5 Best And 5 Worst Things In Zombieland: Double Tap
Just like with the first one, there are plenty of things to love about the Zombieland sequel - but there are also a few things that didn't work out as well as we might have hoped. From obscene, thrilling action to obnoxious new characters, let's sink our teeth into the five best and five worst things about Zombieland: Double Tap.
While it's great to see the old crew again, especially after that weird Amazon series, the MVP in Double Tap is quite possibly newcomer Zoey Deutch's Madison. She tags along on the group's quest to find the missing Little Rock, and the fizzy energy she brings to the group makes every scene she's in sparkle with light.
About halfway through the film, it appears that Madison tragically dies. But in a delightful turn of events, she reappears out of nowhere in the final act - driving, appropriately, a technicolor ice cream truck - giddy to report that what we all assumed was a zombie virus infection was actually just a bad nut allergy. It's a twist that could feel forced and unearned, but with Madison, somehow, it works.
Watch the video to see the 5 Best And 5 Worst Things In Zombieland: Double Tap!
#Zombieland #Zombieland2 #ZombielandDoubleTap
Best: Madison | 0:20
Worst: Berkeley | 1:08
Best: Rules vs. Commandments | 2:04
Worst: Tallahassee's Blackfoot heritage | 2:59
Best: Tallahassee's big leap | 3:32
Worst: Babylon | 4:20
Best: The zombie battles | 4:53
Worst: Inconsistent T-800 zombies | 5:33
Best: Bill Murray | 6:17
Worst: Logic | 7:24
The End Of Zombieland: Double Tap Explained
Ever since the first Zombieland staggered into theaters in 2009, fans have clamored for a sequel. We had to wait a full decade for a follow-up, but from new zombies to every major storyline in this long-awaited sequel, here's everything you need to know about the ending of Zombieland: Double Tap.
As the film opens, we find our four main heroes making their way to a new yet entirely familiar home: an abandoned White House. They spend a little time being a dysfunctional family, then hit the road again after Little Rock runs off with a pacifist named Berkeley.
Along the way, they kill a bunch of zombies, meet some new friends, get up to some Elvis shenanigans, and have a short-lived run-in with a couple doppelgangers.
Things get back on track after Nevada, the proprietor of the Hound Dog Hotel, tells the group that she saw Little Rock and Berkeley and knows where they're going. This all leads up to the gang heading to Babylon, a commune which promotes a pacifist way of life. It's mostly just filled with twenty-somethings doing the world's last remaining drugs and playing hacky sack, despite the hordes of zombies that have taken over the planet.
As the gang sets off, they end up finding a familiar and fairly unwelcome face on the road: the very bubbly, very ditzy Madison, who everybody thought got shot earlier in the film. As it turns out, Columbus didn't actually shoot Madison. She never even became a zombie at all - she was just allergic to trail mix.
With Madison in tow, the gang finally finds their way to Babylon, a seemingly successful stronghold complete with an enormous tower that's protected by walls on all sides. Much to the gang's dismay, guns are confiscated and melted down at Babylon. After reuniting with Little Rock, the gang realizes that she's happy being with friends her own age, and they all realize they need to give her a little room to live her life.
Tallahassee, who has been itching to return to the road for the entire film, decides to leave Babylon and set off on his own once more. But as he drives away, he notices a ton of super-fast zombies heading right for Babylon, which is, of course, setting off fireworks and playing music as loudly as possible. Keep watching the video to see the end of Zombieland: Double Tap explained!
Ten years later | 0:17
Finding Babylon | 1:33
Deus ex Nevada | 2:35
Happy apocalyptic ending | 3:40
More Murray | 4:33
Triple tap? | 5:26
Movies That Could Break The Endgame Box Office Record
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In Hollywood, it usually takes a little while for a new box office record-breaker to emerge, but it does happen eventually. Right now, Avengers: Endgame holds the crown…but for how long? Here's a look at some of the upcoming movies that might just be able to cut short Endgame's all-time reign.
It's pretty much a certainty that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be one of the year's biggest releases. While Star Wars is one of the highest-grossing franchises in American history, only A New Hope ever reached the top spot to become the highest grossing movie worldwide. A lot has happened since 1977, with international grosses playing a much bigger role in a film's performance. And while Star Wars certainly is as ubiquitous as ever, the two most recent films in the series didn't quite hit Endgame levels at either the domestic or international box office. The spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story underwhelmed financially, while 2017's The Last Jedi made $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, which is pretty damned impressive to be sure, but it's still less than its predecessor The Force Awakens, and far less than Endgame.
Throughout the nine-film, three-trilogy Skywalker Saga, a pattern has tended to emerge: in which the second film in each trilogy dips domestically before the final installment dominates the box office. However, to top the numbers worldwide, you need a strong international showing, and Star Wars' foreign totals typically just aren't as great as the MCU's. For example, while The Force Awakens is the highest-grossing domestic release ever, it's only fourth worldwide. So while The Rise of Skywalker may very well top Avengers: Endgame at the domestic box office, it looks like a long shot to set the worldwide record.
Watch the video to learn about more movies that could break the Endgame box office record!
Endgame #Movies #BoxOfficeRecords
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | 0:14
Jurassic World III | 1:30
Avengers 5 | 2:25
Black Panther II | 3:11
The Batman | 4:19
Indiana Jones 5 | 5:31
More Star Wars | 6:41
Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 | 7:37
Avatar…again | 8:31
Something new | 9:22
Ranking The Conjuring Universe Movies From Worst To Best
4 days ago
With six films released in the Conjuring franchise so far and at least three more planned for the near future, how do all of these films stack up? Are all possessions created equally, or are some spirits more pernicious than others?
While the first Conjuring film is often warmly regarded by horror fans, Annabelle, the prequel that followed in 2014, is not. Annabelle made a respectable $257 million worldwide, but reactions to the film were far from kind. This spin-off focuses on a couple welcoming their first child while also being terrorized by a possessed doll that seems intent on taking the mother's soul.
What sets Annabelle apart from other entries in the Conjuring Universe is just how stale and uneventful the overall film feels. Throughout most of the film, the haunted doll hardly moves or really even bothers the couple who owns her. Outside of some shots of Annabelle looking intimidating or being positioned ominously in a room, there isn't really much to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
The Curse of La Llorona follows a mother trying to protect her children from the titular undead spirit. The film wastes what could have been an interesting look at an underrepresented piece of Hispanic folklore by instead making it into a formulaic ghost movie. The characters don't really have any interesting personalities - particularly the children, who function more as props to drive the plot than as actual human beings. Motherhood and conventional ideas about protecting children are highlighted extensively, but there's ultimately no commentary about those themes. In the end, the film says nothing meaningful and only manages to deliver a few cheap jump-scares before the spirit is defeated and the film ends.
Watch the video to see our ranking of The Conjuring Universe movies from worst to best!
Annabelle | 0:12
The Curse of La Llorona | 0:56
The Nun | 1:32
Annabelle Comes Home | 2:07
The Conjuring 2 | 2:48
Annabelle: Creation | 3:36
The Conjuring | 4:17
Must-See Video Arrivals On Amazon Prime In November 2019
2 days ago
November is the perfect month for long nights at home with your TV - and Amazon is delivering plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied. From Jack Ryan and James Bond to Christmas comedies and Hollywood classics, here are some fresh new arrivals coming to Amazon Prime in November.
If you're a James Bond fan and an Amazon Prime Video subscriber, you're going to be very pleased with the streaming service this November.
Throughout November, Prime's action offerings will be largely dominated by a certain Agent 007.
Beginning with 1962's Dr. No and ending with 2002's Die Another Day, nearly the entire James Bond film library will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on November 1st. Unfortunately, the additions don't include any of Daniel Craig's more recent entries, or the 1967 spoof Casino Royale, but everything else will be there.
Unless Daniel Craig is your favorite Bond, you should be very pleased indeed. Settle in and catch up on all the entries starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Oh, and George Lazenby's sole contribution - 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service - will be there, too.
The name is Marathon. James Bond Marathon.
Most viewers know John Krasinski for his portrayal of Jim Halpert on The Office, and they might have a tough time buying him as the star of a political thriller. Well, let's not be that way. The first season of Jack Ryan earned plenty of positive reviews - and Krasinski already proved he's a versatile actor with A Quiet Place. On November 1st, fans will get their second chance to see Krasinski fight against terrorism, political corruption, and everything in between.
Jack Ryan's first season had lots of globe-hopping between the States, Europe, and the Middle East. But for the second season, things are going south. Ryan travels to South America to investigate illegal arms sales in the Venezuelan jungle. His investigation eventually uncovers a vast conspiracy involving a corrupt Venezuelan president, secret dealings with Russia, and the possibility of Venezuela getting its hands on nuclear weapons. Keep watching the video to see the must-see video arrivals on Amazon Prime in November 2019!
All things 007 | 0:16
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 2 | 1:18
The spooky stuff | 2:11
Lotsa laughs | 3:56
Feeling dramatic? | 4:54
Why The Cast Of Doctor Sleep Looks So Familiar
3 days ago
Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's novel features a strong cast of recognizable actors, both major stars and supporting players we've definitely seen before. Things are about to get eerie as we figure out why the cast of Doctor Sleep looks so familiar.
The leader of the True Knot cult goes by "Rose the Hat," and she looks to be a formidable antagonist for Danny Torrance. In the film, Rose is played by Rebecca Ferguson, who started acting in a Swedish soap opera, but she's had plenty of stateside success over the last decade.
The Swedish actress is probably best known for playing Ilsa Faust in the newer Mission: Impossible films. She's also no stranger to horror roles, as she appeared in Life as Miranda North and The Snowman as Katrine Bratt. On top of all that, Ferguson has appeared in movies ranging from The Greatest Showman and The Kid Who Would Be King to Men in Black: International and Florence Foster Jenkins. In other words, Ferguson is an in-demand actress, talented, formidable, and the perfect pick for such a terrifying Stephen King character.
One of Danny's allies against the True Knot is Billy Freeman, a man who helps our hero cope with his alcoholism and fight against his inner demons. He takes on a similar role to Dick Hallorann from The Shining, serving as an older mentor striving to help Danny with his trauma.
In Doctor Sleep, veteran actor Cliff Curtis portrays Billy Freeman. Curtis got his big break in 1999's Three Kings, where he played Amir Abdulah. Since then, he's appeared in several movies and shows, where he's played roles like Pablo Escobar in Blow, Smiley in Training Day, and Travis in Fear the Walking Dead.
Watch the video to see why the cast of Doctor Sleep looks so familiar!
#DoctorSleep #TheShining #StephenKing
Rebecca Ferguson | 0:14
Cliff Curtis | 0:54
Zahn McClarnon | 1:26
Bruce Greenwood | 2:12
Emily Alyn Lind | 2:51
Carel Struycken | 3:27
Jocelin Donahue | 4:14
Catherine Parker | 4:45
Chelsea Talmadge | 5:19
Robert Longstreet | 6:03
Carl Lumbly | 6:37
Selena Anduze | 7:15
Alex Essoe | 7:57
Jacob Tremblay | 8:32
Ewan McGregor | 9:16
The Batman Just Lost Jonah Hill
2 days ago
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Less than a month after it was reported that Academy Award-nominated actor Jonah Hill was lined up to star alongside Robert Pattinson in The Batman, Deadline has dropped a bombshell: Hill is no longer in talks for the movie.
Hill, originally known for roles in raunchy comedies, took his career to new heights with his astounding performances in The Wolf of Wall Street and the Netflix series Maniac, was reportedly being courted to portray a villain in the Matt Reeves-directed film. Though Warner Bros. gave no explicit confirmation, outlets widely claimed that Hill would play either the Riddler or Penguin opposite Pattinson's Bruce Wayne.
Sources close to Deadline with knowledge of the situation have indicated that talks broke down between Hill and the powers that be at Warner Bros. But why exactly did those conversations stop? It's looking like the split was a mutual decision, and it may have at least partially been over money. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hill and Warner Bros. simply couldn't, quote, "come to terms on a deal" language that hints that contractual negotiations may have been the meat of the talks between the actor and the studio.
Hill passing on The Batman, or Warner Bros. executives telling him things just weren't going to work out, may actually have been weeks in the making. Variety reporter Justin Kroll indicated in a now-deleted tweet on September 25, 2019 exactly three weeks before Deadline's new report that Hill was sitting on the offer for The Batman "for over a month" and that money was a "bargaining point" in conversations with Warner Bros. According to Kroll's sources, Hill reportedly wanted $10 million more than double what Pattinson is making for actually leading the film.
These claims haven't been corroborated, but this wasn't coming from some rumor site. It's Variety.
Kroll also noted that Hill and Warner Bros. may have been torn between the two roles, unable to decide whether he'd star as the Riddler or Penguin, but it seems more likely that money was the biggest motivating factor.
Even without Hill, The Batman has some serious star power attached to it. Reeves, who's known for directing the original Cloverfield, the horror remake Let Me In, and the sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, is at the helm. Pattinson, who has become something of an indie movie king and has long since shed the weight of his breakout role in the Twilight film franchise, is the title star. Jeffrey Wright will play Commissioner Gordon and newly added actress Zoë Kravitz will dig her claws into Catwoman. Even without Hill on board, The Batman is packing major heat, and Warner Bros. is already looking to find someone just as talented as Hill to add even further star power. And now Paul Dano has been cast as The Riddler! Keep watching the video to see that The Batman just lost Jonah Hill!
Stranger Things Season 4 Details Revealed
2 days ago
While we wait with bated breath for Netflix to release news about an eventual Stranger Things season four, we've collected the information we already do have, along with a few interesting theories, as a way to help make the uncertainty a little more manageable.
The announcement for Stranger Things' fourth season came in the form of a short video teaser, which displays the words "Stranger Things 4" in the show's glowing red title font, as its eerie synthesized theme music swells.
That is, before the dark vines of the Upside Down rise up to ominously choke out the red light of the words.
The teaser finishes with a card announcing, "We're not in Hawkins anymore," which could either refer to the Upside Down, or to the expanded geography of the show. After all, the Byers family did move away from the Indiana town at the end of season 3, which also teased a new, Soviet Union-based subplot.
In the season 3 finale, police chief Jim Hopper finds himself dangerously close to the machine the Soviet scientists constructed to open a gate to the Upside Down, right as Joyce Byers prepares to destroy it. Both Hopper and Joyce realize what she has to do, and seconds later, the machine explodes, killing the nearby Russian scientists and presumably Hopper as well. Keep watching the video to see all the Stranger Things season 4 details revealed!
We're not in Hawkins anymore | 0:13
Is Hopper alive? | 0:45
Russian plans | 2:07
Real-life disaster | 2:39
Dr. Brenner's return? | 3:39
Is Billy alive? | 4:18
Back to the future | 5:07
Returning cast | 6:17
Home for the holidays | 7:26
The end of the road? | 8:15
The Duffers' future | 9:10
Waititi Confirms Another Key Endgame Character For Thor 4
3 days ago
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One of Thor's funniest friends will return for the Asgardian hero's next cinematic venture. During a recent interview, director Taika Waititi, who helmed the franchise-reviver Thor: Ragnarok and will also direct Thor: Love and Thunder, confirmed the return of a fan-favorite character.
His name, of course, is Korg, and he's coming back to the big screen for more Thor.
Though his conversation with Jimmy Kimmel was mostly about his buzzy new film Jojo Rabbit, Waititi briefly touched on Thor: Love and Thunder, which is when the director made this exciting announcement.
A member of an ancient group of rock-like humanoid entities, Korg made his official debut in Thor: Ragnarok, but he actually wasn't the first Kronan to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU canon details that a prominent member of the Marauders, the coalition of invaders that attacked the Nine Realms including Thor's home world of Asgard, was a Kronan warrior. That Kronan tried to throw down with Thor during the battle on Vanaheim in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, but the God of Thunder took him down. In 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, two Kronans were shown fighting when the Quadrant whizzed past them. Many fans have speculated that one of the two Kronans was Korg, who wound up getting sent to Sakaar and was forced to compete in the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Korg meets Thor in a holding area where the Grandmaster's champions prepare to fight.
The two quickly become allies and Korg ultimately stages a mutiny against the Grandmaster. Korg escapes from Sakaar and pops up again to help defeat the villainous Hela on the Rainbow Bridge leading into Asgard. After the fiery demon Surtur rises again and destroys Asgard at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Korg sticks around with his godly buddy.
Though he didn't appear in Avengers: Infinity War, Korg emerged as a lucky survivor of Thanos' Snap in Avengers: Endgame. With half the universe's population gone, Korg and Miek reunited with Thor and lived together in New Asgard. For five years, Korg provided emotional support as Thor struggled with his feelings, and Korg even lent a hand in the final fight against Thanos.
All this is to say that Korg has been an important part of Thor's life for many years, and that's not going to change in Thor: Love and Thunder, which will likely start off by filling us in on what's happened since we last saw Korg and Thor. Embracing his bigger body and knowing that he's still worthy of being a hero, Thor joined forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the final moments of Endgame, when the galaxy-saving crew were about to ship out in search of Gamora. Meanwhile, Korg headed home to New Asgard, where Valkyrie is now king.
While we can't speculate on what might happen in the upcoming third Guardians of the Galaxy movie which might see Thor in the mix, we can theorize that Thor: Love and Thunder will see Thor returning home to New Asgard and having a happy reunion with Korg and Valkyrie. Waititi has confirmed that Love and Thunder will introduce the MCU's first openly bisexual character in Valkyrie, who will be looking for her queen in the new movie. It seems safe to assume that Love and Thunder might see Korg serving as one of Valkyrie's royal advisors, helping her find a lucky lady to aid in ruling New Asgard. Whichever way the cookie crumbles, Korg is sure to bring plenty of laughs and some rocky shoulders to cry on should anyone need them in the new Thor flick.
The only bad news about Thor: Love and Thunder thus far, however, is that fans will have to wait until November 5, 2021 to see it. Until then, there's undoubtedly plenty of exciting news to come for the God of Thunder.
#ThorLoveAndThunder #MCU #TaikaWatiti
Is Marvel Eyeing Henry Cavill To Play This Major MCU Role?
3 days ago
Yeah, you guessed it: another day, another provocative Marvel rumor. Citing their ever-mysterious inside sources, We Got This Covered is now reporting that Marvel Studios is considering DC leading light Henry Cavill for the role of Captain Britain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, as usual, it should go without saying that this rumor needs to be taken with a whole shaker of salt. We Got This Covered don't exactly have the best track record with Marvel news, and the site's assertion that Cavill hasn't been contacted about the role but is instead on a "wish list" doesn't seem to mesh with Marvel's usual commitment to total security. Having said all that, however, Marvel has actually already planted the seeds for Captain Britain's arrival in the MCU with a brief line in Avengers: Endgame.
It's hard to hear but when you have the closed captions on you can see that the name Braddock get mentioned.
Otherwise known as Brian Braddock, Captain Britain first appeared in the pages of Marvel comics all the way back in 1976. And although you might assume otherwise, Braddock is anything but a simple British copy of Captain America despite the two sharing similar names.
A gifted young physicist, Braddock was working on an experiment involving antimatter particles when he had a fateful run-in with the supervillain Reaver, who was intent on stealing the research for himself. Braddock sustained what would have been fatal injuries when he crashed his motorcycle while fleeing the scene but he was rescued by Merlin, who gifted him with the legendary Amulet of Right. Yeah, that Merlin.
In addition to saving his life, the Amulet of Right granted Braddock superpowers on par with the mightiest of Earth's mightiest heroes. He can fly, he's near-indestructible, he has Daredevil-esque sharpened senses, and he can even take on some of the Marvel universe's most powerful heroes. The only real drawback to all this is that his magically-imbued powers wane if he ventures outside the U.K. unless he wears his special super-suit, of course.
Marvel die-hards have been fan casting Braddock since at least 2017, when Kevin Feige name-dropped the character as one that he'd like to explore in the future. On the press tour for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the producer was asked about whether the studio had plans to introduce Captain Britain. Keep watching the video to find out is Marvel eyeing Henry Cavill to play this major MCU role?
#CaptainBritain #HenryCavillMCU #MCUPhase4
Sony Adds Popular New Villain To Venom 2
3 days ago
Venom 2 is gonna be a scream well, almost. According to a new report by Deadline, Sony Pictures has selected a second villain to feature in the forthcoming Venom sequel, which will be directed by Andy Serkis and star returning actor Tom Hardy as the man possessed by the titular symbiote. Deadline cites two sources with knowledge of Venom 2 who have indicated that the Marvel Comics villain Shriek will be a part of the film's plot.
With Shriek incorporated into the script, the forthcoming Venom sequel slated to launch in theaters on October 2, 2020 will feature at least two infamous comic book villains. The first is Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who serves as the host for the extraterrestrial symbiote called Carnage. In the comics, Kasady is shipped off to Ryker's Island Maximum Security Penitentiary after murdering 11 people. There, he actually shares a cell with Eddie Brock, who was incarcerated after wreaking havoc across New York City as Venom. Kasady and Brock quickly form a deep hatred for one another, with Brock despising Kasady for killing people he knew were innocent and helpless. Things take a horrifying turn when it's revealed that Brock's symbiote Venom isn't dead but merely dormant. When it reforms with Brock, it leaves a sort of offspring stuck on Kasady. That entity turns into a full-fledged symbiote of its own, bonds to Kasady, and becomes Carnage.
In the first Venom film, these events play out a little differently. Woody Harrelson is seen as Cletus Kasady in a mid-credits scene, in which Eddie Brock visits him in prison on an interview assignment. Kasady says the line that makes everyone say, “OH! That’s who the guy with the terrible wig is!
Since it was basically a no-brainer that Carnage would be in Venom 2, many fans speculated that Shriek, Carnage's love interest, might appear in the flick as well. Shriek's real name is Frances Louise Barrison, and she made her print debut in May 1993's Spider-Man Unlimited #1 during the Maximum Carnage comic storyline. She's introduced as a drug dealer with a troubled past who gets busted by the vigilante duo Cloak and Dagger in the middle of one of her drug runs. After being imprisoned in the Ravencroft Institute for the criminally insane, getting shot in the head by a police officer, and spending time in Cloak's Darkforce Dimension, Frances has a few screws loose. Her descent into insanity brings her latent mutant abilities to the surface allowing her to fly, manipulate sound, shoot sonic energy blasts from her hands, and access others' minds to manipulate their emotions and force them to act violently. Keep watching the video to see that Sony adds popular new villain to Venom 2!
Is Marvel Really Making Captain America 4?
4 days ago
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Hold onto your hats, true believers the Marvel rumor mill has cranked out a doozy.
According to We Got This Covered, anonymous sources close to Marvel Studios have claimed that a fourth Captain America picture is in development one which will star Anthony Mackie, as it'll see Sam Wilson officially taking on the mantle. Of course, we should be perfectly clear on one point: There has been absolutely no official word whatsoever about the possibility of a fourth Captain America movie despite the rumors. This is one of those situations that begs the question: Do we believe everything we read online?
Sam Wilson's struggle with the legacy and shield passed on to him by Steve Rogers at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame is thought to be a major focus of the upcoming Disney+ limited series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which you will note carries a reference to Wilson's original superhero moniker right there in its title. While we don't have all of the details yet, we do know that the character of John Walker, AKA U.S. Agent who has taken on the title of Captain America at times in the comics will be featured in the series, portrayed by Wyatt Russell. Signs seem to point to some kind of struggle over who will be the next to fill Rogers' shoes, and this new report seems to indicate that when the dust settles on Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wilson will have emerged as the new, uncontested Captain America.
It all makes sense on paper but is it actually how Wilson's journey will play out? Nobody seems to know and if they do, they're keeping it super hush-hush.
There have been a couple of conflicting comments made by Mackie himself which suggest that as far as Wilson taking on the mantle of Cap, Marvel may still be weighing its options.
First, there was the comment the star made to MTV News back in July indicating that, yes, he'd already put on the Captain America suit.
"I just had my first fitting. It looks really good… they came to my house, I did a fitting in my house."
In August, however, the actor appeared to walk back his remarks when MTV News followed up on the previous interview. He explained:
"I don't even know if the suit's in the show. And it's funny because I didn't have a fitting for the suit. I just had my fitting and … Everybody was like, 'Oh, you had a fitting of your suit!' And I was like, I never said I had a fitting for the suit. Go back to the tape, I said I had my first fitting."
Yes, that is indeed what he said right after the interviewer expressed his excitement to see him wear the Captain America suit someday soon. The only thing clear here is that Mackie was fibbing during one of those two interviews, but we'd be hard pressed to say which one.
Then, consider the remark that Mackie made at the D23 expo, also in August, when asked if Falcon and the Winter Soldier would deal with Wilson's transition to his new role as Captain America.
He stated flatly:
"No, I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon. The moniker will stay the same."
That… doesn't appear to leave a whole heck of a lot of room for interpretation so it could very well be that, despite the fact that Rogers obviously intended for Wilson to become the new Cap, Wilson himself may have other ideas.
At any rate, Marvel's complete slate of releases through 2022 has been announced, so if we are going to get a fourth Captain America flick, it wouldn't be until 2023 at the very earliest. Based on the information that we have available at the moment, however, we're going to go ahead and say that the veracity of this report is questionable at best.
Of course, we'll be keeping both ears to the ground for any additional information, and we'll be sure to keep you informed. But Marvel has been keeping a pretty tight lid on plot details for its Phase 4 projects, so it wouldn't surprise us if we were to get no solid leads on the studio's plans for the character of Captain America before Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
#CaptainAmerica #MCU #Marvel
Will Spider-Man 3 Feature Another Major Avenger?
4 days ago
Now that we know Spider-Man is sticking around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to the new deal Sony, Disney, and Marvel reached in September 2019, it's not totally unreasonable to think that Spider-Man 3 may feature another major Avenger. Well, according to an entirely unconfirmed rumor published by We Got This Covered, that idea might become reality. And by "unconfirmed rumor," we mean "internet chatter." And by "might become reality," we mean, "nobody actually has any idea, but hey we can dream, right?"
The outlet cites unnamed sources claiming that the upcoming Spider-Man 3 will co-star another prominent Avenger: Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, or Ms. Marvel whom we've yet to meet on screen. Here's what we think.
Let's break this rumor down by starting with Captain Marvel.
Save for that awesome Endgame scene where Spidey handed over the Iron Infinity Gauntlet to the Kree-powered Captain, Peter Parker and Carol Danvers haven't spent much time on-screen together. On the other hand, there is that end-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home that featured Talos and Soren, the Skrull couple who first appeared in Captain Marvel. If that mysterious scene was setting up some sort of Skrull storyline for Spider-Man 3, Captain Marvel will probably want to be involved in one way or another. After all, she's basically their savior.
Captain Marvel and Spider-Man are also the strongest contenders to be the face of the MCU now that Iron Man and Captain America are out of the picture, so having them share the screen in Spider-Man 3 could be Disney's way of ushering in the new era of Marvel at the movies.
That said, Tom Holland and Brie Larson are A-list actors with their own superhero franchises to focus on so there's a pretty decent chance that they'll stick to their own corners of the MCU and never meet up on screen again. We're hoping that's not the case.
Watch the video for more about Spider-Man 3 featuring another major Avenger!
#SpiderMan3 #MCU #Avengers
The case for Captain Marvel | 0:46
Should we discount Doctor Strange? | 1:54
Wait... who's Ms. Marvel? | 3:10
Biggest Unanswered Questions In El Camino
4 days ago
Despite El Camino's efforts to provide closure for some of Breaking Bad's few lingering questions, there are still a few loose ends remaining at the end. Here are all the biggest questions that we're still asking after El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Although Walt's wife Skyler spent the first couple seasons of Breaking Bad unaware of his illegal dealings, she eventually joined him on the dark side when she began helping Walt to launder his money. By the end of the series, the pragmatic Skyler was up to her ears in illicit activity, adding tax fraud and obstruction of justice to her crimes, in addition to suggesting that Walt have Jesse Pinkman killed.
In the finale, Walt gave Skyler a lottery ticket with the coordinates for the location where the bodies of Hank Schrader and Steve Gomez were buried, thinking she could trade the information for immunity. However, that's the last we ever see of Skyler, and El Camino never mentions what became of her. We have no way of knowing whether Walt's last attempt to help his family paid off, or whether the bodies of two dead DEA agents wasn't a big enough bargaining chip to get Skyler off the hook for her criminal misdeeds.
Realizing that every penny he ever made selling meth would likely get seized by the DEA once they finished amassing evidence against him, Walt decides to get his money to his family via a more circuitous route. Visiting the luxurious home of his former business partners, Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz, Walt gives them the $9.72 million he'd managed to hold onto after the rest of his fortune was seized by Uncle Jack and his gang of white supremacists. He instructs them to set up a trust for his son, Walt Jr., which will be given to him on his 18th birthday as a gift from the Schwartzes. Walt then threatens them that if they fail to carry out his instructions, he has hired assassins to have them killed. Keep watching the video to see the biggest unanswered questions in El Camino!
Does Skyler go to jail? | 0:14
Does Walt Jr. ever get his money? | 1:05
Are Skyler and Marie okay? | 2:00
Does Lydia die? | 2:54
Are Badger and Skinny Pete okay? | 3:52
What did Jesse write to Brock? | 4:53
Where did Huell go? | 5:38
What happened to Francesca? | 6:31
What's Saul Goodman up to? | 7:32
Will Jesse go to college? | 8:30
Leatherface's Backstory Explained
4 days ago
With his first appearance in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface instantly earned a spot among the all-time classic horror movie villains. His story has become somewhat muddled throughout a series of sequels, prequels, and reboots, but don't worry, we're here to sort it out for you.
Leatherface looks like the kind of monster that director Tobe Hooper probably saw in a nightmare, but he wasn't a product of Hooper's imagination; he and the rest of the cannibalistic Sawyer family were loosely based on a real person: serial killer and graverobber Ed Gein, who was also known as "The Butcher of Plainfield."
Several residents of Plainfield, Wisconsin went missing over the years, and Gein was found responsible for their deaths. An investigation of his home resulted in authorities finding organs stored in jars and masks made of human skin.
In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface doesn't just wear one mask, he actually switches between a few, depending on the scene. Why does he change his mask? According to the late Gunnar Hansen, who originally played Leatherface, the masks were not just creepy accessories. They were actually the only way Leatherface could really express himself. Hansen said:
"The mask really determined his personality. Who he wanted to be that day determined what mask he put on. So when Drayton comes home with Sally, Leatherface is wearing the 'Old Lady Mask' and he's wearing an apron and carrying a wooden spoon, he wants to be domestic, helpful in the kitchen. At dinner he wears a different face, the 'Pretty Woman,' which has makeup."
In the 40-plus years since the original film was released, different films in the franchise have explored slightly altered "origin stories" for Leatherface. The 2003 remake and its 2006 prequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, offer up an interesting explanation. Keep watching the video to see Leatherface's backstory explained.
Based on a true story | 0:17
Meaning behind the masks | 0:52
Born a victim | 1:36
Fighting his family's influence | 2:40
Institutionalized | 3:41
Nature or nurture? | 4:48
His first mask | 5:34
Laid off | 6:08
The Entire Jay And Silent Bob Story Finally Explained
4 days ago
They've long since cemented themselves as beloved pop culture icons, but what do we really know about Jay and his longtime companion Silent Bob? We've compiled an exhaustive timeline of the lives, loves, trials and good fortunes of this foulmouthed dynamic duo.
If you're wondering where the story of Jay and Silent Bob begins, it might be best to start with Genesis - the book of the Bible, not the band.
Yes, the biblical story of creation is canon within Kevin Smith's universe, and it's more relevant than you might think. As outlined in Dogma, the stories of the Bible hold literal sway in the View Askewniverse, with Biblical figures - including God herself - showing up to influence the events of the world - and also to kill people.
In the beginning, God created all that is, developed an unknowable plan for existence, and looked suspiciously like Alanis Morissette. While a lot of the events depicted in the holy texts are presented as subjective and even misleading, turns out the story was, in broad strokes, pretty accurate.
Why is this important? Well, aside from answering man's most fundamental questions about nature, being, and the nature of existence, it sets the stage nicely for two stoners to meet at a convenience store in New Jersey in the 1970s.
The place? The unincorporated community of Leonardo, New Jersey, just outside the Quick Stop. The time? The 1970s. What is about to occur is nothing short of destiny.
Just like that, Jay and Silent Bob were united, hetero life-mates from the cradle to the grave.
Also, did you know Kevin Smith's daughter is playing baby Silent Bob? It's her screen debut. It's adorable. Keep watching the video to see the entire Jay and Silent Bob story finally explained!
In the beginning... | 0:17
Destiny | 1:23
Mallrats | 1:53
Clerks | 2:59
Chasing Amy | 3:37
Chasing Dogma | 4:44
Dogma | 5:59
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back | 7:10
Clerks II | 8:28
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot | 9:46
Small Details You Missed In El Camino
5 days ago
Breaking Bad's grand epilogue, El Camino, is full of references to the beloved show that preceded it, some more obvious than others. If you were too busy freaking out that you finally got more Breaking Bad, here are some small details in El Camino you may have missed.
Beginning in the second season of Breaking Bad, Walt and Jesse were frequently aided and abetted in their illegal misdeeds by crooked lawyer Saul Goodman, who operated out of an unassuming office located in an Albuquerque strip mall. At the end of the series, Saul abandoned his legal practice and ran for his life, starting over with a new identity in Nebraska.
If you look closely, there is a brief callback to Saul early on in El Camino, during the night Jesse spends crashing at Skinny Pete's house. In a series of brief time-lapse shots showing the sun rising over Albuquerque, we're treated to three shots of different locations in the city. The second shows a nondescript strip mall, but if it looks familiar, there's a reason for that. One of the businesses shown is Duke City Sports Bar, which resides in the same location that used to house Saul Goodman & Associates.
Gus Fring is long dead by the time El Camino rolls around, successfully killed off by Walt in Season 4. While several other characters who perished over the course of Breaking Bad still managed to make an appearance in El Camino, Gus is not among them. However, there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it nod to the show's greatest antagonist in the same early morning sequence when we glimpse Duke City Sports Bar. Right after the camera reveals the new business occupying Saul's former office space, it shows a fast food restaurant named "Twisters."
Twisters is in fact a real-life restaurant in Albuquerque, which provided both the interior and exterior shots for Los Pollos Hermanos in Breaking Bad. In El Camino, it would seem that the fictional restaurant has since morphed into its real-life counterpart.
Watch the video for more about small details you missed in El Camino!
#ElCamino #Movies #Netflix
Passing the bar | 0:16
What a twist | 1:05
A familiar pet | 1:53
A familiar hiding place | 2:48
Todd's former career | 3:39
Jesse's "Wild West" shootout | 4:43
The Real Reason Gemini Man Bombed At The Box Office
5 days ago
Sometimes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
Such is the case for Gemini Man, director Ang Lee's action thriller featuring not one but two Will Smiths, one an aging assassin named Henry Brogan, played by Smith in a live-action performance, and another nicknamed "Junior," a young clone of Henry sent to kill him, which Smith portrayed through motion-capture.
With Academy Award winning director Lee at the helm, action movie icon Jerry Bruckheimer set as producer, Smith in the leading role, and David Benioff, one half of the Game of Thrones showrunning team, with a credit on the screenplay, Gemini Man seemed to have everything going for it, on paper, at least. But after literal decades of development, the movie sadly opened in theaters to a decidedly muted response.
In its opening weekend that officially began on Friday, October 11, Gemini Man earned a measly $20.5 million domestically. Internationally, the film pulled in $39 million, bringing its worldwide debut total to just $59.5 million, several million dollars under its reported production budget of $138 million.
To put things into perspective, $59.5 million is about what Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw yielded during its opening weekend in North America alone. It's also a little more than what John Wick: Chapter 3 earned in its first few days out, also just domestically.
So, why did Gemini Man bomb at the box office? Let's take a look.
Watch the video for more about the real reason Gemini Man bombed at the box office!
#GeminiMan #Movies #WillSmith
Competition is no joke | 1:30
Critics and audiences were split | 2:45
Can it still succeed? | 3:14
DC Movie Theories That Completely Change Everything
9 days ago
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When it comes to DC movies, we have questions. Just what is going on with the Joker? What's going to happen with Harley Quinn? And where is the DCEU actually headed? Well, nobody's really got any answers to all that, but it's not for lack of trying. Here are a few DC movie theories that, if true, would change everything.
Over the last few decades, the Joker has become one of the world's best-known baddies. So it's no wonder that DC is tryingtheir best to get the most out of one of their most iconic characters - namely by producing not one, but two Joker-centric films. Of course, first there's Joker, the award-winning, R-rated take on a failed comedian becoming the grease-painted face of an anarchist movement, starring the frankly astonishing Joaquin Phoenix. But then you've got the controversial Joker from Suicide Squad - a slightly more modern, tatted-up version, performed by a husky-voiced Jared Leto.
But are these two Jokers in the same cinematic universe? And if so, how? Which is the real Joker? Well, one popular theory claims that they're both Jokers, with the Joker being more of an idea than a single person. Specifically, some fans believe that Leto's Joker was at one time Jason Todd, one of Batman's own Robins - before he was brutalized and brainwashed by a previous Clown Prince of Crime. That would handily explain the memorialized armor in the Batcave reading, "Ha ha ha, joke's on you, Batman."
Of course, it's also possible Joker truly is a standalone film, with no connection whatsoever to the wider DCEU. But that's less fun, isn't it?
DC has agotten something of a bad rap for making their movies just a little too gritty and dark. But Joker has fully embraced the much-lampooned edginess of DC, creating a film that goes where no superhero film has dared to go before. This formula appears to be successful, too. Joaquin Phoenix's performance has been praised left and right, and Joker has won all sorts of accolades and awards. In fact, rumor has it that Joker is just the first of DC's Black, a new label for DC movies that exist outside the DCEU as we know it - and which are somehow even darker than the already grim and gritty films of the DCEU. Keep watching the video to see the DC movie theories that completely change everything!
#DC #DCBlack #DCTheories
The two Jokers | 0:19
Darker than ever | 1:26
The Harley and the Ivy | 2:31
The Aquaman Cinematic Universe | 3:26
Flashpoint | 4:14
This Is How Jay And Silent Bob Could Join The MCU
9 days ago
Jay and Silent Bob are coming back to spoof comic book movies, Hollywood, and more once again in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. But what if Jason Mewes' and Kevin Smith's iconic stoner duo did more than just smoke herb and spoof superheroes? What if they actually went out and joined the superheroes' world?
It's not as strange as it might sound. Kevin Smith has directed and appeared on episodes of the CW's Arrowverse franchise, and Mewes has made appearances on the shows as well. The duo have also long lent their likenesses to the Red Bank, New Jersey comic book store Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, owned by Smith since the late '90s. You may recognize it as the setting of AMC's Comic Book Men, also developed and produced by Smith.
Long before the Arrowverse or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Smith's own View Askewniverse beat Marvel Studios to the shared universe concept by an entire decade, with Jay and Silent Bob being the main thread tying together many different movies. Smith's films have even had comic book tie-ins, and Jay and Silent Bob have in-universe comic book alter egos: Bluntman and Chronic, both of whom are making a return in the story of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
So, Jay and Silent Bob have comic book bona fides, that's been long established. But what would it look like if Bluntman and Chronic joined a slightly more serious superhero universe? What if they suddenly jumped from the Askewniverse to something a little more fantastical?
We spoke with Jason Mewes about that possibility during promotion for his new movie and directorial debut, Madness in the Method. During our chat, we got to talking about the sweeping next phase of the MCU, which will include the animated Disney+ series What If…?, a take on the classic series of speculative Marvel comic books.
Considering that Marvel Comics has in the past crossed over with the likes of Star Trek, Transformers, and Ash from Evil Dead, it's not such a weird thing to wonder: what if Jay and Silent Bob went out and joined the MCU?
If anyone knows the answer, it's Jason Mewes, a lifelong comic book fan. And while he may be sober these days, he knows his on-screen stoner character inside and out.
Mewes imagined the characters' origin story as being something straight out of Batman Begins, which is DC-branded, sure, but we don't think anyone's going to sue.
In other words, move over, Moon Knight. This dynamic duo would make for a much more amusing take on Batman-style crime-fighting. Maybe they can cross over at the same time as Deadpool.
Of course, there's more than one way to join the MCU. Technically speaking, Mewes already exists in the Marvel movie world, as do Jay and Silent Bob.
That's all thanks to the late Stan Lee, who made one of his last on-screen appearances in 2019's Captain Marvel.
Set in the 1990s, the movie shows Lee reading the script for Kevin Smith's Mallrats while sitting on a train, memorizing his lines out loud to himself.
Lee also previously made a cameo appearance in that movie, Smith's second, featured in the cast alongside Jay and Silent Bob.
But enough of this in-universe speculation, let's just get direct about it. Jason Mewes is a working actor, so are there any comic book characters out there he'd want to play? The answer is, well, yes, not that he would necessarily accept the offer to play them.
Mewes appears to feel this way in general, not seeming to want to join in on the things he enjoys experiencing as a fan.
He probably means "Foggy Nelson," but give the guy some credit: "Froggy Nelson" is a real character, so long as you're reading about Deerdevil, and not Daredevil.
He doesn't just talk the talk on this topic, either. This is more or less exactly what he's done on the Arrowverse series The Flash, on which he's played two characters: "Humvee Guy" and "Jay the Security Guard."
So, while you might not see Mewes headlining a superhero show on DC Universe or Disney+, you can definitely catch him making hay on his home turf as Jay and his alter ego: the OG Chronic.
You can see Jay and Silent Bob team up again in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot's touring roadshow, kicking off on October 15. And you can also check out Mewes' reunion with Stan Lee in Madness in the Method.
#JayAndSilentBob #MCU #Movies
Why You Won't See Fleabag Season 3 Anytime Soon
8 days ago
Did you fall in love with Fleabag? Well, start getting used to life without her endlessly witty remarks.
Series mastermind Phoebe Waller-Bridge created, wrote, and starred in the hit show, portraying a young woman who uses sex, humor, and an imaginary audience to cope with difficult emotions. Well, Waller-Bridge just revealed that the Emmy-winning show won't be getting a third season at least not anytime soon.
Please note: In case you aren't completely caught up with Fleabag, there's going to be some spoilers ahead.
During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Waller-Bridge revealed that she has no immediate plans to revisit Fleabag a character she originally conceived on the fly for a stand-up sketch.
In fact, Waller-Bridge never even planned for Fleabag to get a second season. In August 2019, she told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that
Based on Waller-Bridge's 2013 one-woman show, Fleabag eventually did receive a fantastic second season which centered around Fleabag falling in love with Andrew Scott's "Hot Priest."
Keep watching the video to see why you won't see Fleabag season 3 anytime soon!
We Now Know Why Joaquin's Joker Dances So Much
8 days ago
Arthur Fleck is afflicted with an uncontrollable urge to laugh, but it's clear he also has a penchant for cutting a rug.
As seen in director Todd Phillips' Joker, Joaquin Phoenix's iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime dances quite frequently, primarily as a means of self-expression. A man who struggles with mental health issues, fails at turning his love of making other people laugh into a legitimate career, and is often the target of attacks from strangers, Arthur mostly keeps to himself. But when he's alone, he's free to move his feet and wave his arms as he pleases.
So, why all the dancing in Joker? Phillips recently spoke about how that aspect of Arthur's physicality came to fruition, and why it's important in the film.
Chatting with Collider, Phillips explained that he and Phoenix identified a certain quality in Arthur Fleck very early on - that being that he, quote, "had music in him," which manifested itself through the character's dancing. The filmmaker elaborated:
"It just existed in him. Some people that you might know personally have that feeling, and I always thought that about Arthur, but it was sort of kept in and trapped. And there was something about that evolving."
Phillips also revealed that a lot of the dancing in the film wasn't planned out in the script. Originally, the Joker script only included Arthur performing something close to a dance while working as a sign-spinner as seen in the movie's opening sequence, and later shimmying down the stairs in his clown makeup and Joker suit.
According to Phillips, the dancing was, quote, "something that kind of evolved" to show how the music within Arthur was "fighting to get out." When it does, each dance marks an important point along Arthur's narrative journey. He dances when he feels good about himself and is totally comfortable with embracing who he is; when he brings that out into the real world, his dancing becomes not only a form of self-expression, but is a way for him to reaffirm his increasingly menacing place in the world.
The director later admitted that he thinks Joker should have had even more dancing, as he absolutely loved it in the movie.
So just how did Joaquin Phoenix prepare for all that dancing? Well, he had a little help, of course!
Though it wouldn't take a Juilliard graduate or a professional ballerina to execute the dance moves Arthur Fleck did in the film, Joker star Joaquin Phoenix still had to do some prep work to get his character's movements just right. As he revealed to Collider, his dancing prep approach was split into two parts: working with choreographer Michael Arnold and turning to USa-video to study people's movements.
When discussing the striking scene in which Arthur struts down some steps, Phoenix told Collider:
"I worked with this choreographer for that, but then…after working with him, Michael Arnold was his name, I just started watching a lot of videos of people dancing, movement…"
He later shared with The Washington Post that he was particularly inspired by Ray Bolger, an actor, dancer, and Broadway performer popular in the 1930s. Specifically, Phoenix drew inspiration from Bolger's performance of "The Old Soft Shoe" and the, quote, "odd arrogance" he displayed through his dancing. Arnold had shown Phoenix that video, which was a huge part in helping the actor perfect Arthur's unique manner of moving.
"Really, I completely just stole it from [Bolger]. He does this thing of turning his chin up. This choreographer Michael Arnold showed me that and tons of videos and I zeroed in on that one. That was Joker, right? There's an arrogance to him, really. That was probably the greatest influence."
Another genre of dance that heavily influenced the dancing in Joker? Disco, though the jury's still out on whether Phoenix ever tried to emulate John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever while preparing for the film's dance sequences.
If you've yet to catch Joker, bunny-hop to your local theater to learn exactly why some critics are calling it Oscar-worthy.
#Joker #JoaquinPheonix #Dance
How Melissa Benoist Got Ripped For Supergirl
8 days ago
She's not a bird or a plane, and she's definitely not Superman! Melissa Benoist is CW’s Supergirl, but how did she get ready for the part? Let’s take a look at how this self-proclaimed musical theater nerd got into fighting condition to play the high flying, hard punching Supergirl.
You don't just get handed a role like Supergirl. Melissa Benoist had to go through a rigorous audition process before she got anywhere close to landing the role. The wait was made even more excruciating because, according to Benoist, she was the among the first actors to audition for the part.
That first audition was in October 2014, and it was just the start of what would become a months-long process. She told Entertainment Weekly that she didn't learn she landed the part until February 2015. In the interim, she said,
"I went through multiple screen-tests, multiple auditions with the producing team. There was a lot."
During that extensive audition process, Variety reported that Benoist found a champion in producer Greg Berlanti. Benoist said,
"Greg championed me the whole time and was in my corner. Even when I didn't think the part was mine, he was always rooting for me. That support goes a long way, especially when I'm fighting for something I want so badly. His belief in me really touched me."
Berlanti echoed the sentiment, praising the Supergirl star by saying,
"If we had not found her, I would have said, 'I don't want to make this.'"
The first episode aired almost a year after that first audition, on October 26, 2015. She's inhabited the role ever since, serving as an inspiration for fans around the world.
One thing that all superheroes have in common are incredible abs, and Benoist's Supergirl is no exception. She has said in interviews that to prepare for the role of Kara Zor-El , she focused on both strength training and core work, getting toned with a combination of Pilates, boxing, and plyometrics. Keep watching the video to see how Melissa Benoist got ripped for Supergirl!
Landing the part | 0:16
Core strength | 1:34
Work is a workout | 2:30
Learn from the best | 3:28
She does (some of) her own stunts | 4:37
A background in dance | 5:24
Learning how to fly | 6:26
Healthy habits vs. strict dieting | 7:39
Aspiring to inspire | 9:02
The Intriguing Time-Travel Easter Egg You Missed In Endgame
8 days ago
Thought you knew all there was to know about Avengers: Endgame? Think again.
A few eagle-eyed Marvel aficionados have spotted an intriguing Easter egg tucked in the super-sized superhero film. Taking to the site's r/MovieDetails forum, one Reddit user uploaded a screenshot of an Avengers: Endgame scene that shows what seems to be a travel log of all the time periods the Avengers jumped in to in the film.
The log appears when the 2014 version of Nebula is executing her plan to activate the time-travel machine at Avengers HQ to bring Thanos to the present day in 2023. In the top right section of the screen, one can spot the supposed user history, which details in part that Earth's Mightiest Heroes first traveled to May 2012, aka the setting of the first Avengers movie. Viewers saw this play out during the time heist mission in Avengers: Endgame, but what they didn't see is some of the heroes apparently traveling to January 2988, a date which is mysteriously included as the next entry in the time-travel log. Even weirder, it looks like the date specifically says "2988 BC."
But that's not all. A mention of the year 2988 can also be seen in a different sequence in Avengers: Endgame. When Chris Hemsworth's Thor is recapping the events of Thor: The Dark World and describing the nature of the Aether, aka the Reality Stone, he shares a story about his grandfather King Bor, an Asgardian who seized the Aether from the Dark Elves thousands of years ago.
"My grandfather, many years ago, had to hide the stone from the Dark Elves… oOoOoOh… scary beings…”
Behind Thor, one of the screens reads "2988 B.C.", which may well be the same year that Bor battled against the Dark Elf forces and Malekith the Accursed to obtain the Aether.
"Millennia ago, the most ruthless of their kind, Malekith, sought to transform our universe back into one of eternal night."
In the version of Avengers: Endgame we all saw, Thor and Rocket travel to Asgard in 2013, intersecting with the events of Thor: The Dark World. They then proceed to obtain the Aether by extracting it from Jane Foster. However, the screen displaying the year 2988 B.C. hints that Thor and Rocket may have at least discussed traveling back to the First Battle of Svartalfheim instead, snatching up the Aether way, way back in the past, instead of just 2013.
There are some reasons why this might have been an option for the team. Thor clearly had mixed feelings about returning to Asgard in the state we see him in in Endgame depressed, anxious, overweight, and beating himself up over his perceived mistakes he made during the battle with Thanos. Keep watching the video to see the intriguing time-travel Easter egg you missed in Endgame!
Easter Eggs You Missed In El Camino
7 days ago
By the time it wrapped up, it was agreed that one of Breaking Bad's critical strengths was its clear purpose, making it a rare series without too many plot holes, dropped storylines, or extraneous scenes. The acclaimed 2013 final episode of Breaking Bad decisively concluded the story of Walter White, but the fate of Jesse Pinkman was left unknown. Now El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is here to fill in the blanks. Let's delve into the details and dig up some Easter eggs and references you may have missed.
And be warned: Spoilers are ahead.
El Camino begins with a flashback of Jesse and Mike Ehrmantraut making conversation about where they might escape to if they ever ended up as fugitives. Mike is clear in his answer: Alaska, "the last frontier." By the time we catch up with Jesse screaming down the road after the events of Breaking Bad, it's clear he's had escape to the great white north on his mind for a while. But first, he has to take care of a few things.
Jesse's dash for freedom is almost immediately derailed by an army of police officers, alerted to the white supremacists' compound by the pounding hellfire of Walt's military-grade swan song. Seeing the red and blue approaching, Jesse swerves his car into a driveway, laying low with the lights off as the police pass. When they do, he backs out swiftly, knocking over a mailbox. The mailbox hangs there, holding in the corner of the shot as Jesse flees. The address number: "212."
"Phoenix" is the twelfth episode of Breaking Bad's second season, or episode 212. It's the episode where Jane, Jesse's then-girlfriend, dies. It's a turning point in Jesse's life that takes him from a bad situation to true, prolonged misery. Considering that one of El Camino's last scenes is a flashback to Jesse and Jane, this shoutout seems suitable.
Over the course of their time on Breaking Bad, Skinny Pete and Badger prove themselves to be surprisingly adorable. They have surprising depth, from Skinny Pete's showstopping piano skills to the duo's abiding passion for sci-fi. In the season 5 Breaking Bad episode "Blood Money," Skinny Pete and Badger have an extended dialogue about Star Trek.
With that background in mind, it's a real pleasure to see Skinny Pete's house so decked out in Star Trek paraphernalia, from starships on the bookshelves to sci-fi inspired chairs in front of the TV. It's just another detail to further flesh out characters we thought we already knew, showing how their possibly addictive personalities can be put toward interests way more wholesome than what you'd find at the end of a meth pipe.
Watch the video to see the Easter eggs you missed in El Camino!
#ElCamino #BreakingBad #Netflix
Phoenix rising | 0:28
The final frontier | 1:30
Crossroads of love | 2:16
Todd and Lydia | 3:06
Dogged determination | 4:02
Crawl space | 5:01
Better call Clarence | 5:40
Bugging out | 6:44
Breaking bread | 7:48
The way forward | 8:48
The Real Reason Gwyneth Paltrow Forgets What Marvel Movies She's In
9 days ago
Gwyneth Paltrow has spent plenty of time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but her memories seem to be a little shaky. The Academy Award-winning actress, who played Pepper Potts opposite Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark across seven Marvel movies, has admitted that she hasn't seen many of the Marvel movies she's been in - particularly 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming. She spilled the fact to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel during a recent interview.
Paltrow made waves regarding her small role in Homecoming - for which she received top billing, even beating out Zendaya for the fourth credit - after she infamously argued with MCU co-star Jon Favreau during the inaugural episode of his Netflix series The Chef Show about whether or not she was in the movie. Paltrow, in fact, seemed a little confused about the entire situation.
But it was undeniably funny when she insisted that she never appeared in Homecoming, despite Favreau's assurances that she definitely did.
Her confusion makes a degree of sense. Marvel is famously secretive about the content of its upcoming films, even altering trailer footage to throw fans off the scent. Actors appearing in Marvel Studios films don't always know the details of the movies they're in, either. For example, Brie Larson confessed she didn't know she was in Avengers: Endgame until she got to the set.
During her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paltrow confessed that not only does she not recall appearing in Homecoming, but she also hasn't ever sat down and watched it. The reason why? She she simply got "confused" because, quote, "There are so many of these wonderful Marvel, interconnecting movies," and she thought that her role in the Spider-Man movie was actually for one of the Avengers films.
In response, Kimmel joked that he doesn't expect the busy actress to stay up-to-date on superhero movies, even ones that she's in.
Homecoming isn't the only Marvel movie Paltrow has been in that she's never even seen. In an interview with Elle, Paltrow revealed that she's skipped watching a lot of Marvel films, since the franchise is so big, there are so many superheroes to keep track of, and she has other priorities in life. Her confusion and busy life has led her to not watch very many Marvel movies, which, in turn, has made Paltrow totally forget which MCU films she's starred in. She told the magazine,
"It is confusing because there are so many Marvel movies, and to be honest, I haven't seen very many of them. It's really stupid and I'm sorry, but I'm a 47-year-old mother."
This isn't the first time the Marvel star has appeared confused about the cinematic universe she's a part of. She's forgotten Sebastian Stan - aka Bucky Barnes - multiple times, having asked who Stan was on a red carpet and getting called out by Stan himself in an Instagram post after he introduced himself to her three separate times. And Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously spilled that Paltrow was "asking why Sam Jackson was there" when they were filming a scene for Avengers: Endgame together. He recalled,
"The other actors were jumping in saying, 'What are you talking about? He's Nick Fury! You've been in movies with him!'"
During the same Kimmel interview in which Paltrow told the truth about whether or not she'd bothered to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming, she was also caught off guard when presented with products from her lifestyle brand and online store, Goop, which sells everything from martini bath salts to a water bottle that has an amethyst inside of it, for some inexplicable reason. Throughout Kimmel's presentation, Paltrow seems positively puzzled over the vast majority of the products, leading viewers to wonder if she's ever looked at Goop's inventory at all.
It might seem absurd that Paltrow forgets everything from her acting credits to her own merchandise, but at the very least, the star is providing plenty of amusing press clips for her huge variety of projects - such a huge variety, in fact, that it seems impossible for her to remember them all.
#GwynethPaltrow #Marvel #Movies
The Ending Of El Camino Explained
8 days ago
If you haven't had a chance to watch El Camino on Netflix yet, make a U-turn and queue it up. If you have seen it, carry on as we dissect the ending and figure out what it all meant. Major spoilers ahead!
It's no exaggeration to say that Jesse Pinkman went through a lot during the original series. He was chained up, extorted, held hostage by a fly, and beaten within an inch of his life, and to top it all off, he was present while two of his girlfriends died. Through it all, this was a guy who was on the run. Sometimes that was literal, sometimes more figurative, as he ran from his choices in life.
Think about the first and last times we ever laid eyes on Jesse. The first time we ever saw him in action, he was running from the cops. The last time, he was speeding into the night, running away from the neo-Nazi compound. He's framed by the chase from beginning to end.
And in El Camino, Jesse spends a good chunk of time on the run as well. He's basically public enemy number one, as we see when a caravan of police cars screams onto the scene at the first sniff of Jesse's whereabouts. By the end of it all, he finally finds a place to stop running, and maybe, just maybe, finds a little peace. Just before the title card cuts in, we see a hint of a smile pass over his lips. Whatever comes next for Jesse, he'll be forging his own path through a brand new frontier.
Watch the video for more about the ending of El Camino explained!
#ElCamino #BreakingBad #TVShows
No more running | 0:11
Taking aim | 1:15
Seeing White | 2:34
Brock's letter | 3:28
Color shift | 4:14
All alone | 5:16
The Ending Of Gemini Man Explained
8 days ago
Gemini Man's intriguing premise isn't necessarily new, but the Ang Lee-directed sci-fi thriller presents a number of chances to look at a familiar story in ways that other movies haven't. These are just some of the implications left hanging by the end of the film - and what they mean for the people left standing.
Even before he realizes that he's unwittingly been roped into a massive conspiracy involving a secret cloning program and a clone of himself growing up right under his nose, Will Smith's Henry Brogan is tired. He finds himself slowing down, losing his touch, and more importantly, he's beginning to struggle with his job a little more. Killing people is no longer a satisfying bit of service to his country. It's something he struggles to live with.
The journey of Gemini Man is Henry's journey to quite literally contend with himself and his place in the world, and he comes out the other side of it feeling a little better about himself. His defeat of Gemini leader Clay Varris allows him to sleep a little easier at night, he admits he can finally look in a mirror, and he's found a surrogate son who just happens to share his exact DNA profile in Junior. Henry Brogan's killer instinct might not go away overnight, and neither will his guilt or any traces of post-traumatic stress, but he has people in his life who care about him at last, and that's a good start.
We get less character development on the side of "Junior," Henry Brogan's young clone who was adopted as Clay Varris' son, but we know enough to understand that he's got a tough road ahead of him. Junior was created to be the ultimate killer, a man with all of Brogan's natural skills and athleticism but none of the emotional issues he grew up with. In talking with Junior, Henry revealed that Clay's attempts at taking all of those issues away from Junior didn't work. The young clone still struggles with issues of inadequacy, with nightmares, and with struggling to find joy anywhere besides on the other side of a gun. Keep watching the video to see the ending of Gemini Man explained!
Your own worst enemy | 0:17
Freedom | 1:14
Friends in high places | 2:17
Behind closed doors | 3:05
Two-faced | 3:53
Jennifer Aniston Just Took A Major Shot At Marvel Movies
8 days ago
Mighty Marvel may be dominating pop culture, but not everyone is feeling the love. In a recent conversation with Variety, Jennifer Aniston star of the beloved sitcom Friends and the upcoming Apple TV+ series The Morning Show lamented what she saw as a dearth of cinematic choices due to the popularity of comic book movies.
It was a rather hard segue in an interview which had, up until that point, been focused on The Morning Show and how it had been shaped, in part, by the "Me Too" movement. Aniston was asked a simple question about what prompted her return to television fifteen years after shooting her last episode of Friends, and in her response, she veered quickly from marveling about all of the awesome choices available to viewers since the advent of streaming to… well, not marveling about Marvel. She said,
"And then you're seeing what's available out there, and it's just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it's big Marvel movies. Or things that I'm not just asked to do […] [I'm not] really that interested in living in [front of] a green screen."
Well, we suppose it's kind of a bummer when you're an actress who is well-known for starring on one of the most popular sitcoms in the history of television, and you then find that your agent is always trying to talk you into taking roles in these silly comic book pictures, where you'll be forced to report to work and pretend to talk to a gun-toting CGI raccoon all day.
The interviewer responded to this unprompted diss by noting how much Hollywood has changed in recent years, to which Aniston replied,
"It's changed so much. I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let's get the Terms of Endearment back out there. You know, Heaven Can Wait, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Goodbye Girl."
It seems to have become somewhat fashionable to trash the Marvel machine as of late, however so, while it might seem a little out of left field for Aniston to cite Marvel movies as the reason why she's choosing to continue working in television, she's certainly not alone. Keep watching the video to see that Jennifer Aniston just took a major shot at Marvel movies!
Jason Mewes' Incredible Journey From Stoner To Hollywood Icon
8 days ago
From doubtful executives to his own personal demons, actor and filmmaker Jason Mewes has beaten the odds to become a cult favorite Hollywood icon, known to many, beloved by all. Here's how it all happened - and what might happen next.
Jason Mewes was born in the small town of Highlands, New Jersey, and grew up having essentially no ambitions of ever becoming an actor, director, or a stoner icon in the vein of Cheech and Chong.
In Highlands, Mewes and his longtime collaborator Kevin Smith lived only a couple of blocks away from each other and attended the same high school, but they weren't necessarily friends right away. For one, the younger Mewes was still a student after Smith had already graduated. For another, Smith and his circle of friends frequently found him to be, in Mewes' words, "obnoxious and weird." But over time, Smith bonded with the oddball freshman out of a shared love of comics and pop culture, and an increasing appreciation on Smith's part for Jay's oddball - and sometimes profane - sense of humor.
Despite Mewes showing no real interest in theater or performance as a teenager, Smith would often remark to Mewes that someone should put him in a movie. It was only fitting that Smith, an aspiring filmmaker himself, would be the one to do it.
Jason Mewes got his first brush with fame when Smith wrote a role for him in what would become his debut feature, Clerks. In his first appearance as the character, Jay is barely a performance. He's just… Jay. Keep watching the video to see how Jason Mewes went from New Jersey stoner to Hollywood icon.
A real character | 0:15
...like nobody's watching | 1:12
On the big stage | 2:37
Mewes' first rodeo | 3:51
Going pro | 4:36
Using, losing, coming back | 5:24
Spreading out | 7:33
Madness in the Method | 8:12
Reboot and the future | 9:12
Leto Was Apparently Not Happy About Joaquin's Joker Movie
9 days ago
Jared Leto reportedly had trouble putting on a happy face when hearing about the new Joker movie.
According to a story published by The Hollywood Reporter detailing how former Joker producer Martin Scorsese may have contributed to the film after dropping his producing credit, Jared Leto who played the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad was none too pleased about studio Warner Bros. moving forward with the Joker origin story film starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Reportedly, Leto was left feeling out in the cold when former Warner Bros. president Kevin Tsujihara and current studio chief Toby Emmerich decided to give the project the greenlight. Emmerich is said to have, quote, "loved the script" that Phillips co-wrote with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver, though he did reportedly feel that the gritty nature of the story might fit better outside of the standard DC Extended Universe, of which Suicide Squad is a part. Nonetheless, Emmerich was taken with Joker, as was Tsujihara, and the rest is history.
Neither Leto nor any representatives of his have come forward to confirm or deny the claim that he was hurt over the Phoenix-led Joker, but the actor's purported reaction to hearing the news of the project getting the greenlight may be accurate given past Joker-related events.
As fans know, Leto's Joker didn't have nearly as prominent a role in Suicide Squad as expected. His involvement essentially amounted to an extended cameo rather than a starring part, which left audiences and Leto disappointed and confused.
Director David Ayer even admitted that he should have included more of Leto's Joker in the film. In an open letter published in January 2017, Ayer wrote:
"Wish I had a time machine. I'd make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it."
That considered, one can easily see how Leto may have felt alienated and upset when Warner Bros. chose to go ahead with Phillips and Phoenix's Joker movie, the idea for which Phillips pitched to Warner Bros. in August 2016, the same month that Suicide Squad opened in theaters. Learning one year later that a different actor would get the chance to play the Joker in his very own solo movie very well might have crushed Leto's spirits even if Warner Bros. executives emphasized that the project wouldn't be the end of Leto's Joker. Keep watching the video to see that Leto was apparently not happy about Joaquin's Joker movie!
#Joker #JaredLeto #JokerJaredLeto
Aquaman Star To Lead The Matrix 4 Alongside Keanu Reeves
9 days ago
This Aquaman actor had better get his hands on a shiny leather jacket and a latex jumpsuit he's going to need 'em for The Matrix 4.
The announcement of a new addition to the Matrix franchise, directed and co-written by series originator Lana Wachowski, essentially blindsided the film world in August 2019. Even more exciting than the confirmation that Wachowski was set to helm The Matrix 4 was news that original stars Carrie-Ann Moss and Keanu Reeves would return to their iconic roles as Trinity and Neo. Little news regarding The Matrix 4 came out in the time since those announcements, but now, it appears a new-to-the-franchise face will join Moss' Trinity and Reeves' Neo in their fight against the Matrix.
That face belongs to Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played the villainous David Kane - better known as Black Manta - in the Jason Momoa-led superhero flick.
Variety was the first to break the news that Abdul-Mateen is circling a role in The Matrix 4. If the outlet's reporting proves accurate, Abdul-Mateen's role won't merely be as a supporting player to his iconic co-stars. Wachowski and The Matrix 4 producers have reportedly spent some time in recent weeks meeting with several actors over what's being called a "secret role" in the upcoming film. While the exact nature of the character remains a secret, we know that it's being referred to as a lead role, and that Abdul-Mateen has emerged from the recent casting talks as the frontrunner to land the part.
Though it's unclear who Abdul-Mateen will play in the The Matrix 4, news of his potential casting in the film should be met with cheers from fans of the Matrix franchise and of the actor himself, who has become one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood in recent years. Abdul-Mateen is likely best known for his turn as Manta in last year's unexpected blockbuster Aquaman, but he's also delivered more-than-memorable performances on Baz Luhrmann's musical series The Get Down, in the Hugh Jackman-led circus musical The Greatest Showman, and on Hulu's breakout series The Handmaid's Tale. Keep watching the video to see more about the Aquaman star to lead The Matrix 4 alongside Keanu Reeves!
The Entire Breaking Bad Story Finally Explained
10 days ago
Over the course of five seasons, Breaking Bad told the tale of Walter White, a man whose cancer diagnosis drove him to cook and sell meth. Now, we’re going to dig deep and explain the story of the timid chemistry teacher who finally broke bad.
In the first episode of Breaking Bad, high school chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. After finding out from Hank Schrader, his DEA agent brother-in-law, how profitable cooking meth can be, Walt teams up with a former student named Jesse Pinkman to cook meth so that he can make enough money to provide for his family after he's gone.
Unfortunately, Jesse and their batch of newly cooked meth are snatched up by a pair of dealers named Krazy-8 and Emilio. The two force Jesse to take them to the RV where Walt and Jesse have been cooking, presumably to kill the two and to take their materials. Walt poisons the two of them, but Krazy-8 survives long enough that Walt is forced to kill the meth dealer himself.
Soon after, Walt's family pushes him to pursue chemotherapy rather than just accept his fate. Ultimately, Walt agrees to seek treatment, even though the cost would put his family even further into debt.
Walt and Jesse make their partnership official with a simple division of labor: Walt will cook, while Jesse will sell.
Jesse reaches out to a local crime boss, Tuco Salamanca, to see if he'd be interested in buying larger quantities of the pair's high-quality meth. To put it simply, negotiations do not go well. Walt moves in to handle Tuco, using his chemistry skills to prepare an explosion to intimidate Tuco. Impressed and amused, Tuco agrees to work with Walt and Jesse. Keep watching the video to see the entire Breaking Bad story finally explained!
A diagnosis | 0:16
Tuco's explosive introduction | 1:10
Problems between partners | 2:02
Heisenberg rises | 3:18
Jane's death | 4:40
Los Pollos Hermanos | 6:13
New laboratory, same Walt | 7:34
Escalation in the workplace | 9:11
Fring meets his fate | 10:39
The new kingpin | 12:26
A new operation | 13:36
Falling apart | 14:44
Everything ends | 16:17
Bill Skarsgard Hints At Exciting Story For It: Chapter 3 Movie
10 days ago
It: Chapter One scared the pants off of audiences when it debuted in 2017, becoming the highest-grossing horror movie of all time and leaving fans hungry for more. And It: Chapter Two is certainly keeping pace with its predecessor at the box office. According to the Los Angeles Times,
"[The film] scored $91 million in its first weekend, making it the second-biggest horror movie opening of all time, behind its 2017 predecessor."
Together, the two films are likely to rake in a worldwide box office take somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion dollars. And this begs the question: Will there be an It: Chapter Three?
Please note: We'll be discussing a few plot points from King's novel and the two films, so some spoilers are coming right at you!
While both It movies were reasonably faithful to the source material, Stephen King's epic 1986 novel of the same name, they weren't completely so. Several set pieces solely appear in the films…like Stan's run-in with the creepy lady from the painting in the first film…and Bill's hall-of-mirrors nightmare in the second.
One of the most notable changes is the fact that It: Chapter Two doesn't end with the same city-destroying storm that concludes the book. This difference could be telling.
Following the success of It: Chapter One, studio execs may have advised director Andy Muschietti to leave the door open for a third installment. But if that's the case, he certainly isn't admitting it. In 2017, he did discuss the possibility of splitting Chapter Two into seperate films, telling Variety:
"It would make sense because it would give me more turf to develop the characters and more of a canvas to develop the journey, but to be honest, there wasn’t a conversation about that and now we are designing the story as one single film."
Of course, nothing motivates studio executives like big bucks…and if New Line ultimately decides to greenlight a third chapter, there's a number of tracks the film could take. In fact, Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård has mentioned that he and Muschietti have kicked around an idea for a third It movie. In a recent sitdown with JoBlo, the actor opened up about those talks, saying that
"Andy and I have discussed ideas for what a third movie would look like. I don't think it's quite what people expect. It's something different. The first two stories are the book, and the second film is the end of that story. So we would do something quite literally off book."
Skarsgård goes on to reveal that
"There are a few ideas floating around. I feel like I've done what I can with the incarnation of Pennywise as we know of him, so I think it would be a cool idea to change up a few things. So, without going into too much detail, there is a story that we're kind of excited about, but it's way too early to say. But we'll see, we'll see."
The idea of a new "incarnation" of Pennywise is certainly an intriguing one, although it's safe to say there are about a million ways to get that concept wrong. Obviously, any additions to King's masterpiece would require a deft touch, but at least Muschietti has already demonstrated his considerable talent just by bringing It successfully to the big screen.
Of course, even if It: Chapter 3 never comes to fruition, Pennywise could always return to theaters in a supercut of the first two films. And guess what? Muschietti has definitely considered the idea, as he recently told CinemaBlend:
"I am thinking of a supercut. Which is basically the two movies told one after the other, adding everything that was lifted from them for length purposes. Great scenes that are more character moments, or things that we had to lift for other reasons. I’m also very excited about shooting extra material."
Well, that news should certainly put a smile on your face.
Of course, if that plan comes to fruition, we hope we're given an intermission or two…because watching an It supercut would certainly gobble up a gargantuan amount of time. Considering that Muschietti has already put this idea out in the public sphere, we're thinking a supercut could actually happen.
As to whether we'll ever really see an It: Chapter Three, we suspect that the likelihood is pretty slim. And all things considered, that's probably for the best. The novel spins an epic and phenomenally terrifying yarn…but expanding the story would almost certainly do the book a disservice.
#BillSkarsgard #It #Movies
Oscar Voters Give Their Honest Opinions About Joker
10 days ago
Joker is dividing the heck out of audiences far and wide, including one very significant crowd: Oscar voters. The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke with a number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and like critics and audiences, they were largely split on the film.
First, let's hear from the crowd that loved it. One male member of the Members at Large Branch who saw the film at the official Academy screening noted that the flick was well-received by the 500 audience members, and said,
"I think it's brilliant. Joaquin Phoenix has never been better. [...] I thought that the [director of photography], production designer and others created the look and feel of the period really well, and the fact that it has very contemporary themes of economic/class inequities felt just right. Overall, a home run."
A female member of the same branch agreed, although she admitted that her, quote, "stomach was still churning" the day after viewing the film. She added,
"It made me uncomfortable from the very first frame to the last, but I thought the movie was extraordinary. It's the most outstanding performance I've seen in many years [...] It's still early, but I can certainly see myself nominating it for best picture. And [Phoenix] has to get nominated, or the actors branch doesn't know what it's doing."
A male member of the writers' branch compared the film favorably to the last picture to score an Oscar win for an actor portraying the Joker, saying,
"I thought the filmmaking was exceptional certainly the most innovative superhero movie since The Dark Knight. [...] I haven't seen any of this season's 'Academy' movies yet, but, artistically, I think this film is stronger than many of last year's Oscar-nominated films."
Then there was one male member of the producers' branch who boldly predicted that Joker will deliver come February, saying,
"I loved it and it will win Best Picture. I am really bored with all the superhero movies, but here I really liked it because it's a great movie before it's a genre movie."
To say that many of the Oscar voters who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter were not quite so impressed would be a massive understatement. Those who disliked the film disliked it intensely, and they didn't hold back when discussing what they perceived to be Joker's faults. Keep watching the video to see Oscar voters give their honest opinions about Joker!
The love | 0:16
The hate | 1:50
The middle ground | 3:21
An Oscar for Joker? | 4:11
What Joker Gets Right That Other Batman Movies Got Wrong
10 days ago
Dark, dismal, and as realistic as it gets, Joker gives the Batman mythos a whole slew of updates that makes everything feel more grounded in the real world and, in many ways, more effective. These are just a few of the things that Joker does better than any other Batman movie.
Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Arthur Fleck is more relatable than any other Clown Prince we've met on the big screen. We all know what it's like to imagine romantic lives with those who don't reciprocate, to fantasize about being heralded in a world of fame, and to be recognized for being special. We don't, thankfully, all respond as Fleck does when those desires aren't fulfilled, but still, getting to know Arthur gives us something we've never had with any other Joker an understanding of why he becomes and remains the Joker.
Cesar Romero's Joker of the '60s television show was, like the rest of that series' antagonists, just a crook with a particular theme. The origins of Heath Ledger's Joker are a mystery in The Dark Knight and his motivations seem to change from scene to scene. We get to meet Jack Napier before he becomes Joker in 1989's Batman, but it doesn't help make the character more relatable. He was always kind of a huge, homicidal jerk.
Obviously, Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton had different priorities when making their respective films than Todd Phillips did with Joker, but as MCU villains like Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Josh Brolin's Thanos have taught us, the more we can relate to a supervillain, the more we enjoy their portrayal.
We briefly meet some of the Wayne family in Joker. Thomas Wayne is running for mayor, Arthur Fleck gets the opportunity to meet his future nemesis Bruce Wayne as a young boy, and we even briefly meet the butler Alfred Pennyworth. Particularly in the case of Thomas Wayne, the versions we see of the characters in Joker aren't quite the saints Bruce Wayne usually remembers in the various movies. Keep watching the video to see what Joker gets right that other Batman movies got wrong!
The man behind the smile | 0:16
Waynes' world | 1:26
Tough act to follow | 2:30
Welcome to Gotham City | 3:23
Laughing all the way to the grave | 4:08
Gemini Man Reviews From Rotten Tomatoes Are In
10 days ago
The reviews are in for Ang Lee's sci-fi action film Gemini Man, and they are… surprising.
The film stars Will Smith as a professional killer who's inexplicably being pursued by a younger version of himself and so far, most critics are saying they enjoyed the visual effects but found the story to be severely underwhelming.
As you may recall, Twitter lit up with praise for Gemini Man after the film was first screened for critics in September.
But not so fast. It looks like most critics who disliked the film held off on sharing their opinions until writing their actual reviews. And unfortunately, it seems like most critics fall directly into that category.
The film which has been in development for the better part of two decades struck most reviewers as being all spectacle and no substance. This is particularly surprising considering that Ang Lee directed the film, and he has numerous Academy Awards under his belt. Over the years, he's demonstrated that he can bring a special, decidedly human touch to even the most CGI-heavy blockbuster. Take 2003's Hulk, for example.
So what went wrong with Gemini Man? Judging by the reviews, quite a bit. Critics say the plot is too thin. The characters are undercooked. The dialogue induces groans galore. And the central gimmick that is, the conflict between the two Smiths ends up falling rather flat.
In his two-star review, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writes that,
"The digital novelty is striking for the first 10 minutes, silly for the next 10 minutes, and by the end of the movie you're pining for the analogue values of script and direction. A wittier, smarter riff on everything could have saved this." Keep watching the video to see that the Gemini Man reviews from Rotten Tomatoes are in!
The Truth About The Guy Who Plays Jay In Jay And Silent Bob
11 days ago
Jason Mewes is taking the spotlight again in 2019 with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, as well as his directorial debut, Madness in the Method. But it hasn't always been lighthearted fun in the life of this actor, filmmaker, and podcaster. His rise and fall and rise again is a remarkable story, and he was kind enough to tell us all about it.
While Mewes cracked audiences up with his drug-related antics in the movies of hometown friend Kevin Smith, he spent what should have been the best years of his career falling increasingly into addiction. Even as he shined on-screen, substance abuse was quietly causing damage in his life, endangering his safety and derailing his career.
Fortunately, Mewes was able to turn the tables on his addictions in the early 2000s, starting a process of sober living that he's continued to this day.
Despite this, Mewes was essentially living a straight-edge lifestyle when Smith first met him, free of booze, drugs, and even romance.
Things can change pretty fast when you're a teenager, though, and when the time came to shoot Clerks, Mewes had morphed into an enthusiastic drinker and pot smoker, and essentially played himself in the movie.
But while the scumbag lifestyle came off as funny on-screen, the real-life Mewes was on a dangerous path.
The success of Clerks left Mewes living a kind of dual life. He had a foot in the film industry, but wasn't making or saving a ton of money. When filming wrapped, he'd go back to working regular jobs. Keep watching the video to learn the truth about the guy who plays Jay in Jay and Silent Bob!
#JasonMewes #JayAndSilentBob #UntoldTruth
Youth and young Mewes-hood | 0:27
Beginning to use | 1:38
Risky business | 3:24
Striking back | 3:53
Rumors of my death... | 4:56
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old | 6:13
Keeping clean | 7:46
Directing and the future | 8:33
Every Version Of The Joker Ranked From Worst To Best (UPDATED)
11 days ago
The Joker is one of pop culture's most iconic villains, and many actors have gotten the chance to take on the role. We've stacked the Jokers against each other before, but there have been a few groundbreaking interpretations of the character since then that we have to talk about. Keep watching to see how Joaquin Phoenix holds up against Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and the rest, as we rank the Jokers, worst to best.
Despite coming in dead last on our list, the version of the Joker that appeared on The New Scooby-Doo Movies isn't unforgivably terrible, he's just flat out boring, which might be an even bigger problem. Plus, he's a complete failure, as he can't manage to even scare Scooby-Doo, a character defined by being terrified of everything.
The only thing that's really worth mentioning about him is that he was voiced by veteran comedian and actor Larry Storch, and let's be real here: that's only really interesting if you're the kind of person who likes to get into some hardcore trivia about the cast of F-Troop.
If you ever want to develop a whole new appreciation for Batman: The Animated Series, take some time to head back to 1977 for The New Batman Adventures, which features some of the worst character redesigns ever. Amazingly, the Joker, who was voiced by Lennie Weinrib, managed to escape that particular flaw in the show, but "he looks a lot like he does in the comics" is about the only good thing you can say about him. His major accomplishment during the show's entire 16-episode run was losing an election for President of Criminals when the Penguin invented a mind-altering substance called "crime slime." If you can't win an election against the Penguin, what are you even doing?
In all honesty, we only included Dee Bradley Baker's turn as the Joker on this list in order to be as thorough as we can. That's not to knock the guy, but as the Joker's appearance in Son of Batman is limited to appearing as a shadow on a wall and letting out one laugh. But…it was a nice laugh at least? Keep watching the video to see this update of every version of the Joker ranked worst to best!
Scooby Doo Joker | 0:22
The New Adventures Of Batman Joker | 1:03
Son of Batman Joker | 1:47
Super Friends Joker | 2:06
Young Justice Joker | 2:51
LEGO Batman: The Videogame Joker | 3:22
The Dark Knight Returns Joker | 4:11
LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes Unite Joker | 4:50
DC Super Friends Short Joker | 5:46
The Dark Knight Returns Joker | 6:39
Suicide Squad Joker | 7:07
Arkham: Origins Joker | 7:53
Gotham's Jerome Valeska | 8:31
Arkham Series Joker | 9:06
The Batman Joker | 9:52
LEGO: Gotham City Breakout Joker | 10:44
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Joker | 11:18
Gotham's Jeremiah Valeska | 11:59
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Joker | 13:10
Joker's Joker | 13:46
Batman '89 Joker | 14:40
Batman: Under the Red Hood | 15:31
Batman '66 Joker | 16:04
LEGO Batman Movie Joker | 16:51
The Dark Knight Joker | 17:25
Batman: The Animated Series Joker | 18:20
Joker Director Finally Explains That Last Crucial Scene
11 days ago
Arthur Fleck's biggest joke just might be the one he pulled on you. Joker director Todd Phillips recently made a few very interesting comments to the Los Angeles Times about the final scene of the movie comments that imply a bizarre truth about the story being presented. In case that's not warning enough, be advised that major spoilers for Joker lie ahead.
Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur is depicted early and often as having a tenuous grip on reality. The film eventually lets on that it's not always clear which events are fantasy and which are reality not to the audience, and presumably not to Arthur.
At the end, Arthur is seen with his psychiatrist in Arkham State Hospital after he has apparently killed his mother, incited a riot, shot Murray Franklin on live television, and escaped from police custody with the help of his clown-masked followers. As the shrink attempts to question him, Arthur simply laughs, telling her that she wouldn't get the joke. According to Phillips, it's this particular laugh that might hold a clue about the true nature of the story that just unfolded. He explained,
"That laugh in that scene is really the only time he laughs genuinely. There are different laughs in the movie. There is the laugh from Arthur's affliction and then there is his fake laugh when he's trying to be 'one of the people,' which is my favorite laugh. But at the end, when he's in the room at Arkham State Hospital, that's his only genuine laugh in the movie."
Why is that, exactly? Well, perhaps because in the end, the joke is on us, the audience. Phillips has said that one of the main influences on his film was The Killing Joke, the acclaimed 1988 graphic novel in which the Joker says that if he must have a past, he, quote, "[prefers] it to be multiple choice." The director made a direct allusion to this dialogue in suggesting that as many fans have speculated Arthur Fleck might not necessarily be who we think he is. Phillips said,
"There are lots of ways you could look at this movie. You could look at it and go, 'This is just one of his multiple-choice stories. None of it happened.' I don't want to say what it is. But a lot of people I've shown it to have said, 'Oh, I get it he's just made up a story. The whole movie is the joke. It's this thing this guy in Arkham Asylum concocted. He might not even be the Joker.'"
Phillips went on to state outright that the man who will become Batman's nemesis may simply be in the background somewhere, watching all of these events play out. He said,
"Maybe Joaquin's character inspired the Joker. You don't really know. His last line in the movie is, 'You wouldn't get it.' There's a lot going on in there that's interesting."
Phoenix himself also explained that Joker can be seen not so much as a straightforward narrative, but as a series of suggestions. Keep watching the video to see that the Joker director finally explains that last crucial scene!
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Ways Joker Completely Ignored The Comics
11 days ago
The filmmakers behind Joker have been clear that they never intended to adapt a specific comic with the movie. Now that we can all see the film for ourselves, it's obvious they meant it. Here are some of the biggest ways the Joker of Joker is different from the comics. Spoilers ahead!
Throughout Joker, Arthur Fleck undoubtedly lives in a world of fantasy. As he's watching a late night talk show with his mother, Arthur imagines himself in the audience, eventually being called up to the stage by host Murray Franklin. He has an imaginary relationship with his neighbor Sophie, thinking she's in love with him when she barely remembers his name.
These fantasies call every event in the film into question, making it easy to argue that the movie's climactic scenes are also a kind of fantasy. It's possible to interpret most of the film as simply Fleck's imagination, and that he's always been a patient at the mental institution we find him in at the end.
While the Joker of the comics is certainly no less prone to delusion, we're not seeing DC Comics solely from his point of view. Joker is not just a violent fantasy he's real, and his actions have consequences. While the Joker movie teases the possibility of the plot being a grand delusion of Arthur's, the Joker of the comics is a problem for everybody.
One of the more predictable events at the end of Joker is the slaying of Bruce Wayne's parents. As Gotham erupts in violence, the Waynes emerge from a theater showing 1981's Zorro: The Gay Blade, and Thomas Wayne steers them down an alleyway in hopes of avoiding the riots. Unfortunately, one of the clown-mask-wearing rioters spots the family and follows them. He calls out to Thomas Wayne and tells him he's going to give him what he deserves. He kills the couple, yanking off Martha Wayne's pearl necklace in the process, and leaves the young Bruce Wayne helpless with his parents' corpses. It's possible you've seen all of this before. Keep watching the video to see which ways Joker completely ignored the comics!
What's really happening? | 0:15
Batman's origin story | 1:06
The Joker's real name | 2:23
The Killing Joke | 3:16
A made-up look | 4:29
The nuthouse | 5:29
Hey brother | 6:28
Joker's mercy | 7:34
Gadget-free | 8:17
A "super" villain? | 9:19
Must-Watch Horror Movies Streaming On Shudder Right Now
12 days ago
With a lineup ranging from timeless genre staples like Halloween to modern classics that include Mandy and The Wailing, it's not exactly a challenge to find a winner among Shudder's unhinged offerings. The bigger problem is knowing where to start.
Given the stigma that's generally accompanied the vampire genre since a certain sparkle-skinned seed of night gained pop culture infamy, we'll go ahead and give you a free pass for having likely missed Michael O'Shea's relentlessly bleak The Transfiguration.
O'Shea's genre-redefining debut follows a desperately lonely young New Yorker with a seriously misguided affection for vampire fiction. Gritty, ponderous, and altogether mystifying, The Transfiguration is at once a daring, wildly insightful examination of inner city alienation, a torturous exploration of post traumatic stress, and an obsessive exploration of a fantasy life taken far past the edge of sanity.
For the record, The Transfiguration is also a gruesome, bloody exploration of urban decay that's wholly unafraid to dwell in scorched shadows and filthy back alleys. Pitch-perfect performances from newcomer Eric Ruffin and up-and-comer Chloë Levine help ground this moody, profoundly unsettling tale in a heightened state of reality that often feels a little too real for comfort.
There are horror movies that indulge in the fleeting pleasures of jump scares and blood lust, and then there are movies that seek to expose you to things that will unnerve you in ways you didn't think possible - the sorts of things that stay burned into your brain for months and years after you've seen them. Hagazussa is 110% of the latter school. If you've yet to experience Lukas Feigelfeld's gothic folk nightmare about an isolated woman struggling to maintain her sanity and raise her infant daughter in the wilds of 15th Century Europe, now's the time to dive in. Keep watching the video to see the must-watch horror movies streaming on Shudder right now!
The Transfiguration | 0:14
Hagazussa | 1:19
The Love Witch | 2:28
Black Christmas | 3:27
Starry Eyes | 4:55
Images | 6:21
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre | 7:16
Take Shelter | 8:09
Most Beautiful Island | 9:05
Blood and Black Lace | 10:07
Darling | 11:19
Why Aaron Paul Struggled To Land A Successful Movie Role After Breaking Bad
12 days ago
He was the heart of perhaps the greatest television drama of all time - but that hasn't translated to big screen stardom.
In a recent sitdown with Vulture, Aaron Paul - star of the AMC TV series Breaking Bad and its upcoming sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - offered a little insight as to why he hasn't popped up more often in feature films, and why he's not likely to in the future.
Paul recalled that, in the wake of the wild popularity of Breaking Bad and his subsequent stardom, he was eager to parlay his success into starring roles in other projects, whether on the big screen or small - and he was in no way hurting for opportunities.
After Breaking Bad ended in 2013, he starred in several smaller, independent features, though they did little to raise his profile. Paul's chance to make a splash in a big, expensive blockbuster came his way in 2014, when he appeared in the lead role in the video game adaptation Need For Speed. Unfortunately, the flick failed to jump-start Paul's movie career. It underperformed at the box office and was savaged by critics, and his next big studio effort - the Ridley Scott-helmed biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings - didn't fare much better.
It simply seemed that Paul's acting style - all barely contained emotion, with worlds of subtext plainly visible in his soulful, expressive eyes - was much better suited for the small screen, and he also appeared to thrive the most when his characters were given the room to breathe and grow afforded by the serial format. His next television effort, in the lead role in the Hulu original series The Path, drew critical accolades for his performance - but the creative minds behind the series weren't quite as focused as those responsible for Breaking Bad, and Hulu axed the show after three seasons.
Paul continued to surface in indie features and smaller major studio productions, but he continually ran up against the same problem: casting directors who seemed to think that they were securing the services of Jesse Pinkman, rather than Aaron Paul. Exhibit A: the 2016 Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart comedy Central Intelligence, in which Paul's character makes frequent use of a certain five-letter "B" word with which Pinkman was known to pepper every other sentence. Keep watching the video to see why Aaron Paul struggled to land a successful movie role after Breaking Bad!
Jason Mewes Lists The 3 Best And 3 Worst DC Characters
12 days ago
Like all comic book universes, DC Comics is made up of a sprawling canon of fan-favorites and total busts.
On one hand, you've got your holy trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. On the other hand, you've got the likes of Pandora, Azrael, or Jason Todd as Robin. Everyone has their favorites, their worsts and firsts but what about lifelong comics fan and comic actor Jason Mewes?
We had the opportunity to speak with Mewes aka Jay, of Jay and Silent Bob fame while he was promoting his film Madness in the Method, which he stars in and directed as his debut feature behind the camera.
Knowing that he knows his stuff when it comes to comic books, we asked him for his take on the three best and three worst characters DC Comics has to offer.
"If we're going powerhouses, I have my favorites, but again I wouldn't say they're the strongest. But I would have to say for a team I would say Batman, Superman, and Martian Manhunter. Because Martian Manhunter, to me, has just as much power and such as Superman. He does have weaknesses. But he can turn intangible and invisible and such.
Mewes was clear that with his selection of favorites, he mostly went for raw strength over scrappy personality, and that he might personally prefer some characters who don't hit quite so hard.
"I love Deadshot too as a character. Deadshot's one of my favorite characters. And yeah, and Vigilante, but they're not very, you know…"
After selecting his top three, Mewes had a surprising amount of trouble getting into the DC Comics characters he likes least. In general, the real-life Jay doesn't seem to dislike much of anything. When it comes to fandom, he's like a living embodiment of that one song from The LEGO Movie.
"I would say worse characters... I mean I don't think there is worse characters. I mean again it’s… they're all sort of awesome."
But then, in a eureka moment, he started seeing double, and found two of his worsts in one shot. Keep watching the video to see how Jason Mewes lists the 3 best and 3 worst DC characters!
We Finally Understand Supergirl's Bizarre History
12 days ago
Even by the standards of superhero comics, Supergirl's long history is truly weird. From her ill-fated romances to being obliterated from existence and replaced by a blob of protoplasm that used to sleep with Lex Luthor, here are the most unbelievably bizarre pieces of Supergirl's buck wild history.
The single weirdest thing about Supergirl might be that she didn't show up for a full 20 years after the creation of Superman. Despite introducing Superboy in 1944 and Krypto the Superdog in 1955, DC Comics wouldn't get around to even attempting Supergirl for another three years after that.
When they finally did get around to this whole "Super-Girl" thing, she was originally introduced as a one-off character. Not only was this version not Superman's cousin, she actually died at the end of the story, and was never seen again. The first version, the one with the hyphen in her name, showed up in 1958's Superman #123, when Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen found a magic genie belt and wished her into existence. After a few encounters in which she and Superman kept getting in each other's way, Super-Girl wound up exposing herself to Kryptonite and then begging Jimmy to end her hellish existence. Pretty dark.
Despite her unfortunate end, this Super-Girl served as a prototype for the Girl of Steel that would be introduced the following year after readers responded well to the idea. Like Super-Girl, Kara's relative inexperience with her powers would be a frequent plot point, and visually, they were almost indistinguishable. Super-Girl's costume was not only similar to what readers would see, it's virtually identical to the one Melissa Benoist would wear on the Supergirl TV show almost 60 years later.
In 1959, Action Comics #252 told the story of "The Supergirl From Krypton," and introduced readers to Supergirl for real. This time, it was Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin whose family had survived the destruction of Krypton when their home, Argo City, was blasted into space as a single intact chunk of the planet. Unfortunately, the explosion turned Argo City into Kryptonite, poisoning the inhabitants and leading Zor-El to follow in his brother's footsteps by packing his kid into a rocket and shooting her to Earth. Keep watching the video because we finally understand Supergirl's bizarre history!
The prototype | 0:17
The Supergirl From Krypton! | 1:29
That boy's a horse | 2:38
Supergirl: The Movie | 3:38
Crisis on Infinite Earths | 4:48
The Ghost of Kara Zor-El | 5:38
Enter: the Matrix | 6:28
Who is Power Girl? | 7:46
Angels on fire | 9:19
The Ending Of Lost Finally Explained
17 days ago
From its very first episode, Lost made no attempt to hide its fondness for perplexing mysteries. True to form, the series finale left audiences absolutely baffled. So if you want to know what really happened on that island, get ready for a deep dive into the ending of Lost.
For much of Lost's run, fans worried that the show would end with a "they were dead the whole time" twist. Creator J.J. Abrams and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse repeatedly denied speculation that the characters died in the crash and that the island was a form of purgatory. Nevertheless, some viewers thought the finale's church-set ending confirmed that they had been lying the whole time, and that the entire show had taken place in the afterlife. This interpretation was also supported by the footage of the original plane crash and empty beaches that aired over the closing credits, which some fans thought meant there had been no survivors.
But it turns out that the crash footage at the end was never meant to be considered part of the finale proper. Instead, as an ABC spokesperson later explained, it was included so that fans could, quote, "decompress before heading into the news." The network never imagined that viewers would consider this part of the show's narrative. Furthermore, "The End" takes pains to explicitly clarify that all the events that took place on the island were, in fact, real.
After five seasons filled with flashbacks and then flash-forwards, the first episode of season six included something Lost fans were totally unprepared for: a flash-sideways, exploring an alternate reality in which Oceanic Flight 815 doesn't crash, instead landing safely at LAX. And that's not the only thing different about the two realities. Instead of being a con man, Sawyer is a cop. Instead of the strained marriage they had in the pilot, Jin and Sun are secret lovers. And the childless Jack suddenly has a teenage son whose mother is none other than Juliet, a woman he met on the island.
Keep watching the video to see the ending of Lost finally explained!
Was the island purgatory? | 0:18
The flash-sideways | 1:31
Did they die in the crash or not? | 2:37
When did everyone die? | 3:40
The Heart of the Island | 4:54
The survivors' connections | 6:16
The smoke monster | 7:17
The DHARMA Initiative | 8:25
The deal with the church | 9:23
Ben doesn't go in | 10:22
Why Hugh Laurie Was Never The Same After House
15 days ago
For eight years, Hugh Laurie starred in the title role on the FOX medical drama House. But despite becoming an international celebrity, he isn't chasing success for its own sake. Here's why he hasn't been the same since House.
For an actor, not every day on the job is glamorous and exciting. Sometimes it can feel a little repetitive. So after nearly a decade playing Dr. Gregory House, Hugh Laurie definitely wanted a change of scenery. He still enjoyed playing the role all the way through to the final season, but the routine was starting to get monotonous, and he wasn't sure if he was really cut out for that kind of commitment anymore.
So Laurie's first order of business after House wrapped was to take a long break from acting. He ended up spending a full three years away from Hollywood, save for a few small exceptions, like lending his voice to the video game LittleBigPlanet 3. He finally got back in front of the camera in 2015 for the Disney film Tomorrowland. He loved playing House, but he often felt like he was working himself to the bone on set. Getting up at 5 AM for a 16-hour workday was not uncommon, and he stuck with this schedule for nearly a decade. No wonder he needed an extended vacation once the cameras stopped rolling.
Although Laurie would certainly have preferred more privacy than the press afforded him after the success of House, the overwhelming praise for the series gave him a major confidence boost. After all, he'd never been a part of such an internationally successful show before. Previously, he occasionally felt insecure about his career because he'd never gone to drama school, and he wondered if he wasn't a genuinely qualified actor. Keep watching the video to see why Hugh Laurie was never the same after House!
A change in routine | 0:12
A huge confidence boost | 1:13
Making music | 1:53
Villainous urges | 2:40
The trickiness of typecasting | 3:37
What Superheroes Would Jason Mewes Assemble For The Avengers?
16 days ago
What would you do if you could assemble your very own Avengers Initiative? Better yet, what would Jason Mewes do?
Best known as Jay of Jay and Silent Bob fame, Mewes sat down with us while promoting his new movie, Madness in the Method, which he both stars in and directed. Now that Mewes is a full-fledged filmmaker who's been in charge of his own production, we decided to step things up a notch and ask him what he'd do with more magnificent responsibilities.
To be specific, we asked the lifelong comic book fan what he would do if he were in the Nick Fury role and had the opportunity to recruit his own team of Avengers from Marvel Comics' vast pool of characters.
And we're not just talking about good guys, either. Villains switch sides in comics all the time, sometimes for weird reasons. Why wouldn't they do the same for a foul-mouthed stoner from New Jersey who's bold enough to wield a bong-saber and brave enough to unload a machine gun at a nigh-unkillable angel?
For one, Mewes has been a comic book fan all his life, an affinity that's been reflected in Kevin Smith's movies and the characters they play in them. The drug-addled duo has appeared in both Smith's movies and real-life comic books as their superhero alter egos Bluntman and Chronic. They've also met and worked with Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee on multiple occasions - with Lee having a cameo in Smith's Mallrats, and another cameo, decades later, in Mewes' Madness in the Method. These aren't just hat-tips to the nerd crowd; Mewes has an enthusiasm for comic books that's downright infectious, and as an actor, he's even made appearances in the CW's Arrowverse.
"Get some free comics, read the comics, love and sniff the comics."
So now that you know his bona fides, the question remains: What would Jason Mewes' team of Avengers look like?
Though the Avengers' roster has grown post-Endgame to include what feels like hundreds of people from all around the universe - including sorcerers, Asgardians, and even Howard the Duck - the first Avengers movie showed the promise of the shared Marvel universe with just six heroes. So, we'll go with six.
Like many would, Mewes started off his selection with three major powerhouses: the incredible Hulk, the adamantium-infused mutant Wolverine, and the immensely-overpowered Spider-Man. But after that, things got interesting. Keep watching the video to see what superheroes would Jason Mewes assemble for The Avengers.
The Most Paused Horror Movie Scenes Of All Time
19 days ago
Sometimes you just need a few extra seconds before all the screaming and stabbing starts up again. From nightmarish jump scares to unbelievably weird-looking beasts, these are the most paused horror movie moments.
David Kessler is having a rough vacation. He just wanted to go backpacking across the Yorkshire moors, but the moment he steps off the beaten path, he's attacked by a werewolf. When he wakes up in a London hospital, he keeps having ghastly nightmares. These freaky dreams are the scariest parts of An American Werewolf in London.
From the hospital, we cut to David's home. He's working on his college homework, his family is watching TV, and everything seems peaceful. Before we can get our bearings, an army of mutant Nazi monsters bursts into the house and guns down David's family. They burn his home, shoot everything to pieces, and kill David.
And that's when our hero wakes up in his hospital bed. It was all just a nasty Nazi dream, and his sympathetic nurse is only too happy to open up the curtains and let some sunlight in. But as she pulls back the shades, there's a Nazi-Beast standing there, knife in hand, and he stabs the nurse to death. We haven't even seen the American werewolf yet, and we're already pressing pause so we can collect our nerves.
The psycho witch turned evil spirit, Bathsheba is having a great time in The Conjuring, terrorizing the poor Perron family. Of course, if those kids think they're scared whenever Bathsheba shows up, then they've got no idea what we're going through. Whether she's playing "hide and clap" in the cellar or getting all possessive, every time this hag shows up on screen, we're hiding behind the sofa.
Of course, there's one Bathsheba scene that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's the scene where young Andrea hears something banging around inside her wardrobe. Nervous, she goes to check it out, flings open the doors, and finds nothing inside. That's because Bathsheba is up on top, just waiting to pounce. Keep watching the video to see the most paused horror movie scenes of all time!
An American Werewolf in London | 0:14
The Conjuring | 1:15
Evil Dead II | 2:17
Gerald's Game | 3:36
It | 4:58
Mandy | 6:15
The Perfection | 7:08
The Ritual | 8:15
Signs | 9:20
The Strangers | 10:34
Who Was The Better Joker? Ledger Or Phoenix?
15 days ago
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Let the battle begin.
With the arrival of director Todd Phillips' long-awaited Joker movie, a new challenger has entered the arena in hopes of becoming the new Best Joker Actor Ever. His name? Joaquin Phoenix. His game? Well, doing his job and delivering the chilling kind of performance he knows is required of him, but possibly also dethroning the late Heath Ledger in the process.
Since the announcement of Joker, fans have pit Phoenix and Ledger against one another, placing bets on whether or not the newcomer could shock and scare audiences as the failed-comedian-turned-crazed-killer Arthur Fleck as much as Ledger did through his turn in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The debate over Phoenix and Ledger as the Joker began months ago, but with the world finally able to see Phoenix strut his stuff in clown makeup and a tattered suit, the fight is no longer theoretical.
So, now that Joker has landed in theaters, who played the character better: Joaquin Phoenix or Heath Ledger?
Plenty of people were totally floored by the work Phoenix did in Joker, so much so that they now consider him better in the role than the late Ledger. Some even think Phoenix is the best Joker actor point blank.
"Are you having any negative thoughts?"
"All I have are negative thoughts."
One Twitter user wrote:
"With all due respect to previous Jokers and to the great Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix is the best Joker. He has everything it needs. We finally have a proper actor playing the character in a very unfamiliar new shape. If Ledger's a straight flush, Phoenix's a full deck."
Another fan tweeted:
"I thought it would take a long time before someone delivers Joker better than Heath Ledger. As it turned out it only took 11 years and a certain Joaquin Phoenix."
This fan continued to gush over Phoenix's performance in another tweet, writing,
"Joaquin Phoenix should get an Oscar, a golden globe, an Olympic gold medal, a Nobel prize, a ballon d'or, Knighthood, a champions league winner medal and a presidential medal of freedom for his performance as the joker." Keep watching the video to see who was the better Joker? Ledger or Phoenix?
#Joker #JoaquinPhoenixJoker #HeathLedgerJoker
Iron Man's Entire MCU Timeline Finally Explained
29 days ago
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We're bringing up the holographic schematics and outlining how Tony Stark goes from a genius weapons designer with no heart to Iron Man, a self-sacrificing superhero with a heart of gold. This is the entire Iron Man MCU timeline, finally explained. Consider it all the proof you need that Tony Stark has a heart.
So let's get down to brass tacks, shall we? Tony Stark basically comes out of the womb a genius. At age 4, he builds a circuit board. At age 6, he builds a V8 engine. By 17 years old, he graduates summa cum laude at MIT, and seems poised to take over Stark Industries whenever his genius father Howard feels ready to pass the buck. Unfortunately, after Howard's assassination in 1991 by a brainwashed Bucky Barnes who was working as the Winter Soldier his partner Obadiah Stane takes over Stark Industries until Tony turns 21 and takes back his company. From there, it's a wild ride of building new technology and weapons for the American military for the next decade, while ticking off just about everyone in the scientific community.
When viewers officially meet Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man, he's at a weapons exhibition in Afghanistan to showcase "The Jericho," a missile system that uses repulsor technology to increase effectiveness.
On the way back from a successful presentation, Tony is kidnapped by a terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings that want him to build them their own Jericho missile.
The explosive kidnapping leaves Tony with some shrapnel buried near his heart, kept temporarily at bay with the use of an electromagnet powered by a car battery. With his fellow captive Ho Yinsen, Tony upgrades the electromagnet in his chest into an arc reactor to keep his heart safe. Then he builds his first suit of armor: the Mark I a clunky mobile suit packed full of weaponry which he dons to escape the Ten Rings. Sadly, Ho Yinsen doesn't survive the escape. With his dying breath, he begs Tony to do something important with his life.
Nothing like a near-death experience and the tragic passing of the dude who saved your life to really shake up your core principles, huh? Keep watching the video to see Iron Man's entire MCU timeline finally explained.
#IronMan #TonyStark #MCU
Tony Stark, billionaire jerk | 0:17
Enter Iron Man | 1:57
Whiplashed! | 3:28
Looking to the past | 4:49
The Iron Avenger | 6:13
The Anxious Avenger | 7:23
Age of oopsies | 8:41
Who killed Howard Stark? | 10:15
With great power comes… | 11:45
"Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good." | 12:58
The ultimate sacrifice | 14:12
Even dead, I'm the hero | 15:38
Easter Eggs You Missed In Joker
15 days ago
There's a handful of subtle references to films, real-world events, and even the silent art of mime lurking in Joker's grim and gritty Gotham City. If you're still reeling from the violence and drama of Arthur Fleck's tragic journey, keep watching to learn about the little things you might've missed.
If you know one piece of trivia about the Joker, it's probably that he was originally inspired not by the playing card from which he took his name, but by Gwynplaine, the main character of the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs.
In the movie, Gwynplaine, played by German actor Conrad Veidt, is a child in the 17th century whose father is killed by rival noblemen. Before they put his father in the Iron Maiden, though, they disfigure his face into a permanent smile, leaving him unable to ever truly match his face to his emotions. Also, Gwynplaine's father was betrayed by, wait for it, his jester, whose "jests were cruel and his smiles were false." Sound like anyone you know?
Fittingly enough, this cinematic inspiration made its way back to the movies in Joker. The parallels to Arthur Fleck's medical condition, which causes him to compulsively laugh whenever he's under stress, are obvious. It's more than just the subtext, though - one Easter egg is a visual nod to a specific shot from The Man Who Laughs that recurs several times in Joker.
Throughout the film, Fleck forces a "smile" onto his face by hooking his fingers into his mouth and pulling upwards. This is exactly the same thing that the movie's doctor does to demonstrate Gwynplaine's condition.
Perhaps more importantly is the fact that Fleck does this same thing to a young Bruce Wayne when he's trying to get access to Thomas Wayne - the lines immediately after that shot in The Man Who Laughs explain that they did it so that Gwynplaine would "laugh forever at his fool of a father." Given the dynamic in play between Fleck and the Waynes, there's actually way more to it than just the supremely creepy act of putting your hands in a child's mouth.
Watch the video for more about Easter eggs you missed in Joker!
The Man Who Laughs | 0:17
The Joker's Modern Times | 1:48
The Joker's Scorsese connection | 3:17
The Maskmaker | 4:52
Zex und zex | 6:04
The Joker's hidden figure | 7:19
The Joker's Bernie Goetz | 8:47
The Ending Of Joker Explained
15 days ago
Joker definitely goes its own way with the depiction of the legendary Clown of Prince of Crime, right up to its explosive and unforgettable climax. Now that everyone's had a chance to see the film, it's time to talk about what it all built to and how it all paid off. Spoilers ahead for the entire film!
The whole of Joker is about the transformation of Arthur Fleck from downtrodden, beat-up loser to hero in his own mind sometimes literally in his own mind. The last time we see Arthur he's walking out of an interview room in Arkham State Hospital, fresh off the triumph of the night he shot Murray Franklin and became the figurehead of an entire riotous movement.
We see Arthur leave bloody footprints as he dances down the hall, and then we see an orderly chasing him down the corridors, suggesting a violent escape might be in order for the newly minted Clown Prince of Crime. The film makes it clear several times that Arthur Fleck is a man who has no trouble losing himself in elaborate fantasies, but the question of what's fact or fantasy doesn't actually change the outcome for Arthur Fleck - by the end of Joker, whether he's escaping to a new life of crime or caught in a delusion, it's clear that he's long since passed the point of no return.
One of the most important structural aspects of Joker is just how small Arthur's inner circle is. He has his mother, of course, and he seemingly has friends at the clown company until they begin to turn on him, but apart from them the only major presence left is Sophie, his neighbor who we actually know less about than some parts of the film would have us believe.
In Arthur's mind, Sophie is his girlfriend, at least until she isn't. In Sophie's mind, Arthur is just the slightly strange neighbor she and her daughter ride the elevator with sometimes. When he walks into her apartment uninvited and we discover his fantasy life with her, she is clearly scared but also eager to defuse the situation. So, what becomes of Sophie? Keep watching the video to see the ending of Joker explained!
#Joker #JokerMovie #EndingExplained
Arthur Fleck's future | 0:16
Sophie's choice | 1:07
Send in the clowns | 1:56
Thomas Wayne's secrets | 2:48
The future of Bruce | 3:34
Fantasy world | 4:16
Jokes to come | 5:06
Biggest Unanswered Questions In Joker
15 days ago
Joker, the much-anticipated new take on the DC Comics villain of the same name, weaves such a winding narrative that it leaves behind plenty of fascinating implications, and huge questions, after the credits roll. Spoilers ahead.
Let's get this one out of the way first. Arthur Fleck spends a lot of time lost in fantasy. We see this almost immediately in the film, when he's watching Murray Franklin and fantasizes about being an audience member who gets called down in front of the cameras. Later, this goes even further when we realize that Arthur has imagined an entire romantic relationship with his neighbor Sophie.
This tendency toward fantasy, coupled with things like the dreamlike way he walks out of the interview room in the final shot of the film, are enough to make us wonder how much of the story takes place in Arthur's head. We know for sure that some elements are imagined, but what else might be? Did he ever actually make it out of that cop car in the middle of the riot? Did he actually kill his therapist? Was he even, perhaps, in the asylum the whole time? It's hard to be certain, but the rest of these questions rely on at least some of these events being true.
Arthur Fleck's life is unraveling from pretty much the moment Joker begins, but things only get worse when he learns that his mother Penny believes that Thomas Wayne, her former employer, is Arthur's father. At first, Arthur has no reason to believe his mother is wrong, but when he confronts Wayne about it, the billionaire insists that Penny is just delusional. Later, Arthur recovers paperwork from Arkham State Hospital that apparently confirms that he was adopted, but is that the whole story? Even later in the film, he finds a photograph of his mother that Thomas Wayne apparently inscribed on the back with a comment about Penny's lovely smile... so how much of the Wayne story was really true? Keep watching the video to see the biggest unanswered questions in Joker!
Nothing is real | 0:15
Thomas Wayne and the truth | 1:10
The more things change | 1:50
Poor parenting | 2:37
Birth of a hero | 3:22
Arthur's targets | 4:10
Gotham City chaos | 5:01
Tom Holland's Heroic Act That Helped Bring Spider-Man Back Into The MCU
16 days ago
Evidently, Tom Holland's a superhero on and off the big screen.
A new piece published by The Hollywood Reporter claims that Holland - who has played the friendly neighborhood hero Spider-Man since 2016's Captain America: Civil War - sprung into action and carried out some last-minute, heroic deeds to help bring Spidey back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In late August 2019, the web-crawler was forced to swing out of Marvel's movie world when it was announced that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures couldn't come to an agreement on how to establish new terms of the deal that allowed Holland's Spider-Man to appear in the MCU. Several weeks later, the two studios confirmed that they returned to the negotiating table and finally came up with a way to make everyone happy: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third Spider-Man movie starring Holland, Marvel's parent company Disney will receive 25 percent of the profits from said threequel, and Spider-Man will appear in at least one more MCU movie. Cue the collective sigh of relief. It looks like that doozy of a cliffhanger will pay off, after all!
Striking the right revenue split apparently played a huge part in getting Marvel, Disney, and Sony executives back on the same page regarding their respective involvement in the Spider-Man film series. What was also a major deciding factor in sealing the new Spidey deal was Holland himself. According to sources close to THR, Holland, quote, "made multiple appeals" to Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and contacted Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman on numerous occasions to help facilitate a reconciliation between the two parties. The fact that Holland is set to star in another Sony project - the forthcoming film adaptation of the Uncharted video game series - probably didn't hurt.
It was certainly admirable of Holland to get in touch with Iger and Rothman and assist in bringing the two opposing studios to a resolution. It's also very much something Spider-Man would do: a scrappy, somewhat unlikely hero pulling himself out of the rubble to do the right thing. As heart-warming and heroic as Holland's reported appeals were, however, they aren't surprising when taking a look at how he responded to the Sony-Marvel split in the first place.
The first time Holland spoke about Spider-Man leaving the MCU was during D23 Expo on Saturday, August 24 - several days after the shocking news dropped. Holland's silence - and his alarmingly nonchalant behavior on social media - was cause for concern. Finally, when he piped up, he said exactly the right thing. He told fans:
"It's been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart, and I love you 3,000."
As time went on and Marvel and Sony showed no signs of getting back together for another Spider-Man flick, Holland maintained a diplomatic, optimistic attitude that never wavered. He refused to align himself with one studio over the other - even with millions of fans pulling him in different directions - and held his head high. The 23-year-old actor noted that Marvel helped make his dreams come true, and that he had, quote, "five amazing years" working under the House of Heroes, but knew that the future of Spider-Man would be, quote, "equally as awesome and amazing" and that Sony would, quote, "find new ways to make it even cooler."
Holland later assured his adoring fans that Sony would do right by Spider-Man even without Marvel involved. He told GQ's Zach Baron:
"Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony's safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful."
See where we're going with all this? Tom Holland truly is the definition of a stand-up guy, so it should come as no surprise that he went out of his way to get in touch with Disney's Bob Iger and Sony's Tom Rothman to figure out a way to end the fighting, get fans to smile again, and bring fat stacks of cash to both studios' bank accounts with a third Spider-Man movie and another MCU collaboration. With great power comes great responsibility, and Holland used his for good - just like Spider-Man would.
Fans can catch Holland back in the Spidey suit for the yet-untitled third Spider-Man film, set to launch in theaters on July 16, 2021.
#Spiderman #TomHolland #MCU
Things Only True Fans Noticed In The Birds of Prey Trailer
16 days ago
Birds of Prey is being described as a "girl gang" movie set in the DC cinematic universe, following Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn as she takes Gotham City on her own terms. Now that we've seen the film's first trailer, we know more than ever about why these birds are flocking together.
As a character, Harley Quinn has largely been defined by her toxic relationship with the Joker. That was certainly the case in 2016's Suicide Squad, but she's leaving her Puddin' behind in Cathy Yan's new movie.
The "Fantabulous Emancipation" part of the title refers to the fact that Harley Quinn has broken up with the Joker, and she confirms as much in the trailer. We see Robbie's character chopping off the pink and blue-tinged tips of her hair in one shot, and this isn't just a play on the fact that people often enjoy a makeover after a breakup.
Harley Quinn's hair was a big part of her costume in Suicide Squad, and having Robbie cut it off is seemingly symbolic of the character moving on from that much-derided movie. But can she move on from the Joker completely?
The opening shot of the trailer sees Harley Quinn and her new sidekick Cassandra Cain walking down a deserted road with the bright lights of Gotham's cityscape in the background, but the purple light in the foreground seems to suggest that her experiences in the Joker's colorful, club-lit world are still following her for the time being.
Watch the video for more about things only true fans notice in the Birds of Prey trailer!
#BirdsofPrey #HarleyQuinn #Movies
The fantabulous emancipation | 0:18
Tattoo removal | 1:17
The Canary will cry | 2:17
The Black Mask | 3:22
The many scars of Mr. Zsasz | 4:36
The hyenas to make their big-screen debut | 5:37
Channeling Marilyn Monroe | 6:32
Renée Montoya quits the GCPD | 7:39
Bird of Pray | 8:24
Unwilling sidekick | 9:34
The Outrage Over Palpatine In Rise of Skywalker
16 days ago
Ever since we heard that unmistakable laughter at the end of the trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker...
… we've been stunned that Emperor Palpatine is returning for the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. More than a few fans, however, are less stunned than peeved.
They want to know why on Earth director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio would bring back a Big Bad who has supposedly been dead for more than 30 years. Could they simply not think of any other way to raise the stakes of the sequel's story? What kind of narrative gymnastics will Rise of Skywalker have to engage in to make this plot development make sense? How, exactly, can this even happen?
Palpatine is a central figure in both the original and prequel trilogies. He starts as a Sith Lord in disguise serving as a senator in the Galactic Republic, where he engineers the rise of the Empire. He successfully turns Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force and nearly achieves complete dominance over the galaxy.
It's ultimately his rage at his inability to turn Anakin's son Luke to the Dark Side that's his undoing. At the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Palpatine attempts to manipulate Luke into killing his father, Anakin, a.k.a. Darth Vader. But the plan fails. When Luke refuses to fight, Palpatine attempts to simply kill the young Jedi, assaulting him with Force lightning as Vader watches.
But Vader turns away from the Dark Side and toward redemption. He seizes the Emperor and tosses him down a seemingly bottomless shaft, mortally wounding himself in the process. He seemingly kills Palpatine and brings balance to the Force.
The sequel trilogy picks up 30 years after these events, as the remnants of the Empire are reforming into the nefarious First Order under the guidance of the Supreme Leader Snoke and his protege, Kylo Ren. Ren is Ben Skywalker, son of Han Solo and General Leia, and a former apprentice of Luke's. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens clearly seems to set up Snoke as the Big Bad of the sequel trilogy, but midway through Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren kills Snoke, leaving the trilogy without a top bad guy.
Snoke's death was puzzling for many fans, and was a major factor in the backlash that The Last Jedi endured from some Star Wars fans. The tease of Palpatine's return to the franchise stoked the ire of these fans even further, as the move is easy to interpret as an attempt by Abrams and company to cash in on nostalgia for the original series. After all, Palpatine has not been featured in the sequel series up to this point, and resurrecting him could be seen as lazy writing. Keep watching the video to see the outrage over Palpatine in Rise of Skywalker.
Joker's Joaquin Phoenix Curses Out Crew Member In BTS Footage
16 days ago
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Is Joaquin Phoenix a spoiled movie star… or is he pulling our collective leg once again?
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Phoenix was presented with an outtake from Joker in which he appears to go on a profane rant. Much awkward joking between Phoenix and Kimmel then ensued, and we're not sure exactly what to make of this for so many reasons.
Phoenix and Kimmel were engaging in easy banter, the star appeared engaged and relaxed, and everything was going fine until Kimmel appeared to drop a pretty awkward bombshell. Specifically, he showed a clip from a supposed "outtake reel" courtesy of Joker director Todd Phillips that didn't exactly show the most flattering side of Mr. Phoenix. In the clip, Phoenix gaunt and partially made up is attempting to tap into his character, Arthur Fleck, aka the Joker. Unfortunately, this proves difficult thanks in no small part to the "constant whispering" of a crew member named Larry.
Although it's not heard, it's implied that a man named Larry accuses Phoenix of being a diva by way of referring to him as "Cher," which irks the star even more.
Phoenix then declares that he simply can't carry on, and walks out of the frame.
When the interview resumes, Phoenix appears profoundly embarrassed, adjusting his tie and appearing to start sweating.
He says that last part somewhat jokingly, and throughout, the audience is laughing along, giving him the benefit of the doubt.
It's rather disarming and a little weird to see such a massively talented actor set completely off his axis, looking confused and mortified unless, that is, you're familiar with the months-long piece of performance art which Phoenix staged roughly a decade ago. In October 2008, Phoenix made the surprising announcement that he was quitting acting to focus full-time on music rap music, to be exact. He made good on his promise to become a rapper early the following year, with a debut performance in Las Vegas that was equal parts unintentionally hilarious and actually painful. Keep watching the video to see when Joker's Joaquin Phoenix curses out crew member in BTS footage.
The Horror Movies That Will Blow Everyone Away In 2020
19 days ago
Horror cinema is booming right now, and the scares don't seem to be slowing down at all in 2020. The next decade of cinema scares will kick off in a big way, with everything from long-awaited sequels to daring reboots to new takes on some classic ghost stories.
In 2004, two years after The Ring launched a wave of American interest in Japanese horror cinema, we got The Grudge. This English-language remake of the 2002 Japanese scarefest Ju-On brought stateside audiences a look at the curses and hauntings that form in places where angry, violent deaths have occurred. The Grudge got two sequels in 2006 and 2009, but the Ju-On franchise has continued in Japan with nine films and counting. Now, the American remake franchise is getting its own reboot.
Grudge will serve to reset the American version of the franchise with a new story of a vengeful spirit haunting a house where past violence took place and formed a curse. The film features an impressive cast led by Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, and Jacki Weaver. The film was originally set to be released in June of 2019, but was later pushed back to January 3, 2020.
Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw is one of the most popular and influential ghost stories ever written, and it's been adapted for the screen numerous times. In 2020, the classic tale will get a new, modern take with The Turning. This version of the story will be set in modern Maine, but will still tell the story of a governess tasked with caring for two young children after the deaths of their parents. As she settles in for the job, she begins to suspect the mysterious estate where the family is living may be harboring a number of dark secrets, and may in fact be haunted.
The film is worth getting excited about for any number of reasons. It's Floria Sigismondi's second feature film after The Runaways, and it'll be fascinating to see how she adapts her visual style, honed in music videos and episodes of prestige TV, to this ghost story setting. The cast is also stacked with talent thanks to the presence of Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklyn Prince, and the story is iconic. The Turning will hit theaters January 24, 2020. Keep watching the video to see the horror movies that will blow everyone away in 2020!
Grudge | 0:16
The Turning | 1:06
The Invisible Man | 2:03
A Quiet Place 2 | 2:40
Saw 9 | 3:18
Candyman | 4:02
The Conjuring 3 | 4:55
Halloween Kills | 5:38
This Is How Robert De Niro Actually Feels About The Joker Controversy
17 days ago
Robert De Niro has some things to say about the things other people are saying about his new movie.
We're talking of course of Todd Phillips' Joker, the controversial new film from Warner Brothers and DC in which De Niro appears in a major supporting role.
Over the course of his decades-long career in cinema, De Niro has played everything from hard-nosed gangsters and bullish boxers to overprotective fathers and emotionally damaged war vets. He even threw down against a certain moose and squirrel duo in a kid-friendly comedy.
This year, De Niro is charging right back into the "for your consideration" fray with the raw and gritty Joker. While the dark take on the Clown Prince of Crime seems primed to set the box office on fire, Joker has also found itself wrapped up in some surprising controversy.
The contention surrounds the rampant gun violence that plays a part in Joker's story, with violence and firearms tending to accompany the Joker character in whatever form he takes.
The perceived content of the movie has inspired some family members of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which tragically unfolded during a screening of Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises, to pen a heartfelt letter to the studio prior to Joker's release. They say they're concerned that Joker may inadvertently inspire copycat acts of violence.
The group further urged the studio to lobby for gun reform, cease their support of public figures who advocate for gun rights, and to consider throwing more support behind groups who help the victims of gun violence.
That letter has left Joker's director, cast, and studio in the hot seat as they've been promoting the movie ahead of its October 4th release. In the last week alone, Phillips, Phoenix, and Warner Bros. have all opened up with their own particular views regarding the matter.
And now, chatting to Variety during the red carpet event for another of his upcoming films, The Irishman, Robert De Niro finally offered his own take on the Joker controversy.
De Niro's words about the Joker controversy will hardly come as a surprise to folks who have followed his work in recent years. The actor's unflinching political perspectives and open criticisms of the American government, and especially President Donald Trump, have made him a target of politicians and other people who stand on the opposing side of those views.
Needless to say, it's probably a good thing that he wasn't quite so frank in response to the Joker controversy as he's been about other topics. De Niro wisely didn't use the moment to grandstand or stump for his own views, instead simply offering his own support of the Aurora families and their worries.
As for the current controversy, the Joker, despite always being shown as a homicidal maniac, seems to inspire a sort of idol worship mentality amongst his fans. The character's rock-star-like aura seemed to reach a new level with Heath Ledger's unforgettable turn as the clown in 2008's The Dark Knight.
While the connections between that film and the actions of the Aurora shooter remain tenuous, many still believe the Joker served as inspiration for the violent act. As such, some also believe this new take on the character may be dangerously provocative.
On the other hand, plenty of people see no reason to worry about Joker at all, seeing it as just another edgy comic book movie, so this may go down as a case of much ado about nothing. There doesn't appear to be any movement to stop Joker from being released, and the Aurora families haven't called for a boycott of the film. They simply argue that if Warner Bros. is going to profit off fictional gun violence, they would do well to treat the victims of real gun violence with consideration and support.
Warner Bros. remains steadfast that Joker in no way attempts to portray Joker as a heroic figure. Amidst the controversy, the studio is urging people to withhold judgement until they've actually seen the film, with a spokesperson recently offering, quote, "A lot has been said about Joker, and we just feel it's time for people to see the film."
As for De Niro, aside from the controversy, he's had nothing but positive things to say about his experiences on Joker.
With any luck, the energy surrounding Joker will remain similarly positive, and the film will arrive with little more than a heady dose of entertainment value, a dash of societal insight, and a stream of awards season success. But of course, we won't get a real sense of how Joker plays until the film hits theaters on October 4th. Here's hoping there are happy faces all around.
#RobertDeNiro #Joker #Actors
The Untold Truth Of Joaquin Phoenix
19 days ago
From embodying country music icon Johnny Cash in Walk the Line down to his distinctive singing voice, to the vicious sadism of the Emperor in Gladiator, Joaquin Phoenix has proven that his range is virtually unmatched but his rise to fame was neither assured or straightforward.
Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom on October 28, 1974 in Puerto Rico, Phoenix had nomadic early years as his parents were members of the Children of God Christian missionary group, now classified as a cult. Because of their involvement in that organization, the Bottoms traveled all over south and central America, until the cult's increasingly sinister practices including alleged sexual abuse and incest began to disenchant Joaquin's parents.
After escaping Children of God, and returning to the US with their five kids in tow, the Bottoms eventually settled in Los Angeles. They changed their last name from Bottom to Phoenix, and Joaquin also decided to go by the first name Leaf so he could match better with his brother River, and their sisters Summer, Rain, and Liberty. The Phoenix kids played music on the streets for rent money until their mom, Arlyn (aka Heart), got a job as a secretary to an NBC casting agent. Through her networking, a well-known casting agent was won over by the family's talent and shepherded them into the bright lights of Hollywood.
Joaquin Phoenix went by his chosen name Leaf for the first few years of his acting career, but it was actually his brother who snagged the first screen role in the television show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. River quickly brought his family along - Joaquin had his first TV role on that show too, immediately followed by a string of small roles on TV. As River's star began to rise in movies with his breakout in Stand By Me, Joaquin also landed juicy lead roles in SpaceCamp in 1986 and Russkies in 1987. Keep watching the video to see the untold truth of Joaquin Phoenix!
#UntoldTruth #Joaquin Phoenix
Started from the bottom | 0:16
Introduction to acting | 1:10
Losing his brother | 2:10
The first Joaquin-naissance | 2:52
A method to his madness | 3:37
Performance art detour | 4:30
"Indebted" to River | 5:21
The Real Reason The Cast Of Joker Is Giving You Deja Vu
17 days ago
Hope you've got your happy face on, 'cause Joker is here to bring a little maniacal mirth to the gritty, mean streets of Gotham. Joaquin Phoenix is undeniably the star, but he's joined by an impressive supporting cast and yes, you've absolutely seen most of their faces before.
Her perfectly coiffed hair is on the verge of iconic status in its own right, and her name is undeniably fun to say, but it's Zazie Beetz's seemingly effortless charisma and incisive approach to her characters that's helped set her apart. That combination of attributes undoubtedly helped drive director Todd Phillips to cast the gifted actor as Arthur Fleck's scrappy neighbor and romantic interest Sophie in Joker, though Beetz's track record of holding her own in the company of serious actors didn't hurt.
That particular skill has been well on display throughout Beetz's still-young career. If you're wondering where you've seen her before, Beetz featured prominently in the "Brewery Brothers" storyline of Joe Swanberg's egregiously underrated Netflix anthology series Easy. She's also played Van, the no-nonsense baby mama to Donald Glover's Earn on the critically adored FX dramedy Atlanta.
It's most likely, however, that you saw Beetz hamming it up as Domino a.k.a. the luckiest woman alive opposite Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed anti-hero in Deadpool 2.
Beetz is set to reprise that scene-stealing role in the still-developing Deadpool spinoff X-Force, but if you don't want to wait that long, you can currently see her in Steven Soderbergh's Netflix drama High Flying Bird and the creepy new streamer Wounds.
As Joker spends more than a little bit of time examining the struggles of a life in stand-up comedy, it seems fitting that Marc Maron would feature prominently in the narrative. He has, after all, spent the bulk of his professional life making a name for himself as one of the more insightful comedians around. It's also a safe bet his hard-earned success eventually led him into direct contact with sleazy late-night TV producers like the one he plays in Joker, Ted Marco. Keep watching the video to see the real reason the cast of Joker is giving you deja vu
Zazie Beetz | 0:15
Marc Maron | 1:27
Frances Conroy | 2:35
Shea Whigham | 3:49
Bryan Tyree Henry | 4:58
Brett Cullen | 5:58
Dante Pereira-Olson | 6:43
Douglas Hodge | 7:35
Bill Camp | 8:35
Josh Pais | 9:43
Times The Joker Was Actually Right
17 days ago
The Clown Prince of Crime has been around for almost eight decades. And anyone who's been around that long is bound to do something right. It might be by accident, for purely selfish reasons, or utter insanity, but while it's hard to imagine, here are some times that the Joker was actually right.
In the DC Comics line-wide event Dark Nights: Metal, DC's heroes face antagonists from the Dark Multiverse. In particular, they're assaulted by evil, alternate versions of Batman, and perhaps the most vicious of them all is the Batman Who Laughs a black leather-clad, bone white-skinned Bruce Wayne with a spiked metal headband covering his eyes. The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Bruce Wayne driven mad by neurotoxin after killing the Joker, falling victim to one last Joker trap.
When Batman confronts his dark echo in Dark Nights: Metal #6, he has help. The villain overpowers him, but the Joker appears and shoots Batman Who Laughs from behind. Together, Batman and Joker are able to defeat the darker Bruce Wayne, and Joker doesn't hold back.
Though his full reasoning is never totally explained, the Joker has a vested interest in stopping the Dark Multiverse Batman from the start of Dark Nights, in the prologue issue The Casting. Maybe he just didn't want the competition.
After the defeat of the Batman who Laughs, the character returned in a few issues of Justice League before getting his own mini-series alongside another alternate-reality Bruce Wayne, the gun-toting Grim Knight.
At the end of Batman Who Laughs #1, the Joker fools Batman into thinking he's looking for protection. Instead, the Joker enters the Batcave and shoots himself, infecting Batman with his Joker toxin. As he passes out, the Joker warns, "The only way you'll beat him… is to become him." By the end of the third issue, Batman decides the Joker's right. In spite of Alfred's passionate objections, Batman stops fighting the Joker toxin and allows it to run its course. Keep watching the video to see the times the Joker was actually right!
He helped defeat an evil Batman | 0:16
He saved Batman from himself | 1:08
He became a white knight | 2:04
He was framed | 3:18
He was Gotham's top cop | 4:09
He worked it out with Batman | 5:03
He sacrificed himself | 5:56
He briefly became sane | 6:53
He helped humanity survive | 8:08
He helped beat the evil Justice League | 9:01
He worked against the Black Glove | 9:55
He stopped a Joker-like Lex Luthor | 11:10
Tom Holland's Response To Spidey Staying In The MCU Was Perfect
18 days ago
Marvel fans across the globe are celebrating that Spider-Man won't be making an abrupt exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Tom Holland is right there with them.
The star of Spider-Man: Far From Home joined much of Twitter in reacting with pure elation to the news that Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, have reached an agreement to keep the wall-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for one more Spider-Man solo movie and another Marvel Studios production.
Thousands of fans have endured more than a month of heartbreak as Spidey's future in the MCU has languished in limbo.
In recent weeks, the outlook for ol' web-head's potential return has been particularly grim. Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra publicly stated that, quote, "the door is closed" on re-upping the deal between the two studios, and the recent news that Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige would be hopping across the hall to produce a Star Wars movie left many fans with the impression that he only had time to do so because of the distinct absence of a third Spider-Man movie.
This thankfully turned out not to be the case. Of course, Spidey fans are thrilled. In the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Sony and Disney had agreed to play nice, Twitter absolutely exploded with an outpouring of jubilation from fans and media outlets alike.
CinemaBlend posted a short clip of Peter Parker disintegrating in the arms of Tony Stark near the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but in reverse. The caption?
"Mr. Stark, I feel good."
Who knew young Peter was a James Brown fan?
Another Twitter user posted fan art depicting the famous scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming in which Spidey attempts to keep the Staten Island Ferry from splitting in half using nothing but his webs, super-strength, and sheer determination. In the rendering, the two halves of the ferry are marked with banners featuring the respective logos of Sony and Disney, and the caption reads,
"Mr. Stark… I did it for you!!"
Of course, the name and image of Parker's late mentor was invoked early and often in all of the reactions. One that really got us was a still from Avengers: Endgame in which a dozen different emotions are visible on Stark's face as he embraces his young protege, who had just recently returned from being dusted for five years. Keep watching the video to see Tom Holland's response to Spidey staying in the MCU was perfect!
The Creepy Truth About Stormtrooper Helmets
24 days ago
Wouldn't it be great to live in the world of Star Wars? Oh, sure, you might have to deal with random incursions on your home planet by jerks in fancy helmets. You might run afoul of some rough and tumble characters at your local cantina - or you might be one of those characters, and end up getting your arm sliced off by an old British dude with a lightsaber.
All kinds of crazy things might happen in that world, but hey, crazy things happen in our real world, too. It'd mostly be a hoot - unless, of course, you end up working for the Empire. If you think your boss is always on your back or intrudes too heavily upon your privacy, just wait until you hear about the working conditions of your average Imperial Stormtrooper - and in particular, what really goes on inside those helmets.
Before we get into all of that, though, we should get this out of the way: not just anybody can fill out an application, undergo a background check, and put on that iconic white armor, all set for their first day of trying and failing to shoot rebel soldiers. In the early days of the Empire, Stormtroopers were recruited exclusively from the ranks of the clones being produced on the planet Kamino, an operation that was once overseen by the deadly mercenary Jango Fett.
This is why, in many of their cinematic appearances, Stormtroopers all sound the same, are all the same height, and are all left-handed. As time went on and the cloning operation was eventually shuttered, the Empire began to recruit Stormtroopers from its human population - but they had to be rigorously tested for absolute loyalty. They also presumably had to demonstrate with their blaster rifles that they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
Once they were deemed compliant and loyal, Stormtroopers were totally trusted to carry out their orders and faithfully represent the Empire without supervision. Or… scratch that. That's a lie. Actually, it was kind of the exact opposite of that.
Stormtroopers were required to stay in uniform basically at all times while they were on duty - which isn't fun, but also isn't the bad part. While they were putting in the work for their hard earned credits, they were also being watched. In each Stormtrooper's helmet was a comm device which broadcast everything that they said, all the time, to the Empire - where it was monitored and recorded. It was basically like being the target of a super high-tech surveillance program, broadcasting from your face, and always listening.
These guys were getting eavesdropped on by the boss every minute of every shift. This served two main purposes: ensuring they remained productive and squelching potentially rebellious speech.
Now, to be sure, Stormtroopers' armor and helmets had some pretty sweet features as well. They were designed to dissipate energy, and the helmets provided filtered air and an awesome heads-up display, which compensated for their limited field of vision - but apparently did nothing to help them fire their blasters more accurately.
The fact that Stormtroopers' speech was constantly monitored raises an interesting certainty: there were millions of those guys, and somebody had to be doing all of the monitoring. Perhaps this was done by specially programmed droids, but we like to think that somewhere, on some planet, was what basically amounted to the biggest call center you've ever seen, with cubicles stretching as far as the eye can see. In each cubicle sat a loyal but underpaid minion of the Empire, grinding through the daily slog of poring over the audio records of whatever Stormtrooper they'd been assigned to.
In the break room, they would boast to their co-workers about how loyal and professional "their guy" was. They'd make excuses for his poor marksmanship, whispering under their breath that those heads-up displays were made by some shady manufacturer on the Outer Rim. And when "their guy" inevitably got blasted into oblivion or carved up by a Jedi Knight, they'd be allowed to take five and solemnly reflect on his sacrifice while listening to the Imperial March.
Maybe living in the world of Star Wars wouldn't be so awesome, after all.
#StarWars #Stormtroopers #Movies
We Finally Know How The Joker Became So Sick And Twisted
18 days ago
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Just like Batman himself, the Joker didn't arrive fully formed. Here's how we got from a one-shot gimmick villain to the embodiment of madness and mayhem and how he was almost completely forgotten along the way.
It might be hard to believe these days, but when he first hit the pages in 1939, Batman wasn't exactly an original concept. Bill Finger and Bob Kane were heavily influenced by the Shadow, a pulp vigilante who eventually found himself replaced in the pop culture pantheon by Batman. In fact, the story that introduced Batman, "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate," was, to put it charitably, "inspired by" a Shadow novel called Partners of Peril that had been released a few years earlier. If you don't want to be charitable, you might even say it was lifted wholesale.
Before long, of course, Batman emerged as his own character. Six months after his debut, he got the origin story that remains unchanged to this day, and five months after that, Finger and Jerry Robinson introduced Robin, who redefined the idea of a sidekick and inspired a thousand knockoffs himself. Still, those stories were never exactly subtle about where they were digging up their ideas.
Enter German actor Conrad Veidt. In 1928, he'd starred in a silent film called The Man Who Laughs, about a 17th-Century noble named Gwynplaine. His father had been killed in an iron maiden by political rivals, and as for Gwynplaine himself, they disfigured him by cutting his mouth into a smile, quote, "so that he might laugh forever at his fool of a father." Gwynplaine grows up, gets revenge, and actually gets a much happier ending than he gets in the Victor Hugo novel on which the film was based.
The important part for the then-new Batman comics, however, was the striking image of a man whose face was permanently twisted into a grin, forced to smile no matter what emotion he was actually feeling something that Veidt did very well in the film. Finger was inspired by that incredible visual, and brought the idea to Jerry Robinson, thinking up a new villain for their comic.
Batman #1 hit the shelves in 1940, and kicked off with one of the Golden Age's most memorable images: the Joker, smiling at the reader while plotting a string of crimes. Keep watching the video because we finally know how the Joker became so sick and twisted!
The Man Who Laughs | 0:11
Enter: The Joker | 1:52
Under the Red Hood | 2:43
Gone and forgotten? | 4:19
The Laughing Fish | 6:38
Villain evolution | 7:47
Exponential insanity | 9:46
What The Rotten Tomatoes Reviews Are Saying About The Irishman
19 days ago
The reviews for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman are in, and they're about as fantastic as reviews can get. Based on Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as former mafioso and alleged hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who details the dirty deeds he did while working for the Bufalino crime family. And there's particular focus on his involvement in the disappearance and purported murder of International Brotherhood of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino.
The Irishman had its world premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on September 27th, 2019, when critics fell head over heels for it. As of September 30th, The Irishman stands at a flawless 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Writing for IndieWire, Eric Kohn said of the legendary director's latest,
"It takes less than five minutes to establish The Irishman in Martin Scorsese's unmistakable voice...The mood is at once taut and funny, the essence of Scorsese's ability to humanize the mob as prickly macho men just a few notes shy of lovable. In that fundamental disconnect - between endearing people and the psychotic world they represent - the movie presents a fascinating onramp to America's obsession with organized crime."
Kohn added that The Irishman is bursting with "Scorsese's trademark style" and proves that the director is, quote, "more alive than ever." At The Movie Minute, Joanna Langfield wrote,
"Scorsese's mob epic demands and commands. Confident enough to play with traditional storytelling as well as cutting edge technology, this is thrilling work from artists at their prime. [...] It's a marvel to watch the piece as a whole, with its shifting tones, laugh out loud funny breaks, and its sneaky, very human heartbeat."
J. Don Birnam at Splash Report says that there's more to The Irishman than meets the eye, writing,
"As with everything Scorsese touches, The Irishman is plenty more than just a criminal's biography. Like many of his other films, it is a reflection on human nature, on whether and how greed, loyalty, betrayal, and regret, drive a life. It is also, more fundamentally, an aging director's look back with nostalgia at his own work, at forgotten episodes in American history, and about the meaning not just of life but of humanity itself."
Slashfilm's Chris Evangelista called The Irishman a "funny, melancholy" masterpiece in his review, writing,
"This is not Goodfellas. This is not Casino. This is Scorsese at his most reflective, crafting a masterwork that finds the filmmaker reflecting on everything he's done, and what it's all amounted to. The results are breathtaking, and one of Martin Scorsese's very best films."
The stellar cast of The Irishman received high praise from critics, the vast majority of whom felt each star turned in career-best performances. Vulture critic David Edelstein was impressed by the major players in The Irishman, but was completely floored by Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino. Edelstein wrote in his review,
"I heard all sorts of huzzahs about Pacino - and he is wonderful - but it's Pesci who thrilled me to the core."
Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com wrote that The Irishman solidifies De Niro as, quote, "one of the great scene-stealing straight men" in film history, while Vogue's Taylor Antrim said that "Pacino is just a scenery-chewing riot as Hoffa."
AV Club's A.A. Dowd commended both Scorsese's direction and De Niro's enduring acting chops in writing that the filmmaker, quote, "brings out a subtle agony from De Niro one might have assumed the actor could no longer summon."
Stephanie Zacharek at TIME Magazine felt similarly, writing,
"De Niro gives his best performance in years, with zero mugging or scowling - his Frank is a man of action who's so busy doing bad stuff, he barely has time to think."
Some may be wary of The Irishman after hearing that it clocks in at a staggering 209 minutes, but most critics have promised that the hefty runtime is part of what makes the film so special. As The New Yorker's Richard Brody wrote,
"It runs a minute shy of three and a half hours, and I wouldn't wish it any shorter."
Brody certainly wasn't the only one who felt this way about The Irishman's runtime. At AV Club, A.A. Dowd said,
"This is a remarkably brisk three-and-a-half hours - Scorsese, at a ripe 76, still directs with the energy of a hungry young filmmaker, his command of montage yanking the audience forward from scene to scene."
Over at Vox, Alissa Wilkinson argued that, quote, "the near-bagginess of the film is part of its initial charm."
#TheIrishman #Movies #RobertDiNiro
Joker Fan Theories That Change Everything
19 days ago
While a number of talented actors have given us their own takes on Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime, it's what we don't know about the character that makes his presence so intriguing and terrifying. Some fans have tried to fill in those gaps themselves, and the results are both absurd and horrifying much like the Joker himself.
Tim Burton's 1989 Batman not only heralded a new era in well-made, serious comic book movies, but it also offered a major reimagining of a huge part of the Caped Crusader mythos. The event that sent Bruce Wayne on the path to becoming Batman: the night his parents were robbed and killed by an otherwise petty criminal named Joe Chill. In the world of the '89 cinematic Batman, however, the Joker is responsible for the ignoble end of Thomas and Martha Wayne. That reveal only increased Bruce Wayne's loathing of the Joker, which motivated him to stop this criminal menace, and helped elevate the Joker to arch-villain status.
Or, per one fan theory pertaining specifically to Burton's Batman, what if the Joker was the same Joker from most other Batman media, and wasn't the guy who killed the Waynes? Adherents to this theory say that since Batman is so obviously mentally and emotionally tortured, he projects blame for the death of his parents onto the Joker because that's the guy he's fighting. The Dark Knight merely planted the Joker connection into his memory in order to explain his own hatred for the guy.
While some theories seem to balance on the fine line between fan fiction and canon, others are… a little more out there. Strap in kiddies, because we're in for a bumpy ride. Keep watching the video to see the Joker fan theories that change everything!
Zero Chill | 0:20
Heeeeere's Joker! | 1:24
Laughter never dies | 2:40
Things Movies Always Get Wrong About The Joker
29 days ago
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He's been a fixture of every single big-screen Batman franchise, but the cinematic attempts at the Joker have never really lined up with the version that we see in the comics. Even when they're great performances with iconic visuals, there's always something that the movies get wrong.
We've all seen Thomas and Martha Wayne get shot down in an alley about 47 times, so we all know that superhero movies love to give their viewers an origin story. It's not just for the good guys, either - almost every villain who steps onto the screen brings a whole backstory with them. Normally, that's not a problem, and can actually give those villains the pathos that makes for a compelling story. In the Joker's case, however, it's the exact opposite.
The biggest offender in this regard is, of course, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film, in which Jack Nicholson took on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. Not only do we get a full origin story, his past gets tied back into Batman's own origin so that we can wrap everything up in a nice bow, which ultimately makes him less interesting. We see that he's a weird, catchphrase-spewing homicidal maniac long before he tumbles into a vat of acid. The only real difference, aside from an admittedly iconic look, is that he gets slightly more artistic with his murders.
For a while, it seemed like the movies had learned their lesson on this front. The Joker that we saw in The Dark Knight shows up fully formed and even offers conflicting versions of his own origin depending on who he's talking to.
Eve more recently, Jared Leto's version in Suicide Squad is downright inexplicable in pretty much every way. Now, though, we have an entire movie about the Joker's origin, without any signs of Batman, set for release this year. Hopefully this time, they'll finally be able to get rid of all that compelling mystery he's been burdened with for so long!
Fans have long accepted the idea that it's Batman who's Bruce Wayne's true identity, and not the billionaire playboy alter-ego, and it's a good rule of thumb. And yet, the movies treat the Joker, someone who exists specifically in response to Batman, as someone who always has to have that personal connection.
Admittedly, they do this with most of the villains as a little bit of origin story shorthand. In the Joel Schumacher films, the Riddler and Poison Ivy are both former employees of Wayne Industries, out for revenge against their old boss. The Joker, however, exists specifically to be a counterpoint to Batman. The person under the mask is basically irrelevant compared to the ideological battle being waged against the symbol. Keep watching the video to see the things movies always get wrong about The Joker!
Secret origins | 0:16
Bruce who? | 1:50
Poison smiles | 2:55
High (and low) crimes | 4:09
Disorganized crime | 5:45
Less is more | 7:22
We're destined to do this forever | 8:30
The punchline | 10:01
These Things Happen In Every Single Batman Movie & You Never Noticed
26 days ago
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Despite their vast differences in style and tone throughout the decades, every Batman movie tends to pull from the same handful of references and plot points again and again, to the point where you can pretty much set your bat-watch by them.
Hey, did you know Bruce Wayne's parents were shot by a mugger in front of him when he was a kid? If you didn't, it's safe to assume that you've never seen a movie about the Dark Knight, because it comes up a lot. Seriously, we've had more scenes of Thomas and Martha Wayne being gunned down in an alley over the years than we've had Batmobiles.
Admittedly, that makes a lot of sense. Along with the bats that inspired Bruce to put on a costume in order to strike fear into the superstitious, cowardly lot that is Gotham City's criminal underworld, it's the single most important thing about his origin story. Still, once you've seen it happen for the fifth or sixth time, it starts to lose its impact, even if each version tries to add something new. Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film makes it a major plot point by casting the murderer as the crook who would eventually become the Joker. Batman Forever shows the murders multiple times as part of a story where the Riddler is stealing memories. Batman Begins replaces the traditional movie theater with an opera house, and even shows us the trial of a remorseful Joe Chill, something that's never really been done in another Batman story.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leans into slow-motion close-ups, and puts a spin on it by having bats burst out of Martha Wayne's tomb.
The one Batman film that doesn't feature the Wayne murders is, of course, Batman: The Movie, which ties into the 1966 Adam West TV series. In fact, in the show's entire 120-episode run, plus the movie, the killing is only ever mentioned once, in the pilot.
It seems like Warner Bros. finally made up for that in 2018, when they included what might just be the darkest - and most hilarious take on the Wayne murders in the kid-friendly Teen Titans Go to the Movies. Who knew Robin was that stone cold?
More than any other superhero, Batman has an incredible roster of compelling villains, with a deep bench that goes from worldwide threats like Ra's al-Ghul to sinister nuisances like the Riddler, and even classic antiheroes like Catwoman, who have become main characters worthy of a spotlight in their own right. They're the best bad guys in comics.
As a result, the Batman movies are always eager to introduce a new villain, and almost all of them make sure to dive into their origin stories. Keep watching the video and you'll see these things happen in every single Batman movie & you never noticed.
Why do you think they call it Crime Alley? | 0:13
Villainous origins | 2:01
Snarky Alfred | 3:58
Not-so-secret identity | 4:50
The Best Sci-Fi Shows You're Still Not Watching
24 days ago
The world of science fiction is endless and there's no shortage of new stories to tell. But sometimes, the best sci-fi stories on television are the ones you've never even heard of.
Set in a small German town, Dark is a sci-fi thriller where strange, supernatural occurrences have exposed secrets hiding in the closets of several families.
More than living up to its title, the show includes scenes of adultery, kidnapping, and homicide. Plus, it's all set against the backdrop of time travel. This Netflix series is a slow burn and, at times, the physics of Dark's time travel can be a little hard to follow. But when it all comes into focus, the emotional impact of the larger storyline is worth every second of the journey.
Fans of Superman will find many reasons to binge Syfy's prequel series Krypton. Set two generations before the destruction of the Man of Steel's home planet, the show focuses on Superman's grandfather and on the choices he must make to ensure his grandson's future survival.
In its second season, Krypton started introducing some DC fan favorites into the mix, including Lobo, an intergalactic bounty hunter in the same gritty vein as Marvel's Wolverine and Punisher...only much cooler.
Although most comic-book geeks already know how the story turns out, Syfy has found a way to deliver enough surprises to keep even the most hardcore Super-fans guessing about what will happen next.
Watch the video to see more of the best sci-fi shows you're still not watching!
On the Dark side | 0:09
Steel yourself for Krypton | 0:44
Go big with The Expanse | 1:23
Unplug with The Society | 1:55
The OA FTW | 2:23
Make room for Final Space | 3:14
The Magicians will enchant you | 3:57
Find time for Future Man | 4:35
Electric Dreams is a shocker | 5:13
Jedi Ranks Finally Fully Explained
23 days ago
Everyone knows what a Jedi is - but who's in charge of the Jedi Order? And what happens to trainees who don't pass their tests? If you're wondering about the hierarchy of the galaxy's guardians of justice and peace, here's your guide.
The lowest rank in the Jedi hierarchy are Jedi Younglings, also known as initiates.
According to the book Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, younglings are children sensitive to the Force who were gathered from across the galaxy as infants to be trained as future Jedi.
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force explains that at one time, young adults and adolescents were recruited as Jedi Younglings, but the Order found that these older recruits were already exposed to negative emotions that could push them to the dark side. As a result, the Jedi began recruiting children who were younger, and more innocent.
Younglings don't train with mentors one-on-one. Instead, they're separated into small groups called clans, and train together within those clans.
Once younglings learn their basics, they must take a series of tests known as the Initiate Trials, which have included such tasks as building a lightsaber. Though the Initiate Trials have changed over time, their ultimate goal is to determine students' knowledge of the Jedi Code and ability to conquer the Dark Side.
Watch the video to see the Jedi ranks finally fully explained!
#Jedi #JediKnights #JediCouncil
Youngling | 0:12
Padawan | 1:09
Jedi Service Corps | 1:44
Jedi Knight | 2:25
Jedi Consular | 2:58
Jedi Guardian | 4:03
Jedi Sentinel | 4:51
Jedi Master | 5:33
Jedi Council Member | 6:08
Master of the Order | 7:00
Grand Master | 7:31
Great Psychological Thrillers On Netflix You Haven't Seen
22 days ago
With its ever-expanding selection of films, Netflix has plenty of psychological thrillers that are perfect for movie night. But it's time to look beyond popular films like Bird Box and No Country for Old Men. Here are a few disturbing films you probably haven't seen ... but don't watch them alone!
In The Good Neighbor, we immediately learn that the supposed haunting of Harold Grainey - played by James Caan - has been orchestrated by his two tech-savvy teenage neighbors, Sean and Ethan. But that doesn't make the situation any less terrifying.
"With the proper execution, it is possible to drive an unsuspecting person into believing that they are truly being haunted."
Sean has his reservations about the whole scheme, but Ethan is clearly on a mission. For this guy, getting the reclusive old man to believe he's being haunted is more than just a prank. The reason he's tormenting Grainey is far darker than that… and the consequences turn out to be deadly.
Grainey handles the strange occurrences in his home surprisingly well… until Ethan escalates his efforts and pushes him over the brink. This interesting take on the found-footage genre serves as a warning about the many pitfalls of revenge.
Simply put, The Good Neighbor is one of the most intense thrillers Netflix has to offer right now.
Brick might not be as well known as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's other films, but there's a reason it's become a cult favorite. In this twisty mystery, Gordon-Levitt portrays Brendan Frye, a lonely teenager who recently went through a breakup with his ex-girlfriend, Emily played by Emilie de Ravin of Lost fame. Keep watching the video to see more great psychological thrillers on Netflix you haven't seen!
The Good Neighbor | 0:15
Brick | 1:07
Hush | 2:04
Creep | 2:49
Backtrack | 3:41
The Truth About Apple TV+
22 days ago
Apple is diving head-first into the streaming wars, with a new slate of original programming. That sounds great, but what does it all mean? From the shows you'll get to the price you'll pay for it, we've rounded up everything you need to know about Apple TV+.
Everyone clutching their wallets can breathe a sigh of relief. Apple TV+ is going to be among the most affordable of the major streaming services, launching at only $4.99 per month. This is less than half the cost of Netflix's most popular plan, which is $12.99 per month, or Hulu's ad-free plan at $11.99. It's also less than a third of the cost of the upcoming HBO Max, which is likely to cost anywhere from $15 to $18 per month.
More comparable to the price point of Apple TV+ are CBS All Access at $5.99 per month, Hulu's $5.99 ad-supported plan, and Disney+, which will cost $6.99 per month when it launches in November.
However, for early birds who jumped on Disney's special offer and paid up-front in August of 2019, they'll have gotten the best bargain of all, snagging Disney+ for three years for less than $4 per month. It's a commitment, but a cheap commitment.
Right now, Apple TV+ can't compete with that not unless they also decide to roll out a similar discount, designed to tie subscribers to their service for a few years.
Just a little over seven months after the tech company first announced their new streaming service, Apple TV+ will hit screens beginning on November 1, 2019. The app will launch simultaneously in over 100 countries and regions, meaning that no matter where you're located, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to access the service before the end of the year. Keep watching the video to learn the truth about Apple TV+!
How much does it cost? | 0:20
When's it launching? | 1:23
Show me the shows | 2:09
Show me the movies | 3:16
Can I get a freebie? | 4:25
What devices does it work with? | 5:18
All-access pass | 6:28
Can I download and go? | 7:18
Binge time | 8:08
What's in the library? | 9:11
Can I take it for a spin? | 10:17
The Movies You Have To Watch Before They Leave Netflix In October 2019
22 days ago
The start of spooky season is right around the corner but first, our favorite streaming services need to let go of some titles to make way for new content, and Netflix is no exception. These are the movies you won't want to miss out on before they leave Netflix in October 2019.
The brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick come together in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the 2001 sci-fi drama Kubrick began developing in the late 1970s, venturing to adapt Brian Aldiss' short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" into a feature film. In 1985, Kubrick teamed with Spielberg to continue crafting the project, and when Kubrick handed Spielberg the directorial reins a decade later, he ran away with it.
What ended up on the silver screen was the unique story of a childlike robot named David, played by Haley Joel Osment, whose ability to love and abandonment by his adoptive parents set him on a journey to become a real boy. It's one part The Adventures of Pinocchio, one part The Wizard of Oz, and one part exploration of a future, post-climate change world. It's also got Jude Law as a male prostitute named Gigolo Joe, so there really isn't anything more you could want from A.I.
With two equally mind-boggling sci-fi horror sequels having come out in the last three years, it can be hard to remember where the Cloverfield franchise actually began. It started in 2008, before Dan Trachtenberg pulled a last-minute twist in 10 Cloverfield Lane and prior to Netflix's surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox, with the original found-footage thriller helmed by Matt Reeves. Keep watching the video to see the movies you have to watch before they leave Netflix in October 2019.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence - October 1 | 0:15
Cloverfield - October 1 | 1:18
Pineapple Express - October 1 | 2:15
Scream 4 - October 7 | 3:06
The Imitation Game - October 29 | 4:12
Keanu Reeves' Head Turning Comment On The Script For Matrix 4
22 days ago
It's been 16 years since Keanu Reeves put down his leather duster and sunglasses as he walked away from his role as Neo in The Matrix trilogy. But now that he's returning to the familiar dystopian universe to become "The One" once again in The Matrix 4, he's sharing his thoughts on the new film.
Chatting with Entertainment Tonight, Reeves spoke up about the script for the fourth Matrix film, which was officially announced in August 2019. As Reeves walked the red carpet for Semper Fi, the upcoming British drama film produced by his sister Karina Miller, he told ET that he'd read the script for The Matrix 4.
Admittedly, there isn't a lot to go on with Reeves' comments, but it's still thrilling to hear that he's getting pumped up about returning to one of his many career-defining roles. Plus, "ambitious" is definitely an interesting word considering that the original Matrix trilogy changed the sci-fi movie genre, ultimately defining an entire era of action sequences, special effects, and world-building.
Thought very little is known about The Matrix 4 yet, we do know that the film is set to push even more boundaries and deliver insightful, incisive, and interesting commentary on our current society. As Lana Wachowski noted when announcing The Matrix 4, the ideas that she and her sister Lilly explored 20 years ago with the first film are even more relevant now.
When the first Matrix film hit theaters in 1999, audiences were blown away by the extraordinarily intricate world which presented a reality that wasn't actually real. The world everyone thought they were living in was revealed to be a computer simulation created by machines that humans tried to overpower; everything in this fake "reality" is created for humans by those computers. When he's given the chance to escape the Matrix and learn the truth, Neo sees the dark real world where the sun is blotted out and humans must survive by hiding from the machines both inside and outside of the Matrix itself. In the end, it turns out Neo is "The One," a fated hero who can actually control the Matrix while within the simulation, thereby being the only person who has any hope of stopping the machines in their tracks.
After The Matrix: Reloaded was released in 2003, the trilogy seemed like it came to a definitive end with The Matrix: Revolutions, which hit theaters later that same year. At the conclusion of Revolutions, Neo sacrifices himself to save humanity and bring an end to the human and machine conflict.
With a conclusion that final, it seems strange that Reeves could possibly return for a fourth installment. But we know that both Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss are firmly aboard The Matrix 4 and will reprise their roles as characters who were last seen dying, so clearly the minds behind the new film found a way to resurrect Neo and Trinity.
Reeves has certainly kept busy in the years since he last played Neo. After appearing in various romantic comedies as well as Richard Linklater's adaptation of A Scanner Darkly, he produced a documentary entitled Side by Side and earned his first directing credit on the underrated Man of Tai Chi.
However, thanks to two stuntmen from the original Matrix films, Reeves returned to his action roots in 2014 with John Wick, which ended up becoming its own trilogy. Alongside these butt-kicking projects, Reeves has taken the time to appear in some comedic projects as well. He starred in Destination Wedding and made self-parodying cameos in the Netflix original films Always Be My Maybe and Between Two Ferns: The Movie.
He may have bounced around genres since the Matrix trilogy wrapped, but Reeves has planted himself firmly in the pop culture canon with his recent film appearances. There's truly no better time than now for a Reeves-led Matrix 4, and we can't wait to see what it's like.
#KeanuReeves #Matrix4 #Movies
Spidey Is Officially Making His Way Back To The MCU
22 days ago
At last, mom and dad are back together. That's right, Marvel friends and fiends: Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios, and the Walt Disney Company have finally set aside their differences, returned to the negotiation table, and agreed to make a third Spider-Man movie together.
Sony and Marvel confirmed on Friday, September 27th that an agreement had been reached to allow Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to produce another Spidey flick to follow 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home. This means that the ever-charming Tom Holland, the third actor to step into the Spider-Man suit and the man largely considered the best Peter Parker yet, will indeed swing back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reprise his role as the friendly neighborhood hero.
The peace-restoring meeting happened just recently, with Marvel, Sony, and Disney executives inking the new deal on the evening of Thursday, September 26th. An important aspect of this agreement is, of course, the money, which is something that contributed to Sony and Marvel splitting in the first place. On August 20th, 2019, it was announced that the two studios were unable to see eye-to-eye on how to rework their 2015 deal that gave Feige producing power in the Spider-Man franchise, let Holland's Spider-Man appear in Marvel movies, and granted Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, five percent of day-one box office profits as well as all merchandising revenue.
Disney reportedly requested a 50 percent co-financing stake in the franchise, which Sony is said to have denied outright. Though subsequent reports claimed that the House of Mouse actually asked for a 30 percent share, it was evident that money was making both studios more than a little tense.
Thankfully, Sony, Disney, and Marvel brass have now agreed that the latter two companies will receive 25 percent of the profits on the third Spider-Man movie, with Sony retaining 75 percent. Additionally, Disney will continue earning merchandising profits.
This newly confirmed third Spider-Man movie doesn't yet have a title, but it does have a release date: July 16, 2021. It also has Homecoming and Far From Home producer Amy Pascal [PASS-kal] on board to continue her producing role.
Feige expressed gratitude and excitement about the new deal being struck, saying in a statement released alongside the news,
"I am thrilled that Spidey's journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe." Keep watching the video to see it's Offical: Spider-Man is coming back to the MCU!
Big Kylo Ren Spoiler Revealed Via Rise Of Skywalker Toys
22 days ago
Kylo Ren the Star Wars sequels' resident bad boy and dark side-abider played by Adam Driver has walked a dangerous path in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and will continue taking what he believes is rightfully his by whatever means necessary in the upcoming film The Rise of Skywalker. But Kylo will need more than his angsty attitude, hilted lightsaber, inexplicably high-waisted pants, and the burning desire to emulate his late grandfather Darth Vader to get where he wants to go. He'll need a ship a big one, a stealth one.
Thanks to a photo of a yet-to-be-released The Rise of Skywalker toy obtained by Twitter user _selenejade, we now know what model of ship Kylo Ren will pilot in The Rise of Skywalker and the name seems to offer some pretty juicy hints about what the baddie might get up to in the film.
Here's your one and only warning, friends: turn back now if you don't want to learn any spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker. We can't exactly Jedi mind trick them out of your memory.
As seen on the packaging for the new Kylo Ren Funko Pop figure, scheduled to hit shelves on Triple Force Friday on October 4th, the villain will get behind the helm of a TIE Whisper in The Rise of Skywalker. The TIE Whisper looks to be a riff on the TIE Fighter and TIE Interceptor ships, both favorites of the Galactic Empire. It features a spherical black hull accented with the same shade of red that Kylo Ren's lightsaber glows, and four foreboding, round wings.
What's important to note about this new information isn't so much the model name itself but what "TIE Whisper" suggests about Kylo Ren's behavior and motives in The Rise of Skywalker. Specifically, "Whisper" implies that Kylo may take a new approach to battle in the upcoming film.
In The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Kylo had no problem killing, resorting to violence, and being about as bold and brash as any larger-than-life villain can be. That may all be because that's just who Kylo has become since abandoning his family, the light side of the Force, and his birth name Ben Solo to align with the First Order, or it might be because he's actively trying to do what he believes his grandfather would have done in order to gain some semblance of importance. Keep watching the video to see the big Kylo Ren spoiler revealed via Rise of Skywalker toys!
Things The Joker Can Do That Batman Can Never Do
There are very few things Batman doesn't excel at, and even fewer that he just can't do at all. They do exist, however, and there's one character who can do quite a bit that Batman can't: the Joker. Here are the things that the Joker can do that Batman just can't.
While there have been plenty of stories over the years where the Dark Knight employs lethal methods in his fight against crime, the idea that Batman doesn't kill people has been a pretty solid general rule in comics since 1941.
Not coincidentally, that's about as long as the Joker's been murdering people by the dozens. In Batman #1, the comic that contains the Joker's first appearance, the Clown Prince of Crime manages to murder no fewer than twelve people through a combination of poison and good old-fashioned handguns.
That pretty much set the tone for the next 75 years, and even though he spent a few years focused more on bank robberies and gimmick crimes, he's more than made up for it in the years since, with an unofficial count by fans putting his body count at over 540 on-panel deaths. It's not just quantity, either, with high-profile deaths like Jason Todd, the second Robin and Sarah Essen, Jim Gordon's second wife. With all those twos, you'd think Harvey Dent was the one responsible.
There's no other Gotham City villain with a body count that even comes close, and the only villains in the entire DC Universe who can beat it are the cosmic threats who have wiped out entire parallel universes. Even if Batman was a killer, it's hard to believe he'd go that far.
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Rack up a body count | 0:16
Drive telepaths insane | 1:37
Take a vacation | 2:26
Keep his sidekicks alive | 3:28
Get canceled after nine issues | 4:49
The Sad Truth About C 3PO's Rumored Fate In Rise Of Skywalker
23 days ago
Well, it was bound to happen eventually: the Rise of Skywalker rumor mill has finally churned out a genuine gut punch. Reddit user JediPaxis, who claims to be close to the film's production, has been busily leaking what they claim to be the entire plot of the film over the last month or so. Their latest revelation has to do with C-3PO, and, if it's got any truth to it, it seems that more than a few fans' hearts are going to be broken into pieces.
Of course, it's important to point out that this report has been in no way confirmed. The rumors around The Rise of Skywalker have been flying fast and furious of late, and nothing substantial has come from any official sources that back up JediPaxis' leaks. That said, the reports offered up by JediPaxis carry an air of legitimacy for one compelling reason: several of the plot points which they have put forward have been verified by Star Wars fan sites, who each cite their own independent sources. Bespin Bulletin and Jason Ward of MakingStarWars com have both corroborated specific elements of JediPaxis' reports - so there's a good chance some of these leaks contain at least some accurate information.
It should also be mentioned that The Rise of Skywalker is currently in the midst of reshoots, so some of the plot details that are being reported on at this time could easily change by the time the final cut hits theaters. Having said all of that, do be aware: potentially huge spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker lay ahead.
This particular rumor revolves around a mysterious dagger which was once owned by a Force user loyal to the Sith, and upon it is inscribed a message in an unidentifiable language. During the course of the film, Rey, Poe, and Finn are led to believe that this dagger may be the key to locating a Wayfinder, a device that for plot reasons is desperately sought after by both the movie's heroes and villains. Putting a long story short: it has a lot to do with this guy right here.
Luckily, the heroes are able to locate the dagger, but C-3PO - despite being fluent in over six million forms of communication - can only identify the inscription as an ancient Sith language, one which he cannot translate due to restrictions in his programming. Keep watching the video to see the sad truth about C-3PO's rumored fate in Rise of Skywalker.
New Rise Of Skywalker Leak Reveals A Mega Spoiler
23 days ago
Thumbnail Image by Mizuri → instagram.com/mizuriofficial/
In a purported breakdown of the first two-thirds of The Rise of Skywalker's plot, Reddit user JediPaxis has claimed that something major goes on at the end of the movie's second act. Specifically, someone Star Wars fans said goodbye to just a few years ago will supposedly make an epic, unexpected return.
A rumored crucial part of The Rise of Skywalker could involve the inner turmoil of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. The former Ben Solo has spent his adult life striving to emulate Darth Vader, by rising through the ranks of the First Order and pledging allegiance to the Empire. His path has been pretty dark throughout The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but some fans have theorized that the new Supreme Leader could be redeemed in The Rise of Skywalker. How might that happen?
"I had a blast today. I really learned a lot, and people are gonna love the new me."
According to some fans, none other than Kylo's father, Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, will return in The Rise of Skywalker and offer his son a chance at redemption.
The moment allegedly happens after Kylo and Rey engage in a tense lightsaber battle, during which both Force-sensitive fighters can feel that Leia is dying. This heightens their emotions, and pushes Rey to grab Kylo's weapon and drive it through his chest. She tells Kylo that she will never be like him before summoning her newfound healing ability to save Kylo from death. Afterwards, Rey steals Kylo's ship and Darth Vader's wayfinder device to head to Endor, leaving Kylo broken and defeated.
It's here where Han Solo reportedly appears to Kylo as a vision and tells him that it's never too late to return to return to the light and make the right choice. Kylo is said to be moved by the conversation with his late father and decides to become Ben Solo again, thus returning to the light side.
The idea of Kylo Ren stripping away his dark persona, reclaiming his birth name of Ben Solo, and turning to the light side is an intriguing thought, but will it actually happen in The Rise of Skywalker? Similarly, will Harrison Ford actually circle back to the Star Wars franchise to play the character whose son killed him in cold blood? Keep watching the video to see the new 'Rise of Skywalker' leak reveals a mega spoiler!
#StarWars #RiseOfSkywalker #Episode9
The Creepiest Netflix Movies You Should Never Watch Alone
25 days ago
For those looking to be thoroughly spooked, Netflix is home to a wide array of unsettling horror movies, ranging anywhere from gory slashers to tense psychological thrillers. To help you navigate the vast amount of Netflix exclusives the platform has to offer, here's a list of the creepiest Netflix films you should never watch alone.
After the unexpected death of their friend, a group of old college buddies honor his memory by taking a trip to Sweden. Shortly after embarking on their hiking journey, one of the friends is injured, and the group decides to take a shortcut through the forest. After a series of eerie occurrences, the group becomes lost, turning what was supposed to be an adventurous trip commemorating their lost pal into a disturbing, dangerous affair.
The Ritual is at its strongest when it explores the relationships and interactions between the friends. As their sanity begins to slip, so does their friendship, showing just how fragile the bond between friends can be. The film offers a perfect blend of a good story, creepy imagery, and a cast of likable characters. The natural eeriness of the forest, the growing tension as the group becomes more lost and increasingly worse for wear, and the inclusion of a sacrificial cult all make for a wonderfully frightening flick. Just be careful about watching it before taking any trips out to the forest.
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#Netflix #Horror #Movies
The Ritual | 0:17
Hush | 1:05
Before I Wake | 1:49
Gerald's Game | 2:21
1922 | 3:02
The Perfection | 3:59
CAM | 4:26
Bird Box | 5:10
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile | 5:53
Cargo | 6:47
Apostle | 7:24
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House | 8:06
Clinical | 8:54
Jonah Is Demanding Big Money For The Batman
24 days ago
When you absolutely, positively have to have Jonah Hill for your tentpole picture, be prepared to pony up some major cash. The star, who is in talks to appear in writer/director Matt Reeves' The Batman in an undisclosed role, is reportedly seeking a figure equivalent to twice what the flick's star Robert Pattinson will pull down.
Variety film reporter Justin Kroll disclosed the tidbit on Twitter, adding some context to the news that Hill is being eyed for a role in The Batman. Exactly which role that is has been kept under wraps by studio Warner Brothers, but it's been speculated by many that the star could be cast as the Riddler or the Penguin. According to Kroll, this is dead accurate. Kroll wrote,
"So on the Jonah front, he's had the offer for over a month and besides money being a bargaining point (at one point heard he wanted 10 which is wild since Rob isn't making half that) but also which character he would play, whether its the Riddler or Penguin."
There's quite a bit to unpack there. Kroll states that Hill has been sitting on a firm offer for more than a month, which could be taken to mean that while he's still technically "in talks" for the role negotiations have stalled somewhat. The reporter also asserts that at one point, Hill was asking for a whopping $10 million dollar payday to appear in The Batman, but it can be inferred that he's not going to get it. If Warner Brothers were cool with coughing up his reported asking price, there would be no reason for Hill to have been sitting on their offer for this long.
It's likely that the studio countered with a figure more in line with what Pattinson will be making, which Kroll says isn't even half of $10 million dollars. It has to be pretty close, though. Superhero salaries for a first solo picture tend to fall within the $3-to-$5 million dollar range, and it's safe to say that Batman is a pretty high-profile property. By way of comparison, it's been reported that Brie Larson was paid $5 million dollars to star in 2019’s Captain Marvel, while Benedict Cumberbatch pulled down right around $3 million dollars to lead 2016's Doctor Strange.
We haven't even gotten to the last part of Kroll's tweet, which is perhaps the most interesting of all: apparently, a major sticking point between Hill and Warner Brothers has to do with which character he'll be playing, which could imply that the two parties aren't seeing eye to eye on the matter. Keep watching the video to see that Jonah is demanding big money for The Batman!
#TheBatman #JonahHillRiddler #JonahHill
Here's How Wolverine Could Look In The MCU
24 days ago
Thumbnail Image by Jason Pastrana → instagram.com/pastrana.jason/
He's the best there is at what he does. And what he does is design MCU characters.
A set of renderings of Wolverine drawn by former Disney artist Jason Pastrana in 2017 is making the rounds on the internet in anticipation of the X-Man's eventual introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Several pieces were posted to Pastrana's Instagram, and while it's far from the only Marvel concept art on his page, his reimagined movie Wolverine may be the most intriguing.
Disney didn't officially acquire the film and television assets of Fox Studios until earlier this year, so at the time this artwork was commissioned, the notion of the X-Men entering the MCU was not much more than speculation. Even so, Pastrana went to the trouble of designing at least nine different takes on Wolverine’s iconic mask, and you'll notice that all of them downplay the parts of the mask resembling the points of his hair, which sometimes seem to stretch on into infinity in some of the character's comic book depictions.
It's worth noting the two "stealth" variants with the mouth and nose covered, a version with an X on the forehead, and the presence of a great, big, stinky stogie in every version where the mouth is visible. Odds are Disney would have nixed that detail.
Pastrana eventually settled on a version he liked, something of a combination between the designs numbered 2 and 5, and designed the entire costume, front and back.
As iconic as Hugh Jackman's long run as Wolverine in the Fox-produced movies was, the character has never even come close to looking like this in a movie.
This version of Wolverine is a lot closer to what we're familiar with from the comics. He looks older, downright grizzled, as if the MCU version of Wolverine would start out as aged and haggard as the one in Logan rather than ending there. The rendering of the face even looks a little bit like Jackman. It's enough to make you wonder if, at some point, Disney execs were kicking around the notion of porting over the Fox version of the X-Men to the MCU before deciding to recast everyone except Deadpool. Keep watching the video to see here's how Wolverine could look in the MCU!
The Most Terrible Things The Joker Has Ever Done
25 days ago
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The Joker is Batman's greatest villain and one of the best bad guys in comic book history. He's willing to anything, no matter how psychotic, to convince Batman that morality and order are just a fantasy. Here are the most terrible things he's done to make that point.
Of all the atrocities he's ever committed, the Joker is probably best known for paralyzing Barbara Gordon. The grisly act occurs in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's infamous graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke. In an effort to prove that everyone is only one bad day away from being just like him, the Joker does his best and worst to drive the Dark Knight's most trusted ally, Commissioner Jim Gordon, to becoming a blubbering heap of his former self.
So how does he plan on destroying Batman's best friend? He simply knocks on Barbara Gordon's door, and when the commissioner's daughter says hello, the Joker shoots her. The bullet shatters her spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down, and, while the Joker didn't know it at the time, putting an end to her crime-fighting career as Batgirl. Then, adding insult to injury, the Joker takes photos of his truly horrific violation, projecting them onto screens and forcing the Commissioner to look at them while he puts him through a carnival funhouse that's been twisted into a psychological torture chamber. The story is both hugely controversial and genuinely disturbing, and is still considered to be the worst thing he's ever done over 30 years after it was first published.
In the aftermath of The Killing Joke, it's easy to think that the Gordon family had suffered enough. In December of 1999, however, the Joker decided to take another brutal shot at his least-favorite law enforcing family. This time, the target was Sarah Essen-Gordon, who went from being Jim Gordon's partner on the police force to the commissioner's second wife. Despite Gordon's dedication to keeping the peace in America's most crime-ridden city, he and Sarah are happy together even through the worst of times… until the Clown Prince of Crime shows up. Keep watching the video to see the most terrible things the Joker has ever done.
#Joker #TheJoker #TheKillingJoke
The Killing Joke | 0:15
He killed James Gordon's wife | 1:16
He beat Jason Todd to death | 2:45
Sold nuclear weapons to terrorists | 3:46
Ruined Christmas (with sniper attacks) | 4:43
Did terrible things to Tim Drake | 6:18
Had some friends for dinner | 8:01
He ate China | 9:22
Beat Jim Gordon with a baseball bat on live TV | 10:32
Defenestrated Harley Quinn | 11:51
Booby-trapped his own heart | 12:54
He tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane | 14:22
The 5 Best And 5 Worst Things About Titans So Far
25 days ago
DC's Titans has earned a mostly positive reaction from fans and critics, but DC Universe's flagship series is far from perfect. These are our picks for the five best - and five worst - things about Titans so far.
Titans season 1 introduced villains the Nuclear Family, who quickly established themselves as being funny, creepy, and absolutely vicious.
The Nuclear Family of the comics were somewhat different; they had a different origin, different powers, and never actually locked horns with the Titans. Their first appearance was 1985's The Outsiders #1, where they were actually all robots. Despite their safe, suburban appearance, these villains are truly brutal on the show, going so far as putting Dove in a lengthy coma.
Thematically, they're perfect adversaries for the Titans. Just about all the Titans are either orphans, runaways, or both, while the sadistic Nuclears are a twisted parody of what society would have us believe is a "true" family.
Ryan Potter does a good job as Gar Logan, a.k.a. Beast Boy. But fans of the character have still been frustrated by how limited his powers have seemed so far.
In the comics, Gar can turn into just about any kind of animal. It doesn't matter if the animal is native to Earth or even if it's ever existed.
Yet for all of Titans' first season, Gar only uses his powers to change into a tiger.
The show has a justification for Gar's limited skill set, but it still takes away from the fun of wondering what Beast Boy will change into next. Keep watching the video to see the 5 best and 5 worst things about Titans so far.
Best: The Nuclear Family | 0:13
Worst: Beast Boy's powers | 0:59
Best: Jason Todd | 1:39
Worst: Where's the action? | 2:17
Best: Hawk & Dove | 2:54
Worst: An empty universe | 3:12
Best: The season 1 finale | 3:52
Worst: That Bruce Wayne casting | 4:25
Best: Teasing Nightwing | 4:57
Worst: Trigon's defeat | 5:20
Small Things You Missed In The Frozen 2 Trailer
25 days ago
The first glimpses we got of Frozen 2 didn't tell us much, but this latest trailer finally gives us a clearer picture of the sequel's storyline, and we've scoured each and every frame for possible clues about what to expect in Frozen 2.
At the beginning of Frozen, we see the picturesque kingdom of Arendelle, which sits at the edge of the sea, nestled into a wall of towering cliffs. Set apart from the village is Arendelle Castle, rimmed with stone walls and topped with pointed green roofs. However, by the end of the film, the castle has been transformed, not by the premature winter which Elsa brings about after losing control of her powers, but by gleaming ice crystals that beautifully adorn all the rooftops and spires, making the castle appear frosty white.
The opening shot of the Frozen 2 trailer establishes that Arendelle Castle is still sporting its new look, with the white-tipped castle sitting next to a peaceful town surrounded by lush green grass. By showing us that Elsa is still glazing the castle in beautiful layers of ice, we can assume that not only is Elsa still reigning as Queen, but that she's in full control of her powers, and at peace with her people.
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#Frozen2 #Movies #Disney
Still frozen | 0:14
An enchanted backstory | 1:06
A diamond connection | 1:55
Familiar faces | 2:39
Elsa's quest | 3:47
A multilayered vision | 4:41
Still standing | 5:29
New characters | 6:11
Stone giants | 7:10
Eyes on Anna | 8:02
Sven's origin story | 8:49
An old battle | 10:03
Who Was Jesse Pinkman Talking To At The End Of The El Camino Trailer?
25 days ago
The road to freedom starts here.
Netflix has just dropped the full-length trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which stars series favorite Aaron Paul back in his role as Jesse Pinkman. The film picks up some time after Jesse made his great escape from a band of Neo-Nazis, known as Jack's White Supremacist Gang, in a stolen El Camino during the Breaking Bad finale. From there, El Camino follows Jesse as he attempts to evade imprisonment and forge a new life far different from the one he experienced alongside notorious meth cook Walter White - played by Bryan Cranston.
While the trailer is jam-packed with a ton of intriguing imagery, returning characters, and a whole slew of teaser-y clips, it's a short exchange near the end that has our interest most piqued.
So, who exactly was Jesse talking to at the end of the El Camino trailer? We have an idea.
To us, it sounds like the disembodied voice belongs to Ed, otherwise known as the Disappearer - the vacuum cleaner repairman whom Walter White called after Jack's White Supremacist Gang murdered his brother-in-law Hank Schrader and Hank's partner at the DEA, Steven Gomez, during season 5. After Walt left his family behind, Ed gave him a new identity, gathered all the documents he'd need to start with a clean slate, detailed how to get to his safe house in New Hampshire, and warned him that he'd be caught and likely killed if he left the premises.
Ed is obviously an expert at giving criminals new lives, so it's not unreasonable to think that Jesse might seek the same service in El Camino. After all, it isn't like Jesse and Ed don't know about each other: on season 5 of Breaking Bad, Walt's shady lawyer Saul Goodman arranged to have Ed "disappear" Jesse, but Jesse backed out of the plan in the 11th hour. Maybe now that he's truly desperate for freedom, Jesse will reach out to Ed and ask for help.
However, there's the chance that the man is someone else - with popular guesses being the former crooked cop Mike Ehrmantraut who is confirmed to be in El Camino, or Walter White himself. However, the voice in the El Camino trailer doesn't really sound like Mike or Walt. Plus, Breaking Bad made it pretty obvious that the two men are dead. If you'll recall, on the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All," Mike's body can be seen in the trunk of Walt's car, and Walt says that it was necessary for him to shoot Mike.
And on the series' finale, Walt suffered gunshot wounds in a shoot-out with Jack's White Supremacist Gang, ultimately succumbing to his injuries on the floor of a meth lab. Though, it is worth noting that we didn't see a body bag - so there is a chance that Walter survived the carnage.
That considered, it's possible that the El Camino trailer is purposefully misdirecting us. The voice we hear in the last few seconds may very well belong to a random person and could have been dubbed in during post-production to throw fans off, catching their attention and sparking speculation without revealing the true identity of the man Jesse was talking to. This type of trickery is not at all uncommon - movie trailers lie to us all the time - and would be a smart move to make when it comes to the highly-anticipated El Camino.
Of course, with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan having revealed that El Camino features more than 10 characters from the beloved drama series, there's also a chance that the mystery man is someone we're just not thinking of yet.
Whomever Jesse Pinkman was seen talking to in the final moments of the El Camino: A Breaking Bad trailer, one thing seems obvious: Jesse is about to embark on a mission, and the mystery man is involved in some capacity. All that we can do for now is wait patiently for the much-anticipated film to answer all of our burning questions when it premieres on Netflix on October 11th.
This Is The Hulk's Next Likely MCU Appearance
25 days ago
Avengers: Endgame left the stories of many of our favorite heroes up in the air, but perhaps none so much as Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner. Fans of the Green Goliath would love to know: is Banner going to play a part in the Disney+ She-Hulk limited series, or what?
Well, we have no way of knowing for sure, but the short answer is: it's pretty likely. Not only would it make narrative sense, but it would give Marvel Studios the opportunity to continue to capitalize on the Hulk without needing to worry about his film rights.
It's well-known that in the '90s, at a time when Marvel Comics was in serious financial jeopardy, the publisher sold the film rights to many of its most beloved characters: Spider-Man went to Sony Pictures, while the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and many of their associated characters wound up at Fox Studios. Spider-Man had a five-film run during the brief period of time that Marvel and Sony were able to play ball, while the Fox-owned properties are only now being prepped for entry into the franchise following the acquisition of Fox by Marvel's parent company, Disney.
But many casual fans are unaware that the MCU had been impacted from the very beginning by a third deal: the one that Marvel made with Universal for the Hulk's film rights. That's how the Ang Lee 2003 Hulk was made, and the agreement is also the reason why 2008's The Incredible Hulk was distributed by Universal.
The studio had secured the film rights to the Green Goliath in the early '00s, but only for the 2003 film. Following that, the studio retained "right of first refusal" to distribute, not produce, any solo Hulk picture. Universal retains the right to distribute any future Hulk movies, from now until the end of time, and as far as Disney is concerned, this simply won't do. Nothing in that deal, though, says that Marvel can't use the Hulk as a supporting character - which is why Bruce Banner has been featured in team-up films since the Disney acquisition.
So, considering this history, it seems likely that Marvel Studios can use Banner as a supporting character in She-Hulk if they want to do so. It's unclear whether Universal's deal with Marvel covered the character's television rights at all, but, considering that Universal hasn't even attempted to make a Hulk TV project in the last couple of decades, we're thinking that it did not. Keep watching the video to see that this is the Hulk's next likely MCU appearance!
#SheHulk #HulkDisney+ #SheHulkDisney+
What Happened To The Actor Who Played Hercules?
26 days ago
Kevin Sorbo's time in the spotlight has diminished since his Hercules days, but if you think you've seen him around lately, you might just be right. Keep watching to see what he's been up to!
In 2012, Sorbo published a book containing some shocking revelations. In the later seasons of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which aired from 1994 to 1999, viewers started to notice a shift away from the title character and onto the shoulders of other stars. No one knew why there was a sudden flood of guest stars, and it wasn't until Sorbo published his book that fans learned the truth: in 1997, he suffered three strokes as the result of an aneurysm.
True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal How Nearly Dying Saved My Life is the story of just what happened to Sorbo. He was in the middle of a promotional tour for Kull the Conqueror when he started to feel some odd sensations in his left hand and arm, but doctors brushed it off. The pain worsened during a workout, and he went to his chiropractor. After driving home, he started suffering all the symptoms of a stroke. It was then that doctors discovered and removed the aneurysm that was blocking blood flow to his arm. After returning to the Hercules set, Sorbo endured aftereffects like fatigue, depression, and anxiety attacks. He still suffers from nerve damage, residual pain, the occasional migraine, and a ten percent loss of vision, and he says that the experience made him realize what was truly important to him: his wife and his faith. It also made him want to share his story in the hopes of helping others through similar experiences.
In 2014, fantasy fans got to see Sorbo don his medieval gear once again with the release of Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, his second collaboration with the production company Arrowstorm. When he was approached to read the script, he was absolutely and unconditionally on board, even though he was playing the wizard rather than the warrior this time around. Keep watching the video to see what happened to the actor who played Hercules!
Major health scares | 0:11
Another epic fantasy | 1:34
Teaming up with Supergirl | 2:26
A slew of religious films | 3:14
Charity work | 4:21
Easter Eggs You Missed In Titans Season 2 So Far
26 days ago
The second season of DC Universe's Titans has given hardcore comics fans plenty of hidden things to find. There are meaningful passcodes, direct swipes from comic book covers, and mentions of unseen beloved characters. We're breaking down all this and more in our round-up of Easter eggs you might have missed in Titans Season 2.
The gun Joe Chill used to murder Bruce Wayne's parents makes something of an appearance in the Titans Season 2 premiere. Trigon subjects the Titans to the same kinds of visions he used on Dick Grayson in the Season 1 finale. In the case of Jason Todd, he inserts the new Robin into the end of Dick's vision, just after Dick has killed Batman. Dick tells Jason that the younger hero is an animal who "needs to be put down." Their fight ends with the infamous pistol sliding from its broken case to the floor near Jason. When Jason grabs the gun, Dick suggests Bruce would never keep the gun loaded.
Does the Titans version of the caped crusader really keep Joe Chill's gun in the Batcave, like the Batman of Justice League? Does Jason actually keep Chill's gun loaded while he's living with Bruce? Or is all this just part of the illusion? Considering we know that in the comics Jason Todd eventually goes down some dark roads - including becoming the lethal vigilante the Red Hood - it's possible that what he says isn't just part of Trigon's nightmare. If not, it would not only be a betrayal of Bruce Wayne's trust, but would point to a dark turn for the character in the show equal to what happens in the comics.
Watch the video for more about easter eggs you missed in Titans season 2 so far!
#Titans #DCUniverse #TVShows
A familiar gun | 0:18
A comic book cover homage | 1:24
Slade's touching passcode | 2:22
To a "T" | 3:19
Who's Roy Harper? | 3:57
Codename: Patch | 4:46
The Joker Question That Made Joaquin Phoenix Walk Out
26 days ago
Joaquin Phoenix may play a man with an uncontrollable cackle in director Todd Phillips' Joker, but he certainly wasn't laughing in an interview about the dark and gritty comic book movie.
Phoenix, who stars as failed comedian Arthur Fleck in the Joker origin story film releasing on October 4, sat down for an interview with The Telegraph's Robbie Collin. During the conversation, Collin asked Phoenix if he was worried that his performance might inspire real world copycat killers. The question apparently took Phoenix by surprise, causing the actor to briefly walk out of the interview.
Collin described what happened:
"Unlike Heath Ledger's inscrutable take on the character in 2008's The Dark Knight, Phoenix's Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian who still lives with his elderly mother, is the horribly familiar enemy within. If the film hadn't been set in the '80s he could easily be the latest online message-board extremist to take his grievances murderously viral. Yet Phoenix doesn't seem to have considered this kind of question at all. So when I put it to him - aren't you worried that this film might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it's about, with potentially tragic results? - his fight-or-flight response kicks in."
Phoenix reportedly replied,
"Why? Why would you? No… no."
According to Collin, Phoenix then stood up, shook his hand, and left the interview.
Roughly an hour later - largely spent talking with Warner Bros.' PR team - Phoenix returned to finish the interview. The actor explained that he left because he had never considered the possibility, and needed time to try and figure out an appropriate response. But the interview concluded without Phoenix answering the question.
And it's a question that many critics are already asking. Though most reviewers gave Joker high marks after its worldwide debut at the Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2019, more than one also suggested that the film may send a dangerous message and give viewers the wrong idea about avenging their own personal grievances.
Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson wondered in his review of Joker whether the film, quote, "may be irresponsible propaganda for the very men it pathologizes."
Stephanie Zacharek at Time felt that Arthur Fleck comes across uncomfortably similar to some of the most violent, dangerous people who have inflicted incredible harm to people, particularly in America. Keep watching the video to see the Joker question that made Joaquin Phoenix walk out!
#Joker #JokerMovie #JoaquinPhoenix
4 Best And 4 Worst Clown Movies
29 days ago
Clowns are the creepiest children's entertainers on Earth, so naturally, they've been used to terrify and delight grown-up film fans for decades. From homicidal aliens to juggalo cowboys, here are our picks for the four best - and four worst - clown movies of all time.
If you haven't seen Terrifier, congratulations on your ability to sleep a full eight hours without waking up in a cold sweat. An indie film that sat on the shelf for a few years before being released, Terrifier is one of those rare horror movies that doesn't seem to feel the need to over-explain its villain. The audience knows that he's a clown, and he's probably demonic. But that's about it. He's silent, grinning, and more than delighted to go on a trip to Slaughtertown any time he can.
Terrifier is a low-budget horror movie spinning off of an even lower-budget short film, and it's got "love letter to the good old days of horror" dripping off of it like viscera off a clown monster's chainsaw. It has gory practical effects. It has party girls getting mutilated. And if you're down with slasher throwback sickness, it's 100% worth looking up.
Yes, 1990's TV version of It is charming in it own way. It's a slice of horror filmmaking from a simpler time. But it's just a bit agonizing to watch without the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia.
Don't get us wrong: Tim Curry's performance as Pennywise is fantastic - it's the movie around him, hampered by a made-for-TV budget and content restrictions, that hasn't aged well. There's the barely-animated giant spider at the conclusion. There's the rough acting and the dramatic screaming about Pennywise being too mean. There's the filmmakers' steadfast faith in the usually outstanding Harry Anderson's comedic stylings being able to carry the day, only to watch him uncharacteristically drop the ball. Keep watching the video to see the 4 best and 4 worst clown movies!
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Best: Terrifier (2016) | 0:14
Worst: It (1990) | 0:56
Best: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) | 1:48
Worst: Gacy (2003) | 2:23
Best: It and It: Chapter Two (2017/2019) | 3:09
Worst: Clownhouse (1989) | 3:49
Best: Shakes the Clown (1991) | 4:54
Worst: Big Money Rustlas (2010) | 5:43
The Truth About Jet Li Revealed
After breaking into worldwide superstardom with Lethal Weapon 4, Jet Li became one of cinema's most renowned martial arts stars. From sham marriages to global disasters to the rumors around his health, here's the untold truth of Jet Li.
In 1973, the legendary actor and director Bruce Lee passed away under mysterious circumstances, leaving China, America, and the rest of the movie-loving world in shock. The following year, the 11-year old Jet Li was performing a kung fu demonstration in Hong Kong when he was approached by a movie producer and asked how he felt about becoming the next Bruce Lee. Speaking to TalkAsia in 2003, Li recalled the encounter. He said:
"When [the] movie studio producer [talked] to me, [he said] 'Hi, little kid, when you grow up, [do] you want to become [an] action star? I [said], 'Okay, why not!' So since then, every year the producer came to me to look at me. [He would say], 'Okay, you are still a little boy, [you] can't make [movies]. I want to wait [for] you.'"
Although he had greatly admired Bruce Lee, as a young boy Jet Li couldn't imagine that his name would ever be mentioned in the same breath as the martial arts star. Li added:
"I remember I found him very talented, a very talented actor and martial artist. But I [didn't] know how to make [movies] [...] I was just 11."
Jet Li had turned 17 by the time the producer decided he was ready to make his debut feature film. He was cast in Shaolin Temple, the first in a series of movies that established him as a star in China.
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Early days | 0:16
A visit to America | 1:32
Being watched | 2:28
Li and Aaliyah | 3:37
Blue pill | 4:42
Out of America | 5:59
In poor health? | 7:18
The 2004 tsunami | 8:43
A new outlook | 10:04
All The Best Stuff Coming To Netflix In October 2019
29 days ago
Please Note: Release dates and availability on Netflix are subject to change and differ from country to country.
From a Breaking Bad movie to a brand new Stephen King adaptation, there are some great new Netflix originals landing on the streaming service next month. Let's take a look at everything good coming to Netflix in October 2019.
Nobody needs a reminder of the Stephen King revival that's happening right now, but fewer people are aware that King's son, who writes under the name Joe Hill, is also becoming a name to know in the horror world. Hill's 2007 novel Horns was adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2014, and his third novel, NOS4A2, was recently adapted into a series on AMC that looks downright terrifying.
So what kind of epic premise could they concoct when they work on a story together?
In the Tall Grass is one of those premises that only a King could come up with, and only a King could pull off. The film, like the story, follows a pregnant woman and her brother who enter a field of deadly grass after they hear a child crying for help. What follows next is the kind of terror that takes root and doesn't let go.
You can get your chloro-fill when In the Tall Grass hits Netflix on October 4th.
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In the Tall Grass | 0:13
Big Mouth: Season 3 | 1:00
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie | 1:24
Fractured | 2:09
Haunted: Season 2 | 2:41
The Laundromat | 2:57
Living with Yourself | 3:27
Daybreak | 4:10
Dolemite Is My Name | 4:46
Original stand-up comedy | 5:13
New movies | 5:50
Captain Marvel Will Kill An Avenger
29 days ago
This November, Captain Marvel is going to get pretty dark.
Marvel Comics recently announced a story arc entitled "The Last Avenger," which will run in the pages of Captain Marvel beginning with issue #12. The arc will find Carol Danvers hunting down her fellow Avengers, and at least one of them will die by her hand early in the proceedings. The official synopsis for the arc offers no explanation other than to say that annihilating the Avengers will be a pretty big deal:
"Captain Marvel has fought off alien hordes. Rescued X-Men. Punched Thanos in the face. Literally saved the world. She now faces her greatest challenge: kill the Avengers. Has one of the world’s most powerful heroes gone dark? But why? And what does this mean for Carol...for the world? Life on Earth will never be the same."
Maybe it won't get that bad, but as to why she would be forced to turn against her teammates, and even go so far as to execute one or more of them, we can only guess. It wouldn't be the first time, either; Marvel fans know that Captain Marvel was forced to fight her fellow heroes during the events of Civil War 2.
The arc comes courtesy of writer Kelly Thompson, who has worked on a number of Marvel titles including A-Force, Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, and West Coast Avengers. Thompson has been in charge of Captain Marvel since the title's relaunch earlier this year, and while she's had an awesome run, she's the first to admit that she hasn't exactly conditioned readers to expect the kind of mega-bomb she intends to drop on them with issue #12.
Speaking with Comicbook.com, Thompson said,
"Carol is an incredibly powerful character and you can really push her to the furthest edge, and you sort of need to in order to keep things interesting, and that's what we're trying to do with 'The Last Avenger.' I think it's going to be a terrific Carol story that really highlights her strengths as a character, and maybe some weaknesses as wel...It's a little risky but I'm excited. I hope people love it."
We won't be able to crack open issue #12 until it hits stands in November, but the synopsis for issue #13 was recently released as well, and it clues us in to the fact that it's going to get pretty dark pretty fast, reading,
"One Avenger is dead at Captain Marvel’s hand. Who will be next? And why? What strange allegiance is driving Captain Marvel to the darkest edge?"
Marvel has a long history of good characters going bad, from the iconic X-Men story arc "Dark Phoenix", which formed the basis for this year's movie of the same name, to Spider-Man's tangle with the symbiote which would eventually become Venom. But the idea of Captain Marvel turning on her friends is a truly scary one, especially since she's one of the most insanely powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe. Just like her Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart, she has strength and durability on par with the Hulk, can discharge pure energy with perhaps even more effectively than Thor, and can fly faster than Iron Man. She's a bit like all of the Avengers wrapped into one, and if she's truly gotten it into her head to wipe out Earth's Mightiest Heroes, there might not be a heck of a lot anybody can do to stop her.
Of course, Carol isn't just going to break bad for no reason, and we can only guess as to why she does. Is it mind control? A Captain Marvel from an alternate reality? A really bad day? An alien virus?
Or does this mysterious "allegiance" imply that Carol isn't working on her own? But who, and for what purpose?
Captain Marvel #12 hits stands and digital platforms on November 20th, and that's when the fun begins.
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What The Critics Are Saying About Gemini Man
29 days ago
Director Ang Lee's Gemini Man has been screened for critics, and it blew their faces right off. Just when you thought movie magic had reached its pinnacle, critics are calling it a new landmark in visual effects.
Based on the movie's plot about a hired killer who is stalked by a younger clone of himself, observers have been quick to draw comparisons between Gemini Man and another recent flick, the name of which escapes us. Just kidding - it's Rian Johnson's 2012 film Looper, which sports a similar premise.
But Gemini Man has actually been in development for over 20 years. The first script for the film was completed in 1997, and at that time, it was to be directed by the late Top Gun director, Tony Scott. Originally, the idea was to have different actors play the older and younger versions of the main character, like they did in Looper, but once producers decided to have the same actor play both parts, the wait for technology to catch up began.
Well, that technology is finally here, and director Ang Lee goes hog wild, using cutting edge motion capture technology to render the younger version of Smith.
And Lee also shot the film at 120 frames per second rather than the typical 24 in order to give it a sense of visceral realism.
The result, according to virtually every critic who has been lucky enough to feast their eyes on the movie, is nothing short of mind-blowing. A common thread among their remarks: this is the first film in years that you will definitely, absolutely, positively have to see in 3-D.
Engadget editor Devindra Hardawar positively gushed over the film in a series of tweets. Keep watching the video to see what the critics are saying about Gemini Man!
The Ending Of Ad Astra Explained
29 days ago
Ad Astra sends Brad Pitt to the far reaches of space on a quest for his father, the truth, and a sense of deeper meaning. If you're wondering what it all adds up to, let's break down the ending and major takeaways of Ad Astra.
After SpaceCom determines that Clifford McBride is likely behind the destructive antimatter pulse that kicks off the movie's plot, his son Roy is dispatched on a mission to Mars in an effort to establish communication with the elder McBride. Roy ends up journeying all the way to Neptune, where he discovers that SpaceCom was right, his father is still alive, and was at least partly responsible for the antimatter surge. The surge came after the crew of his station staged a deadly mutiny, irrevocably damaging the battery powering the station.
But the true tragedy, at least in Clifford's eyes, is the result of all their research, which shows no sign of intelligent alien life in the universe. Although the Lima Project compiled reams of data about outlying planets and systems, it didn't find what Clifford was really looking for. Clifford was so determined to find new life that he was willing to abandon his family and even kill for it. Although the information he did gather is valuable, for him, it's not enough.
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Infinity and beyond | 0:12
In space, no one can hear you... | 1:04
That's all, folks | 1:59
An explosive reunion | 2:34
Cliff's journey | 3:14
Why does Cliff McBride choose to die? | 4:22
What's the message? | 4:54
The Ending Of Rambo: Last Blood Explained
29 days ago
With Rambo: Last Blood, Sylvester Stallone hopes to put an exclamation point at the end of the five-film series that is John Rambo's story. Last Blood follows Rambo's struggle to get his niece Gabrielle back from a Mexican cartel after they abduct her for a human trafficking ring. Viewers know to expect a bloody confrontation, but that doesn't mean the ending is entirely predictable. With that in mind, let's dig into the end of Rambo: Last Blood.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
John Rambo began his cinematic journey in First Blood as a man who was just trying to find a way to move on in a country that didn't seem to have a place for him anymore. In the four films since then, Rambo has battled within himself to quell a warrior's rage while also shooting lots of people. Peace just doesn't seem to be an option for Rambo. Stallone said in an interview with Variety:
"You can totally end the story with him going home, having that shot of him going down the driveway, which is completion. But a character like that - does he ever really go home? I jotted down on a Post-It: 'He came home, but he never arrived,' and I went, there's a movie here. The warrior can never find peace. He just can't."
That sense of never truly feeling at peace physically manifests in Last Blood as the tunnels Rambo digs. It's also encapsulated in something he tells Gabrielle early on: He never changed, he just learned to "keep a lid on it." Through the ultra-violent ending of the film, we see that the lid wasn't on too tight.
A hallmark of the Rambo franchise has always been the appearance of a somewhat hopeful figure in John Rambo's life right when he's at his most hopeless. That was his mentor Col. Trautman in the first film, and in recent films, it's taken the form of a woman hoping to convince Rambo to move on with his life. In Last Blood, that's Carmen, a journalist covering Mexican cartels who lost her sister to their human trafficking machine. Carmen cleans John up when the Martinez brothers beat and scar him, then helps him find the right connections to exact vengeance later. Keep wathing the video to see the ending of Rambo: Last Blood explained!
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No peace | 0:24
What happens to Carmen | 1:15
What happens to Maria | 2:03
Political implications | 2:39
Rambo's ambiguous fate | 3:22
Will it ever really end? | 4:04
Sony Pictures CEO Made A Sad Confession About Spider-Man
The Spider-Man debacle between Sony and Marvel is getting even stickier.
When it was reported at the end of August 2019 that the two studios had failed to reach an agreement to renegotiate terms of their deal that allows Tom Holland's Spider-Man to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
it seemed that the main reason why things came crashing down was financial in nature. Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, was said to have requested a 50 percent co-financing stake in the Spider-Man franchise - a dramatic increase from its previous five percent yield from day-one profits - which Sony reportedly denied without countering.
Now, Sony Pictures CEO and chairman Tony Vinciquerra has revealed another reason for the Spider-Man split with Marvel - and it doesn't have anything to do with Disney and Marvel wanting more money.
During Variety's Entertainment and Technology summit on September 5th, 2019, Vinciquerra stated that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had been "stretched incredibly thin" following Disney's March 2019 acquisition of 20th Century Fox. With Feige's workload ramping up to include discussions and plans for what to do with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and more, the studio head apparently became overwhelmed and evidently could no longer properly focus on keeping Spidey in the MCU. According to Variety, Vinciquerra pointed to this as "one of the reasons behind the breakdown" in conversations about establishing new terms of the Spider-Man deal.
What certainly didn't cause the divorce was bad blood, as Vinciquerra affirmed that there was and is "no ill will" between Sony and Marvel. He also had some nice things to say about working with Feige, who produced both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and noted that neither Sony nor Marvel simply threw in the towel in regards to the Spider-Man franchise, saying,
"We had a great run with [Feige] on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there's a way to work it out. The Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn't do all the work."
Vinciquerra also made a sad confession about the situation: there's no chance of reconciliation as of right now. He explained that, quote, "for the moment, the door is closed" on having a professional relationship with Marvel, and the studio is "not for sale."
Vinciquerra also detailed that Sony has big plans for Spider-Man without the House of Mouse involved. A Spider-Man universe is well underway. Keep watching the video to see more of how the Sony Pictures CEO made a sad confession about Spider Man.
Here's What Rotten Tomatoes Is Saying About Rambo: Last Blood
John Rambo has finally met his match: the critics. Reviews are coming in for Rambo: Last Blood, which brings an end to the story begun with 1982's First Blood. The general consensus: Rambo deserved a better sendoff, and one with much less of a sadistic streak.
Over-the-top carnage is nothing new for this franchise. 2008's Rambo similarly turned off critics with its cartoonish reliance on dishing up as much blood and guts as humanly possible. But Last Blood's detractors - of which there were many - were taken aback not only by the extreme level of the violence on display, but by some of the more troubling themes implied by the film's plot, which involves Rambo crossing the border into Mexico to search for a family friend who has been kidnapped by sex traffickers.
Many of the flick's detractors noted that political themes had always been present in the Rambo series, even - perhaps especially - First Blood, which dealt with the mistreatment of Vietnam veterans after they returned home from the war. But the series' worldview seems to have changed with the times, and not for the better, according to Variety's Peter Debruge, who wrote,
"[Rambo: Last Blood is] another cruel and ugly showcase of xenophobic carnage squeezed into barely 80 minutes and packaged for export. [The screenwriters] adopt the racist view of Mexicans as murderers, drug dealers and rapists [...] This character has always been a mess of contradictions, representing on one hand the permanent damage that military service can do to one's soul, while simultaneously suggesting what the ideal soldier looks like. Rambo single-handedly wins the wars that America can't. And the blood isn't likely to stop here, or anytime soon."
Tom Glasson of Concrete Playground concurred, musing that the level of violence presented in Last Blood - a step up even from 2008's Rambo, in his estimation - was better suited for a very different type of franchise. Glasson wrote,
"[Rambo: Last Blood] a film that aspires to be Logan, yet lands somewhere closer to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. [Rambo] abhors violence, yet maintains a terrifying arsenal of knives, guns and explosives. And beneath [his] picturesque ranch is a straight-up house of horrors, physically and psychologically. But is the film still enjoyable? Mostly, no."
Yet still, some reviewers were even less kind - like The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, who absolutely leveled the picture in his review's first paragraph, writing,
"This massively enlarged prostate of a film can only make you wince with its badly acted geronto-ultraviolence, its Trumpian fantasies of Mexican rapists and hilariously insecure US border, and its crass enthusiasm for rape-revenge attacks undertaken by a still-got-it senior dude, 73 years young, on behalf of a sweet teenager."
Even some of the reviewers who recommended the film seemed aghast at its violence, with many remarking that even for a series which has always hung its hat on wanton bloodshed, Last Blood is a bridge too far. Fred Topel of Showbiz Cheat Sheet wrote,
"It's funny to think how these movies were always symbols of Hollywood's gratuitous violence. They were bloody, but blood was the worst they could show in the '80s. [...] Last Blood takes violence so far it almost has to be the last blood because there's no more blood left. Remember when the most graphic scene in First Blood was when he cleaned his arm wound with his knife?"
Again, this was a positive review, which indicates that even some of those predisposed to expect a heaping helping of bloody mayhem got a little bit more than they bargained for. Other critics posting positive reviews seemed to recommend the flick in spite of themselves. Vince Mancini of Uproxx, for example, penned an assessment which read for all the world like an absolute evisceration of the film, right up until the point where the critic offered his endorsement.
"Trump-era Rambo is essentially a human border wall keeping out Mexican rapists and murderers. [...] It's so genuinely horrific I'm convinced there are real-life cartel videos celebrating the torture of rivals that are less gory. I was either howling with nervous laughter or covering my face the entire time. [...] This movie is the product of truly deranged minds. It's a must-see."
One thing viewers shouldn't expect is for the film to do justice to its iconic main character. This idea was summed up most succinctly by Harry Guerin of RTE, who wrote,
"This last post for the 37-year-old franchise is a cheap and rushed send-off. There are plenty of bodies but not much soul […] and although this is by far the bloodiest of Rambo's rampages, it's also the least cathartic. Don't remember him this way."
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