Author Archives: Quinn Keaney

The New Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in May Will Make You Scream

By | April 23, 2018

If you’re still working your way through all the new movies and TV shows that hit Netflix in April, take a deep breath, because the streaming giant isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. When May rolls around, Netflix will celebrate Spring the only way it knows how: by adding a whole host of fresh titles to your binge list. Are you ready?

Although the full list of new movies and series that will be making their debut won’t be available until Tuesday, April 24, we can reveal one title for you: Scream 2! Netflix has been stepping up its horror movie game over the last few months with nightmare-inducing originals like The Ritual and the adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, so we can’t wait to put this terrifying 1997 classic on our queue.

As we wait for the entire list to drop, be sure to check out all of Netflix’s shiny new shows that you should have on your radar.

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The Crazy Rich Asians Movie Has the Star-Studded Cast of Your Dreams

By | April 19, 2018

Alert your book club, because the movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s hit 2014 novel, Crazy Rich Asians, is on the way. The story follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she attempts to adapt to the insanely lavish world her boyfriend’s family inhabits in Singapore and all of the over-the-top encounters she has along the way. Production on the film in Singapore and Malaysia began back in April 2017, and it’s due out on Aug. 17. Luckily the all-Asian cast is pitch perfect, so get to know who’s playing who before the film hits theaters this Summer!

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Feeling Blue? Listen to a Playlist of Inspiring Songs Curated by Gal Gadot, Kesha, and More

By | April 19, 2018

Time released its picks for the 100 most influential people on Thursday, and this year’s list comes with a special bonus. In addition to some funny, revealing, and illuminating interviews with public figures like Tiffany Haddish, Issa Rae, and the Parkland students, the magazine asked 35 of the people featured to reveal the song they find to be most inspiring, and why it lifts them up.

For instance, Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot cites “Blackbird” by The Beatles, because she can “hear it a thousand times” and “it will always make me feel good.” As for Hugh Jackman? He picked a song from Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen since it reminds him “that to step out into the sun . . . you have to stop hiding.” And before you ask, yes – someone picked a Drake song (but to be fair, who doesn’t want to go conquer the world after listening to “God’s Plan”?).

Below you’ll find a playlist with all of the songs chosen by members of Time‘s 100, but if you’d like to read the reasoning behind each choice, head on over to Spotify.

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Evan Rachel Wood Will Finally Be Paid the Same Amount as Her Male Costars on Westworld

By | April 18, 2018

You might think, at this point, that discovering that some of TV’s most-buzzed about leading ladies – ones who carry their shows and are largely the reasons people keep watching – are being paid less than their male costars would come as less of a shock. It happens pretty much weekly at this point. But every time news about it comes out, it’s just as unbelievably disappointing as the time before. Luckily, we have some more promising news to report on the issue today: Evan Rachel Wood will finally receive the same salary as her leading male counterparts for her work on season three of Westworld. The actress, who plays Dolores on the hit HBO sci-fi drama, recently opened up to The Wrap about how she found out.

“I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars,” she said, explaining that she’ll now be making the same amount as Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts . . . never, never.’ I’m always fighting for that. Westworld, it’s like, I get it a little more. It’s like, ‘Well, you’re Anthony Hopkins or Ed Harris.’ But I think now we’re all doing equal amounts of work and really hard work.”

“‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts . . . never, never.’ I’m always fighting for that.”

It might be hard to believe that anyone would dare pay Dolores less than she’s worth (these violent delights have violent ends, after all), but typically how much an actor gets paid for a project is based on the actor’s quote, which is the amount of money they made for their last job. So, as Wood notes, it makes sense that Harris and Hopkins would be offered more than she was going into season one thanks to their Oscar-winning and nominated careers and lengthy résumés. Fortunately, it seems HBO’s initiative to fix pay disparities on some of its biggest shows is actually the real deal.

Earlier this month, HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, revealed that the Time’s Up movement and working with Reese Witherspoon on Big Little Lies prompted them to action. “We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows – in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay,” he said. “And where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward.”

Wood also added that she thinks HBO’s plan to fix pay disparity is legitimate, as opposed to a simple ploy for good PR. “There is a lot of trying to make things equal and trying to make things fair,” she said. “This is the first time that somebody made a point of being like, ‘Hey you’re getting this. And you deserve it.’ And that was nice.”

There was no mention of whether or not Wood’s Westworld costar Thandie Newton is being offered the same deal, but since her character has become just as integral to the story as Dolores – and Newton’s work is consistently flawless – it would only be fair if her salary has been increased in the same way.

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2 Chilling Documentaries Are Coming to Netflix to Feed Your True Crime Obsession

By | April 18, 2018

If you’ve scrolled through Netflix lately, then you’ve likely spotted more than a few high-profile true crime documentaries. The streaming giant’s (and our own) obsession with twisted, real-life cases began with the fervor that surrounded Making a Murderer‘s 2015 debut, and hasn’t shown any signs of dying down. Since then, we’ve gotten more entries into the true crime genre in the form of haunting addicting docuseries like The Keepers and Wild Wild Country, and even American Vandal‘s true crime spoof.

To keep us binging weekend after weekend, Netflix has gone one step further and secured two more documentary series for us all to be simultaneously fascinated and terrified by. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Take a look at what’s to come in Netflix’s true crime sizzle reel above, as well as what the new docs will be about below.

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Have you ever heard of the “pizza bomber heist?” No? Well, executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass have teamed up to bring the story to light, and it’s truly stranger than fiction. The documentary explores the aftermath of a robbery gone wrong in Erie, PA, in 2003, which resulted in a horrifying public murder that made headlines across the nation. The story involves Midwestern hoarders, bombs, conspiracies, mental illness, and middle-aged mastermind named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong at the center of it all.

The Staircase

In 2001, Michael Peterson, a crime novelist and mayoral candidate hopeful in North Carolina, was accused of killing his wife after she was found dead and drenched in blood at the bottom of a staircase in their home. What followed is a compelling tale of “did he or didn’t he,” plus a 16-year battle in court. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade embedded himself within the case as Peterson became a prime suspect. He was able to capture each and every shocking moment, from arrest to verdict. Brand new episodes of The Staircase are set to premiere first at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and eventually stream on Netflix in the Summer alongside the original series.

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35 Movies You Should Make a Point of Seeing This Summer

By | April 18, 2018

As the days go by, do you find yourself getting pumped up for a Summer chock-full of blockbusters? Or maybe looking forward to some of the season’s quietly powerful dramas? Better yet, are you mentally preparing yourself for some truly chilling horror films? No matter what your tastes are, the warmest months of 2018 are about to seriously deliver at the box office. From a new addition to the Star Wars franchise to a few romantic comedies to Netflix’s creepy new zombie flick, we’ve rounded up the Summer’s most anticipated titles for your viewing pleasure. Start stocking up on popcorn!

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The Walking Dead: You Might Be Able to Binge Season 8 on Netflix Sooner Than You Think

By | April 17, 2018

The Walking Dead mercifully wrapped its eighth season on April 15 with a season finale full of twists and turns, one that also set up a number of exciting storylines as we head into season nine. For starters, Negan gets his thr

Wait, what’s that? You haven’t actually seen season eight yet? Well, never fear! There’s a chance AMC’s zombie drama will arrive on Netflix far sooner than usual, so you won’t have to dodge spoilers for too long.

As usual, Netflix has stayed silent about the show’s potential release date on the streaming service so far, but it’s actually not that hard to figure out when you look at how fast the company has handled onboarding past seasons of the series. For instance, season seven took just under six months to get to Netflix after its April 2017 finale; it was streaming by early September of that same year, just in time for fans to catch up before season eight began on October 22.

Previous years have followed a similar timeline, meaning that the arrival of season eight on Netflix should be fairly similar. Of course, this might depend on whether or not season nine actually premieres in late October. If there’s one thing about The Walking Dead that you can count on, though, it’s the airing schedule. That means you’re probably only a few short months away from getting to binge season eight in September and get pumped for season nine’s October premiere.

In the meantime, we’ll be lighting a few prayer candles in hopes that all our favorite characters survive another bout against the apocalypse.

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Celebrities and Politicians Mourn Barbara Bush With Heartfelt Messages on Twitter

By | April 17, 2018

The world is still reeling from news that Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday. The former first lady and matriarch of one of America’s most powerful political families had been ill for a few days prior to her death, and received messages of support from political figures like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. After the news of her passing was announced, several celebrities, politicians, and other public figures began to share well wishes for the family as well as memorializing the “remarkable woman” who leaves behind not only a legacy as a fixture within the Republican party, but as a generous philanthropist.

Read all their touching messages below.

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These Lyft Drivers Got the Surprise of a Lifetime From Demi Lovato – See Their Reactions!

By | April 16, 2018

Demi Lovato just might be Lyft’s biggest fan. After spending plenty of time as a driver herself, the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer decided to meet some of the transportation company’s lucky employees, four of whom are also amateur musicians. While the group of drivers got ready for what they assumed was an audition video, they got the surprise of a lifetime from Lovato (and their reactions couldn’t be cuter). As if getting to jam with her wasn’t cool enough, she also gifted them with tickets to her concert and some coveted professional studio time in honor of Lyft reaching $500 million in tips. Not too shabby, huh? Watch Lovato’s heartwarming surprise above!

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Still Hoping For a Sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road? We Have Some Upsetting News

By | April 16, 2018

Almost as soon as George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was unleashed in theaters back in 2015, it raked in overwhelmingly positive reviews that hailed it as a thrilling, unexpectedly feminist action masterpiece and made almost $400 million at the worldwide box office. As it stands, the six-time Oscar-winning film has a rock solid 97 percent critics score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an 85 percent audience score. All of this is to say that Miller’s film, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, was sequel material pretty much straight out of the gate. So, what’s the deal?

Scripts for two sequels have actually already been written by Miller, since production for Fury Road was plagued by long delays including weather problems and the fact Theron and Hardy didn’t get along. It provided him more than enough time to figure out where he wanted the rest of the trilogy to go. Unfortunately it looks like those stories might never see the light of day thanks to an ongoing lawsuit between Miller’s production company and Warner Bros.

Miller alleges the studio still hasn’t paid him a $7 million bonus for being able to make the film for under a budget of $157 million, while Warner Bros. claims Miller did, in fact, go over budget, and therefore doesn’t deserve the bonus. The lawsuit is still tied up in Australia’s Supreme Court, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, and apparently the disagreements are only getting worse. Miller claims the studio insisted he add more scenes and shoot a new ending, and that the price of doing so wouldn’t be added to the final cost of the film. Warner Bros. disputes this, saying that Fury Road “significantly exceeded the approved budget.”

Furthermore, the court filing notes that the relationship between Miller’s company and Warner Bros. is “destroyed,” and that the situation with the bonus has rendered the two groups “unable to work together on any future installments.” Because of that, any Mad Max: Fury Road sequels have been put on hold indefinitely. On the bright side, at least we can look forward to seeing Charlize Theron kick more ass in Atomic Blonde 2.

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Sterling K. Brown Calls the Shots in the High-Octane Trailer For Hotel Artemis

By | April 16, 2018

In the dangerous, riot-filled Los Angeles of 2028, a group of criminals find themselves at Hotel Artemis, a secret members-only hospital for lawbreakers. The action-thriller stars Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs Hotel Artemis, as well as Sterling K. Brown as a blood-covered criminal in need of some help. When Brown’s character bumps into the rest of the people in need of the hospital’s services, all hell breaks loose. Watch the trailer for the Drew Pearce-directed Hotel Artemis above, where you’ll also get a glimpse of costars Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, and Jenny Slate. The film hits theaters on June 8.

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Reba McEntire Teams Up With Daughter-in-Law Kelly Clarkson For a Stunning ACMs Performance

By | April 15, 2018

ACM Awards host Reba McEntire knew the perfect way to close out the 53rd annual celebration of country music on Sunday night: by performing with daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson, who’s married to McEntire’s former stepson Brandon Blackstock, joined the hostess with the mostest on stage at the conclusion of the glitzy, emotional night to sing the 63-year-old icon’s hit “Does He Love You?”

Just like fellow performers Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, and more, the talented duo knocked it out of the park as they belted out the classic. In fact, this wasn’t the first time they performed “Does He Love You?” either.

Clarkson, who called McEntire one of her “friends and musical heroes” before their performance, actually joined McEntire “16 years ago” to sing the same track, and they later toured together in 2008. Watch the original below, before checking out just how well the song has aged above!

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John Cena and Nikki Bella Have Split After 6 Years Together

By | April 15, 2018

While John Cena and Nikki Bella have seemed like they’ve been living a WWE fairy tale for the past six years, the couple has ended their engagement. They shared the news on Sunday night, and opened up about it in a brief statement to Us Weekly.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” they said. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

Nikki and John, who got engaged last April at Wrestlemania, had been going strong since 2012. Fans had gotten plenty of glimpses at how in love they were thanks to reality shows like Total Divas and Total Bellas, and were most recently seen on April 3 at the premiere of John’s new movie, Blockers. Nikki also posted their statement to her Instagram account.

We love you all ❤️

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Neither of them has further elaborated on why they decided to part ways, but given their typically honest relationship with fans, they’ll likely soon discuss it on social media or the upcoming season of Total Bellas.

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Netflix Did Us All a Solid and Renewed On My Block For Season 2

By | April 13, 2018

It only took us one episode to fall head over heels for On My Block, Netflix’s latest teen comedy. The 10-episode season follows five 14-year-old kids growing up in a rough neighborhood of South Central LA as they start freshman year of high school and also have to deal with everything from gang violence and first love to finding buried treasure (yes, buried treasure in LA – just go with it). More importantly, the show co-created by Awkward‘s Lauren Iungerich, Jeremy Haft, and Eddie Gonzalez, is a major step forward for diversity in a genre of TV shows that typically feature predominantly white teens in wealthier areas.

Starring Jason Genao, Sierra Capri, Diego Tinoco, Brett Gray, and Ronni Hawk and featuring an amazing soundtrack, we should note, season one is an easy, enjoyable, and necessary Netflix binge. Because of all that, and especially because of that shocking cliffhanger, we were desperate to find out if the streaming giant would renew the series for a second season. Well, we have some good news: they did!

Variety reports that Netflix has officially renewed the series, so you can officially start freaking out. In the past, the company has waited until months afterward to let anything slip, so it’s nice that we didn’t have to wait too long to find out the exciting news. On My Block is one of the most solid, diverse, and entertaining series aimed at teens released by Netflix in quite some time – it’s no surprise they’d want to continue telling Monse, Jamal, Cesar, Olivia, and Ruby’s story.

On My Block is now streaming on Netflix.

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Timothée Chalamet Falls in Love With Drugs and Maika Monroe in Hot Summer Nights

By | April 12, 2018

Is it just us, or does Timothée Chalamet keep having the best Summers ever? First he’s falling in love with Armie Hammer in the lush Italian countryside in Call Me By Your Name, and now he’s falling in love with Maika Monroe in Cape Cod in Hot Summer Nights . . . while also trying not to get murdered due to his side-hustle as a drug dealer. OK, OK – admittedly, the latter doesn’t sound as fun.

In the first ’80s-tastic trailer released for the Elijah Bynum-directed romantic thriller, Chalamet and Monroe star alongside Alex Roe as teenagers attempting to get by any way they can over the course of one eventful, fateful Summer by the ocean. Will they survive? Will they get locked up? Will Chalamet’s character ever run out of rugby shirts? Until the film hits theaters on July 27, check out the new footage above.

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Exclusive: Anna Faris and Eva Longoria Hatch a Scheme in This Clip From the Overboard Reboot

By | April 11, 2018

A brand-new look at Overboard is here! Thanks to this exclusive clip, we now have an even better sense of what to expect from the remake of the beloved 1987 rom-com that originally starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. This time around, instead of following a spoiled heiress who gets amnesia and ends up falling for a rugged carpenter, the reboot will see Anna Faris as Kate, a working-class mom who turns the tables on a wealthy, immature playboy (Eugenio Derbez) when he loses his memory. The comedy also stars Eva Longoria, whose character helps Kate figure out what to do when she finds herself in a tricky situation. Watch it unfold above before the film hits theaters on May 4.

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14 Years Later, Tina Fey Reveals Her Favorite (NSFW) Quote From Mean Girls

By | April 9, 2018

For most of us, narrowing down a favorite quote from Mean Girls is a near-impossible task. It’s about as hard as the 2004 version of you having to decide if you’d rather never be able to wear your pink Juicy Couture velour tracksuit or favorite pair of Ugg boots ever again. (I wore my Ugg boots just the other day without shame, so that is said completely without malice.) But Tina Fey is not most of us, and since she also wrote and starred in the early 2000s comedy, she was able to whip out her top line from the film with ease.

While making her way down the pink carpet – yes, pink – at the premiere of Broadway’s adaptation of Mean Girls, for which she also wrote the book, Fey happily spilled her favorite NSFW quote to Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t know if its broadcast-able, but it’s my favorite line,” she said. “I usually say, ‘It’s not my fault that I have a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina.’”

While she sadly didn’t bust out Kevin G’s epic rap, any Mean Girls fan worth their weight in Kalteen Bars can agree that it’s a top-five quote. As for seeing the film get new life on The Great White Way, Fey couldn’t be happier.

“It’s really exciting to be here. I feel a little bit like its our wedding again because we’re like, ‘OK, who’s got Grandma? Who’s driving?’” she joked of her husband, Jeff Richmond. “I’m really excited for this young cast, for people to see them. They’re so good.”

If that mythical Mean Girls reboot never comes to fruition, despite Lindsay Lohan’s continued efforts, at least we can all get yet another taste of Regina George’s drama by making a quick trip over to Broadway. We can only pray Fey’s favorite line from the film made the cut.

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More Toy Story 4 Details Are Here! Brace Yourself For the Release Date

By | April 9, 2018

The buzz surrounding Toy Story 4 has been building for quite some time now. As far back as March 2015, Pixar President Jim Morris was describing the new addition to the beloved franchise as a “love story” that will focus on the relationship between Bo Peep and Woody. Pretty cute, right? Of course, plenty of time has passed since then, and with it came a few big changes to the project.

Writing duo Rashida Jones and Will McCormack were originally hired to pen the script for the film, but the pair eventually left due to “philosophical differences” between them and the studio, asserting that their exit was because they believed women and people of color did not have “an equal creative voice” at Pixar. Still, it seems production on Toy Story 4 has not slowed down, since the studio recently shared the official release date for the film on Facebook: June 21, 2019!

With just over a year to go, there are still a lot of details that we’ve yet to become privy to, but we imagine Pixar will start dropping more and more hints as the premiere of the fourth installment – which is not a direct sequel to Toy Story 3, apparently – draws closer. Luckily, we have The Incredibles 2 to keep us busy in the meantime!

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Killing Eve Has Already Been Renewed For Season 2, So You Can Relax Now

By | April 8, 2018

It probably won’t even take you until the end of the thrilling first episode of BBC America’s Killing Eve to realize that it’s your new TV obsession. After all, it has everything you could want in a spy thriller: Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sandra Oh as a slightly spazzy and absolutely brilliant MI5 officer, a psychopathic assassin for her to hunt down (Doctor Foster‘s Jodie Comer), some seriously fantastic coats, and more than a few top-notch accents. Fortunately, we have good news: Killing Eve, which hails from the mind of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has already been renewed for season two.

“This show has the thunder of women on both sides of the chase in Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and, importantly, behind the camera with the lavishly brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge,” BBC America president Sarah Barnett said of the show’s early renewal on April 5. “The early response to Killing Eve has been incredible – for that reason, as well as the fact that we wholeheartedly love this original, funny, thrillingly entertaining series, we are delighted to move ahead with a second season before we even premiere.”

This means that Waller-Bridge could have season two on the air hopefully by the same time next year, which is excellent news considering we can already tell we won’t be able to stomach a cliffhanger for much longer than that.

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Emily Blunt Has an Excellent Reason Why The Devil Wears Prada Sequel Might Be a Bad Idea

By | April 6, 2018

In extremely chic news, Emily Blunt has been busy discussing the idea of a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. While sitting down with Entertainment Tonight in late March, the A Quiet Place actress was asked about her recent reunion with castmates Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep at a movie premiere, which naturally had everyone buzzing about the possibility of a second film. The trio played Emily, Nigel, and Miranda Priestly in the 2006 romantic dramedy, which is based on Lauren Weisberger’s bestselling 2003 novel of the same name, and they’re still close all these years later.

“I mean if everyone wanted to do it, it would be cool,” Blunt said. “I’d be down.”

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of thousands of Devil Wears Prada fans simultaneously throwing their Hermès scarves in the air in celebration. Of course, nothing is even remotely official, but the fact that most of the cast is still close definitely bodes well for another journey into the fictional depths of Runway magazine. “It’s so funny because, you know, we don’t tend to talk about work that much. You know, actors don’t end up talking about work that much,” Blunt continued, before noting that Tucci, who’s her brother-in-law, confirms that the film still holds up. “I think he saw [Devil Wears Prada] again recently. He’s like, ‘It’s really funny.’”

Of course it’s funny, Stanley Tucci. In fact, it’s for that very reason that Hollywood’s obsession with making sequels could potentially ruin what’s already a pretty perfect film, even if the flawless cast returned. Now that Andy (Anne Hathaway) is presumably much further along in her writing career, there’s basically zero chance she’d ever be back at Miranda’s beck and call, which is part of the fun of watching the original.

Blunt actually touched on those fears during an April interview with People, saying, “I think if everybody did it, I would be up for it . . .I don’t know. I almost hope it doesn’t [happen] because I think sometimes when you sequel everything kind of dilutes how special the original is.”

Regardless of whether or not the sequel actually happens, we’re beyond excited for Weisberger’s upcoming spinoff novel about Blunt’s character, Emily. Andy might have sold her soul to the devil for a pair of Jimmy Choos, but we’d sell ours for more of Emily’s scathing one-liners.

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