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Will What Men Want Be More Comedy Or Rom-Com? Here’s What Will Packer Says

What Men Want will be hitting theaters in just a few months, and if you’re wondering if it will be a straight-up comedy or more of a romantic comedy, like the movie that it’s based on, producer Will Packer has an answer for you. When CinemaBlend spoke with him during roundtable interviews on the film’s set in late May, he stressed that this movie would differ from the Mel Gibson original, What Women Want, by focusing way more on comedy than on romance.

So, while What Men Want will absolutely feature a love story, Will Packer is clear to note that it will not be the focal point of the story, or feature any of the “typical machinations” of traditional romantic comedies that we’ve all come to know and love over the years.

In What Men Want, Taraji P. Henson stars as a sports agent who’s trying to get ahead but keeps getting denied opportunities in her male-dominated field. If you’ve seen the Nancy Meyers-directed original from 2000, you know that the “cool device” Will Packer spoke of is gaining the ability to hear the thoughts of the opposite sex. This magic power ends up allowing Henson’s character, Ali (as in boxer Muhammad Ali), to begin to get a leg up on her male competition as she tries to sign a rising NBA star.

The original movie was, indeed, focused on the romance between Mel Gibson’s character and that of Helen Hunt. While his character learned, through his gained power, to understand women more and grow as a person, much of that personal growth was really filtered through his burgeoning romance. What Women Want was definitely about a man and woman finding their way to each other in odd circumstances.

Will Packer mentioned that romance isn’t completely ignored in What Men Want, even though you don’t really see any glimpses of that in the newly released trailer. The film is much more about the comedy that comes from Ali’s new gift and how she learns to use it to finally get what she’s been after in her life and career for so long. It gives Ali the insight she needs to figure out what the men she works with and the athletes she’s trying to sign need from her in order for her to succeed. And, it will probably also come in handy when her love interest arrives on the scene, as an added bonus for Ali’s strange new life.

You can see how Ali uses her fancy new skill when What Men Want opens on January 11, 2019. Until then, be sure to check out our 2018 movie premiere schedule to see what’s coming to a theater near you through the end of the year.

Green Book Trailer Is Powerful And Emotional

One of the most interesting elements of the development and production of Green Book is the talent that has signed on to bring it to life. Specifically, the film has enlisted Peter Farrelly to direct, which is a major change of pace for the filmmaker. Farrelly is mostly known for gross-out comedies like Dumb & Dumber, and There’s Something About Mary, so for Green Book to get him to jump genres like this could potentially indicate that there’s something very special lurking in this story.

6 Questions We Have About The New Oscars Category

What Defines A ‘Popular’ Film?

The introduction of this category is almost certainly meant to address the criticism that the Academy gets for its snubbing of genre films, which have a lot of success with fans and the box office, but little recognition in the awards circuit. However, one would figure that the criteria for this category have to be more than “people really liked it.” Get Out, which was nominated for Best Picture, grossed over $250 million worldwide, was loved by critics and fans, and it was a horror movie that broke ground for the genre. If there was a popular films category, would it have qualified? Best Picture winner The Godfather is one of the most well-known movies ever made. Plenty of Best Picture nominees and winners have been popular, so what exactly is the cutoff? The number of special effects and capes?

Scandal’s Kerry Washington Is Set To Star In New Graphic Novel TV Adaptation For Hulu

With one project already in development at Hulu, Kerry Washington has signed on for another TV series for the streamer. She has the limited series Little Fires Everywhere, costarring Reese Witherspoon, set to bow on the streaming service later this year, and Washington now has added an adaptation of the graphic novel Old City Blues to her Hulu repertoire. So, what is this project about and who else is on board? Here is what you need to know.

Kerry Washington is set to star in and executive produce the futuristically timed drama, whose comic source material was set quite a few years into the future; 2048, to be exact. Adapted for live-action by A Private War screenwriter Arash Amel, Old City Blues takes place in the fictional New Athens, a city which rests in the country formerly known as Greece. The city has become overrun by high-tech criminals who traffic in smuggling and drugs. Also residing in New Athens are corrupt politicians and powerful corporations.

The characters that the story follows around New Athens are members of the New Athens Special Police. Their task? To keep the city stable following the death of the cyborg founder of a tech company. According to THR, Kerry Washington’s role has unfortunately not been specified. With the story rich in so many possible avenues, though, it will be interesting to learn where she ends up in the comic’s tale.

Kerry Washington playing one of the characters in the police force sounds like a very cool and potentially kick-ass avenue for the Scandal star. It sounds like there is potential for a murder mystery in this plot, too, so maybe Washington’s character will do some investigating as well.

While the project is still in the development stage, there are quite a few signs that things are moving along quite well on the project. Original Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski has signed on to direct. With Kerry Washington and Verbinski on board, this is sizing up to be a powerhouse offering, both in front of and behind the camera. Additionally, Outcast‘s Chris Black is signed on to be the potential showrunner, and Undergound‘s Allison Davis will write the script.

With so much already laid out as foundation, it would be surprising if Old City Blues does not get off the ground. Here is hoping it does. Old City Blues sound like an exciting project for Kerry Washington. The sky is pretty much the limit on this one and as fans learn more about the specifics surrounding her role that excitement is only bound to grow even more intense.

While you wait for Kerry Washington’s Hulu output, you can binge-watch Scandal‘s entire run on Netflix. For new television content set to premiere on Hulu and Netflix soon, check out our monthly Hulu schedule and our 2018 Netflix premiere rundown. For new television shows set to arrive later this year, check out CinemaBlend’s guide to TV’s fall premieres.

Castle Rock Renewed For Season 2 At Hulu, But With Some Major Changes

The Stephen King-inspired Castle Rock has been a quick hit for Hulu, as hardcore and casual King fans alike have flocked to the new series. For that reason, it came as little surprise that the streaming service decided to bring it back for Season 2, although it appears the next installment is in for some major changes. While it was known the show was intended to be an anthology, it’s possible the new season could feature an entirely new cast, in addition to a fresh story.

The renewal of Castle Rock came just ahead of the show’s sixth episode, and about halfway through the ten-episode Season 1. Hulu announced that the series premiere was the platform’s most successful first-season original launch in terms of consumption and reach, as well as the record holder for the highest view rates of a Hulu original in its first and second weeks. No episode count has been released for the upcoming season, and there was no date given as to when Season 2 can be expected.

Curiously enough, THR also reported that Castle Rock has yet to determine which cast members will be returning for Season 2. As previously mentioned, there are rumors floating about that the show might find a new cast to tell its new story and leave its current actors back in Season 1. The rumor is a bit surprising considering the amount of talent Castle Rock has constructed for Season 1, although an entirely new cast appearing in an anthology series isn’t at all unprecedented.

If an entirely new cast for Castle Rock is in the cards, it will be interesting to see how the series intends to follow through with references to other seasons. Creator Dustin Thomason teased that while each season would have its own self-contained story, viewers would be surprised as the series continues, because past seasons would intersect with current seasons in various ways. Thomason specifically referenced the ways characters pop up in places throughout the books, which may mean a character or two may resurface still. That said, King is often noted for having his characters frequently mention places or quotes found in his other books, which may be more in line with what Thomason is referring to.

Castle Rock fans don’t want to waste too much time thinking ahead to Season 2, as Season 1 is currently premiering new episodes on Hulu, Wednesdays at 12:01 a.m. PT. For a look at what else is happening on streaming, visit our Netflix and Amazon premiere guides. For more on what’s coming to cable and broadcast television, visit our summer and fall premiere guides. And, those wondering what Stephen King thinks of Hulu’s hit drama needn’t wonder, as the author has not been shy about sharing his thoughts on the show.

We May Finally Know What Caused Demi Lovato’s Overdose

Last month, Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital. It was initially believed to be a heroin overdose, although this rumor was later debunked by the pop singer’s doctor and family. In the weeks since Lovato’s terrifying medical ordeal, it never became clear what caused Lovato’s medical emergency. Today, we might have an answer to that question. As it was just reported, Demi Lovato was reportedly freebasing Oxycodone that was laced with fentanyl, and that’s what caused her health to spiral. Thankfully, she was revitalized shortly before she was taken to the hospital. Here’s what we know.

This information was speculated by TMZ, and it’s not officially confirmed. As such, we should probably take it all with a grain of salt. Unnamed sources who are reportedly close to the situation allege Demi Lovato’s near-death overdose reportedly began with a text conversation after a birthday bash. The star reportedly texted a dealer to come to her house to provide her with the drugs. It was shortly after this drug dealer got this text that he came to her house and they started freebasing Oxycodone.

According to the report, the drug dealer allegedly got the drugs from out of the country, and then provided it to the pop singer. Unbeknownst to Demi Lovato or the unnamed drug dealer, the Oxy was reportedly laced with fentanyl, the same drug that killed Prince. It’s believed the fentanyl triggered Lovato’s near-fatal overdose, and the drug dealer seemingly fled from the house when Lovato started breathing heavily in her bed.

The drug dealer that supplied Demi Lovato with the fentanyl-laced Oxycodone has reportedly been supplying the celebrity since April. As far as this report indicates, the most recent recent fix is the first time Lovato received a bad supply from this individual. Lovato was found by her staff near noon on July 24th, which is three weeks ago today. Medical experts were rushed to her Hollywood Hills home, and Lovato was revived through Narcan. While the original reports indicated it was a heroin overdose which drove the starlet to the hospital, that was not the case. Although what matters most is that the overdose was not fatal, and Lovato is stable.

Shortly after Demi Lovato was placed in the hospital, Kerissa Dunn, Demi Lovato’s aunt, wrote on social media that her niece was “awake and responsive.” Lovato was placed in the hospital for the next remaining two weeks before she was placed into rehab, where Demi Lovato is currently seeking treatment.

Nearly two weeks after Demi Lovato was placed in Cedars-Sinai hospital, Demi Lovato (or a representative for the troubled celebrity) reached out to her Instagram followers to update them on her current situation. She admitted in the post that she has “always been transparent” about her journey with addiction, and she reminded her followers that the disease isn’t something that simply goes away, even after six years of sobriety. She thanked her fans, friends, family, and followers, as well as the people in Cedars-Sinai, for their ongoing support during Lovato’s struggle. Demi Lovato will now spend her time focusing on her personal health and recovery, and she recently canceled the upcoming dates on her tour to better herself and regain sobriety.

How to Combine Glasses and Earrings Successfully

NO ONE WANTS to recite an entire menu to his or her dinner companion.

I discovered this a few years ago when my eyeglass prescription intensified, forcing me to upgrade from occasional readers to progressive lenses potent enough for Velma from “Scooby-Doo.” During the day and on casual nights out, I was thrilled to wear my bulky tortoise Céline frames, which I thought had presence and distracted from the deepening grooves of my “smile lines,” making me look wiser and less wizened. But for dressier moments, which have always been an opportunity for me to break out my major earrings, the glasses presented a problem. Anything dangling or bold or even very shiny competed with my large frames, rendering the look too accessorized. I didn’t recognize the older-looking, busier, somehow frumpier reflection in the mirror. I barely saw my face at all.

When confronted with the choice, I generally let narcissism win and choose earrings over perfect or even passable vision. The pro: I can’t send a comprehensible text or read my phone screen, so by default I practice good technology etiquette. The con: Even the most patient date, i.e., my husband, finds it deadening to read aloud about local rock cod ceviche. So how should four-eyed women like me approach the glasses vs. earrings conundrum?

“People ask me this question all the time. It’s a thing,” said Elena Doukas, the head of design for Los Angeles eyewear line Garrett Leight. Ms. Doukas said the secret is balance, and that frames should be allowed to make their own statement without competition. “I treat it like makeup. You should pick one thing to focus on, a bold lip or a smokey eye, not both.”

In other words, unless I’m walking the Gucci runway, where unsubtle eyeglass-earrings combos express the more-is-more aesthetic of eccentric designer Alessandro Michele, I either need to downsize my frames or stick to studs.

Really? For inspiration, I looked to vision-challenged style icons: Julia Roberts combines thinner black glasses and earrings all the time, even when she isn’t reading awards-show teleprompters. Oprah does, too. Elaine Welteroth, the trendsetting former editor of Teen Vogue, has been known to wear wire frames with metallic earrings. Another Elaine, the “Seinfeld” character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, often paired danglies with wire glasses to somewhat goofier effect. Though I have a soft spot for her, her multiple-earring’d ’90s look would seem over-the-top today.

Maybe the secret to success is the hair. Both Oprah and Julia Roberts have voluminous curls, which create a backdrop for the accessories, and contribute to a generally effusive image. Scraped-back buns can provide a nice canvas, too, as in the case of Lucy Chadwick, the art gallery director who often pairs her aviators with one large sculptural earring. I have a chin-length bob, which may explain why I feel more like Dame Edna than bespectacled Meryl Streep at the Oscars when attempting the combination.

Perhaps the solution lies in earrings that, while still unobtrusive, are one step up from a banal stud. Jessie Gainsley Rivera, half of the Los Angeles-based styling duo the Team, steers clients who wear bulky, dark frames like mine toward smaller earrings, like interesting gold-bar studs or a cluster of small earrings if you have multiple piercings. For metal frame wearers, a medium-size gold hoop or Anita Ko’s wraparound diamond earrings allow for “a little splash,” she said.

Of course, one can have reasons for wanting to upstage one’s face, Gucci style. Jewelry designer Sarah Hendler said that she admires women who aren’t afraid to “pile on” more jewelry. “I think of Nora Ephron, when she talks about wearing a scarf,” said Ms. Hendler, referring to the author’s reflections on her own aging neck and her tricks for concealing it. “Beautiful earrings and glasses can be a great distraction.” Which is to say: a cluster of large accessories will make it harder to see your face, for better or for worse.

“The most important part of figuring out any style is remaining true to who you are,” said Ms. Rivera. “If you feel good, well, you feel good. If you’re not sure, keep it clean. If your outfit is fussy, don’t work the glasses and earring angle.” Or, if you’re out to dinner, forget the glasses, order whatever the waiter rattles off as the special and enjoy yourself.

SMART SETS / When Choosing Earrings to Complement Your Frames, Consider Composition and Balance, Just As You Learned in Art Class

Pair heavy tortoise with subtle bling. Glasses, $450, gucci.com; Earrings, $2,940, cartier.com

Clear frames can withstand playfulness. Glasses, $305, lowercasenyc.com; Earrings, $168, trade-mark.com

Match metallic with metallic for tone-on-tone sheen. Glasses, $145, warbyparker.com; Earrings, $175, jenniferfisherjewelry.com

An eclectic combo for the rule-flouting rebel. Miu Miu Glasses, $450, glasses.com, Earrings, $7,500, sidneygarber.com

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Adele Wrote a Touching Post About Her Best Friend’s Postpartum Psychosis Recovery

Adele is bringing awareness to a very important issue: postpartum psychosis, which her best friend, Laura, has experienced. On Monday (August 13), the singer posted a picture to Instagram of the two cuddling with Laura’s son (and Adele’s godson), alongside a poignant message.

“This is my best friend,” she wrote in the caption. “We have been friends for more of our lives than we haven’t. She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one. She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking, and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Mamas talk about how you’re feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x [.]”

Adele included a link in her bio to Laura’s first-person blog post about her experience. In it, Laura documents what she calls “the worst time of [her] life.” “Since having my baby boy in February this year I’ve been suffering from and battling against post partem [sic] psychosis,” she began. “A rare and unpublicised illness that affects 1 in a 1000 women and is seen as a medical emergency (don’t worry I had never heard of it either until it tried to ruin my life). In my case it was built upon post-natal depression and exhaustion and escalated into a phase of what I can only describe as hell; mania, mood swings, insomnia, delusions, paranoia, anxiety, severe depression with a lovely side order of psychosis.”

She continued, “My pregnancy was a dream, I was totally prepared to be unprepared and have no history of mental illness and yet this cruel and savage sickness completely and unexpectedly swallowed me, smashed me and my family against the rocks. “

In the blog post, Laura describes a wide range of symptoms, from hiding congratulations cards to sleepless nights to mania, anxiety attacks, and thoughts of suicide . After an intervention, she spent two weeks in the hospital, and she’s currently in the midst of recovery with the help of family support, a psychiatrist, medication, and psychotherapy.

“Talking about this has been a huge part of my recovery and I was constantly searching for any stories that offered me hope or salvation in this dark and testing time so that’s why I’ve shared this and to raise awareness of this awful sickness and to confront the stigma attached to post natal depression and the pressure put on women to become mothers,” she wrote. “You have to talk. Birth and motherhood is a shock to the system and traumatic, and we shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.” You can read her full blog post here.

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Ryan Reynolds Had A Bonkers Original Pitch For Deadpool 2

Spoiler alert for Deadpool 2.

With three shared universes currently competing for box office dominance, there are plenty of superhero movies hitting theaters. As such, it can be hard for each new blockbuster to stand out among the crowd. That’s one problem the Deadpool franchise doesn’t have, as the fourth-wall breaking title character functions on a frequency all his own. Deadpool 2 helped to expand the world of the property, while also giving Wade Wilson a chance to grow and set up the eventual formation of the proper X-Force. But it turns out that Ryan Reynolds had another plan for the sequel, and it completely out of this world. As he tells it,

Talk about a bold choice. The emotional story about loss and family eventually adopted for Deadpool 2 was probably the right choice, but you can’t help appreciating how random Ryan Reynolds is willing to be. Even if that means basing the sequel around an NBC singing competition show.

Ryan Reynolds’ comments from his recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will no doubt delight the many fans of the Merc with a Mouth. The Deadpool franchise stands out because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is constantly going on comedic tangents. Making the highly anticipated sequel a giant The Voice gag is extremely on brand, but unfortunately didn’t fare well with the folks over at 20th Century Fox.

Ultimately Deadpool 2 pivoted to a more emotional and character-driven story, although it was still thoroughly ridiculous. After Vanessa was killed in the film’s first act, Wade Wilson was directionless and suicidal. This inspires him to finally join the X-Men, and hopefully find a family in the process. Deadpool might not have been ready to become a bonafide superhero, but he ultimately finds his tribe throughout Deadpool 2, including newcomers like Cable, Domino, and Firefist.

You can catch Ryan Reynolds’ full conversation with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show below.

It should be interesting to see what’s next for Deadpool, and the crazy way Ryan Reynolds pitches his next installment. It looks like the character will likely pop up next in X-Force, with Drew Goddard attached to direct. But 20th Century Fox is keeping its cards close to the chest, instead focusing on reshoots for movies like X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants.

Deadpool 2 available on digital now, and will arrive on Blu-Ray August 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, And Bryce Vine Will Make The VMA Pre-Show Larger Than Life

Every spectacular show begins with a properly hyped warmup, and the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are no exception. Before Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, and more stars hit the main stage inside Radio City Music Hall on August 20, the VMAs red carpet pre-show will get the party started with three can’t-miss performances.

Exactly 20 years after their first VMA appearance, Backstreet Boys will kick off the festivities with a sing-along-worthy performance. The boy band — Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson — are no stranger to the VMAs, having performed twice before and taken home two awards.

While BSB make their long-awaited VMA comeback, a pair of buzzy newcomers will appear for the first time. “Mine” hitmaker Bazzi — the MTV: Push artist for the month of August — will perform on the pre-show stage, as will Bryce Vine, the singer-songwriter behind breakout single “Drew Barrymore.”

The VMAs red carpet pre-show — hosted by Terrence J., Nessa, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio and Vinny Guadagnino — airs live on MTV at 8 p.m. ET/PT on August 20. With Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, and Vine on deck, the evening is becoming more star-studded by the day. As previously announced, the main show performers include Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with Ryan Tedder, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Panic! At the Disco, and this year’s Video Vanguard Award recipient, J.Lo. Until then, we’ll be getting ourselves psyched for a “beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful” pre-show!

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!