Princess Diana was many things to many people, but above all else, she was an adoring and doting mother of two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. While much is known about Diana's special connection with her boys, there's one thing people may not know about Harry's birth in particular: Prince Charles "desperately" wanted a little girl, and Diana, knowing that she was carrying a baby boy, kept the secret from her husband throughout her entire pregnancy.
About a year after Prince William was born in June 1982, Diana was under pressure to produce a spare to the heir. In September 1983, Buckingham Palace announced that Diana was pregnant for a second time, but sadly, she suffered a miscarriage later that week while at the Balmoral estate in Scotland. Cut to early 1984, when Charles and Diana found out that they were expecting again. During her difficult pregnancy, Diana told friends, "I don't think I'm made for the production line, but it's all worth it in the end."
In September 1984, Diana gave birth to a baby boy, Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor, after nine hours of labor and zero drugs. In Andrew Morton's Diana: Her True Story, the princess revealed her husband's "dismay" after welcoming their second child: "Charles always wanted a girl," she said. "Harry was a boy. His first comment was, 'Oh God, it's a boy.' His second: 'And he's even got red hair.'" Charles discounted the comment as a joke, but Diana was extremely hurt and offended: not only had she just endured nine f*cking hours of natural birth, but her older sisters and younger brother, Earl Spencer, all happen to have red hair, a trait that runs in the Spencer family. What's worse, at Harry's christening in December, Charles reportedly told Diana's mother, "We were so disappointed - we thought it would be a girl."
Diana went on to explain that she and Charles were "the closest we've ever, ever been and ever will be" in the weeks before Harry was born, adding, "Then, suddenly, as Harry was born, it just went bang, our marriage. The whole thing went down the drain." She went on to admit that "something inside me closed off," after Harry's birth - especially because Charles had picked up his longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. "By then, I knew Charles had gone back to his lady," she said of the rekindled romance.
Harry's red hair led many to believe that his biological father was actually James Hewitt, an English Army captain who was hired to teach Diana, William, and Harry horseback riding. While Diana and James did carry on an affair in the late '80s, they didn't meet until two years after Harry's birth. And Charles's desire for a baby girl has held strong after all these years, as evidenced by his excitement over the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015. "I was hoping for a granddaughter - someone to look after me when I am very old," he told reporters during a public engagement that year. "I am really rather thrilled."
When she wed Prince William at the age of 29, Kate Middleton became the oldest bride to marry into the British royal family. But now that her brother-in-law Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, Kate is about to gain a sister and lose a record: Meghan was born on Aug. 4, 1981, making her 36 years old, and three years older than Harry. In addition to being the new oldest royal bride, Meghan will also join 35-year-old Kate in being the only women with college educations to join the British royal squad. So many records to break, so little time.
Valentine's Day plans fell through? Gather your closest lover and fire up the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime.
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Updated for December 2017
Some movies brave enough to tread where only pop songs and poems go, and try to capture all the drama, contradictions and happy, bubbly feelings that come along with romance and love. It's high-time that we honor them and defend them against their unearned sappy reputations.
We've scoured Amazon Prime to find the best romantic movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here are the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime. Ok, some of them are perfectly sappy.
The Lobster is the most recent movie on the list and certainly among the most unconventional romances on Amazon Prime. Colin Farrell stars as a man named David who absolutely must find love. He lives in a dystopian world in which single people are given 45 days at a hotel to find a romantic partner or they are forever tranformed into an animal of their choosing. The Lobster wonderfully depicts and recreates the social pressure that comes along with love. It often feels like finding a partner is life or death, but in this case it is life or lobster.
Farewell My Queen
Farewell My Queen is a 2012 French language film about the final days of Marie Antoinette's reign, which may seem like an unlikely topic for a romance film. That's definitely the case as Farewell My Queen is among the most subtley romantic films on Amazon Prime. It's not so much a romance as it is romantic.
Indie-movie heavy hitters Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux star as Antoinette and her servant Sidonie Laborde. Antoinette and Sidonie's relationship brings them comfort as the monarchy falls down around them. A perfect watch for those who like to couple their sexual chemistry with the dissolution of a system of government.
Indecent Proposal is a movie that has long outlasted its initally poor critical reception to become a cult classic and kind of cultural meme. The term "indecent proposal" for some people has become shorthand for the sensual, improbable concept that drives the plot of the film. Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore star as a down-on-their-luck combo in need of a financial Hail Mary. That Hail Mary comes in the form of a billionaire played by Robert Redford who offers the couple $1 million for a very... indecent proposal. This is a good late-night Valentine's Day choice for the sexually adventurous among us.
The Cake Eaters
The Cake Eaters is both an excellent romantic indie movie and the perfect antidoate to anti-Kristen-Stewart-ism. The Cake Eaters is about two families at odds with each other and trying to come to terms with loss. Stewart stars as a terminally ill young woman from one of the families, Georgia, who wants to experience love before it's too late. The Cake Eaters is a relatively straight-forward drama with a big heart.
Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open is a patient, deliberate, thoughtful story about love in difficult circumstances. It's much more than merely the "gay Hasidic Jews" movie in the same way that Brokeback Mountain was much more than the "gay cowboys" movie. Eyes Wide Open follows Ezri as he tries to rebuild his life and business after the passing of his father. Ezri soon welcomes Yeshiva student, Aaron as an apprentice. The two grow closer causing issues within Ezri's marriage and his community. Finding and keeping love is hard as it is and every now and then it's helpful to confront a movie like Eyes Wide Open where love is even harder. It's one of the most atypical and best romance movies on Amazon Prime.
Hello, My Name is Doris
Between TBS' Search Party and Hello, My Name is Doris, director Michael Showalter had a stellar 2016. Hello, My Name is Doris is a wonderfully sweet, equally tragic and completely hilarious romantic comedy. Sally Field stars as the titular Doris, a lively woman in her '60s who after the death of her mother becomes infatuated with a younger man. With the help of cliched self-help materials she does whatever she can to get his attention. Hello, My Name is Doris is an empathetic romantic comedy that will change how you view age.
Me Before You
The premise of Me Before You is so novel that you can't quite believe we don't see ti more often.. The Mother of Dragons, herself, Emilia Clarke stars as Louisa, a woman hired to be the caretaker of a recently paralyzed young successful banker Will (Sam Clafin). Me Before You is a heartfelt, only slightly exploititive (look, it's inevitable) exploration of disability and love under extreme circumstances.
Ghost is much more than just the reason you can no longer attend a pottery class without giggling. It's a legitimately great sci-fi romance yarn. Patrick Swayze stars as Sam a banker who is killed by a mugger. Immediately post-death he discovers that he has become a ghost and can no longer directly interact with his girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore). Sam sets out to solve his own murder and somehow reconnect with the woman he loves. Ghost comes along with all the corniness of an early '90s blockbuster but its central theme of love trying to achieve the impossible plays in any decade.
It's a Patrick Swayze double feature! Man, this guy knew romance. Dirty Dancing isn't the first movie to equate the intimacy of dancing with the intimacy of falling in love, but just like many other '80s movies of its kind, it's among the most bombastic and sincere. Jennifer Grey plays Frances, a young woman who attends a summer camp and falls in love with her dancing instructor, naturally. And then of course there's (sing it with me): "I've had....the time of my liiiiifeeeeee...."
St. Elmo's Fire
Next to Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire could easily be considered the 1980's Brat Pack era's All-Star game. It's a coming-of-age romantic drama from Joel Schumacher that features a who's who of up and coming young actors in Hollywood (at the time of course). Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Andie McDowell, and more star in a story about post-college confusion, and listlessness. The whole crew are get back together at St. Elmo's bar following a car accident involving two of their friends and try to contend with adulthood.
The Lovers is a wonderful, funny, and romantic film about extramarital affairs that suddenly become and intramarital affair. Mary (Debrah Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are an unhappily married couple who are openly cheating on each other. Their respective significant others both request that Michael and Mary just end this sham of a marriage and they agree to after an upcoming visit from their son. Then something a little funny happens on the way to their divorce. The Lovers is romantic because it acknowledges some urgent truths about love: it's fun, weird, painful, unknowable, and wild.
The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon's theatrical debut made big waves when it came out for the singularity of its vision and just how plain funny it is. Now Amazon gets to reap the benefits of producing a bonafide romantic indie hit by gettting its exclusive streaming rights. The Big Sick is the real life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani meeting and falling in love with his wife, Emily (who is played by Zoe Kazan in the film). Kumail and Emily's courtship process is difficult enough to begin with due to Kumail's family pressuring him to find a nice Pakistani girl to settle down with. But soon things get even more difficult as Emily suffers a health scare and Kumail must suddenly contend with that situation and Emily's eccentric parents who have just come to town. The Big Sick is a clear vision from talented people and tells a beautifully convincing love story while making plenty of room for laughter. Not only that but it's a big win for our list of best romance movies on Amazon Prime.
She’s All That
When one watches or rewatches '90s teenage rom-com She's All That, it's remarkable to witness just how much of it was incorporated into the parody Not Another Teen Movie. There's the clearly attractive woman who has a reputation for being unattractive due to wearing her hair up and having glasses, to name just one hilarious trope. Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in this case. She's All That is a pitch perfect teenage rom-com, corniness and all. It's not high art but it's at the very least perfect background noise for a Valentine's Day.
Will Smith stars as the eponymous Hitch in a movie about a romantic matchmaker who, you're not gonna believe this, falls in love, himself. Will Smith is an excellent choice for this romantic comedy because Will Smith is generally a great choice for most movies. Hitch must help Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) woo the woman of his dreams but at the same time Hitch finds himself falling for gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes). Hitch is a sweet, funny film with charming performances and believable romances all around.
Titanic is the second highest grossing movie of all-time for a reason. A story set amid the Titanic sinking would have been interesting enough. But in a stroke of commerical and creative genius, director James Cameron decides to add in a pretty convincing and affecting love story between third-class Jack (Leonardo Dicaprio) and upper-class Rose (Kate Winslet). The movie works as both a love story and historical document.
She's All That
When one watches or rewatches '90s teenage rom-com She's All That, it's remarkable to witness just how much of it was incorporated into the parody Not Another Teen Movie. There's the clearly attractive woman who has a reputation for being unattractive due to wearing her hair up and having glasses, to name just one hilarious trope. Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in this case. She's All That is a pitch perfect teenage rom-com, corniness and all. It's not high art but it's at the very least perfect background noise for a Valentine's Day.
Sci-fi is one of the most diverse, versatile genres. Here are the best science fiction movies on Netflix right now.
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Updated for December 2017
Even if the present feesl more and more like science fiction every day, actual science fiction is still here to inspire and terrify you.
Science fiction is one of our more dynamic and inspired genres as a species. We need something to aspire to as much as we need something to fear. Science fiction provides both. And the best science fiction can provide even more. Here is our list of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now. Come back often to see what the future holds.
The notion that Cormac McCarthy's 2006 post-apocalyptic masterpiece The Road was unfilmable was a popular notion around Hollywood...for three years. And thank God they got around to filming it as a good Cormac McCarthy adaptation will always have a place in the cinema. Viggo Mortensen stars as the unnamed "Man" and Kodi Smith-McPhee as his son. Together, they navigate a harsh, apocalyptic landscape after an unnamed world-ending event.
There is little dialogue in The Road and as a matter of a fact, there's very little sound in general. The Road is one of the "smallest" science fiction stories possible and it's a perfect example of how the genre can focus on the human rather than the larger than life.
E.T. will make you cry. And if you don't cry, you're a jerk. The "lighter" half of Steven Spielberg's two '70s/'80s alien movies (the other of course being The Money Pit...alright fine, it's Close Encounters of the Third Kind), E.T. is a love letter to the natural empathy of childhood.
Young Elliot should absolutely be afraid of the alien who suddenly shows up one day in his shed. He is indeed afraid for maybe like 20 seconds before realizing this is just another soul in a big scary, universe who chould be his friend.
Annnnnnnd I'm crying again.
Lost in Space
We're going to be honest with you. Lost in Space is a mediocre film at best that received apocalyptically bad reviews. Here's a choice quote from The Washington Post review: "A galactic slump of a movie that stuffs its travel bag with special effects but forgets to pack the charm."
But we say that perception is unfair. Yes, Lost in Space is a strangely deadly serious adaptation of a fun, campy '60s Star Trek knock-off. Still, it's kind of...cool? Watch it for yourself and see how advanced the set and costume designs are for a "bad" '90s film. That's not even to mention the unexpectedly modern reliance on time travel as a plot point.
Ignore the wooden dialogue as much you can and appreciate a movie that at the very least produced some very cool toys.
1927's Metropolis can likely lay claim to being the first feature length science fiction film (1902's A Trip to the Moon being the first non-feature). It's legitimately amazing how "modern" it seems, too. Metropolis is a German silent film and tells the story of an urban dystopia in 2026 (woah, we're almost there!). It's more than a little influenced by the Communist revolution of the time.
The film follows Freder, the well-off son of the city's ruler and Maria, a poor worker and the relationship between them. Beyond just the modern influences, Metropolis is visually impressive with landscapes that are somewhere between steampunk and outright Biblical.
John Dies at the End
John Dies at the End is not just a movie for spoilers-in-titles enthusiasts. It's also a deeply funny, wickedly creative science fiction flick. Even its origins are properly sci-fi. It began as a webserial from Cracked writer David Wong (real name Jason Pargin) and then made it's way to becoming a novel and finally was adapted into a 2012 film.
John Dies at the End crams a remarkable amount of sci-fi trappings into one film. There are designer drugs that cause the user to time travel, monsters, and alternate dimensions. It's a perfect distillation of the genre crafted by a fan.
Armageddon is an easy target to the disaster-movie-phobes and you should not listen to their lies. Sure, it's directed by explosion fetishist Michael Bay. Sure, it's essentially a two-hour music video for Aerosmith's worst song. And sure, Roger Ebert counted it as one of his least favorite films.
But Armageddon also happens to rule. It's both preposterous and preposterously entertaining. An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and humanity's only hope to save itself is NASA...and Bruce Willis' team of oil drillers. They've got to land and drill a hole on the asteroid so the nuke will work, you see.
Armageddon definitely leans far more toward the "fiction" part of "science fiction" and every now and then that's exactly what we need.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Calling The Day the Earth Stood Still "ahead of its time" is almost an insult to both the movie and time, itself. The Day the Earth Stood Still is so smart, so good, so progressive, so cool it basically exists outside of time.
A flying saucer lands in Washington D.C. and an alien named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) emerges from it. Klaatu has an important message that he must deliver to all of Earth's leaders simultaneously. The U.S. military must sheepishly admit that given the current political climate, that might not be a possibility.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is undoubteldy an allegory but it's such a richly-made, subtle work of art that there are many metaphors and lessons to be drawn from it.
Lois Lowry's novel The Giver is likely many young people's first introduction to science fiction. It's sneakily done, too. The front of a novel featuring simply an old man doesn't suggest that inside is a story of a utopia gone horribly awry where all feelings and memories are suppressed to create the "perfect" society.
The movie version of The Giver is an ultra faithful adaptation, right down to the black and white film. Jonas (Brenton Thwaite) is given the enviable job of "The Giver" in his society and must train with The Giver, himself (Jeff Bridges). The Giver will teach Jonas about the kind of pain and joy humans are really capable of experiencing.
Monsters is the little indie monster movie that could. In this case the "could" means getting first-time director, Gareth Edwards, the Godzilla reboot job and then later on a job directing a little movie called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Monsters, itself, however is plenty impressive regardless of what jobs it got its director. It does what should be nearly impossible: pull off a no-budget monster flick. It's flashily directed and edited and is often truly intriguing and terrifying because of the monsters it doesn't show.
The Prestige occupies a fascinating place in the Christopher Nolan canon. It's not part of a franchise like the Dark Knight films. It's an an exciting indie like Memento or Insomnia. It's not a huge budget sci-fi epic like Interstellar or Inception. It just kind of is. That doesn't mean it's not awesome, however. There's an argument to be made it's Nolan's best (though I won't make it. Inception 'til I die). Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale star as rival early 1900s magicians whose rivalry gets a little too serious. Why is it on the sci-fi list? Watch.
Marvel's Doctor Strange
Marvel's cinematic universe dipped its toe into the science fiction waters with the excellent space-Western Guardians of the Galaxy. Then it followed that up last year with the unambiguously mind-fuck-y sci-fi of Doctor Strange. Beneditch Cumberbatch stars as the eponymous Dr. Stephen Strange - a surgeon who ruins his hands in a car accident. His post-surgery career takes him to some ambiguously Eastern locations to learn the secrets of the universe...or in this case the multi-verse. Doctor Strange is yet another win for Marvel and a full investment in sci-fi storytelling.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
It feels weirdly reductive to call a Star Wars movie a science fiction movie. Really they're just...I don't know, like movies, man. They're fun and poignant and adventurous but they also feature distant galaxies and spaceships so they are most certainly science fiction. Rogue One deftly sets the tone for all future standalone Star Wars movies to come. Depsite a seemigly troubled production, this is a fantastic, fun and shockingly coherent film about rebellion in all its forms.
Deep Blue Sea
Deep Blue Sea used to be a horror film. Hell, it still is. But we're placing it in the science fiction category for a simple reason. At this point, massive murderous sharks would be a welcome respite from the day-to-day science fiction hellscape we already live in. And don't forget - the scientists' plans for these sharks in Deep Blue Sea were pretty altruistic. It was all in the name of Alzheimer's research. Instead it just created a hyper-intelligent, Samuel L. Jackson-hating shark in a claustrophoic research facility. We think scientists should take another run at it again though.
Donnie Darko is a cult classic for a reason. Young pup Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the titual Donnie - a normal high school student who suddenly sees tangible "timelines" pulling people around. Oh and there's a demented hallucinatory bunny named Frank! Oh and there's a plane crash! Oh and there's the most amazing cover of "Mad World" of all time! There's a lot going on in Donnie Darko - not all of it perfectly coherent. But all its strange, disparate parts blend into a coming-of-age science fiction masterpiece.
Ok, so Neil Blomkamp hasn't become the South African version of Steven Spielberg quite yet as we all thought he might after District 9. Still, credit where credit is due. He rebounded after the poorly received Elysium with the perfectly charming Chappie. If we're going to really drive this Spielberg comparision into the ground, Chappie is Blomkamp's E.T. Chappie is a Johannesburg police murder robot in a dystopian future but after being captured and reprogrammed by a group of gangsters/unwitting freedom fighters Chappie catches a case of the old-fashioned adorable consciousness. Yes, Chappie the movie has far too much Die Antwoord to be sure but Chappie himself is appealing and charming enough to provide a welcome introduction into this science fiction world.
Men in Black
Men in Black might be among the most purely appealing and entertaining movies of the '90s. This is in no small part to the sheer star wattage of Will Smith and his chemistry with a typically surly Tommy Lee Jones. Smith stars as James Edwards, an NYPD officer who unwittingly becomes wrapped up in a matter of interstellar significance. Agent K (Jones) is a member of the mysterious organization that inspects and regulates extraterrestrial encounters calls the Men in Black and he brings James (soon-to-be Agent J) into the fold ot help save the world. Men in Black is funny, fascinating, and a wildly entertaining science fiction watch.
V for Vendetta
"Remember remember! The 5th of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." V for Vendetta takes one of the strangest routes to being a crowd-pleasing sci-fi action movie ever. It's an Alan Moore comic book adaptation in which the only threat to a futuristic dystopian British fascism is a guy in a Guy Fawkes mask.
Still, somehow it works. And it works like CRAZY. V for Vendetta is an awesome, entertaining film. And not to mention that it's suddenly timely since 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale are in-demand literature.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel movies tend to occupy a genre of their own - that of the comic/superhero movie. That's all fine and good but what that neglects is that these are often very good science fiction films. Guardians of the Galaxy in particular is like a fun version of Star Wars in which every character is Han Solo. Vol. 2 builds on the fun and enchantment of the original installment. Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot are a more cohesive team this time around and embark on a mission to save the galaxy once again while addressing some daddy issues along the way.
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On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a royal wedding watched by 750 million people. Charles and Diana would go on to have an unhappy marriage filled with scandal, including Charles's widely reported affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. We all know how it ended: Charles and Diana divorced in 1996. Diana died tragically in 1997. And by 2005, Charles and Camilla had made things official and married.
But this whole saga may have been avoided, if it weren't for Camilla's shady father. Almost a decade before his wedding to Diana, Charles had already fallen for Camilla. In the Summer of 1972, the two began spending lots of time together. Camilla's longtime on-again-off-again boyfriend Andrew Parker Bowles was out of the country on army service, and she struck up a romantic relationship with Charles. According to the new biography Prince Charles by bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith, Charles felt at ease around Camilla, and they would spend evenings dancing at London nightclubs or have dinners together at Camilla's flat. That Fall, Camilla would stay with Charles at his uncle's estate so they could have "privacy" - and they became even closer.
Prince Charles and Camilla after a polo match during the Summer of 1972. Image Source: Getty / Hulton Deutsch
At 24, Charles worried he was too young to settle down. And since Camilla didn't at least "appear virginal," he hesitated to propose. At the time, anyone who "had a history" was not considered marriage material for royals. Yet in early January 1973, when Charles set sail for the Caribbean for naval duty, he still had strong feelings for her. Meanwhile, Camilla's former beau Andrew was back in London. That's when Andrew's brother and Camilla's father conspired to make them marry. Here's what Bedell Smith writes:
They intervened by publishing an engagement notice in The Times on March 15. His hand publicly forced, Andrew proposed to his girlfriend of nearly seven years.
By publishing an untruthful engagement notice, Camilla's father may have changed the course of history. When Charles was back in port a few days later, he heard the news of Camilla's engagement and was understandably shocked. According to Bedell Smith, "he couldn't understand how 'such a blissful, peaceful, and mutually happy relationship' had ended so abruptly, after such a promising start." If Andrew hadn't been forced to propose, Charles may have married Camilla first - instead of carrying on a disastrous affair with her during his marriage to Diana. Then again, we wouldn't have Prince William and Prince Harry or unimpressed Prince George and adorable Princess Charlotte.
When it comes to the glitziest of glitzy invitations, it's all about the queen's annual Christmas diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace - but what actually happens inside? There are always pictures of the senior members of the royal family snapped through the windows of their cars, but apart from a tiara here and a glimpse of Duchess of Cambridge eyelash lace neckline there, not a lot of information is released, and there are usually no pictures shared from inside the event. So, what's it all about? Let's break it down.
When is it?
The reception always takes place in early December, and is one of the key events of the royal calendar.
There are over 1,000 guests on the night, including the Diplomatic Corps (a collective body of foreign diplomats including ambassadors and high commissioners), government officials, and senior members of the Royal Family. Because the Diplomatic Corps are accredited to the Crown and not the government, the occasion is a royal one, and held at Buckingham Palace.
What's the dress code?
The official dress code is "white tie," which means it really doesn't get any fancier. Diamonds, tiaras, medals, Royal Orders - if you've received some hardware in a ceremony, basically on it goes. Men dress in a white bow tie, wing collar, and tail coat, while women wear floor-length gowns and jewels. A rare insight was shared last year when Buckingham Palace released a photo from inside the event, showing Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Prince William sporting their full Garter regalia. However, diplomats are encouraged to dress in their country's national costume, so as befitting a dazzlingly international event, all manner of robes and finery from around the world are also on display.
It's a Christmas party, so they all get to cut loose, right?
Er, no . . . It is a formal occasion, so guests attend a briefing the day before, there's a list of printed instructions about how the evening will unfold, and you need to bring your passport to get through the door.
So, what actually happens inside?
The event is basically a way of honoring the international guests, and they are welcomed into the lavishly-decorated Picture Gallery and six other State Apartments that are hung with priceless art and chandeliers, where they are served with drinks. After they have had the chance to mingle a little, the doors are thrown open and a fanfare is sounded to announce the arrival of the queen and her family. Her Majesty and her party are then shown around the event by their aides, who introduce them to their guests so they can engage in a little chit chat. Everyone present gets to be a part of royal tradition, and take in an experience that only very few ever have the chance to do.
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 11-year marriage was fraught with scandals, affairs, and, well, the fact that they weren't really all that in love to begin with. But after the birth of Prince Harry in 1984, Diana experienced what she called "some of the happiest years of her life" as a wife and mother - sadly, it didn't last too long. In 1986, Prince Charles rekindled his pre-Diana romance with Camilla Parker Bowles, a relationship that first started back in the early '70s. According to interviews and conversations with friends, Diana never believed that Charles and Camilla had fully broken things off; she even alleged to have found photos of Camilla in Charles's journal during their honeymoon and made the famous statement of there being "three of us" in the marriage, telling Martin Bashir in 1995, "It was a bit crowded."
Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles at Ludlow Races, where Prince Charles competed in 1980. Image Source: Getty / Hulton Archive
In Andrew Morton's controversial biography Diana: Her True Story, first published in 1992, Diana recalled "one of the bravest moments" of her marriage - a calculated confrontation with Camilla herself at a 40th birthday party for Camilla's sister, of all places. The year was 1989, and Diana decided that, after putting the pieces together and realizing that Charles and Camilla were carrying on an affair, she would turn up at the event unannounced and talk to Camilla face to face, once and for all.
Nobody knew Diana was going to show up - she wasn't even invited - and in a truly badass move, the princess interrupted a conversation between Camilla, Charles, and another male guest to speak to Camilla. She looked "really uncomfortable and put her head down," and Diana continued: "OK, boys, I'm just going to have a quick word with Camilla and I'll be up in a minute." The two men "shot upstairs like chickens with no heads," Diana said, adding, "I could feel, upstairs, all hell breaking loose - 'What is she going to do?'"
What Diana did was exactly what she planned to do. Though she admitted to being "terrified" of Camilla, Diana recalled staying "deathly calm." "The voice inside me had said, 'just go for it,'" she said in a taped conversation. "I said, 'I know what's going on between you and Charles and I just want you to know that.'" The princess called Camilla's reply "very interesting": "She said to me, 'You've got everything you ever wanted. You've got all the men in the world fall in love with you and you've got two beautiful children, what more do you want?'" "So I said, 'I want my husband,'" Diana said. "I said to Camilla, 'I'm sorry I'm in the way . . . and it must be hell for both of you. But I do know what's going on. Don't treat me like an idiot.'"
The aftermath from Diana and Camilla's standoff was swift. Diana said that after the party, Prince Charles "was over me like a bad rash, and I cried like I have never cried before," and that in the days after the confrontation there was a "tremendous shift" in their relationship. In frustration, Diana began her own string of extramarital affairs until she and Charles eventually separated, then divorced at the behest of Queen Elizabeth II. The couple managed to stay civil while co-parenting their sons until Diana's tragic death in August 1997. Prince Charles and Camilla were married in 2005.
We talk with the creator of ‘Tarantula’ about his new animated comedy and the misunderstood souls that occupy his unique world
There’s a surprising amount of heart in a series that goes by the name Tarantula. The new animated comedy on TBS depicts the simple, no frills lives of a handful of people from a seedy, low class hotel. Amidst these individuals is Echo Johnson, a tattoo artist who knows how to see the better side of life and operates with an odd wisdom to the world around him.
Tarantula banks on characters and small-scale storytelling and creates something deceptively beautiful in the process. This is not a show that wants to re-invent the wheel or try to get too crazy with the medium. Instead, Tarantula is more than happy to present realistic, flawed characters and shine a light on some aspects of the world that people typically turn away from. In honor of Tarantula’s debut season, which is currently airing on TBS, we got the opportunity to chat with Carson Mell, the show’s creator and the voice of Echo Johnson, about the origin of this show, these unusual characters, and the strange world of Tierra Chula.
DEN OF GEEK: First off, how did this idea and this universe of Tierra Chula come about? Was it something that you’d been thinking about in some sense for a long time?
CARSON MELL: Yeah, I had been thinking about it for a long time. Even the Tarantula web series was made all the way back in 2012 and even before that I was in love with these rundown hotels along Route 66. These hotels were beautiful when they were built, but then just become transient hotels because nobody travels Route 66 anymore. I just loved the idea of trying to figure out the lives of the characters that live in this place. I wanted to figure out a way to do something with down and out people that could still also be fun. We don't hide the fact that they're broke, but we focus more on the out there adventures that they have.
On that note, Tarantula is a show that is full of these bottom-of-the-barrel characters that society tries to sweep under the rug. What about these sorts of individuals is interesting to you? Why focus on these aspects of society?
Once I had the setting figured out, I knew the sorts of people that I wanted to populate it. Echo kind of just came into my head as this tattoo artist that works out of the hotel. I knew that wouldn't be very lucrative for him, so that alone implies his class and the class of his friends. Again, with Lucas the science fiction writer, I knew that a writer and artist character is a lot more likable when they're not successful. Basically I think it's harder to make likable successful characters.
Similarly, a lot of the show’s storylines are these very modest, honest types of tales. What’s appealing about telling these more grounded sort of stories?
You know really, they're just stories that came into my head. A lot of them are really pretty simple, yet others—like "Macaroni Salad" and "Seesaw"—came into mind almost more with the structure of a short story. But really, story itself is challenging so whenever you come up with one that works, you get it down. We had some really good stories ideas that we were excited about but they only filled seven minutes in the end, so we tossed them.
I know that you had written on a bunch of other shows before this point, but had never created your own series before. Now that you finally have that privilege, what are some things that you know that you wanted to do with a show of your own?
I think to an extent this connects nicely back to the last question about telling simple stories. Episodes like "Mushroom Valley" have a super simple frame, but I knew that it would give me enough room to tell these tangential stories like the hotel's history, Spud Peterson, and things like that. It's especially nice to get in that groove because my job for the last three years was at Silicon Valley where every single plot is like an ornate piece of origami. I just wanted to do something different than that.
On the topic of structure, why the construct of always having Echo re-telling his stories to someone rather than them just taking place in the present? It’s a great little touch to the show.
Well in a way that comes from the web series. The web series always played into that subjective storytelling and when it came time to develop this the network was just really into that form. So we went ahead with it. It's not super noticeable, but we don't do it in the season finale, which allows us to tell a different sort of story, which was a lot of fun for me. If and when we make season two, I think not only will we have more episodes that aren't narrated, but we'll also have episodes where other characters get to narrate.
Echo Johnson is this really beautiful, poetic character that’s quite unique in nature. You also voice Echo so obviously there is some degree of connection felt there. Talk a little about Echo and his role within the show.
Well on a surface level he's an unlicensed tattoo artist in his late forties who's especially mellow. What I really wanted to do with this character though is show someone who seems Zen and that life is very easy for them, but then at the end of the season reveal that they've earned that point of view. That it was even through hardship that they could arrive at this place.
That's kind of the way that the Echo character came to me. i was deeply depressed at the time, coming off a bad break-up, and driving to Arizona for just a change of scenery. The character just popped into my head and I started talking in that voice. The philosophy that's sort of the center of that character that helped get me through that dark period is, "If you like seriously then you're doomed." That's what I took away from it and that's sort of the story that Echo had to learn. There are details about Echo's dark decade of self-flagellation that I haven't had time to tell, but we'll get there. It's during this period of discovery that his ambitions disappear and he becomes—not necessarily resigned—but accepts that he can just live life by paying his rent and having a few beers every now and then. Outside of that, everything else is gravy.
Shifting gears a little bit here, I was a big fan of your Room 104 episode and that show in general. What was the experience of writing for that like?
That was super unusual because there wasn't any writers' room. I know Mark Duplass just through friends and the indie movie scene, but he called me up and pitched me an idea—it was actually an idea that was completely different, but when he told me the show's concept about being set solely in a hotel room, I got on board. This episode was actually an idea for a short film that I was trying to make for maybe a decade, but it was just forever on the backburner. When I was told that I could write a script that just plays into that concept, I sent Mark over something, we went through a few rounds of notes that were pretty mild, and then they shot it. It was more like writing a feature than a TV gig.
Do you know if you’ll be back to pen another episode for the upcoming second season?
I didn't write one for the second season, no.
Do you have a favorite episode from the season or something that you’re particularly proud of, whether it’s a character detail, a joke, or something else?
I really like "Mushroom Valley." That's one of my favorites. There's something about its pace and the simple directness of the ending that just really clicks for me. And then the finale I really like too because I think we took some pretty wild swings there. I think we approach a level of drama there that's pretty unusual for cartoons. I feel like it worked.
Anything with the Shit Men is also just really fun. It was very important for me when making this show to set out to tell comedy about nice people. That was always a challenge for me. When you do that for most of the show though, it can be nice to delve into the bad guys for a little bit. I think if the show was entirely about the Shit Men I'd get tired of writing it very quickly, but I think they're fun in small bursts.
Lastly, rank the drugs: grizzle, shy boy, and blinker.
In order of dangerousness? I don't know...The effects of blinker look pretty gnarly. Some major capillaries are getting blown out there. So stay away from blinker, then grizzle, and then shy boy. But if you're going to do shy boy, I'd recommend handcuffing yourself to a bedframe or something.
Wise words to live by.
Tarantula’s first season is currently airing on Mondays at 10pm on TBS and the entire first season can be binged via the TBS app or TBS.com
A weirdly subdued episode ends by reminding us: never trust a telepath.
This The Gifted episode review contains spoilers.
The Gifted Episode 10
It's a blessing and a strength for The Gifted that they can have a seemingly insubstantial episode that's still entertaining enough, and in snippets, moves the season's plot forward pretty substantially. Ultimately what we get from "eXploited" is a reminder: telepaths, especially the ones who are clones of Emma Frost, are shady people who shouldn't be trusted.
Esme's been a bad seed for a few episodes now. She was clearly playing multiple sides, manipulating everyone in the resistance to get what she wanted: a reunification with her two sisters, who when the three work together, are extremely powerful hive-mind telepaths. We see her manipulation play out through most of the episode: she talks the Strucker parents into going to Agent Turner to try and convince him to transfer everyone from Trask's experimental lab to regular prison; then going to the rest of the underground and diming the Struckers out to get them to set up an attack on the prisoner transfer. Herein lies the big problem with "eXploited."
The Struckers have no problem swiping a car and running off, nor do they really get hassled when they get back to HQ. But for some reason, Esme couldn't steal wheels and hit the transfer herself. This, despite the fact that she tasers Eclipse and takes down the entire caravan by herself, is a pretty gaping plot hole - she needlessly complicates her own sisters' escape.
This whole plot was really convoluted, though. The Struckers' conversation, despite Cate's condemnation of moderates in the ride over to Casa Turner, is pointless. Their plan is to convince Jace to make the transfer, but they're really targeting Jace's wife, considering Agent Turner spent a good couple of minutes earlier telling Dreamer how much he was looking forward to handing her off to Trask's hound program.
Speaking of Dreamer, she's the big plot point of the third part of the story this week: her, Blink and the Strucker siblings are transfered to Trask, and Ahab shoots Dreamer to convince the Strucker kids to use their powers on their test room. That apparently convinces them, and they melt down an adamantium wall with their abilities. I'm sure it can be no prized away, but it feels like a missed opportunity that they didn't use their combined powers to melt down their collars or lead an escape: they seem to impact things at a molecular level, so it shouldn't have been that tough to break out. I know, I know, they've never really used their powers like that before. Still, it's like Chekhov's hand hold right now.
This episode was a lot better until I started thinking about it, and it's a little disappointing how The Gifted seems to be slowing down as it heads to the finish line. The next episode is apparently a two-hour season finale, so the return to mutant-on-mutant violence will hopefully help it get back to what it was.
-The walls of the test chamber are lined with adamantium they pulled from a "decomissioned military base in British Columbia." That is a reference to Alkali Lake, the facility that gave Logan his adamantium bones in X2.
-I won't say that the little girl at the Montez rally was a Nuke reference, but I also won't say she WASN'T a Nuke reference. Nuke was a failed experiment with the super soldier serum who went crazy because of an imbalanced practice serum. According to Grant Morrison's seminal X-Men run, Nuke was also Weapon II, the second attempt by the government to create a mutant hunter. He showed up in season 1 of Jessica Jones, too.
-I was going to make a crack about Lauren's perfect manicure, but it's really only been like, four days since the show started. I'm reaching mostly because this was such a light week for X-Men bits.
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When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010, he gave her the stunning 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring that his late mother, Princess Diana, wore during her marriage to Prince Charles. And when the two tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in London in 2011, Kate added a gold band to sit perfectly next to her sparkler. But despite the duchess of Cambridge's new jewelry, there was no big exchanging of rings, because Prince William never got one. The reason? It's just not his style. Shortly before the couple's big day, the palace released a statement about his decision to ditch tradition and go ringless, saying, "It is simply down to personal preference. It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewelry." Seeing as how William and Kate are one of the most famous couples on the planet, they would be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn't aware of their sweet romance. So there you have it.
In the jam-packed fourth installment of Gumballs: Erin and his fellow triplets get spooked by a haunted board game! Tobias’ dreams come true as he finally holds his crush’s hand… accidentally. And modern-day Erin battles the anxiety that comes with using public restrooms and making doctor appointments as a trans man. Also featuring: more awkward personal ads, more tales from the day-job trenches with disgruntled grocery shoppers, and a visual diary inside a vintage trailer at a quirky, bohemian retreat!
Red, Matilda, Chuck, and all your favorite feathered friends are back for more adventures in the second Angry Birds quarterly comic! This oversized issue is crammed full of creative characters and silly stories that will delight readers new and old!
The adventures of Duckburg’s most famous citizens continue! First, Scrooge and company find themselves stuck in Happy, Happy Valley, where everyone is a little too happy! Then, can Huey, Louie and Dewey overcome the Curse of the Twin Samurai (and maybe make a little money too)?
Samurai Jack: Kaiju style! It’s Samurai Jack meets Pacific Rim, as the amnesiac, time/universe hopping Jack finds himself teamed up with a group of scientists, at the controls of giant battle robots, fighting the monster known as Krogo! Bas as Jack is slowly beginning to realize what’s happening to him, the question remains: How and why is he jumping back and forth through time—and who’s behind it all!
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“TIME SERVED, FINALE!” Endings and beginnings! As the first volume of the smash hit series races to a close in this oversized final issue, Marty uncovers the last secret of Jailbird Joey Baines—while Doc Brown and family prepare for an all-new adventure!
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Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.
David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy. Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.
Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.
Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter to the biggest bad ass in the universe, Strongman will follow Prowse through his tenure as Green Cross Code man, a British road safety mascot, and his career as an actor, where he appeared in films such as 1967's Casino Royale, A Clockwork Orange, The Horror of Frankenstein, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and others.
Another interesting Prowse detail is that he helped train Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman, so Prowse has had a hand in two properties that geeks everywhere hold near and dear to their hearts. We’ll learn even more about the cantankerous Brit when Strongman is eventually released.
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The Sinnerman dies, and Lt. Pierce reveals his true identity in the winter finale of Lucifer.
This Lucifer review contains spoilers.
Lucifer Season 3 Episode 10
“You may as well pour me one too.”
Television series often start slowly and build momentum before finally finding their footing, and individual episodes frequently follow the same path. Tonight’s chapter of Lucifer dodges few plot holes and distractions along the way, but “The Sin Bin” makes up for lost time with a startling revelation in the season three winter finale.
The specter of The Sinnerman has hung over Lucifer’s head all season, and while speculation has run rampant that Lt. Marcus Pierce is not who he purports to be, the narrative seemed to be moving away from that line of thinking. With that in mind, “The Sin Bin” dishes out the perfect mix of storylines as Trixie and Charlotte hit it off over coffee, Chloe once again feels betrayed by Lucifer, and most importantly, Lucifer gains some clarity regarding his devil face and wings. Not as much as he’d like, but some.
To a certain extent, the Sinnerman thread seems to be dying a slow death here, and when Mazikeen informs Lucifer that Sinnerman is, in fact, human, the Devil’s initially thrown for a loop explaining away the loss of his devil face and the reappearance of his wings. Surely, a mere mortal does not possess that kind of power. But this is no mere mortal. To that end, the clever misdirection with Pierce and Sinnerman unfolds all at once and ranks with the introduction of Lucifer’s mother in terms of game changing status. Lucifer has chosen to live life in the human race’s sin bin, while Marcus Pierce has been sentenced for all eternity.
The twist that Pierce has been roaming the earth since he killed his brother Abel, as detailed in the Book of Genesis, affords the writers a multitude of options. Though there is a brief period after Lucifer plunges the knife into Pierce’s chest that it appears the Devil may have made a horrific mistake, the scene is timed perfectly. After all, guest stars’ runs are often fleeting, so Lucifer, as well as the viewer, has to consider how he’s going to explain this to the detective as he painfully waits for Pierce to arise. But arise he does, and now we’re left to wonder what kind of relationship these two will forge going forward once the entire picture is revealed.
Now that Lucifer deduces Pierce is an immortal being, the opportunity to receive some answers increases exponentially. We don’t learn a lot here, and though it’s explained that “the first murderer” has been sentenced to roam the earth for all eternity, what that actually means remains a bit fuzzy. The lieutenant seems to have a pretty good life in law enforcement, wears cool clothes, and rides a sweet motorcycle, and when Chloe goes through his jacket, she pulls out a guitar pick. Ella can’t be the only woman who finds Pierce super attractive. So what gives?
It appears that Pierce needs Lucifer to kill The Sinnerman, but why? And what does it have to do with his devil face and wings? Lucifer thinks killing Sinnerman will permanently rid him of his wings and bring back his devil face which then begs the question as to why Pierce shoots and kills him. Is the lieutenant protecting Lucifer from himself by preventing an angel from killing a human? Who is the puppet master to whom Sinnerman refers, and has God made a deal with Cain to bring Lucifer back to Hell? It’s a lot to process.
I’ve said before and still believe that Aimee Garcia’s portrayal of Ella Lopez is one of the hidden gems on Lucifer, but even that’s no longer entirely true. Fortunately, her appearances have become more frequent and more extended, and tonight, while it may be getting a little overdone, her barely controlled attraction to her boss even puts him on the defensive in one of the episodes funnier scenes. Nevertheless, hot on Ms. Garcia’s heels is little Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) whose wisdom and advice to Charlotte Richards belies her age. Watching her with Lucifer has always been a delight, and to now see her melt the ice queen’s heart as Charlotte continues to take baby steps in her quest to live a good life, is heartwarming.
But Trixie’s not finished. Ever the observer, she knows there’s something up with Charlotte and her dad, and though she might be massaging the relationship just a little, she gets a pass. Even though the matching Trixie-do’s are flat out adorable, the fact that Charlotte plays along reveals a lot about the progress she’s made. After Charlotte laments the fact that she never sees her own children, Trixie offers up a nugget for Charlotte to consider. “You’re the mom; you make the rules.” So when Charlotte later contacts her ex-husband to make arrangements to see her kids, it’s clear this is a new woman who will not take no for an answer thanks to her day spent with Trixie.
Equally important with Charlotte’s transformation, though, is how all of this impacts Trixie’s dad Dan. It’s been difficult to watch him during interactions with Charlotte, and even she feels a certain unease since she knows she’s missing several months of memories, many of which include Detective Espinoza. Thanks to Trixie, these two appear willing to take the next step in giving their relationship another whirl. “Best wingman ever,” dad tells his daughter, and Dan’s penalty minutes may be just about up. It will be great to see Dan happy and interesting to see how Chloe handles their second go at a relationship.
Chloe’s continued feeling that Lucifer goes behind her back and against protocol has been percolating for awhile now, and the time might be right for them to split momentarily. She frequently encourages him to use his mind trick to extract the truth out of suspects, so her outrage has to be about more than simply not following the rules. Is she being too sensitive that her partner goes outside the box without her on occasion?
As good as it is, “The Sin Bin” suffers a small believability issue, and in a show about the Devil, the criticism may, of course, be considered trivial. Nonetheless, Decker’s scheme to get into Pierce’s office and then rummage around his things looking for the key to lock-up so that she can spring Sinnerman seems totally out of character for Decker. She may be desperate to solve the case, but risking her career like this is not something she would do. Still, it’s a funny scene, and any time Ella and Pierce are together, good things usually occur.
Heading into the brief winter hiatus, Lucifer sets into motion several new story arcs, and now that Pierce’s true identity has been revealed, the Devil may finally get some answers. In the end though, we’re left to figure out how Lucifer and Pierce plan to proceed now that at least one truth has been laid bare. Wings and devil face aside, “The Sin Bin” comes up strong, and the wait begins to find out whether Marcus Pierce will be friend or foe.
The legendary Pokémon will get its own movie in 2019.
The most famous rodent since Mickey Mouse is set for its own feature film. The live-action Detective Pikachu movie, based on the 2016 Pokémon video game Great Detective Pikachu, will hit theaters on May 10th, 2019.
Last week, it was reported that Ryan Reynolds would star (in motion capture) as Pikachu. The cast includes Justice Smith (Get Down), who will co-star as a kid looking for his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), a "sassy journalist" who helps Smith's character and Detective Pikachu on the case. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is set to direct. Legendary Entertainment is producing the film, with Universal Picture distributing it.
The Pokémon franchise took on newfound relevance in 2016 with the release of the mobile app Pokémon Go. The mainstream phenomenon of the app continued through most of 2016, and sparked a bidding war for the franchise’s movie rights. Legendary Entertainment won the bidding war, and opted to develop a big-screen spinoff of Great Detective Pikachu. The game centers on the beloved Pokémon who turns into a crime solver and get this: it can actually speak and not just say its name!
Four Pokémon films, all animated, have received theatrical releases in the United States. The last film, Pokémon 4ever, fizzled at the box office in 2002. While many thought Pokémon was a fad best left in the '90s and early 2000s, the Japanese brand has endured through the years, and Legendary is betting on a big screen comeback.
Chandler Riggs' father William called out The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple.
Chandler Riggs' father William had some choice words for AMC and The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple after letting his son go following eight years of employment. In a now deleted Facebook post under William's page promoting his "Chandler Riggs' Dad's Zombie Roadtrip Riggs' Tours & Autographs", the parent said:
"Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing. I never trusted Gimple or AMC, but Chandler did. I know how much it hurt him. But we do absolutely know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!"
While Chandler may be currently out of a job, for only $19.99, his dad will take you to some of the show's filming locations and share "exclusive details of what goes on behind the scenes."
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
What happened to Gotham City Sirens?
During Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Warner Bros. showed title cards for its upcoming DC Extended Universe films. While most films were expected, there were a few left out. Those shown included Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, The Batman, Shazam, Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, and Green Lantern Corps.
Other DC films mentioned besides 'Wonder Woman 2' during @wbpictures #CCXP17 panel include 'Suicide Squad 2', 'Batgirl', 'The Batman', 'Shazam', 'Justice League Dark', 'Flashpoint', and 'Green Lantern Corps' pic.twitter.com/Gj83IqPunX— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 10, 2017
Those movies not shown include Cyborg, Deathstroke, Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn, Joker & Harley Quinn, Nightwing, and Martin Scorsese's Joker origin film.
While it could be sad that it's too early for these films to be teased, Warner Bros. is rumored to be restructuring after Justice League's lackluster showing at the box office.
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Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional return to his show on Monday, after taking a week off to spend time with his family following his son Billy's second heart surgery. The late-night host brought out his 7-month-old son during his opening monologue and fought back tears as he gave the audience a health update. "This guy had heart surgery, but look - he's fine, everybody!" he told the audience. "He may have pooped, but he's fine. . . . Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn't. It's unbelievable." Jimmy then went on to thank the "talented doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital" and explained how a program called CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) is at risk of being defunded.
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Jimmy and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed Billy back in April, and a month later they revealed that he was born with a congenital heart defect. Billy recently underwent his second heart surgery and still has one more to go. Our hearts go out to Jimmy and his family!
It’s our yearly Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar! Every day until Christmas Eve, you can click on the current day’s Advent Calendar post and it will show the Advent Calendar with the door for that given day opened and you can then click to see what the “treat” for that day will be! This year, we’ll be counting down my 24 favorite Batman Christmas comic book stories!
Each day, we open up a door and then put a panel from the featured story in place of the opened door.
Here is Day 11’s treat, #14 on the countdown.
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Lindy Booth talks Cassandra's new powers, her fascination with magic, and connecting with fans of The Librarians.
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TNTs hit fantasy-adventure The Librarians returns for its fourth season on December 13th, and Den of Geek spoke to Lindy Booth, whose character Cassandra Cillian now faces life without the specter of death constantly hanging overhead.
Season premieres are just as exciting for the cast as they are for the fans, and The Librarians actor contingent plans to meet at executive producer Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment to watch and connect with fans. "I enjoy the social social media aspect of it," Booth confesses. "I think the most fun we have live tweeting is when we’re all together as a group because we sort of egg each other on, and we remember things as we’re watching."
Fans of the TNT show are notoriously active on social media, and Booth is clearly thankful. "Interacting with the fans is so amazing," she says. "Fans of The Librarians are so loyal and intense and have so many questions. They’re so curious and invested in what happens with these characters. It’s really fun."
Aside from her perpetually sunny personality, one of the first things viewers notice about Cassandra are her bright, colorful outfits. "Our wardrobe designer Critter Pierce is an extraordinarily creative woman, and it’s been one of the great pleasures of my career working with her. I love clothes, and I love telling a story through wardrobe," Booth reveals.
One change Cassandra faces this season is life without her brain tumor. "She always knew when she was going to die. Now her worst fear is not going to happen," Booth says. However, though Lindy's fear was that removing the tumor could cause her to lose her intellectual abilities, viewers of The Librarians know that quite the opposite occurred, and her increased powers are a huge responsibility.
"It changes a lot about her," admits Booth. "It causes her to question who she wants to be. She does have this enormous gift. How does she use it and can she control it? Is it who she really wants to be?"
For a series about a group of individuals tasked with acquiring and safeguarding the world’s magic, it’s understandable that Booth’s character develops a fascination. "It’s like her belief in Santa Claus," she explains. "It’s wild and childlike; it’s innocent and it’s fun. Her whole belief system is so joyous and so childlike, so full of curiosity. And the concept of magic that it’s real. It’s presented to her and she latches onto it."
While we may never see Cassandra jump in the middle of a bar fight with Jake Stone (Christian Kane), Booth feels there is another side to her character. "We’ve seen her get a little more physical and a little bit more involved," she explains. "I personally as Lindy would love it because I’m significantly more physical than Cassandra is. I feel like every time they throw a punch in there for me, everyone’s like wow you’re pretty good at that."
Booth hasn’t always played delightful characters like Cassandra. "I started playing nice girls and then I went very bad, very quickly. I killed a lot of people on TV and in the movies," Booth recalls. "I’m quite happy to be back playing a nice girl. It’s fun as an actor to be able to bounce back and forth and play a little bit of both. Playing Cassandra is such a treat."
The Librarians season 4 begins with a two-hour premiere on December 13, 2016 and will feature twelve brand new episodes and some familiar writers and directors including Noah Wyle (Flynn Carsen), Jonathan Frakes, and Marc Roskin. Subscribe to Sci-Fi Fidelity: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Soundcloud
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is more successful than ever before. It is wrapping up a decade’s worth of storytelling, and with Disney possibly on the verge of acquiring Fox, it looks like there will be another decade of new characters and stories being introduced. Marvel managed to figure out the magic formula that keeps eluding Warner Bros. and their DCEU: the MCU produces movies that are hits with hardcore comics fans, but they also have very solid mainstream appeal. And a large part of that appeal comes from the fact that these actors are just so damn pretty!
Whether you’re admiring the way Black Widow fills out her leather catsuit or simply wondering how Thor’s biceps could be that big without exploding, there’s a lot of eye candy going on in the MCU. That’s what makes it so jarring when you discover these embarrassing pictures of these sexy and confident stars. Sometimes, your favorite actors are posing for mugshots. Other times, they’re busy taking the worst yearbook photos ever. And occasionally, they’ll have lost so much weight for a role that you barely recognize them. Want to see just how weird these photos get? Keep scrolling to check out 15 pics of MCU stars we weren’t supposed to see!
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.
In many ways, Robert Downey, Jr. represents the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His hero, Iron Man, launched the MCU back in 2008, and he’s helped keep the universe together with cameos in movies such as Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, these photos are enough to make you forget about all of that star power!
If you didn’t know, Downey was quite the bad boy when he was younger. How bad are we talking? He was arrested on multiple occasions, and in addition to the sad sight of a young actor nearly throwing his life away, he gave some pretty terrible mugshots. Fortunately, Downey’s success in the MCU represents a kind of personal redemption as well, and it shows just how far his life has come from being that young man behind bars.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki is often held up as the exception to the MCU’s villain problem. That is, most MCU villains tend to be one-note characters with little to no motivation. Hiddleston, however, had both the charm and the dramatic chops to be the primary villain in the first Avengers movie. Part of that charm comes from being so damn sexy…but you can’t really tell in this picture!
There’s a lot to take in here, and it ranges from his weird shabby chic clothing ensemble to that wacky mop of red hair on the top of his head. If you were told that Hiddleston would one day be a villain in superhero movies, you’d probably assume “young Lex Luthor” based on this picture. Fortunately, Hiddleston grew out of this awkward phase, and the actor now hardly needs Loki’s magic staff to make people want to obey him!
Chris Pratt ended up being a secret weapon for the MCU. Many fans had no idea what to expect from the actor — if they knew him at all, it was from his hilarious role as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt gave us a perfect blend of sexiness and silliness…but there’s not a lot of that going on in this picture!
This image was taken way back in 2002, which was a time when many of Star-Lord’s biggest fans were mere toddlers (or maybe just a twinkle in their dad’s eye). The future hero was attending the Teen People American Music Awards, and he might as well as have in a secret identity, as Pratt looks completely out of place in glasses. If he needs eyewear, we’d much prefer he puts on his iconic Star-Lord mask!
In some ways, this image is one of the most shocking on this list. As Thor, Chris Hemsworth has built a reputation as being the really buff Avenger…and when you’re regularly standing next to Chris Evans, you can see why Hemsworth’s biceps always go the extra mile! In this photo, though, he looks like he’s on death’s door.
What’s going on here? Just Hemsworth really throwing himself into a part: he was on a journey to lose weight to play a shipwrecked survivor in the movie Lost at Sea. The giant muscles of Thor would have been completely out of place, so Hemsworth ate only five hundred calories a day so he would look the part. Though no one needs to worry — as Thor: Ragnarok showed us, Hemsworth is still bringing his body’s “A game” to the MCU!
Chris Evans seems destined to play comic characters on the big screen. We’ve seen him as the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four movies, and we’ve seen him as Lucas Lee, one of the “evil exes” of Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim. Once he became Captain America, the world fell in love with his portrayal of this iconic character. This photo helps remind Evans of his humble origins, though.
And it doesn’t get more humble than this. Before he was ever an onscreen hero, Evans modeled as “Tyler,” one of the potential suitors in the board game Mystery Date. Is it a pretty embarrassing game to be associated with? Maybe, but Evans gets the last laugh: all these years later, and more people want to go on a date with him (mysterious or otherwise) than ever before!
While he doesn’t always get the respect he deserves, Hawkeye plays a vital role as the everyman figure of the Avengers. And it helps Jeremy Renner’s appeal that he is so effortlessly cool, and it’s easy to see why he was once the frontrunner to take over the Mission: Impossible franchise. However, you’d never guess that based on this photo!
Way before he was a super spy or a superhero, Jeremy Renner starred in National Lampoon’s Senior Trip. In the movie, Renner plays a teenage prankster whose antics end up getting him roped into a scheme to embarrass the president. As it turns out, this movie is the real embarrassment, clocking in at a whopping zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes! Chances are Renner doesn’t want anyone to remember this movie, but maybe Hawkeye can bring back this haircut?
As Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson ended up perfectly embodying the ideals of comic book greatness. She’s got style, swagger, and spy skills, and she wraps it all up in a tight leather outfit. However, this photo helps to prove that even the most outstanding people had their own awkward teenage years.
The image is from a premiere party for the debut of the film The Horse Whisperer, which was an early role for the actress. While no one can say she looks ugly in this photo, things do look a bit awkward: forced smile, wary eyes, and the stance of someone ready to kill the next person that snaps her picture. She was only 14 in this photo, and eventually managed to do what most of us only wish we could do: grow more in both beauty and poise. Both beautiful and deadly: the perfect combination for Black Widow!
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.
For Robert Downey, Jr., not every embarrassing photo is a mugshot (although he has several of those). In this case, the picture is the kind of embarrassing that all of us can appreciate when we stumble on an old photo. This is a picture that reminds all of us of our own mortality.
Downey is only 20 years old in this picture, and he has both his personal and professional life ahead of him. No one can deny that Downey has had a hell of a ride on both fronts, but the veteran actor is now over fifty years old. Seeing this image is a reminder that entire decades can fly by faster than any special suit of armor ever could. But hey, at least comic book movies help us feel young again!
Mark Ruffalo entered the MCU with the unenviable job of filling some else’s shoes. Previously, Ed Norton had played the role of Bruce Banner in our one (and likely to be only) solo Hulk movie. Fortunately, Ruffalo nailed the role with a perfect nervous charisma that helped to endear us to the character and give us a great contrast with Hulk himself.
This photo, though, is anything but nervous. What’s going on here? This was actually from a photoshoot Ruffalo did for W. Magazine. While Ruffalo is a good-looking man and rocks the hell out of his bare chest, the costume is way too extra, making it look like he shredded some of Doctor Strange’s clothing so he could dress like a bird in his spare time!
So far, Tom Holland represents our youngest addition to the main MCU characters. As both Peter Parker and Spider-Man, he does a great job at bringing Marvel’s most iconic character to life. Holland became a worldwide star overnight after Captain America: Civil War premiered, but these photos highlight the actor’s very humble start.
These images represent Holland when he was auditioning and then performing in his very first professional role. It wasn’t on the big screen, though, but onstage in a performance of Billy Elliot. Holland’s casting was a miracle, as his actual audition was terribly awkward. The show’s director saw the star power underneath, but it’s still fun to check out these awkward moments in the history of the man who would be Spider-Man!
Most of the pictures on this list are embarrassing because they are reminders of the actor’s awkward years. These are the times when stars were a little chunkier or simply rocking some wild hair (we’re looking at you, Jeremy Renner). Every now and then, though, it’s not the MCU star that’s being awkward. Sometimes it’s John Travolta!
This particular picture comes from the 2015 Oscars. As you know, this is a time and place when many stars act in a silly and unpredictable manner. And Travolta was certainly being unpredictable when he suddenly leaned in and gave Scarlett Johansson a kiss. Pretty much everyone looking thought it was the most awkward thing ever, and while ScarJo would later describe it as “totally welcome,” she certainly looks ready to murder Travolta in this picture.
When it comes to Jeremy Renner, you may have thought it couldn’t get more awkward than the wild hair he was sporting for the Senior Trip movie. However, we all know that Hawkeye never misses. And in this case, he’s been right on the mark when it comes to terrible hair for decades.
These photos reveal some of Renner’s more awkward yearbook photos. This is the kind of blast from the past that we can only imagine the real Hawhkeye would have had S.H.I.E.L.D. wipe all evidence of it away. While it’s true that nobody takes really good yearbook photos, very few of us have an honest-to-god power mullet in our history. And for that, we salute you, Renner: business in the front, Marvel in the back!
There’s no other way around it: Tom Hiddleston is one of the sexiest guys on the planet. Even though he plays one of the most iconic and devious villains in the MCU, audiences find themselves agreeing with much of what this handsome trickster says. However, we might think twice about listening to the guy in this photo!
Most of the embarrassment comes down to the unfortunate hair. Close and curly, Hiddleston’s hair manages to accentuate his ears, making him look a bit like the Mad Magazine mascot Alfred E. Newman. The future sex icon is also pictured in the middle of making a face, and it all adds together to make him look like one of the more handsome leads in a Revenge of the Nerds movie.
Mark Ruffalo plays both Bruce Banner and The Hulk in the MCU. One of the things that he captures really well is Banner’s constant fear of “the other guy.” The super-scientist may be a bit shy and nerdy, but he always knows that if he loses control, his skin will turn all green. In these pictures, though, Ruffalo was worried about entirely different skin issues!
These pictures come from a time well before he was Mark Ruffalo, movie star. Here, we see him as the star of a Clearasil commercial. Ruffalo plays an impossibly fresh-faced young man who is worried about keeping his skin looking as clear as possible. While it’s easy for us to laugh at young Ruffalo, the joke’s on us: he eventually took his clear and pretty face all the way to the bank!
Before Guardians of the Galaxy, many fans knew that Chris Pratt was a funny guy. Therefore, it wasn’t that surprising that he was able to make Star-Lord such a genuinely charming and hilarious guy. However, Star-Lord surprised us all once he took his shirt off, showing an impossible ripped body. In these old photos, though, you might want Pratt to put the shirt back on!
In these photos from 2008, Chris Pratt is hanging at the beach with his wife, Anna Faris. To be fair, Pratt is deliberately being goofy and poking his belly out as he laughs with his wife, but it’s tough to not notice that there’s a whole lot more Pratt here than when he joins the MCU. Maybe all of us should make a New Year’s resolution to get cast in a Marvel movie?
SPOILER WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the midseason finale of The Walking Dead.
Everyone is talking about the The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, and now you can catch up if you happened to miss the big moment. That moment involves Carl Grimes, Rick’s son, whose fate is now up in the air, so if you haven’t caught up yet you might want to sit this one out.
The episode revolves around Negan’s return and the fight for Alexandria. Carl Grimes finally gets the chance to act like a leader, helping people to evacuate while his father is elsewhere. Carl’s journey takes him down to the sewers, where he’s eventually discovered by Rick and Michonne. Carl reveals he helped a man escape, but was bitten by a walker in the process.
A walker bite in the world of The Walking Dead is a death sentence. Any human who suffers a bite turns into a ravenous zombie quickly. If Carl’s fate is precisely as he tells it, there’s a very good chance that Rick will have to put his own son down. It’s a major deviation from the comics, but we’ll see the conclusion when the season returns from hiatus.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
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Getaway makes Riptide forget he can turn into a boat, then pushes him into a tank full of scraplets (robot piranha). - Transformers: The Lost Light #11
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Netflix has the deepest offerings of Christmas movies in the streaming world. Make sense of them here!
Christmas is a stressful time of year for many people.
There are gifts to buy, family to see, and cars to dig out of the snow. Thankfully, the holiday cheer makes up for a lot of it. And when holiday cheer can't get you all the way there, there are Christmas movies to make up the rest.
Netflix has the deepest roster of Christmas movies of all the major streaming options. So we've compiled a list of the best Christmas movies available on Netflix.
Be sure to point out any we've missed!
Bad Santa (2003)
Naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal at Christmastime, but what does a naughty Santa get? Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa packs extra holiday glutton, binging on sex and drugs, all while plotting to loot merchandise with Santa’s unforgettable mischievous little helper, played by Tony Cox. Holiday season pessimists be wary: What looks like a middle finger to Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the endless stream of ABC Family fluff may have more heart to it than it lets on.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
But The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie! Sure, it's that. It's also a Christmas movie. It says so right there in the title, sillybilly. In all seriousness, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a much more traditional Christmas movie than you may remember. Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece is funny, intriguing, and wildly entertaining. It also tells a touching story about one person trying to get into the spirit of the holidays. That the person in question is be a skeleton named Jack who lives in Halloween Town takes nothing away from this movie's Christmas spirit. There are songs. Songs!
White Christmas (1954)
There is no overstating how powerful an impact Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” single had on the American boys fighting in World War II. Giving the G.I.s a taste of home and peace during the darkest moments of their life, it remains still the quintessential Christmas melody in American life. So even if it was technically part of a fine Christmas movie already, Holiday Inn (1942) to be exact, doesn’t mean Hollywood couldn’t return to that well again.
And so they did with White Christmas (1954), a heartstring-tugging comedy that directly acknowledges the song’s role in World War II by recasting Crosby as a war vet who has toured the country with Danny Kaye, but now wants to spend Christmas in the snow with a lovely sister act (Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen). Along the way, they perform some of the most memorable and beloved musical numbers in classic Hollywood history. Cheers to that.
And here's the complete list, just in case you don't like our choices!
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
Abominable Christmas (2012)
About a Boy (2002)
American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2016)
Angels in the Snow (2015)
All American Christmas Carol (2013)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Bad Santa (2003)
Back to Christmas (2014)
Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
Bob the Builder: Snowed Under / The Bobblesberg Winter Games (2004)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Bob's Broken Sleigh (2015)
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)
Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)
Christmas Belle (2013)
The Christmas Bunny (2010)
Christmas Cracker (2015)
Christmas Crush (2013)
Christmas Inheritance (2017)
Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
A Christmas Kiss (2011)
Christmas Miracle at Sage Creek (2005)
Christmas Ranch (2015)
A Christmas Star (2015)
Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)
Dear Santa (2011)
Disney's The Santa Claus (1994)
Dreamworks Happy Holidays from Madagascar (2005)
Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)
Dreamworks Home For the Holidays (2017)
El Camino Christmas (2017)
An Evergreen Christmas (2014)
Get Santa (2014)
Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011)
Happy Christmas (2014)
A Holiday Engagement (2011)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas (2006)
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday (2010)
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
Magic Snowflake (2013)
Marry Me For Christmas (2013)
Merry Kissmas (2015)
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse (2001)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Miss Me This Christmas (2017)
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005)
My Santa (2013)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Power Rangers: Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas (2013)
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas (2012)
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special (1988)
Pete’s Christmas (2013)
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007)
A Russell Peters Christmas (2011)
Santa Buddies (2009)
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day (2016)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)
Santa’s Apprentice (2010)
Saving Santa (2013)
The Search For Santa Paws (2010)
Small Town Santa (2014)
Snow Buddies (2008)
The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
A StoryBots Christmas (2017)
Thomas and Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2010)
Thomas and Friends: Merry Christmas, Thomas! (2011)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
Thomas and Friends: Santa’s Little Engine (2013)
Trolls Holiday Special (2017)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
White Christmas (1954)
You Can't Fight Christmas (2017)
Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz are before a Corps Honor Guard inquiry. Someone has died on their recent encounter, and the Honor Guard want to know if the Green Lanterns were ethical in their dealing with the situation.
This framing brings us back to the arrival of Singularity Jain and her attempts to kill Bolphunga and his elderly father. Jess and Simon are unwilling to let that happen. Simon takes the two men far away from Jain while Jessica has a showdown with the walking black hole.
Singularity Jain quickly proves to be an interesting new rogue in this issue. She is pure evil yet brimming with personality. Her powers are quite dangerous and give her near-equal footing with the Green Lanterns.
We are also given some more insight into the fears of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz.
Bolphunga is pushed slightly into the background in this issue, but he is given some emotional moments with his father which definitely add some substance to the proceedings.
This does bring us to the slightly odd resolution/moral of the comic. While the previous issue touched on the vicious cycle of incarceration and release in regards to Bolphunga, that’s relegated to some brief lip service about John Stewart needing to learn how to better judge potential criminals.
Instead, Bolphunga learns to stand up for himself and fight his own battles. While that is technically a part of Bolphunga’s problems, and it does lead to a fairly satisfying solution for the alien, that’s not his main problem. His main problem is that he needs to learn that beating the tar out of people and being a general bastard isn’t how to best advance one’s station in life. He also needs to be given more of a chance by others such as the Green Lantern Corps. Those angles are just left to flutter in the wind, and Bolphunga just becomes the brawler he always pretended to be anyway. That’s not really that satisfying a resolution for this story.
Ronan Cliquet’s artwork is quite good as per usual. Bolphunga has a great visual design, Singularity Jain has some interesting changes throughout the comic, and our two Green Lanterns look as great as ever. Hi-Fi’s colorwork is as strong as ever, and the comic is all the more visually dazzling for his effort.
Despite some flaws, Green Lanterns #36 is another strong entry in the series, and I have become confident in Tim Seeley’s ability to continue what Sam Humphries started. The characters are as endearing as ever, Jain and Bolphunga are good antagonists, and the art of Cliquet and Hi-Fi is great. This one earns yet another recommendation, and you should definitely check this series out if you haven’t already.
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Dwayne Johnson has taken a break from being fast and/or furious to be open and excited.
The beloved actor has some very exciting news to share:
He and girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their second child together!
The 45-year old ex-wrestler made the announcement in the most adorable way possible,too:
By sharing a photo of his daughter, Jasmine, who confirmed the great news and added an important detail to the development as well:
“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement – IT’S A GIRL,” Johnson wrote, adding:
“Lauren and I are boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby.”
It's unclear at the moment just how far along Hashian is, but she's probably just past her first trimester.
Continued Johnson in the caption to the photo below:
"Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis. And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana.
"All girls. One dude. And a boy dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way. #ItsAGirl #GratefulMan #TequilaTime."
Johnson and Hashian have been a romantic item for approximately 10 years.
They welcomed Jasmine into the world in December of 2015, with Johnson melting the hearts of human beings everywhere when he sang her "happy birthday" last year.
Prior to that moving rendition, Johnson wrote the following of his little girl on Instagram:
"Happy 4 month birthday Jasmine!
"One day you'll know just how happy, proud, lucky and blessed you, your sister and your mama make me.
"You'll also thank me one day for your toughness and your mama's everything else.”
Seriously, he may look all big and VERY strong, but Johnson is just a softie at heart.
Johnson is also father to 16-year-old Simone, his daughter with ex-wife Dany Garcia.
He maintains a solid relationship with both Simone and Dany, who continued to work as his business manager even after the former couple's divorce.
Simone, in fact, was just named the 2018 Golden Globe Ambassador.
She said of the honor:
"I've been lucky enough to grow up in a household with strong role models and feel so honored to represent the HFPA for its 75th Anniversary.
"As the newly minted Golden Globe Ambassador, I hope to serve as a role model to young people everywhere and empower them to speak out on issues they are passionate about."
Congrats to the entire family!
TNT keeps the supernatural artifact-hunting adventures going with The Librarians season 4.
TNT small screen franchise The Librarians has become a staple of the dramatic-focused Turner cable outlet. Serving as a serial spinoff to the 2004-2008 The Librarian TV movie trilogy centered on Noah Wyle’s quirky artifact hunter Flynn Carsen, The Librarians showcases a lighthearted globetrotting ensemble who chase dangerous magical objects – sometimes alongside Wyle’s Carson, who comes and goes. Now, said spinoff series can count on another season of madcap adventures as season 4 is ready to begin
The Librarians Season 4 Release Date
TNT announced days before its return that The Librarians season 4 premiere will consist of two episodes back to back for double the fun when it returns to TNT on Wednesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
This newly-revised release date sets Season 4 one week earlier than the previously-announced premiere of December 20.
The Librarians Season 4 Poster
The Librarians Season 4 has released a stylish poster that promotes its new December 13 premiere date. Inspired by an aesthetic that resembles the covers of pulp novels, the whole gang is shown running frantically from a fiery foe in the sky.
With the poster comes some new plot teases, with the Christmas-near Season 4 premiere revealed to show the Librarians facing off against Santa Claus's brother, the Patron Saint of Thieves. Other episodes will see the gang tangling with Civil War ghosts, a Freaky Friday-style body swap scenario and a shady casino that's clearly using an artifact to steal the luck of its gamblers.
Most notably, Rachel Nichols's resurrected guardian, Nicole Noone, will arrive on the Library scene in the aftermath of the vacancy left after Charlene's (Jane Curtain) uncoupling from institution's magical hold. Yet, with Eve being the current guardian, Season 4 could see a recurring struggle between the two.
The Librarians Season 4 Trailer
The Librarians Season 4 trailer shows how the kooky capers on which the group will embark are only getting wackier – in a good way. Indeed, the manic montage shows an impromptu wedding between Flynn and Eve, the Library getting lost in the ether of reality, the gang getting sucked into an old black-and-white film noir movie, people-melting laser beams and (because why not?,) a lightsaber battle.
The Librarians Season 4 Cast
Rachel Nichols will recur as Nicole Noone, the presumed-dead guardian predecessor of Flynn (which is Eve's current job), who, for some mysterious reason, has resurfaced. The character was played by Sonya Walger in the franchise-launching 2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear TV movie.
Nichols is well-versed in genre content, having starred in the time-travelling 2012-2015 Syfy series Continuum, co-starring with Jason Momoa in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian remake, playing the iconic crossbow-wielding Scarlett in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and fielding a memorable role as green-skinned Orion Gaila in 2009’s Star Trek film reboot. She’s also fielded runs on Chicago Fire, Rush, Criminal Minds, Alias and The Inside.
In another fan-friendly coup, John Noble will appear in the Season 4 premiere as Vatican Bishop Monsignor Vega. The guest spot will see him bring gravitas from memorable past roles such as slightly-mad scientist Walter Bishop on the beloved 2008-2013 Fox sci-fi crime series Fringe, calculating businessman Morland Holmes (father of Sherlock,) in CBS crime procedural Elementary, scheming prodigal son Henry Parrish on the 2013-2017 Fox fantasy crime series Sleepy Hollow, and as the madness-afflicted steward of Gondor, Lord Denethor, in 2003’s multi-Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (though the character can be seen earlier in the Extended Edition release of 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).
The Librarians Season 4 Story
Per the official synopsis:
In this season of The Librarians, our heroes embark on new, action-packed adventures, risking their lives once again to save the world. They face off against Santa’s brother the Patron Saint of Thieves, try to save a town plagued by ghosts from the Civil War, battle a casino that steals luck, endure a body switching fiasco and join forces with a time traveling Librarian from the past. But their greatest challenge will come from within the Library itself. With Charlene no longer tethered to the Library, which keeps it grounded to humanity, one Librarian and one Guardian must step up and take the mantle. As Jenkins organizes the Tethering Ceremony, the high ritual that will bond the pair to the Library forever, thus granting them immortality, Flynn and Baird seem poised to make this sacrifice. Until a woman from Flynn’s past reveals herself to be one of the Library’s dirty little secrets.
The Librarians Season 4 Renewal
The fantasy series, which launched in December of 2014, started with a strong 5.3 million viewers and attracted slightly under 2 million during Season 3. However, TNT cites 5.4 million viewers per episode in Season 3, possibly accounting for supplemental viewers through streaming and DVR. Thus, TNT’s continuation of the lighthearted fun and suspense of its signature fantasy brand was apparently a no-brainer.
The Librarians stars Rebecca Romijn as tough team guardian Eve Baird, Christian Kane as scholarly badass Jake Stone, Lindy Booth as dainty, but brilliant Cassandra Cillian, John Harlan Kim as egotistical super-thief-turned-hero Ezekiel Jones and John Larroquette as their supernaturally long-lived home base overseer Jenkins. Also, as mentioned, Noah Wyle, star of the original The Librarian TV movies, who also serves as a writer, director and executive producer on the series, tends to drop in and join the team in certain episodes as Flynn Carsen, fielding an on-and-off romance with Romijn’s Eve.
For TNT, The Librarians Season 4 renewal came shortly after the renewal of freshman series Good Behavior, which features former Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery shedding her early 20th century, post-Edwardian costumes for something more contemporary, playing a sultry and dangerous thief and con artist. The Librarians remains amongst a TNT dramatic lineup that includes The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Animal Kingdom.
Judas #1 from BOOM! Studios by Jeff Loveness, Jakub Rebelka and Colin Bell comes out this coming Wednesday, and tells the traditional tale of Judas Escariot, the Disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ, and expands upon it.
Following Judas after his suicide, he finds himself in the cold plains of Hell.
Immediately, the book draws the reader in. It’s striking, beautiful artwork entices and pulls the eye to the page, demanding to be seen, Rebelka should be commended here. The words from Loveness add a liar of both intrigue, as it is at this point not entirely clear what is going on, but not in a bad way. There is a sense of mystery that tugs and nags at the reader, demanding to be explored.
Moreover, Loveness adds a humanising element to Judas, providing reasoning for his betrayal that is admittedly relatable. How can a man be blamed for doubts, doubts that build to anger, when he sees the miracles of Jesus Christ, in a world that is harsh and full of injustice? Judas is the nagging doubt that all humans are prone too, and Loveness plays with this well here.
Occasionally the narrative is broken up by excerpts from the Bible itself, which are clearly defined by Bell’s lettering, which utilises few different styles, thus creating defined examples for each ‘speaker’ within the tale.
Despite using the Bible, using Judas and the classic tales of Christ’s death, it is hard to say that Judas #1 is itself religious in any way at this time. Not that it tries to shed religion from it’s story, but rather that the focus is much more on the human element, of Judas’ own doubts and ultimate betrayal, and his continued doubts in his new situation.
As the story progresses, this may well change, but for now we have Judas #1, which is stunningly beautiful and effective, and has me intrigued to see where it goes next.
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It’s kind of a lesser-known fact that Goku, over the course of Dragon Ball Z, only killed two villains. Goku has a tendency to spare the lives of his enemies, a move that usually works in his favor, since most of his friends are former opponents. But, this doesn’t mean that he isn’t a killer. He killed the aforementioned two villains in Dragon Ball Z, but he also murdered a ton of people when he was just a kid in Dragon Ball.
Fans might think of Goku as a kind-hearted warrior, one who defies the nature of his cold-blooded heritage. This might be true to an extent, he’s definitely not malicious, but his childhood head trauma didn’t completely knock out his murderous instincts. The craziest part is that most of the time Goku killed, it when he was just a kid! He surprisingly got better at not murdering people in Dragon Ball Z, but that doesn’t mean he’s completely innocent. It’s not like he’s got a body count close to Vegeta — that dude’s a straight up mass murderer — but Goku has definitely caused his fair share of deaths. If you think everyone’s favorite Saiyan is truly a “good guy,” then here are the 15 times that Goku killed.
Goku’s first victim was the very same man who raised him, his adoptive Grandpa, Gohan. Son Gohan found Goku as an infant, surprised to find the child had a tail, unaware of the dangers that came with it. Before we learned that it was Goku himself, the monkey-tailed child told the story of a monster coming out on a full moon and squashing his grandpa under his mighty foot.
We would soon come to learn that Goku was the monster that killed his grandpa when he turned into a great ape on the full moon. However, Goku himself wouldn’t know he caused his grandpa’s death until he fought Vegeta, completely unaware of his transformation for most of his life. It might not have been intentional, but Goku is still responsible for Grandpa Gohan’s death.
RED RIBBON SOLDIERS
The Red Ribbon Army served as the main antagonists for a few sagas of the original Dragon Ball manga and anime. They were a paramilitary organization comprised of criminals, led by Commander Red, who were always after the dragon balls, and were willing to find them by any means necessary. In their attempts to wish for world domination, they sent countless soldiers to achieve their goal.
On the multiple occasions that Goku faced this army to stop their plans, he ends up killing his way through most of their soldiers. Goku uses his super strength to crush, throw and punch most of these lowly peons to their graves. To be fair, Goku might not have fully developed his heroic aversion to killing by this point, but it’s still messed up that a little kid killed so many people.
Foot soldiers weren’t the only weapons that the Red Ribbon Army used in his mission to get the Dragon Balls; there was also Buyon. Buyon was General White’s “secret weapon,” a giant, pink, blubbery alien with crazy fighting techniques. The pink alien was able to use his tongue to attack, deflect attack with his rubbery exterior and fire energy waves from his antenna.
However, none of this was enough to stop his defeat at the hands of Goku. After a long struggle, Goku murdered the alien beast by exposing him to cold and shattering him with a super strong kick. To be fair, Goku probably didn’t have any choice but to kill Buyon, since the alien monster would have most likely devoured or killed him.
Captain Yellow was one of the few soldiers under Commander Red who got a good amount of time in the spotlight. Yellow is an anthropomorphic tiger who pilots a plane for the Red Ribbon Army. When we first meet him, he’s attempting to steal a dragon ball from the Korin village, but Goku shows up to stop him.
Captain Yellow takes a hostage to the skies to barter for the dragon ball, a villainous act that Goku plans to stop. While in midair, Goku arrives on his flying nimbus to take out the evil tiger pilot. In a lethal attack, Goku punches Yellow out of his plane which causes the soldier to fall to his painful death. Goku might not have intended for Yellow to die, but he got what he deserved!
The Red Ribbon army’s headquarters was known as Muscle Tower. It was located in the snowy Jingle village and served as residence for high ranking officers of the criminal organization. The highest ranking general in the tower was General White, with the second in command being Ninja Murasaki. Ninja Murasaki was an overconfident, but cowardly ninja who faced Goku firsthand.
Though he might’ve been clumsy and oafish, Murasaki was the first Red Ribbon Soldier who took more than a single episode to beat. He also survived the fall of Muscle tower and an avalanche caused by Goku’s kamehameha. His eventual demise came by accident when Goku unintentionally threw a bomb in his direction, blowing up the ninja in what we can only imagine was a painful and gruesome death.
The commander of the Red Ribbon Army, Commander Red built the army under the guise of getting the dragon balls for world domination. This was all a ruse, as Commander Red really wanted the dragon balls so he could wish himself taller. After learning of this secret, his most loyal follower, Officer Black, killed him and took over the Red Ribbon Army.
Commander Black renamed the army the Black Ribbon Army and offered the incredibly strong Goku a position in his new world order. But our hero refused, leading Black to attack him in his Battle Jacket. This mechanized suit puts him on the same level as Goku, and they fight. Goku wins in the end by punching the suit, causing it to explode with Black still in it.
After King Piccolo was released by Emperor Pilaf, he created four mutated sons, Tambourine was one of them. These Namekians were unlike any other, with Tambourine lacking antenna in his winged, gargoyle-like appearance. Goku Eventually defeated Tambourine, killing the alien mutant. But, this murder wasn’t in cold blood, since Tambourine’s favorite “hobby” was killing humans and he had to be stopped.
Goku originally faced Tambourine after he killed Krillin. He was out for revenge for his fallen friend, but was weak from a previous fight. Because of this, Tambourine quickly defeated Goku. After this easy defeat, Tambourine faced Goku confidently in a rematch, but Goku was much more prepared this time around. After Goku got the upper hand and viciously beat Tambourine, the alien attempted to flee the fight, but Goku killed him with a kamehameha blast.
Like his “brother” before him, Drum also fell victim to Goku, but his death was much quicker. Drum was one of King Piccolo’s four mutated sons, appearing similar to Tambourine, but much larger and without the wings. This ogre-like Namekian was considered to be the strongest of his brothers due to his large stature and high power level.
However, this didn’t save him from being killed by Goku in one of the most gruesome ways possible. When Drum was about to kill Tien, Goku showed up in the nick of time, attacking with a flying kick. This initial kick stunned Drum, and with a second powerful kick, Goku knocked the Namekian’s head right off, causing his eyes to pop from his head in a bloody, gruesome death.
King Piccolo’s other mutated sons, Cymbal and Piano, were eventually killed as well. Yajirobe killed and ate Cymbal, and Piano was killed by the collateral damage of Goku’s battle with King Piccolo. This fight also resulted in Piccolo’s death, though we all know that he would later be reincarnated into Piccolo Jr. Regardless, this fight was absolutely insane, and King Piccolo’s death is even crazier.
Goku didn’t hesitate to kill in his childhood, and the evil demon king had to be stopped, which is why Goku finished him off for good. In their battle, Goku killed the demon king by using the “Penatrate!” technique, which consisted of Goku shooting a Kamehameha at the ground to propel himself forward with such great force that he punched his way clean through King Piccolo. Talk about overkill!
RADITZ AND HIMSELF
The first villain of Dragon Ball Z was Goku’s long lost brother Raditz. He was also the first villain of Dragon Ball Z that Goku technically killed. Though he has an involvement in Raditz’s death, Goku did not directly kill his brother. After showing up on Earth and challenging Goku, Raditz proved to be a powerful opponent, requiring the combined efforts of Goku, Gohan and Piccolo to defeat him.
Goku temporarly gained the upper hand by grabbing Raditz’s tail, and Gohan helped out by angrily flying straight into his uncle. But, it wasn’t enough. Goku assisted in finally defeating his brother once and for all by holding him in place as Piccolo fired his special beam cannon. The blast killed them both instantly, Goku sacrificing himself to kill his evil brother.
KING KAI, BUBBLES AND GREGORY
Goku has killed a lot of people in his life, but all of them were bad guys… up to this point that is. Though it wasn’t exactly a murder, Goku is directly responsible for the deaths of King Kai, his pet monkey, Bubbles, and his cricket friend, Gregory. This was, of course, a way to prevent the deaths of everyone on Earth, but it still counts.
After Gohan defeated Cell, the villain, for lack of a better term, coughed up Android 18 and reverted to his semi-perfect form. Being a sore loser, Cell set his body to explode and destroy the whole Earth. But, at the last minute, Goku used instant transmission to teleport Cell to King Kai’s planet, killing himself, King Kai, Bubbles and Gregory in the explosion.
Yakon was the first villain that Goku directly killed in Dragon Ball Z, one of only two. Yakon was one of the enemies the Z-fighters faced in Babidi’s spaceship, a minion of the alien wizard. Yakon is apparently one of the most feared and powerful beings in his area of the universe, a powerful monster who wants to eat the Z-fighters.
Yakon’s special ability is that he can devour light, a convenient power that allows him to absorb the energy and shoot it back in a powerful blast. Yakon thinks that this power will give him the advantage over the glowing power of Goku’s Super Saiyan forms, and it does at first. However, Goku uses Yakon’s appetite for light to his advantage by overfeeding him his energy until the alien explodes from overindulgence.
The only other villain that Goku killed throughout the run of Dragon Ball was the final form of Buu, aka Kid Buu. Then again, since the energy that Goku used to create the spirit bomb that destroyed Buu was gathered from the people of Earth, you could also argue that every being on Earth is responsible for defeating the alien menace.
That said, Goku was the one who gathered the power and launched the final attack, so he is the one who officially killed Buu. After Vegeta helped to distract the villain while Goku could make the spirit bomb, the final attack was launched and Kid Buu was destroyed once and for all. This final fight marked the end of Dragon Ball Z, and Goku killing Buu with a massive spirit bomb was an epic battle to finish off the series
In thier original fight on Namek, Goku’s Super Saiyan form gave him the upper hand against Frieza. Goku was able to defeat the villain just before the planet was set to blow. Even though he was cut in half, Frieza didn’t die, and Goku wouldn’t finish him off. In fact, Goku gave Frieza some of his energy to he could get to safety before Namek’s destruction. This turned out the be a mistake as Frieza was saved by his father and given cyborg enhancements.
Goku wasn’t as foolish the second time around… sort off. Though Frieza first died at the hands of Trunks, he was eventually wished back to life by his underlings in both Resurrection F and Dragon Ball Super. After Frieza destroyed the Earth during his fight with Vegeta, Whis turned back time so that Goku could kill Frieza with a god kamehameha.
CITIZENS OF EARTH (GOKU BLACK)
This one is kind of a technicality, but it’s still worth mentioning. In an alternate timeline, Future Trunks and the citizens of Earth are terrorized by Goku Black. Black is actually Supreme Kai Zamasu in Goku’s body. In this body, Goku has killed countless people, turning Goku into a bigger mass murderer than Vegeta, at least by proxy.
Goku Black kills humans as part of his Zero Humans Plan, an attempt to rid the universe of mortals that he’s deemed unnecessary and primitive. After switching bodies with Goku using the Super Dragon Balls, Zamasu killed Goku, Chi-Chi, Goten and most of the Z-Fighters. Perhaps the most horrific part of all this is that the Son family was killed by Goku’s body, as were all his friends.
The new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is here, and if you can look past Wade Watts’ extremely long leg on the poster, you’ll find yet another treasure trove of pop culture references from the upcoming adaptation of Ernie Cline’s novel.
Tracer of the Overwatch series is seen charging into battle, alongside Lara Croft, and Chun-Li of the Street Fighter series, which is well-represented throughout. Blanka, Sabat, and Ryu are all visible at one point or another.
That big battle sequence, of course, is full of other characters ready to take down the evil Sixers. The Iron Giant makes another appearance, having debuted in the first trailer, but we also get a look at an RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam, not to mention the Battletoads! Chucky from the Child’s Play series executes a pretty slick digital throat slice against a Sixer. Parzival rouses the crowd by raising a boombox, a move he stole right from Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything… Chances are, that boombox is playing something a little more upbeat than Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”. Speaking of sweet 80s tunes, we see King Kong jumping perfectly in sync with Van Halen’s hit, “Jump”. Watch the full trailer below:
Shameless Season 8 remains strong, and we have a promo for episode 7, plus a nice guide of episodes for your reading pleasure!
Shameless season 8 has arrived like a shot to the lungs. And as the pre-gaming has only just begun, we're getting some hints about how things will be changing for the Chi-town clan.
Shameless Season 8 Episode 6 Trailer
Here is the trailer for Sunday night's upcoming episode, "Occupy Fiona."
Shameless Season 8 Episode Guide
Our thoughts on the perfectly depraved hour (which you can read all of by clicking the link above!):
It waves there, gracefully flapping in the breeze. Old Glory is meeting morning glory, which likely wouldn’t be considered an unusual sight in almost any other yard in America. But this isn’t just any yard. It’s the Palazzo de Gallagher, and on these not-so-hollowed grounds it’s a bit unusual. But not really, at least not in 2017. As Carl says while looking straight at the camera, “America first, motherfuckers.” The Gallaghers are in the Trump era now. God help us.
Indeed, when any show reaches its eighth season, there is an understandable tension about how the series will reinvent itself or stay relevant after nearly a decade. When that package also promises total reprehensible behavior in its title, clearing that hurdle starts to appear intimidating. But luckily for Shameless, it is the season of the reprehensible in American life, and the series takes to 2017 with vigor and aplomb.
The series goes strong because it knows which characters we want to see have already moved on (Fiona), who still needs to grow past their South Side damage, but can dramatically remain in transition (Lip and Ian), and who should never change, baby, even though he really should (Frank). It also knows how to sprinkle in new but oh so shameless gags.
Normally, Shameless builds across the span of a season to the moment when Gallaghers’ lives (and storylines) intersect. Otherwise, they’re mostly all off in their own debauched worlds, completely oblivious to the fact that Debbie is “with” poor Neal, or that Lip is no longer bound to his great expectations in college. But only in episode three of the year, Fiona leads an entire flock of Gallaghers, still fresh with rotten pieces of Monica skin under their fingertips, to go eyeball-to-eyeball with a meth dealer living in a storage unit. And “Saint” Francis, bless him, actually is a protector of the little children and, for a passing moment, resembles something akin to an actual father.
Indeed, to highlight the weaker elements of this week, one only needs to look at Lip’s non-conflict for the hour. Understandably, Lip is feeling pretty damn frisky after going months on end without sex as part of his recovery. But when his boss/AA mentor tells him he can be allowed to have meaningless, carefree sex, the show bends over backwards to turn this into a burden. First Lip unwisely (but not necessarily out of character) goes fishing in one workplace at Patsy’s Pies. A poor and wholly Lip Gallagher-inspired choice under normal circumstances, it’s compounded as he has already dated one waitress there. Good looks and good IQ does not make for good decisions.
It’s amazing how much an episode’s value can change in a single moment or, even more precisely, on a sole line of dialogue. But “So find another fucking church” had exactly that effect on the fifth episode of this year’s Shameless. Two weeks ago, I remarked how nice it is to have scenes where the Gallaghers are forced to work together. Well tonight’s hour very skillfully and satisfyingly went in the opposite direction by placing Fiona and Ian Gallagher on a collision course, and in the process they created an interesting dilemma intended to divide fans the same way they divide local residents of any neighborhood. Gentrification versus community outreach, property values versus decency. And is either being really that selfless of an advocate?
Episode 6: Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him
Fiona is forced to reflect on her own life after a lonely tenant dies. Meanwhile, Debbie has a pregnancy scare, Lip enlists Carl's help to search for his sponsor and Frank enjoys having his first-ever credit card.
Shameless Season 8 Story Details
While we haven't even received an official trailer, Variety was at PaleyFest this year where Shameless producers and stars revealed plenty of story details to get fans excited. First and foremost, the new season will feature Frank Gallagher supposedly getting his life together. Again. Sure, he's done that before and yet the last season ended with him smoking his share of meth inheritence, but he was in mourning, dammit! Now that he can put the loss of Monica behind him, Frank is supposedly a new man.
According to the trade, Macy said, "I don’t want to frighten you, but Frank shaves. He has a credit card; he buys a car; he gets a job. But he’s been so loaded for so long, he’s a little bit crazy when he first comes back. And he is devastated by the loss of Monica. The ghost of Monica will live on and on and on, especially for Frank."
Ian Gallagher will apparently likewise grieve, as he was perhaps the one child who truly understood Monica. Yet while Frank (and Lip) sober up, the new season will be about each of the children moving on in individual ways. Jeremy Allen White, who plays Lip, said as much: "I think all of the characters at this point have all grown up so much that while in the middle of the show, they really relied on one another. Now they’re all getting to the point where they have to be a healthy sort of selfish where they take care of themselves first, ahead of the others."
This includes Fiona stepping out into a new world as an entrepreneur and real estate owner. But in the age of Donald Trump, things will take another grim but believable turn. As per executive producer John Wells, the very beginning of season 8 will feature ICE raids targeting Fi's Patsy's Pies diner for undocumented workers.
Says Wells, "I have very liberal tendencies, but the one thing you can say about what is happening is it’s started a conversation. There is a conversation in America about ‘Who are we? Who do we want to be? How did we get so separate? Why are we not talking to each other?’ And we try and go right at it."
Shameless Season 8 Cast
Casting of new characters continued when Deadline recently reported that Richard Flood of Red Rock fame has been cast as Ford, a Yale graduate and architect who also has freelanced as a war photographer (busy guy). He comes to Chicago in search for an apparently "simple life," whereupon he meets Fiona Gallagher. Good luck with that, buddy.
He is also joining new castmember Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl. Her arrival hints that Fiona's spur-of-the-moment decision to buy an apartment building will become a major aspect of season 8.
As announced by Showtime, Szohr has been cast in the role of Nessa, a tough and smart lesbian who lives in Fi's new apartment building. She also becomes quick friends with her landlord.
Shameless Contract Drama
Shameless season 8 is set to premiere this fall, which is great news for the Gallagher faithful after the series went through one of the more public contract disputes in recent Hollywood memory. Emmy Rossum, seeking parity with William H. Macy who she has essentially been a co-lead to on the series since its inception, wished to be paid by Warner Bros. Television on an equal level with the award-winning actor not only for season 8, but also in attempt to make up for past seasons' contract disparity.
Rossum broke the news herself last year on Twitter when this all got placed behind them by writing, “Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’m so happy to continue w[ork] with my SHAMELESS family! Back to work in May!”
Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I'm so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family!Back to work in May!
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) December 14, 2016
The contract negotiations became quite visible last year when it was leaked to the press that Ms. Rossum and Warner Bros. Television, who produces the American version of Shameless alongside John Wells Productions, had reached an impasse. Rossum, who has played Fiona Gallagher in every episode of the past seven seasons of Shameless, has long been paid less than the other major face of the series, William H. Macy.
To be clear, despite both actors being the central anchors of the show since season 1, this difference in salaries was precipitated by the fact that Macy is a well-known character actor before the series began, including from earning an Oscar nomination for the Coen Brothers film, Fargo. However, despite how some in the press have commented on the stories, Rossum has never been an unknown, not since earning praise and several young performer and breakthrough awards of her own for 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera (of which, she was the only actor to come out favorably from that Joel Schumacher film). She also had appeared in the disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.
Still, and in spite of the ensemble nature of the show, Shameless has increasingly become Fiona’s story more than any other sibling character or, for that matter, Macy’s Frank Gallagher. And until season 8, Rossum has continued to be paid less. Warner Bros. Television had previously agreed to raise Rossum’s new contract up to be paid equally to Macy’s rate—which he had closed for season 8 prior to this publicized kerfuffle—but Rossum and her agent have been asking to be paid more than Macy in an attempt, it would seem, to make up for lost income during previous seasons.
This is a rather eyebrow-raising situation in Hollywood, because television has in general lived and died by the “parity rule,” which is that the lead or essential actors of a hit television series are eventually paid equally for later seasons. This why every member of Friends got the same seven-figure salary during the sitcom’s later years (then a novelty), or why the “top-tier” actors on Game of Thrones (the ones that the show deems as “leads” since season 1) now evenly earn $500,000 per every episode they appear in.
Breaking this rule, could open up television producers to be challenged further down the road when invoking parity, which rarely happens… at least with a female performer being paid more than her male co-stars, at any rate.
Also for the record, William H. Macy has publicly supported Rossum’s requests saying, “Emmy Rossum deserves she's asking for.”
It is unclear how the deal has closed, but given Rossum asked to surpass parity, it is likely all of Hollywood is intrigued and will know soon enough for future contractual agreements. In the meantime, we can all look forward to some more Gallagher debauchery in 2017 and beyond.
Disney is expected to announce a major asset purchase later this week. The seller: 21st Century Fox, owners of coveted Marvel superhero film rights like the X-Men and Fantastic Four. There’s no doubt Disney would pay just about anything (and likely will) to get those characters back in their court after the rights were sold off by Marvel ages ago. A move like that could put Avengers and mutants in the same film, finally. But the sale of Fox’s Marvel assets to Disney could also mean the end of a recent, highly-successful trend — R-rated superhero movies.
“If they’re actually changing their mandate, if what they’re supposed to do alters, that would be sad to me because it just means less movies,” Logan director James Mangold said in an interview with Deadline of the potential changes to Fox films should Disney end up taking over.
The R-rated superhero movie trend began back in 2016 with the release of Tim Miller’s Deadpool, a raunchy but accurate depiction of the Merc with a Mouth played by Ryan Reynolds. With a budget of $58 million, the film was expected to make its money back, but not necessarily wow. Instead, it did just that, netting $783 million at the global box office when all was said and done. The next R-rated Marvel superhero movie, Mangold’s Logan, cleaned up in a similar fashion, bringing in $617 million on a $97 million budget. Both of those films, and their ratings, were greenlit by 21st Century Fox. Disney has yet to produce a single R-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe title.
Now, with a major sale on the horizon, Mangold is concerned about Disney making Fox’s chancy, R-rated movies a thing of the past, superhero films included. According to Mangold, that’s because of the way we’ve come to view movies as products, rather than stories. The success of Logan, though, hinged on the film’s story, which saw major characters killed off and offered a sense of finality. Not exactly family-friendly material.
“The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures,” Mangold said. “The entire merchandising, cross-pollinating side of selling the movie to children is dead before you even start. And when that’s dead, it means you’re making a grown-up movie.”
How exactly the Disney/Fox fallout might shape up remains to be seen, but rumor has it that the terms of sale between the two companies have almost been hammered out. Only time will tell what that means for the R-rated superhero movies in production.
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A notion that will come as a surprise to just about no one is that most people think soda and other carbonated drinks taste significantly better when they still contain a lot of fizz as opposed to being “flat.” It turns out that, contrary to popular belief, this phenomenon has nothing to do with bubbles popping on your tongue or the like. (In fact, when people drink carbonated beverages in a highly pressurized environment where no such bubbles can form, they report no real difference in flavor or sensation of the drink.)
So why do many fizzy drinks taste better than their flat equivalents? It’s simply because the carbonic acid (H2CO3) created via adding carbon dioxide (C02) to the drink (which obviously in turn contains H20) actually has a tangible taste that your tongue can detect and which accents the flavor of the beverage.
Thus, as these beverages are designed to taste good in their carbonated form, removing the flavor imparted by the CO2 is usually going to negatively impact taste. Of course, this doesn’t inherently mean a worse overall flavor for any liquid that is not carbonated vs. the same drink that is. But because many carbonated beverages like popular sodas tend to have a lot of sugar or equivalent artificial sweetener, when the CO2 is removed, the extreme sweet flavor ends up standing out quite a bit more- usually more than most people enjoy. The net result of all of this is many people not enjoying the taste of “flat” sodas.
On a related note, to narrow down the mechanisms behind the taste derived from carbonating beverages, researchers in 2009 used mice that had been genetically modified to not be able to taste variously- sweet, umami, salty, bitter and sour. What they found was that those mice that could not taste sour did not react to carbonation, while all the others did.
Examining why CO2 triggers sour-tasting receptors, the researchers hypothesized (correctly, as it turns out) that a special enzyme on the surface of sour-tasting cells, carbonic anhydrase 4 (Car4), might be the culprit. Once again experimenting on modified mice, this time removing only the Car4, but not the entire sour-tasting cell, they found that “gustatory responses to CO2 were severely reduced,” but “responses to other taste stimuli, including sour, were unaltered.”
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- While manufacturers put the same amount of CO2 in cans as bottles of soda, when placed in plastic, which is more permeable to CO2, the carbonation will dissipate relatively quickly over time. In fact, if stored in direct sunlight, in 3 months, soda in plastic can lose up to 15% of its carbonation. Cans of soda, on the other hand, can have their taste affected by bits of metal that are dissolved from the inner lining, and again, the warmer the container, the greater the effect. This is one of the reasons many people have preferences when drinking soda from glass vs. plastic vs. metal containers.
- Four of the five tastes were known to the ancient Greeks, with Democritus (460-370 BCE), who together with his teacher Leucippus had formulated the first atomic theory of the universe, adding bitter to sweet, salty and sour. Applying his ideas on atoms to the tastes (he thought different atoms had different shapes and solidity), Democritus opined that for sweet things, their atoms were large and round, salty flavors had an isosceles triangle shaped atoms, sour flavors were also large, but rough and angular and bitter tastes had smooth, small and spherical atoms.
- The famous chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) introduced the idea of a fifth taste to European pallets with his invention of a rich, delicious, never-before seen veal stock that simply seemed to deepen and improve the flavor of everything. At the time, however, scientists refused to acknowledge that the stock embodied a taste separate from sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Kikunae Ikeda (1864-1936), a chemist, actually isolated the source of the “deliciousness” flavor of some foods (including Escoffier’s veal stock) that seemed to defy the other categories – glutamic acid, which he named umami.
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We might have missed our chance to see Superman in the black and silver costume in Justice League, but scenes were filmed.
The Justice League autopsy continues. One of the many questions surrounding the film in the wake of its release is why Superman's journey from "rose from the dead on the wrong side of the crypt" to "actually this is pretty much the Superman we've wanted on screen for the last 30 years" seemed a little abbreviated. After all, in the comics, when Superman died at the spikey hands of Doomsday, he didn't return to primary colored and caped glory right away. Instead, he spent a little time in a black and silver Kryptonian regeneration suit before getting back into full costume.
Henry Cavill even stirred up fans early in the filming of Justice League with an Instagram post that may or may not have been teasing the black and silver Superman resurrection costume from the comics. It never showed up on screen, though. But according to Fabian Wagner, the cinematographer on Justice League, Superman's black suit exists. "There were [scenes shot],” Wagner told Inverse. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”
Where would this black and silver suit have fit in? Recent reports indicate that one of the deleted scenes involved Steppenwolf tempting Superman to join Darkseid's army, and there would have been a vision of Superman in command of the forces of Apokolips. Maybe that's where the black suit would have fit? In any case, Wagner affirmed that there's more of the Justice League movie on the cutting room floor. “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies," he said. "There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”
Nevertheless, the admission that Superman's black and silver suit exists but didn't make it to the big screen will likely be used as further evidence that Justice League was a victim of studio meddling, even though we don't know what kind of shape the movie was in before said meddling would have taken place. There's still hope from a certain segment of fans that we'll get a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League when the film hits Blu-ray, or that at least some of these deleted scenes will be included. We'll let you know if it happens.
Darth Vader has been alerted to the infiltration of former Jedi Archivist Jocasta Nu. The Jedi has already confronted the Grand Inquisitor, whom is intent on slaying her. Vader cannot allow this on the orders of the Emperor himself. The Dark Lord must intervene, but Jocasta may have some tricks up her sleeve.
The Jocasta Nu arc has finally hit its climax, as the Jedi has revealed herself for the Grand Inquisitor and Darth Vader. The battle is enjoyable. Jocasta may not be a master swordswoman, but she is clever and resourceful. Plus, she knows the Temple better than the Sith and the Empire ever could. This makes for a good dynamic between the brute force of Vader and the evasive plays of Jocasta.
The Inquisitor turns out to be something of a petulant child, and this makes him pretty enjoyable in a scummy sort of way. Darth Vader’s preventing the Grand Inquisitor from killing Jocasta sets up some more animosity between the two. This will surely set up for another confrontation soon.
Also, Darth Vader being sassy to the stormtrooper commander is kind of awesome.
The comic comes and goes quite quickly, leaving the story to feel pretty thin. The plot advances to the aforementioned confrontation but doesn’t end or go anywhere unexpected. This goes to pacing and layout planning. Contradicting what one would expect, despite the high action, the narrative pace grinds to a halt. This does allow for a lot of cool snapshots of the battle, but the story itself goes nowhere.
Giuseppe Camuncoli does some solid work here. Despite my feeling that his style may not be the best suited for an ultra-dark and serious book like this, he gets some good angles of Vader in all his menacing might. He’s also quite good at constructing battle scenes, meaning issues like this which have more action tend to be his strong entries. David Curiel plays with the color work quite well too, making for some rather dazzling moments throughout the comic.
Despite not moving the ball very far, Darth Vader #9 is an exciting and high-octane issue. It has spent a lot of time building up to this showdown between Vader and Nu, so one could understand why the book may want to savor the confrontation. It is an overall fun read, and Camuncoli puts some great work in this issue. I can recommend it, and you should feel free to check it out.
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Amber Heard wants to set the record straight. The Justice League actress took to Instagram to share her thoughts on J.K. Rowling's defense of casting Johnny Depp in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Johnny's role has been questioned by fans who feel the actor should not star in the upcoming films due to his alleged history of domestic abuse.
According to Amber, J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. misrepresented the joint statement she and Johnny released back in 2016 following their split. "To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context, is just not right," she wrote along with a photo of the full statement for fans to read for themselves. "Women, continue to stand up and stay strong. Love, Amber," she concluded.
Amber and Johnny were first linked back in 2012 and tied the knot in a secret ceremony in February 2015. In May 2016, Amber filed for a divorce citing "irreconcilable differences." Shortly after the news broke of their separation, Amber filed a domestic violence restraining order against Johnny accompanied by graphic photos of her bruised face.
Johnny has denied Amber's allegations of abuse, and the former couple finalized their divorce in January 2017. In a joint statement, the two acknowledged their relationship was "at times volatile, but always bound by love." Amber also withdrew the restraining-order request against her ex-husband.
Since opening up about her own experience with domestic violence, Amber has encouraged other women to find the courage to speak up. "When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored," she wrote in the December issue of Porter magazine in 2016. In her powerful essay, Amber also promised survivors of abuse that they are not alone in their suffering. "You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that."
Read Amber's response to J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. ahead.
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The Walking Dead just delivered what may become a monumental exit and the cast member in question dishes on getting the news.
This Walking Dead article contains spoilers.
Ever since AMC’s The Walking Dead launched in 2010, the casualty-heavy zombie apocalypse series has operated on the unspoken rule that protagonist Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) serve as the collective fulcrum on which the story will always hinge. However, Season 8 midseason finale, “How It’s Gotta Be,” may stand as having broken that rule concerning Carl. Now, Riggs is opening up about the process of being informed that his formerly plot-armored The Walking Dead character will be… well, dead.
While Carl isn’t technically dead yet on The Walking Dead, Riggs has given a number of post-mortem interviews in the aftermath of said midseason finale and, based on how he’s describing the process, seems resigned to the idea that he has already wrapped his role on the series. It’s a major life event for the young actor, who was only 11 when the role began and has now turned 18, ready to move on to other acting endeavors as an adult in the eyes of the law. Of course, the move remains a curious one, seeing as Carl’s story continues to greater heights in the pages of Robert Kirkman's comic book series, on which the show is based.
Interestingly, while Riggs’s apparent college prospects fueled speculation that he was planning an exit of some kind from the series, it seems that this wasn't the case. As Riggs explains to THR on the moment when showrunner Scott M. Gimple gave him the news about Carl’s fate:
“I was planning on going to college until I found out. I found out when I was doing rehearsals for episode six back in June. It was quite the shocker for me, Andy and everyone because I don't think anyone saw it coming. It's definitely not a bad thing because it has been awesome being on the show, but now I get to go and do a lot of other stuff that I haven't gotten to do before. Scott wanted to meet in person because it was such a big deal. We had just finished rehearsing for a scene in episode six and he wanted to meet with me and my mom and dad and talk about what's going to happen.”
The episode, “How It’s Gotta Be,” saw apocalypse extortionists the Saviors, led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan, retaliate against Rick and his rebelling cohorts after they had gained the upper-hand and on the verge of victory for the first half of the season. After Carl – with little regard for his own safety – led the denizens of Alexandria to safety into a hiding place in the sewers away from the Saviors’ grenade firebombing, the episode concludes with a returning Rick walking up to a grounded Carl, who pulls up his shirt to reveal a (rib-located) walker bite he sustained earlier, which, in this undead-overrun world, is a death sentence. Thus, barring a serious dose of Deus ex Machina, February’s midseason premiere should properly serve as Carl’s curtain call episode.
As far as Gimple’s reasoning for this imminent colossal casualty, Riggs explains that it was designed to give weight to Rick’s decision regarding the fate of Negan and the Saviors. Indeed, the corresponding “All Out War” storyline of the comic book series culminates with a showdown between Rick and Negan in which Rick emerges victorious after slashing Negan’s throat. However, Rick – whose leg is permanently injured in the kerfuffle – makes the decision to save Negan’s life and keep him a permanent prisoner in Alexandria as a sign that civil society can be restored. As Riggs explains:
“Scott was trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between Rick not wanting to kill Negan and Rick also really wanting to kill Negan, which he does right now [in the show's story]. Scott's way to get around that was to make Carl this really humanitarian figure and person who could see the good in people and see that people can change and not everyone out there is bad. That's what Carl's talk to Rick was in this episode: there's no way that they can kill every one of the Saviors and not everyone is a bad person and there has to be some way forward than just killing people.”
Riggs also explains the process of being a cast casualty on The Walking Dead, though his is clearly a unique one, given the scale of the character. As Riggs tells EW:
“Everyone was like, “Are you okay?” And I’d be like, “Yeah, I’m totally fine. I’m moving out to L.A. in a month. It’s actually awesome!” So, it was weird, but everybody was really nice and we had a death dinner. It was really helpful that I had made up my mind in moving to Los Angeles and doing music and everything and had a positive outlook on it — that really helped the morale of the cast and crew in not being too worried about me.”
However, Riggs’s father didn’t quite see profundity in Gimple’s vision of Carl’s end and took to Facebook (with a subsequently-deleted post,) to call the move “disappointing” and occurring after Chandler was told he’d have at least three more years on the series.
Regardless, Carl is, for now, still alive and kicking, despite him being beyond the help of reinforcements or an advantageously-placed dumpster. While there’s every indication that he’s destined to meet his end, The Walking Dead has previously led us down the primrose path when it comes to purported deaths and the frankness with which the yet-to-occur moment is being discussed does raise suspicion.
The Walking Dead will resume with Season 8B when it premieres on February 25, 2018.
Green Arrow has left with his mother, Moira Queen, to search the bottom of the sea for the Inferno, the sunken bank-ship of the Inferno. The goal is to retrieve the Queen fortune to save Moira and the city of Seattle. However, Moira may not be as trustworthy as Ollie wants her to be.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor is tailing Ollie’s lawyer, and a police detective is spying on Emiko. Black Canary is worried about Ollie, so she may be doing some tailing of her own.
The reconnection between Oliver and Moira Queen puts Green Arrow in a unique predicament. He has already revealed his secret identity to her, and he is putting a lot of faith in her good will. It also shows one of Ollie’s weaknesses; he does miss having the money. That is partially fueling this wild search, and it may destroy him.
Emiko’s attempts to bring Wendy Poole out of her shell are quite sweet, and it goes to further flesh out the increasingly awesome character of Emiko. However, for those who have followed Green Arrow’s Rebirth run should remember, Emiko was complicit in what happened to Wendy, and, should she remember that, Emiko will be in an uncomfortable position with Wendy. Things may get worse for the both of them from there.
The comic is a bit slow and the story doesn’t go too far. A problem like this may become something more apparent now that Green Arrow has (smartly) gone once-a-month. Slower pacing can be obscured by frequent issue releases, but it will be harder to hide now. And this comic does add some interesting new aspects to the story, but it doesn’t move it forward very far. Also, there is minimal action, which doesn’t exactly help anything. There is some tension in the claustrophobic space of a sunken battleship, but there isn’t a lot of excitement.
The paneling layout of this comic is really good in itself. They are neatly spaced out, sometimes completely evenly across the pages. I know that’s a weirdly specific thing to compliment, but it does allow for the comic to flow better and gives the art space to breathe. Layouts are important, and too often that is ignored in favor of putting as much content on the page as possible. Green Arrow #35 doesn’t give in to that temptation.
Speaking of art, Juan Ferreyra returns to Team Arrow, and the comic looks beautiful for it. Mr. Ferreyra is one of the best artists to have worked on Green Arrow Rebirth, and, each time he returns, it is quite the treat. His figures are distinctive, and his characters are very expressive. He is a master of texturing, and his color art is quite gorgeous too. He is great at playing with pigmentation. He’s an all-around master of comic book art and will hopefully have a long career in the industry.
Despite a lack of action and minimal plot advancement, Green Arrow #35 does entertain and introduces some intriguing plot developments. The coming trial of Oliver Queen should be a good story, and Juan Ferreyra’s beautiful artwork helps bolster the comic, giving some solid visual storytelling to make up for where the written narrative may waver. I recommend this one. Give it a read.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't hit theaters until Dec. 15, but everyone is already talking about the movie's breakout star: Kelly Marie Tran. The 28-year-old has actually been acting since 2011, but The Last Jedi is Kelly's first major movie role. In fact, Kelly admits she's still adjusting to the overnight fame. "I just still can't believe it's all happening," she recently gushed to People. "I keep having to remind myself that I'm in a movie. I'll just go to LA Fitness and go to Ralph's and go to the grocery store and nobody knows who I am. Then I come to these events and I'm living this weird Hannah Montana life." Keep reading to get to know Kelly before she blows up.
- She is the newest member of the Star Wars franchise. In The Last Jedi, the 28-year-old plays Rose Tico, who is a member of the "support crew that keeps the Resistance starfighters flying" who "has hated the First Order since she was a child."
- She is also the first Asian-American woman to appear in a Star Wars film. "My parents came over to America after the Vietnam war in the late '70s," Kelly told People in October. "They worked from nothing just to give me the opportunity to have a dream. I'm not from an entertainment family at all. My mom works in funerals and my dad works at Burger King."
- You might have seen her before. In addition to working as a food tour guide, Kelly has also made guest appearances on shows like About a Boy, Ladies Like Us, and Adam Ruins Everything.
- Carrie Fisher taught her a valuable lesson. Kelly got the opportunity to work with the actress before she passed away in December 2016, and she says Carrie had some great advice for her. "She told me that this was an amazing experience and to enjoy everything because it's fleeting and it'll go away," she told Rolling Stone. "But if there's anything else that you want to do - if you want to write, want to produce, whatever - start now because there's going to be a time when you aren't looked at the same way. She is really someone I got a lot of comfort from - just her presence. Because I didn't know what this was [going to be] like. This was my first movie, and I remember being scared and not wanting to lose this job."
- Acting isn't the only part of the entertainment industry she's curious about. "I eventually want to write and direct and produce my own stuff," she revealed to Rolling Stone. "That's a long journey that I'm starting because of that advice from Carrie. I'm one of those people where if I get a piece of advice from someone I look up to and respect, I'll really listen to it."
If you thought you would be able to literally rock the vote in 2020, think again. Dwayne Johnson appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently and hilariously revealed why his chances of running for office are now pretty slim. While we won't give it all away - you'll just have to watch the clip to find out - we will say his reasoning has something to do with his Jumanji costar Kevin Hart. Watch the video above, and trust us, you'll want to see the face Rebel Wilson gives him at the end.
And you thought Mary Jane's casting made racists mad?
What appears to be an audition tape has leaked from an unknown French actress under the name Louna auditioning for the role of Gwen Stacy for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. The tape sees exchanges between Gwen and Peter Parker and Gwen and Captain Stacy, her police officer father.
Something of note is that based on the audition tape, the role would greatly differ from the traditional blonde-haired, blue-eyed American teenager Gwen Stacy is normally depicted as. This would fit with director Jon Watts' ethnic changes in the first film with the characters of MJ and Ned Leeds.
Or perhaps this is all just one clever actress' way to get her name out there.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is set to release July 5, 2019.
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Loki, Marvel’s go to villain besides Thanos of late and certainly the most popular complex bad guy from the films, will be presented as pansexual and genderfluid in a new series of Marvel novels coming in 2019, according to the series’ author.
Mackenzi Lee will be writing the book series, which will focus on Marvel’s anti-heroes, starting with the Asgardian God of Mischief themselves, Loki Laufeyson.
Lee, writer of 2017 New York Times Best-Selling novel The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue will pen the three book historical-fiction series, each looking at the life and times of a particular Marvel anti-hero.
When the author was asked if Loki would be presented as queer in her novels via twitter, the author responded:
Here is what I can say:
Loki is a canonically pansexual and gender fluid character.
— Mackenzi Lee (@themackenzilee) December 7, 2017
Of course, this being twitter and involving comics fandom, some fan took umbrage with the suggestion that the shape-shifting god could be presented as pansexual and gender fluid of all things. The upset fan said, “I don’t mind if there is evidence to support this claim. But I have a problem if the LGBT want to say he is just so they can feel represented”.
Lee responded quite knowledgeably on the matter:
First, it's about time the LGBT+ community was represented in superhero narratives.
Second, in the comics, Loki is reborn as a woman & uses female pronouns & often takes on female forms like the Scarlet Witch and Lady Sif. Odin calls him "my child who is both."
— Mackenzi Lee (@themackenzilee) December 9, 2017
As Lee states, there is plenty of comics evidence to back up the claim, and also evidence in the source Norse myths. Loki is a shapeshifter, and has shown themselves happy to exist as either gender a few times, sometimes with an ulterior motive and sometimes just for funsies. Similarly, in the Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s Young Avengers run, he stated how Asgardians didn’t have concepts like straight and gay, and so such things don’t factor into his own sexuality.
In Al Ewing and Lee Garbett‘s Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki changed shape and gender a few times.
Sadly, readers have a little while to wait for these adventures of the pansexual, gender fluid Loki, as the series isn’t looking to be released until 2019.
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The gifted actress is the female lead twice over in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
Since making her debut on The Sopranos in 2001 as Caitlin Rucker (college roomie of Meadow Soprano), Ari Graynor has worked steadily in a succession of movies and TV shows, often specializing in showing off her comic skills in films like Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Lucky, What’s Your Number?, For A Good Time Call… and Celeste and Jesse Forever. But she made the jump this past year to more serious fare with a lead role in the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, about stand-up comics looking to make it on the Los Angeles scene during the 1970s, and now she’s got a featured role in one of the most buzzing movies of the winter season, The Disaster Artist.
The Disaster Artist is based on the true story of the production of The Room, widely considered one of the worst pictures ever made. James Franco (who also directed) stars as Tommy Wiseau, the enigmatic oddball who wrote, directed and starred in The Room, with his brother Dave Franco as the one actor who believed in Wiseau, Greg Sestero. Graynor stars as Juliette Danielle, the real-life actress who auditioned for the movie, landed the female lead, and soon found out that the shoot wasn’t exactly what she bargained for.
Like everyone in The Disaster Artist, Graynor’s character is pulled into Wiseau’s orbit with a mixture of humor, curiosity and resignation: nobody involved in The Room really knew at the outset just how weird an experience it would be. Graynor pulls off the balancing act beautifully, playing both Juliette and Lisa, the character Juliette played, in recreated scenes from The Room itself. We spoke with Graynor about all this recently, and also touched on the second season of I’m Dying Up Here and her next big film role in Jason Reitman’s upcoming The Front Runner, in which she plays the political journalist Ann Devroy who was at the heart of the scandal that took down presidential contender Gary Hart in 1988.
Den of Geek: What was your experience of The Room or Tommy Wiseau before kind of coming on to this project?
Ari Graynor: I mean I'd heard about The Room for years. Just sort of in passing. People that I had worked with sort of talking about. But I never really understood what it was. The Room is a very hard thing to explain to someone who has no idea what you're talking about. So I heard about it, but I'd never seen it. Maybe I had seen a couple bits online. But it wasn't until James reached out to me about The Disaster Artist and said, "Do you know The Room? There's this book, The Disaster Artist, we're going to make a movie, I think you would be a great Lisa, go watch the movie, get the book, let's talk."
And I knew that people loved it. I always had had a kind of curiosity about it. But it's a hard thing to track down unless you really make an effort to find it, which I think is part of the appeal, making it sort of feel like a secret. And I got a copy of the movie and then I watched it for the first time alone in my apartment, which is not the ideal viewing experience. I was going through my phone trying to find all the people that I knew that had seen it so I could text them, saying "Oh my God, I can't believe this is really happening, this movie is insane." So I was already watching it through the potential eyes of being a part of the making of this story. And wanted to be a part immediately.
Is the real Juliette around and did you track her down?
Yeah, I spoke with her a little bit before we started shooting. She is the kindest, sweetest, really lovely, wonderful person. She now I think is living in Texas. I think unlike Greg and Tommy, who are obviously still very focused on The Room, Juliette has since moved away and sort of created a whole other life that has moved pretty far away from this. She sells paintings of spoons or something, and will sometimes go to the screenings. So I think she's supportive of what it's all become but has moved past it herself.
Did you ever have that moment early in your career where you wonder, "Should I keep doing this? Should I go home? Should I give it up?" Does everyone have that kind of moment where you wonder if it's going to work out?
Well I think to an extent you wonder that all the time. I mean I started acting when I was seven and in some ways it's...I don't want to say it's never occurred to me to not do it because there have been many times along the way when things are not going well that you think maybe this isn't going to happen. Maybe not everyone gets their dreams. Maybe this is far as I could take it and that's that and maybe I'll never work again. I mean I think every actor, when a job ends, thinks there's a chance that they may never work again. That's sort of a necessary evil of the business, and maybe in some sick way is part of the engine that keeps you going. There's some thrill in the unknown and the terror.
Being a creative person you have to constantly put your heart in things and believe in them, and I don't think anyone ever sets out to make anything that's bad. Even the worst things. Like The Room. Everyone is approaching it with a hope that it could be great. And I think we fall in to that every time you go to work. You want to believe it's going to be something good and something you can be proud of. A lot of times things do not turn out the way you think they're going to turn out. Maybe not as drastically as The Room, but I think something every artist confronts is the balance between their dreams and their expectations and the potential disappointment.
Did you ever have a guilty pleasure bad movie that you like to watch?
Well I just see them as good movies. I don't know if they're bad movies, but they were good to me at the time. But I was thinking about She's Out of Control, with Tony Danza, do you remember that movie? I loved that one, and looking back on it now it feels like not a great movie. I also love this movie, Hello Again, with Shelley Long. She chokes on a chicken bone and then comes back to life. Her sister Zelda does a spell and she comes back. I loved that movie. But they were not potentially as bad as The Room.
Do you remember the first time James came on set as Tommy? Did he stay in character when he wasn't directing?
I think basically the entire time that I worked on The Disaster Artist, I only saw him as Tommy. Because of those prosthetics and the wig and all of that, he would be first in and then last out. So maybe at the end of the day I'd catch a piece of James Franco's face, which then was so weird to look at him as James Franco because I was so accustomed to him as Tommy.
The first thing that I shot was me and James and Josh Hutcherson recreating the scene in The Room where we're having the pillow fight on the bed. We really just dove right in on that first day. It was just so funny because James would keep that Tommy voice and that whole look, which is so strong. But it's not like he was quote unquote method acting, where you had to refer to him as Tommy or something. But it was the nature of how we were shooting it -- we're doing these big scenes about the making of this movie and he's playing director and actor and is also director and actor for real. The cameras would be running around and sometimes you'd hear him say, like, "Okay, let's go again, let's do it faster." And I'd just stop for a second and say, "Is that James or is it Tommy?" And then you'd just see him crack a James smile and say, "No, it's James."
How rewarding was that first season of I'm Dying Up Here for you?
That was a real dream come true. I had been wanting and aching to do different kind of work for a long time. Something that felt more expressive and real. I love doing broader comedy stuff, but for a while I felt like I was playing sort of similar kinds of roles, and really feeling like there was all of this other life inside that I wanted to have a chance to get out and explore and play a different kind of character. It was just amazing to work on that show with all of those people, the most extraordinary cast, and a story that I really believed in. Cassie's trajectory felt extremely close to home and close to my own sort of experiences, in symbolic ways and literal ways. I'm just so happy that they're giving us a second season, I'm so excited to go back.
Any inkling of what they're planning?
We start shooting in January. I think it's going to be sort of a little bit lighter and sexier and looking at us almost like the American dream. Some people get success and money. I think someone described it as sort of pouring gasoline on it and having it sort of burn up a notch. But the stuff that I've heard is really exciting.
In my house we've been watching I'm Dying Up Here, which is LA in the '70s, and then we've also been watching The Deuce, which is New York in the '70s. Why do you think we have this fascination with that era?
It's easy for me to look at it with a kind of nostalgia because I wasn't there. But I think there was an energy, there was a freedom, there was this feeling of being at a precipice. So much was new, so much was changing post-Vietnam. And everything was going on with music and culture. There was a pulse there that felt vital, that anything was possible. There was a lot of fight against things, people were really elbowing their way in the world. And I think it was gritty, it was tough, but there was a freedom. And I think we're just living in a very different time now.
Everyone nowadays is watching each other and watching themselves. There's a constant feedback loop of doing something, recording it, tweeting about it, commenting on it, writing about it, liking it, not liking it, taking a picture of yourself. There was a presence in that experience then that is different from right now, for better or worse.
We're also going to see you in The Front Runner next year.
Yes, I play Ann Devroy who at the time was the political editor of the Washington Post in 1987. She was a very big facilitator -- at least and especially in our film -- of the conversation that led to the reporters asking certain questions and talking amongst themselves as journalists of how to handle this sea change in journalism. Jason Reitman was saying that the film is ultimately sort of about the cross section of when journalism became sort of gossip journalism and politicians' personal lives became journalistic fodder. And after Woodward and Bernstein, journalists were also becoming stars in their own right. And so it was this moment of a great change between journalism and politics. And what I love about the movie is it doesn't take a side on any of the stuff, it just sort of asks all these really interesting questions about kind of how we got to where we are and where it all started.
Your life for the next little while will be all about I'm Dying Up Here, right?
Yeah, that'll be the next five months, and then hopefully there'll be another big gig after that.
The Disaster Artist is out now and continues to expand to more theaters around the country.
Is this really needed in a country divided?
Aleš Kot is continuing to write comics, despite living in the woods. His latest will tackle another hot button issue in today's political climate: fighting Nazis. Days Of Hate, drawn by Danijel Žeželj and colored by Jordie Bellaire, is a 12-issue series set in 2022 with a police state and a guerrilla war against white supremacy. Kot described the book as:
"about the things people do to survive and to live—and about killing Nazis."
Days Of Hate #1 is set to release January 17, 2018. Check out the solicit and preview pages below.
Bestselling writer Aleš Kot (ZERO, GENERATION GONE) teams up with artist Danijel Žeželj (STARVE) and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (REDLANDS, PRETTY DEADLY) for an all new maxi-series in the gritty American thriller tragedy DAYS OF HATE.
DAYS OF HATE is set in The United States of America in 2022. The loss that ripped two of its main protagonists apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other towards a guerrilla war against the white supremacy. Now they meet again, on the opposing sides—and all hell has broken loose.
"Days of Hate is all about the characters. It's about them living in a country that is falling apart. It's about love, hate, war, tragedy, and layers of intrigue and double-crossing," said Kot. "It's about the things people do to survive and to live—and about killing Nazis."
DAYS OF HATE #1 (Diamond Code NOV170638) hits stores on Wednesday, January 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, December 18th
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura
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At Comic-Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sony Pictures revealed that the upcoming Venom movie would be based on two comic arcs: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes. These would presumably be the basis for the origin of Venom and expand the symbiote universe.
Lethal Protector is a six-issue mini-series from 1993 written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley. Spider-Man and Venom decide to leave each other alone as long as Venom doesn't commit and crimes, so Venom heads to San Francisco. Spider-Man and Venom later team up to fight five new symbiotes: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
Planet of the Symbiotes was a five-issue mini-series from 1995 written by Michelinie and pencilled by five different artists: Ralph Cabrera, Joe St. Pierre, Kyle Hotz, Darick Robertson, and Steve Lightle. This storyline also saw Earth invaded by an army of symbiotes.
It's already been announced that Spider-Man won't be in the film, so expect no Spider-Man and a ton of symbiotes in San Francisco.
Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer, is set to release October 5, 2018 and stars Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, and Scott Haze.
Written or Contributed by Tim Midura