It’s no secret that one sister, in particular, youngest sibling Kylie, has skyrocketed to billionaire status this past year. That feat itself for anyone, let alone a reality star, is enough to make you question the sanctity of money. Between Kylie’s Kylie Cosmetics, Kim’s KKW Beauty, Khloe’s Good American line and of course their hit network show, the cash flow in that family is more than abundant. However, it’s not just the immediate family that has benefited monetarily. Boyfriends, husbands, and exes have all benefited from the machine that is the Kardashian empire. Call it the Kardashian effect, call it hard work or call it plain luck, but there’s no shortness of envy when it comes to the treasure this family has created for themselves.
Regardless of your opinion on the Kardashian/Jenner family, or reality stars in general, it’s quite admirable at how they’ve leveraged their platform to acquire such an enormous fortune. This family has proved time and time again that while we think they’re “famous for nothing”, they’re actually famous for making it appear they do nothing while branding and selling almost everything. Natural curiosity leads to the obvious question – who’s richer than who? Harpers Bazaar has given a break down of where the immediate Kardashian circle ranks:
12 Travis Scott
Travis Scott, the father of Kylie’s daughter, Stormi, comes in last with $ 8 million. His earnings, of course, come from his music, and between albums and tours. With the Netflix release of his documentary, “Look Mom I Can Fly,” this rap star’s worth is sure to rise in the coming years as well.
11 Rob Kardashian
The only male Kardashian, Rob, comes in next with an estimated $ 10 million. The middle child between his celebrity sisters earned his fortune due in part to the family’s reality show, of which he hasn’t appeared much in recent years.
10 Scott Disick
Longtime Kardashian member, Scott Disick, comes in ahead of Rob with around $ 16 million. Disick and his former partner of Kourtney Kardashian share three children together: Mason, 10, Penelope, 7, and Reign, 4. The reality TV star accumulated his wealth through appearing on the show as well as starting his own spin-off on E! – Flip it with Disick – as well as endorsements and public appearances.
9 Tristan Thompson
Tristan, the father of Khloe’s daughter, True, comes in next with $ 20 million. Tristan, a player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, recently signed a 5-year deal worth $ 82 million. Although since the highly publicized cheating scandal that caused the end of he and Khloé’s relationship, Tristan is rarely seen on Keeping Up with the Kardashians anymore. Since he earns income aside from the show, fans can expect his worth to rise over the next few years.
8 Kendall Jenner
23-year-old supermodel Kendall Jenner comes in next with an estimated $ 30 million. Kendall is reportedly the highest-paid model in the world, signed with Elite Model Management. This supermodel is jetting all over the world for fashion shows – anything from Victoria’s Secret to Vogue. Kendall also collects money through brand partnerships and appearing on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
7 Kourtney Kardashian
Just ahead of Kendall is the eldest sister, Kourtney, with $ 35 million. The 40-year-old has made her wealth from being a staple on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and it’s spin-offs, as well as endorsements. This past March, the mother of three just launched her very own brand Poosh, which is described as a lifestyle website that features topics such as health and wellness, life and style, interior design, beauty, motherhood, and more.
6 Khloé Kardashian
Getting towards the top half of the earning totem pole, we have Khloé with a net worth of $ 40 million. She rakes in most of her money from the show, it’s spin-offs and her Good American Denim line, as well as endorsements similarly to her siblings. This businesswoman has been making money on her fashion and beauty ventures since before Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Now the 35-year-old single mother stars in her own show, Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian on E!.
5 Kris Jenner
The matriarch behind it all, Kris Jenner, starts off the top 5 with $ 60 million. This is of course in part due to her being the family’s “momager” in which she takes a cut of all of her kids’ deals. She also earns plenty from executive producing the show and several endorsement deals of her own.
4 Caitlyn Jenner
Next up is former Olympian, Caitlyn Jenner, and father of Kylie and Kendall Jenner, made plenty of her fortune way back during those times. Since then, she is currently raking in money through a book deal, TV appearances, and other endorsements.
3 Kanye West
Kanye West comes in just behind his wife, Kim Kardashian, but with substantially less with a net worth of $ 150 million. This majority of his riches come from his music, Yeezy fashion line and his Yeezy shoe collaboration with Adidas.
2 Kim Kardashian West
Unsurprisingly enough, the most famous member of the family, Kim, ranks in second place. Kim’s net worth is a whopping $ 370 million, and while much less than Kylie’s billion, it’s still a huge amount of money. Most of this is due in part to her own beauty line, KKW Beauty, and the rest from endorsements and the family’s show.
1 Kylie Jenner
The youngest of the Keeping Up With the Kardashian sisters found her niche in cosmetics after launching Kylie Cosmetics in 2015. The makeup mogul has built her 1 billion dollar fortune off of her signature Kylie Cosmetic Lip Kits. Kylie Cosmetics has branched off to Kylie Skin, which was released earlier this year.
Forbes has officially ranked her as the world’s “youngest self-made billionaire of all time” beating out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg. The majority of her net worth comes from her 100% stake in her eponymous company, Kylie Cosmetics, with the remaining coming from the show and endorsement deals.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians airs Sunday at 9 PM EST on E!
Source: Harpers Bazaar
Quentin Tarantino’s films are part of the same universe in two different levels, and while some characters are somehow connected (like the Vega brothers, Vic and Vincent), it doesn’t mean that all characters played by the same actor are connected – like Brad Pitt’s characters in Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tarantino’s shared universe began in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs and includes every movie directed by him ever since, as well as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, which Tarantino wrote and produced.
Throughout his career, Tarantino has made films from different genres, such as the exploitation horror film Death Proof and the western thriller The Hateful Eight. His most recent work is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a film that, just like Inglourious Basterds, took real-life events and retold them in a more satisfying (and fair) way. Aside from that, both have another element in common: Brad Pitt, which has made some viewers believe that he’s playing the same character.
Pitt played Lieutenant Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds, which is set in 1944. Raine was the leader of the “Basterds”, a group whose sole mission was to kill Nazis. Raine had a large scar around his neck which was supposedly the result of an attempted lynching while fighting the KKK. In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt played Cliff Booth, a stuntman who served in war and was later struggling (along with his friend, Rick Dalton) to stay active during the last years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The film is set in 1969, so in terms of timeline, it’s possible that Raine later took on a different identity and became a stuntman. A detail that the believers of this theory use to support it is that Raine, when going undercover to the premiere of Goebbels’ latest film, posed as an Italian stuntman named “Enzo Gorlami”. Raine probably liked the idea a bit too much and became a stuntman years later, but there’s a very important detail fans seem to be forgetting.
As mentioned above, Aldo Raine had a very visible scar on his neck – Cliff Booth didn’t have any. Because there’s no information on when Raine and Booth were born, it’s not possible to place them on the Tarantino-verse timeline, but given that Brad Pitt doesn’t seem to age, the “Raine and Booth are the same person” theory could work – except for the scar, which is really the biggest detail that makes the whole idea not possible. Still, it’s fun to imagine Aldo Raine going after Nazis and then fighting Charles Manson’s followers when they broke into Dalton’s home.
Unless Tarantino himself comments on it and confirms or denies this theory/idea, Aldo Raine and Cliff Booth will remain as separate characters. Both Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are part of the “real world” level of Tarantino’s film universe, so there are probably other links between them, though not exactly involving Brad Pitt’s characters.
Rian Johnson’s highly-anticipated whodunnit, Knives Out, is set to screen a week early for two nights only. Johnson’s murder mystery has been a hot topic amongst the many fall releases. Assembled in the style of an Agatha Christie novel, the film follows a private investigator who attempts to find out who murdered a popular crime novelist, with the only suspects being his extended family who had all gathered together to celebrate his birthday. It stars an A-list cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, along with a slew of other famous faces. It initially premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was met with rave reviews. Many exclaimed that the film is one of a kind, eloquently balancing comedy and suspense. Not only were the performances praised, but the story itself proved to be an unsuspecting surprise.
Not long after its premiere at TIFF, it also screened at a variety of other film festivals and was met with the same positive reaction. Knives Out currently sits at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a little over a month still to go before its official release. The film has proven to be a massive hit already, and even Johnson adores his latest story. So much so, that he even thought about returning to the Knives Out universe later on for a sequel centered on Craig’s detective Benoit Blanc. Though that isn’t officially in the cards just yet, Johnson is currently reveling in the film’s present success. He even wants to screen another preview of the hotly-anticipated murder mystery before its official Thanksgiving release.
Johnson took to Twitter to share some exceptionally good news. He exclaimed that “Thanksgiving is too long to wait, so you know what? Screw it. Let’s do an early #KnivesOut preview!” The post included a link to showtimes and tickets for Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23, a week before its release. Check out the full post here:
Knives Out is Johnson’s latest feature film project following his journey into a galaxy far, far away. Before this film, he helmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi back in 2017, and it was also announced then that he’d be overseeing a new Star Wars trilogy that would be separate from the current Skywalker saga. Though no official news has been released regarding his trilogy, Johnson has shared that, in the meantime, he’d love to squeeze in another movie before production officially begins with Lucasfilm. According to him, Lucasfilm is still figuring out their release schedule, so he’d love to fill the open time up with another project that’s similar in size to Knives Out.
Johnson is a supremely talented director that has proven he has the ability to tackle both big and small projects. He loves to flip a story on its head and enjoys it when audiences are blown away with the twists and turns he conjures up. Not only that, but he’s clearly just as excited as the public is about finally sharing his original, and now widely praised, whodunnit. He’s right, Thanksgiving is too far away, so any opportunity to see Knives Out early is one audiences will surely take.
Source: Rian Johnson/Twitter
There are a number of similarities between the changes made to Justice League and those made to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, but the reasons behind them are entirely different. Zack Snyder stepped down from directing duties on Justice League in the aftermath of a family tragedy, with the film undergoing major reshoots in his absence. DC fans have spent the nearly two years since the theatrical release of Justice League tirelessly lobbying Warner Bros. to release the “Snyder Cut” of the film, an aim increasingly supported by the cast and crew, most notably Jason Momoa, who has been particularly vocal in his support of its release.
What is notable about the Justice League situation is how much it runs parallel to that of 20th Century Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four reboot. Following the studio’s dissatisfaction with director Josh Trank’s original cut, that film also underwent a major studio overhaul, with the version that arrived in theaters a stark departure from what its director had originally intended. Indeed, the similarities between the changes implemented to both films is something that Trank himself has obliquely addressed on social media.
Of course, there are just as many differences between the rejiggering that was done to Justice League and Fantastic Four, along with the aftermath of the release of each. Nevertheless, with the campaign for the Snyder Cut continuing on with no end in sight, it is fascinating to see how the two movies reflect each other, along with how they diverge. Here are the similarities and differences between the changes made to Justice League and those made to Fantastic Four.
The effort to make a Justice League movie began long before the beginnings of the DCEU with George Miller’s unrealized Justice League: Mortal film, but it was ultimately Zack Snyder’s 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel that managed to finally get the ball rolling. Under Snyder’s direction, Justice League was conceived as part of a five-movie arc that was to see its second chapter in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, the divisive response the film saw upon its release led Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to do a rewrite on the Justice League script that excised certain darker elements from the story, most notably Darkseid murdering Lois Lane in the Batcave.
By contrast, Fantastic Four marked the fourth effort to bring Marvel’s First Family to the big screen. The property had seen several previous film adaptations, including 1994’s low budget The Fantastic Four, only available today as a bootleg and legendary for ostensibly being made with no intention of actually being released. Though 20th Century Fox had already produced 2005’s Fantastic Four along with its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the studio ultimately elected to reboot the property in the film that would become the 2015 Fantastic Four. Per Fox’s contractual stewardship of the characters, the studio needed to have a new Fantastic Four movie in production within a certain time frame or else the film rights would revert back to Marvel. Director Josh Trank boarded the project on the heels of his 2012 feature film directorial debut Chronicle, and the movie was positioned as being cut from same tonal cloth. However, that wouldn’t be the end of the story for 20th Century Fox’s latest attempt at a Fantastic Four movie.
After completing principal photography and finishing a significant amount of post-production work on Justice League, Zack Snyder officially stepped down from directing duties in May of 2017, following the tragic loss of his daughter. However, rumors began to emerge that Warner Bros. had been heavily dissatisfied with Snyder’s cut of the film, with studio executives alleged to have referred to it as “unwatchable”. This would be further compounded when Joss Whedon was brought aboard to oversee reshoots. While the studio maintained that these were the usual pickups most major tentpole movies undergo, rumors continued to swirl that the reshoots were much more significant than Warner Bros. was letting on, to point of essentially reshaping the entire film. Following the release of the film, rumors would also later arise that Snyder’s departure may have effectively amounted to a firing by Warner Bros.
If the production of Justice League was a troubled one, the making of Fantastic Four was downright disastrous. Josh Trank was reported to have clashed heavily with the studio, specifically after three major action sequences planned for the film were axed before production commenced. There were also said to be significant on-set conflicts between Trank and the cast and crew, particularly Miles Teller and Kate Mara, among numerous other controversies relating to the film. Trank’s unexpected departure from the Star Wars anthology film he was lined up to direct Fantastic Four (which Simon Kinberg was also producing) was taken as implicit confirmation. The buzz would get even worse for the film when rumors began to circulate of Fox scheduling extensive reshoots after being dismayed with Trank’s initial cut of the film, though these rumors were similarly denied as the film’s August 2015 release neared.
Upon its release in November 2017, fans quickly came to realize that the reshoots on Justice League had taken the film drastically off course from what Snyder had intended. A large swath of characters, including DC’s supreme villain Darkseid, had been removed from the film completely, while many others had seen their roles either truncated, reshaped, or both. This was especially the case for Cyborg, previously described by Snyder as the “heart” of the film, who we now know had a far more central role in the Snyder Cut in comparison to the theatrical version. The extent of the changes made to the movie were further evidenced in the poor removal of the mustache Henry Cavill grew for his character in Mission Impossible: Fallout, which overlapped with the Justice League reshoots, resulting in the vast majority of Superman’s scenes coming from the additional photography. These would prove to be the initial smoking gun signaling just how much Justice League was altered in Snyder’s absence.
While a great deal has been revealed about Zack Snyder’s original version of Justice League, far less is publicly known about Josh Trank’s original cut of Fantastic Four, making it much more difficult to make a direct comparison to the theatrical version. However, there have been a few glimpses at what the film originally started out as, including behind-the-scenes footage showing a version of the Fantasticar. Additionally, Fantastic Four would similarly have a hair-based giveaway of which scenes are Trank’s and which came from the reshoots in the form of the blonde wig worn by Kate Mara. These clues offer clear confirmation that the version of Fantastic Four released into theaters was not the one originally intended by Trank, but with a comparative dearth of footage and still images from his cut, it is far more of a mystery as to what the “Trank Cut” of Fantastic Four consisted of.
The theatrical version of Justice League received mixed reviews and was a significant commercial disappointment, and the wake of its release saw DC fans swiftly begin lobbying Warner Bros. with a Change.org petition to release Snyder’s original cut of the film. This would prove to just be the beginning for the campaign for the Snyder Cut, with DC fans launching an ongoing series of initiatives aimed at the studio, while also raising tens of thousands of dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in honor of Snyder’s daughter. Meanwhile, Snyder himself would begin to offer a good deal of implied support for the endeavor by releasing images and storyboards from his cut of the film on social media, highlighting the differences between the two versions. Snyder would eventually publicly confirm the existence of his cut earlier this year, while the cast and crew of the film would steadily begin to voice their support for its release, as well. Arguably the loudest voice of support has come from Jason Momoa, who openly called for the release of the Snyder Cut during the Aquaman press tour, and later stated that he has been shown the cut by Snyder.
Meanwhile, the months of rumors and bad buzz that had preceded the release of Fantastic Four would finally culminate in Josh Trank publicly disowning the film on Twitter. Fantastic Four subsequently proved to be the worst reviewed movie based on a Marvel property to date. Its commercial prospects would prove equally dire, with the film seeing a dreadful opening weekend. This left the film’s planned sequel in major doubt, and it had been removed from Fox’s release slate by November. In the years since the release of Fantastic Four, members of the cast and crew have occasionally given interviews expressing their disappointment in how the film turned out, and although there’s been no notable push for the release of the original version of the film, Doctor Doom actor Toby Kebbell has spoken positively of Trank’s cut. Ultimately, the future of the Fantastic Four on film would be sealed when Disney became the new owners of 20th Century Fox earlier this year, with Marvel’s First Family along with all other previously Fox-owned Marvel properties now assured to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the time since the theatrical release of Justice League, Zack Snyder has lined up his next project with the streaming-giant Netflix in the form of the currently in-production zombie heist film Army of the Dead. Josh Trank, meanwhile, has returned to the director’s chair himself for the upcoming Al Capone biopic Fonzo. When looking at the situation around both Justice League and Fantastic Four, there are undeniable parallels between the making of each, while an equal number of differences can be seen between the revamping both movies underwent. Ultimately, as the campaign for the Snyder Cut of Justice League continues on, the points of comparison between it and the final Fox-produced adventure of Marvel’s First Family may end up being its most curious footnote.
The Challenge’s Paulie Calafiore and Cara Maria Sorbello took a moment to troll the very people who have been trolling their relationship online throughout its entirety by announcing a breakup that turned out to be fake news of their own making. While the recent break-up may have been fake the reality TV couple has had their share of very public relationship drama in the past.
The couple is not new to reality TV relationships or the public scrutiny that comes along with them. Calafiore, who came to national attention when he was a contestant on Big Brother season 18, was in a showmance with fellow contestant Zakiyah Everett that lasted a short while after filming wrapped. Several years later, the now 30 yr old NJ native appeared on the inaugural season of Ex on the Beach with his on again off again girlfriend Lexi Marsella. It is also not Sorbello’s first time to the rodeo as she was in a long term relationship with her Challenge costar Abram Boise that received its fair amount of public commentary.
The Challenge power couple‘s attempts to maintain their relationship have been plagued with constant feedback and often trolling on the internet. On Monday, Calafiore posted a video on Instagram live that announced their split even saying it was a “long time coming”. The internet and media coverage of the video was still ongoing when, Wednesday, just days after the split video was posted, the two posted another Instagram live video together via Sorbello’s account where they explained the fake announcement was a “social experiment” and was meant to “troll the trolls”. Screen Rant spoke to the MTV star couple about the videos and they said:
We wanted to send a bigger message and bring light to the fact that nobody fact checks anymore. They just throw information out there as fast as possible whether it’s true or not. Cancel culture has become a social norm and it’s scary to know that lies can become the new truth. People tend to run with things that fit their own narrative which is exactly what we exposed. Given the fact that major news outlets ran with the story just goes to show we didn’t just troll the trolls. We exposed the “professionals” as well.
Their relationship has been plagued with intense social media attention from the start. Soon after joining The Challenge Calafiore who was dating 33 yr old Danielle Maltby, a former contestant on The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise was linked romantically to Sorbello. When that relationship ended, his new relationship with his The Challenge costar led to a messy public love triangle played out online and in the media involving breakups, accusations of cheating, open relationships and a lot of public opinions. When the dust settled Sorbello and Calafiore had reconciled and have remained together.
Calafiore and Sorbello have expressed that moving forward they plan to try to keep the details of their relationship to themselves stating in the second video that “Nobody will know except us.” It is hard to imagine that with today’s social media coverage and the sheer nature of reality TV giving people a glimpse into people’s real lives leaving them hungry for more, that this can be done. This couple, however, is making it clear they are taking control of the narrative of their personal relationship in any way they can, a strategy we’re likely to see a lot more of in the future from other reality tv couples.
The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 airs Wednesdays at 9 pm EST on MTV.
WWE Superstar Bayley had an eventful Friday night on Smackdown: She debuted a new haircut, along with new entrance music, she recaptured the Women’s title, and she murdered the inflatable tube men that have been a part of her journey for years.
It’s quite the turn for the performer many compared to John Cena, in terms of her positivity and appeal to the youngest generation of WWE viewers. But since leaving NXT and debuting on Raw in late 2016, Bayley has never captured the same sense of magic that she did as part of WWE’s developmental system. Some blamed the way Bayley was presented, credibly citing the fact that someone like Vince McMahon would predictably and fundamentally misunderstand the goodness of Bayley’s character. Others saw flaws in Bayley herself, believing she lacked charisma whenever she had to speak at any length. While Bayley’s main roster run has been far from a failure, and while she’s had ups and downs like any other performer, it’s generally agreed that she hasn’t turned into another John Cena: an inherently good role model for young children who still believe in the larger than life athletes they watch on-screen. That possibility is, for the moment at least, also dead.
On Friday’s edition of Smackdown, which also included the first part of a two-night draft, Bayley faced Charlotte in the main event for the blue brand’s Women’s title. It was an opportunity for Bayley to reclaim the championship she lost at the Hell in a Cell event. The differences were evident right away. Bayley was sporting a shorter hairstyle, forgoing her usual ponytail and headband. Her entrance music was different as well. Then, before the match even started, she took a pointy object and started stabbing away at her blowup buddies. Check out the carnage, in full, below.
It’s worth noting that Bayley has already been a villain (a ‘heel’, in wrestling terms) for the past few months, ever since she sided with Sasha Banks and attacked Becky Lynch with a steel chair. But, before now, she insisted that she was still the same person. Her hairstyle hadn’t changed, her entrance music was still upbeat, and those tube men were still happily waving around in the sky. By the time Smackdown ended, that was all gone. For good measure, after winning her match and regaining her gold, Bayley grabbed the microphone and referred to those in attendance as ‘bitches’.
Bayley clearly had fun with the change, but it does point to an issue with WWE’s writing. When a talent moves up from NXT to either Raw or Smackdown, which have different writers and a different creative process, they lose so much of what made them popular in the first place. Bayley’s gimmick, her character, the thing people liked about her, was how she started out in NXT as a shy, socially awkward fan who would gush around big stars like AJ Lee. Over time, she grew in confidence and had admirers of her own that looked up to her.
It’s an uplifting, simple story. It’s a shame that it never really worked on a grander stage. On the other hand, John Cena had to turn into a heel first before he achieved his status as a consistent, constant hero. Maybe Bayley will follow a similar trajectory.
Here are the biggest misconceptions surrounding the ending of Lost, and what actually happened instead. For much of its tenure, Lost was characterized as a mystery series shrouded in ambiguity and generally open to viewer interpretation. Developments were rarely straightforward on the island and plot lines such as the nature of the smoke monster, the “mother” character and Walt’s connection to the island all signed off in less than definitive fashion, either by circumstance or design.
As Lost built towards its highly-anticipated conclusion, the open-ended nature of its storytelling became more pronounced and, in some cases, tangible explanations only opened the door to even more questions. In its final episodes, Lost made a concerted effort to address and provide answers for the recurring sequence of numbers peppered throughout the series, the creation of the flash-sideways timeline and the exact origins of the Others, but partly due to Lost‘s patented style of deliberately vague exposition, not every explanation was taken in the way it was intended.
These misinterpretations have perhaps unfairly skewed opinion of Lost‘s finale towards the negative, creating resentment towards perceptions of what happened, rather than what the creative team actually intended. Looking back at Lost‘s famously divisive ending, here are the biggest misconceptions viewers had, and still have, regarding the final episodes.
Perhaps the biggest misconception around Lost‘s ending is that the survivors were at any point trapped within some kind of purgatory. From the very first season, the purgatory route was a popular Lost fan theory, with many predicting the characters had died in the original plane crash and that the island was a metaphorical limbo or afterlife. Despite repeated denials from producers, this suggestion has endured even after Lost‘s final episode, and many still argue that either the island or the flash-sideways world represented a purgatory.
Both accounts are inaccurate. The island existed in reality and all the events that took place there happened in real life. The flash-sideways world was a place that the survivors frequented after their deaths, but rather than a pre-existing plane between life and death or a realm where each character’s sins can be judged (as is common with the religious concept of purgatory), the flash-sideways world was created by the Losties as a place where they could all meet up and say goodbye after death, before moving on to whatever came next in Lost‘s closing scenes. Vitally, the characters were not within this alternate world from the very beginning of Lost, and only found themselves there after dying within their own individual points in time. Another inaccurate common belief is that the flash-sideways is a separate, real timeline created by time travel.
The flash-sideways mechanic certainly has a lot to answer for and is perhaps the biggest source of misunderstanding in Lost‘s finale. Separately from the purgatory theory, many posited the notion that Jack, Kate and the gang had been dead either from the very start, or at least partway through the series in the style of The Sixth Sense. Once again, this argument had been in place since the early days of Lost and took hold in the final season when characters began to “wake up” in their flash-sideways timeline and realize that the world around them was an illusion – that Jack’s son wasn’t really there, Ben was never a teacher and Sawyer wasn’t a cop, because all of them had already died in real life.
Taken at face value, it’s easy to see how this reveal can be interpreted as the survivors being dead for the entire story, but Christian’s explanation of “everyone dies sometime, kiddo. Some before you, some long after you” unveils the truth of the matter. The illusion of the flash-sideways only took effect once a person had already died in the real world. Only in that alternate reality were the characters “dead the whole time.” Unfortunately, this particular misconception gained further traction when Lost‘s final end credits shot was an image of plane wreckage on the island’s beach with no survivors in sight. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse strenuously denied this was ever intended as part of the show.
One of the biggest complaints about Lost is that the final seasons boiled down to a case of deus ex machina, where two powerful figures were introduced in the form of Jacob and the Man in Black, who between them dictated how each character’s story arc would pan out. Although these two mysterious beings certainly had a large hand in Lost‘s finale, it’s misleading to say that they controlled events and took free will away from the show’s human characters.
The MIB manipulates, tempts and corrupts but his victims’ final choices are always made freely. The MIB takes advantage of Ben’s frustration to make him kill Jacob and uses Locke’s desperation to find meaning on the island against him. In both cases, each character has a choice to either succumb or resist. The same can be said for Jacob’s machinations. Jack’s sacrifice is made out of a sense of duty and a desire to protect others, not because Jacob has willed it, and the likes of Sawyer and Kate escape because they found reasons to live in the outside world and wanted to go home. The addition of Jacob and the MIB will always have detractors, but to accused Lost of bringing story resolution from a divine source is unwarranted.
For the very reasons outlined above, both Jacob and the Man in Black are regularly referred to as Gods, deities, primordial beings or by other such supernatural terms, and the fact that they are entirely human is often lost in the shuffle. In fairness, this assumption comes directly from Lost‘s portrayal of the two characters as ageless beings of worship bound by rules that don’t apply to regular humans. Their true original story confirms that the two brothers came to island when their pregnant mother crash landed. After giving birth, the boys’ biological mother was killed by a mystery female already living on the island who took the infants as her own and bestowed special abilities upon them via the water taken from the Source – the same way Jack and Hurley gained their powers.
In this sense, Jacob and the MIB are no different from the Oceanic 815 survivors. If Paulo and Nikki’s corpses had been thrown into the Heart of the Island, they too might have become smoke monsters. Meanwhile, both Jack and Hurley take on Jacob’s unique properties in Lost‘s final season. Any notion that these enigmatic characters are in some way inherently different isn’t true, even if Lost‘s own narrative perpetuates the myth.
Of all Lost‘s unexplained elements, the Heart of the Island perhaps gives fans the least to go on. Very few facts are revealed about what feels like the very center of Lost‘s mythology and, as a result, many viewers misinterpreted what the giant stone cork was supposed to represent. The island is covered in pockets of electromagnetic energy, but the Source at the Heart of the Island is the root of this power and is responsible for many of the physics-busting happenings that take place. Without the cork in place, the island loses its mystical qualities, and those powered by it become regular human beings.
Often overlooked is the connection between the Heart of the Island and the outside world. Most appraisals of the Lost finale pick up on the idea that the island would be destroyed without the Source, and the Man in Black would be free to roam the Earth. This mostly overshadows the idea that uncorking the Heart of the Island could directly cause the apocalypse. In the massive info dump that occurs in the flashback to Jacob and the MIB’s childhood, Mother says that if the light at the Heart of the Island goes out, “it goes out everywhere.” This is fairly conclusive indication that the island’s fate is directly linked to the safety of the world, but Jack and Kate stopping armageddon is generally played down or glossed over completely.
More than almost any other TV series ending (Twin Peaks being the other front-runner), Lost‘s finale is accused of not making sense, but this simply isn’t the case. Certainly, the ambiguity of Lost‘s ending isn’t to everyone’s taste and the final season can be criticized for focusing too much on the ineffectual flash-sideways world and not enough on key elements like the Heart of the Island. But to say the finale intrinsically makes no sense is a step too far.
Despite remaining vague in places, everything that happens in Lost‘s final episode is explained, and the audience are given all the pieces necessary to understand what’s happening at any given juncture and why it’s taking place. For example, even if no one knows exactly what’ll happen if the island remains uncorked, viewers know why Jack needs to put things right and why he in particular is the one fighting the Man in Black. Similarly, some might find the final church scene sentimental, overly-spiritual or contrived. But it does still make sense within the framework of the Lost series, with Jack’s father providing all the necessary exposition in order to understand exactly what the world is and why everyone arrives there simultaneously. Lost‘s ending will never not divide opinion, but any criticism comes from a place of personal preference, rather than because the series neglected to cover its narrative bases.
Gemini Man, starring Will Smith, may have been a long time in the making but the reviews have not been kind to this sci-fi blockbuster. It’s been a strong year for Will Smith so far. After a few box office disappointments and concerns over whether one of the biggest stars on the planet could still pull in the major box office grosses, he had one of the biggest hits of his career with Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. Of course, that was a previously existing IP and not the kind of studio tentpole blockbuster Smith used to lead to commercial glory in his prime. That’s where Gemini Man comes in.
Directed by Ang Lee and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Gemini Man has been one of Hollywood’s longest-running in-development movies for the past two decades. Originally conceived in 1997, the film went through numerous directors and was set to star some of the biggest names in the business from their respective eras: Mel Gibson, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, and Harrison Ford, to name but a few. Eventually, the rights to the story were picked up by Skydance Media, the company behind the newest Mission: Impossible movies and Will Smith was brought on board. He plays an aging hitman who becomes the target of another highly skilled assassin who turns out to be his own younger clone (also played by Smith.) It’s taken until 2019 for the de-aging technology to be strong enough to pull off a concept like this, and Ang Lee decided to up the special-effects marvels by shooting the movie at an extra-high frame rate of 120 fps, similar to how the Hobbit movies were released.
However, reviews for Gemini Man have not been especially enthusiastic. Currently, the film has a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s bad news for a movie with a reported budget between $ 138 – 158 million. Currently, it’s set to be beaten at the box office by Joker in its second week and faces tough competition from The Addams Family. While reviews praise the visuals and performances, the movie has been heavily criticized for its subpar story, leaving the film more as an impressive technical demonstration than a coherent movie. Here are what some of the negative reviews are saying.
Justin Chang – Los Angeles Times
“There are charitable explanations for the uncanny-valley effect of Smith 2.0; maybe your younger clone should look a little off, a little CGI. But it remains an empty, off-putting stunt, and not a particularly moving one. No matter how many (presumably non-computer-generated) tears Smith sheds, he and Lee never transform this baby hit man into a plausible science-fiction conceit, let alone invest him with a soul.”
Alison Wilmore – Vulture
“The movie is so disinterested in the philosophical issues it raises as to feel reluctant to commit to being this particular breed of science fiction at all, and by the awkward ending, it doesn’t seem like it really needed to. At its core is a scenario in which someone’s given the chance to confront their younger self and call out their worst choices — one that feels like it has more to do with therapy than with all the unconvincing action in which it’s unfortunately packaged.”
Anthony Lane – New Yorker
“Imagine what wicked sport the Smith of yore would have had with this conceit. Imagine, that is, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air making fun, not just mincemeat, of his middle-aged self. Regrettably, as we know from Smith’s performance in “Suicide Squad” (2016), the effusive joy that once ran through his veins appears, for reasons unknown, to have leaked away, and “Gemini Man” is largely a sad affair. Fans of double characters should stick with Austin Powers, who, in “The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999), enjoys the rare privilege of meeting the person he was ten minutes ago. “You,” he says, “are adorable.””
Lindsey Bahr – Associated Press
“While “Junior” does look pretty good for a computer-generated approximation of a 23-year-old Smith, it’s hard not to wish that all the time and money spent on this gimmick might have been put toward making sure the script and story were at least engaging and entertaining. As it stands, “Gemini Man” is a lot of show, but there’s no life behind the eyes.”
Pat Brown – Slant Magazine
“Gemini Man is an action movie whose attempt to carry emotional weight is betrayed by the utter weightlessness of both its spectacle and its narrative. There’s a story here about middle age and the loss of youth, the uncanniness of knowing you were once a person you no longer are—the existential discomfort of looking in a mirror and seeing someone else looking back.”
Ben Travis – Empire Magazine
“All of these flaws are only accentuated by the film’s high-frame-rate presentation. Gemini Man was shot at 120 frames per second rather than the standard 24, and while the filmmaker’s preferred ‘3D+’ format promises smoother action and greater detail, it instead fundamentally dismantles any suspension of disbelief. As with the dreaded motion smoothing effect on HD TVs, everything appears too real and too artificial at the same time — giving an expensive Hollywood blockbuster all the visual sheen of an episode of Hollyoaks.”
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
“The digital novelty is striking for the first 10 minutes, silly for the next 10 minutes, and by the end of the movie you’re pining for the analogue values of script and direction. A wittier, smarter riff on everything could have saved this and Smith can play lighter material. Gemini Man has been born under an unfortunate sign.”
Stephen Dalton – Hollywood Reporter
“While Lee’s dedication to exploring this emerging digital aesthetic is admirable, it feels ill-suited to the larger-than-life conventions of a glossy genre thriller. Captured at an unusually high frame rate between 60 and 120 frames per second, the hyper-real look of Gemini Man is immersive and richly detailed. But it also has the disconcerting effect of making a big-budget cinematic spectacle look like a vintage videotaped TV drama. To steal a line from Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
However, the film does have its supporters. Some critics, in the minority, enjoyed the film for its SFX novelty, the endless charm of Will Smith, and the sheer silliness of the concept. Here are some of the more positive reviews for Gemini Man.
Hannah Woodhead – Little White Lies
“Though its plot never quite reaches the heights scaled by Rian Johnson’s similarly-themed Looper, Gemini Man is a classic tale of good versus evil that fully embraces its silly science and exuberant lead. Lee is a director who constantly pushes himself to innovate and tell new stories, which is commendable in an age of apathy and homogeny. It’s the kind of imaginative filmmaking we rarely get to see outside of a franchise like Mission: Impossible or Fast & Furious, and a great showcase for Smith’s star power, which has yet to dim after 30 years on our screens.”
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky – AV Club
“Because for all of its tear-stained speechifying about how you aren’t what they made you, the film is best enjoyed for its killer qualities: Lee’s gracefully elastic direction of the sequence that first introduces Junior, pitting him against Henry in a series of shoot-outs that turns into an awesome motorcycle chase; the spotless hand-to-hand fights; the way the climactic showdown (staged against the less-than-scenic backdrop of a small-town hardware store) turns into fiery, full-bore martial arts action; the fisheye lenses, digitally composited smash zooms, and other eccentric touches with which Lee seasons the set pieces. Like its characters, Gemini Man is groan-inducingly sincere, but runs like a machine when it counts.”
Conor O’Donnell – The Film Stage
“It’s as silly and mundane a set-up as any from 25 years ago, but it’s also perfectly fertile ground for Lee to cultivate the most forward-thinking action film since Avatar […] Gemini Man isn’t just a novelty, it’s a miracle. It’s a Big Bang–a confluence of the right elements and conditions perfectly situated to create something that can flourish, but may never happen again.”
Do you plan to see Gemini Man this weekend? Have you already seen it, and if so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments.
Puzzle Of A Downfall Child is a haunting, experimental psychodrama from the 1970s. Faye Dunaway’s big break came with 1967’s Bonnie And Clyde, co-starring Warren Beatty. The movie followed the real-life story of the doomed bank robbers, but while it’s rightly regarded as a classic, it was controversial upon release for its graphic bloodshed. Bonnie And Clyde and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch both became infamous for their taboo-breaking depictions of violence, which somewhat overshadowed the quality of both during their original release.
Faye Dunaway would soon become one of the most popular actresses of the 1970s, delivering fantastic performances in Chinatown, Network, and Three Days of the Condor. Her career took something of a hit following the release of Mommie Dearest, where she played actress Joan Crawford. Dunaway felt she would win an Oscar for her unleashed performance, but while it was a success the reviews tagged it as a camp classic instead of a searing drama, especially thanks to Dunaway’s famous “Wire hangers!” tantrum. She still received good reviews for her work, but she felt the movie hurt her career, and apparently refuses to discuss it in interviews.
One of her lesser-known movies is 1970’s Puzzle Of A Downfall Child, where she plays a fashion model named Lou Andreas Sand. The movie opens with Lou retired from the industry and having retreated to a seaside cabin. A former friend and lover comes to visit and hopes to make a movie about her story, charting her rise to fame, her various addictions and her relationship with ad executive Mark (Roy Scheider, Jaws). Rather than a straight forward narrative, the story is told in a fragmented style, which reflects Lou’s own mental state.
Puzzle Of A Downfall Child shows how she lost her soul and sense of self during her glory days as a model. The movie was directed by Jerry Schatzberg (The Panic In Needle Park), a former fashion photographer, and the movie looks stunning. Schatzberg has an incredible eye for color and composition and the visuals do most of the talking. Faye Dunaway also gives one of her best performances as Lou as the movie switches back and forth between the present and her recollections of the past. The movie also feels like it took influence from Rosemary’s Baby, which became a huge hit in 1968 and added a more psychological edge to the genre.
Puzzle Of A Downfall Child can often feel like an exercise in style over substance, but it’s worth seeking out for Dunaway’s performance alone. The actress would later return to the world of fashion for 1978 thriller The Eyes Of Laura Mars, as a photographer who gains the ability to see through the eyes of a killer. The script was written by genre icon John Carpenter (The Thing).
The series was so popular that it spawned a spin-off in the ‘00s called 90210, and now, a reboot called BH90210 is currently airing in meta-style as the original cast returns to play exaggerated versions of themselves trying to get a reboot of the series off the ground.
If this has sparked some nostalgia, check out these great items that would make perfect additions to any die-hard fan’s collection.
10 Beverly Hills 90210 Color Blend Logo T-Shirt
Wear your fandom with this unisex T-shirt in a grey finish with the colorful show’s signature logo on the front. Made from a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, it is pre-shrunk to minimize shrinkage after washing.
The shirt comes in sizes ranging from small to XX-large and is said to fit as expected based on the size. It’s also official licensed. Since it only features the logo, you don’t need to reveal if you were a Brandon or a Dylan fan, or were on side with Brenda or Kelly. But everyone will recognize that you are definitely team Beverly Hills.
9 Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Series
Relive every moment with Brandon, Dylan, Brenda, Kelly, Donna, Steve, David, and Andrea with the box set that includes all 10 seasons on individual DVDs you can pop into the DVD player and binge to your heart’s desire.
From the love triangles to crisis, betrayals and challenges, follow these high school students through their formative years, and recall every moment from the iconic coming-of-age series. With a total run time of 2,937 minutes, it’ll keep you busy watching for weeks to come.
8 Beverly Hills 90210: The Soundtrack
Through the series, there were tons of great songs and musical artist appearances from the ‘90s, plus that recognizable theme song by John Davis, all of which you can get with this soundtrack on vinyl. Listen to tracks like Color Me Badd’s “Got To Have U,” “Love Is” by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight, and “Saving Forever for You” by Shanice.
The two-disc set can be played on a turntable so you can relive the nostalgia on the equally nostalgic music playback format.
7 Hot Wheels Beverly Hills 90210 ’65 Mustang Die Cast Retro Series
Especially for Hot Wheels collectors who are also fans of the show, this Beverly Hills 90210-themed 1965 Mustang in gold is the perfect addition to put on display. Measuring about 3” long, it features tiny detailing and diecast tooling.
One of the well-known cars from the series about wealthy kids going to high school in Beverly Hills, CA, the toy is an ideal gift for a fan. While it’s OK for anyone aged 8 or older, let’s be real, you’ll probably be getting it for someone in their 30s or 40s, who would have been a teen at the time the show aired.
6 Beverly Hills 90210 Color Block Fleece Blanket
Measuring 57 x 35”, this officially-licensed blanket is the perfect size to keep you warm and cozy as you binge the series, or to drape over a couch or chair in your living room, den, or basement.
Multi-colored with yellow, green, blue, and pink, it features the faces of the eight main characters of the series. At the top is David (Brian Austin Green), Donna (Tori Spelling), Steve (Ian Ziering), and Kelly (Jennie Garth), and across the bottom is Andrea (Gabriel Carteris), Brandon (Jason Priestley), Brenda (Shannon Doherty), and Dylan (Luke Perry). Dead center is the iconic show logo in white.
5 Beverly Hills 90210 Poster
Decorate your wall with this poster from the early days of the series, which features the original cast in full beach gear (minus Brandon’s jeans) on the beaches of Beverly Hills.
At 24 x 36” in size, the vertical poster is printed on 240 gsm archival satin photo paper. The image is high-resolution scanned from original source material like studio negatives, 35mm slides, and large format transparencies. Whether you want to put your fandom on display at the home or office, it’ll give you all the feels to remember those first seasons.
4 Beverly Hills 90210 Palms Logo Beach Towel
There’s no better place to showcase that you’re a fan of the show then at the beach, where you can bask in the sun just like the kids from the series did so many times. Finished in black with the silhouette of palm tries in the background and a colorful show logo in the foreground, it’s made of 100% soft polyester fleece and officially licensed.
It measures 30 x 60” – big enough for you to lay it down on the sand, pop on your sunglasses, and work on your tan. Or dry off after a fun day of surfing. The back-side is unprinted and all white.
3 CafePress Beverly Hills 90210 Logo Coffee Mug
Start your mornings or end your evenings off right with this themed coffee mug that you can use for your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or other hot beverage.
The small (3.75 x 3”) mug can hold 11 oz. of liquid; a larger 20 oz. version is also available. Made of durable white ceramic, it features that signature, colorful series logo on one side, and employs the classic mug look. It’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe so you can reheat your drink and pop it in with the other dishes it so it’s clean and ready for you the next morning.
2 Jason Priestley: A Memoir
Get the inside scoop on what went on behind the scenes of the series and in the life of Jason Priestley, who played lead character Brandon Walsh. You can get the actor’s memoir on hardcover or digital format for a Kindle e-reader.
Considered to be one of the biggest teen idols of the ‘90s, Priestley is candid in the 283-page book, which was released in 2004, about the highs and lows of his career. He talks about his time on the show, work as a director, and his personal life, including his love of racing cars, the car crash that almost took his life, and fatherhood. It’s a must-read for any fan of the show.
1 Mattel 90210 Dylan Doll Beverly Hills
Ok, so this doll isn’t exactly affordable. But for any die-hard fan of the series who loved the bad boy character Dylan, it’s worth the investment. The 11.5” doll comes with clothes, swim trunks, and a stand, and features the likeness of the dark and brooding character.
Sadly, Luke Perry, who played Dylan, passed away earlier this year which is likely why this doll costs a pretty penny. But it will be a collector’s item that you’ll probably never want to take out of the box nor part with.
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CD Projekt Red has spoken up about the possibility of a Switch port for Cyberpunk 2077, refusing to rule out the possibility after The Witcher 3‘s appearance on the Nintendo console–but still deeming it unlikely. As the next major game from acclaimed developer CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 is easily one of the most anticipated titles dropping in 2020. That’s probably why it has been making a number of headlines as of late.
The real excitement for the game kicked off at E3 2019 when it was confirmed that Keanu Reeves would be joining Cyberpunk 2077 as a character named Johnny Silverhand. This led to a wonderful moment where a fan in attendance proclaimed that Reeves was breathtaking, which then promptly went viral. Now PC, PS4, and Xbox One players are looking forward to taking in the “breathtaking” experience next year, while Switch players are wondering if they’ll be left in the dust.
During an interview between GameSpot and John Mamais, the head of CD Projekt Red’s Krakow office, the topic of a Nintendo Switch port for Cyberpunk 2077 was brought up. Mamais refused to commit one way or the other to the idea. Admittedly, this seems like a safe route to take when plans are still up in the air. Even then, the outlook of a Switch port doesn’t seem promising.
“Who would have thought a game like The Witcher 3 would be possible on Switch, so who knows? I guess we’ll see, if we `decide to put it on the Switch, if we can do it. Probably not.”
Nintendo has had some major third-party titles arrive on its current platform in recent years, with CD Projekt Red’s own The Witcher 3 being one of the most prominent Switch releases. Still, vistas like Cyberpunk 2077‘s Night City would be very challenging to bring to life in the same way on Switch. That’s not to say it can’t be done, but perhaps Mamais and the team have already considered the port if he is saying “probably not” when asked about the possibility.
It won’t be too much longer before the game is in the hands of consumers, as Cyberpunk 2077 is set to arrive on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 16, 2020. CD Projekt Red’s ambitious title may very well end up being the swan song for modern consoles, with the Xbox’s Project Scarlett and now PlayStation 5 confirmed to launch in Holiday 2020. Maybe Cyberpunk 2077 will recieve definitive editions on the upcoming and enhanced hardware, which could open up the possibility of a Switch port to coincide with those releases? That’s just speculation for now, but it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the developer.
Breaking Bad is the rare pop culture phenomenon that many consider to have a perfect ending, capping off its run of five critically acclaimed seasons back in 2013. That is why there was always an inherent risk with returning to the well and adding another final chapter to the story, even though fans were always onboard with Aaron Paul reprising his iconic role of Jesse Pinkman in some capacity. However, through spinoff series Better Call Saul (headed towards its fifth season), creator Vince Gilligan has proven time and time again there’s plenty of ground left to cover in his Albuquerque underworld, and does so again here. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a satisfying and emotional epilogue to the TV drama, featuring another standout performance by Paul.
El Camino picks up mere moments after Breaking Bad finale “Felina”, with Jesse speeding away from Uncle Jack’s compound. Unfortunately for him, authorities are investigating the bloody shootout that took place there, and have named Jesse a person of interest. Attempting to keep a low profile and evade the police, Jesse enlists the aid of his close friends Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt Jones), as he looks to carve out a new future for himself and (hopefully) find the peace he yearns for.
Written and directed by Gilligan, El Camino is successful in being an essential installment in this saga, never feeling superfluous or tacked on. In many respects, this is Jesse’s personal “Felina”, exploring the character and his trauma in ways the original show (understandably) couldn’t as it built up to its conclusion. The end result is a gripping story of a man trying to escape his tortured past, with Paul sliding seamlessly back into the part after all these years. Paul, who won three Emmys during his time on Breaking Bad, does some of his finest work here, with a compelling turn that demonstrates how far Jesse’s come as a character and conveys Pinkman’s desperation in a grounded and organic fashion. Once again, Jesse is the heart and soul of a Breaking Bad story, and Paul is more than up for the challenge of carrying the film on his shoulders.
Breaking Bad was always a very cinematic show, so it’s no surprise its trademark aesthetic lends itself well to the feature film medium. Though El Camino’s budget is considerably smaller when compared to most movies, Gilligan stretches those resources as far as they’ll go, ensuring the film’s production values meet the high standard of what fans expect. Bolstered by Marshall Adams’ cinematography and Judy Rhee’s production design, El Camino doesn’t look like a typical TV movie and would be worth seeing on the big screen if possible. Gilligan further hones his craft as a helmsman by staging multiple tense and nerve-racking sequences. El Camino isn’t exactly “action-packed”, but it’s still a stressful journey for Jesse as he faces numerous obstacles along the way.
One of the strengths of Better Call Saul is its Breaking Bad references are organic, and that’s more or less the same approach Gilligan takes here. It goes without saying El Camino is extremely indebted to its predecessor, but everything there isn’t anything that plays as empty fan service. In some places, Gilligan fleshes out and enhances elements of Breaking Bad, giving already strong aspects one last layer of poignancy. Although, it must be said El Camino makes little attempt to make itself accessible to newcomers, which means it doesn’t really work as a standalone film anyone with a Netflix subscription can turn on and enjoy. Some level of familiarity with Breaking Bad is almost a requirement to fully appreciate what Gilligan’s doing, but that’s not a real slight against El Camino. This is, after all, a sequel to five seasons of TV and it knows what its target audience is.
El Camino is a great treat for Breaking Bad fans; it’s like a lost episode from 2013 that was only discovered in the vault now. Some may question if the film is truly “needed” in the grander scope of the franchise, but when the credits roll, it’s hard to think about Jesse’s story without this chapter. Jesse was always a co-lead on Breaking Bad, and if Walter White was able to receive closure to his arc, it’s only fitting Jesse gets the same. Breaking Bad viewers were all but guaranteed to watch El Camino as soon as possible, but they’ll be happy to know the film doesn’t do anything to sully the property’s sterling reputation. If anything, it adds to the Breaking Bad legacy and shows Gilligan is still at the top of his game.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is now streaming on Netflix. It runs 122 minutes and is rated TV-MA.
WARNING: Spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
The El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie soundtrack balances heavy drama with soft rock songs. Directed by Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad’s Netflix continuation follows Jesse Pinkman’s attempts to stay one step ahead of enemies and authorities.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up immediately after Gilligan’s AMC series ends. Jesse (Aaron Paul) escapes from a white supremacist compound as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) bleeds to death in a nearby meth lab. El Camino shows the immediate aftermath, and features original Breaking Bad characters that appear in flashback sequences.
Breaking Bad featured distinctive songs that underscored some of the most memorable moments in the show, like TV on the Radio’s “DLZ” playing as Walt warns other drug dealers to stay out of his territory, or Tommy John and the Shandells’ “Crystal Blue Persuasion” playing over a montage of Walt and Todd cooking meth. As an epilogue to that story, El Camino keeps with the tradition of balancing disturbing storylines with upbeat tracks. Here are the main songs featured in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
- “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” – England Dan & John Ford Coley
- “Sharing the Night Together” – Dr. Hook
- “Spikey” – Red Snapper
- “Curzon” – Demdike Stare
- “Kountry Gentleman” – Family Force 5
- “Call Me the Breeze” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “To Sir with Love” – Lulu
- “A Little Bit of Soap” – The Jarmels
- “If I Didn’t Have a Dime” – Ron Moody and the Centaurs
- “Static on the Radio” – Jim White feat. Aimee Mann
During a flashback, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” plays over a sequence in which Jesse assists one of his captors, Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons). The cue precedes a radio report, in the present, about Walter White’s death. During another flashback sequence, Todd creepily sings to “Sharing the Night Together,” with Jesse tucked away in the back of the vehicle along with the dead body of Todd’s housekeeper. Given that Jesse fully submits to Todd’s authority soon thereafter, the song underlines their strange relationship dynamic.
As El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie reaches its climax, “Kountry Gentleman” kicks in to fuel a party scene at Kandy Welding. Outside the building, Jesse prepares to confront Neil and company, and the song’s title plays into Jesse’s careful approach, as he first makes a kind request for cash, in order to pay Ed Galbraith (Robert Forster) for getaway assistance. When the drama escalates, “Call Me the Breeze” scores the scene. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie concludes with “Static on the Road,” as Jesse Pinkman prepares to start his new life, with a new identity, in Alaska.
The WWE Draft began on Friday’s episode of Smackdown and will conclude on Raw, this coming Monday. A long-standing tradition in WWE, which has occasionally been referred to as the Superstar Shakeup, WWE’s version of the draft involves superstars moving between the company’s two top brands. Wrestlers that perform on Raw are eligible to be moved to Smackdown and vice versa. The tradition hasn’t always been followed, and the competition between the two brand isn’t always enforced. But, given Smackdown’s high-profile arrival to Fox, and how Raw airs on a different network, the draft was brought back as a way to further differentiate WWE’s programs.
While it would be easy to dismiss WWE’s draft as a superficial shift, it has led to significant change. At its best, it offers each show a distinct identity and an exclusive pool of talent to work with. Some of WWE’s most consistently entertaining stretches has occurred when the results of a draft are strictly adhered to. In 2016, when WWE reintroduced a split between their shows after abandoning the concept for several years, the decision led to positive reactions from fans. It also led to the emergence of Smackdown as the better show, in the eyes of many, given that it allowed for favorites like AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, and The Miz to be showcased in storylines which unfolded over weeks and months. In 2018, the blue brand saw a similar resurgence. It led to Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston rising to the main event, as well as Daniel Bryan’s unexpectant and triumphant return to the ring.
In the first round of the draft, following an opening match between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch was selected as the first overall pick to remain on Monday nights. Reigns was the first pick for Smackdown. Other notable moves, which are recapped in full below, include Sasha Banks and Bray Wyatt moving to Smackdown and Kevin Owens returning to Raw. But WWE already spoiled the results of the draft well before Friday’s episode.
As reported by Fightful, WWE had revealed the names of the superstars eligible to be drafted on their website. The list was not organized alphabetically, and it quickly became clear to viewers that the draft selection, unfolding live, would simply follow the order of the WWE.com list which was posted a day in advance. Late in Friday’s episode, the draft picks deviated slightly from the list. Still, by that point, the show was almost over.
Since then, the list has been edited and the names have been reorganized alphabetically. The two-night event will conclude on Monday’s edition of Raw, with cameos from Colin Jost and Michael Che, among others, so there is a chance for some shocking changes. But thanks to WWE’s very visible mistake, fans already have a reference point for what the second half of the draft might end up looking like.
Source: WWE, Fightful
The post-credits scene of Godzilla: King of the Monsters sets up Mecha-King Ghidorah as a villain in Godzilla 3. Godzilla has succeeded in defeating his ancient enemy, but thanks to advanced technology, Ghidorah can get another shot at Godzilla. Godzilla 3 can renew the rivalry between the two alpha predators — but with a twist.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters brings three classic Toho kaiju to the MonsterVerse for an epic showdown that threatens the entire planet. When eco-terrorists scheme to save the world by using a device called the Orca, Titans are unleashed upon the world. The return of King Ghidorah, an alien monster defeated by Godzilla centuries ago, draws Rodan and Mothra into a battle for dominance with Godzilla. After a near-death experience and three brutal encounters with King Ghidorah, Godzilla makes one last stand against King Ghidorah and manages to destroy him with his atomic pulses. With King Ghidorah dead, Rodan and the other Titans recognize Godzilla as the new alpha.
King Ghidorah is Godzilla’s biggest enemy in the Toho movies, so it seems only fitting that he would be the main antagonist. Ghidorah has been a thorn in Godzilla’s side for 50 years, having fought him seven times now beginning with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster in 1964. King of the Monsters may not be their last fight in the MonsterVerse. Here’s how Godzilla’s ultimate enemy can be back for another round at some point in the MonsterVerse’s future.
Who Is Mecha-King Ghidorah?
In 60 years of Godzilla history, Mecha-King Ghidorah has only appeared in one movie. In 1991, Toho released Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. The film provided a unique spin on the traditional Godzilla formula. In the 1960s and the 1970s, Toho developed Godzilla into a heroic figure who served as the protector of Tokyo. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah does away with his heroic image by using time travel to alter a significant event in Godzilla’s life. The result is the creation of a meaner, more aggressive Godzilla.
After Godzilla kills King Ghidorah and rips off one of his heads, the government decides to use the monster’s body to build a weapon against Godzilla. After giving him a robotic head and metal wings, they’re able to restore King Ghidorah to life, but under their control. For the first time, Ghidorah becomes a protagonist. The more powerful Mecha-King Ghidorah poses a significant challenge to Godzilla. At the end of the movie, both are submerged into the sea, and only Godzilla is shown to have survived.
Ghidorah Is Dead, But Maybe Not Permanently
Godzilla definitely killed Ghidorah in King of the Monsters. All three of his heads were obliterated by Godzilla’s atomic pulses, but the post-credits scene leaves the door open for a potential return. In the scene, Jonah (Charles Dance) meets a black market dealer who takes him to a head of King Ghidorah, which Jonah proceeds to purchase. This head hasn’t been destroyed because it was torn off prior to their final battle. In their second fight, which took place in the ocean, Godzilla bit off one of Ghidorah’s heads. After Godzilla was taken down by the Oxygen Destroyer, Ghidorah flew away and used the energy from the volcano to grow back his missing head. This head is the last thing that’s left of Monster Zero, and it could be the key to bringing him back to life.
As with the Toho version of King Ghidorah, the MonsterVerse’s take on the three-headed monster may be able to come back from death, but with a little help from humanity. If Jonah brings back Ghidorah, he could serve as a villain in Godzilla 3, or maybe even as an opponent that Godzilla and King Kong will have to team up against in next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
The Monster-Verse Has Advanced Enough Technology (And Resources)
Jonah has the head of Ghidorah, but how can he turn it into a weapon? The answer may already exist in the MonsterVerse. The bunkers and ships in King of the Monsters are proof of the technological advancements that Monarch has been able to reach. If Jonah has the resources to take away the Orca, he may be able to gain access to other technologies as well.
The credits of King of the Monsters teases more advancements that Jonah can use to further his goals. Titan excrement being an energy source is a scientific discovery that Jonah could exploit. An extremely potent energy source would of course be required to power something as large as a Titan.
As for how he’ll build a new body for Ghidorah, Monarch is ahead of the game here too. One of the articles in the credits, “Monarch Boosts Forces Around Skull Island”, reveals that Monarch was developing a “mechanized giant“. The existence of a robotic Titan in the MonsterVerse could be a reference to Mechagodzilla, or it could be something much bigger. If Jonah were to get his hands on this technology, he’d be one step closer to building Mecha-King Ghidorah. The next step may be hinted at in the same article. It’s stated that in addition to the “mechanized giant“, Monarch was also developing organic Titans. If Jonah implements this process, they can recreate the tissue and organs needed to make parts of Ghidorah’s body.
Why Mecha-King Ghidorah Isn’t A King of the Monsters Retread
If Godzilla 3 or Godzilla vs. Kong does indeed introduce Mecha-King Ghidorah, it won’t mean that the movie will repeat the plot of King of the Monsters. In King of the Monsters, Ghidorah was a destructive force who used his abilities to terraform the planet. Emma (Vera Farmiga) and Jonah wrongly believed that he could be used as a tool. But as Mecha-King Ghidorah, he can be exactly that. Potentially more powerful than the original version, Mecha-King Ghidorah could be under the direct control of Jonah (by way of a device similar to the Orca), making the humans — and not the monsters — the real villains of the movie.
10 ADAM – STALKING HANNAH AND REFUSING TO ACCEPT BOUNDARIES
Adam Driver somehow manages to create a character on Girls who is as creepy as he is lovable. This is no easy task by any means, yet he pulls it off with flying colors. Despite his fascinating mannerisms and brilliant deliveries, Adam is, nonetheless, a total creep. He has an extremely hard time understanding the meaning of the word “boundaries”; he flat out stalks Hannah after she has broken up with him and claimed to never want to see him again.
This behavior is not romantic or endearing. It is behavior that is better suited for a horror film than a rom-com. Hannah even goes so far as to call the police when he comes into her apartment despite being totally unwelcome there.
9 MARNIE – USING RAY AND DISREGARDING SHOSHANNA
Marnie Michaels is no walk in the park. She is controlling, demanding, and beyond entitled. She has done one too many terrible things throughout the series, yet perhaps the worst thing she has ever done was when she started a sexual relationship with Ray despite the fact that he is Shoshanna’s first love.
The worst part is, Marnie finds Ray to be disposable and he is simply a warm body for her to use until she finds the next best thing. Shoshanna is supposed to be one of Marnie’s best friends and Shosh is fully crushed when she finds out. But it’s not until Marnie sees Shoshanna’s pain that she realizes what she has done.
8 HANNAH – ONLY CARING ABOUT HER BOOK DEAL AFTER HER EDITOR DIED
Lena Dunham has done an excellent job creating the ultimate anti-hero in Hannah Horvath. She is meant to embody the worst parts of the modern-day millennial and it is done in a satirical manner that manages to stir up an array of emotions for audiences that range from anger to downright fury. Hannah’s most infuriating moment was when she had a blank-faced reaction to her editor David dying. He was found face down in the Hudson River, but Hannah couldn’t care less about her friend dying. All she really cared about was what this would mean for her precious e-book. Sociopathic? Quite possibly.
7 SHOSHANNA – CONSTANTLY UNDERMINING HER FRIENDS
Shoshanna is supposed to be seen as the victim throughout Girls and is often coined as the most sensible out of the bunch regardless of her ditzy charm and cutesy braids. Shosh constantly complains over the fact that the others treat her like a taxi driver and that they never listen to her, but perhaps this is for a good reason. That reason being, Shoshanna makes a habit of putting her friends down. Words frequently slip out of her mouth that are designed to indicate how unsuccessful her friends are. For instance, she says, “It’s really amazing that three of you have accomplished so little in the four years since college.”
Who says that to their friends?!
6 JESSA – STARTING A RELATIONSHIP WITH ADAM
One of the biggest betrayals on the show was when Jessa started a romantic relationship with Adam. Hannah has been her dearest friend for ages, yet Jessa made the choice to backstab her in order to get the guy. Words cannot describe how unfair this behavior was from both Adam and Jessa, who acted as though they weren’t grown adults but rather middle schoolers who hadn’t fully developed into a state of maturity yet.
In the process of their secret relationship, Jessa treated Hannah like trash in order to somehow make the situation more understanding which makes absolutely no sense to us. Point is, it was a cruel, cruel move that Hannah did not deserve.
5 RAY – HIS TREATMENT OF MARNIE IN THE FIRST SEASON
Everyone praises Ray as being the voice of reason throughout the series, and although he certainly comes to his senses and shows a great deal of maturity along the way, he wasn’t always such a saint. In the first season especially, Ray was a totally different person. A meaner, more disrespectful version of himself who treated the (much younger) women in his life like garbage. He’d spend his days reading through Hannah’s personal diary while trash-talking Marnie like it was his job, despite the fact that Hannah and Marnie are much younger than he is. Why doesn’t this grown man get a hobby or a career so he doesn’t have to spend his days insulting women in their early 20s?
4 ELIJAH – SLEEPING WITH MARNIE AND DISREGARDING HANNAH
We all remember that whole dramatic debacle when Elijah and Marnie had sex despite Elijah being gay and having been in a relationship with Hannah throughout college. This seems to be a common theme in Girls where characters totally disregard their friendships in order to get some action. Action that they don’t even necessarily care for. When Elijah and Marnie slept together after a party simply because they were curious and bored with nothing else to do, they failed to consider their best friend’s feelings and how it would affect her at all.
3 CHARLIE – READING HANNAH’S DIARY IN FRONT OF A CROWD
In the episode titled “Hannah’s Diary,” Hannah writes in her private journal about how Marnie is thinking of breaking up with Charlie. The main reason Marnie wants to break up with him is that she feels as though he’s smothering her. Charlie knows nothing of this, so in his sad-boy effort to get revenge, he reads Hannah’s personal diary out loud during a performance at an open mic night attended by a rather large crowd.
How artsy and avant-garde of him…
2 DESI – HIS TERRIFYING MELTDOWN AT THE CABIN TRIP
In the Season 6 episode titled “Hostage Situation,” the show goes from being a zeitgeisty satire to a straight-up horror show. Hannah goes on a trip with Desi and Marnie, prepared to roll her eyes as much as possible. But she is not prepared to be a victim of a hostage situation. On the trip, which takes place in an isolated cabin, Desi has a full-on meltdown and admits that he has been addicted to OxyContin during his entire relationship with Marnie. Despite the fact that he is described as if “someone in the Pacific Northwest knit a man,” we realize that he is fully capable of committing acts of violence against women.
1 FRAN – CONTROLLING HANNAH’S EVERY MOVE WHILE TRYING TO CHANGE HER
It’s difficult to side with Hannah on pretty much anything, but when it comes to her relationship with Fran, we are totally Team Hannah. Although Fran originally comes across as your typical “nice guy,” we slowly realize how controlling he is with Hannah and how he constantly makes her out to be the crazy one in the relationship. He keeps nude pictures of his exes stashed in his phone, yet he gaslights Hannah into thinking she’s insane for being jealous of this. Luckily, she breaks up with him, and we never have to see him again.
While the fan favorite drama Glee is known for covering pop music, the show has another great thing going for it: the outfits. The characters wear a lot of really interesting clothing, and it’s time to take a look. Here are the 10 best outfits on Glee, ranked.
10 Rachel’s Over-The-Top Gown In “Makeover”
In the season four episode “Makeover,” Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) wears this crazy OTT gown, and it looks amazing on her. While this is definitely one of the best outfits on the show, it’s ranked number 10 on our list because it’s special, but it doesn’t measure up to the outfits that the characters wear in their daily lives.
It is really beautiful, though, and the gold makes the whole scene feel opulent and fabulous. Of course, we love the fact that Sarah Jessica Parker appears in this episode. She plays Isabelle Wright, who gets Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) an internship at Vogue. He wants to cheer Rachel up by giving her a new look, and as a bonus, he gets on Isabelle’s good side when he tells her what he wants to do and she comes along. It ends up being a shoot used for Vogue.
9 Kurt’s Polka Dot Tie
Next up is this cool polka dot tie that Kurt wears when he’s walking with Rachel. While not a lot of people could pull off a polka dot tie, or even polka dots in general, if anyone could, it would be Kurt.
This is ranked at number 9 on our list since it would have been a lot more fun if his whole suit would have featured a polka dot pattern… but that’s okay. The little pop of pattern is enough for us, and it proves that he’s happy to express himself through fashion whenever he gets the chance.
8 Mercedes And Santana’s Chic Black Dresses
Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) may be part of different social circles, as Mercedes is pals with Kurt and Santana is one of the popular kids, but they both shine in these chic black dresses. They look so sophisticated that their outfits had to land them on this list, and they’re taking the number 8 spot.
If these outfits had something a bit more special added to them, such as a pop of color or a fun accessory, we’d give them a higher rating. But they’re really great, so number 8 it is.
7 The Coordinated Black And Gold Outfits
The teens on Glee wear these black and gold outfits in the season three episode “On My Way,” and they look really cool. If the outfits were simply black suits and black dresses, it would still look sophisticated, but the pop of gold makes them stand out.
Gold is a very powerful color, and it always makes someone look even more fabulous than they already are, so it makes perfect sense that it would be used on a fun TV show like Glee that celebrates individuality and being yourself.
6 The Lady Gaga Outfits
Lady Gaga is one of the most famous singers out there and it’s definitely because of two things: her gorgeous voice… and her incredibly daring fashion sense. These outfits from the Lady Gaga tribute on Glee (from the season one episode “Theatrically”) made number six on this list.
The gang sings “Bad Romance” and, later, Rachel sings “Poker Face,” but the crazy outfits stand out even more than the beautiful singing. The characters are wearing versions of Gaga’s outfits, and they look awesome. It takes guts to pull this off and they have the courage for sure.
5 Rachel’s Preppy Outfits (Tied)
Rachel is known for her preppy clothing and these two outfits are some of her very best, making them both take the number five spot on this list of the best outfits on Glee.
In the picture on the left, Rachel’s decked out in a matching outfit: a red shirt under a red and white checkered vest and a red skirt with a bow on it. The bow makes the outfit feel much more special. In the photo on the right-hand side, Rachel’s got a fun blue, grey, and purple vest over a white blouse. While not everyone can pull off vests, especially incredibly preppy ones, this character definitely looks amazing.
4 Blaine’s Grey Striped Look
Kurt and Blaine Anderson’s (Darren Criss) relationship is a big part of Glee and a well-developed pairing as well. And both characters are also super stylish.
Taking the number four spot on this list is Blaine and his preppy striped grey sweater. While another character might simply wear this, he’s paired it with a grey bow tie, which is so fashionable.
3 The Michael Jackson Episode
Glee pays homage to many artists over the course of the show, and in the season three episode when the characters sing several Michael Jackson songs, including “Smooth Criminal,” they also wear these awesome outfits.
While everyone looks trendy and cool, it’s fair to say that Blaine steals the show in his black polo shirt, yellow pants, and white jacket. The red and navy stripes on the jacket take it to another level, too.
2 Rachel’s Schoolgirl Outfit
Coming in at number two on our list is Rachel’s schoolgirl-inspired outfit. This is classic Rachel since sometimes, she can be a bit of a goody-two-shoes. Okay, she’s always a goody-two-shoes. But that’s her charm, right?
While this wouldn’t be such an exciting outfit if Rachel was simply wearing her white blouse and plaid skirt, the addition of the yellow sweater makes it so much better. It’s fun but not too wild, and it’s perfect for this character.
1 Rachel’s Reindeer Sweater
In the fifth season episode “Opening Night,” Rachel wears her trademark plaid skirt but this time, she’s paired it with a forest-green sweater with two white reindeers on it. While this sweater might be a bit divisive and some might think that it’s too adorable, we think that it earns the number one spot on our list of the best outfits on Glee.
After all, a TV show that features tons of musical numbers and is about teenagers expressing themselves should feature some great fashion, and that’s exactly what’s going on here. Rachel is proud of who she is and ready to be fully herself, reindeer sweater and all. She’s a sweet person, but a bit intense and innocent at the same time. And this outfit reflects that.
After several years of speculation and rumor, it appears that the show is finally coming to air and soon. In October of 2018, it was announced that BBC America has commissioned an eight-part series which was said to have begun filming in September 2019.
So, assuming it’s not an adaptation, here’s what we’re hoping to see and some things we’d like to avoid.
10 Need To See: Sir Terry Pratchett’s Humor
A huge part of what makes the Discworld series so engaging is its humor. Almost every page of the novels contain jokes, quips, and amusing footnotes. A large amount of the humor in the books is contained in the characters and the setting as well as the little details.
If the series is to work it needs to ensure that while the story is unique the humor is not lost. In the recent Good Omens adaptation, you could see both Gaiman and Pratchett’s humor shine through. Our hope is that The Watch manages to pull off the same feat.
9 Hope We Don’t See: The Removal Of Its British Heritage
When looking at the humor we also need to explore the very British heritage of the novels. Pratchett was very much a British author and many of his novels reflect this in both humor and style. They typically include some very British references and quips.
One of the biggest fears for the series is that, especially since it is funded by BBC America, many of the British quirks become ironed out, making the essence of the characters and setting feel flatter and less vibrant.
8 Need To See: The Diverse Character Line Up
The Ankh Morpork City Watch has had an impressive line up over the years. After the Night Watch and the Day Watch were combined into the City Watch, under the leadership of Sam Vines, the roster grew considerably.
Diversity came to the Disc and notable Watch members included a werewolf, a zombie, and a dwarf (female). We’ve also seen a troll, vampire and even an Igor added over the years. The Watch has also employed both a gargoyle and a gnome.
While we know some of these characters will be included, such as werewolf Corporal Angua von Uberwald and Dwarf Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom, others are less likely. It would be fantastic to see as many as possible over the run of the series.
7 Hope We Don’t See: Glamorized Characters
The City Watch is full of very gritty characters. Almost every single member has something weird, quirky or downright crazy about them. That’s why fans love them so much. No one is perfect and The Watch’s roots are very dirty and tangled.
We want to see a warts and all version of The Watch and it’s members, not a polished and dramatized one. Give us the grit and the drama, rather than a glamorized version. The biggest fear is a shiny gloss being spread over the messy band of colorful characters.
6 Need To See: Sam Vines Character Growth
Speaking of messy characters, in the Discworld novels Sam Vines undergoes a huge transformation, taking him from a drunken Night Watch policeman to the head of The City Watch and a respected member of the aristocracy. While he ends up as both a knight and duke, married to Sybil Ramkin, we’re hoping the series goes back to his roots.
A huge part of the greatness of reading about Sam Vines is discovering how he gets to his esteemed position and we hope that the series tracks some of his character’s growth and progression.
5 Hope We Don’t See: Excessive CGI
With the inclusion of a range of fantastic races, as well as more unconventional beings, such as The Luggage, it would be easy for the series to end up reliant on CGI. However, excessive CGI can often be a curse, just look at The Hobbit.
Our hearts want to see traditional prosthetics and great acting, rather than a screen full of special effects. Grit is the heart of The City Watch and practical effects feel more likely to be able to capture that fully.
4 Need To See: The Wizards Of The Unseen University
During the novels, the wizards of The Unseen University have their own stories and dramas but are still very much a part of Ankh Morpork and an integral part of the city and all its tales. We’d love to see them as part of The Watch series.
The wizards are incredibly quirky and very clumsy and their antics would surely require intervention from Sam Vimes and his intrepid crew on occasion. While not a focus, they’d make a fantastic sideline and a great bonus.
3 Hope We Don’t See: Rehashes Of Existing Stories
Several Discworld novels have already been adapted for the small screen, including Hogfather, Going Postal and The Colour Of Magic. This project was always intended to be different, bringing new material to the screen inspired by the novels and set in their universe.
Since Pratchett was on board with that idea, it feels like the most respectful and best way to honor the creator, who passed away in 2015. Especially since we know we won’t see his penmanship in the series, due to the fact that his unpublished works were all destroyed at his request.
2 Need To See: Discworld Universe References
While we expect the series to focus on Ankh Morpork’s residents it would be great for fans to see some nods to the wider Discworld universe. A few subtle references, a couple of cameos and some in-jokes would be perfect.
We don’t want the stories from the books recreating but some small nods to more of the series we’d love to see. Just keep them relevant and humorous and we’ll be fully on board.
1 Hope We Don’t See: Bad Casting
So many adaptations are ruined by bad casting and we’re hoping this doesn’t happen here. Pratchett’s characters are quirky and unconventional and if they are played by actors who don’t understand the quirks then the series will be over before it’s begun.
Right now everything is just pure speculation but we’re hoping the series follows in the footsteps of Good Omens and brings Pratchett’s work to new audiences in an engaging, enjoyable and humorous manner.
The series has Annabelle as its major spin-off, with these films also being enormously popular. However, Annabelle Comes Home had a relatively lukewarm response among the audience, bringing forward the question whether The Conjuring was a better series or its spin-off. In order to set that argument aside, here are certain things that The Conjuring did better, along with some points it didn’t excel in compared to Annabelle.
10 Conjuring: Introducing New Villains
So far, The Conjuring movies have been the ones to bring forward the villains we’ve seen in the spin-offs, with Annabelle itself only being a possibility due to the first Conjuring film. The second movie brought forward more villains we’ll be seeing in due course.
The Nun has already been released and went onto become a huge box office success. The Crooked Man is expected to go on floors eventually as well, with both of the main villains having been introduced in The Conjuring 2. Annabelle films have been generally self-contained, with the occasional nod toward other movies.
9 Annabelle: Having A Mascot Villain
Although The Conjuring films were the ones to bring the ghosts we know so well today, the movies themselves aren’t associated with one figure. It is the Warrens who have taken the role of the poster figures here, but they aren’t nearly as appealing as having an antagonist be the selling point.
Annabelle movies are easy to promote since the doll itself is so popular. It is considered as the breakout character from The Conjuring, even though it wasn’t even very prominently shown. This is probably why we’ve had more Annabelle movies by now.
8 Conjuring: Eerier Atmosphere
The reliance on the doll has meant the Annabelle movies heavily emphasize the doll bringing in the scares, with these movies foregoing making the atmosphere as part of the show. The Conjuring movies do this way better by making the surroundings feel like they’re antagonizing the audience as if you’ve stepped into shoes of the character and have entered a horror town on your own.
There are more silent moments in these films, which are accompanied by eerier soundtracks or the lack of music altogether when the setting is supposed to be intense. This helps the film avoid the jump scares Annabelle films employ quite a bit.
7 Annabelle: Taking Away The Audience’s Sense Of Security
We know that Lorraine and Ed Warren lived on to a very old age, which means these guys aren’t going to be dying for sure in any movies they’re showcased in; since The Conjuring films are supposed to be about these people, it makes their eventual ends predictable.
Annabelle movies take away the sense of security the viewer has, as the main characters in these movies can easily perish because we don’t know who they are. In this case, the scares feel more personal due to the audience not being aware who will live and who will die.
6 Conjuring: Emotional Moments
The biggest reason why The Conjuring films have been so special is because they’ve brought the emotional element along with them. Horror movies almost 100% of the time detach themselves from romance moments or times where there’s a sense of emotional bond; not where The Conjuring is concerned.
These movies have as much focus on the couple’s marriage as they do on the horror parts, which makes the characters have an attachment to the audience. It’s a very rare thing that fans of a horror series watch because of the protagonists and not the villain.
5 Annabelle: Being Set In Different Decades
The Conjuring 3 will be taking place the furthest away in the chronology of the franchise, as has been the case with every Conjuring film as the spin-offs are always prequels. This means we’re stuck with the 1970s as the setting, which isn’t as exciting as the different decades of the Annabelle films.
These stories have depicted a year in every decade from the 1950s to the 1970s, making their backdrops something unique and sort of refreshing them from one film to another. Due to this, the period setting of the movies comes across as genuine.
4 Conjuring: Keeping The Pace Steady
This is a major criticism on the part of the Annabelle films, where the action suddenly takes sudden jumps in between subtle moments, with the climax usually coming about out of nowhere. This derails the pacing of the story, with some aspects feeling undermined and rushed.
The Conjuring swerves this by having the pace stay steady in one flow. The format is such that the middle part of the movie seeks to scare the audience while simultaneously educating them about the villain, and it is only in the climactic scenes that the tempo kicks into high gear.
3 Annabelle: Taking A Chance With The Kill Count
Even the Annabelle films haven’t been good when it comes to killing off characters to create tension, but they do it a heck of a lot better than The Conjuring movies, where hardly anyone ever dies.
And while it’s a triumph that the audience is thrilled without the need for deaths to be shown, there really aren’t very high stakes when everyone is safe. In order for the villains to feel like the real deal, at least a death or two (that takes away the life of a prominent character) would mean the characters in The Conjuring actually are in danger.
2 Conjuring: Using The Warrens Right
The Warrens only came around in the Annabelle series with the latest film, but their appearance was a letdown for fans as the marketing didn’t deliver in the end result. The couple only had about five minutes’ worth of screentime, and those moments had hardly anything to do with the scares.
Of course, since The Conjuring movies are about these characters they do feature them in almost every scene, but they also don’t promote them in trailers and then not have them appear much in the film itself.
1 Conjuring: Potential For Sequels
You might be inclined to scoff at this point since Annabelle movies currently outnumber The Conjuring series, but we’re talking about the potential here, not how many films we got. Annabelle Comes Home had no real point being made, seeing as the story had nothing to do with anything and was about a singular night where the doll haunted the characters.
It was due to this that a lot of people called it unimportant to the overall storyline, something that The Conjuring films don’t get because they present the potential for more. We’ve seen plotlines from both films be detrimental to the ghost they’re fighting, as well as the characters having enough value for them to be brought forward in sequels.
After a month’s worth of grieving from shattered fangirls, Sony announced just as suddenly that Spider-Man would be returning to the MCU, making all the memes made at this event’s expense outright funny, rather than people trying to get a laugh out of a bad situation. Now that we’re free to laugh about it, here are the 10 best memes you can find.
10 Three’s Quite Enough
The biggest drag in watching another Spider-Man movie would’ve been having to see yet another version of Uncle Ben die. We already saw this happen twice before, with Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame also feeling around the same ballpark.
For this reason, the Spider-Man reboot would’ve suffered from a lack of interest from fans who definitely would not have responded the same way they did on the first couple occasions Uncle Ben bit the dust. Plus, we didn’t even get to find out yet how the MCU’s Uncle Ben died in the first place.
9 No Home For You
It seems like the MCU has a certain style of titling its films, as the Spider-Man movies so far have the word “Home” in each of its titles. It goes without saying that the third film will probably also have this word employed in some way, but here we got a suggestion that was appropriate for its time.
Since the first movie’s title signaled an arrival back home, and the second took Spider-Man far away from it, it made sense that the cancelled film would have him be homeless, especially considering he really was without a home at the time.
8 Why Not?
Tom Holland fans were beside themselves with anger when they found out that he was out of the running as Spider-Man, with several ridiculous suggestions being made by these fans over who could be the next actor to portray him.
Clearly, the person behind this meme had no respect for Sony, since they figured whoever would be the next Spider-Man would only be a knock-off of the one we wanted, and so here we have what looks like Danny DeVito as Spider-Man. Joke’s on that person, though, because Danny’s already DC’s Penguin.
7 That Oughtta Do It
Adding to the frustrations of the fans over Spider-Man’s exit was the fact that we wouldn’t be finding out what happened with the cliffhanger at the end of Far From Home. Spider-Man seems poised to become a hunted suspected killer, and the joke after his exit from the MCU was that Mysterio maybe did his job too well.
After all, the only place Spider-Man could hide was outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sony probably would’ve had Peter jump into another universe entirely in order to make this cliffhanger a non-issue.
6 Zip It, Peter
Then again, throwing Spider-Man into a different universe would’ve meant Sony still had to explain how this guy suddenly had a completely different life all of a sudden, as almost none of Spider-Man’s supporting cast from the MCU could’ve been referenced.
As characters like Iron Man don’t exist within Sony’s Marvel Universe, it would’ve meant that Spider-Man would all of a sudden have to keep his mouth shut about everything that happened to him in the MCU. This would make lawyers the ultimate antagonists for Peter Parker.
5 Let Me Back!
From what we’ve seen from Tom Holland so far, the guy loves being Spider-Man and will happily portray him for another decade if he has to. This is why we can easily imagine this scenario being what actually happened, as Sony would have had to drag Tom out of Marvel Studios.
This meme is appropriate both in-universe and in our world, as we see the characters taking part in a training session while a distraught Spider-Man is being taken out of the equation in chains.
4 I Don’t Feel So Good…
The same thing of not being able to reference Spider-Man films and the characters would’ve applied to Marvel as well, and the mention of Spider-Man would not have come up ever again in subsequent films.
Unlike what the meme suggests, Spider-Man can be used in already released films, but who knows if Sony would’ve played so dirty that even YouTube clips of the character would have been taken back due to copyright issues. Imagine how Avengers: Infinity War would play if that happened?
3 Missed Chance
There’s a mistaken notion in this meme that it was Sony’s fault for Spider-Man leaving the MCU since Disney was the one who wanted a new deal. Regardless, fans also messed up big due to their complaining, as we could’ve had the chance to see former Spider-Men meet Tom Holland’s version.
A Spider-Verse storyline was seen in the comics about half a decade back, which was an absolute treat where we got to see all versions of Spider-Men from all universes meet. A similar scenario could’ve been possible in live-action too, something that won’t happen in the MCU.
2 Toby Puts Dirt In Tom’s Eye
No matter how popular Tom might get in the role of Spider-Man, we’ll have a special place for Tobey in our hearts. He’s the first Spider-Man for most people who have set sight on this character, and the Sam Raimi trilogy still eclipses all other superhero films for the most part.
Most of all, Tobey’s Spider-Man has the benefit of having a truckload of quotable lines, one of which is when he announced it was “Pizza Time” in Spider-Man 2. Had Tobey really been happy about being the only one with a Spider-Man trilogy, then you can be certain he enjoyed his pizza very much.
1 Learning To Shut Up Isn’t Easy
One of the most lovable things about Tom being in the MCU is watching him navigate around spoilers, something Marvel is annoyingly guarded about. Like any person would be, Tom doesn’t think twice about letting slip a thing or two about a future movie, but Marvel freaking out about the smallest of spoilers has made this a dynamic where Tom’s habit of giving out spoilers has become a favorite for the fans.
He got much better at keeping secrets in recent times, but had Spider-Man been taken out of the MCU altogether, then all of Tom’s efforts in learning how to keep his mouth shut over these spoilers would’ve gone to waste. Thankfully (or is it something to be thankful about?), he can go back to perfecting the art of being silent.
While it definitely didn’t start in this decade, but we’re here to argue that the 60s was the point in time where serial killers in film jetted off and totally contributed to what we have now. Here are the 10 best serial killer films from the 1960s, ranked, for your next crime binge.
10 Room 13 (1964)
This crime thriller is kind of cheesy, so it’ll take the last slot on this list. This film follows a serial killer who murders women of a night club. A detective is on the case, searching for this killer, but he keeps up coming short with gangsters in the area.
This film is based on a novel, so, clearly, there’s some artistic success there. This movie is also directed by Harald Reini, who has literally over 70 films that are the exact same cheesy, killer-frenzy style. So, if you’re looking for a 60s crime film binge, here you go.
9 Bluebeard (1963)
This serial killer film takes place in France during World War 1. Landru, a father of four, makes his way through Paris and contacts women through newspaper ads. He seduces them, lures them, and eventually kills them. Again, this movie is pretty cheesy, and it definitely checks off all the boxes of a regular serial killer film. So, of course, you have to watch it. This director also dabbles in many French films, so if you’re bilingual, you can watch creepy killing movies dans Français.
8 The Strangler (1964)
This movie tells the story of Leo Kroll, a lab technician who strangles and murders young nurses. This movie is full of mother-issues (like he kills his mother’s nurse so she dies, kind of thing), and it’s definitely guilty of perpetuating this common serial killer theme.
This is a pretty straight and narrow serial killer story, but it takes place in a hospital for an extra spin on things. This is as serial-killer cliche as they get, so you must give it a watch. Plus, it even got a 6.6/10 on IMDb, so we suggest you give it a go for a taste of 60s serial killers.
7 The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
This film takes place in 1828 Scotland and actually has another medical take on serial killers. A surgeon, Dr. Knox, does medical research on dead bodies. The catch, though, is that he buys these bodies from two serial murderers, and doesn’t dare ask questions about where they’ve gotten them from. This is actually a pretty interesting story, and still has all the serial-killer goodness you’re looking for.
6 Nightmare in Chicago (1964)
This movie follows a police chase as they try and hunt a serial killer who is targeting blonde women in the city of Chicago. This film ends is a high-speed car chase through the crazy highways of this busy city, so you’ll get your fill of car action and serial-killer crime.
In fact, this movie is much more about the intense catch of the culprit, so, if you’re looking for a less murdery serial killer film, this movie just may be the one for you.
5 No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)
This film is another story that follows an intense police investigation. A serial killer is playing a sneaky game with the police detective who is trying to catch him. Christopher Gill is a killer who disguises himself while tricking and strangling his victims. Moe Brummel is a police detective who receives phone calls from the killer, and they begin a game of cat-and-mouse. This film also has a few interesting side stories, and it’ll definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Who doesn’t like a fun mystery game between a cop and a serial killer?
4 Eyes Without a Face (1960)
This movie is definitely a strange, disturbing one. It’s a different twist on the regular serial killer film, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t great. This film follows a surgeon after he causes an accident that leaves his daughter’s face disfigured. So, what does he do? Naturally, he tries to give a daughter a new face. How? He kidnaps young women and attempts face transplants.
Not at all shockingly, these transplants are extremely unsuccessful. Things get even worse when his daughter discovers what he’s been doing. Yeah, this is a creepy classic with a benevolent spin. Give it a watch.
3 The Boston Strangler (1968)
This film takes the true story of the infamous Boston Strangler. When a series of brutal murders take place in Boston, a complicated and intense manhunt begins. This film focuses on the police investigation, and we get to see the whole story almost exclusively from the detectives’ perspectives.
This story is actually incredibly intriguing, and the way this movie frames these events is definitely enthralling. This movie even got nominated for a Golden Globe, so we definitely suggest it. Who doesn’t love true crime police investigations about serial killers, right?
2 Peeping Tom (1960)
This film is honestly a classic. It follows a young man, Mark Lewis, who is a photographer and filmmaker for a film studio. He is obsessed with fear (which is weird, but whatever), and Mark is also a cold-blooded killer who serially murders women, and uses a movie camera to film their terrified final moments.
Yeah, this movie is pretty messed up, but, if you haven’t seen it, we’re not sure you can call yourself a serial-killer film lover. This film has a 7.7/10 on IMDb and has honestly been a pretty popular choice for old serial killer films. You have to give this creepy film a go.
1 Psycho (1960)
We would be madmen if we didn’t put this classic on the #1 spot on this list. Honestly, this film made waves for the serial killer film, and it is definitely the reason we have many of the movies we have today. Directed by the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock, this film follows the story of Norman Bates, a young man who runs a motel under the instruction of his wicked mother.
When Lila Crane, a secretary fleeing after robbing her boss, stops at the motel, things get a bit murdery. If you haven’t seen this film, you better hang up your serial-killer fan hat, because you’re only faking it.
Release the Snyder Cut fans asked Wikipedia to remove the negative things about them on the Justice League page. Warner Bros. and DC’s first and only ensemble film thus far is fast approaching its second anniversary. However, the conversation about it remains at the forefront of mainstream consciousness thanks to the ongoing calls for the release of Zack Snyder’s original cut of the film, with Junkie XL’s (the initial composer before Danny Elfman stepped in) score.
Now, it’s the proponents of the Justice League movement who are under the spotlight, as they fight off the negative depiction of them on Wikipedia. Most of the page is dedicated to the behind the scenes story of Justice League’s changes from Snyder’s original version and how much of that has been confirmed to exist, but one section focuses on the fans themselves, highlighting both good and bad elements of their efforts.
An official statement from the major proponents of the campaign was released through their Twitter account (aptly named Release the Snyder Cut), and demanded Wikipedia remove the part of the Justice League page that maligns them. They revealed that they have nothing to do with what’s written about them on said site, and were unaware until they were “alerted by some member”. While they aren’t pointing fingers in public, they maintain that these statements are “both inaccurate and more importantly harmful to us and our goal.” Check out their tweets below.
As of writing, an anonymous account has removed the section of the Justice League Wikipedia page citing journalists accusing some members of the Release The Snyder Cut campaign of harassment. The editor left a note in the history section that reads “Fixed an innacurate, biased portrayal of actual events”. Prior to that, user Fezmar9 – the creator of the page, who’s handled the majority of its editing – reverted a portion of the page after changes made were apparently undiscussed, saying in his own note “Reverting undiscussed massive rewrite that takes the article in a far less neutral and far more promotional point of view ++ much of the information was unsourced, but gave the appearance that it was by maintaining irrelevant reference ++ editor warned”.
Incidentally, Wikipedia is a community managed site, and all pages have a “talk page” where proposed changes (particularly big changes such as removing all the negativity) can be discussed to ensure there’s an agreement from those editing the page. In fact, the talk page for the article in question already has a lengthy debate about adding the negative experiencing some people have had with elements of the fandom, as the original version of the page was seen as being too positive and lacking opposing views.
If fans do decide to take a heavier hand in managing the page, it could be at risk of being put into “protected status” if the effort to change it without prior discussion on the talk page becomes an “edit war.” It’s understandable Snyder Cut fans would want to control the narrative about their efforts, particularly the ones that didn’t participate in the negative activities mentioned in the Wikipedia page, but without following Wikipedia’s established editing guidelines and finding common ground with other editors on the talk page, any attempts to brigade or mass edit the page by fans will likely be reverted by other editors.
This is not the first time that the Justice League Wikipedia page has been at the center of a controversy regarding its Snyder Cut entry. Back in July, Fezmar9 got in a heated discussion about that part of the site going too much into detail. At the end of the day, as long as the Wikipedia page is reflective of the facts, the information should be kept there. In this case, while it’s true that many people have had negative experiences with elements of the Snyder Cut fandom, the balanced approach would be to highlight those concerns, but also specify it’s only a segment of fans, as others have done a lot of good, helping the campaign raise over $ 100,000 for suicide prevention. And if this edit war escalates, the page will go into protected status, meaning instead of the page being open for editing to all, changes can only be made by administrators.
Friends could have turned out differently had the network got their way with adding a seventh lead character, Pat the Cop. NBC was keen on this additional friend but thankfully, the writers won that battle.
It’s been a decade and a half since Friends came to an end, but it’s still one of the most popular sitcoms due to its presence through syndication and streaming services. Much of the show’s success is credited to the unwavering chemistry between its core cast: Monica (Courtney Cox), Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). The series would have never had such a long-term effect if the ensemble cast of characters didn’t work so well together.
That chemistry could have been put to the test early if NBC got what they originally wanted. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere, author Saul Austerlitz is releasing Generation Friends, a book chronicling the hit series (via EW). In it, he examined how NBC asked the showrunners, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, to add an older character to attract “more mature” viewers. This was the network’s only request after reviewing the pilot for what was called Friends Like Us at the time. Kauffman and Crane initially went through with the idea, creating a character referred to as “Pat the Cop.”
The showrunners were reluctant, but they added Pat into the script and developed him after a cop that would hang out at the movie theater when they were in college. Pat was meant to be the seventh friend, though he wasn’t going to be as prominent as the younger characters. The role of Pat the Cop was cast, but there was no word who would have appeared in the role since he never made an appearance. Kauffman and Crane were so against the idea that they pleaded with NBC to cut the character until the network agreed.
In order to get NBC to drop the idea of Pat the Cop, Kauffman and Crane compromised by giving the six protagonists parents that would serve supporting roles. This would solve NBC’s concern about adding mature characters while axing the idea of another friend. If it wasn’t for this deal, characters like Jack and Judy Geller (Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles, respectively) may have never been introduced.
It would have been a little odd for an older man who had a more established career to frequently hang out with the core six. Pat surely would have been an outcast among the characters, since he wasn’t in the same stage of his life compared to the others. Thankfully, the showrunners had the opportunity to explore their original vision for the series. Friends felt like it was best to keep Pat the Cop on the sidelines and it turned out to be the right decision.
Here’s the meaning behind the lyrics of the Tom Jones song “Green, Green Grass Of Home.” Welsh crooner Tom Jones first made a name for himself in the mid-1960s with the release of songs like “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New Pussycat” that later saw him scoop a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. He followed up with the song “Green, Green Grass Of Home” in 1966 which sold over a million copies and reached No. 1 in the UK music charts, staying there for seven weeks. It was a success in the U.S. too, peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard chart and selling 1.22 million copies.
Considering Tom Jones is famous for his Welsh roots, it seems likely that “Green, Green Grass Of Home” would be a reference to the green, green valleys of Wales. On the contrary, the song was penned by Nashville songwriter Curly Putman – who also wrote country classic “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” – and has a far different meaning. Also, Tom Jones was by no means the first artist to record the song. Country singers Johnny Darrell, Porter Wagoner, and Bobby Bare all recorded “Green, Green Grass Of Home” before Jones did and it was a version recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis that inspired Jones to record his own take. After Jones, it was also recorded by artists including Dean Martin, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
According to Curly Putman, part of the inspiration behind writing “Green, Green Grass Of Home” came after watching director John Huston’s 1950 film noir The Asphalt Jungle which follows a group of men attempting to pull off an ill-fated heist. One of those characters is a man named Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden, The Godfather) who got roped into the heist because he wants to get out of the city and buy back the Kentucky horse farm he grew up on. By the end of the film, Dix has been gravely wounded and is on the run from the law. In the final scene, he makes it back to his old family farm – a rural idyll with rolling hills and a picturesque white farmhouse – but dies from his gunshot wound.
It was The Asphalt Jungle’s depiction of Dix’s childhood home that inspired Curly Putman to pen the lyrics that describe the protagonist’s hometown with its green grass, old oak tree and house with cracked paint. Like the film it was inspired by, “Green, Green Grass Of Home” has a sad ending too – a lyrical plot twist, some might say.
While the first couple of verses of “Green, Green Grass Of Home” sound like they’re describing the protagonist’s homecoming, the final verse reveals the singer is daydreaming and he’s actually locked in a prison cell on death row awaiting execution. The final line of the song, “Yes, they’ll all come to see me, In the shade of that old oak tree, As they lay me ‘neath the green, green grass of home” is a reference to the protagonist’s burial in his hometown after his execution.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event is changing one aspect of Smallville‘s canon but leaving everything else the way it was. The upcoming crossover will give the Kent Farm back to Clark Kent (Tom Welling), who sold it in season 10. The Kent Farm was Clark’s home for most of the series. It was even used as the home of the Earth-38 Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) in last year’s Elseworlds crossover.
The farm has been in the Kent family for four generations, including Clark. For years, it was run by his father, Jonathan (John Schneider), who often struggled with financial problems and keeping the farm afloat. The farm went to Martha (Annette O’Toole) after Jonathan’s tragic death in season 5. In Smallville‘s tenth and final season, Martha gave Clark the deed to the Kent Farm as a wedding present. Clark pondered over what to do about the farm, and eventually decided to sell it. Clark and Lois (Erica Durance) then moved into a Metropolis apartment. In the two-part series finale, Clark claimed that he found a buyer for the farm. But in the comic book continuation, Smallville Season 11, Clark gets the farm back.
Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim said in a tweet that Smallville Season 11 will be treated as canon but not directly referenced, with the exception of the Kent Farm. As Guggenheim notes, the Kent Farm was bought back “off-camera.” It was already suspected that the Kent Farm would appear in the crossover, since it’s been seen in set photos with Tom Welling, Elizabeth Tulloch, Erica Durance, and Tyler Hoechlin. Bringing Welling back as Clark Kent is huge, but it means so much more to Smallville fans that the Kent Farm returns as well. It was the landmark location of the entire series and the one that viewers most identify with Smallville. So it’s only natural that it returns in the Arrowverse crossover. After all, the Elseworlds crossover specifically chose to play the Smallville theme song when showing the Kent Farm.
Through the show’s ten-season run there have been multiple recurring locations, such as Lex’s mansion, The Talon, Watchtower, the Daily Planet, LutherCorp, and the Kawatche Caves, but none are more iconic to Smallville than the Kent Farm, the place where Clark first began his journey in the pilot episode. It was at the Kent Farm where fans would see Jonathan give Clark fatherly advice, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) visit Clark in his loft, and more. Clark lived there for almost the entirety of the series, and it was also the temporary home of Lois, Kara (Laura Vandervoort), and Lana. The Kent Farm is one location that remained a key part of the show throughout its entire run.
This could be why Crisis on Infinite Earths is keeping the Kent Farm. For the Arrowverse to incorporate the show into its the crossover, it may have felt necessary for Crisis on Infinite Earths to make use of Smallville‘s most important set piece.
A new batch of promo images for Black Widow offers a better look at Taskmaster. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is finally getting her own solo film, which will formally open the MCU’s Phase 4 next year. Taking Marvel Studios’ prime May release date, the project is directed by Cate Shortland and will see the title character return to her spy origins as she reconnects with her roots.
Given Nat’s fate in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow will take fans back in the two years between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. That means the public will get to meet some of the other people in the titular character’s old life, like David Harbour’s Alexei Shoskatov/Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Melina and O-T Fagbenle as Mason. While far from a traditional origin story, the film aims to give fans a better idea on who Natasha was outside of her role as an Avengers, as she fights her own villain who happens to be Taskmaster. Not much is known regarding the antagonist.
The latest batch of promotional images from Black Widow reveals several looks for Nat in the movie, but the main takeaway from this set is the illustration of Taskmaster. Fans in the comments section seems pleased with the way the character is designed for the movie, but there are some who remain unimpressed with their appearance. The photos were shared on Twitter by fan-account Marvel News, as you can see below.
In the comic books, Taskmaster is known to have the ability to mimic the abilities of their adversary. This make them an ideal personal foe for Black Widow, seeing as she’s highly trained in hand-to-hand combat. Fans can expect a lot of well-choreographed fight sequences in the film reminiscent of Captain America: The Winter Soldier – something that’s already been teased in the two event-exclusive previews Marvel Studios has held for the movie so far.
There’s no word yet on who’s playing Taskmaster in Black Widow, which is an odd thing considering that the character is tipped to play a pivotal role in the MCU. That’s unless, of course, Marvel Studios is cooking a plot twist that involves one of the previously-announced cast members secretly playing the villain. Considering the character design and costume of Taskmaster, it’s fairly easy to hide their real identity from both Natasha and viewers.
In any case, the emergence of these promotional images might be an indication that Disney and Marvel Studios are slowly starting to gear up for Black Widow‘s marketing campaign. As mentioned, the trailers shown thus far have been event-exclusive, and with seven months to go before its release, it’s about time that a preview is released publicly.
Source: Marvel News
Veteran actor Robert Forster has passed away at the age of 78. He first came to prominence with a critically-acclaimed supporting performance opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in Reflections in a Golden Eye. He followed that up with an equally praised turn as Nick Tana in The Stalking Moon. Forster then came to more widespread attention as the lead in Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool, which would one day bring him to the attention of Quentin Tarantino. In the decades since, he starred in such classics as David Lynch’s Mullohand Drive and earned an Oscar nomination for his turn in the Tarantino-directed Elmore Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown.
In more recent years, Forster has returned for some brief yet memorable appearances on television. In addition to starring as the main villain in Heroes season 3, he reunited with Lynch for 2017’s Twin Peaks revival. He also starred in multiple episodes of Breaking Bad, in which he played vacuum salesman and new identity specialist, Ed – helping numerous characters assume new lives, as seen in the Better Call Saul spin-off. Forster won a Saturn Award for this particular guest-starring role.
According to THR, Forster died at his home in Los Angeles, following a battle with brain cancer. The news was revealed by Forster’s publicist. Outpourings of adoration and emotional tributes for the actor are already flooding various social media outlets. A number of the tributes, including those from such former co-stars as Bryan Cranston, Donnie Wahlberg, and Bruce Boxleitner, can be seen in the space below.
Many more will no doubt emerge in the coming hours. Forster’s passing tragically coincides with the release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. The Breaking Bad epilogue saw Forster reprise his scene-stealing role as the aforementioned Ed. In total, he starred in over 100 films of such wildly conflicting genres as Me, Myself, and Irene to 2011’s George Clooney-starring film The Descendants. Though it was previously rumored that he would play a role in the upcoming Julia Davis-directed horror film, Room and Board, it remains unclear whether that came to fruition. As such, El Camino, a poignant turn as a distraught husband caring for his Alzheimer-stricken wife in 2018’s What They Had, and a regular, infinitely more comedic appearance opposite Tim Allen on Last Man Standing will serve as his final roles.
Forster’s legacy will no doubt continue to transcend his passing, with his distinctive appearance, voice, and no-nonsense ways keeping him at the forefront of fans’ minds. Forster was not married at the time of his passing but is survived by a long-term partner, Denise Grayson. He is equally succeeded by his four children (Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate, and Maeghen), as well as his four grandchildren (Tess, Liam, Jack, and Olivia).
Rest in Peace Robert Forster: July 13, 1941 – October 11, 2019
Turning into a Great Ape is an important ability for a Saiyan in Dragon Ball Z, and something that several Saiyans have done to turn the tide when losing a fight, so why is it that Trunks and Goten don’t have this power? The key to unlocking this ability is of course the Saiyan tail, which Trunks and Goten don’t have. But why?
All Saiyans are born with tails, which allow them to transform into a giant monkey called a Great Ape. In this form, the Saiyan is unable to control himself — with the sole exception of Vegeta — and is usually depicted as an unstoppable force. Great Apes have been present in the anime since the first series, Dragon Ball, where it first happened to Goku. In this form, Goku accidentally killed Grandpa Gohan. Later, the form was used by Gohan while training with Piccolo. Vegeta used this ability to gain an edge over Goku, and nearly defeated the heroes thanks to his massive boost in power. Everything changed when Gohan too accessed the Great Ape transformation.
The Great Ape form was an important part of the Saiyan Saga, but it faded away for the remainder of Dragon Ball Z. This made sense at first, since Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta all lost their tails, but then the Buu Saga came, and Kid Trunks and Goten were introduced. Since neither character had tails, the anime never explored their own experiences with the Great Ape form. They were half-Saiyans just like Gohan, so it stood to stand to reason they would have this trait too. Fans have often speculated on how this could be. Some have suggested that their parents had their tails cut off off-screen to avoid conflict. A popular myth alleged that series creator Akira Toriyama simply forgot to include the tails when Trunks and Goten made their Dragon Ball Z debuts.
However, both of these theories are wrong. Akira Toriyama explained in an interview (via Kazenshuu) that the tails were dropped from the anime because Toriyama never understood how a Saiyan could get dressed while having a tail. Figuring out how this would work was a “real pain“, so Toriyama stopped using them.
It’s worth noting that Dragon Ball Z no longer needed Great Apes, so not including the tails was no major loss for the series. Great Apes were powerful opponents in the Saiyan Saga, but the main characters grew in strength as the series went on, and it reached a point where it felt as if Dragon Ball Z had “outgrown” the Great Apes. The Great Apes could be another example of a concept in Dragon Ball Z that was once a great threat, but has since been left behind.
Riot Games says that League of Legends pro players and caster should refrain from sharing their views on what it calls “sensitive topics” ahead of this weekend’s League of Legends World Championship. The developer’s statement follows days of controversy after Blizzard banned a Hearthstone player for calling for Hong Kong sovereignty in a post-game interview, but Riot doesn’t mention that incident directly.
Blizzard’s controversial week started after the developer banned champion Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai for his pro-Hong Kong statements. In an interview after winning a Hearthstone Grandmasters match, blitzchung voiced support of protesters opposing the Chinese government. Shortly thereafter, Blizzard announced that it was rescinding his tournament winnings and banning him from the game for one year.
Blizzard faced swift backlash from several sources, including players and other developers, over seemingly banning blitzchung to avoid censure from the Chinese government. Since then, Blizzard has issued an official response claiming that it wasn’t blitzchung’s sentiments that led to the ban but his violation of its rules against political speech. Judging by the response on social media, most people view Blizzard’s statement as insincere, only fueling further anger at the company.
On Friday, League of Legends global esports head John Needham put out a statement on the official lolesports Twitter account about what topics of discussion are not allowed on Riot’s League of Legends broadcasts. The statement doesn’t mention any past incidents at League of Legends events, but does mention Hong Kong by name when it says it wants to avoid statements on its platform that might “escalate potentially sensitive situations.” The statement expresses hope that League of Legends can be “a positive force that brings people together” and calls attention to the fact that the game has a large international audience with varied personal and political opinions. Generally, Needham says, Riot wants broadcasts to remain focused on League of Legends rather than any outside commentary.
While Riot has so far managed to avoid a situation like the one Blizzard is now in, the developer doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation as a “positive force,” as it says it strives for. Riot Games was in the spotlight for much of this year for sexual harassment claims against some its employees and its use of the controversial practice of in-house arbitration to settle disputes. The company was investigated by the state of California (where it has its headquarters), faced an employee walkout over its policies, and Riot eventually settled with multiple employees over sexual harassment and gender discrimination allegations, but denied that they stemmed from systemic issues at the developer.
Riot’s statement looks a good deal better than Blizzard’s disastrous explanation for blitzchung’s ban, but only because it remains hypothetical for now. While it’s fair to acknowledge that issues like the Hong Kong protests deserve more nuance than would be possible in a short victory speech, the blanket policy to “keep [its] broadcasts focused on the game” still leaves plenty of room for uneven enforcement and ultimately clears the company to rule on cases in whatever way best fits its own business interests. The policy may be put to the test soon, if anyone in attendance at the League of Legends World Championship this weekend decides to push it.
Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) is getting an all-white costume for Marvel’s new Black Widow movie. As with several costumes in the MCU, Natasha’s new look is rooted in the comics, but in this case, the white costume also has a practical purpose related to the setting of her first solo outing.
At Disney’s D23 Expo, Marvel Studios revealed footage of Black Widow. Attendees were able to see Black Widow fighting Taskmaster and she was dressed in a white costume, which is in sharp contrast to her traditional black suit. (After all, she is called Black Widow.) Since Black Widow, in both comics and movies, has a background in espionage and specializes in stealth, white seems like a strange color for her, but the footage indicates that Black Widow is wearing this new suit for a tactical reason. She’s surrounded by snow, so it helps her blend in much better than what she usually wears.
Black Widow’s white costume comes directly from Marvel Comics, but it’s not by any means a classic outfit. It first debuted in the limited series Black Widow: Deadly Origin, which was released in 2010 to coincide with her MCU debut in Iron Man 2. Deadly Origin was a story that saw Black Widow haunted by skeletons from her closet. The series sent Black Widow around the globe as she fought a conspiracy designed to kill everyone she had ever cared about, including Daredevil, Hawkeye, Hercules, and more.
During the series, Black Widow had to fight against a group called the Icepick Protocols, and her battles with them took her and everyone from Russia to outer space. It was her adventures in Russia that called for her new white costume. Like the movie version, Black Widow’s white costume was for blending in while traveling through frozen wastelands. The suit was important to Deadly Origin, but hasn’t received much exposure in the comics since, considering that Black Widow’s adventures in the snow are few and far between.
What does Black Widow’s white costume mean for the movie? Some have theorized that it teases the inclusion of Winter Soldier, another character from the Deadly Origin series. But for the most part, it’s connected to the extremely cold weather found in the film’s setting, which is in eastern Europe and, at least partially, Budapest. Being in eastern Europe explains why Black Widow is encountering so many characters associated with the USSR as well, such as the Red Guardian and Yelena Bolova, one of the new Black Widows.
Caution: Spoilers ahead for Joker
Joker is a highly ambiguous movie – so could Batman already exist within the film’s timeline? Audiences and critics have expressed a range of reactions towards the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime, but no one can argue that the release represents a massive step forward for comic book movies. A detailed and often disturbing character study, Joker has no clear hero, no clear antagonist and tells a distinctly non-traditional story full of twists, shocks and small references to wider DC canon.
Much of what takes place in Joker is left open to the audience’s interpretation, particularly with regards to the ending. Throughout Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s script, viewers are reminded that they are dealing with a highly unreliable narrator and a key theme in Joker is how to separate reality from fantasy through a thick veil of madness. Consequently, it’s only natural to question details such as which scenes might be dreams, what era Joker is truly set in, and whether Arthur Fleck is indeed the true incarnation of the famous DC villain.
One major point of discussion is how Joker relates to Batman’s origin story. A young Bruce Wayne appears in Joker, and the riots started by Fleck directly lead to the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, giving the impression that Joker has laid the foundations for the Caped Crusader to emerge onto the streets of Gotham City in later years. But is it possible that Batman already exists in Joker‘s timeline?
Batman’s existence in Joker rests on the theory that most of the story takes place in Arthur Fleck’s mind. Fleck is revealed to have spent some time in a mental institution prior to the start of Joker, and is right back there in the final scene. Since the clocks in both asylum sequences tell the same time, and Fleck is revealed to be a notorious fantasist, there is widespread speculation that Fleck has been sitting inside Arkham Asylum (or whatever facility he’s been held in during the final scene) the entire time, dreaming up virtually all of the events seen in Joker.
If true, it would logically follow that while Fleck’s internal musings may be set in the 1980s, the final scene (and one of Joker‘s few real moments) could be taking place years later, with Fleck mentally rewriting his past. It’s a common phenomenon that even when people dream about events in the past, they envision themselves as they look in the present, and this would explain why Fleck appears to be the same age in both his 1980s illusion and in the contemporary medical unit.
One of the key moments in Fleck’s fantasy sees Bruce Wayne’s parents murdered by a clown protester, but why would Fleck work this incident into his own imagined origin story? Perhaps because Bruce is the very reason Fleck is confined in Arkham Asylum during Joker‘s final scene. Assuming Arthur Fleck is the real Joker, it’s entirely plausible that Batman has apprehended his arch-nemesis in the 2000s/2010s and locked him up in Arkham. Left with all the time in the world to reflect, Joker has been using his tenure in a padded cell to mentally rewrite how he first became a supervillain, intertwining his story into the Wayne murders in order to make himself responsible for Batman’s creation – a dark piece of comedy if ever there was one. This would explain why Fleck says his doctor wouldn’t get why he’s laughing, because she doesn’t know Batman’s true identity.
While it’s possible that Batman exists in Joker and is directly responsible for Fleck being locked up in the final scene, it’s just as plausible that Batman is already a famous name in Gotham City, but has yet to cross paths with the villain. This theory depends entirely on how Joker‘s ending is interpreted. Returning to the idea that Arthur Fleck has imagined much of the action that plays out on-screen, Joaquin Phoenix’s character might have been an Arkham resident for many years – from the time he was originally incarcerated to the very final scene. This would leave Fleck no time to start a career in criminality, but that could be because Joker is actually an origin story for its titular character.
If the man known as Arthur Fleck has been an asylum resident for years, the fantasy he indulges in could be an idealistic attempt to mentally rewrite history. A deeply damaged man going back into his childhood and acting out how he wanted things to happen – getting revenge on those who wronged him, becoming more confident, gaining widespread notoriety. This would explain why Zazie Beetz’s Sophie is scribbled out of Arthur’s memories halfway through the movie – Fleck originally imagined her as a love interest but decided it’d be more “fun” to make her a victim.
In this instance, Joker‘s final scene could represent Fleck imagining and conceptualizing the villain know as the Joker, then emerging from his reverie and becoming the evil persona he just dreamed up, with his psychiatrist gaining the unfortunate title of victim number one.
Fleck obviously has a preoccupation with Thomas Wayne, so might’ve wrote the notorious Wayne murders into this tale in order to get some kind of mental closure and, since everyone knows about the Wayne murders, this would explain how Fleck got the details of the case (Zorro playing at the theater, the broken necklace) totally right. After killing his doctor, Fleck would’ve then broken out of the asylum, become the Joker for real, and finally encountered the Batman.
There are several ways Batman could exist within the world of Joker, but another key question is which incarnation of the Dark Knight would Arthur Fleck be facing? Joker fundamentally doesn’t work within the DCEU and has already been confirmed as a standalone venture, so Batfleck can be officially taken off the table. The context of Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, remains largely unknown at present but, given Joker‘s box office success, Warner Bros. may want to incorporate the two films into one universe, making Pattinson the Batman to Phoenix’s Joker.
This will only happen if all parties involved agree to the move but even if they don’t, or if it’s too late in the day to rework The Batman into Joker‘s universe, a future sequel to Todd Phillips’ movie could potentially include references and allusions to the Caped Crusader. While this would be a different version to Pattinson’s, Joker 2 wouldn’t have to show Batman directly, merely making it known that Phoenix’s villain has found his new best enemy. This setup would allow Batman to exist within Joker‘s world, but without tying the film into any wider franchise implications, while also avoiding the pitfall of having two actors simultaneously playing Batman on the big screen.
Andi Dorfman, author of two books and a former lead of The Bachelorette, has confirmed she’s not dating Tyler Cameron. Many of us already knew this to be the case, but after the two were seen in New York City at a running event together over the summer, rumors started flying.
Dorfman is proudly single, following failed televised relationships with Juan Pablo Galavis and Josh Murray, both of whom ended up being pretty terrible guys. Cameron, on the other hand, had been in a well-publicized relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid after his run on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. Cameron is newly single, after Hadid’s insane travel schedule prevented the two from building anything long-lasting. After Cameron and Dorfman teamed up to run with roughly 200 fans in mid-August, there was speculation that the two could start dating. It didn’t happen then, and Dorfman made clear this week that it isn’t happening now.
Dorfman told People, “I don’t think they ship us anymore. I think the Gigi Hadid rumors put that to rest. I was like, ‘No, I’m good. I’m in the clear on this one.’” Both attended Wake Forest, although the 32-year-old Dorfman wasn’t there at the same time as the 26-year-old Cameron. Dorfman said, “I’m a little older, which he likes to rub in my face.”
Since being The Bachelorette, Dorfman has built a brand on not needing a man to feel fulfilled. Her two books, “It’s Not Okay” and “Single State of Mind” are crafted on that premise. Cameron, for his part, isn’t trying to rush into a relationship as he works on starting his life in New York City. It likely won’t be the last time the two are seen together, however, as they have committed themselves to training for marathons. Cameron plans to run one in Chicago and New York City in the next month, while Dorfman has created a following of inspired distance runners with her “#Andorfins” campaign on Instagram as she readies for the New York City Marathon.
Anytime she is interviewed, Dorfman will be questioned about her dating status because she is known for being on a dating show. But the impact she’s made since The Bachelorette has been far greater. With her novels and her daily documentation of her runs, she’s encouraged countless women to lead independent, fit lives. That is much more valuable than finding a boyfriend, even if Cameron is one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City.
At the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was believed that Rey had lived up to the movie’s title, but it seems that she may not be a Jedi yet, actually. Whether or not Rey is a Jedi is a question that’s more than just academic. With Luke Skywalker dead, Leia Organa never developing her Force powers, and Ben Solo turning his back on the light side of the Force, that left only Rey to carry on the flame of the Jedi Order.
Indeed, heading into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s expected that there will be one final confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren, who’s now the Supreme Leader of the First Order (along with the Knights of Ren), showing how good could triumph over evil once and for all and vindicating the sacrifices of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, Han Solo, and so many other characters. However, this latest turn potentially throws quite the monkey wrench into the proceedings.
The nugget that Rey may not, in fact, be a Jedi is dropped in Spark of the Resistance, a young-adult book that takes place a few months after The Last Jedi (placing it around the same time as Galaxy’s Edge). It follows Rey, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico, and BB-8 on a mission to help liberate an isolated planet from a growing First Order presence – a process which, naturally, involves the Jakku scavenger piloting the Millennium Falcon into battle against several TIE fighters. After having attempted to utilize the Force a few times previously to no effect, Rey makes one last effort, this time in the thick of combat:
“But this time she relaxed into the warm potential of the Force, and she asked it to guide her, to make her steady, to lead her on a path that was successful. She wasn’t a Jedi, and she was nothing like Luke Skywalker, but for a moment Rey sensed something – a spark of possibility, an inkling of potential – and she felt more centered and infinitely more capable.”
There is, of course, plenty of room for interpretation here. Does Rey choose to not refer to herself as a Jedi because of self-perception, of a lack of confidence in her just-discovered abilities, or is it because of the objective fact that she has yet to undertake the Jedi Trials and prove her mettle? She must have learned about the Trials after taking the ancient Jedi texts from Luke’s hut. Either way, there are two interesting consequences from this passage. First and foremost, it would mean that the Jedi have, for the first time in the nine-film saga, truly become extinct, just as the Republic that they devoted themselves to nurturing and protecting has been wiped out, too.
Secondly, the fact that Rey has been struggling with her limited Jedi training, that she’s spent most of her time as a pilot on the run from neo-Imperials, and that she clearly doesn’t think of herself as a member of that hallowed lineage places her in exactly the same position that Luke himself was in prior to The Empire Strikes Back. This means that she’s exactly on track to round out her trilogy just as young Skywalker did his, facing a dark confrontation and ultimately coming out of it the stronger – and a Jedi born in fire.
Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Absolute Carnage #4
The Absolute Carnage event hasn’t been easy on Eddie Brock, whether in or out of the Venom symbiote. It’s been an uphill battle against superior numbers since the start, and now that the symbiote has abandoned Eddie for a stronger host–creating the beautiful Venom Hulk in the process–it’s time for Eddie to embrace some other heroes’ arsenals… starting with the shield of Captain America. Carnage doesn’t know what he’s in for.
After the previous issue of Absolute Carnage gathered the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man, and Bruce Banner to offer help to Eddie Brock and his son, Cletus Kasady got the upper hand. Waiting for the heroes to have their bodies cleaned of all symbiote residue, and be knocked out for precious minutes, Carnage chose that window to strike. So with Captain America, and the other Avengers out cold, Carnage comes for Dylan Brock and Peter Parker’s godson, Normie Osborn. But his father Eddie isn’t about to step aside.
The official preview for Absolute Carnage shows what happens after the previous issue’s incredible Venom Hulk cliffhanger, as Eddie and Peter flee with their young wards into a nearby weapons bunker (leaving Venom’s child Sleeper to fend for itself, we might add). It’s a touching moment between Eddie and Peter, putting their complicated past behind them for the sake of their son and godson. But it’s Eddie’s plan to arm up with whatever anti-symbiote weaponry is on hand–as well as Captain America’s shield–that is going to get fans excited. Check out the preview pages below:
The stage is set for one heck of a fight, as Eddie Brock finally gets the chance to show how much fight he’s got in him–without a symbiote boosting his abilities. We would expect it to be less of a spectacle as a result, but with his son’s life on the line, Captain America’s shield on his arm, and who knows what other anti-symbiote weaponry in his hands… anything is possible. After all, Absolute Carnage hasn’t been tame to this point. Readers will be able to see the rest of this fight for themselves when Absolute Carnage #4 hits physical and digital store shelves next Wednesday, but be sure to read on below for the full credits and plot synopsis.
- ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #4 (OF 5)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Donny Cates
- Art by: Ryan Stegman
- Cover Art by: Ryan Stegman
- THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF THE SYMBIOTIC EVENT OF THE YEAR! Eddie Brock has taken a beating, lost the allies closest to him, and, after the shocking events of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: #3, sees no way to take Cletus Kasady down once and for all without making the ultimate sacrifice. But what IS the ultimate sacrifice? Of the two beings that are bonded as VENOM, which will make it out alive?
Absolute Carnage #4 will be available at your local comic book shop, and direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th, 2019.
Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Captain Marvel #11
The past several months have seen Captain Marvel reduced from one of the most powerful cosmic heroes alive, to a weakening hero being replaced by a younger, better version of herself: Star. But all that is about to change, once Carol Danvers has her full powers restored–with her true enemy directly in her sights.
It’s been a long time coming for fans hoping to see Carol finally push back against the latest threats, enemies, and deceitful plans that have ruined her life. Including the device planted on her heart to steal her superpower (yes, just like in the Wolverine movie). Those powers were then funneled to a reporter with dreams of being a superhero, and who was willing to leak Captain Marvel’s half-alien biology to the world, just to make sure she was in no position to accuse a brand new hero of being a secret villain. Carol got the last laugh by ripping the device out of her own chest, preparing for the fight her fans have been dying to see.
Carol’s plan to rob Star of her powers by removing the aforementioned device didn’t take into account how insane and evil Star is willing to be. Draining regular humans surrounding them in Times Square instead of Carol, Captain Marvel #10 ended with potentially dozens of innocent deaths. But the official preview for Captain Marvel #11 shows Carol working to end this monster fast–reminding Star that stealing power isn’t the same thing as earning it in the first place. Take a look at the preview pages below:
It isn’t clear how this showdown will actually turn out. Ordinarily, we would assume Carol emerges victorious and exposes Star as the fraud and villain she truly is. But with confirmation that Star is getting her own Marvel comic, and the promise that Captain Marvel is going to kill an Avenger, all expectations have gone out the window. Leaving readers to hope that before some giant twist arrives, Carol can at least give Star the beating she’s got coming. Fans will have to wait and see how this fight turns out when the full issue releases next Wednesday. But for now, be sure to read below for the final credits and plot synopsis:
- CAPTAIN MARVEL #11 (2019)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Kelly Thompson
- Art by: Carmen Carnero
- Cover Art by: Mark Brooks
- CAPTAIN MARVEL’S LAST STAND! The world has turned its back on her. Her powers are fading. And Carol Danvers has never felt more lost. But when a world that shunned her needs Captain Marvel, she will answer the call, because that’s what heroes do. Carol is in the fight of her life — one that by it’s very nature must destroy her. What will be left when it’s all over?
Captain Marvel #11 will be available from your local comic book shop or direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th.
Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Allegiance #2
The death of Admiral Ackbar may not have been the honored moment fans hoped for, but the realm of Star Wars comics just took a major step in making things right. After the events of Last Jedi, Leia pays a visit an old friend: Aftab Ackbar, the famous Rebel Admiral’s son, and asks if cares to follow in his father’s rebellious footsteps…
The reveal of Aftab Ackbar comes in the official preview of Marvel’s Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Allegiance #2. While the Resistance takes a moment to recover following their near-defeat on Crait, Leia takes Rose Tico and Chewbacca to visit old friends who might be able to help thier current predicament. But when the group arrive on Mon Cala, they learn things have changed in “Dac City. Once a major center for the Rebel Alliance. Times have changed.” The children whose parents bore the punishment for aiding the Rebels give a hostile welcome, so it’s a good thing Aftab is quick to interrupt. Being the son of a great Mon Calamari war hero has its privileges.
The entire story of Leia and Aftab’s reunion, and their visit to honor Ackbar at the Mourning Shrines of Mon Cala is one fans won’t want to miss. Especially with a sour taste left in the mouths of so many following Ackbar’s throwaway death. That includes Admiral Ackbar’s own actor, who has gone on record about his disappointment. Star Wars comics previously helped address the issue by including Admiral Ackbar’s last words, but based on this preview fans may soon have a far greater sense of legacy to enjoy. Take a look below:
Obviously the entire role played by Aftab Ackbar in the issue is one fans will want to see for themselves, especially if he will prove instrumental to the Resistance escaping the First Order’s brutal revenge for their Last Jedi defeat. And of course, the larger a part he plays in the build-up to rise of Skywalker… the higher the odds he just might make things right with fans in the next movie, too. But those questions will have to wait. For now readers can find the full credits and plot synopsis for the issue below:
- JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #2 (OF 4)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Ethan Sacks
- Art by: Luke Ross
- Cover Art by: Marco Checchetto
- THE DECADES-SPANNING SKYWALKER SAGA NEARS ITS CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION! Before the exciting events of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight — but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.
Journey To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Allegiance #2 will be available at your local comic book shop or direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th, 2019.
Warning: SPOILERS for Justice League Odyssey #14
If anyone thought Green Lantern would let death stop her, they were sadly mistaken. In fact, Jessica Cruz hasn’t just returned to life in DC’s Universe, but come back with the powers of a god–making her the most dangerous and powerful Lantern to ever wear the ring.
The historic twist has taken place in the pages of Justice League Odyssey, after the villainous Darkseid managed to deceive Earth’s heroes, and regained his full powers as a New God to get back to being pure evil. While he overpowered his enemies, only Jessica stood against him (in an homage to Captain America’s Infinity War standoff). A noble act, but one that turned tragic when Darkseid killed Green Lantern in definitive fashion. First crushing her ringhand, then blasting her to ash and bone with his famous Omega Beams. But that was only the beginning…
In case fans have forgotten, the Omega Beams fired from Darkseid’s eyes are one of the deadliest weapons in the DC Universe, powerful enough to harm Kryptonians, destroy entire planets, and move about as fast as anything The Flash could ever cook up. Which made it all the more shocking when Jessica was a burnt out husk one minute, and awake and in fighting shape the next. Thankfully Arla Hax of the Zamaron Science Academy was on hand to explain her best theory:
Your Lantern ring was crushed into your hand. I believe the fragments, in some crude fashion, are repairing you… using the Omega Energy they absorbed. It was Darkseid, wasn’t it? You are infused with high levels of Omega Radiation. You should be dead. But what should have killed you is healing you.
Apparently the shards being crushed into Jessica’s body, and raising her hand to block the Omega Beam blast combined to perform some New God magic. The previous issue concluded with a tease of Jessica’s new ability, but in Justice League Odyssey #14 she confirms fans’ wildest hope. Unleashing the same Omega Energy upon Darkseid’s forces as their own Lord commands:
Obviously the landscape of DC’s cosmic heroes has changed if Jessica Cruz boasts not only the power of a Green Lantern, but the Omega Energy of Darkseid himself. There’s no telling what will happen if Jessica actually gets a chance to give Darkseid a taste of his own medicine, since he’s been proven vulnerable to his own Omega Beams before. But will Jessica maintain her connection? Or will the Omega Energy leave her once she’s healed, or the shards of her ring finally give all they’re able? To find those answers, fans will just have to wait for the next chapter. Until then, be sure to read on below for the full credits and plot synopsis:
- JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #14 (2019)
- Written by: Dan Abnett
- Art by: Will Conrad
- Cover Art by: Will Conrad
- An unknown warrior assembles Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and various heroes to form a new JLO as guardians of the Ghost Sector. Vastly outnumbered against Darkseid’s savage para-angel strikeforce, they’re going to have to fight their way through Darkseid’s new multi-planet realm of Apokolips to take control of Sepulkore or die trying. What choice do they have? The entire universe is depending on them…
Justice League Odyssey #14 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from DC Comics.
Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Contagion #3
The Contagion is spreading in Marvel’s Universe, claiming hero after hero with no end in sight, and no way to defeat it. But when Ben Grimm of the Fantastic Four decides to trust in his Hulk-ending punch, he takes the situation from troubling to downright terrifying. What if killing the source of the infection… means killing anyone attached to it?
That’s a strange question for any superhero to be forced to ask, but then, nothing about this Contagion event has been ordinary thus far. After a handful of men were infected in Iron Fist’s hometown, one managed to escape to New York City either knowingly spreading his infection, or already being controlled by it. Whatever the specifics, the man–known as ‘The Urchin,’ was able to instantly infect each member of the Fantastic Four with crippling boils, tentacles, and a total lack of individual thought. Every member except The Thing, that is, who has since become the tip of the spear in what must be the weirdest threat to strike Marvel in years. But he may have just made things a lot worse.
The Thing can’t exactly be blamed for relying on a knockout punch to put the spreading Contagion on its heels. And to be fair, the actual nature of the disease/curse/infection is still anybody’s guess. But if this unthinkable horror is actually sinking its hooks into heroes everywhere like some massive, coordinated puppet show, is there a way to untangle the victims at all? That may prove to be the most important question in the series going forward. But for now, check out the preview pages below:
Considering just what’s at stake in this story–which is apparently taking place in Marvel’s current canon, unlike the anti-life apocalypse seen in DCeased–it’s safe to assume The Thing is mistaken, and killing the Urchin which started the infection won’t actually kill the infection itself, or the identities of the heroes it’s already possessed (assuming that wasn’t all just cruel trickery to torment others into submission). Still, the solution to this problem has yet to materialize. Fans can see what the next step for The Thing and his friends will be when the full issue arrives next Wednesday. For now, be sure to read below for the full credits and plot synopsis:
- CONTAGION #3 (OF 5)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Ed Brisson
- Art by: Roge Antonio, Mack Chater, Damian Couceiro, Adam Gorham, Stephen Segovia
- Cover Art by: Juan Jose Ryp
- A NEW EVIL BEYOND UNDERSTANDING COMES TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it’s going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it! A strange substance is taking over heroes and citizens alike, draining them of their life force, stealing their knowledge and abilities, and neither science nor magic can stop it! Where did it come from? Can anything destroy it? And who will fall to its awful, overwhelming power?
Contagion #3 will be available at your local comic book shop or direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th, 2019.
Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy #10
The Guardians of the Galaxy have been forced to suffer the death of Drax, and the approaching death of Rocket Raccoon in the pages of Marvel Comics. The good news is that Star-Lord finally got a reunion with his favorite ‘Destroyer.’ The bad news is… it isn’t Drax. And he is NOT alone.
This strange twist of fate is only the latest in a long line for Peter Quill. As if Drax dying to save the universe wasn’t enough of a shake-up, Peter’s father returned after years away… only to reveal himself as the new villainous leader of the Universal Church of Truth. After taking the rest of the Guardians under the Church’s psychic thrall, only Peter remained conscious enough to question his father about his true mission. The answer was a chamber filled with dozens of the cocoons famed for producing Adam Warlock (the previous ‘savior’ worshiped by the Church). But when the firs cracked open, it wasn’t Adam who came out–it was Drax the Destroyer.
The last time anyone saw the Destroyer in his true, un-Draxed form, he was living a Reality-Stone-afterlife of endless combat and slaughter (while the other half of Drax, Arthur Douglas, was reunited with his wife). Unfortunately the Destroyer makes his identity clear in Marvel’s preview of Guardians of the Galaxy #10, so readers can get an advanced look at the issue in the preview pages below:
Obviously Star-Lord’s father is going to have a lot of explaining to do, but whether Peter actually gets to hear his answers will depend on how ready for a kill Drax turns out to be. The preview ends with the tease of a ‘Destroyer Horde,’ confirming the assumption that every cocoon is set to release a full-grown version of the Destroyer. So while the Universal Church of Truth may be crazed, overzealous murderers… they actually do have a good strategy for getting the job done (as anyone familiar with Drax’s efficiency in combat can attest). The fate of that horde, like the odds of the true Drax ever returning, are questions left until the full issue arrives next Wednesday. But until then, be sure to read below for the full credits and plot synopsis:
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10 (2019)
- Release Date: October 16th, 2019
- Written by: Donny Cates
- Art by: Cory Smith
- Cover Art by: Patrick Zircher
- The threat of the Universal Church of Truth looms large over the cosmos! As the galaxy threatens to crumble under the onslaught of the Patriarch’s growing power, Rocket’s struggle to hold his failing body together has reached critical status! The only question is: can he hold on long enough to make a difference?
Guardians of the Galaxy #10 will be available at your local comic book shop or direct from Marvel Comics on October 16th, 2019.
A new Crisis on Infinite Earths set photo has emerged, revealing Burt Ward in his old Robin colors for the highly-anticipated Arrowverse crossover. The ever-expanding CW/DC universe debuted with Arrow all the way back in 2012. It has since spun-off to include The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. An annual team-up of the combined heroes has become a staple in the last few years. 2018 saw them unite (sans Legends of Tomorrow) for Elseworlds, and to halt the world-ending threat of a cosmically-empowered John Deegan. The saga proved to be merely a test, however, with The Monitor preparing them for an even bigger, impending crisis.
Shortly after the episodes, Arrow star Stephen Amell confirmed that this year’s event would be based on Marv Wolfman’s seminal 1985 storyline and that it would air over five hours. Wolfman himself had a hand in the scripts, co-writing with showrunner Marc Guggenheim. As well as the established heroes, the crossover will also see the cast of Black Lightning officially join the fold for the first time. After appearing briefly in Elseworlds, Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane will play a more central role in Crisis on Infinite Earths, with an episode of Batwoman season 1 serving as one of the crossover’s episodes.
The Endgame-level event will also see a host of stars from various DC adaptations join in on the action. Ward was confirmed to be one of them earlier in the year. Thanks to Twitter user Hollywood North Buzz, fans can now get a glimpse of him on-set in Vancouver. Ward was, of course, a star of 1966’s Batman series (and subsequent movies), playing Dick Grayson (aka. Robin) to Adam West’s Bruce Wayne (aka. Batman). He has since voiced the role in numerous animated outings. Although dressed in everyday attire, the colors perfectly align with his old Robin costume. The full post can be seen in the space below.
Whether Ward will be playing an older version of his past character, or a different iteration altogether, has been the subject of speculation. Whatever the case, him being seen walking a dog is sure to excite hardcore DC fans. After all, the look and breed of the dog bears a striking similarity to Ace the Bat-Hound. The canine character was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff in 1995. Inspired by the success of Krypto (who can currently be seen on DC Universe’s Titans series), Ace the Bat-Hound often served as an additional crime-fighting partner to the dynamic duo. If true, this would make his first live-action appearance.
Ward will join the likes of Tom Welling, who will reprise the role of Smallville‘s Clark Kent (aka. Superman) alongside Erica Durance as Lois Lane. Though the story itself remains firmly under wraps, a number of set photos have emerged since the saga began filming. Most recently, fans were treated to the first look at Tom Cavanagh as Pariah. Similar to Kevin Conroy – who is set to play an aged Bruce Wayne rather than Batman – it’s unlikely that Ward will official suit up for the action. Regardless, his mere presence has been enough to excite fans. As such, the first glimpse of him in the role is sure to take that excitement to a new level.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will begin on The CW on December 8
Source: Hollywood North Buzz/Twitter
Blizzard has finally issued its offical response to the ongoing China controversy, but players aren’t buying it. Fans began rallying against Blizzard after the company confirmed that it would be stripping Asia-Pacific Grandmasters Hearthstone tournament winner, Chung Ng Wai, of his prize money and banning him for a year. This came as a result of the player making comments about supporting the liberation of Hong Kong during a recent company-sanctioned livestream.
Gamers from all walks have spoken out about how displeased they are with the game developer, even going so far as to get ‘#BoycottBlizzard’ trending on Twitter. Epic Games even chimed in to confirm that it would never ban players for voicing their political opinions. Suffice it to say, the entire ordeal is nothing short of a PR nightmare for the company. After a week of silence, Blizzard has finally issued a statement on the issue.
The President of Blizzard Entertainment, J. Allen Brack, took to the developer’s website to issue an offical statement in an attempt to clear the air. In it, Brack walked back the penalties given to the broadcasters (who were both originally suspended for a year) and Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai. The ban for the broadcasts has been reduced to six months, while blitzchung will have his prize money restored and his competitive ban will be reduced to six months.
While this is a step in the right direction, Brack’s comments about why Blizzard was standing by its revised decision isn’t holding much water with fans. Namely, the comments about how Blizzard’s business relationships in China had no impact on the ruling.
“The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision. We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took. If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same.”
A Twitter user by the name of Andy Borjas highlighted Blizzard’s initial reponse to Chinese viewers in the wake of blitzchung’s polticial comments. The sign-off on the official statement? “We will always respect and defend the pride of our country.” That sort of language makes Brack’s comments a lot harder to swallow.
With BlizzCon set to start in just a few short weeks, Blizzard had to attempt to get consumers back on its side. Truth be told, it doesn’t look like everything that has happened is water under the bridge, but a statement had to be made sooner rather than later. As of this writing, the replies to Blizzard’s statement are less than stellar, which would indicate that gamers aren’t buying the reasoning presented.
Until a bigger gesture is made by Blizzard, it’s unlikely that the controversy will die down anytime soon.
Early reactions are in for Zombieland: Double Tap, and it sounds like the zombie-action-comedy sequel is familiar, but still enjoyable. The original Zombieland hit theaters ten years ago and was led by a cast that included then up-and-comers Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone, in addition to Woody Harrelson (who had already been a name actor for more than two decades, thanks to his role on Cheers in the ’80s).
Double Tap picks up in real-time after its predecessor, with formed family members Columbus (Eisenberg), Wichita (Stone), Tallahassee (Harrelson), and Little Rock (Breslin) still making their way together through the post-zombie apocalypse American heartland. The Double Tap trailers have already introduced the film’s new characters, which include hard-edged survivalist Nevada (Rosario Dawson), kind but dim-witted Madison (Zoey Deutch), and Columbus and Tallahassee’s “doppelgängers”, Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch). Even Bill Murray (as himself) is back in some capacity, as evidenced by his appearance in the Double Tap red band preview.
If Murray returning after his surprise cameo/death in the first Zombieland seems like a bid to tap into audiences’ nostalgia for the original movie, then it appears to be reflective of Double Tap overall, judging by the early reactions. For more on that, check out the tweets from various film critics and journalists embedded below.
Judging by these reactions, the chemistry among Zombieland‘s main cast remains just as crackling in Double Tap, and the sequel’s four newcomers (especially Dawson and Deutch) make for pleasant additions to the franchise. At the same time, they suggest Double Tap is more than a little similar to the original movie, story-wise, and doesn’t try to break fresh ground so much as give audiences more of what they adored about its predecessor, but in heavier doses. That’s more or less the same approach that Zombieland series writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick took with their script for last year’s Deadpool 2, and it mostly went over well with critics and general audiences.
For the same reason, it sounds like Double Tap should please those who loved the first Zombieland and have spent the last decade eagerly waiting for the followup. All the same, Double Tap will probably struggle to have the same impact (cultural or commercial) as its predecessor, if only because it’s arriving well after the zombie genre peaked in popularity – as opposed to the original film, which premiered just as the zombie craze was really heating up. Still, if Zombieland: Double Tap performs better than expected, then who knows: the cast may yet return for Zombieland 3 in 2029.
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Gemini Man marketing is resorting to Will Smith memes. The new film from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee can certainly claim the honour of being one of the most technologically ambitious films of the past year, with a strong cast to match.
Will Smith takes on the film’s lead role as Henry Brogan, an American government assassin who is nearing the end of his career. After completing what he decides will be his last assignment, Brogan finds himself being hunted by his deadliest opponent yet: a 23-year-old cloned version of himself. The film was shot at a high frame rate (120 frames per second) and while that may seem an attractive detail to some, the truth of the matter is that only a handful of theaters in the United States are equipped to screen Gemini Man as it was intended to be seen. There is also the issue of Will Smith starring opposite a de-aged version of himself, the likes of which have been both praised and criticised by critics as well as audiences.
At present, the film’s early reviews haven’t exactly been spectacular, though of course, it is still too early to determine whether or not Gemini Man will sink or swim at the box office. For its part, Paramount has apparently resorted to social media memes in hopes of drawing more attention to the film. The first of these can be seen below and is somewhat of a treat for Smith fans, as it shows the star undergoing the process of some green screen effects, moments before things get a little, well… zany.
Without placing judgement on Paramount for its new marketing technique, it does seem a little odd to take things in this direction at this point. Smith is a respected industry veteran, with two Oscar nominations to his credit and Lee is a two-time Oscar winner, synonymous with numerous high profile films. But even beyond the pair’s artistic achievements, the Gemini Man meme seems so completely incongruous with everything to do with the film itself that it’s hard to understand exactly why Paramount made the decision to move things in this direction. That being said, the sensation that Joker has caused as of late has indeed been a distraction from Gemini Man’s potential. And although some reviews have accused Lee’s film of being dull in terms of story, Gemini Man’s intended highlight of a de-aged Smith was likely soured by the recent reveal of Martin Scorsese’s far more impressive use of de-aging techniques on Robert De Niro in the acclaimed filmmaker’s upcoming The Irishman.
If things continue in the direction they’re currently heading in for Gemini Man, the film’s future is unlikely to be a positive one. No one likes to see a film with such an interesting concept, alongside a talented cast and crew, fail. But of course, such are the risks in Hollywood, and the fact remains that Gemini Man could indeed still turn things around, managing some solid returns and word of mouth – though if it does find such a level of success, it’s unlikely to be the result of its current meme.
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Now that Joker has become a massive worldwide hit, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander wants to play Batman villain Egghead. Despite loads of controversy – or maybe in part because of the controversy – Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips‘ Joker enjoyed a record-breaking first weekend at the box office, grossing $ 93.5 million to surpass Venom for the biggest October opening ever.
It is of course nothing new for a movie related to the Batman universe to enjoy huge box office numbers, but Joker is different because it doesn’t actually feature the Caped Crusader (except in pre-Batman form), and in fact does not draw upon comic book lore at all. It was indeed somewhat of a gamble for Phoenix and Phillips to stray from canon and craft their own completely new take on Joker, one more informed by the cinema of Martin Scorsese than DC Comics. But it’s safe to say the gamble paid off big time, as the film went over big with critics and even bigger with audiences.
Now that Joker has become a huge hit, can fans expect a wave of Batman villain solo movies in the gritty style of Phillips’ film? Probably not. But that didn’t stop Seinfeld‘s George Costanza actor Alexander from proposing his own movie built around another bad guy from the Batman universe: Egghead. See Alexander’s Twitter post in the space below:
What makes Egghead unique among Batman villains of course is the fact that, unlike Joker, Riddler, Penguin and most others, he did not have his origins in the comic books, but instead was created for the 1960s Batman TV show. Horror superstar Vincent Price played Egghead, a self-professed genius criminal whose crimes always somehow involved eggs, and who spoke in egg-related puns. Though he probably wasn’t truly a genius, Egghead was one of only two villains to ever figure out Batman’s true identity. Despite Egghead’s lack of a huge profile in overall Batman lore – he’s only been featured a few times in the comics, for instance – Joel Schumacher says the character was considered to be the chief antagonist of the unmade fifth Batman movie set to come out after Batman & Robin.
Though Egghead can’t really be regarded as one of the main Batman villains, he clearly has a lot of fans, chief among them Alexander. Unfortunately, the chances of Egghead getting his own movie seem very slim, even with Joker seemingly opening the door for Batman villains to receive their own showcases. As of now, the notion of an Egghead solo movie sounds more like a crazy George Costanza idea than anything that could actually happen in reality. That being said, if there ever is an Egghead movie, or if Egghead just makes an appearance in a Batman film, Alexander is clearly the man to play him (perhaps Egghead could become a marine biologist).
Source: Jason Alexander/Twitter
Below are ten details about Violet’s costumes you may not have noticed, offering more insight into the life of this popular character.
10 Her Style Never Changed
Downton Abbey followed the Crawley family for 15 years, from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 to King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to the estate in 1927. While most of the Crawleys gradually incorporated elements of Jazz Age fashion into their wardrobes during this time, Violet’s costume remained firmly in the Edwardian era even as the women around her adopted higher hemlines and straighter fits to their gowns.
Violet’s resistance to sartorial change can be seen in the high necklines, accentuated waist, and floor-length skirts of her costumes, which reflect her high regard for the traditions and propriety of a bygone era.
9 She Was About Ten Years Behind The Fashion Times
As a member of the aristocracy, Violet would have had her gowns custom made. Her elaborate dresses clashed tremendously with Isobel Crawley’s practical tailored suits that were more suitable for her middle-class lifestyle.
However, there was no greater clash of costumes than when Cora’s American mother, Martha Levinson, visited Downton Abbey in Season 3. Sitting together in the pews at Edith’s ill-fated first wedding, the two were worlds apart sartorially, with Violet in her trademark Edwardian updo and Martha already sporting a sophisticated bobbed haircut and cloche hat despite being older than all of the Crawley girls. The difference in costuming spoke volumes about each woman’s attitude towards the societal change sweeping both sides of the Atlantic.
8 She Always Wore A Corset, But Maggie Smith Didn’t
Violet would have worn an S-bend corset, also known as a swan-line or straight-line corset, which pushed back the hips and accentuated the bust to achieve the popular silhouette of the time. The S-bend corset was popular from about 1900 to 1910 and was considered a healthier alternative to older corset types because it exerted less pressure on the abdomen (albeit at the expense of forcing the wearer’s back into an unnatural position).
Violet maintained this silhouette even into the 1920s. However, Maggie Smith was able to get away with not wearing a corset at all on set. Instead, she sat “bolt upright” and maintained excellent posture in all of her scenes, creating the illusion of being corseted.
7 She Took Inspiration From Royalty
The costume designers compiled a “look book” for each character on the show, building up a series of images to use as a starting point and reference when designing. Violet took inspiration from Queen Alexandra, who was known for concealing a childhood scar on her neck with high necklines during the day and rows of choker necklaces at evening functions.
Another style inspiration was Queen Mary of Teck, who had a strong figure that served as a positive model for Violet’s look. Both Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary would have been contemporaries of the Dowager Countess and trendsetters for the aristocratic women of their time.
6 She Was In Mourning In The First Episode
In the very first episode of Downton Abbey, we see Violet in a purple two-piece day dress as she is in half-mourning for her relatives lost aboard the Titanic. Mourning was still a prolonged affair in 1912, with much stricter rules for women than for men.
Widows dressed in full mourning for up to two years, during which they could only wear black and jewelry made from jet. Half mourning was permitted after a year and a half, whereupon the widow could begin wearing colors like purples, greys, and mauves to signal that she was once again participating in society.
5 She Wore Lighter Colors Later In The Series To Reflect Her Story
Violet was initially dressed almost entirely in darker colors, but, toward the end of the series, her wardrobe began to lighten up a bit. In a promotional poster for the Downton Abbey movie, Violet is wearing a pale blue dress in the Edwardian style with lace details to add interest.
Standing behind her, Michelle Dockery is in costume as Mary Crawley wearing a modern black and white sheath dress, a strong contrast to Violet’s more subdued gown. The costumes work together as mirror images of each other, with Mary being the bold future of Downton and Violet the fading past.
4 Eventually, She Allowed For Some Updates
Despite her traditional outlook, Violet was relatively accepting of one of her granddaughters marrying the family’s chauffeur, and another granddaughter having a child out of wedlock. It should be less of a surprise then that she also made some subtle updates to her wardrobe as the 1920s wore on.
Her costumes towards the end of the decade had a more relaxed fit that revealed her natural waistline. She also switched out the Art Nouveau textiles of her clothing for Art Deco patterns. Finally, while her decolletage remained completely covered, her necklines were a little lower than they had been at the start of the series, contributing to a softer look overall.
3 She Wore A Very Expensive Tiara For The Royal Visit
The British jewelers Bentley & Skinner, having supplied jewelry for the royal family since the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, loaned three antique diamond tiaras to the Downton Abbey movie production for a ballroom scene. Violet is seen wearing a tiara from the mid-19th century boasting a crowning diamond weighing in at 2.25 carats. The other two tiaras were loaned to Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith Crawley, and Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora Crawley.
The etiquette of the time dictated that only married women could wear tiaras, and only on special occasions. The royal ball held in honor of King George V and Queen Mary would have been the perfect occasion for the family to bring out their best jewels!
2 Her Dresses Took The Longest To Make
Edwardian gowns were inherently more complex in their construction than the straight shift dresses that came into vogue in the 1920s. This was due in part to the popular silhouette being so unnatural for the human body, as well as the intricate beading and embroidery on coats and dresses that took weeks to produce.
It is because of this complexity that Violet’s dresses, which adhered to the old Edwardian silhouette, were among the most difficult and time consuming to make, with one of her dresses in Season 6 having over 15 layers and trims according to Downton Abbey: A Celebration.
1 Her Cane Doubled As A Weapon On Set
Perhaps the least noticed part of Violet’s costume is her cane, which she is holding in almost every scene. Though easily dismissed as little more than an unassuming prop, many fans did not know that it occasionally served as a weapon on set. Several of Maggie Smith’s castmates recalled an incident during filming where she used the Dowager’s cane to whack a producer who was encroaching on her space.
Although it is not clear if she was in character at the time, one could imagine that the Dowager Countess of Grantham would have more than witty one-liners in her arsenal.
As the show has gone on, we’ve gotten to know the parental characters a lot more and we see that some are a better fit to care for children than others. Some of them are loving and supportive and barely know their children exist. Here are all the parents from Big Mouth ranked.
10 Lola’s Mom
Lola is one of the most abrasive characters on the show and that is likely due to her lack of any parental guidance. In fact, the show has not even shown us Lola’s mother as she is never around to care for her angry, aggressive daughter.
The only reason we know Lola’s mother even exists is because of the many horror stories we hear from Lola. She is pretty much abandoned in their condo which is in Lola’s name for some reason. The closest they seem to have come to actually communicating is when Lola’s mom sued her daughter for ruining her clothes.
9 Guy Bilzerian
Like Lola, Jay Bilzerian is a destructive and wild kid whose behavior probably relates directly to the fact that his parents are never around. While his mother seems absent-minded about what her sons do, their father seems to actively be trying to raise degenerate boys.
Guy Bilzerian is a well-known seedy lawyer in town and his law commercials are infamous for their rather vulgar legal advice. Guy spends little time with his family and carries on open affairs, even making Jay wait in the car when he sees his mistresses.
8 Marty Glouberman
Andrew Glouberman is a timid and anxious young man which is probably due to the stress his father puts on him. Marty Glouberman is a loud and angry man whose only form of communication seems to be shouting his frustrations. He is hilariously frugal and seems to enjoy finding things to complain about.
Marty seems to see his son as a constant burden and is constantly irate with him. The smallest infraction can send him into a frenzy and he has no patience to learn (or care) anything about his son’s life.
7 Greg Glaser
Jessi Glaser’s parents get divorced early in the series which helps to shape her very serious struggles throughout the show. Though she initially sides with her father in the break-up, Greg Glaser is certainly no father-of-the-year.
Greg is a lazy stoner who loves his daughter but is pretty much a child himself. Following the divorce, Greg lives in the family basement and leaves his drugs around which Jessi, of course, gets into. His maturity seems to improve slightly in Season 3 but he’s still far from a responsible adult.
6 Matthew’s Father
Matthew is very open and proud of his homosexuality at school but we see that his home life is a different story. We are introduced to his parents in Season 3 of the show, most notably his military man father.
Matthew’s father is a polite and friendly man who seems perfectly nice on the surface. However, the show is clever to show that while he might seem like a loving parent, Matthew feels the need to hide his true self from his father. It’s clear he is not as open-minded as he could be.
5 Barbara Glouberman
With Marty Glouberman as her husband, it’s not surprising that Barbara Glouberman doesn’t stand out too much. She is certainly more low-key than her husband which is probably a good thing for the entire household and as the show has continued, she has shown herself to be a much more complex character.
We get to see a glimpse into the struggles on the adult side with Barbara dealing with trying to spice up her sex life as well as menopause. But when the family needs a competent leader, she is ready to step in and take charge.
4 Shannon Glaser
Jessi has certainly not made life easy for her mother in the course of the show. She has acted out by shoplifting, doing drugs, and lying to her mother on numerous occasions. She has also gone out of her way to be extremely rude to her mother, blaming her for everything.
Shannon has been going through a lot of changes herself with the break up of her marriage and embracing her feelings for another woman. Though she has made mistakes, she is doing pretty well considering all Jessi has put her through.
3 Diane Birch
Andrew Birch has a lot of his own problems but it’s hard to blame his parents for any of it. His mother and father both seem like wonderful people, with his mother acting like one of the more normal parents on the show.
Diane Birch is constantly reinforcing good qualities in her children, even if they don’t always listen to her. She has a loving marriage, helps Andrew out with his struggles and gives some discipline when needed. She also proves to be a loving and supportive surrogate mother to Jay.
2 Monica Foreman-Greenwald
Missy is one of the smartest and kindest kids on the show and it’s not hard to see why once we meet her mother. Monica Foreman-Greenwald is a hippy mom who promotes healthy eating and clean living without being overbearing.
More importantly, Monica is a very encouraging mother with all the struggles of puberty. She talks to the young girls about body positivity and lets them know that they should be comfortable with who they are. While Missy still struggles at times, having a mother like that seems to keep her pretty normal.
1 Elliot Birch
To say that Elliot Birch is a loving father would be an overstatement. He is constantly showering his family with positivity and praise, even if they don’t always deserve it. He is very understanding of what they are going through and never loses patience with them when they aren’t as kind to him.
Elliot also teaches his kids good lessons. He tries to give them confidence and teaches Andrew about the importance of respecting women. Though he can be overly sensitive, it’s hard not to like a character with so much love to give.
Once the first talkie, The Jazz Singer came out in 1927, movies gained even more traction and began to truly become the marquee form of entertainment. They were still mostly in black and white for years before colored films took hold. For some reason, there are a few stigmas about watching a black and white film. All of them are unfounded. To prove it we’ve put together 10 black and white classic movies that every film fan should see.
10 Sunset Boulevard
Fame and fortune are a fickle creature, especially for actresses. One moment you’re a young in-demand actress like Norma Desmond. The next, you’re deemed too old. Now Norma sits around in her deserted mansion waiting for her next big film role. Ms. Desmond finds a way to trap an inspiring screenwriter in her home to help write her next big role.
Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard set the bar for Hollywood melodrama and a big twist Twilight Zone type of ending.
9 Modern Times
It was a big sendoff for Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in Modern Times. The movie served as a commentary on the industrialization of the world and the disparity of wealth during the Great Depression. By the way, this is a comedy.
Chaplin, who was known for all kinds of hilarious sight and physical gags, is on full display. He gets into mischief at every turn with all of the technology of the day most famously getting ripped through clockwork gears.
The Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was already a household name. Psycho made him a bonafide legend. Part of the reason news about the movie spread like wildfire was Hitchcock’s demand that you see the film from the beginning plus certain scenes of the movie all helped to facilitate the hype and controversy for this classic.
The mystery of the murder at the Bates Motel and the shock and awe of the now-iconic Shower Scene are just part of one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
7 On The Waterfront
“I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody.” Long before “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” that was the quintessential Marlon Brando line. We’ve all heard it or probably used it.
Brando uttered it as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront, as an ex-fighter now embroiled in a battle between the union workers and the union bosses.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
“This is the start of a beautiful friendship.”
“Play it again, Sam.”
Even if you misquote Casablanca’s most iconic lines, the moment you mention the movie, even the people who haven’t seen the film will quote it – and they’ll do it using their best Humphrey Bogart impression.
5 It’s A Wonderful Life
This timeless Christmas tale is also one of the best black and white movies of all time, let alone the best movies, period.
Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who is feeling low and about to give it all up; and on Christmas no less. Stopping him from hurting himself is his Guardian Angel, Clarence, who shows him what life would be like if he was never born.
Nothing quite gives you the warm and fuzzies like watching George run through the streets of Bedford Falls declaring “I wanna live Clarence! I wanna live!”
4 Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Comedy done in the stylings of master auteur, Stanley Kubrick. While watching some of the master filmmaker’s movies are exercises in extreme patience and just admiring the craft of filmmaking itself rather than the actual movie, Dr. Strangelove is hysterical.
Kubrick teamed up with “The Pink Panther,” Peter Sellers himself to satirize the Cold War as the United States war room try to recall a bomb strike on the Soviet Union.
3 Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe has tragically been off of this mortal coil longer than she was on it. To throngs of fans that weren’t even alive anywhere near her untimely demise at 36, she is still the personification of beauty in many areas of the world. It’s hard to forget that wasn’t a bad actress either and Some Like It Hot is her finest film.
Two guys (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) hide out from the mob, posing as two women that are part of a female band on the way to Miami. The real hijinx ensues when both guys fall for the lead singer – Marilyn as the vivacious Sugar Kane.
There’s a scene in The Shawshank Redemption where the prisoners are watching a Rita Hayworth film (the original novella is actually called Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption). Red and the rest of the guys love when “she does that ‘thing’ with her hair.” The movie the boys were watching was Gilda.
In the Noir film, Gilda sees her old flame, Johnny Farrell come to work for her current husband, Ballin Mundson. If that wasn’t a big enough issue, the German mob come to claim their casino from Ballin.
1 Citizen Kane
If you’ve ever taken a film history class, you’ll more likely than not have seen Orson Wells’ first and greatest movie – Citizen Kane. Almost eighty years after its initial release in 1941 and some people will still tell that its the greatest movie ever made. While that’s certainly is very debatable, what isn’t is how innovative the movie was for its time.
Much like Star Wars changed a lot of things for this generation of fans, Kane’s narrative structure (the entire movie is a flashback) was considered groundbreaking for the era. Back in 1941, everyone was scrambling to the cinema to learn what or who “Rosebud,” meant or was.
While there are many catchphrases that are legen…wait for it…dary, there are just as many humorous lines on this popular series that fans didn’t notice. Here are 10 jokes that everyone missed on How I Met Your Mother.
10 “Ugh, comfortable shoes? What are you filibustering later? It’s after five, put on some heels. I’ll pass.”
Robin makes this amazing joke in the season 9 episode “The Broken Code.” Lily is on a quest to help Robin make a new friend. When she cracks this joke, she’s talking about someone whose choice of footwear means that she isn’t good friendship material.
Of course, Robin is being super picky and doesn’t think that anyone is good enough. Sure, someone could simply say that they’re nervous to go up to a stranger and talk to them, which would be totally legit. But Robin’s got a biting sense of humor, and she makes a clever political joke.
9 “Oh, this will be a nice memory to share with Marvin when he’s older and deciding whether or not to put you in a home.”
Robin’s at it again with another joke that everyone missed on How I Met Your Mother. In the season 8 episode “The Final Page,” Lily and Marshall are psyched that they’re going to spend a night alone after having their baby boy, Marvin.
Most friends would say, “Awesome!” or talk about how cute their baby is… but not Robin. Thanks to her wit, she has a great response, and it couldn’t be better.
8 “Five American bucks.”
One of the running jokes on How I Met Your Mother is that Robin is Canadian and the other characters poke fun at her for it. While sometimes this can leave a bit to be desired in the humor department, there are times when it’s actually funny. This joke that everyone missed on How I Met Your Mother is one of those times.
In the season two episode “The Scorpion and the Toad,” Ted says, “Five bucks says she still wants Marshall” and Robin says “You’re on.” When Ted clarifies, “Five American bucks,” Robin says, “D**n it!” The joke not only has good timing but it’s clear that Robin is still pretty attached to her home country’s currency, which is adorable.
7 “We’re talking about a girl who got Barney Stinson to actually commit… I’m guessing Narnia.”
Robin’s got another hilarious joke that everyone missed, this time in the season four episode “The Stinsons.” Fans of the show are super used to the fact that Barney is a ladies’ man and goes on tons of dates. He really can’t handle the idea of commitment and it just doesn’t appeal to him.
Anyone can say that someone is scared of being in a real relationship or that they don’t want to grow up. It takes a smart comedic mind to take things further and make a good joke, which is exactly what Robin does here.
6 “Oh, got it. Lily and Marshall Awesome. Hey have you met the Awesomes? Lily, Marshall, their son Totally, and their daughter Freaking?”
Speaking of people who don’t want to grow up… Marshall definitely fits into that category, but he’s so charming and adorable that it comes off as a positive quality. This joke that he makes in the season two episode “Something Blue” and it sounds exactly like something he would find totally hilarious… which is what makes it so funny to the rest of us fans of the show.
While the first part of this joke is a bit silly, the last half makes it perfect. We really do believe that Marshall would be happy to call his kids Totally and Freaking. Okay, maybe he wouldn’t actually do that… but he would try to convince Lily that it was a good idea.
5 “And you got our wedding vows off the internet?”
Marshall has a newfound love and it’s a burger in the season four episode “The Best Burger In New York.” After he goes on a really long tangent, waxing poetic about how good it is, she makes this great joke. The funniest part of his speech is when he says, “This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us through food.”
Lily’s joke is not only the perfect comeback but it’s definitely a good question, too. She must have been feeling pretty annoyed that he hadn’t tried harder with their vows… but, hey, you can’t have any regrets about your wedding day when you’re married to someone as great as Marshall.
4 “‘If’? Ted, the kids in that movie jumped into a painting and spent 15 minutes chasing a cartoon fox. Spoon full of ‘sugar’? Grow up.”
Robin makes this joke when she’s speaking to Ted in the season six episode “Last Words,” and it’s another hilarious joke that everyone missed.
They’re talking about Mary Poppins, of course, and it really proves how different their personalities are. While Ted is naive and innocent and sweet, Robin is much tougher and cynical. Fans of the show who always hoped that she was the mother love their dynamic, and this scene is a good example.
3 “And Robin’s more than awesome. She’s awe-some-more. She’s even awe-quite-a-lot.”
Barney is known for his catchphrases, but he also has some good jokes, including this one that everyone missed on How I Met Your Mother.
He makes this joke in the season five opening, “Definitions,” while chatting with Marshall about his situation with Robin, who he’s realized that he’s got a huge crush on. The gang on this show are famous for constantly saying the word “awesome” and this is one of the best examples. We should all use the phrase “awe-quite-a-lot” on a regular basis.
2 “For who, a witch building a house in the forest?”
When Marshall says, “Jelly beans, fluffernutter, Gummi bears, ginger snaps- this is a grocery list” Robin makes this joke in the third season episode “Spoiler Alert.” Marshall says “Sugar helps me study” which is totally relatable… but also proves the theory that he has never really grown up.
Robin always cuts right to the chase, even if she’s talking about junk food and candy, and we love her for it. It really does sound like Marshall is talking about a fairy tale.
1 “Look at us, riding around in a limo, eating hot dogs… It’s like we’re the president.”
This season one quote from the episode “The Limo” really sums up Marshall’s personality, and it’s also one of the funniest jokes that everyone missed on How I Met Your Mother.
For most people, if they think about what it’s like to hold a high position like being a politician or celebrity, they think about living in luxury. They imagine residing in a mansion, having a private chef, eating steak and caviar. Not Marshall. He’s totally cool with hot dogs, and for him, that’s good enough.
Luckily for fans of the Zabrak Sith warrior, he’s appeared in plenty of other Star Wars media. Two animated series, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and even now he’s rumored to have a role in the Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series being produced for the soon-to-be released streaming service Disney+. Below are 10 hilarious Darth Maul memes that are on the dark side.
10 SALE AT THE MAUL
Any way you slice it, Darth Maul got the shaft in Episode I. No sooner was he introduced as one of the most intriguing and awesome characters in George Lucas’s prequel trilogy — if not the entire saga — then he was abruptly killed off for narrative purposes.
Fans have argued it doesn’t make sense that he was killed with such a rookie move by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who seemed to only win against an expert duelist like Maul because he had the element of surprise, not because he was the superior swordsman. In classic Obi-Wan fashion, even though he was just a Padawan, he obtained the high ground, slicing Maul in half.
9 TOO ANGRY TO DIE
Star Wars fans mourned the loss of Darth Maul in 1999, and never expected to see him appear again in any Star Wars incarnation. But if Anakin Skywalker could have 3/4 of his limbs sliced off, suffer third degree burns, and still become the scourge of the Galactic Empire as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, Darth Maul could have his reunion tour.
Maul would go on to appear in Star Wars: Rebels and The Clone Wars in a very creative way, satisfying fans of the Sith warrior and tying his character nicely into the behind-the-scenes narrative that took place in the years between Attack of the Clones and Rogue One.
8 AFTER ONE PIECE OF GUM
There have been many comparisons between the Night King from Game of Thrones and Darth Maul from Episode I. Both characters are almost silent, have angular features, and of course, have a crown of horns that circled the top of their heads.
The biggest similarity isn’t even visual; it’s the fact that both of these characters were brought into their respective intellectual properties to be intimidating and memorable villains, with seemingly important roles to play in the overall storyline of their sagas, only to be unceremoniously killed off in the most lame ways possible. Plus the Night King is totally what Darth Maul would look like in one of those breath-refreshing gum ads.
7 LIKE SPLITTING WOOD
Not only was Darth Maul’s death in The Phantom Menace completely unexpected, it was also pretty lethal. Obi-Wan Kenobi had to tap into some pretty aggressive energies to be able to chop him in half. You can see it on his face when Maul looks down on him dangling helplessly over the chasm.
Master Jinn often instructed Obi-Wan to be mindful of the Living Force, and reside in the moment to tap into greater resonance with the Force. Unfortunately, this can take a Jedi perilously close to the dark side. Fortunately, Jinn’s death triggered the appropriate levels of anger in Obi-Wan to do what needed to be done.
6 THE PHANTOM MARKER
Up until The Phantom Menace, a double-bladed lightsaber had never appeared on screen in a Star Wars movie before. Authors writing in the Expanded Universe/Legends canon at the time the film came out had mentioned various other light-weapons, but the double-bladed lightsaber was an entirely new concept unto itself.
Whereas once Star Wars fans thought a Jedi or Sith was impressive simply because they had a lightsaber at all, now they realized that there were warriors so accomplished in the galaxy that they could fight with two joined together. Of course, if they were really made out of markers as this meme suggests, they’d just fall apart.
5 GEORGE “EDGELORD” LUCAS
Star Wars fans have long maligned creator George Lucas for his ham-fisted approach to the franchise. He’ll introduce characters and concepts in one film, only to eliminate them or completely leave them out of another, creating inconsistencies and plot holes throughout the Saga.
Much of the narrative structure of the Star Wars films comes down to, “X has to be done so that Y can happen”. Within the confines of the narrative imperative, Darth Maul, the most badass character in Star Wars, had to die so that Lord Sidious needed a new apprentice.
4 HIDE AND SITH
Darth Maul didn’t get a lot of exposure in The Phantom Menace until the end, and by that time, all of the build-up had fans thinking he would be a consistent cast member in the three prequel films. Why? Because he didn’t have a lot of screen time, very few lines, and seemed like a character with a mysterious history to be revealed in future installments.
If Star Wars fans think they were upset when Snoke got casually killed off in The Last Jedi before getting to learn who he was or how he affected the sequel trilogy, imagine what fans felt watching Darth Maul get turned into cosmic trail mix before anyone could even learn what a Zabrak was.
3 THE HIGH GROUND
By now, most Star Wars fans have seen the endless barrage of “high ground” memes featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar, making mincemeat out of Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Apparently all Ol’ Ben needed was to get the high ground.
Obi-Wan learned this when he was in Anakin’s position in The Phantom Menace. All it would have taken was for Darth Maul to Force-peel his fingers off the ledge he was holding onto, and send him hurtling down the reactor shaft, but Kenobi was able to pull himself up with a Force jump, and slice Maul in half, despite Maul being in the better position.
2 KILLING YOUR MASTER AND CHILL
Perhaps more surprising than Darth Maul’s unexpected death in The Phantom Menace was Qui-Gon Jinn’s death. He was able to keep pace with Maul’s dueling style up until they were trapped between a series of energy shields, and then the Jedi Master couldn’t eclipse Maul’s athletic ferocity.
It was up to his Padawan to take Maul down, which he was miraculously able to do despite not having the “high ground” Obi-Wan is so famous for pointing out. It’s rumored that to create the memorable face Maul made when Kenobi cuts him in half, actor Ray Park just imagined himself using the bathroom.
1 THE FORCE IS NOT STRONG WITH THIS ONE
Next to Darth Vader, Darth Maul is the most memorable villain in Star Wars. Like Vader, he appeared in the first episode of his own trilogy, and though he was dispatched pretty quickly, he became the face of the prequels in the same way Vader became the face of the original trilogy.
As for being the only guy in cinematic history to kill Liam Neeson, that’s not exactly accurate. A few years after Episode I, he was killed by Daniel Day-Lewis’s character in Gangs of New York, but Maul got first dibs, though. It was only later that Neeson would become known as an unstoppable killing machine himself in the Taken franchise.
Although the sequel was made six years after the original, it ups the ante in just about every category. From humorous chills to horrifying thrills, Evil Dead II takes everything that worked well in the original and multiplied it tenfold. Deadites, demons, witches and more. Here are the 10 Best Jumscares in Evil Dead II!
10 Annie Stumbles Into Possessed Ash
Just when Annie thought it was safe to breathe a sigh of relief, possessed Ash ruins the day!
Towards the end of the film, Annie thinks the mayhem is over once Jake’s corpse is devoured by Henrietta. The violent action dies down, leaving Annie to catch her breath and reflect. But, as she slowly ambles across the room, she turns her body and walks right into a possessed Ash. Possessed Ash growls as a crackle of lightning strikes right when he appears onscreen.
9 Headless Linda With Chainsaw
Roughly 20 minutes into the film, Ash is mercilessly attacked inside the toolshed. When he reaches out for a chainsaw to protect himself, a sinister surprise nearly gives him a heart attack.
Ash ably transports Linda’s severed head into the toolshed and clamps it down with a vice. Just as Ash goes for the chainsaw to slice up Linda’s head, he notices the power tool is missing. In no time, the shed door violently swings open with a loud thud. Linda’s headless body storms into the shed and attacks Ash with the chainsaw in tow.
8 Mirror Ash Lunges Out
One of the best jumpscares in Evil Dead II became so memorable that Sam Raimi reused the same technique in Spider-Man. Tricky!
Following a brutal demonic attack, Ash wanders in front of a circular mirror. As he examines his flesh wounds carefully, he grabs the edges of the mirror with both hands. A few calm seconds pass before the image of Ash reflected in the mirror suddenly lunges out and grabs the “real” Ash by the shoulders. Simple, but brilliant! Raimi composed a similar shot with the Green Goblin in Spider-Man.
7 Ash Stabs Possessed Hand
Another excellent jumpscare in the film comes after a masterful piece of misdirection. Raim can manipulate expectations like no other!
When Ash’s hand becomes demonically possessed, he does everything he can to prevent it from harming. A hilarious self-battle ensues, leaving Ash wounded on the kitchen floor. Suddenly, Ash’s possessed hand begins dragging his body towards a meat-cleaver. As the hand moves closer, we anticipate it will grab the cleaver and hurt Ash. Yet, just before the possessed hand grabs the cleaver, Ash’s non-possessed hand suddenly stabs the demonic one.
6 Linda Scares Ash In Window
One of the biggest hair-raising jumpscares in Evil Dead II comes after a relatively calm moment of levity. Talk about letting your guard down!
After zombified Linda does a cartoonish waltz outside the cabin, Ash looks out the window at her. A lulling moment of silence falls before Linda’s malevolent face suddenly appears through the fog. Her wicked pale face, white eyeballs, and jagged teeth suddenly appear, in close-up, right before Ash in the window frame. “Dance with Me,” she cackles before pulling Ash’s head through the window.
5 Linda’s Head Drops Into Ash’s Lap
Less than one minute after the previous jumpscare in which Linda’s possessed visage terrifies Ash in the window, an even harrier moment occurs. Sam Raimi never lets up!
In the moments following Linda’s attack, Ash settles into a false sense of security. The chaos subsides for a moment, during which Ash takes a rest on a rocking chair. As he exhales and gathers himself, Ash is suddenly mortified when Linda’s decapitated head abruptly falls from the ceiling into his lap. The jarring sound FX that punctuate the shot makes the jumpscare extra frightening.
4 Henrietta Pops Up Through Cellar
One of the most bloodcurdling jumpscares in Evil Dead II comes right around the 40-minute mark. Henrietta is not to be messed with!
Just as Annie thinks she’s safe, she begins to amble across the cabin floor. A brief moment of quietude is interrupted when Henrietta’s possessed body suddenly juts up through the cellar floor. The terror is amplified by an unnerving sound cue as the decrepit demon quickly appears at the bottom of the screen. If that wasn’t alarming enough, just as Annie tries to escape, Henrietta’s arm flies into the frame for one last chill.
3 Possessed Ed Frightens Annie
Another bone-chilling jumpscare occurs right after possessed Henrietta retreats into the cellar. Annie decries that the beast is not her mother, even if it appears to be. The deception doesn’t end there!
Just as Annie turns away from Henrietta to warn Ash of her evilness, a possessed Ed abruptly pops up into the frame from below. A loud, unsettling sound accompanies the shot, which prominently features Ed’s grotesque face and large rotten teeth. The way the camera moves towards Ed before he rapidly appears is what makes the shot so terrifying.
2 Possessed Ash Accosts Jake
The secret to many of Evil Dead II‘s jumpscares has to do with subtle camera movement. That, and forcing the audience to let their guard down.
One prime example of this occurs when Ash scares the living daylights out of Jake near the end of the film. By now, we expect Ash to remain heroic, so, when he becomes possessed one more time, it’s horrifying, and the way Ash’s possessed body suddenly shoots up from the bottom of the frame to mortify Jake is doubly arresting.
1 Henrietta Drags Jake Into Cellar
Henrietta’s first jumpscare was quite alarming, but what her possessed body does with Jake is even scarier!
Right after possessed Ash suddenly appears in the cabin window and terrifies Annie (itself a good jumpscare), she carries Jake’s corpse into the cabin. His head falls near the cellar door, and Annie grabs an ax and looks around the room. Suddenly, Henrietta bursts through the cellar door and viciously drags Jake under. The loud crashing noise and demonic scream make the jumpscare extra freaky.
WARNING: Tons of spoilers inbound!
10 The Church Of Black Rock The Redeemer
The church of Black Rock the Redeemer sounds like something straight from a King novel. The name is spooky and it looks like something King would create in that brilliant mind of his. While the town looked very real it was all just a set constructed on the side of the road.
A man named Rob Staffen loved the look of the church so much he asked production if he could keep it. He erected it on his golf course in Perth Australia and now it looks like King lovers have a new reason to visit Perth.
9 Uluru Rock
The rock at the center of it all has some deep roots in the universe. It has ancient hieroglyphics and underneath it is dead bodies. All of which we can assume succumbed to the field. The rock is also featured in Stephen Spielberg’s Close Encounter Of The Third Kind. Believe it or not, this rock has a very real and deep history going as far back to before the Natives lost their land. The carvings on the rock are telling a story of pain and ritual. It is sacred to Indigenous Australians and it isn’t quite as simple looking at the rock in the film. It’s more like a sandstone.
8 Grass Alters The Past
At one point, later in the film, the audience sees the foursome (Travis, Cal, Becky, and Tobin) all meet up near the rock. They attempt to save Tobin and his mother from his delirious father. However, because of the grass, they are all in an alternate version of their original version.
So the meeting at the rock technically did not happen. Everyone was long dead several times over before this scene took place. The grass creates a timeline than takes elements from that timeline to mess with another timeline thus making our lost characters well…dead.
7 The Grass Is Actually Trying To Help
In some ways. Here’s the deal, Ross touched the rock and immediately he knew what he had to do that would supposedly be beneficial for him and his family. He figures we are stuck in the grass so let’s make the best of it. He constantly tells the others that they aren’t learning therefore, they aren’t listening to the grass, the rock, and every other entity present in this space. At one point, Cal almost kills Travis and Ross ends up killing Cal. The rock is trying to show them that if they all had worked together, maybe none of this would have happened. They MAY have been able to escape if they had just worked together. It’s farfetched but it’s something to think about.
6 The Grass May Be CGI
During an interview with writer/producer Vincenzo Natal, The Verge wanted to know, how in the world they got that grass to look that way. Natali said; “I don’t want to say too much about how we made the film because I don’t want to take away from the experience of it. But I will say this that opening shot, the high angle over grass, was shot from a drone and augmented because the grass wasn’t that perfect.” We say, CGI enhanced or not, this movie was beyond trippy and made us wonder what the hell we would do if we got stuck in some tall grass.
5 Ross Killed Everyone
Some people are confused by exactly who is killing people in this film. We can only assume it is the tall grass because it is all-consuming and terrifying. We see the grass knick the skin of all the characters several times and it makes it seem as though the natural dew on the grass seeps into their bloodstreams and makes them a little crazy. However, we later find out that touching the rock and your own personal intentions are what makes these characters who they are.
Ross by nature is a maniacal person. He has a lot of anger and touching the rock enhances that anger. He kills over and over and over and over and over. We know this because Travis touches the rock and it enhances his compassion leading him to take a version of Tobin to safety.
4 Is The Grass Spreading?
One Reddit user seems to believe so. Close to the end of the film we finally see the group in a few new locations. They enter an abandoned bowling alley. But only, we don’t see any traces of a bowling alley when Cal and Becky first stop. We get a pretty clean view of the town because the siblings look around quite a bit before they enter the grass. The only thing we see is the church and a few abandoned homes. So where does this broken down bowling alley come from? Could it be that the grass actually is spreading and one of the reasons why the characters get so deep and so lost is that it IS expanding?
3 The Church Is a Portal
So many people seemed confused AF about what was happening with the church, how it suddenly looked clean and brand new when Travis shoves Tobin in it to reset life to something more pleasant. Most believed it was a dream and some figured that because everything was reset the town wasn’t fully abandoned yet, however, it seems as though the church can be officially considered a portal between the field realm and the real world.
Travis talks a little bit about being in the right place at the right time. He rushes Tobin out of the field because that right time is coming up and who knows when it will come again. This means the church exists just like the people do both in and out of the loop at different times.
2 Wait, Who Didn’t Read The Script?
Apparently Stephen King and Joe Hil may not have even read the film adaptation of their short story. Writer/producer Vincenzo Natali admitted that he isn’t even sure if King has read or by this point even seen his version of In The Tall Grass. Natali said, “Never, not once, did they exercise that control. I was encouraged to just make my own movie. I think he understands that adaptation shouldn’t be literal. And it certainly couldn’t be in this case. So it was a real pleasure. They’re very collaborative and easy.” when asked how/when he consulted with King and Hill he said, “To be honest, I don’t even know if they read them or not.” This could be the reason for the mixed reviews.
1 Travis Lured In the Humboldts
Many people see the time loop as Becky and Cal getting lured in by Tobin but they don’t fully explain who lured Tobin, Natalie (the mom) and Ross into the grass. Ross mentions that they are lured in by a voice they heard calling for help they chase their dog in who is chasing the voice. Apparently, this was Becky’s voice but Becky and Cal were lured in by Tobin’s voice. Because of the time loop, Travis is apparently already in there and the voice they follow is Travis so they can help him find his pregnant girlfriend. We can chalk to up to one of the realities, right? Especially if the grass can bring back dead people.
New photos from the set of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad reveal most of the new cast members in their costumes. After a few years of sitting in limbo, a sequel for 2016’s box office hit Suicide Squad picked up a lot of steam last year with the addition of Gunn. His film has neither been described as a sequel or a reboot, but the cast that he’s assembled points to it sticking with the DCEU continuity on a baseline level (at least).
Fan-favorite anti-hero Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back to star in The Suicide Squad, along with Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Beyond them though, Gunn has found several big names to fill out the rest of Task Force X’s roster. John Cena and Idris Elba are two of the biggest additions, but the official cast announcement for The Suicide Squad revealed many more members. Now, several of them have been spotted in their DC suits.
Shared by Just Jared, the first set photos from The Suicide Squad largely put the spotlight on brand new characters who may or may not (but probably will) die during the movie. Captain Boomerang is the only returning cast member that is part of this group, and he’s sporting a slightly new costume. Meanwhile, the set photos offer up the first looks at who Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Flula Borg, and Mayling Ng. Sean Gunn is also present in a mo-cap suit, indicating that he’ll play a completely CGI character.
For Captain Boomerang, Gunn has tampered down his big fur coat, “captain” athletic jacket, and more, with one noticeable addition being a sash around his torso that appears to hold his deadly boomerangs. As for the rest of the cast members, the photos give us fairly good ideas of which obscure DC character they are playing. Fillion might be Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (who can detach his limbs at will) or Blackguard (who can create weapons out of pure energy), Davidson might be Savant (skilled in hand-to-hand combat), Borg appears to be Javelin (uses a giant javelin), and Mayling Ng appears to be playing Mongal (a superpowered alien). Gunn’s character is unknown, but recent rumors claim he’s Weasel.
While these photos may not be official, they provide an early look at how The Suicide Squad is shaping up under Gunn. Its also difficult to look at this lineup and not remember his “don’t get too attached” tease that came with the casting announcement. It is possible that this could be an early version of the Suicide Squad who fail on a mission, resulting in most of them dying before Waller has to bring in others. In any case, now that these set photos from The Suicide Squad have surfaced, we’ll just have to wait and see if an official look at the rest of the cast comes as production continues. Gunn has teased this isn’t the plan though, but these photos could always change that.
Source: Just Jared
Bloodshot producer Dinesh Shamdasani is hinting that the trailer for the Vin Diesel-led comic book movie will arrive in theaters with Terminator: Dark Fate. The upcoming film is based on the Valiant superhero comic book series of the same name, which was created by Kevin VanHook, Bob Layton, and Don Perlin, and launched back in the early 1990s.
Diesel stars in Bloodshot as Ray Garrison, a former marine who’s resurrected with nanotechnology after he and his wife are murdered. Talulah Riley (Westworld) is costarring as Ray’s wife, Gina DeCarlo, in the film alongside Guy Pearce (Prometheus) as Dr. Emil Harting, the scientist who creates the technology that revives Ray and transforms him into Bloodshot. Production took place last year in locations like South Africa, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, with visual effects supervisor Dave Wilson making his debut as director. Back in September, Wilson said the Bloodshot trailer should arrive online sometime this month.
In a more recent interview with Wilson and Shamdasani, the latter told Screen Geek the Bloodshot trailer will arrive “Very, very soon. I would definitely buy a ticket to Terminator: Dark Fate”. Screen Rant has reached out to their reps for additional clarification, but it sounds like the trailer will either arrive with Dark Fate or earlier in theaters.
While it’s possible that Sony will release the Bloodshot trailer next week with Zombieland: Double Tap, launching it with Dark Fate would make more sense. The movie, which acts as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, is targeting the same demographic as Diesel’s comic book adaptation and even has a few plot elements in common. Specifically, Dark Fate costars Mackenzie Davis as Grace, a soldier-assassin from the future who – much like Bloodshot – has been enhanced with biotechnology and possesses superhuman abilities. Not to mention, Dark Fate is projected for a stronger box office opening than the Zombieland sequel (if one that’s soft for a franchise film with its production and marketing budgets).
Sony is hoping to jump-start a whole series of films beginning with Bloodshot, so it makes sense for them to release the trailer in time for it to play with not only Dark Fate, but also the other big tentpoles arriving throughout November and December. Neither the Bloodshot character nor Valiant are as well-known as the more famous superheroes and publishers of the comic book industry (namely, Marvel and DC), which is all the more reason for Sony to be strategic about how and when it kicks off the movie’s marketing campaign. Fortunately, it sounds like Bloodshot fans won’t have to wait much longer to get their first official look at Diesel in the titular role.
Source: Screen Geek
Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery 2 is happening at Netflix. Starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Murder Mystery marks one of several Sandler-produced films available exclusively for the streaming giant. Set in the same vein of a whodunit mystery as Clue and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Murder Mystery released in June, setting a new streaming record for Netflix Original movies.
Directed by Kyle Newacheck, Murder Mystery follows Nick (Sandler) and Audrey (Aniston) Spitz, a married couple whose passion and romance have been replaced with stale conversations and predicability. In a valiant effort to rekindle the spark in their relationship (and distract his wife from his lies about his status as a detective), Nick sweeps Audrey away for a long-delayed European honeymoon for a 15th-anniversary gift. Aboard a plane, Audrey encounters wealthy Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), who invites the couple to a family event on a yacht. Surrounded by outlandish characters, the couple joins the group for a will signing by Cavendish’s billionaire uncle, Malcolm Quince (Terrence Stamp). In a classic dark turn of events, Malcolm is murdered, leaving Nick and Audrey to solve the crime. Written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), Murder Mystery’s ratings surpassed Will Smith’s Bright and Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box, raking in almost 31 million views in three days.
Now, a sequel to the charming – and slightly predictable – Murder Mystery is in early development. According to THR, Sandler and Aniston are expected to reprise their roles for Murder Mystery 2. As of this writing, Vanderbilt is being eyed to write the sequel’s script, featuring a new murder case for the Spitz duo to crack.
Reuniting Just Go With It stars Aniston and Sandler, Murder Mystery was a summer treat for Netflix. Depending on if its placed on the fast track of development, Murder Mystery 2 could release around the same time in 2020. Netflix and Sandler will continue their partnership, and the comedian is set to reprise his role as Dracula in the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 4. Aniston’s career shows no signs of slowing down either, as the Friends actress will star alongside Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon in Apple TV+ series The Morning Show.
Ending on a cautiously closed note, Murder Mystery’s stellar ratings and star power has since paved the way for a sequel and possibly even a series of crime-solving flicks featuring Sandler and Aniston’s married couple. Clocking in at a comfortable 97 minutes, Murder Mystery delivered the perfect, breezy watch. Murder Mystery 2 could easily deliver a second dose of medicine for viewers. Even though Murder Mystery doesn’t tote an “original” concept, it’s provoked a few worthy chuckles from its viewers and seems to have solved the case of how to deliver a massive success for Netflix.
The first season of USA’s television extension of the popular (and probably eternal) The Purge franchise was little more than a rehash of the various films that had come before. The decision to stay in the franchise’s chosen lane of government-sanctioned anarchy and the annual madness that ensues during a 12-hour period makes sense; after all, the show’s producers likely wanted to avoid alienating their devoted fan base by venturing too far from what happy ticket-buyers had come to expect. That’s all set to change with season 2, however, as the series takes a much-needed turn away from the actual Purge, and finds itself with an intriguing premise that helps color a world obsessed with and largely run by its anticipation of each successive Purge.
To do so, the series shifts its attention to the 364 days between Purges. That shouldn’t worry Purge fans, though, as the season premiere, ‘This is Not a Test,’ takes place in the waning hours of the most recent wave of anarchy, introducing a new crop of characters, notably (the always fantastic) Derek Luke as Marcus Moore, a doctor who finds his expensive anti-Purge security system circumvented by a masked intruder trying to kill him and his wife Michelle (Rochelle Aytes).
Like season 1, the story is sprawling, and tells a number of parallel, sometimes overlapping stories, only this time, it works to bring something new to the table. This time the series includes a couple of frat bros, Ben (Joel Allen) and his cowardly buddy played by Matt Shively, who make the mistake of venturing out on Purge night in order to go full Logan Paul and snag photos of people who’ve taken their own lives under a suicide bridge. At the same time the fraternity brothers’ excursion turns elaborately violent, when Ben falls into the trap of a Purger in a white mask with ‘God’ scrawled on the forehead, a group of high-tech thieves are robbing a bank, only to be caught unawares by a group of Jackals (i.e., thieves who steal from thieves on Purge night). The standoff between the two groups puts them all in a time crunch, as Purge rules state anyone still in the process of committing a crime when the bell sounds will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This puts team leader Ryan Grant (Max Martini) in a bind when his reckless teammate risks being in violation of the rules for some extra cash.
This time, The Purge also introduces Esme Carmona (Paola Nuñez), a security professional who monitors activity during and after the Purge, to seek out violators and keep those whose governmental rank is high enough to make it illegal for any harm to come to them during those chaotic 12 hours. At first, this seems like an extension of the franchise’s behind-the-scenes look at the confounding bureaucracy that helped create and implement something as ridiculous and disturbing as the Purge, but, like all the other storylines, it soon reveals itself to be fundamentally different than what’s come before. That is mostly due to the fact that these characters will soon be abiding by the laws that govern society during the other 364 days of the year, and will do so in the direct aftermath of the bedlam they’ve either witnessed, participated in, or were the victim of just hours earlier.
The shift effectively creates a brave new world for The Purge franchise, one where the writers are given a chance to more fully explore the consequences of that single 12-hour period, and to draw a more complete picture of a world that has effectively become addicted to the lawlessness of a single night. And by placing its narrative and characters in a society still mostly governed by laws that more closely resemble the world viewers recognize, the series must rewrite its own rule book. As it turns out, doing so results in a clever reinvention of the franchise, one that’s reinforced by some strong performances – particularly Luke’s, as Marcus discovers there’s more to his Purge nightmare than meets the eye.
Season 2 seems particularly interested in examining how the Purge’s sanctioned violence and criminality only begets more violence and criminality. That might threaten to turn the series into Purge Preppers, were it not for examples of how the world has become increasingly unfazed by the Purge, and how the population have either become numbed to its violence and lawlessness (unless it impacts them directly) or, worse, are inspired to take to streets and participate. It’s a positive sign that, of the episodes made available to critics ahead of time, The Purge appears committed to using its time away from the Purge to more fully consider the world it has created.
If nothing else, The Purge season 2 offers welcome new spin on the long-running franchise, one that has the potential to venture down avenues always hinted at but never explored. It may be overdue for a franchise that has largely stuck to a single successful formula (and who can blame them?), but better late than never.
The Purge season 2 premieres Tuesday, October 15 @9pm on USA.
Netflix’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie stars one of the original Breaking Bad leads – Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman – and the supporting cast includes various Breaking Bad standouts.
Directed by Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up immediately after the events depicted in the Breaking Bad series finale. Jesse Pinkman attempts to evade authorities while seeking resolution about his experiences with Walter White (Bryan Cranston). In the process, flashback sequences reflect Jesse’s state of mind as he contemplates the future.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is full of familiar faces. Here’s a complete breakdown of the cast and characters, and where you’ve probably seen the actors before.
Aaron Paul As Jesse Pinkman
Aaron Paul reprises his Breaking Bad role as Jesse Pinkman – a traumatized meth dealer looking to start a new life after months held captive by a Neo-Nazi gang. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie chronicles his attempts to succeed where he once failed, and get out of the meth business foe good – without going to jail.
Now 40 years old, Paul is best know for starring in Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013. Since the series ended, he starred in action movies like Need for Speed and Central Intelligence. Paul also portrayed Eddie Hale in Hulu’s The Path, and headlines the main cast for the Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’s Supporting Cast
- Larry Hankin as Old Joe: After previously helping Jesse in Breaking Bad, Old Joe initially agrees to help Jesse in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, only to be spooked out by a LoJack stolen vehicle alarm. Hankin is also known as Charley Butts from Escape from Alcatraz and Carl Alphonse from Billy Madison.
- Charles Baker as Skinny Pete: He orchestrates Jesse’s escape, and receives an El Camino in the process. Baker previously appeared in 15 Breaking Bad episodes as one of Jesse’s closest friends, and has since appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon and NBC’s The Black List.
- Tom Bower as Lou: The former neighbor of Todd Alquist, Lou pokes around while Jesse looks for hidden money. Tom Bower portrayed Marvin in Die Hard 2 and Dan Dugan in Out of the Furnace. He also stars in Casey Affleck’s 2019 film Light of My Life.
- Robert Forster as Ed Galbraith: Another Breaking Bad character reprisal, Ed helps secure Jesse’s escape, but only after some negotiating. Robert Forster starred opposite Pam Grier in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He also portrayed Bud Baxter on Last Man Standing and Frank Truman in Twin Peaks.
- Matt Jones as Brandon “Badger” Mayhew: Along with Skinny Pete, he helps Jesse escape in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Jones appeared in 12 Breaking Bad episodes, and recently portrayed Noah McNichol in the 2019 film Brightburn. He also played Deputy Pete in Kevin Smith’s 2011 feature Red State.
- Scott MacArthur as Neil: A Kandy Welding employee in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie who masquerades as a faux police officer and squares off against Jesse. Scott MacArthur currently portrays Scotty aka The Devil on HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones. In the past, he starred as Jimmy on The Mick.
- Scott Shepherd as Casey: One of Neil’s accomplices, he initially tries to “arrest” Jesse. Scott Shepherd portrayed John Grey in Dark Phoenix and Harris James in True Detective season 3.
- Tess Harper as Diane Pinkman: On a news broadcast in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Jesse’s mother requests that he turn himself in. Tess Harper received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Crimes of the Heart. Since 2014, she’s had small roles in True Detective, Criminal Minds, and How to Get Away with Murder.
- Michael Bofshever as Adam Pinkman: Jesse’s father hopes for his son’s safe return, and speaks with him on the phone. Michael Bofshever reprises his Breaking Bad role. He’s recently had small roles in Barry, How to Get Away with Murder, and A Dog’s Purpose.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’s Breaking Bad Flashback Cast
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut: A multi-faceted business man in Breaking Bad, he talks to Jesse about the idea of fleeing to Alaska during a flashback sequence by a river in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Jonathan Banks had roles in ‘80s films like Gremlins, Airplane!, and Beverly Hills Cop. He also portrayed Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul.
Jesse Plemons as Todd Alquist: An original Breaking Bad character, he plays a significant role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, but only to show how Jesse manages to secure getaway money. Jesse Plemons and real-life fiancée Kirsten Dunst starred together in Fargo season 2. He portrayed Gary in Date Night and has a role in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Kevin Rankin as Kenny: An original Breaking Bad character, he appears in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie to demonstrate how Jesse remembers Neil. Kevin Rankin portrays Bryce in Claws and previously appeared in films like Dallas Buyers Club and Hell or High Water.
Krysten Ritter as Jane Margolis: One of Jesse’s former Breaking Bad love interests. Jesse remembers her past advice during El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’s climax, which inspires him to create his own path in life. Krysten Ritter played the title character in Jessica Jones.
Bryan Cranston as Walter White: Breaking Bad’s hero-turned-villain appears in a flashback sequence that underlines Jesse’s potential moving forward, all the while reminding of how much the character has evolved. Prior to Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was best known for starring as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle. He delivered an Oscar-nominated performance in Trumbo.
In Netlix’s new movie Fractured, a man is forced into a nightmare situation when his family goes missing at a hospital – and you probably won’t see the twist ending coming. Directed by Brad Sanderson, of 2004’s The Machinist fame, Ray Monroe’s journey to find his wife and daughter after they mysteriously disappear is delivered in unsettling fashion as the truth slowly comes to light.
On the way home from a less than fruitful family thanksgiving with the in-laws, Ray (Sam Worthington), his wife Joanne (Lily Rabe), and daughter Peri (Lucy Capri) stop by a gas station. While there, Ray and Peri take a fall, leaving Peri with a fractured arm. As frustration turns to worried exacerbation, the parents take their girl to a nearby hospital, where, after some slightly odd questioning by staff, Peri is eventually seen and Ray passes out in the waiting room.
When he wakes up, however, he finds himself in what feels like an alternate reality. Nobody in the hospital can recall his wife and daughter, only treating him for a small head injury. Determined to get his fmaily back, Ray starts down a paranoid rabbit hole that ultimately leads him to some dark revelations about himself.
What Happens in Fractured’s Ending
After Ray manages to break free from from hospital security in Fractured, the personnel bring in a psychiatric doctor to help calm him down and get to the bottom of what happened. Ray had alerted nearby police, and had the doctor that admitted his daughter for a CAT scan called in, as nobody currently on duty could remember him or find his or his family’s names on record.
The psychiatrist manages to make some breakthroughs in Ray’s psyche, discovering that he’s been carrying trauma from a car crash eight years previous that claimed the life of his first wife. She convinces him to lead her and the officials on his case back to the gas station where the incident took place. There, they discover a bloodstain from the fall Peri took on a patch of construction work, and come to the conclusion that Ray accidentally killed his spouse and child and is having a severe psychotic break to process it all.
Ray, however, doubles down on his own perspective, firm in the belief that something nefarious is going on in the bowels of that hospital. He manages to sneak into the basement, killing a security guard in the process, and finds an organ harvesting operation happening. He manages to interject before his family are chopped up and break them out. As the sun begins to rise, Ray starts singing with his family in the backseat as the camera fades to the truth: the area he was in was an operating theater, and he’s just broken out some poor person still knocked out from the anesthetic.
The fall Ray took with Peri had killed her, and he accidentally killed his wife by pushing her head onto a nail. Their bodies were in the trunk of his car, where he’d left them. Fractured ends with Ray driving off, likely to soon be arrested, in full psychosis that he’d finally managed to do something right as a father and husband.
Ray’s Family Are Dead, And He Killed Them
A key early moment in Fractured comes when Ray, having fallen down after Peri, blacks out from a blow to the head. This is where reality gives way to Ray’s warped point-of-view. In all the exhaustion from arguing with Joanne, and now this, where his failures seemed perpetual and unending, he snaps. Peri was dead, and Joanne was upset, and Ray had had enough of her, so he shoves her to the side, where her head lands right on an outward facing nail amid the debris of construction.
What happens next is the big twist: having absolutely reached his limit, Ray compartmentalizes, puts the bodies in the boot of his car and drives to a hospital to get his head looked at. While doing this, though, he imagines that he and Joanne are actually getting treatment for Peri. Then he passes out from all the exertion, and when he wakes up, he’s back in the real world, where those bodies are in his trunk and he came in to get a few stitches in his head. But he maintains his memories of the imagined version, creating all sorts of chaos in the belief there’s some conspiracy against him.
Ray Is Completely Mentally Broken By The End
As the truth closes in, Ray becomes more and more irrational to keep his version where Joanne and Peri are alive. He steals weapons, fakes identities and murders a policeman. What started as a heinous crime becomes unimaginably worse the more Ray carries on.
After carrying around the pain of watching his first wife die for eight years, Ray simply can’t take any more and decides the world must change when he’s faced with yet more tragedy. When he finally manages to get back in his car with his family in the backseat, he’s in full belief that he’s done the right thing, and starts singing with his now imaginary family. Ray’s story in Fractured is a grim, harrowing reminder that we need to be mindful of trauma and to seek help when faced with horrendous tragedy, lest we become disjointed from everything around us.
There are a few Studio Ghibli selections on the list, but these titles and directors might be new to you. Others were obscure in their time but experienced a resurgence much later when home video and pay-per-view made foreign movies more accessible for North American audiences. Some of these films are vintage while others are brand new, and the list includes movies that use both hand-drawn animation and sophisticated CGI. Here are Japanese animated masterpieces you’ve probably never seen.
10 Blade Runner Black Out 2022 (2017)
A short film that’s part of a series of three, this is the only one that is animated. They fill out some of the gaps in the lore of the Bladerunner universe, giving the audience some dramatic background into the passage of time between the end of the original 1980s cult classic and the beginning of the modern sequel, Bladerunner 2049. The animation is stunning, a perfect mix of a variety of styles that includes CGI and hand-drawn sequences, and even if we don’t know the larger story we can still understand the events of this short clip.
The director of Bladerunner 2049, Denis Villeneuve, is an admirer of Shinichiro Watanabe’s work and personally asked him to handle this short link in the chain of events that leads to the modern full-length movie. It’ll take less than an hour to watch all three short films, so it’s definitely worth your time.
9 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Nausicaa was way ahead of her time. You can see similar characters in apocalyptic and dystopian franchises like Mad Max or Terminator, and the world she lives in is surprisingly dark compared to other Studio Ghibli movies. Although this movie pre-dates the official formation of the studio and was released in collaboration with Toei, Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed both the movie and the anime on which it is based and it is considered a Ghibli film. This is part of the reason it didn’t see a lot of publicity outside of Japan.
This epic story makes some heavy environmental statements and contains a chilling warning against fascism and militant states, another tough marketing angle. It’s also just short of two hours long, an epic saga especially by 1984 standards.
8 The Last Unicorn (1982)
You might have heard of this cult classic that stars famous voices like Christopher Lee and Angela Lansbury, but did you know it was anime? The script and characters were developed by Peter S. Beagle, the author of the original novel. It was animators at the Japanese studio Topcraft, many of which would go on to make up the staff of Studio Ghibli, which brought us the stunning visual story.
In the meantime, they did work for American companies like Rankin-Bass. Often described as “Japanese-American animation” this used to be a rare combination. Now it represents almost half of the animated selections on any cable, pay-per-view or streaming service.
7 Memories (1995)
A collection of three short films, which is one of the reasons it tends to fly under the radar, Memories was buried under a variety of other anime properties that exploded into North America in the mid-1990s. It was produced by Katsuhiro Otomo and is based on his own manga. Ghost in the Shell and the updated Macross Plus are just two examples of the big titles that brought anima into the mainstream in 1995, so there wasn’t a lot of room for more abstract and artistic offerings like Memories.
All three films explore different kinds of science fiction, from space exploration to dystopian post-war societies. This one is tough to find as part of an online service but it is available on DVD, which is why it’s experiencing some new-found popularity.
6 Redline (2010)
It’s no less than one of the most visually intense things you’ll ever see, plus there’s a great story to get into if you can tear your eyes away from the crazy animation. There’s actually a name for this style: i’s called “hyperrealism” and director Takeshi Koike is notorious for it.
It was originally intended for release in 2009, but delays pushed back the premiere and it came out a year later instead, pushing it into obscurity even as the production studio, Madhouse, recognized it as a strong feature film and marketed it as such. Most reviews will point out how unique this film looks, as the trend in anime tends to be on less movement, and this one does the opposite with the central plot revolving around a high-speed space race complete with elaborate weapons and other flashy toys.
5 The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
Translated directly from Japanese, the title of this movie is, “Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place.” The focus of the film is on the microcosm of a personal friendship and the macrocosm of much larger political issues. This is a society where war is a constant threat but an actual conflict has yet to materialize.
As it does, the tension between the two main characters seems to follow, culminating in an adventure that has been waiting for them since they were children. The plot mixes realistic drama with science fiction and fantasy and is visually stunning. Created almost entirely by Makoto Shinkai, this was his first feature film, but he made some beautiful short films and we’ve also put another one of his creations our list.
4 Porco Rosso (1992)
It’s a funny and heartwarming story that takes place in war-torn Europe and features a main character who may or may not be an actual pig. The magical-realism that Studio Ghibli uses to depict a hedonistic Mediterranean seashore that manages to keep partying even as the Nazis are breathing down their necks is an inspiring one, and the character that gives the film its name embodies this spirit.
Porco Rosso, Italian for “Red Pig” and the only real clue we ever get to the actual setting of the story, is a hotshot pilot who enjoys lounging on the beach and shooting down enemy planes. However, it might have been too soon to introduce the abstract style to international audiences, which is why this movie is overshadowed by other Ghibli Movies from the 1990s like Princess Mononoke and Whisper of the Heart.
3 Voices of a Distant Star (2002)
It includes everything you love about anime, including mecha pilots, science fiction, exhilarating visuals and believable, compelling drama. You won’t notice that it was made by one guy from start to finish.
2 Macross: Do You Remember Love (1994)
If you’ve seen the visual and audio spectacle that was Macross Plus then you already have a general idea of what this movie is about. The 1994 four-part series was an OVA that continued but also retold the story of Macross: Do You Remember Love. The OVA was more popular, released to North American audiences by Manga Entertainment along with other big titles like Ninja Scroll and Ghost in the Shell.
The 1984 movie is a film adaptation of the original series and is popular with fans of the Macross franchise, but few other fans of anime have seen it. Even if you’re not into the big giant robot genre, this is the movie that started a tradition of great music, romantic storylines and amazing visuals that the modern series and spinoffs have continued.
1 Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
A fairly new entry, this title is obscure for a few reasons. Unlike most of the other entries on this list, there aren’t a lot of bright colors or beautiful heroes in Tokyo Godfathers. It’s an unapologetic tale about the rougher side of life in affluent Japan, and the lack of any aliens, spaceships, or robots is why this film is not more well known. This is a mix of Japanese animation and American literary genius, similar to classics like The Last Unicorn.
The film is directed by Satoshi Kon and the script is loosely based on Peter B. Kyne’s novel Three Godfathers. The movie is funny, tragic and somehow totally believable despite the crazy adventures the three godfathers have while tending to the mysterious Kiyoko, a baby they found while rooting through the trash on Christmas Eve. The ending is a stark reminder that everything you do comes back to you.
At this point, we’ve seen dozens of contestants on Drag Race who have earned the title of being a comedy queen, but it is clear that only some of them have risen to the top both on and off the franchise. Read below to find out who are the very best comedy queens in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
10 TAMMIE BROWN
There’s no denying that Tammie Brown is the original comedy queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, back in season 1, it is also pretty clear that her sense of humor wasn’t entirely appreciated by the other queens and the judging panel.
Between Drag Race season 1 and All Stars 1, Tammie Brown provided fans with some of the most hilarious moments in the entire franchise. Namely, Tammie told the judges that she was not seeing them “out there walking children in nature” and exclaimed “teleport us to Mars!” during a tense moment between the queens on All Stars.
Even so many years later, the appreciation for Tammie Brown never went away, prompting the queen to tour around the world alongside Trixie Mattel on her Skinny Legend Tour in 2019.
9 MIZ CRACKER
Miz Cracker is the perfect example of a comedy queen that was always successful in bringing a joke or some form of humorous storytelling to each and every runway look. Between her time on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and her self-produced web series Review with a Jew on YouTube, Miz Cracker established herself as one of the funniest queens to have ever been on this franchise.
Some of the most memorable moments of Miz Cracker on Drag Race include her performance as Dr. Dill during “The Bossy Rossy Show” episode and her Judy Jetson look in “The Last Ball On Earth.”
8 GINGER MINJ
During a season that focused so heavily on fashion queens such as Violet Chachki, Miss Fame, and Pearl, Ginger Minj stood out as the comedy queen that the fans could rely on for comic relief and funny commentary.
Since her time on Drag Race season 7 and All Stars 2 Ginger Minj was featured in the Netflix original film Dumplin’, cast as one of the main characters on the Super Drags animated TV series and is set to appear alongside Jinkx Monsoon on the new touring production of the musical Xanadu starting in 2019.
7 MONET X CHANGE
Monet X Change was one of the standout queens on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, so it was obvious that she would be brought back for All Stars 4. After her win alongside Trinity The Tuck, Monet joined the ranks of Chad Michaels, Alaska, and Trixie Mattel in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
During All Stars 4, Monet X Change slayed the girl group challenge with a hilarious lip-sync performance and tied with Manila Luzon as a winner of the comedy roast challenge. On season 10, Monet’s standout comedic performance was her hilarious Snatch Game impersonation of Maya Angelou.
After Monet’s time on Drag Race, the queen kept showcasing her sense of humor on her Build Series talk show The X Change Rate and on the Sibling Rivalry podcast and tour alongside Bob The Drag Queen.
Among so many hilarious Drag Race queens, BenDeLaCreme was chosen as the Miss Congeniality of season 6. This was largely due to her campy performances on the runway, quick wit on the confessionals, and sharp comedic timing during every challenge.
Then, BenDeLaCreme returned for All Stars 3, where she won basically every episode she was on (but ultimately decided to eliminate herself). Between the two seasons, Ben won seven Maxi Challenges. Moreover, she is the only contestant in the history of Drag Race to win Snatch Game twice (on her original season and on All Stars).
Aside from the several solo comedy tours from BenDeLaCreme after her time on the show (including the iconic Terminally Delightful shows), this queen has also toured the world alongside Jinkx Monsoon with their All I Want For Christmas Is Attention holiday tour.
Any true fan of this franchise would tell you that Katya is one of the ultimate fan-favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens. What’s more, she is also one of the most hilarious contestants to have ever walked into that workroom.
Katya has had an incredibly successful career since Drag Race, not only co-hosting the very successful web series UNHhhh and the Viceland talk show The Trixie & Katya Show but also headlining her solo comedy tour Help Me I’m Dying and launching the Whimsically Volatile podcast.
On TV, Katya was seen on Netflix’s Tales of the City and HBO’s Room 104. The queen was also a major part of the 2018 sequel Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Love.
4 TRIXIE MATTEL
While it is hard to simply consider Trixie Mattel a comedy queen – after all, she broke boundaries with her iconic makeup skills and made a career for herself as a musician – there’s no denying that Trixie is a tried-and-true comedian.
Besides her highly rated UNHhhh and The Trixie & Katya Show projects alongside Katya, Trixie Mattel has headlined three major solo comedy tours: Ages 3 and Up, Now With Moving Parts Tour, and Skinny Legend Tour. Of course, all of Trixie’s shows include a lot of her original sons, but therein also lies this queen’s comedy material.
In 2019, Trixie Mattel premiered her first-ever documentary, Moving Parts, at the Tribeca Film Festival. The doc follows the queen during her time before, during, and after All Stars 3.
3 JINKX MONSOON
Back in season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, it felt weird to categorize Jinkx Monsoon as a comedy queen. After all, comedy queens had historically done horribly on the franchise. In hindsight, however, Jinkx became the first-ever queen-whose-forte-was-comedy to win Drag Race, a feat that changed the franchise forever.
The rise of Jinkx Monsoon started out on Snatch Game, where the queen was finally able to showcase her intelligence and sense of humor. Throughout season 5, Jinkx kept making RuPaul, the judges and the fans laugh, prompting everyone to fall even more in love with her.
After Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon released the 2014 documentary Drag Becomes Him, voiced a character on Steven Universe, and was featured at several stage productions that include Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Hairspray.
As of 2019, Jinkx will tour the world alongside BenDeLaCreme with their All I Want For Christmas Is Attention tour and star in a new Xanadu stage production along with Ginger Minj.
2 BOB THE DRAG QUEEN
If you’ve watched season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you know just how talented, unstoppable, and hilarious Bob The Drag Queen is. All in all, Bob won three Maxi Challenges, including two comedy-acting challenges and the highly-coveted Snatch Game.
After the show, Bob The Drag Queen released several songs, released her Suspiciously Large Woman comedy special, started the Sibling Rivalry podcast and tour with Monet X Change, and starred in a production of Angels in America. In 2019 alone, Bob appeared on Netflix’s Tales of the City and on HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show.
1 BIANCA DEL RIO
When it comes to comedy queen, there’s just no one like Bianca Del Rio herself.
This self-described insult comic is always busy at work. Some of the highlights of Bianca’s career include four comedy tours (The Rolodex of Hate Tour, Not Today Satan Tour, Blame It On Bianca Del Rio Tour, and It’s Jester Joke Tour), two movies with her as a protagonist (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Love), and several stage credits that include replacing none other than Michelle Visage on the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Bianca Del Rio is not only regarded as the ultimate Drag Race winner, but she is also considered the queen with the most successful career after the show. And all of this, of course, is largely due to her incredible comedy skills.
Where have we seen the cast of this show before? Here are all the other places to see the stars of Insatiable!
10 Dallas Roberts
In this comedy series, Dallas Roberts plays Bob Armstrong, the beauty pageant coach who decides to get back in the game and help out an interesting teenage girl.
In the past, he was in some notable films and shows like Walk the Line as Sam Phillips in 2005, Flicka as Gus in 2006, The Walking Dead as Milton Mamet (one of the Governor’s sidekicks) from 2012-2013, Dallas Buyers Club as David Wayne in 2013, as well as in a variety of well-known television series such as Law & Order, Elementary and The Good Wife.
9 Debby Ryan
Debby Ryan plays the teen girl, Patty Bladell. Before landing Insatiable, though, Ryan was Bailey Pickett on Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life Movie and The Suite Life on Deck. She was in the TV movie 16 Wishes in 2010.
She was in a couple of episodes of television shows such as Zeke and Luther, Austin & Ally and Girl Meets World. And, of course, she is best known as playing the starring role in another popular Disney Channel series, Jessie, which was on the air from 2011 until 2015.
8 Christopher Gorham
Another Bob in this show, Bob Barnard, is portrayed by actor Christopher Gorham, and he has been in lots of things that people have surely heard of over the years (including the following ones, which are the most notable). He was Elliot in Party of Five from 1997 to 1998.
He was Trevor O’Donnell in Felicity from 2001 to 2002. He was Henry Grubstick in Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. He was the Wizard of Oz in Once Upon a Time in the year 2014. He was Bobby in 2 Broke Girls in the year 2017.
7 Kimmy Shields
Within the story of Insatiable, Kimmy Shields plays the main character’s best friend, a funny and loyal character who is named Nonnie Thompson. Her previous work includes appearing on the show The Middle as a Wandering Girl in 2015, and that same year, she was on Chasing Life as Ryan. She had a role on the popular drama series Big Little Lies in 2017, as Kelly, and the same year, she played a casting assistant on GLOW.
And last year, Shields was in the comedy series Arrested Development as Lisa, as well as in Charlie Says (a film about Charlie Manson and his Family) as Vicki.
6 Erinn Westbrook
Erinn Westbrook portrays Magnolia Barnard, who is Bob Barnard’s daughter and who is also involved in pageants (she does very well in them, FYI). In 2012, this actress was in Switched at Birth as Jessica. In 2013, she was in Dog with a Blog (another Disney Channel series!) as Remy, Twisted as Sydney and Glee as Bree.
From 2014 to 2015, she was in Awkward as Gabby Richards. Westbrook has also appeared in several other well-known television shows throughout her career, such as Supernatural, Bones, NCIS and Jane the Virgin.
5 Michael Provost
Michael Provost is in this Netflix series, too, as a character named Brick Armstrong. Previously, this actor was in Reed Between the Lines in 2011, as Boyd. He was in Hear No Evil in 2014, as Rick. He was in Elbow Grease in 2016, as Henry Barnes. In 2017, he was in Six as Justin, as well as in The Case for Christ.
He was in Shameless in 2018 as Ben. He was in Lucifer in 2019, as Nate Mifflin. And next year, he will be in Fear Street 2 with actresses Gillian Jacobs and Sadie Sink.
4 Arden Myrin
One of the most entertaining parts of this series is Arden Myrin as Regina Sinclair, and there are several other places where fans may have seen this actress (such as the following, to name a few).
She was in Working as Abby Cosgrove from 1997 to 1999, What Women Want as Darcy’s Assistant in 2000, Christmas with the Kranks as Daisy (the tanning salon chick) in 2004, Morning Glory as a Daybreak Producer in 2010, Psych as Chelsea from 2011 to 2013, and Fresh Off the Boat as Ashley Alexander in 2015.
3 Irene Choi
Irene Choi portrays Regina’s daughter, Dixie Sinclair, another pageant contestant on Insatiable. While this character makes for some very hilarious parts within this story, this actress has been seen in several other films and television shows over the years. Choi was also in Greek as Angie 2010.
She was in Parenthood as Donna from 2011 to 2012. She was in How I Met Your Mother as Mia in 2013. She was in Community as Annie Kim from 2011 to 2015. And she was in the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy as Ashley Hughes in 2016.
2 James Lastovic
Christian Keene is another character from this series, and he is portrayed by actor James Lastovic. In 2013, he was Wesley in a movie called A Talking Pony, and in 2015, he was in the TV mini-series Musical Concierge. Lastovic’s most notable role to date, though, happened between the years 2015 and 2017; he was in the soap opera Days of Our Lives as a character named Joey Johnson.
It should also be noted that a short called The Doghouse is in the post-production phase, and he wrote and produced it and will be appearing in it as Rob Patterson.
1 Alyssa Milano
And last but not least, there is Alyssa Milano, who is a popular actress with years of experience; within the world of Insatiable, she plays Coralee Armstrong, Bob Armstrong’s wife. Back in the day (from 1984 to 1992), Milano was on Who’s the Boss as Samantha Micelli.
Her most known role took place from 1998 to 2006, as she was Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed. She has been in an array of movies and shows besides these two, such as Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, from 2017, as Renata.
Lucky for fans, under this new CBS-run era of Star Trek love, there are a bunch of upcoming projects. Some of them are extremely well-known, but others aren’t. Either way, let’s make sure everyone’s filled in. Here is Every Upcoming Star Trek Project You Should Know About.
10 Section 31
After Picard, Section 31 will be the next Star Trek project to grace screens. Based around the Mirror Universe version of Phillipa Georgiou and her Section 31 missions, top Discovery writers are already working on the script. Section 31 has been fascinating fans since they first showed up in DS9 over a decade ago, and only became all the more intriguing during Discovery.
It’s about time that the enigmatic organization running behind The Federation has some time to shine. Even though the show will take some time to start airing, it will bring back the amazing Georgiou, and that’s more than enough anticipation.
If any Trekkies don’t know about Picard yet, that would be the real shock. However, just in case, of course it still must be included. Picard continues the story of the beloved Captain Picard. With each new trailer and juicy tidbit, the show only gets more inviting. Data, Seven of Nine, Borg, mysterious young women, destroyed Romulus, there are way too many interesting elements. Of course this is a Star Trek event that all fans are waiting for.
When Picard debuts in early 2020, it will usher in a new era of Star Trek greatness. The upcoming show is wonderfully exciting for that reason alone.
8 Untitled Kid’s Show
Over the past few years, Alex Kurtzman, show-runner of Star Trek: Discovery, has led the crusade to create a new Star Trek empire, like there used to be in the 90’s. He’s talked about expanding the Star Trek universe, and one part he said was never explored was children. Almost all of Star Trek has had an adult audience, only including interested teens incidentally.
With their Star Trek loving team, there is a Star Trek-based children’s show in the works. While Kurtzman and others haven’t revealed their plans quite yet, they are very serious about the concept. Why not have kids dreaming of Vulcans and warp drives?
7 Lower Decks
One of the most famous episodes of TNG was “Lower Decks”. Instead of following the bridge crew like normal, this story shows the daily experiences of lower ensigns, helmsman, and nurses. This gave fans a different view of life on a starship, the kind of view the bridge crew themselves rarely see. It was so fresh and impressive that it inspired its own series, with a twist.
Lower Decks is based off the same concept as the episode: watching the daily lives of lower-tier Starfleet officers. Except, the show will be animated and geared towards an adult comedy audience. Think Futurama but Star Trek. It’s one fabulous way to broaden the Star Trek lens, and fans should keep their eyes and ears open for it.
6 Discovery Season 3
Despite any fan debates over Discovery, it has brought back Star Trek mania in full force. It deserves buckets of credit for that alone. After two impressive seasons, Discovery‘s third season is currently being written. Considering where the writers left off season 2, this upcoming stories will be unlike anything before. Trapped in the 34th century, The Discovery faces a dangerous and unknown universe.
After Picard stops shooting, Discovery is next in production. With the Red Angel solved and so much uncertainty and mystery into the next season, it should be a fascinating story. Can’t wait for that trailer, eh?
5 Khan Limited Series
The villain dynamic between Kirk and Khan is one of the most iconic parts of the Star Trek fandom. While Benedict Cumberbatch tried his best, no one has really ever reached the greatness of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Since this is the case, the current Star Trek creative leaders wanted to try a new approach: telling Khan’s story all on its own.
Once an emperor of the Eugenics Wars, Khan had quite the long life before ever running into Kirk and the Enterprise. A limited series about him would be fascinating and horrific all at once, especially if done right. Fans may know the least about this and it may be hard-stuck in pre-production, but Kurtzman and his people want to do it. Let’s hope they can.
4 Tarantino Movie
In the vague open-end of the Kelvin-verse, the movie side of Star Trek has been left alone for 3 years. However, since Star Trek as an overasll franchise is booming again, of course Hollywood can’t let it stay that way. In lieu of Abrams’ Trek films, a new director has been handed rights to tell a story in the Trek universe. Who might be the lucky artist?
Well, Quentin Tarantino. Though he’s not the most obvious choice, Star Trek as a franchise is in an eclectic phrase, celebrating diversity of art and creation. It makes sense to hire a director who’d make a Star Trek film unlike anything else. Fans will just have to wait and see what Tarantino does with that freedom.
3 Short Treks
Yes, the CBS Star Trek team have already aired some Short Treks. However, they have more than a few on deck. After the recent Spock-based story and some adventures with Tribbles, Short Treks has plans for a few animated stories and other fun moments between Trek characters.
The way things are going right now, Short Treks are a new, delightful addition to the Star Trek universe. They give fans those more wholesome and fun moments that the more dramatic shows can sometimes miss. More Trek is more Trek, so all fans should keep watching. For now, though, check out Spock in an elevator.
2 Starfleet Academy
In a world full of Riverdales and Vampire Diaries, even the Star Trek universe wants a hand in the teen drama. After years of following the lives of Starfleet bridge crew, the franchise wants to take a step into the lives of its youngest starship dreamers. Fans ave only seen Starfleet Academy in rare episodes, but now there will be a whole show about it.
While Starfleet Academy is still in hardcore pre-production, it’s on the list of shows that CBS is most excited to get going. Alongside Betty and Jughead, Damon and Elena, a new hot drama couple might come from the stars themselves.
1 Star Trek 4
This upcoming project is probably one of the most important for Trekkies to learn about. Why? Well, because it’s not really happening anymore. Even though the alternate Kelvin-verse brought Star Trek to the big screen again, the fourth installment in the franchise has gone from hype to halt. Starting with Chris Pine’s faulty contract negotiations, the movie has fallen apart. Star Trek: Picard might be keeping elements from those stories, but they seem to be at a stand-still.
Pine, Quinto, and Saldana may have been fabulous modern choices for Kirk, Spock, and Uhura, but fans shouldn’t expect to see them back anytime soon, if ever.
The general story is the same in all three: It is the holiday season on a college campus. Sorority sisters are tormented. People start to lose their lives. Yes, it definitely makes for a thrilling and chilling tale for viewers, but how will this new film be different? And what nods to the original can fans expect to see? Here are the five things we know and five things we hope to see.
10 We Know It Comes Out On Friday The 13th
The release date for this new version of Black Christmas has been set for December 13, 2019. It is a holiday-themed film, so it is great that it is coming on during this month. What is even better is that that date happens to fall on a Friday this year. That being said, audiences will head to movie theaters (if brave enough) on Friday the 13th, the spookiest day of all, in order to watch it all play out on the big screen and on this big day. Whether it is a hit or a miss, the team did well in landing such a perfect release day.
9 We Hope We Get To Hear Scary Christmas Songs
Some very interesting things can happen when Halloween and Christmas are combined within a film; just look at The Nightmare Before Christmas! It has some classic songs in it that can actually be sung from October through December. And in the trailer for this new Black Christmas movie, viewers get to hear a sinister-sounding version of Carol of the Bells, which is a well-known tune associated with decorated trees, wrapped gifts and, now, sorority spooks. If this version also plays in the movie, that would be great. If other scary holiday songs pop up along the way, that would be even better.
8 We Know It Is From Blumhouse Productions
Speaking of the team behind this horror flick… Jason Blum is serving as the producer, and as fans of the genre know, he is the founder of Blumhouse Productions. This studio is responsible for franchises like The Purge and Paranormal Activity, and Blum has previously worked on movies such as Sinister, Hush, Happy Death Day, Halloween and Us. Furthermore, Sophia Takal directed this remake, and she and Blum helped bring Into the Dark to Hulu. Black Christmas has a lot to live up to and is already getting people excited, with all of those previous and creepy titles!
7 We Hope We Get A Good Cult Story
The trailer also gives several glimpses of what appears to be a cult. Now, slasher films on their own are pretty popular. And there are lots of horror flicks out there that focus on demonic and twisted groups, as well. With both of these elements put into this remake, it could be amazing.
Who is in the cult? Are they responsible for all that is happening? Did the trailer give too much away? Will this be a huge part of the story or even a twist somehow? We shall see.
6 We Know It Was Filmed In New Zealand
This summer, work started on all of this in New Zealand. Specifically, locations such as Dunedin and Oamaru were used, as well as the University of Otago. Since the story takes place on a college campus, having an academic setting was key, at least for a couple of exterior shots. From the lecture halls and the main building to the iconic sorority houses, there are, have been and will be several shots of an actual campus in Black Christmas. And when it comes to this second remake, the public can know that this university, in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, played a part.
5 We Hope We Get Easter Eggs
The original cast, from the year 1974, included a couple of stars who appeared in some popular horror films: John Saxon was in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Olivia Hussey was in It, and Margot Kidder was in The Amityville Horror (and was Lois Lane). The second remake’s cast, from 2006, also included stars who have been in some known scary things: Katie Cassidy was in When a Stranger Calls, Mary Elizabeth Winstead was in 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Oliver Hudson was in Scream Queens. Any reference or cameo appearance would be greatly appreciated!
4 We Know It Stars Some Familiar Faces
The cast for this new movie includes Aleyse Shannon, Simon Mead, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt and Lily Donoghue, as well as two names that should be quite familiar to those who can’t get enough of horror flicks and two names of people who are already familiar with acting in horror flicks.
First up is Imogen Poots, who was in 28 Weeks Later in 2007, Fright Night in 2011, and Green Room in 2015. Next is Cary Elwes who was in Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992, Saw in 2004, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter in 2010 and Stranger Things in 2019.
3 We Hope We Get To Celebrate Sisterhood
As mentioned, the plot and the trailer for December’s film both put an emphasis on these sorority sisters coming together, in order to stand up against the bad guy (or guys). It seems more and more stories recently have been doing this, since the damsel-in-distress trope has been used and used for years and years, especially within this genre. So, when thinking about what we really want from this second remake, we hope we do get to truly celebrate sisterhood in a real and awesome way; win or lose, it is always nice to see people get closer and stronger.
2 And We Know It Features Some Updated Female Stereotypes
The plot for December’s version of Black Christmas says that, as in the past, sorority girls are being taken out by a stalker. There is a bit of a twist, though, which the stalker and the viewers will realize: This new group of girls is not into playing the victim or being the damsel in distress. No, this new trailer shows them banding together, not giving up, fighting until the end and showing the world what sisterhood is all about! Again, whether this ends up being a good or bad film, this aspect sounds refreshing.
1 And We Hope We Get A Good Movie
And last but not least, let’s just hope it is good! New horror flicks are released all the time, whether on TV, through a streaming service or in the theater. It may be a brand-new story, a remake, a retelling, a prequel or something inspired by lots of past works. There are classics that can’t be beat, modern-day hits that impressed many, some okay-ish flicks and then several that just did not do anything for any of us at all. So, perhaps, with this third movie and this second remake of Black Christmas coming out… maybe third time’s the charm, making it the best one yet.
Still, there are plenty of series for viewers to invest in to supplement the enjoyment they get from watching Doctor Who. The best part about this is that a fair amount of similar shows don’t necessarily have the exact same format as Doctor Who, meaning you can have a whole new fandom to explore. With this in mind, here are 10 shows that you, the Doctor Who fan, need to start watching.
10 The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-11)
The easiest transition from Doctor Who would be with its spin-off, with one of the Doctor’s longest-lasting companions in the lead role. The Sarah Jane Adventures is an even more kid-friendly show than the original series, with its episodes focusing on a moral lesson for children, and some of the darker aspects of the character removed.
You’ve still got your aliens, though, as Sarah Jane investigates the happenings of beings from outside the Earth along with her gang of young followers. The Doctor himself has appeared quite a few times, with his Tenth and Eleventh incarnations joining the fun.
9 Haven (2010-15)
Doctor Who fans love having a new case and fresh, distinct characters with each episode, so Haven will help them feel at home. The show is about Audrey, a woman who arrives in a mysterious town where “troubles” afflict people. These are essentially cursed superpowers that people are stuck with, and Audrey has to uncover the mystery behind them.
Each episode has a new trouble that Audrey and her friends have to tackle, all the while the larger mystery of Audrey’s origins are unraveled over the course of the season. Quite a few notable actors have also appeared here, making this a show a hidden gem.
8 Time Squad (2001-03)
Cartoons nowadays just don’t have that innovative flare that makes them — pun incoming — timeless. Time Squad was like a children’s cartoon version of Doctor Who, where a man from the future, a robot, and a boy taken as a companion from our time, travel in different points in history to fix them.
Each story starts out with a notable figure from our history who isn’t following the correct passage of time, with the heroes arriving in the past to set that person straight. It’s a funny, educational, and even heartwarming series that never gets old.
7 Supernatural (2005-present)
Time travel is seen on occasion on Supernatural, but it’s the case-of-the-week format that will draw in Doctor Who fans here. For over fourteen years, Supernatural has served devoted fans with beings and creatures from the lore going up against two brothers whose destiny was to be the vessels of archangels.
There’s a whole universe worth of fantasy material in this series — and quite a bit of comedy too — as Sam and Dean Winchester team up with the likes of angels, demons, and ghosts, against supernatural foes such as the Devil, and even God himself. Along the way, the brothers meet new friends and build relationships that expand their pseudo-family.
6 Sherlock (2010-17)
The same minds that brought you the majority of the series from Doctor Who are behind the creation of Sherlock, a show that takes a modern spin on the classic detective. The dialogue, atmosphere, and comedy are all reminiscent of Doctor Who, and you’ll fall into this world of mystery with no problems.
Every series has three episodes the length of feature films, where Sherlock and Watson have to solve cases no one else can, while the true antagonist of each series works their plans during these moments. As almost all the seasons have cliffhangers, you’re in for a huge binge-watch once you start.
5 The Librarians (2014-18)
Four people are brought together to take on the role of the Librarians, a team whose job it is to guard a library that houses the world’s mythological weapons. Every season has an overarching story in which the particular antagonists have a plot to steal an item of note, with the protagonists coming together to foil these plans.
The episodes feature the cast of characters globetrotting in order to uncover and protect a newly found artifact that can have supernatural implications if fallen into the wrong hands. All in all, it’s a Doctor Who-esque series that relies heavily on the supernatural aspect.
4 Futurama (1999-2013)
While it’s much more slapstick than you might be used to, viewers will still get the feel of adventure with Futurama, which has the protagonists traveling to different alien worlds in the future. At its heart is a genuine tale of finding one’s path, but you’ll be tickled in the journey, as the show has a heavy focus on the humor.
The audience’s surrogate is the main character, a man mistakenly preserved from our time and revived in the future. We follow him as he takes his first steps into the dazzling world of tomorrow.
3 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (2016-present)
Speaking of tomorrow, here’s a team-up version of Doctor Who (so to speak) in the form of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. A spin-off of Arrow, the series takes a band of superpowered characters and places them across time.
Basically, you can consider this as a show where superheroes travel through time, with episodes seeing these characters landing in a new point in history where they have to protect the timeline from rogue villains.
2 Life On Mars (2006-07)
The actor who played one of the best versions of The Master also headlined this series, where the plot revolves around the mystery over how the main character arrived from 2006 to 1973 after being in an accident.
Most episodes follow the format of a police-procedural, but all of them connect back to the uncertainty of the situation of the lead character, who has consistent flashes to the future and clues around him that seek to answer whether everything is real or if he’s in a coma.
1 Timeless (2016-18)
Sort of like Legends of Tomorrow, only without the baggage of superhero material and with the freedom to be more fun, Timeless was a series that featured a time machine stolen by the main antagonist, and the subsequent formation of a trio who set out to capture him.
Like Time Squad, this show also deals with history being rewritten and the protagonists seeking to correct the situation before it spirals out of control. A number of important points in American history are visited, with some ranging centuries in the past, as our heroes have to make the best out of a bad situation.