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Gareth Evans Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Evans recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Evans praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Evans’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Evans’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards is mostly known for his contributions into the horror world, and therefore seems like a fascinating choice to helm a DC project. The horror genre has been on a serious upswing as of late, and plenty of directors have made their way to superhero movies, including James Wan. A fresh take might be just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Krypton’s New Villain Lobo Looks Ready To Tour With Rob Zombie In First Image

Well, now. Let’s see…Guns a’poppin? Check. Muscular, exposed torso? Check. White skin? Check. Long, dark, voluminous hair? Check? Scowl? Check. Chain wrapped arm? Check. Red eyes? Check. Face paint and attitude that would have him fitting right in on stage at a Rob Zombie concert? Check, check, check! You might have also noticed that Scanlan is outfitted in Lobo’s signature fanged skull decorative pant ornament. While this is usually shown as being a belt buckle of sorts, it appears as though Krypton has decided to switch things up a bit and have the character use it as more of a cod piece. What can I say? I can’t complain about it. Though, I do feel like he needs a more impressive layer of white all over to really make his Kiss-like eye adornment pop, but I can withhold full judgement until I actually see Lobo in action on the drama.

Why Disney Hated Johnny Depp’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Performance

With Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald soon approaching theaters, audiences will soon get to see the unconventional Johnny Depp make his mark on yet another beloved franchise as the film’s sinister villain. Although the 55-year-old actor has roots as a rebellious indie favorite in the 90s, he is best known as the leading high-earning family friendly franchises that he has twisted on its head with his unique performances. Depp’s shift into super-stardom began when he first played Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The Disney character became so iconic that Depp was added to the classic Disney park ride dating back to 1967. However, Depp said when he first introduced his interpretation of the pirate on set, the studio had quite a bit of criticism about it. In his words:

Johnny Depp’s comments come from a completely unfiltered interview with GQ. It’s no secret that Depp and Disney had their differences. The actor has previously how he expected the studio to fire him because he wasn’t following its wishes. He reminisced how he would get on set and go completely “rogue”, tearing up the script and muttering what he felt was best for the drunken scoundrel. After working in a collaborative environment on independent films, working under a big studio was a new experience for him. And Depp felt that if he wasn’t challenging the values of Disney and making them unhappy, then he wouldn’t be doing his job as an actor right. Depp continued by divulging another conversation with a Disney executive:

Johnny Depp’s unhinged name drop is regarding former Disney executive, Nina Jacobson who was president of Buena Vista until 2006. Jacobson is a gay woman herself, who currently helms her own production company– best known for producing the Hunger Games franchise. Despite Disney’s alleged comments to Depp, his controversial performance became a huge success and he went on to make four Pirates sequels along with working with Disney again with the new Alice in Wonderland franchise. You can see Depp next in Crimes of Grindelwald, coming to theaters on November 16.

Gisele Bündchen Cried Before Her First Major Runway Show—And It Wasn’t Out of Happiness

Gisele Bündchen has walked down 600-plus runways throughout her 20-year career as a model. But in her new memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, she reveals that her first major fashion show was far from a positive experience. In fact, she broke down crying before stepping on the runway.

Back in 1998, Bündchen recalls being set to appear in an Alexander McQueen show—her first ever international gig, according to Cosmopolitan—and “couldn’t believe” that she had been chosen. But that excitement would melt away when she saw her look for the first time, the day of: a skirt—and nothing else.

“Where’s the top?” Bündchen remembers asking someone, who informed her that there wasn’t one. The model then started to cry, as she was afraid that coming down the runway topless would disappoint her family. “I was a good girl. I was a tomboy. I was someone whose big breasts had embarrassed her since she’d hit puberty,” she writes, per Cosmopolitan. “I was a girl gripped by the fear that my family would feel so embarrassed they would never speak to me again. I was terrified.”

Thankfully, someone backstage had her back: “As soon as Val, the makeup artist, saw the situation, she said she would paint a top on me using white makeup… Val told me how beautiful it looked and said that the runway was so dark nobody would know,” Bündchen recalls. Because the show took place in the rain, “no one could tell what was rain and what was tears.”

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Bündchen writes that her family never saw the photos from the show. And according to Cosmopolitan, she credits that Alexander McQueen show as one of the most important jumping-off points of her career. Still, she’s not the only model to speak out about the pressure of going topless, especially when you’re starting out: Kate Moss recently opened up about a similar experience at a photoshoot, saying “there was pressure… I worked with a woman photographer called Corinne Day, and she always liked me with no top on. And I did not like it at all when I first started.”

In the wake of the #MeToo, the fashion industry has been taking steps to protect models in these types of situations, through programs and even legislation, to give support and offer them resources.

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The Conjuring 3 Has Hired A New Director

For some time it has been suspected that director James Wan would not be returning to helm The Conjuring 3. James Wan directed the first two films in the series and is the architect of the growing and successful Conjuring Universe, but his name is increasingly in demand for bigger and bigger projects like the upcoming DCEU flick Aquaman. Even without James Wan behind the camera, the main series in this universe will continue. We heard a few weeks back that The Conjuring 3 had a script, and now it also has a director. Michael Chaves is coming aboard and taking the baton from James Wan to helm The Conjuring 3.

You probably haven’t heard Michael Chaves’ name before and that’s okay; his first film isn’t even out yet. Michael Chaves recently made his feature directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona, which doesn’t release in theaters until April 19, 2019. That horror film stars Linda Cardellini in a film about a social worker who ignores the warning of a troubled mother and finds her family soon drawn into a supernatural realm. Although he is stepping away from directing duties, James Wan remains the architect of this universe and according to Deadline, he will produce Michael Chaves’ The Conjuring 3 under his Atomic Monster label. We still don’t know what case paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren will be taking on The Conjuring 3, but David Leslie Johnson, who co-wrote The Conjuring 2, will handle the script.

It is hard to evaluate Michael Chaves as a replacement for James Wan on The Conjuring 3 given that we have yet to see his feature directorial debut, but his horror short The Maiden did win Best Super Short Film at Shriekfest in 2016. It will also be exciting to see what a new director can bring to this franchise. Like The Conjuring films, Michael Chaves’ The Curse of La Llorona is a New Line production. So clearly the studio already knows what they are getting with the director, and likes what it sees from that debut — enough to give Michael Chaves the keys to The Conjuring 3, the third film in the mainline series in a billion-dollar franchise. That bodes quite well for The Curse of La Lloronoa and horror fans should probably have that movie on their radar next year.

The Conjuring 3 is aiming to begin production in 2019, which means we could see it arrive in theaters in 2020. Before that though the next film in The Conjuring universe is Annabelle 3, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2019. For all of the biggest movies to look forward to in a positively jam packed 2019, check out next year’s release schedule.

Did Chris Evans Just Say Goodbye To Marvel For Good?

Ever since he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers has been one of the franchise’s anchoring characters. Whether by himself or with his superhero allies, Steve has kept humanity safe time and time again, but over the last couple years, there’s been the sense that his time is drawing to a close. The latest example of that is Evans announcing that he’s wrapped filming Avengers 4, and he appears to be saying goodbye to both Captain America and Marvel for good.

Had Chris Evans stuck to his initial, six movie contract (excluding cameos) with Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War would have served as his final appearance in the MCU, but Evans agreed to also return for Avengers 4 because the movie was “going to wrap everything up.” As for post-Phase 4, while neither Marvel or Chris Evans have provided official confirmation, there’s been no indication that Steve Rogers will be around, and Evans’ above tweet implies that whatever happens to Steve at the end of Avengers 4, the actor won’t be around for the next stage of this continuously-expanding franchise.

Gareth Edwards Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Edwards recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Edwards praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Edwards’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Edwards’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards made history by directing the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, and therefore seems like a great choice to helm a DC project. Rogue One was set in a fantastic world, but still managed to be grounded and character driven. That seems like just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)
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I bought an iPhone 8 Plus because of its nice big screen. I can easily pull up a script if I need to see the latest revisions for “Riverdale” right before we film.

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)
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I have a Spotify playlist going all the time. Since I’m constantly listening to it I’m always adding to it or changing the lineup. Right now it has Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean on repeat. If I’m in my trailer on set or when I’m at home, I usually sync it on my Samsung Soundbar. It has a really great subwoofer that helps get the bass pumping.

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)

The Tesse Café and Bakery at Fred Segal is one of my favorite eateries. But it’s one of those spots I don’t think I’d ever get up and go to. Luckily, thanks to Postmates, you can get the best food in L.A. and it just shows up at your doorstep so quickly. You feel like a queen. There’s an almond salad that’s my go-to order.

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)
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I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro for my film projects. I use DaVinci Resolve editing software, so I got the nice, big screen specifically to work on the go—like if I am on a plane, or the set of “Riverdale.” I have a separate MacBook Air for writing scripts. It’s smaller, thinner and I can throw it in most bags. I hook up my hard drive and away I go.

Mädchen Amick of ‘Riverdale’ Likes Big Screens (and She Cannot Lie)

WhatsApp is great for communicating when you travel. I discovered when I was on a publicity tour in Paris and in London for a festival that WhatsApp is universal. I use it for texting as much as I can.

1970 Ford F-250
1970 Ford F-250 Photo: Ford

I love keeping my vintage trucks (similar vehicle shown) as original as possible including the engine, the interior—everything down to the knobs and windows. The one thing I will always put in is a state-of-the-art Pioneer stereo system. But I still keep the look of the old radio face.

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Daredevil Season 3 Trailer: The 5 Most Exciting Moments

There’s A New Daredevil

A bulk of footage seen so far for Daredevil Season 3 has featured Matt taking the fight to others in his traditional black costume, and sometimes with no costume at all. It appears the true Devil of Hell’s Kitchen left his red costume behind, and it unfortunately got snagged by someone else pretending to be the fearless vigilante. The rest of the world doesn’t realize the change of the guard, of course, so Daredevil’s good name is being besmirched by this new guy, who seems incredibly violent and merciless and incredibly accurate. This smells like one of Fisk’s schemes to exact revenge on Matt, but the big question we have concerns the person behind that mask. We have our guesses for who it is, but we won’t know for sure until Matt kicks this imposter to the curb.

Why Criminal Minds Won’t Keep Garcia’s Dark Side Up In Season 14

Garcia faced a different challenge in the 300th episode of Criminal Minds, and it is going to leave a mark. Having been kidnapped by a cult of serial killers and forced to do something unfortunate to help in the larger scheme of things, Garcia will have a lot of dark feelings to sift through in Season 14. So, how long will Garcia’s darker side, show? Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer shed some light on that and why it will not last too long, saying:

With Garcia’s upbeat nature having been impacted by the events of the Season 14 premiere, what may be a short time, relatively speaking, might feel longer. Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealing to TV Insider that Garcia’s mood will be overcast for around four episodes does not sound that lengthy. However, the show’s fourteenth season is currently slated to run for fifteen episodes, meaning that this is almost a third of the season. So, Garcia’s return to her upbeat nature will not be a blink-and-you-missed-it event.

That said, the crime drama will not be lingering on it for a great deal of time for the reasons the showrunner mentioned. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel as fans settle in for Criminal Minds to contribute a significant block of the season to explore this side of the usually upbeat character.

As showrunner Erica Messer points out, Garcia is the show’s source of sunshine, and when the sun is eclipsed, it tends to get noticed. Garcia will not be alone in facing darker times ahead. Messer also teased that Season 14 will find Reid pausing to reflect after being tortured in the premiere.

Maybe he and Garcia can help each other? With her facing a challenging time in her life, fans should prepare for an arc that will take them through some ups and downs. It is sad but realistic for her not rebound from a trauma overnight, or in the span of a single episode. While Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealed how long Garcia’s dark side would last, she did not reveal the mechanism that will eventually help Garcia overcome the darkness so that she can shine again.

While time heals, fans will have to tune in to see if anything else plays a role in helping her. Given how Garcia’s personality helps stave off the show’s own dark side, that development will be a significant game changer for the crime drama. Stepping in to provide some light in the meantime, will be Rossi’s reignited romance with his ex-wife, and he is not the only one whose personal life will be explored in the current season.

In that vein, there will be lots to look forward to as the latest installment in the crime procedural moves forward. The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime procedural is joined by a ton of new programming arriving on CBS, along with other series coming this fall.