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31 Mar 21:14

Mark Hamill Wants Luke Skywalker to Be a Spooky Force Ghost

by Kaitlyn Booth

“No one is ever really gone” was the line to remember from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There is a certain important person who is now gone in the Star Wars universe, and that is Luke Skywalker as played by the legendary Mark Hamill. But since no one is ever really gone, and the idea of force ghosts are a very confirmed thing, there is always a chance that Luke could return in Episode IX. Hamill recently spoke to the Radio Times about whether or not they’ve asked him to return in some capacity.

“We haven’t really discussed it, so it’s all in JJ’s hands,” Hamill said. “But you know, there’s a certain sense of closure for me. JJ gave me one of the most spectacular entrances, certainly of my career, maybe in all of film history. I don’t know if anybody’s been talked about for two hours and then shows up for 30 seconds before the end credits roll.”

Mark Hamill
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Hamill did think his sendoff in The Last Jedi was pretty awesome, but he did admit that he wished they could have put it off until Episode IX.

“And what a spectacular exit Rian [Johnson, director of The Last Jedi] gave me!” he said, while also admitting that part of him hoped that his ‘exit’ could have taken place in Episode IX instead. ‘Now,’ I said, ‘can’t we push this [Luke’s death] off to Nine so I can have a beginning, a middle and an end?’ Now I have a beginning and an end. But all things considered – especially when I thought that we would never come back at all – you know I have nothing to complain about. So whether I’m in it or not in it at all, I’m fine with Nine.”

Hamill does have some ideas about how Luke could return, and one of them is really leaning into the idea that a force ghost is a ghost, and all of the connotations that go with that.

“Well I thought, if he’s a Force Ghost I’d love to see him used in a way that hasn’t been done before,” Hamill said. “I mean let’s use the word ghost! That implies that it’s frightening.”

Once again Hamill says that he has ideas but that they aren’t very good much — in the same way he admitted that he had his own ideas about where Luke would go after Return of the Jedi.

“What if he… even in some other form, I think it’d be funny… well, I don’t want to give it away. I do have ideas; most of them are so terrible that they don’t consider them at all! But like I say, I don’t know if I am going to be back,” he concluded. “One of the things that really informs this movie is that line, ‘Forget the past; kill it if you have to.’ And so far they’re doing a really great job.”

It’s not so much “forgetting” or “killing” the past as it realizing that you need to move beyond the past. Star Wars needs to move beyond the original trilogy if Disney wants to keep it going forever like they intend to. People get older, the passage of time is inevitable — and that’s something that the Marvel movies are running into as well.

Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver.

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31 Mar 20:57

Luke Skywalker Still Loving His Blue Milk in Star Wars Comics

by Rich Johnston

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

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

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

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

Get the man a milk, Han…

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

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

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

Is it this face, Kieron? Is it?

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20 Mar 06:08

Krypton Season 1: How ‘Man of Steel’ Led to the Story of Superman’s Grandfather

by Dan Wickline

Syfy has released a new 22-minute featurette for their upcoming series Krypton. The video includes appearances from the cast of the new series as well as comic creators Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and more. It gives an idea of how the idea for the series grew from David S. Goyer working on the Man of Steel and how he wanted to stress that Superman was an alien, and he did that with the opening sequence that took place on Krypton. It was the scene and talking with Johns that made things come together for the story of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and his having to save Krypton from Brainiac (Blake Ritson) with the help of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).

Krypton

We learn in the new series, which takes place 200 years before Kal-El heads to Earth, that there is amazing advances in technology on Krypton — but there is also corruption and Machiavellian politics going on behind the scenes, which is the reason for the fall of the House of El. Their approach is that the planet is late in its life-cycle, and the resources have become scarce. The society is divided by class, and those in charge don’t care at all about those on the lower end. The planet is ruled by a theocracy, and Seg’s grandfather, Val-El, is sentenced to death for claiming there was more life in the universe. And while the story focuses on the House of El, it also tells the story of the House of Zod. The featurette goes into even more detail and gives you a pretty good idea of what the show is going to be, at least in the beginning.

I’ve had a chance to watch a couple of the early episodes and will say I was pleasantly surprised. It’s far more than I expected and is very enjoyable.

Krypton debuts on March 21st on Syfy.

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20 Mar 05:41

Mackenzie Davis in Talks to Star in Terminator Reboot

by Mary Anne Butler

The futuristic cyborg dust has just settled after the most recent Terminator reboot, but it looks like we’re going to be getting another one before too long. Unlike the more recent films in the franchise, though, this new reboot will have James Cameron involved, with Linda Hamilton and reportedly Arnold Schwarzenegger returning too.

Mackenzie Davis
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On top of that, there is the announcement that Halt and Catch Fire star Mackenzie Davis is in talks to be the star of this upcoming reboot. News about what her role may be is scarce, but The Hollywood Reporter says she’ll be a “solder-assassin on a mission, a human character”.

Could this mean maybe a human sent to take down either John Connor or Kyle Reece? Or possibly a full reset of the timeline, where instead of Sarah this new character becomes the face of the human resistance? Who knows!

Davis most recently was featured in Blade Runner: 2049 as a Pris-styled pleasure model replicant who helped agent K and his Joi get a little closer in the physical realm. She also appeared in Sir Ridley Scott‘s The Martian as the telescope tech who discovered the survival of Mark Watney.

This is really exciting, and the possibilities are endless for what this new story could be. There was the reveal of a Terminator 3 script that was never realized where Sarah Connor (Hamilton) had actually faked her death, and was alive and well continuing her resistance training in Mexico.

We’ll let you know if/when the casting becomes concrete, and any other information that comes our way about the project.

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02 Feb 06:17

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Might Have Paul Bettany In Their Vision For S3

by Mary Anne Butler

While yes, I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the choice to completely recast the absolutely fabulous award-winning ensemble from Netflix’s The Crown for season 3, some of the names being mentioned are pretty good.

It was announced earlier this year that Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter will be taking over the role of Princess Margaret from the amazing  Vanessa Kirby.  Which is amusing because the Oscar nomination for Carter was for playing Princess Margaret’s mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2010’s The King’s Speech.

Olivia Coleman will be taking over the role of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Golden Globe winning actress Claire Foy, who has inhabited the monarch admirably.  Foy is mostly what sold me on the series, within the first episode of the first season, I knew it was something special, and her performance into season 2 continued to be masterful.

Paul Bettany at the Los Angeles premiere of “Mortdecai” held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, USA on January 21, 2015.
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The chatter today  (at least from Variety) is that Paul Bettany, our favorite sports announcer (Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale) and pink Avenger, may be on board to take over the role of Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh  from Matt Smith.  The Daily Mail says  executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie have met with Bettany’s reps in Hollywood to talk about him joining the series.

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 16, 2017: Matt Smith at the BAFTA Los Angeles BBC America TV Tea Party 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Smith told Seth Meyers on a recent visit to the late night talk show, that he thinks he knows who’s taking on his role. “I don’t want to speculate too much, but yeah, no, he’s brilliant, if it’s the person I think it might be,” he said. “And he’s incredibly handsome as well. I’ve morphed into someone far better looking than I.”

The Mail goes on to say that The Crown execs and casting director are in the process of finding the right set of folks to play adult Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana Spencer for reportedly the next 20 episodes of the series (we’re thinking that means 2 seasons) to portray the courtship and eventual wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Crown s3 hasn’t been officially ordered by Netflix yet, but the production company (obviously)  is moving full steam ahead on plans for it and season 4.  Theoretically we wouldn’t be seeing s3 until sometime in 2019, if not later. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix.

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06 Jan 20:34

The Crown Season 3 Casts Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret

by Mary Anne Butler

Netflix original drama series The Crown is more than likely planning a time jump for their third season.  This isn’t just a theory I’m putting out there because it sounds cool, but because of a casting announcement that just happened. Variety just announced that Helena Bonham Carter has been brought on board for the third season of the series to play Princess Margaret. If you know the show (but really you should, it’s fabulous) you’re aware that HRH Princess Margaret has been played by Vanessa Kirby.

helena bonham carter
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This news comes after Netflix announced that Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) would be replacing series lead Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II for season 3.

No word yet on who will be replacing Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.

the crown season 3

Season 2 of the series is currently streaming on Netflix.

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06 Jan 20:31

Sources: Philbin expected to rejoin Packers

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Oh sweet Jesus, why??

Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is expected to rejoin coach Mike McCarthy's staff, sources told ESPN. Philbin left Green Bay in 2012 to become the Miami Dolphins' head coach.
31 Dec 03:55

15 Mind-Blowing Pieces of Unused Last Jedi Concept Art

by Kayleena Pierce-Bohen
15 Mind-Blowing Pieces of Unused Last Jedi Concept Art

The Last Jedi has swept the nation with nostalgia and new world building alike. It has answered some of the questions raised in The Force Awakens, as well as provided some new mysteries. Whether audiences loved it or hated it, it built on the foundation of wonder inherent to the original trilogy and bridged the gap to an exciting and emotional final act we can look forward to next year.

Star Wars has always prided itself on providing truly immersive environments with hundreds of unique and exotic alien species. Few franchises have dedicated themselves so vigorously to publishing resources that explore the many creative properties involved in the expansive reaches of space set forth by the films. In this way, fans have been able to get glimpses of not only what appeared in the films, but what didn’t make the final cut (yet still helps to flesh them out). CBR has gathered some truly amazing pieces of concept art that went unused in The Last Jedi, but whose elements may linger in the final cut, or inspired ultimate designs. Phil Szostak’s book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi boasts a collection of never before seen concept art gems.

CANTO BIGHT

The luxurious, vice ridden city of Canto Bight is like Mos Eisley for the rich and famous. There, a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” is cloaked in a gossamer veil of excess and affluence on the planet of Cantonica. Patrons from all corners of the galaxy come to gamble at the card tables, stuff tokens in machines of chance, and bet on exciting races. Nothing is out of reach for the customer with the right amount of chips; a truth Rebels Finn and Rose discover when they visit the planet hoping to find a master code breaker.

This piece shows the sprawling cohort of high-rollers, from Mallastarian aristocrats to high class Twi’lek escorts, in one of the many gorgeously outfitted gambling halls. It looks very similar to what audiences see in The Last Jedi, though perhaps a bit more muted, and more densely populated.

BB-9E

The evil version of BB-8, while as adorable as his colorful counterpart, is resolutely loyal to the First Order. His sinister appearance is in keeping with all First Order tech, designed to intimidate and frighten in shades of red, chrome, and black. Traditionally, the Empire had several counterparts to R2-D2 (all black of course), as the Rebels weren’t the only ones in the galaxy using astromech droids.

This little ball of doom has a squarer head than similar BB series astromech droids, as well as red sensors. The First Order wasn’t known for treating its droids like companions or friends, so it has a cold, malicious demeanor. Despite hype about his interactions with BB-8, the two don’t have any scenes together aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship Star Dreadnought, Supremacy.

BATTLE ON CRAIT

The epic finale of The Last Jedi occurs in a battle on the planet of Crait, a planet that used to house a Rebel base long since abandoned. It becomes the last recourse for escape from the First Order dreadnaught fleet when pods from the last Resistance cruiser land on its surface. Much like Hoth, it’s blanketed in white save for the red salt that lurks beneath its opaque landscape.

Kylo Ren has joined the ground assault to make sure the last remnants of the Resistance are wiped out. He lands his shuttle in front of the troop carriers to confront his former master face to face, hoping to obliterate any chance the Rebels have at escaping. This piece looks similarly to what appeared in the final cut of the film, save for the fact that Crait didn’t have two suns.

REY’S JEDI TRAINING ON AHCH-TO

When Rey locates the famous Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To, she seeks answers to the mysteries of The Force. She knows that something has awakened inside her, but cannot focus her newfound abilities. The Force Awakens introduced many possibilities for Rey’s character, including the fact that she would be trained in the Jedi arts by Luke Skywalker (although that wasn’t guaranteed based on their initial meeting).

In this piece, Rey is seen brandishing Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, the first lightsaber that Luke Skywalker ever learned to wield. She’s pointing it at Luke and challenging him, while wearing traditional Jedi attire. In the film, she wore similar clothing to what she wore growing up on Jakku, and never wore a Jedi tunic or robes.

STAMPEDE ON CANTONICA

After Finn and Rose spend time on Cantonica trying to find a crackerjack code breaker, they discover the dark side of the lush environment of the gambling city of Canto Bight; racing. The horse-like, furry creatures known as Fathiers with large ears and forlorn expressions are typically beasts of burden on Cantonica but also used for racing.

Rose uses the plight of the abused Fathiers as an analogy for the injustices in the galaxy, a truth that Finn is all too familiar with. When they set the Fathiers free, they begin a stampede to freedom throughout Canto Bight, but unlike in this piece of unused concept art, the stampede was never so concentrated, and took place through the streets of Canto Bight and through some of the gambling halls.

CAPTAIN PHASMA

When last we saw Captain Phasma, she was being held hostage by Finn, Chewie, and Han Solo as they infiltrated Starkiller Base. She had been Finn’s superior officer when he was still a stormtrooper and, and initially thought he showed great promise. Finn is pretty pleased when he gets to tell Phasma what to do, and Han suggests they throw her down into a trash compactor. Her fate was unknown when Starkiller Base was destroyed.

When Phasma reappears and squares off against Finn aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship Star Dreadnaught Supremacy, he loses no time in trying to take her out before she can see him executed. When he gets in a solid headshot, part of her helmet is damaged and we see a glimpse of her face. This piece shows a more lithe Phasma, with more of her face visible in the reflections of her helmet.

REY COMBAT TRAINING

Luke’s very first Jedi training began with attempting to wield his father’s lightsaber. Under Obi-Wan’s watchful eye aboard the Millennium Falcon, he wielded the Jedi weapon against a training droid that hovered overhead, orbiting him and shooting low intensity lasers that he was expected to parry. When he was unsuccessful the traditional way, Obi Wan suggested that he wear a helmet that had a visor to obscure his vision. Ironically, without the aid of his sight, he had to rely on the Force to guide his movements, allowing him to block the droid’s laser beams.

In this piece, we see Rey surrounded by dozens of training droids. Instead of a lightsaber she’s wielding the same staff she used on Jakku, applying the same technique as Luke against the droid’s attacks. This scene was never utilized in the film, but would have been a nice homage.

CANTO BIGHT HIGH ROLLER

Like the cantina sequence in A New Hope, the scenes in Canto Bight harkened back to the debauchery and salacious mischief found in the Mos Eisley spaceport. To the rhythmic music of samba beats and exotic steel drums the galaxy’s rich and famous swirled around in dazzling outfits that audiences had only gotten glimpses of on metropolitan planets like Coruscant.

Patrons like this long necked, oblong headed female humanoid were in abundance, though it’s difficult to gauge whether she ended up in any of the many scenes taking place in the gambling halls. Though she is elegant enough to be found in the famous gambling city on Cantonica, certain screen time was allocated for fan favorite species that were more recognizable, leaving these beauties on the cutting room floor.

THE CARETAKERS

The remote planet of Ahch-To where Luke Skywalker secluded himself from the galaxy was not entirely uninhabited. Though he was the only human in residence, other species dwelled there with him. There were the giant green manatee cow things called thala sirens, who were flippered marine mammals that produced a green milk safe for human consumption, and spetan channelfish that Luke used for food. And in terms of sentient beings, there were the Caretakers, looking like the lovechild of a bald parakeet and a turtle. They kept up the remains of the ancient Jedi dwellings and kept the sacred texts safe.

In The Last Jedi, the Caretakers ended up looking much more reptilian and were devoid of the colorful patches we see in this concept art. It’s hard to determine whether they’re praying, fishing, or both.

VULPTEX

When the last of the Resistance fleet has to abandon ship and crash its pods on the surface of Crait, a planet covered in white salt, they find they are not alone on the planet. Referred to as “crystal critters” by Finn, these fox like creatures with coats that appear to be made from shards of ice or “crystals” are in fact Vulptex.

They were designed to bear a resemblance to glass chandeliers, and when they run they make a similar “tinkling” sound. While the vulptices in this concept art look a little more dog like, the film version ended up looking slightly more feline, almost like a glacial lynx. These elegant creatures don’t get a lot of screen time, but they add a unique element of beauty to grim circumstances.

PORGS

Porgs, those lovable, oh-so-marketable little creatures on Ahch-To that combine all the best features of pugs and puffins. In fact, there is a practical reason that they exist; too many puffins were getting in the shots of The Last Jedi that porgs were created to combat the problem. Then they were made to be as cute as feasibly possible because why not?

Rather than the colors of an Australian Shepard, Porgs were almost purple, yellow, blue, and anywhere in between. However, since nothing on Ahch-To ended up being very bright colored but instead rather drab, the porgs were colored in the brown, beige, and white color palette you see in the film. Since they’re equally as mammalian looking as avian, it makes sense that their “plumage” isn’t all that vibrant.

STAR DREADNAUGHT SUPREMACY

In order to allow time for the last remaining Resistance ships to make the jump to hyperspace, Finn, Rose, and their new codebreaker ally need to sneak aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s Star Dreadnaught Supremacy and disable the tracking device that’s able to lock onto any ship and follow it into hyperspace. Otherwise, the Resistance would keep jumping across the galaxy and the First Order would be seconds behind, regardless of their coordinates.

To accomplish their dangerous task, the Rebels have to disguise themselves as First Order officers, which look an awful lot like traditional Imperial officers. BB-8 has also managed to disguise himself as a fancy copying machine. Obviously their codebreaker looks different because well, he’s not Benicio Del Toro who would be our first guess as to what a “codebreaker” would look like.

DOGFIGHT ON CRAIT

Once the First Order discovers that the last remnants of the Resistance fleet have escaped in pods to the salt soaked planet of Crait, all hope seems lost. Down they descend with a ground assault, protecting a giant battering ram that uses “Death Star tech” to essentially focus a giant laser beam at the reinforced blast door in front of the abandoned Rebel base. The few remaining Resistance pilots, captained by flying ace Poe Dameron and reinforced by Finn and Rose, engage the ground assault with aging rust buckets that threaten to fall apart at every turn.

Though the final battle in the film has all the elements contained in this concept art, the First Order’s ground assault vehicles end up resembling Imperial AT-AT’s than they do these hulking crab-leg beasts.

KYLO REN

While audiences were divided on whether or not Kylo Ren was actually a worthy successor to Vader when he appeared in The Force Awakens as the villain of a new Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi shows a much more aggressive version of the dark side warrior. If there was any doubt about his capability for savagery, it is put to rest by the sheer undiluted anger that seems to course through his veins with every temper tantrum.

Would skinhead Kylo Ren have made for a scarier villain? It’s possible, especially since he’s acquired a shiny new scar across his face and towers over the other members of the cast. But ultimately he doesn’t need so drastic a change in appearance; ditching the helmet was statement enough.

THE KNIGHTS OF REN

Audiences were introduced to the fabled Knights of Ren in The Force Awakens, in which a group of Dark Jedi, led by Kylo Ren, slaughtered Luke’s Jedi Academy students and burnt his Jedi Temple to the ground. Originally, we were to see more of them in The Last Jedi, and not just in flashback sequences seen by Rey as part of mysterious visions.

Sadly, the Knights of Ren were never seen again, nor were they mentioned. There are several flashback sequences involving that time period, including scenes of the temple burning and amidst the rubble, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, but no infamous warriors. Were they created by Kylo on the spot, or were they an ancient order? The galaxy will never know, but this concept art shows what they might have looked like if we’d seen them.

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29 Dec 21:07

Star Wars: Mark Hamill Has a Second, Secret Role in The Last Jedi

by Renaldo Matadeen
Star Wars: Mark Hamill Has a Second, Secret Role in The Last Jedi

Actor Mark Hamill didn’t just reprise his role as Luke Skywalker for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he also had a second mysterious role.

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In the movie’s closing credits, Hamill is tagged as another character called Dobbu Scay. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hamill said when asked about the character in a Q&A panel. “I’m not telling. I like playing the mystery of it all.”

He did admit that the character can be found in the movie’s Canto Bight casino scene. Hamill is disguised as one of the gambling aliens in the scene where Finn and Rose are trying to find a hacker to go up against the First Order. Hamill asked director Rian Johnson to place him there, as he wanted to play a CGI role.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Most Unforgivable Plot Holes

“I said I’d love to do a CGI thing, and he said sure,” Hamill said. “And I got to go to the set of the casino and see in detail 150 extras in jaw-dropping costumes.”

Regarding the name, Dobbu Scay, Johnson admitted it was a fun anagram of editor Bob Duscay’s name. As for how to spot Hamill, well, the best bet would be via his iconic voice. Seeing as he’s voiced the Joker in so many DC Comics animated properties, this alone should challenge fans to now go and try to find the elusive Dobbu Scay.

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29 Dec 06:47

Supergirl Season 3: Brainiac 5 to Make First Appearance When Series Returns

by Dan Wickline

After getting beaten into unconsciousness, the Girl of Steel looks like she could use some help — and that is exactly what she is going to get when Supergirl returns on January 15th. The mid-season finale showed us Samantha Arias (Odette Annable) fully awaken as Reign, and when she confronts Kara (Melissa Benoist), the battle does not go well for Supergirl. In truth, it’s barely even a battle. Kara is left unconscious on the ground as the citizens of National City, her sister, and her friends look on.

Supergirl

And she will remain unconscious when the show returns.

SUPERGIRL: “Legion of Superheroes” (Monday, Jan. 15 at 8/7c)

Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign, Supergirl remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5 (Defiance‘s Jesse Rath), to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her.

With Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Saturn Girl, AKA Imra Ardeen (Amy Jackson), already out of their pods, that leaves three more Legion of Superheroes to be revealed. We’ve known for some time, however, that Brainiac 5 was one of them when the Jesse Rath casting was announced. The interesting thing will be to see who the other two members are. Will they be Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad, the other two founding members along with Saturn Girl? Will this tie in at all with the strange caterer’s appearance (Jessica Parker Kennedy) in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover during Barry and Iris’s wedding? Some have speculated her to be Dawn Allen, while others say she’s Barry’s granddaughter, XS, from the Legion. It’s been confirmed that Kennedy will be back, but not necessarily on which show. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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27 Dec 22:01

Game of Thrones: Series Finale Script Made the Cast Cry

by Taylor Williams
Game of Thrones: Series Finale Script Made the Cast Cry

The table read for the final season of Game of Thrones was an emotional roller coaster, according to series star Sophie Turner.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner revealed the finale’s script received a standing ovation from the cast, with some tears being shed as well. “We had the read-through a while ago and at the end of it, we were all on our feet, applauding and crying,” Turner said. “We had everyone there, everyone who’s had any part in this. It was amazing.”

RELATED: Game of Thrones Won’t Return Until 2019, Sophie Turner Says

Turner explained that the cast closed themselves off from the outside world during the reading. “We closed the blinds and shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and had six hours in this room just reading it through and crying and laughing,” she said. “We had our emotional bit and then we thought, ‘Well now we’ve got eight months. We’ve still got a while to get through!'”

Game of Thrones‘ final season is setting up to be of epic proportions. Former star Jason Momoa recently promised that the final season is “going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people.”

RELATED: Game of Thrones: HBO Reveals Directors For Final Season

The final season of Game of Thrones is expected in 2019, but has yet to be given an official release date. The penultimate season is now available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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22 Dec 07:16

Dave Chappelle Talks Trump Supporters in NSFW Netflix Clip

by Ray Flook
Credit: Netflix

The 2016 election might be a little over a year behind us, but comedian Dave Chappelle still has some things to get off his chest. His new Netflix stand-up special Dave Chappelle: Equanimity is set to arrive on New Year’s Eve, so the streaming service has released a preview that has the comedian giving his perspective on what it was like voting alongside Donald Trump supporters and the interactions he had with them.

Here’s the pretty-much-NSFW clip from Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, debuting December 31st:

“I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life, but, full disclosure, poor whites are my least favorite. We’ve got a lot of trouble out of them. And I’ve never seen so many of them up close. Looked at them right in their coal-smeared faces. And to my surprise, you know what I didn’t see? I didn’t see one deplorable face in that group. Saw some angry faces and some determined faces but they felt like decent folk. I’m not even lying! No, they did … I felt sorry for them. I know the game now. I know that rich people call poor white people ‘trash.’ And the only reason I know that is I made so much money last year that the rich whites told me they say it at a cocktail party.

“… I stood in line with them like all Americans are required to do in a democracy, nobody skips the line to vote … and I listened to them. I listened to them say naive poor white people things: ‘Donald Trump is going to go to Washington and he’s gonna fight for us.’ I’m standing there thinking, ‘you dumb motherf****r … you are poor. He’s fighting for me!’”

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Here’s a look at the original teaser for the special, which shows Chappelle moving on from The Walking Dead‘s Negan to some “stranger things”:

Emmy Award-winning comedy titan Dave Chappelle is capping a banner year with a stand-up event packed with scorching new material, self-reflection and tough love. Chappelle holds court in a special homecoming performance filmed in front of a packed house at the historic Warner Theater in Washington D.C. In “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity,” the comedian hilariously revels in taking on culture and class, politics and the specter of getting old.

Entertainment Weekly

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22 Dec 07:15

How Rian Johnson Hid a Classic Star Wars Reference into The Last Jedi

by Kaitlyn Booth

There is a tradition in Star Wars movies for someone to say the words “I have a bad feeling about this.”

However, when fans watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi they noticed that no one said the words. Fans asked writer and director Rian Johnson was asked about it on social media. In an interview with The Huffington Post Johnson confirms that the the line is in the movie it’s just a little harder to spot.

Warning for very minor spoilers for The Last Jedi.

As Poe Dameron is approaching the First Order fleet in his x-wing and BB-8 makes a series of beeps. Poe replies with “come on now buddy. Only happy beeps.” It turns out that was the line.

“Yes!” he said with a laugh. “Good catch!” Johnson told us he thought it would be cool to sneak in the iconic phrase. “It seemed like a fun character to deliver that line,” he said. “I think originally I had Poe respond, ‘Oh, I got a good feeling about it. Keep your chin up.’ And then I made it a little less explicit just to make it more fun.”

Some people in the Star Wars universe can understand droids but not everyone and we, as the people watching, are some of those people. That means we didn’t understand BB-8 we also didn’t understand a series of beeps that R2-D2 says to Luke later in the movie.

Though Johnson happily corroborated that Easter egg, he was more vague about a line that comes from R2-D2 later in the film. At one point, Luke tells R2 to “watch your language.” Asking about what R2 said there proved a little too much for Johnson. The director said the words were “not fit for print!”

Turns out those little beeps and boops could be hiding some very bad words. R2 would swear after the crap he’s seen over the years.

Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It’s out now.

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22 Dec 07:14

[SPOILERS] Rian Johnson Talks Luke Skywalker’s Place in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

by Kaitlyn Booth

One of the big things that was going to come out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is what happened to the famous Luke Skywalker. He didn’t even have a line in The Force Awakens so no one was really sure what was going to happen in The Last Jedi. It has proven to be a point of contention among fans and Business Insider spoke to writer/director Rian Johnson about Skywalker and how actor Mark Hamill reacted. However, Luke and how he is handled in the movie is a huge spoiler so consider this your spoiler warning.
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The Luke we meet in the movie is not the wide eyed young farm boy from A New Hope or even the Jedi master from Return of the Jedi. This is a sad and broken old man that has crumbled under the weight of his own failures. It’s a fascinating direction to take the character and one that Johnson found challenging to write.

Yeah. It’s something that, early in the process, the first thing I had to crack in the movie is why Luke is on that island. I had to figure out something that made sense, and you don’t know much about where’s Luke’s head is at coming out of “The Force Awakens.” But what you do know is his friends are out fighting the good fight, and he’s taken himself out of the equation. So for me growing up, I know Luke as a hero. I know that he must think he’s doing the right thing by taking himself out of the equation, and that means he thinks the best thing for the galaxy is that he’s not a part of this and, by extension, that the Jedi are not a part of this. So that leads you down a certain path.

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By the end of the movie we see Luke die, at peace, after humiliating Kylo Ren and giving the Resistance time to escape. While it’s an ending that a lot of fans have a problem with it is one that became clear to Johnson as he was writing the movie.

As I worked out that his arc was going to be coming to a place where he does this big heroic act that is going to be spread throughout the galaxy — basically taking back the mantle of Luke Skywalker, a Jedi master, a legend — it just slowly became clear to me that it would be this big grand act. It would be an act of mythmaking. And if there was ever going to be a place in this entire trilogy to give him this emotional moment of a goodbye, this was probably going to be the most emotionally potent place to do it.

This was the ending the character seemed to want and he got it. Luke says he went to the island to die and he did exactly that but not after saving lives and, once again, becoming a legend even in death. This was Luke’s “coda” but Johnson admits that he isn’t writing the next one so he doesn’t know if things are going to change in Episode IX.

Yes, exactly. But I also have to say I’m not writing the next one, and I’m not sure what J.J. [Abrams] and [screenwriter] Chris Terrio are going to do in the next one with Luke. But setting up possibilities for the next one, honestly, it seems much like Obi-Wan going where he did after “New Hope.” The possibilities seemed even more exciting in terms of what Luke’s place could be in the next chapter with him entering into this other realm as opposed to him having a lightsaber and being with our heroes. It opened more possibilities as opposed to fewer. I was holding my breath when I did it and I realized all these things, though I also thought, “S—.”

Hamill has gone on record to say that he wasn’t happy with the direction that Johnson decided to take Luke, though he later clarified his statements when they came out as him hating the movie, when Johnson describes his reaction as something Hamill didn’t want to hear.

It wasn’t the thing he wanted to necessarily hear. [Laughs.] Understandably so. Mark had all these years to think what Luke’s triumphant return would be. Luke’s the hero coming back into this story, and the fact that this character and this movie could not be that — this character in this movie was by necessity what he had to be, and also in relation to Rey, that brought its own necessity.

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Hamill, like the rest of us, has spent the last several decades coming up with how Luke’s story would evolve after Return of the Jedi and this wasn’t what he had in mind. That is the core of a lot of people’s problems with this movie. However, as Johnson points out, having Luke just be a good guy who shows up to save the day isn’t necessarily an interesting movie to watch because there is no character conflict.

If he comes in as just an optimistic fighter for the good guys, that gives Rey nothing to bounce up against — that’s just an older version of Rey. So it’s not what Mark had in his head initially, and that’s why he’s spoken very openly about his being caught off guard by the script and where the character ends up. But I knew this is where it had to be. We got into the conversations, and we got into the work, and we talked, and we argued, and we discussed, and that process ended up being very good for the character and also for our working relationship. It was a very good one.

Part of being a director and a writer is sometimes listening to what your actors have to say. In this case it was talking to the man who made us all fall in love with Luke Skywalker in the first place and making it a collaborative effort.

Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It’s out now.

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22 Dec 07:11

As Bendis Bids Farewell to the Marvel Universe, His Books Either Move On or Get Cancelled

by Joe Glass

When Brian Michael Bendis announced his shock departure from Marvel last month, many had wondered how it would affect the titles he currently had his hands on. Well, the Marvel March 2018 solicitations seem to have answered for at least two of these titles.

First up, Defenders seems to be all over. There is no solicitation for the series in March, meaning February’s Defenders #10 will likely be the final issue.

DEFENDERS #10

  • BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)
  • Hulk Variant Cover by TBA
  • KINGPINS OF NEW YORK Part 5
  • Daredevil takes on the underworld single-handed as KINGPINS OF NEW YORK reaches a dramatic crescendo!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Easily one of the best comics Marvel was putting out on the shelves, it seems Defenders will not survive the departure of writer Bendis. Where David Marquez winds up after the series ends is also currently unknown.

However, one of Bendis’s other titles, Jessica Jones, is not going anywhere. Featuring a solicit in the March solicitations, March’s issue reads as thus:

JESSICA JONES #18

  • BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • MICHAEL GAYDOS (A)
  • Cover by DAVID MACK
  • As the creators of Jessica Jones leave her to an all-new team next issue, they bid her farewell with one last very special, fully painted story — a truly incredible tale that no one ever gets to see. Be here for an unforgettable issue that ties threads together from all over the amazing Marvel Universe.
  • 32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

As the solicits suggest, Jessica Jones says goodbye to Bendis but affirms that the series continues with a whole new creative team the next issue. So at the very least, Jessica Jones will keep going.

But the street level team of heroes that is Defenders will die in the gutter with Bendis jumping ship to DC. Which is a real shame, as it was a helluva fun title.

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15 Dec 20:45

News Post: The Xbox One X

by Gabe@penny-arcade.com (Gabe)
Gabe: The Xbox One did not win me over this console generation. I’ve said a lot of bad things about the console since it came out, although suggesting that playing an Xbox One during pregnancy is dangerous to the fetus, might be the worst. I’ve made no secret about the fact that I play all my games on the PS4, that I’ve really enjoyed the PS4 Pro and that I’ve actually outfitted my entire family with Playstations so that we can all play together. A few years earlier I was a huge Xbox 360 fan and refused to even touch a PS3 controller. I was ready to love the Xbox One but it ended up being a…
29 Nov 20:40

[SPOILERS] Taika Waititi Already Knows How He’d Open Thor 4

by Kaitlyn Booth

There were a couple of really fun cameos in Thor: Ragnarok, and some of them came from some rather large names in Hollywood. Those cameos are considered spoilers — mostly because you want to see them play out for yourself, but also for their content. They are also part of what director Taika Waititi would do if he made the hypothetical fourth Thor movie, according to Cinema Blend. However, that’s also a bit of a spoiler, so we’ll see you after you’ve seen the movie.

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After defeating the fire demon Surtur, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns home to Asgard to see a play being put on of Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) “death” in Thor: The Dark World. The play takes some creative liberties, what with the very not-dead Loki impersonating Odin at the moment, and also some great cameos such as Sam Neill playing Odin, Luke Hemsworth as Thor, and Matt Damon as Loki. Neill and Jeff Goldblum were famously in Jurassic Park together, and Cinema Blend asked Waititi about the reunion — which led into a conversation about how he would open Thor 4:

“I would have loved that. I don’t think they were around at the same time. That would have been amazing just to somehow make that work. It would be awesome if we somehow got Laura Dern in there, as well… Thor 4, exactly. All of them go back and do the play again. It’s a new play about Asgard’s destruction. That might be a great way to start that film.”

Laura Dern reenacting Cate Blanchett‘s Hela in a “Shakespeare in the Park” rendition of Thor: Ragnarok is not a thing I knew I needed until this very moment.

Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. Check it out in theaters now.

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25 Nov 16:25

The Big Reasons Brian Michael Bendis Left Marvel For DC Comics

by Rich Johnston

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But it wouldn’t have the kudos.

The word is out and it hit with a bang. Brian Michael Bendis, who has been writing continuously for Marvel Comics since 2000 has signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. But why.

No doubt there will be PR-friendly soundbites with the words “challenge”, “fresh start”, or “a whole new universe of characters to play with” but from involved sources, Bleeding Cool has been able to put together this timeline. All of this is unofficial, of course.

Much of it was spurred by the Marvel Comics Writers Summit that occurred last month just before New York Comic-Con, which we dubbed Fear And Loathing Before NYCC 2017. 

But first, what was going on with Bendis at Marvel? He was writing Jessica Jones, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Defenders, Spider-Man, Spider-Men II, Invincible Iron Man and Infamous Iron Man. He had written the Civil War II crossover event. But he deliberately stayed well away from Secret Empire. His books didn’t crossover with the big event, and Guardians only did when he left.

However his books weren’t getting the big numbers like they used to. And a number of them were subject to being later than usual. His contract was up, the likelihood of getting a raise was low.

The Marvel Comics Creative Committee of which he played a strong part no longer had any influence on the films, after Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios stopped reporting to Ike Perlmutter but to Disney instead. Bendis, who wrote the first of the Marvel end credit scenes with Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury in Iron Man, was no longer a part of that mix.

Bendis had written pretty much every Marvel character he was interested in – and there was no chance of Marvel publishing a Fantastic Four comic now.

So, the Marvel Comics Writers Summit, before New York Comic Con. We mentioned how the issue of increased diversity of Marvel Comics and how to deal with negative reaction towards that, was a significant aspect. I am told that Brian Bendis, creator of Miles Morales and Riri Williams, had quite the disagreement with David Gabriel, whose interview with Miles Griepp for ICV2 regarding diversity at the publisher needed repeated clarifications.

That there was a decision made to give the title called simply Spider-Man to the Peter Parker iteration of the character in 2018, rather than the current Miles Morales, which would become Miles Morales: Spider-Man again, a battle Bendis thought he had previously won for Marvel Legacy.

That Gabriel told Bendis that diversity doesn’t sell. The counter to that being, what does at Marvel aside from Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man and Star Wars?

Now, to be clear,  the fight isn’t why he left – but just part of his overall discontent.

Bendis was losing his swagger, none of his friends were there anymore, it was time to leave the stage – and get a brand new spotlight. And probably a raise into the bargain.

Oh yes, and DC Comics has offered him a spot at their films/multi-media table, working alongside Geoff Johns, something denied him by Kevin Feige at Marvel.

The other question to ask is… who will be following Brian Bendis? How long do the likes of David Marquez, Stefano Caselli, Sara Pichelli, have on their Marvel contracts? John Romita Jr is already at DC Comics, so is Olivier Coipel (after he’s finished Mark Millar‘s new comic – and yes, Netflix’s decision to delay that announcement as it was too close to the Texas shooting, saw it buried by the Bendis news today). And Alex Maleev is contractless right now…

But Bendis and Pichelli on Zatanna seems a really easy sell, no?

Anyway, this is the skuttlebutt. We’ll see what the official PR version looks like at a later date… Brian did not respond to e-mails sent earlier in the day. But he’s probably been very busy.

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16 Nov 22:00

The Crow: Jason Momoa Teases Start of Production on Reboot

by Liam Nolan
The Crow: Jason Momoa Teases Start of Production on Reboot

Actor Jason Momoa has teased that production on the long-gestating reboot of The Crow will start soon.

RELATED: The Crow Almost Had a Female-Led Sequel

Momoa shared a photo of Eric Draven/The Crow’s iconic makeup on his Instagram. The image itself comes from a fan poster by LostMind. The actor also posted a photo of himself with director Corin Hardy. “I’ve been waiting for sooooo long. @corinhardy let’s do this brother aloha j,” Momoa wrote alongside the pictures.

I’ve been waiting for sooooo long. @corinhardy let’s do this brother aloha j

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A remake/reboot of the 1994 film had been in development at Relativity Media for a decade before eventually landing at Sony Pictures in September. It wasn’t entirely clear if Momoa and Hardy were still attached to the project after its move, but Momoa’s post seems to confirm that they are.

Based on James O’Barr’s cult comic, The Crow centers on Eric Draven, who’s resurrected by a supernatural crow to avenge his own murder and that of his girlfriend. The Crow Reborn is expected to be more faithful to the original comic than Alex Proyas’ 1994 film. In 2016, Proyas called a reboot/remake of the movie “unnecessary.”

Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original film, will produce the remake alongside Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow.

RELATED: The Crow Reboot Takes Flight At Sony

Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The release date for the The Crow Reborn is currently unknown. Jason Momoa will star as Eric Draven/The Crow.

(via ScreenRant)

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16 Nov 21:57

Feige Said First Thor Film Was MCU’s ‘Most Difficult Tonal Challenge’

by Nicole Sobon
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From the outside looking in, this always appeared to be the case. Interesting to have it confirmed from the insiders.

Feige Said First Thor Film Was MCU’s ‘Most Difficult Tonal Challenge’

The third Thor film only hit theaters stateside last weekend, yet the film has already grossed an impressive $500 million at the worldwide box office and helped propel the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $5 billion. However, while Thor: Ragnarok continues to smash box expectations — with the film set to take in another $61 million this weekend — it’s easy to forget that the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t always set to be a blockbuster success. In fact, according to Thor director Kenneth Branagh, it was very much sink or swim in the beginning especially when it came to introducing the God of Thunder, a character that proved to be tonally difficult to capture.

RELATED: Thor: Ragnarok Mjolnir In Memoriam Video Hammers Home Thor’s Loss

While promoting his latest film, Murder on the Orient Express, Uproxx spoke to Branagh about directing the first Thor movie, which was set to follow on the heels of Iron Man, a smashing success, and The Incredible Hulk, a film that didn’t work as well as Marvel had hoped. According to Branagh, at that point, it was still a huge risk for the MCU, and the success of Thor played a vital part in whether they’d move forward with their original overarching, interconnected plan.

When asked if the operation would have fallen apart if the first Thor movie didn’t work, Branagh revealed that was essentially how they all felt. Not only did they have the task of introducing a brand new character, but they also had to successfully capture a new tonal direction in this cinematic universe, which proved to be a daunting task in itself.

No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me, “This is the single most difficult tonal challenge for us, to make this movie work in itself and fit into this large universe.” In fact, I think Thor, and in Chris Hemsworth’s performance, becomes an absolutely integral part.

Thankfully, they managed to overcome the tonal challenges, for the most part. While the Thor franchise has seen its complaints — mainly with Thor: The Dark World — there’s no denying that Branagh and company managed to successfully introduce the God of Thunder to a wider audience.

RELATED: How Star Wars Influenced THAT Thor: Ragnarok Reveal

In theaters now, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.

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16 Nov 21:55

Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragons’ Designs Are Based On… Chickens?

by Geoff Miller
Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragons’ Designs Are Based On… Chickens?

In Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons have blossomed from mythic beginnings to becoming true game-changers over the course of the show’s seven seasons, but fans might be shocked to learn the poultry-themed origin story of their designs.

In an interview with Gamespot, Thilo Kuther, who is the CEO of special effects company Pixomondo, revealed that the studio first started working for the HBO fantasy drama back in Season Two when Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion were just tiny creatures, but as the beasts grew bigger and bigger over time, the crew sought out chickens as a real-life anatomical base.

Kuther recalled, “When they got bigger in Season Three and Four, there was a lot of, ‘So if a dragon is this big, how can it lift itself up?’ What is it? Is it a bat? Or is it a bird? Is it an eagle? And the amount of energy that went into these discussions is beyond belief. That’s why they went to [grocery store chain] Trader Joe’s and bought a chicken, and took it apart, and said, ‘So, how does that work?'”

RELATED: Game of Thrones: HBO Reveals Directors For Final Season

Kuther also added that in addition to the hands-on dissection experiments, his team researched YouTube footage of bats and chickens in flight as inspiration for the creatures’ movements and mannerisms. The studio’s hard work seems to have paid off, as the flying emissaries of Khaleesi’s quest for Westerosi dominance are widely-considered one of the most realistic dragon designs of any television series or movie to date.

Game of Thrones’ final season has yet to be given a release date, but the penultimate season is now available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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14 Nov 22:19

Stranger Things’ Mirror Universe Isn’t Really Named the Upside Down

by Jason Cohen
Stranger Things’ Mirror Universe Isn’t Really Named the Upside Down

According to the Stranger Things aftershow Beyond Stranger Things, the Upside Down isn’t actually referred to by that name in the scripts.

RELATED: Stranger Things: Eleven Didn’t Survive Duffer Brothers’ Original Pitch

For two seasons, the alternate dimension that invades reality and is the home of monsters like the Demogorgon and the Mind Flayer has been referred to as the Upside Down. But while the characters on the show exclusively use that name, the series’ aftershow revealed that the script actually calls it The Nether. In fact, during the first season, the cast and crew referred to it as such whenever they weren’t on camera.

By now, the name has taken hold among viewers, so it’s unlikely many would ever refer to it as The Other, even if the show does adopt that name, but it’s interesting to learn what the Duffer Brothers initially envisioned before the project took on a mind of its own.

RELATED: Can Stranger Things Season 3 Be Better Than The Previous Two?

Now streaming on Netflix, the second season of Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.

Via Entertainment Weekly

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14 Nov 22:16

Star Wars: 15 Original Trilogy Mistakes That Went Unnoticed For Decades

by Mathew Stevens
Star Wars: 15 Original Trilogy Mistakes That Went Unnoticed For Decades

Fans have been watching and re-watching the original Star Wars trilogy for over 30 years now, and for some of us, it has become a point of pride that we can recite every line because we have gone through the original films frame by frame just to know the Star Wars universe a little better. In the time that we’ve been watching these films, it’s become clear that they’re not perfect. Everyone has noticed objects disappearing between shots and little mistakes made by the actors, but despite Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope being released in 1977 and Return of the Jedi being released in 1983, some of the biggest mistakes of the original trilogy went unnoticed by fans and George Lucas alike for years!

RELATED: 15 Controversies That Nearly Destroyed Star Wars

Even the most eagle-eyed of fans might be surprised by some of the original trilogy mistakes in this list because despite George Lucas going back half a dozen times to “improve” his Star Wars films, even he hasn’t been able to catch them all! If you think you know all there is to know about the original Star Wars trilogy, then prepare to be surprised with these 15 huge mistakes that went unnoticed for DECADES!

LIGHTLESS SABERS

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In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there are two moments on the Death Star where the lightsaber special effects aren’t fully rendered, revealing the clear tube that serves as the “blade” of the lightsaber prop. First, Obi-Wan’s blade disappears at certain angles during the battle with Darth Vader.

Later on, as Luke, Han and Leia escape from the Death Star, Darth Vader’s red blade is missing in a wide shot where he’s carrying his lightsaber. The red lightsaber was added back in digitally by George Lucas to the special edition edits of Star Wars, and although a minor glowing effect was added to Obi-Wan’s lightsaber in the shots in question, you can still see the plastic tube beneath it, even in the blu-ray release.

G.I. LANDO

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At the end of Empire Strikes Back, Luke escapes the fight with Darth Vader by dropping down a chute and catching himself on a scaffolding. Leia communicates with Luke using the Force and they turn around to rescue him. In order to save money for the shot, rather than constructing a full-size panel that could open up and lift Lando, they made a model of the top part of the Millennium Falcon and shot it close up.

However, maybe they should have shot it further away because when Lando opens the top hatch of the Millennium Falcon to rescue Luke from the scaffolding, there’s a shot where it’s clear that he has been replaced by a plastic action figure to fit the size of the model ship.

THE EWOK SHUFFLE

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In Return of the Jedi, after the Death Star explodes, we get a few shots of Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO surrounded by Ewoks and some other rebels on the forest moon of Endor. In the first shot, a grey Ewok is standing next to Chewbacca. In the next shot, this Ewok is gone, and a black one is standing next to C-3PO.

In the following shot, we see Han and Leia with Chewbacca, C-3P0 and R2-D2 in the background, this time with a new brown Ewok, who was nowhere to be seen in the previous shots, now standing in front of Chewbacca. Also, throughout the scene C-3PO, Chewbacca and the rebel next to him keep standing in different positions relative to each other between shots without enough time in between to conceivably actually move.

CLUMSY STORMTROOPER

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It’s one of the most infamous movie mistakes in the world now, but when A New Hope was released, it went unnoticed for years by most Star Wars fans. For the uninitiated, there’s a moment in Episode IV, when the stormtroopers break into the control room to go after Han, but the door doesn’t open all the way and the one on the right bumps his head on the door as he tries to walk through.

Over the years, it became such a popular movie slip-up, that George Lucas even added in a thunk sound effect in the Special Editions to call attention to it. There are a lot of people who hate most or all of the changes George Lucas made including this one, but just be happy he has a sense of humor about it. He always could have digitally removed the door and shortened the stormtrooper.

YODA’S TELEPORTATION

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In Empire Strikes Back, after Luke escapes from the cave on Dagobah, he talks to Yoda before trying and failing to lift his X-Wing out of the swamp with Yoda standing next to him. Dejected, Luke goes off to pout under a nearby tree, and we see Yoda standing on the ground while he walks away.

It cuts over to Luke as he sits down, then it cuts back to Yoda, who is now sitting up on a clumping of swamp tree roots several yards away when he lifts the X-Wing himself. We can tell how far away he’s moved, because there are shots of Luke as he comes out to watch and we can see the distance between them, much too far away for Yoda too have sprinted over there in the space of two seconds.

CLUMSY LANDO

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It must be hard to be a tall guy on the set of a Star Wars movie. Everybody has seen the infamous clumsy stormtrooper as he bumps his head into the door, but you’ll have to look a little closer to see the always smooth Lando Calrissian do the same thing in Return of the Jedi.

As Jabba has Han taken away to the dungeons of his palace, he’s followed out by a mysterious guard in a horned helmet who we find out to be Lando. Just before Lando tilts his mask down so we can see who he is, he walks through the doorway and bumps his helmet into the ceiling so that it pulls the mask back. It’s a pretty subtle moment, and Billy Dee Williams has never looked uncool in his life, so he plays it off well, but it’s there if you’re watching.

THE EXPANDING METAL GRATE

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One of the tensest and most memorable scenes in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is the garbage compactor scene where Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca are about to be crushed as the walls close in, before R2-D2 finally manages to shut down the system.

Leia takes one of the guns and blasts a hole in the metal grate near them to escape into the garbage compactor room, but what you may not have noticed is that when she makes the hole, it’s a bit too small for all of them to fit through, especially Chewbacca. This turns out not to be a problem though, since the hole they use to escape gets bigger in the shot when they actually have to climb through it.

LEIA’S QUICK COSTUME CHANGE

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This is one of the more baffling mistakes in the entire saga, simply because there are people on set whose sole job is to look for inconsistencies from shot to shot, yet that person (and everyone else involved in the movie) didn’t notice that one of the main characters wears a completely different outfit between two scenes with no justifiable explanation.

In Empire Strikes Back, Lando leads Han, Leia and Chewbacca down the hall for “refreshments” where he’ll turn them over to Dart Vader. When they get captured, Leia is wearing a red outfit, but in the next scene, she has changed into the white jumpsuit that she wears for the rest of the movie. Was Darth Vader really that concerned about a single prisoner’s look?

FAKE TEXT

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In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, after Luke, Lando and Leia manage to rescue Han from Jabba’s palace, Luke decides to go back to see Yoda on Dagobah one last time. When Luke is in his X-Wing preparing to make the jump to Dagobah, we get a quick shot of red text appearing on the viewer screen in the cockpit.

It’s no surprise that it went unnoticed for so long, since the red text isn’t in English, but if you look closely, you can see that the red text has been superimposed onto the screen, which you can tell as it remains stationary relative to the frame even when the rest of the cockpit panel is moving around. It’s surprising that George Lucas didn’t even stabilize this for the Special Edition, but then again, maybe he still hasn’t noticed it.

MAN INSIDE THE CAN

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It wasn’t widely known at the time the original Star Wars was released, but R2-D2 was actually played by an actor named Kenny Baker, who got inside of the R2-D2 canister to operate him and move around. However, if audiences had been watching closely, they might have gotten their first clue in the theatre in 1977.

When R2-D2 wakes up on the Jawa Sandcrawler after being captured, he starts looking around at the other droids, and as his head whips around you can clearly see actor Kenny Baker’s face through R2-D2’s eyehole with a light on inside. It’s a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, and it’s nearly impossible to adequately make out in a screenshot, but go back to the DVD or blu-ray and watch frame by frame, and you can see it.

VADER’S NOT GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE

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Darth Vader is one of the most menacing and merciless figures in the history of pop culture. When another character has an interaction with him, you genuinely fear for their lives, but maybe you shouldn’t because the only person we can confirm that he actually killed in the original trilogy is Emperor Palpatine… probably. What about Captain Needa, from the famous “Apology accepted, Captain Needa” scene, you ask?

When Captain Needa is “killed” by Darth Vader, two guards come to take him away and Vader starts to walk away, but if you watch the two guards in the background as they start to pick him up, you can clearly see the dead captain sit up and start to stand by himself with little assistance from the two helpers.

THE GHOST X-WINGS

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The digital effects of the Star Wars saga were pretty next level at the time, but that doesn’t mean they were perfect. One of the more commonly known ones is the shot where you can see the outside landscape through Luke’s ship in Empire Strikes Back, due to the way these effects are rendered on screen, but Return of the Jedi has one that’s even worse, yet infinitely harder to spot.

After Wicket tells the rebels where the secret entrance to the shield generator base is on the forest moon of Endor, there’s a shot of several kinds of spaceships flying in space. Through the course of the sequence, we see one X-Wing pass through the Millennium Falcon and another one through a Calamarian cruiser above it. The reason for this is that the models of the ships were recorded separately, then superimposed into a single shot.

SERIOUSLY, VADER’S REALLY NOT GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE

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Is Darth Vader secretly a pacifist, or are all the actors playing people he supposedly kills just really terrible at playing dead? The very first innocent person we see him interact with is in the opening scene when he’s holding one of the rebels by the neck to interrogate him. We hear a nasty crack, indicating his neck is broken, before Vader tosses the body against the wall.

However, then the “dead” rebel puts his hands up to protect his face from hitting the wall. Then he lands on his feet and spins around before falling to the ground where he can pretend to be dead. The way he lands, it almost looks like they were just rehearsing the shot, because even if he wasn’t supposed to die in the scene, he still wouldn’t agilely land on his feet before spinning around and falling.

HAN’S JACKET

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Leia wasn’t the only person in Cloud City with wardrobe accuracy problems on the set of Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo spent most of his time wearing a dark leather vest over his white shirt, but when the time comes for him to be frozen in carbonite so Boba Fett can deliver him to Jabba the Hutt,  the vest has been removed and he’s just in the white shirt. The problem happens in a single shot just before Han is lowered into the carbonite chamber.

In a closeup shot of Han’s face and shoulders, you can see that his vest or jacket is back on over the white shirt again, then it’s gone in the rest of the scene. This was slightly altered for the DVD release, lightening Han’s jacket, but it’s still clearly darker than his shirt and shiny like leather.

EYELESS EWOK

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The Ewoks. They were as divisive as Jar Jar Binks in their time before Jar Jar made the Ewoks look as cool as Shaft. People might have hated them even more if they had noticed the mistake that completely spoiled the immersion of the movie.

Most of the Ewoks originally had black glass eyes, but in Return of the Jedi, when Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO first encounter the Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor, they start bowing to C-3PO, believing him to be a god. One of the Ewoks is missing the black costume eyes, and the actor’s eyes can clearly be seen through the eyeholes of the costume. Lucas later went in and added wonky-looking CG eyes, which is still better than seeing the guy in the costume.

Can you think of any other mistakes that Star Wars fans have missed all these years? Let us know in the comments!

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14 Nov 22:12

Boseman Calls Black Panther’s Accent A Response to White Supremacism

by Taylor Williams
Boseman Calls Black Panther’s Accent A Response to White Supremacism

“Tell me something…what do you know about Wakanda?” is the first line heard during the opening moments of the teaser trailer for 2018’s Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman, who portrays the titular hero, revealed what he knows of the fictional country, describing it as a utopia.

Asked to describe Wakanda in an interview with c|net, Boseman’s response was to the point. “It’s a utopia,” he said. “It’s not just an African utopia — it’s a utopia. It’s a place where spirituality and science do not war with each other.”

RELATED: What is The Djalia? Black Panther’s Mystical Realm, Explained

Boseman went on to explain how the utopian nature of Wakanda influenced the development of the accent he speaks with while portraying Wakanda’s king, T’Challa. “People think about how race has affected the world. It’s not just in the States. Colonialism is the cousin of slavery. Colonialism in Africa would have it that, in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe. I wanted to be completely sure that we didn’t convey that idea because that would be counter to everything that Wakanda is about it,” the actor explained. “It’s supposed to be the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. If it’s supposed to not have been conquered — which means that advancement has happened without colonialism tainting it, poisoning the well of it, without stopping it or disrupting it — then there’s no way he would speak with a European accent.”

“If I did that, I would be conveying a white supremacist idea of what being educated is and what being royal or presidential is,” Boseman continued. “Because it’s not just about him running around fighting. He’s the ruler of a nation. And if he’s the ruler of a nation, he has to speak to his people. He has to galvanize his people. And there’s no way I could speak to my people, who have never been conquered by Europeans, with a European voice.”

RELATED: Black Panther: Breaking Down Marvel’s Most Complex Trailer Yet

Black Panther, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, opens in theaters on February 16, 2018, and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.

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14 Nov 22:07

Mark Millar’s First Netflix Comic Is a Fantasy Crime Series With Olivier Coipel

by Tim Adams
Mark Millar’s First Netflix Comic Is a Fantasy Crime Series With Olivier Coipel

Writer Mark Millar will be joined by artist Oliver Coipel for The Magic Order, the first Millarworld comic project to be published by Netflix. Combining elements of fantasy and crime thrillers, the six-issue series follows five magical families who must face a new threat to their survival.

RELATED: Mark Millar Teases Announcement of First Millarworld Netflix Series

“So my idea with The Magic Order was to take something that’s essentially about a secret order of good wizards who got rid of all the bad things hundreds of years ago, but live quietly among us now with blue-collar jobs and ordinary domestic lives,” Millar told Entertainment Weekly. “They have this secret life, but to the outside world it’s all very normal and it makes the idea look more like The Sopranos than Lord of the Rings.”

The news arrives three months after Netflix acquired Millarworld, the comics imprint founded in 2013 by Millar, the co-creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted. Under the terms of the deal, Millar will develop properties for television and film, and publish new comics under the Netflix banner.

When it came to working with Coipel, Millar said other commitments have kept them apart. However, the lure of Netflix was too much to pass up. “Olivier is probably the best artist working in comics right now,” Millar said. “I’ve been trying to get him for almost 10 years, but he just kept re-upping his deals elsewhere and I couldn’t get my hands on him. But Netflix is very persuasive. This is where everyone wants to be right now, and he’s as excited as I am about drawing this.”

The Magic Order will debut in spring 2018.

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14 Nov 22:06

Arrowverse: First Crisis on Earth-X Teaser Released

by Brandon Staley
Arrowverse: First Crisis on Earth-X Teaser Released

The first teaser for the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover event has debuted. The video shows the assembled heroes of the Arrowverse ready to do battle with the inhabitants of Earth-X. The four-part event will bring together characters from the CW’s The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl series.

RELATED: Arrowverse’s Crossover: What is the Nazi-Filled World of Earth-X?

A superhero crossover event is an annual tradition at the CW these days. Last year, the “Invasion” crossover event saw the Arrowverse’s heroes assemble to face the Dominators. This year, the threat is perhaps even more serious.

“Crisis on Earth-X” will kick off with the heroes of the Arrowverse in town for Barry Allen and Iris West’s wedding, only for the villains of Earth-X to crash the party. Earth-X is an alternate Earth that saw Germany with World War II. As a result, Earth-X’s Arrowverse heroes are all evil Nazi doppelgangers.

RELATED: Arrowverse Crossover: What To Expect From Crisis on Earth-X

Being an alternate reality, the event will bring back villains of old. Prometheus, who died at the end of Season 5 on Arrow, will make his return. Gypsy, however, won’t be a part of the crossover event.

This year’s four-part crossover will air across two nights, beginning Monday, Nov. 27, with Supergirl and Arrow (on a special night for one week only), and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 28, with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

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07 Nov 07:02

[SPOILERS] Kevin Feige Talks That Retcon In Thor: Ragnarok

by Kaitlyn Booth

There have been a few plot holes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have needed to be cleared up. One of them is going to affect a big movie going forward, and /Film asked Kevin Feige about the scene in question that takes place in Thor: Ragnarok. However, it is a bit of a spoiler, so it’s below the image. Come back after you’ve seen the movie.

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After Hela (Cate Blanchett) invades Asgard we see her go into Odin’s Vault. While there she looks at the Gauntlet and knocks it to the ground declaring it to be “fake”. Fans have been wondering about this since Thanos took the gauntlet and declared in an after-credits scene that he was going “do this himself”. Fans were wondering how Thanos got the Gauntlet from Odin’s vault or if that was a different one than we saw in the original Thor. Feige talked about how the shot of the original gauntlet was one from the first movie.

Going all the way back to Phase One, where Infinity War was a barely a glint in our eye, we were working on Avengers and trying to get just put that all together for the conclusion of Phase One. And it’s in one shot. It’s in one shot in the background.

He went on to explain how it was on display at Comic-Con which just made the inconsistencies even worse.

And also, it was on display, I think at Comic-Con. In the Marvel booth. And pretty quickly after that, within a couple years, we were like, well that’s clearly not the Gauntlet. The Gauntlet can’t be in there. And we had an internal Marvel theory that it was fake. That Odin who you’ve seen in the other films and who’s a… I guess a good father. He’s kind of an okay father. Kind of fosters the rivalry.

As we learn in this movie, he vanished his firstborn daughter because he sort of got what he needed, he got to the top of the Nine Realms and it was like oh, this is much too violent. And Hela says, glad to have it, ashamed of how we got it. And we see that mural in the movie of [how] it was not a pleasant history of how Asgard got all that gold. So Odin has a history of doing what he wants to do to maintain power. And going back, I mean, now it’s probably five years ago we started again just in our internal creative group saying, “Well, it’s fake.” Because if the Asgardians knew that there was something that had that kind of power, that could theoretically wipe out Asgard and whatever else with a, in the comics, a literal snap of the fingers. They might question Odin’s ability to protect them.

So Odin put a fake and he goes, it’s fine, I got it. Look, it’s fine, it’s in our vault, don’t worry about it. And it’s not until Hela goes down there. It was fun being back in that vault, by the way, for the first time since Thor 1. It was just the opportunity to call it a fake. So for people like yourself, and like all of us at Marvel Studios who were paying attention, that answers that question. And for people who have no idea that an out-of-focus Infinity Gauntlet appeared in the back of Thor 1, it just showcases her knowledge and her sort of disgust with the way Odin had handled things on her way to the true power that is below the surface.

So there we go. It was a fake that was put there so Odin could say Thanos didn’t have it and everything was under control. It’s an interesting little retcon and clears things up for Avengers: Infinity War in May.

Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. Check it out in theaters now.

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07 Nov 07:01

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Luke Hasn’t Gone To The Dark Side, Says Mark Hamill

by Kaitlyn Booth

There has been a lot of debate about what kind of character Luke Skywalker is going to be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There are a lot of people assuming that Luke is going to end up the bad guy, but Mark Hamill assured fans in a Disney Rewards Insider interview that it isn’t the case.

When asked how Luke has changed over the years, Hamill explained:

“Actually, I don’t think Luke’s fundamental personality has changed, except that he is older and his life experiences have shaped his outlook the same way they do for all of us.”

Luke has been described as “dark” in this movie, but Hamill believes it’s not that simple:

“In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices. It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge.”

As for the line “It’s time for the Jedi to end,” Hamill liked the line and that the movie is filled with lots of moments that will take everyone by surprise. He continued:

“I’m sure this line is a great shock to the audience, so you can imagine how I felt! This is a huge change for a character who once represented optimism and hope. It’s a radical decision to drop out of everything he’s ever believed in. The entire movie is filled with these kinds of jaw-dropping surprises, but you’ll just have to see the film itself to discover what they are.”

So it sounds like all of those theories about Luke being the villain of The Last Jedi aren’t correct — or at least that is what Hamill is saying right now. Maybe that’ll change, but seeing a Luke Skywalker who has lost hope is going to make for an interesting movie, at least.

Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.

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07 Nov 06:49

[SPOILER] Had A Cameo In Thor: Ragnarok But They Cut It

by Kaitlyn Booth

Half of the fun of going to Marvel movies is seeing what kind of Easter eggs are hiding in the margins. Sometimes they’re rather big and sometimes they’re much more subtle. There were a bunch in Thor: Ragnarok and Crave Online asked Marvel megaboss Kevin Feige about one of them. It’s kind of a cool one though so we’re going to throw up a spoiler warning for the movie. If you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok perhaps come back after you’ve seen the movie.

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Fans have been wondering when Beta Ray Bill was going to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been hints that he exists such as his hammer making an appearance in the Mission: Breakout ride but nothing concrete. In Thor: Ragnarok there is a statue that looks a lot like Beta Ray Bill. The interviewer ask Feige about that statue and whether or not there was a cameo at some point.

There was a Beta Ray Bill, but it was so quick that you would have the same complaints that you have now. He was in it a little bit more and it just didn’t do justice. And the feeling is, if you can’t do it justice, do it later.

So it sounds like Beta Ray Bill is in the cards for sometime in the future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige seems to have realized the character is important enough that he deserves more than a brief moment as a background character.

Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. Check it out in theaters now.

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07 Nov 06:48

Chris Hemsworth Confirms That Thor Will Be [SPOILER] For Infinity War

by Kaitlyn Booth

There were a couple of genuine surprises in Thor: Ragnarok, and one of them is less surprising that it happened and more that marketing was able to keep it a secret. Between toys and a ton of marketing, no one is surprised when comic book movies get spoiled — but this spoiler is one no one ruined. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and actor Chris Hemsworth about this spoiler but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should probably come back to this article after.

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So the big spoiler is that Thor loses an eye in the battle with Hela (Cate Blanchett) toward the end of the movie. We’ve seen scenes from that fight and they made sure that Thor had two eyes so we didn’t get spoiled.

Looking at it now you can see the edge of the full wound on his cheek and the rest is just editing. Entertainment Weekly asked Waititi about the decision to deprive Thor of his eyes.

Says director Taika Waititi, “That kind of just evolved just throughout the script process, to just keep stripping that character down, having him lose the hammer and all those things and to kind of create a broken version of the character. At the end, he sort of becomes a refugee.”

Fans who saw the Avengers: Infinity War footage noted that Thor appeared to have both of his eyes in the shots we saw. That appears to be something they changed in digital as well because Hemsworth confirmed that Thor is minus an eye in Infinity War.

Says the actor, “Yeah we carry it into the film with the eye patch you see in this film.”

It was nice to actually be surprised by something in a superhero movie for once. Good job Marvel and Disney for not spoiling anything.

Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. Check it out in theaters now.

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