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Exclusive Concept Art From Disney’s Live-Action Dumbo

We have an exclusive look at concept art from Dumbo featured in Dumbo: The Official Movie Special delivers early designs of pivotal scenes and the imaginative sets. Over the last several years, Walt Disney Studios has been going back to their vault of animated movies and remaking them for the big screen again in live-action. This practice has brought about much success for the studio, and there is hope that 2019 will feature more of the same.

Based on the original 1941 animated classic, Disney hired Tim Burton to direct the new and expanded version of Dumbo. While the original film focuses primarily on the large-eared elephant, the live-action version introduces the Farrier family and other humans as key players to Dumbo’s story. Dumbo has only been in theaters for a few weeks now, and even though it has received some lackluster reviews, many have found the visuals to be particularly memorable.

Related: 30 Things Everyone Missed In The Live-Action Dumbo

Screen Rant has an exclusive look at concept art from Disney and Titan’s book Dumbo: The Official Movie Special, which is now available to buy. The first piece of art shows the early stages of Dumbo’s clown routine as a firefighter, an iconic scene from the original animated feature. Production designer Rick Heinrichs spoke to the importance of the scene saying it is “an important element we’ve preserved from the original film.” This concept art can be seen below, followed by a look at the designs for the giant sets of Dreamland.

Heinrichs says that Dreamland has an “optimistic futurism” design to it, but also shared details on the specific look that Burton was looking for. According to Heinrichs, “Tim [Burton] wanted us to harken to the defiantly forward-looking World’s Fair park aesthetic of the ’30s.” Along with these two breathtaking pieces of art, Disney also provided previews of two insert pages that tell the story of Dumbo and details on the world famous trapeze artist Colette Marchant, played by Eva Green. See both of these below.

While concept art may not always be an accurate representation of what is shown in a movie, these pieces from Dumbo: The Official Movie Special are true to what audiences saw in the theater. The gigantic sets of Dreamland are fully realized as both Burton and Heinrich imagined. Their successful collaboration is no surprise either, as Dumbo marks the sixth time the pair have worked together. They first joined forces for Sleepy Hallow in 1999, and followed this up with Planet of the Apes in 2001, then Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows in 2012 and Big Eyes in 2014.

Fans of Dumbo can get their hands on this art and much more by purchasing Dumbo: The Official Movie Special, which is now on sale. The hardcover book offers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the movie, and includes exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of the film, including Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, and more. Dumbo: The Official Movie Special costs $19.99 and can be found at several major retailers.

MORE: Every Tim Burton Movie Ranked


2019-04-11 08:04:51

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How H.R. Giger’s Disturbing Alien Concept Art Changed The Movie

The Alien concept art designed by artist H.R. Giger helped transform the project from a b-movie into a genre classic. Given the lifecycle of the xenomorph itself, its somewhat fitting Alien also had a difficult birth. The idea was first conceived by writer Dan O’Bannon, who collaborated with director John Carpenter (Halloween) on a low-budget sci-fi comedy called Dark Star in 1974. The movie followed the aimless misadventures of a crew of astronauts, with one sequence finding Pinback – also played by O’Bannon – chasing a small alien creature through the ship’s vents.

This gave O’Bannon the idea of writing a scary movie based around the concept. During this period he also collaborated on director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s famously unproduced version of the novel Dune, where he came across the work of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. Giger’s concept art for Dune, which depicted his trademark biomechanical style, made a huge impression on O’Bannon. When that version of Dune collapsed O’Bannon concentrated on writing Alien with collaborator Ron Shusett instead.

Related: Alien: Isolation TV Series Suggests Ripley Didn’t Kill Original Xenomorph

The original version of the script was dubbed Star Beast, which was later changed to Alien based on the number of times the word appeared in the script. O’Bannon and Shusett had a hard time thinking of a unique way for the creature to get onboard the spaceship until the latter conceived of a parasite implanting an embryo into a crew member, which later eats its way out. The duo had trouble selling their script, with veteran low-budget producer Roger Corman (Death Race) the only one willing to make it, until the original Star Wars became a big hit in 1977. This led to a studio frenzy to greenlight any space scripts they had.

Alien producers Walter Hill (48 Hours) and David Giler rewrote the script and introduced Ripley, who was originally written as a male character. Without a doubt, the biggest design issue facing the project was the title monster itself. A number of artists took a stab at conceiving of the monster, but it wasn’t until O’Bannon introduced director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) to Giger’s work that it all clicked. Scott fell in love with the artist’s unique, nightmarish style, and felt his painting Necronom IV represented what the creature should look like.

Giger was thus hired as a designer, with his Alien concept art defining the lifecycle of the monster and the derelict craft. Giger’s beautifully designed monster suit still looked like a man in a rubber costume, but Scott decided to only show the creature in pieces so the audience’s imagination could fill in the gaps, making it even more terrifying. Giger’s Alien concept art is also responsible for the dead Space Jockey – a creature whose origins would be explored further in Scott’s 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus.

H.R. Giger’s Alien concept art helped transform the movie from something the studio considered a b-level monster flick to a classy, landmark sci-movie. Of course, the combination of script, direction, and casting played an important role too, but if it wasn’t for the Swiss artist’s singular Alien concept art the movie may never have captured audiences imagination the way it did. In fact, it’s doubtful the Alien franchise itself would have blossomed without his one of a kind version.

Next: Every Movie In The Alien Franchise, Ranked


2019-04-11 07:04:20

Padraig Cotter

Captain Marvel Concept Art Reveals How Starforce Would’ve Looked Different

New concept art from Captain Marvel reveals an alternate look for Starforce, the Kree special ops team. For Marvel Studios’ first female led movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they put Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) back in the 1990s. This decision not only largely freed up the movie from most MCU canon, but it also allowed for Captain Marvel to be one of the earliest known heroes.

While Carol eventually learned of her life on Earth and protected her real home planet against a Kree invasion led by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), that is not how her story begins in Captain Marvel. The movie starts with Carol living out her life on the Kree home world of Hala, where she is a very powerful warrior/soldier known only as Vers. She’s trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) to harness her abilities and help her become one of the core members of a special arm of the Kree military. The Starforce are led by Yon-Rogg, with Vers joining a roster that includes Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan), Bron-Char (Rune Temte), and Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto).

Related: Captain Marvel May Have Already Teased A Proper Avengers Replacement Team

Even though the team appeared to have some scenes cut from the film, it turns out they almost had a completely different look. Concept artist Jackson Sze recently shared an alternate design for the team on social media that reveals several differences from the Starforce’s final appearance. Most notably, the once considered design gives their suits a mostly black color scheme with only sections of the green from the chest on up.

One major difference in terms of the individual character designs that is immediately noticeable is Bron-Char’s size. As the brute of the group, this stature may have better suited the character in Captain Marvel and helped make his presence more noticeable. Temte is 6’3″ but this version of Bron-Char towers over the other Starforce. The decision not to go down this route with the character may have been due to the limiting options of finding an actor who would be easily over 7 feet tall and to avoid having to use CGI to create the character or special camera tricks to make him appear this large.

There’s some other smaller changes to these designs that fans of Marvel comics may appreciate too that ultimately weren’t used. This design incorporates Korath’s headdress from the comics for his helmet, while the tubes around Bron-Char’s neck are also lifted from the source material. Minn-Erva also has her traditional red scarf instead of the black one she wears in the film. We’ll never know why exactly Marvel opted to not use these designs, but maybe those characters who survived Captain Marvel can see their looks evolve closer to this if Captain Marvel 2 also takes place in the past.

More: Is Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene Really From Avengers: Endgame?

Source: Jackson Sze



2019-03-22 07:03:37

Cooper Hood

Captain Marvel Concept Art Gives Carol Danvers a Comic Book Inaccurate Suit

Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers could’ve received a very different, and comic inaccurate, costume in Captain Marvel if this concept art was chosen as the basis for her look. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe helped bring their first lead female superhero to the big screen, and even though Marvel Studios worked in some of their usual changes from the source material, the film and Carol’s story is still largely based on her comic book history – especially the work of Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Even though Carol’s traditional look is a red, blue, and yellow suit, the early appearance of Larson on set in a green costume surprised many. It was quickly sorted out that this green and white look was a result of her being part of the Kree military, with Marvel eventually confirming she was part of an elite group known as Starforce. As Captain Marvel‘s plot unfolds and Carol learns more about her otherwise mysterious past though, she ditches this look for her usual look that fans of the comics have grown accustomed to.

Related: Captain Marvel Cut Ronan & Starforce Scenes – Why?

Concept artist Aleksi Briclot has now revealed some of his alternate designs for Carol Danvers’ Kree look in Captain Marvel, and it’s safe to say there are major deviations from comic lore. The three designs all attempt to mostly conceal Vers’ look, with the first two designs electing to completely cover her from head to toe. Only the final design gives any indication what the person wearing these elaborate designs looks like, but check them out below.

The decision to possibly conceal Carol’s identity when she was working with the Kree could’ve been another layer to add to the mystery that Captain Marvel gives her, but it would also only be effective if audiences don’t immediately know that it’s Carol. One nice detail that two of the designs include is the Hala logo that’s often customary on Kree military suits in the comics. This logo is nowhere to be seen in Captain Marvel though, but maybe that will change in a sequel.

As if there was any doubt before, Captain Marvel 2 continues to look all the more likely to happen. The first film has already passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office in just two weeks and may be on its way to being another billion dollar hit for Marvel Studios. With mostly positive reviews and Carol positioned for a big role in Avengers: Endgame, the interest in more from this franchise is likely only going to continue to rise. And with her suit already changing again for Endgame, maybe her next suit or some additional Kree looks can incorporate elements of these pieces of Captain Marvel art.

MORE: Captain Marvel’s ‘Twist’ Was Spoiled in Infinity War

Source: Aleksi Briclot



2019-03-17 12:03:02

Cooper Hood

Star Wars: Pedro Pascal Unveils Mandalorian Concept Art by Dave Filoni

Actor Pedro Pascal has unveiled concept art for the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV show called The MandalorianCreated by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian will take place between Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, and focus on a lone Mandalorian warrior.

While the first look image for The Mandalorian revealed a warrior that resembled Boba and Jango Fett, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show will revolve around a newly created character. It’s widely believed that the inspiration for this specific armor was pulled directly from the canceled Star Wars: 1313 video game, which would’ve been a gritty third-person adventure/shooter allowing gamers play as a young Boba Fett. One of the warrior’s weapons in the TV show is also believed to be inspired by Boba Fett’s weapon from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Now, fans can get an even better look at the character’s armor due to new concept art.

Related: Marvel Directors Reunite On Set of Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Posting on his Instagram, Pascal shared two pieces of concept art that were created by the pilot’s director Dave Filoni. The first image is a closeup of the Mandalorian warrior, while the second is a full body shot revealing the character with a flowing cape and a holstered weapon. While the images are concept art from the TV show, the sketches closely resemble the first look image that was previously revealed, only this version of the character doesn’t have a weapon strapped to his back. Pascal’s full post can be seen below.

While many details for The Mandalorian remain a secret, fans have been given updates as the series progresses through production. Favreau had previously given a brief plot synopsis for The Mandalorian, but recent reports claim the series will revolve around a Mandalorian warrior protecting a child who will grow up to become the heir of Mandalore. Aside from the story, the cast for The Mandalorian has been confirmed, including actors such as Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and many others. As for the show’s directors, Filoni will direct the pilot, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow also directing episodes of the series.

This concept art doesn’t really reveal anything about the show, but it’s interesting to see what Filoni had envisioned for the character. The lore behind the Mandalorians have always been a fan favorite topic for many Star Wars fans, so Disney will no doubt have people subscribing to their streaming service specifically for this show. Fans still have to wait quite some time until they can stream The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, but at least they haven’t been left in the dark regarding The Mandalorian‘s progress.

More: The Mandalorian Can Fill A Force Awakens Gap And Show The Empire’s Fall

Source: Pedro Pascal




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2018-12-12 08:12:58

Spider-Man: Homecoming Concept Art Reveals Scrapped Captain America Cameo

A new batch of Spider-Man: Homecoming concept art reveals a quick non-PSA Captain America cameo that didn’t end up making the final film. It’s almost hard to remember now, but only a few short years ago, many Marvel fans were convinced that Spider-Man would never appear within the MCU. After all, Sony had a death grip on the film rights, and seemed intent on squeezing every last dime they could out of the popular hero. Thankfully, Sony had a change of heart following the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and decided to join forces with Marvel and revitalize the web-slinger’s big screen career.

Tom Holland’s teenage Spider-Man made a triumphant arrival in the MCU via 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, fighting alongside Iron Man’s team in the battle over the Sokovia Accords. Peter Parker would get his first taste of solo MCU stardom in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which took place not long after Civil War, and furthered Peter’s mentor/pupil relationship with Tony Stark.

Related: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

Sadly, Spider-Man’s journey through the MCU hit a huge roadblock when he ended up dusted by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, in arguably the most emotional death scene in the film. While it’s no secret Peter will be resurrected in time for next summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, it remains to be seen how that will happen in Avengers 4. In the meantime, a new batch of concept art has surfaced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, thanks to artist Peter Mitchell Rubin. One of the included images reveals a scrapped cameo by Captain America, albeit in the form of a memorial statue. Below are five of the new images, but many more can be found on Rubin’s site.

Rubin doesn’t explain where exactly in the film the Captain America memorial statue seen above would’ve appeared, but the obvious assumption to make is that Peter’s friends would’ve encountered it during their visit to Washington, D.C. Whether or not Peter would’ve been with them is unclear, as he didn’t get to do that much with his classmates as himself before he needed to swing into action as Spider-Man and save the day.

Anyone who’s seen Homecoming knows that Captain America ended up appearing in several humorous PSAs that Peter watches in high school over the course of the film, despite technically being an international fugitive following Civil War. It’s revealed that a descendant of one of Steve Rogers’ old Howling Commandos teammates is the school principal, explaining him allowing Cap’s PSAs to still be shown. Perhaps that reasoning is why the initially planned statue cameo by Cap was removed, as it wouldn’t make sense for a monument honoring Steve to be on display while he’s an enemy of the U.S. government.

More: When Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Trailer Will (Probably) Release

Source: Peter Mitchell Rubin



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2018-12-03 04:12:24

Scrapped The Blob Remake Concept Art Reveals Rob Zombie’s Vision

Early concept art for Rob Zombie’s The Blob remake surfaces online and the images illustrate the different vision he may have had for the film. At one point 10 years ago Zombie had his eyes set on remaking the classic horror film, The Blob. Zombie’s take on the horror classic was set to be darker in tone, but no such film ever happened.

The Blob first terrified audiences in 1958, and focused on an alien life form consuming everything in sight in a small town. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, and penned by Kay Linaker and Theodore Simonson, the film would become a cult classic. It would launch the career of Steve McQueen and would spawn a sequel in 1972 and a remake in 1988. Chuck Russell directed the late 80s re-imagining that altered the alien’s back story. While the films have a following (specifically the 1958 & 1988 versions), they are still considered underrated gems for the science fiction horror sub-genre. Now, while Zombie’s plans for his remake may have fallen through the cracks, at least now a taste of what his vision could have looked like is accessible.

Related: Horror Movie Monsters That Scared You as Children

Posted by Alex Horley, the concept art for the unmade Zombie The Blob remake shows off humans with mutated skin, and a fifth annual event being held in the town. Judging from one image, it seems a graveyard would have been featured in the film with the mutated victims. Another image highlights a woman battling deformed, conjoined blob attack victims in front of a local diner. This role was presumably for Sheri Moon as she has always participated, in some fashion, in Zombie’s films in the past. Take a look at Horley’s concept art below.

Zombie’s remake faced some issues with others involved in the project, so that’s what ultimately led to him stepping away. Zombie wanted to give his own twist to the story just like he had done with his Halloween films before that. In response to his disagreements with those involved in the project, Zombie stated:

“The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be.”

Zombie felt the horror aspects from the 50s and the 80s versions wouldn’t scare modern audiences so he wanted to avoid that familiar territory. This would explain the humanoid nature of the blob victims illustrated in the images, but it seems that Zombie was still going to involve the armed forces, similar to the 1988 remake, based on one of the images.

Whether or not Zombie’s vision would have actually gone over with audiences is anyone’s guess, but one has to wonder why he thought the gooey alien wouldn’t have been enough to scare audiences. If done right, the film could have been well received. Nothing regarding another film has been discussed recently but Samuel L. Jackson was at one point set to star in yet another remake for The Blob, directed by Simon West.

More: The Blob Remake Poster Sure Looks Familiar

Source: Alex Horley



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2018-12-03 02:12:16

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

John Wick 3 Movie Logo Revealed At Licensing Expo

The first logo for John Wick 3 has arrived. Keanu Reeves’ career as an action lead was revitalized in a major way with the launch of the John Wick franchise. Reeves plays the former hired gun who gets pulled back into the lifestyle he left behind after some tragic losses. His need for revenge has served the story for two films so far, and next year will see John on the run as the entire assassin community will be after him. And after the success the franchise has experienced so far, Lionsgate is moving Wick into an ultra-competitive summer next year.

Since there are still several months before John Wick 3 hits theaters, there’s been hardly any marketing for the movie outside of a photo here and there. Instead, most of the attention for the movie has come from Reeves talking about it himself. Well, the marketing campaign may be gearing up to start as the official logo has now been revealed.

Related: Keanu Reeves Escapes On A Horse In John Wick 3 Photo

Dirtees provided the first look at John Wick 3‘s logo straight from the Brand Licensing Expo in London. The logo, which could be a concept and not the final design, is rather simplistic. The outline of Wick takes the place of the “I” in his last name, while it switches the franchise to Roman numerals. The design itself is one thing, but what some may be surprised by is the actual title itself.

Studios and marketing teams traditionally like to stay consistent with franchise titles, but John Wick 3 could be an example of change. The movie was previously referred to as John Wick: Chapter 3 (and still is on the social media pages for the film). It is possible that the third installment has dropped the “Chapter” altogether, or could further point to this not being the final logo design.

However, Reeves himself made this a bit more complicated when he said that John Wick: Parabellum was the title and revealed the meaning behind it. This came after the working title was changed from Alpha Cop to Parabellum right before production began. It is possible that Reeves was simply explaining how they chose the working title as it related to Wick’s actual story and it was mistakenly thought that Parabellum was the movie’s title.

We will hopefully get complete clarity on John Wick 3 and its title sooner rather than later. Since it is moving to the summer season, the marketing needs to be a bit more aggressive to make sure the movie isn’t lost among a slew of blockbusters. The threequel does have an impressive cast that includes Halle Berry, but it may need an extra dose of the franchise’s gun-fu to really sell audiences on coming back one more time.

MORE: First Official Look at Halle Berry in John Wick 3

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2018-10-10 04:10:31 – Cooper Hood

Daredevil Faces Kingpin & Bullseye In Stunning Season 3 Fan Poster

Matt Murdock finds himself in the crosshairs of Bullseye and Kingpin, thanks to a new fan poster for season 3 of Daredevil. The wait for new episodes has been a long one. The first series dropped on Netflix in early 2015 to critical acclaim. A second season rapidly followed, premiering less than a year later. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen was last seen, however, forming The Defenders with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand. The series was met with a lukewarm reaction, with even star Charlie Cox criticizing the pace. Regardless, the team-up show ended on a huge cliffhanger, setting up promising things for Daredevil season 3.

Daredevil will pick up with the world still believing Matt and Daredevil to be dead. Secretly, however, he will still be recovering from his injuries at a nunnery. Wilson Fisk’s release from prison – despite still being in FBI custody – however, will draw him back from the shadows and into conflict with a nemesis that fans have been eager to see since the show was first announced. Bullseye was teased via an Easter egg in season 1 but has officially been confirmed as a season 3 villain. A recent teaser even offered a first look at Bullseye in action.

Related: Daredevil Season 3 Villain Bullseye’s Comic Book Origins

A new fan poster created and uploaded on Twitter by artist Rico Jr plays out this dual threat in stunning fashion. The image finds Daredevil, in his full red outfit, staring down the literal bullseye of the iconic villain’s trademark symbol. The shadowy silhouette of Wilson Fisk looms large behind him, no doubt referencing his being the architect of Matt Murdock’s upcoming suffering. Check out the full image below:

The image is a striking one that fans will surely want hanging on their walls. As well as perfectly summing up the dynamics that will be on display in season 3, it looks like something itself straight from a comic.

In terms of the comic, season 3 will apparently put the more mythological elements such as The Hand on the backburner. Instead, Daredevil will serve as more of a crime thriller. This feels like as wise a choice as the brushstrokes that went into crafting the above image. The Netflix/Marvel shows were, after all, originally billed as a gritty, street-level interpretation of superheroes. While such mystical elements are, to a degree, able to work on Iron Fist, it only served to complicate the tone in past seasons of Daredevil.

Although the Netflix heroes technically exist in the world of The Avengers and alien invasions, the shows are best when exploring more character-driven stories. Rather than tackling immortal ninjas, Daredevil is better served using the concept of superheroes to explore relatable themes and issues, much like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones before it.

More: Screen Rant’s Daredevil Season 3 Set Visit Report

Daredevil season 3 releases October 19 on Netflix.

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2018-10-10 01:10:09 – John Atkinson