A Star Is Born Just Surpassed Fifty Shades Of Grey For A Box Office Record

A Star is Born has continued its slow climb into the box office record books, and the film just passed a significant milestone. While the movie has never been number one at the box office, A Star is Born has been steadily raking in the cash, and now, the film has surpassed Fifty Shades Of Grey as the highest-grossing domestic romantic movie that isn’t an action movie or fantasy film.

Certainly, it’s a nuanced distinction, but that’s how the box office record game is played. With A Star is Born now having brought in $168 million domestically, it now takes the spot as the fourth highest grossing romantic drama film of all time (via Forbes). Above it currently sits Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, Ghost, and Titanic, so if you take into account that none of those are traditional romantic dramas that each have other elements to them, A Star is Born has become the highest grossing drama to make its money solely on the relationship dynamic.

Pearl Harbor sits at just under $200 million and Ghost saw a gross of $217 million. It seems like A Star is Born has a decent shot of overtaking Pearl Harbor before things are said and done. It probably won’t do much better than that, but the movie made over $10 million last weekend, in its fifth weekend of release, so the film certainly has legs and isn’t ready to stop quite yet.

The original Fifty Shades of Grey was a huge hit in its own right, though the sequels did not fair nearly as well. However, it not only took 12 weeks to put together the domestic total that it had, but it also made its money a lot faster. It made over $100 million in its first weekend and when it got to the point that A Star is Born is at now, it was making a fraction of the total. A Star is Born’s first weekend brought in a comparatively low $66 million, but it has seen far smaller drop-offs from week to week. Clearly, in this case, the “slow and steady” strategy is paying dividends.

A Star is Born‘s continued box office success is in part surprising because it makes it the rare sort of film that is both financially successful and a serious awards contender. Many consider the movie to be a front-runner for several major awards including both best acting categories for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. And of course, the Best Picture award is also a distinct possibility. Depending on how well the movie continues to do, and how long it remains in theaters, it could also get an added boost if it’s still around when the major award nominations start to be announced.

It should be pointed out that these numbers are in unadjusted dollars, which doesn’t mean a great deal when comparing A Star is Born to Fifty Shades Of Grey, though it does mean the adjusted box office number for Ghost would actually be quite a bit higher. We’ll have to wait and see how this one really shapes up.

Wow, It’s Always Sunny’s Season Finale Was Absolutely Incredible

Spoilers below for the Season 13 finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

More so than just about every other TV comedy out there, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has maintained and evolved every one of its core strengths, while suffering extremely few consequences. But dammit, even with its largely im-Mac-ulate track record, the Season 13 finale was a golden god of an episode, crafting a genuinely humane and emotionally satisfying arc that remained fully grounded in this contemptible universe.

“Mac Finds His Pride” successfully honed in its focus on one of It’s Always Sunny‘s only semi-serialized elements: Mac’s sexuality. Bummed out by his emotional imbalance, Mac (wisely) wasn’t invested in helping the gang put together a float for the Gay Pride Parade. Frank, in the midst of being an extremely cringe-worthy enforcer of negative LGBTQ stereotypes, actually manages to get to the heart of the issue by figuring out that Mac needs to come out to his father, the convicted felon Luther McDonald.

It wasn’t too surprising when Mac didn’t actually make the admission during that visit, what with Luther being a sadistic nutcase. What was immensely surprising, meanwhile, was the surreal and visually gorgeous water-enhanced dance that Mac performed inside the prison opposite guest star Kylie Shea.

Mac had to have known that his attempts to connect with his father were doomed from the start, so perhaps that’s why he chose to come out not in a one-on-one scenario, but with an entire room of prisoners present. Maybe he concocted this big and elaborate dance sequence in order to gain acceptance and/or approval from someone else in a situation similar to his father, but without all the homicidal tendencies. He got it, too, earning a standing ovation from the awestruck crowd.

Amazingly enough, the spectator whose feelings were most on display was Frank. After spending the rest of the episode being pained by infected wounds inside his nose — a hot glue gun was involved — Frank had tears in his eyes for a completely different reason. He was moved by Mac’s passion. As were we all, Frank, as were we all.

The sight of Cricket as a pock-marked leather-daddy is obviously one that audiences will be unable to forget. I dare say, however, that the final shot of Frank’s beaming pride is perhaps the most powerful image in the entirety of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s run. It’s also perhaps the most unpredictable.

For a series that often concerns itself with shining a light on the darkest sides of humanity, this already excellent 13th season ended with a much-needed reminder that no darkness is completely impenetrable. I feel like Frank would make a joke about Mac not being impenetrable.

Co-creator and Ronald McDonald portrayer Rob McElhenney spoke with Deadline about what inspired the episode and its magnificent dancing.

I wanted to do something with my character in regards to his sexuality, something that wasn’t just played for jokes but that would resonate emotionally, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure what that would be. We didn’t want it to seem pandering or off-tone or off-brand or just un-Sunny. So, how do we find a way in which it feels like you’re still watching the same show and yet we’re addressing something that is so important to our culture right now? Now, couple that with the fact that I’ve always found myself to be a terrible dancer, and everybody says that I’m a terrible dancer including my wife and all of my friends. So thinking about wanting to do different things — and things that scare me and things that I’m terrible at — I thought wouldn’t it be fun to learn something new, use the show as an opportunity to grow and to learn something new? And that’s what we came up with.

There are definitely some moments during the dance when you can tell that Rob McElhenney isn’t meant to be the next big winner on Dancing with the Stars, but the sternness and confidence on his face would have fooled us into believing otherwise. Not to mention those ripped abs. He deserves some abundant credit for taking a lack of a skill and turning it into eye-catching TV like that.

Rob McElhenney admitted that it wouldn’t be in line with It’s Always Sunny‘s pathos if Mac would have a big bonding moment with his father over coming out. The actor says that neither Luther’s relenting nor Mac’s potential catharsis would have been authentic to everything that’s come before it.

So without a big father-son moment that so many other projects would have landed on, McElhenney and the writers allowed Frank to make the leap into emotional maturity. Here’s how the actor put it:

We also wanted to make sure the episode didn’t end on a down beat, that it wasn’t sad. So what we realized in breaking the story down was that Frank really is the gang’s surrogate father, for better or worse. He is a terrible, terrible parent and he is a terrible father and he is a terrible, terrible role model, and ultimately a terrible person. And we have him throughout the episode not understanding Mac being gay, and having him reiterate over and over again ‘I don’t get it. I don’t judge you but I don’t get it. I don’t get it. I don’t get it.’ All we wanted him to do in the end was to just wrap his mind around it and say to his ostensibly surrogate son, ‘I get it.’ That’s it. We didn’t need him to say I love you or everything’s going to be okay. It’s just ‘Oh, my God, I finally understand.’

Rob McElhenney spent part of his life raised by two women, and also has two gay brothers. So even though the show didn’t start off with Mac’s sexuality in the spot where it is now, it was interesting and important to the co-creator to bring the character into that life. I, for one, welcome it (but not a bleeding Frank) with open arms.

Though I will admit that part of the joy I’m feeling is because I know Dennis would be drowning a pool of his own envy if he’d watched Mac’s performance. Unfortunately, Dennis went away again.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is currently finished with Season 13, but FXX already has Season 14 ordered up and ready to go when the Gang is. In the meantime, our fall TV premiere schedule will be a big help for anyone needing good TV in their lives.

Though I will admit that part of the joy I’m feeling is because I know Dennis would be drowning a pool of his own envy if he’d watched Mac’s performance. Unfortunately, Dennis went away again.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is currently finished with Season 13, but FXX already has Season 14 ordered up and ready to go when the Gang is. In the meantime, our fall TV premiere schedule will be a big help for anyone needing good TV in their lives.

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Andy Serkis Had A Surprise Contribution To Overlord

In the world of performance capture, there is no name bigger than Andy Serkis. The man helped revolutionize a new acting method when he played Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and he has since cemented his legacy in the field with the modern Planet of the Apes movies. Nobody alive is more famous for their full-body performing skills than Serkis — so he made a natural choice for actor Pilou Asbaek to turn to when he was making the new sci-fi war film Overlord.

The new Bad Robot production had its world premiere earlier this fall at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and it was the day after that screening that I had the pleasure of sitting down with director Julius Avery and Pilou Asbaek — who plays the villainous Commander Wafner in the film. Part of the film sees Asbaek’s character injected with an experimental serum that sees him turn into an undead monster, and it was while discussing that aspect of the role that I learned about his Andy Serkis lessons. I asked about how the two men worked to define the effects of the serum, and the actor explained,

It should be noted that Pilou Asbaek doesn’t actually do any specific motion capture work in Overlord, with the effects of the serum shown primarily through practical make-up, but the important thing here was figuring out how the character moves. Wafner goes through a physical transformation through the movie that changes the way his body operates, and it was with help from Andy Serkis that the actor wanted to fully explore that part of the performance.

Based on an original screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, Overlord begins in the hours before D-Day during World War II, and centers on a group of American soldiers executing a covert mission. In order for the invasion of Normandy Beach to happen, the heroes must take down a tower blocking communications — but it’s while sneaking into France that the men discover a Nazi plot that is far more nefarious and dangerous than anything the world has ever seen. They’re mass producing super strong mutant zombies with special abilities — and as Julius Avery puts it,

You can watch Pilou Asbaek and Julius Avery discuss the rules of the serum in Overlord and the Andy Serkis lessons by clicking play on the video below.

In addition to Pilou Asbæk, Overlord also stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, and Ian De Caestecker, and it’s heading to theaters this Friday. Catch it in a theater near you, and stay tuned for more about the film here on CinemaBlend.

Hitman 2 Review: Building A Better Assassin

The Hitman series has evolved quite a bit over the past 18 years, dropping an increasingly more versatile assassin, Agent 47, into increasingly intricate worlds to carry out his contracts. With Hitman 2, the team at IO Interactive has further refined the series’ many interlocking systems, letting players explore six diverse locales on a quest to hunt down a shadowy organization.

Despite all of the running, jumping, sneaking and shooting, I don’t really think of Hitman as an action series. Hitman is more akin to a meticulously crafted puzzle game, though one boasting problems that have a large number of solutions. After nearly two decades of iterating on that formula, IOI has just about perfected the recipe. If you’ve never been won over by a Hitman game in the past, nothing here is likely to change your mind. If, however, you’re in the market for some well-crafted espionage with a handful of quality-of-life improvements thrown in for good measure, then there’s plenty to like right out of the gate.

Unlike 2016’s Hitman, Hitman 2 (which is actually the seventh entry in the core series) won’t be released episodically. Instead, all six of the game’s core locations will be ready to explore from day one. In case you missed the first game, Hitman 2 begins with a brief recap that brings you up to speed within a couple of minutes. I’m not usually a big fan of that kind of exposition, but it helps make the argument that new players can just dive right into this latest game, even if they missed the original.

As a side note, all of the missions and locations from the first Hitman are actually included in Hitman 2 as either a free download for people who already own the game or as DLC for those who want to tackle the full story. Each of those locations has been enhanced with all of the new features from Hitman 2, making for a nice, cohesive package if you’re willing to make the added investment. Since I’m reviewing the base game, though, I won’t be diving into those missions here.

Despite the complex systems running under the hood of a Hitman game, the premise is actually pretty simple. Agent 47 gets dropped off at a location, usually with little more than a silenced pistol, a couple of coins and garrote in his pocket. While the game’s various missions have some diversity built into them, your job is to track down a handful of targets, perhaps grab some intel or tackle a side mission along the way, assassinate a couple Bond-level baddies and then get the heck out of dodge. All of that is tied together with some narrative cutscenes between missions that were honestly a bit hard to follow or care much about. But gameplay takes center stage here, so that’s not exactly an unforgivable offense.

What makes these missions so much fun is the fact that they take place in a sandbox, letting the player explore freely in an effort to learn as much as possible and fulfil their duties however they see fit. The number of variables at play is impressive, including the layout and complexity of the maps, the behavior of the NPCs, plenty of enemies and security measures to keep an eye out for and a world literally littered with possibilities.

You know that scene in Pulp Fiction when Bruce Willis is about to exact some revenge and starts looking for a weapon? He starts out with a hammer, then puts it down when he discovers a baseball bat. He puts the bat down when he discovers a chainsaw, then is overcome with joy when he locates a katana. IOI has turned that scene into a game, peppering the maps of Hitman 2 with hundreds of items that can be used to distract guards, create diversions and, of course, dispatch your foes. The game’s tagline is “make the world your weapon,” and both the items and various environmental components let you do exactly that.

On top of all of those tools at your disposal, maps are open enough to allow the player to figure out their own way through a given challenge. I’ll use a spoiler-free example pulled from the Whittleton Creek map, an idyllic community set in the good ole U.S. of A. In order to get into a house, I counted no fewer than three open windows, each with varying degrees of security to guard them. There was also basement access and a couple of standard doors. To get through those doors, I could straight-up break in or perhaps knock out a guard who happened to have a key. As for the target, maybe there’s a way to take them out that doesn’t even require going into the house in the first place.

Again, that’s just a single house on a single map, and Hitman 2 is absolutely overflowing with these types of scenarios that task the player with everything from taking out a father/daughter duo at a Miami race track to dispatching a trio of drug lords in Santa Fortuna. Your job is to explore, learn from your surroundings, take advantage of the tools at your disposal, don a few dozen disguises and outthink various obstacles in order to pull off the best hit you can imagine.

It’s a heck of a lot of fun seeing a plan come full circle and, yes, it can even be a blast when everything you’ve carefully built toward comes crumbling down. The game offers multiple difficulty levels for those who want to play more seriously and those who just want to goof off and try out new ideas, and the fact that it’s constantly saving your progress in the background means that, if things get too out of hand, resetting to a point before everything fell apart is a breeze.

On top of that, Hitman 2 boasts a new picture-in-picture intel feature that gives you better context concerning the world around you. If you’re being told about a van that might contain some useful equipment, you’ll get a quick glance at the van itself, which should help you locate it on the map more easily. If the body of a guard you knocked out gets discovered, you’ll catch a sneak peek of the scenario and know to maybe avoid that area while they search for the culprit. New alert notifications also help you understand the threat level of a given area at a glance, and Agent 47’s “instinct” vision is a huge help when it comes to keeping track of your enemies, locating interactive objects in the environment or some new toys to play with.

If you prefer the action to stay more focused, each map also contains a collection of stories to help guide you through your hits. An example of this is overhearing a conversation whereby you learn that a certain target enjoys food served by a specific food vendor over by the docks. Armed with that information, the game will guide you through a series of events that can lead to some pretty rad pre-scripted assassinations. These help flesh out the narrative and serve as great inspiration for other ways you can carry out your contracts with more pizzazz.

And since this is a Hitman game, there’s plenty of reason to dive into each mission over and over again. Things like discovering new areas, picking up hidden items and completing the dozens of challenges spread across each mission will grant you Mastery of that level. Earning Mastery levels will unlock even more variety in the given mission, allowing you to start with more items, begin the mission from different locations and even have useful tools dropped off at key locations around the map.

There’s a heck of a lot crammed into each of these missions, making for a more rewarding experience for players who are willing to keep exploring and experimenting. On top of that, Hitman 2 boasts a Contracts mode that lets players create or play customized scenarios. Post-launch plans also include weekly updates with everything from special Contracts created by the developers, new Challenges to tackle across the various maps and more. The first Elusive Target mission even stars Sean Bean as “The Undying,” an especially difficult target with a knack for faking his own death.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, you can also dive into the game’s pair of new activities including Sniper Assassin and Ghost Mode. The former lets you play solo or cooperatively in an effort to achieve clean kills with nothing more than a sniper rifle. The game launches with the Himmelstein, Austria, map which hosts a collection of criminals attending an insanely posh wedding. As for Ghost Mode, it’s a competitive showdown that tasks a player with taking out a collection of five targets more quickly and cleanly than their opponent. You’ll be on the “same” map and be able to see each other, but you won’t be able to interfere with each other’s environment.

It’s clear IOI wanted to make Hitman 2 a complete package, one that keeps players returning through regular updates. While only time will tell how the second part of that statement pans out, the team definitely delivered in terms of content. You could work your way through the campaign and peck at the extra game modes and probably get a solid dozen hours of entertainment out of the core experience. But that’s definitely not the way this game is meant to be played. IOI wants players to master each of these locations and they offer plenty of rewards to make it worth the effort.

This review based on a PlayStation 4 copy of the game provided by the publisher.

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The Flash: First Look At Caitlin’s Dad, Thomas Snow

On The Flash, one would be hard-pressed to find a character that doesn’t have some kind of baffling family situation that is only barely comparable to anyone else in the world. Season 5 already tipped the scales with Barry and Iris’ future-daughter Nora, but it’ll also dip more firmly into the backstory of Caitlin’s father, Thomas Snow. Formerly presumed dead, the genius scientist is most certainly still alive, and The Flash has released a first look shot at Thomas.

While we have yet to see how villain Cicada’s potential fatherhood will play into this season in full, I am pumped for The Flash to finally dig deeper into Caitlin’s family history. Which means I’m pumped to figure out where Thomas Snow has been all this time, along with how and where Team Flash is able to come into contact with him.

As played by Veronica Mars vet Kyle Secor, Thomas Snow looks like he’s got FROST-ed tips in his hair, which are complemented quite well by the blue hue in the room. (I mean, seriously, Cobalt Blue could be hiding in plain site in that lab.) I’m getting the feeling that Thomas was hidden away and preserved through cryogenics or whatever The Flash‘s version of that technology is.

We know Caitlin has had her Killer Frost powers since she was a young girl, even if we don’t know how they came to exist. So it stands to reason that Thomas could also have some temperature-related abilities at his disposal. As such, Thomas may have been in a deep freeze state ushered forth by his own powers without any machines.

On the flip side, Cicada’s presence in Season 5 has tipped Flash fans off to there being meta-tech in the world that stands alone from the metahuman abilities that were caused by the particle accelerator explosion. Thomas may also be clued in on such advanced devices and tools, which maybe have played a role in his extended absence.

Now, we probably wouldn’t have expected for Caitlin and Thomas’ big reunion to be one full of music, dancing and other festivities. Still, Thomas looks pretty intense in the pic above, which brings us to another important question regarding his return to Caitlin’s life: why did he seemingly fake his death and go into hiding in the first place? And how does Caitlin’s mom factor into it?

Unfortunately, the episode’s logline isn’t going to help us on these fronts. It just states that “The Icicle Cometh” will see “Caitlin, Barry and Cisco learn something new about Caitlin’s father.” I’d like to learn some old things about the guy, too, if possible.

The November 20 episode will also follow Sherloque Wells and Iris as they look into aclue concerning Cicada. Good for Iris to keep putting trust in Sherloque, but why is she the one working with him in this scenario? (Group math, I know, but still.) Hopefully Barry and Iris are still on good terms after Rag Doll’s arrival shakes things up for the couple.

Will Thomas Snow’s arrive have anything to do with Cicada’s presence, or are the two mutually exclusive? Is anything that happens on The Flash mutually exclusive from everything else? Possible, but not likely, especially with Nora around causing well-intentioned mayhem.

Frozen 2 Has Already Come Up With Four New Songs

We’re just over a year away from the release of Frozen 2 and we just got a big update on one of the most important parts of the movie, the music. The Oscar-winning team of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is back once again to create the music for the sequel and director Jennifer Lee has confirmed that the movie already has four songs, including one that was just completed, which apparently bowled over the director. According to Lee…

Four songs have already been chosen for the film, including this one which Jennifer Lee tells Variety is an “evolution.” It’s not entirely clear what that means, but she clearly thinks this particular song is quite special, making one wonder if Frozen 2 will have it’s own hit song that you won’t be able to get out of your head, or get your kids to stop singing, for two years.

Frozen was a massive hit for Disney and a large part of the reason for that was the remarkable soundtrack. That included “Let it Go” the song that became an anthem and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The pressure is almost certainly on to match the success of the first film in every way possible and that will include making a soundtrack that’s just as memorable as the first film.

The production of Frozen 2 has been going on for years, Jennifer Lee says she’s been working with the songwriters alone for the last two years. There have likely been numerous songs attempted in that time that have had to change. Either it was decided that the song wasn’t quite right, or the story of the movie actually changed to the point that the song no longer fit.

While scripts need to be finished before any real work can begin on filming a live-action movie, in the case of animated movies, stories are often reworked again and again as it’s decided that certain things don’t work.

In the case of the original Frozen, the script originally had Elsa as a more traditional villain rather than simply being misunderstood. Some of the music that was originally written but scrapped made it on to the extended version of the Frozen soundtrack and we’ll likely get the same for Frozen 2.

The original Frozen had seven main songs, and one would assume that the sequel will follow suit, so there are probably at least a couple more on the way from the Frozen 2 songwriters. The sequel is ever so slightly closer than it had been, the release date was recently moved up, from November 27 2019 to November 22.

One Of Avengers: Infinity War’s Fake Scripts Had Loki Surviving

Despite arriving in theaters back in April, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are still being felt throughout the MCU, and the movie world as we know it. The Russo Brothers crafted an emotional and epic story, servicing tons of characters in the process. Josh Brolin’s Thanos killed countless fan favorites, and the stakes got really high when he murdered Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the opening sequence.

But not everyone got the memo that Loki was going to perish. Mostly because the folks behind Infinity War put fake scripts out there, which helped to protect the blockbuster’s myriad secrets. One had Loki escaping the Asgardian ship, as The Russo Brothers recently explained:

Well, that’s one way to avoid spoilers. Multiple scripts put each one into question. So if the real events of Infinity War got leaked, there’d be no telling which script was fake, and which was genuine. And it worked, because Infinity War had countless unexpected twists and turns.

The Russo Brothers’ new comments come from the new book The Art of Avengers: Infinity War (via Screen Rant) where various members of the production team open up about the process of crafting the third Avengers flick. There were a ton of balls in the air, and it seemed almost impossible to use every character properly. This includes Loki, who was arguably the most fascinating Marvel villain before Thanos arrived on the scene.

Unfortunately for the God of Mischief, he didn’t end up escaping from a pod and making his way to Earth for the battles in Wakanda or New York. Instead, Loki ended up making one more play at power and survival– hopefully saving both his brother and the galaxy in the process. After handing over the tesseract to Thanos, he tried to assassinate the Mad Titan.

But Thanos wasn’t going to be killed that easily, or killed at all, during Avengers: Infinity War. Quite a few characters nearly ended it, with Loki, Gamora, and Thor all making strong attempts at Thanos’ life. But the power of the Infinity Stones proved the endless macguffin, especially once he got his hands on the Time Stone.

Of course, there are still plenty of theories claiming that Loki might not be dead. He was the god of mischief, so perhaps it was just a projection of the character? The Thor franchise got new life with Ragnarok, so perhaps Tom Hiddleston will want to stick around.

Marvel fans will learn more when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Tom Cruise Is Reportedly Learning To Fly Fighter Jets For Top Gun 2

Tom Cruise is known for his desire to perform all his own stunts on his films. The original Top Gun was known for its use of actual fighter planes in the flight sequences. Now, it looks like the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick is bringing these two ideas together as it is being reported that production of the film is going on hold so that Cruise can learn how to actually fly the planes.

All this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the source for the Daily Mail‘s report is anonymous, but certainly, the idea that Tom Cruise wants to actually fly a fighter jet for the Top Gun sequel is far from a shocking idea, so it certainly could be true.

The original Top Gun was able to get the actors in the air to film scenes on board actual fighter jets, but in each scene somebody else was actually piloting the plane, and the actors just pretended to be doing so. Tom Cruise had said previously that one of his requirements for making a new Top Gun would be that he got to get up in the air and fly again, so I just sort of figured that would mean the same methods would be used, but it seems that may not be good enough this time around.

To be clear, it doesn’t appear that the plan is to let Tom Cruise do all the flying in the film. That would clearly take too long and be far too dangerous to let him do all the various dogfighting techniques. All the shots of planes doing amazing ariel stunts will certainly be handled by professionals. However, it seems that when you see a close up of Tom Cruise in the cockpit, that may actually be him in the cockpit and actually flying the plane.

What’s unclear is if this apparent halt to production will cause a significant enough delay to push the release date of Top Gun: Maverick back yet again. It already saw the release date shift from July of next year to June of 2020. That may still give the film enough time to do this and still make that date, but then again, I have no idea how long it takes to teach somebody to fly a fighter jet. It’s probably not a two-week course.

Top Gun Maverick will see the titular pilot as an instructor at the Top Gun school where he becomes a mentor to the son of his former friend Goose, played by Miles Teller. Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm are also on board to co-star in new roles.

If this rumor does turn out to be true, it certainly has the potential to make for a really fun movie. The original Top Gun was incredibly popular in the 1980s in large part due to the exciting flight sequences and the fact is that CGI simply would never accomplish the same thing. Watching real planes in action is key, and seeing Tom Cruise actually fly them would just be the icing on the cake.

Anna Faris And Chris Pratt’s Divorce Details Are Keeping Them Close To Each Other

Ever since they announced their divorce plans a little over a year ago, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt have tried to keep their private lives away from the public eye as much as they can. Of course, due to their fame and celebrity, that is a difficult task. The topic has come up numerous times in multiple different settings, but they have respectfully kept the discussion between the parties involved. While admitting that it is a hard subject, they seem to respect one another, and raising their child, Jack Pratt (6) together. But now that the divorce is finalized, they have come to a few agreements.

According to TMZ, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are officially separated, but they won’t be far from one another. After meeting with a private judge on Wednesday, the former celebrity couple decided to live no further than five miles apart from each other — at least, for the next five years. This court agreement is in the best interest of their son, Jack Pratt. Faris and Pratt want to live near Jack until he is at least finished with sixth grade. They are hoping to have a close relationship with their son by the time he’s 12. While Pratt is super busy as a film star, he seemingly wants to be a good parent.

Furthermore, should Anna Faris or Chris Pratt want to relocate or move beyond the agreed five-mile distance, they need to have the written consent of the other parent no later than three months in advance of the move. And if they plan to be out of the country with Jack Pratt, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris need to let the other parent know at least 30 days in advance. When it comes to taking Jack Pratt out of the state, each parent expects to have a fairly “reasonable” advance notice, therein by letting the other parent know about the travel plans of their son — even if they’re no longer a romantic couple.

As far as legalities go, these requests are fairly mundane. But they suggest that Anna Faris and Chris Pratt want to remain firmly committed parents, despite the swift change in their lives. They’re hoping to raise their child as best they can — despite the divorce settlements coming into play right now. It’s never easy to raise a child, especially when divorce is involved. And most especially when the divorcing parents are extremely famous film/TV stars. But they are trying to be responsible and level-headed about the whole matter, and it’s understandable that they want their child to be the main focus.

And that tradition was found last week on Halloween, as Chris Pratt and Anna Faris were reportedly seen together with their child doing some trick-or-treating rounds. So, we are glad to know things are going well for the A-list one-time couple — even as the divorce plans have been officially firmed up.

Exclusive Clip: Is Bobo And Fiji’s Relationship In Trouble In Midnight, Texas Season 2?

Midnight, Texas kicked off its second season a few weeks on NBC. At first fan-favorite characters Fiji and Bobo were in period of bliss as they explored their newly romantic relationship extensively. Stuff started hitting the fan in Episode 2 as Fiji and Bobo’s sexual antics led to some mishaps and in an exclusive clip from Season 2‘s “To Witch Hell and Back” Bobo deals with yet another near-death encounter. Is their relationship in trouble? Take a look, below.

In the exclusive clip, Bobo is innocuously showering when Fiji decides to enjoy a little loving on her own terms. Last week, the couple realized that their sexual antics were causing Bobo to experience a bunch of accidents that could potentially be fatal. Unfortunately for Fiji, this means she’s not getting any. She probably feels she is safe with some Ménage à moi; however, a series of freak moments between Bobo and Mr. Snuggly lead to him nearly dying once again.

I’m going to presume he’s only nearly dying and not actually dying because this show needs both Fiji and Bobo. However, when last we see our charming hero, he’s lying on the bathroom floor with a gigantic shard of glass stuck in his leg. On the bright side, Fiji is there once again when an accident befalls the character and hopefully can use her magic to patch him back up.

Speaking with Dylan Bruce (who plays Bobo) earlier this year, the actor told us that the whole cast has been having fun with the Fiji and Bobo storyline, which they have affectionately called Final Destination: Bobo. He told us on a recent set visit:

As to exactly why the couple was only happy for one episode in October before things started to unravel for them, Dylan Bruce revealed that’s what makes Season 2 so compelling for his character, before mentioning that what is being set up in Episode 3 and beyond will have ramifications for the rest of the season. Per the actor,

Fiji and Bobo got together way earlier than I expected in this series, which has been a nice change of pace for network TV and I’m glad to see they are already facing challenges already, of the seemingly magical variety. If this is a plotline you are also invested in, you can catch new episodes of Midnight, Texas on Friday nights over at NBC. This week’s episode “To Witch Hell and Back” will feature both characters looking into “who or what” is trying to kill Bobo. Also, the Rev is back, although there’s no word on Creek this week. You can catch the latest episode on Friday night starting at 9 p.m. ET.