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Enlightened Rigging of the Lottery + Wheezy Waiter (The BrainFood Show Episode 5)

In episode 5 of The BrainFood Show podcast, we discuss the shady, but clever, business dealings of famed enlightenment thinker Voltaire that ultimately allowed him to write with the impunity he is so famous for, where most others of his time and region of the world could not.

Next up we talk to famed YouTuber Craig Benzine (better known online by his moniker Wheezy Waiter) about the changes in YouTuber over time, the types of things aspiring YouTubers should do differently today than in the early days of the platform, and just a general interesting chat on his thoughts on a variety of things.

If you would like to follow Craig on the many things he works on, you can check out Story Not Story (a popular bedtime story podcast with his wife, Chyna), his main YouTube channel Wheezy Waiter, and The GoodStuff. You can also catch him on a variety of channels including Crash Course film history and more.

We wrap up the podcast with some Q&A, Feedback, and Bonus Facts, including the origin of the story of Newton having an apple on fall on his head and whether there is any truth behind said story.

Finally, if you could do us a huge favor and rate and review this show in whatever podcasting platform you’re using, we would be extremely grateful.  Thanks!

(You can also discuss this episode and view references on The BrainFood Show forum here.)

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Will Jasper Return to Steven Universe?

The fan favorite villain could be making a return to Steven Universe.

News Shamus Kelley
Mar 22, 2018

When we last saw Jasper in Steven Universe she was a corrupted Gem. Peridot had poofed her and Amethyst bubbled and sent her to the Temple. We haven’t heard from her since but with any new Steven Universe episodes fans wonder if she’ll return. Even being a villain she's gotten quite a huge fan following and fans are eager to learn more about her. They might just get their chance soon.

When speaking with Kimberly Brooks, Jasper’s voice actress, she hinted without prompting that we could see her return. 

“I’ve heard rumors that (Jasper) might be returning and I hope that’s true," Brooks told us. "Fingers crossed.”

New episodes of Steven Universe Season 5 are dropping on Cartoon Network’s app March 26th and they appear to be focusing on the history of Pink Diamond. If they include any flashbacks that could mean Jasper might return in some form. Since Jasper was originally created for Pink Diamond we could see her come to life. With Jasper so angry at Rose Quartz for shattering her diamond there’s a chance we might see Jasper clashing with Steven’s mom in a flashback as well.

Or, like other Gems bubbled before, Steven could free her. With how Steven Universe handles its plots anything can happen. Maybe a new version of Jasper could come to try and colonize the Earth. Maybe one of the Gems could pretend to be Jasper and mimic her voice perfectly. We’ll have to wait and see!

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

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MIT Scientists Develop Robot Fish That Swims Like The Real Thing To Study Marine Life, Reefs

This is a video demonstration of SoFi, a soft robotic fish developed by scientists at MIT that can swim untethered by undulating its tail and adjusting it's own buoyancy for up to 40 minutes, at depths deeper than 50 feet. No word if it's detected any mermaid activity yet, but a boy can dream.
The team also used a waterproofed Super Nintendo controller and developed a custom acoustic communications system that enabled them to change SoFi's speed and have it make specific moves and turns. "To our knowledge, this is the first robotic fish that can swim untethered in three dimensions for extended periods of time," says CSAIL PhD candidate Robert Katzschmann, lead author of the new journal article published today in Science Robotics. "We are excited about the possibility of being able to use a system like this to get closer to marine life than humans can get on their own."
Ahahahhaha, it's controlled by a waterproofed Super Nintendo controller -- that's great (although it's technically an aftermarket SNES Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad in a silicone case -- you can see it in the video). It's certainly not the fastest swimmer, but I suppose sharks need to eat too. *waving new cell phone* Give me a call when it discovers Atlantis. "That's a Speak & Spell." I was wondering why my mom hasn't called lately. Keep going for a video of the robofish in action.

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Deadpool 2: Who Are X-Force? A Brief History

With X-Force about to make their movie debut in Deadpool 2, we look at the history of the team.

Feature Jim Dandy
Mar 22, 2018

For nearly a decade, the New Mutants were the second generation of Professor Charles Xavier’s students, the wide-eyed kids finding their way through a world that hated and feared them, and was also often a demon-infested hellscape and/or Asgard. But after nearly 100 issues, Marvel was itching for a change, so they handed the reins of New Mutants to a hot new artist named Rob Liefeld, who brought a new energy, new characters, and eventually a new name to the book, carving out a thematic niche for the team that would endure for the next 30 years.

However, that niche was wide and held a lot of different variations in it. With revelation that X-Force will play a role in Deadpool 2, and with Drew Goddard taking the reins of the upcoming X-Force movie (which will also feature Cable and Deadpool), we thought it would be worth looking at the various incarnations and iterations of X-Force, Marvel’s proactive, paramilitary-ish mutant team.


The original X-Force team was a fairly logical outgrowth of the New Mutants. For years, Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Magik, Cypher, Warlock, and Wolfsbane were stifled as teenage mutants trying to grow into  the second generation of mutant heroes at Xavier’s school. First under the tutelage of Professor Xavier, then under Magneto, the team was constantly rebelling against restrictions placed on them, even after those rebellions ended up getting a mess of them killed or horribly damaged.

After leaving Magneto, and following a series of defections, deaths and new colleagues joining the team, they cast out on their own and were eventually taken under the wing of Cable, a mysterious mutant from the future, and trained not to be pacifist schoolchildren, but a preemptive strike force. The then-core team consisted of time-displaced military leader Cable; heart of the New Mutants and secretly the most popular guy in the Marvel universe Cannonball; ultimate survivor and friend of Beyonders Boom-Boom; and preternaturally fortunate mercenary and ex-colleague of Cable’s Domino. They added former Hellion and younger brother of the deceased Thunderbird, Warpath; Feral, a savage, former Morlock cat lady; and Shatterstar, a Mojoverse refugee who carried two swords with parallel blades. They rebranded as X-Force and set out to influence the future by being proactive in their own time. That mission statement would stick: every reinvention of the team (but one) would be centered around using whatever means necessary to proactively protect mutantkind.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very sustainable thesis for a long-term single run.

Caught up in the tumult of real world bullpen politics, X-Force saw some significant changes early in its run, including the departure of its creator, Rob Liefeld, and a shift in publishing strategy towards editor-driven annual crossovers. The team added and lost members - Mirage, the Cheyenne former leader of the New Mutants; Rictor, an earthquake-causing geomorph; Siryn, Banshee’s daughter; and Sunspot, the rich Brazilian ex-New Mutant and best Avenger ever are among the most famous of the rotating cast. The ongoing changes eventually ground down the book’s identity, and while it went on being published for 100 issues, it lost the voice it burst onto the scene with and became just another X-Men book with a different cast.

This wave of X-Force had a dying gasp. Along with the rest of the X-comic line, there was a flurry of change ahead of the new movie and the impending anniversary issue, X-Men #100. X-Force, along with Generation X and X-Man were handed over to Warren Ellis, the legendary writer who was then hip-deep in Planetary and Transmetropolitan. He turned Cannonball, Boom-Boom, Domino, Warpath, and Bedlam into a covert ops group handled by Pete Wisdom and the British government. This lasted for roughly 15 issues before the team, and the entire core concept behind it, were overhauled completely.


Marvel, crawling out of creative and financial bankruptcy, appointed almost entirely new leadership in their comic division around 2001. Joe Quesada, the new Editor-in-Chief, brought with him a former Vertigo editor, Axel Alonso, who himself brought his Vertigo sensibility to Marvel. That meant hiring some...odd picks...for his team books.

Peter Milligan’s most famous work to this point had been a thoroughly weird revamp of Shade, the Changing Man, that was more a musing on mental illness than it was a superhero comic. Mike Allred created Madman, a deep indie superhero who was as much pop art as it was story. They were...not a natural fit for the paramilitary underground mutant group that X-Force had been, so Milligan, Allred and Alonso changed the team to be a send up of all millennial pop culture. Characters like Phat, U-Go Girl, or someone who DEFINITELY WASN’T a resurrected Princess Diana were a mix of Britney Spears and reality television stars. The book was a pretty savage takedown of pop culture and superhero comics, with the entire team being killed off more than once and the title changing from X-Force to X-Statix.

Unfortunately, the book was also not a great seller, so despite its critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after two years and the X-Force name lay fallow for a bit.

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Mutants with Knives and Claws

Following a couple of original X-Force miniseries by creator Rob Liefeld, the X-line braintrust found a compelling story reason for reintroducing the team name to the world. After House of M depowered all but 200 of the world’s mutants, and a series of attacks by mutant hating foes The Purifiers killed a gaggle of the remaining students, the X-world went nuts when the first mutant in years was born in Alaska. Cyclops, teetering on the edge of becoming a full fledged revolutionary, pulled together a team to find and secure the baby, and eventually bring her to him. This team consisted of Caliban (clawed ex-Morlock with tracking powers), Warpath (giant inaugural X-Force member who carried two big knives), Wolfsbane (lycanthropic, clawed ex-New Mutant), Hepzibah (designated Sexy Cat Lady of the Starjammers, who had claws), Wolverine (you know this guy), and X-23 (Wolverine clone with knife claws in her knuckles and feet).

Eventually, the baby was sent into the future with Cable, but Cyclops found having his own hit squad to be fairly useful, especially with the mass-murdering Purifiers still in the world, so he kept them around as his black ops team. The team eventually gained several members, including Elixir, Domino, Archangel and Vanisher, while others left or were dropped, like Wolfsbane or Hepzibah. Craig Kyle and Chris Yost wrote this as a sort of follow up to their prior X-work - they previously helmed New X-Men: Academy X where they were the writers responsible for a teenage bloodbath, killing somewhere in the vicinity of 50 students of Xavier’s school in their tenure. The Purifiers were responsible for most of those deaths, so naturally they spend a good chunk of this run getting ripped to shreds.

Clayton Crain digitally painted the majority of these issues, and his dark colors matched the book’s tone well. Eventually during Second Coming, the existence of Cyclops’ personal hit squad was revealed, forcing him to disband and disavow X-Force.

They got better, though.

Uncanny X-Force

There is a superhero comics criticism theory that says that cape stories cycle every 20 years or so - that Marvel tries to recreate Peter Parker for every generation of readers, or that Grant Morrison was just riffing on Chris Claremont’s five big stories. Rick Remender and Jerome Opena took over the X-Force team in 2010, and, following this theory, started mining Apocalypse’s lore for everything he was worth. The major difference between Uncanny X-Force and its ‘90s ancestors is this book is one of the greatest X-Men comics of all time.

Remender’s Uncanny X-Force follows on the heels of Yost/Kyle’s, and takes a somewhat different team off to a dark corner of the X-Men universe. It opens with Wolverine, Psylocke, Deadpool, Archangel, and Fantomex as they discover that Apocalypse, the evil, immortalish mutant responsible for some of the greatest horrors in mutant history, was being reincarnated by the cult dedicated to his worship. When they arrive, they discover that Apocalypse is actually a preteen being groomed to develop into En Sabah Nur, and what follows is the superhero equivalent of a “Should we kill baby Hitler” argument. Fantomex tires of the argument, and shoots the kid in the head. The rest of the series has the team deal with the fallout of this decision: musings on fate and destiny; the slow descent of one of their own into Apocalypse’s heir; a deep, DEEP continuity dive on Apocalypse’s history in all its multiversal forms; the weaponization of the Superman myth to save the world; and two of the most heartbreaking death scenes in any comic ever.

This series more than any other was the logical goal of the X-Force line of mutant storytelling. It was a deconstruction of the “proactive paramilitary group” trope, weaved together with bits of X-Men lore and some cool Deathlok stuff. If you haven’t read it yet, this is HIGHLY recommended.

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Cable’s Return

The critical acclaim that Remender’s Uncanny X-Force brought led to Marvel trying to cash in on its popularity. They followed it up with two books: a second volume of Uncanny X-Force, where Psylocke, Bishop, Storm, Puck (from Alpha Flight) and ⅔ of Fantomex, where the thrust of the story was about Psylocke trying to accept or move past her self-identification as a killer after the events of the previous series. The other book was Cable & X-Force, where Cable led a team with Dr. Nemesis, Colossus, Domino, Hope, Boom Boom and Forge.

This team operated in a more similar way to the traditional X-Force mission statement: Cable’s powers had gone awry, giving him glimpses into the near future. He used this team to try and prevent the visions from coming to pass. Neither of these books were terribly substantive (though Cable & X-Force did introduce a relationship between Colossus and Domino that turned out to be a lot of fun), and both were cancelled after a year and a half or so.

X-Force proper had one last gasp before its current status. Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim reimagined the team as the intelligence service for a newly sovereign mutant race. He took Cable, Psylocke, Marrow, Fantomex, and Dr. Nemesis, and matched them with new member MeMe (a sentient computer program), and had them battle underground threats to the mutant race, like a Russian businessman repowering former mutants and turning them into weapons, or Strikeforce Morituri. Really.

This version of X-Force was interesting, but not exactly a sales darling. It was cancelled in 2015 after 15 issues, and the X-Force moniker has not been used to headline a book since.

Uncanny X-...Men?

In recent years, as the X-Men line has edged closer to creative and financial insolvency, Marvel decided to take the concept of a proactive group of mutants doing morally questionable things and made that the point of the entire line of comics. Following the detonation of a Terrigen bomb, the X-Men found themselves in a world that hated and feared them that was also poisonous to them. The majority of the X-Men retreated to Limbo, while a small group (Magneto, Psylocke, M, Mystique, Fantomex and a reformed/inverted don’t ask Sabretooth) did “whatever it took” to protect mutants on Earth. Because this was the main theme of the entire X-Line, this team was published under the name Uncanny X-Men, and recently wrapped following the big IvX crossover where the X-Men fought the Inhumans and their oldest, deadliest foe: a cloud.

It’s not good, and it was scrapped when the most recent relaunch, ResurrXion, kicked off.

Movie X-Force?

With New Mutants and Deadpool 2 wrapped, Fox signed Drew Goddard (of Daredevil and The Martian fame) to take over development of X-Force as the next property in their slate of X-movies, and judging by early news, his take will fall right in the middle of the spirit implied by the name. Goddard said the new team will be a mutant black ops group led by Deadpool and Cable, with founding members Domino and Shatterstar, while the rest of the team may be a kind of ragtag group of mutants we meet in Deadpool 2. It sounds like if you’re a long-time fan of X-Force teams, it’s okay to be cautiously optimistic about the movie version.

Deadpool 2 opens on May 18, 2018.

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Chris Evans And Jenny Slate Have Broken Up Again

The whiplash inducing on again, off again relationship between Chris Evans and Jenny slate has officially careened off a cliff. Or maybe it just swerved a little on the freeway while Jenny was trying to light a bong between her legs and the car did a little badump badump badump on the idiot bumps between lanes. You never know with these two! But according to The New York Times, it’s over.

The Times did a profile on Chris Evans to promote his role in Lobby Hero on Broadway, and they said that he and Jenny are done. via Vulture

In a New York Times profile about his lead role in Kenneth Lonergan’s play Lobby Hero, it appears Evans and Slate have called it quits. In a curious parenthetical, the Times says “their on-again, off-again relationship, beloved by the internet, recently ended.”

I guess that’s one way to break the news. Chris and Jenny have never been one for direct comment on their relationship status. They prefer coy innuendo that fuels speculation (and that sweet, sweet attention!). Chris: Here’s a video of my dog, pay no attention to that distinctive cackle in the background. It could be ANYONE (it’s totally Jenny, a woman I let touch my butt). Meanwhile Jenny’s all: Look at this adorable exchange between me and Cap, aren’t we cute?!  Tell me how cute we are! (We’re like totally best friends. I can do this kind of thing because he totally lets me touch his butt).

It looks like Jenny took a little sosh meeds break at the end of the year which may or may not have had anything to do with trying to resist the urge to overshare about her and Chris’ relationship. But lucky for us, she’s back bitches!

It probably won’t be long now before the two find themselves slow dancing back towards each other one tweet at a time. Or its really over and next we’ll be hearing about who the next lucky woman that gets to touch Chris’ butt is!


Isle of Dogs: Bill Murray Talks His Painful History with Man’s Best Friend

At an Isle of Dogs press conference, Bill Murray explains how playing a dog requires feeling over thinking and his own history with canines.

News David Crow
Mar 22, 2018

When Bill Murray enters a room, folks notice. Appearing fashionably late for the beginning of an Isle of Dogs press conference, the legendary actor can stroll into a gilded ballroom wearing a golf visor on his head and a discreetly clever, Wes Anderson-esque touch on the lapel of his jacket—the crossed keys insignia from Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel—and immediately start enjoying his give-and-take with the press. Sometimes sardonic and succinct in his answers, the actor knows how to play with a crowd. For example, when he’s asked whether his onscreen animated dog, Boss, is really a little league mascot, or is merely a dog who thinks he’s a mascot, Murray can reply with a shrug, “I don’t want to break any of your dreams.”

Nevertheless, he can sometimes become quite thoughtful and pensive in his answers, especially when it is about his own relationship with man’s best friend. This is exactly what occurred when Murray was asked about his relationship with dogs, and whether that influenced how he thought about playing a canine.

“Well I don’t think your relationship with dogs is a thinking thing, it’s an emotional thing,” Murray said with genuine consideration. “So you sort of have to get yourself together to correctly perceive those emotions, to feel them, those feelings, to get completely connected.”

He also revealed how a surprising tragedy nearly took his current dog from him, Timber Murray.

“I’ve had some very emotional moments with my own dogs,” Murray said. “My current dog was attacked and left for dead by coyotes. He survived, and he’s the one I chose from his mother’s litter. I thought he was the smartest one, and he was; he’s also the best companion, a very good companion, easy to be with. All my friends say, ‘Your dog is so chill,’ but he’s way beyond chill. Chill is like entry level to what Timber Murray is.”

For Murray it is relating to his apparently Zen-like dog that made portraying one of his fellow furry brethren such a pleasing experience for the actor, as well as his co-stars. “I think we all had to think about how to say how I feel about dogs… It wasn’t thinking, they had to get to an emotional sort of catapult.”

Audiences will be able to see where that catapult lands when Isle of Dogs opens on March 23.

Shannon Beador Gets LESS Spousal Support From Ex In Bitter Divorce

The divorce between Shannon and David Beador gets nastier and nastier!

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom is poised to get less spousal support than she had initially asked for, according to new court documents obtained by

The reality star and her estranged husband, both 53, faced off last week at Orange County Superior Court over the amount of spousal and child support he would have to fork over.


According to the affidavit signed on March 16 by the exes, David has to pay Shannon a total of $22,500, which will be divided every first and 15th day of the month.

She originally requested a total of $30,000, including $18,000 in spousal support.

David will pay a total of $12,000 in child support for their three daughters, Sophie, 16, and 13-year-old twins Stella and Adeline, and Shannon’s take will be just $10,500 per month.

David also was ordered to pay $11,500 within 10 days of the March 16 agreement.

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The order, however, is still temporary and both will have to come back to hash out a more permanent agreement.

David was also ordered to pay $10,000 to Shannon’s attorney, John Benedict Phillips.

As Radar previously reported, David appeared in court last week without an attorney and was visibly upset and disappointed with the temporary order.

“She spends like a freak!” he screamed.

He complained to Judge James Waltz, who in turn advised David to obtain a lawyer.

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The judge also ordered David to pay $7,500 for a court-appointed forensic accountant to look over David’s earnings from his construction company as well as Shannon’s earnings.

As Radar revealed, Shannon filed documents that revealed she earned $423,205.80 last year. In the papers, she stated that she is a reality television personality who only works seasonally between five and 40 hours a week.

At the hearing last week, David told the judge he believes he also should be entitled to some of Shannon’s RHOC money because he also participated in the show.

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According to the affidavit, Shannon also gets to keep her Cadillac Escalade, but is now responsible for her own expenses and cannot use David’s credit cards without his consent.

The court also left it up to the warring couple to establish a custody schedule, although the three children will reside primarily with Shannon.

The order also provided some guidance as to how the former couple should behave when it comes to their children and each other:

“Shannon and David shall cooperate to promote healthy parent-child relationships between each of the children, and neither party shall make derogatory remarks about the other in the presence of the children. The parties shall communicate respectfully with one another, netter shall make hostile, profane, or threatening statements to the other, whether in person or by electronic message.”

The divorce will likely remain messy. David previously accused Shannon of boozing and traveling too much, as well as keeping his kids away from him.

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DEADPOOL 2 Green Band Trailer Features New Footage Of The Merc With A Mouth Whupping Cable’s Ass

An alternate version of today's Deadpool 2 trailer is now online, and while it's very similar to the original (toned down gags aside), it does include some new footage of Wade doing battle with Cable...

Who Are Deadpool’s New Teammates?

With the second trailer dropping today for Deadpool 2, we've got even more details about who the members of his new team X-Force are -- including confirmation of Terry Crews' character.

Aside from Josh Brolin’s Cable, Deadpool 2 will also introduce Zazie Beetz’s Domino. Brianna Hildebrand is back as Negasonic Teenage Warhead too, and then there are several other super-characters on hand. But who are they? And is this the movie version of X-Force that will be getting their own film eventually? Let’s get our speculation on…

Who do you think these mysterious new mercenaries are? Let's discuss in the comments!

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Ex Fox News Anchor Sues Bill O’Reilly For Defamation, Says He’s Killing Her Career

Bill O’Reilly is being sued for defamation by former FOX News co-worker Laurie Dhue after he allegedly called her a liar on sexual assault claims she made against him.

According to reports, Dhue says comments O’Reilly made during a Matt Lauer interview were false.

She specifies that O’Reilly’s statement to Lauer saying that he “never mistreated anyone on [his] watch in 42 years” was a lie and also damaging to her career as a journalist.

Dhue explains that employers would not want to hire a journalist who has perceived her as a liar.

In a bizarre twist, Dhue also says that her image has been used in online ads to promote male enhancement pills. The ads feature Bill O’Reilly.

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But in October, O’Reilly himself slammed an ex politician with a $5 million lawsuit after claiming New Jersey politician Michael Panter made “defamatory and false” statements. The statements detailed sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly by Panter’s then ex girlfriend.

“My ex’s career was largely dependent on staying in O’Reilly’s good graces,” Panter wrote on Facebook. “For that reason, she was always hesitant to tell me some details — likely out of fear than I could jeopardize her career by becoming involved. Sometimes information would slip out … she’d come home stressed and reference O’Reilly, and only after some prodding would she reveal that he asked her out, adding that she should not tell anyone – that other women at the network would question it or be jealous.”

In May of last year, the Fox News network was hit with a major investigation following a series of sexual harassment allegations that forced the tenured host out of the network after 30 years. 

Story developing.

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IBM can’t stop milking the Watson brand

More than seven years after IBM Watson beat a couple of human Jeopardy champions, the company has continued to make hay with the brand. Watson, at its core, is simply an artificial intelligence engine and while that’s not trivial by any means, neither is it the personified intelligence that their TV commercials would have the less technically savvy believe.

These commercials contribute to this unrealistic idea that humans can talk to machines in this natural fashion. You’ve probably seen some. They show this symbol talking to humans in a robotic voice explaining its capabilities. Some of the humans include Bob Dylan, Serena Williams and Stephen King.

In spite of devices like Alexa and Google Home, we certainly don’t have machines giving us detailed explanations, at least not yet.

IBM would probably be better served aiming its commercials at the enterprises it sells to, rather than the general public, who may be impressed by a talking box having a conversation with a star. However, those of us who have at least some understanding of the capabilities of such tech, and those who buy it, don’t need such bells and whistles. We need much more practical applications. While chatting with Serena Williams about competitiveness may be entertaining, it isn’t really driving home the actual value proposition of this tech for business.

The trouble with using Watson as a catch-all phrase is that it reduces the authenticity of the core technology behind it. It’s not as though IBM is alone in trying to personify its AI though. We’ve seen the same thing from Salesforce with Einstein, Microsoft with Cortana and Adobe with Sensei. It seems that these large companies can’t deliver artificial intelligence without hiding it behind a brand.

The thing is this though, this is not a consumer device like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. It’s a set of technologies like deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing, but that’s hard to sell, so these companies try to put a brand on it like it’s a single entity.

Just this week, at the IBM Think Conference in Las Vegas, we saw a slew of announcements from IBM that took on the Watson brand. That included Watson Studio, Watson Knowledge Catalog, Watson Data Kits and Watson Assistant. While they were at it, they also announced they were beefing up their partnership Apple with — you guessed it — Watson and Apple Core ML. (Do you have anything without quite so much Watson in it?)

Marketers gonna market and there is little we can do, but when you overplay your brand, you may be doing your company more harm than good. IBM has saturated the Watson brand, and might not be reaching the intended audience as a result.

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Vikings Season 5 Episode 11 Trailer, Possible Return Date, and Other News

Vikings season 5 is in its mid-season hiatus as the show is wont to do; here's everything we know about what's to come.

News Den of Geek Staff
Mar 22, 2018

If you’ve seen Vikings, you know that these Norse heroes cause quite the racket when they do battle. Quietly, History, known more for its documentaries than original series, has a hit on its hands. Now that Vikings season 5 is at the halfway mark, fans await the outcome to the unresolved issues presented in the first half of the season.

Return here each week for the latest trailer, news about upcoming episodes, and links to our reviews, including the one for the most recent episode.

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Vikings Season 5 Return Date and Trailer

The second half of the season does not yet have a return date, but note that last year the show took a nearly six month break. We might not see Vikings return to TV until June.

Here's a teaser trailer for what will happen when Vikings season 5 returns:

Vikings Season 5 Reviews and Episode Guide

Below is everything currently known about Vikings season 5 episodes and when they will air. Follow the links to our reviews of each episode as they publish.

Vikings Season 5 Episodes 1 & 2: "The Departed"

Tensions mount between the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok as the Vikings continue to threaten the very heart of England. As the Great Army moves to take York, with King Aethelwulf and his family still in hiding, Heahmund, the warrior bishop, must rally the Saxons to defend the Realm. (air date: November 29, 2017)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 3: "Homeland"

Celebrations are cut short in the aftermath of the battle at York; Ragnar Lothbrok's sons are pitted against each other as tensions reach an all-time high, and each one is forced to choose a side. (air date: December 6, 2017)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 4: "The Plan"

Guided by Bishop Heahmund's visions, the Saxons devise a battle plan. Ivar the Boneless strategizes on his own as the Vikings undergo increasing pressure. Bjorn Ironside finds himself in a new territory and must convince the local commander he is a trader and not a raider. (air date: December 13, 2017)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 5: "The Prisoner"

Ivar meets his match in Bishop Heahmund. Floki returns to Kattegat. Bjorn receives a lavish welcome in North Africa. (air date: December 20, 2017)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 6: "The Message"

Lagertha is betrayed and Bjorn must find a way to support the distraught queen. Floki and his settlers arrive in a new land but it is far from what they expected. (air date: December 27, 2017)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 7: "Full Moon"

Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack is to take place during the next full moon. Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield. (air date: January 3, 2018)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 8: "The Joke"

The battle for Kattegat begins. As the two armies line up to fight, the Great Heathen Army must decide between a final plea for peace or all-out war. Floki faces discord amongst the settlers. (air date: January 10, 2018)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 9: "A Simple Story"

The army leaders consider their options in the aftermath of the battle. In Floki's camp, all hopes of binding the community together are dashed as tragedy unfolds. (air date: January 17, 2018)

Vikings Season 5 Episode 10: "Moments of Vision"

A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues, but as the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, a legendary warrior makes his way home. (air date: January 24, 2018)

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The Magicians Season 3 Episode 12 Trailer, Return Date, and News

The Magicians season 3 is in its home stretch, and we've got the latest trailer, air dates, and links to reviews!

Michael Ahr
Mar 22, 2018

The Magicians season 3 is nearing its exciting conlusion, and the central story has taken the group on an epic quest to restore magic to the world. As the journey unfolds one key at a time, the consequences of the loss of magic, the deal with the Fairies, and Penny's contract with the Library are making themselves known.

Return here each week for trailers, episode descriptions, air dates, and links to reviews including the latest one.

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 12 Trailer and Return Date

The Magicians season 3 will continue its run with the episode entitled "The Fillorian Candidate" which will air on March 28, 2018. Here's the promo for the upcoming installment:

The Magicians Season 3 Reviews and Episode Guide

The Magicians season 3, as with previous seasons, is 13 episodes long. We'll share episode descriptions and air dates as we learn them, but in the meantime, follow the links to read our reviews for the current season.

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 1: "The Tales of the Seven Keys"

After the magic shutdown after the events of last season, the characters must go on a quest in order to restore magic. (air date: January 10, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 2: "Heroes and Morons"

Eliot embarks on a quest. Quentin, Kady, and Josh continue their search for magic. (air date: January 17, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 3: "The Losses of Magic"

Alice and Quentin visit her parents as Kady and Julia explore new methods to heal Penny. (air date: January 24, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 4: "Be the Penny"

As Eliot is hunted, Quentin and Julia discover a powerful secret tied to the history of Brakebills. (air date: January 31, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 5: "A Life in the Day"

Julia helps Alice navigate a personal crisis as Quentin and Eliot go on an adventure. (air date: February 7, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 6: "Do You Like Teeth?"

Quentin faces his most formidable foe yet as Julia helps Alice with a dangerous endeavor. (air date: February 14, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 7: "Poached Eggs"

Margo makes a bold stand against the Fairy Queen. Quentin and Penny try to retrieve a lost item. (air date: February 21, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 8: "Six Short Stories About Magic"

Julia and Fen investigate a dangerous group of Magicians as Eliot and Margo's reign is challenged. (air date: February 28, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 9: "All That Josh"

Quentin, Kady and Alice try to convince an old friend to return home. (air date: March 7, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 10: "The Art of the Deal"

Quentin and Alice search the castle for an important object while Julia and Fen work with an enemy. (air date: March 14, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 11: "Twenty-Three"

The group strategizes as Josh and Julia travel to a familiar place and are given a chance to help. (air date: March 21, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 12: "The Fillorian Candidate"

The political situation in Fillory comes to a head. Julia makes amends and Alice makes a confession. (air date: March 28, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 13: "Will You Play With Me?"

The group finds what they're looking for and attempt once and for all to get magic back. (air date: April 4, 2018)

The Magicians Season 3 Trailer

The hunt for the missing magic has been the central quest for The Magicians season 3. Take a look at this extended trailer from Syfy from the start of the season.

The Expanse Season 3 Release Date, Trailer, Casting News, and More

The Expanse season 3 will be here soon! Read further for the premiere date and the latest trailer among other news.

News Michael Ahr
Mar 22, 2018

Fans and critics alike are anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Expanse season 3 in April. The space drama has wowed fans with its complex characters, its political intrigue, its attention to scientific authenticity, and its stunningly good visual effects, and with several more books in the series that inspired the show, there's plenty more source material for the adaptation to explore in future seasons.

The Expanse Season 3 Release Date

Syfy recently announced that The Expanse season 3 will have its premiere on April 11, 2018 at 9/8c. Picking up immediately following the emotional and suspenseful second season finale, the 13-episode third season finds Earth, Mars and The Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control. Now, more than ever, the mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule reaches an all-time high and every decision made could jeopardize the survival of the solar system.

The Expanse Season 3 Trailer

Here is the trailer that accompanied the April release date announcement for The Expanse season 3.

This earlier trailer for The Expanse season 3 that came out of San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

Syfy put out this trailer for The Expanse season 3 after season 2 had its finale.

The Expanse tells the story of a colonized solar system 200 years in the future, when two strangers and their colleagues become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.

Season 2 has just broken into material from the second of six Corey books, Caliban's War. Although The Expanse has been remarkably faithful to the novels, there have been plenty of changes that keep even the readers guessing. We expect that to continue in The Expanse Season 3.

The Expanse Season 3 Cast

Nadine Nicole of Casual will be joining The Expanse season 3 in major recurring role. She is billed as a lowly electrochemical technician who is single-minded of purpose in her hidden agenda. That description may sound awfully familiar for those that have read the novels, but we'll make that our little secret, shall we?

Those who enjoyed Defiance on Syfy will be glad to hear that Anna Hopkins (Berlin on that show) will be joining the cast of The Expanse season 3 in a recurring role. She will play the Earth journalist, Monica, a character quite familiar to readers of the James S.A. Corey novels. Hopkins will show up midway through the season to document how Holden runs the Rocinante and her crew.

It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell will be in a recurring role in The Expanse season 3. Although the character's name is under wraps, she is described as someone who "brings a new, spiritual perspective to the series." For those who have read the James S.A. Corey novels, this could mean the appearance of Pastor Anna, who features in both Abbadon's Gate and Babylon's Ashes.

In other news, Deadline announced that David Strathairn of The Blacklist and Alphas would be appearing in The Expanse season 3 in a major recurring role. The producers are playing it close to the vest with any sort of description for the character, but with such a recognizable name, Strathairn is almost certain to be a highlight of the new season as well.

The Expanse tells the story of a colonized solar system 200 years in the future, when two strangers and their colleagues become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.

Season two broke into material from the second of six Corey books, Caliban's War. Although The Expanse has been remarkably faithful to the novels, there have been plenty of changes that keep even the readers guessing. We expect that to continue in The Expanse season 3.

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Watch The New ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer

Watch The New 'Deadpool 2' Trailer

X-Force assemble

Source: 20th Century Fox YouTube channel

It's the second coming for Deadpool (unless you count X-Men Origins: Wolverine but let's not) and this time he's bringing more  friends. We've already seen a couple of trailers for the movie, but everyone could use more DP. Here's how 20th Century Fox describe the movie (which may or may not actually describe the movie):

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.


Note, this is Deadpool 2, so NSFW trailer:


The highly rated Deadpool 2 comes early in theaters, May 18.

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LeBron James switched gears from Basketball God to animated movie star in just a matter of hours Thursday morning ... showing off a voice over session for an upcoming flick!! James -- fresh off an insane 35 points, 17 assists, and 7 rebounds…

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Céline Dion Gives Health Update, Cancels Even More Shows

Updated March 22, 2018, 10:15 a.m. PT: Céline Dion is putting her health first. She's already been forced to cancel a handful of her Las Vegas performances on a doctor's orders, and now, she just announced that she's canceling more to give herself time to undergo surgery.

Celine Dion announces show cancellations for surgery

Celine Dion announces show cancellations for surgery

In a lengthy Facebook post, Dion revealed the medical issue that's been causing her so much trouble: patulous eustachian tube, an inner ear condition that affects her balance and her hearing, making it difficult to sing. She explained that she's tried less invasive treatments over the course of more than a year, but nothing has worked so far. The surgery she's getting is described in the post as "minimally invasive," but Dion will still cancel shows from March 27 through April 18.

"My luck hasn’t been very good lately," Dion wrote. "I’ve been so looking forward to doing my shows again and this happens…. I just can’t believe it! I apologize to everyone who planned to travel to Las Vegas to see my show. I know how disappointing this is, and I’m so sorry."

We appreciate Dion's apology, but her health has to come first. Get well soon, Céline!

Original story, published Jan. 26, 2018: If there is one universal truth that we can all acknowledge, it's that Adele knows how to put you in a good mood. Like, she knows how to make us feel something deep when it comes to sad songs, but then she has these hilarious or uplifting moments that make you think, "Gosh, this woman is just a gift to the world that we don't deserve."

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Well, it turns out that Adele remains the gift that keeps on giving. Recently, she managed to cheer up Canadian powerhouse Céline Dion after seeing her perform in Las Vegas. The timing was perfect because Dion had just gotten word that some health concerns were going to affect future performance dates during her Vegas residency. On doctor's orders, according to E! News, Dion had already been forced to cancel shows on Jan. 6, 9, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 20; she's expected to miss performances through all of February and most of March. It was a serious bite out of Dion's very busy schedule.

But thankfully, she didn't have to sit with that news for the rest of January, because one of her recent concert guests — the aforementioned delight, Adele — managed to cheer her up considerably when the two met after Dion's Jan. 12 show.

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Dion posted a photo of the pair looking very smiley on her Instagram, where she wrote a super sweet caption about what it was like to be visited by this ray of sunshine in human form (wearing a Titanic sweatshirt, no less, because a true fan of Dion's knows what to wear to see her live!).

"I had a pretty rough time during the last couple of weeks...a lot of people have been hit with cold and flu bugs... but I'm doing much better now. Wasn't able to do all my shows, but was thrilled that Adele came to one of them...I love her so much!!" Dion gushed. And honestly, who wouldn't be thrilled by a visit from Adele?

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So, now that we've seen just how much these two fangirl one another, can we please get an album full of duets? Just a suggestion, guys, but one I think you should seriously consider.

Star Wars: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Darth Maul

From Sith apprentice to Old Master, Darth Maul is the Star Wars villain everyone loves to hate. Here's what you need to know about Maul!

The Lists Megan Crouse
Mar 22, 2018

This Star Wars article contains spoilers.

From the Prequel Trilogy to Star Wars Rebels, Darth Maul just won't quit. The short-lived villain from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace became a standout fan favorite because of his appearance and acrobatic lightsaber moves, and after his return in season four of The Clone Wars, he moved into other mediums - like the four-part Son of Dathomir comic series. George Lucas approved Maul’s return in The Clone Wars and a since-cancelled LucasArts video game, freeing him up to cause chaos long after his initial fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode I

His surprise resurgence in Rebels brought the villain to a whole new era of Star Wars, as Maul clashed with the heroes of the early Rebellion. His particular interest in young Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger made for quite a few interesting appearances. In his final episode, Maul faced off against his old nemesis, Obi-Wan Kenobi, under the twin suns of Tatooine. Maul was finally defeated, but that doesn't mean we'll never see him again. If there villain has proved anything, it's that he's not one to stay down. 

Here are some important facts you may not have known about the former Sith villain, either behind the scenes or in the galaxy far, far away:

His design was created by Iain McCaig

Ian McCaig is the same designer whose art would eventually inspire the witches of Dathomir in The Clone Wars. Early concept art for the character showed a villainous-looking woman with hair falling in strands across her face. McCaig experimented with ink-blot “Rorschach” designs as well as flayed-looking faces before finding the right look for Darth Maul. The tattoos on his face follow the muscle structure beneath.

A canonical connection between the Dathomiri witches and the Sith would only be established later on in The Clone Wars, and now continues into the new canon, but the connection was always there in the art. Iain McCaig also designed many of Padme’s outfits in Episode I.

Darth Maul wears an earring in the film - but this wasn’t planned. 

Actor Ray Park put on a small, silver earring before sitting down to do the Darth Maul makeup, and only noticed it later. But George Lucas said he liked it, so the earring stayed. Park has said that he sees the earring as an aspect of himself, not of the character - and in an Expanded Universe where every doodad and costume piece usually has a story, there has never been a canon explanation to give this particular detail a role in Maul’s history.

Ray Park also had a hand in developing Maul’s fighting style, and asked that the hilt of Maul’s double lightsaber be lengthened so that he could use it more efficiently.

He’s had two different mothers.

In Son of Dathomir, Talzin says that she’s Maul’s blood mother. This is different from his history in Legends, but only slightly.

Maul’s original mother, from the young adult novel, The Wrath of Darth Maul, was a human Nightsister named Kycina, from a region called Blue Desert City. It’s still possible that Talzin is lying, but The Clone Wars gave Maul an entire family.

We’re not precisely sure how the brothers Feral and Savage are related, but they could all be blood-related from this same family. Who is the father? We don’t know yet.

Maul, like many other villains, earned his cyborg parts.

In Star Wars, cybernetic implants are like battle scars. This isn’t unique to antagonists, but Darth Vader and General Grievous had extensive cybernetic reconstruction. Darth Maul goes through this in The Clone Wars, too, although it isn’t overtly obvious in Son of Dathomir. Maul’s original artificial legs are of a similar design to Grievous’, and were built out of Nightsister magic and scrap parts by Mother Talzin.

A similar design for Darth Maul appeared many years earlier in Old Wounds, a non-canon comic (even in the Legends timeline) that told the story of Maul's rematch with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. The Clone Wars featured an entirely new design for Maul: an eight-legged body made out of scrap metal. By the time Maul appeared in Rebels, he had acquired more refined parts. His metal legs were almost human-like.

He sought his master's approval even while trying to destroy him.

Sure, Darth Maul was a bit of a pushover for getting cut in half by a teenage Padawan. But in Son of Dathomir, he and his combined forces of Mandalorians and criminals capture both Count Dooku and General Grievous without lengthy battles. Once they're in his clutches, Maul parades his success in front of Darth Sidious in one of the most telling parts of the comic.

Maul displays Grievous and Dooku to Sidious so that the Sith Lord can see their failure. For someone who opposed Sidious for years on The Clone Wars, Maul is very quick to show off to him - which makes for a bitter, twisted moment in Maul and Sidious’ long-standing Master-apprentice relationship.

In that way, the Son of Dathomir comic doesn’t just make Maul more powerful, it also tells a lot about how Maul seeks both revenge on and approval from his master - and that’s a story thread that started all the way back in The Phantom Menace.

Some of Maul’s Clone Wars stories are still unwritten.

The novel Ahsoka opens with a short scene showing some of what Maul was up to around the time of Revenge of the Sith. We don’t know the exact timeline of how he got to Mandalore where he faced her. However, it is one puzzle piece in the picture of what might have happened in The Clone Wars had it continued past six seasons. 

The verbal barb Maul throws at Ahsoka — “One last attempt at glory to impress a master who has no further use for you” — is telling. He showed that very same weakness throughout the Clone Wars when he tried to return to Darth Sidious, so it seems natural that this particular effort would be on his mind when he faces Ahsoka. 

Ahsoka saved Maul’s life.

Without Ahsoka’s appearance in Rebels, Maul’s fate might have been very different. Executive Producer Dave Filoni originally planned for Maul to die at Darth Vader’s hands during the season two finale. However, Ahsoka’s history with Vader was deemed more appropriate for the big season two finale.

A duel between Maul and Vader would have satisfied fans’ desire to see a fight scene between these two heavy-hitters, but Ahsoka’s story had more emotional weight, Filoni said. Without enough time in the episode to do both, Filoni decided to send Ahsoka to fight Vader, and, therefore, keep Maul alive. 

Maul never really finds himself.

Star Wars features many stories of young people growing up and finding their true destinies. Luke Skywalker set the example, but Ezra Bridger and Rey followed suit. Maul, on the other hand, is a perpetual apprentice, never able to move past the manipulative relationship Darth Sidious trapped him in. The partnership between Maul and Ezra in Rebels is as much about Maul finding a direction as it is about him giving orders to Ezra. 

Filoni said, “Maul is waiting for someone so that he can be his own Sith Lord. Everything he does is a reflection of Palpatine. He hasn’t really done anything that’s representative of who he is.”

Maul's search for himself leads directly to the culmination of his story...

Maul believed in the Chosen One prophecy.

Remember that Old Wounds comic? Rebels took Maul's final chapter in a similar direction. The specifics of the face-off between Maul and Kenobi were very different from what happened in Old Wounds: the episode "Twin Suns" is less focused on their battle and more on the long bond of enmity between Maul and Obi-Wan.

In the poetic and melancholy “Twin Sons,” Maul expresses a dying wish to know whether Obi-Wan was on the planet to guard the Chosen One. Obi-Wan says yes, and Maul dies believing that there is still hope for the Sith to rise when the Chosen One brings “balance.” In the end, Luke Skywalker brings hope to everyone — even his master’s old enemy. 

Game developers keep trying to make a Maul story. 

Maul’s dramatic visual design and simple motivation have made him a popular choice Star Wars video games as well as other media. Revenge drives him, so he provides an immediate hook for a video game that could pit him against Jedi and other dark siders.

A game that would have been a collaboration between LucasArts and Red Fly Studio was poised to tell a dark tale about Maul after Return of the Jedi, but was never completed. Concept art for Battlefront IV also features Maul, albeit a light side version who trained as a Jedi (and, since he wasn’t canonically Dathomirian at the time, didn’t have his tattoos.) 

Now that Maul has finally died in canon, it seems like his story might have ultimately wrapped up on a message of hope. Even Maul, a tragic villain, was granted hope by a Jedi.

Megan Crouse is a staff writer.


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Longtime “Bozo The Clown” Frank Avruch Has Died

As far as clown archetypes go, you won’t find one more iconic than Bozo The Clown. Big red nose, check. Eyebrow game on fleek, check. Clown pattern baldness, check. WCVB  in Boston reports that Frank Avruch, the man who played Bozo The Clown from 1959 through 1970 has died. Frank was more than just a clown. He was also a beloved Boston local celebrity who hosted and appeared on numerous shows on WCVB-TV including Good Day, The Great Entertainment and Man About Town.

According to WCVB-TV:

“I’ve done it all. I’ve done radio, I’ve done TV, I’ve done booth announcing, disc jockey shows … interviews — serious interviews, not-so-serious interviews,” Avruch said in the retrospective.

Frank didn’t create and wasn’t the first to play Bozo, but his portrayal was syndicated for markets that didn’t have their own Bozo making Frank’s Bozo the Bozo of record for millions of Americans. Frank was also a UNICEF ambassador.

“A lot of people when they talk to me now, they are sort of hesitant to bring it up. How could this suave, somewhat sophisticated man be this guy with red-orange hair and big shoes? And I said, that is one of the highlights of my career,” he said.

Frank died of heart disease at the age of 89.

Bozo will be best remembered as the clown that inspired countless children to embrace joy, silliness and laughter and countless others to piss their pants in terror every time they hear a balloon squeak or an “ahooga” horn. Without Bozo there is no Pennywise, Crusty, Ronald McDonald or John Wayne Gacy. Sure there are other kinds of clowns, you’ve got your melodramatic crying Pagliacci type of clowns (see Piddles), you’ve got your tramp/hobo clowns (see Johnny Depp) and you’ve got your creepy hippie clowns (see Wavy Gravy). But Bozo will certainly go down in history as America’s Clown.

True fact: Bozo was so full of magic his face will not render in photographs!

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Deadpool 2: New Trailer Introduces X-Force

The full Deadpool 2 trailer is here, with plenty of Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable! But most importantly...X-Force!

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Deadpool 2 has an unenviable challenge with following up the movie industry's biggest surprise story of 2016, which turned a meager (for a blockbuster), $58 million-budgeted freshman effort into a $783 million global phenomenon. Ryan Reynolds is back as the Merc with a Mouth, he will be joined by a classic comic book rival in Cable, played by Josh Brolin, who makes a detour from his Marvel Studios gig as Thanos in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War to play an equally-iconic antagonist to our antihero.

John Wick's David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2. While the Deadpool 2 script is still officially in the hands of original film scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it was revealed to Collider that screenwriter extraordinaire Drew Goddard has been brought onboard to work on the film’s script as a consultant.

Deadpool 2 Trailer

Check out the brand new Deadpool 2 trailer, which reveals a lot more than the earlier one!

The first full trailer for Deadpool 2 recently arrived and it is glorious. Introducing Josh Brolin's Cable like he is a standard issue action movie badass, the trailer quickly gets subversive with Wade Wilson noticing some of the special effects are not done. Feast your eyes on Wade's last-minute changes, commentary on some of the script, and director David Leitch's noticeably more stylized visuals.

After that bit of awesomeness arrived, an international version of the clip subsequently surfaced. While it's essentially the same as what we just saw, it trades away the Red Band off-color goodness for some brief moments of new footage, most notably showing the return of Colossus, with whom Deadpool gets closer than ever. Check it out below!

We're still without an official title for Deadpool 2; something that will presumably be remedied soon enough.

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Deadpool 2 Release Date

Deadpool 2 had been scheduled for June 2, 2018, but a calendar shakeup at Fox means that we'll get the next installment a little earlier, on May 18, 2018!

Deadpool 2 Trailer

Check out the footage we've seen so far!

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Here's the official synopsis...kinda...

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

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Check out this poster, evoking Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco, “The Creation of Adam,” through a wacky ringer, substituting Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool for a life-spark-awaiting Adam and Josh Brolin’s debuting Cable for God, who seems to be crossing over from the future in a blue ball of energy.

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News Joseph Baxter
Mar 22, 2018

The expanding array of prestige anthology television from Ryan Murphy is already deep into its long-set plans. While delays pushed back the would-be Hurricane Katrina-centric follow-up to Season 1's The People v. OJ Simpson story, Murphy’s acclaimed FX anthology series American Crime Story has returned with another murder tale. Brandishing the lengthy title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the second season focuses on the world-famous 1997 murder of fashion giant Gianni Versace, starring Edgar Ramirez, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin and Darren Criss. With notable production delays plaguing the Katrina iteration of ACS, starring Annette Bening as Hurricane Katrina-embattled Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, Versace, formerly set as Season 3, now serves as Season 2 of the series.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story depicts the Versace fashion empire in the wake of the 1997 Miami Beach murder of founder Gianni Versace. Penélope Cruz is plays the role of Gianni’s younger sister Donatella Versace, who, after her brother’s murder, became the face of the international fashion house. Cruz’s Donatella serves as the series protagonist, dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy and tasked with filling some colossally couture shoes. Edgar Ramirez (Hands of StoneThe Girl on the Train) plays the martyred Gianni, with Darren Criss (GleeAmerican Horror Story) playing his disturbed assailant Andrew Cunanan.

Follow along as the season progresses right here!

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode Guide

Here are the episode titles and reviews for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Click the links to read our our thoughts on the episodes that have already aired.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 1The Man Who Would Be Vogue

air date: January 17, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 2: Manhunt

air date: January 24, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 3: A Random Killing

air date: January 31, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 4: House by the Lake

air date: February 7, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 5: Don't Ask Don't Tell

air date: February 14, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 6: Descent

air date: February 28, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 7: Ascent

air date: March 7, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 8: Creator/Destroyer

air date: March 14, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Episode 9: Alone

air date: March 21, 2018

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Rocket Lab’s disco ball satellite has plunged back to Earth — and some aren’t sad to see it go – The Verge

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Ben Carson Tries to Save Face with Wife After Blaming Her for $31k Dining Set

Ben Carson's doing his best to get out of the dog house -- after throwing his wife under the bus for buying $31k worth of furniture -- but we're not sure this clip's gonna be enough to get the job done. We got the HUD Secretary Thursday morning on…

Justin Bieber Has Been “Hanging Out” With Someone Who Isn’t Selena Gomez

If Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are on a bit of a break like they’re rumored to be, then it would appear he’s a regular Ross Geller, because he’s repeatedly been seen with a girl who isn’t Selena.

E! News says that the lady who currently has Justin’s attention is a model named Baskin Champion. Until I can find proof that she wasn’t named after the title of an ice cream franchise’s employee training video, let’s just assume she was.


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Baskin’s older sister is model Abby Champion, who is currently dating Justin’s good buddy Patrick Schwarzenegger. Last week, Justin, Baskin, and Abby were seen at the premiere of Patrick’s new movie, Midnight Sun. A source tells E! News that there have been many double dates:

“They’ve hung out several times in the last few days. They were also out together on Friday night with Patrick and Abby. They went to multiple clubs including Avenue and they all left together.”

Justin and Baskin were last seen together on Tuesday night at a Craig David concert in Los Angeles. They were joined by some of Justin’s friends, but they reportedly left together in the same car bound for Justin’s house. It also sounds like Justin and Basking aren’t exactly putting out platonic friend vibes: a source adds that they’re “having fun” and “always laughing and flirting.”

So how long until Justin shows up to his weekly couples Bible study with Selena, asks her to flip to Deuteronomy 31:8 and whispers: “The Lord might never leave you…but I will. Peace, I’m out!“? According to one source, that’s definitely not where Justin’s friendship with Baskin is headed:

“Justin was introduced to Baskin through his friend group and they have only hung out a few times. He has definitely been liking her company, but to say they are dating is a huge stretch. Justin isn’t trying to be serious with anyone but Selena.”

The source says Justin only wants to be serious with Selena. But according to the other sources, he’s getting casual with Baskin. I know there’s a lot of jokes out there about Justin being in a cult, but for real, this is some Instagram model Sister Wives shit.


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Ash vs Evil Dead Exclusive Clip: Why Does Ash Have a Baby in the Trunk?

Ashy Slashy finds himself in an, uh, "interesting" position in this preview clip from Ash vs Evil Dead season 3 episode 5.

News Stephen Harber
Mar 22, 2018

If you haven’t been following Ash vs Evil Dead this season, what the heck is wrong with you? And if you have - what the hell is wrong with you?

Here’s a preview clip from the show’s forthcoming episode, “Baby Proof”, in which our hero Ash reveals to a police officer, his own daughter, and her high school guidance counselor that he’s keeping a little boy covered in blood stashed in the trunk of his Delta.

Before you kids get all sensitive with your cool trigger warnings, we’ll have you know he’s got a reasonable excuse: the tyke’s a demon baby.

Yeah. That’s right. A demon baby. Obviously, he is in the right here - so back off.

Watch Ash prove to the authorities that the child he kidnapped is the spawn of evil incarnate in this exclusive clip below, brought to you by your friends at the Starz Network.

“Baby Proof”, Episode 5 (and the halfway mark) of Season 3 - AKA The Best AvED Season Ever So Far - airs Sunday, March 25th, at 9 PM ET/PT. Be there or you’ll be the one in the trunk next time. You think we're joking...

Star Wars Blaster Canon Podcast: Rebels Finale, The Last Jedi Novelization, Solo

The hosts of our Star Wars podcast break down the Rebels finale, the Solo trailer, The Last Jedi novelization, and more.

Feature Megan Crouse
Mar 22, 2018

Rebels opened a door into a new dimension in the Star Wars universe this month, opening up the possibility of time travel and the Force working in exceptionally mysterious ways. On this episode of Blaster Canon, Megan, Paul, and Saf review the Rebels season finale and bring you this month’s Star Wars news, including reactions to the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer.

The trailer revealed a look at Han Solo’s past with Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and new characters including Han’s secretive old friend Qi’Ra. Paul is looking forward to the origin story of a beloved character, while Saf and Megan found the trailer to be unremarkable —and Saf loves Lando’s droid partner L3-37.

The announcement of Game of Thrones directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss comes at a time when conversations about diversity behind-the-scenes are stirring up a lot of questions about which creators receive the coveted role of Star Wars directors. And on Rebels, the fates of the characters are revealed and the hosts talk about how the Force works, the resolution of four seasons of character arcs, and parallels with Return of the Jedi.

Subscriber to Star Wars Blaster Canon wherever you get your podcasts so that you never miss an episode! Or simply listen below:

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This Is Why Chrissy Teigen Is Still Chrissy Teigen & Not ‘Chrissy Legend’

Chrissy Teigen is pretty well known for being a Twitter clapback queen. Her quick, dry humor definitely lends itself to a platform like Twitter, and she's known by her followers for responding even to people she doesn't follow — us normals, if you will.

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So when she saw this viral tweet...

...asking, "I'd really like to hear the reasoning behind women who won't take their husband's last name," Teigen was ready with the most perfectly hilarious response.

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It's true — John Legend's real name is John Roger Stephens. That's why Luna (and the coming baby boy) have the last name "Stephens," something the internet was very confused about when it first found out. We can sort of see why he went with "Legend." It's a little more unique and memorable.

While Teigen's response was witty and hilarious, others who responded to the original tweet were quick to point out that there are a ton of reasons why a woman might not take her husband's last name. It's long been tradition in many Western cultures for women to take their husband's last name after marriage; that started in ninth-century England when laws were written concerning families and parenthood and there needed to be a way to identify all the members of a single legal family. But in modern times, it's not seen as necessary anymore. It's 2018, after all, and women can make whatever choices are right for them and their lives. We're sure Teigen agrees.

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In fact, maybe Teigen is onto something. Maybe it should be the new tradition to just choose a new name for both parties. It clearly worked for her and Stephens Legend.

Deadpool 2: Who is Cable?

While we impatiently wait for more of Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2, the bigger question is...who the hell is Cable?

Feature Jim Dandy
Mar 22, 2018

With Cable making his film debut in Deadpool 2, where he'll be played by Josh Brolin, it’s been a common refrain amongst casual comics fans lately to ask those of us steeped in the folklore “Who is Cable and why should I care?”

Five hours later, when our response ends with a pile of X-Men comics being used to light an effigy of Bob Harras while we chant “NO MORE RETCONS! NO MORE RETCONS!” many of those casual fans are often scared away from the X-Men, comics in general, and our homes.

I’m here today to give you a clear, concise rundown of the history of Nathan Christopher Charles Summers...ha! Almost got it out with a straight face. The reality is Cable is a continuity black hole, but there’s a reason why he’s enduringly popular and I’m going to explain it to you in one sentence:

He’s a badass soldier from the future.

That’s the core of his appeal. There are layers (and layers and layers and layers...sweet Jesus are there layers) added over that, but at his core, he’s always just been a badass soldier from the future trying to build a badass army to prevent his awful future from coming to pass.

Cable was introduced in 1990 to be a new mentor to the second generation of X-students, the New Mutants. He was more militaristic than his predecessors: Charles Xavier, the secretly monstrous founder of the Xavier school, and Magneto, the surprisingly incompetent reformed nemesis. He also showed up packing heat - he was covered in giant guns to the point where he eventually became a parody/poster child for the excesses of '90s comics. But at the same time, he was placed at the center of the third age of X-Men comics, one defined by Apocalypse and soapy family relationships.

Cable was eventually revealed to be Nathan Christopher Summers, the child of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, taken into the future to save his life after he was infected with a virus that caused his body to morph into a pile of loose technology. While there, he discovered that he was destined to take down Apocalypse, the nigh-immortal mutant who eventually takes over the world and turns it into a Darwinist shitscape. He jumps back in time and takes control of the New Mutants to help further that goal.

He becomes an interesting case study in comics storytelling - almost a decade after his first introduction, he actually succeeds in destroying Apocalypse and averting his terrible future (don’t worry, it’s comics: Apocalypse gets better). That set him adrift for a little while, but his core stayed the same. He was a badass soldier from the future, and he stayed that way whether he was fighting brushfire wars in eastern Europe, protecting a mutant messiah as they’re chased through the future like it’s Lone Wolf and X-Cub, or saving the world with his omega level telepathy and telekinesis after his techno-organic virus was completely cured.

His link to Deadpool comes mostly from two things: they were both created by Rob Liefeld around the same time, and they shared the headlining role in one of Marvel’s better mainline hero books of the aughts, Cable and Deadpool. In that, Nate was mostly just the straight man in a straightforward superhero action/humor comic. Deadpool would do his thing (Bugs Bunny with an arsenal) while Cable did his (overpowered messiah saving the world with over-the-top action). It was a solid examination of some of Cable’s more absurd character elements, while also being a good, epic X-Men comic.

Most recently, Cable had a new series announced at Marvel. In it, he’ll be (wait for it) a badass soldier from the future, jumping through time to protect the timestream. So it looks like they see what we’ve been enjoying, too.


- In the Age of Apocalypse, Nate Grey was a clone made by Mr. Sinister to eventually challenge Apocalypse’s dominance. He was shunted to the 616 reality at the end of that mini-event and served no purpose in the main universe for a little while, until he was later reimagined as a weird mutant shaman and continued to serve no purpose but without being a direct rip on Cable.

- Ultimate Cable is genuinely funny. The Ultimate Universe was a stripped down version of the main Marvel universe, a direct response to '90s excesses in convoluted continuity and overused guest appearances. With that in mind, Ultimate Cable was actually a future version of Wolverine.

- Cable also appeared as a playable character in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. He had a giant gun beam spam move, and anyone who chose him was of loose morals.


New Mutants #87 - Cable’s first appearance. It’s easy to see why he got so many people pumped. Rob Liefeld’s art, while not everyone's cup of tea, was also full of energy and enthusiasm and a lot of fun to look at.

X-Cutioner’s Song - This 1992 X-Men crossover is almost entirely gibberish. This is where the Summers connection was revealed, and it was all about Cable, Stryfe, Cyclops, Jean, and Apocalypse. The art, however, is actually pretty good. It’s got early Jae Lee, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert ,and Brandon Peterson, and they do a great job of giving the reader something to do besides get a headache trying to chart a family tree.

The Twelve - Again, this is not a good comic, but it’s the pivot point of Cable’s story: here is where he stopped being Apocalypse’s nemesis and started being an ex-messiah.

Cable & Deadpool - This is where people started taking Cable seriously again. It was a fun, fairly uncomplicated superhero book that had great Deadpool moments, and did a lot of good character work on Nate.

Messiah Complex, Cable (vol. 2), Messiah War, and X-Men: Second Coming - This is my personal favorite era of X-Men comics. The three big crossovers are all very good, and focused on Cable and Hope. Cable’s solo book is also excellent, and you get some really good Badass Nathan Summers stuff in all of these.

X-Force vol. 4 - Simon Spurrier is a madman. This series is like if Grant Morrison played with Transformers as a kid: it’s got a vivid ‘80s feel to it, but it’s just weird and good. This series prominently features a character whose mutant power is you forget about him if you’re not looking directly at him. And it has Dr. Nemesis, who is hilarious.

Uncanny Avengers - Gerry Duggan’s latest version of the X-Men/Avengers hybrid team has actually morphed into a follow up to Cable & Deadpool. It’s a straightforward superhero action book, but it’s got good character bits and is almost Busiek-like in its appreciation of Avengers and X-Men continuity.

Deadpool 2 opens on May 18.

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Outlander: Mysterious Season 1 Appearance Finally Addressed

Who was that mystery man in a kilt looking up at Claire's window in the very first episode of Outlander? Spoilers ahead...

News Kirsten Howard
Mar 22, 2018

This article contains major Outlander spoilers.

For Outlander fans, there is perhaps no greater mystery than the one that lingers from the pilot episode of Ronald D. Moore's time-traveling romance series.

If you can cast your mind back to the very first season (and indeed we can, as it was maybe the sexiest thing that had ever happened on television, so it's not that much of a stretch for the old synapses) you may remember that in the first episode, Frank (Tobias Menzies) was walking back to his then-wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in the rain, only to encounter a strange figure looking up at her through the window as she drifted around in her room. The man looked to be dressed strangely, slightly out of time, shall we say, but he was wearing a kilt.

After being called out by Frank, the figure disappeared in the blink of an eye - was it a ghost of some sort? And who was it...?

Well, the cat is now out of the bag, and the identity of the man has been revealed - yes, it's definitely Jamie.

"It hasn't been explained and hopefully we get to that point where we can explain it, but Diana [Gabaldon] has said many times that it is Jamie Fraser," confirmed executive producer Maril Davis Outlander's For Your Consideration panel in L.A..

Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie in the series, was also at the panel. He went on to confirm that the author "has written that scene, and she showed it to a few of us. It's to be revealed."

The sound you just heard is a squee that could shatter eardrums, and we're not ashamed to say we're responsible for it.

The fourth season of Outlander is still currently filming, and a fifth is all but a done deal over at the Starz network.

Being hungry shuts off perception of chronic pain

Finding food is a necessary survival skill, but so is avoiding pain. Research using mice showed that being hungry activates a neural pathway that inhibits the perception of and response to chronic pain. The findings offer up new targets for treating pain.

Breakthrough could aid development of bee-friendly pesticides

Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough.

Probing RNA epigenetics and chromatin structures to predict drug resistance in leukemia

A research team has begun to unravel the role of RNA epigenetics and chromatin structure in the regulation of 5-azacytidine, a DNA hypomethylating agent in certain leukemias. The results could lead to novel strategies and biomarkers that could reduce the risk of drug resistance.

Physical disability boosts parenting effort, beetles study shows

Animals that carry a physical impediment can work harder to rear their young as a result, an insect study has shown. They may behave this way in case they are not able to reproduce again, scientists suggest.

Designing a new material for improved ultrasound

Development of a theoretical basis for ultrahigh piezoelectricity in ferroelectric materials led to a new material with twice the piezo response of any existing commercial ferroelectric ceramics, according to researchers.

Advanced vaccines could limit future outbreaks, scientists say

Novel vaccine technologies are critical to improving the public health response to infectious disease threats that continually emerge and re-emerge, according to scientists. In a new article, experts highlight innovations that could significantly shorten the typical decades-long vaccine development timeline.

How reciprocity can magnify inequality

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Ariel Winter Cleavage Show

Ariel Winter

I guess Ariel Winter is serious about this whole “modeling” thing, because here she is with a few more “pro” shots. I’m still not convinced this is going to pay the bills for Ariel once Modern Family is done, but luckily, she’s always got a promising career as a hot nobody Insta-hottie to fall back on.

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Google is often its own worst enemy – Computerworld


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1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- and it is rapidly getting worse.

Canelo Alvarez Claps Back at ‘Little Bitch’ GGG for Calling Him a Steroid Cheat

Canelo Alvarez is pissed GGG publicly blasted him as a longtime steroids user -- and the Mexican boxing star is firing back with some good ol' fashioned American trash talk. "I'm gonna kick your f**king ass ... little bitch," Canelo wrote on social…

YouTube Red’s Karate Kid sequel ‘Cobra Kai’ drops new trailer

Cobra Kai never dies, and the resurgence of the rogue karate dojo in the upcoming YouTube Red original series reboot of The Karate Kid shows former sensei John Kreese was true to his mantra in the 1984 classic.

The series, set to air May 2 on YouTube’s paid subscription service, YouTube Red, will see Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, 34 years after the events of the original theatrical release. But a new trailer released this week shows both actors have scarcely lost a step, or a karate kick, even decades later, with both actors now in their 50s.

The trailer opens with a scruffy-looking Johnny passed out on the floor surrounded by beer cans, and contrasts with a clean-cut, chipper Daniel in a rather funny commercial for a car dealership bearing the LaRusso name, perfectly setting up the arcs each character’s life followed after the original film’s All Valley Karate Tournament, in which young underdog Daniel resoundingly defeated the seemingly unbeatable Johnny with a now-iconic crane kick to the face. After visiting Daniel at his dealership and experiencing an unexpected humiliation, Johnny decides to restart the notorious Cobra Kai dojo, and train a new generation of kids in its misguided mold.

The trailer is fairly violent and profanity laden, a stark departure from the decidedly more family friendly original film series. The new series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, and will get its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 before its YouTube Red release.

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Luke Skywalker Still Loving His Blue Milk in Star Wars Comics

Luke Skywalker likes his milk. This is almost canon, as Aunt Beru gave him blue Bantha milk in the first Star Wars movie (albeit it in a deleted scene), and it has turned up in a few places since.

But in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he preferred to milk his own. And drink it with more of a greener. And fandom flipped, rather.

But in yesterday’s Star Wars #45 from Marvel Comics, it was all he could think about, visiting a bar with Chewbacca and Han Solo. In Star Wars #44, the issue concluded with Han making this joke.

Which Luke seemed to take to heart in yesterday’s new comic, part of the new Star Wars canon, and set after the first movie.

Get the man a milk, Han…

And yes, this is starting to be an obsession for the boy. It’s like he’s in a Japanese anime bath house, the amount he suddenly seems to be getting through. But milk drinking is a trope synonym for innocence, youth, and androgyny.

Even when drinking a toast to fallen comrades. And yes, the milk is blue. And you know what? It runs in the family…

In his newsletter yesterday, Star Wars comic writer Kieron Gillen addresses the Thala-Siren in the room. “I wrote all the milk jokes before I’d saw The Last Jedi, btw. You can imagine my face.”

Is it this face, Kieron? Is it?

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Emily Ratajkowski Naked Is Amazing

Emily Ratajkowski

I know there’s a lot of hotties out there vying for the title of the Tuna’s #1 Supermodel, but Emily Ratajkowski has to be right up there. Especially if she keeps dropping hotness like this. Here she is going full naked (well, except for that dumb straw hat). There’s even a picture where she shows off her cute kitty. Here’s hoping next time she ditches the cat and gives us the real thing.

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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 17 Trailer, Synopsis, and Details

Riverdale Season 2 is here! We've got your complete guide to everything you need to know right here...

News Den of Geek Staff
Mar 22, 2018

Riverdale season 2 is finally back, and it's darker and sexier than ever. Looking for our review of the most recent episode? Click here!

There are plenty more questions to answer on the rest of Riverdale Season 2. The next episode, Riverdale Season 2 Episode 17, "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens" airs on March 28th on The CW.

Check out the trailer...

And here's the synopsis:

Just as the town’s mayoral race gets underway, Riverdale High’s own student council election heats up.  Archie (KJ Apa) steps up to help after learning that Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) mobster associates have come to Riverdale to stir up some trouble.  Meanwhile, things take a dangerous turn for Alice (Madchen Amick), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Chic (guest star Hart Denton) when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence.  Finally, Toni (guest star Vanessa Morgan), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) team up to solve a strange mystery involving Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch).

And while we're at it...the show is going to have a musical episode in April. Carrie: The Musical to be exact. We have details on that here.

Riverdale Season 2 Episodes

Hit the blue titles to go to our full reviews!

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 1: Chapter Fourteen - A Kiss Before Dying

As Fred’s (Luke Perry) life hangs in the balance following the shooting at Pop’s diner, Archie (KJ Apa) struggles with the emotional aftermath of what he witnessed.  Meanwhile, as Veronica (Camila Mendes) steps out of her comfort zone to support Archie, she learns that her father Hiram (Mark Consuelos) has arrived to Riverdale earlier than expected.  Elsewhere, at Pop’s diner, Pop Tate (guest star Alvin Sanders) recounts the chilling details of the shooting, which leaves Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) questioning the gunman’s true motives.  Lastly, after running into Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) at the hospital, Betty and Kevin (Casey Cott) are surprised to learn about the fire at Thornhill.

air date: 10/11/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 2: Chapter Fifteen - Nighthawks

With the gunman still at large and the residents of Riverdale on edge, Betty (Lili Reinhart) leads the charge to save Pop’s after learning that the diner may be forced to close its doors forever.  Meanwhile, the gang becomes increasingly concerned for Archie’s (KJ Apa) well being after noticing a string of unusual behavior from him.  Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica (Camila Mendes) approach Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) for their help saving Pop’s, while Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) attempt to find FP (Skeet Ulrich) a new lawyer may have some serious repercussions.  Finally, when a past betrayal unexpectedly comes to light, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads with Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and Hermoine (Marisol Nichols.)  

air date: 10/18/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 3: Chapter Sixteen - The Watcher in the Woods

Frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father’s shooter, Archie (KJ Apa) takes matters into his own hands in order to send the gunman a message.  Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) is thrilled when Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie.  Elsewhere, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni (guest star Vanessa Morgan), while Kevin’s (Casey Cott) attempt at having a little fun causes Betty (Lili Reinhart) to grow concerned for his safety.  Finally, an unexpected turn of events leads the town to realize their darkest chapter may be far from over.

air date: 10/25/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4: Chapter Seventeen - The Town That Dreaded Sundown

When Alice (Madchen Amick) publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace.  Betty (Lili Reinhart) turns to Archie (KJ Apa) for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships.  With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board.  Finally, Veronica (Camila Mendes) welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair (guest star Graham Phillips) to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.  Madelaine Petsch, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray and Casey Cott also star.

air date: 11/1/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 5: Chapter Eighteen - When a Stranger Calls

When Alice (Madchen Amick) publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace.  Betty (Lili Reinhart) turns to Archie (KJ Apa) for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships.  With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board.  Finally, Veronica (Camila Mendes) welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair (guest star Graham Phillips) to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.  Madelaine Petsch, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray and Casey Cott also star.

air date: 11/8/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 6: Chapter Nineteen - Death Proof

After a charge led by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens) threatens to further escalate tensions between the North and Southside, Jughead (Cole Sprouse), along with Archie (KJ Apa), tries to put a stop to a dangerous alliance being considered between the Serpents and a long-time rival.  Betty (Lili Reinhart) turns to Veronica (Camila Mendes) for help when she’s thrust into the center of a burgeoning mystery surrounding The Sugarman.  Finally, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) confronts her mother Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) after a traumatic run-in forces her to make a stark realization.

air date: 11/15/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 7: Chapter Twenty - Tales From the Dark Side

Riverdale remains on edge after a chilling letter from the Black Hood challenges the town’s residents to remain sinless for 48 hours – or he’ll strike again. Meanwhile, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Archie’s (KJ Apa) friendship gets tested after Penny Peabody (guest star Brit Morgan) unexpectedly calls in a favor that Jughead owes her. Elsewhere, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) team up to investigate someone who Betty thinks could be the Black Hood killer. Finally, things take an unexpected turn for Josie (Ashleigh Murray) when a secret admirer takes things one step too far. Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott also star.

air date: 11/29/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 8: Chapter Twenty-One - House of the Devil

When Jughead (Cole Sprouse) learns that FP (Skeet Ulrich) is getting released from prison, he and Betty (Lili Reinhart) organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life.  Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation.

air date: 12/6/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 9: Chapter Twenty-Two - Silent Night, Deadly Night

After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica (Camila Mendes) uncovers a major secret Hiram (Mark Consuelos) has been keeping from her.  Fallout from Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) encounter with Penny Peabody (guest star Brit Morgan) creates tension between him and FP (Skeet Ulrich.)  Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) takes matters into her own hands after Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year.  Finally, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Archie’s (KJ Apa) vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown.

air date: 12/13/17

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 10: Chapter Twenty-Three - The Blackboard Jungle

Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High.  Veronica (Camila Mendes) ensures Hiram (Mark Consuelos) and Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) that she’s still on board with their plans for SoDale.  Archie (KJ Apa) is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram’s suspicious business dealings.  Betty (Lili Reinhart) sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic (guest star Hart Denton).

air date: 1/17/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 11: Chapter Twenty-Four - The Wrestler

Amidst preparations for the town’s annual Picken’s Day festivities, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) interviews Toni’s (guest star Vanessa Morgan) grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale’s history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram (Mark Consuelos), Archie (KJ Apa) tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram’s love of the sport.  Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic (guest star Hart Denton), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) clash as they prepare for their Picken’s Day performance.

air date: 1/24/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 12: Chapter Twenty-Five - The Wicked and the Divine

As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica (Camila Mendes) becomes concerned that Archie (KJ Apa), who’s agreed to be Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) “intern,” may be learning too much about her family’s secret business dealings.  Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents.  Meanwhile, Chic (guest star Hart Denton) helps Betty (Lili Reinhart) deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram’s shady inner-circle goes awry.

air date: 1/31/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 13: Chapter Twenty-Six - The Tell-Tale Heart

Betty (Lili Reinhart) turns to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her.  Veronica (Camila Mendes) organizes a face to face meeting after tensions between Hiram (Mark Consuelos), FP (Skeet Ulrich) and Jughead spiral out of control.  Elsewhere, Archie (KJ Apa) is forced to make a tough decision after Agent Adams (guest star John Behlmann) takes things one step too far.

air date: 2/7/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 14: Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Hills Have Eyes

When Hiram suggests that Veronica and Archie head up to their lake house for the weekend, Veronica decides to invite Betty and Jughead to join them. Determined to uncover Hiram's plans for Riverdale, Jughead uses his time at the lake house to press Veronica about what she may know. Back in Riverdale, Cheryl makes a surprising connection with an unlikely friend, while Josie lands in hot water after revealing a secret to Kevin.

air date: 3/7/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 15: Chapter Twenty-Eight - There Will be Blood

After learning that his dad is considering running for mayor of Riverdale, Archie (KJ Apa) begins to grow concerned that the Lodges may have found their newest pawn in Fred (Luke Perry).  Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic’s (guest star Hart Denton) strange behavior and enlists Kevin’s (Casey Cott) help to figure out what Chic is hiding.  Finally, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Penelope (guest star Nathalie Boltt) are surprised when they learn that Clifford left a secret will, and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram (Mark Consuelos).

air date: 3/14/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 16: Chapter Twenty-Nine - Primary Colors

In the aftermath of Hiram's newly announced plans for Riverdale, Jughead resorts to drastic measures to voice his opposition. After making her own big announcement, Hermoine's friend Andy Cohen comes to town to lend a hand. Meanwhile, Veronica goes against her parent's wishes to keep a low profile when she decides to run for student council president. Elsewhere, Mary arrives in Riverdale just as tensions between Fred and Archie reach a breaking point. Finally, following a series of mysterious events, Cheryl begins to fear that someone is out to get her.

air date: 3/21/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 17: Chapter Thirty - The Noose Tightens

Just as the town’s mayoral race gets underway, Riverdale High’s own student council election heats up.  Archie (KJ Apa) steps up to help after learning that Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) mobster associates have come to Riverdale to stir up some trouble.  Meanwhile, things take a dangerous turn for Alice (Madchen Amick), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Chic (guest star Hart Denton) when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence.  Finally, Toni (guest star Vanessa Morgan), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) team up to solve a strange mystery involving Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch).

air date: 3/28/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 18: Chapter Thirty-One - A Night to Remember

This is the musical episode where the gang will put on Stephen King's Carrie. Yes, you read that right. We have details on that here.

air date: 4/18/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 19: Chapter Thirty-Two - Prisoners

air date: 4/25/18

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 20: Chapter Thirty-Three - Shadow of a Doubt

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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 21: Chapter Thirty-Four - Judgment Night

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Riverdale Season 2 Episode 22: Chapter Thirty-Five - Brave New World

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Riverdale Season 2 Story

We spoke with KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse about their characters' storylines in season two

We also chatted with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa about Riverdale's Afterlife elements... 

Riverdale Season 2 Cast

Betty's long-lost brother Chic Cooper, will appear in season two according to TVLine. Chic has yet to be cast, but he'll be a recurring character.

Ross Butler won't be back as Reggie Mantle next year, because he'll be busy getting 13 Reasons Why Season 2 ready for Netflix. Instead, Charles Melton (Mr. Wu on American Horror Story: Hotel) is your new Reggie. (Thanks to TV Line)

That's not all, Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller on the show, has been upped to series regular this time around (again, thanks TV Line!)

Veronica's bad boy ex we've been hearing about is officially cast. Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) will play Nick St. Clair.

Via EWRiverdale executive producer Roborto Aguirre-Sacasa described the character as “an old classmate of Veronica’s from New York, and despite his parent-pleasing veneer, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing: a hard-partying Lothario with dark desires and an unchecked sense of privilege. His arrival in Riverdale will threaten Archie’s relationship with Veronica, and may even put some of our characters at risk.”

‘Harold Halibut’ is a delightfully quirky narrative adventure.

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Britney Spears Not Herself For Kenzo

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Britney Spears hasn’t been Britney Spears since she had a psychotic break and began living on a healthy diet of Lithium-laced grits, but her fans still hold out hope that the lip-syncer is mere moments away at any given time from being a cognizant person again. She’s one step up from Terri Schiavo. Embrace it. Now her outsides are beginning to get away from the late 90’s Spears as much as her scrambled brain insides, and her fans can’t seem to deal with it.

The thirty-six-year-old Spears must have caught the attention of fashion insiders with her manic solo Kohl’s fashion shows, because some company named Kenzo hired her to be their spokeszombie. People are complaining that Spears is overly-Photoshopped in the pics, but I’m pretty sure what they’re seeing is her latest round of facial fillers at play. Once they hit their mid-thirties, female celebrities begin their transition into looking like every Real Housewife ever. Basically at a certain age our faces no longer retain the fat cells that make us look cherubic and youthful, so our faces become hollowed out, and then when celebs try to counteract their American Gothic visages with fillers, they look like Jigsaw. Yeah, Spears looks like Jigsaw. Sorry ’bout it.

But would you still hit it? Of course. Thanks to being on a five-inch leash at all times Spears has no choice but to do what her handlers say, and they know that maintaining a bangable bod is truly the key to a celeb’s success. Keep being the hot American tragedy that you are, Spears.


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Single Lady! Kelly Dodd’s Divorce Is Finally Official With Court – See The Papers

Kelly Dodd gushed over her divorce being finalized last month, but now the Real Housewives of Orange County star’s single status has been officially recognized in court, can exclusively report.

According to Orange County documents and obtained exclusively by Radar, a judgment was filed on March 7 changing the 42-year-old mom’s marriage to “dissolution- status only.”


The split was effectively terminated on February 23, however, the documents indicate.

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Both Kelly and her ex Michael signed the papers, making it official.

Though they are both single, the former couple still has to hash out complicated matters including finances, property and issues involving their daughter Jolie, 11.

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Kelly first filed papers in 2012, but the couple soon reconciled. She resumed the divorce in September 2017, and even begged the court to speed it up.

A source told Radar earlier this year that Kelly suspected Michael was having an affair with a much younger woman throughout the entire marriage.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Slammed for Shaming Gym Patrons

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his beautiful bride-to-be Lauren Burnham have finally found a way to win the admiration of those who resent them.

Just kidding! They've decided to use social media to shame people at the gym.

And yes, that includes recording total strangers just so that they could ridicule them. Ugh.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham, Iceland Trip

So, following Arie's brutal breakup with Becca Kufrin ... which audiences saw right before being treated to the sight of Arie proposing to Lauren Burnham ... Arie and Lauren fled the country.

Those were Arie's words, partially in jest. The two of them headed off for an Iceland adventure.

They are, in all seriousness, probably having an easier time as a newly engaged couple while in Europe than they would in the U.S. It's not that other countries don't watch The Bachelor, but ... they're going to run across fewer haters in Iceland.

(It's a good thing that they weren't planning on vacationing in Minnesota, where Arie is banned ... sort of)

They might have less luck avoiding haters in Spain, however.

Because Arie and Lauren filmed themselves and some Spanish gym patrons ... for the express purpose of ridiculing total strangers who were just minding their own business at the gym.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Shames Spanish Gym Users

In his Instagram story, Arie zeroed in on gym-goers who are exercising in brightly colored shorts.

"This is how they work out here in Spain," Arie says.

He seems totally floored by the clothing.

"What is he wearing?"

And to no one's surprise, unfortunately, Lauren seems to follow his lead, saying:

"I cannot handle it."

Anyone else reminded of a certain body-shaming Playmate who snapped a nude pic of an older gym patron just so that she could ridicule the woman's figure online? Sure, that was nude, but the principle is similar.

A Kiss for Lauren

One prevailing theory is that this is the couple's attempt to re-brand themselves as "funny."

(You might be surprised at how many people in the world think that you can just decide to be funny)

It does seem like the two of them are hoping to be the late Joan Rivers, or possibly the infamous muppet duo Statler and Waldorf.

Instead, their grating sense of "humor" comes across like whoever writes Mike Huckabee's tweets.

As one fan wrote on reddit:

"He’s trying so hard to craft a narrative for them after the season but just isn’t smart or self-aware enough to successfully pull it off."

So, if this is a rebranding attempt, they need to ... try something else.

Other members of the Bachelor Nation, however, have other theories about what was behind this poorly conceived stab at humor.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham in Iceland

This may have had nothing to do with branding, one fan suggests, and may have everything to do with character.

"Um... has anyone thought that maybe he and Lauren are just privileged a--holes?"

That person might be right.

Fans were generally horrified.

"God they are such nasty people. Who makes fun of strangers to their large Instagram followings? Wtf."

The ire isn't directed solely at Arie, either. Lauren was part of this, too.

"They are seriously irredeemable."

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A few fans seem to believe that Lauren is actually to blame for this.

"She seems like a mean girl and it really rubs off on him."

Lauren struck many viewers as a somewhat quiet person and as a follower rather than an instigator.

It's curious to see people believe that she is guiding Arie's behavior rather than the other way around.

Bekah Martinez, who got to know Arie pretty darn well, assessed that Arie prefers to be in charge in his relationships.

But maybe they're both insensitive jerks.

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23 Games Invented by Jimmy Fallon You Should Definitely Play at Home

Jimmy Fallon has made his mark on late-night TV by making all us viewers at home feel like we're in on the action. It's like he and his guests are bromancing and sitting in our living rooms with us, and we're all laughing our butts off together. And some of the most hilarious moments on Fallon's show take place during the crazy games he makes his celebrity guests play — but those games are so outrageous, we shouldn't dare play the same ones at home, right? Wrong!

Fallon's game-time hijinks on The Tonight Show would make for one amazing game night (especially if you get a few cocktails involved). We've gathered up some of best games invented by Fallon that you could totally play at home.

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1. This or That

This game has always been the worst because it normally takes a dark, dirty or gross turn, and still we ask, why aren't we playing it more often? Asking acquaintances, "Would you rather have a clone of yourself or have a pet dog who can talk?" is guaranteed to break the ice at any party.

2. The Whisper Challenge

This is the kind of game where you spend the majority of the time trying not to pee your pants laughing because it's just so ridiculous. As Alicia Keys and Fallon demonstrate, the Whisper Challenge involves wearing noise-canceling headphones and attempting to guess random words and phrases. May the best (wo)man win.

3. Best Friends Challenge

Now, this one is kind of adorable and perfect for a more intimate gathering, aka a girls' night in. How well do you know your bestie? You can each take turns drawing questions from the Best Friends Box to see if you can guess each other's answers. At the very least, you'll get to know each other better — by figuring out her most hated food and her first celebrity crush.

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4. Slapjack

The premise here is simple. You square off against a friend (or foe?) in a game of blackjack. The person who loses each hand gets, well, a hand — to the face. And, really, what's more fun than slapping someone with giant prosthetic digits? OK, so you may have to substitute the monster hand with a foam finger from a sporting event or with a pillow.

5. Wheel of Impressions

Disclaimer: There's no way in hell you or any of your loved ones could rival Ariana Grande when it comes to Wheel of Impressions. She's just too good. Did you catch her Celine Dion? Still, it will be pretty hilarious to watch your friends attempt to impersonate people like Samuel L. Jackson talking about, oh, you know, something like bubble wrap. To adapt for your home, simply write a bunch of celeb names down and toss them into one basket, and write down a bunch of random topics and toss them in another. Voilà!

6. Random Phrase Carols

To be honest, this is kind of what it sounds like when I get to the second verse of most Christmas carols (do you know the second verse to "Away in a Manger"?). You'll need someone who isn't playing to be the penner of the random lyrics, and you'll need an instrumental Christmas music CD.

7. Box of Lies

Sorry, ladies... this game doesn't come with Channing Tatum, as super as that would be. The gist is this: You stick about nine random things in shoe boxes. You create a makeshift partition between you and your non-Channing-Tatum-like competitor, and then you take turns trying to determine whether you each are telling the truth about what's in your chosen box or whether you're flat-out lying.

Next: Musical Beers

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8. Musical Beers

Well, we all know how musical chairs works, right? This is essentially the same, only there are no chairs — just beers. A round table would probably work best, particularly because drunk-ish people tend not to do well with sharp edges. Don't say we didn't warn you.

9. Egg Russian Roulette

First off, you're going to need to recruit a friend who's good at bad accents to be your Higgins. Said friend will announce, in what sounds much like the voice of a leprechaun, that the game involves a dozen eggs — eight of which have been hard-boiled and four of which are raw. Dig some embarrassing headwear out of the closet, then take turns smashing eggs against your foreheads. The first person to get yolk on their face twice loses.

10. Antler Ring Toss

Oh, hey, you're having a holiday party? How much more festive could you possibly get than a rousing game of Antler Ring Toss? Because it's altogether likely that you don't have a camouflage helmet with massive antlers affixed to the top, you'll probably simply need to hold some sticks on top of your head and have a friend throw Frisbee discs at them. Of course, if you're an avid hunter and happen to have a few racks lying around, by all means, antler it up.

11. Water War

To play Water War, you only need four things: a deck of cards, 10 glasses of water, a Super Soaker water gun — and a sense of humor.

12. Giant Beer Pong

Why play regular beer pong when you can play Giant Beer Pong?! You should probably start stocking up on volleyballs now because, as Nina Dobrev points out, that's what you'll need for your giant ping pong balls. You're also going to want to fill a bunch of round trash cans with water to toss your balls into. If you want to get really authentic, break out the red paint and give them a Solo cup makeover.

13. Word Sneak

This game is already hilarious, but it would be a total riot if you played it after a round of Giant Beer Pong. Simply have someone who isn't playing jot a bunch of random words down on slips of paper. Divide into two stacks, disperse and laugh your ass off as your bestie tries to fit words like "titmouse" and "Stonehenge" into casual conversation.

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14. Beer Hockey

Granted, this game may require a bit of legwork on your part. But if you've ever put together IKEA furniture, you should have no problem hacking a table to turn it into the love child of an air hockey table and a beer pong table. Just ask Josh Hutcherson — he knows it to be so.

Next: Three-Word Stories

15. Three-Word Stories

If Benedict Cumberbatch is any indication, a byproduct of playing Three-Word Stories is coming off as completely adorable. Much like Word Sneak, you're going to need two stacks of random words. Then, you'll take turns starting stories with three words and trying to lead your competitor to say, in the next three words, the secret word.

16. 5-Second Summaries

Calling all movie buffs! You're going to need a healthy knowledge of movie trivia to play 5-Second Summaries. And, well, it's pretty much exactly like it sounds — you've got five seconds to describe the movie listed on the card you are given in a way that will get your teammate to guess it.

17. Face-Stuffing Contest

While this may not sound much unlike a regular holiday dinner, there's a special twist to this face-stuffing. You are only allowed to eat the food in front of you with the, um, utensils provided. Spaghetti with whisks? Sure thing. Fully loaded nachos with tongs? You betcha. After watching Glenn Close go all in for a round of this, we've never loved her more.

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18. Random Object Football Toss

We're not generally ones for wasting food, so we recommend if you play Random Object Football Toss with food that you grab those questionable leftovers that have been in your fridge for two weeks. Other than that, any objects are fair game to toss.

19. Karate Piñata

Unless you've got some high-tech, spinning contraption hooked up, your piñatas probably won't be spinning around you. Although we suppose you could tie them to an outdoor fan. But you can still don a bandanna and play Karate Piñata — you'll just have to play several rounds to see who inflicts the most damage on the plethora of piñatas you'll undoubtedly go through.

20. Face Balls

Go forth and get yourself a whole bunch of clear plastic beach balls, because you're going to be tossing them at your friends' faces soon enough. In addition to an excellent throwing arm, you're going to need a friend with a steady hand to act as your videographer. How else are you going to capture the way your buddy's cheeks flap when the ball bounces off their face?

21. Lip Sync Battle

This is about as easy as it gets — you just need a killer playlist and an absurd accuracy with obscure song lyrics. Our personal favorite? This Lip Sync Battle with Paul Rudd.

22. Total Iceholes

This is basically cornhole, but the beanbags are shaped like fish. Fallon's played it with Miley Cyrus, Drew Barrymore, Serena Williams and more. Who doesn't love a game of cornhole?

23. True Confessions

Last but not least, a game where being a great liar totally pays off. Basically, each player take turns confessing to a random fact, and the other players interrogate each other to determine who was telling the truth.

Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker: Are They Actually Dating?!

Some of our readers might not be old enough to remember a time when Blink-182 was the biggest thing in music, but Kourtney Kardashian certainly is, and it seems that like generations of Hot Topic shoppers before her, she has a thing for the drummer.

Yes, according to Radar Online Travis Barker is banging more than just his snare these days.

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That's our way of saying he's having sex with Kourtney ... or hoping to, anyway.

“Travis lives a couple of blocks from Kourt in the same gated community in Calabasas and their kids play together," a source close to the situation tells Radar.

"He’s always had a bit of a thing for her."

It seems Travis was intent on swooping in after learning that Kourtney had dumped Scott Disick for good.

After receiving word that Kourtney was dating Younes Bendjima, however, he reportedly felt that he'd “missed his chance.”

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Now, however, another window of opportunity has presented itself.

And apparently, Travis has every intention of taking advantage.

Though she hasn't made any sort of formal announcement, it looks as though Kourtney has broken up with Younes.

She recently unfollowed him on Instagram, and when fans noticed the move, she deleted her account entirely.

These days, she's back on the 'Gram, but tellingly, she has not re-followed Younes.

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Sensing a second chance, Travis has apparently already devised a strategy.

And it seems that step one is showing Kourt that he's more than just a drummer.

“He wants to take her for dinner at his Crossroads restaurant and wow her with all his favorite vegan dishes," says the source.

It's a simple, but calculated plan.

Kourtney's last two exes are 24-year-old Younes and Scott, who has the mental age of roughly 14.

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Travis is 42.

He's built a successful career for himself as a musician, music producer, reality star, and restaurateur.

If it weren't for Kourtney, Scott would probably be selling his plasma for pints of Thunderbird, and the resulting power imbalance always led to trouble in their relationship.

She would have no such problem with Travis, and it seems he wants her to know that.

The two of them certainly have potential as a couple.

Hopefully, Travis is on board with entering a situation where he'll likely have to deal with a very drunk and very clingy ex.

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Dayum! The 22 Most Naked Celebrity Snapchat Pics of All Time

Those celebrities who tend to strip down for their social media following particularly love taking naked Snapchat pics!

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Reality TV’s favorite family, the Kardashian-Jenners, are one of the probably the best at skillfully snapping themselves in various forms of undress, whether it’s Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner in their bathrooms or Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian showing off a new hot swimsuit.

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You also have some serious contenders like models Ashley Graham and Chrissy Teigen, who love to shed clothes, along with model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, who honestly prefers to be completely naked most of the time. There are hot guys like singer/actor Nick Jonas and Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton.  And Usher, who once shared the whole package in a steam bath Snapchat. The social media platform might be fleeting, but there is always a great screenshot, Snapchat, Instragram or YouTube video to let that NSFW nude snap live on!

Click through the Radar Online gallery of 22 of the most naked celebrity Snapchats ever—and ones you got to follow!

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Why Sausages Were Cut Out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze lost its sausages, courtesy of the British Board of Film Classification...

News Matt Edwards
Mar 22, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a cause of controversy long before Michael Bay became involved in it. The original comic book was no troublemaker, but once it became a cartoon/toy/movie/pop culture phenomenon parents became concerned that it was too violent for children.

In Great Britain it was subject to mondo censorship, dude. Ahem. The BBFC, the British Board of Film Classification, had chunks of the first film removed. The cartoon series was renamed Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, and weapons and violence were removed (television broadcasts are not subject to BBFC classification and so others were responsible for those cuts).

In 2016, the BBFC released a case study on the classification of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze, and it is a fascinating insight into the bizarre, panicked approach to censorship that surrounded Ninja Turtles. The strangest part? When classifying Secret Of The Ooze, the BBFC had the distributors remove shots of sausages from the film in order to receive a PG rating.

The offending sausages were only present in the film to appease those who found the violence in the first Turtles film objectionable. On the Secret Of The Ooze commentary (available on German releases of the movie - an essential part of any Ninja Turtles movie collection, as you’re likely aware) director Michael Pressman explains that the film was meant to be more child-friendly. As a result, throughout the film you’ll rarely see the Turtles use their weapons.

The scene with the bothersome bangers is set in a small shopping complex where the Ninja Turtles foil a band of robbers, right at the beginning of the film. Michelangelo doesn’t use his trademark nunchucks (or ‘chain sticks’ as they’re referred to in the BBFC case report). Instead, he fells a group of baddies with a yoyo before grabbing two sausage links from a food booth and using them as makeshift ‘chucks. He fights the bad guys with the food, throwing in some showy sausage spins for style.

When reviewing the film for certification, a BBFC examiner was apparently unable to tell the differences between sausages and nunchucks and so suggested cuts. Even once their status as sausages was established, BBFC director James Ferman insisted that the sausages would look like the real weapon "to any streetwise 8 year old." Even once their status as sausages was established, BBFC director James Ferman insisted that the sausages would look like the real weapon "to any streetwise 8 year old". That sentence appears twice to ensure that you’re able to take it in. The head of the British Board of Film Classification could not tell the difference between a martial arts weapon and a sausage, and believed that children would be similarly bamboozled.

By coincidence, I actually was an 8 year old when the film came out and have never had the impression that Michelangelo was using anything other than sausages. Perhaps I’m not streetwise enough.

The case study also includes a quote from the original report sent to the distributor: "After turtle takes down sausages and uses them as a flail. Reduce to minimum dazzling display of swinging sausages indistinguishable from chainsticks."

If you have children, please do explain the dangers of sausage dazzling to them.

The report is a fascinating read. It’s interesting to see the change in attitude from the BBFC, which is a very different entity from headline grabbing body that existed back in ‘video nasty’ age. It’s possible to read in this report a bafflement at the generation that came before them. You get the feeling that very few weaponized dinners would cause the classification board any great concern today. It also mentions that the subsequent classification report for the home video release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze described Ferman’s list of cuts as "a tiny bit ludicrous."

Both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze have been available uncut in Great Britain for more than 10 years.

You can find the BBFC report here. It is recommended reading.

Jacob Roloff: Look at My Book! It’s Here! It’s Right Here!

Jacob Roloff and Isabel Rock has many reasons to be on top of the world right about now.

Both personally and professionally.

Rock and Roloff Pic

First, of course, the reality stars turned an exciting rumor into a romantic reality back in December when they got engaged.

And while such a moment may never be topped on one level, each half of this relationship has gone ahead and taken a major step on another level in the many weeks since.

Isabel, for instance, had her artwork accepted into a show in Oregon, sharing many photos from the exhibit on Instagram and prompting Jacob to gush over his fiancee.

"I always say this, but she is just rocking it," the Little People, Big World star wrote as a caption to the photo above this week, adding:

"That painting behind us is the second or third that she ever made, and one of my favorites. It’s hard to choose now though, since she has painted over TWENTY FIVE new ones in the last month alone."

Impressive indeed.

But Jacob has a reason to brag as well.

Jacob Roloff and Isabel

Back in September, Roloff teased a new project.

He told fans that he was in the process of writing a second book, explaining that it would be a follow-up to the series of essays he titled "Verbing" and which he previously sold on Etsy for $5.

Jacob even included an excerpt from his follow-up, "Out to See," making it clear at the time that the memoir would be another introspection into what makes him tick.

"I allowed myself to be in such a frustrated state of mind for a long time, until hitting a wall of reason knowing that there must be another way," writes Roloff in this second book, likely referring to the period when he quit Little People, Big World and distanced himself from his family.

"I retreated just a little bit further into seclusion with books, and cultivation of intellect and mind," he writes. "These too, I have learned, are just tools."

Let no one ever say Jacob Roloff is not a profound individual.

And he's also now an excited one... because copies of his book are out!

Jacob Roloff Book

"Spring has SPRUNG, I’m goin #OutToSee," wrote Roloff as a caption to this image.

He added as a tease:

"Just received my first two proof copies of Out To See and it is VERY exciting. I’m going to be making the final adjustments in the next couple of weeks so I can have it ready by May 1st and in your hands by May 2nd!

"It’ll be available on Amazon’s marketplace everywhere (or perhaps with a week’s delay for AUS and UK)."

That's fantastic news.

It coincides with Audrey and Jeremy Roloff announcing that they're releasing a book as well.

We had been upset that there was such a long hiatus between new episodes of Little People, Big World -- but if the family members used this break to write memoirs, we take it all back.

Now we're just psyched to read them!

For the record, however, TLC has now confirmed that a new season of this fun reality show kicks off on April 3.

We'll be directly in front of our television screens that evening, that's for sure.

Will you be joining us?!?

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Donatella Versace Claims That Prince Wanted Her To Join Him  As The Face Of Black Lives Matter

Another purple nug from the Prince vault has been unearthed. Prince apparently had aspirations of becoming the face of the Black Lives Matter movement. But Price wanted a second so he thought and he thought about who he’d like to have join him in his crusade against racial injustice. I guess Chaka Khan wasn’t unavailable so he went the next person on his list, Donatella Versace.

Donatella told GQ (via Page Six):

“He decided to be the face of the Black Lives Matter movement — that’s what he wanted — and he said, ‘You need to be with me. I was ready to do it.”

Just picture it, Donatella Versace: The face that launched a thousand “what exactly am I looking at here”s as the face of Black Lives Matter. Even though GQ saysshe has a statement nose”, that statement doesn’t scream “black lives matter” to me. If Prince was going to pick one member of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem to join him in a fight for black lives, wouldn’t he pick Floyd Pepper? He is purple after all. Janice would be my last choice!

According to Page Six:

Tragically, Prince died soon after making his request to the fashion designer while they were at the Boom Boom Room in New York. In the wake of her friend’s passing, Versace has kept up with political movements, especially #MeToo.

And here I thought all requests made at The Boom Boom Room were legally binding. Donatella was lucky to get out of it before she had to go do a crash course in the systemic oppression of minorities in America. I’m sure in Donatella’s experience, police brutality is when her repeated calls to 911 reporting that one of her man servants has served her San Pellegrino in a plain golden goblet instead of in her “crystal Medusa-emblazoned tumbler of water with a straw” (via GQ) go unheeded.

I miss Prince everyday. I really hope we continue to get bonkers tales from the Prince vault for many decades to come.


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Robotech: The Essential Episodes

We suggest the Robotech episodes that will get you hooked on this science fiction classic.

Shamus Kelley
Mar 22, 2018

Being a cartoon from the '80s, you’d be forgiven for automatically assuming Robotech doesn’t hold up. I mean come on, have you tried watching any of those ‘classic’ 80’s shows recently? Sure they’re nostalgic and fun, but do they really hold up to scrutiny? Can they come close to matching the sophistication of today’s kid shows? Usually not. I mean look, I love me some classic Voltron and even some very select episodes of He-Man, but on a whole they’re kind of a dumpster fire.

Robotech was different. It was a pioneer not just in sophisticated story telling for kids, but helping to solidify the slowly growing anime fanbase in America. With rich science fiction world building mixed together with soap opera romance, to this day Robotech continues to offer something new every time I watch it. It’s not without its problems (the Max and Miriya "courtship", am I right?) but on a whole it’s an emotionally engaging ride.

To get some facts out of the way, Robotech was a combination of three different anime series into one huge universe. This immediately set the groundwork for what became a saga. Three generations of heroes fighting three successive waves of alien invaders. With the help of some clever editing and voiceover, the three series more or less work as a whole.

The following list isn’t so much one that tells the whole story of Robotech. The series is heavily serialized so it’d be near impossible to give you a list that hits all the major plot points. This also isn’t a "best of" list. This is more a list that will give you a taste of what Robotech has to offer. From the romance, to the world building, to the memorable characters, to the action, this list will give you just enough to hopefully get you hooked on Robotech.

Some spoilers are ahead but nothing that should horrifically impact your viewing. If you do want to go in fresh, just start from the beginning. You’re in for a wild ride. For everyone else? It’s time to activate the hyperspace fold jump!

Robotech: The Macross Saga

Episode 4: The Long Wait

While tempting to just start from the beginning, I prefer to lead with the episode that subverts your expectations. I mean come on, you see all the promotional art and think, “Right, robots and mecha pilots. Whatever.” "The Long Wait" instead dives head first into drama, with the good-natured Rick and naïve Minmei trapped in the bowels of the space battle fortress SDF-1.

There isn’t a single moment of mecha combat. It’s almost a two-person stage play with Rick struggling to be the mature one while Minmei alternates from happy go lucky to downright terrified. It is here we get the first glimpses of Minmei’s immaturity that would come to define the character and Rick’s budding feelings for her. It's a full on soap opera and for a show that was clearly meant for boys? It’s great to see emotions on display so early on.

Episode 15: Homecoming

Who needs aerial combat when you can have political machinations? So after two years that ship I mentioned, the SDF-1, has finally made it back to Earth with its thousands of refugees. How two years fits into the span of fourteen episodes is beyond me, but Robotech timelines have barely ever made sense.

Great! Time to go home for all the refugees right? WRONG! The Earth government is like, “Yeah, so we didn’t want anyone to panic about the whole alien invasion thing so we covered it up. If we let the refugees go they’ll tell everyone and we kinda don’t wanna look bad. Can you just fly out into space and act as a distraction for the enemy? THANKS.” The immediate sense of dread from the SDF-1 crew makes this episode. Their own people have betrayed them. And here they thought their only enemy was aliens.

For all you DRAMA fans out there, we’ve got Rick escorting Minmei around. A lot has changed since their near death experience. Rick signed up for military duty while Minmei became a pop star. Minmei prattles on all about herself and never bothers to let Rick talk. It’s a great bit of character work and even though Rick is clearly annoyed by these changes, he’s still attracted to her. Rick may have aged on the battlefield, but he’s still a teenager at heart.

Episode 18-19: Farewell, Big Brother/Bursting Point

Okay, here’s some action for you. These two episodes feature spectacular dog fights but thankfully they have an undercurrent of emotion. You know, like the desperate struggle to get these refugees off the ship before they riot! From the title of Episode 18 alone, you can guess SOMEONE is going to die. I won’t spoil who, but it’s a game changer. Robotech pulls no punches. It also features a hilarious line from a Zentradi spy who’s been invited to a disco in Macross city,

“Do you suppose this disco thing is a form of Micronian torture?”

I appreciate a little levity in my episodes filled with death and destruction.


Episode 27: Force of Arms

Ah, the big climax. Explosions! Declarations of feelings! MILLIONS OF SPACESHIPS. It’s still shocking to me just how much happens in this episode. The way the characters are able to defeat the Zentradi is nothing short of brilliant. Not only do they blow stuff up, they also SING. Yeah, singing brings down an alien armada. Only in Robotech, people.

Even after the main conflict is over Rick speeds to help his new romantic foil, bridge officer Lisa, escape from the crumbling Alaska Base. To describe this episode in any more detail would ruin it, so go check it out for yourself.

Episode 29: The Robotech Masters

In any other series, "Force of Arms" would have been the finale. But nope, we get nine episodes of fallout from the war and it is glorious. The Earth was turned into a wasteland and humanity has to pick up the pieces. The peace they’ve made with the Zentradi is tenuous at best. Some of the Zentradi are still giant sized and don’t like having to conform to a human lifestyle. Khyron, who survived the final attack, uses this growing dissatisfaction to rebuild his army. Like any war, the aftermath can be just as hard to navigate as the conflict itself and there aren’t any easy answers.

Also, Minmei’s star is slowly falling and her relationship with Lynn Kyle has quickly turned abusive. Not just physically but emotionally as well. It’s tough to watch but it finally makes you feel sympathy for Minmei. Much like soldiers in the war, she was thrust into the spotlight at an early age and it’s done some real damage to her psyche.

Plus, we get some glorious set up for The Masters Saga.

Robotech: The Masters Saga

Episode 37: False Start

We again kick off another saga of Robotech by skipping its first episode. You didn’t miss anything; it’s just a clip show. Here we meet our new lead character Dana Sterling and she instantly makes an impression. The daughter of Max and Miriya from the Macross saga, Dana on the surface seems carefree and a bit of brat, but as the episode plays out we see there’s more to her.

This is where the melding of the three series really starts to shine. With Dana having to live up to the reputation of her well respected parents, she’s constantly having to prove herself and fight an uphill battle for recognition. Plus, she hasn’t seen her parents in years. This girl has a lot on her shoulders but no matter what she keeps on smiling. The Masters saga gets a lot of crap from Robotech fans, but Dana is criminally underrated.

Episode 44: The Trap

Robotech hasn’t had many video games but I’m kind of shocked we never got one based on this episode. Dana’s squad runs around the interiors of an alien ship that’s clearly modeled after ancient Rome! Forking corridors, mysterious alien labs, and closing gates blocking your escape! This episode has got it all! The team comradely is on delightful display as they banter and bicker while exploring. It’s just a fun outing that sets up the strange world of the Robotech Masters. Plus, Bowie flirts with an alien cause she has a dope cosmic harp. My man.

Episode 47: Outsiders

Ah, characters dealing with deep emotional issues. My favorite! Dana doubts herself right from the start and while Sean mocks Dana and Bowie for falling in love, he then goes to extreme lengths just to see Marie in the hospital. That’s right, the soap opera level antics didn’t end with the Macross saga! Ah, Sean Phillips. One of my favorite character archetypes. The ‘cool’ guy who acts like he never has a problem with anything but secretly is hiding a boatload of insecurity’s.

We also get some of that classic Robotech world building with Major John Carpenter returning from his mission with Rick Hunter. Yep, between sagas Rick and company flew off on a quest to find and make peace with the Robotech Masters.

Spoiler: it didn’t work out so well and Carpenter gives them all the bad news. They won’t be getting relief from the SDF-3 mission anytime soon. Hinting at further adventures we don’t see on screen excites the imagination. Even if we can’t see the Macross characters, thanks to the footage not supporting it, we at least know they’re still out there.

The Robotech novels would have a field day with this.

Episode 48: Déjà vu

Quite possibly one of the funniest episodes of Robotech, "Déjà vu" lowers the stakes a bit and the biggest conflict of the episode is whether the characters can sneak into a hospital. It’s nice to see everyone outside the stressful rigors of day to day military life. They get to have fun! Act wacky! Make silly voices! My favorite bit is when Angelo gives their excuse for sneaking in and Louie calls him on just how stupid it is,

“Maintenance wants us to fix a ruptured ion gun in one of your x-ray units.”

“By the way, ion guns guns don’t rupture.”

“Rupture-schmupture, it got us in didn’t it?”

This is as good a time as any to point out that by all accounts, when Robotech goes up on Netflix it will be the remastered version of the series. There’s a lot of fanboy nitpicking to be had about this, but basically back in the mid 2000’s the show was cleaned up and included “additional footage not seen on television." That footage was mostly extended bits of violence and random segments of nudity and "fan service." This episode includes one of those when Dana is scaling the wall and you can briefly see her panties. There’s no reason for this shot to be included and it takes you out of the episode.

If you can, seek out the original broadcast versions of Robotech that can currently be found on Amazon. While they aren’t as sharp looking as the Remastered versions, they at least don’t have these needless shots and they also include the original sound effects. This a fan nitpick, but if you’re getting into the series for the first time it’s something that should be mentioned.

Episodes 59-60: The Invid Connection/Catastrophe

Like I mentioned, The Masters saga gets crapped over by a lot of Robotech fans. Which is a shame, because it actually has the best finale of the three arcs. New Gen’s still doesn’t make much sense after all these years. “You shouldn’t hate the Invid because your girlfriend probably would have been killed anyway.” What. Macross’ is good but it lacks the comradely seen here. After spending so much time with this team, we’re sad to see them face such a desperate final battle. Macross might have the more memorable characters, but they sometimes felt a little disconnected from each other. The Masters team is right in it till the end, even when they lose some of their own.

We also get a classic Robotech infodump with all of the backstory about the original Zor and a brief glimpse of a sister Dana never knew she had. More world building goodness! Plus, the final moments are devoid of hope. That’s a ballsy move, to have your characters basically fail in their mission, but it perfectly sets up the New Generation and gives it an incredible amount of weight. The Earth is screwed.

Robotech: New Generation

Episode 61: Invid Invasion

This is without a doubt my favorite episode of Robotech. From the opening seconds it has an atmosphere that's never been recaptured in any form of media. The stirring and truly alien score. The haunting narration. The abstract visuals. Some have called the narration in Robotech overdone, but I love it. It perfectly recaps everything that happened between the two sagas and again leaves the door open for further adventures.

“The armies of the Southern Cross, weary from constant battles with the Robotech Masters, are no match for the inspired battle hungry Invid.”

Yeah, a whole comic series was written about that. The soldiers sent to liberate the planet at the start of this episode were born in outer space and have no connection to the Earth. When Scott Bernard, our leading character, lands on Earth? He hates it. He seeks shelter from the rain and despises the forest.

“The Earth’s native splendor is lost on me. There’s too many places here for an enemy to hide. Give me a scorched Martian desert any day.”

As Scott shivers in the cockpit of his mecha, he doubts his mission. Is he in over his head? Can he survive? Well, you’ll have to watch and find out.

Plus, he's got a transforming motorcycle that becomes battle armor. Sure, mecha’s are cool, but I prefer the Cyclone’s. Ground based combat always makes me care about a character more than zipping around in spaceships.

Episode 63: Lonely Soldier Boy

The great thing about New Generation in compared to the other sagas? They have a small cast. No endless generals, bridge crews, or enemy commanders. Just a small group of freedom fighters with distinct designs and personalities. Here we get the full team with the addition of Lunk, Rand, and my favorite of the bunch, Yellow Dancer/Lancer.

Yeah, I’m just going to spend this whole entry talking about Lancer because he’s amazing. Having a crossdressing character in an 80’s cartoon show is near unheard of, especially when it’s never treated as a joke. Lancer crossdresses and makes fun of anyone who doesn’t take it seriously. When he straight up fucks with the team at the end of this episode with a wink and a smile, you know this dude is comfortable in his own body whether he’s wearing a dress or pants.

Having such a gender bending character is something series (both kid and adult) struggle to include even today, so the fact Robotech had one back in 1985? It just proves how ahead of its time Robotech was.

Episode 65: Curtain Call

This is just another fun one. The stakes are low, just robbing the Invid of some protoculture, but we get a whole crazy plan that involves a concert from Yellow Dancer, balloons, and nearly drowning. Annie is especially hilarious here, stirring the crowd up into storming the stage.  

I have a special place in my heart for 80’s synth, and the Yellow Dancer songs perfectly fit there. Michael Bradley absolutely crushes it with ‘Look Up The Sky Is Falling' as he does with his other contributions to the series. Sure, the singing doesn’t even come close to matching the lip flaps but who cares?

Sometimes you just need a good action romp and "Curtain Call" delivers.

Episode 68: Eulogy

It’s rare when a TV series can create a compelling and tragic character in less than half an hour but god damn, "Eulogy" makes it look like nothing. Jonathan Wolfe, a veteran of Rick Hunter’s mission, is discovered to still be alive on Earth and Scott is overjoyed. Wolfe is Scott’s hero and he’s ready to drop his team in a heartbeat if it means getting to work with someone he holds in such high regard.

No big shocker, but hero worship will always bite you in the ass. It’s a testament to just how memorable Wolfe is, with wanting peace at all costs to the point of betraying humanity, that he’s popped in so many spin off Robotech titles. From the novels to the comics, Wolfe’s backstory has been filled in countless times over and it’s amazing that one episode was able to leave such an impression.

Episode 70: Enter Marlene

Ah, crushed hopes. A recurring theme in Robotech, even if they more or less bounce back every time. Here, Scott thinks the team is heading towards six thousand reinforcements. NOPE. They’ve all been decimated. Scott is not getting any more help. His team rightly gives him shit for taking it out on them. Scott may be the leader, but he’s not absolved of his shitty actions.

With death fresh on his mind, can you blame Scott for wanting to graft the name of his dead lover onto the alien girl they’ve just found? I mean yeah, it’s creepy, but Scott needs something to anchor him. Something to remind him that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Episode 79: Frostbite

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love when characters just get to sit around and chill. In this case it’s pretty literal as the team makes their way through a snowy mountain. They’re at each other’s throats when they discover an abandoned city. Scott wants to load up and keep moving, but Rand and Annie protest.

“Give it a rest, Scott. I mean I know you were born in outer space and this place may not be very important to you.”
“But we were born right here on Earth. This place is an important part of our historical heritage.”

Again we see how much war has changed the human race. Scott’s not even from Earth and struggles to find a connection with it. Rand and the others have known nothing but fighting their whole lives. As is perhaps Robotech’s biggest theme, war isn’t glorious. It destroys people. It destroys lives. Throughout New Gen, we see what the endless fighting has made the human race and what it will take to bring it back to what it once was. Even in that darkness however, there is still hope. There are still people who fight for what’s right even up against insurmountable odds.

So that’s where to get started with Robotech. I could honestly write entries about every episode of the show as they all add new layers to the saga, but I’ll leave it at this. If this kind of storytelling interests you, I highly suggest you seek out the novels based on the series by Jack McKinney. They help to smooth over some of the awkward timeline and translation issues while greatly expanding the scope of the universe.

I can’t stress enough that Robotech is a fascinating series to behold. The more you learn about it, from both an in universe and behind the scenes perspective, it slowly grabs a hold of you. As Roy Fokker said in the first episode,

“This Robotech thing was just so exciting I couldn’t give it up. It just gets in your blood or something, I don’t know.”

Check out Robotech now that it's on Netflix and see if it gets in your blood.

Shamus still eagerly awaits the day the old Robotech comics get reprinted. Come on, we need hardcover Sentinels editions! Follow him on Twitter!

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Costume-Change Variants are for Everyone: Boundless June 2018 Solicits

Webwitch, Jungle Fantasy Survivors, and Belladonna: Fire and Fury are receiving issue reprints with cover costume changes this June courtesy of publisher Boundless, a sister-publisher to Bleeding Cool’s parent company, Avatar Press. Details below.

(W) Patrick Shand (A/CA) Nahuel Lopez
The Viking Sable and her cannibal army might finally be too much for the exhausted Belladonna and her thin ranks of Shield Maidens to handle! Available with these sexy covers: Regular (and Nude) by Lopez – Viking Vixen (and Nude) by Ron Adrian – Shield Maiden (and Nude and Adult) by Matt Martin – Bondage (and Nude)and Killer Body (and Nude) by Renato Camilo – Wraparound (and Nude) by Raulo Caceres – Adrift (and Nude and Adult), Mermaids Adult (and Aquatic Adult and Adult Extreme), Fierce Adult (and Adult Extreme) as well as Orgy Adult by Christian Zanier – lastly, a Fifty Shades Nude by Camilo that is limited to just 50 copies! To see the uncensored nude and adult covers, please visit (STL083335) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
48pgs, FC SRP: $5.99

(W) Patrick Shand (A) Christian Zanier, Gabriel Andrade (CA) Christian Zanier
Ember’s secret bunker turns into a war zone as everyone is on the attack and the Lookers are stuck in the cross-fire! Each issue also has an Ember solo story, written and drawn by Christian Zanier! Available with these sultry covers: Regular (and Nude and Adult), Red Hot (and Nude and Adult), Wraparound (and Nude), Sexy Adult (and Extreme), Smoking (and Nude and Adult), Blazing (and Adult and Adult Extreme) by Christian Zanier – Workout (and Nude) and GGA Homage (and Nude) by Renato Camilo – Sexy Spies (and Nude) by Raulo Caceres – Luscious (and Nude) by Matt Martin – and a Fifty Shades Homage Nude by Camilo that is limited to just 50 copies! To see the uncensored nude and adult covers, please visit (STL083358) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
48pgs, FC SRP: $5.99

(CA) Christian Zanier
For the first time ever, we offer some of our greatest Costume Change sets from years past, as single covers. We get constant requests to buy singles, so we cracked open what few sets we had left and now they are available in VERY limited quantities individually! Each will ship in a bag and board, and in all cases less than 100 copies remain, sometimes much less! Every cover is drawn by the master himself, Christian Zanier! (STL083383) (C: 0-1-2) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
48pgs, FC SRP: $8.99

(A) Renzo Ferrer & Various (CA) Christian Zanier
For the first time ever, we offer some of our greatest Costume Change sets from years past, as single covers. We get constant requests to buy singles, so we cracked open what few sets we had left and now they are available in VERY limited quantities individually! Each will ship in a bag and board, and in all cases less than 100 copies remain, sometimes much less! Every cover is drawn by the master himself, Christian Zanier! (STL083390) (C: 0-1-2) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
48pgs, FC SRP: $8.99

(W/A) Matt Martin (CA) Christian Zanier
For the first time ever, we offer some of our greatest Costume Change sets from years past, as single covers. We get constant requests to buy singles, so we cracked open what few sets we had left and now they are available in VERY limited quantities individually! Each will ship in a bag and board, and in all cases less than 100 copies remain, sometimes much less! Every cover is drawn by the master himself, Christian Zanier! (STL083396) (C: 0-1-2) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
48pgs, FC (3 of 5) SRP: $8.99

(W/A) Matt Martin (CA) Christian Zanier
For the first time ever, we offer some of our greatest Costume Change sets from years past, as single covers. We get constant requests to buy singles, so we cracked open what few sets we had left and now they are available in VERY limited quantities individually! Each will ship in a bag and board, and in all cases less than 100 copies remain, sometimes much less! Every cover is drawn by the master himself, Christian Zanier! (STL083402) NOTE: Not available in Canada.
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DEADPOOL 2: All Of The Biggest Reveals And Easter Eggs From Today’s New Trailer

Earlier today, the action-packed trailer for Deadpool 2 knocked all our socks off and we're now taking an in-depth look at all of this sneak peek's biggest reveals, Easter Eggs, and comic book references.

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Power Rangers Seasons We Never Saw

There have been a number of Power Rangers pitches that never quite made it to the screen. We've got the details on three of them.

Feature Shamus Kelley
Mar 22, 2018

The world of television is a crazy place. For every idea that eventually makes it to screen, a hundred more are left unused. Some of them are true gems, others are discarded for the realities of production, and some are just plain bad.

Power Rangers is no exception to this. For a show that’s been on for twenty years, a lot of ideas have been lost for one reason or the other: Greg Aronowitz's original idea for a Lord of the Rings version of Mystic Force, Devin becoming the Triassic Ranger, and even the fabled “Ancient Rangers.” Whether all these would have happened, or if they were even true, still provoke fandom discussion to this day. Today we’ll be discussing three such ideas from Amit Bhaumik.

For those not in the know, Amit was a fan of Power Rangers before he was promoted to story editor for Power Rangers Wild Force. He wrote the seminal “Reinforcements from the Future” and fan favorite, “Forever Red.” When Saban bought back the franchise from Disney he also wrote for Power Rangers Samurai. Since then, Amit has kept intermittent contact with the fandom, providing several “pitches” for Power Rangers seasons that were never to be.

Power Rangers: Hexagon

Intended as the season to follow Wild Force, Hexagon has long been a hot topic of discussion amongst the fandom thanks to information leaking out over the years. It’s certainly an ambitious idea. A team-up season of Power Rangers finally bringing together the continuity of several seasons that seemed mostly divorced from the “Zordon Era” of the show.

Story: Hexagon would have featured two factions of Rangers, Tommy Oliver’s Hexagon, a government style organization of united Rangers, and Jason Lee Scott’s Beetle Rangers that were to operate outside this network of superhero teams and oppose the united structure of the Hexagon. The main conflict of the season would be derived from a “Which side are you on?” between the three Hexagon Rangers and the three Beetle Rangers (Featuring a US exclusive female ranger). Jason and Tommy would have come to blows once more in the conflict and Tommy was going to end up as the villain of the series. The Hexagon Rangers would have rebelled and showed Tommy the error of his ways, who would then disband the Hexagon.

The season was meant to clean up the Ranger universe, answering long-standing issues such as how the hell Earth developed Terra Venture, bringing back Scorpina and Lokar, and even feature a team up with the anti-Hexagon Wild Force team.

Comparison To What We Got

When Power Rangers was bought by Disney they moved production down to New Zealand, nixing any possibility of Hexagon. What we got was Power Rangers Ninja Storm, a more lighthearted season trying to recapture the magic of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, albeit with ninjas instead of dinosaurs. With the lighter tone, the Rangers saying DUDE every other word, and the extreme sports bent; this was the exact opposite of Hexagon. The only surface similarities were the conflict between what became the Wind and Thunder Rangers, which had more to do with the Sentai footage they were obligated to work with that year than anything else. That conflict only lasted for a handful of episodes at the start and they worked together just fine the rest of the season.

The other major difference was that Tommy was going to assume what became the Green Samurai Ranger’s powers, thanks to sharing the same color and gold shield of his first set of powers. Ninja Storm opted for having their tech wizard, Cam, take up the mantle midway through the season and even introduced a comedic “Cyber Cam” into the mix. The season also featured a ton of fourth wall breaking humor, including the main villain exclaiming in the final episode, “This is the most fun I’ve had all season!”

Could It Have Worked?

A lot of fans bemoan this season was never made. I myself was always intrigued by what little I had heard of it over the years. Then I finally read the pitch. This season never would have been made. Not in a million years. At the time, Power Rangers was on an ever-dwindling budget and the team up extravaganza they’d pulled in Wild Force, “Forever Red” was only made thanks to toy company Bandai, who stipulated they’d foot the bill if a new toy would save the day. If that special barely got made, how would a season filled to the brim with appearances from past Rangers work? The pitch describes a team up with nearly the entire Wild Force cast, Joel from Lightspeed Rescue flying the rangers around in a super jet, along with Jason and Tommy being main characters. This would have shot the cost of the season right through the roof.

As described in a previous article, Power Rangers is often slave to its Sentai footage. It has to use a certain amount to keep the cost of production down. All of these new plots would have required an enormous amount of US original footage and fights, especially with a US exclusive Ranger. Lightspeed Rescue was able to pull it off with the Titanium Ranger, but he had to be sidelined because they just couldn’t afford to film so many new fights. Hexagon would have been far too costly to produce.

Even with all the budget in the world, would Hexagon still work if they did have the budget? No. The season comes off like fan fiction. It goes out of it’s way to work in continuity references, such as making the building of Terra Venture part of a grand conspiracy, revealing the Phantom Ranger’s identity, and explaining how some of the Red Rangers featured in “Forever Red” regained their powers. I don’t mind continuity, I think when used properly it can be a great asset to the show...but Hexagon tries to do too much. It’s needlessly bogged down in the universe of the show. A season of Power Rangers should be tied into the universe, but never be slave to it. It needs to be able to stand on its own and tell a complete story.

Hexagon’s fan fiction like nature comes from its need to explain so many minute things about the show while also rewriting certain things to give them a backstory where none were needed. I also somehow doubt Amit wrote all of this back in the day. At the time he would have been coming up with ideas for Hexagon, Hurricanger wouldn’t have finished airing. There’s no way he could have known if the Sentai would have had the footage to support his ideas but it seems he was just going to film most of it with original footage anyway. He had an idea for how the season would work, and he’d just cherry pick whatever footage fit that story. I stress again, this isn’t how Power Rangers works. You can tell an original story, have an original over plot, but you are required to use that footage.

Hexagon was also conceived around the time Power Rangers was moving more and more to being more or less a direct translation of Super Sentai. Wild Force was nearly a carbon copy of Gaoranger, so how would a season like Hexagon have even gotten past the pitch to the executive producers? I know a lot of fans point to this pitch and say this is how Power Rangers should be all the time. While sure, a little more usage of continuity would be fun as a long time fan of the show but the realities of production make that extremely hard to pull off.

He even goes out of his way to get in a dig at the 35th anniversary of Super Sentai, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, saying that they limited themselves to having the returning characters be more fan service than creating a consistent universe. One, Super Sentai has never been a consistent universe; they’ve always been more or less separate. Two, those cameos got the tone of their individual seasons and were fun. You don’t need to have a ton of references to continuity to make a season enjoyable for long time fans. I’d much prefer to see a character in their natural element then Rangers fighting in a needless war against each other. Or having Jason be “on the run” from the law. Because when I saw Jason running through the desert in Zeo with a duster and sunglasses on, that’s totally what I thought was going on.

Power Rangers Samurai 

With Power Rangers firmly back in its control from Disney, Saban began production on the 18th season of the long running franchise. Amit was contacted and created this outline for his ideas on how Samurai Sentai Shinkenger could be adapted. Keep in mind, this outline was “created independently and not commissioned.”

Story: Mark Ozawa and Keiji Ayakawa are sparring in a dojo located in Stone Canyon when suddenly the Dread Castle rises from the earth. The two rush to do battle with the evil force spilling out from the castle but they separate when Keiji cares more for fighting than helping others. Mark is injured and Mr. Mason, his loyal butler, puts out the call to four other warriors who have trained their whole lives to fight this evil force. Together, Mark; along with Oscar, Lisa, Iris, and Adewale become the newest team of Power Rangers: the Power Rangers Samurai. The forces of evil recruit Keiji after they learn he’s a descendant of their clan.

Soon after, Bulk and his son Eugene join them, to aid the Rangers in their battle...they even run a sushi shop. Eugene eventually becomes the Gold Samurai Ranger after some initial reservations from the team.

As the season would go on, Keiji would learn to harness his inner Ashura powers and turn into a monstrous form. He and Mark would clash several times over the course of the show, the main rivalry throughout the season. Three fourths of the way through the season Mark would discover he was actually the long-lost brother of Keigi and would leave the Rangers. Taking his place would be Alison, his distant cousin.

The end of the series would have the villains resurrect Master Xandred and he would lead the final battle against the Earth. Mark and Keiji would have their final duel and choose brotherhood/humanity over feud. Suffice it to say, the rangers and Keiji would work together to defeat the Ashua Clan and succeed.

Comparison To What We Got

Without a doubt, Samurai and Super Samurai were some of the worst seasons the franchise has ever seen. Sloppily translated versions of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, the Rangers barely act like people and instead engage in non-stop training. The dialogue was just baffling at points, such as, “Now what about what I throw at you!?!” Who talks like that? The season, much like Ninja Storm, tried to once again capture Mighty Morphin Power Rangers magic. Also like Ninja Storm though, they were stuck doing a season about samurais.

But where Ninja Storm may have overdone the humor in places to appeal to the new Disney audience, it still felt like Power Rangers in all its cheesy glory. Samurai barely copied the surface elements of MMPR. The Samurai Rangers often talk about teamwork but their actions don’t reflect this.

The most often cited example is in the premiere episode (that was aired LAST for Samurai, thanks Nickelodeon!) where Jayden tells everyone, “We can do this, together!” He then proceeds to fight the monster all on his own. The story of the season basically went like this; the Nighlocks were trying to raise the Sanzu River so they could permanently enter the human world. The Samurai Rangers, brought together by Mentor and Jayden fight against the Nighlocks and Deker who just wants the ultimate duel (he never shuts up about that damn duel all series).

In the last arc it’s revealed Jayden isn’t the true leader of Team Samurai, that role belonging to his sister Lauren. She briefly takes over the team but Jayden ends up saving the day. Bulk and his “nephew” Spike (son of Skull who makes a brief cameo in the final episode) are also around, but you’d be hard pressed to figure out what they were doing there. They barely interacted with the team and seemed to be confined to their own show.

Could It Have Worked?

All doubts about this pitch aside (It seems odd that Bulk is included here, when originally two singing street sweepers named Big Jack and Skinny Mack were on the casting sides) this is easily the best of Amit’s proposed work for the show. While it again would have required shooting more original footage, it isn’t unreasonable this time. Power Rangers has featured original villains in the past and having a new set for them isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

While the season still borrows elements from Shinkenger, they at least make a bit more sense in this context. That, and hedging closer to the Sentai plotline would make the other producers happy, this being the same team that gave us the Sentai copy and paste seasons of Time Force and Wild Force. Speaking of which, the conflict between Mark and Keiji is very reminiscent of Wes and Eric in the former season.

Power Rangers is a show that regularly reuses ideas and themes (Andros and Karone v. Dillon and Tenaya 7 anyone?) so this isn’t a mark against it, I dig it. The characters all seem to be more fleshed out and have meaningful interactions with each other. On top of that, Bulk and Eugene actually seem to be relevant! What a concept! The use of Stone Canyon is also a nice touch; I’ve always wondered why a season wasn’t set there.

Still though, as with all of Amit’s pitches, I wonder how much of this is actually what he pitched and what is reactionary after the fact. The inclusion of Bulk especially seems to be a, “Hey! See! I actually used him unlike Samurai!” Whatever the case may be, his actual work for the show in the form of two clip show episodes and one standard episode were average at best (With “Party Monsters” being the best of the bunch.) Again, this document is really nothing more than glorified fanfiction at this point, but at least it was a lot more likely to happen and it wasn’t bogged down in needless continuity.

Clearly he saved all that for…

Power Rangers: Cyber Corps

Amit’s last work for the show, tentatively Power Rangers 21, and later named Cyber Corps, he had only made it through analyzing ten episodes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters before he abandoned the idea. With the season not being adapted (at the time) in favor of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger for Power Rangers Dino Charge, he posted the pitch and explanation for his thought process behind it.

Story: In Eternity City, on the planet Mirinoi, giant Energrid Towers power the city’s defenses run by the Mirinoi Defense Force. Cut off from Earth, the city harnesses the power of the morphin grid and is defended by a team of specially equipped experts called the Cyber Corps. These Rangers consist of Johnny, a rebellious youth, Arjuna, and Michelle; both elite members of the MDF along with their robotic assistants, the Buddy-Roids.

The Rangers fight against the masked computer hacker Omni, Johnny’s best friend, who teleports giant robots from the mysterious Dimension X to aid in bringing back the sentient computer virus, Venjix, into our world. This is the same Venjix from “Forever Red” who had been hoping dimensions since and nearly destroyed Eternity City once before. He was thought to beamed into the morphin grid but was actually sent to Dimension X, spreading across every computer system on the planet (This would be the same universe RPM takes place in.)

Throughout the season gold and silver rangers would be added to the line up before a crossover with RPM. Scott, Summer, and Ziggy arrive in Eternity City telling the team most of the humans in their world have been wiped out, including the other RPM Rangers. The three are killed in a valiant effort to stop Venjix teleporting himself and his monsters to the city, Scott instructing them to find Dr. K.

The rangers travel to Dimension X where they meet up with her and Omni finally comes face to face with Venjix in the form a giant floating holographic head. The Rangers are able to save Dr. K and seal off the portal to Dimension X, trapping Venjix and his minions inside; but Omni escapes and vows to avenge him.

The Ranger team is fired from the MDF for a time, replaced with more militaristic characters but they are taken over by Omni and our team of heroes regain their powers in short order. Stealing technology from Cyber Command, Omni is able to reestablish contact with Venjix. Searching for a way to stop Venjix, the team discovers a rare metal that is located near Daekani Village. This is Maya’s village from Lost Galaxy and she’s become the chief. She refuses to cooperate with the team, but soon relents when Kaya, the gold ranger, convinces her of their need.

Omni is still able to bring Venjix into our dimension where he takes on a new robotic body and kills the rangers friend; Commander Miller. Omni merges with Venjix and the final battle is on. The rangers battle Venjix but he destroys everything, except for Johnny who manages to deploy an Anti-Virus before he’s wiped out of existence. Venjix celebrates his victory but Omni revolts against him for killing his best friend, regaining his last shred of his humanity. He injects them with the Anti-Virus, purging Venjix from himself and repairing reality. The Rangers are restored but Omni dies. Venjix; weakened but still alive, will survive so long as he has a computer to download himself into. The Rangers transport him into the Morphin Grid, a reality of raw energy without a computer in sight and defeat him.

The Rangers all move on with their lives and Dr. K even manages to reestablish contact with Earth and sees this universe’s version of the RPM Rangers looking back at her (or are they the same ones? She had inserted some code into the Anti-Virus, which somehow merged elements of her universe with this one).

Johnny, mourning his friend, rides off into the sunset.

Comparison To What We Got

While Go-Busters was at one time totally skipped it was recently revealed that it would be adapted after Super Ninja Steel as Power Rangers Beast Morphers. While the season hasn't aired yet we do have a brief summary for it.

Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun.

Welp, they both have computer virus' and references to the Morphin Grid! We'll see what similarties Amit's pitch has to Beast Morphers when it airs.

Could It Have Worked?

Where to even begin? Amit did know he was working for Power Rangers right? Especially the Saban Brands era, which he had written for! Samurai and Megaforce were both predicated on using footage, a lot of it. Amit admits in the introduction to his pitch that Go-Busters offered much less useable footage than other seasons but claims that would be an asset; they could do all their own new plotlines not constrained by having to adapt much footage!

The problem? He never offers a solution to how we could have made up the money they would have to expend on all this new footage. He balloons the cast to well over ten main and recurring characters; including returning Rangers from previous seasons!

I have to ask, if Saban was barely able to scrape together a team up at the end of Power Rangers Super Megaforce at the last minute and those returning cast memebers were only in New Zealand for a few days? How in the world would all these returning characters come back for Cyber Corps? Saban clearly doesn’t want to pay up for using the old actors so why make them such a central part of this season?

The season is, much like Hexagon, bogged down in needless continuity. Why is it set on Mirinoi? He says that it’s not intended to be a major plot point, but it clearly was. It’s very much a sequel to Lost Galaxy, featuring Kendrix as the mayor of the city; Maya back in her home village, and Leo as a hermit. I ask you, fair readers, what in Leo’s character would EVER lead him to being a hermit in the wilderness? Amit speaks of honoring the franchise and not meddling with characters previously introduced but he turns Leo into a hermit? Sure, why not.

Also, one of the recurring characters would have been Oliver Stanton, the son of Commander Stanton from Lost Galaxy. Not a bad idea for a character, but it seems to neglect that Stanton had a daughter that we actually saw in the show. Why not use her instead of a brand new character? Right, cause…continuity? It only gets worse.

So Amit professes to have liked RPM, calling it, “easily the most interesting of the Disney seasons.” Yet the pitch of Cyber Corps rewrites one of the major plotlines of that season. Amit was seemingly not pleased that the character of Venjix that he created for “Forever Red” (and no intention to use him beyond that episode) had it’s name used for the main villain of RPM. So he decides to retroactively insert some of his own story into RPM’s.

The episode “Dr. K” was one of RPM’s most tragic, with the Doctor trapped in a government think tank much of her life, creating Venjix in an effort simply. “To go outside.” The virus is accidently released and basically causes the apocalypse. It was one of RPM’s highpoints that Amit decides to completely undermine. You see, it was just a coincidence! Dr. K just THOUGHT she had unleashed the virus. Venjix had just been teleported that day and just happened to start spreading to the world’s computer network at the exact same time! Totally makes sense right? No. 

Amit makes such a big point about how he doesn’t like that they used his character and that name for a totally unrelated character… Yet he calls his main villain Omni, sharing the name with the secret villain force behind emperor Grumm from Power Rangers SPD. I’m surprised he didn’t try to magic up some continuity wangsty explanation for that one. Oh, and he travels to Dimension X. Will Krang and Shredder be showing up in the next team up?

If it isn’t obvious by now, I don’t like the idea or storyline of this season. I also have to question, how did he come up with this whole pitch if he (by his own admission) had only analyzed ten episodes of Go-Busters footage? I can understand making a very rough idea of where you might like to go but it seemed pretty set in stone… Yet he alludes to things that weren’t even in the footage he’d seen.

I can assume he knew about things like the Go-Busters power up but how could he write how they’d be used if hadn’t seen the footage to determine how it would line up with what he’d planned? Power Rangers doesn’t work that way. Again, you have to work with the footage in mind. You can’t go off the rails and do whatever you want. Another season attempted to do that, Power Rangers RPM, and it’s executive producer was fired mid-season for going over budget.

I’m forced to conclude that Amit had SOME notes about what he would have done with the season and later expanded on them when the pitch was rejected. If he wrote all of this without seeing the rest of the season, it’s just glorified fan fiction once again.

I keep bringing up fan fiction with Amit because both this and Hexagon both read as “fix it” fics, where an author will attempt to mend a piece of continuity the show hasn’t addressed. Amit goes about this in almost a DC Comics fashion, where he just resets everything to his liking or sets it all in a different universe. He seriously describes how the Tommy we saw in Dino Thunder was VERY similar to our Tommy but not THE Tommy. This is all down to him somehow getting a degree in paleontology by the time Dino Thunder rolled around. Right, because that isn’t just as random as him being a race car driver during Turbo.

I don’t know why Amit has such a beef with the Disney seasons. With enough fan wanking you can make it all work. That fan wanking doesn’t need to make it into the show, however. Amit makes the plot of the season uniting the dimensions of the original Saban and Neo Saban seasons with the Disney seasons when this wasn’t really needed. The only season that ever seemed like it could be set out of continuity was RPM but even that fit nicely between SPD and the future of Time Force. Amit's obsession with utilizing continuity is to the detriment of telling a good story on its own. It’s little wonder this pitch was passed on.

I just don’t get Amit. His ideas come off as though he’s some kind of savior that would rescue the franchise if only his ideas had been used. However, he seems to lack the knowledge that if you’re hired to write for a show you have to write within the constraints of it. In Power Rangers' case it’s the footage and budget, something Hexagon and Cyber Corps gleefully ignore. Amit compares himself to Don Draper, pitching a totally revolutionary idea to a company that didn’t ask for it. Much like Don Draper in that respect, even if Amit’s ideas have merit, this isn’t what Saban is looking for. You need to work within their constraints to make something worthwhile, not force them to bend to your story.

More than that, he seems to have lost sight of what made Power Rangers work. It was fun show with lots of action and humor that hinted at a larger universe. Hinted being the key word. Even in continuity heavy earlier seasons they still never dived into as much “continuity clean up” like these pitches seem obsessed with. At the end of the day, I like when Power Rangers uses continuity, but never at the expense of having a fun season first. Give me a competent season over one with pointless references any day.

Keep up with all of our Power Rangers coverage right here.

The X-Files Season 11 Ending Explained

Series creator Chris Carter helps us answer some of the lingering questions from The X-Files season 11 finale.

Feature Chris Longo
Mar 22, 2018

This article contains heavy spoilers for The X-Files Season 11 finale.

The world is safe from an alien pathogen… for now. The four-part “My Struggle” saga has come to a shocking conclusion that has huge implications for The X-Files if the series is to continue beyond season 11. There’s no guarantee Fox renews the series, though series creator Chris Carter told us he’s optimistic there will be more X-Files stories to tell, even if Gillian Anderson is true to her word and has indeed made her last appearance as Dana Scully.

Before we even begin to consider what the series would be like without Scully (and many fans on social media have vocalized they’d tune out if Anderson is absent), we need to talk through what happened in “My Struggle IV” and how it relates to the whole of The X-Files mythology. We’re going to get into heavy spoilers and try to keep it as impartial as possible. If you’re looking for our critical review of “My Struggle IV,” you can find that here. There’s a plethora of questions to be answered, so we called up Chris Carter himself to help us explain what happened in The X-Files season 11 finale.

The Search For William

Though the exact timeline of the season is murky, “My Struggle IV” picks up with an all-out manhunt for Jackson Van De Kamp (once known as William). As we learned in Season 11 episode 5, Jackson was conceived as part of Project Crossroads, a secret government project to create human/alien hybrids. Jackson was the first successful hybrid, a miracle child carried by Scully (who was thought to be infertile) but concocted by the Cigarette Smoking Man. All along it was accepted that Mulder was the father of Jackson/William, but CSM confirmed he impregnated Scully “with science,” which to be very clear is rape, and he claims he’s the true father of Jackson (on the X-Files timeline, this happened in season 7’s “En Ami”).

Since his birth, Jackson has been sought after by government officials and alien cults (season 9’s “Providence”). As a baby, he displayed the ability to move objects with his mind. These superhuman abilities were stymied when a horribly deformed Jeffrey Spender injected the baby with a form of magnetite (which aliens hate!), warning that Jackson was the final thing the aliens needed for colonization. Spender did it as one final act against his father, the Smoking Man.

For the safety of the child, Scully made the decision to give him up for adoption. Taken in by the Van De Kamp’s, Jackson’s abilities eventually returned as he grew older and the government caught wind. As we saw in “My Struggle III,” Jackson is connected to his birth mother, Scully, through visions of the future. That means all of the season 10 finale, “My Struggle II,” was a vision of the future: What would happen if the Smoking Man got his hands on Jackson and begin a final cleanse of the earth’s population through the spartan virus.

Carter gave us one major clue in the text at the end of the opening credits. The words “Salvator Mundi” (savior of the world) flash across the screen, in reference to the controversial lost Leonardo Da Vinci piece that resurfaced and sold at auction for $450 million. The painting shows Jesus in Renaissance dress as the savior of the world and master of the cosmos. Carter explained to Den of Geek the significance of the message and how it shaped the dynamic of the finale:

“For me, there were three parts to that. We have William's immortality and resurrection at the end of the show, that's the final image. We have Mulder who could be considered to be someone who just saved the world by stalling the Cigarette Smoking Man's plans. Then, we have the Cigarette Smoking Man who actually looks at himself as the savior of the world, sort of diabolically, he was going to start the planet anew. Like the devil, he believes that he is right.”

Erika Price, Mr. Y, and The Second Faction of The Syndicate

Jackson wasn’t only valuable to the Smoking Man. A second faction of the Syndicate was after the miracle boy. Back in “My Struggle II,” Mulder met Mr. Y and Erika Price, former members of the Syndicate now working in the private sector. They told Mulder they’re interested in the colonization of space, but Mulder was skeptical about their true intentions. Price plays a prominent role in the cloud-based digital afterlife in episode 2, and it’s clear the company a government contractor catering towards the 1 percent. Finding and studying Jackson could have given the private company some serious power and a potential guarantee that they have the cure if the Smoking Man unleashed the spartan virus.

They were no match for Fox Mulder, who took out Mr. Y, and Jackson, who exploded Erika into little pieces with his mind in the finale.

So what were the origins of this faction of the Syndicate? The initial concept dates back to the 1998 film The X-Files: Fight The Future.

“We had established that there were other people involved in the Syndicate. Originally, I wanted to explore through the character of Strughold, who had appeared in the first X-Files movie, but I was unable to do that for practical reasons.” 

Mr. Y and Erika Price ultimately became competition to the Smoking Man, and lobbied Mulder to help them achieve their shadowy goals. Mulder, though, cannot be bought.

“I wanted to come up with someone whose path with the science and technology had been acquired, and had been burned from the Cigarette Smoking Man. So he now had an opponent, and that was the character of Mr. Y. The character of Erika Price,” Carter said. “Glen Morgan and I had talked about as having even a more nuanced agenda, which played out in episode two. The idea that the X-Files could have been co-opted by a government contractor was a very interesting idea to us.”

Trust No One (To Die On The X-Files)

How does that old quote go? Nobody ever really dies on The X-Files? It’s safe to say Mr. Y and Erika Price won’t be returning, but some beloved figures in The X-Files may or may not be dead after all.

Skinner, in an act of sacrifice, tried to gun down Monica Reyes and the Smoking Man. Reyes, it seemed, took a few bullets. And Skinner ended up sandwiched between two cars. Did both characters meet their maker? 

“As I like to say, no one stopped to take their pulses, so of course there's a possibility that they both survived,” Carter said.  

In the climax of the episode, Jackson uses his power to disguise himself as Mulder. He says goodbye to Scully, and runs into the Smoking Man. Thinking it’s Mulder, CSM pulls the trigger on his own son, inadvertently killing the key to his evil plan. Jackson, it appears, is immortal from the final shot and Carter’s own explanation. But Mulder finally takes out William B. Davis’ Smoking Man with several gunshot before throwing him into the ocean. CSM has survived a missle, so surely he could take a few bullets from Mulder at point-blank range, right? Carter, as always, was cryptic about CSM’s fate.

“Scully had these images of him when she had her visions, with a face that had been totally reconstructed. Then, as we saw in episode, the season opener this season, and the season finale, he seemed to have been completely healed, although he had minor scarring. That was by design. He has powers to rejuvenate. So, is he dead? That's a question that remains to be answered,” Carter said.

Scully's Latest Miracle

The moment that everyone will be talking about is the revelation that Scully is pregnant. A second miracle child. This time, we really, really hope she’ll have the child in peace. No alien onlookers. And it’s safe to assume, for now, that Mulder is the biological father. Here’s Carter’s take on the big final scene: 

“It was a perfect X-Files moment for me, as was the first pregnancy, really, because of with the X-Files, we've seen that anything is possible. As it can relate to these two people's relationship, that is 25 years in the making and I thought was a beautiful opportunity.”

He continued: “It was the consummation of a tremendous amount of restraint, respect, trust, and loyalty. All the things that I think are all of the cardinal virtues together, that would lead to this revelation at the end of that pier.”

How The Episode Came Together

The breadcrumbs of the William/Jackson arc are all over the later seasons of The X-Files. This storyline was a long time coming for Carter.

“I had those four episodes in mind in that I wanted to tell Mulder's struggle, Scully's struggle, the Cigarette Smoking Man's struggle, and William's struggle. They were the four characters who, for me, were most central to the mythology of the show,” he said. 

“I had this image of Mulder and Scully being united, once again, with a miracle. So, you got that final image, and that William would be immortal, those were all things I had in mind.”

The season as a whole maintained a focus on Mulder and Scully’s relationship like the series never had before.

“Having been doing this now for 25 years, and that the characters are now 25 years older than we began with, is that they now were looking at life through a new lens, and they were looking at, not just their relationship today, but their relationship in the future. They were looking at old age. I think it's a luxury to be able to have been with characters for so long that you can tell stories that way.”

What’s Next?

If The X-Files season 12 becomes a reality, they’ll have to address the fate of several major characters – Skinner, Reyes, CSM, and Jackson. If Gillian Anderson is done with the franchise, could we see a similar disappearance storyline like we saw in season 8 and 9 after David Duchovny left the show? Would they do that to a pregnant Scully after all this poor woman has been through over the years? Or could Scully retire (in X-Files years the character will be 54, while Gillian Anderson is 49) and take care of her new baby, while Mulder works with a new partner? Is it even The X-Files without Dana Katherine Scully?

These are questions Chris Carter would not answer, given that he’s spent the last year working on season 11, and surely needs a break. So where do you think could The X-Files go from here? Are you satisfied with the ending? Let us know in the comments and thanks for following along with our coverage of The X-Files season 11! 

Donald Trump & Joe Biden Are Threatening Each Other With ‘Physical Attacks’

The tension between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden ramped up to new levels this week, only serving to remind the public that these politicians aren't too fond of one another. Both men have traded verbal jabs in the past, but earlier this week, their sparring also took place on Twitter. Now, we get to watch two grown men devolve into brusque threats against one another, both in person and on Twitter, and imagine a world where these two would just disagree over their policies instead.

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Earlier this week, Biden was giving a speech at the University of Miami when he took things to a whole new, below-the-belt level.

"They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no," Biden said, continuing to say, "I said, 'If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'"

That's pretty far over the line, especially for Biden. These two can disagree on political issues all day long, but threatening physical violence? That is just never OK. And while one would hope this would have been the end of it, where we'd all recognize that Biden said something cringe-worthy and we'd all move on from it, Trump saw an opportunity to fire back on Twitter.

"Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy," he wrote. "Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!"

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Since Trump became president, Biden has criticized him many times, even going so far as to say we're "walking down a dark path" under his presidency. But what's really surprising is this isn't even the first time these two have physically threatened one another. CNN reports that Biden made a similar comment at a Hillary Clinton rally before the election, saying, "The press always ask me, 'Don't I wish I were debating him?' No, I wish we were in high school -- I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish." Trump clapped back after that one, too, telling the crowd at Washington's Gridiron Club Dinner, "You know when he said, 'I'm going to take you behind the barn'? Oh, just trust me, I would kick his ass. He'd be easy."

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Regardless of how you feel about either man, it's hard to condone this kind of talk or feel empathetic towards the position they have put themselves in with this feud. Threatening violence just isn't OK, but it's especially disheartening coming from two high-profile leaders like Biden and Trump.

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Gisele Bundchen has written a book that’s part memoir, part-Goopy self-help

I´m excited to announce the publication of my book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.” Looking back on some of the experiences I have lived through these past 37 years, what I’ve learned, the values that guided me and the tools that have helped me become who I am, has been a profound and transformative experience. I’m happy I get to share with you my journey through many of the ups and downs that made me who I am today! (Link bio or ✨📔🤗 Animada para dividir com vocês o meu livro. Resgatar algumas histórias que vivi, o que aprendi nestes meus 37 anos, assim como os valores e as ferramentas que me guiaram para chegar onde cheguei tem sido uma experiência profunda e transformadora. Fico feliz em poder compartilhar um pouco desta jornada de altos e baixos que me trouxeram até aqui.

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I think I’m just the kind of person/woman who is left cold by the wellness/self-help movements. I find them trendy (and therefore bad) and full of bad science and full of bullsh-t culture-vulturism of actual ancient practices, religions and more. But a lot of people buy into it. A lot of people literally spend thousands of dollars on “wellness” stuff every years. Everybody’s searching for something, I guess. Anyway, I was thinking about all of that as I read about Gisele’s new book. It sounds like it’s part-memoir and part-Goopy-Gisele-living self-help. Like, aspirational and inspirational, with stories about modeling and crazy diets. You too can live like Gisele if only you have the right genes and a good plastic surgeon. There are apparently 256 pages of that. Here’s the summary:

Gisele Bündchen’s journey began in southern Brazil where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele’s appearance in Alexander McQueen’s runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also putting an end to the “heroin chic” era in fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in 600 ad campaigns, over 2000 magazine covers and walked in more than 800 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world.

But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, a work of deep vulnerability, courage and honesty, Gisele reveals for the first time what she’s learned over the past 37 years that has helped her live a meaningful life–a journey that takes readers from a childhood spent barefoot in Brazil, to a internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady.

Intimate, questing, practical and timely, Lessons reveals the inner life of a very public woman — one that will inspire women of all ages to uncover their own power, meaning and purpose.

[From Fashion Week Daily]

If I thought this was going to be an honest-to-God tell-all memoir, then I would be all over it. I would look forward to it and I would look forward to the excerpts and the shady stories and all of that. But come on – we know Gisele at this point. We know what she’s going to do. This is a “memoir” Trojan horse. She’s trying to sell us Goop in a Brazilian package. BEWARE.

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Instagram will show more recent posts due to algorithm backlash

Instagram isn’t quite bringing back the chronological feed but it will show more new posts and stop suddenly bumping you to the top of the feed while you’re scrolling. “With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about” Instagram writes. It should be more coherent to browse the app now that you won’t get bumped to to the top of your feed and lose your place because your feed randomly refreshes, and there shouldn’t be as many disparate time stamps to juggle. Instead, you’ll be able to manually push a “New Posts” button when you want to purposefully refresh the feed.

Instagram switched from a reverse chronological feed to a relevancy-sorted feed in June 2016, leading to lots of grumbling from hardcore users. While it made sure you wouldn’t miss the most popular posts from your close friends, showing days-old posts made Instagram feel stale. And for certain types of professional content creators and merchants, cutting their less likeable posts out of the feed — like their calls to buy their products or follow their other social accounts — was detrimental to their business.

Instagram’s VP of product Kevin Weil’s tweet indicates Instagram really is listening to all the complaints about the algorithmic feed:

Interestingly, despite all the anger about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the #DeleteFacebook movement, we haven’t seen nearly as many calls to #DeleteInstagram. In fact, the #DeleteFacebook trend seems to overlook the corporate parent company that owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Instead it focuses on just Facebook’s app, indicating that the scandal blowback might not be as much of an existential crisis.

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Cobra Kai: Karate Kid TV Sequel Releases New Trailer

Cobra Kai will be a half hour comedy on YouTube Red, and it's a sequel to the original Karate Kid movies.

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter
Mar 22, 2018

Get ready for The Karate Kid to become a TV series on YouTube Red. Cobra Kai is a 10 episode, half hour comedy that will see Ralph Macchio reprise his role as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka return as Johnny Lawrence. Macchio and Zabka are executive producing with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossburg. Hurwitz and Schlossburg, whose credits include Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, are writing with Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine).

Cobra Kai is set in the present, with the middle-aged Daniel dealing with the loss of Mr. Miyagi, and a "down and out" Johnny who decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. Presumably, hilarity ensues.

"Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,” Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter. "Cobra Kai​ will be a true continuation of the original films — packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes. We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry, and we’re thankful to our partners at YouTube Red, Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook for their shared enthusiasm in making our dream project a reality."

1984's The Karate Kid was directed by John G. Avildsen, and kicked off a new wave of martial arts pop culture mania in America. It was followed by three sequels of increasingly diminished returns, as well as a 2010 reboot. This will be the first revisiting of the "original" Karate Kid continuity since 1994's The Next Karate Kid, which starred Hillary Swank.

Cobra Kai Trailer

Check out the full length trailer!

“If you want to get technical, I kicked his face.”

The third Cobra Kai trailer focuses on the formerly-titular Karate Kid himself, Daniel LaRusso, and the ominous threat he’ll be facing when his old rival, Johnny Lawrence, re-opens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo, belligerent philosophy and all.

However, the feud that started over the absent – eventually Oscar-nominated – Elisabeth Shue as original movie love interest, Ali, has clearly evolved in the 30+ years since it was purportedly settled, despite the classic callbacks, notably with this new trailer's reintroduction of the (I daresay iconic,) spandex skeleton suits. – It makes one wonder if the moment of cockiness on display here from Daniel hints that he’ll have the temerity to try the Crane Kick on Johnny yet again.

In this previous trailer, Johnny Lawrence and his titular nostalgic martial arts fiefdom; the same dojo where, over 30 years earlier, he was the apple of the sadistic eye of Sensei John Kreese – at least until Daniel LaRusso’s foot fatefully met his face via crane kick. Interestingly, forgoing what subsequently happened with the Cobra Kai dojo in (the rightfully forgotten) The Karate Kid Part III, it appears that Johnny has taken ownership of the place, restored it to the way it was during his spandex skeleton suit salad days, and is teaching a new generation the old “strike first, strike hard, no mercy” methodology.

Here's the first Cobra Kai trailer, which made the show's initial claim for being the best around (and nothing’s gonna ever keep it down… you know the rest).

While it was assumed that Cobra Kai would manifest as a sequel that bears elements of self-parody, we see here that the rivalry between Daniel and Johnny – who seemed to reach a reasonable détente at the end of the first film – is somehow more heated than it was over 30 years ago. Moreover, judging by some familiar rhetoric, Johnny seems to be hitting the Sensei John Kreese Kool-Aid hard, despite the whole “you’re a loser,” “second place is no place,” parking lot choking incident.

Of course, an aspect of Cobra Kai that the teaser has yet to touch upon is that said rivalry will transcend generations as the respective children of Daniel and Johnny will continue the martial arts enmity.

Cobra Kai Release Date

Cobra Kai premieres on May 2.

Cobra Kai Cast

Entertainment Weekly revealed the cast of the series. 

Courtney Henggeler is Amanda, "Daniel’s wife and business partner...the glue that keeps the LaRusso household and dealership running, and a calming force in Daniel’s life."

Mary Mouser is Samantha, their daughter.

Xolo Maridueña is Miguel Diaz, who "struggles with bullies at his new school, until he’s taken under the wing of a Cobra Kai karate master."

Tanner Buchanan plays "Johnny’s street-smart son Robby Keene. Robby is eager to prove he’s nothing like his dad, even though he’s on his way to making the same mistakes."

In a neat surprise, Ed Asner is Sid Weinberg, Johnny's "reluctant old-school, hard-nosed, former studio mogul, who is tired of dealing with his stepson’s failures."

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Lost Justice League Movie Superman Photo Surfaces

Check out what DJ Cotrona would have looked like in the Superman costume from George Miller's Justice League movie!

News Mike Cecchini
Mar 22, 2018

I've written pretty extensively about Justice League: Mortal, the lost George Miller Justice League movie that almost got made. It was an impressive, ambitious DC superhero movie, one that would have been remarkably faithful to the spirit of the comics of its era. It had assembled quite a cast, too, which included Adam Brody (The Flash), Armie Hammer (Batman), Common (Green Lantern), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Martian Manhunter), Santiago Cabrera (Aquaman), with Zoe Kasan (Iris West-Allen, Jay Baruchel (Maxwell Lord), and Teresa Palmer (Talia al Ghul). 

But G.I. Joe: Retaliation and From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series star DJ Cotrona was all set to play Superman. Like Armie Hammer's Batman and Megan Gale's Wonder Woman, production was far enough along on Justice League: Mortal that costumes were designed and fittings took place. There hasn't been much out there in terms of what these costumes actually looked like (although concept art has surfaced and Armie Hammer has spoken enthusiastically about how cool his Batman suit and gadgets looked). But we haven't known much about how DJ Cotrona would have looked as Superman...until now.

DC Films Hub scored a photo of Cotrona in the Superman costume, and it's a pretty cool design.

Just like we've seen with assorted Superman costume designs from many of the unmade Superman movies from the late '90s to early 2000s, Warner Bros. and DC were always eager to get rid of the red trunks, something that they were unable to successfully implement in the comics until the New 52 relaunch in 2011, in the movies with 2013's Man of Steel, and on TV with Tyler Hoechlin's Superman guest appearance on Supergirl in 2016. In general, though, this design seems to lean towards the idea of the costume being alien in nature or some kind of Kryptonian ceremonial gear rather than something Ma Kent whipped up.

Of course, after years of fighting it, the trunks are now back in the comics, and it looks like they're going to stay.

But what's really interesting is how many of these design elements eventually made it into the comics. The red highlights that you can see most clearly on the boots were part of the New 52's ill-advised "armor" design, while the blue boots made their way into DC's Rebirth redesign. I've always been a fan of making the 'S' shield part of the cape, too, and we saw that in the New 52 Earth-2 Superman design, and it was kind of alluded to on Tyler Hoechlin's TV costume on Supergirl, as well.


Overall, it's a pretty smart looking Superman design, one that doesn't suffer from the overabundance of unnecessary padding we've seen on Henry Cavill's movie costumes (Cavill's in Superman shape, he doesn't need the costume to help him out in that regard). My only issue is with the blue boots, which I didn't care for in the comics, either. If you're not going to have the red trunks, you need more red to break up the costume, and the blue boots make it look like he's wearing footie pajamas.

Head to DC Films Hub for more info.

Avengers: Infinity War Considered a Defenders Appearance

Getting the Defenders into Avengers: Infinity War would have been "practically impossible", but the Russo brothers mulled it over anyway...

Kirsten Howard
Mar 22, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War will be landing in theaters everywhere next month, and everyone and their mother is in it - Hawkeye, put your hand down - but could there have been even more characters battling Thanos than there already are? Only always, yes.

An appearance by Netflix's Defenders, or anyone from the cast of ABC's Agents Of SHIELD, was ruled out early on, as reams of red tape would've been involved in the coup, but that doesn't mean that directors the Russo brothers didn't talk it over before they settled on who was in and who was out of the massive event flick. Eventually, though, they ruled the idea out.

“We’ve all considered,” Joe Russo told Premiere, via Flickering Myth. “But the trick is that we already have at least sixty characters with whom we must tell a story! And it’s hard enough to communicate with Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, Scott Derrickson, Peyton Reed, and James Gunn at the same time, not to add all the showrunners and TV crews to this. The latter is also led by totally different people. So it’s practically impossible. Our job is to focus on the Marvel film world and offer a satisfying climax.”

Do you reckon Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Danny Rand, Matt Murdock or Frank Castle stand a chance of making it into the MCU in the future? It doesn't look likely, but we wouldn't put anything past these peeps - Yes, Peter. You can put your hand down now, too.

Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27.

Bozo The Clown Dead At 89

Frank Avruch, who played the beloved character Bozo the Clown, passed away at his home in Boston on Tuesday from heart disease. He was 89.

“He had a heart of gold,” Avruch’s manager, Stuart Hersh said in a statement. “He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else’s portrayal of Bozo the Clown.”

“While it’s hard to say goodbye, we celebrate the legacy of joy and laughter he brought to millions of children around the world as Bozo the Clown on TV and as a UNICEF Ambassador and later as host of Channel 5’s Great Entertainment and Boston’s Man About Town,” the performer’s family noted in a statement.

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“Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly.”

Avruch was just one of several people who performed as Bozo the Clown through the years. His 11-year stint as the character ended in 1970.

He leaves behind his wife, Betty, and two sons.

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The universal language of hormones

Bioinformatics specialists have studied a specific class of hormones which is relevant for plants, bacteria and indirectly for humans, too. Their results challenge previous scientific assumptions.

Abberant by Rylend Grant and Zsomber Huszka Launches in Action Lab June 2018 Solicits

Raven finally confronts her brother in Princeless Raven: Year 2, Midnight Tiger continues the fight in Actionverse Ongoing, and Athena Voltaire receives her first collected edition.

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“Stronger,” Part 3! After almost being beaten by the Cutter Brothers, Midnight Tiger begins to look for something that will give him an edge. But how far is he willing to go as he brings his father into his inner circle!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
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Collecting the first ongoing adventure of comics’ favorite pulp heroine! Athena races against the Nazis to find an artifact once possessed by Pope Sylvester II, but the allies helping her have their own agendas. Loyalties will be tested. With absolute power up for grabs, who can you trust?
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $14.99

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The exciting finale to I Was a Tweenage Werewolf! The identity of the werewolf is re-vealed, but can the scouts defeat it? Also, more details on the mystery surrounding the town of Full Moon Hollow!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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Our heroes are on the run with Dapes and the Legion in hot pursuit! Eldrick is having second thoughts about being associated with a known criminal like Luna Lumere and openly ponders turning himself in. What exactly are Luna’s motives and will she be able to convince Eldrick otherwise?
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99


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As Ladybug tries to uncover Hawk Moth’s secret identity, Adrien’s father, Gabriel Agreste gets akumatized into the Collector. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir manage to stop him and to unmask Hawk Moth?
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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Six weeks have passed since the attack on the ship and the loss of Sunshine. Now everyone is trying to get back to normal, including Ximena, who has been putting off confessing her feelings for the love of her life. Now she’s finally ready to try and make it work, but is this relationship cursed? And what did happen to Sunshine? While the crew is sure she’s dead, she has found a new life on a mysterious island. While everything seems perfect, is there something terrifying lurking beneath the surface?
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
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This is it! Magpie’s castle is in sight and Raven is ready to take down the first of her betraying brothers. There’s only one problem: they’ve arrived just in time for Magpie to throw a huge party – and he’s invited every pirate in the fleet. Raven’s crew is going to need to find a way to sneak in and when they rescue a sinking boat full of beautiful dancers, they may have found just the cover they need.
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
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A field trip to Thread City brings the bittles into contact with both the human world and the legacy of Trixie’s personal hero, Portia Palkin. But is the legendary “My Pretty Portia” model hiding a historical secret?
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
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Rylend Grant and Zsomber Huszka bring out a new series about a soldier who wages a one-man war against a billionaire superhero. This book is called Aberrant, and it’s coming out through Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint this June. Plus, Black Betty, Zombie Tramp, and Vampblade. Details below.


(W) Rylend Grant (A) Zsomber Huszka
A U.S. Army Special Operations Commander, distraught after losing his entire unit to a superhuman attack, wages an absolutely brutal one-man war on the eccentric billionaire and former superhero that he believes is ultimately responsible.
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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What kind of creature would stalk an idyllic, quiet, small town? None, as far as Betty can tell. But there’s one little boy in town who is convinced something is wrong. He’s willing to put up his dead grandfather’s money if Betty can find the killer… and Betty never turns down a bounty.
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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What more do you need to know? It’s Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and Dollface in cosmic combat! Everyone’s favorite bad girls must continue their conquest in the arena with the hopes of working out their way home. Features artist and action figure variant covers (each with their own risqué variant as well)!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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The past and the present collide as our Brigands attempt to find a way off the Island of Rekik, now under Krantali martial law. But an attack of conscience will turn an assassin into a revolutionary. And, an act of rebellion into an act of war. Old lessons will be learned anew. The cost of freedom is paid in blood and so it must always be defended, especially in the darkest hour and against unlikely odds.
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
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You’d think having two Vampblades to battle a foe Katie previously defeated would make things easy. But it’s going to take everything they’ve got to survive this Earth’s deadlier, slimier, skeevier Suck Lord!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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The gathering to destroy Janey Belle has begun. But will they be strong enough to take on her Demon form? The first of two issues this month leading to the epic anniversary 50th issue event! Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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Her former allies are aligning to try and take Zombie Tramp out. First to the party, Black Betty is on the case and heading straight towards the demon that was once Janey Belle. The second of two issues this month that leads directly to the epic anniversary 50th issue battle royale next month! Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Beginner’s Guide

With RuPaul’s Drag Rac season 10 arriving this week, Catherine shares the many joys of cult hit to the uninitiated…

Feature Catherine Pearson
Mar 22, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

It’s time for another sickening* season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Whether you’re new to the glittering world of drag or you’ve been waiting for season 10 to start, it’s time to take a look at everything there is to love about this reality TV show.

The first thing to say about RuPaul’s Drag Race is that there is no show quite like it. It embodies an entire subculture from which there is much to learn and love and where there are no barriers. You can be straight, gay or trans… as long as you’ve got what it takes on that runway. Each series begins with the individual introduction of each of the 14 new contestants who will be battling out to be RuPaul’s next Drag Superstar, first in drag and then immediately afterwards in a short interview out of drag. The contestants are fighting over the crown to be the best woman and so they are referred to by their female stage names and as ‘she’ whether they’re in drag or not; if that feels unusual for you to begin with, it’ll soon become second nature as you get wrapped up in Mama Ru’s whirlwind.

What does it take to become RuPaul’s next Drag Superstar? Well according to Ru, it’s all about four things: Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. I’m sure she’s well aware of the acronym she’s created there, as she and fellow judge Michelle Visage are the queens of innuendo. A contestant, ideally, needs to create fierce looks on the runway from scratch, have a funny stage persona, be a champion for the LGBT community and be a pretty decent singer, actor, dancer and occasional gymnast. It’s a tall order and a fun, colourful and gruelling race to the top with enough drama to keep you going for weeks.

All of the show in-jokes and the drag community-specific language is undoubtedly what has made RuPaul’s Drag Race such a cult hit. When you start understanding the lingo, you’re on the inside. Ain’t no getting out. For those of you who may need a little crash course in drag jargon, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s have a look at the most commonly used phrases:

Shade You know I told you about all that drama? It’s often sparked by some good old fashioned shade. If a drag queen is concealing a cheeky insult under a faux compliment, she’s throwing some serious shade. If a queen notices this back-handed compliment, she’s likely to shout “I call shade!”

Paint Face You don’t ‘do your make up’ in the drag world, you paint face. It’s not a case of highlighting your existing features but creating exaggerated new ones. You brows should not be your own and you should contour like a mad woman.

Sew It’s a pretty self-explanatory but extremely important skill for any drag queen. If you can’t make your own outfits from scratch, or ‘sew’, you’re pretty screwed. Every season has a pageant queen who just brings lots of pretty dresses and doesn’t know how to sew. That’s when the glue gun disasters come out to play.

Living If a drag queen says she is “LIVING for this performance”, she’s bloody loving it. Equally she might describe her runway look in detail in her voiceover and then end her description with “I’m living”. It’s always a good thing when they’re living.

Shante you stay/sashay away These are the most crucial words for a queen on this show. When two girls have found themselves in the bottom two after their performance in the weekly challenge and/or catwalk has failed to impress the judges, they must ‘lipsync for their life’. The winner of the lipsync will hear those glorious words, “shante, you stay” whilst the eliminated queen will be told to “sashay away”.

She done already done had herses When the queens are assembled and ready for another task, Ru will either appear in person or a message will appear on the screen. The message used to open with Ru exclaiming, “you’ve got shemail!” but in recent seasons this has been changed to “she done already done had herses”. Ru decided to capitalize on this bizarre phrase when she heard a woman working in a burger restaurant shout it to a customer who was trying to take a second order without paying. Go figure.

Tuck You know the bit that most men have that most women don’t? Well that can’t be on show on the runway. It’s time to get that tape out and tuck like there’s no tomorrow.

Realness This is the ability for a drag queen to embody a persona on the runway. If she’s rocking a ruffled blouse and cute pencil skirt, she could say that she’s ‘serving business woman realness’. This phrase is referred to in the 1990 documentary film Paris Is Burning which offers an insight into the drag ball scene of New York, describing the term as the ability to “pass the untrained eye” and for a queen to successfully assume the role of their straight counterpart.

There are a number of season staples that feature in RuPaul’s Drag Race that the queens know to prepare for and the fans know to get excited about. One such staple is when Ru announces that “the library is open”. Cue much excitement from all. Ru will produce a pair of sassy shades and each contestant will take their turn to ‘read’ their fellow queens in what Ru calls “the great tradition of Paris Is Burning." This film describes ‘reading’ as the founding father of ‘shade’; the ability to get laughs by exaggerating a flaw of a fellow queen. It might sound like an unusual way of acting within a marginalised community, but as the film stresses, ‘reads’ can only occur within the gay world; they become vicious slurs when they are exchanged between the gay and straight world. A ‘read’ is really an odd form of compliment; taking down a queen by highlighting her flaws is an unorthodox way of expressing your respect… kind of like calling your best friend the C word. And, as the queens will sing-song in unison once a season, “reading is fundamental”.

Other recurrent challenges include the Snatch Game, a zany parody of the Match Game in which the queens impersonate famous faces and aim to get as many laughs as possible from the celeb guest judges. The puppet challenge is also a much-anticipated mini-challenge that involves dragging up hand puppets as the remaining five contestants and impersonating them in wonderfully hyperbolic fashion. Why? “Because everyone loves puppets”. All of these drama-a-minute challenges count towards the queens’ fate and with Ru’s words of wisdom in their ears the pressure is seriously on: “Good luck, and don’t f**k it up”.

The seasons always include RuPaul’s latest pop hits, giving the show a camp, killer soundtrack. Previous ear worms include Sissy That Walk and Cover Girl while season 9 will have had you singing Kitty Girl day in day out. The show has also taken to using the girls’ preparation for the catwalk as a time of reflection on LGBT issues, from disapproving families to friends lost tragically to AIDS. It’s a sobering reminder that these shady ladies are faced with discrimination daily just for being themselves and a celebration of the small steps they have made individually and as a community through being the stars that they are.

As RuPaul says herself at the end of each and every episode: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen?”

RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 starts on VH1 on Thursday, March 22.

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The Men in Black spinoff movie continues to gain momentum, and it may contain a Thor: Ragnarok reunion.

News Joseph Baxter
Mar 22, 2018

The Men in Black franchise will continue with a spinoff movie that shifts focus away from Will Smith's Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones's Agent K to a new generation of suit-sporting enforcers. The script will be written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, the duo behind 2008’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-launching Iron Man and the most recent cinematic skirmish of Autobots and Decepticons in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight – and for what it’s worth, the notorious 2008 Marvel effort, Punisher: War Zone. F. Gary Gray (who has plenty of blockbuster success with Fate of the Furious as well as the Oscar-nominated 2015 NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton) appears to be Sony and Amblin’s choice to direct the Men in Black spinoff movie.

And now we're getting the first hint of what this cast might look like. Chris Hemsworth is in "early negotiations" for one of the film's three leads according to THR. This isn't a reboot of the original franchise, and instead a continuation or side mission. THR says that Sony is looking to make the other two leads "a female of color and an older man" and that "the story will be a global adventure. One of those other leads may very well be Tessa Thompson (Creed, Thor: Ragnarok, Annihilation), also according to THR.

The executive producer roster will also have no shortage of gravitas with Steven Spielberg, who served in that capacity for the original MIB Trilogy. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also onboard as producers, along with Sony’s David Beaubaire.

The Men in Black franchise was, of course, made famous by the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones-starring trilogy of films, which kicked things off with the 1997 smash summer blockbuster, Men in Black, showcasing a sci-fi spin on the buddy cop formula that achieved success off the chemistry of its two stars. The duo played agents of a space-gadget-armed secret government organization that oversee the arrival and assimilation of interplanetary immigrants in the United States, all while keeping said efforts – as well as the spectacularly obvious extraterrestrial nature of the immigrants – a secret from the general public.

That first effort was followed by two sequels in 2002’s Men in Black II and, a decade later, with 2012’s Men in Black 3 (featuring a time-displaced Smith opposite Josh Brolin, who plays a younger version of Jones’s character). Collectively, the film franchise has globally grossed $1.655 billion, a figure that renders Sony’s reason for the upcoming spinoff effort as glaringly obvious. However, don't expect Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or, for that matter, Josh Brolin to return for this franchise-refreshing movie.

Men in Black Spinoff Release Date

The Men in Black spinoff movie will open on June 14, 2019.

Queen Latifah Pens Emotional Tribute to Late Mother

Queen Latifah is sadly in mourning today.

The long-time artist and actress lost her mother, Rita Owens, on Wednesday, following a very long struggle with a heart condition.

Queen Latifah in 2017

In memory of the person to whom she was closest, Queen Latifah has submitted an emotional and heartfelt statement to People Magazine.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” wrote Latifah, adding:

“Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth.

"She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”

A former Academy Award nominee, Latifah is the executive producer of The Rap Game and many other television programs.

But she'll always be her mother's daughter, first and foremost.

Queen Latifah Smiles

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” Latifah continued.

“I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time.

"Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”

Late Wednesday night, the star shared a video of a photograph of her mother with the caption, “143,” which translates to “I love you.”

She also talked about her bond with her mom back in September, while promoting the film Girls Trip in another interview with People.

“I’ve just learned how much you can love a person and just how strong my mother is,” she said at the time. “I’ve come to respect her in ways you can’t even imagine.”

Owens lived with her condition for years due to medication, a defibrillator in her chest and a special diet.

The latter was low in salt and fat, yet heavy on vegetables.

Queen Latifah on a Red Carpet

Latifah also said of her mother:

"I watched her come through so many things, ups and downs, hospitalizations – I mean really being in the ICU for that matter – you know, going through tough times and watching her come back and bounce back and still maintain this sense of humor, and love and drive and will."

She added:

“I just love her so much more, I respect her so much more. She really just gives me hope for life and the world."

Back in 2015, Latifah said she often stayed at her mother's home in New Jersey and concluded that her mom's health helped her put everything in proper perspective:

"Whatever some tabloid printed means nothing, money doesn’t mean anything, work is great – I work so that I can take care of my family – but the family is the most important thing."

We send our thoughts to Queen Latifah during this difficult time.

Marry That Man

Busy Philips got sunburned eyes on a photoshoot and ended up in the ER


Busy Philips is one of the hardest working people in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to find the right project to get off the ground, which is too bad because some of them sounded really good. But she’s able to keep up her visibility with her hustle – and I say that with admiration. However, it seems like poor Busy just can’t catch a break. Her latest WTF was compliments of a magazine shoot she did for a magazine cover. Following the all day shoot on a yacht, Busy’s eyes started to bother her, which she mistook was an allergic reaction. So she posted this shot to her Instagram to see if anyone recognized it:

Her condition got worse and prevented her from sleeping because “it felt like there were shards of glass,” in her eyes. It turned out that she had photokeratitis, which is like a sunburn on your cornea:

Photokeratitis is, “a painful eye condition that occurs when your eye is exposed to invisible rays of energy called ultraviolet (UV) rays, either from the sun or from a man-made source.” Most people are familiar with snow-blindness, which is a form of photokeratitis that occurs when the sun’s rays are reflected off ice or snow (snow blindness can also be when the cornea freezes). Like snow blindness, the sun’s rays reflecting off water can heighten the risk off photokeratitis. Blue or light eyes are more prone to it as well. Poor Busy checked all the boxes to get this.

Later, she posted an Instagram story discussing her ordeal and referenced when Anderson Cooper addressed the condition last year. Cooper’s was so bad, he was blind for 36 hours. Like any sunburn, the degree of damage can go from irritating to permanent. The good news is, Busy is fine. But like I said, poor Busy cannot catch a break, a fact that was not lost on her when she said in her Instagram story, “I was just saying though it’s so on-brand I get one big magazine cover and I do one photo shoot and I burn my eyeballs … You gotta be careful when you’re on photo shoots or on yachts.”



Honestly, they could write a sitcom based on Busy’s adventures and then she could star in it. We could call it Too Busy Instagramming.

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The Spy Who Dumped Me: Trailer and Release Date for Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon Comedy

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon headline The Spy Who Dumped Me. Here's the first trailer...

News Simon Brew
Mar 22, 2018

Lionsgate has high hopes for its next big comedy, following the success it enjoyed with The Hitman’s Bodyguard last summer. This time, it’s recruited Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon for The Spy Who Dumped Me, a film about a woman going through a break-up. Not a great break-up either.

Kunis’s character’s ex-boyfriend then re-enters her life, arriving at the apartment she shares with Kate McKinnon’s character. Oh, and he just happens to be a spy. A spy who lots of people are trying to kill.

Gillian Anderson co-stars in this one, and the script has been penned by David Iserson. What’s more, the first trailer has landed as well. That explains things better than we ever could. Best watch that…

The Spy Who Dumped Me Trailer

The Spy Who Dumped Me Story

Here's the official synopsis...

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.

The Spy Who Dumped Me Release Date

The Spy Who Dumped Me opens on August 3.

Brandy And Her Mom Were No-Shows At Ray J’s Baby Shower

Baby shower drama isn’t exactly rare (anyone with “that aunt” knows this), but some kind of messiness expected to go down at Ray J’s baby shower. And I’m not talking about an accidental puddle that happened after an excited Ray J heard the word “shower.” I mean family drama between his sister Brandy and their mama Sonja Norwood, and his pregnant wife Princess Love. According to TMZ, things are so rough between Princess, Brandy, and Sonja, that Brandy and Sonja skipped the baby shower.

Ray J and Princess haven’t always had the most secure relationship, and I’m sure that has made family tensions tight. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Brandy and Sonja fought with Princess Love at a gender reveal party that was held a day before the baby shower. Princess tweeted (and later deleted) something vague about cheating and not staying in a relationship just because you’re expecting a baby. Brandy and Sonja assumed she was talking about Ray J, and they reportedly demanded Princess apologize to him. Princess told them to mind their own business, and to worry about their own bad relationships. That pissed Brandy and Sonja off, and they refused to attend Ray J and Princess’ baby shower. Sources tell TMZ that Brandy and Sonja’s absence at the baby shower was absolutely because of the fight at the gender reveal.

The day after the baby shower, Princess posted several pictures to Instagram of the party. And here’s where the plot clots: Brandy went into the comments and did damage control by congratulating her sister-in-law and explaining why she wasn’t there. Although she probably didn’t plan for Princess to reply with such sass.

Brandy hasn’t responded, and my guess is she won’t, unless she’s also prepared to do battle with whatever alleged text messages Princess has been holding onto. My guess is those are some hate-filled text messages. I can only speak from personal experience, but I know my most devastating blows are crafted while arguing to myself in the car ride home from a fight. I have no idea what Brandy said, but if it were me, and I was that keyed up, I’d probably lead with: “And another thing: who in the fuck holds a baby shower the day after a gender reveal? At what 24-hour baby boutique am I supposed to shop for that?


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Chrissy Metz Reveals That Abusive Father Made Her Weigh Herself

True story – when I told this story of Chrissy Metz regaling spending her youth with an abusive stepfather that hit her and forced her to stand on a scale to a friend yesterday evening, he said in all seriousness and without thinking “She can fit on a scale?” I assume I’ll be meeting this friend in hell, where we’ll be forced to shit out every herbal tea laxative ever advertised by the Kardashians. In a new interview with People Magazine, the This Is Us star Metz could have stopped after simply revealing that she’s from Florida, but instead she continues to talk about a childhood spent having her stepfather punch her and ask her to eat less. Considering Metz admits to sneaking into the kitchen and eating literally everything she possibly could before someone caught her (head here for a visual) he may have frankly just wanted to not starve to death in his own home.

The punching is where things get disconcerting, but Metz had a stepfather in Florida, so what did she expect?:

I don’t remember why Trigger hit me the first time. He never punched my face. Just my body, the thing that offended him so much. He shoved me, slapped me, punched my arm. He would hit me if he thought I looked at him wrong. I remember being on the kitchen floor begging to know what I did.

Jesus fuck. His name is Trigger. Find one Trigger in this world who isn’t an abusive father. Go ahead. Just one. Metz states that Trigger was unhappy that his daughter was the shape of a tomato by the age of five, and his frustration seemed to mount after Metz didn’t get the hint:

My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn’t help but stare, especially when I was eating. He joked about putting a lock on the refrigerator.

He’d get the scale from the bathroom and clang it hard on the kitchen floor. ‘Well, get on the damn thing!’ Trigger would yell. ‘This is what you need to know.’

If she owns a mirror, I think she gets the memo Trigger. The silver lining here is that when you’re as big as Metz being hit probably doesn’t really hurt. Is that the takeaway today? Or maybe it’s let your kids eat whatever they want and die? Or maybe it’s simply don’t live in Florida.


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Supernatural Season 14 Renewal Expected, Details Teased

While Supernatural Season 14 isn't confirmed, the showrunners are banking on the idea, even hinting about its direction.

News Joseph Baxter
Mar 22, 2018

Supernatural Season 14, is, in all likelihood, a done deal for The CW this fall. While the network has yet to confirm the idea and, arguably, seems to be priming the pump for a replacement with the recent backdoor pilot for proposed spinoff series Wayward Sisters, the veteran series continues to innovate, showing no real reason to be put out to serial television pasture. In fact, showrunners Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb have seemingly teased some Season 14 plans.

At the Supernatural panel held at the 2018 PaleyFest in Hollywood yesterday, Singer and Dabb – appearing onstage with the main cast and key personnel in front of a raucous crowd of adoring fans – dropped some intriguing hints about where a prospective Season 14 would be headed. Apparently, we need not look any further than Episode 4 of the (currently-running,) Season 13, which aired on November 2, 2017, titled “The Big Empty,” which saw Misha Collins's angel Castiel revived from his latest demise, stuck in a dark void, called the Empty. When asked whether the Empty could be revisited on the series, showrunners Singer and Dabb took the answer a step further, with Singer explaining:

We might visit it next year. We’re talking about it.” At which point he jokingly amends, “Not on this show.”

To elaborate on the Empty, Castiel, killed by Lucifer in the Season 12 finale (for second time by Lucifer, serving as his fifth death overall,) was willed back to life by the powerful newborn Nephilim, Jack (Alexander Calvert); an act that sent Castiel into a dark, formless void – purportedly residing outside the reach of God or the Darkness – where dead angels and demons rest for eternity. There, the clearly-unrestful Castiel is confronted by its angry ruler, a self-described “Cosmic Entity” that takes his form and initially refuses to let his pass back into life, ultimately capitulating to Cas’s demand after his threats of eternal annoyance in the void. The scenes allowed Collins to showcase extremely entertaining banter with, well, himself, both as Castiel and the misanthropic smooth-talking entity.

Consequently, we're left to wonder if the Empty's cranky Cosmic Entity – as played by Collins – could serve as the next big bad in Season 14.

Of course, the event of The CW’s confirmation of Supernatural Season 14 is something that one would be ill-advised to bet against (in fact, Renew/Cancel TV claim that it's already set in stone). The series continues to be a network bedrock, and CW president, Mark Pedowitz, has implied in the past that the series would carry on as long as stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki, wish it to continue. Judging by the stars’ enthusiasm, we have yet to reach such an impasse. In fact, the panel saw the stars reiterate their love for the show’s arrangement and trust in its creative direction, despite the fact that neither of them brandishes the additional title of producer or executive producer, as stars of many veteran shows tend to earn over the course of years of contract negotiations.

Another Supernatural Season 14 hint came when the discussion shifted to the aforementioned series newcomer, Alexander Calvert, in his role as Jack. Singer describes a rather lengthy casting process, apparently justified by its long-term nature... prospectively beyond Season 13:

“We saw a lot of people for this part. We knew it was going to be a season long, and maybe more, part.”

The arrival of Jack, the son of Lucifer and a human woman, was an event that was central to Season 12, culminating that season with the birth of a fully-grown, innocent, yet nigh-omnipotent, game-changer for the series. Since then, Jack's divided struggle between honoring his deceased human mother and embracing his divinely-powerful abilities continue to be a major aspect of the current season, prospectively evolving beyond that scope.

Supernatural Season 14 Release Date

If this happens, expect Supernatural Season 14 to arrive in the traditional early October premiere window favored by the CW.

For now, though, Supernatural fans can look forward to its return from a brief hiatus, which will manifest as the surreal crossover event, “ScoobyNatural,” in which a magical television sends Sam, Dean and, apparently even Castiel, into the animated world of a classic Scooby-Doo episode. The crossover episode is set to air Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 16 Review – Chapter 29: Primary Colors

In which milkshakes are thrown and friendships are put to the test. Plus, Andy Cohen in Riverdale?

This Riverdale review contains spoilers

Riverdale Season 2 Episode 16

At one point in tonight’s Riverdale, Jughead compares he and Archie to two trains on the same track headed towards mutual destruction. Like Jug’s writing, it’s a bit of a cliched metaphor, but damn if the kid doesn’t have a point. With just under less than a month until the second season concludes, the series has all its leads in direct conflict with each other. On one side you’ve got Archie and Veronica, faithful to Hiram and Hermione and just beginning to learn how the sins of the sinister elder Lodges will impact their lives. Meanwhile, Jughead and Betty’s relationship is stronger than ever thanks to their united front against their former best friends.

Orbiting their problems are secondary characters like Cheryl, whose fears that her mother and newly discovered uncle are plotting against her become terrifyingly realized when she is placed in the “care” of the Sisters of Quiet Mercy to undergo conversion therapy. Even Josie gets a brief moment to shine, giving a wronged Ethel some key information that she can utilize to help torpedo Veronica’s student body president run. (Alas, poor Kevin is again relegated to the sidelines, given nothing more to do tonight than moon over inexplicable guest star Andy Cohen, film the action of other characters on his cell phone, and, worst of all, bringing his online flirtation with Creepy Chic into the real world).

While the status quo will be restored soon enough, there’s much dramatic potential that can be mined from Archie/Veronica and Betty/Jughead being on opposite sides. Bughead lovers have much to rejoice about because those characters have the moral high ground here. “Jughead loves a political crusade almost as much as he does a burger,” Archie tells Hiram. Jughead’s misguided activism has in fact become a detriment to the character at this point, as Archie points out to his once and future BFF when he reminds him that he was only at Southside High “for like four days.”  

Still, we finally get a glimpse into why Jughead cares so much about the Serpents, Southside High, et. al when he reveals that he views these things as the only reminders of the family that he once had. (Which is kind of a crotch punch to FP, who has really rehabilitated himself this season, but that’s Jughead for you). But at least we know the ideology behind his constant rebellion.

As always, Archie motives are less clear. I've said it before, but Riverdale’s biggest problem has always been its supposed lead character, and there are still no indications that this will change anytime soon. From scene to scene his actions go from shockingly lucid to semi-concussed, leading one to wonder if he and not Nana Rose is the character supposedly suffering from Sundowner’s Syndrome. In his chats with Hiram this week he shows that he clearly understands what makes Jug tick, and actually realizes that if he’s going to betray his best friend, well, then at least he can help get Fred out of his Lodge-induced legal woes as a process. It would be nice to think that such moments indicate a rich inner life for the character, with our ginger hero possessing the kind of multitudes that would make Whitman smile. But then he continues siding with the Lodges, partially because the Black Hood shot his father – whom he is now being super shitty too, and you want to shake him. At least Mary Andrews gets to rip Archie a new one this week by pointing out how much of an ingrate he is.

It’s a bit unclear exactly how we as an audience is supposed to feel for Veronica these days. She has spent most of her screen time of late trying to bring her parents supposedly evil but really just kind of stupid business plans to fruition. Last week she was manipulating Archie to try to get his father to be her parents’ mayoral errand boy, and now her lying about not knowing about Southside High has come back to haunt her. She wants to become student body president in an attempt to shield herself from Hiram and Hermione’s criminal activities, yet at every turn she helps them with their mustache-twirling plans. Veronica dear, you can’t have your Magnolia cupcakes and eat them too.

And it’s worth saying again that Josie stabbing Veronica in the back by helping an absolutely right Ethel was a wonderful moment. Camila Mendes’ superb acting is the only reason we feel any sympathy for Veronica right now. Yet something tells me there’s going to be more reckoning coming to her than just a strawberry milkshake over the head.

Finally, yeah, so FP is Chic’s father, right? It certainly seems to be the case, despite Alice’s claims to the contrary. Shame on Nancy Drew disciple Betty for not realizing that her role in the cover-up of the murdered drug dealer implicated her way more than Chic, but her threats against her brother – regardless of his parentage – should not be taken likely. Who else is ready for Chic to go?

Riverdale Rundown

- Hal Cooper really is an atrocious journalist. No wonder the high school newspaper is the best rag in Riverdale.

- Please share your thoughts on the goofy and utterly superfluous Andy Cohen cameo in the comments.

- Cheryl reading Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is completely on brand for her.

- Tonight's best dialogue comes via this exchange between Cheryl and Toni:

"I didn't just bring you to Thistlehouse tonight for a girlish slumber party. The truth is, I'm terrified of being alone here. There's a stranger in this house, my uncle, Claudius. He's as mad as the sea and ever since he blew in I feel like I'm in mortal peril."

"Wait. I'm confused. Is this real or are we playing a game?"

- Sundowner's Syndrome. Really?

- I am so, so unbelievably bummed that Veronica, Archie and Josie didn't perform Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" in tribute to Jughead's protest.

- That said, I am super into how they did sing the Schoolhouse Rock classic "Sufferin' Til Sufferage." This show really does have the best musical numbers on television.

"I caught Clifford Blossom, I caught the Sugar Man, I caught the Black Hood. And you know what they all have in common? They're dead. Consider yourself warned." YOU GO BETTY!

- With Fred Andrews and Bughead running for office, there's at least a 10% chance we will hear someone cover Arcadia's "Election Day" before the season finale rolls around next month. Sorry, I just love the music on this show.

- Alice referring to Dark Betty's signature wardrobe choice as a "cabaret wig" cracks me up.

- Reggie doesn't show up often on the show, but when it does, at least it's memorable.

- Poor Cheryl. Here's hoping she makes a break from the Penceian horror show she is currently immersed in ASAP.

- A closer look at Ethel's savage anti-Veronica flyer.

Chris Cummins is a writer and Archie Comics historian who can be found on Twitter @bionicbigfoot and on his personal website, Hibernation Sickness.

Review Chris Cummins
Mar 22, 2018

The X-Files Season 11 Episode 10 Review: My Struggle IV

Even a weak finale can't spoil what was a resurgent season for The X-Files.

This X-Files review contains spoilers.

The X-Files Season 11 Episode 10

After “My Struggle II,” the season 10 finale aired, I questioned in my review whether I even wanted The X-Files to continue. I put my sacrilege in print, wishing my favorite show would end its run on that dour note, a cliffhanger no less. I hoped it was all a dream sequence.

Cooler heads than mine thankfully prevailed at Fox. The network gave Chris Carter a larger canvas, a 10-episode order for a second revival season, and with him came some fresh writing and directing talent. Over the majority of those 10 episodes, The X-Files season 11 was a stunning return to form. The season 10 training wheels came off, and the series responded by pulling off some daring tricks. When the series is finally dead and buried (although no one is ever really dead in The X-Files), a handful of episodes from this season deserve consideration to be included in the show’s 50 best episodes ever. Hell, maybe someday I’ll get around to writing that list myself.

Sadly, the final part in Carter’s mythology saga, “My Struggle IV,” does not live up to what came before it. After 25 years, the four most recent episodes that chronicle the show’s alien mythology fail to live up to the series’ original run. It’s a shame because they really did get it right on the monster-of-the-week side by paying homage to the show’s history in jest while approaching standalone episodes with real-world implications.

On paper, I could see how the outline for the four “My Struggle” episodes would have played out like a great script for an X-Files movie. Whistle-blowers catch wind of the spartan virus, giving Mulder and Scully a reason to reunite. Scully gets visions of the virus outbreak, leading her to jump into the investigation head on with Mulder. A case leads them to William (now known as Jackson), who they realize is the key to stopping the virus because of his alien DNA. Throw in a challenge from a government contractor who want the boy for their own nefarious purposes and a rejuvenated Smoking Man who is hellbent on “saving” the planet by destroying its citizens, and let a manhunt for William begin.

In execution, it was a mess. Breaking up “My Struggle I” and “My Struggle II” as bookends in season 10 was fine, but gimmicks like the entire second part being a vision shared by William and Scully tend to not work well in the moment. The third chapter righted some wrongs by re-introducing the Smoking Man and some promising shadowy figures in Mr. Y and Erika Price. But it also took an unnecessary leap that didn’t sit right by fans: CSM claimed he was William’s real father. So a character that already had plenty of shitty things happen to her over the course of the series essentially lost a major connection she had with Mulder. That’s on top of the troubling revelation that she was raped, “scientifically,” by CSM.

There’s little room for nuance in these installments because the pacing was totally out of whack. The X-Files is known for taking huge risks in tone, but the “My Struggle” episodes are wannabe action flicks that don’t come anywhere close to warranting the intensity they thought it did. The X-Files mythology episodes were always a slow burn. Carter and Co. did well to stretch things out this time around by putting a major piece to the mythology puzzle in episode 5, “Ghouli,” one of the best episodes of either revival season. It wasn’t enough. “My Struggle IV” couldn’t help but feel rushed across the finish line, leaving more to be desired of the action, special effects, and development of Mr. Y and Erika Price’s faction of the Syndicate, which now feels like a wasted opportunity as I watched their blood senselessly splattered all over the place. Carter’s instincts with this arc were on point (and you can read his explanations about the episode in our interview with him), but my major takeaway from the revival mythology will always be a sadness that the great X-Files directors Rob Bowman or the late Kim Manners weren’t behind the camera.

I did enjoy the final moments of the episode, from Jackson's embrace with Scully to Mulder finally smoking the Smoking Man. The jury is still out on whether the catharsis of Mulder lighting up CSM was earned and milked for dramatic effect as well as it could have been.

What saves “My Struggle IV” in the end is a genuine moment on the pier between Mulder and Scully. The revelation that a second miracle child on the way was enough to make me emotional. Still, I can’t help but think it would have held the same weight had they abandoned the troublesome CSM impregnation angle. That aside, this is a way out of The X-Files for both Mulder and Scully, a second chance to be together and raise a family. I don’t love how we got to that point within these mythology episodes, but what they built in terms of Mulder and Scully’s relationship over the course of season 11 was deeply satisfying as a longtime fan of the series.

Maybe Chris Carter gets the last laugh here as I eat my words from two years ago. Despite the bookends, I’m thrilled with what I saw from The X-Files in season 11. And not just for a revival show. The series went toe-to-toe with its modern-day contemporaries, ones that learned a trick or two from the groundbreaking sci-fi series. The X-Files is still out there, and in refusing to die, this season it redefined what it means to be timeless television. 

Review Chris Longo
Mar 22, 2018

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 12 Review: AKA Pray for My Patsy

Jessica is caught between her mother and Trish in a deadly episode of Jessica Jones

This Jessica Jones review contains spoilers.

Jessica Jones Season 2 Episode 12

The two women Jessica Jones loves most in this world, her biological and practical family, are on a collision course. While Trish recovers from the botched procedure to give her powers. Alisa has broken out of prison in order to kill her, under the mistaken belief that Trish killed her beloved Karl. Jess is stuck in the middle, trying to keep them from undoing each other and themselves.

Malcolm and Oscar are momentarily sidelined in this episode that clearly belongs to the women. It’s saying something that this episode is women-dominated, considering that this world is already populated by a much better gender balance than shows usually are, even those starring and/or named after a woman character. Oscar has had an appropriate level of screen time. He’s interesting and occasionally helpful toward propelling the plot forward, but he’s ultimately only relevant as he pertains to Jessica’s life, and she has so many bigger fish to fry right now.

Jeri shows her cold, calculated malice one again as she delivers retribution to Inez and Shane. They certainly hurt her, but her response is still disturbing, and harkens back to the Jeri who went after her wife in such heartless fashion last season. It was interesting to see her so attached to the engraved watch from Wendy, perhaps the last piece she has of her wife. I keep hoping for Jeri to lean into her vulnerability and become a better person, but it seems the betrayal by Inez is sending her back to her old ways, with perhaps more vengeance than ever before.

In a season full of surprising twists and turns, I am perhaps most blown away by the fact that Dorothy Walker was good and kind to Jessica for all of 90 seconds. The jealousy between Trish and Jessica is fundamental to their relationship in a way that wasn’t visible before. For 17 years, each had something the other could never have: powers, and their mother. Much of their early years together involved the two struggling with how to deal with Dorothy. Jessica knew she was bad news, but it’s easier to cut ties with someone who was always terrible to you, and never held any real place in your heart. Now Trish and Jess are struggling with the reverse, but on a compressed time table, and with life and death consequences.

I loved Jess and Trish’s conversation in the morgue – it feels like the two women are facing up to their longstanding shit for the first time. It’s easy to see how Trish could come to feel the way she does, but my god, she is so off base. I hope she has to put in a lot of work to win back Jess and Malcolm’s trust. And I hope that the powers she winds up with are more trouble than she bargained for.

What makes that even better is how Jess talks about Trish to her mother on the phone. It doesn’t matter how pissed she is at Trish, she’s still her sister, and Jessica will always have her back. There’s a great dynamic here, where Trish and Jess are each other’s family, but each only has a connection to their own mother, and suspicion and derision for the other’s mother.

At various points this season, we’ve seen Jessica choose her mother over Trish and everyone else in her life, even if only in small ways or for short periods of time. But it never feels like Alisa has done the same, even though she chose to stay with Jess instead of running off to find Karl. Even when she was ostensibly choosing her daughter, Alisa was always more concerned about Karl.

I'd also like to see Alisa held responsible in a meaningful way for her rage. The dissociative episodes seem to largely be treated as a sort of fugue state where Alisa can't be held entirely accountable for her actions. But her rage is along a continuum, and it's not all that clear at what point she's no longer in control. Moreover, she has expressed a clear-eyed desire to murder several times while calm, such as with Pryce. While Jessica thought her mother should be held accountable, and that the IGH murders were premeditated, she seems to have abandoned that idea for several episodes now. I would love to see Jessica grapple with the richer material of what it means to love someone morally and ethically wrong, rather than grappling with how to love someone with power-induced unpredictability, which is how much of these later episodes have been framed. 

Continuing in what is becoming a Jessica Jones tradition of killing off black law enforcement officials, Alisa kills Detective Sunday, in a bloody fashion, and nearly kills Trish as well. Using Jess’s own arm to do it is brutal.

The show makes good use of Alisa’s strikingly Jessica-esque ensemble when she arrives at Trish’s apartment. The shot of the boots, light wash jeans, and dripping blood is a great head fake that drives home once again the parallels between mother and daughter.

So much fiction focuses on fathers and sons that the trope has become cliché. It’s great to see a show instead focus on mothers and daughters, showing their thematic importance to be equally elevated and complex. Jessica Jones even explicitly calls out the complexity inherent in these relationships, via Alisa’s new guard in the previous episode. This is also reinforced with science fiction elements, in the form of Jessica saying, “mom,” being the only thing that can bring Alisa back from the brink.

But will it be enough?

Review Delia Harrington
Mar 22, 2018

The Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Scores

Celebrating the scores of the Marvel cinematic universe, from Iron Man right through to Black Panther...

Feature Sean Wilson
Mar 22, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Marvel's Black Panther has roared into cinemas with the sort of impact that only a select few blockbusters can muster. Director Ryan Coogler's film has been acclaimed not only as superior popcorn entertainment but also a watershed cultural moment in terms of black representation, diversity and gender equality within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

As with the release of any new Marvel film, it's also stoked the fire surrounding the franchise's score history, one supposedly lacking in any quality or consistency. In fact, Black Panther appears to have bucked the trend somewhat with Ludwig Goransson's authentically African-sounding score hailed as one of the picture's strongest elements.

But this is characteristic of many other movies in the series, too. Many decry the MCU for its supposed lack of memorable film scores. Nothing could be further from the truth...

18. Iron Man (Ramin Djawadi, 2008)

Billionaire genius Tony Stark, as unforgettably played by Robert Downey Jr. in his career comeback role, is the rock star of the MCU. It's therefore fitting that Game Of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi's music takes a somewhat grungy tone in its depiction of Iron Man, even if it sacrifices memorable themes and melodies in the process.

Even so, the grinding guitars of Riding With The Top Down has come to embody the mechanized strength and bravado of Downey Jr.'s groundbreaking hero.

17. Iron Man 2 (John Debney, 2010)

Director Jon Favreau returned to his regular cohort John Debney for the Iron Man sequel. It marks a partial step up from Ramin Djawadi's earlier work, teasing a muscular and spectacular horn-led theme (reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith) that is frustratingly under-utilized.

There's no denying that Debney is proficient at working more robust orchestral elements into the palate that Djawadi laid down, but Iron Man's musical identity remained somewhat nebulous at this stage in the MCU.

16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman, 2014)

Chris Evans' noble super-soldier Steve Rogers has perhaps been through the most intriguing arc of any MCU character. Birthed during World War II, he subsequently has had to adapt to the morally murky climate of the 21st century. For that reason, his scores have been compelled to follow suit, Alan Silvestri's rousingly patriotic work on The First Avenger giving way to Henry Jackman's more challenging, industrial tones on terrific sequel The Winter Soldier. It's less immediately satisfying than Silvestri's work but shows undeniable dramatic intuition in musically advancing Rogers' character. It also has enough humility to thread in Silvestri's theme for continuity purposes.

15. Captain America: Civil War (Henry Jackman, 2016)

The orchestral palate widened for this epic Marvel brawl. As the biggest superhero clash to date, one that pitted Team Cap versus Team Iron Man, Civil War demanded a musical force that signified the sheer impact of this moment in the MCU. It's a time when heroes turn against their allies, and Jackman significantly boosts the emotional impact, while also alluding to what's come before in the form of Alan Silvestri's Captain America theme.

Old and new are fused tonally to signify both a break in pre-existing Marvel loyalties while also looking ahead to a troubled yet broadly optimistic future.

14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Brian Tyler/Danny Elfman, 2015)

A complex musical situation unfolded on Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel. Brian Tyler was originally drafted to fashion a thunderous orchestral score in the manner of his Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World offerings. But ultimately the thunder was stolen by Danny Elfman, piloted in at the last minute to provide a new 'hybrid' Avengers theme built on Alan Silvestri's earlier piece.

Regardless of the messy situation, it's possibly the first time in the MCU that a composer explicitly honored and acknowledged an earlier work, the first step in establishing Silvestri's piece as the soundtrack cornerstone of the MCU (as also heard in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer).

13. Guardians Of The Galaxy (Tyler Bates, 2014)

James Gunn's riotously entertaining space opera is defined so wholeheartedly by its terrific pop soundtrack, it's perhaps difficult for Tyler Bates' score to get a look-in. Nevertheless, his score interweaves brilliantly around the Redbone and Jackson 5 staples, firmly investing the goofy Guardians' journey with dramatic weight and beauty.

Drawing firmly from the old-school choral/orchestral mould, it also allows for some beautifully retro synth work, particularly in Groot Spores, one of the loveliest MCU tracks so far.

12. Avengers Assemble (Alan Silvestri, 2012)

The first ensemble team-up within the MCU was a landmark moment. Not only the culmination of Phase One, it also had to shoulder the responsibility of four primary superheroes all sharing screen time.

For that reason, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man had to be united under a new musical umbrella, and writer/director Joss Whedon made the sage decision of bringing back Alan Silvestri from Captain America: The First Avenger. The resulting theme has subsequently become ever more ubiquitous within the series, putting paid to the criticism this is a franchise with no musical continuity.

11. Thor: The Dark World (Brian Tyler, 2013)

Patrick Doyle was out, Brian Tyler was in for the second Thor movie. The narratively uninspired sequel drew criticism for its weak villain and lack of compelling stakes, but there's no denying Tyler summoned the orchestral might where it counts.

Although he was chastised for not deploying Doyle's original theme, including exhibiting the muscular blend of Hans Zimmer power anthem and golden age orchestral might heard in the earlier Iron Man 3, it's still rollickingly entertaining.

10. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Tyler Bates, 2017)

As with its predecessor, the second Guardians movie is perhaps defined more by its Awesome Mix pop soundtrack than Bates' own score. But to ignore the composer's input would be to ignore one of the more rousing score entries in the MCU.

The first Guardians had some standout moments of brute orchestral force but Bates really ups his game here, honing the classic sound of fellow Marvel cohort Alan Silvestri in the brass/choral mixture of the many action scenes, not to mention the emotional sequences involving Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and father Ego (Kurt Russell).

9. Thor: Ragnarok (Mark Mothersbaugh, 2017)

Marvel are now at the stage where they can start mixing up the formula of their movies. Taika Waititi's typically eccentric and off-the-wall Thor movie is one of the franchise's funniest so far. It also paves the way for former Devo member Mothersbaugh (once a regular of Wes Anderson's) to apply a different kind of sonic pallete.

Mixing up the expansive sense of orchestral grandeur with soprano vocals and plenty of knowing, Jean Michel Jarre-esque electronics, like the movie, it's a score that's in on the joke yet also dramatically engaging.

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Michael Giacchino, 2017)

Spidey has been treated to numerous musical iterations. The non-MCU movies scored by Danny Elfman and James Horner are perhaps still the peak of Spider-Man scores, but Giacchino more than ensnared us in his own musical web.

Homecoming is for the most part breezier and zippier than what's come before, allowing the composer to unleash plenty of finger-snapping attitude and pizzicato strings that nail the boyish essence of Tom Holland's wall-crawler. Rest assured though, that familiar sense of Giacchino splendor is still there in the rousing main theme.

7. Thor (Patrick Doyle, 2011)

Chris Hemsworth's Thor debut came in Kenneth Branagh's 2011 movie, an unfairly maligned epic that does a decent job matching grandiose action with welcome humor. Branagh's regular cohort Doyle perhaps struggles to imprint on the action scenes, caught between his lyrical impulses and the processed ostinato approach of so many modern action scores.

However, he more than comes into his own during the quiet moments, lending a genuine sense of hushed awe and reverence to the movie's themes of science and magic. It also, pleasingly, was referenced in Mark Mothersbaugh's score for Ragnarok.

6. Iron Man 3 (Brian Tyler, 2013)

Tyler made his MCU debut with Shane Black's Iron Man movie, Tony Stark's final debut outing. It was perhaps a match made in heaven, Tyler assimilating his heavily processed Fast And Furious approach with the kind of soaringly spectacular brass theme that would have done Jerry Goldsmith proud.

It took three attempts to get there, but the title character was finally graced with a movie that captured both his status within the franchise, and his cheeky sense of attitude. (As further proof of that, check out the utterly groovy end credits remix.)

5. The Incredible Hulk (Craig Armstrong, 2008)

Edward Norton's Hulk movie is perhaps the black sheep of the MCU. But musically, it's far more distinguished than many remember. Baz Luhrmann regular Craig Armstrong made one of his rare forays into action and rose above the weaknesses of the movie to deliver an intelligent and compelling score.

Utilizing strings, electronics and chorale to blur the lines between Bruce Banner's human and animalistic sides, it's a score that veers from introspection to brute force with ease. Plus, he's humble enough to acknowledge Joe Harnell's fondly remembered TV theme - one of the finest examples of legacy in a Marvel soundtrack.

4. Doctor Strange (Michael Giacchino, 2016)

Rogue One composer Giacchino is one of the finest exponents of the quintessentially 'old-fashioned' blockbuster score, placing theme, melody and listenability above all else. And the debut of Benedict Cumberbatch's sorceror supreme character allowed him to really open the taps, musically speaking.

The narrative is a story of east-meets-west, and of multiple dimensions, so it comes as no surprise that Giacchino's approach fuses western symphonic brio with sitars and soaring choral work. Even Paul McCartney, who dropped into a recording session, was said to have been very impressed.

3. Captain America: The First Avenger (Alan Silvestri, 2011)

The first Captain America remains one of the most visually and thematically distinctive of all the Marvel films. And being rooted in the patriotic, nostalgic environment of World War II means it has to be graced with a particular kind of score. Step forward Alan Silvestri who made his name in the 1980s with robustly entertaining action in the likes of Back To The Future and Predator. His brass-laden Captain America March remains one of the franchise's finest, brimming with vitality, and which has been threaded into both the later films and The Avengers. All eyes are now on Silvestri as to how he'll thread myriad ideas together in the upcoming Infinity War.

2. Ant-Man (Christophe Beck, 2015)

It may not be the most distinguished Marvel movie, but the sheer pizazz of Beck's Ant-Man score gives the movie a distinct musical voice. Paul Rudd's thief turned superhero Scott Lang helps ground the story more in the realm of heist movie than end of the world epic. And Beck's terrific score follows suit, mashing up the slick sixties attitude of Lalo Schifrin (bass flute) and John Barry (smooth strings), with the brassy punch of Jerry Goldsmith.

It's enormous fun and is a firm rebuttal to those who say the Marvel films have no musical personality whatsoever.

1. Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson, 2018)

The story behind Goransson's Black Panther score is as fascinating as the cultural mash-up within the music itself. The composer travelled to Senegal to hone a sense of authenticity in depicting Wakanda, talking drums and 40-piece Xhosa choir giving brute force to the narrative. Fuse this with the kind of heroically imposing theme required by the genre, plus trap hip hop and fula flute for Michael B. Jordan's villain Eric Killmonger (Goransson drawing on his experience working with Childish Gambino), and you have that rarest of things.

Not only is it a Marvel score that covers dazzling new ground, it's also a 21st century blockbuster score that is allowed to shoulder the movie's emotional impact, further emboldening our understanding of the film's characters. More Marvel movies (and indeed more movies in general) need to learn from Goransson and Ryan Coogler's example here.

Becca Kufrin: Arie is a Giant Huge Liar!!!!!

Arie ended his season of The Bachelor by choosing Becca Kufrin ... and then, a few weeks later, calling ABC so that their cameras could watch for 25 brutal minutes as he broke up with her.

Since then, Arie's tried to explain that away -- claiming that he did all of that for Becca. So that she could still be liked and so that she could become the next Bachelorette.

In the video below, Becca doesn't sound like she's buying that. At all.

Becca kufrin the bachelorette rose

It's true that Becca Kufrin is the new Bachelorette. That season is currently in production, and she'll sort through a a crowd of suitors to find the man of her dreams.

Or, at least, to find a man who's better than Arie Luyendyk Jr. So ... just about any man at all. Even the guy in the chicken costume.

(If you're not familiar with that goofiness, you'll get a glimpse in the video below)

But ... did Arie really break up with her for 25 agonizing, unedited minutes on camera just so that he could make it clear to audiences that he'd ended the relationship and to let her star on The Bachelorette?

Plenty of folks have called B.S. on Arie's explanation.

Becca has her doubts as she tells Entertainment Tonight: "Well, that's news to me!"

Becca on the bachelor after the final rose

In fact, Becca doesn't believe that Arie planned it out like this at all.

"I don't think he ever expected me to be [the Bachelorette], or how everything played out."

Hindsight is twenty-twenty. It's easy to claim that you planned for things to work out a certain way, after the fact. 

Especially when you realize that the audiences found your actions to be cruel, and when they can't imagine what would have possibly motivated you to go out of your way to capture it all on film.

"So that's his side," Becca says. "I don't know."

That's ... nicer than she needs to be, all things considered.

Becca kufrin is ready

Becca and Entertainment Tonight also note that Arie claims that he plans to watch Becca's season.

(First of all ... wow. Second of all, we have to wonder how Lauren Burnham feels about that? Though critics might say that Lauren feels however Arie tells her to feel)

As you may recall, Arie's ex Emily Maynard said that she didn't plan to watch Arie's season ... though she had enough to say afterwards that it sounds like she caught an eyeful of the finale, at the very least.

Becca's response to hearing that Arie may be watching her season is, initially, an awkward "meh."

But she does elaborate, saying:

"I mean, i figured. Actually, we had conversations, back when we were together, like: 'Who do you think it could be as the next Bachelorette?'"

And so she assumed that her status as his ex wouldn't deter him from watching.

"So I figured he would watch the show."

Becca kufrin bachelorette bouquet

There's no telling if the knowledge that Arie may be watching will impact Becca or play on her thoughts during filming.

But ... it has to, right? Knowing that you're on camera is not the same thing as knowing that your ex is one of the millions tuning in.

So far, from the few glimpses that the Bachelor Nation has gotten from Becca's season, we know a few tidbits from her first night.

-Becca is wearing a stunning white dress

-One of the men has his hair in a "man bun," which is literally just a bun that does not need a gendered prefix

-One of the men is in a chicken suit and ... people have so many questions about that

Something to consider as we watch this new season of The Bachelorette when it begins in May is that Becca has fresh emotional wounds from her horrible Bachelor breakup.

It's difficult to say how this will impact her.

She may be very wary of her suitors for what may strike audiences as minor flaws or even favorable statements.

When you've known betrayal as Becca has, it's easy to see red flags everywhere.

At the same time, it may be that, compared to Arie, a lot of sub-par men could end up looking like princes.

We'll all have to tune in and find out.


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Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra Reveal Heartbreaking Mental Health Problems

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have been through so much in their lives.

Just way, way too much.

Tyler and Catelynn Post-Therapy

Catelynn has April for a mother, and we've seen April be mentally and verbally abusive to her on several occasions in the early seasons of Teen Mom.

Tyler has Butch for a father, and we know it wasn't easy on him to watch his dad go in and out of jail for literally his entire life.

But because they had such intense issues with their own parents, they were able to make the remarkably responsible, admirable decision to place their daughter Carly for adoption when Catelynn became pregnant at 16.

Unfortunately, even though it was the right thing to do, it was still obviously incredibly painful for them, and it's clear that they still struggle with their decision somewhat, even today.

When they had their second daughter, Nova, Catelynn developed some serious postpartum depression, so much that she had to check into a treatment center.

Catelynn Lowell Instagram Selfie

And then when she and Tyler decided to try for another baby, she ended up having a miscarriage, which was very hard for both of them.

It was a big trigger for Cate's depression, and she actually began considering suicide because of it, and so back to rehab she went.

Meanwhile, Tyler struggled at home, dealing with his own grief while caring for Nova and running their household.

Like we've said, these two have been through a lot.

But Catelynn's been home from rehab for a few weeks now, and it looks like she and Tyler are dedicating themselves to raising awareness and bringing attention to the kinds of mental health issues they've been dealing with.

Tyler and Catelynn Pic

They've been talking about it on the show, of course, and on social media, and now they're taking the time to do interviews on the subject.

Earlier this week, they made an appearance on a podcast called Voices for Change 2.0, and they really shared a lot.

And here we were, thinking their story couldn't get any more heartbreaking ...

During the podcast, they both revealed the mental illnesses they've been diagnosed with, with Catelynn explaining that she's dealing with a few different things.

"It's panic disorder, PTSD -- I like to call myself a trauma survivor -- and it's depression, but it's co-occurring depression or something like that," she said.

Catelynn Lowell with Pink Hair

"It will go away and it will come back with the panic disorder."

She also said that it "kind of surprised" her to be diagnosed with PTSD, but that "it makes a lot of sense too."

Honestly, if you've watched those first few seasons of Teen Mom, a diagnosis of PTSD makes perfect sense.

From the way she was raised to that super painful adoption, it's actually pretty surprising she didn't get that diagnosis sooner.

As for Tyler, he revealed that he first felt depressed when he was just 11 years old.

Tyler Baltierra Selfie

A big issue for him was his father "going in and out of prison all the time," but he said that "at 11, though, that's when I attempted suicide and failed."

If you blocked that horrible story out of your head, he's been very open about his suicide attempt in the past -- he tried to hang himself but it didn't work, and he had to walk around school with rope burns around his neck.

"After that my mom started to take me to therapy," he recounted. "I was on anti-depressants a bit."

But in the past few months he's been going back to therapy, and he said that people there told him that he could be bipolar.

"That was pretty shocking to figure out," he admitted, "but also it made a lot of sense back to when I was younger ... But that was a lot to obviously digest that day."

Catelynn Lowell with Tyler Baltierra Photo

During the podcast, Catelynn also discussed why she felt comfortable airing so much of what she's been through in the past few months on Teen Mom OG.

"I talked a lot about it with my therapist when I was in treatment," she said, "my whole thing about me being vulnerable and sharing it. I could have said no to the producers and the people who work on the show and they would have totally understood."

"If I was like, 'Listen, I'm going through a rough time and I'm not filming it and I don't want it to be aired,'" she said that MTV would have respected her wishes.

"But my whole thing is, if I can save somebody's life and show them that it's OK to not be OK sometimes and there's things that you can do to get help, that's the only reason I did it," she continued.

"I wanted to bring awareness to the mental health issues and show that it's real."

She said that "Some people think, 'Oh, you're depressed, get the hell out of bed,' but no, that's not how it works. I just wanted to shine a light on that."

It seems like she's doing a great job so far, and we couldn't be prouder of them both for taking care of themselves so well!

‘It’s Wrong!’ Amber Portwood’s Ex Matt Slams ‘Teen Mom’ For Farrah Abraham Firing

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Farrah Abraham has one fan in her corner. On’s podcast Teen Mom Time, Amber Portwood’s controversial ex-boyfriend Matt Baier slammed MTV for firing the sex tape star.

Abraham, 26, was fired from the series because of her return to the adult film industry and her treatment of the crew.

“I think it’s wrong,” Baier said on the podcast. “Farrah was originally taken off the show for doing porn. Then she was brought back onto the show. It’s not like the porn was a new thing. Is the message: We’re going to bring her back because we had potentially dipping ratings? Now that we feel our ratings are strong, we no longer approve of how she lives her life? I don’t think that’s right.”

If the network fired the mother of Sophia because of her harsh treatment of the crew, then Baier agrees with the decision “100 percent.”

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“But to fire her because of how she makes money outside of Teen Mom, I think is wrong,” he said. “Farrah does not hide what she does for a living. She does what she feels she has to do to care of her family.”

Radar previously confirmed Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie McKee could replace Abraham.

“How do you replace Farrah Abraham?” he asked. “How do you have Teen Mom OG without one of the original girls? If they had to replace Farrah, I think the obvious choice would be Jenelle Evans. They’re both controversial figures on their shows.

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Evans is involved with scandal of her own, as her husband David Eason was fired for making homophobic comments on social media.

“Jenelle didn’t say it so no,” he said of if Evans should be canned too. “I don’t think Jenelle is responsible for what her husband said. I agree with MTV’s decision completely.”

Baier split from Portwood in June after a stint on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition. He moved to Las Vegas and married wife Jennifer Conlon in November, while Portwood announced her pregnancy with boyfriend of only a few months Andrew Glennon the same month.

Listen to Teen Mom Time for more on Baier!

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The world isn't kind and you can't expect anyone to do you any favors. Here's 20 memes that will help you reflect on the empty void that is the meaning of your life while you're trying to sleep tonight. 

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