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The Coolest Hair Accessory Ideas for Spring 2019

Two of the biggest trends in fashion right now couldn’t be more disparate. On one hand you have powerful congresswoman co-opting the suit look from the boys, wearing all white pantsuits to events like the State of the Union as a symbolic testament to the suffrage movement, and on the other you also have powerful everyday women wearing as many pearl hairpins along their hairline as humanly possible. And although the prevalence of girlish hair accessories isn’t nearly as symbolic as something like a white pantsuit, there’s something about it that feels equally as perverse. Why leave all the fun extra feminine hair poufs and headbands for little girls? Strong women can wear bows! And say what you will about Blair Waldorf but she was a badass bitch who didn’t let a headband downplay her tough exterior.

It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly hair accessories started trending, but they’ve been having a renaissance for about the past year or so. It started innocently with some scrunchies from Mansur Gavriel and quickly escalated with a $400 crystal Gucci hair clip that took over Instagram. It wasn’t long until everyone started realizing they didn’t need to spend hundreds to adorn their ponytail. Barrettes, scrunchies, and headbands were after all an essential part of every middle schooler’s wardrobe. But if you didn’t happen to hold onto all your old butterfly clips, don’t despair, there are literally hundreds of options online now from handmade hair clips on Etsy to a more luxurious Simone Rocha pearled bow. Shop all the best hair accessory ideas for spring below.

Josh Gad Is Now Totally Trolling Mark Ruffalo About Frozen 2 Spoilers

During his time playing Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mark Ruffalo, like Tom Holland, has gained a reputation for spoiling things. You tell him a sensitive piece of plot information, and there’s a decent chance that he might accidentally reveal said information in public. Now Frozen 2 star Josh Gad is poking fun at Rufflalo’s poor track record with keeping secrets with the following tweet about the upcoming Disney release.

This is a pretty good burn Josh Gad laid on Mark Ruffalo, and playing along, Ruffalo then asked Gad on Twitter to DM him about if everybody dies in Frozen 2 following the release of the sequel’s first trailer. What does this movie look like, Avengers: Infinity War?! In any case, Gad clearly knows of Ruffalo’s propensity to inadvertently say things about an upcoming release that he shouldn’t (like how half of the heroes in Avengers: Infinity War did indeed end up biting the dust, pun fully intended) and is making sure he doesn’t make that same mistake over the next nine months.

Josh Gad would also be wise not to share any Frozen 2 details with Mark Ruffalo privately whatsoever, even if they are both members of the Disney empire… I mean, family. After all, if Tom Holland could spoil Chris Pratt on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s plot before Pratt had even read the script, then it’s a good bet that Ruffalo could spoil something about Frozen 2 to someone he meets before the sequel drops in theaters.

To Disney’s credit, the studio hasn’t released any official plot details about Frozen 2 yet. The trailer had quite a few interesting moments, like Elsa using her ice powers to fight the waves from a nearby beach to Anna grabbing Sven’s sword and slicing at something offscreen, but we have absolutely no context for any of these scenes. 2019 is packed with highly-anticipated Disney releases, and it’s safe to say that Frozen 2 ranks towards the top of the list, so Disney is aiming to keep fans in the dark for as long as possible. Fingers crossed Josh Gad sticks to his goal not to emulate Mark Ruffalo in the meantime.

It’s worth noting that Frozen 2 isn’t the only Disney movie Josh Gad is appearing in this year. He’s also playing Mulch Diggers in Artemis Fowl, although since that’s based off a book that was released nearly two decades, spoilers aren’t quite as big of a deal. As for Mark Ruffalo, he’s reprising Bruce Banner this April in Avengers: Endgame, and while Banner’s monstrous other half only appeared in Avengers: Infinity War’s opening, Hulk will be back in action for the Phase 3 capper and be sporting his own costume.

Frozen 2 will work its magic in theaters on November 22, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other major motion pictures are coming out this year.

11 Biggest Fall 2019 Trends From New York Fashion Week

Fashion Week always comes at a time when we’re in need for a wardrobe jump-start. Whether it’s the spring shows in September or the fall ones in February, the new collections hit right as we’re looking for fresh ideas and inspiration, to either plan ahead for or start wearing now. The Fall 2019 runways in New York offered plenty of fodder for both—a mix of styling tricks that can be fashioned out of things already in your closet (like head-to-toe monochrome and double bags) and statement pieces you might want to think about investing in (brown leather versus classic black or a deconstructed approach to suiting.)

We’ve surveyed all the newness from the Michael Kors’ to the Veronica Beard’s of Fashion Week to bring you the 11 trends we predict will be inescapable come autumn—and maybe even sooner. Read up on the best from Fall 2019, ahead.

Jason Momoa Just Landed His First Live Action Aquaman Follow-Up

After recently lending his voice to LEGO Aquaman in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Jason Momoa is now in negotiations to star in Dune as Duncan Idaho, according to Deadline. He will join an already jam-packed cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Starsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. (Whew, that’s like half of Hollywood!)

Eddie Redmayne Says Making The Crimes Of Grindelwald Was Exhausting

It seems that thanks to the success of CGI digital effects there is absolutely nothing that can’t be created for a movie screen. However, what we see on film is quite different from what the actors are dealing with while making the movie. In a new exclusive clip that is part of the new Digital and Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, star Eddie Redmayne talks about what it’s like working opposite things that aren’t really there, and just how insane, and tiring, the experience truly is. Check it out.

We’ve often heard the stories coming from actors who work on movies with heavy CGI about the experience of working opposite a character they can’t see, that’s maybe nothing more than a tennis ball on a stick. Eddie Redmayne explains that for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, while there certainly was some of that, the fantastic beasts were actually created using a variety of different methods. According to Redmayne…

While acting against nothing certainly requires a lot of imagination from the actors, acting against a puppet or a green screen stand-in requires a different sort of imagination. The end result is that at the end of each day Eddie Redmayne was mentally worn out as he’s had to stretch himself to his limits performing against such a variety of different “creatures.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, while it wasn’t nearly as focused on the fantastic beasts as the previous film, still had its share of amazing creatures. Some of the first film’s favorites came back along with several new animals. It seems that each one was created using whatever method best suited it, which resulted in the actors having to shift between acting like nothing was something or acting like a puppet was real.

And it’s completely understandable that this can be exhausting. In the case of something like acting like a creature is sitting on your hand when there’s nothing really there, the actor has some degree of freedom. The digital effects artists simply need to draw in the creature to match what the actor does.

However, in the case of working with green screen stand-ins, that freedom becomes more limited. The creature now must exist in a particular space, so you have to treat those ridiculous looking people in green pajamas in just the right way so that the creature can be created around them.

While this clip was made available exclusively to CinemaBlend, everybody else can watch the entire look at Newt Scamander‘s magical creatures when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is released on Blu-ray March 12. For those who can’t wait, the film is available in Digital HD starting today and includes an extended cut with additional footage not part of the theatrical release.

Man Of Steel Has A Cool Watchmen Easter Egg

The DC live-action universe is currently in full swing, with a bevy of exciting projects set to arrive in theaters over the next few years. The DCEU is stepping away from serialized storytelling, allowing each new blockbuster to stand on its own. And it all began with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which jump-started an entire cinematic universe when it arrived in theaters in 2013.

Zack Snyder brought his signature style and dark tone to Man of Steel, as Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent got an origin story in the modern world. Visually, the film is very reminiscent of Snyder’s previous comic book movie Watchmen, although it turns out that there’s another connection between the two. Namely, an easter egg featuring the The Comedians’ iconic smiley face badge. Check it out below.

Real subtle, Snyder. In this shot you can clearly see The Comedian’s logo, which has become the symbol for Watchmen in general. It’s the crossover we never expected, and one that should tickle comic book fans out there.

This recently discovered easter egg, which comes to us from Reddit, is one that has largely gone unidentified in the 6 years since Man of Steel arrived in theaters. But it’s the type of content that cinephiles and comic book fans adore, as homage is paid to other projects within the genre. While Snyder’s blockbuster didn’t have any crossovers with other DC heroes (the DCEU wasn’t born yet), it’s exciting to see that he was able to put a touch of Watchmen in Man of Steel.

In many ways, Watchmen helped to shatter the expectations of what a comic book movie could do. Ultra-stylized and extremely mature, the movie is a polarizing point in Zack Snyder’s career. It ultimately remains one of his most iconic movies, and clearly informed the way he approached DC projects like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

Despite being released back in 2013, there hasn’t been any major steps toward a Man of Steel sequel. Zack Snyder doesn’t appear to have any plans to step back behind the camera for the DCEU, so other directors’ names have been thrown around as a possible replacement for a follow-up. Most recently, it was revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was approached about directing the sequel, before he eventually settled on The Suicide Squad.

Henry Cavill’s Superman may have been the first superhero in the DC Universe, but the actor’s future with the character is currently unclear. About six months ago, rumors swirled that Cavill would be hanging up his cape and departing the role. There has been no official announcement, although Cavill did respond in a bizarre video that only raised more questions from the general public. Although with Ben Affleck already out the door as Batman, it’s clear that DC’s priorities are shifting.

The next installment in the DC Universe is Shazam! on April 5th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Blumhouse Doesn’t Actually Have The Rights To Make Halloween Sequels Yet

Last year, Blumhouse’s Halloween reboot-quel from director David Gordon Green was a hit with critics and a record-breaker at the box office. Given that level of success and the fact that the horror genre is built for it, you would think that a Halloween sequel would be no-brainer, but it turns out that we shouldn’t get too excited just yet. Addressing the initial plan to shoot two Halloween movies at once, producer Jason Blum explained the hurdles to a potential sequel:

I think many people probably assumed that a Halloween sequel was a foregone conclusion given that it made $253.7 million on a $10 million budget, but it turns out that the situation is a bit more complicated than that. The fan sentiment and financial incentive might be there, yet as Jason Blum told Moviefone, Blumhouse actually doesn’t have the rights to make sequels at the moment.

As it seems is often the case with big name properties, the legalities of rights issues must be sorted out before a film can make it to the big screen. In this case, Blumhouse was able to make Halloween, but desire alone won’t be enough to get a sequel made; it has to get the rights to make sequels first.

Fortunately, for fans that want to see more of what Blumhouse can do with this property, the desire to make more films is clearly there. Jason Blum is ambitiously hoping that they can make 10 more Halloween movies, thus basically doubling the Halloween films that have been made thus far. He’s clearly got big plans for Halloween, but at the moment, Jason Blum is just taking it one at a time and hoping to make a sequel to the 2018 film.

So while there is no guarantee that Blumhouse will make another Halloween sequel, Jason Blum is trying, and with the first film’s success, there is a lot of money to be made. I imagine a deal will get worked out sooner or later so that money doesn’t get left on the table.

It seems Blumhouse might be bullish about getting to make a sequel too. It was reported last week that Narcos: Mexico producer Scott Teems is in talks to write the Halloween sequel. Many of the people involved with the first film seem down to return should a sequel happen, so now it’s just a waiting game to see if it does.

As far as where a sequel could take the story, it’s hard to say. Danny McBride, who was one of the writer’s on the first film, has some ideas, but since he isn’t writing the sequel as far as we know, it’s unclear whether those ideas will be used. We also know that there are plans in place for Allyson’s boyfriend Cameron, played by Dylan Arnold.

The Secret to Searing Pork Chops Without Setting Off a Smoke Alarm

LOOK AT this beautifully seared pork chop, perched on a plate of beans and greens dotted with roast tomatoes and olives. The third Slow Food Fast recipe from New Orleans chef John Sinclair comes together in under a half-hour. How is that even possible?

For starters, choose chops well under 2 inches thick: They’ll cook on the stove top without any additional time in the oven. “Just regulate the heat and flip a lot,” said Mr. Sinclair. “That brings the internal temperature up at an even pace and cooks the meat through without…

Alita: Battle Angel Ending – What Robert Rodriguez Says About That Finale

The following contains spoilers for the end of Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel. Stop reading now if you do not want to know more about the movie’s ending.

By the time you reach the conclusion of Alita: Battle Angel, you realize that it’s really just the first chapter in what could be a much larger saga. Fans of the Manga comic on which this new movie is based understand that. There are volumes of stories that can be told about Alita (Rosa Salazar), and Rodriguez and his producer James Cameron – who once developed Alita as a project for himself – had to figure out how much they wanted to include.

As such, when you get to the end of Alita: Battle Angel, it actually feels like a beginning. The girl has risen to the status of warrior, and she identifies her greatest threat in Nova (Edward Norton). Speaking on the ReelBlend podcast this week, Rodriguez spoke about his decision to end there, explaining:

Now, [Alita] has a very cool ending that makes you think, ‘Oh, that’s going to definitely be more.’ But I like ending movies like that, even if you don’t do a sequel. It’s what I call story value. El Mariachi ended very similar. He didn’t get the guitar case with weapons until the last scene in the movie. In Spy Kids, they didn’t actually become spies until the last scene in the movie. They’re actually spies in the very last scene. So even if you didn’t do a sequel, you could imagine more in your head. Because you go, ‘Oh, now this character is so set up. I can imagine them now going on all of these adventures.’ This is very similar. You go, ‘OK, she’s definitely going to go up there. She’s going to go kick this guy’s ass.’ You almost don’t even need to see it, you know? But you know, if there’s another one, it’ll have tons of surprise, of course, because now you have to counter what people are probably thinking is the logical choice, and really pull the rug out from under them.

Alita: Battle Angel is built for sequels. Based on the cyberpunk comic series by Yukito Kishiro, the story started back in 1990 and lived on, in assorted mediums, for years. James Cameron, in fact, first started developing his take on Alita more than a decade ago, and was deep into development before he got sidetracked by another little project called Avatar.

With Cameron over in Pandora, Robert Rodriguez shifted from Sin City and Spy Kids movies to take a crack at the Battle Angel of Iron City. And it turns out that he inherited a wealth of prep material from Cameron with which to start. Rodriguez spoke at length about this outline when interviewed on the ReelBlend podcast, telling us:

Even when [Cameron] puts his stories together for a one-off movie, he’ll build the idea of sequels. So, in his notes – 600 pages of notes – he had a whole section about a trilogy. Where the trilogy would be. The first world, Iron City would be story one. You would never go up to the second level, there’s more than one level, until a second film. So he kind of outlined where that would go. Even if we don’t make sequels, it helps you to know what to put in the first story, what isn’t important, so that if you do go and do another movie, you’re not like, ‘Oh, we kind of didn’t set it up right.’ But also, [Cameron’s] not really thinking about setting up another story so much as he is about making this first one a complete story. It needs to be a complete story, in case you don’t make another one.

Will Robert Rodriguez be able to make another one? Right now, that’s in the hands of theatergoers, and they can vote with their ticket sales if they’d like to see Alita: Battle Angel turn into a viable franchise. It’s not even a guarantee that Rodriguez would be back for the next one. Producers James Cameron and Jon Landau are the driving forces behind this, and if it does go forward, they’ll go with the right person for the job. (Though Rodriguez poured his heart and soul into the opening chapter.)

Listen to the full interview with Robert Rodriguez in the latest episode of our weekly podcast, ReelBlend:

Alita: Battle Angel is in theaters as we speak. It’s even available in 3D, so if you are looking to go down that route, be sure to check out our To 3D Or Not To 3D review before you grab a ticket.

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11 Times Toys Did Spoil Movies

A lot of movie fans are fond of avoiding spoilers now more than ever. Although trailers can sometimes reveal a lot, many people want to go into the theater knowing as little as possible. That’s become increasingly difficult in the internet age, where just casually strolling through social media or search engines can run the risk of throwing rumors or set leaks in your purview. However, the greatest risk for spoilers may actually be toys, either those officially revealed or those that are leaked ahead of a movie’s official release.

The Russo Brothers — no stranger to combating leaks — recently said that 99% of the time, toys do not spoil movies. Well, I must finally be a member of the 1%, because toys have genuinely spoiled movies for me in the past. I’m not trying to particularly disagree with the Russo’s math on this and given the sheer amount of promotional toys that are released each year, the amount of toys that manage to spoil something is probably slim. However, the ones that do usually drop a doozy.

I’ve compiled a list of products that have personally spoiled big movie moments. If there are other big examples, be sure to let us know!

Aquaman’s Orange And Green Costume Being Shown

I think that everyone defines spoiler a little differently, but if you’re the type of person who doesn’t even want to know what a character will be wearing, you probably were ticked to see Jason Momoa in Aquaman’s classic costume ahead of the film’s release. The suit was revealed in promotional figures for the film before the actual release date. To be fair, the marketing put this suit everywhere it could — including an extended trailer — but considering it doesn’t arrive until the end of the movie, it was a bummer to learn about so far in advance.

The Cloverfield Monster’s Appearance Revealed

Cloverfield without a doubt had one of the best movie marketing campaigns ever. This film captivated fans from the first teaser trailer, and the mystery around pretty much everything about it kept people hungry for details. That includes the appearance of the monster at the heart of it all, so fans were understandably bummed when that monster was revealed in a toy leak. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t call learning the appearance of the title monster as a spoiler for anything, but Cloverfield’s marketing had built such mystique around it that this leak felt especially brutal.

The Ghostbusters Villain Is The Reboot’s Logo

The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot had it rough, but the villain of the film getting spoiled by action figures definitely didn’t help matters. Viewers learned that the ghost from the Ghostbusters logo was ultimately the villain of the movie. Out of context, that sounds pretty dumb, but toys often don’t come with elaborate explanations about how they fit into the movie. Therefore, this one contributed to a bad first impression to a movie that already needed support.

The Indominus Rex Shown Ahead Of Jurassic World

Another movie monster that was being kept close to the chest was the Indominus Rex, the man-made dinosaur from Jurassic World. The dinosaur had only been teased in footage and hadn’t yet been shown outright. However, you can’t expect the studio avoid attempts at profiting from merchandise, and it wasn’t that long before the I-Rex found its way online. It’s important to remember that unless it’s Hot Toys, the figure will almost always look worse than in the actual film, so it stinks to have the look of your gruesome monster spoiled by cheap-looking plastic.

Ant-Man Turning Into Giant Man In Captain America: Civil War

When it comes to toys spoiling movies, there might be no greater perpetrator than LEGO. The company makes LEGO sets directly lifted from scenes of some of the most highly anticipated franchises like Marvel and Stars. They often aren’t 100% accurate but that usually paint a picture of what to expect. One time, LEGO revealed that Ant-Man would transform into Giant Man during Captain America: Civil War, a moment that would have been a lot cooler to see for the first time on screen. Considering that Giant Man didn’t show up in any promotional footage, this one stung fans as Marvel clearly had wanted to keep it as secret as possible.

Thor Gets A New Weapon In Avengers: Infinity War

The death of Mjolnir stunned Thor and MCU fans, but it didn’t take him very long to forge an all-new hammer to stop Thanos. Thor’s whole quest in Avengers: Infinity War was about finding that hammer, but some fans got a sneak peek at Stormbreaker thanks to toy leaks. You better believe Marvel and Disney were going to sell a kid-friendly version of Stormbreaker to whack each other with, and the hammer’s design arrived online prior to the blockbuster’s release. While not a major spoiler compared to some of the others, it was still disappointing for those who would rather have seen the new weapon in theaters.

The Secret Villain Revealed For G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra actually had the biggest twist leaked online before the movie released. An action figure of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character, The Doctor, revealed that his real name was Rex Lewis. His identity was kind of a big deal in the film and he was ultimately revealed to be the real villain, becoming Cobra Commander at the end of the movie. The package didn’t ruin the Commander reveal, but it still dropped the ball pretty hard. I mean, do kids really care what the real names of G.I. Joe figures are?

Bruce Banner Is In The Hulkbuster During Avengers: Infinity War

Who is piloting the Hulkbuster? That was one of the questions fans had after the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer, and they wouldn’t have to wait until the movie to find out the answer. Once again LEGO beat Marvel to the punch and revealed that Bruce Banner was inside of the suit designed for the sole purpose of beating him up. However, this also leads to an example of misdirection. Other toys had the Hulk bursting out of the suit, which ended up not happening in the film. Fans expecting Bruce to green-up were likely left surprised when it ultimately didn’t happen.

The Mask Of The Phantasm Revealed For The Animated Batman Movie

Back in the 90s this type of thing happened way more often. Case in point, the action figure for the Phantasm in the beloved Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was unmasked in the packaging, her secret identity visible for all to see. Considering that this reveal is the mystery at the heart of the film, it completely ruins this moment! The movie is called MASK of the Phantasm! Imagine being excited to see the movie for the first time and then you see the plot twist that holds the whole movie together is right there clear as day in plastic casing. What an absolute bummer.

How Steppenwolf Looked In Justice League

While Darkseid had been the popular for a long time as the main villain of Justice League, Warner Bros. opted to go with the lesser known Steppenwolf. The general from Apokolips had already been confirmed to be the villain as well, but leave it to LEGO to give people their first taste of the character. A LEGO set revealed Steppenwolf in battle with DC heroes in the official toy for the movie. Justice League would have had to reveal this itself at some point before the premiere, but if given the chance, LEGO is going to beat you to it the majority of the time.

Rey Gets Luke’s Lightsaber In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s hard to find a movie that was more anti-spoiler than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie was kept under tighter wraps than almost any other movie, but even this behemoth wasn’t immune to a retail screw-up. One lucky fan at Walmart found a new Rey action figure before the movie released and posted it online. The photo went viral and it contained a massive spoiler for The Force Awakens. It featured Rey with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, revealing that she would ultimately become a Jedi. Reportedly, the toy was not supposed to have been on sale yet, but alas, it still ended up spoiling the flick.

All it takes is one person with a camera and an internet connection to drop a major spoiler for a film. Sometimes, these aren’t the fault of the studio or marketing department. Some people just get their hands on stuff that they aren’t supposed to. Still though, toy leaks remain as a source of spoilers for movies, especially big blockbusters. The closer a film gets to its release date, be sure to be on your guard regarding toy leaks.

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