Nicole Kidman Looking So Terrifying In New Movie Destroyer She Scared Her Kids

Nicole Kidman wore luscious locks and a tight bodysuit while filming this weekend’s recent release Aquaman, but when her next movie Destroyer comes out on Christmas Day, she’ll be looking totally different. The new movie has her looking older and scarred and she even revealed getting into makeup for Destroyer was traumatizing for her kids. She said:

Destroyer follows Nicole Kidman as a former undercover agent who got out years ago. Years later her time as an undercover detective is revisited when the gang she was involved with resurfaces. If you’ve seen the trailer for the flick, Kidman looks unrecognizable in the role and it’s been one of the talking points surrounding the upcoming movie.

She’s generally a person with soft features, but in Destroyer she’s all hard angles and pallid lines. Her hair is hacked short and dyed dark. She looks as if she’s had a very hard life, which is why it’s not a huge surprise she revealed to ET that her 10-year-old and 7-year-old kids were a little bit disturbed when they saw their mommy in that getup.

So, why did her husband and kids even see her in Destroyer makeup? She also mentioned that they did some makeup tests for the role at home. It was all a part of the effort to totally disappear into the Destroyer character and to become someone unrecognizable.

Hopefully, however, transforming into a totally different person — even at the expense of scaring her own kids — will all be worth it. Nicole Kidman’s been earning a lot of praise for her role in Destroyer, the violent gang-related film directed by Karyn Kusama, who also helmed Jennifer’s Body.

Kusama also noted that the way Nicole Kidman’s character looks in the film has everything to do with how the actress envisioned the character. She said:

The makeup results certainly look impressive and we’ll have to wait and see if the rest of the movie sticks with audiences when it officially hits theaters on December 25. You can take a look at what else is coming up with our full movie premiere schedule.

The Avengers: Endgame Runtime Appears To Be Set

Avengers: Endgame is reaching an endgame for its own runtime. Before we knew for sure that Avengers 4 would get Doctor Strange’s Infinity War quote as its title, co-director Joe Russo gave an update from early post-production. Now that a bit more time has passed, he sounds more confident about where the film will land:

If Joe Russo told Empire Magazine there’s a “high probability” that something will happen in his own movie, you can pretty much rest assured that it will happen. Avengers: Endgame will clock in around three hours.

About a month ago, Joe Russo had said Avengers 4 was currently sitting right at three hours, but he added, “We’ll see if that holds.” Joe and Anthony Russo were busy shooting additional footage after filming Avengers: Endgame back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War. They planned to be in post-production through early 2019. They said they hoped to be done by March, which is when Captain Marvel — the first MCU film of 2019 — comes to theaters.

Avengers: Endgame just revealed its first trailer and official title earlier in December. That’s also when it was confirmed that the film would be moving from early May to a release date of April 26, 2019.

If the plan is to be in post-production until March, it’s possible some last-minute changes could affect the runtime. But it sounds like the Russos are pretty much set on it being around three hours. Does that mean 3 hours, 5 minutes, or 2 hours 50 minutes? Anything over 2 hours 40 minutes will beat Avengers: Infinity War, which is already the longest MCU movie to date.

You’d expect Avengers: Endgame to be longer, since it’s the culmination of this story. As Joe Russo said, it’s a big movie with a lot to cover. Someone has to save Tony Stark, not to mention try to save the half of the planet that was snapped by Thanos. Hawkeye has to rejoin the story after his Infinity War absence. Scott Lang’s Ant-Man has to tie himself to the Quantum Realm plot. And of course there will be a lot more footage than Marvel doesn’t show us in any upcoming trailers.

It’s not like Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige would be breathing down the Russos’ necks to cut footage for a shorter runtime. They could run this puppy for five hours and fans would show up. Gladly.

The official final Avengers: Endgame runtime won’t be announced until much closer to the film’s release in spring 2019, but plan for three hours — plus previews. Plus popcorn time. Plus pre-film trips to the bathroom. You know it’s coming April 26, 2019, and here’s what else is ahead in the massive 2019 film schedule.

Is The Lion King Just A Shot-For-Shot Remake? Disney Addresses Concerns

Following the massive success of Disney’s live-action takes on The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, the studio is taking a swing at remaking their most beloved animated classic, The Lion King. Last month, we finally got a first look at the upcoming release… and it looks a lot like the original. It featured shot-for-shot recreations of the “Circle of Life” opening scene.

The first teaser certainly gives Disney fans the impression that The Lion King is going heavy on the nostalgia and taking little creative liberties… come on, they even used the exact recording of “Circle of Life”! However, per the production chief over at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Sean Bailey, the new Lion King isn’t an uninspired release. Here’s what he recently told The Hollywood Reporter:

It is quite the bold move for Disney to take one of the films deemed perfect in many eyes. Striking a balance between paying tribute to the original and giving audiences something new to discover in the story and characters is key. However, if this something new is the cutting-edge realistic CGI technology, it might not be enough to convince fans that it was worth the revisit in the end.

Sean Bailey’s answer seems to indicate that there will be a bit of a balance, ­but he also points out how he thinks the audience wants to see more of the old. Disney fans might find some comfort in seeing their favorite films being re-released in live-action, while others certainly don’t just want to see a re-run of a film already sitting at home.

The greatest indicator of what to expect with The Lion King best points to 2016’s The Jungle Book. Jon Favreau brought the Disney classic to life through new animation technology and it was a huge success. In turn, Favreau has come back to give The Lion King the same treatment. While Jungle Book was a much older classic for Disney, Favreau did change up some of the key elements of the story and retained some others.

The Lion King does have an impressive voice cast to work with, and they can bring some different shades to their characters and the musical numbers. The film did recently reveal that there is a new character, a little elephant shrew voiced by Amy Sedaris. So there is definitely room for The Lion King to be more than a more realistic reflection of the 1994 film when it comes to theaters on July 19, 2019.

Bumblebee Vs. Mary Poppins Returns: The Box Office Battle Behind Aquaman Is Tight

It’s a showdown! Transformers star Bumblebee vs. the musical, magical Mary Poppins Returns. Who will win the Christmas box office battle? Trick question, it’s Aquaman. But who will take second place way behind the DCEU film? Well, that will be decided once the final numbers come in. As of now, it’s neck-and-neck.

Aquaman officially opened Friday, and took in $28 million from 4,125 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo stats. That easily topped the other Friday releases, including Bumblebee‘s opening of $8,460,000. Mary Poppins Returns posted $6.7 million on Friday, playing in more theaters than Bumblebee, but since Poppins opened on Wednesday it has a head-start at the box office.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mary Poppins Returns is looking at a five-day debut of around $30 million. As the site pointed out, musicals don’t always have big openings, but they often stretch out for long runs — like The Greatest Showman this time last year.

Deadline speculated that Bumblebee will make around $22.7 million over its three-day opening, with Poppins earning about $21.7M from the three days. However, they said it was basically a coin-toss, adding that some box office prognosticators think Poppins will ultimately beat Bumblebee by something like $37M to $33M, despite Bumblebee picking up more money Friday night. And that’s just up to Sunday, not even including into Christmas week, when a lot of families will have time off from school and work to head out to the movies.

It’s funny, ’cause Aquaman director James Wan said he was nervous about competing against the films opening this month, including Mary Poppins Returns. But Aquaman is apparently running away with this weekend. The film has already hit some major milestones overseas.

Aquaman‘s domestic opening is projected to be north of $70 million. Those numbers will be confirmed or denied on Sunday. That would be better than the early estimates of $40-$60M, but not quite the lofty hopes of $100M.

Whatever the result, as THR noted, it’ll be one of the best showings ever for the year-end holiday season outside of the Star Wars films. No Star Wars films this December, and still the year is breaking records at the box office!

All three major releases of this weekend — Aquaman, Bumblebee, and Mary Poppins Returns — received A- Cinemascores from polled moviegoers. When it comes to Rotten Tomatoes critics, Bumblebee has the clear edge with a current rating of 94%, with Mary Poppins Returns at 77% and Aquaman at 63%. What about the RT Audience scores? Well, as usual, fans felt a little bit differently: Bumblebee is at 81%, Aquaman is at 86%, and Mary Poppins Returns is at 70%.

Do you have a prediction for how the holiday box office battle will shake out? And how about extending past Christmas? It looks like Aquaman will be the clear winner, but will Bumblebee or Poppins pull ahead over Christmas Eve or Christmas Day … or later in the week, when many kids are still out from school?

James Wan Reveals An Aquaman Deleted Scene

Since Aquaman is an origin story, it includes quite a few flashback scenes that explain the hero’s beginnings as a kid — learning about his abilities to breathe underwater and talk to sea creatures — amidst the jam-packed adventure of the present.

However, not every detail about Arthur Curry’s origin that was filmed for Aquaman made it in the final product. Director James Wan has revealed one scene he was sad to see go. Here’s what he said to ComicBook.com:

The theatrical release of Aquaman is two hours and 23 minutes long. That’s pretty standard for a blockbuster superhero film, but pushing it past the two-and-a-half-hour mark could have hurt the film’s pacing. James Wan had to make an executive decision to take out a couple of flashback scenes to focus on moving the story forward, and it looks like one was about a young Arthur learning how to breathe underwater.

Sounds like an interesting scene and we’ll look forward to hopefully seeing it when Aquaman hits home release. For films like this that have a lot of source material to cover, there comes plenty of exciting on-screen opportunities.

While some directors might have kept it all in and deemed in necessary, cutting some unnecessary scenes — even if they are cool — is a sign of a director who pays more attention to the intended audience over his ego. James Wan continued with this:

Since Aquaman is making an early huge splash at the box office and is impressing its audiences, the hero could certainly get a sequel. James Wan is however not currently contracted to direct the film’s sequel — but if he did, he would have room to explore more flashback scenes or visions that didn’t quite make it into this one.

Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, with Amber Heard as Mera, along with Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Dolph Lundgren. The DCEU film is playing in theaters now.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Mary Poppins Returns Can’t Improve On Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — it’s the word you say when you don’t know what to say, and the proper way to express the speechlessness many of us still get when we watch the original Mary Poppins. The 1964 film hit so many impressive marks: memorable songs, deeply-emotional moments, a timeless message, iconic performances, etc. How does the new sequel Mary Poppins Returns top it?

One of the film’s stars Lin-Manuel Miranda talked to BBC News about how the follow-up isn’t trying to step on any toes. It just hopes to continue the story of the beloved nanny and Banks children. In his words:

There’s little we would change about Mary Poppins, except maybe Dick Van Dyke’s over-the-top cockney accent — but even that’s become somewhat of an endearing quality in the film over time. Per Lin-Manuel Miranda’s comments, it’s clear that he and certainly the cast and crew understand the love for Mary Poppins very well. They didn’t want to try to make a better film… because that might not be possible.

Mary Poppins Returns is set 20 years after the events of the classic, with Jane and Michael Banks now grown-ups dealing with financial struggles, the loss of Michael’s wife, and the aftermath of how it will affect him and his three children. These are dire circumstances, but when Mary Poppins comes out of the sky and starts to work her magic, it makes for a delightful and hopeful musical. It’s a practically perfect sequel for the iconic characters.

The sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda has been warmly received by the majority of critics and is expected to have a strong opening weekend. If audiences go into Mary Poppins Returns expecting the film to exceed the magic of the first they may be disappointed, but the film certainly does a great job of recapturing the magic of the original in its own whimsical and impressive way.

The film also pays tons of homage to Mary Poppins with live-action/animated sequences, huge song-and-dance numbers, and heartfelt moments between the characters. Some critics have said that the songs don’t quite have you humming by the end, as much as “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” While some songs are certainly better than others, the more one listens to them, they find Mary Poppins Returns isn’t so different after all.

Lin-Manuel Miranda thinks they’ll last too, but said only time will really tell if they can stick in the memory of those who see the film. The Mary Poppins Returns actor and Hamilton writer sees an exciting movie musical resurgence with this film — and recent hits including A Star is Born, The Greatest Showman and La La Land. As long as boundaries are pushed with each one, he thinks this “renaissance” will continue. You can see Mary Poppins Returns in theaters now.

Would DC’s Darkseid Beat Marvel’s Thanos With The Infinity Gauntlet?

Earlier this year, movie-goers were formally introduced to Thanos, a being who plunged the MCU into chaos when he wiped out half of all life in the universe. However, Thanos isn’t the only evil alien warlord in comics. Over at DC, Thanos’ counterpart is Darkseid, a literal god of evil. Comic fans have always wondered who would win if the two ever fought. Now one YouTube channel has presented their own answer to the question.

The YouTube channel Screw Attack tackled Darkseid vs Thanos in their popular show Death Battle, which pits two fictional characters in a death match and compares their strengths, weaknesses, and history to decide who would win a fight.

Death Battle digs deep into both Thanos and Darkseid, laying out their most impressive accomplishments of strength in order to calculate just how strong they really are. If Thanos can destroy a planet with one punch, then how much force is behind his punch? Comic book characters hardly have the most consistent power levels over the course of their long histories, so Death Battle does its best with what it has.

Ultimately, the show determined that Darkseid would win any confrontation with Thanos. While both of them have a number of powers at their disposal, Thanos falls short of matching Darkseid, even with the Infinity Gauntlet. The justification for that is the Infinity Gauntlet only works in its own universe, so if the fight was happening in the DC universe, it would be useless against Darkseid.

Even if the fight was in the Marvel universe, the gauntlet wouldn’t be effective because Darkseid’s body isn’t his true form. It’s just an avatar that he uses to limit his own power while in another universe. Darkseid’s true form is an energy being who resides in the Fourth World, and can’t leave his home dimension — otherwise, his immense power would shatter reality.

So yeah, that trumps a purple dude who needs rocks to be a god; Darkside just is one.

If you’d like to watch Death Battle‘s full breakdown of Darkseid vs Thanos with a pretty sick animated fight, you can check out the video right here.

The Lion King Won’t Just Be A Shot-For-Shot Remake, Disney Assures

Following the massive success of Disney’s live-action takes on The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, the studio is taking a swing at remaking their most beloved animated classic, The Lion King. Last month, we finally got a first look at the upcoming release… and it looks a lot like the original. It featured shot-for-shot recreations of the “Circle of Life” opening scene.

The first teaser certainly gives Disney fans the impression that The Lion King is going heavy on the nostalgia and taking little creative liberties… come on, they even used the exact recording of “Circle of Life”! However, per the production chief over at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Sean Bailey, the new Lion King isn’t an uninspired release. Here’s what he recently told The Hollywood Reporter:

It is quite the bold move for Disney to take one of the films deemed perfect in many eyes. Striking a balance between paying tribute to the original and giving audiences something new to discover in the story and characters is key. However, if this something new is the cutting-edge realistic CGI technology, it might not be enough to convince fans that it was worth the revisit in the end.

Sean Bailey’s answer seems to indicate that there will be a bit of a balance, ­but he also points out how he thinks the audience wants to see more of the old. Disney fans might find some comfort in seeing their favorite films being re-released in live-action, while others certainly don’t just want to see a re-run of a film already sitting at home.

The greatest indicator of what to expect with The Lion King best points to 2016’s The Jungle Book. Jon Favreau brought the Disney classic to life through new animation technology and it was a huge success. In turn, Favreau has come back to give The Lion King the same treatment. While Jungle Book was a much older classic for Disney, Favreau did change up some of the key elements of the story and retained some others.

The Lion King does have an impressive voice cast to work with, and they can bring some different shades to their characters and the musical numbers. The film did recently reveal that there is a new character, a little elephant shrew voiced by Amy Sedaris. So there is definitely room for The Lion King to be more than a more realistic reflection of the 1994 film when it comes to theaters on July 19, 2019.

The Live-Action Aladdin Describes Biggest Difference From The Original

It’s full steam ahead for Disney and its live-action remakes. One of the biggest criticisms about these films is that they don’t do enough to separate themselves from the originals. So, how will Disney’s next big remake, Aladdin, be different from the 1992 animated film of the same name? Here’s what lead actor Mena Massoud thinks makes the new Aladdin stand out from its predecessor.

Because that’s exactly what you want from a movie about a boy from a fictional city who finds a wish-granting genie and fights a wizard: realism.

All kidding aside, Mena Massoud, who will step into the shoes of Aladdin (did Aladdin wear shoes?), told Entertainment Weekly that the most significant difference with the live-action film is that by using real people, it allows viewers to connect more with the characters. Essentially, you can connect to the story more because you’re seeing emotions and struggle through human actors.

For what it’s worth, Aladdin has already gotten some controversy about sticking too closely to the original. Terry Rossio, who co-wrote the 1992 Aladdin, expressed dissatisfaction that the 2019 Aladdin teaser used the same lines of dialogue that he wrote for the animated film, and he received no compensation.

I think that Mena Massoud makes a point that it’s easier for some people to connect to a film when it’s human actors showing emotion and not characters drawn to do so by animators. But it doesn’t really address the criticism that these remakes are the same as the animated films.

For example, last year’s Beauty and The Beast had the same plot beat-for-beat with some scenes unchanged. If you saw the animated classic, then you have pretty much seen the live-action one. Then again, considering the money the new Beauty made, that may be exactly why Disney seems content to continue on that path.

Disney is banking hard on nostalgia for these remakes, and while it’s tough to change up moves that are regarded as classics, it’s a challenge that it will have to continue to face as it adds more remakes to its release slate. However, with Will Smith as Genie, some things are bound to be different from the original version of Aladdin.

Aladdin releases in theaters on May 24, 2019. For more movies hitting theaters next year, check out our 2019 movie release guide.

Aquaman Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The New DC Movie

While comic book movies are the biggest genre at the box office, DC has been having a rougher time making their classic heroes work on screen. Only Wonder Woman has been a smash success with both fans and critics, and now the franchise turns to a somewhat unlikely new hero, Aquaman. The water-based hero is frequently the butt of jokes due to the fact that communicating with sea life is part of his primary power set, but it looks like the Atlantean might be the hero we need after all. We at CinemaBlend are on board with this one.

CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O’Connell reviewed Aquaman and he gave the movie 3.5 out five stars, saying the film was visually stunning and praising Jason Momoa as the titular hero.

If you are on the fence about seeing Aquaman, perhaps you’re one of those people that have been underwhelmed by recent DC endeavors, CinemaBlend Video Producer Alli Ladd encourages you to not wait, as the visual spectacle of the film demands it be seen on a big screen.

Goofy and corny are two words you don’t have used to describe many of the previous DC movies, and yet, both Sean and Alli admit that Aquaman does get a bit silly at times. If you saw Justice League that fact isn’t necessarily a shock, Arthur Curry did have his comedic moments there as well, but at the same time, this movie shows that DC movies aren’t afraid to have a little fun. And this movie certainly seems to be the better for it.

One person who doesn’t mention humor in his review is CinemaBlend Events Editor Eric Eisenberg. Whether or not Aquaman has fun, he thought the movie was just an exciting blockbuster movie, thanks to the visual effects and a solid performance by Jason Momoa.

The one constant seems to be that Aquaman is a visually impressive film. Certainly, with so much of the movie being set underwater, the movie had to make those sequences pop, and that meant a significant investment in digital effects. It appears that investment has paid off.

As far as myself, I had a great time with Aquaman as well, but the thing that stuck with me is the way the movie, rather than trying to distance itself from the traditional Aquaman character and trying to make something very different, leaned into the sorts of things that people like to joke about and made them work.

Who would have thought the guy who talks to fish would have such a great solo debut, but here we are. Jason Momoa is perfectly cast, the action and visual effects are stunning, and yeah, he talks to fish.

The holiday season isn’t necessarily a time that we think about comic book movies, but spending the holidays with Aquaman might not be a bad idea.