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.

YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

One The Office Fan Has a Theory About Why Michael Scott Hates Toby Flenderson

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NBC's hit workplace comedy The Office has spawned its fair share of fan theories, including one that suggests Michael Scott was actually a genius and another which teases the idea that Dunder Mifflin employees' often off-the-wall antics were due to the fact that they were all suffering from radon poisoning.

One wild theory, proposed by Redditor Athena_Nikephoros, aims to get to the bottom of Michael Scott's deep hatred of Toby Flenderson. In many episodes, the Dunder Mifflin manager doesn't shy away from making degrading comments against Toby. And who could forget Michael's less-than-warm welcome when the HR manager returned from Costa Rica?

Seeing how Michael's antics would have gotten him fired many times over in a real-world office environment, it seems odd that Toby never took action against Michael. But as reported by Screen Rant, one fan theory suggests that his contempt stems from a childhood trauma.

While we don't know much about Michael Scott's early life, we do know that he had a stepdad named Jeff, so the theory partially stems from the idea that perhaps he resents his biological father for divorcing his mom. Michael speaks about his issues with his real father during a mandatory counseling session with Toby. Since the HR rep is divorced, it's possible that Michael transferred his hatred for his own father to Toby, who is just an unlucky receiver of Michael's pent-up resentment.

The theory suggests that because Michael desperately longs for a family of his own, he may harbor ill feelings toward Toby for not being able to make it work with his own family.

"Michael has no sense of subtlety or nuance, and so doesn't see that Toby is a far better father and human being than his own dad," the Redditor writes.

Michael isn't the only one who distrusts the no-nonsense HR rep; some fans think Toby is actually the Scranton Strangler.

[h/t Screen Rant]

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