Sylvester Stallone Rocks A Bow And Arrow In New Rambo 5 Set Photo

In Rambo V: Last Blood, we will see the iconic soldier go to war one final time. And as this is the last blood, you can bet that a fair bit of it will be spilled before the credits roll as John Rambo uses all weapons within reach to defeat his enemies. Based on a new set photo shared by Sylvester Stallone, it looks like one of those weapons will be the character’s trademark bow and arrow. Check it out:

We should all be so lucky to strike such an imposing and badass figure at 72 years old. It’s great to know that Rambo will get his bow back for Rambo V: Last Blood. Rambo is deadlier with a bow and arrow than most people are with a gun. That’s good news for audiences and bad news for the cartel that he will be going against in this movie.

As if the image wasn’t badass enough on its own, in his Instagram post, Sylvester Stallone also includes an awesome Rambo quote that’s presumably from the film itself. In it, in classically intimidating Rambo fashion, he lets the killers know what real death looks like and that its reach is long, just like the range of his arrows. The whole thing has a very Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, “Hell’s coming with me” vibe that gets your adrenaline pumping.

Rambo won’t only be rocking his classic compound bow in Last Blood either. Sylvester Stallone has also teased that the character will again be wielding an incredibly large and lethal survival knife called the ‘Heartstopper.’ Which is an awesome name, and he’ll no doubt stop a few hearts with it, but upon just hearing the name, I’m telling mine to be still.

The Rambo we see in this film will have a different look as a bit of a cowboy, retired from countless wars, but it’s clear that with his bow and knife at the ready, this will be the Rambo we know and love. I expect the action in Rambo V to play like a greatest hits of violence for the character as he goes on one last tour of blood.

It looks like this will be the end too, because after he wrapped principal photography, Sylvester Stallone shared a heartfelt message with his fans about the property. He’s also said that he’s done playing Rocky after Creed II, so the actor seems to be bringing his most iconic characters to satisfying conclusions.

Rambo V: Last Blood is expected to see John Rambo living on a ranch in Arizona when a friend’s granddaughter goes missing in Mexico. This leads to him going up against a deadly Mexican cartel.

Rambo V: Last Blood is set to arrive in 2019. That’s just one of many sequels and huge properties coming once the calendar turns. Check all of them out in our 2019 release schedule.

Terminator 6: What We Know So Far

The Terminator first said “I’ll be back” in 1984. He was right, several times over, but I can’t say I expected him to still be back 35 years later. Turns out, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and franchise co-creator James Cameron are all returning for Terminator 6, a direct sequel to their Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Here’s everything we know so far to get you up-to-speed on the 2019 film.

What Is The Terminator 6 Release Date?

Terminator 6 is being directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and it’s currently scheduled to open in theaters on November 1, 2019. That’s a slight change from its previous Nov. 22, 2019 release date. The Wonder Woman sequel was going to open on Nov. 1, but moved to June 2020. At this point, Terminator 6 is poised to compete against the Charlie’s Angels reboot on the first day of November. The following week in November currently holds releases for Sonic the Hedgehog and Midway. Studios love to shift titles around, but that’s the lineup for now.

What Is The Terminator 6 Rating?

As the sun now stands, Terminator 6 doesn’t have a rating from the MPAA. However, Deadline said the Terminator movie would likely be Rated R. That makes sense, since it’s an extension of the first two movies in the franchise, and they were both Rated R. Two of the next three films in the franchise were rated PG-13, but this film is pretending those movies don’t exist. Plus, director Tim Miller came to this fresh from Deadpool, which was also Rated R. He has a streak going. None of that guarantees that Terminator 6 will be Rated R — they may try for a PG-13 rating to reach a wider audience and make more money — but right now Rated R seems like the logical bet.

What Is The Full Title Of Terminator 6?

Terminator 6 has yet to reveal its official title. However, it sounds like the working title used during filming was Terminator 6: Phoenix. The Terminator Fans uncovered some posts from one of the supporting cast members, and the actor referred to the film as Terminator 6: Phoenix. There was thought, at one point, that that might be the official title. But, as the site acknowledged, it could’ve also been the working title — the way Project Angel was Terminator Salvation‘s working title, and Vista was Terminator Genisys‘ working title. Bloody Disgusting later said they confirmed Phoenix to be the working title, not the official title. It would’ve been a fine title from here, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix is opening in theaters earlier in the year, so maybe they don’t want to double the Phoenix fun.

What Is The Plot Of Terminator 6?

Paramount has yet to release an official synopsis for Terminator 6. However, James Cameron — who directed the first two films and produced this one — told THR the 2019 Terminator film is meant to continue the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2:

And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [director Tim Miller] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.

Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 are returning from the first two films. They will be joined by new stars, including Natalia Reyes as Dani and Mackenzie Davis as Grace. Both actresses appeared with Linda Hamilton in the first official cast photo (see above), confirming the lead characters. Gabriel Luna was also cast as a new Terminator.

Sarah Connor – Linda Hamilton

Sarah Connor is back! We met her in The Terminator as the future mother of John Connor (played by Eddie Furlong in T2), eventual leader of the Resistance in the war against Skynet. But she’s so much more than that. Sarah began as something of a typical damsel in distress in the 1984 film, but when she returned in 1991’s classic T2, soft Sarah transformed into a muscled machine of her own. She became an action hero icon. As an adolescent when T2 came out, Sarah Connor was my hero.

Linda Hamilton was married to her Terminator director, James Cameron, and they share a daughter. He’s the one who approached her about returning to this role, as he told THR:

So I called her up, and I said: ‘Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done.’ Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91. […] There are certainly plenty of 50-, 60-, 70-something guys out there that just keep cranking along doing action movies and killing bad guys left and right. But there isn’t an example of that for women, and I think there should be.

Director Tim Miller added his excitement to see the now 62-year-old Linda Hamilton return to Sarah Connor:

As strong a character as she was, as meaningful as she was to gender and to action stars everywhere, I think it’s going to make a huge fucking statement to have her be the really seasoned warrior that she’s become.

Linda Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor is already being compared to Jamie Lee Curtis returning for the 2018 Halloween. That Halloween return resulted in a major win at the box office, and we’ll have to see if that’s the case again for Terminator 6.

T-800 – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, now 71, is returning to his T-800 role for this film. He shared a reunion photo with Linda Hamilton during filming, showing that his character definitely gets banged up. Last year, James Cameron talked to The Arnold Fans about the T-800, and teased some potentially interesting directions. The site had asked if Cameron had ever considered having Schwarzenegger play a human character serving as the basis for the T-800. Here’s Cameron’s response:

Yeah, you got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype. There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from — that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point. […] I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved…so stay tuned! We’re talking pretty seriously now about doing some new Terminator films or possibly a trilogy and you’ll just have to see what surfaces in those.

It’s clear James Cameron was already thinking ahead, not just for Terminator 6, but potentially down the line for more Terminator films after this one.

Dani Ramos – Natalia Reyes

Colombian actress Natalia Reyes will play Dani Ramos, one of the new leading roles. The first photo from Terminator 6 showed Dani next to Sarah Connor and fellow newcomer Grace. Apparently Dani works at “Arius Motors,” since that’s the logo on her mechanic shirt. TerminatorFans posted a casting notice for this character a while back, with Dani described as an independent woman in her early 20s from Mexico City; she was brought up in a working-class neighborhood, and is more street-smart than book smart. She’s a strong believer in family and always manages to find a ray of light even in the darkest circumstances.

There’s speculation that Dani may anchor the Terminator franchise from here, if they do end up making more films, with Terminator 6 giving satisfying (hopefully) closure to Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their OG roles. This appears to be Natalia Reyes’ first American role, and it’s quite a debut!

Grace – Mackenzie Davis

Mackenzie Davis has another new leading role for the Terminator franchise, playing a character named Grace. The first photo from Terminator 6 — with Sarah Connor, Dani Ramos, and Grace — showed markings on Grace’s body. She’s expected to be some kind of soldier/assassin, and it’s possible she’s from the future, but that’s still speculation at this point. Fans will know Mackenzie Davis from AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and her roles in the films Blade Runner 2049 and The Martian. Black Mirror fans will also remember her from the Emmy-winning episode, “San Junipero.”

Mackenzie Davis is one of the more high profile additions to the franchise, and certainly no stranger to sci-fi. She was also reportedly director Tim Miller’s “top choice for a while” before her casting was officially announced.

Terminator – Gabriel Luna

Actor Gabriel Luna played Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now he’ll play the new Terminator. A few months ago, original Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a photo in the gym, mentoring and “machine training” Luna. So, we know Luna got ripped for the intense role, but no further details have been shared. We can guess he’ll be a villain, like in Terminator 1, unless they decide to do another twist on that story, like Terminator 2.

Dani’s brother – Diego Boneta

Singer-actor Diego Boneta has been cast as Dani Ramos’ brother. At this point, that’s all we know about him, but we already know that Dani is very family oriented, so we should expect her brother to be a key part of the story. Boneta starred in the film Rock of Ages, but is arguably best known for his many TV roles on shows like Scream Queens, 90210, Pretty Little Liars, and Jane The Virgin. He also has the lead role in the TV series Luis Miguel, and several more roles in his native Mexico.

Will John Connor Return In Terminator 6?

There will surely be plenty of supporting characters, but will we see John Connor again? It doesn’t sound like Edward Furlong is returning, but a photo was posted that suggests young John Connor may be back in some fashion. The photo, which you can see at Bloody-Disgusting was marked “Edward Furlong’s (Jude Collie) and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Brett Azar) CGI stand-ins in Terminator (2019). Young John Connor and the T-800 are back.”

The photo shows both actors flexing together for the camera. Based on this, it sounds like we might get a CGI version of John Connor, as well as some CGI to keep the T-800’s body in shape. Bloody Disgusting said Jude Collie is alleged to be playing young John Connor, but since the photo called both Collie and Brett Azar CGI stand-ins, the site speculated that we might see younger Edward Furlong’s T2 face used in the film.

Will There Be A Terminator 7?

The Terminator franchise has nothing official on the books other than Terminator 6. But, somehow it always manages to come back. Based on James Cameron’s comments, it sounds like this is hoped to be the start of a new trilogy. Then again, we’ve heard that before. There was hope that Terminator Salvation would be the start of a new trilogy, and hope that Terminator Genisys would start a new trilogy. Obviously, that did not pan out. Here’s what James Cameron said in July 2017 about new plans for the future of the franchise:

The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. … So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise, and the rights in the U.S. market revert to me under U.S. copyright law in a year and a half. So he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.

Some fans think this next film needs to end the franchise, but the box office will most likely be the deciding vote. We’ll see how fans feel once Terminator 6 (or whatever it is finally called) is released along with the many other films of 2019.

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Is Once Upon a Deadpool Better Than Deadpool 2?

Its main audience seems to be for the Deadpool fan, as The Princess Bride framing and the new jokes feel geared distinctly to the generation who can already buy a ticket to an R-rated film. However, a younger audience does enjoy it — when you see it, the roaring laughter came from both kids and adults alike. It also didn’t feel like something that would be awkward to enjoy with an under 17 audience and it didn’t spoil the fun of Deadpool 2 either by sanitizing him or stripping him of its personality. If anything, it has more personality and meta humor when Fred Savage comes along for the ride, unwillingly anyway.

Why Clint Eastwood Prefers Directing Over Acting Nowadays

There are few living Hollywood legends as accomplished as Clint Eastwood. He first lit up the big screen as a wandering gunfighter in the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, and since he hasn’t traveled far from the spotlight. At 88-years-old, Eastwood is just as much of an established director as he is an iconic star, with his next project being The Mule, a crime drama he both directed and stars in.

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell recently sat down with Clint Eastwood for an exclusive interview ahead of the release of The Mule. When asked whether he preferred acting or directing, Eastwood had some fair reasons why he still pursues each but leans more toward directing these days. In his words:

Clint Eastwood sounds passionate as ever about the work he does, but realizes that sitting back in a baseball cap and calling the shots doesn’t requires eyes on how he looks in the scene and so on. The actor/director looks to still find passion in both facets of filmmaking, especially considering he’s doubling up as the star and man behind the camera in his upcoming film, The Mule.

Clint Eastwood has been busy at work directing film after film at quite the impressive rate, including both Jersey Boys and American Sniper in 2014, 2016’s Sully and The 15:17 to Paris earlier this year. However, he hasn’t been seen onscreen since 2012’s Trouble with the Curve. It makes sense that Eastwood would want to sit back and focus on his directing craft in his later years, and leaving the onscreen glitz and glam to other actors. Then again, he has never waited too long before coming back to his roots in acting.

In The Mule, Eastwood will be playing a 90-year-old horticulturalist and war veteran who becomes a drug mule for the Mexican cartel. The story is based on a true story of a similar man detailed in a New York Times story published in 2014. The film looks to be an emotional role for Eastwood, as his character Earl Stone is filled with regret and sadness around his actions as he becomes in over his head as an FBI agent, played by Bradley Cooper catches wind of his dealings.

Clint Eastwood’s comeback as both lead and director, past seen in Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby, The Mule comes to theaters on December 14.

Captive State Trailer Is Dystopian And Thrilling

After kicking off one of the truly great modern trilogies with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Rupert Wyatt left the realm of science fiction to make the crime drama The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg. Now he’s back in the sci-fi realm, this time with an alien invasion, for Captive State. The latest trailer for Captive State has debuted and it teases a thrilling and tense dystopian story. Check it out below:

What’s compelling about this trailer is that it is really teasing a film about a dystopian future, set 10 years after an alien invasion, but it looks very different from what we usually see from dystopian movies or those about alien invasions. What we see here is a street-level fight that tells the story of what happens long after the war has been lost.

This isn’t about government forces and leaders of nations fighting to protect the planet, this is about ordinary citizens becoming soldiers in order to resist an occupation. Captive State is dealing with the realities of the common person living in a world where extra-terrestrials have taken over and where collaborators are viewed as traitors and dissidents are viewed as terrorists.

That is a story that has many real world parallels, both historical and modern, and that adds a feeling of realism to what we are seeing here. The fact that the extra-terrestrials are largely absent from the trailer only enhances that, as the totalitarian regime wearing a friendly smile and saving us from ourselves doesn’t feel like science fiction, but something that can actually happen.

There is a grittiness to this trailer too. It isn’t a glossy look at fancy alien technology, nor does it have the feel of a YA dystopian blockbuster. This feels very grounded and everything looks homemade. We hear “You gotta pick a side,” but it’s clear that nothing is black and white, and the murky gray morality associated with either choice is reflected in the drab color palette this film employs.

The trailer for Captive State is also quite thrilling and intense as citizen soldiers attempt to carry out some crucial mission against the occupiers. Ashton Sanders’ and John Goodman‘s characters look like they may be playing both sides in a very dangerous game that could have us on the edge of our seats when this hits theaters.

While Captive State does look somewhat unique on the cinematic landscape, it bears mentioning that the story of an alien occupation and the collaborator/dissident dynamic is very similar to what the TV show Colony did on USA for three seasons. Nevertheless, that show touched on some difficult and interesting topics and I expect Captive State to do the same.

In addition to John Goodman and Ashton Sanders, Captive State stars Madeline Brewer, Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly and James Ransone. The script for the film comes from director Rupert Wyatt and his wife Erica Beeney.

Captive State was originally set to come out this past summer, but it flew so under-the-radar that it is now scheduled to arrive on March 29, 2019. For all of next year’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 release schedule.

What Original Mary Poppins Song Does The New Cast Wish They Could Sing?

If there’s one thing Disney feature films are known for, it’s a rocking soundtrack. Animated classics and live-action movies have included beloved iconic songs, which are passed down across the generations. This includes 1964’s Mary Poppins, which has beloved musical numbers like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Mary is returning to Cherry Tree Lane in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, which will be a direct sequel to the beloved original movie. Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman is writing new music for the sequel, and I recently had the chance to speak with the cast about the upcoming movie, including the music. I asked the Banks family and Mary herself which song from the original they’d like to sing, and their answers didn’t disappoint. Check it out below.

There’s some solid choices here, with the cast’s answers no doubt exciting the hardcore fans of the original Mary Poppins. Like Hamilton and Greatest Showman have release cover albums, perhaps the new Mary Poppins actors will one day get a chance to sing covers from the first movie. Fingers crossed.

During my conversations with the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, I opened by asking each of them which song from the original would be their choice. Without a doubt, the most popular answer was the ballad “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)”. The haunting melody takes place at the start of Mary Poppins‘ third act, and teaches Jane and Michael Banks about charity and the power of money.

Both Emily Blunt and Ben Whishaw chose “Feed the Birds” as their favorite song, and one they would love to have reprised in Mary Poppins Returns. Luckily, both of those actors get their own ballads in Mary Poppins Returns. Michael’s song “A Conversation” is one of the first songs from the movie, and sets up the grief that he and his children are feeling in the wake of his wife’s death.

Meanwhile, Emily Blunt gets to sing a ballad of her own with “The Place Where The Lost Things Go.” Once again focused on the subject of loss, Mary comforts the Banks children, and reminds them that their mother is still all around them, despite her passing. So while they didn’t get to sing “Feed The Birds” both Ben and Emily will have their own opportunities to make the audience cry.

Emily Mortimer and Hamilton writer/singer Lin-Manuel Miranda have their own choices for which song from Mary Poppins they’d like to do. Mortimer chose the “Sister Suffragette”, the track sung by Mrs. Banks actress Glynis Johns in the original film. A Mary Poppins underrated bop, the song found Mrs. Banks belting out lyrics about the fight for the right to vote in England. Jane ends up in a similar vocation in Mary Poppins Returns, making her choice all the more exciting.

Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda seems the most attached to Dick Van Dyke’s songs from the original. He mentioned both “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Jolly Holiday” as being the tracks he’s enjoyed from the comfort of his home. His character Jack actually fills a similar role to the one filled by Van Dyke’s Bert, accompanying Mary in her adventures and even dancing with penguins in the process.

Mary Poppins Returns will arrive in theaters, complete with new songs, on December 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Could Make More Money Opening Weekend Than We Thought

We’re almost done with 2018, but Hollywood still has a few high-profile movies to deliver to audiences. Among them is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which arrives this weekend and is introducing Miles Morales to the cinematic realm just seven years after he was brought into the comics. Into the Spider-Verse was already poised to get off to a solid start on opening weekend, but now the estimations have improved slightly, with the animated superhero movie currently predicted to make somewhere between $30 million to $35 million.

The original opening weekend range for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was $28 million to $35 million. So while the maximum range is still settled at $35 million, the minimum range has gone up slightly. Also keep in mind that in the end, these are all just guesses, as calculated as they may be. The positive buzz on Into the Spider-Verse (it’s ranked at 99% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes) might result in even more people checking it out in theaters, thus boosting the box office profit. Into the Spider-Verse already has critical reception going for it, so perhaps it’ll follow suit on the commercial front.

As far as competition goes that same opening weekend, the biggest movies Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is going up against are The Mule and Mortal Engines. The former is predicted to open in the “mid to high teens,” while the latter is only expected to pull in between $10 million to $13 million. So Into the Spider-Verse will almost certainly come out on the top, though with next week bringing Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Bumblebee, it will be interested to see how the Web-Slinger’s animated adventure fares in its second week.

In terms of who’s interested in seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Deadline mentioned that “interest is strong among families, African American and Hispanic demos.” The families part makes sense, as typically the superhero movie genre is populated by live action, PG-13 romps, whereas this is an animated adventure that younger Spider-Man fans can enjoy on the big screen. As for the African American and Hispanic demos, that’s also not surprising given that Miles Morales is a half-African America, half-Hispanic hero.

While Miles Morales is the star of the show in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he’s far from the only Spider-hero appearing. This version of Miles’ origin story sees him being mentored by an older, disheveled Peter Parker from another universe, and they’re later joined by Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider-Ham. Together, they’ll band together to fight a horde of villains led by Kingpin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14, but you can read g now. Don’t forget to also look through our holiday premiere guide to learn what the other final movies of 2018 are, as well as our 2019 release schedule to plan your theatrical trips next year accordingly.

Should More R-Rated Movies Try and Release PG-13 Cuts?

Once Upon A Deadpool is going to be quite the test run for Hollywood, as the industry watches to see how a PG-13 cut of a film previously released as rated R will be well-received by a mass audience. If consumers turn out for the revamp in a big way, it stands to reason Hollywood may make a habit of releasing PG-13 cuts more often. That said, should this be a trend Hollywood pursues?

It’s a tough question to answer, especially where Once Upon A Deadpool is concerned. While the flick is largely Deadpool 2 edited for a younger audience, there’s added, never-before-seen footage of Fred Savage that folks will obviously want to see. For now, it seems the only way of doing that may be attending the film or buying the PG-13 cut when it arrives in digital and physical form.

While cool, this sets what I feel is a dangerous precedent for Hollywood. Obviously not everyone is going to be game to see a PG-13 cut of an R-rated feature, but in the age of post-credits scenes and additional content, dollars to donuts one studio would eventually get the idea to add additional unseen footage to a second PG-13 cut to bolster box office numbers. It’s not at all a bad idea, although could turn ethically sketchy.

For example, is it hard to believe a studio would decide to cut or shoot a scene specifically to hold it for an additional cut of the film that airs down the stretch? The blowback, if it were discovered, would be rough on whatever studio made the call and besmirch a franchise’s legacy.

That’s a cynical perspective, of course, but even in the scenario where a studio releases added footage to a PG-13 cut to appease fans could lead to some dicey situations. Imagine a world where Suicide Squad released a second theatrical cut with more Joker scenes following fan backlash. It may be well-received, but awaken a new era in which fans are even more encouraged and empowered to push for alternate cuts that fit their desires more than the final product.

Which poses the question: if a theater releases two different cuts of the same film in theaters, which is the definitive version? Is that up for the fans to decide, the director, or the studio? It’s a question slightly easier to answer in the scenario where a PG-13 cut is simply the same story with less sex and swearing, and maybe when viewed through the lens of another Hollywood tactic.

There have been plenty of “unrated” cuts of popular movies released on DVD, although very few of them have been heralded as the definitive version of the film. More often than not, the “unrated” cut feels somewhat superfluous in some situations, and more of a quick way for studios to market a release and turn a quick profit. There have been exceptions, like with the unrated version of Sex Drive, but by and large, most feel forced.

Having said all of that, there is an argument to be made in favor of PG-13 cuts. Studios could be more apt to pushing R-rated theatrical releases of superhero adventures and other genres provided they know there’s money to be made in re-cutting the film for a younger audience. A PG-13 cut could be the cash cow savior of rated R adventures, which don’t typically pull in as much money on average in comparison.

In fact, Newsday‘s report about the most recent list of top-ten box office hits of all time notes that all ten movies on the list are rated PG-13. Given that, it’s easy to understand why studios are more incentivized to make a PG-13 film and are interested in transforming rated R pictures for a PG-13 audience. While converting a previously released rated R romp to a PG-13 rating is fairly new territory, the money shows this is an avenue at least worth trying.

Of course, there’s the argument that asks why Hollywood would bother releasing two cuts, when PG-13 is, on average, a more profitable endeavor. In that light, releasing the PG-13 cut of a rated R film seems more or less of a test of if an audience will accept an original PG-13 tale in the future. It would be crazy to think no one is thinking about a PG-13 Deadpool adventure should Once Upon A Deadpool kill at the box office.

But what about the children? As someone who was absolutely not allowed to view a PG-13 feature before I was of age, my younger self is jumping up and down at the prospect he could be a part of the in-crowd who had the cool parents who let them watch whatever they want. Bottom line, a PG-13 cut may not be for everyone, but logic would dictate it may be just the ticket for someone else.

And in that light, if a PG-13 cut is the only way some young teenager can enjoy Deadpool 2 during the holiday season, then isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Hardly, but the thought that there’s a kid who will deeply appreciate the ability to see a movie they couldn’t see without otherwise getting grounded is somewhat heartwarming. Who am I to naysay over someone’s only cinematic avenue for Deadpool’s debauchery and mayhem?

Time will tell if PG-13 cuts of previously released rated R films are a viable revenue stream for Hollywood, and even if Once Upon A Deadpool crushes in theaters, there’s no guarantee other franchises will see the same success. As Heraclitus said so long ago, “Change is the only constant,” so perhaps the best thing to do is to see how it does and not be surprised if Hollywood has an even wilder idea of profiting off films next year.

Once Upon A Deadpool is presently in theaters and, of course, rated PG-13. For more on that project, be sure to read up on CinemaBlend’s chat with Fred Savage and how he was less than thrilled to be kidnapped by Deadpool for this project.

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Does Aquaman Feature A Lot Of Improv? Here’s What Jason Momoa Says

Superhero films aren’t generally the types of projects most of us think about in relation to improv. In fact, it’s often comedy flicks that are later released with gag reels and outtakes that are thought of in relation to improvisational moments. Yet, Aquaman apparently had quite a bit of improvisation, at least according to lead actor Jason Momoa.

So yes, Jason Momoa was able to try things out and play around on the set of the movie, which reportedly cost $200 million to make. That’s plenty of takes to find a cut that works, although I’m guess most of that budget went into CGI and making the movie look pretty spectacular.

Still, what’s most intriguing to me about Jason Momoa’s comment to Fox News is that he really seems to feel he was able to put more of himself into Arthur Curry than other characters he has portrayed on the big and small screen.

Of course, when you are known for playing a heathenish Khal, an axe-throwing fur trader and an alien from the Pegasus Galaxy, I suppose it’s easy for a superhero who’s also a normal dude to stand out as the role that’s most like you. Superheroes, they’re just like us.

Aquaman won’t be the first movie superhero movie with improvisation, of course. We’ve heard that one of Avengers: Infinity War‘s biggest moments, the moment where Tom Holland felt himself fading into dust, was largely improvised. Robert Downey Jr. is also fairly notable for his improvisation on superhero movies.

Previously, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok was also noted for its use of improvisation, especially in regards to the movie’s humor and tone. Waititi has previously said 80% of that movie was improvised; I’m guessing Aquaman‘s number would be a little lower.

Venom also had a notably improvised moment in which Tom Hardy jumped into a lobster tank. So improvisation in superhero flicks happens, it’s just not the rule.

A lot of DC movies have had a fairly dark tone, so it’s really just nice to hear that the Aquaman cast had fun with the movie on set. Reviews for the flick have already started coming out, and for the most part people seem to think the movie goes for a lot, even if it doesn’t hit every note perfectly. Hopefully it hits the improv notes well.

We’ll be able to find out soon enough. Aquaman will finally be hitting theaters on December 18, 2018. To check out its holiday competition, take a look at our full premiere schedule.

Jonah Hill Loves Gaga’s Repeated A Star Is Born Answers

During the press tour for A Star is Born Lady Gaga kept giving the same answer over and over again about only needing one person in a room of 100 to believe in you to find success. Thanks to a supercut of the repeated answer, it was a source of much laughter and a bit of cringing online, mostly at Lady Gaga’s expense. But the singer has a defender in actor Jonah Hill, who loves Gaga’s repeated answers, as he explained:

That is a very interesting take and it’s obvious that Jonah Hill is coming at the situation from a completely different perspective than most have over the last few weeks. As he mentioned to GQ, he viewed the attention that was called to Lady Gaga repeating the same answer as a bit mean-spirited. In fact, he thinks that it should not be ridiculed and it should actually be praised.

While everyone else was focusing on the fact Lady Gaga kept saying the same canned line at lots of different media interactions, the Mid90s director was noting how the actress’ delivery made the line seem new and affecting each time. Jonah Hill saw as testament to her skills as an actress that she was able to do this night after night. In short, she was able to captivate those she was talking to with a touching and inspiring line, even if she had said it a dozen times before.

The line is sort of meant to paint Lady Gaga as an underdog, like her character Ally in the film itself, and inspire those listening that anything is possible and you can beat the odds. You can see the supercut of Lady Gaga saying the line in the video below:

You can see Jonah Hill’s point if you view each time Lady Gaga says this line on its own and judge it independently. Viewed individually, the actress delivers the line differently each time. Sometimes it is a very affecting, emotional response, while others it sounds like a memorized soundbite and others it just seems like a genuine answer to a question.

You could make the case, as Jonah Hill seems to think, that she was intentionally delivering the line different each time to make it sound new or tailor it to her audience. It’s really only when the clips are all grouped together and you become aware of how often she’s said the same thing that the line’s impact is lessened.

Jonah Hill also knows the realities of what press tours are like. He knows that you have to answer the same questions countless times and coming up with new things to say is a tedious process and no easy task. So, it’s easy to see why he views Lady Gaga’s approach of saying the same lovely sentiment every time, but in different ways, in a positive light.

Opinions will differ on Jonah Hill’s take, but he certainly seems to be in the majority when it comes to praise for Lady Gaga as an actress. Although it played to her strengths, Lady Gaga has received great acclaim for the (surely) Oscar-bound A Star is Born.

A Star is Born is still playing in theaters now. For all of the biggest movies heading to theaters next year, check out our 2019 release schedule.