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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald – What We Know So Far

WARNING: Some Spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them are in play. Please bookmark this story until you’ve watched the film, unless you’re ready for spoilers.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was always going to be the doorway to more adventures in the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling. But instead of just three films, the Fantastic Beasts series is in the game for five installments of Newt Scamander and his friends fighting against the forces of darkness. So, now’s probably a fantastic time to compile what we know about the next installment of this new series, which is titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. What do we know so far about this first Fantastic Beasts sequel? Read on and find out.

What Have We Seen From Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald?

With the movie’s release now just a few weeks away as of this writing, we’ve finally gotten the final trailer for the film to feast our Wizarding eyes on. And, as you can see above, it promises tons of action, appearances from old favorites and new characters alike, and a lot of intrigue. If you were already excited for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, then this look at the movie is sure to keep you hyped!

When Will Fantastic Beasts 2 Be In Theaters?

With previous reports that films in the Fantastic Beasts world would be coming every two years, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald pretty much makes good on that promise with its November 16, 2018 release date. It will be competing against Instant Family and Widows on its day of release, with the likes of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch and Overlord opening before it, and Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 being released the weekend after. Still, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald shouldn’t have a problem making for a hell of an opening weekend.

What Will Fantastic Beasts 2 Be Rated?

Both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series have historically been in the PG / PG-13 wheelhouse. As predicted, the PG-13 rating has stuck to the franchise, as it doesn’t seem that the darkness of the threats to the wizarding world will be lightening anytime soon. The official rationale by the MPAA for the rating is due to, “some sequences of fantasy action.” With magical murder, warfare, and dangerous snakes flying around in the Wizarding World, we’re not the least bit surprised.

Donald Trump Just Told White House Reporter Cecilia Vega She ‘Never’ Thinks

It’s probably no secret to most that President Donald Trump isn’t too happy with the press. From saying every outlet (other than a few of his personal favorites) disseminates “fake news” to repeatedly calling the press the “enemy of the people,” Trump isn’t shy about where he stands with journalists. But yet, somehow, he’s still able to shock us all by just how far the depths of his disdain for the media can go.

Take, for example, on Monday, when Trump told Cecilia Vega, the senior White House correspondent for ABC News (and winner of multiple Emmys) that she “never” thinks.

While giving a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to discuss the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, Trump, answering questions from reporters, called upon Vega. A brief pause followed as Vega stood up to grab the microphone. At that moment, Trump said with a smile, “she’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock.” Vega quickly responded, “I’m not, thank you, Mr. President.”

It appeared Trump may have misunderstood her, and replied, “That’s OK, I know you’re not thinking, you never do.” Vega, a consummate professional replied, “I’m sorry?” and continued on with her question. Even then, however, Trump continued to be dismissive. Vega asked the president about the ongoing FBI investigation into allegations Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, however, all Trump wanted to do was discuss trade. He later returned to Vega to answer her question.

Vega tweeted after the news conference, “A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment.”

However, other journalists were quick to jump on social media to defend Vega and note that her line of questioning was entirely in reason.

“I very sincerely hope the president does indeed to @CeciliaVega to answer her respectful and entirely appropriate question on Brett Kavanaugh,” Hallie Jackson, chief White House correspondent for NBC News tweeted. “The White House, and POTUS, know they can’t dictate the content of questions. And the pres. has often taken off-topic Qs before.”

“Wow. @CeciliaVega asks Trump about limiting FBI investigation into Kavanaugh allegations,” Karen Travers, an ABC News reporter also covering the White House shared. “He doesn’t want to talk that, says he wants to talk trade. She follows w/Q about if it will pass Congress. Pushes again on Kavanaugh, still doesnt want to answer. WH aide GRABS mic from her.”

And as Vega’s ABC producer Alisa Wiersema shared, Trump apparently missed her extensive coverage of the trade deal already: “Took a post-GMA nap after a morning of helping @CeciliaVega report on trade, and woke up to this exchange,” she wrote. “Seems like the President didn’t tune in to see her already having covered his trade deal extensively today.”

Maybe next time we can hope for better. Maybe.

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New Hellboy Poster Gives Us An Even More Badass Look At David Harbour

Because he spends his days keeping Earth safe from mystical and mythical threats, it’s easy to forget that had history gone differently, Hellboy could have been one of those creatures targeting Earth. But fate had different plans for this half-demon, and during his time with humans, he’s filed down his horns so he can fit in better among them. However, there have been select times in the source material when Hellboy’s horns have grown to full length, and that’s how he’s depicted in this poster. That tagline, “Legendary AF,” isn’t great, but as far as the look of the character goes, this is an impressive translation. With his sword in one hand and the Right Hand of Doom ready to go, Hellboy is prepared for battle. That said, given that the times Hellboy’s horns have grown back were tied to the prophecy of him bringing about the end of the world, seeing Hellboy like this is cause for concern.

Fuller House Stars Jodie Sweetin And Candace Cameron Bure Give Dancing With The Stars Advice

Dancing with the Stars has been fortunate to have two of Fuller House‘s leading ladies put on their dancing shoes for the popular reality competition. Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin both had impressive runs on the series. For Season 27, Dancing with the Stars has welcomed their co-star Juan Pablo Di Pace to the ballroom. Cameron Bure and Sweetin had some advice for Di Pace. Cameron Bure and Sweetin weighed in saying:

Sounds like great advice, and Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin definitely know what they are talking about when it comes to the series. Cameron Bure finished in third place in Season 18 with pro partner Mark Ballas, while Sweetin competed four seasons later in Season 22. She came in sixth place with pro partner Keo Motsepe. Cameron Bure and Sweetin’s words of wisdom are going to come in handy for Juan Pablo Di Pace, who has already advanced to the second week of the competition.

The Fuller House star started strong in his Dancing with the Stars debut with pro partner Cheryl Burke. The duo scored 22 out of 30 for their sultry salsa, so his co-stars’ advice certainly did not hurt him. Candace Cameron Bure revealed that Juan Pablo Di Pace told her about his participation in Season 27 before the official announcement was made while asking for some advice about the road ahead. Talking to ET, Cameron Bure said:

Candace Cameron Bure is absolutely correct about the personality aspect of the competition, as it plays a significant role in the contest. Based on his results, Juan Pablo Di Pace’s first foray onto the dance floor met with the desired effect. The Fuller House star not only survived elimination, but he and pro partner Cheryl Burke were also not announced as being in the bottom five. Di Pace had finished his debut night towards the top of the judges’ leaderboard.

With his Fuller House co-stars having made it through a lot of the competition, they have the background to know what works. The next dance step in Juan Pablo Di Pace’s Dancing with the Stars journey will transpire with New York City and Las Vegas night in Week 2. Di Pace and Cheryl Burke are set to quickstep on Night 1 and foxtrot on Night 2. Find out how they do when Season 27 continues!

New episodes of Dancing with the Stars air Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The fourth season of Fuller House is expected to bow on Netflix sometime this year. In the meantime, a lot of new television shows are set to premiere this fall on the streaming giant, and it is not the only outlet offering some fresh content.

Pete Davidson Broke His Social Media Silence to Flirt With Ariana Grande

Just months after he announced a break from social media, Pete Davidson is back. Well, to be fair, he’s popped up on Instagram every once in a while since going on his break—like to promote Saturday Night Live—but this latest reemergence is one for the books.

Davidson kicked off his latest (extremely brief) return to social media on Sunday evening (September 30), when he liked two of his fiancée’s recent posts, then commented on one, a selfie, with, “hot. all the ones you posted with me not online are hot. love ya. bye for another 3 months.” In response, Ari wrote, “good thing ur sitting next to me and i see u every second and nothing important happens online that i don’t show u anyway. bye. ily.” Sometimes it’s easier to say things over text than in person, ya know?

Next up, Davidson, whose IG bio currently reads “account run by someone else,” posted a pic of his own. It’s a blurry Polaroid of himself, alongside the inexplicable caption “hooray romano.” Almost immediately, Grande returned the flirty favor, commenting, “where the mixtape,” followed by “this is sick and ur page looks cool never post again,” advice that Davidson will likely follow for at least a few more weeks.

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

In July, Davidson deleted all of his Instagram posts, then took to his Story to explain his decision and announce a hiatus. “No there’s nothing wrong. no nothing happened. no there’s nothing cryptic about anything. i just don’t wanna be on Instagram anymore. or on any social media platform. the internet is an evil place and it doesn’t make me feel good. why should i spend any time on negative energy when my real life is f*cking lit. the fact that i even have to say this proves my point. i love you all and i’m sure i’ll be back at some point. 🙂 your neighborhood goon, pete,” he wrote.

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Why Blue Bloods Is Able To Talk Current Affairs Without Offending, According To Bridget Moynahan

Blue Bloods is one of the more popular cop dramas on television, and for nine seasons has been developed to address some of the hot-button issues currently surrounding law-enforcement officers. In a time where television portrayals of current events can draw a mixed response from audiences, actress Bridget Moynahan thinks the show is able to cover a fair few of them without offending others. Moynahan explained how she thinks the show achieves this, and how the Reagan family allows for a multitude of perspectives to bleed into the show:

Bridget Moynahan seems to be alluding to the Reagan family dinner sequences on Blue Bloods, where the family gathers for dinner once a week and discusses whatever issues are happening in Manhattan around that time. Each member of the Reagan family has different views and opinions on certain issues which, in Moynahan’s opinion, allows for multiple perspectives and keeps any one stance from coming off as instructing the audience to feel a certain way. The approach seems to resonate with viewers, as the show’s overall viewership remains solid and, overall, strong in Season 9.

That’s not to say Blue Bloods has escaped criticism over the years, however, as a simple Google search will reveal think pieces that have questioned the show’s approach towards characters or its catering to a pro-law enforcement audience. That said, there aren’t numerous complaints or criticisms to be found in regards to the series, which has been on television since 2010 and frequently tackled big issues throughout its run. As Bridget Moynahan told Country Living, this could be due to the wide variety of opinions heard on the program, and how no opinion is meant to come off as “preachy.”

Blue Bloods viewers may be too distracted by the show’s inherent drama to think much of how it handles current events this year, after an eventful Season 8 led to what could be an equally exciting Season 9. The biggest twist of last season was the death of Amy Carlson’s character Linda, which happened in the season premiere. Her death gave the sense that Blue Bloods is a series where no one is safe, especially if the actor playing them reaches the end of their contract. Season 9 is sure to bring more drama, and while Bridget Moynahan wouldn’t share some of the upcoming plots viewers can expect, she seems fairly confident that the show won’t make waves in the news.

Blue Bloods is on CBS Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET. It’s one of the many fall shows that has returned in recent weeks, so be sure to visit our fall premiere guide to see what else is coming to television in the near future.

The Nun Sets A New Box Office Record For The Conjuring Universe

The Conjuring Universe has been going strong now for five years, and it seems that its power is only increasing. Sure, the franchise isn’t exactly putting up Marvel Studios numbers, but if you look at things from a profit ratio standpoint the scary movies are definitely raking in a whole lot of cash. Not only have all of the films made north of $250 million worldwide with rather small budgets, but now we have news that thanks to this past weekend’s box office haul Corin Hardy‘s The Nun is the new brand champion with a total of $330 million earned.

Before this fall it was James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 that stood as the most successful title in The Conjuring Universe, with a total of $320.4 million brought in, but this weekend’s international ticket sales for The Nun pushed it to number one. And while it still stands at number two when it comes to domestic numbers (the original The Conjuring made $137.4 million in the U.S. back in 2013), it has still made enough to be called the sixth biggest R-rated horror movie of all time here at home.

Part of the reason why these box office records are so interesting is because of the larger public response to The Nun. While most of The Conjuring Universe titles received positive marks from professional critics, that was not the case for this new release, and the lack of buzz hit the movie hard when it was in release. It was able to make a shocking $53.8 million in its first three day frame, but then notably plunged over 66 percent in week two. At that point it was excusable to think that its box office story was mostly over, but it has hung around in the Top 10, and has a domestic/international box office ratio consistent with the other features in the franchise. In short, it’s made a hell of a lot of money for a project that only cost $22 million before marketing.

Obviously this all looks great for the future of The Conjuring Universe, particularly if their upcoming projects can promise greater quality than what The Nun offered – which would stop bad second week drop-offs. There is a lot in the works right now, including Annabelle 3 (which is going into production this fall), The Conjuring 3 (which is expected to start filming next year), and The Crooked Man (which is still in its script stage). It looks like the plan moving forward is going to be to release a new movie each year, and that very much seems sustainable in this current climate, and it could even allow it to ultimately live past the end of the on-going horror boom.

DC’s TItans Vs. Marvel’s Runaways: Which New Superhero Trailer Looks Better?

The DC Universe streaming service recently opened its virtual doors, with the introductory original series TItans set to introduce the comic supergroup in live-action for the first time. Meanwhile, Hulu is gearing up for the second season to its youth-skewing comic book drama, Runaways. Both of the superhero team series released new trailers today, with Runaways being our first look at Season 2 and Titans‘ released with the announcement that Netflix will be its exclusive streaming home everywhere outside the U.S.. And we’re putting the promos heads-to-heads in a Battle of the Trailers to see which show deserves more hype.

Titans

Let’s start off with the second official trailer for DC Universe’s Titans, a dark and gritty take on the fan-favorite comic squad, with Brendan Thwaites’ Dick Grayson as a Detroit detective whose vigilante past can’t stay buried for very long. The trailer above does a pretty solid job of showing off all the major heroes we’ll be spending Season 1 with, along with each character’s visually interesting elements, even if it doesn’t show off a ton of new footage. It also plays up the balance between Dick’s calm demeanor in his “real” life and the festering rage that gets release when he’s out as Robin. Each time his fractured relationship with Bruce Wayne comes up in Titans conversations, I find myself getting more and more excited to find out what happened, which doesn’t bode well for my judgment patterns.

Beyond Robin, Teagan Croft’s Rachel Roth, who will later take on the alter ego Raven, is in need of help when Titans kicks off, and as it’s hinted at in the trailer above, she has some freaky-ass demonic powers that are brought out by emotional stress. Then there’s Anna Diop’s alien princess Koriand’r, who comes to be known as Starfire for all of the blisteringly obvious reasons; it looks like Starfire is where Titans will really get to show off its CGI budget, as those moments in the trailer look absolutely gorgeous.

And then perhaps most promisingly, we have Ryan Potter’s Garfield Logan, whose animalistic shapeshifting abilities earn him the moniker Beast Boy. It’s quite possible the spritely hero will give Starfire a run for the CGI money with all of his transition scenes.

All in all, it’s not entirely clear what Titans‘ narrative will actually be driving towards, beyond the fully realized superhero states of each of these characters. Like Robin, Alan Ritchson’s Hank Hall and Minka Kelly’s Dawn Granger appear to already be established as the crimefighting duo Hawk and Dove, but it’s clear that Rachel will need to find a way to control her frightful powers, and Koriand’r will need to figure out a few things of her own. Still, I like everything we’ve seen so far. (And stay tuned for my full Titans review.)

Head to the next page to see the new Season 2 promo for Marvel’s Runaways.

Crazy Rich Asians Just Passed Another Significant Box-Office Milestone

Crazy Rich Asians has had a solid run over the last couple of months in movie theaters, especially domestically. The film, about a young Asian American woman who visits her boyfriend’s Singapore home just when their relationship is progressing, has already landed a sequel and has been a big box office success for Warner Bros. This week, it has also hit yet another box office milestone, becoming the highest grossing rom-com in nearly a decade.

While Crazy Rich Asians hasn’t quite become the highest grossing rom-com of all time domestically, it has slowly but surely been climbing the ranks since its August 15 release. By Box Office Mojo‘s latest count, Crazy Rich Asians has surpassed The Proposal at the box office to become the sixth highest box office-grossing romantic comedy of all time. The other six movies that are still ahead of Crazy Rich Asians are even older: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, What Women Want, Hitch, Pretty Woman and There’s Something About Mary. Of those, The Proposal is the most recent, but that flick still came out nearly a decade ago in 2009.

Previously, Crazy Rich Asians hit a box office milestone when it became one of only a few movies (like Avengers: Infinity War) to three-peat at the box office in 2018. The other movies that have been able to win three weekends in a row have been blockbusters this year, but Crazy Rich Asians came out at a relatively quiet time at the box office, which helps to explain how it held on to that crown for three weekends, despite not have the same sort of box office cume as the aforementioned Marvel movie.

Rom-coms in general have declined in number at the box office in recent years, as female-geared movies have moved more toward raunch comedies and other genre films. While rom-coms still have remained strong on channels like Hallmark and Lifetime, it was only recently that rom-coms started gaining a higher profile again thanks to flicks like Crazy Rich Asians and streaming movies including For All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Set It Up. At one point, Netflix even bid to bring Crazy Rich Asians to the streaming service, which would have superseded a theatrical release. Thankfully, those involved decided the theater was the best route for the flick, even though it was uncertain if audiences would respond to the film at that point.

Looking back, the theater gamble paid off. The release is helping to revitalize the genre and the studio has already signed on for sequel China Rich Girlfriend, although when that flick will film and when director Jon M. Chu and the rest of the cast will be available is still up in the air. CinemaBlend is on the case and we will let you know as soon as more details about the upcoming sequel can be confirmed. In the meantime, Crazy Rich Asians is still in theaters, so perhaps you’ll want to “three-peat” yourself. Or see what else is coming to theaters in 2018 with our full schedule.

The Halloween Reboot Almost Had A Very Different Title

David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween movie falls on an unusual and unexpected point on the franchise’s timeline. In that, it eliminates pretty much all of the existing sequels, and continues the story right from the events of John Carpenter’s original Halloween. Technically, that makes this Halloween 2. Only, there is a Halloween 2. Two of them (when you count Rob Zombie’s 2009 sequel, also). Confusing, no? Green expressed this sentiment when he talked about alternative titles for the movie, explaining:

Basically, this is what happens when you keep going back to the well of creativity in Hollywood. Predator spawns The Predator, as well as Predators. Batman has to return, or last forever, or begin, or fight Superman, because there are too many movies with his name in the title. And Halloween 11, or whatever number this movie will be, just becomes plain old regular Halloween. Who cares if it messes with your DVD collection?

But by calling this 2018 chapter Halloween, as the director tells EW, what it essentially does is serve as the second half of a story that John Carpenter started in this original film, 40 years ago. And that makes David Gordon Green’s movie a suitable bookend. Truthfully, once the new movie is out on home video, you will want to pair it with Carpenter’s original, because it completes the story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the madman who arrived in her quiet suburban town on Halloween night, oh so many years ago.

In the new Halloween, a documentary crew visits Michael Myers in an institution, reawakening his murderous rage on the eve of Halloween. When the murderer escapes from a prison transport, he begins the track Laurie once again… only, she has bene preparing for his return since that fateful night in 1978.