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This Rotten Week: Predicting Alita: Battle Angel, Happy Death Day 2U and Isnt’ it Romantic Reviews!

This week’s slate of big movies releases gives us a high-concept cyberpunk film, a Groundhog Day for horror fans, and a teardown of the rom-com genre. Get ready for Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day 2U and Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Isn’t it Romantic.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer for cinema-goers.

Around 15 years after James Cameron and Co. first started pitching and developing it, Alita: Battle Angel will finally see the light of day. It’s a big swing from from producer Cameron, a guy who doesn’t like to hit singles. He’s got Robert Rodriguez directing a tech-embracing film about a future in which cyborgs (for lack of a better word) are aplenty and one girl, the last of her kind, is fighting against an evil organization. There’s a lot about Alita that looks awesome visually, but it might not totally land with everyone.

Early sentiment is generally positive, but not to an overwhelming degree. It’s sitting 61% through more than 80 reviews. That’s a fairly middling score, all things considered, and I don’t expect those stats to tick up at all over the course of the rest of the week. Even the negative reviews don’t pan the movie, per se, and do say that there are exciting moments, but that it’s all ultimately a bit cluttered. I suspect this may become something of a cult movie if the mainstream folk don’t come around.

Happy Death Day (71%) was a pleasant box office surprise when it came out a year and a half ago. It took the Groundhog Day concept into the horror realm with a woman forced to live out her birthday over and over. The twist being that she ends each day by getting murdered by a baby-masked serial killer. Critics were mostly on board with the tongue-in-cheek plot line and storytelling.

Here we get the inevitable sequel in which Jessica Rothe’s Tree Gelbmann needs to do the whole thing over again, because now her friends are experiencing the same kind of horrific deja vu. Director Christopher Landon is back after helming the first flick. He’s been a screenwriter on plenty of horror movies, but this series is his first director credits. I can’t imagine the second finishes as highly as the first, but the trailer did at least look funny and self-aware of what the joke is.

Imagine hitting your head and waking up in the world of a clichéd (and sappy and generic) rom-com? That’s the idea behind Isn’t it Romantic. In it, Rebel Wilson despises the romantic comedy genre, but wakes up to find herself living in a world where dance routines break out spontaneously, where men ride around in limos proposing to the protagonist and her apartment is decked out to the nines. Frankly, it looks pretty damn funny.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson and his creative team have an incredible amount of source material to work from, even without stepping on the toes of They Came Together. They’re taking all of the worst aspects of this genre and putting them to work in a story about a woman living through a particular kind of hell. Wilson can carry a movie like this and I like its critical prospects.

Recapping last week: With four movies last time around, we came within range on half of them. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Predicted: 90% Actual: 84%) fell a bit over the course of the week, but still was a big critical hit. The return to Bricksburg was a successful one and the Phil Lord/ Christopher Miller screenwriting pair just continues to crush it in a way that few other animated film writers can do.

Meanwhile, Cold Pursuit (Predicted: 82% Actual: 74%) also ended up within range. Like I said at the time, it was a good thing there were early reviews in on this thing. There’s no way I would have gone as high with the prediction had some critics not gotten early looks. The comedic element, poking fun at many of the Liam Neeson revenge flicks, worked for reviewers and it ended up certified fresh, where many of Neeson’s other flicks have not.

The Prodigy (Predicted: 33% Actual: 45%) was a near-miss on the under side. I didn’t think it would outright stink, but these kind of family-gone-wrong horror movies do tend to struggle, if usually because they are often so formulaic. (See the opposite with Hereditary.) To be fair, it only has 42 registered reviews in the system. I bet if the entirety of the critical universe went and saw it, my prediction would be much closer.

And finally, I totally whiffed on What Men Want (Predicted: 15% Actual: 47%). I’m very surprised on this one. The trailer was a total wreck without a single funny moment, and the premise is tired and worn. I’m just kind of shocked this received any positive reviews, but I’m clearly mistaken and missed something.

Post Malone, Guitar Hero, Shared The Grammys Stage With Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tonight (February 10), Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers joined each other onstage at the 61st Grammy Awards for a trans-generational performance that captures the past, present, and future of pop music. The brief performance didn’t include much interplay, but seeing indicators of Malone’s potential alongside the legendary band elicits the kind of chills that keeps music fresh throughout the ages.

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Post offered the calm before the storm with his gentle performance of “Stay” to open the joint experience. He did it while wearing a skull-decorated outfit that gave off some seriously creepy vibes, so the entire atmosphere was just a tad… off. Wrapping up the soft number, the rapping-singer went into  “Rockstar” — without featured artist 21 Savage — while under the glare of red stage lights and thick mist as if he was in the middle of an amazing game of laser tag.

Afterward, Red Hot Chili Peppers injected some fresh energy into the experience by performing “Dark Necessities” with Malone offering backup vocals and guitar theatrics onstage. If hip-hop doesn’t work out in the long run, rock is definitely Malone’s calling. It ended with a brief, sincere embrace between Malone and lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis.

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Post is up for Record of the Year and Album of the Year tonight for Beerbongs & Bentleys and was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Rockstar” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Better Now.” Red Hot Chili Peppers have three Grammys under their belts and 12 total nominations over the course of their career. Maybe he learned a thing or two sharing the stage with legends.

Ariana Grande Didn’t Go to the 2019 Grammys, But She Still Wore Her Zac Posen Gown

While the 2019 Grammys were a star-studded event, there was one pop star noticeably missing: Ariana Grande. She was originally supposed to perform at the ceremony, but pulled out following a creative dispute with the show’s producers—and it caused drama. (You can catch up on all of it here.) But Grande already had a dress picked out—custom made, even—and she wasn’t about to let it hang in her closet, unworn.

On Sunday night, Grande got all dressed up in the gown Zac Posen made for her and staged a photoshoot, presumably in her apartment, to capture all the angles of this look.

“when @zacposen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not… thank u,” she captioned one image.

Even though she wasn’t in attendance, Grande did take home a Grammy, for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Because she wasn’t there to accept the award in person, she shared her thanks on Instagram: “I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out TBH) and I know i said I try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck …….this is wild and beautiful. Thank you so much.”

The trophy is nice, obviously. But judging by how fun this impromptu shoot looked, Grande had a winning Sunday evening regardless of whether she won her category. May we all bring this energy with us into Monday.

See Will Smith As Genie In Disney’s Aladdin Trailer

A new trailer for Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin has hit the web, and with it comes our first good look at Will Smith’s Genie in action. We also see a lot of Agrabah, the main cast, and what looks to be an exciting retelling of the classic animated film.

He’s blue, and honestly, it looks good. Granted, we don’t see Will Smith’s genie do half the bonkers stuff Robin Williams’ animated version did in this trailer, but Disney seems to be on the right track with the character so far. Could Will Smith end up providing a performance just as good as the original? Is it even possible to live up to the expectations for that character?

Aladdin is in theaters Friday, May 24. Keep tabs on all news regarding the film here at CinemaBlend, and for more on it be sure to read up on the details regarding the music for the feature, and what will be different in the new version.

Grammys 2019: Lady Gaga’s Acceptance Speech Addresses Mental Health

Lady Gaga took home took home the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born at the 2019 Grammys on Sunday night (February 10), and she used her speech as an opportunity to talk about mental health and the importance of reaching out for help.

“I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues,” Gaga said. “They’re so important. And a lot of artists deal with that, and we’ve got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”

Watch Lady Gaga‘s speech for yourself, below:

Fans took to Twitter to applaud Gaga for her candor:

Gaga has been quite open about her struggles with mental health. “One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives, and if we’re not directly affected, someone we care for is likely to be,” Gaga and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, wrote in an essay for The Guardian back in October 2018 . “Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources. Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering.”

Gaga’s already won three Grammys this evening, two for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born and one for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).” “I’m not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight,” she wrote in an emotional tweet celebrating her wins. A star really is born.

Camila Cabello Opens The 2019 Grammys With A Group Of Latin-Music Superstars

During one of the biggest nights in music, Camilizers had a MAJOR reason to celebrate: their queen Camila Cabello had the historic honor of opening the 2019 Grammy Awards. She wasn’t alone, either: her electrifying squad consisted of Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug, Arturo Sandoval and her own family members as she riffed, danced and powered through “Havana.” Not bad for her first year being nominated, right?!

“The performance is based off my grandma’s childhood,” she told E!’s Ryan Seacrest before the show. “She grew up in … a house full of rooms, and everybody shared a common patio, and there would just be jam sessions and stuff, and the whole thing is based off of my family, and I have my family in the performance. So I feel very protected!”

After legendary musician Sandoval kicked off “Havana” with his trumpet, Camila popped up in one of four colorful rooms based off her grandmother’s childhood. As she sang and danced from room to room, her father Alejandro and sister Sofi appeared in the apartment below, “complaining” about the volume of her singing – but we certainly weren’t complaining about her on-point vocals.

Bringing her grandmother’s childhood jam sessions to life, Camila quite literally didn’t stop dancing after leaving the stage’s apartment setup. Before long, Young Thug joined Camila to slay his own verse on the Grammy-nominated song, and dozens of dancers (in outfits as colorful as the apartment rooms themselves) joined to bring the record’s Latin-infused instrumental to life. And to end her portion of “Havana,” Camila perfectly executed every ad-libbed riff and run we could’ve asked for.

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Adding more star power to the stage, Camila welcomed Ricky Martin as he performed his 2006 hit “Pégate” in Spanish, proving he’s still got what it takes to slay a performance 28 years after dropping his first album. Camila and Ricky danced together, too, in a moment that brought together an original trailblazer in Latin music with the first Latina woman to open the Grammys.

Hiding behind Camila and Ricky – and holding a newspaper with a headline that read “Build Bridges Not Walls” – was J Balvin, who brought his 2017 hit “Mi Gente” to the Grammy stage and confirmed, yes, it’s still a bop. And with Arturo closing with more of his trumpet skills, the opening performance of Latin powerhouses came to end, but set an electrifying mood for the rest of the night.

While Camila unfortunately didn’t go home with either of the gramophones she was nominated for, her collaborative performance meant it was night was obviously still a resounding success. “This night is about celebrating,” she told E! before the show. “I really just wanna enjoy it!”

Grammys 2019: Hair and Makeup Looks You Can’t Miss

At this point in the game, we’re deep in awards season—and that means we’ve had plenty of hair and makeup looks to ooh and ah over. Take, for example, the blue eyeshadow at the Golden Globes or affordable beauty moments at the SAGs.

But tonight’s Grammy Awards brought a little something extra to the table. Movie stars always look glam, of course, but women in music tend to have fun with their looks. And where better to show that off than the Grammys? How could we forget Gaga’s iconic egg entrance or Alicia Keys’ makeup free statement? (Which, by the way, she did again tonight.) We can only expect more iconic looks that will have people talking for years to come.

Between Cardi B’s braided updo and Dua Lipa’s statement mani, there have been plenty of looks that’ve made us shout at our TV. Check out our favorite looks from the night, below. We’ll be adding more details as they roll in throughout the evening.

Taylor Swift Skipped the 2019 Grammys—and She Did It Wearing Stella McCartney

Taylor Swift‘s sixth studio album, Reputation, was only nominated in one category at the 2019 Grammys. (It lost early in the evening, to Ariana Grande’s Sweetner.) That didn’t stop the singer from enjoying her Sunday, however—in fact, she still found a reason to wear a red carpet dress.

Swift chose to spend her award show Sunday across the pond in London, attending after parties for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs. She was there to celebrate The Favorite, which boyfriend Joe Alwyn appears in. (Kate Middleton was in attendance, too.) Though she didn’t walk the red carpet, we know she wore a stunning white gown… How? Well, she shared a glamorous, behind-the-scenes update herself on Instagram.

“AHHHHH @thefavouritemovie just won 7 @bafta awards !!! Bout to go give some high fives,” Swift wrote. “Thanks @stellamccartney for this dresss.”

You might remember Stella McCartney as the British label also responsible for designing Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress. Swift’s BAFTA gown featured a plunging neckline and a tulle skirt—almost reminiscent of her Fearless era. She accessorized with Rupert Sanderson shoes and Delfina Delettrez jewelry.

It’s not the first time Swift has showed up to support Alwyn’s awards season run: In January, she snuck into the Golden Globes to present an award, and stuck around for an after party. She wore a black Versace gown on that occasion.

With the Oscars two weeks away, we have reason to believe that Swift will make another subtle appearance at the ceremony. (The Favourite is nominated yet again for several awards.) Fingers are crossed she walks the red carpet next time—her recent fashion choices, and unbothered attitude, belong in the spotlight.

BTS Pulled An All-Nighter To Work On Their New Album Before The 2019 Grammys

Do BTS sleep? Because I’m starting to believe that they’re just seven handsome cyborgs who don’t need sleep and nutrients like the rest of us mere mortals. How else would they be able to power through a long night of recording before showing up to the 2019 Grammys glowing and looking like actual royalty.

The seven members of the South Korean septet — RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — have a lot to celebrate these days. Two No. 1 albums, a sold-out world tour, their first stadium show in the U.S., an inspiring stop at the United Nations, and now a night at the Grammys, a.k.a music’s biggest night. But that doesn’t mean BTS are getting complacent, or — heaven forbid! — slowing down. Nope.

Instead, these guys are already hard at work on their next album. In fact, according to leader RM, they stayed up all night recording their latest release before catching a flight to Los Angeles for the Grammys.

If this is how BTS look after pulling an all-nighter, then I need their skin care recommendations ASAP.

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“We still try to stay ourselves,” RM told Entertainment Tonight. “We still try to keep on what we’re doing. For example, we stayed up all night to work on our next album, right before the flight.”

When pressed for even more details about their next album, BTS were hesitant to reveal too much, telling Billboard, “The concept is paying off. I hope they love it, and they listen to it, and they like it.” Given their history of producing music that inspires people of all ages and cultures to love themselves, fans around the world will love whatever comes next.

As for whether the group will relax after they present on the Grammy stage, the answer, said vocalist Jimin, was a short and sweet, “No.” In fact, BTS confirmed that they’d be going live on Korean streaming platform V Live to connect with ARMY and reflect on their big night.

OK, so maybe BTS aren’t robots. They’re not impeccably dressed machines. They’re just really passionate about what they do, and they’re just enjoying the ride — every insane step of the way.

Shawn Mendes And Miley Cyrus Sang The Hell Out Of ‘In My Blood’ To Open The Grammys

As far as awards-show performances go, Shawn Mendes is a metronome. He might disappear in the crowd for a bit or get drenched in a controlled downpour, but you always know what you’re going to get from him. He’ll end up gripping his guitar, smiling, having just sung his rasp to the rafters.

His performance at the 2019 Grammys, though, threw us all a curveball: a (literally) stripped-down version of “In My Blood” anchored around a smoldering piano rendition and Shawn’s sleeveless arms. Oh — and a surprise, absolutely electrifying appearance from Miley Cyrus.

Miley showed up after the first chorus, right as the song picked up in intensity, and took the second verse and some chorus harmonies. The pair looked so at ease together, like they’d always been meant to sing this together. For Cyrus, it seemed like a continuation of what she brought to Chris Cornell’s tribute show at the Forum in Inglewood last month — which is to say, raw vocal power over big guitars and drums.


Mendes is up for Song of the Year (for this one, which has become his signature song) and was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, which he lost to Ariana Grande’s Sweetener. Still, the night is young and full of surprises. Who knows what could happen next!

See the full winners list here.