Mecha-Panther Defends Wakanda in EMPYRE Spinoff | Screen Rant

The interstellar war hits home for T’Challa, the Black Panther when Wakanda comes under siege from alien forces and ancient magic, in EMPYRE: The Invasion of Wakanda. This June, Wakanda’s last defense against a plantlike colossus threatening the hidden nation is a towering, mecha-vibranium panther wrought in the semblance of the iconic protector of the realm. Writer Jim Zub and artist Lan Medina construct a monstrous tale of iron giants and creepy kaiju in the upcoming tie-in.

The epic EMPYRE event launches this April and the cosmic story arc spans several Marvel titles including Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, while the sustained invasion touches even more one-shots and miniseries such as Ghost Rider, the UK-based Union, Savage Avengers, and EMPYRE: Invasion of Wakanda. The incursion of Earth has begun and Wakanda is under siege from alien forces — with T’Challa in the ranks of Avengers fighting the war off-world, General Okoye and the Agents of Wakanda represent the vanguard of the resplendent nation’s resistance.

Related: EMPYRE: Avengers & Fantastic Four Unite Against The Kree & Skrulls

The formidable Wakanda is not without its defenses and T’Challa’s strategic and martial prowess is legendary. Yet, little might prepare the secretive sci-tech nation from the alien weapons and arcane forces being brought to bear against it in EMPYRE. The key to Wakanda’s wealth and the source of the realm’s advanced technology lies in the Great Vibranium Mound within their borders and, in EMPYRE: The Invasion of Wakanda, mysterious invaders set sights on their most valuable resource. With the Black Panther alongside the Avengers in the greater war in space, the defense of Wakanda falls to manifold talents of General Okoye, super-scientist Shuri, The Wasp, Fat Cobra, the Immortal Weapon, Gorilla-Man, and the larval Broo of the alien Brood. 

June solicitations for Marvel Comics’ newest titles highlight artist Dustin Weaver’s cover for EMPYRE: Invasion of Wakanda, depicting a staggering clash of the titans, as a tendriled kaiju battles a panther-mech in the midst of the Golden City. The Mecha-Kanda Panther, a sleek, mobile weapons platform of massive proportions, wields the trademark claws of the Black Panther and what might be dubbed wings — glowing rings similar to Stark Industries repulsor-tech with luminous pinions radiating out from its armored form. Like Marvel’s fabled Shogun Warriors, the giant robots Raydeen, Combatra, and Danguard Ace, Mechagodzilla from IDW’s Godzilla: Half-Century War, and the legendary defender Voltron seen in the pages of Devil’s Due Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment, the immense Mecha-Kanda Panther tangles with a plant-like monstrosity as a shaken city crumbles around them. 

More: The Fantastic Four Are About To Be Changed Forever

Source: CBR

2020-03-20 11:18:29

SJ Twining

Captain America Defends Earth From Marvel’s EMPYRE | Screen Rant

Let it never be said that Captain America can’t hold his own alongside the likes of super-powered gods, spider-people, and mutants. However, Steve Rogers is first and foremost a soldier of the greatest generation. Marvel’s upcoming crossover event Empyre promises to unleash one of the biggest cosmic threats ever seen in the Marvel Universe. However, Cap won’t be joining the Avengers and Fantastic Four outright in space. Instead, when the fight comes to Earth, Rogers will be defending the planet next to an all too familiar force: the U.S military.

Empyre is going to be quite the large event, with Dorek VIII (aka “King of Space”, aka Hulkling), uniting the Kree and Skrull empires. This is quite the feat, as both the Kree and Skrull peoples have hated each other and been at war with one another for almost as long as the Marvel Universe has been in existence. With both empires under the same banner courtesy of their new emperor, they will be amassing their combined forces to take down a common enemy: Earth. As a gigantic attack fleet heads for Earth, the main heroes involved will be the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Even so, Empyre promises to touch all corners of the Marvel Universe in some way, shape, or form.

Related: Black Panther is Facing An Invasion in Marvel’s EMPYRE

The event will also initiate more than a few different mini-series, such as Empyre: Captain America. The mini-series will run for three issues, written by U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson. This is fitting as the series will feature Captain America uniting the U.S armed forces when the alien fleet arrives to Earth. Cap will be doing everything he can to rally the troops (as well as ordinary civilians), preparing, leading, and inspiring them to ward off one of the biggest alien threats Earth has ever seen.

In an exclusive with CBR, Johnson says that he feels a tremendous honor writing Captain America. “Cap is the truest representation of the Army values all soldiers strive to live by, and now it’s my responsibility to get him right for all the Cap fans, but especially for the veterans and active duty service members who want to feel that pride, kinship and camaraderie anytime they see Steve Rogers on the page.”

It will be very great to see Captain America return to his military origins, leading the U.S troops into battle, and have that return managed by an actual veteran. There’s no doubt that Johnson will honor the Captain America character well in this scenario. As the solicitation reads, Captain America is going to need allies to fight alongside him. Who better than the U.S military to follow Captain America, the literal super soldier? While this news does somewhat spoil that the alien forces will make it to Earth and begin their invasion, fans now know that Cap and his troops will be ready for them. Who knows, perhaps Rogers will give an emotional inspirational speech, akin to Bill Pullman’s memorable one in Independence Day? Fans will have to wait until Empyre: Captain America releases to know for sure.

Empyre: Captain America comes to comic book stores in May.

NEXT: Marvel’s EMPYRE Sets The Stage For A New Kree-Skrull War?

Source: CBR

2020-02-14 05:02:01

Kevin Erdmann

Robert Downey Jr. Defends Tropic Thunder Blackface | Screen Rant

Actor Robert Downey Jr. has defended his role in Tropic Thunder, a satirical take on Hollywood blockbusters, in which his character appears in blackface. The Avengers: Endgame star appeared on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to discuss his career and promote his new film, Dolittle, when the controversial host brought up the twelve-year-old film. In the 2008 satire of the film industry, Downey plays a white, Australian actor who undergoes cosmetic surgery so he can play a black army sergeant.

Written by, directed and starring Ben Stiller the film, a send-up of many Hollywood tropes, was a hit. From the stereotypically sleazy film producer to the unfortunate decision many white actors make to don blackface (a choice that continues to happen even as recently as the 2012 Oscars, wherein Billy Crystal donned black face paint and an oiled wig to portray Sammy Davis Jr.), Tropic Thunder was a relentless critic of many Hollywood stereotypes. Downey’s character embodies many of the worst aspects of celebrity culture, but none of them worse than the hubris it takes for a white man to play a black character.

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Downey opened up about the role on The Joe Rogan Experience, saying, “I think having a moral psychology is job one. Sometimes, you just gotta go, ‘Yeah I effed up.’ In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.” The star says he was hesitant to take the role when it was offered to him, adding, “My mother was horrified.”

His mother’s dismay aside, Downey ultimately accepted the role. “I thought, ‘Hold on, dude. Get real here. Where is your heart?'” he told the host. “My heart is, A, I get to be black for a summer in my mind, so there’s something in it for me. The other thing is I get to hold up to nature the insane, self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion.”

The actor also acknowledged that while it was “impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie,” he felt confident in the role. “90 percent of my black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.”

Tropic Thunder ended up being a huge comeback for Downey who also starred in Iron Man, which was released the same year. The problem is that while the film tried to make a point about race, it simultaneously used one of the most racist aspects of the industry to prove its point. Even while the film is still generally appreciated today, it’s important to remember that it was written by three white guys (Stiller alongside Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen), and that the only actual black character in the film is Brandon T. Jackson’s Alpa Chino, a send-up of the rapper-turned-actor trope.

Even Downey himself acknowledges that the depiction wasn’t for everyone, when he tells Rogan that “the other 10 percent” of his black friends didn’t appreciate the blackface. “I can’t disagree with them,” he said. “But I know where my heart was.”

More: Ben Stiller Continuing ‘Tropic Thunder’ Tradition With ‘Fake Trailer Project’

Source: The Joe Rogan Experience

2020-01-23 02:01:06

Shawn DePasquale

Heidi Klum Defends America’s Got Talent | Screen Rant

Current judge, Heidi Klum has defended America’s Got Talent, saying that she saw nothing inappropriate while on set. Klum’s comments come in light of the recent controversial firings of season 14 judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough.

The 46-year-old German supermodel made the comments about her stint on America’s Got Talent following a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday for her new Amazon fashion-competition series, Making the Cut. Klum spent six seasons on America’s Got Talent, judging alongside a changing panel which included Howard Stern, Mel B., Howie Mandel, and producer Simon Cowell. Following her termination, Union spoke up about some of the alleged problems she encountered on the show, including comments made by staffers that her hairstyles were, “too black,” and that guest judge Jay Leno made an anti-Asian slur during an appearance on the program.

Related: Julianne Hough Follows America’s Got Talent Controversy With Musical Return After NYE Show

Klum, who is raising three biracial children with ex-husband Seal, spoke up about Union’s allegations of a toxic work environment, saying, “I’ve only had an amazing experience. I can’t speak for (Union). I didn’t experience the same thing.” She explained, “To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.” When asked if she had ever heard anything racist, Klum replied, “Nothing.” She said that the environment is actually the opposite of toxic, saying it encouraged her the opportunity “to relax a little bit.” The former supermodel also defended Simon Cowell, the show’s executive producer. She said, “Of course, there’s always this cat-and-dog fight, but this is fun. You say something silly.” She explained her role on television is to entertain, saying, “I want people to have a good time. I want people to go away from their life for two hours and just have fun and enjoy.”

However, NBC executives were so concerned about the backlash over Union’s termination, that they agreed to a closed-door five-hour meeting with her. Soon after, they launched an investigation into her detailed descriptions of the show’s allegedly toxic work environment. USA Today reports that NBC Entertainment chief, Paul Telegdy, said he expected the investigation to be completed by the end of January, adding that the concerns are being taken seriously. SAG-AFTRA, which is the professional guild protecting actors and broadcasters, has also launched its own independent investigation of Union’s claims. Hough went on record stating that she never encountered any issues on the show, despite reports from sources that she was often critiqued for her looks. Hough has recently launched a comeback of sorts which included a holiday special with her brother Derek on the very same network responsible for America’s Got Talent.

It’s not surprising that Klum says she never experienced anything bad on America’s Got Talent because she’s a current judge on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Also, when Klum was the host of Project Runway, she likely encountered some of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged dirty deeds, yet only spoke out against the mogul once he was stripped of his executive producer title on the show. Audiences will just have to wait and see how she feels about America’s Got Talent if (or when) she’s unceremoniously dumped from its lineup.

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Source: USA Today

2020-01-18 02:01:54

Ebony March

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Writer Defends Rey’s Lineage Reveal

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ahead.

One of the co-writers of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has defended the decision to change Rey’s lineage from what had been established in The Last Jedi. The biggest question that fans were asking going into The Force Awakens involved Rey’s true identity, as many people speculated that she was the daughter of Luke Skywalker, a descendant of Obi-Wan Kenobi, or related to any number of Jedi or Sith who appeared in the extended Star Wars universe.

The question of Rey’s parentage was answered in The Last Jedi when Kylo Ren told her that her parents were nobodies who sold her for drinking money. This turned out to be one of the more interesting aspects of The Last Jedi, as it meant that the power of the Force wasn’t restricted to a few different families and the potential to be a powerful Jedi or Sith wasn’t restricted to the Skywalker bloodline. It soon became clear that J.J. Abrams was throwing this plot twist out of the window in The Rise of Skywalker, as Kylo Ren was claiming that he knew Rey’s true story in promos for the film.

Related: Rey’s Parents & REAL Last Name Revealed In Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker

It has now been revealed in The Rise of Skywalker that Rey is descended from Emperor Palpatine, completely throwing out the many fan theories about Rey’s parentage. On Twitter, user Kaila Spencer has uploaded videos from an Academy screening of The Rise of Skywalker that included a sitdown Q&A with J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio. The question of why Rey’s backstory was changed to make her a Palpatine was answered by Terrio, who claimed that Rey needed a present problem to deal with, which took the form of the Emperor and his role in the story. Terrio also described the previous decision to make Rey a nobody as part of Rey discovering herself, with The Rise of Skywalker giving Rey the chance to recreate herself.

The Rise of Skywalker has been accused of purposely retconning or removing elements from The Last Jedi that the creative team didn’t like, including the way in which Holdo sacrificed herself, pushing Rose into the background, and Kylo Ren fixing his helmet after discarding it. The whole movie feels like a course correction on the part of the creative team, following the polarizing response to The Last Jedi and the way it changed the series.

The decision to make Rey a descendant of Emperor Palpatine is something that could have worked if it had been built up over the course of the sequel trilogy, but adding it to the last movie after telling the audience that Rey’s parents were meaningless in the previous film feels forced. Terrio claimed that Rey needed a present-tense threat to deal with, but surely Kylo Ren and the First Order could easily have filled that role on their own?

Next: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Confirmed Palpatine Was [SPOILER]

Source: kaila ren/Twitter

2019-12-21 02:12:20

Scott Baird

Rian Johnson Defends Last Jedi’s Luke From Rise of Skywalker Comparison

Writer-director Rian Johnson defended Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s version of Luke Skywalker from comparisons to his portrayal in The Rise of Skywalker during an interaction on Twitter. Johnson’s The Last Jedi was a critically-acclaimed box office success that nevertheless divided Star Wars fans with the ways it continued the story of The Force Awakens, particularly when it came to its portrayal of Luke as an older and disillusioned Jedi master. Debates over the film’s creative direction have raged on pretty much nonstop for the past two years, leading up to The Rise of Skywalker‘s release this week.

Although The Force Awakens and Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams was supportive of Johnson’s approach for a long time, even he and other big names associated with Star Wars have been more openly critical of The Last Jedi over the last few weeks. The Rise of Skywalker itself is full of dramatic twists and reveals that come off as a related attempt to course-correct and/or retcon The Last Jedi‘s story. Of course, depending on how you feel about Johnson’s Star Wars film, this is either welcome or disappointing news.

Related: All the Ways Rise of Skywalker Completely Retcons The Last Jedi

With The Rise of Skywalker now playing in theaters, people are taken to Twitter to voice either their support or frustration with how Luke in The Rise of Skywalker differs from his Last Jedi portrayal. Johnson has also defended his Star Wars movie’s take on the character, as you can see from the exchange below.

To build on what Johnson tweeted: The Last Jedi grounds Luke emotionally by exploring his guilt and trauma from his previous mistakes (especially his failure to prevent his nephew, Ben Solo, from embracing the dark side of the Force) has affected him and led him to believe the Star Wars universe would be better off without not only him, but the Jedi Order altogether. His actions and motivations are equal parts relatable and valid; as he points out to Rey early on in the film, he’s come to recognize this isn’t the first time the ways of the Jedi has resulted in the corruption of a would-be hero and helped fuel the rise of a fascistic regime, either. But by the end of The Last Jedi (and with a little help from the Force ghost of his old master, Yoda), Luke realizes the value in passing on the lessons of his mistakes and uses the knowledge he’s gained from them to stop the First Order from wiping out the Resistance, allowing him to be at peace with the Force at last.

The flip side of this defense, though, is Luke’s behavior is an outright betrayal of the person he was during the original Star Wars trilogy. There are a lot of Star Wars fans who feel that way too (even Mark Hamill has long said he disagreed with Johnson’s interpretation of Luke in The Last Jedi), and many of them for justifiable reasons of their own. Whichever way one falls will determine whether you’re pleased with how The Rise of Skywalker changes its approach to Luke, or feel Abrams and his fellow creatives are guilty of playing things too safe and trying to placate certain fans rather than honoring what Johnson did. And if these last two years are any indicator, this debate is unlikely to die off anytime soon.

NEXT: The Rise of Skywalker’s Ending Explained (& What Happens Next)

Source: Rian Johnson/Twitter

2019-12-20 02:12:23

Sandy Schaefer

Rick & Morty Defends Game Of Thrones’ Ending | Screen Rant

Rick and Morty‘s latest episode featured a subtle defense of Game of Thrones‘ ending. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the animated series follows the insane adventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his worrisome grandson, Morty. The show debuted on Adult Swim back in 2014, garnering a passionate fanbase and widespread acclaim. Rick and Morty has since been renewed for 70 more episodes – which will air across multiple seasons, including the truncated season 4 currently airing each week. So far in season 4, the homages and parodies have come thick and fast, with everything from heist movies, Netflix, and elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe targeted. With “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty”, however, Rick and Morty aims their singular brand of humor at the fantasy genre.

Game of Thrones, meanwhile, was based on the extremely popular novels of George R.R. Martin. The fantasy epic debuted on HBO back in 2011. Though it opened to moderate acclaim and buzz from audiences, the show became an outright cultural phenomenon over the course of its proceeding seasons. The show ended with its eighth and final season earlier this year. Despite Game of Thrones season 8 including some truly impactful moments – such as the shocking destruction of King’s Landing – the show concluded with an underwhelming whimper as far as many fans were concerned. Some even went as far as to sign a petition begging HBO to remake Game of Thrones season 8 without showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Related: Game of Thrones Has A Secret Alternate Ending Says Star

Rick and Morty‘s latest episode saw Rick begrudgingly make a deal with a wizard to honor Morty’s demand for a dragon. What followed was an adventure that led ultimately to a medieval-style world of magic, mythical creatures, and soul-bonds.  The defense came, however, when Rick’s story finally dovetailed with Jerry’s subplot centered on a mysterious talking cat. Using it to make an escape from an awkward moment with Morty’s dragon, Rick meets with Jerry and resolves to figure out why the cat can talk. As he prepares a mind scan, the cat reiterates that Rick and Jerry “shouldn’t overthink it” and “just have fun“. Equally, trying to dissuade them, the cat states that he is from outer space. When Jerry reveals that he’s not happy with that answer, the cat replies, “Exactly! Because no answer would ever be satisfying.” Obviously, the cat was merely trying to protect his secret but his words have distinct parallels with many of the counter-arguments offered regarding Game of Thrones‘ ending.

The points made could actually apply to a number of different shows and movies, including the likes of Lost. Given that Game of Thrones replaced Lost as TV’s punching bag, however, it’s no doubt a singular pointed intention. Especially since the episode is laden with Game of Thrones references. Morty’s new dragon, Balthromaw, is voiced by Liam Cunningham – who played Ser Davos Seaworth. There was a scene of the wizard repeating the word “shame” as he punished Balthromaw for soul-bonding with Rick. The adventure was surprisingly more sexualized than usual Rick and Morty adventures, right down to open incest and orgies, reflecting Game of Thrones‘ subversion of Lord of the Rings. And, well, there was an abundance of dragons – one of the most renowned and popular elements of Game of Thrones.

Roiland and Harmon both publicly defended Game of Thrones season 8 in real life. As such, it’s unsurprising that those attitudes would seep into their work. Despite that, the writer didn’t go easy on the genre. In his customary fashion, Rick spent the entire time mocking magic, fantasy, and everything associated with it. Equally, Rick sided briefly with those who do question things and theorize – stating that it’s possible to question things but still also have fun. Regardless, though, it’s evident that Rick and Morty believe that that the journey is more important than the destination and that art doesn’t always lend itself to satisfying everybody.

More: Rick & Morty Season 4 Gave Rick Some Genuine (& Personal) Character Development

2019-12-09 04:12:08

John Atkinson

Carson Kressley Defends Justin Timberlake Amid Hand-Holding Scandal

Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and RuPaul’s Drag Race defended Justin Timberlake amid his hand-holding scandal, calling it totally innocent. Kressley’s comments were made while out on the town with friend and former Dancing With the Stars pro Kim Johnson.

Kressley was weighing in on the recent controversy plaguing the pop star: Timberlake was caught on tape in a compromising position with his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright while on a break from filming in New Orleans. The actors were secretly recorded holding hands and at one point, and Wainwright’s hand found its way onto Timberlake’s knee. The footage and still shots were taken at a distance from the balcony on which the actors were sitting with cast and crew members drinking beer. Since Kressley and Johnson were out on the town with arms locked, he saw it as an ample opportunity to playfully mock the Timberlake gaffe.

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According to Too Fab, the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star joked, “We’re not together she’s married, I swear!” He laughed, “No no no, no Justin Timberlake action here!” Kressley then went on to explain to the paparazzi that he saw nothing wrong with Timberlake’s behavior in the images. He insisted, “He was holding hands. I know the body language.” Kressley gave his two-cents, saying, “I think it was totally innocent.” Even Johnson, who met her husband Robert Herjavec while paired together on Dancing With the Stars, felt that the affection was nothing more than friendly interaction.

In the incendiary photos and footage, Timberlake can be seen with his fingers caressing and interlocked with Wainwright’s under a chair. At one point, the actress leans in and places her hand on his knee as they engage in a private moment with each other. Throughout the encounter, they appear to be surrounded by other people. Did they or didn’t they? That’s the question regarding the salacious pictures of Timberlake and Wainwright.

While the photos captured hand-holding and a bit of flirty closeness, that’s not the issue. Sure, he could have been drunk (as it’s been reported), and she could have just misread the moment and gotten a bit too close for comfort. What should be concerning for people is the innocent person on the other side of this photo: Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel. No woman wants to be confronted with even the slightest assumption that her husband is cheating, much less flirting with someone else while at work. As for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Kressley, his quip was a clever way to capitalize on a hot-bed moment in celebrity gossip.

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Source: Too Fab

2019-12-01 02:12:25

Ebony March

The Bachelor’s Raven Gates Defends Herself Amid Rachel Lindsay Feud

Raven Gates from The Bachelor recently defended herself after Rachel Lindsay publicly stated she refuses to be her friend. The two women met on Nick Viall’s season of the long-running dating show.

While competing for Viall’s affections, the ladies became fast friends. That friendship even extended into Lindsay’s turn as The Bachelorette. Gates was one of several women from the franchise hand-picked by Lindsay to help her choose from a coterie of eligible men. Once Lindsay decided on Bryan Abasolo, she, Gates and her boyfriend (now fiance) Adam Gottschalk often double dated. For a while, it seemed like the friendship was a wonderful byproduct of appearing on the show. Then in October 2019, the relationship officially imploded when Lindsay went on Bravo’s What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and confessed that she would no longer have anything to do with Gates. She was cagey with details but made it clear that the relationship was irreparably dead.

Related: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Says She Doesn’t Have Time For Colton Underwood Feud

Gates avoided making any public comments in response to Lindsay’s Bravo appearance. However, she recently broke her silence, saying, “I’m just as shocked as everybody else and I wish I had answers, but I don’t and I don’t think I ever will.” Gates said in an interview via People“I have never done her wrong. I guess I just have to put it to rest and it is what it is and I’m not going to say anything bad about her because that’s not in my heart or my spirit.” She said, “But I wish her nothing but the best.”

Of course, the rumor mill went crazy with the feud, especially when The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood took Lindsay to task for allegedly not getting along well with others. There was fan speculation that Lindsay was jealous of Gates. However, Lindsay was engaged at the time and later married Abasolo. She’s also a successful Texas attorney who has segued into a new career as a television and podcast host. There was also speculation that Lindsay was a Bridezilla, or that the rift might have involved an inappropriate flirtation with Abasolo. In the end, it was reported that Gates had been caught in a private thread speaking ill of numerous stars of The Bachelor franchise. When Lindsay learned she was part of that gossip, as well as what it entailed, she immediately broke off the friendship.

While it’s commendable that Gates wishes Lindsay well, it’s not the least bit believable that she’s unaware of what caused their rift. For Nick Viall come to Lindsay’s defense and put Gates on blast for her gossipy ways is telling. Briefly, the Colton Underwood drama attempted to paint Lindsay in a negative light. However, Underwood eventually admitted that he was upset because he thought Lindsay made him look bad in front of his girlfriend – a woman who wasn’t even sure she wanted to be with him in the first place. It’s all for the best that Rachel Lindsay and Raven Gates have ended their friendship. Hopefully, now that Gates has responded to the drama, reality show fans can finally move on to more drama on the new season of The Bachelor.

Next: The Bachelor ’s Nick Viall Says He’s NOT Trying to Date Demi Burnett

Source: People

2019-11-24 05:11:33

Ebony March

Natalie Portman Defends Marvel Movies Against Scorsese’s Criticism

Natalie Portman defends Marvel movies against Martin Scorsese’s criticism. The ongoing controversy regarding comic book movies has brought in some of the biggest names in the history of cinema, unleashing a debate that continues to evolve.

Things kicked off in a big way just over two weeks ago when Oscar-winning, highly revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese revealed that he doesn’t consider Marvel movies to be cinema. The statement set off shock waves among fans of Marvel and comic book movies in general, with many feeling that Scorsese’s opinion was an unfair characterization of the gargantuan spectacle that is comic book movies. In response, some of those involved in the production of comic book movies such as James Gunn, Samuel L. Jackson, Joss Whedon and Robert Downey Jr. all came forward with statements that countered Scorsese’s position. Never one to back down from a challenge, Scorsese doubled down on his claims recently, which then found the backing of another legendary filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola.

Related: What Martin Scorsese Really Means By His Marvel Movie Criticism

Though the continuous debate regarding the cinematic merits of Marvel and comic book movies has remained civil, it doesn’t look set to disappear any time soon. Every few days it seems that someone new is coming forward to offer up their own personal take on the situation. The latest celebrity to offer insight into the debate is Thor star, Natalie Portman. While attending a gala in Los Angeles over the weekend, Portman spoke to THR and had this to say on the issue:

“I think there’s room for all types of cinema. There’s not one way to make art. I think that Marvel films are so popular because they’re really entertaining and people desire entertainment when they have their special time after work, after dealing with their hardships in real life.”

The comments come as momentum continues to build for the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth film in the franchise, which is currently set for a 2021 release. The statement seems to echo the feelings of other Marvel Universe stars who have spoken up in the past couple of weeks, and with Coppola’s recent insistence that comic book movies are “despicable”, it’s safe to say that even more defenders of comic book movies and the MCU are on their way. At the same time, however, given that two of the biggest filmmakers in the history of cinema have already stated their feelings, it won’t be surprising if more iconic filmmakers step up in the coming days and weeks to offer their opinions.

Portman’s comments are interesting, but what this ongoing debate currently needs are unbiased opinions. So far, everyone who has spoken up against Scorsese’s (and now Coppola’s) comments are linked to comic book/Marvel movies. In the end, of course, the debate can be altogether ignored by those who are happy with whatever type of cinema they happen to prefer. But for those who are interested in this specific conversation, it will remain very difficult to gain legitimate insight as long as one side stands to gain financially from the genre.

Next: What Martin Scorsese Gets Right (And Wrong) About Marvel Movies

Source: THR

2019-10-20 03:10:33

Mike Jones