Fast and Furious 9 Just Moved Its Release Date Into A Seriously Competitive Lane

We have a box office race! Fast and Furious 9 just moved across the movie calendar — again. This is what happens when you announce a movie and give it a release date years in advance.

Universal Pictures just drove Fast and Furious 9 from April 10, 2002 to its new date of May 22, 2020.

That new date opens Fast 9 over next year’s Memorial Day weekend. So it sounds like a vote of confidence, as well as a way to give the production six more weeks to make the movie. (Question: Would that be enough time to add in people like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, or no?)

Previously, as Variety noted, Fast and Furious 9 was set to open April 19, 2019. That would’ve had it open just before Avengers: Endgame this year. Not a great time to show up, so good on them for changing it to April of next year. Both of those were Easter weekends. Now Fast 9 has moved again to Memorial Day weekend, which is known for being the unofficial start of summer and a huge weekend for blockbuster movies.

Since Memorial Day weekend is known for being a movie weekend, there are already some residents on the May 22, 2020 calendar — including Godzilla vs. Kong and The SpongeBob Movie. We recently noted how SpongeBob’s move to that date would put it up against Godzilla vs. Kong. The SpongeBob movie would probably skew younger, but you have to imagine the Godzilla and Fast franchise audiences have a lot of overlap.

It’s possible one or more of those films will move again, and it’s also possible more films will join them on the Memorial Day 2020 calendar. There’s still a year to go before any of that happens, and studios always carefully watch the competition, read the tracking tea leaves, and do whatever they think is best for their films. Sometimes they get it right, and other times (no Star Wars movie this past December = Aquaman billion dollar domination) they misfire.

As The Rock recently pointed out when a reality TV star complained about all of the Fast and Furious movies, the franchise has made more than $5 billion at the box office at this point. The Rock’s Hobbs and Shaw movie is coming out this August as the first but not the last spinoff.

Fast and Furious 9 will be followed by Fast and Furious 10, which was given a release date of April 2, 2021, but don’t go thinking that will last. If the ninth movie has already moved twice, there’s a good chance the 10th movie will shift around too.

So far, not everyone has signed on for Fast and Furious 9. We know Jordana Brewster is coming back as Mia Toretto, but Michelle Rodriguez was waiting to read the script to see if she’d return.

If Fast and Furious 10 is indeed the final movie in the franchise, you have to hope everyone who can return does return. Obviously Paul Walker will always be the missing piece, and there are some fans who think the franchise should’ve ended after he died. But it’s too late for that now, so hopefully the Fast team has a plan for a strong ending. No more feuds.

Since we’re taking it all one year at a time, keep up with all of the 2019 dates with our handy movie release schedule. And stay tuned for any updates on these movies blinking and moving to a less competitive release date — if there even is one.

The Oscars Will Air All Of Its Categories Live After All

It’s safe to say that it’s been a rocky road to the 91st Academy Awards. Several controversies have popped up in the months leading to the ceremony, with the most recent one being that the Oscars for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would not be presented live and instead occur during the commercial breaks, with the shortened presentations being aired later. However, word has come in that this decision has been reversed, and that the winners of the categories will be presented live during the telecast. Here’s the official statement from the Officers of the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

That’s a quick turnaround, as the announcement that Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short wouldn’t be presented live came out this past Monday, February 11. The Academy had already released a statement saying that none of the awards categories at the 91st Academy Awards would be “presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others,” but now it’s been made official: all 24 Oscars categories will be presented on camera live, as has been the norm for decades.

According to Deadline, when it came time to “slight” these four categories, the Academy felt that the “pushback and internal rancor” in reaction to the announcement that they wouldn’t be presented live wasn’t worth trimming approximately 45 minutes out of the Oscars broadcast, which would have cut the broadcast down to the three-hour mark, give or take. The Academy could still be pursuing other options regarding how to shorten the upcoming telecast, but with less than two weeks until the big event, it remains to be seen how this will be accomplished, if at all.

As mentioned earlier, this is hardly the first issue that’s popped up during the planning of the 91st Academy Awards. Last year, it was announced that a Best Popular Film category would be created, but following public outcry, that initiative has been delayed. Then, Kevin Hart was selected to host the Oscars ceremony, but only two days later, he dropped out of the job after past controversial jokes and comments he made resurfaced. Now the 91st Academy Awards will be held without a host, which hasn’t been done since 1989.

The 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 24 on ABC, so check back with CinemaBlend then to learn who walks home with those golden trophies. In the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are opening later this year.

6 Things I Learned Bringing A Child To Walt Disney World For The First Time

There are few people in the world who don’t enjoy a good theme park. Whether you like the rides, parades, fireworks or just eating loads of food that is terrible for you, but tastes amazing, there’s something there for everybody. I say this as somebody who first visited Disneyland when he was 10, but didn’t truly fall in love with the place until I went back when I was an adult.

My wife and I have visited Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure more times than I can count over the last decade or so. Sometimes it’s with other friends, sometimes it’s just the two of us, but we always had fun enjoying everything the parks had to offer. As a couple of adults without kids, we had nearly complete freedom.

Then, a little under two years ago, my wife and I had our first child. Needless to say, the spur of the moment weekend trips to Disneyland stopped at that point. However, a long scheduled trip to Walt Disney World recently did take place, and while bringing along a toddler for the first time certainly changed the experience in a bunch of obvious and predictable ways, it also brought about several realizations that I did not see coming.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Is Kind Of Terrible For Kids

To be clear, Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t a terrible theme park. It certainly has its issues, as there aren’t a lot of major attractions there to experience at the moment, but the recently opened Toy Story Land and the forthcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge look to fix that in a big way. However, it’s a pretty bad park if you’re a small child. Pretty much all the major attractions are for the big kids and grown-ups only. The only ride of any kind that my daughter was able to experience was the Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, and even that one was near miss as she only barely made the height requirement.

What Disney’s Hollywood Studios has in lieu of rides is a lot of shows, and your kid can certainly go to those. But if you have a kid who is small enough, and therefore young enough, to not be able to do the rides, getting them to sit and watch a show isn’t a simple task. By the time they’re old enough to enjoy the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular the kid will be able to do the other attractions as well. As it stands, there’s basically one ride that small children can even do.

Traveling With Friends Or Family Is A Must

This particular Walt Disney World vacation was a celebration of sorts, and as such we invited literally all of our friends to join us. Obviously, not everybody did, but we ended up with a dozen other people joining our family on the trip. While this was a lot of fun simply by virtue of being able to share the experience with a lot of great people, it also turned out to be a lifesaver as the more people you have, the more eyes you have on little ones.

One of my personal favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is eat. There are so many fantastic restaurants, especially at Epcot’s World Showcase, that you’d need to spend a week in that park alone to enjoy them all. Kids, however, are less interested in savoring a fine meal. Mom and dad trying to enjoy an entree with a kid around is tough, but when a couple extra people join you for dinner, there are enough people capable of distracting the kid that everybody can take turns and everybody will also have enough time to actually enjoy their food. Having friends willing to watch the kid so you can go out and eat at least one meal without the child is also very welcome.

Ride Swap Is Great, Even If You’re Not The One With Kids

Ride Swap is the option to have one person wait in a line for an attraction, usually one a child can’t ride at all, while another stays with the kid. Then, after the first person rides, the second person gets to use the FastPass queue while the first waits with the kid. It’s great for parents who both want to go on Space Mountain when the child is too small to join them.

However, the Ride Swap can actually be used up on to three people for the second ride. This means that friends can actually FastPass into a ride without needing a FastPass at all, even if they’re not “technically” watching the kid. Even people who get in line with the first party can use the FastPass line with the second party, getting two rides out of the deal. It also means that friends can watch the kid while mom and dad get to actually do a ride together every once in a while.

Reservations Are The Best And Also The Worst

As a frequent traveler to Disneyland, the hardest thing to get used to at Walt Disney World is the way you need to schedule your entire trip so far in advance. Restaurant reservations can be made six months out, and if you want to get a table at a popular spot during the prime dinner hour, you’ll need to book it that far out. You can reserve three FastPasses per day of your trip 60 days out if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, 30 days out if you’re not. Don’t expect to even be able to get a FastPass for the most popular attractions if you’re not staying on property.

This level of scheduling isn’t how I normally vacation; I prefer to have a bit more freedom. On the other hand, with kids, having some kind of schedule is quite useful. Knowing when and where you’re eating lunch and dinner every day is one less thing to worry about, and you won’t find yourself scrambling to figure it out while you (or your child) starts to get hangry. At the same time, schedules don’t always work with kids. My daughter got sick one day early in our trip and we had to stay home from a planned day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Because of the previous scheduling, that day was then lost. We couldn’t just reschedule our meals or our FastPasses for later in the week, as those slots were already taken by others. The day was a complete waste.

Walk-Around Characters Can Be Terrifying

The major reason I don’t have photo albums full of pictures of myself with costumed walk-around characters is because the lines are usually too damn long. I can justify standing in line for a roller coaster, but for a picture, it’s just too much. Still, I would have done it if my daughter had shown any interest in getting near the characters. I gave her a stuffed Mickey Mouse for Christmas entirely so she would get used to the character and potentially recognize him when they met.

But like many small kids, my daughter had no interest in getting that close. Interestingly, she found the costumed characters very interesting from a distance. They always caught her eye and she’d look and point at them, but the closer we got, the less curious she became. Seeing through her eyes, you begin to understand where she’s coming from. While some costumed characters can actually have voices, most of the ones you meet walking up and down Main Street U.S.A. are large and mute. How is that not scary to everybody?

There’s Nothing Quite Like Watching Somebody Enjoy Walt Disney World For The First Time

In a lot of ways, going to Walt Disney World with a kid is as much chore as it is vacation. There’s a lot you have to do and even more you have to think about that was never a concern for me only a couple years ago. Considering my daughter could only experience a fraction of the parks, and it was far from clear how much she even comprehended the parts that she could do, it’s a lot of work for remarkably little activity.

But man, when everything fires just right, the magic really does happen. The look on her face as we went spinning around in the teacups was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I’d been on these rides a thousand times, but with her it was like doing them all again for the very first time. When the biggest tantrum comes after the toddler realizes she can’t just go on the ride again immediately, it’s a less frustrating tantrum for dad. Honestly, I was bummed we couldn’t just do it again too.

There will be many more theme park vacations for my daughter in the future. Of that, I can be certain. With each one we’ll be able to do and share more. We’ll both learn a lot with each one. I can’t deny that I’m kinda looking forward to getting to the point where she’s old enough that she won’t even want to hang out with mom and dad, if only so mom and dad can go back to enjoying the parks the way we used to. But until then, I’ll look forward to the next time this kid finds herself on Main Street U.S.A.

Images courtesy WDWNews.com/DisneylandNews.Com/Disney

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James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Sequel Is Reportedly Bringing Back A Fan Favorite

It may not have been met with the best critical reception, but 2016’s Suicide Squad was definitely a commercial winner for Warner Bros, and the studio is keen on keeping the property alive. The sequel, officially titled The Suicide Squad, is being written and directed by former Marvel Cinematic Universe contributor James Gunn. Earlier this week, word came out that Harley Quinn, one of the main characters from the first Suicide Squad movie, would not return for The Suicide Squad, but it appears that is no longer the case.

Forbes has updated its original reporting on Margot Robbie’s future as Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe, as sources close to the production have said that Harley will indeed be present for The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year. While this doesn’t constitute official confirmation, given that Harley was one of the most popular elements of Suicide Squad and that Margot Robbie is reprising the character for next year’s Birds of Prey, it does make sense that she would be brought back for The Suicide Squad, if only to establish at least one connective thread between this sequel and its predecessor.

Rather than being a direct sequel to Suicide Squad, The Suicide Squad is reportedly going to be a “relaunch” rather than a direct sequel. This will give Gunn the opportunity to carve out his own vision for the property, and will supposedly result in a lot of new lead characters being brought in. However, assuming this latest update is true, then Harley Quinn will be back for another round of Task Force X action on the big screen, which makes sense given that she’s been one of the Squad’s frequent members since the New 52 reboot in 2011. If I were a betting man, I’d also place odds on Will Smith and Viola Davis reprising Deadshot and Amanda Waller, respectively, in The Suicide Squad as well, but that remains to be seen.

When we last saw Harley Quinn at the end of Suicide Squad, she was being broken out of Belle Reve by The Joker. Judging by the early looks at Birds of Prey, it appears the jestress and the Clown Prince of Crime have since broken up, and the eight DC Extended Universe movie will see Harley teaming up with Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya to protect the young Cassandra Cain, who’s being hunted down by Black Mask because she finds a diamond belonging to the crime world.

It will be a while until we learn how that movie ends, but evidently afterwards, Harley will end up being incarcerated again if she’s going to appear in The Suicide Squad. If Harley will indeed be accompanied by new teammates, it will be interesting to see how her dynamic with them compares to how she was with the previous Squad. It should also be noted that as things stand now, Harley is not expected to appear in Gotham City Sirens, and the Joker/Harley Quinn movie is dead.

You can see Harley Quinn back on the big screen when Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is released in theaters on February 7, 2020, and The Suicide Squad will follow on August 6, 2021.

Isn’t It Romantic Had A Hilarious Pretty Woman Reference That Had To Be Cut

February has long been rom-com season since Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of it. This year has brought two of this kind, What Men Want and Isn’t It Romantic. The latter is a self-aware parody of the genre itself, calling out the many unrealistic clichés and tropes in films such as 13 Going on 30 and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Cool story, Rebel! If only we knew what is was! If you haven’t seen Pretty Women in a while, take a look at the scene Rebel Wilson is talking about below!

Okay, I can see how this would have been a good scene to spoof. Just imagine Rebel Wilson (who usually has a beautiful voice) horribly singing Prince’s Kiss as Liam Hemsworth, who plays her “love interest,” lovingly sighs at her interrupting his phone call. It would have been a hilarious way to spoof how filtered men can be in rom-coms, often not even finding flaws or annoyances in their girlfriend’s behaviors.

During the CinemaBlend interview, Adam Devine jumped in saying they did enough improv in Isn’t It Romantic for a five-hour movie. Rebel Wilson also said the huge first date between her and Liam Hemsworth was supposed to go on way longer then is does in the film. It sounds like the actors had a lot of funny material to work with. I already can’t wait for the home release!

Speaking of Julia Roberts, Rebel Wilson also revealed that they thought it would be fun for her to have a cameo toward the end of the movie, but she ended up being busy. It would have been a great homage to all of the rom-coms Roberts was in the ‘90s, and would have been great to see her poke fun at the genre that jumpstarted her career.

Isn’t It Romantic follows Rebel Wilson’s character Natalie, who is attacked at a subway station, knocked out and wakes up in the middle of a typical PG-13 romantic comedy alternative reality. She meets Liam Hemsworth while her co-worker (Adam Devine) finds love with Priyanka Chopra’s character Isabella. Take a look at the film’s stars talking about the cut scene:

Isn’t It Romantic is currently in theaters in a weekend box office horse race with Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel, which also opened this President’s Day weekend.

How Star Wars and Frozen Will Compete Outside The Box Office This Year.

Normally, Disney is careful to make sure that the films from its various divisions don’t compete with each other too much. Release dates are chosen so one film will run its course at the box office before the next one comes along. However, later this year Star Wars and Frozen II are going head-to-head in one very important way outside of the theater. This morning, Disney announced that new merchandise for three upcoming Star Wars projects, as well as Frozen II, will all see a global product launch on October 4, 2019. It will be a huge merchandise day for Disney, but it may mean that fans of both franchises will have some decisions to make.

Force Friday has been a regular event for Star Wars fans ever since 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. All new toys and other merchandise being created to tie-in with the film was released on the same day, leading to massive lines in stores as fans tried to be sure they got their hands on their favorite action figures or other gear before it was gone.

Friday October 4, 2019, however, will be Triple Force Friday, as that day won’t only see Star Wars: Episode IX merchandise hitting shelves, but also merch related to the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, and Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

That’s a lot of Star Wars stuff and it’s sure to make fans excited, but they won’t be the only ones waiting in line as Frozen II will see its global product launch on the exact same day as part of what’s being called Frozen Fan Fest, so get ready to get knocked down as you reach for the newest Rey figure by somebody who’s looking for the new Elsa.

Certainly, in large part, these two fandoms hitting the stores on the same day will just mean more people, as many people might not be superfans of both brands, but certainly there are a lot of people who like both Frozen and Star Wars, and then there’s always the collectors, who will want stuff from both titles simply for the sake of having it.

Money is, for most of us, a finite resource, and as such, at least some people will have to make decisions about which stuff they want more.

With the three different lines of Star Wars stuff and the addition of Frozen II, Triple Force Friday, or Triple Force Frozen Friday, is set to potentially be the biggest day that Disney’s consumer products division has possibly ever had. Just launching that many new products at once will be feat, as very likely, will be the number of them that sell on that day, nevermind all the days that come after.

Toys often give way to theories about the actual film when we see it before the movie hits screens. In the case of both Episode IX and Frozen II, that will be the case, so get ready for lots of people trying to use these products to figure out what we don’t know about the films before their respective releases.

In the case of the other two properties, we don’t actually know how Triple Force Friday lines up with release. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has only been confirmed as far as a Fall 2019 release, an October or November release is likely based on video game release trends. Disney+, the streaming service that will be home to The Mandalorian doesn’t even have an official launch date itself yet. Disney has only said it will go live in late 2019. It’s not even confirmed that The Mandalorian will be available on day one of the service, though this merch release info would imply that’s quite possible.

Will you be in line on Triple Force Friday?

Captain Marvel’s Amazing Cat Goose Is Stealing The Show In Massive Banners

Visiting the 1990s of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meeting a young Nick Fury and seeing the ultra-powerful Carol Danvers onscreen for the first time are all solid reasons to want to see Captain Marvel, but the real selling point of the film is Goose. Carol Danvers’ cat is the first pet in the MCU set to make an impact on a film, and he is already stealing the show. Check out Goose in some massive banners for Captain Marvel below.

Look at him(her?), he’s positively magnificent. This fantastic banner tells you absolutely nothing about the movie, and yet let’s you know with utter certainty that you have to see it. Goose clearly has the need… the need for speed, and is ready to go higher, further, faster in Captain Marvel. Goose’s cuteness is exceeded only by his coolness, and he is the height of cool in those aviator glasses, evoking the movie Top Gun where he gets his namesake.

This banner, spotted by someone on Reddit, is actually a clever bit of marketing as yet another way to sell Captain Marvel to audiences. Captain Marvel doesn’t have the name recognition or pop culture penetration that many of Marvel’s other characters do, so seeing her might not be enough to sell everyone. But a giant banner of a cat in sunglasses, that’s a movie you want to see.

Marvel knows what it’s doing here, because cuteness sells. Cat videos are popular for a reason and people love their pets. Goose is poised to take the MCU cuteness mantle from Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot, and I fully expect ‘Goose’ to shoot up the rankings of most popular cat names after this movie comes out.

Goose being a prevalent part of the marketing in this way could be especially fun if Captain Marvel borrows from the comics in the way we think it might. In the comics, Carol Danvers has a pet named Chewie. While Chewie appears to be a cat, she is in fact a Flerken, a species of alien creatures that look like cats, but can travel between dimensions and have pink tentacles that come out of their mouths when attacked.

If Goose is indeed a Flerken like Chewie from the comics, Marvel has hidden his true nature in the trailers and marketing materials like this banner. That should make for a fun surprise when audiences find out that what appears to be just a cute cat actually has a lot more to him/her.

This Goose banner isn’t just a fun highlight of Captain Marvel’s marketing either. The word out of an early screening of Captain Marvel is that Goose steals the show in the movie itself, which is very exciting.

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8 and is tracking at a $100 million opening weekend. Check out our release schedule to see all the other movies you can look forward to in 2019, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

There Was A Mini Twilight Reunion, See The Photo

While it’s been seven years since the Twilight saga concluded and each of the film’s young stars have since moved on to their own projects, some of them are still undoubtedly close. One mini Twilight reunion actually happened earlier this week. Can you spot which two actors are still posing for pictures together after all this time? Take a look:

No, your eyes don’t deceive you! Kristen Stewart (left) and Taylor Lautner (middle) snapped a picture together with their hairstylist Cj Romero, who recently posted the photo on his Instagram. Stewart was Team Jacob all the way in the photo taken during a surprise birthday to ring in Taylor Lautner 27th year, which he reached on February 11.

Taylor Lautner also posted about the celebration, thanking his girlfriend for surprising him. Check out his Instagram post below for another look at Kristen Stewart and Lautner together, this time posing for a group picture of the whole party.

The actors have known each other for over 10 years and have a unique shared experience of becoming teen celebrities when 2008’s Twilight became a cultural phenomenon, similar to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint’s journey on the Harry Potter movies.

In the Twilight saga, while Kristen Stewart’s Bella first became first enamored with teen vampire Edward Cullen, as the movies progressed, she also developed a close relationship with Taylor Lautner’s Jacob and his werewolf clan. While Jacob had a small supporting part in the first Twilight movie, Lautner’s role expanded as the book’s adaptations continues through 2012.

Since the end of the Twilight movies, Taylor Lautner hasn’t continued to star in blockbusters. The actor starred in the 2015 star-studded Netflix film The Ridiculous 6 alongside Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson and Will Forte. He’s primarily moved to the small screen, starring in Scream Queens in 2016 and Cuckoo from 2014 to 2018.

On the other hand, Kristen Stewart has continued to keep busy on film sets of indie flicks such as Clouds of Sils Maria, Equals and Personal Shopper. Next up, Stewart will star in action thriller Underwater alongside T.J. Miller, the Charlie’s Angels reboot with Elizabeth Banks, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, and a recently announced rom-com called Happiest Season with Mackenzie Davis playing her girlfriend.

The third point to the Twilight star triangle, Robert Pattinson, has also been hard at work on a slew of film projects, including Amazon’s The Lost City of Z, the critically-acclaimed Good Time and will soon star in High Life and an upcoming movie with Marvel stars Tom Holland and Sebastian Stan called The Devil All the Time.

For Twilight fans, it’s nice to see a couple of the stars still hanging out and having fun together. Maybe one day they’ll work together on another project again!

Film Academy Responds To Backlash Over Moving Categories To Commercials

In the latest controversy surrounding the upcoming Academy Awards, it was announced that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short would be presented during the commercial breaks and not on the live broadcast this year. This was met with major backlash from the industry. Now the Academy has responded to the backlash and attempted to address concerns in a letter to its membership. It reads in part:

In response to the outrage over the reported changes to this year’s ceremony, this letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors attempts to set the record straight. To assuage the concerns of Academy members, the letter assures everyone that contrary to the narrative that is out there, no category will be disrespected or represented in any way as ‘less than’ any other category.

The board of governors talks about inaccurate reporting and social media posts regarding the changes to this year’s ceremony presumably because the headline-grabbing change is that categories like Best Cinematography and Best Editing will be presented during commercial breaks. That has perhaps led some to the upsetting assumption that these categories will not be seen at all during the broadcast and are thus being disrespected for other, more flashy categories.

The Academy attempts to clarify this and any other misconceptions about this year’s ceremony elsewhere in the letter, as reported by Variety. It states that all 24 categories will be presented at the Dolby Theatre and shown on the broadcast. The difference is that the awards for Best Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Live-Action Short will not be presented live on the broadcast.

Instead these awards, including the speeches from the winners, will be recorded during the commercial breaks and air later in the broadcast, with time consuming elements like the walk to and from the stage edited out. The branches for these categories volunteered for this position. The letter also notes that in the future, four to six categories will be selected for this position and these four will be exempt next year.

So everyone will see the awards and speeches for these four categories, it just won’t be live for those watching at home on ABC. That should come as some comfort to those who thought that categories vital to cinema like cinematography and editing wouldn’t be seen at all. However, whether or not this will reduce the backlash will depend on if people believe that by not presenting these awards live, the Academy is casting them in a light that makes them seem less important than the others.

This is just one of the various controversies that have dogged this year’s Oscar ceremony. From the Best Popular Film category introduction, backlash and delay to the issues that ultimately led to this year’s ceremony being hostless, to the reversal on not having performances for all of the Best Original Song nominees, the Academy must be longing for the days when the La La Land/Moonlight Best Picture snafu was the biggest headache to deal with.

The 91st Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. E.T. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the movies that will be hoping to have a place at next year’s ceremony.

Star Wars: Episode IX Has Wrapped Filming, Here’s How JJ Abrams Celebrated

The end of a cinematic era is almost upon us. This December will bring forth Star Wars: Episode IX, which is not only the final chapter of the current Star Wars sequel trilogy, but also conclude the Skywalker Saga. Episode IX kicked off principal photography back in August, and today production has officially wrapped. To celebrate the occasion, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams dropped this photo of three of the main Episode IX actors together in warm embrace.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage.