The Surprise ‘Blair Witch’ Sequel Trailer Is Here

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Prepare to re-enter the woods

Talk about a throwback. In a surprise twist, Lionsgate has revealed that its new horror film The Woods has actually been a follow-up to the cult classic The Blair Witch Project.

During a Comic-Con screening this weekend, director Adam Wingard revealed that the new film (which has now formally been renamed from The Woods to Blair Witch) takes us back to the spooky Black Hills Forest in Burkittsville, Md. with a new set of creeped out college students, according to USA Today.

Going back to its found-footage vibes of the 1999 original movie, Blair Witch features a new group of college kids going into the legendarily spooky haunt, in what could be a redeeming chapter for the title's history. (Let’s face it, the first sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 never really lived up to expectations.)

In the trailer, the character James, played by James Allen McCune, can be seen speculating that he sees his sister—who had disappeared in the woods back in the 1999 original—while he watches a (tech twist!) uploaded YouTube video. From there, he rounds up his friends to go to the forest and investigate, as one does when they’re craving for not-so-wonderful things to happen to themselves.

“We wanted an experience like a haunted hayride through the Blair Witch woods,” Wingard said during a discussion after the screening, citing the importance of the beloved classic from nearly two decades ago.

And if you’re wondering how the studio was able to keep the marketing scheme under wraps, Wingard explained that the entire production had to be hidden from everyone, including the cast, until they began filming! “It was almost like a Star Wars-level secrecy process,” the director said.

The movie hits theaters September 16, so start off your weekend right and watch the Blair Witch trailer... if you dare.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.