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Big Little Lies: 5 Differences From The Book (& 5 Things Kept The Same)

It’s a wonder the women of Big Little Lies have such an array of gorgeous designer clothes. There must be no room in their closets with all the skeletons inside them. Yes, while it seems that everyone in Monterey, California has a secret or twelve, it’s no secret that Big Little Lies is a sinfully addictive hit. It was initially meant to be a miniseries, but it turns out that viewers can’t get enough suburban scandal. HBO renewed Big Little Lies for a second season which is currently airing.

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Pulling off a project of this quality takes a village of creative, talented people but one person who should especially be thanked is Liane Moriarty. She’s the bestselling author who wrote the book on which the series is based, and it’s every bit as engrossing. But as a work of art is adapted from one medium to another, certain changes have to be made. Which elements did the series keep? And which did they toss away like stale cupcakes at the PTA bake sale? Here is Big Little Lies: 5 Differences From The Book (& 5 Things Kept The Same).

10 Same: Madeline Vs. Renata

The image of an elementary school kiss-and-ride should evoke feelings of kindness and encouragement. However, at Otter Bay Elementary, it is indeed a battleground. Though the events of the book are set in Australia, not California, the relationship between Madeline and Renata is just as contentious. Renata is the queen of the Working Moms while Madeline rules the Part-Time/Stay-at-Home Moms. It’s like West Side Story only instead of knives, their weapons are gossip and side-eye.

True to the novel, things are exacerbated when Renata believes Ziggy, Jane’s son, is the one who bullied her daughter Amabaella. Enraged, Renata tries to give Ziggy the social kiss of death by inviting the entire class to Amabella’s birthday party, except him. Madeline, who is firmly Team Jane, organizes a Disney on Ice event on the same day as the party. Even though Madeline and Renata have since buried the hatchet, the battle of the alpha-moms is a plotline that thrives both onscreen and on the page.

9 Different: Madeline’s Affair

In Moriarty’s novel, Madeline and husband Ed have a pretty solid marriage. But who wants to watch that on TV? So what’s the best way to take a wrecking ball to the marital home? A workplace affair, of course. Madeline works part-time at a community theater and things get hot behind the curtains between her and Joseph Bachman, the theater director. Their passionate affair is a direct contrast to Madeline and Ed’s marriage, which is depicted as largely unromantic.

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After getting in a car accident together, Madeline and Ed escape discovery by the skin of their teeth. But no secret stays buried in Monterey for too long. Ed finds out and now things between him and Madeline are on the rocks. Their bland marriage needs more spice, but definitely not bitterness.

8 Same: Abigail’s Website

Trying to cure a teenager of their recklessness is like having a drink-free PTA fundraiser—it’s just not done. Madeline and Nate’s daughter Abigail is every bit the rebel with a cause as she is in the book. She’s quite close with her hip, New Agey stepmom Bonnie, who awakens the activist inside her. Abigail decides to auction her virginity online to raise money for Amnesty International and call attention to trafficking. While Abigail’s heart is in the right place and her commitment to a worthy cause is admirable, her parents quite understandably go ballistic. As if Bonnie wasn’t in the doghouse enough for taking Abigail to get birth control pills…

7 Different: Mystery Benefactor

Abigail doesn’t follow through with the auction in either the book or the series. However, the TV version sees Abigail taking her website down after a heart-to-heart with Madeline. For once in her life, Madeline is (relatively) calm—maybe she vomited out her rage along with her dinner in the show’s most viral scene ever. Madeline confesses her own missteps to Abigail, namely her affair with Joseph. In retrospect, maybe she should have held back on that one.

The novel’s version of events has Abigail actually getting a bid. An unnamed man offers $100,000 for Abigail to take her website down, which she does. The donor actually turns out to be Celeste, who is known in the book to use her affluence to support many philanthropic causes. And this one is worth it on many, many levels.

6 Same: Celeste’s Nightmare Marriage

This plotline more or less faithfully follows its literary counterpart. Perry routinely harms Celeste, who feels complicit in the violence because she fights back, and this often leads to rough love. Neither book nor show shies away from this depiction of true martial hell. After seeking therapy, Celeste makes the brave decision to leave Perry. She plans an exit strategy but is caught, leading to the chain of events that results in Perry’s death.

The Celeste-Perry storyline is easily one of the most talked-about narratives of the show. It’s so disturbing and emotionally arresting that it’s no surprise both Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman won several awards for their performances.

5 Different: Keeping It Secret

After Perry’s death, Show-Celeste takes an entirely different path than Book-Celeste. The latter opts to share her story and the novel ends with her about to give a public speech about her abuse. Book-Celeste also opts to return to her practice as a lawyer. In both book and show, Celeste had left the law behind to raise her sons.

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Show-Celeste, however, elects to keep the dark side of her marriage under wraps. Whether an abuse survivor decides to speak out or not, their choice should be respected. With the Monterey Five passing Perry’s death off as an accident, any evidence of Perry’s domestic violence would give Celeste a motive in the eyes of the police. This brings about a web of complications, namely with her mother-in-law Mary Louise, played to passive-aggressive perfection by Meryl Streep.

4 Same: Ziggy’s father

Poor Ziggy. In neither the book nor the show can he escape the false accusation of being Amabella’s bully. Jane believes her son when he adamantly tells her he isn’t responsible, but she fears he has violent tendencies. This is because Ziggy is the product of Jane’s forced love. In the book, Jane had seen Perry’s picture in a brochure but neither Book-Jane nor Show-Jane realize that Perry is Celeste’s husband until the gut-punching reveal at the fundraiser.

Eventually, the truth comes out and Celeste has a difficult conversation with her twins about their father’s monstrous history. Naturally, this sets Otter Bay a-buzzing and Ziggy finds himself a target. As if the Chapmans haven’t been through enough.

3 Different: Saxon Banks

Saxon Banks is the alias Perry gives Jane before assaulting her. This is the same in both book and show, though Book-Perry had a much deeper connection to Saxon Banks. It turns out that Saxon Banks is Perry’s cousin. When Perry was a child and up to no good, he would always avoid getting punished by telling everyone his name was Saxon Banks. Perry seems to carry on this practice into adulthood.

However, upon meeting Jane, Show-Perry just randomly made up the name. When Jane tells Madeline the name of her attacker, Madeline tracks down a Saxon Baker. The women believe this could be the same man, so Jane plans to confront him…with a gun. But it turns out Saxon Baker is one of the only true innocents of the show. As far as we know, he’s just an interior designer.

2 Same: The Culprits

Season 1 has two overarching plots—the bully whodunnit and the death at the fundraiser. The responsible parties are the same in both works. Amabella’s tormentor is revealed to be none other than Max Wright, one of Celeste and Perry’s twins. Celeste was convinced that her children were oblivious to Perry’s abuse. A big reason for her staying in her marriage was because she thought Perry was such a great dad. But children are smarter than we give them credit for, and Max learned by example.

At the fundraiser, we find out that Perry is the one who died and that Bonnie killed him. Of all the times an Audrey Hepburn pushed an Elvis Presley off a balcony, this is by far the wildest.

1 Different: The Ending…And Beyond

The novel sees the women deciding to be big little truthful for once. Though the idea of declaring Perry’s death an accident is bandied about, Bonnie decides to come clean. Book Bonnie is given a backstory, making her seemingly inexplicable rage less of a head-scratcher. As a child, Bonnie witnessed her father repeatedly abusing for mother. She lives with PTSD and is triggered when she sees Perry mistreating Celeste at the fundraiser.

It doesn’t go down this way in the series. The women decide to honor the show’s title and stick to the accident story. Season 2 on is entirely original content, brimming with more lies, betrayals, and of course, Meryl Streep.

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2019-07-13 03:07:48

Liz Hersey

Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dynamax & Gigantamax Differences Explained

Pokémon Sword & Shield will be introducing the Dynamax mechanic to the series, which also has an off-shoot called Gigantamaxing – and there are key differences between the two. The Dynamax transformation allows any Pokémon to grow to a huge size and gain access to special new moves, while specific Pokémon can transform either further through Gigantamaxing, which gives them even more power.

Pokémon Sword & Shield won’t be using the Mega Evolutions or Z-Moves from the previous entries from the series, which means that their distinct presence in the competitive battling scene will be absent for the time being. They have been replaced by Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, which offer a temporary boost in power, in comparison to the battle-length Mega Evolutions or the one-shot hit of the Z-Moves.

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The ability to transform a Pokémon into a giant will be a huge part of Pokémon Sword & Shield, so it’s important to understand the mechanics behind how they will work.

In order to perform the Pokémon Sword & Shield Dynamax transformation, players will need to acquire an item called a Dynamax Band, which means that they will likely be given one at an early point in the story. The Dynamax Band can only be used in specific locations that are made to accommodate giant Pokémon, such as Gyms.

When it’s their turn, players can transform their current Pokémon using the Dynamax button, which will turn it into a giant. A Dynamax Pokémon will have its stats increased for the duration of the transformation; it only lasts for three turns. A Dynamax Pokémon will see all of its moves transformed into Max Moves, which will change how they function. One example that has been given involves the Normal-type move Scratch. If a Pokémon with Scratch undergoes the Dynamax transformation, then it will turn into a new move called Max Strike, which adds the additional effect of lowering the enemy Pokémon’s Speed stat.

It’s possible for four players to take on a Dynamax Pokémon during Max Raid battles, which can be found in Pokémon Dens in the Wild Area, and they won’t revert to normal after three turns have ended. Each player can only select a single Pokémon for these battles. There are some Dynamax Pokémon that will be protected by a barrier that needs to be hit a certain number of times in order to break it, while others can neutralize the abilities and stat buffs of other Pokémon. If the player’s Pokémon is knocked out in battle, they can cheer on their allies during their turn in order to give them beneficial effects.

If a Pokémon lands the winning blow on a Dynamax Pokémon, then players have a chance of catching that Pokémon. The other players will also get one shot each at catching it if the previous player fails. All of the players can win items from Max Raid battles. The caught Pokémon will return to normal after the battle ends.

It’s possible for all Pokémon to use the Dynamax transformation, but there is a second form known as Gigantamaxing, which allows the Pokémon to grow even bigger and change their appearance.

There are currently only three Pokémon that are confirmed to be able to perform the Gigantamaxing transformation – Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw. It’s stated that these Pokémon will usually undergo the regular Dynamax transformation, but certain individuals among the species will use the Gigantamax transformation instead. The reason why only certain Pokémon can use the Gigantamax transformation in Pokémon Sword & Shield is unknown, but it’s stated that it’s possible to catch them during Max Raid battles.

A Gigantamax Pokémon won’t just take on a new appearance, as they gain the ability to perform a powerful G-Max Move in battle. There are three G-Max Moves confirmed so far:

  • G-Max Finale (used by Alcremie) is created from a Fairy-type move and will heal all damaged Pokémon on Alcremie’s team, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Stonesurge (used by Drednaw) is created from a Water-type move and has an effect similar to Stealth Rock, while also damaging the opponent.
  • G-Max Wind Rage (used by Corviknight) is created from a Flying-type move and will remove beneficial effects from the opponent’s side of the field (like Light Screen or Reflect), while also damaging the opponent.

It’s clear that Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing will change the face of competitive battling going forward in the Pokémon series, while also giving the player some epic battles during the single-player campaign.

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2019-07-11 04:07:01

Scott Baird

Alien: Covenant Neomorph – Origin, Life Cycle & Xenonomorph Differences

Alien: Covenant introduced the Neomorph, a terrifying, albino take on the classic monster, but where did this creature come from and how is it different from the original Xenomorph? The filmmakers behind the original Alien had a hard time coming up with a unique design for the creature until screenwriter Dan O’Bannon introduced director Ridley Scott to the artwork of H.R. Giger. Scott was instantly taken with Giger’s disturbing imagery, with the title beast based off his painting Necronom IV.

When Ridley Scott returned to the franchise with 2012’s Prometheus, he wanted to avoid bringing the original creature back. He felt decades of sequels and overexposure had rendered the beast harmless, so the movie became more of a spinoff than a true sequel. While Alien: Covenant started life as Prometheus 2, fan complaints about the lack of the Xenomorph led the studio to insist the creature return. This is why Covenant became something of a fusion between Prometheus and Alien.

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Alien: Covenant also introduced a new monster dubbed the Neomorph. The notion of an albino creature first appeared in the original draft of James Cameron’s Aliens, where white drones were in charge of cocooning victims in the hive; this concept was ultimately dropped. While the Neomorph’s share similarities with the Xenomorph, they’re also quite different.

Like the original creature, the Neomorph has a complex life cycle. They are found on Planet 4 by the Covenant’s crew, where the local flora and fauna has been infected by the Engineer’s black goo, following villainous android David 8 (Michael Fassbender) unleashing the weapon on the planet’s previous inhabitants. This caused the growth of the Neomorph egg sack, a seemingly benign fungal growth that unleashes spores if disturbed. These almost invisible spores then target and enter an available host. This leads to the rapid development and growth of a Bloodbuster sack, which quickly erupts and kills the host after a few hours.

These newborns rapidly form into Neomorphs, which like the Xenomorph is eyeless and incredibly violent. Alien: Covenant shows they lack the intelligence of the title monster, however, and mindlessly attack any available target. They lack the iconic inner jaw of the Xenomorph and instead have detachable mouths like a Goblin Shark and are easier to kill, with some well-aimed rifle fire enough to put them down. Since the two Neomorph’s found in Covenant don’t last long, it’s unknown if they share other Xenomorph characteristics like producing eggs or cocooning victims.

The design for the Neomorph itself came from the first draft of Prometheus when it was known as Alien: Engineers. Engineers was a direct Alien prequel and featured eggs, facehuggers and a new take on the original creature called the Beluga-Xenomorph, a white creature that could squeeze itself through tight spaces. The notion of a xenovirus is also borrowed from author William Gibson’s unused draft of Alien III, where an airborne contagion can rewrite the DNA of victims and create human/xeno hybrids. Like the Neomorph, this virus also came from a fungal, egg-like sack.

The Neomorphs also form part of David 8’s experiments on Planet 4 with the black goo, in his attempt to build his “perfect” creation. Alien: Covenant somewhat controversially suggests it was actually David who created the Xenomorph, though its possible he just refined an Engineer design. The Neomorph proved to be a creepy new addition to the Alien life cycle and proved H.R. Giger’s original design is endlessly flexible.

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2019-04-22 04:04:24

Padraig Cotter

10 Surprising Differences Between The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Comics And Show

Since it was revealed on last week’s Game of Thrones  episode that Sabrina is Jon Snow’s aunt, it’s a good idea to see if that revelation happens in the comic books as well. That’s a joke and apologies to any Jons out there who have aunts named Sabrina. However, what’s in fact true is that fans are going wild for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season two.

Related: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 Ending Explained

Half of the reason the show is so entertaining is due to the fact that it’s based on a fantastic comic book with the same title. All adaptations change some aspects from the original source material. Check out the list to see the biggest differences between The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics and television show!

10 Ambrose

If viewers didn’t know, Sabrina and Ambrose are cousins. This is a necessary reminder due to the fact that Ambrose NEVER calls Sabrina “cousin.” Obviously, that isn’t true. In fact, Ambrose’s signature catchphrase (cousin) is completely absent from the source material. Despite being cousins, Ambrose verbally calls Sabrina cousin only once or twice in the comics. Dang, cuz.  

Another significant change is that the television series explains that the witch council punishes Ambrose by land locking him to Sabrina’s house. However, comic book Ambrose is sent to live with Sabrina after he gets thrown out of his English boarding school for fighting with another student. Another change is that Ambrose’s familiars are two snakes in the comics. The snakes never make an appearance in the show which is an absolute bummer for people who happen to own snakes. 

9 Salem 

We’re gonna let the cat out of the bag right now….There are some big differences between the comic book and television versions of Salem. A surface level change that the show makes is that Salem is a Bombay cat. The comic book, on the other hand, depicts Salem as a Norwegian Forest Tuxedo cat. 

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Another aspect that separates the show from its source material is Salem’s backstory. Salem in the Netflix series is a goblin that takes the form of a cat and becomes Sabrina’s familiar. Conversely, the comic book Salem is a warlock that gets turned into a cat as a punishment for breaking sacred witch laws. Of course, the most obvious difference is that Salem doesn’t speak at all in the show. The comic book Salem is a catty cat who loves to talk. Did we squeeze in enough cat jokes? 

8 Harvey Kinkle

Harvey Kinkle is played by Ross Lynch. The love child of Ross Geller and director David Lynch. Even though that’s not a real thing, what is real is that Harvey Kinkle is a football jock in the comic books. One could say Harvey in the television show is more introspective. The guy loves being cooped up in his room and drawing cool stuff. 

It’s safe to assume both versions of the character love Sabrina equally. So much so that comic book Harvey gets caught up in some really nasty witch business for Sabrina’s sake. Let’s just say Harvey’s character arc is more or less similar to his brother’s fate in the show. Also, Harvey doesn’t date anyone else except for Sabrina in the comics. The second season depicts a romantic fling between Harvey and Rosalind. Another addition to the show is that Harvey’s family are witch hunters. The only interests comic book Harvey has are playing football and kissing Sabrina. 

7 Madam Satan 

It’s understandable why Madam Satan prefers to be called Ms. Wardell. There’s a less horrifying ring to that name. Both the comic book and television versions of the character pretend to be on Sabrina’s side in order to lure her into Satan’s grasp. What’s different is how Madam Satan returns from the dead. 

Unlike the Netflix series, Madam Satan has a direct connection to the Archie universe. Madam Satan is brought back by none other than Betty and Veronica. We’ll go ahead and let some folks pick their jaws up off the floor. Betty and Veronica attempt to come up with a love spell that will finally make Archie pick between which of the two girls he loves the most. The spell backfires and ends up bringing Madam Satan back to life. What’s cool about this element in the comic book is that it proves the Riverdale and Sabrina universes can naturally crossover if the producers ever want to take the shows into that direction. 

6 Signing The Book 

If Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Witch taught viewers anything, it’s that if a terrifying goat-man asks someone to sign a book they should immediately run in the opposite direction of said goat-man. The show’s first season culminates in a tragic (or triumphant depending on how one perceives it) moment where Sabrina signs over her life to Satan. Sabrina is granted crazy God-like powers and burns down a bunch of old ladies dressed like pilgrims. Just to clarify, these old ladies also happen to be witches. 

None of that happens in the comic book. The closest Sabrina ever comes to signing the devil’s book takes place in a comic book issue similar to the show’s depiction of her sixteenth birthday. Sabrina fully rejects Satan’s offer and chooses to embrace her human side. Unfortunately, Sabrina’s actions have devastating effects on Harvey. All of this plays out like some sort of brilliant mix of Stephen King horror meets George R.R. Martin-esque tragedy. The point is that the comic book is awesome and everyone needs to read it. Like, right now. 

5 Aunt Zelda 

Who would’ve thought that Sabrina’s aunt was a Nintendo character? Wait, that’s a different Zelda. Something else that’s different is the way Aunt Zelda is portrayed in the Netflix show. 

A major change in the show is that Zelda has a long and complicated backstory with Father Blackwood. Zelda’s relationship with Father Blackwood is completely absent from the comic book. In fact, Zelda and Hilda rarely leave their home in the comics. It’s a necessary creative choice to give Zelda a meatier backstory since television shows demand multiple plot lines in order to keep everything interesting. 

4 Aunt Hilda 

It’s reasonable to say everyone is waiting for the episode where it’s revealed that Hilda is actually the evil mastermind behind all of the bad stuff that happens on the show. There’s just no way a witch can be as nice as Hilda. We’re kidding, Hilda is actually awesome. 

The similarities between the show and the comic book are that Hilda’s core character traits are left intact. Hilda is kind, caring, and clever. That’s where the similarities end. The show features a subplot where Hilda gets a job at a horror-themed book store. It’s there where she meets her love interest, Dr. Cee. Both the book store and Dr. Cee never appear in the comic books. Rather, Hilda is always busy running the funeral home. Can someone please open up a real-life version of that book store?

3 Academy of Unseen Arts 

The Academy of Unseen Arts has to be the smallest school of all time. It’s literally just a lobby. Regardless of its small size, the Academy of Unseen Arts is a big part of the television show. 

However, the Academy of Unseen Arts isn’t in the comic books. The comics depict Sabrina learning about witchcraft from her aunts. All of the teenage drama in the comic books comes from Sabrina’s high school experiences in the mortal world. This particular change to the show seems like something that has really resonated with viewers. The Academy of Unseen Arts is like Hogwarts except that it’s filled with much hunkier warlocks. 

2 Love Triangle 

Are viewers team Snick (Sabrina + Nick) or Habrina (Harvey + Sabrina)? We gotta work on those nicknames. Anyway, the television show features a love triangle involving Nick, Sabrina, and Harvey. 

Related: Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: 5 Reasons Fans Are Team Harvey (& 5 Reasons Fans Are Team Nick)

So much of the drama comes from Sabrina’s feelings for these two guys. Nick has even become a fan favorite character. None of this is in the comic book. In fact, Nick isn’t even a character that existed until the television show. The comics feature a much more straight forward narrative that solely revolves around Sabrina and Harvey’s relationship. We apologize to anyone who had been planning on reading the comic books just for Nick. 

1 Sabrina

The biggest difference is that Sabrina is actually not named Sabrina in the comics. Rather, her name is actually Jughead. This was a test to make sure everyone is still paying attention. 

All jokes aside, there’s a few changes the show makes to Sabrina’s character. One major change is that Sabrina is a high school political activist in the Netflix show. Sabrina’s fight for feminism is completely absent from the comic books. Another deviation from the source material is that Sabrina doesn’t ever dip her toe into the dark side. The show, on the other hand, has fun with Sabrina’s conflict of wanting to do good while being tempted by Satan. Either way, both versions of the character never lose sight of Sabrina’s timeless appeal. Even though Sabrina is a witch, she is someone who goes through the same teenage experiences as any other mortal.

NEXT: What To Expect From Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Season 3


2019-04-17 03:04:44

Nathaniel Vanderpoort

Showrunners Exit FX’s Y: The Last Man Series Due to Creative Differences

showrunners Aida Croal and Micheal Green have left the FX television adaptation due to creative differences. The long-gestating project is based on Y: The Last Man, the comic created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Launching on DC’s Vertigo imprint in 2002, the critically acclaimed comic series ran for 60 issues. The story unfolds as a mysterious plague completely wipes out every creature with a Y chromosome, save escape artist Yorick Brown and his Capuchin monkey Ampersand.

Initially in the works as a major motion picture, the Y project changed hands several times before eventually landing at FX as a proposed TV series back in 2015. After all those years in development hell, the show finally began to take shape with Michael Green (American Gods) and Aida Croal (Luke Cage) chosen as showrunners. A pilot was ordered and Barry Keoghan was cast in the role of Yorick, with Diane Lane starring as his mother Jennifer, Imogen Poots as his sister Hero and Lashana Lynch as Agent 355. Amber Tamblyn and Timothy Hutton were later added to the cast, which also includes Juliana Canfield and Marin Ireland. The show was given a series order from FX back in February, but it would appear that Y’s journey to the small screen has been no less tumultuous than its road to the large one.

Related: FX’s Y: The Last Man Showrunner Announces Start Of Production

Aida Croal and Micheal Green have released a statement on Twitter explaining that FX won’t be moving forward with their vision for the show. Read their full statement below. Meanwhile, THR confirms the project is still happening and the cast remains unchanged, but the network is now searching for someone new to step in and fill Green and Croal’s shoes. Apparently, the former showrunners had some major creative differences with the network, which led to their exit from the project.

This is actually the second TV show that Green has exited over similar reasons. He and co-showrunner Bryan Fuller left the troubled production of American Gods in late 2017. They were replaced by Jesse Alexander, who was also later dismissed from the series as well. Despite all of this behind-the-scenes drama, American Gods has been renewed for a third season, although it’s seen a major drop in ratings.

Y: The Last Man is a sprawling epic that was never going to be easily adapted to the medium of film or television. The way that Green and Croal worded their statement makes it seem as though the network wasn’t giving them the freedom to be as political as they’d hoped. The post is just as vague as the notion of creative differences itself, and fans will likely never know the full story. It’s certainly disappointing to see Y lose so much talent, especially due to the former showrunners’ immense passion for the source material. Hopefully, FX will find someone equally capable of giving this comic the adaptation that it deserves.

Next: American Gods Season 2’s Ratings Have Dropped Massively – Here’s Why

Source: Aida Mashaka Croal, THR



2019-04-15 09:04:01

Jamie Gerber

Pet Sematary: 10 Differences Between The Original and Remake

Pet Sematary just came out this weekend which means everyone searching for tickets on Fandango is going to want to throw their phones at the wall. Don’t believe us? Just go ahead and see how many times auto-correct will change “sematary” into “cemetery.”

Related: Pet Sematary 2019 Resurrections & Ending Explained

With that said, people are obviously finding a way to go see Pet Sematary. Moreover, there’s a lot of fans of the original film who are completely hyped to see the new version of the movie. Like any remake, there’s going to be a lot of changes. It goes without saying that this list is going into full spoiler territory. Check out the list to see the biggest differences between the 1989 and 2019 Pet Sematary! 

10 Victor Pascow

There’s a reason why some of us choose to pursue a career in film blogging while some people decide to become doctors. One job involves staying at home in your pajamas and the other involves having to stop someone’s brain from falling out of their head. Although Victor Pascow has the same tragic introduction in both the original and the new Pet Sematary, the two films also portray the character differently in a few ways.

Related: Pet Sematary Review: Sometimes Stephen King Movies Are Just Decent

One change is that Pascow is certainly a lot more menacing in the new movie. A spirit guide with half of a head is scary in any context, but the 1989 Pet Sematary uses Pascow for comedic relief. There’s a sort of tongue and cheek way Pascow speaks to Louis in that film. Pascow is aware of how crazy it might look for Louis to talk to someone who is ostensibly invisible in other people’s eyes. Comparably, the new Pet Sematary uses Pascow to a horrifically maximum effect. What the new Pascow lacks in comedic edge, he makes up for in how chilling he is in each scene. However, the most noticeable difference is that Pascow has way less screen time in the new film as compared to the original. The 1989 film continuously shows Pascow leading Louis through all of the rules of how the pet sematary actually functions. Even though the new movie has Pascow serving a similar role in the plot, he isn’t in it nearly as much as the previous film. Bottom line is that OG Pascow got jokes for days, but new Pascow is more understandably upset that half of his face is missing. 

9 Funeral March

If there’s a procession of creepy kids carrying a dead animal in front of one’s house, it might be a red flag to immediately relocate. The 1989 film introduces the concept of a magical cemetery a little differently than the new movie. Essentially, the original movie shows Jud pretty much explaining everything to Louis. Although that’s not too far off from the 2019 film, the previous adaptation never indicates how common it is for people to actually bury their pets in the cemetery. The new movie, on the other hand, depicts a group of children with creepy masks playing the drums while carrying their dead pet. This indicates that taking one’s dead animal to the cemetery is either a town ritual or at the very least a well-known legend to the locals. 

The original movie makes it look like it’s uncommon for people to bury their pets. Moreover, that film also insinuates that the locals are scared to even go near the cemetery. Regardless of the differences in the two movies, a pet cemetery in someone’s back yard should be a red flag in and of itself to get the heck out of dodge. 

8 Zelda’s Fate 

As any child who had watched the 1989 Pet Sematary knows, Rachel’s sister, Zelda, is absolutely traumatizing. Every single scene with Zelda is specifically designed to utterly disturb the audience. The backstory for the character is relatively the same in both the original and new film. Zelda has spinal meningitis and it ends up making her bedridden. The traumatizing part is that when Rachel was a little girl she had been left all alone to take care of Zelda. Rachel’s perception of the situation is what makes it all so scary. 

A major change in the new movie revolves around Zelda’s death. The film shows Rachel using a dumbwaiter to send food to Zelda while she’s upstairs. Zelda ends up falling down the dumbwaiter and dying. The original movie is different due to the fact that Zelda dies from her spinal meningitis. There are two different ways Zelda dies, but both are equally scary. 

7 Andrew Hubatsek vs Alyssa Brooke Levine 

Raaaaccchhhhellllllll !!!! Sorry, sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves. Here’s a little fact that might blow some minds. Zelda in the 1989 Pet Sematary is actually played by an actor named Andrew Hubatsek. That’s right, Zelda is played by a man. Casting Hubatsek to play the character is actually a genius move. The way Hubatsek’s elongated features move behind his prosthetics are so disorienting that it immediately strikes fear into the viewer. 

Related: Does Pet Sematary Have An After-Credits Scene?

What’s interesting about Alyssa Brooke Levine’s portrayal as Zelda is that the actress is closer in age to the character she’s supposed to be playing. Levine’s interpretation of Zelda is way more literal than Hubatsek’s take on the character. Considering the fact that Levine is pretty much stationary through the entire film, she’s forced to use her eyes to evoke all of Zelda’s emotion. This iteration of Zelda ends up being more sympathetic than frightening. 

6 Jud’s Introduction

Jud is sympathetic towards people who have lost their loved ones. It’s his Achilles heel one could say. Too soon? Anyway, Jud is a pivotal character in both the original and the new Pet Sematary. Jud is definitely the moral compass of the movie. It might be a fun drinking game to count how many times Jud reiterates the story’s theme. Even though Jud serves the same function in both films, his introduction is a little different. 

The beginning of the 1989 movie shows Gage wandering out into the middle of the road. Jud picks up Gage right before he gets hit by an oncoming truck. Louis and his whole entire family are then immediately introduced to Jud. The new film in comparison shows Jud first meeting Ellie inside the cemetery. As a result, Jud initially comes across more menacing than the original film’s version of the character. If a third version of Pet Sematary is ever made, maybe someone can finally tell Jud to wear shoes that cover his whole heel. 

5 Church 

Guess it’s true what they say about cats having nine lives. Church is equal parts adorable and horrifying in both versions of Pet Sematary. However, each movie has its own cat breed. Church in the 1989 film is a British Shorthair. The name Winston Churchill is starting to make a lot of sense.

Explain yourself, new Pet Sematary! The 2019 movie uses a Maine Coon to play Church. Interestingly, recent reports have said over 8 cats were used to play Church in the recent adaptation. We pity whoever was on that film set’s litter box duty. 

4 Missy Dandridge 

Everyone in Pet Sematary seems to have never heard of a novel concept called the washing machine. Even though the original film takes place in 1989, everyone hangs up their sheets on a clothesline. It’s no wonder why Louis and his family need a maid. Enter Missy Dandridge. 

Dandridge never makes an appearance in the new movie even though she’s featured quite a bit in the original adaptation. Although Dandridge’s motivations in the movie are vague, it’s left to assume that she knows about the cemetery’s dark history. Dandridge is not too dissimilar to Pascow in that they both attempt to warn Louis’ family about the cemetery. 

3 Ellie vs Gage 

Here’s a theory. The new Pet Sematary’s screenwriter accidentally wrote down the name Ellie each time he was actually supposed to write down the name Gage. Sadly, the movie was too deep into production and there was no turning back. Sorry, the jokes are running on full steam today. 

Easily the biggest change in the new Pet Sematary is the fact that Ellie is the child that dies and comes back to life. Conversely, Ellie’s brother, Gage, is the evil kid in the original movie. These changes alter the story in one considerable way. Since Ellie is older, she’s able to comprehend her actions in a way Gage cannot. Also, Gage is like…pint size. It’s always fun to watch pint sized killers. 

2 Jud’s Drink 

We’re going to play devil’s advocate here. If you’re going to dig up a dead body, what would be the point of spiking the drink of someone who knows absolutely nothing about your scheme to dig up a dead body? Regardless, the new Pet Sematary depicts Louis spiking Jud’s drink. According to the film’s logic, the reason Louis does this is because he fears Jud might get in the way of his plan to dig up Ellie. 

The original movie shows Jud basically drinking himself into a self-induced coma while Louis retrieves Gage’s dead body. Well, maybe not a literal coma. Jud wakes up later and then dies. Which is kind of like a permanent coma.

1 The Ending 

Who would have thought this movie ended with the mom and son actually being one of the tethered? Wrong movie, we think. In reality, the 1989 movie ends with Gage dying and Rachel coming back to life. Rachel murders Louis, leaving Ellie to be the only survivor. 

The new film, on the other hand, ends with zombified versions of Louis, Ellie, and Rachel marching towards Gage. Our prediction is that Gage escapes and defeats them all with baby kung-fu. 

NEXT: Pet Sematary 2019’s IT Reference: How To Do Stephen King’s Universe Right


2019-04-08 03:04:34

Nathaniel Vanderpoort

Akira Live-Action Movie Synopsis Reveals Differences to Anime

A plot synopsis has surfaced for the upcoming live-action Akira and it’s very different from the plot of original manga and anime on which the movie is based. Both the original Akira manga as well as the 1988 anime adaptation are set in a futuristic, cyberpunk Neo-Tokyo and follow Shōtarō Kaneda as he tries to rescue his childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, from a secret government project.

Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira film is finally entering into production after being in development for a little over a decade. The project was passed between a slew of directors, including George Miller, Justin Lin, and Jordan Peele. It eventually found new life in 2017 when Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi signed on to helm the film. Recently, Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio, whose production company Appian Way is set to produce the upcoming film, received an $18 million tax incentive to film Akira in California. Both companies are committed to seeing the project through, as is Waititi, which are good signs that this time a live-action Akira is actually happening.

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This synopsis for Akira comes from Production Weekly (via CBR), a company that provides professionals in the industry with a comprehensive breakdown of upcoming projects in film and television. They shared the announcement on Instagram and it is chock-full of details regarding Akira’s characters and setting. Check out the full synopsis for the live-action Akira film below:

“When a young man’s telekinesis is discovered by the military, he is taken in to be turned into a super weapon and his brother must race to save him before Manhattan is destroyed by his powers. Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother Tetsuo is abducted by Government agents lead by the Colonel. Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City 30 years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous, but after facing his brother again is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers. Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy. Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind, Kaneda clashes with the Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira, but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island as he did thirty years ago.”

The synopsis for the live-action Akira includes several differences from both the anime and manga in story and setting. For instance, the live-action movie will be set in Neo Manhattan, not Tokyo, and instead of being a member of a biker gang, Kaneda will have a job as a bartender. The main thrust of the plot, Kaneda trying to save Tetsuo from the military after he develops telekinetic powers, appears to remain the same, though now Tetsuo is Kaneda’s brother instead of best friend. Of course, considering the movie is still in the early stages of development, these story elements could always change again before filming starts.

Waititi has previously stated that he intends to adapt the manga rather than the anime and wants to keep the ethnicity of all the characters accurate to the original, which is good news for fans worried this adaptation may fall prey to white-washing. Though the current plot details highlight some differences between the live-action movie and its source material, Waititi’s enthusiasm and dedication to honoring the original should bode well for the upcoming film despite its changes. His past directorial effort, Thor: Ragnarok, also shows that he knows how to liven up any genre. He was successfully able to take Thor‘s story in a vibrant new direction while simultaneously remaining true to the source material. Hopefully, Waititi is able to carry his bold and enthusiastic energy for Ragnarok to Akira when it begins filming later this year.

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Source: Production Weekly



2019-04-07 11:04:23

Hannah Hoolihan

Pet Sematary’s Church the Cat: 5 Differences From the Original Film (and 5 Things They Kept the Same)

The 2019 remake of Pet Sematary is now in theaters, reintroducing audiences to one of Stephen King’s most disturbing works, as well as the Creed family’s undead feline, Winston Churchill, or Church for short. In both the 1989 and 2019 versions, Church’s burial in the titular Pet Sematary acts as a catalyst for the story’s events, pulling focus toward the reanimated cat’s unnerving presence.

While the original Church remains one of the creepiest animals in horror, the 2019 remake of Pet Sematary took some creative liberty in adapting the iconic cat for its own style. Here are five things the 2019 remake changes about Church, and five things that stay true to the original.

RELATED: Pet Sematary 2019 Differences: Biggest Changes To The Book & Original Movie

10 DIFFERENT: It changes the cat from a British Shorthair to a Maine Coon

1989’s Pet Sematary went with a very traditional “creepy cat” look for Church, opting for a feline with a dark gray coat and piercing yellow eyes (poor British Shorthairs are always typecasted). The 2019 remake updates the formula by going with a fluffy brown tabby Maine Coon to portray Church, a tribute both to the novel’s first edition cover art and King’s home state of Maine.

Both looks certainly have their merits, but it’s up to individual preference as to which is more effective at making viewers wince at the site of a common house cat. Frankly, witnessing either cat appear from beyond the grave would be a bonafide nightmare.

9 SAME: Neither cats are CGI

Neither the 1989 version nor 2019 version of Pet Sematary uses CGI to portray Church the cat. That’s right, the feline terrors you see on screen could be any one of several different actual felines cast as Church. In the 2019 remake, a total of four different plush Maine Coons were trained to perform actions as needed for each scene.

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And if you thought four cats was a lot, imagine working on the set of the original Pet Sematary, which allegedly employed seven different cats to play Church. Don’t worry though, the cats were surely paid their weight in wet food as compensation for their work.

8 DIFFERENT: The 2019 Church Is Beefier

Church the cat, as seen in the 1989 version of Pet Sematary, is a perfectly ordinary house cat aside from the whole evil incarnate thing. His size is comparable to most other domestic cats. 1989’s Church relied solely on his glaring eyes and aggressive hissing to creep people out.

In contrast, the 2019 remake adds a more imposing presence to Church by bringing in an atypically large cat to play the role. In an article by The Week, the writer describes her experience meeting one of the four Maine Coon cats that collectively portray Church and says the cat was “larger than most small dogs.”

7 SAME: Both cats are catalysts for the story

The 2019 version of Pet Sematary differs from the original in a number of significant ways, but both movies begin in a very similar fashion. Early on in both films, Church the cat is hit by a truck and killed, before being taken to the titular pet cemetery and buried. Church’s burial in the cursed graveyard and subsequent reanimation are what spur Louis Creed to use a similar method to bring back Gage in the original and Ellie in the remake.

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Although the reanimated children serve as each story’s respective main antagonist during the final acts, there would be no story to begin with if it weren’t for Church the cat.

6 DIFFERENT: 2019 Church Has More Screen Time

In the 1989 version of Pet Sematary, Church only makes a few brief appearances before being sidelined for most of the movie’s duration. However, in the 2019 remake, Church repeatedly shows up to terrify and threaten the Creed family all the way to the end – literally, he’s front and center during the very last shot of the film.

Imagining the struggle of wrangling four high-maintenance Maine Coons on a movie set, it’s no surprise Pet Sematary 2019 makes the most out of its feline cast. Compared to the original, the remake probably has around twice the number of scenes featuring Church the cat.

5 SAME: Both cats smell terrible

Stephen King’s sourcework describes Church as smelling really bad after his resurrection, and both the original movie and the 2019 Pet Sematary remake make notes of the feline’s foul stench.

Worse yet, it doesn’t seem as if any amount of washing can rid the undead animals of the stench of decomposition. It’s hard to blame Church, though. After all, he was hit by a truck and killed, buried and then reanimated as an evil zombie cat – we’d all need a good shower after going through that.

4 DIFFERENT: The new Church is smarter

This isn’t to say the original Church wasn’t smart, but his cleverness wasn’t one of his prominent characteristics. Rather, he mostly acts like an extraordinarily grumpy, occasionally violent, tomcat. In the remake, Church the cat is desperate to survive in his reanimated form and even manipulates his human owners into sparing his life.

RELATED: Pet Sematary Review

At one point, Church puts on an innocent facade to keep Louis from putting him down. In another scene, Church manages to make his way home after being driven far away to a remote location and left to his own devices.

3 SAME: Both cats have visually striking eyes

“Church stared at him a moment longer – God, his eyes were different, somehow, they were different.” This brief excerpt from the novel by Stephen King focuses on undead Church’s visually distinctive eyes. It’s no wonder then that the 1989 film adaptation makes Church’s glowing yellow eyes a defining feature of his physical appearance.

Perhaps more subtle in the 2019 remake, Church’s eyes seem to have the ability to stare right through your own and into your very soul. Similarly to the 1989 Pet Sematary movie poster, the 2019 remake’s movie poster features Church hulking over the cast of characters with exaggerated yellow eyes.

2 DIFFERENT: Church survives the 2019 remake, unlike in the original

Perhaps the biggest difference between new Church and old Church is that new Church is able to escape being put down by his owners and make it to the end of the movie, whereas old Church is put down toward the end.

Even worse for old Church is that he doesn’t make an appearance in the 1992 sequel, Pet Sematary Two, dashing any hopes of him being resurrected again. Still, it makes sense that the new Church survived the end of the movie, as he seemed to have the wits and ambition to do so.

1 SAME: Neither cats are killed on-screen

Rather conspicuously, both movie versions of Pet Sematary opt out of actually showing Church the cat being killed by the truck. Not that anyone wants to see a cat being struck by a semi, but then why do both films show small children being killed in similar ways?

In fact, the remake actually switches things up by killing off the older sibling as opposed to the original, which kills off the younger Gage. If it was deemed appropriate to give Ellie an on-screen death, then it’s a curious thing that the directors decided against showing Church the cat’s death, and in both versions no less.

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2019-04-07 01:04:07

Jordan Gerblick

Pet Sematary 2019 Differences: Biggest Changes To The Book & Original Movie

Stephen King’s horror tragedy Pet Sematary has a new movie adaptation from directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, but the story has some major changes from the original novel and Mary Lambert’s 1989 film adaptation. While the first half of the movie mostly sticks to plot beats from the book, things take a sharp right turn into new territory after a horrifying death at the movie’s midpoint.

Pet Sematary stars Jason Clark as Louis Creed, a doctor who moves his family from Boston to rural Maine, buying a house with property that extends into the woods behind it. Those woods include a pet cemetery maintained by the children of the town, who have an unnerving ritual of wearing animal masks and walking in procession to the cemetery when one of their pets dies.

Related: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Pet Sematary

Together with his wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), their two children, Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and Gage (Hugo and Lucas Lavoie), and the family cat, Church, Louis tries to relax into his new life. However, when Church is hit by a truck and Louis’ neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), takes him to a strange burial ground beyond the pet cemetery, it marks the downfall of the Creed family. Here’s how the 2019 take on Pet Sematary differs from King’s novel and Lambert’s film.

  • This Page: Changes to Jud Crandall’s Role in Pet Sematary
  • Page 2: Changes to Zelda’s Death, Church’s Return, and Which Child Dies
  • Page 3: Changes to the Ending of Pet Sematary

In the 2019 adaptation of Pet Sematary, Jud says that he felt compelled to take Louis up to the burial ground to bring Church back because he felt sorry for Ellie, and also because the dark power of the place compelled him to share its secret. While these reasons are also present in the book, there was originally another major reason why Jud helped Louis with his dead cat problem: as a way to repay him for saving his wife. In King’s novel, Norma Crandall is still alive and suffers a heart attack that she survives thanks to Louis’ quick actions. Later, Jud blames himself for starting the chain of events that led to Gage’s death, lamenting, “You saved Norma’s life, and I wanted to do something for you, and that place turned my good wish to its own evil purpose.” Norma dies later in the novel, but (most likely for the purposes of trimming down the story), she’s already dead at the start of both the movie adaptations.

There’s one major change to Jud Crandall’s backstory in Kölsch and Widmyer’s book that casts his later actions in a much more unfavorable light. After Church comes back to life, filthy and mean, Louis demands to know more about the burial ground. Jud reveals that it has been used many times over the years, and that when he was a boy he took his own dog up there after it died from an infected barbed wire wound. Jud explains that his dog came back bad, and that his father was forced to kill it again after it attacked Jud’s mother.

In the book, ud’s decision to take Louis up to the burial ground makes more sense, because the dog that Jud brought back to life as a boy didn’t turn violent. That’s not to say that it came back exactly the same; Jud admits that the dog was never the same after its resurrection and behaved stupid and slow, without the same spark of life as before. However, the dog never attacked anyone and lived on for years after its resurrection, before eventually dying of old age. Jud also reveals that many other people have buried their pets there over the years, and that only one – a bull called Hanratty, who is referenced in newspaper clippings in the movie – ever turned mean. In Lambert’s film, the dog comes back snapping, growling, and “not quite the same,” but still lives a full life before eventually dying peacefully in the night.

Page 2: Changes to Zelda’s Death, Church’s Return, and Which Child Dies

Rachel Creed’s traumatic experience with her sister, Zelda (Alyssa Levine), is a core part of Pet Sematary‘s story, but the 2019 movie makes Zelda’s death more violent than in the book or Lambert’s movie. Zelda suffered from spinal meningitis, which twisted her body, caused her great pain, and prevented her from getting out of bed, and Rachel explains that the great suffering the illness inflicted upon her ended up poisoning her mind too, making her bitter and resentful. Young Rachel was frequently left at home alone to look after her sister, and was secretly disgusted by her and wished for her death. In the original story, Zelda one day goes into convulsions and starts choking while Rachel is alone in the house, and then dies.

However, in the new movie Zelda dies in a much more bizarre manner. Rachel explains that she used a dumb waiter to send food up to Zelda’s room, even though she wasn’t supposed to use it because it didn’t always work. After she sends the food up she hears a scraping noise overhead as Zelda drags herself over to the dumb waiter, and then there’s a crashing noise. Rachel opens the dumb waiter to find that the elevator and its tray of food has fallen down. Then suddenly Zelda herself comes crashing down on top of it, her body gruesomely twisted to fit into the small space. It certainly adds an extra horror element, but it raises questions of how a girl who was bedridden with advanced spinal meningitis could have dragged herself across the room, and both how and why she then climbed into the dumb waiter and fell.

Related: Pet Sematary 2019’s IT Reference

One detail from the two previous versions of Pet Sematary that’s left out of the 2019 movie is Church the cat’s testicles. When the family first move to the new house, Church is not neutered and has a bold and feisty personality. Louis privately has an aversion to getting Church neutered because he hates the idea of the cat turning lazy and mellow. However, due to the close proximity of the dangerous road, he ultimately takes Church to the vet to have the operation in the hopes that it will prevent the cat from wandering to his death. Obviously this doesn’t work, but the personality change that Church undergoes after having his testicles removed is foreshadowing for the more dramatic change that happens after he’s brought back from the dead.

Ellie’s death results from another significant change from the novel: Louis’ treatment of Church. In both the book and the 1989, Louis kills Church towards the end of the story with a lethal injection, putting the cat to sleep for book. However, in the new movie Louis attempts to put Church down early on, but cannot bring himself to do it. Instead he drives Church out to the middle of nowhere and abandons him. Church finds his way home, and when Ellie sees him walking down the road she runs out to greet him. The story changes radically from there, and by the end of the movie Church is still alive.

Now we come to the biggest change in the new adaptation of Pet Sematary: which of the Creed children dies. In both King’s novel and Lambert’s movie, it’s poor little Gage. Gage takes off running towards the road while his parents are distracted, and although Louis gives chase and comes very close to catching him, he isn’t able to stop his son from running into the path of an Orinco truck. In the new movie Gage does run towards the road and comes very close to being hit by the truck, but Louis grabs him and pulls him back just in time. However, Ellie isn’t so lucky. The Orinco truck swerves to avoid Louis and Gage, but its cargo comes loose and carries on down the road towards Ellie, killing her instantly.

Page 3: Changes to the Ending of Pet Sematary

From Ellie’s death onwards, the ending of Pet Sematary changes drastically. One element that remains the same is Rachel taking her surviving child to her parents’ house, and Louis staying behind with plans to resurrect the remaining child. Rachel also returns in all three versions of the story, but it’s only in the 2019 Pet Sematary that she brings the surviving child back with her. In both the book and the 1989 movie, Ellie stays behind at her grandparents’ house. Another plot point that’s more or less the same is the resurrected child killing Jud with Louis’ scalpel, and the 2019 movie even includes a detail that was missing from Lambert’s film: Gage (or in this case, Ellie) impersonating Norma Crandall in order to taunt Jud before killing him. That’s where the similarities end.

In King and Lambert’s versions, Louis is the last person to see his returned child again. The resurrected Gage first goes to Jud’s house and kills the old man. Rachel, upon returning, goes to Jud’s house instead of going straight home and is lured upstairs by the sound of groaning. There she has a terrible vision of her dead sister, Zelda, but then the vision goes away and she sees her returned son standing in front of her. Rachel is overjoyed and immediately hugs little Gage… giving him the perfect opportunity to stab her to death with the scalpel.

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Louis, upon waking up and upon seeing small muddy footprints and discovering that his scalpel is missing, realizes that Gage must have taken it and that his son has come back bad. He makes the decision to put both Church and Gage to rest again with a lethal injection and, as mentioned earlier, successfully kills Church. He finds Rachel’s dead body and is attacked by Gage, and after a struggle succeeds in injecting Gage with the contents of the needle. An utterly distraught Louis watches his son die a second time, but convinces himself that he can bring Rachel back because her death is more recent than Gage’s was. He takes Rachel up to the burial ground, buries her, then waits for her to come home. The book and movie end with Rachel returning to her husband, with the implication that she then kills him.

In Pet Sematary 2019, Ellie comes home to Louis before killing anyone. He gives her a bath and fresh clothes and puts her to bed, and they have a talk in which Ellie makes it clear that she knows she died and was brought back. Louis is unnerved by her strange behavior and disturbed when he finds the staples in the back of her head while washing her, but convinces himself that it’s worth it to have his daughter back. The next day, Ellie goes over to Jud’s house and kills him. Rachel returns, and instead of being overjoyed to see her daughter again, is horrified by her and knows instinctively that whatever came back is not really Ellie.

Louis goes over to Jud’s house and finds his dead body. Meanwhile, Rachel runs upstairs with Gage and barricades herself in her room. When Ellie manages to get through the door, Rachel lowers Gage out of the window and drops him into Louis’ arms. While Louis takes Gage to the car and locks him in, telling him not to open the door for anyone except himself, Ellie kills Rachel. She knocks Louis out and drags her mother up to the burial ground.

After waking up, Louis runs to the pet sematary, where he is attacked by Ellie. The two of them fight and Louis is close to killing Ellie when suddenly he’s impaled from behind by the resurrected Rachel. Louis himself is then taken up to the burial ground and resurrected, the movie ends with the three undead members of the Creed family slowly approaching the car where Gage is waiting. Louis tells Gage to unlock the car door, which he does, and then the credits roll.

More: Pet Sematary 2019 Resurrections & Ending Explained


2019-04-06 11:04:10

Hannah Shaw-Williams

10 Big Differences Between The Joker & The Lego Joker

When the Lego-verse presents one of the greatest villain/hero dynamics in all of comic and movie fiction, they had to get it right. Well, they did more than just that. The Lego Batman movie stands out among the best Batman movies of them all somehow, putting a fresh, family-friendly twist on the old sparring partners. To do that, Lego Joker had to be different from all the Jokers that have come before. From the playful but murderous ’89 version to the Oscar-winning, unhinged psychopathy of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Lego Joker borrows a bit from all of them and becomes something wholly fresh and fun and funny. Without further adieu, here are the ways in which The Lego Joker stands out from all the other Jokers.

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10 Lego Joker Has ‘Vulnerabilities’

Phyllis the Gatekeeper of the Phantom Zone says so herself! Lego Joker is filled with insecurities, unfulfilled desires and emotional needs, and that all comes out in his crimes it seems. Everything he’s doing is in search of Lego Batman’s validation. It drives all his actions and almost makes him seem even more insane to go to such lengths over interpersonal issues. All in all, he’s far and away the most relatable version of Batman’s main villain precisely because he wants to be known as that and Lego Batman isn’t interested.

9 Lego Joker Is Apparently Tubby

You can’t tell because he’s a regular-sized Lego figure, but Lego Joker thinks he himself could lose a few pounds. Most depictions of The Joker have him lean and mean to the point of gaunt. Lego Joker says to Lego Batman in a critical moment he has ‘too much flab, not enough ab’. This could be a nod to his voice actor, Zack Galifianakis, who could be described similarly. It doesn’t stop him performing agile feats throughout the movie though, so it ends up being more self-deprecating and endearing than anything else.

8 Lego Joker Cares About His Hench-Villains

At least while they’re working together. We see him multiple times exclaim in terror and anger when they’re taken out. The most notable being when Sauron is blasted by a The Kraken. Lego Joker is positively distraught over that, and The Kraken knows better than to hang around, slinking away after that massive ‘own goal’. Meanwhile, any other form of the Joker might cackle with glee at the wanton destruction, even if it hinders his plans to some degree. At most he’d be annoyed at the disruption but not actively worried about the loss of a Hench-person. Job security isn’t high with non-Lego Jokers.

7 Lego Joker Has A Violence Threshold

Unlike The Joker who will cause almost any form of chaos to get his point across, Lego Joker nopes out of a few things. Notably, when Sauron asks if he wants Gotham to ‘run red with blood’, Lego Joker decisively closes the door on that option in favor of lava instead. It’s a fine line, but at least it’s there. And if you’re thinking that Lava is actually more destructive or horrifying than Lego citizen’s blood, it’s the kind of lava that only chars kittens to a smokey gray and then the kittens distinctly declare ‘I’m ok’. So that’s conclusive Lego science that it’s way less bad. Or something.

6 Lego Joker Is Well Versed In Rom-Coms

From wanting to watch Serendipity to ‘You had me at shut-up’, Lego Joker is clearly a movie buff of the romantic comedy variety. It’s another thread tying Lego Joker and Lego Batman together. Lego Batman, of course, isn’t up to acknowledge it for the majority of their movie, but Lego Joker is. Other Jokers would be more likely to watch horror movies and see them as comedies, or dramas as ‘feel-good flicks’. Not Lego Joker, who could almost belong sitting on a couch between crimes enjoying ‘50 First Dates‘ or ‘Hitch

5 Lego Joker Is Great At Networking

You don’t assemble what is the most comprehensive ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ in all of comics without forming connections. Whereas The Joker would never overly rely on so many to pull off one of his schemes, Lego Joker has no such qualms. Z-Grade villains some of them may be, but they’re all ‘worth a Google’ at least. When he’s sent to the Phantom Zone he goes a step further, having a speech and a PowerPoint Presentation ready to go for the greatest villains ever known and he doesn’t even need them! His message is too good and they’re too bad to listen. Truly this might be his superpower hiding in plain sight. I mean, if other villains like Killer Croc had half the recruiting power of Lego Joker, it’d be game over man.

4 Lego Joker Is Really Conscious Of His Own Feelings

He may be a dastardly villain, a sociopath, and a psychopath on the warpath, but Lego Joker knows what he’s feeling. You gotta give him that. Where every other villain and seemingly hero probably need years and years of therapy, Lego Joker knows what’s missing for him. He wants respect, acknowledgment, and mutual appreciation from someone he feels he’s given his best year after year. It’s a far cry from the other Jokers who are so clearly shut off from any introspection or self-assessment. When a nut-bar like Lego Joker is better adjusted than you, maybe it’s time to see somebody?

3 Lego Joker Would Prefer To Go By ‘The Jokes’

The Joker isn’t fond of monikers beyond Clown Prince Of Crime, but Lego Joker is trying to make ‘The Jokes’ happen. Commissioner Gordon doesn’t want to play ball but Lego Joker is feeling ‘The Jokes’ is a pretty sweet and relatable variation to go by. He also doesn’t mind when Harley Quinn calls him things like ‘Boo-Boo’. The Joker has been known to end people for less, but Lego Joker just rolls with it and even plays back, calling her ‘Monkey-face’. Obviously, he’s down with nicknames much more than The Joker is.

2 Lego Joker Is Very Sensitive About His Bat-lationship

It’s almost the defining trait of Lego Joker that he desperately cares about what Lego Batman thinks of him and his schemes. He’s looking to be his number #1, closest, most reliable adversary. He wants their thing to be ‘special’. The other Jokers aren’t half as concerned with what Batman thinks as what Batman does. Moreover, other Jokers wouldn’t be caught dead admitting they ‘need’ or ‘want’ Batman’s approval. Lego Joker isn’t like the others though and freely admits and even uses that emotional drive for his schemes. In a weird way, it makes him way more formidable.

1 Lego Joker Is Kinda Adorable

He can’t seem to help it when he feels neglected. Lego Joker gets those big puppy-dog eyes you just can’t resist. Big, round, gleaming portals into his little Lego soul. He’s nearly the brightest, and most chipper of all the Jokers. He genuinely makes you feel sorry for him at times. He’s even relatable somewhat, which is a key difference to The Joker. The Joker is unknowable, inscrutable, diabolical. Lego Joker has some empathy, sympathy, and clearly more need to be loved/hated than any other Joker.

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2019-03-27 05:03:36

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