Find your favorite and most impactful war movies available on streaming with our comprehensive list
Sadly, the human race has pretty much never not been at war. We're a violent, combative crew. Hopefully one day that will change and we'll enter an era of unprecedented peace.
Until then, we have the movies. War may be hell, but war movies are pretty great! Armed combat and all the other various theaters and forms of war makes for high-octane drama. And that's pretty much exactly what we are looking for out of our drama films.
What follows is a (mostly comprehensive) list of all the war movies available with a streaming subscription on the major streaming services. If you're interested in paying per movie, options like Amazon, Google Play and YouTube should help. But the movies here are all free with a log-in to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or HBO Now/HBO Go.
Before we get started, let's quickly ackowledge the excellent war television series available on these services.
Turn: Washington’s Spies (Netflix), Band of Brothers (Amazon and HBO), The Pacific (Amazon and HBO), and Generation Kill (Amazon and HBO) are all excellent options for those willing to commit a little more time. Now, let's get to the movies!
At first glance, romance and war don't seem like natural companions. At the same time, however, both the romance genre and war films deal primarily with heightened human experiences and emotions. Allied is one such film that combines them decently.
Allied stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as a Canadian Intelligence officer and a French resistance fighter who fall in love while posing as a married couple. Pitt and Cotillard are excellent actors with even better chemistry. It also helps that the film takes place in a little African town that movie fans might be familiar with: Casablanca.
The Civil War: A Ken Burns Film
Creating the definitive Civil War documentary is only slightly less insane and difficult for making the definitive documentary for all of planet Earth. That's the business that documentarian Ken Burns is in, however, making incredibly, completely definitive documentaries on big, American subjects.
The Civil War is a nine-episode series that ran on PBS in 1990 and the scope of it is absolutely breathtaking. Still, it's ability to turn long-dead soldiers from a different era into living, breathing human beings through only their letters is why Burns is considered one of our finest documentarians.
Most war films understandably take in the action from the perspective of those on the front lines. Darkest Hour is the rare war film that wants to examine the cost of war from the leadership perspective.
Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in the role that finally won him an Oscar....and put him under seemingly 300 pounds of prosthetics. Darkest Hour is much more than a simple Churchill biography, the movie instead takes a look at the early days of World War II when it seemed frighteningly possible that the United Kingdom would fall to the menace in central Europe.
The Hunt for Red October
While the Cold War between United States and Russia was notorious for being...well, cold, in the works of fiction, it might as well have been World War III. The Hunt for Red October is an espionage submarine thriller (admittedly one of the very few in the genre) based on a story from Tom Clancy.
Alec Baldwin stars as our old friend Jack Ryan, a CIA intelligence analyst and apparent naval history expert. Ryan discovers that one of the Soviets' submarines, Red October, has gone rogue under the command of Captain 1st Rank Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius (Sean Connery) and may actually deploy an unauthorized nuclear strike. The Russians and Americans must find Red October and prevent nuclear holocaust.
Watch The Hunt for Red October for fun submarine shenanigans and Sean Connery's stubborn Scottish accent.
The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line is huge. Just huge.
It's based on a huge concept - The Battle of Mount Austen in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The title comes from an epic Rudyard Kipling poem in his Barrack-Room Ballads. And the cast is positively enormous in terms of size and star power. Sean Penn, Adrian Brody, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, and John C. Reilly all star as American soldiers attempting to secure a small portion of an island in the Pacific.
The Thin Red Line, as directed by Terrence Mallick, captures the terrors and unexpected occasional beauty of war perfectly.
Black Hawk Down
One thing about war and war movies is that when something goes wrong in them, they go spectacularly wrong. Black Hawk Down comes from director Ridley Scott and tells the real life story of a 1993 raid by the U.S. Army in Somalia gone horribly wrong. After a military coup in Mogadishu, Somalia, United Nations troops there to keep to peace are threatened by the new government.
U.S. troops are sent in via helicopter to assist in evacuation. Things go south quickly though as a helicopter is shot down and several U.S. troops are trapped in Mogadishu and must go through hell and back again to get out.
The Hurt Locker
Historically it is hard to make a compelling movie about modern war. Older wars like World War II, the Civil War or even conflicts from more ancient times are easier for us to wrap our heads around. Time has passed and we can see the heroism or at least rationale in place. The modern Gulf War we found ourselves in and still find ourselves in is harder to parse.
Thankfully, movies like The Hurt Locker know exactly what to do with all that moral ambiguity stemming from modern conflicts: they embrace it. The Hurt Locker is Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning film about members of a bomb squad during the Iraq War. The Hurt Locker understands that war can be equal parts terrifying and intoxicating and it presents believable, complex characters into the crucible so we can watch how they react.
And here's the complete list, just in case you don't like our choices!
Beasts of No Nation
Black Hawk Down
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
Courage Under Fire
The Dogs of War
Enemy at the Gates
The First World War
Five Came Back
Going to War
The Hunt for Red October
The Hurt Locker
A Ken Burns Film: The War
Lady from Chungking
The Last Face
The Longest Day
Lord of War
Operatino Dumbo Drop
The Siege of Jadotville
Strategic Air Command
The Thin Red Line
World War II in Colour
When Trumpets Fade
The Yellow Birds
Not enough holiday cheer on TV? We have a complete guide to streaming Christmas movies right here for you!
So, maybe there isn't enough Christmas and holiday programming on TV for your liking. We get it. You can't be stuck at the mercy of broadcasters and cable networks all the time, not when there are so many Christmas movies to watch, right?
Well, because we're a little crazy, we're working on an index of every Christmas movie and other piece of seasonally appropriate holiday-themed film available on various streaming services. Just bookmark this page, scroll on through the alphabetical list, hit the links, and it can be Christmas whenever you need it to be! And if you spot some stuff that we missed, just let us know in the comments and we'll see about getting it all added for you.
So, here's how this works. We've got our own top picks right up at the top here, but you don't have to take our word for it. After that, we have the complete list of everything out there!
Bad Santa (2003)
Naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal at Christmastime, but what does a naughty Santa get? Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa packs extra holiday glutton, binging on sex and drugs, all while plotting to loot merchandise with Santa’s unforgettable mischievous little helper, played by Tony Cox.
Holiday season pessimists be wary: What looks like a middle finger to Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the endless stream of ABC Family fluff may have more heart to it than it lets on.
Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
Those looking for Christmas cheer won't find it here. Black Mirror isn't necessarily known for its happy endings and it's 2014 Christmas special, "White Christmas" is no different.
Still, there is an audience out there that definitely wants this level of Scroogery. Plus it stars Jon Hamm! "White Christmas" follows three seemingly disparate stories. Jon Hamm is Matt, a mysterious man with a mysterious job who viewers watch in three different environments: once as a gross pick-up artist helper, once as a digital "cookie" salesman, and once as an occupant in a cozy cabin on Christmas Day.
What do all of these have to do with Christmas? Watch and find out. Then weep for the collapse of humanity.
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina's Christmas Wish (2014)
BoJack Horseman is not anyone's idea of a Christmas enthusiast. The whole point of Netflix's brilliant animated comedy is how depressed the aging horseman actor is. That changes just a little bit in BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina's Christmas Wish though.
This special opens up in present day, or as close to "present day" as the show's "Hollywoo" universe gets. Todd and BoJack sit down to watch a very special Christmas episode of BoJack's old '90s sitcom "Horsin' Around." The viewer is then treated to what a full episode of Horsin' Around looks like. The special involves young Sabrina wishing to Santa Claus for her parents to be alive again.
If you think that's bleak, definitely don't watch BoJack Horseman and discover what happens to the actress who portrays young Sabrina.
Christmas, Again (2014)
Plenty of people love Christmas and the holidays. That's why the phenomenon of the Christmas movie exists! Then there are those who view the approach of Christmas with a tired sigh "Christmas, again??" This movie is for those kind of people.
Christmas, Again is a 2014 indie movie written, directed, and produced by Charles Poekel that made its American debut at the Sundance film festival. The film follows the ironically named Noel, who is a heartbroken Christmas tree salesman who moves to New York City to leave his past and Christmas, itself behind. Noel lives in a trailer, works the night shift and almost succumbs to his boredom and depression...until he meets someone.
Christmas, Again is a fascinating mashup of a traditional Christmas movie and mumblecore.
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
What Doctor Who Christmas special is your favorite to watch come holiday time? The good news is that thanks to Amazon Prime, you don't even have to choose one!
Amazon Prime has six Doctor Who Christmas specials available to stream, starting with 2010's Matt Smith-led "A Christmas Carol" and running through Peter Capaldi's 2017 "Twice Upon a Time." All Doctor Who Christmas specials do an excellent job of incorporating the magic of the holiday season with the madcap wonder of the Doctor Who mythology.
Even if you're not a Whovian, however, you owe it to yourself to at least watch Nick Frost as Santa Claus in 2014's "Last Christmas."
Happy Christmas (2014)
Moreso than any other holiday, Christmas is about family. So some of the best Christmas movies ever ponder the simple question: what if your family sucks? Happy Christmas is a realistic and charming film about just such a topic.
Anna Kendrick stars as irresponsible 20-something Jenny who returns to Chicago to live with her older brother, Jeff (Joe Swanberg, who also directs the film), along with his wife and son. While there, Jenny begins an investigation of sorts into Jeff's novelist wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) with help from her ne'er do well friend Carson (Lena Dunham).
Happy Christmas captures the look and feel of suburban Christmas perfectly and should be a relatable watch for many.
A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
Wait a minute. Does that say A Very Brady Christmas came out in 1988? I thought all-time classic sitcom The Brady Bunch went off the air in 1974! It did. And you know what that makes this Christmas special...reunion!!!!!!!!!!
A Very Brady Christmas was a 1988 made-for-TV movie that brought together the entire original cast of The Brady Bunch save for Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady). Olsen was on her honeymoon at the time and I cant' figure out if that's a great reason or a weird reason to miss a once-in-a-generation TV event.
A Very Brady Christmas centers on a very simple and very relatable concept: getting the whole family back together for Christmas. This is a hard enough logistical challenge for a "normal" family, and a damn near impossible one for a family with six kids. Will the Bradys be able to pull it off? Watch and find out!
White Christmas (1954)
There is no overstating how powerful an impact Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” single had on the American boys fighting in World War II. Giving the G.I.s a taste of home and peace during the darkest moments of their life, it remains still the quintessential Christmas melody in American life. So even if it was technically part of a fine Christmas movie already, Holiday Inn (1942) to be exact, doesn’t mean Hollywood couldn’t return to that well again.
And so they did with White Christmas (1954), a heartstring-tugging comedy that directly acknowledges the song’s role in World War II by recasting Crosby as a war vet who has toured the country with Danny Kaye, but now wants to spend Christmas in the snow with a lovely sister act (Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen). Along the way, they perform some of the most memorable and beloved musical numbers in classic Hollywood history. Cheers to that.
And here's the complete list, just in case you don't like our choices!
5 Star Christmas (2018) - Arrives Dec. 7
12 Dog Days Till Christmas (2014)
Abominable Christmas (2012)
About a Boy (2002)
American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2016)
Angela's Christmas (2017)
Angels in the Snow (2015)
All American Christmas Carol (2013)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Bad Santa (2003)
Back to Christmas (2014)
Beyond Christmas (1940)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
Bob the Builder: Christmas to Remember (2001)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Bob's Broken Sleigh (2015)
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Mid-Winter's Tale (2018) - Arrives Dec. 14
Christmas, Again (2014)
Christmas with the Andersons (2016)
Christmas Belle (2013)
A Christmas Carol (1984)
The Christmas Calendar (2017)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Christmas Cracker (2015)
The Christmas Dragon (2014)
Christmas Grace (2014)
Christmas in the Heartland (2017)
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
A Christmas Kiss II (2011)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) - Arriving Nov. 30
Christmas Inheritance (2017)
Christmas Ranch (2015)
A Christmas Star (2015)
Christmas Town (2008)
A Christmas Tree Miracle (2015)
Christmas with Cookie (2016)
A Cinderella Christmas (2016)
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)
Dear Santa (2011)
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
A Dog for Christmas (2015)
A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale (2015)
Dreamworks Happy Holidays from Madagascar (2005)
Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)
Dreamworks Home For the Holidays (2017)
El Camino Christmas (2017)
Eve’s Christmas (2004)
A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012)
Falling for Christmas (2016)
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas (2018)
Get Santa (2014)
Girlfriends of Christmas Past (2016)
The Holiday Calendar (2018)
A Holiday Engagement (2011)
Holly's Holiday (2013)
The Hollywood Palace: Bing Crosby Christmas Show (1966)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jack Frost (1998)
The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas (2006)
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday (2010)
Krampus Unleashed (2016)
Lawrence Welk Christmas Show (2007)
Lost Christmas (2014)
Love Actually (2003)
Magic Snowflake (2013)
The March Sisters at Christmas (2012)
Married by Christmas (2016)
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse (2001)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
The Mistle-Tones (2012)
My Dad is Scrooge (2014)
My Santa (2013)
Nailed It! Holiday! (2018) - Arrives Dec. 7
Naughty & Nice (2014)
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas (2018) - Arrives Dec. 7
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996)
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special (1988)
Pixi Saves Christmas (2017)
Power Rangers: Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas (2013)
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas (2012)
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle (2018) - Arrives Dec. 14
A Puppy for Christmas (2016)
Rare Exports (2010)
A Russell Peters Christmas (2011)
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009)
Santa Buddies (2009)
Santa Hunters (2014)
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day (2016)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)
Santa’s Apprentice (2010)
The Search For Santa Paws (2010)
Second Chance Christmas (2017)
The Secret of the Nutcracker (2007)
Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008)
Snow Buddies (2008)
So This Is Christmas (2013)
The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
A StoryBots Christmas (2017)
Super Monsters and the Wish Star (2018) - Arrives Dec. 7
Surviving Christmas (2004)
Surviving Family (2014)
The Swan Christmas Princess (2012)
Tiny Christmas (2017)
A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
White Christmas (1954)
A Year and Change (2015)
After the series finale "The Iron Throne," it's time for one final Game of Thrones: Winners & Losers.
The Game of Thrones is a deadly one, and like all good games, it has winners and losers. Welcome to Game of Thrones: Winners & Losers, where we take in the latest episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones and determine the top MVP’s as well as those who were handed a healthy dose of defeat.
Below you’ll find the winners and losers for the series finale, Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.” If you find your favorite character listed as a loser, too bad! This is the final episode! Don't hate the player, hate the game.
*Spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones below*
1. Tyrion Lannister
Though he doesn’t end up on the Iron Throne, Tyrion dominates “The Iron Throne.” After a few seasons of being narratively sidelined, Tyrion’s time in the limelight during the finale is probably the most satisfying aspect of the series finale that doesn’t involve Ghost. Taking a showy moral stand to the Dragon Queen, convincing the ever-brooding Jon Snow that they goofed and backed the wrong horse, making all of the lords and ladies shut up and listen to a prisoner politic, and shifting Westeros to a geniocracy was sure to land the imp in the winner’s section, but his most impressive feat? Giving King Brandon Stark his official nickname. Coining a nickname is difficult to begin with, but assigning one to your new ruler that not so subtly highlights his status as a paraplegic is incredibly bold. Clearly feeling himself, Tyrion makes his triumphant return to the small counsel, back in the Hand’s chair where he belongs. Instead of figuring out how to place a foreign invader in power or defeat an army of the dead, Tyrion is left to lead discussions on water sanitation and construction, a de facto ruler while their figurehead spends his days spying on a dragon and chilling in the past. You’d have to add a honeycomb and a donkey to give Tyrion a happier ending.
2. Bran Stark
Ok, so Bran the Broken isn’t the most flattering nickname for a king, but this Three-Eyed Raven is doing quite well for himself considering the last guy to hold the position lived in a goddamn tree in the middle of nowhere like a goth Keebler elf. Tyrion says that Bran’s life story is the best among the group that assembles to discuss Westeros power structure moving forward, which isn’t quite true, but arguable, I suppose. I must admit, I was pretty underwhelmed by Bran’s presence this season prior to this point, wondering why the Warg of Winterfell didn’t do more to help the Northerners and the people of King’s Landing or stop Daenerys, but maybe this monotone madman was planning for this power grab all along? It sure seems like it when he grinningly tells Tyrion, “Yo, why do you think I’m here, dog?” Bran’s always been a climber, don’t forget. Though he’s already lost a kingdom, Bran should be able to rule and hold power well. With his abilities, he’ll know exactly when a threat is coming, where he needs to send resources, and the secret motivations of every member of his small council. Bran the Broken has the Sev…erg..Six Kingdoms on lock.
3. Sansa Stark
Sansa attended the power vacuum summit dressed to kill and ready to make her case for the throne. She rides into King’s Landing on such a strong combination of “I Told You So” energy and gained wisdom from all of the cruel rulers that she’s outlasted, it makes her seem like the most important, strong-willed person in attendance. When her little brother is suggested as the best candidate to rule, she interjects with harsh a but relevant, “But his dick don’t work,” the only person to be bothered with logical concerns like the line of succession. When she realizes that King Bran the Broken is inevitable, she doesn’t lose an ounce of resolve, immediately brokering a deal for the North’s independence. So, while she may not be the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, she’s the Queen of the North, quite a high peak for someone who was once just a little bird. Finally, Sansa looks like she spent her last moments in King’s Landing raiding Daenerys’ closest, dropping her Cersei-inspired death uniform for one of Khaleesi’s winter gowns. A real glow-up indeed.
4. Arya Stark
Arya was put through hell last week, so here she pretty much just gets to hang out, supporting her siblings and throwing threats Yara Greyjoy’s way. Though I would have liked to see a little more Faceless Man action out of our favorite assassin, Arya is the entire reason while a throne is still around to squabble over in the first place, so if she wants to just relax or go boating, let a girl live. Arya decides to spend her Savior of Humanity retirement sailing west of Westeros, uncharted waters that could hold any number of adventures for Arya Columbus. As a searching traveler at heart, it’s another neat and tidy ending for a Stark, a family that was put through more than enough. Honestly, I’m just relieved that Arya isn’t a Flat Earther. Out of all of our surviving characters, Arya has the most spinoff potential. Hey Maisie Williams, what are you doing for the next, oh say, 10 years or so?
5. Jon Snow
This guy is clearly only happy when he’s sad, so it’s only fitting that his ending is the most bittersweet. Jonny with the good hair puts duty before love and once again holds another girlfriend in his arms as she dies, though this time he did the dirty deed himself. For a second, it really seemed like Daenerys’ “you need to break a few eggs to make an omelet” speech was going to work on our dim prince that was promised, but he takes his conversation with Tyrion to heart and sticks ol’Stormborn in her ribs. Imagine having to explain what happened to everyone else; that must have been a fun conversation. The murder only nets Jon with his second stint at the Wall due to some excellent negotiating by Tyrion, who became a political mastermind again just in the nick of time. Seeing as Jon had no interest in ruling, this is probably best-case scenario for the lovable mope. Jon gets to return to the North, reunite with two of his remaining best friends in Tormund and Ghost (!), and it’s implied that he immediately abandons his post as a member of the Night’s Watch to go North of the Wall and start a new life with a gang of Wildlings. Perhaps Jon, like Sansa and Bran, becomes a ruler himself, the new King Beyond the Wall. His watch, like our own, has ended.
1. Daenerys Targaryen
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In the end, Daenerys’ self-mythologizing and savior complex made her no less self-serving than Cersei Lannister or any ruler that came before. Daenerys only wanted to break the wheel so that she could build a new one and say that she invented it. Though she’s essentially right when she tells Jon that changing the world takes major change and sacrifice, she also sounds quite a bit like Thanos. Meeting with Jon Snow alone and unarmed seems short sighted. This is a guy that you knew was going to have major issues with your war methods. You just got done mean-mugging the fuck out of him after your scary victory speech (I don’t think it’s lost on anyone why they chose for her to deliver her speech in a foreign tongue to a group of characters seen as “Others”), then you seem almost giddy to celebrate with your nephew boy-toy in private? It’s another example of this whiplash season. Regardless of her last minute heel turn, she’ll always be my Queen, and as far as funerals go, having a dragon pick up your body and fly away into the horizon is definitely a flex.
2. Edmure Tully
This fail-son, this absolute goon. Read the room, you dolt. The conversation is opened up for King suggestions, and the Magikarp of the Tully family has the gall to be like “Well, spending majority of the series imprisoned after being a feckless, Daddy’s boy stooge makes me uniquely equipped to rule.” That pitch may work if you’re trying to be the Democratic nominee for president, but it’s not gonna fly here. Sansa promptly tells her uncle to stfu and sit down, and Edmure finally does something smart and listens. On what planet did he think he could make a compelling case to lead? I’d rather Titty Boy Robin Arryn take control of Westeros before you, the embodiment of unearned white male privilege. Get this filet of fish all the way the fuck outta here.
3. Yara Greyjoy
First off, Arya dunks all over Yara in front of Westeros’ elite. Her poppa Baylon was always railing about how the other lords and ladies, particularly the Starks, didn’t respect him, and now the cycle continues. But Yara is a loser for more reasons than that. Adding to her embarrassment, she laughs out loud at Tyrion’s suggestion that they just assemble and choose a new ruler every time a change needs to be made. Um, excuse me Yara, but what do you think the Kingsmoot is? You’re laughing off this suggestion as if it isn’t the exact stupid way that the Iron Born more or less decide who’s going to rule the Iron Islands. Then, Yara just sits idly as Sansa negotiates Northern independence as if independence wasn’t the thing that the Iron Islands were after all along. The same criticism goes to the unnamed new prince of Dorne as well. If we’re being honest, the new status quo that Tyrion sets up doesn’t seem positioned for long term success for this very reason. How long until Pyke or Dorne decide that they want to secede from the crown too? Finally, I just feel like Yara’s a loser because she essentially had to learn about the events of this last season like she was reading Twitter reactions. Can you imagine how frustrating following all of this by raven must have been? “My brother died HOW?!” “Euron did WHAT?!” “Cersei killed WHO?!” “Daenerys, WHY?!” Maybe you shouldn’t have decided to sit this one out.
4. Grey Worm
While I was genuinely touched by his decision to sail off to Naath with the remaining Unsullied in a tribute to his departed Missandei, politically, my guy got absolutely steamrolled. In the wake of Dany’s death, he just turned over and let the lords and ladies of Westeros choose his fate for him. Tyrion was Grey Worm’s political prisoner and yet Tyrion is the chief architect of Westeros’ new power structure, getting to monologue uninterrupted while Grey Worm just stands by and lets it happen. Then, after Jon Snow had his queen killed, he has to watch as Jon just walks right out of his cell and off to a life that he probably would have chosen for himself regardless. There’s a certain irony to an unsullied getting cucked this hard. If I’m Grey Worm, I’m going complete John Wick and I’m not resting until Jon Snow is face down in the snow.
5. Samwell Tarly
Hey, congrats on being the Grand Maester of the Six Kingdoms. Truly deserved. But hey, next time you’re going to argue for the merits of a democracy, try to be a little more strong-willed. Maybe channel some of that Sam the Slayer energy. My guy attacked that debate like Jeb Bush. A terrible showing, Sam. If you’re going to start fixing the many things that are wrong with the Six Kingdoms, you’re going to need to be more aggressive. Next, I just have to shoot the messenger for Sam plopping down A Song of Ice and Fire, written by Archmaester Ebrose. Sam tells Tyrion that he doesn’t appear within the pages of the history book recounting the fallout from Robert’s Rebellion up until the present day, and that’s just, wow; it’s complete bullshit. How do you tell that story and not mention the hero of the Battle of the Blackwater? The man that killed the powerful Tywin Lannister? The man initially accused of killing King Jofferey? The person that was being represented by Oberyn Martell when he was brutally murdered in trial by combat against the Mountain? Daenerys Targaryen’s one and only Hand of the Queen? I’m sorry Sam, but your boss wrote a bullshit book, I don’t care if you gave it a cool name.
Ghost – Vindicated! – WINNER
Robin Arryan – Ask Tormund; milk works. – WINNER
Bronn – Master of Coin? Sure, whatever. – WINNER
Drogon – A big believer in symbolism. – WINNER
Brienne of Tarth – A better writer than that hack Ebrose. - WINNER
George R.R. Martin – The bar has been lowered. – WINNER
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – Everyone’s a critic. – LOSERS
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Good Omens is a fanciful romp through Armageddon with angels, demons, witches, and the Antichrist in an incredibly faithful adaptation.
This Good Omens review is spoiler free.
Reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and the late, great Terry Pratchett before watching the six-episode miniseries on Amazon Prime Video is certainly not required, but those who have enjoyed the 1990 novel will be wide-eyed with wonder at the “Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” come to life on the screen on May 31, 2019. From beginning to end, the humorous story of an angel and a demon working to avoid the end times brought on by the birth of the Antichrist remains true to the uniquely British voice of its authors, feeling like a hybrid of Pratchett’s Discworld and Gaiman’s American Gods with a pinch of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy thrown in for good measure.
Michael Sheen and David Tennant are particularly wonderful as the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, respectively. Good Omens leans heavily into the paradoxical bond these two characters share, both having been part of humanity’s story on Earth since the Garden of Eden. As planet-dwellers rather than disconnected inhabitants of Heaven and Hell, they gain an appreciation for creation that their angelic and demonic peers are lacking and are therefore saddened by the news that the Antichrist’s birth is nigh, signaling the end of days within little more than a decade.
Viewers will enjoy David Tennant’s rock-star swagger and evil nonchalance when an early mistake on the demon’s part sets Good Omens on its comedy-of-errors path, and Michael Sheen’s portrayal of the angel’s awkward meekness and affection gives the friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley the feeling of a much deeper bond. The miniseries even detours from the book a bit to show its audience a sequence of scenes of the two characters throughout the centuries, allowing us to see how they came to their “Arrangement,” in which their actions to influence people to do good or evil cancel each other out.
Admittedly, there are some characters and relationships in the miniseries that don’t feel as completely realized, including Adria Arjona’s character, Anathema Device. Good Omens wisely chose to give her a bit more background in this TV version, but her dedication to the prophecies of her ancestor, the witch Agnes Nutter, which is supposed to define her evolution towards the end of the six episodes, ends up making her a bit one-note. This is especially true with a relationship that blossoms between Anathema and another character simply because their tryst was prophesied. The physical chemistry is spot on, but the foundation for their nerd love is mostly absent.
An early drawback is Frances McDormand’s narrator, who is overly expository in the premiere episode, but fortunately she recedes into a less overt role as the series progresses. That being said, making her the voice of God is definitely a clever way of explaining her presence in the story, and since her ineffable plan is a key theme in Good Omens, it feels right that she should tell the tale from her omniscient perspective. A huge part of the enjoyment of the Gaiman/Pratchett novel comes from the witty narration, so it is an essential ingredient here, even if it takes an episode or two to gain its footing.
Adam Young, the Antichrist-to-be, and his band of imaginative friends are perfectly cast as they innocently run their own pretend Spanish Inquisition or speak knowledgeably about worldly topics with the willful ignorance of youth. Amma Ris as Pepper stands out for her strong performance not simply as the only girl of the group but for bringing to life a character from the book whose empowered views were ahead of their time. There are some stumbles in communicating Adam’s motivations as he grows into his power which involve internal struggles that are no doubt difficult to adapt from the scenes in the novel, but his resolve in the end rounds him out nicely.
Other notable performances include Jon Hamm as the deliciously self-righteous Archangel Gabriel, who wins the prize for the best portrayal of a character not in the original novel. Michael McKean as Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell and Miranda Richardson as Madame Tracy work perfectly in their roles as unlikely neighbors and exhibit a surprising amount of chemistry as the series progresses. And we get some very American Gods-like performances from the actors playing the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Mireille Enos particularly kills it as War), although their overall storyline could have used a more satisfying conclusion even though the journey as they were called to their final duty was undeniably fun.
In fact, the end result of watching Good Omens as what amounts to a six-hour movie is that Gaiman’s screenplay was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a near perfect adaptation of his novel, especially with the visually stunning work of director Douglas Mackinnon, cinematographer Gavin Finney, and all of the other artists who created the look of the show. As viewers enjoy the series starting on May 31, 2019, they will feel transported to a metaphysically fantastical world that will make you look forward to Armageddon.
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The Batman solo movie will have a new actor under the cowl, but is still on track for a 2021 release. Here's everything you need to know.
It would be fair to say the DCEU has been through some major changes since The Batman solo movie was originally announced. Back in 2015, before Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, and well before Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, and Shazam, Warner Bros. had planned a Batman movie to star, and be directed by Ben Affleck.
Back then Zack Snyder was overseer of the DCEU, but after disappointing reactions to BvS, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Warner Bros. decided to change tack, and Affleck found "a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."
The movie is still going ahead, but Ben Affleck is out, both in front of and behind the camera.
So what can we expect from The Batman (the title remained, at least for now)? Here's everything we know so far - we'll keep this updated, so pop back for the latest.
The Batman Director
When Ben Affleck stepped down as director on The Batman, he was initially still attached to star. Sliding into the director's chair back in 2017 was Dawn of the Planet Of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves, and as of writing Reeves is still attached.
Back in 2017, working from a script co-written by Affleck, Reeves described his vision as a noirish detective story.
"I think there’s a chance to do an almost noir-driven, detective version of Batman that is point of view driven in a very, very powerful way that is hopefully going to connect you to what’s going inside of his head, and inside of his heart," he said at the time.
But that was back in the Affleck era. Since Affleck left, the story has shifted focus onto a younger Batman, but talking to THR at the start of the year, Reeves echoed his previous statements, suggesting the tone might not have shifted too much.
"It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale," Reeves said. "It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional."
The Batman Cast
Right now, no cast members have officially been announced, though reports suggest a new Caped Crusader might be announced imminently. The current front runner is Robert Pattinson, who outside of Harry Potter and the Twilight Saga has done some great work in movies such as The Rover, Cosmopolis, Good Time, The Lost City Of Z, and Maps to the Stars.
The other name being bandied about is Nicholas Hoult, probably best known for playing Hank McCoy aka Beast in the recent X-Men line up, as well as Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road. He also currently starring in Tolkien as the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit author.
Back when Affleck was still on board, Jeremy Irons was set to return as Alfred with Joe Managaniello as villain Deathstroke, but it's a fairly safe bet that both of these inclusions are now off the table, whether this young Batman take is set in the past or in an entirely different universe.
The Batman Villains
The latest rumor suggests that The Batman's adversaries will be none other than The Penguin and Catwoman - who will make up "around half-a-dozen villains" who will appear in the film. We last saw the duo together on the big screen back in Tim Burton's Batman Returns in 1992, played by Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer, though of course Catwoman got a Nolan-era reinvention, played by Anne Hathaway.
No word yet whether the two will team up in Reeves' movie or even whether Selina Kyle will be more anti-heroic than villainous, as she's sometimes portrayed.
Although there's been no official announcement, Josh Gad seems to have thrown his name into the hat for the role of Penguin. The Olaf-from-Frozen actor has Tweeted the teasing words "Good Knight" with a Penguin GIF, leading to speculation that he's already nabbed the part. Watch this space for official news.
The Batman Release Date
The Batman is currently slated to open on June 25, 2021. The full schedule of upcoming DCEU superhero movies can be found here.
The Batman filming
Rumor has it - or 'had it' back in January, certainly - that shooting on the film could begin in November this year. No confirmation of whether or not that's true, but with casting moving along the film looks to be on track.
The Azor Ahai prophecy seemed settled on Game of Thrones but Jon Snow's story in "The Iron Throne" casts some doubt.
This Game of Thrones article contains spoilers.
Game of Thrones is now over. The small council has been set and the direwolf has been pet. Still, just because Game of Thrones Season 8 and the saga of Ice and Fire is now finished, doesn't mean that we aren't left with some lingering questions.
Chief among them: what was the deal with that whole Azor Ahai prophecy anyway? Prophecies are the Chekov's gun of fantasy stories. If you introduce them in the first act, they'd better pay off in the final act. At first glance, the Azor Ahai prophecy appears to have been left on the King's Landing map room floor in this final season.
For a quick reminder of what the Azor Ahai prophecy entails, it's basically your standard "and a hero will rise up to defeat evil" kind of thing. The story of Azor Ahai comes from the Shadowlands of Asshai, though similar myths exist all over the world only with the names changed. For the purposes of simplicity, we'll just recap the Asshai version.
Millennia ago, darkness ruled the world in the era that has now come to be known as "The Long Night." A hero named Azor Ahai stepped forward to end the darkness and knew he must forge a powerful sword named Lightbringer to do so. First he attempted to temper his sword in water, but it broke. Then after working on the sword for another fifty days, he tried to temper the sword in a lion's heart but it broke again. Finally, he plunged his new sword into the heart of his wife Nissa Nissa and the sword survived, becoming Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes. Azor Ahai slew the monster of the night and ended an age of darkness.
Legends and prophecy say that when the Long Night falls again, Azor Ahai or "the prince who was promised" will return and wield Lightbringer to save the world once more. As the books say, "There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him."
Cool stuff! Melisandre built her life around the Azor Ahai prophecy, coming to Westeros from Asshai to help guide who she thought was destined to be Azor Ahai. Her first candidate for Azor Ahai reborn, Stannis Baratheon, didn't fare so well. Then she turned her attention to Jon. That seemed to be a better fit. But as we all know now, Arya Stark was actually the individual who defeated The Night King and therefore stopped The Long Night Part Two in its tracks in season 8 episode 3 "The Long Night."
So case closed, right? Arya was Azor Ahai or the concept of prophecies was silly in the first place and any trained assassin with a healthy hatred for death could take down the monster of the night. That all seemed like a perfectly fine explanation...and then Jon had to go and stab Daenerys Targaryen in the heart in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 "The Iron Throne."
Jon killing Dany in the manner that he does can't help but make one recall the details of the Azor Ahai prophecy. After all, the most important (and most metal) part of the Azor Ahai creation myth is what the ancient hero does to create Lightbringer. Azor Ahai plunged his sword into the heart of the woman he loves, Nissa Nissa. And now Jon Snow has done the very same. Even if The Night King is gone and the Long Night is avoided, this very specific manner of murder deserves a closer look...particularly since Jon Snow was one of our most important Azor Ahai reborn candidates for so long.
Over on the A Song of Ice and Fire subreddit, user isaac777777 has a pretty fascinating theory for how Jon Snow can still be the story's prince who was promised even with the Night King vanished. He or she points out that Azor Ahai's attempts to temper Lightbringer in water, a lion, and Nissa Nissa roughly correspond to some decisions that Jon has had to make. isaac writes:
(Water): Jon wanted to save the world from the dead. First, he united mankind against the White Walkers – Wildlings, the North, and Dany’s army. He plunged his army into the white walkers (ice a.k.a. water). But the Long Night was not over. The world was not saved; a great threat still held the world in its clutches. So at the head of his new army, he drove South.
(Lion): Cersei, the lion. Jon drove the new army he had united straight into the heart of the lion, but the world was not saved, for the peace shattered as Dany prepared to usher in a new age of war and conquest. The Long Night was just beginning.
(Nissa Nissa): Devastated, Jon knew what he had to do. He drew close his lover and asked her to bear her heart to him, her love. Then in despair, he stabbed his sword into her breast. Dany inspired thousands. Through all the inspiration that her blood, soul, strength and courage had poured into her conquest, her dream to break the wheel, he forged Lightbringer, the New Era of peace in the kingdom, freeing the world from the Long Night of war, death, and destruction.
isaac777777 postulates that perhaps the Iron Throne itself was really the manifestation of the mythical monster this whole time. And Jon as Azor Ahai was always destined to destroy it, and not the Night King. That's a strong, fascinating theory. Of course, it suggests that Drogon might be every bit the legendary hero that Jon is, and honestly, I'm cool with that.
Perhaps the Iron Throne wasn't necessarily the great monster but rather Dany was. Daenerys wanted to build a new world. And the process of creating a new world means that the old one has to die...as do many people along with it. It seems possible that the real Long Night was the reign of terror that the Dragon Queen would unleash upon the known world in her campaign to "fix it." In this theory, Nissa Nissa and the "monster" would be one and the same, which feels pretty on point for Westerosi and Essosian culture's depiction of women.
Regardless of whether Jon Snow is a literal Azor Ahai reborn ranging North of the Wall in search of more monsters to kill or just some sad chump, the truth of the matter is that the prophecy was never truly about the future. It was always about the present, the past, and the knowledge that every true victory comes with an equal and opposite measure of tragedy. Call it Martin's Third Law of Westeros.
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Us Weekly reports that Duchess Meghan is really serious about this whole “normal mom” thing she’s got planned. It’s been reported for a while that the Duchess of Sussex and Price Harry are going to raise their new son Archie as a commoner. They want to raise their son away from the drama and conflama of being a royal and instead have him live the extremely regular life of your average extremely wealthy person who doesn’t deal with media scrutiny. Well now we’re getting more factoids being spread in the media coming from some people close to the Duchess all about how she’s going to be a normal, strict mom.
Some of Meghan’s closest friends spoke to CBS for their special: Meghan And Harry Plus One. The show aired on Friday and it gave all us regular folk a look at the “other” side of Meghan. The side of her that isn’t a Duchess of Sussex, the side that’s the actress on a hit television series. Relatable.
Janina Gavankar of True Blood, is a close friend of Meghan having known her for many, many years, and she said she’s always known that Meghan will be a great mom who’s very “hand-on”:
“Meghan and I have talked about her being a mother for over a decade. She’s always wanted to be a mom. She’s going to be such a good mother… I think she’ll be very low-maintenance. I think she will be very hands-on. The way she would have been if she hadn’t married into the royal family.”
But don’t think “low-maintenance” means she’s gonna waltz around the house in a pink track suit offering booze to drink in the house; she’s gonna have rules!
“I think Meghan’s gonna be strict. Not in some sort of, you know, intense way. But I think she’s gonna — she’s an incredibly practical person. She’s gonna run a tight ship.”
Meghan’s longtime makeup artist Daniel Martin got emotional talking about how good a person Meghan is. And he also told CBS that Harry is going to be an amazing father:
“He’s so good with kids. Even when they were doing the family portrait after the wedding with everybody, he was on the floor, just playing with the kids. And that’s when I knew, like, he’s gonna be the coolest dad.”
Well at least if Meghan is a huge helicopter mom, Harry will be the cool dad you ask for permission when you know mom will say “no”. And of course Archie will always have cool-aunt Samantha Markle who he can runaway to whenever he gets mad at his mom. Every child needs an adult in their life who will undermine the parenting practices of one of their guardians. Samantha Markle will definitely fill that role.
Meanwhile the official Instagram account for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex put up a commemorative video to honor the one-year anniversary of their wedding. So feel free to check out the picture compilation of this totally normal couple who’s wedding one year ago had a $1 billion economic impact. You know, like regular folk!
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Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)
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Major spoilers as we dig into the background of what went down in the Game Of Thrones season eight finale…
This Game of Thrones article contains spoilers. It comes from Den of Geek UK.
If your memory of previous seasons is at all foggy, we’ve assembled the below to help answer any questions you may have following the Game Of Thrones series finale, "The Iron Throne."
The headcount in this episode was remarkably low. Just a few Lannister soldiers (executed by Grey Worm) and the Queen of Dragons (stabbed in the heart by Jon). We have a more comprehensive list of who died, who survived, and where they all ended up here.
Who were all those people in the Dragon Pit scene?
You’ll have recognized Sansa, Arya, Bran, Gendry, Yara, Brienne, Samwell, and Brienne, but the other, less familiar eight were the new Prince Martell of Dorne, Lord Royce of the Vale, Lord Robin Arryn of the Vale (the son of Lysa Arryn), Edmure Tully (Catelyn Stark’s brother), plus four newcomers to represent the last of the Great Houses of Westeros.
Are there going to be t-shirts made saying “Uncle, please sit?”
We expect so. Coffee mugs, too.
When did Maester Aemon tell Jon that “love is the death of duty?”
In season one, episode nine "Baelor," after Jon temporarily deserted the Night’s Watch to seek retribution for his father’s execution, Aemon confessed his true identity as Aemon Targaryen, uncle to Mad King Aerys, to show Jon that family love has to be denied in the name of duty. Aemon later repeated the words to Samwell Tarly after Sam brought Gilly and little Sam to the Castle because he sensed from Sam's voice that he was already in love with Gilly.
Dany’s season two vision was fulfilled this episode then?
Yes, it seems that the vision was in part presaging her death. In season two, when the Warlocks stole Dany’s baby dragons and she went to the House of the Undying to retrieve them, she saw a vision of the King's Landing Throne Room in ruins and snow falling on the Iron Throne. It foreshadowed the locale in which she died.
Was Jon Azor Ahai, the Prince who was Promised?
Prophesies are rarely helpful, this show teaches, but there’s certainly an echo of Azor Ahai’s story in Jon’s. According to legend, Azor Ahai had to sacrifice the wife he loved by stabbing her in the heart with his sword Lightbringer in order to release the mystical sword’s true powers and then use it to defeat the darkness. Jon, for the good of the realm, has to kill the woman he loves, too. Make of it what you will.
Why did Drogon burn the Iron Throne and not Jon?
It’s difficult to assess the extent of a dragon’s understanding of politics, but it seems Drogon took out his grief over Dany on the Iron Throne because he thinks that’s what really killed her, or rather, her ambition for it and all the warfare it involved. Jon’s a Targaryen, so has a natural affinity with dragons, perhaps that extends to protection from them too. The Iron Throne was reputed to have been forged in the breath of one dragon and now, fittingly, it’s been destroyed by one.
Where did Drogon go?
East, as King Bran is going to find out, no doubt with the help of a spot of warging.
When did all this "breaking the wheel" business start?
In season five, episode eight "Hardhome," Tyrion explained to Dany precisely what opposition she’d face invading Westeros. She replied, “Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top and on and on it spins crushing those on the ground.”
Tyrion replied, “It’s a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You’re not the first person who’s ever dreamt it.”
Dany told him, “I’m not going to stop the wheel, I’m going to break the wheel.”
What happened at the Plaza of Pride?
It’s where Dany and Grey Worm first met in Astapor when Missandei’s slavemaster, Kraznys mo Nakloz, tried to exchange the Unsullied for one of Dany’s dragons, but instead, she burnt him to death, commanded the Unsullied to kill their masters, and gave the Unsullied their freedom.
Why is Grey Worm taking the Unsullied to Naath?
Because it’s the birthplace of Missandei, his one love, and her dream was to return there as a free woman.
When was the North an independent kingdom?
Before Aegon Targaryen’s conquest, three centuries ago. And now, thanks to Sansa Stark, it is again.
Why was Tyrion talking about “pissing off the edge of the world?”
It refers to his visit to Castle Black in season one. From Winterfell, Tyrion accompanied Jon Snow on his journey to join the Night’s Watch because of his curiosity about the Wall and the North. When at the top of the Wall, Tyrion relieved himself over the edge, so he could say that he’d pissed off the edge of the world.
What does Sansa ask Jon’s forgiveness for in the Starks’ goodbye scene?
Instantly betraying the sworn secret Jon made her promise never to tell about his true parentage.
What was the book Brienne wrote in?
The Book of Brothers, which details the exploits of every member of the Kingsguard since its inception. It was previously mentioned in season four, when Joffrey mocked Jaime for the relative shortness of his entry compared to other Knights, then again when Brienne read Jaime’s entry aloud to him before the two said goodbye and she was sent on her way with Oathkeeper, the sword Jaime gifted to her. It’s the responsibility of the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard - currently Brienne - to keep the entries updated.
Did Bran know he was going to be king all along?
That is the question. He suggests so with that swaggering “Why do you think I came all this way?” line, even though it’s thought the Three-Eyed Raven can only see into the past and the present, not the future. Bran's dreams and visions have been known to include images of events still to come, however (i.e. Cersei blowing up the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire). And if Bran can’t see the future, why did he know to give Arya the Catspaw Assassin dagger she used to kill the Night King?
What was Tyrion’s “a jackass and a honeycomb” last line in reference to?
A long-running joke. Back in season one, when Tyrion was on trial for the assassination attempt on Bran’s life in the Vale, he made a speech confessing to various crimes, including once bringing a jackass and a honeycomb to a brothel, before being stopped in his tracks by a disgusted Lysa Arryn. Then in Meereen in season eight, while attempting to engage the not-known-for-their-banter Missandei and Grey Worm in a bit of chat, he started the joke again before being cut off. Finally, he’s about to finish the joke, when who should cut him off but showrunners Weiss and Benioff, those scamps.
How many times has Tyrion been Hand to the King/Queen now?
Three. Or two and a half. The first time, he was made Acting Hand to King Joffrey in place of his father Tywin, the second he was Hand to Daenerys Targaryen, and this is the third, Hand to Bran the Broken.
Where are Tormund and Jon taking all those Wildlings?
To resettle in their villages now that the Night King and the White Walker threat has been vanquished, then presumably onwards to roam the North. It’s a circular ending for the series, the very first scenes in the pilot being of a party leaving Castle Black to go North of the Wall. Now that the Night King's been defeated though, Jon and company will face a happier ending than those chaps.
Was the book Sam gave Tyrion in the Small Council meeting the story we’ve been watching?
Samwell presents Tyrion with Archmaester Ebrose’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the book of modern history he was writing in the Citadel, detailing the period after Robert Baratheon’s rebellion. (Sam came up with the title.) Despite sharing a name with George R.R. Martin’s novel series on which this show was based, it’s not quite the story we’ve been watching because Ebrose’s version doesn’t mention key player Tyrion. It’s a nice Tolkien-ish tribute, though.
We'll probably never get the John Wick NES game we deserve, but one fan has given us something pretty close.
We have no doubt that some studio would have adapted John Wick into an NES game had the action film franchise begun in the '80s, but since it didn't, we're left with this fanmade take on that appealing concept.
This project, which is simply known as John Wick: The NES Game, isn't a fully-fledged NES adaptation (at least not yet) but rather a single YouTube video that showcases what such a game might look like. Specifically, it showcases a level that covers the events of the 2014 film's ending. In classic NES fashion, though, it sees John Wick face-off not against a human final boss but rather a giant, well-armed helicopter.
Anyone familiar with that era of action games (and video game adaptations for that matter), will instantly recognize the stylistic influences of this project. The John Wick NES game closely resembles a combination of the infamous Batman NES game from Sunsoft and the Robocop game from Data East. All of these titles feature rather puzzling color swaps (a trademark of the time), fantastic chiptune renditions of songs from the properties themselves, and urban decay landscapes.
Even if a few of the animations in this project look a bit too smooth to have been possible on the NES, this project is largely faithful to the constraints of its time. That's especially evident during a sequence when John Wick must repeatedly take awkward cover behind a barrel in order to pick off a sniper. NES games of this era typically utilized obstacles that require the player to slow down and almost exploit their circumstances in order to proceed.
We highly doubt that we'll get a proper old-school adaptation of John Wick in the style of that surprisingly excellent Mummy de-make, but the good news is that there's an exciting official John Wick video game adaptation in development known as John Wick Hex. While it's not a "proper" action game, it is a fascinating strategy take on the John Wick franchise.
In any case, John Wick 3 certainly seems to be living up to expectations and is taking over the box office like no other film in the franchise has.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.
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Aspiring lawyer Kim Kardashian opened herself up to some savage trolling today when contacting Jack In The Box regarding injustice she allegedly witnessed at one of the fast food chain's locations. The tweet reads "Hey, Jack In The Box I have a serious complaint but I won't fully put you on blast, check your corporate email inbox or send me a DM with direct person for my team to contact. Pronto!" and had Twitter users wondering what the hell happened to make Kanye's wife so upset.
Kardashian was quick to offer a disclaimer: "I would like to add that this is not about me or a wrong order. Nobody recognized me and it's something that I observed that affected other customers at this particular location that was concerning." Judging by this tweet, Kim's charitable nature extends beyond prison reform. Unfortunately, this didn't stop memers from roasting the crap out of the "self-made" celebrity. And by golly, the tweets were good. Now all we need to know is the tea behind this tweet. Fingers crossed it comes out sooner rather than later.
Maisie Williams’ time on Game of Thrones may have come to an end, but her talent discovery app Daisie is just getting started. Co-founded by film producer Dom Santry, Daisie aims to make it easier for creators to showcase their work, discover projects and collaborate with one another through a social networking-style platform. Only 11 days after Daisie officially launched to the public, the app hit an early milestone of 100,000 members. It also recently closed on $2.5 million in seed funding, the company tells TechCrunch.
The round was led by Founders Fund, which contributed $1.5 million. Other investors included 8VC, Kleiner Perkins, and newer VC firm Shrug Capital, from AngelList’s former head of marketing Niv Dror, who also separately invested. To date — including friends and family money and the founders’ own investment — Daisie has raised roughly $3 million.
It will later move toward raising a larger Series A, Santry says.
On Daisie, creators establish a profile as you would on a social network, find and follow other users, then seek out projects based on location, activity, or other factors.
“Whether it’s film, music, photography, art — everything is optimized around looking for collaborators,” explains Santry. “So the projects that are actively open and looking for people to get involved, are the ones we’re really pushing for people to discover and hopefully get involved with,” he says.
The company’s goal to offer an alternative path to talent discovery is a timely one. Today, the creative industry is waking up — as are many others — to the ramifications of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. As power-hungry abusers lose their jobs, new ways of working, networking and sourcing talent are taking hold.
As Williams said when she first introduced the app last year, Daisie’s focus is on giving the power back to the creator.
“Instead of [creators] having to market themselves to fit someone else’s idea of what their job would be, they can let their art speak for themselves,” she said at the time.
The app was launched into an invite-only beta on iOS last summer, and quickly saw a surge of users. After 37,000 downloads in week one, it crashed.
“We realized that the community was a lot larger than the product we had built, and that scale was something we needed to do properly,” Santry tells TechCrunch.
The team realized there was another problem, too: Once collaborators found each other in Daisie, there wasn’t a clear cut way for them to get in touch with one another as the app had no communication tools or ways to share files built in.
“That journey from concept to production was pretty muddy and quite muddled…so we realized, if we were bringing teams together, we actually wanted to give them a place to work — give them this creative hub…and take their project from concept all the way to production on Daisie,” Santry notes.
With this broader concept in mind, Daisie began fundraising in San Francisco shortly after the beta launch. The round initially closed in October 2018, but was more recently reopened to allow Dror’s investment.
With the additional funding in tow, Daisie has been able to grow its team of five to eighteen, including new hires from Monzo, Deliveroo, BBC, Microsoft, and others — specifically engineers who were familiar with designing apps for scale. Tasked with developing better infrastructure and a more expansive feature set, the team set to work on bringing Daisie to the web.
Nine months later, the new version launched to the public and is stable enough to handle the load. Today, it topped 100,000 users — most of which are in London. However, Daisie is planning to focus on taking its app to other cities including Berlin, New York, and L.A. going forward.
The company has monetization ideas in mind, but the app does not currently generate revenue. However, it’s already fielding inquiries from companies who want Daisie to find them the right talent for their projects.
“We want the best for the creators on the platform, so if that means bringing clients on — and hopefully giving those connectivity opportunities — then we’ll absolutely [go] down those roads,” Santry says.
The app may also serve as a talent pipeline for Maisie Williams’ own Daisy Chain Productions. In fact, Daisie recently ran a campaign called London Creates which connected young, emerging creators with project teams, two of which were headed by Santry’s Daisy Chain Productions co-founders, Williams and Bill Milner.
Now Daisy Chain Productions is going to produce a film from the Daisie collaboration as a result.
While celebs sometimes do little more than lend their name to projects, Williams was hands-on in terms of getting Daisie off the ground, Santry says. During the first quarter of 2019, she worked on Daisie 9-to-5, he notes. But she has since started another film project and plans to continue to work as an actress, which will limit her day-to-day involvement. Her role now and in the future may be more high-level.
“I think her role is going to become one of, culturally, like: where does Daisie stand? What do we stand for? Who do we work with? What do we represent?” he says. “How do we help creators everywhere? That’s mainly want Maisie wants to make sure Daisie does.”
Now you know that if you really want to hurt Boy George, be a contestant on The Voice Australia and tell him that nobody cares if you play guitar. That’ll do it.
During the blind audition on last night’s episode, 20-year-old Daniel Shaw yodeled out Beneath Your Beautiful while playing the piano, and it made all four judges (Kelly Rowland, Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, and Boy George) swing their red chairs around in hopes that he’d choose them. As the judges tried to woo Daniel to their team, Boy George asked Daniel, “Do you play guitar?” Daniel answered back with, “I can play guitar but no one really cares if I play guitar.”
I did sense a tiny touch of rudeness in Daniel’s response, and it seems like Boy George did too, because his eyes widened as he asked, “No one cares?” To which Daniel responded by shaking his head. And after Boy George let out an, “I do,” he furiously stroked his chin pubes and filled to the top with annoyance before saying, “After that comment, go with Delta.” He continued to stew and spit out words, and then he couldn’t take it anymore and busted out a very reasonable response by grabbing his phone and quitting that bitch.
On a scale of rudeness ranging from Not Rude to Chaining A Norwegian Escort To Your Radiator, I’d say Daniel’s response wasn’t that rude.
Daniel ended up taking Boy George’s advice and went with Delta.
Boy George ended up coming back and apologized, saying he misheard Daniel.
“I just misheard what was said, and I just went, you know when you go in the moment? I am kind of fine now and I’m a bit embarrassed. I’m cool, I’m not annoyed, I was just annoyed in the moment. I’ve got to go and find somewhere not to be embarrassed. I’ll have to be tied to my seat.”
Staged tantrum or not, Boy George shouldn’t be embarrassed, because that kind of over-the-top diva shit is a good reason to watch The Voice. I’d watch The Voice U.S. if messiness like that went down, and by that I mean if Blake Shelton stormed off the set and never came back again.
It’s a bit strange to hear that the world’s leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren’t directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in surprising ways.
Though robotics is a new area of research for Facebook, its reliance on and bleeding-edge work in AI are well known. Mechanisms that could be called AI (the definition is quite hazy) govern all sorts of things, from camera effects to automated moderation of restricted content.
AI and robotics are naturally overlapping magisteria — it’s why we have an event covering both — and advances in one often do the same, or open new areas of inquiry, in the other. So really it’s no surprise that Facebook, with its strong interest in using AI for a variety of tasks in the real and social media worlds, might want to dabble in robotics to mine for insights.
What then could be the possible wider applications of the robotics projects it announced today? Let’s take a look.
Learning to walk from scratch
Walking is a surprisingly complex action, or series of actions, especially when you’ve got six legs, like the robot used in this experiment. You can program in how it should move its legs to go forward, turn around, and so on, but doesn’t that feel a bit like cheating? After all, we had to learn on our own, with no instruction manual or settings to import. So the team looked into having the robot teach itself to walk.
This isn’t a new type of research — lots of roboticists and AI researchers are into it. Evolutionary algorithms (different but related) go back a long way, and we’ve already seen interesting papers like this one:
By giving their robot some basic priorities like being “rewarded” for moving forward, but no real clue how to work its legs, the team let it experiment and try out different things, slowly learning and refining the model by which it moves. The goal is to reduce the amount of time it takes for the robot to go from zero to reliable locomotion from weeks to hours.
What could this be used for? Facebook is a vast wilderness of data, complex and dubiously structured. Learning to navigate a network of data is of course very different from learning to navigate an office — but the idea of a system teaching itself the basics on a short timescale given some simple rules and goals is shared.
Learning how AI systems teach themselves, and how to remove roadblocks like mistaken priorities, cheating the rules, weird data-hoarding habits and other stuff is important for agents meant to be set loose in both real and virtual worlds. Perhaps the next time there is a humanitarian crisis that Facebook needs to monitor on its platform, the AI model that helps do so will be informed by the auto-didactic efficiencies that turn up here.
This work is a little less visual, but more relatable. After all, everyone feels curiosity to a certain degree, and while we understand that sometimes it kills the cat, most times it’s a drive that leads us to learn more effectively. Facebook applied the concept of curiosity to a robot arm being asked to perform various ordinary tasks.
Now, it may seem odd that they could imbue a robot arm with “curiosity,” but what’s meant by that term in this context is simply that the AI in charge of the arm — whether it’s seeing or deciding how to grip, or how fast to move — is given motivation to reduce uncertainty about that action.
That could mean lots of things — perhaps twisting the camera a little while identifying an object gives it a little bit of a better view, improving its confidence in identifying it. Maybe it looks at the target area first to double check the distance and make sure there’s no obstacle. Whatever the case, giving the AI latitude to find actions that increase confidence could eventually let it complete tasks faster, even though at the beginning it may be slowed by the “curious” acts.
What could this be used for? Facebook is big on computer vision, as we’ve seen both in its camera and image work and in devices like Portal, which (some would say creepily) follows you around the room with its “face.” Learning about the environment is critical for both these applications and for any others that require context about what they’re seeing or sensing in order to function.
Any camera operating in an app or device like those from Facebook is constantly analyzing the images it sees for usable information. When a face enters the frame, that’s the cue for a dozen new algorithms to spin up and start working. If someone holds up an object, does it have text? Does it need to be translated? Is there a QR code? What about the background, how far away is it? If the user is applying AR effects or filters, where does the face or hair stop and the trees behind begin?
If the camera, or gadget, or robot, left these tasks to be accomplished “just in time,” they will produce CPU usage spikes, visible latency in the image and all kinds of stuff the user or system engineer doesn’t want. But if it’s doing it all the time, that’s just as bad. If instead the AI agent is exerting curiosity to check these things when it senses too much uncertainty about the scene, that’s a happy medium. This is just one way it could be used, but given Facebook’s priorities it seems like an important one.
Seeing by touching
Although vision is important, it’s not the only way that we, or robots, perceive the world. Many robots are equipped with sensors for motion, sound and other modalities, but actual touch is relatively rare. Chalk it up to a lack of good tactile interfaces (though we’re getting there). Nevertheless, Facebook’s researchers wanted to look into the possibility of using tactile data as a surrogate for visual data.
If you think about it, that’s perfectly normal — people with visual impairments use touch to navigate their surroundings or acquire fine details about objects. It’s not exactly that they’re “seeing” via touch, but there’s a meaningful overlap between the concepts. So Facebook’s researchers deployed an AI model that decides what actions to take based on video, but instead of actual video data, fed it high-resolution touch data.
Turns out the algorithm doesn’t really care whether it’s looking at an image of the world as we’d see it or not — as long as the data is presented visually, for instance as a map of pressure on a tactile sensor, it can be analyzed for patterns just like a photographic image.
What could this be used for? It’s doubtful Facebook is super interested in reaching out and touching its users. But this isn’t just about touch — it’s about applying learning across modalities.
Think about how, if you were presented with two distinct objects for the first time, it would be trivial to tell them apart with your eyes closed, by touch alone. Why can you do that? Because when you see something, you don’t just understand what it looks like, you develop an internal model representing it that encompasses multiple senses and perspectives.
Similarly, an AI agent may need to transfer its learning from one domain to another — auditory data telling a grip sensor how hard to hold an object, or visual data telling the microphone how to separate voices. The real world is a complicated place and data is noisier here — but voluminous. Being able to leverage that data regardless of its type is important to reliably being able to understand and interact with reality.
So you see that while this research is interesting in its own right, and can in fact be explained on that simpler premise, it is also important to recognize the context in which it is being conducted. As the blog post describing the research concludes:
We are focused on using robotics work that will not only lead to more capable robots but will also push the limits of AI over the years and decades to come. If we want to move closer to machines that can think, plan, and reason the way people do, then we need to build AI systems that can learn for themselves in a multitude of scenarios — beyond the digital world.
As Facebook continually works on expanding its influence from its walled garden of apps and services into the rich but unstructured world of your living room, kitchen and office, its AI agents require more and more sophistication. Sure, you won’t see a “Facebook robot” any time soon… unless you count the one they already sell, or the one in your pocket right now.
When we first learned that Jonathan Hickman would be taking over the X-Men in July, I was a little worried. When I learned that Hickman’s two six-issue mini-series would lead to a full relaunch of the X-Men line, I was less than thrilled. Having had some time to think about it, my feelings remain mixed. And what better way to convey mixed feelings than with a listicle?
With that in mind, here’s two reasons I’m not looking forward to the Hickboot…
Hickman’s superhero comics can be far too long, slow, and boring.
Seriously, nobody needs a 100-issue epic requiring complex charts and symbols to explain. The X-Men are at their best as soap opera drama with powers, and I’m not sure they really benefit from an intellectual approach. Just give me mutant makeout sessions, impassioned arguments about the role of mutantkind, time travel nonsense, and characters struggling against their natures and overcoming their flaws. Hickman might deliver some of that… but it just doesn’t seem ambitious enough for him and I fear we’re going to get some grand tale where the characters serve the story instead of the other way around. I got bored reading Hickman’s Avengers run sometime around the first super-mega-crossover event, Infinity, and I completely skipped the rest of it, including the entire Secret Wars super-mega-crossover event. But when it comes to the X-books, I’m physically unable to stop reading them, no matter how bad they get.
Relaunching comic books is stupid.
For decades, comics were capable of both adding readers and ushering in “new eras” without relaunching with a new #1 issue. In fact, Chris Claremont’s long run as writer of Uncanny X-Men itself contained several different eras without rebooting the title once. But nowadays, especially at Marvel, it seems like titles get rebooted every 10-20 issues, sometimes without even changing a creative team. Not only is this confusing even for longtime readers, but it also makes the books feel less “important,” at least to me, though your mileage may vary. It’s particularly egregious when it comes to the X-Books because Uncanny X-Men just returned six months ago and it’s already slated to be canceled and, presumably, rebooted after the Hickboot, though there’s no guarantee the flagship title will actually be called Uncanny X-Men.
The bottom line is that Marvel has a relaunch problem, and even without Hickman involved, we probably would have gotten a relaunch of the X-Books sooner than later anyway… but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
But despite these misgivings, the prospects of Hickman taking over X-Men isn’t all bad. There’s some reasons to be excited as well. Here’s two of them…
Hickman will bring prestige to the X-Men again.
One of the big benefits of Jonathan Hickman taking over the X-Men is that Marvel will have no choice but to finally treat the X-Men with the respect they deserve. In his initial interview about the relaunch with ComicBook.com, Hickman flat out stated this as one of the goals:
So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe.
The problem the X-Men have suffered from, basically since Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men, along with the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was Marvel intentionally downplaying the importance of the X-Men in favor of the Avengers because Fox owned the movie rights to X-Men. This led to the cancellation of the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon, the elimination of X-Men merchandise, and the comics taking a backseat to other franchises Marvel viewed as more lucrative in terms of multimedia synergy.
Rob Liefeld said this as well when talking about the project that would later be revealed to be Major X:
Here’s the deal. Since the X-Men movies came out and Disney didn’t have them, I don’t know if you’ve ever paid attention, but Marvel kind of turned the volume down on the X-Men for almost 20 years. Now that they have them more, what was told to me was, ‘Oh yeah. Our budgets on the X-Men books are back up to what they used to be because now we own them all.’
Jonathan Hickman is one of the few “names” in comics that will confer a legitimate “A-List” feel to the X-Men, so in that regard, we couldn’t possibly be happier.
Hickman seems very committed to doing something “different” with the X-Men.
In his interview with ComicBook.com, Hickman described recent X-Men stories as “a nostalgic feedback loop” where “everyone is telling X-Men stories about other X-Men stories.” And he has a point. Marvel and Hickman have promoted this relaunch as a seminal moment in X-Men history, akin to Giant Size X-Men #1. If we take them at their word — and I understand that’s an iffy prospect considering Marvel hypes literally every single project they do as changing the Marvel Universe forever — then Hickman isn’t planning to rehash old stories here. He legitimately intends to look to the future of the X-Men and not the past. And if that’s truly the case, then it’s definitely a good thing.
Alright, enough of that. Time to get to recapping last week’s X-Books…
Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.
Uncanny X-Men #18
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Carlos Villa (CA) Whilce Portacio
• First…the X-Men lose one of their own.
• Then…the new Black King of the Hellfire Club makes a move.
In Shops: May 15, 2019
The issue opens with Wolverine telling Magick he’s leaving the X-Men and warning her not to trust them. Then we cut to the subway, where the X-Men (sans Wolverine) confront the Marauders over slaughtering the Morlocks. The Morlocks deny any knowledge of this, but Chamber, who was living with the Morlocks before the massacre, attacks. After a brief battle, the Marauders surrender, but Chamber goes all Daenerys Targaryen on them and burns them all. A charred Harpoon stabs Chamber through the chest and Hope shoots Harpoon in the head. The X-Men leave, and the Marauders are all dead.
The X-Men arrive at Harry’s hideaway to find the place on fire. Juggernaut heads inside to rescue Warlox (what they’re calling Warlock using a Madrox dupe as a host body) and Dark Beast, but Kwannon is nowhere to be found. Mister Sinister is there. He says he came to talk, but when he realized the X-Men were murdering the Marauders, he decided to pull a Seth Rollins and burn it down. A battle ensues, in which Sinister calls on a bunch of Sinister clones (or something), who all merge together into one giant Sinister. Havok goes nuclear to defeat Mega-Sinister, but this causes Havok to almost lose molecular cohesion.
The X-Men relocate to a new headquarters, a swanky apartment set up by Karma. Havok recuperates in bed, though he is now in a semi-ghostlike state. Karma tells Mirage that the new headquarters is a goodbye present because she’s leaving the X-Men, hopefully not to get murdered like Wolfsbane. Cyclops and Havok have a brief chat about Emma Frost, who neither remembers knowing, and Cyclops leaves to call Captain America, who passed him his digits a few issues ago. But on the final page, we see Emma and Mystique chilling at the Hellfire club and Mystique gets a call on her cellphone from Scott Summers. Oh snap!
The Uncanny X-Men farewell tour rockets toward its conclusion ahead of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch and I have to admit, knowing this is all going to get essentially rebooted in a few months takes away some of the gravity of Matthew Rosenberg’s bloodthirsty killing spree. Still, nostalgia is as nostalgia does, and Uncanny X-Men has been playing the X-Men’s greatest hits, which continues to be satisfying in its own right.
Age of X-Man: NextGen #4
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Marcus To (CA) Chris Bachalo
THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!
• The Age of X-Man is coming apart at the seams!
• The students are working on multiple fronts, but they need to put the pieces together before someone finds out!
• Someone may already be onto their trail!
In Shops: May 15, 2019
As the issue opens, Armor walks in on Glob Herman covering Rockslide’s head in his body wax in an attempt to protect him from mindwiping and bring him into the fold of people who see what’s truly going on in the Age of X-Man. Unfortunately, the sticky festivities will have to wait because Armor explains what happened last issue, with Pixie catching her talking to Anole and probably alerting the authorities right now. They need to go to the address Anole gave Armor. They head off campus, brushing off an invite to dinner from Shark-Girl, as Pixie does indeed rat them out to Sunfire and Angel.
At Maggott’s safehouse, where Anole’s clique of radical Apocalypse followers are hiding out, Anole arrives and warns them that the X-Men may be onto them and they need to proceed with their plan of blowing up the library ASAP. Back at the school, the X-Tremists arrive and begin investigating Armor’s disappearance, soon learning that she left campus with Glob and Rockslide. Speaking of which, the trio arrive at Maggott’s safehouse and immediately get into a fight with the group, despite protestations that they are sort of on the same side, when Glob mouths off about how Apocalypse is a villain in the real world. During the fight, Rockslide finds the blueprints to the library and the kids realize what’s going on. They rush to stop Anole, but arrive just as the library is blowing up. Whoops!
The Age of X-Man has been a disappointing event as a whole, but some of the minis have been really good, and NextGen is one of them. Of course, that’s because characters like Glob, Armor, Rockslide, and Anole are excellent and thrive in pretty much any setting. Give me an endless supply of stories starring the X-teens, please!
Congratulations to the creative team on winning the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week!
Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #4
(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) Marco Failla (CA) Phil Noto
THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!
Is the world beginning to crumble or are the X-Men going mad? The protectors of the perfect planet of peace find themselves pushed to the edge.
In Shops: May 15, 2019
It’s Xavier Day, which means it’s time for a wild celebration on the streets of London… well, as wild as it can get when sex and personal relationships are outlawed. The X-Men and the X-Tremists are on the lookout for Apocalypse and his X-Tracts, who announced last issue they would appear at the celebration for shenanigans. Sure enough, Apocalypse shows up and starts preaching about Charles Xavier’s sex life, which gets Colossus so horny, he makes out with Kitty Pryde.
Apocalypse encourages the “lustful feast” on the streets before disappearing to avoid capture by the X-Men. Reluctantly, at Magneto’s urging, Jean uses her powers to shut down the orgy and send everyone home. What a party pooper!
Back at X-Men headquarters, the X-Men resolve to fight Apocalypse and debate killing him, but they’re interrupted by news reports of giants fissures opening all over the world, showing visions of the true past. X-Man tells the X-Men to get some rest before going after Apocalypse while he and Jean deal with these. As they head off to do that, X-Man tells Jean that the other X-Men can’t handle what’s in the fissures, but she can. As they fly around the world shutting them down, they see visions of the true past, moments from Lifedeath, X-Men Red, and other comics, but Jean rejects them as propaganda from Apocalypse.
Meanwhile, Colossus, feeling invigorated by his makeout session with Kitty and also seeing visions of the two of them together when she phased through him at the celebration, tosses his X-Men uniform in the garbage and decides to head out to pursue a life together with her. The X-Tremists are waiting for him and a fight ensues. While all of this is going on, X-23, who has been keeping to herself what she’s seen in the rifts, begins poking around her house. She can smell the presence of a man there, and when she searches more, she finds Bishop’s secret closet full of weaponry. In the Age of X-Man Alpha, we saw Bishop arrested for doing it with Jean Grey and his spot in the X-Men given to X-23, with everyone mindwiped to forget he ever existed. Before X-23 can figure this out, Nature Girl rings her doorbell to report there’s been a murder.
I’ve been down on this event, and this “main” mini-series in particular, but this issue wasn’t too bad. Perhaps, though, it’s just a sense of relief that this whole thing is almost over and we can get back to the “real world” soon… only for Hickman to immediately reboot that.
Haven’t had enough of the Hickboot yet? Well, strap in, because it doesn’t even start for two more months! In the meantime, more information was revealed at the Diamond Retailer Summit.
We also learned about the parties Marvel is planning to hold at comic shops to promote the relaunch (there ain’t no party like a relaunch party ’cause a relaunch party don’t stop).
And Hickman himself held court over in Adventures in Poor Taste’s X-Men Monday column, where he talked all about the X-Men and the upcoming relaunch. As always, it’s well worth a read, but be warned… not only did Chris Hassan once again cruelly refuse to ask about when Chris Claremont will be allowed to write an ongoing series, but he’s begun targeting other X-perts as well.
Wild that Johnny Hix loves all the same stuff as me right?
I swear most of these are the same answers I would have given. https://t.co/BlInZ38h0z
— Xavier Files (@XavierFiles) May 20, 2019
@judeterror… is that you?
— Chris Hassan (@ChrisAHassan) May 20, 2019
— Xavier Files (@XavierFiles) May 20, 2019
Does Chris Hassan’s thirst for power know no bounds?! Will he stop at nothing to achieve complete and total control over the flow of all X-information?!
After a brief lull the past two weeks, Marvel is back to their regular schedule of five weekly X-Books, so expect a long one next Monday.
Read more X-ual Healing here:
The news has been rife with mentions of abortion bans all over the United States, especially in Alabama. We've been seeing a lot of tweets speaking both against and for the bills - but we're most interested in the way popular memers have been responding to the political issue. Here are some of the loudest, both visually and politically, that we've seen yet.
Netflix has ordered a second season of The Umbrella Academy. No surprise there!
The following contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1.
The Umbrella Academy helped bring a new kind of superhero story to Netflix, and now the streaming service has greenlit a second season. No big surprise there!
Not only did The Umbrella Academy generate plenty of online chatter for Netflix, but it's pretty clear that showrunner Steve Blackman anticipated The Umbrella Academy season 2 all along. The show's first season ends on about as cliffhanger-y a cliffhanger as possible with the central Umbrella Academy kids heading off into the past to parts and times unknown.
We're not the only ones who want to know what happens next. The cast is dying to find out what's next for the Hargreeves family, too:
"For me, it's gonna be so interesting to explore Vanya," Ellen Page said of her new White Violin persona. "It's like Vanya 2.0 - less repressed and what does that mean in the good ways and bad kinda thing."
Klaus Hargreeves actor Robert Sheehan said he appreciates the "transformative" nature of Klaus and that we can expect more of it in The Umbrella Academy season 2.
"He's constantly emerging into this new self. He's a butterfly that refuses to leave the cocoon, or he keeps going back into it. I'd love to see Klaus re-formed as something else, different completely. Hopefully, if the murmurings are to be believed, that's kind of where we're headed. I think he's in a constant state of change and that would bring much excitement for me."
Now that season 2 is a go, here's everything you need to know about the show:
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 News
The Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman has shared a bit of news from season 2's production. That script sure does look like the script for season 2 episode 1.
"Right Back Where We Started" is an excellent choice of title for a season that will presumably take The Umbrella Academy right back where they started.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Release Date
The Umbrella Academy season 2 does not have a release date yet, but filming is set to begin this summer in Toronto.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Story Details
The Umbrella Academy Season 1 adapted the majority of the comic's first volume, "Apocalypse Suite," with a little bit of the second volume, "Dallas" thrown in. The Umbrella Academy creator Gerard Way told us that he anticipates more of "Dallas" in The Umbrella Academy season 2.
"When all said and done there's eight graphic novels planned total," Way said. "We're two series ahead of the show and I think right now there's only been a couple things used from Dallas' so I think if there's a potential season two you would see some things potentially from 'Dallas.'"
We delved further into exactly what from "Dallas" and volume 3 "Hotel Oblivion," could be included in The Umbrella Academy season 2 here.
It's only been a month since the world learned the happy news that Amy Duggar is pregnant with her very first child.
Amy may be an "unconventional" Duggar when compared to her innumerable cousins, but she's doing right by her fans.
She's keeping fans up to date on her pregnancy. At 19 weeks, that means a new look at her baby bump!
Wearing what appears to be a black maternity blouse, Amy snapped a mirror selfie that shows off her leopard print phone case.
But despite her dazzling smile of joy, the focus is on her torso, where a very clear baby bump has begun to emerge.
"I see you little bump!!" Amy writes in the caption of her post, shared on Instagram.
In case anyone had lost track, she announces: "19 weeks today!!"
Take a look at this precious pic and see for yourself:
Oh wow! This is happening.
In fact, this is not the first glimpse at Amy Duggar's baby bump that fans have gotten to glimpse.
Last time, it was merely a shadow of a bump.
Some even dismissed the alleged sighting, attributing it to active imaginations and even wishful thinking.
This time, however, Amy wants everyone to see her precious little bump.
Back when Amy and Dillon announced this joyous pregnancy, they spoke about how thrilled they were.
"We are completely speechless, overly excited, and ready for the next chapter as new parents!" they gushed in April.
"The learning curve of being a new father is kind of terrifying," Dillon admitted. "But at the same time equally astonishing."
That sounds like a very healthy attitude.
"I’m over the moon about becoming a momma!" Amy raved. "I just can’t hardly wait!"
Amy really stands out from her infamous family in a number of ways.
For one thing, she was born in 1986 and is prepared to have her first child at a normal age, and not at an age when most are in college.
For another, she dated -- yes, dated -- at least six different men before getting married to Dillon King.
Amy was also not shy about mentioning that she did not want to wait until she tied the know to bone. Boning, it turns out, is fun.
It's now been, what, three and a half entire years since they got married, and only now is she pregnant.
That's all super normal, but in the Duggar world, she might as well be walking backwards on her hands.
(Would it be weird to buy a pregnancy pillow if you aren't pregnant and are, in fact, a man with no uterus to be found? She makes them look comfy)
It's Amy's differences from her famous relatives that make this pregnancy news so simply happy.
Her child can have a real chance at a normal life, as part of society instead of only tangentially connected to it.
That's why Amy is and has been a fan favorite for so long.
She illustrates how someone can grow up in that controversial family and still lead a fulfilling life.
Hulu's bringing Stephen King's epic fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon to the small screen!
Stephen King's epic fantasy novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, is in development as a TV series at Hulu, according to Deadline. A departure from King's usual horror fare, the novel tells the story of murder, dark magic, and a contested throne set in the kingdom of Delain and features the writer's most infamous recurring villain, Flagg.
The pilot is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows), who is also in place as showrunner. It's being produced by Fox 21, along with Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Bill Haber, Roy Lee, and Jon Berg.
“I am so excited to be working in the world of Stephen King with Hulu, which has such a terrific track record with Stephen King adaptations,” Grahame-Smith told Deadline. “The goal for this series is to feel unlike any Stephen King adaptation before, with this rich underlying source material, and the only true fantasy book he wrote that has kings and swords and princesses. We will honor the spirit of the book and the legacy.”
A story Hulu hopes will rival TV ratings juggernaut Game of Thrones, which just came to its end, Eyes of the Dragon has all the fixings for a new fantasy obsession. It features conspiracies, betrayals, dragons, and a family in turmoil as one ruler dies under suspicious circumstances and another is installed by those who would see darkness befall the land of Delain. No, it's not your usual King novel.
In fact, fans of King's more horror-tinged work might call The Eyes of the Dragon a "deep cut," as it wasn't as welcome a departure back in 1984 as the writer would have liked. Some Constant Readers -- as King refers to his fans -- complained that the writer had wasted time writing a "children's book" instead of delivering the next literary scarefest. But at a time when epic fantasy rules our television sets, now seems like the perfect moment to dust off this excellent story and bring it to the masses yearning for more Thrones-like entertainment.
No info on a production date or premiere date just, as the project is still in early days. We'll make sure to keep you updated as we hear more about The Eyes of the Dragon. For now, check out our complete guide to Stephen King movies and TV series currently in development.
It’s the best and worst time to be in semiconductors right now. Silicon Valley investors are once again owning up to their namesakes and taking a deep interest in next-generation silicon, with leading lights like Graphcore in the United Kingdom hitting unicorn status while weirdly named and stealthy startups like Groq in the Bay Area grow up.
Growth in chips capable of processing artificial intelligence workflows is expected to swell phenomenally over the coming years. As Asa Fitch at the Wall Street Journal noted yesterday, “Demand for chips specialized for AI is growing at such a pace the industry can barely keep up. Sales of such chips are expected to double this year to around $8 billion and reach more than $34 billion by 2023, according to Gartner projections.”
Yet, all those rosy projections don’t suddenly make the financial results of companies like Nvidia any easier to swallow. The company reported its quarterly earnings last week, and the results were weak — pretty much across the board.
They did it, gang. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff shit themselves as expected, but still managed to limp over the finish line to collect their check and participation trophy. Game of Thrones is finally over. Time to lay down our swords and memes. We have today, and today alone, to reflect on the mistakes we’ve made (not noping out after season 3) and the time that we’ve wasted (72 hours, 16 minutes) since Game of Thrones premiered in June of 2011. So, with that in mind, what the fuck, right?
*obviously, spoilers ahead*
That finale was a mess. There were two new characters introduced at the Great Council in the last 10 minutes of the show. And they just sat there not saying shit. I’m sorry, I would like to know what Dasani and Evian from the Straights of Thirst have to say! Don’t they get a vote? In keeping with the “let’s just get this shit over with” attitude that led to a Starbucks cup being left in a scene, and Jamie’s fisting glove making a special appearance in a promo shot, last night’s series finale featured two water bottles that nobody on set bothered to clear.
— Bala Yogesh (@Yo_Bala) May 20, 2019
The way they were tucked there under Samwell and Ser Davos’ chair tells a tale of governmental mediocrity unto itself. Welcome to the reign of Bran The Broken, who in the end, couldn’t even be bothered to sit through a staff meeting he called! When Tyrion asked who had a better story than Bran, I thought for sure he was being shady. But nah, he was dead serious. I’ll tell you who has a better story than Bran (besides each and every other person sitting in the decision yurt): Dansani. Homegirl went from being a dragon fossil, to a crystal clear beverage container within the span of just a few millennia. And Bran, what? Was nosy bitch with bad balance? Get the fuck out of here.
That said, I wasn’t disappointed in the finale. It was fine. It had beautiful gowns (Sansa’s new Queen of The North dress). Brienne got to work her feelings out about Jamie in that Westeros slam book (she was clearly about to rip out the page she was working on, and start over, talking about his little dick and beard lice). Daenerys, like Cersei before her (they obviously did not have earthquake drills in King’s Landing, there were like 8 doorways they could have stood in!), died in the arms of her partner in incest. Drogon’s unexpected understanding of physical metaphor showed that his species is evolving (I’m pretty sure he flew east to do a Meister’s apprenticeship). Arya’s years of assassin training paid off when she – oh who am I kidding! It’s done. WHO CARES? WE’RE FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! And remember, if you didn’t like it, Kit Harington says you can go fuck yourself.
Goodbye Game of Thrones, I will remember you mostly for this video of Sarah Paulson drunkenly singing the entire theme tune pic.twitter.com/uwfWrOqzj8
— Clarisse Loughrey (@clarisselou) May 19, 2019
James Gunn's superhero/horror mashup, Brightburn, puts a terrifying twist on a familiar superhero origin trope.
You ever wonder what life would be like if Clark Kent weren't such a nice guy? Apparently so has director James Gunn.
Brightburn was announced as an "untitled James Gunn horror project" earlier this year, shortly before Gunn was forced out by Disney from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn serves as producer on Brightburn and his name is understandably all over the thing. But the movie is actually directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive), based on a script from Mark and Brian Gunn (Mark is James's cousin, Brian is James's brother. Neither of them is to be confused with Sean Gunn, who is the Gunn that does the motion capture work in Guardians. There are a LOT of Gunns).
Elizabeth Banks is set to star as the monster superhero boy's mother, which is honestly kind of the role she was born to play...or slay.
The final trailer for Brightburn is here, making one last powerful pitch for the terrifying twist on the prototypical superhero origin tale ahead of its release.
The second trailer for Brightburn, seen just below, is even more dark and foreboding than the first.
Previously, Sony Pictures released the first trailer for the Gunn-produced Brightburn and it features a lot of similar concepts and iconography from the Superman origin story...with some dark twists. Take a look below.
There is a lot that looks quite familiar in that trailer: amber waves of cornfields in the American Midwest are interrupted by a celestial object crashing to Earth, and the aforementioned object happens to contain a humanoid alien that a nice farming couple decides to raise on their own. The kid is super talented and super...well, super. He's even seemingly pre-occupied by creating an S-like symbol for himself.
“Who am I?” the precocious kid asks in the trailer.
“You are a gift," his mother (played by Elizabeth Banks) responds.
Then of course the violence begins. This looks to be a fascinating, and horrifying take on a Golden age comic book origin story that we've all grown quite comfortable with. If nothing else, this looks to be the perfect synthesis of Gunn's career as a horror auteur (Slither) and as a superhero storyteller (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Brightburn Release Date
Brightburn will be released on May 24. That's Memorial Day so enjoy your day off work with some dark superhero action. The film was originally slated for November of 2018.
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Arya's arc on Game of Thrones comes to a rather incomplete conclusion. What could possibly be next for Arya Stark?
This Game of Thrones article contains spoilers.
The Game of Thrones Season 8 (and series) finale makes sure every major character gets as satisfying an ending as possible. Jon is sent back to the Wall, Tyrion gets to be Hand of the King again, and Ghost finally gets the head scratching he so richly deserves.
There is one ending, however, that doesn't feel like much of an ending at all. Arya Stark's final moment in "The Iron Throne" feels like more of a beginning than a conclusion. Once the Mad Queen (both of them) is dispatched and a competent ruler is sat upon the seat of power in Westeros, Arya announces that she will be taking her leave of the continent altogether. The powerful woman who has seen every bit of Westeros and much of Essos decides that she wants to continue her travels. Arya will sail to the west of Westeros because "that's where all the maps stop."
Yes our favorite Faceless (Wo)Man has decided to get her Amerigo Vespucci on and see what lies west beyond the contents of the known world. What will she find there? Is there anything west of Westeros? Is this world even a globe? As is usually the case when talking about the A Song of Ice and Fire tale, the clues to the future lie in the past. The A Song of Ice and Fire book series via Fire and Blood actually features a character who, like Arya, wanted to see what is west of Westeros.
Elissa Farman was a member of House Farman during the reign of King Jaeherys I (the fourth king in the Targaryen Dynasty). She was actually quite a bit like Arya - headstrong, independent, and fearsome. As the daughter of the Lord of Fair Isle, Elissa befriended many members of the Targaryen family. After her brother married Princess Rhaena Targaryen, Elissa became close enough to the princess to ride her dragon, Dreamfyre.
Elissa and Rhaena's relationship became strained, however, when Rhaena denied Elissa leave to explore the western seas like she wanted to. As a daughter of an important lord, she was fair more important at home and on the continent. In response, Elissa stole three dragon eggs and ran off to Essos. Three dragon eggs in Essos, huh? Where have we heard that before?
Elissa sold the eggs to the Sealord of Braavos and used the funds to buy a ship that she named the Sun Chaser. Always believing that there were lands west of Westeros, Elissa took off across the Sunset Sea. She was never seen from again. Notably, however, many years later another famed adventurer claimed to have made an important discovery. Corlys Velaryon, while sailing as east as east goes, believes he saw the old, weathered Sun Chaser in Asshai. If Corlys saw correctly then this confirms a long-believed suspicion about the known world: there are no lands west of Westeros...save for the east lands.
It would seem that the known world is indeed a globe and traveling west would simply take Arya to the most eastern point on the map. The sad news for Arya here is that the eastern point on the map is not a particularly happy place. Asshai is where Melisandre and many other red priestesses hail from. Asshai is a port where the Ash River meets the Jade Sea. It's in a part of the world known as the Shadowlands due to black obsidian like stone that populates it and draws away most of the natural light. It is a dark, mysterious place that very few Westerosi know about and even fewer Westerosi actually ever visit.
Just because no one ever heard from Elissa again doesn't mean that there isn't land west of Westeros (that's not on Essos). Perhaps Arya really is the Christopher Columbus of Westeros and will encounter a new, strange land, unmarked on any map. For the purposes of the story, however, it's not even really important if she finds new land, simply arrives in the Shadowlands, or is never heard from again at all. The important thing here is that Arya made a choice to leave. She wisely surmised that there was nothing left for her in Westeros. She had had all the adventures she was meant to have in Westeros and Braavos and then some.
Just like a certain hobbit at the end of a very long journey, Arya realized that the world didn't belong to her anymore. She had seen too much and done too much. Time to find a new gig and leave the known world to the Westerosi.
But having said that...a spinoff series with Arya arriving in Yi Ti would be amazing.
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How did things end in Game of Thrones Season 8 and what does it mean for the Song of Ice and Fire saga?
This Game of Thrones article contains spoilers.
Game of Thrones is seemingly impossible to end. It's so impossible to end, in fact, that the man who created Westeros and knows the actual ending of the story has been trying to write the penultimate book in that story for eight full years now.
Therefore it fell to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the two dudes contractually obliged by WarnerMedia to end the story...to finally end the damn thing. They do so in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 "The Iron Throne." Here is how they went about it.
Just like the timeline on Game of Thrones is split into BC (Before Aegon's Conquest) and AC (After Aegon's Conquest), this episode is split up into two very different portions. There is BD (Before Daenerys's Death) and AD (After Daenerys's Death). Before Daenerys's death, the remaining characters in King's Landing are forced to confront the realities of the destruction they've just witnessed from their beloved Dragon Queen.
Davos, Tyrion, and Jon walk among the wreckage and all the bodies strewn about the streets. Tyrion makes a detour to the secret passageway of the cities where he sees with his own eyes that Dany's rage has killed both Jaime and Cersei. Tyrion returns to the above-ground world where he tenders his resignation as Hand of the King in a rather dramatic fashion. Daenerys has just concluded a speech to her Dothraki and Unsullied about how they will build a new world together and is not too pleased that her Hand seems to want no part of that world.
Dany imprisons Tyrion and Jon comes to meet him. The two central characters share a scene that seemingly takes up 45% of the entire episode's running time but that's understandable as there is a lot of ground to cover. Tyrion wants to make it very clear to Jon that Dany is dangerous, as if the city of a half million people she destroyed wasn't evidence enough. Tyrion points out that the Dragon Queen's promise to "break the wheel" of the world is now something to be feared, rather than encouraged.
“She believes her destiny is to build a better world," Tyrion tells him. "If you believed that, truly believed that - wouldn’t you kill whoever stood between you and paradise?”
Jon carefully considers Tyrion's words and then gravely...does nothing. Just one scene later, however, it's clear that Tyrion's words did have some impact. Jon goes to meet Dany in the Throne Room (which is now missing a ceiling thanks to Drogon's conflagrations). As Dany admires the Iron Throne that now belongs to her, Jon tells her she should not have destroyed the city. How can she build a better world if she started by blowing up another one?
“It’s not easy to see something that’s never been before," Dany tells him.
“How will you know it will be good?” Jon asks.
“Because I know what is good and so do you.”
In true Darth Vader fashion, Dany asks Jon to join her in this new world. Jon responds by kissing her and then stabbing her. Daenerys Targaryen I, First of Her Name, Queen of Andals and First Men, Protectorate of the Realm, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea has been killed...right in the very sight of the Throne she so coveted. Drogon arrives on the scene, and mourns the loss of his Mother. With a tremendous blast of dragon fire, he melts down the Iron Throne to ash. "Fine! No one can have it now!" he presumably says in dragonspeak.
This concludes the first part of Game of Thrones' denouement - the end of Daenerys Targaryen. The implications of Dany's death are so enormous that the episode devotes the back half to settling up various scores throughout Westeros.
For starters: if Dany isn't going to rule Westeros then who will? Tyrion is led out of his dungeon by Grey Worm to attend a council pondering this very question. Gathered in the Dragon Pit on the Hill of Rhaenys are Yara, the still-unnamed Prince of Dorne, Arya, Bran, Sansa, Davos, Brienne, Gendry, Edmure Tully, Samwell Tarly, Robin Arryn, and some other lords. Tyrion proposes that they choose a king. Samwell then proposes that the people of Westeros choose their king. This is roundly laughed down. Sorry Sam! Better luck next time you try to invent democracy.
After Sansa satisfyingly tells her Uncle Edmure to shut up, Tyrion is asked to take the floor and make a nomination. He responds with a classic Tyrion monologue.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think about our bloody history - the mistakes we’ve made. What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags? Stories. There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it. And who has a better story than Bran the Broken. The boy who fell from a high tower and lived. He knew he’d never walk again so he learned to fly. He is our memory. The keeper of all our stories. The wars, weddings, births, massacres, famines, our triumphs, our defeats. Our past. Who better to lead us into the future?”
Tyrion officially nominates Brandon Stark a.k.a. The Three-Eyed Raven a.k.a. Bran the Broken to be king. The motion quickly passes throughout the rest of the council. Before Sansa casts her vote, however, she asks Bran to let the North be its own independent kingdom. The North has already fought so fiercely and lost so much. Bran allows it. Brandon Stark, first of his name (which is not entirely accurate - there have been many King Brandons in the North but it is true that this King Bran will be the first of his name in the South) will be King of the Sev...I mean Six Kingdoms.
Bran, of course, cannot father children, but Tyrion says that's fine. When Bran dies, the council will reconvene and choose another king. This is all rather politically specious. How will Westeros respond to the Stark family getting its own kingdom AND installing their little brother on what was once the Iron Throne? Not only that, but the transition of power is hard enough when a king has a legitimate heir. Gathering together all the lords of the realm every time a king dies to make a decision seems to be even more chaotic. Still, Bran consents to be king ("why do you think I came all this way?") and his first act is to install Tyrion as his Hand. Grey Worm accepts Tyrion becoming hand because Bran successfully convinces Grey Worm that the task of rectifying all his mistakes will be suitably torturous for the only remaining Lannister.
Bran's small council includes Tyrion, Lord Davos as Master of Ships, Ser Brienne as Lady Commander of the King's Guard, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Lord Bronn of the Blackwater as Master of Coin. They are still looking for a Master of Whispers and a Master of Laws. Brienne invites Podrick into the Kingsguard and helps fill out Ser Jaime's entry in the White Book a bit. Sam comes up with the title of Archmaester Ebrose's book that tells the story of Robert's Rebellion up to now. They're going to call it "A Song of Ice and Fire." Familiar!
Beyond the political implications of King's Landing, the rest of the Game of Thrones ending focuses on the fate of specific characters. Sansa becomes Queen in the North obviously. Arya decides to set sail from Westeros to find out what's out further west.
And Jon? Well Lord Snow gets the most fitting ending of them all. The Unsullied demand punishment for Jon's assassination of their queen. Tyrion, in another absolute miracle of diplomacy, gets them to agree to send Jon back to the Wall. Sure, the Night King has now been defeated and as far as everyone knows, there is no more threat to the North. But the Realm will always be in need of a place to send the dregs of society - might as well make it The Wall again. Jon arrives at what's left of Castle Black to find two friendly faces waiting there for him: Tormund Giantsbane and Ghost. Ghost finally gets the pets he deserves and Jon leads a loose federation beyond the wall in search of...Gods knows what. Cue theme song.
The Game of Thrones Season 8 ending makes great pains to give each character importance to us some kind of ending or another. Sure, larger questions do remain. What will Grey Worm and the Unsullied do in Naath? What will become of the Dothraki and Drogon? What happened to Arya's horse?!?!? But the broad strokes are taken care of.
It may not be the best possible ending for the story but it is an ending. And given the scale of the story in question, merely ending is no small feat.
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Above is a picture from 2017 of Khloe Kardashian’s nose, which since then, has been lipoed, cinched, twisted, rotated, and pulled so much that The Michael Jackson Estate is going to sue her for trademark infringement. I know, a story about a Kartrashian getting plastic surgery. Pull out your MirandaPriestlyGroundbreaking.GIFs.
I always figured that the Koven was the fame whore version of Mr. Potato Head, and after pulling their blank faces out of bed in the morning, opened up a drawer of face features and slapped on the nose and lips they felt like working that day. Their faces change more than Lady Gaga at the Met Gala. But when Khloe posted this pic on Instagram last week, some focused on her skinnier nose and how it looked like she’s been cinching her schnoz with a tiny waist trainer for 12 hours a day.
And when Laura Wasser’s podcast Divorce Sucks! released video of their guest Khloe, anybody with working eyes (or working eye, if you’re me) noticed that her nose is now sharper than Pimp Mama Kris’ retractable devil horns. It looks like Khloe’s plastic surgeon wanted to let us know that they’re firmly on Team Jordyn Woods.
Khloé’s nose tho…..gurl what happened pic.twitter.com/joIWmjLhaj
— Sam (@catsandnonsense) May 16, 2019
Khloe Kardashian's Mindful of Energy Around True, Especially with Tristan https://t.co/d2YHzdW9jU
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 16, 2019
It looks like Khloe’s nose hopped on The Plastic Surgeon Scalpel Express headed for KrisJenner Land. PMK will not stop until every one of her Koven members looks like her. Or maybe since Khloe’s cheating slut of an ex, Tristan Thompson, likes variety, she changed up her face, so he’ll pay attention to her again.
But seriously, we all know that the Kardashians are 100% organic and all-natural and have no idea what plastic surgery is. Khloe didn’t get a nose job. That nose is from drinking Flat Tummy Tea. Flat Tummy Tea is so powerful and works so well that it’ll make you shit half of your nose off. Get some of that #SkinnyNoseTea today!
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Now that the season 8 finale has aired, here’s an at-a-glance guide to where the surviving Game Of Thrones characters ended up…
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
Warning: spoiler upon spoiler for the Game Of Thrones season 8 finale await below.
It's over. The 73rd Game Of Thrones episode, first of its name, has aired. The show's chess pieces (the few that didn't end up chargrilled or crushed to dust) have all reached their final square. But were the survivors punished or rewarded?
Clearly, there are major spoilers ahead. Last warning...
All hail Bran the Broken, first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm. With a warging, all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven for a ruler, that realm is protected all right.
Hand to King Bran the Broken, leader of the Small Council. Finally the finder of an audience for his long-promised joke about the jackass and the honeycomb, but still a long way from his dream of living out his days in a southern vineyard.
Queen in the North, wearer of a new crown and occupier of a Direwolf-carved wooden throne. Queen Sansa made the North once again an independent state, as it was before the Targaryen conquest. Her father would have been proud (also: surprised).
Jon was sent back where he (sort of) started, at Castle Black, in the Night’s Watch. He was last seen venturing North with Tormund and the Wildlings, to resettle their villages now that there’s no threat from the Night King, and roam the land.
Sailing the seas to find what’s west of Westeros, armed with her Needle, the dagger she used to kill the Night King, plenty of skill and one hell of a reputation.
Ser Davos Seaworth
The Onion Knight is now master of ships in King Bran’s small council. Not bad for a smuggler.
Judging by his chain, Grand Maester to King Bran’s small council (Sam's dream!) and expectant father to a child with Gilly.
Ser Brienne Of Tarth
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, member of King Bran’s small council, and biographer of Ser Jaime Lannister.
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
Lord of Highgarden and master of coin on King Bran’s small council. Not bad for a sellsword.
Wildling leader, back in his heartland leading his people beyond the Wall in the North.
Ser Gendry of Storm’s End
Lord of Storm’s End and legitimate son of House Baratheon, but not husband to Arya Stark.
Leader of the Unsullied, taking them on an expedition to the Island of Naath, the birthplace of his beloved Missandei.
Mother-to-be of her second child, fathered by Grand Maester Samwell Tarly. (Maesters are traditionally celibate and don’t have families but we can’t imagine that rule would be enforced for Sam and Gilly.)
Ser Podrick Payne
A member of the Kingsguard, serving under Ser Brienne of Tarth, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Yes.
Head of House Greyjoy and ruler of the Iron Islands.
Still Lord of Runestone, bannerman to House Stark, loyal to the Queen in the North, with Robin Arryn as his ward.
Still Lord of the Vale, and ward to Lord Royce.
Still Lord of Riverrun, head of House Tully.
Flying to the East, with Daenerys’ corpse in tow/toe.
With his master Jon, roaming the North, fighting his enemies and nuzzling by the fire of an evening.
And here’s a quick list of season eight’s dead and how they met their ends…
Stabbed in the heart by her nephew/lover/subject Jon.
Cersei & Jaime Lannister
Crushed by falling debris in the crypt under the Red Keep.
Decapitated by The Mountain to wind up Daenerys, on Cersei’s orders.
Stabbed by the Night King, running towards him full tilt in a suicide mission.
Burned to death by Drogon for treason, on Dany’s orders.
Aged centuries in seconds, withered and died after willingly removing her enchanted ruby following the Battle of Winterfell.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
Jumped out of the Red Keep in order to kill his brother, The Mountain.
Neck broken by The Mountain during Dany's attack on King's Landing.
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Killed by his brother sacrificing them both by jumping off the Red Keep into Drogon’s flames.
The Night King
Stabbed in the heart with Valyrian steel by Arya Stark in the Battle of Winterfell.
Fell in the Battle of Winterfell, saving Arya Stark’s life.
Eddision “Dolorous Edd” Tollett
Fell in the Battle of Winterfell.
Crushed by a giant wight, but brought it down with her, the wee dynamo.
Killed by the Night King and used to make expressionist art on the wall of his former home.
In a sword fight with Jaime Lannister. He just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
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Ashton Kutcher’s Slain Ex-Girlfriend’s Father Claims He Saw Suspicious Vehicle Days Before Her Murder
Recently, there has been so much drama about disgraced has-been Thomas Ravenel that the rest of Southern Charm took a back seat.
No longer -- because the show is back, and Austen Kroll has a brand new girlfriend, Madison Lecroy.
Which means that he is finally explaining his huge, viral, naked argument with her that was caught on video.
You may remember it or you may have missed it entirely, but Austen Kroll went a little viral last year.
In a short video, which we have included for your convenience, he and girlfriend Madison Lecroy were in a very heated argument.
Apparently she had stopped by to find two women asleep at his home.
He, too, was asleep, because it was, in his words, "seven-f--king-thirty in the morning."
Madison was furious, asking the women if they had "f--ked him last night." She received a firm "no."
"So then why are your panties lying by the bed?!" Madison demanded to know. Austen explained, impatiently, that it was because they'd slept over.
Now that Southern Charm fans have "met" Madison, Austen Kroll explained the humiliating spat to Entertainment Tonight.
"So," Austen says. "I guess what I can say is that was very early on [in our relationship],"
"[That was] Madison and I trying to figure out what we were," he explains.
"We both hadn’t done the, you know, 'you’re my girlfriend, and you’re my boyfriend' talk, right?" Austen continues.
"We definitely were both trying to push it," he descries. "To see how much the other person cared."
"'I’m going to go out tonight and I’m not going to talk to her. See if that bothers her,' or vice versa," Austen shares.
"And so, we had this talk, right?" Austen continues. "Because she was talking about the fact that her ex, like, wouldn’t leave her alone."
"You tell me to leave you alone and I will never -- I’m gone," he promises. Hey, that's a good thing.
"And, we kind of had one of those moments," he says, alluding to a quasi-breakup. "I was like, fine, fine."
"So," Austen continues. "I busied myself and it didn’t turn out so well."
"Because she showed up the next day," he recalls. "And was like, 'Wait! I want to talk things over.'"
So when she showed up around dawn to chastise him about two women sleeping over, he says his thought was "s--t."
"I was out of my mind," Austen admits.
"I knew that coming into this season," he continues. "That it wasn’t going to be an easy ride."
"It wasn’t going to be easy going," he adds. "So, I kind of just prepared the both of us."
"Because we can control, I guess, what we talk about," Austen reasons. "But I can’t control what [our co-stars are] saying behind our back to whoever out there."
Austen has a very realistic view of how reality stars and new TV couples are regarded.
"It’s not going to be like, 'Oh! Austen and Madison are wonderful,' you know?" he acknowledges. "And, 'They’re just so cute together, I love them.'"
"I was like, we’re gonna be getting trashed for a little bit," he recalls having warned Madison.
"So that’s something that, if you want to be with somebody, then you just got to work through it as best you can," he explains.
"And it works out sometimes," he concludes. "And sometimes it doesn’t."
All of that is bonkers -- from the bizarre approach to dating to the fact that their fight was sneakily recorded.
But apparently it worked, because it's a year later and they're still together. Wild.
Check out the video in question below if you missed it.
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The Game of Thrones Season 8 finale left us viewers with so many great spinoff sequel possibilities...
Game of Thrones has come to an end, but that doesn't mean it's the last we've seen of Westeros... or what's west of it. With HBO and George RR Martin developing no fewer than four potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, we're desperate to know if any of them could be sequels of sorts to the Game of Thrones story.
We already know that The Long Night spinoff will take place at the end of the Age of Heroes and address the first time Westeros nearly plunged into apocalyptic darkness, but we're yet to find out the premises or settings of the other three potential spin-offs still in contention.
With so many of our favorite characters still alive come the end of Game of Thrones Season 8 and with perfectly good spin-off premises, our brains are already speculating about what a potential Game of Thrones sequel spin-off could look like.
It is worth noting that GRRM himself took to LiveJournal—to LiveJournal, people!—to mention that none of the spinoffs would include characters from the original story and that they are set in the "secondary universe" of the world beyond Westeros. But we're still going to speculate.
Following the Game of Thrones series finale, here are the sequel spin-offs we'd most like to see...
Arya: Pirate Adventurer
Arya ends Season 8 basically as a badass pirate in command of her own ship, setting out to find out what's west of Westeros. (OK, she's not so much a pirate as a cartographer with combat skills, but, let's be real, she's a pirate.) What will she encounter out there? In this world, literally no one knows, but I feel like it should include at least one kraken. Maybe she could run into Drogon—in an episode titled "Here Be Dragons"?
This potential spin-off doesn't take much imagination to fall into. What would the dynamics of Arya's ship look like? Do they follow the rules of the Golden Age of Piracy, which were fiercely radical and often more fair than anything Westeros has going on? Did Gendry come along? Will Arya keep a captain's log? So many questions to answer. Extra points if she meets up with Doctor Who's Me and Clara somewhere along the way.
(Suggestion: They should get The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy author Mackenzi Lee to write this.)
The Free Folk
Kit Harrington may have told BBC News that he is done with the world of Game of Thrones, but we're not ready to say goodbye to Jon Snow's character yet. Jon ended the series heading right past the wall to the far north of Westeros with his trusty direwolf Ghost and his wilding BFF Tormund, a host of other wildlings in tow.
While we got to spend a fair amount of time with the wildlings north of the Wall earlier in Game of Thrones' run, their lives were very much informed by the growing power of the Night King and his White Walker army. What would life north of the Wall look like without the Night King? We'd like to find out.
The wilding culture has always been the closest we've ever had to a democratic, free society in this world. Now that Westeros has recommitted to its oligarchy, north of the Wall could really represent a bastion of freedom for the people of Westeros and beyond.
Grey Worm Shows You the Beaches of Naath
Grey Worm ends his Game of Thrones story with the intent to head to Naath, the homeland of Missandei, the woman he loved who was executed by Cersei prior to the Battle of King's Landing. Frankly, Grey Worm deserves some time off following his live of child slavery, his training as a warrior-eunuch slave, and his time serving under Dany.
While I'd probably be cool with Grey Worm having his own series showcasing the best beaches in Naath, it would also be cool to see what the Unsullied choose to do now that they have no orders, and the struggle to reclaim the sense of identity that has been stripped from them over and over again.
Twitter also has some great spinoff sequel ideas...
— Dr. Mayonnaise (@MayonnaiseDr) May 20, 2019
They should do a spin off about Sansa and her future husband. And then have all the hot dudes from boys bands play the Lordlings fighting for her hand but instead of a dual they have to perform and then a Hanson brother beats out @joejonas pic.twitter.com/30n9WvNCle
— I will name every child I have Sansa (@brandipphoto) May 20, 2019
— Vics (@Gingerlock) May 20, 2019
— Thorben Rath (@schmorben) May 20, 2019
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There’s great potential in using both drones and ground-based robots for situations like disaster response, but generally these platforms either fly or creep along the ground. Not the “Flying STAR,” which does both quite well, and through a mechanism so clever and simple you’ll wish you’d thought of it.
Conceived of by researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, the “flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot” is based on the elementary observation that both rotors and wheels spin. So why shouldn’t a vehicle have both?
Well, there are lots of good reasons why it’s difficult to create such a hybrid, but the team, led by David Zarrouk, overcame them with the help of today’s high-powered, lightweight drone components. The result is a robot that can easily fly when it needs to, then land softly and, by tilting the rotor arms downwards, direct that same motive force into four wheels.
Of course you could have a drone that simply has a couple wheels on the bottom that let it roll along. But this improves on that idea in several ways. In the first place, it’s mechanically more efficient since the same motor drives the rotors and wheels at the same time — though when rolling the RPMs are of course considerably lower. But the rotating arms also give the robot a flexible stance, large wheelbase, and high clearance that make it much more capable on rough terrain.
You can watch FSTAR fly, roll, transform, flatten, and so on in the following video, prepared for presentation at the IEEE International Convention on Robotics and Automation in Montreal:
The ability to roll along at up to 8 feet per second using comparatively little energy, while also being able to leap over obstacles, scale stairs, or simply ascend and fly to a new location give FSTAR considerable adaptability.
“We plan to develop larger and smaller versions to expand this family of sprawling robots for different applications, as well as algorithms that will help exploit speed and cost of transport for these flying/driving robots,” said Zarrouk in a press release.
Obviously at present this is a mere prototype, and will need further work to bring it to a state where it could be useful for rescue teams, commercial operations, and the military.
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Courtesy of John Mizzer of Comics World of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a look around the diamond retail Summit in Las Vegas this weekend – and the journey there. Oh and the tattoos – or course there were going to be tattoos… it’s Vegas after all.
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I’ve included this picture of Michelle Pfeiffer not to tease you into the false hope that Hollywood has made a good decision by casting her again as Catwoman. I chose it because it’s a great way to remind Hollywood that they can’t do any better for Catwoman, but bless their hearts for continuing to try (sorry, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway). According to Collider, Catwoman’s next big screen appearance will be alongside The Penguin in The Batman.
Hot on the heels of the rumor that Batman will be played by Robert Pattinson, Collider reports that The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter published more info. They claim The Batman’s main villains will be Catwoman and The Penguin. Again, it’s already been done, but rehashing stuff from the 90s is still pretty popular, so why not? There’s also a rumor that The Riddler might show up. Tommy Lee Jones just got chills and had to escape away to his happy place.
According to sources, The Batman’s Matt Reeves won’t make any casting decisions until Robert Pattinson (or whoever) officially signs on to the film. But Collider has been speculating about who we might see cast. They point out that Josh Gad, aka that annoying snowman from Frozen, clearly wants the job.
Good Knight pic.twitter.com/5qu6HOn1qL
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 14, 2019
Eh. I could take him. https://t.co/kCg3KbjM4V
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 17, 2019
Collider also seems to think that Jonah Hill or Melissa McCarthy, in a gender-flipped choice, could make a good Penguin. As for Catwoman, Collider threw out Saoirse Ronan and Mackenzie Davis’ names. They don’t think they will be cast, mind you – it’s just who they think would do a good job. So since we don’t have any real casting rumors yet, I’d like to also throw out a name, and that name is (drum roll not needed) Kristen Stewart! Sure, it would put the capital S in stunt casting, but let’s not act like Hollywood is above that. Forget Batgirl, this makes more sense. A moody, emo Batman deserves an equally moody, emo villain. And Kristen Stewart would make a great Catwoman. Aloof, stand-offish, unfriendly. Okay, maybe she’d actually just make a better cat.
Pic: Warner Bros.
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As RadarOnline.com has learned, the Sex and the City actress couldn’t make it to the luxurious ball, so Vogue editor Anna Wintour didn’t invite Cohen!
“Basically Andy is Sarah’s plus one. She is such a big deal in the fashion community that she gets to bring a guest and Andy is lucky enough to have her drag him along. However, when Sarah can’t attend, they don’t invite Andy and he is not happy about it,” a source told Straight Shuter.
In his podcast, “Straight Shuter: Naughty But Nice,” Rob Shuter dropped all the details about the alleged snub.
“Andy thinks of himself as a huge celebrity. After attending the ball for so many years with SJP, he had forgotten that the only reason he was going was because of her,” continued the insider. “Andy started to think of himself as part of the fashion club and was horrified to be slapped back into his place when Sarah couldn’t attend.”
the sources added that since Wintour is, of course, the one who approves all the guests, Cohen was not even on her radar. She has never allowed a single Real Housewife to attend the gala and is not a fan of Bravo. She also doesn’t really know who Cohen is, apart from being the annoying friend Parker always brings to accompany her!
Before the 2019 Met Gala, Cohen tried to explain why he would not be attending.
“She’s on a plane somewhere, and I have to work,” Cohen told Entertainment Tonight on Saturday night. “We are not going.”
When interviewer Keltie Knight said the event wouldn’t be the same without him, Cohen replied: “Well, guess what? Tell Anna!”
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Foxy Brown had a bad show over the weekend when she performed in Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss’ Welcome To The Dungeon tour. Foxy was a special guest, and saying she tanked is an understatement. Poor Foxy found herself being sent to the actual dungeon when the crowd turned on her hard and she got booed off stage.
The Source reports that Foxy appeared on Kandi’s’s Welcome To The Dungeon stop on Saturday. The show seems to be a… sexual… cabaret… rap… dance… party-slash-variety… show? Unclear what goes down at Kandi’s dungeon but a part of it was Foxy rapping. She went with a classic and decided to spit out her 1996 bop “I’ll Be” which features Jay-Z. Well the only thing the crowd wanted Foxy to “be” was quiet. They couldn’t handle her muffled delivery and fumbled lyrics. One commentator even suggested people were saying she looked “strung out”. The booing ensued.
Foxy didn’t really seem to understand she was getting booed and continued to try to rap over the audience’s backtrack when a member of personnel came onstage and tried to get Foxy to step off stage. Foxy kept spitting those rhymes (ish) though and powered through as she wore her bejeweled face mask:
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It would be a good time to mention that Foxy Brown is legally deaf. So she may not have heard the booing.
Someone finally managed to get Foxy off stage and she was waddled away as the audience continued to haunt the auditorium with their booing. Kandi stepped in to
salvage her show help her friend, telling the audience: “Y’all gotta respect my girl. Let her take the mask off.” Kandi, the mask was not the problem–ask Valentina.
The DJ of the show got shady by saying,“We can’t let that shit happen on our stage. Let’s rock!”, before blaring Lil Kim’s “The Jump Off”:
Foxy Brown joined Kandi Burruss’ ‘Welcome To The Dungeon’ Tour for the show in NYC, but difficulties on stage led to Foxy being escorted off stage, an angry crowd, and the DJ playing Lil’ Kim music. pic.twitter.com/TBWx4oCCuG
— Female Rap Room (@FemaleRapRoom) May 19, 2019
I love how those dancers dramatically walked off stage afterward. Never break character!
File this performance under: YIKES. This is up there with Britney’s 2007 debacle of a performance. I mean, at least Foxy’s wasn’t televised… although it will live on the internet forever… from various angles…
— Shea' the MF Truth (@IamNikaleShea) May 19, 2019
Uhhh Ms Foxy Brown NO MAM!!! pic.twitter.com/olDL9h9Rtu
— Jairius like Darius (@JairiusJohnson) May 19, 2019
Foxy Brown getting booed off stage in NYC pic.twitter.com/qVbrcNPr5D
— Sachin Bhola (@SachinBhola) May 19, 2019
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A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online.
The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour.
From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained their private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.
Security researcher Anurag Sen discovered the database and alerted TechCrunch in an effort to find the owner and get the database secured. We traced the database back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox, which pays influencers to post sponsored content on their accounts. Each record in the database contained a record that calculated the worth of each account, based off the number of followers, engagement, reach, likes and shares they had. This was used as a metric to determine how much the company could pay an Instagram celebrity or influencer to post an ad.
TechCrunch found several high-profile influencers in the exposed database, including prominent food bloggers, celebrities and other social media influencers.
We contacted several people at random whose information was found in the database and provided them their phone numbers. Two of the people responded and confirmed their email address and phone number found in the database was used to set up their Instagram accounts. Neither had any involvement with Chtrbox, they said.
Shortly after we reached out, Chtrbox pulled the database offline. Pranay Swarup, the company’s founder and chief executive, did not respond to a request for comment and several questions, including how the company obtained private Instagram account email addresses and phone numbers.
The scraping effort comes two years after Instagram admitted a security bug in its developer API allowed hackers to obtain the email addresses and phone numbers of six million Instagram accounts. The hackers later sold the data for bitcoin.
Months later, Instagram — now with more than a billion users — choked its API to limit the number of requests apps and developers can make on the platform.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it was looking into the matter. “Scraping data of any kind is prohibited on Instagram,” said a spokesperson. “We’re investigating how and what data was obtained and will share an update soon.”
Three years ago, the first Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer! comics were successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, from writer/creator David Crownson, actor on TV show Bubbly Brown Sugar and the horror film Fauna, with artist Courtland Ellis.
And after self-publishing success digitally and in print, with and sellouts at stores such as Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, JHU Comics, Mahogany Books and at the 7th Annual Black Comic Fest, the creators are looking to crowdfund new chapters to put together a 180 page Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer graphic novel, to distribute and sell to comic stores on the West Coast of the US and Europe as well as the East Coast they know…
And in doing, they have been attracting creators such as Ms Marvel’s Joey Vazquez, Niobe : She Is Life!‘s Ashley A. Woods, and Yojimbot‘s Sylvain Repos.
Britney Spears might currently be battling her manipulative fame-hungry father for control over her mental autonomy, but no rule states she can’t be sexy in the process. This weekend the snarky songstress posted a super hot and sane video in which she looks like she’s dancing with the fast-forward button pressed IRL. It’s scary… sexy. It’s crazy… hot.
We can’t write about Spears’ super toned body without reminding everyone that the woman has had two children. To have two kids and still have one of the ab-solute best bods in the biz is truly mind-boggling. This Insta vid gives us a great look at Spears’ flat stomach, hot boobs, amazing legs, and of course, a reassuring glimpse into her current mental state. While we’re at it, here’s a clip of Spears’ delish jiggling booty that will help get you through this dreary Monday…
Photo Credit: Britney Spears Instagram
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Supergirl triumphs over evil in a return to form in this action-packed season finale.
This Supergirl review contains spoilers.
Supergirl Season 4 Episode 22
Once again we get the Lex Luthor rewind treatment, although at least this time we pretty much knew what he was up to. How many of these updates were truly necessary in a packed finale? The new material was worthwhile, but plenty of it had already been revealed to us. And some of the new material, like watching Lex literally catch a warhead in his hands right before it blasts a whitebread couple or Lex singing along to "My Way" in his Iron Man suit, veered into strange territory, doing its best to piss away whatever gravitas Jon Cryer and the character’s history had built up.
It was incredibly to finally see Supergirl, Alex, James really square off and take on the sons of liberty. Supergirl spent so much of this season waxing philosophic about why she couldn’t simply face this problem head on. After all that, it’s good to just see Lockwood and his flunkies taken down. The fights in the finale were strong overall, and Supergirl’s faceoff with Lex was artfully acrobatic.
It’s a bit odd that Lex’s lie about the child the Americans supposedly killed never cropped up again, but apparently it wasn’t necessary to turn Red Daughter. It was good to see her get a better sendoff, one that allowed her to have some redemption and to see Lex for who he really is.
Supergirl was able to synergize Kara and Supergirl’s successes to simultaneously take down her foes rather seamlessly in this finale, perhaps more so than ever before. Kara optimistically cheering about the power of the Fourth Estate is one of the purest things she’s ever done on this show, up there with the ice cream clip. While some of the political parallels felt heavy handed, it’s nice to see the show make room for both halves of her life to make meaningful strides while maintaining her ethical code.
Brainy’s copy of the alien registry is another plot point that never came to any sort of meaningful fruition. It’s too bad that Brainy’s altered state was so short-lived. It felt rushed, and it would have been interesting to see him the character really pushed on more issues like potentially giving up the alien registry for a tactical advantage, for example, or because he calculated they probably wouldn’t hurt anyone and being willing to risk it. As it is, it seems that Brainy’s only real consequence was the one blast from Dreamer (well deserved) for leaving them to be discovered. Wouldn’t it have been more meaningful for his character’s long-term development to saddle him with more serious consequences to parse through next season? I’m glad to have our warm and fuzzy Brainy back and to hear him tell Nia he loves her, but it’s an easier, less interesting, and less challenging route.
It’s no surprise to hear Supergirl say, “I will not let fear win,” but it’s welcome to hear her declare that, “with my sister by my side, anything is possible.” Later there was a small moment, but I loved when Kara took off her glasses and Alex said, “I really missed that.” I’m hoping that all of this is a signal that the writers know the Danvers sisters are the heart of the show. This season felt like Supergirl had good and even great episodes here and there, but largely lost its way when it comes to season-long and multi-episode arcs. The beginning and the end of the season were the strongest, so here’s hoping this means we’re course-correcting for next season.
While it’s doubtful that Lex is really dead – we all saw the Monitor come and open that portal, right? – is it too much to hope that we’re done with these overt political metaphors? Seeing Lex Luthor toast winning the country from the oval office in Russian while saying the truth and facts are meaningless was a bit much, even for Supergirl.
J’onn J’onzz, alien folk hero is still my favorite mode of his and it was on display again tonight. He and Nia ran into Al and a bunch of other aliens when they were being held captive by Lex’s goons so they could be used as disposable batteries to power a weapon to kill everyone on Argo, including Superman. After that, the rest of alien kind was going to be used to power Lex’s bank account.
That Monitor guy is really starting to get on my nerves. First he takes Oliver Queen (and Felicity, though she seemed to have summoned him) over on Arrow and now he’s bringing J’onn’s brother to exact revenge and potentially rescuing Lex Luthor. For some reason I thought the guy was impartial?
There was a lot of Luthor family drama that went down, but the most important is that Lilian is anti-Hitler (phew – you literally never know with this family) and pro-Lena. She tried to poison Lex and when the time came to rumble, she was down. It was equally as satisfying to watch Lena disarm and knock out Eve Tessmacher as it was to see James and Alex take on the Children of Liberty. But Lena surprised just about everyone later in the game when she shot and killed – er, “killed” – her brother. Of course, he used his dying moments to hit play on a video of Kara as Supergirl that he had queued up just for the occasion.
Eve Tessmacher’s final scene intimates that while Tessmacher was loyal to Lex (my god, wasn’t that kiss vomit-inducing?) she wasn’t just working with him out of adoration. Someone or something called Leviathan has her under its thumb. Lex served their purposes for a while, but his “death” didn’t fulfill her obligation.
Did Supergirl absorb Red Daughter’s power permanently? Will James’ eye ever get better or is he going full Xander? Will Kara ever bother to tell Lena the truth, and when she finally does, will Lena ever forgive her, or any of them? Should she? Who or what is Leviathan? How many Martians are there, since we seem to meet one a season?
Check out our 2019 TV premiere dates calendar for when new shows air and when your favorite shows return!
Wondering when your favorites are coming back and what new series you can look forward to? We've got you covered with the Den of Geek 2019 TV Premiere Dates Calendar, where we're keeping track of TV series premiere dates, return dates, and more for this year and beyond.
We'll continue to update this page as networks announce dates. A lot of these shows we'll be watching or covering, so be sure to follow along with us!
Please note that all times are EST.
TV Premiere Dates 2019
|Monday, May 20||Prince of Peoria||Netflix|
|Tuesday, May 21||Blood & Treasure (9:00 p.m.)||CBS|
|Wednesday, May 22||One Spring Night||Netflix|
|Thursday, May 23||Slasher: Solstice||Netflix|
|Thursday, May 23||Vida||Starz|
|Thursday, May 23||Elementary (10:00 p.m.)||CBS|
|Thursday, May 23||The Name of the Rose (10:00 p.m.)||Sundance|
|Friday, May 24||She's Gotta Have It||Netflix|
|Friday, May 24||What/If||Netflix|
|Friday, May 24||Pitching In||Acorn TV|
|Monday, May 27||Historical Roasts||Netflix|
|Monday, May 27||The Hot Zone (9:00 p.m.)||Nat Geo|
|Tuesday, May 28||Animal Kingdom (9:00 p.m.)||TNT|
|Tuesday, May 28||Pure (10:00 p.m.)||WGN|
|Wednesday, May 29||The InBetween (10:00 p.m.)||NBC|
|Wednesday, May 29||Archer: 1999 (10:00 p.m.)||FXX|
|Friday, May 31||Bad Blood||Netflix|
|Friday, May 31||Black Spot||Netflix|
|Friday, May 31||How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)||Netflix|
|Friday, May 31||Good Omens||Amazon|
|Friday, May 31||Swamp Thing||DC Universe|
|Friday, May 31||When They See Us||Netflix|
|Sunday, June 2||Perpetual Grace, LTD||Epix|
|Sunday, June 2||Luther (8:00 p.m.)||BBC America|
|Sunday, June 2||Burden of Truth (8:00 p.m.)||CW|
|Sunday, June 2||American Princess (9:00 p.m.)||Lifetime|
|Sunday, June 2||Fear the Walking Dead (9:00 p.m.)||AMC|
|Sunday, June 2||NOS4A2 (10:00 p.m.)||AMC|
|Monday, June 3||Malibu Rescue: The Series||Netflix|
|Wednesday, June 5||The Handmaid's Tale||Hulu|
|Wednesday, June 5||Grown-ish (8:00 p.m.)||Freeform|
|Friday, June 7||Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City||Netflix|
|Friday, June 7||Designated Survivor||Netflix|
|Friday, June 7||Into the Dark: They Come Knocking||Hulu|
|Sunday, June 9||73rd Annual Tony Awards (8:00 p.m.)||CBS|
|Sunday, June 9||Good Witch (8:00 p.m.)||Hallmark|
|Sunday, June 9||Claws (9:00 p.m.)||TNT|
|Sunday, June 9||Big Little Lies (9:00 p.m.)||HBO|
|Tuesday, June 11||Pose (10:00 p.m.)||FX|
|Wednesday, June 12||Queen Sugar (9:00 p.m.)||OWN|
|Wednesday, June 12||Krypton (10:00 p.m.)||Syfy|
|Wednesday, June 12||Younger (10:00 p.m.)||TV Land|
|Thursday, June 13||Jinn||Netflix|
|Thursday, June 13||Strange Angel||CBS All-Access|
|Thursday, June 13||Baskets (10:00 p.m.)||FX|
|Friday, June 14||Absentia||Amazon|
|Friday, June 14||Too Old to Die Young||Amazon|
|Friday, June 14||Los Espookys (11:00 p.m.)||HBO|
|Saturday, June 15||Frankie Drake Mysteries (9:00 p.m.)||Ovation|
|Sunday, June 16||City on a Hill (9:00 p.m.)||Showtime|
|Sunday, June 16||Endeavour (9:00 p.m.)||PBS|
|Sunday, June 16||Instinct (9:00 p.m.)||CBS|
|Sunday, June 16||Euphoria (9:00 p.m.)||HBO|
|Monday, June 17||Whose Line Is It Anyway? (9:00 p.m.)||CW|
|Monday, June 17||Grand Hotel (10:00 p.m.)||ABC|
|Tuesday, June 18||Good Trouble (8:00 p.m.)||Freeform|
|Tuesday, June 18||The Detour (10:30 p.m.)||TBS|
|Wednesday, June 19||Just Roll With It (8:00 p.m.)||Disney|
|Wednesday, June 19||Yellowstone (10:00 p.m.)||Paramount|
|Thursday, June 20||Riviera||Sundance Now|
|Thursday, June 20||Reef Break (10:00 p.m.)||ABC|
|Friday, June 21||Rosehaven (12:00 a.m.)||Sundance|
|Friday, June 21||Dark||Netflix|
|Friday, June 21||Mr. Iglesias||Netflix|
|Friday, June 21||Andi Mack (8:00 p.m.)||Disney|
|Monday, June 24||Legion (10:00 p.m.)||FX|
|Monday, June 30||The Loudest Voice||Showtime|
|Tuesday, July 2||Young Justice: Outsiders||DC Universe|
|Thursday, July 4||Into the Dark: Culture Shock||Hulu|
|Thursday, July 4||Stranger Things||Netflix|
|Tuesday, July 9||The Disappearance (10:00 p.m.)||WGN|
|Wednesday, July 10||Harlots||Hulu|
|Wednesday, July 10||Snowfall (10:00 p.m.)||FX|
|Thursday, July 11||Siren (8:00 p.m.)||Freeform|
|Thursday, July 11||The Outpost (9:00 p.m.)||CW|
|Sunday, July 14||Grantchester (9:00 p.m.)||PBS|
|Wednesday, July 17||Suits (9:00 p.m.)||USA|
|Wednesday, July 17||Pearson (10:00 p.m.)||USA|
|Friday, July 19||Money Heist||Netflix|
|Friday, July 26||The Boys||Amazon|
|Friday, July 26||Veronica Mars||Hulu|
|Friday, July 26||Light as a Feather||Hulu|
|Sunday, July 28||Pennyworth (9:00 p.m.)||Epix|
|Wednesday, July 31||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Hulu|
|Wednesday, July 31||Sherman's Showcase (10:00 p.m.)||IFC|
|Sunday, August 4||Preacher||AMC|
|Monday, August 12||The Terror: Infamy (9:00 p.m.)||AMC|
|Monday, August 12||Lodge 49 (10:00 p.m.)||AMC|
|Sunday, September 22||71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (8:00 p.m.)||FOX|
|Friday, September 27||The Politician||Netflix|
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Following the Game of Thrones Season 8 finale, HBO will air The Last Watch, a behind-the-scenes look at the series' final episodes.
If you're still feeling up to celebrating Game of Thrones following its ending next week, then HBO has more content for you. No, I'm not talking about the planned spinoffs; I'm talking about the bonus Game of Thrones documentary episode—titled Game of Thrones: The Last Watch—that will take fans behind-the-scenes of Season 8, as the cast, crew, and creative team says goodbye to the show that some of them have been working on since before the filming of the first pilot in 2009.
HBO brought on filmmaker Jeanie Finlay to film the doc. Finlay was given unrestricted access behind the scenes of Game of Thrones as the cast and crew filmed the final episodes in Belfast. Given how opaque and secretive the production of this show has increasingly been, this is a chance to learn more about the series' construction after-the-fact. Given that it is being made by HBO, I doubt this will be a hard-hitting doc, but rather something fun for fans and TV nerds to enjoy.
Game of Thrones Documentary Trailer
We have our first proper look at Game of Thrones: The Last Watch and, personally, I am getting intense Fellowship of the Rings Extended Edition BTS featurette vibes. Which is another way of saying: yes, I will be watching. Check out the trailer...
And here's the official synopsis from HBO:
"Made with unprecedented access, The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers."
Game of Thrones Release Date
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is two hours long (and you thought the Season 8 episodes were long!) and will air one week after the Season 8 finale on Sunday, May 26 at 9pm ET.
Following on from the Game Of Thrones season 8 finale, we ponder what the west holds for one character. Beware spoilers!
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
Be warned: This article contains SPOILERS for Game Of Thrones season 8 episode 6, "The Iron Throne."
Game Of Thrones season 8 has come to an end, providing neat little conclusions for all of the main players that are still standing. The surviving Starks fared reasonably well: Jon is beyond the wall again, Sansa is Queen In The North, Bran is king of the other Six Kingdoms and Arya is on a boat headed west. But, as she asks in the episode, what is west of Westeros?
The short version is basically what Jon says in the show: nobody knows what's west of Westeros, which only makes Maisie Williams' Arya more keen to go and take a look. Arya has been interested in the seas to the west for a while now, after all, as proven by the fact she asked Lady Crane the same question in season six.
Lady Crane, the actress character played by Essie Davis, suggested that the edge of the world could be all that remains to be found to the west. Arya, ever keen to sample cool new stuff, said she'd like to see that. What if it's not the edge of the world, though? What if it's...
A whole new world!
"A new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we're only dreaming..."
As the iconic track from Aladdin told us, a whole new world can be a pretty rad idea. In Arya's case, if there's more than just the edge of the world waiting to the west, perhaps there could be loads of interesting stuff to discover.
Perhaps there's another populated landmass, where Arya can meet some fun new characters and go on some exciting new adventures. Maybe it's like the ending of Pokémon Gold and Silver, where you finish the main game before travelling to a different region, tackling eight more gym leaders and catching loads of extra critters. (In this mash-up we've just invented, Arya would obviously have loads of wolf-themed Pokémon.)
In terms of the lore of the books and the show, the furthest westerly point in Westeros (that we known of) is The Lonely Light, the smallest of The Iron Islands that basically functions like a lighthouse. Beyond The Lonely Light, we know there are three small uninhabited islands called Aegon, Rhaenys and Visenya. These three islands aren't believed to be much bigger than Dragonstone.
Unless she's planning a little island-hopping cruise, then, Arya will need to venture further. She's sailing out into the Sunset Sea, which is believed to be vast and impossible to cross. Some Ironborn have claimed to have made the crossing, and they say there's a big landmass over to the west, but it's not clear if we should believe them.
Arya isn't the first Stark to make this journey, either. An ancient Brandon Stark (not the one who's her brother) once set sail in a westerly direction, taking lots of Northmen with him, but none of them ever came back to tell the tale. It would be quite funny if Arya crossed the mammoth Sunset Sea only to find another bunch of Starks waiting for her, though.
What she'll find is literally a mystery, and it's a bit of a win-win situation for Arya: either she discovers a new landmass that nobody in Westeros knows about, or she finds the edge of the world and gets to take a gander at it. Or there is a less interesting third option: there's literally nothing but sea, so Arya sails around the globe and ends up back in Essos (the continent to the east of Westeros, which houses such cities as Braavos and Meereen).
It's a new dawn, it's a new day...
"It's a new life for me... and I'm feeling good!"
Of course, even if we never find out what Arya is sailing into, her decision to set off for pastures new is a fitting endpoint to her role in the main Game Of Thrones story. After all, she's already achieved so much in Westeros, and has seen a lot of horrible stuff, and there isn't really a role in The Seven/Six Kingdoms that would've felt like her true calling.
Arya never wanted to be a lady (that's not her), so marrying Gendry or any other lord wouldn't have worked. And the political machinations of Winterfell are much more Sansa's thing, so hanging around at home wouldn't have felt like a good fit either. Also, the Night's Watch only takes men, and doesn't look like much fun anyway. Plus, being a sellsword or an assassin or a kingsguard aren't particularly thrilling options, either.
There's literally nothing in Westeros that Arya wanted to do, so she's decided to travel away and try to find something new. Something exciting. Something that nobody else she's ever met has witnessed. This feels like a logical thing for Arya to do, and it has a certain symbolic neatness to it. Rather than heading off on another revenge mission, Arya is at peace, sailing away, hoping to find something cool.
It's probably worth mentioning, seeing as George R.R. Martin has often stated his love for The Lord Of The Rings, that Frodo Baggins also sailed west at the end of his many-books-spanning adventure. Along with Gandalf and some other core characters, he got on a boat, left Middle Earth and made for Valinor, a place where immortal beings such as Elves reside. Although we never get to see it in the main LOTR story, there are said to be angelic - godly, even - beings that live there.
It's unclear if Arya will make such a grand discovery on her journey, but it is interesting that Martin (and the showrunners of Game Of Thrones) opted to give her story an endpoint that so clearly mirrors The Lord Of The Rings. But is this really the end?
Could there be a spinoff show?
"You're face to face with the girl who sailed the world..."
HBO has made no secret of its intention to deliver a 'successor show' to Game Of Thrones. The network has been looking for a project that could do for Game Of Thrones what Better Call Saul did for Breaking Bad; keeping the story going, keeping the fandom engaged, and keeping those sweet ratings coming in.
As many as six Game Of Thrones spinoffs were in development at one point, with HBO recently opting to press ahead with one from Jane Goldman, which will cover the ancient history of Westeros. That show has the working title of The Long Night, and, obviously, it wouldn't feature Arya. But what if there was another show that did pick up Arya's storyline and run (or sail) with it?
Successor shows that narrow their focus from an ensemble cast onto one breakout star have mixed track records: for every brilliant Frasier (that spun off from Cheers), there's a dismal Joey (that spun off from Friends).
There is one big bonus, at least for the network, in making shows like this: rather than trying to get the whole cast back together for a reunion episode a few years down the line (which would be hugely expensive for Game Of Thrones and arguably isn't necessary), you just carry one with one character and don't need to worry about shoehorning a new storyline into every other character's journey. You don't need to juggle the schedules of all those other actors or pay them to turn up.
As it stands, though, HBO hasn't announced any plans to carry on with Arya's story. But if Maisie Williams was up for it, and if George R.R. Martin will write (or sanction someone else to write) a story that's worth telling for her, carrying on Arya's journey could be a worthwhile way to keep the Game Of Thrones fandom on-board while literally expanding the show's world.
Will an Arya spinoff show ever happen, though? It feels like a long shot, but we'll just have to wait and see...
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“Feminism,” the writer and editor Marie Shear famously said in an often-misattributed quote, “is the radical notion that women are people.” The genius of this line, of course, is that it appears to be entirely non-controversial, which reminds us all the more effectively of the past century of fierce debates surrounding women’s equality.
And what about in tech ethics? It would seem equally non-controversial that ethical tech is supposed to be good for “people,” but is the broader tech world and its culture good for the majority of humans who happen to be women? And to the extent it isn’t, what does that say about any of us, and about all of our technology?
I’ve known, since I began planning this TechCrunch series exploring the ethics of tech, that it would need to thoroughly cover issues of gender. Because as we enter an age of AI, with machines learning to be ever more like us, what could be more critical than addressing the issues of sex and sexism often at the heart of the hardest conflicts in human history thus far?
Meanwhile, several months before I began envisioning this series I stumbled across the fourth issue of a new magazine called Logic, a journal on technology, ethics, and culture. Logic publishes primarily on paper — yes, the actual, physical stuff, and a satisfyingly meaty stock of it, at that.
In it, I found a brief essay, “The Internet of Women,” that is a must-read, an instant classic in tech ethics. The piece is by Moira Weigel, one of Logic’s founders and currently a member of Harvard University’s “Society of Fellows” — one of the world’s most elite societies of young academics.
A fast-talking 30-something Brooklynite with a Ph.D. from Yale, Weigel’s work combines her interest in sex, gender, and feminism, with a critical and witty analysis of our technology culture.
In this first of a two-part interview, I speak with Moira in depth about some of the issues she covers in her essay and beyond: #MeToo; the internet as a “feminizing” influence on culture; digital media ethics around sexism; and women in political and tech leadership.
Greg E.: How would you summarize the piece in a sentence or so?
Moira W.: It’s an idiosyncratic piece with a couple of different layers. But if I had to summarize it in just a sentence or two I’d say that it’s taking a closer look at the role that platforms like Facebook and Twitter have played in the so-called “#MeToo moment.”
In late 2017 and early 2018, I became interested in the tensions that the moment was exposing between digital media and so-called “legacy media” — print newspapers and magazines like The New York Times and Harper’s and The Atlantic. Digital media were making it possible to see structural sexism in new ways, and for voices and stories to be heard that would have gotten buried, previously.
A lot of the conversation unfolding in legacy media seemed to concern who was allowed to say what where. For me, this subtext was important: The #MeToo moment was not just about the sexualized abuse of power but also about who had authority to talk about what in public — or the semi-public spaces of the Internet.
At the same time, it seemed to me that the ongoing collapse of print media as an industry, and really what people sometimes call the “feminization” of work in general, was an important part of the context.
When people talk about jobs getting “feminized” they can mean many things — jobs becoming lower paid, lower status, flexible or precarious, demanding more emotional management and the cultivation of an “image,” blurring the boundary between “work” and “life.”
The increasing instability or insecurity of media workplaces only make women more vulnerable to the kinds of sexualized abuses of power the #MeToo hashtag was being used to talk about.
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Well, it's over.
One of the most groundbreaking and beloved series in the history of television came to an end on Sunday night.
And for many fans -- possibly even the majority -- the final assessment is that Game of Thrones ended not with the bang they had hoped for but with a whimper befitting a newly orphaned dragon, one whose grief encapsulated the profound disappointment of fans all over the world.
While we're sure the finale has some ardent defenders, it's not easy finding positive feedback on social media.
Even those who supported the show during its rocky final season seem to have accepted defeat in the end, as the Thrones series finale offered little in the way of dramatic surprises, instead focusing on wrapping up the series' many dangling plot threads in a perfunctory and largely unsatisfying fashion.
Yes, Jon Snow killed Daenerys Targaryen.
(Sorry for the lack of a spoiler alert, but if you got this far into an article about an episode you haven't watched yet, perhaps the blame doesn't lie entirely with us.)
But after the events of "The Bells" was anyone really stunned by that development?
As for the other big plot twist that failed to elicit much in the way of an emotional response, Bran was named to the Iron Throne, which was satisfying in some respects -- characters with profound physical disabilities rarely get to enjoy heroic moments on TV -- but maddening in others.
(He has a better story than his sister, the shape-shifting, ultra-stealth assassin who just saved the freakin' world? Really?!)
On Twitter, memes expressing the profound disappointment of millions was evident in the endless barrage of hot takes and disparaging memes.
Some took the opportunity to reflect on the series as a whole, and many of those fans concluded that GoT began to falter when showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ran out of source material and began expanding on George R.R. Martin's story without the aid of his novels to guide them.
But are we simply demanding too much from a series whose most egregious sin may have been setting the bar too high in its early seasons?
It's tempting, at this point, to draw parallels between GoT and previous acclaimed series whose finales were better received.
Breaking Bad seemed to have been the favorite standard-bearer on Twitter last night, but that's an unfair comparison for a number of reasons.
For starters, Bad -- while a fine show in its own right -- never attempted anything nearly as ambitious as Game of Thrones.
Furthermore, it's important to bear in mind that Walter White's last stand was not universally well-received back in 2013.
(Many rightly argued that the character got off far too easy, given all the atrocities he'd committed over the course of his transformation from likable every man to villainous kingpin.)
The point here is not to disparage a deservedly acclaimed series like Bad, but to point out that it's always been difficult for beloved series to stick the landing, and that challenge may have become even more daunting in the prestige TV era, as showrunners attempt to subvert tropes and offer something new to increasingly sophisticated audiences, while at the same time being burdened by greater-than-ever expectations.
In the case of Thrones, those expectations were compounded by the fact that no series has ever prompted quite so much debate and dissection on social media.
As a result, the best way to stand out when tweeting about Game of Thrones is to lean heavily on hyperbole.
Thus, a disappointing finale quickly becomes the worst series finale in television history.
It's just the nature of the social media beast in 2019.
As we said, very few are arguing that Game of Thrones delivered a finale that lived up to the unprecedented hype that surrounded the show's final season.
And we're certainly not making that argument here.
But it's worth remembering that over the course of its eight-season run, GoT accomplished things that no other series ever even attempted.
And many of the complaints about its final episodes were not about the plot developments themselves (although Daenerys' conversion to war criminal understandably did not sit well with many) but with the hurried and hasty fashion in which they took place.
There's been much debate over who's primarily at fault for this rushed conclusion, though the consensus seems to be that Benioff, Weiss, Martin, and HBO all share some of the blame,
No Game of Thrones finale would have left every viewer feeling satisfied, but fans were right to expect a show that's killed off so many characters to be a bit more skillful in its final execution.
Even so, we're doing our best to move on from this bad breakup focus on the many, many highlights of one of the most transformative series of all time.
And now our watch is ended. What a time we had.
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They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
But might Hannah Brown soon be having second thoughts about the man to whom she gave her first impression rose?
Allow us to explain...
On last Monday's season premiere of The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown was quickly swept off her feet by Luke Parker, a 24-year old import/export manager who did not lack for confidence.
He proudly displayed his shirtless torso during his introductory video, saying on air:
"I think I'm a good looking guy. When I was in college, a lot of the girls around me thought so, too."
We've since learned that Parker graduated from Faulkner University, which is located in Montgomery, Alabama -- which is the same state Brown excitedly calls home.
So The Bachelorette and this aspiring husband have that important detail in common. (Roll Tide!)
Parker, however, went on to explain on this opening episode how he had a revelation one day while taking a shower.
He said that God spoke to him and basically told him to stop being a player and start looking to settle down.
“I realized that I wasn’t the man I wanted to be and I’ve been working on the husband that I want to be for my future wife,” he explained on the premiere.
This sounds quite promising and certainly paints Parker as a profound, religious individual... if you're buying it.
A number of viewers thought such a statement and such a claim was pure BS, however, as evidenced by their disdain for Parker on social media.
"I know this type of guy; cute, says the right things, makes you fall fast, feels just right but then becomes extremely possessive when he really has you," Tweeted one Luke Parker critic, adding:
"Can see why he's villain in this season."
At one point in an extended trailer for The Bachelorette (below), Parker also says he's madly in love with Brown.
Yes, this is the goal of the show, of course, but cynical fans think Luke is the type to just say anything to get in well with Hannah; by which we mean, get into her pants.
"There’s no possible way he is falling in Love at this point. He's proving he's just a smooth talker. You have to watch for them. #run," Tweeted a viewer in response to this footage.
You can take a look here for yourself and judge Parker's sincerity. Or lackthereof.
What else do we know about this front-running suitor?
Luke went through a bad breakup about a year before he was on The Bachelorette, which is when his brother’s wife decided to sign im up for the program.
“I was like…I’m going to apply Luke for the show and just see what happens,” she explained to the Gainesville Times. “[I was] thinking he had no chance of getting on the show.”
Alas, he's here now.
And former Bachelor star Nick Viall is randomly pissed about it.
“The world's full of the less fortunate and people in need, but no, [God] took the time to visit Luke P. in the shower because he was getting too much sex," Viall said on a podcast last week, doubting the story outlined above.
“I really f-cking hate him," Viall added. "He’s a terrible human being."
Well... okay then!
We know how Viall feels about Parker, but how will Brown feel about him?
Will she choose him to be her husband?
Check out the slideshow below to get a look at some major The Bachelorette spoilers!
Google’s head-worn smart display, Google Glass, in finally ready to move the tassel.
After defining the company’s far-flung connected dreams when it was first announced in 2013, the enterprise-refocused headset is graduating from the X moonshot factory with a new hardware update that aims to make it more approachable for companies.
After a soft consumer tease that was buzz-worthy if not laughably pre-mature, Google Glass Enterprise Edition was announced two years ago and the dedicated group has been plugging along since then courting businesses to hop on board.
The design of Glass Enterprise Edition 2 doesn’t appear to be radically different from its predecessor, but under the hood there are some noteworthy changes, namely the platform now runs on Android and Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. Those changes alone are probably enough for enterprise customers to move from the non-starter camp to giving it a first look.
The software upgrades are made possible by the headset’s transition to Qualcomm’s AR/VR-focused XR1 chipset. The company also says the new headset has “improved camera performance and quality” as well as USB-C connectivity.
Compared to something like Microsoft’s HoloLens, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is much more limited in capabilities but focuses on giving users easy hands-free access to information in their periphery.
The Glass team joins Google’s AR/VR team and marks another key point in the company’s gradual pivot away from driving to the consumer hoop. In the past year, Google has minimized product updates to its consumer VR platform, while shuttering some groups focused on creative content production and refocusing efforts on enterprise and consumer products more heavily leveraging machine learning.
With its move from X, the Glass team joins projects like Waymo, Wing and Loon that also proved worthy of moving deeper inside Google.
Canva, an Australian headquartered business, has raised another $70 million to expand its graphic design platform. The round, which values the company at a massive $2.5 billion, brings its total raised to $166 million.
General Catalyst and Bond, Mary Meeker’s debut venture capital fund, have participated in the funding alongside existing backers Felicis Ventures and Blackbird Capital. Canva becomes Meeker’s first Bond-specific portfolio company.
“The Canva team are building their platform around three trends – content, community and commerce – that we’ve been observing in some of the world’s fastest growing companies,” Meeker, an investor in Slack, Airbnb and more, said in a statement. “With its global user base of more than 15 million monthly active users, Canva is a clear leader providing a platform that empowers users to create compelling, data-rich visuals and gain design fluency through collaboration and feedback.”
The news comes mere days after the provider of design and publishing tools acquired the free stock image providers Pexels and Pixabay and launched a new subscription service for its premium image marketplace, Photos Unlimited. The new capital, however, will be used to fuel another new product, Canva For Enterprise, which is tailored for larger brands and businesses seeking additional brand control and collaboration.
Founded in 2013, Canva counts 15 million users in 190 countries.
“We’ll be using this new funding to further cement Canva as the default tool in every workplace,” Canva co-founder and chief executive officer Melanie Perkins said in a statement. “We’ve seen incredible uptake from millions of people all around the world, with organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 500s, using Canva every day.”
Pandora is rolling out new desktop apps for its streaming music listeners, starting with Mac. This morning, the company announced the launch of a native desktop app for Mac, with a Windows version to soon follow. The app supports keyboard controls, on-screen notifications for the music currently playing, and a way to control Pandora’s new “Modes” feature for customizing the music you hear on your Pandora stations.
Introduced just a couple of months ago, Pandora Modes switches up the classic listening experience by letting you tweak your stations to favor deep cuts, or crowd favorites, new releases, specific artists and more. The idea is to give users more control over how Pandora’s customization algorithms work, without requiring users built out their own playlists to get the same experience.
On the desktop app, switching modes is easy. From the Now Playing screen, you just click on one of the various options to tune your station, as you currently do on mobile.
Meanwhile, to use the keyboard controls feature, you need to enable Accessibility permissions in the Mac’s settings. You can then use your Mac keyboard to do things like play, pause, replay, skip, shuffle, or thumbs up or down the songs.
As your songs play, notifications appear on the screen when the app that detail the song title, artist, and album for whatever music is currently playing.
Overall, there’s nothing all that remarkable about the Pandora desktop — it’s a clean, simply designed native app that makes Pandora easier to use. But many people today prefer a native desktop app to a web browser experience — especially for features like the notifications, keyboard controls, and because you don’t have to dig around through a bunch of browser tabs to find Pandora as you work on other things in your browser.
However, as a Mac app for streaming music it begs comparisons to Apple’s iTunes. It offers a much different experience, with the latter also including a music library and download store, but a more limited radio experience that lacks the tuning offered by “Modes.” Pandora has also been integrating with parent company SiriusXM — both services include the data-powered Pandora NOW station, for example, and now Pandora Stories includes those from SiriusXM guests.
What is missing from the desktop app, however, are podcasts.
For Apple, Spotify, Pandora and others, podcasts have been a large and growing focus in recent months. Pandora launched a Podcast Genome Project, and today even features a number of podcasts sourced from SiriusXM’s talk shows. But these and others weren’t available when we searched. They’re also not showing above the “Featured Playlists” section in Browse, as they do on mobile. (We’ve asked Pandora about its plans on this front, and will update when the company has more info.)
Pandora says a Windows desktop app will also come soon, but didn’t provide an ETA.
After eight years, HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones has finally come to an end. Most fans of the show (and the books by George R. R. Martin) are pretty displeased with the last few episodes. While we don't agree with the petition, we do agree that D&D should have either brought the show to a different conclusion, or taken the time to get to this point in a way that makes sense to us viewers. Most people on Twitter seem agree.
Two months ago, when Sam Altman surprised the industry by stepping away from his post as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an artificial intelligence-focused company, TechCrunch was told there was no plans to replace Altman.
Apparently, there were no immediate plans. This morning, the popular accelerator program and investment firm is announcing that it has promoted longtime partner Geoff Ralston to president.
It’s an unsurprising choice for YC, an organization that employs roughly 60 people, many of who have been affiliated with it in one way or another for years. When its founders, Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston, first looked for someone to lead the rocket ship they had built, they quickly identified Altman, who was part of the first class of Y Combinator and who later helped them advise YC startups.
Similarly, Graham has known Ralston for 20 years; they met at Yahoo, where both landed through acquisitions. Graham sold his company, Viaweb, a web-based application that allowed users to build and host their own online stores, to Yahoo in 1998. Ralston built RocketMail, one of the first web mail services, which in 1997 became Yahoo Mail.
Ralston later logged time as the CEO of a streaming music service, Lala Media, that sold to Apple in 2009. He then cofounded — with Graham — Imagine K12, an edtech accelerator that funded companies like ClassDojo among others before Ralston and Graham decided to merge it into YC in 2016.
We talked with both Ralston and Altman last night about the appointment, and Ralston sounded very enthusiastic. “Following P.G. and Sam is a daunting but incredibly exciting prospect for me. I feel like I was made for this job.”
Slightly more surprising: as part of the announcement, Altman, who was named chairman of YC as he was transitioning out the door a few months ago, tells us now that he will no longer hold that title, that he will instead be an advisor and “available” to YC. He said that his heart now is really with OpenAI (more on that here). He also wants to give Ralston space, saying that “one thing that P.G. did for me was just make it very clear [to everyone] that I was in charge. My shoes aren’t as big to fill, but I want to do the same for Geoff.”
We asked Ralston last night if Altman had given him any advice — or shared horror stories. (“I didn’t shy away from the hard parts, but the good parts are really obvious, including YC’s impact and the quality of people we work with,” said Altman.)
We also asked if there was anything Ralston might want to change about YC straightaway, knowing the organization as well as he does. On this front, both men noted that they have worked closely for years (and known each other for 10), with Ralston adding that under his leadership, “The job should look much the same, So much of YC works incredibly well.”
As for the process involved in selecting Ralston, YC isn’t saying exactly. The broader point, apparently, is that he’s the right person for the job. “The whole partnership was excited about this,” said Altman. “A number of people could do the job [inside of YC]. I think Geoff will be exceptional.”
Ralston has personally invested in more than 100 companies, says YC. He’s also the longest tenured partner, along with Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, who joined YC in 2010.
Most recently, he helped scale YC’s free online program, Startup School. Below is one piece of related programming from last fall, with Ralston talking about fundraising fundamentals.
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Are they or are they not together?
This question has been asked about Kody Brown and Christine Brown for several months now.
Just as has been the case for Kody and all his Sister Wives, fans have been unsure whether this marriage is on the rocks or sailing as smoothly as ever, considering all the divorce rumors floating around the Internet these days.
For at least one afternoon, however, the question posed above was finally answered, very loudly, clearly and obviously:
Yes, Christine and Kody are together.
In a very literal sense.
The Sister Wives patriarch and this wife hung out over the weekend in honor of daughter Aspyn graduating from college, with Christine sharing the following sweet family photo of the trio on Instagram:
She included with it a caption that reads:
Congratulations @aspynbrownthompson so proud of you and your accomplishments. You’ve risen to the top with grace and goodness. Couldn’t be prouder of you.
#graduation #unlvgraduation #hardwork #coffeeislife #endlessessays.
Christine didn't mention anything about the state of her marriage to Kody, although this really wouldn't have been the time to do so anyway.
Fans, however, did make a point to compliment the reality stars on how they've raised Aspyn.
“I continue to be blown away by the quality of humans you guys are parenting," wrote one user as a comment on this photo.
"While I could never be a polygamist myself there is truly something going very right here,” another added. “Way to go Aspyn! Your family continues to amaze me."
These are nice sentiments, and we're glad Aspyn is doing well and everything... but we still can't help but wonder about Kody and Christine's future as a couple.
They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in March, but it caught the attention of many Sister Wives viewers that they did NOT do so as a couple.
It was also noted at that time how Christine Tweeted a bitter remark about one of Kody's exes, actually writing online for the world to see:
Not a good sign, right?
There have been bad signs all around these days for Kody and his four wives.
It's seeming more and more likely that their situation is simply untenable, especially when you consider that Kody was recently spotted without his wedding ring on, allegedly trying to flirt with women at the gym.
After many decades as a husband to the same women, and after producing 18 children with these women, might Kody be ready to move on?
Or, even more understandably, might these women be ready to move on?
We really hope so. It's never too late to leave a cult.
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SPOILERS for Game of Thrones
I was rather ambivalent about Sansa Stark’s final season arc – she got what she wanted almost completely, she kept her eye on the prize and…whatever. I was never one of those “Sansa should be queen of the Seven Kingdoms!” people. Because I didn’t even think Sansa was all that – yes, she survived, and yes, she got smarter, but people acted like she was some kind of strategic genius in politics and war. She was not. She was just someone who survived several ordeals, and someone with the right name. Sansa ends up arguing that the North should be independent and King Bran the Broken is like “meh okay.” So Sansa becomes Queen of the North. How does Sophie Turner feel about that?
Sansa Stark was a huge fan favorite to end up on the Iron Throne. But in the Game of Thrones series finale, Bran Stark is declared king instead while Sansa is crowned Queen in the North. Sansa gets the North finally declared an independent country that will no longer be ruled by the King’s Landing capital. It’s a major victory for her character who has long sought security and independence and has felt a responsibility toward her house and its Northern banners.
But how does actress Sophie Turner feel about her character’s fate? Was she bummed Sansa didn’t end up on the Iron Throne instead?
“I wasn’t bummed at all,” Turner tells EW. “Because ever since the end of season 1, Sansa has not been about the capital or being queen. She doesn’t believe she could rule and doesn’t want to. She knows her place is in the North and she can rule the people of the North and rule Winterfell. She’d probably be capable [of being queen of the Seven Kingdoms] with the help of her family and advisors like Tyrion. But she has no desire to be ruler of all of the Seven Kingdoms.”
Notice that no one within the Westeros world thought “she doesn’t want to be queen, therefore she would make a good queen” like they did with Jon Snow. But yeah, I’m fine-to-meh with Sansa getting what she wanted. She gets to be in charge of Winterfell and basically be head bureaucrat of the North. I kind of feel like she would have greatly benefited from someone we know as her Hand – like Ser Davos, or Brienne. But I guess not. And worse comes to worse, Jon is King Beyond The Wall now, I guess?
Also: Sophie’s Dark Phoenix costar Jessica Chastain had a lot of thoughts!
Sansa ends up on the Iron Throne
Arya becomes the hand of the Queen
Daenerys kills Jon Snow
Arya kills Daenerys
Tyrion continues to sh💩t the bed
And I miss all of it because I'm traveling. #gameofthrones @SophieT pic.twitter.com/VxQxkzH6Ah
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 19, 2019
And Sophie had some nice things to say on Instagram:
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Sansa, Thank you for teaching me resilience, bravery and what true strength really is. Thank you teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. I grew up with you. I fell in love with you at 13 and now 10 years on.. at 23 I leave you behind, but I will never leave behind what you’ve taught me. To the show and the incredible people who make it, thank you for giving me the best life and drama lessons I could have ever asked for. Without you I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Thank you for giving me this chance all those years ago. And finally to the fans. Thank you for falling in love with these characters and supporting this show right through till the end. I’ll miss this more than anything.
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