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Bumble and Bumble Surf Styling Leave In Creates Perfect Beach Waves

Are you familiar with that soul-crushing sense of disappointment that happens only when you’ve convinced yourself you’re getting what you want, only to helplessly watch it slip through your fingers? I’ve experienced it often: but none more so than with salt sprays. I’m not saying they don’t work because I’ve seen them successfully in action before—mostly backstage and on-set, in the hands of professionals. But, I am definitely saying that they don’t work on me. Each time, I envision wind-tousled waves, slightly piece-y and just a tiny bit mussed. I liberally spritz whatever promising formula I’m testing with my eyes closed, murmuring a silent prayer. Then I open my eyes, look in the mirror, and black out.

You could call me an optimist (or deluded, you decide), because this knowledge didn’t stop me from enthusiastically volunteering to test Bumble and Bumble’s brand-new Surf Styling Leave In. The $29 tube launches today (April 10) and features an intriguing spin on the brand’s OG Surf Spray. If you’re unfamiliar, the iconic matte black bottle is the ultimate word in texturizing salt sprays. Introduced back in 2001, it instantly gained legions of fans for its ability to impart matte, slightly gritty texture and breezy movement. We’ve already gone over my relationship with anything in this category, so let’s move on to the brand’s latest Surf Collection addition.

At first, I was drawn in by the Leave In’s promise to deeply condition and detangle, while still creating that coveted fresh-from-the-waves finish. The formula contains no salt at all; it’s a detangling blend of kelp, coconut, and aloe juice with added UV protection. While those words would usually signal some kind of smoothing product, this goes one step further and simultaneously adds texture. Bumble and Bumble’s executive director of product development, Lisa Sykes, describes the special sauce as its “Flexi-Style Blend.” It contains polymers that provide light, flexible hold—essentially coaxing out curls without adding crunch or grit.

Everything about the sunny tube evokes a day at the beach, from the bright blue-and-yellow packaging to its deliciously aquatic scent. You only need a little bit; I squeeze a small dollop of the transparent styler in my hand and scrunch it through slightly damp hair that’s been towel-drying, before twisting it into a messy bun. Hairstylist Christiaan Van Bremen, who is also the brand’s manager of global education, tells me that this is the most important step.

“This product performs best when you encourage your hair to have bend,” he says. “Twist your hair while working the product in, squeeze and scrunch it with your hands. Think of massaging it in the way you’d put on hand lotion. After it’s had some time to air dry, take it down.” You can leave it at that or cocktail it with other products for additional moisture, if you so desire. I like pre-coating everything with a few drops of Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, just to boost the shine. Van Bremen adds that you can enhance the effect by diffusing the product with a blow-dryer or curling a few pieces with an iron, but I haven’t found that to be necessary.

That brings us to the result—finally, at long last, the beachy texture of my dreams. I am happy to report that instead of blacking out after the first trial run, I immediately took 50 selfies. One hour of product-enhanced dry time gave me soft, loose waves that appeared only gently ruffled by a sea breeze. I strolled out the door to a coffee and cake date with a friend, whose baby dove into my arms and squealed in delight upon seeing my hairstyle. (I know you’re probably thinking that he wasn’t specifically squealing about my hair, but this is the first time since birth that he’s shown the slightest bit of interest in it.)

Prince Harry Is Making a New Documentary Show With Oprah

His Royal Highness Prince Harry and de facto Queen Oprah Winfrey just announced that the royal collab we could only dream of is actually happening. According to the official @sussexroyal Instagram account, Winfrey is teaming up with the Duke to produce a documentary series on mental health.

The show will debut on Apple TV in 2020 and, according to a statement, will “focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive.”

“I truly believe that good mental health—mental fitness—is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times,” Prince Harry said about the upcoming series. “Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive—sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”

Mental health is a cause very important to Prince Harry, and he’s been candid about his own personal experiences while also advocating for others. In April 2017, the Duke of Sussex broke royal tradition by revealing he sought counseling 20 years after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. “I just couldn’t put my finger on it,” he told the Telegraph. “I just didn’t know what was wrong with me…I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.”

It’s unclear from the @royalsussex announcement if Meghan Markle has any hand in the new series, or if Prince Harry or Oprah will make an on-camera appearance. Both he and Winfrey are serving as co-creators and executive producers. Read the full Instagram post announcing this series, above.

‘Meghan & Harry: A Royal Baby Story’ Recap: All the Details From TLC’s New Documentary About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s first child is reportedly due at the end of this month, so naturally people are buzzing for details. Are they having a boy or girl? What is Markle’s birthing plan? Will Princess Diana be incorporated into the name? Demand for information is so high that we even spoke to an expert, Katie Nicholl, about all the rumors surrounding Baby Sussex.

But the people want more. So it’s no surprise TLC premiered a documentary Tuesday night spilling even more tea about Markle and Prince Harry’s baby. Aptly titled Meghan & Harry: A Royal Baby Story, this 43-minute special featured commentary from several Kensington Palace experts about the new addition to the Sussex family. Some of the information you’ve heard before—like how Markle is maybe-probably-definitely doing hypnobirthing—but there are some new nuggets, as well. For instance: What type of advice will Markle go to Kate Middleton for after her baby arrives? Find out the answer to that and some other key questions, below.

There’s a precedent for royal women to become pregnant shortly after marriage. “We saw that with the queen herself—pregnant within a year—and with Diana, who was pregnant within 100 days,” historian Kate Williams says.

Everyone freaked out when Markle had her coat button undone at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. It’s bizarre we’re still picking apart women’s bodies and looking for “baby bumps,” but alas Hello! royal editor Emily Nash says this style snafu is what gave away that Markle was pregnant. Personally, I think the pregnancy announcement from October is what did that.

The similarities between Prince Harry and Markle’s upbringings. Royals expert Katie Nicholl says there are a lot of parallels in their childhoods. For example, they were each brought up to be “socially aware of those less fortunate.” “That is something I’m sure will influence [Meghan and Harry’s] parenting,” she adds.

The differences between Kate Middleton and Markle’s pregnancies. “Kate has had tricky pregnancies with all three of her children,” The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews says. “She had really [intense] morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, which meant she was essentially sick the first 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. Perhaps she didn’t enjoy pregnancy as much, whereas Meghan didn’t have any problems in conceiving; she seems to be literally glowing.”

Their pregnancy styles are different, too. Nicholl says Markle’s pregnancy wardrobe is more “experimental” and “daring” than Middleton’s. Adds journalist Ashley Pearson, “Kate Middleton has a whole other set of rules and restrictions because she’s going to be queen. She and Meghan are not on the same page. Kate Middleton has to wear her skirts at a certain length. The queen is regularly—allegedly—giving notes if she doesn’t like a certain hem or certain outfit on Kate or certain color type.”

How much Markle has spent on maternity clothes. As we reported in March, the estimated cost is around $500,000.

Why Markle cradles her baby bump. “Whether it’s a protective instinct she’s doing or whether it’s a way to make sure everyone gets a good picture, Meghan is definitely, definitely way into the belly cup,” Pearson says.

Markle and Prince Harry probably won’t follow tradition when it comes to dressing their children. Per Pearson, “Even in the dead winter, the little Prince George has on wool shorts and high socks. This is the most British thing ever. Americans do not do this. I’m going to make a bold statement and say if Harry and Meghan have a boy, he’s not going to appear in the traditional British short pants and pulled-up knee socks in December.” Andrews agrees, saying Markle and Prince Harry’s child will be dressed more “trendily” than traditionally.

Fosse/Verdon Season Premiere Review: This FX Series Proves It’s Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego

There’s a specific moment in the first episode of FX‘s new limited series Fosse/Verdon where I thought, “Ugh, men are canceled.” Yes, I’m a guy myself—but I was ready to burn it all down as I watched Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) travel to New York from Munich to pick up a gorilla suit for her husband, Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell), and return after 72 hours to find him in bed with another woman. The gorilla suit, if you’re curious, was for Bob’s movie Cabaret, which Gwen dropped everything to help him direct. And how did he thank her? By sleeping with someone else while she was on a seven-hour flight. Coach!

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Bob Fosse’s indiscretions portrayed in the episode, which premiered last night. On the surface, though, their relationship seemed like goals: Fosse is one of the most iconic choreographers of all time, and Verdon is a four-time Tony winner who originated roles in musicals like Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity. The two married in 1960 and frequently collaborated on movies.

Fosse/Verdon, however, digs deeper into their troubled dynamic. According to the show, these two weren’t creative equals but rather Gwen was the backbone to Bob’s genius. When he was artistically flustered, she’d come in with just the right note to bring a project back to life. She didn’t get any of the credit, though. Bob Fosse is the one in our history books—hailed as an innovator and a legend. But Gwen was right next to him, infusing her own ideas into the movies and musicals he ultimately fronted. Fosse/Verdon is attempting to put that narrative in our history books—and it’s an eye-opening one.

The show is an interesting exploration of the fragile male ego. When a producer tells Bob he can only direct Cabaret if Gwen helps, he sneaks his way into the job. Later, in a flashback, we see him have a complete meltdown after a musical director tries to cut one of his numbers. Right by his side through it all is Gwen, who remains calm and helps him craft a new piece of choreography that pleases their higher-ups.

It’s a frustrating cycle to watch. Gwen is completely in love with Bob, but he mostly views her as a muse. Someone whose emotions and talents he can exploit, then dispose. They do have genuine affection for each other, but Bob is always keeping his eye on what’s next: the next movie, the next musical, the next woman.

After all, that’s how he and Gwen met. Bob was married to actress Joan McCracken when he fell in love with Gwen on a project. History repeats itself on the Cabaret set: He’s very much married to Gwen but falls for a German translator working on the movie. It’s messed up—and heartbreaking, because Bob is everything to Gwen. She’s so enamored with him that she makes sure her hair is in place every time she sees him, even when they’re fighting.

It’s tragic to watch this talented, brilliant woman lose herself in some angry, balding man. But though the show is a period piece, I think its themes continue to resonate. Think about the latest season of This Is Us, when Randall (Sterling K. Brown) fights with Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) because her career ambitions conflict with his. Or the 2017 film mother!, which is all about a woman making sacrifices for her egotistical, perpetually-unsatisfied husband. Glenn Close tackles similar territory in The Wife, playing a woman who essentially wrote her husband’s Nobel Prize-winning novel. Again and again we see women having to work twice as hard and do twice as much to earn the same recognition as men. Maybe the circumstances aren’t always as extreme as in Fosse/Verdon…but then again, the gender pay gap still exists.

The Hilarious Improv Moment Zach Galifianakis Was Surprised Made It Into Missing Link

Laika’s latest stop-motion adventure, Missing Link, enlisted hilarious comedian Zach Galifianakis to voice the adorably awkward sasquatch. The actor known for The Hangover movies, the deadpan web show Between Two Ferns and the FX series Baskets brings to life some of the biggest laughs and sweetest moments in the family film, including some that were brought forth by his own comedic genius.

I recently had the chance to speak to Zach Galifianakis during the Missing Link press junket in Los Angeles. During our interview, I asked him how much he was involved in crafting the personality of his animated character. Here’s what he said:

If you’ve seen the trailers for Missing Link thus far, this likely rings a bell! In the animated movie, the adventurer Bigfoot calls upon for help to find his long lost cousins is Lionel Frost (played by Hugh Jackman), who drums up a rapport with the tall furry creature. The only problem is he doesn’t have a name. When Lionel asks him he goes for Susan… yes, Susan. While the name isn’t exactly what Lionel is expecting the legendary beast to name himself, considering the animal’s soft nature and quirky sensibility, it’s oddly fitting.

The improvised line is perfect to cut the tension in the scene, and moviegoers will likely find themselves remembering this cute tidbit of the movie long after they leave the theater. It’s interesting to know that Zach Galifianakis was actually the one to come up with this line for the film, though the actor also credits Missing Link writer/director Chris Butler, who was also behind Kubo and the Two Strings and Paranorman over at Laika’s incredible animation studio when it comes to crediting the origins of the character.

Missing Link is the fifth movie from the stop-motion company and Susan is the heaviest lead character the studio has crafted so far with its puppeteering technology and life-like sets. The movie is its most ambitious project yet, as it featured over 100 actual sets portraying locations from across the globe as Susan, Lionel and Adelina (played by Zoe Saldana) search for the treasured land of Shangri-La. You can check out Missing Link in theaters on April 12.

Annabelle Comes Home Is Definitely Not A Horror Comedy, But It Will Have Funny Moments

The horror movies of The Conjuring Universe definitely take themselves seriously. Sure, there are the occasional laughs featured in the six features we’ve seen thus far, but they are pretty few and far between, as the focus has clearly always been primarily on scares. This is a tradition that fans can expect to see continue soon in the upcoming Annabelle Comes Home, but according to writer/director Gary Dauberman, you may find yourself chuckling while watching the movie a bit more than you did with previous chapters in this franchise.

The tone of Annabelle Comes Homes was a subject that came up during an interview with Dauberman on the set of the film when it was in production late last year, and in discussing his approach the filmmaker revealed that the new release will be a bit different than the previous two Annabelle features (both of which he wrote). While he stressed that there will never be a point in the movie where a comedic beat is given preference over a scare, there are going to be some laughs mixed in with the screams during the experience:

It’s an interesting direction to take, and arguably a smart one. While it’s definitely true that too much comedy can undercut the more frightening aspects of a horror film, striking a proper balance can work wonders. After all, making an audience smile with a joke or silly situation can lure them into a false sense of security, and when their guard is down a proper scare can result in shrieks, spilled soda, and flung popcorn.

Furthermore, a proper application of laughs interspersed with shocks does wonders for the ride-like experience that a great horror movie can offer. Those are two emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum, and it can be a blast for crowds to constantly bounce back and forth between those extremes. A recent example of a film that did that brilliantly was Andres Muschietti’s IT – which Gary Dauberman also wrote.

Part of what allows Gary Dauberman to take this approach with Annabelle Comes Home is that the plot offers circumstances that make the laughs natural – something that he didn’t really have in the making of Annabelle or Annabelle: Creation. Specifically, there is a classic horror set up here, with the story centering on young Judy Warren (McKenna Grace) as she spends the night with a babysitter (Madison Iseman) and her babysitter’s best friend (Katie Sarife) in a house that starts to go a bit nuts thanks to the presence of Annabelle. As Dauberman explained, the personalities of the girls allowed him to try some lighter tones with the plot, while never breaking too far from the larger tone of The Conjuring Universe movies. Said the writer/director,

Annabelle Comes Home, which features the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Loraine Warren, will be hitting theaters everywhere as a big summer release this year – scheduled to go nationwide on June 28th. It’s one of our most anticipated releases of the season, so you can be sure that we’ll have a lot more for you to read about it here on CinemaBlend between now and when it comes out.

Shazam! 2 Will Likely Follow This Cool Comic Storyline

The Shazam family

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Shazam! are ahead!

With all the money it’s made at the box office so far and the amount of positive reception it’s earned, it’s safe to say that Shazam! is another hit for Warner Bros and DC. It’s likelier than not that a sequel will move forward, and producer Peter Safran acknowledged that Shazam! 2 will have to come together quickly since the young cast members are quickly growing up.

Fortunately, like many superhero movie’s before it, Shazam! used its mid/post-credits scene to foreshadow set up what’s to come. Assuming a misdirect isn’t in the cards, it looks like this upcoming story will be based on the currently-running Shazam comic book by writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham, which hasn’t even wrapped up its first story arc yet!

For those who need a refresher on Shazam!’s mid-credits scene, Mark Strong’s Thaddeus Sivana was seen obsessively scratching ancient runes on the walls of his prison cell, desperately trying to get back to the Rock of Eternity so he can reclaim his last power. Suddenly, a nearby voice tells him that there are other ways to obtain powers, and by the forming alliance, Sivana and these two can conquer the “seven realms.”

We soon see that this voice doesn’t come from a giant, foreboding figure, but from a tiny, yet still unnerving, super intelligent caterpillar named Mister Mind. He was first seen in Shazam! trapped in a glass case when the adolescent Sivana was brought to the Rock of Eternity, but had managed to escape confinement by the time Billy Batson showed up at the wizard Shazam’s lair.

Although the Shazam! movie drew from all across Shazam’s comic book history, it was primarily based off the New 52 origin story written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank. That story also ended with Mister Mind proposing an alliance to Dr. Sivana, although in this instance, the two of them met when Dr. Sivana tried to break back into the Rock of Eternity following Black Adam’s defeat, with Mister Mind trapped inside of a glass case. In this case, though, Dr. Sivana was desperate for magical power to “save his family,” hence why he’d entertain working with a sinister caterpillar.

Dr. Sivana and Mister Mind in Shazam comics

Five years after Shazam’s New 52 origin story concluded, DC finally debuted an ongoing Shazam comic book series starring these new incarnations of the Shazam family. At the time of this writing, only four issues have been released, with issue #5 coming out on May 8.

However, Shazam!’s tease of Sivana and Mister Mind working together, Mind’s “seven realms” comment and some weirdness Billy Batson and his adoptive siblings deal with in the Rock of Eternity indicates that Shazam! 2 will be based off the tale that Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham are currently delivering on the printed page.

In the current Shazam comic book, Billy and his siblings discover a passage way in the Rock of Eternity that leads to a old fashioned-looking train station providing transportation to other corners of the Magiclands, which is comprised of seven magical realms: the Earthlands (a.k.a. our reality), the Funlands, the Gamelands, the Wildlands, the Monsterlands, the Woznerlands and the Darklands. Thus far, the latter three realms haven’t been shown yet, but the others are all kinds of weird.

Shazam Wildlands comics

There wasn’t a train station to be seen in Shazam!’s version of the Rock of Eternity, but it does have its own gateways to other worlds. While Billy and the kids were trying to escape Sivana, they came across a cavern filled with countless doors. One of them led to a room where three crocodile-men (modeled off the kinds of creatures that Shazam/Captain Marvel has battled numerous times in the comics) were playing cards, another door containing a tentacle creature resembling the Demogoron from Stranger Things, and a third door that just tried to suck in everyone.

Aside from visits to the Rock of Eternity, Shazam! only took place on Earth, but these doorways and Mister Mind aspiring for multi-dimensional domination foreshadow that Shazam! 2 will likely have the Shazam family visiting other magical realms. Whether or not these realms will directly resemble the Magiclands from the comics remains to be seen, although the presence of these crocodile men and the prospect of bringing the anthropomorphic tiger Tawky Tawny, a longtime member of the Shazam mythos (who was subtly referenced in Shazam! via a stuffed tiger toy), suggest that the Wildlands could at least appear.

Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that Dr. Sivana and Mister Mind are involved in the current Shazam comic book. Thus far the full extent of their machinations hasn’t been revealed yet, but they’re definitely up to no good, as Mind instructed Sivana to kill a doctor because the “tongue of a medicine man” is required for a spell they’re casting.

We also learned how Mind is believed to have originated from the Wildlands and nearly destroyed the Council of Eternity. Perhaps this backstory will be retained for Shazam! 2, especially given that Mind was imprisoned at the Rock of Eternity for an untold period of time.

Mister Mind comics

Assuming that Shazam! 2 is based off of Geoff Johns’ current Shazam arc, it would be just another way the writer’s work has influenced the DCEU. Justice League was based off of the opening issues of his New 52 Justice League run, and Aquaman drew from his acclaimed New 52 Aquaman run, as well as incorporated elements of his scrapped “Rise of the Seven Seas” event. Johns had previously helped guide the DCEU as DC Entertainment president, but he stepped down from that role and Chief Creative Officer last year to focus on comic book writing and producing more projects.

Shazam! hasn’t even been theaters for a week, so it may be a while before we hear any specific information about what’s in store for Shazam! 2. Still, much like how Aquaman set the stage for a Black Manta/Stephen Shin team-up in Aquaman 2, Shazam! showed audiences that Mister Mind is work with Dr. Sivana, and it’s a good bet that whatever they have planned will require the Shazam gang to venture out into the magical beyond.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on Shazam! 2, which will be written by the man who penned the first movie, Henry Gayden. But for now, you can pick up the Shazam comic book series digitally or at your local comic book store to get a sense of what might be depicted on the big screen, and don’t forget to look through our handy guide to learn what else the DCEU has coming up.

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Watch In Awe As Lizzo Belts Lady Gaga’s High Note During Her ‘Shallow’ Cover

Just when you thought the world couldn’t possibly accommodate more “Shallow” covers, Lizzo has crashed the surface to remind us that, yep, we sure as hell can (and we sure as hell should).

The “Juice” singer brought her enormous charisma to the Oscar-winning A Star Is Born duet, busting out an acoustic version of it during a visit to SiriusXM on Tuesday (April 9). Just as Lady Gaga didn’t need Bradley Cooper to murder her Grammy performance of the song, Lizzo handily crushes it on her own, nailing that high note and belting the final chorus with the force of a freight train.

This isn’t the first time Lizzo’s wowed us with an unexpected cover choice — in February, she powered through an emotional version of Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Between that and her “Shallow” rendition, the anticipation for Lizzo’s debut album is at a fever pitch. Titled Cuz I Love You, the LP arrives on April 19 and features the soulful title track, the retro and rambunctious “Juice,” and the Missy Elliott-featuring “Tempo.”

In the meantime, we’ll add Lizzo to the “Shallow” hall of fame, alongside Nick Jonas, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, Ally Brooke and Tori Kelly, Lea Michele and Darren Criss, and at least a few dozen others…

Looks Like Netflix May Officially Buy Its Own Theater

Netflix has built itself into an entertainment juggernaut specifically by giving consumers a seemingly endless number of reasons, first on DVDs and then on streaming, not to leave their home and go to the theater. This has put the company at odds with entrenched parts of the film industry, exhibitors in particular. Now, although Netflix hasn’t beat the theaters, it looks like it could still join them as the streaming service may officially buy its own theater.

Netflix is in early talks with the non-profit American Cinematheque to buy the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. If it comes to pass, this deal, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, would get Netflix its very first physical movie theater. The purchase is far from done and there are issues with real estate and permits that must be settled before it can be finalized, but Netflix is on its way to owning a theater, and a historic one at that.

However, despite the fact that Netflix (and Amazon) has flirted with purchasing a theater chain in the past, Deadline’s sources indicate that this should not be viewed as Netflix diving headfirst into its own operational theater business. So don’t expect every town to have a Netflix theater anytime soon.

While it may be a one-off thing for now and not the first domino to fall in a plan to conquer the theater industry, Netflix’s potential purchase of the Egyptian Theatre offers a number of positive outcomes for the streaming service, the Egypitian Theatre, American Cinematheque and the film community.

The Egyptian Theatre is a Hollywood landmark; built by Sid Grauman in the early 1920s, the theater hosted Hollywood’s first movie premiere (Robin Hood) in 1922. The Egyptian last underwent a renovation in 1998 and this deal would help preserve the historic theater and its mission to keep the big screen movie tradition alive for years to come.

American Cinematheque currently screens classic, historic, foreign, independent and rarely seen films, amongst other things, at both the Egyptian Theatre and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Under the deal, the non-profit American Cinematheque would gain a much needed influx of cash to help it stay afloat and expand its programming.

Netflix and American Cinematheque look at this potential purchase as a partnership that would establish a mutually beneficial relationship. Netflix would screen its films on weekday nights, as well as have special screenings and events for its bigger titles. Also, this purchase would not impact Netflix’s existing relationships with chains like IPIC or Landmark Theatres that play the service’s films. American Cinematheque would retain the freedom to play what it wants, while getting the financial support to continue running screenings, lectures and festivals on weekends.

You can see how purchasing the Egyptian Theatre would be something of an olive branch, meant to ingratiate the disruptive streaming service to cinephiles and those in the industry that have a negative view of Netflix. Netflix, the company that made it so you could watch movies on a 4” phone screen, would be preserving a historic theater whose mission is to champion the big screen experience. This move would show that Netflix values that experience.

This news comes on the heels of an Oscar season where Netflix’s Roma made a major splash, raising the issues of whether or not streaming movies should be eligible for Academy Awards. Some in the industry, like Steven Spielberg, who are champions of the theatrical experience are against streaming movies with short theatrical windows being eligible. At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, Netflix will be sitting out for the second year in a row in part because of the tension with exhibitors. Hopefully this will be the first step towards everyone getting along.

Netflix is out here trying to change hearts and minds. We’ll see if it works.

Tom Hanks’ New Movie Is The First Fox Project To Head To New Studio After Disney Sale

Just last month, Fox officially became part of the Mickey Mouse Club in a monumental $71.3 billion dollar merger that is about to change the landscape of Hollywood. Among the many coming shifts to be made, (including some upcoming release date changes) Disney decided to retire the Fox 2000 label. Now a project starring the studio’s Woody and Saving Mr. Banks’ Walt Disney will be the first to be given away.

Tom HanksNews of the World will move to Universal now that Fox 2000, a label that’s produced hits including The Fault In Our Stars, Life of Pi and The Heat, has been dropped in light of the Disney/Fox merger. The project will bring Captain Phillips’ director Paul Greengrass back together with Hanks, who is set to star and produce the Civil War-set novel adaptation.

Based on the 2016 book of the same name by Paulette Jiles, News of the World is a fictional drama about a newscaster named Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) who travels throughout Texas to recite newspapers to the illiterate just as the Civil War has ended. Along the way, he is tasked with handing over a 10-year-old girl named Johanna to her aunt and uncle, following the murder or her family by a band of Kiowa raiders.

Kidd is met with a predicament when he must choose between leaving her to a family she doesn’t remember and thinks of her as a burden, or defy his responsibility. The script for News of the World was penned by Luke Davies, who has also adapted Lion and Beautiful Boy from novels, per Deadline.

The drama certainly looks like it could earn award recognition potential through Universal considering the track record of the writer, who was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Lion. 2013’s Captain Phillips was also nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and Tom Hanks is a two-time Oscar winner out of five nominations.

Tom Hanks previously worked with Fox 2000 for the also critically-acclaimed Steven Spielberg-helmed Bridge of Spies, though News of the World is being produced in the midst of a giant shift for the Disney and Fox studios/ Luckily, the film found a new home. While Disney is committed to helping move along Fox 2000 films already in production through the indie label, other titles in the works will be left to be hopefully picked up by a neighboring studio.

News of the World certainly looks like an interesting role for Tom Hanks to take on, and from impressive filmmakers at the helm to boot. Before Hanks takes on Kidd, he will star as the voice of Woody once again for Toy Story 4 this summer, television personality Mr. Rogers in biopic It’s a Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood this fall, World War II drama Greyhound in summer 2020 and sci-fi robot film BIOS in fall 2020.