The 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

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Awards season is upon us, and while we're looking forward to see which of this year's movies are deemed the best by the voting members of the film industry, we're also looking ahead to 2019. From superhero flicks to live-action remakes of the Disney cartoons you loved as a kid, here are 15 of the most anticipated movies of 2019.

1. Captain Marvel

Marvel fans will get to see Brie Larson kick some major butt when she takes on the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel for the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on March 8, 2019.

2. Shazam!

Shazam! will bring comedy to the DC film universe, as we’ll see Zachary Levi transform into the 14-year-old foster kid-turned adult superhero on April 5, 2019.

3. Pet Sematary

Another adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel Pet Sematary will hit theaters on April 5, 2019, starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow.

4. Avengers 4

The as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers film is only months away, yet we still have no title, no trailer, and no plot summary. Marvel fans have been waiting for this film since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters last year, and we’ll be waiting until May 3, 2019.

5. Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds will take on the comedic role of Pikachu in this upcoming animated film, which hits theaters on May 10, 2019.

6. Aladdin

The first live-action Disney movie to debut next year will be the remake of Aladdin, which stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith. It's coming to theaters on May 24, 2019.

7. Toy Story 4

Our favorite childhood story is far from over. You can catch Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Andy, and more when Toy Story 4 debuts on June 21, 2019.

8. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Next year is going to be a big one for Marvel fans. Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man when Far From Home arrives in theaters on July 5, 2019.

9. The Lion King

Surely to get in all of our feels, the second live-action Disney film will be the remake of The Lion King, with an extremely star-studded cast consisting of Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and many more. Don’t miss it on July 19, 2019.

10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s next feature, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, comes to theaters on July 26, 2019.

11. It: Chapter Two

Andy Muschietti’s next installment will conclude Stephen King’s It, as Bill Skarsgård reprises his role as Pennywise, and is joined by Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, and more. Catch it on September 6, 2019.

12. Joker

DC fans have been intrigued with the as-yet-untitled Joker movie since Joaquin Phoenix was cast. Various set photos and videos promise we’ll be in for a scare when it hits theaters on October 4, 2019.

13. The Addams Family

An animated remake of The Addams Family, starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloe Grace Moretz, debuts on October 18, 2019.

14. Frozen 2

Get ready for more music, cute one-liners, and obsessive fans when Frozen 2 hits theaters on November 22, 2019.

15. Star Wars: Episode IX

Arguably the most anticipated film of next year will be the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. We’ll see Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher (through reshoots) and more reprise their Star Wars roles when the as-yet-untitled Episode IX debuts on December 20, 2019.

Watch Kit Harington Gag After Having to Kiss Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones

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The romance between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen might be heating up on Game of Thrones (though that could change once Jon shares the truth about his parentage), but offscreen, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke's relationship is decidedly platonic. The two actors have gotten to be close friends over the past near-10 years of working together, which makes their love scenes rather awkward, according to Harington.

A new video from HBO offers a behind-the-scene peek at "Winterfell," the first episode of Game of Thrones's final season. At about the 12:20 mark, there's a segment on Jon and Dany's date with the dragons and what it took to create that scene. Included within that is footage of the two actors kissing against a green screen background, which would later be turned into a stunning waterfall. But when the scene cuts, Harington can be seen faking a gag at having to kiss the Mother of Dragons.

“Emilia and I had been best friends over a seven-year period and by the time we had to kiss it seemed really odd,” Harington told The Mirror, then went on to explain that Clarke's close relationship with Harington's wife, Rose Leslie, makes the intimate scenes even more bizarre. "Emilia, Rose, and I are good friends, so even though you’re actors and it’s your job, there’s an element of weirdness when the three of us are having dinner and we had a kissing scene that day."

As strange as it may be, Harington finally came around and admitted that, "I love Emilia and I’ve loved working with her. And it’s not hard to kiss her, is it?"

[h/t Wiki of Thrones]

11 Surprising Facts About Prince

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It was three years ago today that legendary, genre-bending rocker Prince died at the age of 57. In addition to being a musical pioneer, the Minneapolis native dabbled in filmmaking, most successfully with 1984’s Purple Rain. While most people know about the singer’s infamous name change, here are 10 things you might not have known about the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

1. His real name was Prince.

Born to two musical parents on June 7, 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was named after his father's jazz combo.

2. He was a Jehovah's Witness.

Baptized in 2001, Prince was a devout Jehovah's Witness; he even went door-to-door. In October 2003, a woman in Eden Prairie, Minnesota opened her door to discover the famously shy artist and his bassist, former Sly and the Family Stone member Larry Graham, standing in front of her home. "My first thought is ‘Cool, cool, cool. He wants to use my house for a set. I’m glad! Demolish the whole thing! Start over!,'" the woman told The Star Tribune. "Then they start in on this Jehovah’s Witnesses stuff. I said, ‘You know what? You’ve walked into a Jewish household, and this is not something I’m interested in.’ He says, 'Can I just finish?' Then the other guy, Larry Graham, gets out his little Bible and starts reading scriptures about being Jewish and the land of Israel."

3. He wrote a lot of songs for other artists.

In addition to penning several hundred songs for himself, Prince also composed music for other artists, including "Manic Monday" for the Bangles, "I Feel For You" for Chaka Khan, and "Nothing Compares 2 U" for Sinéad O'Connor.

4. His symbol actually had a name.


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Even though the whole world referred to him as either "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," that weird symbol Prince used was actually known as "Love Symbol #2." It was copyrighted in 1997, but when Prince's contract with Warner Bros. expired at midnight on December 31, 1999, he announced that he was reclaiming his given name.

5. In 2017, Pantone gave him his own color.

A little over a year after Prince's death, global color authority Pantone created a royal shade of purple in honor of him, in conjunction with the late singer's estate. Appropriately, it is known as Love Symbol #2. The color was inspired by a Yamaha piano the musician was planning to take on tour with him. “The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be," Troy Carter, an advisor to Prince's estate, said. "This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever."

6. His sister sued him.

In 1987, Prince's half-sister, Lorna Nelson, sued him, claiming that she had written the lyrics to "U Got the Look," a song from "Sign '☮' the Times" that features pop artist Sheena Easton. In 1989, the court sided with Prince.

7. He ticked off a vice president's wife.

In 1984, after purchasing the Purple Rain soundtrack for her then-11-year-old daughter, Tipper Gore—ex-wife of former vice president Al Gore—became enraged over the explicit lyrics of "Darling Nikki," a song that references masturbation and other graphic sex acts. Gore felt that there should be some sort of warning on the label and in 1985 formed the Parents Music Resource Center, which pressured the recording industry to adopt a ratings system similar to the one employed in Hollywood. To Prince's credit, he didn't oppose the label system and became one of the first artists to release a "clean" version of explicit albums.

8. Prince took a promotional tip from Willy Wonka.

In 2006, Universal hid 14 purple tickets—seven in the U.S. and seven internationally—inside Prince's album, 3121. Fans who found a purple ticket were invited to attend a private performance at Prince's Los Angeles home.

9. He simultaneously held the number one spots for film, single, and album.

During the week of July 27, 1984, Prince's film Purple Rain hit number one at the box office. That same week, the film's soundtrack was the best-selling album and "When Doves Cry" was holding the top spot for singles.

10. He screwed up on SNL.

During Prince's first appearance on Saturday Night Live, he performed the song "Partyup" and sang the lyric, "Fightin' war is a such a f*ing bore." It went unnoticed at the time, but in the closing segment, Charles Rocket clearly said, "I'd like to know who the f* did it." This was the only episode of SNL where the f-bomb was dropped twice.

11. He scrapped an album released after having "a spiritual epiphany."

In 1987, Prince was due to release "The Black Album." However, just days before it was scheduled to drop, Prince scrapped the whole thing, calling it "dark and immortal." The musician claimed to have reached this decision following "a spiritual epiphany." Some reports say that it was actually an early experience with drug ecstasy, while others suggested The Artist just knew it would flop.

This story has been updated for 2019.

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