Disney Confirms It Will Give Marvel Fans 2 More Movies at Disney+ Launch

Disney+ made a lot of waves Monday by announcing a cornucopia of titles coming to the service when it launches on Nov. 12. The good news for Marvel fans is that two new titles have been added to the mix. 

The bad news is that not every single Marvel movie will be there. Besides that, quite a few other titles will be missing as well. And they’re not all obscure movies that only people steeped in Disney lore would know. 

What Marvel movies will be on the service?

According to Comicbook.com, the two films newly confirmed to be on Disney + at launch day are the movies that wrapped up Phase Two: Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first Ant-Man. Those movies surprised this author by being opposites in quality: Age of Ultron was not nearly as good as it should have been, while Ant-Man was a delightful surprise. 

In a way, the movies were polar opposites of each other. The very fate of the world hung in the balance in Ultron, while Ant-Man was basically about an ex-convict turned hero who mainly wanted to win the love of his daughter. 

Joining those two will be these Marvel movies: 2008’s Iron Man, 2013’s Iron Man 3, 2014’s Thor: The Dark World, and 2019’s Captain Marvel.  From Captain Marvel forward, the MCU movies will always be going to Disney+ first.  

What Marvel movies are not on the service at launch?

MCU fans who were looking forward to bingeing as many of the 23 movies as possible will have to deal with a few holes, the most gargantuan one being Avengers: Endgame.

While that will arrive in December, it will be 2020 before we see Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.

The reason those movies are arriving on Disney+ later is because Disney is honoring its contracts it had with other streaming services like Netflix, which still has Infinity War, and Iron Man 2, which is on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

So if you want to binge as many Marvel movies as possible, you’ll have to hop streaming services once Disney+ goes live next month.  It will be next year before Disney+ will come close to being a one-stop shop. 

And even if Disney+ never has all the MCU movies at once, there will be lots of new TV shows to keep fans busy. The first of these will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming in the fall of 2020.

Joining the group the following year will be WandaVision, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye. And besides all that, there will now be four MCU movies in 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in February, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness in May, Spider-Man 3 in July and Thor: Love and Thunder in November.

So especially in 2021, Marvel fans will be anything but deprived. 

What else is missing from Disney+?

It’s important to remember that Disney never explicitly promised their streaming service would have absolutely everything on it. Still, when the company started tweeting out title after title this week, it was easy to think the offering would be very comprehensive.

After all, if they’ve got their 1976 movie Gus, about a football-playing mule on there, what wouldn’t they have?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. Another Twitter account called Not on Disney Plus started to list all the titles that are excluded from the service on launch day. It should surprise no one that the controversial Song of the South will not be there.

Although it features the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” still heard every day by Disney park visitors who ride on Splash Mountain, the ongoing debate over its racial depictions will probably keep it from the streaming service for good. 

However, there are a number of familiar titles missing, including Pixar’s Up, which is odd, because that’s one of the three animated movies that received a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

And as long as we’re talking about silly animal movies like Gus, lovers of very small, feisty dogs will surely mourn the exclusion of Beverly Hills Chihuahua

However, instead of focusing on what we aren’t getting, it might be wiser to remember that we’re getting an awful lot for only $7 a month, less than the cost of even a matinee movie ticket these days. 

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Couple’s Mercedes missing after leaving it with ‘meet-and-greet’ firm for hols

A couple returning from holiday were shocked to find their £10,000 Mercedes was gone after leaving it with a meet-and-greet firm.

Lisa Hook and Anthony Smith left for a two week holiday, leaving their car with Meet and Greet Manchester Airport Services Ltd, but when they returned it was gone.

After speaking with staff members at the airport firm, they failed to find their £10,000 Mercedes.

The West Yorkshire couple were forced to take a taxi to the company's HQ in Styal, only to be shocked by the conditions the cars were left in.

The couple booked Meet and Greet through a website called Fly ark Plus.

Photographs reveal a field filled with people cars, left in the mud with little security.

The car park is not affiliated with Manchester Airport.

The police have now confirmed the couple's silver Mercedes C-class 220 CDI AMG sport edition has been stolen.

Ms Hook and Mr Smith, a warehouse worker and wagon driver respectively, had saved for years to afford the car.

Ms Hook told Manchester Evening News: "It has been so stressful."

"We rang after we'd landed and they said they couldn't find the car.

"First they were saying they couldn't find the car, then they couldn't locate the keys and then they started denying we had ever left our car with them.

"We went to the police at the airport and explained what had happened.

"They gave us the address to head up to the car park in Styal. When we got there the women who we had spoken to on the phone started saying they weren't the company we'd booked with.

"At one point she asked if we were sure we'd dropped it off at the right place.

"It was ridiculous. We'd not put it in the suitcase and took it with us.

"In the end we had to go back to the airport with no idea where our car had gone.

"That car was immaculate, there wasn't a scratch on it and we'd saved for a long time to buy it.

"We just don't understand how they could have lost.

"We couldn't believe it when we saw what it looked like in daylight.

"It was shocking. All those people who book with these firms don't realise where they're actually leaving their car."

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Lumière Chief Programmer Maelle Arnaud: ‘Film History Doesn’t Have Parity’

LYON– As Lumière Institute head programmer since 2001, Maelle Arnaud helped launch the Lumière Festival in 2009 and has watched it grow in international esteem over then decade that then followed.

This year, the festival 190 films in 424 screening spread out all over town. It will come to a close this coming Sunday, but not before a marathon screening of “The Godfather” and two days of cine-concerts backed up by the National Orchestra of Lyon. Variety asked Arnaud her thoughts on this year’s edition.

This is the festival’s eleventh edition. How has it grown over its first decade?

When we look at our public, we see them becoming bigger cinephiles. Obviously there are people in Lyon who frequent the Institute throughout the year, but there are many just drawn in by the event, and that’s important too. Those people have been returning for ten years, and I think they’re beginning to develop a really strong film culture. I think it’s great that we can offer that to public.

We only have one screening room at the Institute, whereas the festival spreads out to many different theaters and cover a lot more ground. We can adapt our programming to the different rooms, and take chances, knowing that the public has put their confidence in us.

What things are you most proud of this year?

There are two. First is the André Cayatte retrospective. Since the very beginning we’ve wanted to spotlight strong French films, and Cayatte [fits that bill]. His films did very well when they first came out, but have fallen off the radar since. He’s not so well known anymore, so it seemed necessary for us to revisit his work and to his importance. I think we accomplished that. We’re almost at the end, and I’ve been hearing wonderful responses.

What’s more, when we started planning this retrospective Gaumont held most of the rights to his films, which weren’t in great condition. Gaumont really rallied to our cause, restoring the films and digitizing them, which means those copies travel after our retrospective ends.

And the other?

The other is Coppola. Similarly, very few of his films have been digitized, so we worked with American Zoetrope, Pathé, and Criterion to change that. We had a premiere for the new restoration of “Dementia 13,” which is a film that is as much ‘Corman-ian’ as is it ‘Coppola-esque,’ which is very interesting to see. It’s a real B-movie, but we can still see the themes of family ties he would explore throughout his career.

As a classic/heritage film festival, the nature of your premieres is slightly different. Do you place a lot of importance on spotlighting world premieres of new restorations?

It’s very important for us and for the right’s holders. We want to show that the Lumière Festival is a platform for new restorations, which makes us an appealing launch pad for other restorations going forward. The rights’ holders want that spotlight; they want to be selected by Lumière because that gives them large exposure that can help a theatrical or home video release. Even in the world of classic cinema you have to remain topical, so we seek exclusivity before those heritage films begin their new lives. It shows that the Lumière Festival is now an important date for distributors worldwide.

Due to the past-tense nature of classic cinema, how does a festival like Lumière respond to the current drive to amplify female voices?

It’s harder! Film history does not have parity, which makes it all the more important for us to work on that today. It didn’t exist back then. During the 1950s, there were maybe one or two female directors working in the England, that’s it.

[In sheer numbers] women directors have played less of a role in shaping the film history than their male counterparts. That’s something we have to change today, in contemporary cinema. That means access to school and access to resources, but that can’t change what’s past.

People criticize us for giving the Lumière Prize to more men than women, only we’re all too aware of that fact. Among the living legends of cinema, there simply isn’t parity. That’s proof that things must change, because ideally we alternate male and female honorees every year. In the future, hopefully we will have that opportunity.

But you do have a specifically dedicated program.

[What’s changed in recent years] has been more about the press. I think MeToo has had as much of an effect on the press as on film festival programmers. The press is now asking these questions, but we’ve had our ‘Permanent History of Women Filmmakers’ section since the very beginning. It’s only been in the past two or three years that the press noticed and starting to ask questions about an issue we’ve been raising for over ten years.

When we launched the Permanent History of Women Filmmakers, no one asked us about it. It was only after MeToo that people started to take interest in the subject. But we’ve been talking about the subject for a lot longer…. It’s a question that we hear systematically, and sometimes I want to say, ‘pardon me, but where were you before?’

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What is Joe Schmidt’s next job and why’s he leaving Ireland after Rugby World Cup? – The Sun

JOE SCHMIDT has coached his final Ireland match – but it wasn't a nice finale.

The New Zealander watched on as his six-year reign ended in a 46-14 defeat to his home nation in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Former England coach Andy Farrell will take over from Schmidt.

What is Joe Schmidt's next job?

There are not many bigger jobs in international rugby for Joe Schmidt to move into – and he is swiping those away as well.

The 54-year-old New Zealander ruled out taking over the nation of his birth in January and even told that he has no interest in getting another job for 12 months after the World Cup, as reported by The Irish Times.

Schmidt has also insisted he would go for the British & Irish Lions role with fellow countryman Warren Gatland retaining the job for the 2021 tour.

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Why is Joe Schmidt quitting?

The Irish head coach had been looking to move back to New Zealand once his left the job, in a bid to move nearer to his family.

But, as reported by the Irish Sun, he will remain in Ireland with his wife Kellie and four children settled in the country.

Schmidt said: "We'll probably stay in Ireland for some time. We're pretty settled there.

"A big motivator for me to get back was family and unfortunately we lost our mum recently, so on the back of that we'll take a bit of a breath and make some decisions beyond that."

What is Schmidt's Ireland record?

Joe Schmidt has coached Ireland through one of their most successful periods, winning three Six Nations – including the Grand Slam in 2018, picking up the World Rugby Coach of the Year title in the same season.

In his six years there, he has guided them to 50 wins in 69 matches prior to their World Cup campaign.

That figure includes an impressive two victories over reigning champions New Zealand – but the last World Cup in 2015 saw the Irish kicked out in the first knockout round by Argentina.

But it was not a final hurrah at Schmidt saw his Irish side lost 46-14 to the All Blacks in the RWC 2019 quarter-final.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship With The Media Is Much Worse

Being in the spotlight certainly can’t be easy — there is no doubt about that. When you are a celebrity or a public figure, it is difficult to do the ordinary, everyday things that most of us simply take for granted. Doing something as basic as stepping out for a cup of coffee can set the stage for a flurry of photographers, and many high-profile people have their privacy invaded each and every day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a media sensation for years now, and it is somewhat safe to say that things are actually getting a little out of hand. In the early stages of their relationship, Prince Harry actually released a statement out of concern for Markle’s safety, given that she was suddenly being hassled by the media.

As members of the royal family, fans around the world, as well as media outlets, take a great interest in everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do on a daily basis. Why is Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship with the media much worse than most people realize?

Prince Harry knows all too well the negative effects of the media

Prince Harry was only twelve years old when his beloved mother, Princess Diana, was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. The car Princess Diana was traveling in was going at an exceptionally high speed in order to escape the watchful eyes of photographers when they crashed into a concrete pillar in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, according to Reader’s Digest.

This changed Prince Harry‘s life drastically and is something that will always be with him. Many blame the media — specifically, the paparazzi — for the late princess’s death. And it would not be surprising if Prince Harry harbored strong feelings about the industry and its people.

Meghan Markle’s personal letter was published

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While at Victoria Yards in Johannesburg this afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of, and how to enable a ‘wellbeing economy’ thanks to Co-Director of the Maker’s Valley Partnership, Simon Sizwe. Simon was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative programme initiated by President Obama, and he explained that by investing in the overall well-being of a community and its people, and focusing on that economy, you can enrich everyone for a better quality of life. She also met with the owners of Sobae Frozen, an entrepreneurial duo who created their small business as a solution to food waste, creating vegan sorbet from unused fruit from Victoria Yards. At the end of her visit, The Duchess was moved by the original poetry of Belita Andre, the winner of the Poetry Grandslam. In her reading she said: “The Maker’s Valley is a social and enterprise hub, a wave between my corner of the world and yours. Insisting that beyond the anchors of survival. How to make sure that everyone gets to shore, pass around an ocean of stars, not because our sleepless nights are equal but because our dreams are.” • #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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Prince Harry isn’t the only one who feels the effects of the news media. Not too long ago, Duchess Meghan wrote a very personal letter to her estranged father: Thomas Markle.

According to CBS News, the Duchess of Sussex is involved in a lawsuit against a British tabloid for leaking the contents of the letter, in which she wrote about her feelings regarding her family situation. The media has also been reporting on her personal life and her reputation a lot — and it’s far from a positive spin.

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“It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother… If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield. To see this as a thriving community is amazing.” – The Duke of Sussex Above, some words from The Duke of Sussex as he spoke candidly today about his experience retracing his mother’s visit to Angola in 1997. He was able to see firsthand more of the legacy she left on the world. Princess Diana brought global attention to the issue of landmines and helped change the future for this community in Huambo, and many more like it. This afternoon, 22 years later, The Duke was able to walk the same path, but now rather than walking amongst mines, he was able to walk among a bustling community with schools, colleges and small businesses. Earlier today The Duke joined @thehalotrust to once again highlight the issue of landmines that still threatens more than 60 million people worldwide. #RoyalVisitAngola Video © SussexRoyal

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As if the incident involving Markle’s leaked letter weren’t enough for the royal couple to be dealing with, Page Six reports that Prince Harry has filed lawsuits against two British tabloids himself.

Apparently, his phone was hacked and private voicemails were stolen. Although Buckingham Palace has not released specific details of the incident, we know that the voicemails mentioned were several years old, from before Prince Harry and Markle ever even met. This is a huge violation of his privacy, and sadly, there is more to the story.

According to The Guardian, earlier this year, Markle and Prince Harry felt that their security was at risk due to helicopters flying over their rented home in order to obtain photographs. The prince said in a statement that pictures of the living and dining areas were obtained, as well as direct photographs of the bedroom. How awful for the duke and duchess to have to deal with that.

Why is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the media much worse than people realize?

Most royal fans don’t realize how frightening it can be behind the scenes. We all see the tabloid articles regarding Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, but it is easy to forget that there is often more going on. The royal couple deals with their fair share of negativity, yet, they are constantly hassled on a regular basis, something that they are desperately trying to get away from. Their relationship with the media is much worse than people think, and we can only hope that it gets better as time goes on.

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Dam collapses leaving many dead and injured at gold mine

At least 13 people were killed and about a dozen were missing after a dam collapsed at a gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement on Saturday, Russian authorities said.

The dam on the Seiba River in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk burst and flooded several cabins where the victims lived, Russian authorities said.

Officials said the dam had apparently been built in breach of safety rules and claimed that the authorities were not aware of its existence.

Investigators said they have opened a criminal probe into the breach of safety rules.

‘As of now, there’s information about 13 dead,’ the emergencies ministry said in a statement.

In a separate statement, the regional authorities in Krasnoyarsk said 12 people had died and 13 more were missing.

Fourteen people were hospitalised, and three of them were in a grave condition, the regional health ministry said.

Regional governor Alexander Uss said in televised remarks that about 80 workers lived in the temporary settlement in the remote village of Shchetinkino located south of the city of Krasnoyarsk.

The settlement’s total population is estimated at about 180.

A team of doctors including a neurosurgeon were dispatched to the scene from Krasnoyarsk, which is located some 2,500 miles east of Moscow.

Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova was overseeing the delivery of aid to the injured.

A number of top regional officials including Uss, prosecutors and inspectors went to the scene of the tragedy.

The dam was built in violation of ‘every single norm,’ the head of the local government, Yury Lapshin, said in televised remarks.

The dam belonged to the Sibzoloto holding company which has not released any comment on the incident so far.

More than 270 people were involved in a search and rescue operation, the emergencies ministry said.

But the operation was challenging because of the remote location.

Deadly accidents are relatively common in Russia because of lax safety rules, bad management and Soviet-era infrastructure.

In 2009, 75 people were killed in a massive flood at Russia’s biggest hydroelectric plant in the Khakassia region of Siberia.

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Cavalry fails to arrive with Harris, Warner in box seat for first Test

When the Ashes ended, Australia's opening pair of David Warner and Marcus Harris looked as if they would have a precarious time holding onto their positions for the home Test summer.

Instead the duo have firmed to reprise their roles against Pakistan at the Gabba next month, with the pressure yet to be applied from those with serious aspirations to take their places.

David Warner (left) is dismissed by Sam Rainbird during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between NSW and Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval.Credit:AAP

Warner missed out for the Blues in their Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday, nicking one to his Test captain Tim Paine for one.

But he had done most of the damage the week before with a resurgent century against Queensland at the Gabba. His 125 should be good enough to end the debate about whether he will be first cab off the rank, even though he has backed it up with a duck and one.

Harris also started the Shield campaign with a century and the Victorian doubled down with 69 in the first innings against Western Australia. His struggles against the new ball in England have evaporated on more familiar home tracks.

Even if the duo had failed to find form, the suitors have struggled to make inroads. Cameron Bancroft started with 30 and 0 in the first Shield round and desperately needed runs against the Vics at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Instead, Test quick James Pattinson had him nicking to Harris for 10, leaving him in need of bulk runs in the coming weeks to throw his name back in the ring.

Joe Burns has plenty of admirers and the Queenslander had a chance to put his name up in lights during a rain-affected clash with South Australia at the Gabba.

Many thought the right-hander should have been given an opportunity in England but he failed to make a point in the first innings against the Redbacks, getting a start only to depart for 39.

Former Test opener Matt Renshaw was another desperate to return to the baggy green but, like Burns, was unable to make a statement a month out from the first ball of the Test summer.

He went for 18 in the Bulls' run chase and was soon followed by Usman Khawaja, who was trapped in front for two. That adds to scores of one and 24 in the first round, and his return to the top order is no formality.

But while a few of the Queenslanders failed to make their mark, seamer Michael Neser continued to press for a Test debut, backing up his strong opening round with more wickets at the upcoming Test venue.

Neser picked up five wickets against NSW in the opener before running through the SA top order to finish with 5-56. The pace bowling line-up will be difficult to crack but Neser's effectiveness on his home track could be the difference when the final XI is pencilled in by Justin Langer.

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Warren would be tested against Trump

As Donald Trump battles calls for his impeachment, the Democrats are engaged in their own battle to select who will take on the US president at next year’s election. While former Barack Obama sidekick Joe Biden was an early front runner, the Democratic debate last week cemented Elizabeth Warren as the new favourite.

Elizabeth Warren during the recent Democratic presidential primary debate.Credit:AP

Since launching her campaign, Ms Warren is the only candidate that has seen her support steadily increase at the polls, while her main rivals Bernie Sanders and Mr Biden have either plateaued or fallen. In campaign dollars, she is the only candidate who has attracted more money during each reporting period. In political terms, she is on a roll.

Ms Warren’s backstory begins in Oklahoma, where her family lived a comfortable life until her father had a heart attack and couldn’t work. It was a scorching experience for a young girl who witnessed the family car being repossessed and her mother saving their home by working a minimum-wage job. After earning a law degree, she taught and researched bankruptcy law.
Ms Warren’s expertise led her to Washington, where she was recruited to advocate for families and individuals in crafting new financial laws. Her one big win was helping champion a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

On the back of that success, Barack Obama encouraged her to run for the Senate, which she did six years ago. In the Senate, she got a reputation and a wider public profile for taking on bankers and the like during hearings. She was seen as a policy wonk at ease bashing the big end of town.
Labelled a ‘‘progressive’’, which in Australia would be the far left, her biggest proposals include a new wealth tax, a universal healthcare system and support for breaking up tech giants like Google and Facebook.

Can she go one step further than Hillary Clinton, finally crashing through that glass ceiling for women in the White House? She has some critical weaknesses, including lack of support in the African-American community, and her ‘‘progressive’’ views are alienating crucial swinging voters in the political centre.

Australian Labor president Wayne Swan voiced his concerns on his current visit to Washington. He fears the Democrats will lock themselves into an overly ambitious and crowded left-wing policy agenda – just as Bill Shorten did at the May election. ‘‘You can be progressive but you have to be careful about creating too many big bullseyes for your opponents to shoot at,’’ Mr Swan told The Sunday Age.

But like most things in US politics during this tumultuous period, who wins the next election probably has more to do with Mr Trump himself than his opponent. At the moment he is probably on shakier ground than at any time during his presidency after the fallout from his call to the Ukraine President, giving Turkey the green light to invade Syria and backing his own golf resort to host the next G7 leaders’ summit.
However, Mr Trump has a formidable track record of turning the usual projections of politics on their head. If Ms Warren were to be his adversary, she has her work well and truly cut out for her.

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‘Barney’ the Purple Dinosaur movie is in the works

The purple dinosaur is coming to the silver screen.

Mattel Films and actor Daniel Kaluuya, of “Get Out” and “Black Panther,” are excavating “Barney & Friends” from the ’90s children’s programming burial ground — and reconstructing it as a live-action feature.

“Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows left misunderstood,” Kaluuya, 30, told the Hollywood Reporter, somewhat ominously.  “We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.”

Mattel Films head Robbie Brenner told the outlet that “the project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

The show about the big purple Tyrannosaurus rex puppet “from our imagination” and his Backyard Gang of prehistoric buddies — BJ the Protoceratops and Baby Bop, a k a “Sissy,” the Triceratops — originally ran from 1992 to 2009 on PBS Kids.

Both Selena Gomez, 27, and Demi Lovato, 27, made their acting debuts on the show back in the day.

In the show’s final sequence, Barney and children sing the iconic song — the last lyric is “Won’t you say you love me, too?,” before Barney turns back into a stuffed animal and winks at the closing credits.

Mattel has a number of other nostalgic movie adaptions in the works, including of “Masters of the Universe,” and “Barbie.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer Has Catwoman Advice For Zoë Kravitz and Her Suit

Stepping into an iconic role like Catwoman, which has been done by many other talented actresses, can be daunting. With the recent news that Zoë Kravitz will play Selina Kyle, Kravitz might be feeling the gravity of the role. Luckily for her, a few of the actresses that have played Catwoman in one of her past nine lives gave Kravitz praise and advice. 

Michelle Pfeiffer’s sensible advice

In an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America on Oct. 14, Michelle Pfeiffer gave the most vital piece of advice for Kravitz when it comes to playing Catwoman, specifically in regards to the suit. “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re going to go to the bathroom — minor detail,” she said, Entertainment Weekly reported. “It’s an important one.” She also admitted that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit. 

Pfeiffer played the iconic, sultry villain (or antihero) in 1992’s Batman Returns with Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. She was only the second actress to ever take on the role, following Lee Meriweather’s job in 1966. Pfeiffer also admitted to Strahan that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit.

It’s the same thing Christian Bale told the Batman actors

Interestingly enough, that is the same advice Christian Bale told his Batman counterparts, Ben Affleck and (soon-to-be Batman) Robert Pattinson, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Be able to pee by yourself,” Bale said in an interview with Variety. “You don’t feel much like a superhero when you can’t take a piss by yourself.” Sensible and sanitary.

A couple of other Selina Kyles added their praise, too

Pfeiffer might have been the most iconic Catwoman, depending on who you ask, but she was followed up by two very accomplished actresses as well. “Special shout-out to your new Catwoman, the eternally graceful & extremely badass Zoe Kravitz,” Halle Berry tweeted. “Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!” Berry played Catwoman in the 2004 self-titled solo film.

Anne Hathaway — who played Selina Kyle in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises alongside Bale — also added her congratulations to Kravitz. “The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway…⁣⁣ Enjoy the ride, Selina,” Hathaway wrote on Instagram.

Don’t expect a Batman or Catwoman like you’ve seen before

Even though Catwoman is on her fifth cinematic version, don’t expect to relive the same performances from before. Of course, Kravitz will bring her own self to the role, but also the story seems like it’ll be a different narrative than those before it, too. Affleck’s most recent turn as the Caped Crusader was not taken as seriously as Bale’s and it sounds like Pattinson’s won’t be as much of a hero as fans might be used to. 

“Batman’s not a hero… He’s a complicated character,” Pattinson said to the New York Times on Oct. 17. “I don’t think I could ever play a real hero — there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.” Despite the joke, Pattinson did touch on a pretty common thread in Batman’s characterization: his darkness. It’s part of the reason why the character has a fling with Catwoman, or even Poison Ivy, every now and then.

Even though Kravitz was just announced, and Pattinson hasn’t even seen his suit yet, the hype for the movie is definitely there for fans.

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