Jellyfish found to be first animals without brains that sleep
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Even jellyfish need their shut-eye
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If you can call it that – with the mysterious figures of Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Al Ewing under their masks leading the festivities at Trinity Kitchen last night, all sponsored by ComiXology for their tenth birthday…
Were you there? Can you see yourselves? Can ComiXology’s Chip Mosher wiggle that butt?
The event was heavily comic book influenced, a food court turned into a dance floor, and discounts on the themed drinks for attendees…
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Emancipation Day Beats DC Universe Rebirth In Inaugural Mike Wieringo Awards 2017 At Baltimore Comic-Con
The Ringo Awards were presented at Baltimore Comic-Con last night with Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen as the inaugural keynote presenter at the event.
Winners of the 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:
Favorite Hero: Cash Wayne (Spectrum)
Favorite Villain: Arlo (unOrdinary)
Favorite New Series: Spectrum
Favorite New Talent: InstantMiso
Jury and Fan Winners:
Best Cover Artist: Frank Cho
Best Series: Vision, Marvel Comics
Best Letterer: Todd Klein
Best Colorist: Laura Martin
Best Humor Comic: I Hate Fairyland, Image Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel: March: Book III, Top Shelf Productions
Best Comic Strip or Panel: Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
Best Single Issue or Story: Emancipation Day,
Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Future Quest #1, DC Comics
Best Anthology: Love is Love, DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Best Non-fiction Comic Work: March: Book Three, Top Shelf Productions
Best Presentation in Design: Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover, IDW Publishing
Best Webcomic: The Red Hook, Dean Haspiel
Best Inker: Sean Murphy
Best Writer: Tom King
Best Artist or Penciller: Fiona Staples
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Skottie Young
Hero Initiative Awards:
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Joshua Dysart
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Marv Wolfman
The big surprise might be Emancipation Day, a two-page story by Chad Lambert and Mark McMurray winning Best Story, against DC Universe Rebirth, Faith and Locke & Key.
- Deadly Hands of Criminal, Image Comics
- DC Universe Rebirth #1, DC Comics
- Emancipation Day, www.redistrictedcomics.com
- Faith #1, Valiant Entertainment
- Locke & Key: Small World
Skottie Young and Tom King did well, recognised in multiple categories and Frank Cho has something to wave in front of the Wonder Woman office’s faces.
It also appeared to establish the “Fan Favourites” as one susceptible to organised voting with Spectrum, spinoff of the Con Man TV show, co-written by Alan Tudyk and featuring the likeness of him and co-star Nathan Fillion and publishing one issue of the series, grabbed two such awards, after sustained voting from Firebronies or Browncoats…
Also presenting at the awards were Tom Brevoort, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, Lora Innes and Thom Zahler, and Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, and Mark Waid.
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When Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton first got together in 2009, did you say to yourself, "Wait, what?" or "I didn't see that one coming." If you did, you're not alone. The two, who are probably married, seemed to be running in slightly different Hollywood circles at the time. Jeffrey was known for his role on Grey's Anatomy and recently ended his engagement to Weeds star Mary Louise Parker, while Hilarie was still starring in One Tree Hill and recently divorced Ian Prange, an assistant director on the show. But their two worlds did have one common denominator: the CW. Jeffrey had previously starred in Supernatural alongside Jensen Ackles, who's then-girlfriend (now wife), Danneel Harris, was starring alongside Hilarie in OTH. So after both stars found themselves single, Jensen took it upon himself to make some moves.
- Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) March 15, 2015
In an interview with HuffPost Live in 2015, Jeffrey opened up about his costar setting them up on a blind date, and the story will basically turn you into mush. "I happened to be single and Jensen said, 'I've got a girl you should meet,'" the Walking Dead star explained. "So I went to a bar and I met Hilarie at a bar with Jensen and Danneel, and the rest is history." After the host asked how he dealt with the stress of a blind date, Jeffrey admitted he had a few drinks to loosen up. "I [got a little too lit]. We all did," he continued. "We ended up back at my house drinking shots of tequila. But she was really cool and somehow I talked her into going to - I was on my way to do a movie called The Resident in New Mexico and she was on her way to Paris - and I talked her into, instead of going to Paris, to come and see me in New Mexico. And I ruined her life and now she's stuck with me." Bye forever.
For wimps, there are very few reasons to ever justify getting on a roller coaster, but we feel confident in saying riding next to Jason Momoa would be one. The burly Aquaman star posted several videos preparing to ride a coaster with his new co-star, handsome Black Manta actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, at Australia's Movie World theme park. Let's just say their childlike excitement for the thrill ride is downright adorable. In the first video, it's clear that Jason is the more adrenaline-seeking of the two, but he helps pump Yahya up for the ride . . . and after their first run, the Aquaman actors were both hooked.
Jason also posted a hilarious photo of his other co-star, Patrick Wilson, riding the coaster with a friend. The look on Patrick's face says it all - the ride is terrifying, even for superheroes (and villains). But we'd be willing to brave it if we could ride next to this handsome assortment of actors; wouldn't you? Check out these videos of the entire experience!
Dragon Ball Super lets Piccolo do his thing and delivers one of the best battles from the show’s run!
This Dragon Ball Super review contains spoilers.
Dragon Ball Super Episode 34
"It seems like everyone is underestimating me today."
So much for a kind-hearted Frieza alternate, right? As much as last episode had a lot of fun with the prospect of Universe 6’s Frieza surrogate being his polar opposite, “Piccolo vs Frost” acts as proof that regardless of the universe, regardless of his name, a “Frieza” can’t fight their natural inclination to be an evil, conniving villain.
As much as this episode is about Frost’s underhanded tactics in this tournament, the real thing to get excited about this week is that this is essentially one long, awesome Piccolo showcase. So much of this series up until this point has just been Saiyan congratulating and aggrandizing, which is great, but becomes repetitive. As a result, entries like this one not only stand out due to how different they feel, but additionally it’s encouraging to see that Dragon Ball Super is still interested in telling stories that highlight the supporting characters of this superpowered cast. However, Goku lays into Piccolo pretty hard before he enters the ring to let him know that he doesn't think he's going to win this. Plus, his claim that maybe he'll be able to tire out Frost so Vegeta has an easier time with him is even more condescending.
After Goku’s surprise disqualification in the final moments of the previous episode, Piccolo steps in as Universe 7’s second challenger. This well choreographed battle between Piccolo and Frost largely plays as a Piccolo's Greatest Hits. The bulk of their fight sees Piccolo charging a mammoth Special Beam Cannon. He fights intelligently and evasively by also putting his decoy power into use. The many clones of Piccolo allow the real Namek to continue to charge his big attack while also posing as an effective decoy for Frost. Piccolo puts up a good fight, but Frost gets past his many efforts and decides to conclude their battle in some close range combat. Unfortunately, history just repeats itself here with Piccolo succumbing to Frost's strength.
Or at least that’s what it looks like Piccolo is succumbing to, until the highly tuned senses of galactic patrolman, Jaco, identify that something is amiss here. Thank God Jaco is around, too, because with the little guy’s help Frost might have just run away with this whole tournament and nobody would have even known what he was up to. As some viewers might have suspected from the mysterious turn for the worse that Goku took during his fight with Frost, it appears that Frost has actually been poisoning his opponents with a covert needle-like weapon. Frost’s entire façade crumbles away at this point as he also reveals that all of the planets he’s saved were only in danger because of attacks that he put in motion in the first place. His kind demeanor has merely been a tactic for battle.
Frankly, not enough happens as a result of Frost’s cheating. Sure, he’s disqualified, but shouldn’t Goku and Piccolo also be brought back in due to how they were defeated? I know that this is addressed to some extent and I’m not saying that Goku should jump back into battle, but he should at least be added back to the end of their roster or something. Beerus is appropriately ticked off over Champa’s team trying to pull a fast one over on him like this, but it still seems like the guy should be more upset. He’s a God of Destruction! He should disintegrate that cheating Frost!
Even though Piccolo’s moment in the sun ends up with him losing, “Piccolo vs Frost” is still a very satisfying episode of Dragon Ball Super that does pretty much everything right. It pulls off an exciting, engaging fight while still managing to throw in some surprises and twists, too. It also leaves you wanting more in a way that none of the rest of these recent tournament episodes have, which is saying something.
As all of this begins to wrap up, Vegeta decides it’s been a little too long since he’s done anything bad ass and so he jumps into the fray to make all of this impossibly more exciting. Even though Frost has been disqualified as a result of his cheating, a confident Vegeta says that it’s fine if Frost stays in the running. Then he forces Piccolo to forfeit and insists that he’ll be the one to take on Frost as his next opponent.
It’s a moment that’s terribly in character for the Saiyan prince as well as highlighting the guy’s super arrogant nature. It’s this exact attitude in the past that allows Frieza the necessary time to blow up the Earth. Much like Goku’s endless naivety, Vegeta’s arrogance is his major dramatic flaw. If Frost were to annihilate Vegeta right out of the gate here, it’d really teach him a lesson about impulsivity. That being said, we all know that Vegeta is going to kick Frost’s ass next week, so just enjoy this awesomeness for what it is. Watching a Namek warrior go to his limit is great and all, but now it’s time to get that rage flowing and to really take things up a notch.
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There are so many reasons we love Dancing With the Stars. While we obviously can't get enough of the incredible performances, each season also gives us new celebrities to obsess over. Aside from getting to know violinist Lindsey Stirling, it's also introducing us to Jordan Fisher, or should we say reintroducing us? While the singer made waves during the season 25 premiere this week, the dancing competition certainly isn't the first time you've seen his face. Get ready to know more about the 23-year-old (yes, he's only 23!) below.
- He was raised by his grandparents. Jordan, along with his two siblings Cory and Trinity, was legally adopted by his maternal grandparents, Rodney and Pat, at a young age. His biological mother, who was 16 when she gave birth to Jordan, struggled with substance abuse and doesn't have a relationship with her children. "Legally, and in my heart and my mind and my soul, they are my parents," Jordan said about his grandparents.
- He knew he wanted to pursue musical theater at a young age. When Jordan was in fifth grade, he became interested in acting after being cast in a school production of School House Rock, Jr. He joined a local theater company in Birmingham, AL, where he was later discovered by a talent scout.
- He's a former Disney Channel star. That talent scout eventually led to a contract with Disney. Aside from signing with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records, he also appeared on Liv and Maddie and in the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie and its sequel, Teen Beach Movie 2.
Image Source: Fox
- He was in Grease: Live. Hearts swooned everywhere when Jordan appeared as Doody in Fox's live musical production alongside former Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough. When asked about her decision to not return this season, Jordan admitted he was a bit relieved, adding that there's a lot of pressure to have one of your friends judge you.
- He was in Broadway's Hamilton. Jordan's most recent claim to fame was when he made his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning musical last year. He assumed the role of John Laurens/Philip Hamilton from Anthony Ramos.
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Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay have an envy-inducing love story, and their family is just as sweet. The couple, who first met on the set of Law and Order, are happy parents to three beautiful children. Aside from bringing them on the red carpet from time to time, Mariska constantly gives us little glimpses of their home life on social media. The duo first welcomed their son, August Miklos Friedrich, in June 2006 when Mariska was 42, and their daughter and son, Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas, by adoption almost five years later.
Over the years, the actress has been very open about her journey with adoption and her desire to have a big family. Even though the pair faced a few bumps along the way - one birth mother changed her mind a few days after an adoption - Mariska admits that becoming Amaya and Andrew's mom was definitely "worth the fight." See the family of five's sweetest moments together.
We have no doubt that your Halloween costume was awesome this year, but some of our favorite celebrities also knocked it out of the park. Stars like Bette Midler, Beyoncé, and more have nailed their pop culture outfits in years past, especially when it comes to channeling their favorite characters from TV and movies. Take a look at all the pop-culture-inspired costumes that stars have sported throughout the years. These are the best of the best, so take stock and start compiling ideas for next year!
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Auburn finds its groove in 51-14 win at Missouri
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If you follow Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian on Instagram, you probably feel like you know them on a personal level. From their beautifully written captions to their adorable and playful photos, Aaron and Lauren, who are currently expecting their first child, can quickly feel like old friends rather than famous strangers. And the couple, who wed in May 2013 in a carnival-themed ceremony after meeting at Coachella, only seem to be falling more in love with each other every day. Aaron's already proven that he's the cutest husband ever by doing things like surprising Lauren for her birthday and crashing her website with an Emmys shout-out, but we've rounded up some of their more intimate moments together. Keep reading to see some of their sweetest social media snaps.
With Luke Cage #5, we reach the end of the first story arc of the unbreakable man’s new series.
Kevin Larsen just killed a bunch of Cyril Morgan’s men, and Luke Cage must talk the boy down after this event. Meanwhile, Lenore and Noah Burstein are trying to take Warhawk to a place where they can save his life. Unfortunately, it’s not where Burstein or Warhawk expect.
Cyril Morgan still moves against Cage and Burstein from his estate.
This was the kind of explosive finale that I was hoping for. There is a lot of action, drama, and people making unexpected decisions. The relationship between Luke Cage and Noah Burstein is irreparably changed. Lenore makes some surprise moves. Luke gets to kick some ass. Luke and Kevin Larsen also have a really heavy and touching moment. It’s an all-around solid conclusion.
There are some things that do hold it back. Warhawk must have a Wolverine-style healing factor for all the times he gets stabbed and blown up in this issue. Yes, he and Luke do have enhanced healing, but that didn’t save Kevin’s comrades from similar wounds. They had the same powers.
The reason for Burstein’s faked death isn’t fully explained, and what is implied doesn’t make a lot of sense. He pissed off Morgan, but Morgan doesn’t seem that intimidating. He would have made more sense just to haul ass out of New Orleans or even seek Luke Cage out directly.
The Cage-Burstein relationship is still a little muddled. They didn’t have a great relationship before, and the new series made them closer just to drive them apart again.
There is also a lot of racial and class subtext here that doesn’t get explored enough. The poor black Ninth Ward gang from which Kevin Larsen originates were essentially used as foot soldiers and guinea pigs for Morgan and Burstein respectively. They have to work for the treatments to keep them from going insane, whereas Morgan’s son is given it more freely. Also, (spoiler) Morgan’s son killed Burstein’s wife and never paid for this crime. Even Burstein seems okay with this. However, this is never really dug into, and Morgan’s son is even absolved of this by Luke Cage more or less.
That being said, the grim ending to the tale is fitting. While there are issues, the overall story holds together in a satisfying faction. Seeing Luke hurl an armored car at a mansion is worth cover price alone.
One last problem has gone unmentioned though. Nelson Blake II, usually a fairly detailed and clean artist, left a few panels more vague and undefined. It was a bit distracting. The aforementioned “Luke hurling the armored car” scene, as awesome as it was, wasn’t especially clear in its contents.
Marcio Menyz’s color work holds up and keeps the comic appealing to the eye though.
For all its flaws, Luke Cage #5 provides a damn fine finale to the first arc. It’s fun, dramatic, and moves Luke’s character forward in an interesting manner. I recommend this one and look forward to what writer David F. Walker will do with the Power Man next.
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Captain Phasma of the First Order continues her pursuit of Lieutenant Sol Rivas. This leads the Captain to a planet called Luprora. It’s largely uncharted and uninhabited by sentient life, or so the records say.
With dangerous terrain and unknown lifeforms awaiting, the hunt for Rivas has become very complicated. However, it’s better than allowing the lieutenant to report Phasma’s treachery.
Following an explosive first issue, Captain Phasma #2 continues with an intense search and a relentless Phasma. With a hapless and unknowing pilot at her side, Phasma will stop at nothing to kill Rivas.
The book’s tension relies heavily on Phasma herself. She is an intense and frightening character. The lengths she is going to in her mission are boundless. She is a trained hunter and killer, and you almost feel bad for the pilot, whom Phasma is likely ready to kill at a moment’s notice.
The action of the book great too, with a massive, tentacled sea beast becoming the main antagonist of this issue. Phasma fights it in a most brutal style worthy of the soldier she has shown herself to be.
There is an enjoyable discomfort—as weird as that sounds—with every sentient being Phasma meets on her quest. She will not allow anyone to undermine her or threaten her, and she is not the kind to take chances as we’ve seen. She will likely apply a scorched earth strategy to this personal mission, killing everyone she met once Rivas is dead.
Marco Checchetto’s art continues to astonish with another gorgeous issue full of gleaming armor, brilliant alien landscapes, and an imposing Phasma. Color artist Andres Mossa gives the world texture and life with a skillfully-chosen color palette.
Captain Phasma #2 continues the hot streak of the first issue, with writer Kelly Thompson laying down an epic tale for a classic Star Wars character in the making. I highly recommend this issue.
It's no secret that JAY-Z isn't a big fan of Donald Trump. The 4:44 rapper and his wife, Beyoncé, held a campaign concert for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle. At the time, JAY-Z addressed Trump's divisive comments, stating, "Once you divide us, you weaken us; we are stronger together." On Friday, JAY-Z continued that same sentiment during an interview with BBC Radio 1.
"Until everyone is free, no one is free. Period," JAY-Z declared. "That's just a fact. We are all linked some kind of way. So if you oppress a certain people, everyone is in danger, karmically [sic] and in real life. If I'm being oppressed and you have this big, nice mansion, I'm coming inside there. That's gonna happen; that's just how life is."
The 47-year-old rapper didn't stop there. "I believe that we are resilient, especially us as black people and especially the culture. We've been through so much more than this guy," JAY-Z told the radio station. "This guy, I'm looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all - I can't even say with all due respect - with all disrespect."
JAY-Z also shared why he believes that Americans will come out stronger from Trump's presidency. "I don't think that this is happening if we weren't prepared to handle it," he said. "I'm just looking forward to what's next after that, because usually when things are darkest, then light is on its way. I'm not fearful."
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton have been together since 2009, but they tend to keep their romance pretty private. Aside from the occasional red carpet outing, these two don't step out together too often. But when they do, they always have a good time (like, a really good time). In addition to the Walking Dead actor constantly goofing around and making Hilarie laugh, the One Tree Hill actress frequently plants sweet kisses on her man (and that nuzzling in his neck? FORGET ABOUT IT). The pair, who welcomed son Augustus in March 2010 and are currently expecting their second child, are so protective of their personal life that they've never confirmed if they're married or not (they probably are). While it can sometimes get annoying when couples are overly gushy in public, these two are just so damn cute because they genuinely seem like best friends. Keep reading to see what we mean.
Emma Stone and Hillary Clinton got their girl power on with some matching t-shirts, and we're all about it.
The two twinned it up while promoting Stone's new movie, Battle of the Sexes. The two ran into one another during an appearance on The Late Show and decided to nab the photo op.
Just a couple of 'fans' showing their support for #BattleoftheSexes.
Stone has already poked fun at the photo because she's embarrassed she looks "naked" in the shot.
"Can I also point something out beyond this very cool photo?" Stone said during her recent Late Show interview with host Stephen Colbert. "I get a chance to meet Hillary Clinton, which is unfathomable and incredible, and I look like I'm nude. Really? You had one shot. Whatever."
Battle of the Sexes follows the real-life story of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs' infamous 1973 tennis match. King won the match and, therefore, championed for women's rights proving they deserved just as much prize money and respect as the men in the sport.
Stone plays King in the film, and even King herself couldn't resist shared the photo of Stone and Clinton holding a shirt of her with the match scores, "6-4, 6-3, 6-3" underneath the image.
The Stone/Clinton run-in is also poignant because Stone has already been vocal about the parallels between Battle of the Sexes and the 2016 presidential election.
"The parallels in this movie are pretty fascinating," Stone said during an interview with Out magazine. "We began shooting in the spring of 2016, when there was still a lot of hope in the air, and it was very interesting to see this guy — this narcissistic, self-focused, constantly-stirring-the-pot kind of guy — against this incredible, qualified woman, and at the same time be playing Billie Jean, with Steve [Carell] playing Bobby Riggs."
Check out the trailer for the film below.
You can watch Battle of the Sexes in theaters now.
Queen Bey did something new — so we now must all try to decipher her royal code to see if we mortals can understand the nature of her ways.
Basically, Beyoncé added some lines to her wedding tattoo and the world is freaking out that it means something bad regarding her marriage to Jay Z.
Beyoncé and Jay Z had the roman numerals for 4 tattooed on their wedding ring fingers instead of just opting for a simple asteroid of a diamond. Four is a very symbolic number for the couple. Beyoncé was born on September 4. Jay Z was born on December 4. The two got married on April 4, or 4/4, and they named their albums 4 and 4:44.
Yup, that number is kinda important in their lives.
Which is why when Beyoncé decided to add some lines, combining the IV into a new sort of design, the world lost its mind.
According to some super-sleuthing fans, you can see Bey connected the I and the V with a line. She also added a serif ascender to the top of the I.
The Sun is theorizing the new ink represents Beyoncé's ultimate forgiveness of her husband's affair since the updated design looks like a "J" from the side.
I'm going to go ahead and guess the additional lines have something to do with her children. Maybe a connecting lines for the twins and a serif ascender for their first child, Blue Ivy?
It's kind of funny that, for a couple who is so obsessed with the number four, the family will never be a family of four. They just skipped right over that number.
No word yet if Jay Z also modified his ink.
What do you think the additions to Beyoncé's tattoo mean?
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For three decades, Colin Firth has been wowing us on stage and screen. With a résumé that spans everything from period dramas to action films, he's proven that there is nothing he can't do (including tackling ABBA songs in Mamma Mia). For his role in The King's Speech, he became the worthy recipient of an Oscar for best actor (to add to his trio of SAG Awards, his two BAFTA awards, and his Golden Globe). Not many men have played two Mr Darcy's quite so memorably, and Mr Firth definitely knows how to turn on the charm when it comes to his many outings as a romantic lead. Right now, he's on cinema screens as the impossibly dapper Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and he's never looked better. Don't believe us? Take a look back at his celebrity evolution, including some very memorable roles and red carpet appearances.
You may not be familiar with Tessa Thompson's name right now, but the 33-year-old actress is about to be everywhere. She recently starred in the first season of Westworld, and she's set to take on the role of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and its followup Avengers: Infinity War. Before she blows up in Hollywood, check out a few key facts about the star below.
- Her father is in the entertainment business. Tessa is the daughter of singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the musical group Chocolate Genius, Inc.
- She's a Shakespeare buff. While her first acting experience was a school play with Amber Tamblyn, her professional stage debut came when she starred in an LA production of The Tempest. In 2003, she also appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, 1836, which earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination.
- She's been on a few of your favorite shows. Before starring on Westworld, the actress made appearances on shows like Veronica Mars, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Heroes.
- She's also a well-seasoned movie star. Her first feature film was in the remake of When a Stranger Calls. She also appeared in Dear White People, Selma, Creed, and Tyler Perry's stage play adaptation of For Colored Girls.
- She's also a musician. Seriously, there is nothing this girl can't do. Tessa is part of the indie electro soul band Caught a Ghost with Jesse Nolan. Their music has been featured on The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Supernatural and in the film Dear White People.
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Teen Mom 2 Star Jenelle Evans is off the market.
She married David Eason today and overcame her big day nerves.
The MTV personality, 25, and her love tied the knot at their home in North Carolina today.
Evans could be seen smiling in a fitted lace dress with a long train as she walked down the aisle with her husband in a Snapchat video that was posted online today.
The couple, who welcomed 9-month-old daughter Ensley in January, first began dating in September 2015.
The twosome went on to announce their engagement via Instagram in February (which was also documented on an episode of Teen Mom 2.)
— Trae-Bae (@hiletschopcats) September 23, 2017
“We’ve decided on forever! #PerfectTiming,” the TV personality captioned a pic of herself showing off her sparkling engagement ring.
RadarOnline.com revealed how Jenelle called off the wedding last night during a rehearsal dinner spat.
But she managed to calm down and exchanged vows with her new handsome husband today.
Onlookers revealed both the bride and groom were beaming at finally becoming newlyweds.
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When first feasting your eyes upon Jason Momoa, there are a few possible reactions: fainting, drooling, or calling 911 because he set your heart on fire. The actor - who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and stars in DC's long-awaited Aquaman film - is, simply put, pretty damn sexy. Whether he's out on the town with his wife, Lisa Bonet, or bonding with his onscreen love interests, we can't get enough of the 37-year-old action star. So treat yourself to a few minutes of pure Jason Momoa appreciation and reflect on a few of the superhot moments that made us fall in love with him. (Go ahead and grab a tall glass of water. We'll wait.)
Before Brad Pitt's divorce from Angelina Jolie, the father of six seemed to have left his past as one of Hollywood's hottest bachelors behind him. Throughout the late '80s and '90s, Brad pretty much changed his girlfriend as often as he changed his famous hair and was linked to nearly all of his famous costars. Whether or not Brad actually had a serious relationship with these leading ladies is something only he could tell you, but regardless, take a look inside the actor's little black book to see who has been lucky enough to have (supposedly) fallen under his spell.
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There have been many stories to kill off the Clown Prince of Crime, but Batman's greatest enemy isn't so easy to get rid of for good.
In fictional worlds of heroes and villains who can shrug off bullets like they were nothing, there exists “plot armor” for the lesser folk. Plot armor is the reason why Frank Castle can mosey through a room with an uzi in each hand and somehow kill every single enemy while somehow never getting shot in any vital area. It’s why Stormtroopers have the worst aim and why the red-shirted Enterprise dudes have all the bad luck.
I’m having a hard time coming up with someone with stronger plot armor in comic books than the Joker. Hell, even Frank Castle died at least twice in continuity. The Joker should be dead a million times over, not just due to his injuries, but because with all the lives he’s taken, surely somebody would have murdered him by now. But again, not only does he take vicious beatings, if he isn’t apprehended at the end of a story, he usually falls off a cliff or is at the heart of an explosion or gets hit by a truck.
Then he’s back the next time, no worse for the wear.
The Joker’s been revealed as a playable character for Injustice 2. This is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser because the entire story revolves around Joker being dead. Like, really dead. The previous game had another Joker visit from another reality, but he seems to be off the table this time around. So what is he? Another alternate universe Joker? A hallucination brought on by fear gas? A copycat? A clone? Did he simply come back from the dead?
But that’s what the Joker’s all about. While the comics won’t ever truly get rid of him, there are many continuities that have done away with Mr. J. Yet even then, the Joker is never really gone. He tends to haunt and taunt Batman in one way or another via his violent legacy. For someone with such an ill-defined identity, he sure is a fixture in the universe.
HONORABLE MENTION: TIM BURTON JOKER
Jack Nicholson’s Joker completely ate it at the end of Tim Burton’s Batman. He fell from a great height while dragged down by a gargoyle. We saw the body. Dude was absolutely dead.
And he stayed that way! After that first movie, the most mention Joker got in that universe was a brief allusion in Batman Forever when Batman told Robin that revenge leads to emptiness.
We almost got a bit more of him, though! Before Batman and Robin ruined the concept of fun and killed that franchise, Joel Schumacher was originally going to do a fifth movie in that universe. Batman Triumphant, which you can read more about here, would have revolved around Scarecrow and Harley Quinn as the new villains. Scarecrow means fear gas and that would have meant Batman getting a hallucination sequence.
What would Batman fear the most? Probably the skin-dyed dirtbag that killed his parents. And so, had the movie existed, we would have had a scene of Jack Nicholson Joker confronting Batman during a psychological breakdown.
The movie would have been a dumpster fire, but...man, part of me is bummed we never got it.
Similarly, an unused Superman vs. Batman script from the early '00s would have included a plot point where Lex Luthor cloned the Joker to bring him back as part of a scheme to traumatize Bruce Wayne out of retirement and trick him into fighting Superman. Probably the most sense-making reason to connect Lex and Joker.
Sunsoft made Batman: The Video Game for NES and the story was the general plot of the movie, only with lots and lots of ninjas and robots added because Batman needs something to fight. The ending is roughly the same, though Batman’s a bit more cold-blooded. He beats the Joker down, tells him, “You killed my parents,” and then tosses him to his doom. We see Joker’s lifeless corpse and roll credits.
Then a year later, they released Batman: Return of the Joker. The Joker’s back with some scheme involving stealing explosive metals and...he’s back. He’s alive again. Somehow. Neither the game nor the manual have any explanation. Just go with it.
Upon further review, both the Genesis and arcade adaptations of the movie make it vague whether or not falling from the top of a cathedral is enough to take out the Joker, so maybe Jack Nicholson's Joker is more resilient than anyone ever realized.
FRANK MILLER JOKER
Dark Knight Returns features one of the most chilling incarnations of the Joker, who comes out of a catatonic state the moment he finds out Batman’s back on the streets. Joker’s killing spree goes farther than the 1980s comic-reading public was used to and Batman ALMOST has it in him to kill the Joker for good. Since killing Joker is neither a horseshoe nor a hand grenade, Joker finishes the job by snapping his own neck and making it look like Batman’s finally gone over the line, thereby making him a prime target of the authorities.
Enduring one massive beating and a fake death (which people regard as “totally beat Superman in a fight” for some reason) later, Batman is fine.
Many years later, Frank Miller made his sequel Dark Knight Strikes Again, otherwise known as, “that mess.” In a story that focuses on Lex Luthor and Brainiac while including lots of DC heroes and Hal Jordan’s dinosaur space penis, the Joker appears a couple times as a looming threat. He kills the Creeper, Guardian, and even Martian Manhunter while bringing up the mystery of who he could possibly be.
Joker II shows up at the end of the comic as the final boss showdown. He is, in fact, Dick Grayson, whose only mention in the original story was not being on speaking terms with Bruce. As the story goes, Batman fired him for being an incompetent whiner once upon a time and rather than celebrate being free of the lunatic that is Miller Batman, Dick instead went a bit mad and allowed Luthor and Brainiac to give him shape-shifting/quick-healing powers.
Even though he’s capable of surviving decapitations and the like, Joker II is eventually done in by being knocked into some lava. Can’t heal if there’s nothing left of you.
Back in the late-90s, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer put together a three-issue Elseworlds story called The Nail. This “what if” tale shows how the DC Universe would have formed had Superman’s rocket not been discovered by the Kents. Without Superman as a symbol, metahumans aren’t exactly looked upon with love and astonishment. It’s more of an X-Men deal where the public’s mood is, “Thanks for saving the world...I guess.”
As part of the comic’s big villain conspiracy (and I won’t spoil who’s behind everything), the Joker is armed with a pair of gauntlets made from Kryptonian tech. They make him virtually unstoppable and he proceeds to liberate Arkham and then make the Bat-villains fight each other to the death for his amusement. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl appear and Alan Davis leans into things to finally answer the question, “What would it take for Batman to murder the Joker?”
The answer: have the Joker use his telekinetic gauntlets to slowly and painfully tear Robin and Batgirl to pieces while forcing Batman to watch. Jesus. Yeah. That’ll do it.
With some assistance from Catwoman, Batman’s able to free himself, damage the gauntlets and snap Joker’s neck. While the public display and selective context makes the Justice League look bad, nobody takes the incident harder than Batman himself. Both the graphic deaths of his sidekicks and the realization that he murdered a man sends him to the brink of sanity. It’s the comfort of Catwoman, who becomes Batwoman, that keeps him from falling apart.
Regardless, once the story is over, Batman gives himself up to the police. He’s acquitted of murder charges, but chooses to leave the Justice League.
Several years later, we get Another Nail, which basically exists to give upbeat closure to a story that had a bunch of downers. Batman continues to fight crime in Gotham, but he starts hearing the Joker’s laughter. Due to the convoluted plot of the miniseries, things are screwy with the afterlife and the Joker is able to escape Hell.
Threatening to kill Batwoman, Joker – who has Carnage-like powers – fights Batman. Batman attempts to sacrifice himself by tackling Joker back to Hell, but the spririts of Robin and Batgirl rescue him. Batman finally decides to get on with his life and rejoin the Justice League.
KINGDOM COME JOKER
The Joker’s death in Kingdom Come is a major turning point for society. After Joker murders Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and a lot of other people at the Daily Planet, he’s apprehended by the police. We’ll never know how Superman would have instinctively dealt with his loss as new superhero hotness and Cable pastiche Magog stops by to vaporize the handcuffed Joker.
Magog is put on trial, everyone and their mother is pretty okay with the Joker being murdered in any way, and Superman leaves in a huff. This causes a new dawn of “superheroism” where it’s less about heroism and more about people in cool costumes getting into fights with no care for anything but themselves. You know, kind of like a Zack Snyder movie.
While the Joker doesn’t come back from the dead, he does inspire one troublemaker to become the new Joker’s Daughter (otherwise known as Harlequin). Although we never get much on her, as she’s mostly a recurring background character, she represents the chaotic world where the mighty can do what they want while the weak are left deal with the consequences.
It does remind me that one of the most clever moments in the whole comic is when Batman betrays Lex Luthor and admits to only joining up with him in the first place in order to see what Captain Marvel’s deal was. As he puts it, Captain Marvel is a wild card and if there’s anything Batman hates, it’s a wild card.
BATMAN BEYOND JOKER
Batman: The Animated Series is arguably better than sliced bread and its dark future Batman Beyond wasn’t bad either. Despite taking place years in the future, the writers were stingy on the details of what became of a lot of the old guard. While we got to see what became of Mr. Freeze and Bane, bigger deal characters like Robin and Joker were glazed over.
At most, during the show’s run, we saw that the Joker was replaced with an ever-changing circus-themed gang called the Jokerz. That was cool and all and fits into the nature of this list, but Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker went beyond just that.
In the dying days of the Animated Series era, the Joker kidnapped and tortured Tim Drake Robin. He warped the poor boy, made him squeal about Batman’s secret identity, and then transformed him into a giggling child version of the Joker. Depending on which version you watch, Tim would get his revenge by either shooting Joker in the chest or electrocuting him to death.
In the Beyond era, the Joker appears yet again, making the futuristic Batman Terry McGuiness question the many ways that’s possible. In the end, the Joker turns out to be Tim Drake, unknowingly taken over by a secret implant that transforms him into having the Joker’s DNA and personality. Terry is able to put an end to this Joker by frying the implant with an electric joy buzzer.
DIGITAL JUSTICE JOKER
Speaking of the future, there’s this Elseworlds taking place towards the end of the 21st century. While the Joker presumably died of old age, considering Batman retired, he lives on in the form of a sentient computer virus and...
For God's sake, look at that thing. Actually, better idea, let’s not. Just...next entry.
RED RAIN JOKER
Throughout the '90s, Doug Moench and Kelley Jones did a trilogy of Elseworlds stories based on the very simple high concept of Batman being a literal "bat man." In the story Red Rain, Batman gets bitten by a vampire and fights Dracula. It’s pretty rad. Batman wins and Dracula’s dead for good.
A couple of years later, they do a sequel called Bloodstorm, which is based on the very human Joker leading Dracula’s horde for the sake of taking over the criminal underworld. Vampire Batman teams up with Selina Kyle, who also goes literal by being a werecat. Selena’s love is the only thing keeping Batman from going all-you-can-eat-buffet, so once Joker kills her with a crossbow, Batman has nothing left to keep him in check. Although part of him tries to fight it, he still powers through multiple crosses and holy water to snap Joker’s neck and feed on his blood.
Being that Batman is the smartest dude, he knows to shove a stake through Joker’s heart just in case because Vampire Joker is the last thing we need.
It’s moot, since not only has Batman killed his rival, but he’s given into his vampire instincts. He has his buds Alfred and Commissioner Gordon stake him to prevent any further benders.
Those two, unfortunately, never got around to removing his head, so despite being rendered immobile, Batman is still kicking. A few months later, Alfred removes the stake because Alfred is dumb as hell in this world. Not only does Batman have a taste for blood while being driven insane from months of his body rotting, but it’s implied a few times that ingesting Joker’s specific blood makes him even more out-of-control.
Yeah, things do NOT end well for any named character in that final chapter.
BATMAN 666 JOKER
During Grant Morrison’s lengthy run on Batman’s comics, he wrote a one-off story it Batman #666 that depicts Damian Wayne as a more ruthless Batman in the future who may or may not have sold his soul to the actual devil. There are two alternate follow-ups to this story. One of which has Damian adopt and raise Terry McGinnis, leading to a take on the Batman Beyond era.
Then there’s a path where everything goes wrong. The Joker has died and while we don’t know the details, we do know that the madman had his own failsafe. In his death, he releases a virus that transforms its victims into Joker-like monsters, like a clown version of 28 Days Later.
Damian Batman finds a baby who appears to be immune to the virus, but his attempts to use the child to create a cure leads to disaster when he discovers that the baby is merely a carrier. Overwhelmed by infected clown people, Damian watches in horror as Gotham is nuked to contain the outbreak.
I think I like the first future better.
In the Rocksteady Arkham trilogy, Joker suffers from injecting himself with Titan, otherwise known as Super Bane Juice II: Turbo. In the aftermath, he’s dying, so he figures he’ll inject his own poisoned blood into Batman’s veins to push Batman into finding a cure. I’m guessing Joker saw that episode of South Park where Cartman had AIDS and had a moment of inspiration.
Though Batman cures himself, Joker shivs him. Either because he thinks Batman’s going to leave him to die or because shivving seemed like a good idea at the moment. That makes Batman drop the antidote and Joker succumbs to illness and dies, laughing at Batman’s claim that he was totally about to give him the antidote after all.
Then in Arkham Knight, we discover that having Joker blood in your system plus breathing in Scarecrow’s fear toxin transforms you into superhero Fight Club. Joker appears in visions while Batman (and some other soon-to-be-dead saps who also have Joker blood) gradually becomes Joker-like in behavior and appearance.
Batman ultimately wins out by turning the two infections against each other and confronting Joker with his own fear: being dead and forgotten. Batman goes back to normal and gets back to his mission of handing Scarecrow a knuckle sandwich.
The Batman prequel series features Jerome Valeska, as played by Cameron Monaghan. Jerome is what I’d call the How I Met Your Mother of Jokers. He’s the Joker, but not really. Maybe. He could be. He might not be. He’s possibly a red herring. Or he can lead to the actual Joker. We’ll just have to wait and see to get an answer.
For all intents and purposes, he’s the Joker. Pretty much.
The charismatic psychopath and showman is killed off early in the second season during an attempt on the life of the adolescent Bruce Wayne. He gets stabbed in the neck by Theo Galavan in an act of betrayal, but dies with blood covering his lips as he smiles. Various people watch footage of Jerome on TV and go into giggling fits, including two guys who laughingly murder a homeless person, then turn on each other.
With that not being enough for viewers, they then go and bring Jerome back to life via televised comic book science. So maybe he’s the Joker after all! Or not. Again, How I Met Your Mother.
Coincidentally, Jerome’s father, a fortune teller, claimed that Jerome would leave behind a legacy of death and madness. Sounds about right.
The Injustice storyline is the aftermath of the Joker growing bored of messing with Batman and moving on to Superman. Using some kryptonite-laced fear gas, Joker gets Superman to hallucinate that a pregnant Lois Lane is Doomsday. Lois’ heart is linked to a detonator that nukes Metropolis upon her thrown-into-space death.
This especially puts Superman in a bad mood to the point that he appears before the captured Joker and impales him with his fist. Over the next five years, Superman doubles down on his decision and ultimately transforms into a frustrated dictator.
Over the years, as Superman’s hold on the world becomes more frightening, Jason Bard starts up a protest group invoking the Joker’s image. Superman doesn’t take this well and fries a whole lot of them in a fit of anger. Even then, the Joker Clan grows to become an anarchist underground counter to Superman’s regime. Even though Harley Quinn’s grown to despise the Joker and what he stood for, she chooses to become the leader.
Then a handful of superheroes from the regular DC Universe are brought in via portal. Inadvertently, Joker is one of them. He quickly takes over the Joker Clan and wins over the heart of Harley, undoing years of personal progress on her part. Eventually, that world’s Lex Luthor helps Harley break the spell and she not only beats the shit out of that Joker until he begs his world’s Batman to take him home, but her more loyal Joker Clan members rebranded themselves as the Harley Horde.
Even with that all cleaned up, we’re now about to get another appearance by the Joker. A Joker. What’s his deal?
Who's to say? There are just so many options.
Gavin Jasper appreciates that Flashpoint Batman killed the Joker a couple hours before the world exploded. That’ll get you the last laugh. Follow Gavin on Twitter!
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