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10 Iconic Movies Will Smith Almost Starred In

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There is no denying that Will Smith has done very well for himself in his long-standing Hollywood career. The accomplished actor, producer, musician and media superstar has brought his charisma, talents and winning personality to the big leagues, and he has continued to prove himself time and time again. And the actor has, once again, found himself breaking records and winning the affections of at least a few audiences with Guy Ritchie’s live-action Disney remake, Aladdin.

But while there are a ton of popular, beloved films and TV shows featuring Will Smith’s established virtuoso and cool charm, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Men in Black, Independence Day, Hitch, I Am Legend, I, Robot, Bad Boys and several others, there are just as many classic, iconic films — if not more — that almost found themselves with an extra dose of Big Willie Style. But nobody can do everything, especially in a town that is as frantic as Hollywood, and some roles fall through the cracks for a variety of different reasons.

Will Smith might have it all, but he can’t have everything. Some things are simply not meant to be, and some roles didn’t suit Will Smith’s tastes. With that, we’ll be looking at 10 of the iconic movies that almost starred Will Smith. Because if he had starred in any number of these projects, pop culture would probably not be the same time. There are very few people in this world who can change the pop culture climate on a whim like that, but Smith is that type of guy, and there are very few A-list celebrities quite like him.

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The Matrix

In 1996, Will Smith was on top of the world. The actor had appeared in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and turned himself into an actual, full-fledged movie star with his role in Independence Day. Although the actor was reluctant to appear in another alien movie, he trusted the mind of executive producer Steven Spielberg and decided to star in Men In Black after initially turning down the role. While he was rising higher-and-higher up in his film career, it seemed that Will Smith could do no wrong. But he made one decision that ultimately haunted him: he turned down the lead role in The Matrix.

Will Smith has gone on-the-record about his decision not to appear in The Matrix, particularly on his YouTube channel. In the video, appropriately titled “Why I Turned Down The Matrix,” which you can watch below, Will Smith admits that he is “not proud” of his decision to turn down the role of Neo, which ultimately went to Keanu Reeves (although Johnny Depp was reportedly the filmmakers’ first choice for the role).

The actor admits that he didn’t really understand the pitch described by the Wachowskis, and he opted to star in Wild Wild West instead. Evidently, that turned into Will Smith’s first spectacular failure. Meanwhile, The Matrix became a huge pop culture phenomenon.

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Superman Returns

Could you believe Will Smith was more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Well, we almost had a chance to find out for ourselves. The actor was in the running to play the Man of Steel in Bryan Singer’s 2006 reboot, Superman Returns. And he was considered a frontrunner for the part, as you would likely imagine. But while the role could’ve easily been among Will Smith’s most iconic performances if he had said “yes,” cementing himself even further into Hollywood legacy, the A-list performer opted not to take it, with Brandon Routh taking the part instead.

There’s no telling what Will Smith’s Superman would be like. It would undeniably be a game-changer in the history of cinema, for a variety of reasons, and it might’ve spanned a new film trilogy — or more — for the beloved, world-famous superstar. Alas, as Smith explained to MTV promoting the underwhelming 2008’s superhero dark comedy Hancock, there was a specific reason why Smith decided not to put on the famous blue-and-red tights.

The last ‘Superman’ I got offered, the script came, and I was like, ‘There is no way I’m playing Superman!’ I had already done Jim West [in Wild Wild West], and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood! You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, you’ll never work in this town again!

Will Smith would later get to leave his mark on a DC Comics property playing Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, in 2016’s Suicide Squad.

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Django Unchained

It’s rare for an actor to turn down a role in the new Quentin Tarantino joint. Most actors would jump on that opportunity instantly, especially when they are offered the lead role — the title role no less! But Will Smith is not most actors. While Tarantino reportedly conceived the role of Django in his acclaimed 2012 film, Django Unchained, with Smith in mind, the actor declined the invitation, believing that the opportunity wasn’t in his best interest.

As he explained to Entertainment Weekly, Will Smith believed that — despite the role being in the title — that Django wasn’t ultimately the main character of the film. In his view, reading Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning script, Smith felt that the bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz in the movie, was ultimately the true main character, and that Django played second fiddle. The role ultimately went to Jamie Foxx, who earned a great deal of acclaim for his performance. While Will Smith did stress that he found the movie to be “brilliant,” he decided it would be better for another actor.

Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead! … I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy! … I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me.

With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood being the ninth of Quentin Tarantino’s planned 10-film run, maybe the director could find a more fitting leading role for Will Smith in his final movie, whatever that may be.

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

It’s damn near impossible to top Gene Wilder’s performance as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The actor’s delightful witty, yet tender and poignant portrayal of the popular Roland Dahl character is quite possibly the actor’s most beloved and treasured role. When it came time for Tim Burton to remake the movie in 2005, the director didn’t have an easy position. Who was someone who could fit in those big shoes?

The studio had a line-up of potential candidates, and that list included several note-worthy stars, including, but not limited to, Brad Pitt, Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey, Bill Murray, Nicolas Cage and Adam Sandler, surprisingly enough. And Will Smith was also a potential candidate for the part. Do you think because his name is also William that he was considered for the part? We’ll leave that to speculation. But while it’s unclear if he was just considered or if he was actually in discussion to play the part, the casting decision never came to be. Tim Burton went with Johnny Depp to play the role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which shouldn’t come to a big surprise to anyone who knows the filmmaker.

And it doesn’t seem as though Will Smith has gone on record to discuss whether or not he was seriously in contention for the part. But if Smith had brought his charisma, radiance and magnetism to the character of Willy Wonka, it might’ve possibly rivaled what we saw with Gene Wilder. (And Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite movie, so I don’t say that lightly).

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A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born is a Hollywood fairy tale, passed down from generation to generation, and a timeless tale that has been reworked and retooled for continue resonating for audiences young and old. Bradley Cooper found some new magic to be found in his reimagining of the old-fashioned love tragedy in 2018’s acclaimed remake, but there was a time — more than once, in fact — when Will Smith was considered to play the lead male role.

Back in 1998, there were plans to make a new version of A Star Is Born with Will Smith acting alongside Whitney Houston. That version of the film ultimately fell through, but that wasn’t the last time Smith’s name was floating around the project. Later on, around 2013, there were more talks about making a version of A Star is Born with Jennifer Lopez acting alongside him. Once again, this version also fell through. Perhaps the third time would’ve been the charm? We’ll never know. But it should be noted that his rumored involvement came before Bradley Cooper stepped on to co-write, direct and star with Lady Gaga, and this long-in-the-works remake ultimately became a rousing success — both critically and commercially.

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith

While Mr. And Mrs. Smith would go on to become the film that brought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie together, at least for a period of time, they weren’t always attached to the film together. Sure enough, during the casting process, Will Smith’s name was being thrown around as a possible actor to appear as John Smith in the film, in the role that ultimately went to Pitt. And if you’re wondering if Will Smith was being considered for the role of John Smith because his last name was also Smith, you wouldn’t be alone.

It should be noted that Mr. And Mrs. Smith was primarily looking to cast Brad Pitt in the role. But when it was unclear if the actor would be able to appear in the film, the producers were looking into the possibility of either Johnny Depp or Will Smith playing the part. Depp ultimately passed on the film based on his commitments elsewhere. For Will Smith, it’s not entirely clear why it didn’t work out for him. And it should be noted that the version of Mr. And Mrs. Smith with Will Smith would’ve starred Catherine Zeta-Jones, not Angelina Jolie. But no matter. The part was ultimately given to Brad Pitt, and the rest is history.

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Boyz N The Hood

One of Cuba Gooding Jr’s most celebrated, well-known roles was Tre Styles in Boyz N The Hood, the Oscar-nominated debut of the late writer-director John Singleton. The 1991 drama has gone to become a powerful and influential work of an early filmmaker who rose to acclaim thanks in large part due to his work in this film. But there was once a point in time where Will Smith was being considered for the role of Tre Styles.

In the early ’90s, Will Smith was well on his way to becoming a household name with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But there is a timeline out there where Smith chose to make Boyz N The Hood instead, likely solidifying him as a dramatic actor rather than a comedic/action movie superstar. Who knows where Will Smith would be today if he took this role instead of Fresh Prince. But evidently, it worked out well for both well-established stars.

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Rush Hour

It’s hard to imagine Rush Hour without its two leads: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Their unexpected buddy cop antics, mixed with fun and reflexive chemistry, made the original movie what it is, even if the second one only match its heights to an extent. (The more left unsaid about the third film, the better). But even though the comedy is easily among Tucker’s most famous roles, the part of Carter almost went to another famous comedy actor: Will Smith.

That’s right. Chris Tucker wasn’t considered the first choice for the role of Carter. Producers tried to bring other established comedic actors like Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle and Will Smith into the project, and they all declined the role. The idea of turning down the opportunity to work with Jackie Chan is beyond me, but that’s neither here nor there. Eventually, though, Chris Tucker was chosen for the part. And there’s a good chance it wouldn’t be the same with any other actor, since Tucker improvised a majority of his dialogue. So, it’s safe to say that Tucker made this role his own.

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Dreamgirls

Bill Condon’s sensational 2006 musical adaptation of Dreamgirls was one of the year’s biggest successes. It garnered a great deal of critical and commercial fame, and it went on to win two Oscars, including one for Jennifer Hudson in her film debut. And while he isn’t remembered quite as fondly as Hudson, Beyonce Knowles or Eddie Murphy for his contributions to the film, Jamie Foxx also made a good impression as Curtis Taylor Jr.

But while the actor went on to play the role after he initially declined the part, Jamie Foxx wasn’t the only actor in-the-running for the role. Will Smith, as well as Denzel Washington and Terrence Howard, were also in contention for the role, and ultimately none of them took it on. It’s unclear exactly why Will Smith didn’t embark on this musical project, though it likely had to due with scheduling conflicts. No matter; the film was still a great smash.

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Phone Booth

In Phone Booth, we follow a man (Colin Farrell) who is trapped in a phone booth for a majority of the film and must carry the audience’s heightened attention during periods of great suspense. It’s a risky project to tackle, and there’s a reason it took a long time to get off the ground. Nevertheless, while it took a great deal of time, Farrell eventually signed on and played the role. But there were several other actors who were signed on at different points in time, including Will Smith.

As the claustrophobic film slowly but surely made its way off the ground, Will Smith was greatly interested in playing the lead role. However, while he loved the script, he felt like the bad guy’s storyline wasn’t “clear enough” for his own personal tastes. After a great deal of back-and-forth, Smith did not end up pursuing it, letting the character be played by someone else. Thankfully, Colin Farrell proved himself well in the suspense-driven film.

It’s impossible to know whether or not any of these films would’ve been quite as popular if they featured Will Smith’s talents. Movies are never a guaranteed success. Any number of factors could turn them into disasters, and while each of these films have their loyal fans, all of them could’ve ended up falling to the wayside at any given moment, and there’s a reason why people say that good movies are miracles. It’s hard to make a movie work, let alone become a cultural success.

Therefore, as Will Smith suggested in the video above, there are no certain ways of knowing what any of these movies would be like if you took out one competent. Like a house of cards, if one piece is taken out, the whole thing could fall apart. Though Will Smith has proven himself time and time again, and probably would’ve made any of these movies work, his career is his own, and there is no denying that he has found a wealth of success on his own terms. But one can’t help but wonder where we would be today if Will Smith said yes instead of no to any of the projects listed above.

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Dark Phoenix Could Lose Up To $100 Million

The newest, and penultimate movie in the X-Men franchise under Fox, debuted in theaters this past weekend, and…things did not go well. Dark Phoenix found itself opening to the lowest box office numbers in the history of the nearly 20 year old franchise. Based on that lackluster opening, and the odds that things are unlikely to get any better, analysts are predicting that the movie could end up losing as much as $120 million.

In addition to the low box office take, Dark Phoenix also isn’t setting the world on fire when it comes to the critical response. The Rotten Tomatoes score is an abysmal 24% and the CinemaScore is a B-, a low for the franchise.

As one can imagine, there are a lot of theories as to why Dark Phoenix may have performed so badly. There are a variety of factors that appear to have contributed to the downfall in some way. The fact that the previous X-Men film, Apocalypse, had been the lowest grossing film in the franchise up until now certainly didn’t help. It’s likely that the film turned a lot of people off and nothing in Dark Phoenix was enough to bring them back.

On top of that, for those in the know that follow Hollywood and knew that this was to be the final movie in the Fox X-Men franchise, there may have been a feeling that the movie simply didn’t matter because everything was going to be rebooted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe anyway.

The film certainly had some behind the scenes issues. Deadline reports that the movie was originally supposed to be two films, that was then cut down to one, forcing writer/director Simon Kinberg to rewrite the story.

Then the film had to go back for reshoots, and while that’s common practice for films of this size, there was certainly a feeling from some that these reshoots were bad news, and there was little response from Fox to try and downplay that perspective. The fact that Dark Phoenix had its release date pushed back just a couple days after releasing a trailer with the original release date was not a good look.

There was clearly a perception going in that this was a troubled project, and while it doesn’t actually appear the movie had any more difficulty than your average blockbuster, at a certain point perception becomes reality and the feeling that Dark Phoenix wasn’t going to be a must see film resulted in that happening.

For a franchise that had some incredible massive entries, watching it fade away like this is more than a little sad.

Of course, technically there’s the possibility that the X-Men franchise could still end on a high note. There is one more Fox-produced film waiting in the wings. Of course, The New Mutants is suffering from a lot of the same negative buzz as Dark Phoenix, so it will have the deck stacked against it.

The Aladdin Remake Has Passed The Original At The Box Office

Other than the odd misfire every once in a while, Disney tends to get its wishes granted at the box office and that has certainly been true with Aladdin. Disney’s latest live-action reimagining in a year full of them premiered over Memorial Day weekend and has enjoyed magical success both domestically and abroad. Now Guy Ritchie’s film has passed the original, beloved 1992 film upon which it is based.

Aladdin now sits at a whopping $604.9 million worldwide after a little over two weeks in release according to Box Office Mojo. That breaks down to $232.4 million domestic and $372.5 million international for the musical remake. That worldwide total is more than enough to pass the original 1992 film. That classic of the Disney Renaissance, starring Robin Williams, made $504 million worldwide over it entire box office lifetime.

It’s an impressive feat for the Guy Ritchie film because Disney’s 1992 Aladdin was a true force at the box office. Despite releasing the same year as other classics like Lethal Weapon 3, A Few Good Men, The Bodyguard and even the comic book movie Batman Returns, Aladdin was the Number 1 movie at the box office in 1992, both domestically and worldwide.

Aladdin (2019) has also now passed the $543.5 million worldwide that Disney’s 2015 live-action reimagining Cinderella made in its run. That makes it the fifth most successful of the live-action remakes on the worldwide charts, coming in behind Maleficent’s $758.5 million. All of this for a film that seemed to have a lot working against it in the run up to its release.

Remaking a beloved, nostalgic classic is always a tricky proposition and everything is under a microscope. For Aladdin (2019), the thing that caused the most handwringing was the look of Will Smith’s Genie. A big part of the love for the original Disney animated classic was the performance of the late, lamented Robin Williams. It was an impossible standard to live up to and it seemed like it might weigh the remake down.

But even mediocre reviews upon release couldn’t hold this magic carpet down and any fears that it would flop vanished over opening weekend. Audiences enjoyed it much more than critics and that is reflected in the film’s box office performance. So for this new Aladdin to surpass the original at the box office, it does seem to give it some validation.

To be fair, making more money in 2019 dollars isn’t quite the same thing. When adjusted for inflation the original Aladdin’s $232.4 million becomes over $472 million and that’s just domestic. The original film also cost $28 million in 1992 dollars, whereas the CGI spectacle-filled remake cost $183 million today. So it’s not exactly a 1 to 1 comparison, but what is clear is that this property still has plenty of magic left and with the new film still in theaters. We’ll just have to wait and see how high it can go.

Aladdin is now playing, but that’s not the only live-action remake of a Disney animated classic coming this summer. The Lion King arrives in theaters on July 19. Check out all of Disney’s upcoming live-action reimaginings in our guide.

Rihanna Really Wants To Be A Mother ‘More Than Anything In Life’

Rihanna is a woman of many titles: just a few of those are legendary singer, dancer, businesswoman, and fashion designer. One thing she isn’t, yet, is a mother to a child. There’s no word if that’s coming in the near future. But Rihanna made one thing clear in a recent conversation with Ocean 8‘s castmate Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine: she wants to be a mother.

She’s also extremely shy, too. Rihanna and Paulson connected over the phone for an amusing conversation that peeled some of the layers back on Rihanna the person, not just Rihanna the musician. One thing you’ll never get from seeing Rihanna’s confidence is that she’s shy, but, it turns out, that this confidence is fake. “Because I kind of pretend it’s not happening, people read me as being confident. But I’m so shy I don’t even want you to know I’m shy,” she says. After the conversation steers away from her personality kinks, Rihanna then gets personal. When asked if she wants to be a mother, she simply responds with “More than anything in life.” There’s no further elaboration on the topic.

Inevitably, the conversation does turn to music, but Rihanna doesn’t budge when prodded about her forthcoming reggae album. “It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” she says. “I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out.” Paulson then asks how much longer the wait will be and Rihanna responds with “I wish I knew.”

That wait is probably going to be for quite a while, at least. Rihanna sits on top of a $600 million empire that largely sits on her new luxury fashion house for LVMH. She unveiled the first pieces for it last month in Paris. For now, we just have the possible name of the album to latch on to: R9.

Star Wars Fans Are Hoping For Another Classic Character In The Rise of Skywalker

Take a look at the supposed evidence for yourself, below:

Within the big shot of Billy Dee Williams’ returning scoundrel sitting in the Millennium Falcon cockpit alongside Oscar Isaac’s roguish Poe Dameron, you can see that Lando is surely rocking a very familiar looking bracelet that has been seen in The Empire Strikes Back.

Looking at the detail in the recent Anne Liebowitz photo shoot for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and comparing it to a shot of Lando using the bracelet in The Empire Strikes Back, co-writer/director J.J. Abrams seems to have called upon classic Star Wars history yet again to realize his vision of its future.

The character of Lobot has an interesting history, starting with his original appearance as played by John Hollis in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. The character started life as a cyborg aide to Lando Calrissian, and was integral to freeing Princess Leia and the rest of the Rebels being held on Cloud City, after the freezing of Han Solo.

But, as with a lot of supporting characters in the Star Wars universe, there was quite a bit of background filled into Lobot’s backstory before and after the classic trilogy’s run. But even with this rich background of material, there is one pretty big snag to bringing back Lobot into the Star Wars fabric, should this eagle eyed Twitter user be onto something.

Actor John Hollis passed away in 2005, which could rule out his return entirely, depending on whether or not Lucasfilm has the right clearances to use his likeness. In the best case scenario, there’s a possibility they’ll work some digital magic to animate Hollis’ face onto a body double.

Though, should this not be an option, we could end up seeing another AJ^6 cyborg construct in the employ of Lando, and just as willing to serve faithfully in the fight against the First Order. As is with most Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker theories, we’ll have to wait for further information to prove or disprove this valid possibility.

Every day the playing field narrows, with new figures and old being introduced into the roster. And with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker only getting closer as time ticks on, it feels like we’re going to see some big surprises headed our way in these crucial hours.

187 CEOs Just Signed a Letter Calling Abortion Bans Bad for Business

This year, lawmakers have passed some of the most restrictive abortion bans in history—but business leaders aren’t staying silent. Today, nearly 200 CEOs—including the CEOs of Glossier, Twitter, Away, and MAC Cosmetics—took out a powerful full-page ad in The New York Times to condemn the bans sweeping the country.

“Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time,” the ad reads. “Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers. Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business.” It’s signed by 187 CEOs representing brands including H&M, DVF, Postmates, Birchbox, Yelp, Everlane, Tinder, Outdoor Voices, Bauble Bar, THINX, Mara Hoffman, and Ouai. “We, the undersigned, represent more than 108,000 workers and stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace,” the open letter states.

The ad comes just weeks after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed an abortion ban that reads like something from the Handmaid’s Tale. The new state law prohibits abortion for any reason other than to protect the woman’s health, and criminalizes the procedure, meaning any woman who seeks, or any doctor who performs, an abortion could face prison time. Lawmakers refused to make exceptions even in cases of rape and incest.

This isn’t the first time business leaders have fought back. After Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that prohibits abortions after six weeks (before most women even know they’re pregnant), Netflix stated that it would reconsider filming in Georgia. “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement to Glamour. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there—while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

On Twitter, people are sharing their support for the companies behind the ad:

The message from the business world is about more than just a single ad or a few social media posts. “It’s not enough to fire off an angry tweet,” says Patrick Godfrey, co-CEO of Godfrey Dadich Partners, a creative firm based in San Francisco, who signed the letter. Following the letter, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced the launch of DontBanEquality.com, a site where people can learn more about how business leaders are standing up for reproductive rights and how CEOs can add their names to the list. “Extreme abortion bans are not only appalling, they’re completely out of touch with public sentiment,” says Godfrey. “We see this as an opportunity to turn growing rage into public action. Signing on to support equality and the ability for women to control their own bodies is the least we can do as leaders, and as friends and colleagues.”

There Are Tons Of Things Secret Life Of Pets 3 Could Cover, According To The Cast

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Just as The Secret Life of Pets’ ending posed the question of how that once hidden world would continue to be much of a secret, The Secret Life of Pets 2 has quite a few developments that will have fans wondering where the next installment may take familiar characters like Patton Oswalt’s Max, Kevin Hart’s Snowball, and Jenny Slate’s Gidget.

There are no official talks just yet, especially considering the film’s only opened this past weekend, but the subject came up during CinemaBlend’s attendance at the recent press day for the Universal/Illumination sequel. As luck would have it, the answers we got as to where a potential plot line to The Secret Life of Pets 3 would go were all wildly different. But considering the pseudo-anthology format of the franchise, there’s a chance that all three answers could mesh into one, cohesive film.

Starting with Kevin Hart’s idea, inspired by his character Snowball’s recent venture into superheroism, The Secret Life of Pets 3 would tackle the following subject:

If we were to do a Pets 3, anything in the direction of this ‘super world.’ And as we’re talking about the life of these pets, and their homes, ultimately the pets need a protector. They need somebody that’s looking over them, they need somebody that is strictly there to guide them in the right direction. If anything ever went bad, they’d be there to fix it, and I think that’s where Snowball would come in handy.

As we saw in The Secret Life of Pets 2, Captain Snowball went from a mere idea/persona for the recently homed bunny into something he feels he could fully pull off. So the next big step for this heroic house-pet would obviously be to draft a super league of avengers for justice.

Whether it be formed with fellow protagonists Max and Gidget, or if Captain Snowball would recruit from the extensive roster of supporting pets that are also in the mix, The Secret Life of Pets 3 sounds like a super opportunity to further poke loving fun at the comic book films that make up so much of the box office market.

Of course, this is just part of the stories that The Secret Life of Pets 2 cast wants to take part in for a potential third entry. And then next possibility in line is that of Jenny Slate, the voice of pampered dog, and now potential queen of the cats, Gidget.

While she was crowned in this most recent film, it’s not a title that Jenny Slate is beholden to. It is a fresh adventure that seems like both she and her character would crave. At least, that’s what her remarks below would have us think, as she pitched this scenario:

I just want her to keep moving. Yeah. Get her into new worlds every time, because her personality is so great, it’ll always be there. And I think that helps her to encounter new things. I think that goes for people as well.

It is pretty funny to think of Gidget as the queen of the cats, especially after her antics trying to study and infiltrate them in The Secret Life of Pets 2. But that is a gag that admittedly can only go so far, as a queen is usually sequestered from the world; and much like Jenny Slate, Gidget is a free spirit.

Potentially letting her off the leash, so to speak, and seeing her play around the various parks and landmarks of New York might make for a wonderful Gidget adventure in The Secret Life of Pets 3. Maybe she’ll even meet a new pal that helps quell her unrequited love for Max, which could even start off a love triangle of sorts.

Though should Gidget remain true to her infatuation with Max, it might pay off in the long run. Ever since the first Secret Life of Pets film, Gidget has worn her heart on her sleeve for that particularly neurotic terrier, and that’s a perfect hook for the plotline that Patton Oswalt suggested The Secret Life of Pets 3 hang its hat on, courtesy of this beautiful twist:

I was actually thinking if he… what if he did hook up with Gidget, and what if they did have puppies together? How would he and Gidget as a couple be raising children? Like what those two… you have someone with no boundaries and someone who’s all boundaries. Someone with zero worries, and someone who’s nothing but worries. Where does that go in parenting? That would be fascinating to watch that dynamic back and forth.

Seeing Max toying around with his boundaries was a rich mine of material for The Secret Life of Pets 2, as he learned slowly but surely how to be a dog parent to little human Liam. With new parenting skills comes a new outlook on kids in general, and with time passing pretty fast in the franchise, it does feel like Max and Gidget settling down would be a fantastic proposition.

All three ideas for The Secret Life of Pets 3 suggest that there are so many stories that this hypothetical next film could tell. And in those stories, there’s potential to see Max, Snowball, and Gidget grow and go to places we’ve never seen them approach before.

In the varying dynamics of the three leads, and the various supporting pets in The Secret Life of Pets series, there’s an infinite combination of what sort of story magic can be woven. So as long as writer Brian Lynch continues to keep his head in the space of these mischievous, but lovable, animal characters, and as long as the public continues to applaud their ongoing adventures, the things that these pets do in secret will continue to entertain the movie going public.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is in theaters now, but if you’ve already seen the film and would like to scope out some further animated action, take a look at our 2019 release schedule. There’s plenty more where this came from!

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5 Dark Phoenix Trailer Shots That Didn’t Make The Movie’s Final Cut

Warning: spoilers for Dark Phoenix are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, bookmark this story and come back once you’ve caught up.

Like major theme parks, motion pictures tend to have a fair amount of issues they need to work out before they’re running smoothly. And one of the ways a big film like Dark Phoenix tends to deal with such hurdles is through the time honored tradition of reshoots!

Surely we’ve all heard about the extensive reshoots that director Simon Kinberg went through to make this final chapter in the X-Men franchise particularly special, but we had no real idea what had changed in the process. That was, until a recent discussion between our ReelBlend podcast and Dark Phoenix star Tye Sheridan provided some pretty keen insight into what exactly happened.

With a final battle that originally took place at the U.N., and saw Jean Grey taking on a bunch of Skrulls that were hiding out on Earth, Sheridan painted a pretty intense picture as to what we would have seen in that original ending. And with some handy sleuthing, we’ve actually found images from that discarded Dark Phoenix finale, sitting right there in the original teaser trailer for the film that was released last September!

Here now are five shots that we saw in that first look at the X-Men finale that are NOT in the \finished movie, and what they look to contain:

The first shot from the Dark Phoenix trailer that looks to have been canned is this image of Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops wandering through a cloud of dust. You can find it at the 01:26 mark, and this moment looks like it’s part of the aftermath of the U.N. attack, or at least a portion of said attack.

Some suited figures are also in the gloomy looking scene, leaving us to believe these may or may not be humans spared by the huge Skrull throwdown.

Scott and Jean look to be in a fountain, with Scott already wet post-Skrull toss, and Jean looks to have made her decision to say her goodbyes and take off into space.

The second shot, shown in consecutive order, sees the tearful Jean in the fountain outside of the United Nations with Scott. He cups her face in his hand, and it looks like we would have gotten one hell of a heartbreaker in this original shot.

But of course, Scott’s not the only one whose heart was broken in Dark Phoenix, as we see in an image with everyone’s favorite electromagnetic heartthrob, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.

Bracing himself against a structure at about 01:38 in the teaser trailer, we see Fassbender in a moment of true upset, shedding a tear presumably after learning about the death of Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique. Or maybe the departure of Jean Grey from this Earth? We’re not sure.

With the news being brought to him by Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, Dark Phoenix sees this moment happening on a sunnier day at Magneto’s compound, but it looks like there was an alternate take on that scene with the two possibly meeting under more overcast circumstances.

Our last missing shot from Dark Phoenix doesn’t show any of the X-Men, however it does show what looks like Brian D’Arcy James’ President of the United States being escorted through the U.N. Or, at least, what parts of it are still standing as the battle between Jean Grey and the Skrulls rages on.

With Dark Phoenix switching its ending to the action sequence involving the X-Men fighting the D’bari on the Mutant Containment Unit train, there is a missed opportunity for the X-Men franchise to have tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. While they may have thought their ending was too similar to that of Captain Marvel, the original finale would have left hope for the current run of X-Men films to mean something outside of historical value.

But with the film’s lackluster opening, and the franchise hitting some patches of troubled history starting with X-Men: Apocalypse, it’s pretty clear that Dark Phoenix is the end of the X-Men as we know it. And Disney feels fine with that, as there’s obviously a chance for them to return to this property with a third fresh reboot.

Much like World War Z and Suicide Squad in the past, Dark Phoenix fought its battles valiantly and publicly. And while we found a radically changed product making its way to the big screen, it’s always intriguing to see what might have been through those scraps that made it into the marketing campaigns of such blockbusters.

Dark Phoenix is in theaters now, but if you’re interested to see what’s beyond the end of the X-Men, take a look at the 2019 release schedule. That is, if you don’t already have mutant powers to see the schedule without our easy reference guide. In which case, you might want to consider going pro.

Rihanna Just Gave a Rare Look Into Her Relationship With Boyfriend Hassan Jameel

Rihanna gives the world so much: her music, her inclusive Fenty Beauty products, her new game-changing fashion line, and those iconic photos of her walking around with wine glasses. But one thing she doesn’t discuss much is her private life, especially her relationship with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel—which, fair!

She made an exception, though, for her friend and Ocean’s 8 co-star Sarah Paulson in a new story for Interview magazine. In the piece, Rihanna reveals that she’s started carving out more personal time for herself—literally, her calendar is marked with a “P” on those days—and it’s in part thanks to her relationship.

“I never used to be this way. It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself, because your mental health depends on it,” she says. “If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore.”

She continues, “My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place. I’ve made little things a big deal, like going for a walk or going to the grocery store. I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, ‘I need to make time for this.’”

At one point in the interview the singer gives Paulson free rein to ask her anything she wants, which leads to this short, but revealing, exchange about Jameel.

How Captain Marvel’s Reshoots And Editing Helped Clarify The Story

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a well-oiled machine, and it’s been on a serious roll with Phase Three. Every single blockbuster in the current slate of movies has been a critical and box office hit. This includes Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel, which was the final movie to arrive in theaters before Avengers: Endgame broke records and delivered countless plot twists.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck did have a lofty job ahead of them, adapting a lesser-known hero’s origin story into live-action, while also breaking new ground for the MCU. And as it turns out, the movie really came together in the editing and reshoot process for the duo of directors. As Boden recently explained to CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg:

Anna Boden makes a great point. Movies are primarily a visual medium, so it’s easier to craft scenes and the overall narrative of them once there’s footage to manipulate. And since blockbusters like Captain Marvel come with reshoots built into the schedule, there’s the ability to include additional footage to move the storytelling forward.

In her conversation with Eric Eisenberg, Anna Boden also directly references test screenings as an integral part in the filmmaking process for Captain Marvel. Having actual eyes watching drafts of the movie allowed the narrative to be fine-tuned, and changes to be made that might help the movie become more user friendly. Its an effort that worked, as Carol Danvers’ origin story made a ton of money at the box office.

In the same conversation with CinemaBlend, Ryan Fleck also the true help that Marvel’s reshoots schedule was in the making of Captain Marvel. As he put it:

Getting Annette Bening was a major get for Captain Marvel, and the American Beauty actress ultimately played two separate characters: The Supreme Intelligence and Mar-Vell / Dr. Wendy Lawson. In order to make sure the audience could follow these mysterious figures, additional scenes were shot that could give appropriate exposition.

Captain Marvel made a big splash in her solo movie, and popped up as a supporting character in Avengers: Endgame. While not involved in the Time Heist, her powers were a macguffin for multiple plot points, and she was shown crossing over with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Kevin Feige has teased that she’ll have a major role in Phase Four, although the studio is still keeping its cards close to the chest.

Captain Marvel will be available for home purchase on June 11th, and the title character can be seen in theaters for Avengers: Endgame. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.