to our earliest memory at the movies and how exciting and new it felt as kids before it became a routine thrill we can’t help but return to. These days, many young moviegoers will find their love of cinema through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Tom Holland remembered right away that his first time movie he saw on the big screen was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The 1999 prequel came out when he was four years old, and he wet himself in the theater because he couldn’t bare leaving and missing a single moment of space opera. Funny enough, he said he was also sitting on his granddad’s lap. So maybe he just didn’t let young Holland forget it?

This is certainly an adorable story about the power of cinema on the Spider-Man actor since the beginnings of his exposure to it and to how powerful of a hold Star Wars has on audiences of all ages. Oh, and not to mention he now co-stars with Phantom Menace’s Mace Windu, Samuel L. Jackson.

Interestingly enough, Samuel L. Jackson also told CinemaBlend that watching the first Star Wars in 1977 on the big screen shaped him a moviegoer. He’d have to have been 28 at the time A New Hope hit theaters.

Samuel L. Jackson explained that it introduced something audiences had never seen before. The first Star Wars did mark the beginning of the sci-fi blockbuster that still dominates the box office 40 years later. It’s pretty awesome that Holland and Jackson were so deeply affected by the kind of movies they are part of today!

Far From Home’s MJ, Zendaya, couldn’t think up her first ever movie-going experience but she reminisced on leaving the theaters and reenacting the scenes for her parents. It proved to be good practice for her current success.

Jacob Batalon (who plays Spidey’s bestie Ned) showed his love for the big franchises of the early ‘00s Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, while Jake Gyllenhaal named other sci-fi/fantasy films Dune and Willow.

While we don’t suggest Tom Holland’s four-year-old approach to movie-going (you know, unless you’re actually four), with the high praise Spider-Man: Far From Home has received so far, you’re not going to want to miss a second. The film will officially end MCU’s Phase 3 when it swings into theaters on July 3.

Why Spider-Man: Far From Home Never Planned To Include A Stan Lee Cameo

The collective Infinity Saga, which makes up the 23-film arc of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date, concludes with Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while it may seem like Avengers: Endgame is the natural end to the Infinity Saga story, there’s enough in Far From Home to both wrap up that story and set up the future of MCU tales moving forward.

But one grand tradition that Marvel fans have grown to anticipate in the MCU movies will not continue with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and that’s the Stan Lee cameo. Of course, Stan passed away on November 12, 2018. And we had reported that Avengers: Endgame was intended to be Lee’s final cameo (he is spotted driving past the facility that “birthed” Captain America, shouting at soldiers that they should make love, not war).

But when the ReelBlend guys had a chance to speak with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts about the making of his new sequel, co-host Kevin McCarthy asked if there ever was an early plan to include a Stan Lee cameo in the sequel, and Watts admitted to us:

And that makes sense. There’s real closure to Stan Lee appearing in Avengers: Endgame, and having that be his last on-screen appearance. That movie really does feel like the culmination to everything that began when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) stepped out of the shadows to discuss The Avengers Initiative with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The Stan Lee cameos can’t last forever, and Endgame was the right place for them to conclude.

Also, I’m not 100% sure another live-action Stan Lee cameo would be able to top the AMAZING one that was included in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This one makes me choke up, every single time.

The ReelBlend podcast conversation with Jon Watts is a home run. It’s completely non-spoilery, and can be heard in its entirety below. We will also have an episode that is loaded with spoilers posting AFTER the movie is out, so stay tuned for that.

Spider-Man: Far From Home may not have a Stan Lee cameo, but there are plenty of huge moments in the movie for die-hard fans. See for yourself when the movie opens in theaters on July 2.

The British Royal Family Spent $104 Million of Taxpayer Money Over the Past Year

As Americans, we can have fun obsessing over the British royal family—especially now that California’s own Meghan Markle has joined. We shop the fashions of Markle and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, ogle their adorable children, and lament that we don’t have more opportunities to wear fascinators and tiaras. Or is that last one just me?

Of course, royal watching is even more intense in the U.K., but it also has real financial implications for Brits as the royal family is supported by, in part, their tax dollars. Because of that fact, they release an annual report called the Sovereign Grant that details spending for the year, from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. That’s how we learned that the renovations to Markle and Prince Harry’s new home, Frogmore Cottage, cost over $3 million (2.4 million pounds). Members of the family also have massive amounts of private wealth, the spending of which they do not have to report.

According to the report, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family received $104 million dollars (82.2 million pounds) from British taxpayers.

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Let’s break down some of the most interesting details we learned about House Windsor’s spending from the report.

They spent $42 million on renovations to royal palaces and properties.

Along with the upgrades to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Master Archie‘s home, a number of other home design projects took up a big chunk of the budget, including Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Windsor Castle.

Travel does cost a thing.

The royal family serve as ambassadors for the U.K. across the country, commonwealth, and the world. Hence, they’re out and about a lot. According to the report, members of the family undertook over 3200 engagements during the year, with the 93-year-old queen doing 140, and the total travel costs were around $5.8 million (4.6 million pounds.)

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Thanks To Toy Story, Tom Hanks And Tim Allen Are Friends In Real Life

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been meeting up to do press once every few years for a Toy Story franchise project since the original Toy Story came out back in 1995. That’s nearly 25 years of talking about what it’s like to be Woody and Buzz on the big and small screens, and both men have a unique shared experience because of it.

However, you may be a little surprised to hear the two men are actually friends in real life. Toy Story 4’s Tom Hanks told CinemaBlend and other reporters ahead of the release of the movie that he and Tim Allen actually hang out a fair amount and pal around outside of work. Per Tom Hanks:

Still, Tom Hanks went on to tell reporters at the conference in Orlando that he’s well aware this relationship would never have been fostered without the common bond of Woody and Buzz.

Tom Hanks went on to talk about how when you are able to be a character in a Disney or Pixar movie, the character lives to infinity and beyond the work the actors put in to voice that character and bring it to life. Thanks to the Disney parks, those characters are bringing joy to families every day outside of the actors who play them.

It’s interesting to think about. Although Tim Allen was in a lot of family-friendly movies in the early nineties, for the most part, his character has been based around long-running and very popular TV characters. He currently stars in Last Man Standing, a show that was incredibly pulled from the cancellation grave in order to make more episodes.

On the other hand, Tom Hanks has enjoyed a long and prominent movies career with roles in a slew of different types of genres. If it hadn’t been for Toy Story, the two actors may never have really crossed paths, except for maybe polite exchanges at public events on occasion. Instead, they spend hours talking about all kinds of things.

Tom Hanks also mentioned ahead of Toy Story 4 that it was at Disneyland where he first pondered and realized how important Woody would be not only in the present, but for future generations. So the importance of the Pixar gig really does not seem to be lost on the actor.

Megan Rapinoe Won’t Visit the White House if the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins the World Cup

The U.S. Women’s soccer team is currently battling it out in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The team just made it to the quarter finals, but their success in the tournament wasn’t what made headlines this morning, with a social media frenzy exploding around co-captain Megan Rapinoe’s recent comments.

When asked if she was excited to go to the White House (if the team does indeed take the tournament) by a reporter from the outlet Eight by Eight, she responded, “I’m not going to the f*****g White House.” She then added, “We’re not gonna be invited…. I doubt it.”

For context, Rapinoe’s reaction is in-keeping with her past political statements. She’s been an outspoken critic of President Trump and was one of the first white players to join Colin Kaepernick and other footballers in taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016. Rapinoe is also part of her team’s discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer.

This morning Trump responded to Rapinoe’s comments in a series of three tweets. “Women’s soccer player, @mPinoe, just stated that she is ‘not going to the F…ing White House if we win.’ Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet….invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”

While Rapinoe has yet to speak out about Trump’s tweets, many others have taken to social media about his remarks. Adam Serwer, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote, “Trump is now going after Megan Rapinoe because the ‘f**k your feelings’ president flips out when members of groups targeted by his policies criticize him rather than knowing their place. I might add that for all the thoroughly insincere ‘free speech’ rhetoric from his supporters, Trump most frequently deploys his authority as head of state to chill criticism of himself. Like it’s not even close.”

Journalist Jemele Hill also came out in support of Rapinoe. “So as I’ve said previously about @mPinoe: Given this administration’s attitude toward the LGBTQ community (which they’ve enacted into policy), how do people not understand why she is upset,” Hill tweeted.

But some applauded Trump for inviting the team to the White House in the midst of his tweets. “Megan Rapinoe insults the president and the president still invites the US Women’s Soccer team to the White House win or lose after the World Cup. This is a big win for Trump. He makes Rapinoe look small here,” wrote Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis.

Rapinoe isn’t the first athlete to decline an invitation to visit Trump’s White House. Last year, after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title, the team opted out of meeting with the president.

You can read more about the U.S. Women’s National Team’s road to the World Cup in Glamour’s exclusive interview with the team, here.

James Wan’s Next Film Won’t Be Aquaman 2

The DC live-action universe’s tenure in theaters has been a fascinating one, as Warner Bros. is constantly changing its plan of action on the massive franchise. Things looked bleak after the poor performance of Justice League, although James Wan’s Aquaman showed that the DCEU was truly capable of. And the movie did so well that a sequel and spinoff were promptly ordered.

James Wan did the impossible with Aquaman, creating a rich underwater world and making a formerly laughable hero into a complicated and badass protagonist. As such, fans can’t wait for the sequel to arrive, and further expand Atlantis and its denizens. CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg recently spoke to Wan about the new horror flick Annabelle Comes Home, where Wan revealed that his next directing gig won’t be the Aquaman sequel– but another mysterious project. Check out their conversation below.

Those hoping to dive back into the deep with Arthur Curry and company (aka all of us) may be a bit bummed by this news. Because while James Wan is indeed working on Aquaman 2, he’s got another gig on his plate before returning to the DCEU.

James Wan’s comments to Eric Eisenberg at the Annabelle Comes Home junket line up with the reports we’ve heard regarding Aquaman 2‘s eventual production. When news of the sequel and spinoff first hit, it was believed that horror-infused movie The Trench would arrive before Aquaman‘s second solo flick. Wan’s involvement in the spinoff is unclear, so Warner Bros. could presumably bring in another director to helm The Trench, while Wan takes his time before returning for Aquaman‘s official sequel.

Not only will The Trench arrive first, but it may be “significantly” before Aquaman 2 hits theaters. As such, we might expect James Wan to take more than one directing gig before returning to his DC franchise. He confirmed to Eric Eisenberg that his next movie wouldn’t be a DC sequel, although he was purposefully cryptic regarding what that project will be.

While James Wan’s career began with his outstanding contributions to the horror genre, he’s since proven himself capable in bigger budget projects. Furious 7 has become one of the most beloved installments in the franchise, and then made a big splash at the superhero genre with Aquaman.

Annabelle Comes Home is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movie.

Why I’ll Absolutely Shell Out More Money To See Avengers: Endgame Again

But you know what? I’m OK with it. Hell, I support it, and I plan to head back to theaters to see Avengers: Endgame for a fifth time, paying for a ticket out of my own pocket, because I, too, want this incredible superhero ensemble to be the highest-grossing film of all time.

Nothing changes in my life if Avatar remains the high-grossing film on the global charts. Avengers: Endgame can be very proud of the its $2.4 billion worldwide haul. The world will continue to spin, though it will spin around James Cameron’s orbit.

But as Avengers: Endgame barreled through box office records left and right, I’ll admit I became personally invested in the blockbuster’s quest to finally dethrone Avatar, for two reasons. First, I love Avengers: Endgame. It has become my all-time favorite movie, knocking John McTiernan’s original Die Hard out of the spot that used to be known as my personal favorite movie of all time. I grew up as a Marvel kid. Seeing all of these heroes on screen in a movie that, narratively, justified their team up? It was Geek Heaven.

Professionally, I also just consider the construction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be the most incredible, borderline-impossible achievement in terms of production, storytelling, continuity, marketing… all of it. It’s a delicate house of cards that should have toppled at some point over the course of 11 years. All credit to Kevin Feige and his miraculous team for pulling off the magic trick that has been the MCU. And no matter where it all goes from here, they will be able to point at the Infinity Saga and say, “For 23 movies, we did it. Here it is. No one can touch that.”

And I want that effort to be rewarded with the top slot on the worldwide box office charts.

Secondly, there aren’t a lot of movies that will have a legitimate shot at selling enough tickets to dethrone Avatar, which was a phenomenon in its day (and benefitted greatly from the increased price of a 3D movie ticket). If not Avengers: Endgame, then what? Possibly Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but after the performances of Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi, that franchise isn’t a sure-fire bet.

Avatar 2? I mean, possible, and wouldn’t that be ironic?

No, I actively root for Avengers: Endgame because it feels like the only real shot we have at seeing the champ dethroned, and there’s something exciting about that. It’s also a golden opportunity for a movie I personally like to be in that top slot, so I’m invested.

And that’s why I’ll be going out this next weekend to drop down some ticket money to throw a little more support behind Avengers: Endgame. As support for the Russo Brothers, and their miraculous accomplishment. As support for Marvel Studios, and the world that they have created on screen. A world I have grown to love 3,000 And yes, to get my hands on this beautiful poster.

Does Andy Serkis Have A Role In The Batman?

After nearly endless speculation from fans, the next Batman movie is finally starting to take shape. Robert Pattinson has been cast as the new Dark Knight, and if casting for the lead role has been done, then casting for every other role likely isn’t too far behind. A new rumor has surfaced that one actor who is contention for a role in The Batman could be Andy Serkis.

Serkis worked with Matt Reeves, the writer and director of The Batman, on the two Planet of the Apes films that Reeves directed, so it’s far from surprising that Reeves might want to bring in those people that he’s worked with before and knows he works with well.

The rumor comes from the Batman on Film site, which makes it clear that no decisions have been made and that, while two separate sources have apparently confirmed to them that Serkis is in the mix for a role, nothing has been decided yet. The only other specific detail that is mentioned is that the role Serkis is in consideration for is not a motion capture performance.

The obvious place to look to where Serkis might end up being cast is Batman’s Rogues Gallery of villains. Rumors have indicated that several different bad guys known to Batman fans might be part of the new film, which would mean several places for big names to strut their stuff as over the top comic book villains.

The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter have all been rumored to appear in The Batman. Honestly, Andy Serkis could potentially play any of them. Although, it has to be said that Serkis as the Penguin has a certain feel to it that seems right. The biggest hurdle to that idea is that the same report that reveals the Serkis rumor indicates the casting notice for Penguin is looking for somebody 20-40 years old, and Serkis is 55.

Still, that doesn’t mean that Andy Serkis couldn’t end up as Oswald Cobblepot. He’s generally portrayed as older than Batman and they can always make Serkis, or anybody else, look younger with makeup or CGI if it’s truly important that Penguin not be older.

There’s a good chance that whoever the villains turn out to be, and however many of them there are, they’ll all end up being actors that we know. Not every comic book movie role goes to an A-list name, but many of them do, and the bigger names that get cast, the more buzz the movie will produce.

Of course, any Batman movie doesn’t really need to do anything more than simply be a Batman movie to generate buzz. He’s DC’s most popular, and most successful, character when it comes to the big screen.

The Best TV Shows on Netflix in July 2019

Netflix is officially a destination for television, which is fantastic, but that makes finding something to watch 10 times more difficult. There’s just too much good content to choose from, and it ranges in style, genre, and taste. For comedy lovers, there’s classics like The Office and Parks and Recreation. Netflix originals like Grace and Frankie are entertaining, too. Our favorite Shondaland shows, including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, are also on Netflix, so it’s easy to just get sucked into those. Add in thrillers like You and Black Mirror and it’s like, why would we ever leave the couch?

But when it’s Wednesday night or Sunday morning and all you want to do is unwind, deciding on a show can be stressful in itself. That’s where we come in. We’ll be periodically updating this post every week with the absolute best shows streaming on Netflix right now. Give the below fan favorites a whirl. They never disappoint.

The Best ’90s Movies You Can Stream Right Now

If we could relive the ’90s every day, we would. We’re here for all of it: the chokers, the miniskirts, the baggy pants, the slew of pre-Internet teen heartthrobs.

Sadly, we don’t have access to a time travel machine, but we do have a ton of streaming services completely loaded with the best ’90s movies. And there are so many classics to choose from: There is, of course, Clueless a.k.a. the absolute peak of the teen movie genre that features the decade’s most beloved heroine Cher Horowitz; the always-comforting wackiness of Michael Jordan coaching the Looney Tunes in the epic basketball flick Space Jam; and then one of the lengthiest—but greatest— love stories of all time, Titanic.

Picking favorites is nearly impossible, given how many masterpieces came out of the era. Still, we waded through some of the best ’90s movies we could think of. Here what made the list. Happy streaming!