Fantastic Beasts 2 is Queerbaiting That Puts Dumbledore Back in the Closet

Despite J.K. Rowling insisting on Dumbledore being gay, her Fantastic Beasts 2 script does its hardest to hide that fact.

Feature Delia Harrington
Nov 20, 2018

This article contains Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald spoilers.

Back in 2007, J.K. Rowling revealed that she had always thought of Dumbledore as gay, eventually setting in motion Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as a highly anticipated movie. As previously hinted at, the future headmaster had been in a relationship with Grindelwald and eventually goes on to take him down in what has been described as the greatest dual of all time. But in the finished Fantastic Beasts 2 film, viewers were not treated to any insight into how this romantic relationship affects Dumbledore’s decision to take on Grindelwald, nor will we ever be. Instead Fantastic Beasts 2 re-closets Dumbledore in an act of queer-baiting that is a detriment to the story it’s trying to tell.

Sadly, this is not uncommon or new. The term queer-baiting refers to creators or even actors teasing homosexual characters or relationships subtly in interviews or within the property itself, without ever making them canon. It’s a crass, halfhearted way to pacify a subset of fans who are looking for inclusivity and representation without ever threatening the ad revenue from conservative companies or audiences who might take issue with the beloved headmaster having a boyfriend.

There was a time when fandom accepted that queer-baiting was the closest they could get to on-screen representation, but that’s no longer the case. Now, writers like J.K. Rowling have to defend their creative choices when they fall into harmful tropes.

Tapping into the homophobia of the time, rather than ignoring it, would have strengthened the script. Grindelwald’s most compelling invitations to new followers are his supposed values: freedom, love, and truth. Queenie joins him out of a desire to marry her muggle boyfriend Jacob, which is against the law in a wizarding twist on miscegenation laws. Why not include rhetoric on acceptance of the LGBTQ community? Or, following the Nazi allegory, if he opposed homosexuality as a self-hating gay man, it would have followed Hitler’s hatred of his own Jewish heritage.

The condescending tone that the Ministry of Magic uses with Dumbledore would make more sense if it was given a motive like homophobia. Instead we’re left to guess that perhaps it’s jealousy or mistrust, but based in what? It’s unclear to the point where everyone at the ministry whose last name isn’t Scamander or Lestrange seems like a cartoon character.

In place of an actual coupling of Dumbledore and Grindelwald, even in flashback, we’re introduced to a blood pact oath between the characters that is used to rob Gellert and Albus’s relationship of emotional weight. Turning their relationship from an emotional hurdle to clear into the issue of a mere physical MacGuffin to be acquired, a puzzle to be solved in the next movie, takes their feelings for one another off the table. It’s as though the movie is saying to audiences: Don’t worry, it’s not that Dumbledore can’t kill Grindelwald because he loves him as “more than a brother”whatever that means—it’s just because of magic. And in the world of Harry Potter, magic is a problem to be solved.

further reading - Fantastic Beasts 2: The Tragedy of Nagini

But people aren’t puzzle boxes. Our emotions make our journeys more interesting, not less. The idea that a young Albus was taken in by Gellert’s personal, not magical charms—or that a young Gellert was ever so innocent as to be worthy of Albus’s affection—makes their eventual roles that much more interesting, similar to Professor Xavier and Magneto’s lifelong friendship in the X-Men series. But we all know there’s something about that ex you just can’t kick, a volatility to the fallout when a romantic relationship ends. Why remove that rich depth from the narrative?

In its place, we are told about the relationship between the two powerful wizards, instead of shown. In one case, we literally cut away from a moment when the Ministry clearly showed the two men together. Perhaps this was meant to preserve the surprise of the blood pact, but it is impossible to understand what Dumbledore was going through without prior knowledge. Even then, it fell flat. In a movie meant to set up the dynamic between the two most powerful wizards of their age, we barely saw them together, and certainly had no opportunity to feel what they once meant to one another.

Jude Law ably played the part that was written, a relatively spry Albus Dumbledore in his mid-40s. With his dry wit and empathy for his students already present, it’s the warm, roguish twinkle in his eye that can’t be written, and that was the most important thing for Law to bring to life. But imagine if Law had been allowed to play Dumbledore not as J.K Rowling wrote him in this script, but how she first wrote him in her original book series: an eccentric man and a flamboyant dresser, favoring purple, scarves, high heels, and robes.

Even if you’re not interested in the author’s ad hoc verbal post-scripts on the character, surely we can agree to take the written canon at its word and make Dumbledore’s three-piece suit a deep violet crushed velvet instead of a muted, straw-colored tweed? A scarf, a patterned vest, or a paisley tie—more in step with muggle fashions of the era, not that it ever phased the wizarding world before–wouldn’t hurt. Imagine a young Albus Dumbledore by way of Harry Styles, David Bowie, or at the very least Jay Gatsby. If you can’t let Dumbledore be gay, at least let Dumbledore be Dumbledore.

Keep in mind that despite the gritty gloom that hangs over much of the movie, even when Grindelwald isn’t there, Fantastic Beasts 2 takes place in 1927. This is pre-1929 financial crisis. This is the Roaring ‘20s, the era of the Dandy. Where are the white pants, the wide ties, the light gray suits? For comparison, the men of Boardwalk Empire (which takes place in a similar era) wear a variety of colors, including lavender and what can only be described as creamsicle.

further reading: Fantastic Beasts 2 Ending Explained

If you think clothing seems trivial, in which case I’ll direct you to the famous “cerulean sweater” monologue from The Devil Wears Prada. In this case, Dumbledore’s sedate makeover is all part of coding him as a heterosexual leading man to the masses while simultaneously sending out signals of his homosexuality to the community that’s interested. It’s queer-baiting and it’s an actively harmful way for money-hungry companies to have their cake and eat it too.

It’s deeply frustrating that J.K. Rowling went out of her way to reveal Dumbledore’s sexuality only after she was done writing the books and to then re-closet him when she writes the script for movies about this exact time in his life. Even worse, the Harry Potter world has always been about accepting people for who they are. If only J.K. Rowling and Fantastic Beasts 2 could accept Dumbledore as she wrote him.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8: Premiere Date, Trailer, Cast, News

What you need to know about The Walking Dead season 9 episode 8, including latest news, release date, trailer, and much more!

News John Saavedra Alec Bojalad Joseph Baxter
Nov 20, 2018

The Walking Dead season 9 is here. And the show is entering into a brave new world. 

Scott Gimple, the executive producer and showrunner since season 4, will not be around for The Walking Dead season 9. Instead, he'll be elevated to "Chief Content Officer," which sounds like it could just mean "Emperor of The Walking Dead Extended Universe." Long time writer for the show Angela Kang will take over as showrunner, making her the fourth showrunner in Walking Dead history, following Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, and Gimple.

On the storytelling side of things, The Walking Dead Season 9 will feature a long-anticipated time jump following the "All Out War" storyline. Things will look peaceful for our survivors as the season starts, but as we know that's not always destined to last.

Further Reading: A Spoiler Guide to the Whisperers

Here's everything else we know about The Walking Dead Season 9: 

The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Date

The Walking Dead will return on Nov. 25 at 9 pm ET with episode 8, titled "Evolution." 

Here's a synopsis: "A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all."

Check out a trailer for the episode here:

And here's a clip from the episode: 

Check out our latest review of the show.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episodes

Here's where we'll compile episode titles, official synopses, and reviews as they become available. Click the titles to go to the full reviews.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 1: A New Beginning

Rick and his group make a run into Washington D.C. and search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Angela Kang. 

Airdate: 10/7/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2: The Bridge

The communities join forces to restore a bridge that will facilitate communication and trade. Someone is gravely injured at the construction site.

Daisy Mayer directed the episode written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Airdate: 10/14/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3: Warning Signs

Rick’s vision for the future is threatened by a mysterious disappearance that divides the work camp where the communities are building a bridge.

Dan Liu directed the episode written by Channing Powell. 

Airdate: 10/21/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4: The Obliged

Rick's vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven.

Rosemary Rodriguez directed the episode written by Geraldine Inoa.

Airdate: 10/28/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 5: What Comes After

Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.

Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete. 

Airdate: 11/4/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 6: Who Are You Now

Six years after Rick's disappearance, a group of strangers tests Alexandria's trust and patience.

Larry Teng directed the episode written by Eddie Guzelian. 

Airdate: 11/11/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7: Stradivarius

Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers; survivors make the perilous trek to a new home.

Michael Cudlitz directed the episode written by Vivian Tse. 

Airdate: 11/18/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8: Evolution

A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.

Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Airdate: 11/25/18

The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

The Walking Dead season 9 has released a lengthy trailer, provocatively titled, “Rick Grimes' Final Episodes,” playing on the imminent exit of star Andrew Lincoln.

Yet, if you’ve been keeping up with the trailers and teasers for Season 9, then the bulk of this clip – focused on the new inter-community dynamics and more primitive aesthetics achieved in the 18-month time jump – will likely feel familiar to you, since it’s pretty much a catch-up collage of what’s we know so far.

However, the clip does focus on a generally understated narrative going into Season 9 with the arrival of newcomers to Alexandria in Magna (Nadia Hilker), Luke (Dan Fogler), Connie (Lauren Ridloff) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), all of whom are prominently featured in the clip.

AMC has also dropped a whole bunch of photos from The Walking Dead season 9. Check them out in the gallery below:

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Synopsis

Here's the official synopsis from AMC:

Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.

Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.

As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Cast

In a shocking turn of events, series lead Andrew Lincoln will exit the show during season 9. In fact, he's only expected to appear in "half-a-dozen" episodes next season. Norman Reedus will succeed Lincoln as series protagonist.

Lauren Cohan is also expected to exit in season 9. You can read more about Maggie's final episodes here.

Meanwhile, Avi Nash (Siddiq) and Callan McAuliffe (Alden) have both been promoted to series regulars. Both characters debuted in season 8.

As for new cast members...

The show has found its new villain in Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, who will be played by Samantha Morton (Minority Report). Read more about the character here.

Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as Whisperer villain Beta, Alpha's second in command. Cassady McClincy (Love, Simon) will portray Lydia, Alpha's daughter.

The Walking Dead has also found its Magna in Nadia Hilker (The 100). Magna should be a familiar addition to the cast if you're a comic book fan. She was first introduced in issue #127 of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's book as the leader of a new group of survivors that are taken in by Alexandria.

Yumiko, another member of Magna's group, will be played by Eleanor Matsuura (Into the Badlands). She is Magna's girlfriend in the comics. 

Tony-nominated actress Lauren Ridloff has also joined the cast as Connie. Her character is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. Ridloff is, in fact, deaf in real life. Connie is also a member of Magna's crew. It should be noted that Connie isn't deaf in the comics.

Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has been cast as Luke.

The Walking Dead Season 9 will feature some returning favorites. Shane (Jon Bernthal), Hershel (Scott Wilson), and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) will all guest star. 

The Walking Dead Season 9 Spoilers

There's going to be a serious time jump as we head into The Walking Dead Season 9. We outlined what this is all going to mean for the future of the show right here.

John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

Future Man Season 2 Trailer, Release Date, and More

Future Man season 2 will return to Hulu in early 2019, and we've got the latest news surrounding the irreverent time travel comedy.

News
Michael Ahr
Nov 20, 2018

With the announcement at the TCA Winter Press Tour in early 2018 that Future Man season 2 would indeed be happening, Hulu has given fans reassurance that the many unresolved questions left unanswered in the season 1 finale will be able to see a possible resolution and further development. What kind of future have Tiger and Wolf returned to? What fate lies in store for Josh now that his freedom lies in the balance?

According to a synopsis from Hulu Future Man season 2 picks up in 2162, and Josh, Wolf, and Tiger learn that their season one mission to stop the cure from getting out didn’t work. In this timeline, Stu Camillo is now in power, having created the cure, and launched a plan to relocate humanity to Mars. A shadowy organization called the Pointed Circle seeks to recruit Josh to take Stu down – but are they the good guys, or is Stu? As Wolf quickly acclimates to the strange customs of this time, Tiger struggles with her Biotic identity and searches for an escape. Josh unites the team in an epic plan to save the world, but their time-traveling catches up to them, and they must reckon with their choices and what to do next.

Future Man Season 2 Trailer

Here's the latest trailer for Future Man season 2 from Hulu.

Future Man Season 2 Release Date

The return date Future Man season 2 was announced at New York Comic Con 2018 as part of their panel with cast and crew. The show will return to Hulu on January 11, 2018 with a vision of a very different future and Josh, Tiger, and Wolf struggling to find their new place in it. Get ready for some overlapping timelines with multiple versions of the principal characters showing up to bring a new type of complexity to the sci-fi elements of the show.

The time travel comedy from creators Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter of Sausage Party fame followed the hapless janitor, Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), as he attempted to fulfull his destiny as the savior of the future in a surprisingly complex mission that involves changing the past. With the fate of his guides from the future, Wolf and Tiger (Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe), hanging in the balance, the timeline may have changed, but is it for the better or for the worse?

Shaffir acknowledges that Hulu has totally been behind Future Man as they've supported the writers' vision of an over-the-top comedy mixed with elements of science fiction and pop culture. "I don’t think there was a single thing that I can recall where they heard an idea and they said that it was over the line or too much for them," Shaffir said of the streaming network in an earlier interview with Den of Geek. "If anything, they pushed us to be as daring as we wanted to be, so Hulu was fantastic."

Future Man is produced by showrunner Ben Karlin (Modern Family) along with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, whose brand of cinematic humor has lent itself well to television.

Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter.

The Walking Dead Spoilers: The Whisperers and the Whisperer War Explained

The Walking Dead is about to introduce one of the comic series' greatest foes. Here's what you should know about the Whisperers!

The Walking Dead Whisperers
Feature Alec Bojalad
Nov 20, 2018

This Walking Dead article contains spoilers.

So the walkers talk now, huh? Maybe we should be calling them the talkers.

But seriously: at this point, you are likely aware that walkers are not, in fact, learning to speak and organize. There is something far weirder and nefarious afoot and it's taken directly from The Walking Dead comics.

The Walking Dead TV show has officially introduced the comic series' most terrifying group of villains: the Whisperers. The Whisperers resemble the dead because they dress like the dead. Members of the Whisperers wear masks fashioned from the faces of zombies and use the disguise to walk among the herds.

The Whisperers' mastery of their surroundings and this strange new world make them a group that Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom should absolutely fear. When The Walking Dead returns in 2019, we'll learn way more about this strange new group and how they plan to deal with the communities.

further reading: The Walking Dead Season 9: A Spoiler-Filled Guide to A New Beginning

Before then, we've put together a comprehensive breakdown of how the conflict breaks down in the Walking Dead comics. We'll be covering the events that take place roughly between issues #130 and #173. HUGE SPOILERS follow for The Walking Dead comic and the potential future of the show. It's also important to note that, while the show has followed the comics pretty closely in the past, it does stray or remix events once in a while, so don't take this guide as a clear-cut path through the rest of season nine and beyond. 

The First Encounters

The characters of The Walking Dead comic come across the Whisperers in a suitably spooky fashion. In fact, it's in a way we've already seen on the show through Rosita and Eugene's misadventure in the first half of season 9. Near the end of "A New Beginning" arc (issues#127-132), two Hilltop guards named Marco and Ken are exploring uncharted areas around the communities (Hilltop/Alexandria/Kingdom/Oceanside) when their horses are spooked by an approaching herd of walkers. 

Marco and Ken observe that this herd is reacting quite strangely: they're whispering. Terrified, Marco and Ken make their way back to the Hilltop, and in the process, hear the dead whispering once again. Only Marco makes it back to Hilltop afterKen was injured in a horse-related accident and is left for dead. Marco tries to tell Maggie (she's still leader of the Hilltop in the comics) and the rest of the community about the whispering zombies but no one believes him....until some other survivors come across them as well.

Dante (whose closest show analog is Alden) is sent out to rescue Ken. He comes across the Whisperers and is abducted by them. Then Paul "Jesus" Monroe is attacked by the Whisperers while part of a group looking for a missing patrolman. Jesus is able to fight off the Whisperers and takes one of them prisoner. 

The captured Whisperer turns out to be a 16-year-old girl named Lydia who cheerfully tells the Hilltoppers all about her crew. Hilltop arranges a trade with the Whisperers: Lydia for Dante.

Very Few Character Names to Remember

So now we know a little about the Whisperers and how they're introduced into the series. What about the characteristics of individual Whisperers? Who is their Negan or their Governor? Who are some colorful characters involved within the group? Here's the thing: there aren't many "characters" within the Whisperers themselves and that's by design. The Whisperers abandon their names when they join the group so as to fully embrace their bestial nature. 

further reading: Why Rick Grimes Will Never Die

The Whisperers have a leader "named" Alpha, a second-in-command "named" Beta, and then a whole lot of generic Whisperers and so on. 

Alpha is a reserved, yet strong and intimidating woman named Alpha. She has a badass bald head and will be played by Samantha Morton in the show. Alpha is very much in charge and her dialogue frequently reveals why. She has a clear way of articulating the Whisperer's M.O. to the point where it almost sounds appealing. Of course, wearing the skin of the dead is a perfectly rational thing to do when the dead walk the Earth!

Alpha's second-in-command is the physically imposing Beta, to be played by Ryan Hurst on the show. Beta is enormous. He's 7-plus feet of pure muscle. He's so huge that his death mask doesn’t fully cover his face. He's also pretty handy with knives. Whisperer society customs dictate that the strongest among them be the leader. Beta is certainly the strongest physically but seems comfortable in his role as Alpha's bodyguard and confidante. To be leader, he would probably have to kill Alpha, and he doesn't want to do that. 

further reading: How to Fix Daryl Dixon

Then there's this Lydia. Lydia is the only Whisperer who actually gets a name. That's because she's not into this whole Whisperer nonsense. Lydia is actually Alpha's daughter but family isn't supposed to matter in Whisperer society. They're all beasts and only the strongest survive. If Lydia can't deal with that, she should leave. And in fact, Alpha at one point asks Rick to do her a solid and bring her back to the Hilltop with him. Lydia will be played in the series by Cassady McClincy.

Increasing Hostilities

After the Hilltop returns Lydia and the Whisperers return Dante, everything should be squared away, right? Not so much. You see, Lydia was taken back to Hilltop originally....where Carl Grimes is currently training to be a blacksmith. Obviously, Carl falls in love/teenage lust with Lydia almost immediately because pickings are slim in the apocalypse...even if the girls wear corpse masks. When Lydia is returned to the Whisperers, Carl follows them back to their home, which is essentially just an open, empty field. The Whisperers are very nomadic. If the show follows this storyline, then it's likely Carol's son, Henry, will be the young lad to fall for Lydia.

further reading: What Comes After for Rick Grimes?

Rick must go and rescue his son's dumb ass. A group of Whisperers intercepts Rick on the road and brings him back to meet with his son. Alpha uses the opportunity to show Rick a truly enormous herd of walkers that the Whisperers have gathered. Rick can have his son back (and Lydia for that matter) but Alpha makes it clear that that herd will be unleashed on Alexandria if the hostilities continue. 

Welp! The hostilities continue. Not from Rick's people but by the Whisperers. Before she met up with Rick, Alpha infiltrated a massive fair at Alexandria (which the show has been teasing pretty consistently). While there, Alpha somehow managed to kill not one, not two, but TWELVE community members and place their heads on spikes a few miles outside the communities that represents an invisible border between the communities and the Whisperers. Among the dead are Rosita and Ezekiel... 

Rick spends a few weeks trying to keep his people from engaging in another war but it soon becomes clear there will have to be another armed conflict. He charges Dwight with building a militia. 

Negan, the Whisperer

Technically, there is actually a fourth Whisperer whose name is known. That's because, for like two glorious days, our old friend Negan becomes a Whisperer. Really! 

While all this nonsense with the Whisperers is going down (Lydia prisoner exchange, row of severed heads, etc.), Negan is still safely entombed in the prison underneath Alexandria. Then with all the hubbub of an approaching war, someone gets distracted and forgets to lock Negan's cage. Negan escapes and makes a beeline directly for the Whisperers. 

further reading: The Walking Dead Season 9: Who Lives and Who Dies

He is met by Beta, who hates him, and Alpha, who is intrigued by his chatty...somewhat "alpha" ways. Negan says he just randomly came across them but is then forced to admit that he was looking for them specifically. He convinces them to let him join their merry little band. This leads to a truly whimsical "montage," if such a thing exists in comic books, where Negan lives the rustic life as a Whisperer.

Everything is going well with Negan and the Whisperers until Negan commits the cardinal sin: he stops an attempted rape among the Whisperers. Alpha and Beta are furious, as sexual violence is allowed and borderline encouraged in Whisperer culture. They're all beasts, remember? Alpha approaches Negan alone later that night to discuss her worldview further with him.

Negan responds by slicing her throat open, decapitating her, and bringing her head back to Rick as a peace offering. 

The Whisperer War

No fewer than 13 people have literally lost their heads at this point. Clearly, the only option left for both the Whisperers and Rick's survivors is war. 

Truthfully, the Whisperer War isn't the most effective aspect of the Whisperers story in the comics. For one, we JUST had a war with Negan and the Saviors. Secondly, learning about the Whisperers and their weird society is much more satisfying than when the time for war comes. 

further reading: How Angela Kang Could Change the Show

There is really only one battle in this war. The Whisperer forces, led by Beta, meet the Militia forces, led by Dwight, in an open field. Thanks to the tactical brilliance of Negan whooping on people with Lucille (who tragically breaks), the Whisperers suffer heavy losses and are forced to retreat. Beta splits his depleted army into two groups, one heads to Alexandria and one heads to Hilltop. The Hilltop group succeeds in burning Hilltop down but is still ultimately defeated.

As for the Alexandria group...

The Grim Aftermath

The Whisperers ultimately lose "The Whisperer War," (issues #157-162) but not before pulling a real punk move. Beta's forces are basically depleted and victory is impossible. So he picks up his ball and leaves...and also unleashes a Biblically MASSIVE herd of walkers, which shamble towards Alexandria. 

The Whisperer War might have ended quickly, but the herd is something entirely different. The herd is the biggest existential threat that Alexandria has ever dealt with. What's worse is that Hilltop is incapacitated and the Kingdom is still dealing with a complicated leadership situation. 

further reading: The Walking Dead: Movies and New Shows Being Planned at AMC

Alexandria is able to repel the first wave of the herd thanks to Rick's heroism and Negan(!!!). Then Eugene concocts a brilliant scheme to lure the herd into the ocean. 

Ultimately, Alexandria survives but at great cost. Gabriel dies early on in the war. That's unlikely to happen on the show now that Gabriel has taken on a bigger role. Andrea dies while trying to divert the herd as well. Andrea's closest comparison on the show? Michonne.

Keep your loved ones close, the Whisperers and the Whisperer War is going to put a lot of characters at risk. 

Keep up with The Walking Dead Season 9 news and reviews here.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad

Michael Chabon’s Short Trek is a Thing of Optimistic Beauty

Titled "Calypso," the mini-episode is set 1,000 years in the future and casts the eponymous starship itself as a main character.

News Kayti Burt
Nov 20, 2018

While three of the four Short Treks follow characters we've already met on Star Trek: Discovery, "Calypso," the mini-episode written by novelist Michael Chabon (and writer on the upcoming Picard-centric Star Trek series) is a story entirely its own.

If you're looking for a connection between the ongoing series and these supplementary stories, look no further than the eponymous Discovery, the setting and one of two main characters in the 18-minute story about the blossoming of a friendship between the ship's AI and one man lost in space.

Further reading: Mary Wiseman on Short Treks, Tilly, and Food Fights

Aldis Hodge (Underground) stars as Craft, a castaway rescued by Discovery—or more accurately, by Zora, the AI of the starship, played by Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy). Far from home and his family, and used to a life of war, Craft is reluctant to trust the mysterious AI, but learns to over the course of their time together. 

It's a mystery, a romance, and a classic Star Trek story all wrapped into one. In this age of Black Mirror, Ex Machina, and Prometheus, it's nice to get an AI character that doesn't have at least minor Skynet aspirations.

And isn't that the most Star Trek way of all? A story set in our future that doesn't fear technology, but rather revels, optimistically, in its potential. When we talked to Chabon about crafting this story, he immediately pointed out that benevolent AI characters are already part of Star Trek canon, from Data on The Next Generation to the Doctor on Voyager.

"You need to have artificial human characters who are lovable or who are heroic, or noble or whatever it would be," said Chabon. "So, you know, I think it became fairly easy for me then to imagine this ship. And then I just thought about what she's been doing all this time when she's alone and then I decided that she had spent the past thousand years upgrading herself and improving herself and rewriting her code."

In "Calypso," Zora uses the Discovery's expansive media library to update herself, to learn. Chabon noted: "She's becoming a student of literature and a student of arts and culture and a student of all kinds of human expression, human emotion and impression of human intelligence and she's been able to use that time that she's had to herself."

In the Short Trek, we see Zora using media to communicate and connect with Craft. They watch Funny Face and, at one point, Zora manifests in holographic form as a character inspired by the film in order to dance with Craft. Chabon said, in choosing a classic Hollywood film to use for the sequence, they wanted to find something that wasn't just about singing, but also dancing.

"We had a wide range of movie candidates and B-list, and C-list and D-list of candidates, in case we weren't able to get the rights to Funny Face," said Chabon. "But it was Funny Face from the beginning. I think just because there's just something so hauntingly beautiful about her and about maybe the setting of that number. You know, it just felt like the right sequence and you know, like I said, we had some back-ups and possibilities and we were sort of ready to go with other things, but we stuck to the battle and we were able to get the Funny Face rights that we needed. So, it was always there from the beginning."

The pairing of a movie from our nostalgic past with the setting of a far future starship creates a fascinating, effective juxtapostion in "Calypso," one that Chabon was very much aware of, saying: "As beautiful as that sequence is in its own terms, then when it's sort of projected onto the grid of the Starship Discovery it takes it on an extra level for me of incongruity."

Ultimately, what that's saying is, in this future—and this future is even farther in the future than the future that we've been accustomed to seeing on Star Trek, it's a thousand years beyond anything we've seen on the show, it's way, way in the future—even so, they have Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn and Betty Boop and do you know what that means? That means that is our future. To me, it is an incredibly hopeful and optimistic gesture.

It's a comforting sentiment from a man who will be taking a more active role in the Star Trek universe as a writer on the upcoming Picard series. Chabon told us that he got the Short Treks gig first after working with producer Akiva Goldsman on a film project before being asked to come aboard on the Picard series.

"We had shared our Trek fandom in the past, so he knew I was a big Star Trek fan, so he said, 'Hey, we're doing these short films. Would you like to write one?' Of course. So that was the start of it, and it was almost, while I was working on the series, that this Picard thing started to come together. Or, it seemed like it might be coming together, and then, Alex Kurtzman, he asked me if I would want to be involved with that. I said, 'Of course!' a bit louder than I had said 'Of course!' the first time."

It was an easy choice for a man who loves the franchise as a fan. When asked what kinds of guidelines he got for "Calypso" when coming on board, he said the only guidelines he got were length-related. The story treatment was already written by Sean Cochran, but, from there, the story belonged to him.

"I got the story. I get the world. I know Star Trek really well. I had an intuitive sense of the kind of storytelling that Star Trek does best."

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 premieres in January, but you can watch Short Treks episode "Calypso" on CBS All-Access now.

Kayti Burt is a staff editor covering books, TV, movies, and fan culture at Den of GeekRead more of her work here or follow her on Twitter @kaytiburt.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 6 Trailer and Details

Here's everything you need to know about Legends of Tomorrow season 4!

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Cast, Release Date, News, Reviews, Episodes
News Mike Cecchini
Nov 20, 2018

Don't worry, fans. Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 will bring you even more offbeat superhero action than we've already come to expect. We've got everything you need to keep up with the new season right here in one place for you.

Read our review of the latest episode here.

The next episode of Legends of Tomorrow is called "Tender if the Nate" and it airs on Nov. 26. Here's the official synopsis:

"When Hank Heywood (guest star Tom Wilson) confronts Ava (Jes Macallan) about the spending habits of the Legends, Nate (Nick Zano) steps in to try and smooth things over by inviting Hank on to the Waverider.  The Legends then show Hank what they do by visiting 1920s Paris, trying to capture the newest Fugitive. Meanwhile, Mona (Ramona Young) is trying to make a good impression with Ava, but her over eagerness gets her and Ava stuck in a cell instead."

And check out the trailer!

Keep up with our episode guide below...

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episodes

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 1: The Virgin Gary

"After the Legends defeated Mallus and wiped the final anachronism from time, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory with the Time Bureau. All that changes when Constantine (Matt Ryan) informs Sara (Caity Lotz) of a new magical threat that leads the team to Woodstock. Constantine thinks he knows how to defeat the new threat, but will need the help of the team and their special klepto talents to help with his spell. Meanwhile, Nate (Nick Zano) and Rory (Dominic Purcell) go on an adventure leaving Nate facing someone from his past. Brandon Routh, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan and Courtney Ford also star."

air date: 10/22/18

read our review of the Legends of Tomorrow season 4 premiere right here.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 2: Witch Hunt

"When the magical Time Seismograph goes off, the team finds themselves headed to the Salem witch trials.  Sara (Caity Lotz) notices that Zari (Tala Ashe) is taking this case personally when she promises to save a mom, who is being accused of being a witch. However, the team quickly learns that there is a magical creature in the town creating problems they hadn’t been expecting. Meanwhile, Nate (Nick Zano) and Ava (Jes Macallan) work together to try to keep their Time Bureau funding by proving to them that magic exists."

air date: 10/29/18

read our review of "Witch Hunt" here.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 3: Dancing Queen

"When the Legends discover a fugitive is hiding in 1970’s London, they realize he is part of a gang that is targeting the British Monarchy. Trying to stop the gang, they realize someone from the Legends must infiltrate them. Surprising everyone, Ray (Brandon Routh) is the one to gain their trust after he is put through a series of tests with help from Sara (Caity Lotz) and Rory (Dominic Purcell). Meanwhile, Gary (guest star Adam Tsekhman) shows Nate (Nick Zano) the ropes at the Time Bureau, but it turns out to be anything other than an ordinary day at the office."

air date: 11/5/18

read our review of "Dancing Queen" right here.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 4: Wet Hot American Bummer

"When the Legends discover that kids at a summer camp have disappeared, Sara (Caity Lotz), Ava (Jes Macallan), Ray (Brandon Routh) and Constantine (Matt Ryan) find themselves as the new camp counselors.  At camp, Ava struggles to get along with the kids, but Constantine whips up a potion that helps Sara and Ava bond with the children. Luckily, the team finds clues to the whereabouts of the missing kids, but the battle to save them leaves one member in bad shape.  Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Zari (Tala Ashe) are tasked with watching the fugitive and Rory finds a kindship with their “prisoner.” Maisie Richardson-Sellers also stars."

air date: 11/12/18

read our review of "Wet Hot American Bummer" right here.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 5: Tagumo Attacks!!!

"A new fugitive is on the loose in 1951 Tokyo and Sara (Caity Lotz), Zari (Tala Ashe), Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) try to capture it.  As Constantine (Matt Ryan) struggles to recover, Ray (Brandon Routh) knows that magic might be the only thing that can save him but must look outside the team for help.  Meanwhile, Ava (Jes Macallan) joins Nate (Nick Zano) and his family for an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner."

air date: 11/19/18

Read our review of "Tagumo Attacks!!!" here.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 6: Tender is the Nate

"When Hank Heywood (guest star Tom Wilson) confronts Ava (Jes Macallan) about the spending habits of the Legends, Nate (Nick Zano) steps in to try and smooth things over by inviting Hank on to the Waverider.  The Legends then show Hank what they do by visiting 1920s Paris, trying to capture the newest Fugitive. Meanwhile, Mona (Ramona Young) is trying to make a good impression with Ava, but her over eagerness gets her and Ava stuck in a cell instead."

air date: 11/26/18

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 7: Hell No, Dolly

"With Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Ava (Jes Macallan) at odds, Sara (Caity Lotz) tries to come up with a way for them to get along, but all is put on hold when a new magical creature attacks the Legends.  Constantine (Matt Ryan) is forced to confront his tragic past but it could have devastating consequences for the rest of the team. Meanwhile, Mona (Ramona Young) has a crush on someone she works with and gets some advice from Nate (Nick Zano)."

air date: 12/3/18

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 8: Legends of To-Meow-Meow

air date: 12/10/18

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 9: Lucha de Apuestas

air date: TBA

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 10: The Getaway

air date: TBA

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 11: Seance and Sensibility

air date: TBA

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 12: The Eggplant, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

air date: TBA

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Cast

Sometimes fan patience pays off. It remains one of the great injustices of our current golden age of superhero television that Constantine only ran for one season on NBC. Despite a fan campaign to make a second season happen, it wasn't to be. But you simply do not waste a ridiculously perfect piece of casting like Matt Ryan as John Constantine. Ryan's Constantine has since returned to work his dark magic on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He has his own animated series, too.

Adding Constantine to the team makes perfect sense. Legends has long been a kind of "island of misfit toys" for cool, slightly displaced characters, and it's known for swapping up its roster with abandon. This season in particular has been a busy one in that regard. But the current season's focus on magic and demons has meant that we've heard Constantine's name come up several times, even when he hasn't actually shown up. If he's going to be around for every adventure next year, that might be a sign they're considering other stories where having a magic specialist around will be necessary. 

The bad news is that Keiynan Lonsdale won't be back as Wally West/Kid Flash after the season premiere. He might show up occasionally after that, but he's no longer a series regular. We have some more details on that right here.

However, we can expect much more of Nora Dahrk this season. Deadline broke the news that Courtney Ford will now be a series regular.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers will also return!

Ramona Young (BlockersSanta Clarita Diet) joins the cast in the series regular role of Alaska Yu. A typical twentysomething easily swept up by romantic notions and fantasy novels, she’s something of an expert in the world of the magical creatures that the Legends encounter in season four. In the company of the Legends, she soon learns to get her head out of the clouds to become a kickass superhero.

Tom Wilson (The InformantBack to the Future, The Mayor) will recur as Nate’s father, Hank Heywood. With a lifetime in the military and Dept. of Defense, Hank is part of a long line of Heywoods to serve the country. Charming and charismatic, he’s left big shoes for Nate to fill — and it doesn’t help that Nate can’t tell him he’s secretly a Legend!

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Story

Here's the official synopsis for Legends of Tomorrow Season 4:

After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends are ready to ease off the gas. Sara (Caity Lotz) and her team join Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) and the Time Bureau to help clean up the last few remaining anachronisms. The job seems straightforward enough until Constantine (Matt Ryan) arrives to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. As the Time Bureau is distrustful of and ill-equipped to deal with magic, the Legends must team up with everyone’s favorite demonologist to set history back on track.

Sara and Constantine are joined by compassionate inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), hotheaded ex-con Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), rebellious totem-bearer Zari (Tala Ashe), and heartbroken historian-turned-superhero Nate (Nick Zano) as they set out to save the world – and their legacy. It’s the familiar fun of the Legends time-travelling across historical events and encountering famous figures with an added shot of magical craziness! 

We also spoke to the cast in detail about what's coming up this season, and we have more details on that right here.

We'll update this with more info as soon as we have it.

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.

Creed II: Tessa Thompson on The Magic of Acting Rematches

Tessa Thompson tells us about getting back in the ring with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone on Creed II... and Chris Hemsworth.

Creed II Tessa Thompson Interview
Interview Matthew Schuchman David Crow
Nov 20, 2018

Tessa Thompson enjoys getting back in the ring with fellow actors and filmmakers she’s previously worked with. And for good reason, it’s a chance to push each other and see how you have grown as an artist. This of course applies to Creed II, her follow-up to the Rocky reboot that gives her the chance to work with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in new ways, but it also applies to simply reteaming with Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth for next year’s Men in Black spinoff. She told us as much while considering the prospect of switching in sword and sorcery for black ties and nerualyzers.

“For me, it’s so cool,” Thompson says of acting against Hemsworth again. “Chris and I talked about this a lot when we were making Men in Black.  It’s like there are so many greats before us, and not to compare us to them at all, but you see like Hepburn and Tracy, who get to play together in all sorts of space, and you see them over a career make these movies together, that’s so neat, and it’s really incredible to get to have that rapport but also to continue to challenge each other… I think we’re always hopefully trying to break new ground and the benefit of working with someone time and time again is you get to look at them and you know when they’re not breaking new ground. You’re like, ‘I've seen that before. Surprise me, do something new, do something more interesting than what you did the first time around.’”

For Thompson this also applies to Creed II, which reunites her with Jordan and Stallone, except now with Sylvester returning to his duties as screenwriter. Despite writing the original five Rocky movies, the man who would be Balboa passed scriptwriting duties to Ryan Coogler and Aaron Corvington on Creed. Now Sly is back with the pen, which in turn gives new creative opportunities to work alongside Thompson.

“Sly obviously super knows this universe because he created it, but it’s also Creed II, you know?” Thompson says. “So there’s a lot of things in terms of these characters that Mike [Jordan] and I created, I mean there's tons in the first movie that is improvisation or there’s tons in that script that is a result of improvisation that happened during rehearsal, and we worked the same way this time around too, so there are things that literally come out of Bianca's mouth that are the result of conversations that I had with Mike or with [director Steven Caple Jr.]. And yeah, Sly puts it in the script and we all make it work.”

One of the things Thompson was most excited to work into this script though was partnering again with Phylicia Rashad, who plays Adonis Creed’s mother and whom she had no scenes with in the original Creed.

Says Thompson, “We had conversations about that. It’s a beautiful thing because hopefully with any screenwriter, you’re just trying to write a human, right? You’re not trying to write specifically a woman, but there are certain things that I think a guy will just miss. And so we had conversations about like, ‘Oh, how do we make this more right for us?’ And then also just to share space with her, I literally would not be here if it weren’t for Phylicia Rashad. The way in which she has paved the way for women is tremendous, so to get to share screen time with her, to get to share space in the hair and makeup trailer… it’s a gift.”

The gift begins giving on screen on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

 

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Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected TV Series to Be Rebooted

Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl’s fantastical story collection and TV anthology series, is about to be rebooted by The Ink Factory.

News Joseph Baxter
Nov 20, 2018

The media-spanning works of legendary author Roald Dahl have had their share of reboot treatments, with multiple movies currently on studio slates, notably new iterations Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches. However, U.K. television fans with rose-colored 1980s memories of the Dahl-inspired fantasy anthology series, Tales of the Unexpected, should be especially elated to know that a reboot series is in development.

Surging upstart studio The Ink Factory – having achieved international small screen success with joint BBC/AMC TV miniseries adapting selections of John le Carré spy literature in 2016's The Night Manager and the currently-running The Little Drummer Girl – are set to shift gears to Roald Dahl with a TV adaptation of Tales of the Unexpected, reports Deadline. The title originally manifested as a 1979-published collection of short stories from the author, subsequently spun-off into an ITV anthology series (adapting stories from the book and beyond), which ran from 1979 to 1988. Dahl himself (who passed away in 1990,) served as the host of the series from its launch until 1985. The author had previously hosted a similar – U.S.-aired – anthology series for CBS in 1961, called Way Out.

For now, details are scarce about The Ink Factory’s approach to its Tales of the Unexpected reboot. Studio heads Simon and Stephen Cornwell are assembling a writers’ room and are reportedly working closely with the Roald Dahl Story Company, presumably to ensure that the project meets the standards of Dahl’s legacy. With the project’s status as a reboot, it is unlikely to carry over any sort of continuity from the original series.

The classic Tales of the Unexpected series was almost vintage Doctor Who-esque in its low-budget campiness and could be described as a more light-hearted version of The Twilight Zone, though more realistically grounded and never too dark, even when it did cross into the realms of fantasy and the macabre. Over its nine years on the air, the U.K. show saw English acting legends pass through such as John Gielgud, John Mills, Joan Collins, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Hayley Mills, Peter Cushing and Ian Holm. Interestingly, with some of the later episodes set in the U.S., some American stars also banked appearances; a wonderfully random list that includes names like Jennifer Connelly, Don Johnson, Brad Dourif, Robert Loggia, Ed Begley Jr., Terry O’Quinn, Telly Savalas, Janet Leigh, Heather Locklear and David Cassidy, amongst others.

We will certainly keep you updated on the news for this intriguing Roald Dahl reboot project in Tales of the Unexpected.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

MTV Mystery! Is ‘Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant’ Getting Cancelled?

Teen Mom Young Pregnant Not Cancelled MTV

Is Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant getting cancelled? The new MTV show that follows a new crop of young mothers wrapped their first season and cast members sent out cryptic messages about the future of the show. Ashley Jones and Brianna Jaramillo had fans in a frenzy with their “goodbye” messages but sources close to the show told RadarOnline.com exclusively what the future holds for the series. Click through the gallery to find out what sparked the rumors and what the truth is about Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant.

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Paranormal Lockdown Corks Up the Spirits

Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman are haunted hostages as Paranormal Lockdown season 3 throws away the skeleton key.

News
Tony Sokol
Nov 20, 2018

Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman might be suffering from a kind of spiritual Stockholm Syndrome. The two paranormal investigators endured two seasons of location shooting where they would spend an "unprecedented 72 hours confined to the most haunted locations in search of groundbreaking evidence of the paranormal," according to a press statement from Destination America about their show, Paranormal Lockdown. In that time, they've formed a special bond with their ethereal captors. Season 3 will see the pair toss back some moonshine in old Kentucky.

"In response to employee claims that bourbon isn’t the only spirit locked inside the massive warehouses on the property," Paranormal Lockdown season 3 will feature the first-ever televised paranormal investigation of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky.

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“This is the most groundbreaking Paranormal Lockdown season yet, and Katrina and I have been mentally and physically challenged every step of the way,” host and executive producer Nick Groff said in a statement.

Groff, who dedicated his life to the field in an effort to discover the next major breakthrough in paranormal research, and Weidman, who has been working professionally as a paranormal researcher and investigator since 2006, use state-of-the-art investigative technologies to "delve into the deep, storied histories of the properties to uncover what lies beyond the boundaries of our reality," according to the press statement. But the mission comes with risks. "Mentally and physically exhausted, they’ll be vulnerable to whatever lies within the haunted walls," reads the press statement.

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"Living in these extremely haunted locations and dangerous environments for 72 hours has always been the ultimate test to conquer, but it’s led us to discovering some of the best documented evidence we have ever captured," Groff added.

The series will offer back-to-back premieres weekly as it moves to season 3, which begins with an investigation of Old Sweet Springs Resort in West Virginia on Tuesday, December 4 at 9/8c. Groff and Weidman submerge themselves among the spirits, finding something that lurks beneath the surface of the mineral springs. Then at 10/9c, the two visit the Wildwood Sanitarium in upstate New York, where recent renovations have stirred up ghostly activity. The two attempt to determine what menacing spirits have made the home uninhabitable. Groff and Weidman will also explorate the “Portal to Hell” at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Ky., as well as returning to the Monroe House in Hartford City, Ind. where they uncovered skeletal remains in season two.

“I’m excited for everyone to experience the journey that will truly make you question everything you thought you knew about the paranormal,” says Groff, who has been fascinated with the paranormal ever since surviving a near-death experience as a child. Groff first surfaced in the paranormal world when he co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-starred in Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary . The film won a New York International Film & Video Festival award, and was nominate for an Eerie Horror Film Festival award. It aired on the SyFy Channel in 2007. Groff served as the executive producer, co-host, and co-investigator for seasons 1-10 of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures series starting in 2008. Groff was the co-host of Destination America’s series Ghosts of Shepherdstown for two seasons and executive produced Ghost Stalkers in 2014 and the Travel Channel show Vegas Stripped.

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Katrina Weidman's passion for the supernatural began when she was a child living in historic Bucks County, Pa., where many locations are said to be haunted. She rose to national recognition in her role on A&E’s hit series Paranormal State, in which she worked on hundreds of cases of unexplained supernatural phenomena and interviewed thousands of witnesses with the world-renowned Paranormal Research Society (PRS) from 2006-2011.

Weidman also hosted Chiller’s Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies (2012) and The Truth Behind More Movies (2013), following Weidman and her team as they traveled the country chronicling the real-life stories that inspired some of the world’s most iconic horror films.

Paranormal Lockdown will also merge a slate of never-before-seen episodes with hit premieres from Paranormal Lockdown UK.

Paranormal Lockdown returns to Destination America on Tuesday, December 4 at 9 p.m.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City's Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, The $9 Million Money Shot

Ever wonder what $9 MILLION in cash looks like?  Well, here ya go ...  Here's the cash prize that's being offered to the winner of the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson 1-on-1 golf tournament on Friday.  While the guys were getting ready…

Marvel Comics February 2019 Solicitations

Marvel Comics February 2019 Solicitations

Highlights include Savage Sword of Conan #1, Daredevil #1, and Killmonger #4.

Source: Marvel Comics

MARVELS ANNOTATED #1 (OF 4)
ALEX ROSS & KURT BUSIEK (W) • ALEX ROSS (A/C)
VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back! In the year 1939, young photojournalist Phil Sheldon attends the sensational unveiling of the fiery android Human Torch — little knowing he is witnessing the dawn of the Age of Marvels! Prepare to relive Marvel's Golden Age from a whole new point of view as Phil covers the superhuman sightings of the 1930s and 1940s — from the terror caused by the Human Torch's epic clash with the Sub-Mariner to the patriotism stirred by the debut of Captain America and more! Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don't want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #0-1.
104 PGS./RATED T ...$7.99

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
B/W Variant Cover by KEVIN EASTMAN
Variant Cover by RON GARNEY
B/W Variant Cover by RON GARNEY
VARIANT COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ
Variant Cover by RAHZZAH
B/W Variant Cover by RAHZZAH
THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE.
AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE!
Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew...one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing!
An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, and breathtaking variant covers by Garney, Rahzzah, comics legend George Perez, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman!
Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age—hope you survive the experience!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$4.99

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #2
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • RON GARNEY (A)
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
B&W VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
THE DEATH CULT OF KOGA THUN STRIKES!
• Back on the shores of STYGIA, a magical guide directs CONAN toward dreaded civilization...and the promise of a mysterious fortune!
• It'll take all of Conan's strength – and wits – to make his way through the ruined city...
• But to get there, he'll have to survive the death cult of sorcerer KOGA THUN!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #3
JASON AARON (W) • MAHMUD ASRAR (A)
Cover by ESAD RIBIc
Variant Cover by GREG LAND
Variant Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE CRIMSON WITCH GETS CLOSER TO HER GOAL AS "THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN" CONTINUES!
• Hungry and desperate, CONAN's experience in "civilization" takes a dark turn...
• When Conan is caught thieving, he'll discover the penalty is DEATH!
• But how does this figure in to the CRIMSON WITCH's plan?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Hidden Gem Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER by ADAM HUGHES
CONNECTING VARIANT BY MICO SUAYAN (1 of 3)
VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER BY JUAN FERREYRA
The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure!
Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods...will anyone make it home?
LEGACY #708
40 PGS./Rated T+ ...$4.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #2 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (2 OF 3)
Nyx, the Queen of Night, battles the Avengers over the bodies of her victims — and Hawkeye pays the price of defiance!
LEGACY #709
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #3 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (3 OF 3)
Rocket Raccoon comes face-to-face with his past — and it isn't pretty! Meanwhile, the Avengers search the universe for the Shards of Night — and find trouble in the shape of the Children of Nyx!
LEGACY #710
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

DAREDEVIL #1 & #2
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A)
CoverS by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by TBA
ISSUE #1 – Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ISSUE #1 – Hidden Gem Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – VIRGIN HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JAMAL CAMPBELL
ISSUE #1 – SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #2 – Hidden Gem Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
ISSUE #2 – VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CLASSIFIED
ISSUE #1 – 48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$4.99
ISSUE #2 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2
DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A)
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
VARIANT COVER BY Matteo Scalera
• Thanos is dead... Long live the NEW Thanos!
• But who will it be?!
• Will the new Guardians of the Galaxy find that person in time before the universe comes crashing down?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

DAZZLER #1 FACSIMILE EDITION
Written by TOM DEFALCO
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by BOB LARKIN
She's a singer, not a fighter — but Dazzler was always destined to be one of comics' brightest stars! Journey back to the days of disco to join Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men in welcoming Alison Blaire to the Mighty Marvel firmament with this impeccable facsimile of the first issue of Dazzler's sparkling solo series! Alison's mutant powers place her at a career crossroads. Can she be a singing sensation? A stellar super hero? Or both? But when Alison dons her iconic roller skates to make an important audition, will she dazzle everyone — or will the Asgardian Enchantress steal the show?! It's a landmark issue of the 1980s, re-presented in its original form, ads and all!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT /Rated T ...$3.99

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #2
CHARLES SOULE, DAVID AND MARIA LAPHAM & MARK WAID (W)
PAULO SIQUEIRA, DAVID LAPHAM & MORE (A)
COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
VARIANT COVER BY GERALD PAREL
VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL CHO
Three fantastic fables in one mighty magazine! First, a tale of Logan in the fabulous fifties! Then, a new swinging story of the jungle's cursed crusader, Gorilla-Man! Finally, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom enter the space race as Sputnik takes orbit!
40 PGS./Rated T+ ...$4.99

ZIGGY PIG – SILLY SEAL COMICS #1
FRANK TIERI (W) • JACOB CHABOT (A)
COVER BY NIC KLEIN
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE DEL MUNDO
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY BOBBY RUBIO
NOT SO FUNNY WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU?
• Once they were superstars of the Funny Animal Comedy circuit!
• Now money and fame have ruined their friendship.
• Will it ruin their lives?
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T ...$3.99

THE GUNHAWKS #1
DAVID & MARIA LAPHAM (W) • LUCA PIZZARI (A)
Cover by GERARDO ZAFFINO
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY AARON KUDER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by BOB MCLEOD
For Marvel's 80th anniversary we've set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we've brought in Stray Bullets" David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk... cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws...but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ ...$3.99

LOVE ROMANCES #1
DENNIS HOPELESS, GAIL SIMONE, JON ADAMS & MORE (W) • VARIOUS (A)
Cover by PYEONG-JUN PARK
YOUNG GUNS VARIANT COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY ANNIE WU
LOVE STORIES THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD IN A COMIC BOOK!
• Can robots fall in love?
• Is romance just a fantasy?
• Can love breach the corridor of death?
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT/Rated T ...$3.99

WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #1 (of 5)
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • ANDY MACDONALD (A)
Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE McKONE
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY JEE HYUNG LEE
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
Wolverine has finally returned, disentwined from the evil clutches of Soteira...but hang on, didn't he have an Infinity Stone? How did THAT happen?! And wasn't he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers you seek are finally revealed as Logan goes cosmic alongside everyone's favorite god of lies and stories, Loki Laufeyson!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

OLD MAN QUILL #1 (of 12)
ETHAN SACKS (W) • ROBERT GILL (A)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Variant Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Cover by IBAN COELLO
Young Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JIM STARLIN
VIRGIN HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JIM STARLIN
THE FAR-FLUNG SAGA OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE STAR-LORD BEGINS!
Meet Peter Quill. He used to be Star-Lord – you know, the legendary outlaw – but it's been quite some time since he's gone by that name. Taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. Quill grew up. But things didn't go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy. Down and out, Quill's existence means nothing...until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission! The heist of a lifetime – and Quill's harrowing quest for redemption – begins here!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

OLD MAN QUILL #2 (of 12)
ETHAN SACKS (W) • ROBERT GILL (A)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Variant Cover by ROD REIS
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING!
• PETER QUILL returns to Earth...but a lot has changed since he was last there.
• As Peter reacquaints himself with the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he'll find it's difficult to pick up where he left off.
• But they'll have to figure it out quick, as A DEADLY ENEMY is closing in...
• And: What happened to the AVENGERS?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5)
LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON (W) • MARCO FAILLA (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
VARIANT COVER BY VICTOR HUGO
Connecting variant cover by InHyuk Lee
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5)
ED BRISSON (W) • MARCUS TO (A)
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Connecting variant cover by InHyuk Lee
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel... Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5)
SEAN MCGUIRE (W) • JUAN FRIGERI (A)
COVER BY SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE
VARIANT COVER BY KOI PHAM
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
• From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series!
• Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson!
• Juggling Kurt's responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff
in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan!
• But there's something rotten in Tinseltown...
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5)
LEAH WILLIAMS (W) • GEORGES JEANTY (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
SECRET VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
A perfect world doesn't just...happen. It needs to be cultivated. That's where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee and Moneta protect people from threats they won't even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all — love.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #11 & #12
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Covers by SALVADOR LARROCA
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
ISSUE #11 – HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #11 – CHARACTER VARIANT COVER BY TBA
ISSUE #11 – SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY SCOTT WILLIAMS
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY EDUARD PETROVICH
ISSUE #11 – VARIANT COVER BY LEWIS LAROSA
ISSUE #11 – BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
ISSUE #12 – CHARACTER VARIANT COVER BY TBA
SPECIAL OVER-SIZED ISSUE!
After the devastating events of "X-Men Disassembled," it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he's not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind's only hope. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and returning superstar X-Artist Salvador Larroca lead the X-Men into their darkest hour...and beyond!
Issue #11 – 72PGS./Rated T+ ...$7.99
Issue #12 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

HULKVERINES #1 (of 3)
GREG PAK (W) • Ario Anindito (A)
Cover by Greg Land & Frank D'Armata
Variant cover by Cory Smith
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE CLASH YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
At last! It's Weapon H versus his predecessors—Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world's two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action — and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name!
40 PGS./Rated T+ ...4.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2
KELLY THOMPSON (W) • CARMEN CARNERO (A)
Cover by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
WRAPAROUND Design Variant Cover by CARMEN CARNERO
Movie Variant Cover Also Available
REVOLUTION!
The classic Fantastic Four villain MAHKIZMO has taken over Manhattan's Roosevelt Island and turned it into an apocalyptic wasteland! When CAPTAIN MARVEL ends up trapped there and cut off from the rest of world (including any Avengers-shaped reinforcements!), she'll need to build her own team out of allies, old and new — SPIDER-WOMAN, HAZMAT, ECHO and a man known only as SOM — in order to start a revolution to free the island's civilian inhabitants. With that kind of backup, Mahkizmo should be toast — but not everything is what it seems on this island...
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1
JODY HOUSER (W) • SIMONE BUONFANTINO (A) • Cover by VALERIO SCHITI
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
HERO FOR A DAY, HERO FOR A PLANET!
It's CAROL DANVERS Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many...so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job—as Earth's Mightiest Hero, CAPTAIN MARVEL! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don't miss the excitement of the STRONGEST & MIGHTIEST hero of all in her latest adventure!
32 PGS./ ONE-SHOT / Rated T ...$3.99

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MARVEL – MS. MARVEL #1
Reprinting Ms. Marvel (1977) #1
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL –
SPIDER-MAN AND MS. MARVEL #1
Reprinting Marvel Team-Up (1972) #62
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MAR-VELL #1
Reprinting Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #12
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MARVEL VS. RONAN #1
Reprinting Captain Marvel (1968) #41
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL –
THE KREE/SKRULL WAR #1
Reprinting Avengers (1963) #89
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MARVEL – BINARY #1
Reprinting Uncanny X-Men (1981) #164
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL –
EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HERO #1
Reprinting Captain Marvel (2012) #1
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MARVEL – AVENGER #1
Reprinting Avengers (1963) #183
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS: CAPTAIN MARVEL –
THE NEW MS. MARVEL 1
Reprinting Ms. Marvel (1977) #20
32 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

TRUE BELIEVERS:
CAPTAIN MARVEL – BETRAYED! 1
Reprinting Avengers Annual (1964) #10
40 PGS./Rated T ...$1.00

AVENGERS #14
JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY MATTEO SCALERA
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
THE WAR OF THE VAMPIRES BEGINS!
TRANSYLVANIA IS BURNING! As vampire civil war throws the world into chaos, the mysterious Shadow Colonel and his squad of undead revolutionaries have one burning question on their murderous minds: Where is Dracula? And if the Avengers find him first, will the lord of the damned be friend or foe?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AVENGERS #15
JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER by GERALD PAREL
CIVIL WAR: VAMPIRE EDITION!
Dracula forges unholy alliances from his prison cell. Ghost Rider goes berserk. The Shadow Colonel and his new Legion of the Unliving raise bloody hell all over the globe. It's a good thing the Avengers just added a startling new member to the team.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

MARVEL'S AVENGERS:
UNTITLED PRELUDE #3 (of 3)
WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) • PACO DIAZ (A)
AVENGERS & GUARDIANS ASSEMBLE!
• The last stand of the AVENGERS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the heroes of Earth!
• But can even their combined might stop THANOS' mad scheme, now that he's assembled all the INFINITY STONES?
• Snap!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

AVENGERS
WEST COAST #8
KELLY THOMPSON (W)
GANG HYUK LIM (A)
Cover by EDUARD PETROVICH
• KATE BISHOP's ex NOH-VARR is back in town in a big way and needs her help with something weird. Do exes ever come back for normal reasons?! (They do not.)
• That's right, something foul is afoot in the City of Angels, and surprisingly, it's not the newly formed Masters of Evil West Coast (OR that Dutch Oven guy).
• No, this reeks of the Hollywood Elite with a seriously gross tinge of "cult," and it will take all of the West Coast Avengers working together — uncomfortable love triangles and personal problems be damned — in order to save the day. Sexy undercover mission, here we come!
• ALSO! Did GWENPOOL find and adopt a baby land shark? Why, yes, yes she did.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

INVADERS #2
CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • CARLOS MAGNO (A/C)
Cover by BUTCH GUICE
After the SHOCKING reveals about NAMOR last issue, THE HUMAN TORCH goes deeper into the Sub-Mariner's PAST, hoping to uncover his plan. But CAPTAIN AMERICA goes the direct route: TO ATLANTIS. Alone against THE MAD KING and his ARMIES in the exciting second chapter of WAR GHOSTS: THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

THOR #10
JASON AARON (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A/C)
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by TBA
ALL-FATHER ODIN, FATHER OF RUIN! ROAD TO THE WAR OF THE REALMS!
For months, the realms have burned with the flames of Malekith's war, while Almighty Odin did nothing. Now Asgardia is lost in the sun, the Rainbow Bridge is shattered and the All-Father sits alone in the empty ruins of Old Asgard, drunk on mead and despair. If Odin is going to save what's left of the realms, he'll have to undertake the most difficult labor of his very long life. Not by being the omnipotent All-Father, but by finally being just a father to the mighty Thor.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

CHAMPIONS #2
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
• When the dream is at stake, everything you believe in and have fought dearly for, what would you be willing to sacrifice to keep it alive?
• One of the Champions has made a choice that will haunt them for the rest of their days... And now the villain behind that decision has everything they need to shatter the next generation of heroes.
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into uncharted territory, and the team will never be the same.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #8
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • Adam Kubert (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY PEPE LARRAZ
"CAPTAIN OF NOTHING" Continues!
Cap accused! Cap in custody! Cap — killer? As the Power Elite makes its play against the star-spangled Avenger, Captain America is in no position to fight back! Who stands with Cap?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #9
DAN SLOTT (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
MARVELS 25TH VARIANT COVER by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by KHOI PHAM
"STARK REALITIES" PART FOUR!
• Who controls the eScape? Who controls the real world? And who is in control of Iron Man?
• The answer to at least one of these questions is the Controller.
• The answer to the others might surprise you.
• It's an all-out battle on multiple fronts with reality, the cyberscape and the heart, mind and soul of Tony Stark at stake!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

IMMORTAL HULK #13
AL EWING (W) • JOE BENNETT (A) • Cover by ALEX ROSS
SKRULLS VARIANT by CHRIS STEVENS
• The One Below All is in control, and Bruce Banner belongs to him. Hell is ascendant.
• But there are two people Hell isn't strong enough to hold. One is a man named Eugene Judd...
• ...the other is the IMMORTAL HULK.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15
NICK SPENCER (W) • CHRIS BACHALO (A)
COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY LEE GARBETT
• Aunt May is in danger and only Spider-Man can help her...
• ...You think you know where a story like this is going, but you DON'T.
• Because Taskmaster and Black Ant are on the scene, and they don't have a problem with collateral damage.
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16
NICK SPENCER (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A) • Cover by CULLY HAMNER
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HAWTHORNE
THE ROAD TO "HUNTED" STARTS HERE!
• The biggest AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of the year starts next month, so don't miss this prologue!
• The Kraven thread gets woven into Spider-Man's life in a terrifying way that puts Spidey on the road to ruin!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #5
SEANAN McGUIRE (W) • TAKESHI MIYAZAWA (A)
Cover by BENGAL
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY
In the aftermath of "Spider-Geddon", Gwen is ready for her life to calm down — but when is life ever calm for a teenage super hero? Mary Jane's perfectionist vision for their band is driving Gwen crazy, while Gwen's father is pressuring her to return to school. Add that to the daily trials and responsibility that come with being a web-slinging super hero, and you've got a recipe for a whole new era of radioactive adventure!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #3
TOM TAYLOR (W) • JUANN CABAL (A)
Cover by ANDREW C. ROBINSON
• Spider-Man heads to a part of the Marvel Universe that you've never seen before!
• It's always fun to see Spider-Man out of his element. Well, for YOU, anyway. Spidey doesn't agree.
• And when "out of his element" is in a place that doesn't support human life? Uh-oh!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #46
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W) • MATT HORAK (A)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
• The "INFINITE HOUSE OF CIVIL yet SECRET CRISIS WAR INVASIONS" begins here!
• The BIGGEST arc of SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL kicks off this month and will shake the foundations of the Marvel Universe!
• Nothing will ever be the same after this issue! NOTHING!
• Spider-Man and Deadpool just BARELY make it back from the Negative Zone in the middle of an Event that the Marvel U's heroes have already lost.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #3
SALADIN AHMED (W) • JAVIER GARRÓN (A) • Cover by Marco D'Alfonso
VARIANT COVER BY SANA TAKEDA
CONCEPT VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• CAPTAIN AMERICA guest-stars!
• Miles and Cap try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing kids, but it's not quite that simple.
• A new villain has our heroes' number, and you won't believe how they get out of this jam!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

VENOM #11
DONNY CATES (W) • RYAN STEGMAN (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE GIBBONS
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• The sinister symbiote skulks the streets of San Francisco!
• With the symbiote silenced and Eddie finding parts of his memory missing, will he be able to find the answers he's looking for in the Golden City?
• Or will the return to his old stomping grounds reveal secrets better left buried?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #3
CHRISTOS GAGE (W) • MIKE HAWTHORNE (A)
Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY JESUS SAIZ
• Outpowered and outclassed by Terrax, Otto Octavius somehow turns himself into the COSMICALLY POWERED SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN!
• This may not be enough to defeat Terrax, but if so, is the world ready for an Otto Octavius with this level of power?!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #11
MARK WAID (W) • Jesús SAIZ (A/C)
• After the incredible #400, Doc is finally face to face with the man who controls Earth's magic!
• What chance does Strange have against a foe who can literally turn Strange's spells off?!
48 PGS./Rated T+ ...$5.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #7
DAN SLOTT (W) • AARON KUDER (A) • Cover by ESAD RIBIC
VARIANT COVER by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER BY VALERIO SCHITI
MYSTERY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
"HERALD OF DOOM" PART TWO!
• In a battle between Doctor Doom and Galactus, who would you favor...
• A man who is trying to be a hero to his beloved nation or an unstoppable cosmic force of nature?
• It's a simple choice, unless you're Mister Fantastic.
• This dilemma, plus a strange new development in the life of the Human Torch.
• And a long-forgotten threat from the Fantastic Four's past resurfaces...
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

KILLMONGER #4 (of 5)
BRYAN HILL (W) • JUAN FERREYRA (A/C)
THE CAT AND THE SPIDER!
Erik Killmonger came to New York for revenge. But now everything is crumbling around him. Ulysses Klaw — the man he came to kill — has disappeared. Wilson Fisk, Killmonger's new employer, has set the deadliest assassin in the city on his trail. And now, Erik's band of killing comrades is inches from the Black Widow's fangs. The hourglass is running out, and Killmonger has nowhere left to turn.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

WINTER SOLDIER #3 (OF 5)
KYLE HIGGINS (W)
ROD REIS (A/C)
Having pulled RJ out of HYDRA, Bucky begins diving into the mystery of the young killer's past. Where does he come from? Who are his parents? How do you rehabilitate someone who's only ever known death? You give him something new to live for.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

SHURI #5
NNEDI OKORAFOR (W) • LEONARDO ROMERO (A)
Cover by SAM SPRATT
THE TWO BADDEST GAUNTLET-WIELDERS IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNITE!
An alien creature has invaded Wakanda! And with her powers strangely malfunctioning and her brother still missing, Shuri is in over her head. Time to call for backup. Enter: Iron Man! But can these two tech geniuses figure out how to de-power an energy-sucking alien before it destroys the entire continent? Don't miss the end of the first arc — and a dramatic change for the princess of Wakanda!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

MARVEL TALES: BLACK WIDOW #1
Written by GEORGE KAPITAN, STAN LEE, GARY FRIEDRICH,
RALPH MACCHIO, MARGARET STOHL & MORE
Penciled by HARRY SAHLE, DON HECK, JOHN ROMITA SR., JOHN BUSCEMA, GEORGE PEREZ & NICO LEON
COVER BY JEN BARTEL
VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY JEN BARTEL
Relive exciting espionage adventures alongside the Black Widow and celebrate Marvel's 80th anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel's most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Featuring the debut of the Golden Age Black Widow from MYSTIC COMICS (1940) #4, the first appearance of the incomparable Natasha Romanoff as a femme fatale targeting Iron Man in TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #52 and the dazzling introduction of Natasha's iconic modern look in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #86! Plus: Criminals everywhere will feel the Widow's bite when she goes solo in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, and Natasha undertakes a superspy mission in MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10. And meet an all-new undercover agent in RED WIDOW: FIRST STRIKE #1!
80 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T ...$7.99

BLACK WIDOW #2
JEN & SYLVIA SOSKA (W) • FLAVIANO (A) • Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
BLOODY, BLOODY BLACK WIDOW!
• Black Widow came to Madripoor looking for trouble — and boy has she found it!
• With a lead on the worst men in Madripoor, Natasha cuts a swath through the island's underworld, leaving bodies in her wake.
• An assassin, a ballerina and an Avenger walks into the Princess Bar. Tyger Tiger says, "Hey, Natasha."
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL #5 (of 5)
DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (W) • RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ (A)
Cover by Ryan Benjamin & Rain Beredo
VARIANT COVER BY KYLE BAKER
THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION: EVERYONE DIES!
Or at least one person will come very, very close to dying! Probably! It's hard to tell with these team-up books! But one thing's for sure: This is the end. And there's a reason Wade Wilson is known as DEADpool. Will he obtain the Vibranium he needs to save Willie Lumpkin's life? Will the Black Panther chase immortality to stop him? Will Wade's teleporter ever work properly? Find out here!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

BLACK PANTHER #9
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by DANIEL ACUñA
VARIANT COVER by FLOYD NORMAN
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by TBA
"THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA: THE GATHERING OF MY NAME" Part 3
The Panther faces a creature of nightmares! In the fight against N'Jadaka and his empire, the Maroons embark on a journey through myth. But the loss of their leader N'Yami continues to haunt them. And the true monster lies in wait.
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #40
BRANDON MONTCLARE (W)
NATACHA BUSTOS (a/C)
CAUGHT BETWEEN WORLDS!
As Moon Girl and Devil traverse the Dreamscape, all is revealed about their host, Bad Dream...and he isn't what you think! GUEST STARRING DOCTOR STRANGE!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

RUNAWAYS #18
RAINBOW ROWELL (W)
KRIS ANKA (A/C)
• The conclusion to "That Was Yesterday" is here!
• The Gibborim have returned to take what's theirs and destroy the world!
• The question for the Runaways is whether or not they get destroyed, too.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

IRONHEART #3
EVE L. EWING (W) • Luciano Vecchio (A)
Cover by AMY REEDER
As Ironheart gets deeper into the search for a missing friend, she stumbles into something much bigger than a single kidnapping — and something much more dangerous. She may not know it yet, but she faces an ancient power, and it's deadly.
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99
Diamond code: NOV180940

BLACK ORDER #4 (of 5)
DEREK LANDY (W) • PHILIP TAN (A)
COVER BY INHYUK LEE
VARIANT COVER BY
JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Empires, rebellions, super heroes and spies — all in a day's work for the enigmatic Black Swan. With a dark and twisted Nova on the rampage and her Black Order teammates getting decidedly pummeled, the Swan is presented with a simple choice: stay and risk an ungainly end or leave and abandon the closest thing she has to a family.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6
CULLEN BUNN (W)
MATTEO LOLLI (A)
Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
"Nothing for nothing – everything has its price."
In accordance with her personal code, Loki promised Angela a gift in exchange for her help against Nebula. And the debt is coming due. But Angela is about to get a whole lot more than she asked for — including a run-in with Yondu Udonta and his ... new Ravagers?! Fans of Cullen Bunn, C.M. Punk and Scott Hepburn's 2016 Drax series rejoice as Planet Terry, Pip and Kammi clash with the Asgardians!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

THE PUNISHER #8
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • Szymon Kudranski (A)
Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
• Frank Castle is loose in a country ENTIRELY POPULATED BY VILLAINS.
• It's war on the streets of Bagalia!
• Desperate times for Baron Zemo call for desperate measures!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #41
RYAN NORTH (W)
NAOMI FRANQUIZ (A)
Cover by ERICA HENDERSON
• In the past months, Squirrel Girl has battled Kraven, rescued NYC from supernatural silence, kinda-maybe died and also fought Skrulls! So now it's time for a nice break...which is why in THIS issue, Squirrel Girl does nothing but watch public domain movies on television!
• That's right! She just sits there! You can kinda see the TV screen over her shoulder in a couple of panels, but that's it! It's really quiet and relaxing and nothing much happens.
• ...
• ...THAT IS, UNTIL NANCY WHITEHEAD AND ANOTHER ESU STUDENT BY THE NAME OF PETER PARKER ARE TAKEN HOSTAGE BY A SUPER VILLAIN INTENT ON PROVING THAT SHE'S THE SMARTEST PERSON ON THE PLANET!
• Then it's super hero battles featuring THOR and SHE-HULK on a DATE! SQUIRREL GIRL matching wits against MS. QUIZZLER! And MORE!
• Artist Naomi Franquiz makes her MARVEL DEBUT in a stanalone adventure you won't want to miss!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5
JEREMY WHITLEY (W)
GURIHIRU (A)
Cover by STACEY LEE
Nadia believed that when A.I.M. attacked her lab, she had reached rock bottom. She was wrong. And now she is finding out that she has more in common with her father than she ever knew. This issue of UNSTOPPABLE WASP will change everything about Nadia's life.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

MS. MARVEL #38
G. WILLOW WILSON & MORE (W) • NICO LEON & MORE (A)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
• MS. MARVEL marks five incredible years on the stands!
• Take a deep dive into Kamala's Jersey City with Bruno, Nakia, Zoe and more in this jam-packed celebration of Ms. Marvel and her amazing friends!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99

UNCANNY X-MEN: WINTER'S END #1
SINA GRACE (W) • NATHAN STOCKMAN (A) • Cover by JAVIER GARRON
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Iceman and the X-Men get a special visitor from the future! An older Bobby Drake has come to the present to tell him to give up being a super hero. But what could have happened that would change Bobby Drake from the X-Men's resident jokester to a morose mutant?
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ ...$4.99

X-FORCE #3
ED BRISSON (W) • DYLAN BURNETT (A)
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY Butch Guice
• Ahab has returned to exterminate X-Force!
• What twisted schemes is Ahab conducting that has attracted the attention of X-Force?
• The team has begun to put the pieces together, but will they figure it out in time to stop mass genocide?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #2 (of 5)
BENJAMIN PERCY (W) • MARCIO TAKARA (A)
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
A rundown cabin in the middle of nowhere. Feral children lurking in the trees. A sinister cult worshiping in a cathedral of night. As Agents Pierce and Marshall continue to investigate the killer striking Burns, Alaska, they uncover even more mysteries than they'd bargained for...
40 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$4.99

DEAD MAN LOGAN #4 (of 12)
ED BRISSON (W) • MIKE HENDERSON (A)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
VARIANT COVER BY GERARDO ZAFFINO
LEFT FOR DEAD!
• Logan's Adamantium sickness is advancing, and the greatest medical minds of the Marvel U want one last checkup...
• Hawkeye vs. Mysterio! A glass fishbowl makes for an awfully large target...
• Plus: A special appearance by your least favorite X-Man!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

MR. AND MRS. X #8
KELLY THOMPSON (W) • Oscar Bazaldua (A)
Cover by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON
• Spiral jumps into the fray!
• But whose side is she really on?
• Will Rogue and Gambit ever get the vacation they deserve?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

X-23 #9
MARIKO TAMAKI (W) • DIEGO OLORTEGUI (A)
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
The mystery surrounding the X-Assassin grows, as Laura investigates its origins and Gabby does her best to find the humanity deep in its robot heart... But the X-Assassin isn't the only threat facing the sisters!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

SHATTERSTAR #5 (OF 5)
TIM SEELEY (W) • CARLOS VILLA & GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
• The Grandmaster's game reaches final jeopardy...
• Shatterstar goes toe-to-toe with the only opponent with a prayer of taking him down...himself!
• Plus: One of Shatty's tenants fulfills their destiny!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

DEADPOOL #9
SKOTTIE YOUNG (w) • NIC KLEIN (A/C)
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HAWTHORNE
THE HEART IS A LONELY MERCENARY...
• Someone has stolen Deadpool's heart...LITERALLY.
• The Merc with the Mouth hires the Snoop with a Private Eye, Jessica Jones!
• You'll never guess where this twisted trail leads!!!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$3.99

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #29
SIMON SPURRIER (W) • EMILIO LAISO (A)
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
Greatest Hits Variant Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
"WORST AMONG EQUALS" PART 4
• Rogue archaeologist DOCTOR APHRA continues her race against time – and total bodily explosion – with only professional murder droid TRIPLE-ZERO for company.
• Facing firing squads, harpoon-flinging reptiles and – worst of all – really bad traffic, they have no idea they're being watched by the deadliest Imperial threat of all:
• The Coalition for Progress! Face the unmitigated terror of the EMPIRE'S public relations division...
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS #61
KIERON GILLEN (W) • ANDREA BROCCARDO (A)
Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
GREATEST HITS VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
"THE ESCAPE" AFTERMATH
• The great love story of our time as man and spaceship are brought back together in a tearful reunion.
• Er...HAN gets the FALCON back.
• It's not just about the escape—it's what you leave behind...
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #5 (of 7)
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
WILL SLINEY (A)
Cover by PHIL NOTO
VARIANT COVER BY SCOTT FORBES
THE KESSEL RUN!
• HAN and his crew pulled off an impossible heist...
• ...but will the EMPIRE stop them before their stolen unrefined coaxium explodes?
• Or will a monster waiting in the Maw prevent them making the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs?!
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO – IMPERIAL CADET #4 (of 5)
ROBBIE THOMPSON (W)
LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE MISSION BEGINS!
• The training wheels are off as HAN SOLO and his fellow cadets head into real combat warfare!
• In the chaos of battle, will Han take a chance to slip the bonds of the EMPIRE?
• Or will he risk his freedom AND his life to help a fellow cadet left behind enemy lines?
32 PGS./Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

This is the Age of Star Wars! STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC,
AGE OF REBELLION and AGE OF RESISTANCE chronologically tell a
series of spectacular adventures featuring your favorite characters
from ALL THREE STAR WARS TRILOGIES!

Starting with AGE OF REPUBLIC this December, writer Jody Houser teams with artists Cory Smith and Luke Ross to spotlight four of the greatest heroes and four of the coolest villains from the prequel films during the waning days of the Old Republic. Witness the never-before-seen moments that define the characters, the incredible battles that shaped them and the eternal conflict between the light and the dark, good and evil!

It all starts here in the pages of QUI-GON #1 and DARTH MAUL #1.
With covers by Paolo Rivera, Luke Ross, Cory Smith and more!

Checklist:
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC

December 2018
QUI-GON #1
DARTH MAUL #1

January 2019
OBI-WAN #1
JANGO FETT #1
SPECIAL #1

February 2019
ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1
COUNT DOOKU #1

March 2019
PADMÉ AMIDALA #1
GENERAL GRIEVOUS #1

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1
JODY HOUSER (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE (6 OF 27)
GREATEST HITS VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS!
• A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost.
• Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI?
• Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!
32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – COUNT DOOKU #1
JODY HOUSER (W) • LUKE ROSS (A) • Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE (7 OF 27)
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
THE FORMER JEDI BEGINS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR HIS SITH MASTER!
• However, an unexpected encounter with an old student threatens his plans.
• Caught between his old life and his new, will DOOKU be able to protect the secrets of the SITH?
• And does he control the DARK SIDE, or is he merely its tool?
32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T ...$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.

MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES:
SPIDER-MAN – WEB OF INTRIGUE #1
JEFF LOVENESS AND MORE! (W) MARIO DELPENNINO AND MORE! (A)
Cover by JACOB CHABOT
• Power is a great responsibility but it's a weight easier carried with friends!
• So, what happens when your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man meets up with his favorite Spider-Pals, Miles, Gwen and Anya?
• Hijinks, hilarity and heroism of course!
32 PGS./All Ages ...$3.99

MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES – MUSEUM EXHIBIT GUIDE TPB
ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DIRECT MARKET AND AT THE MUSEUM EXHIBIT!
Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios films are not only the enduring voices of the Super Heroes themselves, but also the diverse visions of Marvel's writers, artists, actors and filmmakers. The MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES catalog spotlights legendary comics creators, up-and-coming talent, editors, executives, artists, art collectors, actors and showrunners, along with articles about the history and power of Marvel fans, with stories that stretch the mind regarding how we think about heroes—be it through personal history, fandom or fashion. Featuring interviews with and articles by some of the legends and stars in the field—including Stan Lee, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Clark Gregg, Joe Quesada, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Claremont, Jeph Loeb, Cheo Hodari Coker and James Marsters.
248 PGS./All Ages ...$34.99
IBSN: 978-3-903269-32-3
Trim size: 8.5 x 11

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC
Written by BILL MANTLO with ELLIOT S! MAGGIN
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA & JIM MOONEY with FRANK MILLER, MIKE ZECK & FRANK SPRINGER
Cover by KEITH POLLARD
Peter Parker's second Spectacular serving is even greater than the first! Things kick off with a battle against the Beetle, then Peter heads west to cover the breakup of the Champions — but how does this lead to a clash with Angel and Iceman? The White Tiger enters for an extended guest role as the Lightmaster, the Enforcers and the Scorpion turn up the tension! Then, Moon Knight helps Spidey fight the Maggia — who retaliate in the form of the Masked Marauder! It's a multipart epic pairing Spider-Man and Daredevil, and featuring Frank Miller's very first DD artwork! It all culminates in the seven-part saga of Carrion, the mysterious rotting horror with hidden ties to Peter Parker's past — and a violent desire to punish him for the death of Gwen Stacy! Collecting PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #16-31.
312 PGS./Rated T ...$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91739-5
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 2 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 276 (DM ONLY)
312 PGS./Rated T ...$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91740-1

HULK BY LOEB & MCGUINNESS OMNIBUS HC
Written by JEPH LOEB with AUDREY LOEB
Penciled by ED MCGUINNESS, ARTHUR ADAMS, FRANK CHO, IAN CHURCHILL, WHILCE PORTACIO,
JOHN ROMITA JR., CHRIS GIARRUSSO, DARIO BRIZUELA & MORE
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
There's a sadistic new red-skinned Hulk in the Marvel Universe. Who or what is he? One thing's for sure: He's a Hulk with a mission...and it'll be an explosive battle when he collides with the original green-skinned goliath! As Marvel's greatest minds try to uncover the Red Hulk's secrets, She-Hulk calls in the cavalry to bring him down! Meanwhile, Rick Jones adjusts to a startling new status quo — and what's wrong with Doc Samson? When Domino sees too much, Red Hulk assembles a hit squad to silence her. But whose side is the new Red She-Hulk on? And when Red Hulk's mysterious backers stand revealed, can Marvel's greatest heroes halt an unstoppable red tide of destruction? Collecting HULK (2008) #1-24, KING-SIZE HULK #1, FALL OF THE HULKS: GAMMA, HULK-SIZED MINI-HULKS #1 and material from INCREDIBLE HULK (2009) #600 and WOLVERINE (2003) #50.
912 PGS./Rated T+ ...$100.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91805-7
Trim size: oversized

MARVEL'S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE TPB
Written by WILL CORONA PILGRIM with JIM STARLIN & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by PACO DIAZ with GEORGE PEREZ, VALERIO SCHITI & MORE
As the Avengers and their allies continue to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger emerges from the cosmic shadows: Thanos! A despot of intergalactic infamy, Thanos' goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment — and the fate of Earth, and existence itself, has never been more uncertain! Plus: A classic comics tale of Thanos' original reign of terror over the galaxy, and a blockbuster showdown between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mad Titan! Collecting MARVEL'S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE #1-3, INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) #1 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2015) #19.
152 PGS./Rated T+ ...$14.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91495-0

THE MARVEL ART OF SKOTTIE YOUNG HC
Written by JESS HARROLD
Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Celebrate the unmistakable artwork of Skottie Young in a colorful collection of comic pages, covers and cartoons! The distinctively stylized illustrator first caught fans' eyes with his flaming-hot take on the Human Torch, and he's wowed readers across the years since on Marvel books including VENOM, SPIDER-MAN: LEGEND OF THE SPIDER-CLAN, NEW WARRIORS and NEW X-MEN! Young steered the Guardians of the Galaxy's fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon into solo adventures, and his variant covers are a collector's-item sensation! In addition to his art, Young has written ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT, MAGNETO: NOT A HERO and DEADPOOL! This volume is the ultimate retrospective of the Marvel Universe according to Skottie — ideal for Young and old!
224 PGS./Rated T ...$50.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91765-4
Trim size: oversized

RETURN OF WOLVERINE TPB
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Penciled by STEVE MCNIVEN & DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
He's back! After a long life of fighting the good fight, Wolverine succumbed to the inevitable. Logan was dead. But now, suddenly, he's alive! How? Why? And how has this chilling experience changed him? Wolverine awakens in a destroyed lab, his memories fragmented, his claws burning hot and his identity in doubt. What is the organization called Soteira, and what has its enigmatic leader Persephone done to Logan? Wolverine may be back, but as he throws himself headlong into the mysteries around him, he may not remain in the land of the living for long. A confrontation with his oldest allies looms, but the X-Men have learned much during their hunt for Wolverine. Can he handle the truth of what he's done? Now that Logan has risen, how far can he fall? Collecting RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1-5.
160 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91198-0

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1: FOUREVER TPB
Written by DAN SLOTT
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI, SIMONE BIANCHI & SKOTTIE YOUNG
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic — the first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics — are about to be reunited! Experience the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will radically alter the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards return home with their children. But things have changed! And while Alicia Masters and the Thing ponder a big change of their own, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom! Plus: Who are the Marvel Universe's newest fabulous foursome — the Fantastix?! How did they come into possession of the Baxter Building? And what does that mean for the original FF? The World's Greatest Comic Magazine is back — and better than ever! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #1-4.
120 PGS./Rated T ...$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91349-6

UNCANNY X-MEN: X-MEN DISASSEMBLED TPB
Written by ED BRISSON, KELLY THOMPSON & MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Penciled by MAHMUD ASRAR, R.B. SILVA, YILDIRAY CINAR & PERE PEREZ
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
The flagship X-Men title that started it all is back — bigger and better than ever! Why is the X-Men's newest crisis shaping up to be...their final adventure?! It all starts with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, but their investigation draws the X-Men into a much larger — and deadlier — situation! Who or what are the Four Horsemen of Salvation, and what is their connection to Nate Grey, the incredibly powerful mutant known as X-Man? Will Nate's home dimension, the Age of Apocalypse, make its horrifying return? Or does the dawn of the Age of X-Man mean the end of the Uncanny X-Men?! It's a status-quo-smashing story that just might leave all of mutantkind in tatters, and it will take three fan-favorite writers to deliver the mutant madness! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (2018) #1-10.
272 PGS./RATED T+ ...$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91486-8

ICEMAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS TPB
Written by SINA GRACE
Penciled by NATHAN STOCKMAN
Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES
Iceman is back in his own solo series! Someone is hunting the sewer-dwelling Morlocks for sport, and it's up to Bobby Drake to prevent another Mutant Massacre in the making — but it's going to take everything he has not to lose his cool. Who's behind this horrific hunt? You won't believe it if we tell you! And what part does Iceman's former teammate Bishop, the cop from the future, play in all this? Plus: When a super villain crashes Bobby's blind date, he needs a wingman and wingwoman. It's time for the tripartite team-up you've been waiting for: Iceman and his Amazing Friends, Spider-Man and Firestar! And things are looking great when New York finally throws its first Mutant Pride Parade, until things take a turn for the...Sinister! Collecting ICEMAN #1-5 & Uncanny X-Men: Winter's End #1.
144 PGS./RATED T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91483-7

MR. AND MRS. X VOL. 1: LOVE AND MARRIAGE TPB
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Penciled by OSCAR BAZALDUA & DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by TERRY DODSON
Their wedding shocked the world — now Gambit and Rogue are husband and wife, and their honeymoon will be uncanny! In their extraordinary lives, Gambit and Rogue have faced nearly every challenge imaginable. But now that the Marvel Universe's hottest couple has tied the knot, how will they cope with married life, X-Men-style? By going interstellar! Being tasked with protecting a mysterious package everyone in the galaxy seems to want makes for a pretty bizarre honeymoon, but could anything be worse than Deadpool crashing the party? Yes! The Technet crashing it, too! Not to mention the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, Deathbird, the Starjammers and a whole Empire in turmoil! What the heck is in this package, anyway?! And will Gambit and Rogue ever make it home? Collecting MR. AND MRS. X #1-6.
136 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91351-9

SPIDER-GEDDON: COVERT OPS TPB
Written by PRIEST & JODY HOUSER
Penciled by PAULO SIQUEIRA & ANDRES GENOLET
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
Many are the missions in SPIDER-GEDDON — and two very different squads of web-slingers undertake some of the deadliest! Kaine, Jessica "Spider-Woman" Drew, Ashley Barton from the OLD MAN LOGAN universe and brand-new characters Astro-Spider and Spider-Kid are the Spider-Force — but their first assignment may well be their last! Are they prepared to sacrifice everything to save the Multiverse? Elsewhere, original Spider-Girl May "Mayday" Parker teams up with her Prime Universe namesake Anya Corazon and Annie May Parker, A.K.A. Spiderling of the RENEW YOUR VOWS world! Mayday will do anything to protect her little brother from the Inheritors, and Anya's knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day — but how does Annie fit in with this trio of Spider-Girls? Collecting SPIDER-FORCE #1-3 and SPIDER-GIRLS #1-3.
136 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91497-4

AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL. 2: WORLD TOUR TPB
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI, DAVID MARQUEZ, ADAM KUBERT & ED MCGUINNESS
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Behold the wonders of Avengers Mountain! In the aftermath of their world-shaking battle against the Dark Celestials, the new Avengers team is officially formed — complete with a startling new headquarters at the top of the world. From there, they'll face a vengeful Namor and his Defenders of the Deep, and the reimagined Russian Super-Soldiers of the Winter Guard! Plus: A shocking surprise from the U.S. government! The all-new Agents of Wakanda! The mystery of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC deepens! Which startling character will become the newest Avenger? And if you thought you knew the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, you were wrong! Witness the prehistoric origin of the very first Ghost Rider — who rides a flaming woolly mammoth, and battles a savage and familiar foe! Collecting AVENGERS (2018) #7-12.
160 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91188-1
AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL. 2: WORLD TOUR TPB SHAW COVER (DM ONLY)
160 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91861-3

BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL TPB
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Penciled by RICARDO LóPEZ ORTIZ
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
Deadpool has teamed up with, taken down or taken a beating from just about every hero in the Marvel Universe — and no way is the Black Panther going to miss his turn! Prepare yourself for a hilarious romp through Wakanda as Wade Wilson goes on the hunt for the world's most valuable resource: Vibranium! But why does Deadpool want it? And what will T'Challa make of his motives? While the Panther's mind is distracted with the possibility of a revolutionary new technology that could change the world, Deadpool is about to learn you don't bring a sword to a claw fight! Someone's going to lose their head — but will it be Wade, T'Challa or the villainous Jack O'Lantern?! All this, plus...the unthinkable Pantherpool! Collecting BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL #1-5.
112 PGS./Rated T ...$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91549-0

DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE TPB
Written by AL EWING, CHIP ZDARSKY, GERRY DUGGAN & JASON LATOUR
Penciled by SIMONE DI MEO, CARLOS MAGNO, GREG SMALLWOOD, JASON LATOUR & JOE BENNETT
Cover by RON GARNEY
Doctor Strange! The Hulk! Namor, the Sub-Mariner! The Silver Surfer! An unsolvable murder. An aquatic doorway to nothingness. A wanderer at the end of time. And a cosmic train of planetary proportions. Four seemingly unrelated events that will require the powers and insights of the greatest non-team of all. Only they can connect the dots and challenge the strange power behind these disconnected happenings before all of reality pays the price! But Doctor Strange is...dead? Namor has declared war on the surface world! The Surfer once more serves Galactus! And the Hulk is...Immortal! Estranged and distressed, can these former allies come together in time to stave off a crisis of cosmic proportions? Don't call them a team — call them the Defenders! Collecting IMMORTAL HULK: DEFENDERS, NAMOR: DEFENDERS, DOCTOR STRANGE: DEFENDERS, SILVER SURFER: DEFENDERS and DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE.
168 PGS./Rated T+ ...$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91614-5

X-MEN RED VOL. 2 TPB
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Penciled by CARMEN CARNERO, ROGE ANTONIO & PAOLO VILLANELLI
Cover by JENNY FRISSON
The adventures of the newly resurrected Jean Grey and her handpicked team continue! One of the X-Men's greatest foes has come calling on Namor's undersea kingdom of Atlantis, and they're determined to bring about its end! Jean Grey and the Red team find themselves out of their element and under the sea as they must repel a devastating attack! Plus: The world grows more hostile toward mutants every day, and one of the X-Men's fiercest foes is working behind the scenes to keep it that way! But Jean has had enough of the hateful world she was reborn into, and it's time for her to confront the one responsible head-on. Prepare for a seismic showdown between Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova! Collecting X-MEN: RED #6-11.
136 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91168-3

X-MEN BLACK TPB
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT, SCOTT AUKERMAN, SEANAN MCGUIRE, ROBBIE THOMPSON, LEAH WILLIAMS, LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Penciled by DALIBOR TALAJIC, ANDRE LIMA ARAUJO, NICK BRADSHAW, MARCO FAILLA, SHAWN CRYSTAL, CHRIS BACHALO & GERALDO BORGES
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Magneto. Mojo. Mystique. Juggernaut. Emma Frost. Apocalypse. The X-Men have gone head-to-head with all of them countless times over the years – but now the villains are the stars! From the cold vacuum of space to the jungles of the Savage Land, from dominating a secret society's inner sanctum to crashing through all walls in their way, these titanic tales show what makes the X-Men's opponents the most formidable in the universe. Chris Claremont sets Magneto on a new path! Mojo finds...love? Mystique delivers revenge-fueled chills, seductive thrills and brutal kills! Emma Frost sets her sights on the Hellfire Club! Nothing can stop the Juggernaut...until now! And a transformative tale of Apocalypse that must be seen to be believed! Collecting X-MEN BLACK – MAGNETO, X-MEN BLACK – MOJO, X-MEN BLACK – MYSTIQUE, X-MEN BLACK – JUGGERNAUT and X-MEN BLAC – EMMA FROST.
160 PGS./Rated T+ ...$17.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91553-7

TYPHOID FEVER TPB
Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Penciled by STEFANO LANDINI, PAOLO VILLANELLI & WILL ROBSON
Cover by R.B. SILVA
Typhoid Mary is back in Manhattan, and she has her sights set on Hell's Kitchen! With Daredevil preoccupied trying to take down Mayor Fisk, there's a power vacuum in New York's most dangerous neighborhood, and the psychotic pyrokinetic aims to fill it with her own unique brand of chaos. But Daredevil isn't the only guardian watching over the Kitchen, and Spider-Man is about to prove it! When mutants and humans alike get caught in the crossfire, the X-Men have no choice but to intervene — only to find themselves squaring off against Spidey! Luckily, Iron Fist is in town and willing to lend a hand — but can Danny Rand stop Typhoid Mary's flames from spreading, or will he just add fuel to the fire? Collecting TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN,&

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura



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TV Premiere Dates: 2018 – 2019 Calendar

Check out our 2018 through 2019 TV premiere dates calendar for when new shows air and when your favorite shows return!

TV Premiere Dates - SyFy's Nightflyers
News Den of Geek Staff
Nov 20, 2018

Wondering when your favorites are coming back and what new series you can look forward to? We've got you covered with the Den of Geek 2018 TV Premiere Dates Calendar, where we're keeping track of TV series premiere dates, return dates, and more for this year and beyond. 

We'll continue to update this page as networks announce dates. A lot of these shows we'll be watching or covering, so be sure to follow along with us! 

Please note that all times are EST. 

TV Premiere Dates 2018 - 2019 

Date Show Network
Monday, November 19 The Last Kingdom  Netflix
Monday, November 19 The Little Drummer Girl (9:00 p.m.) AMC
Wednesday, November 21 The Bureau Sundance Now
Thursday, November 22 No Activity CBS All Access
Thursday, November 22 Kulipari: Dream Walker Netflix
Thursday, November 22 Motown Magic Netflix
Thursday, November 22 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Netflix
Friday, November 23 Frontier Netflix
Friday, November 23 Fugitiva Netflix
Friday, November 23 Sick Note Netflix
Sunday, November 25 Dirty John (10:00 p.m.) Bravo
Wednesday, November 28 Vikings (9:00 p.m.) History
Friday, November 30 Baby Netflix
Friday, November 30 1983 Netflix
Friday, November 30 F Is for Family Netflix
Friday, November 30 Spy Kids: Mission Critical Netflix
Sunday, December 2 Berlin Station (9:00 p.m.) Epix
Sunday, December 2 Nightflyers (10:00 p.m.) Syfy
Monday, December 3 Berlin Station (9:00 p.m.) Epix
Wednesday, December 5 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Amazon
Friday, December 7 Dogs of Berlin Netflix
Sunday, December 9 The Shivering Truth (12:00 a.m.) Adult Swim
Sunday, December 9 Counterpart (9:00 p.m.) Starz
Wednesday, December 12 Champaign III YouTube Premium
Friday, December 14 Tidelands Netflix
Friday, December 14 Fuller House Netflix
Friday, December 21 Marvel's Runaways Hulu
Friday, December 21 Diablero Netflix
Friday, December 21 Tales of Arcadia: 3 Below Netflix
Friday, December 28 Selection Day  Netflix
Sunday, December 30 The Orville (8:00 p.m.) FOX
Thursday, January 3 Gotham (8:00 p.m.) FOX
Friday, January 4 The Blacklist (8:00 p.m.) NBC
Sunday, January 6 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards NBC
Tuesday, January 8 Project Blue Book (10:00 p.m.) History
Tuesday, January 8 Good Trouble Freeform
Wednesday, January 9 I'm Sorry (10:00 p.m.) truTV
Wednesday, January 9 You're the Worst (10:00 p.m.) FXX
Thursday, January 10 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (9:00 p.m.) NBC
Friday, January 11 Friends From College Netflix
Sunday, January 13 Victoria (9:00 p.m.) PBS
Sunday, January 13 True Detective (9:00 p.m.) HBO
Sunday, January 13 Valley of the Boom (9:00 p.m.) Nat Geo
Monday, January 14 The Passage (9:00 p.m.) FOX
Wednesday, January 16 Deadly Class (10:00 p.m.) Syfy
Wednesday, January 16 Schitt's Creek (10:00 p.m.) Pop
Thursday, January 17 Star Trek: Discovery CBS All Access
Thursday, January 17 A Discovery of Witches Shudder/Sundance Now
Saturday, January 19 Dynasties (9:00 p.m.) BBC America
Sunday, January 20 Shameless (9:00 p.m.) Showtime
Sunday, January 20 Black Monday (10:00 p.m.) Showtime
Wednesday, January 23 The Magicians (9:00 p.m.) Syfy
Wednesday, January 23 Pure (10:00 p.m.) WGN America
Thursday, January 24 Siren Freeform
Thursday, January 24 Broad City (10:00 p.m.) Comedy Central
Thursday, January 24 The Other Two (10:30 p.m.) Comedy Central
Friday, January 25 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix
Friday, January 25 Kingdom Netflix
Thursday, January 31 Will & Grace (9:30 p.m.) NBC
Friday, February 15 The Umbrella Academy Netflix
Friday, February 15 Proven Innocent (9:00 p.m.) FOX
Wednesday, February 20 Documentary Now! (10:00 p.m.) IFC
Sunday, February 24 91st Annual Academy Awards  ABC
Monday, February 25 Shadowhunters  Freeform
Monday, April 1 Cannon Busters Netflix

If we've forgotten a show, feel free to drop a reminder in the comment section below!

Marvel Confirms Cyclops’ Resurrection in Uncanny X-Men

Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics released their solicitations for February 2019 this week. There are plenty of major new books and storylines kicking off that month, with Marvel confirming the return of Cyclops and DC debuting a new crossover between The Flash and Batman.

Scroll down to see the most significant new projects from Marvel and DC in February.

The Age of X and the Return of Cyclops

Uncanny X-Men #12 cover by Salvador Larroca. (Marvel Comics) Uncanny X-Men #12 cover by Salvador Larroca. (Marvel Comics)

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Oh, Baby! Aaron Carter Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Lina Valentina

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Congratulations are in order for Aaron Carter!

The troubled star, who finished his latest stint in rehab just under a year ago, hinted at the idea his girlfriend Lina Valentina had a bun-in-the-oven.

“I’m in such an amazing place mentally, physically & emotionally,” he wrote to his followers Tuesday. “I finally bought my first home and I’m going to be proposing soon to my gf and we might just be expecting…”

PHOTOS: Kenya Moore Faking Her Pregnancy? Fertility Specialist Tells All Baby Scandal

Now, a source confirmed to E! News the couple are expecting their first child together, and that Carter could be proposing to Valentina within the next week.

The lovebirds went public last September when Carter debuted a sweet snap of the two on social media.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, after suffering a breakdown on the TV show The Doctors, Carter, 30, entered a treatment facility on Sept. 22, 2017 But after leaving shortly thereafter, he reentered another rehab center in October and remained there until completing the program in December 2017.

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Arrow Season 7 Episode 7 Trailer and Details

The CW's original DC TV Universe show is still on target. Here's everything you need to know about Arrow Season 7!

Arrow Season 7 Release Date, News, Episodes, Reviews, Recaps
News Mike Cecchini
Nov 20, 2018

Oliver Queen certainly hasn't failed his network. Arrow Season 7 is back on the CW!

Arrow kicked off the CW's incredible interconnected universe of DC superhero TV shows, and nobody, least of all this writer, would ever expect a show about Green Arrow would end up being one of the longest-running, most successful superhero TV shows in history. That's what happens when you get a great cast together and consistently deliver some of the most insane action and stuntwork on TV each week, now under new showrunner, Beth Schwartz.

“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come.”

Read our review of the most recent episode here.

The next episode of Arrow is called "The Slabside Redemption" and it airs on Nov. 26. 

Here's the official synopsis:

"Oliver (Stephen Amell) makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about."

Watch the trailer here...

Arrow Season 7 Episodes

Here's our ongoing, updated guide to Arrow season 7 episodes and reviews.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 1: Inmate 4587

"Following Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in Slabside Maximum Security Prison.  Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver is tested when he runs into old foes. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) have taken on new jobs and left their costumes behind but not everyone is following suit. With her focus on William (guest star Jack Moore), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) tries to start over but when someone from her past resurfaces, things become complicated."

airdate: 10/15/18

read our full review of the Arrow season 7 premiere right here.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 2: Longbow Hunters

"In order to track down Diaz from inside prison, Oliver realizes that will require aligning with an old enemy. Meanwhile, in Star City, Felicity’s attempts to root out Diaz are thwarted by Diggle, whose allegiance to A.R.G.U.S. now requires him to keep civilians like her on the outs. Realizing that she can no longer rely on her old team or old methods, a clear-eyed Felicity resolves to find a new way to go after Diaz."

airdate: 10/22/18

read our full review of "The Longbow Hunters" right here.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 3: Crossing Lines

"Still in prison, Oliver (Stephen Amell) faces his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) gets an intriguing offer, and Diggle (David Ramsey) asks Curtis (Echo Kellum) to go undercover for ARGUS."

airdate: 10/29/18

Arrow Season 7 Episode 4: Level Two

"Oliver (Stephen Amell) makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz (Kirk Acevedo).  Like her husband, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) pulls out all the stops to get to Diaz.  Meanwhile, when arsonists target Rene’s (Rick Gonzalez) community center, injuring Zoe (guest star Eliza Faria) in the process, the mysterious new Green Arrow swoops in to help save the day.  Faced with pressure from the mayor to capture the vigilante, Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) must decide if following the rules at all costs is the best plan to keep the city safe."

airdate: 11/5/18

read our "Level Two" review here.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 5: The Demon

"Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) learns something new about Oliver (Stephen Amell) that shocks her.  Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) asks Curtis (Echo Kellum) to go undercover for ARGUS. Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) works with an unlikely ally."

airdate: 11/12/18

read our "The Demon" review here.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 6: Due Process

"Slabside becomes even more dangerous after a guard is murdered and everyone is a suspect.  Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) enlists help from a surprising source in her pursuit of Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) flexes her muscles as the District Attorney."

airdate: 11/19/18

read our review of "Due Process" here.

Arrow Season 7 Episode 7: The Slabside Redemption

"Oliver (Stephen Amell) makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about."

airdate: 11/26/18

Arrow Season 7 Episode 8: Unmasked

"Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) stands by her recent decisions regarding her family. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) continue to look into the Dante painting that Curtis (Echo Kellum) found."

airdate: 12/3/18

Arrow Season 7 Episode 9: Elseworlds

We also know when the Arrow chapter of this year's big Arrowverse crossover is taking place. The episode will air on December 10, and it's the second part of the three-part event. You can find more details here.

Arrow Season 7 Cast

Colton Haynes is confirmed for a return as Roy Harper/Arsenal, this time as a series regular. 

But so far all the big casting news comes in the form of the baddies...

Arrow Season 7 Villain

Well, for starters, Oliver is in jail, which isn't a great place to be when you've put a bunch of guys there. Here's the official word from WB:

Now that Oliver’s behind bars, he will come face to face with many of his former enemies, including Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) and Danny “Brick” Brickwell (Vinnie Jones). With all three held in Slabside, Oliver will be forced to confront these and other villains he locked up while wearing the hood.

But long term? Get ready to meet the Longbow Hunters next year. These were the villains of one of the most important Green Arrow stories ever told, Mike Grell's Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters, which basically set the tone for all the Green Arrow stories that would come after...including this show!

Ricardo Diaz is back, and he has recruited the Longbow Hunters to do some dirty work for him. They are...

  • Red Dart (Holly Elissa – Whistler), a ruthless and precise killer
  • Kodiak (Michael Jonsson – Van Helsing), a beast of a man with brute force
  • and Silencer (Miranda Edwards – The Magicians, Orphan Black), a master of stealth

Arrow Season 7 Story

Here's the first official synopsis for Arrow Season 7!

There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen when it comes to protecting his Super Hero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow. Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything.

We have more details on the upcoming season right here.

Arrow Season 7 Characters

Based on some casting breakdowns, there seems to be a chance that Ted Kord/Blue Beetle will make an appearance on the show this year. We wrote about that in more detail right here.

That Hashtag Show previously had some character breakdowns that mostly indicate new characters who probably aren't from the comics, although one COULD be Lady Shiva, a known DC supervillain.

We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.

Read and download the Den of Geek NYCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine right here!

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Archie Comics February 2019 Solicitations

Archie Comics February 2019 Solicitations

Highlights include Jughead The Hunger #12, Archie 1941 #5, and Betty & Veronica #3.

Source: Archie Comics

ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION VOL. 1 (HC)
ARCHIE, one of the longest-running titles in comic book history, is rebooted here in this full-color collection that brings together top creators in comics to create a new and definitive take on the classic characters. This book captures the bite and hilarious edge of Archie's original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character's all-ages appeal. ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION VOL. 1 is the premium, hardcover collection of issues #1 – 12 of the best-selling ARCHIE series by Mark Waid.
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Veronica Fish, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover: Fiona Staples
978-1-68255-839-3
$34.99 US/$36.99 CAN
7 1/2 x 11"
HC
352 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/20

ARCHIE 1941 #5 (of 5)
Archie Andrews—MIA and presumed dead! His friends and family—devastated! Don't miss out on the conclusion of this headline-making comic event!
Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE 1941 #5 CVR A Reg: Peter Krause, Rosario "Tito" Peña
ARCHIE 1941 #5 CVR B Var: Jerry Ordway, Glenn Whitmore
ARCHIE 1941 #5 CVR C Var: Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 2/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA #3 (of 5)
"Senior Year, Pt. 3: Winter": Betty's severely questioning her college options while Veronica's father meddles with her college plans once more—she's upset, but something happens that makes it even harder for her to tell him how she feels.

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
BETTY AND VERONICA #3 CVR A Reg: Sandra Lanz
BETTY AND VERONICA #3 CVR B Var: Jen Bartel
BETTY AND VERONICA #3 CVR C Var: Rebekah Isaacs, Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 2/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #12
And Bingo was his name-o! Jughead's enigmatic and demented werewolf cousin Bingo Wilkins returns! But where has he been? And what does his return mean for good ol' Jug?

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #12 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #12 CVR B Var: Dennis Calero
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #12 CVR C Var: Bill Galvan, J.J. Harrison
On Sale Date: 2/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE CLASSIC
ARCHIE AND ME JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #15
BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: "Hamburger App Hunt" Dilton's developed a smartphone app as that tracks golden hamburgers that have been hidden all around Riverdale—and whoever finds the most wins a free month of food from the Chock'lit Shoppe! Jughead's determined to be the winner!

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario "Tito" Peña
On Sale Date: 2/20
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #296
BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: "Love Those L.I.P.S.!" Archie tries to coach Moose on romance, and Midge is sure to be in for a surprise at her boyfriend's new debonair ways!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario "Tito" Peña
On Sale Date: 2/6
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS: MUSIC JAM #1
Archie and his friends present a collection of quarterly classic-style stories sure to be music to your ears! Follow Archie from the record store to the recording studio to the music awards in this collection of stories of musical mishaps and mirthful melodies!
Script: Dan Parent,
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
A&F: MUSIC #1 CVR A Reg: Jeff Shultz, Rosario "Tito" Peña
On Sale Date: 2/13
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS PARTY (TR)
We're throwing a PARTY with over 100 of Archie's most hilarious and entertaining stories!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-837-9
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16"
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/13

ARCHIE 3000 (TR)
Travel to the 31st Century with Archie and his friends! In the year 3000, Riverdale is home to hoverboards, intergalactic travel, alien life and everyone's favorite space case, Archie! Follow the gang as they encounter detention robots, teleporters, wacky fashion trends and much more. Will the teens of the future get in as much trouble as the ones from our time?
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Chris Lie, Bob Smith
978-1-68255-841-6
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8"
TR
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/27

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #268
BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: "Reptile Rendezvous!" Betty and Veronica get introduced to the wild world of reptiles! But soon Veronica discovers that another kind of animal might be the perfect pet!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario "Tito" Peña
On Sale Date: 2/27
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #86
BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: "Clean Start" Archie has to cancel a date with Veronica because he has chores that must be done. Veronica shows up at Archie's house, angry, but finds that sharing the work with Archie can actually be pretty romantic!

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/13
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

MERCHANDISE
BETTY WOMEN'S T-SHIRT
Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Rep your favorite gal! Short sleeve classic fitted tee featuring a Betty line art face print. 100% cotton. Exclusive design by Rachel Antonoff. Available for women, sizes XS – XL.
Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$25.00 U.S.
VERONICA WOMEN'S T-SHIRT
Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Rep your favorite gal! Short sleeve classic fitted tee featuring a Betty line art face print. 100% cotton. Exclusive design by Rachel Antonoff. Available for women, sizes XS – XL.
Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$25.00 U.S.

B&V BEST FRIENDS PIN SET
A new take on the classic "best friends" heart, now featuring your favorite gal pals and rendered in sophisticated gold and white. Keep them both for yourself or give one to your bestie! Each heart half is approximately 1.25″ high and made of super shiny, jewelry-quality white hard enamel with gorgeous, glossy gold plating.
Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$10.00 U.S.
B&V GIRL TALK COLLAR PIN SET
With a delicate chain "phone cord" connecting them, Betty and Veronica look adorable chatting away pinned to either side of your collar in gorgeous full color! Each GIRL TALK collar pin set includes one Betty and one Veronica pin, connected by a 4″ gunmetal chain. Each pin is approximately 1.25″ high and made of super shiny, jewelry-quality hard enamel in gorgeous full color with screenprinted details and glossy gunmetal plating.
Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$10.00 U.S.
JUGHEAD BEANIE
Our knit beanie is inspired by Jughead Jones' signature hat, which is dark gray and features a unique crown shape. Also comes with a small square patch on the side featuring the Betty and Veronica logo in pink. One size fits all.

Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$15.00 U.S.
JUGHEAD PIN
Everyone's favorite burger lover is finally here as an enamel pin! Pairs perfectly with our classic Betty or Veronica pins if you want to announce your #Riverdale fandom—or looks great by himself if you're a comics purist! Each JUGHEAD JONES pin is approximately 1½" high and 1″ wide and made of super shiny, jewelry-quality hard enamel in gorgeous full color with glossy gunmetal plating.
Ship Date: 2/13
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$10.00 U.S.
SABRINA PIN
Make some magic with this bewitching enamel pin featuring the legendary Sabrina the Teenage Witch! Each SABRINA pin is approximately 1½" wide and made of super shiny, jewelry-quality hard enamel in gorgeous full color with glossy gunmetal plating.
Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$10.00 U.S.
SABRINA WOMEN'S T-SHIRT
There's a new witch in town! Get ready for the spookiest season in our Sabrina the Teenage Witch tee, featuring Sabrina Spellman comic art! Printed on a super soft, 100% ringspun cotton tee. Tee is a full length (not cropped) standard women's fitted tee. Runs small, so size up for a looser fit! Available for women, sizes SM – XXL.

Ship Date: 2/13
On Sale Date: 2/27
$25.00 U.S.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


Meghan Markle: MAJOR BABY BUMP ALERT!!!!

There have been many rumors about Meghan Markle of late.

Some outlets have claimed she will soon pose nude.

Others have written that she's in the Queen's doghouse due to her fugly clothing.

We can't confirm or deny these pieces of chatter, but we do know the following...

Meghan Markle is Bumpin

... Meghan Markle is definitely pregnant!

We know this because the Duchess herself has confirmed it, of course.

But we also know it because we got a glimpse of Markle's midsection when she stepped out with Prince Harry at the Royal Variety Performance in London on Monday.

As you can see by the photos above and below, the Duchess is very much showing at this point, by which we mean:

HELLO THERE, BABY BUMP!!!!!

The aforementioned event happened to fall on Markle and Harry's six-month anniversary, making it extra special for the world to really get its first look here at the couple's growing child-to-be.

Royal Baby Bump

And Meghan obviously isn't hiding anything at this point, either, as she was spotted cradling her precious baby bump on multiple occasions while out and about.

Harry and his gorgeous wife attended the annual televised event to support the Royal Variety Charity, which benefits hundreds of UK entertainers in need of help and assistance due to old age, ill-health or difficult times.

It's an admirable cause.

The famous and beloved twosome recently wrapped up their first official tour as a married couple, capping it off with what many consider to be the most stunning maternity ever snapped by anyone ever.

You can see it HERE.

Regal Twosome

"Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference," Harry wrote as a caption to the aforementioned image.

He didn't say anything about the baby on board for him and Markle, but this has become the norm for most Royal Couples.

They announce the pregnancy through Kensington Palace and then try their hardest not to feed into the paparazzi frenzy surrounding the impending birth.

Like Prince William and Kate Middleton before them, Meghan and Harry are just trying to mostly lay low and prepare for parenthood at this point.

Into the Woods

Back in mid-October, the Palace released a statement that read:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.

Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.

We've heard the Royal Baby is due on May 2, but we don't know that for certain.

All we can say without any shadows of any doubts is this;

We can't wait to meet him or her!

HALLOWEEN Blu-ray & Digital HD Release Date & Special Features Revealed; Plus A New Deleted Scene

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced the release date for the upcoming 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release of David Gordon Green's horror sequel, Halloween.

Jennifer Lopez’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Vandalized

Jennifer Lopez now has a strange and unlikely connection to Donald Trump and Bill Cosby ... because her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame caught the attention of a vandal.  Someone used what looks like black spray paint to deface J Lo's…

Humpback whale songs undergo a ‘cultural revolution’ every few years – Science Magazine


Science Magazine

Humpback whale songs undergo a 'cultural revolution' every few years
Science Magazine
Like any fad, the songs of humpback whales don't stick around for long. Every few years, males swap their chorus of squeaks and groans for a brand new one. Now, scientists have figured out how these “cultural revolutions” take place. All male humpbacks ...
Humpback Whales Go Through A 'Cultural Revolution' Every Few YearsDiscover Magazine (blog)
Humpback whales change their song every few yearsThe Times
New research shows humpback whales change their songs every few yearsThe Sunday Post
The Scottish Sun
all 8 news articles »

DC Comics February 2019 Solicitations

DC Comics February 2019 Solicitations

Highlights include Border Town #6, The Batman Who Laughs #3, and The Wild Storm #20.

Source: DC Comics

MERA: TIDEBREAKER TP
written by DANIELLE PAIGE
art and cover by STEPHEN BYRNE
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court, and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown....
When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera's side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?
An astonishing story that explores duty, love, heroism, and freedom...all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty.
From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera -and-Aquaman story that explores Mera's first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.
ON SALE 03.27.19
$16.99 US | 6" x 9"
192 PAGES | FC
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8339-1

SUPER SONS BOOK ONE: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT TP
written by RIDLEY PEARSON
art and cover by ILE GONZALEZ
The polar ice caps have nearly melted away, causing devastation to coastal cities. Erratic, deadly weather forces everyone inland, tearing families apart. Earth is facing its greatest crisis—and Superman and Batman are nowhere to be found.
Jon Kent and Damian Wayne are opposite in every way except one—they are the sons of the World's Greatest Heroes! To uncover a global conspiracy, this unlikely dynamic duo will need to learn to trust each other and work together to save the Earth. But who is the mysterious Candace? And what secrets does she hold that could be the key to everything?
From New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez comes the first original graphic novel in an epic three-part series that follows the Super Sons of Superman and Batman as they struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world!
ON SALE 03.27.19
$9.99 US | 5.5" x 8"
160 PAGES | FC
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8639-2

FEMALE FURIES #1
written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI
art by ADRIANA MELO
cover by MITCH GERADS
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
All their lives the Female Furies have been raised to be the meanest, most cunning and most ruthless fighting force on all of Apokolips. So why are Granny Goodness' girls left behind every time the men go to war? With the might of New Genesis hanging over the planet, and the Forever People making mincemeat out of Darkseid's army, Granny thinks it's about time that changed.
And so, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth and Stompa set out to beat the boys at their own game. Little do they know the game is rigged—and one accidental murder could spell disaster for them all!
FEMALE FURIES is an exciting new miniseries starring some of Jack Kirby's coolest Fourth World characters by the writer of SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL and the artist of PLASTIC MAN!
ON SALE 02.06.19
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HEROES IN CRISIS #6
written by TOM KING
art by MITCH GERADS
cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
variant cover by RYAN SOOK
Get a deeper look into the inner workings of Sanctuary. When heroes visited the facility, they relived their trauma through virtual reality, contending with the events that brought them there in the hope of reaching a meaningful resolution. That is, until the trauma took over and escalated these personal events into a full-blown crisis! Find out what pushed one of the superheroes over the edge and how it broke the machine. This special issue reunites the Eisner Award-winning MISTER MIRACLE team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads!
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HIGH LEVEL #1
written by ROB SHERIDAN
art by BARNABY BAGENDA and ROMULO FAJARDO JR.
cover by GUILLAUME OSPITAL
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. Don't miss the start of a new series from writer Rob Sheridan, co-creator of Nine Inch Nails' groundbreaking Year Zero alternate-reality game!
ON SALE 02.20.19
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WONDER TWINS #1
written by MARK RUSSELL
art and cover by STEPHEN BYRNE
variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they're even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan's brash confidence and Jayna's shy but streetwise persona. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again—this book takes the form of the unexpected.
ON SALE 02.13.19
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ACTION COMICS #1008
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by STEVE EPTING
variant cover by ESAD RIBIC
The superstar creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Steve Epting dig into the DC Universe in this sweeping espionage epic that's shattering the agencies—and heroes—dedicated to protecting the world! As the D.E.O. falls, only Jimmy Olsen may hold the answers to helping Superman and Lois Lane uncover who's behind the attacks rocking the DC Universe's biggest clandestine organizations. And when the Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller makes a shocking discovery, can she help the trio understand the truth before the balance of power shifts to Leviathan forever?
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ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #7
written by PETER J. TOMASI
art by CARLO BARBERI and MATT SANTORELLI
cover by DAN MORA
Locked in an intergalactic juvenile detention facility, Superboy and Robin meet the youngest...and meanest...Green Lantern ever! Well, sort of a GL. Mostly a GL. Really more of a trainee, but don't tell the bad guys, okay? Plus, Joker Jr. returns...the clown who may be the boys' last, best hope to stop the Gang!
ON SALE 02.06.19
$3.99 US | 7 of 12 | 32 PAGES
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AMERICAN CARNAGE #4
written by BRYAN HILL
art by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
cover by BEN OLIVER
Wynn Morgan isn't just a wealthy Los Angeles industrialist, he's the unofficial king of a vast white nationalist movement and the prime suspect in the murder of an FBI agent. But a dead fed may prove to be the least of Morgan's problems when dissension in the ranks signals what could be the start of a secret civil war, with white-passing undercover agent Richard Wright caught right in the middle.
ON SALE 02.20.19
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AQUAMAN #45
written by KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
art and cover by ROBSON ROCHA and DANIEL HENRIQUES
variant cover by CULLY HAMNER
She's heeeeeere! Witness the epic origin of Aquaman's most dangerous foe yet—the nefarious Namma! Meanwhile, Aquaman, still trying to piece together his strange vision of a mysterious red-headed woman, agrees to accompany Caille across dangerous waters to meet her long-lost mother in exchange for recovering his lost memories. But as the two allies (or maybe more?) approach Namma's island, strange events begin to occur that reveal a shocking truth about Caille herself!
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BATGIRL #32
written by MAIRGHREAD SCOTT
art by PAUL PELLETIER and NORM RAPMUND
cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
Coming to you live from Gotham City! The people's-choice congressional candidate Luciana Alejo is all set to give a televised interview that could secure her victory, but the Cormorant is ready to silence her for good. Can Batgirl protect the candidate without making her alter ego, Barbara Gordon, lose her campaign job in the process?
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BATMAN #64
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by GUILLEM MARCH
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
variant cover by SEAN MURPHY
"THE LAST COLD CASE" part one! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable...by the Flash!
A cold case from the Justice League's past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other's throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process...and neither the World's Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event...
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THE FLASH #64
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
variant cover by TOM RANEY
blank variant cover available
"THE LAST COLD CASE" part two! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable...by the Flash!
A cold case from the Justice League's past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other's throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process...and neither the World's Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event...
ON SALE 02.13.19
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BATMAN #65
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by GUILLEM MARCH
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
variant cover by JEFFREY ALAN LOVE
"THE LAST COLD CASE" part three! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable...by the Flash!
A cold case from the Justice League's past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other's throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process...and neither the World's Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event...
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THE FLASH #65
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by RAFA SANDOVAL and
JORDI TARRAGONA
cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
variant cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN
"THE LAST COLD CASE" finale! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart!
As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable...by the Flash!
A cold case from the Justice League's past has mysteriously re-opened, and Batman and the Flash—the only two heroes who stand a chance of cracking the case—are at each other's throats! Our heroes must combat a demon from the past while burying their own inner demons in the process...and neither the World's Greatest Detective nor the Fastest Man Alive will ever be the same again! But who is really pulling the strings here? And how does Gotham Girl fit into all this? Friendships will be tested and blood will be spilled in this titanic crossover event...
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BATMAN BEYOND #29
written by DAN JURGENS
art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
cover by PASQUAL FERRY
variant cover by SHAWN MARTINBROUGH
The Joker is prepared to deliver his fatal punchline as everything—and the kitchen sink, too—hits the fan for Batman and Robin. Even with Dick Grayson's help, the Dynamic Duo of tomorrow and Bruce Wayne may not stand a chance. Will The Joker turn Terry's brother into the new Jason Todd? Is now a good time for Terry and Bruce to clash? And why are Neo-Gothamites cheering on the Clown Prince? Will anyone survive "The Final Joke"?
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BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #3
written by BRYAN HILL
art by DEXTER SOY
cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
In their first encounter with the powerful maniac who's pursuing runaway meta-human Sofia Barrera, Black Lightning and the Outsiders were absolutely humbled. Does everyone on this team have what it takes? Or did Batman make a catastrophic mistake when he entrusted them with Sofia's life?
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THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art and cover by JOCK
variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan—one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It's a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in "Black Mirror": James Gordon Jr.
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THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #5
written by KAT HOWARD
art by TOM FOWLER
cover by KAI CARPENTER
Pursued by nightmares he can't remember and haunted by his inability to sleep, Timothy Hunter heads to the one place he knows he'll definitely find answers: the Dreaming. But the cost of such knowledge may be more than he bargained for...
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BORDER TOWN #6
written by ERIC M. ESQUIVEL
art and cover by RAMON VILLALOBOS
His true father and special destiny revealed at last, Frank squares off in a final supernatural showdown against school-bully-turned-agent-of-death Blake in a battle for control of the border between worlds! No matter who wins, Devil's Fork, Arizona, will never be the same in this climactic issue of the first storyline in the hit new DC Vertigo series.
ON SALE 02.06.19
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CATWOMAN #8
written by JOELLE JONES
art by ELENA CASAGRANDE
cover by JOELLE JONES
variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
What is it that they say about house-guests and bad fish? How they both start to stink after a couple of days? Well, Oswald Cobblepot has been hanging around Catwoman's new city, and Selina Kyle has been holding her nose for far too long. It's time to send the Penguin packing! I mean, the guy smelled like fish even before he arrived.
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COVER #6
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MACK
variant cover by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
The first volume of one of the best-reviewed series of the year comes to its shocking conclusion! It's an industry dinner in New York City, and comic book creator Max finds himself juggling his responsibilities as a spy for the United States government and his role as a member of the creative community! This unique, genre-bending look at the comics industry has received rave reviews for Emmy and Eisner Award-nominated artist David Mack and Peabody Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis! COVER will return next year—but this shocking conclusion will have people talking about what is—and isn't—true in this "based on a true story" story.
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THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #11
art by DENYS COWAN and JOHN STANISCI
written by JUSTIN JORDAN
cover by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
Part one of the epic two-part series finale! After unleashing his raw dark-matter energy and melting Doctor Fate's helmet, Brimstone's newfound powers have alerted forces much darker than the ones he's come across so far. As the home office opens its doors to finally enter into our reality, you'll never believe the first fiery presence to step through!
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DAMAGE #14
art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Stranded on an island of monsters! Following his run-in with the Justice League, Damage was dropped in a remote location in the middle of the ocean, a lost land of some of the most dangerous creatures to ever roam the Earth. And now Damage is one of them— but only for an hour a day. The rest of the time, Ethan Avery is an ordinary man, and he is going to have to survive by his wits if he ever wants to get back to the mainland alive. That is, if there isn't more to this island than is obvious on the surface. Is there a more sinister reason that all these monsters have been stranded together?
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DEATHSTROKE #40
written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JASON PAZ
cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Deathstroke's son Jericho breaks into Arkham Asylum in an effort to free him, but Slade Wilson is caught up in his own conflict with the return of Dev—a.k.a. "Death Masque"—and the realization that his hallucinatory trip into outer space may have been more real than previously advertised! Meanwhile, Two-Face has Rose dead to rights—is there anyone left to save her?
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DETECTIVE COMICS #998
written by PETER J. TOMASI
art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
variant cover by JAE LEE
Batman's tried everything on Earth to stop the menace hunting his friends and family...now it's time to turn to things not of this Earth! In the past, whenever Batman's encountered the supernatural, he's turned to Jason Blood for guidance—and to Etrigan, the demonic entity living inside him! But securing their help is never simple, and what Blood has to show him will shake Batman to his core!
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DETECTIVE COMICS #999
written by PETER J. TOMASI
art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
variant cover by JAE LEE
The truth behind the gauntlet Batman has been forced to run—a violent odyssey that endangered the lives of everyone who made him who he is—is revealed at last...and the mastermind working to unmake the Batman must be seen to be believed! Is there a goal here beyond destruction? Will Batman emerge stronger...or with a mortal wound at the exact moment that his most dangerous challenge yet is on the horizon in next month's DETECTIVE COMICS #1000?
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THE DREAMING #6
written by SIMON SPURRIER
art by BILQUIS EVELY
cover by JAE LEE
Finally determined to solve the riddle of herself, Dora is out for blood. But Judge Gallows, the usurper, has taken precautions to protect himself. As the whole of the Dreaming trembles with the sick new power he wields, the oldest brotherly feud in existence takes a wretched turn...a blood sacrifice is made...the chrysalis cracks...and a new thing, an impossible thing, an indomitable thing, is born at last...
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ELECTRIC WARRIORS #4
written by STEVE ORLANDO
art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
After infiltrating a secret Covenant gathering, our heroes are left disheartened and helpless. Have all of their battles been for nothing? Will their home planets ever survive the harsh reality of the universe that surrounds them? It's up to an unexpected leader, the Interceptor, to inspire his cohorts once more. But will his efforts ensure victory or only the beginning of the end for the Electric Warriors? And what will their rebellion mean for all their friends and family back on their home planets?
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FREEDOM FIGHTERS #3
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art and cover by EDDY BARROWS
The Freedom Fighters are launching their biggest offensive ever against the Nazi regime...but the bad guys aren't done for yet. The Hitler dynasty has made its move against the insurgency, and it's in the form of their secret weapon: Hitler the Third. And boy, is this kid a deranged little psycho! If the resistance is to succeed, they'd better move fast and stir up enough support from the public to bring Uncle Sam back from the brink, or all hope will be lost...
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GODDESS MODE #3
written by ZOE QUINN
art and cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Left without a choice, Cassandra Price joins a group of magically powered women in the secret war against the mysterious digital daemons preying on humanity through the AI to which all mankind is connected. While she struggles to understand the increasingly ominous demands from her imperial employer and to figure out her own mysterious abilities, one thing is made certain: the consequences for failure are lethal...
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GREEN ARROW #49
written by COLLIN KELLY and JACKSON LANZING
art by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
The city of Seattle has been weaponized against Green Arrow in a mind-bending cataclysm! Trapped inside Count Vertigo's psychotic maze, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Indigo Riot have no escape—and no way to appease the villain's impossible demands! The key may come from Oliver Queen's past—but can Green Arrow face his own grief and emerge unbowed? This issue features a shocking ending that will set the stage for the future of GREEN
ARROW!
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THE GREEN LANTERN #4
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by TOM RANEY
In a bar on Rann, two shrouded strangers recount two blood-chilling narratives—one in which a Blackstar heavyweight demands access to a secret vault on planet Weirwimm, threatening its gruesome annihilation with Sun-Eaters; and the other about maverick Hal Jordan and his small cadre of GLs struggling to destroy those same Sun-Eaters. And the cliffhanger—as any TGL fan will tell you about this book—may stun you enough to buy two copies!
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HAWKMAN #9
written by ROBERT VENDITTI
art and cover by BRYAN HITCH
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The Deathbringers know where Hawkman is—and now they're coming to Earth to claim him! Carter will need to put all the clues together and fast if he's going to save the world from mass destruction!
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HARLEY QUINN #58
written by SAM HUMPHRIES
art by JOHN TIMMS
cover by GUILLEM MARCH
variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
Implicated in a crime she didn't commit, Harley Quinn must prove her innocence by teaming up with the Caped Crusader himself—Batman! But can the Clown Princess of Crime and the Dark Knight coexist long enough to solve a murder? Or will the two frenemies end up being the death of each other?
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OLD LADY HARLEY #5
written by FRANK TIERI
art by INAKI MIRANDA
cover by AMANDA CONNER
Harley's worst nightmare has come true: The Joker is reborn! But is there one more card to turn over? Is the killer behind that smile the man she loved, hated, loved and lost...or something even more deadly and devastating? Harley's future world will be torn apart in this issue—don't miss it!
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HEX WIVES #5
written by BEN BLACKER
art by MIRKA ANDOLFO
cover by TULA LOTAY
Izzy prepares a last-minute soiree to impress Aaron's visiting regional manager, the enigmatic Mr. August, who wants to make sure everything is hunky-dory in the Desert Canyon while the other women at last awake to their witchy wiles and skills. It's a dinner party to end all dinner parties—one that is sure to bring down the house.
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HOUSE OF WHISPERS #6
written by NALO HOPKINSON
art by DOMINIKE "DOMO" STANTON and ANEKE
cover by SEAN ANDREW MURRAY
Things continue to get worse for Erzulie and her followers in the House of Dahomey. Even her warrior sister-self cannot keep off the pains and troublesthat follow each of them like the plague. She fears it may be time to unleash another of her feared personae: Erzulie the Red-Eye, dark lady of sorrows.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #17
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art by JIM CHEUNG and MARK MORALES
cover by JIM CHEUNG
variant cover by WILL CONRAD
After the disastrous events of the Justice League Annual, Martian Manhunter decides to take matters into his own hands and negotiate a peace with Legion of Doom leader Lex Luthor. Traveling to a distant moon, the two enemies face their intertwined pasts in a showdown for the fate of the Multiverse. However, before either of them can lay claim to the power of the Source Wall once and for all, an unexpected threat forces them to unite...or risk death at the ends of the cosmos.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE #18
written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by PASQUAL FERRY
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The Legion of Doom returns as the history of the Legionnaires Club is revealed! Lex Luthor's mysterious connection to this ancient secret society runs deeper than even his Legion of Doom comrades ever suspected, and his secrets threaten to destroy everything. A blood connection to the dark underbelly of the DCU's history bubbles to the surface in this epic, villainous tale.
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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #8
written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by ALVARO MARTINEZ BUENO and RAUL FERNANDEZ
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"LORDS OF ORDER" part one! Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the rest of the magical community. With the world's magic failing, the team needs to rally the magic wielders of Earth together. But can they face down Doctor Fate and his newly assembled Lords of Order?!
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JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #6
written by DAN ABNETT
art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
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The Codex reveals a dangerous secret to the Odyssey team about the fate of the Ghost Sector that makes their mission clear: they have to escape! However, with Green Lantern out of action and Darkseid hot on their trail, Cyborg, Azrael and Starfire might have to rely on the very dark powers that they are trying to outrun in order to save the Multiverse!
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LUCIFER #5
written by DAN WATTERS
art by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA and MAX FIUMARA
cover by REIKO MURAKAMI
Lucifer is silenced. As all the Devil's bargains are repaid to him tenfold, the last of his senses are about to be taken from him. Meanwhile, a wastrel finds the gates to Hell outside the local pub, and what was once a man seeks revenge on a screaming skull.
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MARTIAN MANHUNTER #3
written by STEVE ORLANDO
art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO
variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
Detective Diane Meade knows the shocking truth: her partner is not the real John Jones! With a gun to his head, J'onn J'onnz must explain his first horrifying night on Earth, and how he came to wear her partner's face...but even as they speak, Middleton's serial killer is back at his bloody work!
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NAOMI #2
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS and DAVID F. WALKER
art and cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
The most startling and intriguing mystery in the DC Universe continues as Naomi searches to uncover the secrets of her own origin. What do her small town's oversized mechanic and the last time a super-powered person appeared in her hometown have to do with the day she was adopted? Big emotions, new characters and a last page cliffhanger that can't be missed lead off this issue drawn by breakout sensation Jamal Campbell. Don't miss your chance to meet the most exciting new character in the DC Universe!
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NIGHTWING #57
written by SCOTT LOBDELL
art by TRAVIS MOORE
cover by CHRIS MOONEYHAM
variant cover by JEFF DEKAL
Destiny...fate...predetermined inevitability... these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of hero he wants to be...if he wants to be one at all. And while Ric is content to walk away from the mantle, one woman has been hiding in the shadows, waiting to solidify an identity of her own...an identity tied for all eternity to the clown price of crime...enter The Joker's Daughter!
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RED HOOD: OUTLAW #31
written by SCOTT LOBDELL
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Red Hood and Arsenal began this investigation of the Underlife together in Beijing, and this is where it ends: in an abandoned prison in Mexico. With Roy Harper having passed, Jason Todd finds himself teamed with an ally he couldn't have imagined—Wingman! (But wait—wasn't Jason the face beneath Wingman's mask in BATMAN INCORPORATED?!) When it is all over, Red Hood arrives at a conclusion that will shake the streets of Gotham City...forever?
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SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #34
written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
art and cover by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM PALMER
backup story art by GUS VAZQUEZ
variant cover by DAN MORA
The final war with Fred and his nanite-powered monster army begins! Is this the end for the Scooby gang, and perhaps all of humanity, or will Daphne's love for her resurrected boyfriend win out in the end? Plus, more super-heroic lunacy with Atom Ant and the Justice League!
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SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #97
written by SHOLLY FISCH
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When Scooby and the gang went to the bank, they never expected to find themselves stuck in the middle of a bank robbery...especially by ghostly gangsters with pinstripe suits and tommy guns! How can the gang stop the wraithlike robbers with their hands in the air?
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SHAZAM! #3
written by GEOFF JOHNS
art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
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"SHAZAM! AND THE SEVEN REALMS" continues! Billy Batson's world is turned upside down by a figure from the past while Mary, Freddy and the rest of the Shazam Family enter a realm of endless amusements, candy factories and friends in the Funlands! But what's the catch? Plus, a shocking development within the Library of Eternity!
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SIDEWAYS #13
art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
written by DAN DiDIO
Secrets are revealed and new mysteries emerge as Derek uncovers his mother's killer and the origins of his powers in this, the final chapter of his story, for now.
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FINAL ISSUE

THE SILENCER #14
art by V KEN MARION and SANDU FLOREA
written by DAN ABNETT
cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
"Agent of Leviathan" part one! The Silencer is once more the weapon of Leviathan—and Talia al Ghul has seen to it that she can never escape again. As her family grieves her loss as one of the many missing and presumed-dead civilians of the Action Land massacre, Honor Guest is seemingly unconcerned and focused solely on her new mission for Talia. But is Honor really ready to let go? Or is the game of cat and mouse between the Silencer and Talia far from over? Plus: not one but two shocking revelations rock everyone's world.
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SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #4
written by MIKE W. BARR and JAI NITZ
art by PHILIPPE BRIONES, SCOT EATON and WAYNE FAUCHER
cover by WILL CONRAD
In part four of "Revenge of Kobra," Katana finally escapes the deadly dimension of the Soultaker, only to find herself trapped in the body of Lady Eve! Now she must save Halo and the Suicide Squad from King Kobra and his wife, the impostor Katana-—even though the Squad and Halo see her as a mortal enemy!
Also in this issue, the heist on Gemworld got the entire Suicide Squad Black team killed. With her new squad dead, Amanda Waller is out of magic bullets. Things go from bad to worse when Waller sends the regular Suicide Squad to catch Sebastian Faust. Can their technology possibly stand a chance against a foe whom magic couldn't defeat?
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SUPERGIRL #27
written by MARC ANDREYKO
art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Caught in the middle of a Vega System civil war, a powerless Supergirl struggles to rescue as many slaves as she can from the brutal hands of the Citadel. Meanwhile, the Omega Men reel from the discovery that their long-dead colleagues—Nimbus, Harpis and Demonia—are mysteriously still alive! Kara, however, suspects there's more to their grand return than meets the eye...
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SUPERMAN #8
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO and BRANDON PETERSON
cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
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The epic secrets of Superman continue to unfold! A few months in space with his paternal grandfather Jor-El changed Jon Kent forever. With Jon now seeking help from his father, the Man of Steel must learn about the war his son and father fought together and set right the wrongs his father may have unleashed on other worlds. See what changed Superboy in such radical ways as the Unity Saga continues.
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TEEN TITANS #27
written by ADAM GLASS
art by BERNARD CHANG
cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and CAM SMITH
variant cover by ALEX GARNER
Every Teen Titan has a secret—and they all come spilling out here! As Djinn helps Robin recover from his injuries after a brutal showdown with Red Hood, she tells him all about her dark past, revealing some unsettling truths about herself. Meanwhile, Red Arrow helps Crush find a new sense of purpose, and Roundhouse reveals the tragic story of how he got his powers!
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THE TERRIFICS #13
art by JOE BENNETT
written by JEFF LEMIRE
cover by JOSE LUIS and JORDI TARRAGONA
The Terrifics are back! And they're ready to enter the final battle with the Dreadfuls, Doc Dread's revenge squad that has systematically wiped out dozens of Mr. Terrifics from across the Multiverse. As the many Mr. and Mrs. Terrifics fight for their lives, the cavalry is on its way—but will Phantom Girl, Plastic Man and the repowered Metamorpho reach the battle in time? And how can the heroes possibly count this as a win with a mountain of bodies in Doc Dread's wake?
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TITANS #34
written by DAN ABNETT
art by BRUNO REDONDO
cover by MICO SUAYAN
variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
"INTO THE BLEED" part two! The Titans are trapped on the perilous Unearth, far from home and standing in the face of not one but two evil armies. But hey, no sweat, right? Then, things take a turn for the worse when the commander of the opposition turns out to be one of their own, and the Titans will need to make some hard choices on the path to victory. Plus, what is Mother Blood's connection to the Totality?
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UNITED STATES VS. MURDER, INC. #6
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
From the Eisner Award-winning creators of POWERS! Murder, Inc. has gone to war with the United States—and the United States has lost! The president is dead, the vice president has quit, there's chaos in the streets, fighting in Congress, farms are burning...but thank God our boy Valentine has a plan. It's an alternative look at our world that shows us what the world would be like if it were run by gangsters, where the five families of organized crime have taken over!
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THE WILD STORM #20
written by WARREN ELLIS
art and cover by JON DAVIS-HUNT
variant cover by DEAN ORMSTON
Skywatch intensifies its preparation for war, increasing its attacks on the planet. For some of these conflict zones, Skywatch's greatest threat is not IO or conventional forces, but the people who escaped from its own experimentation camps. And the four people in London whom it knows little about, but who are preparing to take steps to alter the balance of the world...
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WONDER WOMAN #64
written by G. WILLOW WILSON
art by JESUS MERINO
cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
variant cover by STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU
There's a god in Veronica Cale's basement...and it's not happy! As the Olympian pantheon begins to be reborn around the globe, each one could become a deadly weapon in the right hands. Unfortunately for Wonder Woman, the literal god of grudges, grievances and gripes is in the clutches of her most virulent foe!
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WONDER WOMAN #65
written by G. WILLOW WILSON
art by JESUS MERINO
cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
variant cover by STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU
If you asked Wonder Woman who her nemesis is, she might just say Veronica Cale—and now Veronica has the powers of the actual god Nemesis under her control! Some of the resurrected Olympians whom Wonder Woman has encountered have changed in unpredictable ways...is there a crack in Nemesis' armor that Diana can get through? Or will she miss the chance to redeem yet another of her divine brethren?
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YOUNG JUSTICE #2
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art by PATRICK GLEASON and EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
cover by PATRICK GLEASON
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The new teen super-team unites as Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl, Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex join forces to help Amethyst free Gemworld from those who control it. In another section of the strange dimension, Connor Kent and Impulse find themselves taken captive—but if this is really Superboy, why isn't he putting up a fight with his friend and former teammate against the bad guys?
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ABSOLUTE BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) HC
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and new cover by DAVE McKEAN
One of the greatest Batman stories ever told, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM is celebrated in this new 30th anniversary slipcased edition featuring new cover art by Dave McKean!
The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over and are demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of The Joker, the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison.
ON SALE 09.11.19 | $75.00 US | 232 PAGES
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ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT HC NEW EDITION
written by FRANK MILLER
art by FRANK MILLER and KLAUS JANSON
cover by FRANK MILLER
Now back in print once more, this Absolute edition features an extended sketch section from THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN with commentary by Frank Miller, a look at the plot and pencils from the legendary finale to THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, an introduction by Miller, cover and slipcase art by Miller and more!
Ten years after an aging Batman retired, Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. This Absolute edition collects THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1-4 and THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1-3.
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ABSOLUTE DAYTRIPPER HC
written by GABRIEL BA and FABIO MOON
art by FABIO MOON and GABRIEL BA
cover by GABRIEL BA
The Eisner Award-winning Vertigo miniseries is back in a new Absolute edition!
What are the most important days of your life? Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá answer that question in the critical and commercial hit series that took the industry by storm, winning praise from such comics veterans as Terry Moore, Craig Thompson and Jeff Smith. Follow aspiring writer Brás de Oliva Domingos as each chapter of DAYTRIPPER peers in at a completely different moment in his life. Moon and Bá tell a beautifully lyrical tale chronicling Domingos' entire
existence—from his loves to his deaths and all the possibilities in between. Collects the entire 10-issue miniseries!
RESOLICIT | ON SALE 07.24.19
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THE AUTHORITY BY ED BRUBAKER AND DUSTIN NGUYEN TP
written by ED BRUBAKER
art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and RICHARD FRIEND
cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
Following the dramatic events of "Coup D'etat," the Authority has settled into its role as governing body of the United States. The other major world powers have adjusted to the regime change and are slowly coming to terms with what that means for the future. But many Americans are unhappy to lose their inalienable rights. Can a second American Revolution be far behind? Collects The Authority: Revolution #1-12.
ON SALE 03.20.19
$24.99 US | 304 PAGES
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BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN TP
written by TY TEMPLETON and others
art by RICK BURCHETT and others
cover by RICK BURCHETT
Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett reunite for a story that serves as a prequel to the Batman and Harley Quinn animated film! Harley Quinn is a legend in her own mind, so when she realizes The Joker thinks of her as more of a sidekick, she takes her revenge! But before Batman can swoop in and cart her off to Arkham Asylum, her pal Poison Ivy rescues her! But if the only way to get rid of her sidekick status is to strike out on her own, will Harley be willing to try it? And does that mean...joining Batman? Collects BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN digital chapters #1-7 and HARLEY QUINN AND BATMAN digital chapters #1-5.
ON SALE 03.06.19
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BATMAN ARKHAM: RA'S AL GHUL TP
written by DENNIS O'NEIL, GREG RUCKA, PETER MILLIGAN, PETER J. TOMASI and JAMES TYNION IV
art by NEAL ADAMS, DICK GIORDANO, MICHAEL GOLDEN, JIM APARO, SHAWN MARTINBROUGH and others
cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
DC collects the greatest tales of Ra's al Ghul, the Demon's Head, leader of the League of Assassins and the only person in the world capable of going toe-to-toe with Batman. Collects Batman #232, 243 and 244, DC Special Series #15, The Brave AND the Bold #159, Detective Comics #750, Batman Annual #26, Nightwing #152, Batman and Robin #23.3 and more.
ON SALE 03.20.19
$19.99 US | 232 PAGES
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BATMAN VOL. 9: THE TYRANT WING TP
written by TOM KING
art by MIKEL JANIN, MITCH GERADS and TRAVIS MOORE
cover by MIKEL JANIN
The Dark Knight waddles into a turf war with the Penguin! Still reeling from the attacks on his Bat-Family and reputation, the Caped Crusader looks to track down the mysterious operator lurking behind the scenes in Gotham City—the Penguin! But the Penguin is on Batman's side for once, and the crime boss sees dangerous things on the horizon. How can he convince the Caped Crusader he's on the level? Plus, appearances by Professor Pyg, John Constantine and the boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne! Collects Batman #58-63.
ON SALE 03.20.19
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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC
written by BOB HANEY, CARY BURKETT and others
art by JIM APARO and others
cover by KARL KERSCHL
In these 1980s tales, Batman teams up with Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing and many other heroes to battle the forces of evil! This new Omnibus collects THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #157-200, including numerous stories that have never been reprinted before!
ON SALE 08.28.19
$125.00 US | 904 PAGES | 7.0625" x 10.875"
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BATMAN VS. DEATHSTROKE HC
written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
art by CARLO PAGULAYAN, JASON PAZ, ED BENES and others
cover by LEE WEEKS
When Batman discovers a mysterious package containing DNA test results proving that he is not Damian Wayne's biological father, the Dark Knight sets his sights on his son's true father—Deathstroke! But Damian Wayne can't really be Slade Wilson's son—can he? And who sent the package—and why? The ultimate custody battle ensues as the World's Greatest Detective and the World's Deadliest Assassin clash in stories from the pages of DEATHSTROKE #30-35.
ON SALE 03.13.19
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BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN (DC MODERN CLASSIC) HC
written by JEPH LOEB
art and cover by TIM SALE
From the early days of Batman's crime-fighting career, this new edition of the classic mystery involves a killer who strikes only on holidays. Working with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon, Batman races to discover who Holiday is! Collected from the original 13-issue series, for the first time in DC's new Modern Classic slipcased format.
ON SALE 06.26.19
$49.99 US | 428 PAGES
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CATWOMAN BY JIM BALENT BOOK TWO TP
written by CHUCK DIXON, JO DUFFY, DOUG MOENCH and others
art by JIM BALENT, BOB SMITH and others
cover by JIM BALENT
When Catwoman is captured by a secret government organization and blackmailed into committing an impossible robbery, she is caught in a no-win situation: the infamous feline burglar must steal an ancient relic from a small European country or suffer the detonation of a cyanide capsule that has been implanted in her arm! Realizing success will lead to her termination by her captors, Catwoman will have to use her ingenuity to turn the tables against the government agency and save her own life. Collects Catwoman #14-24 and #0, Annual #2 and Showcase '95 #4.
ON SALE 03.12.19
$29.99 US | 360 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8820-4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING TP
written by SCOTT SNYDER, GRANT MORRISON, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, PETER J. TOMASI, FRANK TIERI, JAMES TYNION IV, DAN ABNETT and SAM HUMPHRIES
art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, TONY S. DANIEL, FRANCIS MANAPUL, PHILIP TAN, TYLER KIRKHAM, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, RILEY ROSSMO and others
cover by JASON FABOK
The evil Batmen—twisted mirror images of the Dark Knight—have been unleashed upon Earth and the Justice League with only one thing on their minds: total devastation. How can the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings who appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Collects BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1, BATMAN: THE DEVASTATOR #1, BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1, BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1, BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1, BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 and DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1.
ON SALE 03.20.19 | $24.99 US | 216 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8907-2

DC MEETS LOONEY TUNES VOL. 2 TP
written by GAIL SIMONE, SHEA FONTANA, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, AMANDA CONNER, SCOTT LOBDELL, MARK RUSSELL and others
art by INAKI MIRANDA, PIER BRITO, BRETT BOOTH, BRAD WALKER and others
cover by AMANDA CONNER
In this new helping of crossover tales, Catwoman finds herself embroiled in the endless battle between Sylvester and Tweety, and comes to the aid of her fellow cat. Then, Harley discovers a mysterious crate washed up on Coney Island's shore and releases the big, hairy beast that is Gossamer. Daffy Duck visits Gotham City to see Acme headquarters, but discovers the building abandoned and overtaken by the Clown Prince of Crime. And Porky Pig takes an entry-level job at LexCorp, only to find himself hauled to Washington, D.C. Collects Catwoman/Sylvester and Tweety Special #1, Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1, The Joker/Daffy Duck Special #1 and Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special #1.
ON SALE 03.13.19 | $16.99 US | 168 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8833-4

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN: DELUXE EDITION HC
stories and art by various
cover by JIM LEE
Celebrating the legacy of the Dark Knight, DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN follows the best-selling ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN. Curated by guest editor Paul Levitz, it features reprints of the Dark Knight's most memorable adventures, from his first appearance to the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite and Batgirl, as well as villains including Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface, Man-Bat and more. This hardcover also spotlights crime-fighters including Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos, the Martian Manhunter and the 1970s Manhunter, Paul Kirk!
And, published for the first time anywhere: a new tale of a traumatic early
moment in Bruce Wayne's life written by Paul Levitz with art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, and an extraordinary look at a long-ago work in progress—the original layouts for the Batman tale from DETECTIVE COMICS #200, as illustrated by Lew Sayre Schwartz (and signed "Bob Kane"). As if that's not enough, this volume includes essays on Batman from contributors including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Dennis O'Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin.
ON SALE 03.13.19
$29.99 US | 392 PAGES
FC | 7.0625" x 10.875"
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8538-8

THE FLASH VOL. 9: RECKONING OF THE FORCES TP
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by CHRISTIAN DUCE and SCOTT KOLINS
cover by DAN MORA
In these stories from THE FLASH #52-57, Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he's recently encountered. Meanwhile, in Central City, Trickster's turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop—if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.
ON SALE 03.27.19 | $16.99 US | 144 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8855-6

THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE VOL. 4 TP
written by JOHN BROOME and GARDNER FOX
art by CARMINE INFANTINO and JOE GIELLA
cover by EVAN "DOC" SHANER
This adventures from the early 1960s include the Flash's battles with some of his best-known foes: Captain Cold, the Shade, Captain Boomerang, the Trickster, the Reverse-Flash and more. This collection also guest-stars Kid Flash and the Golden Age Flash. Collects THE FLASH #148-163.
ON SALE 03.06.19
$24.99 US | 384 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8823-5

GRAYSON: THE SUPERSPY OMNIBUS HC NEW EDITION
written by TOM KING, TIM SEELEY and others
art by MIKEL JANIN, STEPHEN MOONEY, CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO, ROGE ANTONIO and others
cover by MIKEL JANIN
Collects all of Dick Grayson's adventures as Agent 37 for the spy organization known as Spyral under a new title! Faking his death, and entering a game of cat and mouse, Dick must take down Spyral from the inside in order to save his loved ones. This omnibus edition collects GRAYSON #1-20, SECRET ORIGINS #8, GRAYSON ANNUAL #1-3, GRAYSON: FUTURE'S END #1, ROBIN WAR #1-2 and NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1, with appearances by Batman, Superman and more!
ON SALE 08.21.19
$99.99 US | 792 PAGES | 7.0625" x 10.875"
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9505-9

HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: HARLEY DESTROYS THE UNIVERSE TP
written by SAM HUMPRIES
art by SAMI BASRI, ALISSON BORGES, JOHN TIMMS, DAN JURGENS, SCOTT KOLINS, BRETT BOOTH, GUILLEM MARCH, AGNES GARBOWSKA and others
cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Harley Quinn has a tough road ahead: travel through time and space to fix all the continuity errors she's created in her many misadventures. Luckily, she'll have help, because riding shotgun is none other than special guest star Jonni DC, Continuity Cop! Good thing, too, because if Harley fails, it means her own mom will be lost forever. Hey, that sounds more painful than funny! Learn more in these tales from HARLEY QUINN #50-54.
ON SALE 03.27.19
$16.99 US | 144 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8809-9

JLA: NEW WORLD ORDER (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by HOWARD PORTER and JOHN DELL
The world's most classic heroes reunite to stop the world's newest champions. Posing as a new group of super-heroes, the Hyperclan have descended upon Earth, convincing everyone that they are a benevolent force. But as their true nature and plans come to light, only the World's Greatest Heroes can stop them. Standing side by side, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter take on the alien posers and come to realize that Earth needs a force made up of only the mightiest of heroes. Collects JLA #1-9 and JLA SECRET FILES #1.
ON SALE 03.06.19
$19.99 US | 248 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8865-5

THE JOKER: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC
written by DENNIS O'NEIL, LEN WEIN, GERRY CONWAY, DOUG MOENCH, ELLIOT S. MAGGIN and others
art by IRV NOVICK, DICK GIORDANO, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, DON NEWTON, JIM APARO, MARSHALL ROGERS, GENE COLAN and others
cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
The Joker's greatest tales from the 1970s are collected in one massive hardcover featuring appearances by Batman, Robin, Catwoman and many more! This amazing collection includes the never-before-published The Joker #10! Collects Batman #251, 260, 286, 291-294, 321, 353, 365-366, 400; The Brave and The Bold #111, 118, 129-130, 141, 191; The Joker #1-10, Detective Comics #475-476, 504, 526, 532, Wonder Woman #280-283, DC Comics Presents #41 and 72 and more!
ON SALE 08.07.19
$99.99 US | 808 PAGES | 7.0625" x 10.875"
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9304-6

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 1: THE LAST AGE OF MAGIC TP
written by JAMES TYNION IV
art by ALVARO MARTINEZ
BUENO, RAUL FERNANDEZ, DANIEL SAMPERE and others
cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
After the events of NO JUSTICE, Wonder Woman guides the misfit team of Justice League Dark against enemies too fantastic for even the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days lie ahead in these stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1-3 and 5-6.
ON SALE 03.06.19
$16.99 US | 160 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8811-2

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE BRONZE AGE VOL. 1 TP
written by DENNIS O'NEIL, ROBERT KANIGHER and MIKE FRIEDRICH
art by DICK DILLIN, JOE GIELLA and NEAL ADAMS
cover by KARL KERSCHL
In these adventures of the Justice League from the early 1970s, classic members of the League including Superman, Batman, the Flash, Green Arrow, the Atom and Black Canary battle villains including The Joker and the Doomsters, and meet supernatural heroes including the Spectre and Deadman! Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #77-95.
ON SALE 03.27.19
$29.99 US | 416 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8902-1

THE NEW TEEN TITANS VOL. 10 TP
written by MARV WOLFMAN
art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, STAN WOCH, EDUARDO BARRETO and others
cover by EDUARDO BARRETO and ROMEO TANGHAL
In this new collection of 1980s stories, Lilith ascends to godhood and takes up residence on Olympus. Then, the team investigates a 50-year-old cold-case murder, and Starfire is called home to the planet Tamaran, where she is to wed a member of the military—but instead plans to free her people from the forces that oppress them. And the team helps Superman fight his way out of the clutches of Brainiac! Collects NEW TEEN TITANS #10-15 and ANNUAL #1.
ON SALE 03.06.19
$19.99 US | 216 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8824-2

PROMETHEA: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC
written by ALAN MOORE
art by J.H. WILLIAMS III, MICK GRAY, CHARLES VESS and JOSE VILLARUBIA
cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III and MICK GRAY
Sophie Bangs is a an ordinary college student in a futuristic New York who finds herself transformed into Promethea, the living embodiment of the imagination. Her trials have only begun, as she must master the secrets of her predecessors before she is destroyed by Promethea's ancient enemy. Complete with character sketches, variant covers and other bonus material, this new hardcover collection is perfect for any fan of this incredible series. Collects issues #1-12 plus the complete script for issue #3.
ON SALE 03.06.19
$49.99 US | 384 PAGES
7.0625" x 10.875" | FC
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8866-2

THE SANDMAN VOL. 6: FABLES AND REFLECTIONS 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP
written by NEIL GAIMAN
art by STAN WOCH, BRYAN TALBOT, SHAWN McMANUS, MARK BUCKINGHAM and others
new cover by DAVE McKEAN
A new edition of this title collecting issues #29-31, 38-50, THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1, and a story from VERTIGO PREVIEW #1, in which Morpheus delves into the dreams of Augustus Caesar, Cain and Abel, Marco Polo, Orpheus, and more. This special 30th anniversary edition includes a new cover by Dave McKean!
ON SALE 03.20.19
$19.99 US | 264 PAGES
FC | MATURE READERS
ISBN: 978-1-4012-8846-4

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Jon Hamm & Sarah Silverman Become ‘Friends With Benefits’

Jon Hamm & Sarah Silverman Hooking Up

RadarOnline.com has learned former Mad Men heartthrob Jon Hamm and saucy comedienne Sarah Silverman have become “friends with benefits!”

That’s what insiders are whispering after the longtime pals got more than cozy at two different La-La Land events.

PHOTOS: Taking The Plunge! Sarah Silverman Flaunts Serious Cleavage In Slinky Black Dress—See The Sexy Photos

The unlikely pair coupled up at the Ralph Breaks the Internet premiere on Nov. 6 and again three days later when Emmy winner Silverman, 48, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“They’ve known each other a long time and always been close,” the source spilled. “But Jon was in a longtime relationship until a couple of years ago.”

As Radar reported, Hamm, 47, saw his 18-year romance with Jennifer Westfeldt end in 2015.

PHOTOS: Sipping Into A Relapse? Hammered Jon Hamm Caught Knocking Back Beers — Post Rehab!

“The door then opened for Jon and Sarah,” the source said. “They’re comfortable with one another — so why not?”

We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at tips@radaronline.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.

Tomorrow, Bill Sienkiewicz Pretends to Be Esad Ribic

Esad Ribic, co-creator of Vs, artist on Marvel Legacy and Secret Wars and genuinely one of the nicest people you will meet at a comic convention, has been reinvented in Brian Bendis and David Mack‘s Cover for DC Comics as a Belgian psychopathic counter-agent Essad Sinns. Last month’s Cover #2 saw him capture and torture comic book creator-turned-creator David Hutch based on both Bendis and Mack.

I understand that Esad was happy to go along with this. But Cover #3 needs to show some of Essad Sinns’ work. And Esad Ribic was clearly rather busy – and possibly unable to work for DC.

Which is where Bill Sienkiewicz steps in. And has taken up the gauntlet of Ebas – maybe not an imitation of his style, but an attempt at the bombasticity that Esad brings to his work.

I am told to expect an uncredited four-page sequence in tomorrow’s Cover #3 courtesy fo Bill.

COVER #3 (OF 6) (MR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
Cover goes to Paris as Max is sent to the iconic Angoulême International Comics Festival, where he is about to receive their highest award. But did he earn it…or is it all part of an international spy cover operation? As the worlds of spycraft and comics clash in ways Max could never have imagined, his life-and more importantly, his artwork-begin to collapse around him! Don’t miss the latest chapter of this fierce new comic by the Inkpot, Peabody and Eisner Award-winning talents of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (SUPERMAN, Kabuki, Jessica Jones)!In Shops: Nov 21, 2018 SRP: $3.99

 

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Scientists study puncture performance of cactus spines – Phys.Org


Phys.Org

Scientists study puncture performance of cactus spines
Phys.Org
Beware the jumping cholla, Cylindropuntia fulgida. This shrubby, branching cactus will—if provoked by touching—anchor its splayed spines in the flesh of the offender. The barbed spines grip so tightly that a segment of cactus often breaks off with ...
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BOOM! Studios February 2019 Solicitations

BOOM! Studios February 2019 Solicitations

Highlights include Hotel Dare, Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2, and WWE #25.

Source: BOOM! Studios

HOTEL DARE OGN SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $9.99
Writer: Terry Blas
Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Cover Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Synopsis:
● OPEN THE DOOR. ADVENTURE AWAITS.
● Olive and her adopted siblings, Charlotte and Darwin, are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel, and it's all work and no play. They're stuck inside doing boring chores until they stumble upon an incredible secret... behind each door of the hotel lies a portal to a strange and
mysterious place.
● The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are open, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before the hotel tears itself apart.
● Written by Terry Blas (The Amazing World of Gumball) and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre
(Kim & Kim), this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to
embrace the idea that family is everything.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #2
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Matthew Taylor
Main Cover B: Kevin Wada
Main Cover C: Celia Lowenthal (Virgin)
Preorder Cover D: Ryan Inzana
Incentive Cover E: Audrey Mok
Incentive Cover F: Audrey Mok
Synopsis: The reimagining of Joss Whedon's groundbreaking series continues as Drusilla, the self-proclaimed Mistress and her pet, Spike, make their debut with their sights set on Buffy! Meanwhile, Giles is determined to teach Buffy about her destiny, responsibility, blah blah...can someone tell him to chill? How bad can it get?

FIREFLY #4
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Lee Garbett
Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Synopsis: The truth about Mal and Zoe's past during the Unification War has been exposed and now the Unificators make their final move against them in the shocking conclusion to the first arc! New enemies arise, heroes fall and the crew of Serenity will pay the price.

WWE #25
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Dennis Hopeless
Artists: Serg Acuña
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Marco D'Alfonso
Preorder Cover: Xermánico
1:25 Unlockable 1 Per Store Cover: Marco D'Alfonso
Synopsis: All of the sacrifices AJ Styles has made have paid off—he's atop the mountain of WWE and retains the WWE Championship. But there's no time to rest, as perhaps his most dangerous challenge awaits—the Samoan Submission Machine, Samoa Joe.

WWE: NXT TAKEOVER SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Jake Elphick, Kendall Goode, Hyeonjin Kim, Rodrigo Lorenzo
Cover Artist: Lucas Werneck
Synopsis:
● NXT has become WWE's third global brand and the launching pad for some of today's biggest Superstars including Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss and many more.
● Learn the untold stories behind NXT in this special event from writer Dennis Hopeless (WWE) and artists Jake Elphick (WWE: WrestleMania 2018 Special), Kendall Goode (Maze Runner: The Death Cure) Hyeonjin Kim (Sisters of Sorrow), and Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE: Undertaker).
● Collects the entire 4-issue series.

SONS OF ANARCHY LEGACY EDITION BOOK TWO SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $29.99
Writer: Ed Brisson, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara, Jesús Hervás
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Synopsis:
● BOOM! Studios presents the the second of three Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.
● With stories taking place throughout key seasons of the his show, Kurt Sutter delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming's most notorious biker gang as they to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law.
● Collects Sons of Anarchy (2014) #7, #15-25

PLANET OF THE APES ARTIST TRIBUTE HC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writer: n/a
Artist: Alex Ross, Paolo Rivera, Bob Larkin, Michael Allred, Gabriel Hardman, Jay Shaw, Declan Shalvey and
more.
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Synopsis:
● Since its original release in 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchise has shocked and captivated authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its incredible effects and brilliant narrative. Now, return
to the worlds of Planet of the Apes, both old and new, realized by a collection of classic and modern artistic voices in celebration of one of cinema's most celebrated works.
● The Planet of the Apes Artist Tribute features illustrations from renowned artists and bold new voices alike, including Alex Ross, Paolo Rivera, Michael Allred, Gabriel Hardman, Joe Quinones, and more.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #36
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Simone di Meo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Preorder Cover: Phil Murphy
Incentive Cover: Linda Lithén
Synopsis: The newly-assembled Power Rangers put everything on the line to win the battle but now a war has begun...and it's one they never anticipated! But if Grace thought her new team had time, she's wrong—the universe itself is collapsing!

SABAN'S GO GO POWER RANGERS #17
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Marcus To
Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
Preorder Cover: Audrey Mok
Homage Incentive Cover: Gleb Melnikov
Synopsis: Rita needs the Green Power Coin to create a Ranger of her own, but in order to move forward she must first go back to the home she left behind?

SABAN'S GO GO POWER RANGERS VOL. 3 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Synopsis:
● SHATTERED GRID CONTINUES!
● The Ranger Slayer – a dark version of Kimberly Hart, AKA the Pink Ranger- is here at the behest of Lord Drakkon and nothing will ever be the same again for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
● Written by Ryan Parrott (Star Trek: Manifest Destiny) and illustrated by Russ Manning Award-winning illustrator Dan Mora (Klaus), the next installment of Saban's Go Go Power Rangers puts the entire legacy of the Power Rangers in jeopardy.
● Collects issues #9-12.

THE EMPTY MAN #4
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Preorder Cover: Jesús Hervás
Synopsis: Hell has broken loose in the neighborhood, and the Kerry family must flee to escape the deadly effects of the Empty Man virus.

BONE PARISH #7
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Rod Reis
Synopsis: Even as they wage war on multiple fronts, the Winters family can't help but fracture from within following their shocking loss.

BLACK BADGE #7
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Kindt
Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Synopsis: The Badge of Champions reaches its bloody conclusion—which troop will reign supreme, and what terrible secrets will be revealed?

SPARROWHAWK #5
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Matias Basla
Cover Artist: Miguel Mercado
Synopsis: Art's quest has led her to the Unseelie Queen's palace and the terrible sacrifice she'll have to make to return home.

WIZARD BEACH #3
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Shaun Simon
Artist: Conor Nolan
Cover Artist: George Schall
Synopsis: Will the coldness in Hex's heart finally melt under the hot sun of Wizard Beach? Or amidst a game of his least favorite sport, Wand Ball? Or better yet, under the gentle gaze of one surfer witch named Agnes? Probably not.

CODA #9
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist:
Main Wraparound Cover: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover: David Lafuente
Synopsis: Hum is at rock bottom—no Serka, no Nag, all alone in the wilderness of the dystopian wastelands. But just when all hope seems lost, a familiar friend appears...

MECH CADET YU VOL. 3 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Synopsis:
● After relentless training and defying orders, the Mech Cadets find themselves on the front line of the Second Sharg War. Facing an uncompromising enemy they do not fully understand, Stanford, Park, Olivetti, and Sanchez are Earth's last hope. With all of human existence at stake, their bonds will have to match their courage if they are to protect everything they hold dear.
● Bestselling author Greg Pak (The Hulk, Superman) and fan-favorite artist Takeshi Miyazawa (Runaways, Ms. Marvel) bring Stanford Yu's journey to its stunning conclusion, as the young cadets come to realize the true sacrifice that comes with duty and service.
● Collects issues #9-12.

THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: MARTIAN MANHUNT SC
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: J. Bone
Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Synopsis:
● Shine your astro spurs and don your robot fists! Justice rides a rocket steed across the crimson plains of the fourth planet, where one man brings hope to humans who make this frontier world their home. He is...Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars. Alongside his trusty Martian sidekick Croach, Sparks protects Mars from robot outlaws, alien invaders, and any galactic threat foolish enough to target the red planet.
● Written by the creators of the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Deadpool, Star Wars Adventures), and illustrated by J. Bone (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Martian Manhunt is a rip-roaring adventure that harkens back to the heyday of old-time radio entertainment.
● Collects The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars #0-4.

JIM HENSON'S LABYRINTH: CORONATION #11
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier & Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Fiona Staples
Preorder Cover: Cory Godbey
Synopsis: Maria finally reaches the gates of the Owl King's Castle—but did she make it before the clock strikes thirteen?

JIM HENSON'S BENEATH THE DARK CRYSTAL #7
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Cover Artist:
Main Cover A: Benjamin Dewey
Preorder Cover B: David Petersen
Synopsis: Kensho and his companions must journey further into Thra, to a Valley that has not been inhabited in over a hundred years. Meanwhile, Thurma makes a crucial decision that alters her fate and that of the entire Fireling land forever.

JIM HENSON'S FRAGGLE ROCK: THE ROUGH SIDE OF THE ROCK HC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR APRIL 2019*****
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $9.99
Writer: Jay Fosgitt
Artist: Jay Fosgitt
Cover Artist: Jay Fosgitt
Synopsis:
● It's the annual "Splish-Splash Friend Bash" at Fraggle Pond and all of Fraggle Rock is invited! But when a few bullies decide to crash the party, Gobo, Boober, and the other Fraggles will have to look out for one another and come up with a plan to help everyone get along.
● Written and illustrated by Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll), Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock: The Rough Side of the Rock celebrates Jim Henson's timeless television series with an inspiring story of acceptance and friendship for fans of all ages.
● Collects Fraggle Rock #2 in a premium picture book format.

LUMBERJANES #59
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
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Synopsis: It's time for Daisy to get her driver's license, but she may not really be a natural behind the wheel. Can she overcome her nerves to become the ultimate motorist, and (for everyone's safety) should she be allowed to?

SMOOTH CRIMINALS #4
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Synopsis: Brenda and Mia are prepping for the heist of the century, but the pressure of getting all of their moving pieces in place is putting a strain on their friendship, and rifts are forming in the team! When someone from Mia's past shows up unexpectedly, the question becomes, will they help...or hinder?

BY NIGHT #8
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Synopsis: There's only one person on earth who knows the secrets of Charlesco: Jane and Barney's boss, Langdon Gramercy. To get to the bottom of what's going on in Spectrum, they plan to ply him with wine and crack open the vault of secrets.

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● The Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for a festive collection of Valentine's Day and Halloween stories! Join Jory and the rest of the Backstagers as they wrestle with anti-Valentine crusades, totally creepy phantoms (NOT of the opera), and the ever present magic of the backstage world in this romantically spooky third volume of the hit series.
● Reuniting the Prism Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Justice League) and artist Rian Sygh, along with a variety of fan-favorite artists including Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy), Katy Farina (Steven Universe), and more, these holiday tales will fill your heart with love, spooky spectres, and chocolate. Lots...and lots...of chocolate.
● Collects The Backstagers Valentines Intermission and The Backstagers Halloween Intermission.

AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL: SPRING BREAK SMASH #1
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● It's that most dreaded day and, of course, everything is going wrong, wrong, wrong for Garfield. But this is no ordinary Monday, and the frazzled feline finds himself stuck in a time loop, reliving the agony over and over and over. Can Garfield find a way to end this rotten day or will he be stuck forever?
● Garfield and the gang are back in an all-new graphic novel with stories written by Scott Nickel and Mark Evanier (Garfield & Friends) and illustrated by series regular Antonio Alfaro. This volume also features a short story by cartoonist Sarah Oleksyk (Ivy).

ADVENTURE TIME: MARCY & SIMON #2
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Synopsis: Marceline and Simon set off on their question to make amends for Simon's actions as the Ice King and find themselves at their first stop...the Nightosphere! But as Marceline knows too well, relying on Hunson Abadeer always comes with a catch. Written by Olivia Olson, the voice of Marceline!

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● After six years and 75 issues, Finn, Jake, and your favorite characters from Cartoon Network's Adventure Time TM star in their final collection from the ongoing series. Together, they'll face off against Magic Man stealing the colors from Ooo and take on one of their most challenging quests of all: a royal wedding... And there's even a special adventure starring Fionna & Cake as they retrieve the punch for Prince Gumball's semi-annual Punch Parade!
● Featuring a tour-de-force of creators from across Adventure Time
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● Collects Adventure Time #74, #75, and the Adventure Time 2018 Free Comic Book issue.



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Javi’s Girlfriend Lauren Denies He Cheated On Ex Briana With Her: ‘There Is No Way!’

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Javi Marroquin has been accused of cheating on ex-girlfriend Briana Dejesus with girlfriend Lauren Comeau, who he welcomed son Eli Joseph with on November 15. But in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, the Teen Mom 2 stars are setting the record straight!

Comeau, who gave birth three weeks before her December 1 due date, said, “I’ll tell you the day I conceived! March 10. We know the timeline… We know when we conceived. We haven’t seen each other in February. There was no possible way of cheating.”

But DeJesus, who Marroquin dated from October 2017 to February 2018, added to the cheating speculation when she revealed the last time she saw Marroquin was on February 1.

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“It’s frustrating,” Comeau said of DeJesus. “You have been a mom twice now. You’ve had crappy pregnancies. You have been dealing with issues. You haven’t had the support during your pregnancies. Why would you wish that on a first-time mom? You have no issues with me. We’ve never had any issues, you say you’re completely moved on. Just out of respect for me as a first time mom, let me enjoy this moment. Don’t take it away from me. That’s where the biggest frustration is. It’s just stupid and frustrating because we know the truth.”

Last season, Marroquin proposed to DeJesus. They called it off because she wouldn’t move to Delaware to be with him.

Marroquin then slept with his ex-wife Kailyn Lowry while broken up with DeJesus.

He then flew to Florida to reconcile and help her following plastic surgery. When her family accused him of only being with her for a storyline, he left and soon after got back together with Comeau, who he dated in the summer of 2017.

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“I know what was going on in January, February, March,” she said, “I was well aware of everything that was happening in Miami with all this. They think I was in the dark on all of this, that’s what’s frustrating. We discussed it, he’s been open with me, we relieved it many times, I know the dates. We know when we conceived.”

Although Comeau has watched the show in the past, she didn’t watch the most recent season.

Marroquin told Radar DeJesus did not congratulate him on the birth of their son.

Watch the video above for more!

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Venus Williams Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Victim’s Family After Fatal Car Crash

Venus Williams Settles Deadly Car Crash Case

Venus Williams settled the wrongful death suit filed against her after the fatal car crash that left one man killed, RadarOnline.com confirmed.

The tennis star was involved in a 2017 car accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with Jerome and Linda Barson. His estate sued her for wrongful death.

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A representative for the family’s lawyer confirmed to Radar that a settlement in the car crash case was reached.

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“I am completely speechless,” Williams previously said about the accident that left her “heartbroken.”

Police declined to press charges against Williams when video from the crash showed she was “caught in the middle” of an intersection when the Barson’s car t-boned her SUV.

Jerome died 14 days after the accident and his wife was injured in the crash as well.

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Aloe Blacc Fights for Prison Reform with First Step Act, Talks Working with Trump

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11 moments from the International Space Station’s first 20 years

It was November 20, 1998, when an unprecedented international coalition of astronomers, engineers and rocket scientists saw years of collaboration come to fruition with the launch of the International Space Station’s first component. Since then, the largest spacecraft ever built has hosted innumerable astronauts, experiments and other craft. Here are a few notable moments in the history of this inspiring and decades-spanning mission.

1984: Reagan proposes the ISS — without Russia

The space station was originally going to be a U.S. effort, but soon became a collaboration with Canada, Japan and Europe, excluding the then-USSR. American-Russian relations were strained then, as you may remember, and although many in the space industry itself would have preferred working together, the political climate did not permit it. Nevertheless, initial work began.

1993: Clinton adds Russia to the bill

The collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent rejuvenation of international relations led President Bush to bring them into the program in a limited fashion, as a supplier and as a guest on a shuttle mission. The next year, however, President Clinton one-upped him with the announcement that Russia would be a full partner. This was both a practical and political decision: Russian involvement would save billions, but it also helped bring Russia on board with other issues, like ICBM de-proliferation efforts. At any rate, designs were finally beginning to be built.

1998: The first components, Zarya and Unity, launch to orbit

Endeavour approaches Zarya when the latter was the only component in place.

Though persona non grata at first, Russia had the privilege of launching the first core component of the ISS on November 20, 1998, the anniversary we are celebrating today. The Zarya Functional Cargo Block is still up there, still being used, forming the gateway to the Russian side of the station.

One month later, Space Shuttle Endeavour took off from Launch Complex 39A (we’ve been there) carrying Unity Node 1. This too is up there now, attached since that day to Zarya.

2000: The first of many long-term occupants arrive

From left: Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev, aboard the station.

Almost exactly a year after Zarya went up, the first astronauts took up residence on the ISS — the first of 230 people so far to call the orbiting structure home. Bill Shepherd was NASA’s first representative, flying with cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev; they would stay for about 141 days.

2003: Columbia disaster delays expansion

The fatal breakup of Space Shuttle Columbia on reentry following its 28th mission was tragedy enough that other shuttle missions were scrubbed for over two years. As these were the primary means of the U.S. adding to and maintaining the ISS, this responsibility passed to Roscosmos until shuttle launches resumed in 2005; crewed launches wouldn’t resume until mid-2006.

2007: Kibo goes up

Numerous modules have been added to the ISS over the years, but Japan’s Kibo is the largest. It took multiple missions to deliver all the pieces, and was only made possible by earlier missions that had expanded the solar power capacity of the station. Kibo contains a ton of reconfigurable space accessible from the pressurized interior, and has been popular for both private and public experiments that must be conducted in space.

2010: Enter the Cupola

If Kibo is the largest component, the Cupola is likely the most famous. The giant 7-window bubble looks like something out of science fiction (specifically, the front end of the Millennium Falcon) and is the location for the station’s most striking photography, both inside and out.

2014: Beautiful timelapses

With the Cupola in place, capturing imagery of the Earth from this amazing view became easier — especially with the increasingly high-quality digital cameras brought aboard by talented astronaut-photographers like Alexander Gerst and Don Pettit. The many, many photos taken out of this aperture have been formed into innumerable beautiful timelapses and desktop backgrounds, as well as witnessing incredible phenomena like aurora and lightning storms from a new and valuable perspective. It’s hard to pick just one, but Don Pettit’s “The World Outside My Window” above is a fabulous example, and Gerst’s 4K compilation is another.

2015: Gennady Padalka sets time in space record

During his fifth flight to space, Gennady Padalka set a world record for most time in space: When he returned to Earth he had logged a total of 878 days and change. That’s well ahead of the competition, which is almost exclusively Russian — though NASA’s Peggy Whitson is right up there with 666 days over three missions.

2016: Chinese station calling ISS, please pick up

It’s hardly crowded in space, but it can get lonely up there. So it’s nice that those who have the honor to fly reach out to each other. In this case China’s taikonaut Jing Haipeng recorded a heartwarming video message from the Chinese Tiangong-2 space station greeting the incoming ISS crew and praising the community of global cooperation that makes all this possible.

2018: Soyuz accident threatens long-term occupation

A crewed mission to the ISS with astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin encountered a serious fault during launch, fortunately resulting in no injuries or fatalities but shaking up the space community. The Soyuz rocket and capsule had more than proven themselves over the years but no risks could be taken with human life, and future missions were delayed. It was possible that for the first time since it was first entered, the ISS would be empty as its crew left with no replacements on the way.

Fortunately the investigation has concluded and a new mission is planned for early December, which will prevent such an historic absence.

2019? First commercial crew mission and beyond

Russia has borne sole responsibility for all crewed launches for years; the U.S. has been planning to separate itself from this dependence by fostering a new generation of crew-capable capsules that can meet and exceed the safety and reliability of the Soyuz system. SpaceX and Boeing both plan 2019 flights for their respective Crew Dragon and Starliner capsules — though slipping dates and new regulatory attention may delay those further.

The ISS has a bright future despite its remarkable 20 years of continuous operation. It’s funded more or less through 2025, but there’s talk of new space stations from Russia and China both, while the U.S. eyes lunar orbit for its next big endeavor. It’s hard to imagine space now without an ISS full of people in it, however, and falling launch costs may mean that its life can be extended even further and for less cost. Here’s hoping the ISS has another two decades in front of it.

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Autodesk agrees to buy PlanGrid for $875 million

Autodesk announced plans to acquire PlanGrid for $875 million today. The San Francisco startup helped move blueprints from paper to the iPad when it launched in 2011.

This digitization of construction fits with Autodesk’s vision of digitizing design in general, and CEO Andrew Anagnost certainly recognized the transformational potential of the company he was buying. “There is a huge opportunity to streamline all aspects of construction through digitization and automation. The acquisition of PlanGrid will accelerate our efforts to improve construction workflows for every stakeholder in the construction process,” he said in a statement.

The company, which is a 2012 graduate of Y Combinator, raised just $69 million, so this appears to be a healthy exit for the them. PlanGrid took what was a paper-intensive task and shifted it to digital, taking a world of hand-written mark-ups and sticky notes onto the fledgling iPad.

In an interview with CEO and co-founder Tracy Young in 2015 at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, she said the industry was ripe for change. “The heart of construction is just a lot of construction blueprints information. It’s all tracked on paper right now and they’re constantly, constantly changing,” Young said at the time.

Those manual changes often resulted in errors she said, and that was costly for the contractors. As an engineer working for a construction company, who was at one time responsible for making the paper copies, she recognized that the process could be improved by moving it into the digital realm.

PlanGrid CEO Tracy Young onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015

Her idea, which was kind of radical in 2011 when she started the company, was to move all that paper to the cloud and display it on an iPad. It’s important to remember that the enterprise was not rushing to the cloud in 2011, and most people considered the iPad at the time to be a consumer device, so what she and her co-founders were attempting was a true kind of industry transformation.

Young sees joining Autodesk as a way to continue building on that early vision. “PlanGrid has excelled at building beautiful, simple field collaboration software, while Autodesk has focused on connecting design to construction. Together, we can drive greater productivity and predictability on the jobsite,” she said in a statement.

PlanGrid currently has 400 employees, 12,000 customers and 120,000 paid users, and has been used on over a million construction projects worldwide, according to data provided by the companies. They believe that under Autodesk’s umbrella and combined with their existing product set, they can provide a complete construction solution and grow the business faster than PlanGrid could have on its own — pretty much the standard argument in an acquisition like this.

PlanGrid was efficient with the money it took. In fact the last raise was $40 million almost exactly three years ago. The deal is expected to close at the end of January pending the normal regulatory approval process.

 

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Steven Universe Season 6: Release Date and More News

Steven Universe isn't over just yet! Season 6 will return and we know when it will be back.

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Steven Universe ended up on a pretty big note at the end of season five, with Steven coming face to face with White Diamond. While some were wondering if the show had come to an end, we'll be getting more Steven Universe soon! The latest tweet from Cartoon Network gives us a new look at the upcoming episodes and a return date!

Steven's outfit here is clearly a takeoff of Pink Diamond's original form before she turned into Rose. Also it's super cute! Steven rocks it perfectly.

Steven Universe Season 6 Release Date

Thanks to the above tweet we know that the latest Steven Universe episodes will debut on December 17, 2018 on Cartoon Network! Unlike previous drops the tweet stated the episodes would premiere weekly, most likely meaning we'll only be getting one episode per week. This is in contrast to other episode drops where we'd get up to five episodes in a whole week.

Steven Universe Season 6 Episodes

Tthe subtitle of the next drop is called "Diamond Days." Here are all the episode titles!

Steven Universe: Familiar 

With many changes going on in his life, Steven tries to find his place in the world. (December 24, 2018)

Steven Universe: Together Alone

Steven throws a party to bring his family together. (December 31, 2018)

Steven Universe: Escapism

Steven uses his psychic powers to find help. (January 7, 2019)

Steven Universe: Battle of Heart and Mind

Steven faces his biggest challenge yet. (January 14, 2019)

Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things Steven Universe and don't forget to check out our list of the essential Steven Universe episodes!

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Kim Kardashian to Kanye West: If You Want to Stay Married, Get Your Ass to Therapy!

Well, folks, we all knew this day would come.

Kim Kardashian has had enough.

Kimye at Home

We don't mean that she's planning to divorce Kanye West. At least not yet.

After all, Kanye has promised to steer clear of politics in order to focus on making brilliant music and hideous sneakers.

But Kim remains concerned that he'll experience another flare-up of MAGA madness sometime in the near future.

And so, she's taking precautions and issuing ultimatums.

Kimye in 2017

According to Radar Online, Kim has informed Kanye that if he doesn't start attending therapy regularly and sticking to his meds, she'll be packing her bags.

“She is trying to figure out how to cope with his illness and the fallout, specifically about his politics,” a source told Radar.

“She is supportive and it’s hard for her when people have reacted so strongly.”

Kimye Smiling!

Not surprisingly, Kanye's foray into the political arena has caused some serious problems for Kim and her family.

It turns out, people get upset when you tell them slavery was a choice. Who knew?

But Kim doesn't think Kanye is entirely to blame for her family's current predicament, as she believes part of the problem is that people overreacted to his pro-Trump remarks.

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“She is trying to understand why people are so hateful,” the insider said.

“It’s been ugly. They had to up their security because Kanye supports Trump. They are working with former secret service.”

Yes, and it turns out Kim isn't messing around in her efforts to ensure that Kanye never again puts his family in harm's way.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for Fashion Week

Not only does she want him in therapy several times a week, she also wants to sign off on his financial expenditures and everything he posts on social media.

Basically, Kim is treating Kanye like he's Britney Spears circa 2007. And that's probably for the best.

“Everyone in his inner circle agrees that it’s for the best that Kim gets to sign off on everything to do with Kanye,” the insider claims.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the Red Carpet Picture

“Kim has been doing serious damage control and it’s finally starting to take effect now.”

Just a few years ago when they met, Kanye was telling Kim how to dress.

Now, she's telling him what he's allowed to tweet.

That's progress everyone can believe in.

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Mel B Claims That There’s A Secret Shangri-La Of Celebrity Peen On The Internet

Mel B’s book Brutally Honest is coming out soon, and she and the publishers are selling it like a Mary Kay saleswoman circa 1987 who is just 50 Magic Masques away from getting that pink Cadillac. They’re releasing excerpts from her book that are a mixture of disturbing and ESCANDALOSO like how she snorted six lines of coke a day during The X Factor and was left traumatized after having to watch the dozens of illegal sex tapes her smegma bubble of an ex-husband made without her consent. But the story that made me stop, drop, and roll was the one about how Mel B supposedly met up with two famous dudes after meeting them on a secret hookup website where single famous men allegedly post dick pics.

So Scary Spice is telling me that somewhere on the internet exists a place where there’s picture after picture of a hard dick of a celebrity and the celebrity posts it himself? Does the site’s intro page look like this?

In the piece from Mel’s book that The Sun posted, she writes that after 10 years of getting on the same dick, a gay friend (WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A GAY FRIEND? And yes that question came from a peen-obsessed gay) told her that she needed to put her freshly single cooze back out there and drown her sorrows with some peen. Mel wasn’t interested in dating or getting a boyfriend, and writes that she couldn’t go to a bar to get some man ass. So another gay friend (AGAIN, WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A GAY FRIEND?) showed her a spectacular paradise of peen where she could choose from a line-up of dick, and you could figure out its size thanks to the signature move of Tinder douches: the “compare the dick to a remote control” thing. But these guys were apparently comparing theirs to milk cartons. You know Jon Hamm wasn’t on that site, because he would’ve had to compare his to a milk truck.

I was in Soho House on a night out with a couple of girlfriends when the images came through.

Erect privates were lined up against a milk or juice carton so you could gauge the size.

I shut my laptop. Then, obviously, opened it again. We spent the next few hours laughing and gawping. I called my friend and said: “Now what?”

“You choose one and I will make a discreet introduction,” he answered.

Mel says she met up with two famous dudes, and left with nothing but a frowny vagina.

A few days later, I met him (young, handsome, very famous) in a hotel room. It was horribly awkward and nothing happened (it was obviously easier with a milk carton).

I tried again with another famous penis in another hotel room. Same result. Aaarghhhh.

Mortifying. I’d have had better luck in Leeds with a builder. I gave up on famous penises and had a few encounters with normal, regular guys. Way better.

Mel B supposedly hooked up with Zac Efron in 2017 after meeting him on a celebrity dating app, so he’s probably one of the dudes she’s talking about. But you know Zac compared his dick to a bronzer stick.

I’m more interested in this celebrity dick wonderland, though. There’s supposedly a database of celebrity dude crotch rods on the internet and hackers haven’t broke into it yet and given us DickiLeaks? Hmm… I know that Mel’s coke binge days were during her time on The X Factor in 2014, but are we sure she didn’t nose-dabble in the white stuff after her divorce a little, and her dealer accidentally gave her a batch laced with LSD? And the awkward, disappointing non-sex date she had with a celebrity with a milk carton dick was actually an awkward, disappointing non-sex date with an actual milk carton?

But still, I want to believe! I want to believe!

Pic: Wenn.com

Elseworlds: Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Trailer, Episode Order, Release Date, Cast, News

This year's big DC TV Arrowverse crossover will feature Ruby Rose as Batwoman, the return of Superman, a new Lois Lane, and much more!

Elseworlds: Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Episode Order, Release Dates, Cast, and News
News Mike Cecchini
Nov 20, 2018

This year's Arrowverse crossover is known as "Elseworlds." It will begin in the now-traditional December window, right before the midseason finales of everyone's favorite DC TV superhero shows. And even though it only consists of three shows instead of the usual four, "Elseworlds" sounds like it might be the most ambitious Arrowverse crossover yet. 

Let's break it down...

Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Trailer

The first Elseworlds trailers have arrived! And let's just say...things are a little different this time around.

The latest trailer drops the B-word – Batman – implying that the heretofore unmentioned-in-the-Arrowverse Gotham vigilante is a missing urban legend. However, it's not long before we catch a glimpse of the Dark Knight that we will be getting in Ruby Rose's Batwoman.

Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Dates

Here's how it all breaks down...

The crossover kicks off with The Flash, which for this one episode only, will air in Supergirl's Sunday night timeslot on December 9.

The story continues in Arrow on Monday, December 10.

The trilogy will conclude on Supergirl, which (again) for just this episode, will air during The Flash's Tuesday night timeslot on December 11.

Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Cast

The biggest news is that the show will introduce Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose. That's a big deal in itself, and you can consider this three episode event as a kind of sneaky pilot for Batwoman TV series in development for 2019. That show will feature Caroline Dries as showrunner alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns as executive producers. Don't expect too many more details on that until the verdict is in on this year's crossover, but considering that they've already cast the perfect Kate Kane, things are off to a good start.

There's also at least one other Gotham City connection, though. One of the villains is Jeremy Davies (Sleepy HollowJustified) as Dr. John Deegan, which gives the show an Arkham Asylum connection of some kind. Is he the main baddie of the crossover? That's not clear at this time.

This might also be related to the presence of Cassandra Jean Amell (America's Next Top ModelOne Tree Hill) as Nora Fries. Fans may recognize her as the wife of Victor Fries, the Gotham City baddie known as Mr. Freeze. We speculated a little about this here.

Superman and Lois Lane Official DC TV Arrowverse Promo Photo

And, of course, Tyler Hoechlin will return as Superman. But he's not coming alone. For the first time, we'll meet the Arrowverse Lois Lane, played by Elizabeth Tulloch. We have some more details about what this could mean right here.

And seriously, if this doesn't warm your heart a little, you just aren't a Superman fan.

John Wesley Shipp will also make an appearance as The Flash. But not as the Jay Garrick Flash! Instead, Shipp will be there wearing his classic costume from the 1990-1991 The Flash TV series. That's right, we're about to live in a world where all of DC's TV and movie properties are happening in continuity with each other! I went into detail on this right here.

Now, here's where things get weird. LaMonica Garrett (Designated Survivor) is playing Mar Novu, the Arrowverse version of The Monitor, described as "an extraterrestrial being of infinite power."


Does this mean that a version of Crisis on Infinite Earths is coming at some point down the road? So that leads us to...

Arrowverse Crossover 2018 Story

No story details are currently available, but we know a few things for sure...things are going to get weird. It's "Elseworlds" after all, and the presence of the Monitor means they're flirting with characters and concepts from Crisis on Infinite Earths, so we'll certainly be dealing with loads of different "Elseworlds" as the crossover unfolds. 

So how weird will things get? Well, there's this for starters...


And this, too...



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And we also know that for at least some of the crossover, Tyler Hoechlin will be wearing the infamous black Superman costume. Should we read something into that? Probably not, but...I did anyway.

You'll also note that Legends of Tomorrow isn't included in this year's crossover. This will likely help facilitate the more street-level nature of a story that needs to introduce Gotham City and Batwoman to the Arrowverse. And perhaps it's a sign of things to come. "I actually would love to do [smaller, one-off crossovers with other Arrowverse shows] more often," Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz told reporters in July. "Just bring Felicity or Cisco or whoever onto the show. I think that would be really fun and it would be great to have Sara and [Batwoman] meet." 

Yes, it would...but it won't be happening in these episodes. I'll update this with more information as it becomes available.

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.

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Sorry, I mean, they create a new comic book.

Goddess Mode, launching from DC/Vertigo tomorrow. A future sci-fi world in which technology controls everything and access to that technology is controlled. Aside from those who sidestep the system, get caught, get swallowed back up by the system and get used for the system’s own purposes.

From this preview below, it’s a little bit Transmet, a little bit Prez, and a good chunk of Black Mirror, before it goes into… very different territory indeed. I’m sure certain people will hate it, sight unseen, some people will love it sight unseen, but from these few preview pages, it looks like there’s a lot to like.

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Don’t miss the start of a new series by Hugo Award nominee Zoë Quinn and Spider-Gwen co-creator Robbi Rodriguez!
In a near future where humanity’s needs are provided for by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But Cassandra Price’s life changes forever when she discovers a hidden digital world beneath our own, one where a group of super-powered women are locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

 

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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part serves as our cinematic return to Bricksburg, set to arrive in February.

News Joseph Baxter
Nov 20, 2018

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part plans to leave pointy pieces on the proverbial floor on which its barefoot box office competition will step.

Mike Mitchell (Sky High...but also Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) is taking over directorial duties for Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, the voice cast of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will all return, joined by some newcomers.

The LEGO Movie 2 Trailer

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part has released a new trailer!

...And located below is the first teaser trailer, which arrived back in June.

The LEGO Movie 2 Release Date

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is scheduled to arrive assembled at theaters on February 8, 2019.

Check out the first official poster, which teases the tagline, "They come in pieces."

The LEGO Movie 2 Story

Here's the official synopsis:

The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part,” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

The LEGO Movie 2 Cast

Per the official synopsis:

Reprising their starring roles from the first film are Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle), Will Arnett as LEGO BatmanTM, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, and Alison Brie as Unikitty. They are joined by Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro as, respectively, new characters Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, Sweet Mayhem and Ice Cream Cone.

We will keep you updated right here on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as news arrives.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Thanksgiving Thinspiration Didn’t Go Over Well

Turkey day is fast approaching, which means you could be preparing by pulling out your loosest pants. Or if you’re Sarah Michelle Gellar, you’re anticipating stuffing your face, but not tooooo much thanks to the multiple pictures of your Photoshopped body that you’ll have hanging around your house as a reminder not to go overboard. Sarah joked on Instagram about keeping Thanksgiving thinspiration pics around her house for the big day; not surprisingly, it didn’t go over well.

Here’s the post that got Sarah in some hot water gravy:

Those pictures are from a Maxim spread from 2007.

USA Today says that some of Sarah’s famous friends applauded her post, like Tiffani Thiessen who wrote: “Is it weird if I pin these pics of you in my house too?” and Debra Messing who simply wrote: “Are you KIDDING ME?!?“. But USA Today points out that there were a few people who thought Sarah’s intentions were cruel, and yes that was a terrible joke. Here is a holiday sample platter of some of the comments that were made in response to Sarah’s post.

“Nothing wrong with not wanting to overeat on Thanksgiving.”

“I think she’s great and obviously very beautiful, but the caption was pretty sad and disappointing but that’s just my opinion and I’m pretty sure it was a joke.”

“Is that where you place your value? On the size of your thighs? Or your protruding hip bones? Nothing positive comes from this post. Only narcissism and the theory that women need to be skinny to be acceptable.”

Everyone has a different strategy come Thanksgiving day to prevent going too hard at the meal, and I get the idea of putting up some visual reminders. But not many people can relate to underwear pictures from Maxim. If Sarah wanted to reach more people, she should have posted a picture of herself passed out on the couch with the top button undone, covered in a mess of mashed potatoes and cranberry drool, with the caption: “Never again…or at least not this year again.

Pic: Wenn.com

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Rob Shuter’s latest episode of Straight Shuter breaks down some of the juiciest stories in Hollywood!

The stars of 90 Day Fiancé are some of the hottest reality stars on TV, however they have a long way to go before they earn anything close to what the Real Housewives and The Kardashians are making.

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Ben Affleck: PISSED About Jennifer Garner’s New Dude!

It doesn't take much to make Ben Affleck angry.

In fact, just about anything can cause Batfleck to fly off the handle:

The Affleck

The Patriots fail to cover the spread; his favorite Beantown-chic LA watering hole is still carrying last season's Sam Adams; people start ranking the best Batmans in his presence.

All of these things can cause Ben's face to take on the deep red hue usually associated with former reality show hosts who channel their fear of federal indictment into seething tirades against the media.

Anyway, we've seen Ben very pissed off over the years (Remember when he got drunk and screamed about Tom Brady during what was supposed to be a normal TV interview?), but it turns out we haven't seen him at his angriest:

Jennifer Garner-Ben Affleck

As you may have heard, Ben's ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, has a new boyfriend.

He's a civilian named John Miller, and while he and Jen are reportedly takings things slow, the very idea of the relationship apparently has Ben fuming.

“[Affleck] somehow thought Jen might stay single forever and that no man would ever spend any time with his kids," source close to the situation tells Radar Online.

Jennifer Garner in Black Outfit

The insider adds that Ben's been hooking up with everything that draws breath in the years since he and Garner separated, but he assumed she would just move into a convent or something:

“Although [Ben] hasn’t been short of women since splitting with Jen, she avoided dating until she met John,” the source noted.

“She made a point of never introducing him to her children until her divorce was official.”

Ben Affleck for Justice League

Making matters worse is the fact that Ben's kids basically roasted him within an inch of his life with the old "our new dad's not a raging boozebag" routine:

“When Ben and Jen met up with the kids, they kept talking about mommy’s new friend and how much fun he was,” revealed the source.

“They were saying how he knows how to cook and doesn’t like alcohol, which really got to Ben.”

Ben Affleck Looks Pissed

Whoa. Was this a post-rehab reunion or a Comedy Central roast?

We're sure it stings a bit your kids start dunking on you over your drinking problem, but Ben will be fine.

He's got 22-year-old Playboy models to console him.

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Shannon Beador: All of My Castmates Hate Me and I Hate Tamra Judge!

That's it for this season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. The season finale aired, and all that remains is the reunion.

Shannon Beador's feud with Tamra Judge has replaced what was once a solid friendship.

In fact, it sounds like Shannon isn't getting along with any of her castmates these days.

Shannon Beador Speaks to the Camera

RadarOnline reports that Shannon is really feeling the heat from her fellow Housewives.

According to an inside source, Shannon is feeling "more victimized than ever" by her castmates these days.

To be fair, she did watch a number of them talk about her behind her back recently. That has to sting.

"Shannon believes everyone is against her," the insider reports.

Part of that problem may be that she's just not close to any of them right now.

Shannon Beador at Dinner in Jamaica

Shannon feels alone against the world, a source explains, "and is so separated from the cast right now."

That can be a chilling feeling that can suck the fun right out of life -- and out of being on a reality show.

There is a huge silver lining -- a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

"But," the insider notes. "She knows that she is coming back next season."

That was never really in doubt.

Even before this season began, Shannon was a hot topic because of her acrimonious divorce.

And during the season she was a frequent center of attention.

Tamra Judge Screams at Shannon Beador

There is one person in particular towards whom Shannon is feeling especially bitter.

"Out of everyone," the source says. "She feels most betrayed by Tamra."

Shannon and Tamra have been on the same side for a long time.

Shannon's a Real Housewife, so she knows that people talk. She just never expected for Tamra to be part of it.

"This season really put a damper on their friendship," the insider explains.

"And," the source says. "Watching the past couple of episodes was really hard on Shannon."

Shannon Beador Apologizes

It made those months-old conflicts fresh again, and showed Shannon an ugly side of her "friends."

"By watching the episodes of RHOC that came after Jamaica," the insider says. "Shannon was able to see how wrong she was about Tamra."

Even good friends vent about each other, but Tamra was questioning Shannon's mental state. It struck a nerve.

And it also didn't mesh with Tamra's explanation of events.

Reality shows may be edited, but they aren't conjured out of nowhere. They're based on real footage.

Shannon knows that better than most "and she knows that Tamra is a f--king liar."

Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador

Shannon and Tamra were once fast friends, but no longer.

An insider does take a sympathetic tone when describing Tamra -- that's not something you hear very often.

"Tamra cannot work things out with her," the source laments.

The insider continues, saying that it's impossible to fix things "when the friendship was so one-sided."

Tamra viewed Shannon as selfish for worrying about her own struggles when Tamra's husband had a health crisis.

"The fact that Shannon ignored everything that Eddie was going through really hurt Tamra to the core," the source claims.

Shannon Beador Is Not Impressed

Apparently, the drama that we've seen on screen is just a taste of what is to come.

"The s--t hits the fan at their reunion!" the insider announces.

Well, that's why they have them.

"The reunion made things even worse for Shannon and Tamra," the source shares.

"And," the insider concludes. "Since then, Shannon has been focused on her friends that are not television stars."

We will note that we've heard elsewhere that people left the reunion on more or less good terms.

Well ... except for Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson.

Shannon Beador on Poker Night

Tamra has refused to take any real responsibility for her own words and behavior.

Just last week, Tamra blamed Gina Kirschenheiter for ruining her friendship with Shannon.

Combine that with what we've seen on The Real Housewives of Orange County and Tamra's daughter's words, and that seems to be who Tamra is as a person.

No one is saying that Shannon is perfect -- least of all Shannon.

But even after her blowup in Jamaica, Shannon comes across as the sympathetic party, here.

It sounds like she's taking a bit of a break after the reunion, and we don't blame her.

Next season sure sounds interesting.

We wonder who will return and who won't. The Housewives sure have some opinions.

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Named “Share Your Gifts,” the ad focuses on a dreamy teenager who spends a lot of time on her MacBook. She regularly prints something she has created. We never know for sure if it’s a text, a drawing, some lyrics, etc.

But every time she looks at her creations, she dismisses them and puts them in a green box. Sheets of paper pile up in the box and the girl can’t even close it anymore.

During a cold winter night, her dog accidentally opens the window. The sheets of paper fly out the window. She ends up chasing her creations so that nobody sees them.

Eventually, she realizes that sharing feels great and overcomes her fears. It’s a feel-good story that rings true with many creative people, even in the age of Instagram.

Compared to previous years, the soundtrack might not sound familiar. That’s because it’s an original song from sixteen-year-old singer Billie Eilish. Like many young musicians, Eilish started writing music on a Mac in her bedroom. And this song was also written with her sibling Finneas O’Connell in her parent’s home.

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How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good

A ruling in late October against a little-known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in Europe who believe it signals the beginning of the end for creepy online ads.

The excitement is palpable.

Impressively so, given the dry CNIL decision against mobile “demand side platform” Vectaury was only published in the regulator’s native dense French legalese.

Digital advertising trade press AdExchanger picked up on the decision yesterday.

Here’s the killer paragraph from CNIL’s ruling — translated into “rough English” by my TC colleague Romain Dillet:

The requirement based on the article 7 above-mentioned isn’t fulfilled with a contractual clause that guarantees validly collected initial consent. The company VECTAURY should be able to show, for all data that it is processing, the validity of the expressed consent.

In plainer English, this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.

CNIL’s decision suggests that bundling consent to partner processing in a contract is not, in and of itself, valid consent under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework.

Consent under this regime must be specific, informed and freely given. It says as much in the text of GDPR.

But now, on top of that, the CNIL’s ruling suggests a data controller has to be able to demonstrate the validity of the consent — so cannot simply tuck consent inside a contractual “carpet-bag” that gets passed around to everyone else in their chain as soon as the user clicks “I agree.”

This is important, because many widely used digital advertising consent frameworks rolled out to websites in Europe this year — in claimed compliance with GDPR — are using a contractual route to obtain consent, and bundling partner processing behind often hideously labyrinthine consent flows.

The experience for web users in the EU right now is not great. But it could be leading to a much better internet down the road.

Where’s the consent for partner processing?

Even on a surface level the current crop of confusing consent mazes look problematic.

But the CNIL ruling suggests there are deeper and more structural problems lurking and embedded within. And as regulators dig in and start to unpick adtech contradictions it could force a change of mindset across the entire ecosystem.

As ever, when talking about consent and online ads the overarching point to remember is that no consumer given a genuine full disclosure about what’s being done with their personal data in the name of behavioral advertising would freely consent to personal details being hawked and traded across the web just so a bunch of third parties can bag a profit share.

This is why, despite GDPR being in force (since May 25), there are still so many tortuously confusing “consent flows” in play.

The longstanding online T&Cs trick of obfuscating and socially engineering consent remains an unfortunately standard playbook. But, less than six months into GDPR we’re still very much in a “phoney war” phase. More regulatory rulings are needed to lay down the rules by actually enforcing the law.

And CNIL’s recent activity suggests more to come.

In the Vectaury case, the mobile ad firm used a template framework for its consent flow that had been created by industry trade association and standards body, IAB Europe.

It did make some of its own choices, using its own wording on an initial consent screen and pre-ticking the purposes (another big GDPR no-no). But the bundling of data purposes behind a single opt in/out button is the core IAB Europe design. So CNIL’s ruling suggests there could be trouble ahead for other users of the template.

IAB Europe’s CEO, Townsend Feehan, told us it’s working on a statement reaction to the CNIL decision, but suggested Vectaury fell foul of the regulator because it may not have implemented the “Transparency & Consent Framework-compliant” consent management platform (CMP) framework — as it’s tortuously known — correctly.

So either “the ‘CMP’ that they implemented did not align to our Policies, or choices they could have made in the implementation of their CMP that would have facilitated compliance with the GDPR were not made,” she suggested to us via email.

Though that sidesteps the contractual crux point that’s really exciting privacy advocates — and making them point to the CNIL as having slammed the first of many unbolted doors.

The French watchdog has made a handful of other decisions in recent months, also involving geolocation-harvesting adtech firms, and also for processing data without consent.

So regulatory activity on the GDPR+adtech front has been ticking up.

Its decision to publish these rulings suggests it has wider concerns about the scale and privacy risks of current programmatic ad practices in the mobile space than can be attached to any single player.

So the suggestion is that just publishing the rulings looks intended to put the industry on notice…

Meanwhile, adtech giant Google has also made itself unpopular with publisher “partners” over its approach to GDPR by forcing them to collect consent on its behalf. And in May a group of European and international publishers complained that Google was imposing unfair terms on them.

The CNIL decision could sharpen that complaint too — raising questions over whether audits of publishers that Google said it would carry out will be enough for the arrangement to pass regulatory muster.

For a demand-side platform like Vectaury, which was acting on behalf of more than 32,000 partner mobile apps with user eyeballs to trade for ad cash, achieving GDPR compliance would mean either asking users for genuine consent and/or having a very large number of contracts on which it’s doing actual due diligence.

Yet Google is orders of magnitude more massive, of course.

The Vectaury file gives us a fascinating little glimpse into adtech “business as usual.” Business which also wasn’t, in the regulator’s view, legal.

The firm was harvesting a bunch of personal data (including people’s location and device IDs) on its partners’ mobile users via an SDK embedded in their apps, and receiving bids for these users’ eyeballs via another standard piece of the programmatic advertising pipe — ad exchanges and supply side platforms — which also get passed personal data so they can broadcast it widely via the online ad world’s real-time bidding (RTB) system. That’s to solicit potential advertisers’ bids for the attention of the individual app user… The wider the personal data gets spread, the more potential ad bids.

That scale is how programmatic works. It also looks horrible from a GDPR “privacy by design and default” standpoint.

The sprawling process of programmatic explains the very long list of “partners” nested non-transparently behind the average publisher’s online consent flow. The industry, as it is shaped now, literally trades on personal data.

So if the consent rug it’s been squatting on for years suddenly gets ripped out from underneath it, there would need to be radical reshaping of ad-targeting practices to avoid trampling on EU citizens’ fundamental right.

GDPR’s really big change was supersized fines. So ignoring the law would get very expensive.

Oh hai real-time bidding!

In Vectaury’s case, CNIL discovered the company was holding the personal data of a staggering 67.6 million people when it conducted an on-site inspection of the company in April 2018.

That already sounds like A LOT of data for a small mobile adtech player. Yet it might actually have been a tiny fraction of the personal data the company was routinely handling — given that Vectaury’s own website claims 70 percent of collected data is not stored.

In the decision there was no fine, but CNIL ordered the firm to delete all data it had not already deleted (having judged collection illegal given consent was not valid); and to stop processing data without consent.

But given the personal-data-based hinge of current-gen programmatic adtech, that essentially looks like an order to go out of business. (Or at least out of that business.)

And now we come to another interesting GDPR adtech complaint that’s not yet been ruled on by the two DPAs in question (Ireland and the U.K.) — but which looks even more compelling in light of the CNIL Vectaury decision because it picks at the adtech scab even more daringly.

Filed last month with the Irish Data Protection Commission and the U.K.’s ICO, this adtech complaint — the work of three individuals, Johnny Ryan of private web browser Brave; Jim Killock, exec director of digital and civil rights group, the Open Rights Group; and University College London data protection researcher, Michael Veale — targets the RTB system itself.

Here’s how Ryan, Killock and Veale summarized the complaint when they announced it last month:

Every time a person visits a website and is shown a “behavioural” ad on a website, intimate personal data that describes each visitor, and what they are watching online, is broadcast to tens or hundreds of companies. Advertising technology companies broadcast these data widely in order to solicit potential advertisers’ bids for the attention of the specific individual visiting the website.

A data breach occurs because this broadcast, known as an “bid request” in the online industry, fails to protect these intimate data against unauthorized access. Under the GDPR this is unlawful.

The GDPR, Article 5, paragraph 1, point f, requires that personal data be “processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss.” If you can not protect data in this way, then the GDPR says you can not process the data.

Ryan tells TechCrunch that the crux of the complaint is not related to the legal basis of the data sharing but rather focuses on the processing itself — arguing “that it itself is not adequately secure… that they’re aren’t adequate controls.”

Though he says there’s a consent element too, and so sees the CNIL ruling bolstering the RTB complaint. (On that keep in mind that CNIL judged Vectaury should not have been holding the RTB data of 67.6M people because it did not have valid consent.)

“We do pick up on the issue of consent in the complaint. And this particular CNIL decision has a bearing on both of those issues,” he argues. “It demonstrates in a concrete example that involved investigators going into physical premises and checking the machines — it demonstrates that even one small company was receiving tens of millions of people’s personal data in this illegal way.

“So the breach is very real. And it demonstrates that it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the consent is meaningless in any case.”

Reaching for a handy visual explainer, he continues: “If I leave a briefcase full of personal data in the middle of Charing Cross station at 11am and it’s really busy, that’s a breach. That would have been a breach back in the 1970s. If my business model is to drive up to Charing Cross station with a dump-truck and dump briefcases onto the street at 11am in the full knowledge that my business partners will all scramble around and try and grab them — and then to turn up at 11.01am and do the same thing. And then 11.02am. And every microsecond in between. That’s still a fucking data breach!

“It doesn’t matter if you think you’ve consent or anything else. You have to [comply with GDPR Article 5, paragraph 1, point f] in order to even be able to ask for a legal basis. There are plenty of other problems but that’s the biggest one that we highlighted. That’s our reason for saying this is a breach.”

“Now what CNIL has said is this company, Vectaury, was processing personal data that it did not lawfully have — and it got them through RTB,” he adds, spelling the point out. “So back to the GDPR — GDPR is saying you can’t process data in a way that doesn’t ensure protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing.”

In other words, RTB as a funnel for processing personal data looks to be on inherently shaky ground because it’s inherently putting all this personal data out there and at risk…

What’s bad for data brokers…

In another loop back, Ryan says the regulators have been in touch since their RTB complaint was filed to invite them to submit more information.

He says the CNIL Vectaury decision will be incorporated into further submissions, predicting: “This is going to be bounced around multiple regulators.”

The trio is keen to generate extra bounce by working with NGOs to enlist other individuals to file similar complaints in other EU Member States — to make the action a pan-European push, just like programmatic advertising itself.

“We now have the opportunity to connect our complaint with the excellent work that Privacy International has done, showing where these data end up, and with the excellent work that CNIL has done showing exactly how this actually applies. And this decision from CNIL takes, essentially my report that went with our complaint and shows exactly how that applies in the real world,” he continues.

“I was writing in the abstract — CNIL has now made a decision that is very much not in the abstract, it’s in the real world affecting millions of people… This will be a European-wide complaint.”

But what does programmatic advertising that doesn’t entail trading on people’s grubbily obtained personal data actually look like? If there were no personal data in bid requests Ryan believes quite a few things would happen. Such as, for e.g. the demise of clickbait.

“There would be no way to take your TechCrunch audience and buy it cheaper on some shitty website. There would be no more of that arbitrage stuff. Clickbait would die! All that nasty stuff would go away,” he suggests.

(And, well, full disclosure: We are TechCrunch — so we can confirm that does sound really great to us!)

He also reckons ad values would go up. Which would also be good news for publishers. (“Because the only place you could buy the TechCrunch audience would be on TechCrunch — that’s a really big deal!”)

He even suggests ad fraud might shrink because the incentives would shift. Or at least they could so long as the “worthy” publishers that are able to survive in the new ad world order don’t end up being complicit with bot fraud anyway.

As it stands, publishers are being screwed between the twin plates of the dominant adtech platforms (Google and Facebook), where they are having to give up a majority of their ad revenue — leaving the media industry with a shrinking slice of ad revenues (that can be as lean as ~30 percent).

That then has a knock on impact on funding newsrooms and quality journalism. And, well, on the wider web too — given all the weird incentives that operate in today’s big tech social media platform-dominated internet.

While a privacy-sucking programmatic monster is something only shadowy background data brokers that lack any meaningful relationships with the people whose data they’re feeding the beast could truly love.

And, well, Google and Facebook.

Ryan’s view is that the reason an adtech duopoly exists boils down to the “audience leakage” being enabled by RTB. Leakage which, in his view, also isn’t compliant with EU privacy laws.

He reckons the fix for this problem is equally simple: Keep doing RTB but without any personal data.

A real-time ad bidding system that’s been stripped of personal data does not mean no targeted ads. It could still support ad targeting based on real-time factors such as an approximate location (say to a city region) and/or generic and aggregated data.

Crucially it would not use unique identifiers that enable linking ad bids to a individual’s entire digital footprint and bid request history — as is the case now. Which essentially translates into: RIP privacy rights.

Ryan argues that RTB without personal data would still offer plenty of “value” to advertisers — who could still reach people based on general locations and via real-time interests. (It’s a model that sounds much like what privacy search engine DuckDuckGo is doing, and also been growing.)

The really big problem, though, is turning the behavioral ad tanker around. Given that the ecosystem is embedded, even as the duopoly milks it.

That’s also why Ryan is so hopeful now, though, having parsed the CNIL decision.

His reading is regulators will play a decisive role in pushing the ad industry’s trigger — and force through much-needed change in their targeting behavior.

“Unless the entire industry moves together, no one can be the first to remove personal data from bid requests but if the regulators step in in a big way… and say you’re all going to go out of business if you keep putting personal data into bid requests then everyone will come together — like the music industry was forced to eventually, under Steve Jobs,” he argues. “Everyone can together decide on a new short term disadvantageous but long term highly advantageous change.”

Of course such a radical reshaping is not going to happen overnight. Regulatory triggers tend to be slow motion unfoldings at the best of times. You also have to factor in the inexorable legal challenges.

But look closely and you’ll see both momentum massing behind privacy — and regulatory writing on the wall.

“Are we going to see programmatic forced to be non-personal and therefore better for every single citizen of the world (except, say, if they work for a data broker),” adds Ryan, posing his own concluding question. “Will that massive change, which will help society and the web… will that change happen before Christmas? No. But it’s worth working on. And it’s going to take some time.

“It could be two years from now that we have the finality. But a finality there will be. Detroit was only able to fight against regulation for so long. It does come.”

Who’d have though “taking back control” could ever sound so good?

Open Post: Hosted By Martha Stewart First (And Probably Last) Uber Ride

We all know that Martha Stewart has exceedingly high standards. This past weekend those standards were put to the test when she decided to try Uber for the first time. While some of us are terrified of getting a chatty and/or rapey driver, Martha is in the unenviable position of having standards of cleanliness and efficiency that need to be met. Unfortunately, even though she ordered “the most expensive version,” Martha’s Uber experience was not up to snuff and poor Martha was positively scandalized. And so close to the holidays!

Martha documented her Uber ride from hell in a series of (since deleted) Instagram posts which prove that unless you keep it spick and span, Martha’s not having any of it. Martha wrote:

I ordered the most expensive version to pick me up on Fifth Avenue and 57th street in front of Tiffany’s. The first Uber did not show up. The second Uber came ten minutes later and parked halfway down 57th street where I could not see the license plate. Then we were facing east when I had to go west and south. Took twenty minutes to face southwest. It only took a bit more than one hour. On top of it all the car was a mess inside and out!!!!!!!! And I want Uber to succeed!

Here is the photographic proof that Martha’s Uber probably smelt of fresh sulfur and was still 10,000 degrees inside from its journey from the bowels of Hades (or Queens) to Manhattan.

Seriously, how is Martha Stewart supposed to get anywhere these days?!?! First she gets mocked for riding a bike, now she’s expected to sit on poor people farts? I don’t blame her one bit for being pissed. I’ve never ordered an Uber Black, but if I did I’d also have an expectation of excellence and luxury. But unlike Martha, I would probably be secretly stoked to get a filthy one so I could complain later and get the ride for free. Because free is (almost) always better than clean and on time.

According to NBC New York, “Uber says it was disappointed to hear about Stewart’s first experience and has reached out to her and her team”, as if that’s going to make up for the cooties she picked up in the back of Satan’s sleigh. I doubt Martha will give Uber another chance to win her over as a client. She’d probably rather walk those snakeskin pumps up and down the Avenues than risk stepping into another unvacuumed peon-mobile.

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Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 5 Review: Tagumo Attacks!!!

While Legends of Tomorrow is incapable of not being fun, this episode was a let down after so many strong outings.

This Legends of Tomorrow episode review contains spoilers.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Episode 5

As a huge fan of Power Rangers and it’s associated Japanese special effects shows I was hyped for this episode. Meeting Ishiro Honda, the director of the original Godzilla? That’s the perfect fit for Legends of Tomorrow! The Godzilla franchise spawned the kind of loveably goofy shows that compliment Legends perfectly.

So it’s a shame to say this one was a bit of a let down. It’s still fun enough because I’m pretty sure Legends of Tomorrow is incapable of being anything but a joy to watch but it had a lot of unrealized potential. They had such a great premise in using Ishiro Honda but he only gets one really meaty scene to work with. Him recounting the events of Hiroshima was touching to see but it’s implied by the end episode he’s pretty much over it. Dealing with a tragic memory like that should never feel that easy to get over and I wish Legends had been a bit more sensitive to that. 

The rest of the episode is fun, how could anything with a giant octopus monster not be, but it doesn’t tie together. The three plots of Tagumo, Ray/Nora, and all the shenanigans at Thanksgiving/Time Bureau are fine individually but don’t add up to a greater whole. They don’t thematically tie together or have a consistent through line. They’re all just kind of a wacky. That’s okay, but Legends has done such a great job with this in the past it feels lacking here.

The Ray/Nora plot was easily the weakest of the three, with little tension to speak of. I enjoy Nora not wanting to give into the evil side of her but it never seemed like she was going to do anything but help Constantine. Turning herself in was a nice little twist so maybe what this sets up will be worth it in the future.

Nate’s wacky Thanksgiving with Ava in tow was incredibly cute. There’s just something to Nate’s resignation about having an awful thanksgiving that really made me laugh. He’s been through this a million times before, he doesn’t have the energy to get worked up about how bad it is. Ava being along for the ride was a great touch, with her learning more about how real families operate, although we were criminally robbed of hearing the many, many things she was thankful for.

I am delighted Mick’s writing is still a topic the show is interested in and made good use of. If this season of Legends is going to give Mick more depth and expand him beyond the cartoon bulldog of a man he is then I’m all for it. Teaming him up more and more with Zari is also a good move, with her willing to call him on his crap more than most. She’s even sympathetic to him, which none of the other Legends could really pull off, but she’s able to get to the heart he’s buried deep down.

Maybe doing more of a romp fit the campy nature of a large chunk of the Godzilla franchise, but it’s a shame this episode didn’t hit those emotional depths Legends has been excelling at this season. All the elements were there but it chose to lean more into the comedy. That’s okay once in awhile but if that was the case I wish Legends really went for it and wasn’t so disjointed.

Still, we got Mick inspiring Ishiro Honda to make Godzilla. Mick is more of a creative genius then he gives himself credit for! And that Back to the Future reference was so easy but you know what? It was perfect.

Legends of Tomorrow is back and we are all the better for it. Keep up with all our Legends of Tomorrow news and reviews here!

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!

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Gwyneth Paltrow ‘Furious’ After Ex Chris Martin Reveals He Was ‘A Mess’ Post-Split

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Divorce Fight

Gwyneth Paltrow has moved on with her new husband, Brad Falchuk, but she still expects her ex, Chris Martin, to toe the line when it comes to their conscious uncoupling claims.

In the new documentary Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, Martin, 41, made the mistake of confessing he felt “completely worthless” after he and Paltrow went through their “painful” split in 2014.

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I was just like, ‘I’m a mess,’ really, because I can’t enjoy the great things around me,” he said. “Then, of course, I went through a break-up with Gwyneth. Listen, I’m never going to moan, I’m grateful for everything, but it was pretty touch and go.”

Once Paltrow, 46, got wind of what he was saying, she was livid.

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“Despite the fact that Gwyneth is building a new married life with Brad, she still likes to keep up this idea that she and Chris have an unshakeable bond,” a source explained to Grazia.

“She was furious that he took their separation to such a dark place in the documentary as it goes against everything she’d said previously,” said the source, adding, “She can’t help but feel this is further proof that Chris is no longer interested in playing by her rules.”

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Superman vs. The KKK Movie Coming

The true story of how Superman took on the Ku Klux Klan is coming to the big screen.

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From his first appearance in 1938, the Superman of comics and radio was a social justice warrior. The earliest Superman adventures saw the Man of Steel taking on corrupt businessmen, warmongering weapons manufacturers, and people who exploited workers, minorities, and the elderly. That grounded, two-fisted Superman was always front and center in The Adventures of Superman radio show, which ran for over 2,000 episodes between 1940 and 1951.

In 1946, Superman took on the Ku Klux Klan in a serialized radio adventure known as "The Clan of the Fiery Cross." So the upcoming movie Superman vs. The KKK isn't a live action version of this radio adventure, but rather the fascinating story of how "The Clan of the Fiery Cross," complete with authentic descriptions of Klan rituals, came to be.

That story was the subject of Rick Bowers' excellent 2012 book, Superman vs. The Ku Klux Klan, which is being brought to the screen by Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films. Stetson Kennedy had infiltrated the Klan, and was looking for ways to expose them as the sad, hooded douchebags that they are. It was his work that helped make "The Clan of the Fiery Cross" so authentic and effective.

“Fighting the forces of evil with brain over brawn, artists taking down bullies and the power of a good piece of content, it’s a real case of truth being cooler than fiction,” said producer Marc Rosen when the project was first announced in 2017 (via Deadline).

“The story behind Superman vs. the KKK really struck a chord with me. Right away I knew I wanted to re-live it by being a part of the nonviolent resistance against oppression. It is a great honor to be able to embark on such a relevant and meaningful project with such a devoted and highly experienced team of like-minded individuals," added producer Marco Vicini.

Adi Shankar (of the Netflix Castlevania animated series, among other things) has also joined as a producer.

“Superheroes operate outside the scope of law and offer us hope that someone will rise up and protect us when government and other institutions cannot or will not. This story shows the power of the superhero mythology and it’s tangible impact on the physical world,” Shankar said in a statement.

“Adi Shankar has long been inspired to fight for just causes; he has successfully taken on the status quo and broken barriers long seen as insurmountable. This story highlights the power of the people against the alarming resurgence of some the darkest chapters of our country’s past. It is as historical as it is timely, as the nation is once again facing challenges to the principles of truth, justice and The American Way,” added Rosen.

You can listen to the first chapter of "Clan of the Fiery Cross" right here. 


Rex Dangervest and More New Characters Assemble in New ‘LEGO Movie 2’ Trailer (VIDEO)

 

2014’s The LEGO Movie was one of the more surprisingly entertaining “family films” of the decade, thanks in large part to its vivid imagination and the depth of the worlds they created. This coming February, we will finally get the official follow-up, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, following 2 spin-off films—The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Chris Pratt is pulling double duty in this film, both as Emmet, his character from the first film, and a new character named Rex Dangervest who bills himself as a “Galaxy defending archaeologist cowboy and Raptor trainer.” Some other new characters also include Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem and Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra WaNabi, though it remains unclear at this point if these new characters are villains or will join the crew of Master Builders from the first film.

I’m more than willing to give the film’s creators the benefit of the doubt. They took their time and didn’t rush this sequel into theaters to capitalize on the tremendous success of the first film. It all looks a tad dodgy at the moment, though I’m sure they’re keeping most of the big reveals under wraps for the time being. I still don’t think any of us saw that live action twist coming in the first film, so be ready for anything this time around.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part hits theaters on February 8, 2019.

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So… How Are You Meant To Count Avengers Issue Numbers Now?

Last week, Marvel Comics published Avengers #10. But it also had the legacy numbering #700 and they made a big deal of it.

But the new Avengers solicitations for February 2019 are weird.

We have Avengers #14 and #15 which we presume will be legacy numbered as #704 and #705.

But it also lists the weekly Avengers series Avengers: No Road Home. With #1 also being specifically legacy-numbered as Avengers #708, #2 as Avengers #709 and #3 as Avengers #710.

What happened?

No Road Home writer Jim Zub tried to illuminate.

Okay, so that means that Avengers #706 and #707 will be Avengers #16 and #17, published in March. Before Avengers: Road To Nowhere #1 which will be Avengers #708 and published in February.

And then in April, Avengers #18 will also be… Avengers #718? And #717 will only be published after that?

The real reason? To convince readers and retailers that this limited weekly series counts if you are collecting Avengers. Basically you have five issues that you have to buy in February. Or our collection will have… a gap.

Maybe they need to call Todd McFarlane up, he went through this years ago with Spawn.

I feel how Hercules looks after writing all that.

 

AVENGERS #14
JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY MATTEO SCALERA
SKRULLS VARIANT COVER by CARLOS PACHECO
THE WAR OF THE VAMPIRES BEGINS!
TRANSYLVANIA IS BURNING! As vampire civil war throws the world into chaos, the mysterious Shadow Colonel and his squad of undead revolutionaries have one burning question on their murderous minds: Where is Dracula? And if the Avengers find him first, will the lord of the damned be friend or foe? 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #15
JASON AARON (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT COVER by GERALD PAREL
CIVIL WAR: VAMPIRE EDITION!
Dracula forges unholy alliances from his prison cell. Ghost Rider goes berserk. The Shadow Colonel and his new Legion of the Unliving raise bloody hell all over the globe. It’s a good thing the Avengers just added a startling new member to the team. 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Hidden Gem Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER by ADAM HUGHES
CONNECTING VARIANT BY MICO SUAYAN (1 of 3)
VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS
VARIANT COVER BY JUAN FERREYRA
The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure!
Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods…will anyone make it home?
LEGACY #708 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #2 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (2 OF 3)
Nyx, the Queen of Night, battles the Avengers over the bodies of her victims — and Hawkeye pays the price of defiance!
LEGACY #709 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #3 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by MICO SUAYAN (3 OF 3)
Rocket Raccoon comes face-to-face with his past — and it isn’t pretty! Meanwhile, the Avengers search the universe for the Shards of Night — and find trouble in the shape of the Children of Nyx!
LEGACY #710 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Arrow Season 7 Episode 6 Review: Due Process

Arrow (finally) comes one step closer to closing the book on Ricardo Diaz in a strong episode that reminds us how much we miss Team Arrow

This Arrow review contains spoilers. 

Arrow Season 7 Episode 6

Ding, dong, Ricardo Diaz is dead. Well, okay, he’s just been arrested. And apparently next week he’s going to escape and…break into prison? Whatever Arrow, can’t you just let us celebrate for once?

On the upside, Diaz is off the streets and Laurel came through, even if Oliver wasn’t released. On the downside, the new Green Arrow and the SCPD got the collar, which means no credit for the rest of our ex-vigilante team. At least Dinah and her team are happy.

Speaking of Dinah, she got to see some of Laurel’s personal growth, although Ollie didn’t buy it. It was enough for her to step in and prevent Laurel from making a mistake and Canary crying the judge, which likely helped Laurel get the deal for Oliver in exchange for helping put Diaz away. In a nice moment of paying it forward, Laurel went on to stop Felicity from killing Diaz, continuing the theme of heroism when no one is looking.

In the flashforwards, it seems Roy hasn’t been entirely truthful with William. There’s something called the Mark of Four, and it was on Oliver’s bow. He told Dinah, but they kept it to themselves. The tennis ball passcode was a nice callback to the show’s beginnings, and a logical way to ensure that only a select few could enter. I stand by my prediction that Felicity is alive, but I’m increasingly intrigued by the idea that maybe things go off the rails for her. Going by her father’s old moniker the Calculator is a juicy little detail. That conversation with Anatoly was intense, and the Oliver he knew back in the Bratva days was someone who was eager to torture – sound familiar?

Diggle might have too much on his plate right now to keep an eye on Felicity, especially if she’s keeping him on the outside, but I’m hoping that the stronger bonds she’s forging with Dinah and Laurel will keep her safe. They’re both women who take risks, but they ultimately know who Felicity is as a person, and they’ve proven that they won’t let her deviate from her values.

The Laurel problem has been a problem since, well, they killed the original model back in season 4. This episode is the first time it genuinely felt like maybe we were getting back to what we had lost, a feeling highlighted by Oliver’s lines about how she will never replace his Laurel. It’s still baffling that this character death even happened and how, especially after how hard everyone worked to get original Laurel’s character to a good place. Three seasons later, unbelievably, we might be getting back to some semblance of that, and a big part of what finally got us there is the writers giving up on trying to make a one for one Laurel swap. This isn’t our old Laurel, and she never will be. Accepting that allowed the character to find her place.

The other shoe has finally dropped on Oliver’s sniveling little prison friend. I was suspicious from the beginning, and it turns out the only thing Ollie needed was a sense of injustice and a few strokes of his ego to blind him to the truth. Well, he was never the real detective on the team, or the brains of Team Arrow. Now that we know he’s up to no good, I can’t wait to find out what angle he’s playing. Something tells me

Seeing everyone together was fun while it lasted, even though it was far too brief. There’s a lot to miss about the groups dynamics, something I never thought I’d say back when the Arrow cave was getting all crowded, but I think the group reveal of secrets was a good reminder that their rapport is the best part of getting all of those characters together. Even having Rene pop up to quip at Felicity and Laurel is welcome. This has been a strong season so far, but I didn’t’ know how much I missed seeing the team back together until we got a taste.

Based on episode titles, it’s not too hard to predict what might be coming. I’m really looking forward to the Elseworlds crossover, and I’m glad Arrow didn’t immediately let Oliver (and themselves) out of jail. I do, however, hope the show takes a beat to let the audience and our team get reacquainted before charging headlong into a team-up. We deserve it.

A few stray observations

The Silencer has been around for a while now. It’s time for the team to innovate silent comms.

The detail about William not really drinking feels like it’s going to be important.

Poor Curtis. Who throws a surprise party a week after someone’s birthday?

Anatoly talking about getting used to the demons – this is starting to be a theme.

I love Felicity’s Annie-Hall-meets-Vans-off-the-wall look.

The Longbow Hunter who shoots fireworks out of her hands really knows how to party.

Laurel looked genuinely gutted that Oliver was gone when she got the text that they got Diaz. She cares, Ollie! Even if you don't see the character arc just yet, we do. 

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WTF is happening to crypto?

Four days ago the crypto markets were crashing hard. Now they’re crashing harder. Bitcoin, which hasn’t fallen past $6,000 for months, has dumped to $4,413.99 as of this morning, and nearly everything else is falling in unison. Ethereum, flying high at $700 a few months ago, is at $140. Coinbase, that bastion of crypto stability, is currently sporting a series of charts that look like Aspen black-diamond ski runs.

What is happening? There are a number of theories, and I’ll lay out a few of them here. Ultimately, sentiment is bleak in the crypto world, with bull runs being seen as a thing of a distant past. As regulators clamp down, pie-in-the-sky ideas crash and shady dealers take their shady dealings elsewhere, the things that made cryptocurrencies so much fun — and so dangerous — are slowly draining away. What’s left is anyone’s guess, but at least it will make things less interesting.

The bag holder theory

November was supposed to be a good month for crypto. Garbage sites like FortuneJack were crowing about bitcoin stability while the old crypto hands were optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. Eric Vorhees, founder of ShapeShift, felt that the inevitable collapse of the global financial system is good for folks with at least a few BTC in their wallets.

Others, like the Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, are expecting a bull run next year and said his company was particularly profitable.

Ultimately, crypto hype moves the market far more than it has any right to, and this is a huge problem.

So who do you believe, these guys or your own lying eyes? That’s a complex question. First, understand that crypto is a technical product weaponized by cash. Companies like Binance and Coinbase will work mightily to maintain revenue streams, especially considering Coinbase’s current level of outside investment. These are startups that can literally affect their own value over time. We’ll talk about that shortly. Ultimately, crypto hype hasn’t been matching reality of late, a major concern to the skittish investor.

“I think that the downturn is due to things not going up as much as people had wanted. Everyone was expecting November to be a bull month,” said Travin Keith, founder of Altrean. “When things indicated that it wasn’t going that way, those who were on borrowed time, such as those needing some buffer, or those in the crypto business needing some money, needed to sell.”

Tether untethered

Tether has long been the prime suspect in the Bitcoin run up and crash. Created by an exchange called Bitfinex, the currency is pegged to the dollar and, according to the exchange itself, each tether — about $2.7 billion worth — is connected to an actual dollar in someone’s bank account. Whether or not this is true has yet to be proven, and the smart money is on “not true.” I’ll let Jon Evans explain:

What are those whiffs of misconduct to which I previously referred? I mean. How much time do you have? One passionate critic, known as Bitfinexed, has been writing about this for quite some time now; it’s a pretty deep rabbit hole. University of Texas researchers have accused Bitfinex/Tether of manipulating the price of Bitcoin (upwards.) The two entities have allegedly been subpoenaed by US regulators. In possibly (but also possibly not — again, a fog of mystery) related news, the US Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into cryptocurrency price manipulation, which critics say is ongoing. Comparisons are also being drawn with Liberty Reserve, the digital currency service shut down for money laundering five years ago:

So what the hell is going on? Good question. On the one hand, people and even companies are innocent until proven guilty, and the opacity of cryptocurrency companies is at least morally consistent with the industry as a whole. A wildly disproportionate number of crypto people are privacy maximalists and/or really hate and fear governments. (I wish the US government didn’t keep making their “all governments become jackbooted surveillance police states!” attitude seem less unhinged and more plausible.)

But on the other … yes, one reason for privacy maximalism is because you fear rubber-hose decryption of your keys, but another, especially when anti-government sentiment is involved, is because you fear the taxman, or the regulator. A third might be that you fear what the invisible hand would do to cryptocurrency prices, if it had full leeway. And it sure doesn’t look good when at least one of your claims, e.g. that your unaudited reserves are “subject to frequent professional audits,” is awfully hard to interpret as anything other than a baldfaced lie.

Now Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Justice Department is looking into Bitfinex for manipulating the price of Bitcoin. The belief is that Bitfinex has allegedly been performing wash trades that propped up the price of Bitcoin all the way to its previous $20,000 heights. “[Researchers] claimed that Tether was used to buy Bitcoin at pivotal periods, and that about half of Bitcoin’s 1,400 percent gain last year was attributable to such transactions,” wrote Bloomberg. “Griffin briefed the CFTC on his findings earlier this year, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.”

This alone could point to the primary reason Bitcoin and crypto are currently in free fall: without artificial controls, the real price of the commodity becomes clear. A Twitter user called Bitfinex’d has been calling for the death of Tether for years. He’s not very bullish on the currency in 2019.

“I don’t know the when,” Bitfinex’d said. “But I know Tether dies along with Bitfinex.”

Le shitcoin est mort

As we learned last week, the SEC is sick of fake utility tokens. While the going was great for ICOs over the past few years with multiple companies raising millions if not billions in a few minutes, these salad days are probably over. Arguably, a seed-stage startup with millions of dollars in cash is more like a small VC than a product company, but ultimately the good times couldn’t last.

What the SEC ruling means is that folks with a lot of crypto can’t slide it into “investments” anymore. However, this also means that those same companies can be more serious about products and production rather than simply fundraising.

SEC intervention dampens hype, and in a market that thrives on hype, this is a bad thing. That said, it does mean that things will become a lot clearer for smaller players in the space, folks who haven’t been able to raise seed and are instead praying that token sales are the way forward. In truth they are, buttoning up the token sale for future users and, by creating regulation around it, they will begin to prevent the Wild West activity we’ve seen so far. Ultimately, it’s a messy process, but a necessary one.

“It all contributes to greater BTC antifragility, doesn’t it?,” said crypto speculator Carl Bullen. “We need the worst actors imaginable. And we got ’em.”

Bitmain

One other interesting data point involves Bitmain. Bitmain makes cryptocurrency mining gear and most recently planned a massive IPO that was supposed to be the biggest in history. Instead, the company put these plans on hold.

Interestingly, Bitmain currently folds the cryptocurrency it mines back into the company, creating a false scarcity. The plan, however, was for Bitmain to begin releasing the Bitcoin it mined into the general population, thereby changing the price drastically. According to an investor I spoke with this summer, the Bitmain IPO would have been a massive driver of Bitcoin success. Now it is on ice.

While this tale was apocryphal, it’s clear that these chicken and egg problems are only going to get worse. As successful startups face down a bear market, they’re less likely to take risks. And, as we all know, crypto is all about risk.

Abandon all hope? Ehhhhh….

Ultimately, crypto and the attendant technologies have created an industry. That this industry is connected directly to stores of value, either real or imagined, has enervated it to a degree unprecedented in tech. After all, to use a common comparison between Linux and blockchain, Linus Torvalds didn’t make millions of dollars overnight for writing a device driver in 1993. He — and the entire open-source industry — made billions of dollars over the past 27 years. The same should be true of crypto, but the cash is clouding the issue.

Ultimately, say many thinkers in the space, the question isn’t whether the price goes up or down. Instead, of primary concern is whether the technology is progressing.

“Crypto capitulation is once again upon us, but before the markets can rise again we must pass through the darkest depths of despair,” said crypto guru Jameson Lopp. “Investors will continue to speculate while developers continue to build.”

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150 Things You Didn’t Know About the Harry Potter Movies

Join us on an exhausting trivia tour of the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Harry Potter Movies
Feature Mark Harrison
Nov 20, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Filling in the backstory of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the tenth film in the franchise to date. Coming after the epic filmmaking endeavor that saw the seven Harry Potter books turned into global blockbusters, there's a heck of a lot to look at in terms of development, behind the scenes trivia, and details in the films themselves.

Just in case you're headed to a themed pub quiz any time soon, we've collected just 150 of these facts for you. Hopefully, it's a mix of some stuff you know, some stuff you've never noticed before, and something or other than will give you an edge over those guys at the bar calling themselves The Quizzoners of Azkaban.

Which roles did Rik Mayall, Kate Winslet, and Robson Green almost play? What's up with that station guard at King's Cross? And when are the films set, anyway? The answers to all of these questions and more are collected below, in a Golden Snitch's worth of facts, trivia bits, and Easter eggs from the cinematic Potterverse...

Casting a spell

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Rowling’s novels for the sum of $1 million in the year 2000 – here are some bits and bobs about the franchise’s development, and the actors who brought the characters to life…

1. Producer David Heyman optioned Rowling’s book in 2000, with studios lining up to bag the rights. Now better known for the Transformers movies, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was instrumental in bringing the project to Warner Bros. Rowling had previously turned down Michael Jackson's interest in turning the books into a musical.

2. Warner originally looked at making animated films of the books, or otherwise condensing some of the books into one film. Rowling sold the rights for $1 million, with the stipulation that the studio could only make films based on her existing stories and only British and Irish actors would be cast.

3. Steven Spielberg famously passed on the project, stating that the success of the books made it an open goal. Other directors considered included Rob Reiner and Ivan Reitman. Rowling’s personal favorite candidate was Terry Gilliam, who later criticized the pedestrian nature of the films.

4. Due to his success in working with child actors on Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, Chris Columbus was chosen to direct. Columbus also wrote another boarding school whodunnit, 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, excerpts of which were used in the open auditions for Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

5. Columbus offered the lead role to Liam Aiken, with whom he had worked on Stepmom, but then immediately had to withdraw it because he wasn't British. Having seen him the BBC's version of David Copperfield, Columbus became determined to hire Daniel Radcliffe and was eventually successful. Throughout the entire series, Radcliffe broke 80 pairs of prop wands and got through 160 pairs of glasses.

6. Meanwhile, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were both discovered through the nationwide casting call. Watson was referred by her Oxford theatre teacher while Grint applied after seeing the auditions advertised on CBBC's Newsround.

7. Several of Rowling’s ideal casting choices came through, and despite the secrecy around the plot of her as-yet-unreleased books, she told Alan Rickman how Snape's story would pan out in advance. He’s the only cast member who knows what happens to his character at the end in these early movies and with that in mind, it's fascinating to watch him perform.

8. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who wrote all but one of the films, says his favorite character was Hermione. This was a big part of him winning over Rowling, and the pair exchanged emails about the stories throughout the writing, on subjects including the 12 uses of dragon's blood.

9. Robbie Coltrane plays Hagrid. Throughout the series, he's doubled by 6'10” rugby player and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Martin Bayfield in reverse shots, and his hut existed across two sets – one regular-sized and one with larger props to make them look enormous to the other, smaller characters.

10. Robin Williams, Rosie O'Donnell, and Drew Barrymore were all interested in taking roles, with the studio apparently favoring Williams to play Hagrid, but were all ruled out because they were American.

11. Rowling’s rule of British and Irish actors only was only waived by Austin Powers star Verne Troyer, whose American accent was dubbed over, and Eleanor Columbus, the director’s daughter, who had a cameo as Hufflepuff student Susan Bones in the Sorting Hat scene.

12. Richard Harris was cast as Professor Dumbledore for the first two films, he sadly succumbed to Hodgkins' disease in August 2002, four months before the release of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, his final film performance.

13. Maggie Smith was Rowling's first choice to play Professor McGonagall. Smith battled breast cancer during the filming of the sixth installment and was able to reprise her role, wearing a wig while undergoing chemotherapy. Thankfully, she has since made a full recovery.

14. Only 14 actors appear in all eight Potter films and they are: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, (Draco Malfoy) Matthew Lewis, (Neville Longbottom) Devon Murray, (Seamus Finnigan) James and Oliver Phelps, (Fred and George) Josh Herdman, (Goyle) Warwick Davis, (Professor Flitwick and Griphook the goblin) and Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter).

15. Rowling was offered the part of Lily Potter, but she turned down all cameos that were offered to her as she felt she was not cut out to be an actor, “even one who just has to stand there and wave.”

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

The series begins in earnest with this instant bank holiday TV classic, taking 11-year-old Harry from the suburbs of Surrey to the halls of Hogwarts.

16. The American title of the book is Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. Rather than just switch back to the original for the film, every scene featuring the original title “Philosopher's Stone” in the dialogue had to be shot twice, to replace it with “Sorcerer's Stone.”

17. In a departure from the American editions, Rowling intervened to ensure that Harry's scar was placed off-centre on his forehead, rather than in the middle as depicted on the US book covers. The scar make-up was applied to Radcliffe's forehead a total of 5,800 times throughout the series.

18. For the first film, the scenes on Privet Drive were shot on location at Picket Post Close in Berkshire. However, when they didn't have access for reshoots, the filmmakers built an identical model street that was used for the rest of the series.

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19. The production team hand-wrote every letter sent to Harry and after the first batch proved too heavy for owls to carry, they rewrote every single one again. On top of that, it took six months to train the owls to carry post at all.

20. In the scene where Quirrell appears at The Leaky Cauldron, several of the background artists are also dressed in turbans, so as not to draw attention to the Voldemort-headed Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher's disguise.

21. All of the exterior shots of Hogwarts throughout the series were created using an incredibly detailed miniature of the entire castle. This is currently on display as the star attraction at Leavesden Studios' The Making of Harry Potter tour.

22. The late, great Rik Mayall shot several scenes as Peeves the poltergeist, but his part was cut from this film and from the rest of the series. According to Mayall, he took the role because his kids and their friends loved the books and didn’t know he’d been cut until he saw the film, which he thought was “shit.”

23. The young supporting artists who played Hogwarts students were reportedly encouraged to do their real homework while filming, to provide realism. We're not sure how their teachers reacted when they handed in their Geography coursework on prop parchment.

24. In the scene where Neville Longbottom's Remembrall lights up, he's the only character at the Gryffindor table who's not wearing his full school robes and uniform, so that's what he's forgotten.

25. Scenes in the Hogwarts library were filmed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, including the scene where Harry carries and drops a lantern with a lit candle in it. We didn't try to take a flame into the building to test their usually very strict rules about this, but they usually take a dim view.

26. As in the book, the inscription around the Mirror of Erised reads “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi,” which is “I show not your face, but your heart's desire” spelt backwards.

27. Unusually, John Williams' score was a big part of the marketing for the movie from the very first teaser trailer. We even get a little diegetic snippet of the iconic theme from Hagrid, playing it on a flute outside his hut in the last half-hour of the film.

28. Hermione's “cool use of logic” doesn't get a specialist outing as her deduction about the potions was cut from the film. On the other hand, Ron gets to show off his wizard chess skills, in a sequence that was meticulously designed by international chess master Jeremy Silman

29. For this installment only, Voldemort is played by Ian Hart, who provided the motion capture and the voice for the face on the back of Professor Quirrell's head. Actor Richard Brener doubled for Voldemort's physical form in the flashback to the night the Potters died.

30. Have you noticed that Harry doesn't cast a single spell throughout the entirety of the first film? The closest he gets is when he gets his little achievement unlocked “whoosh” in Ollivander's shop.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

In which a giant snake is directed to attack schoolchildren by the ghost of a magic racist. You know, for kids!

31. At 161 minutes, this is the longest film in the series. It feels like about 20 percent of that is young Radcliffe painstakingly reading each word as he writes it in Tom Riddle's diary.

32. In the months after the film's release, Russian lawyers threatened a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for basing Dobby (who was voiced by Toby Jones) on the image of Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Design-wise, Dobby's ears were based on those of a dog called Max, who would sit under the designers' desks, but even Newsround got in on reporting that the elf had Putin's face.

33. When Hagrid frogmarches Harry out of Knockturn Alley, the pair pass a rack of books outside a shop. The American editions of the first four Potter novels are among the hardback volumes on display. They're purveyors of dark magic and spoilers!

34. Mark Williams makes his first appearance in the series as Mr. Weasley. During a scene at Flourish and Blotts, he's merrily telling Hermione's parents “I understand that other Muggles are afraid of you.” This is a reference to Mr. and Mrs. Granger being dentists in the books. In the same scene, we actually see the moment Lucius Malfoy plants the diary on Ginny Weasley.

35. Hugh Grant was set to play unctuous author and Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts on another film. Kenneth Branagh stepped into the role and was also in the running to direct the next film in the series.

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36. Shirley Henderson was 36 years old when she first played Moaning Myrtle, the ghost of a 16-year-old girl. While the movies largely escape the usual Hollywood thing of 30-year-olds playing teenagers, she and Christian Coulson, who plays the 16-year-old Voldemort, are the exceptions.

37. The King's Cross station guard who appears to remonstrate Harry in the first two films is played by Harry Taylor, an actor who also worked behind the scenes as Chris Columbus' driver. His character also appears in the epilogue of the final film and is a playable character in the LEGO Harry Potter video game.

38. There's some great set and model work in this one, from the full-size replicas of the characters who get petrified, to the animatronic Fawkes the phoenix, which Richard Harris thought was a real bird when he first saw it.

39. Williams was unavailable to deliver a complete score on this one, due to working on various other projects like Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. There are similarities in the score for the Ben Hur-style Quidditch chase between Harry and Draco, and the speeder chase in Attack Of The Clones.

40. Despite Crabbe and Goyle having more screentime than in any other installment of the series, Jamie Waylett and Josh Herdman still don't get any dialogue. When they're being imitated by Harry and Ron, their dialogue is dubbed over by Radcliffe and Grint.

41. Add Harry Potter to the enormous list of geeky franchises in which Julian Glover has starred, which also includes Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and, of course, Game Of Thrones. Here he voices Aragog, Hagrid's enormous pet spider.

42. In order to make the anagram reveal work, Voldemort has different real names in different languages. Highlights include the French version, “Tom Elvis Jedusor” (“Je Suis Voldemort”) and the Swedish version, “Tom Gus Mervolo Dolder” (which becomes the Latin “Ego sum Lord Voldemort”).

43. Hello to Jason Isaacs! While playing Lucius Malfoy, Isaacs was reading the fourth book in the series and when asked to ad-lib a curse to bellow at Harry, he could only remember Avada Kedavra. That's the take that Columbus used, so that's why Lucius is apparently about to murder him in the middle of Hogwarts.

44. Kloves has said that the ending where Hagrid returns and is applauded by everyone in the Great Hall was not in his script, and was invented by Columbus for the film. Speaking to Hero Complex in 2009, he described the decision as “a mild disagreement” he had with the director.

45. Long before Marvel had fans sticking around until the end of the credits, the series’ one and only post-credit scene to date finds a bookshop window advertising a new book by the memory-wiped Lockhart, titled Who Am I?

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

From Dumbledore to the Dementors, it’s all change in Alfonso Cuarón’s third installment, which is regarded by many to be the very best film of the series

46. Fresh off of making Y Tu Mamá También, Cuarón was judged to be the right director to portray the maturity and mentality of the teenage leads. Sure enough, the film opens with Harry surreptitiously playing with his wand under his duvet, trying not to get caught by his relatives.

47. The Dursleys are watching Jim Davidson's Generation Game on two separate TV screens before an inflated Aunt Marge (Pam Ferris) goes flying. This is staggeringly well-observed – we bet the Dursleys bloody love Jim Davidson.

48. The triple-decker Knight Bus was actually built, but was so top-heavy that it required more than four tonnes to be added to the bottom in order to keep it tipping over while in motion. Filming took place on the streets of North London, with the bus travelling at normal speed while the cars crawled around it, allowing the filmmakers to create a super-fast effect when the footage was sped up.

49. Played by Alex Crockford, Charlie Weasley makes his one and only appearance in the series in a photo of the Weasleys on holiday in Egypt. Best described as the fit Weasley brother, he's also mentioned in the first film as the dragon keeper who adopts Hagrid's pet, Norbert.

50. In the same scene, The Stone Roses' Ian Brown makes a cameo appearance as a wizard who's sitting at a table in The Leaky Cauldron, magically stirring his tea while reading A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking.

51. Joining the series as Remus Lupin, David Thewlis originally auditioned to play Professor Quirrell, Ian Hart’s villainous role in The Sorcerer’s Stone. Rounding out the Marauders, Timothy Spall plays Peter Pettigrew and Gary Oldman plays Sirius Black, beating out Columbus' initial choice of Robson Green when he was still attached to direct.

52. Cuarón wanted to create the Dementors using practical effects, but when the use of puppets became impractical, the test designs were filmed underwater in order to obtain a reference for the movement of the eerily effective CGI models.

53. Other stylistic changes to the series included the connecting up of the great sets which had been seen in previous films, using extensive location shooting to create more of a sense of geography at Hogwarts than had existed before. Moreover, the characters get a new wardrobe, with subtle alterations to their school uniforms showing more personality.

54. Michael Gambon took over the role of Dumbledore. Gambon previously replaced Harris as the title character in ITV's Maigret in the 1990s. Also joining the Hogwarts faculty is Emma Thompson as Divination professor Sybil Trelawney, whose wide-eyed appearance was created by glasses with magnifying lenses in them. Elsewhere, Julie Christie plays Madame Rosmerta, the landlady of the Three Broomsticks pub, who makes her first and only appearance in the series in the Christmassy scene at Hogsmeade. Ron fancies her!

55. Buckbeak the Hippogriff definitely has a poo right before Harry mounts him. Take a close look next time you watch, if you're interested in that sort of thing. In other animal-related details, keep an eye out for the life-size giraffe roaming through Hogwarts' paintings, most often visible in the staircase scenes.

56. In addition to Dawn French playing the Fat Lady, Paul Whitehouse was cast as Sir Cadogan, the mad knight who replaces her at the door of Gryffindor's common room after Sirius enters the castle. His scenes were cut, but the deleted scenes are featured on the DVD.

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57. The Time Turner is an aspect that Rowling had to write her way out of later on, explaining that the Ministry-set climax of The Order Of The Phoenix involved the destruction of all the available Time Turners, preventing any more timey-wimey shenanigans later on. As to the Hermione sub-plot, it's a lovely touch that it's always Ron asking where she's been. Ron fancies her too!

58. John Williams' final full score of the series has a lot of great flourishes, from the appearance of the school choir singing "Something Wicked This Way Comes" to the incessantly ticking bass during the Time Turner sequence. Listen out for the harpsichord motif that indicates Peter Pettigrew's presence, which also appears right at the very end of the credits, to remind us he's still out there.

59. The end credits sequence includes an animated Marauder’s Map with plenty of Easter eggs to pick out, including two Hogwarts residents getting up close and personal in a corner, and Sirius' footprints turning from shoes to bare feet, to paw prints when Oldman's credit appears.

60. Furthermore, the map gives us the biggest, most discussed plot hole in both the book and the film. If Scabbers shows up under his real name, why didn’t Fred and George ever wonder why their younger brother shared his dormitory with a man called Peter Pettigrew?

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005)

Dragons. Mermaids. Absolutely no haircuts. Director Mike Newell tackles the most dangerous school year of all, as Hogwarts hosts a huge international tournament that ends in tragedy.

61. Cuarón declined to return due to the quick turnaround required, but spoke with new director Mike Newell about how to adapt the book. Warner was talking about splitting the book into two films, but Newell talked them out of it, later telling Empire Magazine that “it would be slightly embarrassing to do it in two.”

62. In the opening scene, Eric Sykes’ character is a Muggle called Frank Bryce. True to the book, Harry’s nightmare takes place close by the graveyard where the finale takes place, with Frank interrupting Voldemort’s nocturnal plotting with Timothy Spall's Wormtail and David Tennant's Barty Crouch Jr.

63. House elves Dobby and Winky are both cut in the adaptation, but both appear in blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos in an early scene at the campground before the Quidditch World Cup. This must have been expensive – special effects aside, we hear they don’t go to work for less than a million.

64. Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Clemence Poésy all join the cast in recurring roles. All three starred in the brilliant In Bruges a couple of years later.

65. A further exception to Rowling's strict “British and Irish actors only” rule came with the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang delegations. They are all played by French and eastern European actors respectively, except half-giant headmistress Madame Maxime, who is played by the great Frances de la Tour.

66. Significantly longer than each of the three preceding novels in the series, The Goblet Of Fire is an odd one because it introduces a large number of characters who are largely vital to this story only. As a result, characters like commentator Ludo Bagman, Bertha Jorkins and fit Charlie Weasley don't appear here or anywhere else in the series.

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67. On the other hand, the new character Nigel Wolpert, played by William Melling, is an invention for the films, apparently designed as a composite of Harry-stanning siblings Colin and Dennis Creevey. He also pops up throughout the rest of the series.

68. A pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson makes his film debut as Cedric Diggory. Despite being killed off, Pattinson has stated that he'd rather play Cedric again than the sullen Cullen that gave him his most famous franchise role.

69. Radcliffe has said that the underwater scenes in the second task were the most difficult to film, requiring six months of training in a massive tank before filming even began. He suffered two ear infections and didn't have time to take dancing lessons with the rest of the cast, which is why he only appears from the waist up in the Yule Ball scenes.

70. In the Yule Ball scene, wizarding rock band The Weird Sisters are played by Jarvis Cocker, Jonny Greenwood, Jason Buckle, Steve Mackey, Steven Claydon, and Phil Selway. Written by composer Patrick Doyle, their setlist comprises "Magic Works," "This Is The Night," and "Do The Hippogriff," all of which feature on the soundtrack album.

71. Prior to Harry discovering Crouch Sr.'s body in the forest, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid are all singing a song that goes “Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts”, based on the original school song from the novel of The Sorcerer's Stone. A deleted scene from earlier in the film has Dumbledore leading the school in a chorus of the song, which is extremely open to interpretation by everyone who sings it.

72. Also seen in the Tenth Doctor’s tendency to lick stuff, Tennant’s oral fixation has inspired entire Tumblr blogs, but here becomes Barty Crouch Jr.’s most unnerving tic. Watch closely for Gleeson’s Moody doing the same thing at different points in the film.

73. The symbol of the Deathly Hallows appears in Dumbledore’s office during the Pensieve scene, in the form of a pyramid ornament with an orb and a rod in the middle. The film was released 18 months before the symbol and its significance would be addressed in the final book.

74. Fiennes' first appearance as Lord Voldemort comes in the graveyard scene at the end of the film. Newell initially considered not using make-up in order to make the character more expressive, but changed his mind when he saw the minimal make-up design that the crew came up with. In addition to losing his nose to prosthetics, Fiennes shaved his head for the role.

75. “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie”, according to the end credits.

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

With David Yates becoming the series' full-time director for the wizarding war to come, this installment deftly turns the longest book into the shortest of the films.

76. Having only originally signed for four films, Warner Bros. had to sign up the entire recurring cast from Sorcerer's Stone for the remaining films in the series. Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson have all spoken about having doubts about whether to continue at this point, but eventually decided to stay on.

77. Kloves declined to write for this sequel, after finding Goblet Of Fire particularly difficult to adapt. He worked on an as-yet unmade film of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time instead, while Peter Pan screenwriter Michael Goldenberg stepped in to write this film.

78. When Newell turned down the chance to direct the fifth installment, Warner had a shortlist including Guillermo del Toro, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Mira Nair, and Matthew Vaughn. Eventually, David Yates got the job on the strength of his political dramas State Of Play and The Girl In The Cafe and has directed every Wizarding World film since.

79. Jessica Hynes voices Mafalda Hopkirk in the scene where Harry gets a Howler at Privet Drive. She doesn’t appear in person in the subsequent hearing scene, but Mafalda is the Ministry official that Hermione impersonates in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – in that film, she’s played by Sophie Thompson, whose sister Emma plays Professor Trelawney.

80. Imelda Staunton plays Professor Dolores Umbridge, the new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher. To redress the office set that had previously been inhabited by Lockhart, Lupin, and Moody, a 24-hour photoshoot was undertaken to create 40 moving pictures of cats. Costume designer Jany Temime dressed Umbridge in hotter shades of pink throughout the production to reflect her more hysterical mood throughout the story.

81. Helen McCrory was initially cast as Bellatrix Lestrange but had to drop out when she found out she was pregnant. McCrory was instead cast as her sister Narcissa Malfoy in the following film. Anna Friel wanted to play the characters' cousin, Nymphadora Tonks, in order to act alongside her real-life husband David Thewlis, but Natalia Tena took the role instead.

82. Professional dance choreographer Paul Harris devised the new style of duelling seen in this film and throughout all of Yates' Wizarding World movies. Everyone learned five basic moves and then adapted them for their characters.

83. When the book was released, Evanna Lynch was hospitalized and consulted with her doctors in order to be allowed to go and collect a copy signed by J.K. Rowling as she had planned. A few years later, she auditioned to play batty but wise Ravenclaw student Luna Lovegood at an open casting call and won the part. Lynch wears radish earrings she made herself.

84. Originally inspired by Terry Gilliam's Brazil, the Ministry of Magic scenes proved the trickiest to execute, from placing 30,000 individual tiles in the Atrium, to creating the Department of Mysteries, which was the first entirely computer-generated set in the series.

85. In starting after-school lessons with Dumbledore's Army, Harry becomes a teacher for his fellow students. Radcliffe hit upon the idea that teachers are inspired by teachers they admired when they were younger, and so Harry's wardrobe is partly inspired by Lupin's this time around.

86. The moment where the trio get the giggles after Harry talks about kissing Cho Chang came about when Emma Watson corpsed for real and the other two actors cracked up as well. Yates felt it was a very natural moment and kept it in.

87. The Black family tree contains over 70 names and was written by Rowling herself for the film. Elaborate family trees also play an important role in Rowling's latest prequel, The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

88. A sub-plot involving Percy Weasley putting his career before his family was left out, but is referenced by actor Chris Rankin can be seen among the Ministry delegates who turn up to arrest Dumbledore.

89. Don't put things in your ears, kids. Matthew Lewis suffered a burst eardrum when he moved his head while Bellatrix was threatening his lugs with her wand, hence his pained expression at that particular moment.

90. Despite making close to a billion dollars worldwide, this film was declared to have lost $183 million in Warner Bros.' leaked financial breakdown. On closer inspection, some fairly shady studio accounting practices were revealed, including paying themselves for distribution and marketing.

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91. This is the first film in the franchise to be produced and released after all seven books were published. Given the secrecy about their plots, the filmmakers previously relied on Rowling’s creative guidance about what would turn out to be important later on in the series.

92. The Harry Potter books are set in the 1990s, but this film begins with Death Eaters destroying the Millennium Bridge. Along with putting 2005's "Boys Will Be Boys" by The Ordinary Boys in the previous film, this is another addition that unpicks the more timeless qualities of the films thus far.

93. Yates and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel had to fight hard with the studio in order to protect the darker, less colourful vision that they came up with. They were vindicated when the film bagged the series' first and only nod in the Best Cinematography category at that year's Oscars.

94. Like her screen sister, Helena Bonham Carter discovered she was pregnant while filming, leading the filmmakers to hide this with loose costumes and strategic positioning of objects in front of her. Ironically, a controversial plot point in the West End play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child involves Bellatrix being pregnant around this time.

95. The 11-year-old version of Tom Riddle is played by Ralph Fiennes' nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin in a flashback scene. The teenage version is played by Frank Dillane, because Chamber Of Secrets' Christian Coulson was deemed too old to reprise his role.

96. In the films, Professor Umbridge cancels Quidditch early on in Harry's fifth year, meaning Ron's entire career as Gryffindor's Keeper is transplanted to this film instead, where it fits much better. Yates was proud of his take on Quidditch, remarking that it finally felt like a sport this time around.

97. The Butterbeer that the trio drinks in The Three Broomsticks is actually orange J2O, topped up with fake foam. An official Butterbeer has since become available for fans to buy.

98. In the book, Harry gets detention with Snape for the rest of the school year after unwittingly using Sectumsempra on Draco. In the film, they seem to let this apparent attempted murder slide, probably because Draco's father attempted to Avada Kedavra Harry some years earlier.

99. Jim Broadbent plays Slughorn, who is described as short and walrus-like in the book. He looks nothing like that, but he's still fantastic, especially in the newly created scene where he describes the moment he realised Lily Potter, his favourite student, had been murdered. Sob.

100. The climactic scene where Dumbledore casts a ring of fire in the cave took CG artist Christopher Horvath eight months to animate. The visual effects team referenced footage of volcanoes and flares that burn underwater to create the sequence.

101. According to his recently released diaries, Alan Rickman was disappointed that Yates didn't make more time for Snape in this instalment. He's not wrong – although the reveal that he's the Half-Blood Prince comes late in the book too, there was scope to adapt things a bit differently.

102. On the other hand, the scene where Harry interacts with Snape before killing Dumbledore was a controversial addition by Kloves, but it works brilliantly. The writer justified it as a moment that would haunt Harry later, and it plays perfectly as the very first time he has ever fully trusted his Potions teacher.

103. During the emotional scene where Hogwarts staff and student discover Dumbledore’s body at the foot of the tower, Gambon was fast asleep. Acting his best, Radcliffe was understandably a tad miffed.

104. We're not saying Ron gets short shrift in these films or anything, but his final line of dialogue in this installment comes a full 45 minutes before the end. We even have Hermione, rather than Ron, tell Harry that he's OK about the Ginny thing.

105. The filmmakers have said that they tried for months to create a track of phoenix song that would do justice to Fawkes' lament as described in the book, but were unsuccessful, opting for a conventional score instead – Nicholas Hooper's closing track, "The Friends."

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106. Due to the large amount of narrative heavy lifting in the finale, executive producer Lionel Wigram again raised the suggestion of splitting the book into two films. This time, Heyman and Yates agreed, and the split was announced before The Half-Blood Prince was released in cinemas.

107. Originally intended to be post-converted into 3D, the first installment of the finale was released in November 2010. In the wake of the negative response to 3D conversion on Clash Of The Titans, the producers realized they wouldn't be able to finish in time for the release date. The completed 3D conversion was eventually released on Blu-Ray in a box set with the sequel.

108. The film opens with Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour. Having previously worked with Yates on the TV drama series he directed, he plays the doomed Minister for Magic who was cut out of the previous installment.

109. Bill Weasley makes his first appearance when he accompanies Mad-Eye Moody and the others to retrieve Harry from Privet Drive. In an early role, Domhnall Gleeson makes his Potter debut alongside his real-life dad, Brendan.

110. On the July 6th, 2007 edition of The Jonathan Ross Show, J.K. Rowling appeared ahead of the publication of the final book and commented that her fellow guest, the mighty Bob Hoskins, would be perfect as one of the new characters if he could do a Welsh accent. Apparently, she was talking about Mundungus Fletcher, who was eventually played in this film by Andy Linden.

111. For the opening scene where we see Hermione's bedroom, Emma Watson requested that the art department add more books, which they duly did. Elsewhere, the Dursleys' final appearance and Dudley's reconciliation with Harry were filmed but cut out of the finished film.

112. The scene with the seven Harries took a total of 95 takes for Radcliffe to complete. He had several tries at playing Fred, George, Fleur, Ron, and Mundungus as Harry, but got Hermione right in one take.

113. Frances de la Tour has a small cameo as Madame Maxime at Bill and Fleur's wedding. In the book, Viktor Krum also attended, but his part was cut from the film. Also reprising her role from Goblet Of Fire, Miranda Richardson very briefly appears in Rita Skeeter's author picture on the cover of her Dumbledore biography, which Harry finds in Umbridge's office.

114. When the trio hides out in a café on Tottenham Court Road, there’s a poster for the 2006 revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, which starred Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.

115. Jamie Campbell-Bower plays the young Grindelwald in flashbacks, while Michael Byrne plays the elder version, locked in the wizarding prison Nurmengard. Campbell-Bower previously starred alongside Johnny Depp, who plays the Fantastic Beasts-era version in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.

116. The scene in which Harry and Hermione take a break from Horcrux-minding features the song "O Children" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Yates asked the band for a variety of songs and chose this lesser known one for the new scene, and thus introduced the band to a whole generation of Potterheads, who would probably be a bit surprised by the rest of the band's discography.

117. Harry's brush with Nagini the snake in Bathilda Bagshot's house features a direct reference to 1960's Psycho, with the swinging ceiling lamp and the change in the tone of Alexandre Desplat's score.

118. Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter came up with the uniquely horrible idea of Bellatrix carving “Mudblood” into Hermione's arm. As has been pointed out by Kevin Smith on his podcast about the film, Hermione has the benefit of “sleeve magic” to counter this hateful act.

119. Timothy Spall makes his final appearance in the series here, presumably knocked down the stairs to his death by Sassy Dobby. In the book, he dies after showing Harry mercy, causing his Voldemort-created metal hand to choke him to death. Considering how he sold out Harry’s parents, his bitter end is an unexpected casualty of the two-pronged adaptation.

120. Voldemort opens Dumbledore's tomb to steal the Elder Wand in the cliffhanger ending. The script for Half-Blood Prince originally had Harry taking Dumbledore's wand after his death, but this was changed after the final book was published.

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121. As the long-awaited finale, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke worldwide box office records, including the biggest opening weekend ever at that point. As the first Potter film to break a billion dollars worldwide, it finally exceeded the first installment as the highest grossing in the series.

122. With most of the heavy lifting done in Part 1, this film has the shortest timeframe of the series, mostly taking place across one day. Rowling has dated the 24-hour period in which the Gringotts robbery and the battle of Hogwarts both take place as May 2nd, 1998.

123. Replacing Troyer, Warwick Davis plays a dual role as Griphook the goblin, as well as his usual role of Professor Flitwick.

124. The dragon that guards Gringotts is a Ukrainian Ironbelly. Its method of breathing fire, by breathing two chemicals that ignite on contact, originated on screen in the 2002 film Reign Of Fire. This has since been taken up by the Potter films, 2016's Gods Of Egypt, and Game Of Thrones.

125. Aberforth Dumbledore, renowned by his brother as an illiterate goat-botherer in the books, also appeared in The Order Of The Phoenix, played by Jim McManus. Ciarán Hinds takes over the role in this film to explain the Dumbledores' fraught family history.

126. For the final film, the model of Hogwarts was recreated digitally, to keep the physical model that had lasted seven films so far from being destroyed in the battle scenes.

127. Kate Winslet was offered the pivotal cameo role of Ravenclaw's Grey Lady, Helena Ravenclaw. Winslet has since reported that her agent turned it down without asking, and she probably would have jumped at the chance. Kelly McDonald plays the ghostly character in the film.

128. Crabbe originally destroys the diadem by casting a dark magical fire spell, but Jamie Waylett was convicted for drug possession in between films. That's why Josh Herdman's Goyle is the one who suffers Crabbe's fate in the movie version.

129. Ron's first girlfriend Lavender Brown suffers a much bleaker fate in the film than in the book. During the chaotic “courtyard apocalypse” scene, Hermione curses the werewolf Fenrir Greyback as he chews on her neck, and she's definitely dead as the trio move on.

130. As well as the regular cast, several former stars make cameo appearances during the battle of Hogwarts. Emma Thompson, Miriam Margolyes, (Professor Sprout) and Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) are among those seen either fighting or helping the wounded.

131. Snape asks Harry to look into his eyes as he dies. Radcliffe doesn't have Lily's green eyes, because when they tested contact lenses in the first film, they found he was unable to tolerate them. On the other hand, Rickman wore black contacts to play Snape throughout the series.

132. Teddy Lupin, the son of Remus and Tonks, was cut out of the film version. A scene where Tonks told Mrs Weasley she was pregnant was filmed for Part 1 and then cut. As in the book, Harry finds the couple dead in the Great Hall.

133. The exceptionally creepy and meme-worthy moment where Voldemort embraces Draco Malfoy was improvised by Fiennes on the day. Tom Felton's paralysed reaction is apparently genuine.

134. Meanwhile, the King's Cross epilogue had to be shot twice, because the make-up for the young actors was judged to be unconvincing. Take a look online and you'll find drastically different looks for all of the principals.

135. Bringing everything full circle, the film ends with a chocolate frog jumping into an open carriage window on the Hogwarts Express, mirroring Harry losing his in the first film.

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The year is 2016, going on 1926, and in this Rowling-scripted prequel, magizoologist Newt Scamander has a luggage problem during his trip to New York City.

136. The first of five planned prequels, the film is named after the textbook that the protagonist Newt Scamander wrote about magical creatures, which is required reading at Hogwarts. Rowling wrote abridged “Muggle-worthy” editions of this book and Quidditch Through The Ages for Comic Relief in 2001, and updated the former for a new release in 2017.

137. The opening newspaper montage covering Gellert Grindelwald's activities in Europe is similar to a device Yates used in Order Of The Phoenix. However, while the headlines are visible, the text of the articles are all in lorem ipsum, traditionally used as placeholder text. Maybe witches and wizards speak lorem ipsum?

138. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander and was Rowling's only choice for the role. Redmayne previously auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of the teenage Tom Riddle in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.

139. Appearing in both the customs scene and his final appearance on the ferry, Newt owns a yellow and grey scarf, showing that he was a Hufflepuff student at Hogwarts. Additionally, Newt previously appeared at Hogwarts on the Marauder's Map in Prisoner Of Azkaban, as an Easter egg for fans.

140. Most of the magical creatures are described in Rowling's textbook, but newly created beasts for the film include the Swooping Evil, a curse-proof gribbly that Newt uses defensively throughout various duelling scenes, and Frank the Thunderbird, a weather-changing bird native to Arizona.

141. With the American setting, all bets are off on Rowling's British casting only rule. Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Jon Voight are among the American actors playing American characters, but Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton also put on American accents for their parts. Meanwhile, the controversial Johnny Depp plays the European-born Grindelwald.

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142. The Magical Congress of the USA is based in New York's Woolworth Building. The largely computer-generated set includes a magical terror-alert clock that's somewhere between the Weasley family's grandfather clock and the colored threat levels introduced by the Bush administration in the 2000s.

143. Queenie Goldstein is a powerful Legilimens – although this mind-reading ability is pivotal in the books, it's the first time it has been named on-screen in the film versions.

144. The Obscurus is not a new creation for the film, with Dumbledore's younger sister Ariana fitting many of the same properties described by Newt, but it's the first time Rowling has named it.

145. In the Blind Pig speakeasy, Grabnak the goblin is voiced by the one and only Ron Perlman. The goblin's musical performance features original lyrics from Rowling and was performed by unsigned Australian singer Emmi, who clocked that it was a Harry Potter thing when she Googled the mysterious lyrics her agent sent her.

146. Mercy Lewis and Deliverance Dane are both names exclaimed by Americans in the film. Both were real people who were accused of witchcraft by their neighbours during the Salem witch trials, which Rowling refers to in the anti-magic movement run by Mary Lou Barebone.

147. Tina and Queenie attended the American wizarding school as Ilvermorny. On her extended universe platform Pottermore, Rowling has said that the in-universe explanation for the school's founding was the work of an American witch who loved Hogwarts so much that she went home and made her own version, which is a nice nod to the series' fervent US fanbase.

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148. Completing a full house of principal stars from In Bruges in the Potterverse, Colin Farrell plays American Auror Percival Graves. Like his co-star Gleeson at the end of The Goblet Of Fire, he turns out to have been playing another character in disguise all along.

149. Intended to appear either in the finale or after the credits, a scene that showed Credence escaping New York on a ferry was cut out, leaving his fate more open-ended as it appears in the theatrical cut.

150. Around the time of the film's release, Redmayne starred as Newt in a Children In Need sketch where he interacted with BBC stars including Alan Sugar, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, and, most importantly, the Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi. That rather nicely brings the Wizarding World into the ongoing debate about what's canon in the Whoniverse...

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You ask and we deliver. If the WWTDD comments have taught me anything it’s that you hate Kate Upton but love Lena Dunham. On OpPoSiTe DaY. But this is important work, because one day we’ll look back and wonder how people like Lena Dunham gained loyal followings. (Kate’s self-explanatory.) And the answers will all be here. The Rosetta Stone for bitches.

Anyway Dunham is slumming it in Hershey, Pennsylvania in a see-through onesie in an Instagram pic posted this weekend. We’ve already reached adequate Lena Dunham levels due to the exposed nipple that no one wants to see, side bush, and what might just be the beginning of her vagina slit. But she kicks it up to peak Dunham by alluding to her – let’s all say it together class – hysterectomy, in the Instagram caption:

The sweet holiday irony of them birthing hips on a girl with no uterus. Happy Saturday from my family 2 yours!

Oh, and she’s sitting next to some pill bottles. Because she’s always sick. Or maybe Mel B gave her some inspo. So the real question today is, obviously, without question, would you sniff the chair Dunham is sitting in for $10?

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Kim Kardashian is fighting to save her marriage after husband Kanye West’s bizarre behavior and public criticism over his political views, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

“She is trying to figure out how to cope with his illness and the fallout, specifically about his politics,” a source told Radar. “She is supportive and it’s hard for her when people have reacted so strongly.”

Kardashian, 38, noticed a “different kind of hate” when West showed his support of President Donald Trump.

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“She is trying to understand why people are so hateful,” the insider said. “It’s been ugly. They had to up their security because Kanye supports Trump. They are working with former secret service.”

Although she’s been told by peers to “go against” her husband and “say something,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star “won’t do it.”

West, 41, went on a bizarre Twitter rant in October, where he talked about “mind control.” He claimed he is the best current living recording artist and that he has a very high IQ.

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In September, he demanded Nick Cannon and Drake “stop talking about f**king [his] wife.”

A source previously told Radar that Kardashian has been trying to “control” her husband, which is her way of “quietly performing an intervention without getting experts involved.”

The insider added that West, who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, has refused to take his medication.

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“Everyone in his inner circle agrees that it’s for the best that Kim gets to sign off on everything to do with Kanye,” the insider confessed. “Kim has been doing serious damage control and it’s finally starting to take effect now.”

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Elon Musk’s dabble with the doobage in a September radio interview may have sparked more than just an outpouring of adulation from his acolytes (and a fairly interesting conversation around artificial intelligence, social media, invention, and space).

The Washington Post reports that the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were less than amused with Musk’s antics and have ordered a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing as a response to the colorful chief executive’s shenanigans.

In an interview, NASA associate administrator for human exploration, William Gerstenmaier told the Post that the review will begin next year and would examine the “safety culture” of both Boeing and SpaceX.

Rather than focus on the safety of the actual rockets, the Post said that the review would look at the hours employees work, drug policies, leadership and management styles, and the responsiveness of both companies to safety concerns from employees. 

The review is going to be led by the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance within NASA, which has conducted similar probes before, according to the Post report.

According to the NASA official, the process could be “pretty invasive” with the potential for hundreds of interviews with employees at every level and across all locations where the companies operate.

At stake is the potential $6.8 billion in contracts the two companies received in 2014 to revive crewed missions to space. SpaceX grabbed $2.6 billion from NASA for the program, while the remainder went to Boeing.

Both companies have stumbled as they test their crewed systems to get NASA astronauts into orbit. Boeing still needs to test the heat shields and parachute systems of its spacecraft and address the potential for propellant leakage during the emergency abort process.

SpaceX also is having problems with its parachute system.

In a statement given to the Post, SpaceX said, “We couldn’t be more proud of all that we have already accomplished together with NASA, and we look forward to returning human spaceflight capabilities to the United States.”

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Manifest Episode 8 Review: Point of No Return

The search for the missing passengers in Manifest introduces an interesting team-up between Ben and Vance leading into the fall finale.

This review contains spoilers for Manifest.

Manifest Season 1 Episode 8

Manifest has now gone deep into serialized territory, and it will be interesting to see if those who have tuned in for the episodic relationship drama, which was originally more compelling, will stay engaged through the fall finale next week. “Point of No Return” didn’t really have a resolution to its investigation, but progress was made in tracking down the missing passengers, which should be enough for viewers whose principal interest is in the mystery of the callings. But do people still care about developments like Lourdes starting a family with Jared now that Michaela has bigger, less personal problems to worry about?

It’s not that family drama is incompatible with science fiction; it’s just that the two are increasingly disconnected in Manifest. On the one hand we have Cal readjusting to school life while being friends with the older kids he remembers from before, and this interesting dissonance ties directly into what happened to Flight 828. Olive’s compassion is touching, and Cal’s worry that it could all end is heart wrenching. On the other hand, there’s Grace’s date night and her awkward encounter with Lourdes. Sure, we’re happy for the Stone family, but Grace telling Michaela about the pregnancy kit felt like an unnecessary reminder during a time when Michaela and Jared were working well together.

There was an attempt to disrupt the closeness being re-forged between the two detectives by introducing the idea of people dying who had been told about the callings, so that may be the tie-in there, tenuous though it may be. The passenger Harvey, who decided he was the angel of death, could have stumbled upon a more compelling reason not to talk about the premonitions, but Ben, for one, was already reluctant to share his experience with anyone anyway. One has to wonder if Harvey’s experience was unique to his callings alone, though the reason why that would be is unclear.

Except there’s the very clear warning of Michaela’s inner voice, which tells her, “Don’t lose him.” She’s likely as annoyed with the Field of Dreams riddles as we are, but since the phrase is repeated even after Harvey has jumped from the roof of the synagogue, we can only assume the calling is telling her to keep Jared from going too far down the rabbit hole, endangering his life. Perhaps Michaela feels if she pushes Jared to focus on starting a family with Lourdes, she won’t become his angel of death. In some ways, the open interpretation is satisfying, but it might also cause some confusion among viewers.

Meanwhile, Ben continues to solidify his role as the principal investigator even as Vance, an actual field agent, enters the picture. Amazingly, this dynamic works quite well and leaves the audience hoping for more team-ups between these two. Establishing Ben’s boss, Ronnie, as a bit of a douchebag brosky was a great way to make the infiltration more believable. The search through UDS assets to find the correct property may not have been the most exciting pursuit, but it was a believable way to track down the secretive operation.

Using Fiona in place of Saanvi as the confidante who reveals what the Singularity Project is really up to was a bit jarring at first, but of course she’s the only one who could get into UDS to plant the bug. Her revelation that UDS is trying to artificially re-create the powers of premonition is perhaps not all that surprising, but the fact that Ben and Michaela now have another ally is certainly useful. What Manifest will need to do moving forward, however, is distinguish Fiona and Saanvi a bit more, especially since the latter has been an under-developed character from the very start.

With the introduction of Lawrence, the UDS baddie who accelerates the Singularity Project timeline, we have a more specific target for the ongoing investigation, which makes it that much more puzzling that this week’s story is left somewhat unresolved. Ben had perhaps too easy of a time getting into UDS records to find the chemical plant, but with the tests starting up again, immediately affecting Cal, and with the Harvey storyline resulting in nothing but tragedy, “Point of No Return” had an unfinished feel to it.

Maybe Manifest should have added a “To Be Continued” title to make this week’s episode the first of a two-parter to really sell their idea of a fall finale next week and make the lack of resolution more palatable. As it is, this week’s episode was good, but not great. Satisfying, but not all that exciting. This may come across as “damning with faint praise,” and that’s not the intent here. Manifest has been an enjoyable ride this season, and once it settles into a rhythm and focuses a bit, it has the potential to be a really great series.

Keep up with all of our Manifest coverage, including links to all of our reviews, here.

Michael Ahr is a writer, reviewer, and podcaster here at Den of Geek; you can check out his work here or follow him on Twitter.

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Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store.

Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps — made by the same developer — which were at the time of his tweet downloadable from Google Play. Two of the apps were trending on the store, he said, giving the apps greater visibility.

Combined, the apps surpassed 580,000 installs before Google pulled the plug.

Anyone downloading the apps were expecting a truck or car driving game. Instead, they got what appeared to be a buggy app that crashed every time it opened.

In reality, the app was downloading a payload from another domain — registered to an app developer in Istanbul — and installed malware behind the scenes, deleting the app’s icon in the process. It’s not clear exactly what the malicious apps do; none of the malware scanners seemed to agree on what the malware does, based on an uploaded sample to VirusTotal. What is clear is that the malware has persistence — launching every time the Android phone or tablet is started up, and has “full access” to its network traffic, which the malware author can use to steal secrets.

We reached out to the Istanbul-based domain owner, Mert Ozek, but he did not respond to our email. (If that changes, we’ll update).

It’s another embarrassing security lapse by Google, which has long faced criticism for its backseat approach to app and mobile security compared to Apple, which some say is far too restrictive and selective about which apps make it into its walled garden.

Google has spent years trying to double down on Android security by including better security features and more granular app permission controls. But the company continues to battle rogue and malicious apps in the Google Play app store, which have taken over as one of the greatest threats to Android user security. Google pulled more than 700,000 malicious apps from its app store last year alone, and has tried to improve its back-end to prevent malicious apps from getting into the store in the first place. 

And yet — clearly — that isn’t enough.

When reached, a Google spokesperson did not immediately comment.

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After His Relaunch Of Red Sonja, Mark Russell Signing On To Relaunch Planet Earth

After His Relaunch Of Red Sonja, Mark Russell Signing On To Relaunch Planet Earth

With his successful relaunches, Slartibartfast has tapped Russell to relaunch Earth.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mark Russell has made a name for himself in comics reimagining characters including The Flintstones and Snagglepuss. His latest relaunch will take on Red Sonja at Dynamite Entertainment. Joining him on the title include artist Mirko ColakDearbhla Kelly on colors, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on letters.

Following his, what can only be a revolutionary, take on Red Sonja, The Outhouse can EXXXCLUSIVELY reveal that Russell has been hired on by the planet designer Slartibartfast, who may be best known for winning an award for designing Norway, to reimagine planet Earth.

In an Outhouse EXXXCLUSIVE interview, Slartibartfast said, "We're going to move Earth back in time a little bit, before all this current craziness happened. We weren't happy with the direction the Earth was going, what with all the war and hatred going on. Who better than Russell to have scripting Earth II?"

Red Sonja is set to relaunch in February. We can only hope Earth gets rebooted sooner rather than later.



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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: ‘Student Voices’

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it’s launching “Student Voices” just for university students in the U.S. The feature appears atop the LinkedIn home screen and lets students post short videos to their Campus Playlist. The videos (no photos allowed) disappear from the playlist after a week while staying permanently visible on a user’s own profile in the Recent Activity section. Students can tap through their school’s own slideshow and watch the Campus Playlists of nearby universities.

LinkedIn now confirms the feature is in testing, with product manager Isha Patel telling TechCrunch “Campus playlists are a new video feature that we’re currently rolling out to college students in the US. As we know, students love to use video to capture moments so we’ve created this new product to help them connect with one another around shared experiences on campus to help create a sense of community.” Student Voices was first spotted by social consultant Carlos Gil, and tipped by Socially Contented’s Cathy Wassell to Matt Navarra.

A LinkedIn spokesperson tells us the motive behind the feature is to get students sharing their academic experiences like internships, career fairs and class projects that they’d want to show off to recruiters as part of their personal brand. “It’s a great way for students to build out their profile and have this authentic content that shows who they are and what their academic and professional experiences have been. Having these videos live on their profile can help students grow their network, prepare for life after graduation, and help potential employers learn more about them,” Patel says.

But unfortunately that ignores the fact that Stories were originally invented for broadcasting off-the-cuff moments that disappear so you DON’T have to worry about their impact on your reputation. That dissonance might confuse users, discourage them from posting to Student Voices or lead them to assume their clips will disappear from their profile too — which could leave embarrassing content exposed to hirers. “Authenticity” might not necessarily paint users in the best light to recruiters, so it seems more likely that students would post polished clips promoting their achievements… if they use it at all.

LinkedIn seems to be desperate to appeal to the next generation. Social app investigator and TechCrunch’s favorite tipster Jane Manchun Wong today spotted 10 minor new features LinkedIn is prototyping that include youth-centric options like GIF comments, location sharing in messages and Facebook Reactions-style buttons beyond “Like” such as “Clap,” “Insightful,” “Hmm,” and “Support.”

When users post to Student Stories, they’ll have their university’s logo overlaid as a sticker they can move around. LinkedIn will generate this plus a set of suggested hashtags like #OnCampus based on a user’s profile, including which school they say they attend, though users can also overlay their own text captions. Typically, users in the test phase were sharing videos of around 30 to 45 seconds. “Students are taking us to their school hackathons, showing us their group projects, sharing their student group activities and teaching us about causes they care about,” Patel explains. You can see an example video here, and watch a sizzle reel about the feature below.

For now, LinkedIn tells me it has no plans to insert ads between clips in Student Voices. But if the Stories content assists with discovering and vetting job candidates, it could make LinkedIn more unique and indispensable to recruiters who do pay for premium access. And if these Stories get a ton of views simply by being emblazoned atop the LinkedIn feed, users might return to the app more frequently to share them. As we’ve seen with the steady increase in popularity of Facebook Stories, if you give people a stage for narcissism, they will fill it.

LinkedIn’s start as a dry web tool for seeking jobs has made for a rocky transition as it tries to become a daily habit for users. Some tactical advice in its feed can be helpful, but much of LinkedIn’s content feels blatantly self-promotional, boring or transactional. Meanwhile, it’s encountering new competition as Facebook integrates career listings and job applications for blue-collar work into its social network that already sees over a billion people visit each day. It’s understandable why LinkedIn would try to latch on to the visual communication trend, as Facebook estimates Stories sharing will surpass feed sharing across all apps in 2019. But Student Voices nonetheless feels unabashedly “how do you do, fellow kids?”

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35 Things You Didn’t Know About Stranger Things

Inspirations, special effects, a nod to Jaws and what could have been a near fatal accident, we go behind the scenes on Stranger Things...

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Feature Dan Cooper
Nov 20, 2018

This story originally appeared on Den of Geek UK.

If like me, you’re a Stranger Things aficionado, you’re probably kicking your heels and mourning not making the annual round trip to Hawkins, Indiana this autumn, as the show takes a year off before season three releases. Upsetting, I know. While you could "do a Joyce" and spend that time howling in anguish at the walls, cursing the fickle and cruel gods of television, ultimately, that’s an inadvisable approach, as you’ll probably just get a sore throat and blame it on us.

Fear not though, because a crumb of comfort is on the way. The official Stranger Things behind-the-scenes companion has just released, courtesy of Penguin Random House, and it contains all sorts of interesting tidbits about the show’s journey into being. Next to hanging out playing Dragon’s Lair in the Palace Arcade, it’s the closest we’re getting to Stranger Things for quite some time… so in a fashion true to the show, let’s see what secrets we can unearth…

1. The original idea for Stranger Things coalesced from a series of inspirations including an old, unfinished script written by the Duffer brothers, set in the cold war era, their experiences working with M. Night Shyamalan on the TV show Wayward Pines and Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 thriller, Prisoners.

2. In tribute to Jaws, the show was originally set on the East Coast and titled Montauk (in reference to the inspiration for Spielberg’s classic).

3. The original concept for the character of Mike was a much more serious character, a straight man with a very prominent birthmark upon his face. However, when the Duffers cast young Finn Wolfhard in the role, they were impressed by his winning optimism and relentless determination and rewrote the character to better fit the actor.

4. The fog in which the Demogorgon is first glimpsed lurking was a direct tribute to the John Carpenter film of the same name. During their initial pitches for the show, the Duffers created a "look book" and cut together samples from movies they wanted to homage, all set, of course, to a John Carpenter soundtrack.

5. The imposing building used for the Hawkins National Laboratory was the former Georgia Mental Health Institute, a former psychiatric hospital that also featured in the 2016 NASA movie Hidden Figures.

6. The darkly mysterious plot which sees Eleven’s powers made manifest because of government experiments upon her then-pregnant mother were actually rooted in reality. A C.I.A. program named MKUltra ran from 1953 to 1973 and was centered around the use of colleges, hospitals and prisons to test psychotropic substances on U.S. citizens, often with out their consent or knowledge. As in the series, the program was then expanded to include sensory deprivation and behavior conditioning. Ken Kesey, writer of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, was one notable member of the mass experimentation.

7. The character of science teacher Mr. Clarke, the boys’ moustachioed inspiration, was based upon scientific writer Carl Sagan, as neither of the Duffers had a science teacher that actually inspired them.

8. Wherever possible, in deference to the practical approach of the '70s and '80s films that they love, the Duffers used physical effects to achieve their goals. For example, in the junkyard sequence in season one where Eleven uses her nascent powers to hurl Lucas away from Mike, the stunt was achieved using wires and foam padding.

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9. In the first season’s standout moment where a Hawkins Laboratory van is lifted above the fleeing kids by the power of Eleven’s mind, the stunt was also achieved practically by using nitrogen cannons to flip the van into the air. Of course, the BMX-riding actors were composited in digitally afterwards. This proved to be a smart decision as a mechanical failure in one of the cannons meant that on the first attempt, the van misfired and landed right where the children would be, destroying the camera positioned in lieu of them.

10. The Duffers’ aversion to the overuse of digital effects is particularly apparent in the season one sequence where Mike, attempting to save Dustin from some rudimentary dental work at the hands of the ruthless school bullies, steps off the quarry lip, to probable death. He is saved by Eleven’s telekinetic powers, but despite appreciating the human element within the scene, Matt Duffer admits that the "shaky-looking green screen" used to achieve the moment bothers him still.

11. The original intention was for the Demogorgon to only be portrayed by Mark Steger practically, within the physical suit without resorting to CGI. However, once the creature is trapped at the Byers’ house and set ablaze, the suit didn’t look effective when burned, so the rest of that scene and the climax at the Hawkins Middle School were largely done with a CGI version of the creature.

12. Speaking of that climactic moment in season one, the original plans were to have Eleven permanently die, sacrificing herself for her new-found friends. The Duffers had long ago realized though that Eleven had become an integral part of the show and rewrote her demise into something more open-ended.

13. When Natalia Dyer won the role of Nancy Wheeler, the girl-next-door turned midnight monster-hunter, the Duffer brothers immediately introduced her to her namesake and cinematic inspiration, Nancy Thompson, the determined and inventive hero of 1985’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, a movie that season one’s second episode "The Weirdo On Maple Street" lovingly homaged.

14. The Duffers’ original plans for the character of preppy jerk, Steve Harrington, were to kill him off in season one, reinforcing the horror trope of the jock always falling foul of the killer. However, much like Nancy in the show itself, the creators fell for the character’s easy charms and developed him into the more subversive ‘tweener archetype that he eventually became.

15. The hazmat suits that Hopper and Joyce wear while navigating the Upside Down were inspired by similar suits worn by characters in 1973’s The Crazies and 1977’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

16. David Harbour’s chief’s costume was intentionally designed to be different from the other members of Hawkins Police Department, another reference to, you guessed it, Jaws, where Roy Scheider’s Chief Brody is similarly different in his attire, a reference to the obvious imperfections of small town America. In terms of the character’s more inward-looking influences, Harbour cites Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and of course, Roy Scheider as being key.

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17. When considering how to score the series, the Duffers originally thought about adding an orchestral score in the style of John Williams, before nixing the idea as it would be too expensive and would sound "like a knockoff." Instead, they returned to the synth-laden score that had first inspired their pitches and approached the Texas-based electronic quartet S U R V I V E to produce the score for the series.

18. While the deathly Upside Down, that decaying parallel dimension, was always part of the show’s plotline, the Duffers never intended to actually make an onscreen visit there. They thought it would be more terrifying for it to only exist offscreen, glimpsed only through radios and walkie-talkies.

19. When the brothers did decide to create the Upside Down for the screen, they were largely inspired by the 1999 Silent Hill video game. They cited the combination of "color correction, ash and deteriorating buildings" being visually potent.

20. The construction of the Demogorgon suit was especially intricate. Performer, Mark Steger was not strapped, nor zipped, but glued into the suit and controlled the creature’s elongated arms using handles that were located on the outside of the suit then green-screened out. The opening mandibles on the head were operated by 27 motors that were concealed in a small backpack concealed within the costume’s back.

21. The Demogorgon’s distinctive snarls were produced by mixing various sounds comprised of baby seals, human breathing and scraping sheet metal with dry ice.

22. The pronounced limp in the gait of Dart, one of season two’s monsters who is befriended by Dustin as a baby and blooms into a Demogorgon, was actually created by a rendering error in the CGI process. When designers saw the limp, they liked it, believing the imperfection created a life-like feeling and opted to keep it in.

23. One of the new additions to season two, Billy Hargrove, was cast as the antagonist to fill the void left by the absence of Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner. The initial idea of creating a very human antagonist who in some ways, is darker than the story’s more literal monsters was derived from classic Stephen King. Characters such as King’s Castle Rock town bully, Ace Merrill, were the primary inspiration, although the decision to create empathy for the character by making him a victim of sorts, played into the show’s more human approach.

24. Hawkins’ favorite hangout, the Palace Arcade, was named in tribute to the arcade in 1983’s Wargames, the 20 Grand Palace.

25. The arcade itself was actually a disused laundromat that was transformed into a mid-80s arcade setting. The interior was completely refurbished with 14 arcade cabinets installed, but it was the distinctive exterior, awnings and all, that really caught the notice of the production team.

26. The boys’ BMX bikes weren’t restored period bicycles as getting multiple identical versions (for stunt purposes) would have been impossible. Instead, vintage bike frames were found on eBay, tricked out with accessories from the era and then artificially aged. The BMX bikes were designed to reflect their owner’s distinct characteristics: Mike’s bike was slightly newer as his family are more affluent; Dustin’s bike sported a half-finished paint job to reflect his tinkering nature while Lucas got a green one with a sparkly seat because, well, because sparkly seats are cool, okay?

Further Reading: Stranger Things Season 2 Easter Eggs

27. The show initially didn’t get the rights for the boys to wear the Ghostbusters outfits in the wonderful second episode of season two. The Duffers knew that the costumes were a "make-or-break" moment for the episode. The image of Will Byers in the iconic jumpsuit being dwarfed by the impossibly-tall shadow monster was a conceptual jumping-off point that the showrunners felt they couldn’t abandon. Ultimately, producer Shawn Levy spent weeks tracking down Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman so they could make a personal appeal. It worked and boy, are we glad they went the extra mile for it.

28. For the trick-and-treating scenes, the production team couldn’t use vintage Halloween masks from the era because their disposable nature meant they had literally disintegrated, a curious case of life imitating art as Stranger Things 2 contains visual nods to Halloween III: Season Of The Witch where Halloween masks decompose, er, taking kids’ faces with them.

29. Halloween Night also saw Dustin encounter Dart for the first time. Unbeknownst to the youngster, the cute creature is of course, a baby Demogorgon, a storyline inspired heavily by Gremlins. Actor Gaten Matarazzo was often working with no more than a tiny mirrorred ball to represent Dart. Director Shawn Levy would make sounds for the young actor to respond to as he interacted with the creature.

30. The netherworld tunnels that materialize under Hawkins were physically built on sound stages. Eighty-thousand square feet of them!

31. The season two scene where Nancy and Jonathan finally come to terms with their mutual longing for one another was modelled directly on the classic flirt/sulk showdown between Indiana Jones and Willie Scott in Temple Of Doom. The showrunners wanted to evoke the same love/hate feeling between the characters that existed between Indy and Kate Capshaw’s mercurial nightclub singer in the second film in the series.

32. Andrew Stanton, co-writer of Toy Story and director of Finding Nemo, WALL-E, John Carter and Finding Dory was not approached to direct episodes five and six (The Flea And The Acrobat and The Monster). It was actually Stanton that approached the Duffers and asked to direct part of the season. The Duffers credit his animation background and storyboarding preparation with the success of those episodes.

33. Sean Astin’s Bob was originally scripted to die in episode four. He made it to episode eight because Bob was just so damn likeable, say the Duffers.

34. Eleven and Hopper’s final facedown with the Upside Down was composed of over a hundred shots and says Matt Duffer, was the closest they’ve got to "shooting a Marvel movie, or what I imagine shooting a Marvel movie would be like." With that said, the visual inspiration for the scene, as Eleven and Hopper battle the netherworld from within a small, suspended cage came from another movie with equally daunting technical difficulties: Richard Dreyfuss’ shark-cage encounter with the deadly fish in Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws.

35. Despite winning a Grammy for "Every Breath You Take," one of several songs featured during season two’s school dance finale, the child actors remained unimpressed with The Police’s iconic lyrics, referring to it as "The Stalker Song." Executive Producer Shawn Levy has noted that this was intentional as the season’s swooping final shot reveals that the Shadow Monster is still indeed, watching and waiting for its chance to return and haunt the town of Hawkins once more. You can read more about the music from Stranger Things here.

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down - The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion is available now from Penguin Random House.

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Rebel Wilson Has Been Added To The Cast Of The “Cats” Movie

The live-action Cats movie continues to add famous humans to its cast, and the lineup is currently a real mish-mash of people. The movie’s got Jennifer HudsonTaylor SwiftIan McKellen, James Corden, and Idris Elba, and Dame Judi Dench. God, that’s like only 1/5 of the cats too (there’s too many cats in that musical). It looks like we can now add Rebel Wilson’s name to the list.

Deadline says that Rebel will play Jennyanydots, the roly-poly lazy by day/slavedriver by night house cat. Jennyanydots’ biography is that she sits around all day long doing jack shit, then when the evening comes, she’s puts mice and cockroaches to work on knitting, crocheting and tap dancing. So she’s pretty much the feline equivalent of Abby Lee Miller.

Jennyanydots was to be played by Dame Judi Dench in the original 1981 London production (she was also cast as Grizabella), but an injury forced her to drop out shortly before opening night. Judi is reportedly playing a gender-switched version of Old Deuteronomy in this Cats film. Rebel confirmed she’s in Cats by tweeting this:

It looks like she’s learned her lesson by not tweeting that she’s making film history as the first plus-size cat on screen. That’s a good thing. You do not want Garfield sending you an angry hate letter written in lasagna sauce.

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Monster Hunter Movie: Release Date, Cast, News, and Photos

Everything you need to know about the Monster Hunter movie, including latest news, release date, cast, and more!

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News Ryan Lambie
Nov 20, 2018

British director Paul W.S. Anderson turned the hit video game franchise Resident Evil into a long-running film series in the early 2000s, and he's set to do the same thing again with another property owned by Japanese publisher Capcom.

As its name implies, Monster Hunter is a sprawling fantasy game that involves protecting townsfolk from marauding creatures. It's logical fodder, then, for an energetic special effects movie - something Anderson's traded in for several years now. Variety reports that, like the last of the Resident Evil adaptations, Anderson's Monster Hunter is filming in South Africa, with the budget set at a fairly moderate $60 million. 

The project is funded by a coalition of companies, including Constantin Films and a couple of outfits in China and Japan. Unsurprisingly, it'll be the first in a series of movies if it's a success.

The Resident Evil franchise was never what you'd call a critical darling, but it spawned no fewer than seven movies and made well over a billion dollars globally - not bad, when you consider that the whole series was shot for less than $300 million, which is about the going rate for a major summer superhero flick these days.

While it's not quite as colossal on these shores as Resident EvilMonster Hunter is a huge deal in Japan. Since its inception in 2004, the action RPG series has spawned no fewer than five spin-offs across a range of platforms, and numerous spin-offs, which range from quick-fix smartphone games to the MMORPG, Monster Hunter Frontier Online.

Here's everything we know about the Monster Hunter movie:

Monster Hunter Release Date

No release date has been set for the Monster Hunter movie. We'll update this piece when we hear official word from Screen Gems. 

Monster Hunter Movie Story

The Monster Hunter movie "tells the story of two heroes who come from different worlds to defeat a shared danger, the powerful, deadly and magnificent monsters that inhabit the land. Along the way, viewers will make new discoveries and encounter familiar faces and beloved characters from the games like the Admiral," according to the official synopsis from the publisher.

Further Reading: Resident Evil Movie Reboot Details

Monster Hunter Cast

The Monster Hunter movie stars Milla Jovovich - the Resident Evil actress who also happens to be Anderson's wife. She plays Captain Natalie Artemis, a ranger and monster hunter, according to Jovovich, who posted a picture of herself in more traditional Monster Hunter armor:

The cast also includes Tony Jaa (Furious 7), Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. (Ant-Man), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Meagan Good (Venom). 

We also have our first look at Diego Boneta (Before I Fall) in the movie:

Further Reading: Monster Hunter World Is the Best-selling Capcom Game Ever

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Blac Chyna Slammed for Selling Skin-Whitening Bleach Cream

Blac Chyna has made it very clear that she doesn't feel that she's getting enough money from Rob Kardashian.

So she is now endorsing a line of skin-bleaching creams, which she plans to promote in person in Nigeria.

Twitter is positively livid that she could stoop so low.

Blac Chyna Sells Skin-Whitening Bleach Cream

The product that she is hawking is "Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream."

That's quite a mouthful. And also problematic as hell.

Each and every cream cream jar features a Swarovski crystal stud design.

Those simple jars sell for $250 each.

And Chyna is traveling to promote the products in person in Nigeria.

Blac Chyna and Her Lips

Chyna claims that she has been using Whitenicious dark spot corrector on herself for years.

Her alleged use of this product has been to deal with darker, hyperpigmented areas of her skin.

Now she has her own line of the products to promote for a hefty sum.

Next week, while most of us are finishing up our Thanksgiving leftovers, Chyna will be in Lago.

This is not earning her a lot of love here in the States.

Blac Chyna Curls Up With a Bear

Colorism is basically racism's less famous sibling, but it's just as insidious.

In colorism, even people of color may dismiss or discriminate against members of their own ethnic communities over skin tone.

While European colonizers did not bring colorism to Africa, centuries of racist occupation, oppression, and influence have made things worse.

Now, Chyna is capitalizing -- literally -- on the self-hatred that dark-skinned women may feel towards themselves.

A lot of beauty products seek to exploit the insecurities of consumers.

Skin-bleaching products take that a step further, exploiting racism and colorism to turn a profit.

Blac Chyna, All Made Up

Nigeria already has a problem with people using skin-bleaching, as people both in the US and in Nigeria have pointed out.

"Blac chyna is so gross for this," tweets one outraged Nigerian.

The tweet continues: "She's targeted nigeria because it has one of the highest rates of skin bleaching, so so trash"

Because of this, Chyna's name trended on Twitter on Tuesday as people responded to her new business venture with horror and disgust.

It is understandable that many people would feel that they are being betrayed by a member of their own community.

Blac Chyna Goes Blue

However, some believe that people are wrong to point the finger at Chyna.

"Yall really mad at Blac Chyna for signing a deal that supports skin whitening," begins another tweet.

The post continues: "but ain't mad at the company that signed her(African) or the people who are buying it(also African)."

This person believes that the blame resides elsewhere.

"Chyna isn't the culprit in this," the tweet concludes. "Skin whitening had been a thing in Nigeria for years!"

Blac Chyna Lipgloss Be Poppin'

So, who is right?

The answer is as complicated as the problem, and, as a white man, it's ultimately way out of my lane.

But it seems clear that a sizable and vocal portion of the black community in America and in Nigeria is upset.

They feel like Chyna is exploiting the worst of people's instincts to fill her pockets.

It is also clear that a lot of people were buying this anyway, and that if Chyna didn't have this deal, someone else would.

Chyna is no stranger to controversy, and is probably counting on her payday being worth any backlash.