Bizarre Fake Interview Of Drew Barrymore Goes Viral, And She’s Not Happy

There’s a fake interview with Drew Barrymore floating around right now, and the beloved actress is not the least bit amused about it. While it’s sometimes hard to know what is true and what is otherwise on the Internet in this day-and-age, it appears that this outlandish interview “with” Drew Barrymore is totally fabricated. Now, Barrymore and her team are trying to get down to the bottom of it. A spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Diet star/producer cleared the air about the fabricated in-flight magazine article, which was pretty ludicrous. Here’s what we know about this odd story.

On Tuesday, as it was reported by USA Today, there was an interview with Drew Barrymore found inside the Egypt Air in-flight magazine that was odd, to say the least. It featured an introduction that passengers deemed a bit offensive. It called out Drew Barrymore for her “several unsuccessful marriages,” and it implied that motherhood was an “unlimited vacation” for the film and television actress. They also claimed that Drew Barrymore was “subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure,” notably since the time that her own parents got divorced. The article was intended to be focused on Barrymore’s role as a mother, particularly when she is balancing her time with various projects — including her darkly comedic Netflix series. But the general tone of the article was reported to be dismissive and inconsiderate, and that is one big reason why Barrymore’s team is mad.

Furthermore, when it comes to direct quotes from Drew Barrymore inside the magazine interview, the content from the alleged quotes are dubious. Here are a few of the quotes found inside the article that Barrymore and her team find dubious and irresponsible. You can judge if they’re real or not.

Suffice to say, Drew Barrymore is fighting back against this published interview. In addition to the content of the article, which the famous actress finds intolerable on its own, the reportedly fake article centered around Drew Barrymore is also littered with punctuation errors and grammar mistakes. That only adds fuel to the fire that it is fake or, at the very least, quickly and poorly put together. Egypt Air has yet to speak out about the criticized article.

According to Drew Barrymore’s spokesperson, the actress didn’t participate in this interview and the comments that are reportedly made by Drew Barrymore are reportedly falsified. The spokesperson is also reportedly working with the airliner’s PR team to figure out what happened and deal with this situation. But they are definitely not happy. We’ll keep you posted on further details about this story when they arrive right here at CinemaBlend.

How Chicago Fire Decided To Write Off Connie After DuShon Monique Brown’s Death

The Season 7 premiere of Chicago Fire featured a touching tribute to deceased cast member DuShon Monique Brown that helped everyone say goodbye to her character, Connie. Now we know why the show wrapped up Connie’s story the way it did. When I spoke to executive producer Derek Haas at One Chicago Day a few weeks ago, he revealed that trying to figure out what to do with Connie after Brown’s sudden death was something that he and his team had trouble with and thought hard about to get right.

When it happened, it caught us so off guard. And she was already in three more episodes past that and we were coming really close to the end of the season. I just didn’t want to do something reactionary, or, honestly, like, unfair to the character or [DuShon’s] family, you know? I didn’t want to do something exploitative for the show that didn’t work with real life. And I knew so many of our cast members were very close to her and they wanted to do something nice.

While many fans may have wondered why DuShon Monique Brown’s death wasn’t written into last season, according to Derek Haas they simply didn’t have time to figure out how to wrap up Connie’s story and fit it into the show. And, in what was a very smart move, Haas wanted to make sure that he didn’t rush into anything which may have led to the show doing something unintentionally disrespectful to the character, or (even worse) Brown’s family. Haas also noted that several cast members were very close to Brown, and they wanted to make sure whatever the show did with Connie would be something nice that would allow them, and fans, to mourn the actress in a sweet way.

In the premiere, when everyone gathers for the shift briefing, Boden tells them that Connie had actually been working on her masters degree in counseling, and, having finished the program, she’s now off to her dream job. Her new employer asked her to start immediately, and Boden didn’t have the heart to say no to her. Meaning she left without getting a chance to say her goodbyes to anyone other than Boden. Haas said that this way of writing Connie off was courtesy of one of Chicago Fire‘s head writers, who figured that it would be a good way to pay respect to Brown’s life.

Andrea Newman, one of our head writers, had this idea. She said, ‘Connie and DuShon are not the same. Connie’s a character and DuShon’s the actress, they don’t have to have the same fate.’ So, she had that idea of [us having] the tribute be toward who DuShon was in her life, which was actually, in addition to her acting, she was a counselor.

The news of Connie’s departure prompts Herrmann to say, “I didn’t get to say goodbye. None of us did,” with Boden replying, “That’s OK, ’cause she knows how much we love her here.” Obviously, this was a way to pay tribute to the no-nonsense character of Connie, but also served as a true send off for DuShon Monique Brown, with some sincere feelings from the cast and crew added for good measure. And, for Haas, this was really the ideal way to handle such a difficult situation. About the conversation between Herrmann and Boden, he said:

I think that’s what we all wanted to say.

Chicago Fire continues Wednesdays on NBC, and airs at a special time, 8 p.m. EST, tonight for the big Chicago show crossover night. For more on what you can watch on the small screen, check out our 2018 fall premiere schedule.

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Shazam’s Zachary Levi Is Itching To Kick The Rock’s Candy Ass When Black Adam Is Introduced

While Doctor Sivana uses his impressive intellect to cause trouble for Shazam, when it comes to physicality, Black Adam is the hero’s greatest opponent. Black Adam derives his abilities from different mythological figures than Shazam, but his strength, speed, stamina, wisdom, power and courage on par with Shazam’s, if not sometimes higher. Seeing those two duke it out in a cinematic setting would be similar to the battle that unfolded between Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, only this time, magic is also part of the equation. When we’ll see such a fight is hard to say, but as Zachary Levi made clear during his appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con (via Comic Book Resources), he’s ready for the onscreen Shazam/Black Adam showdown. As far as a fight between the characters goes, yes, presumably Billy Batson would come out victorious in the end. That said, in real life, it’s reasonable to say with absolute certainty that it’d be Levi who’d be getting his candy ass kicked by Johnson. No question about it.

Why Lethal Weapon Wrote Off Bowman

Now, to be honest, I haven’t personally seen a ton of similarities between Wesley Cole and Zack Bowman so far. Bowman’s most notable characteristic was bringing soup to crime scenes, which was a fun quirk, to be sure. He’s also upbeat, but Cole has only been in one episode so far and he’s already far more fleshed out than Bowman ever was. In the coming weeks, maybe it will be clearer why Bowman is out and the new character is in.

Is Rambo 5 Turning Sylvester Stallone Into A Cowboy?

When you think of John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone’s iconic and badass Vietnam War vet, what image comes to mind? Chances are it’s a longhaired Rambo, shirtless and diced to the socks, rocking a bandana and wielding a bow and arrow, a big knife or an even bigger gun. An image that you probably don’t think of when you think of Rambo is that of a cowboy, and yet that is exactly what Sylvester Stallone’ looks like as Rambo 5 is set to begin filming. Take a look below to see John Rambo as you’ve never seen him before.

If you didn’t know that Sylvester Stallone was filming Rambo 5, you’d have to think that this was a look from an entirely different movie, like a neo-Western in the vein of No Country for Old Men or Hell or High Water. Yet this image from Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram apparently shows the actor as he may look when he reprises his role as John Rambo in Rambo 5. Apparently gone is the long hair, the tank top and the bandana, and in their place is a cowboy, complete with riding chaps and the requisite cowboy hat. Simply put, this does not look like Rambo.

This outfit isn’t just for show either. It looks like Sylvester Stallone will actually be doing some horseback riding as Rambo for the new film. Check out Sylvester Stallone’s post from the set of the film below:

While these images may not be an official confirmation of Rambo turning into a cowboy, Sylvester Stallone is really teasing the fans with the concept. And if you remember the ending to the last film in the series, 2008’s Rambo, this new look actually tracks. That film ended with John Rambo, at long last, returning to the United States and making his way to Arizona to visit his father. In that ending scene we see that the Rambo homestead is a ranch with horses on it. So if the new film follows that narrative, it makes sense that with no more wars to fight, Rambo probably settled down in that rural home and helped man the ranch. Like Sylvester Stallone himself, Rambo has gotten older and the character’s look has changed with age and with his occupation. He’s no longer a guerrilla war fighter; he’s just an older guy living a simple life. Or trying his best.

Wars always find Rambo, and there are always people in need of saving. Rambo 5 will find the vet taking on a Mexican cartel. So he will probably be minding his own business on the Arizona ranch when violence spills over the border, and he finds himself once again having to take matters into his own hands. We’ve seen Rambo fight all over the world, so this new look and new setting should give this film a different look and feel. The character and the franchise has the opportunity to evolve, and if Rambo 5 has the gritty modern Western shown in these images, it will be breaking new ground.

Rambo 5 is scheduled for release next fall. To see all of the biggest movies coming to theaters next year (there are a lot of them), check out our 2019 release schedule.

One Marvel Side Character Who Definitely Isn’t Getting A Spinoff

With 20 films under the MCU so far, there are certainly a lot of characters in this shared universe. Among them, a handful of fan favorites have come out of the woodwork to unexpectedly steal the show from their superhero co-stars. Recently in Ant-Man and the Wasp, the hilarious fast-talking Luis made a triumphant return to the franchise. The character, played by Michael Peña, was an unmistakable highlight of 2015’s Ant-Man, providing some additional comedy to the series, and thankfully the character was given a place in the sequel. While many fans would love to see more of Luis, it looks to be no use to daydream of a standalone movie for Peña’s character, according to Ant-Man series director, Peyton Reed. Here’s what he said:

Peyton Reed tweeted out the comment during a fan Q&A with Fandango when a Twitter user asked if Luis will ever get his own standalone movie or Marvel One-Shot. Although Reed’s quite definite answer regarding a starring role for Luis is disappointing, it’s nice to know that there is some additional footage with the character. In the earlier days of the MCU, characters such as Agent Phil Coulson and Agent Carter were given some time to shine outside of their movies in short films created for the bonus features sections of the Blu-ray releases. Both of these fan favorites traded in their starring roles in Marvel One-Shots for their own television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, respectively.

Considering there’s interest from fans for Luis to get some additional screen time outside of the Ant-Man franchise, a television show for his character could be a great idea to contemplate instead. CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes recently pitched the idea to give Luis and his heist crew Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris) and Curt (David Dastmachian) their own series following the security company, X-Con, which was introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The superhero comedy series could be a refreshing addition to their television content, potentially finding a place with Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching in 2019.

The infinitely-expanding MCU has many facets, one of them being its often brilliant use of comedy thanks to talent such as Michael Peña. Although Peyton Reed recently confirmed that Luis won’t be getting his own film, we hope to see the Comic-Con footage soon. Until then, you can see Peña in the upcoming season of Narcos on November 16 and catch him as Luis in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently available on digital, and will be released on Blu-ray October 16.

ReelBlend Podcast #39: Venom Reviews, And Jake Breaks The First Man Tie

The big movies are coming. And that means ReelBlend is the place to be all October. This month balances awards hopefuls with ticket-peddling blockbusters, and the ReelBlend hosts are the right people to keep you up to date and informed on everything you need and want to know about the world of cinema. So dig in!

On this week’s episode, Sean, Kevin and Jake are finally able to settle their First Man tie — with Kevin loving it and Sean just liking it. Jake caught the movie during the recent press day at NASA in Florida, but does he side more with Kevin, or fall into Sean’s (space) camp. Listen and learn.

Sean also saw Venom this week, and gives a non-spoiler breakdown of the film, letting you now if it’s worth your time this weekend. Kevin and Jake are catching it after we recorded, so they will weigh in next week, when we can really dig into Venom, with spoilers.

During the news portion of this week’s show, the guys also discuss the announced PG-13 rating on a new Deadpool movie… which FOX plans to drop into theaters in December. Is it a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2? Something entirely new? Everyone seems confused, so we try our best to figure it all out.

At the end of the episode, there’s a tease for a review of Bad Times at the El Royale. It’s great, and we’ll explain why… with more to come next week.

Finally, the #Blend game stayed in the Halloween mood with #MonsterBlend, and Kevin had a controversial pick. By “controversial,” we mean “a pick that pissed Jake off.” But we don’t recall him trying to quit the show this week. So we’re making progress!

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Could The Flash Bring Mark Hamill’s Trickster Back? Here’s What The Showrunner Says

The Flash is gearing up for its fifth season, but is it gearing up for another appearance from Mark Hamill’s The Trickster? While the villain made his debut in Season 1 and appeared a few times since then, it has been a while since fans have caught a glimpse of The Trickster. Well, The Flash‘s showrunner, Todd Helbing, has provided an update on the possibility of his return. In doing so, Helbing also reminded fans of the connection that exists between The Flash, Hamill, and another series. Helbing said:

One brother’s loss is another brother’s gain. It may not be the answer fans of Mark Hamill’s scene-stealing villain The Trickster want to hear, but it is nevertheless the situation at hand. One crucial part of Todd Helbing’s answer to TVLine regarding a Mark Hamill reprisal is that he does want it to happen. With the strong possibility that The Flash could zoom towards a sixth season following its latest, it stands to reason that Hamill could eventually reprise the role, either in an upcoming season or sometime before the end of Season 5.

Hopefully, the brothers can work something out, and, given that they have a strong working relationship, there is compelling reason to believe they can. Aaron and Todd Helbing have worked on The Flash together as co-showrunners before the former took a new job. Back in August, it was announced that Aaron Helbing would be taking over as the series showrunner for Knightfall in Season 2.

Mark Hamill joined the cast of the medieval drama in a crucial new role. Thus pumping the breaks on his returning as The Trickster. Hamill’s most recent appearance as the character was in Season 3, Episode 9 of The Flash in 2016. It does not sound as if fans will need to worry about The Flash closing the door on The Trickster completely, though. Scheduling and commitments have just put a wrinkle in plans for Hamill to return to the role for now.

Production on Knightfall is scheduled to run for around six to seven months, so it may not work out for Mark Hamill to even make a brief appearance in Season 5. While we can probably cross The Trickster off the list of villains for The Flash‘s upcoming season, the show will still be in strong supply of them. The superhero drama is set to introduce a new one, and the Arrow-verse in general will be brimming with new baddies throughout the respective runs of each show, so stay tuned.

Fans will have a while to wait until they get to see Mark Hamill in his new Knightfall role. In the meantime, the fifth season of The Flash will begin Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Lucky for us, the speedy superhero series will not be the only one returning or premiering on the superhero-heavy network, this fall.

Missing Actress Fan Bingbing Reappears, Apologizes For Tax Evasion

For months now, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been the subject of much speculation. The actress, who is a massive star in China, is probably best known in the U.S. for her role as the mutant Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently it has seemed like Fan Bingbing disappeared through one of Blink’s portals because, following news that linked her to a possible tax evasion scandal, the actress vanished and hasn’t been seen in public or on her social media platforms since July. Now the actress has resurfaced, and is offering a full apology and accepted responsibility for her actions. You can read part of Fan Bingbing’s letter of apology below:

As you can see, Fan Bingbing is deeply apologetic and regretful in this letter. She admits to putting her own desires in front of her civic responsibility by committing tax evasion on multiple projects. The time spent under investigation by the taxation authorities seems to have changed her outlook. She claims to see now that as a public figure she must set a better example, and not give in to temptations that result in law breaking. Elsewhere in her apology, as reported by Variety, Fan Bingbing says that in the future, she will uphold the law and accept responsibility. Bingbing also begs for everyone’s forgiveness and credits the country and its people for her success, especially the ruling Communist Party and its policies.

Fan Bingbing was suspected of, and has now fessed up to, tax evasion that is reportedly very common in the entertainment industry in China. The highly paid actress was allegedly signing multiple contracts for the same job. This practice is known as “yin yang contracts” or “split contracts.” This process gives a person one contract for a job, like a role in a movie, for a lower rate that they can present to the government for taxation purposes. They also receive a second contract with better pay that they don’t report, which means they are essentially making all that money under the table. Fan Bingbing and her companies now face $129 million in back taxes and fines, which she vowed to pay.

Rumors have abounded about what happened to Fan Bingbing over the past few months, with many assuming that she was being detained by Chinese authorities either in prison or under house arrest. Some rumors had even said that she fled the country, though those proved unfounded. It should be noted that although Fan Bingbing has made this public statement and apology, thus breaking the months-long silence from China’s highest-paid actress, she has not yet been seen in public.

It’s hard to know whether or not these legal issues will affect her upcoming film slate but in addition to her Chinese films, Fan Bingbing has been attached to star in 355 for director Simon Kinberg. The film is an all-female spy film featuring a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Lupita Nyong’O.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest in movie news and check out our release schedule to see all the biggest movies heading to theaters this fall.

8 Marvel Characters Who Deserve Spinoff Movies On Disney’s Streaming Service

Not content to have the biggest blockbuster on the big screen, Disney is turning its attention to the growing world of exclusive streaming services with Disney Play. Due to launch in 2019, the service will contain a number of original Disney projects from it numerous brands, and that will reportedly include the MCU. TV spinoffs for characters like Scarlet Witch and Loki are apparently in the works with the involvement of the same actors. That’s a pretty awesome idea, and while TV shows are great and all, movies would be just as great a format.

Part of what makes the spinoff idea great is that it gives smaller characters a chance to shine in their very own project. The MCU’s stable of characters expands with every single movie, and plenty of them are worthy of their own solo adventures. Plus, the fact that these would be airing on Disney Play opens up the format and style — not every movie has to end with a big action spectacle. With that in mind, here are some of the characters that I think would do well on Disney Play, excluding the ones who reportedly already have something in the works.

Scarlet Witch and Vision

I know I’m already cheating, but this is different! It’s a Scarlet Witch AND Vision movie. While Scarlet Witch is good on her own, there’s still loads to explore about her relationship with Vision. One of the downsides of the MCU is that there is story happening between the movies that we never get to see. Case in point, we never actually see Wanda and Vision get together. They are already in love at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. That’s a natural side effect of this form of storytelling, but spinoff movies can help fill in the gaps. That’s why a Scarlet Witch and Vision romance movie would help provide extra context and make their ultimate fate more meaningful. You can play fast and loose with the period it’s set, but the best might be between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War.

Hawkeye

Will this dog ever have his day? Yes, in his very own movie on Disney Play. The most underrated Avenger hasn’t had as much opportunity to shine as his colleagues have, and he had to sit out of Infinity War, but Hawkeye would make an excellent fit for a spinoff. People have long asked for some kind of Hawkeye content, and it might be time to give the people what they want. Writer Matt Fraction’s run on the character in the comics is pretty much the go-to inspiration for the character, and Fraction’s story helped cement Hawkeye as the Regular Dude of Marvel heroes. There is mileage to gain from this character, either focusing on his time as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., his struggle as a superhero family man, or taking a self-aware look at his less than glamorous place alongside his fellow Avengers.