The Bachelorette: All About The Hometown Dates | ScreenRant

Fans have been waiting all season to see who the final four lucky suitors would be for the hometown dates on The Bachelorette. Here’s everything you need to know about The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown’s hometown dates.

So far on this season of The Bachelorette, Brown has had a hard time keeping the contestants from fighting with one another. Many group dates and cocktail parties have devolved into petty arguments between the men. Now, fortunately for Brown, it’s down to just four guys, and things have started to calm down a bit – for the most part. Compared to the Fantasy Suites episode, which involves drama with contestant Luke Parker after the 26-year-old self-proclaimed “entrepreneur” sex-shamed Brown, the hometown dates could be smooth sailing for the bachelorette.

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In the hometown dates episodes, the four remaining contestants – Luke Parker, Jed Wyatt, Tyler Cameron, and Peter Weber – took Brown home to meet their families. Per The Bachelorette rules, none of the contestants are allowed to speak to their families prior to their visits. Brown had to communicate with her family members via the producers to coordinate the televised date. Check out the teaser below:

Producers apparently ask the final four contestants to choose an activity that “means something” to them. The point is to allow the bachelorette to have some one-on-one time with the contestant before meeting their family. It also probably goes without saying, but the former bachelorette stressed that these hometown dates are deeply uncomfortable for everyone involved, but particularly for the families.

This season, things have been tense between Brown and Parker, who has been a source of frustration for other men in the house, which paved the way for an interesting visit. Then there’s Wyatt’s hometown, which fans will be especially interested to watch considering his ex-girlfriend revealed that the two were still dating when he left to film the show. Even the seemingly perfect Weber has been accused on social media of allegedly being in a relationship before the show – so it sounds like Brown isn’t in the clear just yet.

The hometown dates bring with them plenty of drama, followed by the even more dramatic Fantasy Suites when Brown can choose to spend the night with any of her remaining bachelors. Viewers will then get a behind-the-scenes look at the season during the “Men Tell All” special, which airs the following week. During the special, former contestants from this season confront Brown and each other about what went down on the show. Then, it’s just another week before fans will know for sure who Brown chooses as her future husband, and whose family she will be getting to know a lot better.

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New episodes of The Bachelorette air Mondays at 8 pm EST on ABC.

Source: Hannah Brown

2019-07-15 02:07:26

Sarah Beauchamp

Big Bang Theory: 10 Hidden Details About The Main Characters Everyone Missed

The Big Bang Theory ended its 12th and final season this year. But the show still lives on within our hearts, and through re-runs, of course. For diehard fans, there aren’t may days that go by when we don’t wonder what our favorite gang of nerds is up to. What would they be doing now?

Now that the show is done, though, there is plenty of time to dig through old episodes and take a look at things we may have missed. Like many long-running shows, there are tons of Easter Eggs and small references that make sense in retrospect. As a result, we’ve found plenty of hidden details throughout the show that takes a true, hardcore fan to truly notice. Take a look at these interesting hidden details about all of the main characters.

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Bernadette is known for her high-pitched, squeaky voice. In an interview on The Rubin Report, Melissa Rauch stated that she chose to model her signature squeaky voice after her mother’s voice. But it wasn’t always like that. When Bernadette first appears on the show, her voice is different. We first meet her in season three, episode five, “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” when Penny sets her up with Howard. At this point, she does not have her signature voice and is speaking in Rauch’s regular voice. This goes on for a few episodes until she suddenly develops the squeakier tone. According to some interviews with Rauch over the years, she developed it to give her character a more fun edge. There’s just no real explanation why it just suddenly starts like this when she originally spoke normally.


This was a very small reveal that they mentioned just once, and if you didn’t catch it you may have never realized it. In season two, episode three, “The Barbarian Sublimation,” Penny becomes addicted to the online game Age of Conan. As with many addictive online role-playing games, her obsession consumes her life. Sheldon relentlessly tries to get her to stop bothering him. When Leonard heads across the hall to talk to her, Penny is clearly very annoyed and states, “Queen Penelope AFK.” This reveals not only that her screen name is Queen Penelope, but that Penny is short for Penelope. However, it’s only ever used this one time throughout the entire series.


In season six, episode five, “The Holographic Excitation,” Sheldon and Amy are trying to decide what couple’s costume to go as for Halloween. They are arguing in front of a Venn diagram on Sheldon’s whiteboard, and under Amy’s column if you look closely you can see “Blossom and Joey” written down. Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays Amy, actually played Blossom Russo on the ’90s sitcom. Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, was also part of the main cast of Blossom back in the day.

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This isn’t the first time someone mentions Blossom, either. In season one, episode three, “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” the gang is trying to find a replacement for Sheldon on their Physics Bowl team, and Raj suggests getting “TV’s Blossom” because he heard that she is a real-life neuroscientist and is actually really smart (she is). Leonard calls him out and tells him, “We’re not getting TV’s Blossom to join our Physics Bowl team.” This takes place long before Bialik joins the cast, so it’s either a super pre-planned joke, or a happy coincidence.


Every time the guys are shown dressed up in costumes, it’s always a DC character. You’ve got Sheldon in his Flash costume, which shows up repeatedly over the years. During the first season, in episode six, “The Middle-Earth Paradigm,” Penny invites the guys to a Halloween party. When they’re getting ready to head over, they all realize they chose Flash costumes and argue over who has to change. In season four, episode 11, “The Justice League Recombination,” the guys enter a contest at the comic book store dressed as the Justice League of America. Raj is dressed as Aquaman, which isn’t the only time he wears that costume, either. Later on, when trying to earn money for Comic-Con tickets, Raj wears it to promote the comic book store.

All of this DC fandom isn’t an accident. The Big Bang Theory is owned by CBS, which is part of Warner Bros., who also own DC Comics.


If you look very closely, you may notice that Leonard’s glasses never actually have lenses in them. That’s because Johnny Galecki doesn’t actually wear glasses in real life, but Leonard does wear them. Galecki told The Huffington Post that he originally wanted Leonard to wear glasses, and began showing up at rehearsals with fake glasses. The producers had originally thought he was just wearing them for rehearsals, but he insisted Leonard should have glasses. Perhaps it was to cement his nerdy stereotype. Either way, this was a character-defining accessory. However, Galecki soon realized that since Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is so much taller than him. So, there was a glare on the lenses every time he had to look up at him. He decided to pop the lenses out. From that point on, no lenses existed. And that’s that.


Next time you watch a scene in Penny’s kitchen, take a look at the fridge. You can see pictures of her with Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch. There are also a ton of the behind-the-scenes crew members. This works, since many of those people are characters on the show and it’s realistic that Penny would want to have pictures with them on her fridge. The behind-the-scenes folks pass as Penny’s friends. Once Amy and Sheldon moved into that apartment and Penny moved across the hall, the fridge became noticeably bare. However, those pictures did end up on Penny and Leonard’s fridge and you can still see them in certain scenes.


This one shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Howard’s childhood bedroom is full of female action figures. There is a strong lack of male figures. Noticeable figures include Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. Look closely at the side table on the right side of the bed, and you’ll see tons of female heads sticking up. This is also on top of the posters of various women, from Marilyn Monroe to Betty Boop (and the infamous Halle Berry poster on the ceiling). For a guy known for being girl-crazy, this just fits the bill.

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Okay, so we all know Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment flag. It’s a blue background with a gold lion. They have it in a real flag form, but it’s also on the fridge in magnet form. During tense moments, like when two characters are fighting, the flag magnet is actually shown upside down. In the flashback episode to the day Leonard moved in, Sheldon explains to him that the flag should never be upside down unless in times of distress. In season ten, episode ten, “The Property Division Collision,” Leonard and Sheldon are arguing over their divided property and Leonard ends up draping himself in the flag naked to anger Sheldon.


Most people know that Kaley Cuoco is a huge horseback riding enthusiast and owns several horses. In 2010, she broke her leg in a horseback riding accident. According to Cuoco, she fell off her horse and was fine, until the horse stepped on her leg and broke it. Instead of writing it in the script, the producers chose to have her take on some bartending shifts at the Cheesecake Factory so they could shoot her from the waist up. So, if you’re wondering why the sudden jump to bartending in season four, that’s why. Seems like a pretty simple fix. We’re glad she was okay – that could have been a lot worse.


For those who have watched the show all the way through, you know that the marvelous Kathy Bates played Amy’s over-the-top mother. However, the first time we meet Amy’s mom, it’s a different actress. It seems as though the personalities changed as well, because the first time Amy’s mom shows up, she’s very quiet and timid. And we know that Kathy Bates’ version was anything but that. This isn’t something that a lot of people noticed, but it definitely happened.

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2019-07-14 03:07:48

Lesley Cornelius

Swamp Thing: 10 Things Fans Should Know About Abby Arcane

Abby Arcane has been part of DC Comics almost as long as Swamp Thing. She made her comic book debut as a teenager in the third issue of the 1973 Swamp Thing series. Since then, she’s stayed an integral part of the title character’s story. Often thought of as simply the love interest of Alec Holland’s Swamp Thing, Abby has a lot of backstory fans might not be aware of.

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Much of the character changed when DC launched its New 52 universe, so the Abby Arcane of comics today is very different from her original counterpart. Likewise, the DC Universe live-action series sees a different version of Abby. In the streaming series, Abby is a doctor with the Center for Disease Control who only returns home because her help is requested to find a treatment for a mysterious illness that is sweeping the town. A lot of her backstory in the series still remains a mystery for viewers, but comics might be able to fill in some of the blanks.

10 Abby Is From Transylvania

DC Universe’s Swamp Thing series sees Abby hailing from a small town in Louisiana. In her original comic book stories of the 1970s, however, Abby wasn’t from the United States at all.

Instead, she was from the historic country of Romania. More specifically, Transylvania. Transylvania will sound familiar to literature fans because that’s where Bram Stoker’s Dracula was from. In comics, the region is home to all manner of supernatural creatures. The Arcane family was at the center of quite a few supernatural stories, including her place in the Swamp Thing lore. Eventually, she did make her way to the United States and spent a lot of time in the south. In particular, she loved the swamps of New Orleans, providing the inspiration for the live-action series.

9 Her Uncle Framed Her Mother

The Arcane family had an ancient estate in Transylvania. Her father was a count named Gregori and her mother was Anise. Anise was known for her beauty, and Abby’s uncle Anton was jealous of her relationship with his brother. His jealousy and meddling cost Abby her mother.

Anton framed Anise as a witch to the villagers that lived beyond the estate. Superstitious and angry that a witch lived amongst them, they burned Anise at the stake. Abby grew up without her mother, but did split her time between her father and the uncle who changed her life. Her uncle became a recurring villain in both the original series and in the newer comics.

8 She Is An Empath

While the streaming series hasn’t shown Abby to exhibit any special abilities, that’s not true in the comics. She started to develop empathic connections as a teenager.

As a result of her empathy, she was able to tune herself in to what others were feeling. Over time, the ability grew so that she could even sense people in the surrounding area. Her empathy is what initially allowed her to form a bond with Swamp Thing. She could frequently sense him before he made himself known.

7 Her Father Is The Patchwork Man

Like a lot of Abby’s backstory, what happened to her father in the original comics was inspired by some classic horror literature.

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After refusing to allow her uncle to train her in dark magic, Abby escaped her uncle by living in the same clinic where she worked. When her father tried to come home to help her, he was blown to bits by a landmine. Her uncle then used a combination of magic and science to stitch her father back together. He eventually became the villain Patchwork Man, in an homage to the novel Frankenstein.

6 Abby Married Matt Cable

The Swamp Thing streaming series introduced Matt Cable as a long-time friend of Abby’s who had a crush on her in high school. Her comic book introduction to him didn’t involve a childhood friendship. Instead, he was a government agent on the trail of Swamp Thing.

Of course, in both instances, the two developed a strong friendship and became allies of Swamp Thing. Eventually, Abby and Matt married in the comics, though the relationship didn’t last. Matt developed a drinking problem and lapses in his memory as a result of magic inflicted on him. It became too much for Abby.

5 She’s Been Resurrected By Magic

Long after their marriage became troubled, Abby discovered that her husband was no longer her husband. Instead, he was a zombie controlled by her uncle. 

After she discovered the truth, her uncle used his power to take her life. Unfortunately for him, the soul of Abby’s departed husband was still hanging around. Matt used what little magic was left in him to bring Abby’s body back to life. That just left Swamp Thing to round up a few magical allies to help him retrieve Abby’s soul from the underworld – which he did.

4 Abby Has Several Psychic Abilities

In addition to her empathic skills, Abby also revealed several other psychic-related abilities over her decades in comics.

One storyline saw her kidnapped, but to help herself escape, she suddenly developed telekinesis. Her ability to connect with people emotionally evolved into telepathy. She could also sense someone’s presence from miles away. Abby was able to telepathically locate a tiny plant that started to grow after one of Swamp Thing’s husks died. She nurtured the plant until it became the new host of Swamp Thing.

3 Abby Has A Brother

When DC Comics reorganized with the New 52, a few changes occurred for Abby Arcane. For one thing, she had a brother named William.

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William had his own gifts. He had a connection to the force known as the Black, or the Rot. It is essentially the opposite of the Green in the comics. When characters like Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy are connected to the Green, they can bring life to vegetation. Characters connected to the Black, on the other hand, are immersed in death and decay. William once used his connection to the Rot to raise an army of the dead.

2 She’s Connected To The Rot

The New 52 also provided Abby with another major change. Her psychic abilities of the original series were gone in favor of a connection to the Rot – just like her brother.

While her brother wanted to use the connection for his own personal gain, Abby spent most of her life avoiding her own connection (after accidentally ‘rotting’ her own mother to death as an infant). She even tried to shield her brother from his connection for a time. Eventually, her brother realized that the Rot didn’t want him for its avatar: it wanted Abby. Abby only accepted her fate when she used her connection to defeat her evil uncle. She tried to use the Rot as a force of balance rather than a force of evil.

1 She Has A Daughter

Though Abby fell in love with the Alec Holland version of Swamp Thing, a being made of plant material couldn’t exactly have a child with a human. When they wanted to take their relationship to the next level, they needed a little magical help to do so.

John Constantine, magician and leader of the Justice League Dark on occasion, teamed up with Swamp Thing in the past. He became the surrogate father for Tefe Holland while magically possessed by Swamp Thing. Because Tefe originated as a spirit called the Sprout, she was a part of the Green, and had Swamp Thing’s abilities. She came from Constantine’s bloodline – while he had demon blood in his veins – so she was part demon as well.

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2019-07-14 01:07:51

Amanda Bruce

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Magnum PI | ScreenRant

One of the most popular television series of the ’80s, Magnum, P.I. stood out among other action-packed, glossy programs like Miami Vice because of its lush Hawaiian location and easy-going charm of star Tom Selleck in a career defining role. As Thomas Magnum, he cruised around Oahu in his employer’s bright red Ferrari, solving cases as a private investigator.

When he wasn’t righting wrongs, he was dealing with the security at the sprawling estate of famous and reclusive writer Robin Masters, who let him live in his guest house as well as avail himself of all his luxury items. Magnum was aided by old Navy buddies T.C. and Rick, as well as by Masters’ stuffy British butler Higgins. You may recognize the mustache and be able to hum the theme song, but here’s 10 facts you might not know about Magnum, P.I.!


When the character of Thomas Magnum was first written, he was supposed to be similar in personality and looks to James Bond; dashing, debonair, with a girl on each arm and a martini in his hand. Tom Selleck had issues with that take, since it didn’t allow for him to stretch as an actor, and wasn’t very interesting because he was too perfect.

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Selleck pitched a different angle to the writers; have Magnum be more of a laid-back average joe that male viewers could relate to. More like Jim Rockford on the Rockford Files. The writers initially didn’t want to accept it, but Selleck would have done Raiders of the Lost Ark if they hadn’t, so Magnum became the conciliating jock he is today.


After the series ended in 1988, there was briefly talk of Thomas Magnum making the leap to the big screen. Tom Selleck would be joined by the original cast, and it would focus on Magnum’s return to the Navy and his subsequent missions. Tom Clancy wrote the script and it was pitched to Universal Studios.

Universal didn’t feel that the cast would be a big enough draw, even with Tom Selleck’s popularity in previous films like Three Men and a Baby and Lassiter. Though it was never made, it did free his schedule up to appear in the Australian Western Quigley Down Under, which Selleck has said is his favorite film role.


Hawaii Five-O, one of CBS’s most popular television series went off the air in 1980, the same year that Magnum P.I. debuted. Unwilling to let its Hawaiian Production facilities lay dormant, CBS executives decided that Thomas Magnum should be solving cases in Hawaii, and made use of many old Hawaii Five-O sound stages.

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Magnum, P.I. became synonymous with the lush, tropical backdrop of Hawaii, from its beautiful beaches to the laid back attitude of its main star. Magnum even makes references to  Detective Steve Garrett, played by Jack Ford on Hawaii Five-O, though he never ended up filming a cameo.


As iconic in some respects as Magnum’s mustache, his red Ferrari became one of the signature stars of the show. Before producers settled on exactly what wheels Magnum would have, they originally wanted to put him in a Porsche. At the time, the company refused to make modifications to their cars, which meant that all 6’4″ of Tom Selleck wouldn’t be able to fit in their front seats.

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As it was, the red Ferarris 308 GTS Selleck drove in the series had to have padding removed, tops cut into, and seats permanently removed so that he could fit comfortably. Ferarri experienced a big boost in sales after the series began gaining popularity, which Porsche probably regretted not getting a piece of.


Fans of the series and American pop culture history can gawk at Thomas Magnum’s signature style at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. There you’ll find, amidst Archie Bunker’s chair from All in the Family and a Kermit the Frog puppet, Magnum’s “Jungle Bird” Hawaiian shirt. The loud red shirt, featuring banana leaves and bright blue parrots, is the most famous of the Hawaiian shirts he sported on the show.

You’ll also find his Detroit Tigers baseball cap and the signet ring that Magnum and his team of friends wore to commemorate their time serving in the Vietnam War. Tom Selleck himself presented the collection to the Smithsonian in 2011.


At the time that Magnum, P.I. came out, the Vietnam War was still very much fresh in America’s memory. It was a conflict that dragged on for many years, and both the reasons for America’s involvement and the highlight of its controversial machinations left a sour taste in the nation’s mouth. Vietnam vets weren’t depicted in a positive light in the news media, and certainly not in primetime television.

By depicting the character of Thomas Magnum as an easy going, relatable guy who happened to be a Vietnam Vet, the series subverted overly aggressive stereotypes. He used his experiences in the Navy to inform his private investigating methods, and involved his fellow veteran friends on cases, creating one of the first positive depictions of a Vietnam Vet on screen.


Tom Selleck is a huge Detroit Tigers fan and worked with the writers of the series to introduce his favorite sports team into Thomas Magnum’s daily wear. While at first the writer’s didn’t know what to make of an aesthetic that included loud Hawaiian shirts, blue jeans, and a ubiquitous Detroit Tigers baseball cap, their initial anxiety was quelled the moment it became revered by the public.

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Thrilled to wear his Tigers cap whenever he wanted, Selleck went one step further and sought to have an episode filmed in Detroit and feature real Detroit Tigers players. While the series didn’t go on location there, several real players appeared in cameos interacting with Magnum.


As was popular in the 80s, CBS had its most popular programs participate in frequent crossovers to boost their ratings. In the Magnum, P.I. episode “Novel Connection”, and the Murder, She Wrote episode “Magnum on Ice”, Jessica Fetcher (dame Angela Lansbury) is the only one who can prove Magnum’s innocence when he’s arrested for murder.

Magnum also crossed over with the private investigator stars of Simon & Simon, where the three investigators searched all over Hawaii for a mysterious artifact that brought death to all who found it. There were talks of a Quantum Leap crossover, but Magnum, P.I. was off the air before it could happen.


Famed television composer Mike Post, responsible for such earworms as the A-Team theme, The Rockford Files theme, The Greatest American Hero theme, and the Quantum Leap theme was the man who made the Magnum, P.I. theme song infiltrate the Hot 100 Billboard Chart at Number 25. It could be heard on actual radio circulation since 1982.

The original theme song wasn’t as catchy, prompting CBS producers to bring in the King of 80s theme songs, Mike Post. Later on, he was responsible for the iconic “dun, dun” sound of a gavel coming down numerous times in every Law and Order episode.


In recent years, there’s been something of an ’80s nostalgia in the air. Shows like Stranger Things have been incredibly successful due to capitalizing on classic ’80s paraphernalia, music, and fashion. CBS decided to team up with the producers of the Fast and the Furious franchise to deliver a reboot of Magnum, P.I. starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum.

So far, the series has only had one season, but CBS plans to pick it up for a second if fans demand it. Featuring all the same action and comedy as the original, with a few notable changes (the role of Higgins has been gender-swapped), it remains to be seen whether or not it will improve on the iconic series.

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2019-07-14 01:07:46

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Sam Raimi Still Thinks About Spider-Man 4 | ScreenRant

Director Sam Raimi says he still thinks about his unmade Spider-Man 4. Raimi is best known for creating The Evil Dead, but he also dabbled in superhero movies in the early 2000s. Raimi directed a total of three Spider-Man films from 2002 to 2007 starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.

Despite Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy making Sony a ton of money at the box office, the series was rebooted in 2012 with Andrew Garfield as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That being said, Raimi had plans for a fourth Spider-Man movie before it was canceled. Raimi didn’t want to rush Spider-Man 4, but Sony had to keep making Spider-Man movies or the rights to the character would revert back to Marvel. The film was expected to star John Malkovich as the Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, while also including a montage at the beginning of Spider-Man battling villains like Rhino, Shocker, Prowler, and even Mysterio (who would have been played by Bruce Campbell). Unfortunately, the sequel never happened, but Raimi still thinks about it to this day.

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When Yahoo interviewed Raimi about the recently released Crawl, which Raimi produced, he briefly talked about his unmade Spider-Man film. Raimi explained that he frequently thinks about what could have been saying,

“I think about it all the time. It’s hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man film comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been. But I try to focus on what will be, and not look into the past.”.

While Raimi has turned more to producing horror movies these days, he previously revealed that he would be open to directing another Marvel movie at some point. That being said, his Marvel movie probably wouldn’t be Spider-Man 4 since Sony and Marvel are seeing so much success with Tom Holland as the famous web-slinger. There has been a lot of fan art recently imagining Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in a live-action Spider-Verse movie, but that is only wishful thinking at this point.

As mentioned previously, fans have widely accepted Holland as Spider-Man, but there are those that still think that the 2004 Spider-Man 2 is still one of the best superhero movies ever made. Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment to many, but if Raimi would have gotten another shot with Spider-Man 4, he could have ended his series on a high note. While many fans would be thrilled to finally get Spider-Man 4, it’s extremely unlikely that will ever happen.

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Source: Yahoo

2019-07-13 06:07:50

Christopher Fiduccia

Star Wars: Mark Hamill Shares Fun Story About Carrie Fisher

Reminiscing about some of the original Star Wars trilogy antics that they used to get into as Luke and Leia, Mark Hamill shared a fun story about Carrie Fisher with fans on social media. More than two years after Fisher’s untimely passing, Star Wars fans continue to learn more about the late star’s amazing life thanks to the colorful memories of peers like Hamill.

Hamill reprised the forever iconic character of Luke Skywalker in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a controversial role whose direction and ultimate fate divided some fans – and even Hamill himself. While he and some fans continue to try sorting out why writer-director Rian Johnson did what he did to the beloved character on the lead-up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s understandably nice to fondly look back at the films that started it all.

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Doing just that, Hamill shared two pleasant moments he and Carrie Fisher had shared during the filming of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on Twitter. Prompted by user Starwarsgirl75 with a behind-the-scenes photo of himself wearing Fisher’s floral robe, Hamill recalled that it was taken the moment Fisher pointed out the responsible cameraman, who caught him completely unprepared. Offering up a similar story, Hamill also recounted an instance in which he had jokingly worn Fisher’s tight-fitting Hoth snow jumpsuit; a sight presumably so hilarious that it resulted in Fisher having “paraded [him] around the studio” for all to see. Check out the images below:

Though only Fisher’s likeness persists in the Skywalker trilogy’s finale, her larger-than-life personality and charm continues to impact her younger screen counterparts’ onset experiences even now. Though there are surely plenty of memorable off-camera moments shared between the co-stars of the newer films – and some huge onscreen moments fans have yet to witness – it’s hard to imagine they could ever quite compare to Leia informing a perplexed, kimono-clad Luke that he’s been had.

Luke Skywalker may no longer be physically present in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (meanwhile, Leia’s story is far from over), but Hamill seems to be pointing toward the Jedi Master making an appearance from beyond the grave. Fans won’t know for sure how the characters’ shared legacy will be wrapped up until the trilogy conclusion hits theaters this holiday season, but, until then, it can be hoped Hamill serves up some more heartwarming nostalgia on his Twitter account.

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Source: Mark HamillStarwarsgirl75

2019-07-13 04:07:26

Phillip Tinner

10 Fascinating Facts About Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon

The lightsaber. This elegant weapon for a more civilized age has been the choice accessory for Jedi since their inception. Varying in size, shape, color, and style, the lightsaber is a versatile weapon for both non-force users, Jedi, and Sith. Each saber is specifically crafted for its user and holds an important personal connection to those who wield it. It is the ultimate symbol of Star Wars.

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Whether it is Darth Maul’s double-bladed preference or the simple elegance of the Skywalker blade, everyone puts their own spin on their Lightsaber. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fabled Jedi Master of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, has had a varied history in regards to his lightsabers. Here are ten facts about Obi-Wan’s blue-bladed lightsaber.

10 Ewan Got To Choose His Saber

When filming The Phantom Menace, the crew at Lucasfilm had a chance to play with Obi-Wan’s saber hilt. Though eventually, they needed to get to the iconic hilt Alec Guinness’ character uses in the 1977 original, the production could experiment with other styles before landing on the initial design. This provided a fun bit of wish fulfillment for Obi-Wan himself: Ewan McGregor.

In the excellent behind the scenes documentary The Begining: Making Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace, fans got to witness this momentous occasion for themselves. In the lead up to filming, the prop folks crafted multiple styles of saber hilt for Ewan to look over. Eventually, like a kid in a candy store, he lands on the definite look for Obi Wan’s very first lightsaber.

9 Obi-Wan Had Three Lightsabers

The life of a Jedi is one filled with peril. Their duty, to learn the teachings of the force and to serve as keepers of the peace, sounds a bit more laid back than the reality would lead you to believe. Jedi journey across the galaxy battling monsters, pirates, bounty hunters, and sith, just to name a few. The adversaries and obstacles are many, not to mention the risk.

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Because of this, their equipment suffers a lot of wear and tear. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber specifically has gone through three iterations because of this. The three distinct changes were not due to a want of new aesthetic. No, instead they were necessary replacements for the many missions and duels.

8 The First Was Inspired By Qui Gon Jinn

The first saber of this Jedi Master was inspired by none other than his own mentor Qui-Gon Jinn. This rebellious Jedi master had a different bladed saber than his padawan, choosing the green color as opposed to blue. That being said, Obi-Wan’s hilt was directly designed after that of Qui-Gon’s.

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Qui-Gon’s hilt was a simple design, consisting of a ringed structure painted black, a simple silver frame, and a signature red igniting button near the upper middle. Obi-Wan’s had a similar black structure and red button, but with more flair in its silver framing. The base of the hilt though, bore a rounded end with silver edging, unlike Qui-Gon’s simple base.

7 How Was It Powered?

When it comes to lightsabers, they are not as mysteriously powered as one might think. Most of the structure of the hilt is nothing more than a conductor for the blade. Obi-Wan’s saber, a simple single blade, is not different than most in this regard.

The saber itself was powered with a Diatium power cell, which was the primary power source of the weapon. While the Kyber crystal itself was essential, to ignite its blade it needed a source of heat and power. This is where the power cell enters, fueling the Kyber enough to emit the classic blue blade of Obi-Wan’s signature weapon.

6 The First Was Lost On Naboo

Obi-Wan’s first lightsaber saw a decent amount of action. Battling Droids on Naboo, accompanying him to Tatooine, and on Coruscant, that saber experienced some mileage. Sadly, it wasn’t going to last forever. This first saber saw it’s end when Kenobi faced off against the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul.

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In their first duel, Kenobi, Qui-Gon, and Maul faced off in the Plasma Refinery Complex of Theed Palace. This duel of fates saw the end of Qui-Gon Jinn by the hands of the Sith, leaving Kenobi alone against this foe. Cornering Kenobi in an air shaft, Maul kicked his first saber down toward the pit. Luckily, Obi-Wan was able to force pull his fallen master’s weapon and defeat the Sith.

5 His Second Saber Was Just A Copy

Obi-Wan soon constructed a new weapon after this duel on Naboo. Fans got their first view of this saber in the second episode of the saga: Attack of the Clones. Once again though, this saber was a long call from the distinct design of the A New Hope model.

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This second hilt was nearly an exact replica of his first saber from The Phantom Menace. Nearly identical, every aspect of this hilt is an exact copy of his first apart from the blade emitter. The top of the saber is slightly differing with a rounded and extended opening for the blade.

4 His Second Was Stolen By Geonosians

Out of all of his escapades before and during Episode II, this second saber was never lost. After surviving a Gundark and hunting a changeling, this saber stayed intact. Obi-Wan even had the gall to lecture Anakin for almost losing his saber during the pursuit of Zam Wesell. He should have followed his own directions.

While searching for Jango Fett, Obi-Wan followed the bounty hunter to the desert planet of Geonosis. Here, he discovered a battle droid factory and the home of the recently formed Separatists. It was here that Dooku and the Geonosians capture him and stole his saber, never to be seen again.

3 He Had A Fourth Temporary Saber

Though he soon lost his saber by the hands of the Geonosians, Obi-Wan wasn’t without a weapon during the first battle of the Clone Wars. Once Republic and Jedi forces arrived to aid Anakin, Padme, and Obi-wan, the Master and Apprentice were given temporary replacement sabers for the battle.

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While Anakin was gifted a green blade, Obi-Wan’s temporary saber was once again blue. This lightsaber might not have served its owner long, but it assisted in two very crucial moments. The battle in the arena against Dooku’s forces was the genesis of the entire Clone War, a conflict that would last years. Soon after, Obi-Wan and his padawan would face off against Dooku himself.

2 His Final Saber Was The Most Important

At this point with the Clone Wars in full swing, Obi-Wan finally constructed his iconic saber hilt as seen in A New Hope. This final iteration was quite the departure from his first two designs. This hilt was far thinner is construction, with no bulky rounded end and a thinner middle section. This allowed for far lighter and quicker fighting ability.

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This blade took part in some of the most important moments in Obi-Wan’s life. This weapon assisted in the Clone Wars, against his former padawan (twice), and struck down Darth Maul. It is second only to the Skywalker blade in reputation.

1 Luke Fashioned His Lightsaber After Obi-Wan’s

Though this saber fell with its wielder, it’s legacy continued far beyond. Luke Skywalker, the final apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, constructed his second saber to highly resemble that of his former master’s. Like Obi-Wan before him, this sense of heritage was integral in construction.

Looking at the blades, they both have the singular round emitter, followed by a thin upper-middle and a stronger thicker base. Their ignite button is also a familiar rectangle shape. The reason for many of these similarities is obviously in homage, but also due to availability. When constructing, Luke made his lightsaber from lost pieces found in Obi-Wan’s hut on Tatooine, as seen in a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.

NEXT: 10 Fascinating Facts About Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon

2019-07-13 03:07:21

Matt Berger

10 Animated Films That 90s Kids Have Forgotten About | ScreenRant

If you’re not a kid from the ’90s, man, did you miss out! The ’90s were a spectacular time in popular culture, namely for the movies that came reeling out. Besides cult classics like Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park, there was a bevy of animated cartoons that have stuck with us ’90s kids well over 20 years later.

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In fact, there are so many spectacular cartoons that came out in the ’90s that some of them have been forgotten about in our incessant nostalgia. It’s almost guaranteed that you have seen the following films, but they aren’t ones that you think of on a regular basis. Maybe you just saw them once, maybe you watch them over and over again, but after this careful reminder, you’ll be itching to get a snippet of these ’90s films again. Here are 10 animated films that ’90s kids have forgotten about.

10 Doug’s First Movie

In 1999, Nickelodeon came out with a film for everyone’s favorite Funnie: Doug Funnie, that is. The television series has proven itself to be one of Nickelodeon’ most successful ’90s animation TV series, alongside shows such as Rugrats and Hey Arnold. The title is Doug‘s First Movie, although sadly, Doug never got a second.

When Doug and his best friend Skeeter discover a creature in Lucky Duck Lake, they learn that their hometown lake is being polluted. After befriending the monster, Doug and his friends work to expose the man behind it all. All of Doug’s main cast appears in the film, including Patti Mayonaise, Roger, and Porkchop, and Doug’s alter-ego, Quailman.

9 A Troll In Central Park

Even if you can’t remember the plot from the film, this picture is sure to elicit some memories. A Troll in Central Park came out in 1994. It’s a musical fantasy comedy film derived from creators of The Land Before Time in All Dogs Go to Heaven. It’s about Stanley the troll who has a magical green thumb that will revive dying flowers or plants.

However, the Kingdom of Trolls does not allow this, and he is taken as a prisoner by Gnorga, the queen. She banishes him to New York’s Central Park, where he finds his friends Gus and Rosie. This film had mediocre success compared to the creator’s other stories, but it’s definitely one every ’90s kid has seen at some point or another.

8 Quest For Camelot

Quest for Camelot is an animated film that is ahead of its time. It came out in 1998 and told the story of Kaylee, whose father, Sir Lionel, is one of the knights of the round table. She wants to be a knight like her father, but her childhood dreams are hindered as an adult.

After an attack on her castle 10 years later, Kaylee becomes the heroine who venturous forth to find Excalibur to save their kingdom. Quest for Camelot has a cast of colorful characters, with the comical two-headed dragons, Devon and Cornwall, helping to steal the show.

7 We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

If you dig back far enough into your memories, you’ll remember We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. It’s a 1993 animated film based off of the 1987 children’s book. Coming from the perspective of Rex, the Tyrannosaurus, he and his friends find their way into present-day New York City.

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The “Brain Grain” is made up of a triceratops named Woog, a Parasaurolophus named Dweeb, and Elsa the Pteranodon. Before this journey, however, they are captured by an alien who infuses the dinosaurs with artificial intelligence. Their inventor, Captain Neweyes, encourages them to go to the Museum of Natural History so that children can see real dinosaurs. On their way, they meet Louis and Cecelia, who help them find their way to the museum.

6 Annabelle’s Wish

Annabelle‘s Wish is most certainly remembered as a Christmas film. Annabelle the calf is given to a mute boy named Billy. Billy lives with his Grandpa Charles Baker on the Tennessee farm.

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus gives the farm animals a Christmas wish and grants them all the gift of speech. Annabelle reveals their secret to Billy accidentally, which helps bring out a unique friendship. Annabelle acts as Billy’s voice in this telling tale that has more heartfelt symbolism than most other 1997 animated films.

5  Oliver And Company

Oliver and Company may not have been 100% forgotten by most ’90s kids. However, it is rarely revisited as adults in comparison to films like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The film opens up with a heartbreaking scene of the little orange tabby cat, Oliver, being left abandoned in a box on the street.

Oliver finds his home among the stray dogs of New York City (are you starting to see a pattern here?) until he eventually finds Jenny. The film’s cast is made up of a handful of very well-known characters including Billy Joel and Bette Midler.

4 DuckTales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp came out in 1990 after the success of its television series. Scrooge McDuck goes to the Middle East to find a treasure chest. Huey, Dewey, and Louie, of course, assist their uncle in this quest.

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The story is chock-full of adventure, including a magical Genie, Scrooges’ arrest, and Merlock the evil sorcerer, who is vigorously determined to steal the Genie’s lamp.

3 All Dogs Go To Heaven

Why does it seem that so many ’90s animated films were set to break our little innocent hearts? In 1998, All Dogs Go To Heaven came out in a fantasy-infused musical drama film about a German shepherd named Charlie B. Barkin (are you just now getting that pun?) and his best friend Itchy. Classics songs like “You Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down,” along with the remaining characters, Carface and Killer, should help restore the full memory of this film.

When Carface has Charlie killed, Charlie escapes death by stealing a pocket watch that he finds in Heaven. Under the threat that he can never return, Charlie winds the watch and lands back on Earth, where he is determined to live out his life. Here, he meets Anne-Marie, the loving orphan girl who helps him change his ways.

2 Rescuers Down Under

One of Disney’s less celebrated animated films, The Rescuers Down Under came as a sequel to the 1977 original, The Rescuers. This time, however, the two diligent mice, Bernard and Bianka, are in the Australian outback helping their new young friend, Cody, protect Mahute, a rare golden eagle.

But when the Australian poacher Percival C. McLeach finds out what Cody has been hiding, it’s up to the two small creatures to protect the boy from McLeach and his crocodiles. The Rescuers are always resolute on their adventures, bringing enthusiastic and somewhat thrilling tales to kids of the 1990s.

1 Pokemon: The Movie

Even if you weren’t a Pokémon card collector in the 90s, Pokémon: The Movie enticed young audiences across various backgrounds. Bouncing directly off of the Japanese animated TV series, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu set out to face their most dangerous opponent yet, Mewtwo.

After the incredibly intelligent Pokémon makes an army of enhancing Pokémon clones, it’s up to Ash and his friends to stop him from destroying the planet.

NEXT: 10 Gory Teen Horror Movies From The ‘90s We All Forgot About

2019-07-13 01:07:56

Tiffani Daniel

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3: 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe It Needs To Answer

Although it’ll be delayed while James Gunn finishes work on the sequel to Suicide Squad, which may or may not also function as a reboot, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on the way. A lot has happened to the Guardians between their second and third movies. Most of them have died and been resurrected while the rest have suffered the grief, and Gamora’s whereabouts are unknown.

A lot happened to the world of the MCU, too: the Snap, the Blip, the invention of time travel, the destruction of the Infinity Stones, the creation of a bunch of alternate timelines. So, here are 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Needs To Answer.

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10 How were other planets affected by the Snap?

The double whammy of Infinity War and Endgame had universe-wide ramifications, but since the Avengers are Earth’s mightiest heroes, we only really saw how Thanos’ destructive finger-snap affected life on terra firma.

The only other planet where we saw people turn to dust was Titan, and that was only because Iron Man and co were there. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed us how Earth has been coping after a very strange five years. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can show us how other planets have been coping, as well as how the Snap – which would have occurred to them spontaneously, with no build-up or explanation – affected other races.

9 What did the Sovereign do with Adam Warlock?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was set in 2014, just a couple of months after the first one, and Avengers: Infinity War caught up with the Guardians a few years later, in 2018 (ish – the timeline of the MCU is very confusing).

In the post-credits scene of Vol. 2, we saw Ayesha creating a powerful artificial being capable of destroying the Guardians, naming it “Adam.” Marvel fans got excited for the introduction of Adam Warlock, but it’s now been nine years (ish) in the story’s timeline and he has yet to make an appearance. Vol. 3 will have to explain the reason for this.

8 Is there really a multiverse?

Although all the trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home teased a multiverse that many fans thought would introduce the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it turned out Mysterio was lying the whole time. However, as confirmed by Doctor Strange and the Ancient One, there is still a multiverse in the MCU.

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The question remains, will we ever get to actually see these alternate realities? With the search for Gamora and the introduction of Adam Warlock, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might already be too overstuffed to get into this, but perhaps it could be the subject of a post-credits stinger.

7 What was the impact of Ego’s attack on the universe?

In the final battle of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego begins his plan to remake the universe in his own image. Luckily, Quill manages to stop him before anybody is killed. But before then, we see a montage of glowing black sludge engulfing various planets, including Earth.

We see dozens of humans fleeing the sludge as it destroys a whole street full of cars. When Quill kills Ego, stopping his takeover of the universe, the sludge just grinds to a halt and cools down. And yet, no one on Earth – or any of the other planets, for that matter – has mentioned it since.

6 Where has Captain Marvel been for 20 years?

Avengers: Endgame hinted at why Carol Danvers didn’t show up to help the Avengers sooner when she said she’d been off helping planets that didn’t have their own superhero team to protect them. While no one is expecting Brie Larson to make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as the MCU’s only planet-hopping solo franchise, the Guardians threequel does have an opportunity to show the effects of some of her work.

Maybe the Guardians could stop off at a planet where there’s a shrine to Captain Marvel to commemorate her for fending off an alien invasion that once threatened them.

5 Will Xandar’s destruction lead to Nova’s MCU debut?

Fans have been excited for Nova to make his MCU debut ever since the Nova Corps was introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He was speculated to appear in Avengers: Endgame, but he didn’t.

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In the comics, Richard Rider takes on the superhero alter ego Nova when he becomes the final surviving member of the Nova Corps. It seems reasonable to assume the Nova Corps died during Thanos’ off-screen destruction of Xandar in Avengers: Infinity War, so it would be great to see Nova make his introduction into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

4 Where is Red Skull?

The Russo brothers have said that once the Soul Stone has been relinquished, Red Skull is free to leave Vormir. He’s now given away the Soul Stone twice and still never left Vormir (at least not on-screen).

While it’s too late for him to have a rematch with Captain America, it would still be interesting to see where he ended up. The answer to this one could be saved for a mid-credits scene since Red Skull probably doesn’t have a place in the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The fact that he’s off in the depths of space means his inclusion in a Guardians tease makes sense.

3 What’s going on with the Watchers?

Stan Lee’s cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 offered a fun confirmation of a popular fan theory, that Lee manages to be in so many places in different bodies in the MCU because he’s a Watcher keeping an eye on the Avengers.

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However, this fun little scene also introduced the existence of the Watchers in the MCU. In the comics, the Watchers are an omniscient alien race, led by Uatu, whose job is to watch over the multiverse. If the Watchers return in Vol. 3, it could be a way of explaining the multiverse in the MCU.

2 Was there a different Guardians of the Galaxy team before Star-Lord came along?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sylvester Stallone appeared as Stakar Ogord, who used to be in a team with Yondu and ostracized him for trafficking Ego’s kids. He later forgave Yondu and attended his funeral. In a mid-credits scene, Stakar rallies the rest of his and Yondu’s old team: Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, an uncredited Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe, Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex T’Naga, Michelle Yeoh as Aleta Ogord, and Krugarr.

In the comics, these are the original Guardians of the Galaxy who debuted in 1969. James Gunn has already said that Stakar is “very important to the Marvel universe,” and promised that “it’s our plan to see more of Stallone.”

1 Are Soul Stone deaths really permanent?

When Thanos first arrived on Vormir to collect the Soul Stone, Red Skull told him, “A soul for a soul.” In other words, you have to sacrifice the person you care about the most to attain the Soul Stone. Thanos decided to sacrifice Gamora, and despite Soul Stone deaths supposedly being permanent, she still returned in Endgame – albeit with all her character development undone – thanks to the wonders of time travel. At the end of that movie, she was nowhere to be seen.

She didn’t attend Tony Stark’s funeral and she didn’t board the Benatar with the other Guardians. But fans are still holding out hope that she’ll be back.

NEXT: Guardians Of The Galaxy: 10 Fan Theories About Where Gamora Is

2019-07-12 05:07:23

Ben Sherlock

Married With Children: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Al Bundy

It seems very strange now, but in 1987, the Fox Network debuted. Until then, there were just four other networks, and if you had cable, your last name could’ve been Rockefeller. The Fox Network sought to offer a huge amount of alternative programming to the other networks. The very first primetime sitcom the network offered was the now iconic Married…With Children. Codenamed “Not The Cosbys,” the show was definitely an alternative. It was a show for the working class that might identify more with down-on-his-luck Al Bundy than the saccharine “lessons need to be learned every week” TV dads that permeated the eighties sitcom landscape.

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The show was a tremendous risk for its time and had plenty of detractors who thought it was too lewd and crude for prime time. But the naysayers only made people more interested in watching the antics of the Bundys and their patriarch. He was identifiable in a way not seen since shows like All In The Family and Sanford And Son. While all of the Bundys, Rhodes, and D’arcys all had their favorites, every fab bows to Al “The King” Bundy, and Ed O’Neill. Here are 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Al Bundy.

10 Who Else Could’ve Played Al?

It is pretty near impossible to picture anyone else other than Ed O’Neill as the head of the Bundy household. But there were two other well-known actors who might have been Al Bundy.

When the show was considering Roseanne Barr to play Peggy, the writers were eyeing the equally loud, obnoxious, and funny Sam Kinison for Al. Thankfully, someone realized the two of them yelling at each other every week wasn’t going to work out. The other audition was none other than the future Kramer himself, Michael Richards.

9 He Might Have Called You Collect

For the people old enough to remember, the fandom for Al Bundy was akin to early versions of social media. A lot of fans now love to take pictures with their favorite celebrities and post them on their social media sites.

But in the nineties, when people met Ed O’Neill, they’d love for him to give a ring to their friends and wish them a happy birthday, but do it as Al. He’d more than happy to oblige a fan, but he’d call their friend collect, which is exactly what Al would do.

8 Appeared In Every Episode

To this day, Married…With Children is still Fox’s longest running live-action sitcom. That’s an impressive feat, considering the show ended over twenty years ago and nothing has come close to breaking that record since.

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The show lasted eleven seasons, most of which were pretty rock-solid overall (we won’t mention Seven here). For 259 episodes, the Bundys ruled and Al Bundy was in every single episode, including spin-off pilots like “Top Of The Heap” or “Radio Fred Tremaine.”

7 Ed O’Neill Cast Because Of The Slump

Besides Sam Kinison and Michael Richards being up for the role, plenty of actors auditioned to play Al Bundy. Even if the show lasted the minimal amount Ed O’Neill thought that it would’ve, it was at least a paying gig.

But everyone trying out for the role were doing either their best Archie Bunker impression or acting like a man on the edge of madness. According to O’Neill himself, no one was getting it. He nailed his audition and Al the moment he came home from work and let out a defeated sigh. It was exactly what creators Ron Leavitt and Michael Moye were looking for.

6 Ed O’Neill’s Walk Of Fame Star

To an actor, getting your star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is a high honor. Ed O’Neill got his star too in back in 2011.

He brought both his Modern Family and Married…With Children co-stars to help him celebrate his much-deserved star. His star is right on Hollywood Boulevard for the world to see, appropriately right in front of the shoe store DSW.

5 His (Not-So) Trusty Dodge’s True Identity

The head of the Bundy household loves his beloved Dodge. His kids were at the very least conceived in it. Kelly once said she felt like she was born in it. Al had driven the thing for so long that the Dodge company was going to give him a brand-new Viper once the car’s odometer hit all nines, crossing over to a million miles.

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The Bundy-mobile has been held together by gum, twigs, and willpower. Al’s had the car for so long, though, that he must’ve forgotten that he doesn’t actually own a Dodge—the car’s a Plymouth.

4 Named After A King, Not A Killer

One of the reasons that some of the actors who auditioned for Al played the part like they were a madman was because some people thought that he was named after a madman. Despite assumptions that Al was named after Ted Bundy, he was named for someone far less notable for being a criminal, but no less menacing.

Moye and Leavitt were huge wrestling fans and liked King Kong Bundy. Bundy even guest-starred as one of Peg’s Uncles in the episode “All In The Family.”

3 Played More Baseball Than Football

For a guy who constantly claimed to have scored four touchdowns in a single game of high school football, Al has seemingly taken more to baseball in his adult life. Aside from a few scrambles, Al has really only partaken in one game of football during the show against the Jackie Onassis First Ladies.

Meanwhile, Al has been part of the New Market Mallers for years and has even had his family be a part of the Mall’s baseball team in more than one episode, most notably in “The Unnatural.”

2 Based On Hometown Friends

One of the reasons that Ed O’Neill was so good at playing Al Bundy was that he derived his take on the Bundy patriarch by basing him off people he knew. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio meant seeing a lot of working-class men who might have been able to make something more for themselves, but, for whatever the reason, couldn’t do it.

That’s definitely not just a Youngstown thing, but it is where O’Neill grew up. Thankfully and according to him, since the neighborhood didn’t get Fox at the time, no one he knew would be able to get mad at him.

1 Al Bundy Ruined Ed O’Neill’s Dramatic Chops

Before Married…With Children, Ed O’Neill had actually been going more of the dramatic actor route. He had bit parts in films starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. He even started in a stage production, Of Mice And Men.

But after embodying Al Bundy, he sort of had to kiss the dramatic roles goodbye. He still had some here and there (most notably, The Bone Collector and Dragnet), but tear audiences would just crack up whenever he was on screen, no matter the lines or subject matter of the film.

NEXT: Ghostbusters: 10 Best Peter Venkman Quotes

2019-07-12 05:07:00

Eric Rhodes