What The Deadpool 2 PG-13 Re-Release Might Be Called

Captain America doesn’t have to cuss in his movies to sell tickets, but Deadpool does. Or at least, so we thought. In probably this past week’s most unexpected movie news, we heard that one of this year’s biggest movies, Deadpool 2, is heading back to theaters seven months after its initial release. Only this time it will be with a PG-13 cut. The PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 will reportedly be released on December 21st, just in time for Christmas. Now it seems like this re-release of Deadpool 2 will be leaning into the spirit of the season with a new title. Take a look:

Fox has yet to confirm the title reported by Lizo Mzimba on Twitter, but The Deadpool Before Christmas sounds about right. Deadpool 2 received a lewder, cruder, longer cut for its home video release, titled the Deadpool 2 Super Duper [email protected]%!#& Cut. So it makes sense that each new version of this film get a fun moniker. Considering that this Deadpool will be a bit more family friendly and is a holiday release, might as well embrace all of that with a title that references the Christmas classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Given Ryan Reynolds’ initial tweet teasing the re-release, which referenced The Princess Bride, you might have thought that this cut might be called The Princess Merc or Deadpool 2: Prepare to Die or simply Inconceivable!, which would echo many initial thoughts about a PG-13-rated Deadpool movie. But The Deadpool Before Christmas is also great.

Deadpool 2 and The Nightmare Before Christmas actually bear some similarities too, making the title quite appropriate. Like Jack Skellington, Deadpool is a bit of a deranged character that puts on a red suit and makes a terrible mess of things. While Jack Skellington learned the true meaning of Christmas, Wade Wilson found his purpose and learned the importance of family. Presumably the PG-13 cut will simply be omitting some of the raunchier dialogue and gorier violence. But given this title and the film’s release date, it will be interesting to see if The Deadpool Before Christmas adds in some holiday-themed dialogue and the like.

This PG-13 Deadpool is an intriguing experiment. Deadpool and the rest of the Fox X-Men characters will soon be under the Disney umbrella, along with Jack Skellington– where naughty words and R ratings are generally big no-nos. Bob Iger, keenly aware of the financial incentive to keep Deadpool R-rated, has indicated in the past that there may be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for the character to call home. So is this just a test run for the character under the restrictions of PG-13 or just a great way to let more people see this movie and add a few dollar signs to fifth biggest movie of the year domestically? Either way, it is a curious thing and there are certainly worse ways to spend the holidays than with Deadpool Claus.

We’ll keep you updated if The Deadpool Before Christmas becomes official and when we learn more about this re-release. In the meantime, to see all the movies coming to theaters this holiday season, head on over to our release schedule.

Nicolas Cage Thinks He’d Make A Great Lex Luthor

Since reports of Henry Cavill’s potential exit broke, Superman fans have been contemplating the future of the on-screen Man of Steel. Some even looking to the past of one actor who once slipped into the blue and red suit in the late 90s: Nicolas Cage. The actor was once attached to a Tim Burton project called Superman Lives that never came to be. It hasn’t stopped fans from fantasizing about the potential of Cage as the DC superhero, because it would have no doubt been memorable. While Cage did lend his voice to a cartoon-y Superman in this summer’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, he thinks his on-screen Superman days are long gone. The actor is still a huge fan of the comic book character though — his youngest son is even named Kal-El, he was asked what Superman villain he might be interested in, to which he said:

As vivid memories of his villainous role in 1997’s Face/Off hang over our heads, Nicolas Cage as Lex Luthor is an interesting idea to contemplate. The actor has been known to play quite a few eccentric characters throughout his career, so giving him a crack at the iconic billionaire baddie could bring freshness to the role. Some of the strongest comic book genre films have weighed their villains just as heavily as their heroes, so while Cage knows he wouldn’t hit the gym and transform into a superpowered savior anymore, playing Lex could be his ticket in.

Despite Nicolas Cage’s comments to The Guardian, the most recent Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) isn’t the actor in reports to exit the DCEU. While Eisenberg’s future as the villain is anybody’s guess, he has expressed interest in returning to play the character. Lex first showed up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. But considering the reception of the film and with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck potentially leaving their characters, Eisenberg may have seen his last days as the baldheaded billionaire already. Smallville’sLex Luthor Michael Rosenbaum also showed his willingness to step back into the role following the news about Cavill, so Cage can step in line with him.

While in recent years, Nicolas Cage has become more of a sweetheart of the internet memes than of the big screen, the actor is making quite the comeback this year. His recent indie-horror flick, Mandy has been highly-praised by critics, bringing him back into the spotlight and interesting the likes of Jason Blum for a potential Blumhouse collaboration. The actor will also enter the Spider-Verse this holiday season as Spider-Man Noir in the animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming to theaters on December 14.

New Ant-Man And The Wasp Video Shows Stan Lee Filming Funny, Alternate Takes Of His Cameo

After the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War, The Russo Brothers’ untitled Avengers 4 movie couldn’t come fast enough. But there was over a year and two blockbusters to wait, starting with Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp. The sequel gave Paul Rudd another chance to lead a movie, while promoting Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne to a bonafide superhero in the process. Like any self-respecting Marvel property, Ant-Man and The Wasp also contained a cameo by legendary comic writer and iconic Stan Lee. It was a great moment that saw Lee’s car shrink before his eyes, but it turns out he tried out a variety of lines on set. Check it out below, as Paul Rudd recounts the experience firsthand.

Who knew Stan Lee was so quick with one liners? It looks like there were a ton of options for the Ant-Man and The Wasp editor to choose from, although the line about the 1960’s was the one that resonated the most with the folks on set, including Paul Rudd himself.

This new video comes to us from Fandango, with Paul Rudd talking about his experience in Ant-Man and The Wasp. While Paul Rudd didn’t personally share the scene with Stan Lee, it looks like he was privy to the filming process. So much so that Lee’s quick line about his experience in the 1960s became a recurring joke on the set of the sequel. There’s just something about the Marvel legend taking oodles of drugs during the summer of love that is too enjoyable to pass up.

Stan Lee’s cameos go all the way back to 2000’s X-Men. They’re moment that Marvel fans look forward to, acknowledging the main who created so many of the brand’s iconic characters. These cameos range in quality from simple to delightful, with Lee often able to stretch his comedic muscles and get a big laugh during each blockbuster.

The comic legend’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently took an interesting turn, during his quick cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In it, Stan Lee was revealed to be a member of The Watchers, and the cameos have all apparently been the same character. Specifically, he mentions playing a delivery man in Captain America: Civil War, potentially opening up more narrative possibilities for Lee in the future.

Marvel fans and cinephiles can look forward to two more Stan Lee cameos, before Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes. First up will be Carol Danver’s unconventional origin story inCaptain Marvel. After that, he’ll presumably appear in Avengers 4, which will hopefully have an official title before too long.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will arrive digitally on October 2nd, and for physical release on October 16th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Saved By The Bell’s Tiffany Thiessen Nearly Played Rachel On Friends

Many Friends followers know that a lot of well-known actresses went out for the role of Rachel Green. Among those that tested, one hailed from a fan-favorite sitcom with its own avid fanbase. That’s right: you can add Saved by the Bell‘s Tiffani Thiessen to those who tested for the iconic role that ended up going to Jennifer Aniston. So, why did Thiessen not get the part? Tiffani Thiessen explained, saying:

“So close and yet so far,” as the adage goes. Thanks to Tiffani Thiessen sharing the casting story on You Up with Nikki Glaser, we know how close it came and why it did not happen. The age difference that played a role in Thiessen losing the role was not a gigantic one, but it was enough. Jennifer Aniston is almost exactly five years older than Thiessen, and while that does not seem like a vast age difference, there is an important context to remember.

Jennifer Aniston was 25 years old, while Tiffani Thiessen would have been 20. Friends deciding to cast an actress in her mid-twenties versus the very early part of them makes sense. Of course, it does lead one to wonder how different things would have been if Tiffani Thiessen had been cast instead of Jennifer Aniston. Would we have had the Rachel haircut that set the hair world ablaze? Would Ross and Rachel’s chemistry had fueled nearly a decade of television’s romantic angst? We will never know.

The thing is the timing would have been perfect for Tiffani Thiessen to have taken on the role. She was fresh off the success of Saved by the Bell. The sitcom aired its final episode in 1993, and like Friends, it aired on NBC. Friends premiered a year after Saved by the Bell went off the air, debuting in 1994.

Plus, Tiffani Thiessen had the experience of playing a young woman involved in a will-they-won’t-they romantic relationship. Before there was Ross and Rachel, there was Zack and Kelly. Just saying. In light of the casting decision, things have turned out well for both Thiessen and Jennifer Aniston. Despite the different roads that have gotten them there, they have both have ended up with something in common: Netflix.

Tiffani Thiessen is currently starring on the Netflix series Alexa & Katie, while Jennifer Aniston will be starring in the upcoming political comedy, First Ladies. So, in a way, things have sort of come full circle for them. Both are such strong actresses; it would be neat if they shared the screen. Maybe in a Netflix show! Who knows what the future could hold? In the meantime, fall television should keep us busy while we find out.

Mandy Moore Says She Wants To Get Old Just Like Her This Is Us Character

On NBC’s popular melodrama series This is Us, Mandy Moore provides one of her most well-known and acclaimed performances as Rebecca Pearson, the widowed wife of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) and the mother of triplets. Throughout the expansive series, Moore transforms between the ages of 25 and 68. That’s not an easy task, and it is accomplished through not only her own versatile performance and the accomplished storytelling provided by the show’s creator and writing team, but through several dependable and very talented make-up artists, costume designs and other on-hand professionals. But when it comes to playing the oldest variation of Rebecca, a woman that is twice the 34-year-old actress’ age, Moore likes what she sees. When asked about her popular character’s transformation on the award-winning drama series, here’s what Mandy Moore said:

Mandy Moore’s comments came from Page Six, and they were recorded while she was celebrating This is Us‘ season premiere, which aired last week. As the dramatic series continues to expand upon its epic story and tell its full scope, we should expect to see more from Moore’s Rebecca at the age of 68 in the episodes to come. With that, Moore finds herself marveled at the work provided by her crew, and she only hopes she looks as good as her character does when she is 68 herself. Of course, it will be quite a good bit of time before that happens. But in the meantime, Moore is hoping to steal from beauty tips and make sure her appearance matches the looks of her character whenever it becomes her time to celebrate 68 years on this planet.

The show is now currently in the midst of its third season, and This is Us continues to be as twisty and dramatic as ever, as the actress can attest. The stakes of this heavily-watched series should only continue to rise. While it’s hard to know what will become of This is Us as it continues to unfold its well-woven storyline in due fashion, Mandy Moore claims she knows how it will end. So, it’s not necessarily a mystery, and there’s ending in mind for the unspooling series. But eager viewers will find that information out by watching one of the most popular shows on television at the current moment.

The twists and turns will continue to come on This Is Us, but Mandy Moore hopes that when it comes time for her to be the same age as Rebecca later on in life, the actress and singer-songwriter hopes she shares the same sharp looks. Meanwhile, when it comes to This is Us coverage, as well as the latest celebrity news and updates, you can be sure to find out more right here at CinemaBlend.

Looks Like RoboCop’s X-Rated Cut Is Now Streaming

Ok, so nowadays we’d think of it as the NC-17 version of RoboCop, but nevertheless, as noticed by Comicbook.com, rather than showing the traditional R-rated one, Amazon Prime has the more gruesome version of RoboCop available for its subscribers. It’s unclear if this was intentionally done, as the movie is not labeled as the “X-rated” or “unrated” cut. Nevertheless, if you’re a RoboCop fan, it becomes immediately clear that this version of the movie is not the one that’s usually readily available. That being said, this certainly isn’t the first time that the X-rated RoboCop has been released, as it’s previously been released several times on DVD and Blu-ray. For streaming, on the other hand, this appears to mark its big debut.

How Chicago P.D.’s Voight Is Dealing With Olinsky’s Death In Season 6

As Jason Beghe noted, Voight hasn’t fully come to terms with what happened to Olinsky yet. Obviously, the main cause of his murder was the vendetta that was held against him by a criminal he’d crossed paths with in the past, but we all know that Olinsky wouldn’t have been so easy to take out (trapped in jail at the the time of his murder, as he was) if he hadn’t been so dedicated to Voight that he was willing to take the fall for a crime that his old friend had really committed. So, not only does Voight realize that he’s to blame for that, but while he was wheeling and dealing with Denny Woods and others to try to get Olinsky released while also protecting his own hide, he left his friend vulnerable to the point where it cost him his life. Voight knows that if he’d come clean immediately after Olinsky was arrested, he would probably still be alive, and, according to Beghe, that’s eating the man’s soul up right now.

All The Fantastic Beasts Actually Seen in the Fantastic Beasts 2 Trailer

The next entry in the Fantastic Beasts series is sneaking up on us, and it’s all about Grindelwald. The marketing for Fantastic Beast 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been big on growing conflict led by the infamous dark wizard, with young Dumbledore recruiting Newt Scamander to be his eyes and ears. The final trailer for the movie teased that big things were in store for Newt and the gang, and while the focus is undoubtedly on Grindelwald and his crimes, we can’t forget the actual fantastic beasts of Fantastic Beasts 2.

The first film was heavy on the beasts, with Newt’s hunt to recapture his escaped monsters taking up a sizable amount of screen time, but the creatures have always felt like a means to an end. They feel more like an afterthought this time around as Grindelwald’s war takes center stage, but that doesn’t mean we should just ignore the beasts! The final trailer introduced some new and familiar faces, and while earlier footage included other creatures, these are the majorly beastly characters who appeared in the latest trailer.

Pickett The Bowtruckle

Newt’s little buddy is back! Pickett is a tiny twig-like creature called a bowtruckle, and he appeared in the first film. Unlike the other beasts in Newt’s care, Pickett sticks to Newt like glue and rides shotgun in his pocket (he has separation anxiety). Other than providing cute, Groot-like moments, bowtruckles are exceptionally good at picking locks, a skill that comes in very handy for Newt and will likely continue to do so in Crimes of Grindelwald.

Kappa

It may look like a spell due to its spirit-like appearance, but this is actually a fantastic beast called a kappa. Derived from Japanese mythology, the kappa is a water demon that feeds on human blood. They kind of look like monkey-turtle hybrids and the water stored on their hollow, dish-shaped heads are the source of their strength. People thought they could appease kappas by throwing cucumbers inscribed with that person’s name on it. I don’t know if Newt Scamander has any cucumbers handy, but he’s making some use out of the creature. As to what this water demon is doing on dry land, well, you’ll have to see the movie.

The Mule

Good day, avengers of all things closet-bound and feared. Hollywood kicked off the Halloween season with the Conjuring prequel Annabelle and audiences were ready to watch it. The supernatural thriller brought in an estimated $37.2 million over the weekend, taking second place to David Fincher’s mystery thriller Gone Girl. How about we get a mash-up between the two where a doll gets possessed by the spirit of Ben Affleck and turns a young innocent family into Oscar winners?

Bad Times At The El Royale Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Think

Amidst the comic book movies, fantasy blockbusters and awards contenders releasing this fall is a star-studded film that looks weirder and more intriguing than many of them. Bad Times at the El Royale is the second feature film helmed by writer-director Drew Goddard, who made his directorial debut with 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. The trailers for the film have been a strange brew of a mysterious plot, colorful characters and fun dialogue. The initial reviews for the film are in, so does it live up to its cast and trailers? It seems that for the most part, it does.

CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell caught Bad Times at the El Royale early like many critics. You can read his initial thoughts in his tweet reaction, but overall, he seemed to still really enjoy the movie and feel that it is definitely worth your time, despite having some issues with the ending. As for full reviews, Collider‘s Haleigh Foutch really seemed to love the film, giving it an A- in her review, where she highlighted Bad Times at the El Royale‘s sumptuous visuals and perhaps something you wouldn’t expect, its heart.

In her alliterative take, Haleigh characterized Drew Goddard‘s film as both visually stunning and propulsive. It’s that latter point that seems to be one of the points of contention about the film. Some reviews didn’t find the film propulsive enough, calling it overly long or a slog. Despite that potential pacing problem, ScreenRant‘s Molly Freeman still found the juice to be worth the squeeze thanks to how entertaining the film and its stellar cast are, saying:

The large cast full of talented, big name actors spouting fun dialogue is one of the most compelling things about Bad Times at the El Royale, and based on many of the reviews like this one for the film, that cast did not go to waste. However, there were some dissenting opinions. For The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sheri Linden, the film seemed to be all style and no substance, with the length once again being an issue.

Overall, the prevailing theme that I see is that Bad Times at the El Royale is not a perfect movie, but it does have a lot to like. There are very few people that seem to loathe it with many appreciating it despite its flaws. Jim Vejvoda at IGN seems to sum this up in his review.

Right now Bad Times at the El Royale is sitting at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, but plenty more reviews will come in once the film opens on October 12. Check out our release schedule to see all the biggest movies still to come in 2018.