Manifest Season 1 Episode 5 Trailer, Release Date, Reviews, and More

Manifest is unraveling its mystery to an appreciative audience, and we've got the latest trailer, links to reviews, and more!

News Michael Ahr
Oct 17, 2018

Manifest has done well for NBC as it explores what happens when a commercial flight full of passengers completely disappears from radar, only to suddenly resurface five years later. The catch? The ordeal was instantaneous for the passengers, who did not experience any time lapse whatsoever. Thus, the bewildered passengers return to their loved ones, who have essentially operated on the idea that they have been presumed dead for five years. Consequently, the mystery of the passengers' disappearance serves as the sci-fi centerpiece.

We've been reviewing Manifest all season long, and it's been a journey of trying to pin down its hybrid genre format. Return to this article regularly to find episode descriptions and air times as well as links to reviews as they're written, including the latest one.

Related: Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: The Good Place, Manifest, The Man in the High Castle

Manifest Season 1 Episode 5 Trailer & Release Date

Manifest debuted on Monday, September 24 at 10 p.m. ET. on NBC. The next episode is entitled, "Connecting Flights" and will air on October 22, 2018. Here's a trailer for the upcoming episode.

Manifest Season 1 Reviews and Episode Guide

Is Manifest a sci-fi show, a family drama, a conspiracy thriller, or what? Follow along as we try to decide how this show's success should be evaluated. Click on the episode title to read our reviews, and see when the next episode is airing.

Manifest Season 1 Episode 1: "Pilot"

Returning to New York from a family vacation in Jamaica, the Stone family is separated when adult siblings Michaela and Ben, along with Ben's gravely ill son Cal, are bumped to a later flight, while Ben's wife, daughter and parents fly ahead. When that later flight lands, the passengers are bewildered to discover that five and a half years have gone by. They attempt to reconnect with the loved ones who mourned their passing and moved on long ago, and try to make sense of a mystifying phenomenon steering them to act in ways they don't understand. (air date: September 24, 2018)

Manifest Season 1 Episode 2: "Reentry"

The passengers from Flight 828 find themselves under government scrutiny as they struggle to resume their lives. Michaela is forced to confront the fact that Jared is married to her once-best friend, while Ben tries to help a fellow passenger reconnect with his son. Cal is approached by an obsessive stranger, as Grace and Olive disagree on whether or not to reveal a devastating secret. (air date: October 1, 2018)

Manifest Season 1 Episode 3: "Turbulence"

Ben and Michaela investigate a shocking murder in fear that it's connected to Flight 828. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to accept the life Grace led in his absence, while Olive and Cal realize that being twins after five and a half years apart is harder than they thought. (air date: October 8, 2018)

Manifest Season 1 Episode 4: "Unclaimed Baggage"

When a mysterious message leads Saanvi to the flight attendant of 828, she enlists Ben's help in uncovering a secret about the plane. Meanwhile, Michaela begins to question the nature of the callings when one goes horribly awry, leaving Jared to suffer the consequences. (air date: October 15, 2018)

Manifest Season 1 Episode 5: "Connecting Flights"

Stories unfold for those left behind in the aftermath of Flight 828's disappearance. Meanwhile in the present, Cal takes Ben on a mysterious adventure that awakens Ben to his son's perplexing abilities. Michaela tries to protect Jared from consequences at work, while keeping her romantic feelings at bay. (air date: October 22, 2018)

Manifest Cast News and Story

Josh Dallas, the former Prince Charming of Once Upon a Time and original Fandral actor from 2011's Thor, will headline the Manifest cast. Joining him will be Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur.

For more elaboration on the plot, which has been called "Lost in reverse," here's the official synopsis:

“When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years, and their friends, families, and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. From Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke comes an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart, and destiny.”

While some might observe that the premise of Manifest shares elements with the 2004-2007 USA series, The 4400, it also exists quite closely to a real-life headline-making incident in the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which similarly disappeared without any substantive traces. However, there was no indication or confirmation that the project was inspired by the incident.

Riverdale: Jailhouse Rock Music Video is Insane

The River Vixens bringing a bit of Elvis swagger to Archie's juvenile detention facility in this Riverdale music video.

Riverdale Season 3 Archie Jailhouse Rock
News Chris Cummins
Oct 17, 2018

Say what you will about Riverdale, but one thing you can't deny is that it is a series that LOVES a good musical performance. And while the show will likely never recapture the majesty that was last year's Carrie: The Musical episode, it is nice to see that show is, to borrow a delightful phrase from the current vernacular, back on its bullshit.

More on this in a second, but first, a refresher. In last week's season premiere, Archie ignored all common sense/legal advice and spontaneously declared his guilt in the murder of Cassidy Bullock after the jury came back deadlocked. (In Archie think, his being locked up in a juvenile detention facility for two years is way less stressful than the rigors of another trial, even though he was way innocent).

In tonight's episode, we will see how Archie and his new Serpent tattoo are adjusting to life in the big house. We are guessing it will involve ample amounts of shirtlessness and several declarative speeches about how tough Prison Archie is.

All of this brings us full circle to the aforementioned musical shenanigans. This time around, Veronica, Cheryl and the River Vixens perform the Elvis Presley classic "Jailhouse Rock" outside of the prison gates...because in Riverdale, apparently anyone can just stroll on up to juvie's borders and titilate the prisoners whenevs.

Logistics aside, because this is Riverdale after all, the performance is absolutely a joyous thing to behold:

Wow.

Riverdale, you are silly and superb and we hope you never, ever change.

Check out the full episode when it airs tonight at 8pm EST on The CW. Keep up with all our Riverdale news and reviews right here.

Chris Cummins is a Philadelphia-based writer, producer, and comics historian. Read more of his work here. You can find him on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion

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How Big Mouth Grew Up in Season 2

Netflix’s animated ode to puberty is coming back for a second season, this time with more shame.

Review Alec Bojalad
Oct 17, 2018

“Puberty is a dramatic point of life where everything is in such flux and everything seems like the most important thing in the world.”

Netflix animated comedy Big Mouth's first season ends with 7th grader Andrew Glouberman (voiced by John Mulaney) lamenting his latest hormone-fueled humiliation: Being wrongfully implicated for murder after tossing socks filled with his, um, DNA into a dumpster.

“Look, I know this all seems embarrassing now, boys, but maybe one day you’ll look back on these times fondly and perhaps even make something beautiful about it?” Andrew’s Hormone Monster (voiced by Nick Kroll) says.

Andrew and his friend Nick (also voiced by Kroll) point out that it might be illegal to do a show about a bunch of kids masturbating.

“Holy shit, I hope not,” the Monster replies. “I mean, maybe if it’s animated we can get away with it….right?”

Season one of Big Mouth not only “got away with it,” it ended up being one of Netflix’s funniest, most outrageous, and weirdly sweetest shows. Big Mouth was created by lifelong friends Nick Kroll (comedian and star of The Kroll Show), and Andrew Goldberg (a writer on Family Guy), alongside co-creators Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

The show is loosely based on Kroll and Goldberg’s formative years growing up in Westchester County, New York, but mostly it’s about the universal wonders and terrors of puberty. Characters Andrew (based on Goldberg), Nick (voiced by Kroll and based on Kroll), Jessi (Jessi Klein), Jay (Jason Mantzoukas), and Missy (Jenny Slate) all try to navigate their changing bodies and brains while confronting their own respective hormone monsters - literal and figurative.

While Netflix doesn’t release viewership data, Big Mouth Season 1  was popular enough to earn a second season (read our review here), which is now streaming. But can there possibly be more drama, comedy, and pathos to be mined from what amounts to just a few years in our life cycle?

“We still have a whole whiteboard with different topics about puberty that we want to get to,” Goldberg says. “Puberty is a dramatic point of life where everything is in such flux and everything seems like the most important thing in the world.”

One of the concepts on Big Mouth’s whiteboard that will emerge as a big theme in season two is shame. As with the Hormone Monster, shame will be represented in the young characters’ lives by the appearance of another unwelcome familiar: The Shame Wizard.

“Right at the end of season one, I wrote up on a whiteboard that the Hormone Monster needed a mortal enemy,” Goldberg says. “I wrote ‘Shame Monster’ and Nick was like ‘No, shame is like more of a wizard. It’s more insidious and mysterious than a monster.’”

The Shame Wizard is a pale, treacherous beast voiced by accomplished English actor David Thewlis (Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films and V.M. Varga from the most recent season of Fargo).

“We were watching Fargo  Season 3 when we started writing our season 2,” Kroll says. “(Thewlis’) performance on Fargo  is one of the greatest villainous performances I’ve ever seen. It was great inspiration for writing the Shame Wizard. We said to ourselves ‘We’ll ask him to do it because we wrote it for him and then it was a real joy when he said yes.’”

Another, less ghastly introduction for season two is a new student for Nick, Andrew, and company to interact with, named Gina (voiced by Gina Rodriguez). Gina is a soccer player on Missy and Jessi’s team and potential love interest for Nick.

Gina also opens up a new plot line for the show to tackle yet another aspect of puberty’s many confusing indignities: What’s it like to be the first girl in your class to develop boobs? South Park’s answer to this particular question in “Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society” involved the complete dissolution of order. Big Mouth’s is more tweenage girl-centric and believably bittersweet.

“Believably bittersweet” can describe much of Big Mouth. The awkwardness, discomfort, and even occasional excitement of adolescence is a shared experience. Some specific remnants Kroll and Goldberg’s own childhoods make their way into season two.

“In the first episode, Andrew gets his lip waxed by his mother and that happened to me. To this day she feels so bad about it. It eventually worked too well. For years I could grow a full beard except for a few patches on my lip. Nick liked to call it a reverse Hitler,” Goldberg says.

Kroll has his own unfortunate childhood experience that became fodder for season two.

“Yes, I’ve talked about it publicly as I emotionally deal with it still. I got pantsed at a party and was exposed to my crush at an age when I had not hit puberty yet and felt really insecure about it,” he says.

The writers combined Kroll’s story with another youthful urban legend. Writer Max Silvestri heard about a kid being pantsed on a zip line, creating an atom bomb of adolescent embarrassment.

Childhood can be traumatic but thankfully it doesn’t last forever. Goldberg says the writers plan to graduate the characters from seventh grade after the show’s third season. That invites the possibility that Big Mouth can see these precocious kids through their high school years, though Goldberg adds they haven’t thought that far ahead.

Regardless, youth has its joys, even if its under siege from the Hormone Monster and Shame Wizard. “I’m learning to love Nick,” Kroll says. “I’m learning to love that bad little boy inside of me. In a slightly glib, slightly true way. Which is what the show is about in a lot of ways. It’s about trying to love that 13-year-old kid.”

What’s Next For the Star Trek TV Universe?

We have some vague (but exciting) details on what the next phase of the Star Trek TV universe will look like.

News Kayti Burt
Oct 17, 2018

The Star Trek TV universe has endured a lot of behind-the-scenes shuffling over the last few years, but two people have been left standing in the rubble: Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The two executive producers of Star Trek: Discovery are spearheading the planned expansion of the Star Trek TV universe, and TrekMovie  had a lengthy interview with the two about what to expect from the next phases of that expansion.

"You’ll be hearing a lot about it very soon," Kurtzman teased as New York Comic Con, regarding the expansion of the Star Trek TV universe, implying that announcements are on the horizon.

What do we know so far? Well, in addition to Star Trek: Discovery and the Short Treks that will come out monthly until the show's second season premiere in January, the Star Trek series following Jean Luc Picard is already in the writers room. Past that, we know a Starfleet Academy-set series is in development from Gossip Girl's Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, and there have been reports of another Star Trek animated series, and, while Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahon hasn't been officially connected, he has been circling the Star Trek wagon with his own addition to the Short Treks series.

Further reading: Mary Wiseman on Short Treks & Tilly's Future

Basically, a lot is being planned. How will they all interact and engage with one another?

"I think the one thing we can say which is more general is that it’s been a real conscious effort that every project we do have its own voice and occupy its own space," said Kadin. "I don’t mean its own space in canon, I mean its own tonal vision. Because you shouldn’t tune in to Discovery and wonder if you flipped the channel, that it was Picard. They should feel different, they should have different messages coming from different people."

Kadin took some time to highlight the quality of the writers the projects are bringing on, specifically mentioning Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who wrote the next Short Treks episode set to premiere, and is working on the Picard series.

"I think that’s what we’re most excited about because the writers and the caliber of people who keep coming out of the woodwork – Michael Chabon wrote the next short that’s coming, that’s ridiculous! – who are coming and raising their hands saying 'Can I please be a part of Star Trek?' has been amazing."

How quickly can we expect all of these TV series? Well, it doesn't sound like CBS wants to overwhelm us with Star Trek stories. (Though, to be honest, even though I know it's not traditional TV business wisdom, I would personally be OK with.)

"I think we want people to be excited for it to come, and not [be] burning out," said Kadin.

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

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The Flash Season 5 News, Reviews, and Episode Guide

Here's everything you need to know about The Flash Season 5.

The Flash Season 5 News, Reviews, Release Date, Episodes, and More
News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter
Oct 17, 2018

The CW is expanding its scripted lineup from Monday through Friday to Sunday through Friday for the 2018-2019 season. You know what that means, right? Plenty of room for their roster of DC superhero TV shows! 

The Flash Season 5 remains one of the most popular on the network, and it has consistently delivered traditional superhero adventure, terrific characters, and a hefty dose of weirdness when the situation demands it. Of course, The Flash Season 5 will run alongside renewals for Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Arrow, not to mention a host of other beloved CW scripted shows.

You can read our review of the most recent episode, "Blocked," right here!

The next episode of The Flash is called (gasp!) "The Death of Vibe." Something tells us he doesn't die for good. He had better not. Anyway, here is the official synopsis.

"After Cicada’s (Chris Klein) attack on The Flash (Grant Gustin), the team realizes they need to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe.  Desperate to help her parents, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a member of Team Flash in danger. Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) delves into her past."

And here's the trailer...

"The Death of Vibe" airs on Oct. 23.

The Flash Season 5 Episodes

Here's our The Flash Season 5 episode guide, where we'll gather all the available info for upcoming episodes as it becomes available to us!

The Flash Season 5 Episode 1: Nora

"After an unexpected guest from the future, Nora West-Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy), appears at their home, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton,) must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline…even more than she already has. Team Flash must work together to send Nora back, while simultaneously fighting off another villainous meta."

air date: 10/9/18

read our review of "Nora" right here.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 2: Blocked

"As Barry (Grant Gustin) helps his daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), become a better speedster, he and Team Flash also track down a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada (Chris Klein), who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent."

air date: 10/16/18

Read our review of "Blocked" right here.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 3: The Death of Vibe

"After Cicada’s (Chris Klein) attack on The Flash (Grant Gustin), the team realizes they need to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe.  Desperate to help her parents, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a member of Team Flash in danger. Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) delves into her past."

air date: 10/23/18

The Flash Season 5 Episode 4: News Flash

"Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) face the ultimate parenting test when Team Flash battles Spin (guest star Kiana Madeira), a savvy millennial armed with meta tech, and a dangerous agenda for their daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy).  Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) is feeling defeated until an unlikely source issues a challenge to help boost his confidence."

air date: 10/30/18

The Flash Season 5 Episode 5: All Doll'd Up

While no official information is yet available about this episode, we suspect it's the one that will introduce the villainous Rag Doll. Contortionist Troy James will play the villainous Rag Doll. We have more details on the character and casting right here.

air date: TBA

The Flash Season 5 Episode 6: The Icicle Cometh

air date: TBA

The Flash Season 5 Episode 7: TBA

air date: TBA

The Flash Season 5 Episode 8: TBA

air date: 12/4/18

The Flash Season 5 Episode 9: TBA

The Flash episode of the 2018 DC TV Arrowverse crossover will air on December 9. We have some more details on that right here.

The Flash Season 5 Trailer

Check out the first trailers for The Flash season 5...

The Flash Season 5 Villain

Chris Klein (ElectionOzAmerican Pie) has signed on as series regular to play next season’s scourge of Central City, Cicada. He's described as a "grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic — one metahuman at a time."

We wrote in detail about the history of the Cicada and what his arrival might mean for the season right here.

The Flash Season 5 Cast

Jessica Parker Kennedy has been promoted to series regular. As anyone who caught the Season 4 finale already knows, Kennedy will be playing Nora, the speedster daughter of Barry and Iris from the future. 

Check her out in costume!

Hartley Sawyer is back as a series regular as Ralph Dibny. Dibny's arc – Barry’s former police mentor, whose career ended in disgrace for fabricating evidence – was one of the defining parts of The Flash Season 4; an arc that was simultaneously comical and powerfully dramatic, going from sleazy private investigator to reluctantly heroic metahuman The Elongated Man. The character – often confused with DC's powers-similar Plastic Man – debuted in the pages of The Flash comic book back in 1960.

Danielle Nicolet is back as Joe West’s mind-reading metahuman love interest, Cecille Horton, this time upgraded as a series regular.

While everyone survived Season 4, there's a big question mark attached to Tom Cavanagh, who saw his Harry Wells exit the show in the season finale. But don't worry, Cavanagh will return as a new character. "When I was up there shooting for the finale, [Tom Cavanagh] and I sat down and started talking about next season and a new character," showrunner Todd Helbing told TV Guide. "I think we landed on one that's pretty funny and unique, and I think it will give Tom a lot of meat to chew on."

Is that a new Wells...or something else entirely?

Kiana Madeira is joining The Flash Season 5 in a recurring role, reports Deadline. She is set to play Spencer Young, a gender-swapped version of The Flash comic book villain, Spin. Madeira’s Spencer/Spin, who will debut in Episode 4, is described as a social media influencer who uses her discovery of a new hero in Central City to her fame-seeking advantage. While that is the extent of the available biographical details, Spencer's story does seem to parallel the 2008-debuted comic book version of Spin, a man named Auerbach, who uses his resources as an inheritor media mogul to skillfully target public anxieties while wreaking terror with a high-tech costume that notably features a helmet with a television screen that covers his face.

Kyle Secor will recur on The Flash Season 5 to play Dr. Thomas Snow, Caitlin’s mysteriously resurfaced father, reports EW. Thomas, who’s been missing for decades, is described as an extremely intelligent geneticist. However, there’s (obviously,) a seedy twist regarding his return; a twist that’s likely connected to Caitlin’s innate unlocked Killer Frost powers. 

The Flash Season 5 Story

Here's the official synopsis for The Flash Season 5! 

Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season’s end had harnessed the powers of all twelve bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to their limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again. However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris’ speedster daughter, Nora, who arrived from the future admitting to having made a “big mistake,” things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows The Flash down?

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Jenelle Evans: Is She Protecting David Eason From Assault Allegations?

For years now, it's seemed that not a week goes by without some scandal involving Jenelle Evans and her husband David Eason.

Lately, however, the Easons have really picked up the pace, and now, new controversies seem to emerge from the couples' beloved "Land" on an almost-daily basis.

Most of them have had to do with the latest abuse allegations against David.

Accounts vary as to what exactly David is guilty of, but thousands on social media are thoroughly convinced that Jenelle's partner is very much up to no good.

Take a look at the latest accusations in the gallery below:

 

1. Better Days

Jenelle evans kissy face with david eason
Jenelle and David's relationship has been tumultuous from the start, but the couple has never been embroiled in quite this much controversy.

2. Trouble on the Land

Jenelle evans and david eason on july 4
For several weeks now, there have been constant rumors about serious trouble on the property that Jenelle and David have bafflingly dubbed the Land.

3. It Begins With Dolph

Dolph
The latest round of trouble seems to have started when Dolph Ryan -- a longtime friend of Nathan Griffith's -- took to Twitter to reveal that he had sex with Jenelle before she was married.

4. Angry Dave

David eason on insta
Eason has a history of flying into jealous rages, and it looks as though he really lost it in the wake of Dolph's revelation.

5. David on Dolph

David on dolph
David posted this in reply to one of Dolph's tweets.

6. One Sad Dad

David eason eff you
Unfortunately for Eason, Dolph was quick with a comeback, and the entire incident left David running for cover.
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The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer: A Modern Twist on Arthurian Epics

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish’s long-awaited follow-up, The Kid Who Would Be King, puts a modern comedic spin on King Arthur.

News Joseph Baxter
Oct 17, 2018

The Kid Who Would Be King may seem like yet another genre film that transplants ancient lore into a modern setting, centering the drama on a less-than-prepared average protagonist. However, the movie has things to tout, notably that it’s the written/directorial follow-up film of Joe Cornish, whose last movie, 2011 sci-fi comedy Attack the Block, remains a cult classic that served as a major platform for current Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and got John Boyega cast in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer

The Kid Who Would Be King trailer is here, revealing that the Knights of the Round table doesn’t necessarily have to consist of knights (or adult,) and that as long as their table is round, it should suffice as a Round Table.

The story centers on Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a preteen who’s navigating the social woes of school who, by chance finds and fatefully pulls the sword, Excalibur, amongst the broken concrete and rebar of a demolished building. With that act comes the responsibility of stopping Arthur’s ancient enemy, Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who – thanks to an imminent solar eclipse – will be able enter the world of the living and wreak havoc. Thus, with the help of a magically youthful Merlin (Angus Imrie) and some school friends, Alex is going to war with Morgana’s evil forces.

The Kid Who Would Be King is an intriguing starring effort for young Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who is the son of motion-capture actor legend and burgeoning director, Andy Serkis. He’s already banked appearances in things like the shelved-and-soon-to-be-released Benedict Cumberbatch/Michael Shannon historical drama, The Current War, BBC miniseries SS-GB, Tom Hardy FX thriller series, Taboo, movie sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The cast also consists of Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Dean Chaumoo, Skye Sammarchi and Denise Gough. Plus, Patrick Stewart will play Merlin in his true (elderly wizard) form.

The Kid Who Would Be King Release Date

The Kid Who Would Be King arrives at theaters in the U.S. on January 25, 2019.

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

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Shannon Beador: INSANE Spending Exposed in Divorce Documents!

The Beador divorce is still ongoing, and Shannon and David had a hearing this week over David paying spousal support.

David wants to pay less, but the judge said that the court needs to review their financial information.

Here's a look at what the two of them are allegedly making -- and the eye-popping expenses that they both have every month.

David and Shannon Beador, Sports Photo

RadarOnline has the details that might give fans a better understanding of why Shannon and David are squabbling in court over money.

To hear David tell it, he's scraping by on a middle class income while Shannon is living like a queen while making three times as much..

Apparently David claims that he makes $20,000 a month.

That amounts to a six-figure salary, but it's not pocket change.

David claims that Shannon is raking in $65,000 per month.

Shannon and David

Shannon tells a very different story, and she may have the paperwork to prove it.

Shannon says that David makes about $108,168 per month.

(So, from what she claims, he makes more in three months than he says that he makes in a year)

Shannon's 2017 tax returns show that she made $423,206 for the whole year.

That points to a monthly income of about half of what he suggests.

Shannon Beador on Poker Night

Shannon's monthly expenses allegedly amount to $30,235, and here's the breakdown:

$10,191 go to what she refers to as "film preparation."

$12,000 go to rent. Yes, per month. She's rich and she's renting a house.

$1,625 on eating out (which, especially if she's eating at nice places and leaving even a minimally decent tip, looks totally reasonable)

$5,000 goes to "entertainment," which ... is a lot of money in a very broad and vague category.

$2,250 is then spent each month on clothing.

David Beador Appears on Watch What Happens Live

David's monthly expenses are apparently only $12,250.

$7,500 goes to rent. Again, these are rich people paying rich people prices for rich people homes.

$2,000 then go to groceries and household supplies. That doesn't really sound unreasonable.

$1,000 on eating out on top of those groceries is a bit more, but sure.

$1,000 go to entertainment, gifts, and vacation combined.

These budgets sound like they're self-described, so let's take everything involved with a grain of salt.

Shannon Beador and David Beador, Selfie

The reason that all of this is coming up is because Shannon and David are fighting in court again.

David wants to amend the $22,500 per month that he is currently paying in support.

Specifically, he wants to tweak -- or do away with entirely -- the $10,500 that he is paying in spousal support.

(Nobody seems to be fighting directly over the rest, which is child support for their three daughters)

The result of David's attempt to change the arrangement ws a three hour hearing, which apparently got on Shannon's last nerve.

She was spotted holding back tears afterwards and heard telling him: "You are such a nickel and dimer! It’s disgusting!"

Shannon Beador, David, and Daughters

This sort of itemization of a person's life is pretty common during a divorce if there's any kind of support payment involved.

People explain their budget, and hand it off to a judge to evaluate.

Generally speaking, the "breadwinner" is going to present themselves as the sort of person who doesn't spend much and keeps to a tighter budget.

The person who relies upon spousal support is more likely to list as many expenses as possible to show that they need the money.

It's not that people lie, necessarily, just that they stretch the truth as far as it will go in the most convenient direction.

The court figures out the rest.

Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention

Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy.

Here, the examples of the 19th and 20th century inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are instructive. Even as aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors lionize Edison for his myriad inventions and business acumen, they conveniently fail to recognize Tesla, despite having far greater contributions to how we generate, move and harness power. Edison is the exception, with the legendary penniless Tesla as the norm.

Universities are the epicenter of pure innovation research. But the reality is that academic research is supported by tax dollars. The zero-sum game of attracting government funding is mastered by selling two concepts: Technical merit, and broader impact toward benefiting society as a whole. These concepts are usually at odds with building a company, which succeeds only by generating and maintaining competitive advantage through barriers to entry.

In rare cases, the transition from intellectual merit to barrier to entry is successful. In most cases, the technology, though cool, doesn’t give a fledgling company the competitive advantage it needs to exist among incumbents and inevitable copycats. Academics, having emphasized technical merit and broader impact to attract support for their research, often fail to solve for competitive advantage, thereby creating great technology in search of a business application.

Of course there are exceptions: Time and time again, whether it’s driven by hype or perceived existential threat, big incumbents will be quick to buy companies purely for technology. Cruise/GM (autonomous cars), DeepMind/Google (AI) and Nervana/Intel (AI chips). But as we move from 0-1 to 1-N in a given field, success is determined by winning talent over winning technology. Technology becomes less interesting; the onus is on the startup to build a real business.

If a startup chooses to take venture capital, it not only needs to build a real business, but one that will be valued in the billions. The question becomes how a startup can create a durable, attractive business, with a transient, short-lived technological advantage.

Most investors understand this stark reality. Unfortunately, while dabbling in technologies which appeared like magic to them during the cleantech boom, many investors were lured back into the innovation fallacy, believing that pure technological advancement would equal value creation. Many of them re-learned this lesson the hard way. As frontier technologies are attracting broader attention, I believe many are falling back into the innovation trap.

So what should aspiring frontier inventors solve for as they seek to invest capital to translate pure discovery to building billion-dollar companies? How can the technology be cast into an unfair advantage that will yield big margins and growth that underpin billion-dollar businesses?

Talent productivity: In this age of automation, human talent is scarce, and there is incredible value attributed to retaining and maximizing human creativity. Leading companies seek to gain an advantage by attracting the very best talent. If your technology can help you make more scarce talent more productive, or help your customers become more productive, then you are creating an unfair advantage internally, while establishing yourself as the de facto product for your customers.

Great companies such as Tesla and Google have built tools for their own scarce talent, and build products their customers, in their own ways, can’t do without. Microsoft mastered this with its Office products in the 1990s through innovation and acquisition, Autodesk with its creativity tools, and Amazon with its AWS Suite. Supercharging talent yields one of the most valuable sources of competitive advantage: switchover cost.  When teams are empowered with tools they love, they will loathe the notion of migrating to shiny new objects, and stick to what helps them achieve their maximum potential.

Marketing and distribution efficiency: Companies are worth the markets they serve. They are valued for their audience and reach. Even if their products in of themselves don’t unlock the entire value of the market they serve, they will be valued for their potential to, at some point in the future, be able to sell to the customers that have been tee’d up with their brands. AOL leveraged cheap CD-ROMs and the postal system to get families online, and on email.

Dollar Shave Club leveraged social media and an otherwise abandoned demographic to lock down a sales channel that was ultimately valued at a billion dollars. The inventions in these examples were in how efficiently these companies built and accessed markets, which ultimately made them incredibly valuable.

Network effects: Its power has ultimately led to its abuse in startup fundraising pitches. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram generate their network effects through internet and Mobile. Most marketplace companies need to undergo the arduous, expensive process of attracting vendors and customers. Uber identified macro trends (e.g. urban living) and leveraged technology (GPS in cheap smartphones) to yield massive growth in building up supply (drivers) and demand (riders).

Our portfolio company Zoox will benefit from every car benefiting from edge cases every vehicle encounters: akin to the driving population immediately learning from special situations any individual driver encounters. Startups should think about how their inventions can enable network effects where none existed, so that they are able to achieve massive scale and barriers by the time competitors inevitably get access to the same technology.

Offering an end-to-end solution: There isn’t intrinsic value in a piece of technology; it’s offering a complete solution that delivers on an unmet need deep-pocketed customers are begging for. Does your invention, when coupled to a few other products, yield a solution that’s worth far more than the sum of its parts? For example, are you selling a chip, along with design environments, sample neural network frameworks and data sets, that will empower your customers to deliver magical products? Or, in contrast, does it make more sense to offer standard chips, licensing software or tag data?

If the answer is to offer components of the solution, then prepare to enter a commodity, margin-eroding, race-to-the-bottom business. The former, “vertical” approach is characteristic of more nascent technologies, such as operating robots-taxis, quantum computing and launching small payloads into space. As the technology matures and becomes more modular, vendors can sell standard components into standard supply chains, but face the pressure of commoditization.

A simple example is personal computers, where Intel and Microsoft attracted outsized margins while other vendors of disk drives, motherboards, printers and memory faced crushing downward pricing pressure. As technology matures, the earlier vertical players must differentiate with their brands, reach to customers and differentiated product, while leveraging what’s likely going to be an endless number of vendors providing technology into their supply chains.

A magical new technology does not go far beyond the resumes of the founding team.

What gets me excited is how the team will leverage the innovation, and attract more amazing people to establish a dominant position in a market that doesn’t yet exist. Is this team and technology the kernel of a virtuous cycle that will punch above its weight to attract more money, more talent and be recognized for more than it’s product?

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Hermione Granger has a type, and it ain’t big wands – it’s cold, hard cash! Emma Watson spent the first part of 2018 secretly dating Chord Overstreet then breaking up with him…and then getting back with him. Alas, like most of the U.S., she got tired of Glee and went back to her reliable source of D: big-business brains! Emma was spotted out in Mexico kissing up on a dude who most certainly wasn’t Chord. Or the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

People says Emma was rocking a backwards baseball cap while tech and business CEO Brendan Wallace slipped his tongue in her mouth in Mexico. Here’s the pics:

Brendan has degrees from both Stanford and Princeton AND is the co-founder and managing partner at venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures Management. He sounds like the type who totally has Hogwarts as a summer house. This isn’t Emma’s first time hanging around a peen, er, dude with an MBA. She was previously linked to William Knight, a business manager who went to Brown before getting his MBA at Columbia.

Emma is known for her acting as well as her work with human rights, women’s causes, and forgetting there’s an apostrophe in “Time’s Up,” but she’s also brainy herself, having graduated from Brown. I’m sure she left Chord because she just connected on an educational level with Brendan as opposed to only being able to do shit like sing Glee covers on date nights with him. Nah, I’m only kidding. It was definitely because Brendan has a big, fat…wallet! Wallet!! I totally was only thinking wallet. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Pic: Wenn.com

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Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 4 Review: Leo Getz Justice

A serial killer on the loose drugs up the past and turns up the pressure in an exciting, introspective Lethal Weapon.

This Lethal Weapon review contains spoilers.

Lethal Weapon Season 3 Episode 4

“Everyone makes mistakes…”

Hindsight is a hell of a thing. People like Murtaugh and Cole are required to regularly make high-pressure decisions that will have dire consequences regardless of what they choose to do. Work of this level of importance should involve a certain degree of assurance, but sometimes it’s impossible to be completely positive over what’s the “right” thing to do. 

Murtaugh and Cole try their best to be shining beacons of justice that never make mistakes, but they’re only human. “Leo Getz Justice” marks a particularly compelling take on hindsight as it looks at both Cole and Murtaugh’s attempts to atone for past mistakes. 

Last week’s Lethal Weapon put Murtaugh and Cole down parallel paths when it came to their domestic problems at home. This episode follows a similar pattern, but instead focuses on the police work and links Murtaugh and Cole through their missteps in justice. Murtaugh is stuck in a real moral crisis when a recent murder brings to light some evidence that seems to contradict one of his arrests from a years back. Any wrongful conviction on Murtaugh’s part would be a rough blow for the proud officer, but it stings particularly bad that this is that white whale of criminal justice, a serial killer. It’s terrible news that a deranged murderer is out on the streets, but Murtaugh is just as shook that he may have ruined an innocent man’s life. Although it does take him a while to swallow his pride and accept that his police work isn’t perfect and that’s made an error (the fact that he tackles an innocent homeless man moments later helps bring down his ego a little).

When it comes to Cole, his past returns to haunt him in the form of an old contact from his CIA days, Rafi Rahal. Cole may not have a vengeful serial killer on his hands, but this guy is just as hotheaded and looking for trouble. Cole is stricken with grief over how Rafi’s brother died on his watch, but he’s not at all receptive to Cole’s payouts to help absolve himself. Even though Rafi would rather be left alone, Cole continues to be the angel that looks over his shoulder. This doesn’t exactly mesh with the larger serial killer story that consumes the LAPD, but it does help shade in a little more of Cole’s tortured past.

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Seann William Scott continues to comfortably settle into the series and even though he was a natural fit from the start, his scenes with his daughter or Natalie are starting to pop as much as the material between Murtaugh and his family. His “powdered donut analysis” scene is a sublime example of the spark that he brings to this show that’s absent in someone like Murtaugh, and even Riggs.

If all of this wasn’t enough, Leo Getz also makes his first appearance of the season and weasels his way into Murtaugh and Cole’s business. Getz just so happens to be elbows deep into investigating the pivotal Dan Harrison case from Roger’s past, but it’s Trish here that he’s really interested in. Getz believes that Trish is uniquely qualified to lend him a hand, which presents her with an interesting opportunity and presents Roger with something else to stress over. But hey, at least it’s not Scottie Pippen. 

Trish helping Leo prove his client’s innocence wouldn’t typically be that big of a deal, but her work here would happen to prove Roger’s negligence all those years ago when he sent an innocent man to prison. Trish is in no hurry to pick Getz over her husband, but Leo does bring his scoop over her as an olive branch of sorts. Roger’s error will bite him in the ass a lot softer if Trish and Leo can get to it first and massage the details. It’s actually a rather brilliant plot development that Leo Getz has been running a successful Serial-esque podcast in his spare time. God bless the rising trend in armchair detectives. 

Getz orbits around the Murtaughs for the majority of this installment, but it’s still fun to witness his first encounter with Wesley Cole (“Holy Magic Mike,” indeed). Needless to say, Cole isn’t Getz’ biggest fan, which means that these two need to get locked together in an elevator for a bottle episode, stat.

As is usually the case with Lethal Weapon, Murtaugh and Cole’s investigation into Dan Harrison’s innocence takes a few left turns and remains unpredictable. Sometimes Lethal Weapon can let its case of the week percolate in the background, but “Leo Getz Justice” finds a compelling crime that’s much more complicated than it originally seems. Roger, Leo, Cole, and Trish all offer up a unique perspective on the case and it actually puts Roger in one of the more complex problems of his career.

This remorseful, unsure attitude works well for “Leo Getz Justice.” It’s satisfying to see these reactionary individuals take a step back and adopt some self-doubt. Their job moves pretty fast and it’s appreciated that this episode gets in their head and attempts to break down their explosive process. 

That being said, this whole premise could have been even more effective if it was spread out over the course of the season. Lethal Weapon isn’t the type to embrace deeply serialized storytelling, but a serial killer on the loose that the LAPD checks in on every few episodes could have given this season a stronger narrative drive (especially on a shorter season like this one). The confrontation that Murtaugh finally has with Harrison is a powerful moment, but picture how much harder it could have hit if it came after a season of build up.

“Leo Getz Justice” also finds a healthy balance between its humor and action. Episodes that contain Leo tend to skew to the funnier side and this one is no exception, but it also turns up the violence in some unexpected ways. Cole’s expertise with throwing knives is so impressive that you almost block out the gnarly wound that it inflicts. There’s also not enough that can be said on the brutal realism of Cole’s efforts to hang onto Roger and not let go of that rope. His hands just look shredded by the end of the ordeal and it’s one of the more gruesome visuals that Lethal Weapon has pulled off. Murtaugh’s going to have to be the one that beats up the vending machine while Cole’s hands heal.

“Leo Getz Justice” places Murtaugh and Cole in fallible positions of contemplation, which helps emotionally ground the episode. Lethal Weapon has its formula down to such a science at this point, but this entry still finds opportunities to surprise the audience and buck conventions during the action scenes. Murtaugh and Cole learn that they can correct their mistakes from the past, but they still need to be careful that their new cases won’t eventually be a problem five years down the road. “Leo Getz Justice” illustrates why hindsight is an essential skill, but it also speaks to the fact that it’s important to not get lost in the past and forget what counts in the present.

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Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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Master puppeteer Caroll Spinney is 84 years old and has spent a half-century giving life to a giant citrus-colored bird-brained mess (not to be confused with the citrus-colored bird-brained mess in the White House right now) and a trash-smelling lump of grouchiness (not to be confused with the trash-smelling lump of grouchiness writing this post). And now after a really long run, he has decided to retire from fisting a bitch. Well, retire from fisting a bitch for a check anyway.

Caroll Spinney has been the man inside of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street’s premiere in 1969. The truth is, Caroll stopped working the bodies of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch three years ago, because something called “the olds” just wouldn’t let his arms be great. But he continued to voice both characters. That will stop this week. His final episodes will air on HBO next year and on PBS in 2020. Sesame Street Workshop announced the news today, saying that Matt Vogel, who took over as the body operator of Big Bird in 2015, will completely take over as Big Bird, and Eric Jacobsen will take over as Oscar the Grouch. Caroll, who has six Emmys and was the star of a documentary about being Big Bird, said these words about saying goodbye to Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

“Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose. Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while! They have given me great joy, led me to my true calling – and my wonderful wife! – and created a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever.”

The wonderful wife he’s talking about is Debra Spinney whom he met on the set of Sesame Street in 1973.

It’s nice to hear about a Sesame Street puppeteer leaving the show on a happy note, and not a dark-sided one. Although, things could get a little dark for Debra Spinney. By that I mean, if she ever wakes up in the middle of the night and finds Caroll not in bed, she’ll have to go outside to the trash can and shine a flashlight on him as he’s inside, eating garbage, while crying about how he misses Oscar. Or worse, Caroll will make her eat at Little Ceasars because he’ll miss eating trash as Oscar.

Sesame Street Workshop did a tribute video to Caroll Spinney, which you can watch here, but below is Big Bird Moonwalking better than RiRi. Although that’s not hard to do.

Pic: PBS

Big Mouth Season 2: Enter the Shame Wizard

Big Mouth Season 2 is an ode to puberty, shame, and everything else that's believably bittersweet about childhood.

Feature Alec Bojalad
Oct 17, 2018

Netflix animated comedy Big Mouth’s first season ends with 7th grader Andrew Glouberman (voiced by John Mulaney) lamenting his latest hormone-fueled humiliation: Being wrongfully implicated for murder after tossing socks filled with his, um, DNA into a dumpster. 

“Look, I know this all seems embarrassing now, boys, but maybe one day you’ll look back on these times fondly and perhaps even make something beautiful about it?” Andrew’s Hormone Monster (voiced by Nick Kroll) says.

Andrew and his friend Nick (also voiced by Kroll) point out that it might be illegal to do a show about a bunch of kids masturbating.

“Holy shit, I hope not,” the Monster replies. “I mean, maybe if it’s animated we can get away with it….right?” 

Season one of Big Mouth not only “got away with it,” it ended up being one of Netflix’s funniest, most outrageous, and weirdly sweetest shows. Big Mouth was created by lifelong friends Nick Kroll (comedian and star of The Kroll Show), and Andrew Goldberg (a writer on Family Guy), alongside co-creators Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. 

The show is loosely based on Kroll and Goldberg’s formative years growing up in Westchester County, New York, but mostly it’s about the universal wonders and terrors of puberty. Characters Andrew (based on Goldberg), Nick (voiced by Kroll and based on Kroll), Jessi (Jessi Klein), Jay (Jason Mantzoukas), and Missy (Jenny Slate) all try to navigate their changing bodies and brains while confronting their own respective hormone monsters - literal and figurative. 

While Netflix doesn’t release viewership data, Big Mouth Season 1 was popular enough to earn a second season, which debuted on October 5. But can there possibly be more drama, comedy, and pathos to be mined from what amounts to just a few years in our life cycle?

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“We still have a whole whiteboard with different topics about puberty that we want to get to,” Goldberg says. “Puberty is a dramatic point of life where everything is in such flux and everything seems like the most important thing in the world.”

One of the concepts on Big Mouths whiteboard that emerged as a big theme in season two is shame. As with the Hormone Monster, shame is  represented in the young characters’ lives by the appearance of another unwelcome familiar: The Shame Wizard.

“Right at the end of season one, I wrote up on a whiteboard that the Hormone Monster needed a mortal enemy,” Goldberg says. “I wrote ‘Shame Monster’ and Nick was like ‘No, shame is like more of a wizard. It’s more insidious and mysterious than a monster.’”

The Shame Wizard is a pale, treacherous beast voiced by accomplished English actor David Thewlis (Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films and V.M. Varga from the most recent season of Fargo). 

“We were watching Fargo Season 3 when we started writing our season 2,” Kroll says. “(Thewlis’) performance on Fargo is one of the greatest villainous performances I’ve ever seen. It was great inspiration for writing the Shame Wizard. We said to ourselves ‘We’ll ask him to do it because we wrote it for him and then it was a real joy when he said yes.’”

Another, less ghastly introduction for season two is a new student for Nick, Andrew, and company to interact with, named Gina (voiced by Gina Rodriguez). Gina is a soccer player on Missy and Jessi’s team and potential love interest for Nick.

Gina also opens up a new plot line for the show to tackle yet another aspect of puberty’s many confusing indignities: What’s it like to be the first girl in your class to develop boobs? South Park’s answer to this particular question in “Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society” involved the complete dissolution of order. Big Mouth’s is more tweenage girl-centric and believably bittersweet. 

“Believably bittersweet” can describe much of Big Mouth. The awkwardness, discomfort, and even occasional excitement of adolescence is a shared experience. Some specific remnants Kroll and Goldberg’s own childhoods make their way into season two.

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“In the first episode, Andrew gets his lip waxed by his mother and that happened to me. To this day she feels so bad about it. It eventually worked too well. For years I could grow a full beard except for a few patches on my lip. Nick liked to call it a reverse Hitler,” Goldberg says.

Kroll has his own unfortunate childhood experience that became fodder for season two.

“Yes, I’ve talked about it publicly as I emotionally deal with it still. I got pantsed at a party and was exposed to my crush at an age when I had not hit puberty yet and felt really insecure about it,” he says. 

The writers combined Kroll’s story with another youthful urban legend. Writer Max Silvestri heard about a kid being pantsed on a zip line, creating an atom bomb of adolescent embarrassment.

Childhood can be traumatic but thankfully it doesn’t last forever. Goldberg says the writers plan to graduate the characters from seventh grade after the show’s third season. That invites the possibility that Big Mouth can see these precocious kids through their high school years, though Goldberg adds they haven’t thought that far ahead. 

Regardless, youth has its joys, even if it’s under siege from the Hormone Monster and Shame Wizard. “I’m learning to love Nick,” Kroll says. “I’m learning to love that bad little boy inside of me. In a slightly glib, slightly true way. Which is what the show is about in a lot of ways. It’s about trying to love that 13-year-old kid.”

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

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Lisa Marie Presley‘s former business manager said he repeatedly warned her to watch her spending, but Elvis‘ famous daughter allegedly only continued to spend more money than her Trust would provide, according to court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com!

According to court documents filed on Oct. 10, Barry Siegel, who served as a business manager and a co-trustee of Presley’s Trust, maintains he did not conceal information about the Trust or just how much in a financial hole Presley was in.

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Presley blames Siegel for squandering her father’s fortune and claims her former business manager lost her $100 million inheritance, including a failed investment in American Idol. Presley sued Siegel for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment and accounting. She accused Siegel of “reckless and negligent mismanagement and self-serving ambition.”

Siegel, who is a senior managing director for financial firm Provident Financial Management, LLC., said in his declaration that Presley made various false accusations in the suit, and that he tried numerous times to tell her to curb her spending.

“In addition to these financial reports, I also would go over other financial issues that she of the Trust faced, as needed,” Siegel said in his declaration. “In fact, In an effort to persuade her to reduce her spending, I would often bring detailed monthly income and expense statements to review with Lisa because she routinely would spend more on a monthly basis than she to the Trust received in income. I repeatedly advised her that she needed to reduce her spending, but she refused to do so. Thus, the assertion that I concealed the Trust’s or Lisa’s financial conditions is simply false.”

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Siegel also said Presley specifically did not want copies of her financial records “lying around” because “people were always going in and out of her residence.”

Since Presley had a revocable Trust, all of the income and expenses are taxable to Presley’s personal taxes, Siegel said in the affidavit. The business manager said he would review the Trust information and tax returns with her, but Presley allegedly never kept any copies of her returns that were provided to her.

After almost a decade, Siegel said Presley removed him as a co-trustee in March 2016 and appointed her children instead.

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Presley alleges Siegel’s mismanagement also left her in $500,000 in credit card debt.

The suit is ongoing and both sides are expected to appear in court in November.

Meanwhile, Presley’s divorce from her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, is also at a standstill after Lockwood said he plans to fight a recent court decision validating their post-nuptial agreement that said Presley does not have to pay him any spousal support.

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Tibalt Appears on Magic The Gathering: Chandra #3, Fandom Goes Wild

This morning, Bleeding Cool ran the solicitations for IDW’s comics coming out in January 2019, including this particular one:

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #3

Vita Ayala (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Siya Oum (c)

Tibalt’s attacks on Chandra get more personal—and closer to home—as he thrives on her anguish. Meanwhile, Ajani tries to help her make peace with the events of her past, but will Chandra’s outrage be enough to overcome the devilish Planeswalker’s empathic onslaught? Vita Ayala and Harvey Tolibao continue their exploration of one of Magic’s most popular—and powerful—characters, pushing her closer to the brink than ever before!

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Fan-favorite villain Tibalt returns, after a long absence from Magic’s story.

And suddenly Bleeding Cool started getting a tonne of traffic, directly to that image. The cover depicts the character Tibalt in the fashion seen on the infamous Magic: The Gathering card ‘Tibalt, The Fiend-Blooded’.

The card is often mocked as being useless for playing with, and has given Tibalt the reputation as ‘the worst planeswalker’. The card is so bad that the character became a joke as well, mocked for his lack of backstory and even his clothes. You can enjoy a little of the reputation the character has gained in this video.

And now he is getting a greater presence in the Magic The Gathering comic books – and, it seems, the card game as well. Could this be an attempt by IDW and Magic to reclaim and rescue Tibalt to glory. Lots of people have wanted more planeswalker action – possibly not this particular planeswalker though.

If nothing else, it should provide plenty of content for further memes.

Thanks to Reddit users Armoric and vaqari and for filling us in…

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HGTV’s Drew & Jonathan Scott Are Getting Their Own Scripted TV Show

If you can’t get enough of HGTV’s Property Brothers, you’re in luck. The sibling duo that hosts the series has inspired a brand-new show — only this time, it’s not reality TV. Fox has green-lit a comedy pilot based on Drew and Jonathan Scott’s best-selling memoir, It Takes Two: Our Story

Here’s what we know so far. 

The comedy will be shot in single-camera format and, like the memoir, follow a pair of entrepreneurial twin brothers who realize they make a pretty good team. So, instead of going it alone, they decide to team up in the real estate biz. Sounds familiar, no? 

Also worth mentioning is the fact that it remains to be seen whether or not the third Scott brother, JD, will be featured on the show. Although initial reports suggest it will focus on “two brothers,” if the show follows real life, a third brother would definitely factor in through cameos. 

Interestingly, the script is being written by another set of identical twins, Jon and Josh Silberman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). The series, like the memoir that inspired it, will be called It Takes Two

 

The Scotts, proving once again that they’re total renaissance men, will co-executive produce the series, As any good fan knows, the brothers already have a slew of hit series on HGTV: the original Property Brothers along with the hit spinoffs Brother vs. Brother and Property Brothers at Home.

The brothers haven’t commented on the scripted series yet, but it could be because they’re still busy with a few other recent developments. In addition to a brand-new children’s book, they’re featured on HGTV Magazine’s first-ever flip-cover issue this month. 

If you want to bide your time until they reveal more intel on It Takes Two, you can always binge-watch back episodes of Property Brothers on Hulu. 

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James Dean and Emre Kelly, Florida Today Published 11:07 p.m. ET Oct. 16, 2018 | Updated 10:30 a.m. ET Oct. 17, 2018. play. CLOSE. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches the Air Force's AEHF-4 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral ...
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Postmates launches food delivery in 134 new U.S. cities

Homebodies across the U.S. have reason to celebrate. Postmates — the on-demand food delivery service so popular in major cities that it’s a verb now— just launched in 134 new markets. Those 134 new cities mean that Postmates has a presence in 550 cities total across the U.S, including places like Lubbock, Texas; Athens, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina and Albany, New York.

In April, the company announced that it would partner with Walmart on grocery delivery. The move was meant to offset Amazon’s potential dominance in the space given the online retail giant’s acquisition of Whole Foods last year. Postmates was most recently valued at $1.2 billion after a $300 million influx of funding last month.

In July, Postmates added a wave of more than 100 new cities, bringing its count up to 385 at the time. Now, Postmates claims coverage of 60 percent of households in the U.S., showing that the company is serious about taking Bay Area-centric on-demand luxuries and its own delivery infrastructure far beyond Silicon Valley.

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Investors see an opportunity framed in Lensabl’s prescription lens fulfillment business

Lensabl, the company that has built a business putting prescription lenses into any style of glasses frame, has raised $3.7 million in a new round of funding. 

Based in Los Angeles, Lensabl already has an agreement inked with the city’s latest tech wunderkind, partnering with the spectacles producing augmented reality luminaries at Snap.

“We are the preferred prescription provider of Snapchat Spectacles,” says Lensabl chief executive Andrew Bilinsky. “[And] we are already talking to and partnering with a variety of brands to start and scale their prescription operations [and] really scale our direct to consumer lens business.”

Powering that effort is the new $3.7 million in funding which came from a clutch of big name strategic partners, venture firms and individual angel investors. Rogue Venture Partners, the same lead investor behind SightBox, a contact lens subscription business acquired by Johnson & Johnson, led the round. And additional investors including Birchmere Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Cherry Tree Investments, Amplify, Luma Launch, Watertower Ventures, and Crowdsmart (a crowdfunding platform) also participated in the financing.

For Bilinsky, the opportunity in setting up a business exclusively focused on filling prescriptions means reduced prices and better options for the estimated 188.7 million people who wear corrective eyewear or contact lenses in the U.S.

“We’re offering every different type of prescription lens for every different frame brand,” says Biinsky. “[We’re] mimicking what a customer can do going into a Lens Crafters at up to 70% cheaper than a traditional provider.”

And given the changing ways in which glasses buyers are shopping for frames, launching a business that caters to providing the right lenses at a lower price makes sense, Bilinsky says.

“With Amazon becoming the largest individual reseller of eyewear in the U.S., every frame that people buy that needs to be re-lensed. It’s a secondary market in the same way that you would put new rims on the car,” says Billinsky.

Lensabl offers about 400 different permutations of lenses and 20 different tint colors. “It’s a customization platform for your frames,” says Bilinsky.

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Why you SHOULD go to bed with your ex: Study finds couples who reunite for a night recover faster from the break-up – Daily Mail


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Royal Bombshell! Markle Family Hooker & Drug Scandal Explodes

Meghan Markle’s despicable dad is a big, fat liar!

That’s the shocking claim of Thomas Markle Jr. — who alleged their father, Thomas Markle Sr., isn’t telling the truth about his hanky-panky with hookers and illegal drug use!

Sources told RadarOnline.com exclusively that Meghan’s dad, 74, insisted although he visited sex clubs, he never paid prostitutes for sex and admitted only to the “occasional sniff of cocaine.”

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But now, Thomas Jr., 52, has blasted those fishy claims as outright lies — and revealed his father even boasted to him about his sexual conquests!

“My dad told me about his trips to Thailand when we were out having a couple of beers,” Thomas Jr. told Radar in an exclusive video interview.

“He said, ‘You can get two women for the weekend for 50 bucks. The things they will do to you are incredible. You’ll be a changed man.’”

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According to Thomas Jr., his father made his overseas sex trips in the early ’80s while married to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

Thomas Jr. lived with his father, Doria and Meghan when Thomas Sr. disappeared on his XXX-rated tours — and revealed the cheating creep sent packages to his conquests overseas. Thomas Jr. joked Meghan may even have half-brothers or sisters in the Far East!

Even more disturbing, Thomas Sr. — who worked as a lighting director on the daytime soaps “General Hospital” and “Santa Barbara” and the prime-time sitcom “Married … with Children” — didn’t bother to hide his drinking and drugging, according to his son.

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“My dad would come home wasted,” Thomas Jr. recalled.

“When Meghan was a baby, he’d be upstairs in the bedroom, and I’d see lines of cocaine on the mirror. I’d see him do it.”

Thomas Jr. also said his father gifted him smuggled Thai sticks — a preparation of highly potent marijuana, then illegal in the U.S. — which he described as “a big bonus for a young teenager.”

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Thomas Sr. vehemently denies his son’s claims.

Now, Thomas Jr. — who passed a lie detector test to prove he’s telling the truth — has urged his father to sit for the same exam to clear his conscience.

“My dad is a liar!” he declared.

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Addressing his father, he added: “I took a polygraph test, now you need to do one!”

Thomas Sr., who lives in rundown Rosarito, Mexico, claims he doesn’t drink and his drug use is behind him.

But as Radar has reported, he’s frequently seen with a meth addict, Lori Davis, and has treated her like a daughter, loaning her thousands of dollars.

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Meghan, 37, cut off all contact with her father before marrying Prince Harry in May.

Now, royal insiders said Harry, 34, is sure to be appalled by the latest revelations about his father-in-law’s sleazy past — and they could jeopardize his fairytale marriage to the former “Suits” star!

Queen Elizabeth has spoken in private to Harry,” said a palace insider. “She’s asked him if he wants to continue with his marriage. This could be grounds for divorce!”

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Physicists Model Electrons in Unprecedented Detail — Spoiler Alert: They’re Round – Live Science


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90 Day Fiance Revenge Porn Scandal: Paul Claims Man Posting Scandalous Pics of Karine

90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days stars Paul and Karine are one of the show's most controversial couples -- which is saying a lot.

On Sunday's Tell All special, Paul pulled the rug out from under Karine's happy pregnancy announcement by demanding a paternity test.

Now, Paul is asking for help from fans to track down a man he says is posting revenge porn of Karine.

Karine and Paul, Wedding Photo

"This man is posting revenge porn of Karine," Paul Staehle wrote on social media alongside the photo collage that you're about to see.

He implores his followers: "please help Karine criminally prosecute him."

"Report him," Paul writes. "And send any info to help Karine to Karine to give to the police."

"She can prosecute him," Paul says. "And he will be charged regardless of where he is."

To the shock of a lot of 90 Day Fiance fans, Paul then posted actual photos -- censored though they may be -- of the revenge porn.

90 day fiance - karine revenge porn post

Paul was apparently displeased with the responses that he got, because he seemed to lash out in a later post.

"A man posts sex videos on the internet of himself and my wife," Paul angrily lamented.

He continued to narrate: "I try to help her get his full name for her police report."

"And get people to help us find all the places he posted the sex videos," Paul continued. "So we can have police help remove [the photos]."

"But," Paul then wrote with no hint of irony. "I am the bad guy."

90 day fiance - paul bad guy

At no point does Paul seem to provide necessary information that fans would need to report this unnamed man.

There's no link to where this man may have posted videos.

He does not know the man's name or link to the man's social media.

It sounds like he's just asking his followers to do cyber-sleuthing so that he does not have to.

For that matter, he doesn't even say when these videos were allegedly recorded.

Did this happen before their relationship, or is this from Karine's alleged infidelity?

Karine Baby Bump

As we mentioned, Karine shared happy news recently -- she and Paul are expecting.

Karine has had two miscarriages that were emotionally devastating to her.

Now, she's pregnant with what fans are calling a rainbow baby -- a pregnancy following tragic miscarriages.

Then, Paul announced at the Tell All special that he'll demand a paternity test.

That is such a hurtful thing to say, especially in public.

He did promise to raise the baby as his own, for whatever that's worth.

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Paul also shared a message in which Karine attempted to explain how this man had reached out to her.

90 Day Fiance viewers have felt a swell of sympathy for Karine for ages.

Paul strikes many as creepy, or at least awkward. And it's not just that he's more than a dozen years her senior.

(Anyone else remember that time he showed up and announced to her parents his plan to take her to his hotel room?)

And then there is Paul's criminal history, which includes an arrest for violeting a protective order.

Also, arson. Paul was on probation.

Karine and Paul

It has been suggested that Paul has a dating pattern of dating much younger women because they are naive enough to tolerate him.

To many viewers, it seemed that Paul had simply run out of gullible women in his hometown and decided to look overseas.

Paul's strange behavior regarding this revenge porn -- announcing it publicly so that as many people as possible see it -- is just the latest stunt.

With this on top of his assertion that Karina was unfaithful to him, a lot of fans are hoping that Karine gets out of this relationship.

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Chantel Jeffries Puts On A Sexy Display In Tight Yoga Pants

I do not know what exercise class Chantel Jeffries is participating in—whether it be yoga, Jazzercise, or Roomba (whatever that is)—but it is clear that she needs to keep on going regardless of the unreasonable monthly fees or poor facilities the place has. We all know the struggle, but most of us do not have as much riding upon our bodies as she does. Whether voluntarily, or by force, Chantel will keep up the status quo at the very least.

Her current ensemble does make me question when the seemingly always rising waistline of yoga pants are going to meet their limit. The pants she has on now are already dangerously high. If that elastic is not of the right strength it could go full on anaconda and squeeze the air right out of her.

I suppose body suits are already a type of full body yoga pants, they just have not gotten the recipe quite right yet. I’m sure they will get there eventually if given the chance, I just don’t know why they are trying. Perfection is attained by taking away, not by adding, so why do they keep adding more fabric? It is self-defeating!

 

 

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Celebrity Nudity Now Streaming On Netflix, Amazon Prime, And Hulu

 

Streaming on Netflix, you probably remember the scene in Zack and Miri Make a Porno in which a pornstar diarrhead into the camera. But do you remember the tits and vagina from Katie Morgan and Lena Cheney? Also on Netflix, Oscar hopeful Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy brings T&V from Lucy Aarden and Vanina Arias. On Amazon Prime, Amber Rules and Halle Berry get gross in Monster’s Ball, and the retro sexploitation flick The Big Bird Cage is all about Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, and Karen McKevic. And finally on Hulu, the insanely sexy Jessica Paré shows off her huge creamy tits in Hot Tub Time Machine and Stacy Martin is a thrill ride in Rosy.

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Taylor Swift Sends New Message About Voting, Prepares to Be Reamed by Republicans

There may now be bad blood between Taylor Swift and many Republicans, but the singer knew there would be trouble as soon as she posted to Instagram last week.

Nevertheless, she came out of the non-political woods and sent a message to young voters who think that a change in the direction of the country can only happen in their wildest dreams.

Taylor Swift Wants You to Vote

Yes, she received backlash.

But Swift has clearly shaken it off and is now prepared to receive any more.

This is all a long-winded way of saying that the artist shared two new photos on Instagram today, along with a very important caption affixed to each.

“Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING," Swift wrote along the images above and below.

She added:

"It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1.”

Taylor even included with these words a link to a Vote.org page that offers information on early voting across the country.

Taylor Swift toes

Swift, of course, remained notoriously quiet about her political affiliations and preferences during the 2016 Presidential Election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

She came under an unusual amount of fire for this indecision as well.

Apparently inspired to put an end to the misogyny/insanity/racism/total and complete chaos under the Donald Trump administration, however, Wfit stunned the world several days ago when she posted an endorsement of two Democrats in Tennessee on her social media page.

This is what Swift wrote at the time:

I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee.

In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.

I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent

I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn.

As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.

She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.

She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.

These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.

Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.

For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway

Taylor Swift Goes Political

In response to Taylor's unexpected foray into the world of politics, thousands and thousands of people registered to vote.

Despite endlessly promoting and bragging about Kanye West's love of President Trump, however, Republicans for some reason decided to slam Swift for expressing her view.

They dismissed her as an out-of-touch and ignorant musician who is rich and famous and who therefore cannot relate to the common voter in any way, shape or form.

This is what Trump himself said about the pop star:

But Swift appears to be undeterred.

As she accepted the artist of the year trophy at the American Music Awards last week, Swift again reminded her fans to vote.

"I just wanna say to the fans … you have been so nice to me and fun, and you’re so funny and you’re so cool and so loyal,” she said om stage, adding:

"Every time that you have made me lucky enough to ever get to stand on a stage and have something really sparkly in my hands … it means something different.

"This time, I just want you to know it means encouragement … for me to be better, work harder and to make you guys proud as much as I possibly can.

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on Nov. 6.

"Get out and vote. I love you guys!

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Ariana Grande Gets Back To Work While Pete Davidson Pulls Out Of Show Post-Breakup

Most people want to deal with a breakup in one of two ways: bone everything that shows up within 175 miles on Grindr or guzzle a case of red wine, listen to Faith Hill, and sob on the couch. I’ve done both. Ariana Grande (seen above with Idina Menzel), however, still stuck to a work commitment and performed for a pre-taped segment on NBC’s upcoming anniversary special for Wicked following her breakup with Pete Davidson. Pete, however, gave a hard pass to performing at Temple University’s homecoming.

People says Ariana made it to the Wicked taping despite saying in a post on Instagram her anxiety almost ruined it for her. Here’s a clip of her performing The Wizard & I last night.

She, like many a Real Housewife, said “not today Satan” and instructed Satan to suck her “big green diiiiik.” Funny, that’s exactly what we sang in children’s choir during Sunday school growing up! She also seemed glad have the distraction before claiming she’ll be quitting the internet for a while in a now-deleted Instagram post. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like she’s going to do us a solid and take Kim Kardashiian with her:

“Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there.Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit. It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always.”

Pete and Ariana called it off over the weekend because duh/because they finally realized people spend more time mulling over a couch purchase than they did jumping into an engagement. Part of their quickie engagement included multiple tattoos in reference to each other, but TMZ says Ariana used a Band-Aid to cover the “pete” tattoo on her finger while she performed. Ariana is keeping their music video star/teacup pig while Pete gets to have the $100,000 engagement ring back. I’d say that means Pete got the upper hand, but it appears he isn’t having a great time.

People says Pete pulled out of a scheduled appearance at Temple’s homecoming “due to personal reasons.” Those close to the two say it’s incredibly sad, but I just have a message for Pete! The only way to get over someone is to get under someone new, and where better to try that out than with horny college students?! Wait, does that line still work for straight dudes? Oh, whatever.

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Dracula vs. Frankenstein: Horror Movies Meet the Hippie Era

After all these years, Al Adamson’s cult classic Dracula vs. Frankenstein still doesn’t make a damn lick of sense!

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Growing up in Wisconsin in the early '70s, I would get home from school, drop my bag, park myself in front of the TV and tune in The Early Show. Every weekday between three and five-thirty, a local station aired sometimes shockingly uncut films, and it was there my cinematic education began. I don’t know who was programming The Early Show, but I would like to shake his hand. The focus was decidedly on genre films,especially horror and recent drive-in hits. Along with scattered Westerns, war movies and mysteries, there were regular week-long Toho and Hammer fests, without a single stupid musical or romantic comedy tossed in to muck things up.

It was through The Early Show that I was introduced to Roger Corman, William Castle, and Herschel Gordon Lewis, the Walking Tall and Billy Jack franchises, Macon County Line, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Klaus Kinski in The Blue Hand, and Frankie Avalon in the unusually bloody The Haunted House. Although every day was a surprise and usually something new, a couple of movies, like Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, were in heavy rotation. I don’t know exactly how Al Adamson’s 1971 wonderment Dracula vs. Frankenstein made it into the rotation as often as it did, but again I’d like to shake that programmer’s hand.

Originally titled The Blood Seekers (and sometimes Blood Freaks) when it went into production in 1969, Adamson and his co-producer Sam Sherman envisioned the film to be a sort-of follow-up to their recently-completed Russ Tamblyn biker picture, Satan’s Sadists, but with more of a horror angle. Adamson’s wife, nightclub singer Regina Carrol, starred as, well, a nightclub singer looking for her missing sister, who was last seen at a seedy boardwalk carnival frequented by lowlifes and drug-crazed hippies. She eventually learns her sister was one of several young women kidnapped by a mad scientist, Dr. Diryea, who runs the carnival’s House of Horrors and conducts fiendish experiments in the basement. Russ Tamblyn was brought back to play the leader of a shabby biker gang, but no one seems to remember how they worked into the plot.

Adamson and Sherman signed B-film legends J. Carrol Naish and Lon Chaney Jr. (who arrived as a package deal), to play the evil Dr. Duryea and his hulking brute of an assistant. They also brought in the equally legendary Angelo Rossitto to play the requisite creepy dwarf. Hell, they even rented (as Mel Brooks would soon thereafter) all the electrified gizmos and lab equipment Ken Strickfaden designed for the original 1931 Frankenstein to decorate Dr. Duryea’s lab. With future Orson Welles cinematographer Gary Graver behind the camera and very little money left in the budget, shooting got underway in March of 1969 and wrapped about a month later.

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After looking at the first edit, however, everyone realized it was kind of a mess. They nearly dumped the film completely and moved on, but Sherman thought there must be some way to salvage it.

Then he and Adamson had an epiphany. Together or separately, Naish and Chaney had been in pretty much every classic Universal horror film of the 1940s. Okay, so maybe Naish only had that one role in 1944’s House of Frankenstein, but everybody thinks he waas in everything else and that’s what matters. He’d certainly co-starred with Bela Lugosi  in a bunch of low-budget horror pictures for PRC. Think about it, Karloff was dead, Lugosi was dead, Dwight Frye was dead, even Lionel Atwill was dead. These two were the last survivors of Universal Horror’s golden era. And for godsakes Rossitto had been in Freaks, The Corpse Vanishes, Invasion of the Saucer Men, and a hundred other horror movies.

They’d even shelled out for all that whiz-bang Strickfaden junk! What the hell were they thinking, wasting all those resources on a stupid sort-of biker film?

Thing was, there clearly wasn’t much time if they wanted to capitalize on the picture’s classic horror pedigree. Chaney was dying of throat cancer and could no longer speak (they made his character a mute) and Naish was dying of, well, pretty much everything at that point, but mostly emphysema. Contrary to the long-circulated rumor, he wasn’t confined to the wheelchair he uses in the film, but he had false teeth, a glass eye, and had to read his lines off cue cards. They had to get a move on.

Adamson also realized (and he was as shocked as anyone by this) that as common and simple and obvious as it seems, no one had ever called a film Dracula vs. Frankenstein before. What the hell? So there you go. There’s the new title.

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(Coincidentally enough, the same moment Adamson had that revelation, no-budget hack Paul Naschy had the same one, and rushed his own version of Dracula vs, Frankenstein into production, and before either film was released, Jess Franco would have the same thought himself and get to work on his own Dracula vs, Frankenstein. But neither of them had Chaney, Naish, Rossitto or all that Strickfaden equipment, so there.)

Now that they had a sure-fire title, they had to figure out a way to work Dracula and Frankenstein into the story somehow. Sherman gave the script a major (if hurried) overhaul. Suddenly the biker gang was gone, sort of, and Naish’s Dr. Duryea suddenly became the last direct descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. While still hard at work on his fiendish experiments on young hippie chicks, Duryea is visited at the sideshow by, yes, Dracula himself, who knows all about the old man’s family tree. For reasons that don’t make a lot of sense, Dracula offers to trade him the body of the original Frankenstein monster for reanimation purposes, in exchange for a serum that would make him eternal. (“But I thought...Oh, never mind.”)  

Adamson and Sherman, just to bolster that pedigree, acquired the rights to some musical snippets from classic Universal monster movies, most recognizably Creature from the Black Lagoon. They also gave a small but pivital role to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor Forry Ackerman, who offered a good deal of help on the story and marketing. Forry would play Dr. Beaumont, who was despised by both Frankenstein and Dracula. Beaumont had publicly disgraced Duryea, ruining his career before stealing the original monster to conduct some experiments of his own. So it makes sense Duryea would hate him. Why Dracula hates him is never made clear (maybe his fashion sense), but boy, does he ever. Then Adamson and Sherman set about trying to find a Dracula and a Frankenstein monster.

With no money left to hire, say, John Carradine (Sherman’s choice) or Christopher Lee, and with everyone else dead, they would have to take what they could get for the two titular roles. The monster was less an issue, given it had no lines and would be in heavy, lumpy misshapen makeup anyway (in the end their monster would more closely resemble Hammer’s than Universal’s). They hired an accountant named John Bloom, who stood over seven feet tall and would play monsters in a few other Adamson films down the line. But professionally he was, yes, an accountant.

Dracula was trickier, as he had plenty of lines and lots of screen time. Since they already had an accountant playing Frankenstein’s monster, it only made sense then they should hire a stock broker to play the King of the Vampires. So Adamson signed stock broker Roger Engle, who for the sake of the credits and marketing department was re-dubbed “Zandor Vorkov” by Forry Ackerman. Engle actually wasn’t that bad a choice. In those early post-Manson years, low-budget filmmakers everywhere were scrambling to find Manson lookalikes to play assorted crazy messianic types, hippie cult leaders and vampires, and he fit the bill well enough with his beard and piercing eyes. Bathe him in a blue filter and put a ton of echo on his voice, and it won’t much matter if he can act or not.

further reading: 13 Forgotten Frankenstein Movies

They brought back Naish, Chaney, and most of the Blood Seekers cast and began shooting the new scenes early in 1971. Although an early draft of the new script had Dracula biting the monster, turning him into a vampire, the fangs kept falling out of the heavy monster makeup, so they abandoned that idea. A few lines of dialogue referring to the newly vampiric monster remain in the final edit, but, well, maybe no one will notice.

Likewise, while most of the biker gang scenes were cut, not all of them were, leaving Tamblyn and his boys puttering in and out of assorted scenes for no reason at all. We also get an anti-war protest, some bad hippie music, and an LSD freakout scene, though some have argued the whole film plays like a bad trip. No, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, considering it was essentially an amalgam in the end of four very different scripts and two completely different films all mashed together willy-nilly, but who cares? It’s ugly and creepy and bloody and mind boggling and funny, and from those very early viewings as a kid, two scenes will stick with me forever. The first is Angelo Rositto falling on an axe. The other is the climactic battle between Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster, poorly lit as it is. Without giving anything away to those who’ve yet to have the pleasure, let’s just say Monty Python and the Holy Grail wouldn’t have been what it was if not for Adamson’s Dracula vs. Frankenstein.

It did indeed turn out to be the last film made by both Naish and Chaney, and even if both actors made much better films, it’s still, well...um, it’s still some kind of legacy, that’s for damn sure.

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Creepy AI Technology Allows Harrison Ford to Be Digitally Inserted Into ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ (VIDEO)

 

When watching the film, did you find yourself wondering what Solo: A Star Wars Story would’ve looked like had they used a digital version of Harrison Ford rather than real live actor Alden Ehrenreich? Well, you’re not alone, apparently. The same technology used to insert Nicolas Cage into every movie ever and do a better clean-up of Henry Cavill’s upper lip has now been used to put Ford back into his most famous role.

Derpfakes on YouTube uses a technology known as “Deep Fake” to perform feats of digital trickery that are often better than what Hollywood themselves uses. I’m sure they don’t have to hold up to the scrutiny of big studios visual effects as no one’s ever going to see them in IMAX. As fun experiments, though, they’re right in line with Star Wars fan endeavors like The Phantom Edit, Red Letter Media’s Plinkett reviews, and on a grander scale, Harmy’s De-Specialized Editions.

It’s kinda what Star Wars fandom is all about. I wish someone would take the pitch of Ehrenreich’s voice down an octave to better match Ford’s rumbly growl. Ford was old before his time, something Ehrenreich just doesn’t nail. He does a good job, but he’s not in the same league as Donald Glover’s Lando.

[h/t JediTempleArchives]

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Dave Sim Parodies X-Men For New Comic, Giant-Size Jingles

Bless Dave Sim. He still thinks the Overstreet Price Guide is still a thing.

The creator of Cerebus has a new comic book for 2019, Giant-Size Jingles #1. Oh, okay, it’s his Cerebus In Hell comic which leaps from first issue to first issue, but this time dropping both Cerebus and Aardvark in favour of the helldog known as Jingles.

This comic was originally going to be Giant-Size Cerebus to parody Giant-Size X-Men #1.

GIANT SIZE JINGLES #1 (OF 1)

 

GIANT SIZE JINGLES #1 (OF 1)

(W) Dave Sim (A) Gustave Dore, Dave Sim (CA) Benjamin Hobbs

Giant-Size Firsts! First Overstreet Price Guide “Take Note” Note! First appearance of Fiendix Cosplay Cerebus and zer Silicone implants! First All-Jingles, comics’ only CGC-graded dog comics collector, issue! Find out what Jingles has to say about: Underdog No.1 (May, 2017); Jughead’s Pal Hot Dog (1990); Krypto The Super-Dog (2006); The original Hot Dog (1954); blatant “Dogism” in DC’s flagship title vs. the “canine friendly” Adventure ComicsDog Face Dooley (1951); Scooby-Doo No.26; Why you really don’t want to mention Heckle & Jeckle to Jingles; Pluto vs. Goofy; and more!

In Shops: Jan 30, 2019

Final Orders Due: Nov 30, 2018

SRP: $4.00

And for February? A little more reflexive it seems for Sim City…

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Keira Knightley Won’t Let Her Daughter Watch Certain Disney Princess Movies 

Not too long ago, I went to visit some friends who are parents to a 3-year-old girl. After the second day, I almost used my phone to call the nearest mental hospital to beg them to please come collect me since my already-shredded brains had been shredded even more by the non-stop warble of Emma Watson singing in the CGI turd of a live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. My friend’s 3-year-old watches it on a loop, and I’m convinced that the demonic genius that is Mickey Mouse has evil hidden messages in his movies, which hypnotizes 3-year-olds into watching that shit show non-stop. I have the brain of a fetus so it doesn’t work on me. Nice try, Mickey! But you won’t find certain Disney princess movies playing on a loop at Keira Knightley’s house.

The Original KK™ just finished going after a real-life princess (although she says she didn’t) and is now going after Disney princesses. While promoting The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on Ellen, KK said that her 3-year-old daughter Edie is banned from watching anti-feminist cartoon trash like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. That Nutcracker movie is a Disney project and she’s also been in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, so she’s a new kind of bold for shitting on Disney movies while promoting a Disney movie. That shady, sensitive motherfucker Mickey Mouse is going to stroll up to KK’s mansion and say, “What a gorgeous home that was bought using money we got from the sales of those so-called anti-feminist fairy tales you shit on, trick!”

After bringing up Edie, Ellen DeGeneres also brought up the movies that are boycotted in KK’s house:

Ellen: She’s banned from seeing certain children’s movies, right?

KK: Yes.

Ellen: What are they?

KK: Cinderella, banned, because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t. Rescue yourself, obviously. And this is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but Little Mermaid. The film is great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello. I love The Little Mermaid so that one’s a little tricky, but I’m keeping to it.

KK said that Ellen’s movie Finding Dory, Frozen, and Moana are okay for her daughter to watch.

Oh, KK, Cinderella was an emotionally and physically abused trapped girl who was used as a slave and was so starved for any kind of love that she hallucinated talking friends in the form of mice and birds and fairy godmothers and shit. All she wanted was just a teeny bit of happiness and kindness. And Ariel wanted to break free from her bubble of a life before she met Prince Eric. Educate yourself, KK!

And Frozen, really? If I had a kid, that’d be the first movie banned in my house and only because if I have to hear Let It Go one more time, I’ll let go of whatever sanity I have left and will have to be hospitalized, and then my kid will end up in foster care. Frozen tears families apart!

Here’s KK spitting at her employer’s past works on Ellen:

And here’s KK looking very Disney Princess-ey at the ELLE Women In Hollywood gala in L.A. two nights ago:

Pics: Wenn.com

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Rob Kardashian: Thin! “Completely Different” Now! [Report]

Out of sight, out of mind?

For Rob Kardashian, it's been closer to:

Out of sight, out of mind... out of those XXL jeans and into a basic large.

A Rob Kardashian Selfie

According to a new Entertainment Tonight report, the former reality star is thriving now that he's stepped far away from the spotlight.

As you've likely noticed, Rob is not appearing on his family's E! series this season and he's no longer sharing anything on social media.

And such a private existence is serving the father of one extremely well.

“Getting out of the spotlight was so important for Rob,” this source says, noting that leaving Instagram has also been especially positive for him:

“He needed to completely change his life, things were spiraling out of control for him and his health and relationships were suffering. He needed to refocus.”

Rob with His Dream

This same insider estimates that Rob has lost between 30 and 50 pounds over the past few months.

Because the star suffers from Diabetes, this is more than just an asthetic improvement.

It means his quality of life has improved and his general health is in a far better place than it was during the heyday of his fame.

There were fears in the past that Rob's awful diet would literally lead to his death, as we detailed just over a year ago how Kardashian's love of milkshakes had caused his weight to balloon.

Due to his weight gain and inactivity at the time, Rob started to develop insulin resistance, which is a very dangerous condition for someone afflicted with Diabetes.

Rob Kardashian, Blue Hat

That was then, however.

“His life is completely different now," this source explains, adding of where Rob's head it at these days;

“He’s got his priorities in check. First and foremost he is there for Dream and he knows that to do so he needs to be healthy."

Indeed, Rob's daughter with Blac Chyna will soon turn two years old.

She's a total cutie - and, whatever you want to say about how Rob and Chyna treated each other during their romance, it seems like both parents are very dedicated to their child's well-being.

Rob and Dream

This report also says that Rob has been spending a lot of time with both his siblings and their kids as well.

This has been very helpful for Dream.

“All the cousins [Dream and Rob’s sister’s kids] are very close,” the insider tells ET.

Back in 2016, Rob told People Magazine that he once weighed around 300 pounds.

He knew he was in trouble, but he just couldn't help himself. He buried himself in food any time he felt sad.

Thankfully, those days appear to be behind him and Rob is looking forward to the future and...

... what? Blac Chyna may want to get back together with him?!?!?

Crap.

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Jinger Duggar Continues to Outrage Fans With Pics of Her Daughter

In general, photos of infants are up there with videos of cats doing funny things on the short list of internet posts that won't piss anybody off.

But if you're a member of the Duggar family everything you do is subject to intense scrutiny and harsh criticism -- and Jinger Duggar's latest baby photo is no exception.

Felicity Vuolo on a Plane

That's little Felicity Duggar enjoying what we assume is her first plane ride.

Jinger captioned the pic, "Little travel buddy."

Seems inoffensive enough, right?

After all who could have a problem with an infant on an airplane (aside from, ya know, every other passenger on that plane).

Felicity Vuolo on Instagram

Well, believe it or not, Jinger has been accused of trolling her critics with this pic.

If that sounds absurd, that's because it absolutely is.

But you're currently on the internet, so you're well aware that we're living in absurd times.

Felicity Vuolo Smiles Adorably

Anyway, the outrage has to do with Felicity's headgear.

Yes, believe it or not Jinger has been accused of cultural appropriation for tying a scarf to her child's head.

We suppose it's possible that Jinger came across an old photo of Tupac and decided that would be a good look for her daughter.

But the much more likely explanation is that the scarf is simply an easy way to keep the baby's head warm.

Felicity at 2 Months

Not surprisingly, the constant negative attention has begun to take a toll on Jinger.

“She feels like she’s constantly getting mom shamed since she had Felicity. She had no idea it was going to be this bad,” an insider close to Jinger tells Hollywood Life.

“Jinger is doing her best to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive, but it’s hard.”

Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo, and Baby Felicity at a Cubs Game

Scarf-gate began with the above photo of Jinger and Jeremy attending a Chicago Cubs game last month, and remarkably, it shows no signs of letting up.

Fortunately, Jinger isn't letting the haters win.

She's continued to post pics of Felicity, and it doesn't look like she'll be stopping any time soon.

We say give the girl a break. It's bad enough she was raised in the freakin' Duggar family.

Watch: Jeremy Pruitt calls out Auburn’s plays from the sideline – Rocky Top Talk


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Watch: Jeremy Pruitt calls out Auburn's plays from the sideline
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Celebrate Rapper Eminem’s Birthday By Admiring His Incredibly Hot Daughter Hailie Scott

I know it might seem counterintuitive to ogle a woman as a way to celebrate their father, but I think I can defend it by performing only the slightest of mental gymnastics.

Unless we have been deceived by daytime television, the most important thing a person can do in their life is be a parent. So by appreciating their offspring we are honoring their good work, and who doesn’t appreciate that? I know I loved my art teacher’s compliment towards the bowl that I made during the pottery lesson. I feel like that is comparable.

And look at what a good job Mr. Eminem did with Hailie. She is no waif, so clearly she has been well fed. That is great from a legal standpoint. But she also has all of those important physical features that we adore so. That means he took great care in the choosing of his mate. Despite whatever his previous lyrics have claimed, I think the fruits of his labor speak more loudly. And that is the end of it. Nothing more to say, or rebut. No regrets are held. No mistakes were made. All is well in the house of Em.

 

Photo Credit: Instagram 

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The Purge Episode 8 Trailer and Details

Here's the promo for next week's new episode of The Purge, "Giving Time is Here."

News Nick Harley
Oct 17, 2018

In just a few short years, The Purge has entered our pop culture lexicon in a big way. Whether you’re a fan of gratuitous horror or not, there are plenty of stories to tell within the premise of the government allowing 12 hours of slaughter each year. Off that idea alone, we’ve gotten three Purge movies, numerous comedy spoofs (most famously in a great episode of Rick and Morty), and a bigger splatter than I’m comfortable with of purge jokes.

Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Television are currently airing The Purge TV series on USA Network and Syfy. The series has been greenlit for 10 episodes. 

The Purge Episode 8 Trailer

The Purge Episode Guide

The Purge Episode 1: What Is America?

Purge Commencement looms; Several people find themselves venturing into the chaos of the night.

air date: 9/4/18

The Purge Episode 2: Take What's Yours

Jane considers the morality of Purge. Miguel searches for Pete the Cop.

air date: 9/11/18

The Purge Episode 3: The Urge to Purge

Penelope prepares for her sacrifice. Rick and Jenna weigh the cost of closing their business deal.

air date: 9/18/18

The Purge Episode 4: Release the Beast

Jane must leave the office; Lila consoles Jenna; Penelope is thrust into the Carnival of Flesh.

air date: 9/25/18

The Purge Episode 5: Rise Up

Catalina warns Jenna; Henry torments Penelope; Jane goes on a ride along with the Matron Saints.

air date: 10/2/18

The Purge Episode 6: The Forgotten

Joe remembers the past; Miguel confronts Henry; Jane learns a dark truth about David Ryker.

air date: 10/9/18

The Purge Episode 7: Lovely Dark and Deep

Miguel and Penelope hike the forest; Jane must endure David's party; Rick doubts Lila's intentions.

air date: 10/16/18

The Purge Episode 8: Giving Time is Here

Lila grapples with rejection; Miguel and Penelope seek the safety of the Cantina.

air date: 10/23/18

The Purge Episode 9: They Will Participate

Joe debates the Purge with Jane; Miguel teams up with Pete to rescue Penelope.

air date: 10/30/18

The Purge Episode 10: A Nation Reborn

TBD

air date: 11/6/18

The Purge TV Series Details

Thomas Kelly (The Get Down, Copper, Blue Bloods) serves as showrunner and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity, by the film franchise’s creator James DeMonaco and studio head Jason Blum.

Anthony Hemingway (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) will direct the premiere episode.

Additionally, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will serve as executive producers under the Platinum Dunes banner, as well Sebastien K. Lemercier.

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Halloween: Timeline Explained for Horror Movie Franchise

We examine the complicated history and various timelines of the Halloween movies.

Halloween Michael Myers Franchise Timeline Explained
Feature Daniel Kurland
Oct 17, 2018

The Halloween franchise and the horrors of Michael Myers have been terrifying audiences since John Carpenter brought the Boogeyman to life 40 years ago. There are plenty of horror series out there that span numerous films, but there’s something special about the simplicity of the Halloween movies. Michael Myers is a force of nature, and there’s something deeply unsettling about his unstoppable presence. The franchise has seen a rocky reputation build throughout its previous 10 films, but David Gordon Green’s imminent reboot/sequel is taking another go at the series.

Green and company have been vocal about how their sequel will follow the events of the original 1978 film, but disregard all other installments in the series, including Halloween II. Those events are actually a lot more complicated than some fans may realize, as the Halloween series has a timeline full of many twists and turns. In order to properly prepare yourself for the latest offering in the series, here’s a breakdown of what’s happened in what used to be the main timeline and beyond.After this you’ll be as big of an expert on Michael Myers as Dr. Loomis himself.

Halloween

1963 - 1978

The film opens up in 1963 and provides the first glimpse of a young Michael Myers when he stabs his older sister Judith to death on Halloween night. Michael’s hospitalized at Warren County’s Smith’s Grove Sanitarium following the attack. Fifteen years later on Oct. 30, 1978, Michael is on his way to be escorted to court when he steals Dr. Samuel Loomis’ car to escape back to his hometown, Haddonfield.

Once there, Michael murders a mechanic to get his classic workman’s uniform and also acquires his now iconic mask and knife from a hardware store. The following night is when Michael begins his killing spree and develops his obsession with Laurie Strode. The first Halloween film concludes with Loomis saving Laurie by shooting Michael six times and knocking him off a balcony, yet his body is missing when they go to examine it.

Halloween II

1978

The sequel picks up immediately after the events of the first film, even though it was produced three years later. Laurie is hospitalized following her attack, and Michael follows her over to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and carries out a murderous rampage on everyone that tries to keep him away from Laurie.

further reading: John Carpenter Talks Halloween and More

This is the film that alsoeventually reveals Laurie is Michael’s younger sister, having been given up for adoption as an infant. Not only is this familial connection provided, but the film adds in some more supernatural lore. Michael is driven to kill his younger sister in order to fulfill the curse of Samhain. The film concludes with the threat of Michael Myers supposedly over when an explosion that Dr. Loomis causes consumes both himself and Michael.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

1982

At this point, it was John Carpenter’s intention to end the Michael Myers portion of Halloween and turn the series into an anthology franchise where each film would tell a different horror set on Halloween night. 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the first (and only) step and only step in this direction. The film looks at an evil novelty company that uses the magic of Stonehenge to weaponize Halloween masks against children (it’s amazing though). It also featured the most spectacular jingle from hell you’ll ever endure.

When fans weren’t responsive to this change to the series, Carpenter’s anthology plan was scrapped, and Michael would be back in full force in the following entry. However, when Jamie Lee Curtis declined to return to the series, Halloween had to set up a new target for Michael, which leads into the “Jamie Lloyd Saga” of the next three films. We wrote more about why this movie deserves another chance right here.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

1988

The first soft-reboot of the franchisehas to suspend a little disbelief so that both Michael and Loomis survive their fiery deaths at the end of Halloween II. Now, despite being visibly turned into a blind slab of barbecue, Michael has a few scars and is doing fine, awakening 10 years after the fact from a coma. He’s in the process of being transferred back to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, but upon hearing that not only has Laurie Strode died in a car accident, but that she also left behind an eight-year old daughter, Jamie Lloyd (and thus Michael’s niece), The Shape awakens and does the whole murder and escape thing. He returns to Haddonfield to track down wee little Jamie, her older foster sister, Rachel, as well as a back-in-action Dr. Loomis, who is hot on their trail.

further reading: The Best Horror Movies on Netflix

Since mere bullets and fire aren’t enough, Loomis takes out Michael this time by shooting him up with a shotgun and knocking him down a mineshaft. The film attempts a shocking final visual that sees Jamie in a similar clown costume to the one Michael wore back in the prologue to the original film. Jamie goes on to attack her foster mother with a knife and with Michael now out of the picture, it looked like Jamie would become the killer in the following entry as this evil passes on. Dr. Loomis even attempts to shoot her before he is thwarted by the police and Jamie’s foster father.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

1989

However, the next movie abandons that plan for more and more Michael. Jamie’s been in a children’s mental health clinic for months after her outburst at the end of Halloween 4; she is also completely normal despite her “episode” and is visited regularly by Rachel and a much cuddlier Dr. Loomis, if not her traumatized foster parents. Michael’s also taken a year to nurse himself back to health and survive the onslaught of an attack he received.

further reading: The Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime

The film establishes some sort of psychic connection between Michael and Jamie, and it allows him to once again track her down. Rachel meets her unfortunate end, but Loomis is successful in capturing Michael and putting him away in custody. Halloween 5 boldly goes out on a legitimate cliffhanger to set up the final film in this new trilogy. An obscured “Man in Black” cult figure breaks Michael out of prison and implies that he’s a part of something bigger—something the filmmakers had no idea how to explain when they shot it.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

1995

This belated follow-up really goes all in with the supernatural mythology and attempts to explore the source of Michael’s evil. The Curse of Michael Myers tries to push a firm explanation for both Michael's motives and his supernatural strength that most fans think is wholly unnecessary, even if it does its best to dig deep. Apparently Michael has been chosen as a conduit by the “Rune of Thorn” cult to become the serial killer juggernaut that he is.

This curse indicates that Michael becomes the cult’s vessel and is forced to murder his entire family as some kind of sacrifice for the protection of mankind. The Cult of Thorn are all chosen people (they’re literally branded) who risk everything to protect their vessel so that he can complete their goal. This is all fairly silly (and also contradicts the Samhain curse from Halloween II), but largely becomes the focus of the film.

further reading: The Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century

The Curse of Michael Myers picks up six years after the prior film and reveals that the Cult of Thorn—the same individuals who rescued Michael from jail—also kidnapped Jamie Lloyd (who’s been recast from fan favorite Danielle Harris to J.C. Brandy) in order to help fulfill their prophecy. The Cult uses Michael to impregnate Jamie and after she gives birth to Michael’s son, he messily kills her with farm equipment. Still, he can’t track down her child.

Curiously, a grown-up Tommy Doyle—the boy that Laurie babysits in the original Halloween—finds the child and opts to protect it from Michael. Oh, and Tommy Doyle is played by Paul Rudd. The Curse of Michael Myers goes out on another cliffhanger as Tommy heavily sedates Michael with tranquilizers and Loomis is branded as Michael’s new guardian in the Cult of Thorn. As interesting of a direction as this would have been, Donald Pleasance’s death effectively ended those plans and this more or less ends the first full Halloween timeline in 1995, where it is implied Michael finally kills Dr. Loomis off-screen (we hear what sounds like his cries).

Halloween: H20 (The First Major Reboot)

1998

1998 marked the 20th anniversary of the original film, and so the series decided to take a rather different approach and put out Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. The film marks the second timeline in the franchise and is set 20 years after the conclusion of Halloween II, choosing to ignore the Jamie Lloyd material (although the character was mentioned in the original script, which is interesting, if not confusing). Laurie has faked her death and changed her name to Keri Tate so as to elude Michael for all of these years.

Michael in turn uses Laurie’s son, John (Josh Hartnett), to get to his true target. The film’s big finish centers on the reunion between these extremely dysfunctional siblings.

further reading: The Weird History of Halloween Comics

Halloween: H20 ends with an incredibly cathartic conclusion, as Laurie derails a conventional ending of an injured Michael escaping the ambulance he’s being driven away in (he of course escapes and kills the EMTs). She does this by literally driving Michael off the road and then decapitates her brother as he attempts to guilt her. Laurie is the true hero, she’s conquered her demons, and the canon of Halloween, Halloween II, and H20 would tell a beautiful story if that was it. But that’s not it.

Halloween: Resurrection

2002

Halloween: Resurrection is the absolute nadir of the franchise and it’s the result of money driving a project rather than passion. Jamie Lee Curtis was fairly appalled at how the existence of this film would undercut H20’s ending, and has since inferred she only did the film due to contractual obligations, however she demanded Laurie be killed off in it so that her story would be over.

further reading: The Best Horror Movies on Hulu

The film does exactly that and in one swift moment, Halloween: Resurrection’s opening scene undoes all of the goodwill that the previous film earned. A distraught, frightened Laurie is murdered by Michael after spending three years in a mental institution. It’s an awful end to such a powerful character.  Michael also survives his fatal decapitation from H20 courtesy of some rather sloppy retconning. Apparently Michael put his mask on an ambulance driver and switched places with him, so Laurie actually decapitated an innocent man, and her evil brother got away free. This is really what’s important from the film since the rest of Halloween: Resurrection sees a bunch of teenagers set-up an internet reality show in Michael’s childhood home in Haddonfield. Michael doesn’t appreciate the publicity, but Busta Rhymes electrocutes Mikey to death before the film’s over. With that disastrous ending, this timeline’s conclusion sees Busta Rhymes’ reality show producer as the true champion over Michael Myers. The end. Okay?

Halloween

1991 - 2007

Technically speaking, this remake is more or less a retelling of the same story as Carpenter’s original film (at least with Halloween II’s sibling angle thrown in). Michael Myers stalks his sister, Laurie Strode, with Dr. Loomis on the hunt to stop him. While the larger story beats are the same, Zombie digs much deeper into Michael’s broken childhood, his relationship with his mother, and the rough life that he had that helped turn him into “The Shape.” He even has an assortment of masks that represent his many emotions, not just the iconic white mask. More of a character study for its first half, Halloween attempts to find the man and psychology behind the Boogeyman, turning him into a more realistic serial killer whose attacks are truly gruesome.

Halloween II

2008

Zombie’s Halloween II (set one year later, though released in 2009) goes more in its own bizarre direction, with Michael finally speaking for the first time as an adult (he says “DIE” as he finally kills Dr. Loomis, played here by the always welcome Malcolm McDoweel), and with Laurie then stabbing Michael to death and being sent to a mental institution, perhaps to continue on the cycle. Like the end of Halloween 4, it is hinted she’s inherited her relative’s madness, especially since Michael killed her best friend over the two movies, Annie, played here by Danielle Harris. Yep, after evading her terrible sendoff in Halloween 6, Ms. Harris still endured the fate all Michael Myers survivors apparently must succumb to.

further reading: The Best Horror Movies on HBO GO and HBO Now

Even though a sequel was planned, Zombie’s direction for the series was abandoned until David Gordon Green’s vision could finally come to fruition nearly a decade later and 40 years after the release of the original film.

Halloween

2018

David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a return to form and has earned the approval of both Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter. It also very much feels like a soft repudiation of Zombie’s psychological profile and all the many intricacies of, well, canon and timelines. By wiping out everything that came before it, save the original, it returns to the basic elemental horror of Carpenter’s original picture with the aim of having some fun at remembering that Michael was originally the “Shape” before he became Big Brother Mikey, then Uncle Mikey, and finally Busta Rhymes’ vanquished foe, Mikey.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if a sequel were produced. Provided that these new films remain a success, this most recent timeline of Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018) should remain the new canon in the foreseeable future. And frankly, Michael Myers might go berserker on the producers themselves if they try to attempt another reboot.

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic. Read more of his work here. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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Mayans MC Episode 8 Trailer and Details

Here's the promo for the upcoming new episode of Mayans M.C., "Rata/Ch'o."

News
Nick Harley
Oct 17, 2018

The Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans M.C. is finally here. After ordering a pilot for the show created by Kurt Sutter (which ultimately had to be re-shot), FX picked up the series for a full season. The script for the pilot was written by Sutter and Elgin James, who also serve as executive producers. Follow along as we preview and review the entire first season!

Mayans M.C. Episode 8 Trailer

Mayans M.C. Episode Guide

Mayans M.C. Episode 1: Perro/Oc

EZ's fate is in flux as the M.C. and the cartel find a common adversary.

air date: 9/4/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 2: Escorpión/Dzec

The Mayans seek answers from a local crew as the Galindo worlds north and south of the border collide.

air date: 9/11/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 3: Búho/Muwan

The M.C. alliances are tested and the Galindo family adopts unconventional methods.

air date: 9/18/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 4: Murciélago/Zotz

A new threat in Santo Padre presents the Mayans new obstacles and opportunities.

air date: 9/25/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 5: Uch/Opossum

A new deal requires a dangerous favor in Santa Madre.

air date: 10/2/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 6: Gatos/Mis

EZ continues to prove his worth as a prospect as both sides of the border must grapple with harsh realities.

air date: 10/9/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 7: Cucaracha/K'uruch

New secrets are brought to light, putting the M.C. at odds.

air date: 10/16/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 8: Rata/Ch'o

EZ's past continues to haunt him, but present horrors give him a new perspective.

air date: 10/23/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 9: Serpiente/Chikchan

The bond of the Reyes blood is fractured, and the Galindo family decides to cut its losses.

air date: 10/30/18

Mayans M.C. Episode 10: Cuervo/Tz'ikb'uul

TBD

air date: 11/6/18

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Mayans M.C. News

FX’s Son of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans M.C., just received a solid stretch of road on which to ride, since the network has officially given the project a 10-episode debut season order. With that move, the network also unveiled the first official image of the cast (pictured above).

With FX’s Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Production, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, making the announcement, the network conveyed sentiments on the auspicious prospects of continuing the continuity established by the 7-year run of SoA, with original visionary Kurt Sutter onboard, along with Low Riders director Elgin James. According to Grad:

“Kurt Sutter is a master storyteller and Mayans M.C. has the raw energy and intensity that are hallmarks of his signature style. Thanks to Kurt, co-creator Elgin James and this amazing cast, Mayans M.C. builds on the legacy of Sons of Anarchy, taking it in a thrilling new direction that we can’t wait for the world to see.”

Mayans M.C. Cast

Edward James Olmos will be a series regular (Battlestar Gallactica), playing Felipe Reyes, "the once-strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, who struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path." 

Joining Olmos in the Mayans M.C. cast are:

JD Pardo, Sarah Bolger, Clayton Cardenas, Richard Cabral, Michael Irby, Raoul Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo and Carla Baratta.

Mayans M.C. Plot Details

According to a release, the show is “set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.”

High-profile spinoffs have come a long way from when NBC’s beloved sitcom Friends gave way to the critically panned Joey. AMC set its programming slate for the long haul in 2014, successfully turning Breaking Bad into Better Call Saul and using The Walking Dead as a jumping off point for Fear the Walking Dead. Whether it’s a prequel using existing characters, or a new story in the same universe, “spinoff” doesn’t carry the same negative connotation it once did.

Seeing success elsewhere, it’s easy to see why FX is entertaining the idea of building off one of its most celebrated shows. The network is working on a Sons of Anarchy spinoff, network CEO John Landgraf confirmed at TCAs.

Sons of Anarchy creator/writer/star Kurt Sutter, who was the mind behind the short-lived The Bastard Executioner, which was cancelled by FX in the fall, is not currently involved with the spinoff beyond being named an executive producer. Sutter will look for a showrunner to handle the project on a day-to-day basis.

The spinoff would follow the Mayans motorcycle crew and would be set in the Northern California motorcycle club scene.

Sons of Anarchy ended after seven seasons December 2014. The seventh season was the highest-rated in FX history, averaging 7.55 million viewers.

Get Out! Ariana Kicked Pete Out Of Her $16M Pad & Changed Locks After Split

Ariana Grande Kicked Pete Davidson Out NYC Condo

So cold!

Following their sudden split last weekend, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned Ariana Grande booted Pete Davidson out of their shared NYC pad — and changed the locks!

The singer went to extreme lengths to ensure she’d have no contact with her ex-fiance after their whirlwind engagement abruptly ended. “Ariana has no plans to continue being friends with Pete,” a source told Radar, adding that although it was an “amicable breakup,” she was the one who called it off.

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“If he had his way, he would still be with her,” said the informant.

Grande, 25, swapped out the locks on their $16 million love shack because she no longer desires Davidson, 24, for support after their brutal breakup. “Ariana is going through a very rough time right now and she has the absolute support of her family and friends,” revealed the pal.

“She has a lot of work to do on herself and she is in the process of healing and recovering from the breakup,” the insider said of Grande, who purchased the whopping 4,000 square ft apartment with Davidson in June.

Just last month Davidson gushed about Grande and their 28th street sleek love best on SNL, saying, “She pays 60 grand for rent and all I have to do is stock the fridge!”

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As fans know, Grande was hit hard by the traumatic overdose death of her ex, Mac Miller, on Sept. 7.

After taping the upcoming NBC Special A Very Wicked Halloween this morning, Grande — sans the $100,000 engagement ring given to her by Davidson — announced that she was taking a break from social media.

In an Instagram caption, she wrote, “Today was very special. Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit. It’s hard not to bump into news n stuff that I’m not trying to see right now,” she continued.

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Stan Against Evil: The 13 Best Monsters

With Stan Against Evil Season 3 right around the corner, we take a look at the series’ most memorable monsters!

Feature Daniel Kurland
Oct 17, 2018

Stan Against Evil has a deep love for monsters. Willard’s Mill is an unfortunate hotbed for supernatural activity and that means that Stan, Evie, and company are going to face a spectrum of ghosts and ghouls. With the upcoming third season of Stan Against Evil promising bold new creatures like giant moths, unidentifiable demons, and of course plenty of witches (seriously, Willard’s Mill could open up a Witch Museum they’re so well-versed on the topic), let’s take a look at some of the best monsters from the show’s past that have helped pave the way for the new crop.

13. Priscilla Atherton

They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but that applies doubly if that woman is also a retail worker with too much time on her hands. Priscilla Atherton has been cursed to live forever and it’s left her awfully vindictive towards all of the happy couples out there. Priscilla uses a haunted wedding ring to get into Evie’s head and convince her that she’s murdering people. Priscilla plagues Evie with graphic nightmares and even begins to lose faith in herself. Priscilla’s 200-year curse is finally put to an end when Priscilla is married off to Leon—an event so severe it causes the old soul to turn to dust.

12. The Wraith

The Wraith is your classic terrifying skeleton-bird type creature and it’s the intimidating beast that wreaks havoc on Stan and Evie in the show’s second season premiere. The Wraith is such a severe presence, but it’s not acting on its own volition. The creature is the trigger in a trap that Constable Eccles set up 400 years ago to stop any attempts to interrupt his evil plans. The Black Hat Society claim that the vicious Wraith can’t be killed, yet Stan disposes of him with a freaking shovel. The Wraith's eyes also become a crucial ingredient in Stan’s attempts at time travel and it’s always nice when a monster’s corpse can be multi-purpose.

11. Constable Eccles

Constable Eccles is the perpetual thorn in Stan’s side before he even realizes that Willard’s Mill is teeming with monsters. Eccles is the infamous sheriff who committed all of the witch burnings and turned Willard’s Mill into this cursed ground in the first place. Even though Eccles’ biggest crimes were in the past, he continually torments Stan in creative ways. He also wields a hell of a ghost scythe that’s just as terrifying to demons as it is humans. Everyone’s frightened of this foreboding spirit. Funnily enough, Eccles has a very human goal in all of this and he just wants his daughter Constance back. She’s just in no hurry to be reunited with her father.

10. Father Donovan

On a show like Stan Against Evil, the appearance of someone like a priest should immediately come across as a big red flag. This is someone who’s either going to get killed or begin killing others as soon as people let down their guards. So sure enough, even though Father Donovan initially comes across as hokey and lame, he’s revealed to be a demon shepherd and corroborator who helps give demons their necessary human vessels. In addition to helping out demons, he also banishes Evie back to Willard's Mill's past and nearly gets her burned at the stake. This brand of demon can only be defeated by stabbing him through the heart with a rod and staff, which results in a gleeful Stan who’s far too excited to ram his precious Bobby Orr hockey stick through Donovan's heart.

9. Ida Putnam

Ida Putnam may seem like an innocent old lady, but she has a number of sinister tricks up her sleeve and she sure knows how to work an ultimatum. Ida’s a major player in Stan’s journey to save his wife’s life back in the past. Not only that, but she’s linked to the evil blossoms that grow around Willard’s Mill in a pentagram pattern and she’s even killed Stan a few times depending on which timeline you want to look at. Evie’s able to successfully gouge out Ida’s eyes and defeat her, but she still makes a strong impression (ie. grow to the size of a giant) before she’s out of the game for good.

8. The Baphomet

Denise is the perpetual well of naivety and innocence in Stan Against Evil and as endearing as these traits are, it also results in a lot of monsters taking advantage of Denise’s trusting nature. Denise brings home a charming little goat one day, but as things often go in Willard’s Mill, the goat turns into a gnarly human-sized Baphomet goat demon. The trickster Baphomet not only looks gross, but he can also essentially be everywhere at once. Stan wants to go the Jaws route on the hairy guy and blow him to pieces, but he needs a different strategy when that proves to be unsuccessful. All of this over some blueberries…

7. The Impish Man

Stan Against Evil has brought in a number of horror legends to guest star when the moment’s right, but Jeffrey Combs’ appearance as the conniving Impish Man has to be a series highlight. Combs’ character is basically a demon grifter, which is such a fantastic, outlandish idea. He has such a jovial personality and it’s only fitting that grifts are in turn what lead to his defeat, too. The Impish Man wages war on both Stan and Evie, both in person and via a reality television show. He sends Stan back in time to the moment that he decided to be a police officer and in the case of Evie, he even hypnotizes her to attempt to murder Denise.

6. Gerard DuQuette

Gerard DuQuette is essentially Constable Eccles 2.0. They have entirely different sources of power, but the former takes over as the show’s main threat when the Eccles leaves the picture. Eccles’ had a pivotal hand in the history of Willard’s Mill, but Gerard DuQuette is a super sorcerer with a short fuse. He’s another individual that has the power to send Stan back in time, but he’s much more cryptic than the majority of the monsters in the series. He speaks in riddles that would even leave the Impish Man flummoxed. Gerard DuQuette is still out there causing problems for Stan and it seems like he’ll continue to be until the good guys can get someone even stronger—like a demon—to take him out.

5. Baby Aiden Braiden

Evil demon babies can be dangerous territory because they’re either a brilliant practical effect or they just feel incredibly sloppy. It’s risky ground to explore and even though Stan Against Evil has a solid track record with their monster effects, their demonic baby, Aiden Braiden, is especially disturbing. The trusting Denise takes a mild babysitting gig for her friend, which quickly gets out of control. It turns out this baby is an Emotional Cluster Feeding Demon, which feeds off of their caregiver’s empathy, which Denise is dripping in. Aiden is a lot to look at, but his hive lair is also super creepy, yet comfy, which is a delicate balance. Aiden’s defeat ultimately comes down to a magic baby rattle, which is pretty much as ridiculous as it gets on this show.

4. Andrew Butch, Man-Spider

When Andrew Butch first appears in Willard’s Mill he comes across as a caring, albeit a little obsessive, historian. However, it’s a fairly safe rule of thumb on Stan Against Evil to not judge a book by its cover, lest you end up corpsified. In Andrew Butch’s case he’s actually a hideous man-spider beast that marks some of the best effects work that the show has ever done. This Man-Spider takes Evie and Stan into the Land of Shadows where Eccles finishes him off, but the eternally disturbing décor of his cave still makes a very strong impression.

3. Murgatroyd, The Pot-Bellied Pig

Denise definitely seems to have the worst luck when it comes to demons that moonlight as animals. At this point she should just come to terms that maybe it’d be safer for her to be a plant person. In Denise’s defense, both her and Evie bring home succubi from their date night that’s gone wrong, but Denise gets the worse lot of the pair. Evie’s handsome boyfriend shows his true colors, but in Denise’s case it’s her adorable pot-bellied companion that becomes all humongous and gross. Murgatroyd is one of the first monsters that the show’s entire cast has to tackle as a team and it remains as one of the most disgusting beasts to invade Willard’s Mill. It goes to show that scary monsters don’t need to have frightening names.

2. Evil Stan

Evil twins and demonic dopplegangers are a classic horror trope, but Stan Against Evil finds a lot of life in the premise of throwing an evil version of Stan into the mix. This complication works so well because Stan is already such an ornery individual that most people don’t even notice that something’s off in his evil twin until the murders get started. This doppleganger is a complication of DuQuette’s black magic and he will continue to cause more havoc and kill people until Stan can figure out the answer to DuQuette’s riddle. Evil Stan provides a great manic energy from Stan and it’s easily John C. McGinley’s best work in the series.

1. Daffodil The Werepony

It’s hard to top something that’s as simultaneously as cute and vicious as a werepony. Stan Against Evil takes the typical werewolf cliché and turns it on its head in such a twisted way. Everything about Daffodil is just ridiculous and the episode doesn’t squander this unusual foe. There’s a lengthy, disturbing transformation sequence that shows off plenty of pony-human hybrid material. There’s also a sequence where this beast attempts to operate basic tools and it’s such a mess. Stan eventually blows Daffodil’s head off with a shotgun, so no, Denise doesn’t learn how to tame this creature and turn him into a show werepony.

Stan Against Evil season 3 premieres on Halloween night at 10 p.m. (ET) on IFC with back-to-back episodes

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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Weed Is Officially Legal In Canada

As a Canadian person, I can confidently assure outsiders who look upon Canada as this always-smiling apologetic utopia. It’s cold for about 11 months of the year. Near every pond lurks a pack of Canada Geese that will either try to bite you or will laugh as you slip on their poo. But at least we can now legally smoke all our problems away, because today marks the first day  that cannabis is 100% legal in Canada.

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office in 2015, one of the things he promised was that Canada would one day decriminalize pot (medical marijuana has been a-ok since 2001). There were a couple times parliament tried to pass decriminalization bills, but they didn’t take until 2017, when the Cannabis Act was passed. The bill officially went into effect today, thus making Canada the second country in the world, behind Uruguay, to legalize it for recreation, medical use, and cultivation. Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles are crying THC tears.

CBC notes that the rules will vary from province to province. All but two provinces require you to be 19 years old (Alberta and Quebec are going with 18). You can smoke at home and in public (depending on the city), and bring 30 grams of weed on a plane, but you can’t get high and get behind the wheel of a car. You can also buy weed online and have it shipped to your house. Forget what I said about the geese, this country is obviously great. But you can’t sell it – you have to buy it from the government or an approved source.

Canada is also considering releasing people in jail for weed-related offenses.

As for how much legal weed in Canada will cost, that’s still up for debate. But CBC says that in general, it looks like it will start at about $7 to $8 a gram. I am not a weed smoker, so I don’t know if $7 a gram is a good deal or not. But now is the time to get into a weed-adjacent Canadian side-business. I should go door to door with a box of butter tarts and a couple old VHS tapes of Readalong. There’s no reason that anybody should be denied the full Canadian stoner experience.

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New GWAR OGN The Enormogantic Fail Revisits the Obliteration of Flab Quarv 7

We didn’t get that news out of New York Comic Con, but close enough! A new GWAR comic has been announced, a 96-page graphic novel by Matt Maguire, Matt Miner, and more. Called GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail, the comic’s story was explained in an update to GWAR: Orgasmageddon Kickstarter backers:

The story’s gonna involve the telling of the destruction of Flab Quarv 7 and GWAR’s coming to Earth from 7 unique viewpoints, the members of GWAR, as they’re interrogated by Sawborg and Bozo Destructo. It’s gonna be so much fun and by the end of it, you’re guaranteed to see GWAR and the Destructos throw down against Cardinal Syn – it’s gonna be glooooorious!

The destruction of Flab Quarv 7 was, of course, previously documented in the song The Obliteration of Glab Quarv 7 on GWAR’s 1994 classic, This Toilet Earth. You can listen to it below… but there’s a pretty big spoiler at the end, so maybe you want to skip it.

In a press release, writer Matt Miner said:

Well it looks like I’m not quite done with GWAR yet, and I’ll be hanging out with that crew long enough for some more dick jokes and blood spray. Always a good time when I can hide from the world in piles of bodies, covered in spew.

And publisher Alexander Finbow:

The opportunity to work with GWAR on this new graphic novel gave us the chance to help create a great story in a collaborative process that respects the band, creators and GWAR fans. The first GWAR comic series was successfully funded through Kickstarter, but the team were keen to try out a different approach this time, one that tied in with some ideas we’d also wanted to try. That’s why we created the gwarcomic.com website, a place where GWAR fans can find out easily what the book is all about, and decide whether they want to sign up for the ride.

And Sawborg Destructo:

The time has come once again, human filth, to show your Lords and Masters your undying, but most likely dying, devotion! I Sawborg Destructo commands you to get your pre orders in now for GWAR’s new comic The Enormogantic Fail! That’s right, get your preorder in today and maybe you’ll survive long enough to read it.

Well how can you say no to that? More info below:

GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail
Writers: Matt Maguire And Matt Miner
Artists: Matt Maguire, Liana Kangas, Lukasz Kowalczuk, Matt Lejeune, Katie Longua, Jeff Martin, Kelly Williams
Colour Artist: Josh Jensen
Cover Artists: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer And Josh Jensen
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Brendan Wright
Publisher: Alexander Finbow
96 pages, softcover, $19.99 US, ISBN: 9781988903477

You know their name, you know their music but do you know their story? Everyone’s favorite blood spewing alien band return to comics in an all new 96 page graphic novel.

The Master is at it again in a fierce battle against Cardinal Syn. To get into the Master’s good graces, the Destructo brothers have trapped GWAR in order to interrogate them to find the key to destroying Cardinal Syn once and for all. Will Sawborg and Bozo Destructo get the answers they need? Can GWAR escape their clutches? Will Cardinal Syn destroy them all? And what really happened when GWAR were banished to earth?

All will be revealed in GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail, a new 96 page graphic novel from GWAR and Renegade Arts Entertainment. Written by Matt Maguire (GWAR) and Matt Miner (Critical Hit, Toe Tag Riot), with art by some of the greatest comic creators this side of Flab Quarv 7, hand-picked by GWAR themselves.

Available for pre-order now along with exclusive prints, pins, CDs, signed goods and even unique stage props. Pre-orders will be delivered June 2019.

Pre-order at GWARcomic.com.

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Paola Mayfield Skewers Body-Shamers With Bathtub Baby Bump Photo

90 Day Fiance star Paola Mayfield is pregnant with her first child. She and Russ are overjoyed.

Some of her more hateful followers have tried to body-shame her over her pregnancy, demanding that she cover up her baby bump.

Pao is hitting back with a photo of her wearing nothing at all -- except rose petals.

Paola Mayfield in a Rose Petal Bath

Paola shared this stunning photo of her very naked, very pregnant body in a rose petal bath.

In the captions, she made it clear that this is how she has chosen to clap back at her body-shamers.

"People have asked me if I‘m ever going to wear more clothes," Pao's caption begins.

She continues: "my answer is... do rose petals count?"

Paola remains an absolute delight, just as she was when she wrecked the shamers who told her to stop exercising.

Paola Mayfield Gives a Baby Bump Update

Paola has kept her fans updated on her pregnancy and her baby bump all along.

Her caption continues with a recommendation that others try a bath like hers.

"You too could benefit from this home spa," Paola suggests.

She adds that her bath is "with rose petals, coconut milk, and sea salt bath."

So, you might need a shower after such a bath if you really want to get clean.

Paola says that the bath is "perfect to keep my skin soft and my muscles relaxed."

The Mayfields

In case anyone had any doubts about who had taken the picture, she gives credit where credit is due.

"Thank you baby for my photo @russ_mayfield," Paola writes.

In case it was not obvious, the photographer she tagged was none other than her husband, Russ Mayfield. His name's right there.

Paola then tagged her post: "#momtobe #homespa #proudofmypregnantbody #90dayfiance #babybump"

She's a fitness model and she's proud of her body.

Paola is in no hurry to cover up her curves, even if one of them is just a baby bump.

Paola Mayfield, Beach Booty

Naturally, Paola's body-shamers weren't done trying to scold her into hiding her body.

"Eeeeww," exclaimed a super mature critic. "Still seeking attention in most unflattering ways...."

"Save this type of photograph for your husband," demanded another. "And only your husband. Nothing worse than a thirsty pregnant woman. I really want to like you."

Really? In all of the things in the world, there's nothing worse than a pregnant woman who's unashamed of her body?

"Why the need to seek so much attention?" wrote another. "If you really were secure & didnt give a rats f--k you wouldn't have to seek attention being half naked...just sayin."

She's a fitness model, she cares about keeping her fans updated, and she's a reality star.

Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield Flaunt Pao's Bump

But Paola also has her genuine fans.

"I don't think anything is wrong with you being naked and pregnant," wrote one defender.

That person continued: "Those who are asking about you wearing clothes are probably jealous."

"Who cares about clothes?" asked another. "Motherhood is beautiful and so are you!"

Another wasn't technically a critic, but offered a very different sort of positive feedback: "Those tatas are getting huge!! I love it!!"

Charming.

Paola Mayfield: Look at My Baby Bump!

"Wow !!! I guess Russ has really lightened up," commented another.

"Before he would have made a big fuss about you being in such a photo," that person noted. "Now he not only allows it but hes the one taking the photo !!!"

Yes, it looks like Russ has gotten past at least some of his weird hangups about Paola's job.

"Omg! All these babies," wrote a commenter. "Yours, Karine with a rainbow baby, elizabeth, aziza."

Those are all 90 Day Fiance stars with 90 Day Fiance babies.

"Giant baby boom on TLC," the commenter continued. "Can’t wait to see them all lined up."

Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

Los Angeles-based Next 10 Ventures, a $50 million fund focused on the creator economy, is launching an incubator program to support YouTubers.

The EduCreator Incubator will seed 25 to 40 “emerging video creators” with $25,000 to $75,000 in seed funding, depending on their location, and will enroll them in a 12-month mentorship program. The only requirement is that they focus on educational video content targeting children and young adults.

“The amazing thing about being able to provide more educational content to YouTube is that children, who may be first generation from an emerging or developing country, they now have a mobile phone and they have the ability to watch content,” said Cynthia So Schroeder, Next 10’s recently hired vice president of marketing, who’s leading the incubation efforts. “Through this content, they may discover a field or a topic they haven’t had access to. Maybe they’ll discover oceanography or physics and that glimpse will … inspire them to be a future astronaut or engineer.”

So Schroeder, eBay’s former head of global community development and engagement, joins the firm’s founders: Benjamin Grubbs, YouTube’s former global director of top creator partnerships, and Paul Condolora, the former co-head of the Harry Potter franchise at Warner Bros.

All participants in the program will jointly participate in a revenue share on revenue generated from their content. Next 10 says they intend to reinvest that into a growth fund for next year’s EduCreator participants and that any equity arrangements or follow-on investments will be discussed at the end of the program.

EduCreator will provide participants with a network of other like-minded creators, programming focused on content development and format and mentorship from digital storyteller Jay Shetty, WeCreateEdu founder Jacklyn Duff and others. The goal is to help the YouTubers build sustainable and scalable online businesses.

What’s in it for Next 10? The firm’s hypothesis is that digitally savvy, mobile-first content creators are big money makers, or will be 10 years down the line — hence the fund’s name. Nearly 60 percent of GenZers, after all, cite YouTube as their preferred learning method, and the quantity of streaming video has more than doubled in the past year.

“At YouTube, I saw over 5x growth in watch time, commercialization and really, globalization of the platform,” Grubbs told TechCrunch. “I have three kids ages 9, 7 and 4 and I’ve seen it there too in how they are consuming media. Looking ahead over the next 10 years, this is going to be the way consumers are [being entertained], accessing insights and knowledge, and connecting.”

Applications to the incubator opened today and close November 17, 2018.

Maurice Clarett Says Nick Bosa Could Make $100 Mil, Leaving OSU Is Smart

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The Flash Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Blocked

Chris Klein makes his proper debut as Cicada as The Flash Season 5 continues to impress!

This The Flash review contains spoilers.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 2

First, a confession. I should have given last week's episode of The Flash five stars. I don't know why I knocked off that half. Maybe I was just tired or something. I just needed to get that off my chest. I can lie to myself about any number of things, but I cannot lie to you, the readers.

Ahem...anyway...

"Blocked" got immediate points out of the gate for that atmospheric, eerie opening that completes the Cicada introduction from the ending of "Nora." It was neat seeing that Gridlock didn't go down completely without a fight, and then immediately establishing that Cicada is also just, well, some dude, actually adds to the creepy factor a little bit. I hope they tease scenes like this out all season long. They remind me of the creepy BTK teases we got during (the awful, interminable) Mindhunter. I am so down for a supervillain version of that with Cicada, and they can run with this for half a season for all I care.

I am absolutley shocked by just how good Jessica Parker Kennedy is as Nora, though. The scenes of her tagging along with Barry as a "CSI intern" could have been really grating, and they weren't. Nora's earnestness is contagious, and while the whole "future fish out of water" has been done to death everywhere (including on Supergirl), it's still fun to see this play out. I am also unlikley to get tired of hearing her say "schway," which is amusing regardless of the context.

The Ralph/Caitlin/Cisco stuff in this episode felt like a diversion, and it's tough for me to get invested in things like "Ralph gives relationship advice" (note that I am far from a Ralph hater) or "Cisco pines for an admittedly cool character who only made a handful of appearances on this show." But these things got about as much screentime as they deserved (read: not very much) and lightened the mood without feeling like a complete detour from everything else that mattered in the episode. Hell, I didn't even mind Block all that much. 

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It took me until the end of the episode to get the parallel between Caitlin's search for her dad and Nora's desire to impress hers. Caitlin is a great character, and I've spent so much time being annoyed with her over the last year because of the silly Killer Frost/Amunet Black stuff that was foisted on her that I may have been subconsciously holding that against her. My bad. Danielle Panabaker has been such an integral part of this cast's unique chemistry from the very beginning, and when she has good material to work with (as she did this week) it's a good sign for the show as a whole.

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The word I used most in my reviews of last season was probably "balance." Specifically, the show never found it. It was too light, almost like it was nervously laughing to cover for the fact that it didn't do the homework, and it rarely ever put together two good episodes in a row. We've already broken that streak this week, because "Blocked" uses its humor wisely (I got my biggest laugh out of Joe nodding sagely while Barry vented about Nora's eagerness and ambition), uses its throwaway villain to advance the main story rather than spin narrative wheels.

But I'm especially digging the way they used Cicada to bookend the episode. I like the horror movie vibe to his music, the fact that he has hardly spoken a line of dialogue, and the creepy insect noise they're going with. I don't know what the context for that last bit is, and he is definitely different from his comic book counterpart, but so far, so good with this season's big bad.

Actually, wait, I just remembered why I deducted that half a star last week...it's because of Cecile and her powers. Not because of Danielle Nicolet, who I think is brilliant. And certainly not because of Cecile herself, a character I have loved since her introduction. But because this "my powers are still here/I'm losing my powers!" stuff is grating, and feels like a hangover from season four. Hopefully this doesn't last.

Flash Facts!

- So, we properly got to meet Chris Klein's mysterious villain, Cicada tonight. This is a character who has only made a handful of appearances in DC Comics. He was created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kollins back in 2001 as a Wally West villain. But if you want more details, you'll just have to read the whole long-ass article I wrote about him.

- I've got nothing on Block, really, but her whole "compress your enemies into a super dense cube of tissue" trick is probably the single most horrifying thing we've ever seen on this show. Although did anyone else get the "shields from David Lynch's Dune" vibe from her powers?

- Any episode where Flash does the tornado arms trick to break something's fall is a good episode. OK, that isn't strictly true, but it IS true in this case.

- Note that Cisco knows how to pronounce Mjolnir properly. Of course he does.

Keep up with all our news and reviews about The Flash season 5 right here!

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review: Archie’s Teenage Witch Gets A Bold, Dark Makeover

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic gets a often bleak and utterly masterful Netflix adaptation. Here's our spoiler-free review.

This Chilling Adventures of Sabrina review contains no spoilers, except for some information that was presented in the series' trailers. It is based on all ten episodes of the debut season.

Much ado has been made about how, in the absence of any new Stranger Things episodes this year, Netflix is seeking to fill the Halloween binge-watching void with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. A sort of companion show to the CW's Riverdale that features members of the same creative team -- including showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who liberally adapts his comic of the same name) -- this effort feels like a much more grounded affair, which is odd given how its main character is a teenage witch whose family worships Satan. This review dares not to tell you what, if any, narrative link there is to the goings on just across Sweetwater River, but that subject won't even be on the minds of the most hardcore Bughead devotees, as Chilling Adventures is firmly committed to walking its own dark path.

Our story opens with Sabrina Spellman (Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka) preparing for her 16th birthday, one that will be commemorated with a Dark Baptism in which she will declare her devotion to serving Satan. Born of a warlock father and a human mother who died when she was an infant, Sabrina finds herself torn between her two distinct parts of her personality.

She lives in the town of Greendale (already established on Riverdale as a hub of supernatural activity) at her family's funeral home with her kindly Aunt Hilda (a scene-stealing Lucy Davis from the U.K. version of The Office), her strict Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto from the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and her Cousin Ambrose (a haunting Chance Perdomo), a helpful pansexual warlock who is forced to remain under house arrest at the residence as punishment for crimes he committed years ago.

The main reason Sabrina is so tormented about giving up her mortal side to fully become a witch is her commitment to her friends, most notably her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch). The Sabrina/Harvey relationship is at the emotional core of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's first season, and it is one that feels way more grounded in reality than any of the couplings on Riverdale, which is odd given the otherworldly forces constantly trying tro rip the pair apart. Equally realistic are Sabrina's dealings with her best friends: The inquisitive and strong Roz (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson), a character who finds herself bullied by other students at Baxter High.

Working to encourage Sabrina to join the Church of Night are Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), the leader of her family's coven and the dean at Greendale's secret witchcraft school, The Academy of the Unseen Arts, and Doctor Who's Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardell, a teacher and confidant who has her own shadowy agenda with the youth. Along with Old Scratch himself, these are Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's primary antagonists, and Gomez is especially, um, enchanting as a character who, through the power of dramatic irony, viewers are always aware of her evil intentions...even if the Spellmans are not.

Standout supporting characters include Tati Gabrielle as Prudence, a witch student at The Academy of the Unseen Arts whose life gets regularly intertwined with Sabrina's, Bronchot Pinchot (!) as Baxter High's smarmy principal, and Lost co-star L. Scott Caldwell as Roz's mysterious grandmother.

Initally the focus of the season is Sabrina's Dark Baptism, and whether or not she will decide to fully embrace her birthright. Once this storyline is dealt with, the series finds itself struggling for a bit at its midpoint as it engages in some narrative wheel-spinning in the form of the no-frills dark Hogwarts goings on at The Academy of Unseen Arts and an extended Exorcist-homage.

Both of these plotlines feel like the sort of filler that continually taints Netflix's Marvel shows. However, the season's near-perfect second half more than makes up for these slow burn episodes, and viewers realize that what may have seemed like story placeholding was actually a clever bit of narrative misdirection designed to turn your attention away from the subtle changes impacting the characters are driving them towards the season's powerful finale.

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Holding all of this together is Kiernan Shipka. Her portrayal of Sabrina is that of a well-meaning teen whose desire to protect her loved ones can lead to some questionable decision making (to say the least). She creates a believable character who is immersed into one unfathomable situation after another. On the shoulders of a less talented actress, the house of cards that is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would collapse into itself.

Here Shipka gives a naturalistic performance that -- especially in later episodes -- that make you understand Sabrina's motives, even if you don't agree with the choices the character makes. She is a typical teen thrown into a supernatural world, but unlike the characters on say The Magicians or the new Charmed reboot, her experiences somehow feel relatable.

As a whole, the acting on this series is memorable. Even secondary characters without much screentime like Susie, who is coming to terms with her sexuality and living up to her family's legacy, are given ample room to allow the actors that embody them thrive. In fact, there is not a character who does not experience profound development over the first ten episodes.

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Of the many character pairings viewers will fall in love with, perhaps the greatest are Hilda and Zelda. When we first meet them, Hilda is regularly the focus of Zelda's wrath, frequently killed and resurrected by her acerbic relative. You come to understand the pair's dysfunction as the series progresses, and learn that beneath it all is a shared love for each other. Damaged and crazy, but love nonetheless. (And prepare yourself, no character on TV this year is as instantly lovable as Lucy Davis' Aunt Hilda).

To answer the Sabrina the Teenage Witch fans who grew up on the TGIF stable, all I'll say is that Salem is a part of this series. But you'll have to watch to see how.

No discussion of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is complete without mentioning the Satan-worshipping elephant in the room. Yes, fundamentalist groups are going to have a field day with this one, especially given our current conservative climate. Yet somehow the Satantic stuff -- and hoo boy is there obviously a lot of it -- feels like set dressing for what this show is truly about, and that's a family who deeply loves each other despite the insane times in which they live. If that ain't relatable prestige television for 2018, I don't know what is.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arrives on Netflix on October 26. We have a complete list of the month's Netflix releases right here.

Chris Cummins is a Philadelphia-based writer, producer, and comics historian. Read more of his work here. You can find him on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion

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Win the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on Blu-ray!

Two lucky geeks can win the Blu-ray edition of Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection!

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Oct 17, 2018

Horror geeks rejoice! The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is now available for the first time on Blu-ray. This is a legendary collection featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history. We're pleased to announce that two lucky geeks will have the chance to take home a Blu-ray edition of the complete 30-film collection, worth $150!

Click here to enter via our official giveaway page.

The giveaway ends just in time for Halloween—October 31st. Two (2) winners will be drawn randomly and notified via email. Winners will have a 48-hour window to respond. Good luck!

Rihanna and PUMA Sued Over F.U. Clothing Logo

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Gotham Season 5: What to Expect From the Final Season

The cast and creators gave us a lot of info about what to expect from Gotham Season 5.

Feature Aaron Sagers
Oct 17, 2018

Batman is on his way to Gotham. First, however, the Fox series named after the comic book metropolis has ten episodes left in its fifth and final season run before the hero arrives. And for Dark Knight to rise, Gotham must fall.

And fall it shall, based on the news to come out of last week's Gotham panel at New York Comic Con. The biggest revelation was that the tenth and final episode would jump a decade into Gotham’s future, and feature Batman, as well as a portly Penguin in a top hat, with umbrella and monocle. It's not the only instance the season will be playing with time.

“We pick up at the top of season five, at the conclusion of No Man's Land, Day 365,” showrunner John Stephens told Den of Geek. “Then, we cycle backwards to day 87, three months into No Man's Land where Jim has created his green zone and wants his reunification. We're catching up, and for the first nine episodes, we're always catching up to that first scene we see.”

"No Man’s Land" references the year-long 1999 DC Comics crossover event when Gotham City was wracked by a cataclysmic earthquake, and then isolated by the U.S. government. The city was likewise separated in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises when Tom Hardy’s Bane blows up the bridges into, and out of, the city. On Gotham, it’s the proto-Joker Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) who did the deed last season.

“It’s complete anarchy at this point,” said Donal Logue, who plays Harvey Bullock. “It's just warlordism in Gotham … You just cut your losses and you accept that there are certain territories within Gotham that you don't go.”

And out of this chaos emerges a new character. It was confirmed on the panel that actor Shane West is appearing as Eduardo Dorrance, who will become Bane. But before he is known as Bane on the show, he is an old army buddy of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and appears in the city on a mission.

“He’s integral to the resolution of No Man's Land,” said Stephens who also described him as “very, very strong, and very angry ... While keeping elements from the books like Peña Duro and Venom … we made him integral to the fact of coming in as a special ops government agent.”

Beyond Gordon, the character of Bane will ricochet off other Gothamites, such as Ed Nygma/The Riddler, played by Cory Michael Smith.

“I’m introduced to Eduardo, who becomes the Bane, by Gordon,” said Smith. “The two of them are working together and I end up in the middle of ... what ends up being a fracturous conflict in [Gordon and Bane’s] relationship ... I am kind of stuck in the middle of their story line, and I actually spend quite a bit of time either running from them, or being slammed in the middle.”

Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor, has his own issues with Bane.

“[Bane] throws a wrench into the dynamic that Penguin and Gordon have; all of a sudden there's another person there that Gordon is also deferring to, and Penguin has no relationship to him … it's very upsetting, and it's going to be a huge obstacle for him.”

Stephens also revealed on the NYCC panel that Bane would break the back of Sean Pertwee’s Alfred (as opposed to breaking Batman’s back, as he did in the 1993-1994 “Knightfall” comic arc).

Bane isn’t the only familiar comic book rogue to be introduced in Gotham’s final season. Stephens announced Jeremiah would be matched with a Harley Quinn-esque “somewhat deranged girlfriend who dresses in a multicolored fashion” and is fond of roller skates (played by Francesca Root-Dodson, who was Echo last season).

Mother and Orphan, and Magpie, will also appear. But Stephens said in interviews not to expect Ventriloquist because he just couldn’t fit him in, even though he is referenced on the show. However, the showrunner did tease another “main big bad … who comes in and is so focused on Bruce in many ways” (It is not King Snake.)

The final season of Gotham will reference the 2013-14 “Zero Year” arc, where Riddler was the primary villain. And Smith suggested in interviews his character would be tied up in some bad business on the show -- and perhaps working for someone else:

“He has his mind unlike season four … except he's blacking out or losing consciousness for periods of time, and waking up in strange places, and having no idea how he got there. He's just losing it, and he has no one to rely on or ally with, so he's alone in the Gotham library, just completely devolving, losing his mind, and eventually going on a quest to figure out what's actually happening to him … is this a confrontation with his alter ego? ... Or is this someone outside of him that's controlling him? Like Hugo Strange, or someone bigger than Hugo Strange.”

As far as where season five finds other characters, Stephens said on the panel Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is on a rage path headed straight for Jeremiah after he shot her last season. Penguin, Ivy, and Zsasz each have their own territory in No Man’s Land, as does Barbra (Erin Richards), which is a literal “no men allowed” zone.

But Smith added that the main conflict in season five, similar to the “No Man’s Land” arc, is with the government itself.

“The main conflict being set up here is man versus state: citizens of Gotham, versus the government,” Smith said. “In order for Gotham to survive, and for everyone on the island to survive, it's interesting who has to band together ... weaponry is laid down, bad blood is pushed aside, and there's some interesting bedfellows.”

Those bedfellows include Nygma working with Lucius Fox, said actor Chris Chalk.

“There's a lot of moments where [Nygma and Lucius] are forced to deal with each other, and it's fun to see ... They're coming back together because they really are inspired by one another, but rub each other the wrong way.”

Additionally, despite their constant desire to kill one another, Penguin and Barbra are forced to team up, said Taylor.

“Penguin needs to make an alliance with Barbra at some point even though they're complete enemies, and then at some point he needs to make an alliance with Gordon, and then at some point the Riddler comes back into play, and we're all like backstabbing and also cooperating all at once.”

And as bad as No Man’s Land may be, it will get worse. Smith said Gotham experiences a “really devastating incident for everybody” before it is all over.

And before it is all over, the Batman will rise. Audiences will have to wait until March 2019, when season five premieres, to see who will be left standing in Gotham.

Stay up-to-date with everything Gotham Season 5 here.

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Idris Elba Joins the Cast of Cats

Tom Hooper’s movie version of the Cats musical finds its Macavity

News Paul Bradshaw
Oct 17, 2018

Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of TS Eliot’s book of pet poems has added another big name to its A-list cast. Idris Elba has signed on to play Macavity (“the mystery cat”) alongside the likes of Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift in Cats.

Macavity is about as close as the story gets to a bad guy – getting one of the show’s standout songs about how much of a wrong’un he is. He cheats at cards, breaks glass, steals milk and controls a criminal empire of street cats to become known as “the Napoleon of crime”, and “a monster of depravity." Crucially though, Mcavity doesn't actually sing the song himself, so Elba might get away without any big musical numbers if Hooper sticks closely to the original. 

Since there isn’t a whole lot of story in the stage musical though, it’s unclear yet how much Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall will have to flesh things out around the songs. 

Elba has played a cat before, in The Jungle Book, and he’ll taking on Macavity right after he’s finished playing another bad guy in Hobbs And Shaw, so the part seems ready made for him. He might not be used to all the Lycra though…

Cats is in pre-production now, and is aiming for a release in Christmas 2020.

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Tom Hiddleston Fuels Fan Rumors About Loki’s Future

Is the God of Mischief toying with us? Could we see Loki in Avengers 4?

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News Paul Bradshaw
Oct 17, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Warning, this article contains Avengers: Infinity War spoilers.

The end of Avengers: Infinity War was so shocking that most of us forgot about what happened at the start. No more that a few minutes into the film, Idris Elba’s Heimdall and Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki both get savagely killed by Thanos. 

It was a brilliant way of letting us know what the stakes were for the rest of the film, but it was also a pretty sad way to send off one of the MCU’s best good/bad guys. Loki has died before (and vanished before, and turned “good” before), but this time it really did seem to be the end for Thor’s brother. We all know that most of the supers who “died” at the end of the movie are coming back to life in Avengers 4, but since Loki quite visibly had his neck snapped, it seems unlikely that he’ll just magically turn up with the others.  

Unless… 

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One popular fan theory calls attention to the fact that Loki tries to stab Thanos with his left hand, instead of his right – suggesting that he might have been using a projection of himself as a distraction. According to Screen Rant, Hiddleston looked visibly surprised when someone asked him about it at ACE Comic Con in Chicago last weekend, and refused to say anything but, “your guess is as good as mine." 

Not exactly a confirmation, but since we know that Hiddleston is probably set to reprise the role of Loki in a spin-off MCU TV show at some point in the future, it does seem to offer a glimmer of hope for fans of the God of Mischief. With Avengers 4 reportedly tying up so many loose ends, it’s unlikely that Marvel is going to want to set the TV show in the past.  

Is anyone actually staying dead in Avengers 4? Apart from the obvious, probably not. 

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Howard Stern Claims Regis Philbin Was Forced Off ‘Live’ Because ‘He Got Old’

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Howard Stern has claimed funnyman Regis Philbin was forced off his own talk show in 2011 due to old age.

Stern, 64, was interviewing late night host Jimmy Kimmel on The Howard Stern Show when he discussed running into Philbin, 87, in his New York City building.

“He lives in my building, but I haven’t seen him in a while,” Stern said during the Oct. 15 broadcast. “I felt bad looking at him, because he doesn’t have a show. And the only reason he doesn’t have a show is because he got old. You know what I mean?”

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Kimmel agreed: “Yeah because he loved doing that show. He would never retire.”

The Shock Jock then claimed the ABC network tried to hide the fact they wanted Philbin gone from the popular program he anchored for years with Kelly Ripa.

I don’t care how many press releases Disney or ABC put out, but he definitely aged out. No one wants to talk about that,” Stern told Kimmel. “And they pushed him out of the tribe. It was his show!”

“Yes it was his show,” Kimmel replied. “It will happen to all of us.”

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Despite the fact Philbin retired from show business seven years ago, Stern said anytime he would talk to someone he still put on a performance.

“When I ran into him, he was kind of doing his own show for me,” Stern explained. “But Regis said to me: ‘Howard I never really listened to your show before. But I was driving in my car for three hours and I started listening. I’m hooked now. I get it. It’s funny. I didn’t know.”

As Radar previously reported, Philbin was a possible contender to replace Hoda Kotb as the next co host of The Today Show, but the behind-the-scenes plan never panned out.

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The Mandalorian: What to Expect from the Star Wars TV Show

The Mandalorian will be the first live-action Star Wars TV show. Here’s everything we know, with a side portion of speculation...

Feature Rob Leane
Oct 17, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Strap on your jetpack and prepare for an exciting ride. Production has begun on The Mandalorian, a ten-episode series that will explore a whole new segment of the Star Wars saga and bring the galaxy far, far way to the small screen in live-action form for the first time ever.

The New York Times reports that Disney is plumbing $100 million into the series, with The Mandalorian intended as a lightning rod that can lure Star Wars fans onto the new Disney streaming service, which will launch in 2019. This is certainly a power move from the Mouse House, which will expand the Star Wars universe in a way that George Lucas never quite managed to do. (Although Lucas planned out a series named Underworld in great detail, it was never produced.)

The Mandalorian is a thrilling prospect for Star Wars fans, so we’ve done some digging to find out everything we can about it. Read on for all the nerdy knowledge you need to know...

Who’s making it?

The creator and writer of The Mandalorian is Jon Favreau, who has one of the most diverse résumés in Hollywood: he launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe by directing the first two Iron Man films; he cemented a permanent slot on festive television schedules by directing Elf; he’s become Disney’s go-to guy for directing live-action, animal-stuffed remakes with The Jungle Book and The Lion King; and his writing CV includes both Swingers and Chef. (Fun fact: in his career as an actor, Favreau voiced Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rio Durant in Solo: A Star Wars Story.)

Talent like this attracts more talent, and Favreau has brought together an A-Team of directors to shoot the show. Dave Filoni, the beloved-among-fans creator of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels will direct the first episode, with the other nine installments being shared between Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).

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Behind the scenes, Favreau and Filoni will executive produce alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as a co-executive producer. There are a lot of safe hands here, essentially, giving fans good reason to get hyped.

Who’s in it?

Despite the fact that we’ve seen a first-look image of the main character in his armor, and been assured that production has begun, there’s yet to be an official cast announcement for The Mandalorian. We know that Marvel Cinematic Universe regular Sarah Finn is handling the casting of the show, but the final choices are yet to be announced.

This being Star Wars, though, there have of course been a few rumors. The biggest one, which originated on the fan site Making Star Wars, points towards Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal, who recently finished his starring run in Narcos. Could it be Pascal under the armour in that photo? He’s certainly got the combat training for a role like this, and the star power to lead a show this big.

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Another rumor, this one from Discussing Film, suggests that Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi will step in front of the camera on The Mandalorian. Both of these multitalented individuals are directing episodes, but if the rumor is true, they will also play key roles.

The rumor suggests that Waititi could be voicing a droid,which makes sense given his show-stealing voice role as Korg in Thor: Ragnarok, while Howard’s alleged role remains under wraps. Again, with the Jurassic World franchise on her CV and a standout episode of Black Mirror, there’s no doubting that Howard has the star power to nab a part in this huge show. Either way, we'll have to wait for an official cast announcement to know for sure.

What’s the story?

The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order,” the Star Wars website tells us, placing these ten episodes between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens in terms of the film timeline. This period in the Star Wars saga has also played host to books like Bloodline and Aftermath, the new animated series Star Wars Resistance, and the story segment of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game.

It’s a fascinating section of the overarching galactic story, with the abrupt end of Emperor Palpatine’s reign leaving a power vacuum that various factions want to plug. Mon Mothma and Princess Leia are among the heroes of the Rebel Alliance attempting to offer democratic rule to the galaxy through a regime dubbed the New Republic, but crime lords across various planets have their own ideas.

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The official announcement tells us that The Mandalorian will “follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” That’s the chap in the armor, of course, who remains a complete man of mystery.

We currently know absolutely nothing about what this lone-gunslinger is getting up to in those outer reaches. In which direction does his moral compass point? What foes will he face in these ten episodes? Will the helmet come off, or is this more of a Dredd situation? At this stage, we’re all questions and no answers.

What will the tone be like?

"After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe.” So says another tantalizing sentence in the recent announcement about The Mandalorian. That statement was presented alongside the armor image and terms like “lone gunslinger,” all of which combine to paint a certain sort of picture.

This really is all we have to go on at the moment, besides a brief interview with Nerdist at the Solo premiere where Favreau promised “all-new characters” and “different planets” for his TV project. Certainly, Favreau is forging a new path here rather than picking up any characters or plot threads from other movies or series.

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If we had to guess, which we’ve decided that we do, we’d predict a gritty tone to match the dusty aesthetic of the armor image. And with streaming services dodging the rules and regulations of traditional TV channels, the only thing stopping The Mandalorian from delving into darker topics and more extreme violence than the Star Wars movies will be the decision-makers behind the scenes.

It remains to be seen whether Kennedy and Disney will allow Favreau to go really dark here, but it’s easy to imagine an armored warrior on a lawless planet getting into some really brutal scrapes and morally murky stories, with death and double-crossing lurking around every corner. Again, though, only time will tell exactly how this plays out.

Mandalore at the Movies

That title, The Mandalorian, is loaded with meaning for Star Wars fans. Mandalore is a planet in the Outer Rim Territories of the galaxy, and it’s home to the expert soldiers of the Mandalorian race, some of whom are very iconic characters.

The first Mandalorian that viewers ever saw was Boba Fett, who made his debut in the much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special before going on appear in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Later, he was inserted into the Special Edition of A New Hope for one brief scene.

Whichever edition you watch, Boba’s Original Trilogy story ends with the iconic bounty hunter tumbling unceremoniously into the Sarlacc Pit. Decades later, Lucas would revisit the character in Attack of the Clones, revealing in the second prequel movie that Boba was an unaltered clone of a bounty hunter named Jango Fett.

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The original Clone Army, which executed Order 66 and wiped out tons of Jedi, were also clones of Temura Morrison’s Jango. These ones were altered and enhanced, though, so it’s probably not entirely accurate to call them Mandalorians. The only pure copy of Jango was Boba, who ended up cradling his father’s decapitated head towards the end of Episode II.

Boba and Jango Fett’s storylines may not have lived up to the effortless cool of their costumes, but nonetheless, these two characters set the framework for what it means to be a Mandalorian: you’ve got to have snazzy armor, a funky spaceship, a jetpack, and loads of gadgets.

Animated Action

The canonical animated shows, The Clone Wars and Rebels, have featured numerous Mandalorian characters. Notably, after the events of Episode II, Boba showed up in The Clone Wars and tried to murder Mace Windu to avenge Jango’s death. The Clone Wars also provides a lot of the backstory of the Mandalorian race, establishing that the children of Mandalore have been obsessed with war for centuries. They’ve fought Jedi, they’ve fought other planets, and they’ve fought among themselves.

There were two main Mandalorian factions in The Clone Wars: a pacifistic government named the New Mandalorians, and an extremist group named Death Watch (who were led, at times, by Favreau’s Clone Wars character Pre Vizsla). Attempting to bring down the New Mandalorians, Death Watch sided with Count Dooku at one stage and Darth Maul at another.

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When the Empire seized control of the galaxy, a chap named Gar Saxon was named the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore and served in the Imperial Military. Other Mandalorians, such as Boba Fett, worked as independent bounty hunters, and there were also Mandalorians on the side of the Rebellion.

For example, one of the main heroic characters in Star Wars Rebels was a young Mandalorian named Sabine Wren. She found an ancient Mandalorian relic known as the Darksaber and used it to try and reunify the Mandalorians. Gar Saxon was killed in a conflict and a new civil war broke out among the Mandalorians. Eventually, a Mandalorian woman named Bo-Katan Kryze – who used to be a member of Death Watch, but later turned goodie – united the clans and took leadership of Mandalore.

It’s Unclear What Happened Next

Those events from Rebels, which took place shortly before the Original Trilogy of films, provide the most up to date account that we have about Mandalore itself. It’s unclear what sort of the state the planet is in after Return of the Jedi, and we have no clue if the title character in The Mandalorian has any allegiances or links with the Mandalorians that we’ve seen on screen before.

Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy visited loads of planets in the years after Return of the Jedi, but the closest those books got to discussing Mandalore was a brief chapter on Tatooine. Therein, a former slave named Cobb Vanth acquired some second-hand Mandalorian armor. He used this armor, which wasn’t explicitly stated to be Boba Fett’s old threads, to bring some law to the wild post-Jabba society on Tatooine.

Despite Favreau’s comments about The Mandalorian focusing on new characters, a fan theory has popped up on Screen Rant suggesting that Cobb Vanth could be the show’s central character. That feels like a very long shot to us, but all guesses are valid at this stage of the game.

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Whether or not The Mandalorian’s eponymous Mandalorian turns out to be a character we’ve met before, the period after Return of the Jedi is a perfect time in which to set his story: this era of Star Wars is far removed from the other main story arcs about Mandalorians, providing a clean slate in which this “lone gunslinger” can operate. There’s no wider political story about Mandalore to slot into at this point, which gives this show room to breathe and do its own thing.

That’s all we know about The Mandalorian for now, then, but we’ll be sure to bring you all the updates as we hear them. The Disney streaming service is believed to be launching next year, so we’d expect promotional matters for The Mandalorian to ramp up some time soon...

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Leah Messer Teases Podcast: I’m Aiming to Inspire!

Leah Messer has a lot to say.

And she hopes you will want to listen.

The veteran Teen Mom cast member has spoken to Us Weekly about a brand new project that she really hopes will make a difference in the lives of her fans.

It's a podcast.

But it's different than the podcast made famous by fellow MTV colleague Kailyn Lowry. 

In what way? And what will Messer's podcast be titled?

Scroll down to find out!

1. Let's Podcast!

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Messer is making her move into this ever-growing medium. She tells Us Weekly that new episodes of her podcast will drop every Wednesday.

2. What Will It Be Called?

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Life Reboot. What do you think? We like it! You can't say you aren't curious to hear what a podcast with such a title will be about.

3. Can She Sum It Up? What is She Trying to Accomplish with It?

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“[It’s] a life transformational podcast,” the 26-year old explains to this tabloid. “Of course it’s fun … but it’s also inspirational, aspirational and motivational.”

4. Wait... Doesn't Kailyn Lowry Have a Podcast?!?

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Yes, it's called "Coffee Convos" and she co-hosts it with Lindsie Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best. Does this mean Leah is trying to start a rivalry with her fellow MTV personality?

5. No, No, No, Leah Explains

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We'll let Messer outline the differences: "Kail’s is day-to-day conversational and ours is more about transforming your life and learning how to become the best version of yourself. Even though they’re different, we love to support one another. I was on Kail’s and she was just on ours … the third episode I think."

6. Who Might Appear?

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Leah isn't dropping any names, but: "I think I’ll definitely have other Teen Mom stars and other … people that [manager] Lindsay [Rielly] and I both know on,” she previews. “We have an exciting lineup of guests for the next couple of months."
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Idris Elba Has Been Added To The Cast Of The “Cats” Movie

Well, shit. As much as I detest Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, I now have to officially add Cats (excuse me while I hork up a hairball) to my holiday movie must-see list. You see, according Deadline, Idris Elba is in final talks for a role in the upcoming film adaptation, and he might be wearing spandex.

Idris will be joining Sir Ian Mckellen as either Old Deuteronomy (Deadline), or Gus: The Theater Cat (IMDB), and I’m hoping Idris will play the role of The Rum Tum Tugger, the sexiest of all the cats. If that’s the case then, yes, please, tug away, daddy. But alas, Deadline says he will probably be playing Macavity: The Mystery Cat who gets sung about a lot, but doesn’t really have much to do. Plus, according to Cats cannon, Macavity is supposed to be a “ginger cat” and I’d hate to see Idris do orange face.

Jennifer Hudson will be Grizabella: The Glamor Cat and gets the show’s only certified hit, “Memory”, a song to get your teeth drilled to. Taylor Swift and James Corden have been cast as well, yet their characters are unknown. Victoria: The White Cat and Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town respectively perhaps? Those are real roles, I did not make them up. Cats is deeply, deeply stupid. Tom Hopper who is responsible for letting Russell Crowe gargle pebbles throughout Les Miserables, is directing. Maybe he’ll get creative and create a new role for Idris. How about Purrcifer: The Cunniligus Cat?

It’s been a big year for Idris. He’s currently filming Hobbs & Shaw with The Rock, the Fast And Furious spin-off that sent Tyrese into a tailspin. And he’s got his Netflix comedy about an aging DJ/manny, Turn Up Charlie, coming out in the spring. I’ll leave you with Idris eye-fucking the camera (and therefore by proxy, eye-fucking me) in a birthday message of thanks he shared on Instagram last month. Watch you don’t make a mess in your pants.

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Thank you, Thank you,Thank you!!❤❤👊🏾👊🏾😎😎

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Cats is scheduled for release in December 2019. I’ll be waiting with bells on.

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Blake Northcott and Donny Tran Launch New ‘What If?’ Line From Aspen in January 2019 Solicits

Aspen has a handful of new comics out for January 2019 and that includes a What If/Elseworlds approach to some of their characetrs with their first in a series of Aspen Visions comic books…

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In the tradition of DC’s Elseworlds and Marvel’s “What If?” classic stories comes Aspen’s most mind-bending concept ever-ASPEN VISIONS!
It all begins here in a special three part mini-series spanning across Aspen’s most popular titles-Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant Iris! Journey through time and reality beginning in the pages of Executive Assistant: Iris, as the preeminent heroine Iris emerges in Ancient China in the middle of a deadly war! Just how does this battle from the past-and Iris–merge into the Fathom and Soulfire universes? You’ll have to discover for yourself in the pages of this three-issue event and the pulse-pounding launch of the all-new ASPEN VISIONS line of books that will shatter everything you know about Aspen’s most popular characters!

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The team that answered to no one is back… but altogether different!
Thicke learns a harsh reality of super-powered teamwork, and the repercussions it will cause to her as a high-powered businesswoman. However, her sacrifice is nothing compared to Ivanna’s realization that the only way to possibly save the human race is to destroy everything she holds dear!
Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (The Four Points), along with acclaimed Arena Mode Saga writer Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Michael Turner’s Soulfire), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!

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The war of Heaven and Earth is upon us, and Dellec and his resistance fighters are no match for the forces of creation itself! The Hands of God has devoured everything in his path-but Dellec has somehow managed to survive due to the aid of Father Strayer and his daughter, Andy. Yet much like everything in his life-this battle must be won by sacrifice-and Dellec will once again risk everything in order to save everyone!
From the minds of creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies) and Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani, Charismagic), along with art by Andre Risso (Shrugged), Michael Ste Maria (Jirni) and John Starr (Fathom), this newest volume of DELLEC is gonna redefine your definition of the human spirit!

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Celebrating over 15 years of its creation, Michael Turner’s incredible vision of magic and wonder returns for an all-new volume!
Malikai and the gang track Janus back to his castle stronghold. Outnumbered and seemingly overmatched, the writing is on the wall, but Janus has his own writing – And, the magic it unleashes will shock and awe. Plus, Rainier continues his war with Madix’s army, and the time has come for Rainier to make his mark –Permanently!
Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark fifteenth year and the creative team of long time Soulfire writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Jirni), newcomer Chahine Ladjouze, and colorist Wes Hartman have joined forces to bring new readers as well as loyal fans alike a Soulfire story for the next generation!

In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
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1998’s Best-Selling Title of the Year Celebrates 20 Years in 2018!
The epic finale to this 20-Year Anniversary volume is here! Aspen Matthews has saved the world more times than she can count, but this time it’s personal! With the very fabric of her family bonds hanging in the balance in the center of a global conflict between superpowers, and the civilization of The Blue at risk of being lost forever under rebellion, Aspen finds herself facing the greatest challenge of her lifetime in order to save both the world above and below!
Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark twenty years since its debut in grand fashion! The superstar creative team of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) are on board to deliver Fathom, and the iconic heroine, Aspen Matthews, to a new generation of readers as well as loyal fans alike!

In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 30, 2018
SRP: $3.99
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This Is Us Focuses on Jack’s Time in Vietnam, Reveals Key Details About Him

We knew it was coming. In fact, fans of NBC’s This Is Us have been waiting not-so-patiently for it. The “it” we’re referring to? A deeper look into Jack Pearson’s past by way of his time serving in the Vietnam War. On Tuesday, fans finally got to see Jack before he was Rebecca’s husband or the Big Three’s father — and, to be honest, we’re all still wrapping our head around the revelations. 

 

There was a lot to unpack in this week’s Jack-centric episode but let’s start with the heart of the matter, which is quite literally Jack’s heart. As it turns out, Jack had a preexisting medical condition that almost made going into the military impossible. Naturally, this is significant because it could — we’re not saying it definitely does, but it could — help explain why Jack perished following the house fire that struck the Pearson home (which we saw play out in season two). 

This is Us fans didn't hold back when they connected the dots that Jack's death wasn't as random as we once thought; Jack was always in danger. 

Take a minute if you need to. We know we did. 

What exactly was the problem? Tachycardia. In a scene during Tuesday’s episode, a young Jack can be seen telling his longtime doctor (since he was 6), “I want to enlist, doc. I need to be there with him.” 

Which brings us to another revelation! Jack vows that his “harmless irregular heartbeat” won’t keep him from being there for one of the episode’s other big reveals: Jack’s little brother, Nicky. 

Although Nicky is alluded to and even seen briefly in previous episodes (and at different ages), the first real introduction to Jack’s brother occurs when Nick gets his draft notice. Clearly unnerved by the news, he leans hard on Jack to help calm him. In flashbacks to their childhood, we see how Jack was always Nick’s rock — supporting and protecting him in the moments their father lost his temper. Then, finally, we see Jack show up in Vietnam, catching his brother off-guard. 

 

 There’s more to come from these two but, in the meantime, we are wrecked by these reveals about Jack's past. How does This Is Us always know precisely what heartstrings to pull to turn us into emotional puddles?

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Ariana Grande Takes Social Media Hiatus Following Pete Davidson Allegations

It's been less than a week since the world learned that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called off their engagement and ended their relationship.

Neither party has spoken publicly about the split yet, but that hasn't prevented the public from running wild with speculation about what might have caused the breakup.

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On Tuesday, a shocking allegation against Davidson began to circulate on social media.

Believe it or not, multiple outlets are now reporting that Grande ended the relationship after learning that Pete had sent explicit photos of the singer to her ex, Mac Miller.

The goal, sources say, was to convince Miller that he should abandon any hope of a possible reconciliation with Grande.

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The accusation is particularly shocking in the wake of Miller's death by overdose last month.

It's important to repeat that the allegations against Davidson are the result of unconfirmed rumors, and for obvious reasons, we hope they're eventually debunked.

But even if the rumors are disproven, they serve as a potent reminder of how much harder a breakup can be when it takes place in the public eye.

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So it's not at all surprising that Grande has decided to take a hiatus from social media until such time as interest in her defunct relationship with Davidson begins to die down.

"Ok today was v special and i’m so grateful i was able to be there,” Grande wrote on Instagram earlier this week, referring to an NBC Halloween special she had participated in that day.

"Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit,” the singer continued.

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“It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn. It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always."

Fans immediately began to speculate that the decision was a result ar Ari's chagrin over the latest rumors about her ex.

That may be the case, but it's equally possible that she's simply tired of reading about her latest breakup every time she goes online.

It remains to be seen if Pete and Ariana will attempt a reconciliation, but it's worth noting that folks who worked with Ariana at NBC this week confirmed that she was not wearing her wedding ring.

Nicole Kidman Looks Haggard, Unrecognizable In Shocking New ‘Destroyer’ Trailer

Nicole Kidman may be getting ready to show fans her most intense film ever. In the new Destroyer trailer, the Hollywood beauty plays a troubled LAPD detective, Erin Bell, who is crushed and worn out by the complexities of her job.

Bell, who starts off as a brave, honest fighter, ends up torn to shreds, regretting her decisions, and hoping to push her daughter towards a better life.

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“I’ve spent my whole life scrambling, jealous, hungry, scared. I wanna find something decent, something good,” she tells her in the clip. “You can be better than me.”

The trailer shows dark scenes of Bell’s hard life as an undercover gang detective, at one point suggesting that the power of the underworld turned appealing to her, and made her question both her job and her values.

“I just wanted one good thing,” she says in the end as she tried hard to find the life she left behind.

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Two California High School Girls Accused Of Baking Cookies With Grandfather’s Ashes

Two California high school girls have just been accused of serving cookies containing one of their grandfather’s ashes. As RadarOnline.com has learned, one of the teens was bragging about the alleged prank to her classmates, until one person alerted authorities.

“This girl is going around telling everyone, basically at this point, that she had brought in these cookies to school with human ashes in them,” a student at Da Vinci Charter Academy told KTXL. The student’s mother also spoke to the TV station, saying: “It blew my mind. I was really repulsed and I was upset that I wasn’t even notified.”

Police told PEOPLE that while the story seems true, it is still being investigated and the girls’ names have not yet been released. The cookies have not yet been lab tested, as cops are not sure there are even any left.

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“We’re conducting an investigation into it to try to find out more facts. But really the school is taking the lead on the disposition of the case,” Lt. Paul Doroshov, told the outlet. “We’ve taken a report that we’ve classified under California penal code as a public nuisance.”

Police reportedly found out about the incident on October 4, days after the girls took the batch of allegedly ash-filled cookies to their high school.

“Based on the interviews that were conducted through our investigation, they seemed credible,” Doroshov, who is a spokesman for David police, explained. “Am I 100 percent sure? I really don’t know of a way to tell at this point.”

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While at least nine kids ate the cookies, none have complained about any sort of sickness or strong reaction to the allegedly contaminates sweets.

“We’re getting conflicting reports,” Doroshov added. “I’m trying to keep a straight face while talking to you. This incident is just out there. It’s a really weird story.”

After news broke of the bizarre prank, the academy’s principal sent out a letter to parents, which he posted on the school’s website.

“I can say that those who were involved are remorseful and this is now a personal family matter and we want to respect the privacy of the families involved,” wrote Principal Tyler Millsap, adding that the issue was “particularly challenging.”

As of now, it is uncertain if the girls could face criminal charges for their sick pre-Halloween hoax.

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Why Thandie Newton Is Producing Films That Will Empower Women of Color

For her first foray into the world of film production as an executive producer, Westworld star Thandie Newton knew she wanted to make it count by involving herself with the documentary Liyana (in theaters now) and the team behind it (prolific documentarians Aaron and Anna Kopp and 3-D animator Shofela Coker). When SheKnows spoke with Newton over the phone recently, we not only got to discuss the film itself but why, for Newton, it was so important to get this story — which beautifully interweaves the story of a young girl, Liyana, on a quest to save her twin brothers with the real-life experiences of a group of children from Swaziland — to the screen.

Throughout her career and life, Newton has sought to do work that would be more impactful beyond just providing entertainment, regardless of whether there was a financial benefit. When she was approached with the offer of becoming involved with the project, she became intrigued with the concept of a film centered around a young African girl and the way in which South African actor, activist and storyteller Gcina Mhlope guides a group of schoolchildren in creating and developing Liyana’s story, which we see in 3-D animation.

"It’s not often that the work I do as an actress that I feel such pride and feel so satisfied with the work that I put into it," Newton tells SheKnows. "There were obviously no monetary gains for me, but that really didn’t matter because this is the kind of work that is so much more satisfying."

For Newton, throwing her weight and vision behind Liyana meant helping bring to life a film that, when viewed by other women of color, might help them feel empowered, like amazing things can be achieved. As Newton describes it: "If you do things to the benefit of brown women, that’s your right. It falls directly into the health of your mind and body. Because we’re so disconnected from one another, it’s divide and rule, that’s what capitalist systems thrive on, and we are trying to at least resist and agitate the change within the system. It’s bloody hard, but I’d rather be doing that every day than just going along with it."

And during our conversation with Newton, we learned that Liyana is just the beginning of a new creative path. With Liyana finished, Newton is currently producing and putting together her first feature film. She believes that by empowering people, whether it be in front of or behind the camera, fiction or reality, the community as a whole become stronger. 

“This movie [Liyana] is another opportunity for me to wed myself as a creative and as a human rights activist, which absolutely falls into that new category that has just evolved in my life," Newton says. "I think it’s going to be a huge amount of what I do, producing and putting together my first feature film right now, which has similarly evolved from what I think is very valuable and empowering for women and reframing our views of people of color and also creating a platform for glorious female empowerment, which I believe is human empowerment. Nurturing a woman is nurturing a family, a community and on and on and on."

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Piers Morgan Took A Pie To The Face Over His “Papoose” Comments

On Sunday, Piers Morgan came for Daniel Craig for wearing his six-week-old daughter in a baby carrier (or “papoose” as they say in the UK). Obviously a whole lot of people have had a problem with Piers’ stance on the matter, and they’ve called him out justly. But sometimes simply calling out a troll on Twitter isn’t enough, and that’s when Piers received some real-life comeuppance for his stupid opinions by way of a cream-filled pie to the face on live television.

Piers still hasn’t taken down the original tweet that started it all, which tells me he still thinks it’s a hot take on parenting.

It didn’t take long before people like Chris Evans, aka Captain America, called Piers out for having masculinity more fragile than a Fabergé egg. Piers, meanwhile, remained smug for a good two days on Twitter. Which makes this pie part extra-satisfying.

According to the Huffington Post, Piers and his co-host Susanna Reid were joined on Good Morning Britain this morning by British comedian Harry Hill, who was there to promote his new kids show, Harry Hill Kidz Show How to be Funny (for Kids). While on GMB, Harry taught Piers and Susanna how to make a cream pie gag (always a classic), which quickly turned into Harry giving a quick little class in How to be Less Obnoxious (for Adults) by taking his cream pie and shoving it in Piers’ face. As he covered Piers’ face in white cream, he said: “This pie is for all those men who wear papooses.

Piers laughed the whole thing off (and threw his pie at Susanna, while saving a handful of pie-shrapnel for Harry). And I really believe Piers was enjoying it, because he’s a level-10 troll who gets off on firing people up. With that being said, all his online trolling just won’t fill the same sadistic asshole hole it once did; Piers has learned that physical retribution is way more satisfying than merely getting yelled at in Twitter mentions. And I’ll admit it, normally I’m not a fan of violence of any kind, but a pie-covered Piers is one that has never looked better. Really, having about 90% of his face covered is a look he should lean into.

Pic: Good Morning Britain via Twitter

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Piers Morgan Shames Daniel Craig for Wearing a Papoose, Gets Roasted by Chris Evans

International troll Piers Morgan took a break from body-shaming plus size models to put a different category of people on blast.

This time, he went after James Bond actor Daniel Craig for wearing a baby harness while carrying his baby.

Morgan claims that it's "emasculating," and was epicly shut down by Chris Evans -- along with countless dads everywhere.

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As you will see in greater detail in the video that we have included, James Bond actor Daniel Craig was spotted with his baby.

Craig was wearing a papoose, which most of us would think of as a front-facing baby carrier, which is a pretty standard piece of gear for parents.

But this just didn't sit right with noted troll Piers Morgan, who took to Twitter to voice his terrible opinion.

"Oh 007.. not you as well?!!!" Morgan exclaimed with disdain.

He then made the subject of his frustration clear, writing: "#papoose #emasculatedBond."

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That's right -- in Piers Morgan's twisted view of gender, a father carrying his baby using a baby carrier is "emasculating."

If you think that he was being absolutely ridiculous, you're right -- and Captain America actor Chris Evans agrees.

"You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child," Evans asserts.

He continues: "Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside."

He's absolutely right.

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Piers Morgan doubled down on his awful view. (Though, to be clear, getting defensive and never admitting that he's wrong is his whole brand)

Morgan then went so far as to try to Brit-splain Captain America to the actor who has played him for the better part of the last decade.

"Captain America," Morgan asserts. "Wouldn't wear a papoose."

In his mind, because Captain America is a strong man, he would only carry a baby in his arms and would never wear something that would make his baby comfortable and safer.

And apparently he would never wear something that would free his hands to perform other tasks while looking after a baby.

This is ... absolutely absurd.

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Piers was a target of ridicule from plenty of others.

"Imagine believing carrying your own baby in public is emasculating," mocked a critic.

"He’s not carrying it, that’s my point," Morgan asserted. "He’s using an emasculating papoose."

Morgan continued: "James Bond would never use a papoose to carry his babies."

"Papoose-gate going global tonight," Piers tweeted, presumably with glee. "A lot of VERY angry papoose-lovers screaming abuse at me."

In case there was any doubt, he added: "FYI: It won’t change my mind about papooses - they are ridiculous instruments of emasculation."

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(Piers Morgan got pied in the face in front of his Good Morning Britain colleagues over this, which is a waste of perfectly good pie)

A lot of men snapped selfies of themselves carrying their babies in papooses, but Morgan dismissed that as "virtue signaling."

"I just expressed a genuinely held opinion that papooses are emasculating, embarrassing & unnecessary," Morgan says. "And the virtue-signalling world's gone bonkers."

Virtue signaling is arguably a real thing, but has become one of those red flag terms almost exclusively used by terrible people.

"One thing's clear after tonight's ferocious Papoose-gate debate: we need a new James Bond. A 007 who looks sharp in a tux & wouldn't be seen dead in a papoose"

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Tom Ellis, a devilishly handsome British actor who plays the titular character on Lucifer, joined the criticism only to be singled out by Morgan.

"God gave you arms for a reason Tom," Morgan insists. "Use them & stop being so lazy."

(Lazy? We thought that he was concerned about emasculation?)

"You are absolutely right," Tom replied heatedly. "Is it time for a charity boxing match? Against you I mean?"

Now that would be a sight.

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In real life, we know that carrying a baby on a harness is much safer for the baby, especially in crowds or on walks or hikes.

There are also some xenophobic and misogynist undertones (no, overtones) to his argument, as papooses are common in many cultures, and he has singled out men on this issue.

But Morgan was insisting that his view is genuine, rather than an effort to troll for attention.

Genuinely feeling this way is worse than being desperate for reactions.

We're hardly the first to say it, but Piers Morgan really is the human embodiment of the old-man-yells-at-cloud meme.

It's not a good look.

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Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets

Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work. Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding the tweet you reported, but users told the company they sometimes needed to refer back to the tweet – like when they’re trying to report it to law enforcement, for example. Now, Twitter says it will hide the tweet behind an informational notice, but allow you to tap the notice to view the tweet again.

In addition, the company is also making it more transparent to users whether a deleted tweet was deleted by the user or because Twitter took an action. If the latter, these same informational notices will display.

Going forward, Twitter says that once it has determined that a tweet should be deleted, it will display a notice that states the tweet is unavailable because it violated the Twitter Rules. This will also include a link to those rules and an article that provides details on how Twitter enforces its rules.

This notice will be displayed both on the account’s profile and on the specific tweet’s page for 14 days after the tweet is deleted.

This will roll out to the Twitter app and Twitter.com on the web in the coming weeks, the company says.

Meanwhile, if you’re the one who reported a tweet, Twitter will hide this tweet from your view.

In the past, Twitter had tried both showing and hiding the reported tweet, because some users said they needed to access it for other reasons, while others simply never wanted to see it again. Most recently, Twitter had been hiding the reported tweets, we’re told.

The new process offers a compromise between showing and hiding these tweets.

While the tweet is hidden by default, if you do need to see it, the option is available with a tap on the notice.

The company demonstrates what this reporting and enforcement flow looks like, in a video it shared on its Twitter Safety account, posted this morning.

The change is the latest in a series of updates, feature release, and new procedures and policies that Twitter has been rolling out in recent months. The company has been trying to crack down on the rampant abuse and harassment that occurs on its platform, while also being careful about making sure its rules are understood and properly enforced.

Not everyone believes that Twitter is doing a good job at this yet, or that it will ever really be able to solve issues around online abuse and hate speech, which afflict so many social media platforms today.

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Alexis Ren All Smiles In Sexy Tight Sporta Bra

Alexis Ren’s jawline makes me suspect she is the product of an unholy union between Duke Nukem and one of the many bimbos that he came across during his many exploits. If this really is the case, I pray more illegitimate daughters come out of the woodwork so that we can make better use of platforms such as Instagram. Genes like his don’t come around every day, so he had better make use of them while they are here.

Alexis is the prime example of my type of woman: Attractive. I know most people tend to focus on one trait of a woman and pursue it like a zealot, but I am more open minded. I only ask that the woman have a rocking body with a perfect face. And if her face is not perfect, I hope it is at least near enough that the resolution on my laptop is not clear enough to tell a difference.

That is one area where the advancement of technology is really coming back to bite us in the ass. Sometimes I do not want to see every detail of a woman’s body. Let me maintain my unrealistic expectations for the human body.

 

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Watch A Bridge Buckle After A Charter Bus Ignores The Bridge’s 10-Ton Weight Limit

This is a video from the one-lane Beaver Bridge in Beaver, Arkansas of a charter bus ignoring the bridge's 10-ton weight limit and crossing, despite these buses typically weighing three to four times that. That bridge clearly isn't thrilled about it, and you can see the whole thing buckling as the bus crosses. When reached for comment about the incident, the bus driver undoubtedly insisted he "was just following the GPS" and "these things should know better." I assume he also mentioned the secret to good bus driving is the same secret to a successful marriage: never admitting you've made a mistake. Keep going for the video while I try to console my nephew and explain I thought the weight limit for his Power Wheels Jurassic Park Jeep was merely a suggestion.

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Meghan Destroys Harry’s Man Cave — To Make Room For New Baby Nursery!

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Prince Harry has had his prized man cave destroyed by his wife, Meghan — to make way for a nursery, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.

The 34-year-old royal’s “boy’s-only den held pride of place in their Nottingham Cottage home on the grounds of Kensington Palace when Harry was a bachelor.

The lads’ pad boasted X boxes, sports memorabilia, a bar, beer fridges a giant cinema screen and even electronic massage chairs.

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But soon after getting hitched, Meghan, who just announced she’s expecting Harry’s baby in the spring, set about renovating the stunning property and make it more stylish and child friendly for their future family.

“Harry got home one afternoon and there was a load of staff in pulling out the big screens, chairs and X boxes from the room, a source told Radar. “Then the interior designers moved in to look over how a nursery is going to look in the context of the home.

“Harry’s happy Meghan is pregnant, but knows it’s going to be tough to have nowhere in his own home to really call his own and retreat to with his laddish pals, added the source.

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Meghan took the dramatic action to scrap Harry’s game room to make much-needed room for their soon-to-be growing family.

“It’s a decent sized property but there are only two bedrooms and space is at a premium, noted the source, adding, “The property is one of the smallest on the royal estate and it may be something of a starter home for them. So Harry has to play his part and sacrifice his own personal space there.

The cottage was also once home to Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s former secretary.

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“Meghan has done an amazing job transforming Nottingham Cottages into a really classy but modern home for them and their future family so far, the source said.

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Damian Wayne Gets A Crush – But Not on Crush (Teen Titans #23 Spoilers)

We know that Damian Wayne is now thirteen. Well, it seems that he’s reached that age when he starts to notice girls. Even when they are ancient supernatural beings prone to be controlled by jabby men with pointing fingers wanting infinite wishes.

In Teen Titans case today that means willing to sacrifice himself for a team member…

 

…shouting down and jabbing his finger at the actual daughter of Lobo, Crush…

…and other people noticing the behaviour.

It’s going to be Batman #50 all over again isn’t it? With Damian Wayne standing on a rooftop with a policeman and a priest… and that’s only if he gets over his mother issues.  Oh look, she’s back in town as well… Metropolis and Gotham.

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The Teen Titans head to Gotham City, where they must thwart a plot to assassinate Commissioner Gordon! So who is the mysterious figure giving Robin his intel, and how does he know so much? Speaking of Robin, is he developing real feelings for the magical Djinn, or is he falling under the spell of her mystical ring? Meanwhile, more secrets come to light and more drama unfolds, putting Kid Flash and Red Arrow at odds!In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
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There are times when Tom King's Batman is so well-executed and haunting that it's easy to picture this 100-issue story ranking among the best Batman runs ever published when all is said and done. Other times, questionable storytelling choices rear themselves and remind us that this book is not without some significant flaws. Unfortunately, the flaws have been cropping up a bit too often in recent months. Do we need to be worried about the general direction of the series post-wedding?

Focusing on the positives first, issue #57 introduces what may well be the most unique and enjoyable stylistic flourish yet. Artist Tony Daniel is joined by guest artist Mark Buckingham (of Fables fame). Even as Daniel continues rendering the epic confrontation between Batman and KGBeast, Buckingham is called upon to depict a fairy tale bedtime story being read to a young boy (whether this boy is a young Bruce Wayne or a young Anatoli Knyazev is made purposely unclear). These fairy tale scenes make for a wonderfully bizarre interlude from the main tale, full of bright, pastel colors and cheerful, cartoonish animals. Naturally, there's a far darker undercurrent to the fairy tale that becomes apparent, with the result that the cheerful visuals become even more ironic and surreal.

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After 12 Years, Why Is Denise Richards Still Giving In To Charlie Sheen?

Denise Richards Still Giving In Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen was a hot mess long before he married Denise Richards in 2002. By then, the hard-partying Two and a Half Men actor had an adult daughter from his high school girlfriend and had broken off his engagement to Kelly Preston. He also had a raging drug and alcohol addiction and was known for his violent outbursts! Despite it all, he and Richards remained married for four years, during which the stars welcomed two gorgeous daughters together. After their divorce, however, things turned tricky.

When Sheen, 53, split from third wife, Brooke Mueller — with whom he shares two sons — their custody and divorce battle got very ugly, very fast. Richards, 47, being the caring mom that she is, offered to take the boys, Max and Bob, in.

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“Nothing but praise for Denise Richards for taking in the two kids of her abusive, drug-addicted, violent, aggressive, unkind ex-husband… Think about that! There’s a special place in the world for someone like Denise Richards,” says lawyer Jill Stanley in a clip for REELZ’s new docuseries, Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards: Irreconcilable Difference.

At the time, Sheen was battling with drugs, debt, and various other crises. And after Mueller filed a restraining order from him, they were both unable to take care of their kids.

“People were shocked, although I think the world figured out, ‘Wow, Denise is a really good person when it comes to the kids, there’s pretty much nothing she won’t do,” recalls naughtygossip.com founder, Rob Shuter.

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Richards quickly proved to be a completely dedicated mother, even when the children weren’t actually hers.

“If it wasn’t for Denise, I just… I don’t know what would’ve happened to Charlie Sheen. Every mess that Charlie creates, Denise is there to pick up the slack. She’s a Wonder Woman! I just don’t understand why Denise is still, still giving to Charlie Sheen,” says Shuter.

Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards: Irreconcilable Differences airs Thursday, October 18 at 9 ET/PT.

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Melania Trump’s Rep Furious Over T.I.’s Melania Nude Stripping Music Video

 

Welcome to the Oval Orifice. Everyone’s favorite Slovenian pornstar turned international hooking sensation turned First Lady Melania Trump is the subject of rapper T.I.’s upcoming music video, and the teaser already has Melania’s team up in arms. The video features a woman – who looks like a pornstar version of Melania, which is saying something – stomping into the Oval Office wearing only her infamous “I don’t fucking give a fuck” green army-inspired jacket. She then strips down, baring at least her ass as she dances for dollars on the president’s desk. Melania’s rep first tweeted:

How is this acceptable? #disgusting #boycottT.I.

Before adding:

Like it or not, she is the First Lady and this is the White House. It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics.

We do like it. A lot. If Melania was able to stomach taking Trump’s FUPA dick for a spin then she really is the hardest working immigrant in America. Her immigration story encapsulates everything that makes this country great, and anyone jealous of her achievement of the American dream is just a h8er. I’ve tried fucking my way to the top. Nobody wants it. If any of us looked like Melania but were limited to her very basic grasp of the English language and therefore barred from most jobs, we’d have her exact same stateside career trajectory. And to use Melania’s history as an excuse to sexualize her – especially now that she’s both the First Lady and a mother –  in a music video is simply unacceptable. Do better. No. Be Best.

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Victoria Justice’s Titty Squish Is Amazing

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I’m only posting Victoria Justice today because of this GIF I just came across. I know it’s from one of her TV shows and is pretty old, but damn those boobs pressed together like that and her facial expression will be stuck in my head for months.

         
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Lyft hires former United Airlines exec to lead market expansion

Lyft has brought on former United Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Julia Haywood to serve as its VP of Strategy. The plan is for her to own Lyft’s market expansion efforts and accelerate growth.

“I’m excited to see Julia make a huge impact here at Lyft,” said Jon McNeill, chief operating officer at Lyft. “We are in a period of hypergrowth, and as the complexity of our product offerings and organization increases, Julia’s hands-on approach to tackling challenges is just what we need to best-position us for the future.”

That future likely entails an initial public offering. Just yesterday, news broke that Lyft has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the lead underwriter of its IPO, along with Credit Suisse Group and Jeffries Group. According to the WSJ, Lyft’s valuation will exceed $15.1 billion.

Since joining Lyft from Tesla in February, McNeill has made numerous hires to the team, including a handful from Tesla.

In September, Lyft hit one billion rides. Earlier that month, Lyft officially entered the scooter-sharing space when it launched electric scooters in Denver, Colo. Lyft has since deployed its scooters in Santa Monica, Calif. as part of the city’s pilot program. Lyft’s entrance into scooters came close after its acquisition of bike-share company Motivate.

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We know we're not supposed to love gossip, but some of us just can't help it. 

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Married at First Sight Finale: Did Your Favorite Couple Stay Together?

And that's all she wrote for another season of Married at First.

The Lifetime reality series concluded its latest examination of husbands and wives who barely know each other on Tuesday night, as many viewers tuned in to find out which twosomes would stay together...

... and which would finally realize, What the heck was I thinking marrying someone I only just met?!?

at first sight

Let's begin our finale recap with a look Dave Flaherty and Amber Martorana, shall we?

Amber very much aware of Dave’s apprehensiveness and hesitation about the future, which, naturally, only made her even more insecure.

However, she soon realized that she spent a lot of time focusing on Dave’s feelings rather than her own. Perhaps it was time for a self-examination, you know?

Forget what Dave was thinking, she reasoned and wondered.

“What if there’s someone better for me?” Amber said. “I haven’t really stopped to think ‘What do I really want? Is this marriage right for me?’”

amber with dave

In the end, the answer was yes to this final question.

She and Dave surprisingly chose to remain together and ended their storyline looking forward to having more time to work on their union.

But what about Bobby Dodd and Danielle Bergman? Well...

We mean, do we even need to say it?

The most predictable couple on the show never fought and were totally obsessed with each other during the entire process. It was both adorable and sort of sickening to watch.

Only one thing was holding them back overall and that Danielle’s inability to tell Bobby that she loved him.

bobby/danielle

“I’ve told Danielle time and time again how much I love her,” Bobby said. “The only thing I really need to hear is Danielle say that she loves me. It’s just something I always thought I would have by now.”

Right?!?

Especially considering how smoothly the marriage has gone.

When decision day arrived, Bobby did all he could to make Danielle happy and secure, even getting down on one knee, pulling out a ring and pouring his heart out to her.

“These eight weeks have been the absolute best eight weeks of my life,” he said. “I’m just glad that I got you. Ultimately, I want you to know that I chose you.”

Did it work? Did she reply with the L Bomb?

YES!

“I feel like I got a best friend and I’m completely head over heels in love with you,” Danielle said.

Mia Bally with Tristan Thompson

Finally, we get to Tristan Thompson and Mia Balley...

These two went through more than any other couple on the show, that's for certain.

If you'll recall, he kicked her out of the house... she threatened him with divorce ... we learned that Mia was once arrested for stalking.

So it wasn't exactly a shock that, going into decision day, both sides were apprehensive and confused about what to do.

“It’s a lot more downs than been ups,” Tristan said. “I care for her … but with everything that’s happened, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Tristan and Mia

Incredibly, the two somehow chose to remain together and give their relationship another shot -- on air, at least.

The finale was filmed many months ago, remember.

In September, long after shooting wrapped, Mia filed for divorce.

It's probably for the best, don't you think?

Shauna Sexton’s Mom SLAMS Ben Affleck: He’s So Old and Drunk!

It's been a strange few months in the life of Ben Affleck.

And it all seems to have started back in August, when Affleck started dating Shauna Sexton.

Ben Affleck-Shauna Sexton

While it's unfair to blame the 22-year-old Playboy model for Affleck's latest relapse (dude seemed to have no trouble getting hammered on his own), it's hard to ignore that his latest fall from the wagon coincided with the start of his new relationship.

Fortunately, Ben's estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, was able to intervene, and Affleck checked into rehab shortly after he and Shauna began their bender together.

These days, it's unclear what's going on with Affleck and his latest love interest.

Shauna Sexton on Insta

Sources say Ben and Shauna have broken up, but they recently vacationed in Montana together, and he's still all over her Instagram page.

So while they may not be officially dating anymore, it sounds as though Ben still has still involvement in Shauna's life.

And it seems Shauna's mother very much wishes that wasn't the case.

Suzette Sexton recently spoke to Radar Online about her daughter's new high-profile beau.

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And based on her comments, we're guessing she wishes Shauna would find someone closer to her own age ... who doesn't have three kids ... and who isn't a raging alcoholic.

“He’s my age!” Suzette told the outlet.

“Would you be ok with your daughter dating a man with three kids, third time in rehab, and unstable as F?”

Ben Affleck Snapshot

Despite her many misgivings about Ben, Suzette says she's encouraged Shauna to bring him home to Virginia for a visit.

"He would feel right at home," Suzette says.

If only Suzette had added "there are moonshine stills for his drunk ass all over them thar hills."

She would've instantly been granted the title of 2018's Realest Shade Queen.

Ben Affleck and a Fan

We kid Ben, of course.

He deserves all the credit in the world for addressing his problem and taking important steps toward recovery.

Similarly, it seems Suzette harbors no ill will toward Affleck -- she just thinks the Oscar winner should find himself a more fitting partner.

"We are a good family," Suzette says.

Ben Affleck Smiling

"We might not always agree with each other’s decisions but we stand by our choices and if it means to love another despite our faults then we do so!” she told Radar.

Ultimately, it sounds like Suzette is a loving mom who's concerned for her young daughter living 3,000 miles from home.

And quite understandably, she feels that a newly rehabbed, famously temperamental actor isn't the most stable companion for Shauna.

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Roseanne’s Fate on <em>The Conners</em> Is Confirmed — Here’s How the Internet Feels

Ever since news broke that the Roseanne reboot would be rebooted (again) without Roseanne Barr, speculation has run rampant about how The Conners might write off the original series matriarch. And now we all know. The Conners premiered on Tuesday night and didn’t waste any time addressing the fate of Barr’s character. 

While the family initially thought she died at night due to a heart attack, they realized after discovering painkillers stashed throughout the house that Roseanne suffered from an unknown-to-everyone-else addiction. Ultimately, an opioid overdose killed her. 

Of course, this wasn’t entirely shocking. An episode in the first incantation of the revival showed Roseanne come to the realization she had a painkiller problem stemming from an operation. 

During a panel at Paley Center on Tuesday night, executive producer Tom Werner explained that the show felt they had an opportunity to raise awareness about a very real problem in an authentic way. 

“I think it was important that we all be respectful of Roseanne Conner and Roseanne Barr, but as we talked about it… what made the show work for us is I think we were touching on themes that were very relevant to our audience,” he told the crowd.

Werner added, “This is a problem — and again, we’re doing a comedy — this is a problem that has affects [sic] tens of thousands of people, opioid addiction — 80,000 people died last year dealing with opioid addiction and overdose. We felt that this is something that could shine a light on [the issue].”

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Fan reaction to the way ABC decided to write Roseanne Conner off proved to be a bit of a mixed bag. 

Some fans, to put it bluntly, weren’t fans at all. 

However, plenty of viewers fell in love with the family all over again.

And some made a salient point: Addressing an issue not typically dealt with on primetime TV (in this case, the very real opioid crisis) is trademark Roseanne

It comes as little surprise that Barr herself — who’d been fired in May from the Roseanne reboot due to a racist tweet — had something to say about the way her character’s death was handled in the spinoff. 

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” the actor said in a joint statement alongside her friend and frequent podcast collaborator, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. 

 

They continued, “That [Roseanne’s death] was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.” 

Barr and Boteach noted that Barr went on to reiterate that ABC didn’t have to fire Barr or kill off her character — per their statement, the “cancellation of Roseanne is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive.” 

While detractors will likely point out that The Conners, with 10 million viewers, didn't perform as well as the Roseanne reboot (which had over 17 million viewers), it should be noted that The Conners numbers still make it the No. 1 new comedy series of the TV season. And excluding Roseanne — which isn't counted due to being a revival — The Conners is ABC's most-watched comedy series debut in four years. 

Tune in and make the call for yourself on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC. 

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