Disney Exec Dodges Question About MCU Movies Being Banned In China

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 11:01 am2021-10-16T11:01:19-05:00

Every single installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since The Avengers has earned at least $100 million in China, contributing an awful lot of cash into the franchise’s coffers. However, none of the three feature length Phase Four efforts to date have been granted a release in the world’s biggest market for cinema, which is surely causing some consternation for the money men at Disney.

No reasons were given behind Black Widow‘s omission from the slate, but resurfaced comments made by Simu Liu are said to be the explanation as to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ absence, while Eternals director Chloé Zhao has been effectively blackballed by local media since before the release of Nomadland, thanks to a 2013 interview she gave that was deemed as disparaging to the country of her birth.

In a new interview with Variety, Disney Asia-Pacific president Luke Kang was asked about the MCU’s most recent efforts being snubbed by the censorship board, and he simply refused to acknowledge the issue.

“No one cannot argue with our overall success as a company in China. Going forward, we are very optimistic. Short term challenges will eventually iron themselves out. We are excited to bring the Chinese consumers whatever new content we have, Marvel, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars or whatnot. It is hard to predict the moves of a government. Our job is to be where the consumers are at, understand the consumer, understand where our brands and franchises resonate. Within the constraints and confines that we are given, we are able to maximize our reach and potential.”


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Fast & Furious 9, Godzilla vs. Kong and Free Guy have made big bank in China, with No Time to Die and Dune hoping to follow suit, but the world’s most popular franchise has been left on the outside looking in for the whole of 2021 so far, although the MCU is expected to return in a major way with Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Tom Holland Reportedly Not In Danger Of Leaving The MCU

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 10:50 am2021-10-16T10:50:46-05:00

The marketing campaign for Spider-Man: No Way Home is beginning to heat up, with a pair of fresh images debuting a couple of days ago, along with some insight from leading man Tom Holland about his short and long term future as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We’ve known for a while that the actor’s contract was set to expire, but alarm bells started ringing in the ears of some fans when he appeared to cast doubt on his return further down the line, as well as describing his third solo outing as the end of a franchise.


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Of course, Marvel and Sony are hedging their bets on Holland carrying the property for the foreseeable future, and they’ll happily throw a big pile of money in his direction to get him to resign sooner rather than later. That’s pretty much the gist of a new report from Geekosity, which reiterates that there’s no chance of the 25 year-old walking away.

Based on the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Holland’s previous comments that he‘d play Spider-Man for as long as he was wanted, No Way Home never felt like the end of the road. It’s definitely going to cap off the arc started in Homecoming, but we’ll almost certainly be seeing his web-slinger back on our screens in the future.

Jamie Lee Curtis Shares Halloween 2 Scene That Makes Her Mad

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Oct 16, 2021 10:13 am2021-10-16T10:30:38-05:00

Jamie Lee Curtis revealed during an interview with USA Today the most frustrating scene she has ever filmed in the Halloween franchise. 

Curtis made her movie debut in 1978’s Halloween as Laurie Strode, the sister of serial killer Michael Myers. She later appeared in six other instalments, including the latest sequel Halloween Kills.

The 63-year-old told the publication on Oct.14 the worst scene she has shot was from 1981’s Halloween II. The reason behind the admission was because she claimed she got hurt filming that iconic moment. 


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Halloween II continues from the original movie with Curtis’ character being rushed to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital following Myers’ attack as Dr. Loomis – Myers’ psychiatrist from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium– hunts him down before he finds his sister. 

In the infamous scene, Curtis hides from her brother in a car when a paramedic named Jimmy (Lance Guest) enters and tries to get them out of the hospital parking lot. He ultimately passes out on the horn, giving away their location after suffering injuries from hitting his head on the floor. Once Myers locates her, she then falls out of a car onto the hospital parking lot and crawls for help.

Curtis said while recounting that particular event, “[I bruised] the s–t out of my left hip, and then crawls on the ground, breaking her nails on the asphalt, and gets to the doors where she squeaks out a “help!” “It makes no freaking sense. The help’s there, and she can’t scream. That makes me kind of crazy.”

Halloween Kills is out now. 

Halloween Kills Has All-Time High Body Count

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Danny Peterson

Oct 16, 2021 10:00 am2021-10-16T10:05:59-05:00

Halloween Kills is the newest movie in David Gordon Green’s trilogy that serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original film by John Carpenter.

Critics have mostly enjoyed the first instalment, 2018’s Halloween.

Now that the second movie in the trilogy is out in theaters and streaming on Peacock today, the critical response has been mixed at best, of which we struck a similar sentiment in our own review of the movie.

While we found the film to be riddled with clichés and weak characterizations, even we’ll admit that the one thing it does bring is a lot of kills. It turns out that the film has set a franchise record for its kill count, ComicBook reports.


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In fact, the body count also topples the records of many other horror franchises, with Myers’ 25 on-screen or implied kills towering over Jason X‘s 21, Saw 3D‘s 22, and Seed of Chucky‘s 15, though the kill count in Hatchet III still has yet to be topped.

Prior to this film, some of the high water mark body counts included Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at 20 dead in each film.

However, the all-time record before Halloween Kills was from the only entry in the franchise without Michael Myers: Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which had a body count of 22.

It’s clear that even if the film may be lacking in writing, if all you’re in for is the thrill of watching Myers wreck havoc on screen, we can’t say you’ll be in short supply of that.

You can catch Halloween Kills in theaters and streaming on Peacock now.

Watch: Dwayne Johnson Shares Black Adam Teaser Ahead Of DC FanDome

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:29 am2021-10-16T04:29:10-05:00

Almost fifteen years after first signaling his intentions to play the title role, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is deep into post-production and coming to theaters in July 2022. The biggest movie star on the planet making his debut in the superhero genre is enough to get people excited, but hopes are even higher given how closely the actor and producer holds the project to his heart.

For a long time it felt as though Black Adam would never happen, with development stalling on a number of occasions, but today will bring the first official footage from the DCEU blockbuster when DC FanDome kicks off. To whet our appetites, Johnson shared a brief teaser video on Instagram, which you can see below.

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Johnson is one of the best hype men in the business, so when he continually reiterates that the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change, you’d better listen. A cosmic comic book adaptation focusing on a vengeful antihero who doesn’t have a no-kill rule sounds different to your run-of-the-mill costumed crimefighting story, so let’s hope Black Adam can deliver.

We’re only a few hours away from getting our first look at the movie, and you can bet Black Adam is going to be trending worldwide from almost the second FanDome kicks off.

Mel Gibson Channels Bruce Willis By Boarding Another Action Thriller

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:28 am2021-10-16T04:28:31-05:00

During the late 1980s and the entire 1990s, Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis were two of the highest-paid and most popular actors in Hollywood, but that level of fame doesn’t last forever. These days, you’re more likely to find the duo appearing in a string of VOD action thrillers, but at least Gibson’s recent track record has been vastly superior to that of his counterpart.

Blood Father, Dragged Across Concrete, Fatman and Boss Level are arguably a whole lot better than anything Willis has put out in the last decade, but the similarities between the pair of former A-listers can’t be denied, especially when you look at the talent involved in Gibson’s latest project.

As per Deadline, the Lethal Weapon icon will headline Hot Seat, where he plays an ex-hacker forced to break into a banking building by an anonymous villain who planted a bomb under a chair at the office of Chad Michael Murray’s character, who finds himself stuck on his ass with nowhere to go.

Hot Seat will be helmed by Randall Emmett, who directed Willis in the turgid Midnight in the Switchgrass, and produced a huge number of his relentless VOD genre films. Emmett was also involved with Survive the Night and Survive the Game, two completely unrelated movies that partnered Willis and Murray, and he’s just wrapped the duo’s upcoming Fortress.

That doesn’t fill us with much confidence for Hot Seat, but few do grizzled and dangerous charisma better than Mel Gibson, so it might be worth checking out.

Eternals Star Reveals What Made Him Sad About Game Of Thrones Reunion On Set

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:27 am2021-10-16T04:27:39-05:00

Game of Thrones fans rejoiced when it was revealed that Richard Madden and Kit Harington would be reuniting on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Eternals, and the actors were just as thrilled at the news.

The former Westeros residents have been close friends for a long time, and having spent so long in each other’s company working on the HBO fantasy series, they must have been going through some serious withdrawal symptoms once the contentious eighth and final season brought the small screen juggernaut to a close.

However, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Madden admits that it wasn’t all sunshine and roses when he re-teamed with Harington, revealing that they didn’t get to spend as much time together as he would’ve liked given how their respective characters factor into the sprawling story being told by director Chloé Zhao.

“Just great. I mean, I’ve been friends with Kit for many, many years, and sadly we don’t get to do a lot in the film together. But I get to have one moment with him where we say hello, and it’s nice to be on set with someone you know and trust and have known for a long time. On set, it was kind of like hanging out with your friends, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, right, we’ve got to do acting now? Okay.’”


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Madden’s Ikaris and Harington’s Dane Whitman have very different parts to play in Eternals, with the most recent chatter indicating that the latter won’t fully assume his comic book identity of Black Knight by the end of the film. Looking at the early tracking figures for the cosmic epic’s opening weekend at the box office, though, they’ll be hanging out regularly on any number of sequels.

Marvel’s What If…? Director Addresses Mephisto Easter Egg

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:26 am2021-10-16T04:26:47-05:00

Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has barely even gotten started, but Mephisto has already become one of its longest-running and most popular memes.

During the buildup and subsequent rollout of WandaVision on Disney Plus, we were bombarded by rumors that the comic book universe’s version of the devil would be revealed as the big bad pulling the strings behind Westview, but lead writer Jac Schaeffer admitted she’d never even heard of the character.

Fast forward to Loki, and the speculation started up again, forcing the creative team to outline in no uncertain terms that Mephisto wasn’t part of the story. The first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer reignited the scuttlebutt for a third time with Doctor Strange looking as though he might be an imposter, while not even What If…? was immune.

When the Sorcerer Supreme absorbed countless demons during the fourth episode, fans were adamant that they caught a glimpse of Mephisto, which director Bryan Andrews addressed in a new interview with Rotten Tomatoes.

“He absorbs a dragon, he absorbs [these creatures and] temporarily he is that thing, because those things truly are inside of him. And so, he gets their abilities, he gets all of that stuff. And they’re just ready at the fingertips. So, we get that hybrid look where he has the horns and looks very devilish. It’s so funny how everyone’s like, ‘He’s Mephisto’. It’s like, wait, but it was just a dragon!”


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There you have it; we are definitely zero-for-three when it comes to Mephisto, and we’ll find out the truth regarding the fourth when Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters in December. Maybe he’ll turn up eventually, but What If…? is the latest project where folks have been wide of the mark.

The Addams Family Director Reveals Tim Burton Turned It Down First

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:25 am2021-10-16T04:25:50-05:00

Tim Burton and The Addams Family are a match made in stylistic and aesthetic heaven, which is why nobody was surprised in the slightest when the filmmaker was announced to be developing a Netflix show based on the property, which has since been confirmed as high school murder mystery Wednesday.

The spooky and kooky clan got their first live-action feature film back in 1991, when Burton was hot off the success of reinventing blockbuster cinema as we know it with Batman. He was the first name on everybody’s lips when the project was initially revealed to be in development, but Barry Sonnenfeld ended up landing the gig.

However, it turns out that the future Men in Black director only wound up helming The Addams Family because both Burton and Terry Gilliam had turned it down, as he revealed in a 30th anniversary retrospective with Variety.

“I will tell you that there were two other directors approached, Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam, and they’re both really good choices. But they both turned it down, so that’s how I ended up getting it. Producer Scott Rudin thought he wanted a visual stylist, not just a comedy director. He thought, ‘If I can’t get Tim or I can’t get Terry, I’ll get someone with a strong visual sense’.”

Sonnenfeld’s film turned out to be a major box office success after earning $191 million at the box office on a $30 million budget, and it endures as a beloved favorite three decades on. Burton’s Wednesday is currently shooting as we speak, so it eventually worked out for both filmmakers in the long run, even if it took much longer than expected for the Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands architect to get his shot at the franchise.

Eternals Producer Teases Hercules And Greek Gods Coming To The MCU

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:24 am2021-10-16T04:24:59-05:00

It was only recently that we heard an intriguing fan theory explaining how Eternals could potentially be setting the stage for the introduction of Hercules and more Greek gods to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now producer Nate Moore may have teased the very same thing.

We know that Russell Crowe’s Zeus is set to appear in next summer’s Thor: Love and Thunder, but his impending arrival could be hinted at during the upcoming cosmic blockbuster. Hercules has been heavily linked with his live-action debut for a long time now, and Eternals changing the titular team’s origin stories could be the way to set things in motion at long last.

In a set visit interview via ComicBook, Moore revealed what drew the Eternals to Earth in the first place, and why they decided to stay.

“In the past, we see the Eternals, who in our version of the mythology, are immortal aliens from a planet called Olympia. The group has been tasked by the Celestials to come to Earth and eliminate creatures known as Deviants. The Deviants are these parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet, and as they kill the apex predators on a given planet, they sort of take the characteristics of those predators and wipe out intelligent life. Well, the Eternals are heroes, so they’ve come to earth to eradicate the Deviants and allow humanity to thrive.”


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Kevin Feige previously hinted that the movie would establish the Eternals as an influence on mythological tales of gods and monsters, and in the comic books Olympia is a hidden city that houses Marvel’s Greek gods. The two sets of immortal deities have been close allies in the pages of Marvel Comics on countless occasions across the decades, and nothing ever happens by accident in the MCU.

Hawkeye Star Shares Excitement Over Upcoming MCU Debut

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:23 am2021-10-16T04:23:59-05:00

Hailee Steinfeld had been rumored as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Kate Bishop long before she was cast in Disney Plus series Hawkeye, and even then the studio only officially confirmed the news weeks after shooting had started, with plenty of set photos having already given the game away.

Fans were falling over themselves to praise the actress as soon as the first trailer dropped, and with the show expected to see Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton hand over the mantle of the MCU’s resident expert archer to his new protege, the 24 year-old is in it for the long haul.

In a new interview with ScreenRant, Steinfeld shared her excitement over getting to board the most popular property in Hollywood, and even drew comparisons to her role in AppleTV+’s revisionist historical comedy Dickinson.

“This is so much fun, and a Christmas spectacular indeed. I am so excited to have gone from playing a character like Emily Dickinson for the last three years. Because I feel I’ve spent so much time with her, in playing this very strong and determined and independent and driven female character, going into one that has those same qualities was a very exciting thing for me. And entering the world of Kate Bishop and the world of the Marvel Universe has been absolutely incredible and a roller coaster ride to say the least. I can’t wait for this show to come out.”


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Phase Four will be partly defined by the notion of legacy, with the mantle of Captain America already being handed over from Steve Rogers to Sam Wilson, and that’s set to continue in Hawkeye. The comic book saga is in the midst of a huge overhaul in terms of both personnel and storytelling now that the multiverse is in play, and Steinfeld is being positioned as one of the marquee new faces to lead the MCU into the future.

Eternals Producer Wanted Ikaris To Avoid Superman Comparisons

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Scott Campbell

Oct 16, 2021 4:23 am2021-10-16T04:23:26-05:00

When the first full-length trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Eternals dropped, a lot of people were quick to jump on the bandwagon and blast Richard Madden’s Ikaris for being a thinly-veiled imitation of Superman, given his ability to fly and shoot laser beams from his eyes.

While there are definitely a couple of superficial similarities between the two, producer Nate Moore admitted that the creative team were deliberately seeking a way to prevent it from happening during the development process, in an effort to get ahead of the inevitable criticisms that would come from the diehards.

Given the social media activity surrounding his skills, it’s clear the studio didn’t achieve a 100% success rate, but in a set interview with ScreenRant he revealed how they sought to work around the issue.

“Ikaris’ powers you have seen before, obviously there’s a lot of similarities to Superman. So how do we make his cosmic eyebeams that aren’t the red lasers that we’ve come to know and have become iconic for that character? For us, it’s all about the cosmic energy and really leaning into that.”


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Plenty of superheroes can fly and shoot frickin’ laser beams from their frickin’ eyeballs, but Superman is one of the most recognizable characters on the face of the planet, so any other comic book figure with even the vaguest resemblance will be held up against the Big Blue Boy Scout.

We’ll see Ikaris in action when Eternals comes to theaters on November 5, where any dismissive comparisons to the Man of Steel will hopefully be consigned to the scrapheap.

How Many Times Has Goku Died In Dragon Ball?

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Nathan Donkor

Oct 15, 2021 11:02 am2021-10-15T11:02:39-05:00

Over the course of the Dragon Ball saga, Goku has proven on more than one occasion that protecting the earth and its inhabitants is a top priority, even it means losing his life. Of course, if the Dragon Balls are around⏤those golden spheres capable of granting any wish⏤no one ever really stays dead. However, they do have a limit and can only be revived so many times. Knowing that hasn’t stopped Goku from pushing the battle and his body to the brink of death. As a result, the Saiyan warrior has lost his life quite a few times.

Then Dragon Ball Super introduced the idea of the multiverse in the Future Trunks arc and it seemed that in almost every timeline we’ve been introduced to since, Goku’s death was an actual theme. Whether it was through an all-out battle, sickness, or just the result of some underhanded scheming, something or someone has always managed to kill Goku at some point in time. So how many times has he died so far?

Starting from Dragon Ball Z, Chama Goku’s first death involved a sacrifice to save Goku from his brother Raditz. After putting Raditz in a full nelson headlock, Goku held his brother while Piccolo struck them both with his Special Beam Cannon. Goku and Raditz both died after the attack, but only Goku knew that he would eventually be revived back with the Dragon Balls.

In the Cell Game Saga, Goku experienced death for a second time. After Gohan Super Saiyan 2 transformation overwhelmed Cell, the android initiated a self-destructing explosion in a last desperate effort to destroy the Z-Fighters. Goku decided to use Instant Transmission to transport Cell’s explosion to King Kai’s world, sacrificing himself, King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory to the explosion.

In the canonical timeline, these are technically the only two times that Goku has actually died and had to be revived with the Dragon Balls. Over the course of the franchise’s history, Goku has died a couple more times in various situations and timelines that sometimes didn’t affect him as much as you would think.

Before the Tournament of Power Saga in Dragon Ball Super, Goku hired the alien assassin Hit to fight him with all of his deadly techniques. Going all out, Hit does kill Goku with his Phoenix Eye Fist, but Goku prepared a contingency plan in case that happened. During the fight, Goku launched an energy blast into the air before being killed and when that blast finally came back down to land on his lifeless body, the energy acted as a defibrillator and resuscitated him. It might not have been the Dragon Balls that time, but nevertheless, it worked.


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During the Future Trunks saga, fans were introduced to an alternate timeline where Zamasu⏤an apprentice to the Supreme Kai of that timeline’s universe⏤managed to find the Goku of that alternate universe and kill him. In order to do this, Zamasu gathered all of the Super Dragon Balls and made the wish to swap bodies with Goku. Afterward, he decided to erase any signs of Goku’s past by killing Goku and his family. 

Speaking of the Future Trunks saga, there was actually one more time with Goku died in an alternate timeline. During the Android Saga in Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta’s son Trunks traveled from 20 years in the far future to warn the Z Fighters of the impending threat from Androids 17 and 18. He also dropped another bombshell: in his timeline, Goku was already dead due to heart disease. Adamant that Goku’s absence in the future was the reason why the Androids defeated the humans in the future, Trunks’ main reason for traveling through time was to deliver medication that could cure Goku’s heart complication. 

Goku did indeed get better and of course, is still living to this day in Dragon Ball Super. However, though Trunks’ hampering of the timeline did save Goku in the past, it had no effect on the future, meaning that technically the Goku of Future Trunks is still dead.

If we count all the alternate timelines and situations in which Goku has died, then Goku has technically died five times in total. But since we’re really talking about present-day Goku, the Saiyan has really only died twice. 

Watch: Sylvester Stallone Shares Last Day Of Shooting On The Expendables 4

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Scott Campbell

Oct 15, 2021 11:00 am2021-10-15T11:00:55-05:00

Questions surrounding the movie we all believe to be The Expendables 4 continue, with Sylvester Stallone revealing that he’s already finished filming on the action sequel, which comes just sixteen days after director Scott Waugh first called action.

Before its existence was confirmed, Stallone was teasing that Jason Statham spinoff A Christmas Story would be announced shortly, only for the news to come burdened with the Expendables tag. However, Lee Christmas may end up being the main man this time around if Barney Ross is only needed for two and a half weeks.

You can watch Sly’s video below, where he looks a little sad to be hanging up Barney’s lucky ring for what may prove to be the final time.

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Almost as soon as the project was announced, theories were making the rounds that the leader of the aging badasses would be bumped off early in the story, and that looks to have gained a lot of credence now that Stallone is bidding farewell to longtime co-stars Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture.

Maybe The Expendables 4 has incorporated elements of A Christmas Story, killing Barney to send the team on an R-rated revenge mission with his right-hand man now calling the shots.

Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley Regularly Texts Rey’s Mother

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Danny Peterson

Oct 15, 2021 10:58 am2021-10-15T10:58:10-05:00

While the newest Star Wars trilogy may have bowed out with a mixed legacy overall with fans and critics, few can dispute those films captured at least some of the magic of the original films, especially with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In that film, Daisy Ridley’s Rey proved to be a protagonist the audience can generally get behind, and her performance in all three films is one of the high points of the saga.

However, one of the more obscure characters from the trilogy apparently left a big impact on Ridley.

A controversial aspect of the trilogy is the question of Rey’s heritage. Many inferred from what they interpreted as allusions in The Force Awakens that Rey may have a Skywalker or perhaps even a Kenobi in her lineage. This theory seemed to be squashed with the second installment. In The Last Jedi, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo claims that Rey’s parents were nothing more than junk traders who sold their child for drinking money. This origin was later reversed in The Rise of Skywalker with the reveal that she’s actually the granddaughter of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious, the big bad of the original trilogy.


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But Rey’s mother, played by Jodie Comer, has proved to have left a lasting impression on Ridley, despite a short appearance in the third film.

Speaking to Grazia, Ridley recently said Comer is one of the people she continues to stay in touch with to this day after the trilogy wrapped.

“My god I was so sad. I spent a lot of time crying, I really felt like I was grieving something. They were my people for so many years! John [Boyega] and I met when we were both twenty-one, we were so young. We started this thing together in our early twenties and now I’m twenty-nine. But we all keep in touch, even though John is the busiest man in the world. I went for breakfast with Kathy Kennedy the other day which was so nice. Jodie [Comer] and I text all the time. It was such a wonderful experience,” Ridley recently told Grazia.

Would you want to see a Star Wars spin-off starring Rey’s mother?

Batgirl Directors Confirm That Batman Will Appear In The Movie

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Scott Campbell

Oct 15, 2021 10:48 am2021-10-15T10:48:50-05:00

On the surface, HBO Max’s Batgirl looks as though it’ll technically be part of the SnyderVerse, with J.K. Simmons set to return as Commissioner Gordon, who we met for the first and so far only time in both editions of Justice League.

However, the rumor mill regarding Batman has leaned more in the direction of Michael Keaton than Ben Affleck, even though we didn’t know up until now that the Dark Knight was even going to show up in the streaming exclusive. Directors Billall Fallah and Adil El Arbi have been happy to share behind-the-scenes images, but they’ve been keeping plot specifics close to their chest.


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That being said, they did let the bat out of the bag slightly when asked by VRTNWS if Batman was going to swoop in for a cameo appearance. The Bad Boys for Life duo confirmed that the Caped Crusader was involved, but when pressed to identify the actor in question, they simply laughed and said “the real one”.

It isn’t going to be Robert Pattinson, so it’s a toss-up between Affleck and Keaton. It all depends on the outcome of The Flash, with DC Films president Walter Hamada confirming last year that Tim Burton’s Batman would be the canonical version moving forward, so the Scarlet Speedster’s solo debut could end up shifting the entire mythology as we know it to have the SnyderVerse’s Commissioner Gordon coming face-to-face with a costumed crime-fighter who’s older than the mustachioed cop is in Batgirl.

Why Do Anime Characters Say Their Names And Attacks?

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Nathan Donkor

Oct 15, 2021 10:47 am2021-10-15T10:48:21-05:00

Have you ever wondered why anime characters like Naruto and Inuyasha always scream out the names of their attacks during battle? It’s exciting to hear, but after the first ten times, it can start to sound a little monotonous. Additionally, it doesn’t make much sense to continue announcing one’s intentions to an opponent when the point is to get the upper hand.

So what’s the point of it all? Surprisingly enough, there are a couple of good reasons why this happens.

It first goes back to manga, the black and white Japanese comic medium from which most popular anime originates from. Because manga is typically published in black and white, many characters end up looking similar to each other. The way manga is drawn and formatted, a flurry of action lines combined with close-up camera angles can confuse the reader and make them lose track of what’s happening.

To help distinguish the characters and their special moves, manga authors (also known as mangaka) would sometimes have their characters announce themselves and a special attack so readers could at least have an anchor to follow as they read. According to the site Japan Powered, name-announcing and yelled attacks help a page’s flow. The back-and-forth between the villain and the protagonist helps the reader determine the order of the panels.

Of course, since it’s now a part of most manga, this concept is usually carried over into their animated counterparts. But now that you’re actually watching the action, it’s not necessary for a character to keep announcing the same move you’ve seen already a thousand times. To be honest, if it wasn’t for the intensity of the yelling and the impressive action that’s sure to happen afterward, it would almost sound childish.

Then again, most animation is geared toward children between the ages of 3 and 11, so therein lies another reason why anime don’t usually mess with the formula. It’s clearly turned into a marketing strategy to keep young kids entertained as they watch their favorite anime characters on screen. It was once said that tradition started with the super robot anime series Mazinger Z. Apparently, the producers of the show felt that if the main character, Koujo Kabuto, shouted out the exact names each time the mecha did them, it would give the target viewers between the ages of 3 and 10 the ability to literally join in on all the fun.

The idea was that if kids were to directly interact with a show they already like, then they would be more likely to stick with the show in the long run. Clearly, the strategy has worked, because almost every popular shonen anime, from Dragon Ball Z to Black Clover, has incorporated it since then. Even live-action sentai shows like Power Rangers heavily use this concept to draw young fans. If we’re being honest, there’s not an adult under the age of 40 who didn’t yell out the roll call of dinosaurs after they heard a teen with attitude call out, “It’s Morphin’ Time!”


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Over time, mangaka even began to use the concept as part of their story in the forms of energy channeling or spell-casting, usually explaining that the announcements would aid in increasing one’s attack power like how a “kiyah!” in karate helps with your breathing and concentration. It’s also said that those announcements help to intensify the action and help avoid just having a series of grunts that can seem dull and boring. 

If you look at it from that standpoint, it actually makes sense, especially in regards to the younger demographics whose tastes may not be mature enough to sit through an action sequence filled with nothing but the clash of swords and two warriors grunting back and forth.

Then again, times are changing and now there are anime (and manga) with fight scenes so vividly intense that most kids won’t have time to worry about a battle cry. Perhaps there isn’t necessarily a need for a character to call out their moves anymore. But who are we kidding? There’s just something about Bleach‘s Ichigo Kurosaki screaming, “Getsuga Tenshou!” that sets a fire in your heart. It would be a shame if we stopped hearing that.

James Cameron Wants Another Film To Break Avatar’s Box Office Record

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Oct 15, 2021 10:46 am2021-10-15T10:46:20-05:00

James Cameron hopes to see another film break the first Avatar film’s record as the highest-grossing film of all time before the release of his long-anticipated sequel within the next year.

In an interview with The Irish Times, Cameron said such a record-breaking film before the release of Avatar 2 would demonstrate to him that the film industry is still alive and healthy.

“Now, a year from now, Avatar 2 is going to come out,” Cameron said. “Is it still possible to make that kind of money? I don’t know. I would love it if another film came out and made more money than Avatar sometime between now and then. Then I’d know the business I invested 40 years of my life in is still there and still healthy.”


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12 years after Cameron’s first Avatar, the film is perhaps best known for its status as the biggest box office debut ever, a record which was briefly broken when Avengers: Endgame hit theaters until the second run of Avatar in China in 2021 allowed the film to retake the mantle. Cameron has been working on multiple sequels to the first film for over a decade, and the first one is finally nearing the finish line and is scheduled to release in December 2022.

Given the success of the Avengers films, it’s conceivable that an upcoming Marvel film like Spider-Man: No Way Home could break a record like that, but with Avatar’s record standing strong after all these years, it could just as easily remain top dog for one more.

Scream Actor Admits They Haven’t Seen Most Of The Films

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Ashley Marie

Oct 15, 2021 10:33 am2021-10-15T10:34:03-05:00

If the quote “The Exorcist was on, it got me thinking of you” makes you smile in a devilishly creepy way, or the improvised lines of Stu Macher are some of your favorite lines in the Scream franchise; you’re both a lot like us and likely major fans of Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard. They brought a sense of comedy, charm, and irony to the first Scream film, and they’re both a big part of the story’s success.

While three of the biggest names in the horror franchise will be returning for the upcoming 2022 slasher film, two of our favorites won’t be making a comeback, but that doesn’t stop us from keeping the dream alive anyway. Lillard and Ulrich are infamous as the first Ghostface killers, and both met pretty gruesome ends with the wrap of the first movie.

The pair have been giving interviews about their time in the franchise as the 25th anniversary of Scream approaches and the upcoming addition to the franchise hits theaters in January. Of course, the chemistry between the pair is as evident off-screen as it was when we first saw them navigate their murderous rampage together in 1996—with way less blood and more fun.


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Ulrich told People in a recent interview with the pair that he’s excited to see the 5th Scream installment, even if he hasn’t seen the 2nd-4th films. Going into the movie with fresh eyes also gives him a blank page about what he anticipates happening next.

“I have no expectations; I’m excited to see it.”

Lillard jokes that he might have a hard time understanding the movie without watching the last three, and Ulrich simply replies that he’s “older and wiser, now.”

Lillard offers to hold his hand as they watch the movie together before saying that fans should look forward to this next film and that the cast and crew have done their part in honoring Craven’s vision and being excited to be part of the next step in the franchise.

“I think that we’re all excited for the franchise to continue in a good way, in a positive way, and if Neve, Courtney, and David are happy to be a part of it, and are proud to be a part of it, then I think that shows the quality of the film.”

Scream will undeniably be a quality film, and as the trailer—albeit full of misdirects—is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.

Scream hits theaters on January 14th, 2022.

Halloween Kills Review

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Scott Campbell

Oct 15, 2021 10:23 am2021-10-15T10:24:59-05:00

Review of: Reviewed by: Scott CampbellRating:2.5On October 15, 2021Last modified:October 15, 2021Summary:

Halloween Kills is a huge comedown compared to its predecessor, offering plenty of blood, guts and gore to satisfy fans but little for everybody else in a by-the-numbers slasher sequel.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween was a breath of fresh air for both the stagnant franchise and the slasher genre as a whole; discarding 40 years of poor sequels and subpar remakes, the filmmaker crafted a direct follow up to John Carpenter’s classic 1978 original that was part sequel, part reboot, part remake and all fun.

Announcing two sequels is a double-edged sword in many regards, because it signposts right from the off that the middle chapter isn’t going to tell a complete story. Hell, Halloween Kills doesn’t even bother trying to forge a competent one, with Green intent to lean so heavily into formula and cliche that it’s almost as if he got carried away by the opener’s success and just decided to give the diehard fans exactly what they wanted at the expense of everyone else.

The narrative opens with a lengthy flashback to 1978, filling in some more gaps in the backstory of Will Patton’s Frank Hawkins, who accidentally shot his partner right through the neck in an example of inadvertent example of expert marksmanship before somehow missing Michael Myers four times from almost the exact same range. It’s very stupid, but don’t fret; things get a lot stupider from then on out.


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Perhaps the single biggest criticism to be aimed at Halloween Kills is that 99% of the characters to appear in the movie are complete and utter f*cking idiots. Suspension of disbelief is important to horror cinema, especially a series that revolves around a seemingly unkillable boogeyman, but the various residents of Haddonfield are some of the most boneheaded and one-dimensional archetypes you’ve seen on your screen in a long time.

Even by the standards of people who exist within the framework of Halloween Kills‘ mythology, you find yourself questioning their motives at every turn. Why do they just stand there and wait to be murdered in brutal fashion? Why does everybody have a gun, but nobody is able to use it regardless of their proximity to the target? Why has the local hospital suddenly become the congregation point for an angry mob? When did Michael Myers turn into a hybrid of Jason Bourne and an indestructible supervillain? Why is everybody lying to each other’s faces about almost everything? Why is everyone convinced that they’ve got the right man when they chase an escaped convict who happens to be a foot shorter than Michael and wearing prison-issue clothes instead of a boiler suit? Green doesn’t care about answers to any of these questions, so neither should you.

The most egregious sin committed by Halloween Kills is that it sidelines Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode for almost the entire running time. Having been badly wounded during the last film’s third act, she’s in bad shape, and she remains confined to the hospital throughout. The legendary scream queen only getting a handful of scenes, and one of them involves a self-administered shot of painkillers to the butt. It’s admirable to try and mix things up so the focus doesn’t remain solely on Laurie for all three chapters of the trilogy, but Curtis’ fiery presence and star power is sorely missed.


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If you want to see blood, guts and gore without any sort of buildup or tension, then Halloween Kills comes highly recommended. Long gone are any semblance of jump scares, things going bump in the night, misdirection or sleight of hand. Michael shows up, he brutally offs a number of people and then he’s off to the next set of victims. Rinse and repeat, with no deviation from that rote setup whatsoever.

The relationship between Michael and Laurie has powered the franchise for 43 years, and yet it doesn’t factor into Halloween Kills at all, other than Laurie regaling Frank with her portentously-scripted opinions on why her arch-nemesis has become so consumed by the bloodlust that’s apparently elevated him into genuine monster territory based on how often he gets shot, stabbed and bludgeoned from the first to last minute without showing even the slightest hint of any side effects.

The script by Gordon Green and Danny McBride is weak and riddled with cliches, while the transparent attempts at getting topical are so heavy-handed as to be laughable. For longtime fans there are plenty of Easter Eggs, nods and winks that are sure to generate a reaction and it remains endearingly reverential to John Carpenter’s work, but as a whole Halloween Kills is slasher 101.

It’s put Halloween Ends in a very tricky position, especially when you consider Curtis has already warned us that a lot of people are going to hate it. Halloween Kills isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a particularly good one either, with the writing and direction on autopilot as gruesome set pieces try their hardest to provide all too irregular jolts of excitement. It’s 105 minutes of wheel-spinning bookended by some extra world-building and gallons of blood, but Halloween Kills feels like a huge comedown after the adrenaline rush provided by its predecessor.

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Halloween Kills is a huge comedown compared to its predecessor, offering plenty of blood, guts and gore to satisfy fans but little for everybody else in a by-the-numbers slasher sequel.

Jodie Whittaker Has Filmed Her Doctor Who Regeneration But Doesn’t Know Who’s Next

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Oct 15, 2021 10:19 am2021-10-15T10:19:34-05:00

The Thirteenth Doctor’s era is drawing to a close, with Jodie Whittaker set to bow out of the TARDIS in 2022. Just this week, the actress – who took over from Peter Capaldi in 2017 – filmed her last scenes on Doctor Who. Given that the current Doctor’s final scene is always their regeneration into the next one, fans might be thinking this means No. 14 has secretly already been cast.

However, Whittaker has now clarified that’s not the case. At least, not that she knows of. The star will appear on tonight’s episode of The Graham Norton Show to hype up her incoming final season, a six-part storyline subtitled Flux. As reported by Metro, Whittaker confirms on the show that she has filmed her regeneration, but she’s as clueless over who will take over from her as the rest of us.

“They are never going to tell me who it is,” Whittaker says. “We filmed some scenes, but the new Doctor wasn’t there. I wasn’t there for Peter (Capaldi), and I only met him months later when I passed him in the street!”


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Assuming Whittaker isn’t just being kept in the dark and the Fourteenth Doctor really hasn’t been cast yet, the delay is likely to do with the fact that showrunner Chris Chibnall is exiting the series along with his star. Former EP Russell T. Davies is due to return to Who to replace him. Davies – who helmed the show from 2005-10 – probably won’t get started on hunting for his Doctor until next year. His team has got time to find the right person for the job and film their brief post-regeneration debut, as Whittaker’s final episode won’t air until late 2022.

In the meantime, Thirteen is back this Halloween alongside her friends Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) for Doctor Who: Flux, which features classic monsters the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels, premiering Sunday, October 31st. Three additional specials will then air throughout next year before Davies’ second era kicks off in 2023.

This Site Is Willing To Pay Simpsons Fans Thousands To Binge-Watch The Series

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Diamond Jeune

Oct 15, 2021 10:13 am2021-10-15T10:13:20-05:00

If you are a Simpsons fanatic and are looking to get paid to watch the series, you’re in luck. 

A U.K.-based casino site named Platin Casino is searching for a lucky fan who is willing to sacrifice eight weeks of their time to binge-watch all 33 seasons and the 2007 feature film for almost $7000, but there’s a catch. 

The catch is that the selected individual is required to watch a minimum of 35.5 hours per week and write an in-depth analysis of standout events in each episode. 

The Casino’s goal in hiring a “Simpsons Series Analyst” is to help the company predict what will happen in 2022. Throughout 33 seasons, the series has forecasted significant life events, including the coronavirus pandemic and Donald Trump’s presidency in Season 11’s “Bart to the Future.” Following the analysis, according to Platin Casino’s website, the company will then “compile the events into a list of future predictions with a probability of each one happening.” 


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Once hired, the candidate will receive the payout of $6,841 as well as the additional $102 to help cover the expenses of a Disney Plus subscription and Wi-Fi services during the duration of the employment period. Other benefits include flexible working hours, remote opportunities, and a weekly snack, Lard Lad Donuts. 

All applicants over 18, fluent in English and with solid writing skills, are encouraged to apply. The individual must also have access to a TV and/or laptop. For those who are interested in the opportunity, click this link to apply. The first 32 seasons of The Simpsons are currently available on Disney Plus.

Who Did Ichigo End Up With In Bleach?

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Nathan Donkor

Oct 15, 2021 10:11 am2021-10-15T10:11:32-05:00

Tite Kubo’s Bleach is one of the most popular anime to date. The story about supernatural swordsmen in black kimonos is still a heavy hitter on the list of anime favorites even though the series ended years ago. The series’ main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, was considered one of the most attractive characters by female fans, and of course, it didn’t take long for those same fans to become heavily invested in the Substitute Soul Reapers’ love life.

Over the course of the anime, many speculated that Ichigo would eventually find himself in a relationship with the series’ other protagonist, Rukia Kuchiki, after seeing their bond grow into what seemed to be an intimate relationship. There were also others who felt that Orihime Inoue⏤Ichigo’s voluptuous and physically attractive comrade⏤would be a much better fit, since she and Ichigo had known each other longer.

With Rukia, Ichigo’s relationship to the fellow Soul Reaper was strictly platonic. Aside from being the one ultimately responsible for turning Ichigo into a Soul Reaper, Rukia was only there to guide Ichigo and to explain the intricacies of the new world that she had just thrust him into. Naturally, their bond grew and strengthened from the many battles they faced together, but neither had the time or the interest to see the other as a potential soulmate. In fact, for a majority of the time, it seemed that love was the last thing on Ichigo’s mind.

On the other hand, Orihime thought about Ichigo all the time, as she had developed an obvious crush on her fellow teammate. But with so much going on, she never really got a chance to express her feelings to him. Throughout most of the series, it seemed that Tite Kubo danced around the idea of them as an item by always putting them in life-threatening situations that brought Orihime close to finally confessing her love for Ichigo. Naturally, anyone watching would have predicted that they would end up together, but Kubo wouldn’t finally address it until years later with the 1000 Year Blood War Arc in the manga. 

After defeating Yhwach, the manga ends with a 10-year time skip that sees all the Bleach characters at different places in their lives. Rukia is now Captain of Squad 13 and married to her childhood friend, fellow Soul Reaper Lieutenant Renji Abarai. Chad is now a famous boxer and Uryuu is a doctor like his father, Ryuken. And Ichigo? Well, he’s taken over his dad’s clinic and has gotten married to Orihime. Now a simple housewife, Orihime pretty much takes care of the house and their son, Kazui Kurosaki. 

Guess that means the fans who were on Orihime’s side were right: Ichigo ended up with her after all. Hope they at least made some bets on it. That was definitely a gamble that would have paid off.

Watch: New Clip For Marvel’s Eternals Sees Heroes Battle The Deviants

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Christian Bone

Oct 15, 2021 10:05 am2021-10-15T10:17:10-05:00

We’re now just three weeks away from Eternals finally entering theaters, a year later than originally planned. The delay may have helped the movie, though, as it’s only become more hyped since director Chloe Zhao won an Oscar earlier this year. Marvel’s clearly keen for this one to make an impact at the box office, too, as they’ve been plying us with more and more new footage as we head towards its release date.

And now even more clips have arrived. Stars Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday to hype their MCU debut, and they brought an exclusive sneak peek with them. The clip, which sees a trio of the eponymous immortal heroes battling their enemies the Deviants, soon made its way onto social media. See it yourself below:

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The clip opens with a Deviant rising from the sea about to eat a defenseless kid, when Richard Madden’s Ikaris appears and repels it with his heat vision before flying after it and chasing it away. The same boy is then threatened by another Deviant but is saved by a super-speeding Makkari (Lauren Ridloff). As she gets the locals out of danger, Kingo (Nanjiani) fights the second monster with his energy blasts. When it’s taken care of, the duo share compliments in sign language. “Nice move,” Kingo signs. “You, too,” replies Makkari.

There’s a lot to be hyped about in this sneak peek. For one, it promises great visuals, thrilling action and top-notch effects, not to mention celebrating the incredible diversity of the cast. As this clip reminds us, it’ll feature the MCU’s first-ever deaf superhero with Makkari. Another first it’ll deliver is Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), the first gay superhero in the franchise. The rest of the cast includes Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Don Lee and Lia McHugh.

Eternals – one of the longest MCU movies of the lot – blasts into theaters on November 5th.

Watch: Ben Affleck Film The Tender Bar Gets Official Trailer

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Oct 14, 2021 10:59 am2021-10-14T11:05:09-05:00

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If you’re looking for a coming-of-age movie with some legendary names attached in front of and behind the lens, such as Ben Affleck, Christopher Lloyd and George Clooney, among others, then look no further than the above trailer for the Amazon Original film The Tender Bar.

The upcoming film is based on a 2005 memoir of the same name by Pulitzer prize-winning writer J.R. Moehringer and recounts his upbringing in Long Island. Playing Moehringer in the film is Tye Sheridan, who will portray a character whose father has abandoned him at an early age. Taking up the mantle of father figure is Moehringer’s Uncle Charlie, played by Ben Affleck, who partially raises the boy at the bar he works at.

The film also co-stars Christopher Lloyd, Lily Rabe, Max Martini and Briana Middleton.

Behind the lens, the film is directed by George Clooney, who has a fairly good track record in that role since his directorial debut, 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

The screenplay for the film is by William Monahan, who previously won an Academy Award for best-adapted screenplay for 2006’s The Departed, an adaption of the Hong Kong action film Infernal Affairs.

With so much talent in front of and behind the lens, we’re excited to see how this film turns out, especially seeing an 82-year-old Lloyd featured prominently in the trailer as a lovably wise-cracking grandfather.

And for aspiring writers everywhere, it certainly looks like an inspiring tale as well in that regard.

The Tender Bar will be released in select theaters on December 17th, 2021 and then Amazon Prime Video on January 7th, 2022.

Who Is Kawaki In Boruto?

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Nathan Donkor

Oct 14, 2021 10:56 am2021-10-14T10:56:38-05:00

There was once a time when Naruto was a loud-mouthed, wide-eyed ninja fighting to prove to the Leaf Villagers that he would one day become Hokage. During that time, he made many friends and allies as he searched for his former teammate, the rogue Leaf ninja Sasuke Uchiha. The boy battled many villains and became the hero of the Great Ninja War, all before engaging in an all-out battle with Sasuke to bring him back to the Leaf Village. Their rivalry throughout the series is a bond that transcends time, shared by many pairs of rivals across the anime’s historical lore. Whereas Naruto was outgoing and exuberant, Sasuke was cold and calculated, an excellent and exciting symbol of the clash between light and the dark.

Then Naruto grew up to become Hokage and had a son, who now has his own ninja adventures in the spinoff series Boruto. Set in a time after the last Great Ninja War, Boruto has made tons of friends and competed with plenty of fellow ninjas, but up until now, he never had an actual rival that mirrored that same clash his father once had with Sasuke.

At least, that was the case until Kawaki stepped into the picture.

Who is Kawaki in Boruto?

In the first episode of Boruto, an adult Kawaki appears in a flash-forward scene where he and an adult Boruto face off in the ruins of the Leaf Village. The two fight in a fashion similar to their predecessors Sasuke and Naruto, but the scene abruptly ends before we get to see its conclusion. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful scene reminiscent of the storied ninja history of light versus dark and an omen of things to come.

After that intense encounter, we don’t see Kawaki again until his arc finally begins in episode 188. After he’s found unconscious by Boruto and Konohamaru’s team, Kawaki becomes irritated and attacks the ninjas relentlessly, convinced that they are enemies. After he’s finally defeated, Kawaki is taken back to the Leaf village and put under Naruto’s protective watch.

Afterward, we begin to understand a whole lot more about Kawaki. During his childhood, he was initially raised by his birth father, a rough man who suffered from alcoholism and beat him constantly for no reason. Kawaki’s dad then sold the boy to another man named Jigen for a large amount of money, never once thinking twice about who he was dealing with. 

Once Jigen had Kawaki in his custody, he took the boy to the Kara, an underground scientific organization that alters their bodies with a technology called Scientific Tools. After trapping Kawaki in Kara’s underground hideout, he experimented on the boy’s body, intending to use it as a vessel to eventually reincarnate his soul. However, the only way that could happen is if Kawaki is given a Karma⏤a unique mark that grants Kawaki otherworldly abilities⏤that would allow Jigen’s essence to take over Kawaki’s body and be reborn. Later on, Jigen beats and torments Kawaki until the boy becomes proficient with the Karma’s power. Jigen then intimidates Kawaki into becoming his subordinate, leaving the young man paranoid and hostile.

However, Kawaki manages to escape from Jigen⏤defeating a few of Kara’s robotic minions along the way⏤after getting thrown from a crashing airship near the border of the Land of Fire before he’s discovered by Konohamaru’s Team 7. It’s where he finds out for the first time that Boruto also carried the mark of Karma.

After being placed into Naruto’s custody, Kawaki sees a different side of the word “family.” Though he remained hostile and distrustful, Kawaki slowly began to bond with the Uzumaki family and even began to study ninjutsu under Naruto. During this time together, Kawaki developed an affection for Naruto as the Hokage became a kind and positive parental figure in Kawaki’s life. However, Kawaki’s previously hardened life made a deep impression on him, one that he may not be able to get over any time soon.

Despite his bonds with the Uzumaki family, Kawaki can still be found at odds with Boruto, even though they seem to be in a good place…for now. But just like Sasuke before him, Kawaki’s past trauma has filled him with lots of anger and resentment, which always seems poised to boil over at any minute. As of yet, we don’t exactly know what tips Kawaki over the edge to lead him to become Boruto’s enemy in the future, but whatever is, we can definitely see that it’s been years in the making.

The Flash Producer May Have Just Teased Henry Cavill Cameo

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Christian Bone

Oct 14, 2021 10:49 am2021-10-14T10:49:44-05:00

The Flash movie promises not to skimp on fan service. Though it’s the first solo movie for the Scarlet Speedster, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen will be joined by a roster of iconic heroes, both old favorites and new additions to the DCEU. Michael Keaton is back as Batman after 30 years, with Ben Affleck also on board as his Bruce Wayne. Then there’s Sasha Calle joining the franchise as Supergirl. But will Superman also make an appearance?

DC fans are forever clamoring for more of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel, but with Affleck on board, it’s not out of the realms of possibility that he could drop by The Flash, too. And the movie’s producer might just have teased this happening on Instagram. Barbara Muschietti posted on social media recently to tease The Flash‘s presence at this weekend’s DC FanDome. One fan responded by saying they hope to see Cavill in the film. In an intriguing move, the producer liked the comment.

Twitter account @FlashFilmNews noticed the comment and created a fun video about it, using a clip of Miller’s hero from Justice League to illustrate what we’re all thinking.

Did Barbara Muschietti hint at Henry Cavill’s Superman? #TheFlash #TheFlashMovie pic.twitter.com/YqmU3nAP8c

— The Flash Film News ⚡ (@FlashFilmNews) October 13, 2021

Obviously, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. The fan’s comment opens by saying how excited they are for The Flash, so it’s possible Muschietti liked it for that reason rather than their mention of Cavill. But we’re so desperate to have The Witcher star back in the red and blue that we’ll take any hint that it’s going to happen we can get, no matter how small.

If a Cavill cameo really is a thing, though, we might find out about it this weekend, as Muschietti promises a little “surprise” is coming at DC FanDome. Remember, the 24-hour event, which will also showcase the likes of The Batman, Black Adam, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and much more besides, kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET on October 16th. The Flash, meanwhile, hits theaters on November 4th, 2022.

Tom Holland Says Spider-Man: No Way Home Is The End Of A Franchise

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Scott Campbell

Oct 14, 2021 10:45 am2021-10-14T10:45:43-05:00

Look, we all know that Spider-Man: No Way Home isn’t going to be Tom Holland’s last time suiting up as the Web-Slinger. His contract may expire when his third standalone movie is released in December, but he’s already admitted that he’d love to stick around if Marvel is happy to keep him. And they will be.

However, that doesn’t mean the leading man or the rest of the returning cast and crew can allow complacency to set in, especially when the multiverse is in play. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s solo franchises almost always operate as three-film arcs, so No Way Home is more ‘see you later’ than ‘goodbye’.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Holland admitted that he’s still treating No Way Home as the end of a franchise, so we can expect the credits to roll on a satisfying narrative journey that began with Homecoming and carried through Far From Home.

“We were all treating it as the end of a franchise, let’s say. I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. But we were definitely treating it like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it.”


New Spider-Man: No Way Home Photos Reveal Doctor Strange And A Terrified MJ

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Spider-Man 4, 5, 6 etc. are virtually foregone conclusions, without even mentioning the serious moves being made over at Sony regarding their shared universe, but Holland will be looking to send audiences home as happy as possible with the journey they’ve been on across his trilogy by the time No Way Home draws to a close.

New Spider-Man: No Way Home Photos Reveal Doctor Strange And A Terrified MJ

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Scott Campbell

Oct 14, 2021 10:42 am2021-10-14T10:42:21-05:00

Most of the chatter surrounding Spider-Man: No Way Home over the last few days has focused on a new trailer arriving within the next month, so it was a genius move for Sony and Marvel Studios to sneak in and drop a pair of brand new official images when nobody was looking.

There’s a little over two months to go until Tom Holland’s third solo outing hits theaters, and the anticipation is steadily reaching fever pitch. Of course, fans are desperate to discover if Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are involved, but that big reveal will be getting saved for a later date.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly debuts the No Way Home images, which shows Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange looking about as nonplussed as Zendaya’s MJ does terrified, and you can check them out over on EW.


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New images often tend to mean that footage follows close behind, so we can expect the whisperings of a second trailer to intensify now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has unveiled a pair of web-slinging action shots.

Why Did Kaneki Join Aogiri Tree?

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itemprop=”headline name”>Why Did Kaneki Join Aogiri Tree?

Nathan Donkor

Oct 14, 2021 10:36 am2021-10-14T10:37:02-05:00

One of the pivotal moments in the Tokyo Ghoul anime was Ken Kaneki’s joining of the ghoul terrorist organization Aogiri Tree after they kidnapped and brutally tortured him. Naturally, many fans wondered what would drive Kaneki to make such a brash and crazy decision after all he just gone through. It turns out that he had his reasons. But what were they?

The beginning of Kaneki’s heel turn 

During Aogiri Tree’s hunt for Rize, the terrorist group stumbles upon Kaneki at Anteiku and kidnaps him. He’s then handed over to Jason Yamori, who brutally tortures Kaneki until his mental state begins to break down. He suffers an identity crisis, and his ghoul side ends up lashing out, which leads him to kill and cannibalize Jason. Afterward, Kaneki decides to leave Anteiku and join Aogiri Tree, stunning both the members of Anteiku and Tokyo Ghoul fans alike. 

Why did Kaneki join Aogiri Tree?

As Jason was torturing him, Kaneki concluded that not having enough power kept him from protecting the ones he loved. In order to keep them safe, Kaneki decided to get stronger. He realized that the only way to do that was to join Aogiri Tree. 

With Aogiri Tree, Kaneki would fight stronger enemies like CCG investigators and other high-level ghouls. As a member, his presence drew the attention of CCG investigators away from Anteiku by being active at Aogiri Tree. But there was another incentive that came with being a part of the Aogiri Tree.

With Aogiri Tree, Kaneki could monitor the threat of the organization and eliminate any potential threats to Anteiku. He could also learn more about the organization’s leader, One-Eyed Owl, and find out more about Rize and why she was so important to other ghouls. The members of Anteiku may not have liked it, but it was a smart move.

Does the same thing happen in the manga?

This event was never depicted in the manga. In fact, the entire situation actually played out quite differently outside of the anime. In the Tokyo Ghoul manga, Kaneki did leave Anteiku, but instead of joining Aogiri Tree, he created his own small group alongside Kazuichi Banjo to battle the Aogiri Tree. This “Anti-Aogiri” group is also in the anime, but Kazuichi is the sole leader of that faction while Kaneki joined the Aogiri Tree.