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Black Panther’s Box Office Offers a Long Overdue Lesson

Black Panther is the biggest solo superhero movie ever, which reconfirms a long overdue lesson about bigotry and biases in the culture.

Feature David Crow
Feb 19, 2018

As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, it’s only February and we may have just seen the biggest movie of the year. It was bold, beautiful, and about a Black Panther, aka Marvel Studios superhero T’Challa—well that, and so much more. The film is only at the very beginning of what is likely to be a historic box office run. After all, it already has the fifth biggest opening of all time with an estimated three-day haul of $201 million, and an expected grand total of $235 million for its four-day holiday weekend. That’s all the more impressive since it’s a project that Marvel Studios delayed by a year to make room for another Spider-Man movie.

Indeed, Black Panther was long expected to be a box office juggernaut, with official industry projections first estimating last month that the film would gross between $100 million and $125 million. (By Friday, analysts had moved the number closer to what I had been personally guessing for months: $175 million). The demand, and need, for a superhero and larger fantasy mythology that serviced more than a strictly white audience has been obviously there for decades, however it seems everyone had underestimated how large that desire was. Not only did Black Panther blow past the $175 million-mark (which is more than any opening for a movie starring Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man), but it also rocketed beyond every Iron Man, Captain America, and all other Marvel Studios films, excepting for the very first Avengers from 2012 (which opened with more than $207 million).

Otherwise the only films that earned more in their opening weekend while unadjusted for inflation are two franchises swimming in Member Berries nostalgia: Disney’s two episodic Star Wars movies and Jurassic World. Yet therein lies the true novelty of Black Panther; its success is not predicated on what came before, but what it promises will come next. With $235 million at the North American box office and $371 million in its first worldwide weekend, Black Panther is poised to have a long run in both realms with meager drops. While some adult-oriented science fiction fare like Annihilation could make waves in its own lane next week, the next would-be blockbuster is not for another full two weekends, and even then it is Red Sparrow, an also adult-skewing (as opposed to four-quadrant, all ages adventure) spy thriller that is dripping in chilly and aloof atmosphere. It will be a full three weeks until Disney itself challenges its own movie with Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.

As such, Black Panther has a clear path to challenge the best box office run enjoyed by a modern superhero movie: last year's Wonder Woman. Despite opening at a robust but relatively less shocking $103.3 million (the then-42nd biggest opening ever for those counting), the Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins team-up proved to be lightning in a bottle for audiences also starved for an A-list epic that depicted femininity as a virtue instead of an accessory. That film went on to have a 3.94x multiplier (which means it nearly quadrupled its opening weekend at the North American box office). That kind of reception is unheard of in our modern, oversaturated, and franchised cinema, especially in the heat of summer where Wonder Woman had to compete with a weekly onslaught of aggressive new competition like Cars 3, Transformers 5, and Marvel’s very own Spider-Man: Homecoming. Yet Wonder Woman had the leggiest box office run for a superhero movie since Spider-Man broke records and turned heads toward the genre in 2002 (and even then, the web-head’s multiplier was 3.67x).

Unlike Wonder Woman, however, Black Panther has an “A+” CinemaScore (the first awarded to a superhero movie since 2012’s The Avengers; Wonder Woman had an “A”) and faces relatively meager competition for the next three weeks. There is no reason not to expect it to have a similarly monstrous box office run. This is critical, because the achievements made by Ryan Coogler and his team on Panther, like Jenkins and her own last year, both represents a paradigm shift and an overdue concession to let our fantasies reflect the real-life diversity and multiculturalism that drives the world in the 21st century.

Even Marvel Studios, who produced the surprisingly subversive and brilliant Coogler film, which tackled issues unique to African American life, has previously been AWOL on representation. In 2015, following the Wikileaks of hacked emails between Sony and Marvel chief executives, it was learned that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter did not believe “female movies” could be financially successful. Rather the notoriously conservative company head implied that the failure of B-movies starring comic book superheroines indicated that all female-led tentpoles were destined to end in “disaster.”

It should be noted that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige eventually went to Disney CEO Bob Iger (who is above Perlmutter) to cut the Marvel chief out of the decision-making process of Marvel Studios films in 2015. But even then, following an agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony to put Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both Black Panther and Captain Marvel (the first Marvel movie to star a woman hero, in this case Oscar winner Brie Larson) were delayed by a year. Captain Marvel comes out in 2019 and will be Marvel’s 21st feature.

Wonder Woman had its own quixotic journey to the screen with Patty Jenkins even pitching doing a movie about Princess Diana and the Amazons in 2004 after directing Charlize Theron to an Oscar with Monster. Yet underrepresentation of women and people of color has long continued to be an industry standard, and not merely the biases of one comic book company executive.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s conscious choice to emphasize diversity in the Star Wars Universe led to the most popular film franchise of all-time rebooting for a new generation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, then unknowns, as the leads. Since then all of Disney/Lucasfilm’s thus far released Star Wars films have starred women in the central role. And each has been met with a growing cacophony of derision and anger from the “men’s right activists,” and the like, who verbalized the unspoken industry-wide skepticism held by many a studio exec. Even in the face of successful action films over the decades like Training Day, Man on Fire, or Coogler and Michael B. Jordan’s own previous film, Creed—or woman-led action franchises like The Hunger Games and Kill Bill—internet trolls mewled that Star Wars (and presumably the larger pop culture landscape) “belongs to whites.”

No, Star Wars does not, nor do superhero movies, and never will the future. Period. Black Panther is a wonderful achievement in cinema and pop culture, but it is also a reminder of what should be obvious, as well as a vision of the future to come. One that will be in many varieties.

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The Looming Tower Review (Spoiler-Free)

Hulu’s new limited series about the events leading up to 9/11 is entertaining at times but feels inessential and familiar.

The FBI could really use a win right now.

FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017. Deputy Director Andre McCabe resigned/was pushed out in January for the crime of…not wanting to obstruct justice, I guess? The department tis he subject of a House GOP memo that accuses them of political bias. They’re a favorite punching bag of the President and his conservative media apparatus. Even liberals who find themselves in the unenviable position of defending of FBI can’t quite do it without an obligatory “I’m no fan of the FBI but…”

It’s a dark time for J. Edgar’s boys and into those dark times enters Hulu’s The Looming Tower. The Looming Tower is based on a Pultizer Prize-winning book of the same name by Lawrence Wright. It details the events leading up to 9/11 and how internal CIA and FBI squabbling made the U.S. government unable to prevent the World Trade Center attacks.

On its surface that description doesn’t sound like it would be the manna from heaven that the FBI currently needs. If nothing else, however, the show posits “yeah the FBI dropped the ball on this, but at least they weren’t as bad as those dicks at the CIA.”

Jeff Daniels stars as real-life former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI John O’Neill. Don’t Google him if you are spoiler-phobic. O’Neill runs the FBI like a Sorkin-esque hero. He’s hard-drinking, hard-living and ends phone calls with his friends by saying “fuck you too,” but damn it, he gets the job done.

Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard) is his counterpart at the CIA. Schmidt is callous, cruel, and entirely unwilling to share information with O’Neill and the FBI. Throughout the first three episodes screened of The Looming Tower, Schmidt and O’Neill engage is various different espionage games throughout the Middle East and West Africa, trying to track down and destroy Al Qaeda, and failing miserably due to their inability to cooperate.

Part of the problem with The Looming Tower is it feels like propaganda. The FBI presented in the first three episodes is imperfect, yet noble. O’Neill has a curious personal life and his temper gets the best of him often. Still, he’s competent and willing to listen to and rely upon his subordinates.

Conversely, Schmidt and many of his cohorts at the CIA are just flagrant, useless assholes. Schmidt claims he doesn’t want to share information with the FBI due to their butcher-like approach to espionage and diplomacy, yet never turns down an opportunity to beg Counter-terrorism Director Richard Clarke (an always welcome Michael Stuhlbarg) to carpet bomb virtually any inch of the Middle East that Osama bin Laden ever so much as took a shit in.

The Looming Tower makes what side it has chosen obvious too early on. Among the first scenes of the show is a flash-forward to 2004 where an FBI employee lays all the blame at the foot of the CIA for 9/11. In a later episode, a CIA employee will all but pick up and accept that blame as dickishly as possible at the same commission.

Granted, maybe The Looming Tower is right! Maybe Martin Schmidt (who appears not to be a real person but rather a composite of individuals at the CIA) was a cartoonish, incompetent villain. I haven’t the political savvy or knowledge base to know. The problem is that even if The Looming Tower is telling the truth, it doesn’t feel like it and that’s a breakdown in storytelling and character building - regardless of what the reality of events may have been.

This is first and foremost a storytelling venture. Learning, enlightening, and maybe even propagandizing are secondary goals. The Looming Tower’s exaggerated and unbelievable depiction of CIA mustache-twirling deeds is too unbelievable to accomplish its main storytelling goal.

And yes, I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence about the folks behind MK Ultra either.

Another issue with The Looming Tower is the Sorkin-ness of it all. Most characters are uncommonly, screenwriter-ingly clever. Jeff Daniels appears to be playing a close cousin to The Newsroom’s Will McCoy. All of the women, regardless or age or job status are stunningly beautiful and are absolutely sexually ravenous for balding men in their 50s and 60s.

Ironically, however, that hint of Sorkin is one of the show’s strengths too. The cast is mostly excellent and appealing. Daniels’ character may have some tacked on obvious character issues and sound like Will McAvoy but at the end of the day he’s still possesses all the natural charm and appeal of Jeff Daniels.

Bill Camp (who was excellent in The Night Of) is gifted a perfectly sized supporting role as FBI analyst Bob. Camp is captivating and enjoyable every minute he’s onscreen. He’s an actor more than up for any level of dialogue, realistic, fast-paced or otherwise and he easily spackels over many of the show’s issues.

The standout though is undoubtedly is Tahar Rahim (of the Oscar-nominated French film A Prophet) as Ali Soufan. Soufan is a real life FBI agent, who was a prime source for the book and is likely the progenitor of much of its pro-FBI sentiment. As a character he’s the perfect introduction to this world - a young, Beirut-born agent with a fascinating perspective into the world of Islamic terrorism. The show wisely uses him as an entrance point into its world and the story’s de facto lead character.

Scenes in which Soufan is able to just operate as a Muslim-American Jack Bauer figure overseas are easily the best moments the show has to offer.

Ultimately, The Looming Tower is easy enough to watch. Episodes are well-paced and carry an appropriate balance of back-room governmental meetings and counter-terrorism operations in the field. Too much of it, however, is couched in a “difficult men” Sorkin-esque TV era that we’ve seen more than enough of. And beyond that, it also comes across as the FBI’s last hope to win back the hearts and minds of America.

To that I say “I’m no fan of the FBI but…”

3/5
Review Alec Bojalad
Feb 19, 2018

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Here are 39 movies coming in 2018 worth marking down on your calendar.

The Lists David Crow Don Kaye Kayti Burt
Feb 19, 2018

The New Year is here. At last. As we've waved goodbye to the turbulent (and less than perfect) 2017, we also wave in a new era and new possibilities. And those incoming opportunities extend to the movie house too. Indeed, 2018 is shaping up to be a formidable year for moviegoing, one with a near endless array of celluloid and digital worlds to traverse. 

For that very reason, we have assembled what at this early date look like the must see see movies from the incoming year of 2018. As the months pass, we will update this list accordingly, but in the meantime here are the dates that you may want to mark down on the calendar!

Paddington 2

January 12

Our review:

Paddington 2 is a feel-good masterpiece, a cinematic salve for the prejudice of our times. Vibrant and kind, it imagines a better world for all of us. It is a movie where the main character’s "superpower" isn't the ability to fly or jump a building in a single bound, but rather an earnestness and empathy that makes everyone around Paddington more earnest and empathetic too.

Black Panther

February 16

Our review:

Black Panther is unlike almost all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that have come before it. Director/writer Ryan Coogler (Creed) and co-writer Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story) have found just the right sweet spot to tell a story that is deeply Afro-centric and affirmatively political in its themes and concerns, while dressing it in some of the familiar Marvel superhero pyrotechnics and adding a dash of James Bond espionage thriller. In other words, they’ve made a movie that speaks to a segment of the populace who have long awaited a mainstream film that addresses them directly, yet in no way does Black Panther alienate anyone else--this is still a comic book adventure for everyone.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and the initial Twitter responses hailing it as a “masterpiece” go way overboard (something I have a gripe with these days about a lot of movies, not just this one) Coogler is still growing as a filmmaker and Black Panther exhibits some of those growing pains. But it also shows just how much command and confidence he does have at the helm of his third and biggest feature to date, and he’s helped himself by assembling one of the finest acting lineups ever recruited for a Marvel movie--or any genre outing, for that matter.

Annihilation

February 23

Alex Garland continues to cultivate his reputation as one of the most exciting (and challenging) voices in modern science fiction cinema. Having previously written screenplays for cult classics like 28 Days Later and Dredd, Garland’s Ex Machina is arguably the definitive film about artificial intelligence (and killer robots) of the 21st century. And that was only his directorial debut.

With the follow-up, he adapts Jeff VanderMeer’s novel about a biologist (Natalie Portman) who embarks on a mysterious expedition into an environmental disaster zone. She is in search of her husband who apparently disappeared under vague circumstances on the site, but finds something presumably much more insidious in an expedition team that includes turns by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Garland mainstay Oscar Isaac… who plays the missing hubby.

Mute

February 23

And Alexander Skarsgard and Netflix are teaming again for another project from a director always worth keeping an eye on: Duncan Jones. Sure, 2016’s Warcraft left more than a little to be desired, however Jones is also the director of Moon and Source Code, and thus likely in his element with a slightly smaller canvas with wonderful actors in the lead. In the case of Mute, this means Skarsgard starring as a mute bartender in a futuristic (and dystopian) city crawling with gangsters. After the love of his life vanishes, Skarsgard’s Leo will go against the worst of the underworld to find his own salvation.

Jones and science fiction? We’re sold.

Red Sparrow

March 2

Our review:

There once was a time when spies on film meant more than tuxedoes or spandex, and the “action” (as it was) radiated from paranoia instead of pyrotechnics. Despite its vague similarities to other recent chic skullduggery on the screen, Red Sparrow ambitiously pushes for a return to that kind of patient simmer—at least until it adds the occasionally bold ingredient of blunt force gore and sex.

Indeed, death and desire are longtime staples of the spy movie, but likely pitched both to publishers and studios as the femme fatale’s perspective, Jason Matthews’ novel and the glossy Hollywood version starring Jennifer Lawrence that followed attempt to deconstruct and humanize what CIA vets euphemistically call “honeypots.” In Russia they’re apparently called Sparrows, at least per this film, and there is nothing glamorous about being the woman sharing martinis and murder at the hotel bar. A movie retro in its global politics, but modern in its gender roles, Red Sparrow is nothing else if not audacious for a star vehicle.

A Wrinkle in Time

March 9

Ava DuVernay instantly proved herself to be an A-list director to always watch with Selma, and only increased that status when she passed on working with Marvel Studios to make the searing documentary 13th for Netflix. So that she is now committing to a tentpole studio picture makes it all the more curious.

With A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay adapts the beloved Madeleine L’Engle novel of the same name. A childhood fantasy involving inter-dimensional travel and wormholes before Christopher Nolan made that science-y, A Wrinkle in Time follows three children, led by young Meg (Storm Reid) on a journey through time and space to find the girl’s missing scientist father (Chris Pine). The movie also has quasi-supernatural beings played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, and Oprah Winfrey. Of course, Oprah Winfrey!

Tomb Raider

March 16

Video game movies are almost always a dicey proposition. Every time we feel ourselves opening our hearts to the prospect, we get burned. Nevertheless, it seems like there is reason to hope for Tomb Raider, not least of all because it stars the newly minted Oscar winner Alicia Vikander. Fresh off winning awards gold, Vikander has given her full commitment to the role of Lara Croft in a movie that looks like it is trying to earnestly adapt the 21st century gaming reboot entry of the same name.

In a film that also includes Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Nick Frost, we’re daring to let ourselves hope again. So maybe this time, we’ll be lucky?

Isle of Dogs

March 23

Wes Anderson really loves dogs. Don’t believe us? Say the words “Isle of Dogs” at double-time speed. 

As the first stop-motion animated film from the singular Anderson since Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs combines his love for the cute and canine with Japanese story structure. Set in a future where dogs are exiled from the Island of Japan by a national decree, these furry and fuzzy friends help a boy find his own lost pet with the driest sense of detachment. With vocal talents like Bill Murray Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum, and Scarlett Johansson aboard, we’re already howling about this one.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

March 23

Okay, okay, okay. Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim wasn’t exactly the highest form of art, but the giant robots vs. kaiju movie made enough eight-year-olds (or inner-eight-year-olds) happy to earn a sequel.

And Pacific Rim: Uprising has some new blood that could dig a little deeper into the premise. After all, writer-director Steven S. DeKnight is all about melodramatic character work (see Spartacus: Blood and Sand or the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil for more). And with John Boyega aboard, we’re game for a second round of kaiju fight night.

Ready Player One

March 30

Director Steven Spielberg hasn’t really taken a stab at a crowd pleaser in a long time. He has of course made some great movies in recent years like LincolnBridge of Spies, and The Post but not since the disappointment of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has he attempted to make the big kind of mass entertainment he was once synonymous with. Until now.

Ready Player One adapts the beloved book of the same name by Ernest Cline. A story dripping with ‘80s nostalgia, it would make sense that the helmer and/or producer of the most iconic ‘80s blockbusters (E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Poltergeist) would tackle this beloved book. It’s an intentional reworking of Willy Wonka for the next generation where in a dystopian future, a boy living in a garbage heap (Tye Sheridan) will compete in virtual reality to discover the hidden secret of a dead inventor’s mystery box prize… one that will grant the right ‘80s nostalgia enthusiast the keys to his VR kingdom. Expect ‘80s easter eggs galore.

Rampage 

April 20

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson must really like video games since he currently is appearing in a fictional one (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and has this would-be blockbuster based on the 1986 (!) Midway Games arcade favorite on tap for the spring. The 30-year-old game has been through numerous iterations since its relatively primitive origins, but the premise of giant monster animals wrecking cities is almost stupefyingly simple—in other words, perfect for Johnson, a living, breathing high-concept himself.

The last version of the game was released 11 years ago, so it’s hard to say whether this will register on the cultural radar, but the trailer does look like it could be (ahem) monstrous fun. 

Avengers: Infinity War

May 4

This is it: part one of the grand culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everyone—and we mean everyone—is in this movie, from the Avengers to Doctor Strange to Spider-Man to the Guardians of the Galaxy, all in battle against the reality-shattering big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his minions. The Russo Brothers direct their third Marvel movie following the last two Captain America entries, with screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus back on duty as well (all are also returning for the untitled Avengers 4 in 2019).

Two things will make this a colossal smash: giving the dozens of characters all something interesting to do, and making the stakes equal at last to the build-up that has surrounded this massive endgame. If Marvel can do this—while bending the course of the MCU in a whole new direction—the studio will be in unprecedented territory.


Deadpool 2

May 18

This one sells itself, and in fact already has begun doing just that with a string of viral videos and one cleverly anarchic teaser trailer. The first Deadpool was a lot of fun but doesn’t hold up as a particularly strong movie overall (it’s basically four scenes held together with a lot of jokes), so there’s room for improvement. But hell, do we really need to worry about that when you’ve got Ryan Reynolds returning to his now-signature role and Josh freakin’ Brolin suiting up as the legendary Cable?

John Wick co-director David Leitch takes over from Tim Miller behind the camera, so expect the bone-smashing action to ramp up as well as the raunchy humor and general out-of-control tone.

Solo: A Star Wars Story 

May 25

The second standalone Star Wars movie is also the second straight prequel, as a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) embarks on a string of adventures with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) that also bring him into contact with future frenemy Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke are also along for the jump to light speed as Han’s mentor and an undisclosed female lead, respectively.

As with all the recent Star Wars films (except The Last Jedi), this one comes with a healthy load of baggage: directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were dismissed some four months into principal photography after the Lucasfilm brain trust did not like what it was seeing, with Ron Howard brought on board to reshoot a large portion of the movie. But hey, a lot of Rogue One (and even a percentage of The Force Awakens) was reworked too, so hopefully Howard and his terrific cast will pull it together. And maybe, at last, we’ll see the Kessel Run as it happens.

Ocean's 8

June 8

With a cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Dakota Fanning—as well as Damian Lewis, plus Matt Damon and Carl Reiner reprising their roles from the original Ocean’s 11 trilogy—you really would have to work hard to make this go wrong.

Steven Soderbergh’s three Ocean’s films were a lot of fun, if no one’s idea of disciplined, bravura moviemaking, and it stands to reason that director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) can apply the same light approach to this gang of female thieves. Bullock plays Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, so we would not be totally shocked if George Clooney turns up somewhere in this as well.

The Incredibles 2 

June 15

Fourteen years after the original movie rocked our world, the most beloved superhero family around (sorry, Fantastic Four!) is back. Original writer/director Brad Bird and the entire principal cast has returned, with Holly Hunter’s Helen Parr/Elastigirl taking center stage while Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) plays around as a stay-at-home-dad. There’s also a new supervillain in town known as the Underminer (John Ratzenberger).

The Incredibles is one of Pixar’s al-time classics, so the pressure is on for Bird and his actors to capture lightning in a bottle a second time—which can sometimes happen (Toy Story 2) and sometimes not (Finding Dory).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 

June 22

2015’s Jurassic World was entertaining enough because dinosaurs are always fun to some degree. But it was also as dumb as a box of rocks and possessed none of the awe or wonder of the original. Unfortunately, the film’s director and co-writer, Colin Trevorrow, is still listed as a writer on this one, although the director this time is the humanistic J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). Whether that makes a difference and Bayona can instill something fresh into this well-worn franchise remains to be seen.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and B.D. Wong are back, along with Jeff Goldblum, who we last saw as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park: The Lost World 20 years ago. Goldblum’s encore alone gives us a bit of hope… But if all else fails, there are always dinosaurs.

Ant-Man and the Wasp 

July 6

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas are all back, along with director Peyton Reed, for the sequel to one of Marvel’s most improbable success stories. This time out, Scott Lang (Rudd), Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Hank Pym (Douglas) are navigating their way around the authorities as they battle a mysterious villain known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and probe further into the Quantum Realm in search of Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Yes, the film will give us the long-awaited debut of Lilly in her Wasp regalia, but hopefully it will also provide the charm, fun, and general weirdness that made the first movie such a pleasant and nimble surprise as well. 

The Nun

July 13

The James Wan Conjuring universe expands yet again, this time with an entire movie based around the spectral nun glimpsed in The Conjuring 2. A period piece set in 1952, the film is being directed by Corin Hardy, who made his debut in 2015 with the eerie and bleak The Hallow.

The other Conjuring spinoffs—namely the two Annabelle movies—have varied in quality, so it remains to be seen whether Wan and his stable of filmmakers can turn this into an authentic shared universe (whoever is still sitting in the Dark Universe offices must be feeling pangs of jealousy, however). When it comes to horror, we never count Wan out (even as he himself is toiling on Aquaman), so hopefully we can give The Nun our blessing next summer. 

Alita: Battle Angel

July 20

James Cameron has had Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga in development as a film since 2000, with Cameron himself gung-ho to direct for a while. He long ago abandoned that idea as Avatar took over his life, but stuck resolutely with the property. Cameron is still listed as a producer on the upcoming film, with Robert Rodriguez in the director’s chair and Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) landing the role of Alita (the rest of the cast includes Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Ed Skrein).

Manga has been notoriously hard to translate into American mainstream films (see the recent Ghost in the Shell as an example), and while we are interested to see how Alita is brought to life by Cameron’s formidable effects wizards, this one has a big question mark slapped on it.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout 

July 27

Tom Cruise needs a hit, badly, after the unmitigated disaster that was The Mummy (his previous picture, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was a dud too), so it makes sense that the latest entry in his one steady cash cow franchise would be next on his to-do list. The series hit a high-point with its fourth installment, 2011’s Mission: Impossible IV - Ghost Protocol, and kind of coasted with 2015’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, so even this well-worn series needs something to give it a jolt.

The movie brings back Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson, as well as Michelle Monaghan as Cruise’s wife, while Henry Cavill will make his debut with the franchise. Will it bring back Cruise’s sagging box office? That may be the most difficult mission of all.

The Predator

August 3

When Shane Black appeared in a small role in the original Predator 30 years ago, little did the director of Iron Man 3 know that he’d one day be asked to reboot the entire film franchise. Well, that time has come, but all we know about The Predator is that it takes place sometime in between Predator 2 and the underrated Predators, and that it stars Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Jane.

From this director, expect lots of weird humor and male bonding, in addition to gutcrunching violence and lots of Predator action. We’re putting our money on Black with this one.

The Happytime Murders

August 17

This looks like an odd one: directed by Brian Henson, The Happytime Murders takes place in a world where puppets and humans co-exist and puppets are second-class citizens—with one, a detective, hot on the trail of a killer who is knocking off the cast members from a famous 1980s TV series until he is implicated in the murders himself. Think something like Who Killed Roger Rabbit?, except with little wooden figures instead of animated beings.

The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks. This could be cult classic in the making… or not.

Venom

October 5

In general, we think origin story movies based around bad guys is a lousy idea—most villains are effective not as the central character but as the agent of chaos throwing rocks at the story’s protagonist. We can’t say that the Venom movie has made us change our tune, especially since it’s based on one of Spider-Man’s least empathetic rogues and it’s from the same “brain trust” (producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach) that attempted and failed to launch a “Spider-verse” with the two Amazing Spider-Man movies.

But Venom has a terrific cast that includes Tom Hardy—who makes almost anything better—Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate, and we can’t help but be intrigued by seeing Hardy in the ultimate Jekyll-and-Hyde role.

A Star is Born 

October 5

This is the fourth version of this venerable story—following films in 1937, 1954, and 1976—but this one has had an especially long and tortured path to the screen. Back in 2011, it was announced that Clint Eastwood was going to direct Beyonce in the movie, but that eventually morphed into Lady Gaga taking the pivotal role of rising star Ally alongside Bradley Cooper, who is now making his directorial debut on the film.

The rest of the cast includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. Can Lady Gaga (who is being billed under her real name, Stefani Germanotta) prove herself to be a real actor? Can Bradley Cooper show he’s got what it takes as a director? The movie’s title may be more meaningful than we think.

Bad Times at the El Royale

October 5

Drew Goddard has been on top of the writing and directing game for a while now thanks to movies and shows like The Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield, The Martian, and Daredevil, so we’re always interested to see what he has up his sleeve next. Before plunging into X-Force, he’s writing and directing this film set in the 1960s in a dilapidated hotel in the Lake Tahoe region.

We don’t know much about the plot, but the movie stars Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges as two characters whose “shady agendas will violently collide.” The combination of those two stars, that bit of story, and Goddard amps up our curiosity as well. 

First Man

October 12

Oscar winning director Damien Chazelle leaves behind the musical backdrop of Whiplash and La La Land to tell the story of Neil Armstrong, the first human being to walk on the Moon. Chazelle has reteamed with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling for the film, which will take place over an eight-year span and recount NASA’s efforts to make history, along with Armstrong’s role in that.

We could probably use something hopeful and inspiring these days, and Chazelle’s kinetic directing style combined with Gosling’s quiet strength bode well for what could be the next American epic about space.

Halloween

October 19

Third time's the charm, right? Indeed, Halloween circa 2018 will mark the third time someone has attempted to reboot--softly or strongly--John Carpenter's 1978 classic from 30 years ago. In 1998, we got H20: 20 Years Later, which like the title suggests followed the hijinks of Michael Myers chasing his now adult, baby sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in a sequel that ignored much that came between it and the '78 classic. Soon afterward came a remake in 2007 that was directed by Rob Zombie.

Now in 2018, we get yet another film that ignores Zombie's remake and seemingly H20 and everything else, with Jamie Lee Curtis again being terrorized by the Man in the Bill Shatner Mask. So why are we optimistic? Mostly because David Gordon Green (The Pineapple Express, Snow Angels) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. What the hell, let them take another stab at it!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette 

October 19

Richard Linklater directs a comedy/drama starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Laurence Fishburne. That’s reason enough to show up, right? The film is based on a novel about a woman (Blanchett) who disappears shortly before she is due to visit Antarctica with her husband and daughter, with all the ramifications that follow.

Linklater has been on a roll for the past six years or so—BernieBoyhoodBefore Midnight, Everybody Wants Some!!, and Last Flag Flying have all been solid films—so there’s no reason to think he won’t continue the hot streak with this one.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

November 2

The Fox X-Men Universe takes its second crack (after the failed version in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand) at telling this classic Chris Claremont story, one of the most revered in X-Men and comic book history. Jean Grey (Sophie Tucker) experiences an exponential growth in her powers, turning her into a being capable of wreaking mass destruction on a cosmic scale. Do the X-Men sacrifice their friend to save the universe from her? And why is an alien empire known as the Shi’ar intent on doing the job first?

Although the studio should make sure it doesn’t screw up this story again, it’s placed longtime X-Men producer/writer Simon Kinberg behind the camera for the first time, always a risky proposition. Most of the current cast is on hand—including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult—with the addition of Jessica Chastain in an undisclosed role. We truly hope they get this tale right, especially after the disappointing X-Men: Apocalypse.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

November 16

The saga of Harry Potter prequels continues with this Fantastic Beasts sequel. When its predecessor dropped in 2016, screenwriter and literary giant J.K. Rowling felt like she was sincerely grappling with a fear of creeping rightward nationalism and fascism. In the time since that movie came out, the world has caught up (or fallen back with?) Rowling’s early 20th century terrors. Which makes a movie about Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), Rowling’s clear stand-in for Adolf Hitler, all the more ominous.

The movie will also feature the return of fan favorites like Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Dan Folger as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie, and Katherine Waterston as Tina. Plus, Jude Law is making his grand debut as a young Dumbledore. So there should be plenty of magic of the fantastic variety too.

Widows

November 16

Director Steve McQueen has not made a full feature since his devastating Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. But the Shame auteur is finally returning to movie houses with a film from screenwriter Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) that sounds like it will continue McQueen’s fascination with the cinematic lyricism of pain.

Cast already in the shadow of grief, the movie focuses on four eponymous widows (Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki) who deal with the deaths of their thieving husbands after they’re killed on the job. But instead of planning just a funeral, these women plan to write a better future by finishing the heist. Now that’s what we’d call a helluva wake.

Aquaman

December 21

The DC Extended Universe had a bipolar year in 2017. While Wonder Woman is widely considered one of the best superhero movies ever made, that Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot slam dunk was followed up by the less than successful Justice League. But you live, you learn, and then you try again. And by the looks of things, Aquaman may have just carefully studied the lessons of that doubleheader, as the Jason Momoa underwater vehicle appears to be as much its own standalone beast as Wonder Woman was removed from Batman v Superman.

Directed by reliable crowd pleaser James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw, Furious 7), Aquaman may prove it’s better down where it’s wetter, under the sea. Hopefully Amber Heard also gets something to do this time, and maybe Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson too while we’re at it!

Holmes and Watson

December 21

While throwing a Will Ferrell comedy in here is always a risk, the fact that he is reteaming with John C. Reilly for this gonzo adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes legend is simply too irresistible. For in an era where everyone and their broadcasting mother has a copyright-free Sherlock Holmes television series or movie franchise making the rounds, here is one that really reinvents the wheel: what if Holmes (Ferrell) was an idiot taking all the credit for his fair Watson (Reilly)?

Honestly, after Step Brothers we couldn’t avoid this movie, even if we wanted to.

Bohemian Rhapsody

December 25

Freddie Mercury had a once in a generation voice that electrified the world. The front man and vocal powerhouse behind Queen, Mercury’s high register still echoes on in pop culture, making any film attempting to explore his life immediately interesting.

Bryan Singer's sudden departure from the film, as well as seeing how Mr. Robot star Rami Malek reaches for the high note, makes this one to keep an eye on.

Mary Poppins Returns

December 25

Recasting belated sequels to beloved classics is tough business. But it’s also the day-to-day trade of Disney, which will absolutely take extra care in continuing the narrative of Walt Disney’s favorite film. Starring Emily Blunt as the enchanted nanny, Mary Poppins Returns finds the umbrella enthusiast revisiting the Banks children after they’re adults, and Michael (Ben Whishaw) is dealing with a personal tragedy while raising three young children of his own.

In this overcast sky, Mary will shine a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious light on the family, brightening their lives in Depression era London with a little help from her friends, including Meryl Streep as Topsy and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack.

Untitled Dick Cheney Movie

TBA 2018

Christian Bale is playing Dick Cheney. Let me reiterate that: Christian “I’m Batman” Bale is playing the bald, sizable civil rights-ignoring vice president who defended torture. Oh, and it’s directed by Adam McKay, the Anchorman helmer who also led Bale to an Oscar nomination in 2015’s The Big Short.

Promising to be the antithesis of standard biopic boilerplate, this combo is irresistible. As is the casting of Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife, Lynne, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush.

The Irishman

TBA 2018

We’ve truly entered a brave new world when Martin Scorsese agrees to release his next film via Netflix. Yet here we are, and obviously The Irishman is one of the most exciting projects of 2018 by that fact alone. However, this isn’t just any type of Scorsese movie: it’s a crime movie with his long lost collaborator Robert De Niro. The chickens are coming home to roost and in it, and they might even find Jimmy Hoffa in a tin can, because the movie tells the supposedly true story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hitman for the mob who claims to have been the one to punch famous teamstes’s ticket. Oh, and Hoffa is played by Al Pacino in his first Scorsese movie ever.

If you still need to be convinced, the cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Jack Huston, and a few folks you might’ve heard about: Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci. If the news was any better, you might accuse me of being a funny guy.

Hold the Dark

TBA 2018

Speaking of Netflix and capped feathers, director Jeremy Saulner is also making his next feature with the streaming giant. Saulner is well known in genre circles for helming Blue Ruin and Green Room, and his latest film promises to push just as many buttons.

Hold the Dark redraws the familiar tension of a ticking clock of missing children while adding a stark addition: the wilderness. The tale of a wolf tracker (Alexander Skarsgard) searching for a young child missing in the most remote areas of Alaska, we’re intrigued to see the streaming service continuing to build its film division.

Tom Hanks Loads Up on Girl Scout Cookies

Tom Hanks couldn't help himself -- like most of us this time of year, he caved when the Girl Scouts hit him up to buy some cookies, and he's clearly got a fave. We got these pics of Tom going on a cookie spree Monday in Brentwood. You know the kids…

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The Den of Geek Podcast: Black Panther, Firefly, Fortnite, and More

In the February 2018 early edition of The Den of Geek Podcast, our hosts discuss the latest entertainment news from the site.

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Michael Ahr Dave Vitagliano
Feb 19, 2018

February has been a busy news month in entertainment, and the new Den of Geek podcast is a quick way to get the latest highlights from the site in audio form. The hosts pull some of the more discussable topics from the recent goings-on in movies, television, comics, and gaming to add their own commentary while directing listeners to where they can read more about the entertainment news they discuss.

This month’s discussion begins with an obvious choice: Black Panther. With the movie taking audiences and the box office by storm, listeners should know there was another villain that director Ryan Coogler had his eyes on. And fans of the cult hit Firefly can hear more about the planned tie-in novels; the topics for the planned trilogy will thrill Browncoats everywhere. Plus, we share some favorite moments from Showtime’s Eric Clapton documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.

The hosts also tackle the recent casting news for Netflix’s comic book adaptation of The Umbrella Academy and how the unusual superteam contains some bizarre powers that should please viewers. Then, there’s discussion of the various incarnations of V which has a planned movie adaptation coming from the miniseries’ original creator. And finally, the recent record-breaking weekend of concurrent users for the battle royale game, Fortnite, is analyzed further.

The Den of Geek Podcast will be coming to you twice a month to take the latest entertainment news to the next level and to give listeners a different way to find their favorite stories on Den of Geek. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, or your app of choice! Or simply listen below!

Alien: Just How Intelligent is the Title Monster?

It remains one of the most beautifully disturbing creature designs in cinema history. But how smart is H.R. Giger's Alien nightmare?

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Feb 19, 2018

There are many reasons why Alien and Aliens are such unforgettable films: the dark underlying themes, the quality of the acting, the sheer artistry evident in their design and composition.

But one of the reasons why these aging films remain so compelling is because they imply as much as they show: 1979’s Alien may be infamous for its graphic birth sequence, but it raises so many questions that, at present, remain unanswered. How long had the crashed alien ship sat undiscovered on LV-426, as the planet later became known? What were all those eggs doing in its belly? And foremost, just how intelligent is the creature we see emerge from John Hurt’s torso? Ridley Scott may be busy rootling around in the early years of the Alien universe with Prometheus and last year's Alien: Covenant, but those deeper mysteries remain largely untouched.

In Alien Vault, the excellent account of the first film’s creation by Ian Nathan, the nature of the creature is briefly discussed by its creators. “It’s never been subject to its own culture,” said screenwriter Dan O’Bannon. “It’s never been subject to anything except a few hours in the hold of the ship. Quite literally, it doesn’t have an education. The alien is not only savage, it is also ignorant.”

Savage and ignorant the alien may be, it also shows cunning and resourcefulness throughout both Ridley Scott’s film and James Cameron’s sequel. In Alien, the creature uses the ship’s darkness and hiding spaces to its own advantage, turning a tatty old mining vessel into a hunting ground – abilities you’d expect from a natural, highly-evolved predator. But late on in the film, the alien begins to do things you wouldn’t expect of a mere animal.

Realizing that any attempt to fight the alien conventionally would be useless, Ripley destroys the Nostromo and escapes in the Narcissus. What Ripley doesn’t realize, of course, is that the alien has secreted itself aboard the lifeboat. The alien’s presence here begs the question raised in Alien Vault: how did it know the Nostromo was set to self-destruct? Did it hear the warning sirens, and deduce what was about to happen next, or did it merely follow Ripley’s scent, like a bloodhound, into the relative quiet of the Narcissus? 

In Aliens, the xenomorphs appear to be more cunning than ever, raising more questions about how intelligent they may be. Before the colonial marines head into the alien nest for their first encounter, Ripley points out that the creatures' lair is located right beneath a reactor, meaning any stray gunfire could destroy them as well as the aliens. As Yaphet Kotto’s character Parker put it in Alien, “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don't dare kill it.” Did the aliens choose this spot for their nest as a tactical advantage, or was it merely the coziest spot in the base?

There are openly-described parallels between the aliens’ hierarchy and that of a colony of ants or bees: the soldiers protecting the egg-laying Queen is but one. Yet the aliens repeatedly demonstrate an intelligence and cunning that is far beyond that of an earthly insect. When their path to the marines’ refuge is blocked by sentry cannon (a scene lopped out of the theatrical cut), they find an alternate route via a crawlspace above a suspended ceiling. At around the same time, they find a way to plunge the base into darkness (“What do you mean they cut the power? They’re animals,” says a horrified Hudson).

Later, Ripley even threatens to torch the alien Queen’s eggs if the latter doesn’t restrain her soldiers – a moment of bargaining that probably wouldn't work with mere animals. And echoing the events at the conclusion of Alien, Ripley later discovers that the Queen has snuck aboard the Sulaco, avoiding destruction on LV-426 in an almost identical fashion to her predecessor on the Nostromo decades earlier. To do this, the Queen had to work out how to operate a lift, and then, we're guessing, hide itself away in the landing gear of the dropship piloted by Lance Henriksen's Bishop. 

Not long after Aliens' release in 1986, James Cameron took to the pages of Starlog magazine to respond to readers' criticisms. Here, he describes the alien as a parasitic organism with a rigidly structured caste system (like ants and bees, but also like the Selenites in HG Wells' 1901 novel, First Men in the Moon). But he also briefly discusses the alien's intelligence, and its ability to strategize - that is, its ability to choose which humans to kill and which to snatch away to be used as hosts:

"One admittedly confusing aspect of this creature's behavior (which was unclear as well in Alien) is the fact that sometimes the warrior will capture prey for a host, and other times, simply kill it. For example, Ferro the dropship pilot is killed outright while Newt, and previously most of the colony members, were only captured and cocooned within the walls to aid in the Aliens' reproduction cycle. If we assume the Aliens have intelligence, at least in the central guiding authority of the Queen, then it is possible that these decisions may have a tactical basis. For example, Ferro was a greater threat, piloting the heavily armed dropship, than she was a desirable host for reproduction. Newt, and most of the colonists, were unarmed and relatively helpless, therefore easily captured for hosting."

Interestingly, the creature in Alien 3 displays more flatly animal characteristics than the ones in Alien and Aliens. This may be because it emerged from a dog or an ox, depending on which cut of the third film you’ve seen (the film makes it plain that the alien takes on some of the characteristics of its host), or it may be simply due to muddled writing, but Alien 3’s monster is far less cunning than its predecessors. It’s led on a lengthy and perplexing chase back and forth along the corridors of the film’s prison colony, and is later lured into a trap involving a gigantic lead mould. We have a feeling the alien Queen wouldn't fall for such a trick. 

In Alien: Resurrection, meanwhile, it’s shown that the aliens can communicate and organize themselves extremely effectively, with one of their number sacrificing itself in order to allow the others to escape.

As I mentioned at the start of this article, it’s the hints of intelligence the alien displays that makes it such a compelling screen monster, particularly in the first two movies. Its ability to always place itself in Ripley’s escape vessel could be put down to simple shock-horror plot writing than any kind of internal logic on the part of the alien, but its omnipresence merely adds to its sense of mystery.

In Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of Alien, the treacherous android Ash gets a lengthier conversation with Ripley and Parker before he’s switched off – Foster was presumably working from an earlier draft of the script when he wrote the book, since it also contains scenes that were never shot due to budgetary constraints on the film itself. At any rate, Ash’s words shed some fascinating light on the nature of the alien’s intelligence.

 “Thousands of years of effort have not enabled man to eradicate other parasites,” Ash says. “He has never before encountered one this advanced. Try to imagine several billion mosquitoes functioning in intelligent consort with one another. Would mankind stand a chance?” 

As an irritated Ripley gets up to unplug Ash, he begs for a final word. “Maybe it truly is intelligent,” he says. “Maybe you should try to communicate with it.”

When Ripley asks whether Ash had attempted to do so himself, the android’s reply is brief and ominous: “Please let my grave hold some secrets.”

This conversation may have pointed to an ending originally considered by Ridley Scott and his crew, but ultimately never used. While Alien was still shooting, Scott managed to secure a bit more money from Fox to shoot some kind of coda - a shock finale which would take place after Ripley's escaped from the exploding Nostromo. One of the potential conclusions would have seen the xenomorph emerge from its hiding place, biting Ripley's head off, and then, with an eerily accurate approximation of Ripley's voice, recording a log entry along the lines of, "This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."

I think we can all agree we dodged a bullet when this idea was abandoned, but it does prove one thing: the makers of Alien were themselves thinking, at least to a degree, about their creature's intelligence. This proposed final scene would have revealed that, as well as being a deadly predator, the xenomorph is capable of rational thought - or, more chillingly still, it's somehow capable of imbibing the intellects of its victims, much like the title creature in John Carpenter's later sci-fi horror masterpiece, The Thing.

The implication might be that the xenomorph is much like we humans in certain respects: it's a creature of its environment as well as its breeding. Given the correct education, the alien might be capable of almost human-like intelligence; the beast may be grotesque, but that doesn't mean there isn't more going on inside that scarily eyeless skull. 

Even in the lesser films of the franchise, the aliens are formidable, terrifying entities, and it’s their cunning, I’d argue, that makes them so disturbing. Even if they were merely eight-foot-tall insects, their absence of eyes, weird motivations and horrible origins make them scary enough. But all that, coupled with their uncanny ability to anticipate their prey’s movements, and even manipulate machinery, truly makes them the stuff of cinematic nightmares.

It seems fitting to end with a quote from Ash, who understood the alien's threat long before the rest of the crew on the ill-fated Nostromo:

"I admire its purity. [It's] a survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality. I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."

The Punisher #221 Review: Surviving by Chance, but Still Coming Out on Top

The Punisher #221
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Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Artist: Guiu Vilanova, Color Artist: Lee Loughridge, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: Clayton Crain, Special Thanks: Mitch Montgomery, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Editor: Jake Thomas, Associate Editor: Mark Basso, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Punisher and his War Machine armor are accidentally recovered by a fishing boat. He is able to remove the powerless armor and has the fisherman return him to the mainland. He ambushes one of Petrov’s patrols and finds an engineer who claims he can fix the War Machine armor. It’s not long after that Nick Fury contacts the Punisher.

The Punisher #221 cover by Clayton Crain
The Punisher #221 cover by Clayton Crain

I’m kind of torn on the concept of Frank only surviving on happenstance at the beginning of this book. On one hand, having your hero survive on pure chance can make them less engaging. However, the Punisher is such a reckless and haphazard character that it kind of follows that he is frankly a benefactor of random chance. Plus, it kind of subverts his hyper-macho “prepared for anything” veneer, though it’s questionable how intentional that would be.

In the end, it doesn’t bother me that much as a plot point.

From there on out, it’s another violent and brutal issue of Punisher. He cuts, shoots, and detonates Petrov’s men. He abuses that engineer needlessly, though you could argue this violent occupier deserved it.

Frank also makes a couple of jokes with Fury, which is a subtle and enjoyable slight humanization of Frankie boy. The two characters play off of each other well. Neither is accustomed to tolerating BS, but Fury also frequently employs BS. This creates a natural tension in the dialogue, making it that much more engaging.

The Punisher #221 art by Guiu Vilanova and Lee Loughridge
The Punisher #221 art by Guiu Vilanova and Lee Loughridge

Guiu Vilanova’s artwork continues the streak of grittiness and shadowing that make his style ideal for a Punisher title. He also gets to play a bit in the finale as Frank tears his way once more through Petrov’s army. On top of that, Lee Loughridge’s color work adds grim and dim layer over all of this, making it look even better.

Punisher #221 is another brutally fun comic in Frank’s saga. He is beaten but gets back up to take vengeance on Petrov’s people. Vilanova and Loughridge bring great art to the book. I recommend this one too. Give it a try.

As an addendum, I was torn on whether or not to cover this book given the Parkland school shooting last week. Cards on the table, talking about this book at all still feels like a lapse of tact. Frank Castle, though I like him, his still a hero-like character who employs arsenals of killing machines to deal with crime and evil. I don’t prescribe to the “good guy with the gun argument.” What I tell myself to justify this review at all is that I’m contributing to the wider cultural conversation about guns and the extent to which we should have the right to be armed, if only on a tiny, tiny, minute and miniscule level. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

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Timeless Season 2 Release Date, News, Story and More

Timeless Season 2 is revving up the Lifeboat! After a dramatic un-cancellation, this sophomore season arrives in March.

News Den of Geek Staff
Feb 19, 2018

NBC went back in time and decided to make Timeless Season 2 happen after all! NBC had canceled the show after ratings failed to impress, but fan and critical acclaim, which seemed ready to buoy the faltering show to a renewal, exploded on social media in response to the cancellation. Despite an underwhelming 4.6 million viewership and 1.1 share average, the fan support for this show became evident on social media as #Timeless trended for hours after the news the show had been canceled.

Delayed viewing did at times bring in 80% or more additional viewers, but with the ownership of Timeless being shared between NBC and Sony, the initial decision to cancel wasn't entirely surprising. Remarks at TCA press tours by network execs, however, had given hope to producers, cast, and viewers alike that Timeless season 2 would happen. After much outcry at the cancellation, however, a deal was quickly hashed out, ensuring the show's return.

Timeless Season 2 Trailer

“Remember when we thought we were done with all of this?” …We see what you did there, Rufus.

A new Timeless Season 2 trailer has arrived, briefly teasing what else is in store for our time-travelling trio besides the long-known World War I premiere visit. Indeed, amongst a quick montage, we see the first footage of a future episode that finds the crew of the Lifeboat immersed in the Salem Witch Trials, put against the portentous foreground imagery of a noose (though I guess that beats getting drowned and/or burned).

Yet, besides another ship-happy teaser scene with Wyatt and Lucy, we also see that Season 2 will force the trio to delve much deeper to discover the history-altering timeline stitches made by the cruel cabal known as Rittenhouse.

Timeless Season 2 Photos

Timeless Season 2 premiere episode “The War to End All Wars” now has loads of preview photos, with NBC officially releasing a sizable set of images via TV Line. – Here are some of the more notable selections.

As we’ve known for quite some time about the show’s highly anticipated return episode, it will see our intrepid trio of Rufus, Lucy and Wyatt once again hopping aboard the Lifeboat, which will put them smack-dab in the middle of a World War I battle, in which a different kind of conflagration – this one against Rittenhouse over the integrity of the timeline – is also being waged.

Timeless Season 2 Release Date

Timeless Season 2 now has a historical date for viewers to mark, with its NBC premiere date on Sunday, March 11 at 10/9c. (Serving as the back end for a three-hour premiere of American Ninja Warrior.)

A September announcement from the writer's room revealed that Timeless Season 2 would begin production in November 2017. After shooting Season 1 in Vancouver, the series moved production for Season 2 back to the States, in Los Angeles, taking advantage of a tax credit that's worth nearly $10 million.

Here's the new official Season 2 synopsis:

From Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), season two of this thrilling action-adventure series will pick up right where we left off with our heroes. We continue to race throughout history with our beloved team: Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), a scientist; Wyatt (Matt Lanter), a soldier; and Lucy (Abigail Spencer), a history professor, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we all know it. This season they’ll find an unlikely ally in their quest to ruin Rittenhouse, a deadly organization with plans to change history and reshape reality — even though Lucy’s family has been a part of Rittenhouse for centuries. Still making every effort not to affect the past themselves, they will visit 1692, 1917, 1941, 1981 and more. We’ll be introduced to the likes of Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr, William Randolph Hearst and a multitude of other influential people throughout history. 

The first image from the new season, arriving via TV Line, shows the time-travelling primary trio of Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Wyatt (Matt Lanter), who are sitting in the time-travelling Lifeboat decked out in what appears to be World War I-era attire. Having successfully evaded cancellation, they are ready to rock history yet again.

With that first look comes plot details. As evidenced from the photo, the Season 2 premiere will see the trio entrenched (likely literally,) in a visit to World War I (which spanned from 1914-1918). In their visit to the global conflict contemporaneously dubbed “The War to End All Wars,” the series will introduce a new recurring character in American soldier Nicholas Keynes, played by Michael Brady (UnREAL, Jane the Virgin, Intelligence). Injured in battle, Keynes encounters Lucy’s mother Carol (Susanna Thompson) – revealed in the Season 1 finale as a high-ranking member of the sinister cabal, Rittenhouse – and off-reservation former Lifeboat pilot Carol (Annie Wersching). However, as the reports implies, Keynes is a “more formidable” force than his injured state might lead one to believe.

Timeless Season 2 Details

Star Matt Lanter posted the following on Instagram, implying that Timeless season 2 production has begun on schedule. Aside from writing credits, not much else is known, of course.

Season 2. Let%u2019s do this. @nbctimeless

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As the crew of Timeless prepped for the imminent production of Season 2, a teaser video from the set was posted, showing the arrival of the most crucial prop of all, the time machine.

In other news, star Abigail Spencer revealed some details to EW about her character Lucy’s frame of mind, going into the second season, hinting an evolution in her attitude about the group’s time-travelling travails. Of course, such a change is understandable, considering that, at the end of Season 1, her efforts to save her dying mother Carol (Susanna Thompson) had the ironic effect of sustaining the very evil she had been fighting, since it was revealed that Carol is a key member of the powerful cabal known as Rittenhouse. As she explains:

“It’s going to be more of what you loved about season 1 and some really cool shifts. We’re going to go deeper into the history, and Lucy is going to have to deal with the fact that her mom is a super baddie. Lucy is really going to grow. Season 1 Lucy, things were happening to her, ‘Oh my gosh, time machines! Time travel!’ and she was trying to keep it all together. She was a very reactive and strung along character, and I think she’s going to be a more proactive character now in making things happen in season 2.”

NBC's un-cancellation of the seemingly-doomed Timeless may go down as one of television's most surprising stories of 2017. Since the cancellation initially caused a passionate surge of social media backlash from the show's fans, it would be understandable to consider this revival a rare success story for grassroots campaigning. – Well, not so fast!

At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt testified to contrary, stating of Timeless’s initial cancellation:

“What I say to fans when they come out in droves when we cancel a show, is, ‘Where were you when we had the show on the air, helping us to build ratings?’” Adding the sobering supplement, “The outcry from fans, I don’t know how many there really were. Like all things social media, it’s a lot smaller than you think. But, we’re happy to know they cared and loved the show.”

In saying that, Greenblatt essentially unleashed a news needle that popped the proverbial balloon of fan empowerment on social media. Indeed, the crux of his claim is that Timeless was saved solely by internal forces within NBC that found a way to overcome logistical difficulties and not by capitulation to any amount of outcry. As Greenblatt further explains:

“We loved the show. There were a bunch of us who really loved the show. There were some financial challenges, there were ratings challenges. To have a fan base that’s so engaged in the show just bombarded us with feelings that we already had for the show. It was a collaborative passion swell that made us open it up and think about it again, like, could we figure out a way to make this make sense? And I’m so glad we did. Genre fans get very excited and noisy about things and we love that.”

Greenblatt’s statement – veracity notwithstanding – may have been designed to stem the notion that any show can, somehow, be magically resurrected with hashtags and petitions. However, Greenblatt will probably agree that just about any genre television show thrives when it has a fanbase as passionate as Timeless’s, rather than one that’s disengaged.

Audrey Roloff Health Scare! The ‘Little People’ Star Reveals Medical Crisis

Audrey Roloff had a tragic health scare during her college years, Radaronline.com has learned.

Over the weekend, Audrey, 26, took to Instagram to reveal her health battle involving “gastrointestinal issues.”

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5 things you wouldn't know about me from following my insta feed… • 1⃣ I have accidental gauges. Yes, you read that correctly. 😅 I haven’t worn earrings in 6 years. Apparently spending all day every weekend wearing a ski helmet isn't the best idea after getting your ears pierced… I noticed me ears were a little sore, but I have a high pain tolerance so I didn’t think anything of it. oops. To this day, if I pull my ear out to the side it looks a lot like a piece of bologna some kid bit the center out of.🤦🏼‍♀️ • 2⃣ I was a complete tomboy growing up. The only time I ever wore dresses was to prom. And even then I still wore my vans. Now I own at least a dozen floral dresses, but I still have a hard time with the whole shoes on stilts thing. 🤷🏼‍♀️ • 3⃣ I battled chronic stomach pain in college and was diagnosed with all kinds of gastrointestinal issues. During my junior year, it got so bad that I had to take a term off from school and running to focus on my health and seek medical care. Long story short, the Lord healed me during that time off, and I wholeheartedly believed that it was through the power of prayer 🙏🏻Now I eat all pancakes 🥞and drink all the lattes ☕ without digestive ramifications. Yes Lord🙌🏻 • 4⃣I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until high school, so one of my friends let me borrow her black eyeliner and i would generously apply it in the middle school bathroom. No mascara, just thick black lines under my eyes and copious amounts of sticky lipgloss. 🤣 Now I see why moms don’t let their 12-year-olds wear makeup. 🙅🏼‍♀️ I commend you for trying mom😬 • 5⃣ I have most of my life recorded in journals. They are full of prayers, problems, praises, and ponderings. My first journal dates back to when I was 8 years old. I think this is what birthed my passion for writing. Over the past few years I have fallen out of this routine, but having Ember has revived this practice. Every night I have been writing a sentence or two each about something Ember did that day – how she made my laugh, what she learned to do, or what she taught me.💕 • Tell me 5⃣ things about YOU that i wouldn't know from insta! 👇🏻

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“I battled chronic stomach pain in college and was diagnosed with all kinds of gastrointestinal issues,” Audrey admitted. “During my junior year, it got so bad that I had to take a term off from school and running to focus on my health and seek medical care.”

“Long story short, the Lord healed me during that time off, and I wholeheartedly believed that it was through the power of prayer. Now I eat all pancakes and drink all the lattes without digestive ramifications. Yes Lord.”

Audrey has been open about her continuous health struggles.

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Back in September, Audrey revealed her physical battle following the birth of her daughter, Ember.

“Now sympathize with all you moms out there who’ve had mastitis… it’s no joke,” Audrey wrote on her Instagram story.

Mastitis is a condition where mothers who’ve just given birth experience strong breast pain caused by plugged milk ducts.

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Audrey married into the Roloff family in 2014 when she wed Jeremy Roloff. As Radar previously reported, she hasn’t exactly been on the best terms with everyone.

Audrey’s brother-in-law, Jacob Roloff, unfollowed her on social media back in December.

In January, Audrey slammed Jeremy in a cryptic post following his engagement announcement to longtime girlfriend, Isabel Rock — hinting at her disapproval at his decision to have premarital sex.

Jeremy is known to be more of a free-spirit, revealing he wasn’t as religious as the rest of his family. Meanwhile, Audrey, is very open about her strong christian beliefs.

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Fergie Apologizes for Disastrous National Anthem

Forgive the mixed sports metaphor, but Fergie really wishes she could have a mulligan on her NBA All-Star Game national anthem performance.

The artist made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Sunday night after she donned a sexy dress and then belted out some kind of sultry rendition of our nation's theme song.

Pretty much every single person who heard this version of the Star-Spangled Banner laid into it. Hard.

Fergie Sings

We mean it, too: Every. Single. Person.

Heck, even Roseanne Barr claimed her disrespectful and disastrous performance way back in 1990 was better than whatever Fergie was trying to accomplish.

We disagree with that assessment.

But the general point remains: This was a baffling and bizarre rendition by Fergie.

Take a look and take a listen for yourself if you have not already done so:

In the wake of universal panning across the Internet, Fergie has taken a step we can't ever recall an artist taking after he or she performed a less-than stellar anthem:

She's come out and apologized.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in a statement first published by TMZ.

The statement continued:

“I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Fergie National Anthem Pic

Pretty impressive, right?

Many stars over the years have attempted to put their own spin on this legendary song by holding certain notes for a long period of time or emphasizing certain lyrics.

Fergie likely thought she would attempt something similar.

She just lacks the vocal range to pull anything too unique off with her range, so she went the seductive route instead.

It failed miserable, as evidenced by the Tweets below...

oh, fergie

... but it's hard not to admire Fergie for admitting it and for taking responsibility for it.

And we certainly never thought for a second that Fergie had anything but love for the United States.

At various points, the Black Eyed Pea seemed to struggle to hit notes, although she closed out the tune with an impressive vibrato, telling the arena at the very end:

“Let’s play some basketball!”

Thankfully, the All-Star Game itself was so competitive that some people forgot all about Fergie's opening fail.

Some, that is. But very clearly not most.

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Deadpool 2 Make-A-Wish Photos Shared by Ryan Reynolds

Deadpool 2’s Ryan Reynolds injects some ultraviolent levity into the lives of cancer-stricken children in some set photos.

News Joseph Baxter
Feb 19, 2018

Deadpool 2 – or whatever the Deadpool sequel will ultimately be titled – continues one of the most creative promotional strategies ever implemented for a film. However, star Ryan Reynolds has released some set photos that transcend mere promotion, showcasing the power that the lewd, crude Marvel superhero possesses when it comes to enlivening the emotional resolve of a brigade of brave children who are battling cancer.

While the social media stylings of star Ryan Reynolds typically consists of insanely irreverent Deadpool material, he used his role as the Merc with a Mouth, in this instance, to pull on some figurative heartstrings (perhaps saving the pulling of literal ones for the movie,) with some inspirational photos showing a Deadpool 2 set visit of children from Make-A-Wish Foundation and its Canadian counterpart, Children’s Wish Foundation.

Expressing his admiration in a Deadpool-like way, Reynolds, who calls the opportunity to welcome the kids as “one of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass,” states:

“Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile.”

In addition to some amazing interactions with the kids, Reynolds and the Deadpool 2 production was able to provide each of the visitors with an amazing memento in the form of prop replicas of Deadpool’s katanas, signed by the star himself. For this colossally cool bit of swag, Reynolds expressed his gratitude, stating:

“HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

Of course, the $783 million global box office success of 2016’s original Deadpool was seen as a groundbreaking achievement because of its non-family-friendly nature, along with its status as an unapologetically R-rated outing that's rife with nudity and just about every crass concept one could imagine. Thus, the narrative questioning the wisdom of having children visit the set to its equally iniquitous sequel has been raised. Consequently, Reynolds addressed one such critic on Facebook in a post that was subsequently deleted – which, in turn, deleted Reynolds’s response. Addressing the R-rated issue, Reynolds states:

“Yup. Deadpool is Rated R. If my kid went through a fraction of the sh*t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”

Indeed, the adult-driven marketing of Deadpool 2 still doesn’t mitigate the fact that many children do get to see R-rated movies; a generally unspoken idea that has always been the case. That idea is complemented by the fact that Deadpool is currently one of the most popular characters in the published pages of Marvel Comics. Moreover, the story of Deadpool is one that’s close to home, and it’s easy to see how children affected by cancer can draw inspiration from the (admittedly fantastical) story of Reynolds’s Wade Wilson, whose own bout with malignancy led to an amazing – though aesthetically unappealing – metamorphosis into Deadpool, who, despite his hardships, fights the good fight (and the fourth wall,) in an insanely humorous – albeit homicidal – manner.

Deadpool 2 (official title to be revealed,) will make its way to theaters on May 18.

Auburn Baseball Hosts Georgia State, Troy in Midweek – Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site


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AUBURN, Ala. – Coming off a three-game sweep of Longwood in the season-opening series, Auburn (3-0) hosts Georgia State (2-1) and Troy (4-0) on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at Plainsman Park. First pitch for both games is schedules for 4 p.m ...
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Blac Chyna Filling Police Report Over Raunchy Sex Tape Leak

Blac Chyna Sex Tape Filing Police Report

Blac Chyna was fighting back against the raunchy sex tape that was released and was taking serious action RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.

“Blac Chyna is going to file a police report,” a source close to her told Radar.

An explicit video of Chyna performing oral sex on a man who whispered to her that she looked “so good” was released on Monday February 19, 2018 and she planned to hit back.

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“She’s a mess right now,” an insider told Radar.

Her high-powered attorney Lisa Bloom slammed the video exclusively to Radar.

“Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse. It’s also a cruel attempt to slut shame women for being sexual.”

PHOTOS: Worried Rob Kardashian Leaves Hospital With Blac Chyna & Newborn Dream

Chyna’s baby daddy Rob Kardashian posted a series of naked photos and videos of her on July 5, 2017 and the source told Radar she was still furious with him.

“When your own baby daddy does this to you it gives anyone else the right to do it. Chyna feels like it is hunting season on her. This is very traumatic for her.”

Walter Mosley, Chyna’s business manager and Harvard Law School graduate attorney also lashed out at the video that was posted today, telling Radar exclusively: “This is a criminal matter. We are going to let the police investigate this.”

PHOTOS: ‘Heartbroken’ Rob Kardashian Turns To ‘Booze & Food’ Amid Blac Chyna Lawsuit Battle

“We have to change this culture of abuse and assault against women,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “Today’s post saddens me deeply as it is an attack not only against my client but my friend. Why do we think it’s acceptable to sell, or publish, or seek revenge, or blackmail women in this way and without their consent? It’s not. Men … we have to do better. I’m tired of telling my clients to not make videos because the men will put them out later. It’s like I’m telling them not to wear short skirts because you’re going to entice a man to rape you. #smh”

He continued: “And like most rapes, these betrayals often come from those most close to us. So today I’m saying, men we need to do better. We need to tell each other to do better. We need to stop sharing these videos with each other in the club, at the barbershop or (and especially) online. It is a morally corrupt action, which is (at least in California) criminal. Maybe it is time to set an example. #blacchyna.”

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The insider told Radar that Chyna was out for revenge. “She’s really mad. This is obviously a disgruntled boyfriend. This isn’t as bad as what Rob did but still she’s upset.”

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 Review: Great Leads Against a Legendary Universe

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38
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Writer: Robert Venditti, Artist: Ethan van Sciver, Color Artist: Jason Wright, Letters: Dave Sharpe, Cover by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey, Variant Cover by: Tyler Kirkham and Tomeu Morey, Editor: Mike Cotton, Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner have been beaten and taken by General Zod and his family. While Hal is bruised, Kyle is in a bad way. After an uncomfortable dinner with Zod’s family, Hal reveals that his personally-forged ring is always connected to him. He may be able to summon it regardless of what Zod is using to contain it.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey

While this is one of the thinner issues of Hal Jordan and the GL Corps, it manages to be compelling regardless. Presenting two of our heroes powerless and humbled is a basic and effective means of adding tension. That may seem obvious, but with heroes has powerful and often cocky as Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, it is a different mode of presentation for this comic.

Zod makes for a great villain. He’s a classical, brutal, and monologuing rogue whose power is even greater than that of our intrepid Green Lanterns. Ursa and Lor-Zod add slight variables, with Ursa being even more vicious than Zod and Lor being somewhat innocent and unknowing.

The interplay between Hal and Kyle is as entertaining as ever. Robert Venditti has well established by now that he has a firm grasp on the Green Lantern Corps. There is plenty of good dialogue and fun to be had in their discussion, even with Kyle bleeding out on the floor.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 art by Ethan van Sciver and Jason Wright
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 art by Ethan van Sciver and Jason Wright

Ethan van Sciver returns to this issue, and his art is as strong as ever. His realistic styling brings muscular figures, incredible detailing, and great depth. His inkwork has always been great too. Jason Wright’s color is bright and pops. He can play the bright greens off the environment very well. Sciver and Wright make for a great team.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be a strong and consistently engaging book. With its ever-endearing leads, a great villain, and a strong stable of artists, this book scores another recommendation. Give it a read.

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Dikembe Mutombo Says LeBron Should Keep Speaking Up, And He Shouldn’t Be Alone

Dikembe Mutombo says LeBron James shouldn't "shut up and dribble" -- he should continue to take a stand to defeat social injustice ... and he's not the only one, we all should. Mutombo is reacting to the recent comments by FOX News host Laura…

Liam Payne And Cheryl Cole May Be Heading To Splitsville

All the cougars in the den are pouring one out today for Cheryl And The Amazing Technicolor Changing Last Name (but we know her best as Cheryl Cole), as reports have emerged that things aren’t so rosy at the One Direction/Girls Aloud Estate. Cheryl and Liam Payne are reportedly on the cusp of splitting up. Coincidentally, he has a new single out with Rita Ora. Color me shocked!

The Sun actually says it’s Liam’s constant traveling and hectic work schedule that is putting a strain on the relationship, which mainly just means Rita’s team hasn’t gotten around to dropping an anonymous tip that she’s totally the reason just to drum up publicity for their song. Liam has been doing well with his solo career post-One Direction, but that has meant that Cheryl is stuck at home for weeks at a time with their 11-month-old son, Bear. There have apparently been “crisis talks” to figure out what the future holds for the duo once Liam is back in the U.K. after his tour. A source says that the age difference between 34-year-old Cheryl and 24-year-old Liam is what doomed them.

“There’s a big age gap between them. If they didn’t have Bear then they would have most likely split up by now.”

Fans naturally have lost their shit and point to this Instagram from last week as proof that the bubblegum pop royalty love is steadfast, and any naysayers are liars, liars, with their pants on fire:

Of course, he also is known to post many photos that seem to just beg to slide into DMs…or at the very least get snatched and used by catfish on Grindr:

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“Versace, Versace, Versace” @migos @champagnepapi #tb

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OK, maybe that last one was just a late audition for American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, but still!

While tabloid editors may have reason to rejoice on both sides of the pond with all these high-profile relationships getting torpedoed, it sounds like Liam and Cheryl’s neighbors shouldn’t celebrate quite yet. The Mirror says the two are battling the Woking Borough Council to add a mammoth expansion to their Surrey mansion, relationship rumors be damned! They have plans to add a guest house, indoor pool, and garage to house all their pimped out rides, which honestly just sounds like a great foray for Chip and Joanna Gaines now that they’re out at HGTV. Fixer Upper: How Far Can We Go Before We Get Sued seems like a real hit!

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Fergie Was Just Trying To Take An Artistic Risk With That Messy National Anthem 

Fergie should really be spending all of her time opening up thank you cards from the NBA (for getting their little event some much-needed attention) and the ancestors of Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith (for finally interpreting their song right by doing it like a cougar drunk on daiquiris at a strip mall jazz club open mic night). But Fergie somehow found time to put together a statement for the hating bitches with no taste who did not understand the stream of art that warbled out of her mouth at last night’s All-Star Game.

Fergie said in the statement she gave to TMZ that she took a risk. Kind of like the legendary time she took a risk by holding her piss and ended up pissing herself on stage. Only some will say that instead of letting out piss on the stage, she let out a turd onto the court. Fergie should’ve just said it was an anti-Trump performance art piece, but instead she shrugged and went the “I tried” route:

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Deadspin has video from Scat Queen Fergie’s National Anthem rehearsal, and surprisingly, everyone’s just standing around instead of covering her mouth with their hands while proclaiming, “Bitch, don’t do this!” But fuck the haters, it was a weird masterpiece mess. Fergie should really have the last laugh by marketing her version of the National Anthem as a high-powered security alarm that will keep out criminals and everybody else with ears. Nobody will dare go near your house if they think it’s being guarded by a wild hyena in heat. She’d outsell Whitney Houston’s version!

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Presidents Day Fashion Face-Off: Lincoln v. Washington!

Happy Presidents Day 2018 from all of us at The Hollywood Gossip, as we come together to honor a couple of true American heroes.

The truest of heroes, really. The truest of the true.

And the Winner is?

They were both A-plus chief executives, but which U.S. President do you love more, Abraham Lincoln or George Washington? That's what we wanna know! View Poll »

It's time we determined who among these United States legends is worthy of being called the greatest of all time. OF ALL TIME!

In a Fashion Face-Off for the ages, that is!

Yes, we realize that styles popularized by Abraham Lincoln and George Washington haven't been popular with the mainstream in ages.

Like, ages. Industrial Revolution style.

By the same token, when you're a titan of history, you never go out of style, are we right?! If you got you a national monument, 'nuff said.

Pres Day 17

Take the first President of the U.S., George Washington. He led a rebellion over Great Britain, then oversaw the birth of a new nation.

Four score and seven years later, Abraham Lincoln valiantly preserved and paved the way for a more perfect union against long odds.

Overcoming similarly huge obstacles, redefining what was possible and then fighting to preserve it, both patriots delivered for America.

In their respective eras and now, giants among men.

Ones who make all of our lives seem more than a tad mundane and pointless all of a sudden. Kind of sad if you stop and think about it.

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Anyway, comparing achievements and legacies by people in such rarefied air is impossible ... but we can at least pick a fashion winner.

Would you rather rock George's 18th Century Colonial garb or Abe's 19th Century Civil War-era attire? Talk about the toughest of calls.

Make it. It's your duty as an American.

Jeff Jarrett On WWE Hall of Fame Shocker: ‘Surreal, Getting Goosebumps’

Vince McMahon's former real-life nemesis, Jeff Jarrett, is going into the WWE Hall of Fame ... and no one's as shocked about the news as Double J himself. TMZ Sports spoke with Jeff just hours after the WWE made the announcement -- and…

Exclusive First Look at the Dynamite Trades Shipping in May 2018

BLACK PANTHER: Former First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Marvel’s Inspiring New Film

Michelle Obama "loved" Marvel Studios' Black Panther, praising it for inspiring people of all backgrounds. Find out what the Former First Lady had to say about Marvel and Ryan Coogler's blockbuster film.

There’s something wrong with NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – BGR


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NASA has had an incredible streak of good luck as of late with spacecraft that have far outlived their expectations. Cassini at Saturn, the Opportunity rover on Mars, and several other pieces of high-tech space hardware have performed for much longer ...
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Josh Duhamel Visits Fergie with Roses, Son After National Anthem Disaster

Josh Duhamel knows Fergie sings "Big Girls Don't Cry," but he also knows she could definitely use a little pick-me-up after her national anthem debacle -- and Josh delivered. Fergie's ex showed up at her house Monday with a bouquet of…

Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn’s linebackers – 247Sports


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Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn's linebackers
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Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn's linebackers. Auburn returns three of its top four linebackers from last season. Brandon Marcello - 27 minutes ago; 0; Tools. Edit; Slot to 247Sports Home; Slot to Auburn Tigers Newsletter; Slot to Auburn Links ...

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RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT TURTLES Toy Images Reveal New Villain Designs, Vehicles And Much More

We recently got our first official look at Nickelodeon's upcoming Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, and now Playmates has shared some images of the tie-in toy line. Check 'em out...

Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn’s linebackers – 247Sports


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Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn's linebackers
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Spring Forward: Previewing Auburn's linebackers. Auburn returns three of its top four linebackers from last season. Brandon Marcello - 10 minutes ago; 0; Tools. Edit; Slot to 247Sports Home; Slot to Auburn Tigers Newsletter; Slot to Auburn Links ...

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Witchblade Continues While Bonehead Gets a Collected Edition: Top Cow May 2018 Solicits

Top Cow’s Witchblade series by writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Roberta Ingranata continues onwards this May of 2018. Plus, Bryan Hill and Rhoald Marcellius’s Bonehead series gets a collected edition. All of this comes from Top Cow. More details below.

WITCHBLADE #6
STORY: CAITLIN KITTREDGE
ART / COVER: ROBERTA INGRANATA
MAY 2 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Alex Underwood as survived dying, demons, and the perils of hosting the Witchblade, but as she finally confront the true extent of the demonic forces influence the NYPD, her enemies, and even those closest to her, she knows this may be a battle she won’t survive

PORT OF EARTH #5
STORY: ZACK KAPLAN
ART/COVER: ANDREA MUTTI
MAY 9 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
The rogue alien visitor who broke Port protocols now lies dead, and Port of Earth is open again for business, but as our Consortium business partners arrive on Earth for a secretive meeting, traumatized and broken Earth Security Agent Rice and partner McIntyre discover there’s an unresolved threat at the ESA HQ.

 

BONEHEAD, VOL 1
STORY: BRYAN HILL
ART/COVER: RHOALD MARCELLIUS
MAY 23 / 128 PAGES / FC / T+ / $9.99
In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads” parkour-gangs that use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises, a man with no past that might be the key to saving the city’s future. From writer Bryan Hill ( POSTAL ) and artist Rhoald Marcellius ( Marvel’s CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS ) comes a story about technological and human revolution.
Collects BONEHEAD #1-4

CYBER FORCE #3
STORY: MATT HAWKINS & BRYAN HILL
ART/COVER: ATILIO ROJO
MAY 30 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Who is the mother of artificial intelligence? The re-imagining of CYBER FORCE continues as the origins of the “Aphrodite Project” are revealed…along with the dark intentions of the group that helped create her.

 

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Watch Overwatch’s bizarre Puppy Rumble live right now – BGR


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Blizzard is going big for the Overwatch Year of the Dog celebration. Not only has the game rolled out new seasonal skins and a new game mode complete with brand-new map, the company is also hosting some kind of Overwatch-themed puppy derby. We don't ...
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Flight-sim devs say hidden password-dump tool was used to fight pirates [Updated] – Ars Technica


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The usually staid world of professional-grade flight simulations was rocked by controversy over the weekend, with fans accusing mod developer FlightSimLabs (FSLabs) of distributing "malware" with an add-on package for Lockheed Martin's popular Prepar3d ...
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Homeland Season 7 Episode 3 Trailer is Here

Homeland Season 7 is off to a roaring start, and we have the trailer for episode 3 up, "Standoff."

News Den of Geek Staff
Feb 19, 2018

Homeland is enjoying something of a renaissance in the last year or so, and season 7 promises to be one of its most challenging and subversive offerings yet. In that veing we are collecting all of the available synopses for upcoming episodes, as well as offering a guide to the most recent ones aired.

Next up then is Homeland Season 7 episode 3, which is titled "Standoff." You can watch the trailer for it below.

Here is also the synopsis.

Carrie has a distressing realization. Keane and Wellington disagree.

Homeland Season 7 Episode Guide

Below is our guide for the ongoing seventh season of Homeland. For past episodes, we are including excerpts from our reviews. Click on the linked titles to read the whole recap.

Episode 1: Enemy of the State

And we thought things seemed dour when Homeland Season 6 began? Last year, Homeland started from an ambiguous place of arguable disappointment following the previous recent seasons, as well as an overall sense of detachment from reality. After all, at first glance at Elizabeth Marvel’s President-Elect Elizabeth Keane more readily resembled the by then thwarted Hillary Clinton than she did the actual President-Elect Donald J. Trump. But what a difference 12 episodes can make. In a single season, the rise of Keane from idealistic politician to embittered chief executive not only brought the show scarily closer to reality than the writers could have even suspected, but also turned her into the most consequential addition to the cast since Brody passed away in season 3.

And after tonight’s episode, there is an eerie, gnawing feeling in most viewers that this is less a fantasy of an executive branch run amok as it is a glimpse into a possible future, one where the President of the United States is at war with her intelligence and law enforcement communities, and on the precipice of a purge blooming into full-tilt fascism.

Episode 2: Rebel Rebel

When last week pinned the seeming fate of the republic on Carrie Mathison’s shoulders, I for one did not see that turn season 7 would take in its second episode. Carrie—already being dubiously questioned as “crazy”—ended up on one of the most perverse and unexpected narrative tangents this side of Stranger Things Season 2: While trying to prove that the White House Chief of Staff was in on the covert murder of the lead conspirator against President Keane, Carrie wound up getting molested and almost raped by an internet troll who she then beat within an inch of his worthless life.

Given the state of headlines these days, it certainly was a sequence that aptly reflects our current “homeland,” but I’m torn on what it means in the context of the show. Beyond providing Claire Danes with a properly epic sequence in which she roars, “I’m CIA, motherfucker,” the story at least has a certain narrative cleverness to it. The odious situation of getting slapped with Malware is greatly intensified when you’re a spook who is illegally spying on a government official. Instead of having to get a new computer, she has to either pay a blackmailer or risk having her illegal activities leaked onto the internet.

Episode 3: Standoff

Carrie has a distressing realization. Keane and Wellington disagree.

Episode 4: Like Bad at Things

Carrie follows a lead. Saul’s situation goes from bad to worse.

Homeland Season 7 Trailer

In case you want to see how the marketing started...

Showtime has also offered up some interviews with the cast that reveal their thoughts on season 7.

Homeland Season 7 Release Date

Homeland Season 7 returned on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime. We hope you braced yourself for it.

Homeland Season 7 Cast

Elizabeth Marvel is expected to return as President Elizabeth Keane, as is Linus Roache as her right-hand man. And of course, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin will continue to anchor the series as the leads Carrie and Saul. It is currently unclear if F. Murray Abraham is yet returning as the duplicitous Dar Adal.

Dylan Baker has joined the cast of Homeland. The respected film and television actor, whose credits are as diverse as Trick 'r Treat and Doc Connors in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man Trilogy, as well as television stints on shows like Damages and The Good Wife, has been cast in the role of U.S. Sen. Sam Paley, who is described by Showtime as "maverick" senator from the southwest. Hmmm. Where'd they get that idea?

This true blue enigma to both political parties will be overseeing a Senate committee investigating President Elizabeth Keane for executive overreach. And if the southwest senator in real-life was also doing that, we imagine many Homeland fans would be rejoicing. 

Homeland Season 7 Setting

The series will also be continuing its recent return to the actual Homeland. Season 7 will take place in Virginia, which is only fitting as it is the backyard of Washington D.C., and saw plenty of action during the series' first three seasons.

Alex Gansa said in a recent statement, "We're thrilled to bring the production of Homeland to the great state of Virginia. Its cities and neighborhoods and people will surely provide a rich backdrop for our story, and we in turn aim to provide a small but hopefully significant boost to the local economy."

Previously, Homeland has shot in Charlotte, North Carolina to double as Maryland and Virginia in the show's early years. Changing the focus from the New York City setting of season 6 also makes sense, given that season 6 ended on the stunning cliffhanger of President Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) lurching toward autocracy and arresting much of the country's intelligence community. Carrie Mathison finds herself shut out by Keane in the White House, as well.

Briana DeJesus: Javi Marroquin Is Harassing Me!

It hasn't been easy keeping track of all the developments in Briana DeJesus' life over the past few weeks, so here's a brief recap of everything that's transpired.

It all started when Briana traveled to Miami to undergo plastic surgery.

Briana With Javi on Instagram

Despite the fact that she had broken up with Javi Marroquin just weeks earlier, Javi flew to Miami to be by her side and provide support in the days leading up to the procedure.

Fans were stunned to see Javi all over Bri's social media pages after what appeared to be a bitter breakup.

But they were even more shocked when Javi took to social media to basically boast that he had "ditched" Briana after her surgery.

And believe it or not, the plot twists didn't end there.

In the past week alone, two different rumors about Briana's love life have captured the attention of Teen Mom Twitter.

Some believe Briana is back with Dre, her ex who has gone to great lengths to keep his last name a secret.

Briana DeJesus, Post-Surgery

Others believe Briana is living with Devoin Austin, her baby daddy who's been a constant subject of scorn for TM2 viewers.

As far as we can tell, the latter rumor is true, while the former is BS.

Briana is living with Devoin, but she's just friends with Dre ... we think.

Either way, she apparently wishes Javi would simply keep his nose out of her business.

Apparently, Javi noticed Bri's recent Valentine's Day posts and decided to give his ex a piece of his mind:

"Javi needs to stop being bitter about the breakup and about Devoin and Dre. He texted me about why I got a teddy bear and why I got my nails done and why Devoin is living with me now," Briana tells Radar Online.

Briana & Javi

"He needs to stop harassing me and go worry about the relationship between Kailyn [Lowry] and him."

DeJesus goes on to say that she's completely cut ties with Javi and plans to have no contact with him going forward:

"I don't want nothing to do with Javi," she tells the outlet.

"I am completely over it and ready to move the f--k on. If he continues to harass me, I will leak all texts and info."

Apparently in response to her allegations of harassment, Javi fired back with a series of tweets that he later deleted:

"I have full conversations, but we don't have to go there," Javi tweeted, seemingly implying that he planned to release some texts of his own.

Javi Marroquin and Briana DeJesus

"Y'all don't know what's going on. I don't need to belittle or disrespect anyone. Just not in me anymore. I made that mistake once. I've lived and learned."

He ended the tweet storm with some words of wisdom for his fans:

"Stay silent. The real ones around you know what's good. Those that make noise want attention. That's how I live my life now," he tweeted.

We hope Javi's able to follow his own advice, but something tells us this situation is far from over.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online for more of Briana's wild world.

Nintendo Switch transformed into Linux tablet by hackers – CNET


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Nintendo Switch transformed into Linux tablet by hackers
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The Nintendo Switch is a super successful video game console featuring an incredibly diverse line-up of world class video games, but you know what it was really missing? Linux. But worry not! Fail0verflow is a squad dedicated to hacking games consoles ...
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Jamie Foxx Jokes About Dating ‘White Girls’ During Black History Month

Jamie Foxx made a super timely joke about Black History Month and white chicks ... which we're sure Katie Holmes is gonna love.  Jamie threw a super baller NBA All-Star basketball tournament "Chacha The Wave" Saturday at his…

Tech engineering professor receives $500000 grant – The Daily Toreador


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A $500,000 has been awarded to W. Andrew Jackson for research on recycling habitation waste streams for potable water. Jackson, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of ...
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You Just Need a Sister and W.I.T.C.H Deals with a Crisis: Yen Press May 2018 Solicits

Get the sister you have always needed with A Sister is All You Need from writer Yomi Hirasaka. Plus Disney’s W.I.T.C.H. A Crisis on Two Worlds receives three volumes of a graphic novel release. Both of these come from publisher Yen Press this May. More details below.

A Sister’s All You Need., Vol 1 (light novel) 
Writer: Yomi Hirasaka
Artist: Kantoku
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD, £10.99 GBP
Fiction / Humorous
Ages 16 And Up, Grades 11 to 17
Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part III. A Crisis on Both Worlds, Vol. 1 
Paperback
$11.00 USD, $14.50 CAD
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
The girls seem to face new challenges everywhere they turn, and the pressure is threatening to tear them apart. Even their normal lives aren’t free of stress — particularly when Will’s long absent father returns! Will the girls be able to pull it together before a new enemy emerges?

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part III. A Crisis on Both Worlds, Vol. 2 
Paperback
$11.00 USD, $14.50 CAD
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Ari, the lord of Arkhanta, has a grudge against the Oracle and will go to any lengths to destroy him. The Guardians must stop Ari’s rising power at the source to protect Kandrakar, but with their team fractured, will that even be possible?

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part III. A Crisis on Both Worlds, Vol. 3 
Paperback
$11.00 USD, $14.50 CAD
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
The girls have barely recovered from their adventure in Arkhanta when they suddenly find themselves facing an Astral Drop revolution! How can the Guardians stop their doubles from wreaking havoc in their lives, though, when the Astral Drops know exactly where to strike the Guardians to turn their lives upside-down??f

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle, Vol. 1: Episode Ryu 
Writer/Artist: Fujino Omori
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
For the skilled former adventurer Ryu, it’s another eventful day at the Benevolent Mistress! A certain couple’s only daughter has been kidnapped, bringing Ryu out into the streets to search for her, in the name of justice and Astrea. Her investigation of the missing child eventually leads her to a lawless area of the Labyrinth City, the Grand Casino, where money and power decide everything!
This is the start of the Gale Wind’s tale in the city of Orario, home of the Dungeon and adventure!

Napping Princess (light novel): The Story of Unknown Me 
Writer: Kenji Kamiyama
Artist: Hana Ichika
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
When Kokone sleeps she dreams of Heartland, a place full of technology and warring machines, where she’s the Princess Ancien who possesses magical powers. But when events in her dreams and real life start to intersect, Kokone has to run from bad guys in both worlds. Will her dreams provide a way out, or get her into deeper trouble…? The light novel of Napping Princess will be available May 2018!

Forbidden Scrollery, Vol. 3 
Writer: Moe Harukawa
Artist: ZUN
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
In a certain era, the land of Gensokyo was separated from the rest of the world by a barrier and it built up its own unique culture. One day, people start buzzing about strange phenomena. They suspect that a youkai is using the Honjo Seven Wonders to hide some evil deed, but…?

Overlord, Vol. 7 (light novel) 
Writer: Kugane Maruyama
Artist: so-bin
Hardcover
$20.00 USD, $26.00 CAD, £14.99 GBP
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Ages 16 And Up, Grades 11 to 17
A group of “workers” whose better judgement has been clouded by hopes and expectations have descended into the unknown depths of a mysterious tomb.
These trespassers include the small but elite team Foresight, the storied warriors of Heavy Masher, the crew lead by a legendary elder worker, Green Leaf, and the invincible swordsmen of Angel.
They are some of the best that can be hired, but as more and more vengeful residents of Nazarrick appear, will any make it out alive?

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Vol. 5 (light novel) 
Writer: Hiro Ainana
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD, £10.99 GBP
Fiction / Fantasy
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
After rescuing Muno Barony from disaster, Satou and crew head for dwarf territory and rescue an Oracle priestess from the demons! But for some reason, the attacks just keep coming…

Trinity Seven, Vol. 13: The Seven Magicians 
Writer: Kenji Saito
Artist: Akinari Nao
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy
Ages 18 And Up, Grades 13 to 17
It’s a face-off between Luxuria masters as Lilith and Anna battle it out! There’s only room for one of them in Trinity Seven-who will reign supreme? Meanwhile, Arin and Hijiri partner up on an important quest–rescuing Arata!

My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, Vol. 5 (light novel) 
Writer: Wataru Watari
Artist: Ponkan 8
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD, £10.99 GBP
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
Hachiman’s summer break is coming to a close, when Yui suddenly comes to visit his house. Not only that, but Totsuka has an invitation for him, as well as a request from a classmate–he even runs into Yukino’s sister at the fireworks festival! Hachiman is determined not to get close to anyone or have any expectations, but even this stubborn loner can’t ignore the changes occurring in his relationships with Yukino and Yui…

Strike the Blood, Vol. 9 (light novel): The Black Sword Shaman 
Writer: Gakuto Mikumo
Artist: Manyako
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD, £10.99 GBP
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
Blue Elysium is a newly constructed, additional manmade isle off the Demon Sanctuary of Itogami Island: the latest, greatest resort, boasting pools, and an amusement park! Yaze schemes to invite Kojou and the others to the isle before its public opening, but somehow the “free” trip lands Kojou in a horrid part-time job.
Meanwhile, Sayaka Kirasaka, Shamanic War Dancer of the Lion King Agency, visits Blue Elysium as well. Her mission: to rescue the mysterious girl Yume, held captive inside a research facility. But, an unknown Attack Mage appears before Sayaka, a “Priestess of the Six Blades” using the same techniques as Yukina!

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 15 (light novel) 
Writer: Kazuma Kamachi
Artist: Kiyotaka Haimura
Paperback
$14.00 USD, $18.50 CAD, £10.99 GBP
Fiction / Fantasy
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
Academy City’s peacekeeping forces are absent due to the Avignon invasion. In that now lawless land, shadowy groups start moving behind the scenes.
–Those acting for their own interests.
–Those who love the dark and revel in killing.
–Those trying to destroy others’ hope.
–Those standing up in defiance for those important to them.
–Those bringing the battle to the higher echelons.
–Those quelling rebellious elements.
–Those who would stop a rampage with violence.
In this city, which controls all of science, who will survive?

BTOOOM!, Vol. 21 
Writer/Artist: Junya Inoue
Paperback
$17.00 USD, $22.00 CAD, £12.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Media Tie-In
Ages 18 And Up, Grades 13 to 17
As things get worse for Sakamoto and Himiko, Sakamoto finally accepts the truth! But with Kira chasing him down, will he even be able to survive?

The Royal Tutor, Vol. 7 
Writer/Artist: Higasa Akai
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Historical Fiction
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
Princes Kai, Bruno, Leonhard, and Licht have been making great strides thanks to an excellent education from Heine, the royal tutor. Even so, with the return of Prince Eins, the eldest of the brothers and heir apparent to the crown, the wall they must climb in the struggle to become the most qualified candidate for the throne looks more colossal than ever. Can the four younger princes stand up to their biggest rival?

ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department, Vol. 3: 13-Territory Inspection Department 
Writer/Artist: Natsume Ono
Paperback
$15.00 USD, $19.50 CAD, £11.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Crime & Mystery
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
Still under government suspicion as a driving force in a coup d’etat, Jean Otus finds himself in the middle of an actual coup in the district of Suitz. When Jean gets captured, he might just discover there’s more to his best friend Nino than he realizes.

Baccano!, Vol. 3 (manga) 
Writer: Ryohgo Narita
Artists: Shinta Fujimoto, Katsumi Enami
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
NEW YORK, 1930
Firo’s big day has come, and everyone’s enjoying the celebration–Isaac and Miria so much so that they’ve had a bit of a change of heart! If one criminal syndicate is just too nice to rob, then surely another will do…Meanwhile, Szilard learns that the object of his search is right under his nose. Soon nothing will stand between him and ultimate knowledge…!
The crazy ruckus comes to a close!

Scum’s Wish, Vol. 7 
Writer/Artist: Mengo Yokoyari
Paperback
$15.00 USD, $19.50 CAD, £11.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Ages 16 And Up, Grades 11 to 17
After Hanabi is heartbroken, she goes to Karuizawa with Ebato. This journey is guiding the two towards an end to their relationship. Elsewhere, even after Mugi conveyed all of his feelings to Akane, the free spirited girl didn’t reply in kind. Who is the one that holds the keys to her heart?

Dimension W, Vol. 10 
Writer/Artist: Yuji Iwahara
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Science Fiction
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
As the mad scientist Haruka Seameyer has transformed Loser’s wife into a terrifying monster, the sprawling fight for the ultimate Coil known as “Genesis” barrels toward its climax. Those who have lost their past will discover that their history still has meaning.

Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl, Vol. 6 
Writer/Artist: Canno
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 to 17
A new semester blooms and a new class of first-years bring more love troubles to Seiran Academy! Chiharu’s feelings are left reeling after a visit from Maya. Meanwhile, in Izumi’s classroom, a love rivalry forms…

Spirits & Cat Ears, Vol. 6 
Writer/Artist: Miyuki Nakayama
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Fantasy
Ages 16 And Up, Grades 11 to 17
Join shrine priestess Neneko and her familiar, Shichikage, in the latest volume of this romantic comedy manga!

Angels of Death, Vol. 3 
Writer: Kudan Naduka
Artist: Makoto Sanada
Paperback
$13.00 USD, $17.00 CAD, £9.99 GBP
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / Horror
Ages 16 And Up, Grades 11 to 17
Ray and Zack have arrived at Floor B3, home to the mad prison guard Cathy and her brand of “punishment”. Driven into a corner by her many sadistic traps, will Ray and Zack be able to keep their promise to each other…!?

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Vol. 11 (manga) 
Writer: Satoshi Wagahara
Artist: Akio Hiiragi
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Sato followed his childhood friend to another world in order to marry her and became King of the Ring. But in order to save the world, he’ll have to marry four other princesses?! Can Sato handle marrying a second wife?

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Free At Last? Inside Abby Lee Miller’s Final Hours At FCI Victorville Prison

Abby Lee Miller Released Prison Victorville

Dance Moms diva Abby Lee Miller is being released from federal prison in Victorville, Calif., where the 51-year-old reality star has served more than seven months of a mandatory 366-day sentence! But RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned from a fellow inmate that Miller’s final hours at Victorville will be spent preparing to check into a “stricter BOP-run halfway house in nearby Van Nuys.”

“Abby had to follow very strict protocol for her exit from FCI Victorville,” the source said. “As far as what she will be allowed to walk out of the prison in, she had to submit a detailed description of exactly what she will wear 60 days prior to her release.”

The insider explained how Miller requested a “pair of shoes and a very simple outfit.”

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“The request needed to be detailed, including what type, color, size, etc,” the source claimed. “The same thing goes for her bra and underwear. Abby will also be able to take her personal items bought from the commissary. ”

The recently slimmed-down single will spend the the remainder of her sentence at a halfway house in Southern California.

“Abby will have to have an approved person who has a documented license plate submit a request that includes the make and model of the car she will use to be transported from Victorville to the halfway house,” the source explained. “She will have anywhere from four to five hours to get from prison to the house. She is not allowed to stop at any location other than halfway, where she is allowed to go through a drive through to get some fast food.”

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“Once she arrives, the fun has just begun,” the source told Radar, adding, “It is hell! While she is there she gets no freedom and is still under the BOP rules.”

Once processed, Miller is expected to take a breathalyzer and urine test.

“After they do her BOP-required paperwork and assign her a bunk, she will be required to stay in the room for a few days while they process her info,” the source said. “She will be fed awful food provided by the staff and will have a hard mattress, two sheets and one pillow case.”

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As previously reported, Miller was sentenced in May 2015 on fraud charges. In addition to prison time , she was ordered to pay $40,000 fine and spend two years on probation following her release from the halfway house.

According to the BOP website, Miller is still in FCI Victorville.

Do you think Miller should return to reality TV once she is finished with her entire sentence? Sound off in the comments below.

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Best Black Panther Comics: An Essential Reading Guide

Wondering where to start with Marvel's Black Panther comics? We've got you covered.

Feature Jim Dandy
Feb 19, 2018

The unstoppable hype train has finally made the station: Black Panther is here, in what is maybe the most highly anticipated and certainly the best reviewed Marvel movie since the universe was created a decade ago. Ryan Coogler’s epic draws from a lot of sources from T’Challa’s sixty years of comics history, and fortunately for you, we’ve read most of it! 

But where do you start with a character who has over 50 years of comic book history? We've got a guide for you...

Black Panther (2003)

This is probably the definitive run of Black Panther. This is where Wakanda stopped being backstory and started being a living, breathing place, with geography and politics and history that all contributed to its depth and beauty. It’s also where a bunch of what’s going on the screen started: Priest introduced Everett K. Ross and the Dora Milaje almost immediately in his first issue.

Priest had been separated from Marvel for several years before coming back to write this book under a separate, independent line within Marvel as the rest of the company went bankrupt around it. So he was given a lot of leeway to write the story he wanted to, and what came out was one of the greatest runs on any comic ever. Priest’s Black Panther was funny, complex, smart, timeless and yet very much of its time.

This run contains what could be my favorite single scene in comics history. After game playing by Klaw and a Deviant Eternal living outside of Atlantis brought Wakanda close to war with Atlantis, T’Challa heads to New York to meet with the UN. While there, he ends up in a tiny apartment, arguing realpolitik with Namor, Dr. Doom and Magneto. The interactions between the four of them, and the subtle character development of each that grew out of putting them in positions they didn’t normally occupy (Namor was actually fleetingly considering diplomacy! Doom was NOT trying to kill anyone for being Richarrrrrrdddds! Magneto actually saw he was the least powerful in the room so he turned peacemaker!). I’ll be chasing this scene in comics for the rest of my time reading them, I think.

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Black Panther (2005)

Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. dig into Wakandan history during their time on Black Panther. Wondering how previous Panthers interacted with the Marvel Universe? Want more detail on how and why Wakanda has never been conquered? This is your book.

Also, if you're looking for the definitive modern Klaw/Klaue vs. Panther story, this is it. Even the MCU's spelling of Klaue was taken from a historical sequence in this series. As the series went on, Shuri played a more crucial role, too...

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Black Panther (2017)

If Priest was the first to give Wakanda a geography, and Hudlin a history, Coates is the first to make Wakanda a character in the story.

Ta-Nehisi Coates was a huge splash when he was hired. He was known mostly as a political thinker before he joined Marvel, dissecting issues of race and racism for broader audiences in the pages of The Atlantic or The New York Times. He brought the same level of thoughtfulness to his comics work: it’s obvious from reading that he hasn’t just thought about how T’Challa interacts with the world around him, but how Wakanda fits with the nations around it, how cultures overlap, or what cities go where according to Wakanda’s geography.  

That’s not to say he’s giving us a geography textbook. It’s ALSO a politics textbook, with questions about the consent of the governed and an internal argument about why an advanced nation like Wakanda is stuck with a hereditary monarchy. That internal argument is carried out by two rogue Dora Milaje in mech suits, by the way.

Coates has been paired with stellar artists from the first issue, and has given us reunions of The Crew; a villains team of Obadiah Stane, Dr. Faustus, Klaw and Coates’ two new villains; and had T’Challa, Shuri and Manifold fighting the snake-headed byproduct of wars between the old gods. This book is outstanding.

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NEW AVENGERS

Make no mistake: this ends up being a Reed Richards/Dr. Doom story, but it’s also very much a Black Panther story. It starts in New Avengers #1 in Wakanda, and ends with Secret Wars #8 in the same place.

While the main strand of the story follows Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic as they fail to figure out why the multiverse is collapsing, the second storyline looks at Black Panther and Namor as they try and make the hard decisions to protect the others from having to make them. In this case, the hard decisions involve blowing up Earths full of people.

This run came on the heels of the dreadful Avengers vs. X-Men, where Namor, all hopped up on the Phoenix Force, destroyed huge chunks of Wakanda. Their conflict simmered through this whole story before finally resolving itself on Battleworld in one of the best battles in comics history. This Black Panther story is absolutely worth reading.

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Dig a little deeper...

Movie fans wondering where Erik Killmonger came from might want to check out Panther's Rage. The first truly great Black Panther solo story is a little beholden to 1970s comic book style, but Don McGregor told what was a genuinely epic T'Challa solo adventure, and began to flesh out Wakanda in new and inventive ways. And don't forget about Panther co-creator Jack Kirby's return to the character in the mid-70s, which might feel a little odd for movie fans, but it's still the King working on the King.

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Mostly Everyone Did Black At The BAFTAs With Varying Degrees Of Success

It would have been a nearly all-black fashion show at the BAFTAs in London last night, in honor of the Time’s Up movement. But the class average was brought down by Duchess Kate (who was prevented from wearing black by royal no-politics protocol), and Frances McDormand (who just didn’t feel like it and showed up in pink-on-black instead).

For mostly everyone else, it was a multitude of black. Or black with a random kick of not-black, like Allison Janney. And by random, I mean a satin choker bolero on top of a Bibhu Mohapatra dress. It looks like a shirt made from the bottom half of Roger the Alien from American Dad that was put on backwards and upside down.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones did weird, loose sleeves and a choker too. But her Alberta Ferretti gown gave me more of a scheming evil twin from a 70s soap opera who just inherited the family castle after someone had an unfortunate “accident.

When I was younger, I was obsessed with vintage sequin floral appliqués, so much so that I kept my most favorite cherished one (gold sequins in a rose shape with dangly beads) in a jewelry box. All I wanted was a dress nice enough to slap all my appliqués on. Salma Hayek in Gucci looks like a picture I would have ripped out and pinned in the middle of a vision board.

Last but not least is British presenter AJ Odudu, who wore basically underwear and a curtain panel by a designer named Kolchagov Barba. It is winter in the UK, which means AJ was most likely the opposite of warm and comfortable, but you do what you’ve gotta do! Besides, if she got too cold, I’m sure she could have asked Allison Janney to borrow her emergency blanket-looking sleeves.

Here’s a whole lot more fashion from the BAFTAs last night. Honorable mention goes to Leslie Bibb whose dress kind of looks like the neon lighting on a casino floor.

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David Eason Goes on Horrific Homophobic Rant: Will He Be Fired?!

Remember when Jenelle Evans first began dating David Eason, and lots of people were proud of her because they thought he was a good guy, or at least way better than the guys she'd been with before him?

Boy, were they wrong.

Jenelle Evans, David Eason Photo

It's kind of hard to imagine where people even got that idea to begin with, since he has a criminal record, was once in jail with Jenelle's first husband, Courtland Rogers, and was only recently allowed to see his own son.

Maybe because he's so tall, some naive Teen Mom fans think he's more mature? That's the only thing we can come up with.

Interestingly, Jenelle's mother, the beloved Barbara Evans, has made it clear from the beginning that she thinks David is the worst person Jenelle's ever been with.

And he seems pretty intent on proving that lately.

David and Jenelle got a whole lot of criticism last week when he shared a photo of her posing with a gun just a couple of hours after the news of the Florida shooting broke.

Jenelle Evans Gun Photo

She admitted that it was "bad timing," but he refused to consider the possibility that perhaps the photo was a bit inappropriate, given the circumstances.

Since then, he's been going on and on about guns and gun control and guns guns guns.

This morning, he shared a news story about the possibility of allowing those with concealed carry permits to bring guns onto school property, tweeting "It only makes sense to protect our kids the proper way... the only way we know how."

Someone replied, suggesting that instead of protecting our kids with guns, we protect them with "education," and that it "starts with intentional parenting."

"No, you are wrong," David wrote. "Please tell me sir, how do you propose we make all the people in America start being better parents? Or are you a monkeys uncle?"

Jenelle Eason, David Eason Photo

The same person suggested that David could start being a better parent by not "glorifying assault rifles" and by teaching his children "how to solve problems without calling people names or using force."

It's great advice for him, right?

But he really, really did not appreciate it.

"And just what makes you think you have the right to tell me how to be a parent?" he responded. "Because you think you know me?"

"Lmao why don't you go tell the homo and transgender parents to start teaching their kids better morals? Oh I forgot that's supposed to be normal."

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Yep. He really tweeted that.

Not only was that a hateful, offensive thing to say, but it's also really embarrassing that David Eason thinks he is some kind of authority on parenting and good morals.

Another person replied to that tweet, asking if David was going to teach his kids "to hate gay and transgender people."

"No, I'm going to teach them not to associate with them or be that way... If you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas," he answered.

He also referred to gay and transgender people as "abominations."

Jenelle Evans and David Eason Selfie

It's all just really, truly awful, but it's not over yet ... because someone rightfully called David homophobic, and he responded with this:

"Homophobic? You really lost it now, im not scared if sh-t especially a homo."

When another person called him homophobic, he repeated himself, writing that he "never said anything about being scared if homos."

Someone told David that they have a lesbian daughter, and that she's a great person, something that he doesn't seem to think is possible.

He hit back with "Well if she is lesbian than she wont be able to have kids right? Or she could adopt some troubled children and confuse them even more right?"

David Eason and Jenelle

And if you're wondering how ignorant one person can be, don't worry, he really laid it all out for us with this next revelation.

"We dont watch the news buddy," he told one of his followers in the middle of all this. "90% of every story is fake just to grab your attention and keep you on the channel long enough to see commercials."

Fake news, right? Right?!

All of these remarks have Teen Mom fans pushing harder than ever to get David kicked off the show -- there are petitions going around, and people are sending screenshots of the tweets to MTV producers.

Unfortunately, we don't see anything happening on that front. If David was fired, it doesn't seem possible that Jenelle would be able to keep on filming, and if Jenelle didn't film, there would be no show.

Still ... it's pretty shocking how he manages to be more and more terrible every single day.

The Toys That Made Us: Watch An Exclusive Star Wars Deleted Scene

Learn the secrets behind Kenner's Star Wars photography in this exclusive outtake from the Netflix series.

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Feb 19, 2018

Netflix's The Toys That Made Us might very well be our favorite show of the year so far. And what's not to love? The four episodes that debuted so far (another batch of which are currently in post-production) have charted the incredible -- and often strange and/or hilarious -- true stories behind Barbie dolls, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, and, best of all, Star Wars.

For those readers who weren't born in the 1970s or '80s, we can't begin to emphasize how Kenner's Star Wars items immediately and permanently changed the toy landscape. Like the film that spawned them, there was nothing ever like it in pop culture before. These things were everywhere, and their success was a tribute not only to George Lucas' mastery but also to the great workmanship and marketing from the Cincinatti-based Kenner company.

The company's struggles in bringing these toys into the marketplace are chronicled in-depth in the Star Wars installment of The Toys That Made Us, but a deleted sequence sheds more light on how photography was used to make the product look as appealing as possible. Exclusive to Den of Geek, the below clip includes insight from Kenner photographer Kim Simmons on how his images helped bring a galaxy far, far away to your local toystore:

Fascinating stuff.

Also of note is how this footage illustrates how Simmons' work has influenced contemporary toy photographers, including Matthew Callahan -- who draws from old Kenner photos as well as his own experiences as a U.S. Marine to create images of Star Wars toys placed in realistic battle scenarios. Just another example of how The Toys That Made Us  is a success in its mission of proving the far-reaching impact that playthings have. For more on the show, we spoke with series creator Brian Volk-Weiss about how the series was made and where it can go from here. 

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Legends of Tomorrow: What’s Next for Zari?

"Here I Go Again" is a turning point for Zari on Legends of Tomorrow, and Tala Ashe told us all about it.

Feature Mike Cecchini
Feb 19, 2018

If you're not caught up on Legends of Tomorrow before this week's episode, beware of spoilers! There are no spoilers for the latest episode.

Legends of Tomorrow is an unconventional superhero series known for its boundless energy and its assortment of quirky, misfit, b-list superheroes. But nobody tunes in to Legends expecting heavy hitters like the Justice League, instead, they keep coming back for the imaginative, reality-warping time travel scenarios and the chemistry of the cast.

Tala Ashe has quickly become a fan favorite on a show full of fan favorites. Ashe plays Zari Tomaz, a hacker from the future who also wields the power of the mysterious air totem. Introduced early in season three, Ms. Ashe had the challenge of establishing a little-known comics character on a show where many of her co-stars already had multiple seasons of Arrowverse backstory to make their own space in the Waverider. 

"It's always weird, I think, to be the new kid," Ashe tells Den of Geek. "Especially if you're sort of an especially awkward person like myself. Everyone was really nice. What I think is wonderful about Legends amongst other things, is that there's no diva behavior on our set. Everyone's really kind, and doing their own thing. Everyone's in a sort of rhythm of course, from being together for two seasons. I think on-screen and off, the season has been an evolution of integrating more as Zari, and as Tala."

This season of Legends of Tomorrow has already seen major changes to the roster. Rip Hunter is even more absent than he was during the show's second season, and there have been major departures (Firestorm), high profile guest stars (Matt Ryan as John Constantine), and other new additions (Keiynan Lonsdale's Kid Flash is about to join the team). While Ashe feels that "the new kid thing is sort of fading away" she also welcomed the arrival of Lonsdale as Wally West, who she describes as "a really lovely person with wonderful energy."

But you can't have major cast upheavals without feeling the effects. "I do sort of feel like it was two seasons...before Franz and Victor left, and then after," Ashe says. "It does feel like a different set of people. Everyone's wonderful, but you know, it's different."

Zari is loosely based on the DC Comics character, Isis, although Legends has given fans a significant departure from the comics. That doesn't mean they're abandoning them entirely, though. "[executive producers] Mark [Guggenheim], Phil [Klemmer], and I from the beginning have had a very open dialogue in terms of developing this character," Ashe says. "I obviously did reference the source material coming into it, because I didn't know exactly what to expect. Zari has sort of taken us all on her own journey. So I feel like I'm learning from her, and from who she is."

"I do still look at the comics, because I think there's sort of an aspirational quality," Ashe says. "We will see Zari harness her powers more and embody them as the season goes on. We saw her at the beginning and she thought wasn't even worthy of them, and that they were really her brother's powers. I think what's helpful to me is I see how strong that character is in the comic books, and I think that's sort of helpful to what Zari is working towards, if that makes sense."

But what "aspirational" qualities does she see in her take on the character? "I think [Zari] actually has a great deal of empathy, which sometimes is buried under a lot of protective measures," Ashe says. "We've actually seen it a few times in the season, especially with the kids, with young Ray and young Nora. I hope that we see more of that as we go...Her no bullshit attitude with the world, and the fact that she names things for what they are. I really admire that. There is a fearlessness that she has outwardly, which in this episode, I think we see her vulnerability come out. I think that makes her stronger, and I hope it will make her stronger in the long term...I think she has a lot of loyalty. Once she considers someone her family, she'll do anything for them, and we see that play out directly in [this week's episode]."

"Here I Go Again" which is the "Groundhog Day" episode of Legends, was particularly helpful as it presents a unique problem for Zari to solve, and allowed Ashe to explore new elements of the character. "This episode ["Here I Go Again"] actually taught me a lot about her sort of edges and her sort of internal challenges and strengths," Ashe says. "With everything really great about the episode is that we see a lot of character development for her, and we see parts of her that we haven't seen before, because of the nature of what anyone can imagine a time loop would do to your sanity. There's a lot of humor and desperation that kind of causes Zari to lose her apathetic, cool girl thing, because she thinks she's losing her mind."

In fact, it sounds like "Here I Go Again" is the episode where Zari does finally lose the "new kid" feeling once and for all. "What's important about this episode is that she fully does embrace being part of this team," Ashe says. "She fully embraces their mission, with the caveat of still continuing to hack her way through history in the way that makes sense to her. Which I think that the team is kind of getting at more on board with. There is sort of a compromise that happens."

But make no mistake, the character of Zari is bigger than that, and Ashe is well aware of what else the character can accomplish. "I think ultimately she wants to do good, and she actually has very lofty ambitions of wanting to save the world, and wanting to make the world a better place, and a more egalitarian space for everyone. Whether as a Muslim-American, whether it's religion, or ethnicity. I think that's her long term goal, and that's always churning for her."

Legends of Tomorrow "Here I Go Again" airs Monday, February 19 at 8 pm on the CW. 

Rachel Lindsay: Lauren Burnham Will Win The Bachelor! Show’s Over!

The Bachelor's coveted hometown dates begin tonight, with Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s final four women introducing them to their families.

According to one woman who's been on both sides of this Bachelor milestone, however, three of them might as well not even bother ...

Lauren Burnham Pic

... because Arie's made up his mind. Show's over. Go home. Turn out the lights, move along, nothing more to see here folks.

And Rachel Lindsay, last year's star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, isn't basing this on The Bachelor spoilers, either.

In Lindsay's view, Lauren Burnham wrapped this thing up on last week's episode, before the hometown dates even began.

The crazy part, Rachel writes, is not that Arie has an established favorite at this point, but that it's her, in spite of red flags.

Many red flags. Like very red, and a lot of flags.

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Rachel believes this is a major cause for alarm:

"There are a lot of new things that Arie and Lauren B. are experiencing together but one thing remains constant: the lack of communication."

"This is surprising because [the] lovebirds are on this Italian adventure exploring a different country and one another for the first time."

"Still, they have nothing to talk about."

"Those are not red, white and green flags waving in the distance, those are red ones. Is it just me or is this not alarming?" she continues.

"Arie is again concerned about his relationship with Lauren B., as he should be. I, too, am worried that there is no depth in this relationship."

Arie The Bachelor

Lindsay notes that Arie himself even admits that "he is trying so hard … harder than in any other relationship" to make it work.

Why, though? Is that part of the appeal of Lauren Burnham? "I wonder: is this love, infatuation, or just the hard-to-get challenge of it all?"

Even when she did open up, "she only says she is falling in love with her words because there is absolutely no emotion in her face."

His response? "Arie gets up and walks away."

"We never get the full answer of why he does this, but my best guess is that he is overcome with so much emotion that she is falling for him."

What the heck is going on with these two!?

The Bachelor: Lauren B

Rachel's theory on what happened?

"I personally think he took a moment to run off, jump for joy, click his heels together in the air, and scream with delight into the night."

"He comes back to her and says all of the following without hesitation: 'I want it so bad for us.' He is falling 'deeply' in love with her."

"Ummmm, excuse me for two seconds. What did Arie just say? All further dates will be painful and pale in comparison to this one."

"That’s it! Show is over … there is nothing more to see here. He literally just told Lauren she is the one and everyone else is a placeholder."

Arie Luyendyk: The Bachelor

Yup, that was it, says Rachel: "Arie is on Cloud 9 with Lauren B. while the other women are looking up at them from their hotel rooms."

"I would be so upset if I were the other girls watching this at home. In hindsight, it is too bad they all couldn’t have the foresight Jacqueline did."

Crazily, Lindsay may be right ... but:

If you believe The Bachelor spoilers, Arie's final rose winner and the person he is with right now are not the same person.

That's all we're going to say about that here, but how's that for an epic twist in the making as the home stretch begins?!

Open Post: Hosted By Burglar Buffoonery 

This video is a few days old, but it’s never too late to learn that if you’re going to pull the illegal act of robbing a warehouse and plan to break into that bitch by throwing a brick at the window, put on a helmet and some armor first. Because that brick may not want to be part of your crimes and will bounce off the window and knock your ass out.

Shanghai police released surveillance camera footage from Valentine’s Day of two thieves trying to get into a warehouse to rob it. They both stroll up to the warehouse with bricks in hand. One of them throws a brick, and the window doesn’t break. They should have taken that as a sign and exited stage left. But instead, the other one threw a brick, which didn’t break the window, but ended up breaking his co-robber’s head instead. The thief was hoping he’d leave the scene of the crime dragging away some stolen shit, but instead he left dragging away his knocked-out friend. If two of the Three Stooges turned to a life of crime, it would look like this:

A rep for the Shanghai Public Security Bureau made fun of the robbers in a statement.

“If all burglars were like this, we wouldn’t need to work overtime.”

The thieves haven’t been caught yet, and police don’t know how the knocked-out thief is doing. It’d be some shit if that theif woke up with amnesia, forgot who he was and eventually started a new life as a police officer. But if he did remember what happened when he came to, he hopefully realized that he and his partner in criminal fuckery need to hang up their thievin’ gloves for good. Because being a robber ain’t for you if footage from your crimes make people hum the Benny Hill theme song.

Pic: YouTube 

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 Last week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download. Read More

Where Is The Love? Fergie’s Pals Fear Worst Amid National Anthem Disaster Backlash

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” singer Fergie is likely shedding tears right now after getting slammed for her butchered rendition of the National Anthem at Sunday’s NBA All-Star’s game in L.A.!

Although die-hard fans are speculating that the disastrous performance was a hoax, a close friend of the 42-year-old told RadarOnline.com exclusively, “Fergie has gone off the rails and everyone is really, really worried about her, including Josh [Duhamel]!”

“She has been acting really erratic lately and she’s been sending friends texts messages in the middle of the night,” the insider revealed. “It seems she may be back to her partying ways.”

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As Black Eyed Peas fans know, Fergie has been open about her history with crystal meth addiction and has been incredibly outspoken about her struggles to stay sober.

After divorcing longtime hunky hubby Duhamel, 45 – who is baby-daddy to the couple’s four-year-old son Axl Jack – Fergie’s fought to regain her sex-symbol status while on a worldwide tour to promote her second solo album, Double Dutchess.

However, the album’s lackluster reviews may have taken its toll on Fergie, according to the friend.

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“She was devastated by the poor reception to her latest album because it was supposed to be her big break back into the spotlight,” the insider told Radar. “The response just wasn’t what Fergie or her team was hoping for, at all.”

Fergie said in a statement of her controversial performance, “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

What do you think is going on with Fergie? Sound off in the comments below.

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Laurence Fishburne’s Daughter Guilty Of Property Damage After DUI Arrest

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Laurence Fishburne’s daughter was recently found guilty of property damage following her sloppy 2017 DUI arrest, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Montana Fishburne, now 26, was driving a white Toyota Corolla around 1 a.m. last March when she crashed into a Range Rover on a Fort Lauderdale highway, Radar reported.

According to a police report, cops discovered an open bottle of wine on the floor of Montana’s car. The highway trooper observing Montana claimed she made “incoherent statements” and urinated on the side of the road.

Montana blew a .177 and .181 on the breathalyzer, more than double the legal limit, the report furthered.

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Montana was arrested for DUI, DUI property damage and enhanced DUI. At the time, she pleaded not guilty.

Last week, however, on Feb. 9, the adult film star switched her plea to no contest and accepted a sentence of 12 months’ probation.

Court documents state the 26-year-old has to attend MADD meetings, DWI school and stay away from alcohol and intoxicants. She will also have to submit to random breath and urine tests.

READ THE DOCUMENTS HERE!

Additionally, Montana’s driver’s license has been suspended and she is expected to complete 50 hours of community service.

Back in 2010 at the age of 19, Laurence’s daughter starred in a fully naked hard-core sex tape with Vivid Entertainment, Radar revealed. At the time, she went by the name “Chippy D.”

What do you think of Montana’s sentence? Sound off in the comments!

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Travis Scott Breaks Silence On Baby Amid Bad Dad Claims

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Travis Scott is finally breaking his silence after coming under fire for being a “bad dad.” 

Scott, 25, was caught on camera over the weekend when a paparazzo asked him: “How’s Stormi?” in which he replied “Our baby is beautiful!”

The sweet admission comes on heels of reported that the rapper hasnt been there for the baby since Kylie Jenner gave birth on February 1, 2018.

But as RadarOnline.com previously reported exclusively, the reality star recently struck a deal with her baby daddy in order to get him to play a bigger role in Stormi‘s life.

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Scott was seriously slacking in the fatherhood department but sources told Radar he’s since stepped up his game after the new mother convinced him to take on more fatherly duties as long as she sticks to his rules — no filming and no family!

“He won’t tolerate the KUWTK cameras being anywhere near him, and Kylie’s been warned to keep her mom Kris and meddling sisters far away as well,” sources revealed.

“Travis was present at the birth and fully intends to honor his responsibilities,” spills the snitch. “Things are still up in the air in terms of custody and visitation, but Kylie is expecting Travis to pull his weight and contribute to the baby’s upkeep financially, which he’s promised to do.”

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“Travis has been so absent throughout the pregnancy, but through intermediates they’ve found a temporary compromise.”

As fans know, while Jenner was pregnant with the couple’s first child Scott was busy globetrotting to promote his music and was even spotted in a strip club!

“Kylie doesn’t trust Travis at all and she doesn’t need him to raise this baby,” the source told Radar exclusively at the time. “She does want to be with him, but only if he wants it and she has made this very clear to him.”

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Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux: Who Dumped Whom and Why?

As you've no doubt heard by now, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have broken up after just two and a half years of marriage.

On social media and in the tabloids, you can find countless theories about why the actors decided to call it quits, but Jen and Justin have been mum on the issue.

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Despite the standard request for privacy, however, sources close to the former couple have been spilling the tea so such reputable media outlets as People.

And so, a clear picture of exactly what went wrong is beginning to emerge, and the details have many fans downright shocked.

In the days after the split, the most common narrative was that Aniston left Theroux for Brad Pitt.

Now, that story is being exposed for the fan fiction that it always appeared to be.

For starters, those who know the couple best say Jen wasn't the one to pull the plug on the relationship.

“It seems Justin gave up many months ago,” a source close to the actress tells People.

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“For the past few months, he has spent very little time in L.A. Jen very recently started telling people that they were over. She seems okay now, but was still hoping as of a few weeks ago that they could figure things out.”

It seems Jen and Justin chose a rather ironic date for their last face-to-face meeting:

"They saw each other late at night on Valentine’s Day in L.A.,” the insider claims.

“They decided together that they would make the announcement the next day. Justin flew on a private jet to L.A. to see Jen one last time.”

The source adds that not only was Justin the one who decided to call it quits, it was his decision to go public with the breakup.

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“Jen didn’t want to announce it for as long as possible, because she wanted to avoid the media attention,” says the insider.

“Jen hoped that Justin would be low-key on her birthday so people weren’t wondering why he wasn’t with her. But that’s not Justin’s style,” the informant adds.

“He wanted to make the announcement so he can live his life.”

While we may never find out exactly what caused the actors to part ways, the consensus seems to be that Justin is th one who called it quits.

Given how closely Jen guards her privacy, it might be quite some time before more details emerge.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may be dying, and could disappear within our lifetimes – BGR


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Army of Darkness: Sam Raimi’s Medieval Dead Turns 25

Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness concluded the Evil Dead trilogy on a strange note.

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Feb 19, 2018

With Army of Darkness, the concluding (at the time!) installment in what became known as the Evil Dead trilogy, Sam Raimi completed a series that swerved from nasty yet funny horror into full-blown slapstick comedy – with mixed results. The first Evil Dead – an instant cult classic upon its arrival in 1981 – was a lunatic mix of outright horror, black comedy and sight gags, a movie that gave you the creeps and made you laugh out loud at the same time while also introducing Raimi’s energetic, wildly creative visual style. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, issued in 1987, amped up the gore and gags at the expense of the horror, but was still outrageously entertaining.

By the time Raimi got around to Army of Darkness five years later – having made his major studio debut in between with 1990’s underappreciated Darkman – he seemed to have lost his taste for the more horrific elements that the original Evil Dead had possessed. Army of Darkness begins right where Evil Dead 2 ends, dropping our long-suffering hero/schlub Ash (Bruce Campbell) into the Middle Ages, where he has to deal with both the local populace and the army of Deadites that are terrorizing them. One escapade follows another as Ash is captured by Lord Arthur (Marcus Gilbert), romances local gal Sheila (Embeth Davidtz), and must search for the ancient Necronomicon to find a way to return to his time -- fighting an army of Little Ashes and a malignant Evil Ash along the way, not to mention the title mass of Deadites.

It’s certainly the most ambitious of the three Evil Dead films, with Raimi benefiting from an $11 million budget (more than 3 times that of Evil Dead 2) and the resources of Universal Pictures behind him. But there’s no doubt in my mind that Army of Darkness also suffered from being too big (relatively speaking) for its own good, with nearly all the sharp edges of the first two movies sanded down and the thing playing very much like a live-action cartoon. I distinctly remember sitting down to watch it in a theater and sort of getting a sinking feeling as the movie unspooled and I realized this was quite a different cap to the series than I had expected (not that I anticipated a true “horror movie,” but perhaps something with a little more bite).

Interestingly, the idea of taking Ash back in time was originally going to form the basis of the second film, but Raimi and company (including co-producers Campbell and Rob Tapert) weren’t able to get the budget to do it. Campbell told Bill Warren for his book The Evil Dead Companion that Evil Dead 2 "was originally designed to go back into the past to 1300, but we couldn't muster it at the time, so we decided to make an interim version, not knowing if the 1300 story would ever get made.” But when the second film made enough money to warrant a third, Raimi went back to the Middle Ages story, which was originally and brilliantly titled The Medieval Dead. The story borrowed elements from a wide range of influences including Jason and the Argonauts (for the fighting skeletal Deadites), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (which featured a similar time-traveling device) and The Three Stooges.

The movie was filmed in several California locations, including the famous Bronson Canyon (home to the entrance of the Batcave from the 1960s Batman TV series) as well as more remote areas near the Mojave Desert and in the Sierra Pelona Mountains. Conditions were often hot during the day and cold at night, making it uncomfortable for cast and crew alike as many scenes were filmed during the evening. Bruce Campbell had perhaps the toughest job of all as he had to perform numerous fight scenes with either nothing in front of him (the stop-motion Deadites would be added later) or having to navigate through mechanical and prosthetic effects on set.

There’s no question that what holds all these disparate elements together in the film is Campbell’s portrayal of Ash. Comfortable in the character after the two previous films, Campbell perfects Ash’s fierce if not very bright determination and his unerring ability to make every bad decision possible, yet keeps you rooting for this tremendous goofball the entire time. The actor’s physicality is put to impressive use as well and his timing is impeccable. Ash is perhaps one of the best parodies of a traditional hero ever committed to celluloid, and one could argue that Campbell’s impossibly square jaw and scene-stealing chin are the film’s best visual effects.

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In fact, he kind of carries the film, which spins drunkenly from setpiece to setpiece until finally reaching the climactic confrontation with the title militia, in which Ash leads the humans in one massive battle against the Deadite minions. All is set to right and as his reward, Ash is given a potion and an incantation to recite (“Klaatu barada nikto,” nudge nudge) which should send him to the present again -- and does, in one of two endings filmed for the movie. Raimi’s original, more gleefully nihilistic finale found Ash drinking one drop too many of the liquid and sleeping way too long, ending up in a post-apocalyptic England of the future. But Universal Pictures didn’t like that sign-off, so a new one was filmed in which Ash does successfully get back to his time and his job at S-Mart, but fights off the one female Deadite who has managed to travel forward as well.

Although he thought that Ash screwing up one more time and ending up in some future cataclysm was more in keeping with the character, Raimi told Warren, “I kind of like the fact that there are two endings, that in one alternate universe Bruce is screwed, and in another universe he's some cheesy hero.” But it wasn’t just the ending that got changed. Raimi’s original cut came in at 96 minutes, but Universal trimmed it down considerably to 81 minutes -- inadvertently making the movie that played in theaters faster moving but somewhat less coherent (and more upbeat with the new “happy ending”). While Raimi understands why even some fans like the theatrical cut better, his Director’s Cut is his preferred version. It may seem a little bloated, but it adds enough material that clarifies some of the more jarring transitions in the Universal cut.

There were actually two more versions of the film prepared as well, perhaps indicative of the confusion that the movie might have caused to its distributors and exhibitors. Producer Dino De Laurentiis ordered an 88-minute edit of the film for international release, essentially a trimmer version of the Director’s Cut but with the Universal ending at S-Mart added on. The fourth version was readied for television, also 88 minutes but making a lot more trims for violence and language (the TV version used overdubbed dialogue to replace that not suitable for small screens). In all three edits, a lot of existing scenes are cut down in size, with the edits ranging from a few seconds to as much as two minutes, while alternate takes are used for a few and in some rare instances (as on the TV version), a deleted scene is restored.

I don’t have the time or patience to go through all the differences, but the multiple versions have all been available in some form through the years (there’s even a fan-edited version out there that includes just about every scrap of footage and clocks in at 104 minutes). Some have been harder to get than others, or existed as murky “gray market” home video releases, while the TV version has aired numerous times over the years. The new Scream Factory set collects all four versions for the first time on a North American Blu-ray/DVD release (a German set did the same in 2013), making it the most complete archive of the many versions of Army of Darkness available on these shores to date (the set also includes a feature-length retrospective documentary and a rollicking commentary from Raimi and Campbell on the Director’s Cut, among many other bonuses).

Army of Darkness was a transitional moment in Sam Raimi’s career -- his next three movies (The Quick and the Dead, A Simple Plan and For the Love of the Game) found him leaving the horror genre behind entirely and pursuing a more mainstream line of filmmaking that eventually led him to helming the first trio of blockbuster Spider-Man films. His own directorial style matured as well, and while he’s made some excellent movies along the way, the original blend of lunacy, wacky creativity and almost sadistic glee that permeates the Evil Dead movies has never quite returned (although it might in the new Starz series he and Campbell have created, Ash vs. Evil Dead).

Perhaps that’s why, despite it still being a blast to watch in many ways, Army of Darkness feels uneven and is the least effective of the Evil Dead trilogy. It represents Sam Raimi letting go of his past and, like Ash himself, hurtling into an uncertain future. 

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Adam Rippon Takes Tiny Dump On NBC

Olympic skater Adam Rippon can only spin around three times in the air instead of four, so he is of course garbage in the eyes of the 2018 PyeongChange Olympic judges and most of the world. Even though a lack of ariel dexterity kept Rippon out of contention for a men’s singles medal, he struck a chord with audiences over the course of the first week of the Olympic games – enough so to land a correspondence gig with NBC that was supposed to last for the next week, but ended up lasting for four and a half seconds. Rippon accepted the position before realizing that he would have to disassociate from Team U.S.A. and vacate the Olympics HPVillage, which for gay athletes at the Winter Games is like last call at a sex dungeon on Fire Island. He stated to USA Today:

I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village. It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events.

People will always criticize whatever network is broadcasting the Olympics, and I really do think that NBC’s inability to gauge which sports we want to be televised (Spoiler: Women getting two feet off the ground on snowboards is not a sport, sorry not sorry) and which to leave to the twelve-people audiences at the PyeongChang games is glaring.

In addition to the actual coverage, NBC seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with its ragtag team of correspondents. But at least we know that if wall-eyed Shrek monster Mike Tirico can make it on TV, anybody can. Deadline also points to a slew of gaffes made by announcers so far, and basically, nabbing the widely-liked Rippon would have been a win for NBC. By accepting and then quickly dropping this offer, Rippon is telling that world that it’s better to sip hot cocoa and get intercontinental STDs in warming tents than work for NBC. And that’s a message that, as Americans, we can all get behind.

 

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Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes last month made everyone cream their jeans to the point where they chose her like a Pokemon to take on the Charmander of Washington D.C. DonaldHow’s My Hair Trump. And though she’s been toying with us about running, doesn’t it feel weird knowing that if she does indeed run, the battle for the office of POTUS would be between a former talk show host and a former game show host? Can I put on my good church wig and reclaim my time like Aunt Maxine now? Because if that’s our future then the shit-talking began last night during a segment on 60 Minutes.

Oprah re-visited a group of fourteen people she interviewed a few months ago from Grand Rapids, MI. Some are Trump supporters and the rest are not. I didn’t see the initial interview but I’m sure it was a verbal slap-boxing extravaganza where people either wanted to kick Trump right in his ass or place their lips on his ass and kiss it like the Blarney Stone. Incidentally, since that time the diverse group of people kept in touch (more than likely for a check) and Oprah decided to go back and do a follow-up, because anything Trump related is ratings gold.

During this second round of interviews, they all used the normal catchphrases attached to this presidency like bullying, ISIS, economy and #metoo. There’s even a moment where one Trump supporter claimed she feels the safest she ever has because she can now proudly say, “Merry Christmas!”, to everyone like she’s Tiny Tim. Whatever lady. Anyway, the interviews were everything you would expect from a bipartisan round-table discussion, and of course ol’ Twitter Fingers Trump fixed his dollar store carpet-sample hair, cracked his dusty knuckles and tweeted after he saw the segment.

OK. First, I almost pissed my pants from laughing so hard at Trump calling anybody insecure. Pot, meet kettle. Second, isn’t 11:30 past his bedtime? Melania Trump better get on her job and start spiking his nightcaps with NyQuil so he can take his ass to bed at a decent hour. And third, Oprah isn’t here for those tweets! She has an army that makes the MAGAs and the Beyhive look like a band of kindergartners with broken slingshots on the playground. Translation: You better run, bitch!

Click here to see the entire interview. It’s long but worth the watch if you need to exercise your eyeballs with more rolls than a supermarket bakery.

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Blac Chyna is Awful at Oral Sex, According to Twitter

On Monday, many people on Twitter saw Blac Chyna's name trending and, innocently, clicked the link out of curiosity to find out why.

Perhaps there was news about her lawsuits with the Kardashians? Not so. Many a tweeter was subjected to something much worse:

A leaked Blac Chyna sex tape.

The Instagram-based gossip page, The Shade Room, reports on who they believe is allegedly responsible for the video's release:

"Yikes! #CardiB bestie @star_brim5 pulled a #RobKardashian move on #BlacChyna and released her sex tape (kinda)."

"#DisTewMuch #IssaLawsuit (Somebody said #LisaBloom rubbing her hands together like birdman right now)"

Blac did not initially respond.

Star Brim, however, clarified that she didn't leak it, and that it was already "all over the internet" and that she has no beef with Chyna.

In any case, the obscene clip of Blac Chyna performing oral sex has been viewed and widely panned across social media.

Many were shocked to see a woman with Chyna's reputation as a seductress appear to be so very inadequate at oral sex.

Obviously, it's terrible that Chyna and her unidentified partner were violated if this clip was posted without their consent.

Leaking someone's nudes and/or sex tapes is a terrible thing to do, whether it's revenge porn or simply for "fun."

But people on Twitter, who are not responsible for that violation, couldn't help but react when they saw the video.

And their responses are a real riot.

1. In case you did not see the leaked video

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This tweet pretty much summarizes it.

2. Naturally, a reference to Tyga came up

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To be fair, Kylie was in high school, not middle school when Tyga started dating her. To be even more fair, that's still super gross.

3. In fact, both Tyga and Rob came up

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People had assumed that Blac Chyna's femme fatale reputation was accompanied by mind-blowing bedroom skills. Now they are second-guessing that assumption.

4. Though the man recording the video seemed thrilled ...

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... The people who saw the video were thoroughly unimpressed.

5. The disappointment was almost palpable

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Some people admire Chyna for "scamming" Rob Kardashian into impregnating her.

6. This one's like a mini-essay

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To be clear, there are many ways to, um, have value. Even to have value in bed. Maybe Blac Chyna's just bad at this one particular thing. Or maybe this just wasn't a good day.
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TV Premiere Dates 2018 Schedule: Winter and Spring

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

News Den of Geek Staff
Feb 19, 2018

The new year is here, and so are a bunch of shows returning from break and premiering new seasons in 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 Date Calendar, where we're keeping track of series premiere dates, return dates, and more for this year and beyond. 

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

Please note that all times are EST. 

TV Premiere Dates 2018

Date Show Network
Monday, February 19 Star Wars Rebels (9:00 p.m.) Disney XD
Monday, February 19 X Company (10:00 p.m.) Ovation
Tuesday, February 20 The Frankenstein Chronicles Netflix
Friday, February 23 Marseille  Netflix
Friday, February 23 Seven Seconds  Netflix
Friday, February 23 The Tick Amazon
Sunday, February 25 Ash vs Evil Dead (9:00 p.m.) Starz
Sunday, February 25 The Walking Dead (9:00 p.m.) AMC
Sunday, February 25 Final Space (10:30 p.m.) TBS
Monday, February 26 Mr. Pickles (12:00 a.m.) Adult Swim
Monday, February 26 iZombie (9:00 p.m.) CW
Monday, February 26 Living Bibically (9:30 p.m.) CBS
Monday, February 26 Good Girls (10:00 p.m.) NBC
Monday, February 26 McMafia (10:00 p.m.) AMC
Monday, February 26 Shoot the Messenger (10:00 p.m.) WGN
Monday, February 26 UnREAL (10:00 p.m.) Lifetime
Monday, February 26 Final Space (10:30 p.m.) TBS
Tuesday, February 27 Unsolved (10:00 p.m.) USA
Wednesday, February 28 The Looming Tower Hulu
Wednesday, February 28 Designated Survivor (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Thursday, March 1 A.P. Bio (9:30 p.m.) NBC
Thursday, March 1 Atlanta (10:00 p.m.) FX
Friday, March 2 Voltron  Netflix
Friday, March 2 B: The Beginning Netflix
Friday, March 2 Once Upon a Time (8:00 p.m.) ABC
Sunday, March 4 The Good Fight CBS All Access
Sunday, March 4 90th Annual Academy Awards ABC
Wednesday, March 7 Hard Sun Hulu
Wednesday, March 7 Life Sentence (9:00 p.m.) CW
Wednesday, March 7 Heathers (10:00 p.m.) Paramount
Wednesday, March 7 Hap and Leonard (10:00 p.m.) Sundance
Thursday, March 8 Marvel's Jessica Jones  Netflix
Thursday, March 8 The Oath Crackle
Friday, March 9 Love Netflix
Friday, March 9 Sneaky Pete Netflix
Friday, March 9 Dynasty (8:00 p.m.) CW
Sunday, March 11 Instinct (8:00 p.m.) CBS
Sunday, March 11 The Royals (10:00 p.m.) E!
Sunday, March 11 Deception (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Sunday, March 11 Timeless (10:00 p.m.) NBC
Monday, March 12 Mary Kills People (9:00 p.m.) Lifetime
Tuesday, March 13 Rise (10:00 p.m.) NBC
Tuesday, March 13 For the People (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Friday, March 16 On My Block Netflix
Friday, March 16 Edha  Netflix
Friday, March 16 Striking Out Acorn TV
Sunday, March 18 Instinct (8:00 p.m.) CBS
Tuesday, March 20 You Me Her (10:00 p.m.) DirecTV
Wednesday, March 21 Krypton  Syfy
Thursday, March 22 Station 19 (9:00 p.m.) ABC
Friday, March 23 Alexa and Katie  Netflix
Sunday, March 25 Trust (10:00 p.m.) FX
Sunday, March 25 Billions (10:00 p.m.) Showtime
Sunday, March 25 Silicon Valley (10:00 p.m.) HBO
Sunday, March 25 Barry (10:30 p.m.) HBO
Monday, March 26 The Terror (9:00 p.m.) AMC
Tuesday, March 27 Roseanne (8:00 p.m.) ABC
Tuesday, March 27 Splitting Up Together (9:30 p.m.) ABC
Wednesday, March 28 Empire (8:00 p.m.) FOX
Wednesday, March 28 Alex, Inc. (8:30 p.m.) ABC
Wednesday, March 28 Star (9:00 p.m.) FOX
Wednesday, March 28 Suits (9:00 p.m.) USA
Wednesday, March 28 Ice (10:00 p.m.) DirecTV
Wednesday, March 28 The Americans (10:00 p.m.) FX
Thursday, March 29 Siren (8:00 p.m.) Freeform
Friday, March 30 A Series of Unfortunate Events  Netflix
Monday, April 2 The Crossing (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Tuesday, April 3 Shadowhunters (8:00 p.m.) Freeform
Tuesday, April 3 The Middle (8:30 p.m.) ABC
Tuesday, April 3 The Last O.G. (10:30 p.m.) TBS
Wednesday, April 4 National Treasure: Kiri Hulu
Wednesday, April 4 Famous in Love Freeform
Sunday, April 8 Howards End Starz
Sunday, April 8 Killing Eve (8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 8 Unforgotten (9:00 p.m.) PBS
Tuesday, April 10 New Girl (9:30 p.m.) FOX
Friday, April 13 Rellik Cinemax
Sunday, April 15 Fear the Walking Dead (10:00 p.m.) AMC
Monday, April 16 Supergirl (8:00 p.m.) CW
Sunday, April 22 The Originals (9:00 p.m.) CW
Sunday, April 22 Into the Badlands (10:00 p.m.) AMC
Tuesday, April 24 Genius  Nat Geo
Tuesday, April 24 The 100 (9:00 p.m.) CW
Wednesday, April 25 The Handmaid's Tale Hulu
Wednesday, April 25 Brockmire (10:00 p.m.) IFC
Thursday, April 26 Quantico (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Sunday, April 29 Good Witch (9:00 p.m.) Hallmark
Monday, April 30 Elementary (10:00 p.m.) ABC
Wednesday, May 2 Code Black (10:00 p.m.) CBS
Sunday, May 6 Sweetbitter  Starz
Sunday, May 6 Vida Starz
Sunday, May 6 I'm Dying Up Here (10:00 p.m.) Showtime
Sunday, May 18 Little Women PBS
Wednesday, June 6 Condor (10:00 p.m.) DirecTV
Thursday, June 7 Marvel's Cloack & Dagger (8:00 p.m.) Freeform
Thursday, June 7 American Woman (10:00 p.m.) Paramount
Sunday, June 10 72nd Annual Tony Awards (8:00 p.m.) CBS
Tuesday, June 12 The Bold Type  Freeform
Sunday, June 17 The Affair (9:00 p.m.) Showtime
Wednesday, June 20 Yellowstone (9:00 p.m.) Paramount
Tuesday, July 31 Casual Hulu
Friday, August 31 Jack Ryan Amazgon
Monday, September 17 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (8:00 p.m.) NBC

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

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Fullmetal Alchemist Review

The Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie adapts the beloved anime about bonkers alchemy and brotherly love with mixed results.

Live-action anime adaptations are especially difficult propositions. Recent adaptations of Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note, and Attack on Titan were all met with mixed reactions (and the less said about Ghost in the Shell, the better). On the other hand, Takashi Miike tends to strike gold with the genre and has turned challenging works likes Phoenix Wright, Terra Formers, and Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure into worthwhile films, while the recent live-action take on Gintama was surprisingly impressive.

But it's an uphill battle for something like Full Metal Alchemist, especially when the property in question is such a beloved series. Fullmetal Alchemist (and Fullmetal Alchemist : Brotherhood) is considered by many to be one of the best anime of all time. Fumihiko Sori’s film adaptation isn’t a complete success, but there are moments where the movie is pure magic. Sori taps into the spirit and wondrous feeling of the anime and it’s clear that he is a fan of the source material, which is paramount for a project of this nature.

Fullmetal Alchemist  tells the story of the two Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, two prodigies on the hunt for the elusive Philosopher's Stone. It's a simple enough shonen-style narrative and the series excels in its efforts to throw wild concepts at the audience, but this bizarre jumble of science, magic, civil war, and action somehow comes together, just like...alchemy. Alchemy itself is given a lot of leeway in the film’s universe, but one area in which there are a number of restrictions is when it comes to the topic of resurrection. Life and death aren't to be played around with, yet Ed and Al persist and try to bring back their dead mother. It’s a disastrous decision that leads to Alphonse losing his entire body. Ed then sacrifices a literal arm and a leg in order to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor and at least allow him the ability to move and speak. It’s not practical to cover approximately 60 anime episodes worth of material, so Sori’s film tackles the infamously tragic first arc of the series. That’s still a fair bit to cram into a single film and Fullmetal Alchemist definitely feels like it covers a lot of ground.

Sori’s casting of Ed may be a big point of contention for some viewers. The role goes to Ryosuke Yamada, which apparently caused a fair bit of controversy over in Japan. Yamada is from the pop-idol group Hey! Say! JUMP and he's more of a musician than an actor. In spite of this, Yamada has the right look for the innocent, naive elf-like character. However, when the film moves into more challenging territory Yamada does seem to have a harder time channeling Ed's more complex emotions. Some moments are dead-on, but he sometimes lacks the alarmingly chipper attitude that fuels Ed in the anime. The rest of the cast, like Dean Fujioka who plays the conflicted Roy Mustang, and Yasuko Matsuyuki, who brings the unhinged monster Lust to life, all channel their anime equivalents well. Sori uses an entirely Japanese cast here even though the film is set in Europe (specifically Italy). This does feel a little strange at first and Sori has spoken about his reluctance about this decision, but it’s a choice that makes sense due to the nature of this production.

Fullmetal Alchemist isn’t the first anime that Fumihiko Sori has adapted to live-action. In fact, he apparently got this gig because of his work on his adaptation of Ping Pong. That's not exactly surprising to hear since Ping Pong is full of impressive choreography and cinematography that perfectly lends itself to something as chaotic and action-packed as Fullmetal Alchemist. Sori impresses with many of these battles, but he unfortunately leans a little too hard on CG this time around. The movie often uses CG to augment scenes in incredible ways, which absolutely adds to the film’s unbelievable action and sense of suspense and helps make Al’s movements look as fluid as they need to be. One of the reasons that people love Fullmetal Alchemist is because of its breathtaking battle scenes. When it comes to the film’s version of these it feels like most of the effort was channeled into the movie’s first big fight scene, which is absolutely perfect. The movie never hits this high again (although the showdown with the Humunculus towards the end comes close) and the sort of kinetic choreography that’s present from the anime comes in and out of the film.

Despite the abundance of CG, the alchemy effects are a delight to watch in action (especially Roy Mustang’s fire alchemy) and it's surprising just how good Alphonse's suit of armor looks for something that's entirely CG. The incarnate of the Seven Deadly Sins are also all appropriately terrifying and don’t crumble under the weight of their effects. They’re a tricky element of this universe to bring to life, but the film largely does them justice.

The first half of the film is definitely heavier on the humor, but the doom and gloom begins to stack up for the film’s conclusion. But the film focuses so much on moving forward and building momentum that it forgets to address details for the uninitiated, like what "Central" is, what specifically Homunculi are, and what Philosopher's Stones do. These question marks don't cripple the film and they could be easily answered in a sequel, but they're still crucial omissions.

If you're completely unfamiliar with Fullmetal Alchemist’s story, the film’s ending may feel a little unsatisfying. Elements get wrapped up, but this is far from the conclusion of the story and it feels like a second (or third) film are necessary to finish up this sprawling saga. Sori definitely chooses the right moment to conclude the film, but it doesn't exactly give a strong feeling of closure.

While there are a lot of great moments in this movie, it's a lengthy endeavor (nearly two and a half hours) and it’s easy to lose track of what's going on thanks to a complicated, confusing plot and a cast that doesn't always hit the mark. This film may be strong enough to create new Fullmetal Alchemist fans out of those who are unfamiliar with the source material, but it’s not impressive enough for existing fans of the property to think that this is a home run, either. It walks the line between fandoms, which is likely for the best, but that still leads to some disconnect in the end.

After watching this film it probably wouldn’t hurt for everyone to just give the original series a spin, whether it’s for the first time or for a repeat viewing.

Fullmetal Alchemist is now streaming on Netflix.

3.5/5
Review Daniel Kurland
Feb 19, 2018

Naked, Scandalous & Raunchy! Blac Chyna’s Sex Tape Leaks Online

A sex tape involving Blac Chyna has leaked online – and a source close to Rob Kardashian’s ex exclusively told Radar she did not see it coming.

The explicit video was posted on Twitter and shows Dream Kardashian’s mother giving oral sex to an unidentified male whose face is not shown.

The man whispers to Chyna in the video that she looks “so good.”

A source told Radar this is “terrible” for Chyna’s career.

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“She just signed a big deal with a baby company,” said the source. “She just didn’t think he would put this out there.”

Just minutes after the video went viral on the social networking site, the source said Chyna’s team is “going to demand that Twitter take it down ASAP.”

The video no longer appears to be on the social networking site.

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Fans speculated on Twitter the unknown male is rapper Playboi Carti, who was rumored to be shacking up with Chyna late last year.

However, in an Instagram screenshot obtained by The Shade Room that since appears to have been deleted, rapper Mechie claimed to be the mystery man.

“I focus on my family, career…just about to release my project and now I gotta deal with my dick plastered all over the world,” Mechie allegedly wrote on his Instagram account. “You gotta be [f****n] kidding me.”

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The shocking sex tape comes months after Chyna took Kardashian to court after he posted a series of naked photos and videos of his baby mama to social media in July 2017.

Chyna hired legal ace Lisa Bloom to help defend her rights after obtaining a temporary restraining order against Kardashian.

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Black Panther’s Opening Weekend Box Office Compared to Every MCU Movie

Black Panther dominated the box office in its opening weekend, with an estimated $201.8 million debut. With such success in Black Panther's benchmark debut, how does the rest of the MCU compare in opening weekend hauls?

Check out the chart below for updated numbers through the MCU's latest release, Black Panther, in comparison to the opening weekends, both adjusted and unadjusted, of each Marvel film so far, as well as their worldwide box office totals. We've also taken a look, where applicable, at a film's percentage increase or decrease over its direct predecessor (rounded to the nearest whole percentage). And then read on for more analysis of all of Marvel's 2017 releases so far.

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