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Sounds Likes Chris Evans Might Not Be Done Playing Captain America After All

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for a decade, although the future of the shared universe is largely a mystery. Avengers: Infinity War threw everyone for a loop, when The Russo Brothers killed off half the galaxy, resulting in many of Marvel’s finest falling. The studio has been keeping everything around Avengers 4 and Phase Four under wraps, but the fandom seemed fairly certain that Chris Evans would be retiring from Captain America.

Chris Evans is one of many of Marvel’s stars who are coming to the end of their contracts. And after the actor seemingly said goodbye to his signature role after wrapping Avengers 4, his departure from the MCU seemed inevitable. But according to co-director James Russo, he’s not quite done. Russo recently said of Evan’s infamous tweet:

I think it was more emotional for him than us only because he’s not done yet. I won’t explain what that means, but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.

Not done? Not done?! This update is sure to make many Marvels fans out there very happy. Chris Evans is one of the mainstays of the MCU, and its hard to imagine the shared universe without his Steve Rogers. But what could The Russos have planned?

Joe Russo’s comments to USA Today is a potential game changer, as Chris Evans already seemed to have one foot out the door of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His tweet after wrapping Avengers 4 seemed to put the final nail in the coffin, with many Marvel fans expecting Cap to potentially be killed off in the upcoming blockbuster. But if the Russos say “he’s not done”, then maybe there’s still hope for the Avengers leader.

As a reminder, Chris Evans tweeted back in early October than he had wrapped his role in Avengers 4, and seemingly hinted that he was through with the MCU as a whole. He wrote,

Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.

Call me crazy, but “thank you for the memories” sounds an awful lot like a goodbye. Yet Joe Russo’s recent comments seem to paint a different color, with Captain America somehow still involved in the MCU as a whole. Unfortunately, there won’t be any answers at least until Avengers 4 finally arrives in theaters, so the fandom will be left to wonder and theorize for the foreseeable future.

Chris Evans’ departure from the MCU has been a long time coming. In fact, many cinephiles theorized that Cap was going to bite the dust in Avengers: Infinity War, especially when the trailer showed him going toe to toe with Josh Brolin’s Thanos. But Steve Rogers was one of the few characters to survive the snap, alongside the other OG members of The Avengers, as well as War Machine, Rocket, Okoye, and Nebula.

It should be fascinating to see how it all shakes out in Avengers 4, and what Marvel’s mysterious plans for Phase Four end up being. While fans were expecting Chris Evans to retire and pass the shield to a new Captain America, Joe Russo’s recent comment might indicate that he’s staying. And in that case, the possibilities are endless.

If Chris Evans isn’t departing the MCU, perhaps he’ll end up making a new deal for additional appearances. Scarlet Johansson is seemingly in a similar position, as Marvel is finally giving her a Black Widow solo movie. Since her contact is up, Scar Jo should be able to negotiate some serious cash money for this appearances– as well as any other potential crossovers. Perhaps Chris Evans will end up doing the same.

Narratively, there are a ton of threads and plot lines to be pulled at for Captain America, and which Joe and Anthony Russo would have to tie up if Avengers 4 ends up being Chris Evans’ final bow. The audience is still largely ignorant of Cap’s life during the time gap between Civil War and Infinity War— where he operated outside the law as a vigilante alongside Black Widow and Falcon. He’s also got a romantic connection with both Widow and Emily VanCamp’s Agent 13, although the latter was noticeably missing from the conflict with Thanos.

Avengers 4 will also likely focus on the strained relationship between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Their juxtaposition is what brought on the titular battle in Captain America: Civil War, and the duo didn’t exactly end on good terms. Cap and Iron Man were also kept separate during the events of Infinity War, so they’ve yet to resolve their issues onscreen. It should be interesting to see how an apocalyptic event like Thanos’ finger snap will put their quarrel in context.

Of course, it’s completely possible that Joe Russo is simply pulling our leg, and trying to throw the rabid Marvel fanbase off the tracks of Avengers 4. With almost a year of theories separating the two Avengers flicks, it’s likely that someone out there has figured out the events of their upcoming blockbuster. Those intimately involved with franchises like the MCU have to keep their cards close to the chest, so it’s also hard to take Joe Russo’s comments at face value.

The wait between Infinity War and Avengers 4 has already been pretty excruciating, considering how insane Thanos’ finger snap of death was. While there’s a year difference, Marvel did plan two releases to keep us satiated. Ant-Man and The Wasp brought the Quantum Realm into play for Avengers 4, while Captain Marvel will bring Brie Larson’s powerful hero to the MCU for the first time.

Avengers 4 will arrive to answer all our questions in May 3rd, 2019, although Captain Marvel will come first on March 8th, 2019 In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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Rocky’s Exit From The Creed Franchise Makes Perfect Sense

Warning: SPOILERS for Creed II are in the ring. If you haven’t seen the film yet, throw in the towel and come back once you’ve seen the movie.

Sylvester Stallone shocked the Rocky fandom yesterday, as he seems to have said goodbye to Rocky Balboa for the last time. While some are probably still skeptical about this announcement, as we’ve said goodbye to this character two previous times with him, this time feels like it’s going to stick.

Or at least, it totally should stick, as Creed II has given the legendary fighter his perfect exit strategy. Going over this latest film’s finale, as well as a very crucial third act moment, it all pretty much spells out a perfect ending for Rocky Balboa’s legacy.

We’re looking at Creed II’s finale with some depth, as well as what it means for Rocky’s legacy. So if you don’t want to find out what happens at the end of the latest film in the Rocky/Creed franchise, this is your last chance to bail. If you’re still with us, touch gloves and get ready to rumble with how Rocky Balboa has finally gotten his perfect ending.

Despite the protestations of his family, and Rocky himself, Adonis Creed agreed to a rematch to Viktor Drago. With their first fight ending in a disqualification against the son of Drago, and Adonis on a lengthy road to recovery, the prospect of a rematch was too much to pass up. Eventually though, Rocky came back at the insistence of Adonis’ adoptive mother/the wife of his late friend Apollo Creed, Mary Anne. A reunion is had and a partnership is re-forged — a partnership that delivers Adonis the win in his rematch against Viktor Drago in Russia.

As Adonis Creed basks in the appreciation of the Russian crowd that saw his victory firsthand, Rocky says something particularly poignant to him. “It’s your time.” It’s a line that’s so simple, and yet so mighty to be coming out of Rocky Balboa’s lips. Of course, it also sets up Rocky for one perfect, final scene that gives this moment more meaning.

The final moment of Rocky’s storyline in Creed II sees him going to Vancouver, showing up on a random doorstep to ring the bell. Only, it’s not a random door step. As it turns out, Rocky’s taken a trip to see his son, Rocky Jr., who he hasn’t seen since 2006’s Rocky Balboa. Answering the door is his grandson, Logan, who Rocky Sr. is seeing for the very first time. Rocky Jr. invites his father to come in, after grandfather and grandson have a cute little chat, and the two start to make amends.

It’s hard to say goodbye to a character like Rocky Balboa, especially when you take into account how big of an influence the Rocky franchise has had on the worlds of film and sports, as well as pop culture in general. Sylvester Stallone’s mythic boxer has been a fixture ever since he first took the ring in 1978, and he’s cast a long shadow ever since.

That’s great if you’re looking to keep Rocky in the title of your franchise. Alas, Creed is the name on the door these days, and the story has shifted Rocky’s character into more of a mentoring role. So while he’s still very important to the franchise, eventually he was going to have to leave anyway. Adonis needs to be the hero of his films, and having defeated Ivan Drago, he’s made Rocky’s exit a sensible achievement in two very big ways.

First, Adonis is now a fighter at such a level that he can hold his own. Two bouts in the ring with Viktor Drago punished his body tremendously, but ultimately, he prevailed. Should he continue his boxing career, he’s pretty much learned everything he can from Rocky Balboa at this point. So it feels like a good time for Rocky to put on his hat and head out to deal with his own issues.

Second, and most importantly, through Viktor’s defeat, not only has Adonis avenged his father’s death at the hand of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, he’s helped Rocky finally get over the one fight that’s plagued his mind with decades of regret. Again, Balboa Sr. clearly has some issues he needs to get over in his life, and a pretty big one was the death of his former rival, turned friend and trainer, Apollo Creed.

Now that this big stumbling block is out of his way, there’s room for Rocky to deal with everything else in his life that needs to be squared away. He’s passed on his sage knowledge to the next generation and truly helped Adonis Creed become the fighter that he was always meant to become. Now we enter the next phase of Adonis’ life.

But for Rocky, he needs to start looking inward now by fixing his relationship with his son and starting one with his grandson. Looking through the franchise’s history, boxing’s never been a problem for Rocky Balboa. With enough training and some montage action, he could defeat pretty much any opponent. Ultimately, his bigger problems have always been in the personal realm, and that’s what this ending allows him to finally fix.

As far as character finales are concerned, Rocky Balboa has gotten probably the best result he could have ever hoped for. He’s been a heavyweight champion. He inspired peace between the US and Russia. He even beat cancer and helped a young fighter seeking a direction in life find his way. Now it’s time for Rocky Balboa to hang up his gloves, and his trainer’s hat, and start picking up the pieces at home. The fact that he’s even able to do so, in a lifetime that could have ended or disabled him physically several times over, is something that’s truly spectacular.

Creed II is in theaters now, and if you want to relive Rocky’s previous fights, Rocky through Rocky V are all available on YouTube for free streaming, with ads.

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New DVD Releases: When To Buy The Latest Movies And TV Shows In November 2018

We’re approaching the holiday season, which means there are a slew of big box sets and other fun releases the studios are putting out to entice buyers to purchase stocking stuffers for movie fans across the country. In fact, we’ve already put together a 2018 gift guide featuring some of 2018’s biggest releases.

Still, in December, there’s way more from the major studios coming out. Some big summer releases are finally making their way onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, including the hard copy release of Mission: Impossible — Fallout. There’s an exciting superhero release in Venom and while a lot of other big releases are movie-related, there are also a few popular TV releases as well.

Among those are Westworld: The Complete Second Season and the first season release of the new series Yellowstone.

As the month wears on and we get closer to the Christmas holiday, the new releases do taper off some, but there’s still a lot to look forward to this month, with White Boy Rick and more wrapping things up at the end of the month.

Digital releases are same day unless otherwise noted in the early Digital column. If you’d like to see Blu-ray, DVD or Digital release from November 2018, we have you covered. You can take a look at this month’s releases, below.

Tuesday, December 11 Blu-ray, DVD And Digital Releases

The Equalizer 2
The Orville: The Complete First Season
River Runs Red
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Unbroken: Path To Redemption

Week of Tuesday, December 11 Early Digital Releases

A Simple Favor
White Boy Rick
Night School

Tuesday, December 18 Blu-ray, DVD And Digital Releases

A Simple Favor
The House With A Clock In Its Walls
The Predator
Little Women
Assassination Nation
Life Itself
Fahrenheit 11/9
The Sinner: Season 2

Week of Tuesday, December 18 Early Digital Releases

Bad Times At The El Royale

As we wrap up 2018, there have been a slew of exciting releases that have hit homes, both via Digital and physical copies. Take a look at January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November. Be sure to let us know about your favorite movie or TV purchase this year and we’ll see y’all in 2019.

30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù

TRENDS DON’T HOLD much sway with David Nayfeld. This chef cooks to connect on a deeper level. “A dish should sit on your palate,” he said. “So when you’re done, you take bread and wipe the bowl.”

At his restaurant Che Fico, in San Francisco, soulful dishes like this rigatoni with a warming sausage ragù draw crowds. “Before we opened, I thought a lot about what I want to eat again and again,” Mr. Nayfeld said.


American Horror Story: Apocalypse Finale Had Murder House Connection Fans May Have Missed

Viewers were a bit let down by the death of Michael in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Many didn’t consider his demise all that meaningful, considering how much build up he received beforehand. Despite that initial reaction, the moment was apparently part of a huge callback to the first season of the series, Murder House.

If you look a little closer, as Reddit user SwimminAlicia did, you will notice something. They point out that Michael’s death in Apocalypse parallels Adelaide’s in Murder House.

In Apocalypse, Mallory hits Michael with her car, putting him on death’s door and setting off an intense final encounter between Michael and Constance.

In Murder House, Constance’s daughter Adelaide is killed in a hit-and-run accident on Halloween. Adelaide and Michael do not just share their cause of death in common. Their bodies also end up in very similar positions after each accident. Here’s a reminder of how Adelaide looked after her hit-and-run:

How Constance reacted to each American Horror Story death, however, was entirely different. After Michael was hit, he begged for Constance to take him into the Murder House. That way he could live on as a ghost. While she seemed to consider it, Constance ultimately denied his pleas to be taken there. Thus, allowing him to die. Before she leaves his side, she tells him where he can go — to Hell.

When Adelaide was struck, Constance had a very different reaction. She attempted to bring her daughter onto the property of the Murder House, so that she would be a ghost there. Constance’s efforts failed, though, and a dying Adelaide was saved from having her spirit trapped in the home.

Like Constance, Adelaide and Michael had entirely different takes on wanting to be taken to the Murder House. As mentioned above, it was quickly clear that Michael wanted to be brought there before he died. Meanwhile, Adelaide’s feelings about her mother’s attempts to bind her to the Murder House came out after the fact.

When Constance used medium Billie Dean to contact her late daughter, viewers learned how Adelaide felt about her mother’s attempt. In the episode, Adelaide shared that she was happy her mother had failed to drag her to the Murder House in time, and shared that she did not wish to be trapped there.

It’s unlikely that these parallel deaths were a coincidence. Aside from how each character died, and the position they were left in after their accidents, the characters both played important parts in Constance’s life. Also, American Horror Story, with all it’s connected seasons and characters, rarely does anything haphazardly, and the parallel scenes are quite blatant, so it is hard to imagine the similarities are accidental.

Not only do you have the two deaths mirroring each other, you also have Constance’s reactions to both of them. While she attempted something out of emotional desperation for Adelaide, she made a calculated choice regarding Michael. But, in the end, she lost both of them.

American Horror Story will return for more seasons on FX. While you anticipate the next installment of the series, tons of new shows await. New episodes of other shows will be airing this fall and throughout the midseason, so be sure to keep your viewing schedule up to date.

Lars Von Trier’s New Film Is In Trouble With MPAA Over Gruesome Murder Scenes

There are controversial director, and then there’s Lars Von Trier, who seems to court controversy with each new boundary-pushing film he makes. The director’s latest film, the serial killer movie The House that Jack Built is no exception. The House that Jack Built is now in trouble with the MPAA over an unapproved, unrated screening of the ultra-violent and gruesome film.

On Wednesday night, a special, one-night only screening was held in select theaters across the country, showing an unrated, director’s cut of the film. The distributor, IFC Films, is now facing sanctions over the screenings (according to The Hollywood Reporter) for failing to obtain the appropriate waiver. The House that Jack Built violated the MPAA’s rules by holding these unrated screenings in such close proximity to the film’s official release date on December 14th.

The reasoning behind the MPAA’s rules on this is that by releasing an unrated cut so close to the official release, it can create confusion for consumers who rely on the MPAA rating system to make informed choices about the movies they see. An unrated cut of the movie screening could confuse audiences, and theoretically lead to someone not paying close enough attention and seeing a gory film like this that they were not at all prepared for.

The violation of these rules now means that The House that Jack Built could face sanctions that could impact the film itself and its distributor IFC Films.

The House that Jack Built is set to release in select theaters and on digital, with an R rating. Unfortunately, that rating could possibly be revoked as a result of the director’s cut screenings. Another possible sanction would see the ratings process for any IFC films before the Classification and Ratings Administration (the organization that administers ratings for the MPAA) suspended. IFC Films could also be suspended from the ratings system altogether for no more than 90 days.

The specific sanctions against IFC and The House that Jack Built will be determined after a hearing of the Classification and Ratings Administration.

Although this latest trouble could actually impact The House that Jack Built‘s release and its distributor, it is not the first trouble the movie has had– at least not in the court of public perception. The director of Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac‘s latest film had people walking out when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where IFC picked it up, earlier this year.

Somewhat surprisingly, the film, which shows animals being mutilated, was actually not rebuked by PETA– because it doesn’t use real animals. The film is also accurate in that it shows how real serial killers often get their start by hurting animals.

The House that Jack Built tells the story of Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer in the 1970s Pacific Northwest. The film follows Jack over the course of 12 years, showing the murders he commits that only add to his madness. If you’re interested, you can check out the trailer below.

The House that Jack Built stars Matt Dillon as Jack as well as Uma Thurman and Bruno Ganz, it hits select theaters and VOD on December 14th. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule for all of the biggest movies heading to theaters (with presumably less controversy) next year.

See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving For Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s Wedding Weekend

We’ve heard all about the first date “back pat”, the romantic proposal, the Amazon gift registry, and the Hindu puja ceremony, but now the Priyanka Chopra/Nick Jonas wedding weekend is kicking into high gear as their celebrity family and friends are starting to arrive in India.

Sadly, there are two very famous faces who won’t be making the journey to Jodhpur to watch the couple tie the knot in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Us Weekly reports that Priyanka’s close friend Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, will not be attendance even though the bride was a guest at their royal wedding back in May. “Meghan will not be going to Priyanka’s wedding, especially now that she is pregnant,” says one of their sources.

While we really wish we’d get to see the Duke and Duchess dressed for a traditional Hindu ceremony, there will be no shortage of A-listers for the nuptials and many of them have already touched down in Jodhpur.

First up, the bride and groom arrived at the airport to massive crowds, but looking happy and radiant.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are all smiles at the Mumbai Airport to depart for Jodhpur

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And what’s a wedding without your family. Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and his fiancée Sophie Turner are obviously on the guest list. Plus, Turner and Chopra already nicknamed themselves the “J Sisters” during what looked to be an amazing bachelorette weekend in Amsterdam.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas touch down in Jodhpur ahead of their grand wedding

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The third Jonas Brother, Kevin, and his wife Danielle also made the long trip. Danielle previously missed out on the bachelorette fun because they were moving into a new house.

Celebrity guests arrive in Jodhpur for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' grand wedding

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Nick’s parents, Denise and Paul, along with Priyanka’s mother, Madhu, and other members are her family were also spotted on arrival. Actor Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame is in town for the wedding and while Armie Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Chambers have not yet been photographed, it would be a surprise if they weren’t in attendance. Chambers was photographed at the bachelorette weekend with Chopra in Amsterdam.

We’ll keep you posted as more guests roll in for what is shaping up to be a heck of a party.

Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle Had A Stroke One Week Before Performing At The Oscars

While this Holiday season will bring highly anticipated projects like Mary Poppins Returns and Aquaman to theaters, last year provided a new classic movie musical: The Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the film centered around the formation of Barnum’s circus, with amazing tunes accompanying the story, sung by the impressive cast.

Chief among the cast is Keala Settle, who played Bearded Lady Lettie Lutz in The Greatest Showman. Settle got a ton of notoriety for her beloved song “This Is Me”, which she also got to perform at last year’s Academy Awards. But it turns out that Settle actually suffered a mini-stroke due to undiagnosed and ultra rare Moyamoya disease. The actress/singer recently told the horrifying story, saying:

What a harrowing account. There was no way that Keala Settle could have predicted having a rare disease like Moyamoya, which results in small mini-strokes. Instead, Settle simply called for help, with just one week left until she was set to perform “This is Me” at the Academy Awards.

While The Greatest Showman has plenty of songs that moviegoers have already come to know and love, “This is Me” is perhaps the film’s most iconic track, and one that fans have taken as an anthem. It seemed like an obvious choice to submit and perform at the Oscars, with Keala Settle taking her years of Broadway experience to one of the biggest stages ever.

This timing was obviously worrisome for Keala Settle, who had to grapple with her new medical diagnosis while also preparing for the opportunity and performance of a lifetime. As Settle told People about the incident,

Ultimately Keala Settle was able to balance her personal and professional life, and belt out “This Is Us” at the Academy Awards. The song got a nomination that night, but didn’t win. But “This Is Us” did win Best Song at that year’s Golden Globe Awards, giving Settle an extra boost of notoriety and recognition in the wake of such a terrifying medical experience.

You can own a copy of The Greatest Showman now, and she’ll once again be using her powerful voice in RENT: Live on January 27th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

The Peter Parker In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Isn’t Exactly The Tobey Maguire One

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives us a nearly infinite number of versions of the web-slinger, but are any of them one we’ve met before? We’ve seen many different versions of Spider-Man on the big screen alone, so are any of these animated Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) supposed to be one of the previous live-action versions? Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were recently asked if Sam Raimi’s version of Spider-Man can be found in the film. According to them, the Peter Parker that we meet in Into the Spider-Verse isn’t any one previous Spider-Man, but is a new character influenced by all that came before him. According to Chris Miller…

While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brings us a multitude of Spider-Man versions, from Spider-Gwen to Noir Spider-Man to Spider-Ham, there is actually only one proper Peter Parker credited to the film, voiced by Jake Johnson. Rather than make him an animated version of Tom Holland or Tobey Maguire, this Spider-man is designed to remind you of every version of Spider-Man you’ve known before, but isn’t actually designed to be any one of them.

Of course, there’s a perfectly good reason that one might make a connection between the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man, and the version of the character that we see in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as the film makes a direct reference to that movie, though, as Chris Miller implies to Fandango, the reference is slightly twisted. According to Phil Lord…

The entire premise of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is that there are an infinite number of parallel dimensions in which different versions of Spider-Man exist. As such, while one could certainly suppose that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man exists in one of them, there’s no reason that we need to meet any version of the character we knew before, as there are an infinite number of versions we’ve never met who we can be introduced to here.

And of course, by using new characters, the movie can set up sequels that go off in any number of directions, something that is reportedly already being planned. Unsurprising considering that the initial reaction to the first film is absolutely off the charts.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters December 14.