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The Fast And Furious Franchise Might Give Charlize Theron’s Cipher A Spinoff

With this summer’s Hobbs and Shaw release, the Fast and the Furious franchise is officially expanding into spinoff territory. And why not? The Universal property has made the studio over $5 billion in box office earnings worldwide. After Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have their own blockbuster moment this summer, the next spinoff may shift its gear to techie badass Cipher, from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious played by Charlize Theron.

In addition to Hobbs & Shaw, and the upcoming ninth and tenth installments from the main franchise, Universal is reportedly exploring a female-fronted Fast and Furious spinoff built around Charlize Theron’s character Cipher. Universal reportedly has been promised three Fast and Furious spinoffs, including a previously announced female-fronted film. Is this the film starring Charlize Theron’s Cipher or an additional project?

A few months back, Vin Diesel said a female-led Fast movie was officially in the works from two of the Captain Marvel writers Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsay Beer. Furthers details have not yet been announced, but many assumed Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty would be leading the film since she’s been the franchise’s leading woman since 2001. So THR‘s new report about Cipher is especially surprising.

Michelle Rodriguez has also been vocal about her past disappointment with the series’ treatment of female characters. This could have led Universal to think up two female-led movies, one with Letty and one with Cipher, they could be in the same movie or Rodriguez may not be involved in the upcoming Fast and the Furious spin-offs at all.

In 2017, Charlize Theron joined the franchise as the main villain Cipher, a cyber terrorist who blackmails Vin Diesel’s Dominic into betraying his crew. In Fate of the Furious it was also revealed that she played a larger role in events in other films in the franchise, making her a key character to perhaps explored in another movie.

Not to mention the impressive track record the Oscar winner has with fronting action flicks in the past. Theron has played the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Another notable connection here is the director of Hobbs & Shaw also helmed Atomic Blonde, so if Universal is planning a continued collaboration with David Leitch, the pair may jump at the opportunity to work with one another again.

Following Theron’s debut in the Fast and the Furious franchise, she seemed open to reprising her role in another film, hinting at impending conversations with Universal. Perhaps it lead to a more meaty role for the actress to take on in a future?

The Fast and the Furious franchise will first continue with Hobbs & Shaw coming to theaters on August 2 and then with Fast and the Furious 9 on May 22, 2020. Do you want to see Charlize Theron’s Cipher return for a spinoff? Let us know in the comments below.

Taylor Swift’s Seventh Album Will Be Her Longest Yet: ‘There’s A Lot Of A Lot’

Taylor Swift must have heard our collective cries for more interviews, because she’s been on quite the press-friendly roll. After recently gushing about how “energized” she’s feeling heading into her seventh album, Swift sat down for her first magazine interview in three years with Entertainment Weekly, giving us a few discrete but promising clues about her upcoming music.

In the cover story, Swift revealed that she started recording album No. 7 as soon as she finished the Reputation Tour. Though it took her just under three months to finish, the project will mark the lengthiest album of her career thus far, which means it’ll be at least 17 songs long (Red, her current lengthiest release, has 16 tracks).

“I try not to go into making an album with any expectation,” she explained. “I started to write so much that I knew immediately it would probably be bigger.”

She added, “There’s a lot of a lot on this album. I’m trying to convey an emotional spectrum. I definitely don’t wanna have too much of one thing. You get some joyful songs and you get the bops, as they say.” There are also, however, some “really, really, really, really sad songs,” but “not enough to where you need to worry about me.”

One of those aforementioned bops is the buoyant lead single “ME!“, which marked a stark left turn from the darker, moodier tone of the reputation era. “It’s definitely the fans that made that tonal shift in the way I was feeling,” Swift said, adding, “This time around I feel more comfortable being brave enough to be vulnerable, because my fans are brave enough to be vulnerable with me. Once people delve into the album, it’ll become pretty clear that that’s more of the fingerprint of this — that it’s much more of a singer-songwriter, personal journey than the last one.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a T. Swift story if she didn’t also drop a few easter eggs, and there are almost certainly some clues to be uncovered in her EW photoshoot. On the mag cover, she wears a denim jacket with a variety of buttons — there’s everything from her fave Game of Thrones characters to ones with Drake and Selena Gomez on them. Could one or both of those artists be featured on her new album? Let the (guessing) games begin!

This Is What Jaime Said Offscreen That Made Brienne Cry on ‘Game of Thrones’

Last Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. One of the most divisive moments came when Jaime Lannister, played by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, trekked off to King’s Landing, despite the protests of his friend turned kind of love interest Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Now the episode’s director, David Nutter, is sharing what he had Coster-Waldau say off camera to make the moment as emotional as it ended up being.

In the episode Jaime finds out that Daenerys Targaryen is sending her army after his sister, Cersei, and he decides he’s going to get a head start to find her in King’s Landing. He breaks the news to Brienne, whom he had just slept with after seasons of buildup. When Brienne asks him to stay, he tells her he is “hateful” like his sister and leaves her in tears.

To get her sobbing, Nutter said that he told Coster-Waldau to deliver his lines and then ad-lib off camera. He had Coster-Waldau tell Christie, “I don’t love you anymore,” and apparently that was what sent her over the edge.

“When I was shooting Gwendoline [Christie]’s close-up, what I asked Nikolaj to do is, I asked him to say—after he finished his dialogue—tell her, ‘I don’t love you anymore,'” he told Collider. “And basically, Brienne is such a sensitive person, as is Gwendoline, that that’s basically the thing that he’s saying…but he’s not saying it too directly.”

He went on to explain that “when [ Coster-Waldau] did that, she basically lost it completely, and that’s the reaction that was actually kind of recorded at that point.”

Even though the emotion seemed authentic, lots of people weren’t really feeling the exchange. Brienne, after all, had been one of the strongest women on the show, and her storyline has been marked by her power as a fighter. So to see her be reduced to tears over a dude was definitely not easy for some fans. Christie has defended the relationship, saying she “loved” it and that her character makes a decision for herself.

“She decides to give herself that experience. For once, she’s really done something that was all about her, in an area where she has no experience at all. She’s hurt in the worst way possible,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Some fans will just have to agree to disagree and hope there’s more Brienne in the last two remaining episodes.

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9:00 P.M. ET on HBO.

This Is What Jaime Said Off-Screen That Made Brienne Cry on Game of Thrones

Last Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. One of the most divisive moments came when Jaime Lannister, played by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, trekked off to King’s Landing, despite the protests of his friend-turned-kind-of-love-interest Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Now, the episode’s director, David Nutter, is sharing what he had Coster-Waldau say off-camera to make the moment as emotional as it ended up being.

In the episode, Jaime finds out that Daenerys Targaryen is sending her army after his sister, Cersei, and he decided he’s going to get a head start to find her in King’s Landing. He breaks the news to Brienne, who he had just slept with after entire seasons of build-up. When Brienne asks him to stay, he tells her he is “hateful” like his sister and leaves her in tears.

To get her sobbing, Nutter said that he told Coster-Waldau to deliver his lines and then ad-lib off camera. He had Coster-Waldau tell Christie, “I don’t love you anymore,” and apparently that was what sent her over the edge.

“When I was shooting Gwendoline [Christie]’s close-up, what I asked Nikolaj to do is, I asked him to say — after he finished his dialogue — tell her, ‘I don’t love you anymore’,” he told Collider. “And basically, Brienne is such a sensitive person, as is Gwendoline, that that’s basically the thing that he’s saying… but he’s not saying it too directly.”

He went on to explain that “when [ Coster-Waldau] did that, she basically lost it completely, and that’s the reaction that was actually kind of recorded at that point.”

Even though the emotion seemed authentic, lots of people weren’t really feeling the exchange. Brienne, after all, had been one of the strongest women on the show, and her storyline has been marked by her power as a fighter. So to see her be reduced to tears over a dude was definitely not easy for some fans. Christie has defended the relationship, saying she “loved” it and that her character makes a decision for herself.

“She decides to give herself that experience. For once, she’s really done something that was all about her, in an area where she has no experience at all. She’s hurt in the worst way possible,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Some fans will just have to agree to disagree and hope there’s more Brienne in the last two remaining episodes.

Game of Thrones* premieres Sunday nights at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Trailer Has A Cool Easter Egg Tying To Peter Parker’s Origin

When Spider-Man was rebooted for the MCU, we didn’t get another cinematic depiction of the character’s origin. Tony Stark and the audience met Peter Parker when he had already been Spider-Man for six months, and that meant no radioactive spider bite, no Uncle Ben death and no testing out of his powers. But Marvel movies are treasure troves for eagle-eyed fans, and the most recent trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has a cool Easter egg tying to Peter Parker’s origin. Check it out:

In this frame from the trailer, Happy Hogan is telling Peter Parker that he shouldn’t ghost Nick Fury, but this humorous exchange isn’t the only thing of note. Behind Happy is a poster for wrestler Crusher Hogan. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, Crusher Hogan is the wrestler that Peter Parker tussled with in the comics not long after he got his powers.

Joseph “Crusher” Hogan was a shoot wrestler that offered $100 (as you can see on the sign) to whoever could last in the ring with him for three minutes. Sadly for Crusher Hogan, a young Peter Parker wanting to test his new powers took him up on the challenge. In the first formal use of his abilities, Peter wore a mask to hide his identity and proceeded to humiliate and defeat Crusher Hogan in the ring.

This was basically the role that Randy Savage’s “Bonesaw” McGraw fulfilled in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, but Crusher Hogan was the comic book inspiration for the Macho Man’s character.

We may have never gotten to see Tom Holland’s Peter Parker go through this part of his origin, but this poster in Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fun Easter Egg that honors that origin and hints that it may have indeed happened in this universe. It’s also funny that the character in the frame with the wrestler’s poster is Happy Hogan, who shares a last name with the Crusher.

Who knows, maybe Happy and Crusher are related in this universe. If so, maybe Peter did wrestle Crusher Hogan and Happy was either there to witness it or heard about it from his family member afterward. That could be how Spider-Man first got on Tony Stark’s radar; he got a tip from Happy. It would also explain why this poster is here, years after that match would have theoretically happened.

It’s intriguing to think about and maybe Spider-Man: Far From Home will shed some light on it. But even if it is nothing more than an Easter egg, it’s still a cool one that ties back to the character’s lowly beginnings, long after he has fought aliens in space.

We’ll see the beginning of those repercussions when Spider-Man: Far From Home brings Phase 3 to a close on July 2. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies headed to theaters this summer.

Prince Harry Just Opened Up About His First Day With Baby Archie

Prince Harry has had quite the whirlwind week. On Monday, he and Meghan Markle welcomed their first son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The couple followed this milestone up with a photo call on Wednesday, where they gave a few quotes about their new lives as parents. Duty shortly called for the Duke of Sussex, though, and he left Windsor Castle for an engagement in the Netherlands on Thursday.

Prince Harry is in the country for the official launch of the Invictus Games, a sporting event he founded for wounded veterans. It was here that he reportedly gave even more details about Baby Archie. According to Hello! magazine, Prince Harry told his good friend, Scottish TV presenter JJ Chalmers, about his first 24 hours with the newborn.

“He said it’s amazing but it’s hard work,” Chalmers told the publication. “He said that [Archie] slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do . . . and then he woke up.”

Chalmers then offered some anecdotes to Prince Harry about his own daughter. “I said to him that when my daughter came home from hospital, three years ago, she slept all the way home and for ten minutes in the house and she then opened her eyes and never went back to sleep,” he said.

Archie sleeping for his first 24 hours certainly aligns with Markle saying the baby is “calm” and has the “sweetest temperament.” “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Markle told journalists during Wednesday’s photo call.

“It’s been great. Parenting is amazing,” Prince Harry added at the photo call. “It has only been, what, two and a half, three days…. We are just so thrilled to have our own bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious time as he slowly starts to grow up.”

Keanu Reeves Movies That Prove He’s More Than An Action Star

Keanu Reeves - Bram Stoker's Dracula

Keanu Reeves is returning for another round of chasing, shooting, knife-throwing and butt-whooping in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the much-anticipated third installment in what has become an underdog success story of sorts (no unfortunate pun intended). The 54-year-old action star is spry and still kicks ass and takes names better than most people half his age can. Keanu Reeves has proven he has chops time and time again in nearly three decades of action flicks, including (but not limited to): Speed, The Matrix movies, Point Break and more.

However, to suggest that Keanu Reeves is solely an action man would sell him short.

While the actor has been mocked heavily throughout the years for his dry delivery, Keanu Reeves has shown himself to be a resilient and ever-evolving actor; he has worked through multiple different genres throughout his career, in a wide array of films — both big and small. So, we’ve decided tol take a look at Keanu Reeves’ other films beyond his action movies, showcasing an actor who has gone on to be one of the most dedicated and commendable performers in the film business.

Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Keanu Reeves In Comedies

Before he made a name for himself as an action star in the ’90s and early ’00s, Keanu Reeves was best known for his comedic chops. Most notably, playing the latter half of the title duo in 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Adventure, respectively. As Ted, working alongside Alex Winter’s Bill, Keanu Reeves played up his laid-back vibes to perfectly goofy effect. He had easy and winning chemistry with his on-screen friend, providing audiences everywhere with an endearing daffy slacker persona with loads of charm and heart to boot.

Surprisingly, Keanu Reeves’ comedies have been few-and-far between since then. But he didn’t leave the genre behind entirely. Keanu Reeves would still make appearances in the occasional comedy. Some examples include, but aren’t limited to, his work in 1993’s Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, 2001’s The Replacements and a nice supporting turn in 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give. For the most part, Reeves left comedy on the back-burner to continue his action career. The actor would only dip his toes into funny territory (or, at least, intentionally funny territory) periodically for awhile, notably with his turn in 2005’s little-seen indie Thumbsucker and 2015’s divisive dark comedy, Knock Knock.

For my money, Keanue Reeves provided one of his best and most underrated turns in recent years in last year’s winningly mean-spirited romantic comedy Destination Wedding, where he worked wonders with his sharp chemistry with Winona Ryder. Thankfully, Keanu Reeves has a new comedy lined up in the future, and it’s one that has long been promised. Specifically, Reeves is set to reprise his role as Ted Logan in 2020’s sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music. Excellent!

Keanu Reeves - The Neon Demon

Keanu Reeves In Suspenseful Thrillers

While the actor has often channeled his cool energy into playing the good guys, the actor has showcased a great talent for playing an opposing bad guy as well. As anyone who faced against John Wick would know, you don’t want to get on the guy’s bad side. Particularly when he’s playing the villain, that adds a whole new layer to his capabilities as an actor. In fact, I’d argue that some of his best roles in recent years have been on the antagonist side.

More specifically, Keanu Reeves gave some of his best performances to date in a pair of controversial 2016 titles: The Neon Demon and The Bad Batch, respectively. While he doesn’t have a ton of screen time in either movie, Reeves provides a menacing presence in both performances, allowing audiences to see a new side to the actor’s capabilities. He can be calm and collected in an unsettling measure, and when you don’t exactly know what his character is up to, it adds to the stakes enormously. Sure enough, when plays a mean, shadowy guy, you get to see more of the actor’s potential.

Keanu Reeves - Hardball

Keanu Reeves In Dramas

While Keanu Reeves is primarily known for his genre films, the actor has found himself in a few dramas throughout the years. Notably, Reeves has found himself working with esteemed directors like Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, Kenneth Branagh and Sam Raimi, to name a few, and his work in the dramatic arts has always been a bit wavering. Some of his best performances have been his dramatic ones. Some of his worst have been dramatic roles too, however.

His work in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho was a respected departure from his established comedic work at the time. His performance in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula is often considered a low-point for the actor. Though the movie itself has its fans, Keanu Reeves was considered miscast in the prominent part. Luckily, it didn’t deter the actor, and he continued to appear in drama films, including 1993’s Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing, 1995’s A Walk in the Clouds, 2000’s The Gift and 2001’s Sweet November.

Furthermore, Keanu Reeves received good notices in 2001’s Hardball. While the film itself received tepid notices, his performance was praised, and it showcased a new emotional range for the actor. His last drama was 2017’s Netflix film, To the Bone, which also starred Lily Collins.

Keanu Reeves - The Lake House

Keanu Reeves in Romances

Like many of us, Keanu Reeves appears to be a romantic at heart. The actor can be the opposite of passionate in a few of his calmer or hard-edged performances. Yet, when you see the actor as the romantic love interest, you begin to see the softer, sweeter side of his persona. Some examples include 2006’s The Lake House, which reunited Keanu Reeves with his Speed co-star Sandra Bullock. Prior to that, Keanu Reeves showcased his love for Cameron Diaz in 1996’s Feeling Minnesota. He also showed his romantic side in 1997’s drama The Last Time I Committed Suicide.

Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, Keanu Reeves appeared in Destination Wedding, though the film tends to pride itself on being a bit of an anti-romantic comedy until it’s, you know, a traditional romantic comedy. But in both the romantic and unromantic sides of things, Keanu Reeves excels. When it comes time to stop making as many action flicks, it might be wise for the actor to consider more fluttering romances. Just a thought.

Keanu Reeves - A Scanner Darkly

Keanu Reeves in Animation

Keanu Reeves has a very defined, distinctive voice. It’s surprising to me that he hasn’t done a lot of voiceover work, honestly. The actor’s cool, commanding vocal chords can carry a lot of gravitas in the right role. That makes his rather limited voice-only appearances kinda confounding. Seems like untapped potential, if you ask me. Nevertheless, the actor has lent his pipes to a few animated projects throughout his varied career. Though notably, most of these VO parts are comedic in nature.

For instance, Keanu Reeves reprised his role as Ted Logan in 1990’s short-lived animated series, Bill & Ted Excellent Adventures. The series, which only lasted 13 episodes, came out between the original film and its sequel, and it didn’t make a big splash. Nevertheless, it was the first time Keanu Reeves dove into animation. It wasn’t until Richard Linklater’s underrated 2006 drama A Scanner Darkly that he worked in the medium again. Though the rotoscoped film is a bit of an exception, since the animation style was created by actors filming their parts on set and then being animated over in post-production through an elaborate roundabout process.

Since then, Keanu Reeves has remained in live-action, though that will change this summer. He will be playing the role of Duke Caboom in Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story 4, which will be the actor’s next high-profile sequel following John Wick: Chapter 3. Details about the part have been slowly creeping out before the film’s release, but we should expect the part to be at least a little bit different than what we’re used to getting from the actor. That’s a pretty fitting way to finish up this particular piece.

In addition to the films listed above, Keanu Reeves has also proven himself in several other respects beyond his acting. He directed his first movie, the decent martial arts movie Man of Tai Chi, back in 2013. Additionally, Reeves has served as a producer on a number of films — many of which are upcoming — since 2010. He is also a musician. There’s no doubt that his action career is only a small portion of his capabilities, even if it might be what he’s known for best these days. Though it sounds like Keanu Reeves is willing to push himself into other projects outside of the action genre, particularly as he gets older. No matter what’s next, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for what’s in store for Keanu Reeves.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits theaters on May 17th.

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Taylor Swift Explains How Reputation Was Inspired By Game Of Thrones

The theme of Taylor Swift‘s 2017 album Reputation is jump-out-at-you vicious. Of course, there are Taylor’s lucid love tales, which have become a staple of her artistry, but they’re balanced out by more vengeful, angry songs, the kind that could be made of fire and smoke if it were a dragon shrieking their vocals. It turns out that Swift was inspired by Game of Thronesa show known for its trio of dragons, for Reputation‘s weaponized aesthetic. In a new cover story for Entertainment Weeklythe singer elaborated on which songs were inspired by different aspects of the show. Like all of us, she’s an expert on the land of Westeros.

But here’s the thing: she wasn’t watching it from the beginning. She first tuned into it in 2016. “So much of my imagination was spent on Game of Thrones,” she said. “At the time, I was making Reputation and I didn’t talk about it in interviews, so I didn’t reveal that a lot of the songs were influenced by the show.” What songs, you ask? She delves right into the specifics soon after in the interview. “‘Look What You Made Me Do’ is literally Arya Stark’s kill list. ‘King Of My Heart’ was influenced by Khal Drogo and Daenerys. It’s even got this post-hook of drums – I wanted them to sound like Dothraki drums. ‘I Did Something Bad’ I wrote after Arya and Sansa conspire to kill Littlefinger.”

Swift also revealed that the show influences her approach to storytelling on her albums and through the use of narrative bread crumbs hidden in her music videos. She was also asked about who she thinks will end up taking the Iron Throne once the coming war for the Seven Kingdoms wraps up. “Daenerys, Arya, or Sansa,” she said. “But if I’m being realistic, I think Sansa has the skill set and the ability to delegate and put on a brave face but a stoic demeanor.”

Swift is gearing up for her own takeover of the pop kingdom with the imminent release of her mysterious new album. She dropped the first single, “ME!,” last month. With it, a colorful, Mary-Poppins-In-Easter kind of video that proves the pastel colors of her youngest years are back and front and center.

What The Tolkien Cast Found Hard About Researching Their Characters

Tolkien Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins dance in costume in the alley

When playing a real life figure like J.R.R. Tolkien, or his wife Edith Bratt, it takes a lot of research to make sure you’re doing your job well. It’s something that both Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins faced when preparing to star in director Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien, a biopic on the life experiences that lead the titular author to start writing the Middle-Earth franchise.

But when trying into character, both Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins found that there was a fair degree of difficulty and liberation when it came to portraying the couple that would eventually fall in love and get married during the events shown in Tolkien. And a lot of those difficulties came from the fact that the younger incarnations that they were inhabiting aren’t exactly captured in a lot of media that they can base their portrayals off of.

When CinemaBlend spoke with both Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins during the press day for Tolkien, the question of the hardest challenges when honing their characters came up. And in the case of Hoult, the actor had the following feedback to provide when it came to his own research efforts:

There was lots of fun little things, like that him and Edith [Bratt], his long time love, would throw sugar cubes in people’s hats when they went for tea. And then he stole a bus, he was arrested for stealing a bus when he was younger at Oxford. But I just didn’t know anything about the man behind the legend, so it was a steep learning curve. I was mispronouncing his name, to be honest with you. I was saying “Toll-kin,” and I quickly realized that was the wrong pronunciation. I had to say “Toll-keen.” And yeah, it’s learning about those relationships that kind of gave him the safe environment to create, and it inspired him to then tell the stories he did.

The lack of footage for both J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Bratt’s younger selves is something that certain actors might see as stifling for their own creative process. After all, you don’t want to go into a film like Tolkien and totally botch the characterization of the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings, or his beloved wife for that matter.

But as folks who see the movie will find, both actors are up to the task of portraying very humanized versions of Tolkien and Bratt, as they tell the story of their meeting, and eventually their falling in love. Without proper characters, this wouldn’t work in a fictitious narrative, but in the case of Tolkien, you have to believe that the love between Ronald and Edith is so strong, he’d create epic romances and ravishing Elvish beauties in the name of that love.

To that respect, Lily Collins saw the challenge of portraying Edith as a similar learning opportunity to that of her Tolkien co-star, as she provided the following answer to that same question:

For me it was a little different, because there’s no real footage of [Edith.] There’s not many photos, so it’s not like people can really compare what they know to be true of her, and then me. But I think, in general, when you are playing someone who has a public persona that people already know of, mannerisms, making sure that innately you seem to have understood their aura, and kind of just the character in general of how they acted. When you can directly compare it to video footage or photos, it’s always going to be difficult, because people have a preconceived idea walking in.

While Nicholas Hoult had footage of J.R.R. Tolkien’s interviews from later on in life to go off of, Lily Collins didn’t have anything of the sort when it came to her portrayal of Edith. While it’s certainly an added level of challenge, at the same time, Collins admits that so long as her performance landed in a zone of approximation that matched what was written about Edith Bratt, she was free to move her performance in any direction that suited the sort of aura surrounding Edith’s character.

You can see Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins explain this for themselves, in the video below from our sit-down during the Tolkien junket day:

Very rarely can any actor capture the complete essence of the person they’re playing in a biopic. But in the case of Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, their portrayals of J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife are so well drawn, you can believe their story is not only true, but worthy of a happy ending.

The life story of Tolkien and his ultimate creation of Middle-Earth make for good movie watching, and audiences can see it for themselves as they see Tolkien in theaters, starting with early shows this evening. If you’re interested in further coverage on the film’s release, stay tuned to CinemaBlend as the week progresses.

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Watch Avengers: Endgame’s Professor Hulk Introduction In Official Marvel Clip

It goes without saying, but Avengers: Endgame SPOILERS are ahead!

For years, we were promised that Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame would form a special arc for the Hulk, and now we finally know the end result. In Endgame, rather than seeing the traditional dynamic between Bruce Banner and his monstrous other half, Bruce instead melded his intellect with Hulk’s physique, creating what’s unofficially known as Professor Hulk.

Whether you’ve already seen Avengers: Endgame once or a handful of times, or you haven’t made it to the theater yet and would like a more spoilery glimpse of the movie, Marvel has released the clip that introduces the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Professor Hulk. Check it out!

Although Hulk popped up at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War last year, after getting pummeled by Thanos, he refused to come back out for the rest of the movie, which directors Joe and Anthony Russo attributed to the Green Goliath getting tired of saving Bruce’ banners ass. We then spent a year wondering what was next for the Hulk, with many fans theorizing that Bruce and Hulk would become one being.

That is indeed what happened, as following Avengers: Endgame’s five-year time jump, one of the things Scott Lang was caught up to speed on after breaking free from the Quantum Realm was how Bruce Banner finally stopped looking at Hulk as a disease and instead viewed him as the cure. Several gamma radiation sessions later, and Bruce has the best of both worlds, with the public now seeing him as a superhero and kids wanting to take selfies with him and definitely not Ant-Man.

It’s also worth noting that this Avengers: Endgame clip doesn’t play out exactly as it does in the actual movie, as it cuts out the part where Scott Lang tells those kids “Take the goddamn phone!” I guess Marvel wants to be careful in case any young’uns are watching this clip.

Although Mark Ruffalo appeared as normal Bruce Banner at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, for the rest of the movie, Professor Hulk was Bruce’s normal form, with only Ruffalo proper appearing again when The Ancient One knocked Bruce’s astral form out of his body in 2012. However, the Russos have confirmed that the injury Hulk sustained to his arm when snapping Avengers: Infinity War’s dusted individuals back into existence is permanent, so he’ll have diminished strength going forward.

While Mark Ruffalo has at least one movie left on his contract, there’s no word yet on if we’ll see Hulk again in the MCU. Unlike what happened with Iron Man and Captain America, Avengers: Endgame didn’t completely close the book on Hulk’s story, so there’s potential for him to appear in another movie down the line. Nevertheless, the character’s come a long way since he first appeared in The Incredible Hulk, especially considering he never got to star in another solo movie.