Eddie Redmayne’s Jaw Dropped Over Crimes Of Grindelwald Ending

Spoiler Warning: This is all about the ending of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. You have been warned!

The ending of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has got people talking. Whether it’s from those who were genuinely surprised by the twists, or those who were frustrated by it, the final moments of the film have been a big point of conversation. Eddie Redmayne, who stars in the movie as Newt Scamander, falls into the camp of people who were shocked by the conclusion, as the actor recounts when he first read it in the script.

And here come the spoilers! The Crimes of Grindelwald makes a big deal out of learning Credence Barebone’s true lineage. The powerful Obscurial wants to know who his family is, and joins forces with Grindelwald because he claims to know the truth. At the end of the movie, Grindelwald reveals to Credence that his real name is Aurelius Dumbledore, and it’s heavily implied that he is Albus Dumbledore’s brother.

Now, this raises a whole bunch of questions and complications that Harry Potter fans have raised over how this conflicts with the established lore. Grindelwald could be lying, but at the moment, we have to take it at face value. Credence is a Dumbledore, and he’s on a collision course with Albus.

Despite the issues that this raises, it’s still a surprising development, and Eddie Redmayne couldn’t believe it when he first read the script. Redmayne told Collider that it’s one of those twists that add to the story when you watch it over again. Redmayne is excited to find out what happens next, and it’ll be interesting to see where this new twist takes the story.

Some fans aren’t quite as enthusiastic as Redmayne is about the ending. I would argue that the movie doesn’t put in the work to make this reveal as exciting or shocking as it thinks it is. Credence, the character the whole plot revolves around, isn’t in the movie much– and he doesn’t have a ton to do when on screen.

One could argue that these Fantastic Beasts movies will play better when watched as a whole, but we won’t know that until the other three release. At the moment, you can catch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters now.

Marvel Fans Will Love Kevin Feige’s Final Meeting With Stan Lee

Kevin Feige has had a key role in the development of Marvel films since 2000’s X-Men, when his vast knowledge of the comic book universe impressed executives. He has since become President of Marvel Studios, overseeing a string of MCU superhero films for 10 years, culminating with Avengers: Infinity War this summer. In service to the millions of Marvel fans mourning Stan Lee’s recent passing, Feige has now shared his last interaction with the comic book mastermind. In his words:

Stan Lee died two weeks ago at age 95. Filmmakers, stars, and fans have been sharing their reactions to Lee’s death, reviewing their experiences with the icon, and discussing his lasting impact. Kevin Feige’s touching recount of his last interaction with Lee gives fans an insight into his mindset in his final weeks. It sounds like Lee was feeling more nostalgic than usual, but his personality was also still shining as bright as an Infinity Stone. Feige continued with:

The memory is likely a bittersweet one for Kevin Feige, who shared that story with Entertainment Weekly, along with a touching tribute to Stan Lee’s influence on him. The Marvel executive said he enjoyed his interactions with Stan Lee, and when Lee showed up on set for his cameos he was always enthusiastic. Sometimes even too enthusiastic, pitching more lines to say and then pulling back, knowing full well he shouldn’t overshadow the hero.

Kevin Feige also shared the importance of Stan Lee as a storyteller to the modern mythology we know and love — such as Spider-Man, Hulk, and Fantastic Four. Lee always felt “a story without a message is like a man without a soul” as he penned in one of his old “Stan’s Soapbox” columns.

Kevin Feige also pointed out how a masterful achievement such as Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther would not have been possible without the writer’s decision to create a black superhero at the height of the civil rights movement. Black Panther was a “risk” for the publisher at a time of division, but his belief in humanity and the improvement of it rose above.

Kevin Feige has a key role in bringing Marvel stories to the big screen with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, knowing many of those stories were made possible through Stan Lee’s influence. It’s clear Feige understands the mindset of the man who started it all, and seeks to continue to offer content for Marvel fans, always keeping us excited for more.

Nicole Kidman Sounds Open To Big Little Lies Season 3

Big Little Lies‘ second season has not even premiered yet and hopes for Season 3 already abound. The good news for those wanting Season 3 is that one of the series’ stars sounds open to it. In a new interview, Nicole Kidman discussed the potential of doing a third season, saying:

When you have stars as busy as the cast of Big Little Lies, it makes sense that scheduling a third season would be difficult. Of course, they managed to get everyone back together for a second installment. So it will be interesting. The good news is that what Nicole Kidman told Variety does not exclude the possibility.

Big Little Lies was initially planned as a limited series or one-shot. The first season was an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name. Following the critical success and viewer response to Season 1, a second season eventually came to fruition. This season added Meryl Streep. Nicole Kidman shared how she felt about working with the new addition to the cast, saying:

Elsewhere in the interview, Nicole Kidman shared that Meryl Streep had not even read a script before signing on. Streep joins the second season of Big Little Lies as the mother-in-law of Kidman’s Celeste. So expect lots of screen time between the critically acclaimed actresses.

Reese Witherspoon shared a still from the upcoming season featuring Meryl Streep’s character interacting with Nicole Kidman’s. In the picture, it appears that Celeste and her sons are spending some quality time with her deceased husband‘s mother. There does not seem to be any tension between the women in the picture. Is it an indication that some positive things lie ahead for Celeste in Season 2?

If there is a third season of Big Little Lies, it will be compelling to see if Meryl Streep returns. It is interesting to read Nicole Kidman talk about working with Streep. Having accomplished so much in her own career, and proven herself as such a remarkable talent, Kidman still remains ever humble about her abilities.

Before fans can anticipate a third season of the HBO hit, they still have the second to look forward to. It is one of the most highly anticipated returns of 2019. The season is expected to mark another awards windfall for its stars and the series as a whole.

With Meryl Streep on-board, all eyes will be on the series to see how it unfolds. The accolades the first season brought have undoubtedly added a lot of expectations. Time will tell if Big Little Lies Season 2 lives up to them.

Big Little Lies Season 2 will premiere at some point in 2019 on HBO. So you will have to get through this fall and possibly the midseason before it arrives. Albeit, there is still time for it to join the latter release window.

Ben Mendelsohn Didn’t Think Anything Of Rogue One’s Reshoots

Disney made a big move when it acquired Lucasfilm, and the ability to create new Star Wars movies. In addition to the main installments, the House of Mouse broke new ground by creating standalone films, the first of which being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Gareth Edwards’ spinoff bridged the gap between the prequels and A New Hope, including the creation of the first Death Star by Ben Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic.

Rogue One suffered from tons of rumors around its reshoots, with many believing the studio intervened to change aspects of Gareth Edwards’ movie. But according to Ben Mendelsohn, they were par for the course. As he recently said,

While the fandom and public worried about the first Star Wars standalone film, it looks like Ben Mendelsohn was never alarmed when playing his villainous character. In fact, he maintains its the project he’s the most proud of. Looks like Mendelsohn is truly loyal to The Empire.

Ben Mendelsohn’s comments to THR paint a better picture of what it was like on the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars movies are absolutely massive, and there are a ton of moving pieces to get each new blockbuster in the can. As such, reshoots and a variety of directors were always on the table for the actor. So he just went to work and brought Orson Krennic to life everyday.

Over the past few years, reshoots have become a hot button issue in the world of blockbusters, and a triggering concept for the fandom. Plenty of major franchises have seen director shakeups, with reshoots resulting in a movie that was less than stellar, and a bit disjointed in regards to vision. One can look to both Justice League and Solo: A Star Wars Story as examples, where two visions seem to clash into one movie.

Still, reshoots are pretty standard for major release like Star Wars or superhero movies. And Rogue One ended up being a critical and financial success, with cutting edge CGI bringing back characters like Carrie Fisher’s Leia and Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. That legacy will grow with Disney’s upcoming streaming service, as Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor will be getting his own live-action TV series.

It’s currently unclear if the Star Wars franchise will continue with standalone films, after Solo was a box office disappointment. The next installment in the galaxy far, far away is J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX on December 20th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Why The Golden Girls Were Cut From Ralph Breaks The Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet just hit theaters, and the many audience members are being treated to cameos from some of their favorite Disney characters. The Disney Princess scene is stealing all the spotlight, but the directors cut cameos from four of Disney’s most well known and beloved characters: The Golden Girls.

Yes, you read that right. The Golden Girls were almost in Ralph Breaks the Internet, but they were cut because it was too confusing why they were there in the first place.

Some explanation is in order. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz journey into the internet to find a piece for Vanellope’s broken arcade game. That search eventually sends Vanellope to Oh My Disney, a real-life website dedicated to all things Disney. The site is filled with lists, clips, and quizzes about popular Disney properties — and that apparently includes The Golden Girls.

Ralph co-directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston told Yahoo Entertainment they were surprised to find the Disney site was filled with Golden Girls content. A quick search on the website and one can find dozens of Golden Girls articles, including one called “Literally Just Golden Girls Gifs.” The reason that the award-winning sitcom about four sassy women living together appears so often on the site is that the characters are technically owned by Disney. This gave the co-directors the idea to include them in the movie.

So, Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia were thrown into the movie animatic, but they were removed because if you aren’t familiar with Oh My Disney or with the internet’s obsession with the show, then you probably wouldn’t understand why The Golden Girls are there. It was just too confusing, so the foursome was cut from the film in favor of easier to grasp cameos like Buzz Lightyear or Stormtroopers.

Well, maybe cutting The Golden Girls is a hard slap to those who love the sitcom, but there is plenty else to love in Ralph Breaks the Internet. The sequel is getting positive reviews from critics and it’s doing well at the box office with a five-day projection of $84 million. The sequel is supposed to be a fun imagining of what the internet looks like with plenty of Disney fan service thrown in for good measure.

There are no Golden Girls to be found, but you can see plenty else in Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is out in theaters right this moment. To learn more about the movie before going to your showing, here’s everything we know so far. For everything else that Disney has coming down the pipeline in the coming year, be sure to check out our handy Disney movie release guide to plan your theater visits.

What’s Happening With Amy Adams’ Enchanted Sequel, Disenchanted?

Disney has been cashing in on the trend of nostalgia in the movie industry by creating live-action adaptations of its animated blockbusters. The House of Mouse will go the more traditional sequel route with Mary Poppins Returns, but many fans are still wondering what happened to the Enchanted sequel. Titled Disenchanted, the project has long been in development, and CinemaBlend just got an update from director Adam Shankman.

While not exactly breaking news, this update is certainly going to be exciting for Enchanted fans out there. Because with the script finally shaping up and star Amy Adams on board to reprise her role a Giselle, it looks like the wheels are finally moving forward, and making Disenchanted a reality.

Adam Shankman’s comments to CinemaBlend’s Sarah El-Mahmoud will likely be a relief for moviegoers who thought an Enchanted sequel was never going to happen. The original movie was released back in 2007, so it’s already been well over a decade of waiting. And while those involved occasionally give vague updates, Shanksman’s most recent statement makes the plans feel a bit more concrete.

Enchanted featured a great cast of actors, with Amy Adams leading the charge as cartoon princess turned fish out of water Giselle. James Marsdon matched her ridiculousness as Prince Edward, while Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey played the straight man as Robert. Frozen star Idina Menzel also played Robert’s fiancee Nancy, who ended up going 2-D and falling in love with Edward by the film’s end.

Disenchanted would be able to give fans an update about how Giselle is adjusting to life in the real world, and her role as a mother figure to Morgan. Furthermore, it could give Idina Menzel the opportunity to belt out some new Disney tunes, as Nancy’s time in Andalasia likely made her a bit more musical. Acclaimed composer Alan Menken wrote the music for the first film, so hopefully Adam Shankman is working alongside the writer for the developing sequel.

Of course, it’s likely going to be quite some time for Disenchanted to come to theaters, as it hasn’t even been written, let alone filmed and edited. As such, the mystery surrounding Adam Shankman’s upcoming Disney feature won’t slow down anytime soon.

You can catch Adam Shankman’s What Men Want when it arrives in theaters on February 8, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Shrek And Pirates Of The Caribbean Writer Criticized For N-Word Tweets

Writer-producer Terry Rossio is facing backlash for tweets equating calling someone anti-vaccination with calling them the n-word. Rossio is best known for writing or co-writing the screenplays for such family friendly films as Disney’s 1992 Aladdin, plus Shrek, The Lone Ranger, Godzilla vs. Kong, and multiple Pirates of the Caribbean movies. His controversial tweets came during a vaccination debate with The CW’s The 100 writer Julie Benson.

Terry Rossio’s use of the full n-word in the context of the anti-vaccination movement was met with a strong response. He continued to reply to Julie Benson on the topic, adding the n-word again in a follow-up argument:

The conversation got increasingly heated due to the addition of the n-word, but this is not the first time celebrities have weighed in on the debate over vaccinations. Jimmy Kimmel even posted an anti-anti-vaccination PSA after a measles outbreak in the U.S. Jenny McCarthy has been particularly outspoken in questioning vaccinations, but later said she was not anti-vaccine, she just thought parents should ask questions and be aware and educate themselves.

As of now, Terry Rossio’s tweets are still up, and he is defending his position. Rossio is credited as the sole screenwriter of Godzilla vs. Kong, which is scheduled for release in 2020, following next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Rossio has also been hired to write Warner Bros.’s Jonny Quest film. That movie just announced The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay as director.

Viggo Mortensen recently apologized after using the full n-word during a panel discussion on Green Book. The context of his usage was in giving examples of speech that was common in the 1960s — when the film was set — but no longer used today. Mortensen’s co-star, Mahershala Ali, explained how using the full word is always hurtful in any context, but he accepted and embraced Mortensen’s apology.

Disney, Warner Bros., and Terry Rossio’s reps have yet to comment on Rossio’s tweets. The past year has seen many high profile people fired over controversial tweets, including Roseanne Barr from ABC/Disney’s Roseanne and James Gunn from Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. James Gunn’s controversial tweets were from nearly a decade ago, and his firing was hit with a massive fan backlash. Warner Bros. recently hired Gunn to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2.

Just last month, Terry Rossio tweeted about the 2019 Aladdin trailer, calling it “strange” that the only words spoken happened to be a rhyme that he and his writing partner wrote for the original film. He added that Disney “offers zero compensation to us (or to any screenwriters on any of these live-action re-makes) not even a t-shirt or a pass to the park.” The new Aladdin is scheduled to open May 24, 2019. Here’s what else is coming to theaters in 2019.

Creed 2 Director Recalls Sylvester Stallone’s Emotional Speech After Final Shot

Sylvester Stallone is known for two franchises: Rambo and Rocky. The former is trying to restart its legacy, but Rocky has already received new life in the Creed spinoff franchise. Michael B. Jordan takes the wheel as Adonis Creed, but Stallone is still involved in the series as a supporting character and a co-writer for Creed II. The franchise means a lot to Stallone, and the actor gave a touching speech to the crew after his final day on the set of the sequel.

Steven Caple Jr. steps into the director’s chair for Creed II, which finds Adonis fighting the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed Adonis’ father Apollo in the ring decades ago. The sequel moves from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, where Adonis and Rocky train for the big fight. Rather than the streets of Philly, Adonis trains in the deserts of California, which served as the final scenes that the sequel shot.

After Sylvester Stallone had completed work on his final shot in the movie, which happened to fall on the last day of filming, Stallone gathered the crew around for a passing-of-the-torch speech, Steven Caple Jr. told Collider. There were actual torches blazing behind Stallone, making the moment all the more appropriate.

Sylvester Stallone talked about the franchise he began back in 1976, how much it meant to him, and how Michael B. Jordan was stepping in as the main character. The Rocky franchise helped make Stallone’s career and he’s always had a creative role in the films — either as a writer, producer, or director. It’s easy to see how much the franchise means to him and being able to breath new life into it through Creed.

You can see the latest film in the Rocky franchise, Creed II, in theaters right now. For more movie news and updates, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

Harley Quinn’s Creator Loves The Birds Of Prey Full Title

DC may have announced a ton of potential movies, but there are a handful that are actually in active development. The next few releases are coming with Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, and Wonder Woman 1984, and there’s one more project with DC’s best coming down the line. Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey will focus on a group of femme fatales, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

In fact, Harley’s role in the upcoming blockbuster is sizable enough that it’s mentioned in the subtitle, as it’s actually called Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Harley Co-creator Paul Dini has now given his two cents about the recently announced title, saying:

Well, that’s one glowing endorsement. Hardcore comic book fans take the writers’ opinions to heart when it comes to live-action adaptations, and Harley Quinn fans are no different. Now all eyes are on what Cathy Yan will do with the group of iconic characters in the movie, especially if its rated R.

Paul Dini’s comments come from his Facebook page, and are the latest reason DC fans are getting hyped about the Birds of Prey movie. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn stole the show in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, helping to keep the movie buoyant, despite its flaws. Warner Bros. is looking to cultivate this character for the audience, bringing her in a variety of developing projects, including one with Jared Leto’s Joker.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be Harley’s first appearance away from her chosen family, and likely right into another. While the film’s plot remains a mystery, it seems that the fan favorite villain will one again be caught in the crosshairs between good and evil, when vigilantes like Huntress and Black Canary face off against Gotham City mob boss Black Mask.

The title’s reference to Harley’s emancipation is particularly interesting, as it might indicate big changes for the character in Birds of Prey. Harley began as a sidekick for Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, and quickly became a popular supporting character. From there, Harley made her way to the comics, usually as a hopeless romantic and victim of Joker’s abuse. That is, until she gained power with friendships with female characters like Poison Ivy.

If Harley Quinn ends up emancipated from The Joker in Birds of Prey, it would seemingly set up interesting narrative seeds for the Joker/Harley movie to harvest. This would indicate DC is looking at the big picture, and really focusing on serialized storytelling.

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is currently set to arrive in theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Halle Berry Wraps Her John Wick 3 Role With Beautiful, Heartfelt Posts

Halle Berry clearly had the best time filming John Wick 3: Parabellum. She’s a newcomer to Keanu Reeves‘ franchise, playing assassin Sofia in the 2019 film. Our first look at Sofia showed her in badass mid-walk, surrounded by (what else, for a John Wick movie?) two fierce dogs. But it’s clear when the cameras weren’t rolling, Berry was just soaking up the vibe of the international shoot. Here’s the gratitude-filled post she shared after wrapping the movie:

Halle Berry is clearly grateful to the people of Morocco for making her feel at home, and shared high praise for the stunt team — including Heidi Moneymaker. She also shared her respect for Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski, adding on Instagram, “This film reinforces that AGE is nothing but an insignificant number!”

It’s interesting that she brought up age when it comes to action franchises. We’re in something of a golden age for 50-something stars to lead blockbusters — Tom Cruise at age 56, Robert Downey Jr. at 53, Keanu Reeves at 54, and now Halle Berry at 52. You could easily name more stars, and add a few older ones like Harrison Ford, 76.

During her John Wick 3 shoot, Halle Berry shared several more photos. She also posted this set video showing how much fun assassins can have behind-the-scenes, even while working hard with the incredible stunt team:

A few days before filming ended, Halle Berry shared this gorgeous shot, clearly torn about leaving it all behind for the real world:

Halle Berry also gave fans a preview of her very stylish character in the movie:

It’s clear filming, particularly in Morocco, had a profound effect on Halle Berry. And if you have to work through the night until sunrise, it helps if the location looks like this:

Hard work, eh? I am so looking forward to seeing the results of this movie — even if, from Halle Berry’s photos, it looks more like a retreat than an action film. We know Keanu Reeves’ John Wick has a contract out for him, with plenty of people still trying to kill him (except for one really cool person we thought might be back to try again). This time, in addition to dogs, we also have horses in the mix.

John Wick 3: Parabellum — Keanu Reeves explained the title, in case you missed it — co-stars Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Ruby Rose, Asia Kate Dillon, and Saïd Taghmaoui. The film opens in theaters on May 17, 2019. Here’s what else you can look forward to seeing in 2019.