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Happy Death Day 2U’s Director Already Has The Idea For Part 3

Happy Death Day 2U is coming out this week, and while we have no idea how the movie will end up faring at the box office, director Christopher Landon says the movie is ripe for another sequel. Or since it would be the third movie, a threequel. He explained to CinemaBlend in a recent interview at the Happy Death Day 2U junket that he has an idea for a third movie in mind.

Bonkers is about the right word for it. While you are going to have to wait and see this movie for yourself, I can confirm that Happy Death Day 2U both wraps up nicely in a way that could end the sort-of franchise, but also leaves room for a third movie thanks to some clever additional scenes during the credits.

Going back to Christopher Landon’s “bonkers” comments, producer Jason Blum also told CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg that the reason Happy Death Day 2U works is because it’s not a straight rehash of the first movie. It also doesn’t simply amp up the stakes like a lot of other sequels and it tries for something totally different than most sequels might. But don’t take it from me. Here’s what Blum told us:

Ahead of the movie’s release, we’ve seen a trailer for Happy Death Day 2U which does seemingly amp up the stakes of the original Happy Death Day. In the trailer, Tree is back in her time loop and this time we see her jump out of a plane in her underwear. Other shenanigans ensue.

From what we’ve been shown in the early marketing, the movie is a traditional sequel; yet, from what we’ve heard about Happy Death Day 2U, it’s anything but. Now, Jason Blum is confirming to fans that the movie is more of a cross-genre movie than a straight horror property and that a third movie could take that idea even further.

Beyond that, should a third film go into production, perhaps there is a way the franchise could then work a third genre into the potential sequel? I suppose a self-aware rom-com could work given Tree’s history with Carter, although there have always been romantic elements threaded through these movies. I’d also kind of like to see Happy Death Day 3 get into ‘80s R-rated action, but that may be wishful thinking given the PG-13 rating of the other two.

Needless to say, it will be interesting to see if audiences respond to Happy Death Day 2U when it hits theaters on Wednesday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET. CinemaBlend will keep you updated every step of the way, and especially if a third movie in the possible/probable trilogy is greenlighted.

Inside Sir Babygirl’s Neon World Of Offbeat Pop And Devoted Fans

By Dani Blum

There’s a neon knot of hair flopped over a guitar on the Rough Trade NYC stage. Like a follow-along dot in a children’s musical TV show, it shakes to the sounds of shredding. In three hours, the room will be packed with teenagers in muscle tees and slim men with single earrings, but right now, it’s just Brooklyn-based pop songwriter Sir Babygirl, her glowing green hair, and the guy running soundcheck. This is the ninth stop on her tour supporting the band Petal, a run which includes a missed flight in Pittsburgh where she was hospitalized for food poisoning. Though Sir Babygirl has only released four tracks of frenetic, bubblegum pop, she has amassed what she calls “an extremely sticky, tiny, cult-like following” — like the teenagers who came from Syracuse, New York, to see her in Philadelphia, or the fans who linger at her shows and cry when they see her. Her debut album, Crush On Me, comes out this week on indie label Father/Daughter. She sells CDs of it at her shows to fans who don’t even own CD players.

“I don’t want to hurt people’s ears,” she shouts to the sound guy when the amp screeches. “But, like, I want to be heard.”

Sir Babygirl, born Kelsie Hogue, has an evil plan. It starts with memes: Her Instagram is a mood board of early 2000s nostalgia and bisexuality – a grinning Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove joking about period blood, Reese Witherspoon from Legally Blonde reading a textbook labeled “Flirting W/ Girls: 101.” “I was like, I’m going to get a following that way, and then it will cross over to my music,” she says. “I’m very calculated.”

Her sound attracted the attention of Chloë Grace Moretz, who tweeted a link to Sir Babygirl’s debut single, “Heels,” in October. Her streaming numbers have stayed steady and modest since the song came out in August; right now, it has 117,000 listens on Spotify. The song is technically perfect: a pulsing pop song with lyrics about leaving a lover and coming home. The track builds into a clear, high shout: “You don’t know me anymore / I changed my hair, I changed my hair, I changed my hair.”

In the light, Sir Babygirl’s hair has shoots of pink peeking out beneath the green. We’re in the front area of Rough Trade, which doubles as Williamsburg’s staple records store, next to rows of vinyl and a DIY synth kit labeled, “TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US.” Her lip ring glints under string lights. Sir Babygirl is a character, she’s explaining, an absurdist version of a self. Behind the music is Hogue herself, a 26-year-old bisexual who identifies as non-binary. These identities are centered in her songs, but they’re not the only appeal.

“I’m not a better artist because I’m queer, and it’s not worthwhile music because it’s queer,” she says. “It’s worthwhile because it’s fucking good music.”

As a project, Sir Babygirl has existed for a few years. Hogue thought of the name because she’s “obsessed with the extremes,” she says. “So what’s the most absurd, colonial male term? Sir. And then babygirl, the most infantilized.”

She was torn between singing and comedy. She studied theater at Boston University, where she was “the fucking weirdo, the ostracized gay” and then moved to Chicago to try stand-up. In one set, she dumped LaCroix on herself and shrieked; she called that bit “My Morning Routine.” She paid rent by hosting at a spy–themed restaurant, asking tourists for the password in a thick European accent. The room where she sat and waited for them wasn’t heated in the winter; she complained to her boss that it was a workers’ rights violations. She was asked to leave the restaurant. Soon after, she left Chicago, moved back into her childhood bedroom in New Hampshire, and forced herself to write an album within the year.

“People think ‘Heels’ is about heartbreak,” she says. “No. I wrote it because I got fired from my fucking spy-themed restaurant job.”

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When Sir Babygirl talks about her production style, she talks about songs that “sound like ballerinas fucking.” When she talks about bi visibility, she clears her throat and throws her voice a pitch lower – “I want to be one of many bi artists, not like, hem hem, hello, I’m THE bi.” And when she talks about her burgeoning success, she knows this isn’t supposed to happen – to have a cross-country tour before you put you first album out, to find the perfect production partner by posting a call for non-cis engineers on Facebook. Her A&R rep at Father/Daughter discovered her after one of his coworkers at a smaller label in Florida played “Heels” out loud in her office, curious after following Sir Babygirl’s memes.

“Nothing I’ve gotten has been off a daddy connection,” she says. “It’s been people just literally fucking with my music.”

Tonight her eyes are coated in orange eyeshadow she’s put on herself; she learned the basics of makeup from a friend who’s a legally blind makeup artist, then watched YouTube tutorials while depressed and burrowed in her apartment in Chicago. “I don’t have a pop-star budget. If I want pop-star hair or pop-star makeup, I have to do it myself,” she says. She dyes her hair every few months, but has to keep the green and pink for a while – they’re her album release campaign colors, ones she picked herself. “That’s how obsessive I am,” she says. “Nobody asked me to do that.”

Ten minutes before Sir Babygirl’s set to go on stage, she sneaks into the audience. The other band she’s touring with, Cave People, is playing something sleek and crooning on stage, and she leans near a row of backpacks against the wall, trying to go unnoticed. It’s not working. “It’s her,” a cluster of backpacks and hairspray whispers behind me. They shove forward when she comes on stage.

Sir Babygirl twitches when she sings. She wants the vibrations in her songs to hit your body a certain way, and they do, synths burbling up from the floor and into your pulse, shoulders swishing automatically. “I really want to make it a 3-D experience,” she says. Crush on Me is her love letter to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” – crying-in-the-club music. “I wanted it to be catharsis, as opposed to inundation of trauma,” she says. “There’s motion. I want there to consistently be a driving force through it. Like there’s all this trauma, and we’re moving through it, and we acknowledge it. But we’re going to keep moving.” For all its sparkling synths and buzzy beats, Sir Babygirl’s music is flecked with pain. Screams and shrieks stab through songs. There are two reprises in the tight, nine-track album, and they both build to a hyperactive breaking point and then end abruptly. The effect is pristine chaos.

“It’s like this positive nihilism where it’s like we all understand we’re in an apocalypse,” she said. “The world’s ending. We know what’s going on. But we also deserve to escape. That’s part of the healing process.”

The last song of her set is “Heels,” and it’s the one the crowd’s been waiting for. “You can come up here,” she says to them, “really,” and there’s a pause while everyone waits to see if she’s serious. She is. Someone rustles past me, and then another, scooting themselves onto the stage while Sir Babygirl strips off a floor-length dress to reveal a millennial pink harness. She slaps her own ass. The stage clogs with twisting arms, heads jumping; a girl grabs Hogue’s hand, and they twirl. They leap so hard their eyes disappear. All I can see is hair.

What Ronan The Accuser’s Role Will Be In Captain Marvel

By the time we were introduced to him in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan The Accuser was already a radicalized zealot. Operating as a servant of Thanos, he very clearly demonstrated a belief in Kree supremacy, and was willing to go to great lengths to prove it to the rest of the universe. Obviously we saw his story come to an end when he was vaporized by the titular team, but soon we will get to see a fresh version of the character, re-introduced in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s upcoming Captain Marvel.

The new Marvel Studios blockbuster is set in the mid-1990s – about 20 years prior to the adventures in Guardians Of The Galaxy – and therefore will give us a glimpse of what Ronan was like before he totally went off the deep end. As of right now we don’t have a full picture of what’s going to go down, as the character has only had a limited presence in the marketing materials, but the role in the film was a subject discussed by producer Jonathan Schwartz on the set of Captain Marvel last year. He explained,

Captain Marvel will be diving into Kree society in a way not previously seen on the big screen, including our first look at the alien species’ home planet, Hala. This will be a time before Ronan (once again played by Lee Pace) was cast out for his extremist views, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see them simmering under the surface as he engages in Kree politics. It’s hard to imagine that the new film will entirely transform Ronan into the maniac we first met in 2014, but there is a good chance that we will see him set down that path.

What will certainly help jump start things is the fact that we will find Ronan in the midst of centuries-long war in Captain Marvel – which will certainly feed into all of his aggression. While it was the Xandarians who he was trying to decimate in Guardians of the Galaxy, this time around his enemy will be the shapeshifting aliens known as the Skrulls. This means that he will be fighting on the same side as Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) for at least the start of the story, which explains the “intersection with Starforce” mentioned above (Starforce being the elite military unit of which Carol is a part). Of course, we can’t say for certain if their views will line up perfectly as the movie plays out.

It should be noted that fans probably shouldn’t have extreme expectations for Ronan The Accuser’s role in Captain Marvel, as he is part of an expansive supporting cast that includes a few other key Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans – including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. In this discussion, it was the future Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Jonathan Schwartz once again compared Ronan to later in the interview, explaining how much we will learn about the Kree zealot in the new film:

Set to be the 21st film released by Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel features an outstanding cast even beyond all of the stars mentioned above – with an ensemble that also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law, Clark Gregg, and Annette Bening. The blockbuster will be heading to a theater near you on March 8th, and we’ll have plenty more coverage coming your way between now and then,

Stan Lee’s Second Into The Spider-Verse Cameo Has Been Spotted

Stan Lee’s first (but not last) posthumous cameo in a comic book movie came in a touching scene with Miles Morales in December’s spectacular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But we’ve heard that scene is not the only time the comic book legend shows up in the film, and finding him will be a challenge for eagle-eyed fans. Now we’ve got a look at Stan Lee’s second Into the Spider-Verse cameo, courtesy of one of the film’s animators. Take a look:

Stan the Man! This cameo is truly a blink and you’ll miss it moment and you can see why animator Nick Kondo’s tweet says to have fun framing through the movie when it hits home video. Trying to spot this cameo while the movie is running would be like playing Where’s Waldo, with the page flipping every second. Going frame by frame is the only way you’d spot Stan Lee on the train in this sequence.

This cameo is a great one too. Not only does Stan Lee appear where we don’t expect to see him, but he is also doing the web shooter pose with his hand, which he was often photographed doing on red carpets. To see him doing that in a Spider-Man movie (and arguably the best Spider-Man movie) based on the character he created with Steve Ditko is just perfect.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman said that every animator wanted a chance to animate Stan Lee, so he appears in several crowd shots. This should provide a fun challenge for fans when the movie releases on home video.

This cameo shows that they were being truthful and that the word ‘challenge’ was quite appropriate for this task. I expect many a Marvel fan will have their work cut out for them on this hunt come March. Of course, rewatching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse multiple times sounds like anything but a chore.

Stan Lee’s sad passing means that he won’t be filming any more comic book movie cameos and we’ll soon observe the last of him onscreen. But Spider-Verse cameos like this one show a cool way he could still show up in the movies, at least the animated ones, like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s sequel and spinoff.

Stan Lee obviously wouldn’t speak, but would just appear in the background as tribute and as a reminder of how even though he is gone, he lives on through his creations. Stan Lee’s presence and impact is all around if you’re willing to look.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives on Blu-ray, 4K and digital on March 19th. Before that, Spider-Verse will compete at the 91st Academy Awards where it is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news and check out our release schedule to see all the movies you can look forward to in 2019.

Jonah Hill Says He Wants To Get Away From Bro Comedies Like Superbad

Last year, Jonah Hill showed a new side of his talent when his directorial debut Mid90s was met with critical acclaim. Additionally, he had an incredible performance on Netflix’s Maniac alongside Superbad co-star Emma Stone. The actor has certainly branched out since his early days in modern classic comedic hits such as Knocked Up and This is The End, and it doesn’t look like he plans on going back to his roots in “bro” comedy any time to soon. As he recently revealed:

Jonah Hill has developed a mature approach to his work over the years and while he fondly looks back at the movies that jump started his career, he no longer wants to encourage the “bro masculinity” a.k.a. somewhat toxic masculinity depicted in many of those films.

As he recently explained to Variety, Jonah Hill doesn’t particularly feel a responsibility to steer away from these narratives, but as he’s grown up he’s recognized some of the problematic elements of the characters of his past and is moving forward as an actor by telling different kinds of stories.

A prime example of his interest in challenging traditional masculinity is through Mid90s, which he wrote the script for and directed. The film tells the coming-of-age story of a 13-year-old boy who starts hanging out with a new crowd from a local skate shop. He said he made the movie to bring to attention the harmful misogynistic and homophobic behaviors in teens language at the time, and how their inability to show emotion, sensitivity and vulnerability led to “terrible decisions.”

So while his breakout roles are classics and certainly still hilarious movies, the themes just don’t hold up for Jonah Hill. So don’t expect Superbad 2 in the future. The actor has been moving away from bro comedies since his dramatic work in his Oscar nominated roles in 2011’s Moneyball and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and voice roles in LEGO and How to Train Your Dragon film series as Green Lantern and Snotlout respectively.

Hollywood’s demand for “bro comedies” has certainly shifted since 2007’s Superbad but let’s hope Jonah Hill returns to his beginnings in comedy someday in a project that is where his heart is and we would love to see him, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader and Emma Stone join in on the fun too!

The Hustle Trailer: Watch Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson Hilariously Scam Men

In The Hustle, two badass women are all it takes to scam men out of millions (if not billions) of dollars.

Thanks to Anna Delvey, who notoriously grifted her way through SoHo (and ended up inspiring not one but two competing TV shows about her con) and the entire Fyre Festival fiasco, the word “scammer” has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues for at least two years now. Of course, Hollywood has followed suit and made a blockbuster for our times with The Hustle.

In this adaptation of Frank Oz’s 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine, it appears that Rebel Wilson has met her match in Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a seasoned scammer who teaches Wilson “her sugar baby ways,” which include performative vulnerability, knife-throwing skills, and blending in with one’s surroundings. This is all so they can work together to swindle a young tech dynamo (played by Alex Sharp) out of his millions (or possibly billions, as Wilson points out). Why shake down so many rich men out of jewels and money, you ask? The answer is simple: because they can. Do you need a better reason than that?

“Why are women better suited for the con than men?” Hathaway asks in the movie. “Because no man will ever believe a woman is smarter than he is.”

Hathaway is no-doubt bringing her Ocean’s 8–honed heist chops to The Hustle (she was the best part of that movie, and I won’t be challenged), while Wilson delivers the riotous physical comedy she’s known for in movies like Pitch Perfect and the recently-released romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic.

Check out the full trailer for The Hustle, below:

It looks like scammer season has just been extended to May 10, 2019, which is when The Hustle hits theaters nationwide.

Miley Cyrus Adorably Stepped In For Hospitalized Liam Hemsworth At Isn’t It Romantic Premiere

Liam Hemsworth co-stars in the new Rebel Wilson-led romantic comedy, Isn’t it Romantic, which opens this Friday. The film had its World Premiere last night, which was a chance for the stars of the movie to strut their stuff. Unfortunately, Hemsworth was ill and could not attend the event. In his stead, his new wife, one Miley Cyrus, attended the premiere, and proceeded to stun pretty much everybody in attendance.

Liam Hemsworth is suffering from kidney stones, which prevented from attending this weekend’s Grammy awards with his wife, as well as making it to his own film premiere. Miley Cyrus is more than capable, however, and so she decided to handle both events solo. She posted the above image of herself to Instagram with a message of recovery for Hemsworth, while he in turn posted the Instagram image below, with an apology for not being able to attend himself, but thanking his lovely wife for standing in for him.

For her part, Isn’t it Romantic star Rebel Wilson didn’t seem to mind that she got Miley Cyrus at her premiere instead of Liam Hemsworth. Based on the images of the two performers together, they had a pretty good time without him. Could this be the beginning of a new Hollywood friendship? Or possibly the next great buddy comedy?

Isn’t it Romantic follows Rebel Wilson as a woman who has given up on love, before finding herself at the center of her romantic comedy. Which is to say, the world around here transforms into the sorts of tropes that we associate with the genre. It’s an interesting idea for creating a rom-com, while still finding something to say about the genres’ quirks and pitfalls. Liam Hemsworth will play one of two love interest characters for Wilson.

Romantic comedies in general seem to be making something of a comeback. Crazy Rich Asians made waves, and box office dollars by bringing back the genre with an all Asian cast. Last December we saw Jennifer Lopez star in Second Act, which didn’t set any records but wasn’t without its fans. While only a couple of examples, they’re a couple more than we’ve seen in recent years.

Hopefully Liam Hemsworth will be back on his feet soon. Until then, he can be seen in Isn’t it Romantic starting Friday, and Miley Cyrus can be seen, well, pretty much everywhere else.

Wait, Are The Game Of Thrones Creators Doing A Full Star Wars Trilogy?

The Star Wars franchise is in a fascinating place currently, as we inch closer to the release of Episode IX. The pressure is on for J.J. Abrams to deliver a satisfying blockbuster, which will end the current trilogy and wrap up the Skywalker Saga forever. Once that sequel arrives this coming December, the future of the galaxy, far far away is a complete mystery.

There are a variety of projects developing for Star Wars fans, including Rian Johnson’s very own trilogy. Game of Thrones creators D.B Weiss and David Benioff are also working on their own additions to the beloved space opera, but a new report indicates they may be end up expanding their deal with Lucasfilm to a full trilogy. HBO’s Casey Bloys was recently asked about the duo’s upcoming HBO series Confederate, where she revealed why it’s been delayed, saying:

By the old Gods and the new, it looks like D.B Weiss and David Benioff’s upcoming Star Wars movie might actually include plans for two more. And considering how well they’ve crafted the long and complicated story of Game of Thrones, this concept is enough to get even casual fans excited.

Of course, Casey Bloys’ comments to TV Line aren’t a confirmation that the duo of filmmakers will actually go through with three blockbusters. It’s possible that they were simply offered two movies besides their Star Wars deal, which resulted in Confederate‘s delay. Still, the idea of Weiss and Bloys crafting their own Star Wars trilogy is an exciting one, with the duo’s plans for the franchise still a mystery.

Overall, Lucasfilm is going to continue breaking new ground for the Star Wars franchise, as it has since Disney acquired George Lucas’ studio years ago. This was already done through standalone films and the upcoming live-action series The Mandalorian, but things are going to get even more interesting once Episode IX finally arrives in theaters.

Because for the first time in A New Hope arrived in theaters in 1977, the next Star Wars movies will have no connection to Luke Skywalker and his bloodline. D.B Weiss and David Benioff must find a way to get the generations of fans invested in new characters and settings, presuming J.J. Abrams’ didn’t lose them all with the release of Episode IX. Luckily for the pair of filmmakers, they know how to craft compelling characters in Game of Thrones— and plenty of them.

I’m particularly interested to see when D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will set their Star Wars movies– regardless of how many blockbuster it’ll be. Aside from the current trilogy, much of the new Star Wars content has been set in the past, specifically during Empire rule. It would be exciting to flash forward and see what the future of the galaxy is like. That, or additional stories set during the prequel trilogy.

The next installment in the Star Wars franchise is J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

We Tried 50 Texting Gloves. Here are the Best Pairs

IN 2007, when Apple unleashed its touch-screen wonderbox, users in winter climes soon learned that trying to type on an iPhone while gloved was futile. The only option was to remove your mitts and risk full-on finger freeze as you pecked out “Be there soon.”

It wasn’t long before glove companies discovered that by using technology, including conductive yarns, they could theoretically help avid texters avoid this bone-chilling ritual. Today, you can find rugged, ski-slope-ready texting gloves from North Face and Marmot; cozy…

Normani And 6lack Are Star-Crossed Lovers On The Moon In ‘Waves’ Video

Normani has shared the video for “Waves” her debut solo single featuring 6LACK. It mixes sexy with sci-fi in ways that seem impossible, enabling both artists to play off of each other’s strengths – Normani’s dominating seductiveness and 6LACK’s reserved smoothness. Normani’s confidence alone makes the video a winner. Check it out below.

Here’s a fun fact that you probably already know: the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on our Earth causes tidal waves. In a clever bit of creative direction, Normani and 6LACK’s new video for “Waves” takes place mostly on the moon, instead of in water. Normani begins the video by waking up lost on a beach, but over time she transitions from the deep blues of clean sea water to the star-peppered skies over the moon. Lunar rocks crowd the ground beneath her and 6LACK as they embrace while singing to each other.

“Waves” isn’t the only steamy video in Normani’s recent catalog. A few weeks ago, she released the sexy, futuristic video for “Dancing With a Stranger,” her collaboration with Sam Smith. Normani’s currently prepping her debut studio album to drop this year. She’ll have to finish it up while on the Sweetener World Tour with Ariana Grande when it kicks off in March.