First ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Photos Show Dylan O’Brien in Action

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It’s been a crazy year-and-a-half since Dylan O’Brien’s serious injury filming ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure,’ but he finished it, and the first photos are now out.

“The Death Cure,” the third film in the “Maze Runner” franchise, has Thomas (O’Brien) searching for a cure to a virus called “The Flare.” The movie was originally scheduled for release in February 2017, but that was changed several times to accommodate O’Brien’s injuries and post-production work, finally setting on January 26, 2018.

20th Century Fox recently released the first film photos showing O’Brien and costars Giancarlo Esposito (Jorge), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa Agnes), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige), and Rosa Salazar (Brenda), among others. The film also stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Katherine McNamara, Walton Goggins, and Barry Pepper.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure CR: Joe Alblas/FoxMaze Runner: The Death Cure CR: FoxMaze Runner: The Death Cure CR: FoxMaze Runner: The Death Cure CR: Joe Alblas/FoxO’Brien recently opened up about his tough journey back from the “dark place” he was in after his on-set injury. He said his initial gut instinct was to walk away from “The Death Cure,” but after “a lot of deep searching” he realized that he did want to finish it.

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” sequel to 2015’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” opens January 26.

The first trailer for the movie is expected very soon.

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Nikki Reed & Fans Spar Over Ian Somerhalder Throwing Out Her Birth Control

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Oh, baby. Nikki Reed is upset at stories she feels misrepresent an interview she had with husband Ian Somerhalder to explain how she got pregnant with their first child. On the other side, fans are upset because that “funny interview” included Somerhalder admitting he threw out her birth control so she would get pregnant.

In the story, Reed and Somerhalder recalled her “freaking out” about what he did. After that particular story made the rounds, to defend her husband, Reed clarified that she had made a previous comment to him about dumping her birth control when they were ready. But to listeners of the podcast, and readers of subsequent reports, it felt wrong — and trying to make it seem like a cute story might send the wrong message to guys out there that it’s OK to just dump a woman’s birth control pills behind her back.

The conversation started on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast, when Somerhalder and Reed were asked when they decided to start a family. Somerhalder said “May,” and Reed replied, “Oh yeah…oh when you threw out all my birth control pills.” Somerhalder explained that they met up with two of their best friends in Barcelona and decided they all wanted kids at the same time. He continued:

“And it was just time. But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn’t realize that I was gonna go in her purse and take out her birth control and pop them…by the way it was at the beginning of the pack so I had to pop all those suckers out, there was like 25 of them.”

He added that there’s a “six-minute video” of Reed “freaking out” about it, which Reed didn’t even know about until the interview. Well, it’s their life and their pregnancy, their baby. *But.* They could’ve kept all of that to themselves and instead they did a public interview, putting that information out for public consumption. And the public was not exactly charmed by what they heard.

Reed didn’t respond to fans, she responded to an “irresponsible” reporter’s post, singling this person out:

WOMEN’S RIGHTS MATTER, so please don’t use false narratives to highlight issues that are truly important!

— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017

We should be talking about these things,but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible

— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017

Dear writer. Here’s my note to you on irresponsible journalism. pic.twitter.com/eiS8M4y3D0

— Nikki Reed (@NikkiReed_I_Am) September 22, 2017
Those tweets were met with many supportive replies, but also a lot of backlash from fans who wanted her to recognize that what her husband did was not OK.

how you felt? there is a 6 minute video of you hyperventilating and freaking out over his actions but go off?

— brandy. (@greywithsloan) September 22, 2017

I listened to the podcast. Bc u can laugh at it now doesnt negate the fact that Ian’s actions were UNACCEPTABLE & ABUSIVE.

— Nasty Gal (@maemalade_) September 22, 2017

Married ppl face reproductive abuse. I understand that it didn’t happen to you & was meant to be funny, but being married is irrelevant.

— EmilyWinePirate (@EmilyVanHolman) September 22, 2017

Other men will listen to this podcast & read the followup articles and see it as justification when they do the same to their partners.

— Nasty Gal (@maemalade_) September 22, 2017

“using truthful stories not gossip” IT CAME STRAIGHT OUT OF AN INTERVIEW THAT YALL DID LISTEN TO THE PODCAST PERHAPS

— nicole (@ninaftdelena) September 22, 2017

In today’s reason why I’m mad at men: Ian Somerhalder flushed Nikki Reed’s birth control. I raged about it. https://t.co/fI5vt28Dyi pic.twitter.com/8t6MTUPfnF

— Kristin Salaky (@KristinSalaky) September 22, 2017

There is a term for this and it’s “reproductive coercion” https://t.co/zOCrJhWjkJ

— Hayley MacMillen (@hlmacmillen) September 22, 2017

Nikki Reed later clarified to Gossip Cop that she was actually the one who first mentioned throwing out the birth control pills:

“We had countless conversations about starting a family, and it was actually me who initially said to Ian, ‘When you’re ready just let me know and let’s throw out these pills and get started.'”

The key difference still being “let’s” as opposed to him making that decision on his own, but it does show that they had already talked about doing that very thing. (But if so, why the six-minute freak-out?)

The “Twilight” actress and “The Vampire Diaries” actor welcomed daughter Bodhi in July.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Director & Star Defend That ‘Uncomfortable’ Sex Scene

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” director Matthew Vaughn and star Taron Egerton are defending a scene in the new sequel, arguing that it was intended to shock and get people talking.

Spoilers ahead from “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

In the scene in question, Eggsy (Egerton) has to plant a tracking device inside mission target Clara (Poppy Delevingne). So he (reluctantly) seduces her and plants a tracker in her, um, privates, which is shown in a computer-generated shot inside of her body. The scene raised a few eyebrows — and it turns out that was the objective.

Screen Rant asked Egerton about the sex scene during the “Kingsman 2” junket in London.

“It’s what Matthew [Vaughn] does, it’s his signature thing. He likes to do something that shocks. In ‘Kick-Ass’ it was Chloe Grace Moretz saying the C-word, in ‘Kingsman 1’ it was the bum shot of the Swedish princess, and in this one it’s the thing. And, you know, it’s not to everyone’s tastes, but it certainly gets people talking. All it is is explicitly showing what Bond alludes to and says in a double entendre kind of way.”

You may recall that “Kingsman: The Secret Service” “bum shot,” as Egerton put it, and director Matthew Vaughn explained his plan with that when the first film came out. He returned to defend the sequel’s vagina-bug sex scene. Here’s a conversation between Vaughn and Uproxx:

Uproxx: The scene in which Eggsy has to plant a tracker onto Clara (Poppy Delevingne), which happens during sex, and even though Eggsy doesn’t want to do it, it made me very uncomfortable. Was that by design?

Matthew Vaughn: It’s exactly what you just said. There are two main points in that scene. One, to try to reinvent the idea of planting a bug, because we’ve seen those mission a lot. And, secondly, for the first time I wanted to see a spy with an emotional and moral dilemma of having to do something he really doesn’t want to do. Because James Bond would have done that, and probably would have had sex and a cigarette and thought, who’s next? Eggsy is different. And I think it’s really important to do scenes that do make people feel uncomfortable. That scene plays very differently to people. Some people laugh and cheer. Other people are like, “Oh my God.” Some people are disgusted about it. But nobody doesn’t notice it – and, afterwards, they’ll talk about it. And that’s what I want to do with films. I want people to discuss it afterwards. I don’t want to make bland movies. I think there’s enough movies made by Hollywood committees that bore you to death. I’m there to wake you up, one way or another.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has been getting mixed reviews, and it’s in theaters now.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘IT’ Opening Redone in Lego, How Movies Get Smart People All Wrong and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Redone Scene of the Day:

We’ve already seen Lego remakes of the IT trailer and the projector scene, so here’s another recreating the opening sequence:

Video Essay of the Day:

Cracked lists five things that Hollywood gets wrong about smart people, such as characters in Good Will Hunting and The Social Network:

Poster Homage of the Day:

This week’s official Stranger Things nostalgia-influenced posters pays tribute to The Goonies:

Join the adventure. #StrangerThursdays begins now. pic.twitter.com/TmIN58L6uT
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) September 21, 2017

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