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Your complete guide to where to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
With Avengers: End Game almost here, there has never been a better time to sit yourself down and catch up on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. So how can you do that? It's easy.
Why search all the different streaming platforms when we can just put them all in one place for you! Behold, your complete guide to where to stream every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. We've even put them in order of release, so you know which order to watch them in.
Iron Man (2008)
The first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie remains one of the best. This plants the seeds for everything that comes after, and rocketed Robert Downey Jr. to a new level of stardom. Essential by any measure.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
And don't forget about The Incredible Hulk. While Ed Norton is now less familiar as Bruce Banner thanks to the arrival of Mark Ruffalo in the role for The Avengers and beyond, this 2008 film was a fine piece of world-building and a first step in the larger cinematic universe.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Believe it or not, Iron Man 2 is a little better than you remember. In particular, it's one of the best looking Marvel movies, and that final showdown is still pretty thrilling. Plus, it's an essential piece in the road to Avengers.
Thor is Marvel's first cosmic offering and helps give fans an indication of what this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would look like going forward. And how can you miss the introduction of Tom Hiddleston as Loki?
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Overshadowed by its more high profile follow-ups, Captain America: The First Avenger is still one of the most effective superhero origin stories ever put on film.
The Avengers (2012)
Does this really need any introduction? Joss Whedon's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe shattered box office records and made superhero movie fans realize that anything was possible in this brave new world. Avengers assemble!
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Another underrated entry in the franchise, Iron Man 3 answers the question of "how do you follow up something as high profile as The Avengers?" by telling a more personal story...and one with Shane Black's trademark sense of humor behind the camera.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
OK, so Thor: The Dark World probably isn't anybody's favorite Marvel movie, but it benefits from taking a chunk of the action offworld, and gives us a better sense of Asgard and the Nine Realms.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Arguably the best Marvel Studios movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier played with everybody's expectations by telling a smaller story more akin to a thriller than a superhero movie for most of its running time. Absolutely essential viewing.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Another one that makes the case for "best Marvel Studios movie." Offbeat, weird, and full of infectious tunes (not to mention an incredible cast), Guardians of the Galaxy is unlike any other entry in the studios' output.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers begin to splinter after good intentions go awry. Notable for James Spader's voice giving life to the evil android, Ultron!
In some ways, Marvel's "little movie that could." Its troubled production isn't visible on screen as its smallest, most unlikely hero takes on a case that's more of a caper than a world saving adventure.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Perhaps Marvel's most ambitious offering, with the largest assembly of superheroes ever put on screen together, Captain America: Civil War surpasses its source material and manages to tell a real story amid all the fisticuffs.
Doctor Strange (2016)
The origin story of the Sorcerer Supreme is full of some of the most eye-popping visuals to grace screens since The Matrix. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a memorable performance, too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Peter Quill and friends return in the follow-up to Marvels most unexpected hit. The Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 scores the continued adventures of Quill, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Baby Groot as they race to save the galaxy yet again and uncover some of their uncomfortable lineage and legacies in the process.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes back to the Marvel Cinematic Neighborhood in a high school-centric, charming standalone story. Tony Stark and Adrian Toomes factor in heavily in the continue maturation of Queens student Peter Parker.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor returns in easily the best movie bearing hs name. As directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok borrows from the Planet Hulk storyline in crafting an epic '80s tinged heavy metal cover masterpiece.
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther, Marvel's first feature-length excursion into Wakanda is a fun, exciting feast for the eyes. In Ryan Coogler's film, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is prepared to ascend to the throne of Wakanda, following his father's death. Unfortunately for him, however, there's a cold-blooded American assassin (Michael B. Jordan) who has a different vision for Wakanda's future.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ten years and 17 movies were all leading up to this. The Mad Titan Thanos is sick of manipulating things behind the scenes and springs into action to find all the Infinity Stones himself. Avengers: Infinity War features the largest cast of Marvel heroes yet and finds a way to incorporate them all perfectly into one spectacular story with a hell of a cliffhanger ending.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
What does Marvel do after the enormous events of Avengers: Infinity War? Why scales down, of course. Scales WAY down...like quantum level. Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man and this time he's joined by his partner, Hope van Dyne a.k.a. The Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a refreshingly small scale superhero film with personal, meaningful stakes for its characters.
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Is that a cross in your pocket or are you just glad to see me, asks FX's new vampire series, What We Do in the Shadows.
What We Do in the Shadows premiered on March 27 on FX to bloodcurdling success. The real vamp mock-doc series follows a quartet of dyed-in-the-wool but long-in-the-tooth bloodsuckers keeping a house on Staten Island. The insular quartet have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years, sucking the life out of their neighbors and each other. In a new What We Do in the Shadows episode 5 preview clip, Laszlo pays the price for one too many airborne escapes from energy sucking conversations.
The series adapts Taika Waititi’s 2014 vampire comedy, What We Do in the Shadows, which edified people about things such as the fact that vampires don’t just drink virgin blood because it sounds cool. As Jemaine Clement’s Vladislav explained, they think of it as someone enjoying a sandwich, knowing no one had f**ked it. Indeed, the series – focusing on a different band of bloodsuckers – will delve deep into occult knowledge like why werewolves can’t stop cursing.
Waititi (who went on to do Marvel's mirthfully impactful Thor: Ragnarok,) returns to direct a script written by Jemaine Clement, who was the star/co-director/co-writer of the original film. Both are onboard as executive producers.
What We Do in the Shadows Episode Guide
Here's our What We Do in the Shadows season 1 episode guide, where we'll gather all the available info for upcoming episodes as it becomes available to us!
What We Do in the Shadows season 1 episode 1: "Pilot"
What We Do in the Shadows' vampires face problems. Much like the players in No Exit, hell is other people for Nadja, well not people exactly, but vampires.
What We Do in the Shadows promises eternal love at first sight. Laszlo and Nadja take us under their collective wings to tell the story of an enduring romance. He was most handsome young man in a village ravaged by leprosy. She had a sharp tongue, sharper teeth and a hiss to die for. He was hypnotized by her hypnosis.
You can watch the clip here:
Don't keep your fingers crossed, vampires hate that! Nandor and his brood get very serious. The clip includes a very brief history of the vampires. How they were chased from a jingoistic Europe prejudiced against their habit or killing and eating people.
You can watch the clip here:
It is important for immortal beings to keep their sense of humor. Mortals, not so much.
Nandor shows us the things vampires do to keep their familiars happy. It's like flying, but more grounded.
"Pilot" aired March 27.
"The vampires get embroiled in local Staten Island politics as their first step to world domination," reads the official synopsis of the teaser clip for episode 2 City Council. But the clip shows how LARPers are one-stop shopping for a vampire house's need for virgin blood.
You can watch the clip here:
"Greetings mortals," reads the description of this teaser clip. "Submit and receive mercy." Of course there is no mercy shown by the daywalking energy vampire. Also, the otherworldly charm of Nandor the relantless, is lost on the Staten Island City Council.
"City Council" aired April 3.
What We Do in the Shadows season 1 episode 3, "Werewolf Feud"
"The fragile truce between the vampires and Staten Island's werewolves is tested, and Colin Robinson finds romance with a new co-worker," reads the synopsis.
You can watch a clip here:
"Werewolf Feud" aired April 10.
What We Do in the Shadows season 1 episode 4, "Manhattan Night Club"
"The vampires venture into Manhattan, to make an alliance with an old friend who is now the king of the Manhattan vampires," reads the official synopsis. Here we learn about spooky headwear.
You can watch a clip here:
"Manhattan Night Club" aired April 17.
What We Do in the Shadows season 1 episode 5: "Animal Control"
Laszlo, in bat form, is captured by Staten Island Animal Control and must be rescued, while Nadja can no longer resist reconnecting with her reincarnated lover Gregor.
You can watch a clip here:
"Animal Control" airs April 24.
What We Do in the Shadows Assorted Clips and Backgrounders
The Staten Island Blood Suckers have their own way of putting things in these quickly changing times, as the clip "Vampires Define Things: Dead Ass" shows. You can catch their meaning here:
In "Vampires Define Things: Snack," we learn a “snack” is when you just grab a quick sip of blood like a hummingbird before the victim notices.
You can watch the clip here:
What We Do in the Shadows Trailer
The first full trailer for FX’s What We Do in the Shadows TV can be seen here:
Amongst the clip’s array of vampire hijinks, we learn about a faux pas for fang-bearers that involves leaving people half-drunk – not inebriated, mind you, but drained of half their blood. Apparently, it’s an unhygienic offense akin to drinking milk straight out of the container.
Embedded below is the first teaser, which perfectly encapsulates the humor of the film, which appears to have transitioned perfectly to television.
While you’d think that with centuries of life experience that vampires would have figured out a more ergonomic workaround to birthday cake candles, the pure majesty of white frosting contrasted against the fiery fury of a forest fire-level row of candles is too powerful to resist.
What We Do in the Shadows Details
"What We Do in the Shadows only gets better with age thanks to this brilliant adaptation for television by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi,” Nick Grad, president of originals at FX, said in a statement, via Variety. "Their feature version was a hilarious, fresh take on the mundanity of everyday life that even immortals must face. We are thankful to them, Paul Simms and Scott Rudin, and this amazing cast for taking us deeper into the shadows with this series."
What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires, Kayvan Novak (Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go), Matt Berry (Toast of London), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends), and their faithful assistant Harvey Guillen (The Thundermans, The Internship). They have been roommates for lifetimes. Novak plays Nandor, the head vampire of the clan. Berry plays Lazslo, the physical comic relief. Demetriou is the fierce female vampire. Waititi and Clement starred in the original film, but there is no word yet on whether they will be in the series.
The original film was about Viago, Deacon and Vladislav, three vampires who lived together in Wellington, New Zealand. It was made for $1.6 million budget and earned $6.9 million.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City's Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
Rick and Morty Season 4 has been confirmed...finally! Here's everything you need to know.
Rick and Morty has taken notoriously long breaks in between seasons. It’s not as much of a rarity for hotly popular television shows as it once was, but fans certainly get antsy in anticipation for their favorite show to return. While we had very little information on the prospects of Rick and Morty Season 4 since the end of the last season because of some contract difficulties, it looks like those have all been straightened out.
Series co-creator Justin Roiland finally broke the silence on the negotiations with an Instagram post. The illustration states that 70 more episodes of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are on the way. Going by last season's 10 episodes, that's potentially seven more seasons of Rick and Morty.
The official word from the network states that "Adult Swim has made a long-term overall deal with the creators that will include 70 new episodes of the critically acclaimed series that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe."
It's about time.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Release Date
Hahaha! You must be joking! Mr. Poopybutthole has promised that it will be "a really long time." Maybe his "Santa Claus beard" crack was a clue and it will come in time for the holiday season in 2018! Don't hold your breath. But we'll see. Anyway, nothing official has been announced yet regarding when we'll get Rick and Morty Season 4.
Writer Ryan Ridley, in an interview with The Detroit Cast, said it could be a longer hiatus than usual, since the writers haven’t even started on the fourth season yet. And why should they when there's nothing going on with the network just yet?
"I know how long this show takes to write, let alone animate," he said. "I'd be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019... late 2019.”
So that's basically it. Considering the relatively recent announcement of the show's official renewal, that probably means that writing has only just officially started, which means animation and more is unlikely to start before late 2018. If that's the case, that late 2019 date sounds more and more likely.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Teasers and Trailers
It's not necessarily an anime promo but it'll do. Adult Swim has released another intriguing teaser for Rick and Morty Season 4 that presumably doesn't contain any footage from Rick and Morty Season 4. Unless you anticipate this hapening...
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Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode Details
Shortly after season three concluded, Dan Harmon talked to Entertainment Weekly about a wide-range of topics, including the prospect of filling out a larger episode order for Rick and Morty Season 4 and beyond. While season three was originally set to be 14 episodes, production delays because of their own self-described “perfectionist” tendencies inevitably led to a 10-episode third season.
Could Rick and Morty season 4 fulfil a larger episode order? Harmon seems optimistic, but wants fans to weather their expectations of the quality of an additional four episodes.
“I mostly blame myself for doing 10 instead of 14,” Harmon told EW. “I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.’"
He goes on to say they need to prove they can make the jump.
“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”
Rick and Morty is one of the most popular shows on TV right now, so Harmon knows what fans would say on the matter.
“I think the audience would vote unanimously for the idea of 14 episodes instead of 10 on the condition that 4 of them would be [Purge Planet level] episodes.”
We’ll keep you posted on more Rick and Morty season 4 news as we get it.
The Orville season 2 is in its back half, and we've got the latest trailer, an episode guide, and links to reviews.
FOX engaged the quantum drive for The Orville season 2 as a renewal for Seth MacFarlane's unique space drama was confirmed back in November of last year, halfway through the successful first season. "Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers," said Fox Broadcasting Co. Entertainment president Michael Thorn in a press release. "He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can't wait to see where The Orville travels in the second."
The Orville season 2 has thus far recaptured the mix of topicality and irreverence. We'll be reviewing the show along the way; check them out below.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 14 Trailer and Release Date
The Orville season 2 premiered on Sunday, December 30 at 8/7c after an NFL double header and then returned to its Thursday timeslot at 9/8c on January 3, 2019. The next episode is the finale, called "The Road Not Taken" and it will air on April 25, 2019. Here's the promo:
The Orville Season 2 Episodes and Reviews
Return here each week for an update list of The Orville season 2 episode titles, and keep up with all our reviews by click on the corresponding link as the episodes air. The season will consist of 15 episodes in total.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 1: "Ja'loja"
As the Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus’ special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Meanwhile, Gordon asks for John’s help in getting game, and Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice. (air date: 12/30/18)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 2: "Primal Urges"
Ed and the crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun, while Bortus and Klyden start marriage counseling after Bortus’s obsession with the ship’s Environmental Simulator gets out of hand. (air date: 1/3/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 3: "Home"
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Meanwhile, Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/10/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 4: "Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes"
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash lands on a mysterious planet; Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test. (air date: 1/17/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 5: "All The World is a Birthday Cake"
The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship. (air date: 1/24/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 6: "A Happy Refrain"
Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus. (air date: 1/31/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 7: "Deflectors"
The ship's deflectors upgrade leads to conflict between the Moclan culture and the crew. (air date: 2/14/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 8: "Identity, Part I"
When Issac shuts down, the crew head to his home planet to fix him, and uncover a shocking secret that was better off hidden. (air date: 2/21/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 9: "Identity, Part II"
The Kaylons take control of the Orville with the intention of destroying all biological lifeforms. (air date: 2/28/19)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 10: "Blood of Patriots"
Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill. (air date: March 7, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 11: "Lasting Impressions"
The crew opens a time capsule from 2015. (air date: March 21, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 12: "Sanctuary"
Ed discovers that Moclans aboard the Orville are harboring a secret. (air date: April 11, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 13: "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow"
A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly's relationship. (air date: April 18, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Episode 14: "The Road Not Taken"
The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision. (air date: April 25, 2019)
The Orville Season 2 Cast
According to Deadline Chris Johnson of 47 Meters Down will be appearing in a recurring role. Specific details about his character are not known, but he will play another crew member aboard the ship.
Season 2 also has Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr joining the cast, according to Deadline. Again, not much is known about her character other than that she will be a crew member aboard the Orville, but Szohr will be a series regular, so she definitely will be adding a new dynamic to the series.
EW has reported that Leighton Meester will join former Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr in a season 2 role that is currently being kept under wraps.
The Orville was created by Seth MacFarlane, who also stars in the show as Captain Ed Mercer. Adrianne Palicki (Agents of SHIELD) plays his ex-wife and first officer. Check out our reviews for season 1 here.
The latest episode of The Orville Season 2 masterfully reminds us there is no time like the present.
This The Orville review contains spoilers.
The Orville Season 2 Episode 13
The latest episode of The Orville demonstrates why I like the series so much. It takes a typical science fiction trope and skillfully uses it to craft something meaningful for us to think about, in a way that is thoughtful, humorous, and relatable. We all have those past loves to reminisce about who we believe could have been the one if we hadn’t screwed it up. Sometimes we think about what we could have done differently and if there is a chance we could rekindle the love that once was.
In the opening scene of “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow,” Commander Kelly Grayson and Captain Ed Mercer are with Lieutenant Gordon Malloy and Talla Keyali having a great time telling stories about their past over drinks. In nearly every scene Ed and Kelly are in together, they have a great rapport and obviously, consider each other good friends. Gordon and Talla leave, and Ed begins to get sentimental. He reminds Kelly he would still like to get back together.
Their responses demonstrate two perspectives one can take regarding rekindling lost love. Ed takes the emotional, less logical route. He knows there are hurdles, but he remembers their relationship so fondly that he is willing to throw caution to the wind and jump in. Kelly, on the other hand, takes the more logical route. She says it would be unprofessional for a captain to have a romantic relationship with his first mate, and notes their circumstances have changed and what they have now is good.
There are clues in the episode more could be going with Kelly. While talking it over with Doctor Claire Finn, Kelly recalls the difficulties in marriage, like times when you are not sure you are in love anymore. She is the one who committed the adultery that led to the end of the marriage. Although, Ed has admitted he was not around as much as he should have been.
What happens next relates to time travel goobly goo. Isaac is working on a time travel experiment. Lieutenant John LaMarr is helping Isaac, and he and Isaac throw out terms like quantum gravitational fields and other scienc-y stuff. Ed hilariously can’t stand the time travel talk. Later, on the bridge, he says he would rather chew glass than talk “time travel logic.”
To make a long story short, somehow something screws up, and after getting hit by a wave of energy, a younger Kelly appears in Isaac’s time travel lab. She is from 7 years in the past, and Isaac does not know how to send her back.
This introduces the problem of how Kelly and Ed will face their pasts. The new Kelly has just had her first date with Ed. She still likes him. Ed sees this as an opportunity to rekindle that old love. This is when Kelly fears that young Kelly will break Ed’s heart. Does this mean Kelly fears getting back together because she does not want to hurt Ed, or does she not want to get hurt herself again?
The other issue that arises is that older Kelly feels superior to young Kelly. She takes a bossy older sister approach to deal with her. Younger Kelly is more into having fun, dancing, telling embarrassing stories, and older Kelly sees this as immature.This comes to a head when young Kelly finally tells older Kelly she is not as great as she thinks. Younger Kelly says she is disappointed that older Kelly has not achieved any of the goals she had set for herself.
Problems also arise for Ed. He can’t handle all of the partying younger Kelly does. Perhaps he had been thinking of the past too fondly and was not being realistic.
This all makes older Kelly reflect on her choices. Maybe she is not superior to younger Kelly. Perhaps there are some unique and special parts of herself she has lost.
The title of this episode is, I am guessing, from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In this famous passage, Macbeth laments his lost love after the death of Lady Macbeth.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Kelly seems to be having similar thoughts. Is she foolishly wasting away, passing up happiness, like Shakespeares poor player?Meanwhile, young Kelly realizes older Kelly is pretty badass. Maybe her goals were too lofty.As for Ed, he realizes young Kelly is not what he wants or needs anymore. That is all in the past.
"It's hard to find a really good original time travel story," The Orville writer/producer Andre Bormanis told Ars Technica. "You have to find a new approach to it that hasn't been done on other science fiction shows, and that's pretty much an impossible task at this point.”
He is right, but in this episode, they achieved the impossible. Superb acting from Adrianne Palicki, who plays Kelly, also makes both younger and older Kelly and their feelings relatable.
Some of this all will play out further in the last episode. But perhaps we should all take some time to consider our lives, and remember how important it is to live for today, lest we foolishly suppress the flames of the brief candle that is the finite time we have to live our one and only life.
Alejandro Rojas writes and blogs about science, entertainment, and the paranormal. Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating anomalous phenomena up close and personal. You can find him on Twitter here.
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Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini. It was a big step for the secretive company. After a quarter of building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone with the need and financial resources for the device.
CEO Marc Raibert made a return appearance at our event this week to discuss the progress Boston Dynamics has made in the intervening 12 months, both with regard to SpotMini and the company’s broader intentions to take a more market-based approach to a number of its creations.
The appearance came hot on the heels of a key acquisition for the company. In fact, Kinema was the first major acquisition in the company’s history — no doubt helped along by the very deep coffers of its parent company, SoftBank. The Bay Area-based startup’s imaging technology forms a key component to Boston Dynamics’ revamped version of its wheeled robot hand. With a newfound version system and its dual arms replaced with a multi-suction cupped gripper.
A recent video from the company demonstrated the efficiency and speed with which the system can be deployed to move boxes from shelf to conveyor belt. As Raibert noted onstage, Handle is the closest Boston Dynamics has come to a “purpose-built robot” — i.e. a robot designed from the ground up to perform a specific task. It marks a new focus for a company that, after its earliest days of DARPA-funded projects, appears to primarily be driven by the desire to create the world’s most sophisticated robots.
“We estimate that there’s about a trillion cubic foot boxes moved around the world every year,” says Raibert. “And most of it’s not automated. There’s really a huge opportunity there. And of course this robot is great for us, because it includes the DNA of a balancing robot and moving dynamically and having counterweights that let it reach a long way. So it’s not different, in some respects, from the robots we’ve been building for years. On the other hand, some of it is very focused on grasping, being able to see boxes and do tasks like stack them neatly together.”
The company will maintain a foot on that side of things, as well. Robots like the humanoid Atlas will still form an important piece of its work, even when no commercial applications are immediately apparent.
But once again, it was SpotMini who was the real star of the show. This time, however, the company debuted the version of the robot that will go into production. At first glance, the robot looked remarkably similar to the version we had onstage last year.
“We’ve we’ve redesigned many of the components to make it more reliable, to make the skins work better and to protect it if it does fall,” says Raibert. “It has two sets [of cameras] on the front, and one on each side and one on the back. So we can see in all directions.”
I had have the opportunity to pilot the robot — making me one of a relatively small group of people outside of the Boston Dynamics offices who’ve had the opportunity to do so. While SpotMini has all of the necessary technology for autonomous movement, user control is possible and preferred in certain situations (some of which we’ll get to shortly).
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The controller is an OEMed design that looks something like an Xbox controller with an elongated touchscreen in the middle. The robot can be controlled directly with the touchscreen, but I opted for a pair of joysticks. Moving Spot around is a lot like piloting a drone. One joystick moves the robot forward and back, the other turns it left and right.
Like a drone, it takes some getting used to, particularly with regard to the orientation of the robot. One direction is always forward for the robot, but not necessarily for the pilot. Tapping a button on the screen switches the joystick functionality to the arm (or “neck,” depending on your perspective). This can be moved around like a standard robotic arm/grasper. The grasper can also be held stationary, while the rest of the robot moves around it in a kind of shimmying fashion.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty simple. In fact, my mother, whose video game experience peaked out at Tetris, was backstage at the event and happily took the controller from Boston Dynamics, controlling the robot with little issue.
Boston Dynamics is peeling back the curtain more than ever. During our conversation, Raibert debuted being the scenes footage of component testing. It’s a site to behold, with various pieces of the robot splayed out on lab bench. It’s a side of Boston Dynamics we’ve not really seen before. Ditto for the images of large Spot Mini testing corrals, where several are patrolling around autonomous.
Boston Dynamics also has a few more ideas of what the future could look like for the robot. Raibert shared footage of Massachusetts State Police utilizing spot in different testing scenarios, where the the robot’s ability to open doors could potential get human officers out of harm’s way during a hostage or terrorists.
Another unit was programmed to autonomously patrol a construction site in Tokyo, outfitted with a Street View-style 360 camera, so it can monitor progress. “This lets the construction company get an assessment of progress at their site,” he explains. “You might think that that’s a low end task. But these companies have thousands of sites. And they have to patrol them at least a couple of times a week to know where they are in progress. And they’re anticipating using Spot for that. So we have over a dozen construction companies lined up to do test at various stages of testing and proof of concept in their scenarios.”
Raibert says the Spot Mini is still on track for a July release. The company plans to manufacture around 100 in its initial run, though it’s still not ready to talk about pricing.
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We look into the crystal ball and see what to anticipate from the movies of 2019!
Spring has sprung. With the cold increasingly becoming a distant memory, it's time to celebrate 2019's movie calendar, which is only really beginning to heat up. Obviously there are the big studio blockbusters that feature Iron Mans and Spider-Mans alike, plus the triumphant return of Idina Menzel's ethereal voice as Queen Elsa in Frozen II, but there are also a variety of projects from legendary auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, and up-and-comers such as Jordan Peele and Robert Eggers, that have us intrigued about a year still filled with possibility. So let us take a look into the crystal ball toward the rest of 2019…
Two years ago, you didn’t know you even wanted a shared M. Night Shyamalan universe, and now it's a fact of life. Fresh off birthing the Shyamalan-aissance at Blumhouse Productions, the eclectic filmmaker connected his previous movie the wonderfully twisted Split, with one of his earliest psycho-drama successes, Unbreakable. And 19 years later its resurgence could have been more timely. When Unbreakable was released, the superhero entertainment it deconstructed was still clinging to the fringes of pop culture, now the obsessions of Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price (aka Mr. Glass) have inherited the Earth.
The result is a movie that is of its moment and not. Shyamalan crafts a picture that his collaborators, including Anya Taylor-Joy, marvel at for its ability to both embrace and comment on comic book stereotypes while making something human. It is also proudly divisive, offering a gutsy ending that shattered its critical reception. But we standby there is something quite audacious about Glass' creative celebration of itself. Filled with one-of-a-kind choices, we suspect this will be one that grows on people who give it a second chance, because it really is only a movie Shyamalan could make, and we mean that in the best possible way.
Netflix’s Fyre (sometimes subtitled “The Greatest Party That Never Happened”) is the superior Fyre Festival doc, and one of the most purely enjoyable documentaries in some time, because it is almost pathologically obsessed with story. This is simply the non-fiction story of the Fyre Festival. Front to back with no other frills. The access that Smith has received is expansive and the diversity of interviews from behind the scenes players gathered is impressive.
Velvet Buzzsaw is entertaining even if it’s rather superficial, and it’s indicative of the style of many of movies that Netflix is now producing: it’s got a premise or story just different enough to set it apart from the standard offerings that Hollywood rolls out into theaters these days, but it lacks a certain polish that keeps one from imagining it on the big screen. With the talent behind and in front of the camera, Velvet Buzzsaw is eye-catching and entertaining if unspectacular. If it was a painting, you might stare at it for a while on a gallery wall before moving on, more or less unmoved but still glad you saw it.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot
At this stage of his life and career, Elliott has become the perfect onscreen vessel for moody character studies (as director Brett Haley demonstrates in the stunning I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Hero, both starring Elliott). The Man Who Killed Hitler is yet another perfect showcase for the mustachioed man’s man, and first-time writer-director Robert D. Krzykowski understands that to let Elliott truly shine, you’ve got to capture all of his signature idiosyncrasies, all of the little nooks and crannies of his performance. Every raise of an eyebrow, every slump in posture, every piercing glare, every nigh inaudible gravelly grumble speaks volumes about his character’s state of mind, and Krzykowski has written a script that’s simple enough to let the nuance of Elliott’s performance breathe and lead the story.
Fighting with My Family
Ultimately, Fighting with My Family is a well-worn and appreciable Hollywood Cinderella story, yet one with jet black hair and a pierced lip. (And also one blessedly free of any mandated love interest.) Embracing the oddity of professional wrestling, it adds layers of reality to a dream come true fantasy, and provides wrestling fans with something increasingly unknown: legitimacy and even understanding. For that it is more than worth going to the mat over.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
It’s also one of many moments in the film where the viewer is keenly aware of just how visually astonishing this trilogy has continued to be. The Hidden World is the series’ crowning glory, where color, texture, shading and movement all blend to create a world that is wonderfully, kinetically alive. There are scenes in the movie that are just jaw-dropping in their visual splendor; the film is already one of the best-looking of 2019 without question.
Yet these minor reservations will fade away quickly over time, as Us is a magnificent achievement that will reward diligent rewatching and debate for years to come. A massive effort that far exceeds its humble home invasion conceit, Peele’s sophomore effort holds as many secrets as the families it follows on both sides of the looking glass. Like the radiance of a sunrise striking fire on a crummy boardwalk's white sand, the glow of the film’s vision outshines any of the debris it leaves in its wake.
Dragged Across Concrete
Three films in, writer and director S. Craig Zahler has established himself as a thoroughly unique filmmaking voice: his movies to date, which include Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and now Dragged Across Concrete, are a blend of the lurid and the langorous, a pulp fiction sensibility and eye combined with a thoughtful, novelistic approach toward character and motivation. The latter film is certainly his most epic in scope and as violent as his previous two, yet at the same time his most leisurely paced. And yes, it's his most humorous offering to date too.
It’s official: the Zack Snyder era of the DCEU is over once and for all. The dark, brooding, nihilistic tone that the director tried to surgically graft onto the entire breadth of characters he’d been given to work with has been dispensed with. Starting with Wonder Woman -- which partially escaped his grasp -- and continuing with Aquaman, viewers began to see DC superheroes who actually relished their roles as protectors of humanity. And now Shazam! has brought the franchise a complete 180 degrees from where it started, creating a fun, heartfelt, occasionally soaring adventure as far from the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as you can imagine.
Little Woods is an assured directorial debut by the upcoming filmmaker—so strong, in fact, she’s helming the Candyman remake based on Jordan Peele’s script—and it features strong, nuanced performances from Thompson and James as Ollie and Deb, two sisters living in North Dakota and who are oscillating between being fragile as kindling and flinty as flame.
Other than the fact that that this movie is going to make all of the money, what we don’t know about Avengers: Endgame could fill a book or two (although that hasn’t stopped us from speculating). Will the “disappeared” heroes and villains of the MCU return? (Obviously, yes, as Spider-Man has a movie out a few months later!) Will it involve time travel? (Probably.) Will it be 150 minutes of Thanos tending his crops and waxing philosophical about how “balance” also means not planting corn and wheat in the same field in consecutive years? (Um...)
What we do know is that Avengers: Infinity War defied expectations and delivered an adventure that tempered its fan service with a surprising emotional heft (and a genuine gut-punch of an ending). The Russo Brothers return to write and direct what just might be the final adventure for the original Avengers lineup, a movie that will certainly close a chapter of Marvel Cinematic Universe history that now extends over 10 years. Something tells us that at least a few deaths in this one won’t be easily undone.
This surely ranks as one of the oddest movies on tap for 2019. As the first live action film based on the massively popular Pokémon game and media franchise, it stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu, an unusually intelligent and perceptive Pokémon creature who partners with a young man named Tim (Justice Smith) to solve a mystery and find Tim’s father. Pikachu will apparently be a completely digital character, but it remains to be seen just how heavily the film draws from the vast lore of the enterprise behind it. Will Pokémon fans alone be enough to make this film a success? The studio (Warner Bros.) is certainly gonna have to catch ‘em all.
So after starring alongside Sir Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Taron Egerton is playing the Crocodile Rock singer in Rocketman. We know what you're thinking though: musical biopics are a dime a dozen. But did you know that this is a musical biopic fantasy? Which may just be fancy talk of turning Elton John's songs into an actual musical, but we're all here for that. Flipping musical biopic formulae on its head, Rocketman looks like a breath of fresh air that is, well, hopefully out of this world. It also features Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, and Jamie Bell.
John Wick 3: Parabellum
While many loved the original John Wick, we preferred the surreal, even more stylized sequel, which featured not just a series of astonishing action set-pieces but drenched them in a nearly psychedelic concoction of color and atmosphere. We also enjoyed the expanded world-building of John’s (Keanu Reeves) strange but somehow orderly universe. So we have high hopes for the third film in the series, which reunites Reeves, director Chad Stahelski and much of the standout cast, along with new faces like Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston. We last saw John on the run, with a global contract out on him. Will he make his escape and finally find the peace he craves? Can’t wait to find out.
Filmmaker James Gray has had a fascinating career of telling stories about individuals driven into the unknown. Sometimes it is a migration story to strange land, a la The Immigrant, and sometimes it is an explorer compelled to find greatness and oblivion by the mystery within himself, as was the case in the vastly underrated The Lost City of Z. Now Gray teams up with Brad Pitt and 20th Century Fox to trace a journey with a more intergalactic bent.
In some ways, Ad Astra sounds like the fascinating alternative to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. In both films, a father went to the furthest reaches of the solar system (and maybe beyond?) in search of otherworldly life’s fingerprints—and never came back. But 20 years later, Pitt’s Roy McBride also makes that travel to the orbit of Neptune in search of answers and maybe his long thought to be dead father. And given that papa is credited as Tommy Lee Jones, we imagine he’ll find more out there than just stardust.
As a winning directorial debut for actress Olivia Wilde, Booksmart reinvents the youth-party movie with a deft hand. Exhibiting a raucous sense of humor that has no qualms with shifting gears from the gross-out to the surreal, the filmmaker hints we’ve only seen a fraction of her talent (or sense of humor). And by presenting the story of two high school seniors who attempt to have their first evening of debauchery on the last night of school, she’s zeroed in on a central relationship so intoxicating (even before they get to the alcohol) that it can anchor an entire sea of gags and potentially unwieldy ideas. Demented, but not desperate, clever, yet never quite crass, Booksmart is ahead of the curve as a modern R-rated comedy.
“Riffraff, street rat, scoundrel, take that!” While these words may at a glance sound like a cynic’s opinion about Disney’s need to constantly remake its classic animated films, they’re also lyrics that we all expect to be included in Guy Ritchie’s redo of the 1992 Disney Renaissance classic. For millennials of a certain age, Aladdin is a childhood staple as defining as The Lion King (which will also be remade only a few months after this!) However, Ritchie’s take looks to be a little less reverent than that film or 2017’s Beauty and the Beast blockbuster.
Ritchie is leaning into his wheelhouse of street-wise kids born on the wrong side of the palace who are clever enough to still come out on top. Like Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur before him, Aladdin will be given a modern sheen through the anachronistic gaze of its director, although it will still be a musical—complete with Princes Jasmine finally getting her own solo. Further it stands poised to launch its Aladdin (Mena Massoud of Jack Ryan) and Naomi Scott’s Princess Jasmine (Power Rangers) into the stratosphere. However, the big question mark around this production will be whether Will Smith can fill the big blue shoes of Robin Williams. Because for adults, it was Williams’ fourth-wall shattering improv as the Genie that placed Aladdin in a whole new world.
So James Gunn is producing an evil Superman movie. Let me repeat there's an evil Superman movie at least partially from the guy who gave us Guardians of the Galaxy before Disney unceremoniously fired him, causing his cast to actually revolt against their employer. Now he's produced a film written by Brian and Mark Gunn (and directed by David Yarovesky) in which Elizabeth Banks is an all-American farmer who discovers her baby in the basket may be more devil than god. Yeah, it sounds amazing.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The general complaint about Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla movie was that it moved at a somewhat slow (okay, glacial) pace. Godzilla of course looked great (not like that miserable 1998 movie) but there just wasn’t enough city-stompin’, radiation-breathin’, MUTO-kickin’ madness for some folks. Well, don’t you worry, kaiju fans, because Godzilla: King of the Monsters turns the Toho up to 11, introducing Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidora to WB’s shared Monsterverse. Oh, and we guess there are some humans in this, too, including Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Charles Dance. If you’re not already sold, just go watch that stunning trailer again, which gives characters and concepts many of us got to know via MST3K roastings a mythic quality we never expected. Michael Dougherty, who helped bring the seasonal love letter and greatest horror anthology of the modern era, Trick ‘r Treat, to life is writing and directing, so we’re in good, genre-friendly hands.
X-Men: Apocalypse may have had its weaknesses (we don’t blame you, Oscar Isaac), but Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) was not one of them. Jean’s arc as the proto-Phoenix, in which she ultimately embraced her power to take out Apocalypse, was organic, subversive, and, save for a shoehorned-in Wolverine cameo, tightly plotted. Turner is slated to continue her turn as the telepathic, telekinetic teen in Dark Phoenix, presumably taking on a much larger role in the franchise and marking a passing of the baton from one X-Men generation to the next.
Older mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) will all be back, as will younger mutants Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters). They’ll be facing off in some capacity against Jessica Chastain’s villain, previously reported to be Lilandra, the Empress of the Shi’Ar Empire (though that has yet to be confirmed). Whomever Chastain is playing, with first-time director Simon Kinberg behind the camera, look for a new phase of the X-Men film franchise universe.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Do you love your city? This is a question Jimmie Fails asks two white city transplants on a bus during the third act of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. A dogged hero who is romantic to a fault, Jimmie is the eponymous African American who has seen one setback after another in achieving his dream of reclaiming his grandfather’s historic Frisco home on a hill. Disillusioned but not depressed, Jimmie cannot fathom why these two relatively affluent young women are complaining about how much they hate this overpriced town. You cannot hate a place unless you love it. It is for that reason there is nothing but love, even in its bitterest and most melancholic shadings, that comes through in The Last Black Man in San Francisco. A lyrical note of endearment to the Golden City, and one filled with words of anguish and betrayal too, the film is a revelation for director Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails—both the real man and the character of the same name Fails portrays onscreen.
Men in Black: International
Well, here’s an irony. In the month before this, Will Smith will be attempting to replace the memory of Robin Williams in one of his signature ‘90s roles, and a scant few weeks later, it will be up to Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to try to take over the reins of Smith’s biggest ‘90s franchise vehicle: Men in Black. While this currently untitled picture is more of a sequel with new characters than a complete reboot (Sony's got bad memories of Ghostbusters’ reception, no?), it is still a fresh start for the franchise.
It also stars a winning pair of thespians who already proved they had crackling comic timing and chemistry in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Indeed, Hemsworth has long attempted to transition into straightahead comedy after appearing in as a scene-stealing background player in everything from Vacation to, well, Ghostbusters. And Thompson is a star on the rise, and one with impeccable taste considering the projects she’s recently signed onto, including Sorry to Bother You, Annihilation, and Ragnarok. Throw in a returning Emma Thompson and always welcome newcomers like Rebecca Ferguson and Liam Neeson, and we have reasons to listen for this little noisy cricket.
Toy Story 4
The Toy Story movies are unequivocally the gold standard in animated franchises. While making sequels to a beloved classic is always tough, each of the Toy Story follow-ups have become classics in their own right, especially Toy Story 3, which benefitted from its 10-year absence, as opposed to suffer from it. Now nine years after that, enters Toy Story 4. Given that Toy Story 3 concluded with what was clearly intended to be a final trilogy closer, it is a bit risky for Pixar to go back to this well. At least creatively; commercially, it will make all the money.
Further Josh Cooley will be making his feature directing debut by stepping into Pixar's first and arguably most adored toy chest of characters. There are a lot of question marks about it, but all the major voices are back (including the return of Annie Potts as Bo Peep!), so we're willing to give this the benefit of the doubt and see what happens.
The Art of Self-Defense
Perhaps a comedic answer to the question of what would happen if Travis Bickle took a martial arts class, The Art of Self-Defense is a pitch-black comic gem that deserves much greater attention after premiering at SXSW. Moving the disgruntled white male’s entitlement out of a lone taxi cab and into a communal dojo (suggesting the widening aggrievement of privilege in recent years), the picture ruminates on loneliness, toxic masculinity, and just how cool it is to be able to kick so hard you’re “punching with your foot.” In the film, Jesse Eisenberg plays Casey, an introverted sad sack whose unisex name is treated as a point of derision and ridicule in this film’s heightened reality. After being almost brutally murdered in a mugging he joins a self-defense class with actual late-night fight clubs, homoerotic massages, and a cult-like sensei (Alessandro Nivola) who thinks murder is part of the learning process, and that his best student (Imogen Poots) should be punished for being a woman.
It's darkly hilarious and is a cult classic in the making.
Annabelle Comes Home
All we know about the third film in the Annabelle series--itself a spinoff of James Wan’s ever-growing The Conjuring universe--is that it’s coming out next July, it’s being directed and written by Gary Dauberman (a key writer on all the Conjuring-related movies and both chapters of It), and that a creepy porcelain doll will probably feature heavily in the proceedings. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours--there’s no cast announced yet and we’re not even sure what the thing will be called. Critics have not been particularly kind to the Annabelle movies but audiences seemed to like them fine, so there’s likely no reason for them to change the formula now.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Homecoming put the “neighborhood” back in “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” And while Avengers: Infinity War expanded Peter Parker’s horizons (among... um... doing other things to him), he’s always most at home in the friendly confines of New York City, right? Right. So of course Far From Home will bring Spidey back to Queens where he can (checks notes)... actually be sent off to London. Well, so much for the neighborhood. Far From Home continues the new Spider-Man movie tradition of focusing on villains who haven’t yet been brought to life on the big screen with Jake Gyllenhaal as a special effects guru gone bad, Mysterio (more on him here). Homecoming director Jon Watts is back, so we expect a similarly bouncy tone this time around, as well as another diverse, comedically literate ensemble cast. But particularly intriguing is the addition of JB Smoove in a lead role. Please... please let him be J. Jonah Jameson.
The Lion King
Lion King may have dropped “Be Prepared” as a song, but it also has Beyonce in its cast as Nala, so we’ll call it even. The Jungle Book’s Jon Favreau is behind the camera for this live-action remake, which will include “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” and “Circle of Life.” The impressiveness of the cast doesn’t end at Beyonce. Donald Glover is on board as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Scar, and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa. (I don’t know if my tear ducts can do this again…) Other performers include Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and Keegan Michael-Key as Kamari.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Supposedly Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks the most like a throwback in multiple ways. Featuring some of the same storytelling DNA as Pulp Fiction, this picture returns to a narrative of bizarrely intersecting lives in Los Angeles… but in one that no longer exists. Revisiting to the Hollywood of Tarantino’s youth, the filmmaker embraces the summer of ’69… and how it ended the free love, hippie counterculture of that era just as old school Hollywood was in its death throes.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded television star and Brad Pitt as his stunt double as they both look for a new comeback, but what raises the most eyebrows is that DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton is neighbors with Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), the ‘60s bombshell and wife of Roman Polanski who was eight months pregnant when she was brutally murdered by the Charles Manson family. The film risks going to some dark places, yet it likely is not exactly what it appears to be, not least of all because Tate’s sister has given the film and its screenplay her blessing (which she has refused to do for some of 2019’s other grisly “50th anniversary” cash-ins on the Tate murders). This is absolutely one of 2019’s must-see projects.
Much ink has been spilled over whether Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment is doing the better job of pushing the boundaries of the on-screen superhero genre, but the most ambitious work continues to be done by 20th Century Fox. Following the success of the R-rated Western Logan, which was essentially a story about an aging man taking care of his elderly father figure, the X-Men franchise is going full-on horror with New Mutants, hopefully to similarly fantastic results.
Directed by The Fault in Our Stars' Josh Boone, New Mutants stars some of the most promising young actors out there—including Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Sam "Cannonball" Guthrie—as teen mutants locked inside of a psych ward in this loose adaptation of the "Demon Bear Saga." If the trailer is anything to go by, we've yet to see just how truly terrifying mutants can be.
Hobbs and Shaw
Let’s face it: The most interesting element of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious was not the increasingly dour and self-important Vin Diesel, but the rancorous mini-buddy comedy embedded in the film in the form of DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and rogue assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The undeniable chemistry between two of Hollywood’s leading action/adventure stars seemed to make a spinoff inevitable, although how that will alter the dynamic of the main franchise in the future remains to be seen. For now, we can probably look forward to some hilarious repartee between the Rock and the Dome, not to mention jaw-dropping action courtesy of director David Leitch (Deadpool 2).
Fresh off making the new horror masterpiece Hereditary, Ari Aster already has a follow-up due this summer via A24. It is vaguely about a young woman (Florence Pugh) reluctantly accompanying her boyfriend (William Jackson Harper) and a mutual friend (Will Poulter) on a summer trip to the latter's ancestral home in Northern Europe. They're there to attend a festival that is only held every 90 years. We expect something more sinister than boredom to set in with this Wicker Man-remiscent setup.
Where'd You Go Bernadette?
Richard Linklater directs a comedy/drama starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Laurence Fishburne. That’s reason enough to show up, right? The film is based on a novel about a woman (Blanchett) who disappears shortly before she is due to visit Antarctica with her husband and daughter, with all the ramifications that follow.
Linklater has been on a roll for the past seven years or so—Bernie, Boyhood, Before Midnight, Everybody Wants Some!!, and Last Flag Flying have all been solid films—so there’s no reason to think he won’t continue the hot streak with this one.
It: Chapter Two
The terrors of your childhood never really went away, so why would they for Pennywise survivors? Yep, the Losers Club is back in this second half of Andy Muschietti’s epic adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Whereas that book is split in two crosscutting narratives—a Boomer childhood in the late 1950s and a then-contemporary middle aged horror crisis in the mid-1980s—the filmmakers wisely decided to cut this sprawling yarn over two films: a childhood transitioned to the ‘80s and now a modern adulthood today.
Thus It: Chapter Two continues its story with a real novelty in the horror genre: an A-list cast. Muschietti’s original leading lady, Jessica Chastain, returns as Beverly Marsh all grown-up, and she is being joined by James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Ritchie, and Xavier Dolan cameoing as new Pennywise mark, Adrian Mellon, among others. Plus, Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, of course. When Pennywise returns from his three-decade nap to begin his slaughter of Derry’s children once more (now more sadistically than ever), the Losers are summoned home from disparate lives to face the boogeyman they all forgot existed. What a tangled web the universe weaves, as gleaned in the first footage of It: Chapter Two we've viewed.
He may no longer be directing James Bond, but director Danny Boyle still has a 2019 movie in the works, and one that sounds a little more creative too. Working alongside filmmaker Richard Curtis, who wrote and directed Love Actually and About Time, and is here handling the screenwriting duties, this film enjoys a magical realism premise of what would the world look like... if the Beatles never existed? (Or at least were famous.) It is certainly in Curtis’ ‘60s rock wheelhouse (see Pirate Radio for more), but Boyle’s mercurial style being applied to Boomer anthems is all the more intriguing given it allows him to imagine a world where a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) bangs his head in a traffic accident and wakes up in a world where only he remembers the Beatles' legendary songs... which he then exploits by claiming he wrote them all himself. It's a delicious premise that looks all the more winning via its all-star cast including Lily James, who just went supernova as the MVP in last July’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Kate McKinnon, James Corden, Ana de Armas, and at least one musical cameo by Ed Sheeran. We imagine Paul McCartney and Ringo might also be in for a surprise appearance?
From the director of The Hangover trilogy and producer Martin Scorsese, get ready for Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. No, you haven’t been huffing Smilex, Warner Bros. is actually rolling the dice on a Joker solo movie. The catch? This one doesn’t take place in the shared DC Extended Universe, and has nothing to do with the version of the character made infamous by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Instead Joker is a smaller film, telling how “a man utterly disregarded by society” becomes the Clown Prince of Crime... albeit in a Gotham City that looks remarkably like New York City circa Taxi Driver. If WB can resist the urge to pepper this with too much bat-fan service, and instead play up the psychological horror, Joker could end up being the most pleasant superhero (ahem, supervillain) movie surprise since Deadpool.
A sequel to Zombieland? Who ever thought we’d get that? While the sleeper zombie comedy hit (how often can you write that?) was a surprise darling of 2009, no sequel ever materialized and seemed pretty caput after a so-so television adaptation.
But now, in time for the 10th anniversary, everyone is coming back, including Oscar nominated Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar winning Emma Stone, thrice Oscar nominated Woody Harrelson (it’s been some decade!), Abigail Breslin, and director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The latter pair showed they know that rare alchemy for comedy sequels via Deadpool 2, and just discovering what “Zombie Kill of the Week” is going on 10 years after Tallahassee got his Twinkie should be a joy. (Please, let Twinkies last 10 years... and Bill Murray zombie corpses).
Terminator: Dark Fate
Like the Alien and Predator franchises--two other classic sci-fi concepts that served as benchmarks for 1980s action and sci-fi cinema--the Terminator series has been the victim of unabated diminishing returns with nearly every new entry in the series either distorting or bending the continuity beyond recognition and taking it further away from the elegance and dynamism that defined the first film or two. Four years after the last trainwreck, Terminator: Genisys, the T-800 is getting another reboot. But there are some hopeful signs with this one: James Cameron himself took an active hand in developing it after staying away from the franchise for years, Deadpool’s Tim Miller is directing, and Linda Hamilton is returning in her signature role as Sarah Connor. And of course we can never discount the thrill of seeing Arnold at his most iconic as well. We’ll go with “cautiously optimistic” this time around.
Elizabeth Banks steps behind the camera for this adaptation of the iconic 1970s series about three female detectives working for a mysterious billionaire named, you guessed it, Charlie. Here, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), and Ella Balinska star as the eponymous Angels who, in this version, are part of the Townsend Agency, a security and intelligence agency that has teams of Angels around the world.
In addition to directing duty, Banks will play Bosley… but not the film’s only one. Patrick Stewart has also recently been cast as a Bosley in the film’s reimagined world. We were on board with the Charlie’s Angels movie reboot even before Patrick Stewart was cast as Bosley; Sir PatStew is just icing on the cake. (Note: McG, director of the thoroughly enjoyable 2000 and 2003 Charlie’s Angels films, is on board too.)
Sonic the Hedgehog
2019’s entry into the video game movie sweepstakes is a live action/animation version of the long running Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Could this be the movie that finally breaks the video game movie curse? (No, Ready Player One doesn’t count.) If anyone can do it, it’s Sonic, a character who already has a long and successful history in comics and animation to go along with his pixelated adventures. The good news is that Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic, a perfect match of voice to character if we’ve ever seen one. The bad news is that the insufferable Jim Carrey is Dr. Robotnik, who will presumably be on a quest to make sure animals in Sonic’s world can’t get vaccinated or something. And hey, Deadpool’s Tim Miller is executive producing, so at the very least this will have a sense of humor.
Do we really trust Roland Emmerich to faithfully replicate one of the most decisive battles in the Pacific Theater of World War II after he made a nearly unwatchable hash out of another historical moment with Stonewall and couldn’t even come up with a decent sequel to Independence Day in 20 years? The Battle of Midway was last glamorized in a 1976 epic starring Charlton Heston (it was the second film ever to utilize the theater-shaking Sensurround technology) and no doubt a modern retelling would benefit from all the tools now at filmmakers’ disposal. But Emmerich has proven to be both tone deaf and cinematically inarticulate with several of his most recent films, so we’re hoping this one doesn’t crash and burn either.
Ford vs. Ferrari
James Mangold’s follow-up to Logan, which for our money might be the finest superhero movie of this decade, reunites him with his 3:10 to Yuma star, Christian Bale. As a true story two-hander, Ford vs. Ferrari jumps back to the 1966 when Henry Ford II decided to take on Ferrari by building one of the definitive American muscle cars, the Ford GT40, for the epic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Le Mans is a prestigious endurance test in France, and it was up to American engineer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British driver Ken Miles (Bale) to compete with Italian automotive dominance. The period piece premise and high-stakes racing premise makes this an instant point of interest, as does its cast which in addition to Bale and Damon also features Caitriona Balfe and Jon Bernthal.
Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and Spy, is bringing the romantic comedy back to theaters and where it belongs in a Yuletide, London-set romance starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. Two stars who appear tailor-made for the genre, your ticket should already have been sold before mentioning that Emma Thompson co-wrote the screenplay.
Do you want to build a snowman? Because you finally will be able to with the long anticipated sequel to Frozen. Here is the sequel to the biggest animated movie of all-time, yet as it is coming out a full six years after the first one, many of its original core audience who were singing “Let It Go” all year-round are now teenagers. Will it still play as well to them and a new crop of wee ones? Of course it will.
Unlike the quickie Frozen shorts that have been spordacially appearing in front of Disney and Pixar films over the years, it is reassuring that Walt Disney Animation Studios took its time with this, much like Pixar’s success at making the generations-spanning Toy Story 3. The entire creative team is back, including Jennifer Lee as co-director and co-writer, Chris Buck in the other director’s chair, and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez as songwriters. The film also of course includes Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff as the four central characters. This will make a truckload and with any icy luck, be at least in the same ballpark of quality as the cultural touchstone that was the 2013 movie. And if it is, you can be sure you'll be singing its best songs in another six years too. And we are very chill with that judging by the first ominious teaser trailer.
Rian Johnson, fresh off making the amazing The Last Jedi (yeah, we said it), has returned to movies for non-dogmatic adults with Knives Out, an apparent whodunit murder mystery starring Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christopher Plummer. Yep, see you in line at the theater.
And $962 million later, you bet your ass there is going to be another Jumanji movie, complete with Dwayne Johnson (in his third film of 2019), Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and director Jake Kasdan all returning, along with two of the previous film’s screenwriters. We know nothing about the plot, except that it will presumably pick up where Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle left off and may (according to rumors) explore the origins of the game itself. Expect more high-concept shenanigans from the cast (the best part of the previous film) and start printing the box office cash now, especially after the last one was one of the biggest industry lessons about blockbusters in years…
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Episode IX is the culmination of everything Disney has been building up to since purchasing Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars in 2012. Building off of The Last Jedi, Episode IX will continue Rey's story as she learns more about the Jedi and her mysterious Force abilities. Meanwhile, the First Order is still in power under the leadership of Kylo Ren, who fulfilled his destiny by ridding the galaxy of his master in cold blood.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, who took over from Colin Trevorrow, from a script by himself and Chris Terrio, Episode IX promises to be the biggest Star Wars movie yet, as it brings an end to the Skywalker Saga and perhaps even balance to the Force. The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and the late Carrie Fisher, who will return for Episode IX thanks to unused footage shot for The Force Awakens. Billy Dee Williams will also return as the sweet-talking con man, Lando Calrissian.
The musical that was once the longest-running show in Broadway history (until 2016) is getting the feature film treatment, hopefully proving that the muscial movie revival is here to stay for awhile. Based on the T.S. Eliot's novel Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and written by composed musical theater icon Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Cats is the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles on the night they decide which cat will ascend to "the Heaviside layer" and come back to a new life.
Yeah, it's kind of weird. But that hasn't stopped some serious talent from signing on. The King's Speech and Les Miserables director, Tom Hooper, is directing the film from a screenplay by Billy Elliot's Lee Hall. In front of the camera, Jennifer Hudson, who won in Oscar in 2017 for Dreamgirls, will play Grizabella, which means she gets to sing "Memory." Other cast signed on include: Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Ian McKellen. Color us intrigued, provided that Hooper has learned filming a musical sequence requires more than leaving the camera at a slanted angle in extreme close-up...
After Lady Bird, we would follow whatever Greta Gerwig made next, however it was still a surprise that she signed on to write and direct the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Having enjoyed a recent BBC/PBS miniseries and at least three major Hollywood adaptations over the decades—including a fairly definitive one in 1994 starring Winona Ryder that was produced by many of the same execs as this project—the deck would seem fairly stacked against this project. However, the more we hear about Gerwig’s approach, the clearer it is that this will be a fresh perspective.
Revisiting the classic American coming-of-age tale of the four March sisters who grew up in a liberal conclave of Massachusetts during the Civil War, Gerwig is eschewing a straightforward retelling of the novel’s plot by focusing on the latter half of the book and its narrative of young women entering the world… especially at a time when the world expected them to get married and stay at home, raising children. This approach recontextualizes the story and has attracted A-list talent across the board, including Lady Bird alums like Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, in addition to Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, and Emma Watson. The fact that Streep is taking a central role with a character usually relegated to the background—Great Aunt March—suggests this Little Women can find a big way of reinventing a classic.
Call of the Wild
There have been a number of adaptations of Jack London’s classic 1903 novel but this is set to be the first full-length animated version of the story of Buck, the pampered pet who becomes first a mistreated sled dog and then a fierce and primal warrior. Harrison Ford, and Dan Stevens will appear as the primary human characters, John Thornton and Hal, in this hybrid of live action and CGI animation, but it remains to be seen whether director Chris Sanders (The Croods) retains the harshness and violence of London’s story (not to mention the now politically insensitive portrayal of Native Americans).
It’s a strange world indeed when a crime epic directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino--the latter working with Scorsese for the first time ever--finds itself a home with a streaming service like Netflix and not a major Hollywood studio. De Niro (in his ninth collaboration with Scorsese) stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor leader who was heavily involved in the corruption of the Teamsters Union by the mob and claimed to have been the man who killed Jimmy Hoffa. Visual effects needed to make the principals look decades younger in flashbacks have reportedly led the budget to soar to a stunning $175 million, with Netflix betting that these actors directed by this filmmaker, in the genre he’s most known for, will bring in the viewers... and potentially the awards. We admit it: We can’t wait for this one either.
Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
So Noah Baumbach, one of the most interesting voices in indie cinema in the 21st century, is making another Netflix film after the delightful that stars Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, and Ray Liotta. Not much is known other than it tracks an unfolding divorce spread across New York and LA, but we’re already in.
If we are being completely honest, . A perfect distillation of dread, despair, and an incredibly perverse euphoria, it is the rare treat that can have its devilish cake and eat it too, acting as both the most authentic rendering of Puritan superstition ever put onscreen and a modern day fable of feminist liberation. Either way, it was a shocking work that made first-time director Robert Eggers immediately a name to watch going forward.
And so we have: The Lighthouse is Eggers’ sophomore effort that is also a horror film steeped in folklore and mythology, this time of a nautical bent. Starring Willem Dafoe as a lighthouse keeper simply called “Old,” as well as Robert Pattinson as another lighthouse employee we’d wager could be named “Young,” The Lighthouse looks to mine slightly more recent New England campfire tales for its early 20th century setting on the rocky shores of Maine.
Kiwi director/actor/writer Taika Waititi, coming off both the brilliant Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the delightful Thor: Ragnarok, gets back to his quirkier, more eccentric roots for this oddball World War II comedy about a 10-year-old German boy (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) who struggles to figure out his place in the world and turns to an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler (Waititi) for consultation. Yes, it sounds strange and even a little dicey on paper, but Waititi has enough tricks up his sleeve to make us eager for whatever he comes up with next. It doesn't hurt that Scarlett Johansson is starring either.
Shia LaBeouf is aware that his off-screen reputation and media narrative is bigger than many of the films he plays in. This is perhaps one of the smaller reasons he sought creative reclamation in Honey Boy, an intimately personal film he writes and stars in, and which acts as a poignant self-portrait. It is also a wildly inventive film for both LaBeouf, the actor, and Alma Har’el, the director. Making her first narrative feature after several documentaries, she pulls from LaBeouf’s own truth to create a bittersweet fiction bathed in authenticity, which is all the more impressive since LaBeouf refuses to actually portray himself. A semi-autobiographical piece, Honey Boy is an open invitation to study LaBeouf’s childhood in which the actor embodies a version of his father. Technically the troubled child star at the heart of the film is named Otis Lort, played as a boy of 12-years-old by Noah Jupe and 22-years-old by Lucas Hedges at different points in the film. But Har’el and LaBeouf are not shy about us making the connection. The opening shot is Hedges’ budding movie star on the edge of a breakdown as he stands in a shot with a wire on his back, waiting to be ripped away into a hazy golden-hued sunset of carnage like a million Michael Bay paper heroes.
Good teachers more than inspire; they make the foreboding seem fun. Be it science math, or hordes of undead zombies, as is the case in Little Monsters, problems are but calls to adventure. They also can formulate one of the genuinely happiest surprises at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Apparently inspired by the kindergarten teacher who writer-director Abe Forsythe says taught him to let go of his own anxieties for his five-year-old son, Little Monsters is an unexpected feel-good zombie comedy that is as equal parts The Magic School Bus as it is a grisly, R-rated undead slaughterfest stuffed with disemboweled guts and endangered goats. Obviously utilizing discordant elements, Forsythe ably creates a peculiar harmony of sunshine and carnage, particularly whenever Lupita Nyong’o picks up a ukulele and gets her Taytay on.
It is easy to draw a parallel between The Lodge and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, in no small part because both films rely on an enormous performance to ensnare its audience in a feeling of snowbound confusion. It is an open question throughout the film’s running time just exactly what is real and what might Grace be imagining, as well as if her hallucinations are actually supernatural—an engagement gift from a mother who still wants to spend Christmas with the family. However, the true ingenuity of the film is not its anecdotal similarities to Kubrick’s maddening chiller; it is how sleekly it reinvents the tropes of Gothic horror for modern indie sensibilities. With a slow boil from ice to fire that is increasingly familiar for fans of recent elevated horror, Fiala and Franz have found a covert way to rework the queasy disorientation of Gaslight for a new generation. It’s obvious someone is tormenting the characters in the film and making one or more parties think they’re mad, but just who is gaslighting whom?
The Peanut Butter Falcon
One of the genuine delights of SXSW, it was unsurprising to learn that Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz’s 21st century rendering of Mark Twain won the Audience Award among the Narrative Spotlight section. A sincere attempt to create a Huckleberry Finn for those who are considered disabled or special needs, the film stars Zack Gottsagen as a young man abandoned by the system due to being an orphan with Down Syndrome. But at 20-years-old, he's breaking out of the nursing home for seniors the state has left him in and is embarking on a quixotic quest down the North Carolina coast alongside a Southern good ol' boy (a marvelous Shia LaBeouf) and eventually his doctor (Dakota Johnson) while on the journey to finding a school for professional wrestling run by a man named "the Salt Water Redneck" (Thomas Haden Church).
An episodic and beautiful film about the value of your own self-worth and charmingly tall tale characters, this is one not to be missed.
Winter and Game of Thrones Season 8 is here! At last our REAL watch begins. Here's what you need to know about episode 2 and more.
All men must die, but what do we tell the Many-Faced God of Death? Not today. Aye, not when Game of Thrones Season 8 is at last in full swing. Nearly two years after we waved farewell to House Stark, they are back and they have a Dragon in their midst. We've already given our lengthy, deep-diving thoughts on the season premiere right here, but that is just the beginning. Indeed, television's last water cooler series is just getting into high gear so here's what we know about the next episode below.
As with this past Sunday's episode, the actual episode title will not be revealed until after it has aired. We do know that the second episode, now tentatively, "Game of Thrones #69," will deal with Bran and the whole Stark clan having some quality time with Jaime Lannister. Although he should be more worried about Daenerys Targaryen given his unofficial title is "The Kingslayer." The trailer and synopsis are below.
The battle at Winterfell is approaching. Jaime is confronted with the consequences of the past. A tense interaction between Sansa and Daenerys follows.
Below is our full episode guide, as well as our podcast for hte most recent episode, "Winterfell."
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1: Winterfell
As the end draws nigh for each of us, it is said the world appears to shrink until there is nothing left. So too does that appear to be the case with gargantuan television extravaganzas. Once a universe of seeming infinite scope and complexity, the lands of Westeros and Essos took on a constantly expanding quality for the first five seasons of Game of Thrones—and they continue to grow larger still within the pages of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Yet now as we have finished the first of just six short chapters comprising Game of Thrones season 8, it is unavoidable to note how small and intimate the series is becoming. Once a show that premiered with a vaguely dizzying amount of names in the locations of Winterfell, King’s Landing, and Essos, now even the latter continent has vanished in tonight’s echo of the series’ first episode. Presumably by the time the Dead arrive at Winterfell, the show will be downright claustrophobic.
air date: 4/14/2019
run time: 54 minutes
Check out these images from the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, an innocent time when we believed all major characters filmed sitting on the Iron Throne were in it for the long haul.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2
Episode two will be written by Game of Thrones heavy-hitter Bryan Cogman, who has been a producer on the series since 2014 and has writing credits on it going back all the way to the first season in 2011 when he wrote "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things." Other notable episodes he penned are "Oathkeeper," "The Laws of Gods and Men," and the infamous "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."
air date: 4/21/2019
run time: 58 minutes
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3
This is the first episode of the season directed by Miguel Sapochnik ("Hardhome," "The Battle of the Bastards," "The Winds of Winter") and written personally by creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It is an open secret that this is the Battle for Winterfell/Battle for the Dawn episode that will break the record for the most days ever spent on filming a television battle. Best your affairs in order to say goodbye to some beloved characters.
air date: 4/28/19
run time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4
Also written by Benioff and Weiss this follow-up to the first major battle of the season sees David Nutter return as director.
air date: 5/5/2019
run time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5
Another feature-length episode, the penultimate episode of the series sees Sapochnik return again as director, suggesting another major battle. Perhaps the battle that decides everything. Benioff and Weiss are again writing.
air date: 5/12/2019
run time: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6
The final episode ever of Game of Thrones is written and directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
air date: 5/19/2019
run time: 1 hour 20 minutes
The final four episodes have all been written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It's good to be the king.
Like the sight of a dragon flying above a battlefield, the directors list is a beautiful sight since Miguel Sapochnik has returned to the series. Aye, the helmer of what may still be the two most cinematic hours of Game of Thrones, season 6's final "The Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter" hours, is returning to the helm of multiple episodes. He's directing the third and fifth episodes to be exact, so know when to expect them to bring the (wild)fire. Yet the most intriguing thing might be that the final episode will be directed by neither Sapochnik or other fan favorite series mainstays like Alan Taylor, David Nutter, or Neill Marshall. Nope... showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be directing it themselves! David Nutter, helmer of the now legendary "The Rains of Catamere" episode, is meanwhile directing the first, second, and fourth episodes.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoilers
A good place to start is with the technical spoilers that HBO has already allowed to be unspooled. As revealed in Entertainment Weekly's exclusive set visit, Game of Thrones Season 8 will begin by echoing the series premiere all the way back in 2011. During those happier days, King Robert Baratheon's procession arrived at a cheerful Winterfell; in April 2019, Queen Daenerys' army will begin the season by getting a cold welcome from Sansa Stark, who will begrudingly bend the knee to the Dragon Queen after her "brother" Jon Snow already surrendered the North's autonomy to the Targaryen. However, EW's James Hibberd hints that Sansa might be soon won over by Dany, as well as stating the obvious: Team Dany meeting Team Stark will cause a lot of overdue reunions in the premiere: the Hound and Arya, the Hound and Sansa, Sansa and Tyrion, Jon and Bran, and (best of all), Jon and Arya.
“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death,” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman says. “It’s an incredibly emotional, haunting, bittersweet final season, and I think it honors very much what George set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”
Hibberd also teased he was on the set for the Game of Thrones series finale, and it was in a Westerosi location never previously seen, and one that included characters whose appearance surprised him. Make of that what you will. However, he helped confirm a few more intriguing things, such as the fact that the third episode of season 8 will exclusively be the battle of Winterfell. We already assumed this given that Miguel Sapochnik is directing the third and fifth episodes of season 8 after previously helming "The Battle of the Bastards" in season 6. He's been long spotted on the Winterfell sets in Belfast, filming a battle sequence that took 55 days to shoot (more than double the 25 days spent on "The Battle of the Bastards"). However, this is apparently just exterior shots and that it took even longer to film the interiors and closeups.
Yet all of this means the decisive battle that the series has been building toward since the beginning, the living versus the dead, will occur in the third episode of the season, meaning there are three more chapters of potential cinematic length. If we had to guess the real finale will be a confrontation between the two true unstoppable forces of Starks and Lannisters in episode 5. (That is speculation. It is possible the Army of the Dead will march on King's Landing, where a battle will occur in the fifth episode.)
Of course the final season filmed in Belfast, Ireland, which is its base of operations, albeit some scouts have been spotted at familiar castles in Ireland, as well as the Roman amphitheater in Spain that stands as the "Dragonpit" in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale. It has since been confirmed almost all of the major cast (with notable exception Emilia Clarke) traveled to Spain to film in the Dragonpit for a major sequence that is allegedly occurring in the Game of Thrones series finale. Whether that scene is a wedding, funeral, or trial depends on your own personal theory/favorite rumor (there's a cottage industry of YouTubers who claim to have inside information if you're so inclined/gullible).
Our friends at Watchers on the Wall caught that Game of Thrones did some filming in Sweden and Norway for the first time ever. So Benioff and Weiss presumably want to finally show snow falling on King's Landing and other locations, and are using Northern Europe, accordingly. This is good news for Starks, because winter is a time for wolves.
Similarly, new sets for Winterfell and King's Landing were built in Belfast. The former includes new battlements and walls to showcase the fortification of the Stark ancestral home of Winterfell... as well as a new moat being constructed. This is due to the aforementioned "Battle for the Dawn," which is again expected to be in the third episode of Season 8.
The fact that they built King's Landing neighborhood sets in Belfast is intriguing, however, since this has never been done considering the show often just uses real locations in Croatia for King's Landing... But if perhaps a battle (or riot?) is to break out in the capital, it might be better to have sets to, ahem, burn... (Episode 5)
Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer
Well, winter is certainly here. This new Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer is ominous, even by Game of Thrones standards.
The teaser below teases, amongst other things, the reunion of Jon and Arya.
The teaser below gives us a glimpse of the multiple theaters on which the show's final battle(s) will take place.
Check out the earlier trailer, which has more actual footage...
And here's the first teaser (with no actual footage).
Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date
Game of Thrones Season 8 begins its final movement on April 14. Brace thyself for Sunday, winter child.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Posters
Feast your eyes on this!
Game of Thrones Season 8 Photos
HBO released some images that give us our best look yet at the upcoming season. Some characters are even smiling in them! (Mostly not, though.)
Game of Thrones Season 8 Cast
Presumably all fan favorites who survived the end of season 7 will be returning for the Game of Thrones' endgame in its final year. That means yes, we will see more of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Iain Glen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, Jerome Flynn, Rory McCann, Joe Dempsie, Anton Lesser, and Daniel Portman.
Previously Mark Gattis was expected to return as Iron Banker Tycho Nestoris in Season 8, but he's since confirmed he's not in the final season.
Also in news of characters we AREN'T seeing, George R.R. Martin apparently turned down the chance to cameo in the final season to continue working on his sixth "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, The Winds of Winter. Alas, poor George.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Story
We went into detail about what we expect from Game of Thrones Season 8. Here's an excerpt:
This struggle will undoubtedly be what most of the final six episodes deals with. However, I am already happy to report that it’s now apparent this isn’t the true end of the series. Jon Snow has called the Army of the Dead the only enemy that matters, and he is correct to fear zombies over mere humans. Yet George R.R. Martin’s world has never been Middle-earth. Hence why it could never truly be about just the forces of good overcoming the forces of evil in an epic battle on the border of Mordor. While J.R.R. Tolkien included the “Scouring of the Shire” as one of his many epilogues in Lord of the Rings (which is perhaps the only thing of substance Peter Jackson cut from his movie adaptations), it is now obvious that Martin, and Benioff and Weiss, are making the post-war skirmishes and power vacuums a critical part of the main story.
One thing that has been confirmed is that the season will feature a massive battle scene. It spent 55 days of principal photography on a major battle, which filmed at the Moneyglass Base in Northern Ireland. For context that is longer than any major battle filmed for the premium cable epic. Not "Battle of the Bastards," nor "Blackwater," or "Watchers on the Wall" compare. So expect something truly epic, especially as we know Moneybase has long been where sets for Winterfell have been built. Oh, and as we discussed above in the spoilers section, that is only the exteriors. It took even longer to film the interiors, which will have apparently a horror-ement.
The first official image from Game of Thrones Season 8 comes from EW. The image showcases Westeros's favorite (unwitting) aunt/nephew power couple, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, who, at this point, seem to have made it to their snowy destination of Winterfell.
In a preview of the cover story, co-executive producer Bryan Cogman offers a bit of insight about the theme of the final season, explaining:
“It’s about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death." Adding, "It’s an incredibly emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do — which is flipping this kind of story on its head.”
Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale
While Game of Thrones season 7 proved to be the biggest year yet for HBO's flagship, at least in terms of ratings, it's fair to say that it was also one of the more frustrating entries. Plot outlines for the entire season leaked almost a full year early, and paparazzi images spoiled months in advance that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow would meet on the cliffs of Dragonstone (never mind scripts getting hacked and episodes accidentally leaked days early during the actual season).
Thus it's not too surprising that HBO and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took extra measures to keep the final season of Game of Thrones as spoiler-free as possible. This includes, according to Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, shooting multiple endings to the epic saga.
While speaking to Moravian College (via The Morning Call), Bloys said, "I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so nobody really know what happens. You have to do that on a long show, because when you're shooting something, people know. So they're going to shoot multiple versions so that there's no definitive answer until the end."
With that said, Maisie Williams dismissed the idea of filming multiple endings given the series' sizeable budget while chatting on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show.
Williams makes a strong point. However, there are set photos out there that would make a lot more sense if they were done for the most rabid part of the fanbase to draw the wrong conclusions.
Right now, we know the production of Game of Thrones Season 8 spent some time in Seville, Spain, which previously served as the backdrop for King's Landing in the seventh season. And all accounts point to major characters returning to the Dragonpit location in Itálica, which appeared in the season 7 finale, for also the season 8 finale (aka the series finale).
What that ending is has many people guessing. Why would major characters return to the Dragonpit unless there is some final negotiation between the remaining houses about what Westeros will look like come spring? Whatever decision is made, Sophie Turner has already attempted to hedge fan expectation, revealing that while she loved the ending, it will not satisfy all fans.
"Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans," Turner told IGN. "I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think. I think it will be really interesting to see people’s reactions, but for me reading the script it was just like heartbreaking to read at the very final page of the script it just says, ‘End of Game of Thrones’. That was really emotional."
The Gallaghers are coming back to Showtime for Shameless Season 10, even if Fiona and Ian aren't.
It’s a minor miracle the Gallaghers have managed to stay together for this long. After nine seasons, the Showtime hit is losing two key family members, Emmy Rossum (Fiona) and Cameron Monaghan (Ian). Though Fiona and Ian are not easily replaced, the Gallaghers are a resilient bunch and the show will go on. Showtime confirmed Shameless Season 10 in an announcement at the TCA winter press tour.
There’s no word yet on the length of Shameless season 10. The first eight seasons consisted of 12 episodes. Season 9 was split into two seven episode runs. The second half of the season is still airing on Sundays. It's set to become the longest-running series in the history of the premium cable network.
In a statement, Showtime president Gary Levine said: “The Gallaghers are a force of nature, and they are coming back. Shameless, with its ever-growing fan base, is like no other show on television. We are thrilled it will live on with its unique blend of love and larceny on Showtime."
Based on the U.K. series of the same name, the U.S. version premiered in January 2011 and has been a steady performer for Showtime, earning 12 Emmy nominations. Shameless passed the 100th episode mark in season 9.
Shameless Season 10 Release Date
No release date has been set, but production on Shameless season 10 will begin in 2019. You can follow along with our reviews for Shameless season 9 here.
Shameless Season 10 Cast
Fiona’s absence will be felt in season 10; she was the effective head of the household for most of Shameless’ run. Rossum told fans before the season began that this would be her swansong. Monaghan withheld that information until right before his final episode aired in October, citing a desire to leave a surprise for the audience.
Missed you, my friend.
— Cameron Monaghan (@cameronmonaghan) April 12, 2019
On the MAJOR upside though for hardcore Shameless fans, Noel Fisher is returning to the series full-time as Mickey Milkovich! After making a surprise cameo in the post-credits scene of the mid-season finale last year, it was revealed he came back to Chicago to serve time with Ian Gallagher. More intriguing still, however, is the fact that Fisher's return was greeted by Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian but seemingly left the series for several years after Ian got sent to prison halfway through season 9 (hence running into Mickey in prison). It is unclear if Monaghan is returning for more than another cameo as Mickey's squeeze still trapped on the inside, much like his season 9 finale cameo. But this is a good sign!
Homeland Season 8 is the last season, bringing hopefully a happier close to Carrie's unending mission... and closure to some old foes.
In what is hardly a surprise, it's been confirmed that Homeland Season 8 will be the final year of espionage with Carrie, Saul, and the whole CIA gang. Showtime president David Nevins confirmed it again at TCA, saying this was executive producer Alex Gansa and Claire Danes' call, who said they definitely wanted season 8 to be the end after Nevins asked "are you sure?"
This was expected, as Claire Danes confirmed in spring 2018 the long rumored end with Homeland Season 8. While the series has been on a creative upswing in the last few years, it was the show’s star herself, Claire Danes, who confirmed that the series will see its final twist in season 8 during an interview with Howard Stern. “Yeah that’s it,” Danes said when Stern asked if 2019 is really to be the final stand for the trials and tribulations of Carrie Mathison, the woman who has given up everything for country despite her bipolar disorder.
During the last season of Homeland, Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison went from chasing terrorists to pursuing Russian spies who were hoping to destabilize the U.S. government. She might have prevented their worst agenda, but if you've seen the most recent season 7 finale, it came at a high cost--like the seeming sanity of Carrie, who was left to rot in an unmedicated bipolar hell by her Russian jailors. So what could be next?
“It will be a breathless, surprising, and moving ride to its conclusion.” said Gary Levine, Showtime's Programming President at Winter TCA 2019.
Homeland Season 8 Release Date
Homeland used to pretty consistently arrive in the fall, but its last two seasons have arrived in January and February. At Winter TCA 2019, Showtime confirmed that Homeland season 8 will be pushed into the fall.
“We previously announced a June premiere but because of production demands of our international locations, we’re moving the final season premiere back to the fall,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime.
Homeland Season 8 Cast
Sam Trammell (The Order, True Blood) is set to recur in the eighth season of Homeland, reports THR. He will play Vice President Benjamin Hayes, described as “a political survivor with an aptitude for optics who crosses the aisle to serve alongside the series’ new president [the former vice president] played by Beau Bridges. Bridges’ character believes tapping Hayes is an innocuous choice, one that could help heal the partisan divide, but the politico proves to be more dangerous than anticipated.” The actor is, of course, best known for his series-spanning role on HBO's 2008-2014 series, True Blood, as shapeshifter/bar-owner Sam Merlotte.
Our first casting news for Homeland Season 8 revealed some familiar faces returning for season 8. As revealed via Deadline, Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar are reprising their pivotal roles that had taken center stage during season 4, the year Carrie went to Pakistan. The two previously played Tasneem Qureshi and Haissam Haqqani, resptively. The former is a member of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence who had infiltrated the American embassy by turning the ambassador's feckless husband into an asset. The latter was a Taliban leader who, with information from Qureshi, staged a violent attack on the embassy.
Homeland Season 8 Plot Details
While it is obviously very early regarding the direction of Homeland Seaosn 8, as it is the intended ending, showrunner Alex Gansa has nonetheless been teasing some major details. For starters, it will not be set in the actual homeland. While the series returned to U.S. shores for the past two seasons, Gansa told EW in April that the last hurrah will be set in Europe.
“[Season 7 arranges] all the pieces on the chessboard to make that a proper finale for the story we’ve been telling,” Gansa said. “We get to play this last season in D.C with the intention of taking us overseas for one last chapter. Season 8 will be overseas somewhere. We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we’ll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8.”
This is even more eyebrow-raising given where season 7 ended. With Carrie Mathison being given a slow tortuous descent into mental illness by a belligerent government ended the season unable to even recognize Saul Berenson's face, the mentor she has known most of her life. In this context, it is hard to imagine her being in a condition to be back in the field... yet she will.
Indeed, TVLine revealed an exclusive in January 2019 that Homeland Season 8 will take place in Afghanistan. If you don't recall, Afghanistan is where Carrie came to great success in Season 4 as the "drone queen," a title she came to revile. It was previously hinted the series would film in Israel, but according to TVLine, it is now slated to film in Morroco. For a contained story, it's interesting to see Carrie return to the Middle East, which is where it all began for her, albeit in Iraq then.
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If one looks past her dragons, Daenerys Targaryen is clearly based on several major historical figures, which may foretell the endgame.
Possibly the most popular Game of Thrones character, Daenerys Targaryen can often seem the most fantastical as she flies into audience's hearts. Riding dragons into battle and raining hellfire below, she’s a fierce genre icon… But one with very real historical roots. While unlike Tyrion Lannister (who is clearly based on a specific person called Richard III), Daenerys is an amalgamation of several influences, and they are as startling as they are prescient on how things could end. And like much else, it begins with a battle between families about who ws the rightful heir to the House of Plantagenet's throne. Who would win the War of the Roses?
The man who defeated Richard III and put the final nail in the coffin of the Lancaster/York flower party was also one who returned from a near 20-year exile. To win the crown, he crossed the narrow English Channel and brought an army of foreigners with him to the gates of his long lost homeland. Sound familiar yet?
Henry VII was born Henry Tudor to Edmund Tudor and Lady Margaret Beaufort. Like the orphaned Dany, Henry never knew his father, because he died three months before the child’s birth when his Lancastrian red rose wilted in the captivity of the Yorkist’s white. But more important to Henry than his Tudor name was his mother’s heritage. The great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt and his third wife (i.e. longtime mistress), Henry’s claim to fabled Plantagenet blood was dubious at best. But like a Targaryen slave girl whose family was long overthrown, the claim was good enough to get the job done with the right support.
Henry found it in his Uncle Jasper Tudor, who joined the boy in terrified exile of Yorkist rulers in 1471. Following the second rise to power of Edward IV (Richard III’s brother), Jasper and Henry Tudor lived in self-imposed exile in Northwest France. Henry was 14. It is there that he made inroads with French powers and created allies while turmoil spread in England.
When Richard III called himself king in 1483, and his sweet nephews were never heard from again, outrage grew against the impish monarch. And with support coalescing around Henry, he had to move into the French court for support. After an initially failed crossing that, like Dany, continually prolonged his absence, Henry’s French and Scottish army landed in Wales With his loyal uncle, Henry amassed an army of 5,000 that also included Welsh, English and the maternal grandparents of missing Edward V. In 1485, he quickly and decisively defeated Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field, bringing the War of the Roses to a definitive end. The Tudor Dynasty was born.
For fans of Game of Thrones, this seems inevitably the course charted for Daenerys Targaryen. She never knew her father, who was slaughtered by Jaime Lannister after Robert’s Rebellion had destroyed the Targaryen Dynasty. And like Henry, she knew little of her homeland in early life as her nickname “Stormborn” comes from being spirited away during a nightmarish sea voyage across the Narrow Sea to Essos… where she has remained some 15 years (or 22 on the show) ever since. But like Henry, she is building an army of foreign followers from the Dothraki, the Unsullied of Astapor, and the freed slaves of Yunkai. In some ways a father figure (or a creepy uncle), Ser Jorah Mormont mentors her along the way. It thusly causes the mind to wonder.
Could Daenerys winning the Iron Throne be the endgame? It seems probable considering this is “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and her dragons feel destined to melt icy White Walkers coming south. And though it is impossible to imagine how the circumstances would dictate the battle, a final war between Tyrion and Daenerys would surely play well in the ratings. Also, Henry’s final diplomatic solution for tying off the civil wars was marrying Elizabeth of York, Edward IV’s daughter and niece to Richard III. A Lancastrian’s son marrying a Yorkist’s daughter who was also his third cousin.
As it is now official that Jon Snow is her nephew, the war ending by a Stark marrying a Targaryen of the same blood connects the dots all the more. Then again, incest on this show, especially in the Targaryen House, goes further than British history…
When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, his Macedonian bodyguard and general, Ptolemy, liked the place. A lot. Hence, when Alexander surprisingly died (or was poisoned) in 323 BCE, Ptolemy made sure he got Egypt when the commanders carved up the massive territories. Like the Targaryens, the Ptolemy family ruled a foreign land as transient monarchs for nearly 300 years between Alexander’s death and future Roman Emperor Augustus’ gutting of the family tree in 30 BCE They achieved this by keeping it in the family. Deep in the family.
The Ptolemaic rulers were the last line of pharaohs in Egyptian history and their warped family tree is one propagated by more sibling incest than all of premium cable combined. Every Ptolemaic King took the title King Ptolemy, and most married a sister of the name Berenice, Arsinoe, or Cleopatra. The most famous and well-known Cleopatra of history is, in full-title, Queen Cleopatra VII. She too was forced to marry her kid brother, Ptolemy XIII, who was at least seven years her junior.
The marriage between the boy king and teenage bride was not a happy one, particularly because Cleopatra proved to be more popular. Ptolemy’s attempts to supplant and eventually kill his sister/wife ended with the arrival of Gaius Julius Caesar. Already outraged by Ptolemy’s barbaric treatment of Roman Consul Pompey Magnus, it did not take much for Caesar to side with Cleopatra. Her welcoming him into her royal bed likely did not hurt. Ptolemaic incest ended when Caesar defeated Ptolemy’s army and the boy drowned in the Nile while retreating. Meanwhile, Cleopatra gave birth to Caesar’s son, Caesarion.
Daenerys Targaryen is also the product of three hundred years of incest. There is also an old saying in Westeros that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin to decide if the child will be sane or mad. Incest does that. However, like Cleopatra, Dany never seemed to appreciate how touchy-feely her brother was. So much so, she did not shed a single tear when her lover and father to her unborn child, Dothraki leader Khal Drogo, drowned the putz in fiery melted gold. Ouch.
So it seems Daenerys has more than a few influences in Game of Thrones.
Dicky isn’t tackling African famine, instead he’s come up with an oddly anally-fixated paean to the Earth’s climate and the disaster the world faces if there isn’t some collective action taken to reverse our current course of carbon emissions.
To hammer this message home, and raise money for Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change-focused foundation, the tricky Dicky with a fraught history has enlisted some very very powerful celebrity friends for an animated musical extravaganza.
DiCaprio appears in the video, as does Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Wiz Kalifa, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the Backstreet Boys.
“Like a lot of people, I had a vague idea that something bad was happening here on Earth, but I didn’t really realize how insane our climate crisis is and how screwed humanity is about to be,” the artist told Vice’s music publication, Noisey, in an interview. “It’s full-on crazy! If we don’t get our act together now, and change a lot about our fundamental behavior, Earth will become unlivable alarmingly soon. Why did it take me so long to get wind of this? I feel like everybody on the planet should be talking about this 24/7. But that’s not the case. So I wanted to make the most entertaining and epic piece of content possible, to get everyone aware and talking. Because it’s now or never… Let’s save the Earth! We love the Earth!!!!”
The seven minute video has a host of cameos, a live action sequence, a farting skunk, Justin Bieber as a baboon singing about his anus, horny rhinos, and Snoop Dogg as talking weed. And it’s racked up over 7 million views and counting on YouTube.
Saving the planet never seemed so questionable.
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The Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale explained the Red Angel & Red Signals, but we still have some questions...
Spoilers ahead for all of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, especially the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale.
With the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale, the series truly is sending Starfleet boldly, where no Trek series has ever gone before. But before this season came to its end, several mysteries featuring the word “red” had to be addressed.
If you’re still confused about both the Red Signals and the Red Angel, you’re probably not alone. Though “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” did reveal a lot of what has been going on the entire season on Discovery, there are still some lingering questions.
Here the six biggest questions about the Red Angel and the Red Signals on Star Trek: Discovery, answered. And, when a specific answer couldn’t be found in the show, some speculation made its way through the wormhole. Hit it!
1. Why did we know there were seven Red Signals?
In the season 2 opening episode, “Brother,” the entire reason why Captain Pike takes command of the USS Discovery is because he, personally, has been tasked by Starfleet Command with figuring out what the Red Signals mean. In that episode, Pike says this about the Red Signals:
“Over the past 24 hours, the Federation sensors picked up seven red bursts, spread out over more than 30 thousand lightyears. They appeared in perfect synchronization, just long enough for us to get a reading, and then, just as suddenly, disappeared...except for one.”
In the season finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” we’ve learned that Michael Burnham herself set all seven red signals. The first five guided the USS Discovery to the following places: an interstellar asteroid, Terralysium, Kaminar, Boreth, and Xahea. The sixth signal helped guide Discovery through the wormhole into the future, and the seventh signal Burnham sent back through the wormhole to let Spock and Pike know the ship had made it.
Nearly all of this makes sense, but, it is a little confusing as to why all seven “appeared perfect synchronization” and then vanished. Because Burnham set them at different times, why did the signals appear at the same time?
In theory, this question is answered because Pike says “in perfect synchronization,” meaning, that the signals appeared in space at the same time, relative to each other. But, because those places are so spread out, somehow the signals could appear “in the sky” relative to each other at the same time.
So, what’s the deal? Did Burnham send “preview signals” before sending the “real ones.” Or, did the relative distances between the signals conveniently make them appear synchronized?
Official answer: We know why Pike said there were seven signals. We don’t really know why the appeared all at the same time.
Speculative answer: Burnham didn’t mean for the signals to be “synchronized.” That was just a product of “the observer effect,” the idea that huge distances in space make certain things look like they are in existence in real-time. This is the same reason why some of the stars we “see” in the night sky are, in fact, already burnt out.
2. What are the Red Signals?
In “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” we see Burnham’s time suit make several of the Red Signals, but we’re never really told what they are. However, “The Sound of Thunder” demonstrates that the Red Angel suit is capable of a giant electromagnetic pulse.
This EM blast is what knocks out all the Ba'ul’s ability to destroy the Kelpiens. Based on what we’ve seen, in “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” we have to assume the other Red Signals were also EM pulses. But, maybe Burnham made the one on Kaminar more hardcore in its intensity.
Official answer: We don’t know.
Speculative answer: Maybe a series of electromagnetic pulses.
3. When was Michael Burnham’s mom the Red Angel?
In the episode titled “The Red Angel,” we were all shocked to find out that the Red Angel was not Michael Burnham, but instead, Michael Burnham’s mom, Gabriel Burnham.
However, this twist was further twisted in both parts of “Such Sweet Sorrow,” when it became clear that, yes, Michael Burnham is/was one of the Red Angels, and, seemingly the one we’ve been seeing the most throughout the season.
In the season finale, we see Michael Burnham become the Red Angel we’ve been glimpsing all season long, which really makes you wonder, when was her mom the Red Angel again?
In “Perpetual Infinity,” we learned Gabriel Burnham did 900+ plus jumps in the Red Angel time suit, which begs the question, which of those did we see? In reality, the answer is: not very many, at least not on-screen in real time. We know Gabriel Burnham moved the sphere into the path of Discovery, and we know she communicated with Spock, specifically way back in his childhood, and also, when she allowed him to mindmeld with her on a distant planet. But it appears, in terms of what we saw, that’s it.
Official answer: In the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, nearly all appearances of the Red Angel are actually Michael Burnham, and not Burnham’s mom except when the Red Angel appears to Spock and to the people in the 21st century, who were rescued from World War III. That’s Burnham’s mom.
Speculative answer: In “Perpetual Infinity,” Gabriel Burnham implies she did a ton of other time jumps which resulted in slightly alternate timelines. So, it’s possible some of her jumps were “undone” by the events of the season finale.
4. When was Michael Burnham the Red Angel?
As “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2” revealed, Michael Burnham is the Red Angel we’ve seen the most. This, weirdly, was an early fan theory, that turned out to be correct. Burnham even visited herself on the asteroid in the very first episode. Presumably, this time jump was to “give her strength,” which is kind of like Harry Potter learning how to make his own Patronus from himself, but that’s fine.
Official answer: Whenever the Red Signals were set, it was Burnham. The other times, it was her mom.
Speculative answer: This mystery seems buttoned-up!
5. Why did the probe travel back in time?
Remember that squid-probe from the future that attacked Pike and Tyler in “The Sound of Thunder?” Yeah, that hasn’t really been explained. Supposedly, that probe was aligned with Control from the future, and downloaded itself into Airiam’s cyberbrain in order to get the sphere data off of Discovery. But, when it was sent, exactly, remains a mystery.
Official answer: We don’t know.
Speculative answer: Because the probe was modified in the far future, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see that happen in season 3, if only because Discovery has been sent 930 years into the future.
6. Why did the Enterprise suffer a system-wide failure?
The entire reason why Pike takes command of the Discovery is seemingly because the USS Enterprise has gone offline. But is that all there is to it?
Throughout the season, it’s casually implied that the holographic communication system on the Enterprise caused the ship to get screwed up, but it’s not made entirely clear. Further, it seems like Pike needed to be on the Discovery to accomplish the Red Signal mission, if only because Discovery has the Spore Drive and the Enterprise doesn’t.
So, did Michael Burnham set one, secret EMP pulse? Did she knock out the Enterprise because she knew Discovery needed Pike? Maybe?
Official answer: We don’t know.
Speculative answer: Maybe Burnham made Enterprise malfunction. But then again, it could have easily have been Control, too.
Star Trek: Discovery will return in Season 3. Read more about that here.
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Time to get hyped! Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 is here...
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 is here! The TV drama is back with 10 more episodes, which is good news for fans of comic book TV and fans of good TV alike.
Next up? "Alignment Chart." Here's the promo...
And here's the official synopsis:
"Tyrone is faced with a hard decision when presented with an opportunity to clear his name; Tandy lets her anger get the best of her as she becomes frustrated with a possible dead end to her investigation into the sex trafficking ring."
We met up with Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, and showrunner Joe Pokaski at SXSW to find out what's in store for the show's sophomore season. Find out more here, or watch the video below...
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode Guide
Cloak and Dagger is one of the best new shows on TV, and tells a superhero story that truly feels like it exists in the real world, with Tandy and Tyrone forced to deal with real-world issues like poverty, racism, and sexism. The show has connected with audiences. The premiere was Freeform's number one series debut in two and a half years with 4.4 million viewers across all platforms. Basically, it's awesome.
Click on the blue links for access to our full review of every episode.
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 1: Restless Energy
"After coming to terms with their destiny, Tyrone and Tandy find it difficult to just stand by and do nothing while bad things continue to happen throughout the city; Brigid struggles with her recovery."
Original airdate: 4/4/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 2: White Lines
"Desperate to help, but only finding they cause more problems than solving them, Tyrone and Tandy continue to struggle with their situation."
Original airdate: 4/4/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 3: Shadow Selves
"Tandy and Tyrone try to find out what has happened to a group of young girls who have gone missing; Mina discovers a possible side effect to the big Roxxon leak."
Original airdate: 4/11/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 4: Rabbit Hold
"Still on her quest to find out more about the sex trafficking ring, Tandy takes a dangerous trip to find Mayhem, who may have the answers she needs; Tyrone's past actions catch up to him and put Adina in harm's way."
Original airdate: 4/18/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 5: Alignment Chart
"Tyrone is faced with a hard decision when presented with an opportunity to clear his name; Tandy lets her anger get the best of her as she becomes frustrated with a possible dead end to her investigation into the sex trafficking ring."
Original airdate: 4/25/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 6: B Sides
Original airdate: 5/2/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 7: Vikingtown Sound
Original airdate: 5/9/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 8: Two Player
Original airdate: 5/16/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 9: Blue Note
Original airdate: 5/23/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 10: TBA
Original airdate: 5/30/19
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Trailer
The first trailer for the second season shows Tandy and Tyrone's growing friendship and their parallel needs to right the real-world injustices they see in their own lives and others... and a bit more Mayhem.
Check it out...
We also have some first-look photos, courtesy of IGN.
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Release Date
Cloak and Dagger Season 2 debuted with a two-hour episode on April 4 at 8pm ET.
Cloak and Dagger follows New Orleans teens Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) as they struggle to understand their burgeoning superpowers and their place in a divine destiny. The show is based on the comic book characters created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan who first appeared in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 before headlining their own comic book series.
We have some more details on how Tandy and Tyrone's relationship might develop in Cloak and Dagger Season 2 right here.
And here's an official synopsis from Freeform:
"Season 2 turns the heat up on our young heroes, as Tyrone and Tandy try to find their place as more active heroes in this world. As they learn and grow emotionally, so will their skills. In Season 1, we saw Tandy and Ty dip their toes into the world of hopes and fears; this season, they will dive deeper into this metaphysical pool. With enhanced powers and a choice to make about the type of heroes they want to be, they make the choice to run into the danger, head first. They tackle a heartless vigilante and uncover an evil that’s been preying on the young women of the city, as the show takes on more serious topics like gang violence and human trafficking."
Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Villain
The arrival of the big villain was long awaited, and we have some details on Mayhem right here!
More news on Cloak and Dagger Season 2 as we hear it!
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- EU's Juncker: there is still a risk of no-deal Brexit despite delay Reuters
- How May's failed deal shattered EU relations | Politics The Guardian
- The Guardian view on Britain and the EU elections: get together to stay together The Guardian
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This meme, also known as "Will Smith With A Camera," features young Will Smith in the intro song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It's a meme that's been floating around the internet for a bit now, and we're loving the '90s nostalgia it brings us. Accordingly, we put together a fresh gallery of our favorites!
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- How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules Minnesota Public Radio News
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- Dining room deregulation: Trump's FDA may revamp rules for cherry pie, milk, French dressing NBC News
- Cherry pie regulation will be scrapped next week Daily Mail
- Trump deregulations coming for frozen cherry pies New York Post
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NFL’s Danny Amendola lashes out at ex Olivia Culpo after reports of her getting cozy with Zed – Fox News
- NFL's Danny Amendola lashes out at ex Olivia Culpo after reports of her getting cozy with Zed Fox News
- Danny Amendola Slams Ex Olivia Culpo and Brands Zedd a 'Scrawny Little F—' in Explosive Rant PEOPLE.com
- Danny Amendola Shades Ex Olivia Culpo As ‘Fake’ & ‘Toxic’ After She’s Seen Dancing With Zedd Hollywood Life
- Danny Amendola posts, then deletes rant bashing Olivia Culpo's Instagram fame Page Six
- Danny Amendola Slams Ex Olivia Culpo, Says the Sex Was ‘Crazy’: She ‘Wants to Be Noticed on the Internet’ Us Weekly
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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will head Last Christmas, a holiday rom-com starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.
The box office success of 2018 comedy Crazy Rich Asians ($238 million worldwide,) opened a plethora of opportunities for co-star Henry Golding, who made his onscreen debut in the film. However, the cinematic path of Golding, whose character in that film comes from Singaporean gentry, will soon cross with a certain Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.
Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding will headline a holiday-themed rom-com movie called Last Christmas, as first reported by THR. With a tribute title to the 1984 holiday ballad by Wham!, the film is directed by Paul Feig, who works off a script by Emma Thompson, the Oscar-winning actress, who’s written screenplays such as Bridget Jones’s Baby and her starring stints in the Nanny McPhee films. Thompson will also have a role in the film.
Last Christmas Release Date
Last Christmas will give you its heart – events of the very next day notwithstanding – on November 8.
This date represents a move up from the film’s previously scheduled November 15 slot.
Last Christmas Details
The plot depicts Kate (Clarke), a Londoner who, struggling from bad decisions, is working with jangling bells on her shoes as an elf in a year-round-operating Christmas shop. However, after finding what seems to be the perfect romance after meeting customer Tom (Golding), she battles through her own skepticism, lowering layers of defense against the backdrop of the bountiful holiday.
For Clarke, the film represents a post-Game of Thrones role, with the HBO fantasy series set to sing its swan song after the end of the current abbreviated season. Of course, Clarke has been no stranger to the big screen, having recently co-starred in franchise spinoff movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as major roles in Terminator Genisys, Voice from the Stone and even a previous rom-com-headlining role – opposite The Hunger Games franchise’s Sam Claflin – in 2016’s Me Before You.
For Golding, Last Christmas won’t even be his first post-Crazy Rich Asians onscreen opportunity, since that distinction belongs to a recently-released mystery movie, called A Simple Favor, in which he shares the screen with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. By no coincidence, that film was directed by appointed Last Christmas helmer Paul Feig.
Feig is a comedic auteur known from movies such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Bad Teacher, Knocked Up and the Ghostbusters remake, as well TV work on The Office, Arrested Development and Nurse Jackie.
Lorraine Warren, who along with her husband Ed, investigated cases that inspired The Conjuring, Annabelle, and more, had died.
A legend in the world of ghosts, on this plane of existence and perhaps the next, has passed on.
Lorraine Warren, purported medium, ghost hunter, and author involved with cases popularized in paranormal pop culture films The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring, The Haunting in Connecticut, and Annabelle, has died at age 92. According to her son-in-law Tony Spera, Warren passed away in her sleep last night.
Lorraine -- along with her husband Ed, who died in 2006 -- founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, and claim to have investigated more than 10,000 paranormal cases. The duo became celebrities who appeared on talk shows, and gave lectures on the topics of ghosts, and demonology.
Born January 31, 1927, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised Roman Catholic, Lorraine stated she could see auras around people from the age of seven. Along with Ed, she said she relied on her faith as they worked with clergy on cases involving spirits of those who passed on, as well as demons who possessed people, homes, and objects. Though they did not charge for investigations that took them across the United States, and to Europe, Asia, and Australia, they gained notoriety through books, speaking engagements, film consulting, and at one point, tours of their Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut (which contains the actual Annabelle doll).
The Warrens were most famous for their involvement with the 1976 Amityville case, and the haunting allegedly experience by the Lutz family in Long Island, New York. The “spook sleuths,” as they were called in one newspaper cover story, did not appear as characters in the 1979 film The Amityville Horror,nor in 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut -- loosely based on their version of the Snedeker House case from 1986. They were, however, portrayed in the 1991 made-for-television movie The Haunted, based on the Smurl case in Pennsylvania.
Although she appeared on television discussing their cases (and both took part in series such as Road Rules: All Stars, Scariest Places on Earth, with Lorraine appearing on Discovery Channel’s A Haunting, and on A&E’s investigative series, Paranormal State), they became famous for 21st Century audiences as fictionalized characters in 2013’s The Conjuring.
Directed by James Wan, the film adapted the story of the Perron family, supposedly tormented by the ghost of a witch who had killed her infant, and pledged herself to the devil. Portrayed by Vera Farmiga (with Patrick Wilson playing Ed), Lorraine’s psychic abilities are used to stop the entity, and assist in an exorcism.
The massive success of the film (which earned $319 million on a reported $20 million budget) launched the The Conjuring Universe, which involved a sequel based on the Enfield Poltergeist in England, and the Annabelle doll spin-off franchise.
As far as their personal history, Lorraine and Ed met when they were 16, and he was working as an usher for The Colonial Theater in Bridgeport. After entering the Navy at 17, Ed’s ship sank in the North Atlantic in 1945 during World War II. He had saved the life of a fellow sailor, a moment Lorraine later told Patch.com was the proudest moment of her life. The couple was married on his 30-day survivor’s leave, and later had a daughter, Judy. Together they sold Ed’s paintings, which (literally and figuratively) opened the doors to haunted houses owned by those who bought his work.
Although Lorraine and Ed Warren were the subject of criticism, and accusations of fraud, their impact on the field of paranormal investigation is vast. From a paranormal pop culture perspective, Lorraine and Ed will be remembered alongside other famous ghost hunters such as Harry Price, Hans Holzer (and yes, even Zak Bagans). Their legacy within the field continues with nephew John Zaffis, who was a protégé of theirs and is now a paranormal celebrity in his own right, and demonologist David Considine.
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The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO.
Media companies like The New York Times use Fastly to cache their homepages, media and articles on Fastly’s servers so that when somebody wants to browse the Times online, Fastly’s servers can send it directly to the browser. In some cases, Fastly serves up to 90 percent of browser requests.
E-commerce companies like Stripe and Ticketmaster are also big users of the service. They appreciate Fastly because its network of servers enable faster load times — sometimes as quickly as 20 or 30 milliseconds, according to the company.
The company raised its last round of financing roughly nine months ago, a $40 million investment that Fastly said would be the last before a public offering.
True to its word, the company is hoping public markets have the appetite to feast on yet another “unicorn” business.
While Fastly lacks the sizzle of companies like Zoom, Pinterest or Lyft, its technology enables a huge portion of the activities in which consumers engage online, and it could be a bellwether for competitors like Cloudflare, which recently raised $150 million and was also exploring a public listing.
The company’s public filing has a placeholder amount of $100 million, but given the amount of funding the company has received, it’s far more likely to seek closer to $1 billion when it finally prices its shares.
Fastly reported revenue of roughly $145 million in 2018, compared to $105 million in 2017, and its losses declined year on year to $29 million, down from $31 million in the year-ago period. So its losses are shrinking, its revenue is growing (albeit slowly) and its cost of revenues are rising from $46 million to around $65 million over the same period.
That’s not a great number for the company, but it’s offset by the amount of money that the company’s getting from its customers. Fastly breaks out that number in its dollar-based net expansion rate figure, which grew 132 percent in 2018.
It’s an encouraging number, but as the company notes in its prospectus, it’s got an increasing number of challenges from new and legacy vendors in the content delivery network space.
The market for cloud computing platforms, particularly enterprise-grade products, “is highly fragmented, competitive and constantly evolving,” the company said in its prospectus. “With the introduction of new technologies and market entrants, we expect that the competitive environment in which we compete will remain intense going forward. Legacy CDNs, such as Akamai, Limelight, EdgeCast (part of Verizon Digital Media), Level3, and Imperva, and small business-focused CDNs, such as Cloudflare, InStart, StackPath, and Section.io, offer products that compete with ours. We also compete with cloud providers who are starting to offer compute functionality at the edge like Amazon’s CloudFront, AWS Lambda, and Google Cloud Platform.”
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Fact-based drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell appears to be Clint Eastwood’s next directorial effort.
Clint Eastwood may be pushing 90 years old (he turns 89 on May 31), but he’s still got plenty of creative fuel in his proverbial tank; a notion supported by a report that he’s closing in on his next directorial effort, The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will focus on the security guard wrongfully accused of attempting to bomb the 1996 Olympic Games.
The onscreen legend and Oscar-winning director, Eastwood, is in talks to occupy the director’s chair for the Disney/Fox fact-based drama, The Ballad of Richard Jewell, reports Deadline. The film, based on an article of the same name from Vanity Fair, would see Eastwood work off a script by Billy Ray, who worked on action-horror film Overlord, Tom Hanks-headlined Captain Phillips, film franchise launcher The Hunger Games and served as writer and credited creator of (now-canceled) Amazon series The Last Tycoon. While no one has been cast of yet, Eastwood is reportedly aiming for a shoot this summer.
Richard Jewell will showcase the story of the unwarranted notoriety attributed to its eponymous subject. While working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Jewell found a backpack containing three pipe bombs, subsequently alerted police and had the immediate area evacuated. While initially hailed as a hero, an irresponsible report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution would claim that, as a person of interest, Jewell was a suspect in the attempted terrorist attack; a snowballing narrative that was widely proliferated, falling into the “trial by media” category. The ordeal took a tremendous toll on his personal life before he was ultimately exonerated. Jewell passed away from heart failure in 2007 at the age of 44 due to complications from diabetes.
Eastwood, who won directorial Oscars for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, as well as more recent acclaim for American Sniper, is coming off his last starring/directorial effort, the fact-based crime drama, The Mule. His work in recent years has mostly focused on stories ripped from news headlines. Pertinently, Richard Jewell could become a timely offering, seeing as the late-1990s, the early era of the 24-hour news cycle, which presented Jewell – someone who selflessly saved lives – as a terrorist in an irresponsibly matter-of-fact manner, has only grown and metamorphosized in the face of expanded cable news and the rise of accountability-lacking social media.
The Ballad of Richard Jewell has been floating around the pre-production pipeline for around five years, formerly a project for 20th Century Fox, which had Jonah Hill attached to star as Jewell, with Leonardo DiCaprio once eyeing the role of Jewell’s lawyer, a family friend who’d been working as a real estate agent. Yet, that lineup could still hold up, since the film will be produced by DiCaprio – and Jennifer Davisson – via his Appian Way shingle. Additionally, Hill is still attached as a producer, as is Kevin Misher, who initially brought in the article. Also producing are Misher Films’ Andy Berman and Fox’s Mike Ireland.
Justice Department dismisses Democratic Mueller report subpoena as ‘premature and unnecessary’ – Washington Examiner
- Justice Department dismisses Democratic Mueller report subpoena as 'premature and unnecessary' Washington Examiner
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- DOJ calls Nadler subpoena for full Mueller report 'premature and unnecessary' Fox News
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Throughout his decades as one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Johnny Depp has been praised for his chameleon-like ability to completely transform himself from one role to the next.
Now, for his final act, Depp has apparently decided to morph from beloved screen idol into broke-ass self-saboteur who may or may not be guilty of viciously bullying the ex-wife he allegedly abused.
Let's back it up a bit to examine how Johnny managed to slice and dice his own public image like Edward Scissorhands with a bad case of the shakes from drinking $30,000 worth of wine a month.
When Depp and Amber Heard finalized their divorce, they signed an iron-clad non-disclosure agreement that prevented either of them from speaking about the split publicly.
Johnny went and screwed that up by filing a series of lawsuits that required the courts to dredge up all the nasty allegations against him.
Most recently, he sued Heard for $50 million for discussing her experiences as an abuse survivor in a recent Washington Post op-ed.
His lawyers came out swinging and alleged that Heard tried to cut Depp's finger off during one particularly nasty fight.
Amber's team fired back with both barrels, leveling allegations both horrific (repeated tales of physical abuse directed at Heard) and hilarious (they claim Depp was so jealous of James Franco that he threw a tantrum for an entire cross-country flight).
In addition to his battle against Heard, Depp is still suing his former lawyer Jake Bloom because -- get this -- Bloom advised Depp to settle with Heard out of court, as a messy court battle would do irreparable damage to his career.
Apparently, when you're rich enough, you can actually sue people for being right.
Anyway, that case has also yielded a ton of messy revelations, including an account of Depp attempting to get Heard fired from her role in Aquaman.
In her Washington Post piece, Heard claimed that she had been "blacklisted" in Hollywood following her split from Depp:
"A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me," she wrote.
"Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies “Justice League” and “Aquaman.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, lawyers for Bloom intend to prove that Depp was behind that vicious campaign:
"Sources familiar with the deposition requests say [Warner Bros. chairman Kevin] Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in “blacklisting” Heard at Warner Bros.," the outlet reports.
"Depp, a star in the studio’s Fantastic Beasts franchise (he plays Grindelwald), is alleged to have personally lobbied Tsujihara to remove the actress from Aquaman and block her from getting other projects."
Yes, Bloom plans to get the former president of Warner Bros. -- who was himself disgraced in a recent, Wenistein-esque "casting couch" scandal -- to verify that Depp tried to destroy Heard's career.
And because we live in supremely f--ked up times, that might actually do more damage to Depp's career than the allegations that he's an abusive monster.
You can smack around all the actresses you want, but the moment you start messing with studio exec's and their precious reputations, you're going down, pal!
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An engineer at Uber’s self-driving-car unit warns that it’s more like ‘a science experiment’ than a real car capable of driving itself – Business Insider
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- Toyota leads $1B investment in Uber’s self-driving tech Ars Technica
- Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive Its Autonomous Cars WIRED
- Uber’s self-driving unit gets $1 billion investment from SoftBank and Japan’s auto industry The Verge
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- The inside of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy The Verge
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- Reaction to Mueller Report Divides Along Partisan Lines The New York Times
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- Sarah Sanders says there’s no culture of lying in the White House. Hey! No giggling! Los Angeles Times
- The Mueller report isn’t just a legal document. It’s also the best book on the Trump White House so far. The Washington Post
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- A Generic Version of Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Just Landed FDA Approval Gizmodo
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NFL Draft 2019: Giants make Duke’s Daniel Jones No. 1 QB on board? Sorry, Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Drew Lock – NJ.com
Yahoo reports 1 team has Daniel Jones atop the quarterback rankings for 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants seem like the most likely team to make that curious ...View full coverage on Google News
Kim Dickens talks the new Deadwood movie, including how there will be a nod to Powers Boothe's Cy Tolliver.
Deadwood was cut down before its time. The Emmy and Golden Globe winning Western was beloved by critics and its passionate audience that devoured David Milch’s deconstructionist and nihilistic vision of the Old West. Still, HBO cancelled the series after its third season despite the fact that creator Milch was planning a fourth and final year. While we are at last about to get our Deadwood conclusion with a TV movie taking us back to 19th century South Dakota, it’s still 13 years after season 3 ended, and some threads cannot be rewoven—including one of the most intriguing between Kim Dickens’ Joanie Stubbs and Powers Boothe’s Cy Tolliver.
When last we saw Joanie, her dream of owning her own establishment named Chez Amis lay in tatters after the violent cruelty of a parasitic investor. Nonetheless, Joanie had hopes to turn it into a school and, for better and worse, a complicated relationship with Cy Tolliver, the violent and mercurial proprietor of the Bella Union—as well as something akin to Joanie’s friend. The two’s connection had unfinished business that will remain so as Boothe sadly passed away in 2017.
But now we know thanks to Dickens that the actor and Cy’s shadow over the town of Deadwood will be acknowledged in this year’s upcoming Deadwood TV movie.
“Yeah,” Dickens says with a thoughtful pause before adding another affirmative when I ask her at SXSW of whether there will be some type of nod or tribute to Boothe in the film. “It’s hard to go back with some we have lost, and especially for me. He was my dance partner, and it was bittersweet going in there, stepping back into the Bella Union.”
Yet it is a return she’s long anticipated, even when she thought the odds of it ever happening were long gone.
“They sort of teased the idea ever since we were prematurely cancelled,” Dickens says. “It’s been talked about and dangled, and then all of a sudden you would hear, ‘Absolutely not, it’s absolutely not happening.’ But then you’d hear ‘Well, so and so, David went and met with.’ But I think it should’ve happened a while ago, but there again, it just may be its right time.”
For Dickens, the joy of returning to the Bella Union and its history, as well as its future, is what’s most important.
“Just to be able to read the script again and read those voices and the dialogue, and to be with David Milch again, it’s just remarkable.”
Deadwood continues its remarkable Lazarus project when its movie debuts on May 31.
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Forget the Mueller report, today the internet is very preoccupied with the term "ontas." The phrase has been sliding into celebrity DMs and leaving many people very, very confused. It's actually a Spanish portmanteau of "¿Dónde estás?" - basically a Spanish language version of "You up?"
According to Know Your Meme, the phrase started trending after Twitter user @DimeElets posted an exchange with actress Lily Collins that left her understandably confused. The memes, and confusion, unfolded from there. We're just happy to be able to send bootycall requests in more than one language. Knowledge is power, folks.
For more on the Ontas craze, check out this piece from our friends at Ebaum's World.
Malware researcher Marcus Hutchins has pleaded guilty to two counts of creating and selling a powerful banking malware, ending a long and protracted battle with U.S. prosecutors.
Hutchins, a British national who goes by the online handle MalwareTech, was arrested in August 2017 as he was due to fly back to the U.K. following the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas. Prosecutors charged Hutchins with his involvement with creating the Kronos banking malware, dating back to 2014. He was later freed on bail.
A plea agreement was filed with the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where the case was being heard on Friday. His trial was set to begin later this year.
Hutchins agreed to plead guilty to distributing Kronos, a trojan that can be used to steal passwords and credentials from banking websites. In recent years, the trojan has continued to spread. He also agreed to plead guilty to a second count of conspiracy.
Hutchins faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges.
In a brief statement on his website, Hutchins said: “I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes.”
“Having grown up, I’ve since been using the same skills that I misused several years ago for constructive purposes,” he said. “I will continue to devote my time to keeping people safe from malware attacks.”
His attorney Marcia Hoffman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Hutchins rose to prominence after he stopped the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017, months before his arrest. The attack used powerful hacking tools developed by the National Security Agency, which were later leaked, to backdoor thousands of Windows computers and install ransomware. The attack was later attributed to hackers backed by North Korea, knocking U.K. hospitals offline and crippling major companies around the world.
By registering a domain name found in the malware’s code, Hutchins stemmed the spread of the infection. He was hailed a hero for stopping the attack.
Prior to his release and after, Hutchins gained further praise and respect from the security community for his contributions to the malware-reversing field, and demonstrating his findings so others can learn from his findings.
Justice Department spokesperson Nicole Navas declined to comment.
This week, 90 Day Fiance star Ashley Martson took to Instagram to reveal something startling ... but not very surprising.
Jay Smith cheated on her ... again. This time, she plans to file for divorce and not look back.
But fans are wondering if this cheating drama is another "lie" like she's told in the past. And Ashley's answer ... is a stunning admission.
Some 90 Day Fiance stars are happy to answer fan questions.
Just recently, Ashley's Happily Ever After? castmate Nicole Nafziger spilled on her sex life and more.
Sometimes, however, questions from "fans" can be downright nasty and confrontational.
"Why do you lie?" demanded one of Ashley's followers on Instagram.
Instead of ignoring the obvious hate, Ashley replied -- with some major sass.
So ... why does Ashley Martson allegedly lie?
"Because I get paid to!" Ashley replies.
"Ya'll are out here doing it for free," she very correctly points out.
Part of her job is to deceive fans and viewers.
To repurpose an old sexist saying: Why tune in to the cow's reality show if you're getting the milk on Instagram for free?
"Either I tell the truth," Ashley posits. "And I'm a horrible person for spoiling the show."
And in breach of contract.
"Or," she continues. "I lie so you have some sort of surprise when the show airs."
Ashley laments that, ultimately, someone will always be pissed at her.
"It's a no-win scenario," she explains.
Some drama simply cannot be hidden for long, however.
On Monday, April 15, Ashley revealed to her followers that Jay had cheated on her.
Considering that he had downloaded Tinder and was video chatting with a girl and mkaing plans to meet up just days after their wedding ... not a shocker.
But that doesn't mean that Ashley deserved to be cheated on.
This time, she plans to divorce him. There's a real chance that Jay could end up back in Jamaica.
But this time, there's a twist.
See, when Jay cheated on Ashley ater their wedding, he never actually got the chance to lay any extramarital pipe.
That was only because he got caught -- he doesn't get any points for that.
But this time, it looks like his cheating was extremely physical.
And either he was doing a lot of cheating, or the odds were stacked, because the unconfirmed report is that Jay knocked up his side piece.
A woman claiming to be Jay's mistress is allegedly due with their child this fall, possibly in October.
Keep in mind, of course, that anyone can claim anything on social media, especially if they want attention.
Plenty of people have watched 90 Day Fiance and fantasized about getting pregnant with Jay's baby.
In fact, right now, we cannot even confirm with absolute certainty that Jay cheated.
(Even a full on sex tape isn't always good enough; what we really need is for Jay to come right out and says: "I cheated! Whoops!")
All that we know right now is that Ashley has accused Jay of cheating in a very public manner.
Considering that Ashley has admitted to lying for the show, can even that be trusted?
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Emily Ratajkowski has a blink-and-you-miss-tit Instagram presence, and over the course of the past couple of weeks, she’s updated us with some amazing looks at her naturally huge boobs. The picture really catching our attention features Ratajkowski clutching a dog like he’s a crumpled up jacket that she’s bringing to the movie theater just in case it gets chilly. And you know what. I stan. I Staniel Radcliffe.
While the black pug puppy might momentarily not have the ability to breathe, and while his legs have long been dislocated, he gets to be smushed against Ratajkowski’s creamy rack. It’s a win for him. I’m surprised he’s not a full lipstick. Due either to asphyxiation or excitement. Or both? Anyway…
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Netflix is testing a new feature that can help you start streaming when you don’t know what to watch. The company confirmed it’s testing a shuffle mode of sorts, which will allow you to easily click on a popular show to start playing a random episode. The idea with the feature is to offer an experience that’s more like traditional TV — where you could just turn the set on, and there would be something to watch.
With today’s streaming services, that sort of seamless experience is more difficult to achieve. Instead, viewers now have to first select a streaming app, then scroll through endless menus and recommendations before they can settle on their next title.
The new shuffle feature, instead, offers something closer to the experience of turning on cable TV, when there was always some classic favorite show playing in syndication.
The shows being tested with the new feature appear to be those that people choose when they don’t know what else to watch, like “The Office,” “New Girl,” “Our Planet,” “Arrested Development” and others.
“The Office,” in particular, has a reputation for being a go-to pick for when you’re not in the middle of some other binge fest.
The TV shows appear in a new row, titled “Play a Random Episode.” To get started, you’d click any TV show’s thumbnail, and a random episode from the series then starts playing.
The thumbnails themselves are also adorned with a red “shuffle” icon to indicate they’ll play a random episode.
Can Netflix and Hulu just add a shuffle button to tv series ? I know I want to watch the Office, but narrowing down the episode is just way to hard.
— CHEMICAL aleX (@alexandra54637) April 19, 2019
(Above: Seems someone had the right idea)
The new feature was first spotted by the folks at Android Police, who saw the option appear in the Android version of Netflix’s app.
Netflix confirmed to TechCrunch the shuffle feature is something it’s considering, but hasn’t yet committed to rolling out.
“We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app. These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent,” a Netflix spokesperson said.
Netflix for some time has been focused on ways to get users streaming its content faster, after they log in. That’s where its decision to run autoplaying trailers comes in, for example, or why it now features those Stories-inspired previews, or why it tested promoting its shows right on the login screen.
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Ramotion is a remote branding and product design agency that has worked with Bay Area tech startups since 2014. While they typically do branding for funded, fast-growing startups, Ramotion has helped companies ranging from Bitmoji’s early brand identity to Mozilla’s rebrand. We spoke to Ramotion’s CEO Denis Pakhaliuk about their iterative approach, his favorite branding projects and more.
Ramotion’s branding philosophy:
“We are a big fan of starting small: designing a small package, releasing it and then iterating on top of that. So, founders need to be focused on what’s really necessary right now for their next round of investment or product releases.”
On common founder mistakes:
“I think some founders think they need everything, but they actually need an MVP and product design. The same goes for brand identity. They need to have some key elements like colors, typeface and the logo. There is no need to do everything in the beginning, because the logo and brand identity becomes meaningful after it’s used. It’ll eventually improve.”
“They’re the reason we have such an amazing logo today.” Kevin Sproles, Austin, founder & CEO at Volusion
Below, you’ll find the rest of the founder reviews, the full interview and more details like pricing and fee structures. This profile is part of our ongoing series covering startup brand designers and agencies with whom founders love to work, based on this survey and our own research. The survey is open indefinitely, so please fill it out if you haven’t already.
Interview with Ramotion’s CEO Denis Pakhaliuk
Yvonne Leow: Can you tell me about your journey and how you came to create Ramotion?
Denis Pakhaliuk: Yeah, I started as a CG designer more than 10 years ago. I was doing computer graphics, CG modeling, digitalization of architectural design and automotive design. I was initially very focused on German cars and industrial design. Once iPhone 3G came out, I switched to doing UI design for mobile apps, which was a very hot topic at the time.
From that point I met a guy who just said, “Hey, I’m thinking of building an agency,” and so we decided to do it together. It started with a few people and now we have up to 30. We focus on different products, from small companies to more established brands, like Salesforce, among others. So yeah, it’s been a fun journey.
Yvonne Leow: At what point did Ramotion start working with startups?
This week’s Mr. Skin Minute plays a Game of Bones!
If you’re getting sick and tired of Marvel and Star Wars giving you elusive trailers that are full of footage but reveal nothing of the plot, allow me to introduce the second trailer for the clumsily named Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw which gives you pretty much the entire plot of the film in three and a half minutes.
Like any good franchise, you need your spin-off movies, and rather than give the audience a pairing nobody wanted to see like Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez, they gave us Hobbs & Shaw. Teaming up The Rock Johnson with Jason Statham is enough to sell a movie all on its own, but when you add in the Fast & Furious connection, this thing’s basically a license to print money.
Who doesn’t want to see two of our baldest actors go toe-to-toe without Vin Diesel sticking his big ugly mug in the middle of it. Instead we get an all new villain in the form of Idris Elba, the man who joins Clive Owen in the exclusive club of actors who would’ve made a great James Bond but will never get the chance. The flick’s also got a great director in the form of John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch, so there’s kinda no way this won’t be great.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw drives into theaters on August 2.
The French government just launched its own messaging app called Tchap in order to protect conversations from hackers, private companies and foreign entities. But Elliot Alderson, also known as Baptiste Robert, immediately found a security flaw. He was able to create an account even though the service is supposed to be restricted to government officials.
Tchap wasn’t built from scratch. The DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, forked an open-source project called Riot, which is based on an open-source protocol called Matrix.
In a few words, Matrix is a messaging protocol that features end-to-end encryption. It competes with other protocols, such as the Signal Protocol that is widely used by consumer apps, such as WhatsApp, Signal, Messenger’s secret conversations and Google Allo’s incognito conversions — Messenger and Allo conversations aren’t end-to-end encrypted by default.
Riot is a Matrix client that works on desktop and mobile. You can join rooms, start private conversations, share photos and do everything you’d expect from a modern messaging app. Here’s what it looks like:
Developing Tchap became essential as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team relied heavily on Telegram — the French government still uses Telegram and WhatsApp for many sensitive conversations. By default, Telegram doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. In other words, people working for Telegram could easily read Macron’s conversations. It’s a serious security weakness.
Similarly, you don’t want the Ministry of Defense to use Slack to talk about sensitive operations. The U.S. government could potentially issue a warrant to access those conversations on Slack’s servers.
Tchap features end-to-end encryption, and encrypted messages are stored on French servers. Access is restricted to government officials, as you need to have an active email address that ends in @something.gouv.fr, or in @elysee.fr.
Yesterday, Alderson found out that you can create an account and access public channels even if you don’t have an official address. Adding @elysee.fr at the end of his email address was enough to receive the confirmation email to his real email address.
Alderson quickly disclosed the bug to the Matrix team. Matrix quickly issued a fix and deployed it. It was related to the identification system used by the French government.
We provided a fix which was deployed around 13:00 CET; the issue had not been exploited other than by @fs0c131y. We’re currently doublechecking for any instances of the same problem in other deployments.
— Matrix (@matrixdotorg) April 18, 2019
According to Alderson, there’s a bug in the parsing method used in a well-known Python module. The bug hasn’t been fixed since July 2018.
The good news is that Tchap is officially launching today. The DINSIC managed to fix this security flaw just in time before the official launch and somebody could leverage it. In its press release, the government says that the DINSIC will launch a bug bounty program to identify other vulnerabilities.
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Bella Hadid is still acting like a real live supermodel, and like all real supermodels, she’s making us extremely jealous of her current exotic opulent vacation by posting countless sexy bikini pics. The sparkling blue water. Blindingly white sand beaches. Luxurious accommodations. Heaving dripping wet breasts.
The pics really catching my eye feature Bella busting out of a tight red bikini. Sure her hips are the stuff of anatomical wizardry, but those boobs. Pressed together. And did I mention wet. While God may have blessed Bella’s model sister Gigi with natural beauty, Bella’s been spending her earnings in all the right places. I like where she landed, but I’m excited to see what she comes up with in another ten years.
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