‘Doctor Who: Flux’ says they’re ‘waiting for the call’ for a spinoff series

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Christian Bone

Dec 6, 2021 10:57 am2021-12-06T10:57:15-05:00

Doctor Who: Flux — the 13th season of the sci-fi series that comprised a six-part miniseries — has to be one of the most ambitious runs of the modern show, as it took place across time and space and was stacked full of allies and enemies, new and old. One of the new allies was Karvanista, a canine alien with a curmudgeonly attitude who was really a loveable furball, as he helped the Doctor and her friends save the Earth multiple times.

While there were some casualties in this past weekend’s finale, Karvanista managed to survive Flux intact and was last seen heading off into space with Jacob Anderson’s Vinder and Thaddea Graham’s Bel. With the couple expecting a child, this set up a fun, twisted family dynamic, with the parents, the baby, and their dog, so it would be fun to explore that elsewhere. Unsurprisingly, then, actor Craig Els is eager for a spinoff.

Chatting with RadioTimes.com in the wake of the finale, Els stated he suspects Karvanista likes Vinder and Bel more than he would admit and he thinks a bond could develop there that’s worth revisiting.

“Obviously, the last time you see him, he’s on that ship with Bel and Vinder,” said Els. “You sort of think: well, what’s he going to do now? Although he’s trying to give it all: ‘Oh, I don’t want these on my ship. I want them to go’ – I think if they stuck around a little while longer, he wouldn’t be too disappointed.”

Els added that he would “absolutely” come back to reprise Karvanista in a spinoff, even if that took the form of an audio drama series from Big Finish.

“I’m living for it,” he continued. “I’m waiting for the phone call. It’s a Dog’s Life, starring Karvanista and Bel and Vinder [laughs]. Bring it on!”

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Warning: Spoilers to follow.

The last episode also dropped a major revelation about Karvanista’s past. He was the Doctor’s companion himself during her days with the Division, the memories of which are lost to her. He couldn’t tell her about their time together, however, as the Division had implanted something in his head that would kill him if he spilled their secrets. There has to be more to dive into here, and Els thinks exploring this would be a priority if Karvanista ever returned.

“If the character were ever to come back, it’d be really interesting to explore that idea of who he was before, and at what stage in the Doctor’s life he was the companion, you know?” Els pitched.

With Jodie Whittaker only having three episodes left to go, time is running out for her to reunite with the last of Lupari, but he could well turn up in one of the upcoming specials that will be spread across 2022. The first of which, the annual Doctor Who winter special, airs on BBC America this New Year’s Day.

Is ‘New Girl’ leaving Netflix?

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Dec 6, 2021 10:52 am2021-12-06T10:52:58-05:00

Netflix is host to so many different films, television shows, and limited series that it can be hard to keep track of everything arriving on and leaving the platform.

If you’ve noticed that New Girl has suddenly reappeared in Netflix’s Trending category, its not just due to all the people re-binging every holiday episode of the charming sitcom. It’s also thanks to numerous rumors claiming that New Girl will be leaving Netflix when 2021 comes to a close. The claims have sparked a panic among fans of the show, most of whom assumed it would be sitting pretty on Netflix—available for casual viewing at any time—for years.

There’s good news for hopeful New Girl fans out there: the series isn’t leaving the platform entirely. But fans in certain areas of the world are in far less luck, because the quirky series won’t remain available to everyone once we ring in 2022.

It joins several other popular series, including Prison Break, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy that are headed for removal from Netflix accounts belonging to people in Australia and the United Kingdom. People living in several European regions will also lose access, according to What’s On Netflix, including those in “France, Germany, and Italy as well as Nordic countries and Asian regions such as Malaysia and the Philippines.”

If you’re not sure whether or not you’ll be losing access to New Girl, just head over to your Netflix account for some confirmation. Anyone who’s New Girl-viewing days are limited will see a prominent banner displayed over the series main page, proclaiming that the “last day to watch” the series is on “31 December.”

Disney is snatching back up a number of its more lucrative properties, it would seem. Joining New Girl and Grey’s Anatomy in their exodus are Sons of Anarchy, How I Met Your Mother, and, in select regions, Homeland. Viewers in the above-listed regions should still be able to watch the series, however, so long as they have access to a Disney Plus account.

Viewers within the United States will still have access to this full list of shows — for now, at least. Chances are reasonably good that Disney Plus will soon become host to a number of these series, but U.S. viewers can sleep easy knowing that they aren’t leaving Netflix just yet.

Source: What’s On Netflix

Kevin Feige explains why ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ features returning villains

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Scott Campbell

Dec 6, 2021 10:48 am2021-12-06T10:48:14-05:00

As one of the most enduringly popular characters on the planet, a position that’s been retained for close to 60 years, you could make the argument that there’s no such thing as too much Spider-Man in the eyes of many fans.

However, the web-slinger has become almost ubiquitous over the last two decades, to the point that familiarity creeping in is a real danger. We had Sam Raimi’s trilogy with Tobey Maguire, before the reboot with Andrew Garfield landed just five years after Spider-Man 3. Tom Holland’s debut in Captain America: Civil War came 23 months after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with No Way Home marking Spidey’s seventh solo movie in 19 years.

Throw in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and sequel Across the Spider-Verse, never mind whatever Sony has in store for its own shared universe or Disney Plus animated series Freshman Year. That’s an awful lot of Peter Parker, with Kevin Feige admitting to ScreenRant that No Way Home bringing back old villains was done largely to give audiences something they’d never seen before.

“I think if we’ve learned anything over the years, and particularly just the deal between Disney and Sony to do these movies together, that almost anything is possible if enough people believe in it and have a passion for it. Kicking off with Peter Parker’s identity being revealed at the end of Far From Home immediately set us on a course for things we’d never seen before in a Spider-Man movie. That’s the fun of making movies, is to do things people haven’t seen before, and in the MCU there are ways that lots of amazing things can happen, and that Dr. Strange would be a good conduit to that.”


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A sprawling multiversal epic that spans three generations of Spider-Man storytelling is nothing if not ambitious, and we can hardly believe that No Way Home is actually coming to theaters next week to cap off insane levels of hype and anticipation.

Fans are hoping Jon Bernthal’s Punisher is next after Daredevil announcement

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Scott Campbell

Dec 6, 2021 10:45 am2021-12-06T10:45:43-05:00

A cursory glance at Twitter may lead you to believe that the fans are directly responsible for Kevin Feige confirming that when Daredevil returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe he’ll be played by Charlie Cox. As much as the campaigners are taking at least some of the credit, you’d have to say this is a boardroom call above all else.

Now that we know for sure one of Netflix’s street-level superheroes is on the way back to the MCU, it was inevitable that the attention would immediately turn to the rest of the roster. Jon Bernthal is no stranger to discussing the Punisher, revealing as recently as last week that he’d only return if it was done right, but as you can see from the reactions below, people just want him back.

The next announcement should #ThePunisher pic.twitter.com/pHjtIiUDPq

— THE PURP SHOW (@purpminded420) December 6, 2021

now do it again but the punisher pic.twitter.com/K5eKmMMGaz

— SSMM || Roma (@bananaroast) December 6, 2021

REJOICE!

Now @Kevfeige can we confirm @jonnybernthal as The Punisher for @MarvelStudios

🙏 https://t.co/nDoRfeYUSn

— LoneWolfJoshTV (@LoneWolfJoshTV) December 6, 2021

Now bring back The Punisher

— Adrian Vercetti (@Adrian_McFly) December 6, 2021


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Can Jon Bernthal still be the punisher as well 🙏🏼 https://t.co/bSFC5FEngV

— James (@seeuspacesoyboy) December 6, 2021

WTTTTFFFFF THE PUNISHER NEXT PPLLSSS https://t.co/HQslsm6aH5

— Abdullah (@aboody5100) December 6, 2021

Bring Jon Bernthal as the Punisher and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones back next https://t.co/n4yq5QR8UO

— Annabel (@DracarysWonder) December 6, 2021

if jon bernthal could come back as the punisher too i’d be so happy

— 🍑💖Assitude💖🍑 (@esidisibooks) December 6, 2021

We can expect Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones to gather plenty of support among the online community, and probably Mike Colter’s Luke Cage as well, but hell would have to freeze over for Twitter to throw the full weight of its support behind Finn Jones’ Danny Rand, the black sheep of the Defenders.

Either way, the Cox comeback is fantastic news we’ve all been waiting for, and it’ll be very curious to see what fate befalls the Punisher and the remainder of the New York City vigilantes.

Watch: Netflix reveals ‘Munich: The Edge of War’ trailer

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Scott Campbell

Dec 6, 2021 10:42 am2021-12-06T10:42:24-05:00

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War dramas and political thrillers are always worth a watch if done right, so when you take the two subgenres and mash them together with a talented cast in the thick of the action, then good things should be expected.

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for Munich: The Edge of War, based on the novel of the same name by journalist-turned-author Robert Harris, which is in no way whatsoever related to Steven Spielberg’s regular old Munich. The story unfolds in 1938 with Europe on the brink of war, as Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia.

Rising star George McKay’s Hugh Legat is a British civil servant that travels to Munich with Jannis Niewöhner’s diplomat Paul von Hartmann for an emergency conference, before the two friends find themselves increasingly at odds as all sorts of tricky political machinations threaten to derail peace talks before they can even get started.

Jeremy Irons also stars as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who urges his government to seek a peaceful solution, but we all know how that turns out in the end. Munich: The Edge of War comes to select theaters on January 7 before hitting Netflix on January 21, and it already looks as though it’ll be an early year favorite among dads everywhere.

Kevin Feige confirms more major MCU announcements coming soon

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Scott Campbell

Dec 6, 2021 10:30 am2021-12-06T10:30:29-05:00


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As you’ll no doubt be aware, Kevin Feige broke the internet in half when he confirmed that Charlie Cox will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Daredevil, although he stopped short of admitting that the former Netflix star will be making that long-rumored appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Even though there are currently upwards of 30 live-action and animated projects across film and television in the works at Marvel Studios, the fanbase always demands more, and for the most part, Kevin Feige tends to give it to them. Fresh off dropping his Daredevil bomb, the company’s Chief Creative Officer revealed to ScreenRant that some major announcements are coming soon.

“There’ll be news. There’ll be various events. Obviously with the pandemic, the way we’ve announced things has changed and altered, and in some ways that’s been good, because it’s kept the focus on what’s next. It’s kept the focus on the projects as they come out, and certainly the anticipation for No Way Home, I would say, is as big as anything we’ve ever felt before, which is good timing as the movie’s about to come out.”


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On the theatrical side of things, release dates still need to be locked down for Blade, Captain America 4, Fantastic Four and Deadpool 3, while Disney Plus Day took the total number of streaming shows to almost 20. Of course, Feige’s work is never done, and supporters will be crossing their fingers in the hopes that Shang-Chi and Eternals sequels will be part of the upcoming slate.

Nobody really knows except the boss, though, but it’s always fun to speculate and then admit we were dead wrong when Marvel announces something completely unexpected instead.

5 characters you didn’t know J.K. Simmons voiced

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Nicholas Di Nardo

Dec 6, 2021 10:08 am2021-12-06T10:08:44-05:00

J.K. Simmons has become a well-known face over the years, cementing himself as the bald guy who could make you cry if he yelled at you. He’s portrayed iconic characters such as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy as well as hardcore jazz conductor Fletcher in the movie Whiplash, for which he received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Even though he’s become a recognizable face in film, many audiences may not know that Simmons has also voiced characters in some of their favorite animated shows and movies. Below is a list of some of Simmons’ more notable voice roles.

1. Tenzin in The Legend of Korra

The hit Nickelodeon show follows up on the events that occurred in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The series follows the life of the new avatar Korra as she fights to maintain peace in both the physical and spiritual world. Simmons voices the character Tenzin, who is one of the sons of the previous Avatar Aang. Tenzin is pivotal as a mentor to Korra as well as being her air bender teacher.

2. Lenny Turtletaub in BoJack Horseman

This Netflix original follows the life of washed-up actor BoJack Horseman as he attempts to make a comeback within the rapidly-changing landscape of Hollywood. In this dark comedy series, Simmons plays the role of Lenny Turtletaub, an old turtle that produces the movie Secretariat that BoJack stars in. Lenny is renowned as a producer who only cares about making money and doesn’t care about the quality of the project itself.

3. Omni-Man in Invincible

This Amazon original series made waves during its release earlier this year. The show follows Mark Grayson, the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet. As Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers that his father may not be as heroic as he appears. Simmons does an amazing job voicing Mark’s father Nolan, otherwise known as Omni-Man. He is similar to Superman except that Omni-Man uses his powers to do whatever he wants and his incredible strength makes him unstoppable.


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4. Klaus in Klaus

This heartwarming Christmas film has a unique take on the origin story of Santa Claus. The film follows newly-graduated postman Jesper as he delivers letters throughout the miserable town of Smeerensburg. When he meets toymaker Klaus, they begin to spread kindness that will warm even the coldest of hearts.

In this Netflix film, Simmons voices the titular character of Klaus, who is based on the stories of Santa Claus. Simmons does an incredible job of using his voice to bring balance between the hard intimidating appearance of Klaus with the soft and kind warmth within his soul.

5. Mayor Lionheart in Zootopia

This 2016 animated film from Disney won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, and it’s not hard to see why. The movie follows a rookie cop as she teams up with a con artist in order to uncover a conspiracy that plagues the city of Zootropolis. With such a powerful voice, it’s no surprise that Simmons voices the powerful politician Mayor Lionheart. He’s pivotal throughout the story and puts more and more pressure on the police force to resolve the mystery as he worries about his approval rating and the public’s safety.

With so many iconic characters, J.K. Simmons has cemented himself as one of the most versatile actors of all time. With Spider-Man: No Way Home releasing later this year as well as a number of upcoming projects including Batgirl and Being the Ricardos, it doesn’t look like the 66-year-old is planning on slowing down anytime soon.

‘Spider-Man’ producer teases live-action debut of Miles Morales

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Scott Campbell

Dec 6, 2021 10:02 am2021-12-06T10:03:01-05:00

Becoming the most-talked-about Spider-Man movie less than two weeks out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s No Way Home seems like a close to impossible task, but it would be an understatement to say that animated sequel Across the Spider-Verse stole plenty of thunder from Tom Holland’s third solo outing.

Not only did we get a two and a half minute teaser that confirmed Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099 would be back for a vastly increased role, but the second outing for Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales has been confirmed as just the first half of a two-part adventure, with the concluding chapter expected to land in 2023.

It’s all systems go for every Spider-Verse when you consider the rapid expansion of Sony’s live-action series with more Venom, Jared Leto’s Morbius, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter on the way, on top of a brand new trilogy in conjunction with Kevin Feige’s MCU. Holland wants to meet Miles Morales one day, and producer Amy Pascal admitted to ScreenRant that nothing is off the table.

You never know. Someday maybe. We can do anything we want now with the multiverse and everything else.


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It feels like it’s just a matter of time before Miles makes his live-action debut, whether that’s alongside Holland’s Spider-Man or as his direct replacement, but you can guarantee the fans are going to lose their minds when it becomes official, whenever that may be.

‘Doctor Who’ star Jodie Whittaker worried she’d ‘ruined’ chances of show casting another female Doctor

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Christian Bone

Dec 6, 2021 10:00 am2021-12-06T10:00:25-05:00


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Outgoing Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has revealed she initially worried that she’d “ruined” the chance for other actresses to play the Doctor. In 2017, the Broadchurch star was cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, making her the very first woman to portray the time-traveling hero. It’s perhaps no surprise that the pressure of her groundbreaking turn in the titular role got the better of her at one stage.

While speaking to The Guardian, Whittaker revealed that she got jitters when she attended the premiere of her first episode, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” in 2018. Despite feeling “love and support” from the crowd of attendees, the emphasis the press put on her being the first female Doctor caused Whittaker to briefly doubt herself and her portrayal of the part. As she put it:

“I just thought, ‘There’s this crowd of Whovians that are really excited and full of love and support.’ And I was like, ‘What if I have pitched this so badly wrong? What if I’ve ruined it for actresses?’ Because I know full well that when lads were cast in the part, they weren’t representing men, they were representing their own personal casting. The way it was described in every outlet was not, ‘Can Jodie Whittaker play the part?’, it was, ‘It’s a woman!’

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Because of the unfair weight that had been placed on her own personal casting, Whittaker admitted she worried she had “hindered” her entire gender from playing the Doctor in the future, even though the actress had felt “confident” in her performance while shooting the season. Whittaker hopes, now she has broken this record, that any other actresses who take on the role will never have to deal with the same insecurities.  

“I suddenly thought, ‘Have I hindered us? Have I held us back?’ Because we’d filmed the first series, and I’d loved it. I really felt confident all the way through. Then there is that moment where you go, ‘Oh God’… Hopefully, with the next 15 generations of Doctors, we never have to have this chat again. I’m delighted it was mine, but it never has to happen again, thank God.”

Three years on, we can assuredly say that Whittaker hasn’t ruined the chances of future female Doctors. In fact, the way that the vast majority have embraced her incarnation of the Time Lord has paved the way for not just more women Doctors, but more Doctors who are not white men. With Whittaker handing over the keys to the TARDIS soon, we don’t yet know who the Fourteenth Doctor is, but chances are that it will be another bold casting.

Following the conclusion of season 13 this past weekend, Jodie Whittaker has three specials still to go, which will be spread across 2022. The first, the annual Doctor Who winter special, airs on BBC America this New Year’s Day.

This Oscar-nominated Christmas film is a must-see

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Nicholas Di Nardo

Dec 6, 2021 9:51 am2021-12-06T09:51:05-05:00

The year has flown by, and those who have been holding their breath for December to make its entrance can finally decorate the Christmas tree, blast Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and play a Christmas movie as they snuggle up to the fireplace.

One film that is a must-see this holiday season is the wholesome animated movie Klaus, which explores a unique interpretation of Santa’s origin story.

Suitable for the whole family, Klaus follows newly-graduated postman Jesper as he begins delivering letters in the miserable town of Smeerensburg. When Jesper meets toymaker Klaus, they start delivering presents and spark a chain of kindness that will thaw the hearts of the frozen town.

It’s no surprise that Klaus was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, as the movie has beautiful hand-drawn animation and was created by Sergio Pablos, best known for the hugely successful Despicable Me.

With the quality of the script, it’s no surprise that the film drew A-list names to the cast such as Jason Schwartzman⏤who is well-known for voicing characters in movies such as Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs⏤as well as attracting J.K. Simmons, who has portrayed iconic characters such as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies.

Those who miss out on watching this film would be doing themselves a disservice, as Klaus has been continually well-received and boasts a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus it’s readily available and can be streamed on Netflix.

So turn on the Christmas lights, make a cup of hot cocoa, and prepare yourself to be enchanted by this delightful holiday film.

Madison Clarke returns to ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

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Dec 6, 2021 9:43 am2021-12-06T09:43:56-05:00

Since her presumed death in season four, badass mother Madison Clarke is returning to the world of Fear the Walking Dead. Fans never saw the original star die on their screens during the mid-season finale, sacrificing her life for her children, but as flames engulfed the stadium, it seemed that her fate was sealed.

Kim Dickens, who portrays Madison Clarke, even said herself that she never wanted to leave the show, and now thankfully she is back. Returning in the second half of season seven, which returns April 17, the Fear the Walking Dead alum and heroic mother will return as a series regular in the recently renewed eighth season.

In a statement released to Decider, Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple said the following.

“Kim Dickens’ raw talent, strength, and brilliance will electrify TWDU once more and we couldn’t be luckier to have her back.”

After missing for so long, it will be interesting for fans to see how much Madison has changed since disappearing and if she will be reunited with her only surviving child, Alicia.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 8 at AMC, Kim Dickens to Return in Second Half of Season 7 https://t.co/mYMRTwF02A

— Variety (@Variety) December 6, 2021

You can watch Fear the Walking Dead on AMC and stream it on AMC Plus.

Kevin Smith shares his ideas for ‘Masters Of The Universe: Revelation’ season 2

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Christian Bone

Dec 6, 2021 9:39 am2021-12-06T09:39:39-05:00

Kevin Smith is encouraging fans to “watch the sh–” out of Masters of the Universe: Revelation to ensure that Netflix renews it for a second season. This past July saw the streaming giant launch a revival of the He-Man franchise, with Revelation offering both a sequel to the classic 1980s cartoon and also a mature reimagining of its world and characters. The result created as much division amongst fans as the Star Wars sequel trilogy, but you can’t deny it got people talking about it. 

Following Part 1’s summer release, Part 2 of season 1 just dropped in November. The season finale boldly rewrote the status quo and teased where the show could go next in season 2, but if you thought a sophomore run of Revelation was a done deal then Smith has a revelation for you. While speaking on a live episode of his Fatman Beyond podcast, the showrunner explained that Netflix is currently judging whether to renew the series. As he explained: 

“We are in a place now where we get to figure out if we get to go again…” Smith began. “Based on the first round of episodes, things were looking very positive. Hopefully, based on dropping Part 2 and how many people finished the whole thing…if that’s all positive, if we reached what they call ‘efficiency’ then we might get to do it again,” Smith explained before telling fans about potential future seasons, “Fingers crossed, so watch the sh– out of it if you want to see more. That’s how we get to do it again. I hope we get to do it again. It’d be so good to do it again cause I got ideas.” 


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While this is always a scary time for fans of a Netflix show, as the streamer has gained a reputation over the past couple of years for being cancellation-happy, Smith’s words are encouraging as he states that he’s feeling “positive” about Revelation‘s chances, given what were likely high viewing figures for Part 1. Assuming that Part 2 managed to entice a good chunk of those viewers back for more, then season 2 should be good to go. 

As for what it could contain, the finale hinted at the arrival of Hordak and his Evil Horde, so it looks like we know the next season’s big bad. What’s more, Smith has admitted that he’s desperately trying to get the rights to use She-Ra, Hordak’s nemesis and He-Man’s twin sister, in season 2, as well. But, again, that’s something that remains in flux at this moment. 

So, if you want to see more of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, make sure to stream all 10 episodes of season 1 over and over on Netflix.

What Happened To Macklemore?

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Nathan Donkor

Dec 5, 2021 6:42 pm2021-12-05T18:42:30-05:00

Remember when in 2012, Seattle rapper Macklemore was actually growing to become one of hip-hop’s next rising stars; thanks to his single “Thrift Shop?” That’s when hip-hop and pop music was reaching another turn in the era and newer acts like Macklemore were embraced for their unique sound and personality.

Naturally grouped in with the other white rappers like Lil Dicky and Eminem, Macklemore was once seen as the next face of white rappers to etch their mark in hip-hop history. Then a few years later, the momentum died down, and people like Post Malone and Jack Harlow took the crown as the new face; leaving Macklemore to vanish from the history books almost as fast as when he first appeared. What happened to him? And what has he been doing this whole time?

Macklemore was born Benjamin Hammond Haggerty on June 19th 1983 in Seattle Washington. He first started listening to rap at the age of 6 years old and has cited the famous rap collective, Digital Underground as one of the first hip-hop acts he was ever introduced to. At age 15 he began to write lyrics and also learn how to sing; all while listening to a lot of East Coast underground hip hop like Hieroglyphics, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Nas, and Talib Kweli.

In 2000, Macklemore recorded his first mixtape, Open Your Eyes, under the name Professor Macklemore and distributed it independently later that year. He then changed his name to just “Macklemore” and began to work on his first full-length album, The Language Of My World, which he later released in 2005. 

Then in 2006, Macklemore met producer and beatmaker Ryan Lewis. The two spent the next few years trying to work on Macklemore’s promotion as a solo artist; with Lewis working as Macklemore’s photographer. The two became good friends and began working on music together for the next three years before Macklemore stepped out again in 2009 with his second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape. After that, Lewis and Macklemore came up with a bright idea.

Following in the footsteps of past hip-hop duos like Gangstarr (which consisted of New York rapper Guru and his partner,  famous producer DJ Premier), Macklemore & Lewis formed their own group; aptly named Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The group released its first EP, The Vs., later that year and then continued to release several singles including, ” Stay-At-Home Dad,” “Wings,” and “Can’t Hold Us,” between 2010 and 2012.

Then in 2012, the group released the album that finally put them in the national limelight: The Heist. The album went on to debut at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and included several singles including, “Same Love,” “White Walls,” and the smash hit, “Thrift Shop.” The feat was quite impressive for a pair of independent artists with barely any promotion and soon the duo was getting offers from everywhere.

However, according to Suggest, the two were concerned about their creative control and profits; leading them to become hesitant in pursuing a traditional record deal. So instead, Macklemore and Lewis decided to approach the Alternative Distribution Alliance–which is an independent arm of the Warner Music Group– and signed a deal that allowed them to trade a small percentage of the royalties for some major label benefits like radio promotion.

Through this partnership, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were able to retain their status as independent artists while expanding their reach to the general public. Thanks to that, singles from The Heist like “Thrift Shop” managed to get decent promotion to alternative and pop radio stations, instantly catapulting the musicians to fame. 

From 2012 to 2015, Macklemore collaborated with several artists including Ed Sheeran, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz; while at the same time touring with Lewis. Then in 2016, Macklemore released his third album, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made; which boosted the singles, “White Privilege II,” “Drug Dealer,” and “Wednesday Morning.” Unfortunately, the album didn’t receive quite the same reception as its predecessor, The Heist; which some fans say was the cause for Macklemore announcing on his Instagram that he and his musical partner, Lewis were on hiatus in 2017.

That same year, Macklemore released the record, “Glorious”, with singer (and frequent Eminem collaborator), Skylar Grey as the lead single of his fourth album, Gemini. Later in 2017, he released the single, “Marmalade” featuring Lil Yachty to promote his collaboration album, Good Old Days, with singer Kesha. Then in 2018, Macklemore and Kesha went on tour for the collaborative effort; which was named The Adventures Of Kesha and Macklemore. After that, Macklemore kind of retreated into the shadows and was rarely seen in the industry. So what happened to him and Lewis? Did something go wrong? And what has he been doing since we last saw him in 2018?

Why Did Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Stop Working Together?

After the flop of their 2016 album, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made, Macklemore and Lewis seemed to get quiet on the music front. After Macklemore announced the group’s split in 2017, rumors swirled that there may have been some bad blood between them due to the failure of their last album. However, Macklemore later expounded on the group’s separation during his promotion for his album Gemini:

“It was a decision that we both came to,” the rapper said in an interview on Sway in the Morning. “I think with the last album and how intense it was at times — particularly making ‘White Privilege II’ [on This Unruly Mess I’ve Made], that was an intense, as it should have been, song to write … I think it was really heavy to make a nine-minute song about race. And again, it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it”

However, despite no longer working together, Macklemore claims that he and Lewis have remained close friends this entire time.

What Has Macklemore Been Doing Since 2018?

Well, it seems Macklemore has been focused on being a family man for the most part. The now 38-year-old has been married to his longtime partner, Tricia Davis, since 2013. The couple had their eldest daughter, Sloane, in 2015, and their second daughter in 2018. Even more recently, Macklemore and his wife welcomed their first son, Hugo, sometime in 2021. 

Not only that, but Macklemore has also created a line of golf clothes called Bogey Boys, meant to modernize your traditional golfing gear, that uses bold colors and prints for unique golfing clothing like a tartan windbreaker or a soft pink cardigan. Outside of that, Macklemore has continued to focus on activism. His website has a whole area dedicated to his social justice causes and Black-led organizations that focus on racial and social justice issues. 

So, yeah…Macklemore has been kind of busy, to say the least.

That’s not to say he’s not working on new music. After Donald Trump’s defeat at the last Presidential election, Macklemore dropped off a freestyle commemorating the occasion.

He also posted a cryptic (yet adorable) video with his daughter that hints that there may be new music on the horizon.

But so far, there hasn’t been any word on if the rapper plans to release another album. With 2022 around the corner, and a slew of past artists returning with new projects, there’s a good chance we may see something from Macklemore soon. Until then, all of you Macklemore fans have no choice but to stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed.

Watch: ‘Doctor Who’ New Year’s Day special trailer teases Dalek déjà vu

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Dec 5, 2021 4:13 pm2021-12-05T16:13:06-05:00

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Doctor Who: Flux — the current season of the sci-fi show which comprised a six-part miniseries — came to a conclusion this Sunday, but the good news is that we won’t have long to wait until the Doctor is back on our screens. Fans can look forward to Who‘s annual winter special this New Year’s Day, with the title and premise of the episode revealed along with this first-look promo, which you can check out via the video above.

Yes, after a brief cameo in the Flux finale, the Time Lord’s oldest enemies are back to steal the limelight in the upcoming special, as titled “Eve of the Daleks”. As the trailer makes plain, the twist this time is that the Doctor and her friends will be facing the evil pepperpots while stuck in a time loop. Yes, Doctor Who is finally doing a Groundhog Day-style episode. How has it taken them this long?

Joining regulars Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and John Bishop for “Eve” are guest stars Aisling Bea (Home Sweet Home Alone) and Adjani Salmon. Bea plays Sarah, who owns and runs ELF storage, while Salmon portrays Nick, a customer who visits his unit every year on New Year’s Eve. This time around, things turn out a little differently, though, as Sarah and Nick find themselves joining forces with the time traveling trio to battle the Daleks.

With Flux out the way, the Thirteenth Doctor era officially only has three episodes left to go, including this special. Two more, including one to be released as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations, will follow later in 2022. The third will see Whittaker regenerate into the as-yet-unknown Fourteenth Doctor. Showrunner Chris Chibnall is also departing alongside his leading lady, with former EP Russell T. Davies returning to helm the show once again.

Don’t miss Doctor Who: “Eve of the Daleks” Jan. 1, 2022 on BBC America.

There’s a shout-out to “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” in the new Spider-Verse trailer

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Beau Paul

Dec 5, 2021 3:31 pm2021-12-05T15:31:30-05:00

Spider-Man fans are already celebrating the sequel to the beloved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, as the newest installment, blows up the internet. But some sharp-eyed animation fans are also buzzing about a certain easter egg in the already dizzying array of crossovers seen in the first look.

The first film utilized a vast array of different Spideys from around the multiverse, including Gwen, as well as an adult (and pretty down on his luck) Peter Parker, Spider-Man; Noir, and, of course, The Amazing Spider-Ham. Many of the characters all already slated to appear in the upcoming sequel. But the new trailer introduces an Easter Egg which alludes to an entirely different type of hero.

As the trailer opens, with Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen visiting a grounded Miles Morales at his parents’ apartment, viewers are treated to several views of Miles’ childhood bedroom, much of which is filled with his old toys. In a blink and you miss it moment, one of them is revealed to be a wooden moose. While the reference may be lost on some, the toy will be instantly recognizable to fans of another project from Spider-verse directors Phil Lord and Christopher Millers’ project, Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

The moose toy, which belongs to Mitchells’ protagonist, Katie Mitchell is a definite shout-out to Lord and Millers’ former work. The Mitchells vs. The Machines, was, like the Spider-verse titles, a Sony Pictures project but was not given a 2020 theatrical release as planned due to the Covid Pandemic. The movie rights were then purchased by Netflix and became a surprise hit for the streaming service when it was finally released in April of this year.

Although The Mitchells vs. The Machines has generated a fairly intense fandom it’s probably not popular to the point where we will be seeing a Katie and Miles team-up anytime soon. But given Lord and Millers’ ability to think outside the box there is always a possibility, however slim, at least another Easter Egg being hatched.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will be released in theaters in October 2022.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” villains appear at Comic Con XP to discuss their return

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Beau Paul

Dec 5, 2021 2:55 pm2021-12-05T14:55:08-05:00

Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx appeared at Comic Con Experience this weekend to discuss stepping back into their roles as Spidey’s arch-nemeses The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro. The actors, who all perished in some form or another at the end of their respective Sony franchise installments will all feature in the new MCU film, bridging the different series for the first time.

According to Dafoe, “You know, when I heard it, I thought, ‘Well, that’s pretty nutty, I got speared pretty good in the first film,’ but I thought, ‘Okay, they can figure out a way to bring me back’. I liked the idea that I was returning to something that was the same but different. it’s a return to something I did before with that kind of history, but there’s a spin on it, and that appealed to me.”

Molina joked that “For me, it’s just about the money.” He went on to add in seriousness that “Oddly enough, Willem and I were kind of joshing the other day about how [it’s been] 20 years since his first Green Goblin and 17 years since my first time as Doc Ock, and these are the longest options that a studio has ever exercised on actors. You know it’s like we’ve been waiting, but the material, the pitch, was excellent. I, to be honest, when when the idea was first suggested I my first thought was, ‘Hang on, I’m 17 years older. I’ve got chins; I’ve got wrinkles. What are they going to do?’ Then, of course, I suddenly realized, wait a minute, they’ve got the technology, this isn’t going to be a problem. But it’s been very nice to come back to something that, as you know, is familiar but at the same time completely new. The technology has moved on phenomenally since in the last couple of decades, you know, and so it’s kind of still exciting.”

Dafoe and Molina also discussed the upgrades in technology that have, among other things, made actually suiting up much easier, with Dafoe contrasting his initial costume fitting, which lasted over eight hours, with the far easier to use scanning technology in use today.

Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina talk about new tech and putting their suits back on after 20 years.#SpiderManNoWayHome #DoctorOctopus #GreenGoblin pic.twitter.com/VJWZWTR5Ey

— noel (@PLMPTN) December 5, 2021

Foxx noted his relief that the role did not require him to be painted blue in this version and also commented on working with producer Amy Powell. “I was excited knowing Amy for years, man, and knowing what she’s done with this franchise, and she was explaining to me that it’s gonna be hot, and I didn’t have to be blue, and things like that as far as my character is concerned, so you’re gonna be a little more hip, and that I get a chance to hang out with these incredible thespians. To walk on set and to see these guys, I literally bowed to them, and we’ve been having a ball. I’m happy we got a brand new start, a brand new look,”

Electro’s new look is more industrial in appearance and the lightning generated by the character is not the arcing blue of the former version but a color that more resembles the energy utilized by the character in his original appearances in the first volume of the comic book series,

"I’m happy we got a new look, the blue was like…look I didn’t care, I was just happy. But with this, this new it’s fly!"

– Jamie Foxx on #Electro’s new look in #SpiderManNoWayHome pic.twitter.com/jew1maWAny

— Spider-Man: No Way Home News (@spideysnews) December 5, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in theaters on December 17th.

A brutal video game movie is killing it on streaming

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Dec 5, 2021 1:54 pm2021-12-05T13:54:29-05:00

A video game movie is killing it once more on streaming. Earlier this year, the Mortal Kombat returned to the screens for Warner Bros.’s reboot of the old film series. And while it earned the usual mixed reviews we always expect from movies based on games, it turned out to be a huge hit with audiences and stands as the most popular HBO Max original on the platform. So it’s no surprise that it’s rising up the charts yet again as 2021 draws to a close. 

According to the latest stats from Flix Patrol, Mortal Kombat has climbed a whopping 20 places up the charts this weekend and currently sits as the 18th most-watched movie on HBO Max. After such a hefty jump, it seems logical that it will continue to hop ever closer to the top 10 over the next week or so. It’s not the only 2021 film that’s finding new love on the service right now either, as Godzilla vs. Kong is just above it in 17th and The Suicide Squad is perched at 14th. 


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Mortal Kombat stars Lewis Tan as original character Cole Young, a washed-up martial artist who finds his own life and that of his family in peril when he’s hunted down by the assassin Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). But when he teams up with a clique of fighters chosen to defeat Earthrealm from Outworld, Cole will discover that he as a grand destiny of his own. Jessica McNamee co-stars as Sonya Blade while Mehcad Brooks is Jax, Ludi Lin is Liu Kang, Chin Han is Shang Tsung, and Hiroyuki Sanada plays Scorpion. 

Unsurprisingly, given its phenomenal streaming figures, Warner is moving forward with at least a sequel, but likely various spinoffs and off-shoots on top of that. And the latest update suggests Mortal Kombat 2 is finally getting somewhere. For now, though, you can either discover or rediscover the first one on HBO Max.

The Will Smith/Tom Holland team-up you forgot existed rebounds on streaming

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:48 pm2021-12-05T13:49:02-05:00

Under most circumstances, a collaboration between Will Smith and Tom Holland would be guaranteed to puncture the zeitgeist and see the movie in question enjoy massive success at the box office, especially when we’re talking about an action-packed espionage comedy with a $100 million budget.

The two stars are both household names and veterans of the action genre, but even the A-list dream team couldn’t prevent the animated Spies in Disguise from being almost completely forgotten about already, despite the fact the family film only hit theaters in December 2019.

Even with the star power on display, as well as a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 77% to go with the 92% user rating, Spies in Disguise could only muster an underwhelming $171 million during its theatrical run. Part of the reason it’s been largely swept under the rug might have to do with the fact that it was the last release from Blue Sky Studios before the studio was shuttered, as well as the final animated title to roll out under the 20th Century Fox banner.

It’s still an odd situation to see a fun, frenetic and fast-paced adventure boasting Will Smith and Tom Holland being lost to the sands of time so soon, but Spies in Disguise has managed to find a second wind on Disney Plus as per FlixPatrol, having cracked the most-watched list this weekend.

A movie with a major role for Adolf Hitler is a surprise Disney Plus success

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:35 pm2021-12-05T13:35:37-05:00

As the most singularly family-friendly corporate monolith on the planet, the last thing you’d expect to see riding a wave of popularity on Disney’s in-house streaming service is a movie where one of the major supporting characters just so happens to be Adolf Hitler.

And yet, that’s exactly where we find ourselves after Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit crashed the platform’s most-watched list to land straight into seventeenth place, as per FlixPatrol. Of course, the satirical dramatic comedy does nothing but poke fun at the infamous dictator, with writer and director Waititi having an absolute blast embodying a comical caricature of the Nazi leader.

Despite a potentially tricky marketing campaign that had to use the backdrop of World War II as the selling point for an outlandish fantasy, Jojo Rabbit managed to become a critical and commercial smash hit. A $90 million haul at the box office on a $14 million budget was a solid return, while Waititi nabbed himself an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, one of six nominations accrued by the movie, which included a Best Picture nod.

Jojo Rabbit deftly navigates the potential minefield of combining irreverent humor with serious themes, and while it wasn’t for everyone, it’s clearly proving to be a major success among Disney Plus subscribers this weekend.

WATCH: Trailer for Netflix’s new ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ sequel

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Dec 5, 2021 1:27 pm2021-12-05T13:28:07-05:00

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Horror fans finally got a peek at Netflix’s new sequel to the seminal slasher movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when the trailer dropped on Saturday at Comic Con Experience. The Netflix sequel, which takes place after the events of the first film and disregards all the previous sequels to this point, is the first installment in the multi-decade spanning franchise since Lionsgate Films lost the rights to it after their release of Leatherface in 2017.

Producer and project helm, Fede Álvarez, already a name in horror following his reimagining of the original Evil Dead film in 2013 and the Sam Raimi co-produced Don’t Breathe series, made the bold decision to set the project following the first movie and disavowing the subsequent sequels from canon. The new film, directed by Cobweb director David Blue Garcia, will take place at some point in the 2000s and feature a 60-year-old Leatherface. New Leatherface actor Mark Burnham, who replaces the late Gunnar Hansen, features prominently in the new trailer and can be seen reclaiming his weapon of choice from its hiding place in the walls of the Sawyer family home.

Other additions to the cast include Outlander’s Nell Hudson as Ruthe and Elsie Fisher, best known as the lead in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade as Elsie’s wheelchair-using sister, Lila. Irish actor Olwen Fouéré has been cast as Sally Hardesty, the “Final Girl” of the original picture. The original actress who portrayed Sally, Marilyn Burns passed away in 2014. Sarah Yarkin and Jacob Latimore will also co-star.

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is widely considered to be one of the best examples of the slasher genre ever, ranking in most top ten lists among classics such as Halloween and Friday the 13th. The new sequel is expected to hew somewhat along similar lines to the original but with modern updates to reflect the concerns of the present day. According to Álvarez, “I think the first movie really hit a nerve when portraying that culture clash between the countryside and the city. Back in the ’70s, the hippies were representing the youth of the city. This time, they’re more like millennial hipsters from Austin who are very entrepreneurial and have a dream of getting away from the city and back to the countryside. They’re trying to gentrify small-town America — and let’s just say they encounter some pushback.”

Sarah Yarkin, who portrays developer Melody in the movie, explains, “Me and my business partner Dante [Latimore] are these young hip people that come to this ghost town in Texas and try to get other people to come there and make it the next hip place to be. Our fatal flaw is that we ignore the history that came before us.”

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be released on February 18, 2022 on Netflix.

‘The Batman’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ fans unite to praise the same person

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:15 pm2021-12-05T13:15:51-05:00

While there aren’t many similarities between the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and DC’s The Batman, other than the fact both are mega budget comic book blockbusters that come bearing the crushing weight of hype and expectation, they do possess one major common denominator.

That would be composer Michael Giacchino, the Academy Award winner that’s firmly embedded himself on both sides of the comic book divide. A longtime favorite of Kevin Feige, he’s scored the entirety of Jon Watts’ web-slinging trilogy, as well as Doctor Strange and sequel Multiverse of Madness.

On top of that, he’s been a regular collaborator of The Batman director Matt Reeves after scoring Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As you can see below, the Marvel and DC divide has been crossed as fans unite in their praise of Giacchino’s hard work, dedication and commitment.

Michael Giacchino going so hard.

from NWH to The Batman, both soundtracks gonna bang.

— . (@SketchedBat) December 5, 2021

I don’t want to hear any Michael Giacchino slander ever again. To bring the No Way Home soundtrack together while culminating everything Spider-Man with this current era is probably one of the hardest pieces ever. Now we have his The Batman score next. Absolute legend

— Aniq (@aniqrahman) December 5, 2021

Giacchino's music for NWH is so great I can't even express words about how good it is.

I hope The Batman's will get even higher or at least be on the same level of greatness.

— VigilanteOne (@GameSnake123) December 5, 2021

I am hyped for Giacchinno's THE BATMAN music !!!

I am sure it's gonna be banger as hell #TheBatman #DC pic.twitter.com/BH9Fx1QH5Z

— EMPEROR BOSS (@GodEmperorBoss) December 5, 2021


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Michael Giacchino Going from No way Home to The Batman pic.twitter.com/n9u4wejoE0

— 12 Days of Marcmas 🎅🏿 (@MarcMac13) December 5, 2021

Michael Giacchino composing Spider-Man No Way Home and The Batman… Jurassic World Dominion is gonna be fire too. pic.twitter.com/iAnDXZ9xjy

— Matt (@mattbo_0) December 5, 2021

Michael Giacchino on Rogue One, MCU Spider-Man, and The Batman pic.twitter.com/s7QdgLvHud

— you are (not) sidd (@unlinkednode) December 5, 2021

seeing michael giacchino trending and people praising him for NWH. Trying hard not to listen but so, so excited for his master class in NWH and The Batman.

— . (@spidernoir99) December 5, 2021

Besides Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Batman, we haven’t even mentioned Giacchino’s association with Jurassic World, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot or Pixar, which makes him both one of the busiest most in-demand composers in the industry. Based on what we’ve heard so far, his next pair of superhero scores are going to be playing on repeat among Marvel and DC aficionados for some time to come.

Spider-Man fans blasting EW for crediting Stan Lee as sole creator

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Christian Bone

Dec 5, 2021 1:09 pm2021-12-05T13:09:44-05:00

Traditionally-speaking, Spider-Man is the most famous and beloved superhero in the Marvel universe and Peter Parker’s success is a major reason for Stan Lee’s fame as a comic book creator in the first place. But while Lee is deservedly a pop culture legend, like all comics characters, Spidey was a collaborative effort. In this case, both Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby were instrumental in making the webhead the icon he is today.

So that’s why fans are up in arms over a new special edition of Entertainment Weekly which credits Lee as the character’s sole creator on its cover. EW’s Ultimate Guide to Spider-Man collector’s issue features a byline on the cover promising a feature on “How Stan Lee Created Peter Parker”. And the omission of either of the artists who brought him to life, especially Ditko, is inciting a lot of anger on social media.

One fan called the cover “disrespectful”.

Surely the staff at @EW are aware that Stan Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man alongside with artist Steve Ditko? The omission of his name on the cover is just disrespectful. https://t.co/ABu6u65Wkb

— Saqib W Ali (@Saqib_W_Ali) December 3, 2021

Even nearly 60 years since Spidey’s creation, Ditko is still wrongly being snubbed.

Is 2021 and they still can’t give Steve Ditko the credit and respect he deserves https://t.co/SagdG1kMvF

— Fiti Vidal (@levidu99) December 3, 2021

ComicBook.com’s Russ Burlingame gave a sarcastic response, bringing Abraham Riesman, author of new biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, into the conversation.

All by himself, with no help from anybody. Just ask @abrahamjoseph pic.twitter.com/EBDH32d1GP

— Russ Burlingame, the #JosieBook guy (@russburlingame) December 4, 2021

Sure enough, Riesman agreed that something fishy was going on here…

🧐 https://t.co/YzRcpDCp0e

— Abraham Riesman אברהם ריסמן (@abrahamjoseph) December 4, 2021

Even if you’re a devoted fan of Lee, as most Marvel lovers are, you can’t deny this cover credit stinks.

I love, champion and treasure Stan Lee but 😬 come on, EW… https://t.co/N8OXdCTQLO

— Ryan Huelsman (@TheAmazingRyGuy) December 4, 2021

Artists being overlooked in their major contributions to a comic or character in favor of the writer is a long-held problem in the industry which has sadly never gone away, as this cover makes clear. These days there are additional wrinkles to the controversy, too. Take Hawkeye, for example, as heavily inspired by the Matt Fraction/David Aja comics. While Fraction is a consultant on the TV series, Aja’s only compensation has been a “thank you” on-screen credit.

See Spidey, as created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, out Dec. 17.

Things heat up as Steven Spielberg fans debate his best movies of the 2000s

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Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 1:03 pm2021-12-05T13:03:45-05:00

When you’re the single most commercially successful director in the history of cinema, and the only one that’s ever seen your filmography earn in excess of $10 billion at the box office, you can pretty much do whatever you want and get away with it.

For the legendary Steven Spielberg, that means sticking to what you do best; flitting between hard-hitting prestige dramas and crowd-pleasing blockbusters on a whim, and never delivering anything less than solid entertainment. His West Side Story remake has been coming in for high praise, with many critics lauding it as his finest work in decades.

Taking that lofty claim to heart, Twitter has been locked in debate all day about which three features can be named as Spielberg’s best since the turn of the millennium, and you can check out some of the reactions below.

The Adventures of Tintin
Bridge of Spies
Catch Me if You Can https://t.co/KgjwG4MU88

— Milo (@Milo_AFC) December 5, 2021

I’ve seen all but WSS and The Terminal, but I’d go:

1. Minority Report
2. AI: Artificial Intelligence
3. Catch Me If You Can https://t.co/XudZiwgvqj

— John T (@TMROJ) December 5, 2021

Minority Report
Munich
Lincoln

Honorable Mention: Catch Me If You Can https://t.co/wfbCSipLfI

— Brian Hadsell (@Filmquisition) December 5, 2021

Catch me if you can
Bridge of Spies
The Terminal

War horse and Munich honorary mentions. https://t.co/LRQg87cyMt

— Ted (@WritingTed) December 5, 2021

War of the Worlds (by far)
Catch Me If You Can
The Post https://t.co/JoZ6Em7qxY

— Ethan “The Calculator” Williams (@EJWilliams64) December 5, 2021

1 – A.I.
2 – Minority Report
3 – Catch Me If You Can

West Side Story will probably steal the third place, tho. https://t.co/mT7ZtRzPQg

— Carlos Goncalves (@Zolyxx) December 5, 2021

AI with Catch Me If You Can and Munich close behind

War Of The Worlds and Ready Player One are honorable mentions https://t.co/AdFrhe12HC

— Will (@captaintrainor) December 5, 2021

Top 3 for me:

Catch Me If You Can
Minority Report
The Post https://t.co/ZiVspeOj1d

— Andrew Corns (@AndrewCorns) December 5, 2021

Minority Report, Munich, and Catch Me If You Can. A versatile king! https://t.co/qyKdcerWti

— emma thotson (@itsmearabrady) December 5, 2021

Catch Me if You Can
War of the Worlds
The Adventures of Tintin

I am ready for West Side Story to blow me away though! https://t.co/TMVPHGXFge

— Joshua Lozano (@JshLozano) December 5, 2021

Incredibly, West Side Story is Spielberg’s fifteenth directorial effort since 2000, and during that time he’s covered almost every imaginable genre. Suffice to say, Tom Hanks romantic dramedy The Terminal, fantasy flop The BFG and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull aren’t coming up very often, but his consistently excellent body of work is nothing short of astounding.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ passes $100 million at the box office

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ passes $100 million at the box office

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:48 pm2021-12-05T12:49:05-05:00

Having watched the last attempt at rejuvenating the franchise go up in smoke when Paul Feig’s reboot became one of the most wildly divisive blockbusters of the modern era, Sony will be thrilled to see Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife hitting that sweet spot between the new and nostalgic.

As a hybrid of sequel and reboot, it caters to old and new fans alike, with longtime supporters of the supernatural comedy series approving much more of Afterlife than critics. At the end of the day it’s all about those box office dollars, though, and the good news is that the third canonical entry in the saga has crossed $100 million domestic


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That makes Afterlife only the tenth release of 2021 to do so, which just goes to show that the theatrical industry isn’t quite out of the woods yet when you remember that 29 movies to hit the big screen in 2019 reached triple figures. However, with a budget rumored to be around the $75 million mark, the studio will be making a profit when you factor in overseas takings.

Now that Reitman and producing partner Gil Kenan have signed development deals with Sony, it’s surely only a matter of time before a Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel gets an official green light, and the fans have made it abundantly clear that they’re definitely on board.

Chris Pratt trends after viral prank had fans convinced he was voicing the Grinch

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itemprop=”headline name”>Chris Pratt trends after viral prank had fans convinced he was voicing the Grinch

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:33 pm2021-12-05T12:33:29-05:00

Ever since he was first announced to be voicing Mario and Garfield in quick succession, fans have been living in fear that any number of iconic characters could end up being played by Chris Pratt, whether they like it or not.

The bizarre phenomenon has already spawned plenty of memes, and having already lent his talents to The LEGO Movie and its sequel, along with Pixar’s Onward, there’s no telling where the Guardians of the Galaxy star could end up heading next as he continues his regular forays into the recording booth.

The internet’s least favorite of the elite Hollywood Chrises has been trending again after one prankster posted a doctored image claiming to be from The Hollywood Reporter, detailing how Pratt had been tapped to voice the Grinch in a brand new Christmas special. Before the ruse was uncovered, panic began to spread, as you can see below.

I can’t fucking do this again. I can’t. It’s like hearing about each new COVID variant popping up pic.twitter.com/rb8lTA3ULJ

— Wyatt “Grinchposting” Duncan (@WyattDuncan) December 4, 2021

I don't know where this image came from, but it is FAKE. Chris Pratt will not be playing the Grinch. pic.twitter.com/PxcRSbLUYU

— Gwen, but jolly! 🎄 (They/Them) (@ThatRatcatcher) December 4, 2021

The "news" about Chris Pratt playing the Grinch be like: pic.twitter.com/T2u4plbMK8

— View (@ViewLumia) December 5, 2021

Chris Pratt auditioning for The Grinch pic.twitter.com/yNMJnToJRn

— Ziggy (@mrjafri) December 5, 2021

Wow chris pratt is now the grinch, garfield, and mario. pic.twitter.com/6085fe35kW

— Furlow7 (@Furlow71) December 4, 2021

I love that this has been fooling people into searching for a NSFW pic of Chris Pratt. It's now the first image that comes up if you search "Chris Pratt Grinch" https://t.co/QhNGRHPVdi

— KaelArts (@KaelArts) December 5, 2021


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NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. We don’t need another Chris Pratt thing and we definitely don’t need another grinch variant. Make it stop. https://t.co/mZNKaTkFop

— Gretchen 💖s Books (@g_lovesbooks) December 5, 2021

the way this can be both about chris pratt voicing characters or the aggressive amount of shitty grinch remakes https://t.co/TFR8KaTzr0

— joshi (@j_sebeal) December 5, 2021

No matter how good a actor Chris Pratt is, no one can top Jim Carrey's Grinch pic.twitter.com/9gi8KiCVNy

— Christmasburst | Certified Loot Elf (@Finnyboy226) December 5, 2021

fuck chris pratt but also HOLY SHIT STOP REMAKING THE GRINCH. THE ORIGINAL CARTOON IS FIRE AND JIM CARRY IS AMAZING AND NOTHING ELSE IS NEEDED. https://t.co/XQf4uxp13i

— nim 🐀 (@nimothy_) December 5, 2021

Dr. Seuss’ beloved creation always experiences a resurgence right around this time of year, as fans decide to revisit either Ron Howard’s live-action version with Jim Carrey or Benedict Cumberbatch’s animated hit that raked in half a billion dollars at the box office back in 2018. At least we can rest easy knowing that Pratt won’t be the next talent to voice the Grinch. Not yet, anyway…

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ trailer teases fan favorite web-slinger

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ trailer teases fan favorite web-slinger

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 12:17 pm2021-12-05T12:17:57-05:00

Given that the first installment featured a huge number of alternate reality web-slingers including Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Ham, Peter Parker, Peter B. Parker, Peni Parker and more, we can expected animated sequel Across the Spider-Verse to double down on deep cuts from the character’s back catalogue.

As a two-part story, there’s realistically twice the time and scope to introduce a multitude of different friendly neighborhood superheroes, especially when Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales is going across the Spider-Verse and not into it, which was made clear from the title.

One eagle-eyed Twitter user has already caught wind of a potential candidate, one that would make for a solid addition to the mythology, as you can see below.

HOLD UP– 👀 pic.twitter.com/JUkkj6IV1c

— v (@karazorlls) December 5, 2021

Pavitr Prabhakar was first introduced in November 2004 as the star of a four-issue miniseries, where the orphan moved to Mumbai to live with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim. He then encounters an ancient being that grants him spider-like powers, but when his uncle his killed, he ends up battling against local crime boss Nalin Oberoi while falling for classmate Meera Jain.

Spider-Man: India remains a hugely popular iteration of the iconic hero, and it looks as though we can expect to see his big screen debut in October 2022 when the first part of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse comes to theaters.

5 Best Threequels in Movie History

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Jamie Dunkin

Dec 5, 2021 11:04 am

So you’ve made an amazing movie, great! Now you have to up the ante for the sequel, add more conflict, make it bigger, and possibly darker. Oh, your sequel has done gangbusters? Threequel time! 

Third films in a series are notorious for being very crap, see Godfather: Part III, Spider-Man 3, and Big Momma’s House 3. However, some rise above that and sometimes even take the crown as the best one.

Avengers: Infinity War

While I still think Avengers: Endgame is a better movie, Infinity War is such a strong and brilliant blockbuster film. Somehow fitting more than twenty of these big characters into the one film is mesmerising to even think about. 

While there are many players, it really hones in on Tony Stark and Thanos. Stark’s arc is close to completion, and reaping what he sowed as he learns that this big massive threat he’s been preparing for is finally arriving. Josh Brolin’s motion-capture performance as Thanos is so good you will forget he’s not actually a real person. 

And who can forget the ending? Possibly the most shocking end to a major blockbuster since Darth Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father. Drama aside, the real litmus test of how good and how big an impact a movie has these days is how many memes can be made from it, and this one just oozes memes. 

Return of the Jedi

Speaking of Darth Vader, here’s the threequel that played a huge part in making other threequels possible. Return of the Jedi. 

While it isn’t the best Star Wars movie, it is still a great movie. Coming off the back of Empire is difficult, but this definitely works as a culmination of the previous two movies. Luke’s reveal at Jabba’s Palace is brilliant, the whole Sarlaac scene is great, the Viet-Cong inspired Ewoks are fun, and who doesn’t love a bit of redemption for the big bad? 

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

This movie’s connection to the previous two Halloween films is tenuous at best, but this is quite possibly the second-best movie in the entire Halloween filmology. As Halloween approaches, kids from across America are dying to get the new range of toys from Silver Shamrock corporation, with their jingles taking up air in the week leading up.

After some suspicious events, two regular people go to investigate Silver Shamrock and travel to their commune-like factory town of Santa Mira. Without spoiling it, this is a really wild movie that has some of the most interesting ideas from across this franchise. Abandoning the iconic slasher milieu of the previous two films, and immersing itself in this strange science-fiction witchcraft idea is one of the boldest moves that’s been done for a threequel. 

Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, three more days to Halloween, Silver Shamrock…

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

After the dark and brutal Temple of Doom came a far more family-friendly and light Indiana Jones adventure. Starring Sean Connery as Indiana Jones’ father in one of the best performances from across the trilogy, here’s a movie that is a great return to classic globe-trotting – perhaps fittingly emulating James Bond. 

Last Crusade provides much more character and emotional stakes than the previous films, with the father/son dynamic between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery being a highlight of the trilogy. 

What a great way to finish a great trilogy in a definitive way, I hope they never consider making a CGI mess of a fourth movie…

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is the greatest threequel of all time. It does everything a good sequel, and good threequel, should do. It ups the stakes, it throws our characters through the ringer, completes character arcs, and provides a truly complete and emotionally fulfilling ending. 

There is no greater way to wrap up a trilogy, and that is something I’m certain of.

What do you think of this list? Did I miss an amazing threequel? Sound off in the comments below!

Jeremy Renner shares adorable photo behind the scenes of ‘Hawkeye’

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itemprop=”headline name”>Jeremy Renner shares adorable photo behind the scenes of ‘Hawkeye’

Evan J. Pretzer

Dec 5, 2021 9:12 am2021-12-05T09:12:26-05:00

Hawkeye on Disney+ is a hit and behind the cameras Jeremy Renner made sure it was a family affair, too.

On Thursday the 50-year-old took to Instagram and highlighted the back of daughter Ava’s head in a crew chair as she watched him in a scene from Hawkeye when it was shooting a year ago. The performer takes pride in his child and equated her and those he works with as having a similar closeness in his heart when all is ultimately said and done.

“Looking back to a year ago on set … with family and work family,” the post reads.

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Renner’s daughter was born in 2013 with former partner Sonni Pacheco. The two have shared custody of her since their separation began in 2014 and while no one can know what goes on in the private life of an actor, his public comments suggest she is so important to him he would rather give up his iconic role in the MCU than risk growing far apart.

“I said ‘fine, recast me. I’m going to be here with my daughter’,” he said in a recent interview with Men’s Health.

Honestly, bravo. It is never easy being a public figure and it is very hard being a parent, props to those who do both.

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‘The Flash’ season 8 photos reveal Barry in Reverse-Flash’s suit

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘The Flash’ season 8 photos reveal Barry in Reverse-Flash’s suit

Christian Bone

Dec 5, 2021 9:07 am2021-12-05T09:07:18-05:00

Last week’s third episode of The Flash ended on one of The CW series’ most mind-bending cliffhangers ever. Kicking off its eighth season with crossover event “Armageddon”, the current storyline sees Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen dealing with a dark prophecy told to him by the alien Despero (Tony Curran): the Flash is destined to destroy the world in the future. To find out the truth, Barry traveled to 2031 — and discovered his worst nightmares come true.

The final scene of “Armageddon: Part 3” saw Barry gatecrash the engagement party of none other than his old enemy, Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh). But who was the lucky woman? Barry’s own wife, Iris West (Candice Patton)! It seems that somehow Thawne has managed to mangle the timeline so out of recognition that he’s now the Flash and Barry is the Reverse-Flash. That’s what’s promised by these new promo images for “Part 4”, anyway, which showcase the Fastest Man Alive in his nemesis’ yellow suit. See the pics in the gallery below:


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In attendance at Thawne’s party were Team Flash and a couple of super-friends — Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) and Ryan Choi (Osric Chau) — all of whom reacted to Barry’s arrival with hostility. So with his loved ones turned against him, it looks like Barry has to go to another old enemy for help, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). But can the Scarlet Yellow Speedster really defeat Thawne now that the tables have been turned and he‘s the villain?

Also crossing over for “Part 4” is Kat McNamara as Mia Queen, marking the first time she’s appeared in the Arrowverse since mooted spinoff Green Arrow and the Canaries was cancelled, so hopefully we’ll get some closure for that. Cress Williams is likewise appearing once again as Black Lightning.

Don’t miss The Flash: “Armageddon” as it continues with its penultimate installment next Tuesday, Dec. 7 on The CW.

Willem Dafoe teases Green Goblin’s return in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

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itemprop=”headline name”>Willem Dafoe teases Green Goblin’s return in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Scott Campbell

Dec 5, 2021 5:36 am2021-12-05T05:36:12-05:00

Even though we’d known for a while that he was set to return, Willem Dafoe’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t officially confirmed until the second trailer dropped, although we didn’t actually get to see the actor’s face.

Having chewed on the scenery to great effect in Sam Raimi’s 2002 original, fans are understandably hyped about seeing the veteran star make his comeback to the world of web-slinging as he prepares to do battle with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, and perhaps even Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

The CCXP panel for No Way Home saw Holland, Dafoe and Jamie Foxx drop a cavalcade of new information on the upcoming threequel, which is poised to obliterate box office records when it finally releases on December 17. During the interview, the longtime Norman Osborn teased that he’ll have some brand new tricks up his sleeve.

“I stood there for eight hours and they put different pre-form pieces on me. Now, they scan me and they can design it and then make the costume, and then try it on me. It’s a huge leap in the technology. They’re more flexible. We can do more things with them. Old Norman and the Goblin are further down the line and they have a few more tricks up their sleeve. So it’s not an exact… There have been upgrades on the costume, let’s say.”


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Various rumors have pointed to Green Goblin being the ringleader of the multiversal villains that descend upon the MCU’s New York City, even if a full-blown Sinister Six appears to be one member short. Either way, we can’t wait to see Dafoe’s signature bug-eyed mania on full display when Spider-Man: No Way Home unveils the hottest cinematic ticket in two years.