Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Director Makes A Bittersweet Reveal
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James Gunn just caused Marvel fans the world over to breathe a loud, collective sigh - and we're not quite sure if it's in relief or dismay.
The director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies continues to use part of his pandemic downtime to chat with fans and filmmakers alike via social media. While Gunn has frequently used such platforms to delight both with quippy responses and insightful video watch parties - like one for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, during which he shared a treasure trove of fun facts about the flick - his latest Twitter interactions have proven more than a little bittersweet.
The first of them came when Gunn took time to respond to one fan's inquiry about whether or not Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had originally been slated for a July 2020 release. Back in January 2018, Gunn had shared on Twitter that the third installment of the galaxy-saving heroes' mini Marvel franchise would arrive in 2020 - but he didn't specify when. Considering Marvel only schedules a certain number of films per year, for a while it seemed like Guardians 3 might have been scheduled for a prime summer 2020 launch.
However, according to Gunn's recent tweet, it appears the release date of the hotly anticipated sequel was actually even sooner.
"Original date for the release of Vol 3 was going to be May of this year - we would have been delayed because of coronavirus. God works in mysterious ways."
Mysterious ways indeed. In case you've forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's journey to the big screen has been one fraught with drama. In a now-infamous decision made in July 2018, executives at the Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, fired Gunn from the picture in the wake of online controversy, after past tweets of his resurfaced and were deemed offensive. A few months and plenty of public outcry later, Disney re-hired Gunn. We like to think the company enjoyed its humble pie.
But by then, the in-demand director had already booked a new gig: helming the reboot-slash-sequel to DC's Suicide Squad. That meant Vol. 3 of his beloved Marvel franchise would have to be put on hold.
While that wait continues to torment Marvel Cinematic Universe devotees dying to dance once again with Star-Lord and the gang, it now seems that even if Gunn and company had gotten Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 done on the original timeline, we still would've had to wait a little longer to see it.
Given the total shutdown of just about every major film and television production, it's obviously very unclear at this point exactly how long fans will wait to get their peepers on more Guardians goodness. Even major theater chains like AMC don't seem to have any clue when the film will actually arrive in theaters.
The folks at AMC recently tagged Gunn while celebrating the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise with a killer GIF of Peter Quill busting some moves. Keep watching the video to see that the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director makes a bittersweet reveal.
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What To Expect From Justice League Snyder Cut
The theatrical cut of Justice League disappointed critics and many fans, but now director Zack Snyder has gotten the green light to make his original version of the movie a reality. We already know a few things about what it'll look like here's what fans can expect.
The biggest issue that Warner Bros. reportedly had with Zack Snyder's version of Justice League was that it was too long. In 2017, The Wall Street Journal claimed that the studio's CEO had stepped in and demanded that the film be trimmed down to two hours, a full hour shorter than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder managed to turn in a version that ran for two hours and 20 minutes before he departed the project, but that isn't the cut we're going to see on HBO Max in 2021.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder's, quote, "optimal version" of Justice League was actually four hours long. He was well aware that Warner Bros. was unlikely to release a four-hour film in theaters, but now that the project is destined for streaming, Snyder may actually get his wish.
In fact, we may even get more than four hours. The director told THR that the studio was considering releasing Zack Snyder's Justice League as a series.
After hosting some Warner Bros. execs at his home to discuss the idea of finally releasing his version of Justice League, Snyder floated the idea of fleshing out what they already had and creating six "chapters" that would end with cliffhangers. The studio has reportedly allocated $20-$30 million to add the finishing touches to the existing material, so a six-part Justice League series is a very real possibility.
The extensive reshoots conducted by replacement director Joss Whedon drastically changed large sections of Snyder's film, and one of the biggest victims was Ray Fisher's Victor Stone, a.k.a Cyborg. Keep watching the video to see what to expect from Justice League Snyder cut.
A much longer run time | 0:13
Lots more Cyborg | 1:24
Iris West's debut | 2:23
More Atlantis | 3:21
Bigger role for Lex Luthor | 4:15
Darkseid's big reveal | 5:23
Steppenwolf's brutal ending | 6:20
Another Knightmare sequence | 7:27
Black suit Superman | 8:27
Martian Manhunter's debut | 9:32
Everyone else who got cut | 10:31
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Confusing Christopher Nolan Movies Explained
2 days ago
When it comes to the films of Christopher Nolan, his characters may seem straightforward, but their stories and the way he tells them can be anything but. Nolan's filmography is littered with confusing moments, so here are some explanations to help you understand them better.
Nolan's 1998 debut feature Following centers on a character who calls himself Bill, who is obsessed with following people.
Bill finds himself involved in a grander conspiracy after following a burglar named Cobb. Throughout the film, Bill accompanies Cobb on burglaries and becomes entwined in a plot involving a woman known as the Blonde and a criminal called the Bald Man.
Things get out of hand after Bill ends up killing a man, but when he turns himself in to the police the twist is revealed: Cobb has actually been working with the Bald Man and has been planting evidence throughout the film to set Bill up to take the fall for Cobb's killing of the Blonde. She, as it turns out, has been blackmailing the Bald Man, so Cobb kills her. Everything from the burglaries to Bill's alias pins the murder of the Blonde on Bill. It's a classic noir twist with a bit of Nolan's personal touch to it.
Nolan's 2000 film Memento centers on Leonard Shelby, a man who can't form new memories thanks to an injury sustained during an assault that left his wife dead. Since the assault, he's relied on notes and tattoos to keep track of the information he feels is important for him to "remember."
Memento depicts Leonard's hunt for the man responsible for his wife's death using a unique framing device, starting at the chronological end of the story, then gradually working its way backward. Each scene in the film chronologically precedes the one which plays out before it, so that the climax at the end of the film actually occurs in the middle of Leonard's revenge story, while its beginning plays out only in flashback. Keep watching the video to see the confusing Christopher Nolan movies explained!
Following | 0:00
Memento | 1:12
Batman Begins | 2:40
The Dark Knight Rises | 3:37
The Prestige's machine | 4:25
Tesla magic in The Prestige | 5:40
Inception's ending | 6:35
Layers of Inception | 7:29
Murph's ghost in Interstellar | 8:28
Interstellar's 'they' | 9:25
Dunkirk | 10:35
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The Real Reason Chelsea Peretti Left Brooklyn Nine Nine
4 days ago
Throughout its seven seasons, Michael Schur's delightful workplace comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine has introduced audiences to an incredibly fun cast of characters unlike anything else on television.
There's somebody for everybody to love in the Nine-Nine, but we can't forget about one of the show's most beloved characters: Gina Linetti.
Played by comedian Chelsea Peretti, Gina Linetti is pure id, constantly drawing attention to her extremely high self-esteem and super-specific worldview, all while making audiences laugh with her bold antics and distinctive attitude.
Despite Gina's overwhelming popularity, however, Peretti made the seemingly unexpected decision to leave the show in its sixth season. If you're wondering why Peretti and Schur ended Gina's journey within the show early and what Peretti is up to now, we've got you covered.
Once it was announced that Peretti would be leaving Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gina and the show delivered one last time. In the season 6 episode "Four Movements," Gina employs her dance skills and sense of drama to say an individual goodbye to each member of the precinct, producing an episode that's just as hilarious as it is moving.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Peretti opened up about the process behind her farewell episode and why it was the right time to leave, indicating that the decision was made jointly among herself, executive producer Dan Goor, and Schur.
"Well, it wasn't just a solo process. I wasn't just like, 'I'm leaving!' and I swing my cape...I think it came together this was the time to do it. It's not always easy to make changes in life, but I feel like everyone came to a point where everyone was like, 'OK, this is the time.'"
Peretti also dished up details on the episode itself, saying that she had plenty of creative control when it came to Gina's grand goodbye:
"I had a lot of input. Me and Dan spent a lot of time on the phone cackling about a variety of different ideas. Not all of them made it in. But we did have a lot of fun."
Though Peretti clearly loved playing Gina, as she told The Hollywood Reporter, she was surprised and gratified to find that her character had helped women become more confident, it was time for her to move on and try something new, which is exactly what this versatile comedian did. Though she also told THR that her next moves included, quote, "running for President of the United States of America, or a senator," Peretti has stuck to comedy.
In the season six episode called "The Return of the King," Gina made a brief return as a full-fledged celebrity. Ever since then, she's stayed out of Brooklyn and worked on other projects, and she has a very diverse resume to back her up. Peretti has appeared in films like Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Game Night. She's also lent her voice to projects like Big Mouth, American Dad!, Harvey Girls Forever!, Adventure Time, Crank Yankers, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over the years, as well as a two-episode stint on The Simpsons in 2019.
Recently, Peretti embarked on a new venture that would probably make Gina Linetti pretty proud. In April 2020, she unexpectedly announced that she was starting a new career in music. The ensuing EP, Foam & Flotsam, which she dropped shortly after a lengthy announcement, is a conceptual mini-album about coffee shops. It features her Brooklyn co-star Terry Crews and comedian Reggie Watts, among others, and features songs with titles like "LATE," "SOUNDPROOF," and "OATMILK." Peretti even recorded high-concept music videos to go along with several songs, and her super-serious approach to this super-silly material is just the icing on the cake.
Outside of her work, Peretti also became a mother. She and husband Jordan Peele welcomed Beaumont Gino Peele into the world in July of 2017.
Gina may not work at the Nine-Nine anymore, but if you want to relive her glory days, the entirety of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is streaming on Hulu. Watch the video to learn The Real Reason Chelsea Peretti Left Brooklyn Nine Nine!
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What Rotten Tomatoes Says Are The Best MCU Movies
6 days ago
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Based off everybody's favorite review aggregator, which MCU superhero is the most super? Which entry in this sprawling cinematic universe stands above the rest? Well, Marvel fans, assemble, because today we're looking at the best MCU movies according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp was in the unenviable position of being the immediate follow-up to Infinity War when it hit theaters in July 2018. Marvel fans had been left reeling after Thanos’ infamous snap and were now left with a world where only fifty percent of their favorite heroes remained. It was the middle of summer, the height of blockbuster movie season, and there was only one thing the studio could do to save it: hand the box office reins over to Paul Rudd.
The film actually takes place just prior to the events of Infinity War, which keeps it unburdened by the heavy weight of lost Avengers. It’s a welcome break from a story that had delved into some pretty dark MCU territory, and it’s exactly where Rudd’s Scott Lang shines the brightest. The bulk of Ant-Man and the Wasp's story centers on a rescue mission to bring Janet van Dyne back from the quantum realm, while trying to fend off the sabotage attempts of a supervillain called Ghost. But there’s a good portion of it, along with a main source of comic relief, that comes from Lang's attempts to keep the FBI from discovering he's escaped his Civil War-imposed house arrest, using a giant ant as a decoy.
The whole thing is reminiscent of a simpler time for the MCU, a time where the biggest problem a hero had to face was more Earth-bound, and the entire fate of humanity didn’t lie in the balance. It's a light, easy film, made all the more enjoyable by Lang’s signature snark, and the banter between him and…well, everyone he comes into contact with.
Mostly, Ant-Man and the Wasp does a great job of showcasing how big of an asset Hope van Dyne, the Wasp half of this film's dynamic duo, is in the MCU. She proves to be much more than just a sidekick here, she's the glue that keeps this team together.
By 2016, we'd seen armies of alien goons, magic space rocks, superheroes, and political intrigue. But what we hadn't seen yet was straight-up ancient mysticism. Neither had Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange, an arrogant but brilliant surgeon who loses the use of his precious hands in a car accident and travels to an Asian monastery for treatment when his own failed experiments leave him destitute.
There, he learns of the sorcerers, led by the Ancient One, who use the mystic arts to protect Earth from all manner of other-dimensional threats. It's a solid MCU outing, and we're definitely looking forward to its sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Granted, not everyone counts the movie as one of their all-time favorites, even if they like it, but what can't be denied is that Cumberbatch is simply wonderful in the starring role. He shows up frequently in other MCU movies and is rarely not one of the best things in them. In Ragnarok, he trapped Loki in a falling dimension for several minutes and sent Thor tumbling down the stairs. In Infinity War and Endgame, he was a source of collected reason and leadership when cool heads and battle plans were needed most. And in his own solo film, he wonderfully mixed aristocratic snark with genuine empathy for others, at least by the end of the film, anyway. Keep watching the video to see what Rotten Tomatoes says are the best MCU movies.
Ant-Man and the Wasp - 88% | 0:00
Doctor Strange - 89% | 2:01
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 90% | 3:23
Spider-Man: Far From Home - 91% | 4:50
Guardians of the Galaxy - 91% | 5:57
Captain America: Civil War - 91% | 7:10
The Avengers - 92% | 8:37
Spider-Man: Homecoming - 92% | 9:57
Thor: Ragnarok - 93% | 11:10
Iron Man - 94% | 12:29
Avengers: Endgame - 94% | 13:46
Black Panther - 97% | 15:00
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Actors Who Went Too Far For A Role
4 days ago
For some actors, staying in character even after the director yells "cut" can have interesting real-world consequences. When they lose themselves inside a character, it can make for some jaw-dropping performances, and some shocking behind-the-scenes tales.
While method acting began as a way to harness personal experiences and emotions in order to play a part more convincingly, in recent years it's become almost synonymous with drastic physical transformations. In one prominent example, Christian Bale made headlines and jeopardized his health when he lost a jaw-dropping 63 pounds to play the insomnia-plagued Trevor Reznik in 2004's The Machinist. For weeks before filming began, Bale survived on just an apple and a can of tuna a day. He used a photo of an emaciated Hank Williams, taken three months before the musician's death, as his inspiration.
According to costar Michael Ironside, the drastic diet wasn't even necessary. The screenwriter for the movie had put some example weights into the script based on his own height. When the much-taller Bale saw the figures, he decided to go for those instead of something more realistic for his larger frame. Ironside explained:
After filming wrapped, Bale bulked up again, gaining 109 pounds in just six months for his next role in Batman Begins.
In the 1980s, Val Kilmer had made something of a name for himself with his roles in Top Gun and Willow, but he hadn't really had a chance yet to show off his Juilliard training with a weightier role. That all changed when Kilmer was cast to play singer Jim Morrison in the 1991 biopic The Doors. Before he even got the role, the actor spent thousands of dollars to produce a music video of himself as Morrison in a bid to impress director Oliver Stone. Keep watching the video to see all the actors who went too far for a role!
Christian Bale - The Machinist | 0:00
Val Kilmer - The Doors | 1:25
Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry | 2:34
Jared Leto - Suicide Squad | 4:00
Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV | 5:16
Shia LaBeouf - Fury | 6:05
Jamie Foxx - Ray | 7:03
Tom Hanks - Cast Away | 8:02
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club | 9:04
Natalie Portman - Black Swan | 10:05
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The Untold Truth Of The Justice League Snyder Cut
2 days ago
After years of fan demands, the Snyder Cut of Justice League is finally on its way to audiences. Was this version of the movie always real? Why didn't we get to see it in the first place? And what can we expect when it makes its debut? After Zack Snyder left the movie and gave up control Joss Whedon got around $25 million to shoot a lot of new material, and then oversaw the theatrical release of Justice League, which the studio mandated run two hours or less. All that considered, there just has to be a wealth of unseen footage and it had to go somewhere.
In December 2019, Snyder confirmed that some kind of Snyder Cut existed, posting to Vero an image of film canisters labeled "ZS JL Director's Cut, Running Time 214." Decoded, that's "Zack Snyder, Justice League Director's Cut, Running Time 214 minutes." That's a three hour and 34 minute movie, well over Warner Bros.'s two-hour demand. Electronic musician Junkie XL told ScreenRant in 2019 that he completed a score for this extra-long, Snyder-approved version.
But is a "Snyder Cut" a glorified "extended edition" DVD-type deal? Warner Bros. producer Charles Roven told the Washington Times that the math doesn't allow for extensive changes between Snyder's vision and Whedon's end product. Keep watching the video to see the untold truth of the Justice League Snyder cut.
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A tragic departure | 0:13
"ZS JL" | 1:01
Flight of the fandom | 2:16
"Cut" from the same cloth | 3:17
Back from the dead | 4:30
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We Finally Understand Phil Coulson's Entire Marvel Backstory
3 days ago
As played by Clark Gregg, Agent Phil Coulson assembles the Avengers, gives them something to avenge, and then comes back to life to lead the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But there's a lot more than that to know about the man with the Captain America trading cards.
Phillip J. Coulson was born in 1964 in Wisconsin. The son of Robert and Julie Coulson, he was an only child who loved Captain America and tinkering with cars. He was still in school when he was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. His first mission was with Melinda May, with whom he developed a strong working relationship.
After about a decade as a field agent, Coulson accompanies Nick Fury to investigate a mysterious woman who crash-landed into a Blockbuster Video in 1995. That woman is, of course, Carol Danvers. Fury drives off after her, accompanied by someone whom he thinks is Coulson. But surprise, surprise, it's actually a Skrull! The real Coulson later saves Fury when he trusts his instincts and misdirects the squad hunting him down. Fury never forgets this moment of loyalty.
When superpowered heroes begin to emerge in 2008, Coulson is brought on board as Fury's proxy. He volunteers to rescue Tony Stark when he's kidnapped by terrorists in Afghanistan, although Fury shoots down that idea, as he doesn't want S.H.I.E.L.D. operating on foreign soil. It takes Fury and Coulson a while to figure out if Stark was in league with terrorists. But when they see him save a fighter pilot, they realize the truth.
Fury and Coulson go back and forth regarding Stark's suitability for the Avengers Initiative. Stark isn't interested at first, and Fury's turned off by his volatility. Coulson spends time as Stark's babysitter before handing the job over to Black Widow. Later, he and a team find a magical hammer in the desert. That leads Coulson to Thor, whom he ultimately befriends by helping him defeat the Destroyer. Keep watching the video because we finally understand Phil Coulson's entire Marvel backstory!
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The early years | 0:13
Assembling the Avengers | 0:56
The death Of Phil Coulson | 1:44
Tahiti is a magical place | 2:43
All roads lead to HYDRA | 3:46
Director of S.H.I.E.L.D | 4:47
Who's afraid of the Darkhold? | 5:40
Into the mainframe | 6:42
Backing into the future | 7:41
A matter of gravity | 8:38
Life after death | 9:46
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Weird Things About Captain America & Peggy Carter's Relationship
6 days ago
From the strange side effects of long-distance relationships that wind up going fully multiversal to the challenges of a super-soldier serum glow-up, here are some pretty weird things about Captain America and Peggy Carter's relationship.
We might as well start by acknowledging that even in its most basic form, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter's relationship is definitely weird when you compare it to traditional love stories. From Peggy's point of view, it involves a man who dies and then comes back 70 years later looking exactly as handsome as he did in 1941. The decades in the middle were occupied by a long and successful career as a spy, not to mention a marriage to someone else and two kids that we never even learn about.
From Steve's point of view, it's even weirder. As far as he's concerned, he goes to what he thinks is his death, only to wake up a few seconds later to find that everything, including Peggy, has moved on into the next century without him. He goes immediately from promising to take her dancing to hanging out with her as she's dying of old age after a long life that he wasn't really a part of. Then, he goes back in time to put a ring on it after seeing her on her literal deathbed. He was at her funeral before he was at their wedding. That's not usually the right order for those, unless something has gone terribly wrong. And then we get into the really weird stuff.
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It goes with the territory | 0:00
Relative romance | 1:19
Cap + Sharon 4 Never | 2:59
Family ties | 4:08
Picture imperfect | 5:14
Shooting her shot | 6:39
Time after time | 7:54
Foresight is 20/20 | 8:50
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A-List Actors Who Turned Down Hollywood's Biggest Action Roles
7 days ago
It's almost impossible to think of roles like James Bond or Han Solo in the hands of different actors, but these are just 2 roles that could have been totally unlike their present form. Imagine how differently these classics would be if casting went the way the filmmakers originally planned.
Jurassic Park is such a well-crafted movie it's hard to imagine anything changing. The effects hold up surprisingly well decades later, the pacing is tight, Jeff Goldblum is still impossibly sexy. It's a great film.
However, the lead role of Doctor Alan Grant, who's played in the movie by Sam Neill, was originally offered to Harrison Ford, for reasons that are obvious if you think about it. Grant was a gruff, rowdy scientist, paleontologist rather than archaeologist in his case, who could effectively manage jungle territory while pursued by a deadly enemy. He even had a cool floppy hat. As effectively as Sam Neill brought the character to life, we all know we'd throw money at a film about Indiana Jones versus dinosaurs.
Unfortunately, Ford saw it differently. He compared the idea to putting Indiana Jones on Mars, an idea that evidently made more sense to him a decade and a half later, when they actually had Indiana Jones meeting spacemen. You jumped in a refrigerator to escape an atomic bomb, Ford. You couldn't punch a dinosaur?
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Harrison Ford - Jurassic Park | 0:00
Tom Selleck - Indiana Jones, Star Wars | 1:15
Matt Damon - Avatar | 2:37
Warren Beatty - Kill Bill | 3:19
Christian Bale - James Bond | 4:14
Nicolas Cage - The Matrix, Constantine | 4:47
Will Smith - The Matrix | 5:29
Al Pacino - Tons of roles | 6:34
Various - Die Hard | 7:11
Jon Hamm - Green Lantern | 8:01
Leonardo DiCaprio - Superhero roles | 8:45
David Schwimmer - Men in Black | 9:41
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The Real Reason These Popular '80s Cartoons Were Canceled
9 days ago
The 1980s launched a ton of cartoon franchises, only to see many of them canceled mysteriously. Was it because of network politics, low toy sales, or just sheer foolishness? It turns out it was often all of those things, and more.
Long before every other podcast started to feature minor celebrities playing Dungeons & Dragons, kids could watch Dungeons & Dragons the cartoon on CBS Saturday mornings. The show followed a group of young teenagers stranded in the realm of Dungeons & Dragons. They each played a role, like ranger, barbarian, or thief, and tried to get home while helping the realm.
It was the highest rated show in its time slot for two years, and it lasted three seasons before cancellation. Rumors built up over the years about why the show was cut, with the violent content and the moral panic surrounding D&D considered possible culprits. A partial answer came from writer Michael Reaves, who claimed,
"Unfortunately, problems with TSR, the D&D parent company, ultimately killed the plans for a new season."
Mark Evanier, who helped develop the show for TV and wrote the first few episodes, finally set the record straight in 2012 by pointing the finger at declining ratings. He explained,
"As far as I know, the protests were minimal and had no impact. The show simply began losing its audience, as all shows eventually do."
RoboCop isn't the most violent movie to be adapted into a cartoon for children. That honor surely goes to the Rambo series, which birthed Rambo: The Force of Freedom. But RoboCop is a solid second.
Sure, the movie itself had plenty of toy tie-ins, but it's still a hard R action movie. Nevertheless, Robocop: The Animated Series existed in 1988 and had a solid following.
The show did make several alterations in the name of being kid-friendly, such as replacing bullets with laser beams. The original plan was to run for 13 episodes in syndication, until the budget for episode 13 was rerouted. So the series finished at episode 12, with the money for the planned finale going instead towards Pryde Of The X-Men, the pilot for an X-Men series. While there would be many X-Men cartoons over the years, Pryde never came to fruition, meaning one cartoon was canceled in a failed attempt to start another.
Watch the full video to hear more about the real reason these popular '80s cartoons were canceled.
Dungeons & Dragons | 0:00
RoboCop: The Animated Series | 1:11
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero | 2:05
Garfield and Friends | 3:16
Voltron | 4:28
Thundarr the Barbarian | 5:20
Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats | 6:26
Garbage Pail Kids | 7:37
Inhumanoids | 8:48
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! | 9:41
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Krusty the Clown's Entire Backstory Explained
8 days ago
Of all the hundreds of colorful supporting characters on The Simpsons, there's no one quite as memorable or bizarre as Krusty the Clown. He's a complicated man with an elaborate story, so here it is, boys and girls, the backstory of Krusty the Clown.
The 1991 Simpsons episode "Like Father, Like Clown" provides a lot of information about Krusty's early years and explains why he acts the way he does. In short, he has some major daddy issues.
After Bart, Krusty's biggest fan, helps clear him from a robbery charge, he comes to the Simpsons' house for dinner. When he delivers the blessing in Hebrew, some of the family seems confused. Well, at least, Homer does…
Lisa, ever observant, understands that Krusty is Jewish, and when she asks him questions about it, he breaks down in a fit of crying. The rest of the episode is a riff on The Jazz Singer, both the 1927 and 1980 films, which tells the story of a man who wants to be an entertainer and not a cantor in his synagogue.
But in The Simpsons' version, Krusty has a falling out with his father because he rejects his desire for him to study the Torah at yeshiva in favor of being a clown.
We also learn that Krusty is just a stage name for the man born Herschel Krustofsky in Springfield's Lower East Side. Krusty's father was Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, who felt that his son should live a serious life and that clowns were not respected members of society.
Before giving up on a quiet life as a Jewish scholar, Krusty attended yeshiva as a child. While he tried to make his father happy, he couldn't suppress his natural urges to clown around.
One night, while Krusty performed at a convention of rabbis, everything came crashing down. Young Herschel, with his identity concealed by makeup, did his act to the delight of the crowd, which included his father. Everything was fine until another rabbi took Krusty's seltzer bottle and sprayed the young performer, instantly revealing his true identity to Rabbi Krustofsky. Embarrassed and angry that Krusty was clowning against his wishes, he disowned his son right then and there.
Forced to leave home, Krusty began his career as a street mime in Tupelo, Mississippi. Eventually, he got his own show and built a personal empire. However, he always missed his dad.
After not speaking for 25 long years, Krusty and his estranged father finally put aside their differences and reunited for good.
Watch the full video to see Krusty the Clown's entire backstory explained.
A natural born clown | 0:14
Making up in makeup | 1:23
Mr. Vice Guy | 2:30
Krusty's bum ticker | 3:49
The master of merchandise | 4:25
Krusty knows best | 5:21
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Michael Scott Moments That Made Office Fans Cringe
11 days ago
Michael Scott might think he's the world's best boss and a total ladies' man, but really, he's racist, sexist, and super selfish. And for every moment he does something nice for one of his employees, there are a zillion more in which he's incredibly cringey.
Until settling down with Holly Flax, Michael Scott's love life involved a series of destructive and disastrous relationships, like the time he broke every workplace rule by dating Helene Beesly, Pam's mom. After meeting at Jim and Pam's wedding, Michael and Helene hit it off, much to Pam's horror. Eventually, Jim and Pam are forced on a double date with Michael and Helene. When Pam sees how happy her mom is with Michael, she warms up to the idea that her boss might one day be part of the family. Unfortunately, the birthday party is full of twists and turns, and while giving Helene a series of elaborate gifts, Michael finds out his girlfriend's age, and suddenly realizes she's a lot older than him.
As a result, he begins looking for a way out of the relationship, right there in the restaurant, on her birthday. Jim and Pam watch, mortified and shocked, as Michael lists all the reasons he should split up with Helene, such as the fact that he wants to have kids, visit Italy, and skydive, all stuff he probably should've discussed with his girlfriend before professing his undying love to her. Obviously, the whole date is incredibly painful to watch, but at least Michael gets his comeuppance when Pam slaps him across the face.
Michael Scott and Ryan Howard have always had a weird relationship. Michael wants to be Ryan's mentor, his best friend, and occasionally, his lover. Unfortunately, this obsessive friendship only goes one way, so Ryan manipulates his boss. Case in point, when Ryan brings Michael to his business school so he can do a Q&A.
Michael can't wait to impart his wisdom to the next generation. Sadly, it's all a set-up. Ryan has no respect for his manager or the paper business, and he knows the class will eat Michael alive. Of course, Michael does a pretty good job of sabotaging himself, by walking into the classroom accompanied by his own theme song. Plus, Michael is a big believer in visual aids, and one of his teaching methods involves hitting a student in the head with a candy bar. The most awkward moment comes when Michael explains the basics of business to these MBA students, lecturing that,
But once the students start asking questions, it becomes painfully obvious that Michael is in way over his head. The final twist of the cringey knife comes when he discovers that Ryan has betrayed him. It's a humiliating experience, but at least Michael gets the last laugh by forcing Ryan to work alongside his least favorite person in the office, his own girlfriend, Kelly Kapoor.
Watch the full video to see more Michael Scott moments that made Office fans cringe.
Pam's mom | 0:00
Business lecture | 1:28
Booze cruise dance | 2:52
Hosting the Dundies | 4:08
Meet Date Mike | 5:01
The rebound | 6:21
New employee welcome | 7:30
Ruining Phyllis' wedding | 8:48
Scott's Tots | 10:05
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The Absolute Best Zombie Movies You Can Watch On Netflix
7 days ago
What is it that's so fascinating about zombie movies? Maybe it's that they allow us to contemplate humanity's darker side - or, perhaps, we like to imagine what we would do during a zombie invasion. Either way, if you're hungry for some undead essentials, Netflix has plenty of tasty options.
As if Australia wasn't dangerous enough with its extreme terrain and dangerous wildlife, in Cargo, Australians also have to deal with an outbreak of zombies.
In the film, a virus begins spreading that turns its victims into zombies within 48 hours of being infected, leaving Andy, Kay, and their baby, Rosie, to take shelter on their houseboat. But when Kay makes a fateful trip to scavenge for food and supplies on another boat, she's surprised by a zombie and bitten.
Andy gathers the family together and embarks on a desperate search for a hospital, but as they swerve to avoid hitting a man, they crash and Kay is impaled. The sight of this causes Andy to pass out. He awakes to find that it's too late for Kay - she's already become a zombie and bites him. The rest of the film is a race against time, as he tries to find a safe home for his daughter Rosie before he succumbs to the virus and loses his humanity.
Along the way, Andy meets an unlikely ally: a young Aboriginal girl named Thoomi , who could be helpful in saving Rosie's life.
Watch the video to see more of the absolute best zombie movies you can watch on Netflix!
Cargo | 0:00
Train to Busan | 1:16
Resident Evil: Extinction | 2:05
Rampant | 2:57
Life After Beth | 3:53
Here Alone | 4:44
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The Most Epic Bruce Lee Fight Scenes Ever
9 days ago
Whenever Bruce Lee stepped onto the screen, he moved at ridiculous speeds, took out legions of bad guys with his devastating punching power, and inspired audience members to sign up for martial arts classes in droves. Let's take a look at his most epic fight scenes.
In The Big Boss, Bruce Lee - in his first leading role - plays a young man who's trying to avoid fistfights after promising his mom he wouldn't get into any more trouble. Unfortunately, things are kind of rough at work. Our hero spends his days sweating at an ice factory, and he soon discovers his boss is secretly a drug dealer with a bad habit of killing people... including members of Lee's family.
After his cousins go mysteriously "missing," Lee explores the ice factory and finds his relatives all chopped up and frozen. But before he can call the cops, an army of henchmen shows up, armed with everything from chains and knives to tongs and ice choppers. Fortunately for viewers, Lee isn't afraid to get inventive: He blinds his enemies with sawdust, cracks a dude's head with a flashlight, and slashes at his foes with a handsaw.
Sure, Lee is majorly outnumbered, but it doesn't seem to matter. He dodges knives and jumps over thugs like he's Superman leaping tall buildings. When Lee gets his own blade, we're treated to geysers of blood spurting across the screen. But the best moment comes when Lee punches a dude through a wooden shed, leaving a Looney Tunes-style hole in the wall, complete with outstretched arms.
When Lee shows up at the bad guy's compound at the end of The Big Boss, he's so confident in his abilities that he's snacking on chips while fighting the drug dealer's goons. And when he reaches the titular big boss, Lee picks him up over his head and chucks him across the yard. When the bad guy pulls out some blades, Lee uses his own shirt to keep the drug dealer at bay. Both dudes are jumping around Crouching Tiger-style, and at one point in the fight, Lee takes the big boss to the ground, wraps his legs around the bad guy's legs, and starts rolling across the grass like a crocodile. Keep watching the video to see the most epic Bruce Lee fight scenes ever!
The ice factory fight | 0:00
The Big Boss showdown | 1:30
The dojo battle | 2:24
Bruce Lee meets the strongman | 3:26
Nunchucks versus katana | 4:35
Back alley brawls | 5:31
Battle of the titans | 6:34
Bruce Lee hits back | 7:34
The maze of mirrors | 8:38
Jeet kune do versus escrima | 9:25
David and Goliath | 10:42
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Tragic On-Screen Deaths We Still Haven't Recovered From
7 days ago
Even though you may know TV and movies aren't real, it can still break your heart when your fictional friends fall into a black hole or get stabbed in the neck by their evil clone. Unfortunately for us and our emotions, this makes for great storytelling, so here are some of the saddest on-screen death scenes you'll ever see.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Han Solo undergoes a classic heroic transformation. When you first meet him, he's a callous rogue who pushes others away, and only cares about cash, but by the time Return of the Jedi rolls around, he's found redemption, purpose, and the love of his life. It's a nice, tidy ending, which is what made Han's actual fate in Star Wars: The Force Awakens so grueling: apparently, even in a galaxy so far, far away, happy endings are never quite so easy. While fans spent 30 years imagining that Han and Leia lived happily ever after, it turns out that their bouncing little boy became the next Darth Vader, their marriage hit the rocks, and Han went back to smuggling. By the time the older Han finally makes his appearance, his famous wisecracks are now tinged with a sense of loss.
What makes Han's death the saddest scene in Star Wars history, though, is that he dies simply for trying to do right by his son. Even though the younger Han would've hit the road, and the older Han knows Kylo Ren will probably kill him, the famously scruffy nerf herder can't help but make one final effort to redeem the kid he raised. From the moment Han approaches Kylo, every fan in the universe knows he's about to get his Obi-Wan moment, but that only makes the eventual lightsaber stab even harder to watch.
Breaking Bad was packed full of dark, grisly, and uncomfortable moments, but the one that everyone still winces over is the scene where Jesse's girlfriend, Jane, asleep after a last-hurrah drug binge, chokes on her own vomit, and Walt does nothing. It's an easy solution to prevent Jane from exposing him, which she'd earlier threatened to do. His conscious decision to allow Jane to die might be the moment where Walt truly "broke bad" in the most awful way. From that point on, there was no going back.
Disturbing as this was, it's even worse when Jesse's later girlfriend Andrea is shot by Todd in the show's penultimate episode. While Jane and Jesse were largely terrible for each other, Andrea is just a single mother trying to give her son, Brock, a better life, and she's only murdered because Jesse refuses to cook meth for Todd's sociopathic gang of neo Nazis. Todd casually shoots her in the back of the head, while Jesse watches, leaving Brock an orphan. Keep watching the video to see all the tragic on-screen deaths we still haven't recovered from.
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Han Solo | 0:00
Jane and Andrea | 1:44
John Coffey | 3:11
Uncle Ben | 4:09
Hodor | 5:41
Erik Killmonger | 6:45
Barb | 8:15
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla | 9:13
Peter Parker/Spider-Man | 10:24
Littlefoot's Mother | 11:36
Mufasa | 12:54
Artax | 13:44
Jack Twist | 14:38
Wilson | 15:28
Logan | 16:33
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The Real Reason Jorge Garcia Left Hawaii Five-0
7 days ago
Having won hearts and laughs as Hurley on Lost, actor Jorge Garcia returned to primetime on season four of Hawaii Five-0, playing conspiracy theorist Jerry Ortega. He was bumped up to series regular status two seasons later, and his character became an official part of the task force in season 7.
But the season 10 premiere of Hawaii Five-0, which aired in September 2019, saw the character's fortunes change. Though Ortega had recovered from the gunshot wound he sustained on the season 9 finale, his near-death experience prompted a reevaluation. He ultimately quit the life of major-crime-solving to return to his true love: conspiracy theories, specifically one involving the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Titanic disaster. In real life, Garcia announced that he wouldn't be back for the rest of season 10, telling TVLine that he was "grateful" for his time on Hawaii Five-0 but indicating he wouldn't be back any time soon.
Hawaii Five-0 had its own near-death experience a few months later, and it didn't come out so well. Turns out Hawaii Five-0's run came to an end before an eleventh season, and it looks like Garcia got out of a sinking ship ahead of everyone else. But why did he leave Hawaii Five-0 in the first place?
Bidding farewell to Jerry Ortega was a sad moment for Jorge Garcia and Hawaii Five-0 fans - but, fittingly for a series set in the sunny island state, the actor didn't leave under a cloud. In an interview published the same day his last episode of Hawaii Five-0 aired, Garcia told TVLine that he was thankful for his time on the show, especially since it allowed him to head back to the place where he filmed Lost. He shared:
"I loved getting to return to the islands, and creating a character that connected with so many people. Playing Jerry was a blast, and I look forward to popping in again to play with my TV ohana."
With no one yet aware that none of the cast would be coming back for a dreamt-about Hawaii Five-0 season 11, showrunner Peter M. Lenkov relayed to TVLine,
"There will always be a place for Jorge and Jerry on Hawaii Five-0, and while we obviously wish Jorge the very best, we will sincerely miss him very much."
Proving there really wasn't backstage drama behind his departure, Garcia has already returned to the Lenkov universe - a family of shows masterminded by Lenkov that overlaps with the NCIS universe. On February 18, 2020, fellow Lost alumnus and current MacGyver actor Henry Ian Cusick tweeted a selfie of himself and Garcia on the set of MacGyver, a reboot of the 1985 series of the same name, with the caption, "Look who came out to play!"
The official MacGyver Twitter account retweeted the image and announced that Garcia would appear as Ortega on a future episode of the show. You don't just walk away from the island life, apparently.
Although we don't know when Garcia's MacGyver appearance will air, his fans can catch him in a few other projects in the meantime.
He's one of many famous actors to have a cameo in The Wrong Missy, the Adam Sandler-produced Netflix comedy that involves a case of mistaken identity and another trip to Hawaii. It's not just the setting that's familiar: Garcia plays yet another guy on a plane in the film. Keep watching the video to see the real reason Jorge Garcia left Hawaii Five-0!
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The Best New Things To Watch On Netflix In June 2020
7 days ago
Summer 2020 is finally almost here, and Netflix is serving up a ton of new viewing options for the month of June. Some excellent selections will be hitting the streamer in every genre, and, of course, there will also be plenty of original fare. Here's all of the best stuff coming to Netflix in June 2020.
If action is your bag, Netflix has you covered in June 2020. Hitting the streamer on the first of June is a quartet of awesome flicks. First, there's the 2012 military actioner Act of Valor, which follows the efforts of a Navy SEAL team to track down a group of dangerous terrorists. On June 1, we'll also see Spike Lee's acclaimed heist flick Inside Man, which sports an absolutely stellar cast featuring the likes of Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.
If you're in the mood for something with a little less gritty realism and a little more flying farm animals, there's the 1996 action classic Twister.
Twister stars Helen Hunt and the late, great Bill Paxton as husband-and-wife storm chasers who tangle with tornados of escalating intensity.
Twister hits Netflix on June 1, along with the Wachowskis' V for Vendetta. Finally, there's the Netflix original Lost Bullet, a French-language flick in which an ex-con mechanic comes under suspicion for murder. The only thing that can clear his name is a bullet lodged in a missing car. Lost Bullet arrives on June 19.
There are only two truly great sci-fi selections coming to Netflix in June 2020, and it's safe to say that they couldn't be more different from each other. However, they're both stone-cold classics, made by directors who execute their visions perhaps better than anyone else in the business. Keep watching the video to see all the best new things to watch on Netflix in June 2020!
New action films | 0:17
New sci-fi films | 1:36
New drama films | 3:03
New comedy films | 4:27
Horror and thriller films | 6:51
New stand-up specials | 8:46
New television shows | 9:57
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Superhero Movie Moments That Went Too Far
11 days ago
A superhero movie wouldn't be a superhero movie without a good fight or a really nasty villain, but sometimes things can get a little out of hand. From gross-out violence to the scariest bad guys in the universe, these are the superhero movie moments that went too far.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a franchise meant for all ages, so there haven't been a whole lot of disturbing moments during the series' long run, but this just means that, when things do get gross, those scenes really stick out. Take Ant-Man, for example. In Scott Lang's first movie outing, the villainous businessman Darren Cross turns an unsuspecting colleague into a pulsating purée of organic jelly. It's especially upsetting since poor old Frank is portrayed as a relatively level-headed guy. He's a high-ranking executive at Pym Technologies, and when Cross starts talking about his Yellowjacket program, Frank says they should hit the brakes on the whole microscopic murder-suit thing.
But Cross isn't the kind of guy who takes no for an answer, so the supervillain corners Frank in the company restroom and zaps the poor dude with a shrink ray. He's subsequently reduced to a bubbling blob of goo, and promptly wiped up and flushed down the toilet for good measure.
This scene could have been a lot worse, too. In one unused take, Stoll actually tastes the slime before flushing it down the drain. Oh, and then there's this.
Come on, man.
Thanos might just be the worst dad in the MCU, which, let's be honest, is really saying something.
The Mad Titan is incredibly abusive towards his adopted children, especially poor Nebula, who he's been torturing for decades. In Infinity War, he goes one further, practically tearing her into pieces when he gets his hands on her.
But things grow even grimmer when Thanos captures his favorite wayward daughter, Gamora. After kidnapping her, Thanos takes Gamora to Vormir, in search of the Soul Stone. When they arrive, Thanos learns that if you want to acquire the gem, you've got to sacrifice the thing you love most. At first, Gamora thinks this is hilarious because, obviously, Thanos doesn't love anybody. You probably remember what happens next. Keep watching the video to see the superhero movie moments that went too far.
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Ant-Man | 0:00
Avengers: Infinity War | 1:18
Batman Returns | 2:15
The Dark Knight | 3:09
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | 4:12
Logan | 5:17
Shazam! | 6:23
Spider-Man 2 | 7:32
Super | 8:42
Watchmen | 9:34
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The Most Paused Game Of Thrones Moments
11 days ago
It's no surprise that Game of Thrones produced some of the most talked about moments of the past ten years on television. From baby dragons and sudden beheadings to face-swapping and the walking dead, here are some of the most paused moments in Game of Thrones history.
From the opening moments of Game of Thrones' first episode, audiences are immediately drawn to Ned Stark, the tragically noble patriarch of the Stark clan, and his strong sense of honor and duty. Along with his wife, Catelyn, Ned is the proud parent of five children: Robb, Sansa, Bran, Arya, and Rickon. He's also the father of Jon Snow, a bastard Ned produced while he was off fighting a rebellion with King Robert Baratheon, or so he says. Throughout the first season, viewers follow Ned as he leaves the Stark family home of Winterfell to serve as Hand of the King, which starts him down the path that leads inevitably to his death.
Over the course of the season, Ned discovers that Robert's eldest son, Joffrey, isn't Robert's son at all. He's actually the product of a relationship between Robert's queen, Cersei Lannister, and her twin brother, Jaime. When Ned reveals the truth after Robert's death, he finds himself put on trial for high treason. He pleads guilty, but it turns out that Joffrey has a bit of a sadistic streak, to put it mildly.
In one of his first acts as the new king, Joffrey has Ned beheaded in a public execution in front of his family. With that, the sword stroke heard 'round Westeros simultaneously closed out the first season of Game of Thrones and taught viewers that nobody, not even Ned Stark, was safe.
When audiences first meet Daenerys Targaryen, she's a far cry from the queen she will eventually become. As an exiled political pawn whose vicious, ruthless brother Viserys marries her off to Khal Drogo to cement an alliance, Daenerys doesn't seem particularly imposing. However, as she assimilates into Khal Drogo's Dothraki tribe, she finds herself far more powerful than her fallen family, and it soon seems like the eastern continent's number one power couple will soon conquer the world. Keep watching the video to see the most paused Game of Thrones moments.
Ned loses his head | 0:00
Mother of dragons | 1:40
Daenerys vs. Astapor | 2:37
The Red Wedding | 3:52
The Purple Wedding | 5:15
The horrors of Hardhome | 6:29
Jon Snow returns | 7:38
The Battle of the Bastards | 8:37
Cersei's explosive revenge | 9:45
The Night King is vanquished | 10:44
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These Are The Best Movies Of 2020 So Far
8 days ago
2020 has been an unusual year for movies, to say the least, but that doesn't mean audiences haven't been treated to some outstanding cinema. These are our picks for the best films of 2020 so far.
Suicide Squad wasn't exactly an auspicious first outing for Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley Quinn, the Joker's violently psychotic girlfriend, but most critics agreed that she was the best part of an otherwise not-great film. Fortunately, 2020 gave Robbie and Harley a second chance, and they ran with it in Birds of Prey. This stylish superhero flick saw Harley at the center of a wild plot that led to the formation of an all-female team of vigilantes. Mary Elizabeth Winstead played the revenge-obsessed Huntress, a perfectly cast Rosie Perez joined in as Gotham CIty detective Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell was the super-powered singer Black Canary.
Together, they worked to bring down a fantastically scenery-chewing Ewan McGregor as mobster Roman Sionis, better known as Black Mask, who has some very strong reasons for wanting them all dead. In other words, it's an action comedy heist ensemble superhero movie, and it pulls off each piece of that very well.
Birds of Prey scored pretty positive reviews from critics, who loved the female-led action sequences and a tighter focus on Robbie's more fully-developed Harley. With a potential sequel in the works, this hopefully isn't the last we've seen of Harley Quinn's solo exploits. Keep watching to learn about The Best Movies Of 2020 So Far!
Birds of Prey | 0:12
The Invisible Man | 1:26
Emma. | 2:19
Bad Boys for Life | 3:23
Onward | 4:22
Portrait of a Lady on Fire | 5:27
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Things Only Adults Notice In The Princess Bride
11 days ago
The Princess Bride contains a few elements that, when watching it as an adult, make you tilt your head and go, "Wait, what?" Even if you love the film, as so many people do, here are some of the weird things in The Princess Bride that you only notice as an adult.
Perhaps you're one of the eagle-eyed few who first noticed this as a child, but most of us gloss right over the fact that The Princess Bride is set during the Christmas season. Santa Claus decorations are scattered throughout the grandson's messy room, most notably the one hanging behind the grandfather on the closet door. Plus, there's a tabletop tree decorated with lights visible through the bedroom door, and when the mother throws open the grandson's curtains, a snow-covered rooftop lined with lights can be spotted outside the window.
Even The Princess Bride book itself is a Christmas gift. It's given to the grandson wrapped in cheery Santa paper.
At first glance, there's nothing amiss about the scene in which Buttercup tries to escape from Vizzini, Fezzik and Inigo Montoya by jumping off their ship and attempting to swim to safety. She starts to swim to the unidentified ship in the distance, but stops when she hears the screeches of the shrieking eels. Vizzini offers her the chance to swim back to safety, then Fezzik clunks the eel on the top of its head with a bowling ball-sized fist, and scoops a shaken but uninjured Buttercup up out of the water.
Everything in the scene tracks, until you realize that Buttercup never actually swam back to the boat. She swam away for a few solid strokes, putting her about half a pool-length away from the boat, but then she just fearfully treaded water until Fezzik punched the eel and pulled her back into the ship. Since the boat apparently never changed course, the only way for this scene to have happened is if Fezzik's arms suddenly stretched to a ridiculously long length of probably at least eight feet. He might be a giant, but he's not that much of a giant. This is probably just a continuity error, but it's fun to imagine an explanation, isn't it? Keep watching the video to see all the things only adults notice in The Princess Bride!
It's a Christmas movie | 0:00
Fezzik has superpowers | 0:48
Vizzini's nonsensical plan | 1:44
Westley's weird cliff climbing | 2:40
Inigo's deadly honor | 3:32
Fezzik's intriguing backstory | 4:23
Vizzini's mysterious picnic | 5:17
The 'true love' problem | 6:05
Buttercup deserves more credit | 6:48
Fezzik probably killed the Albino | 7:51
Inigo probably died | 8:43
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This Severely Underrated Johnny Depp Film Is Owning Netflix
8 days ago
A minor classic from over a decade ago is finding new life on Netflix.
The streamer has released its Top Ten list for the third week of March, and while there were a good number of holdovers from the week prior, there were also a few surprises. Perhaps the biggest shocker is the appearance of Public Enemies, the 2009 historical drama centered on the final years of the infamous bank robber John Dillinger, all the way up at number 3.
It's been fascinating to watch the comings and goings of all of the Netflix originals, animated flicks, and half-remembered features of yesteryear since the Top Ten list was rolled out by Netflix in February 2020. The streamer famously doesn't release its viewership numbers, but with the new feature, we at least have some idea of what our friends and neighbors are feverishly binging.
Gracing the Top Ten this week are the Netflix original flicks The Wrong Missy at #1 and John Henry at number 5, along with the family animated features The Willoughbys at number 6, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa at number 7, and The Grinch at number 10. And yes, it's nowhere near Christmas, so we're not sure what to make of that last one either.
The documentary Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics sits at number 9, and then there are the surprises: The unheralded 2012 French sci-fi actioner Lockout at number 8, the 2011 sports drama Soul Surfer at #2, and Public Enemies at number 3. While the latter flick was a minor commercial success upon its release, it didn't exactly set the world on fire which is honestly a bit puzzling, because its pedigree is nothing short of sterling.
If you're not familiar with the work of Michael Mann, then you've got some movies to watch, and Public Enemies is as good a place as any to start. The film features the veteran director working at the absolute top of his game, calling the shots for legendary cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who has shot several of Mann's films, including Manhunter, Heat, and The Insider.
Much has been made of the fact that the flick is a period piece shot on hi-def video, which on its surface is an odd choice. But Spinotti is a fan of the format, and he's also an absolute master at saturating his frames with vivid colors and inky dark spaces. This film looks fantastic, and it also benefits from Mann's deliberate, yet fleet, pacing.
Then, there's the cast, which is simply jaw-dropping. Depp crushes it in the role of Dillinger; he's joined by Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis, Marion Cotillard as Dillinger's girlfriend Billie Frechette, Billy Crudup as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and Stephen Lang as Charles Winstead, the Texas lawman who fatally shot Dillinger. Keep watching the video to see how this severely underrated Johnny Depp film is owning Netflix.
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Anime Movies on Netflix That Should Be Required Viewing
10 days ago
Streaming services that appeal to a larger variety of viewers than just anime fans have begun to add anime to their rotation, acknowledging that the medium is more than just a niche concern. On Netflix right now, there are anime films that run the gamut from old classics to modern hits. Here are some of the very best.
Before Hayao Miyazaki was a household name, he got his start co-writing and directing the 1979 film Lupin The Third: The Castle of Cagliostro. For this debut, he got to work with the international thief character Arsene Lupin, intellectual property of "Monkey Punch" Kazuhiko Kato, who himself "borrowed" the idea from French novelist Maurice Leblanc.
Lupin is the cheeky thief who likes to announce his heists before enacting them, dragging his loyal co-conspirators like Daisuke Jigen into the fray, and getting sidetracked by the sexy Fujiko Mine.
Those familiar with the Lupin The Third franchise will readily admit that Miyazaki's take on the character differs hugely from Monkey Punch's original manga, as well as from the countless anime adaptations that followed it.
In Cagliostro, Lupin discovers that he recently absconded with tons of counterfeit cash and decides to find its source. Once there, he meets a young lady named Clarisse who is betrothed, against her will, to Count Cagliostro. Lupin strikes a deal with his long-time nemesis, Interpol's Inspector Zenigata, to rescue Clarisse from this dismal fate.
Lupin's unselfish actions in this film aren't in keeping with the gentleman thief's usual modus operandi, but it is interesting to see how the film presages many of the themes and techniques Miyazaki would use in his films for years to come.
Watch the full video to hear about more anime movies on Netflix that should be required viewing.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro | 0:19
The Garden of Words | 1:48
A Silent Voice | 2:49
In This Corner of the World | 4:00
Miss Hokusai | 5:00
Mary and the Witch's Flower | 5:56
NiNoKuni | 7:08
Flavors of Youth | 8:03
Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time | 9:26
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King | 10:36
Lu Over the Wall | 11:31
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The Real Reason Ruby Rose Quit Batwoman
9 days ago
Fans of the CW's Batwoman will be disappointed to learn that Ruby Rose has unexpectedly bowed out of the title role of Kate Kane.
The parting from the show appears to be perfectly amicable, as Rose's announcement includes a long thank you to her director and producers for the opportunity. Nonetheless, she seems to feel walking away is best for her future. It's not as though the show has performed poorly Batwoman's premiere season punched in a comparable weight class to more established shows in the cable network's Arrowverse lineup, ending up as the network's third-most watched program of 2019.
The news of the lead actor's departure is surprising and even upsetting, but it's not all bad. With the recent announcement from the CW that the network plans to delay virtually all new season premieres until at least January 2021, Batwoman's producers will have plenty of extra time to seek out a new lead. Lending further comfort, the press release confirming Rose's departure additionally included a reassurance that the channel is still dedicated to finding another LGBTQ actress to fill the role of the canonically lesbian hero. But why did Ruby Rose exit the role so suddenly, when everything seems to be going just the way any television actor would want? Well, there are a number of possible reasons.
Back in the summer of 2019, Rose had to have emergency surgery due to herniated discs in her spine that threatened to paralyze her.
The injury was sustained at some point during the filming of Batwoman's first season, and over time as Rose began to experience numbness in her extremities, realization set in that the injury might be much more serious than at first believed. She didn't reveal this fact until that September, well after the surgery, and as far as anyone is publicly aware, she has indeed recovered just fine from her injury. Variety reports an anonymous source that claims Rose departing the role has nothing to do with her health, but it's difficult to say exactly what that means.
She's probably perfectly healthy now, since doctors intervened before the injury could become permanent, but it may have affected her strength and flexibility in a way that prevented her from fully recovering in time for filming. It's not necessarily that she's unhealthy, but there could be uncertainty around how safe it is to continue performing such a stunt-heavy role after a spine injury, even a healed one. It's also entirely possible that the injury has simply brought Rose to second-guess her dedication to the role. Anyone would question how willing they are to continue working a job after getting so seriously hurt on-site, even when there's no one at fault.
The aforementioned network-wide delay of new content on the CW, alternatively, may have provided Rose an opportunity she may have been looking for. In an interview with Glamour in September 2019, shortly before the revelation of her spinal injury, Rose confessed to feeling homesick for her native Australia, and that she had an interest in pursuing future roles closer to home. Keep watching the video to see the real reason Ruby Rose quit Batwoman!
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The Surprise Sci-Fi Movie That's Killing It On Netflix
9 days ago
If you were searching for a hidden gem buried within the streaming slushpile, you could do a lot worse than Lockout, a 2012 masterwork of French science-fiction that's currently burning up the charts at Netflix.
When Netflix released their Top Ten list this week, viewers were surprised to find the underappreciated foreign film showing a strong 8th place. As of May 19th, Lockout breached the streamer's most-viewed list, joining the ranks of hotly anticipated Netflix originals like The Wrong Missy and recognizable franchises like Despicable Me.
The popular streamer only recently lifted up its digital curtain to make at least a tiny sliver of their tightly held viewing statistics public. Since earlier this year, they've been promoting a weekly "Top Ten" of their most watched content, albeit without revealing the actual numbers, and the results have definitely been interesting. So far, the rankings have been dominated by a predictable mix of buzz-worthy original content and licensed properties with broad family appeal. Films like Lockout surprise us when they crack the list, because they don't fit comfortably in either box.
So, what business does a little-known French film from eight years ago have climbing the rankings to such heights? As it turns out, Lockout is actually a pretty wild ride, and U.S. viewers who likely missed its original release have been there for it.
The 2012 action film is the directorial debut of French filmmakers James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger They hired Luc Besson of The Fifth Element fame to assist with the screenplay, though both Mather and Saint Leger are also credited as writers on Lockout. For a first foray, the greenhorn directors landed a pretty blockbuster cast. Lockout stars Guy Pearce as protagonist Snow, opposite Maggie Grace as Emilie Warnock. They're joined by Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, and Peter Stormare.
Pearce's Snow is a man framed for a crime he didn't commit in a far future world. He is offered the opportunity to earn his freedom if he rescues the President's daughter Emilie, played by Grace, from a notorious orbital prison known as MS One. MS One has been taken over by a violent gang of inmates in full revolt, and Emilie is currently their captive. Gilgun and Regan play Alex and Hydell, the inmate ringleaders who engineer the prison riot and take Emilie as a bargaining chip.
If you think some of these elements sound familiar, legendary sci-fi director John Carpenter agrees.
He successfully sued Mather and Saint Leger for plagiarizing the story of his classic genre films Escape from New York and Escape from LA. Carpenter was eventually awarded €20,000 for the infringement, in addition to the €10,000 awarded to screenwriter Nick Castle and the €50,000 awarded to MGM. An appeal of the decision was rejected back in 2016, bringing the matter to a close.
Reasonable minds can differ as to whether the European courts ruled rightly in this case. It should be noted that European intellectual property law tends to be much more unforgiving than U.S. law. What might qualify as an infringement in the European system could be deemed a tribute under the American paradigm. If Mather and Saint Leger were going to look to older works for inspiration, they could do a lot worse than Carpenter's films. Whether you consider it a ripoff or a tribute, the results on display in Lockout speak for themselves.
Lockout was originally released to 2,308 theaters in the United States and Canada. Over its brief run, it only made $14 million domestically, adding another $18 million to that total, worldwide.
Critical response was mixed at the time, though most reviewers lauded Guy Pearce's performance in the lead role as Snow. Derek Malcolm at the London Evening Standard wrote that,
"It's laughably over the top but Pearce, a decent actor, anchors it somewhere between Escape From New York and The Transformers."
Some critics speculated at the time that Lockout suffered from unflattering comparisons to Carpenter's Snake Plissken movies, but others saw merit in what Mather and Saint Leger were trying to accomplish. Sarah Gopaul at Digital Journal wrote,
"For a night of shameless entertainment and explosions, Lockout is a winning choice."
That seems to be exactly what Netflix viewers are after. Eight years after the film's initial release, it appears that streaming audiences have decided that Lockout deserves a second look, and many of them officially like what they see.
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Movies From This Century That Are Already Being Remade
11 days ago
Remakes and reboots are all the rage these days. In fact, they're so popular that even films from this century are already getting the refresh treatment. From fantasy films to slasher flicks, these are the remakes of 21st-century films we can expect to see in the near future.
With a star-studded cast including James McAvoy and Tilda Swinton, 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made $745 million worldwide and was one of the most popular films released that year. It even went on to win a well-deserved Academy Award for best makeup and hairstyling.
The next installment was Prince Caspian in 2008, followed by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. The films continued to be popular, but not enough to warrant another film, and the series fourth entry, The Silver Chair, was scrapped altogether.
However, now that Game of Thrones is over, there's a great big fantasy-shaped hole for Hollywood to fill, so Netflix is preparing to reboot the Narnia series, in both TV and movie form. With seven books to adapt and both feature films and series in the works, the streaming service is about to become a truly magical place.
With its iffy script and hokey special effects, 2011's Green Lantern was a disaster of heroic proportions. In fact, the only positive anyone can seem to find about Green Lantern is the film introduced Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, who fell in love on the set and are now married with three children.
DC is bringing the Lantern back, already.... The film's working title is Green Lantern Corps , and the screenplay is being written by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who also wrote Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. Johns is well aware of the various missteps from the first film, and he's working to make sure those aren't repeated in his new screenplay. Keep watching the video to see all the movies from this century that are already being remade.
The Chronicles of Narnia | 0:00
Green Lantern | 1:17
Lilo & Stitch | 1:57
Pirates of the Caribbean | 2:52
Resident Evil | 3:27
Shrek | 4:08
Puss in Boots | 4:55
Train to Busan | 5:29
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The Real Reason Lauren Holly Left NCIS
11 days ago
Lauren Holly's NCIS character Jennifer Shepard spent her whole career working her way up to becoming Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, only to be gunned down some three years into the top job.
The last fans saw of Shepard was in an abandoned diner, getting sentimental with fellow NCIS Agent Mike Franks. Her death happens off screen, signified by a storm of gunshots and a mostly obscured shot of her body. But we know she didn't go quietly: Replacement Director Leon Vance said that the forensics from the scene indicated that Shepard went down fighting.
Holly, on the other hand, wasn't fighting against her character's death and departure from the show. She joined NCIS at the start of season 3, with her character replacing former NCIS Director Thomas Morrow, and appeared on a total of 48 episodes up to the season 5 finale. Sometimes, learning the real reason NCIS actors left raises more questions about the show's famous backstage drama, but unlike some of her former co-stars, it seems like Holly left on her own terms.
Three seasons on a show that's into its second decade doesn't seem like a long time in the grand scheme of things. but Holly never expected to last even that long on NCIS. In a now-deleted post on her personal website, she wrote that she initially found her way to NCIS through her former Chicago Hope co-star Mark Harmon, who, of course, is best known today as fearless NCIS leader Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Excited at the chance to again work with Harmon and with legendary creator Don Bellisario, Holly originally went up for the part that went to Sasha Alexander. But two years later, Holly was invited to join the show with the understanding that she would be part of a six-episode story arc as the new Director of NCIS. Holly was living in Chicago at the time, and she started commuting back and forth to L.A. for the show. When the creators offered to extend the part into future seasons, Holly and her family moved to California.
Not every departure from the show has been smooth sailing. Holly, however, apparently didn't have any hard feelings. She wrote,
"I enjoyed being on the show, and began some wonderful friendships."
But two years in, Holly was happy to bow out of the series, saying that after playing the same character day in and day out for such a long time, she was bored and wanted a new challenge. Ultimately, she was happy with how Shepard met her demise. According to Holly, after she let the showrunners know that she wanted out,
"The decision was made to kill me, and boy did they. About five different ways!"
Holly's only exaggerating a little bit: Shepard had been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor before she was ultimately taken out by a group of assassins. NCIS continued on without Shepard, and the actress hopes the series extends its long run even further for the sake of the cast and crew. She wrote,
"A lot of people depend on it for their families. For that, I hope it continues forever. It probably will. I think of them all often."
While some actors face the unfortunate fate of a quickly dimming career after leaving a hit series, that couldn't be further from the truth for Holly. She's continued to flourish in both the television and film realms post-NCIS, which should come as no surprise considering how many screen credits she'd racked up prior to joining the show.
Since exiting NCIS, Holly has appeared on series such as Leverage, Lucifer, and Good Witch. She's also lent her voice to the computer-animated television show The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, playing the aptly-named Haulie, an anthropomorphic forklift. Holly's biggest television gig after NCIS came in 2013, when she began starring in the Canadian police procedural series Motive, a gig that lasted until August 2016. Most recently, Holly has held a recurring role as Lynn Harper on the political drama Designated Survivor.
On the film side of things, fans likely best remember seeing Holly as Linda in 2015's The Blackcoat's Daughter. Written and directed by Osgood Perkins, the film centers around two students who are left behind at their boarding school during winter break. It's rumored that the school's nuns worship Satan, talk that turns out to be a lot less terrifying than the truth of the situation.
NCIS was inarguably a bright spot in Holly's professional career, even if she did get bored of the gig after a while, but it's clear that her future is even brighter. Watch the video to learn The Real Reason Lauren Holly Left NCIS!
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Why Darlene From Ozark Looks So Familiar
11 days ago
Darlene Snell might just be one of the most compelling television villains out there. As the deeply proud matriarch of a heroin-distributing family on Netflix's Ozark, she serves as a frequent foil to criminal newcomer and series protagonist Marty Byrde.
Snell's frail frame disguises a violent character with a hair-trigger temper, quick to kill or maim anyone who stands in the way of her goals or her family.
And Lisa Emery fills the role so well that it might be hard to imagine her playing anyone else.
But all actors come from somewhere, and Emery hasn't let up since starting her career over 30 years ago. She had an impressive streak of television and movie appearances before her seasons-long run on Ozark, showing up in everything from '90s primetime dramas to the Marvel Universe.
Prior to Ozark, Lisa Emery's filmography was largely a deep well of one-off roles and guest appearances. Most notably, it seems like one of her goals has been to rack up an appearance on each and every iteration of Law & Order. She's stopped by the flagship Dick Wolf series five times, met with Benson and Stabler on Special Victims Unit twice and made one-off appearances on both Criminal Intent and Trial By Jury.
More recently, Emery appeared in recurring roles on FX's Louie and the Marvel superhero series Jessica Jones, in which she played Louise Thompson, the mother of season one's primary villain Kilgrave. Emery's character was a scientist who experimented on her young son in an attempt to cure his degenerative brain disease. Her trials were cruel and torturous, leading to Kilgrave's warped worldview and accidentally giving him the ability to control people's minds in the process. When a young Kilgrave used his power to force his mother to burn her face with an iron, she abandoned him and went into hiding. Emery's appearances on the popular Netflix show ended when - spoiler alert - Kilgrave succeeded in killing his mother in a brutal fashion during season's ninth episode.
Lisa Emery's movie credits aren't as extensive as her work in television, but she's still popped up in some relatively well-known films. Eagle-eyed fans can find her turning in brief but memorable performances in movies such as Margot at the Wedding and Marci X.
But she has taken a few major roles here and there. Check out her work in the Paul Rudd/Tina Fey rom-com Admission, for example. In that film, Amery plays the mother of Fey's love interest and former high school classmate John Pressman. If you're willing to go a little further back, Emery also appeared in the Richard Gere vehicle Unfaithful in 2002. Keep watching the video to see why Darlene from Ozark looks so familiar!
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Huge Unanswered Questions In The Simpsons
11 days ago
The Simpsons isn't subject to the regular rules of television. And because of that, a lot of plots and fates are left dangling, never to be resolved. So we're looking at some big questions that The Simpsons posed over the years, and which it never fully answered.
The Simpsons has been on so long that its opening sequence is almost as famous as the show itself. With more than 600 episodes under its belt, most Simpsons fans could recall it from memory.
We've got Bart writing a sentence on a classroom blackboard wall a few dozen times as punishment, Lisa getting kicked out of band practice for playing jazz, Maggie getting picked up with Marge's groceries and being swiped across a cashier's barcode scanner, and Homer cutting out of work when he hears the whistle blow, carelessly allowing a nuclear rod to bounce around after him.
Every one of these events warrants some inspection. Bart abandons the chalkboard when he hears a school bell ring, but why does a bell ring when this is obviously his after-school punishment? And why is Lisa's band class, often depicted as part of her regular school day, being held after class? These events suggest that it's about three or four o'clock, which seems early for Homer's nine-to-five gig to end.
As for Maggie getting scanned, a price pops up for the grocery cashier, meaning Maggie is seemingly wearing a barcode. According to The Telegraph, Simpsons creator Matt Groening stated the price that appears on the register is $847.63. It was the cost of raising a child in 1989, when the show first appeared on FOX.
A running gag in The Simpsons wasn't only hilarious wordplay, but its characterization of Bart Simpson as a rude, cynical troublemaker. Bart would call Moe's Tavern and ask to speak with someone, and he'd always give a made-up name that was either an insult or a pun. Keep watching the video to see all the huge unanswered questions in The Simpsons.
Opening credits | 0:00
Moe's prank caller | 1:22
Mr. Burns' age | 2:04
Marge's fear of flight | 3:05
Barney's drinking | 4:00
Homer's inventions | 5:02
The monorail | 5:58
The island | 7:14
Missing characters | 8:08
Springfield politics | 9:05
Springfield's pollution | 10:11
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The Best Marvel TV Show According To Rotten Tomatoes
17 days ago
As the world prepares for the MCU's Disney Plus shows, it's time to look back on the Marvel TV shows that have already come and gone. There have been many, stretching back to the 1960s, but how do they stack up? These are the best Marvel TV shows, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
10: X-Men: The Animated Series
1992's X-Men: The Animated Series distilled everything that made Marvel's mutants so beloved into a truly wild ride that perfectly encapsulates the '90s. The first episode even features Jubilee being pursued by a Sentinel, and the X-Men trying to save her.
Wolverine is at his sneering best, alongside straight-arrow Cyclops and erudite Beast. They're a motley crew, but they have each other, and by hook or by crook, that ends up being enough.
It's not all about action, however, the show is just as highly regarded for its romance. There is the familiar love triangle between Cyclops, Wolverine, and Jean Grey, of course, but the tension between the untouchable Rogue and loose cannon Gambit is just as enticing. With that blend of well-crafted character and all-out x-treme action, it's no surprise that X-Men stuck around for a full five seasons, finally ending in 1997 after 76 stellar episodes.
With relatively faithful adaptations of classic X-Men stories like The Dark Phoenix Saga, X-Men '92 introduced an entire generation to the greatest superhero soap opera in comics, with all the complexities and weirdness that came with it. As evidenced by its 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it's still remembered fondly almost 30 years later.
9: Marvel's Agent Carter
Agent Carter picks up shortly after the apparent death of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, following the post-war adventures of Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. Stuck as a secretary in the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Peggy gets the chance to do more when Howard Stark recruits her to clear his name after he's accused of treason. Peggy, alongside with Stark's loyal butler Jarvis, embarks upon a double life as a secretary and spy. With a strong lead and fun supporting cast, this show plays both as a stylish period piece and a lighthearted spy romp.
Running just two seasons from 2015 to 2016, Agent Carter was a critical favorite but ended up canceled by ABC for low ratings. The fans who did watch it, however, recognize the show as the hidden gem of the MCU, with a genre-breaking attitude and the same quick-witted action that made Peggy a fan-favorite on the big screen. As a result, it holds a strong 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Now that the whole thing is available to stream on Disney Plus, it's bound to reach an audience that wants to see Peggy as more than just Captain America's long-lost love. Keep watching the video to see the best marvel TV show according to Rotten Tomatoes.
10: X-Men: The Animated Series | 0:00
9: Marvel's Agent Carter | 1:33
8: Marvel's Runaways | 2:34
7: Marvel's Cloak And Dagger | 3:40
6: Marvel's Luke Cage | 4:22
5: Legion | 5:21
4: Marvel's Daredevil | 6:34
3: Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. | 7:35
2: The Spectacular Spider-Man | 8:36
1: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes | 9:44
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Movie Trilogies That Will Sadly Never Be Finished
20 days ago
In Hollywood, not everything goes as planned - and sometimes movies simply never get made. As a result, trilogies and franchises that once had bright futures can be killed off before their time. These are the movie trilogies that, for whatever reason, will never see the light of day.
Comic book movies really took off in the early 2000s, with countless studios giving obscure comic characters the big-screen treatment, in the hopes of mining gold from pulp. So fans' hearts leapt when geek god Guillermo del Toro's took on an adaptation of Mike Mignola's Dark Horse comic series, Hellboy. Del Toro quickly proved his fanboy bona fides when he chose not to cast an A-list leading man. Instead, he hired the picture-perfect character actor Ron Perlman to play everyone's favorite cigar-chomping, monster-busting, gun-wielding half-demon. Critics were into Hellboy, too, giving it an 81 percent Tomatometer score - but its $59 million domestic and $99 million worldwide gross spooked Revolution Studios into jumping ship.
So Universal picked up the rights and greenlit Hellboy II: The Golden Army. This move paid off, with the movie garnering even better reviews and a $168 million worldwide gross. Alas, Hellboy II had the bad luck of opening one week before The Dark Knight broke box office records, and sales dropped a mind-boggling 70 percent in the movie's second weekend.
So while del Toro hoped to complete the trilogy, he knew his budget of $120 million for a final movie was a tough sell. Finally, in 2017 del Toro Tweeted that Hellboy 3 was 100 percent not happening. Lionsgate rebooted the series in 2019 with Neil Marshall as director and David Harbour as the big red guy, but moviegoers and fans said "hell no" to the new Hellboy - which was a critical and box office disaster.
Watch the full video to hear about more movie trilogies that will sadly never be finished.
Hellboy | 0:17
The Amazing Spider-Man | 1:57
Tron | 3:23
Prometheus/Alien | 4:30
Justice League | 5:53
Fantastic Four | 6:59
John Carter | 8:14
Clash of the Titans | 9:25
Independence Day | 10:29
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The Truth About The Dark Knight Trilogy
14 days ago
After all these years, it's easy to assume we've learned everything there is to know about director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy but just like Batman himself, these movies are very good at keeping their secrets.
Batman and Superman are often presented in stark opposition to one another. One is a dark figure who triumphs through technology and intimidation; the other is a bright hero who triumphs through superpowers and inspiration. With that in mind, it might be surprising to hear that Christopher Nolan's Batman actually owes quite a bit to the Man of Steel.
Nolan has said that, like many people, he was blown away by Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie in 1978. Among its many brilliant features, he appreciated that it told the full story of Superman's origin. Nolan contrasted this with Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film, in which the character is fully formed by the time the movie starts, and saw Batman Begins as his chance to do Batman in the style of Superman '78: a movie where he could start with a more recognizable setting grounded in reality with a single extraordinary figure in it, and, as the title implies, explore that hero's beginnings. While the shape of the current slate of modern DC films comes from the clash between Batman and Superman, Nolan's masterful trilogy could never have started without the inspiration of the big blue Boy Scout.
One of the most notable aspects of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy is how much Christian Bale made the character his own. He was, after all, the seventh actor to don the costume for the big screen going all the way back to the '40s, and he knew it was inevitable that he'd be compared to previous Batmen. All of which makes it that much more fascinating that when Bale auditioned for the role of Batman, he did so while wearing Val Kilmer's old Batman suit from Batman Forever.
In fact, Nolan made every prospective Batman actor wear the old suit. Why go through all the trouble? According to the director, being Batman onscreen transcended concepts such as "chemistry" or simple "acting ability." Instead, he needed an actor who would be believable and compelling without being overshadowed by the iconic imagery that made Batman who is is. Or, in other words, he really just needed a guy who looked good in the suit. No wonder Bale did so many push-ups.
Without a doubt, viewers' first glimpse of Harvey Dent's burned face is appropriately grisly. Keep watching the video to see the truth about the Dark Knight trilogy.
#Batman #DarkKnightTrilogy #Nolanverse
The Superman connection | 0:00
One Batsuit, slightly used | 1:22
A nastier Two-Face | 2:13
The Killing Joke influence | 3:14
The Long Halloween influence | 4:23
The Charles Dickens influence? | 5:38
More inspiration from comics | 6:25
The trilogy that almost wasn't | 7:36
Heath Ledger took a beating | 8:40
Holmes is where the heart is | 9:15
Secrets and lies | 10:07
Turning down Alfred | 11:00
Batman v Batman | 12:09
Manuel for Mayor | 13:26
A suffocating suit | 14:12
Hong Kong controversy | 15:05
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Concern Over Pattinson And The Batman Is Rapidly Growing
14 days ago
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Is Robert Pattinson going... batty?
Fans are taking to social media to voice their concern following the publication of an in-depth piece in GQ entitled, "Robert Pattinson: A Dispatch from Isolation." In it, the actor describes his existence kicking around the London apartment in which he's hunkered down while production on The Batman is paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.
That concern is twofold: for the movie, and for the actor himself. As far as the film goes, it appears that Pattinson isn't exactly following the kind of workout and exercise regimen that one might expect from the star of a highly anticipated superhero movie. He revealed that his trainer left him with a Bosu ball and a weight that have basically been gathering dust in the corner since his quarantine began.
It begs the question: what are Pattinson's thoughts on working out during the quarantine? He told GQ,
"I think if you're working out all the time, you're part of the problem. You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the '70s. Even James Dean - he wasn't exactly ripped."
Well, no - but James Dean never played Batman, either. Pattinson also shared that he called his co-star Zoë Kravitz to see how she was getting along during the production shutdown, and that she told him she'd been working out five days a week in isolation to prepare for her role as Catwoman.
The star admitted that he's, quote, "barely doing anything" - which is relatable. But it's not just his alleged inactivity that has fans raising their eyebrows. Judging by some of the words and actions relayed by GQ's interviewer, isolation has not been terribly kind to Pattinson's psyche.
The star admitted that he has trouble keeping track of time even under normal circumstances, and that he quickly lost all track of time after he entered lockdown. He described feeling a profound sense of terror even at the thought of going out for a jog, and his worry that The Batman's producers will just kind of forget he's there. It's the article's description of Pattinson's insane culinary endeavors, though, that really has fans scratching their heads.
The star seems a bit obsessed with microwaving pasta, for one thing - a meal that he admits is, quote, "actually quite revolting."
Why... would he want to do that, then? Well, because he's had a great idea for a business. He said:
"[What if] pasta really had the same kind of fast-food credentials as burgers and pizzas? I was trying to figure out how to capitalize in this area of the market, and I was trying to think: How do you make a pasta which you can hold in your hand?"
You okay, buddy? Did The Lighthouse really mess you up that bad?
Next, Pattinson took things one step further when he attempted to whip up a batch of his patented pasta dish while FaceTiming with the interviewer. The ingredients were as follows: penne pasta, Corn Flakes, any kind of sauce, and an absolute mess of cheese and sugar. All microwaved, of course, and wrapped up in aluminum foil. Yup - your next Batman really did put aluminum foil in his microwave. And - yup - it basically exploded.
While more than a few denizens of the Twitterverse seem genuinely concerned that the star might have a few bats in the old belfry, we're of the opinion that Pattinson is simply kind of a goofball - and he was just having a little fun, as many of us would be if we were in his situation.
We're sure the actor is just fine, really. Mr. Pattinson, if you stumble upon this, though, maybe do a pushup from time to time? You've gotta be Batman soon. Also, you gotta start boiling the pasta, man. It works much better that way and, usually, nothing explodes - emphasis on usually.
The Batman will fly into theaters on October 1, 2021. Watch the video to learn why Concern Over Pattinson And The Batman Is Rapidly Growing!
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The Most Paused Moments In The Matrix Movies
16 days ago
The Matrix series is full of unforgettable action scenes, amazing effects, and super hot actors. As a result, these movies give us plenty of excuses to freeze the action for a closer look, and we’ve collected the most paused moments from the Matrix series right here.
While she was largely unknown before The Matrix, Carrie-Anne Moss won over audiences with her portrayal of Trinity, the enigmatic hacker who guides Neo on his first steps towards discovering the truth of his cyberpunk world. It's easy to see why, too: she's one of the few characters in fiction who's cool enough to pull off sunglasses at night, and it doesn't hurt that she's accessorizing with a walking arsenal.
She's also one of the first major characters we meet. She shows up in the opening scene of the trilogy. She's on the run from the police, and it quickly becomes apparent that the cops aren't the most dangerous things chasing her. It's during this showdown that Trinity immediately became a fan favorite, thanks to her serious demeanor, the high-stakes fight with the authorities, and those incredible martial arts moves. From the very first moments of the film, she helps draw us into a world that's stranger and more complicated than we ever imagined.
What makes this truly worth pausing for, though are the special effects. It's right here in the opening that audiences, worldwide, were introduced to the groundbreaking, innovative camera techniques of the Wachowski sisters' masterpiece trilogy. The use of multiple cameras to capture a seamless, 360-degree view of the action changed cinema forever. Today, the techniques that were showcased in this movie are used all across the world of cinema and taught at film schools everywhere, and this is the moment that first showed us what was possible. It's one of the greatest action movie openings ever, and well worth taking some time to appreciate.
There's nothing like some good, old-fashioned body horror to get the blood pumping and to stun viewers into hitting the pause button. Need proof? Okay, let's talk about one of the most messed-up moments in sci-fi history.
Neo - played, of course, by the iconic and seemingly ageless Keanu Reeves - has delved into the seedy underworld and the darkest corners of the dark web looking for the answer to the question that keeps him up at night: What is the Matrix? He's almost ready to leave his old life, one of boredom, isolation, wasted potential, and endless corporate servitude, behind. And that's when the ominous and threatening Agent Smith comes calling, tracking Neo to where he works and capturing him despite the intervention of Morpheus. And that's when things get interesting.
Based on what we've seen so far, we definitely expect Neo to refuse to give in when the Agents attempt to intimidate him into compliance with whatever sinister plans they have for him. What we don't expect is our first glimpse of just how powerful the agents can be. Without even making a single gesture, the mysterious bad guys shut Neo up.... completely. Agent Smith zips Neo's mouth closed faster than you can say "absolute nightmare," melting his flesh together as Neo, powerless, tries and fails to scream. Keep watching the video to see the most paused moments in the Matrix movies!
Trinity's introduction | 0:16
Mouthing off | 1:48
Reflecting reality | 3:20
Bullet time | 4:49
Neo vs. Agents Smith | 6:02
Persephone's dress | 7:17
The Ghost Twins | 8:28
Meeting the Architect | 9:30
The final fight | 10:23
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Everything We Know About The Alien Covenant Sequel
16 days ago
After the Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant was released in 2017, rumors regarding another sequel began circulating online. Despite whispers of cancellation, there is still a glimmer of hope for Ridley Scott's next outing in the universe he helped create four decades ago.
In 2012, Prometheus was released to decent reviews and was a modest financial success, accumulating $403 million worldwide. In the film, a team of scientists and archaeologists venture off to a distant moon found in ancient star maps. The expedition, which aims to find out more about the "Engineers" who came from the stars to create humanity, is met with strange horrors that change the nature of their mission from discovery to survival.
Five years later, Ridley Scott would return to direct Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, in which a ship of interstellar colonists makes a detour to a planet that they speculate has a more hospitable environment than their original destination. Of course, this haven is not what it appears, and the colonists find themselves in the realm of the ever-evolving Xenomorphs.
While Prometheus did well both critically and financially, Alien: Covenant did not. Mixed reviews illustrated Covenant's inability to pack as much of a punch as the previous entry in the franchise. Likewise, the box office numbers didn't wow 20th Century Fox, netting only $240 million worldwide. While the film wasn't without its supporters, it wasn't the kind of success that leaves studios salivating for another sequel.
Following Covenant's release, further developments regarding the future of the franchise were scarce, most likely because the film didn't perform nearly as well as Fox had hoped. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Covenant's ticket sales dropped 71 percent during its second weekend, and Fox reportedly stated that two further Alien sequels which had been on deck would have to be, quote, "reassessed."
Rumors began to circulate online about the cancellation of the Covenant sequel shortly after the movie hit theaters. Keep watching the video to see everything we know about the Alien: Covenant sequel.
The Alien prequels so far | 0:00
Sequel rumors swirl | 1:30
Post-Alien: Covenant plans | 2:30
The sequel already has a title | 3:38
The Alien: Covenant Blu-ray release | 4:38
Covenant cast is ready | 5:46
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Absolutely The Most Underrated Movies Of 2020 So Far
15 days ago
Sometimes a great film tanks at the box office…but that doesn't make it any less great. Today we're presenting some of the most underrated films of 2020 so far. Don't let these future cult classics fly under your radar! Also, some mild spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution.
Guns Akimbo is a gory black comedy with one hell of a premise: Daniel Radcliffe plays Miles, a mild-mannered geek who finds himself forced into a gladiator match. Did we mention the guns screwed into his hands? Because we meant to.
Packed with over-the-top action sequences and juvenile humor, Guns Akimbo certainly doesn't take itself too seriously. If you're looking for mindless entertainment with plenty of action and lots of laughs, Guns Akimbo might just blow you away.
Actress Alison Brie, best known for her performance in Community, really gets a chance to show off her acting chops in Horse Girl. It's a film she co-wrote using her own family's history of mental illness as a framework.
When we first meet Sarah, played by Brie, the film feels light and funny. She definitely seems a bit socially awkward, and she's strangely fixated on a local horse.
As the film progresses, things take a decidedly dark turn. We learn that Sarah suffers from wild delusions. She's a passionate student of conspiracy theories, believes she may be a time traveler, and rants about alien abductions. Horse Girl is an empathetic look at mental illness, through the lens of a character who feels achingly real.
Guns Akimbo | 0:00
Horse Girl | 0:51
Ordinary Love | 1:39
Swallow | 2:12
Color Out of Space | 2:46
Birds of Prey | 3:29
VFW | 4:21
Saint Frances | 4:46
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Alien Movies On Netflix That Should Be Required Viewing
15 days ago
Humans will always be curious about whether or not we have galactic neighbors, and if they would be our friends or foes. Maybe the answers are in the stars or in secret government files. Until we know the truth, we have some great movies on Netflix about alien visitors. Minor spoilers ahead!
Have you ever had a nightmare that comes true? If so, you might be intrigued by the premise of the film Extinction. That's exactly what happens to Peter, who begins having bad dreams about an invading force that comes to Earth, threatening the safety of his family and everything he holds dear. Little does he know that these disturbing nightmares would actually turn out to be premonitions. When he visits a psychiatrist to get to the root of these dreams, he encounters another patient who's been suffering from the same night terrors, and he begins to wonder if there is something bigger going on.
Unfortunately, Peter's suspicions prove to be correct: one night, spaceships suddenly descend upon the city and attack. Peter and his wife manage to snag a weapon from one of the invading soldiers, and Peter utilizes the knowledge from his visions to protect his family, but his understanding of what's actually happening can only get them so far. Peter is about to discover that he was receiving these visions for a reason, and when he finds out why, the knowledge turns his life upside down.
A road trip with friends goes very, very wrong in The Signal. Three MIT students, Jonah, Nic, and Haley, are driving all the way across the United States. Haley is relocating to California, and the guys are coming along to help out with the move. Nic worries that Haley's new life will complicate his relationship with her. However, all of these troubles will soon fade into the background when the trio is faced with a much more dire threat.
As the three friends settle into their hotel room for the night, they discover that a hacker named NOMAD has been tracking them and found their location. This isn't their first run-in with the hacker. NOMAD almost got them expelled back at MIT when they were accessing the school's private servers. Nic and Jonah decide to get back at NOMAD by tracking the hacker's location and heading to the abandoned house where he is supposedly hiding out. When they arrive, they find nothing, but when Haley is suddenly pulled into the sky, it becomes obvious that the group has stumbled into something they never could have imagined. Keep watching the video to see all the alien movies on Netflix that should be required viewing.
Extinction | 0:00
The Signal | 1:21
Revolt | 2:22
Beyond Skyline | 3:31
At First Light | 4:23
The Darkest Dawn | 5:15
Under the Skin | 6:10
Apollo 18 | 6:58
Occupation | 7:49
Cloverfield | 8:58
Evolution | 10:08
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This Forgotten Jennifer Lawrence Film Is Totally Owning Netflix
15 days ago
Jennifer Lawrence might be one of the world's biggest stars, but one of her lesser-known films is currently dominating Netflix.
There's an overwhelming amount of content on Netflix for any casual viewer, but it's always a bit of a surprise when an older film like House at the End of the Street rises above the fray to become one of the most watched titles on the streaming service.
Recently, this 2012 psychological horror-thriller surged to the top of Netflix's charts, and it’s currently the fourth most popular movie on the streamer in the United States, despite the fact that it's nearly a decade old. Whether it's because of its big-name star or its twisting, turning story, House at the End of the Street is seeing a huge resurgence in popularity. Here's why this forgotten Jennifer Lawrence film is completely owning Netflix right now, and what Lawrence has been up to since it's release.
Directed by Mark Tonderai, House at the End of the Street tells the story of young mother named Sarah Cassidy, played by Elizabeth Shue, and her daughter Elissa, played by Lawrence. After Sarah goes through a divorce, she and Elissa move to a new neighborhood in an upper-middle-class suburb. Though the neighborhood seems idyllic, there's a dark story behind the house at the very end of their new street.
After the murder, Carrie-Anne disappeared. Her brother Ryan still lives in the house, though the entire town hates him. Against Sarah's advice, Ryan and Elissa end up starting a relationship.
Before too long, Elissa realizes that Ryan is not all he seems, and that he is harboring a dark secret in the basement of his house. As Elissa investigates further, she finds herself in mortal danger, while Sarah tries to do everything in her power to save her.
Unfortunately, House at the End of the Street received largely negative reviews from critics. In its Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus, the film earned a paltry 14 percent rating. Keep watching the video to see this forgotten Jennifer Lawrence film is totally owning Netflix.
#Netflix #NetflixTrending #HouseAtTheEndOfTheStreet
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Actors Who Didn't Want To Touch Each Other On Screen
21 day ago
Whether it was being asked to kiss someone they found repugnant or simply being unable to share a set, let alone a scene, these stars downright refused to touch one another. Fortunately, the stories behind these feuds can be even more interesting than the projects themselves.
Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel played a couple on How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons. In that time, their characters, Lily and Marshall, were an example of a partnership everyone could aspire to. However, Hannigan had to put her foot down when it came to kissing Segel.
While there was no apparent animosity between them, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress revealed she simply couldn't stand the fact that her on-screen husband was a smoker in real life. She told Digital Spy in 2008:
"I cannot stand cigarette smoke. It's like kissing an ashtray, and he's trying to be polite by having gum or mints, but it doesn't help."
However, Hannigan was totally eager to help Segel kick his nasty habit. As she explained:
"When we started the pilot [for the show] he was like, 'Get me to stop smoking, I'll be your best friend.' So we did this bet where he would owe me $10 every time he had a cigarette. After the first day, he owed me $200."
Being in debt to his co-star got Segel to quit cold turkey...for a while. According to Hannigan, once Segel started getting, quote, "stressed out," he began lighting up again.
It's unclear how the duo got over Hannigan's repulsion for the remainder of the series, but it's possible they kissed a lot less than the writers were originally intending. Fortunately, the actors remained on friendly terms despite their nicotine dust-up. Keep watching to learn about more Actors Who Didn't Want To Touch Each Other On Screen!
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Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel | 0:16
Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson | 1:35
Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts | 2:33
Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen | 3:30
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte | 4:18
Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn | 5:45
Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel | 7:07
Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence | 8:21
Neal McDonough and Virginia Madsen | 9:11
Penn Badgley and Blake Lively | 10:18
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The Untold Truth Of Star Trek: Voyager
18 days ago
Star Trek: Voyager's take on the Star Trek universe existed on screen for seven seasons, and along the way, there was a lot more happening behind the scenes than you know. From the show’s impressive impact to some crazy drama between actors, here’s the untold truth of Star Trek: Voyager.
Paramount used Star Trek: Voyager to help launch its new mini-network United Paramount Network, or UPN, in January 1995. UPN only had a few shows when it launched, and only aired on Monday and Tuesday nights between 8 PM and 10 PM. That same month, Voyager was joined by the sitcom Pig Sty, comedian Richard Jeni'sPlatypus Man, the Richard Grieco action/drama Marker, and the sci-fi/Western series Legend.
Voyager's "Caretaker" was UPN's first telecast on January 16, 1995, and 21.3 million viewers tuned in. Of the network's five launch series, Voyager was the only program to survive its first year. Yes, believe it or not, even a winner like Platypus Man got the ax.
Voyager went on to outlive other early UPN series like The Sentinel, the sci-fi drama Nowhere Man, and the hit teen sitcom Moesha. Voyager was also the only early UPN series to last seven seasons.
When it came time to cast Captain Janeway, Voyager's casting team looked at a lot of actresses. Among the candidates was Linda Hamilton of the Terminator films, Susan Gibney who'd played the recurring role of Doctor Leah Brahms on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Buck Rogers alum Erin Gray. Despite the competition, the role eventually went to Canadian actress Geneviève Bujold.
However, Bujold didn't last long, quitting just a day and a half into production. Voyager co-creator Rick Berman said of Bujold's departure,
"This was a woman who, in no way, was going to be able to deal with the rigors of episodic television."
Documentaries like What We Left Behind and The Captains include cast and crew talking about 16-hour work days, so it's tough to blame Bujold too much for abandoning ship. Kate Mulgrew was then cast in the role she'd keep for the show's run. Keep watching the video to see. the untold truth of Star Trek: Voyager!
UPN's best show | 0:00
The Janeway that wasn't | 1:16
Introducing The Rock | 2:12
Voyager rules on Netflix | 3:01
Friction on the set | 4:09
Ensign Wildman pays tribute | 5:14
Channeling a former doctor | 6:15
Tuvok was almost a regular | 7:16
Vorik's Enterprise brother | 8:31
Chakotay spoke his mind | 9:52
Janeway still resonates | 11:12
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Vikings: Valhalla Release Date, Cast And Plot
17 days ago
If you've been down in the dumps ever since it was revealed that the upcoming sixth season of History's drama series Vikings would be its last, it's time to pick yourself back up. A new Vikings spin-off series has been announced, and soon Vikings: Valhalla will be streaming on Netflix. But first, a warning: Spoilers for Vikings ahead!
Before you start scrolling through Netflix's thousands of offerings looking for Valhalla, know this: No release date has yet been announced for the series.
Considering that the show's existence was only confirmed in November 2019, Netflix is likely nowhere near announcing a start date for the series.
For comparison, just take a look at The Witcher. That show was first announced way back in May 2017, but it wasn't until Halloween of 2019 - two-and-a-half years later - that Netflix announced the release date. That debut date, by the way, was December 20, 2019 - meaning it wasn't announced until less than two months before the premiere.
While Vikings: Valhalla may not have quite as long of a wait given that it's spinning off from a property instead of building one from the ground up, there's no reason to believe that Netflix will announce a release date for the show anytime soon.
It's also worth mentioning that, since Vikings: Valhalla is meant to be a follow-up to Vikings, fans won't see it until after the original series ends. But forget about the question of when you'll see it; a better question is, what exactly is this spinoff going to be about?
If there's one thing that Vikings has been great at doing, it's killing off its main characters. Season 3 saw the deaths of Earl Haraldson's widow Siggy and the priest Athelstan. Vikings season 4 knocked off Ragnar's second wife Aslaug, his friend and rival King Ecbert, and most shockingly of all, Ragnar himself, who up until that point had been the series' main protagonist.
As more characters were added in season 5, the bodies continued to pile up, with seemingly no character being safe from week to week. By the time Vikings concludes its run, it's possible that there won't even be any main Vikings cast members left alive to return for Valhalla.
And frankly, fans shouldn't expect there to be. It has been confirmed that the new series will take place around 100 years after the current show, meaning that even the youngest Vikings characters will be dead and gone by then.
Instead, Vikings: Valhalla will feature all-new characters based on even more historical figures from Norse legend. Some of the main characters of the new series will reportedly be such legendary figures as Leif Erikson, Harald Hardrada, William the Conqueror, and more.
Even though the 100-year time gap will make things tricky, Alexander Ludwig has suggested that his character, Bjorn Ironside, may not have finished his Vikings journey. Whether that means some kind of flashback sequence on the new spin-off series or an appearance in a potential feature film remains to be seen. It's just nice to know Ludwig isn't quite ready to leave the world of Vikings behind.
Since the spin-off was announced only recently, plot details have been scarce. But that doesn't mean we can't make a few educated guesses as to what kinds of stories Vikings: Valhalla will be looking to tell, since we know a few of the main characters. And to do that, we'll look to real Viking history.
Leif Erikson is arguably the most famous of the lot. He has a pretty big claim to fame, as he's believed to be the first European to discover North America - rather than that imposter Christopher Columbus.
Not only that, but Leif Erikson is said to have done so a whole half-millennium before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, setting foot in a land he dubbed "Vinland" back in the 11th century.
Next is Harald Hardrada. Born about 45 years after Leif Erikson, he's regarded as the last great Viking King, having fought for control of Norway and Denmark before meeting his end during an invasion of England. His successor, in some respects, was his contemporary - the Norman King William the Conqueror, who wasn't a Viking but claimed Viking ancestry as a descendent of the one-and-only Rollo. William conquered England following Harald Hardrada's defeat, becoming its king. The pair's respective battles will almost certainly factor into the plot of Vikings: Valhalla.
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Sitcom Actors You Didn't Know Passed Away
18 days ago
TV creates a kind of immortality for its actors that can seem surreal, so it can be jarring to learn that certain stars of the small screen have died. With that in mind, here are some sitcom actors who you may not have known have passed away.
From 1986 to 1990, NBC fell in love with ALF, a fuzzy, smart-mouthed alien from the planet Melmac who occasionally tried to eat the family cat. The father of that family was Willie Tanner, played by Max Wright. He was the straight man to the wisecracking ALF puppet, an experience that eventually soured him enough that he reportedly didn't bother saying goodbye to anyone on his last day of work on the series.
In 1995, Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma, which went into remission after radiation and chemotherapy treatments. His work was on the decline after ALF, but after his diagnosis and subsequent remission, he started to find joy again. In 2000, he told People Magazine,
"I came back to life after being on the edge, with a tremendous gusto for the things I love."
Among other things, Wright landed a regular gig on the Norm McDonald sitcom Norm and received a Tony nomination for his work on the Anton Chekhov play Ivanov. Unfortunately, Wright's lymphoma didn't stay in remission, as he succumbed to the disease in 2019 at the age of 75.
Lisa Robin Kelly is best known for her role as Laurie Forman on That '70s Show. For the first five seasons, she played Eric's older sister, but in the sixth season, she was replaced by Christina Moore. In 2012, Kelly told ABC News that alcoholism was the reason for her departure, and she also that said that her alcohol abuse began after she suffered a miscarriage. As she explained it,
"I had lost a baby. As a result of that, I lost it. I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol."
At the time, Kelly said that she was ready for a comeback, but unfortunately, that wasn't in the cards. From 2010 to 2013, she had a number of run-ins with the law. She was charged with driving under the influence in 2010, and in 2013, she was arrested for DUI again when she reportedly parked her car on California's I-5 freeway, blocking a lane of traffic.
She was also arrested for some violent crimes. She was charged with corporal injury upon a spouse in March 2012, and that November, both she and her husband, Robert Joseph Gilliam, were arrested after an alleged domestic disturbance.
Kelly's battle with addiction didn't end well. She died shortly after checking in to rehab in August 2013. The Los Angeles County Coroner deemed that her death was due to combined drug intoxication in an accidental overdose. She was 43. Keep watching the video to see the sitcom actors you didn't know passed away.
Max Wright | 0:12
Lisa Robin Kelly | 1:06
John Ritter | 2:14
Shelley Morrison | 3:06
Merlin Santana | 4:06
Earl Hindman | 4:53
Gary Coleman | 5:40
James Avery | 6:43
Andrew Koenig | 7:40
David Strickland | 8:46
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Why You Don't Hear From These Sitcom Stars Anymore
21 day ago
We'll always remember these beloved actors for their roles on our favorite TV comedies, but they had to move on with their lives and start families, find new sources of income, or just leave the public eye. Here are the real reasons you don't hear from these sitcom stars anymore.
Michael C. Maronna is best known as Big Pete from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, one of the most acclaimed and surreal kids' shows ever made. The narrator and the closest thing the show had to a "voice of reason," Big Pete is fondly remembered by a generation of Nick fans.
"You know the feeling you get after you hear your favorite song for the first time? All you wanna do is play it again and again. So it stays stuck in your head forever."
Maronna himself went on to star in several Ameritrade commercials as Stuart, ads that anyone around then will tell you were inescapable.
Maronna has sparsely acted since 2004, and with good reason, he's now behind the camera and is one of the most prominent on-set electricians in Hollywood. He attended Purchase College and studied filmmaking. Since then he's worked on shows like Elementary, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Blue Bloods, and The Deuce. If you watched a Marvel show on Netflix, you've probably seen Maronna's work.
Maronna also co-hosts a podcast called The Adventures of Danny and Mike with Pete & Pete co-Pete Danny Tamberelli, where they look back on their days and, quote, "wander out into the world in search of their next great adventure."
Anyone raised on a steady diet of '90s Nickelodeon remembers Kel Mitchell's All That characters like Good Burger cashier Ed or snakebit Coach Kreeton. Even more remember his turn as the dimwitted Kel Kimble on Kenan & Kel. But while Kenan Thompson soared to new heights and remains a television fixture almost three decades later, Kel faded away. The contrast was so stark that a rumor about him being dead circulated during the MySpace days. What happened? Turns out he's doing fine.
Kenan and Kel, as themselves, both tried out for Saturday Night Live at the same time. Only Kenan got the call. Kel then focused on making smaller movies, still did guest spots on TV, including various newer Nick shows like Sam & Cat, and started a family. He's since reunited with Kenan a few times, including doing a Good Burger reunion on the Tonight Show and as executive producers on the All That reboot. But his main focus has been his faith. Keep watching the video to see why you don't hear from these sitcom stars anymore.
Michael C. Maronna | 0:15
Kel Mitchell | 1:20
Karyn Parsons | 2:52
Taran Noah Smith | 4:08
Amanda Bearse | 5:25
Angus T. Jones | 6:39
Lindsey McKeon | 7:59
Jon Lajoie | 8:50
Kathy Kinney | 9:57
Lori Beth Denberg | 11:01
Andrea Elson | 12:09
DeLane Matthews | 13:06
Zachery Ty Bryan | 14:21
Ian Lithgow | 15:31
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Deadpool Co-Creator Has Harsh Words For Marvel About Deadpool 3
18 days ago
There's been a mix of anticipation and impatience for Disney and Marvel to announce their plans to possibly continue the Deadpool film series, but unfortunately, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld isn't particularly enthusiastic on that front.
In an appearance on Comicbook.com's Talking Shop, the superstar comic artist didn't mince words:
Liefeld doubled down in a separate interview with Inverse. Calling himself a realist about the future of both Deadpool 3 and the planned X-Force film, he said they've, quote, "set sail."
Liefeld said he thinks Marvel is dragging its feet with Deadpool after the first two movies came out within just over two years of each other, a really quick turnaround for a big-budget superhero sequel.
He claimed that, under Marvel, even if Deadpool 3 went into production right this very moment, it would take four years to be released. Why would it take so long to make? Because, according to Liefeld, Marvel isn't thinking about the Deadpool franchise at all right now. He said,
He didn't say whether he had insider information or that was just a guess, but Liefeld advised all Deadpool fans to enjoy the previous two movies and simply do what he does.
He also said he isn't impressed with MCU mastermind Kevin Feige at the moment.
Liefeld likewise threw shade at Marvel's conclusion to Phase 3 and its plans for Phase 4 while speaking with Inverse. He cited the Black Widow prequel, which presents no real suspense given that it's a prequel, and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland's brief exit from the MCU following contract disputes with Sony Pictures as evidence of Marvel's shortcomings.
"Your plan was Eternals and Shang-Chi? That was your plan? And Black Widow?...They almost lose Tom Holland to Sony...but you're geniuses, Marvel, you're geniuses."
Unlike at Fox, where the Deadpool films only had to fit loosely within the much smaller narrative scope of the X-Men franchise, Deadpool now has to carve out space for itself within a massive storytelling enterprise more than a decade and 23 films in the making.
The property and the character alike also must align with Disney and Marvel's family-friendly vibe. Most Marvel movies have been rated PG-13, and aside from some action-movie violence and a mild four-letter-word here and there, they've mostly been safe for kids to watch. For many, that's part of the appeal of Marvel films, and it's a big reason for the studio's massive, continued financial success.
The R-rated Deadpool movies, on the other hand, aren't kid-friendly. Deadpool as a character is fundamentally foul-mouthed, suggestive, and purposefully over-the-top with his violent antics, and the movies push the envelope even further than the comics do.
Fans have worried about whether Marvel would have to change Deadpool to accommodate the MCU tone. Bob Iger, the then-CEO of The Walt Disney Company, stated in February 2019 that any future Deadpool movie wouldn't be toned down and would still be R-rated, even under the Disney-Marvel banner. He told Variety,
"We will continue in that business."
He noted that there's "certainly popularity" with R-rated comic book movies like Deadpool and Deadpool 2, but Iger also said that Disney and Marvel would have to take steps to make sure kids didn't think a Deadpool movie was like an Avengers movie:
"[We'll be] carefully branding [R-rated films] so we're not in any way confusing the consumer."
Now that Iger has stepped down as CEO and Bob Chapek has taken his place, it's difficult to say if the promises Iger made still apply.
It's almost unthinkable that Disney and Marvel Studios would let the Deadpool property molder on the shelf indefinitely. Fox's first two Deadpool films were some of the most successful in the history of the X-Men franchise, and any effort to bring Reynolds' popular portrayal of the character into the MCU would undoubtedly be met with ample excitement from the fanbase. As Liefeld noted,
So will there be a Deadpool 3? And if so, when? Liefeld has his guesses, and for now, we'll just have to make ours until Marvel makes an official announcement. Watch the video to learn how this Deadpool Co-Creator Has Harsh Words For Marvel About Deadpool 3!
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MCU Plotlines That Never Went Anywhere
21 day ago
The Infinity Saga proves that the MCU can tell a long, complex story with a satisfying beginning, middle, and end. But there are a whole lot of stories along the way that didn't get Endgame-style closure. These are the MCU stories that were abandoned, forgotten, and axed.
Back in 2018, fans turned out by the millions to see Thanos trek around the galaxy, gathering up the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War. A year later, they returned to theaters to see how the story ended in Avengers: Endgame. While that film brought the Infinity Saga to its thundering end, there was more than one potential villain attempting to amass the universe-ruling power of the six Stones: Taneleer Tiva, also known as the Collector.
The obsessive Elder of the Universe manages to obtain the Aether at the end of Thor: The Dark World, and in Guardians of the Galaxy, he briefly gets his hands on the Power Stone, too. However, at this point, it appears that Marvel thought the Collector had done enough collecting, and his tale wasn't worth following through on. The enigmatic fellow ends up losing the Power Stone, and then, well, Thanos shows up and that's pretty much that. The big purple bad guy trashes his place, then uses it as a trap to ensnare Gamora. Tivan's quest for the Stones ends there, as does his story. Is he dead? Is his collection of C-list Marvel characters gone forever? We don't know - and we likely never will.
Killmonger. Loki. The Mad Titan himself, Thanos. The MCU has had some pretty amazing villains over the years. However, for every good villain with a great story and definitive ending, there is a baddie with a storyline that's either never finished, or brought to an abrupt and unsatisfying end.
Take Crossbones. Brock Rumlow made a splash in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where he appears as a gritty Hydra agent that knows his stuff. He features prominently throughout the movie, showing up in the famous elevator fight sequence, tussling with Sam Wilson, and generally helping to reinforce the fact that Hydra has some genuine teeth beyond an army of nameless sleeper agents and a few corrupt politicians. He even makes the shift into legitimate villain status when he shows up in full costume as Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War ... until he's casually blown up, that is. A pretty sudden ending for a guy who, in the comics, is a Red Skull's right-hand man.
Speaking of the Red Skull, let's talk about the vague fate that befalls Captain America's most unrepentantly evil villain. Sure, he shows up again as a weird space ghost on Vormir, but let's be real: that role could've gone to anyone. These are bad dudes that deserved decent storylines, and they're not alone. Rather than keeping them in the mix, though, they've been shuffled off to atrophy on the sidelines as the MCU moves on without them.
Bruce Banner has had a long, tumultuous path through the MCU. One of few main characters to be recast, Banner's journey started in the dark, brooding hands of Edward Norton, only to shift to the lighter, more Avengers-friendly Mark Ruffalo once the first team-up film rolled around. Keep watching the video to see all the MCU plotlines that never went anywhere!
One down, five to go | 0:17
Unceremoniously abandoned villains | 1:19
The neglected daughter | 2:33
Bruce and Natasha | 3:44
The absence of Lady Sif | 4:51
Ragnarok hits the realms | 6:12
That Sokovia Accord drama | 7:49
No love for Sharon Carter | 9:21
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The Untold Truth Of Stargirl
25 days ago
If you want to know how Courtney Whitmore went from relative obscurity to having her own TV show, and how she's carrying on a tradition of heroism that stretches back a solid 80 years, keep watching to learn the real truth behind DC's Stargirl.
Courtney Whitmore carries on a legacy that goes all the way back to the 1940s. Before she was Stargirl, Courtney was the Star-Spangled Kid.
That identity that once belonged to Sylvester Pemberton, who made his debut in the pages of 1941's Star-Spangled Comics #1. He and his sidekick Stripesy (stars and stripes, get it?) were a patriotic take on Batman and Robin; a fabulously wealthy crimefighter and his sidekick. They had no super powers, just a talent for hand-to-hand combat and a cool car. The twist was that the kid was the hero, and the grown-up was the sidekick. Sylvester was the teenage heir to the Pemberton family fortune, and Stripesy was Pat Dugan, his chauffer.
The duo started going through some rough times before the end of the decade. They were eventually shoved out of their own book by a character who was introduced to be their sidekick, Merry, the Girl of 1,000 Gimmicks. Stripesy would fall by the wayside as the years went on, but Sylvester would have a much more tragic end.
For characters who had their origins tied to World War II it became increasingly difficult to explain why they hadn't aged over time. Captain America, for example, had to be a "man out of time" frozen in a block of ice for however long it's been since the war.
The Star-Spangled Kid, Stripesy, and the other members of their super-team, the Seven Soldiers of Victory, all got caught in a time warp back in 1948. When they emerged in the future, Sylvester took the name Skyman and began using a "Cosmic Converter Belt" that gave him super powers. He teamed up with the children of some characters from his era to form a group called Infinity, Inc. Keep watching the video to see the untold truth of Stargirl!
Golden Age legacy | 0:15
Skyman's gruesome fate | 1:15
Enter Starman | 2:22
The new Star-Spangled Kid | 3:37
Starman passes the mantle | 4:31
Bad romance | 5:49
Hitting the screen | 7:13
Legends of Stargirl | 8:33
Stargirl's star turn | 10:03
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Small Details Only Real Doctor Who Fans Understand
21 day ago
Now is as good a time as ever to get into Doctor Who, but the show's long and rich history may seem a little daunting if you're a beginner. So, before you step into the TARDIS, here's a primer on some of the small details that the show's most dedicated fans would catch. And now you can too.
Doctor Who's lengthy first run ended in 1989, and while an attempt was made to resuscitate the series in 1996, it wasn't until 2005 that it finally returned under the leadership of executive producer Russell T. Davies. The first season of the revival focused mainly on introducing Christopher Eccleston's ninth iteration of the Doctor and his familiar foes like the Daleks, but also added fan favorite companion Rose, and a new season-long mystery.
Rose's adventures on the TARDIS took her to many far-flung locations, but wherever she and the Doctor went, the words "Bad Wolf" always seemed to follow. It appears as graffiti across numerous episodes. The Bad Wolf Corporation shows up in "Bad Wolf" and Bad Wolf TV features in "The Long Game."
Finally, in the season one finale "The Parting of the Ways," it's revealed that the "Bad Wolf" is Rose herself. Having looked into the heart of the TARDIS, she absorbs its energy, destroys the Daleks, and scatters the words "Bad Wolf" throughout the universe, as clues to help direct her to that moment. Unfortunately, the Ninth Doctor is forced to absorb her energy into himself to save her, causing him to regenerate into the Tenth Doctor.
Other subtle "Bad Wolf" references popped up during season two in episodes like "Tooth & Claw" and "Love & Monsters." During what many fans consider the most heartbreaking moment in the show's history, the Doctor and Rose say a tearful goodbye in Darlig Ulv Stranden, also known as Bad Wolf Bay.
The "Bad Wolf" reappeared in clues throughout season four as well, hinting at Rose's eventual reappearance. Finally, in the 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor," the Moment takes the form of Rose as the "Bad Wolf." It's a nice touch, and one that brings the series full circle, all the way back to season one of NuWho.
The Doctor just wouldn't be the Doctor without his trusty blue police box, the TARDIS, which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It has the ability to travel anywhere in time or space, and can blend into its surroundings using a chameleon circuit. Of course, the circuit broke on the Doctor's TARDIS, leaving it forever fixed in the shape of a blue police box. Blame the show's original budget. Keep watching the video to see all the small details only real Doctor Who fans understand!
Bad Wolf | 0:16
Roundels | 2:01
TARDIS redecorations | 3:09
Doctor Who? | 4:33
Bananas | 6:01
The orange suit | 7:08
Missy and the Master | 8:02
March 5th | 9:00
The Doctor and the Queen | 9:44
Back to school | 11:06
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Aragorn's Entire Backstory Explained
21 day ago
While everyone knows Aragorn is awesome, it turns out that he actually had quite an impressive resume before the entire One Ring business even kicked off. If you've ever wondered what he was up to in the years before The Lord of the Rings, keep watching.
To understand how this ranger from the wilderness winds up claiming the throne of the kingdom, you've first got to back up about 6,000 years.
At the beginning of the Second Age, a kingdom of men was founded on the island of Númenore, to the west of the coasts of Middle Earth. The first of the kings of the Númenoreans was a man named Elros, the brother of Elrond of Rivendell. While Elrond famously chose to live an immortal life, Elros opts to live out his life as a mortal man.
Elros was the first of a long line of kings that rules Númenor for over 3,000 years. Even when the powerful island nation was destroyed, the bloodline continued to rule over the offshoot kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor on the mainland. Eventually, though, the family line faded into oblivion, ruling a scattered people under the title of the "chieftains of the Dúnedain."
In Gondor, the last king of the bloodline died a thousand years before The Lord of the Rings takes place, leaving the stewards in charge of the kingdom until a king should come and reclaim the throne. This is what leads to the Steward Denethor leading the city when it's attacked in The Return of the King.
In the north, though, there are no stewards to serve as long-term place holders. Instead, the kingdom of Arnor is completely destroyed. In reaction to this, the surviving members of the royal family and their descendants eventually head into a sort of semi-exile under the new title of the "chieftains of the Dúnedain." Under this new name, the chieftains rule over the scattered remnants of their people, who quietly fight against the Dark Lord as rangers. The chieftains of the Dúnedain rule for a thousand years before the last one, Aragorn, arrives on the scene. Keep watching the video to see Aragorn's entire backstory explained!
Impressive pedigree | 0:16
Chieftains of the Dúnedain | 1:05
Growing up in Rivendell | 1:52
A mighty heirloom | 2:48
Love at first sight | 3:38
Friend of Gandalf | 4:37
Traveling to Rohan and Gondor | 5:15
Saving Gondor | 6:01
Aragorn and Denethor | 7:08
Further travels | 8:16
Meeting Arwen again | 9:08
Hunting Gollum | 10:10
Long reign | 11:03
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The Real Reason These Supervillain Actors Were Replaced
21 day ago
Sometimes, the actors who play the bad guys we love to hate have to pass the role to someone else. Maybe it’s because of behind-the-scenes drama, or perhaps it’s because of busy schedules. Here are the real reasons these supervillain actors were replaced.
Frank Gorshin played the quizzing villain the Riddler in the '60s Batman series.
Gorshin's masked trickster remained one of the most well-loved villains of the series, and even Mark Hamill named him as one of his influences for his voice work on the Joker.
Yet in Batman's second season, Gorshin inexplicably disappeared for two episodes and was replaced by John Astin, who's best known as Gomez Addams from The Addams Family. They were Astin's only appearances as the brain-teasing bad guy, and Gorshin eventually returned to the role.
There are different stories about why the brief hiccup in casting happened. Gorshin's version was that he had a nightclub appearance commitment he couldn't get out of that conflicted with the shooting schedule. But Batman producer William Dozier claimed that Gorshin's talent agency demanded more money for the actor's appearances on the show than its budget could bear.
Two of Marvel's most vicious rivals are Wolverine and Victor Creed, a.k.a. Sabretooth . Fans got a tiny piece of that rivalry on the big screen in 2000's X-Men when retired professional wrestler Tyler Mane played Sabretooth as part of Magneto's Brotherhood. He doesn't say much, but he gets a couple of good throw-downs with Hugh Jackman's Logan. But when it was time to give Logan his first solo flick with 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Mane was nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was Liev Schreiber playing the savage mutant. Keep watching the video to see the real reason these supervillain actors were replaced!
The Riddler | 0:18
Sabretooth | 1:25
Red Skull | 2:29
Catwoman | 3:41
Two-Face | 4:40
Thanos | 5:42
The Joker | 6:49
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The Real Reason This Major Character Is Missing From Vikings
21 day ago
History's hit historical drama Vikings is currently in the final hiatus of its run. Some time later this year, viewers will get to see the epic conclusion of Scandinavian saga, and learn the fates of Ragnar's surviving sons...well, except for one of them, who was unceremoniously left out of the series altogether.
If you've been following Vikings, you probably think that original protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok sired enough bloodthirsty sons to satisfy any medieval Norweigian king. Interestingly, his offspring are more than mere invention, as we actually have historical sources for the existence of all the sons of Ragnar portrayed on the show. The historical Ragnar did indeed have two wives, and those two wives actually bore him more sons than we get to see squabbling on Vikings.
Aside from passing references in the late 9th-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, our best contemporaneous information about the life of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons comes from the Sagas, an incomplete collection of Norse, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic mythology from the Viking Age that only survives in partial form. While some scholars have argued that the accounts of Ragnar and his progeny should be taken as folklore or mere myth, some of the events chronicled in these stories line up well with the better-sourced English histories of the so-called Great Heathen Invasion. According to this "historical" record, Vikings is missing one of Ragnar's sons.
During the time period alluded to in the Sagas and explicitly covered by the show, a massive Scandinavian army landed on the northern and eastern coasts of England, and very nearly wiped out the dominant Anglo-Saxon civilization through successive waves of invasion. The events of these Viking invasions were dramatized on the fourth and fifth seasons of Vikings, in which the sons of Ragnar sailed to England to avenge the death of their father at the hands of the Northumbrian King. Interestingly, Ragnar's death in a Northumbrian snake pit also comes directly from the Sagas.
The historical record includes references to all the sons of Ragnar that fans of the series have come to know, love and loathe. Ubbe and Ivar, in particular, play an outsized role in the historical Heathen Invasion of England. The historical accounts also make reference, however, to another Lothbrok of arguably greater import than many of the characters who are included on the show. Halfdan Ragnarsson was supposedly a Viking warlord alongside his brothers Ubbe and Ivar. He led men in the Great Heathen Army of the 860s, and nearly wiped Wessex off the map. So, where is he on Vikings?
Halfdan is named in the Sagas, but also in Icelandic epic poetry. He is explicitly cited as one of the many sons of Ragnar Lothbrok. According to these literary accounts, he is believed to be the fifth son of Queen Aslaug, Ragnar's second wife. Since both Ragnar and Aslaug have already been dispatched on Vikings, we know no additional son is forthcoming from their union. Was this just an oversight? What gives?
Halfdan's exclusion wasn't for lack of source material. He lived an impactful life at least on par with that of his siblings. The historical record places Halfdan in Wessex proper at the time of the Great Heathen Invasion. He ultimately settled in Northumbria, a region of England under extensive Danish control at the time. He died there some time around 877.
Even though Vikings played around with the timing of these events, Halfdan's historical accomplishments certainly intersected substantially enough with the story creator Michael Hirst was trying to tell to merit at least some consideration.
According to the Daily Express, Hirst actually had a rational historical reason for excluding Halfdan from his series. Per Hirst's research prior to drafting the pilot, he discovered that the Norse sagas he was mining for source material never mention Halfdan and Hvitserk, one of Ragnar's other sons, in the same account. Hvitserk is the name favored in Norse stories, whereas Halfdan is cited in the Anglo-Saxon accounts. As a result, some scholars have reached the conclusion that Halfdan and Hvitserk may actually be the same person. Since the whole Lothbrok saga is of dubious historical authenticity, it's entirely possible that this would be the case.
Instead of bloating the cast with an additional Lothbrok son, Hirst opted to agree with the scholars arguing that Halfdan and Hvitserk were one and the same. So, in some sense, Halfdan is included in the popular series, just under a different name.
The first half of Vikings Season 6 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and History. Catch up before the final raiding party launches by the end of 2020. Watch the video to learn The Real Reason This Major Character Is Missing From Vikings!
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Must-Watch True Story Movies You Can Watch On Netflix
21 day ago
There's something tremendously compelling about watching world-class talent re-enact major moments in human history, whether they're playing gangsters, popes, or queens. And thanks to Netflix, many of those very stories are available at the push of a button.
Historical biopics are often all lumped into the same tonal category, and when we think of the genre we often think of very ornate, slightly stuffy costume dramas with elaborate recreations of famous faces. Done right, though, biopics can be the stuff of legend, and that's exactly what you get when you take some time to watch Ip Man.
The man of the title is a legendary Chinese martial artist best known in the West as the guy who trained Bruce Lee in Wing Chun Kung fu. The film follows Ip in the 1930s, during the Sino-Japanese War, as he attempts to keep himself alive so he can protect his friends and feed his family while facing Japanese oppression.
Donnie Yen is graceful, captivating, and brilliant in the title role, playing Ip as a man determined to contain his own martial energy until the last possible moment both for the sake of saving his own strength and the safety of those around him. When he finally does explode into pure martial arts might, it's absolutely dazzling. There's a reason Yen has since come back to star in three more Ip Man movies, and it all starts right here.
In 2002, a writer named Julie Powell set out to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking over the course of a year, while writing a blog about her experience. The blog became a sensation, and within a few years Powell was a bestselling author and her book was optioned for film. A film based on a cooking blog seems like a questionable proposition, but that's where the great Nora Ephron comes in.
In Ephron's hands, Julie & Julia becomes a merger of two stories, intercutting Powell's life experience while starting and writing her blog with Julia Child's experiences in postwar France that led her to become a chef, author, and TV presenter. Keep watching the video to see all the must-watch true story movies you can watch on Netflix!
Ip Man | 0:14
Julie & Julia | 1:09
The End of the Tour | 2:13
Dolemite Is My Name | 3:11
The Irishman | 4:10
The Two Popes | 5:05
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The Biggest Weakness Of Every Avenger Explained
25 days ago
No one is invincible, not even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Don’t believe us? Well, consider the following evidence as we look at the biggest weaknesses of every member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the Avengers.
Saying that someone's strength can also be their weakness is cliché, but it's cliché because it's true, and Iron Man is a perfect example. While Tony Stark's mini-Arc reactor has been the source of a number of close calls, it's his need to shoulder the burden that's been his biggest weakness.
When the Battle of New York happened in 2012's The Avengers, everything changed for Tony. The knowledge that hostile alien forces were waiting out in the void was too much for him to process without doing something about it.
While this sense of responsibility helps save the world multiple times, it also feeds Stark's biggest failures. It justifies, in his mind, his deception in Avengers: Age of Ultron and leads to the creation of a sentient robot that almost destroys the world. It's also a big part of his motivation to back the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War, sending him on a collision course with Steve Rogers and leaving the world divided.
It's true that we tend to expect from the world what we expect from ourselves. So if you're a selfless and courageous patriot who always demands the best from yourself, then you're probably going to expect the best from everyone around you. Keep watching the video to see the biggest weakness of every Avenger explained!
Iron Man | 0:12
Captain America | 1:10
Thor | 2:00
The Hulk | 2:50
Black Widow | 3:53
Hawkeye | 4:45
Scarlet Witch | 5:19
Quicksilver | 6:15
Vision | 7:04
War Machine | 8:04
Falcon | 8:59
Spider-Man | 9:38
Bucky Barnes | 10:43
Ant-Man | 11:44
Black Panther | 12:57
Doctor Strange | 13:51
Captain Marvel | 14:54
Rocket Raccoon | 15:43
Nebula | 16:40
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Hidden Netflix Gems You'll Regret Missing
22 days ago
For TV and movie fans alike, there's nothing quite like finding a real hidden gem. Luckily, Netflix is full of them. From the sublime to the terrifying to the outright ridiculous, here are some of the most underrated titles on Netflix today.
Dolemite is My Name may have been a huge critical success when it was released in 2019, but the movie's snubbing by the Academy at that year's Oscars was nothing less than scandalous. So what's all the fuss about?
Dolemite is My Name tells the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, comedian and Blaxploitation actor known for his Dolemite movies. The movie covers Moore's life during the period right before he became a star through to when his first film opens in Los Angeles. And Eddie Murphy, in a comeback of sorts, does a truly outstanding job as Moore. According to screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Murphy was their only choice for the role, and they wrote the script with him in mind. The three had met way back in 2003 and bonded over their love of the real-life Moore.
Murphy's co-stars turn in some fine performances, too. Wesley Snipes is wonderful playing the director of Dolemite, D'Urville Martin, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph is tremendous as Lady Reed, Moore's long-time friend and confidant. And then there are the costumes, designed by Oscar-winner Ruth E. Carter, which are as much the stars of Dolemite as the actors themselves. Swagger, thy name is Dolemite. Keep watching to learn about these Hidden Netflix Gems You'll Regret Missing!
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Dolemite is My Name | 0:14
I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore | 1:26
Haywire | 2:09
Hell or High Water | 3:00
Locke | 4:04
Slow West | 5:05
Starred Up | 5:59
The Last Kingdom | 6:55
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | 7:42
I Am Not Okay with This | 8:32
The Wicker Man | 9:19
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Underrated Mystery Movies You Can Watch For Free On Amazon Prime
22 days ago
After a thorough investigation through all this streaming service's seediest back alleys, we're now ready to present our findings. Which of these hidden gem mystery films will be your new favorite? Any good detective will tell you that it's always the one you least expect.
Director Paul Feig is best known for loose improv-driven comedies like Bridesmaids and 2016's Ghostbusters. That's why you might be surprised to learn that, in 2018, he broke from his informal style for the most meticulously crafted film of his career. If you missed A Simple Favor when it was in theaters, check it out. It might be his best work yet.
Anna Kendrick plays lonely single mom Stephanie Smothers. Her best friend Emily, played by Blake Lively, seems to have it all: a lucrative job, a loving husband, and above all confidence. One day, Emily asks Stephanie for "a simple favor," to look after her son for a few hours while she deals with a work crisis. Stephanie agrees, and then Emily goes missing. After the police finally give up the search, Stephanie decides to take the investigation into her own hands. We don't want to ruin any of the later plot twists, so let's just say that, as Stephanie digs deeper, she discovers another side to her friend that she kept hidden from the rest of the world.
Well-written and well-acted, A Simple Favor is what would happen if Gone Girl was also allowed to be funny sometimes, and this wonderful gem of a movie is definitely worth a watch.
Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, The Handmaiden tells the story of a Korean servant named Sook-hee who is hired by a rich Japanese heiress named Hideko. What Hideko doesn't know is that her new handmaiden has a secret: Sook-hee is actually a skilled thief, the partner of a con artist with the pseudonym "Count Fujiwara." The Count plans to seduce Hideko and steal her fortune, and it's Sook-hee's job to befriend the lady, then persuade her to marry Fujiwara when the proper moment comes. But as Sook-hee gets to know her mistress better, she starts to have doubts about the Count's dastardly plan. Keep watching the video to see all the underrated mystery movies you can watch for free on Amazon Prime!
A Simple Favor | 0:14
The Handmaiden | 1:15
Blow the Man Down | 2:19
Blue Velvet | 3:27
The Conversation | 4:30
Annihilation | 5:23
The Lighthouse | 6:34
Clue | 7:53
Murder on the Orient Express | 8:59
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Is This Black Panther Star Being Eyed To Play DC's Black Batman?
23 days ago
Citing their wily anonymous sources, the rumor-mongers at We Got This Covered are reporting that Warner Brothers and DC Films have designs on making an Elseworlds-style film featuring a black version of Batman...and that the studios already have an actor in mind.
That actor is Daniel Kaluuya, the heavyweight British thespian who knows his way around a comic book adaptation. The star has previously appeared as the supervillain Black Death in 2013's Kick-Ass 2, and as W'Kabi in 2018's Black Panther. You may also recognize him from his lead role in Jordan Peele's brilliant 2017 directorial debut Get Out, or perhaps from his appearance as poor, lovelorn Bingham Madsen in "Fifteen Million Merits," one of the best and most brutal episodes of Black Mirror.
There's no doubt that the guy could make an amazing Batman, since he's as talented as actors come and has demonstrated the necessary physicality to take on a lead superhero role. The idea of a Batman story set outside the DCEU's main continuity could also be interesting, just look at Joker, which is in no way connected to the other films from the label, and which was hailed by many as one of the best films of last year, period.
As to whether there's actually anything to this rumor, though, suffice to say that we're highly skeptical.
There is precedent for a black version of the Dark Knight in the comics, however.
DC Comics gave us the black hero Batwing, a Bruce Wayne-sanctioned crimefighter operating in the fictional city of Tinasha in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The character was introduced in Batman Incorporated, a series that saw Wayne essentially trying to franchise the symbol that is Batman and train various operatives to carry on his legacy of striking fear into the hearts of criminals all over the world.
The Batwing suit, which was designed by Lucius Fox, and which is armored and has limited regeneration and flight capabilities, was first worn by David Zavimbe, an ex-soldier turned police officer hand-picked by Wayne to lead the fight against the global terrorist organization known as Leviathan. After the supervillain Massacre was revealed to be Zavimbe's older brother, he resigned as Batwing.
The next character to take on the mantle was none other than Luke Fox, Lucius' son. This version of the character has had slightly more staying power, and he's also appeared in the animated film Batman: Bad Blood, the DC Icons novel Catwoman: Soulstealer, and the massive multiplayer online game DC Universe Online. Luke Fox even appears in the CW series Batwoman, portrayed by Camrus Johnson, although the character has yet to suit up as Batwing.
While the thought of Kaluuya stepping into the role of Batwing or an alternate Batman is certainly enticing, the unfortunate fact is that We Got This Covered's report is, in all likelihood, a bunch of malarkey. For one thing, it simply doesn't make sense on its surface for DC Films to be convoluting the Batman story at a time when they're getting ready to bring the first solo Batman film in almost a decade to market, with a rebooted version of the character on which fans aren't entirely sold, yet.
For another, even though it's tough to argue with the "Elseworlds"-style approach in the wake of Joker's billion-dollar success, there have been no announcements concerning any other such projects, even in the vaguest terms. Pair this with the fact that no other media outlets other than We Got This Covered are reporting on this rumor, and we're left with the strong possibility that the website's sources are, as they often tend to be, not entirely sound.
We suppose it's possible, though, that some executive somewhere will catch wind of this rumor, think it sounds like a pretty good idea, and jot down a note reading, "Kaluuya, Batwing?" for their next pitch meeting. In the meantime, we'll just look forward to the actor's next project: He'll be starring as political Black Panther Fred Hampton in an as-yet untitled biopic, currently in post-production and slated for release later this year. Watch the video to learn if This Black Panther Star Is Being Eyed To Play DC's Black Batman!
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The Surprising Netflix Movie That Bumped Extraction From Its Top Spot
23 days ago
Extraction has been extracted from the top spot on Netflix.
Following a heck of a run as the top movie on the streaming service, the Joe Russo-penned, Chris Hemsworth-starring actioner was finally knocked from its perch. The movie doing the knocking: Dangerous Lies, a twisty thriller about a young woman whose life is turned upside down when she receives an unexpected inheritance.
It was a foregone conclusion that Extraction would become one of the most popular original films in the streamer's history. It's the kind of movie that could easily have had a respectable theatrical run; Russo was fresh off co-directing the literal biggest movie of all time in Avengers: Endgame, and Hemsworth was fresh off of starring in it. The flick sported a $65 million budget and, as a co-financed international production, it was shot on location in Thailand and India, giving it a distinctive globe-trotting flavor.
It's also pretty darned good, scoring mostly positive reviews and falling in line with Netflix's viewership expectations. It was expected to have the biggest premiere in the service's history, and what do you know, it did, knocking out previous record holder Bird Box. The movie is so popular that less than two weeks after its release, there's already talk of getting a sequel into production ASAP. So, what kind of an absolute barn burner of a film did it take to knock Extraction out of that top spot?
Well, it's not a big-budget actioner. Instead, Dangerous Lies is a densely plotted thriller featuring faces that are mostly familiar from TV. The flick stars Riverdale's Camila Mendes as a woman named Katie who works as a caretaker for an elderly man played by Elliott Gould. When he passes away, he unexpectedly leaves Katie his entire estate, which happens to include a giant stash of cash found on the property. Katie's husband, Adam, played by Jessie T. Usher from The Boys, is thrilled with the development, being ready to leave their financial struggles behind to start living in the lap of luxury. The situation is complicated, however, by several parties who are interested in Katie's good fortune, including an investigator, an attorney for the deceased, and a shady real estate agent.
Reviews for Dangerous Lies have been mixed, but streaming audiences have absolutely eaten it up, perhaps ready for a change of pace from the big-budget bombast and non-stop, incredibly violent action of Extraction. If that trend continues, Netflix viewers will soon be ready for yet another shifting of the gears, and there are a couple of films climbing the top ten that are coming up fast in Dangerous Lies' rearview mirror.
The strongest candidate to take over the top spot is All Day and a Night, a tense drama from writer-director Joe Robert Cole, who co-scripted Black Panther with Ryan Coogler. The film stars Ashton Sanders, star of the Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight, as a young man who is arriving for his first day in prison as the film opens. As he does, he looks back on his life, from his troubled childhood to the circumstances leading up to his arrest and incarceration, to try to find a better way forward.
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We Finally Understand The Entire Darth Maul Story
24 days ago
Ever since his debut in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has become one of Star Wars' most iconic villains, but his tale stretches far beyond that one movie. From his sinister origins to his final duel, this is the story of Darth Maul.
The child who would eventually become Darth Maul was born on the planet Dathomir, a world controlled by a matriarchal order of dark side Force users known as the Nightsisters. Maul grew up in a tribe ruled by the ferocious Mother Talzin. Talzin planned for her three sons to become Nightbrothers, the all-male warriors who protect and serve the Nightsisters. But all that changed on the day that Darth Sidious came to Dathomir.
As part of his plan for galactic domination, Sidious wished to learn more of the dark side from the Nightsisters. After working with Mother Talzin for a time, Sidious was impressed by her abilities and offered to take her on as his new apprentice. But he never did.
Instead, Sidious kidnapped one of Talzin's sons and vanished from Dathomir. He not only sensed great potential in the boy, but also wanted an apprentice that he could control completely. Whatever this child's birth name was, it's now lost to history, as Sidious renamed him Maul.
Sidious' brainwashing of Darth Maul was successful, and he grew up to be a formidable Sith warrior. Due to his tremendous skill, Maul was also impatient for the time when he would finally get the chance to fight a Jedi. But because Sidious didn't want to reveal the Sith Order's reemergence until the last possible moment, he forbade Maul from doing so.
Despite this, Maul soon learns of a Jedi Padawan named Eldra Kaitis who has been captured by a criminal cartel. Maul decides to ignore his master's orders to remain hidden, and travels to the auction where Kaitis is being sold as a slave. After a series of misadventures, Maul manages to rescue Kaitis from captivity, only to then challenge her to a duel. In the end, even though Kaitis fights valiantly, Maul defeats and kills her.
After Darth Maul returns to his master, he suspects that Sidious will be upset with him for his disobedience. But Sidious congratulates him, telling him that the Sith were born in defiance, and that Maul has embraced the very nature of their order. Darth Sidious asks his apprentice if his bloodlust has been sated by this, and Maul tells him that it has not. Sidious replies: "Good." Keep watching the video to see that we finally understand the entire Darth Maul story!
Adopted by evil | 0:14
Raised in secret | 1:03
Duel on Naboo | 2:00
Adrift | 2:40
Opress and Maul | 3:31
A savage defeat | 4:45
Count Dooku | 5:30
The fall of Dathomir | 6:23
The Siege of Mandalore | 7:12
Surviving Order 66 | 8:24
A new apprentice | 9:27
The final duel | 10:26
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Why David Koresh From Waco Looks So Familiar
24 days ago
While the cast of Waco is universally great, the actor tasked with portraying David Koresh frequently steals the show. That actor is Taylor Kitsch, and while he's all but unrecognizable in the role, you've absolutely seen his face before.
As an actor, Kitsch has been around for a couple of decades now, and has built an impressive acting résumé. That résumé includes a memorable stint in one of HBO's most critically adored shows. Unfortunately, that stint ended up coming in the season of the series that critics liked the least.
The show in question is, of course, HBO's anthology crime saga True Detective, which premiered to rave reviews in the winter of 2014 behind the work of Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and series director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Sadly, none of those talented individuals returned for True Detective's second season. Instead, series creator Nic Pizzolatto conjured up a new tale of cops and criminals for the show's second run of episodes. In doing so, he also put together a seriously impressive cast to bring those stories to light, with Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Kelly Reilly and more joining Kitsch for the series second go-'round. It…could've gone better.
With such a stacked cast, season 2 may well have provided too much of a good thing for Pizzolatto and his writing team, as they struggled through an underwhelming, tragically unfocused run of episodes overstuffed with too many characters and narrative entanglements. Though Kitsch's character, Paul Woodrugh, was frequently at the center of the season's melodrama, he was just as frequently among its more interesting individuals, coping with a treasure trove of personal anguish and inner demons that would've been enough for an entire season of television in and of themselves. Keep watching the video to see why David Koresh from Waco looks so familiar.
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Here's What We Know About A Possible Back To The Future 4
24 days ago
Will audiences get to go back to the future again? Since the moment production wrapped on the third film in the Back to the Future trilogy, director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale have had to deal with fans asking if a fourth film would ever happen. Here's their answer.
For a while, Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd sounded completely up for reprising his role in a fourth Back to the Future. He mentioned during Niagara Falls Comic Con in June 2019 that he felt a possible sequel would best work if it did two things: addressed something important in our current culture, and managed to maintain the feeling of the first three films in the franchise.
"I think somehow it needs to kind of convey a message about something that's important to everyone, universally, like climate change [...] and keep the feeling of 1, 2, and 3.That's a tricky, tricky deal. Because you don't want to do another one and disappoint. So I don't know. I'd be happy to, for myself. But we'll see."
He also praised Marty McFly actor Michael J. Fox, and noted that Fox's battle with Parkinson's disease hasn't dampened his spirit.
However, Lloyd's hopeful tone changed by the end of 2019. In December of that year, at German Comic Con Dortmund, the actor said definitively that a fourth Back to the Future movie isn't happening though he still shared an idea he had for another visit to the Back to the Future franchise: a crossover with the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, which originally evolved from an animated Back to the Future parody entitled The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti. Lloyd said,
"I think it's fabulous. I've watched [Rick and Morty], I love the humor in it, I love the characters. I've had a fantasy that they make another Back to the Future [...] it's not happening but if it did, Back to the Future 4 collides with Rick and Morty." Keep watching the video to see here's what we know about a possible Back to the Future 4!
Christopher Lloyd was up for it | 0:13
Lloyd says it's over | 0:55
Zemeckis has always said no | 1:42
Bob Gale hates the idea | 3:27
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Why Dylan O'Brien Hasn't Been The Same Since Maze Runner
25 days ago
The Maze Runner franchise turned Dylan O’Brien into a promising young star. However, the final film in the series stalled his meteoric rise to the top. Here's why Dylan O'Brien hasn't been the same since Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Dylan O'Brien got his start on MTV's Teen Wolf. He played fan favorite Stiles Stilinski, best friend to teen werewolf Scott McCall, and served as a source of comic relief. As the show evolved, Stiles became more serious and emotional, and O'Brien was able to show skill at horror, drama, and romance, alongside Stiles' usual goofy antics.
Like all good things, Teen Wolf came to an end in 2017. But O'Brien was already on to bigger and better things. Young, talented, and easy on the eyes, O'Brien was a prime candidate for the growing demand for heartthrob actors to star in young adult novel-inspired movies.
In 2013, he was cast as the lead in The Maze Runner, effectively propelling him into big screen stardom
First released in 2014, The Maze Runner film series followed the trend found in dystopian young adult novels. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic society, where the world is controlled by an all-powerful organization that the plucky main character and his band of unlikely friends must fight against. Sound familiar?
Both movies were adrenaline-filled sci-fi romps that made back their budget threefold upon release. But what about the third and final film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, you ask? Well, that's where things got complicated for Dylan O'Brien.
Acting can be dangerous, especially when an actor does their own stunts. The cast and crew on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure found that out the hard way when a stunt involving series lead Dylan O'Brien went terribly wrong. Keep watching the video to see why Dylan O'Brien hasn't been the same since Maze Runner!
Teen Wolf | 0:16
The Maze Runner series | 1:07
O'Brien's horrible accident | 1:52
The healing process | 2:50
The physical toll | 3:32
American Assassin | 4:31
Returning to The Death Cure | 5:28
That Maze Runner stunt | 6:04
The future is bright | 6:37
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Back To The Future's Jennifer Is Still As Gorgeous As Ever
25 days ago
With its unique story and lovable cast of characters, few science-fiction features from the 1980s are as memorable as Back to the Future. One of the film's co-stars, Claudia Grace Wells, was a standout, but her profile dropped significantly in the years following the film's release. Here's what she's been up to since.
The first act of Marty McFly's time-traveling adventure introduces us to the zany residents of Hill Valley, California, the 1985 version. Aside from getting viewers acquainted with Doc Brown, Marty's eccentric father George, and the highly punchable Biff Tannen, the first installment of Back to the Future offered the initial introduction to Jennifer Jane Parker, Marty's girlfriend and future wife, a quintessential 1980s dream girl.
Although the role of Jennifer Parker would be played and voiced by several other notable actresses throughout the life of the franchise, including Elizabeth Shue, who took over love-interest duties in the sequel, any fan of Back to the Future will tell you that the real Jennifer Parker was and always will be Claudia Grace Wells. Wells only played the part in the original Back to the Future, but she left a mark on the character that endures to this day.
Unsurprisingly, this Reagan-era starlet remains as radiant as ever, and she's actually been up to some pretty interesting things since starring in an iconic piece of American cinema. Keep watching to see how Back To The Future's Jennifer Is Still As Gorgeous As Ever!
The "real" Jennifer Parker | 0:19
Big break, fast times | 1:22
Family tragedy | 2:49
Thriving with menswear | 4:05
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The Worst Things Mr. Burns Has Done On The Simpsons
25 days ago
There are few evil characters who delight in their villainy more than Springfield's resident billionaire industrialist, Charles Montgomery Burns. And today, we’re looking at the worst things that Mr. Burns has ever done in the long history of The Simpsons.
In one of his most diabolical and high-profile acts of Bond-level villainy, Mr. Burns once constructed a giant disc designed to cast the entire town of Springfield in shadow for 24 hours per day. In effect, the plan was to force Springfield to rely on electricity supplied by his nuclear power plant rather than natural sunlight.
The act proved to be the catalyst for the infamous "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-part mystery that saw the entire town outraged by Burns for plenty of other reasons. Earlier in the episode, the town turned on him after he tapped an oil well beneath Springfield Elementary, causing the school to lose funding and the town to be plagued by environmental disaster.
The sun-blocking plan, however, was so vile that even Smithers broke rank and had to walk away from his life with Burns.
And after announcing his nefarious plan to the entire town, who are now armed to the teeth, Burns might've thought he'd crossed the threshold from infamy to invincibility, but a swift shot from an unlikely townsperson put an end to that perception. Still, Burns blocking the sun remains among his most high-profile acts of villainy. It showed that he was okay with the entire town wanting him dead if it meant a few more bucks in his wallet.
When The Simpsons returned for its seventh season, the finale of the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-parter revealed that it wasn't the grand villainous plan to block out Springfield's sun, or even any of his other considerable acts of greed that got him shot. Instead, it was an even more craven and petty act. Keep watching the video to see all the worst things Mr. Burns has done on The Simpsons.
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Might as well be blockin' out the sun | 0:13
It's a little cliché | 1:24
One island nation, gently used | 2:04
Cruella Montgomery Burns | 3:13
Animal wrongs | 4:25
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The Entire Back To The Future Timeline Explained
27 days ago
Buckle your seatbelts and hold on tight, as we ramp up to 88 miles per hour and break down the entire time-traveling adventure story of the Back to the Future trilogy.
There's not a lot we know about the original version of 1885 before Marty and Doc started messing with it, but we do know one vitally important event that happens: Clara Clayton was hired to be the new teacher at the Hill Valley school. She had just arrived at the Hill Valley train station, loaded up her wagon with her possessions, and was heading to her new home when a snake spooked her horses. She lost control of her wagon, and her horses took off galloping toward Shonash Ravine.
After careening into the ravine, Clara died without ever making it to her teaching post. Clayton Ravine wound up being named after her, and the story of her death became an urban legend at Hill Valley High.
In Hill Valley during the fall of 1955, a teenage George McFly is up in a tree using a pair of binoculars to watch his high school crush Lorraine Baines change in her bedroom when he falls out into the road and is hit by a car.
The driver of the car turns out to be Lorraine's father, who - not realizing that George was peeping through his daughter's window - brings George into their house to recuperate.
Lorraine finds herself attracted to George, drawn in by his apparent helplessness, and the two decide to attend the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance together, where they kiss for the first time.
However, Lorraine is also pursued by Biff Tannen, another teen in their high school class who bullies George relentlessly. Although Lorraine chooses George, Biff remains fixated on her, and works to make George's life more miserable as a result.
On November 5, shortly before Lorraine and George meet, Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown slips off his toilet while hanging a clock, bangs his head, and is temporarily knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he's had a vision of an invention called a flux capacitor, which is what makes time travel possible. On November 12, the clock tower at the Hill Valley courthouse is struck by lightning.
Watch the video to see the entire Back to the Future timeline explained!
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1885 - Original timeline | 0:09
1955 - Original timeline | 0:46
1985 - Original timeline | 1:49
1955 - Alternate timeline A | 3:19
1985 - Alternate timeline A | 4:22
2015 - Alternate timeline B | 5:28
2015 - Alternate timeline C | 6:41
1955 - Alternate timeline D | 7:54
1985 - Alternate timeline D | 8:47
1955 - Alternate timeline E | 10:07
1885 - Alternate timeline F | 11:00
1885 - Alternate timeline G | 12:37
1985 - Alternate timeline G | 14:18
The Alien Movie Saga Finally Explained
27 days ago
The Alien franchise has made an indelible mark on film history and future, but with prequels and sequels expanding the original story over a span of several decades, it can be hard to untangle what's really going on here. What's the Alien movie saga really about? Let's explore.
The Alien movie story begins when a protohuman on Earth drinks a deadly poison that kills him and dissolves his body into strands of human DNA, which is then dosed into the water supply. Several million years later, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw believes she has found a map and an invitation to the planet where these protohumans originated.
She calls them Engineers, and she wrongly assumes they want to meet their children. Shaw and a scientific crew are hired by the Weyland Corporation to find the Engineers on Planet LV-223, and after a great deal of trouble, they arrive. But the Engineers are all dead. Their spacecraft is filled with jars of toxic black goo corresponding to egg-like sacs that begin to open once signs of life appear.
Yes, Dr. Shaw finds her Engineers, a lifelong passion bordering on obsession. But what she didn't expect to find was that the Engineers had set a course to Earth with the intention of wiping out the human race they had created. The Engineers never had their chance as they themselves were wiped out by an ever-evolving Neomorph, the predecessor to the Xenomorph seen later in the series.
Megalomaniacal android David decides to take up the Engineers' mantle and infect the human crew.
After chaos, destruction, and an encounter with a revived Engineer who proves his hostility toward humans, David and Dr. Shaw escape to the Engineers' home. Shaw's new obsession is understanding why the Engineers planned to kill all the humans.
Was greed one of the human foibles that led the Engineers to want to eliminate us? It's Peter Weyland's greedy obsession for immortality that drives him to create the android David, who eventually surpasses his maker and winds up creating the Xenomorph as we know it. Did the Engineers know or come to suspect that human behavior would be the universe's eventual destruction? All signs point to yes.
Watch the video to see the Alien movie saga finally explained!
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Origin stories: Prometheus | 0:18
Alien: Covenant | 2:02
Alien | 4:21
Aliens | 5:56
Alien 3 | 8:24
Alien: Resurrection | 9:37
Evolution of an alien monster | 11:11
Marvel Stories That Should Be Told On Disney+
28 days ago
With limitless potential and the deepest pockets in show business working for it, one wonders when certain beloved and in some cases, obscure and downright bonkers Marvel comics storylines will work their way onto Disney+. Here are a few crazy Marvel stories we hope will soon hit the small screen.
It's no secret that Netflix's Iron Fist had its problems. It lacked the grit of Daredevil, the intrigue of Jessica Jones, or the charm of Luke Cage. However, those that stuck around to the end of the second and final season will know his storyline was poised to get into some pretty fun and super-mystical territory.
As the character never failed to mention, he was the immortal Iron Fist, tasked with protecting the magical city of K'un-Lun, but it was hinted that K'un-Lun wasn't the only magical city worth protecting.
"K'un-Lun is one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, probably never should have left."
In the comics, Danny's status as the Iron Fist makes him the perfect champion to represent K'un-Lun in the Tournament of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven. See, Iron Fist's home is just one of seven cities that converge every 88 years for a good, old-fashioned, Mortal Kombat-style fighting tournament.
Although Iron Fist may not have been the best show in the ill-fated Marvel/Netflix partnership, it was at its best when it was showing off cool fight scenes and even cooler characters. Adapting the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven storyline would basically offer the character we know a bevy of opportunities to fight high-concept martial arts masters with powers and gimmicks of their own. Now, there's a lot of stuff about portals, world domination, and the politics of heavenly cities. If the studio can see fit to bring any of the Defenders back, this story might be the way to go.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is pretty straightforward in that it's just what it sounds like. The talkative Wade Wilson that we all know and love becomes just a little more unhinged and makes it his mission to kill literally every superhero and supervillain in the galaxy. And honestly, we think that would make for a pretty awesome Disney+ show.
After all, part of what makes Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool movies so appealing is their irreverence in the face of a superhero genre that often takes itself too seriously. Now, thanks to the Disney/Fox deal, the actor has already said he's working on a third Deadpool project with the fellas over at the MCU. What better way to introduce the fourth wall-breaking character to his new superhero family than with a canon-defying romp where he battles every single one of them? Keep watching the video to see all the Marvel stories that should be told on Disney+.
Iron Fist: Seven Capital Cities of Heaven | 0:16
Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe | 1:35
World War Hulk | 2:52
Nova | 4:03
Cyclops in Space | 5:08
Secret Wars | 6:21
Civil War II | 7:57
X-Tinction Agenda | 9:18
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A Back To The Future Plot Hole Finally Explained
28 days ago
You know what they say: Sometimes, it takes a Twitter discussion between two of the coolest dudes in Hollywood to draw a long-retired screenwriter out of hiding to close a plot hole in his beloved, 35-year-old movie. Okay, so people might not have said that before, but now, they have a reason to.
Following a social media exchange between Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn and his star Chris Pratt, Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale emerged out of the ether to resolve the decades-old plot hole. After Marty McFly went back in time to meddle in the lives of his parents Lorraine and George, assuming the fake name "Calvin Klein," how did the pair fail to recognize that their child grew up to be the very guy who saved their relationship?
It all began when Gunn chimed in on the hashtag FivePerfectMovies to offer some well-informed musings on what constitutes a flawless film. He wrote,
"For me, a perfect film can be different from a favorite film, or a great film. A perfect film is something that sings from start to finish with no obvious mistakes, whether they be aesthetic or structural. There are no logical lapses."
Gunn went on to lovingly needle a few flicks that are favorites of his but that also are guilty of some of the transgressions he mentioned. Then, he got around to Back to the Future, to which he gave a pass, writing,
"Back to the Future SEEMINGLY could be imperfect (why don't Mom and Dad remember Marty?), but I would still argue it's a perfect film because there are reasons why this could conceivably be the case (time protects itself from unraveling, etc). Or maybe I'm in denial. Who knows."
Pratt then jumped in with his own commentary, tweeting,
"Maybe they do remember him [though], not as Marty, as Calvin. When Marty returns to present day 1985, it could have been years since his parents would have perhaps originally noted the uncanny resemblance between their son and that kid from high school 20 years previous."
One fan hilariously replied to this with, quote, "Star-Lord just saved Back to the Future."
As it turns out, Pratt indeed wins the prize. Catching wind of the debate, Gale decided to settle it once and for all, explaining his position to The Hollywood Reporter. Gale said,
"Bear in mind that George and Lorraine only knew Marty/Calvin for eight days when they were 17, and they did not even see him every one of those eight days. I would ask anyone to think back on their own high school days and ask themselves how well they remember a kid who might have been at their school for even a semester. Or someone you went out with just one time. If you had no photo reference, after 25 years, you'd probably have just a hazy recollection." Keep watching the video to see a Back to the Future plot hole finally explained!
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The Best Fantasy Movies Of All Time According To Rotten Tomatoes
28 days ago
In the mood for swords, sorcerers, and stories containing fantastical elements that could never exist in the real world? We've scoured the pages of Rotten Tomatoes to find the most critically beloved examples of the fantasy genre.
To be fair, lots of Disney films could've made this list. But it's hard to argue with the critics here. 1991's Beauty and the Beast, a staple of Disney's early 90's, pre-Pixar renaissance, is as good as animation, and cinema, gets.
Based on both the 1740 short story and the equally great French film from 1946, this animated classic won overwhelming critical acclaim upon release, and for good reason.
It's the story of Belle, a young French girl who's captured by, and who falls in love with, a reclusive beast who only has until the last petal falls from a magical rose to fall in love himself and revert back to human form; otherwise he'll stay a beast forever.
Meanwhile, the egomaniacal Gaston convinces Belle's neighbors that she's in terrible danger, and leads them on a quest to kill the beast so he can have Belle to himself. Also, there's a living candlestick whose best friend is a clock, and a teapot with a cup for a son, and a walking chest of drawers and...you know what? Let's just watch it again.
Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro of The Shape of Water and Pacific Rim fame, Pan's Labyrinth is a truly masterful cinematic fable in a style not unlike Alice in Wonderland, but considerably darker and more mature.
Pan tells the story of Ofelia, a young Spanish girl living during the Spanish Civil War. After traveling to meet her new rebel-hunting stepfather, she stumbles upon a stone labyrinth filled with mythical creatures.
The faun guarding the entrance to this maze believes Ofelia to be the reincarnation of Princess Moanna, who's prophesied to one day return to unite the underworld. The faun tasks Ofelia with various quests, such as retrieving a key from the belly of a great toad, retrieving a dagger from the child-eating Pale Man, and spilling the blood of an innocent to open a portal.
The faun claims that success will restore her to the throne. However, things go south in the world above as her stepfather continues his ruthless campaign, and Ofelia's ability to navigate the struggles of both places is put to the test.
We won't spoil the surprises, but we will emphasize just how otherworldly and magical this film feels. As evidenced by its Rotten Tomatoes score, the critics agreed and put it on countless 2006 Best of the Year lists. If you haven't seen it, do so now. We promise you won't be disappointed. Keep watching the video to see the best fantasy movies of all time according to Rotten Tomatoes!
Beauty and the Beast | 0:12
Pan's Labyrinth | 1:12
The Two Towers | 2:29
The Nightmare Before Christmas | 3:39
The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 | 4:42
Kubo and the Two Strings | 5:36
Spirited Away | 6:30
The Princess Bride | 7:47
The Wizard of Oz | 8:42
How to Train Your Dragon | 9:27
Mary Poppins | 10:26
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The Most Paused Moments In The Witcher
29 days ago
The Witcher's beautiful cinematography and heart-pounding, striga-shaking, coin-tossing action makes every frame worth poring over and examining. But some moments in particular stand out for being scrutinized by fans time and time again.
In the fantastic and fast-paced series premiere of The Witcher, there were a lot of moments that had people pausing to get a better look at the details. There were also a few that were paused so viewers could try to figure out just what the heck is going on. We're introduced to our title character, Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia, also known as the White Wolf, and the Butcher of Blaviken. We're told of his witchering ways, zooming across time and space for flashbacks and exposition told out of chronological order, and given plenty of information about how this strange, magical world works.
In addition to letting us know why there are so many monsters hanging around in dire need of witchering, that first episode builds tension slowly. We, along with Geralt, come to realize that the problems he faces aren't always going to be as simple as finding a monster and stabbing it a bunch. Finally, we get the climax in a jaw-dropping fight scene crammed with an explosive series of whiplash-inducing action moves.
Geralt's swordplay and the fantastic fight choreography are the real heroes on display. People kept pausing to take in the incredible battle that earns the Witcher the grisly nickname that will follow him for the rest of his life, the Butcher of Blaviken. This action sequence turned heads, and occasionally severed them, with its lightning-fast moves, amazing editing, and technical perfection that left audiences going through every single moment of this scene asking "How'd they do that?"
Episode two continues serving up more stellar scenes as the story begins to expand beyond our hero. The narrative splits as it weaves more important characters into its complex, time-bending story, and every one of them has a hand in a greater destiny of The Witcher's world. Geralt meets his bestie bard Jaskier in this episode and regardless of how curmudgeonly Geralt acts towards the sweet-voiced songsmith, they kick off the high fantasy equivalent of a buddy cop comedy dynamic right away. Keep watching the video to see the most paused moments in The Witcher.
The Butcher of Blaviken | 0:13
The Sylvan | 1:32
The eel pool | 3:01
Yen's Glow Up | 4:09
The striga | 5:14
The bath scene | 6:27
Yen's "party" | 7:22
The witches' battle | 8:55
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The Real Reason 3 Actors Have Played Spider-Man In 10 years
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There are a number of factors that have gone into the never-ending carousel of Spider-Man actors, and Tom Holland shouldn't get too comfortable in his red spandex. To find out why that is, take a look at the real reason we've had three actors play Spider-Man in 10 years.
Superhero movies dominate the current Hollywood landscape, but that hasn't always been the case. Though some may point to 2000's X-Men, or even 1998's Blade as the start of modern comic book movie mayhem, the superhero boom owes a lot to 2002's Spider-Man. Its box office take towered over the other Marvel movies, taking in $821 million worldwide. That's a number that would be impressive even for a film released today, nearly two decades later, it's more than Deadpool 2 made in 2018.
In the days before The Dark Knight and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man was the biggest thing going in superhero movies. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, the 2000s trilogy of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 kept the genre thriving while it was still in its relative infancy, with a combined total of nearly $2.5 billion at the box office. The movies arguably defined Maguire's career, and the second film is still considered one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. And yet, despite the trilogy's enormous success and undeniable impact on the film industry, the franchise was rebooted just five years after Spider-Man 3.
If you're just looking at the numbers, Spider-Man 3 was a monumental success. It was 2007's highest-grossing film domestically, and it made more money at the box office than either of its predecessors. In fact, its $890 million worldwide total remained the best box office performance of any Spider-Man movie until it was finally topped in 2019 by Spider-Man: Far from Home. So why, after making a ton of money, did Spider-Man 3 sound the death knell for Maguire and Raimi's iteration of the character? Well, to put it simply, the movie had some problems.
Generally speaking, you'll have to look long and hard to find a hardcore fan of Spider-Man 3. Critics were not kind to the film, and many fans didn't like it either. The plot was overstuffed with three villains: the Sandman, Harry Osborn's New Goblin, and Topher Grace as Eddie Brock, who only becomes Venom in the final third of the movie. There was also a love triangle with the addition of Gwen Stacy, a retcon of Uncle Ben's death, and Peter Parker's own inner battle after he's infected with the venom symbiote, which manifest as a series of infamous dance numbers. In the ensuing years since the film's release, even the people behind Spider-Man 3 have joined fans and critics in dragging the movie, with director Sam Raimi saying the film was "awful" in a 2015 interview. Keep watching the video to see the real reason 3 actors have played Spider-Man in 10 years.
Launching the blockbuster era | 0:15
The failure of Spider-Man 3 | 1:20
Spider-Man 4 no more | 2:35
Enter: Andrew Garfield | 3:37
Getting off on the wrong foot | 4:34
Worst. Spidey. Ever. | 5:40
The elephant in the room | 6:50
Spider-Man 3.0 | 8:39
Good choice | 9:32
Spidey 4? | 10:33
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The Reason Names Are Reversed On Movie Posters
If you're anything like us, you've seen a lot of movie posters, and you might have noticed that a lot of them seem to follow the same design rules. These rules are intended to calibrate each image to grab as many eyeballs as possible. The more eyeballs, the more viewers interested in the movie the poster is promoting.
It's easy to parse out the reasoning behind some of these rules, while some have explanations that are a little more esoteric. One apparent rule in particular, though, doesn't appear to make any sense at all. It's common practice for movie posters to list the actors' names out of order, and often completely reversed, from how the actors themselves appear on the poster.
It's a mystery nearly as old as Hollywood itself, because this is in no way a recent thing. It's so prevalent that we the public seem to have collectively accepted it as just one of those weird things that probably has some explanation, even if we have no idea what it might be. Well, we're here to shatter the mystery, because there is indeed a reason for this odd phenomenon.
First of all, the way in which a film's cast appears on the poster is not at all random. It usually follows one of many incredibly specific templates. There are pretty much four hard-and-fast rules, and they are as follows. The hero of the movie is centered, and usually slightly to the right. The love interest is to the left of the hero, from the viewer's perspective. The villain or a major morally ambiguous character will be looming over the hero's left shoulder, while a buddy or ally will occupy roughly the same position over the other shoulder.
There are probably about a billion different reasons a poster artist could break down to explain why this is the way it is, but it boils down to one simple fact. It seems to work, and if there's one thing that's helpful to know about Hollywood studio executives, it's they love to stick with what works. Movies are expensive, and this precisely calibrated approach to poster design is the result of truckloads of market research conducted to maximize that investment.
So, we've covered character placement, but the question remains: Why are the actors' names always out of order relative to where they are on the poster? Well, this is where ego comes into play.
Obviously, there are several design templates for different types of movies, but regardless of the design, one thing remains constant. The names of stars on a poster are typically rendered either top-to-bottom or left-to-right, and are arranged in descending order of "billing." That is, the "top billed" star, the biggest name and/or box office draw, appears first. Some stars even have top billing worked into their contracts, and it gets weird in certain cases where the ostensible star of the film isn't the biggest name in the cast. Keep watching the video to see the reason names are reversed on movie posters.
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The Real Reason Hollywood Won't Cast These Action Stars
As the title suggests, the film was intended to launch a franchise. Orion Pictures reportedly wanted to create an American James Bond, but Remo Williams' reception didn't spawn any sequels. Ward's brief stint as a leading man was over.
When Hong Kong film producers traveled to the States in search of the next Bruce Lee in 1983, nobody expected them to recruit a female martial artist. The Hong Kong film industry was dominated by men back then, but that had never stopped Cynthia Rothrock before.
Rothrock was a karate champion who defended her title against male competitors, in an era when there wasn't a dedicated women's league. Film producers recognized her cinematic potential and signed her up to a three-movie deal.
Rothrock proved extremely popular with moviegoers in Hong Kong, where she became known as The Blonde Fury. She ended up making a total of ten movies overseas before returning to America to launch an assault on Hollywood. Sadly, it didn't pan out.
Despite her success overseas, Rothrock usually played second fiddle to male American stars. She half expected to get a call when The Expendables brought together a bunch of action stars from years gone by, but the phone never rang.
French actor Olivier Gruner began his martial arts training at age eleven after being bullied at school. The Paris native joined the military after graduating, joining an elite unit comparable to America's Navy Seals. When his military career ended he got into prizefighting and worked the odd security job. One such role would change his life forever.
Brian Bosworth | 0:15
Fred Ward | 1:13
Cynthia Rothrock | 2:17
Olivier Gruner | 3:08
Jeff Wincott | 4:03
David Bradley | 5:00
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Fast And Furious Fans Just Got Terrible News
In a move that could throw the release of Fast and Furious 9 into a tailspin, AMC Theatres says its plans to release any Universal-backed films are coming to a screeching halt after the studio announced its record-breaking success with Trolls World Tour.
The head of the American movie theater chain sent NBCUniversal a blistering message after comments from its CEO Jeff Shell implied the Hollywood studio might be moving forward with a dual theatrical and at-home release model.
Adam Aron, AMC Theatres' chair-CEO, said in a letter to the studio:
"It is disappointing to us, but Jeff's comments as to Universal's unilateral actions and intentions have left us with no choice. Therefore, effectively immediately AMC will no longer play any Universal movies in any of our theaters in the United States, Europe or the Middle East."
Nearly all of AMC's 11,000 screens across the globe have gone black, as the world's largest theater circuit was forced to close locations indefinitely following government-imposed limits on social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. While some states are lifting their restrictions in the coming weeks, the nation-wide closures in March caused studios to push their spring release slate to late summer at the earliest, leaving theater owners with nothing to screen and little reason to reopen.
But Aron's statement assures that even when they do, the decades-long business relationship between AMC Theatres and NBCUniversal will have, quote, "sadly come to an end."
Originally geared up for a May 9 theatrical debut, Universal tentpole F9 is among the growing list of titles delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Universal pushed the ninth chapter of its high-octane Fast and Furious franchise by a whole year to April 2, 2021. The shift followed earlier comments from star Vin Diesel promising fans that the May 2020 release of F9, which will see the return of fan-favorite character Han, was still on.
Unlike its plan with F9, Universal made the huge decision amid the coronavirus pandemic to ditch a theatrical release window for Trolls World Tour in favor of a premium video on demand debut. It was unclear how successful the gamble would be, but the animated sequel reportedly exceeded NBCUniversal's expectations, earning an estimated $100 million in the first three weeks of its North American VOD launch. Shell told The Wall Street Journal:
"As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats."
Neither AMC nor NATO, the National Association of Theatre Owners, responded well to Shell's comment. After declaring that the policy announcement was, quote, "not some hollow or ill-considered threat," Aron added that it would apply to anyone considering expanding into a premium video on demand model.
A speedy and pointed response from Universal clarified that Shell's comments on release window and platform plans had been misunderstood. According to the studio statement, theatrical releases were never off the table, with NBCUniversal only planning to do, quote, "PVOD when that distribution outlet makes sense." The statement reads in part:
"We look forward to having additional private conversations with our exhibition partners, but are disappointed by this seemingly coordinated attempt from AMC and NATO to confuse our position and our actions."
If an agreement between AMC and Universal can't be met between now and when theaters do reopen, fans may never get to see F9 race into theaters.
In its own follow-up statement, the National Association of Theater Owners challenged Universal's characterization of theater owners' response as, quote, "a coordinated attempt" at misrepresenting Shell's quote. Patrick Corcoran, the group's vice president and CCO, said:
"Unfortunately, Universal has a destructive tendency to both announce decisions affecting their exhibitor partners without actually consulting with those partners, and now of making unfounded accusations."
The entire debacle, which took place mostly over a day, highlighted an increasingly tense relationship between theater owners and movie studios. Nearly a decade after rental and streaming services practically ended the DVD market, theater owners are facing declining ticket sales and an expensive ongoing effort to modernize various elements of the theater-going experience. Following the closures in March, some Wall Street analysts have even predicted AMC might be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Watch the video to learn how Fast And Furious Fans Just Got Terrible News!
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Has The Final Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Egg Been Discovered?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 is a basket full of Easter eggs. Now, a video uploaded to USa-video by New Rockstars in which host Eric Voss shines light on what might be the film's infamous still-missing Easter egg has inspired a compelling tweet from writer-director James Gunn. When asked by a fan if New Rockstars had found the final Easter egg, he replied:
Let's get down to brass tacks: Basically, if James Gunn's tweets can be trusted, it turns out that Peter Quill's mom may or may not be a cosmic being who helped craft the Infinity Stones. There are several moving parts to this idea. The first is that when Peter grabs hold of the Power Stone at the end of Guardians Vol. 1 an act he's capable of doing thanks to his half-Celestial identity, which he got from his father, Ego the Living Planet. When Gamora cries out for him to take her hand, Peter suddenly sees his mother as she appeared in the hospital bed while she was dying of cancer. In his vision, Mama Quill repeats, "Take my hand, Peter." When that moment happened in real time while Peter was still a boy, he refused Meredith's hand.
The other part aims to offer another possible reason for Peter's ability to hold the Power Stone, explain the further significance of seeing his mother in visions, and detail how that connects to a quartet of cosmic entities.
Voss theorizes that the reason why Peter can grasp the Stone is because his dearly departed mom might be a powerful cosmic entity herself one who once took the human form of Meredith Quill. In an attempt to prove this, Voss points to a piece of artwork on the Temple Vault wall on Morag that depicts four entities Death, Entropy, Eternity, and Infinity seemingly forging the six Infinity Stones. Peter is present during this moment in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and actually mentions one of the entities, Eternity, in Guardians Vol. 2, during the scene in which Ego "opens" Peter's eyes to the universe. Keep watching the video to see has the final Guardians of the Galaxy Easter egg been discovered?
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Sebastian Stan Reveals Why Bucky Didn’t Get The Shield In Endgame
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon have a new Captain but it won't be Steve Rogers' best pal Bucky Barnes. And Sebastian Stan, who has portrayed Bucky in the MCU since 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, has revealed the reason why.
The actor recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the evolution of his character and opened up about why Steve Rogers chose to give his shield to Sam Wilson rather than to Bucky at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. For context, both Sam and Bucky have donned the Captain America moniker in the Marvel comics, and many felt Bucky was more deserving than Sam to receive the shield within the MCU.
When Sam was presented with Cap's shield, he was at first reluctant to take it. But a solemn and approving nod from Bucky was all it took to clue the audience in to the fact that the Winter Soldier knew Steve had made the right choice.
In his chat with THR, Stan gave his take on the moment, and also clarified a plot point that fans have squabbled over since Endgame's release.
Steve didn't just want a normal life for himself he wanted one for Bucky, too.
Bucky and Sam might have been Cap's two best buddies, but only Bucky knew what it was like to be a man out of time displaced from the era in which he belonged, bent to the will of others, and forced into the exact opposite of a normal existence.
Stan explained to THR that Cap understood Bucky had also lost anything resembling the life he might have had when he was rescued from certain death and engineered by HYDRA to be a perfect, ageless weapon. As Stan tells it, that was at least partially the reason Steve gave the shield to Sam instead of his oldest friend: he didn't want to burden Bucky with it. He explained:
"Where we arrived with [Bucky] at the end felt more like he was in a place with a desire for some sort of release: to start over, start life again in a way, find out who he is again on his own and leave all this behind [...] So, what felt like a desire there was for a restart for him and for Steve in a way. It didn’t necessarily feel like the shield was gonna be that."
Stan went on to explain that in not handing Bucky the shield, Steve was suggesting that Bucky, too, could have a do-over.
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The MCU Multiverse Finally Explained
What is a multiverse, how does it work, and why does it matter? More importantly, what does it mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Based on what we've seen so far and what's coming, here's our best shot at explaining the MCU multiverse.
Listen carefully to the conversation between the Ancient One and Bruce Banner in Avengers: Endgame, and it tells you just about everything you need to know about how the MCU multiverse works. The Ancient One doesn't want to give Banner the Time Stone because she fears doing so will create an alternate timeline. There would then be a timeline in which the Time Stone left her care during the Battle of New York, and so would never be in Kamar-taj for Stephen Strange to use in Doctor Strange. There would also still be yet another timeline where the Time Stone never left her care and events unfolded as we already know them.
Simply put: you can't change the past.
If you try to change the past, you create a paradox. For example, if you go back in time and stop your parents from ever meeting, then how do you exist? And if you don't exist, how do you go back in time to stop your parents from meeting? You can go on like that forever. The universe solves this paradox by creating an alternate timeline, something the Avengers have to deal with as part of their journey to collect the Infinity Stones.
During the lead-up to 2019's Spider-Man: Far from Home, there was a lot of conversation about whether the film confirmed the existence of an MCU multiverse. In the trailer, we learned that Quentin Beck claims to be from an alternate universe where his world was destroyed. He was supposedly in the prime MCU timeline doing what he could to stop the same thing from happening.
Of course, it turns out Quentin Beck was lying about almost everything. He wasn't from another universe and neither were the Elemental creatures he was fighting. In fact, the Elementals weren't even the Elementals. They were Mysterio's illusions created by a swarm of drones and holograms.
But it's important to remember that the fact that Mysterio wound up not being from another universe doesn't disprove the existence of the MCU's multiverse. From his earliest comic book appearances, Mysterio set himself up as a supervillainous con man and liar, but that doesn't mean he's wrong. In fact, Mysterio himself has already had some real multiverse adventures in the pages of Marvel Comics. Keep watching the video to see the MCU multiverse finally explained!
How does it work? | 0:15
Mysterio's misdirection | 1:27
Much earlier confirmation | 2:27
Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter | 3:42
Loki's alternate timeline escape | 5:06
The alternate Thanos timeline | 6:16
The Multiverse of Madness | 7:12
The Mighty Thor's Origins | 8:16
Other companies and mediums | 9:25
A resurrection easy button | 10:52
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Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained
Netflix's latest original feature, starring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, alongside Bollywood sensation Randeep Hooda, is about as high-octane a thriller as any action fan could hope for. Through all the captivating action sequences and frenetic fight scenes, Extraction actually manages to tell a pretty complex story with an ambiguous ending that has fans abuzz with theories.
Extraction follows protagonist Tyler Rake, a former member of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment now working as an off-the-books mercenary. At the film's outset, he's engaged by fellow killer-for-hire Nik Khan to rescue the son of India's leading drug kingpin, who is currently being held for an exorbitant ransom by rival Bangladeshi drug lord Amir Asif.
A hiccup during Rake's attempted "extraction" of his target brings down the wrath of Saju, another former special operative currently in the employ of the Bangladeshi drug lord. Rake and Saju engage in a complex game of cat and mouse…
But they ultimately end up working together to outwit the authorities on their tails.
As far as action-thriller set-ups go, it's about as compelling as they come, but viewers hoping for a clear-cut resolution that sees charismatic anti-hero Rake victoriously walking away from an explosion in slow motion were left with a real head scratcher. Let's break Extraction's ambiguous ending down with a little help from the film's director, Sam Hargrave.
At the beginning of the film, shark-eyed mercenary Tyler Rake has an obvious death wish. His ambivalence toward his own continued survival is a big part of what makes him such a deadly merc. We learn that much of Rake's nihilism stems from the death of his son, a loss that still haunts him.
It's his relationship with Ovi, his target for extraction, that ultimately saves Rake from himself. As Rake begins to form a bond with Ovi, he no longer sees the drug heir as a simple job, but rather a kid whose life has become more important than his own.
By the time the film reaches its climactic shootout on the bridge, Rake takes a mortal wound to ensure Ovi's safe escape. This emotional beat lands because we actually believe that Rake no longer wants to die, but has chosen to give up his life to save Ovi's. So Rake gets to go to his grave feeling like he redeemed his soul, while Ovi lives to fight another day. Satisfying ending, right?
Not so fast.
After Ovi's daring escape, the film presents a very unexpected coda. In the final moments of Extraction, Ovi jumps into a peaceful swimming pool, a mirror image of Rake's first scene jumping off a cliff. When he comes up for air, he sees a blurry figure standing in the background who bears a striking resemblance to Rake, but the film ends before we get any actual confirmation. So, what gives?
As it turns out, Extraction's final moments were left open to interpretation by design. Hargrave weighed in on the mystery surrounding this final scene. He told Collider:
"We had a version of the movie, and we tested it a lot, and it was not surprising that a lot of people wanted the character to live, and some people wanted him to die...If people on one hand feel like the story is complete and is a story of redemption through sacrifice, then for them, it'll be where the kid is imagining [Rake standing there], and then now you go, 'Yes, I'm satisfied.'"
Hargrave went on to explain, quote, "If you feel like you love Tyler Rake, and you love Chris Hemsworth, and you want a sequel, and you're like 'There's no way, you can't kill him!' then that's Tyler Rake standing there looking at you. So we kind of purposefully did not pull focus to the character standing there."
For fans looking for a little more closure, Hargrave shared that the original screenplay for Extraction included a much more definitive ending. In screenwriter Joe Russo's intended story, Tyler Rake very explicitly dies on the bridge, completing the character arc he started when he dove off that cliff in the initial scene. Hargrave told Collider that the test audiences weren't crazy about the sacrifice, however.
"People were torn; it was almost down the middle. We want to appeal to as many people as possible without compromising the integrity of the story. And so, we think a pretty good compromise is to make an ambiguous ending."
Hargrave ultimately admitted that he prefers to imagine that Rake is dead by the film's conclusion, claiming that he felt as though Rake had redeemed himself through sacrifice. For fans in desperate need of finality, that's probably the best you're going to get. The rest of us will have to learn to live with the ambiguity, at least until we get an Extraction 2. Watch the video to have Extraction's Ending Flawlessly Explained!
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Movie Trailers Are Manipulating Everyone And Here's How
Movie trailers rely on tricks and tropes to get us hooked, to sell us a story, to manipulate us. So how do they do it? Here's a look at the masterful techniques, recurring cliches, and underhanded tricks that modern movie trailers are using to manipulate you.
Movie trailers have several sonic tricks they use to trigger your subconscious feelings. Ever notice how many recent trailers feature slow, creepy versions of pop songs, like Lana Del Rey's version of "One Upon a Dream" from Maleficent? This is a way they twist your emotions by taking something beloved and familiar and making it scary and unfamiliar.
And they also use sound effects, punctuating every movement with noises selected to trigger automatic responses, like guns being cocked, or maybe a subtle music swell to make sure you viscerally feel every punch.
But that's not their favorite sonic trick...
If you've seen any movie trailers over the last decade, you've almost certainly heard what films fans lovingly call "The Inception sound". It's sort of like a tuba, sort of like a whale, and a lot like the sound a robot would make after stubbing its toe.
Exactly when the sound effect first appeared is difficult to say. The earliest version that we can find occurs not in a trailer but during Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In that movie, sound designer Ben Burtt created a noise for the "seismic charges" used by Jango Fett which sounds very similar to the Inception sound. Keep watching because movie trailers are manipulating everyone and here's how.
Sonic subconscious | 0:15
Playing that Inception sound | 0:51
Movie trailers give everything away | 2:01
Follow the leader | 2:59
Bombarding us with names | 3:38
A giant title is majorly manipulative | 4:23
Release dates as jump scares | 5:12
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The Ending Of World War Z Explained
Thanks to its beginnings as a bestselling book, World War Z seemed destined for box office glory someday, but that road to the big screen wasn't always an easy one. We're taking a look back at the ending of World War Z and how it went from prized source material to hailed script to problem production to box office hit.
After the success of his 2003 how-to manual The Zombie Survival Guide, author Max Brooks decided to take his love of the walking dead up a notch. His next book was a harrowing oral history-style novel set in the era after the outbreak of a virus that reanimates corpses and nearly wipes out the human race. In it, a member of the UN Postwar Commission travels to locations around the world, conducting interviews that take the reader from the first hot spots to the collapse of society to the darkest moments, when humanity finds a way to fight back.
Audiences responded with great enthusiasm, and World War Z would top the New York Times bestseller list, eventually selling more than a million copies. With that level of success, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling, and Brad Pitt's company Plan B eventually landed the rights. Pitt brought on J. Michael Straczysnki, a veteran genre writer behind cult classics like Babylon 5, to craft the first draft of the script. Straczysnki's version kept the interview format of the book intact, and his draft was strong enough to attract direct Marc Forster to the project. It was here that the first signs of trouble in the making of the film began to emerge.
Fresh off his James Bond film Quantum of Solace, Forster's ideas for World War Z clashed with Straczynski's, and the director asked for rewrites. State of Play writer Matthew Michael Carnahan was brought in to develop a new, more action-heavy script, and major changes were made. Instead of focusing on the aftermath of the war with the zombies, the new script placed Pitt's character, Gerry Lane, in the middle of the outbreak from the beginning.
Carnahan's script was solid enough that shooting could begin, but studio executives still weren't sure about the film's ending. In Carnahan's version of the story, Pitt's Gerry Lane would endure everything from a crash landing in Russia to a time jump to an invasion of the west coast of the United States, all without ever reuniting with his family. Eventually, it was decided that rewrites and reshoots were needed to get the film in shape. Keep watching the video to see the ending of World War Z explained.
The war begins | 0:19
Transformation | 1:33
The final ending | 2:46
Pathogenius | 3:51
War begun | 5:02
Aftermath | 5:57
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Why The Freddy Krueger Actor Was Never The Same After The Role
Decades after Freddy Krueger 's chilling debut as one of horror's most notorious monsters, Robert Englund still credits his time as the character for taking his career to new heights. However, taking on the role of Freddy Krueger also completely changed the actor's life.
Robert Englund never set out with the intention of playing a monster like Freddy Krueger. In fact, his earliest work was in theater, and from there, he often found himself playing sidekicks in supporting roles. He also played some unsavory characters in films like Eaten Alive and appeared in controversial movies like Dead & Buried, but playing Freddy was an entirely new experience. Englund told Hollywood Chicago:
"I had gotten typed early in Hollywood as a Southerner. [...] Then it was the 'best friend' and 'sidekick' roles."
Although playing Freddy was a big step up from his previous parts, Englund has said that the reason he got the role was simply because of typecasting. He had experience working in the horror genre, and this time, he just got to play the main villain instead of a side character.
One of the perks of playing an iconic monster like Freddy Krueger? Englund may not be winning Oscars or raking in the biggest salaries in Hollywood, but even though he's in his early 70s, he never finds himself wanting for work, and he has plenty of freedom to choose the projects he wants.
Englund acknowledges that if he'd never gotten the opportunity to play Freddy, he probably wouldn't be enjoying the same level of success today. He's been consistently working in Hollywood since landing a supporting role in the 1974 film Buster and Billie, but after playing Freddy, the offers started flooding in. As a result, he's acted in movies like The Phantom of the Opera and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, TV shows like Bones and Supernatural, and in 2020 he hosted a show on the Travel Channel called True Terror.
Career saved by typecasting | 0:19
Endless opportunities | 1:23
Celebrity status | 2:56
Using his roots | 4:18
Going international | 5:06
Missed out on comedies | 6:53
Haunted by Freddy | 8:02
Horror connoisseur | 9:13
Leaving a legacy | 12:01
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John Wick's Entire Backstory Explained
Every time he thinks he's out, they pull him back in. So why is the man known to the criminal underworld as Baba Yaga so bad at staying retired? Here's what we know so far about the backstory of film's greatest assassin, John Wick.
It isn't until the third installment of the John Wick franchise that we learn anything about the early life and upbringing of everyone's favorite dog-loving hitman. In many ways, even the small bits of information we do get are coded with symbolism meant to lead the audience to draw their own conclusions. Here's what we know: Born Jardani Jovanovich in Belarus, he was orphaned as a child and adopted by the Ruska Roma, which is the name of both an ethnic group and a criminal syndicate. He then began training as an assassin under a woman known as the Director in the guise of studying at a performing arts institute in New York City. We're not sure when he changed his name, but "Jardani" is the equivalent name to John in the Romany language.
We also don't know when exactly John received all of his tattoos, but as we get a short tour of the Director's institute we see that the older students are already heavily tattooed with Catholic imagery similar to John's, possibly indicating they've gone through a similar initiation into the assassin underworld. We also see the students in the process of various kinds of training, from dancing to wrestling, and so much more. Given that our boy John is an expert marksman and driver, a skilled martial artist across a number of different styles, experienced in hand-to-hand combat and with virtually every weapon, and resilient enough to walk off a back alley surgery with no anesthetic, they've probably got more going on there, too.
Before settling down with his wife, Wick was an incredibly proficient and prolific assassin who quickly earned the nickname of "Baba Yaga" for being the hitman so lethal that he terrified the other hitmen. After leaving the Ruska Roma, John joined the Tarasov Mob as one of the main enforcers for its leader, Viggo Tarasov. During this time John developed different relationships with people at various levels of the High Table, the ruling body of this criminal underworld, with delegates from each of the 12 families in charge of, it seems, all crime everywhere. John developed a friendly relationship with a few allies, including the staff of the assassin-friendly Continental Hotel, particularly its stickler for the rules manager Winston. Keep watching the video to see John Wick's entire backstory explained!
The Ruska Roma | 0:15
The Assassin Years | 1:40
Be seeing you | 3:36
It wasn't just a puppy | 4:50
Not vengeance, justice | 6:21
Excommunicado | 7:57
Prepare for war | 9:38
Reconsecrated | 11:17
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Movies You Should Watch If You Like The Matrix
It's true that there's nothing quite like a movie where you can download 'kung fu' directly into your brain, but there are plenty of other trippy, amazing films out there that you'll love if you're a fan of The Matrix.
Since its release, The Matrix really became the gold standard of movies that ask "how real is our reality?" Everyone who saw it had to question the world, at least for a moment, and wonder if everything we see and feel every day actually exists, or if it's all just an illusion.
Well, folks, let us assure you: we're not living in a simulation, even if there are some days where we'd actually prefer to wake up in a goo pod and find out it was all fake. We've just got to make the best of this reality, because it's the only one we have.
Or is it? Director Christopher Nolan's 2010 hit Inception raised this very question and gave no satisfying answers, but in a very satisfying way. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, and other superstars, this film is packed with great moments that will stick in your memory forever. Even if the plot leaves you scratching your head.
Similar to what the Wachowski’s achieved with their masterpiece trilogy, the beautiful filmmaking in Inception pushes the boundaries of what audiences thought was possible on the big screen. The question at the core of both Inception and The Matrix is something that's been contemplated by children and philosophers for centuries, and it's an idea that rolls around in our human experience, accompanying us our whole lives. How can we know if what we experience as reality is truth?
There's no way to know for sure, but hey. If this is a dream, a simulation, or some kid's snowglobe, at least we’ve got some great movies to watch.
If you've never heard of Existenz and you give it a watch after this, you might be shocked that you'd never seen it before, but there's actually a reason for its obscurity. Director David Cronenberg's mind-bending, body-twisting action flick might've been a major sci-fi hit, but it was unfortunate enough to be released only a few weeks after The Matrix, and its similar themes were overshadowed by the Wachowskis' wildly popular, visually stunning blockbuster. As a result, Existenz has flown under the radar as a cult classic for years, but now it's time to give this film its due as one of the best, and trippiest, films of the '90s. Keep watching the video to see some movies you should watch if you like The Matrix.
Inception | 0:15
Existenz | 1:58
John Wick | 3:30
The Animatrix | 5:26
Speed Racer | 7:01
Tron | 8:22
Akira | 10:04
Ghost in the Shell | 11:25
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MCU Characters Who Have Powers You Don't Know About
Marvel movies aren't always totally accurate to the comics they adapt and lots can change between the page and the big screen. Unfortunately, this means that some characters end up having some of their best powers removed. Here are the Marvel movie characters with powers you didn't know about.
While he's a formidable hero in the MCU, Falcon actually doesn't have any bona fide super powers to speak of. In the comics, however, Sam Wilson has a much greater range of abilities.
Captain America: Civil War introduces Redwing, a flying drone that Falcon uses against Crossbones' terrorists and later in the fight against the pro-Accords heroes. In the comics, however, Redwing is an actual hawk with whom Sam Wilson shares a telepathic bond. Without saying a word, Sam can communicate with Redwing, give him commands, and see through his eyes.
Not only does Wilson have powers, but for a time, the Falcon believes he's actually a mutant, too. The reveal comes in the 1983 through 1984 Falcon mini-series when Wilson becomes a target of the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. This was revised, however, before Falcon could join any X-teams.
In 2003's Avengers Number 64, it's revealed that, while Falcon isn't a mutant, he's still more powerful than ever. Initially believing his telepathic bond only worked between himself and Redwing, Falcon learns his abilities can work on any bird, as well as whole flocks of birds simultaneously.
Both the comics and the films depict an Incredible Hulk who's tough to kill, but in 2018, the job of Hulk's enemies got that much tougher. In Avengers Number 684, the Hulk is brought back from the dead, having been put in the ground two years previous by Hawkeye in Civil War Two Number 3.
As part of the story of his resurrection, it's revealed the Hulk can't be killed at least, not for good. Reaching far back into comics of the past, the writers showed multiple times that the Hulk died, only to soon return, often with little or no explanation. The story then leads directly into the series Immortal Hulk, in which both Bruce Banner and his alter ego are repeatedly killed, often more than once in the same issue, only to return within a few hours. Keep watching the video to see all the Marvel characters who have powers you don't know about!
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The Falcon | 0:17
The Hulk | 1:23
Venom | 2:39
Scarlet Witch | 3:30
Samuel Sterns | 4:48
Thunderbolt Ross | 5:49
Betty Ross | 7:00
Beast | 8:23
Drax | 9:44
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The Real Reason Hawaii Five-0 Called It Quits
Hawaii Five-O graced our screens for many years, but that's recently come to an end. In February 2020, it was announced that the tenth season would be the last for the popular show. So why did the series come to an end and what did it have to do with star Alex O'Loughlin ? Well… a lot.
A report by Deadline offered some insight into Alex O'Loughlin who portrayed Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett and his time on the show, pointing out that it's not the first time the actor has considered calling it quits. As recently as a couple of years ago, it was speculated that the actor, who was known to be having physical difficulty with the show's demands and suffered a serious back injury pretty early on in the show's run would depart. Fortunately, he opted to stay on following a successful round of stem cell treatment.
At this point, however, O'Loughlin's body was telling him to quit and rather than replace him with a new partner for Scott Caan's Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams, the series' creatives decided that it was simply time to hang it up. After all, can anyone really see Danno running around with a new partner?
The rest of the cast may have been fairly fluid throughout the past 10 years, but the two leads have been together from the beginning. Sometimes it's best for shows to pull the plug rather than push on when they hit a wall, and losing one of their main leads would certainly constitute such a wall.
O'Loughlin spoke two years ago on his possible departure to TV Line, pointing out how things had changed since the show's beginning. He also described the proverbial laundry list of injuries he sustained on the show. Ready for this one? Keep watching the video. to see the real reason Hawaii Five-0 called it quits.
Breaking up the band | 0:23
Occupational hazards | 1:36
The root of all evil | 2:54
One last wave | 4:11
Aloha | 5:07
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How Playing The Joker Changed Heath Ledger For Good
Heath Ledger's untimely death sparked all kinds of rumors that transformed the actor's performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight into the stuff of legend. What's the truth about the many ways he threw himself fearlessly into one of the most iconic roles in modern cinema?
Heath Ledger had a long history of sleep troubles, reportedly struggling with a racing mind for years before portraying the Joker. However, his chronic insomnia became much more prevalent and aggressive after filming The Dark Knight. His difficulty sleeping was summed up in a New York Times profile in 2007, while the film was in production:
"It is a physically and mentally draining role his Joker is a 'psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy,' he said cheerfully, and, as often happens when he throws himself into a part, he is not sleeping much."
During this interview, Ledger reported that he had slept an average of two hours per day over the previous week. He even mentioned taking one Ambien to no effect, and after taking another, he was only able to stay asleep for an hour. This interview, which took place several months before Ledger's death, shed light onto how sleep deprivation changed the young actor and an offhand remark about his resistance to sleeping medications even eerily foreshadowed his imminent fatal overdose on prescription drugs.
Although director Christopher Nolan gave Heath Ledger quite a bit of creative control over his version of the Joker, he did suggest several sources of inspiration. These recommendations included the paintings of Francis Bacon, the Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange, and heavy metal music. Nolan suggested these so that Ledger could understand the type of Joker he was envisioning for the film, and several of these inspirations helped to form the final version that appeared onscreen.
One of the characters from A Clockwork Orange, Alex DeLarge, was particularly influential on Ledger's development of his Joker character. Several images of DeLarge appear throughout the legendary "Joker Diary" that the actor created during his self-imposed isolation in order to get into the right headspace for the character. Since Alex DeLarge is depicted as a sociopath who steals and assaults innocent people purely for his own amusement in A Clockwork Orange, it is only natural that the Joker would consider him to be a kindred spirit. In fact, the Joker's iconic glare in The Dark Knight is considered to be a recreation of the famed "Kubrick Stare," the expression that DeLarge, played by Malcolm McDowell, used in the film version of A Clockwork Orange. Keep watching the video to see how playing the Joker changed Heath Ledger for good.
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Chronic insomnia | 0:14
A little more culture | 1:10
Finding a voice | 2:15
Makeup design | 3:39
To the limit | 4:30
Inner nerd | 5:21
The director's chair | 6:26
Testing physical limits | 7:14
Improv master | 8:21
Falling in love | 9:22
Ledger's legacy | 10:15
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The Best Things Coming To Netflix In May 2020
So it's not looking like 2020's summer movie season is going to be much of a thing, but who needs it? After all, Netflix is right on hand to keep TV and movie fans more than occupied over the coming months. Here's the best stuff coming to Netflix in May 2020.
Netflix's newest action movies might be very different, but both are arriving on the very first day of the month. The first is Den of Thieves, a 2018 heist film starring Gerard Butler. Butler portrays Detective "Big Nick" O'Brian, an LAPD officer tasked with apprehending a squad of highly skilled bank robbers, two of whom, including their leader, are former Special Forces Marines. When the crew plans to hit the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles, it quickly becomes a cat-and-mouse game between Detective O'Brian and the gang. And the good news is that a sequel is already in the works, so now is a great time to pick up on this one.
If you're more interested in period action, Netflix is also releasing The Patriot on May 1st. That said, this 2000 historical-fiction-slash-action film is less devoted to showcasing the era than it is in blowing lots of people up. The movie stars Mel Gibson as Captain Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the French and Indian War who is reluctant to join the Revolutionary War, despite being an expert in the kind of guerilla warfare the American Army desperately needs. But his son Gabriel, inspired by patriotic fervour, joins the cause against his father's wishes. When death comes to knock at the Martin family door, Benjamin takes up arms one more time in the name of revenge, to become a legend of America's first great war.
May will also see the arrival of a few sci-fi classics on Netflix. First up are the first two Back to the Future movies. Whether you're wanting to revisit these beloved films, or if you've somehow never seen them, then there's never been a better time to catch them than now. Starring Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in the biggest roles of their careers, the Back to the Future movies follow high school student Marty McFly and eccentric physicist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown as they take off on a wild adventure to the past and future.
Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II will both be available on Netflix on May 1st. Keep watching the video to see the best things coming to Netflix in May 2020.
Action | 0:16
Sci-fi | 1:32
Dramas | 2:45
Horrors and thrillers | 4:21
Comedies | 5:14
Stand-up specials | 6:05
Television | 7:26
Last call for movies | 8:30
Last call for shows | 9:46
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Superhero Movies You Probably Haven't Seen Yet
Superhero movies are a staple of modern cinema, but their road to mainstream popularity wasn't always smooth. For decades, most attempts to bring comics to life have either flopped or were met with total indifference. Here are a few superhero movies that you've probably never seen.
If you're not familiar with the superheroes of Valiant Comics, all you really need to know is that they mostly create characters by mashing other iconic characters together. X-O Manowar, for instance, is essentially Conan the Barbarian with a suit of Iron Man armor. Bloodshot is Arnie from Predator mixed with Arnie from The Terminator. And Ninjak is pretty much a crossover of Batman and James Bond, which is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
In 2018, Valiant decided to try bringing their characters to the big screen. Originally released as a web series a few years earlier, Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe did exactly what it says on the tin, pitting super-spy ninja Colin King against a live-action version of his entire comic book universe. Unlike most obscure comic book movies, however, this one's actually worth watching, if only for the cast. Pro wrestler John Hennigan plays the Eternal Warrior, while Bloodshot is played by former Power Ranger Jason David Frank.
The debate over which swamp monster is better has been raging ever since DC's Swamp Thing and Marvel's Man-Thing first debuted, within three months of each other, way back in 1971. When it comes to their adventures outside of comics, though, there's no question about who got the better end of the deal. Swamp Thing has starred in a live-action TV series, a cartoon for kids, two movies, and a streaming series that, while short-lived, was extremely well-received.
Man-Thing, however, had a movie that made 3 percent of its budget in its international theatrical release and went straight to cable in America. It's also primarily remembered for featuring a cast of Australian actors attempting to perform Louisiana accents, to varying degrees of success.
The movie does have a few good points, though. Man-Thing himself has a pretty cool design, especially when your expectations are adjusted for a low-budget SyFy Original from 15 years ago. Unfortunately, all of the weirdness that makes Man-Thing so interesting in the comics are ditched in favor of a fairly generic slasher, where Man-Thing is ostensibly portrayed as the bad guy.
Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe (2018) | 0:16
Man-Thing (2005) | 1:08
The Spirit (2008) | 2:14
Generation X (1996) | 3:42
Justice League of America (1997) | 5:16
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) | 6:35
Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) | 7:32
Firearm (1993) | 8:20
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998) | 9:06
Lightspeed (2006) | 9:56
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Venom 2's Official Title Has Marvel Fans Scratching Their Heads
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In case there was any remaining doubt, Woody Harrelson's Carnage is officially coming to the Venom-verse. That news is hardly a surprise, as the character AKA serial killer Cletus Kasady made a mid-credits appearance in 2018's Venom.
"When I get outta here… and I will… There's gonna be carnage."
Now, the latest buzz surrounding the Marvel Comics baddie involves its name... in the brand-new title for the upcoming second Venom movie.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the folks at Sony Pictures have announced that the Venom sequel will formally be released as Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Even as that subtitle seems suitably silly for the over-the-top world conjured in the original film, it's also proving divisive. Just minutes after Sony made the big announcement, Venom fans the world over took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the Let There Be Carnage subtitle with some showing serious love for the choice, and others hating everything about it.
Unsurprisingly, fans on the "hating" side of things aren't being particularly kind to the subtitle. User Primate_X bluntly tweeted:
"Why do these movies have such dumb subtitles? Just name it Venom 2 and be done with it."
Another offered her own subtitles for the sequel.
Others have noted that "Let There Be Carnage" sounds more like a tagline than a title, while one Twitter user said that the title is "so dumb" and another wrote that it, quote, "sounds like a SNES game and not a good one."
Twitter reactions to the Venom sequel's official title weren't all negative, however. User LIZZIEMAXIMOFF professed her love for the title. She tweeted:
"Venom: let there be carnage is such a good title I'm shaking."
Y'know, it's that kind of positivity that rejuvenates our faith in fandoms!
"Your world is not so ugly after all. I'm almost sorry to see it end."
While the hot online debate about Venom 2's official title is sure to continue burning in the coming days, Sony's announcement came with a tinge of legitimate bad news as well. The studio confirmed that Venom: Let There Be Carnage has been delayed from its planned October 2, 2020 release date. Keep watching the video to see how Venom 2's official title has Marvel fans scratching their heads.
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Doctor Who: The Untold Truth Revealed
Doctor Who isn't just the longest-running sci-fi series of all time, it's also one of the most iconic. But just what makes the Doctor tick? From monsters to madmen to Moffat fan theories, here's the untold truth of Doctor Who.
One reason Doctor Who has managed to last so long is the fact that it's not beholden to one particular star. Early on in the show's history, the producers built in a process to change the main actor and have it fit right in with the narrative: regeneration. By regenerating, the Doctor can change to a new actor with a different personality, though he typically retains most of his, or her, memories.
This whole idea came about because, by 1966, 58-year-old star William Hartnell was ready to leave Doctor Who. Not only was his health on the downturn, but he didn't care for how the show's style was evolving under the guidance of newly appointed producer Innes Lloyd and story editor Gerry Davis. But how to continue Doctor Who if the lead actor walked out? By killing him off, kinda. The show's creative staff came up with an idea: Whenever the centuries-old Doctor grew exhausted and weak, he could "regenerate" and take on a new form, in a new body, provided by a new actor, of course. That ability to freely recast its main character has helped the show stay alive for decades.
This concept gives enough wiggle room to recast the role as needed, and though it's certainly a risky move on the surface, it's been a key part of the show's longevity. So how'd they come up with the idea? Well, by tripping on acid, of course. According to an internal memo from the show's original creative team, regeneration was supposed to be a horrifying experience where the Doctor re-lives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life. The Doctor is forced to face everything he's done in the moment of regeneration.
Since 1963, the appearance of the Doctor has changed repeatedly, and the show itself has evolved on a number of occasions. Arguably the only true constant in Doctor Who is the TARDIS. Short for "Time and Relative Dimension in Space," the Doctor uses the bigger-on-the-inside spaceship to whisk companions around space and time.
It looks like a blue police call box because, as a time-traveling alien, the Doctor needs to be able to blend in while on Earth. Originally, the show's writers intended for the TARDIS to have a different form each adventure, blending into whatever landscape or setting the Doctor found himself in.
Keep watching the video to see Doctor Who: The untold truth revealed.
A long, strange trip | 0:18
Madman in a box | 2:04
Breaking the glass ceiling | 3:23
The famous scarf | 4:08
Prime Computers | 5:08
Dr. Who and the Daleks | 5:46
What could have been? | 6:57
Eccleston's woes | 7:40
Birth of an angel | 8:24
Moffat's fan theory | 9:20
Peter Capaldi: Megafan | 10:18
The other women | 11:04
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The Ending Of No Country For Old Men Finally Explained
In 2007, Joel and Ethan Coen released No Country for Old Men. It quickly became established as one of their greatest films - but its ambiguous final scene confuses audiences to this day. So let's journey back to Texas in 1980 and delve into the ending of No Country for Old Men.
The primary narrative of the film is kicked off when Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, stumbles upon the aftermath of a shootout and walks away with a satchel packed full of money. The deadly confrontation involved two major crime organizations, one based in Mexico and the other in the United States.
Viewers know the Mexican half of this drug deal went seriously wrong, but it's clear from the events of the film that the other side may be worse off by the time the dust settles. The American organization attempting to buy the drugs has neither the goods they wanted nor the cash that Llewelyn made off with. Then, to make matters worse, Javier Bardem's character, Anton Chigurh, launches a reign of terror against them that seems to go all the way to the top. And, as anyone who has seen this movie knows, you do not want to be on the wrong side of Anton Chigurh.
Thanks to the relentless Chigurh, No Country for Old Men is a white-knuckle ride with shootouts in the street, life or death decisions based on the toss of a coin, and harrowing scenes involving a captive bolt pistol that was meant to be used in slaughterhouses. However, along with action and suspense, the film has plenty of introspective moments and thoughtful themes that give viewers a lot to think about long after the movie is over.
Much of No Country for Old Men follows Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, as he becomes increasingly concerned about his place in the world as an aging lawman. The deeper Bell gets into the situation involving Moss, Chigurh, and the missing money, the more concerned he is about the future. At one point, he flat-out says that he just feels "overmatched," and worries that the violence around him is escalating in a way that he can't contend with.
By the end of the film, Bell is retired with his sense of law and order upended by the Moss affair, which means someone else has to follow in his footsteps and become the next sheriff. Whether that's his deputy or someone else, Bell will no doubt have some standing in his community as a kind of elder statesman. Keep watching the video to see the ending of No Country For Old Men finally explained!
Deal gone wrong | 0:16
After the badge | 1:20
Cash in hand | 1:56
Hitman after hitman | 2:36
World gone wrong | 3:18
The dream is over | 4:10
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The Ending Of Better Call Saul Season 5 Explained
Talk about epic cliffhangers. Over the course of the Season 5 finale of AMC's Better Call Saul, plenty happened, but nothing was really resolved. Still, the episode, ominously called "Something Unforgivable", was overflowing with important developments. Let's break down exactly what happened.
Rattled by the fallout from their tense confrontation with Lalo, and the rest of the Salamanca Cartel, Jimmy and Kim decide to cool off for a couple days at a local ritzy hotel. After their first night hiding out, Jimmy makes his first of several half-hearted appeals to Kim, urging her to leave him. And though Jimmy claims it's the last time he'll make the mistake of getting involved with organized crime, he doesn't seem to have a way to get out, and he knows it.
Despite Jimmy's overtures, Kim heads out in the morning to work, where she's accosted by her former boss Howard Hamlin. Howard tells Kim about the bowling balls Jimmy used to destroy his car, and the prostitutes Jimmy sent to disrupt a business lunch, and suggests that Jimmy's influence has already hurt her.
Despite his Namaste license plate, it's pretty clear that Howard still assumes that every lawyer is in it for the money. Jimmy has to be manipulating Kim into quitting her high-profile client. After all, why else would Kim ditch her corporate law job to take on pro-bono work? Howard's accusation crosses the line, and back in the hotel, Kim and Jimmy jokingly spar back and forth with increasingly elaborate plots to destroy Howard Hamlin. Until things get serious.
Kim proposes setting Hamlin up for some kind misconduct that might result in "a career setback"; anything from disbarment or imprisonment, which would force his law firm to settle the Sandpiper case in haste. Viewers will remember that the Sandpiper case is the massive class action lawsuit that Jimmy initiated on the first season of Better Call Saul and passed off to Hamlin's HHM for a referral fee. Once that case settles or reaches a verdict, Jimmy is entitled to roughly $2 million. But what Kim is suggesting is criminal conspiracy, the likes of which even Slippin' Jimmy is taken aback by. Keep watching the video to see the ending of Better Call Saul season 5 explained!
#BetterCallSaul #EndingExplained #BetterCallSaulS5
Kim Wexler breaks bad | 0:17
Sandpiper sabotage | 1:32
Lalo lives | 2:37
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Bad News Just Dropped For The Batman
Fans of the caped crusader will have to be patient as they wait to see the first attempt at a Batman movie in a post-Ben Affleck universe.
Warner Bros. announced on April 20 that it has postponed the release of The Batman, citing the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic as reason for the delay.
The Batman is the first standalone Batman film since Christopher Nolan wrapped his Christian Bale-led Dark Knight trilogy in 2012. The film stars Robert Pattinson in the title role, taking over from Affleck, who appeared as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. The first solo Batman film in almost a decade was scheduled to drop in the heat of next year's blockbuster season, on June 25, 2021. Then, well… this happened:
As has been the case with so many other TV, movie, and stage productions, the global fight against the coronavirus has delayed production on The Batman. This has, in turn, set the film back on the road to release; The Batman is now scheduled to launch on October 1, 2021.
The team behind The Batman began production on the movie in London in January. Production went on what was initially a two-week hiatus in mid-March, when the impact of the coronavirus was first becoming clear. The cast and crew have not yet resumed production, as the U.K. along with the rest of the world continues to battle the virus.
Fans seem pretty upset which is funny, considering how lukewarm the initial response to the casting of Robert Pattinson seemed to be. If you'll recall, when details of The Batman made their way to the press, the fan reaction was swift and largely negative. Batman fanboys bristled at the idea of the former Twilight star donning the helm of Bruce Wayne's alter-ego.
Reaction stayed mixed even after director Matt Reeves shared Pattinson's screen test in the newly built Batsuit.
Some twitter users felt that Batman hasn't had a decent-looking Batsuit in a while R. Patz's version most definitely included. Others countered these claims, admitting that they liked the look and were actually pretty excited.
Regardless of where you fell when it comes to "The Battison," you'll have to delay your final judgement, as the movie is still well over a year away from rolling out. It's definitely nerve-racking to think about the potential consequences of delaying The Batman from its prime summer blockbuster release date to an October launch, but on the flip side, perhaps extra time to build excitement will work in the film's favor. A few more months to think about Pattinson portraying Bruce Wayne in what Reeves has described as a thrilling, emotional, noir-inspired take on the material from Batman's point of view could be exactly what fans on the fence need to go all in on The Batman. Keep watching the video to see the bad news just dropped for The Batman.
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Tim Burton Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Tim Burton has had plenty of hit films over the years, many of which have gone on to become classics…but as with any filmmaker, he's also had some misses, too. From vampire flicks and lackluster remakes to biopics and modern-day fairy tales, here are Tim Burton's films ranked from worst to best.
Adapting a beloved television show into film is usually a pretty big risk, and unfortunately for Burton, taking on this particular 1960s series didn't work out very well. In 2012, Burton took on Dark Shadows, which was based on a Gothic soap opera that originally aired from 1966 to 1971. Dark Shadows tells the story of Johnny Depps's Barnabus Collins, an ancient and immortal vampire who attempts to assimilate into 20th century society.
Burton has worked with Depp many, many times, but Dark Shadows is easily one of their least successful collaborations. The film garnered terrible reviews, and despite benefiting from Burton's signature cinematic flourishes, Depp's silly performance and the insanely outlandish plot really drag the movie down. Dark Shadows probably seemed like the perfect adaptation for Burton, but in the end, it proved one of his weakest efforts to date.
The final shot of the original Planet of the Apes is one of the most iconic scenes in film history, and in 2001, Burton made the daring choice to helm a remake of this classic movie. With Mark Wahlberg taking on Heston's role, Burton crafted a relatively loose adaptation of the original, where an astronaut named Leo Davidson lands on an entirely new planet inhabited by apes and tries to overthrow their tyrannical rule.
Despite the film's otherwise sterling cast, it performed poorly with critics and won multiple Golden Raspberry Awards thanks to a terrible lead performance by Wahlberg and a weird, bizarrely confusing ending. Even though it performed well at the box office, Burton said he would rather "jump out a window" than direct a sequel, due in large part to the overbearing studio interference he endured on the project. Fox, the parent studio of the film, didn't pursue the option either, simply rebooting the entire franchise ten years later with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
As far as classic Disney films go, Dumbo is still a firm fan favorite, and in 2019 Burton helmed a live-action remake of the original 1941 film. The movie tells the story of Dumbo from a human perspective, focusing on a World War I amputee who takes on a job as an animal caretaker for a traveling circus, where his main responsibility is caring for a pregnant elephant who eventually gives birth to a baby with extraordinarily large ears. Keep watching the video to see all the Tim Burton movies ranked from worst to best.
Dark Shadows | 0:18
Planet of the Apes | 1:10
Dumbo | 2:07
Alice in Wonderland | 2:49
Mars Attacks! | 3:53
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | 4:33
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | 5:24
Frankenweenie | 6:22
Big Eyes | 7:11
Big Fish | 8:03
Sleepy Hollow | 8:56
Corpse Bride | 9:41
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | 10:34
Batman Returns | 11:17
Pee-wee's Big Adventure | 12:12
Batman | 13:10
Ed Wood | 14:25
Beetlejuice | 15:13
Edward Scissorhands | 16:11
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Why These Animated Superhero Shows Were Really Canceled
Some superhero cartoons have multiple seasons to tell their story, while others end abruptly, often on cliffhangers, left eternally unresolved. Here are the real reasons these animated superhero shows were canceled, although in many cases, knowing why won't make their absence any easier.
Virgil Hawkins is that most classic of superheroes a normal kid until he suddenly very much isn't. Transformed by exposure to a mutagen gas, he gains the ability to control electromagnetism and becomes Static, hero of Dakota City. And alongside his best friend, Richie, he spent four seasons of Static Shock battling bad guys, learning life lessons, and occasionally hanging out with Shaquille O'Neal.
Fans flocked to it. Static Shock earned high ratings from the very beginning, to the point of surpassing all other kids' shows save global juggernaut Pokemon. Nor did these ratings slacken with time. Reruns aired on Cartoon Network outstripped all other children's programming. What, then, put a halt to Static's crackling popularity? Well, it was something that had nothing to do with ratings: merchandising.
As creator Dwayne McDuffie recounted years after the show's end, animation is enormously expensive to produce, and it depends upon the success of multiple revenue streams. A well-rated cartoon must also have profitable toys, T-shirts, video games, and tie-in books, which Static Shock lacked. Sadly, toy companies weren't as keen on the cartoon as kids were. McDuffie explained to The World's Finest:
"After five years, we had a Subway value meal, two Scholastic book adaptations, one DVD, and a Gameboy Advance game."
Being able to do as many episodes as they did was, quote, "a gift" one that fans the world over were ecstatic to receive. Keep watching to learn Why These Animated Superhero Shows Were Really Canceled!
Static Shock | 0:17
Teen Titans | 1:43
Beware the Batman | 3:09
Young Justice | 4:28
Spider-Man Unlimited | 5:36
Silver Surfer | 6:42
Wolverine and the X-Men | 7:43
Green Lantern: The Animated Series | 8:46
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes | 9:57
X-Men: The Animated Series | 11:10
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The Real Reason These Popular '90s Cartoons Were Canceled
The 1990s were a golden age of television animation. But cartoons are a business, and even the most beloved shows were sometimes cancelled to make room for more profitable programming. Here are the real reasons behind a few of those controversial cartoon cancellations.
After debuting on MTV in 1993, millions of kids and adults watched the two giggling, moronic metalheads of Beavis and Butt-Head determine which bands were "cool" and which "sucked." That is, when they weren't terrorizing their neighbors, teachers, and Burger World customers. Not everybody liked Beavis and Butt-Head; Politicians called out the show for encouraging antisocial behavior, and one family blamed Beavis's pyromania for leading to a deadly house fire. Nothing stuck, though, and Beavis and Butt-Head remained the world's favorite idiots.
However, after 200 episodes and the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, creator Mike Judge decided it was time to end it. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Judge said,
"I actually wanted to stop a little sooner. After the second season, I thought, 'How are we gonna do this anymore?' I was completely burned out."
Judge wound up sticking around for seven seasons, but in 1997, he moved on to other projects, like his Fox animated series King of the Hill.
Starring three old-timey cartoon characters named Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner, who were more or less imprisoned in the water tower on the Warner Bros. movie lot, Animaniacs was a cartoon quickly embraced by both children and adult audiences alike. Debuting in 1993, Animaniacs satirized cartoon tropes while being completely self-aware, offering up innuendo-laced dialogue and biting social commentary among the kid-friendly laughs.
Animanaics ran for five seasons and spun off its most popular side characters, Pinky and the Brain, before Kids WB ended the show in 1998. According to creator Tom Ruegger, the end came due to a business decision regarding another, much cheaper kids show: a Japanese anime series with massive commercial potential. Ruegger explained,
"Kids WB was handed Pokémon for free and it pulled down big numbers, so then they wanted everything for free."
Animaniacs cost Warner Bros. too much money to make and promote, so off it went.
At first glance, Todd McFarlane's animated Spawn series looked like a show for kids. But Spawn was based off of McFarlane's top-selling comic series, an extremely dark and violent story about a former assassin who gets killed by his boss, sent to Hell, and ends up working for Satan. Hardly family-friendly material.
Beavis and Butt-Head | 0:16
Animaniacs | 1:09
Spawn: The Animated Series | 2:02
Batman: The Animated Series | 2:45
The Critic | 3:50
Gargoyles | 4:52
Angry Beavers | 5:39
Dr. Katz | 6:37
Saturday morning cartoons | 7:35
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Horror Movie Endings That Left Everyone Disappointed
When it comes to horror, a satisfying ending can be particularly challenging. Be it because of a cheap jump-scare, nonsensical finale, or even mediocre attempts at viral marketing, these horror flicks all left audiences feeling disappointed.
The Descent is an excellent horror film about a group of friends who get lost during a caving expedition. While the premise is relatively simple, the film stands out thanks to its claustrophobic and hopeless approach, mixed in with thoughtful character dynamics and exchanges. Additionally, as it goes on, the film turns into a suspenseful, action-packed experience when it becomes apparent that bloodthirsty cave crawlers are hunting the group.
While the characters, story, creepy atmosphere, and even lighting are all masterfully executed, the film suffers from a less than stellar conclusion, at least in the American release. You see, The Descent has two separate endings, with audiences in the U.K. seeing a whole different one, or at least, an extended one.
In the American cut, the main character, Sarah, seemingly escapes from the cave and drives off. She pulls over to vomit out the window, and as she leans back into her seat, there's a jump-scare involving Juno, one of the deceased women. This is where the version ends, but it isn't The Descent's true close.
In the U.K. cut, the jump scare wakes Sarah, who never actually escaped from the cave. As the cave crawlers presumably close in around her, she envisions a birthday scene with her deceased daughter. The film cuts to black, hinting at her death. Apparently, it was just too dark for American audiences.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening is a thriller about a group of survivors trying to make it through an apocalyptic disaster. However, like many of Shyamalan's films, it suffers from a strange twist that left viewers both confused and disappointed.
In Central Park, people begin to kill themselves en masse, causing a panic about a bio-terrorist attack. As the deaths spread across large swaths of the United States, Elliot Moore, a high school science teacher, travels with his wife and his best friend. Eventually, they figure out that the deaths are being caused by plants releasing a chemical into the air that targets humans.
Ultimately, though, the effects of the plants pass without killing everyone. At the end of the film, it is revealed that the plants only affected the northeastern United States and that another set of deaths has begun in Paris.
What makes The Happening less than stellar is the weird turn that the film takes after it is revealed that the plants are killing people. As it turns out, the plants randomly decide not to kill the protagonist. There isn't a specific reason why he is spared, which makes the story lack any real meaning or consequence. Keep watching the video to see all the horror movie endings that left everyone disappointed.
The Descent (U.S. ending) | 0:15
The Happening | 1:22
The Devil Inside | 2:31
Sinister | 3:48
Unfriended | 4:41
Mama | 5:46
High Tension | 7:00
The Village | 7:54
Rings | 8:50
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Chewbacca's Entire Backstory Explained
Why is his weapon so different from almost everyone else's? Why does he talk like that when he clearly understands different languages? Is Chewbacca his actual given name? We took a deep dive into Star Wars lore to find what makes this Wookiee tick.
Wookiees can be found throughout the galaxy, but they originally hail from the forest planet of planet Kashyyyk. Their trademark fur is known to repel water, which is good, because Kashyyyk has a lot of swampy areas.
Wookies are only physically able to communicate in Shyriiwook, which is that majestic Wookiee sound we all know and love.
But they can understand a variety of languages. And that comes as no surprise, because they have a lot of time to study, since they live a ridiculously long time. In 2018's Solo, Chewbacca says that he's 190 years old. That means in the later films, he'd be in his 230s! As far as Chewie's real name goes, don't worry about it. You'd never be able to pronounce it.
Chewie's family is featured in several books, but none of the films. So even though it may or may not be canon, the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special was an infamous landmark in Star Wars history, because it's the moment we meet Chewbacca's family for the first time.
The plat, strange as it is? Chewbacca's wife Malla, father Itchy, and son Lumpy, spend the show anxiously waiting for Chewie and Han to return to Kashyyyk for Life Day. But before they get back, Stormtroopers raid the family's treetop home. Lumpy scrambles to lure the Stormtroopers away, succeeding with all but one. Finally when Han and Chewie show up, Lumpy has to watch Han blast the final Stormtrooper right before his eyes.
If this Holiday Special plot sounds a little out-of-the-box, well, that's because it definitely is. The takeaway, though, is that Chewie has a family! And he almost never mentions them. He leaves his wife and son for years on end to have space adventures with a strange human. Keep watching the video to see Chewbacca's entire backstory explained!
Grandpa Chewbacca? | 0:14
Deadbeat dad | 0:54
Man's best friend | 1:57
Dine and dash | 2:32
He's always known war | 3:09
Chewie dies in the Legends books | 3:31
Sore loser | 4:17
Mechanical genius | 5:10
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The Best 2020 Netflix Originals No One Is Talking About
2020 is seeing some Netflix originals getting a lot of positive buzz. From dramas to gripping documentaries, the streaming giant is experimenting with plenty of fresh ideas. With Netflix's release schedule ramping up more than ever, we want to make sure that you don't miss out on any hidden gems.
Over the years, there have been endless films and TV shows inspired by Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Now, the world's most famous vampire has come back to life once again in a new BBC series, which is available in America exclusively on Netflix. And with the creators of Sherlock working behind the scenes, you know that the writing will be clever and engaging.
If you're familiar with the story of Dracula already, the general narrative of this series probably won't surprise you...at least, not at the beginning. The unwitting Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet his mysterious new real estate client and finalize the sale of his home, but little does he know that he is walking into a trap set by a vampire.
This time around, the showrunners took some creative liberties, especially as the series progresses. Initially, the episodes take place in the late 1800s, so you'll get plenty of that classic Dracula vibe. Then, with the final installment, the show jumps forward in time and delivers a modern twist on the ancient bloodsucker.
Plus, there's no denying that the higher production value means this adaptation is more visually striking than some of the previous versions of Dracula. If you're a big fan of horror, this series is a solid choice, and with only three episodes, you could sink your teeth into the whole series in one afternoon.
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Dracula | 0:17
The Decline | 1:27
The Stranger | 2:16
Bloodride | 3:00
The Coldest Game | 3:45
The Silent War | 4:45
Queen Sono | 5:21
Mistakes That Are Hard To Ignore In The It Movies
While the It movies are absolutely frightening, they’re also filled with a number of errors that are hard to ignore. So what exactly did the filmmakers get wrong? Try to avoid the deadlights as we look for all the big mistakes in the It movies.
The first installment of Andy Muschietti's It adaptation includes a number of Stephen King multiverse Easter eggs, one of them a bright green Lego turtle handled by young Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Martell, which shatters when he drops it on the floor. In King's novel, the turtle Maturin is the creator of the known universe and the spiritual foil of Pennywise the Clown. The turtle helps the novel's central group of protagonists, who call themselves the Losers.
But in 1989, when It Chapter One takes place, not all of those green Lego shades were commercially available. The dark green bricks that make up most of the turtle's body weren't on the market until around 1996, and the lime green bricks used as accents weren't available until the early 2000s.
There are a number of errors in both It movies that shatter the illusion we're in Derry, Maine. Instead, we often get a Canadian vibe, which is understandable, since the movies were primarily shot in Canada. Still, there are some parts where the production team overlooked crucial details that gave away that the characters were not in New England, and were, in fact, a bit further north.
For example, the Derry town square features a huge war memorial. There are, of course, war memorials all over the United States, but we know this one's Canadian because part of the inscription honors the men who died "for King and Country" in the Great War. Considering that America was founded in rebellion of the British monarchy and has never had a king, American war memorabilia wouldn't have that particular phrase anywhere. Keep watching the video to see all the mistakes that are hard to ignore in the It movies.
Anachronistic turtle | 0:13
Oh, Canada? | 1:00
Reading Hebrew | 2:23
Futuristic branding | 2:58
Questionable desserts | 3:44
Vanishing gunk | 4:19
Spontaneous bleeding | 4:52
Timely insults | 5:32
Disappearing blood | 6:13
A mortal mistake | 7:02
Beverly's bike | 7:54
Eddie's shifting bandage | 8:36
Strangely dry tokens | 9:21
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Actors Who Refused Roles In Lord Of The Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy has become so ingrained in popular culture that it's difficult to imagine how it might have looked with a different cast, but several notable actors turned down big roles. Here are some of the big names who could have resided in Middle Earth.
According to reports, Sean Connery was offered the role of Gandalf before it went to Ian McKellen. Peter Jackson was apparently so keen on landing the former Bond actor that he convinced New Line to offer Connery a fifteen percent slice of the box office takings, plus a $30 million pay packet. The Lord of the Rings trilogy made just shy of $3 billion worldwide, so it was a pretty costly decision, especially when you consider the fact that Connery went on to star in the career-ending The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen instead. So why did the iconic Scot turn down the chance to play Tolkien's most famous wizard?
In 2012, a retired Connery admitted that he said no to The Lord of the Rings because he just couldn't get his head around the sprawling story. The actor said:
"I read the book. I read the script, I saw the movie. I still don't understand it. Ian McKellen, I believe, is marvelous in it."
When McKellen was asked about Jackson's pursuit of Connery during an interview with Total Film, he joked that the films would have been, quote, "very different" had Connery chosen to take on the role, saying:
Christopher Plummer grew up reading The Lord of the Rings and has admitted to being a huge fan of Tolkien's world, but he still chose to turn down the opportunity to play Gandalf when Peter Jackson came calling. Years later, the actor revealed that he had an issue with the level of commitment required. For Plummer, spending three years in New Zealand at his age just wasn't an option. Keep watching the video to see all the actors who refused roles in Lord of the Rings.
Sean Connery | 0:17
Christopher Plummer | 1:43
Daniel Day-Lewis | 3:08
Nicolas Cage | 4:30
Russell Crowe | 5:57
Kate Winslet | 7:08
Uma Thurman | 8:35
Ethan Hawke | 9:49
Lucy Lawless | 11:04
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Black Panther Fans Are Worried About Chadwick Boseman's Dramatic Weight Loss
Life has certainly been good for Chadwick Boseman since he became the King of Wakanda, but fans of the Black Panther star are suddenly worried for his health.
Those worries arose after Boseman took to Instagram to post a self-shot video in celebration of what would've been Major League Baseball's "Jackie Robinson Day." With professional baseball suspended indefinitely, Boseman who portrayed Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic 42 chose to celebrate the day anyway with a video post that was also meant to commemorate the launch of "Operation 42," a collaboration between Thomas Tull and FIGS, who manufacture surgical scrubs. The noble collaboration made a $4.2 million donation to supply medical gear to African American communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
"They're gonna execute the distribution of those scrubs, those masks, of those isolation gowns to those hospitals that have been impacted the most."
Rather than celebrating Jackie Robinson Day and Operation 42's huge donation alongside the actor, Boseman's fans were instead taken aback by his appearance in the video, noting specifically his dramatic weight loss. The comments section on the video quickly filled up with questions about Boseman's health.
The video itself has since been removed from the main feed of Boseman's Instagram page, but it can still be seen in the IGTV section of his profile. Boseman is indeed not looking like his usual self in the video, with sunken eyes, prominent cheekbones, and a shaggy beard.
Given the current state of the world, fears over Boseman's health are probably a bit more heightened than usual. The good news is that Boseman still seems very healthy in the video, and genuinely excited that "Operation 42" has been such a success. However, the fact that the video in question has been unceremoniously removed from the main portion of Boseman's Instagram feed is still a bit worrisome. That, coupled with the radio silence coming from the actor and his management team, is fueling the fires of concern on all fronts.
Looking at the video, one might be inclined to believe Boseman has probably begun a weight-loss regimen in preparation for a future role. That is, after all, a familiar enough tactic for actors having been utilized by A-listers like Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and, most recently, Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar-winning Joker turn.
Still, those actors and their reps have historically been quick to announce the planned weight loss, and tend to do so literally the moment pictures of the sometimes dangerously thin performers begin to surface. With no announcement coming from Boseman's camp yet, fans' imaginations are left to run wild, and we all know just how wild those imaginations can be. Keep watching the video to see Black Panther fans are worried about Chadwick Boseman's dramatic weight loss!
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