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It finally happened. Marvel finally delivered a second season of a Netflix show that was superior to the first. Luke Cage Season 2 is not only better than its first, but it's one of the best seasons of any of the Marvel Netflix efforts.
And of course, it has plenty of Marvel Comics lore packed into it. Although, to be honest, it seems to have eased off a little in that regard. I noticed this in Jessica Jones Season 2, as well, where the show was comfortable enough in its own mythology now that it no longer has to nod to the wider MCU at every opportunity. Admittedly, I don't know my Luke Cage lore quite as well as some of the other Marvel stuff, so I'm bound to have missed some important stuff.
And that's where you come in.
Did you see something I missed? Did I just get something wrong? Drop it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter. If it checks out, I'll update this and give you a shout!
Now let's get to work...
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 1: Soul Brother #1
"As Luke adjusts to his growing fame and tries to shut down the flow of heroin branded with his name, someone from his past reaches out."
- The African American College Alliance hoodie Luke is wearing in the show's opening is the first of this season's countless nods to '90s hip-hop culture (provides “too big a target” ala Batman)
Speaking of clothing, D.W. is pushing a yellow Luke Cage t-shirt, which is, of course, one of many references to the "classic" comic book costume that we will never see actually worn on this show (other than in that origin sequence from season one).
- I'm rather fond of the shirt that has "Luke Cage" written like the old Run DMC logo. Marvel should get on those.
- This talk of Luke needing “sponsorship” is another step on the road to him becoming the "Hero for Hire" of the early comics.
- We've seen Atreus Plastics pop up around these shows before, notably on Daredevil, but even using them to drive a secondary story here is the most we've gotten with them.
- Speaking of fictional Marvel companies, we also get a mention of Hammer Industries here, but that's hardly an easter egg, right?
- Luke is reading Ta-Nehisi Coates, which is usually a good idea on its own. But there's a fun Marvel connection here, too. For the last couple of years, Coates has been writing Black Panther for Marvel Comics, and he's about to kick off a run as writer on Captain America.
- Dontrelle "Cockroach" Hamilton first appeared in Power Man #28. He's more of a crime boss in the comics, whereas here he's kind of a mid-level soldier. By the way, HiNorth down in the comments pointed out that his shotgun didn't just come out of nowhere, either...
- Bushmaster first appeared in an issue of Iron Fist, believe it or not. Iron Fist #15, to be precise. The Bushmaster of TV is definitely cooler, certainly from a personality, clothing, and soundtrack standpoint, than the one of the comics.
His fashion sense here is way better than that in the comics...
- Remember when we all thought Rosario Dawson was playing Night Nurse? Well, the song that Luke and Claire dance to is none other than Gregory Isaacs' "Night Nurse."
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 2: Straighten it Out
"Luke tests out his abilities on the ballfield, Misty ruffles feathers at the precinct, and Mariah plans a reunion to boost her image."
- Yes, that's really New York Jets coach, Todd Bowles. Yes, the Jets could really use a player like Luke Cage. No, it ain't gonna happen. Yes, the Jets will be terrible for the rest of my life.
- Luke runs a 3.72 40 yard dash. That's a full half second faster than the record, and I'm pretty sure that would also put him on pace for an Olympic record 100 meter run, too.
- We get a killer Gary Clark Jr. performance at the Paradise. This is Clark's second superhero connection in the last year, as he also performed that version of "Come Together" that was used in the trailers for Justice League.
- We also get the return of Wilson Fisk's lawyer, Ben Donovan, in this episode. He's a lot of fun, and it's not a spoiler to say that he's around a bit more this season.
- HiNorth was kind enough to point out that the sweet old lady who invites Luke in for "coffee" is Venida Evans, who's character on HBO's Treme was known for telling people to "have a blessed day."
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 3: Wig Out
"Worried Luke is headed down a dark path, Claire pays a visit to his father. Bushmaster makes a bid for Mariah's guns."
- Raymond "Piranha" Jones first appeared in Power Man #30 in 1976. He's far less respectable in the comics, and has sharpened, knife-like teeth. I...don't think that would work on these shows.
- This episode mostly plays like a pilot for a Daughters of the Dragon series with Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. For the record, I am 100% okay with that. When the pair go for drinks after their workout, they're even rocking the appropriate color scheme with their outfits.
- When Bushmaster knocks Luke the fuck out, they add that cool dancehall reverb to his voice to indicate that Luke is reeling. Nice touch.
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 4: I Get Physical
"As footage of his fight with Bushmaster goes viral, Luke struggles with the aftereffects and follows a trail of clues to Tilda's shop."
- Misty says "I was 5" when Tyson lost his first fight (to James "Buster" Douglas). That puts her age as roughly 33, as that fight took place in 1990.
- The song being performed at the Paradise here is a pretty great version of BB King's signature tune, "The Thrill is Gone."
- The line about being "dead/frozen in ice" is one of the only acknowledgments of an Avenger we get this season, I think. Which is nice, considering how hard the early seasons of all these shows worked so hard to remind us at every turn that this all takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- In the comics, Misty Knight's bionic arm was designed not by Rand Enterprises, but by Stark Industries. Of course, Danny himself didn't design this. What I didn't know is that in Uncanny X-Men #264, tech-savvy mutant Forge revealed that he "worked on the designs."
For, ahem, legal reasons, that's not the case here, but that's still a cool little fact (thanks to Bright Moments for bringing that to my attention!)
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 5: All Souled Out
"Desperate to drum up quick cash for a lawsuit, Luke weighs an offer from a superfan. Mariah invites Tilda to join the new family business."
- Putting Foggy Nelson and Ben Donovan together is such a great move, and really, it's the kind of thing I want to see more of in these shows and the wider MCU. The real beauty of a shared universe isn't that everything has to culminate in some world-shaking team-up, but rather that secondary characters can zip in and out of other shows or movies as needed. It enriches the overall world, gives fans something to look forward to, without derailing the telling of an actual, primary story.
- "Hire this hero." You see where all this is going, right?
- Is that a brand new Luke Cage themed tune from Ghostface Killah? I believe it is!
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 6: The Basement
"As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic."
- We get our obligatory WJBP TV sighting in this episode, the MCU NYC's local news station. Is this even an easter egg anymore?
- Luke hides out with Piranha in a movie theater. In his early comics, Luke set up his "hero for hire" offices above an old movie theater (that's also where D.W. came from). That theater was in Times Square, not Harlem, back when Times Square was far, FAR weirder than the neon nightmare it is today.
- Luke says that a more chill, domestic life "sounds good to me." In the comics he (kinda) pursues that with Jessica Jones. These shows are definitely playing a very long game with getting them together on a long term basis, and that's just fine, but I feel it's appropriate, and I don't think this line is accidental.
- But the better line is when Luke asks Piranha, "where's my money, honey?" That's a direct quote from Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #9 when Luke went after Dr. Doom of all people. This actually happened...
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 7: On and On
"Reeling from the showdown on the bridge, Luke teams up with Misty to find Piranha. The hunt for the snitch heats up. Bushmaster reveals his endgame."
- You might remember in my season one guide how I went on and on about all of the Superman parallels with Luke. Everything from his personality to certain imagery all reminded me of very specific moments in Superman history. This season has dialed that back a little, but the way Luke surfaces in the water after his defeat at the hands of Bushmaster reminds me of when Supes nearly drowns with a Kryptonite rock around his neck in Superman: The Movie.
Other than that, this episode was pretty light on comics references that I could find, but if I'm wrong, hit me in the comments!
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 8: If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
"While Shades, Mariah and Misty comes to terms with the previous night's events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength."
I didn't notice anything specifically Marvel-related in this episode, but the crime scene photos kind of gave off a vintage Martin Scorsese vibe.
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 9: For Pete's Sake
"Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light."
Again, I didn't spot any Marvel stuff, but please correct me in the comments or on Twitter! But there's plenty in the next one, so...
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 10: The Main Ingredient
"Danny Rand insists on helping Luke hunt for Bushmaster -- the Iron Fist way. Mariah sets out to reclaim her empire. Misty pursues a traitor."
- OK, now we're into it. This is the real deal "Power Man and Iron Fist" team-up episode. They get this right even more than they did in The Defenders (which, admittedly, had to introduce/establish Luke and Danny's friendship).
It says a lot about how good this season is overall that they manage to bring Danny Rand, a character who has been mercilessly roasted by fans and critics, and it feels...right? Iron Fist was a mess of a show, Danny was a remarkably unlikeable character there, although there was some growth The Defenders. Here, it feels like Danny has adjusted to the modern world, and is generally less up his own ass. This seems like another good sign for Iron Fist Season 2.
In fact, Danny's eagerness to be seen as cool by Luke and his friends gives him an almost endearing quality, even though he tries too hard. Their interaction here reminds me a lot of the recent Power Man and Iron Fist comic series by David F. Walker and Sanford Greene. Worth noting that in those stories, Jessica Jones still finds Danny impossibly irritating.
Anyway, if Netflix decides they have too many shows, I think this season proves that an ongoing Luke/Danny/Misty/Colleen show would work just fine.
- We see Danny wearing a "Sweet X-Mas shirt." That is, of course, Luke's catchphrase, but the green and yellow color scheme is comic book Iron Fist costume colors. Maybe he'll get a proper costume in his second season.
- I love, love, love the fact that Turk Barrett has gone legit by working in a head shop.
- The Power Man/Iron Fist action scene is set to "7th Chamber" from the first Wu Tang Clan album, which consists of nothing but perfect tracks. But you already knew that.
- That massacre scene is really, really hard to watch. But I have to wonder is the "drinking bird" moment supposed to be an homage to the "origin" scene in Sam Raimi's Darkman?
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 11: The Creator
"Shaken by Mariah's latest act, Luke combs the city for a witness. Flashbacks reveal a fateful encounter between the Stokes and McIver families."
- Season one used a flashback episode to tell Luke's origin. Here, we get it for Bushmaster, although I have to say...this one is much better.
What's more, Bushmaster's screen origin has virtually nothing to do with his comic book one, which is a little more convoluted than I feel like getting into here. But again, like almost every villain this show has chosen to adapt for TV, they're doing it better here.
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 12: Can't Front on Me
"Luke teams up with an unlikely ally to combat a new strain of heroin. As Shades plows ahead with his plan, a massive party draws everyone to the club."
- We get another cool Luke Cage t-shirt design, this one with chains on it, referencing his first ever comic book cover (and the chain belt he used to wear).
- This episode introduces Annabella Sciorra as Rosalie Carbone. Rosalie is a fairly minor character in Punisher history, and I have to wonder if we'll be seeing her in The Punisher season 2.
Rosalie refers to Mariah as a "pebble in my shoe." I feel like this is a historical reference. Carlos Marcello, a New Orleans mafia kingpin, was suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Kennedy. He reportedly once said in regards to JFK, "take this stone out of my shoe." So Rosalie's line here feels like a statement of intent.
- Shades says they beat Luke down "Billy Batts style." Billy Batts was the street name of William Bentvena, a Gambino family mobster whose murder at the hands of Tommy DeSimone was immortalized in a notoriously brutal scene in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. And if you didn't already know this, then "go get your fuckin' shinebox."
- Another classic Wu-Tang track from Enter the Wu-Tang (36th Chambers) makes its appearance here. Between both seasons of Luke Cage and The Defenders' use of "Protect Ya Neck" I feel like half this album has now made it into the Marvel Universe. I'm not complaining.
- The final fight with Luke and Bushmaster, with Luke putting him in a headlock, well...I'm getting more Superman vibes here. This feels like the end of Man of Steel, where Superman infamously (and controversially) killed General Zod. But leave it to Luke Cage to understand Superman better than actual Superman stuff has from time to time, as he won't kill his enemy here.
Luke Cage Season 2 Episode 13: They Reminisce Over You
Mariah adapts to her new circumstances and goes to extremes to cover her tracks. Luke takes a new approach to protecting Harlem.
- Luke listening to "The Payback" while he takes down a bunch of mafia goons is just priceless.
- As far as I know, Luke has never taken over the role of "crime boss" in the comics. Matt Murdock, on the other hand, has run crime in Hell's Kitchen once or twice, but this is new for Luke, even though his intentions (and reasoning) seem pretty sound.
- You'll note that I avoided talking about Tilda throughout this guide. That's partially for spoiler purposes, and partially because more than anyone else, she bears absolutely NO resemblance to her comic book counterpart of "Nightshade." And just like all the other changes the show makes, this one is also for the better.
But Tilda definitely makes her transformation into someone who could very well become a supervillain in this episode, and I expect she'll be back for Luke Cage season 3.
His choice of that Thomas Hoepker photo portrait of Muhammad Ali for The Paradise seems appropriate. Like Luke, Ali was the toughest man around, an icon, a symbol for a generation. But he was also deeply flawed and human, was outspoken about matters of politics and race, and generally didn't give a damn about what the establishment thought of him. Even with his new wardrobe, Luke is far less flamboyant than the Champ ever was, and I can't imagine his personality becoming so boisterous (despite the dabbing video he allowed himself to shoot back in the first episode). But there's a sense that Luke is now less conflicted about how others perceive him. This is going to make one hell of a season three.
So what did we miss? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!
Netflix has given a series order to Raising Dion, a sci-fi story about woman raising a super-powered young son.
Another superhero series is joining Netflix’s original content lineup. However, this one won’t quite fit with its existing Marvel small screen scene. Raising Dion, an independently-created superhero sci-fi story that carries a heartfelt family twist, has been given a full series order by the streaming giant.
Netflix has announced that Raising Dion will arrive on its platform with a 10-episode series order. The story stems from a 2015 short film and comic book of the same name, created by Dennis Liu. It depicts the innately unconventional parenting task of a widowed African-American woman, whose 7-year-old son Dion possesses an array of potent superpowers (telekinesis, energy projection, invisibility, etc.). Yet, despite its fantastical premise, the focus rests more on the realistic implications that one would have when raising a child who has a normal sense of wonder and mischief, but happens to possess incredibly dangerous abilities. Indeed, the sight of the mother packing a pistol while watching some men-in-black types outside her door drives home the idea that threats are everywhere.
Discussing the Netflix pickup, creator Dennis Liu expresses in a statement:
“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”
Helping Liu in that endeavor with Raising Dion will be appointed showrunner Carol Barbee, who has also written the script for the first episode. Barbee, a veteran television writer/producer, has been attached to a wide variety of series, notably in the sci-fi/action arena, with Falling Skies, Touch, Hawaii Five-O and Jericho, as well as dramas such as UnREAL, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Judging Amy. She is joined by exec producers in Macro’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks, along with Kenny Goodman and Michael Green.
Intriguingly enough, also joining Barbee as an executive producer on Raising Dion will be actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who is onboard via his Outlier Society Productions. Moreover, Jordan will also appear on the series on occasion, playing the late father of the titular super-powered-sprout, who (at least, in the original short,) is implied to have been a military man who was cut down in action.
Regarding Michael B. Jordan’s presence on the series, Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland states:
“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother. Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television.”
Raising Dion does stand as a potentially unique family-centric take on an increasingly crowded superhero/sci-fi genre, also carrying much of the same X-Men-esque drama about society’s depicted fear of superpowered people; something that will undoubtedly be rooted in socially topical themes.
There’s no word yet on when Netflix expects Raising Dion to arrive.
Raising Dion Cast
Jason Ritter has joined Michael B. Jordan in being one of the first actors cast on Raising Dion. Ritter will portray Pat, a comicbook fan, scientist, and best friend to Jordan's character, Mark. After Mark dies, Pat fills in as a paternal figure for Dion and shares a special bond with her. Someone's gotta raise Dion! The show's title demands it.
Ritter has had a strong recent history of television roles and is coming off of starring in ABC's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
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Willa has met Roger Barrow, a wealthy businessman and former associate of Willa’s own father. He also saw G-Day coming and began working on provisions to keep human society afloat. He wants to know where Willa’s father is, and, before long, Willa gleans that Roger’s intentions are not pure. This leads to her running from Roger and his men back home to her father.
Things escalate rapidly in Skyward #3. The pacing feels a little off as a result. Sure, the reader knows Roger Barrow is the bad guy, but Willa doesn’t immediately guess this. Roger wants to see Willa’s dad, but she is the slightest bit hesitant. He immediately hauls off, freezes Willa’s magnetic boots to the floor, and punches her in the frigging face.
It gets weirdly brutal very quickly. Roger keeps beating her too until she headbutts him back and can make an escape.
The rest of the comic is Willa’s escape from the building. Skyward returns to its generally charming tone and content here. That opening wasn’t particularly good, though. It showed that Roger Barrow isn’t a particularly smart or forward-thinking antagonist, and it shows a weird readiness too show its barely-not-teenage protagonist brutally assaulted.
Lee Garbett’s artwork continues to look good. There is a wordless prologue to the book made quite moody and effective thanks to Garbett’s work. The beating scene is uncomfortable, but you can’t put all of that on Garbett. The book looks good outside of it though. Antonio Fabela’s color art sets the mood and atmosphere well throughout the book too.
Skyward #3 is the weakest issue thus far, but it’s not outright bad. A shaky opening isn’t enough to break this comic, and I can still easily recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett series already. Feel free to check it out.
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Brigitte Nielsen has had her fifth child, aged 54.
The actress welcomed a daughter with her TV producer husband,Mattia Dessi, 39, on Friday.
This is the first girl for the ‘Red Sonya’ star who has been married to Dessi since 2006.
The new baby weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz.
Nielsen, who was once married to Sylvester Stallone, only recently announced she was expecting.
She said: “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives.
“It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”
She already has sons Julian, 34, Killian, 28, Douglas, 25, and Raoul, 23.
Nielsen was previously married to Raoul Meyer from 1993 to 2003, Sebastian Copeland from 1990 until 1992, Stallone from 1985 until 1987 and Kasper Winding from 1983 until 1984.
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Mama June seems upbeat about love these days.
The From Not To Hot star is all about weddings right now.
Fans saw her contemplating her own wedding to boyfriend Geno after her daughter’s boyfriend romantic gesture.
Josh Efird proposed to her daughter Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ on the latest episode on Friday.
Honey Boo Boo was seen busting him looking at rings on his iPad then helping him to pick one from a pawn ship in Georgia.
After practicing his proposal Josh arrived in with adorable daughter Ella.
He dropped to one knee and perching his daughter on the other – she was wearing a ‘onesie’ that read: ‘Mommy will you marry my daddy?’
However, despite the romantic gesture, he was met with looks from both June and Pumpkin.
“He’s in for a real beheading when she tells him she never wants to marry him,” says June
“I almost feel sorry for him.”
But fans are left hanging after she says ‘What are you doing?’ as the episodes ends.
However, as RadarOnline.com reported, the pair got hitched in Las Vegas in May. And their romance seemed to have rubbed of on Mama June.
During the episode she gushes about Geno and that he may have changed her mind about marriage.
“It’s made me realize he’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life with,” she tells Pumpkin at one stage.
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Josh Waring, the son of former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson, can’t seem to stay out of trouble in jail — where he has been waiting for the past two years to face attempted murder charges.
According to court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Waring is under fire for numerous dangerous and serious behavioral problems, including slashing one inmate with a modified razor in August and another inmate in December.
In his declaration, Orange County Sheriff’s investigator Donald Lee also said Waring, 28, has been caught with porn, prescription drugs and “pruno,” or jail wine.
As Radar readers know, ex-RHOC cast member Peterson has long been in agony over her troubled son Waring’s jail drama.
Waring, who appeared on the Bravo show years ago, was charged with attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on two people in Costa Mesa and then leading cops on a wild car chase on June 20, 2016, as RadarOnline.com has reported.
Prosecutors charge that Waring allegedly shot and wounded Daniel Lopez, 35, outside a sober living home.
Waring reportedly got into a confrontation earlier that day with one of the residents.
He then returned to the home and allegedly shot Lopez, who miraculously survived his serious injuries.
Now Radar can reveal that new court papers about Waring state that in addition to allegedly slashing another inmate, in May, he supposedly tampered with a jail security device to create a disturbance.
For his part, Waring claims he has been the victim of “outrageous government conduct” and said his phone calls with his family were unlawfully monitored and recorded by Orange County Sheriff’s when he was first arrested in 2016.
As part of the affidavit, Sheriff’s investigators stated their concerns involving Waring and drugs.
In his declaration, Lee said Waring’s girlfriend, Hayley Pintek, was caught trying to smuggle heroin into the jail for Waring.
Pintek was arrested on May 8 and pleaded guilty to felony sale or transport of a controlled substance.
Sheriffs also arrested attorney Fergus Ginther on November 8, 2017 for allegedly attempting to give Waring meth while in jail.
Waring is now representing himself, according to his latest filing.
In his declaration, Lee said Waring has been disciplined at least 20 times for misconduct inside the Orange County jail and has been punished in various ways, including losing television privileges to a month in solitary confinement.
In a June 5 affidavit, Waring subpoenaed Orange County Sheriff’s officials to provide him with a list of phone numbers on his “do not record” phone call list.
However, attorneys representing the Orange County Sheriff’s said Waring’s request has nothing to do with his motion to dismiss his case and also would violate the rights of the individuals whose private phone numbers are included on the list.
The list that Waring is trying to get his hands on reportedly includes law enforcement, attorneys with the public defender’s office, members of the Orange County Bar Association, religious advisors and physicians.
While the phone numbers on the “do not call list” are not recorded, others, including Waring’s conversations in jail with his family, are recorded. Orange County Sheriff’s officials argue in the court docs that those calls do not fall under the attorney-client privilege and are recorded under jail policy.
“Producing a list of telephone numbers that are not recorded by law enforcement to any inmate in the jail, but specifically the Defendant (Waring), is dangerous…,” wrote Annie J. Loo, deputy county council for the Orange County Sheriffs Department in the affidavit.
“If the Defendant released the List to other inmates to it was stolen by other inmates, then the opportunities for abuse multiplies. … Moreover, the individuals privacy rights must be balanced against Defendant’s need for the information in defending himself against the charges in this case. As discussed above, the Defendant has not shown how the List is relevant to his case.”
Waring is scheduled to appear in court on June 26 to discuss his motion to dismiss the case, his subpoena for the phone records list, and the county council’s response to stop that subpoena.
As Radar previously reported, Waring was hit with divorce papers from his wife Hannah while he was in jail after allegedly threatening to stab her. She said in legal docs that they split up in March 2015.
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Lil Kim is in danger of losing her New Jersey mansion.
The Blast website is reporting that she has serious money problems.
According to documents in Lil Kim’s bankruptcy she failed to make her June 1 mortgage payment of $10,155.47 on her mansion in Alpine, NJ.
The performer may have been letting the property fall into foreclosure, but once she filed for bankruptcy it halted all the proceedings.
However, creditors in the bankruptcy, wants to auction off the house and use the money to help pay off her debt.
Lil Kim filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy last month with liabilities towering over $4,084,841.60 and assets in $2,573,300.
And to make matters worse se owes $1,845,451 in back taxes alone.
She stated she would pay $5,500 per month for 60 months that would total $330,000.
However, the creditors want to sell the home as it is worth around $2 million and would be offset against her debts.
Nick Derington may have recently finished his eleven issue run on Doom Patrol. But he’s pairing up with a new writer who is just as high profile as Gerard Way, in comics at least.
Derington is to draw Brian Bendis‘ upcoming Universe exclusive story for the DC 100-Page Giant Batman comic, exclusive to Walmart. And he even proffered a visual on Twitter….
the fact that @NickDerington is drawing the Batman story was accidentally omitted from the press release, so this is a @DCComics news exclusive!! Walmart! Batman: universe! 12 parts! Me and Derington! and tons of guest stars! including Green Arrow! pic.twitter.com/bBaqdqAFEU
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) 22 June 2018
— Nick Derington (@NickDerington) June 22, 2018
And we also get a look at Andy Kubert’s artwork for Tom King;s Up In The Sky story being serialised in the 100 Page Superman comic too.
Coming up in Superman: Up in the Sky.
Art by Andy Kubert. pic.twitter.com/cxj9OP0CiI
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) June 22, 2018
The announcement of the Walmart deal continues to be the big news. But I understand that we are to receive even bigger DC Comics news before San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. And no, not the paper stock or the page numbers…
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Astronauts Test Out Sextants to See if the Seafaring Tool Can Be Useful in Space
Tool tested for space navigation
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The Teen Mom 2 star shocked fans with a new Q&A on her blog that revealed her love secrets.
Lowry, 26, says her split from Lopez, the father of her third son, baby Lux, almost one year old, was incredibly painful.
“I believe Lux’s dad was my first true love…I know, weird, when I had two kids with two other people,” the reality star said in her question and answer post.
Should her other baby daddies be insulted?
Lowry said of Lopez, her third baby dad, whom she’d split from before Lux was born, “This was my first REAL heartbreak, where I loved someone and was IN love with someone. And I felt so abandoned during such a vulnerable time.”
The Lopez breakup hit her particularly hard, Lowry confided to her followers.
“Breaking up with Isaac and Lincoln’s dads was upsetting because I felt like my kids lost the family aspect that I craved so badly for them. But this was different,” she noted.
Lowry also said her relationships with Marroquin and Rivera are now all about co-parenting.
“I talk to them if/when I see them and that’s the extent of my relationship with them,” she noted.
“I appreciate everything they do for my sons and I’m glad my sons are able to grow up knowing them. There’s no reason for a close relationship between them and myself.”
But Lowry also had a gay relationship and in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Lowry’s galpal Dominique Potter told all about her cheating scandal.
Substitute teacher Potter explained how Lowry cheated on her—and said the two had trust issues from the beginning!
“Nothing adds up with her,” Potter exclusively told Radar about Lowry.
Lowry and Potter’s relationship officially came to an end when the Teen Mom 2 star admitted over Twitter earlier this month that she had hooked up with her ex-husband Marroquin.
Potter contended to Radar that Lowry had cheated on her with Javi back in January when they were still in their seven-month relationship.
Lowry and Potter, 22, officially split in May.
The teacher also claimed that Lowry wanted a fourth child they could raise together.
Korean-American super heroine Cindy Moon a.k.a. Silk will soon be getting her own film.
Sony and Marvel Studio's awkward shared custody of Peter Parker continues to work wonders for both the extended Spidey universe and diversity in comic book films. Spidey-friend Silk is the next Spider-Man character to get the spinoff treatment at Sony, following the lead of Venom and Silver & Black.
Silk was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April of 2014. Cindy Moon is a Korean-American high school student in Peter Parker's class who one day just happens to be bitten by the exact same radioactive spider that bit Peter. The bite imbues in her similar powers to her super classmate, including: superhuman strength, Spidey senses, eidetic memory, and an ability to cling to most surfaces.
Unlike Peter, however, she is able to generate her own organic webbing. Somewhere out there Sam Raimi just shed a single tear and doesn't fully know why.
Sony is working with producer (and former Sony Pictures Entertainment head) Amy Pascal to get the Silk project off the ground. No writers or directors have been assigned yet and according to Deadline, Sony is keeping any further details under wraps. Still, as stated above a Silk movie really does fit in with Sony's comic book movie M.O.
After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 proved once and for all that Sony could not be trusted with one of comics' most important and most marketable heroes, Sony cut a deal with Marvel Studios in which they would take over creative control of the character while Sony would still foot the bill and reap all the financial benefits. That freed Sony up to take a deeper look at all of the other Spidey-verse characters they have access to and explore potential spinoffs.
This October's Venom starring Tom Hardy was a natural choice for first spinoff. Projects like Silver & Black, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and now Silk show just how deep Sony is willing to mine to get their own full-fledged comic book franchise.
Ironically, Cindy Moon has already made her own Marvel Cinematic Universe as a member of Peter's decathlon team in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
That bikini looks way too formal to actually be worn with the intention of going into the water. It seems like the kind of swimsuit that I would see on a magazine cover or an ad, and think, “Why must they tempt my eyes with such beautiful fashion that I will never get to see in real life?” I made peace with the fact that all women in magazines are photoshopped to the point of perfection, but do those kinds of tactics really need to seep into clothing as well?
I remember the disappointment I had as a child after discovering that cowboys did not actually wear cowboy hats when they were out on the range. It turns out they really are not effective at keeping the sun off of your head because the wind just blows those felt frisbees off. That is right, Hollywood lied to us again.
Fortunately we have women like Stephanie Pratt who refuse to let certain bikinis remain as concept designs, unlike the car manufacturers who seem content to let the vehicles of the future always stay in the future. How hard is to put some of those cars into production? I am not expecting a flying car, just give me one with reliable Bluetooth access.
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Bringing Up Bates star Josie Bates is engaged!
The reality TV cutie revealed the news on her Instagram account with a photo of herself and beau Kelton Balka posing in front of the beautiful red rocks of Utah at Arches National Park.
Josie, 18, captioned the shot, “I cannot wait to marry the love of my life. couldn’t have dreamed of a more sentimental engagement. Kelton put so much time into planning and making sure every little detail was perfect and it felt like a dream can’t wait to do forever with you, Babe .”
The big Bates family is known as a cooler version of the Duggars, and on Friday, Balka pulled off a wholesome proposal after leading Josie through a series of scavenger hunts, as UP TV revealed to In Touch.
“Kelton surprised Josie at her work, R&Co Salon in Knoxville, TN, with a bouquet of flowers and a charm bracelet that began a multi-part scavenger hunt,” the network said.
Then, with the help of Kelton’s father, Michael Balka, and her parents, Gil and Kelly Jo, Kelton took Josie on a trip to Utah!
“Each part of the four-part scavenger hunt represents a stage of Kelton and Josie’s relationship, and each part is accompanied by a new charm for her bracelet and a new location,” UP TV said.
“At the last stop, the Tower Arch Viewpoint at the Arches National Park, Kelton presents her with the most beautiful charm of all: a stunning engagement ring.”
Balka explained, “Josie always wanted to come out to Utah to see the amazing rocks, now she’s leaving with one on her finger.”
Reality TV star Josie gushed, “We are so excited to be engaged and take this next step in our story together.”
The two have been friends since 2014; two years later, it blossomed into romance.
The Bateses have strict courting rules like the Duggars and Josie and Balka started dating in January 2018.
This Thursday, Bringing Up Bates stars Tori Bates Smith and her husband Bobby had revealed the gender and name of their baby.
The couple will have a boy, whom they will name Robert Ellis Smith IV.
Tori got married last year with the Duggars at the wedding as guests.
Their characters may not have found happily ever after on Game of Thrones, but former costars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie found their real-life fairytale on Saturday when they said ‘I do.’ The couple wed in a romantic service at Scotland's Kirkton of Rayne Church. After the service, Harington and Leslie — who played lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte for a time on GoT — guided guests to nearby Wardhill Castle, which has been in Leslie’s family for around 900 years.
Although it has been rumored that Leslie didn’t want their nuptials to turn into a giant homage to the HBO show, GoT still made its way into the big day. You can’t exactly overlook the stunning GoT-like setting. Wardhill Castle remains in the care of Leslie’s father, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, who was on hand to walk his daughter down the aisle (in a kilt, no less!).
Plus, prior to the wedding the bride and groom reportedly used the Royal Mail’s limited run of Game of Thrones stamps for invitations. And, naturally, a slew of the couple’s GoT costars made the trip to Scotland to celebrate Harington and Leslie becoming husband-and-wife. Sophie Turner, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke were all spotted in attendance.
Leslie beams in photos wearing a long-sleeved white lace dress with a wreath of flowers atop her head. Harington looks sharp as well, showing up for the service in a three-piece suit. If earlier intel proved accurate, a hooded monk presided over the ceremony.
of his favorite part of filming. “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”
Best wishes to the happy couple!
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SpaceX Wins $130 Million Falcon Heavy Contract to Launch Classified USAF Satellite in 2020 – Gizmodo
SpaceX Wins $130 Million Falcon Heavy Contract to Launch Classified USAF Satellite in 2020
SpaceX, the Elon Musk-helmed company which earlier this year saw its partially reusable Falcon Heavy officially become the most powerful rocket in the world, has won its first contract to use that system to deliver a classified payload. Per the Verge ...
SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy
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We've got all the details on the final episode of Westworld Season 2, episode 10's "The Passenger."
If you can't turn around quick enough, Westworld Season 2 will have its robotic hands around your neck... whether you want them there or not. Now that the new season has arrived, we'll be keeping track of everything you need to know right here.
The next episode of Westworld Season 2 is called "Vanishing Point" and it airs on June 3.
Here's the trailer...
Here also is the synopsis for the season 2 episode 10, "The Passenger."
Everyone converges in the valley beyond.
The full Westworld Season 2 Episode guide follows.
Westworld Season 2 Episodes
Click the blue titles to go to our full reviews!
“The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld.”
Written by Lisa Joy and Roberto Patino; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
air date: 4/22/18
“Why don’t we start at the beginning?”
Written by Carly Wray and Jonathan Nolan; directed by Vincenzo Natali.
air date: 4/29/18
“There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?”
Written by Roberto Patino and Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
air date: 5/6/18
“Is this now? If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction."
Written by Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan; directed by Lisa Joy.
air date: 5/13/18
“ショーグン・ワールドへようこそ (Welcome to Shogun World)”
Written by Dan Dietz; directed by Craig Zobel.
air date: 5/20/18
air date: 5/27/18
Maeve continues her search for her daughter; Dolores calculates her next move; Elsie gets closer to the truth about Delos.
air date: 6/3/18
Bernard meets with an unexpected old friend; The Cradle is under threat; Maeve encounters a scene from her past.
air date: 6/10/18
Akecheta and the Ghost Nation's origins and how they awakened are revealed.
air date: 6/17/18
Westworld Season 2 Episode 10: The Passenger
Everyone converges in the Valley Beyond.
Westworld Season 2 Trailer
Here are all the trailers that have been released so far for the season...
Westworld Season 2 Cast
Fan favorites who have been notably scarce in the marketing are coming back for Westworld season 2. These include Jimmi Simpson as William the younger version of the Man in Black, Teesa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Shannon Woodward as Elsie, Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs, and Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy. Further, Herthum and Talulah Riley, who played the host that first greeted William to the park in his (youthful) introduction, have been updated to series regulars. Curiously though, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy remain cryptic as to whether we will see Angela Sarafyan as Clementine this season. Meanwhile, epect to see Elsie and Ashley as prisoners of the Ghost Nation tribe on the outskirts of the park, as well as Lee Sizemore a glorified hostage of Maeve. Charlotte Hale will simply be trying to survive the hosts on a rampage. We also have heard hints that while Anthony Hopkins is done with Westworld, we will see his character, Dr. Robert Ford, as a young man.
Newcomers include Gustaf Skarsgård who will play Karl Strand, described as “a white-collar guy comfortable in the field." Gustaf, son of Stellan Skarsgård (and brother to prominent actor siblings Alexander, Sam, Bill and Valter), is best known for his role as the mischievous Floki on History Channel’s Vikings, as well as several notable projects in his native Sweden. Fares Fares will meanwhile play Antoine Costa, described as “a tech expert with an objective perspective.” Fares, a Beirut-born, Sweden-raised actor, is known for his role on FX’s (now-cancelled) fictional Arab dictatorship drama Tyrant, along with film roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Commune, Child 44 and Zero Dark Thirty.
Betty Gabriel will play Maling, described as “trying to restore order on the ground.” Gabriel, an American actress, is known for her role in the Amazon 1960s-set drama Good Girls Revolt, miniseries 12 Deadly Ways, and in films such as the acclaimed horror offering Get Out and politically-charged horror franchise sequel The Purge: Election Year.
Westworld Season 2 Review
Here is an excerpt from our spoiler-free review. You can read the whole thing here.
To use the well-known overlap of another Michael Crichton adaptation, Jurassic Park, season 1 was all about welcoming the visitors to the park while sweeping John Williams music boomed (or at least an out-of-tune player piano’s rendition of “Paint It Black”); the first half of Westworld Season 2 is, meanwhile, all about the fences being down and the T. Rex having her way with a couple of jeeps. In that sense, for those who thought the first season held back on the bloodletting and carnage of the ever implicit robo-revolution, you can rest easy: the revolution is here, it is televised, and it is grisly.
Westworld Season 2 Story
While speaking with EW, Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy cryptically revealed that Westworld Season 2 will not take place immediately after Dolores killed Robert Ford. Instead, it looks like we're headed for a time-jump that will pick up some time later. Of course, a good human slaughter is perfect for narrative-bending flashbacks...
"You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened," Lisa Joy told EW. But then Nolan added, "We are definitely not picking up right where we left off."
Entertainment Weekly reported that we can expect much more detail about how hosts work during the second season, including how they’re powered.
“Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2,” Nolan said. “So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen—which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level, they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. [In] season 2, we’ll be exploring more of the nuts and bolts of what they are—as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.”
Alas, the mere thought of William going from lovelorn soul to megalomaniacal gaming monster is still a sore spot for many of us who enjoyed the first season of Westworld. For if you've seen that first year, the revelation that (MAJOR SPOILER ABOUT TO FOLLOW) Jimmi Simpson's kind-hearted William is but a flashback to simpler times for Ed Harris' masochistic Man in Black was a season 1 shocker that left many reeling and others vindicated in guessing the twist.
However, quite surprisingly, it would seem that Jimmi Simpson will return for at least the first season of Westworld. As revealed during a chat at the TCAs for Black Mirror, Simpson confirmed he is appearing for what sounds like a cameo or two in Westworld Seaon 2... just don't expect to delve into the long journey into night that led William to actually become Ed freakin' Harris.
“I mean, yeah, I pop in,” Simpson confirmed to reporters at the TCAs, as per EW. “I wish there was exploration between the time when Williams’ heart was broken and we see the result. I want to know how much it takes and how hard he tried to not go there. But I don’t write the story.”
This consideration of artificial biology is not that surprising since Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy already revealed they were breaking down the second season during the Westworld panel at New York Comic Con that we attended in October 2016.
“There were a handful of things that we weren’t able to touch in the first season, and we’re now currently breaking the second season,” Nolan had said during the NYCC panel. “One of the really nice things about TV is, you get to go again.”
Westworld Season 2 Theories
Of course, this is all well and good, but we have our own personal theories about what to expect from Westworld season 2. Here is an excerpt from our in-depth series of predictions and theories about what will happen next in Robert Ford's living dream.
In fact, if one views Westworld as a series to be a long, loose, and convoluted retelling of its 1973 source material’s narrative (or the Jurassic Park novel), then that means season 1 was essentially the first act. The park was in proper use until it wasn’t. Now, the fences are down, the Tyrannosaurus Rex has a Jeep in its mouth, and Dennis Nedry still hasn’t even reached the Dilophosaurus paddock. Hence, season 2 should conceivably be the second act where we deal with the immediate ramifications of androids taking over Westworld.
In this context, it is easy to imagine that the series could quickly evolve into a kind of war between the guests and the hosts. Before he died, Ford called this conflict exactly that, and there is an army of decommissioned robots who are now very much alive and marching toward the panicked party revelers who, while fleeing Dolores’ shots, might be rushing into the jaws of death. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that 10 episodes in season 2 could stretch out a week of the survivors’ dire circumstances just as liberally as how season 1 stretched out William and Logan’s two-week vacation over nine episodes.
While I imagine there’ll be a necessity for new human characters who are more sympathetic than the cold introverts we’ve enjoyed watching be undone in season 1, those survivors will still work with plenty of familiar faces.
We'll update this with more information as we get it.
Diana Burnwood is a handler/advisor for the ICA, but the frequent loss of Agents is starting to shake her. She’s been put on a Paris assignment to advise a group of Agents in the assassination of a business mogul responsible for development of chemical weapons. Little does she know, this puts her in the path of a nameless man who will one day be known as Agent 47.
I’ve had some experience with the Hitman games and mythos (which is why this isn’t a first impressions review). I’m no expert, but I was able to pick up the story easily even though this was the final issue of the mini.
Diana and the Agency’s ethics are confusing as hell in the comic. They kill people who deserve it except when they don’t. Diana’s mentor, Robyn, cares about Diana except when she doesn’t. The comic spends a lot of time trying to argue that the Agency isn’t wholly morally bankrupt only to undercut itself in many places.
And yet, the comic’s trashiness is endearing in a strange way. That’s one thing that I’ve always found appealing about Hitman. It’s really goofy despite its stories about espionage, assassination, and political conspiracy. 47 is trying to kill the same target as the Agency, but he is still working against the Agency. He has to make it look like an accident, and he succeeds, but the target still dies from a bullet through the neck, so I don’t know how that shit works.
It’s really dumb, but it’s a fun kind of dumb I can enjoy.
Ariel Medel’s artwork works for the purpose too. It’s a style reminiscent of the early 2000’s of comics, with muscular men and lithe women. It looks good, and the detailing is thorough. It also lends itself to the trashiness of the comic. Omi Relamante is the color artist, and it’s a decently balanced palette to benefit the comic.
Agent 47: Birth of a Hitman #6 is not a particularly smart or quality comic, but it is fun and appealingly trashy. If you like the game series or generally dumb action comics about assassins, this one is up your alley. Feel free to check it out.
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The musician has revealed she will score the movie, becoming the first female composer for an MCU movie.
I have an odd taste in music. I love film scores. They are my bread and butter. Oh, sure I dabble in other songs. But film scores? God, I love them because composers are the unsung heroes who heighten the moments even more.
If there's been one grievous flaw in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is that well the scores have been meh. Yes, there have been a few diamonds in the ruff (basically, anything Alan Silvestri and Henry Jackman have done on Captain America movies (and Silverstri on the two Avengers movies he did). More recently Ludwig Göransson's score for Black Panther was exceptional. Though my personal favorite under-rated MCU score is surprisingly Craig Armstrong's for the Incredible Hulk), but for the most part, the orchestral themes have been basically bland and forgettable.
That is until this year with the last few MCU which had some of the most spectacular scores and it looks like they're trying to keep up that trend with Captain Marvel next year. A week ago, Pinar Toprak revealed on Instagram that she will be scoring the movie (yes I'm that slow in reporting this I know. Yes, I know it was already reported):
I’m so thrilled to finally announce that I will be scoring the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL! It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe. So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude. I have so many people to thank for helping me on this journey but first and foremost, my incredible agents Laura Engel and Richard Kraft for believing in me from day one and Dave Jordan and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. #captainmarvel
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She's done the music for the video game Fortnite (which was amazing) and the music for the TV series Krypton (also amazing) and was a student under Hans Zimmer (who we know can belt out amazing superhero themes at the drop of a hat).
That said, SOME sites (sadly including ourselves. So yes, consider this a do-over or better a retcon) are reporting Pinar being the first female to ever score a superhero film period. This claim is false. She is the first MCU composer for the MCU, but she is not the first female composer on a superhero movie.
The honor of that belongs to Shirley Walker officially with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (probably my favorite superhero movie score of all time because each track is just utterly awing and is her masterpiece) and played a key part in defining a generation by scoring a ton of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. She was behind Danny Elfman when he did the scores for Batman, Dick Tracy, Darkman (okay I'm stretching on this one, but I consider the movie a comic book one), and apparently uncredited work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (aka the GOOD one).
That some out there are forgetting this fact is making my skin crawl, because Walker's musical work was revolutionary. Setting the template of the amazing scores over at DC. So the fact that this is happening is just wrong. I felt the record had to be set straight (since other sites are spreading this probably because they're being written by folks who don't these things).
Mini-rant over! Pinar Toprak is an amazing choice and I can't wait to hear the scores she'll do for the movie. Captain Marvel will fly into theaters March 8, 2019.
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That’s right, I’m doing another listicle. But unlike other lists on other websites (or even on this one) you will not have heard any of these anywhere else before. I hope. And I’m doing it all on one page as well.
So. Ten things I can tell you about Captain America #1, the new series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu launching from Marvel at midnight before the Fourth Of July. There are lots of expectations, predictions, condemnations before the first issue has been published, with only a short story for Free Comic Book Day to tease what is to come. Only minor spoilers… promise. Onwards.
1. It’s not the fight you thought. The Free Comic Book Day issue may have teased what seemed to be a street battle between Hydra sympathisers and Antifa – but that does not happen in Captain America #1. Instead, it’s mostly all about the Nukes we saw in there as well…
2. It is about collusion. What isn’t about the Nukes – who they are, and why they all look like classic Captain America character Nuke – is about Russia, how they dealt with Hydra on their doorstep and how they are becoming a great power on the world stage. The Russian stuff is probably the highlight of the comic for me, reminiscent of Warren Ellis‘ use of history to tell a modern story. The first issue in, this is closer to Ed Brubaker‘s espionage mystique. And it makes a great location for Leinil Yu to explore architecture, weather, creating a sense of the other. Russia may be in the news and is a go-to reference point, but this is more the Russia of Cold War fiction – or trying to be again.
3. Do not expect any layered-on posturing. Despite some people’s fears, Captain America #1 is not a political polemic. Despite Ta-Nehisi Coates being a major political commentator, it is far less overtly political than either Waid or Spencer’s run on the character. Instead, there are more generalisms regarding Captain America, America, duty and danger. And a far more chilling conclusion regarding what peple allow, that you could apply to modern politics if you wish. Or not. It’s down to you.
4. It also doesn’t mention race at all. This is not the book that many people may have expected from such an outspoken individual on racial matters, but Coates has always been about challenging prejudice. This seems deliberate, creating a comic with the majority of cast, frontline and background, as white. At least for the first issue, Captain America is as white as Black Panther is black. But, as it stands, this is not noted in any way.
5. The Russian connection goes to the X-Men. The first issue brings in Selene, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club, a mutant life draining vampire, and an ancient who lived through the time of Conan The Barbarian, as Ta-Nehisi Coates spreads his wings across the Marvel Universe.
6. The Captain gets some general knowledge… It’s not the only character from across the Marvel Universe, General Ross is out of jail after his role in the resistance in Secret Empire.
7. While Struck gets struck out… for the same reason, Von Strucker is also out. Fake news? There are some dangerous bedfellows out there.
8. Not-so-Secret Empire. The comic seems to ignore anything that may have happened in Mark Waid’s run and seems far more a direct sequel to the events of Secret Empire. They throw in a ‘months ago’ to help with the timeline, but even so. This comic could have run as Captain America #695 without missing a beat. It suggests that this was the original plan but deadlines and schedules got in the way.
9. Sharon Carter is still older. And not happy about it, That time spent in Dimension Z has not been yet reversed. Though the fact that it is being mentioned means it is still on the cards…
10. It’s out on 4th of July, or midnight of the 3rd July if your retailer is participating in the midnight releases, alongside the release of Batman#50 and Catwoman #1, the Batwedding issues. When first announced a Ta-Mehisi Coates Captain America launch on 4th July seemed like a big headliner and very pointed, but this may have been diluted by the Bat nuptials.
Here’s a trailer…
CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Alex Ross
IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?
Rated T+In Shops: Jul 04, 2018
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Your complete guide to where to stream Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
With the wait for Avengers 4 dragging on, there has never been a better time to sit yourself down and catch up on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. So how can you do that? It's easy.
Why search all the different streaming platforms when we can just put them all in one place for you! Behold, your complete guide to where to stream every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. We've even put them in order of release, so you know which order to watch them in.
And no, don't worry, we didn't forget Avengers: Infinity War...that arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on August 14 and will presumably begin streaming around that time as well.
Iron Man (2008)
The first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie remains one of the best. This plants the seeds for everything that comes after, and rocketed Robert Downey Jr. to a new level of stardom. Essential by any measure.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
And don't forget about The Incredible Hulk. While Ed Norton is now less familiar as Bruce Banner thanks to the arrival of Mark Ruffalo in the role for The Avengers and beyond, this 2008 film was a fine piece of world-building and a first step in the larger cinematic universe.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Believe it or not, Iron Man 2 is a little better than you remember. In particular, it's one of the best looking Marvel movies, and that final showdown is still pretty thrilling. Plus, it's an essential piece in the road to Avengers.
Marvel's first cosmic offering helps give fans an indication of what this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would look like going forward. And how can you miss the introduction of Tom Hiddleston as Loki?
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Overshadowed by its more high profile follow-ups, Captain America: The First Avenger is still one of the most effective superhero origin stories ever put on film.
The Avengers (2012)
Does this really need any introduction? Joss Whedon's first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe shattered box office records and made superhero movie fans realize that anything was possible in this brave new world.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Another underrated entry in the franchise, Iron Man 3 answers the question of "how do you follow up something as high profile as The Avengers?" by telling a more personal story...and one with Shane Black's trademark sense of humor behind the camera.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
OK, so Thor: The Dark World probably isn't anybody's favorite Marvel movie, but it benefits from taking a chunk of the action offworld, and gives us a better sense of Asgard and the Nine Realms.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Arguably the best Marvel Studios movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier played with everybody's expectations by telling a smaller story more akin to a thriller than a superhero movie for most of its running time. Absolutely essential viewing.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Another one that makes the case for "best Marvel Studios movie." Offbeat, weird, and full of infectious tunes (not to mention an incredible cast), Guardians of the Galaxy is unlike any other entry in the studios' output.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers begin to splinter after good intentions go awry. Notable for James Spader's voice giving life to the evil android, Ultron!
In some ways, Marvel's "little movie that could." Its troubled production isn't visible on screen as its smallest, most unlikely hero takes on a case that's more of a caper than a world saving adventure.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Perhaps Marvel's most ambitious offering, with the largest assembly of superheroes ever put on screen together, Captain America: Civil War surpasses its source material and manages to tell a real story amid all the fisticuffs.
Doctor Strange (2016)
The origin story of the Sorcerer Supreme is full of some of the most eye-popping visuals to grace screens since The Matrix. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a memorable performance, too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Peter Quill and friends return in the follow-up to Marvels most unexpected hit. The Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 scores the continued adventures of Quill, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora and Baby Groot as they race to save the galaxy yet again and uncover some of their uncomfortable lineage and legacies in the process.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes back to the Marvel Cinematic Neighborhood in a high school-centric, charming standalone story. Tony Stark and Adrian Toomes factor in heavily in the continue maturation of Queens student Peter Parker.
Thor returns in easily the best movie bearing hs name. As directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok borrows from the Planet Hulk storyline in crafting an epic '80s tinged heavy metal cover masterpiece.
Marvel's first feature-length excursion into Wakanda is a fun, exciting feast for the eyes. In Ryan Coogler's film, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is prepared to ascend to the throne of Wakanda, following his father's death. Unfortunately for him, however, there's a cold-blooded American assassin (Michael B. Jordan) who has a different vision for Wakanda's future.
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Cardi B has flaunted her pregnant belly while wearing lingerie.
The Bodak Yellow rapper posted the image via her Instagram taken from a behind the scenes photo shoot for Rolling Stone.
She is on the cover of the magazine for July.
The 25-year-old performer sported a retro look with her hair swept back and lashings of make-up applied.
Cardi B is sitting on a chair in black underwear with her large leg and stomach tattoo visible while wearing towering high heels.
She was wearing a black bra and matching bottoms in the photo and looked ready for her shoot.
Cardi B and her fiance, Migos‘ Offset, are both on next month’s magazine cover – this will be her first child.
Since becoming pregnant the former exotic dancer has been seen in a variety of figure hugging outfits.
Aisha is still in comatose, and the doctors don’t expect her to survive. Medina is unwilling to watch her best friend die and will do anything to save her. Reynolds and Ethan stumble across a man who knew Arthur Quinn, and, having seen the entities in the apartment building too, Ethan agrees to return to the apartment with Medina in the hopes of finding an item that could save Aisha.
Aisha is a fantastic character, so her well-being genuinely has me on edge. I want to see her survive. Medina is more than capable of taking over as lead character, thankfully. She’s more aggressive and straightforward than Aisha, so the book also reads a little differently—as it should.
The return to the apartment is akin to many other hyper-intense climaxes to horror films. You know what lies in wait for Medina and Ethan, and you know it’s deadly, vicious, and evil. You know it can’t go as well as the characters hope, so you’re just waiting for the axe to drop as the two characters navigate the dark.
The tension and flow are set up very well in this book, and it makes for a fantastic horror read.
Aaron Campbell provides another visually chilling issue. The thorough detailing mixes with the general decrepit nature of the world to create something familiar and unnerving. The monsters have a brilliantly horrific design, and Campbell plays with their morphing features in the sequential format well. Jose Villarrubia’s color work is dark and foreboding throughout, further supporting the terrifying atmosphere the comic creates.
Infidel #4 is another knockout of an issue, continuing to create the unnerving and shocking horror this miniseries has already mastered. Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, and Jose Villarrubia have made something both in tune with the current sociopolitical climate and impossible to put down once you start reading. The writing is brilliant, the art is incredible, and the comic deserves a strong recommendation. Give it a read.
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Vinne Paul, a veteran musician in the heavy metal music industry and a founding member of the band Pantera, died this week from unknown causes.
He was 54 years old.
The drummer's death was announced by Pantera on Saturday via Twitter, as the group simply posted the following message:
Vinnie Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Paul helped create Pantera in the 1980s, along with his brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Their father a famous country and western songwriter and producer named Jerry Abbott.
The group enjoyed mainstream success with second lead singer Phil Anselmo.
Throughout its career, Pantera earned four Grammy nominations and charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, including its 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, which debuted atop the chart at the time of its release.
After Pantera split up, the Abbott siblings formed Damageplan in 2003.
However, the band was performing in December 2004 when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a concert in Columbus, Ohio.
Since 2006, Paul was the drummer for Hellyeah, a heavy metal band that included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.
In the wake of Paul's passing, some major names in the music business have shared their condolences on social media.
Alice Cooper Tweeted the following:
“Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing.
"Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans.”
And then there was this from Slash:
“Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today.
"He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We’re going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy."
And this from Bret Michaels:
"Vinnie – You will be missed! You were an amazing human being & we had many great times together. A toast to you my friend, my prayers are with you!"
And this from Dave Mustaine of Megadeth:
"I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me.
"Rest In Peace, my dear friend."
"Gutted to hear about the nicest guy in metal passing. Vinnie Paul showed us nothing but love. We'll miss you Vinnie," Papa Roach also wrote in response.
As we said above, we do not know how Paul died right now or even on which day.
We'll update this story with more information and news as it breaks,
May Vinnie Paul rest in peace.
Jill Duggar continues to break her family’s modesty rules!
The former Counting On star, 27, wore shorts that showed her legs well above the knee in another daring sartorial moment—at least for a Duggar!
Duggar donned the Bermuda-style jeans shorts for a hike with her husband Derick Dillard and he posted the photo of her posing in the woods on Instagram on Friday.
“I fall more in love with this woman every day. Love you @jillmdillard #hiking #alonetime #nokids,” Dillard wrote as a caption.
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Dillard and Duggar celebrated their fourth wedding on Thursday, June 21. They have two sons. The disgraced reality TV husband whose social media controversies got him kicked off Counting On seemed thrilled by their hike alone without their kids.
Followers hailed Duggar’s more relaxed clothing style, with more than one crowing, “shorts!!!”
Another wrote, “I’m so glad shes brave enough to wear shorts!! Way to go momma!”
Over the shorts, Duggar wore a sleeveless tank top and sported sandals on her feet.
As Radar previously reported, Duggar donned a sexy look for her Dillard’s recent 29th birthday.
She posted a photo on Instagram of herself and her hubby marking their dinner date for his March 9 big day.
Back then, Duggar flaunted her shapely legs in a long-sleeved navy blue dress that ended above the knee. She also wore provocative gold cage-style heels with her toes exposed!
Duggar has defied her family’s strictures in the past, wearing a short skirt and flashing a nose ring!
The Duggar daughter has also shown off her body in tight-fitting jeans.
Her pregnant sister, Jinger, has also been seen wearing tight jeans as the Duggar family’s strict family dress code has been dumped!
But more and more, the Duggar girls are coming out of their fashion shell!
Oh, Miranda Hobbes. You were the unsung heroine and frequent possessor of the short end of the stick on the late, not-exactly-lamented-due-to-those-two-SHITTAY-movies Sex and the City. (Don’t give me that. That show had the best series finale in TV history. Everyone got a happy ending and Carrie got slapped. I kid! Sort of. There was absolutely no need for those flicks.) Seriously, Cynthia Nixon was the best actress on that show and she usually had to contend with storylines like dudes in sandwich costumes trying to fuck her.
Nevertheless, the acclaimed actress of stage and screen (who already had two kids) went on to become a wife (to a wife), had another kid, beat breast cancer, and is now running for governor of New York! One of Cynthia’s platforms is LGBTQ rights, and she celebrated her 21-year-old transgender son Seph’s (Samuel Joseph Mozes) graduation from the University of Chicago on Instagram.
Cynthia posted on the Trans Day Of Action supporting transgender and non-gender conforming people and their allies every year. Hopefully, Seph and his mom avoid reading the comments, because wow, people are assholes. And this is coming from a HUGE asshole who is a big asshole to celebrities on the weekends. But there are levels of asshole, right? At least that’s what I plead to my therapist.
People reports that Cynthia has two kids, Seph and brother Charles Ezekiel, 15, with her ex-husband Danny Mozes. And she’s also mom to her youngest son, Max Ellington, 7, with wife Christine Marinoni (aka Rojo Caliente!!!).
All this big life stuff AND Cynthia had to deal with how her SATC co-star and friend Kim Cattrall publicly revealing her hatred for her other SATC co-star and friend Sarah Jessica Parker might affect her future gubernatorial campaign! After all, her opponent Andrew Cuomo could always point out how odd it is to remain friends with SJP after Samantha Jones revealed her as conniving and evil. He could say “I mean, Samantha was the best character on the damn show and everyone knows that SJP is evil. Did you see Divorce? That shit was awful. Who would inflict that on anyone? Evil! Vote Cuomo!”
Tristan Thompson lost his starting job and didn't play much throughout the regular season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But then he regained the trust of his coach and his teammates and made an impact during the squad's 2018 NBA Playoff run.
Might the controversial power forward be close to replicating this same pattern in his personal life?
We ask this question because Thompson is clearly attempting a comeback.
He was spotted last week at a gym class with Khloe Kardashian, as it's apparent at this point these two are attempting to work out their issues.
Those issues, of course, being that Thompson cheated non-stop on his girlfriend throughout her pregnancy.
Sources have confirmed, though, that Thompson was in the delivery room when Khloe gave birth and the reality star only just returned to Los Angeles after living in Cleveland for a few months after becoming a first-time mother.
Was Tristan closely involved in the life of his daughter, True?
He would certainly like folks to believe so, based on the basketball player's latest Instagram photo:
This is the first time, we believe, that Thompson has shared his own picture of True -- and he's actually done so via an image that also features his son, Prince.
Yes, Tristan Thompson also has a son.
The toddler is 18 months old and was born to Thompson's ex, Jordan Craig, in December of 2018.
She has said on numerous occasions that Thompson dumped her (while pregnant!) when he started to date Kardashian.
As a caption to this parental snapshot, Thompson simply included a heart emoji.
“Tristan is a part of Khloe’s life,” an insider recently told Us Weekly, confirming the romance is far from over and adding:
“They are together, so he will be there. They’re continuing to work on their relationship."
How do Khloe's loved ones feel about this reconciliation?
"They know that in order to have Khloe back in their lives, they have to accept him," this source adds.
And this appears to be exactly what is happening.
A few days ago, Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons went on a double date with Tristan and Khloe.
Moreover, the relatively new mother shared videos of her and her baby daddy doing push-ups and high-knee jumps at a gym in California, making it clear that she's now cool with the public knowing her status with Tristan.
Will the whole cheating scandal be addressed on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 15?
Yes, to an extent.
"They always discuss real life things on the show," Us Weekly wrote this week, concluding:
"They’ve never ignored a topic.
"It will definitely be brought up, but they don’t know how much.
"They can film hours about it, but in the end, Khloé is one of the executive producers and will have final say on what actually makes air."
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Posting for Dlisted can often be an educational experience. Before my time here, concepts like lucite heels, the importance of the British Royals and dickmatization were all foreign to me (ok, that last one wasn’t).
As an example, the punctuation known as “question mark” settled upon my frontal lobe when the word “shiplap” came up in reference to former Fixer Upper hosts Chip Gaines, 43, and his possibly-unfamiliar-with-how-the-U.S.-legal-system-works wife Joanna Gaines, 39, having their fifth kid. The fuck is shiplap, I asked? And then I had to educate myself about distressed wood, picture frames that old-timey ship captains might like and really big clocks. And I learned that “shiplap” are those gray planks that have been out in the sun and then tortured by a sander for some rich asshole’s summer cottage. These two live on a dock near a fake eucalyptus grove, right? My education was furthered by learning the Joanna might be displeased with me being married to a large, hairy man who knows computers and likes showtunes and pizza. Well, eff these two and their ugly stuff!
By the way, Joanna had their fifth kid and it’s a boy, according to People. Gotta get the news in there somewhere. Toothy Chip announced the birth via Twitter Bird.
And then there were 5.. The Gaines crew is now 1 stronger! 10 beautiful toes and 10 beautiful fingers all accounted for, and big momma is doing great! #blessedBeyondBelief
— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) June 23, 2018
Their unnamed tot (May I suggest “Shiplap Gaines?” Or just call it quits on the down-to-earth act and call the kid “Magnolia,” for branding purposes.) joins his already in progress siblings Emmie Kay, 8, Duke, 9, Ella, 11, and Drake, 13 in their purely decorative manteled palace in Waco, TX.
If you walk into any Tarjhay nowadays, the ground zero of their Home Decor section has a big metal triangle frame marking off and hovering over a fuckload of brass objet, artificial greenery and mini-barn doors to hang over your toilet. That’s Chip and Joanna’s Hearth & Hand With Magnolia line and it’s set up so you think that Jesus himself blessed Target with a store within a store. And none of it’s any different than the shit you could buy at Target before, except it’s pricier, because these two and their blinding veneers put their name on it.
Congrats on your fifth kid, but it makes me miss Paige Davis’ “Prison of Love” bedroom. THAT was style AND class.
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Gabrielle Dennis tells us the secrets of Nightshade, Tilda Johnson, and Luke Cage Season 2.
The first season of Luke Cage was praised for its treatment of black women and the increased diversity amongst them. Luke Cage Season 2 has added a new addition to the cast in the form of a character named Tilda Johnson aka Nightshade. Chatting with Den of Geek, Gabrielle Dennis, the actress who brings Tilda to life, shares with us what Tilda brings to this table full of strong black female characters.
Den of Geek: How does it feel to be a part of the Marvel Universe?
Gabrielle Dennis: Amazing. It’s kind of an actor’s dream to be a part of this universe that encompasses so many elements. This show in particular, well it’s so black and empowering to be a part of that. I mean, you know the way that entertainment and Netflix are in particular and Marvel, being able to be a part of this movement that is really embracing diversity in entertainment right now.
Even with strong women in the show you can't get any stronger than Mariah Dillard. It's amazing to be a part of the Marvel Universe and the exciting part of the show in particular. I've watched all the Marvel series on Netflix and having been a fan of all of the series, now to be a part of it it's just kind of like one day you're watching a show like that and then the next day I’m on a block in the middle of New York. Wow, this is my new world.
Was there anything in particular that drew you into Tilda’s character?
I think what I love most about Tilda is we don't know a lot about her at the beginning. The first shock is 'oh my gosh, she’s related to Mariah Dillard.' And it’s like wait, what? No one was expecting that.
And really just trying to figure out why is she back in Harlem like where has she been? What has she been up to? It’s exciting to me to find this woman in a new place, this new journey, and find out what she’s been up to. It's kind of peeling back the layers and discovering her while she’s discovering who she is. I think as an audience member it's exciting.
And I think just that and the family dynamic to me has always been appealing in any type of show be it a comedy, be it a drama, or you know this amazing superhero series. When you add a family element to a series all of a sudden it just brings it home it just makes it more relatable. And I love family dynamics and family drama in a show, all the time.
How do you think she fits among the other women on the show?
I think Tilda on the surface is a softer version of a strong woman, if that makes any sense. She’s strong in her own right. You've got Misty Knight who's strong in strength and how she speaks to people, also strong in her position in life, especially with what she does as a career. Then you have Mariah Dillard who is strong in her power. You know she's got power, her voice, her name rings through the streets. She also has powers surrounding her and she knows how to use them. She’s the ultimate hustler, she knows how to move through life, or slither through life, if you will. And then you have Tilda who is this soft spoken strength that I think a lot of women will be able to relate to.
Strength comes in many forms. She's the type of person who gives back to her community. She's educated, she's her own woman, she’s a business owner, and there are a lot of things that make her this powerful character.
But because Tilda is this soft-spoken person on the surface, you may not immediately feel that force of her when she walks into the room. It’s until you push her buttons, we all have a tipping point. Sometimes the quiet person is the one you need to pay the most attention to, as we learn in the series. But yeah, she definitely has the strength and I feel like she kind of goes from this meek personality and has to finding herself because she understands that she can’t survive in this world being meek and soft spoken, because that can get you killed. It’s kind of like survival of the fittest. And I think her strength is also learning how to adapt to the environment that she’s in.
Do you think Tilda would say towards the end of the series she’s a little bit closer to her mom than she may have admitted in the beginning?
For sure. I think it's one of those things where you accept what your lineage is, you accept the DNA that it comes from. For some people it provides a sense of pride and for some people it’s embarrassing. They don't like their history and the people that they come from and the things that they’ve done.
I think Tilda kind of finds herself in that space, being ultimately disgusted with a lot of the things from her family’s past that are related to crime and have poisoned the community. But then it got to the point where she's like damn it, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You have to accept that sometimes evil is needed to get rid of evil. There’s no Martin Luther King quotes going on in the Marvel universe. You have to match hate with love, and nah, Tilda wasn’t on that this season. She tried to love, and she wasn’t being met with that when it came to her mother so yeah, I think she kind of accepts it. She knows that she is a lot more like her mother in certain ways than she wants to accept.
What’s up with Tilda and Bushmaster?
Well, girl, he’s scary first of all. And then he’s got those eyes, and they’re kind of mystical and mysterious. Tilda is just, I think, drawn to both Luke and Bushmaster's abilities. She’s this mind that works in the world of concoction, healing powers and dealing with people’s ailments.
What Bushmaster is able to do with Nightshade is so intriguing to her. I think a part of that appeal and a part of that chemistry is less to do about the man and more about what he is able to do. Anyone who deals in science and medicine, that ultimately is always going to be their first appeal and their first intrigue. I think with Bushmaster, that chemistry is that. You know behind the man what is this amazing concoction you’ve been able to come up with that has given you this ability. I think Tilda finds that so intriguing and fascinating. I think Bushmaster is obviously this force and I’m interested to see how and if Bushmaster and Tilda will be able to move forward in season 3.
I’m very interested in if he’ll come back. I’m begging for a vacation in Jamaica, like let’s go get some more nightshade. Because you know we’ll all get a free trip to Jamaica. But I’m very interested to see what that would be with Bushmaster and Tilda. I think that would be very interesting for sure.
How was it playing a woman who is a doctor but leaves for the more holistic approach to medicine? She’s a little different from Claire in sense, she’s into the holistic side of things, do you see the representation there for young girls and women?
Oh absolutely, I feel like any time there is a woman with a career, that's always great to serve as an inspiration to young girls who may or may not know what direction they want to go into. Young girls and young women sometimes don't really know what specific career path they may or may not want to be in. They may want to go into something that's wide and vague or laser in on something that has a specific focus. So, I’m sure there is going to be a lot of young women who are interested in science, interested in medicine, and all of those things but may have not figured out necessarily just yet what the focus will be.
I feel like what’s great about the holistic side of things is you don’t necessarily see or hear about it as much or often as you do traditional medicine. I think because it is out there and there are a lot of people that are you know very into the holistic medicine and into the holistic lifestyle, I think that it’s great that it opens up this world and this character to audiences to kind of appeal to and get excited about the things Tilda gets excited about. I think it’s great for young girls and women anytime you can see someone that looks like you are doing something that’s beyond the norm of 'I want to grow up and be a singer or actor or basketball player,' whatever those things are.
The world needs a little bit more. I tell people all the time if they want to be an actor, if there is something else you love doing, do that. This business is extremely hard and not only that, the world doesn’t need another actor, we need more of the science, more of the healers and the helpers in the world. I think that’s great that we have this character in this world that’s giving and caring of others in that way. It’s kind of that silver lining of that glimmer of hope of humanity. At the end of the day there’s always someone in the midst of all the chaos there are people out there that are willing to help others. And I think that very special and important.
If Tilda had a playlist, what would be three songs she’d have on it?
Kendrick Lamar’s "DNA," because when I'm talking about her history of family and their past and listening to that DNA. The DNA can be good, or it could be that your DNA can be tied to some bad. I think that song because it’s hip-hop, it makes it very Luke Cage-sque.
If we had to stay on the path of hip-hop I would say maybe Tupac’s "Dear Mama." I would love to sit down and say "Dear Mariah" and lay all of the cards on the table. Get off my chest the things I would like to say to her because she’s such a controlling force. Tilda pretty much never had a chance to ultimately stand up to her and you know have that moment. I think a lot of children can relate to where they wished there were things they could say to their parents and I feel like that’s not a dear john letter but kind of that dear mama letter I would have loved to have written to her.
And then Public Enemy "Can’t Trust It." I just feel like that’s just such a Luke Cage kind of a vibe and that old school hip-hop. Ultimately, no one can trust anyone on the show.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp will swoop in this summer! Here's everything you need to know.
Ant-Man, released in 2015, represented the culmination of nearly a decade of delays, directorial shake-ups and numerous script revisions. Showcasing a most unlikely of cinematic centerpieces with a version of Marvel’s proportionally protean Avenger team member, the payoff would be substantial, yielding a $519.3 million global gross. Director Peyton Reed returns behind the camera for Ant-Man and the Wasp with star Paul Rudd as the shrinking hero, with Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Release Date
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens on July 6th, 2018.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer
The bombardment of Ant-Man and The Wasp spots continue with new releases, each one revealing a smidgen of new tidbits.
Before the war ends, our smallest hero becomes our biggest hope. Two weeks until Marvel Studios' #AntMan and #TheWasp. Get your tickets now: https://t.co/wFUEUBJAmu #AntManAndTheWasp pic.twitter.com/FfwDeGHJy4
— Ant-Man and The Wasp (@AntMan) June 22, 2018
The latest spot centers on a new – potentially crucial – plot detail. It seems that Scott is having freaky foreboding dreams about what he calls, “the end of everything.”
The meaning of the dream, of course, remains open to interpretation, but coming off Infinity War (in which Ant-Man was noticeably absent), one might assume that Scott is experiencing REM-induced soothsaying about the timeline-imminent events of the recent Marvel megamovie; a movie sporting an outcome that… let’s just say meets the dream's criteria halfway. Yet, such an idea might minimize the stakes of the movie at hand. Indeed, the brief blink-and-you-miss-it flash of Scott’s dream appears to take place in a chaotic setting that's possibly the Quantum Realm (as seen in the psychedelic sequence in the first movie during Scott’s uncontrolled shrinking).
Pertinent to that arena of speculation, this spot below kicks off by asking THE question that just about anyone who saw Avengers: Infinity War wants to know: Where is Ant-Man? (The answer is, unfortunately, not impressive.)
Here's the previous spot, titled "House Arrest."
Here's the previous TV spot, which showcases Scott’s affinity for to-do lists.
Here's the full Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer!
And here's the earlier one...
That's a pretty cool looking costume.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Cast
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña will all reprise their Ant-Man roles, as will their characters' sagely overseer Michael Douglas, who revealed the state of his goatee on Facebook in his confirmation for the production's July 2017 kickoff David Dastmalchian returns, as will rapper/actor T.I.
Michelle Pfeiffer is Janet van Dyne, the mother of Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne. Janet is the original Wasp. Hope received her mother's suit at the end of Ant-Man.
Laurence Fishburne is playing Bill Foster, described as "a former colleague of Hank Pym's." In the comics, Foster was a sometimes heroic, sometimes otherwise size-changing hero known as Goliath (and sometimes Giant-Man).
Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) will play Jimmy Woo, a SHIELD agent familiar to fans of Marvel's Agents of Atlas series. The character of Woo has actually been around since the pre-SHIELD days of the 1950s, although he became a SHIELD agent when characters from the earlier comics were absorbed into the Marvel Universe in the 1960s.
Judy Greer is confirmed for a return in Ant-Man and the Wasp (via Deadline). The actress appeared in 2015's original Ant-Man as Maggie, the ex-wife of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang/Ant-Man and mother of his daughter. Maggie's engagement to police detective Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) made things awkward for (former thief) Scott's secret size-adjusting superhero exploits. It will be interesting to catch up with Maggie, who clearly still has residual feelings for Scott, and see how she reacted to everything that went down in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, which left Scott a fugitive, due to his involvement in Captain America's anti-Sokovia Accords rebellion.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Villain
One of the big mysteries surrounding the movie is who the villain might be. It turns out it's a character called Ghost. We've long known that Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) was in the movie, but now it turns out that she's playing the villain.
“The Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman],” Peyton Reed told EW. “Ghost’s primary power is the ability to ‘phase,’ which allows Ghost to move through solid matter. She has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power — it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with.”
But Ghost isn't the only new character from the comics joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Walton Goggins is also on board as Sonny Burch, the chairman of Cross Technologies, although described by EW as "a low level criminal type."
Ant-Man and the Wasp Story
Here's the official synopsis for the film...
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant Man and the Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
That pretty much confirms that this movie takes place before the tricky ending of Avengers: Infinity War.
“Scott entered the Quantum Realm in the first film and came back, which is something they thought was impossible,” Evangeline Lilly told EW. “The question has arisen, ‘Can Janet come back?’ So the entire film, my character is hell-bent on finding a way to get into the Quantum Realm and bring her back.”
We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will put a Quentin Tarantino spin on the Manson murders with an amazing cast.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will put one of Tinseltown’s most temeritous crimes, the 1969 murders by the Manson Family, through the madcap – often quasi-historical – lens of writer/director Quentin Tarantino. It will be Tarantino's first effort since 2015’s The Hateful Eight.
As if that idea wasn’t intriguing enough, Tarantino is putting together an amazing cast for the film, with names like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Burt Reynolds, Dakota Fanning, along with the director’s repertory players Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Zoë Bell. Plus, Tarantino just added another cast member in Al freaking Pacino! – It’s like the movie cast equivalent of the 1992 U.S.A. Men’s Olympic Basketball team.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood News
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast, according to Deadline.
He will reportedly play Business Bob Gilbert, a cowboy character who stars in an apparently-fictional Western TV show from the film’s 1969 time period. The character seems supplementary to the film's world-building, described as “an element of a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry of the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles.”
McNairy, a Texas-born actor, has been seen in prominent films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gone Girl, 12 Years a Slave and Argo (3/4 of which starred Ben Affleck), as well as TV runs on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, FX’s Fargo and Fox’s Bones. Plus, he recently banked an appropriately-Western role in his TV run on Netflix’s Godless.
James Marsden was the previous high-profile addition to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as reported by Variety. No details were provided on Marsden’s role.
Marsden – currently riding high on HBO’s Westworld as the good-hearted-but-manipulated host, Teddy Flood – has been working as an actor since the early-1990s. He rose to fame off his role as Scott Summers/Cyclops in 2000’s X-Men (which he reprised in three films), a role he parlayed into prominent movies like Superman Returns, Hairspray, Enchanted, 27 Dresses and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, along with TV runs on Ally McBeal, 30 Rock and, of course, Westworld. He’s next set to star in Sega’s video game mascot movie, Sonic the Hedgehog (his role is currently unknown).
Julia Butters has also reportedly joined the cast to play an unknown character. Butters, a child actress, has banked TV runs on American Housewife, Transparent and Best Friends Whenever, with movie roles in the 2017 Gerard Butler-starring drama A Family Man, Vince Vaughn-starring crime drama Term Life and director Michael Bay’s fact-based 2016 military ensemble piece, 13 Hours.
In other recent Once Upon a Time in Hollywood news...
The reported rumors are true. Acting icon Al Pacino is joining Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, according to Variety. The film appears to be on its way to being as mythic as the story it is based on.
Although they were both contemporary matinee magnets, Al Pacino and Burt Reynolds never made a movie together. The year Reynolds made Deliverance, Pacino made The Godfather. Both roles established them as movie presences. Each role was iconic, and yet it was the diversity of the films they chose to follow, and their personal artistic indulgences, that made them legends. Pacino did a whole movie looking for a part, just asking other actors what they would do with William Shakespeare’s Richard II. Reynolds assembled the actors he had most fun working with into casts of box office hits.
The legendary actors join A-list leads Brad Pitt, Kurt Russell and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays former western TV star Rick Dalton, now living on Spahn Ranch. Pacino will play Marvin Shwarz, DiCaprio’s character’s agent. This is the first time Pacino worked with Tarantino.
The announcement comes a day after it got out that Dakota Fanning will play Squeaky Fromme in the upcoming film. Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Clifton Collins Jr, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond will also play in supporting roles. They join Timothy Olyphant and familiar Tarantino faces Tim Roth, Michael Madsen. Margot Robbie plays the part of Sharon Tate, the movie star and wife of Roman Polanski who was murdered by the Manson Family while nine months pregnant.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Details
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is coming from Sony.The Reservoir Dog and Pulp Fiction director also wrote the screenplay, describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”
“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was seven-years-old,” Tarantino said in a statement (via THR). “I’m very excited to tell this story of an LA and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick & Cliff.”
The director of Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight and the Kill Bill movies hinted his upcoming ninth film will be his second to last movie.
Manson was the leader, and proposed lead singer, of the Manson Family, a fringe group of outsiders who became the most famous mass murderers in America. In 1969 they committed a string of murders in the Los Angeles area that included director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The murders were brutal. Tate was stabbed 16 times. Manson was trying to instigate a race war where he would be put in charge of the survivors after the fallout. The crime shocked America and brought an abrupt end to the revolutionary decade. Manson died in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 83 on Nov. 19, 2017.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained, will play former western TV star Rick Dalton (as opposed to early reports that he'd be Manson). Brad Pitt, who previously starred in Inglourious Basterds, is meanwhile cast as Cliff Booth, Dalton’s longtime stunt double. Pacino will play Marvin Shwarz, Rich Dalton’s agent.
“Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor... Sharon Tate,” Tarantino, who wrote and will direct the film, said in a statement.
Margot Robbie will play 1960s icon Sharon Tate, as according to Deadline. The Valley of the Dolls star, and wife of Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski, made the perennial penal system poster boy Manson famous. Tate was pregnant when she was killed at her L.A. home at 10050 Cielo Drive in 1969.
Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit star Burt Reynolds is plays George Spahn, the ranch owner who rented land to Charles Manson and his followers. This is also the first indication the film will hew closer to the dark mythology around Charles Manson than some of the previous casting has implied, as Spahn was intergal to Manson having a place to implement his brainwashing and hate.
Tarantino is also pulling from his usual troupe of actors with Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, who together or separately acted in Death Proof, The Hateful Eight, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Reservoir Dogs, all cast in the film.
Damian Lewis will play Steve McQueen, one of the actors who defined cool in the sixties. Keith Jefferson, who appeared in The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained, will play Land Pirate Keith.
Emile Hirsch will play Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring, one of the four victims on Cielo Drive. Dakota Fanning was cast as one-day President Ford assassin wannabe Squeaky Fromme. Clifton Collins Jr plays s Ernesto The Mexican Vaquero., Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond will play director Sam Wanamaker. Luke Perry was cast as Scotty Lancer. Timothy Olyphant is also in the family.
The film is set in Los Angeles during the Tate-LaBianca murders, but there is no word yet on whether the film will recreate the historic events or use them as the backdrop to another story.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Release Date
Pre-production has begun and the film is set the begin shooting in the middle of 2018. Tarantino plans for a 2019 theatrical release date.
Theo James and Forest Whitaker star in How It Ends, an epic apocalyptic movie that’s headed for Netflix.
How It Ends showcases a visually-impressive apocalyptic odyssey and yet another original content coup for Netflix. The film will put together Theo James, the co-star of the Divergent franchise, and The Last King of Scotland Best Lead Actor Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, who embark on a cross-country trip, braving a seismic catastrophe and the quickly-degenerating state of civility.
The film is directed by David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy, A Single Shot). Here, Rosenthal works off a script by Brook McLaren, an up-and-coming screenwriter who was (and maybe still is,) attached to the television reboot project, Rambo: First Blood.
How It Ends Trailer
The How It Ends trailer sets up its ultra-awkward central relationship with an in-law scenario with apocalyptic implications. Starting things in Seattle, Will (James) is attempting to thaw his icy relationship with his father-in-law, Tom (Whitaker), who’s irate that daughter Samantha (Kat Graham) – now pregnant – was whisked 2,000 miles away to live on the East Coast.
However, their enmities will need to be put aside when the country starts to become ripped apart (in this case literally,) from a seismic disaster, with Samantha’s fate left unknown. Thus, the two embark on a continent-spanning road trip rescue, braving tumult-afflicted tectonic plates and opportunistic interlopers to reach the imperiled Samantha. – Because, as always in the apocalypse genre, the real threat is (much like the contents of Soylent Green,) people!
Indeed, it's like Escape from New York had a road trip movie baby with Meet the Parents and got put through a Roland Emmerich lens.
Joining the primary duo of How It Ends, Theo James and Forest Whitaker, is Kat Graham (All Eyez on Me, The Vampire Diaries) along with names like Kerry Bishé, Mark O’Brien, Eric Keenleyside and Nancy Sorel.
How It Ends Release Date
How It Ends will follow through on its titular reveal when it arrives on Netflix on July 13.
How It End Poster
Here's the film's official poster.
Spoilers, as we talk about just how much the trailers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom have been giving away...
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
When the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released back in December 2017, concerns were immediately raised that an awful lot had been given away. Certainly, there seemed a lot in it, but of course without actually watching the film, it’s tricky to know just how much you’re getting in advance.
Here’s the original trailer if you want a refresher:
In the aftermath of its release, and the subsequent concerns raised about spoilers, the film’s executive producer and co-writer, Colin Trevorrow, took to Twitter to assure people that what you were getting was footage from the first half of the film. Here’s the Tweet…
Everything in the trailer is from the first 57 minutes. https://t.co/9GCJkrSpZg
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) December 8, 2017
Watching the trailer now, having seen the finished movie, he’s on the money there. The promo gives away a lot less than was originally feared. The film, of course, pivots around the half way point, and goes in another direction. Trevorrow, who criticised a spoiler-y trailer for 2015’s Jurassic World (he directed that movie too), was clearly rightly sensitive to the same problem repeating itself.
And yet movie marketing departments have a habit of finding a way.
The common approach now for a blockbuster movie is to have a teaser trailer, a full trailer, and a final trailer. On top of that, a garnish of assorted clips, trailers for trailers, and international variants of said trailers. I think we all pretty much know the drill there.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom very much followed the template. Thus, at the start of February, we got this. A trailer that opened with footage definitely from the second half of the movie…
I don’t know about you, but it felt all bets were very much off come that second trailer. Because not only are key moments from the second part of the film shown in the second promo, there’s a surprising amount of the movie given away. Before we natter about that, let’s skip too to the ‘final’ trailer for the film, that was released in April. Because it seems with this one, anything goes.
“It was all a lie”, screams Bryce Dallas Howard’s Clare. We hear you, Claire.
The thus-far-kept-under-wraps reveal of a brand new dinosaur is given away in the trailer. Virtually no material from the first half of the movie is included in this one. Instead, what you get are large chunks from the second half of the film. You get plot reveals. Not all of them, but enough. You get some of the film’s creepier sequences. In fact, I can only think of one thing of narrative note, having watched all the trailers now along with the film, that isn’t given away in the trailers.
The promotional campaign that started so cautiously to the point where we’re told that only the first 57 minutes was being exposed , seemed to become a free-for-all come the last few weeks.
And I’ve not touched yet on the worst bit: You get the very ending of the movie. The end of the film is in the movie trailer. Surely, surely, there’s a list of things you don’t do when cutting a trailer, that this is at the top of? Granted the context is very, very slightly changed. But still: more than any film I can remember in the last year or two, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has gone from caution in its promotion to using spoilers as ample collateral damage in the rush to get bums in seats.
It’s the fact that Jurassic World did this before that makes it so puzzling. That the filmmaker concerned had objected to it and acknowledged the problem. In a recent chat I had with Alexander Payne, whose latest film--Downsizing--had a trailer that fairly notably misrepresented the film, he said that studios are very much struggling to package movies for broad consumption. “It’s like these studios hoist themselves on their own petard. ‘You make the film, but we’re the ones who know how to put asses in seats,’” he told me. “They have trailer companies. That’s another difficulty of the American model. Starbucks or McDonald’s? They have to sell a product that is easily digested and predictable”.
When it came to cutting the trailers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I wonder if the muted response to the fairly spoiler-light teaser led to a course correction. Because the initial reaction to the first trailer wasn’t great. Perhaps then someone stuck their hand up, noted the last film had taken over $2 billion at the box office, and suggested they just followed what they did with that one.
Selling product trumps protecting spoilers when expectations for a movie are measured in billions. As such, if it needs the ending of the film given away, that’s worth a few extra quid, isn’t it? Unfortunately, as the stakes grow higher and higher with big movies, it’s a trend that’s--as recent evidence shows--very much here to stay for the time being. But can someone, somewhere, at least mark the last third of a film as off-limits? A forlorn hope, but a hope nonetheless.
Edgar Wright will be number one in heaven with his upcoming documentary about cult pop duo Sparks.
You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers? That’s the sound of the cult pop duo Sparks, Russell and Ron Mael. Edgar Wright, straight off his triple-Oscar nominated heist movie Baby Driver, will direct a feature-length documentary on the band, according to Indiewire.
“How about this little piece of news...! It’s not the only thing I’m currently developing, but I can confirm this IS in the works,” Wright tweeted along with a video for Sparks’ 1974 song, “Something For The Girl With Everything.”
“I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979,” Wright told Indiwire, “and when I had Beat The Clock on vinyl.”
In May, the British director shot the Los Angeles band’s concert at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. He is also “currently scouring the archives” for footage of the band to use in the film.
This will be the first documentary for Wright, who directed music videos for Beck, Pharrell Williams, Mint Royale and the Bluetones.
Sparks was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, thought they’d been playing under the name Halfnelson, the title of their debut album, since 1968. Their song “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” reached No 2 on the UK Top 40 in 1974. They had hits with 1976’s Big Beat and the synth-pop rock mix No. 1 in Heaven, which they recorded with Giorgio Moroder in 1978. The band released their 23rd studio album, Hippopotamus, in 2017.
The Sparks documentary is still in its early stages. Wright is producing it with his partner Nira Park.
Thor: Ragnarok has more cosmic Marvel easter eggs and references than we were expecting...and we were expecting a whole lot!
Thor: Ragnarok isn't just the best Thor movie. It's the most cosmic Marvel movie this side of the Guardians of the Galaxy series. And without any pesky, annoying Earthlings (ahem, Midgardians) hanging around to clog up the proceedings it's got more Marvel references and easter eggs per frame than any of its predecessors. It's now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD, too.
Thor: Ragnarok is a feast for Marvel fans, and it will probably take me a second viewing to catch everything in it, simply because in nearly every scene there's a design, a piece of architecture, or a background character who positively must have come from the comics page. So with the full understanding that I definitely missed something (or a few something), it's up to you, dear readers, to help me out. Spot something I didn't? Shout it out in the comments, or give me a holler on Twitter. If it checks out, I'll update this!
What is Ragnarok?
- Ragnarok, of course, is the Norse "twilight of the gods." Key points of the mythological Ragnarok that are explored here include the death of Odin and Thor losing an eye (although he usually has to do that to himself in order to gain knowledge, but we'll take the badass fight instead for cinematic purposes).
Marvel has touched on Ragnarok more than once in the comics, most notably in stories by Walt Simonson (whose influence is all over this movie) and more recently by Michael Avon Oeming and Andrea Di Vitto. It was in the latter that we see a couple of small elements in this movie, notably the shattering of Thor's hammer, the death of the Warriors Three, and Surtur's prominence.
The first villain we meet in the movie is Surtur, and fans of Walt Simonson's take on Thor will be excited. While the character has been around since the Lee/Kirby days, it's really the Simonson stuff that made the character pop on the comics page, and the visual we get here is more in line with his vision.
- Surtur ends up kind of manifesting a giant snake, and I wonder if this is supposed to represent the Midgard Serpent, disturbance of which is another harbinger of the mythological Ragnarok.
Hela first appeared in Journey into Mystery #102 (1964) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. That crazy headdress has always been part of the party...
Although this page is even more like the look we get in the movie...
Hela’s origin is different from both her comic and mythological versions. It's way too much to get into here, but we have a whole article about her comic origins for you.
- Her cinematic origins have a lot less in common with her comics counterpart than they do with Angela. Angela is...hoo boy...she's the lost daughter of Odin and Frigga killed in a secret war with the later hidden tenth realm, "heven." She was raised by the angels in the tenth realm after it was sealed off by Odin as punishment for their rebellion. She first appeared in the comics version of Age of Ultron and was revealed as Thor and Loki's sister in Original Sin. She's currently living out her best life, having conquered Hel to free the trapped soul of her girlfriend, then abdicating the throne.
(Her real life origin is somehow more convoluted: she was created by Neil Gaiman and Todd MacFarlane for Spawn before she got caught up in a decades-spanning lawsuit about the rights to Miracleman and got traded to Marvel when the rights to the latter settled there. It's seriously wild.)
It's nice to see Fenris hanging around, not just because he's a giant, pointy-eared doggie, but because Fenris played a reasonable role in the aforementioned Michael Avon Oeming/Andrea Di Vitto Ragnarok comic.
- Skurge "The Executioner" appeared way the hell back in Journey Into Mystery #103 in 1964, and like so many characters in the Thor movies was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He didn't really come into his own until the Walt Simonson days, and the bit in the movie with him having a change of heart and using that pair of M16s to hold a bridge is straight out of Thor #362 by Mr. Simonson.
- One cool thing you might want to know is that the Grandmaster is the brother of the Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy. We wrote much more about his bonkers history right here if you're interested.
- In the Planet Hulk comics, Grandmaster wasn't a factor, and the arena battles Hulk fought in weren't referred to as "The Contest of Champions." There was, however a Contest of Champions comic book series, where Grandmaster was very much the primary antagonist. That's his thing, pitting folks against each other, and he's quite good at it.
- Valkyrie has an extraordinarily complicated comic book history. Fortunately, we detailed it in easily digestible form for you right here.
- Valkyrie is referred to as "Scrapper 142" which might be a reference to The Incredible Hulk #142. While that isn't her first comic book appearance, but it's the first appearance of one of the versions of the character...trust me, her comic book backstory is a total headache. Just read the article I recommended and see if you can make sense of it, otherwise we'll be here all day.
- The cranky lady who hangs out with Grandmaster and Valkyrie is called "Topaz" in the credits, but she's definitely not the same Topaz as the comics. Comics-Topaz is a sorceress originally from Werewolf by Night and not a bloodthirsty space badass.
- She may not resemble the comic book version of the character all that much, but that final blue and white armor she wears is definitely a nod to her comic book color scheme.
Thor: Ragnarok - The Planet Hulk Connection
- So, Sakaar is, literally the "Planet Hulk" of the comics. Not that it's a planet full of Hulks or anything, but that is indeed where it all takes place. In the comics, though, Hulk didn't accidentally end up hurtling off into space, he was actually sent their by Tony Stark and Reed Richards because he's such a menace. It...it didn't end well for anyone involved.
But Hulk did indeed end up as a Gladiator on Sakaar (it had nothing to do with the Grandmaster). However, he didn't fight Thor in the arena...he fought the Silver Surfer! But since the Surfer is sadly unavailable for Marvel Studios (which is a damn shame...can you imagine what they could do with this character?) they swapped him out for Thor. This fight ALMOST happened in the animated adaptation of Planet Hulk, except there it was the Beta Ray Bill version of Thor in the arena with Hulk.
Beta Ray Bill may not actually be here, but he is in spirit. You can see his face as one of the sculptures on the tower that Hulk resides in (more on this down below, because it'a s LOT!)
- Korg, believe it or not, is a character who has been here since Thor's very first appearance in 1962. You know the cover of Journey Into Mystery #83 with Thor taking out a bunch of alien rock dudes? Well, it turns out, one of 'em is Korg.
Korg returned for the Planet Hulk storyline (and he's far less of a goofball there) and along with Miek, was one of Hulk's "Warbound" crew of rebels/revolutionaries. I kind of wish the revolution element of this movie was a little more pronounced, but whatever, they had bigger fish to fry.
Speaking of Miek...
Miek, the weird little insectoid creature is actually a native of Sakaar in the comics. I don't think that's the case here, otherwise there would be more of him.
- Hulk is introduced to the arena as "The Incredible Hulk" which is, of course the name of his comic and the famed TV series. But he is also referred to in casual conversation as "astonishingly savage." The Savage Hulk has been the title of more than one Hulk series throughout Marvel history. After Hulk's first solo comic fizzled out in the early 1960s he spent time co-headlining Tales to Astonish, which eventually just became The Incredible Hulk series.
- When Hulk says “No Banner only Hulk” that's a sentiment he's uttered at various points in his comic book history. But there have been some notable times when Hulk has remained in Hulk form for extended periods, sometimes maintaining more of Banner's intelligence, too. Planet Hulk was one of them (although he was far from a full-on Banner style genius), although he definitely was smarter during his years with The Pantheon. We detailed a couple of "no Banner only Hulk" type stories here.
- Hulk's cool looking bed doesn't appear to be a design lifted straight out of the comics, although it bears a slight resemblance to the canopied bed he has in the Future Imperfect story. Maybe not enough for me to mention it here, but I'm mentioning it anyway.
Miscellaneous Cool Stuff
So it looks like we've finally identified everyone on Hulk's tower here...
The first face (the one with the elephantine nose) is Man-Thing. Yes, Man-Thing, infamous for appearing in a comic known as, I shit you not, Giant-Sized Man-Thing.
Down and to the right is Marvel's Ares. Perhaps not coincidentally, Michael Avon Oeming, who wrote the comic book story that inspired much of this movie, also wrote a killer Ares comic. (thanks to @ItsEvoTF on Twitter for setting me straight on this one)
To the left is none other than Beta Ray Bill! I desperately need to see him in a Marvel movie soon.
Well, it might not be Bill, it could be a member of his race, but based on that connection to the animated version of Planet Hulk, I could see him being an earlier Champion here.
Down and to the right is the rarely seen these days Hulk baddie, the Bi-Beast (he's the guy with two faces). Thanks to Pat for spotting that, because that's a really cool catch.
Gary M. Miller believes that the bottom two faces are actually little-known Hulk villain Dark-Crawler...
...and legendary Kirby dragon Fin Fang Foom!
- Loki references “that time I turned you into a frog” to Thor. This is a wonderful, wonderful reference to one of Walt Simonson's wackier Thor ideas...Throg. No, I swear to god.
Now, to be fair, Throg isn't our Thor, and Loki had nothing to do with it, but it's a real thing because Walt Simonson is a genius.
Thor's short-haired look has been a thing recently in The Unworthy Thor comics.
It goes along with his new weapons, too...
Thor's "club" looks looks like the mace that Marvel's version of Hercules wields. Which reminds me, they really need to introduce Hercules into the MCU.
- As we show up at Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum at 177a Bleecker Street you can hear the strains of a harpsichord, which is more than a little reminiscent of Michael Giacchino's score for that movie.
And while that movie was very much an origin story, here we get a more fully-formed Doctor Strange, and that's exactly what I wanted from the movie version of the character in the first place. He should be mysterious and powerful, and when other heroes come to him for help it should be because they have absolutely no idea what the hell else to do with themselves.
Also, the addition of Doctor Strange to a movie that also includes Valkyrie and Hulk can't be an accident. All three of them were founding members of the comic book version of The Defenders, a team which bears almost no resemblance to the ones on Netflix.
- While on Earth, we get a nod to old comics continuity. Thor's umbrella is his Mjolnir stand in, and in Norway, he bangs the umbrella on the ground to change from cool streetwear Thor to Asgardian-battle-ready Thor. In the old comics, Dr. Don Blake used to bang his walking stick on the ground to change from human doctor to Norse thunder god.
But don't start thinking that Thor is supposed to be Don Blake in these scenes! For one thing, we already had a Don Blake joke in the first Thor movie. For another, his more working-class attire and the fact that he's still pretty clearly, um, Thor, puts him more in line with his Walt Simonson-era alter ego, Sigurd Jarlson.
- Did you catch all the cameos in the play scene? That was Matt Damon as Loki, Sam Neill as Odin, and Chris's brother Luke Hemsworth as Thor.
- We finally get an explanation for how Odin can have an Infinity Gauntlet hanging around in his trophy room: it's a fake.
- While we've seen the visual cue plenty of times in the movies, this is the first explicit explanation of how Thor flies around: by throwing his hammer and catching it at the last second so it can pull him through the air. I've always loved this, as weird and implausible as it seems.
- “Wrath of the Mighty Thor” sounds like it could be a comic book title. And indeed, many Thor comics have been called The Mighty Thor.
Like we've seen in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, so many of the spaceships look kinda like some of the crazy ships that were designed by Chris Foss for Alejandro Jodorowsky's lost Dune movie.
Here's one for comparison:
And for real, if you haven't seen the Jodorowsky's Dune documentary, I can't possibly recommend it enough.
- When our heroes are returning to Asgard and they pass out in the wormhole, I can't help but be reminded of a similar sequence in Mike Hodges' brilliant Flash Gordon movie from 1980. Both movies are incredibly colorful and bonkers space operas.
Not only is there a strong Jack Kirby influence visible in virtually every character and costume design you can see here, even in the shape of that crazy doorway, but there appears to be literal Jack Kirby artwork on the walls there.
What you're seeing is a detail from a page from Fantastic Four #64.
Throughout so much of the rest of the movie, you can see that kind of crazy Kirby-inspired circuitry and technology. Nearly everything has "Kirby tech" markings that remind me of details from a piece of non-comics related Kirby art called "Dream Machine."
Thor: Ragnarok Post Credits Scenes
There are two key takeaways here. The first is that it seems likely the surviving Asgardians will set up shop on Earth, like they did during J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel's era on the character.
But more importantly, that is most definitely Thanos' ship that appears before them, and that is going to throw a monkey wrench into things. Don't expect "New Asgard" (or Asgardia as it was known in the comics) to actually happen before Avengers 4 is finished at this point. We explained more about Asgardia and what this ending means for the future of Thor and the entire Marvel Universe right here!
OK, these deserve a little more time, so we went into a little more detail on them here.
I'll be updating this throughout opening weekend, especially as I get more out of a second viewing. But in the meantime, if you've spotted something I missed, help us out in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!
Watch early Who Framed Roger Rabbit footage with Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is, of course, a classic. The live-action/animation hybrid began life as a (much darker) novel by Gary K. Wolf, Who Censored Roger Rabbit, and had a long journey to the screen (they snapped up the rights shortly after the novel was published) before director Robert Zemeckis struck box-office gold. Animator Darrell Van Citters was once set to helm the flick, and courtesy of this article from The Dissolve we can get a look at what this lost version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit might have been.
Once upon a time, in the early days of the Disney Channel, there was a show called Disney Showcase, which may or may not exist in the haziest areas of my memory. It's through a VHS to YouTube segment of this show, as found and restored by Garrett Gilchrist, that you can check out this lost, very different early version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Check it out:
And yes, that's Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens as the voice of Roger.
RoboCop's extensive list of prime directives in RoboCop 2 includes one aimed squarely at Orion Pictures...
If you're opening this piece expecting a prolonged defense of RoboCop 2, you're not going to get it. We've tried lots of times to really like the film, but it just doesn't hang together, nor does it come anywhere near close to matching the original.
At the time it was being made, Orion Pictures, which was backing the film, was in deep trouble. So much trouble in fact that RoboCop 2 was the film that needed to be a big hit to save the studio. It wasn't, and within a couple of years, Orion was no more. While it would put RoboCop 3 into production, it wouldn't be around to release it.
The first RoboCop was relatively off the radar, and wasn't subjected to much in the way of studio interference. But the second? That was a different story. So much so that there's a hidden jab against Orion Pictures hidden in the film.
It comes just past the 48 minute mark, as RoboCop is attempting to process the range of new prime directives he's had uploaded to him. Blink and you miss this one (it's not even on screen for a second), but check out directive 262...
So how did it get there? The August 1991 issue of Premiere magazine has the answer.
It revealed that the inclusion was the work of Peter Kuran, a visual effects artist with no shortage of hugely impressive credits to his name (The Empire Strikes Back, for a start). As he told the magazine at the time, "I just sort of put it in. I figured somebody at home might see it and be amused." Orion had no comment at the time, and we're pretty sure it's got no comment now.
Peter Kuran is the man behind VCE Films, incidentally, and you can see its website here.
This article originally appeared on Den of Geek UK.
Destroy! Destroy Superman! Nuclear Man will make his official in-continuity DC Comics debut this summer.
"I am experiment? I am freak-o?"
Holy moley, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is terrible. It's terrible in lots of ways, big and small. But to me, the worst of it is that it had potential. Yes, you're reading this right. I enjoy watching this movie from time to time because I can see glimpses of the Superman movie it should have been.
For one thing, this was a movie with its heart in the right place. Christopher Reeve really wanted to make a movie about the threat of nuclear war, and he only wanted to return to the role of Superman if he could tell stories with a message. Unfortunately, the script was an overly simplistic mess with an absurdly low budget for a superhero flick. Reeve, and most of the rest of the cast, deserved better.
And then there's Nuclear Man, a character who made a striking visual in 1987, the first brightly-colored baddie to take on the Man of Steel on screen. Frankly, Nuclear Man could have been cool. A different power set from the Phantom Zone villains of Superman II, a costume with a color scheme perfectly designed to offset the primary colors of Supes' suit. He had some freaky side abilities, too. The guy gave Superman radiation poisoning by scratching him with his gross, roach-ass looking long nails, for starters.
What's more, Nuclear Man was almost, kind of, if you squint a little, the first live-action version of Bizarro. He's made from Superman's DNA...not quite an "imperfect duplicate" but the theme is there. And there was an extended sequence cut from the theatrical version of the film which involved a VERY Bizarro-like "prototype" Nuclear Man.
So yeah, maybe Nuclear Man deserved better, too. And maybe he's gonna get his chance. August's Superman #2 will feature the official comic book debut of Nuclear Man, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Ivan Reis. Nuclear Man's only other comic book appearance was in the comic adaptation of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and since that's not in-continuity, it doesn't count. But this one does, and for real, this Ivan Reis art is insane...
So when they first announced I was taking over Superman, @nickderington did a sketch of nuclear man from Superman 4: the quest for peace. people started challenging me to put him in my run. Challenge accepted!!! :) This is by @ivanreisart and you%u2019ll find it in superman issue two #superman #superman4thequestforpeace #dcnation #dccomics #bendisdcinstatakeover
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That sure is Nuclear Man, crazy costume, disgusting nails and all. And he sure does look pretty badass when drawn by Reis (who, admittedly, can make anything look good). I never thought I'd be this excited for a Nuclear Man comic, but here we are.
Superman #2 arrives on August 8. I am so there. I wrote more about the history of Superman on film right here.
The beloved actor returns as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and he’s right once again.
Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure. The eccentric, charismatic and undeniably fantastic actor has been bringing his own special brand of vitality to our screens for over 40 years now, starting all the way back in 1974 with Death Wish. Since then, his wide-ranging career has included roles in some of the greatest genre movies of all time, such as the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, David Cronenberg’s masterpiece The Fly, and Independence Day. He also recently joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the all-powerful Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok.
But his best-known role may be Ian Malcolm, the chaos theoretician whose warnings about introducing ancient dinosaurs into the modern world went unheeded in Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 Jurassic Park (and the Michael Crichton book on which the movie was based). Malcolm returned in Jurassic Park: The Lost World four years later, and has shown up again after two decades for a brief but memorable turn in the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World finds authorities pondering what to do with the dinosaurs left to run wild in the ruins of the title amusement park on Isla Nublar, and when Malcolm is called to testify, he once again decries the danger and ignorance of reviving animals that have long since passed out of the natural order of things.
Directed by J.A. Bayona, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom begins and ends with the unmistakable voice of Jeff Goldblum as he intones Malcolm’s portentious words. We also got to hear that voice on the other end of the line when we grabbed Goldblum for a chat recently -- and he started it off as only he can.
Jeff Goldblum: Thank you so much for doing this. It's such a pleasure to talk to you. Your name wasn't shortened from Don Quixote?
Den of Geek: It was not, sir.
You've probably heard that a million times. I'm an old cornball. I've proven it.
Hey, coming from you, it's a privilege.
Well, I have a great esteem for Don Quixote and the quixotic sensibility.
Let's talk about Ian Malcolm. He's a little older, and he's as wise as he's ever been. How did you see his role in this story once it was presented to you?
Well, I was thrilled because I had good associations with everything that was done with it. Steven Spielberg, as you can imagine. But I thought this was beautifully written and sure enough, I think J.A. Bayona, who is a wonderful director, did a great job with it. Colin Trevorrow, who wrote and directed the last one, and wrote this one, we worked on it for a bit over the phone.
I got very excited about being able to play the character again and say a couple of things that can contribute to this particular current story and things that interested me anyway. You know, living in accordance with nature, the glories of science, the ills of profit agenda and greed and militarism. I was kind of excited to think about that, investigate it a little bit, and try to come up with an articulate and pithy way to say it.
I read that you had some talks with Colin and J.A. before going into this about some ideas you wanted to express?
We did. They were passionate about it. They were very interested in all those ideas. For instance, a little change, a little difference and `distinction between what Ian Malcolm may have said in the first movie, like "Science is a little bit of fault when it does things just because they can, but maybe they shouldn't." Something like that. We all agreed that the clearer and more relevant way to put that is that science is not in any way at fault, and that we should listen to science and the facts. That's all to the good and quite pure. We wanted to really put the onus on it and indict grotesque political, petty agendas that have to do with greed and militarism. So we all kind of tinkered and kept hammering away at this thing, 'cause we knew we had to make it concise, but we wanted to make it a little bit eloquent, you know?
Is the preparation for you always the same whether you're the lead in the movie or whether you're in a few scenes? Do you kind of take the same pains to delve into where the character is coming from and what you want to say with him?
Yeah, I sure do. I was well trained early on. I had good models that made me think this was a worthwhile way for someone who might be serious to spend their lives. And something that you could devote your life to happily and nutritiously. I like the idea that it's not the screen time that matters as much as the substance of the character and the inner life and thinking and feeling of the character.
So yeah, nothing is not conscientious, I approach everything the same. Even if I've got some little commercial job, I must say I try to do as well as I can, 'cause I know that the sky is the limit potentially. It seems like everything I might do has the possibility that you can bring quality to it. Certainly in this, when the part is a little smaller and you have less time to land your points and make your points, it's especially crucial to be prepared as possible.
Did you visualize Malcolm sort of working behind the scenes all these years, trying to stop the dinosaur project from going forward in any way that he could?
That's an interesting question. I think he's a mysterious character, complicated, we never knew that much about him. You alluded to his personal life which seemed rich and complicated. He's full of himself, it seems. But yes, when I imagined him, I thought yes, after the harrowing and unforgettable and probably transformational life-changing events that we saw Ian go through, that were life and death where I saw people perish and the gravity of ignorance and the grave consequences of ignorance, I think he got probably even more present and grateful and nature loving and probably worked on innovative environmental protection strategies -- ways that the world, our glorious planet, can work for everyone.
I think he's been working on the moral and ethical ways of using genetic power that might help us to cure diseases and ways that might be wise to use our knowledge and dissuade people who would otherwise use scientific accomplishment of all kinds for profit or like I say, nationalistic leverage.
Very important question however, what would the Grandmaster do with this situation?
Well, the Grandmaster as we know, if you read back in all the comic books, has more superpowers than anybody else that we've ever met or that's been depicted. He can kill everybody with a blink of an eye, he cannot be killed himself, he's immortal, he can resurrect anybody with the blink of an eye or the whisper of a thought, and fly, and do everything else that he can possibly imagine. He busies himself now with amusing games for his own amusement.
But I don't know what he would do with a situation like this. He'd take obviously a larger context, cosmic perspective on it. I think he'd know everything there is to know about all permutations. He is a master chess player as you can imagine. So he knows every possible move and iteration of possibilities and outcomes, even chaotic outcomes. So if he was interested in anybody's well-being, which I'm not sure is his real focus, he could advise wisely.
We saw you in Hotel Artemis earlier this month, and now Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. What's coming up beyond that?
Well, I seem to be busy. I just came back from Japan on some of the last touring publicity wise for Isle of Dogs and I'm happy to be with Wes Anderson and his troupe of merrymaking geniuses again. Let's see, then I did a movie called The Mountain which I just saw a rough cut of, by Rick Alverson, a wonderful director who did Entertainment. This was with me and Tye Sheridan and Udo Kier and Denis Lavant, if you know those guys, and a wonderful actress named Hannah Gross. It's a very different kind of movie, a small adventurous movie.
Then, it looks like National Geographic. I'm talking to them, having done this show with Neil deGrasse Tyson on their network with them. Looks like they want to do something with me where I might do some shows where I'm myself and hosting some investigation into geographical and scientific world interests.
You have a musical project as well.
I made an album. You know I play this weekly gig whenever I'm not working at a place called Rockwell's in Los Angeles with my jazz band. I play piano. We just with Decca Records made an album, made a record that may be coming out at some point pretty soon and we may be touring with them a little more. We're playing the Arroyo Seco Festival on June 23rd, I think it is. So there's my musical life and there's my home life, my wonderful wife Emilie and our two boys, Charlie and River, who are three and one. So my plate is full to bursting.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out in theaters tomorrow (Friday, June 22).
The '90s had some science fiction nookie that was, well, on the slightly odd side. We take a look...
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
For the first time in my life, I watched the mid-90s sci-fi movie Space Truckers the other week. It’s an oddity of a film, not without charms. But it also has two quite different sex scenes, which is presumably the reason you’ve clicked on this article.
What struck me is that these moments of groinage were really odd. And, in fact, lots of sex scenes in 1990s sci-fi movies were really odd, too.
You may need a cold shower and a post-reading moment to yourself. But join me, if you will, for a little trip into how the movies believe will change the way human beings interface…
If you’re ever going to write a science fiction film, and fancy a bit of nookie in it, this is the gold standard to aim for. What I love about Demolition Man – and it’s not a short list – is its invention of technologies that it has no intention at all of explaining. As a consequence, the three sea shells remains a mystery, 25 years later. Had they bothered to explain how they worked, they’d be a forgotten prop in a sci-fi movie.
But then there’s the sex scene. Setting the, well, scene a little, by this stage Sandra Bullock’s upbeat, positive Lenina Huxley agrees to have a future fondle with Sylvester Stallone’s archaic John Spartan. Spartan is old school. He wants a traditional mattress melange. Huxley wants neurological nookie. The film has great fun with this, as the pair duly sit opposite each other with weird headsets on.
I think, credit to Stallone here, he plays the comedy of this well. Bullock sells it of course (the look of disgust on her face as she says “fluid transfer” is priceless), because she’s ace. Stallone plays off that nicely, though, and chuckles duly ensue. It’s as erotic as a bag of pork rinds. And let me assure you, this clip is very safe for work…
Supernova, as you may know, was a very, very troubled production. Its director, Walter Hill, would take his name off the end credits, and the film would be nuked from orbit (the only way to be sure) when it was released into cinemas.
But the sex scene? Well, it’s really quite odd. The scene in question was shot with Peter Facinelli and Robin Tunney. The plan was for zero gravity sexual intercourse, filmed with the help of – I’ll never tire of saying it – a rotating pole.
However, after a troubled post-production, Francis Ford Coppola – yes, that one – was brought in to have a look at the movie. He wanted to make a few changes, and spent around $1 million re-tooling the movie. But one change he wanted to make was to the nookie. He wanted the scene in the film, but – in a bid to make it even more bizarre – he wanted it between different characters. As such, in the movie, it’s Angela Bassett and James Spader who gallop without gravity. Yet – strap yourselves in – it’s not their bodies. When the forefathers of visual effects work were putting together groundbreaking visuals such as those we saw in the likes of TRON, Jurassic Park, The Abyss and Terminator 2, little did they know that they would lay a path for Bassett and Spader’s heads to be digitally superimposed on Tunney and Facinelli’s intertwining bodies. Good times.
The Lawnmower Man
Jeff Fahey’s Jobe comes up with the killer line “I’ll see you on the inside” as he straps a helmet – steady – onto the head of Jenny Wright’s Marnie, in a glimpse at what foreplay is like in the future. What follows over the next three minutes of ‘eh?’ is cross cut material of two people in rotating rigs, apart, spliced in between two virtual reality figures kissing, and then apparently merging into one insect.
Then, they separate, with no shortage of pillow talk, and then Jobe turns into a weird mouse thing. This doesn’t end well, and the scene gets really quite uncomfortable and unpleasant.
On the big screen, the footage was notable for people straining to see if the film really did have a virtual reality dick visible.
Stuart Gordon’s mid-90s sci-fi movie Space Truckers is the kind of film that, today, would be found filed on the third rack back in Wal-Mart, with a $5 sticker on it. And that’s on day of release.
But it made its way to cinemas in the mid-90s, which meant the small subset of people who paid for the pleasure got to see a moment of big screen sci-fi erotica on an enormous screen.
The film has just been released on Blu-ray in the UK, which means you can now enjoy all of this in 1080p. But what I like here is the sheer effort our hero (Stephen Dorff) goes to in order to take his trousers off. He’s clearly trying to impress, as he does a zero gravity disrobing.
Bonus points too for using the kind of music you hear when browsing your local Hallmark store.
But this is just the warm-up. Because Debi Mazar’s Cindy also finds herself the object of Charles Dance’s affection. His line is to tell her that he rebuilt “every organ” and he basically seems to start his penis as if it’s the motor on a speed boat.
It’s his foreplay and small talk that makes this so erotic, though. “I emit a low amp electrical wang pulse designed to drive women wild with pleasure,” he helpfully explains. Before his motor cuts out, and he has to excuse himself to “coordinate my seldom used reproductive sequences."
Honestly, I’m getting hot just writing about it. The bit when he gets “100% operational” is up there with Last Tango In Paris…
Star Trek: First Contact
If you really want to drive your partner wild in, well, a spaceship, then you need two things. Firstly, you need an android. Secondly, you need to a remote controlled-emotion chip, something that Ann Summers is expected to start stocking in 2081.
What makes First Contact’s moment of arousal so potent is the face that Brent Spiner pulls when the Borg Queen ties him up and – well, there’s no other way of putting it – turns him off. The zeros and ones in Data’s head have rarely been aligned so amorously…
Natasha Henstridge’s character of Sil in 1995’s Species is really rather keen to have an offspring. We know this, because she’s to the point. She says this up front, whist disrobed and sitting in a steamy jacuzzi. I think we all remember our first time doing that.
She goes about satiating her desires in the time honoured fashion, by thus doing something freaky with her eyes, turning into a strange creature, and then drowning her potential mate, all whilst Michael Madsen opens a patio door. Then, in a move straight out of a Mills & Boon romance, her tentacles enter her drowning lover’s mouth.
It’s one a series of lovemaking moments in a film that’s perfect for a first date, washed down with a good, chilled bottle of wine, and some well-chosen chocolates…
If all that doesn't get you in the mood for some bed bopping in the future, there's not much more I can do...
Sicario: Day of the Soldado loses some of its predecessor's artfulness, yet is still an intensely smart affair with strong performances.
At the end of the original Sicario, Benicio Del Toro’s Alejandro Gillick places a gun underneath Emily Blunt’s chin and forces her to sign a paper that makes her legally complicit—and spiritually damned—in the American government’s conspiracy to wage war on the drug cartels. Alejandro, once a vengeful father who now looks so very much like the demons who took his family, is breaking the absolutist identity of a moral woman in order to build a world without morality. He chillingly underlines the point by saying, “You’re not a wolf, and this is the land of wolves now.”
Hence one of the several reasons for my trepidation toward returning to Alejandro’s pack. Whereas Sicario was Denis Villeneuve’s tense journey into night, a sequel like Sicario: Day of the Soldado had to find its own path on a terrain that will be wholly without sunlight (or for that matter, Villeneuve and Blunt). Yet that innate darkness proves to be Soldado’s greatest virtue. With no light, there are also no rules, and as such returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and incoming director Stefano Sollima are allowed to build a stripped down and scalpel-sharp action movie. One where the wolves are running free.
This being the time for hell hounds is inescapable from the first scene, as the worst nightmare of many border towns and even more Fox News viewers commences: A group of terrorists aligned with ISIS obliterate a department store in the heart of the heartland. It’s actually a mostly homegrown operation, but since one of the suicide bombers managed his way across the Mexican border, it plays like a political dream for a nondescript White House administration, which greenlights a new covert war on the Mexican drug cartels.
However, rather than being the stuff of right wing propaganda, there is something disquietingly sadistic and ethically bankrupt about Josh Brolin’s reprised Matt Graver, a DOJ agent who has been ordered to do to Mexico what American operations have done to Afghanistan—destabilize the region and turn it into a civil war where the relatively established cartels will devour each other (and their government) in the name of ostensible American interests. That includes Matt forcing Del Toro’s Alejandro out of retirement so they can kidnap the 16-year-old daughter of a cartel from school and make it look like a rival’s handiwork.
It is all going to plan until the Americans are forced into a shooting war with Mexican police, and suddenly Alejandro is trapped with a child—a girl who is very much like his daughter—on the wrong side of the border, and orders have again come down from the White House to “clean” up the news media narrative of dead Mexican police officers by any means necessary. That includes the implicit stain of 16-year-old witnesses.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a different, leaner animal than the first film. Gone is the artfulness and much of Villeneuve belabored slow boil that also heated Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 to sweltering degrees. Nevertheless, the sequel moves like a taut thriller, and one that’ll likely be more ingratiating to a wider audience. It’s also powered by a nonstop, unrelenting intensity that propels the movie from its first articulation of the most unspoken, primal fear in American life to a microcosm of America’s worst mistakes in this century.
Without making a prepackaged political point—Brolin’s Graver is justifiably thrilled to take the gloves off with the cartels, but just as quickly views the unnamed POTUS as “a coward” when orders to murder Mexican children are implied but never spoken—Sollima’s sequel revels in a moral ambiguity that is refreshingly open-ended. In a land of wolves, there are no heroes in the piece, just a surplus of villains. The underlying message, if any, might be there is no changing hopelessly broken systems on either side of the border, so the movie embraces an ensemble of already shattered protagonists for audiences to evaluate on their own time.
As such, Taylor Sheridan reconfirms he is one of the best screenwriters working today, bringing here the same minimalist nihilism of New West lawlessness that informed Hell or High Water, Wind River, and the first film. Day of the Soldado fits snugly alongside those movies with its understated complexity. The fact that the Sicario sequel is a little more direct and mainstream turns out to be, for the most part, less of a problem than an opportunity, offering an action movie for adults who like a challenge. There are a variety of white-knuckled sequences like Graver and his special ops team locking sights on a cartel's operation from Black Hawk helicopters, or Alejandro repaying a debt to the Mafioso lawyer who sold him out in another life. It's all visceral, and all still feels like they're digging closer to the abyss.
Alejandro himself might be the movie’s biggest concession to building a more digestible franchise, however. Unrepentant in his monstrousness by the end of Sicario, he now forms an unlikely relationship with Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner), the young girl whose life he decides to value over his own. When in the first movie he couldn’t even remember his integrity, he finds something approximating a soul next to Isabela. This is greatly buoyed by Moner’s impressive performance. Able to stand her ground with Del Toro at his most ferocious, Moner’s Isabela is no angel, but the immediately sympathetic terror of being a babe thrown to the beasts in the desert—and in the territory of her father’s enemies—makes this unlikely Paper Moon (or Logan) pairing work. That plus Del Toro's perfection at playing a merciless weapon.
A small R-rated odyssey unto itself, Alejandro and Isabela take a tour through the entire U.S.-Mexican border underworld, including perilous border crossings, treacherous drug mules, and the desperate people looking for a better life yet wind up being the sheep waiting to be sheared.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a more explosive and action-packed film, and one lacking the grace of the superior original. Yet it still blessedly throws viewers into the deep end and expects us to figure things out as quickly as Alejandro and Graver do—or end up as ambushed as they just might. It’s a more accessible vehicle, but it’s still driving toward a pure cut of that same gritty modern Western high. In a summer of sequels, and in a season of Josh Brolin seemingly appearing in most of them, what a nice surprise it is for Sicario 2 to be the best of the bunch.
Lucasfilm describes reports that it's putting Star Wars spin-off movies on hold as "inaccurate"...
Yesterday, we reported the news that Lucasfilm was putting the brakes on its Star Wars spin-off movies, following the disappointing box office for the most recent, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Films affecting were said to include the Boba Fett and Obi-Wan spin-off films.
Today, a slight update. ABC News got very brief comment from Lucasfilm in its own report on the story, and sources from the company suggested that talk of future films being put on hold were “inaccurate”. Furthermore, “multiple” Star Wars films are apparently still in development, that haven’t been announced.
You could say that we sort of new that already. Rian Johnson’s new trilogy of Star Wars films, for instance, hasn’t been officially announced. Nor the series of films being overseen by Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss.
There does seem to be some course correction going on at Lucasfilm. Just what it is? Well, the secretive company is unlikely to reveal that just yet…