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When To Take a Bathroom Break In Avengers: Endgame (No Spoilers)

Avengers: Endgame is a bladder-punishing three hours long – here’s when you should take that toilet break. As the culmination of a 22 movie arc, it’s inevitable that Avengers: Endgame‘s runtime would be Giant-Man sized. At just over three hours, it’s not the longest movie ever, but it’s a fairly extended time to sit in a theater without a bathroom break, especially if you’ve downed an extra large soda as well. Luckily, without giving away any spoilers, we’re on hand to tell you the best moment to go, if you desperately need to.

As a direct follow-up to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans know that Avengers: Endgame is going to be packed full of exciting, funny, fan-pleasing moments from start to finish. And, considering that 11 years and 21 movies have been building towards this, you want to miss as little as possible if you do need to dash to the little boys’ or girls’ room.

Related: Yes, You Should See Avengers: Endgame In IMAX

If you absolutely have to pee during Avengers: Endgame (and let’s be realistic, if you’re taking kids they’re more likely to need it), then there are a couple of slower-paced moments in the film where you could dash in and out.

The first bathroom break opportunity in Avengers: Endgame comes about 45 minutes into the movie (timings are not scientifically accurate here, just a guide) when Pepper and Tony have a conversation. It’s not so integral to the overall plot of the movie that you’ll miss anything significant. So, if you have a squirming kid next to you, or you forgot to go before the movie started, that’s the time to go.

The second bathroom break opportunity in Avengers: Endgame is around 1 hour 40 minutes in (again, approximate timing). Tony and Steve are in a two-man set piece apart from the main group. This is a plot essential aspect but it’s slower paced than what’s preceded and you can easily go to the bathroom without missing anything.

After that point, though, you really don’t want to miss anything and should just hold it until the ending. As there is no post-credits to Avengers: Endgame, you can leave after the first round of wonderfully-animated names and know you’ve not missed anything.

It’s pretty easy to see why the Russo brothers need three hours to tell the story of Avengers: Endgame. As the climax of over 10 years of Marvel movies and a cinematic universe which has introduced countless characters and their own individual storylines, this is a process that can’t be rushed. Their diligence seems to have paid off, with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Related: Read Our Avengers: Endgame Review

Some audiences, though, have taken issue with the length of Avengers: Endgame, prompting some theaters to have an intermission during screenings. But, really, such a break shouldn’t be necessary; if viewers don’t want to have to take a pee break, then they shouldn’t drink too much, while those that do need to go should be able to sacrifice a minute or two for comfort.

Next: You Only Need To Rewatch ONE Marvel Movie To Understand Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-25 07:04:14

Becky Fuller

Avengers: Endgame Projected To Break Worldwide Box Office Record

Avengers: Endgame is projected to shatter the all-time worldwide opening weekend record by bringing in more than $800 million in its debut. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had humble beginnings in the early days of Phase 1, but the franchise’s profile grew exponentially after the original Avengers came out in 2012. That film grossed $1.5 billion at the box office and firmly established the MCU as one of today’s premier movie properties. In the seven years since, Marvel has only grown in prominence, successfully making hit films out of obscure and second-tier characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man.

With the release of Captain Marvel earlier this month, the MCU is now past the $18 billion mark globally and that figure will substantially rise in the next month. April sees the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, sequel to the $2 billion smash Infinity War. Already, Endgame is tracking to break domestic box office records in its first three days, and it also looks like it’ll be rewriting the worldwide history books.

Related: Every Superhero Movie Captain Marvel Has Made More Money Than

According to DeadlineEndgame conceivably could gross as much as $840 million worldwide in its first weekend. This would be a nearly $200 million increase from the current record, which is Infinity War’s $640.5 million. Of course, there’s still time for the estimates to change, but Endgame is looking at a sizable haul.

The reasoning for the large discrepancy between the two movies boils down to their respective Chinese releases. Infinity War premiered in the Middle Kingdom on May 11, 2018, while Endgame opens in China on April 24, 2019. This means whatever Endgame makes in China will count towards the film’s worldwide opening weekend. Infinity War earned roughly $191 million in its Chinese debut, so if Endgame performs similarly, it should soar past the $800 million mark. There’s a chance it earns more than Infinity War in most territories, seeing that this is the conclusion of the 22-film Infinity Saga and audiences all around the globe are eager to see what happens. Marvel’s been incredibly secretive during the marketing campaign, which has only added to the demand to watch the movie.

It goes without saying Endgame is going to be one of 2019’s biggest commercial hits; the only drama that remains is how much it will make in its first few days. If there’s anything working against it at this juncture, it’s that the 3-hour runtime means there will be fewer screenings daily, but that shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on its box office haul. This is the cinematic event of the spring/summer, and moviegoers won’t want to miss out. There’s no telling how high Endgame will go, but Marvel and Disney are set to reap the benefits of a decade’s worth of hard work.

More: Endgame Story Timeline & Trailer Scenes In Order

Source: Deadline


2019-03-29 02:03:04

Chris Agar

Supernatural: 15 Rules The Angels Have To Follow (And 15 They Love To Break)

Supernatural was initially introduced as a show strictly about monsters and demons. It didn’t delve into stuff like heaven and angels much apart from the characters wondering about whether or not god existed. By the end of Season 3, the show had explored as much as it could solely about demons and it was time for a major revamp. This came in the form of introducing the angels and with it came the breakout star of the show – Castiel. After Castiel became such a hit with the fans, the show decided to keep him on and because of that the presence of angels has now become commonplace.

Castiel’s character development has meant he has defied most of the tropes associated with angels as his friendship with Sam and Dean Winchester has meant he is a one of a kind angel. The show has still shown hundreds of angels, though, so we have a lot to go by in our assessment of the angels. For the most part, the angels are also antagonists rather than being the good guys as they fall into the Knight Templar category where their version of peace is basically bad news for humans.

In order to carry out their plans, angels need many rules for guidance. They may be millions of years old, but they are generally quite immature and need to learn a whole lot about Earth. This is why we’ve compiled a list that shows the rules they follow and those rules they love to break.

30 Have To Follow: They Need A Vessel

This requirement has been upped to ridiculous lengths nowadays in that, while once the angels were said to need a vessel to walk the Earth, they are now exclusively seen in these vessels.

Even up in heaven, we never see the angels in their true forms and they are always possessing their vessels. Regardless, the rules are clear that angels do require vessels to function on Earth and there’s no way around this requirement. We’ve seen angels try and fail when they haven’t acquired vessels for themselves, so this is an absolute necessity.

29 Love To Break: Time Travel

Time travel was supposed to be this big act that could only be used for the most important of angelic missions. The angels time traveling in Season 5 made it clear how wrong it was to do so; however, they’ve still broken this rule (pardon the incoming pun) time and time again.

They did so in Season 4, then again in Season 5, along with numerous other times. Zachariah had no problems with continually time traveling if it meant he won at what he wanted to.

28 Have To Follow: Can’t Question Hierarchy

There are some, like Castiel, who don’t fall under this rule anymore, but the standard angel has no choice but be a soldier of heaven. Even Castiel generally falls under this as far as his factory settings are concerned, but he’s by and large gotten over it.

Every other random angel we’ve seen, though, follows rules down to the tee as they don’t question the hierarchy they’re supposed to fall under. These angels consider the hierarchy the plan of God and have no problems following orders if it means even taking people’s lives.

27 Love To Break: Resurrection

This hasn’t been as prevalent as it used to be considering the regularity with which the angels started doing this at one point. They were shown to have powers of resurrection and the first instance was when we saw them resurrect Dean in Season 4.

It didn’t stop there as many others were brought back too; Bobby Singer was brought back the easiest way by Castiel in the Season 5 finale, which makes it questionable why Cas didn’t do the same in Season 7. Over time, the resurrection thing became too easy and it’s been phased out.

26 Have To Follow: They Can’t Go To Hell

Although we’ve used a picture of Lucifer to illustrate this, he’s the only one who doesn’t follow this rule. Other than Lucifer, no angels ever enter heaven save for one instance where they did so to retrieve the soul of Dean.

Even though we’ve seen angels break a lot of rules over the years, they still haven’t broken this one of not entering Hell and remain either in Heaven or on Earth. Castiel and Naomi had said sending angels to Hell for missions had cost many angel lives, so that might be a reason why.

25 Love To Break: Leaving Heaven

It was said in Season 4 that the angels hadn’t been on earth in millennia, but this ended up being a continuity mistake as we’ve seen several instances now that show angels being in the past and active on Earth.

Since Season 4, the angels very freely roam the Earth without feeling out of place. Now, we see angels on Earth more than we see them in Heaven. The angels also seem to prefer being on Earth rather than their original location as they have more freedom down there. We never see them questioning why they’re on Earth anymore.

24 Have To Follow: No Contact With Humans

This rule falls under both having to follow and loving to break, but we decided to keep it under the former pile. By and large, most of the angels don’t have contacts with humans. The angels that are alive right now don’t have any connection with humans other than the occasional visit to Sam and Dean.

Under their original orders, they were never supposed to have any contact with them at all, or even use them as vessels unless completely necessary.

23 Love To Break: Not Listening To God (Archangels)

While the regular angels use the word of God as something never to be broken, the archangels have seen who Chuck is, and they know he’s a pretty big idiot. This is why they love not following Chuck’s orders.

Lucifer and Gabriel in particular have no respect for their father’s words and love to rebel. Both of them were quite immature, so you can see why they loved to defy what they were told to do. Everything Lucifer ever did, in fact, was to piss off his old man.

22 Have To Follow: Needing Permission From The Vessel

For a long time now, we’re never shown how an angel comes across their vessel; it’s something that’s just understood. At first, getting a vessel was something that was like an impossible task for an angel, but now these vessels come a dime a dozen.

Still, the angels do maintain they require he consent of the vessel they’re using. However, this consent seems pretty easy to get as we can use the example of Gadreel, who didn’t have any problems repossessing his vessel even after he made that man commit a lot of crimes.

21 Love To Break: Running Away From Their Problems (Archangels)

For this point, there’s no better character to use as an example than Gabriel. While we had thought he was a simple trickster at first, and then Loki, it turned out he was an archangel.

Gabriel was a master of running away from his problems as he spent thousands of years in hiding just so he wouldn’t have to confront problems in heaven. The same way, Lucifer also ran away from heaven because he disagreed with God; he did so again from Season 12 where he proclaimed he’d wreak havoc simply because he could.

20 Have To Follow: They Can’t Go To The Apocalypse World

After Jack’s impending birth opened up the gateway to the Apocalypse World, the angels became knowledgeable that there are different universes out there. This means they have the option to carry on to other worlds if they want to.

However, with Naomi now in charge of heaven, that is out of the question. Naomi keeping her cards pretty close to the chest which means the handful of angels that do remain can’t go on to different universes even if they wanted to. Considering the Apocalypse World is awful, no one’s lining up to go there as it is.

19 Love To Break: Using Reality Warping (Archangels)

Back in Season 5, the high-ranking angels also had reality warping powers and they used these powers to antagonize the Winchesters. However, now it seems only the archangels had these powers as the regular angels aren’t shown to use them.

The archangels love to utilize these powers whenever they can. Gabriel did it right from the get-go in Season 2 by morphing the world, and even taking Dean’s life over and again. Lucifer did it most recently by showing Sam alternate visions when he wanted to take possession of his body.

18 Have To Follow: Possessing Their True Vessels

Speaking of taking possession of Sam, here comes the rule that even archangels aren’t exempt from. When it comes to taking possession of a vessel, the angel requires the body of a particular familial line of humans.

They can’t just take the body of anyone and hope things remain peachy as we saw in the case of Lucifer as he couldn’t contain himself in Nick’s body and the vessel was close to being destroyed. Archangels especially need to have the right type of vessels as these beings are just so much more powerful than average angels.

17 Love To Break: Possessing Non-True Vessels

In recent times, though, the whole true vessels thing has been ignored quite a lot. Angels aren’t shown struggling in makeshift hosts and continue without any problems. They’re still breaking rules as it was explicitly stated in earlier seasons that the angels couldn’t stay long in an improper host.

This was the reason why Castiel had chosen James Novak to be his vessel because Jimmy came from the right line of people to whom Castiel was the right angel. But it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal nowadays.

16 Have To Follow: Following Archangel Commands

The angels we saw initially were doing whatever they did because of orders from archangels. In Season 4, they were following the orders from Michael and this continued until the end of Season 5. In Season 6, the civil war in heaven began because the archangel Raphael wanted to bring Michael and Lucifer back.

In Season 11, Lucifer simply strolled in heaven and made the angels do his bidding, although in this case they all just did in fear as he threatened that “he who hesitates, disintegrates.”

15 Love To Break: Entering Someone Else’s Heaven

Supernatural has a weird concept that shows heaven is one big office where the rooms comprise of the souls of people living in their best memories. It’s not a great idea because it more or less makes everyone victims of their memories rather than letting them be truly happy.

The angels regularly break rules by entering the heaven of these people for their own interests. Raphael borrowed the heaven of the disgraced owner of Enron, while Castiel would use the heaven of an autistic man.

14 Have To Follow: Carrying Angel Blades

Despite the angels being encouraged never to fight one another and to see each other as siblings, it seems they are also taught to take each other out whenever it’s convenient. This is because every angel comes equipped with an angel blade.

At first it seemed only a few had this option but it turned out that every angel carried a blade. Now, an angel blade is so easy to find that even the Winchesters and Crowley carried one on a regular basis. So it seems the angels are now handing these out.

13 Love To Break: Using The Angel Blades

Of course, simply having an angel blade doesn’t mean you need to use it. It may have been given to the angels to be used only when absolutely needed as opposed to taking each other out on minor squabbles; however, the angels do use the blades very frequently.

This got to the point that Crowley improvised and melted the angel blades to make bullets out of them. This way, the blade fragments would take out multiple angels without the need to fight and stab anyone. Castiel uses one quite frequently.

12 Have To Follow: Remembering All Current And Future Prophets

Castiel had said having so much knowledge can feel like a burden at times and he wasn’t so crazy about it. This was true to continuity as Castiel has always been able to tell the Winchesters who the current prophet is.

This also came into very good use in Season 5 when a false prophet was running around and causing people to slay each other. So, while it’s not the best thing to have the names of so many people, both past and future, seared in their heads, the rule does have its benefits.

11 Love To Break: Using Hand Of God Weapons (Archangels)

This applies to those angels who could get their hands on a Hand of God weapon. Seeing that these angels would have done anything to beat the Darkness, they would have no qualms breaking this rule.

As it happened, it was Lucifer who used the Hand of God weapon against the Darkness and lost horribly; the reason that God was nowhere near as powerful as the Darkness. He had tried to use it first when he’d also done some time traveling, but the weapon was all juiced out.

10 Have To follow: Attending Conferences

The angels make their decisions up in heaven, but these meetings don’t just happen anywhere, they take place in a boardroom. We saw this room first in Season 8 when Naomi was using it, but the meeting was full in place in Season 11 when Lucifer brought one together.

More than a meeting, it was a conference where Lucifer told everyone what the plan was to beat the Darkness and no had any choice but to agree with him. You can bet Zachariah had similar conferences back in Season 5 as well.

9 Love To Break: Usurping Authority To Become The Leader

While the angels can’t function without having a leader, the leadership position itself doesn’t have to be an archangel. We saw Castiel do this first when he found himself in charge of a faction of angels in Season 6, before Naomi took over in Season 8.

Later on, Metatron did the same, and was followed once more by Castiel, and then Hannah in this position. Bartholomew also tried to join the fray briefly before he was taken out. The angels love to claim power when a position for it opens up.

8 Have To follow: They Can’t Show Their True Forms

This isn’t so much as can’t as much as being something impossible to do. In Season 4, Castiel first tried to appear to Dean in the first scene only to destroy the vicinity. Next, Pamela tried to see what he looked like but had her sockets burned out for her efforts.

Castiel mentioned his true visage is comparable to the Chrysler building, so you can imagine how gigantic he really is. However, we’ve since seen angels in silvery wisp forms closely resembling demons’ true forms, so who knows what the truth of the matter is.

7 Love To Break: Sending Someone Else In The Past Or Future

We haven’t seen angels time travel as much as we’ve seen them send someone else back in time. This, though, was supposed to be even more taboo than the angels time traveling themselves as sending a person through time could fracture reality.

However, Zachariah was prepared to suffer the consequences and sent Dean to an alternate future and was prepared to do so repeatedly. Later, Castiel sent the Winchesters back in time even though he was cut off from heaven. Since then, the Winchesters have done a lot of angel-assisted time travel.

6 Have To Follow: Showing Wings When Using Superpowers

We’re not sure if it’s a rule or just a reflex the angels love to show. Either way, whenever an angel powers up, they show off those beautiful wings in a burst of light. It would seem this rule is a requirement as it gives the angels the energy they need to maximize their fighting potential.

As recently as the 300th episode, Castiel’s alternate reality form showed his wings when using his powers on Sam and Dean. He was successful at walloping them bad, so it seems this showing off their wings thing has a reason behind it.

5 Love To Break: Developing Fondness For Human Habits

Castiel was the first angel we saw display this, but the angels have been shown to enjoy human habits for a long time. Chief among them is Gabriel, who is a pretty big playboy and enjoys being a ladies’ man – he was even seen sleeping at one point, which makes no sense.

Castiel shows every kind of human habit nowadays as he’s seen crying and laughing whenever the need to do so arises; something he couldn’t do once before. We’ve also seen angels sire nephilims so you can surmise that they can also do pretty adult stuff.

4 Have To Follow: Not Having Any Real Personality

Although Chuck had a personality of his own, and so did his archangels, the regular angels weren’t given such luxury. This is why Castiel seems like such a well-developed character as he is supposed to be one of those angels who doesn’t have any personality of his own.

The angels are always stoic, with little to no emotion shown. They don’t have many questions other than what their orders are supposed to be and can’t feel any physical needs either. They are more or less supercharged robots.

3 Love To Break: Cutting Deals With Demons

Before Season 6, the very idea that an angel would become partners with a demon was something unforgivable. Cut to the end of that season, and both Castiel and Raphael were doing it. Despite being in a partnership with Crowley, both angels had very low opinions of demons.

Later on, Lucifer seemed to be favoring a deal with Crowley as well in Season 11, but then decided to make him his personal dog and kept him on a leash instead. In Season 4, the idea had been that angels would instantly obliterate demons – not anymore.

2 Have To Follow: Becoming Humans After Losing Their Grace

Although angels like the idea of welcoming human habits, they aren’t so quick to jump in at the opportunity of becoming one themselves. This isn’t an option, though, when their grace is taken away and at that point they have no choice but to become humans.

While the whole grace thing was way different in Season 4 where Anna had to be reborn, now it comes in the form of removing the grace from their throats, rendering them human. Whichever way is used, at the end of it the angel becomes human and is stuck in the host’s body.

1 Love To Break: Siring Nephilims

Like we mentioned beforehand, angels take on human habits and have even become parents to children whose other parent is a human. The first chronological happening of this was when the Nephilim Castiel and Metatron took out was conceived, although her parent is unknown.

The best example we have now is Jack, who is the son of Lucifer. Previously, it had been stated angels don’t have the capacity to be reproductive, but clearly some angels have been getting pretty rebellious in this regard.


2019-03-18 05:03:25

Saim Cheeda

Young Sheldon Is Taking A Break – When The Show Returns

Young Sheldon is taking a break, and it won’t return until April. The Big Bang Theory spinoff prequel airs every Thursday night back-to-back with the long-running sitcom making for a solid comedy block for the broadcasting channel. And like its parent series, it’s also going on hiatus for a few weeks.

Fresh off a two-season renewal from CBS, Young Sheldon is already being poised to become the network’s number one comedy show after The Big Bang Theory ends after 12 seasons in the next few weeks. Debuting in 2017, Young Sheldon, which tackles Sheldon’s years of growing with his family in Galveston, TX, is currently its second season. Iain Armitage brilliantly portrays the the titular character first popularized by Jim Parsons. Young Sheldon offers fans the opportunity to learn more about the genius but socially-inept theoretical physicist’s past before coming to Pasadena and becoming roommates with Leonard (Johnny Galecki). For the most part, Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory have operated separately despite both existing in the same reality until last year’s crossover event.

Related: Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Should Have Ended Up With Young Sheldon’s Paige

Taking a break in March, Young Sheldon won’t return until April 4. During this time, CBS will be airing reruns of the show instead. This is in conjunction with the so-called sweeps period, which will take place between April 25 to May 22 this year. Data collected during these dates (also done in November, February, and July) are used by advertisers and networks to decide on the advertising rates for the rest of the year – the higher the ratings a station poses, the higher they can drive the prices for advertisements slots.

This explains why CBS intentionally spreads out the remaining episodes of Young Sheldon in the months of January to March until it goes back to its regular programming schedule by April. The same set-up applies to The Big Bang Theory, being the highest-rated sitcom right now on TV. With the two shows raking up high viewership ratings for an hour, CBS is able to increase their rates for their ad slots implementing this strategy.

Unfortunately, while The Big Bang Theory will at most take a week off once it returns on air next month, Young Sheldon is scheduled to take another two-week hiatus after its April 4 return. This is due to the difference in number of episodes for a full season orders for the shows: 24 for The Big Bang Theory, 22 for Young SheldonYoung Sheldon needs an extra two-week break for its season 2 finale to land on May 16 – the same day as The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale. It’s curious, however, whether Young Sheldon will simply be bumped to a 9pm start or if The Big Bang Theory will just begin earlier since the latter’s send-off special will last for an hour.

The last time fans saw the Sheldon and his family, the Coopers were going through some rough patches with Mary (Zoe Perry) surprisingly getting pregnant. This caused George (Lance Barber) to worry about finances, working out a minimal raise in preparation for the arrival of their brand new kid. Unfortunately, his wife loses the baby, explaining why there was no mention of another sibling from Sheldon aside from Missy and Georgie. Whether or not the remaining story for Young Sheldon season 2 will directly reference what’s happened/happening in The Big Bang Theory remains to be seen, but considering that Young Sheldon will take over its parent series’ spot next TV season, CBS might be more interested in emphasizing their connection.

More: Big Bang Theory: [SPOILER] May Already Be Pregnant

Young Sheldon airs Thursdays on CBS.


2019-03-14 02:03:31

Ana Dumaraog

Prison Break Season 5: Why the Revival Series Was a Mistake

Prison Break season 5 may have finally given the Michael Scofield and his brother Lincoln a happy ending, but the “final” season was something of a mistake. Prison Break season 1 was a pulpy, highly entertaining thriller with great characters and provided a fresh take on the prison subgenre. From the beginning though, the series had an inbuilt flaw – the concept itself. Season 1 had to end on the Scofield’s escaping, and Prison Break season 2 found them on the run. Of course, they were back in another prison by the end of that season and the pattern would repeat in ways that soon became very tedious.

Prison Break then began to introduce convoluted conspiracies and shady government agencies to extend the concept, and the narrative focus of season 1 quickly became lost. The show ended with Prison Break season 4, which revealed in a flashforward that Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) died, presumably of the terminal brain cancer he was diagnosed with. A TV movie called Prison Break: The Final Break later revealed he sacrificed himself to save his wife and brother one last time by electrocuting himself to open a locked prison door.

Related: Prison Break’s Revival Finale Explained

So, Michael was definitively dead – until Prison Break season 5 arrived in 2017. Prison Break season 5 followed a number of high-profile revivals of popular shows like The X-Files and Twin Peaks, and the new show was pitched as a limited miniseries. Of course, the show struggled to explain how its lead character could still be alive – even if he survived the electric surge from The Final Break, there was still the terminal brain cancer issue. The show would eventually explain his survival via some farfetched retcons.

Prison Break had something of an issue with reversing major characters deaths before this. Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) originally left the show during a contract dispute in season 3, with Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) discovering her character’s severed head in a box. Callies later returned for Prison Break season 4, with her death handwaved away as an elaborate ruse by the villains. While Prison Break was never exactly realistic, the increasing reliance on silly twists gradually turned fans off.

Michael’s emotional death in season 4 at least offered some closure, but Prison Break season 5 even undid that. It’s difficult for audiences to invest in the stakes of a show when it’s brought back not one, but two deceased main characters. Prison Break season 5 didn’t offer much in the way of fresh ideas for the central concept either, contriving another convoluted conspiracy to reunite all the main characters again.

If nothing else, Prison Break season 5 was designed as something of an ending for the series, reuniting the brothers once and for all. That said, no sooner had the series ended that talk of season 6 appeared. Season 5 even hints at this, with Michael being offered a government job to make use of his unique skills. Star Wentworth Miller also revealed he pitched an endearing silly season 6 idea where the brothers are locked up by their psychotic, previously unrevealed brother Tag and they’d have to relive their past escapes in a new prison.

Creator Paul Scheuring, on the other hand, appears content that Prison Break season 5 is the end, and it really should be. The original series of Prison Break should have ended earlier than it did and trying to extend its lifespan gradually weakened the show. Season 5 proves the show should have been left alone, and there’s nothing the brothers can break out of any more that will seem fresh – expect maybe space prison.

Next: Michael Scofield’s Death Explained


2019-03-11 01:03:04

Padraig Cotter

Why [SPOILER] In Captain Marvel DOESN’T Break The MCU Timeline

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel

Does Captain Marvel break the MCU’s timeline? Set in 1995, the film is essentially a prequel to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features a never-before-told adventure of the young Nick Fury, and sees him encounter aliens for the first time. By the end of the movie, Carol Danvers’ example has inspired Nick Fury to propose the Avengers Initiative.

But that makes Captain Marvel a massive retcon, with a new character written into the history of the MCU. The problem with retcons is that they can cause problems with continuity; the more complex the continuity, the more likely there’ll be a problem. The MCU timeline is a complex one, involving 21 movies, a range of popular tie-in comics, and a large slate of TV shows. As a result, Captain Marvel always had the potential to seriously disrupt the timeline.

Related: How Captain Marvel Connects To Avengers: Endgame

In reality, Captain Marvel is a masterpiece of continuity, with the script carefully avoiding any major contradictions – including with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. But one specific issue has drawn a lot of criticism from fans; the use of the Tesseract. There’s a serious amount of confusion online about just how the film’s use of the Tesseract fits into the MCU’s continuity, with some claiming it’s an outright continuity error. Fortunately, that isn’t the case.

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According to Captain Marvel, by the late 1980s the Tesseract was in the hands of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., a joint USAF/NASA operation attempting to create advanced propulsion systems and high-tech aircraft. Their experiments somehow drew the attention of the rogue Kree scientist Mar-Vell, who had grown disillusioned with her race and their warmongering ways. Mar-Vell aimed to find a way to save the Skrulls from extinction at the hands of the Kree, and decided the easiest way was to give them the technology to go so far away that they would be beyond the Kree’s reach. She believed Tesseract energy could be siphoned off to create a faster-than-light drive that would prove to be the salvation of the Skrull race.

Taking the identity of Dr. Wendy Lawson, Mar-Vell infiltrated Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. and soon took charge of the Tesseract project. By 1989 she had developed a prototype engine, and incorporated it into a revolutionary vessel called the Asis. A blend of human and Kree science, the Asis was designed to fly faster than anything in the entire galaxy; where traditional aircraft produce contrails, the Asis generated a comet’s tail of energy waves. Unfortunately Mar-Vell’s treachery had been discovered by Starforce Commander Yon-Rogg, who had been carefully monitoring events on Earth. Yon-Rogg and Minn-Erva shot down the Asis and killed Mar-Vell, intending to take the experimental engine for the Kree. USAF pilot Carol Danvers, Mar-Vell’s pilot, intervened; she shot the engine, triggering an explosion of Tesseract energy that she absorbed. Mar-Vell’s plans were stalled, and Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. discovered that the dead Lawson had stolen the Tesseract. Unable to work out what had happened, they did their best to bury the Tesseract experiments and pretend they’d never taken place at all.

Lawson had taken the Tesseract to her cloaked Kree ship, which was hidden in orbit around the Earth. She’d already been quietly secreting Skrull refugees there, preparing to take them somewhere they would be safe once her experiments were complete. And so the Tesseract waited, hidden, for six years – until the events of Captain Marvel, when Carol Danvers was returned to Earth and discovered the truth about the Kree and the source of her powers. Although she retrieved the Tesseract, it was swallowed by the Flerken known as Goose the cat; she coughed it up sometime later on Nick Fury’s desk.

Related: The Tesseract Has Appeared In More Marvel Movies Than Captain America

Captain Marvel adds a lot to the story of the Tesseract; but it doesn’t actually contradict the timeline at all. Putting the pieces together, the timeline looks something like this:

  • The Tesseract was originally the jewel of Odin’s treasure room, and a sketch in Thor suggests that he used its power liberally.
  • In 1409, the All-Father decided to hide the Tesseract away in Tønsberg, Norway. It was secreted away by a Norse sect, and became the stuff of legends on Earth.
  • The Tesseract remained hidden until March 1942, when it was finally discovered by the Red Skull alongside a copy of the Book of Yggdrasil. Hydra learned how to tap into the Tesseract’s power, and used it to create a wave of advanced Hydra weapons and vehicles. Fortunately they were opposed by Captain America and the SSR.
  • At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, the Tesseract was lost in the Atlantic Ocean. shortly after, it was retrieved by Howard Stark.
  • The timeline is a little unclear at this point, but according to Iron Man 2 Howard Stark worked with Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.. Presumably he was part of the Tesseract research group, and the notes Tony Stark flicked through in Iron Man 2 – which featured a sketch of the Tesseract – were from that period.
  • The Kree scientist Mar-Vell infiltrated P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and by 1989 had taken charge of the Tesseract project. It’s possible that Howard Stark was aware of Mar-Vell’s true identity and purpose, given Mar-Vell managed to steal the Tesseract and take it to her ship.
  • The Tesseract was rediscovered in 1995, but was swallowed by a Flerken. Goose eventually coughed it up on Nick Fury’s desk.
  • Nick Fury sent the Tesseract back to P.E.G.A.S.U.S., but once he became Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. he pushed for S.H.I.E.L.D. to establish a presence at what had previously been a USAF/NASA facility.
  • In 2011, Thor arrived on Earth, a being from Asgard – the place S.H.I.E.L.D. believed the Tesseract came from. In the post-credits scene of Thor, Fury recruited Erik Selvig into Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. to lead the Tesseract experiments.
  • In The Avengers, Loki successfully stole the Tesseract from Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and used it to help the Chitauri invade Earth. The invasion was stopped, and Thor used the Tesseract to return to Asgard. According to the Thor: The Dark World Prelude, Odin used it to restore the Bifrost.
  • The Tesseract remained in Odin’s Vault until Thor: Ragnarok, when Loki secretly retrieved it. Loki was forced to hand the Tesseract over to Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War; the Mad Titan broke it open to retrieve the Space Stone, which he placed within the Infinity Gauntlet. Its power – along with the power of the other five Infinity Stones – was ultimately used by Thanos to erase half the life in the universe.

Related: Marvel Movie Timeline: A Complete History Of The MCU

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In truth, the timeline fits together perfectly; Captain Marvel complicates it a little, but that’s about it. Howard Stark is already associated with Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. thanks to Iron Man 2, so it makes sense that P.E.G.A.S.U.S. had been experimenting with the Tesseract since before Howard died in 1991. What’s more, given the Red Skull had used the Tesseract’s energy to power his Valkyrie bombers, it’s hardly surprising that NASA and the USAF believed it could create a whole new wave of advanced vehicles.

The Avengers showed one phase of Tesseract experiments. But that doesn’t mean there were no earlier phases, nor does it indicate that earlier experiments had seen absolutely no success. Captain Marvel doesn’t break the timeline at all; yes, it’s a surprise retcon, but it actually fits rather logically with the established continuity.

Surprisingly, the MCU’s continuity survives Captain Marvel pretty much intact. There are only a handful of real continuity issues, the most prominent of which lies with a photograph of Nick Fury shown in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The photo clearly shows Nick Fury being sworn in – most likely as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – by Alexander Pierce. According to Pierce, he first met Fury when he was further on in his S.H.I.E.L.D. career, and was chief of Bogota Station. And, crucially, in the photograph Nick Fury clearly has both eyes intact. That photo suggested Nick shouldn’t have lost his eye so early on in his time at S.H.I.E.L.D..

Other minor continuity issues – such as the question of how Nick Fury could know Howard Stark so well in Iron Man 2, or his claim in The Avengers that Asgardians were the first aliens S.H.I.E.L.D. had encountered – aren’t too difficult to explain. As Tony Stark explained in The Avengers, “[Fury’s] a spy, Captain. He’s the spy. Even his secrets have secrets.” All these other continuity issues rest solely on the idea that Nick Fury was telling the truth, but he’s never been a particularly honest and up-front man, so presumably, he was lying on both occasions. The first lie would have been informed by Howard Stark’s recordings, and was necessary to get Tony to listen to him; the second was an attempt to defuse an argument that was increasingly out of control and risked causing Bruce Banner to Hulk out on a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. In both circumstances, Fury would have considered himself wise not to tell the truth.

Then, of course, there’s the matter of how Fury lost his eye – an event he told Steve Rogers happened “the last time I trusted someone” during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course, leave it to Nick Fury to lie about the fact a cat scratched his eye out and instead use the injury as a way to motivate someone to do what he wants.

More: Captain Marvel: EVERY Easter Egg & Secret Reference


2019-03-09 02:03:07

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Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX



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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

True Detective Season 3 Gets an Official Premiere Date & New Images

HBO has announced that True Detective season 3 will premiere early next year on Sunday, January 13. Nic Pizzolatto’s crime anthology series hasn’t been on the air since it wrapped its largely-derided second season in August 2015 and went on an extended break, in an effort (on the network’s part) to give the show’s creator more time to deliver a third installment that could better live up to the standard set by the series’ widely-celebrated freshman run. Judging by everything that we know about season 3 thus far, it seems that Pizzolatto is taking a back to basics approach with his latest crime narrative.

True Detective season 3, like season 1, takes place in the U.S. South (the Ozarks in Arkansas, to be exact) and explores a narrative that unfolds across multiple time periods (three, in this case). Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali stars in Pizzolatto’s new crime story as state police detective Wayne Hays, a fellow who (much like season 1 detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart before him) is haunted in the present by a case that he originally worked years earlier, back when he was a younger man. As Wayne puts it in the True Detective season 3 teaser trailer, “I want to know the whole story”.

Related: HBO’s Watchmen TV Series Will Feature Music By Reznor & Ross

In addition to confirming the premiere date, HBO has released a handful of new images from True Detective season 3 that feature Ali with his costars Carmen Ejogo (the Fantastic Beasts movies) and Stephen Dorff (Somewhere). You can check them out in the space below.

Pizzolatto is once again the sole writer on True Detective season 3 (though he got an assist from Deadwood‘s David Milch on episode four) and further directed this season alongside Daniel Sackheim (Jack Ryan) and Jeremy Saulnier (Hold the Dark). However, even with so many of the same story elements as season 1 and equally strong acting talent, season 3 is still missing an important ingredient from the show’s first season – namely, Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes and is generally credited for elevating the series in a high-art take on pulpy crime genre tropes.

Still, there’s a lot about True Detective season 3 that sounds promising on paper and it seems reasonable to assume that, if nothing else, this installment will be a step-up from the slow mess that was season 2. Moreover, for fans of Ali’s work in films like Moonlight (which he won his Oscar for) and his soulful performance as the villainous Cottonmouth from Netflix’s Luke Cage season 1, this new season of True Detective promises to showcase the actor’s powerful screen presence in a way that it never has been before.

MORE: Riverdale Season 3 is Similar to True Detective

True Detective season 3 premieres January 13, 2019 on HBO.

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2018-10-11 01:10:23 – Sandy Schaefer

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Review – A Pretty Slappy Sequel

Goosebumps 2 lacks the charm and inventiveness of its predecessor, but still has a reasonable amount of spoopy entertainment value to offer.

R.L. Stine’s beloved 1990s children’s horror book series makes its way back to the big screen in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, a sequel to the live-action film adaptation of Stine’s novels that came out in 2015. While Jack Black starred as a fictional version of Stine in that movie, Sony didn’t even confirm the actor’s return for the followup until a few weeks before its release. Similarly, neither the director, writer, nor supporting cast of the (generally well-received) first Goosebumps film worked on the second installment. While Haunted Halloween certainly suffers for it, the sequel isn’t an entirely hollow continuation of the franchise either. Goosebumps 2 lacks the charm and inventiveness of its predecessor, but still has a reasonable amount of spoopy entertainment value to offer.

Goosebumps 2 picks up in the small town of Wardenclyffe, New York, as its residents prepare for the fast-approaching Halloween Night festivities. Meanwhile, in the Quinn household, high school senior Sarah (Madison Iseman) is trying to finish her college application and her younger brother Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) is struggling with his science class project – a miniature replica of an experimental wireless transmission station in Wardenclyffe that was built and designed by Nikola Tesla, but never finished (aka. the Tesla Tower). The Quinns are joined by Sonny’s best friend Sam Carter (Caleel Harris), who is staying over at their house while his parents are away for the Halloween holiday.

After some prodding from Sam, Sonny agrees to take a break from his project and clear out an abandoned local house, as part of the duo’s ongoing efforts to launch a (successful) junk cleanup business. While there, however, the pair stumble upon an incomplete manuscript for a Goosebumps novel, unaware that the building was once owned by R.L. Stine himself. Not knowing any better, Sam and Sonny unlock the book and inadvertently unleash the Goosebumps villain Slappy the Dummy back into the real world. While the living ventriloquist dummy seems (sorta) friendly at first, it’s not long before he reveals his true evil plan, with only Sam, Sonny and Sarah to stand in his way.

If the original Goosebumps movie was a throwback to the popular family-friendly spooky adventures of the 1990s (think Hocus Pocus), then Haunted Halloween is closer to being the 2018 equivalent of a direct-to cable scary movie for kids from the ’90s – that is, noticeably cheaper and more generic, yet otherwise harmless and playful in its own right. The Goosebumps 2 script by Rob Lieber (Peter Rabbit) likewise carries over the first movie’s imaginative premise and conceit (e.g. Stine’s Goosebumps novel manuscripts are really enchanted objects which contain and prevent his “demons” from entering the real world) and includes references to its story, yet never really tries to build on its concepts, much less its themes and lore. Instead, Haunted Halloween offers helpful, if unchallenging, life lessons for kids and a serviceable narrative that doesn’t exactly push the envelope for the larger Goosebumps brand.

At the same time, Goosebumps 2 is perhaps more successful than its predecessor when it comes to being genuinely menacing and scary for the juice box crowd, yet still light-hearted enough to avoid traumatizing them (hence, “spoopy”). Much of the credit for that goes to director Ari Sandel (The DUFF), who does a commendable job of combining suspenseful and creepy storytelling with comedic moments here, much like Stine did so well in his original Goosebumps novels. Haunted Halloween, as indicated earlier, feels like a lower-budgeted affair than the first Goosebumps, yet Sandel and his creative team – including, DP Barry Peterson (Game Night) and production designer Rusty Smith (Get Out) – still manage to deliver a movie that’s a proper cut above a comparable TV film, in terms of overall craftsmanship. That also goes for the CGI and creature effects in the sequel’s first half (more on the second half later).

The actual setting of Haunted Halloween is mostly populated by stock types, be they the film’s young heroes or the local bullies that Sonny and Sam have to deal with (not to mention, Sarah’s dishonest would-be boyfriend). While their characters are fairly two-dimensional in the Goosebumps sequel, Harris, Iseman and Ray nevertheless have the same affable screen presence that’s allowed them to stand out in films and TV shows past and, thus, make their protagonists all the easier to root for. That also goes for the adult supporting players here, as Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) and Ken Jeong (Community) mostly channel their famous small screen personas as Sarah and Sonny’s adorkable mother Kathy and their eccentric neighbor Mr. Chu, respectively. As for Black as R.L. Stine: his own role in Goosebumps 2 is pretty superfluous, which is disappointing considering the energy that he brought to the proceedings as the first Goosebumps‘ co-protagonist (not to mention, his vocal performance as Slappy, which Black didn’t reprise in the sequel).

All in all, Haunted Halloween is a passable if derivative sequel – but not because the Goosebumps books themselves are incapable of sustaining multiple films. Rather, the problem is that the sequel recycles too much from the first movie and struggles to make creative use of the fresh elements (like the real-world Tesla Tower) that it brings into the mix here. It’s too bad, seeing as Goosebumps 2 had a wealth of different monsters and horror genres in Stine’s source novels to draw from, yet elected to continue simplifying the author’s mythology by making Slappy the big bad (again) and skimping on giving the other creatures much in the way of personality. As a result, the second half of the movie plays out as a watered down version of what happened in the original Goosebumps, albeit with lower production values and emotional impact.

Still, Goosebumps 2 should go over best with its young target demographic and provide them with enough silly scares and fun adventure to keep them engaged for its brisk runtime. Moreover, much like your average comic book movie these days, Haunted Halloween delivers its fair share of Goosebumps easter eggs and nods to the real Stine’s source material (right down to a Stan Lee-esque cameo from Stine himself), to further serve the property’s youngest fans. As for those who prefer their family-friendly fantasies with Jack Black starring front and center – The House with a Clock in Its Walls is still playing in theaters and ought to fulfill your own needs for some spoopy entertainment this Halloween season.

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween begins playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening, October 11. It is 90 minutes long and is rated PG for scary creature action and images, some thematic elements, rude humor and language.

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2018-10-10 01:10:58 – Sandy Schaefer

15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey

The guys working at Count’s Kustoms may not seem like a the type who are keen on rule-following, and, for the most part, that is true. There really aren’t all that many stated rules in the domain of Danny Koker and crew, but everyone has lines that they would prefer remain uncrossed.

That said, Danny and the crew of Counting Cars do have a few unstated laws that must be adhered to on the set. While the History network may not be as interested in staging dramatics and scenarios as their competitors, that isn’t to say that they haven’t laid out a few orders which need to be followed in order to keep the show interesting for the viewer. It may betray the tough guy bravado of the show, but rules are rules, no matter how many hot rods you’ve restored.

Some of these rules are relatively petty and simple, while others might raise an eyebrow or two and hint at a darker history behind these Las Vegas-based body shop workers. Danny, Mike and company haven’t caused all that many controversies when compared to some other big-name reality TV stars out there, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a couple of skeletons in their closet. Again, there don’t appear to be all that many hard-and-fast rules on the set of Counting Cars, but there are at least a few things that cast members know to keep an eye out for.

Here are the 15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey.

15 Only Approach Certain People About Their Cars

A major focal point of many Counting Cars episodes is Danny’s frequent run-ins with random car owners. He’s often been filmed approaching people on the street or following someone home in order to track them down and make a deal for their car. These moments are, as most viewers may have guessed, almost always staged.

This is a pretty important rule for the cast to follow, however, as following hot rod owners home and offering to buy their cars is a pretty good way to creep out your clientele and make viewers think you’re a huge weirdo.

While Danny may have done something like this once or twice in his private life, these instances are commonly pre-arranged for the show. Stalking someone with the intent of bartering for their car is probably illegal anyway, though it does make for some interesting TV. Most of the Counting Cars guys aren’t actors by trade, either, and their performance sort of ruins the facade at times.

14 Get Every Fact Straight

If there’s one rule that Danny Koker does his best to follow, it is this one. Danny and the rest of the Counting Cars crew have frequently been called out and ridiculed by trivia-loving car aficionados for small mistakes they have made on air. Event the smallest of inaccuracies get pointed out, and it may call the integrity of Count’s Kustoms into question for the hardest of the hardcore.

For instance, Danny was once noted to have been incorrect about the year in which Chevy first started producing the Corvette: he said it was 1954, but it was actually 1952. It is a mistake he has yet to live down in some circles, and he’s since been sure to get his facts straight when he’s on camera.

13 Keep an Eye Out

Again, this isn’t necessarily a written rule, and it may seem like common sense for most business owners, but Danny and the rest of the guys working at Count’s Kustoms need to do their best to make sure burglary and theft aren’t taking place under their noses. This may sound like a no-brainer, but these things have happened more than once in the autoshop’s history.

From stolen trailers to ransacked houses and full-on employee embezzlement cases, Counting Cars hasn’t had a totally spotless run.

As a result, the guys at Count’s Kustoms need to keep an eye on their surroundings as well as on their co-workers, which doesn’t exactly create grounds for a healthy work environment.

12 The Customer is Always Right

The guys at Count’s Kustoms have taken on some pretty ludicrous jobs over the years, and this is partially because, as a rule, they try not to refuse any customization requests. This definitely isn’t something that’s been set in stone, as Koker and his employees have certainly turned some people away over the course of the show’s history, but it rarely ever happens.

Though they specialize in motorcycles and cars, the Counting Cars crew has accepted vans, busses, and even boats in the past, which certainly made for some interesting TV. It probably isn’t in Danny’s best interest to take on literally every project which comes through his door, but they certainly seem to try.

11 Keep Them Coming

Time is money, and the crew working behind the scenes at Count’s Kustoms sure like to keep busy. Though Counting Cars never really gets into the inner workings of the shop, Danny has said that they never have fewer than fifteen projects going at one time.

Given that each project is a pretty hefty investment in terms of time and resources, this is a pretty major commitment.

As a result, Count’s Kustoms has taken on a bunch of new employees over the years, and they don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Though the show’s popularity may eventually fade, Danny and his employee’s work probably won’t.

10 Stick to the Budget

Danny Koker is known to be very conservative both politically and fiscally. He is extremely protective of his money despite the fact that he has plenty of it to spare, and he never overspends except in very particular situations. Though it may not be an explicitly laid out rule in his shop, Danny’s employees are doubtlessly aware of the fact that they really need to stick to a budget.

The Count himself has shown his financially conservative nature when haggling, and he has been known to walk away from deals he finds unfair. This doesn’t show up all that often in the show, of course, because most of the drama is scripted and most of the bartering has already been pre-arranged. Those close to Danny, however, will know the truth.

9 Don’t Rush It

Count’s Kustoms may take on no fewer than fifteen projects at a time, but most of these projects take quite a while to complete. This is never really shown on the show, though, as the Counting Cars producers like to expedite things for the sake of viewer interest, but customization jobs are known to take 12 to 24 months to complete on average.

This may sound like an insane amount of time, but there really aren’t many places in the world that offer customization options like Count’s Kustoms.

Though some projects cruise through the shop in as little as ninety days, most employees know not to rush things.

8 Don’t Mention Danny’s Dad

Danny Koker’s father, a well-respected man who taught Danny everything he knows about autobody customization, bequeathed his extensive collection of rare cars to his son when he passed away. These vehicles hold an incredible amount of sentimental value to the Count’s Kustoms owner, and, though he has shown parts of the collection off in recent years, he doesn’t like to work on them.

Danny has said that his father’s passing is still a tough subject for him, and, as a result, most of his employees know better than to bring it up. In fact, even Counting Cars regulars should know better than to mention those cars or suggest working on them. While this may one day change, it remains a point of contention in Danny’s garage.

7 Don’t Bring up the Bandana

This really isn’t an unspoken rule, as Danny’s look has been the subject of occasional workplace antics over the years, but it should be said that Danny doesn’t seem all that keen to reveal what’s going on underneath his iconic bandana.

Many have speculated that he is covering some sort of facial deformity or unsightly tattoo, while others believe that he is abnormally committed to his rock-and-roll look.

The most likely explanation is that he isn’t eager to show off his receding hairline. Though this is little more than speculation, it does explain why Danny is often pretty defensive in regards to his dress. Those close to him might poke fun, but fans may want to avoid the subject.

6 Be Careful When Haggling

Danny Koker has stated on multiple occasions that the success of his show has made haggling at car shows much more difficult. As a typical enthusiast, the Count never seemed to have a problem getting his way on the showroom floor.

However, once his profile was raised, sellers began recognizing him more often and attempting to upsell him. This has become a major headache to the penny-pinching autobody overhauler, and anyone working with him should ensure that they don’t overpay when bartering. Danny is most likely very grateful for all of the good that the show has done his business over the years, though he could almost certainly go without this one annoying quirk.

5 Don’t Mention Danny’s Family

In keeping with his conservative values, Danny Koker typically doesn’t like to reveal all that much about his family or his private life. This is completely fair, and most Counting Cars fans will understand that his reality TV star status doesn’t require him to relay all of his personal matters to the public.

That said, Danny is abnormally protective of his loved ones, and very little is known about his wife and kids.

His wife, Korie Koker, co-owns Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill with her husband, though her private life remains largely undisclosed. Counting Cars cast members should almost certainly know better than to go prying into Danny’s personal life while the cameras are rolling.

4 Don’t Break The Fourth Wall

The guys on Counting Cars may seem like larger-than-life celebrities at times, but it is important to remember that they are actually people, and Count’s Kustoms is an actual business that will continue to operate independently of the show once the production crew heads home.

That said, though it may be an actual business, much of the situations covered on the show aren’t genuine. Whether played up for the sake of drama or totally fictional, much of the on-air hijinx covered on Counting Cars is dramatized. The Counting Cars cast is careful not to break the illusion, though, and everyone seems pretty eager to play along. There seems to be a rule against fourth wall breaks while on set, and it seems to have gone pretty much unbroken over the years.

3 Politics Are a No-Go

In today’s radically partisan climate, few shows are all that eager to take sides or show any sort of political bias at all. That said, Counting Cars star Danny Koker was an avid supporter of the current leader of the United States during his campaign in 2016. This should come as no surprise given his conservative background, but it remains a major point of contention among many viewers.

Rather than bring up a potentially costly political debate on-air, the Counting Cars crew is pretty careful to keep their lips sealed concerning the subject.

The time may well come when things of that nature can be discussed more freely, but Count’s Kustoms is better off free of political drama for the time being.

2 Forget About Scott Jones

Scott Jones, the ornery store manager featured in the first and second seasons of Counting Cars, isn’t brought up all that much these days. He was hardly mentioned at all in the third season, and he seems to have been totally absent from every subsequent episode since then.

Fans have speculated that he was actually fired as a result of an embezzlement scheme, while others believe he simply grew tired of the daily grind and returned to his hometown. It’s tough to know exactly what happened to Jones, though none of the Counting Cars cast members seem all that eager to bring it up. This probably isn’t an explicitly stated rule, but most will know better than to bring up Scott on camera.

1 Don’t Deal With Vince Neil

Show lead and shop owner Danny Koker has met quite a few celebrities through his business, and his rock-and-roll band side project has also put him in contact with some pretty interesting characters. Koker has, in one way or another, come to be pretty good friends with ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil.

Though it started out as a pretty lucrative relationship for Koker and his show, the Counting Cars cast soon decided that their relationship with Neil was detrimental to the show’s good standing.

After that, they by-and-large disbanded any professional connections to the singer, though Koker and Neil are said to have remained friends. Even so, it isn’t likely that the ex-rocker will be making any appearances on the show any time soon. The bottom line is that Vince is bad news, and the cast can’t mention him anymore.

Are there any other rules that the cast of Counting Cars has to follow? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-09 05:10:54 – Tanner Fox