Author Archives: Ryan Roschke

The Star Wars Renaissance Continues – Get Ready For a Boba Fett Spinoff

By | May 25, 2018

Star Wars fatigue, Schmar Wars fatigue! Despite the fact that Solo: A Star Wars Story has barely made its mark on the industry, Disney and Lucasfilms have already announced their next big project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studios are developing a spinoff film about Boba Fett, aka the malicious bounty hunter who is in constant pursuit of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and the rest of the gang. The latest venture will be helmed by James Mangold, whose most recent triumph was 2017’s Logan.

There are currently no details concerning what, exactly, the Boba Fett movie will be about. But wait! There’s more! In addition to the aforementioned film, THR reports that even more movies are in the works. In fact, there are projects based on “a slew of characters,” including Obi Wan Kenobi. The Obi Wan project is close to locking in Stephen Daldry as the director. So, if you think the Star Wars franchise is anywhere close to wrapping things up, think again. We’ve got a lot of galaxies to pillage, ladies and porgs.

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Thinking About Waiting Till the Last Deadpool 2 Credit Rolls? Read This

By | May 18, 2018

Congratulations! This Deadpool 2 post actually doesn’t have any spoilers!

Like it or not, postcredits scenes are pretty standard for superhero movies these days. While they started out as mostly inconsequential good fun, more recent end-of-movie additions have carried great implications. Take, for instance, the postcredits scene for Avengers: Infinity War, which not only introduces Captain Marvel but also gives a hint at how she could save the universe. Some movies have two postcredits scenes, like 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

This brings us to the latest addition to the superhero universe: Deadpool 2. As expected, we get a “postcredits” situation shortly after the credits begin to roll. If you’re curious about what goes down, we’ve described it in detail just for you in a separate spoiler-filled post. But since many scenes crop up at the very end of the credits, we couldn’t help but wonder if there would be another postcredits scene in addition to the other one.

Friends, don’t waste your time waiting until the very end. The “midcredits” scene is the extent of the footage you’re going to get at the end of Deadpool 2. Granted, that one is more of a montage, and it’s pretty funny, so I wouldn’t necessarily say I left the theater unsatisfied. But if you’re hoping for even more fun to cling to after seeing all the song credits and the note about how all the characters are fictitious, it’s not in the cards. You’re welcome!

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Of All the Wild Cameos in Deadpool 2, THIS Was the Best (and Most Shocking)

By | May 17, 2018

Warning: We’ve got some light spoilers for Deadpool 2 in here! You’ve been warned.

Based on the copious details and action-packed trailers alone, we knew we’d be in for a wild ride once Deadpool 2 hit theaters. The antihero’s second go-round makes a valiant effort at capturing the humor, action, R-rated gore, and all-around badassery of the first film. One of the best parts of the sequel, though, has to be the cameos. In addition to a huge chunk of the suspiciously absent X-Men, the unmistakable Bill Skarsgard, and the hilarious Terry Crews, there’s one A-list actor who barely pops in for more than a second. We’re talking about the one and only Brad Pitt.

Yes, Brad Pitt! The beloved Hollywood mainstay plays the Vanisher in Deadpool 2 – he’s one of the new recruits who unceremoniously dies very shortly after Deadpool forms X-Force. The funny thing about the Vanisher is that we never really get a good look at him, because he’s invisible. It’s part of his gimmick: when he’s first introduced, we can’t even tell if he’s shown up to Deadpool’s defunct casting call. And on the plane, when they’re getting ready to attempt their rescue mission, all we see is a floating harness. So, how do we know it’s Brad Pitt?

As we said, almost all of the X-Force recruits die within 10 minutes of joining the film. In fact, the only one who lives is the very lucky Domino, played by scene-stealer Zazie Beetz. The Vanisher dies because he accidentally parachutes into live power lines; when he gets electrocuted, we finally lay eyes on Brad Pitt. It’s a hilarious moment that barely lasts a second. In fact, it’s so short that I wasn’t even sure it was him until I saw his name in the credits. Bravo, Deadpool team. We salute you.

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Deadpool 2 Has a Postcredits Scene That REALLY Changes Things Up

By | May 17, 2018

Warning: MAJOR spoilers for Deadpool 2 below! I’m serious!

F*ck yeah! Deadpool 2 is finally here, and we’re helping you unwind from all the madness contained within. To answer the biggest and most pressing question, Celine Dion does not make an appearance. But at least we can all revel in the glory of Miss Zazie Beetz, aka the very lucky Domino, and the punch-line-a-minute man himself, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). By the time the movie ends, it’s hard not to be on the edge of your seat from all the action, with tears in your eyes from all the jokes. But the fun doesn’t stop there. In fact, a lot goes down once the credits start to roll.

Yep, there’s a scene that comes with the credits! Actually, there’s a whole series of scenes that play out. To properly address it, we need to set up just a bit of backstory about the grisly Cable, aka Josh Brolin. (He’s 100 percent zaddy in the movie, just saying.) Cable is actually from the future, and in a Terminator-esque plot line, he’s trying to kill the younger version of a future threat. He’s not exactly a villain per se, but I digress. Anyway, Cable has a fun little gadget that enables him to travel through time, but there’s a catch: it only has two charges in it. Basically, Cable only has enough juice to make one trip to the past and one trip back to the time from which he came. We’ll spare the full spoiler rundown of everything involving his tiny time machine, but let’s just say he’s all out of juice by the end of the movie.

In the postcredits scene, the cutest couple in Deadpool 2 (aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend, Yukio) are trying to fix this little time device. Since they’re geniuses, they actually figure it out, and Deadpool’s like, “Thanks, guys! Peace!” He then proceeds to travel back in time so he can “fix” a bunch of messed-up things in the X-Men universe’s very convoluted timeline.

  1. First things first: time to save his dead girlfriend, Vanessa. He goes back to the moment she gets shot and puts a cream cheese spreader right through the bad guy’s head before he can pull the trigger. Weirdly, you would think this would undo all the events that happen in Deadpool 2, but let’s just pretend everything’s fine until we hear otherwise.
  2. Naturally, Deadpool also wants to undo an egregious wrong from earlier in the film: he tries to stop his X-Force members from dying! Specifically, he saves Peter, whom we meet in the trailers. Peter says he saw the ad for X-Force and wanted to be in on the fun. He doesn’t have any powers, and he dies when the acid-spitting Zeitgest (Bill Skarsgard) vomits all over him. In this “tweak,” Deadpool just tells Peter to go home, right before said vomit death would occur.
  3. Deadpool also goes back to the very first cinematic appearance of the character. No, it wasn’t in 2016’s Deadpool. The antihero actually appears in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The more current Deadpool literally just straight-up murders him and gives a nod to his old pal Wolverine.
  4. And last but not least, it wouldn’t be a Deadpool movie without an insult for Ryan Reynolds’s infamous superhero flop: Green Lantern. Deadpool teleports to the moment Ryan Reynolds gets the script for the movie. The “actor” is like, “Wow, I’ve finally made it!” . . . and then Deadpool shoots him in the back of the head. Yep. In the Deadpool universe, actor Ryan Reynolds is dead.

Again, we’re not exactly sure how to take this series of scenes. If it’s all “canon,” it would seriously mess up a lot of stuff that the film is trying to set up. But let’s all laugh, try not to think about it too hard, and move on. Agreed?

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Pass the Smelling Salts – Outlander Has Been Renewed For TWO More Seasons

By | May 9, 2018

We have exceptional news for Outlander fans: the show has been renewed for a fifth season! And, as a little cherry on top, it’s also been renewed for season six! Along with announcing the happy news, The Hollywood Reporter has also confirmed a November return for season four. Each of the new seasons will be comprised of 12 episodes and will depict the events laid out in books five and six of the series written by Diana Gabaldon; they’re titled The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes, respectively. Let’s have a toast to many, many more sexy moments and smoldering looks from Sam Heughan.

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Ryan Murphy Announces His Next Show: The #MeToo Movement Crossed With . . . Black Mirror?

By | May 7, 2018

Ryan Murphy is brewing up another TV show idea, and it may ruffle some feathers. In an all-encompassing new profile with The New Yorker, the brilliant creator talks about pretty much everything under the sun, from Glee to American Horror Story to the upcoming (and visually stunning) Pose, which will premiere on FX in June. Near the end of the interview, he describes a new concept that came to him, and it’s directly inspired by the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Initiative, both of which have created a whole new vision of Hollywood in just a handful of months:

“A new idea had bubbled up, however, as he absorbed the #MeToo crisis. The show would be called Consent – potentially, a new American Crime Story. It would follow a Black Mirror model: every episode would explore a different story, starting with an insidery account of the Weinstein Company. There would be an episode about Kevin Spacey, one about an ambiguous he-said-she-said encounter. Each episode could have a different creator.”

Offering a hot take on a true story, especially when the parties involved are still alive, hasn’t exactly panned out well for Murphy in the past. It’s safe to say the Kardashians weren’t thrilled by American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, and the Versace family was equally vocal about the show’s second season, which portrayed the murder of Gianni Versace. And then there’s Olivia de Havilland, who filed a lawsuit after deciding Feud‘s first season didn’t paint her in the most flattering light. Her lawsuit was tossed out, for the record.

That said, it seems Murphy’s just spitballing or rolling ideas around in his head. Plus, when has a little controversy ever stopped him from pursuing his creative vision? That’s why we got the too-soon American Horror Story season about the 2016 election. Don’t rule Consent out; it may just show up on Netflix within the next year or so.

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Kerry Washington Is Living Her Liquid Gold Fantasy on the Met Gala Red Carpet

By | May 7, 2018

Kerry Washington wasn’t just #goals on the Met Gala red carpet in NYC . . . she was #GOLDS. The actress showed up draped head to toe in a gold Ralph Lauren dress; it was so liquid-y and metallic that it practically looked like pourable gold. And her natural hair and exquisite makeup were just the icing on the very golden cake. Kerry just finished wrapping the final episodes of Scandal, which left fans devastated with a gut-wrenching death. Her days as Olivia Pope may be over, but it looks like she’s in the presence of a whole different kind of pope.

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Lena Waithe Made Her Met Gala Appearance a Political Statement, and We Are Thrilled

By | May 7, 2018

Lena Waithe made quite the colorful splash at this year’s Met Gala in NYC. The actress, comedian, and writer stepped out on the packed red carpet in an extravagant rainbow cape, a clear nod to the LGBTQ+ community and its symbolic rainbow pride flag. Lena has been on fire after winning an Emmy for the Thanksgiving coming-out episode she wrote for Master of None, and she’s shown no signs of slowing down ever since.

Lena’s cape was especially poignant given this year’s Met Gala theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Religion and sexuality have been at odds with each other throughout history, so the fact that Lena directly clashed the theme with such an overt LGBTQ+ statement was truly transcendent. Check out more angles when you read on, plus a couple extra shots with the incredible Frances McDormand. Slay.

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17 of the Most Badass Princess Leia Moments From the Star Wars Films

By | May 4, 2018

At the end of 2016, iconic movie star and all-around hero Carrie Fisher passed away. While the actress leaves a large trail of exceptional work in her wake, it’s hard to hear her name without thinking about her most memorable role: Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. From the very first movie, A New Hope, to the most recent installment, The Last Jedi, Fisher brought an exceptional level of gumption and sarcasm to the character. Since there’s still no word on how Leia will factor in to the next film, let’s reflect on all her greatest moments in the meantime.

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OMG: The Internet Is Offering No-Context Spoilers For Avengers: Infinity War

By | May 3, 2018

Warning: Yep, even this post will spoil Avengers: Infinity War if you haven’t seen it. Some of these don’t NEED context, y’all.

When it comes to movies and TV shows, we’re in the height of what you might call “spoiler culture.” There are those who avoid spoilers at all costs and are devastated when something is ruined for them, and those who seek out ruinous information and are inclined to spoil things for others. This great battle has really exploded in light of Avengers: Infinity War. With high stakes, many potential deaths, a game-changing postcredits scene, and so much more, there’s a lot that stands to be ruined for the fan who hasn’t gotten a chance to see the film yet. Naturally, the internet has found a way to make fun of even this: by posting “spoilers” that are “completely without context.”

Basically, it’s like a non sequitur: these people are posting completely random images that correspond with something that happens in Avengers: Infinity War. Once you’ve seen the film, though, everything makes sense. But even with something like this, which seems harmless and fun, it’s not hard to figure out exactly what the context is . . . even if you still haven’t seen the film. So proceed with caution: these hilarious “spoilers with no context” tweets are still spoilers at the end of the day. But hey, at least they’re funny as well.

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12 Steamy Songs From 2018 That Are Probably Already on Your Sex Playlist

By | May 2, 2018

We’re not even halfway through 2018, and the music world has already delivered bop after bop after bop. We’re getting country realness from Kacey Musgraves. Thanks to Ariana Grande, we have an early entry for 2018’s Summer anthem. Oh, and if you’re looking for a good cry, we’ve got plenty of tunes for that too. You know what else we have? A lot of sexy songs that will have you grinding your hips, flipping your hair, and just generally feeling yourself. And a few of them even come with a sexy music video to make it a multisensory experience. Whether you’re looking to get down with your bad self or amp up the steam for some time with someone special, we’ve got plenty of sexy songs – all from 2018 – that will keep the beats going and the energy flowing.

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19 Netflix Horror Picks to Send a Chill Down Your Spine (Even in the Summer)

By | May 2, 2018

Horror fans do not rest. Sure, we’ll curl up with a blanket in the dead of Winter to get the living daylights scared out of us, but we’re just as keen on getting spooked in our tank tops and shorts on a hot Summer day. Luckily for all of us, Netflix is always there to offer a scare or two, and the current selection of horror flicks is ripe with great picks. So, if you’ve burned through all of the new horror films 2018 has to offer, it’s time to turn to the ol’ reliable streaming platform to get your fix. Check out our top recommendations ahead, and consider these fun behind-the-scenes shots a bit of a palate cleanser.

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Every Superhero You Can Expect to See in the Untitled Fourth Avengers Film

By | May 2, 2018

Warning: In order to discuss the future, we’ll have to spoil Avengers: Infinity War.

No, we still haven’t come to terms with the fact that Avengers: Infinity War ends in devastation. We refuse to accept that half the characters turn to dust after Thanos collects all the Infinity Stones. That’s why we’re putting on our blinders and looking to the future.

Sure, we can come up with all kinds of theories for how they will reverse that devastating ending, but let’s instead focus on what we do have. After all, quite a few characters survive the film, and we know they’ll go on to fight Thanos in Avengers 4.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to cobble together the cast of Avengers 4. While Marvel hasn’t made any confirmations pertaining to who is and isn’t appearing, we can assume that Infinity War‘s survivors will continue on. Then there are a few other additions we can make based on existing information and other logical intel. Granted, we hope the vaporized heroes return (and feel like they probably will), but for the time being, we’re leaving them out. So, without further ado, here’s everyone else we can expect to see in Avengers 4.

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Valkyrie Is, by Far, the Most Glaring Omission in Avengers: Infinity War

By | April 30, 2018

Warning: Yes, even this post spoils most of Avengers: Infinity War.

Listen, I get it. There was no way Marvel would be able to fit every single superhero into Avengers: Infinity War. And truth be told, they did a pretty remarkable job with the amount of characters they did manage to include. But you know how it goes. With so many characters and only so much airtime, a few names were bound to fall by the wayside.

There’s no sign of Hawkeye in Infinity War. He’s mentioned in the same breath as Ant-Man, who is also noticeably absent. While the former seems to be steering clear of the drama to protect himself and his family, Ant-Man has been placed under house arrest due to the events that go down in Captain America: Civil War (he also has a young daughter to think of). So that’s all fine and dandy, but there’s another character who’s missing. And in this case, she doesn’t even come up in conversation.

Yeah, we’re talking about Valkyrie. The badass Asgardian warrior survives the events of Thor: Ragnarok with ease, because she’s a f*ckin’ badass. The last we see, she’s on that giant space vessel with Thor, Loki, and the rest of the Asgardian population. You know, the same ship we see at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the one that’s been torn to shreds by Thanos and his men.

Heimdall, the all-seeing sentry who guards the gates of Asgard, is the first death in Infinity War, with Loki following close behind. But there’s no sign at all of Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson. We do not see her body in the ruins, and Thor does not mention her in any subsequent scenes, not even when he’s clearly flirting with Gamora.

So what is the deal?! Well, we’re not entirely sure. There’s no word on Thompson’s contract with Marvel, and at this moment, there hasn’t been any sort of confirmation on a fourth Thor film, which would be a very logical place for her to appear. There’s always a chance Valkyrie peeled off to take care of some business before Thanos’s attack, or even managed to hide or escape as he laid siege. We’d love to believe that Marvel wouldn’t just kill her without a word or a goodbye scene. That’s why we’re leaning toward the possibility that she’s alive.

Or you could just ask Thompson herself. According to her, Valkyrie does appear in Infinity War:

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50 Books, 50 States: A Literary Map of America

By | April 26, 2018

Throughout the year, there are infinite opportunities to do a whole lot of reading. You might be looking for great books to take on a plane or in a car for your various vacations. Or maybe you’re staying put, but you’d love a great read to bring to the beach or a local cafe. Whatever the case, we’ve got an eclectic list of amazing books that should be perfect for whatever your 2018 holds. That’s right, we’re presenting a book-lover’s tour of America. Scroll through these 50 books – one for each of the 50 states – and find out what takes place in your home state! Or, you know, maybe that state you’ve always wanted to visit.

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Disney Unleashes Its Full Release Slate For Nearly 20 Upcoming Movies

By | April 25, 2018

At this year’s annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, Disney and Marvel made an epic revelation. The joint studios unveiled the entire release slate all the way through the end of 2019, starting with the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and ending with the anxiously needed Star Wars: Episode IX. There is a huge and incredible selection of comic geek glory, live-action remake action, and even a hefty dose of nostalgia with titles like Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.

For all the excitement, there are a few unfortunate omissions. There’s no sign of the live-action Mulan reboot, which has sadly been pushed back to 2020. And when it comes to Marvel territory, it seems there’s no word on the Black Widow solo film or the Black Panther sequel. I mean, they were just announced, but it’s still sad to think we won’t be diving into those stories until 2020 at the earliest.

Wondering when your top pick is arriving in theaters? Check out the snapshot of the company’s CinemaCon timeline below. We even did you one better by culling all the tentative release dates that are floating around on the internet.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War – April 27, 2018
  2. Solo: A Star Wars Story – May 25, 2018
  3. Incredibles 2 – June 15, 2018
  4. Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
  5. Christopher Robin – Aug. 3, 2018
  6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Nov. 2, 2018
  7. Ralph Breaks the Internet – Nov. 21, 2018
  8. Mary Poppins Returns – Dec. 25, 2018
  9. Captain Marvel – March 9, 2019
  10. Dumbo – March 29, 2019
  11. Penguins – April 19, 2019
  12. Avengers Untitled (Avengers 4) – May 3, 2019
  13. Aladdin – May 24, 2019
  14. Toy Story 4 – June 21, 2019
  15. The Lion King – July 2019
  16. Artemis Fowl – Aug. 19, 2019
  17. Frozen 2 – Nov. 27, 2019
  18. Star Wars Episode IX – Dec. 19, 2019

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Danai Gurira Teases the Possibility of an All-Female Marvel Film

By | April 25, 2018

There’s a lot going on in the Marvel universe right now, and we’re not just talking about Avengers: Infinity War. I mean, yeah, the third Avengers film, which boasts a staggering selection of Marvel heroes, is really exciting. But consider this: what if there was an Avengers movie . . . with an all-female cast? Before you start celebrating (or protesting), it’s actually a real rumor that’s been floating around for quite some time.

The concept dates back to October; Tessa Thompson talked about pitching the idea alongside Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, and Karen Gillan. “We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking, and it just came up . . . wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?”

Karen Gillan told an elaborated version of the story in December 2017. “Brie Larson was like, ‘We should go up to [Marvel president] Kevin Feige and tell him to make an all-female Marvel movie.’ So we all marched up there in a group, a whole herd of us, and said that to him. He was like, ‘Yeah, that would be amazing!’ but he didn’t really commit to it. But he thought it would be a great idea.”

“It is all about figuring out when and how.”

In February 2018, Vulture reported that Feige was actually open to the idea. “It is an embarrassment of riches,” he said, referring to all the incredible women in the universe. “Even watching the audience at the Black Panther premiere respond to Lupita, Letitia, and certainly Danai in their action sequences . . . you watch Danai spinning around in that casino, taking out dozens of people, and you go, ‘Of course you can make a whole movie about that!’” He continued, noting, “It is all about figuring out when and how. But by the way, many of them have already filmed additional scenes in upcoming movies, so some of that is gonna come sooner rather than later. All of them will be seen again.”

Around that same time, Tessa Thompson circled back to the idea with IGN. “I’m not Marvel, so I can’t make it happen, but I can tell you that Marvel is hugely collaborative . . . There’s an interest – they’re doing Captain Marvel, they’re doing Black Widow – there’s an interest in having women at the forefront of this phase. I feel like it’s hopeful, who knows.”

And now we arrive in April 2018. At a press conference for Avengers: Infinity War, Danai Gurira (who masterfully slays as Okoye in Black Panther) was asked if she’d heard anything about the whispers pertaining to the project. Naturally, she didn’t confirm the all-female film or even supply any new details. But there was something about the way she spoke that made it feel like she was winking at the audience. “I know nothing about it. I’ve heard said rumors also,” Gurira said.

Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel universe, chimed in at this moment, saying, “Me too, Danai. I’ve heard them too.”

Gurira continued: “I’ve heard through the grapevine, but no, I know no details on that. I was just thinking how excited I am about Brie Larson shooting Captain Marvel right now.” When the room erupted into applause, she elaborated: “The thing that I think is happening that we see happening across many dimensions in our industry is that we see more women taking the helm in various realms. And not only is it about time, but I think it’s going to make the world a better place. I look forward to the future.”

And that’s the latest we have on that. Do we have a confirmed all-female Marvel movie in the works? Not necessarily. But does it seem like Feige and the rest of the powers that be are considering it? You can bet your ass. Let’s hope they give us the badass female fight fest we so desperately want.

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Could Iron Man Survive Avengers: Infinity War? Why We Still Have Hope

By | April 24, 2018

When it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, one big question seems to be looming above all the others: who will die?! When you consider the fact that the film’s villain, Thanos, is so powerful, and he wants to destroy half the universe with the Infinity Stones, it’s hard to envision an outcome in which all of the many superheroes make it out alive. When it comes to potential victims, there are unfortunately a few front-runners.

There are a few theories out there pertaining to potential victims. For instance, many think Vision could die when Thanos takes the Infinity Stone from his forehead. Then there’s Captain America, who is such a noble and pure cinnamon roll that he would feasibly sacrifice himself to save everyone else. But there’s another top pick that makes even more sense: Iron Man. Diehard fans think Iron Man might die because he’s effectively the leader of The Avengers, and actor Robert Downey Jr. has been hinting at his retirement for nearly five years.

Ahead of Avengers: Infinity War‘s release, I attended the press conference for the film, but I was surprised to hear that Downey Jr. still offered a bit of hope that Iron Man would survive. When a member of the audience asked if the hero might appear in the untitled fourth Avengers film, he looked over to Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios. “Kevin?” he asked, before adding, “He’s nodding his head, but let me see what he whispers in my ear.”

“If I die . . . I’m going to be confused. We’ll see.”

After literally hopping over and letting Feige whisper in his ear, Downey Jr. said, “Ah, yes. We already filmed it! Which means, I guess I’m . . . you never know. I’ll see you at the screening tomorrow. If I die tomorrow, I’m going to be confused. We’ll see.” Obviously, every single member of the cast has been forewarned about dishing spoilers, and they’ve all been forced to keep Infinity War spoilers under lock and key. But still, it’s worth noting that the fourth Avengers movie was filmed at the same time as the third. Which, in hindsight, may have been a ploy to sabotage any speculation about this very subject.

All things considered, Downey Jr.’s comments about being “confused” certainly add an interesting layer to the whole ordeal. And sure, there’s still a chance he’ll die in Infinity War. But hey, maybe we’ll still get a flashback or something else as a small consolation.

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24 People Who Are JUST as Confused by the Westworld Premiere as You Are

By | April 23, 2018

Now that the second season of Westworld has arrived, we have a bit more information about this mysterious and deadly theme park. We finally know a little more about that whole Peter Abernathy situation, as well as where the park is actually located and what’s up with Maeve’s daughter. We even have a resurgence of the haunting phrase that kicked off this whole ordeal in the first place!

But you know what we collectively don’t have in the wake of the crazy first episode? Any f*cking idea about what’s really going on. If you were confused by the events of the premiere, you are absolutely not alone. In fact, I’d venture to say you’re in the majority. To help you feel better about your complete and utter confusion, we’ve collected a handful of reactions that very hilariously illustrate this new Westworld mindf*ck.

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Riverdale’s Carrie Musical Is Based on Broadway’s Most Infamous Flop

By | April 19, 2018

Source: The CW

On April 18, Riverdale finally unveiled its long-teased musical episode, which was replete with plenty of musical numbers, tons of drama, and quite the cataclysmic conclusion. The episode will surely go down in Riverdale history, and now it’s time to sort through the wreckage and get a handle on our emotions. But as we press on and look toward the fast-approaching season finale, one practical question remains: what the hell is Carrie: The Musical?

If you walked away from this episode wondering if it was real or just a crazy thing Riverdale made up, you’re not alone. But I’m here to tell you that Carrie: The Musical is not only real, it’s also one of the most infamous productions in Broadway history. That’s because no single show has flopped so spectacularly – not before or since the show’s ill-fated 1988 debut. In honor of the legendary musical, we thought we’d offer a brief history of how it all went down.

The Initial Story

If you’re somehow not aware, the story of Carrie was originally written in book form by legendary horror author Stephen King. It was published in 1974 and then quickly adapted into a film that came out in 1976. Both the book and film did so well, the powers that be decided the next logical move would be a musical. Lawrence D. Cohen, who adapted the original novel to the screen, teamed up with composer Michael Gore and lyricist Dean Pitchford to make the musical production a reality.

Source: The Everett Collection

The Disastrous Run on Broadway

Despite the fact that they began working on and workshopping the musical all through the early ’80s, it didn’t get enough funding to come to life until 1988. The show had a brief preview period (about 16 performances) in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. What’s interesting is that the show wasn’t initially panned by critics. In an interview with Playbill, the creators note that the reception was mixed. “You’d hear roaring ovations and, just as loud, booing,” Cohen said. Even so, it’s not hard to find a positive review from this particular leg of the journey. Once the show moved to New York, though, it was a different story.

If you ask the creators, New York critics saw something different. “What happened when we came to New York was that the same division of the critics was palpable in the audiences in the weeks of previews and the week that we ran,” Cohen said. The show opened on Broadway on May 12, 1988 . . . and closed on May 15, 1988. It didn’t exactly receive rave reviews; a good example is The New York Times, which offered quite a few punches to the gut in a less than flattering overview. The show only lasted a whopping five performances, and it reportedly lost a record-breaking $7 million.

Source: The CW

The Legacy

It’s worth noting that very few traces of the original Carrie musical exist. There are no official photos or cast recording, just a few bootleg videos. There are traces of the source material here and there on the internet, but they’re only bits and pieces. The show was finally revived in an off-Broadway production in 2012, but according to The New York Times, it developed something of a cult following in the years since it closed. After the flop, the creators were approached with hundreds of pitches. Scores of theaters wanted to attempt a production of Carrie, but the original producers were too heartbroken to say yes.

Finally, in 2012, they agreed to bring Carrie back to life. The aforementioned off-Broadway production opened at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2012 and did moderately better, lasting 80 performances before it closed (about four times as many as the original). The musical had been trimmed and cleaned up a bit; it was fitted with new songs and a truncated story. This production yielded the only official recording of the music, which is even available on Spotify. Still, it was by no means a runaway success. Eighty performances isn’t a lot compared to the 12,000-plus performances of Phantom of the Opera or the Chicago revival’s 8,000.

And now we have Riverdale‘s musical episode, which is perhaps the most high-profile homage to the musical we’ve ever seen. And really, what better place to showcase this bleak and bloody story? Riverdale is an outsider all its own; it’s a dark teen show that’s filled to the brim with its own bloody brutalities. And it’s not hard to find Riverdale characters who are mirrored, one way or another, in the story of Carrie. As for what will happen now that the ill-fated musical has been thrust into the spotlight yet again? That remains to be seen.

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